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Lena Dunham Was Fired from HBO’s ‘Mildred Pierce’

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Drama, Mini Series, HBO, Features

Lena DunhamDespite Lena Dunham's great success with her HBO series Girls, the 27-year-old has revealed that she had been fired from her last HBO project, Mildred Pierce.

"I got fired off the one day I did. Fired might be a rough word but I got sweetly dismissed," Dunham said.

The Girls creator admitted that she didn't properly prepare for her role as a nurse in the period drama, which stars Kate Winslet: "I didn't practice. I looked over the script with my mom and since the project takes place in the '30s I was like, 'Am I supposed to do any kind of accent?' My mom was like, 'They are hiring you to be you. Just go for it.' "

Unfortunately for Lena, her mom's advice didn't work out: "You could just see everybody's face drop... It was like Ricky Gervais in Extras. They were like, 'This is a f***ing disaster.'"

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Quote of the Day: Kate Winslet on Doing TV Projects

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Mini Series, Cable, HBO

Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce

"It never occurred to me, beyond the moment of reading those scripts, 'Wow, this is television, therefore it's going to be different somehow.' Sure we have more to shoot ... but the level of determination and level of focus was so much more intense than certainly any film I've ever been apart."

-Oscar winner Kate Winslet on filming Mildred Pierce, an HBO miniseries that will debut on March 27.

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Preview Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood in Mildred Pierce

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Mini Series, Cable, HBO, Video


Could this be the event that brings viewers back to HBO?

Early next year, Oscar winner Kate Winslet will be featured in , a five-part miniseries based on the James Cain novel. (Joan Crawford won an Academy Award for her role in a 1945 adaptation.) The Depression-era set tale centers on Pierce (Winslet), a mother who fights to maintain a middle-class position for her family, and the troubled relationship with her daughter (True Blood‘s Evan Rachel Wood).

Mildred—directed by Far From Heaven‘s Todd Haynes—will debut in the spring.

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Getting Into Character: Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce

Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce

Oscar winner could choose just about any role she wants on film, but she’ll soon be taking her talent to the small screen.

In this picture, The Reader actress was snapped on the New York set of , an upcoming miniseries based on the 1941 novel from James Cain. (Joan Crawford won an Oscar for playing the same role in 1945.) The story follows a single mother during the Great Depression who struggles to maintain a middle-class position for herself and her daughter.

Pierce, which will air on HBO, also stars as Mildred’s daughter, Veda, and Guy Pearce as Monty Beragon, Mildred’s love interest.

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Casting Corner: Mildred Pierce, My Boys and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Mildred Pierce: HBO has rounded up a few more key players for its upcoming adaptation of the 1941 novel. The miniseries - which already boasts Kate Winslet as the title character - will also feature Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler) as Mildred’s daughter, Veda, and Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker) as Monty Beragon, Mildred’s love interest. Filming on the five-parter will begin next month.

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