<i>Young Adult</i>: Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody Discuss Their Post-<i>Juno</i> Reunion

After Juno catapulted them to the Hollywood A-list four years ago, director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody team up again for Young Adult, a pitch-black comedy about young adult novelist Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) , who deals with a sudden case of mid-life crisis by retreating to her tiny Minnesotan hometown. There, she tracks down her former flame (Patrick Wilson) and dedicates herself to stealing him back from his wife and young daughter. She also befriends her high school's resident outcast Matt (Patton Oswalt), the only person brave -- or foolhardy -- enough to call her on her B.S. The team behind Young Adult, which opens in limited release on Friday, passed through New York recently and spoke with the press about YA fiction and the resurgence of bad girls post-Bridesmaids.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

by Ethan Alter March 13, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

No kids allowed...

Spaced: The Complete Series

by Zach Oat July 31, 2008 4:01 pm
Spaced: The Complete Series

Finally! Unless you're one of the initiated, you don't know how long we've been waiting for this. Available on DVD in its native U.K. for years, this 14-episode TV series was directed by Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz helmer Edgar Wright, starred both films' comedy team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and was co-penned by Pegg as well. Also, it makes a lot of references to Star Wars, hence the Drew Struzan-esque painting of the cast on the cover of the box. Is it any wonder that American fans have been dying to get their hands on it? I mean, literally, through the black market? What a senseless waste of human life. The first Region 1 set ever would be worth it for the show alone, but the set is so packed with extras, you're really getting a bargain.

Juno

by DeAnn Welker April 22, 2008 10:50 am
Juno

It would be difficult to have made it to this point without having heard of Juno -- you know, that little movie that somehow made it big, ending up getting nominated for a whole bunch of Oscars, including Best Picture. And the writer -- former stripper-turned-blogger Diablo Cody -- even won one for best original screenplay (which, when competing against the much more original Lars and the Real Girl, was frankly undeserved; but I digress).

Young Adult: Not Just Another Mean Girl

by Ethan Alter December 9, 2011 6:00 am
<i>Young Adult</i>: Not Just Another Mean Girl

It wouldn't be accurate to describe Mavis Gary, the central character of Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman's first post-Juno collaboration, as a grown-up version of Juno MacGuff. Rather, she's a grown-up version of the girl that probably made fun of Juno MacGuff. A former high school Queen Bee, Mavis (played by Charlize Theron) ditched her podunk Minnesota town Mercury immediately after graduation for the bright lights of Minneapolis, where she found fame and fortune as a writer of young adult fiction. Well okay, "fame and fortune" is probably overstating things a bit. Her writing gig brings in just enough to allow her to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment, plus amenities like cable television and a steady supply of Diet Coke (her own personal breakfast of champions). As for the fame part, although she's penned several installments in the popular YA franchise, Waverly Prep, her name doesn't actually appear anywhere on the cover of those books. Instead, she's relegated to one of the inside pages, while the series' original creator takes top-billing for novels she didn't write.

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