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A League of His Own: Tom Hanks, American Icon

10 December 2012 8:30 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Tom Hanks has a problem with his dressing room.

The two-time Oscar winner and generally agreed-upon national treasure has just arrived backstage at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, dragging a duffel bag in each hand with his wife, Rita Wilson, trailing behind. (Wilson's wearing a neck brace, for some reason.) It's been 35 years since Hanks made a living in a place like the Freud – a 567-seat theater whose last big show was a student production of A Chorus Line – and though he has a reputation as a down-to-earth, easygoing guy, he's also, »

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Marisa Tomei Falls For Hugh Grant's Next Rom Com; Laura Linney Looks Up WikiLeaks With Benedict Cumberbatch

27 November 2012 1:55 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Hugh Grant may have branched out for the first time in who-knows-how-long for “Cloud Atlas,” but don’t think for one minute that he's done with his main revenue stream – rom-coms. Grant is attached to star in an as yet to be titled rom-com about a witty, sexy Englishman (you know Hugh) who is riding high in the late eighties after having won an Academy Award For Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later everything’s gone wrong for him though (maybe he bedded a hooker and lost all credibility, who knows?) and now he’s divorced, broke, and creatively bereft. Thankfully, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel though, and that light looks set to be Marisa Tomei. The Oscar winner is in negotiations to join the project as a single mom who has gone back to school, and that school just so happens to be the same »

- Joe Cunningham

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Blu-ray Review: ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ Still Delights 10 Years Later

15 November 2012 3:45 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – It is with mixed emotions that one regards the tenth anniversary edition of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” On one hand, it evokes memories of the crowded theaters that guffawed in delight during the film’s year-long theatrical run. On the other hand, it serves as a bitter reminder of the failed career it had promised to launch.

It was through serendipitous circumstances that Nia Vardalos’s affectionate stage show about her quirky Greek family was transformed into one of the most financially successful indies of all time. On the film’s 2002 audio commentary (included on this disc), Vardalos said that it was the most difficult for her to play the sad scenes because she was so blissfully happy offscreen. Her giddy excitement proved to be infectious in the film, but in all of her subsequent screen efforts, the actress seemed to mistake a chipper demeanor for a performance. »

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'The Newsroom' adds Grace Gummer to Season 2 cast

14 November 2012 12:41 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"The Newsroom" has added another new face to its Season 2 cast: Meryl Streep's daughter Grace Gummer.

Gummer, the younger sister of "Emily Owens, M.D." star Mamie Gummer, will have a recurring part on Aaron Sorkin's HBO series, Deadline reports. She plays a reporter covering Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

That would indicate some kind of jump ahead in time for the show, but maybe not all the way up to the fall of 2012. Romney, after all, formally announced he was running for president in June 2011.

Gummer, whose credits include the Nick series "Gigantic" and the movies "Larry Crowne" and "Margin Call," joins fellow "Newsroom" newcomers Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt in the Season 2 cast. HBO hasn't set a return date for the show yet. »


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'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Star Talks Chemistry, Motherhood And Plans For A Sequel

12 November 2012 6:12 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Actress Nia Vardalos said she can't even get a latte without someone hitting her up with an idea for a sequel to her 2002 surprise hit movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

"Over the years, I've heard from everybody about what the sequel should be. People next to me at Starbucks would say, 'hey, let me tell you my idea' and I'd be like 'hey, I'm just trying to get a cup of coffee'," she said.

It's no wonder.

Released in 2002, Vardalos's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is the most profitable independent film of all time, earning almost $369 million -- or a return of over 61 times on investment, according to

Now a special 10th Anniversary Edition is coming to Blu-Ray, slated for release Tuesday. The edition includes a DVD version and a Digital Copy of the movie and features deleted scenes as well as a 30-minute retrospective with Vardalos and co-star John Corbett. »

- The Huffington Post

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Box office report: 'Argo' claims No. 1 with $12.4 million; 'Skyfall' scores $77.7 million overseas

28 October 2012 11:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Ben Affleck’s C.I.A. thriller Argo is having quite the box office run.

After debuting at number two with $19.5 million, Warner Bros.’ Oscar contender dropped by just 16 percent last weekend to $16.4 million. This weekend, the film notched yet another impressive achievement: it climbed to number one with an estimated $12.4 million (a 25 percent drop) in its third frame, becoming the first film since True Grit to hop to first place in its third weekend.

Argo, which cost $45 million to make, has now earned $60.8 million total, and thanks to terrific word-of-mouth (the film earned an “A+” CinemaScore grade) and early awards buzz, »

- Grady Smith

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Watch: Tom Hanks Proves 'Cloud Atlas' is Kids' Halloween Sensation

26 October 2012 9:08 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The cast of Cloud Atlas is making publicity rounds this week (Lana Wachowski giving an inspiring speech is also moving around the web), and one particular actor took some time to have fun with the film's use of the stars playing multiple characters. Tom Hanks stopped by The Colbert Report to plug the film, but also deliver a great bit about how Cloud Atlas is a Halloween costume sensation for kids of all ages in the segment Stephen Ghoulbert's Spooky-Time Halloween Fun Guide. You might recognize some other familiar costumes as Hanks tries to give away Larry Crowne DVD's. Hanks is just an all-around nice, funny guy, and his turn in Cloud Atlas is just one of dozens of reasons to see the film this weekend. Watch below! Here's Stephen Ghoulbert's Spooky-Time Halloween Fun Guide with Tom Hanks from Comedy Central: Cloud Atlas is the ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell's novel, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Cloud Atlas

26 October 2012 7:45 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Cloud Atlas

Directed by: Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer

Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw, Doona Bae

Running Time: 2 hrs 52 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: October 26, 2012

Plot: The actions of individuals impact the entire world over the course of thousands of years. From the past, present and future, different souls have the chance to be villains and heroes.

