Local Girl Makes Good

A holiday dose of Minnesota Nice for the one and only Diablo Cody

By now you may have heard about a new film called Juno, opening this week in limited release (and in the Twin Cities December 14). Written by former City Pages contributor Diablo Cody, it has become one of the most buzzed-about films in Hollywood, and by far the most buzzed-about film in Minnesota.

In fact, a few local malcontents have complained in online forums that they are tired of hearing about Diablo Cody. So we will not mention Diablo Cody anywhere in this issue.

That said, we have one more thing to say about Diablo Cody: In the grand Hollywood tradition of "what have you done for me lately?," Juno is yesterday's news, and we are already eagerly anticipating Cody's next movie. As it turns out, she and her Juno director, Jason Reitman, have teamed up again on a new project, a "comedy-horror" film called Jennifer's Body.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer's Body "tells the story of a cheerleader who is possessed by a demon and starts feeding off the boys in a Minnesota farming town. Her 'plain Jane' best friend must kill her, then escape from a correctional facility to go after the Satan-worshiping rock band responsible for the transformation."

Sounds like Diablo Cody. Matthew Smith

Truth and Consequences

On a recent Saturday night, John Caldwell was riding his bike in north Minneapolis. As the bike had no working lights, Sgt. Christopher Hudok of the Minneapolis Police Department pulled him over at the corner of 27th and Penn Avenues.

According to Hudok's report, Caldwell got off his bike and immediately put his hands in the air. "I wanna be honest," Caldwell told the officer, according to the police report. "I got a rock."

He was telling the truth, but it didn't set him free: The fifth of a gram of cocaine landed Caldwell in jail. Jonathan Kaminsky

Band Larceny

When Greg White stepped out of his Fridley condo last Tuesday morning, he immediately noticed something amiss: A trailer containing approximately $20,000 worth of musical equipment had disappeared.

White initially hoped that the vehicle had simply been towed by overzealous maintenance workers. "Sometimes my condo complex has a nasty habit of towing trailers," he says.

But the drummer for local rock cover band Trick Daisy was not so lucky. The trailer, containing microphones, drum gear, amps, and other recording equipment, was nowhere to be found.

After contacting the cops, White began dialing various music stores that he'd dealt with over the years. He hit pay dirt with a Music Go Round in Maple Grove. The store had recently received an inquiry about purchasing a Noble & Cooley drum kit. When the would-be sellers showed up to unload the kit, they were arrested by Maple Grove police.

White recovered his drum kit and some cymbals, but roughly $15,000 worth of equipment remains missing. "There's still a trailer out there with a pretty good chunk of gear," he says. Paul Demko

 
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