Meg Ryan looks a bit thin and stressed, but also happy in New York. She’s in the final preparations to start filming the first movie she’s ever directed – “Ithaca” – on location in Virginia. Based on a novel by William Saroyan, it’s about life in a small California town during WWII and centers on a 14 year old telegram delivery boy and his family. Meg’s friend Tom Hanks is producing and has a role in the film so she REALLY wants to do a good job. Meg’s son Jack Quaid also has a part in the film. Melanie Griffith was originally set to costar but it looks like she dropped out and Meg will replace her.