4 items from 2015
Forrest Gump is one of those movies that has become part of pop culture history. It won all the awards, has all the quotable lines, and it’s one of the films that turned Tom Hanks from the guy from Bosom Buddies into a bonafide movie star. It’s nearly unbelievable that there was a point at which the movie almost didn’t get made, but in order to make sure it was done, Hanks personally paid for half of one iconic sequence. Yahoo Movies sat down with Hanks and Steven Spielberg to discuss their current film, Bridge of Spies, but over the course of the interview Hanks, delved into his history and reveals how closely Forrest Gump came to falling apart due to budget issued. He said: The studio was one day away from pulling the plug on this one movie I was going to »
He was on the verge of closing a deal for a pilot at Amazon that he hoped would be the start of a career turnaround. Just a few days ago, he sent a text message to his daughter Lola asking where she wanted to go to celebrate her birthday.
But on Friday evening, veteran TV comedy writer Chris Thompson, known for his hard-partying lifestyle and professional highs and lows, was found dead at the Toluca Lake home of actor Tim Curry, his longtime friend. He was 63.
Thompson’s death was confirmed by his ex-wife, director-producer Lyndall Hobbs. She said Thompson was discovered unconscious by a caregiver at Curry’s home on Friday night. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death, Hobbs said.
Thompson’s career stretched from the mid-1970s, when he got a break from a producer who admired his improv comedy performance, through series »
- Cynthia Littleton
Veteran TV writer and producer Chris Thompson, creator of comedy series Shake It Up!, Action, The Naked Truth, Ladies Man and co-creator of Bosom Buddies, died unexpectedly Friday night after a long illness. He was 63. Thompson recently had solidified a deal to create a new comedy series based on a hit Israeli show. Amazon just last week had given the go-ahead for Thompson to produce a pilot. “Chris Thompson was the kind of writer that writers write about,” longtime… »
Now that David Letterman is retiring this week, he’ll probably want to do some traveling with his free time. And thanks to his big-shot buddy Tom Hanks, the outgoing late-night TV host has a working understanding of that most obnoxious of tourist accessories, the selfie stick. The former “Bosom Buddies” star and frequent “Late Show With David Letterman” guest dropped by the Ed Sullivan Theatre to share some laughs with Letterman — who signs off as host of the CBS show on Wednesday — and show him the ropes when it comes to the much-maligned modern photographic tool. See video: Adam. »
- Tim Kenneally
4 items from 2015
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