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Candice Bergen To Tell Story Of Her Legendary Ventriloquist Father Edgar Bergen For Big Screen

Before she was Murphy Brown and the star of such films as Carnal Knowledge, Candice Bergen grew up watching her father Edgar Bergen scratch his way to stardom with his arm up the back of the wooden puppet Charlie McCarthy. She has teamed with James Francis Trezza and Pam Widener to produce a feature film based on her father, based on her bestselling 1984 memoir Knock Wood. Barbara Turner, who was recently WGA Award nominated for scripting the HBO film Hemingway And Gelhorn, will write the script. She reunites with Trezza and Widener after their collaboration on Pollock. Putting an innovative twist on the biopic form, the picture will take the Pov of Charlie McCarthy as Edgar Bergen came of age during the early days of showbiz in America, from vaudeville to the Golden Age of radio, to features and the birth of television. The three-foot tall wooden puppet became a household name,
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Candice Bergen To Tell Story Of Her Legendary Ventriloquist Father Edgar Bergen For Big Screen

Candice Bergen To Tell Story Of Her Legendary Ventriloquist Father Edgar Bergen For Big Screen
Before she was Murphy Brown and the star of such films as Carnal Knowledge, Candice Bergen grew up watching her father Edgar Bergen scratch his way to stardom with his arm up the back of the wooden puppet Charlie McCarthy. She has teamed with James Francis Trezza and Pam Widener to produce a feature film based on her father, based on her bestselling 1984 memoir Knock Wood. Barbara Turner, who was recently WGA Award nominated for scripting the HBO film Hemingway And Gelhorn, will write the script. She reunites with Trezza and Widener after their collaboration on Pollock. Putting an innovative twist on the biopic form, the picture will take the Pov of Charlie McCarthy as Edgar Bergen came of age during the early days of showbiz in America, from vaudeville to the Golden Age of radio, to features and the birth of television. The three-foot tall wooden puppet became a household name,
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The Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Lethem –review

Jonathan Lethem's essays reveal surprising influences on his fiction

This is a book that turns the reader into Mortimer Snerd, the ventriloquist's puppet who supposedly first uttered the immortal phrase "Who'd have thunk it?" Who'd have thunk that Jonathan Lethem – one of the most emotionally engaging and intellectually nimble of contemporary novelists – might prefer Barbara Pym to Thomas Pynchon? Who'd have thunk the first book he had autographed was by Anthony Burgess, or that he adored Gk Chesterton, the essay on whom has the most appropriately ecstatic opening sentence: "How do you autopsy a somersault?" There are also more familiar aspects. You would have to be a rather obtuse reader not to realise Lethem's love of Dick, Dylan and Ditko.

This is not, thankfully, one of those ragbag anthologies of non-fiction that fiction writers throw together when their cuttings drawer becomes full. Rather, like Zadie Smith's Changing My Mind
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