May 11, 2015 |
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.
November 4, 2014 |
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.
October 11, 2013 |
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.
October 11, 2013 |
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!"
October 10, 2013 |
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...
October 7, 2013 |
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.
December 12, 2012 |
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.
October 30, 2012 |
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.
September 5, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Michael Clarke Duncan, 54, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death-row inmate in The Green Mile and such other box-office hits as Armageddon , Planet of the Apes and Kung Fu Panda , died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack, said his fiancee, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, in a statement released...
September 3, 2012 |
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bradley Cooper will be there. Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz will be there. Bill Murray and Tom Hanks and Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Halle Berry and Jennifer Lawrence and Keira Knightley and Jackie Chan will be there. So, too, will hundreds of filmmakers, journalists, acquisition execs, festival programmers, and thousands and thousands of movie lovers. The 37th Toronto International Film Festival begins its eleven-day run Thursday - with the premiere of Rian Johnson's Looper, a time-travel thriller starring the aforementioned Gordon-Levitt, and Bruce Willis , Emily Blunt , Paul Dano , and Jeff Daniels . As in past years, the studios are using the largest moviefest in North America to launch their prestige pictures, the ones that will be jockeying for awards consideration in the coming months.