Some television show creators (or what they call show runners) have provided commentary on various episodes on DVD. Others like Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald Moore, have gone a step further and released a weekly audio commentary in podcast form (just as Kevin Smith has provided a commentary that fans were able to listen to while his film was still in theaters). But as far as I know, no one has done a live commentary of their television show. Enter Diablo Cody.
Love her or hate her, you must admit, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody puts herself out there and is very accessible. I guess that’s what happens when a blogger goes to Hollywood. Based on an idea by executive producer Steven Spielberg, her first television series, The United States of Tara, premieres on Showtime on January 18th 2009 (you can watch the pilot episode online right now). Cody has announced that she will be doing a live commentary of The United States of Tara on the twitter account DiabloOnTara:
“I am going to be Twittering live during episodes as they air,” says Cody. “It’ll be like Pop-Up Video only even lamer and more meta. As far as I know, I am the first show-creator ever to do live commentary, and I don’t expect Chuck Lorre or David E. Kelly to be jumping on this train anytime soon. So I may be the first and only.”
As of the moment I’m writing this, I’m one of only 4 followers of the DiabloonTara twitter account. I’m sure that will quickly change. As always, you can always follow my tweets on twitter.com/slashfilm.
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Toni Collette stars as Tara Gregor, a wife and mother of two teens, who just happens to suffer from multiple personality disorder. Basically the family must find a way to deal and live with her multiple personalities. United States of Tara premieres on January 18th 2009.
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After Juno sent a shock-wave around Hollywood, Hollywood’s new golden screenwriter Diablo Cody has a lot on her plate, and has revealed some new details about her upcoming projects to EW. So we’ve decided to incorporate some of this new information into this development profile:
Girly Style: Diablo immediately started writing this “female response” after seeing SuperBad. Girly Stlye, “named after the wuss version of push-ups, tells the story of some nerdy college women.” Red Eye producer Mason Novick is signed to produce the project for Universal.
Time and a Half: “A satire about the cult of modern-day hipsters.” In an earlier Cinematical interview, Cody described the movie as “a generational, working stiffs kind of comedy” which was sort of inspired by films like Reality Bites, “those films that defined Generation X.”
Jennifer’s Body: A horror movie about a girl who eats boys.” Cody describes the movie as “Juno but with cannibalism and evisceration.” IMDB describes it as “A newly possessed cheerleader turns into a killer who specializes in offing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?” Megan Fox is attached to star for Fox Atomic.
The United States of Tara: Steven Spielberg handpicked Cody to write the pilot for a comedy idea he had about a woman who struggles to find a balance between her dissociative identity disorder and raising a dysfunctional family. Cody conceived the story, and pitched it to him over the phone at the Universal lot, and has yet to meet the famous director in person. “Isn’t that awesome? It’s like Charlie’s Angels. So we had the call, and he said, ‘Okay, go write it.’ I walked outside and just went numb. E.T. is the first film I ever saw in the theater. I sank down to the curb and put my head between my knees.” Showtime is producing the series with Toni Collette attached to star.
Burlesque: Cody was brought on board to rewrite/revise this contemporary musical which is being called “Moulin Rouge meets Cabaret” for director Steven Antin (The Good Mother). The film follows a young woman who tries to escape a hollow past by performing in a neo-burlesque club in Los Angeles.
The EW article also reveals that one day soon, she hopes to direct.
“If I were a dude, I don’t know that I’d be so eager. But I feel like I have a responsibility to try because there’s such a paucity of female directors. There are worse things you can do in life than direct a bad movie.”
Read the full profile on Cody on EW.com.