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Updated: Tom Hanks in Richmond to film scenes for ‘Ithaca’

Aug 20 • by admin • Comments OffIthaca, john mellencamp, movies, tom hanks

Yay! Tom Hanks has been in Richmond Va. for the past couple of days to film some scenes for Meg’s movie Ithaca. Word is Tom will make an appearace as the late husband of Meg’s character. Can’t wait to see if they have a scene together or if it is just him! Filming is taking place during the day and evening at the historic Tree Hill Farm outside of Richmond. Read more about it [here] at the CBS6 website and check our previous posts for more photos and video!

*updated 08-21* Looks like today and tomorrow will be one of the last days of filming ‘Ithaca’, moving the production back to Petersburg Va, and then it’s a wrap!

ETA: if you love Tom Hanks – and really, who doesn’t?! – be sure to download his free typewriter app for your iPad, the Hanx Writer!

PS, no this site will not be reporting on the latest from US cheap tabloid magazine Closer Weekly etc.,as they are not a reputable sources and the mistakes in their recent articles are more proof of that. As pointed out last week, in an earlier post, Meg Ryan ended her relationship with Mellencamp already in June and this wasn’t about ‘privacy’. Meg is a more private person than talkative Mellencamp is anyway.

Ten photos from the set of ‘Ithaca’

Aug 14 • by admin • Comments OffIthaca, movies

CBS6 also posted ten pictures today, taken by Les Lindsey, showing pictures of Meg at work on set and some of the cast and crew. Click [HERE] or on the screencap below to be forwarded to their website, then scroll down to visit the gallery.

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Filming near Richmond has started

Aug 14 • by admin • Comments OffIthaca, movies, video

A story from CBS6 about filming of Ithaca now taking place in the Richmond area, after filming wrapped up in Petersburg earlier this week.

*updated* ‘Ithaca’ features familiar places in Petersburg

Aug 14 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral, Ithaca, jack & daisy

Below are the first few paragraphs from an article in the Progres-Index about the ‘Ithaca’ production in Petersburg Va. Click on [this link] to read the entire article! update Click here for a link to one more picture from the article.

Meg – who supposedly ended her relationship with John Mellencamp in June – was joined by her son Jack for a few days last week, to film some of his scenes for the movie! Jack will soon also be seen as a ’70s record producer in the pilot of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Rock ‘N Roll’ pilot, which was recently filmed in NYC and is being produced by Mick Jagger. And this weekend Meg was spotted out and about in Richmond with daughter Daisy.

Looks like filming in Petersburg wrapped yesterday evening and the crew and production will now move to a location outside Richmond, to film scenes in a house that will features as the Macauley home.

The producers of Meg Ryan’s “Ithaca” have transformed parts of Petersburg into a small World War II-era town through the use of storefront facades, a makeshift grocery store and a fleet of cars from antique collectors.

A short drive through the city reveals familiar historic locations that will be put on display to the nation on screen.

Tom Trigo, locations manager, and Stephanie Carroll, production designer, have the creative eyes that scoped out Petersburg as the place to film an adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan’s “The Human Comedy.”

Most of the film is being shot in Petersburg, with some scenes shot at the former Robert Fulton School in the Fulton Hill area of Richmond and at a farm surrounding the city.

As Carroll and Trigo drove through Petersburg in search of locations, Sycamore and Tabb streets downtown provided several blocks of buildings correct to the period or older.

Trigo said that part of the city’s appeal was that not a lot of cosmetic changes had to be made to adapt Petersburg to writer Erik Jendresen’s, or director Meg Ryan’s, visions.

“We always have to do certain basic cosmetic things but a lot of the store fronts and structures themselves are correct,” Trigo said. “We have so many locations all within the downtown area minutes apart.”

So, just what locations are being used in the historic city? (…) READ MORE HERE

More pictures of Meg the ‘Ithaca’ set

Jul 31 • by admin • Comments OffIthaca, moviestills

Over the past few days there have been more photos of Meg Ryan at work on the set of the movie ‘Ithaca’ in Petersburg, Virginia. See the three examples below. Check out our Facebook page [HERE] and Twitter feed [HERE] for new photos and links to even more photos!

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Ithaca filming has started! (with pic) *updated*

Jul 24 • by admin • Comments Offcandids, Ithaca, sightings

Ithaca is now officially happening. Filming began Tuesday in Petersburg, Virginia. YAY! The shoot is expected to continue through August 26th. Below is an article and a picture from the Progress-Index website. Click on the picture or [HERE] to see an HQ sized version of it on their website! The picture shows Meg walking with the assistent director and one of the producers.

UPDATED 07/27 check our Twitter and our Facebook page for more pictures and sightings from the set!

Film crews have descended on downtown Petersburg for the making of “Ithaca,” bringing actress Meg Ryan with them. Filming began Tuesday for the 1940s period piece – Ryan’s directorial debut – and will continue into mid-August.

On Wednesday, the area between South Side Depot and the Peter Jones Trading Station hummed with activity. Brian Little, director of cultural affairs for the City of Petersburg, said other filming locations include Sycamore Street in Old Towne, as well as inside and outside of At The Globe, an antiques store, and Centre Hill Mansion.

