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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

L’Wren Scott Memorial Service

May 3 • by admin • Comments Offevents, gallery

Designer L’Wren Scott was remembered Friday evening at a celebrity-filled Manhattan memorial service attended by luminaries of the fashion world and Hollywood, including Anna Wintour, Graydon Carter Julianna Moore, Meg Ryan and Baz Luhrman.

The service for Scott, a noted fashion designer and stylist who committed suicide March 17, was held at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue. Scott’s longtime companion, rocker Mick Jagger, was present and sang Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman” in her honor.



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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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41st Chaplin Award Gala for Rob Reiner

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

All eyes were on Rob Reiner last night as the director’s famous friends, colleagues and co-stars payed tribute to this year’s Chaplin Award recipient at the Lincoln Center. Reiner was the 41st recipient of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s award. Meg was one of the celebrities paying tribute, together with Billy Crystal. Variety has a nice write-up here and the website Indiewire reports:

Folks including Billy Crystal, Michael Douglas, Martin Scorsese, James Caan and Meg Ryan paid tribute to the director, best known for “This is Spinal Tap,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “The Princess Bride,” “Stand By Me,” and “A Few Good Men.” There was also an exclusive peek at the upcoming documentary “The Case Against 8,” in which Reiner, a gay rights activist, appears, and another one for his upcoming romantic comedy, “And So It Goes” (out wide on July 11th).

Below are some of the most memorable quotes from the evening. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan reminiscence about shooting “When Harry Met Sally”‘s most infamous scene:

Billy Crystal: “The scene that everyone talks about the most –”

Meg Ryan: “Was the longest day for me.”

Crystal: “It was one of the greatest days for me.”

Ryan: “I had to have thirty to forty orgasms that day.”

Crystal: “Which was an average day for me when I was 16.”

Ryan: “It was embarrassing to do that in front of strangers. The first take I was very tentative. Rob was not happy. I could tell because he was schvitzing. Finally he said, ‘Meg let me just show you what I want.’”

Crystal: “So Meg steps out and Rob sits down.”

Ryan: “And Rob says to me, ‘Pay close attention.’”

Crystal: “So Rob proceeds to have an orgasm. He’s pounding and pounding on the table. Those little spice balls on pickles — they’re flying everywhere. I’m thinking, ‘I pity the woman who has to go through this.’”

Ryan: “It was a hard act to follow.”

Crystal: “I was getting a little excited actually. So Rob takes me aside and goes, “Buddy, I shouldn’t have done that. I just had an orgasm in front of my mother.” (…)

The 41st Chaplin Award Gala

Apr 18 • by admin • Comments Offevents, movies, when harry met sally

Director and actor Rob Reiner will receive the Chaplin Award on April 28th at the Lincoln Centre in NYC on Monday April 28th. Meg is listed as one of the celebrities scheduled to make an appearance.

The event will celebrate the range of Reiner’s work from the pure comedy of This Is Spinal Tap and The Princess Bride to the intense drama of Stand by Me, the romantic comedy of When Harry Met Sally…, as well as his extensive on-screen work highlighted with the role of Michael “Meathead” Stivic in the landmark television series All in the Family.

The annual Chaplin Award Gala is the Film Society’s major fundraising event, helping to support the organization’s ongoing work in education, artist development, and cross-cultural film outreach.(…)

With appearances by Billy Crystal, Michael Douglas, Robin Wright, Meg Ryan, James Caan.

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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.(…)

Throwback Thursday: The Women NYC Premiere

Mar 20 • by admin • Comments Off#tbt, events, jack & daisy

Very sad news this week about L’Wren Scott, Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend, taking her own life. Decided to use some photos from the 2008 premiere of The Women in NYC for our throwback thursday #tbt feature. Both Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott attended and Meg’s outfit was L’Wren’s design.

Sorry for not updating, there isn’t much news other than the sightings of Meg being in LA and Florida with John Mellencamp the past weeks and back home in NYC this past weekend (TY for sending those). EDITED: looks like Meg has begun the casting process for her upcoming movie! And exciting news for Meg’s 21 year old son Jack! He will be one of the actors starring in an upcoming Martin Scorsese & Mick Jagger HBO tv-show about the NYC music industry in the 70′s, to start shooting this summer.

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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.

New candids and event sighting

Dec 8 • by admin • 5 Commentscandids, events, friends, gallery

Added two new sets of candids to the gallery from earlier this week. And in case you don’t follow our Twitter updates, on Monday per The Hollywood Reporter and other sources, Meg was one of the special guests at a luncheon for the movie Nebraska:

Tastemaker luncheons were held in New York on Dec. 2 for Nebraska’s lead actor Bruce Dern (his daughter Laura Dern and her friend Meg Ryan were among those in attendance)(…)

Just a little FYI: our host fan-sites.org is now partnered with Hollywood.com so that’s why you now see a small banner at the top/bottom of all of ours host’s fansites. This will of course not change anything else.


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Event sightings and new candids!

Nov 23 • by admin • Comments Offcandids, events, friends, gallery

Added a new set of candids to the gallery of Meg on her phone smiling while out in Soho on Thursday afternoon. Omg those shoes, please get rid of them!LOL! Rest of the outfit is cool though.

On that same evening Meg together with her friend Kathy Najimy attended the annual American Museum of Natural History Fall Fundraiser at the museum. And on Monday evening Meg attended the premiere of “Six By Sondheim” an HBO documentary about composer Stephen Sondheim, at the Museum of Modern Art. Good for her, but bad for us, she skipped the red carpet per usual.

ETA 11-26 On Saturday evening Meg was present at ‘Jony Ive and Marc Newson’s (RED) Auction’ at Sotheby’s where $26.2 million was raised to fight against AIDS in Africa. You can read more about it at Artdaily.


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