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Allison Williams on why HBO's 'Girls' are still friends -- and what's in store for season 3's finale

When we first met Lena Dunham’s Girls, each one had a clear role to play: Hannah (Lena Dunham) was our neurotic protagonist. Shoshannah (Zosia Mamet) was the naive one. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) was the selfish free spirit. And Marnie — played with pretty, uptight perfection by Allison Williams — was the only member of the group who really seemed to have her life figured out.

That was then. Since its pilot, Girls has systematically stripped away everything that helped Marnie maintain her carefully constructed facade — her long-term boyfriend, her job, even her friendships with the other girls. But even though her character started out season 3 having truly hit rock bottom — before digging even deeper — Williams is convinced that things really are looking up for Marnie as the dramedy heads into its third finale. (Even the hate-sex she’s been having with Shosh’s ex-boyfriend Ray is a net positive!) Why? See her reasoning below — as well as her thoughts on embarrassing music videos, offscreen curveballs, and why these four are still friends, despite all evidence that they shouldn’t be.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I want to start out by asking point blank if you, personally, like Marnie.
ALLISON WILLIAMS:
[Laughs] I do! I would probably be friends with her — I’m sure she would drive me crazy, but I would employ a very straightforward method of communicating with her. I think she’s someone who benefits from that — I think she really is drawn to people who are somewhat direct, if not slightly mean to her. READ FULL STORY

'Billy on the Street': What are Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, and Lindsay Lohan doing on the show?

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Hell hath no fury like a fired-up Billy Eichner. The 35-year-old comedian returns tonight for a third season of Fuse’s fun-and-frenetic game show from Funny or Die Billy on the Street, in which he tests New Yorkers’ pop culture knowledge at a turbo pace and very loud volume. What kind of manic antics can you expect to see from Eichner, who also guest-stars as the easily enraged Craig on Parks and Recreation? Below, he gives EW 11 teases for the upcoming 10 episodes, which air Wednesdays at 11 p.m. READ FULL STORY

Lena Dunham will host 'Saturday Night Live'

Will Blerta return?

Lena Dunham will host Saturday Night Live March 8, NBC announced today. This will be the Girls creator/writer/star’s first time hosting the program. She’ll be joined by musical guest The National, also making their SNL debut.

After the news broke, Dunham tweeted, “Thank you for the SNL love. Dream come true. Can’t wait to debut my character “girl who googled serial killers all night & has lots to say”!”

SNL returns March 1 with host Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck.

Seth Meyers' first week of 'Late Night' guests to include Kanye West, VP Joe Biden, Amy Poehler

NBC has announced the guest roster for the first week of Late Night With Seth Meyers, and it will make Leslie Knope very happy.

Amy Poehler, who was previously announced as the show’s first guest for the Feb. 24 debut, also will be joined on the couch that night by Joe Biden. (Poehler’s Knope, who has a severe crush on the Vice President of the United States, met him in a season 5 episode of Parks and Recreation.) Kanye West is slated to appear on the show the following night, and Lena Dunham, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart are among the other celebrities booked later that week.

On Monday, Meyers tweeted the news that his fellow Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen will lead the house band.

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New 'Girls' trailer: If there's no turkey bacon, Hannah will take regular bacon -- VIDEO

That sort of sums everything up, doesn’t it?

In this newest trailer for Girls season 3, Shoshanna marvels at how little her three older pals have accomplished in the four years since they graduated college. (Wait — we don’t count spending two days hooking up with Patrick Wilson as an accomplishment?)

If the clip is any indication, that all could change in the show’s upcoming episodes. Hannah, at least, seems like she’ll find some success during a meeting with a publisher. But elsewhere, things seem pretty business as usual; Marnie is telling someone standing offscreen that he can’t break up with her. Jessa is looking moody and pseudo-European. Hannah is doing spit takes and dancing around and incessantly talking about food. (It’s like she knows what the haters are saying!) At least they still seem to be having a little more fun than they did last season.

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Presenting a teaser for the 'Girls' season 3 teaser -- VIDEO

Sorry, everybody — we’ve officially entered a world where teasers of teasers of trailers for actual works of entertainment are a thing. But hey, at least this one has a shot of Adam Driver shirtless.

Last night, Lena Dunham took to Instagram to post a shortened version of the teaser for Girls season 3. (The full-length preview of a preview debuts Sunday.) Though the whole thing is only 15 seconds long, it contains pretty much everything you’d expect from a full episode of Girls — namely, Hannah being self-absorbed, Marnie looking gorgeous but also like an asshole, Shoshanna making us wish she had more screen time, Jessa barely doing anything, catchy music, and, of course, nudity.

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Emmy Watch: Adam Driver isn't worried about what Twitter thinks of his 'Girls' character

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Even if you’ve never seen Girls, you’ve probably heard about Adam Driver — or, at least, something his character, also named Adam, did on the show. Alongside Lena Dunham, Driver was responsible for the buzzy moments that kept people watching, talking and tweeting throughout the HBO comedy’s dark second season. Fans’ thoughts about Adam can (and did) change moment to moment, and nowhere was that more on display than in the second episode of this past season, “I Get Ideas,” when Adam wrote and sang an intense breakup song to Hannah, texted her and then showed up at her apartment for a declaration of love, maybe committed some “space rape” and was subsequently arrested after an ill-timed 911 call.

