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Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Best Actor, Forrest Gump, 1994) stars in the classic fish-out- of-water tale A Hologram For The King, is now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand from Lionsgate. Based on The New York Times best- selling novel of the same name by David Eggers, the humorous and touching film about one man’s quest to find professional (and personal) redemption was written for the screen and directed by Golden Globe nominee Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run). Alexander Black (Tim), Sarita Choudhury (TV’s “Homeland”), Sidse Babett Knudsen (TV’s “Westworld”), Ben Whishaw (Spectre) and Tom Skerritt (TV’s “Pickett Fences”) co-star. Academy Award ® winner Tom Hanks delivers one of his most engaging performances as Alan Clay, a recently divorced American businessman who is sent overseas to pitch a state-of- the-art holographic teleconferencing system to a king. As Alan vainly »
- Tom Stockman
“The House of Tomorrow” tells the story of futurist, architect and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller through two teens hoping to get laid, become punk gods and survive high school. The novel, published in 2011, is set in Iowa, where a teenage boy lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother, who has spent the last 11 years homeschooling him on the teachings of Fuller. When his grandmother has a stroke, he’s »
- Dave McNary
John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut “Lucky” has officially announced its cast, and the beloved Henry Dean Stanton is set to lead the way in a role specifically written “as a love letter” to the veteran actor. Produced by Superlative Films, the drama will also star Ed Begley Jr., Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt and David Lynch.
Stanton has had an illustrious career, playing parts in classics like “Alien” and “The Green Mile” while also having a big presence in television. In talking about getting the multi-talented actor for his film, Lynch said, “I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with Harry Dean Stanton. The screenplay was written with such intimacy, that it too was undeniable. The incredible cast that has come together to bring it to life is proof of that. »
- Kyle Kizu
Harry Dean Stanton and David Lynch are re-teaming at last, this time in front of the camera to co-star in actor-turned-director John Carroll Lynch‘s indie directorial debut, “Lucky.” The film, currently shooting in Los Angeles, also stars Ed Begley Jr., Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt, Barry Shabaka Henley, Beth Grant, Yvonne Huff Lee, Hugo Armstrong, and James Darren. Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja wrote the script specifically for Stanton, who plays a 90-year-old atheist living in an off-the-map desert town filled with quirky characters. Having out-lived and out-smoked all his contemporaries, the fiercely independent man finds himself at the precipice of life, »
- Thom Geier
After working together on The Straight Story, Inland Empire, Wild at Heart, and the undervalued Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (as well as Showtime’s 2017-bound continuation), Harry Dean Stanton and David Lynch are reteaming for a new project. However, they’ll both be in front of the camera this time.
They’ll be starring in Lucky, the directorial debut of John Carroll Lynch (Zodiac, The Invitation), which has already started production. Also featuring Ed Begley Jr., Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt, Barry Shabaka Henley, Beth Grant, Yvonne Huff Lee, Hugo Armstrong, and James Darren, it follows Stanton as a 90-year-old atheist who embarks on a spiritual journey in his desert town.
“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with Harry Dean Stanton,” John Carroll Lynch tells Variety. “‘Lucky tells the story of the journey we are all on; coming to terms with the fragility of life and, »
- Jordan Raup
David Lynch will also appear in the film, which adds to the list of projects he and Stanton have worked on together, including “Wild at Heart” and “The Straight Story.” Stanton is also expected to appear in Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” reboot.
“Lucky” follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist — played by Stanton — and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. He finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration.
Producers are Logan Sparks, »
- Dave McNary
Harry Dean Stanton has been set to topline Lucky, the indie pic from newbie Superlative Films that will mark the directing debut of John Carroll Lynch. Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja penned the script with their longtime friend Stanton in mind. Ed Begley Jr, Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt and David Lynch co-star alongside Barry Shabaka Henley, Beth Grant, Yvonne Huff Lee, Hugo Armstrong, and James Darren. Lucky centers on the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist… »
Even shorn of its sound, Alien remains a masterpiece of tension thanks to the power of its physical performances, Ryan writes...
This article contains spoilers for Alien.
When a film works - really, really works - its combination of acting, cinematography, music, sound design, lighting and editing come together so seamlessly that it can become difficult to pin down exactly why it’s so effective. Take Alien for example: beautifully shot by Ridley Scott and cinematographer Derek Vanlint, cut with razor-sharp perfection to Jerry Goldsmith’s piping eerie score, it’s a masterpiece of genre filmmaking.
