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The Oscar-winning screenwriter lives the quiet life these days, after being ‘traumatised’ by the success of Juno. She talks about staying out of the spotlight and the joy of writing romances for older characters
Diablo Cody’s new movie stars Meryl Streep and Streep’s own daughter, Mamie Gummer, as mother and daughter. It marks the reunion of Streep and Kevin Kline for only the second time since Sophie’s Choice (after A Prairie Home Companion). But all Cody wants to talk about is Rick Springfield, who plays Streep’s on-again-off-again boyfriend, the strummer in her character’s bar band.
“I’m just obsessed with Rick Springfield! I think everybody was by the time we wrapped. There’s just something about rock stars, they’re way cooler than movie people to me. He just exudes the rock-star charisma and I want to be his friend so badly. The guy can really shred! »
- John Patterson
Jason Reitman will direct a live read of “The Princess Bride” at the Toronto International Film Festival. The four-time Oscar nominated filmmaker behind “Juno,” “Up in the Air” and “Thank You for Smoking” took to Twitter to make the announcement. “In 1987, Princess Bride won Toronto Film Festival. On Sep 12th, we’re going to pay tribute to that perfect script,” he wrote after teasing the news with one of the most memorable quotes from the Rob Reiner-directed comedy.Also Read: 'Game of Thrones': Here's Another Way 'The Princess Bride' Could Have Ended Dear Toronto, Inconceivable! – Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) August 26, 2015 No word yet. »
- Greg Gilman
Before it decides which television projects to bring to series, Amazon Studios usually organizes its pilots in competitive seasons, during which viewers can decide which shows they enjoy the most. With its latest pickup, however, Amazon is skipping the public pilot presentation altogether. Variety has reported Amazon’s decision to greenlight Trial, a courtroom drama that will star Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt.
In Trial, Thorton will star as a disgraced attorney who must argue against his former colleague (Hurt) in a wrongful death case. Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Dredd) will appear as a young, prodigious lawyer. David E. Kelley, known for his work on legal dramas like The Practice, Boston Legal, and Ally McBeal, is the series’ creator.
As with other recent series presented by Amazon, Trial is the sort of show that could make some noise come awards season. Both Hurt and Thornton have received nominations at the »
- Sam Gutelle
The film, which starred Julianne Hough and Russell Brand, was slaughtered by critics and was pushed straight to DirectTV. It seems like the experience was enough that Cody says she won't ever direct another movie.
"I am retired from directing. I don't think I possess the leadership qualities required to be a director."
- Garth Franklin
With the indie sensation Juno, screenwriter Diablo Cody was quickly thrust into the spotlight as a success story of a stripper becoming a Hollywood scribe, making her one of the better known writers of movies in the industry. However, she’s yet to really match the success of her first big screen writing endeavor. Cody attempted […]
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- Ethan Anderton
In this day and age, you should always expect to be caught on camera. An interaction between actress Ellen Page and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has gone viral today after the 28-year-old Juno star confronted the Republican United States Senator while he was grilling pork chops at the Iowa State Fair on Friday. ABC News has video of the heated exchange, during which the actress, who was wearing a hat and sunglasses, confronted Cruz about "the persecution of gays in the workplace and Lgbt rights" (the senator has previously voiced his support for the controversial religious freedom bill and is strongly opposed to gay marriage). "What about the question about Lgbt people »
Few screenwriters these days are as well known as Diablo Cody. Her colorful backstory and distinctive dialogue made her a rare behind-the-scenes star when she broke out with “Juno” eight years ago, and her work, while not always as successful as that hit film, (which also won Cody an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay), has always been fascinating and worth a watch. Cody’s been back in the limelight recently after penning Jonathan Demme’s Meryl Streep-starring “Ricki & The Flash” (read our review here), and tells the Hollywood Reporter that despite her success, there’s one thing she’s unlikely to be doing again, and that’s directing a movie. Cody’s first feature as a helmer, 2013’s “Paradise” (starring Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer) was critically slaughtered (our review called it “a cloying after school special”), and it was released straight to DirectTV without much fanfare. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The story follows a foster family of orphans who are trained by the Us government as covert operatives, protecting their country during the day and battling each other at night. [Source: Deadline]
Hulu has ordered a pilot for the half-hour comedy "Future Man" which follows a janitor who must save humanity from extinction after mysterious visitors from the future say he's the key to defeating an imminent super-race invasion.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will direct the pilot and executive produce the series alongside James Weaver, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Schaffir and Matt Tolmach. Schaffir and Hunter will pen the script. [Source: Screen]
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CBS has picked up an untitled single-camera comedy series script about a group of twenty-somethings »
- Garth Franklin
“Trial” follows Billy McBride (Thornton), a once-respectable lawyer who was ousted from the high-profile firm he co-founded. Billy now spends his days getting drunk, with the occasional case tossed his way by his ex-wife, but his professional life is turned upside down when a young lawyer who has just been fired from his old firm brings him a wrongful death case that pits him against the head of his former firm.
Thirlby (“Juno,” “No Strings Attached”) will play Lucy Kittridge, a whip-smart, high-powered attorney who knows what she wants, which is money, sex and respect. Though she’s brilliant, she’s not as seasoned as she pretends to be, which gets her into trouble.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Olivia Thirlby (Juno) is set to co-star opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice creator David E. Kelley, which is on track for a 10-episode straight-to-series order. The legal drama, which Kelley co-wrote with his Practice producer, fellow former attorney Jonathan Shapiro, centers on Billy McBride (Thornton). Once a big and powerful lawyer, Billy has become a shell of his former self after losing a case that saw an innocent kid… »
The rise in critical acclaim for television shows over the years has been well-documented, with a corresponding rise in interest among viewers to discuss and analyse television the way films are at festivals. While festivals dedicated to television shows, such as Atx and PaleyFest, are on the rise, film festivals still outweigh them.
