Tom Hanks Archives

By Ali  /  on Sep 16, 2020  /  Commented by 0

While Tom is an amazingly talented performer, one of the reasons I am such a huge fan of him is his generosity and kindness to others. CTV News highlights this generosity as they share how Tom gave one of his typewriters from his collection to a typewriter repair man in Saskatoon.

SASKATOON — As promised, a self-taught typewriter repair expert in Saskatoon has received a one-of-a-kind parcel in the mail from one of the most recognizable names on the planet.

Thom Cholowski is now the proud owner of a 1940 Remington 7 Noiseless portable typewriter — courtesy of Tom Hanks.

The two began corresponding earlier this year after Cholowski typed and sent Hanks a letter to thank him for his very public admiration for typewriters.

“Through Tom’s advocacy, it’s gone from being a nostalgic, old fashioned piece of technology to a point where people are taking a second look at these machines and they’re really rediscovering the joy and beauty of these wonderful machines,” Cholowski told CTV News earlier this month.

Hanks apparently couldn’t resist offering a compliment of his own, mailing Cholowski a typewritten response.

“What a privilege it is to type a letter to western Canada’s premier typewriter repairman,” began the letter addressed to Cholowski, typed on Hanks’ own letterhead.

In addition to praise for Cholowski’s efforts to keep a vanishing trade alive, the letter also included an offer of a typewriter from Hanks’ own extensive collection. An offer Hanks has now made good on.

“It’s a very good machine, immaculate condition,” Cholowski told CTV News.

The typewriter came complete with an original manual and a laminated tag authenticating that it was from the Tom Hanks collection, Cholowski said.

“On the back of the tag is a little sample of the typeface, typed by Mr.Hanks.”

When asked about the speculate about the typewriter’s value, the answer came easy for Cholowski.

“To me, priceless.”

By Ali  /  on Sep 08, 2020  /  Commented by 0

I have added over 1,800 pictures from events that Tom attended during 2012 which include some of his press for his film Cloud Atlas.

Gallery Links:
Tom Hanks Archives > EVENTS And APPEARANCES > 2012

By Ali  /  on Sep 07, 2020  /  Commented by 0

Tom wrote an article about the legacy of World War II for the New York Times. Check it out here!

Act III of the war — After the War — is now simply part of our daily reality, in America and globally, writes Tom Hanks.

For our “Beyond the World War II We Know,” documenting lesser-known stories from the war, and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the war, we asked the actor Tom Hanks to write about the complicated narrative of the conflict — and its aftermath.

In the spring of 1939 — “Before the War,” as folks of that generation would say — the New York World’s Fair began a gloriously naïve celebration of “Mankind’s Progress” and visions of America’s future. President Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the fair in a ceremony that was, no lie, broadcast on television. In fact, there were early versions of TVs on display at the fair, along with state-of-the-art railroad trains, airplanes, ocean liners, Crosley radios, a giant typewriter and the new Ford sedans fairgoers could drive themselves on the “Road of Tomorrow” — an upbeat adieu! to the Great Depression, to what was the first act of many American lives.

If you are a Boomer, born in, say, 1956, the adults you grew up around all framed their lives in a three-act structure, told like a biopic, narrated by an All-Knowing Chorus who bids us to, please, clear our minds of all we have seen and learned since 1945. To comprehend the full experience of World War II we must forget all we know.

In Act I (Before the War) most families did without — without enough food, without an extra pair of shoes, without going to a dentist. A father’s job, if he had one, might allow a life within modest means when modest means was an accomplishment. Act I was characterized by a quest for progress: huge dams were built; federal programs improved lives; mass communication was as simple as listening to a radio; and the art and technology of motion pictures provided a cheap but wonderful escape. At the same time, a child with a common cold could die of pneumonia in a few weeks.

Before the war, Americans faced one-thing-after-another-obstacles as the country was crippled by widespread poverty, overt racism and institutionalized discrimination. And yet, the 1939 fair proved that we the people remained bent on forming a more perfect union — and a better world.

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By Ali  /  on Aug 28, 2020  /  Commented by 0

I have added images from the film Every Time We Say Goodbye that was released in 1986 to our gallery.

Gallery Links:
Tom Hanks Archives > CAREER > Films > 1986 | Every Time We Say Goodbye

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

If you can’t tell I have decided it is time to get some of Tom’s films added to the gallery … so here is Splash … you can also see images from He Knows Your Alone & Mazes and Monsters.

Gallery Links:
Tom Hanks Archives > CAREER > Films > 1984 | Splash

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

Still from Tom’s newest film Greyhound are now in our gallery!

Gallery Links:
Tom Hanks Archives > CAREER > Films > 2020 | Greyhound

By Ali  /  on Aug 18, 2020  /  Commented by 0

Much of the attention during this week’s virtual Democratic National Convention will be focused on primetime speeches and the moment when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris accept their party nomination.

But Biden’s campaign has lined up a series of fundraisers throughout the week, hoping to draw on the attention and the loss of a traditional convention, which is usually a prime opportunity to gather and woo party donors.

Biden on Monday was holding a virtual fundraiser with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with a performance by Carole King, and his campaign is planning a series of events throughout this week.

On Tuesday, Biden and Tom Hanks are scheduled to appear at an afternoon event, according to an invite sent to supporters, as part of what is described as “Grassroots Fest,” or fundraisers geared to low-dollar donors. Also in the lineup is an event on Thursday featuring James Taylor and Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff. On Friday, Biden, Jill Biden, Harris and Emhoff are scheduled for another event. Proceeds go to the Biden Victory Fund, a joint committee of the Biden campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state parties.