In the years since Alien’s release in 1979, various aspects of it have been singled out for praise: Hr Giger was rightly handed an Oscar for his part in the seductively hideous xenomorph in its various stages. The film’s story and nightmare imagery is still picked over for its Freudian and feminist subtexts. »
A Hologram For The King, 2016.
Directed by Tom Tykwer.
Top flight businessman Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) has fallen on hard times and takes a job with an It company to recoup his losses. He’s put in charge of the team bidding for a massively lucrative contract in Saudi Arabia but, once there, he faces numerous obstacles in preparing the vital presentation. And that’s while trying to cope with his own personal problems.
Tom Hanks returns to his familiar Everyman role in this adaptation of David Eggers’ best-selling novel. And, as he can play that type of part in his sleep, director/writer Tom Twyker has made sure he has a back-story to chew on. To the outside world, he’s Mr Positive, nothing appears to get him down, but inside he’s in turmoil. Divorce has shattered him, »
- Freda Cooper
Thirty years after its first release, Neil Calloway takes a look at Top Gun…
Thirty years ago this week – 16th May 1986, to be precise, Top Gun was released and pop culture was changed forever. With the possible exclusion of films where Spielberg and Lucas were involved, it is arguably the most iconic film of the 1980s, certainly if you only consider films aimed at men.
If nothing else, it turned Tony Scott into a major Hollywood player and put Tom Cruise at the top of the firmament where – couch jumping incidents aside, he has remained ever since. It gave an early role to Meg Ryan three years before When Harry Met Sally, Tim Robbins and Anthony Edwards appear eight years before The Shawshank Redemption and E.R. made them stars. Adrian Pasdar has a tiny role a full twenty years before Heroes. Add Val Kilmer (five years before The Doors), and »
- Neil Calloway
By now, most of us know the story of Mad Max director George Miller and his never-realized Justice League project. But did you know there was another famous film he almost went on to direct for Warner Bros.? Some of us may never get over what Justice League: Mortal could have been. Perhaps the pain will be less acute over this new information, considering the final product was a relatively well-received movie. Miller (along with Roland Joffé) were at one point set to direct Contact. Ultimately directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), 1997's Contact starred Jodie Foster as Dr. Eleanor Arroway, a Seti scientist whose long search for alien life leads to actual discovery and more doubt than she's every experienced in life. It also starred Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, James Woods, John Hurt, and Angela Bassett. The film changed a bit from Carl Sagan »
- Jill Pantozzi
Chicago – Tom Hanks is using his golden years as a vehicle to stretch his performance skills, and his role as a sort of “Death of a Salesman” spin in “A Hologram for the King” gives him an opportunity to keep stretching. The stylish film floats within the focus on his character, and he delivers.
Based on a Dave Eggers novel, “A Hologram for the King” has a lot going on, as Hanks portrays a character with one last shot at making the sale in the oddball Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Director Tom Tykwer (“Cloud Atlas”) adds some European-style visuals to the story, and the whole things works because the blend is right. Hanks handles the path of the role through a nice progression, and uses his world weariness as an older actor effectively. The story peters out a bit towards the end, but in general the movie is entertaining, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Tom Hanks has made a career out of playing, with great aplomb, nice guys stuck in weird, confusing, or untenable situations. The actor once again uses that uncanny ability to diverting effect in Tom Tykwer’s meandering yet oddly entertaining A Hologram for the King.
Hanks is Alan Clay, an American It salesman sent to Saudi Arabia to pitch his company’s technology for a city complex being built in the middle of the desert by the King of Saudi Arabia. He arrives, jet-lagged and anxiety-ridden, to find that his It team have been set up in a tent with no Wi-Fi, and that the city, conceived as a home for millions, has not even been built yet.
