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'Girls' meets 'Glee'? Watch the trailer for 'College Musical' with Allison Williams

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Sometimes if you think lovely, wonderful thoughts, wishes can come true.

YouTube stars Kurt Schneider and Sam Tsui have finally released the trailer for the college-set musical film aptly titled College Musical. The movie was made four years ago and features a pre-Girls Allison Williams and Tsui himself. The film, which will stream live around the world tomorrow at 8 p.m. PST from Los Angeles’ YouTube Space, may give us another peek at Williams’ singing skills before she stars as the lead on NBC’s Peter Pan Live! in December.

Allison Williams shares video of her 'Peter Pan Live!' flying training

It’s only been about two weeks since Allison Williams started using Instagram, but she’s already proven herself a master of the medium. She’s done a throwback post, an aw-shucks shot of her performing, and even Instagrammed her breakfast (a very Marnie-on-Girls thing to do). But on Wednesday, Williams posted a video of her first day of flying lessons for Peter Pan Live!

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In Defense of Allison Williams as Peter Pan

Let me start by admitting something that I’m not proud of.

When I first learned that Allison Williams had been cast as Peter Pan in NBC’s Peter Pan Live, I was gleeful. I absolutely could not wait to sit down in front of the television—with a platter of sad tacos—and savor the schadenfreude of seeing Marnie from Girls unleash her theater-geekdom on national television. And apparently, I’m not alone. Not everyone is happy about this news. Some have blamed the casting on nepotism. Critics like to suggest that Williams and other Girls stars are only successful because of their celebrity parents. (Williams’ dad is NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, though I’d challenge anyone to explain exactly how having visual artists for parents has helped Lena Dunham.) So the idea that Daddy might’ve sprinkled some pixie dust on the casting directors until they planted that feather in Allison’s little green hat won’t do anything to silence that argument.

Others claim that Williams’ voice is strained, judging by her many awkward performances on Girls. (I couldn’t find YouTube links to her versions of “Take Me Or Leave Me” or “Building a Mystery,” but they’re out there somewhere.) Williams, though, claims that these scenes were just good acting. “I made the choice pretty early on, just in terms of maintaining my own sanity, to not try to make Marnie a very studied, exacting singer. Or trained, really,” she told EW earlier this year. “And I’m someone who took voice lessons for many, many years, so in making that decision, it sort of took the pressure off of me to sing perfectly.”

You don’t have to believe her, but I do. It’s obvious that she’s capable of singing beautifully when she wants to. In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I started to question my own knee-jerk reaction. First of all, the casting is kind of genius. Williams is best known for a show about young people who won’t grow up. Marnie and her friends are so obviously the Peter Pans of their own private Hipsturbia that they even wear actual Peter Pan collars sometimes. Also, Pan plays with gender roles in a way similar to Girls. HBO’s comedy shows that women can be just as stunted as the man-children in Judd Apatow’s movies. But in J.M. Barrie’s original book, Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, it’s only the guys who get to act like kids forever: The Lost Boys even demand that Wendy act like their mother, tucking them into bed at night. So it feels appropriate that a Girls star is the one following in the musical’s tradition of casting a woman to play Pan.

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Watch Brian Williams report Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan Live' news

Brian Williams is a bit of a cool dad (or as Hannah Horvath of Girls might put it, a “kewl dad”): He’s up with the rhymes the kids are throwing around these days, and hey, he’s even chill when watching his daughter, Allison Williams, replicate sex on Girls. (Let’s all take a moment to imagine him visiting the set, asking, “You guys need anything? Some snacks? Condoms? Let me know!”)

So when the news broke yesterday that his daughter had been cast in NBC’s Peter Pan Live, it was time for Williams to prove his real cool-dad cred. He didn’t let on that Allison  was his daughter, but (how could you resist?) he did drop a childhood photo of her already in costume.

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Let's cast everyone from 'Girls' in NBC's 'Peter Pan'

That collective “whaaaaa?!” you heard around 9:40 a.m. this morning was the sound of the internet learning that NBC had cast Girls star Allison Williams as the title role in its upcoming production of Peter Pan Live.

On its surface, the decision seems, well, kind of bizarre. Think about it for a minute, though, and you may get where NBC is coming from: Williams is a practiced, experienced singer, and she’s also long harbored dreams of voicing a Disney character someday. (This Pan musical is different from Disney’s animated take, but it’s just as much of a family-friendly classic.) She’s also got the wide-eyed, gamine quality of a young Mary Martin or Cathy Rigby, the two actresses who have most famously played this version of Pan in the past.

That said: For anyone who watches Girls, it’s going to be pretty tough to get over the cognitive dissonance of watching judgmental, aimless Marnie flitting around in tights, belting about how she’s gotta crow. Which is why we should take this opportunity to imagine an even weirder parallel universe in which a) the characters on Girls are real and b) they’ve all been cast in a live TV production of Peter Pan. Here’s who’d be playing who. (Since he joined the production before Williams did, this cast list assumes that Christopher Walken is still on board as Captain Hook—even though I’m sure we’re all yearning to see Brian Williams take over the part now.) READ FULL STORY

'Girls' star Allison Williams spills all of Pete Holmes' most embarrassing secrets -- VIDEO

Have you been watching The Pete Holmes Show, a new Conan O’Brien-produced program on TBS? It’s part talk show, part sketch show, and all charming — thanks mostly to Pete Holmes himself, a veteran standup who’s probably best known outside of comedy circles for voicing the E-Trade baby in a series of popular commercials. (So yeah, Lindsay Lohan isn’t his biggest fan.)

But Holmes is more than a simple comedian. As the host revealed during his show’s second episode Tuesday night, he’s also a “gal kinda fella” — a.k.a. a dude who’s perfectly comfortable sitting on a couch in his PJs and eating fro-yo while Allison Williams of Girls fame spills all of his deepest, darkest secrets, including when he lost his virginity and why he and his ex-wife got divorced. (Spoiler alert: She was cheating on him with some dude named Rocko.) Also, they spend some time speaking in exaggerated Bahston accents, just ’cause.

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'Girls' of summer: Marnie daintily fights for her life in a shocking Argentine tango twist! -- NOT REAL

I can’t get over how much So You Think You Can Dance contestant Hayley Erbert resembled a super sequin-y Allison Williams last night. Anyone else? Bueller? Brian? Oh well. READ FULL STORY

'Girls': How are we supposed to feel about Adam?

Adam in the Girls pilot to a just-fired Hannah: “You should never be anyone’s f—ing slave, except mine.”
Adam in the Girls season 2 finale when a distraught Hannah whimpers ‘You’re here': “I was always here.”

In a show called Girls, last night’s episode seemed to have a lot to do with boys. Marnie  is now back with Charlie and there’s this uncomfortable feeling that she believes this solves everything — including the fact that she saw her career prospects go to shambles this season. Shoshanna breaks up with the guy she lost her virginity to — at least this feels like growth. And Adam and Hannah… well, I’m not sure. What was with that rom-com ending? Were we supposed to be left satisfied or weary? And how are we supposed to feel about Adam? Is he violent, misunderstood, kind, cruel, or some mixture of all of these. Let’s dive in. READ FULL STORY

Allison Williams envisions how her dad, Brian Williams, would report her death

We got a dark look into the recesses of Girls star Allison Williams’ mind last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live when she admitted that she often imagines how her father, Brian Williams, would read her obituary on the news.

“I mean obviously he probably would skip work for like a day,” Allison joked. In her imagination, her dad gives a very formal announcement ending with a somber look down and the phrase “she will be missed,” followed by a quick segue (he’s a professional) to a story about heart medication. Watch the clip below:

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