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Director-Actress Lena Dunham!!

I am – Hercules!! Big-deal filmmaker Judd Apatow (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” “Funny People”), who hasn’t done a lot of television since ABC’s “Freaks and Greeks” and Fox’s “Undeclared” were unceremoniously yanked from the airwaves roughly a decade ago, is getting back in the TV game. Deadline Hollywood reports HBO just ordered a pilot for an untitled Apatow-produced project from Lena Dunham, the 24-year-old wunderkind who wrote, directed and starred in the acclaimed and award-winning “Tiny Furniture,” which hits cinemas Nov. 12. “Furniture” won the top prize at the South By Southwest film festival this year. From the Village Voice:
Tiny Furniture earned the 23-year-old Dunham comparisons to Woody Allen. She's a gifted comedienne, eager to plum her insecurities over her imperfect physical appearance for both poignancy and laughs—I'm not sure I've seen a film that so accurately and unblinkingly depict what it's like to feel unattractive.
Dunham will also write, produce, direct and star in the HBO pilot, “about the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20's,” according to Deadline. If the pilot goes to series, it will be Apatow's first in primetime since 2001's "Undeclared." Apatow is also executive producer of HBO's late-night sketch show "Funny Or Die Presents," which I think is Apatow's first series of any stripe since "Undeclared." Find all of Deadline’s story on the matter here.
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  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Apatow

    by ndally

    Is cool. Very funny. First?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST

    ndally

    by SavourTheSea

    Not only are you first, but you're the only. Until I ruined it.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Hopefully it's "GEEKS' Apatow"

    by tonagan

    and not "FUNNY PEOPLE's Apatow" or "KNOCKED UP's Apatow". Uggh.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Unbearable

    by lagomorph

    Not only am I professionally jealous of this wonderchild's success, I'm perplexed by it. That trailer had no laughs that didn't feel Napoleon Dynamite'd into smithereens. I see the merit in the camera work but her screen presence was just above zero.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    yuck

    by the new transported man

    That looked like Mumblecore with a better camera. Do not want.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Freaks and Geeks

    by Mr Lucas

    was, to coin a cliché,lightning in a bottle. I believe Paul Feig was also a large factor in its creation. Undeclared had its moments but felt like a poor spin-off. I'm always willing to give Apatow's projects a chance though (very generous of me!)

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    She's an "It Girl" out in LA right now...

    by Lionel_Richies_Hipster_Frames

    I haven't seen the movie but what I've seen from trailers left me "meh". Feels like a mid 90's indie. I think the unique thing is it's a female voice and Apatow and company are going to support it. It's certainly not that she's bankable at this point in her career as she has no box office clout. You have to understand something about LA. Many of the creative execs are women. They are dying to get behind a female talent. It's partially why Diablo Cody has had the success she has. That said, the last time I remember this kind of hype it was for Foot Fist Way and Danny McBride. I remember thinking then that it was nothing but hype, but McBride proved otherwise. A lot can happen between shooting a pilot and getting it on HBO as a series, but the Apatow brand holds a lot of power out there right now. This is impressive. I was ready to do this kind of thing at 24 and while I had the talent I just didn't have the connections and had to wait for my shot. This girl should be thanking her lucky stars because she's quite young to have this kind of success these days.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    every so often

    by ForgetfulPete

    a moment of clarity comes across the people, and they realize things that are big and true and real. things like "Jim Carrey isn't funny" or "Michael Cera can't hold a movie so let's stop going to anything with him in it" (Are you listening SOCIAL NETWORK aka biggest failure of 2010?). Judd Apatow has had his big reveal of late with the massive failure of his work. Now despite the dicksuckery of AICN, Apatow is back to square 1. What this site calls a move to tv again I call "Apatow can't get financing for more movies so is back to TV". Just like M. Night can't get financing if he directs or scripts so he's turning to others with Night Chronicles. This is a brearth of fresh air, and truly is cool news that Apatow can't get a movie made. Hopefully he will never again be allowed to write or direct a major motion picture now that people realize everythnig he has ever done has been a failure except for a couple of flukes.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Social Network Will Be A Massive Success

    by Crow3711

    I love how nerds think that because they aren't interested in "the facebook movie" that no one else will see it. It will be finches biggest to date and be an Oscar contender. Mark my words. All you douches are gonna feel pretty dumb in a few months.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    I agree with ForgetfulPete for the most part

