12:47 PM EDT 11/19/2013
Originally posted 11/13/2013 12:15AM
When Harry Met Sally posed many timeless questions. For example, can men and women ever really just be friends? And more importantly, how will fellow restaurant patrons react when one diner proceeds to moan ecstatically and pound her fists against the table, eventually emitting high-pitched screams of pleasure?
NYC stunt collective Improv Everywhere attempted to answer the latter question, enlisting a flash mob of 20 women to recreate the 1989 rom-com's infamous scene in Katz's Delicatessen (you know, that one). According to the group's website, the prank was staged unbeknownst to the deli's staffers, whose candid expressions are pretty priceless.
Originally posted 10/12/2013 01:30PM
Meg Ryan is bringing her movie-star talents to the small screen.
The Sleepless in Seattle actress, 51, is set to star and executive-produce a pilot for NBC, PEOPLE has confirmed.
According to the show's description, Ryan will play "a sunny, devoted and desperately non-confrontational" single mom who decides to return to work at her former publishing house, where she will be supervised by her 30-year-old former intern.
Originally posted 10/02/2013 08:00AM
Twenty years ago, Meg Ryan ruled the box office as "America's Sweetheart" with her hit romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle.
Today, she is rarely in front of the camera and does her best not to be recognized, whether summering on Martha's Vineyard or tooling around her downtown Manhattan neighborhood.
At 51, the onetime queen of romantic comedies has largely retreated from Hollywood, preferring instead to focus on her life with her 8-year-old daughter, Daisy, and her boyfriend, rocker John Mellencamp, 61.
Living in New York "makes you different," her friend, writer Delia Ephron, tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "Los Angeles is just about movies. New York is about so much more than that, and so is Meg."
Originally posted 10/05/2012 02:30PM
Olivia Wilde is on a mission to ensure that women across the world have the same basic needs met that many take for granted.
The actress joins Eva Mendes, America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Meg Ryan and Gabrielle Union in the Half the Sky Movement, which has teamed with the International Rescue Committee and a number of other non-profit organizations to illuminate issues that affect women globally.
On an eye-opening trip to Kenya with Half the Sky last year, Wilde, 28, visited with the Shining Hope for Communities organization and their Kibera School for Girls.
Originally posted 10/01/2012 09:50AM
With a visit to Sierra Leone, Eva Mendes is helping raise awareness about serious issues affecting girls and women around the world.
Based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the new series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide introduces Mendes and other stars, including America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde to women and girls living under difficult circumstances, ranging from maternal death to prostitution.
Mendes, 38, kicks off the four-hour series – airing Oct. 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS – with her visit to Sierra Leone, where she meets with activist Amie Kandeh, a survivor of gender-based violence working with the International Rescue Committee to help other survivors toward safe, productive futures.
Originally posted 06/27/2012 09:55AM
A true trailblazer, Nora Ephron leaves behind a legacy of always knowing the right (and wittiest) thing to say. She was "an expert in all the departments of living well," according to Meryl Streep – one of many paying tribute to the late author-journalist-screenwriter-director, who died Tuesday at 71.
"You could call on her for anything: doctors, restaurants, recipes, speeches, or just a few jokes, and we all did it, constantly," Streep – who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Julia Child in Ephron's Julie & Julia (2009) – wrote in an email to The New York Times. "Nora just looked at every situation and cocked her head and thought, ‘Hmmmm, how can I make this more fun?'"
Streep wasn't the only celebrity to remember Ephron fondly.
Originally posted 06/26/2012 08:10PM
Nora Ephron, one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood as the creative force behind such blockbusters as You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, died on Tuesday at age 71.
The three-time Oscar nominee "passed away June 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center surrounded by her family. The cause of death was acute myeloid leukemia," her family tells PEOPLE in a statement.
"We thank you all for your thoughts."
Originally posted 04/12/2012 05:45AM
John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan are still going strong – and the rocker had his girlfriend's support while working on his latest project: the musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, which he co-wrote with Stephen King and stars American Idol's Justin Guarini, in Atlanta.
Two days before the show's world premiere, the couple was spotted dining with five other guests at STK Atlanta. Ryan looked chic in her black maxi dress and black blazer, while Mellencamp was dressed down in a T-shirt, sweater and jeans, says a restaurant rep. – Jennifer Bradley Franklin
Originally posted 03/13/2012 02:30PM
The son of two movie veterans will square off against Katniss Everdeen in the highly-anticipated Hunger Games film.
Jack Quaid, 19 – whose parents are Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid – plays Marvel, one of the tributes who competes in the annual battle to the death in this post-apocalyptic fantasy.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine anything like this," he told PEOPLE at the movie's premiere in L.A. Monday night. "This is so surreal to be here. It's insane."
Originally posted 08/15/2011 01:10PM
Rocker John Mellencamp and his estranged wife, model Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, are officially divorced.
The couple, who were wed for 18 years and have two sons – Hud, 17, and Speck, 16 – separated on Sept. 1, 2010, and he filed for divorce on Jan. 14. Their divorce, his third, was formalized on Aug. 12.
The couple negotiated "an amicable settlement of all issues involving property and maintenance rights, the custody and support of their children, and all other issues," according the settlement agreement.
They will share joint legal custody of the boys, with their mother – who will return to the name Elaine Irwin – having primary physical custody. John will pay child support and for their schooling. No other specifics of their 31-page confidential final settlement agreement were made public.
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