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“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”
Oh, wait. You don’t have six fingers on your right hand? Sorry, our mistake.
A classic tale of true love and high adventure, The Princess Bride invaded theatres on October 9, 1987 and has been romancing audiences ever since. After all, true love is the greatest thing in the world! Well, except for a nice Mlt.
Based on William Goldman’s 1973 fantasy-romance novel, the film was directed by the legendary Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally…) and features a swashbuckling cast, including Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, and André the Giant. After earning a modest $30.8M at the box office upon its release, the »
- Kurt Anthony
People honored the crop of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars at its annual Ones to Watch party Wednesday night, which featured the best up-and-coming musicians, actors and influencers in the industry.
Among the 26 honorees is Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran, Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan‘s 25-year-old son Jack Quaid, country crooner Carly Pearce, Michael Jackson‘s model daughter Paris Jackson and many more. And People had one big question for the talented roster of celebrities: When did you feel you “made it” in Hollywood?
“It’s nice to have things like this. We may not have made it, »
- Kaitlyn Frey
Epix president and CEO Mark Greenberg is exiting. Epix executive vice president of programming, strategy and enterprises Monty Sarhan will take the helm in the interim while a new head is sought. The premium channel venture started in 2009 as a partnership between MGM, Lionsgate and Paramount. Greenberg’s move follows MGM agreeing in April to a $1 billion deal to buy out Viacom and Lionsgate for full ownership. Also Read: Meg Ryan to Star in Epix Comedy Series 'Picture Paris' “We were committed to completing the integration effectively and efficiently,” Greenberg said in a statement. “Having completed the integration effectively and efficiently, »
- Ryan Gajewski
Meg Ryan is not in an “anorexia horror,” contrary to an alarming tabloid report. Fortunately, Gossip Cop can bust this story. A rep for the actress confirms she is in good health. But the National Enquirer, full of fake concern, contends in its new issue, “Rail-thin Meg Ryan is battling an anorexia nightmare.” A so-called […] »
- Shari Weiss
Nora Ephron died in 2012, at the age of 71, but she left an indelible mark on the world as one of the most influential voices of our time. She left behind a strong legacy and continues to inspire new and emerging artists. So, it is no surprise that entertainment journalist Erin Carlson has chosen to write her first book about the late Hollywood powerhouse. In “I’ll Have What She’s Having” she takes readers behind the scenes of the writer-director’s three most successful movies: “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “You’ve Got Mail.”
I spoke to Carlson about her research process and findings from authoring this book, what she learned about women in Hollywood, Ephron’s impact on the film industry, and more.
W&H: Nora directed her first movie, “This is My Life,” at 50 years old, and the rest is history. How would you describe her impact on the film industry, and rom-coms specifically?
EC: Nora’s gifts as a writer and journalist helped make her as iconic in the romantic comedy genre as her biggest stars and creative collaborators, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. When Nora directed her own scripts, she was masterful — only she could envision and execute the words and dialogue she wrote and the characters whom she developed. Like any singular artist, she leaves an unmistakable imprint on her work; her sweet and tart voice courses throughout her finest films, which also happened to be her romantic comedies. And she was born to make them.
As the daughter of screenwriter duo Henry and Phoebe Ephron, who raised their four girls in Beverly Hills and specialized in romances, Nora witnessed firsthand the process of writing movies, and bringing them to the big screen. She despised the word “art.” Because she understood that filmmaking was a craft, and with more experience, something at which she could improve. The truth is male directors get more chances than their women counterparts to fail and then score another plum project.
Since her critically acclaimed debut film, “This Is My Life,” did poorly at the box office, TriStar, the studio behind “Sleepless in Seattle,” was initially skeptical about handing this novice the reins of a big-budget romantic comedy — of course, she proved everyone wrong, and that romantic comedy became one of the top-grossing offerings of 1993.
Nora knew that two things contributed to a successful romcom: writing and casting. And hers were wry, knowing, and urbane, yet drenched in the unabashed optimism of the Golden Age classics of her youth. She created strong woman characters who could stand up to the men in their lives, and show them a thing or two. For example, Sally turning the tables on Harry, and acting out a fake orgasm in a deli in “When Harry Met Sally.”
Nora truly believed in the possibility of love between equals, and it was important to her to infuse Sally Albright, Annie Reed, and Kathleen Kelly with a voice — and jokes — as strong as the male lead’s. Why should the guys have all the fun? Nora created worlds in which anything, and everything was possible — worlds that we all still want to live in, and we return to again and again.
W&H: How did you come to land on the three films that you chose to highlight from her career?
