Leon Panetta interview

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Panetta criticizes the President for not making earlier strides to fight Syria and act upon intelligence to thwart the ISIS threat. Too often, in my view, the president relies on the logic of a law professor rather than the passion of a leader.

Hosts Democratic fundraiser

Paltrow hosts a fundraiser for President Obama in the backyard of her Brentwood mansion. After congratulating the president for endorsing equal pay for women, an issue she said is “very important to me as a working mother,” she compliments the President: You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly …

Party isolates president

Seeing the president as a liability to their campaigns, Democrats running for office this Fall choose to isolate President Obama. While the President spoke at fundraising events in Manhattan and plans to attend a backyard gala at the home of Gwyneth Paltrow, he will not receive invitations from Democratic senators like Mark Pryor in Arkansas. He’s […]

Bilateral talks

Modi meets with Obama at the White House for a bilateral discussion. The two democratic countries have been trying to rekindle a bilateral relationship that had been flagging. Obama: We … reaffirmed that as two of the world’s largest democracies that we have so much in common it is critical for us to continue to deepen and […]

Lena Dunham born in New York City

Lena Dunham is born in New York City to artist parents Carroll Dunham, painter, and Laurie Simmons, photographer and painter. She has one sister, Grace. She attends St. Ann School in Brooklyn, and divides her time between New York and her family’s home in Salisbury, Connecticut. Dunham writes about her life at age eight: My name […]

Creative Nonfiction

Dunham makes a low-budget, low-fi sixty minute film about Ella, a college student (played by Dunham) who has ambivalent feelings about her dorm-mate Chris. Ella is a virgin, and the film wrestles with her anxieties about sex as she tries unsuccessfully to complete a screenplay she has to finish in order to graduate. The film premiered at […]

Ask Lena

Dunham publishes videos to promote her book Not That Kind of Girl on her Youtube channel “Ask Lena.” Dunham fields questions from her fans against a backdrop of a cartoonish representation of a New York City office. In the first installment, she answers a question from a fan about whether she can still be called a feminist […]

Compensates Performers

In a reverse decision, Dunham decides to compensate performers who were originally signed on to perform opening acts for her book tour without pay. As an artist raised by artists, no one believes more than I do that creators should be fairly compensated for their work​. Dunham’s decision comes after controversy emerged when Gawker listed […]

Doesn’t Pay Performers

In a controversy fueled by Gawker, Dunham does not pay the seven performers she hand-picked to “warm-up” the crowd for her 11-city book tour. To enliven her book tour, the actor-cum-writer chose from among 600 applicants who applied online to perform for her tour. Gawker claims that since she is expected to make $304,000 in […]

Book Tour

Dunham begins at Barnes & Noble’s Union Square location in New York. part of her 11-city tour promoting her collection of personal essays Not That Kind of Girl. Dunham chose seven performers to act as “warm-up” for her tour, which includes live music and food trucks. Tickets to the scheduled events cost $38 and include a sign copied […]

Signs Book Deal

Dunham signs a more than $3.5 million book deal. After submitting a glossy 66 page proposal to publishers for her collection of personal essays entitled Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned, Random House signs Dunham on for the project, buying both American and Canadian book rights. According to the […]

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham is an Emmy Award-winning American writer, director, and actor. Born on May 13, 1986 in New York City, Dunham grew up in Brooklyn and attended Oberlin College, where she studied creative writing. In  2010, she wrote and directed a feature length film Tiny Furniture, which gained her the attention of Judd Appatow and Nora Ephron, […]

Not That Kind of Girl

Dunham writes a memoir Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned.” She dedicates the book to her family, her boyfriend, and to “Nora” — Nora Ephron, the writer and director, and Dunham’s mentor and friend. In the spirit of Helen Gurley Brown’s Having it All, Dunham doles out advice to young millennials, recounts tales of […]

Catherine, Called Birdy film adaptation

While speaking to a crowd at the New Yorker Festival, Dunham reveals she is working on adapting Karen Cushman’s young adult novel Catherine, Called Birdy into a film. The novel, set during the Middle Ages, is a coming of age tale of a young girl growing up circa 1290. This is actually my first time talking about it […]

Date Rape

In Dunham’s book Not That Kind of Girl, she writes she was raped when she was a college student at Oberlin, but did not realize it was rape until she told about her encounter to her roommate. Audrey’s pale little face goes blank. She clutches my hand and, in a voice reserved for moms in Lifetime […]

