In the good old days, an empty, unconventional but overblown idea with no commercial future like Paradise would never have been green-lighted by a crafty studio executive like Louis B. Mayer or Jack Warner. Times have changed. Today, if an experimental novice like Diablo Cody wins an Academy Award for a screenplay (which she did for the surprise, low-budget hit Juno), somebody will surely grab her next movie, even if it’s written in pencil on a roll of Bounty. Paradise is the first film Ms. Cody has both written and directed. It isn’t ready.
Another triumphant performance by Charlize Theron informs and enhances the otherwise uneven Young Adult, an edgy and sometimes disappointing drama about contemporary neuroses with comic undertones from director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody, the team responsible for the surprise 2007 hit Juno. It’s not in the same league as Mr. Reitman’s hugely superior Up in the Air, but Ms. Theron, a true beauty and one of the screen’s most exquisite actors, keeps the film airborne even when it seems dangerously earthbound. She’s a one-woman emergency rescue squad.
It was all sunshine and rainbows for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at the box office over the weekend. The 3-D animated jaunt topped the charts with an estimated $30.1 million, a number that nearly tripled second place finisher—and fellow newcomer—The Informant! Sadly, it was stormy weather for the other Read More
Don’t be confused by what you see on Fandango: there are actually a bunch of movies possibly worth seeing this weekend. September starts to come out of the doldrums today with four films hitting theaters, and, as usual, there is something for everyone. As we do every Friday, here’s a handy guide to Read More
Diablo Cody, the reformed stripper and witty screenwriter, arrived to a West Hollywood party celebrating Nylon magazine’s TV issue earlier this week in an elegant, knee-length wrap dress, low grey heels, understated makeup, and a very blond pixie cut. She looked pretty and put-together. The only thing by which to recognize that this was in Read More
Monday: In Treatment
With House (OMG, Kutner!), How I Met Your Mother, 24, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Chuck, Heroes, Medium and Dancing with the Stars all airing within the same three hour block on Monday nights, you probably don’t have a lot of room on your DVR for another show, but Read More
Attention, Diablo Cody haters: Get your knives out! The stripper turned blogger turned Oscar winner is back this month with the Showtime series United States of Tara. The show doesn’t premiere until Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. (following the derisible Secret Diary of a Call Girl), but you can Read More
Hillary Clinton: powerful, reliable, classic. These are the ideas that Ms. Clinton seems to want to convey about herself with her Facebook profile picture. In the black-and-white headshot, she’s looking off to her right, and all of her signature attributes are there: Big smile, pearl necklace, American flag pin. This picture presents the ur-Hillary. She Read More
Sacha Baron Cohen, otherwise known as Borat, and Juno scribe Diablo Cody have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. According to Reuters, the Academy issued invitations to 105 new actors, directors and other glittery movie folks. Ms. Cody’s pal director Jason Reitman was also invited, as well as Oscar Read More
Who will ensure Twitter tweets uninterrupted? That’s the question posed by Silicon Alley Insider’s Hank Williams about the popular wireless and Web-based application that allows users to share their brain farts on the Web in real time. Everyone from Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody ("I’m smoking Virginia Slims today. I’ve come a long way, Read More