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How has the movie business changed in the past decade? For one, VOD and streaming video have changed the stigma once attached to films debuting at home before they hit theaters, and movies now routinely can be seen on the small screen before they open on the big one.

But the distribution scheme for Diablo Cody’s first turn as a director is still a bit unusual. The movie is Paradise, starring Julianne Hough as a devout young woman badly burned in a plane crash, who travels to Las Vegas to immerse herself in sin city. Octavia SpencerRussell BrandNick Offerman and Holly Hunter also appear.

Cody said today that the film will premiere on August 8 on DirectTV. A theatrical release will still take place in October, and in other responses to questions Cody said that the film will hit other VOD services after theatrical. Get her comments below. 

Images from the film recently premiered with Cody explaining “If you have ever been through something incredibly difficult such as [Lamb's injury], you know it’s hard to stay positive and not surrender to cynicism completely. I wanted to make a non-cynical movie that would inspire positivity.” The pics certainly look a bit more sunny than one might expect from a film exploring this story.

If you don’t have DirecTV, keep an eye for the film to hit theaters on October 18.

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