“There are so many twists and turns that he does all throughout the season but also scene to scene,” Driver explained on the phone with EW. In addition to a feelings explosion in Hannah’s kitchen, this season also showed his character in AA and as a participant in one very unforgettable sex scene. Watch Dunham talk through Hannah and Adam’s powerful episode 2 fight below (which she directed), and then read on for Driver’s recollections about what it takes to play the guy people just can’t help but cheer for (sometimes).
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'Girls': Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner answer our burning questions about season 2

Lena Dunham (middle) and Zosia Mamet (right), with Elijah’s boyfriend, George (Billy Morrisette) on “Girls”

This Sunday, Girls returns to HBO for its second season—with a bit of a warning. “If you loved what we were doing last season, then we’re speaking right to you,” the show’s co-creator and star Lena Dunham told EW in our Winter TV Preview issue. “If you hated it, then I’m afraid things aren’t going to change.”

You’ll have to wait to see how you feel about the cocaine episode, and the episode where Hannah has a pretty awkward discussion about race. But in the meantime, we’ve been chatting with Dunham and Girls co-creator Jenni Konner about what to expect this season. Below, we’ve excerpted sections of two separate conversations with each show runner. They answer our burning questions about the new episodes.

Judging by the trailer, it looks like Hannah gets together with a lot of guys this season. How has the way she views her love life changed?
Lena Dunham: Hannah is desperate for experiences to write about, done with Adam and confident that she understands the mechanics of sex. (Spoiler alert: she doesn’t.) This leads to embracing unwise hookups and ruining wiser ones.
Jenni Konner: Let’s be honest, her love life is never that hot, but it will be very busy.

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Trailer with two nude girls in a tub talking about urine: Can you guess the HBO show?

Hannah oversharing, Jessa casually offending everyone around her, Marnie hating that her absence hasn’t ruined Charlie, two girls in a bathtub blowing snot and laughing about urine, lots of Elijah, and but a glimpse of Shoshanna. Yes, ladies and gents, it’s the new trailer for the second season of Girls, which returns to HBO Jan. 13. Whether you view the show as a candid exploration of 20-somethings struggling to find a place in the world or a weekly dose of spoiled brats whining about white people problems, let’s just agree that pop culture is simply more interesting with Girls in it. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Guys of 'Girls' talk about the show with Lena Dunham -- VIDEO

Lena Dunham rounded up the guys of Girls — Christopher Abbott, Adam Driver, Alex Karpovsky, and Andrew Rannells — for a quick roundtable discussion at a bar about the upcoming second season of the HBO comedy, premiering Jan. 13. And if their answers are any indication, things are about to get even crazier for our favorite group of hot messes.

It seems like Charlie (now rocking some serious facial hair!) will be in a love triangle with Marnie and Audrey; Ray is dating Shoshanna after sleeping with her in the finale; Adam is still being his weirdo self, and apparently new roommate Elijah and Hannah will be partaking in a lot of cocaine, which, if anything like Shoshanna’s experience with crack last season, will be highly entertaining. The group also discussed Dunham’s multiple roles behind the camera. “It was very odd for me to direct,” Dunham says. “It’s hard to see your onscreen boyfriend kissing another onscreen girl.”

Check out the discussion, and find out why they start calling Abbott Mr. Miyagi, below: READ FULL STORY

Lena Dunham threatens legal action, Gawker removes leaked book proposal

Didn’t get a chance to read Girls creator Lena Dunham’s $3.7 million book proposal when it leaked online last Friday? Too bad — Gawker, the site that originally published the proposal, has removed it after being contacted by Charles Harder, the 26-year-old multihyphenate’s lawyer. Buzzfeed has taken down every image from a post titled “9 Passages From Lena Dunham’s Book Proposal Illustrated By Her Instagrams” as well.

But while Gawker writer John Cook got rid of the proposal itself — though it’s probably still floating around on the Internet, since Cook posted it as a downloadable Scribd file — he neglected to scrub several of its quotes from his original blog post despite Harder’s cease and desist. Instead, Cook has added snide commentary meant “to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham’s proposal” to each excerpt. Example: “The quoted sentence demonstrates that Dunham is incapable of conceiving a rationale for writing that doesn’t serve the goal of drawing attention to herself.”

Girls returns to HBO Jan. 13.

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‘Girls’: The Maxim photo-shoot scene you never saw — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Lena Dunham faces her critics in new 'Girls' season 2 poster

Get ready, Internet: Only four more weeks before your Twitter feed is once again dominated by people arguing about Girls. HBO’s love-it-or-hate-it comedy returns January 13, promising more 20-something hijinks, more awkward sex, and lots more Lena Dunham — the series’ 26-year-old creator/writer/star/director/best boy.

Unsurprisingly, Dunham herself is front and center on the show’s new season 2 poster. The image is a close-up of the multihyphenate’s slightly hopeful face, emblazoned with an appropriately cheeky tagline: “Almost getting it kind of together.” Jury’s out on whether Dunham would be naked if the camera zoomed out. See the new poster after the jump:

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'Girls': The Maxim photo-shoot scene you never saw -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Do we really have to wait 36 and a half more days until HBO’s Girls returns for a second season? (The show comes back Jan. 13, if you don’t feel like doing the math.) That’s much too long to spend anticipating Lena Dunham’s make-out scene with Donald Glover (is that him at 0:16 in this trailer?), Allison Williams’ big karaoke performance of Sarah McLachlan’s “Building a Mystery,” and the sleazy-sexy return of Jorma “I Think You’re a Person Who’s About To Have Sex With Me” Taccone.

But until then, you can tide yourself over with reruns from the first season, which will be out on DVD on Dec. 11, with bonus scenes that didn’t make the first cut. In this one, Hannah (Dunham) and Marnie (Williams) run into Hannah’s college nemesis, Tally (played by Jenny Slate of SNL fame). Remember Tally from “Leave Me Alone,” the episode where she published her first book, and we learned that her boyfriend committed suicide by popping a Percocet and crashing his car? Well, here, she’s posing for a Maxim photo shoot, as part of the magazine’s “Women of Letters” series. And her barely-there bikini is, shall we say, very creative. Watch what happens below.

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