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For over 20 years now The Library of Congress has chosen a select group of films to be preserved in the National Film Registry, and this year's titles have just been revealed. Last year, the holiday classic A Christmas Story, the groundbreaking, sci-fi flick The Matrix, A League of Their Own and more were added to the registry. Now 25 more films will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act as they have been deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant to the history of cinema or because of their enduring significance to American culture. So find out what films join the registry below! Quentin Tarntino gets some love in the form of his Best Picture nominated (and arguably snubbed) Pulp Fiction, a dark but poignant slice of America from the 90s. The live-action Disney musical Mary Poppins has been added to the registry, just in time to see Saving Mr. Banks, »
- Ethan Anderton
It's no secret that Hollywood has a problem with women, as evidenced by the Huffington Post's report that only six of the 50 highest-grossing films of 2013 featured a female lead character. In a new op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter, Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis offers some potential solutions to that problem.
Davis, who founded an eponymous Institute on Gender in Media in 2004, explained that her interest in the growing Hollywood gender gap came about after starring in female-centric films like "Thelma & Louise" and "A League of Their Own," where she "developed a heightened awareness of how women are portrayed in media." Focused specifically on the types of characters that were being created for entertainment aimed at children, Davis commissioned a study through the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism that produced some startling results.
"The basics are that for every one female-speaking character in family-rated films (G, PG and PG- »
- Katie Roberts
I never intended to become a data head. I could never have predicted it would play such an important role in my life. Yet here we are: My Institute on Gender in Media has sponsored the largest amount of research ever done on gender depictions in media, covering a 20-year-plus span.
I’ll give you the basics as to how I got here, then we’ll get to the fun part. Because I was fortunate enough to be cast in movies like Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own, I developed a heightened awareness of how women are portrayed in media. Enough that when I started watching G-rated videos with my daughter about eight years ago, my “Spidey” sense caused me to immediately notice how few female characters there were in entertainments aimed at the youngest of children. Surely in the 21st century kids should be seeing boys and girls share the sandbox equally?
- Geena Davis
There are many reasons to mourn the end of Eastbound & Down. Danny McBride’s easy, almost casual hilarity, the show’s odd, un-tv-like pace, and the sheer thrill of seeing Will Ferrell on television will all be missed.
But there’s also another thing that the HBO series will take with it when its finale airs tonight, and that’s baseball — or, more specifically, baseball’s place in pop culture.
For years — even decades — people have talked about baseball losing its mantle as America’s favorite pastime, but the topic has flared up again in the past few months. National ratings are down, »
- Ray Rahman
Exclusive: Lionsgate and Gigi Pritzker’s Odd Lot Entertainment has acquired Spitfire, a pitch by Grant Thompson to tell the fact-based story of Louise Smith, a rebellious firebrand who takes the stock car racing scene of the 1950s by storm with her steadfast driving skills and changes the fate of racing forever. Female drivers were surprisingly instrumental in the founding of Nascar just after WWII. A forgotten forerunner of contemporary female drivers like Danica Patrick, Smith was the quintessential small-town girl with big dreams who smashed through the gender preconceptions of the time to ultimately race at the famed Daytona Beach road course and helped secure the initial funding for what would become the billion-dollar sports giant Nascar. Nicky Weinstock of Invention Films is producing. Nascar is exec producing. Nascar holds the key to a vast potential racing audience, but it is stingy about the films it gets involved in. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
In Nicole Holofcener's brilliant mid-life romcom Enough Said, for once it's the guy who's the good guy. Rueful divorcee Albert is warm, witty and wise. It's his ex and his new squeeze who make the mistakes. Chief among these is a failure to appreciate the beauty of Albert's soul. The gals are put off by a mere external irrelevance. He's fat.