EC: “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “You’ve Got Mail” are a trilogy of romantic comedies that represent Nora’s best and most enduring work, and through which her muse, Meg Ryan, played an instrumental part. These movies are her legacy, with “Julie & Julia” runner-up — because Meryl, Stanley Tucci … butter!
W&H:You did a great deal of interviews for this book. Which women in her life did you know that you had to talk to and were there any women who did not want to speak to you?
EC: I knew that I absolutely had to speak with Delia Ephron, Nora’s sister and collaborator who worked with her on “Sleepless” and “You’ve Got Mail.” Delia told me she was the “guardian” of the sisters’ scripts, namely that Nora trusted her to protect the integrity of their screenplays during the filmmaking process. Delia had crucial insight into Nora’s vision and working style. I was lucky to interview her.
Meg Ryan, meanwhile, proved a challenge — just when I thought her publicist would connect me for an interview, she went radio silent even though Tom Hanks, her beloved colleague, had spoken with me. At the time, “Star” magazine had done a series of unflattering covers of Meg, and it appeared that she felt burned by the media and potentially even talking to journalists. Who can blame her? However, rather than Meg give me PR-approved soundbites about her own legacy in romantic comedy, it was more fascinating to put together a portrait of her based on my wide-ranging interviews with the folks who could speak openly and honestly about her transformation from ingenue to leading lady in the span of “When Harry Met Sally” to “Sleepless.”
W&H: I loved reading about Nora’s relationships with different men in Hollywood during the course of her career. Can you talk about these relationships, and particularly any sexism in the film industry that she faced during the course of her career?
EC: Nora was married three times. Her first husband was the comedy writer Dan Greenburg, whom she divorced amid the feminist movement that shook things up in the 1970s; her second was Carl Bernstein, who, together with Bob Woodward, linked Watergate to President Nixon. Bernstein left her for another woman while she was pregnant with their second child.
That experience traumatized and humiliated her — but she had the last laugh when she wrote the juicy novel “Heartburn,” a thinly veiled account of the demise of her marriage to Bernstein. That book, of course, became the movie with Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson; Bernstein did not want this movie to get made, though he reportedly loved that Jack, the hottest movie star of his day, was playing a fictional version of Carl.
Several years later, Nora married Nick Pileggi, her third — and best — husband. Pileggi is a “famously nice guy,” as Nora has written, and renowned for his reporting on the Mafia. He wrote the book which inspired Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.” More importantly, he adored Nora and relished in her success, rather than harbor resentment toward it.
But you’re asking me about Nora’s relationships with men in Hollywood! Well, she and “When Harry Met Sally” director Rob Reiner were pretty tight. He trusted her and believed in her talent and gave her the credit of associate producer on his movie; even though he had a hand in co-writing the script for Harry and Sally, Nora received the sole credit as the screenwriter, as well as the only Oscar nomination for anyone involved with the film. That says a lot about Rob. He’s a mensch, with a strong mother.
Rob appreciated Nora and her contributions and what she brought to the character of Sally as well as her keen social observations and killer one-liners. They understood each other as comic writers and as the children of parents who were successful in showbiz. With Nora, Rob saw an equal. It is utterly mystifying to me that he still believes that men and women’t can’t be friends — how, then, could Nora continue to work in Hollywood and be friends with men like Rob, or Mike Nichols, or Tom Hanks? That is the great irony.
W&H: What did you learn about women’s roles in Hollywood while writing this book?
EC: It’s still a man’s world, with shitty roles for women and a dearth of directing opportunities. Like Nora, if women want to create movies and TV series centered on female characters, then they will need to write and direct material they originate and cultivate themselves.
W&H: Which modern women in Hollywood have been greatly influenced by Nora?
EC: Funny you ask: Since Lena Dunham was mentored by Nora, and is a hugely talented writer-director in her own right, people want to categorize Lena as the new Nora. She’s not. Lena is open and unfiltered where Nora was self-possessed, always aware of the boundaries between people.
If I had to choose a Nora heir, it would have to be Tina Fey. Tina led “Saturday Night Live” for years before “30 Rock,” and the two women share a similar arch, self-deprecating sense of humor and B.S. detector that have won them zillions of female fans. Plus, they set their movies and TV shows in New York, capturing the endless idiosyncrasies of the Greatest City in the World.
Another thing: I know it sounds weird, but Taylor Swift also reminds me of Nora. She just keeps bouncing back from shit, and reinventing herself, and writing about her love life and exes within a narrative in which Taylor always wins as the heroine, never the victim, of her own story. Her own romantic comedy. Harry Styles be damned!
