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07 November 2012 @ 02:22 pm
Diablo Cody just had her second child. She directed her first film Lamb of God while pregnant. She spoke with David Zax at Fast Company about the sexism in the media especially surrounding pregnant women.

I was about six months pregnant while we were shooting. Believe me, when I’m pregnant, I hear my fair share of Juno jokes. People were surprised that I was going to direct this movie while I was pregnant, and I guess I felt it was important to not delay production and to actually go do it, because I wanted to show people that pregnancy is not a disability, and a pregnant lady can be in a position of power and crazy shit won’t happen. And we made it.

There is some major league discrimination that freaks out Hollywood decision makers regarding hiring women with kids, women who are pregnant or women who could potentially become pregnant as directors. I've had directors tell me they have lied and not revealed they were pregnant to get a job. It's just bullshit and is one place where the double standard between male and female roles in our culture is amplified.

Nobody would ever care if a male CEO was expecting a child--or frankly if a male director was expecting a child. I’ve worked with a lot of directors who had babies on the way or had them at home, and nobody ever said, “What are you doing here on set?”

Because I’m a powerful woman with a career, and my baby sleeps in bed with me every night, and I breastfeed, and I do all those wonderful motherly nurturing things--and I have a really badass high-profile job. You can do both things.

Let me say I disagree with the headline of the piece saying that pregnant women can have it all. This is not about having it all. This is about hiring competent people to do jobs and not discriminating. We need more women like Diablo Cody to speak out about this topic.

Lamb of God is currently in post-production. No date on its release.

Diablo Cody On Why Pregnant Women Can Have It All--And Direct (Fast Company)

06 November 2012 @ 04:56 pm
A Diablo Cody comedy series might someday join ABC’s Wednesday-night lineup.

The Juno writer, United States of Tara creator, and former Entertainment Weekly columnist just sold a pilot script to the broadcast network called Alex + Amy. The logline: “Comedy about a romance between an ambitious 22-year-old Millennial guy and a 32-year-old Gen X woman who have just moved in together and are very much in love.” The project is produced by Warner Bros. TV and Amblin Entertainment, with the deal including a penalty if a pilot is not shot. Executive producers are Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Mason Novick.

Meanwhile, ABC’s new comedy The Neighbors has been relatively modest in the ratings, yet the show still managed to receive a full-season order.


Now filming her directorial debut, Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno and Young Adult, says she wouldn’t be directing today if Nora Ephron hadn’t paved the way. As told to Marlow Stern.

It’s really sad for everybody.

I think it’s safe to say that, as a filmmaker, Nora Ephron has been a godsend to any aspiring woman in this business. Her body of work is an eternal reply to the questions “Are women funny? Can women direct?” Everything she did was unbelievably elegant, hilarious, and warm—basically everything anyone aspires to when they’re writing a romantic comedy, but I don’t think anyone will ever do it as well as she did. I don’t know if there is an heir to Nora Ephron working today; she was singular in that way.

When I think about Sally from When Harry Met Sally, we’ve seen the archetype of the uptight, neurotic woman in romantic comedies before, but Sally is real. That’s the difference. There’s an intelligence there and she doesn’t just function as the uptight foil to Billy Crystal; she’s a multidimensional character with her own story and desires. I think that movie’s a masterpiece. There’s that amazing scene where Billy Crystal goes in to comfort her, and she says, “I’m going to be 40!” The way she’s sobbing, the scene is just so well-directed because it’s screwball comedy the way Meg Ryan’s playing it, but at the same time, it’s just so unbelievably funny and real.

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Actress Julianne Hough is still pinching herself in disbelief after landing her dream role in Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody's directorial debut Lamb Of God.

The former Dancing With the Stars regular, who stars in Tom Cruise's new movie Rock of Ages, admits she can't believe she beat out other leading ladies to portray a Christian evangelist with burns over two-thirds of her body.

She tells WENN, "I play a burn survivor trying to find out who she is all over again. It was one of those movies where you become so grateful and you just want to be a really nice person and know everybody's name. It was one of those times in my life where I will always remember that role.

"I went back to a time when I was five years old, when I loved life; the film changed me. Every day I told Diablo, 'Thank you so much for giving me this role because every girl in Hollywood wanted it.'

