Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Hallelujah Hump Day to you Womanizers. I realized the other day that I've been featuring a TON of actresses lately as the Woman of the Week and I haven't been spending much time on film makers or people who do awesome work behind the scenes. I also realized that I've only been doing people who have "done" great things, and haven't been talking much about the future. I personally believe that lighting CAN strike twice, and in the case of this week's Woman...I'm almost sure it will. This week I'm featuring Brook Busey aka Diablo Cody.

Brook was born and raised in Illinois (REPRESENT) and then went to university in Iowa (my school is 10 miles from it :]) She got her pen name Diablo Cody from the fact diablo is Spanish for "devil" after repeatedly listening to the song El Diablo by the band Arcadia while passing through Cody, Wyoming. Two very unlikely things that work together oh so well.

Cody got her spent a year as a stripper and kept a blog about it eloquently titled Pussy Ranch. On a whim, she signed up for amateur night at a Minneapolis strip club called the Skyway Lounge. Cody loved it so much that she eventually quit her day job and took up stripping full-time. When she wasn't stripping, she spent time working peep shows at Sex World, a Minneapolis adult novelty and DVD store. Alongside stripping she soon made a slight jump to journalism, and a budding writing career inspired by her skin trade days. The blog nabbed her a publishing contract with Gotham Books when she wrote Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper. It was a memoir of her time as a stripper and let me tell you, her wit is outstanding. If you read this nifty novel, you can clearly tell how she became the respected writer she is. She's the funniest girl this side of Amy Sedaris.

After her book was finished, her manager convinced her to write a screenplay. A few short months later, Juno was born. Juno was runner-up for the Toronoto International Film Festival People's Choice Award, won second prize at the Rome Film Festival, and earned four Academy Award noms including Best Picture. Diablo Cody herself won her first Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and picked up countless other awards for the film, including the Cinema for Peace Award 2008 for Most Valuable Work of Director, Producer & Screenwriter for Juno. Not bad for a debut eh?

So you're probably looking at this and wondering, okay so she's raven haired, hilarious, and gorgeous....but what the hell does she have to do with horror? Well, she wrote the screenplay for the new Megan Fox horror/comedy Jennifer's Body. Anyone who can write a script with a reference to Hole is fine by me. Jennifer's Body is about the perfect, pretty, cheerleader Jennifer Check (played by Megan Fox) and ends up as the sacrifice in a Satanic ritual. Now this isn't held by some weird cult, it's held by a douchey garage band in the hopes that the sacrifice will increase their chances of getting signed. The ritual goes horribly wrong and Jennifer becomes possessed by a demon and begins to feed off of the boys in her high school. She would first begin seducing them to get them closer, and then WHAM! Snack time. It becomes her plain-jane childhood pal Needy's goal to stop Jennifer from killing more of her classmates. I have great high hopes for this film and really think that Diablo Cody could really change the look of horror comedies with this one. A toast to you Diablo Cody, may Jennifer's Body rock, and you continue to bring awesome scripts to us all.

6 comment(s):

shelbylynn said...

While I knew she was from Minnesota (represent!), and formerly a stripper, I didn't know she worked at Sex World. That's about an hour from my house. I also have great hopes for her and I think she'll exceed them.

B-Sol said...

And let's not forget that she's also optioned S.G. Browne's Breathers: A Zombie's Lament as her next project! Can't wait for that one.

the jaded viewer said...

She's just a female Joss Whedon. I'm going to have to take the counterpoint here. Yeah Juno was a very funny tween Hot Topic pop culturey flick, but her resume is quite short.

Everybody has crowned her the queen bee and hasn't yet made honey that is consistently good.

We'll see how Jennifer's Body goes. But c'mon now, 2 screenplays, a book and blog are not Hall of Fame material just yet.

BJ Colangelo said...

@jaded viewer

which is why my intro talks about the future. :)

Reel Horrorshows said...

Candy Girl is one of my favorite books. Diablo is truly someone i look up to and is possibly the only person who could make me like Megan Fox (if only for 2 hours)

Ms Harker said...

Lets not forget United States of Tara which is fabulous! Starring the brilliant Australian Actress Toni Collette!

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