    by andrew coleman

    I think getting behind this girl is kind of a sign that Apatow has lost cred. Buuut lets not forget how big his movies were(40 year old virgin and Knocked up) those are considered really big hits. Your M.Night reference doesn't work because people think he's horrible but Airbender still made money. Night Chronicles has serious money behind it because low budget horror always makes money back. Anyway "The Facebook movie" will make a lot of bank... Because of tweens and college morons. This movie has an easy base behind it... Stupid fucks going "I use facebook I'm going to see the movie!". So I don't care if it makes money or not I hate what it represents. It supports the Hollywood mold of just making brand names into movies. If Social Network banks expect a Twitter movie or why Myspace went down or something. I already heard rumors about a youtube movie. This is pathetic and people who defend this movie blindly are hypocrite fucks. Because I've seen many of you bashing Hollywood's process of green lightening product films. So if you support Social Network you can't say shit about the Battleship movie or any of those. Of course it will be an Oscar Contnder! Duh! The Academy has sold out. 10 films to be nominated leaves the door open for "fan favorites". It's bull shit. This movie looks dark and will be about the "new generation" so of course it will be an Oscar contender. Doesn't mean it fucking deserves it. I seriously do hope it just comes out, does sort of well but then fades off out of memory. Because from reviews I've read it makes the facebook guys look like huge fucking assholes. Hell maybe the movie will make people stop using the bull shit web site. Fuck Social Network of those whoring for it. It's a sign of bad times.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    what the FUCK are you people talking about?

    by BadMrWonka

    failure? a couple of his films have underperformed, but overall he is IMMENSELY profitable. he could (and will) keep making movies as long as he likes. he obviously saw something in this short, and this woman, and wanted to explore it.<p>I don't care if you don't like his movies, or have some vendetta against him, or you're jealous of his success, or what the fuck ever. but you can't just decree that anyone you don't care for is a financial failure. for every Apatow film that underperformed, there is 1 or 2 that were HUGE successes. that's plenty good enough for him to keep on in hollywood.<p>god, you couldn't make up some of the nonsense in the talkbacks. don't even get me started on you drooling fools thinking The Social Network will bomb. it's going to be fucking HUGE. if you're gonna be wrong, be really wrong, I guess.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Bitch Bitch Bitch, This in nothing but good news

    by Quin the Eskimo

    You'all would be negative if Jesus Christ himself told you it would be good.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Forgetfulpete

    by ndally

    You got somthing against Canadians? But I see your point. Freaks and Geeks is fucking amazing though. One of the great television crimes ever commited was the canclation of that AMAZING TV show. It was like "The Breakfeast Club" on a weekly basis. Everything is so earnest and real. Real issues and problems. Every episode is great with great wiritng and amazing music(infact I think that's one of the issues with the cost of production since the music licensing fees were so much). I think some of the charm comes from the fact that so few(17 or 18) episodes were produced you really charish(ya that's right charish, bitches). Freaks and Geeks doesn't enough love. Neither does Feig who deserves better than that airport Christmas movie.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Venture Brothers Season 4 DVD/Blu Ray

    by Nice Marmot

    If they don't eventually release ALL of season 4 in one set, they can shove it all up their asses.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    "Apatow can't get financing"....say wha?

    by JediRob

    'Funny People' to be sure was a financial disappointment, but seriously? His other two Directorial efforts were enormous, and his role as a Producer is wildly successful. The dude has license to print money.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Amateur Hour

    by Citizen Sane

    I hope thoroughly Apatow mentors her on this HBO pilot because the trailer for her film almost put me to sleep. <br><br>(sigh!)<br><br> If this won top prize at SXSW, I don't even won't to be within 1000 feet of what didn't win.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Who do I talk to about getting my 2:42 back?

    by Garbageman33

    Although I will give them credit for having an actual unattractive person play an unattractive person. As opposed to say, Jessica Alba in baggy clothes and big glasses.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    NBC not ABC

    by Mvemjnup

    Herc you hack. Freaks and Geeks came on NBC not ABC.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    With F&G Feig tempered Apatow

    by darthvedder81

    Apatow can write funny dialogue but Paul Feig gave the characters warmth and kept it from getting too dirty and unrealistic.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    darthvedder

    by Quin the Eskimo

    Actually Rogen encouraged Apatow to go dirty. So I think he could go backwards pretty well, so to speak.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Another response for "forgetfulpete"

    by natrlbornthrllr

    A) If The Social Network fails, which it won't, it'll have shit all to do with Michael Cera's inability to carry a film. Mainly because, ya know, he's not even fucking in it. B) Judd Apatow could write a movie about something as mind-numbingly dull as your sex life, and would still have a bidding war on his hands. C) It's already been said, but M. Night released a shitty movie just last year that made enough money to feed a village of Sally Struthers kids for a generation.<p>Hating is fine and all...but it really only has a kick when the hater isn't completely full of shit.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    I cannot stand anyone under the age of 30

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    It's become downright impossible to tolerate these people I see with their cowboy boots and skirts and artful tattoos and unkempt hair and ironic humor. I want this girl and Michael Cera to fuck and have a baby just so I can kill it in front of them.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    What's interesting about M. Night Shyamalan is...