Little said city residents could run into parking issues. Currently, parking is not allowed in the Farmers Market lot and there will be no parking Aug. 5-9 in areas surrounding Centre Hill Mansion.

Ryan had Petersburg in her sites for months as a potential filming location. The actress was spotted in the city as early as April scoping out locations for the project, and continues to be seen in the area. A June 20 announcement from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office confirmed that Petersburg had been chosen. Other projects filmed in the city in recent years include “Lincoln,” “Killing Lincoln,” Killing Kennedy” and “The Abolitionists.” “Ithaca” will also film in the Richmond area.

The movie, scheduled for a 2015 release, is based on the 1943 novel “The Human Comedy,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan. (…)

Producer and writer Erik Jendresen, who also worked on National Geographic’s “Killing Lincoln,” said Petersburg was the perfect place to bring “Ithaca” to life. “It was a no-brainer to come back to Virginia,” he said, “Petersburg is perfect; it has the quality of a town from days gone by.” SOURCE

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Throwback Thursday: Vanity Fair 1989 and more…

Jul 17 • by admin • Comments Off#tbt, magazine scans, when harry met sally

It’s time for another throwback thursday #TBT feature. This one comes from the Vanity Fair website, who posted a picture of a 1989 VF article today, to mark the 25th aniversary of When Harry Met Sally.

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To mark that 25th birthday of the release of When Harry Met Sally on July 14th in 1989, a lot of websites have posted special articles. Her are a few fun ones to visit:

Throwback Thursday: Meg Ryan and Rob Reiner

Jul 10 • by admin • Comments Off#tbt, when harry met sally

Time for another throwback thursday #TBT photo. It’s a photo of Meg and director Rob Reiner on the set of When Harry Met Sally. It’s been 25 years since the release of this absolute classic!

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More news about Ithaca!

Jul 9 • by admin • Comments OffIthaca, movies

Meg Ryan has been very hard at work in and around Richmond and Petersburg in Virginia the past three weeks! All kinds of sightings and stories of her and the movie team for Ithaca scouting locations, getting props and clothing and casting the minor parts for the movie.

They are now casting movie extras and the movie will shoot from July 21st till August 25th.

The feature film ITHACA will be shooting in the Central Virginia/Richmond area, and Arvold Casting is seeking paid background artists who look authentically from the 1942 time period and are local to the Central Virginia/Richmond area. Especially in need of men and women with slender to average build, as well as those 18 and over who look younger than 18.

We are searching for extras, Stand-Ins, and drivers of vintage vehicles who have the flexibility to do as many days as needed during the shoot dates, and will also consider those with more limited availability.
Director: Meg Ryan
Writer: Erik Jendresen
Producers: Janet Brenner, Laura Ivey, Erik Jendresen, Vennie Bobis
Executive Producers: Playtone Entertainment
VA Casting Company: Arvold Casting
Shoot: Monday to Friday, from July 21st to August 25th
Shoot Location: Central Virginia/Richmond area
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Ithaca to be filmed in Virginia and more news

Jun 22 • by admin • Comments Offgeneral, Ithaca, john mellencamp, movies, tom hanks

Warning: this will be a long post with several quotes, newsbits and rumors, all regarding Ithaca, so be sure to scroll down all the way. It’s official now: Ithaca will be filmed in Richmond and Petersburg in Virginia, in July and August. Here’s some quotes from the Richmond Times Dispatch:

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that “Ithaca,” directed by actress Meg Ryan, will be filmed in the Richmond-Petersburg area this summer. Ryan will also play a role in the movie along with her son, Jack Quaid, and Sam Shepard, who owns a home in the Charlottesville area.

The film is based on William Saroyan’s book “The Human Comedy,” from 1942. It is set in a small California town during World War II and tells the story of a teenage boy forced to take care of his siblings and mother while his older brother is abroad fighting in the war. (…)

“We couldn’t be happier that Meg Ryan has chosen Virginia as the location for her directorial debut,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “‘Ithaca’ is a heart-warming story, and we are proud that it will be shot in the commonwealth. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks on this film about an important time in American history.” (…)

Ryan said in a statement that the welcome she has received from McAuliffe and Virginia has been lovely. “We’re happily surprised by the cinemagraphic opportunities, the talent of the filmmaking community and the variety of resources at our disposal. We couldn’t be more delighted to be here,” Ryan said. (…)

Melanie Griffith is no longer part of the cast. She explained at a film fest in Italy that her scene was no longer in the script. From The Hollywood Reporter

Griffith also announced that she would not appear in Ithaca, the planned directorial debut of longtime friend Meg Ryan, a guest in Taormina a year ago. “I am still a big supporter of the project, but I was informed that the scene I was supposed to be in has been cut from the film,” she said.

Now for the rumor, first a WARNING: There is no confirmation for either story, so no idea if there is any truth to these stories.

So far it was always assumed Tom Hanks would just be linked to the movie as a producer. But some people claim Tom may make an appearance in the movie after all, as the late father of the boy. From The Tracking Board

Hanks will play the compassionate ghost of Homer’s father, Matthew Macauley, who appears only to Homer’s mother (played by Ryan).(…)