5 items from 2016
Tom Hanks has become such a universal actor that you just can expect him to play any role and know that you’ll be entertained - even if one of those roles calls for him to pop a giant cyst growing on his spine. Blood and vomit aside, Tom Hanks shines in A Hologram for the King, a film directed by Tom Tykwer, who also directed Hanks in Cloud Atlas. The film, also starring Sarita Choudhury and Alexander Black, follows Alan Clay (Hanks) as he travels to Saudi Arabia to sell the king hologram technology.
The film remarkably combines excellent visuals with a depressingly lonely story of Alan, almost akin to Lost in Translation. What is so remarkable about the film, however, is that it has no agenda in trying to compare and contrast Saudi Arabia from Alan’s American culture; but rather, we see the world through Alan’s »
- Catherina Gioino
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
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Fresh off negotiating a deal to rescue a captured ally in Steven Spielberg’s wartime drama Bridge of Spies, Tom Hank’s next role will have the Oscar-winner make tracks to Saudi Arabia, where his hapless Alan Clay will negotiate a decidedly different set of deals in A Hologram For the King.
Reteaming with his Cloud Atlas helmer Tom Tykwer – he co-directed the time-spanning adaptation alongside the Wachowski siblings – the German filmmaker’s latest adaptation also represents a change of pace from David Mitchell’s sprawling sci-fi insofar as A Hologram For the King is rooted in the harsh reality of international commerce.
Headlining the feature as Alan Clay, it is Tom Hanks who stars as the washed-up business in desperate need to close a lucrative It contract. Should pen meet paper, it’ll pave the way for a huge new complex to begin construction out in the Saudi Arabia desert. »
- Michael Briers
4 x 13-episode series of animated revival Thunderbirds Are Go are on their way to Amazon...
2015 saw the revival of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds in new animated series, Thunderbirds Are Go. The first twenty-six episode series aired in two chunks on ITV here in the UK, with a second run already announced and planned for broadcast in late 2016.
Now Amazon has jumped aboard Thunderbird One as a collaborating partner on the new episodes. According to the latest press release, the streaming service has ordered four new thirteen-part series (which makes it an additional twenty-six episodes to those already announced by ITV, by our maths).
The show's voice cast, which went down well with fans in early reviews, includes Rosamund Pike (as who else but Lady Penelope), alongside David Graham, Rasmus Hardiker, Kayvan Novak, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Angel Coulby and David Menkin.
Amazon Video has also been confirmed as the Us home of the series, »
International Rescue, we have a situation! Amazon has ordered four 13-episode seasons of the animated Thunderbirds Are Go TV series, starring Rosamund Pike as Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward. This UK-New Zealand sci-fi series is a reboot of the 1960s Thunderbirds TV show, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Watch the official trailer, below.
The voice cast of Thunderbirds Are Go also includes: Rasmus Hardiker as Scott and Alan Tracy; David Menkin as Virgil and Gordon Tracy; Thomas Brodie-Sangster as John Tracy; Angel Coulby as Tanusha "Kayo" Kyrano; Kayvan Novak as Brains; and David Graham as Aloysius Parker.
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5 items from 2016
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