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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:

Throwback Thursday: Meg Ryan and Rob Reiner

Jul 10 • by admin • Comments Off#tbt, when harry met sally

Time for another throwback thursday #TBT photo. It’s a photo of Meg and director Rob Reiner on the set of When Harry Met Sally. It’s been 25 years since the release of this absolute classic!

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More news about Ithaca!

Jul 9 • by admin • Comments OffIthaca, movies

Meg Ryan has been very hard at work in and around Richmond and Petersburg in Virginia the past three weeks! All kinds of sightings and stories of her and the movie team for Ithaca scouting locations, getting props and clothing and casting the minor parts for the movie.

They are now casting movie extras and the movie will shoot from July 21st till August 25th.

The feature film ITHACA will be shooting in the Central Virginia/Richmond area, and Arvold Casting is seeking paid background artists who look authentically from the 1942 time period and are local to the Central Virginia/Richmond area. Especially in need of men and women with slender to average build, as well as those 18 and over who look younger than 18.

We are searching for extras, Stand-Ins, and drivers of vintage vehicles who have the flexibility to do as many days as needed during the shoot dates, and will also consider those with more limited availability.
Director: Meg Ryan
Writer: Erik Jendresen
Producers: Janet Brenner, Laura Ivey, Erik Jendresen, Vennie Bobis
Executive Producers: Playtone Entertainment
VA Casting Company: Arvold Casting
Shoot: Monday to Friday, from July 21st to August 25th
Shoot Location: Central Virginia/Richmond area
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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).(…)

Ithaca production update

Jun 17 • by admin • Comments OffIthaca, movies

Two news bits about the upcoming filming of Meg’s directorial debut ‘Ithaca’. The movie will be filmed in and around Richmond, Virginia from around half July for several weeks. A casting notice has gone out for the minor parts in the movie. Thanks to those who alerted us! From the Arvold Casting website:

We are searching for regional actors for speaking roles in the feature film ITHACA, filming in Richmond, Virginia.

Director: Meg Ryan
Writer: Erik Jendresen
Producers: Janet Brenner, Laura Ivey, Erik Jendresen, Vennie Bobis
Executive Producers: Playtone Entertainment
Casting Director: Telsey + Company; Tiffany Little Canfield
VA Casting Director: Erica Arvold
VA Casting Associate: Michelle Kelly
VA Casting Assistant: Allison Switter
Shoot: Begin shooting mid-July 2014
Shoot Location: Richmond, VA
Audition Dates: Monday, June 24th to Thursday, June 26th in Richmond
Callbacks: Friday, June 27th in Richmond
(…) SOURCE

Throwback Thursday: When Harry Met Sally

May 29 • by admin • Comments Off#tbt, jack & daisy, when harry met sally

Sorry for not being able to update the site the past weeks. If you follow our Twitter, you will have seen several newstidbits and sightings over the past weeks. Sadly, for now the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ tv spinoff (scroll a few posts down) won’t happen. CBS wanted the creators to make some changes, but they refused and now it’s being shopped around to other networks.

Since it’s Thursday, it’s time for a throwback thursday #TBT post, this time another When Harry Met Sally promotional still of Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in 1989. Speaking of #TBT pictures, in case you missed it on our twitter feed, make sure to also check out this photo that Meg’s son Jack posted of him and his mom for mothersday. Sweet!

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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

Update on possible film locations for ‘Ithaca’

May 6 • by admin • Comments OffIthaca, movies

Last month Meg was seen in Virginia and Ohio to look for possible film locations for ‘Ithaca’. Looks like she will soon be making a choice between the two states, according to the following report:

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday that he spoke by phone with actress Meg Ryan for an hour Monday morning to persuade her to shoot an upcoming movie in Virginia.

McAuliffe said the state is competing with Ohio and that Ryan will visit Virginia next month. Published reports have said that Ryan, who has starred in such films as “When Harry Met Sally…,” will direct and star in a movie based on a William Saroyan novel, “The Human Comedy.”

Tom Hanks reportedly will serve as executive producer, which could boost the state’s odds. Hanks was in Hampton Roads in 2012 to shoot “Captain Phillips”. (…) SOURCE

Gallery update: 41st Chaplin Award Gala

Apr 29 • by admin • Comments Offevents, gallery, when harry met sally

Meg was one of the celebrities, with Billy Crystal, Martin Scorsese, Michael Douglas and James Caan, paying tribute to Rob Reiner, 41st recepient of the Chaplin Awards, in New York last night (see earlier post). She skipped the red carpet and diner afterwards, but check the gallery for pictures of her and Crystal at the gala!


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