Clay grapples with everything from recalcitrant officials, absent kings, a personal driver who may be the object of an assassination, and a strange growth on his back, all while trying to hold »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Usually when the Middle East shows up in modern films it’s the setting for dramas and thrillers. The troubled global “hot spot” has been the backdrop for “based on a true story” tales of the military with American Sniper and one of the first flicks to be released this year, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi. So it’s surprising that this region has been the setting for two comedies this year (Salmon Fishing In The Yeman tested the waters five years ago). And one big source of the humor is the culture clash when Americans arrive there. It’s the old “fish out of water” recipe for laughs. A couple of months ago, it was Tina Fey butting heads in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. And now arriving in Saudi Arabia is the affable everyman (really every-American-man) Tom Hanks, an actor familiar with that comedy trope, going back thirty years »
- Jim Batts
This week, both at the Tribeca Film Festival as well as opening in theaters, we have an independent movie that stars Tom Hanks. Especially considering how infrequently Hanks acts in small films these days, this is something to take notice of. The film in question? Well, it’s A Hologram for the King, of course. Side note, this is another example of a thing that I mentioned yesterday, namely that a Tribeca title is going basically straight to general release. There’s another one of these still to discuss before the week is out, but right now, Hanks’ flick is what is in the spotlight. I see it tomorrow, so instead of delving too deep into it, I’ll be looking at his career and what I feel are his best performances so far to date. Fun, right? We’ll, here goes nothing! Quickly, a bit on the film itself. »
- Joey Magidson
In “A Hologram for the King,” Dave Eggers’ seriocomic lament for the American Dream, a sad-sack businessman loses himself amid the shimmering sands and empty skyscrapers of a Saudi Arabian metropolis-in-the-making — an appropriately surreal, mirage-like backdrop for a journey where failure and frustration are very much the point. But a different kind of frustration gradually takes hold in writer-director Tom Tykwer’s intriguingly offbeat film adaptation, which broadens the story’s humorous and romantic elements at the expense of its deeper, more existential qualities: Not unlike the holographic display referenced in the title, the result plays like a striking but somewhat faltering visual projection of its source material. Still, the movie does make the most of another sly, persona-tweaking performance from Tom Hanks, which should do its part to boost commercial interest when Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions releases it April 22, following its Tribeca Film Festival premiere.
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- Justin Chang
Based on the best-selling novel by Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King is an unusual movie to bring to the big screen but with Tom Hanks on board, a man who loves stories where folks ‘find themselves’ again, they’re sure to bring in the audiences they’re aiming for and this new trailer antes up the feel-good factor.
Hanks plays Alan Clay, a man who’s lost his job, his wife and most things aren’t going too well as he heads off to a new, modern metropolis in the Arabian desert. He’s there to try and sell his American company’s teleconferencing system but things don’t go to plan there either… because the king has already lost interest.
- Dan Bullock
Earlier this month, the first trailer for "A Hologram For The King" arrived, and it was saddled with the kind of goofy voice-over we don't associate with the films of Tom Hanks these days. However, a new U.K. trailer has landed for Tom Tykwer's picture which corrects that approach, while serving up some fresh footage along with way. Read More: Tribeca Film Fest Adds 'A Hologram For The King,' 'Elvis & Nixon' And More Based on the novel by Dave Eggers, and also featuring Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Whishaw and Tom Skerritt, the fish-out-of-water story follows a businessman whose job is on the line, as he has to make a lucrative deal in Saudi Arabia. Here's the synopsis: In Tom Tykwer’s wryly comic adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel, Tom Hanks stars as a struggling American businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Breaking the fourth wall with relative ease, Tom Hanks’ astute businessman headlines the first full trailer for A Hologram for the King – “Sometimes you have to change your scenery… to change your life.”
And that’s exactly what Hanks’ lead does. Playing up the fish-out-of-water dynamic, today’s English-language snippet ships our lead character off to Saudi Arabia in order to negotiate a lucrative deal. Meeting with a wealthy monarch, the idea is to pitch a technology that would allow for, well, A Hologram for the King.
Reuniting with Cloud Atlas director Tom Tykwer – he co-directed the time-spanning adaptation alongside the Wachowski siblings – Tom Hanks’ latest is a far cry from sprawling science fiction. Mind you, it’s a fellow adaptation, this time lifted from Dave Eggers’ novel of the same name.
Putting a comfortable life behind him and diving into the harsh world of international commerce, Hanks will be »
- Michael Briers
We've been waiting a bit for Tom Tykwer's ("Run Lola Run," "Cloud Atlas") "A Hologram For The King" starring Tom Hanks. The film is based on the book by Dave Eggers, and I figured this movie might've been primed for Sundance, Berlin or SXSW. Instead, it'll be hitting the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 13th through the 24th, before opening wide this spring, and finally a new trailer has arrived. Read More: 'Cloud Atlas' Is Bold, Messy & Disappointingly Unimaginative Co-starring Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Whishaw and Tom Skerritt, this dramedy follows a desperate American salesman who heads to Saudi Arabia to land a lucrative It contract. Here's the synopsis: In Tom Tykwer’s wryly comic adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel, Tom Hanks stars as a struggling American businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia to sell a new technology to the King, only »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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