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The Essentials: 5 Key Nora Ephron Films

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2012 9:56 AM
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It's been touching to see the outpouring of love for Nora Ephron since the journalist, novelist, screenwriter and director passed away last night. Ephron's films have never really been particularly trendy; you're not going to find many hip young filmmakers naming her as an influence. But it's clear from the last twelve hours or so that there are few cinephiles that don't hold a few of her films close to their hearts. Ephron wasn't just the writer, and sometimes director, behind as string of classics, but she was also one of the most important women in the film industry across the last twenty years, and one of the most insightful writers of female characters that Hollywood has ever had.

R.I.P. Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2012 9:26 PM
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Sad news this evening, as writer, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron has passed away at the age of 71.

Zooey Deschanel Bringing 'Coal Miner's Daughter' To The Stage; Tom Hanks Broadway Bound With 'Lucky Guy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 10:45 AM
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We usually don't report on theater stuff, but when the names involved are as heavyweight as they are here, it's a bit hard to ignore, so onward...

Nora Ephron Directing Sam Mendes-Produced Time Travel TV Adaptation 'Lost In Austen'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 11, 2011 1:14 AM
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Yes, It's Another Version Of 'Pride & Prejudice'It's easy to dump on Nora Ephron. And in many ways, justified, certainly to anyone who's had to sit through "Mixed Nuts," or "Michael," or "Lucky Numbers" or "Bewitched." But she did, of course, write the stone-cold classic "When Harry Met Sally," and, maybe it only feels that way because so many of those who've been influenced by her have botched the rom-com genre so badly, but when she gets it even half-right, as in "Sleepless in Seattle," "You've Got Mail" or "Julie and Julia," there are few who can do what she does as well as she does it.

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