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By Ali  /  on Apr 08, 2021  /  Commented by 0

Back in 1988, Tom Hanks was on his way to being a really big star. And one of the reasons for that ascent was the movie “Big,” in which he played a young boy who wakes up one morning and is a fully grown man.

It was an adorable, heartfelt role (with elements that almost certainly would not appear in movies today), and extremely memorable. Especially if you’re Elizabeth Perkins, who played his all-grown-up girlfriend in the film.

Perkins, who now stars on “The Moodys,” appeared on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” Wednesday, and revealed that the smooch she got from Hanks while shooting the film was actually the best on-screen kiss she’s ever had.

“He lays one on me about halfway through the movie,” she explained. “I had such a crush on him at the time.”

Alas, while Perkins was single at the time, there was no real-life romance spark, she said. “He was with (future wife) Rita Wilson already. They were dating, but hadn’t gotten married yet. He was just completely off limits.”

But, she added, “He was adorable.”

She also had a bit of fun trivia to share: The role of Josh, which Hanks ultimately played, was originally supposed to be filled by … Robert De Niro!

Say what?

“It fell apart because he had a scheduling conflict, and then they went to Tom Hanks,” she said in a different “WWHL” clip. “It’s like a totally different movie in my brain with Robert De Niro.”

Perkins noted that De Niro was “more moody.” And with him in the role, “It was more of a — a little more of a horror movie. Robert De Niro wandering around the streets of New York. What Tom Hanks brought to it was so much lighter.”

As she told TODAY in 2019, “Now I can’t imagine anybody else being in that movie other than Tom.”

Neither can we!

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By Ali  /  on Dec 24, 2020  /  Commented by 0

Tom did an interview with the Today Show’s Savannah Gutherie this week where he discussed his new film News of the World, the new Covid-19 Vaccine, his family and more.

The new film “News of the World” stars Tom Hanks in his first western. TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie sat down for an online chat with the actor, who says he and his wife, Rita Wilson, are feeling fine after their COVID-19 diagnoses and that he would be glad to receive the vaccine publicly.



By Ali  /  on Dec 24, 2020  /  Commented by 0

Director Paul Greengrass has roughly a dozen films under his belt, a mix that captures real-life horrors like 9/11 (“United 93”) and the 2011 Norway terrorist attacks (“22 July”), as well as fictional accounts of amnesiac CIA assassins (“The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Jason Bourne”).

With “News of the World,” which debuts in theaters on Christmas Day, Greengrass ventures into new terrain: westerns. It’s a genre he grew up loving and had always wanted to tackle as a filmmaker. The immense, inhospitable landscapes pave the way for what Greengrass calls a “mythic quality,” one that’s ripe for intimate, dramatic storytelling.

“When I was a boy, I grew up with westerns,” the British director told Variety. “It’s a genre you see less of nowadays. But in the end, each generation explores the western. It speaks about identity, who we are and who we want to be. I like that about it. I wanted this film, even though it’s set in 1870, to feel like our world today.”

“News of the World” reunites Greengrass with Tom Hanks. The duo first worked together on 2013’s “Captain Phillips,” which depicts the true story of a Somali pirate hijacking and received numerous Oscar nominations. Though Hanks had not appeared in a Western prior to “News of the World,” Greengrass says the revered actor often referred to as America’s Dad was a natural fit. “He sat in that landscape perfectly, with his weathered face and lines,” Greengrass mused. “He has a sense of having lived life and seen things.”

In “News of the World,” Hanks plays a Civil War veteran who travels from town to town delivering the top headlines about presidents and queens, glorious feuds and devastating catastrophes. Along the way, he meets a young girl (portrayed by Helena Zengel) who was captured years ago by the Kiowa people, and ventures across dangerous stretches of land to return her home.

Ahead of the movie’s big-screen debut, Greengrass caught up with Variety to discuss the cinematic draw of Hanks and the future of the film industry.

Why was Tom Hanks perfect for this role?
It’s the story of a lonely newsreader who reads the news for anyone with a nickel to spare in an old barn or dusty town square. The movie is about the healing power of storytelling. His character is a tiny thread that connects community to community. And he’s a man with the past. When someone leaves this little girl, he has to go on this odyssey through the dangerous landscape in search of healing. That all adds up to Tom Hanks to me because he’s hugely trusted. He has such a wonderful humanity about him.

