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'Be Natural' reaches Kickstarter goal, tells story of first female director

Alice Guy-Blaché isn’t a name that many members of Hollywood recognize, and that is exactly what co-directors Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs are trying to change.

Green and van Sluijs, along with executive producer Robert Redford, recently reached their Kickstarter goal of $200,000 to make a documentary, titled Be Natural, about Guy-Blaché, the 23 year old who became the first female director in 1896. READ FULL STORY

Diablo Cody's 'Paradise': Watch Octavia Spencer explain the 'magical Negro' to a white girl

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Like the lead characters in Juno and Young Adult, Julianne Hough’s character in Diablo Cody’s Paradise is a young woman going through a crisis in a very public way. Lamb Mannerheim’s faith is shaken after a plane crash burns two-thirds of her body, and she shocks her small-town congregation when she publicly renounces God — and threatens to vote Democrat!

She sets out to experience the worldly pleasures of Las Vegas. So basically, she’s on a mission away from God. But the Lord works in mysterious ways. Along the way, she meets a friendly bartender (Russell Brand) who serves her her first real drink, and a cynical lounge singer (Octavia Spencer) with her own special brand of insight. Together, the three of them venture forth to check off as many dirty deeds as possible from Lamb’s Napkin of Sin bucket list.

In the exclusive video clip below, Spencer’s lounge singer, Loray, takes issue with her role in Lamb’s spiritual quest. She resents being the “magical Negro” — à la similar characters in The Green Mile and The Legend of Bagger Vance — even as she insists that she’s full of wisdom. READ FULL STORY

'Paradise': Julianne Hough stars in Diablo Cody's directorial debut

Diablo Cody’s directorial debut stars Julianne Hough as a evangelical Christian named Lamb whose faith is shaken after two-thirds of her body — but not her face, thank God! — is burned in a plane crash. In the new trailer for Paradise, she shocks her church congregation with her doubts before heading to Las Vegas to take a walk on the wild side. (FYI, Paradise, Nev., is the sub-community of Las Vegas that boasts the Strip.) Her bucket list of worldly pleasures is pretty tame (e.g., “smoke a fatty,” “cut hair,” “burn flag”), but with the help of her Rock of Ages co-star Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer, I suspect our little Lamb is going to find herself.

I want to warn you, though: This trailer does contain imagery that some readers will find upsetting. I don’t think Nick Offerman’s character was also in the plane accident, but more than two-thirds of his most iconic feature was lost in the making of this movie. I’m sorry. That’s all I can say. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Rec' star Nick Offerman to join Diablo Cody-directed 'Lamb of God'

Parks & Recreation fan favorite Nick Offerman will join the cast of Lamb of God, the upcoming drama directed by Diablo Cody (Juno), a rep for the actor confirmed to EW.

Offerman, who plays Parks & Rec’s breakout character Ron Swanson, joins a cast that includes Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Holly Hunter, and Octavia Spencer. The drama, which is based on Cody’s original screenplay, follows Hough’s character, a formerly sheltered young woman who loses her faith after a devastating plane crash and decides to head to Las Vegas to experience a new slice of life.

Offerman can be seen in two upcoming films — 21 Jump Street and Casa de mi Padre — both of which hit theaters on March 16.

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