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Barbara Turner, ‘Georgia’ Screenwriter, Actress and Producer, Dies at 79

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Barbara Turner, ‘Georgia’ Screenwriter, Actress and Producer, Dies at 79
Barbara Turner, a screenwriter, actress and producer best known for her work penning the 1995 film “Georgia,” died in Los Angeles on Tuesday. She was 79. Turner was also the mother of actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, who starred in “Georgia,” which depicted the troubled relationship between two singing sisters (Leigh and Mare Winningham). She was nominated for two Emmys for her work on the 1977 NBC film “The War Between the Tates,” starring Elizabeth Ashley and Richard Crenna, and the 2012 HBO movie “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” with Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Also Read: Patty Duke, Oscar- and Emmy-Winning Actress, Dies at 69 Turner’s numerous
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Barbara Turner, Screenwriter and Mother of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dies at 79

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Barbara Turner, Screenwriter and Mother of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dies at 79
Barbara Turner, screenwriter of Petulia, Georgia and Pollock, has died. She was 79. The mother of actress Jennifer Jason Leigh passed away on Tuesday in Los Angeles, according to Variety. Among many of Turner's screenplay credits are 1968's Petulia, which earned her a Writers' Guild of America nomination, as well as 1977's The War Between the Tates, which garnered her an Emmy nomination. In 1994, Turner teamed up with daughter Leigh to produce her screenplay Georgia, directed by Ulu Grosbard. Years later in 2000, actors Marcia Gay Harden and Ed Harris earned Academy Award nominations for their roles in the Turner-scripted Jackson Pollock biopic Pollock.
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Barbara Turner, ‘Georgia’ Screenwriter and Mother of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dies

Barbara Turner, ‘Georgia’ Screenwriter and Mother of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dies
Barbara Turner, the screenwriter of “Petulia,” “Georgia” and “Pollock,” among numerous other features for film and television, died on Tuesday, April 5, in Los Angeles. Among Turner’s children was actress Jennifer Jason Leigh. She was thought to be her in mid to late-70s.

After high school, Turner attended the University of Texas for a year, then returned to New York to study acting first at the Dramatic Workshop and later with Paul Mann, where she met Vic Morrow, who became her first husband. In the late ’50s, Turner and Morrow moved to Hollywood, where she began acting in theater and on television series such as “Playhouse 90” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Turner’s first screenplay was an adaptation of the Jean Genet play “Deathwatch,” directed by Morrow in 1966.

Turner received a Writers’ Guild of America nomination for her adaptation of “Petulia” (directed by Richard Lester in 1968), an Emmy nomination
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Barbara Turner, ‘Georgia’ Screenwriter and Mother of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dies at 79

Barbara Turner, ‘Georgia’ Screenwriter and Mother of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dies at 79
Barbara Turner, the screenwriter of “Petulia,” “Georgia” and “Pollock,” among numerous other features for film and television, died on Tuesday, April 5, in Los Angeles. Among Turner’s children was actress Jennifer Jason Leigh. She was 79.

After high school, Turner attended the University of Texas for a year, then returned to New York to study acting first at the Dramatic Workshop and later with Paul Mann, where she met Vic Morrow, who became her first husband. In the late ’50s, Turner and Morrow moved to Hollywood, where she began acting in theater and on television series such as “Playhouse 90” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Turner’s first screenplay was an adaptation of the Jean Genet play “Deathwatch,” directed by Morrow in 1966.

Turner received a Writers’ Guild of America nomination for her adaptation of “Petulia” (directed by Richard Lester in 1968), an Emmy nomination for TV movie “The War Between the Tates” (1977), Emmy
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Jennifer Jason Leigh on Being Handcuffed to Kurt Russell in ‘The Hateful Eight’

Jennifer Jason Leigh on Being Handcuffed to Kurt Russell in ‘The Hateful Eight’
After years of outstanding performances, Jennifer Jason Leigh has earned her first Oscar nomination, for her portrayal of Daisy Domergue, the female fugitive at the center of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.”

How did you get the news about the Oscar nomination?

I woke up to a bunch of texts on my phone. I didn’t wake up to watch it, but a lot of my friends did. My mom was incredibly happy for me. It was nice to be able to have that with her, because the last time there was this much talk about it was for “Georgia,” which my mom (Barbara Turner) wrote. And it sounds corny, but I do feel this nomination is a reflection of the work we all did; I share it with all the Haters.

