Nora Ephron remembered in New York

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This story brings romance and courtship into the electronic age of the World Wide Web via e-mail and chat rooms. Joe Fox (Hanks) and Kathleen Kelly (Ryan) live and work blocks from each other on New York City's Upper West Side. Their lives are practically intertwined. They both shop at the same place, frequent the same coffee shop, and even own competing bookstores on the same street. They also both have significant others of their own. Joe has the overly hyper book editor Patricia Eden (Parker Posey), while Kathleen lives with the scholarly newspaper columnist Frank Navasky (Greg Kinnear). Then they meet in a chat room. Though they keep their identities secret (they're known only by screen names "NY152" and "Shopgirl"), they tell each other everything about their lives, including their private feelings, which slowly turn into affection for each other. When Joe decides to open a new branch of his "Foxbooks" chain that risks putting Kathleen's "Shop Around the Corner" out of business, the tension between them escalates. Surely her boutique business will be lost to the conglomerate with a built-in newsstand and coffee bar. When Joe sees Kathleen waiting for him in the restaurant where they agreed to meet up, he puts two and two together, but cannot face her, given their agreement not to reveal each others' names and professions. How can he reveal himself to her now, knowing that he is the cause of her misery?
July 9th, 2012

Meg Ryan led a star-studded ensemble as they gathered to honour late filmmaker Nora Ephron today (09.07.12).

The 50-year-old actress - who worked alongside the director and legendary screenwriter in 'When Harry Met Sally', 'Sleepless in Seattle' and 'You've Got Mail' - was joined by a number of Hollywood's elite at a memorial service to pay tribute to Nora, who died at the age of 71 from pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia on June 26.

Director Steven Spielberg, 'Mad Men' star John Hamm, singer Bette Midler, actor Matthew Broderick and comedians Steve Martin and Larry David also attended the service at Alice Tully Hall in New York, which they entered to the sound of Frank Sinatra's 'I've Got the World on a String'.

Other attendees included Meryl Streep - who played Nora in the 1986 movie 'Heartburn', based on the screenwriter's novel of the same name - who delivered a touching tribute to the director at the ceremony, saying: ''She pulled a fast one on us. I feel so privileged to speak, but I'm also p***ed off.''

Nora - who was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Writing for 'Sleepless in Seattle', 'When Harry Met Sally' and 'Silkwood' - designed her own memorial service prior to her passing, choosing the playlist, speakers and she also declared the ceremony should be ''finished in under 47 minutes''.

Billy Crystal - who starred alongside Meg in 'When Harry Met Sally', which saw Nora win a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay - had previously led the tributes to the multi-talented movie legend.

He said: ''I am very sad to learn of Nora's passing. She was a brilliant writer and humourist.

''Being her Harry to Meg's Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words.''