What did you learn from working with Tom the second time around?
I really learned why he’s one of the best actors we’ve ever had. His enthusiasm is undimmed and his appetite for hard work is undimmed. I learned he could ride a horse — I never knew that. And I learned he could handle a firearm — I didn’t know that. And I learned he looked fantastic in a frock coat.

His co-star young Helena Zengel really holds her own onscreen against Tom. What about their dynamic worked so well together?
Their chemistry was superb. You could tell that straight away. I thought we were going to have tremendous problems finding a young actress capable of playing this part. It’s very demanding. She’d have to be toe-to-toe with Tom Hanks. Then I saw “System Crasher,” a film in Germany [starring Zengel]. What I thought was going to be a long process of seeing many, many people turned out to only be seeing one and giving her the part.

When she turned up on set, obviously you have anxiety about how it going to turn out. The first scene we shot was when [her character and Tom’s] first meet each other in the woods. She was just brilliant. After the first couple of takes, Tom came over to me and said quietly, “She’s absolutely magnificent.” I never felt any anxiety after that. She had tremendous instincts as an actress. She had tremendous ability to convey emotion, and she is the real deal. There’s no question about it.

What was the most physically demanding scene to shoot?
Oh, easy. That was the shootout in the mountain in the middle of the movie, which was incredibly demanding because we had to be roped up to the top. That was incredibly hard work to get all the gear up there. When we got there, there were nice families of rattlesnakes. That was a challenge. But the truth is, we were out in the desert so the whole film was demanding. If there was dust or wind or heat or cold or rattlesnakes — oddly it bred a great sense of adventure on behalf of those lucky enough to work on the film. I think that shows in the finished film.

Does the experience differ when you’re directing a movie that you’ve written versus one that someone else wrote?
If I’m absolutely honest, whether I’ve written them or not, I will have been intimately involved in the shaping of the screenplay by the time I get to shoot it. It’s not like it just turns up as a screenplay and I start shooting it. I’ve got to live it, breathe it and own it — whether I’m the one writing or not. I wouldn’t say necessarily it’s that different. Moviemaking is a collective endeavor. It’s not all about one person. It’s about the way you engage with everybody, whether it’s the writer, the cinematographer or the actors.

You’ve made several franchise and non-franchise movies. Do you prefer one to the other?
I wouldn’t say I prefer one to another, I’m really glad I’ve done both. I love that I’ve made different sorts of movies. I’ve made tiny movies, I’ve made very big movies, and I’ve made ones in between like “News of the World.” Franchise moviemaking is a particular skill. It’s very challenging because you have the weight of commercial expectations on your shoulders. And it’s important you serve that because franchise movies make the movie world go ’round. Do you know I mean? They keep the studio up — in the past anyway. They keep everything ticking so that we can make other movies as well. I’ve always enjoyed making films that people want to come and see. I’m proud that some of the “Bourne” movies, people still love and watch today. They are just as personal to me as any other movie I’ve made.

What do you make of the challenges facing the film industry?
The industry is facing two challenges at the moment, one inside the other. The first is obviously the existential challenge of COVID. There are [almost] no theaters open, and productions have been interrupted. Inside that, we have structural change occurring within our industry connected the rise of the streamers. I don’t think it’s a question of choosing one over the other. I think our business is going to explore a future where the theatrical experience coexists with the streaming experience. In the end, you have to accept it because it’s the way the business is going. But I don’t accept it unwillingly. I’m optimistic. I think the theatrical experience is going to come back, and it’s going to prosper. I think its coexistence with streaming will lead to more films being made, different films being made. Change doesn’t come without challenges, but movies are central places in our culture and that is going to continue.

You’ve said in the past that you never make nihilistic or hopeless films. Why is that important to you?
It’s never more clearly articulated than in “News of the World.” I wanted to explore what the road towards hope looks like. I’m an optimistic person, and I’m a parent. When I look at my children and I look at the fucked up state of the world today, I know my kids will make it a better world. Not just my kids — everybody’s kids. We’re stuck at the moment, but change will come and young people will take us to a better place. I’m absolutely convinced of it.

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By Ali  /  on Dec 19, 2020  /  Commented by 0

Tom did an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss his new film News of the World.

He Was Both A Genius And A Scoundrel

Tom Hanks portrays Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker in an upcoming film and he credits Parker with making Elvis a household name to this day.

