Lucky Guy, the Nora Ephron-penned play about Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper reporter Mike McAlary, has recouped its $3.6 million capitalization eight weeks into its limited run. The play, directed by George C Wolfe and starring Tom Hanks, just got six Tony Award noms, including Best Play and Best Performance By An Actor In A Play, for Hanks.
Nora Ephron, the quintuple-threat director and screenwriter and playwright and author and columnist, died in June after quietly battling leukemia. She had been a staunch WGA member and received the WGA East’s Ian McClellan Hunter Award in 2003 honoring motion picture work, so this tribute set for the WGA’s New York awards show February 17 is fitting — she never won the guild award despite nominations for a heavy-hitter list of movies (Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless In Seattle and Julie & Julia). Her last play, Lucky Guy, is set to begin previews on Broadway next month with Tom Hanks and Maura Tierney starring. Here’s the guild’s release announcing plans:
New York City – Writers Guild of America, East today announced a tribute to award-winning, screenwriter, director, playwright, author, and Guild, East member Nora Ephron. The tribute to Ephron, who died in June, will be led by the author Meg Wolitzer, whose novel, “This Is My Life,” was adapted and directed by Ephron in 1992 and presented at the Writers Guild Awards East Coast ceremony on Sunday February 17th, in New York City.
“At this year’s Writers Guild Awards East Coast ceremony, we will mark the passing of one of our most distinguished and creative members. 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, Writers Guild of America, East.
This one has been long in the works, but now Tom Hanks has committed to play Mike McAlary in Lucky Guy, the play that Nora Ephron completed before she died in late June at age 71. Early in my career, I worked with McAlary for five years at New York Newsday, and I must say I was in awe of the guy and his daily accomplishments. Despite his outsized reputation and accomplishments, Mike was this big unassuming Irishman, and you would say hello in the elevator and share some small talk, and then get into the newsroom and see that while most of us were sleeping Mike had broken some unbelievable crooked-cop story late that night. Like the time he met a cop who got caught up in a corruption case and bared his misdeeds to Mike. Then went home and blew his brains out. And there was Mike’s chilling account of it all.
In a newsroom where we were surrounded by the likes of Gotham legends from Murray Kempton to Jimmy Breslin and many others, McAlary was the one the young reporters like me most admired. He never stopped working, retiring late at night to the watering hole Elaine’s where he drank with police brass and politicians, in the name of cracking the next big cop story. It was easy for us to feel unworthy as Mike broke big stories and then turned his reporting into bestselling books. He nearly died from a car crash, but was too tough to succumb to something like that. It was cancer that did him in, but none of his former colleagues will forget how Mike interrupted a chemo session to investigate a tip that a cop had brutalized a suspect, Abner Louima, in the most imaginably horrible way possible. Mike got off the bed, and found his way to Louima’s hospital room where he confirmed the story. His reporting shook up the city he covered, won him a Pulitzer Prize and was a real screw-you to cancer before he succumbed at age 41. Crazy Love director Dan Klores covered Mike’s saga onstage with his play, The Wood. Can’t wait to see Hanks bring a legend to life onstage. Here’s the official announcement:
Beverly Hills, CA – In celebration of writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron, Julie & Julia (2009) will screen as the final installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscars Outdoors summer film series on Friday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the new open-air theater located on the Academy Hollywood campus. Chef, restaurateur and radio host Evan Kleiman of KCRW’s “Good Food” will host a pre-screening discussion with some of Ephron’s friends and colleagues. The program is presented to coincide with the American Cinematheque’s celebration of Ephron films later in September.
Ephron, who earned Oscar® nominations for “Silkwood,” “When Harry Met Sally…” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” was also a renowned cook and dinner party hostess. Her appreciation of fine food led to her adapting and then directing “Julie & Julia,” which chronicles the year in which author Julie Powell cooked her way through chef Julia Child’s first book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Today, August 15, marks the centennial of Child’s birth. In her honor, the Oscars Outdoors food trucks for the evening will reflect Child’s French culinary aesthetic.
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