Develops Pilot

Dunham and Jenni Konner plan to develop a comedy series on HBO based on the life of personal shopper Betty Halbreich. The duo have been tasked to write the pilot for the show. HBO has not officially announced the show but it has confirmed that Dunham and Konner will work to adapt Halbreich’s memoir All Dressed […]

Tiny Furniture

In the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, Dunham screens her feature length film Tiny Furniture. Dunham wrote and directed the film, which tells the story of a young woman freshly graduated from college trying to find her next step while living in her parents apartment in TriBeca. The film wins the festival’s best feature […]


Dunham’s cable television series Girls debuts on HBO. The series purports to chronicle the lives of four twenty-something single women living in New York. The show, produced by Judd Appatow, features Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Adam Driver, Zosia Mamet, Alex Karpovsky. Dunham conceived of the show, and is its principal creator, as well as starring in […]

Court hears workers’ case

In a Supreme Court hearing that could determine the terms for employee pay, Amazon workers argue they should be compensated for the 25 minutes both ways it takes to go through security checkpoints. The case is part of a class-action lawsuit filed against companies like Amazon and includes over 400,000 plaintiffs about the meaning of a […]

War Powers Dispute

Senator Tim Kaine continues to put pressure on President Obama’s authority to wage war on ISIS forces. Kaine has been battling the President on his unilateral decision to fight ISIS since June, and a “spirited discussion” between Kaine and Obama confirms the dispute is ongoing. I could not disagree more. You don’t ask people to sacrifice […]

Wins Oscar

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2013 for 12 Years a Slave. Will Smith presents the award. McQueen: Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. I dedicate this award to all the people who […]

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Producers David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick and Marc Norman win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1998 for Shakespeare in Love. Harrison Ford presents the award. Weinstein: I don’t know, we made this movie — this is a movie about life and art. And art and life combining is called magic. For me, this […]

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Producers James Cameron and Jon Landau win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1997 for Titanic. Sean Connery presents the award. Landau: So this morning I woke up and couldn’t wait for the day to be over. Now I don’t want it to stop. I can’t act and I can’t compose and I can’t do visual effects, so […]

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Saul Saentz wins the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1996 for The English Patient. Al Pacino presents the award. I’d like to thank actors. I love actors. Producers are supposed to not be in love with them, but I love ’em.

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Producers Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd, Jr. and Bruce Davey win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1995 for Braveheart. Sidney Poitier presents the award. We’ve only got forty-five seconds and I don’t want to hog the limelight from these two gentlemen who really deserve the statue. Thank you again, all those people I thanked before. And I owe […]

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Producers Wendy Finerman, Steve Tisch and Steve Starkey win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1994 for Forrest Gump. Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino present the award. Tisch: “Forrest Gump” isn’t about politics or conservative values. It’s about humanity. It’s about respect, tolerance and unconditional love.  

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Producers Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen and Branko Lustig win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1993 for Schindler’s List. Harrison Ford presents the award. Lustig: My number was 83317. I am a Holocaust survivor. It’s a long way from Auschwitz to this stage.    

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Producer, director, and actor Clint Eastwood wins the Academy Award for Best Picture for the western Unforgiven. Jack Nicholson presents the award. Thank you. This is just a wonderful one because this includes, this goes to just about everybody I can think of.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Winfrey wins the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 84th American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Award ceremony held in the Hollywood & Highland Center Grand Ballroom. Lawrence Gordon, John Travolta, Maria Shriver, and Ayanna Hall present the award. I never imagined myself receiving an Oscar, certainly not for doing what I believe is a part of my […]

Wins Oscar

Producer Thomas Langmann wins the Academy Award for Best Picture for the silent film drama The Artist. Langmann is accompanied on stage by the director Michel Hazanavicius and 12 more members of the cast and crew. Tom Cruise presents the award. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to you, members of the Academy

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Zeta-Jones wins the Academy Award for Best Performance of an Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Roxie Hart in the musical comedy Chicago. Sean Connery presents the award. Zeta-Jones, who is nearly nine-months pregnant, refers to her soon-to-be-born second child and her hormones: This is too–I mean, my hormones are just too way out of control to be dealing […]

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Hathaway wins the Academy Award for Best Performance of an Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Fantine in the film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables. Christopher Plummer presents the award. Here’s hoping that someday in the not too distant future the misfortunes of “Fantine” will only be found in stories and nevermore in real life.