For its 2015 incarnation, however, the Toronto International Film Festival will be doing something unique, beginning a programme dedicated to television. Titled the Primetime Programme, the section of the festival will conduct screenings and Q&A sessions just like the films that play at Tiff, focusing on specific episodes of shows instead. The lineup for the inagural Primetime programme has now been announced, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Diablo Cody is known for her screenplays (Juno, Young Adult and Showtime's United States of Tara), but it turns out her directing foray did not leave her with the same sense of success: She won't be doing it again — ever. Cody helmed 2013's Paradise, which was released on VOD and critically panned. "I am retired from directing," she tells THR, adding: "I don't think I possess the leadership qualities required to be a
- Rebecca Ford
If you're used to Diablo Cody's screenplays about the young and acerbic, you may be surprised by her new film, Ricki and the Flash. It follows a 60-something bar rocker (played by Meryl Streep) who's so far outside pop culture's cool mainstream that she cheerfully voted for George W. Bush — twice! But in her own way, Ricki is just as complicated as the heroines in Cody's Juno and Young Adult, and she's grappling with the family she left behind decades ago to pursue her rock dreams in California ... dreams that have ostensibly led to little, since she still lives in a rundown apartment and plays her cover songs at a half-full bar deep in the San Fernando Valley. What did Cody see in Ricki, and how did the Oscar-winning writer channel some of her own frustrations into the character? Vulture sat down with her to find out.Ricki has »
- Kyle Buchanan
Diablo Cody has come a long way since "Juno," which blasted her into a studio writing career. In our wide-ranging interview below, the screenwriter admits that she's a lucky indie who writes personal stories about women--and still manages to work within the studio system. Five movies have been produced from her scripts in eight years: not bad. And she swears she will never direct again! Below she talks about independence and why she's the right person to write Sony's "Barbie" movie (2017). We continued the interview on audio after the video ran out: Anne Thompson: What was it like writing Showtime's "United States of Tara," starring Toni Collette as a mom with multiple personalities? Diabo Cody: That was a really great experience, but it was also really strange because I had never worked in television before. And typically when you're given your own show to create, you work your way up »
- Anne Thompson
Sony Pictures has set release dates for 16 new films. The best news that we can see from the list is that there are two Bad Boys sequels amongst them – one for release in 2017, and the fourth film in the series in 2019.
On the list is a potential reboot of Jumanji , the sixth movie in the Resident Evil franchise that we spoke of yesterday, and a street date for a Barbie movie, which we believe is being written by Juno scribe Diablo Cody.
Here’s the full list of movies, along with their Us release dates.
No future Bond on this list, thought Sony will probably announce that in good time ahead of a sure-thing, the 25th adventure in the 007 franchise, and potentially a final bow for star Daniel Craig.
Money Monster – 4/8/16
The Shallows – 6/24/16
Ghostbusters – 7/15/16*
Patient Zero – 9/2/16
The Magnificent Seven – 9/23/16*
Underworld 5 – 10/21/16
Passengers – 12/21/16
Jumanji – 12/25/16
The Dark Tower – 1/13/17
Resident Evil 6 – 1/27/17
Bad Boys 3 – 2/17/17
- Paul Heath
Update from editor Peter Sciretta: Sony has just announced they will be releasing a live-action movie based on the Barbie toy line on June 2nd 2017. The film was written by Jenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants, Rio 2) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body, Young Adult). Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes and Amy Pascal are producing. Angie Han’s original story from March 5th […]
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- Peter Sciretta
Coming to cinemas in the UK very soon is the Meryl Streep-led comedy drama Ricki and the Flash. The film is written by Diablo Cody (Juno) and directed by award-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs), and we have a brand new exclusive featurette to share with you.
First, here’s the synopsis.
Meryl Streep takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in Ricki and the Flash. In an original and electrifying film loaded with live musical performances, Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer; Rick Springfield, »
- Paul Heath
Ellen Page and her new girlfriend, artist Samantha Thomas, enjoyed a sunny afternoon in NYC together on Monday. Samantha kept her arm slung around Ellen's shoulder as they strolled through the city in matching black baseball caps. A source recently confirmed to Us Weekly that Ellen and Samantha, who is also an avid surfer, have been dating for seven months. It's the first time we've seen the actress going public with her relationship since she came out as gay in a moving, memorable speech during the Time to Thrive conference in February 2014. Ellen has been keeping busy in the Big Apple while filming the indie flick Tallulah with her Juno costar Allison Janney and will soon be doing the press rounds alongside Julianne Moore for their emotional drama, Freeheld. Keep reading to see Ellen and Samantha's sweet city stroll. »
New couple alert! Ellen Page is dating artist and avid surfer Samantha Thomas. The Juno star, 28, stepped out with her girlfriend in New York City on Monday, Aug. 3. Both Page and Thomas, who kept their arms wrapped around one another during their midday stroll, looked casual in simple T-shirts and matching black hats and sunglasses. According to a source, the X-Men: Days of Future Past actress has been dating Thomas for the past seven months. She came out as gay in February 2014, in an emotional [...] »
“Ricki and the Flash,” which opens on Aug. 7, 2015 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Mamie Gummer, Kevin Kline, Sebastian Stan, Rick Springfield, Ben Platt, Carmen Carrera, Audra McDonald and Charlotte Rae from director Jonathan Demme and “Juno” writer Diablo Cody.
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