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Happy 53rd birthday, Meg Ryan!

Nov 19 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral

Meg Ryan is celebrating her 53rd birthday today. We hope she has a lovely day with her loved ones! Check our FACEBOOK page for more birthday wishes.

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“Make Equality Reality” event

Oct 4 • by admin • Comments Offevents, general

Meg Ryan is part of the honorary committee for Equality Now’s “Make Equality Reality” event, together with o.a. friend Daphne Zuniga, Rob Reiner, Jane Fonda, Ted Danson and Reese Witherspoon. The fundraising gala will be held in Los Angeles on Monday November 3rd in Beverly Hills.

The fundraising gala will return to the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills for the second year in a row, on Monday, November 3rd. The event, will bring together a diverse and dynamic group of change makers, celebrities and philanthropists to honor women making extraordinary changes to the women’s rights landscape.(…) MORE

‘Meg and I never really break up’

Sep 27 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral, interview, meg ryan

Looks like the comment he made to Howard Stern on Wednesday, see previous post, isn’t the only thing John Mellencamp had to say about Meg. Here are three more quotes, starting with a quote from an [article] in the new issue of Billboard Magazine:

Meg Ryan shot the photo of you on the cover of Plain Spoken. Is that weird for you now that you guys have broken up?

I don’t really talk about that stuff. I don’t know — Meg and I never really break up. We were in Greece visiting my son when she took that photo on an iPhone.

And here is what he had to say after an ill-informed (no one made any ‘announcement’!) and nosy Matt Lauer decided to ask him about Meg on the Today Show on Friday morning. Go [HERE], wait for the commercial to end, then scroll to 02m:02s for the interview:

“Meg’s an angel. She’s an angel sent to me, and I’m very happy. And, you know, nothing’s over ’til it’s over.”

To close it off, [HERE] is a report about an interview he had this week with a reporter for the Associated Press.

John Mellencamp talks about Meg

Sep 24 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral, interview, meg ryan

For the first time since the end of their relationship in June, John Mellencamp talked about Meg Ryan in an interview with Howard Stern this morning. You can listen to his reply for yourself [VIA THIS LINK], just scroll to 43m:21s and skip the rest. Typical Stern.

“Meg is an angel. You know, she was an angel that was sent to me at the right time. And we tried to have a relationship long distance for three years, and we’ll see what happens.”

Also, it turns out the photo that was used on the front cover of John Mellencamp’s new album, which was released yesterday, was in fact taken by Meg Ryan. Thanks for the heads-up Lindsey!

Several recent Meg mentions

Sep 15 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral, gossip, Ithaca

While Meg Ryan has been filming scenes for the indie movie ‘Fan Girl’ the past weeks, she has been mentioned in several stories about ‘Ithaca’ (which wrapped August 21st). First a story from Newsadvance.com about an extra in the movie:

Olivia Dodson, 40, has always been an artsy person. Last month, the Amherst resident appeared as an extra in Meg Ryan’s directorial debut, “Ithaca,” filmed in Petersburg. It was Dodson’s first time as an extra in any film. “The best part of Ithaca was … you have all these legends from Hollywood that are so hands-on and so professional. You hear about people from movies having tantrums and having demands and it just wasn’t like that,” Dodson said.(…)

The following Thursday, Dodson arrived to the set and was able to get an up-close look at a woman who ordinarily can be seen on the silver screen. Dodson’s impression of Ryan differed from criticism in tabloids. “When I saw her and she was an inch from me she looked like a perfect little pixie,” Dodson said. “She was 52 and looked 32.” The actress also displayed a conscientious attitude toward her cast and was careful not to hurt anyone’s feelings; after a shoot, Ryan would yell “Fantastic!” “Incredible!” Dodson said. “If she had to say something about someone, she was very nice to everyone.” (…) READ MORE HERE

Also, there has been an auction of several items used for filming the movie Ithaca this past Sunday, with part of the money being donated to the Legacy Media Institute’s upcoming International Film Festival in Petersburg. You can read more about it at their Petersburg PickersFacebook page and their website.

And today the Times-Dispatch has a Meg-mention about her promoting Petersburg Virginia as a possible place to film to Disney.

Meg Ryan’s ‘new’ Soho apartment!

Aug 27 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral, meg ryan

Meg Ryan bought a large apartment in the Soho neighbourhood of NYC back in 2013. She bought the apartment from fellow-actor and friend Hank Azaria for 8 million dollars already over a year ago. Hank and Meg both did the voicework for the animated movie Anastasia back in 1997.

The Soho apartment is located on Mercer Street, in a six-story building that was constructed in 1884 as a store and loft building, replacing what was once the largest and most luxurious hotel in the world, the St. Nicholas Hotel. Meg’s new home is on the fifth floor, has roughly 4,100 sq.ft of space, 12 feet high ceilings througout and large windows at the front and back.

Elle Decor Magazine had an article on the apartment a few years ago, when Hank Azaria still owned it. You can see the article [HERE] at their website. It probably looks very different these days though. Meg is known for completely remodeling, renovating and redecorating her homes after she buys them. See her gorgeous former Bel-Air mansion [HERE], which she sold for over 11 million dollars in 2012, and her current vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard [HERE], which she bought back in 2006 for roughly 6 million dollars.

*updated* ‘Ithaca’ features familiar places in Petersburg

Aug 14 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral, Ithaca, jack & daisy

Below are the first few paragraphs from an article in the Progres-Index about the ‘Ithaca’ production in Petersburg Va. Click on [this link] to read the entire article! update Click here for a link to one more picture from the article.

Meg Ryan was joined by her son Jack for a few days last week, to film some of his scenes for the movie! Jack will soon also be seen as a ’70s record producer in the pilot of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Rock ‘N Roll’ pilot, which was recently filmed in NYC and is being produced by Mick Jagger. And this weekend Meg was spotted out and about in Richmond with daughter Daisy.

Looks like filming in Petersburg wrapped yesterday evening and the crew and production will now move to a location outside Richmond, to film scenes in a house that will features as the Macauley home.

The producers of Meg Ryan’s “Ithaca” have transformed parts of Petersburg into a small World War II-era town through the use of storefront facades, a makeshift grocery store and a fleet of cars from antique collectors.

A short drive through the city reveals familiar historic locations that will be put on display to the nation on screen.

Tom Trigo, locations manager, and Stephanie Carroll, production designer, have the creative eyes that scoped out Petersburg as the place to film an adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan’s “The Human Comedy.”

Most of the film is being shot in Petersburg, with some scenes shot at the former Robert Fulton School in the Fulton Hill area of Richmond and at a farm surrounding the city.

As Carroll and Trigo drove through Petersburg in search of locations, Sycamore and Tabb streets downtown provided several blocks of buildings correct to the period or older.

Trigo said that part of the city’s appeal was that not a lot of cosmetic changes had to be made to adapt Petersburg to writer Erik Jendresen’s, or director Meg Ryan’s, visions.

“We always have to do certain basic cosmetic things but a lot of the store fronts and structures themselves are correct,” Trigo said. “We have so many locations all within the downtown area minutes apart.”

So, just what locations are being used in the historic city? (…) READ MORE HERE

Ithaca to be filmed in Virginia and more news

Jun 22 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral, Ithaca, 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.(…)