At the ribbon cutting for Steiner Studios earlier this month, The Observer caught up with Voice of the City Lena Dunham, who had just moved production for the second season of her feverish hit Girls to the studio in Brooklyn. Gretchen Mol of Boardwalk Empire was up on stage, looking radiant beside the mayor and Doug Steiner, but Ms. Dunham hid in the back of the sound stage.
It was actually her first day at the studios, she said, but her experience helps underscore why the city needs more and bigger studios if it is going to continue to grow its film and television industry. (Also, there wasn’t room in our profile of Doug Steiner for Ms. Dunham, but we figure giving her her own post should drive some good Google hits to Observer.com, what with the ultra-buzz humming around Girls at the moment.)
“I’m very excited to be here,” Ms. Dunham told The Observer of her arrival at Steiner Studios. “I love the Navy Yards, it’s such a cool, historic place.” Somehow we could not help but think of that scene from Tiny Furniture where she has sex with the chef inside a giant pipe somewhere in nearby Dumbo.
For the first time since January 2008, the cover of Vanity Fair this month features an individual working actress under the age of 30. Hello, Emma Stone! (We’re still kind of figuring out which one you are!) One wonders if something’s gotten in the water at Vanity Fair–the magazine’s typical nostalgia for dead celebrities Read More
An American Affair
Running time 96 minutes
Written by Alex Metcalf
Directed by William Sten Olsson
Starring Gretchen Mol, Cameron Bright, Noah Wylie
Hollywood’s obsession with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy plods on, peeking through keyholes, peering under frayed carpets and sniffing out new conspiracy Read More
Brooke Shields, for one, wouldn’t mind seeing a woman in the Oval Office after the 2008 presidential election. “I’m always convinced, at the risk of being—and I love men—but I think women are incredibly capable, and it seems that their talents and their intellect seems to be a little more varied, I should Read More
In The Notorious Bettie Page, Gretchen Mol gives a juicy performance as the palpitating pin-up girl from Tennessee whose provocative poses turned pop culture upside down and led to a Senate investigation into pornography. Written, directed and documented by fearless Mary Harron ( American Psycho), the movie provides us with a titillating keyhole peek at Read More