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‘Juno’ Screenwriter Diablo Cody Dismayed At The Academy Award-Winning Film’s Interpretation

‘Juno’ Screenwriter Diablo Cody Dismayed At The Academy Award-Winning Film’s Interpretation
Screenwriter Diablo Cody says her Oscar-winning script for Juno probably would not have been written in today’s political climate.

Speaking on the Crooked Media Keep It! podcast, Cody said the pro-life legislation in Alabama and Georgia would have influenced her writing choices. Juno came out in 2007 and tells about a pregnant teenager who gives up her baby for adoption rather than choosing abortion. The film was a smash that went on to gross more than $143 million at the box offie.

“I don’t even know if I would have written a movie like Juno if I had known that the world was going to spiral into this hellish alternate reality that we now seem to be stuck in,” Cody said.

Podcast host Kara Brown asked Cody if the film’s teenager, played by Ellen Page, would have chosen a different path if the story were written today.

“I think
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Entertainment Education Report: The Best Films Schools for 2019

  • Variety
Where does the path to diversity begin? What kickstarts fearlessness and the will to win, to create, to innovate? How do aspiring entertainment artists and executives develop the skills to tell tomorrow’s stories and find the tools to build the next generation of platforms to sustain an industry where disruption is the new normal? Without the educators and programs in these pages, the voices of underserved youth will never be heard, and their visions will never change the world.

We look not only at top universities offering cutting-edge instruction in everything from cinematography to costume design, but also at speak to educators and look at educational tools that build knowledge of multi-ethnic music, art, writing and film. Entertainment education has never been more important.

American Film Institute

Los Angeles

The prestigious AFI Conservatory runs six distinct Mfa programs: cinematography, directing, editing, production design, screenwriting and producing. Veteran D.P.
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Diablo Cody Says She Probably Wouldn’t Write Juno Today: We’re in a ‘Hellish Alternate Reality’

Diablo Cody Says She Probably Wouldn’t Write Juno Today: We’re in a ‘Hellish Alternate Reality’
In the wake of today’s political climate, Diablo Cody says she likely wouldn’t make a film like Juno, in which the main character is dissuaded from getting an abortion.

During an appearance on Thursday’s episode of the Keep It podcast, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter opened up about her 2007 hit and how it fits in with the current anti-abortion efforts underway in states like Georgia, Ohio and Alabama, which introduced a sweeping bill banning nearly all abortions on Wednesday.

“I don’t even know if I would’ve written a movie like Juno if I had known that
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Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery & Utkarsh Ambudkar To Star In Natalie Krinsky’s Romantic Comedy ‘The Broken Heart Gallery’ – Cannes

Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery & Utkarsh Ambudkar To Star In Natalie Krinsky’s Romantic Comedy ‘The Broken Heart Gallery’ – Cannes
Miracle Workers’ Geraldine Viswanathan, Stranger ThingsDacre Montgomery and Pitch Perfect’s Utkarsh Ambudkar are to star in Selena Gomez-exec produced romantic comedy The Broken Heart Gallery. The feature is the directorial debut of Gossip Girl writer Natalie Krinsky.

Jesse Shapira, David Gross and Jeff Arkuss of Room producer No Trace Camping are producing with Juno and 500 Days of Summer producer Mason Novick, while Gomez and her mother Mandy Teefey, who are behind Netflix breakout 13 Reasons Why, are exec producing with Josh Clay Phillips.

Endeavor Content is to launch sales of the film at Cannes and are handling worldwide sales with Jamie Feldman of Lgnafc. Production starts in August.

