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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 14, 2020. 6 comments

Actor starts podcast to figure out why, exactly, Tom Hanks fired him from Band Of Brothers

Actor starts podcast to figure out why, exactly, Tom Hanks fired him from Band Of Brothers

Any kind of work in the arts is a minefield of rejection. For the most part, it rolls off the back as an expected part of the job. In some cases, though, losing an opportunity sticks in the mind and refuses to leave. Dead Eyes, a podcast from comedian and actor Connor Ratliff, all about getting hired—and fired—for a role in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s Band Of Brothers, is the chronicle...

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Jan 06, 2020. 24 comments

Witness the birth of the year's first meme with Tom Hanks' Golden Globes grimace

Witness the birth of the year's first meme with Tom Hanks' Golden Globes grimace

We’re five days into 2020, but thanks to Tom Hanks, we’ve already got our first good meme—and since it involves Tom Hanks, it’s also pretty nice and positive. Not like those memes with the sad skeleton that talks like a really edgy teen. This is pretty much the opposite.

Hanks was given the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award tonight, celebrating his amazing acting career, which meant that...

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Nov 22, 2019. 22 comments

Here and there, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood captures the radical kindness of Mr. Rogers

Here and there, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood captures the radical kindness of Mr. Rogers

It’s a funny thing to say about someone who exuded wholesomeness with every breath he took, but Fred Rogers was, beneath the smiles and cardigans and softly delivered affirmations, a pretty radical figure of American pop culture. On and off for 30 years, the one-time Presbyterian minister used his platform—the beloved, long-running preschool series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood—to promote values...

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Kinja Kinja Nov 13, 2019. 12 comments

Oh thank god, Tom Hanks really is that nice

Oh thank god, Tom Hanks really is that nice

Today, November 19, is apparently World Kindness Day, which makes it an appropriate day to read this not-astonishing/astonishing profile of Tom Hanks by New York Times Magazine columnist Taffy Brodesser-Akner. It’s not astonishing because it’s a story that is, at heart, about how Tom Hanks is a fundamentally decent person, and that’s not something that seems like a revelation. The piece even...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Oct 11, 2019. 17 comments

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks bringing Band Of Brothers follow-up Masters Of The Air to Apple TV+

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks bringing Band Of Brothers follow-up Masters Of The Air to Apple TV+

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are this generation’s most tenacious onscreen chroniclers of World War II, having previously explored the Normandy landings in Saving Private Ryan, Easy Company paratroopers in Band Of Brothers, and the Marine Corps in The Pacific. Now, the pair have re-teamed yet again for Masters Of The Air, a limited series based on Donald L. Miller’s Masters Of The Air:...

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Shannon Miller Shannon Miller Sep 24, 2019. 9 comments

Tom Hanks to receive the Cecil B. DeMille honor at the Golden Globes

Tom Hanks to receive the Cecil B. DeMille honor at the Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press has officially named two-time Oscar winner and, arguably, the industry’s most beloved dad figure, Tom Hanks , the recipient of Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, per Deadline. The award will be presented during the 2020 Golden Globe ceremony.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud to bestow the 2020 Cecil B. DeMille...

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A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Sep 10, 2019. 22 comments

Tom Hanks channels the essential goodness of Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Tom Hanks channels the essential goodness of Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Anyone who grew up on the gentle affirmations and plainly presented life lessons of Fred Rogers may feel a strange flush of cognitive dissonance during the first scene of A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (Grade: B-). The film begins with a mostly spot-on re-creation of the opening sequence of the beloved entertainer’s long-lasting educational television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood:...

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Shannon Miller Shannon Miller Jul 22, 2019. 17 comments

The first trailer for A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is here and we're already a damn mess

The first trailer for A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is here and we're already a damn mess

For those of us who were fortunate enough to watch Fred Rogers during our more formative years, there’s a good possibility that we were totally unaware that we were witnessing something truly rare. Mister Rogers’ Neighorhood was more than visits from neighborhood figures and trolley trips to Make-Believe; it was one of the few bastions of unmitigated kindness from a man who just...

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Shannon Miller Shannon Miller Jul 16, 2019. 8 comments

Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic finds its star: Austin Butler

Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic finds its star: Austin Butler

The steady stream of revelatory biopics continues with Elvis Presley, and it appears that Baz Luhrmann has found the young doe-eyed star to join Tom Hanks . After numerous screen tests, The Dead Don’t Die and Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood’s Austin Butler will star as the hip-swiveling rock icon when the film reportedly goes into production early next year. Hanks will play Presley’s manager...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jun 25, 2019. 12 comments

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tom Hanks refusing to take his Sony CES 2009 hosting duties seriously

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tom Hanks refusing to take his Sony CES 2009 hosting duties seriously

Being made fun of by Tom Hanks must be a special sort of painful. The actor, who has managed decades in Hollywood without coming across as anything but a genuinely friendly, pleasant guy, is not known for publicly undermining anyone or anything. When Hanks does decide to rip on something, as was the case when he hosted the introduction to a Sony conference at CES 2009, the effects are...

