Meryl Streep As Hard Rocker? TriStar Closing Deal For ‘Ricki And The Flash’

streepEXCLUSIVE:  Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions is closing a deal to finance and distribute Ricki And The Flash, a hot package that had several studios circling because it comes with Meryl Streep playing a hard rocking mama. Scripted by Juno‘s Diablo Cody, the film will be directed by Jonathan Demme, and produced by Marc Platt and Mason Novick. This comes on the heels of TriStar’s deal with Robert Zemeckis to direct the 3-D experiential film To Walk the Clouds about the French aerialist Phillipe Petit who crossed between the Twin Towers on a wire in 1974. The project is based on Petit’s memoirs To Reach The Clouds and is being produced by Zemeckis with his ImageMovers Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey and Rothman. Landing Ricki and The Flash is a coup for Rothman.

demmeStreep will play a rock n’ roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, but gets a last chance to get it right by reconciling with her estranged daughter. This isn’t some development deal. Rothman has committed to make the picture and Streep is already preparing. Demme has directed documentaries with Neil Young, and there was an impromptu encounter with Demme and Streep where Young was present, and the iconic guitarist and singer gave her some pointers. She has already demonstrated her ability to sing on Mamma Mia! This is new territory for an actress who has done most everything; her character belts out hard rock at night and is a grocery store checkout lady by day. Shooting begins this fall.
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Fox Buys Comedy From Amanda Lund, Matt Gourley, Jack Black & Diablo Cody

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 5:57pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox has put in development Wunderland, a workplace comedy written by Amanda Lund and Matt Gourley, with Diablo Cody supervising and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite producing for 20th Century Fox TV.  Co-created by … Read More »

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Diablo Cody Reveals What People Failed To Mention About Becoming A Successful Screenwriter

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 10:05pm PDT

After her overnight success — and Academy Award — for the Juno script a half-dozen years ago, Diablo Cody became quite the Hollywood sensation. Two films, a Showtime series and some uncredited stuff later, she’s making her directorial debut … Read More »

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Fox Buys Diablo Cody/Fake Empire Drama

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 3:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Oscar-winning Juno writer Diablo Cody is tackling another female teen protagonist, this time on TV. Fox has put in development Prodigy, a teen drama project written by Cody and produced by ABC Studios and Josh … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Diablo Cody’s Directorial Debut ‘Paradise’

By | Sunday August 4, 2013 @ 2:50pm PDT

The Oscar-winning Juno scribe makes her directorial debut with Paradise (formerly Lamb of God), starring Julianne Hough as a conservative woman who heads to Vegas to free her inhibitions after surviving a plane crash. Octavia Spencer, Russell Brand, Holly Hunter, and Nick Offerman co-star in the … Read More »

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Diablo Cody Gets Sidekick For Her TBS Talk Show Pilot

By | Tuesday June 4, 2013 @ 7:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Agee is set as the sidekick host alongside Diablo Cody on her TBS pilot Me Time With Diablo Cody. Agee also will serve as a writer on the project, a take on Read More »

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Diablo Cody Romantic Comedy From Amblin TV Lands At ABC With Penalty

By | Friday November 2, 2012 @ 6:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Diablo CodyDiablo Cody, whose first TV series, Showtime’s United States Of Tara, was produced by DreamWorks TV, is back in business with the company (now called Amblin Television) with a new series project, this time on the broadcast side.

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Sarah Colonna Joins Cast Of Untitled Diablo Cody Pic

By | Wednesday March 7, 2012 @ 12:45pm PST

Sarah Colonna Lamb Of GodEXCLUSIVE: Sarah Colonna has joined Mandate Pictures’ untitled Diablo Cody project in a supporting role opposite Julianne Hough, Octavia Spencer, Holly Hunter, and Russell Brand. The film from writer-director Diablo Cody centers on … Read More »

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Nick Offerman Set For Diablo Cody’s ‘Lamb Of God’

By | Tuesday February 21, 2012 @ 9:18am PST

Nick Offerman joins a cast that includes Octavia Spencer, Holly Hunter, Russell Brand and Julianne Hough. The Diablo Cody-directed drama Lamb Of God centers on a young evangelical woman who denounces God after a tragic plane crash that … Read More »

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VIDEO: New ‘Young Adult’ TV Spot

By | Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 5:49pm PST
Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: After going out last weekend on its modestly wide break to nearly 1000 screens where it grossed $3.4 million and cracked the box office Top 10, Paramount’s Young Adult is shifting its emphasis in TV spots airing starting on Thursday. It’s the same thing Paramount did last … Read More »

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Holly Hunter Joins Diablo Cody Comedy At Mandate

By | Thursday December 8, 2011 @ 10:18am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Holly Hunter has been set by Mandate Pictures to star in the untitled comedy that will mark the directing debut of Young Adult and Juno scribe Diablo Cody. Hunter joins Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and The Help‘s Octavia Spencer. … Read More »

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HAMMOND: Oscar Hopefuls Swarm Hollywood Awards Gala

Pete Hammond

Across town, as President Barack Obama was drawing every celebrity not in contention for awards this season, the 15th annual Hollywood Awards Gala was taking place at the Beverly Hilton. All of the Oscar hopefuls who agreed to show up to accept an award were there in their Monday finest as this was a place to be seen if you want an ego boost at this early point in the season.