For your audition, I believe Quentin read the script with you?

It was funny, because they sent
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Jennifer Jason Leigh Talks About the Person Who Inspires Her Most - and Why Her Son Wanted Her to Skip Sunday's Golden Globes

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Jennifer Jason Leigh Talks About the Person Who Inspires Her Most - and Why Her Son Wanted Her to Skip Sunday's Golden Globes
Jennifer Jason Leigh is at the top of her game, currently onscreen in two acclaimed performances: her Golden Globe-nominated role in The Hateful Eight and in the Charlie Kaufman animated film Anomalisa. Looking back on a career of over 50 films, starting with the 1982 stoner comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Leigh says the first person to really impact her life was her mom, screenwriter Barbara Turner. Turner wrote the script for the 1995 awards contender Georgia, which starred Leigh and earned her nods from several critics groups for her portrayal of a drug-addicted aspiring singer. "I've always had so much admiration for my mom,
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Jennifer Jason Leigh Talks About the Person Who Inspires Her Most - and Why Her Son Wanted Her to Skip Sunday's Golden Globes

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Jennifer Jason Leigh Talks About the Person Who Inspires Her Most - and Why Her Son Wanted Her to Skip Sunday's Golden Globes
Jennifer Jason Leigh is at the top of her game, currently onscreen in two acclaimed performances: her Golden Globe-nominated role in The Hateful Eight and in the Charlie Kaufman animated film Anomalisa. Looking back on a career of over 50 films, starting with the 1982 stoner comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Leigh says the first person to really impact her life was her mom, screenwriter Barbara Turner. Turner wrote the script for the 1995 awards contender Georgia, which starred Leigh and earned her nods from several critics groups for her portrayal of a drug-addicted aspiring singer. "I've always had so much admiration for my mom,
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Candice Bergen To Tell Story Of Her Legendary Ventriloquist Father Edgar Bergen For Big Screen

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Before she was Murphy Brown and the star of such films as Carnal Knowledge, Candice Bergen grew up watching her father Edgar Bergen scratch his way to stardom with his arm up the back of the wooden puppet Charlie McCarthy. She has teamed with James Francis Trezza and Pam Widener to produce a feature film based on her father, based on her bestselling 1984 memoir Knock Wood. Barbara Turner, who was recently WGA Award nominated for scripting the HBO film Hemingway And Gelhorn, will write the script. She reunites with Trezza and Widener after their collaboration on Pollock. Putting an innovative twist on the biopic form, the picture will take the Pov of Charlie McCarthy as Edgar Bergen came of age during the early days of showbiz in America, from vaudeville to the Golden Age of radio, to features and the birth of television. The three-foot tall wooden puppet became a household name,
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Candice Bergen To Tell Story Of Her Legendary Ventriloquist Father Edgar Bergen For Big Screen

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Candice Bergen To Tell Story Of Her Legendary Ventriloquist Father Edgar Bergen For Big Screen
Before she was Murphy Brown and the star of such films as Carnal Knowledge, Candice Bergen grew up watching her father Edgar Bergen scratch his way to stardom with his arm up the back of the wooden puppet Charlie McCarthy. She has teamed with James Francis Trezza and Pam Widener to produce a feature film based on her father, based on her bestselling 1984 memoir Knock Wood. Barbara Turner, who was recently WGA Award nominated for scripting the HBO film Hemingway And Gelhorn, will write the script. She reunites with Trezza and Widener after their collaboration on Pollock. Putting an innovative twist on the biopic form, the picture will take the Pov of Charlie McCarthy as Edgar Bergen came of age during the early days of showbiz in America, from vaudeville to the Golden Age of radio, to features and the birth of television. The three-foot tall wooden puppet became a household name,
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Blu-ray Review: Naggingly Hollow ‘Hemingway and Gellhorn’ Falls Flat

Chicago – It doesn’t sound like a particularly bad idea. In exploring the globe-trotting adventures of author Ernest Hemingway and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, why not use archival footage of the actual sights and sounds that they encountered, while nesting the actors into the frame, a la “Forrest Gump”? I didn’t think it was a bad idea at all until roughly three minutes into the movie.