“You’ve Got Mail”
W&H: How far have women come since then and how do you think Nora would feel about where women in Hollywood are today?
EC: Following a summer in which Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” kicked ass, and Nicole Kidman and Elisabeth Moss cleaned up at the Emmys, it’s easy to feel better about the state of women in Hollywood today. However, we have a long way to go toward creating roles for actresses that are as compelling as those men get to play — and not just love interests, mothers, wives, and daughters.
Nora, a barrier-breaking feminist, loathed panels on women in film. She hated labels and felt trapped by them and wanted to be known as a “director,” not a “woman director.” That said, she would doubtless be heartened by a newly energized feminist movement of women and girls who are taking less shit and taking more names. “Go out and get what you want,” she might tell them. “Just do it.”
“I’ll Have What She’s Having” is available now and can be purchased on Amazon.
Author Erin Carlson on Her New Book “I’ll Have What She’s Having” and the Legacy of Nora Ephron was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Holly Rosen Fink
To celebrate today’s release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – available in stores from today – here’s a list of the Ten Best phone scenes in movies, showcasing some of the most famous telephone calls ever made.
Pillow Talk (1959)
A man and woman share a telephone line and despise each other, but when he sees the woman for the first time and immediately falls for her, he has fun by romancing her with his voice disguised. Pillow Talk was the first of three movies in which Doris Day and Rock Hudson starred together and was named by the National Film Registry for being ‘culturally, historically and aesthetically’ significant.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
The 1989 American romantic comedy starring Billy Crystal (Harry) and Meg Ryan (Sally) raised the question: ‘Can men and women ever just be friends’? Grossing a total of $92.2 million at the box office, the film’s plot focuses »
- Kat Wheat
The New York designer famous for his vision of red carpet inclusivity has created five Barbie-sized looks for the Barbie inclusive body type line that launched last year. And while none of these are for sale, unfortunately, he seized the opportunity to dress Barbie as a way to broaden his dressing-all-body-types vision into doll-land territory.
“Barbie has always been a huge inspiration to me and I’m honored to be teaming up with this iconic brand, »
- Sharon Kanter
Talk about awkward! Looking like she's in the video for "Last Friday Night," Katy Perry threw things back to her awkward youth when she shared an Instagram post of her teenage self with her 67 million fans. The headline-making singer, who has a hairstyle that Meg Ryan might envy, appears to be recording music a decade before her first hit single. The photo shows a blonde Perry, who was then known as Katy Hudson, rocking some oh-so-'90s jeans, a grey top and what looks like a pony-hair belt. Along with the hilarious photo, the "Swish Swish" star wrote, "13 year old me. Wannabe popstar." She may have been a wannabe back then but she's anything but that now! It »
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan didn't get to that point where they hated each other, but in a new book about Nora Ephron's Rom-Com contributions, it's revealed that Hanks was a bit of a pill while filming the legendary Sleepless in Seattle. »
The Performer | Tatiana Maslany
The Show | Orphan Black
The Episode | “To Right the Wrongs of Many” (Aug. 12, 2017)
The Performance | For her final Orphan Black performance, Maslany pulled off yet another magic trick: She helped deliver two babies (as Sarah) and gave birth (as Helena) at the same time. (She also welcomed little Kira into the world via intercut flashbacks, for the record.) Even after five seasons of watching Maslany do the seemingly impossible, the chemistry that the actress was able to create with herself as Sarah coached Helena through the birthing process was as astounding as the idea of human clones itself. »
Exhumed Films is resurrecting some beloved horror favorites from the 1970s and ’80s and projecting them onto the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, including Friday the 13th Part III, starring my original horror crush and maybe yours, too, Jason Voorhees! And also, we have release details for Escape Room, Paperbacks From Hell, Ghastlies, and Mountain Fever, as well as information on the new book Godzilla Faq.
Exhumed Films' Guilty Pleasures IV Marathon: Press Release: "Exhumed Films Presents: Guilty Pleasures IV--in 3-D!
Exhumed Films is pleased to return to the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers to present the fourth edition of The Guilty Pleasures Marathon, our annual assault of cinematic insanity. For this year’s marathon, we present some of the greatest 3-D films of all time, projected from original 35mm prints using state of the art technology! The 1970’s and 1980’s saw a resurgence of three-dimensional movies, particularly in the realm of genre cinema. »
- Tamika Jones
It's no secret that the last few years have been a bleak time for romantic comedies, though 2017 is bringing some new hopefuls to the genre. I don't know what happened to girls just standing in front of boys asking them to love them or why Tom Hanks isn't shutting down Meg Ryan's shop anymore; I just know that this genre isn't as good as it used to be. To help matters, I've picked out a handful of great romantic comedies that you can stream on Netflix - movies that are either old favorites, gems you may have never seen, or semirecent movies you missed for whatever reason. Get ready to fall in love again! Related8 Underrated Romantic Comedies You Can Stream on Netflix18 Sex-Filled Films to Stream on Netflix »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
How I Met Your Father has found a new writer.
