Diablo Cody Not Happy About Bobcat Goldthwait's New Film, Less Concerned About 'Butter'

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 20, 2011 1:40 AM
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Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Finds Herself Part Of 2 Movies At TIFF



For some reason, Diablo Cody seems to have the knives pointed at her more easily (and unfairly) than other screenwriters. Say what you will about the Oscar-winning pen behind "Juno," but her voice is unique and frankly we'd take a Cody project over something from overrated, middle-of-the-road scribes like Allan Loeb or Aline Brosh McKenna any day of the week. But it certainly reveals something about Cody's presence in Hollywood that she has found herself part of two movies that recently played TIFF and in one case she's not happy, while in the other it seems she's apparently less concerned.

While we missed it in Toronto, "God Bless America," the latest directorial effort from comic actor Bobcat Goldthwait, is apparently a ninety-minute diatribe against everything he hates in popular culture. The film follows a directionless individual who decides to go on a killing spree with his 16-year old accomplice when he finds out he may be terminally ill. Along the way the film apparently takes on everything including "Star Trek," Jeff Foxworthy, Glenn Beck, "American Idol," Fox News, "Jersey Shore," energy drinks, "Jackass," "American Idol" and oh yeah, Diablo Cody. It's all part and parcel of what is apparently a big anti-Hollywood satire sort of movie (comparisons to Mike Judge's "Idiocracy" are mentioned in more than one review) but Cody is a little disappointed Bobcat included her as part of his takedown. Here's what she had to say on her blog Honest To Blr:

In the meantime, I’ve been sad because I heard Bobcat Goldthwait (who is actually a really talented writer/director) brought a movie to Toronto that rips on everything stupid about American pop culture; namely, reality TV, Idol, Kardashians and…me? I don’t even consider myself a part of “pop culture” these days. I’m a screenwriter with a hit-or-miss career. I don’t really go out to events. I don’t have a million Twitter followers or a massive fandom (In fact, I seem to have a much larger and more vocal “un-fandom,” if you know what I’m saying.) I would think that to pollute pop culture to such a degree that it warrants being eviscerated in a movie, one would need to be, you know, powerful. Visible. Ubiquitous. I’m none of those things and I haven’t been in a while. Maybe this movie has been on the shelf? Hope so, but I doubt it.

I ordinarily shake these things off, but it sucks extra hard when the criticism comes from someone you admire. Shakes the Clown is an excellent movie. Plus, I always assumed Goldthwait and I were kindred spirits— we both have silly aggro fake names, and we’ve both spent our careers (his long, mine short) trying to transcend the gimmicks we’re known for. Dear Bobcat: Juno is my “growly voice.” Let me evolve, as you have evolved.

We have to say, we sort of agree that targeting Cody of all people/trends/things in Hollywood seems to be pretty low hanging fruit. But also, she has an Oscar, a solid career and the upcoming "Young Adult" to take over the (very small) buzz from Goldthwait's film which is getting a very limited theatrical and VOD release next year. So yeah, Cody has likely given "God Bless America" more high-profile ink that it might otherwise have gotten.

Moving on, Cody has inspired another movie, this time in form of Jim Field Smith's "Butter." The quirky indie flick/political satire follows Laura (Jennifer Garner), the wife of former butter sculpting champion Bob (Ty Burrell), who tries to take the mantle from her husband only to be thwarted by a young adopted African American girl (Yara Shahidi), who has discovered that she has a natural talent for making art out of butter. However, one character that has some people talking is Olivia Wilde's turn as a bisexual stripper named Brooke, who sets out to extort, humiliate and destroy Garner and Burrell’s marriage, even seducing their daughter, played by Ashley Greene. Yowza. And according to 24 Frames the parallels between Brooke and Diablo Cody are very apparent.

Like Brooke, Cody was once a stripper and is covered in upper-body tattoos. Like Brooke, Oscar winner Cody has a certain swagger and also sought to reinvent herself in another discipline that doesn't involve pole dancing, in the hope of landing a big prize.

Oh, and Cody's real first-name? Brooke.

But according to Jason Micaleff who wrote the screenplay, Cody is aware of the character. "Slightly inspired by Diablo (who is thrilled and excited to see it, I hear)," he told 24 Frames. So will Cody be happy with the version of herself played by Olivia Wilde? Well, who wouldn't be?

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9 Comments

  • PTMaatta (aka Allan Loeb's biggest fan) | September 21, 2011 6:37 AMReply

    I'm the king (I mean) Allan Loeb is the king, because every pitch he makes, every script he writes gets sold, duh, Winning!

    I know I'm not great looking, I mean, Allan Loeb knows he's no Brad Pitt, but actresses date me, because I'm the hottest writer and budding TV producer in Hollywood, duh, Winning!

    7 produced movie credits in 4 years, and 2 more next year, duh, Winning!

    All of this adds up to, Allan Loeb, The King of Hollywood Scriptwriting! WINNING!

  • Erik | September 21, 2011 5:32 AMReply

    Dear PTMaata, aka Allan Loeb

    Owning a 3.9 million property from the sales u made in 6 years makes one a king of hollywood screenwriters? It's seriously sad if you really believe so. If you're the shit then what's William Goldman then? Or even Frank Darabont? Writing films that people forget about as soon as they leave the theatre makes you KING of screenwriters?? LMAO

    i'm glad you made yourself a millionaire by writing. Heck i'm glad for ANY writer who become a millionaire just by writing. God knows how hard it is.

    But all this king shit glorification is just laughable and a little pathetic.

    Back to the topic of Diablo Cody. I don't think she deserves such derision. Yes she can be overenthusiastic shameless self-promoter at times. And her work makes you either love it or hate it. But she has a distinctive voice and she CAN write. You might not like her materials or think she deserves all the attention she's getting. But she's got enough fans to disregard your opinions. And some of those fans happen to be the ones who greenlight productions and Oscar-nominated directors. When the business thinks you're hot, you capitalize on it. Anyone would. Even Allan Loeb.

  • scribe | September 21, 2011 4:59 AMReply

    death to Allan Loeb!

  • PTMaatta | September 20, 2011 6:49 AMReply

    Allan Loeb is the king. Jealousy leads nowhere. By the way, Loeb just bought an apartment in Manhattan for close to $3.9 million with the money he's earned just over the past 6 years. Hate his movies or love them, Allan Loeb is the king of Hollywood scriptwriters.

  • PRESIDENT MAO | September 20, 2011 6:31 AMReply

    Diablo Cody is an overrated hack without real talent.

    GO, BOBCAT, GO!

    :-)

  • Zack | September 20, 2011 3:01 AMReply

    I hope Cody never writes a film that Ryan Gosling and Bryan Cranston end up starring in, because The Playlist will spend the entire year not covering anything else.

  • Ed Northwick | September 20, 2011 2:02 AMReply

    I'm sure Diablo Cody took it as a compliment that Olivia Wilde is playing her.

  • Saul | September 20, 2011 2:01 AMReply

    when it comes to movies, writing, music - people have reactions to it. It's not "unfair" to criticize Diablo Cody if you don't like her schtick. It's not unfair to criticize a NICOLAS WINDING REFN film either.

    It's also not unfair to lavishly praise them either if you really like them.

    Juno was a huge hit and part of pop culture - if there is a movie making fun of pop culture, then it has the right to make fun of it if it wants to.

  • FilmDrunk | September 20, 2011 1:56 AMReply

    Allan Loeb is a terrorist.

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