With 19 above- and below-the-line categories to plow through, this was a surprisingly fun show that, if it didn’t already exist, Hollywood would have to find some way to invent. Billed as the ”official” kickoff to awards season (if you don’t count all those film festivals we’ve just been through), The Hollywood Awards were created — and basically chosen — by executive director Carlos de Abreu, who, with Janice Pennington, founded the gala and accompanying film festival. They are the result of a months-long negotiation between him and the studios and distributors, who are using this early opportunity to get key positioning for the players they hope to advance during the long awards season leading ultimately to Oscar. The only caveat is that to get the award, you have to agree to show up.

This year, de Abreu has his pulse on some real contenders and handed out acting awards to — among many others — Michelle Williams, George Clooney and Christopher Plummer, who all could realistically be considered close to frontrunners in their respective categories.

A real highlight of the show was when Marilyn Monroe’s Oscar-nominated Bus Stop co-star Don Murray showed up to present Hollywood Actress of the Year to Williams, who plays the iconic star in The Weinstein Company’s My Week With Marilyn“I’m the last of the the on-screen lovers of Marilyn Monroe, and I still just happen to have a body that actually works, ” the 82-year-old actor said to much laughter. “Michelle re-created moments I was so intimately familiar with as I spent 14 months working with Marilyn. There’s not one thing in this film that’s not truthful. It was a revelation. Michelle’s performance made me appreciate Marilyn Monroe  so much more.”

Williams, noticeably nervous, said her friends always wanted to see her win a award so she could basically sweat through the experience. She did well though, closing with a touching perception about Monroe. “It seems to me that all Marilyn Monroe wanted was to be taken seriously as an actress, and she studied so hard and never really got there,” she said, adding that it was ironic Williams herself could get this kind of recognition that so eluded the star she played.

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Diablo Cody Re-Launches Her ‘Red Band Trailer’ Web Talk Show On L Studio

By | Wednesday October 5, 2011 @ 9:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Lexus’ broadband channel L Studio has picked up Diablo Cody’s Web talk show Red Band Trailer. The first new episode of the series features the Oscar-winning screenwriter interviewing John Krasinski (video below). It will be followed by interviews with … Read More »

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Julianne Hough, Russell Brand Star In Diablo Cody Directing Debut

By | Monday September 26, 2011 @ 10:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

Mandate Pictures has set Footloose‘s Julianne Hough and Russell Brand to star in Juno scribe Diablo Cody’s directing debut. The film is untitled and Mason Novick will produce. Cody will be exec producer with Nathan Kahane. Production starts in the … Read More »

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Paramount Schedules Jason Reitman’s ‘Young Adult’ For December Bow

Paramount said today that it will bow Jason Reitman’s Young Adult in limited release on Dec. 9, 2011 and take it wide on Dec. 16. The pic, which reunites the Juno team of Reitman and scribe Diablo Cody, stars Charlize Theron as a ghostwriter of young-adult novels who dips into … Read More »

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Ghost House Preps Remake Of ‘The Evil Dead’; Diablo Cody Polishing Script

By | Wednesday July 13, 2011 @ 3:04pm PDT

Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell are readying to remake their cult horror hit The Evil Dead, tapping Fede Alvarez to write and direct the redo and putting the project on the fast track via Raimi, Tapert and Nathan Kahane’s Ghost House Pictures. Alvarez, who came to the producers’ attention via his short film Panic Attack, penned the script with Rodo Sayagues, and scribe Diablo Cody is doing revisions on the latest draft. In the original 1981 film that starred Campbell, five friends at a remote cabin in the woods unknowingly summon demons from an ancient civilization, causing all sorts of bloody and gory problems. The movie spawned a pair of sequels: Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. Raimi, Tapert and Campbell, the original film’s producers, will produce the new incarnation, and Ghost House partners Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce. Nicole Brown and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House. Lionsgate will handle international sales on the film. Two things come to mind: The in-camera special effects were the best parts of the original, so it will be interesting to see how modern VFX will be utilized. Also, the news that Juno scribe Cody is on the case is interesting, though she does have a horror film under her belt having penned the Megan Fox-starrer Jennifer’s Body, which didn’t do much at the box office. Stay tuned on both fronts. Read More »

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Diablo Cody Makes Directing Debut On ‘Lamb Of God’ For Mandate

By | Wednesday June 29, 2011 @ 4:06pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Mandate Pictures has acquired Lamb of God, a script by Juno scribe Diablo Cody that will mark her feature directorial debut. Mason Novick (500 Days Of Summer) will produce. Mandate president Nathan Kahane will executive produce alongside Cody. Mandate has the project on the fast track and will begin casting right away. The comedy follows a young conservative religious woman who loses her faith after a plane crash. She decides to go to Vegas and live the life of a sinner, and somehow finds her faith along the way. Cody was a stripper who started a blog and found a voice as a screenwriter, which led to her breakout effort in writing Juno and emerging as a quite interesting screenwriting voice. She followed with Jennifer’s Body, a movie that didn’t hit, and most recently reteamed with Juno helmer Jason Reitman on Young Adult. Read More »

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Will Diablo Cody Follow Agent Out Of Gersh?

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Self, the well-regarded agent who reps Juno scribe Diablo Cody and regularly packages books for movies, has resigned from Gersh. She dropped the bomb last night. Word is already swirling that she might go to CAA, but Self has time on her contract and she has to be … Read More »

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Paramount Gets Custody Of ‘Young Adult’

Mike Fleming

Paramount Pictures acquired world rights to Mandate Pictures’ Young Adult, the pic that reteams Juno scribe Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman. Deadline broke the story about the film … Read More »

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