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Shannon Miller Shannon Miller Jun 22, 2019. 11 comments

Tom Hanks imparts acting wisdom upon (and nearly breaks) Tom Holland

Tom Hanks imparts acting wisdom upon (and nearly breaks) Tom Holland

Rising to the top of your profession sometimes means knowing how to spin gold from absolute tedium. Even watching Tom Hanks demonstrate how to grunt while his animated alter ego climbs up boxes is somehow more compelling than some of the major films we saw this year (though we also managed to catch some really great ones, but that’s neither here nor there). We can only hope that...

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Shannon Miller Shannon Miller Jun 18, 2019. 7 comments

Colin Hanks really wants Michael Keaton to be his dad

Colin Hanks really wants Michael Keaton to be his dad

You would think that being the son of America’s dad Tom Hanks would equate to hitting the parental jackpot. In theory, Colin Hanks should be chomping at the bit to pay tribute to the most beloved man in entertainment on Father’s Day (though getting a decent gift for him each year must be its own special hell). Instead, Colin Hanks took the opportunity to pay the warmest respects to his...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Jun 14, 2019. 6 comments

Tom Hanks flips out, spills Disney secrets, shoplifts Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks flips out, spills Disney secrets, shoplifts Tom Hanks

“In The Bachelor vernacular, I think I’m pretty awesome,” bragged Tom Hanks genially on Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! It’s hard to argue, what with the multiple Oscars, playing literally every notable white man who’s ever lived, and not being Tim Allen. Still, Kimmel had a test for his esteemed guest, challenging Hanks’ “reputation for being wonderful and perfect in every way” with a little...

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A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jun 14, 2019. 24 comments

Toy Story 4 is the breeziest but also the strangest entry yet in Pixar's flagship franchise

Toy Story 4 is the breeziest but also the strangest entry yet in Pixar's flagship franchise

You wouldn’t be wrong to wonder if Pixar was pushing its luck, cracking the toy box open again. After all, the studio, one of the last in Hollywood to truly deserve the designation of “dream factory,” already achieved something like the ideal conclusion to its flagship saga. Even those, like this cranky critic, who saw a little dramatic redundancy in the nearly decade-old Toy Story 3 would...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Jun 06, 2019. 14 comments

Sammy Davis Jr.’s epic life reportedly on its way to becoming a miniseries

Sammy Davis Jr.’s epic life reportedly on its way to becoming a miniseries

Old-school Hollywood continues to be a treasure trove for movies and TV projects. On the heels of recent productions like Feud and Fosse/Verdon, Deadline reports that Tom Hanks and Lee Daniels apparently want to get in on the TV biopic action with a miniseries about the life of consummate entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. Says Deadline, “The project, titled Sammy, is still in preliminary stages,”...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Mar 29, 2019. 15 comments

Tom Hanks to play Elvis Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parker

Tom Hanks to play Elvis Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parker

Truly, one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed upon a person is getting the chance to be played by Tom Hanks in a movie. Some people don’t get that honor until after they’ve died, but you have to imagine that they hear about it in whatever afterlife they find themselves in. Anyway, the latest real person that Tom Hanks is going to play in a movie—joining a list that includes Chesley...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Mar 19, 2019. 20 comments

Woody meets an army of terrifying ventriloquist dummies in the first full Toy Story 4 trailer

Woody meets an army of terrifying ventriloquist dummies in the first full Toy Story 4 trailer

The first teaser for Toy Story 4 introduced Tony Hale as a spork that has been brought to life through toy magic (we assume), and it was extremely good. Then, after the Super Bowl, Pixar dropped a Toy Story 4 teaser that was... less good. It had Buzz getting trapped at a fair alongside Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and while it was okay, it didn’t explode the Toy Story...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Mar 05, 2019. 19 comments

Joe Wright and Tom Hanks are going back to World War II for In The Garden Of Beasts

Joe Wright and Tom Hanks are going back to World War II for In The Garden Of Beasts

According to Variety, Darkest Hour director Joe Wright and general World War II aficionado Tom Hanks are teaming up for an adaptation for Erik Larson’s book In The Garden Of Beasts. The book should play into both of their interests, as its based around the true story of William Dodd, a professor from Chicago who became the United States’ first ambassador to Nazi Germany before Adolf Hitler...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Feb 12, 2019. 17 comments

All apologies to Nora Ephron: You've Got Mail is an Orwellian nightmare

All apologies to Nora Ephron: You've Got Mail is an Orwellian nightmare

Most remember 1998's You’ve Got Mail as a benign romantic comedy where a mismatched pair fall in love thanks, in part, to outdated technology. It would be better if this was the case, but, alas, it’s not. Dig a little deeper and a far darker story appears—one about Tom Hanks’ bookstore CEO not only stealing the livelihood and crushing the dreams of Meg Ryan, owner of a local,...

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William Hughes William Hughes Feb 07, 2019. 18 comments

Tom Hanks is just going to keep playing old-timey newsmen until we all love journalism again

Tom Hanks is just going to keep playing old-timey newsmen until we all love journalism again

Fresh off both The Post , and also that Super Bowl ad where he reminded us that newspapers are good, mostly, Tom Hanks is continuing his ink-stained, typewriter-fueled, one-man campaign on behalf of the noble journalist. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Hanks has signed on to work with Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass on yet another movie project in which he plays Your Dad, But Also...

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