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New quotes from Meg about Tom Hanks

Dec 6 • by admin • Comments Offinterview, Ithaca, tom hanks

The Washington Post has an excellent article this week on Tom Hanks, who has been named a Kennedy Center honoree, with a new quote from Meg Ryan about Tom Hanks.

Making movies, Hanks says, is simply “more fun than anything [else] I can imagine.” It’s more than the action. He loves the conversations he has with people on the set, and not just with other actors, but sometimes the unit photographer or crew members. That curiosity, that desire to connect with others, has not gone unnoticed. Meg Ryan, who has starred with Hanks in two of his most successful films, “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” has watched him pepper other people with questions.

“It’s just so lovely and contagious,” she says. “And it does mark him as different, not just from actors but from people.”

And the recent Bunte article had this new quote from Meg about working with Tom Hanks on the set of ‘Ithaca’ this summer in Virginia.

“Isn’t it wonderful? He has a small part, only a few scenes, but he is just fantastic. When he left (the set) after ten hours, everyone was in love with him. He was open, he was there for me and he made everything more easy. He flew in especially for this and did me a huge favor.”

New candids: Meg and Daisy out and about

Oct 10 • by admin • Comments Offcandids, gallery, interview, jack & daisy

Added a new album to the gallery with candids showing Meg Ryan taking daughter Daisy (9) to school yesterday morning and out with Daisy and her nanny the day before in NYC.

And [here is a link] to yet another John Mellencamp interview where he mentions his ‘kind of girlfriend’ (Meg was known as ‘Peggy’ to her friends when she was a teenager). TY, K!

PS, working on a new layout for the main site and our Twitter page, so if things look a big shaky over the next week you now know why!


Photo Album
⇒ Candids › 20114 › Out with Daisy in NYC

‘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!

Billy Crystal talks WHMS and Chaplin Award Gala

May 6 • by admin • Comments Offevents, interview, when harry met sally

Third and last update for today (scroll below to see the other two!). Entertainment Weekly had Mindy Kaling interview Billy Crystal last week. In it, he talks about his chemistry with Meg Ryan and their reunion last week at the Chaplin Award Gala. LOVE these quotes!

CRYSTAL: Well, we were casting the movie, I was cast before she was. So many terrific actresses came in — all really, to this day, very strong, terrific, present talents and very well known, all of whom we had a good thing. It was always, “Well, she could do it. She could do it. She’d be great. She’d be great.” And then Meg came in and we didn’t even read a scene, and we all knew it was her. It’s just one of those indefinable things that when we started talking we were them already, you know? And what was really interesting was Meg had auditioned for Throw Momma From the Train (1987), which was the movie I did before Harry and Sally, to play my girlfriend, and the same thing happened. It was right after she was in Top Gun, and she was so great in Top Gun. And she came in and Danny DeVito was directing the movie, and I said, “Well, God, it’s so natural.” And I said, “What was that? We weren’t even trying and it was just great.” And he didn’t cast her because he felt for that character he wanted that she was a tad young. And I’ve always wondered if Danny had cast her and she had played my girlfriend, would Rob [Reiner] have said, “Well, I just saw you do that. I want something fresh.” I don’t know. But the mystery of Meg and I was just — there was no mystery. We just hit it off.

KALING: You just hit it off…
CRYSTAL: It’s like a love at first sight. And I’ll tell you an interesting anecdote, and I’m sorry you weren’t there, because I know how much you love the movie.

KALING: Oh yes, we did an episode [of The Mindy Project] called “Harry & Sally,” and everyone loved it the most, and then the finale has to do a lot with it.
CRYSTAL: So, Monday Rob was honored at Lincoln Center–

KALING: I read about this, yes.
CRYSTAL: And Meg and I walked out on stage together for the first time as a couple in 25 years. We’ve rarely seen each other over time — once in a while, you know how that is. So, when Rob was being honored, we got in touch and we started e-mailing, and we talked on the phone a couple of times, [talking about] what we might want to say and what to stay away from and so on and so forth. Then she came over and we spent an hour together on Sunday, the day before the event, and it was like it had never stopped. We both went, “Isn’t this something?” We just fell into each other all over again.

KALING: Wow!
CRYSTAL: My Burns and her Gracie, you know, it really was that all over again. It was just, I hate this word, but it was delicious. So then when we walked out on stage together to “It Had to Be You” — nobody had any idea we were together. They snuck her in and out of Lincoln Center.

