Patt Morrison for April 18, 2012

Hollywood heavyweight Lawrence Kasdan releases his latest film, 'Darling Companion'

Premiere Of Sony Pictures Classics' "Darling Companion" - Red Carpet

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Councilman Paul Koretz, director/co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, actress Diane Keaton and actor Kevin Kline attend the Los Angeles premiere of Sony Pictures Classics' "Darling Companion" at the Egyptian Theatre on April 17, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

Since famously being rejected 37 times for his first script, Lawrence Kasdan has gone on to become a very well-respected name in Hollywood.

Kasdan’s first major notoriety came when “Star Wars” creator George Lucas hired him to complete the script the franchise’s first sequel, “The Empire Strikes Back” – which brought some gravitas to the blockbuster sci-fi saga. Lucas then hired him to write the screenplay for the swashbuckling throwback “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” after which Kasdan set off on a unique career path that found him both writing and directing movies like “Body Heat,” “The Big Chill,” Silverado,” “The Accidental Tourist,” “Wyatt Earp” and “The Bodyguard” - the latter of which was the script turned down so many times before he became an Academy Award nominated director, producer and screenwriter.

His newest film, "Darling Companion," was written with his wife of 40 years, Meg Kasdan and stars Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline in a story about how a lost dog can expose the strained bonds of human relationships.

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Lawrence Kasdan, director, producer and co-screenwriter of the upcoming film “Darling Companion”

Meg Kasdan, co-screenwriter of the upcoming film “Darling Companion”


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