Lena Dunham writes Girls when she's listening to Taylor Swift.
The writer and star of the huge HBO drama always puts her friend's records - famous for their tracks lamenting lost loves - when she's thinking of ideas for the show.
"She writes her own destiny in a way which is very unusual, especially for a young woman in the world of pop music. I wrote half of the first season of Girls listening to her Speak Now album and wrote much of the third season listening to Red," Lena said.
Lena, 27, is proud to call Taylor, 24, a friend and says she is always asking her for advice because she is very wise: "Taylor is a good friend of mine. I call her and text her all time. She helps me be stronger and make better decisions. She has amazing creative instincts. She's really a proponent of not feeling pressure from anybody else and recognizing that you have a better connection to what your 'brand' is than anybody else."
Homeland actor James Rebhorn has died at the age of 65.
The star - best known for playing Frank Mathison, the father of intelligence officer Carrie Mathison in the hit TV drama - has sadly passed away from a long battle with skin cancer, TMZ reports.
James is said to have died in his home on Friday night after his condition "drastically worsened" over the past weeks.
Aside from starring opposite Claire Danes in Homeland, the actor will be remembered for his roles in big Hollywood blockbusters, including Scent of a Woman alongside Al Pacino and playing Secretary of Defence Albert Nimziki in Independence Day. James began his career in the 50's and notched up parts in multiple TV shows including Third Watch, Law & Order, Boston Legal, 30 Rock and The Good Wife, as well as playing Reese Hughes on White Collar.
Lea Michele wants a role on American Horror Story.
The actress is gearing up to film the final season of Glee and intends to remain loyal to show creator Ryan Murphy as long as he wants her to play uptight Rachel Berry - but would happily jump ship to his other pet project for its upcoming carnival-themed series four.
When quizzed whether there might be a Rachel spin-off in the works, Lea remained coy and told chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, "I come from Broadway and on Broadway you stay in a show and that's it. You make it your home. So for me, I like the schedule, I like the routine, and I love Ryan and I love Rachel Berry. So I'll be Rachel singing in a senior citizens home for everyone. I've literally have said before that I will work for Ryan Murphy for the rest of my life. Unless he wants to put me on American Horror Story, I know what the theme is for next year and I'm in if he'll have me at least maybe for one episode. Let's start that campaign right now actually!"
Lena Dunham's mother wants her to marry Jimmy Fallon.
The Girls star has a "great boyfriend" in Fun. guitarist Jack Antoff but she admitted her mom has always had a secret hope that she would tie the knot with the late night talk show host, though he is already happily settled with wife, Nancy Juvonen and their eight-month-old daughter Winnie Rose.
Chris Martin has joined The Voice as a mentor.
The Coldplay frontman will have a special advisory role on the show - which has Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton as coaches - and met with the contestants ahead of the Battles: Round Two stage of the contest to advise them on their performances.
"Chris is to work with @adamlevine @blakeshelton @usher & @shakira as a Key Adviser on this season's US #TheVoice [sic]," a post on Coldplay's Twitter account read.
Network NBC, who aired the show, went on to explain Chris' role in more detail, revealing the "Viva La Vida" hitmaker helped the contestants with "vocal technique and stage presence." They said in a statement, "Martin advised each of the Battles: Round Two performers on vocal techniques, stage presence and the importance of tailoring songs to fit their persona and strengths. These artists will continue to try and earn the support of their respective coaches, who will be forced to decide who will move on to the Playoff Rounds. Each coach will have the opportunity to strategically steal one more artist in this round."
Sarah Michelle Gellar thinks she's too old to star in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.
The 36-year-old actress, who played teen heroine Buffy Summers in the sci-fi TV series between 1997 and 2003, doesn't foresee her classic TV show spawning a movie spin-off like Veronica Mars as she worries she wouldn't be able to pull off the daring martial arts stunts now she's older.
"I'm a little old now. I feel like Buffy would have a wooden stake walker. I'm not quite sure how that would work," she said.
The Crazy Ones star also admits she has her reservations about a big-screen adaptation of the series as Buffy originally started out as a critically panned, camp 1992 horror movie starring Kristy Swanson. Buffy was [already] a movie. See, I think people forget that. Buffy was a movie first, and I don't know if you guys know this, but it didn't really work! I see you laughing at me over there, but it kind of didn't work. We spent our whole first year or two apologizing for the movie. So, I think it would be an incredibly different pressure," she explained.
Lena Dunham wants Kendrick Lamar to appear on Girls.
The actress and writer is desperate for the "Swimming Pools" rapper to appear on her show and she's already got an idea of an "inappropriate" storyline he could be involved in: "If I could ever get any rapper, right now I'm going to go with Kendrick Lamar. I would want him for something inappropriate. I'd say to him, 'I'm in a relationship, but I want you to know that I connect with you on a visual level.' He would make a nice addition to our cast. He's really busy though."
Katie Holmes is in talks to launch her own reality show.
The Don't Be Afraid of the Dark star has reportedly been plotting to reinvent herself as America's next domestic goddess in the vein of fellow actress Gwyneth Paltrow and is considering showing her life on the small screen.
"Katie admires how Gwyneth Paltrow has carved out a foodie career. She's hoping this might be a great new direction for her. A number of prominent cable networks are interested in the show, which will see Katie learning to make different dishes, as well as concentrating on catering for children," a source said.
The report comes after Katie, 35, posted pictures of herself with her designer pal Zac Posen learning how to make fresh pasta at Mario Batali's New York cookery school, Eataly. It is thought Katie was getting advice from the top chef about her new show, especially since she only started to experiment in the kitchen two years ago.
True Detective may be one of HBO's hottest shows right now, but Community stars Joel McHale and Jim Rash aren't so sure that everyone truly understands what Matthew McConaughey (Rust) and Woody Harrelson (Marty) are saying in the cop drama.
For a short segment on McHale's satiric E! talk show, The Soup, the comedian slips into McConaughey's role while Rash pulls of his impression of Harrelson on the new series. In recreating key scenes, the pair not only exaggerate the characters' southern accents but also spout some nonsensical dialogue, a crack at the show's lines rich that are rich with metaphors.
Regardless of whether or not folks can understand what Rust and Marty are saying every Sunday night, it doesn't seem to be hurting viewership!
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WWE Superstar Fandango wants to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.
The 32-year-old wrestler is a fan of the program and if the opportunity arose to compete on the ballroom show he'd jump at the chance. Fandango - who uses ballroom dance moves in the ring and is always accompanied by his "dancing partner" Summer Rae - first got into the series when fellow WWE Superstar Chris Jericho competed on it in 2011. When asked if he'd like to compete on the series, Fandango told BANG Showbiz, "I would like to give it a go, I just need the right partner - maybe a lingerie model! I've watched Dancing with the Stars, I watched when Chris Jericho was on it, I think it's cool. It's always cool to see the stars - whether they're a football player or an actor, an actress, a model, whatever - put into that situation of crunch training to try and win the show. How they deal with the pressures and their egos of not being really good at it is interesting to see."
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