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7 Things We’ve Learned About Life Since High School

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In “Young Adult,” Diablo Cody’s new film opening Dec. 16, Charlize Theron plays Mavis, a divorced novelist who returns to her home in small-town Minnesota determined to rekindle a romance with her high school boyfriend. Mavis may have gotten older, but she hasn’t exactly grown up or figured out how to let go of the past.

Luckily, we have! In addition to the lessons we’ve learned about love and friendship since we were tossing our caps in the air at 18, we’ve also gleaned some pearls of wisdom about life in general. Check out the seven things we’ve learned about life since high school after the jump! Keep reading »

Here Are Your 2012 Golden Globe Nominees!

Let the award season begin! This morning, the nominees for the 2012 Golden Globe Awards were announced in Hollywood. I can’t contain my excitement: Ryan Gosling got nominated for two — yes, two — awards, for “Crazy Stupid Love” and “The Ides of March”! (Bradley Cooper was nominated for zero.) He is up against Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“50/50″) in the Best Actor Drama category, so if Julie and I are snippy with each other till the end of the month, you know why. I was also thrilled to see Tilda Swinton (“We Need To Talk About Kevin”) and Charlize Theron (“Young Adult”) get nominated in the Best Actress Drama category; Kristen Wiig got a nod for “Bridesmaids” while Melissa McCarthy was curiously overlooked; and “American Horror Story” and “Game of Thrones” got their due. I was bummed to see Kirsten Dunst (“Melancholia”), Ezra Miller (“We Need To Talk About Kevin”), Patton Oswalt (“Young Adult”), and Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”) overlooked, but what can ya do? Check out the full list of nominees, after the jump. Who are you rooting for?  Keep reading »

Diablo Cody On Her Film’s “Romantic Love Scene”

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“It’s a love scene to me, in a weird, sick way, and I really was looking forward to writing it. I was looking forward to it the way you look forward to actual sex. I was like, this is going to be good… It felt very romantic to me at the time.”

Diablo Cody discusses a pivotal moment in her new film, “Young Adult,” with Movies.com. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t want the particulars of that scene spoiled, don’t click after the jump in which one of the actors in the film gives their take on the scene, which I will also explain in further detail. Keep reading »

7 Things We’ve Learned About Friendship Since High School

Love Lessons
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Review: "Young Adult"
Our "We See Chick Flicks" review of Cody's new film. Read More »
"Young Adult" Trailer
Charlize Theron in Young Adult photo
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In “Young Adult,” Diablo Cody’s new film opening Dec. 16, Charlize Theron plays Mavis, a divorced novelist who returns to her home in small-town Minnesota determined to rekindle a romance with her high school boyfriend. Mavis may have gotten older, but she hasn’t exactly grown up or figured out how to let go of the past.

One reason for Mavis’ issues? She has no one in her life telling her “no.” No one to encourage and inspire her to be her best self, no one whose feelings she is expected to care about. In short, she has no friends at all — until she meets Matt (Patton Oswalt), a guy whose existence she was oblivious to in high school, who now offers her a little tough love and a reality check, just as any real friend would. He hopefully offers the first of many lessons about friendship that Mavis desperately needs to learn. Here are seven things we’ve learned about friendship since high school. If you have a “Mavis” in your life, print this out and pass it along. Keep reading »

Diablo Cody Wanted To Create A “Beloved” Female “Anti-Hero”

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Yay For "Young Adult"!
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“The conventional knowledge in Hollywood is that an unsympathetic female character can tank a movie. I’m hoping that’s not true. I’m knocking on wood really emphatically right now but honestly I have a lot of theories sometimes I wonder if it comes down to mommy issues. The idea of a cold, unlikeable woman or a woman who is not in control of herself is genuinely frightening to people because it threatens civilization itself or threatens the American family. But I don’t know why people are always willing to accept and even like flawed male characters.We’ve seen so many lovable anti-heroes who are curmudgeons or addicts or bad fathers and a lot of those characters have become beloved icons and I don’t see women allowed to play the same parts. So it was really important to me to try and turn that around.”

– Diablo Cody explains in further depth her decision to write a movie centered around a highly unlikeable female character, something I pointed out in my review of that film, “Young Adult.” I thought Cody’s attempt was a complete success — while Charlize Theron’s character Mavis is, for the most part, utterly loathsome, she is also fascinating and complex. The film opened in select cities this past weekend and is in theaters nationwide this weekend. Did you see it? If so, what did you think? [Woman and Hollywood/IndieWire]

We See Chick Flicks: “Young Adult”

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Q&A With Diablo Cody
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Starring Charlie Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson & Elizabeth Reaser

Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman

I went into a screening of “Young Adult” already anticipating that I would love it. After all, the premise centered around that of a young adult novelist, and as a total YA nerd, I was sure I would relate in some way to Mavis Gary. My vague understanding of the plot reinforced my enthusiasm; a single and successful thirtysomething woman, still trying to find what truly makes her happy — that sounds kind of like me! And written by Diablo Cody? Count me in!

Well, my expectations for “Young Adult” were met, not met, and exceeded, all at once. See, I thought the film was fantastic — but it was not at all what I thought it would be. But it was better for it. Keep reading »

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