Also planned for Tuesday evening, just before the convention proceedings begin, is a “virtual conversation” on “screenwriting the White House.” It will feature Eli Attie, writer for The West Wing; Etan Cohen, co-writer for Idiocracy; and David Mandel, the show runner for Veep. Jen Psaki, former White House communications director, will moderate. Tickets for the event start at $250, and proceeds also go to the Biden Victory Fund.

Also in the works is a Women for Biden event that will feature Harris, but a date and time has not been set. Next week, on Aug. 26, Will & Grace stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing will moderate a virtual conversation with three congresswomen — Rep. Abby Finkenauer, Rep. Lucy McBath, and Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. On Sept. 8, Jill Biden and Jennifer Garner will headline a fundraiser.

At the Monday event, King sang I Feel the Earth Move and performed a partial sing-a-long of You’ve Got a Friend.

“A lot of people are feeling anxious and depressed in this time of, you know, unprecedented cruelty and chaos and willful incompetence,” King said to the participants, per a pool report. “And I know people think, ‘Well, I’m just one person—what can I do?’ Well, I’ll tell you what you can do. You can keep hope alive and don’t give up. If we all persist with love, hope and belief in the power of all of us, we will bring about better times and it’s Joe says build back better. We will get through this. And we will win.”


By Ali  /  on Aug 05, 2020  /  Commented by 0

Tom Hanks is in early negotiations to play Geppetto in Disney’s live-action version of “Pinocchio.”

Variety first reported in 2018 that Robert Zemickis was on board to direct the project, the latest in a long line of live-action remakes of its animated movies such as “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King.”

The project would reunite Zemeckis and Hanks, who have previously worked together on 1994’s “Forrest Gump,” 2000’s “Cast Away” and 2004’s “The Polar Express.”

The original “Pinocchio” was released in 1940, produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on Carlo Collodi’s children’s novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio.” The story centers on a wood-carver named Geppetto who carves a wooden puppet brought to life by a fairy — and told he will become a real boy if he proves himself to be “brave, truthful, and unselfish.”

Chris Weitz is penning the script. He will also produce the film with Andrew Miano through their company Depth of Field.

Before he steps into the famed woodworker’s shoes, Hanks will portray Colonel Tom Parker in Warner Bros. upcoming Elvis Presley biopic. While he was shooting the film in Australia, Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were among the first public figures to announce they had tested positive for coronavirus. They have since recovered.

Hanks recently starred as commander in the World War II combat drama “Greyhound,” which premiered on Apple TV Plus in July after being sold by Sony Pictures. He received his sixth Oscar nomination this year for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” He is repped by CAA.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

By Ali  /  on Jul 28, 2020  /  Commented by 0

People shared this fun fact that has Virtual Tom helping sell hot dogs for the Oakland As!

Before he was an A-lister, the actor was making his money by selling peanuts at Oakland A’s home games

Things have come full circle for Tom Hanks.

The 64-year-old Oscar-winning actor once served as a peanut vendor during Oakland A’s games as a teenager, and this season he’ll be heading back to where it all began, according to NBC Sports.

In a humorous video using an edited version of Hanks’ high school picture, the team announced the Toy Story actor’s voice would be mixed in with crowd noise during their games at Oakland Coliseum.

The virtual addition of Hanks will add some much-needed atmosphere to games, which will be hosted without fans in attendance due to coronavirus. Like the rest of the MLB, the A’s have turned to cardboard cutouts of fans in seats and recordings of crowd noise to make the stadium feel less empty during games.

During Oakland’s Opening Night on Friday, recordings of Hanks calling out, “It’s not a ballgame without a hot dog!” and “Hot dogs here! Colossal hot dogs!” could be heard from loudspeakers in the stadium.

Some fans even spotted a cutout of Hanks, dressed in a red-and-white striped vest and white hat, positioned behind home plate as the A’s took on Los Angeles Angels, which they won 7-3.

Hanks once opened up about his time as a vendor in Oakland during a 2019 interview with Jimmy Kimmel.

“I went down to sell peanuts and soda, and thinking it would be like in a TV show where you saw the young kid trying to make a thing,” Hanks said, according to the SFGate.

“Well, first of all, I got robbed twice,” he continued. “Note to self: Hide those wads of cash. Don’t be walking with a wad of cash in your pocket. ”

Hanks also had a tough time dealing with the vendors who were older than him.

“I came across professional vendors, who did not like the fact kids were there,” he recalled. “I’m 14 years old and a guy, probably in his late-50s, is yelling [at me], ‘Hey, kid, that was my sale!’”

Hanks. of course, opted not to become a professional vendor and instead went on to star in a collection of acclaimed movies, including Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan.

While Hanks’ involvement with the A’s brings some welcomed humor to the start of the season, much of that could be in jeopardy. The league postponed the Miami Marlins’ season this week after at least 15 players and two staff members were diagnosed with coronavirus. This could have repercussions for the rest of the league if more teams have similar experiences.

The shortened 60-game MLB season opened last Thursday night with the New York Yankees visiting the Washington Nationals, and the Los Angeles Dodgers taking on the San Francisco Giants.

By Ali  /  on Jul 27, 2020  /  Commented by 0

Congratulations to Tom & Rita on becoming Greek citizens!