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Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Actor Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 27, 2013 2:45 PM
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As part of our steady quest to go cold turkey from the Oscar season over the next few days, we've been running down some of our possibilities for the films that will be elbowing each other for awards in 2014. Yesterday, we looked at Best Picture, and today, we turn to Best Actor, won this year by Daniel Day-Lewis.

Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg Find Book To Adapt For Next WWII Project For HBO

  • By India Ross
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  • January 28, 2013 3:21 PM
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Down at HBO, World War II is in the cards. OK, figuratively. But the Big Bertha of premium cable has taken to the mic to confirm details of another release which has the makings of a new box-set staple and a veritable howitzer to the already-frayed morale of rival networks.

The Weinstein Company Pick Up Former Gus Vant Sant/Tom Hanks Project ' How Starbucks Saved My Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 6:50 PM
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Are you ready for the story of how a coffee conglomerate helped save the life of an executive? Man, we can already visualize the synergized tie-in lattes and soundtrack CDs. 

Review: 'Cloud Atlas' Is Bold, Messy & Disappointingly Unimaginative

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2012 6:32 PM
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  • 23 Comments
With The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer literally throwing a critic off the roof of a building to his death in the opening moments of the nearly three-hour "Cloud Atlas," it's clear that they aren't concerned in the slightest with how this ambitious effort will be received. And you certainly have to give the trio of directors some respect for their approach, which tag teams an all-star cast, gives them multiple roles and spreads the story across nearly a half dozen time periods. But for all their boldness in narrative approach, the adaptation of David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas" is also a mess, with an attempt to mix its various genres under a universal thematic banner that never quite coheres.

50 New Cloud Atlas Photos Confirms The Cast Wears A Lot Of Silly Looking Make-Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2012 2:26 PM
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  • 9 Comments
"Cloud Atlas" features many things -- narratives, characters, special effects...but it also has a lot of makeup. A lot. With the extended principal cast -- Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, and Bae Doona -- playing multiple roles in a tale that spans centuries, the trick was making them look similar, yet also distinct in each case. And for the most part it works, and you don't really notice it. But time to time, it is distracting. (We're looking at you, Thug Hanks).

Watch: Spoiler-Ish Clip From 'Cloud Atlas' Jumps Through All The Film's Storylines

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 28, 2012 9:00 AM
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Let’s get this out of the way up front. If you want to walk into the Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski Starship's “Cloud Atlas” pure, do not watch the video below. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. However, if you've read the book already it probably won't be too big of a deal.

Michel Hazanavicius In Talks To Direct Tom Hanks, Maybe Natalie Portman In 'In The Garden Of Beasts'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2012 8:29 PM
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An hour or so ago, most of the moviegoing world had their eyes on the trailer premiere for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," tipped by many to lead to Oscars for both the director and its star, Daniel Day-Lewis. And yet at the same time, last year's Best Director Academy Award winner, and one of only five living actors with as many gold statues as Day-Lewis, were sneakily making plans for a film that looks like it could be a future awards juggernaut, and may be bringing along a recent Best Actress winner too.

TIFF Review: 'Cloud Atlas' Is Bold, Messy & Disappointingly Unimaginative

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 8, 2012 10:07 PM
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  • 53 Comments
With The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer literally throwing a critic off the roof of a building to his death in the opening moments of the nearly three-hour "Cloud Atlas," it's clear that they aren't concerned in the slightest with how this ambitious effort will be received. And you certainly have to give the trio of directors some respect for their approach, which tag teams an all-star cast, gives them multiple roles and spreads the story across nearly a half dozen time periods. But for all their boldness in narrative approach, "Cloud Atlas" is also a mess, with an attempt to mix its various genres under a universal thematic banner that never quite coheres.

Tom Hanks To Produce JFK Assassination Drama 'Parkland'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • August 17, 2012 9:16 AM
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It's safe to say that whenever actor Tom Hanks switches to being a producer, his preference is for projects that delve into an American historical event. Whether it's the HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon," "Band of Brothers" or "The Pacific," Hanks clearly has a keen interest in the past, and his latest project is no different, as it explores the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

'Cloud Atlas' Visual Timeline Reveals More Photos Of The Past & Future Faces Of Its Cast

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 5, 2012 9:17 AM
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The biggest question mark of the year has to be the highly ambitious, Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski-helmed epic adaptation of David Mitchell’s acclaimed and dense best-seller, “Cloud Atlas.” After a long period of silence and secrecy that’s usually reserved for Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams pictures, the past couple of weeks has seen an abundance of information regarding the project surface, including an impressive six-minute trailer. And now the official website has unveiled a sort-of-timeline featuring the sprawling cast of characters.

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