The main face of "Juno" in the press has been not up-and-coming star Ellen Page or director Jason Reitman but breakout screenwriter Diablo Cody, the former stripper/blogger/newly crowned figurehead for women in the industry who’s gotten the kind of attention rarely given to writers â€” a big interview in Entertainment Weekly, say, as well as the #38 spot on their "50 Smartest People in Hollywood" list, and another profile in the New York Times.
The downside of all the attention? Mark Olsen at the LA Times spotting the way you’ve freshly covered up your tattooed ode to your husband on your arm at the film’s premiere and wondering "Is there domestic strife in Cody-ville?" Olsen builds a preemptive defense into his post:
No one here is making sport of the emotional discontent of other human beings. We leave that to the experts.
But when a public figure’s self-created mythology becomes such a
foundational part of their persona â€“ bound up as it is in Cody’s case
in confessional self-promotion — it all comes to seem like, well, fair
Cody and her, yes, ex have each responded on her blog, with the latter sighing "I sincerely hope everybody will respect our privacy (ha!! Right!!)." We suppose that theoretically we do agree with Olsen’s point â€” Cody made her name sharing the details of her life on her blog and in her book "Candy Girl," and one can’t really retract that once things come along you’d rather not have discussed by the general public. Then again, Olsen included the justification for a reason â€” there is something queasy about his outing of someone’s painful personal history in such a way, the not-inconsiderable amount of schadenfreude to it aside.
We’re going to do a round-up of reviews for "Juno" tomorrow, but for now wanted to mention that we thought it was interesting that David Edelstein in New York, not fond of the film, faults Juno the character for being emblematic of the putting-it-all-out-there-on-the-web crew (despite this not being a subject raised within the film at all):
I know Juno is not supposed to care what other people think of her. I know sheâ€™s a poster girl (or will be) for the Facebook Generationâ€”the one with zero sphere of privacy. But I could never go with her manic exhibitionism in the drugstore. Sheâ€™s a screwball heroine, but itâ€™s the writer, Diablo Cody, and the director, Jason Reitman, who have screws loose.
+ Diablo Cody: From Ex-Stripper to A-Lister (Entertainment Weekly)
+ Off the Stripper Pole and Into the Movies (NY Times)
+ Diablo Cody inks out her husband (LA Times)
+ Rosy. (The Pussy Ranch)
+ A Message From Jonny (The Pussy Ranch)
+ Melodrama in Distress (New York)