Lena Dunham knows how to write about life in New York and the perils of navigating relationships, but can she pen meaningful dialogue for Archie and Jughead? The Girls creator and star has been commissioned to create a four-part series of Archie Comics. Dunham’s storyline will follow Archie Andrews and his eternal-teen pals as they get involved with a new reality show filming in their fictional hometown of Riverdale. And nobody had to twist Dunham’s arm to take the job. “I was an avid Archie collector as a kid – conventions, first editions that I kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang,” Dunham said in a statement. “It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance.” The Dunham issues are slated to go on sale in mid-2015.
If you simply can’t wait for the season-four premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones, get thee to the Big Apple. HBO has announced a promotion that will give 7000 fans the chance to attend an advance screening of the fantasy drama series at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 20. Besides running the first new episode, the screening will feature a display of costumes and props used during filming of the series, including the infamous Iron Throne. Tickets for the event go on sale this week with all proceeds going to charity. Everybody else will have to wait for the return of Game of Thrones on April 6 on HBO and HBO Canada.
It’s official: Demi Lovato’s Disney Channel days are far behind her. The former star of Sonny with a Chance has shocked fans by shaving one side of her head with an edgy buzz cut, while the rest of her hair has been dyed pink. Lovato posted several pictures of her new look to Twitter on Tuesday, along with the comment, “So…This happened. Oops.” The 21-year-old Lovato is currently on a U.S. concert tour and recently announced that she won’t be returning as a celebrity judge on The X Factor.
Conan O’Brien will break out his tuxedo to host the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. The TV veteran made the announcement on Tuesday night’s edition of his TBS talk show Conan. Said O’Brien: “After eight years of intense negotiations, I am honoured to announce I am hosting MTV’s second-most prestigious awards show.” First broadcast in 1992, the MTV Movie Awards are considered an irreverent alternative to the Oscars and include such categories as Best Kiss and Best Villain. The 2014 MTV Movie Awards will air live from Los Angeles on April 13.
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Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey has confirmed he will not appear in a potential second season of True Detective. The recent Best Actor recipient for Dallas Buyer’s Club said his involvement in the hit HBO series (of which he’s also executive producer with co-star Woody Harrelson) was a case of one and done. “We won’t be back for season two,” McConaughey said this week. “Season one was finite.” Created and written by Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective was planned as a short-run anthology series consisting of eight chapters, with the final instalment airing March 8. So far HBO has not confirmed whether it will commission a second season of the show.
Matt Groening has taken to Twitter to tell the truth behind last weekend’s hugely popular Oscar selfie. The Simpsons creator posted an animated version of the picture to his Twitter account depicting Simpsonized versions of Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt and others rudely shoving Homer Simpson out of the picture (lensman Bradley Cooper even has his foot on Homer’s head). Groening also posted the comment, “The ugly true story of that Oscar selfie can finally be told! Let’s break Twitter again. Look for Bart.” The original selfie broke Twitter records last Sunday night when it was retweeted more than three-million times.