The Broken Heart Gallery follows Lucy, played by Viswanathan, a born collector, who suffers a bad break up with her boyfriend, played by Ambudkar, who also happens to be her boss at the Whitney Museum. Unsure of what to
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Jason Reitman to Attend Ghostbusters Fan Fest

Courtesy of Wizard World, the very first Ghostbusters Fan Fest welcomes Jason Reitman (director of the upcoming Ghostbusters film). The stars of Ghostbusters (1984) have already been announced as attendees of the fan fest, with a number of fun Ghostbusters-themed events lined up to celebrate 35 years of ghost hunting. Ghostbusters Fan Fest starts on June 7th:

"As fans get ready for a new chapter of the Ghostbusters universe, attendees of the first-ever Ghostbusters Fan Fest, presented by Wizard World, will hear from Jason Reitman, the director and co-writer (with Gil Kenan) of Sony Pictures’ upcoming 2020 Ghostbusters film, on the famed Sony Pictures Studio Lot this June 7th and 8th in Culver City, California. With Ghostbusters (1984) stars Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore) and director and producer Ivan Reitman already slated to attend the event with several other stars from across the franchise and a bevy of themed activities,
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Hear Donovan Woods’ New Acoustic Version of ‘Truck Full of Money’

Donovan Woods has given his song “Truck Full of Money” an extensive overhaul, turning the cinematic track from his Juno-winning album Both Ways into an intimate acoustic ballad. This new version, premiering on Rolling Stone Country today, is the first release from The Other Way, an acoustic companion album to Both Ways that will be released May 3rd.

In its original form, “Truck Full of Money” was almost a study in contrasts — it married dramatic, sweeping production to Toronto-based Woods’ meditation on the frequently lonely, unhealthy aspects of a
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Ghostbusters 3 Director Jason Reitman to Attend Ghostbusters Fan Fest in June

Ghostbusters 3 Director Jason Reitman to Attend Ghostbusters Fan Fest in June
As fans get ready for a new chapter of the Ghostbusters universe, attendees of the first-ever Ghostbusters Fan Fest, presented by Wizard World, will hear from Jason Reitman, the director and co-writer (with Gil Kenan) of Sony Pictures' upcoming 2020 Ghostbusters film, on the famed Sony Pictures Studio Lot this June 7th and 8th in Culver City, California. With Ghostbusters (1984) stars Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore) and director and producer Ivan Reitman already slated to attend the event with several other stars from across the franchise and a bevy of themed activities, it's the ultimate, once-in-a-lifetime celebration of everything Ghostbusters.

"I am thrilled that my role of Brownstone Boy #2 will finally be given proper recognition. Might also chat about the upcoming Ghostbusters film," said Reitman.

Reitman is a four-time Academy Award&#174 nominated filmmaker. He made his feature film debut with the 2006 Sundance hit Thank You For Smoking.
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Shawn Mendes Wins Big at Juno Awards

Shawn Mendes Wins Big at Juno Awards
Shawn Mendes nearly swept the 2019 Juno Awards, scoring wins in five out of the six categories for which he was nominated. The Canadian musician won for single of year (for “In My Blood”), artist of the year, album of the year (for Shawn Mendes), songwriter of the year and pop album of the year.

Mendes, who is currently on the European leg of his world tour, wasn’t present for the Sunday night awards ceremony, hosted by Sarah McLachlan. The singer performed a taped rendition of “In My Blood” for
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Olivia Thirlby to Star in ABC Drama Pilot ‘Until the Wedding’

  • Variety
Olivia Thirlby to Star in ABC Drama Pilot ‘Until the Wedding’
Olivia Thirlby has been cast in a lead role in the ABC drama pilot “Until the Wedding.”

Based on the Israeli format, the project tells the story of how one couple’s decision to get married can affect everyone in their lives. The show will explore the intimate relationships of a group of friends and family as they are forced to reckon with their own romantic lives and come to terms with the realities of love and marriage.

Thirlby has been cast as Adrienne, the one all her friends go to first for advice. She is described as super empathic and warm with a biting sense of humor. Idealistic, ambitious and really smart, Adrienne has an especially high Eq. She’s a highly skilled psychologist who’s sometimes better at taking care of other people than she is of herself. A trauma specialist, who’s still a little commitment-phobic after
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Eve Harlow Joins Fox A.I. Drama Pilot ‘neXt’

  • Variety
Eve Harlow Joins Fox A.I. Drama Pilot ‘neXt’
Eve Harlow has joined the cast of the Fox drama pilot “neXt,” Variety has learned.

“neXt” is described as a fact-based thriller grounded in the latest A.I. research. It features a brilliant but paranoid former tech CEO who joins a Homeland Cybersecurity Agent and her team to stop the world’s first artificial intelligence crisis: the emergence of a rogue AI with the ability to continuously improve itself.

