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"Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking," published by Abrams, compiled and edited by Rocky Lang and Barbara Hall
Would you be mine? Hanks unveils his Mr. Rogers at festival
NEW YORK (AP) — Ever since it was first announced, the idea of Tom Hanks playing Mr. Rogers has seemed like dream casting, a match as snug as a warm zip-up sweater.
Toronto Film Festival kicks off with The Band, Iannucci
TORONTO (AP) — The 44th Toronto International Film Festival kicked off Thursday with a documentary celebration of Canada's own The Band and the premiere of Armando Iannucci's adaptation of "David...
Tom Hanks reads audio for Ann Patchett’s new novel
NEW YORK (AP) — The audio edition of Ann Patchett's new novel has a voice that listeners should find familiar: Tom Hanks.
HarperAudio announced Monday that the Oscar-winning actor is...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An origin story about the Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, a Mr. Rogers biopic with Tom Hanks and a film about strippers scamming Wall Street bankers with Jennifer Lopez and...
NEW YORK (AP) — Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic has found its King.
After a competitive casting contest, 27-year-old actor Austin Butler has been cast as Presley. Ansel Elgort, Harry...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When James Corden takes his "The Late Late Show" to England, he does it up royally.
He's yet to ask Queen Elizabeth to join him, but this week's London-based shows include...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Actor Tom Hanks met with New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as the state seeks out more business from the film industry.
Tom Hanks surprises woman by singing ‘Happy Birthday’
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tom Hanks surprised a New Mexico woman celebrating her birthday at an Albuquerque restaurant when he treated her to a special performance of "Happy...
Captain captured by Somali pirates to speak in Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A ship captain captured by Somali pirates and later portrayed by Tom Hanks in an Academy Award-nominated movie is scheduled to speak in Richmond this week.
Pilot who landed airliner on Hudson River to speak at Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The pilot famed for landing a crippled airliner on the Hudson River in New York City a decade ago will speak at Purdue University later this month.
Purdue alumnus Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger will speak Feb. 24 at the West Lafayette campus' Elliott Hall of Music.
The retired captain's speech, titled "208 Seconds: A Lifetime of Lessons," will be free and open to the public.
The Latest: Washington Post ad spotlights slain journalists
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the ads of the Super Bowl (all times EST):
The Washington Post is debuting its first Super Bowl commercial, highlighting the often-dangerous work journalists do.
The ad, narrated by Tom Hanks, features journalists who have been killed or disappeared.
For 25 years, the SAG Awards have been ‘the actors’ party’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Screen Actors Guild Awards turns 25 on Sunday and executive producer Kathy Connell has shaped every one.
And while the milestone anniversary offers a chance to reflect on the show's growth and impact, Connell says not to expect too many flashbacks on the telecast, which will be broadcast on TNT and TBS beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.
"We're going to have some lookbacks but we only have two hours, our show is very tight," Connell said.
Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper among SAG Awards presenters
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and Rami Malek are among the first presenters announced for Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Other presenters announced Wednesday by the actors union include Chadwick Boseman, Sam Elliott, Constance Wu, John David Washington, Adam Driver, and Michelle Yeoh.
Ken Jeong, Henry Golding, Angela Bassett, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee and Joe Mazzello round out the list of first presenters.
Tom Hanks to present SAG’s lifetime award to Alan Alda
NEW YORK (AP) — One of America's sweethearts hands the torch to another when Tom Hanks presents Alan Alda with a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Award ceremony.
The 82-year-old Alda, a Golden Globe- and Emmy-winner, will become the 55th recipient of the annual award given to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession." Hanks will hand it to him in a Jan. 27 ceremony.
Hanks to present SAG Award to Alda
Tom Hanks, Rob Reiner and more stars mourn Penny Marshall
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Celebrities offer their thanks, remembrances and condolences on the death of actress-director Penny Marshall, who died Monday at 75.
"I loved Penny. I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone. I will miss her." — Rob Reiner, who was married to Marshall from 1971 to 1981, via Twitter.
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A few honorary Oscars firsts at this year’s Governors Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Spielberg teased Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall about the beginnings of their relationship, actress Cicely Tyson brought more than a few people to tears while proudly clutching her Oscar and publicist Marvin Levy sang a few lines from "Hamilton" to an audience that included Lin-Manuel Miranda at a lively Governors Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.
Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton honor synagogue victims
Joni Mitchell celebrated in LA
Crew member dies after fall on set of Mister Rogers movie
MOUNT LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a crew member working on a movie about Mister Rogers has died after he suffered an apparent medical emergency and fell two stories off a balcony in western Pennsylvania.
Allegheny County say James Emswiller fell around 7:30 p.m. Thursday during a break in filming. The 61-year-old Pittsburgh man died later at a hospital.
Gigi Hadid projects Tom Ford glamor
Indiana couple weds at ‘A League of Their Own’ stadium
HUNTINGBURG, Ind. (AP) — Two baseball fans have tied the knot at a southern Indiana baseball stadium that features in the 1992 movie "A League of Their Own."
Kristopher Weisheit and Brittany Birk took their vows Saturday at home plate in League Stadium in Huntingburg. Their groomsmen and bridesmaids lined up along the first and third baselines.
Boston’s ‘Forrest Gump’ re-enacting end of cross-country run
BOSTON (AP) — Before there was "Forrest Gump," there was Dave McGillivray.
Gump, the fictitious simpleton played by Tom Hanks in the 1994 Oscar-winning film, trotted across the U.S. because he "just felt like running."
McGillivray did the same, but with a singular purpose: Forty years ago this month, he completed his own cross-country running odyssey from Medford, Oregon, to his hometown of Medford, Massachusetts, to benefit the Jimmy Fund and its fight against cancer.
LONDON (AP) — The jacket worn by actor Harrison Ford in the "Star Wars" film "The Empire Strikes Back" is expected to fetch up to 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) in an auction of rare movie memorabilia in Britain next month.
The blue-grey cotton jacket, worn in the 1980 film by Ford's character, Han Solo, is one of more than 600 costumes, original scripts and props up for auction Sept. 20 at London's BFI Imax.
Today in History for July 9th
ShowBiz Minute: Coates, R Kelly, Hanks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Fred Rogers drama "You Are My Friend" starring Tom Hanks as the beloved television host is coming to theaters in late 2019.
Sony Pictures says Wednesday that the film will be released on October 18, 2019.
The story is inspired by the real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.
Arkansas company develops jet engine shield
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — "Sully" might have never become America's best-known pilot, let alone a Tom Hanks movie hero, if the Airbus he flew in January 2009 had been equipped with an engine shield like the one a Pine Bluff company is developing now.
Chesley Sullenberger, the captain of US Airways Flight 1549, expertly guided his jetliner to an emergency landing in the Hudson River nearly a decade ago after hitting a flock of Canada geese while climbing away from LaGuardia Airport in New York.
TV picks for March 14: ‘Traffic Stop,’ ‘The Green Mile,’ ‘The Mountain Lion and Me’
The long arm of the law
Traffic Stop has been running on HBO throughout the month, but you may finally want to check it out after seeing it get mentioned on Oscar night. While it didnt win the prize for best documentary short, this narrative about a black woman manhandled by police during a routine traffic stop packs a punch. If youre only interested in winners, dont forget that Icarus, which won best documentary feature, is available on Netflix.
“There’s no crying in baseball!”
— Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) to Evelyn Gardner (Bitty Schram) in the movie “A League of Their Own”
But there is crying in basketball, and this is the time of year for tears.
March Madness is upon us as collegiate basketball teams strive to be the last one standing. While there is joy on the faces of the victors, tears will flow as each losing team realizes an end to a hard-fought season.
Fred Rogers is gone but definitely not forgotten.
The genial host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" is being celebrated this year on the 50th anniversary of his first broadcast with a PBS special, a documentary movie, a stamp and an upcoming feature-length film starring Tom Hanks.
"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" offered a soft, goofy haven for kids in sharp contrast to the louder, more animated competition.
Fred Rogers, America’s favorite neighbor, celebrated in 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — It's been 50 years since Fred Rogers first appeared on TV screens, a gentle and avuncular man who warbled "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" as he changed into a cardigan and sneakers.
The low-key, low-tech "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" presented Rogers as one adult in a busy world who always had time to listen to children. That legacy burns for many in these turbulent times.
