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March 5, 2000 | LAURA KAUFMAN, Laura Kaufman is a freelance writer in Pasadena
May 1999: Film student Jesse Wigutow spends 11 days dashing off the first draft of a screenplay on his laptop at the Beverly Hills Public Library--in time to get his last class critique before graduation. September 1999: Wigutow sells "Urban Townies" to Warner Bros. as part of a development deal worth in the "mid to high six figures," if both "Townies" and a second script are made into movies.
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March 5, 2000 | LAURA KAUFMAN, Laura Kaufman is a freelance writer in Pasadena
May 1999: Film student Jesse Wigutow spends 11 days dashing off the first draft of a screenplay on his laptop at the Beverly Hills Public Library--in time to get his last class critique before graduation. September 1999: Wigutow sells "Urban Townies" to Warner Bros. as part of a development deal worth in the "mid to high six figures," if both "Townies" and a second script are made into movies.
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March 12, 2000
Congratulations to Jesse Wigutow for his newfound success ("Pretty Good for a First Job Out of School," by Laura Kaufman, March 5). I hope he realizes that if he were 46 instead of 26, nobody would have given him or his script the time of day. ROBERT FLAUGHER Los Angeles
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August 21, 2004 | Susan King
Hollywood has never really been able to get a handle on F. Scott Fitzgerald. Several of the late writer's classic novels and short stories of the Jazz Age -- including "The Great Gatsby," "The Last Tycoon" and "Tender Is the Night" -- have been transformed into disappointing films. But producers keep trying.
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April 2, 2000
My congratulations to Jesse Wigutow for his newfound success ("Pretty Good for a First Job Out of School," by Laura Kaufman, March 5). And my condolences to Robert Flaugher (Letters, March 12), who contends that Wigutow's winning script, if created by a writer in his 40s, would have been flatly refused consideration. A few years ago, fully aware of the odds against success, I abandoned a secure career to pursue my dream of screenwriting. I am 40. In my limited dealings with industry professionals, I have discovered one consistency: They seek compelling stories with strong commercial potential.
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April 25, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Michael and Kirk Douglas have taken more than 20 years to select a script that would enable them to act together on the screen. It was worth the wait. Jesse Wigutow came up with a screenplay that is tailored expertly not only for father and son but also Michael's son Cameron and Michael's mother Diana Douglas, Kirk's first wife, who divorced Kirk amicably decades ago and has remained a close friend. Michael Douglas produced, with his brother Joel serving as associate producer.
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April 13, 2003 | Elaine Dutka
Kirk Douglas had worked with three of his four sons on movies such as "Posse" and TV's "Inherit the Wind." But not until "It Runs in the Family," opening April 25, has the 86-year-old actor (Oscar-nominated for "Champion," "The Bad and the Beautiful" and "Lust for Life") teamed up with Michael, his eldest, a two-time Academy Award winner in his own right. Also featuring Michael's 24-year-old son, Cameron, and Kirk's ex-wife Diana, (mother of Michael), it's a home movie, Hollywood-style.
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November 8, 2002 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
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November 5, 2006
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