Lawrence Kasdan will be honored with a Screen Laurel Award at the 2006 Writers Guild Awards. The Writers Guild of America presents the award to someone who has "advanced the literature of the motion picture and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter." The first screenplay that Kasdan sold was for the movie "The Bodyguard." He wrote the screenplay for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and co-wrote the screenplays for "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." Kasdan also directed from screenplays that he wrote or co-wrote, including the movies "The Big Chill," "The Accidental Tourist" and "Mumford." The Writers Guild of America, west, will hold its awards ceremony February 4, 2006, in Los Angeles. [M.L. Liu]