Scripters discuss Sturges

McCarthy leads star-studded panel

HOLLYWOOD — As a part of the Preston Sturges retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Writers Guild and the Writers Guild Foundation honored the filmmaking skills of the legendary comedic scripter/helmer with a tribute on what would have been Sturges’ 100th birthday Aug. 29.

The event began with a screening of the Emmy Award winning docu “Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer,” and was followed by a panel discussion featuring Sturges-influenced scripters Leslie Dixon (“Outrageous Fortune,” “Mrs. Doubtfire”), Hal Kanter (“Moon Over Darling,” “Blue Hawaii”), Phil Alden Robinson (“All of Me,” “Field of Dreams) and Ron Shelton (“Bull Durham,” “Tin Cup”). Variety’s chief film critic and “Rise and Fall” scripter Todd McCarthy led the panel.

After the discussion, letters from L.A.’s mayor and California’s governor were presented to the Sturges family and a big “100th Year” birthday cake was cut and served.

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