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Ithaca to be filmed in Virginia and more news

Jun 22 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral, Ithaca, john mellencamp, movies, tom hanks

Warning: this will be a long post with several quotes, newsbits and rumors, all regarding Ithaca, so be sure to scroll down all the way. It’s official now: Ithaca will be filmed in Richmond and Petersburg in Virginia, in July and August. Here’s some quotes from the Richmond Times Dispatch:

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that “Ithaca,” directed by actress Meg Ryan, will be filmed in the Richmond-Petersburg area this summer. Ryan will also play a role in the movie along with her son, Jack Quaid, and Sam Shepard, who owns a home in the Charlottesville area.

The film is based on William Saroyan’s book “The Human Comedy,” from 1942. It is set in a small California town during World War II and tells the story of a teenage boy forced to take care of his siblings and mother while his older brother is abroad fighting in the war. (…)

“We couldn’t be happier that Meg Ryan has chosen Virginia as the location for her directorial debut,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “‘Ithaca’ is a heart-warming story, and we are proud that it will be shot in the commonwealth. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks on this film about an important time in American history.” (…)

Ryan said in a statement that the welcome she has received from McAuliffe and Virginia has been lovely. “We’re happily surprised by the cinemagraphic opportunities, the talent of the filmmaking community and the variety of resources at our disposal. We couldn’t be more delighted to be here,” Ryan said. (…)

Melanie Griffith is no longer part of the cast. She explained at a film fest in Italy that her scene was no longer in the script. From The Hollywood Reporter

Griffith also announced that she would not appear in Ithaca, the planned directorial debut of longtime friend Meg Ryan, a guest in Taormina a year ago. “I am still a big supporter of the project, but I was informed that the scene I was supposed to be in has been cut from the film,” she said.

Now for the rumor, first a WARNING: There is no confirmation for either story, so no idea if there is any truth to these stories.

So far it was always assumed Tom Hanks would just be linked to the movie as a producer. But some people claim Tom may make an appearance in the movie after all, as the late father of the boy. From The Tracking Board

Hanks will play the compassionate ghost of Homer’s father, Matthew Macauley, who appears only to Homer’s mother (played by Ryan).(…)

‘How I Met Your Mother’ spin-off

Apr 24 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral, television

Several serious entertainment sites are reporting Meg will lend her voice to one of the main characters in the upcoming ‘How I Met Your Mother’ spin-off! Funny how her characters name is Sally! Article below is from the Entertainment Weekly website.

The mother has a voice: Meg Ryan has been cast as the narrator for CBS’ How I Met Your Mother spin-off.

The actress has landed the unseen vocal role in the How I Met Your Dad pilot, which is considered an obvious front-runner for a series order for CBS’ schedule next season. She’ll supply the voice of “future Sally” (played during the series in flashback by Greta Gerwig), the same way Bob Saget supplied the voice for future Ted in HIMYM. Like Saget, her character will never be seen.

Ryan is one of the original modern-day rom-com movie stars, having launched her carrier in 1989 with the hit When Harry Met Sally. She’s since appeared in Sleepless in Seattle, In the Cut, and had a recurring role on Showtime’s Web Therapy. How I Met Your Dad is her first major prime-time TV series regular role. CBS and studio 20th Century Fox TV had no comment. SOURCE

Tribeca Film Institute ‘Sloan Filmmaker Fund 2014′

Apr 10 • by admin • Comments Offevents, general, movies

Meg Ryan is part of the jury for the Tribeca Film Instute ‘Sloan Filmmaker Fund’ 2014. The jury has selected three projects to the fund, which provides funding and professional guidance in support of innovative and compelling films that offer a fresh take on science, mathematics and technology.

The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund has now given more than $1 million to filmmakers, a benchmark demonstrating the continued success of this creative collaboration. This year recipients will receive a total of $150,000 in grants; the filmmakers will be honored at this year’s TFI VIP reception during the Tribeca Film Festival.(…)

This year’s projects were chosen by a jury of arts and science professionals that included actors John Slattery (Mad Men, director of God’s Pocket) and Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail), writer Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight, Dark Knight Rises, The Prestige), Heather Berlin, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine and John Quackenbush, Harvard Professor of computational biology and bioinformatics.(…)

BVLGARI’s Save The Children campaign

Apr 8 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral, meg ryan, photoshoot

Meg is one of the celebrities taking part in the latest edition of BVLGARI’s ‘Save The Children’ campaign. The campaign uses portraits of famous celebrities – all shot with them posing in the same manner, black background and near-b&w photos – with the for this campaign designed ring. You can find more information on the BVLGARI Save The Children campaign at their website.