Marianne, the ex, declares that she found his big belly sexually repulsive. Albert's new love interest, the wondrously slender Eva, turns him down at first because, she says, "He's kinda fat." Once the pair have nonetheless copped off, this remains a niggle. Eva promises to get her new swain a calorie book for a present. This was (maybe) only a joke, »
- David Cox
Bob Costas weighed in on the ongoing controversy over the Washington Redskins' name during halftime of the team's Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys. The legendary NBC sportscaster began by saying, "There is no reason to believe that owner Daniel Snyder, or any official or player from his team, harbors animus toward Native Americans or wishes to disrespect them." And he noted that a majority of Native Americans say they're not offended by the name. Video: Bob Costas Revisits 'A League of Their Own' on Mlb Network But after assessing the implications of other Native American-inspired team
- THR Staff
Tom Hanks’ ‘Captain Phillips’ weekend box office: One of Hanks’ biggest domestic openings in the past decade Starring two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks in the title role — though you wouldn’t know it by looking at the film’s poster — Paul Greengrass’ inspired-by-real-life-events Captain Phillips grossed an estimated $8.5 million from 3,020 venues on Friday, October 11, 2013, including $600,000 from Thursday night showings, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Captain Phillips chronicles the adventures of the titular captain of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. (Photo: Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.) Budgeted at $55 million — not including marketing and distribution expenses — Captain Phillips should collect anywhere between $23-25 million by Sunday evening. A major Saturday surge and a strong Sunday hold could lead to even higher results, but for now that’s mere speculation. Either way, Captain Phillips has absolutely no chance of topping this weekend’s domestic box office chart, »
- Zac Gille
A movie is hardly epic, poignant, or heroic if it doesn't star Tom Hanks, an actor we've seen fight in wars, survive on an island, and even journey to space.
This week, in Paul Greengrass's "Captain Phillips," Hanks stars as the eponymous character who gets taken hostage by Somali pirates. The intense drama is based on the real-life hijacking of the Maersk Alabama ship off the coast of Africa in 2002.
While we've seen many sides of the beloved Oscar-winning actor on screen, there are probably a handful of things you didn't know about the man. From his relation to a famous Us president to his favorite collector's item, check out these facts about Tom Hanks that you may not know.
1. Hanks has hosted "Saturday Night Live" eight times, making hims a member of the Five-Timers Club, a term which was coined in a sketch during Hanks' fifth time hosting. »
- Erin Whitney
The gosh-darned nicest guy in Hollywood is in town to promote his new movie, Captain Phillips. But all anyone wants to talk about is the news he has type-two diabetes …
It feels charmingly apt that when Tom Hanks – simultaneously one of the biggest movie stars in the world for the past 20 years and also famously one of most "aw, hell, shucks" normal men around – is talking about "the most fascinating days of my life", he is not referring to when he acted in zero gravity in Apollo 13, the time he became only the second actor in history to win back to back Oscars, or even learning to dance on a giant piano in Big. Rather, he is talking about his recent stint on jury duty.
"The people there, the process," he says, almost sentimentally recalling the days he spent trapped in a hot room with a dozen or so »
- Hadley Freeman
Tom Hanks has been a beloved Hollywood star for so long that it sounds like a fact-checking error when you read that he hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar in 12 years. During an historic stretch that spanned from A League of Their Own to Cast Away, Hanks could do no wrong, winning two Academy Awards and starring in 10 movies that topped $100 million. But his last decade’s highlights have been animated films, a Dan Brown franchise, and the HBO historical epics that he’s produced; his last few starring vehicles underachieved.
Notable recent movies: Box-office gross, (Metacritic/Rotten Tomatoes)
Cloud Atlas (2012): $27.1 million, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Actor says changing weight for films such as Philadelphia and Castaway 'may have had something do with' developing disease
• First look review: Captain Phillips
Tom Hanks admitted his days of dramatically gaining and losing weight for movie parts were well behind him, as he spoke of his diagnosis for type 2 diabetes.
Hanks was speaking before the European premiere of his new film Captain Phillips – based on the hijacking by Somali pirates of a Maersk cargo ship in 2009 – which opened the BFI London film festivalon Wednesday night.
The tense and exciting film, directed by Paul Greengrass in a style familiar to anyone who has seen Bloody Sunday and United 93, is being tipped for Oscar success, with Hanks's commanding performance attracting much praise.
