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John Boyega of 'Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens' joins Tom Hanks, Emma Watson in sci-fi 'The Circle,' plus more movie news

John Boyega arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press

John Boyega arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Hosts Annual Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Aug. 13, 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison

WHOJohn Boyega

THE MOVIE "The Circle"

THE DEAL The Brit, who will play Finn in December's "Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens," has been tapped to star in an upcoming science-fiction film with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, Deadline reports. It's based on Dave Eggers' 2013 novel, "The Circle," about tech workers at a company that is not the utopian institution it seems. The director is James Ponsoldt, whose film "The End of the Tour" about David Foster Wallace is currently in theaters.

WHO Sandra Bullock

THE MOVIE "Our Brand Is Crisis"

THE DEAL The actress plays an elite political strategist in the latest film from David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express"), one of several newly announced world premieres at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. Others include "Truth," about the "60 Minutes" investigation into George W. Bush that brought down veteran anchor Dan Rather (played by Robert Redford), and Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already," starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette as old friends whose relationship is rocked by a tragedy. The festival runs Sept. 10-20.

THE MOVIE "Old 37"

THE DEAL After playing at several festivals and getting picked up for distribution by Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada and Epic Pictures Group, the Long Island horror film "Old 37" is coming home for a one-week theatrical engagement. The film, about two twisted brothers who pose as paramedics to answer 911 calls, was shot in various Long Island locales and was written by former Coram resident Paul Travers (who will speak at select screenings) and co-produced by Farmingville-raised publicist Dayna Ghiraldi.

INFO Sept. 11-17 at Glen Cove Theatres, 5 School St. Tickets are $10. Go to


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