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Remembering Screenwriter Nora Ephron, a New York Treasure

Meg Ryan "fakes it" for Billy Crystal at Katz's Deli in "When Harry Met Sally"

Nora Ephron was a screenwriter and director with New York in her blood. And it coursed through many of her films as well.

Perhaps her most famous piece of New York City movie making was When Harry Met Sally. Ephron wrote the script for the Rob Reiner classic Billy Crystal-Meg Ryan romantic comedy. The famous “orgasm” scene where Reiner’s mom says, “I’ll have what she’s having,” took place at Katz’s Deli on the Lower East Side.

The Big Apple proved a popular backdrop for the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan vehicle — You’ve Got Mail. Ephron co-wrote and directed the movie, in which Ryan discovers that Hanks has been her secret crush all along when they meet at Riverside Park. The film uses numerous New York locales, including Zabar’s, Gray’s Papaya, and Cafe Lalo.

Of course, who could forget the duo meeting at the Empire State Building for the Sleepless in Seattle finale?

Part of her last major hit, Julie and Julia, was shot in Manhattan, featuring the blog to book to movie story of Julie Powell as she attempted every recipe in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”

Ephron lived, during her college years, at 110 Sullivan Street, between Prince and Spring Streets.

She died yesterday in a Manhattan hospital of pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia. She was 71. Her son, Jacob Bernstein, a contributing writer at Newsweek Daily Beast, announced the news of his mother’s death to The New York Times last night.

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Top Newsweek/Daily Beast Writer Gets New York Times Gig

Jacob Bernstein, a Senior Writer for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, is getting his shot at The New York Times. Capital New York reports that Bernstein is now regularly freelancing for the Times’ Style section. He has moved to a contract writer position for Newsweek/The Daily Beast as well.

Bernstein has also written for New York, WWD, Paper and The Huffington Post. Bernstein has writing and reporting in the blood. He’s the son of director, producer and screenwriter Nora Ephron and journalist Carl Bernstein.

The New York Observer Lists 50 Media Bachelors

The New York Observer has published a list covering 50 media bachelors today. Who made the list? A bunch of white guys, of course. But let’s not bore you with the details of yet another chance for those in New York media to obsess over something that no one else cares about.

Here are a few of the dudes who got a shout out:

And don’t worry guys, tomorrow the Observer is publishing a bachelorette list, so get excited! Or whatever.

WWD Not Talking About Jacob Bernstein, Nikki Finke

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WWD isn’t talking about Jacob Bernstein’s profile of Nikki Finke that disappeared from the online archives, despite being published over the July 4th weekend.

Andrea Kaplan told FBLA “we have no comment”.

We asked Luke Ford if WWD was making him take down his post quoting from the story. He told FBLA that WWD hasn’t communicated anything to him.

Our emails and phone calls to Jacob Bernstein have not been returned.

Kevin Roderick pulled his quotes yesterday, citing a mysterious source, who’s probably the same person who suggested that FBLA do the same.

Trust us, the quotes aren’t nearly as interesting as the mysterious disappearance of the story.

If we were to guess, WWD must not have fact-checked very carefully. Or else the editors suspected that outing a journalist’s sources (or some of those sources) might be a bad idea.

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Jacob Bernstein’s Nikki Finke Profile in WWD: MIA?

Jacob Bernstein’s Nikki Finke Profile in WWD: MIA?

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Surely, it can’t be a coincidence that the same weekend that FBLA gets an email from a high-powered PR type alerting us to the Jacob Bernstein profile of Nikki Finke in WWD, that Luke Ford and LA Observed also run posts about it. The story appeared in the July 6 print edition, was hidden behind the subscription wall, and isn’t all that Google-able, as Jeffrey Wells notes. Ford tells us he can’t say where he got news of the piece, and Roderick says it’s not from our source.

A few days earlier, Finke took Mike Sitrick to the woodshed about the Captivity media campaign.

Ford, who no doubt has more coming on some conspiracy, has an unidentified source saying:

No one really blames Nikki for the pain she’s caused.

She’s caused? Certainly Finke’s published columns cause far less pain than most of the junk foisted upon the paying public by those she covers. Bernstein, son of Carl and Nora Ephron, admits that Finke wasn’t kind about his mother’s Bewitched, but she was telling the truth.

The same source doesn’t want Finke to end up like Joyce Haber, which seems pretty melodramatic. Does anyone seriously think Nikki Finke would take orders from the FBI?

We emailed Finke, asking for a comment, but alas, she’d rather not.

The piece isn’t available from the WWD archives, and we understand that it’s gone for a reason. Let’s see if we can get WWD to clarify.