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Wilbur and Orville Wright are heroes to aviation fans; Tom Hanks is a hero to everyone else. It makes all kinds of sense, then, for the latter to be helping shepherd the former to the small screen in an HBO miniseries entitled The Wright Brothers. According to Deadline, that’s what happening, with Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s (pictured) Playtone marque picking up the rights to a new David McCullough book about the fathers of flight.Pulitzer Prize-winner McCullough wrote the book on which the Paul Giamatti-starring historical drama John Adams was based. This time the narrative follows two ambitious dreamers who earn money repairing bikes in an Ohio shops to fund their hobby. That hobby? Building flying machines. But are they just early 20th century Icaruses or can they prove the naysayers wrong and take to the skies above North Carolina’s Outer Banks in the sort of »
HBO’s making history again.
The six-hour miniseries, based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage, will follow the 19th-century explorers as they go on a President Jefferson-ordered excursion through uncharted territory, searching for an all-water route to the Pacific Ocean.
Get ready to watch, rate and review Amazon’s just-released pilots – a slate of 13 original comedy, drama, docuseries and kids offerings now available on Amazon Instant Video.
The pilots come from a talented creative roster that includes both newcomers discovered through Amazon Studios as well as highly-acclaimed veterans such as Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Randall Wallace (Braveheart), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Brad Silberling (Jane the Virgin, Lemony Snickets…), Mark Waters (Mean Girls), Academy and Emmy Award winning director Alex Gibney (The Armstrong Lie), Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues), and Carol Greenwald (Arthur).
Over the course of the next four weeks, viewer feedback will ultimately help to decide which of them get picked up to full series. So your opinions matter! You could help choose the next Golden Globe-winning series, after all.
Check out the synopsis of each of them below, and start watching them here today. »
Forget the fancy ivy leagues -- in a New York Times Op-Ed, Oscar winner Tom Hanks says he owes all of his success to his two years spent at Chabot College, a community college in Hayward, Calif.
The beloved 58-year-old actor is recalling his undergrad experience in support of President Barack Obama's new proposal to make two years of free community college accessible to millions of Americans.
Hanks reveals that after graduating in 1974, he had "lousy Sat scores" and couldn't afford tuition for college, which led him to attend Chabot, "because it accepted everyone and was free." The experience turned out to be life-changing thanks to the school's offering of a variety of different courses, and the chance to meet people from all walks of life.
Video: Tom Hanks Befriends a NYC Cab Driver In Sweetest Story Ever
"Classmates included veterans back from Vietnam, women of every marital and maternal status returning to school, middle-aged men wanting »
Get ready for our first pilot season of 2015, launching January 15th, when seven new primetime and six new kids pilots will debut on Amazon Instant Video. As with previous pilot seasons, viewers in the Us, UK and Germany will be invited to watch, rate and review them all over the course of four weeks, ultimately helping to decide which of them get picked up to full series.
The new pilots come from both highly-acclaimed and newly-discovered creators, and a legion of talented actors, directors and producers signed on to bring the pilots to life. Here’s a brief summary of each:
The Man in the High Castle – Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. »
5 items from 2015
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