Tom Hanks Shares A Story About Meeting Jimmy Stewart

Tom Hanks recounts the time legendary actor Jimmy Stewart gave him a tour of his California home and told stories about his frequent movie co-star, a horse named Pie.

I Use Them Like Cufflinks

Tom Hanks, star of the new film “News of the World,” tells Stephen about the pleasures of keeping a pair of typewriters within reach at all times.



By Ali  /  on Nov 12, 2020  /  Commented by 0

Variety made their predictions for this years Oscar nominees in all of the main categories … Tom is mentioned in the category of Best Actor.

2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS: BEST ACTOR

It’s very early but it just seems like Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) and Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”) are just pulling away from the pack. At this point, it would be strange to feel like one of them isn’t headed towards a statue in this race but anything can happen between now and nominations.

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
Chadwick Boseman
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Anthony Hopkins
“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Delroy Lindo
“Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)

Steven Yeun
“Minari” (A24)

Gary Oldman
“Mank” (Netflix)

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:
Riz Ahmed
“Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)

Kingsley Ben-Adir
“One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)

Tom Hanks
“News of the World” (Universal Pictures)

Sacha Baron Cohen
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios)

Jude Law
“The Nest” (IFC Films)



By Ali  /  on Oct 25, 2020  /  Commented by 0

A new poster has been released along with some stills from Tom’s newest film News of the World and they are now in our gallery.


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Tom Hanks Archives > CAREER > Films > 2020 | News Of The World



By Ali  /  on Oct 25, 2020  /  Commented by 0

Universal has released the full trailer for News of the World.

Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), a widower and veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe.

In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with Johanna (Helena Zengel, System Crasher), a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she’s never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will.

Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two will face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place that either can call home.



By Ali  /  on Oct 25, 2020  /  Commented by 0

Tom participated earlier this week in the Annual Heroes and History Makers gala. He presented; the award named after him; The Tom Hanks Caregiver Champion Award to singer Tim McGraw.

Hidden Heroes Campaign Chair Tom Hanks honors music superstar Tim McGraw with the 2020 Tom Hanks Caregiver Champion Award at the 3rd Annual Heroes and History Makers. Tim McGraw is recognized for his remarkable work supporting those with complicated health conditions and the extraordinary loved ones who care for them.

Caregivers, you’ve stood by your veterans. America now stands with you.



By Ali  /  on Oct 12, 2020  /  Commented by 0

Universal Pictures has released a teaser trailer for Tom’s new film News of the World.



By Ali  /  on Sep 24, 2020  /  Commented by 0

Ultimately, those decisions earned the star an estimated $65 million when the film became a blockbuster.

Tom Hanks recently opened up about some of the issues the production faced while making the 1994 classic Forrest Gump.

Speaking on In Depth With Graham Bensinger for an interview posted Wednesday, Hanks said that he and director Robert Zemeckis both paid for scenes to be shot in the movie when Paramount tightened the purse strings.

One of the scenes was the classic run across the country that Gump does in the middle of the film. Paramount said it was too expensive and could not be shot even though Zemeckis argued it was crucial, Hanks told Bensinger. When the studio did not budge, Zemeckis went to Hanks and told him he needed Hanks to trust him and back him.

“And he said, ‘Well, this run is going to cost X amount of dollars.’ And it wasn’t cheap. And I said, ‘OK’. He said, ‘You and I are going to split that amount, and we’re going to give it back [to Paramount]. We’ll give you the money back, but you guys [Paramount] are going to have to share the profits a little bit more.’ Which the studio said, ‘Fabulous, great. OK.’ And it was good for us, too.”

And then there was another instance when it happened, Hanks said, but he did not specify which scene. “They said, ‘The weather is such that we can’t get the insurance coverage on it,’ the studio said, ‘So you guys can’t shoot.’ And Bob and I said, ‘We’ll cover the insurance.’ And we did,” Hanks recalled.

Ultimately, those decisions earned Hanks an estimated $65 million when the film became a blockbuster.

The Oscar-winning actor also noted that he struggled with the character in the beginning, so much so that the footage from the first three days of shooting was scrapped.

“Bob said, ‘Look, I know what you are trying to do. I know how nervous you are and how self-conscious this can be before we get into the groove. But we’re not going to use any of these first three days because I don’t think you’ve got it. You haven’t got the character.’ And I said, ‘I don’t. I don’t. You’re right.’ And he just said, ‘Don’t try so hard.’ And from that, everything settled down in a moment’s notice.”

Watch the segment below.

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