KALING: Oh, my God, I would have passed out.
CRYSTAL: And we walked out and the people went crazy. And we got to the podium and we just started talking, told stories, overlapped each other, giggled with each other. Besides the audience loving it, I said to them, “For those of you who wanted a sequel all these years, well, this is it.” And then we walked offstage and there was a monitor backstage and it showed the New Year’s Eve scene — the last scene in the movie where I had that speech to her — and we just held hands and looked at it. And [my character is] telling her, “You’re the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night…,” “…when you want the rest of your life to start right away” — you know, all of those great lines. And we just looked at each other and just smiled and hugged each other. It was, like, perfect. It was really perfect. So, it’s that undefinable kind of thing that you call “chemistry” that I call…it’s like a magic that happens. It’s kismet. It’s meant to be. And you don’t have that with a lot of people.

KALING: It’s incredible that it didn’t feel like any time had passed. That, to me, is really the most remarkable thing.
CRYSTAL: It was astounding. And really Rob, who put us together, really created happily ever after for people with this movie. You believe in happily ever after. That’s why there was no sequel. We talked about it with [writer] Nora [Ephron] on and off, and we said, “Why? What are you going to do?” You know, “Where do you go?” People want to believe they’re okay, then they’re fine. (…) SOURCE

Grazia and Donna Moderna magazine scans

Aug 11 • by admin • Comments Offgallery, interview, magazine scans

I’ve added two set of scans from Italian magazines ‘Grazia’ and ‘Donna Moderna’ to the gallery. Both contain quotes from her ‘Tao-class’ at the Taormina festifal. It’s in Italian, but with Google Translate and using some common sense, you will be able to read it. The Grazia article is the more interesting of the two, because it has some new quotes.

Gallery › Magazines › Articles › Grazia Italia
Gallery › Magazines › Articles › Donna Moderna

More video from the Taormina Film Fest

Jul 9 • by admin • Comments Offinterview, movies, video

I have added several more videoclips from the Taormina Film Fest into one video. Too bad in some of the clips they have an Italian voice-over translating everything because that sometime makes it hard to follow, Sorry!

Another video from the Taormina Film Fest

Jun 24 • by admin • Comments Offevents, interview, video

Here is another video clip from the Taormina Film Fest. They asked all the main guests to listen to five audio clips from their own movies and guess which ones they are. This is the one with Meg in it. Will add more footage from the Film Fest later, sorry don’t have the time to edit it into one video right now.

Taormina Film Fest Tao class

Jun 21 • by admin • Comments Offevents, gallery, interview, video

Added over a dozen photos from Meg’s Tao class at the Taormina Film Fest yesterday (the ones the usual celeb-hate sites don’t want you to see, wink wink!). She was interviewed by the Fest director Mari Setti and the audience members. See the posts below for quotes!

Gallery › Appearances › 2013 › Taormina Film Fest Tao class

Also adding a videoclip with some quotes in this post, including the ones about WHMS and Daisy. Wish there was more footage from the interview, but this will have to do for now! Will add more videofootage on Sunday!!

More quotes from the Taormina Film Fest

Jun 21 • by admin • Comments Offevents, interview

Here’s a few quotes from several articles about the so-called Tao-class, where Meg was interviewed by the film festival’s director Mario Sesti and young people were allowed to ask her all kinds of questions about her movies and career. Posting photos and a few minutes of videofootage to follow soon!

“James Gandolfini was an incredible actor. I met him several times … I was a fan of the show (Soprano’s). I went several times in one week to his play in NYC, ‘God of Carnage’ and spoke to him backstage. It’s an enormous loss, he could have performed any role,”

“I think it’s a natural evolution to want to direct. After so long of making movies, you want to tell something of your own. So two years ago I decided I would like to direct a movie and I have been working on a project. (…) Just before I left New York, I was told the actors that I wanted for the cast, have accepted, which gives me great satisfaction”

“The job of an actor is to use themselves as an instrument to reach out to the audience. I do not think there is big difference between making people laugh and cry, you’re always trying to provoke a reaction.”

“Be creative, develop a love for words because this will transform you into the best actors and directors. and above all, do not take yourself too seriously.”

“My son, who is 21, has a real gift for comedy. And luckily he also is a good writer, which will help him make his way. He is very talented. He has his own agent and does not need my advice.”

Here are links to two excellent articles with much more elaborate quotes. They’re in Italian, but if you use Google Translate or something similar you’ll understand it pretty easily.

Meg ti presento Toarmina / Cinematografo.it: In this one Meg talks amongst other things about working with directors like Jane Campion and Norah Ephron and what she learned from them.
Meg Ryan, regina della commedia / 4UIK.com: More about Norah Ephron and directing movies.