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YOU'VE GOT MAIL

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You've Got Mail began with executive producer Julie Durk, who, after watching the classic film The Shop Around the Corner, thought it would be a great movie to remake

You've Got Mail began with executive producer Julie Durk, who, after watching the classic film The Shop Around the Corner, thought it would be a great movie to remake. She brought it to the attention of producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who optioned the rights from Turner Pictures, which owned the film.

Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, who have built an enviable reputation as both storytellers and filmmakers, were next approached about writing and directing the project. The Ephrons were longtime fans of The Shop Around the Corner, and immediately embraced the idea of updating and remaking the story.

It was Lauren Shuler Donner's idea to set the film in the world of the Internet. In the original film, James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan correspond by writing letters. Shuler Donner felt that the modern version of anonymous correspondence is the instantaneous "cyber post office" of e-mail.

"The Internet affords you a great candor and intimacy," says Lauren Shuler Donner. "You can't be embarrassed because you don't know the person. I think that, being on the Internet, one may expose oneself further and faster in a relationship than one would normally in a face-to-face situation."

There are very clear rules that most people follow on the Internet. As Nora Ephron says, "You don't tell who you are. It's very much about safety and about being free to say whatever you want to, without ever thinking that you're going to be faced with the fact that the person wears really ugly shoes or whatever your nightmare may be.

"The Internet looks infinite," continues Ephron. "But, like a great big city, it's really a series of villages, full of people who care about similar things connecting with one another."

This sentiment echoes Ephron's view of New York City, and specifically the Upper West Side community where the movie is set. The Upper West Side is a self-contained, distinct and real neighborhood, filled with both enduring landmarks and noisy construction: small shops that have been there for decades, where the owners know their customers by name; restaurants where people become regulars over time; parks where children greet one another on their daily excursions; all set side-by-side with new apartment buildings and businesses that compete for space and attention. The neighborhood is active and organic, evolving and growing, yet retaining its singular flavor, style and pace. It's both small town and big city, familiar and forbidding, endearing and overwhelming.

No one knows this world better than its longtime residents, Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron. They have sought to reveal their special neighborhood in all its multi-textured glory.

Delia Ephron was inspired to recreate the warmth of the specialty shop in the original movie, where the employees formed a sort of family, by setting the story around two very different bookstores. "Bookstores have become more than just stores to buy books -- they are places where people browse and drink coffee and meet and stay for hours," she explains.

The two bookstores in You've Got Mail are quite dissimilar: The Shop Around the Corner is a small, beloved children's bookstore that has been an integral part of the neighborhood for two generations. Foxbooks is the latest branch of a giant chain of bookstores. The small store caters to its young clientele with a knowledgeable, book-loving staff and intimate st

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