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Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan Reunite For 'Ithaca'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2014 6:34 PM
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Tom Hanks Meg Ryan You've Got Mail
The younger readers out there may not remember how much of a box office powerhouse Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan once were. What started as playful chemistry in "Joe Versus The Volanco," erupted into a pair of romantic comedy classics, "Sleepless In Seattle" and "You've Got Mail." Now, sixteen years after they traded emails on the big screen, Hanks and Ryan are back together again, though not quite in the capacity you might expect.

2014 Oscar Nominations: The Biggest Shocks, Snubs & Surprises

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2014 11:07 AM
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Oscar Snubs, Surprises: 2014
Well, the Oscar nominations are in and Twitter has exploded with the usual flurry of WTF?s, OMG!s and TOLDJA!s (perhaps we follow the wrong people). And while in general it seems like a lot of the last-minute trend predictions went in the right direction (Redford went very cool for “All is Lost,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” too, though perhaps not quite icy enough to predict a near-total shut-out), in amongst the various entirely expected nominations, there were a fair number of films and performances we didn’t expect to see, and a few we had to double check we didn’t (you can read our full predictions here to see how right and wrong we were).

Interview: Tom Hanks & Paul Greengrass Talk ‘Captain Phillips’ & The Raw Acting Ability of Barkhad Abdi

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 9, 2014 3:18 PM
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Captain Phillips
In the fury of awards season, great films that arrived with strong buzz and critical plaudits can get lost if they arrived earlier in the year. One film that was released in October, but still holds on with strong sea legs is “Captain Phillips” (it’s scored recent DGA, PGA and Golden Globe nominations). Directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, this in-the-moment thriller is a harrowing drama based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged Maersk Alabama.

Review: Decent & Well-Acted 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 10, 2013 7:07 PM
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Saving Mr. Banks
Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classics like "Hitchcock." In recent years, "The Artist" and "Argo" have both been critical and commercial successes (and not coincidentally, Best Picture Oscar winners), and Disney are clearly hoping that the same kind of success follows for "Saving Mr. Banks," which examines one of the family friendly company's most beloved films, 1964's "Mary Poppins," and their own founder and figurehead, Walt Disney, here played by megastar Tom Hanks.

Watch: Tom Hanks Talks 'Philadelphia' Controversy, Working With Spielberg & More In 11-Minute Highlight Reel From BAFTA Tribute

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • November 14, 2013 9:42 AM
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You may find it hard to believe, but it’s been almost thirty years since Tom Hanks made his feature film breakthrough in Ron Howard’s “Splash.” That film jumpstarted a career which first saw Hanks spend the rest of the ‘80s establishing himself as a leading man, mostly appearing in comedies. Now, not all of the films he made back in those days were a success, so it must have been surprising at the time to see Turner from “Turner & Hootch” soon catapult himself to the top of the A-list. He starred in some of the biggest films of the 1990s, won two Oscars, and managed to have that success carry over into the present day.
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Watch: New Clip, 2 Featurettes & Complete Details On 2-Disc Soundtrack For 'Saving Mr. Banks'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2013 2:45 PM
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Saving Mr. Banks
An oooey-gooey love letter by Disney to themselves, or an actual movie with real drama and emotion? That's question surrounding the upcoming "Saving Mr. Banks," the movie about the journey to get "Mary Poppins" on the big screen. And the good news is: the movie works. Our review out of the BFI London Film Festival notes, the film is "moving, and nicely captures the creative process in a way that some movies-about-movies struggle with." And now you can check out a whole lot more of what's in store from the film.

BFI London Film Festival Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 20, 2013 6:00 PM
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Saving Mr. Banks
Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classics like "Hitchcock." In recent years, "The Artist" and "Argo" have both been critical and commercial successes (and not coincidentally, Best Picture Oscar winners), and Disney are clearly hoping that the same kind of success follows for "Saving Mr. Banks," which examines one of the family friendly company's most beloved films, 1964's "Mary Poppins," and their own founder and figurehead, Walt Disney, here played by megastar Tom Hanks.

Review: 'Toy Story Of Terror!' Is A Hauntingly Great Halloween Special

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 14, 2013 11:04 AM
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When development began on what would eventually become "Toy Story," back in the early '90s, the project was not envisioned as the first-ever fully computer-generated animated feature. No, back then Disney and Pixar's goal was more modest: it would be a television special, timed to Christmas and based in part on John Lasseter's Academy Award-winning short film "Tin Toy." The team at Pixar still wanted to do a feature, but a 30-minute television special would be the perfect in-between; these were filmmakers who had very limited experience actually hammering out the fundamentals of long-form storytelling. In Disney's estimation (particularly animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg), Pixar had to walk before they could crawl. Of course, that didn't happen.

Review: Paul Greengrass' Harrowing, Absorbing Thriller 'Captain Phillips' Starring Tom Hanks

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 11, 2013 5:38 PM
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Captain Phillips
Comparing oranges and apples tends not to be conducive to any critical discourse, but to get something off my chest that I can’t shake (and hopefully provides some convincing context), in the fall sweepstakes to create the most gripping, immersive and emotionally resonant survival tale, Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” has the surprisingly thematically similar “Gravity” licked. With apologies to Alfonso Cuarón’s film, which I enjoyed, the buzzier effort may be an enveloping visual tour-de-force, but the one (wo)man-against-the-universe endurance saga in space lacks in character development and genuinely convincing emotional stakes. These are not, however, narrative areas that “Captain Phillips” is deficient in. In fact, its character and rich emotional layers are what elevates the film from a precisely-told absorbing thriller into something much more potent and powerful: a breathtakingly harrowing tale of survival and grueling desperation that redefines the term “nailbiter.”

Watch: Tom Hanks Gets Taken In 3 New Clips From 'Captain Phillips'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 11:15 AM
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Captain Phillips
While "Gravity" is undoubtedly a gripping experience, there are some of us at The Playlist that might argue that Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" is just as harrowing, thrilling and nerve-wracking as Alfonso Cuaron's space spectacle. Either way, if you can make one of the advance screenings this Saturday we urge you to do so, but if not, the film opens next week and it's worth getting in line for.

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