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October 11, 2013 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
IN THE beginning of his career, Tom Hanks was known for wearing a dress (TV's "Bosom Buddies"). Then he got a starring role in a movie, and he was known for falling in love with a mermaid ("Splash"). He made some other good movies during his first decade in Hollywood (most notably "Big"), but it all changed for Hanks in the 1990s, when he went from lovable goofball to the male actor of the decade. Just three years removed from starring opposite a dog in "Turner & Hooch," Hanks went on a six-year run with "A League of Their Own," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Philadelphia," "Forrest Gump," "Apollo 13," "Toy Story," "That Thing You Do!"
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Hanks, man of letters Seems James Franco and Snooki aren't the only celebs who know how to write stories and poems and books and such. Tom Hanks , 58, the only human on the planet it is impossible to dislike (even we can't help but adore the perennial movie good guy), has signed with Alfred A. Knopf to publish a collection of his short stories. Hanks, who recently published a yarn in the New Yorker, says each story is inspired by a piece from his extensive collection of typewriters.
NEWS
December 12, 2012 | By Dan Gross
TOM HANKS will help mentor aspiring screenwriter Gabriel Posey , a Melrose Park native who recently returned from serving in Afghanistan and who got hooked up with Hanks by ABC News' Bob Woodruff as part of his "Standing Up for Heroes" series. Posey, 32, who spent nine years in the Army, decided to enlist while studying English literature at Temple. Now that he's home, he told Woodruff, he wanted to pursue his passion of working in movies or television. Woodruff connected Posey, who achieved the rank of staff sergeant, with Hanks, whose acting/directing career has included a number of military projects such as "Saving Private Ryan," and "The Pacific," and surprised Posey with the news in a video clip aired online Monday on ABCNews.com.
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October 16, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
Now that Harper Lee has revealed Atticus Finch to be Archie Bunker, America needs a new lawyer to embody the courageous and humane application of the rule of law. "Bridge of Spies" nominates James Donovan, a name drawn from history - in 1959, Donovan was plucked from a prosperous private firm practicing insurance law and assigned to represent accused Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). This was a legal task few wanted, which of course made it the legal case all the more necessary and important - on trial are both the spy and the ideals embodied in the U.S. Constitution.
NEWS
July 3, 2011 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Tom Hanks looks darn good for 55. He also looks darn good for Tom Hanks. Slimmer than in recent years. Sunnier than Robert Langdon, the oddly coiffed symbologist/sleuth he played in The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Sharper-dressed, too, in a midnight-blue blazer, black shirt, and Levi's. And why not? In Larry Crowne, which opened Friday, Hanks plays the guy who first loses his job and then his house, enrolls in community college, gets a makeover from the second-cutest female on campus, and dates the cutest one, a speech teacher played by Julia Roberts.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - Tom Hanks' long gestating Web series is coming to Yahoo. "Electric City," an animated futuristic series will premiere this spring. The series includes 20 episodes, each three or four minutes long. Yahoo, Hanks and production partners Playtone and Reliance Entertainment, announced plans for the series yesterday at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For Hanks, the release caps the actor's efforts to find the right avenue for the project. He first tried to make the series using puppets.
NEWS
October 10, 2011
Charles Napier, 75, whose granite jaw, toothy grin, and steely stare made him one of the most recognizable actors movie and TV audiences never heard of, died Wednesday at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. From the dim-witted country music star John Belushi flimflammed in The Blues Brothers to the scheming military intelligence officer who matched wits with Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood II , Mr. Napier appeared in scores of films and TV shows in a career spanning more than 40 years.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
SOMALIAN pirates take to the seas hoping to change their lives, even if it's at the expense of someone else's life. But no Somalian pirate may have his life changed more than Barkhad Abdi, and it won't come at anyone's expense. Abdi isn't a pirate - he just plays one very convincingly in the new film "Captain Phillips. " Abdi grew up in strife-filled Somalia, "saw the war," he said, "overheard the chaos, the killing and disaster, and was heartbroken. " He said that, in Somalia, "there were no options, no government, no schools, no structure - just warlords and guns.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
EVERY AWARDS season has them - ambitious, star-studded adaptations of tricky postmodern literature. Adaptations that don't quite work. A few years ago, it was "Atonement. " I'd also nominate "The Hours" or "The Reader," both of which were brought to screen by Stephen Daldry, who's at it again in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. " This year he's taken on Jonathan Safran Foer's 9/11 novel, with an Oscar-vetted cast that includes Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Viola Davis, not to mention Jeffrey Wright and Max Von Sydow.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kim Kardashian wasn't worried Saturday night about behemoth storm Sandy bearing down on the eastern United States. A mermaid encased in green satin and topped by a copious blond wig, she hosted her New York Halloween party as a mermaid, joking that boyfriend Kanye West - natty in nautical stripes - could "sail" her to safety if need be. (He smiled but stayed mum.) It's the second year she's hosted the Midori Green Halloween party, part of her endorsement deal with the liquor company.