Read Jeff Bayer’s review of “Cloud Atlas” 9/10

Who’S It For? In general, this is for moviegoers who can give their attention to a unique science fiction-fantasy, while also allowing it to play out before asking questions. Afterward, the film is prime material for Inception-like puzzle completing, and will beckon back its viewers for a second or third look. This is definitely a movie to keep up with — idle viewers shouldn’t even bother.

Expectations: I am a big »

- Nick Allen

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'Atlas,' Three Other New Movies in Line for Weak Openings

25 October 2012 4:41 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

The final weekend of October delivers four new nationwide releases, though none of them appear to have much potential. Without any likely breakouts and with a steep drop on the way for Paranormal Activity 4 there is a good chance that Argo takes first place in its third weekend.Opening at 2,008 locations, Cloud Atlas has the most buzz among cinephiles, though its commercial prospects aren't looking great. On the surface, the movie has a strong box office pedigree: Tom Hanks is one of the highest-grossing movie stars ever, and the Wachowski siblings are responsible for the very successful Matrix trilogy. Unfortunately, Larry Crowne and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close proved last year that audiences won't show up to everything Hanks does, and the Wachowski brand was hurt by Speed Racer and those baffling Matrix sequels. The movie itself is one of the toughest sells in recent memory. Since there are six »

- Ray Subers <>

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Name That Movie: Tom Hanks Edition

25 October 2012 3:05 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Tom Hanks may be playing multiple characters in this week's new release, Cloud Atlas, but he's portrayed an unbelievable amount of iconic characters already. Since Hanks's career began in the '80s, he's won two Oscars and moved on to producing and directing films. See how well you know him by matching the still shot to the title it corresponds to! Question 1 of 5Name That Movie: Larry Crowne The Ladykillers The Great Buck Howard Catch Me If You Can »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Tom Hanks does 'Full House'-themed slam poetry on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'

24 October 2012 11:34 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Tom Hanks continues to be an innovator in the field of movie promotion.

The man who took over a Univision morning show to hawk "Larry Crowne" has found a different way to raise awareness about his new film "Cloud Atlas": slam poetry.

Never mind that the piece he performed on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday (Oct. 23) had nothing to do with the movie. It was about "Full House," and more specifically the episode where the guys win tickets to a Beach Boys concert. Just hit play and revel in Hanks committing to the bit.

"Cloud Atlas," incidentally, hits theaters on Friday. »


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Tom Hanks & Robert Zemeckis To Team Up For Major Matt Mason

16 October 2012 2:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »


Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis, the same team that brought you such films as Forrest Gump and The Polar Express, are reuniting to bring you a big screen adaptation of sci-fi action figure Major Matt Mason.

It appears that the film is finally moving forward after being in the works for some time. Hanks is set to produce and star as the title character Mason, and Zemeckis looks to be on board as director. Hanks told The Wrap that he “started tinkering with the story after Larry Crowne, and ended up co-writing the script with Graham Yost.” Universal is in charge of the domestic rights, and now the project is being shopped to buyers in anticipation of the American Film Market.

For those who are unaware, Major Matt Mason was a fictional astronaut trapped on a moon base with a group of people. It is a story of survival; no bad guys or aliens. »

- Tara Crawforth

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Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis Moving Forward with Major Matt Mason

15 October 2012 3:29 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Tom Hanks is teaming back up with director Robert Zemeckis to develop a big screen adaptation of the vintage 1966 sci-fi action figure Major Matt Mason. The movie was first announced back in 2009 with Hanks attached to produce and star, and it's awesome to see that Zemeckis has jumped on board to direct it! Hanks, who is still attached to star in the film, told The Wrap that he "started tinkering with the story after Larry Crowne, and ended up co-writing the script with Graham Yost."

For those of you not familiar, Major Matt Mason was an astronaut who lived and worked on the moon. When introduced in 1966, the figures were initially based on design information found in Life Magazine, Air Force Magazine, Jane's and other aviation and space-interest periodicals. Later, the line would attempt to transition into the realm of science fiction.