Americans seem to love sharing myths about Fred Rogers, the friendly neighbor known the world over as Mister Rogers. Consider the one about how he wore cardigans to cover up his tattoos (false). Or the one about how he was an ordained Presbyterian minister. That one is true - he graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1963 - and it's far more foundational to Rogers's legacy than you might think. Rogers was a man defined by his Christian faith, and the message that he taught every day on his beloved children's show was shaped by it. "If Protestants had saints," Jonathan Merritt wrote at the Atlantic, "Mister Rogers might already have been canonized."
Sometimes, when writing a column, the responses to it are more interesting than the article itself.
Such, in my mind, was a response to last week's column about the new movie, "The Post," starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.
Local historian Jack Klasey, of Kankakee, a former Daily Journal reporter who now is a volunteer and board member at the Kankakee County Museum, relayed his story after watching the movie and reading the column.
Reminiscing about experiences of the past can be rewarding to the soul.
I was reminded of this recently when viewing the new movie "The Post," starring a pair of Academy Award winning actors — Meryl Streep, as Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham, and Tom Hanks, as Post editor Ben Bradlee.
‘The Chi’ star Jason Mitchell: ‘I’m a 17-layer cake’
LOS ANGELES Morgan Freemans lifetime achievement tribute from the Screen Actors Guild last month was all the more remarkable when you consider the 80-year-old legends big-screen breakthrough didnt come until he played an intimidating pimp in Street Smart at age 50.
Tom Hanks is to star as Fred Rogers in a biopic about the beloved star of American children's television.
TriStar Pictures has announced it has bought the rights to 'You Are My Friend', a film inspired by the real life of the creator of 'Mister Rogers' Neighbourhood', the popular educational children's TV series of the 60s and 70s.
Variety has reported Hanks is onboard to play the lead role.
TriStar Pictures has landed worldwide distribution rights to the Mister Rogers biopic "You Are My Friend," with Tom Hanks attached to play the iconic TV personality.
According to Variety.com , "Diary of a Teenage Girl" director Marielle Heller is helming the pic from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.
Tulsa writer-producer to help create ‘Mr. Rogers’ biopic starring Tom Hanks
Emmy-nominated Tulsa native Micah Fitzerman-Blue will serve as writer and producer in creating the film biopic “You Are My Friend,” in which Tom Hanks will star as TV’s Mr. Rogers.
According to a story published in Variety on Monday, Fitzerman-Blue and his writing partner, Noah Harpster, have written a screenplay and will be executive producers on the project.
Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster are writers and consulting producers for the award-winning series “Transparent” on Amazon.
ShowBiz Minute: Ruffalo, Portnow, Hanks
Tom Hanks will play public-television icon and Pittsburgh-area native Mr. Rogers in a biopic that could start production as early as this fall, Variety is reporting.
Currently titled "You Are My Friend" and directed by "Diary of a Teenage Girl's" Marielle Henner, the film will be based around the relationship between Latrobe native Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, who wrote a longform biography of Rogers for Esquire in 1998, Variety reported. TriStar Pictures will distribute the film.
Tom Hanks to play Fred Rogers in biopic, reports say
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Tom Hanks will play iconic children's television host Mr. Rogers in an upcoming biopic, various news outlets reported Monday afternoon.
The movie is titled "You Are My Friend," and "Diary of A Teenage Girl" director Marielle Heller is on board to direct. Other cast members haven't been announced.
Won’t you be his neighbor? Tom Hanks to play Mister Rogers
NEW YORK (AP) — It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood for Tom Hanks, who'll star as Mister Rogers in the upcoming biopic "You Are My Friend."
TriStar Pictures announced Monday it has acquired worldwide rights to the film, to be directed by "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" filmmaker Marielle Heller.
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Team featured in ‘A League of Their Own’ turns 75
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The northern Illinois city that had its women's baseball team immortalized in the film "A League of Their Own" is celebrating the team's 75th anniversary.
The 1992 film starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis focused on the Rockford Peaches and the launch of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II.
“The Shape of Water” is shaping up as the film to beat at this year’s Academy Awards.
Tuesday, it received 13 nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and Director (Guillermo del Toro). Del Toro, alone, could win three awards.
The first scenes of “The Post” flickered on the screen, U.S. soldiers treading through the jungles of Vietnam to the familiar, evocative soundtrack of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Green River.”
“It doesn’t bode well that a film about journalism opens with a song that didn’t come out for another four years,” I muttered to my wife.