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Producers Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2012 for Argo. Jack Nicholson, and Michelle Obama, via satellite link from Washington, D.C., present the award. Affleck: You can’t hold grudges. It’s hard but you can’t hold grudges. And it doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life, because that’s […]

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Hazanavicius wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his drama The Artist. Michael Douglas presents the award. Yes, thank you. Thank you very much. I have an Oscar. I forgot my speech. Okay. I am the happiest director in the world right now. Thank you for that. Thank you, the Academy.

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Hooper wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his historical drama The King’s Speech. Hilary Swank and Kathryn Bigelow present the award. . . . my mum in 2007 was invited . . . in London to a fringe theater play reading of an unproduced, unrehearsed play called “The King’s Speech.” Now she’s never been invited […]

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Bigelow wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for her war drama The Hurt Locker. Bigelow is the first woman to win an Oscar for directing. Barbra Streisand presents the award. And I’d just like to dedicate this to the women and men in the military who risk their lives on a daily basis in Iraq and […]

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Boyle wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his drama Slumdog Millionaire. Reese Witherspoon presents the award. Finally, just to say to Mumbai: Unending, inseparable, unborn. All of you who helped us make the film and all of those of you who didn’t, thank you so much. You dwarf even this guy [gesturing to the […]

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The Coen brothers win the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for No Country for Old Men. Martin Scorsese presents the award. In the late sixties, when Ethan was eleven or twelve, he got a suit and a briefcase and we went to the Minneapolis International Airport with a Super-8 camera and made a movie about […]

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Scorsese wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for the crime drama The Departed. Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola present the award. Could you double-check the envelope? Thank you. I mean, I’m overwhelmed with this honor with the Academy and also the honor of being presented by my old, old friends.

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Lee wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his drama Brokeback Mountain. Tom Hanks presents the award. (To the Oscar statuette:) Wow, I wish I knew how to quit you.

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Jackson wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for the fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Tom Cruise presents the award. When I was eight years old I made films at home on a Super-8 camera that my mum and dad had bought for me. And they supported me all through […]

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Howard wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his drama Beautiful Mind. Mel Gibson presents the award. I also want to mention that before my mom (Jean Howard) passed away about eighteen months ago, she predicted that this was going to happen for me on this film. Well, she also made that prediction on every movie […]

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Polanski wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his historical drama The Pianist. Harrison Ford presents the award, but since Polanski is not present Ford accepts the Oscar in his absence. The Academy congratulates Roman Polanski and accepts this award on his behalf.

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Soderbergh wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his thriller Traffic. Tom Cruise presents the award. I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating. I don’t care if it’s a book, a film, a painting, a dance, a piece of theater, a piece of music… Anybody who spends part of their […]

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Mendes wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for the satirical drama American Beauty. Steven Spielberg presents the award. I want to say thank you to an astonishing young studio, DreamWorks, for having the courage to hire a bloke from English theatre to do a movie about American suburbia, and then trusting him.

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Cuarón wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his space drama Gravity. Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier present the award. I want to thank “Gravity,” because for many of us involved in this film it was definitely a transformative experience.

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Lee wins his second Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his film adaptation of Yann Martel’s shipwreck drama Life of Pi. Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas present the award. Thank you, movie god. I really need to share this with all three thousand, everybody worked with me on “Life of Pi.”

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Spielberg wins his second Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his World War II drama Saving Private Ryan. Kevin Costner presents the award. Let me just turn my eyes to Mr. Hanks who from the very, very beginning said to me, this is going to be something extraordinary. We weren’t really talking about the film, we […]

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Zemeckis wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his comedy drama Forrest Gump. Steven Spielberg presents the award. In historic numbers you (motion picture audiences) have embraced a film that at its heart offers a human, life-affirming, hopeful story.

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Costner wins the Academy Award for Best Directing for his western adventure drama Dances With Wolves. Tom Cruise presents the award. Everyone knows that you really don’t make pictures by yourself and I accept this tonight on behalf of, of my friends, people that influenced my life, influenced this movie . . . http://oscar.go.com/video/PL55171715/_m_VDKA0_qiwjr44k