Yost had this to say about the story »

- Joey Paur

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Tom Hanks Reteams With Robert Zemeckis For Major Matt Mason

15 October 2012 2:40 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Tom Hanks has a long history with Robert Zemeckis. The two have collaborated on wildly different projects, from the live-action Cast Away and Forrest Gump to the motion-capture animation of The Polar Express. As the two talk to the media to help promote their new films Flight (for Zemeckis) and Cloud Atlas for Hanks, learning that they have a new idea that likely will bring them back together sometime very soon. Hanks spoke with The Wrap and mentioned that he and Zemeckis plan on moving forward with the science-fiction/space-themed Major Matt Mason. Universal holds the domestic rights, and the movie is being shopped to potential buyers, the trade site reports. Hanks says that he came up with the story while working on Larry Crowne and recruited Graham Yost (Speed) to help him polish the story of an astronaut who is helping a group survive an adventure at »

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Major Matt Mason Moves Forward with Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis

15 October 2012 1:33 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

After tooling around with motion-capture for the last decade, director Robert Zemeckis makes his return to live-action this year with the drama Flight.  It’s a welcome change for the Back to the Future filmmaker, and it now looks like he plans on sticking with non-rubber faced people for the time being as Tom Hanks has provided a promising update on the space adventure Major Matt Mason.  The 3D pic is an adaptation of the popular action figure and will star Hanks as the titular Mason, an astronaut trapped on a moon base with a group of people.  The story is one of survival, as the film won’t feature any aliens or antagonists. Major Matt Mason has been in development for some time, and last we heard Zemeckis was in talks to direct the pic.  Now it looks like things are finally moving forward, as Hanks has co-written the »

- Adam Chitwood

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Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis Move With 'Major Matt Mason' Movie (Exclusive)

15 October 2012 12:15 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis are attempting to launch the long-gestating space-themed feature, "Major Matt Mason," with the help of independent film financiers, TheWrap has learned. Hanks told TheWrap he would star in the film, to be directed by Zemeckis. "I started tinkering with the story after 'Larry Crowne,'" Hanks said, referring to the 2011 film he wrote, directed and starred in with Julia Roberts. Hanks said he has co-written the astronaut story, with Graham Yost ("Speed"). The character of Major Matt Mason is based on astronaut toy that hit the market in »

- Liza Foreman

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Blu-ray, 3D, DVD: Madagascar 3 Europe’s Most Wanted

9 October 2012 10:42 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 16, 2012

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99, Blu-ray 3D $54.99

Studio: DreamWorks Animation/Paramount Home Entertainment

In their third movie, Alex the Lion (voiced by Ben Stiller, Little Fockers), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock, Grown Ups), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith, Collateral) and Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer, TV’s Friends) are still trying to get back to New York in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.

The zoo animals, who accidentally got transplanted to Madagascar in the original film, join a traveling circus in Europe this time around, hoping it will get them back home. And with the Penguins, King Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen, The Dictator) and Maurice (Cedric the Entertainer, Larry Crowne), the group transforms the circus Madagascar style.

The animated family movie, which is rated PG, also features the voices of Frances McDormand (Moonrise Kingdom), Jessica Chastain (Lawless), Bryan Cranston (John Carter) and »

- Sam

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Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston, to receive the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award” for “Argo” by Josh Abraham

3 October 2012 8:26 AM, PDT | | See recent news » The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that the feature "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck, will receive the "Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award." "We are very proud to recognize the ensemble cast of "Argo," for their dramatic and outstanding performances," said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards. The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor director David O. Russell with the "Hollywood Director Award"; Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro with the "Hollywood Supporting Actor Award"; Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard with the "Hollywood Actress Award"; three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams with the "Hollywood Supporting Actress Award"; producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with the "Hollywood Producers Award"; writer/director Judd Apatow with the "Hollywood Comedy Award"; actor John Hawkes with the "Hollywood Breakout Performance Award" for "The Sessions"; and Quvenzhané Wallis »

- Josh Abraham

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Dustin Hoffman graduates at last

28 September 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

When film stars go behind the camera, the results range from the brilliant to the unspeakable. For every Charlie Chaplin or Clint Eastwood, there are plenty of big-name actors who've stumbled badly as directors: Tom Hanks with Larry Crowne, John Wayne with The Alamo, Eddie Murphy with Harlem Nights to name a few. Dustin Hoffman is the latest (and, at 75, one of the oldest) big-name Hollywood actor to decide that it's time he started calling the shots. »

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The Secrets Of 'The Master' Revealed: Co-Star Rami Malek Goes Behind The Curtain Of The New Film

18 September 2012 6:12 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

The performances Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams deliver in "The Master" as, respectively, Freddie Quell, Lancaster Dodd and Peggy Dodd, have been rightly hailed as revelatory. It's the supporting contributions director Paul Thomas Anderson coaxed from the rest of his cast, however, that make the film whole: from Laura Dern as a devoted disciple, to Jesse Plemons as Dodd's cynical son, and especially Rami Malek. The 31-year-old actor portrays Dodd's kowtowing son-in-law, propping up scenes against Phoenix's raving Quell throughout "The Master."

"I'm just a small part of an incredible film, but I'm happy to be that small part," Malek told HuffPost Entertainment via phone last week. Malek earned rave reviews for his performance on the HBO miniseries "The Pacific" and has since parlayed that success into screen work in films like "Larry Crowne," "Battleship" and the upcoming "Twilight" finale, "Breaking Dawn Part 2." In "The Master," he plays Clark, »

- Christopher Rosen

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