Suddenly the picture fades into a grainy blue haze as Hemingway (Clive Owen) is witnessed on his fishing boat, pulling in his latest big catch with cavalier bravado. The moment is supposed to function as a stirring introduction to his character, but it’s completely undermined by the jarringly amateurish special effects juxtaposing the actors against a green screen projecting old footage of a jarring sea (even the splashes of water seem superimposed). Considering the often stellar production values of HBO films, it
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Argo and Zero Dark Thirty honoured at the 2013 WGA Awards

Ben Affleck's acclaimed CIA thriller Argo picked up another award last night as screenwriter Chris Terrio was honoured by the Writer's Guild of America at this year's WGA Awards with Best Adapted Screenplay, while Mark Boal received Best Original Screenplay for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Malik Bendejelloul collected Best Documentary Screenplay for Searching for Sugar Man.

Shifting to the small screen and there was awards success for Breaking Bad (Best Drama Series), Louie (Best Comedy Series) and Girls (Best New Series), along with Mad Men (Episodic Drama), Modern Family (Episodic Comedy), Hatfields & McCoys (Long Form - Original), Game Change (Long Form - Adapted) and The Simpsons (Animation).

Here is the full list of nominees, with the winners highlighted in bold:

Film Categories:

Original Screenplay

Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures

Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures

The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company

Moonrise Kingdom,
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'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' dominate Writers Guild TV nominations

"Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" are the clear front-runners in the nominations for the 2013 Writers Guild of America Awards.

Both shows are nominated in their respective series categories, and they each occupy at least half the slots in the episodic categories. "Breaking Bad" scored four of the six nominations for individual drama episodes -- that's half of the episodes the AMC series aired in 2012 -- while "Modern Family" has three of the six episodic comedy nods.

The other series nominees are "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "Mad Men" in the drama category and "30 Rock," "Girls," "Louie" and "Parks and Recreation" on the comedy side.

Here are the prime-time categories in the 2013 WGA Awards. See the full list here.

Drama series

"Boardwalk Empire"

"Breaking Bad"

"Game of Thrones"

"Homeland"

"Mad Men"

Comedy series

"30 Rock"

"Girls"

"Louie"

"Modern Family"

"Parks and Recreation"

New series

"Girls"

"The Mindy Project"

"Nashville"

"The Newsroom
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'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' dominate WGA Award nominees

'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' dominate WGA Award nominees
What do Walter White and Phil Dunphy have in common? They’re both at the center of the TV shows most honored by the Writers Guild of America today. The group just announced the nominees for its annual awards, which will be handed out Feb. 17 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Breaking Bad garnered five nods; Modern Family drew four. Here’s a list of all the primetime and late night series in contention for the event’s biggest prizes:

Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire, Written by Dave Flebotte, Diane Frolov, Chris Haddock, Rolin Jones, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki,
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Writers Guild West Announces 2012 Board Of Directors

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Los Angeles – The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) has announced the final results of its 2012 Wgaw Board of Directors election. The following eight members were elected to the Wgaw’s Board of Directors: Chip Johannessen, Katherine Fugate, Michael Oates Palmer, John Aboud, Scott Alexander, David A. Goodman, Marjorie David, Kathy Kiernan. Numerical Results For Successful Candidates Chip Johannessen (870, 10.8%), Katherine Fugate (840, 10.5%), Michael Oates Palmer (790, 9.9%), John Aboud (723, 9.0%), Scott Alexander (684, 8.5%), David A. Goodman (651, 8.1%), Marjorie David (650, 8.1%), Kathy Kiernan (585, 7.3%). The Board members will serve a two-year term, effective immediately. Other Candidates: David Shore (563, 7.0%), Alexander Cary (437, 5.4%), Meg LeFauve (393, 4.9%), Jordan Mechner (273, 3.4%), Barbara Turner (246, 3.1%), Eric Small (153, 1.9%), Terrence Coli (151, 1.9%). A total of 1,320 valid ballots were cast. Each ballot contained up to eight votes. Percentages are based on total number of votes cast. The ballot count was supervised by Robbin Johnson of Pacific Election Services, Inc., an independent firm .
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Writers Guild West Announces Final List of Board of Directors Candidates

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The Writers Guild of America, West on Monday announced the final slate of candidates for its 2012 board of directors election. Fifteen candidates are nominated to run for eight open seats on the board: Meg LeFauve, Marjorie David, David Shore, Terrence Coli, John Aboud, Eric Small, Jordan Mechner, Barbara Turner, Michael Oates Palmer, Scott Alexander, Alexander Cary, David A. Goodman, Katherine Fugate, Kathy Kiernan and Chip Johannessen.  Also read: Wgaw Announces Initial List of Board of Directors Candidates Shore, Goodman, Fugate and Kiernan are incumbents. Previously announced candidates Patrick Sean Smith and Zoanne
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WGA West Finalizes Board Slate

