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October 30, 1998 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
An insipid success fantasy for aspiring scriptwriters, Just Write stars Jeremy Piven as a tour guide mistaken for a hot screenwriter by a comely starlet (Sherilynn Fenn) who has him rewrite her movie romance with Brad Pitt. Along the way, fraud and fraulein fall in love. This has all the plausibility of a Mr. Softee vendor winning the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the hand of Michelle Pfeiffer. However preposterous the premise, it is always a pleasure to see Piven, the TV star (Ellen, Cupid)
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March 24, 2012
Tonino Guerra, 92, an Italian screenwriter and poet whose film collaborators, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Andrei Tarkovsky and Theo Angelopoulos, amounted to a who's who of European cinema's golden age, died Wednesday at his home in Santarcangelo di Romagna. In a screenwriting career covering a half-century, Mr. Guerra earned three Academy Award nominations and had a long partnership with Antonioni. Their first collaboration, the enigmatic L'Avventura (1960)
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September 12, 1998 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Catherine Turney, 92, the screenwriter who created the definitive roles for actresses such as Joan Crawford, Ida Lupino and Barbara Stanwyck, died Wednesday at her home in Sierra Madre, Calif. Ms. Turney specialized in Women Who Love Too Much, but unlike her male counterparts, she left her heroines their dignity. She wrote the screenplay for Mildred Pierce (1945), for which Joan Crawford won an Oscar as the sacrificing mother who tries to buy her daughter's love. For Lupino, Ms. Turney wrote the startlingly modern The Man I Love (1946)
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February 17, 2001 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Burt Kennedy, the screenwriter whose ticklish words revived the flagging fortunes of John Wayne, Randolph Scott and the Hollywood western, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 78. A child vaudevillian and failed actor who liked to joke that he was "a has-been at the age of 7," Mr. Kennedy was an Army hero during World War II, winning the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He studied acting under the GI Bill but found employment as a writer, first for radio and then with Wayne's company, Batjac Productions.
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June 25, 2011
David Rayfiel, 87, a screenwriter and script doctor who made his mark, often uncredited, on films by director Sydney Pollack that frequently featured Robert Redford, including Three Days of the Condor, The Way We Were, and Out of Africa, died Wednesday in New York City of congestive heart failure. The collaboration between Pollack and Mr. Rayfiel began in the early 1960s, endured for more than 40 years, and encompassed at least 15 films. When Out of Africa (1985)
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March 6, 1993 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Paul D. Zimmerman, 54, a Bucks County screenwriter and peace activist who won fleeting notoriety at the 1984 Republican National Convention for being one of only two delegates not to vote for the renomination of Ronald Reagan, died Tuesday at the Medical Center at Princeton. At the convention, Mr. Zimmerman said he withheld his vote because he was denied an opportunity to talk about an issue dear to his heart - a nuclear freeze. "I just wanted to make my case to the delegates in an open caucus or a regional platform hearing," he said at the time.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2004 | New York Daily News
Joe Eszterhas became Hollywood's highest-paid and most infamous screenwriter with such controversial movies as "Basic Instinct" and "Showgirls. " Now, in "Hollywood Animal" - his explosive tell-all new book - Eszterhas reveals many of the secrets of those days when he was a poster boy for sex and violence and depravity in movies. He also tells how he finally left Los Angeles for his hometown in Ohio, where he fought a life-or-death battle with cancer. He's a changed man, Eszterhas said in an interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1989 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
Screenwriters are usually the last humans on earth you want to see when you're making a movie. Their job is done - they wrote the thing, right? And if they're hanging around they'll just get in the way: blubbering pathetically as actors improvise over those carefully crafted lines, throwing tantrums when the director deems whole pages of script suddenly without merit. Which is why the presence of Tom Schulman on the Delaware set of Dead Poets Society last year was, in itself, remarkable.
LIVING
December 6, 1998 | By John Woestendiek, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
So he's a little old, a tad bald, a bit roly-poly. It's not as if he's the newest washboard-abbed, sparkly-toothed hunk on Melrose Place. He's a writer. And as such, you'd think, as he does, that - in an occupation where wisdom and experience are supposed to count for something - his age would either: (a) not matter, or (b) work to his benefit. But no. This is Hollywood, where youth, it seems, is everything - even in a world of 49-year-old prizefighters and a 77-year-old astronaut.
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June 30, 1989 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Imagine a cross between Flipper and Midnight Cowboy and you have Wonderland, an eccentric and not uninteresting, whimsical, homoerotic thriller set in Liverpool and Brighton, and featuring a pair of mismatched 17-year-old chums. Eddie (Emile Charles) is a withdrawn virgin who loves his mum and Marilyn Monroe but hates his father, who berates him for not being a "man. " Michael (Tony Forsyth) is an extroverted hustler who hates everyone but Eddie, whom he protects. For reasons obscure to everyone but the screenwriter, they are devoted to each other.
