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    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan to film movie in Virginia

    A film produced by Tom Hanks and directed by Meg Ryan will be shot in Virginia.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Ryan also is playing a role in the film "Ithaca," which is based on William Saroyan's 1942 novel "The Human Comedy." It's a coming-of-age story about the challenges of growing up during wartime.

    The governor says filming begins next month in the Richmond-Petersburg area. The filmmakers will be eligible for a state tax credit and grant based on the number of Virginia workers hired and the amount of goods and services purchased in the state.

    McAuliffe mentioned the Hanks-Ryan project in Leesburg in May when he attended and spoke at the Loudoun Times-Mirror's "Great Grapes of Loudoun" wine event. The governor also said he and state tourism and film officials are working to land a Bo Derek-led television project in the commonwealth.

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    Mr. Hanks has some big shoes to fill with this production.  The 1943 version of “The Human Comedy”, starring Mickey Rooney, garnered 5 Academy Award nominations (including Rooney for Best Actor), with a lone Oscar awarded to screenwriter William Saroyan (Best Writing - Original Story).

    It’s too bad they aren’t starring together again. I loved them in “Sleepless In Seattle,” and especially in “Joe vs. The Volcano.”

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