Bennett's script will mark 20th TV's third take on a potential offshoot of the long-running CBS comedy since it went off the air in 2014. The first, How I Met Your Dad, hailed from Himym co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, along with former SNL writer Emily Spivey. The project went to pilot, with Greta Gerwig in the starring role and Meg Ryan »
- Kate Stanhope
If nothing else, Epix’s reboot of Get Shorty — debuting this Sunday at 10/9c — can serve as a cautionary tale to other networks: Not every old movie and TV show needs to be rebooted, you know.
Get Shorty started life as a 1990 Elmore Leonard novel, then became a 1995 movie starring John Travolta as a charming mobster who puts his skills of persuasion to work as a movie producer. It was a big enough hit to merit a sequel (2005’s Be Cool), but it’s not a beloved classic by any stretch. So it’s a bit puzzling that Epix would »
Just when you thought it was finally safe to put your blue French horn in storage, along comes more talk about a How I Met Your Mother spinoff.
PhotosHimym Series Finale: The Big Mother Reveal and 15 More Memorable Moments in Photos
A third attempt at an offshoot — one that would flip the script, with a woman telling her children how she met their father — is in the works, according to 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden. She tells TVLine’s sister site Deadline that “the studio will try [making another show] with different writers” than were used in previous efforts.
“[The writers] will be starting from scratch, »
The two started dating in 2010, but called it quits five years later. Back in March, Mellencamp went on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show, and implied that there was no way that he would ever have a shot at getting back with the 55-year-old actress.
"Oh, women hate me. I loved Meg Ryan," he said. "She hates me to death."
Watch: Meg Ryan Dismisses Speculation About Her Changing Face -- 'I Love My Age'
As to why Ryan would have such negative feelings toward him, the 65-year-old musician elaborated, "I think it’s because I’m a child. I throw fits, I gripe, I complain. I’m moody. Every bad thing that a fella can be, that’s me.”
Stern suggested that Mellencamp call and attempt to make amends with the Sleepless in Seattle star, but he insisted that he'd already attempted to do so »
After splitting up nearly three years ago, rocker John Mellencamp, 65, and “Sleepless in Seattle” star Meg Ryan, 55, are reportedly back together, with the New York Post‘s “Page Six” column citing a source who claims the pair have rekindled their romance. “They are together,” said the source. “It’s been a few months.” According to reports, […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Nearly three years after splitting, the former couple have rekindled their romance, a source tells People.
“They have a bond,” says the source.
Page Six was the first to report.
The couple was last spotted together at the Art Cliff Diner in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on May 20. They also spent time together in New York City in March.
News of the reconciliation comes just months after the rocker insisted Ryan “hates to death,” during an interview with Howard Stern in March.
“Oh, women hate me,” Mellencamp said. “I loved Meg Ryan. »
- Jodi Guglielmi
One of the most celebrated on-screen couples during the 1990s were Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan thanks to Nora Ephron’s beloved 1993 title Sleepless in Seattle, followed by all three forces uniting for 1998’s You’ve Got Mail.
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- Nicholas Bell
Looks like Julianne Moore is going to have to make storage space for yet another prestigious award. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the Oscar-winning actress is set to receive Giffoni Film Fest’s Francois Truffaut Award, the fest’s top prize. Based in the south of Italy, the Giffoni is dedicated to children and teens passionate about filmmaking.
Moore won an Academy Award in 2015 for her portrayal of a linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in “Still Alice.” She’s also earned nominations for “Far from Heaven,” “The Hours,” “The End of the Affair,” and “Boogie Nights.” She took home an Emmy and Golden Globe for depicting Sarah Palin in HBO’s “Game Change.”
Amy Adams is also being recognized at the Giffoni Film Festival this year. She’ll receive the Experience Award.
Moore will take home her honor July 16. The fest runs from July 14–22. Her newest film, “Wonderstruck,” premiered to rave reviews at Cannes. The drama centers on the mysterious connection between a young boy in the Midwest and a young girl in New York and will hit theaters October 20.
Julianne Moore to Receive Giffoni Film Festival’s Truffaut Award was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
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