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Natalie Portman to star in & produce movie based on Jamie Denbo's script

Feb 28, 2015

Gone To Pot: Screenwriter On Natalie Portman's New Stoner-Road Trip Comedy

Natalie Portman's cannabis connections: Next fall's Your Highness, admissions of college weed-smoking, now Best Buds. "Everyone has a cause. Some people have cancer, some have literacy. Mine is proving that women smoke weed too," its screenwriter Jamie Denbo tells us.

Denbo is an actress and writer who co-created Ronna And Beverly and is a regular at the Upright Citizens Brigade. She just closed a deal with Portman's production company on the movie, which is now looking for a director and the rest of the cast. Portman herself will star.

The galvanizing moment for Denbo was the scene in Knocked Up when Katherine Heigl's character makes Seth Rogen's give up his bong. "It just seemed like a metaphor of, 'Put down the bong and we can get married.' That's not how it goes in my house. It's more like, 'Hey, you're pregnant, maybe stop smoking weed for fucking five minutes," jokes Denbo, who is the mother of two. "That was never the women that I knew."

Denbo is a big fan of classic stoner hits like Half Baked and the Harold And Kumar movies. "This is a comedy. It's going to be touted as a chick stoner movie, but hopefully it's a stoner movie for all stoners," she says.

More broadly, she said, "I just wished there was a movie where woman got to be funny. Not just a crew of ragtag funny guys and the hot girl."

Take The Hangover, which she calls "one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. I love crazy guy comedy stuff. But it would be nice to see some of the other characters that are funny be women. People forget that the biggest scene stealer in Knocked Up was Kristen Wiig. Not every woman is a bitch or a whore. Not every movie. Not in every scenario."

Like The Hangover, Best Buds has a road trip and a wedding at its center, with female friends hitting the road to cure a bride friend's woes with weed. "It's essentially about best friends and girlfriends," Denbo says. "It's more about real girl friendship, and not, one girl is the ingenue and one girl is her whippersnapper best friend. It's more equal."

Who would be her ideal director? "Somebody with a great comedic sensibility, who doesn't distinguish between male and female comedy. So basically, somebody British. It seems to be a very American thing, distinguishing between male and female comedy. Overseas it feels like, If it's funny, it's funny."

In any case, it's not like there are that many working female directors to choose from. "It would be great if Kathryn Bigelow had any interest in this," says Denbo. "I'm going to guess with her heavy workload and depressing subject matter that she smokes a lot of weed at night. At least I hope she does. And if she does -- Kathryn, we're open to it."

Denbo knows she's up against cliches that women simply aren't funny or can't carry an irreverent comedy. "I think there's enough comedy to be mined from women," she says, "It may be different. As a general rule, dicks are funnier than vaginas. Vaginas are kind of gross. They're interior, and people don't know what going on in there. Dicks are all out there. They look like bananas and walnuts. They look stupid."

That said, dick jokes may have reached their peak. "They've gotten to a point with dick jokes that now they have to show a dick for it to be funny," says Denbo, pointing to Jason Segal in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. "If you showed a woman with her legs spread that wouldn't be funny. People would be disturbed by that. I would be disturbed by that. But boobs? Always funny. No problem with boobs."
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Adam Pally added to cast of ABC pilot

Feb 28, 2015

Development Update

Adam Pally (Assassination of a High School President) has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about a couple that breaks up at the altar, forcing them and their group of friends to figure out how to maintain their friendships after the split. He's believed to be playing one of the groomsmen, Max ("hot, fast talking - like a gay Vince Vaughn"), in the half-hour, which is now a co-production of ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television. Jonathan Groff (Scrubs) has also been tapped to supervise the pilot, which was penned by David Caspe and will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Casey Wilson, Eliza Coupe and Damon Wayans Jr. also star.
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Jen Kirkman & Chelsea Peretti dispense sex advice on Nerve

Feb 28, 2015

Sex Advice From People With Large Twitter Followings

Jen Kirkman, 35

What's the best reason to date someone with a large Twitter following?

The best reason is that you'll be secure in the knowledge that whoever you are dating is popular, and by positioning yourself next to said person, you have a shot at popularity and being adored too. You won't admit this but I'll say it for you.

How do I get a person from Twitter to meet me in person?

Why don't you start with asking, "Hey, want to meet me in person?" Then pick a location and then make sure you are okay with the possibility of getting murdered.

What do I do about all these one-night stands that want to friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter?

If they were good in bed, let them follow you and maybe you'll have a second-night stand. If not, I find that hitting "ignore" or "block" speaks volumes without having to say a word.

This guy I've been seeing is filling up my feed with too many jokes that aren't funny. This is leaning toward deal-breaker territory. What should I do?

If his jokes aren't funny that means he isn't funny, and if that's a deal breaker, go ahead and break the deal. You wouldn't go to a restaurant if the chef's dishes sucked. Reading unfunny things on the web should be something you only have to do when your uncle sends you email forwards a few times a year.

My boyfriend's tweets disclose way too much information ("Gonna have sex now!"). He told me to lighten up, but I think he needs to tone it down. How much disclosure is too much?

If he is Tweeting that he's going to have sex, he doesn't seem like he's that in the moment with you. And he sounds kind of douche-y. Are you dating John Mayer?

What's the single biggest dating mistake that men/women make?

I think the biggest mistake women make is having sex on the first date, thinking it makes them seem cool and/or non-committal. He just thinks, "Now I know what that's like and I have no vested interest in knowing you more..." It sounds old-fashioned, but wait until the third date like your grandmother would have.

What's the most important lesson you've learned from your past relationships?

I've learned that when a guy is trying to dump me, I shouldn't try to talk him out of it by arguing that I'm "the best thing for him." A healthy diet and exercise are "the best thing" for everybody, but most people don't want to do that either.

Chelsea Peretti

My boyfriend's tweets disclose way too much information ("Gonna have sex now!"). He told me to lighten up, but I think he needs to tone it down. How much disclosure is too much?

Wait, so his response was "lighten up"? Is he a jock from an '80s movie? Don't let this one get away, especially because imagine how he tweets about an ex-girlfriend. He probably really puts the pedal to the metal.

How do I get a person from Twitter to meet me in person?

How do you get a person from anywhere to meet you in person? Let me know.

What's the best reason to date someone with a large Twitter following?

The more popular someone is on Twitter, the more balanced and humble they are likely to be. (Twitter is geared toward humility.) Someone with a large Twitter following is not likely to be a narcissistic or insecure type who needs constant attention.

This guy I've been seeing is filling up my feed with too many jokes that aren't funny. This is leaning toward deal breaker territory. What should I do?

If his jokes aren't funny, why do you still like him? Tell him you hate him. See how he responds to that and we'll take it from there. You could mute him on Brizzly, but he sounds like the type to grill you on his tweets every night.

My girlfriend and I have been going out for a few weeks, but we've already said we love each other. How can I get my doubting friends to stop telling me I'm making a mistake?

Oh! That's easy. Just be like: "I don't know her too well, but I'm super attracted to her and she seems really cool. I have a good feeling about this and can't wait to get to know her better. I know I'm prone to fantasy and to forcing intimacy super fast but I'm going to keep an eye on that issue via therapy and self-restraint."

I really like dirty talk, but my girl does not. I found this out when I called her a slut and she got angry. How do I make it up to her?

Dude. You always gotta ease sluts into it via Pretty Woman. She'll be all into the idea of being a high-class escort, so work that angle before you go full Hustler. Then again, maybe she's just not the type.
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