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Carrie Brownstein to complete unfinished Nora Ephron screenplay 'Lost in Austen'

Emmy-nominated writer Carrie Brownstein is taking her words to the big screen.

The Portlandia co-creator and star has been hired to complete the screenplay for Lost in Austen, first started by Nora Ephron, who died in 2012 after a battle with leukemia. The film, based on the original U.K. television series written by Guy Andrews, tells the modern day story of Brooklynite Amanda, who suddenly finds herself transported to the literary world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. 

“Carrie is smart and funny and original, and the project is very lucky to have her,” producer Sam Mendes said in a statement. In addition to her work on the hit IFC seriesBrownstein will appear in Jill Soloway’s upcoming Amazon dramedy Transparent. The film will mark Brownstein’s feature writing debut.

It had to be her: The Writers Guild of America, East plans a tribute to Nora Ephron

Just after Valentine’s Day, The Writer’s Guild of America, East will honor the woman who wrote so perfectly about love: Nora Ephron. At the Writers Guild Awards author Meg Wolitzer will lead a tribute to the filmmaker and writer. Ephron wrote and directed the movie adaptation of Wolitzer’s novel This is My Life.

“Nora Ephron’s life and body of work were those of a quintessential New Yorker, but not only did she embody the sophistication, wit and energy of our city, she was also a loyal union member who walked the picket line and talked the talk on behalf of all her fellow writers,” said Michael Winship  President of the WGA, East in a press release.

After her sudden death last June, many people fondly remembered Ephron’s influence in pop culture. After all, who can help but smile when they hear “I’ll have what she’s having”? And even though the noise is long gone now, for some the robotic “You’ve Got Mail” announcement will forever spark feelings of joy at seeing Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly fall in love onscreen.

The awards will be held Feb. 17th in New York City and Los Angeles (the tribute will take place in New York). 

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A critic's appreciation: Nora Ephron's words are worth a thousand pictures

If Nora Ephron hadn’t become such a successful screenwriter and director in a world where being a successful screenwriter and director and a woman counted as novelty, she might have written some hilarious essays about the ironies of being a successful screenwriter and director and a woman. How I wish she had! I love When Harry Met Sally… as much as the next girl who wished she could have what Meg Ryan was having. But Ephron was at her most original when she could work solo, without the accommodations to others inevitably involved in making a movie, regardless of how powerful the director. The literary stylist I like to think of as My Nora was at her best when she could seize on a subject that interested her — a recipe, a divorce, her neck — consider that thing, and speak her mind. Despite the years Ephron spent growing up in Beverly Hills, hers was fundamentally a New York state of mind. And her way of looking at the world — all sharp elbowed, no-nonsense, worldly wise, and bemused — was her gift. A Dorothy Parker-sharp chronicler for the Ms. Magazine generation, My Nora’s dispatches from the 1960s and ’70s (collected in Wallflower at the OrgyCrazy Salad, and Scribble, Scribble) inspired a generation of women who wanted to be writers just like her — me among them.

It’s easy to see why the journalist-essayist-novelist was drawn to moviemaking. The daughter of two screenwriters, the craft was in her blood. And at her scriptwriting best in Heartburn (adapted from her own rapier-sharp, novelized accounting of a divorce from Carl Bernstein) and When Harry Met Sally…, she kept her distinctive edge. It’s even easy to see why Ephron was drawn to directing — why shouldn’t she enjoy the control and power it offered, the membership in such a predominantly male club — even though visual storytelling was not particularly her strength. But the truth is — and she liked the truth — every new Nora Ephron movie made me miss My Nora more. So I’m grateful that the title essay in her 2006 best-seller I Feel Bad About My Neck brought her back to me. I’m glad she found later-life essayistic freedom in blogging.

I have no particular issues with my neck (my knees are another matter), but the author made us love her for loathing hers. Generations of  writing women all wish we could have what she had.

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Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep, others share thoughts on Nora Ephron

Filmmaker and author Nora Ephron died Tuesday, leaving behind a huge legacy of films, as well as many friends and colleagues in Hollywood. Here are their thoughts and memories of Ephron:

“Nora was a person whose gifts of mind, amply displayed as a young person in her sharply observed journalistic pieces and in her personal wit, were, when I first met her, kind of scary: aimed and airy at the same time, an insouciant sharpness that could be intimidating, because you could never catch her ‘trying’, everything seemed effortless. But as I got to know her, I understood what drove her was her acute curiosity, and her desire to observe and find out stuff. It’s what made her great as a journalist, and as a director, too. She thought fast, loved new ideas, processed swiftly, decided what was valuable and what was not with clarity. It’s hard to credit how very smart she was, cause she was always deflectively feminine and funny, the sharpness of mind softened and smoothed by genuine charm.” — Meryl Streep, star of Silkwood (co-written by Ephron) and Julie & Julia (written and directed by Ephron)

“Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know; how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why. At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life. Rita and I are so very sad to lose our friend who brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know her…” — Tom Hanks, star of You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, both co-written and directed by Ephron READ FULL STORY

Filmmaker and author Nora Ephron dies at 71

Journalist, author, playwright, filmmaker, and three-time Oscar nominee Nora Ephron passed away Tuesday night at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, after a battle with acute myeloid leukemia. “She brought an awful lot of people a tremendous amount of joy,” said publisher Alfred A. Knopf in a statement. She was 71.

The seeds for Ephron’s trailblazing career as a pop-culture polymath arguably began soon after her birth in New York City in 1941. She was the first of four daughters to Henry and Pheobe Ephron, who were successful screenwriters for films like Carousel and There’s No Business Like Show Business. They based their play Take Her, She’s Mine on their eldest daughter’s experiences in college. (It was adapted into a feature film starring Jimmy Stewart and Sandra Dee in the Nora Ephron role.)

After graduating from Wellesley, Ephron became one of the leading female voices of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s, writing for the New York Post, The New York Times Magazine, New York, and Esquire. Her second marriage, to famed Washington Post Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, helped launch her move into screenwriting after she worked with her husband to rewrite William Goldman’s script for All the President’s Men. That script was never used, but it ultimately led to a gig co-writing the 1983 Meryl Streep docudrama Silkwood, and Ephron’s first Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.  READ FULL STORY

Nora Ephron seriously ill -- REPORT

UPDATE: Nora Ephron has passed away.

Director and writer Nora Ephron — best known for films such as You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle and Julie & Julia, is ailing, TMZ reports.

Premature reports of her death circulated after longtime friend Liz Smith posted a eulogy on The Women on the Web, but according to TMZ, she is still alive and the nature of her illness has not yet been confirmed.

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On  this video edition of The Movie Critics, watch as Owen and I chew over a great performance by Meryl Streep as the legendary Julia Child in Nora Ephron’s mouth-watering foodie romance, Julie & Julia. Then tell us: What do you want to eat when you leave the movie theater?

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