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Los Angeles – The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) has announced the final slate of candidates for the 2012 Board of Directors election. There are 15 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the Wgaw’s Board of Directors, as follows: Meg LeFauve, Marjorie David, David Shore (incumbent), Terrence Coli, John Aboud, Eric Small, Jordan Mechner, Barbara Turner, Michael Oates Palmer, Scott Alexander, Alexander Cary, David A. Goodman (inc.), Katherine Fugate (inc.), Kathy Kiernan (inc.), Chip Johannessen. (Previously announced Board candidates Patrick Sean Smith and Zoanne Clack withdrew their candidacies.) The Wgaw will host its annual “Candidates Night” town hall forum, where Guild members may meet Bod candidates and get answers to their questions, on Wednesday, September 5, at Wgaw headquarters in Los Angeles. Guild members will receive candidate, non-candidate, and rebuttal statements, if any, with their ballots prior to the election. Candidates may also mail additional campaign materials at their own expense.
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Wgaw Announces Initial List of Board of Directors Candidates

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The Writers Guild of America, West's Nominating Committee has announced its initial list of candidates for the 2012 Board of Directors election. There are 17 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the Wgaw's board of directors: Meg LeFauve, Marjorie David, Patrick Sean Smith, David Shore, Terrence Coli, John Aboud, Eric Small, Jordan Mechner, Zoanne Clack, Barbara Turner, Michael Oates Palmer, Scott Alexander, Alexander Cary, David A. Goodman, Katherine Fugate, Kathy Kiernan, Chip Johannessen. Shore, Goodman, Fugate and Kiernan are incumbents. Also read: 'The Descendants,' 'Midnight in Paris' Are Tops With Writers
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WGA West Announces First Board Candidates For 2012 Elections

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The guild has unveiled a first list of 17 candidates to run for eight open spots on the Wgaw’s Board of Directors. The deadline for submitting nominees by petition is July 23, and the guild will hosts its annual “Candidates Night” town hall forum for candidates September 5 at WGA headquarters in La. Final election ballots will be counted on September 21. Here are the candidates named today: Meg LeFauve, Marjorie David, Patrick Sean Smith, David Shore (inc.), Terrence Coli, John Aboud, Eric Small, Jordan Mechner, Zoanne Clack, Barbara Turner, Michael Oates Palmer, Scott Alexander, Alexander Cary, David A. Goodman (inc.), Katherine Fugate (inc.), Kathy Kiernan (inc.), Chip Johannessen.
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'Hemingway & Gellhorn' Director Philip Kaufman Revisits an 'Incredibly Passionate Love Story' (Video)

'Hemingway & Gellhorn' Director Philip Kaufman Revisits an 'Incredibly Passionate Love Story' (Video)
HBO goes back in time with Hemingway & Gellhorn, about the lives of writer Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn. Director Philip Kaufman revealed to The Hollywood Reporter how he got involved with the project starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. "Somebody presented me with a very long screenplay [by] Barbara Turner [and Jerry Stahl], which I came to think had some potential," Kaufman says. "We spent about eight years, producer Peter Kaufman and I, trying to develop this project eventually." As time went on, Kaufman became enthralled by Hemingway and Gellhorn, who were married from 1940-45. Photos:

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TV Review: HBO’s Disappointing ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’ with Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman

Chicago – It pains me to say this — HBO’s “Hemingway & Gellhorn” is a complete mess, a film littered with awful directorial decisions, built on a misguided screenplay, and featuring performances that range from mediocre to downright horrendous. I’m as big a cheerleader for HBO and their line of original films as you’re likely to find but this is one of the worst.

TV Rating: 1.5/5.0

It’s not merely that I so often love what HBO delivers (their current Sunday line-up of “Game of Thrones,” “Girls,” and “Veep” is one of the best two-hour blocks of television in years) but that the cast, crew, and subject matter of this 154-minute epic seems tailor made for me. I would say that Ernest Hemingway’s work is one of the reasons that I became an English major in college and that director Philip Kaufman’s “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” helped make me a film nut.
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