Sadly, writer/director Nora Ephron, the queen of blockbuster romantic comedies, passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 71. The cause of death was pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia.
Ephron was the creative force behind the romantic comedy classics When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, both of which earned her Oscar nominations for best screenplay. More recently she wrote and directed the foodie biopic Julie & Julia. In addition to her work in movies, Ephron was also an essayist, playwright, journalist, blogger and novelist.
Ephron is survived by her two sons Max and Jacob Bernstein and husband Nicholas Pileggi.
Hollywood Dailies will be airing a special look back at the career of Ephron today. Watch Hollywood Dailies at 5:30p ET / 2:30p PT. Watch Hollywood Dailies' tribute >> Posted 06.27.12 by Mandy
The new trailer is out for Julie & Julia, due in theaters August 7. Of course, it can't resist pointing out that the movie is "based on two true stories." The movie, which went into production last month, was written and directed by Nora Ephron, who also wrote Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally. If the trailer is any indication, Julie & Julia will have the same light-hearted spirit and innocent messages of empowerment.
The movie tells the parallel stories of noted chef Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and Julie Powell (Amy Adams), a dissatisfied temp worker who decides to take her life in a new direction. In 2002, the real-life Powell began cooking all of the 524 recipes in Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She then documented her experiences on a blog, which eventually gained a substantial following and led to this movie -- most likely the first blog-to-big-screen adaptation.
The initial impression (no pun intended) is that Streep is just playing Streep with a Julia Child voice. The imitation sounds technically correct, but without a character of its own. But judge for yourself: Posted 04.30.09 by reelz