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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.

TY also for the alerts re: the Meg Ryan – Tom Hanks ‘story’ from the gossiprag National Enquirer. It is nothing but 100% nonsense though. For facts instead of fiction, go [read here (last paragraph)] and previous posts.

Filming scenes for ‘Fan Girl’ in Westbury

Sep 6 • by admin • Comments OffFan girl, movies

Meg Ryan has been shooting some scenes for an indie movie called ‘Fan Girl’ on Long Island this week. The Westbury times has an article on it with two photos [HERE]:

Post Avenue turned into a movie set last night as film crews came to The Space to shoot Fangirl, an upcoming movie starring Meg Ryan.

Residents and local shop owners stood nearby to watch as Ryan, sporting her signature pixie cut, stood in front of the Space talking to costars. Someone called “quiet on set,” and cameras rolled as Ryan walked out of the theater talking a male costar. The two then got into a limo parked in front of the theater. Crews will continue to shoot Friday afternoon on Post Avenue.

And [here] is more general information on the project. Not sure what part Meg has in it, next to actresses Kiernan Shipka, Kara Hayward and singer Alex Gaskarth.

Film crews have one again descended on Port Washington.

On Wednesday, Irma Avenue outside Coffeed, the popular coffee shop, was abuzz with lights and cameras. The crew was filming “Fangirl,” according to a source familiar with the independent project.

The young-adult novel, “Fangirl,” by Rainbow Rowell, tells the tale of twin teenage sisters about to enter college. One writes fan fiction about the hearth-throb Simon Snow, the other has moved on. To add to the drama, the girls are coping with a dad who suffers from manic spells, and a mom who has resurfaced after walking away from the family 10 years earlier. (…)

Go [HERE] or click on the collage below to be forwarded to our Facebook page where you can find more pictures from the movieset in today’s and yesterday’s posts.

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Throwback Thursday: Meg and Rob Reiner

Aug 28 • by admin • Comments Off#tbt, when harry met sally

It’s thursday and about time for another throwback thursday #TBT post! Yesterday @thisisnotp0rn, who has so many wonderful rare celebrity photos from the past decades, posted this photo of Meg Ryan and Rob Reiner doing a little dance on the set of When Harry Met Sally back in 1988.

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Updated: Tom Hanks in Richmond to film scenes for ‘Ithaca’

Aug 20 • by admin • Comments OffIthaca, movies, tom hanks

Yay! Tom Hanks has been in Richmond Va. for the past couple of days to film some scenes for Meg’s movie Ithaca. Word is Tom will make an appearace as the late husband of Meg’s character. Can’t wait to see if they have a scene together or if it is just him! Filming is taking place during the day and evening at the historic Tree Hill Farm outside of Richmond. Read more about it [here] at the CBS6 website and check our previous posts for more photos and video!

*updated 08-21* Looks like today and tomorrow will be the last days of filming ‘Ithaca’, moving the production back to Petersburg Va, and then it’s a wrap!

ETA: if you love Tom Hanks – and really, who doesn’t?! – be sure to download his free typewriter app for your iPad, the Hanx Writer!

Ten photos from the set of ‘Ithaca’

Aug 14 • by admin • Comments OffIthaca, movies

CBS6 also posted ten pictures today, taken by Les Lindsey, showing pictures of Meg at work on set and some of the cast and crew. Click [HERE] or on the screencap below to be forwarded to their website, then scroll down to visit the gallery.

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Filming near Richmond has started

Aug 14 • by admin • Comments OffIthaca, movies, video

A story from CBS6 about filming of Ithaca now taking place in the Richmond area, after filming wrapped up in Petersburg earlier this week.

*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 – who supposedly ended her relationship with John Mellencamp in June – 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

More pictures of Meg the ‘Ithaca’ set

Jul 31 • by admin • Comments OffIthaca, moviestills

Over the past few days there have been more photos of Meg Ryan at work on the set of the movie ‘Ithaca’ in Petersburg, Virginia. See the three examples below. Check out our Facebook page [HERE] and Twitter feed [HERE] for new photos and links to even more photos!

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Ithaca filming has started! (with pic) *updated*

Jul 24 • by admin • Comments Offcandids, Ithaca, sightings

Ithaca is now officially happening. Filming began Tuesday in Petersburg, Virginia. YAY! The shoot is expected to continue through August 26th. Below is an article and a picture from the Progress-Index website. Click on the picture or [HERE] to see an HQ sized version of it on their website! The picture shows Meg walking with the assistent director and one of the producers.

UPDATED 07/27 check our Twitter and our Facebook page for more pictures and sightings from the set!

Film crews have descended on downtown Petersburg for the making of “Ithaca,” bringing actress Meg Ryan with them. Filming began Tuesday for the 1940s period piece – Ryan’s directorial debut – and will continue into mid-August.

On Wednesday, the area between South Side Depot and the Peter Jones Trading Station hummed with activity. Brian Little, director of cultural affairs for the City of Petersburg, said other filming locations include Sycamore Street in Old Towne, as well as inside and outside of At The Globe, an antiques store, and Centre Hill Mansion.

Little said city residents could run into parking issues. Currently, parking is not allowed in the Farmers Market lot and there will be no parking Aug. 5-9 in areas surrounding Centre Hill Mansion.

Ryan had Petersburg in her sites for months as a potential filming location. The actress was spotted in the city as early as April scoping out locations for the project, and continues to be seen in the area. A June 20 announcement from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office confirmed that Petersburg had been chosen. Other projects filmed in the city in recent years include “Lincoln,” “Killing Lincoln,” Killing Kennedy” and “The Abolitionists.” “Ithaca” will also film in the Richmond area.

The movie, scheduled for a 2015 release, is based on the 1943 novel “The Human Comedy,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan. (…)

Producer and writer Erik Jendresen, who also worked on National Geographic’s “Killing Lincoln,” said Petersburg was the perfect place to bring “Ithaca” to life. “It was a no-brainer to come back to Virginia,” he said, “Petersburg is perfect; it has the quality of a town from days gone by.” SOURCE

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Throwback Thursday: Vanity Fair 1989 and more…

Jul 17 • by admin • Comments Off#tbt, magazine scans, when harry met sally

It’s time for another throwback thursday #TBT feature. This one comes from the Vanity Fair website, who posted a picture of a 1989 VF article today, to mark the 25th aniversary of When Harry Met Sally.

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To mark that 25th birthday of the release of When Harry Met Sally on July 14th in 1989, a lot of websites have posted special articles. Her are a few fun ones to visit: