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The directorial debut of Meg Ryan’s Ithaca has been confirmed to begin filming in Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia as early as July andAugust.

The film is based on The Human Comeby by Pulitzer-prize winning author William Saroyan. It’s a coming-of-age tale of 14 year old Homer Macauley, played by Alex Neustaedter, who is looking after his family while his older brother, played by Jack Quaid, is away fighting in World War II. Homer also hopes to become the fastest bike telegraph messenger.

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Yesterday the National Geographic Channel announced Rob Lowe will star as John F. Kennedy in their upcoming made-for-TV movie, Killing Kennedy.

The movie is based on the best selling book of the same name by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

Joining Lowe in the cast will be Ginnifer Goodwin, as Jacqueline Kennedy, and Michelle Trachtenberg, as Marina Oswald, Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife.

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Last week we reported that Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln will be filming in Petersburg, VA on December 15- 19, but we’ve just learned that thy will be shutting down a few streets in Richmond, VA first.

Traffic on several downtown Richmond roads will be limited as the movie continues filming near the Virginia State Capitol over the next week.

Richmond police are reporting that filming will cause road closures along East Broad Street between 9th and 14th street. The traffic delays will occur between noon and midnight.

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Yesterday, the Virginia Film Office announced another casting call for Office Seekers, which is the working title for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln movie which will begin filming next month in Richmond, VA.

According to the Virginia Film Office, Anne Chapman & Erica Arvold are seeking AFRICAN AMERICAN actors for Office Seekers, the Civil War era feature film (SAG) shooting in Richmond & Petersburg this fall. Seeking weathered character faces and those who can handle a speaking role in this major motion picture. At this time, ONLY looking for African American male actors 20yrs – 80yrs AND African American female actors 30yrs – 80yrs.

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Plan 9 Teaser Trailer from Darkstone Entertainment on Vimeo.

A remake of the cult classic 1950’s Ed Wood film Plan 9 From Outer Space, entitled Plan 9, began filming this week in Roanoke, Virginia and they’re looking for local extras interested in playing zombies in the movie.

“We’re trying to make the movie that Ed Wood wanted to make back in that day,” said Plan 9 producer Mikiah Umbertis. “We’re hoping that it’s something Ed Wood would like.”

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– Here’s the first trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal’s next movie, Source Code, which was primarily shot in Montreal, though they did spend a few days filming in Chicago earlier this year too.

– And check out Jake performing “Gonna Eat That Talkin’ Sandwich: The Sarah Palin Song” with Jimmy Fallon last night too:

– Officials in Virginia are hoping that it’s no accident that just one day after Steven Spielberg met with the state’s film office, he officially announced his long-anticipated Abraham Lincoln biopic starring Daniel Day-Lewis. [Washington Post, Perez Hilton]

Dawson Leery and Zack Morris are finally going to work together! [Perez Hilton]

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Eric Close arriving for the closing ceremony of the 2010 Monte Carlo Television Festival held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, Principality of Monaco on June 10, 2010. Photo by Marco Piovanotto/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

The Lifetime movie Unanswered Prayers, starring Eric Close and Samantha Mathis, is filming a homecoming football scene at Varina High School in Richmond, VA on Saturday (10.2) at 8:30 a.m. and they need to some help filling the stands!

Varina High School will become home to the “Stone Creek Wolverines” for the day while they shoot a scene set on a cold November day.  Anyone interested in being an extra should arrive by 8:30 wearing jackets, fleece vests, windbreakers, hats, scarves and gloves. The school colors are navy and gold, so be sure to bring along any clothing you may have in those colors too.

Though extras will not be paid, there is an opportunity to win prizes including Garth Brooks merchandise (the movie is based on his song of the same name), free dinners and a wide-screen TV.

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