Harlow will Gina, who is described as easy to offend, a bit of a nerd, and ultra woke. She works at the FBI cybercrime division.

Harlow is known for her past roles in shows like “The 100,” “Heroes Reborn,” “Agents of Shield,” and “The Guard.” On the feature side, she has appeared in films such as “Juno,” “Instant Family,” “2012,” and “Jennifer’s Body.” She is repped by Industry Entertainment and Oscars Abrams Zimel & Assoc.

Manny Coto, who previously worked on Fox
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Ellen Page supports transgender people

Actress Ellen Page says it's time to "step up" to support transgender people.

"We need to realise that a lot of the most marginalised people in our community have been left behind. We need to step up for trans people because they are under attack," Page, who is married to Canadian dancer Emma Portner, told Gay Times magazine.?

The Juno star decided to speak out after lesbian tennis player Martina Navratilova was fired from a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (Lgbtq) charity last week for making transphobic comments against transgender female athletes, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"A man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies," Navratilova said.

Responding to those comments, Page slammed the sporting star for letting history repeat itself,
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Melissa McCarthy Supports Ghostbusters 3: I'm All for It

Melissa McCarthy Supports Ghostbusters 3: I'm All for It
Melissa McCarthy says that she is "all for" Jason Reitman's upcoming Ghostbusters 3. The movie is taking the 2016 reboot, which McCarthy starred in, and forgetting that it ever happened. The all-female reboot was not well-received when it hit theaters, though audiences are okay with it now, giving the movie a 74% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Now, there are some fans of the 2016 reboot that believe Reitman is wrong to completely ignore the movie with the highly anticipated sequel.

Melissa McCarthy is not a fan that fits into the negative category. The actress says that she has no problem with Jason Reitman's comments on taking the franchise back to fans, which he contends were misconstrued. McCarthy revealed that she has talked to Reitman and had nothing but good things to say about him and Ghostbusters 3. She explains.

"I'm for anybody who's making movies. I talked to Jason about it, he's just always had this idea,
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Ellen Page Says Hollywood Pressured Her to Stay in the Closet for Years

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Ellen Page Says Hollywood Pressured Her to Stay in the Closet for Years
Ellen Page came out in 2014, by which point she’d already known she was a lesbian for several years. So did others in Hollywood, and in a new interview for Porter the “Umbrella Academy” star says that many within the film industry pressured her to keep that truth to herself: “I was distinctly told, by people in the industry, when I started to become known: ‘People cannot know you’re gay.’”

“And I was pressured — forced, in many cases — to always wear dresses and heels for events and photo shoots,” added Page, an Oscar nominee for her role in “Juno.” “As if lesbians don’t wear dresses and heels. But I will never let anyone put me in anything I feel uncomfortable in ever again.”

Page has become an outspoken advocate for Lgbtq issues in recent years, most recently calling out Chris Pratt for attending what she describes as an
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Why Ellen Page Thinks Her Umbrella Academy Character Is Relatable

Why Ellen Page Thinks Her Umbrella Academy Character Is Relatable
Ellen Page has brought a character to life that she thinks other women can connect with.  The 32-year-old actress of Inception and Juno fame is currently starring in Netflix's adaptation of The Umbrella Academy comic book series, which chronicles the peculiar life of sibling superheroes. Page plays Vanya, the seventh child, who is unaware of her powers because of her father's interference.  "She had a very abusive childhood, as did they all," the actress said in a new interview with Net-a-Porter's digital magazine, PorterEdit. "But on top of the abuse, she has been separated from the others, and constantly made to feel worthless." "As an...
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Jason Reitman clarifies recent Ghostbusters comments; Paul Feig defends him

  • JoBlo
Recently it was announced that Jason Reitman, the Oscar-nominated director of Juno and Up In The Air, would be taking over the Ghostbusters franchise for a new movie that would be a direct sequel to the series from the 80s – both directed by his father, Ivan Reitman. There’s been a ton of discussion over the fact it would ignore the 2016 female-led reboot from…
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Jussie Smollett Doubters See Validation in False Report Charge

  • The Wrap
Jussie Smollett Doubters See Validation in False Report Charge
The news Wednesday that Jussie Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report had many in the conservative media world who doubted the account criticizing those who didn’t.

