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Diablo Cody has written some of the sharpest female-led dramedies of the past several years, and now she’s taken the next step by helming her own.

The Juno scribe makes her feature directing debut this fall with Paradise, a comedy about a sheltered young woman (Julianne Hough) taking a walk on the wild side. Octavia Spencer, Russell Brand, Nick Offerman, and Holly Hunter also star. Check out the first pics after the jump.

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Amy Poehler and Adam Scott have shown such fantastic chemistry in NBC’s Parks & Recreation that the pair are gearing up to work together again. This time, however, they won’t be romancing each other — far from it. Poehler has entered talks to join Scott in A.C.O.D., in which he plays a man named Carter who discovers that years ago, he was enrolled in a study about children of divorce. When he’s called upon for a follow-up study, chaos breaks out among his family and he struggles to keep the peace.

Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara are set to play Carter’s parents, while Poehler has entered final negotiations for the role of Jenkins’ new wife. That’s right: Leslie Knope will be Ben Wyatt’s stepmom in this movie. Which is even more awkward than that time Leslie’s mom hit on Ben. Yeesh.

Shooting on A.C.O.D. is scheduled to start next week in Atlanta with Stu Zicherman at the helm. Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead also star. [Deadline]

After the jump, Diablo Cody’s title-less directorial debut casts two more.

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In June, Diablo Cody‘s directorial debut was announced: Lamb of God, a film the writer and soon-to-be director described as “about a woman who survives a plane crash and loses her faith in everything. (Comedy gold!) Seriously though, it’s not the cynicism-fest implied by the log line. It’s a nice Christmas story.”

Not long afterward, Russell Brand was said to have been offered one of the lead roles. Now he’s locked, and Julianne Hough (Footloose), also mentioned as being high on Cody’s wishlist, is also set to play the plane crash survivor around whom the story is built. Read More »

Two movies that have been batted around for some time have just made significant moves forward. First there’s Motor City, a film that was on the 2009 Black List, has only one line of dialogue in the entire thing, and is about a crook who is framed and dead set on revenge when he gets out. Albert Hughes will reportedly direct the film for Warner Bros. and he, along with producer Joel Silver, have offered Chris Evans as the lead.

Then there’s Lamb of God, Diablo Cody‘s directorial debut about a young religious girl who loses her faith and heads to Las Vegas. Russell Brand has reportedly been offered the co-starring male lead in the film. Read more about both these projects after the break. Read More »

Diablo Cody to Direct ‘Lamb of God’

Briefly: Diablo Cody and Mandate Pictures have collaborated twice in the past: on Juno, for which she won a screenwriting Oscar, and on Young Adult, which Jason Reitman recently directed based on her script. Now the company is backing her directorial debut, a film she also wrote called Lamb of God. Read More »

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