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First Look: Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Paradise,' Starring Julianne Hough

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 26, 2013 at 2:26PM

Diablo Cody's directorial debut "Paradise" (previously titled "Lamb of God") hits theaters October 18. The first eight images from the film, which stars Julianne Hough as a deeply religious woman who is also a burn victim, have been released. Check them out below, plus a still of Cody on set.
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Julianne Hough and Nick Offerman in "Paradise"
Julianne Hough and Nick Offerman in "Paradise"

Diablo Cody's directorial debut "Paradise" (previously titled "Lamb of God") hits theaters October 18. The first eight images from the film, which stars Julianne Hough as a deeply religious woman who is also a burn victim, have been released. Check them out below, plus a still of Cody on set.

To deal with her crisis in faith following her injuries, Hough's character heads to Las Vegas. Cody told USA Today that anyone who has "ever been through something incredibly difficult such as this kind of injury, [knows] it's hard to stay positive and not surrender to cynicism completely. I wanted to make a non-cynical movie that would inspire positivity."

Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman and Holly Hunter also star.

Cody won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 2008 for Jason Reitman's "Juno."

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Diablo Cody on the set of her directing debut, "Paradise"
Diablo Cody on the set of her directing debut, "Paradise"


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.