BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
Those of you who've dreamed of a day where Steven Spielberg and The Coen Brothers would get to work on a project together, rejoice! Spielberg's untitled Cold War drama with Tom Hanks has now hired the famous brotherly writing team to provide some polish work on the film's already existing script.
In this adaptation of Dave Egger's acclaimed novel A Hologram For the King, Hanks plays Alan Clay, a miserable salesman so desperate for success that he travels to the heart of Saudi Arabia to pitch a wild idea to an affluent monarch.
Hanks and Spielberg have done three films together. Hearing that they might get together as an actor-director combo likely has the Academy salivating… even though Oscar has been unkind to both men in recent past.
Another interesting fact about my grandfather was that he was the youngest of 5 sons, and all 5 sons fought in WWII. Thankfully, they all came back home. That's when I knew which movie we were going to watch this week. We would take a detour from comedy and delve into a more serious of topics.
For the last couple years, a big part of the Jimmy Kimmel Live post-Oscar show has been what's called Movie: The Movie - a fake extended trailer for what is said to be the biggest blockbuster of all time. The late night host has managed to get some big names to join him in the madness in the past and this year is definitely no different.
Don’t you think that’s EXACTLY how people felt back when Gene Hackman signed on to play the role in Richard Donner’s 1978 masterpiece? At the time, Hackman was coming off Richard Attenborough’s A Bridge Too Far with Sean Connery and Michael Caine. He didn’t need a superhero movie… and yet, he crushed in the part. I’m sure this was considered when they floated Hanks’ name.
We can spend weeks reading the tea leaves – and because the Oscar ceremony is still more than a month away, we likely will waste all of that time. My guess is that Hanks split his attention between two performances, and ended up on the short end of the nominee stick in both instances.
The Oscar-winning actor says it best when he admits, “I don’t look anything like Walt Disney. I don’t sound like him.” But it only takes him matching the whimsical confidence that Disney exuded to wipe the slate clean as far as preconceived ideas of appearances are concerned. The chameleon-like manner in which Hanks can insert himself into roles is always impressive, and even in his least exciting films, he is still the breath of relatable air that makes them universally watchable.
Today’s GG nominees cleared up a few lingering Oscar issues … and raised a few more outstanding questions. Here are, I think, 5 shocking developments that occurred this morning, and some analysis on how I think they will affect the ongoing Oscar season.
Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks are the stars of the two biggest movies in the United States right now, Gravity and Captain Phillips, and both movies put their stars through the wringer. So after you've seen Bullock fight off space debris and Hanks deal with Somali pirates, why not watch the two cut loose and dance on a giant piano on British television?
How did Tom Hanks wind up on that boat in Captain Phillips? Well, it all started when he graduated from the University of Alabama and a military recruiter asked him if he had ever given any thought to his future
Captain Phillips stars Tom Hanks as the Boston mariner who had to keep his cool for the safety of his crew when Somali pirates overtook their boat. In the latest clip released by Sony Pictures, you can see that terrifying moment, and the beginnings of Phillips’ and his crew’s ordeal.
With all due respect to George Clooney, there is no actor in the world people like more than Tom Hanks. Most politicians would murder someone to get anything close to his approval ratings. So, when it came time to publicize his new film, Captain Phillips, it’s no surprise producer Scott Rudin suggested he sign up for an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit.
Proving once again that true stories with foregone conclusions can be just as gripping as a conventional thriller, Paul Greengrass's tense, overwhelming Captain Phillips faithfully, fiercely recounts the siege of the American container ship Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in April of 2009.
2006's Emilio Estevez-directed drama Bobby was a take on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy from the perspective of a lot of people-- played by a lot of celebrities-- who were in the vicinity of the Ambassador Hotel, where he was shot. Bobby didn't do all that well, but that hasn't deterred Tom Hanks (as a producer) from assembling Parkland, a recounting of the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963
This new trailer doesn't exactly do a good job of masking what happens in the film - it actually seems to pretty much show the whole thing - but, honestly, who doesn't already know the details and conclusions of this story? When the real Captain Richard Phillips was kidnapped in 2009 the news was absolutely everywhere, and the end of the story was what kept people buzzing about it.
The fall film festival season often requires people to travel to far-flung locations to catch what might be the year's best movies, from Venice all the way in Italy to Telluride up in the Colorado mountains to Toronto, deep in the Canadian north (OK, it's across the lake from New York, but just go with it).
The adaptation of Dan Brown's third Robert Langdon novel The Lost Symbol still hasn't started production, but already we are learning details about plans for the fourth book in the series. Both director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks - who worked together on both 2006's The Da Vinci Code and 2009's Angels & Demons - are now set to reunite on the fourth movie adaptation of the franchise, Inferno.
Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. If you need another selling point on seeing Saving Mr. Banks, you've clearly gotten way too far away from your childhood. But just in case, here's the first trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, which ought to give you a million other reasons to see the movie-- Emma Thompson as the uptight Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, a classic conflict between an amiable American and a stuffy Brit, a trip to old-school DIsneyland
Let's make a list of straightforward, warm-hearted, lovable American men who we want to be our adoptive fathers. Tom Hanks is totally at the top of it, right? Our modern-day answer to Jimmy Stewart, Hanks has spent decades embodying pretty much everything good about American identity, from fearless World War II soldiers to history-changing Alabamans to a kid who just wants to make better toys