March 29, 2013 |
- George C. Wolfe is flummoxed. He's describing the gestation of "Lucky Guy," the Nora Ephron play he is directing with Tom Hanks playing an ambitious and cocky New York newspaper reporter. It began, he says, with Ephron asking him: "What's more fun than hanging out with the boys in the bar?" It ended, nine months later, with a phone call from her agent saying she had died. "I didn't even know that Nora was sick until the actual day she died," he says, sitting in a Midtown Manhattan coffee shop on a rainy spring afternoon.
June 7, 2013 |
Another Broadway season, another cavalcade of television and movie stars testing their stage mettle. Some come to build their acting muscles, others come for the publicity splash, and a select few come because they simply can't stay away. The chance to perform before an audience in a work that is resonant with meaning outweighs all other considerations, including their agents and managers begging them not to take themselves out of the running for a bit part in a preteen franchise film.
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December 23, 1993 |
Director Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" and New Zealand director Jane Campion's "The Piano," both widely lauded by film critics, led the 51st annual Golden Globe Awards nominations announced Wednesday. Each film is nominated in six categories.
July 3, 1995 |
With a debut that coincided neatly with last week's U.S.-Russia space station docking, "Apollo 13," starring Tom Hanks, far outdistanced the field and will contribute to what might be record three- and five-day weekend box-office grosses. "Pocahontas" and "Batman Forever" held off futuristic newcomers "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie" and "Judge Dredd" for second and third place.
September 29, 1996 |
In the summer of 1964, when Beatlemania was sweeping America, four young musicians from Erie, Pa., called the Wonders had their brief fling with fame, crashing the Top 10 with a hit song called "That Thing You Do!" Or at least that's the way the story goes in Tom Hanks' new film--also titled "That Thing You Do!"--which marks the two-time Oscar winner's debut as a writer-director as well as co-composer of several mock-'60s songs that populate the film.
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May 16, 2013
Vincent G. Dowling Actor, director gave Tom Hanks early break Actor and director Vincent G. Dowling, 83, who left behind a long career with Ireland's national theater to run a Shakespeare festival in Cleveland where he gave a young Tom Hanks an early break as an actor, died May 10 at a Boston hospital. The cause was complications from surgery, said his wife, Olwen. At 16, Dowling left school in his native Dublin to become an actor and in 1953 joined the Abbey Theatre, Ireland's national theater company.
May 31, 2009 |
I miss Tom Hanks. Not the one you can find in theaters everywhere now in "Angels & Demons," a film on its way to something close to blockbuster status in no small part due to Hanks as a Harvard symbologist on the trail of a Vatican killer. And I don't begrudge him "Angels & Demons" either, with a payday rumored from $30 million to $50 million. Whether it's funding some of his other creative dreams or just putting another wing on the house really is beside the point.
March 10, 2013 |
Having hosted “Saturday Night Live” four times before this weekend, Justin Timberlake was more than prepared for his fifth appearance, but to the delight of many fans, he chose to incorporate veteran “SNL” hosts and former cast members into the show. For his monologue, the show's writers revived the concept of the “ Five-Timers Club, ” which was first introduced in 1990 when Tom Hanks joined the club (for a full list of Five-Timers, go here , and check out the original Five-Timers sketch, with a baby-faced Conan O'Brien as the doorman, here )
September 8, 2011 |
Currahee , a Cherokee word meaning "we stand alone together," is the name of a rugged, small mountain in Georgia where soldiers during World War II trudged their way uphill as they trained to become paratroopers . The word also fittingly served as the title for the opening episode of "Band of Brothers," the groundbreaking HBO miniseries that aired a decade ago Friday. The Emmy-winning, 10-part series, which was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, continues to resonate with audiences who view the work as a much-needed historical tribute to the soldiers who helped defeat Nazism in Europe.
April 3, 2012 |
It's a long way from Woody. In an upcoming animated series called "Electric City," Tom Hanks plays Cleveland Carr, a former police officer charged with maintaining order in a murky metropolis, where secret police and murder lurk beneath the veneer of a peaceful society. The series, conceived by Hanks and co-produced by his production company Playtone and Indian media company Reliance Entertainment, will debut this summer — not in a theater or on a TV screen, but on the giant Internet portal Yahoo.