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Diablo Cody Adds Comedienne Sarah Colonna To Directorial Debut; Describes Story As "Weird" & "Uplifting"

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 8, 2012 11:42 AM
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Diablo Cody is a bit of maverick around Hollywood circles so it shouldn't come to anyone's surprise that she's set to tackle her directorial debut on a project formerly titled "Lamb Of God" with an eclectic cast in tow, including Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer, Holly Hunter and Nick Offerman. There's now one more addition to the line up in the form of former "Last Comic Standing" finalist Sarah Colonna.

Octavia Spencer Says She's Writing Something For Melissa McCarthy, Describes Her 'Lamb Of God' Character While Campaigning For 'The Help'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • February 25, 2012 12:47 PM
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At a recent private luncheon for awards contender "The Help" at Desmond's in New York, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer didn't touch their dessert, a chocolate pie/cake hybrid -- did they know something the rest of us weren't privy to? Speaking very slowly as if it were a warning, Davis teased, "I probably should not have dessert here," before revealing her real reason: she had a stash of Ladurée macarons back at her hotel. Laughed Spencer, "I'm just glad they didn't make our chocolate pie."

Nick Offerman Joins Diablo Cody's 'Lamb Of God': Watch The Best Of Ron Swanson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 1:02 PM
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It's been no secret around here that we're big fans of "Parks & Recreation," but one of the shows biggest comedic weapons over its three seasons (and in the midst of its fourth) has been Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, the director of the Parks Department. It's hard to describe him for anyone who hasn't seen the show, but essentially, he is masculinity and testosterone personfied, a staunch libertarian who finds his greatest pleasure in his government job comes from actively avoiding doing any work at all. The character could easily fall into a one-note box but thanks to smart writing and of course, Offerman's great work, Ron Swanson is emerging as one of the great comic characters on TV right now (if not the past few years).

Diablo Cody Says The Lack Of Women In Creative Positions In Hollywood Is "Deeply Depressing"

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • February 1, 2012 9:59 AM
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Diablo Cody is depressed about the Oscar nominations. Not just because her screenplay for "Young Adult" was snubbed -- she already has one statuette at home for "Juno" -- but more so because she wasn't the only woman overlooked this year. Only three were nominated as screenwriters -- Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig for "Bridesmaids," and the late Bridget O'Connor as co-writer of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" -- and none were nominated for Best Director. (Although a few films helmed by women scored nods in other categories: Agnieska Holland's "In Darkness" in Best Foreign Language Film, and Jennifer Yuh Nelson's "Kung Fu Panda 2" in Animated Film).

Holly Hunter Joins Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut Which Isn't Called 'Lamb Of God' Anymore

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 2:48 PM
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With "Young Adult" rolling into theaters this weekend, and the press tour of duty winding down, it looks like Diablo Cody can put her full attention back on her directorial debut, which has added a cast member but lost a title.

Diablo Cody Talks the Inspiration for 'Young Adult,' Working With Jason Reitman & Preparing For 'Lamb Of God'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 6, 2011 1:05 PM
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Writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman are quite the pair. After teaming on the beloved small-scale dramatic comedy (or comedic drama?) "Juno," which won the first-time writer Cody an Academy Award, they collaborated on teen horror romp "Jennifer's Body," a Cody script that Reitman produced. They are back together again on the darkly tinged comedy "Young Adult," opening this week in limited release before going wide next week. In "Young Adult" the unstoppably sexy Charlize Theron gets considerably uglier (inside if not out) as a young adult novelist named Mavis who returns to her hometown to woo her former high school flame. It's funny, occasionally quite difficult stuff, and is made all the more special by Cody's oddly heartfelt portrait of longing and obsession. We got to talk to Diablo Cody about the inspiration for the script, her own directorial effort, and her nervousness about bringing a character like Mavis to the multiplexes.

'The Help' Star Octavia Spencer Joins Diablo Cody's 'Lamb Of God'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 3:02 AM
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Octavia Spencer has been working steadily on both the small and big screen for years, but it's 2011 that could be the one that truly launches her career to the next level. As the Oscar season heats up, the actress will easily be one of the names vying for a Best Supporting Actress slot and if she lands it, the honor will be well deserved. As the fiery Minny Jackson in Tate Taylor's smash "The Help," she gave one of the most memorable performances of the film which isn't a bad thing at all particularly when your screen sparring partner is the equally strong Viola Davis. And with the heat on the actress, she's lining up a role in an ambitious project from one Hollywood's most distinctive writers.

Russell Brand & Julianne Hough Confirmed For Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Lamb Of God'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 5:36 AM
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While Diablo Cody's distinct voice has provided the foundation for a diverse array of projects ranging from "Juno" to "The United States Of Tara" to the forthcoming "Evil Dead" reboot, she is going to be taking her next script to the screen herself with "Lamb Of God."

Russell Brand Offered Male Lead In Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Lamb Of God'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 2, 2011 8:28 AM
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'Rock Of Ages' Co-Star Julianne Hough A Contender For LeadThe screen career of Russell Brand has been an interesting thing to follow so far. The stand-up comedian broke out as a highlight of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and spun off the same character to a lesser, but still fair degree of success in "Get Him To The Greek" (and showed some impressive dramatic chops in places), but the last year has displayed some mixed success: "Hop" was a huge hit, although Brand never appeared on screen, while "The Tempest" and, more importantly, "Arthur," were both awful, and both flops.

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