News Nuggets: Lena Dunham skewers reporter over ‘Girls’ nudity question

Tim Molloy asks Lena Dunham (“Girls“) a question at a Television Critics Association panel event Thursday and gets skewered. He wanted to know why her character is “naked so much” on the HBO comedy. Her response: “Yeah. It’s because it’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it. If you are not into me, that’s your problem.” The show’s executive producer Judd Apatow then criticized Molloy even further with a personal attack. The Wrap.

The Academy’s visual effects branch met Thursday night and voted for their 2013 Oscar nominees. Bill Desowitz claims that “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and “Pacific Rim” wowed the packed Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Presentations by “World War Z,” “The Lone Ranger,” and “Oblivion” were also well received. Thompson on Hollywood.

More Golden Globe presenters have been added to the ceremony for Sunday night. They include Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock, Jim Carrey, Emilia Clarke, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diddy, Aaron Eckhart, Jonah Hill, Niki Lauda, Paula Patton, Zoe Saldana, Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Usher, and Christoph Waltz. Stone will present the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Woody Allen (with Diane Keaton accepting). HFPA.

Already the top comedy on television, “The Big Bang Theory” is now even more popular. Thursday’s episode drew 20.1 million viewers, the largest audience ever for the CBS comedy. It even helped boost the rest of the Thursday lineup for the network, including “The Millers” and “The Crazy Ones.” TV Guide.

AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson reports a record voting turnout for this year’s Oscar nominations. Ballots were due Wednesday, and many were turned in within the last few days after phone and e-mail reminder messages. The Academy is not revealing what percentage of the 6,028 eligible members actually voted online or by regular mail. Nominations will be announced by President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and actor Chris Hemsworth next Thursday, January 16. Deadline.

End of year correction for 2013 at the box office: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has caught “Iron Man 3” to be the top film for the year. The Thursday take of $493,000 pushed the Jennifer Lawrence flick past the Robert Downey, Jr. movie for a domestic haul of $409.4 million. The next two sequels will be released in November of 2014 and 2015. Variety.

Could the overwhelming success of Disney’s animated hit “Frozen” next lead to Broadway? Beyond the excellent box office, the film’s soundtrack currently tops the music charts. The song “Let It Go” is a frontrunner for Oscar gold, as is the movie itself as Best Animated Feature. A Disney exec says no decision has been made, but they “are obviously aware how powerful it is and how powerful the music is.” Cinema Blend.

Live with Kelly and Michael” offers up a special post-Oscars show the morning after the ceremony. Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan will welcome several of the winners and others in their live show from the Dolby Theatre on Monday, March 3. Past guests have included Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer, and Christoph Waltz. Anyone can request free tickets by visiting the show’s website. TV by the Numbers.

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