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May 28, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Monday night, screenwriter Arash Amel gave Twitter a look inside something Hollywood rarely likes to talk about: what it feels like to be part of a disaster. Amel wrote the screenplay for the ill-fated Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco . Those in the know already feel bad for Amel after reading that sentence. For those not: Grace of Monaco , starring Nicole Kidman and directed by La Vie en Rose 's Olivier Dahan, was scheduled for release in fall 2013 and meant for Oscar glory but didn't debut until the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it was booed.
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December 31, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
LARRY RICHETTE had a way of making lurid headlines. There was the time he was arrested for beating his mother, the late Common Pleas Judge Lisa A. Richette. He once flashed a woman TV reporter. There was an arrest for shoving a cop, breaking into Democratic headquarters in Washington and a couple of other altercations over the years. He became such a pariah in his South Philadelphia neighborhood that residents held a special town meeting in September 2010 to discuss what to do about him. But Larry also made a name for himself in cultural, political and literary circles as a journalist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter and political consultant.
NEWS
July 22, 2013
Vincenzo Cerami, 72, an Italian writer who coauthored the screenplay of Life Is Beautiful , died July 17 in Rome. His death was widely reported by Italian media. The cause could not immediately be confirmed. Life Is Beautiful , starring Roberto Benigni, who also directed, is an award-winning tragicomedy about a father's quest to save his son's life and innocence amid the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp. Mr. Cerami, a protege of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the writer and director, was a poet, novelist, and playwright who wrote or cowrote screenplays of more than 40 films.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 85, a German-born novelist whose fiction was set largely in India and who gained her greatest acclaim as a two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter with the Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team, died Wednesday, April 3, at her home in New York City. She had a pulmonary disorder, said James Ivory, the film director who worked with Mrs. Jhabvala since the early 1960s. Producer Ismail Merchant, director Ivory, and Mrs. Jhabvala formed what would become one of the most enduring creative teams in moviemaking history.
NEWS
March 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Fay Kanin, 95, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter for the 1958 Clark Gable-Doris Day comedy Teacher's Pet and former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died Wednesday. In a career that spanned more than four decades, Mrs. Kanin penned screenplays for movies such as the 1954 Elizabeth Taylor romantic drama Rhapsody and television specials such as Tell Me Where It Hurts , for which she won two Emmy Awards in 1974. She won another Emmy in 1979 for producing Friendly Fire , a Carol Burnett TV movie based on the true story of an American soldier killed in the Vietnam War. Mrs. Kanin was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1979 to 1983, and was its second female president after actress Bette Davis.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Kathryn Bigelow was in an editing room, in post-production on K-19: The Widowmaker , her Russian nuclear sub thriller, when word of the attack on the twin towers reached her. "We just stopped what we were doing and shut down for a few days," she recalls. "I was just trying to process it all. " That same morning, Mark Boal was in his apartment in New York, trying to roust himself from bed. After the planes hit the World Trade Center, he walked downtown, working with rescuers, moving through the debris, the chaos.
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
"HERE COMES the Boom" star Kevin James is not the kind of star to pull rank on a less famous actor, a skill he learned from Will Smith. James remembers that when he got his big break - to star alongside Smith in "Hitch," he worried about stepping on the superstar's toes. Some stars can be touchy. But not Smith, said James. "He literally built me up in that movie. He kept saying more, Kevin, give us more. I think somebody less confident or more worried about themselves might have tried to push the other guy down.
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July 1, 2012 | Karen Heller
When I finally met Nora Ephron six years ago, I did something I had never done before in a few thousand interviews and I haven't done since.   I told her I loved her. I have always loved her, since first reading her Esquire pieces in the 1970s. Of course, her admirers are legion. We love her extraordinary wit, her inimitable style, her appetite for risk and change. Her actual appetite, for butter, pate, steak, pie, and her rejection of the egg-white omelet, of which she noted, "People who eat them think they're doing something virtuous when they are instead merely misinformed.
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April 13, 2012 | Tirdad Derakhshani
In a scathing letter addressed to Mel Gibson , author and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas accuses the actor-director of a range of moral crimes including anti-Semitism, deep-seated misogyny, and an irrational hatred of John Lennon. Eszterhas claims Gibson admitted hitting ex-gf Oksana Grigorieva and threatened on numerous occasions to kill her. "You were raving at Oksana even after you'd reached a custody agreement over Luci," Eszterhas writes in the April 9 letter, which has been posted online by gossip-news site TheWrap.com.
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March 24, 2012
Tonino Guerra, 92, an Italian screenwriter and poet whose film collaborators, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Andrei Tarkovsky and Theo Angelopoulos, amounted to a who's who of European cinema's golden age, died Wednesday at his home in Santarcangelo di Romagna. In a screenwriting career covering a half-century, Mr. Guerra earned three Academy Award nominations and had a long partnership with Antonioni. Their first collaboration, the enigmatic L'Avventura (1960)
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