When Harry Met Sally

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The Series: When Harry Met Sally

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: Can men and women ever just be friends? That’s the question posted by When Harry Met Sally, the romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron, who would go on to direct Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. This is the quintessential romantic comedy that provided groundbreaking perspective on relationships through the questionable friendship turned love affair between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Since being released in 1989, When Harry Met Sally has become the basis for what almost every romantic comedy aspires to be. Many of the cliches that we’ve come to expect from romantic comedies are a result of When Harry Met Sally, but no matter how good even the best romantic comedies have been in the years since its release, they can’t quite reach the perfection offered by this romance that spans over a decade and has stood the test of time for over 30 years. Read More »

Sleepless in Seattle in Theaters

One of the best romantic comedies ever made is the second teaming of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Nora Ephron‘s Sleepless in Seattle. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the film, and to celebrate, Sony Pictures and Fathom Events are bringing it back to theaters for two nights only in December. Find out more about the return of Sleepless in Seattle in theaters below. Read More »

When Harry Met Sally Video Essay

Romantic comedies where a man and a woman who are at odds eventually fall in love are a dime a dozen. That’s a story that has been kicked around Hollywood for decades, but audiences keep eating it up. More often than not, nothing new is brought to the table in these movies, but in the case of When Harry Met Sally in 1989, director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Ephron crafted a romantic comedy that adhered to the conventions of the genre but also played with them in a new way.

A new video essay from the Lessons from a Screenplay YouTube channel breaks down how When Harry Met Sally succeeds where many romantic comedies fail, proving why the film is one of the most highly respected, praised and imitated in the genre. Watch the When Harry Met Sally video essay below. Read More »

Good Girls Revolt

Amazon has released the first trailer for their upcoming original television series Good Girls Revolt starring Anna Camp (True Blood, Pitch Perfect) as Jane Hollander, Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot, The Newsroom) as Nora Ephron and Jim Belushi as Wick McFadden. Inspired by real events, the series follows a group of young female researchers in 1969 at “News of the Week” who go on a revolutionary journey, sparking change across their lives & the newsroom.
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Writer/Director Nora Ephron Passes Away At 71

Nora Ephron, the writer and director responsible for some of the most charming movies in recent memory, passed away Tuesday at the age of 71 from a bout with leukemia. In her illustrious career, Ephron wrote Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and My Blue Heaven as well as wrote and directed Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, Michael and most recently Julie and Julia.

Nominated for three Oscars, Ephron leaves behind a lasting legacy that suggets we all can use a little more romance and a little more comedy. Thank you so much, Mrs. Ephron.

 

In what sounds like a perfect match of filmmaker and material, Nora Ephron is set to write and direct Lost in Austen, a cinematic adaptation of a 2008 British miniseries about a modern-day Jane Austen fan who finds herself dropped into the middle of the events of Pride & Prejudice. Also on board is Bond 23 director Sam Mendes, who will produce with Pippa Harris. More details after the jump.

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Movie Trailer: Nora Ephron’s Julie and Julia

Julie & Julia

Since the leaked Transformers 2 trailer was taken down, I thought I’d bring you something equally as exciting (yes, that is sarcasm). Columbia Pictures has released the trailer for Nora Ephron‘s (Bewitched, You’ve Got Mail, Michael, Sleepless in Seattle) Julie & Julia on Moviefone. The film is actually an adaptation of two bestselling memoirs: Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia and My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme. 

“Based on two true stories, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends…until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. ”

Up front and center are the performances by Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Check out the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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