- Mark Brown
Tom Hank’s diabetes diagnosis, which he revealed on Monday, means the actor won’t be taking on any more roles that require him to gain weight. Hanks famously lost over 50 pounds for his role in “Castaway” and packed on a few extra pounds in “A League of Their Own.” That kind of work is in the past now. Also read: Tom Hanks Reveals He Has Type 2 Diabetes “Gaining and losing of weight may have had something to do with this because you eat so much bad food and you don’t get any exercise when you’re heavy,” Hanks said in a press. »
- Sara Morrison
While promoting "Captain Phillips," Tom Hanks revealed to David Letterman that he was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Doctors believe that the actor's weight fluctuations for movie roles may have contributed to his condition. "I went to the doctor and he said 'You know those high blood sugar numbers you've been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you've graduated. You've got Type 2 diabetes," revealed Hanks. The actor's weight fluctuated for numerous roles, including "A League of Their Own" (30 pound gain) and "Cast Away" (50 pound loss). "In dramatic weight gain and dramatic weight loss, the equilibrium of the body is just completely off. So that might predispose him to developing Type 2 diabetes later," explained Dr. Holly Phillips. Hanks, who looked more in shape than usual, said that his doctor gave him advice on how to control his diabetes. "My doctor said 'If you can weigh as much as you weighed in »
Acting may have led Tom Hanks to his Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis. The actor sat down with David Letterman for "The Late Show" on Monday, where he opened up about his health scare -- telling the talk show host that he's decided to just live with it. "My doctor said, 'Look, if you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school, you will essentially be completely healthy. You will not have Type 2 diabetes.' And then I said to her, 'Well, then, I’m gonna have Type 2 diabetes because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school,'" he said on the show. Hanks also revealed that he weighed just a mere 96 lbs back when he was a teen -- which Tom believes is impossible, now at 57 years old.CBS reports that the drastic changes in his weight for work may have predisposed him to the disease. »
- tooFab Staff
Tom is known for doing anything to create a good film — this includes drastic weight gain and loss for iconic characters he’s played in films like ‘Castaway’ and ‘A League of Their Own.’ However, it has caught up with him, he revealed on the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ on Oct. 6.
Tom Hanks appears to have it all– an amazing wife, a successful career, and multiple Academy Awards. However, he has now revealed that he has to focus more on staying healthy since his doctor diagnosed him with Type 2 Diabetes. So sad!
The 57-year-old star visited Late Show with David Letterman to promote his new film Captain Phillips, but actually dropped a sad announcement – that he’s been struggling with high blood sugar since he was 36.
“I went to the doctor and he said, ‘You know those high blood »
- Emily Longeretta
Synopsis: A young man is recruited into the armed services after graduation only to be sent straight into the thick jungle of war. There he rescues a fellow soldier from certain peril, but the man's injuries are too severe for him to fulfill his life's dream of travelling to the moon. So, our hero goes it alone and after a mechanical failure on the spaceship, he makes an emergency return to Earth only to find himself stranded on a deserted island. After forging a wooden craft and being saved by a passing barge, he then faces the biggest danger yet ... pirates of the high seas.
- Amanda Bell
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $19.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (Larry Crowne) received his first Best Actor Academy Award Nomination for his turn as a 12-year-old man-child in the beloved comedy-drama fantasy Big, which gets the royal treatment in Big: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Combo.
The 1986 film, directed by Penny Marshall (A League of their Own), tells the tale of 12-year-old Josh Baskin, who declares he’s tired of being a kid. Wishing he was big, Josh wakes up the next day to discover that he’s an adult! Running away from home to New York City, Josh must hold down a job, please a new boss (Robert Loggia, Scarface), convince his best friend that he’s still himself, and figure out how to proceed with the »
Network Ten.s Chief Programming Officer Beverley McGarvey has re-defined the roles of several executives in the broadcaster.s production and development team.
In an email to staff McGarvey said the changes are due to the increasing demands of domestic production.
Previously Head of Production and Development, Lisa Fitzpatrick gets the title Director of Development, to focus on her development role.That trio reports to McGarvey.
Continuing in their current positions are Rick Maier as Head of Drama, Azar Marashian, Development & Acquisitions Manager, Cherrie Bottger, Head of Children.s TV and Toni Skaife, Head of Production & Business Affairs.
- Don Groves
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
One of the worst reviewed movies of the 2013 summer season, Grown Ups 2 still grossed a very healthy $131 million when it ran in theaters.
The attraction no doubt comes from the stars, of which this film is loaded. Adam Sandler (That’s My Boy), Kevin James (Here Comes the Boom), Chris Rock (2 Days in New York), David Spade (TV’s Rules of Engagement), Rob Schneider (The Reef) and Steve Buscemi (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) star alongside Salma Hayek (Savages), Maria Bello (Carjacked) and Maya Rudolph (The Way, Way Back). And added to the cast this time around are Jon Lovitz (A League of Their Own), Shaquille O’Neal and Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner.
The story of Grown Ups 2 is basically the same as the original film, except instead of taking his friends and family back to his hometown, »
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