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March 17, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Taylor Swift by the numbers Taylor Swift , Wyomissing's own girlie-girl-turned-global- music-industry-giant, is ready to commit to beau Calvin Harris , 32, till death - or a no-fault divorce - do them part in a $2 mil wedding, says OK! mag. ( Selena Gomez will be maid of honor, Hollywood Life says.) Swift, who has dated the Scottish DJ and producer for only a year, reportedly doesn't want him to sign a prenup. It's a dangerous idea: She's worth $280 mil, while his fortune adds up to a paltry $110 mil. The couple has not confirmed or refuted the various reports.
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
Now that Harper Lee has revealed Atticus Finch to be Archie Bunker, America needs a new lawyer to embody the courageous and humane application of the rule of law. "Bridge of Spies" nominates James Donovan, a name drawn from history - in 1959, Donovan was plucked from a prosperous private firm practicing insurance law and assigned to represent accused Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). This was a legal task few wanted, which of course made it the legal case all the more necessary and important - on trial are both the spy and the ideals embodied in the U.S. Constitution.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
M. Night Shyamalan is returning to the house! The Blumhouse. After finding box-office success with his low-budget thriller "The Visit," M. Night will reteam with low-budget thriller producer Jason Blum for an untitled project to star James McAvoy , Betty Buckley , Anya Taylor Joy , Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson . Variety reports that M. Night will write and direct. He'll co-produce with the busy Blum and Marc Bienstock . Plot details remain secret, Variety said, but the film will likely include elements of the supernatural.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bang! Pop! Fizzle . . . On Aug. 26, a couple of K's, Kris Jenner and Khloé Kardashian , sailed out past the Los Angeles Marina and set off a buncha fireworks for the birthday of their guest, basketball beardo James Harden . Serious fireworks, yo, deafening. Absolutely terrified folks with beach homes, who then complained. Well, pffft, damp squib, the L.A. County district attorney says no charges will be brought, even though the Sheriff's Office wanted disturbing the peace. Those poor quintillionaire beach-house-owning Angelenos can still sue in small claims court.
TRAVEL
May 11, 2015 | By Brendan Lowe, For The Inquirer
My wife and I had many adventures while in New Zealand on our recent honeymoon. We rode rafts down rivers and flew in a helicopter that landed on a glacier. We took buses, bikes, and ferries; we even took a train across the country. But my biggest thrill of the entire trip - besides being with my bride, of course - was stationary, free, and did not involve a human. It involved a sheep. His name was Tom. Tom was one of three sheep kept on the grounds of a bed and breakfast where we stayed on the North Island.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Hanks, man of letters Seems James Franco and Snooki aren't the only celebs who know how to write stories and poems and books and such. Tom Hanks , 58, the only human on the planet it is impossible to dislike (even we can't help but adore the perennial movie good guy), has signed with Alfred A. Knopf to publish a collection of his short stories. Hanks, who recently published a yarn in the New Yorker, says each story is inspired by a piece from his extensive collection of typewriters.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
SOMALIAN pirates take to the seas hoping to change their lives, even if it's at the expense of someone else's life. But no Somalian pirate may have his life changed more than Barkhad Abdi, and it won't come at anyone's expense. Abdi isn't a pirate - he just plays one very convincingly in the new film "Captain Phillips. " Abdi grew up in strife-filled Somalia, "saw the war," he said, "overheard the chaos, the killing and disaster, and was heartbroken. " He said that, in Somalia, "there were no options, no government, no schools, no structure - just warlords and guns.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
IN THE beginning of his career, Tom Hanks was known for wearing a dress (TV's "Bosom Buddies"). Then he got a starring role in a movie, and he was known for falling in love with a mermaid ("Splash"). He made some other good movies during his first decade in Hollywood (most notably "Big"), but it all changed for Hanks in the 1990s, when he went from lovable goofball to the male actor of the decade. Just three years removed from starring opposite a dog in "Turner & Hooch," Hanks went on a six-year run with "A League of Their Own," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Philadelphia," "Forrest Gump," "Apollo 13," "Toy Story," "That Thing You Do!"
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's become too taxing to resist the daily onslaught of faux news about Miley Cyrus . We surrender: We'll publish every scrap we see. In the latest, the overexposed singer's pa, Billy Ray Cyrus , has decided to open up about the state of Miley's soul in these dark times since her engagement to Liam Hemsworth collapsed and she began making a fool of herself with phallic objects in front of every camera pointed at her. MiCy, BiCy...
NEWS
October 7, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
It's a moment rife with dread, surprise, panic, suspense. In Captain Phillips , Paul Greengrass' white-knuckle reenactment of the 2009 hijacking of a U.S.-flagged freighter in the Arabian Sea, four Somali pirates take the bridge of the Maersk Alabama. It is the first time that Muse , the lean, stone-eyed leader of the marauders, and Richard Phillips , the mariner in charge of the giant container vessel, meet. And for Greengrass, it was a doubly crucial moment.
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