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For 20 years, audiences have viewed Tom Hanks as a nice, average Everyman. Older audiences may remember that he got his start as a drag comic and childlike goofball. Either way, it may come as a shock to think of him as a tough guy who takes on modern-day pirates in the new thriller "Captain Phillips."
And yet, seemingly under our noses, Hanks has been quietly building a resume worthy of a two-fisted action star, the sort of guy you'd want to have your back in a pinch, and who can be counted on to save the day. In fact, maybe we should stop thinking of him as Tom Hanks: Everyman, and start thinking of him as Tom Hanks: Badass!
Hanks's drive toward badassery actually began early on, even when he was still playing goofballs. In 1985's "The Man With One Red Shoe," he gets involved with an international spy ring. »
- Gary Susman
Critics are hailing Captain Phillips as featuring one of Tom Hanks' greatest performances. He will likely receive his sixth Oscar nomination for Best Actor if not also his first win in 18 years. But will it be anyone's favorite Tom Hanks movie or role? Sure, one of his most beloved performances is his second to be honored with an Academy Award -- Forrest Gump -- but many of us will still always have a soft spot for that loud, wacky comic actor who bobbled his skinny little head around in movies like Bachelor Party and Volunteers. He's gotten more serious as his head has gotten bigger (I mean more physically than egotistically), even when he's playing ridiculous parts, like those in The Terminal and Cloud Atlas. I was dying for him to make some sort of return to...
- Christopher Campbell
14) The Movie Duels
Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.
There’s a story that on the November night in 1972 when HBO went on the air for the very first time to a few hundred subscribers in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Gerald Levin – then HBO’s top programmer and soon-to-be chief exec – ordered living room furniture installed in his office so he could watch that premiere night of HBO the way the channel’s first subscribers would see it. He wanted to see HBO through their eyes.
Today, in an era of Netflix, Hulu, on-demand, downloadable content available on almost everything but the kitchen toaster, it’s hard to appreciate how novel the concept of HBO was over 40 years ago. Except for a few small pockets of the country which had experienced the come-and-go efforts of earlier subscription TV services, nobody – including the people running »
- Bill Mesce
3 items from 2013
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