“I’m relieved no actual hate crime against anyone who is black or gay was commited [sic],” Stephen Miller, a right-leaning media critic told TheWrap. “Activists in media and the left don’t seem so relieved. Which is telling.”

“I look forward to Ellen Page’s next appearance on Colbert,” Miller added, referring to the “Juno” star’s recent interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” in which she blamed Vice President Mike Pence for Smollett’s supposed attack.

Also Read: Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing a False Police Report; Lawyers Vow 'Aggressive Defense'

The charges come just three weeks after Smollett told police that two men assaulted him near his home in Chicago, shouting homophobic and racist slurs,
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Ghostbusters 3: Jason Reitman Promises to 'Hand Movie' to Fans, Internet Disapproves

David Crow Feb 21, 2019

Director Jason Reitman says Ghostbusters 3 will "hand movie back to fans." Leading some to ask, how was it ever taken away?

There’s been a lot of trepidation around approaching Ghostbusters—like at all in conversation—over the last few years. As you might recall, director Paul Feig attempted to update the original film with a remake that starred four hilarious women in 2016. The internet—or at least vocal and virulent voices, many stirred by misogynistic outrage—did not take it well. As a consequence, Sony fast-tracked a more traditional Ghostbusters 3, one directed by Jason Reitman, the son of the original films’ helmer. Nevertheless, as Jason Reitman makes his intentions to please “the fans” known, different quarters of the internet seem fairly displeased today as well.

The news comes via Reitman appearing on the most recent episode of Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast. Chatting about his new project,
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Ghostbusters 3 Shoot Targets Early Summer Start Date?

Ghostbusters 3 Shoot Targets Early Summer Start Date?
Ghostbusters 3 isn't wasting any time, as production is set to begin this spring, according to a new report. We only learned of the sequel last month, which comes from Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman. Sony is eager to get the project off the ground and they've already locked down a summer 2020 release date. Now, we have word that filming will be getting underway in just a few short months.

Before we get too excited, this information isn't coming directly from the studio, so we should caution that up front. That said, a new report states that Ghostbusters 3 is currently eyeing a May 13 start date. That may seem like a quick turnaround for such a major summer blockbuster, but Jason Reitman and the studio have been putting this together behind the scenes, rather quietly, for some time. Reitman even shot a Ghostbusters 3 teaser trailer that was revealed
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Chris Pratt Denies Ellen Page’s Anti-lgbtq Church Claim: ‘My Values Define Who I Am’

Chris Pratt Denies Ellen Page’s Anti-lgbtq Church Claim: ‘My Values Define Who I Am’
Chris Pratt has responded to Ellen Page after the “Juno” Oscar nominee called out the actor for attending an “infamously anti-lgbtq church.” Page was reacting to an interview Pratt gave on CBS’ “The Late Show” in which he spoke with host Stephen Colbert about a recent religious-inspired fast he recently undertook. Page wrote on Twitter, “Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?”

In a statement posted to his Instagram story, Pratt responded, “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates people’ and is ‘infamously anti-Lgbtq.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”

“My church is important to me but no church defines me or my life,” Pratt continued. “I am not a spokesperson for any group of people. My values define who I am.
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Ellen Page Calls Out Chris Pratt for Attending ‘Infamously Anti-Lgbtq’ Church

  • Variety
Ellen Page Calls Out Chris Pratt for Attending ‘Infamously Anti-Lgbtq’ Church
Ellen Page on Thursday criticized Chris Pratt for attending a “infamously anti-Lgbtq” church after he appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and discussed his religious side.

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star sat down with Colbert to promote “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” and Pratt said he just finished a 21-day Daniel Fast that he took part in through his church and that his pastor encouraged. He also said the pastor shared with him words of wisdom about balancing fame and his inner self.

“If the spotlight that is shining on you is brighter than the light that’s within you, it will kill you,” Pratt recounted to Colbert.

Page tweeted about the appearance and the pastor shortly after, writing, “Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?”

Pratt attends Hillsong Church, which other celebrities like Kendall and
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