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Thanks to EW we have our first look at Tom Hanks in the Steven Spielberg Untitled Cold War Thriller that is currently in production. I love it when these two team up for a project! They always do great work. This will be the fourth film project that they’ve worked on together after Saving Private Ryan, The Terminal, and Catch Me If You Can.
The script for the film was polished up by Joel and Ethan Coen and follows the true story of James Donovan, a CIA-backed lawyer who worked to “secretly negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers, a U.S. pilot shot down over Soviet airspace in 1960 while piloting a U-2 spy plane.”
Spielberg explained why he took on the project,
“This is one of the more astonishing stories about the Cold War I’d ever heard. James Donovan is a hero to me, and Tom made him so completely accessible… »
- Joey Paur
Tom Hanks reunites with filmmaker Steven Spielberg for the fourth time in next year's Untitled Cold War Thriller, following their collaborations in Saving Private Ryan, The Terminal, and Catch Me If You Can. While the project still does not have a title at this time, Entertainment Weekly has debuted the first photo, as part of their extensive 2015 preview issue. Steven Spielberg is currently in post-production on this thriller, which is based on the incredible true story of American lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks)
In 1960, at the height of the Cold War between the U.S. and Russia, American pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over Russian airspace, during a mission in his U-2 spy plane. Donovan was recruited by the CIA to help negotiate the pilot's release. Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, and Mark Rylance round out the cast, with Joel and Ethan Coen providing the screenplay. Take a look »
In case you didn't know, Tom Hanks is reteaming with director Steven Spielberg for a fourth time after previously working together on Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal. Two out of three isn't bad, and now the next film on the way is something completely different, a Cold War drama that has been referred to as St. James Place but is officially untitled as of now. The film follows the negotiation to recovering a captured pilot from behind enemy lines. But it's not a battlefield drama as this particular fight was waged by lawyer James Donovan. That's who Hanks is playing, and we have a first look below. Here's the first image from from Steven Spielberg's untitled Cold War drama (via EW): The Untitled War Drama (aka St. James Place) is directed by Steven Spielberg with a script originally by Matt Charman and »
- Ethan Anderton
Is there a more versatile, driven and inventive director working in Hollywood today than Steven Spielberg? If you said Nicolas Winding Refn then you’d be right, but there’s no way you could entertain both your mother, your baby nephew and your rebellious cousin at the same time with Only God Forgives. Spielberg’s CV, meanwhile, features movies that run the gamut from kid-friendly adventure (Tintin) to serious adult drama (Munich) to whatever The Terminal is.
Over his long career has rarely gone a couple of years without putting something out, in that time begin responsible for inventing the modern blockbuster; creating the Indiana Jones franchise; revolutionising special effects; making the best Philip K Dick adaptation since Blade Runner; and creating an intensely powerful film about the holocaust.
With the rate he gets through them, you wonder if he has time for anything else. Apparently he does, »
- Tom Baker
Over the weekend I had a chance to speak with director Jorge Guiterrez about his new film "The Book of Life," which is also produced by Guillermo del Toro. The look of the film is inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) celebrations.
"The Book of Life" is the journey of Manolo (Diego Luna), a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, "The Book of Life" encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.
Here is what Guiterrez had to say about the film.
For me, when I first saw the film, I thought of it as elements of a video game. »
- Kellvin Chavez
With Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are teaming up again for an untitled spy thriller based on the true story of attorney James Donovan, who was tasked by the CIA with negotiating with the Russian government for the release of a captured U-2 pilot during the height of the Cold War. Working from a script by the Coen Brothers (they have my money all ready) and Matt Charman, principal photography on the movie has begun in New York, with the production also taking in Berlin. Joining Hanks in the supporting cast are Alan Alda (who will forever be known for his fantastic turn in M*A*S*H), Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl), and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone). With a release date (in the U.S. at least) set for October 16th 2015, we should start getting more »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
DreamWorks and Disney have announced that principal photography has commenced on Steven Spielberg's untitled Cold War spy thriller starring Tom Hanks. As we previously reported, the film tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. The film will also star Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda, and will shoot on location in New York and Berlin. Following Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal, this will mark Spielberg's fourth film collaboration with Hanks, and hopefully it will be a fruitful one, especially since they're working from a script by the Coen Brothers. Hanks and Spielberg's most recent collaboration was as executive producers on HBO's miniseries The Pacific. Hit the jump for the press release. »
- Matt Goldberg
Next year’s full to bursting with potentially brilliant geek films, so to help, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2015…
Compiling a list of next year's most exciting films is extremely difficult. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Those are some of the questions we've had to ask ourselves as we drew up the long-list of our most anticipated films of 2015. In an attempt to limit the number of sequels which can fill up a list such as this, we've left out something like Fast & Furious 7, even though we're fairly sure it'll be a lot of fun. With but two significant exceptions, we've excluded some of the films we were looking forward to this year that have been delayed until the next, such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and Frankenstein.
What we're left with, we hope, is a fairly broad selection of action and comedy, »
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Grab your eyeliner and whimsical headscarves, because the dread pirate Jack Sparrow will be hitting the high seas in 2017. It seems like just yesterday that Johnny Depp debuted his Keith Richards swagger for "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."
Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, who co-directed the oceanic adventure "Kon-Tiki" in 2012), will take a crack at directing "Pirates 5," which is tentatively named "Dead Men Tell No Tales." Jeff Nathanson, who also penned "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Rush Hour 3," and "The Terminal," is working on the script. "Pirates 5" was initially slated for 2015, but "The Lone Ranger" certainly took a bite out of Disney's bottom line. The bad press and even worse reviews of "The Lone Ranger" definitely left a bad taste in movie-goers' mouths, so perhaps it was wise to push off "Pirates" another year.
It's hard to believe »
- Jenni Miller
Whenever Steven Spielberg makes a movie, we pay attention – and when it was revealed that he’d be re-teaming with his Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal star Tom Hanks for his latest, an Untitled Cold War Thriller, we went from interested to excited. Add in that Ethan and Joel Coen penned the latest iteration of the script, working from an original draft from Matt Charman, and you’ve got the recipe for an absolutely terrific thriller. Now, Spielberg has enlisted the help of four other stars for major roles in the project.
Gone Baby Gone Oscar nominee Amy Ryan has come aboard as the wife of James Donovan (Hanks), “the CIA attorney who is thrust behind the Iron Curtain when he is sent to negotiate the release of captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers.” Also in talks for roles are Alan Alda (Little Miss Sunshine »
- Isaac Feldberg
Gone Baby Gone Oscar-nominee Amy Ryan will co-star as the wife of Hanks’ character, James Donovan, who won the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his work trying to free U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers after he was shot down over Russian territory in 1960.
Also in negotiations to join the cast is another Academy Award nominee, Alan Alda, for an unspecified role, according to DreamWorks Pictures, which is co-financing »
- Anthony Breznican
To get to a happy ending in a Tom Hanks movie, an innocent character has to pay the price. Here's the proof...
With the best part of $10bn banked for his movies across his career, Tom Hanks remains one of the biggest and most interesting movie stars on the planet. His most recent performance in Captain Phillips, for instance, was comfortably one of his best. And looking back on Hanks’ career, the path of increased boldness and range is easy to chart.
Furthermore, he’s achieved his successes without public meltdowns, without signs of turning into a diva, and without putting us through many poor films at all. The man is a hero.
Well, to everyone but certain characters in his movies. For, on rewatching Big, we became aware of an alarming trend: that there tends to be a character in a Tom Hanks movie whose role is to »
Fox will also distribute the film internationally. The film will start shooting in September.
Disney and DreamWorks announced earlier this week that the U.S. release has been set for Oct. 16, 2015.
Joel and Ethan Coen came on board last month to write the script for the project, which Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with Spielberg. Adam Somner and Daniel Lupi will exec produce.
The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, whom Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U2 spy plane pilot who had been shot down over Russia two years earlier. »
- Dave McNary
Mark your calendars, Spielberg disciples.
On Monday, Disney and DreamWorks announced official release dates for two films from the veteran director. His still-untitled Cold War thriller, starring Tom Hanks, has been slated for an Oct. 15, 2015 release, while his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG will hit theaters on July 1, 2016.
The untitled Cold War thriller follows “the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.” Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the latest draft of the script, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Joel and Ethan Coen came on board last month to write the script for the Cold War project, which Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with Spielberg. The Coen Brothers, who won screenwriting Oscars for “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” are revising Matt Charman’s script.
The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, who Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia two years earlier.
Variety reported that Hanks had come on board the project in mid-April. »
- Dave McNary
Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest directors who has ever lived. He has made so many amazing and classic movies in his career, and he continues to do so. The guy just knows how to tell stories. As a tribute to the director, YouTube user ebcooper44 created this great video montage featuring all the films the director has made over the course of his career. I truly do love almost all of the films that Spielberg has made. If you've been reading the site for awhile, then you know how much I love his film Empire of the Sun. There's something about that film that just really affected me after I saw it. It was one of those movies that changed my life and helped me understand what type of person I wanted to be. What is your favorite Spielberg flick!?
List of movies used in this video:
1. Duel »
- Joey Paur
Last month we learned that Steven Spielberg had finally chosen his next project to follow-up the 2012 Best Picture nominee Lincoln, and it would be a Cold War drama that reteams him with his Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal and Saving Private Ryan star Tom Hanks. This was confirmed after Spielberg also decided to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg right after he finished this still untitled drama about James Donovan, an attorney who negotiated the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers, who was held and interrogated by the Kgb and imprisoned for espionage. But who's rewriting the script? THR reports it will be none other than filmmaking sibling duo Joel and Ethan Coen who will rewrite the true story screenplay, and the hope is for the project to be ready to shoot this fall in Europe. However, it sounds like there might »
- Ethan Anderton
The film is based on the true story of American attorney James Donovan, who was enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to negotiate the 1962 release of U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers. The pilot was shot down over Russia two years prior. Tom Hanks will be portraying the attorney. The brothers will be revising an original draft by Matt Charman.
The Coen Brothers have written many Oscar nominated movies including Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and True Grit, all of which they directed themselves. Their next project Unbroken is slated to hit theaters December 25th, 2014 with Angelina Jolie directing.
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