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Boston Herald Inside Track Column: Meg Ryan Moonlights at Nantucket Film Festival

June 21, 2008

By Laura Raposa, Boston Herald

Jun. 21–Hollywood honey Meg Ryan is the toast of the 13th annual Nantucket Film Festival this weekend.

Today, the star of the upcoming flick “The Women” said she’s “very excited” about being feted and fawned over for her 35-plus film career by actor William H. Macy and other movie mavens in the high school auditorium.

But yesterday, the sunny actress appeared on behalf of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation to honor documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein, the director of “American Teen,” a film that’s getting lots of buzz.

Shelly, who wrote, directed and co-starred in “Waitress,” was murdered in her New York office in November 2007 by a construction worker who tried to rob her.

To honor his wife’s memory, Shelly’s husband, Andy Ostroy, started a foundation to advocate for and fund women moviemakers.

“It’s wonderful to see a man doing so much for women filmmakers,” said the actress, who recently wrapped on “Serious Moonlight,” a script Shelly was working on when she died. “The film was done with so much passion and love.”

However, the indie — directed by Cheryl Hines, of “Waitress” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame — is about a woman attorney who duct-tapes her philandering husband to the toilet when he announces he’s going to leave her!

Word is, Ryan, who has produced three flicks, including the 2001 Jennifer Lopez comedy “The Wedding Planner,” will soon make her directorial debut with a remake of William Saroyan’s 1943 biopic “The Human Comedy.”

Earlier in the day, we spotted Ryan, who summers on nearby Chappaquiddick, walking to her weekend digs after picking up a take-out sandwich and cookies from Something Natural on Cliff Road.

File Under: You’ve Got Meg

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