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*Updated * Scouting movie locations in Virginia and Ohio

Apr 8 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral, Ithaca, movies

Local newssources are reporting Meg was in and around the Richmond, Virginia, area on Monday and Tuesday with a group of people to look at possible filming locations for Meg’s upcoming directorial debut ‘Ithaca’. Updated 04/10: several sightings of her looking at locations in and around Cincinnati, Ohio, today and yesterday!

Meg Ryan was in town at least since Monday and visited Petersburg with a film crew, according to Demolition Coffee owner Kris Haase. Haase said that he was one of the few people who spoke with Ryan, who didn’t want a lot of people snapping her photo (noted), and she told him that she was in the area scouting film locations. She kindly gave Haase an autograph.

No official word on what movie but a little research yielded some likely information. Ryan will be in the director’s chair for the upcoming film “Ithaca,”which is slated for a 2015 release and is based on “The Human Comedy,” a book written by Pulitizer Prize winning writer William Saroyan. “It is a coming-of-age story about the exuberance of youth, the sweetness of life, the sting of death and the modesty and sheer goodness that lives in each and every one of us,” according to the IMDB synopsis.

If Virginia is chosen, and IF this is the movie, we can expect to graciously host such stars as Melanie Griffith, Sam Shepard, Lois Robbins, and Jack Quaid. Perhaps Tom Hanks, who is listed on IMDB as the executive producer for the film, would like to stop by for a visit of Virginia (…).

Multiple people report seeing her in Carytown today, outside Can Can Brasserie. A waiter at the restaurant, which has hosted many a celebrity with all the films being made here of late, could not confirm that she went inside. “I should say that I saw her when I was coming out of Can Can and she was standing at the door,” Amy Ernst wrote on Facebook. “I don’t know if they all went in!” (…)

We reached out to the Virginia Film Office to confirm any potential partnerships and will post more information as it is made available. SOURCE

Gallery update: Meg out and about in Soho

Apr 4 • by admin • Comments Offcandids, gallery, general

Meg and daughter Daisy are back in NYC again. The paparazzi snapped some pix of Meg in Soho on Wednesday carrying some shopping bags from Organic Avenue and Crewcuts while talking on her mobile phone. For those who registered at the gallery for the past two weeks: your account will be ready later today!


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Throwback Thursday: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Feb 6 • by admin • Comments Off#tbt, general, movies

It’s time for another throwback thursday #TBT collage. On Sunday 46-year old supertalented actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died in NYC, way too young, way too soon. A heartbreaking story, where after decades of being sober, the actor’s previous heroin addiction sadly caught up with him again, this time with disastrous consequences.

In 1994 a then very young Seymour Hoffman played the recovering ex-alcoholic ‘Gary’ in ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ opposite Meg Ryan. This collage is made from screencaps of his scenes and the text is from R.E.M.’s song ‘Everybody Hurts’ from the same movie.

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A few smaller news tidbits

Feb 6 • by admin • Comments Offevents, friends, general

If you follow our Twitter account, you will have seen a mention of a photo of Meg Ryan with BFF Laura Dern and Isabella Rosselini last week on Tuesday at a party. Page Six now reports on it:

“Nebraska” director Alexander Payne and Laura Dern — who starred in Payne’s first film, “Citizen Ruth,” in 1996 — had a joint birthday party at the Crosby Street Hotel last week. Spies said the pair, both born Feb. 10, celebrated with guests including Lena Dunham, Jennifer Aniston’s beau Justin Theroux, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan.(…)”

Architectual Digest has a story with photos of John Mellencamp’s South Carolina island home, which he recently had redocorated. The interior is in some ways reminiscent of Meg’s home on Martha’s Vineyard (see the Elle Decor article in the gallery). Meg mention in the online part of the article:

“But this particular house never felt right. Mellencamp’s girlfriend, actress Meg Ryan, however, thought the place had promise, and asked last year, “Why don’t you make it as beautiful as it can be?” Energized by her enthusiasm, he called New York City interior designer Monique Gibson (…).”

And last but not least a little warning: some news websites the past few days have published photos of a woman walking in Soho with a scarf covering most of her face holding a plant, claiming the woman is Meg Ryan. As frequent visitors here will easily spot: it’s not Meg Ryan in the photos but some unknown woman.

Merry Christmas!

Dec 24 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral, movies, you've got mail

Wishing all of our visitors, and of course Meg and her kids, Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas! May you all have a lovely time with your loved ones! The pictures below are from the movie You’ve Got Mail.

Speaking of You’ve Got Mail: don’t forget to check our Twitter updates for two articles on that movie, featured this past week on the MTV and People magazine websites!

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Happy birthday Meg Ryan!

Nov 19 • by admin • 4 Commentsevents, friends, general

Today is Meg’s 52nd birthday! Happy Birthday! We hope she has a great day celebrating with her little girl Daisy and her friends in NYC!

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