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Up until "Air Bender," all his movies were billed with his name over the title, and in commercials it was hyped heavily. When I first saw commercials for "Devil" it was all about "FROM THE MIND OF M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN!" But now in the commercials I see... not so much. Way more emphasis on playing up the horror in the movie for its own sake, not for having flown forth from the pen of cinematic genius that is M. Night Shyamalan.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Freaks and Geeks

    by Kammich

    I was in middle school when the show initially aired, and a few of my sister's high school buddies used to rave about it like crazy. I never caught so much as a single frame until about 2 months ago when IFC started airing an episode each Friday night. Now, I will practically call out of work or cancel any kind of plans to make sure I'm home to watch Freaks and Geeks. I'm not even much of a TV watcher; if I'm in front of a tv screen, its usually watching sports or movies. But "Freaks and Geeks," through the 8 or 9 episodes I've seen, is one of the most captivating episodic programs I've ever had the pleasure to watch. Every character, from major lead to minor bit player, is written to perfection. The balance of comedy and genuine human emotion hits the perfect note every. single. time. Just an awesome show.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    spectrebeeyatch

    by hrv1004

    spoken like someone who has no friends.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Oh My God

    by rainbowtrout1265

    Do people really want to watch something like that? I can sit through almost anything, but that looks like a real chore.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2 a.m. CST

    hrv1004

    by natrlbornthrllr

    I disagree with that spectre fella's comments about the movie: I like Eisenberg, love Fincher, and look forward to seeing it. That said, I agree with his sentiments toward Facebook. And don't get it twisted: a person's refusal to keep count of their friends on Facebook does not a loner make.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Sick of Apatow and his sanctimonious movies.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    That film won SXSW I think...

    by SK229

    and it was shot on a camera that costs like $1500. That said, it looks like the usual 'twee' indie cinema fare that I think everyone is REALLY tired of, even festival people. Even the fucking title... there's literally nothing with any balls out there anymore. Also, these characters are actually really grating... there's always something insincere about white, indie, hipster types, even though that term is way overused, it sure does apply often enough. Besides that, snark as humor is so past its sell-by date that I don't think it'll be back for a looooong ass time. That and the humor of a movie like 'I Love You, Man' where they're like, "Bro montana, Bro this, bro that" at the end and then the Rush improv... honestly, fuck off and give me back humor like National Lampoon's Vacation, Trading Places... hell, give me CAPTAIN RON for fuck's sakes over this unfunny bullshit.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    40 Year Old Virgin

    by JoeD

    Apatow will always get a pass from me for that movie. And for Heavyweights. Some of the recent hatred for Apatow is justified though. Funny People was a bit of a mess, and way too self indulgent. Same for Knocked Up. They both needed a tighter story, fewer celebrity cameos, and a really good editor. But I have genuinely enjoyed most of the movies featuring Apatow as producer. I Love You, Man, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Role Models, etc. Paul Rudd is freaking likeable as hell, Jason Segel is always enjoyable. Seth Rogen is overexposed, but in no way deserves the self righteous nerd rage that spontaneously appears the moment his name is mentioned. I'm not saying these people are beyond criticism. In fact, I agree with most of them. But a lot of the hatred is because a bunch of guys that look like talkbackers got famous and actually create content rather than sit at home and stew in their own anger.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Tiny Furniture.

    by ChocolateJeebus

    I hate to hate on a movie from the trailer alone, but...YUUUUUCK. If I want to watch something about the depressing shit that is a mundane life, I'd look in the mirror.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Ten bucks says AICN will totally slobber over it...

    by Paul T. Ryan

    ...like they have with EVERYTHING Apatow-related. I like Freaks and Geeks, but that's about it. His movies have been grossly self-indulgent and obvious. But hey, if Harry and Co keep getting set tours and trinkets, the gushing from this site will continue unabated.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    that hurt to watch

    by torontoxic

    Unless they all died at the end I'm glad I didn't finish watching that.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 12:31 a.m. CST

    MrEkoLetMeLive

    by torontoxic

    That comment was funnier than the minute or whatever it was I just wasted watching that bag if shit video. Who wants to see some ugly ass Jewish bitch not get laid? I don't even like seeing people that awkward in real life.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    "Don't hit me...cuz it doesn't hurt!"

    by Rebeck2

    Love that line.