"She could have had anybody she wanted and she went with a dancer chick."

We're flailing for Kaling in the RBT this week as Mindy & Diablo dish on Bennifer, Charlize Theron's beauty, and rugged father figures.


Charlize Theron's portrayal of young adult author Mavis Gary is a lesson in mean - the character, a former prom queen, is about as rude as one can get.

Although this scene above didn't make it into the film, it nonetheless displays the character's callousness, as well as screenwriter Diablo Cody's biting sense of humor.

In the film, Mavis returns home to find her high school sweetheart Buddy Slade married with a kid, but neither of those facts stop Mavis from pursuing him.

In the deleted scene above, you'll find her ranting about the audacity of Buddy's wife Beth - a.k.a. "the wife" - to send her a birth announcement, considering that Mavis only "met her once, like a hundred years ago."

Directed by Jason Reitman, who also teamed up with Cody for 2007's "Juno," "Young Adult" arrives on DVD and Blu-ray March 13.

Octavia Spencer, who recently won her first Oscar for her supporting role in "The Help," is already looking ahead to her next film, which marks Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody's directorial debut.

The comedy movie, which is still untitled, stars Julianne Hough of "Dancing With The Stars" and "Rock of Ages" fame as a conservative woman who has a crisis of faith after surviving a plane crash and moves to Las Vegas. Spencer plays a craps dealer, while British actor and comic Russell Brand portrays a bartender.

Cody, who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay of the 2007 film "Juno," is also penning the new film's script, in addition to serving as director for the first time.

"She is one of the most brilliant writers out there and let me tell you, she does not disappoint with this script, either," Spencer, 39, told OnTheRedCarpet.com after the Oscar ceremony on Sunday.


Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) invites viewers to attend a celebration benefiting The Magic Bracelet on March 1st in Philadelphia. Cody is adapting the screenplay for The Magic Bracelet, written by Rina Goldberg. Rina died at the age of 15 from Mitochondrial Disease. She used writing "The Magic Bracelet" script as an outlet for her creative process and a way to distract from the intense medical challenges she faced daily. Rina wrote the film to teach the world about friendship and three big messages; "Dream Big, Love Life and Be Positive."

Like Rina's Magic Bracelet on Facebook www.facebook.com/magicbraceletevent

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Parks and Recreation features one of the finest comedic casts of any American comedy in recent times, but for me the real star of the show is Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson. Offerman is given the freedom to show off his incredibly dry comedy stylings in the programme, so with that in mind he seems a good fit for a role in Diabo Cody’s directorial debut rumoured to be titled Lamb Of God.

Offerman will star alongside Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer, Holly Hunter and Phil Austin.

Hough will play Lamb, a devoutly religious young woman who renounces her faith following a plane crash that leaves her disfigured. She leaves her home in Washington DC and heads to Vegas to enjoy a life of sin, where she meets and befriends some locals who help her realise that there may be a less extreme way to enjoy life.

At this point there’s no word on who Offerman will play, but Brand is down to play a bartender named William, and Spencer a craps dealer named Loray.

Offerman will next be seen in 21 Jump Street on the 16th March, and Will Ferrell’s Casa De Mi Padre which doesn’t have a UK release date at present.

14 February 2012 @ 01:33 pm
Julianne Hough has revealed there will be "heavy issues" in Diablo Cody's new dark comedy.

The singer and actress has signed up to star in the Juno writer's directorial debut about a young woman who loses her faith after a plane crash and heads to Sin City Las Vegas.

Julianne said: "It's a dark comedy, it's got some really heavy issues that I think a lot of people will relate to, yet it's covered by a good story.

"My character has been in a plane crash and two-thirds of her body is burned. She's grown up as a Christian fundamentalist and she thinks, 'I just need to go and live my life now'.

"So she ends up going to try and commit sins in Las Vegas, and meets Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer along the way. It's an amazing fun cast to be a part of. It's a really fun movie and it's beautiful at the end, really great."

The Footloose star will next appear in musical Rock Of Ages with Russell and Tom Cruise, but is excited about making the straight movie with Diablo.

She said: "I'm so excited, we're shooting in New Orleans and there's no singing or dancing in it, I'm strictly acting."

:: Footloose, starring Julianne Hough, is available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment.