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Why Tom Hanks Needs to Go Sci-Fi

By: John Gholson

How is it that someone as fascinated with space exploration as Tom Hanks has managed to go his entire career without appearing in a single science fiction film? Hanks has been an outspoken advocate for the space program since starring in Apollo 13 way back in 1995. He produced the award-winning HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon, wrote Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D, and sits on the Board of Governors for the National Space Society. Hanks was recognized for this passion by the Space Foundation who awarded him the Douglas S. Murrow Outreach Award in 2006. Is he more interested in the science than the science fiction?

I don't think the two can be totally separated, at least not when it comes to space exploration. Someone needs to imagine the unknown first, they need to theorize and speculate about it before they can creating a
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Doc Channel, Imax ink content deal

Documentary Channel has inked a deal with Imax Corp. for the exclusive U.S. rights to 21 library titles, including the Tom Cruise-narrated Space Station.

The films, which represent some of Imax's most successful with a combined gross boxoffice of more than $600 million, will be televised for the first time in the U.S. as a result of the deal. Other titles include the Tom Hanks-narrated Magnificent Desolation as well as T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous.

Doc Channel secured the rights with a multiyear contract inked through Norwalk, Conn.-based distributor Northstar Media and is planning to air them throughout the year. Imax has made the movies available in specially remastered high-definition and traditional broadcast formats.

Doc Channel founder and CEO Tom Neff declined comment on the financial terms of the deal but said it marks the 2-year-old network's biggest acquisition ever. He said the film package was appealing in part because of the wide range of subjects covered.

"These Imax documentaries will appeal to a very broad audience: from children to adults, from wildlife to space aficionados, from history lovers to film buffs to the socially conscious," Neff said, adding that he's looking at producing a short to air before each movie that will give viewers more information about Imax's large-format films.

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