MEET DIABLO CODY -- THE BRILLIANT "JUNO" SCREENWRITER 


She's fun, she's crazy, and she's brilliant!

Diablo Cody's real name is Brook Busey-Hunt, born in Chicago, Illinois. She's a Los Angeles-based writer and blogger, whose first foray into pop culture is her yearlong stripping gigs in Minneapolis, which she then chronicled in her 2006 memoir, Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper.

I am, of course, paying attention to her, not because of her stripping duties, but because of the wonderful script she wrote for "Juno." And she's just a very interesting person!

I am also predicting she'll win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

If you haven't seen this film yet, go watch it, on second viewing, I fell in love with this movie more!

Currently, Cody is working on a sitcom called "The United States of Tara" for Showtime, based on an idea by Steven Spielberg.

Cody likens herself to a naked Margaret Mead, the 20th centruy cultural anthropologist, but instead of studying Samoan culture, she's studying the seedy underbelly of society. I told you, she's fun and funky.

Check out Miss Diablo's Pussy Ranch blog !

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REMEMBERING GREAT HOLLYWOOD ARTISTS WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2007 


Many trailblazers are not with us any longer.

They defied gravity as artists, and now, as their curtains closed, let us remember their various legacies in different media -- film, radio, tv.

Robert Adler, 93, won an Emmy, along with fellow engineer Eugene Polley, for inventing the remote control.

Antonio Aguilar, 88, Mexican film star and ranchera singer was the undisputed master of his genre for decades.

Marit Allen, 66, Hollywood costume designer whose style made such movies as "La Vie en Rose" popular among fashion lovers.

Ernesto Ramirez Alonso, 90, known as "Mr. Telenovela" for directing and producing dozens of Mexican soap operas.

Hollis Alpert, 91, a film critic and author who co-founded the National Society of Film Critics more than 40 years ago.

Tige Andrews, 86, character actor earned an Emmy nomination as Capt. Adam Greer on "The Mod Squad."

Michelangelo Antonioni, 94, Italian director's depiction of alienation made him a symbol of art-house cinema ("Blow-Up," "L'Avventura.")

Elliott Baker, 84, screenwriter and novelist whose first book, "A Fine Madness," was made into a film starring Sean Connery.

Lee Bergere, 88, character actor appeared in more than 200 TV shows, including an original "Star Trek" episode.

Ingmar Bergman, 89, one of cinema's greatest artists, whose "Fanny and Alexander" (1982) won an Oscar for best foreign film and whose "Cries and Whispers" (1973) was nominated for Best Picture. Read More...

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A BIGGER AND BRIGHTER NEW YEAR FOR ALL OF US!!! 


Hi y'all...just wishing y'all a Happy and Wonderfully Blessed New Year!

May all your hopes and dreams come true!

True to tradition, here's a list of what I'm promising myself to do in 2008:

1. Continue to regularly update this site with more movie news and reviews (as it is, I try to update it at least twice a day)
2. Continue to be frank and truthful and fun with my movie reviews, 'cause after all, it's just movies y'all...
3. Continue to spread my love for the cinema to anybody willing to listen!
4. The big one -- LOSE WEIGHT!!!

So let me go and eat more holiday snacks, and worry about my carbs and fat in 2008!!!

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!


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"NATIONAL TREASURE 2" FINDS MORE BOX-OFFICE FORTUNE!!! 


"National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" finds fresh fortune at the box-office with an estimated $35.6 million worth of tickets raising its domestic total to $124 million since it opened Dec. 21st.

Meanwhile, Will Smith continues to enjoy legendary box-office numbers with $27.5 million take, lifting its domestic total to $194.6 million.

Hollywood will finish the year with record revenues of about $9.7 billion, up from the previous best of $9.45 billion in 2004, according to box-office tracker Media By Numbers.


But a better news is "There Will Be Blood," my second favorite film of the year, opened with huge numbers in limited release! The fantastic film took in $185,525 over the weekend and $309,703 since opening Wednesday. It expands to the top 10 markets Friday.

Here's the complete list of the top 10 box-office films for week of Dec. 28th:
1. "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets," $35.6 million

2. "Alvin and the Chipmunks," $30 million

3. "I Am Legend," $27.5 million

4. "Charlie Wilson's War," $11.8 million

5. "Juno," $10.3 million

6. "Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem," $10.05 million

7. "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep," $9.2 million


8. "P.S. I Love You," $9.1 million

9. "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, $8 million

10. "Enchanted," $6.5 million

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MOVE OVER GUY RITCHIE, MADONNA'S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT TO BE SCREENED!!!! 


Look at Miss Madonna...all directorial-looking! And I just love her!

I know, it's a cliche and stereotype...but I love Madonna...everything I learned in life, I learned from her, well, not quite everything.

It goes back to my love for artists who defy gravity! So whether it's Madonna or Joss Whedon's "Buffy," I fall for people who can make a statement out of their respective art.

So now, I'm very curious to see Madonna's directorial debut, "Filth and Wisdom," starring Stephen Graham and Richard E. Grant.

It's a short film that will unspool in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama sidebar. Panorama seeks to present the highest-profile films of the coming arthouse season.

More than 20,000 moviegoers are expected to participate in the Panorama Audience Awards, which are presented Feb. 17.

The full Panorama lineup will be announced in January.

The Berlinale runs Feb. 7-17.

So let's see, I love Madonna, I love short films, should I start planning to going to Berlin in February?


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