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Flashback 1998: Watch 'Saving Private Ryan' Making-Of Doc & Vintage 'Siskel & Ebert' Review

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2013 4:45 PM
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Want to get an idea of just how much the idea of summer movies has changed? It was fifteen years ago today that Steven Spielberg's nearly three-hour long WWII epic "Saving Private Ryan" landed in theatres. Can you imagine any studio these days giving up a plum summer date for a grim, nearly three-hour long, R-rated war movie? It's almost inconceivable.

Tom Hanks & Ron Howard Reteam For More Robert Langdon Adventures In 'Inferno,' 2015 Release Date Set

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2013 5:48 PM
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Remember when everyone— including your mom, best friend, guitar teacher, bus driver, mailman and butcher— was devouring "The Da Vinci Code"? It's hard to remember that a book that corny and poorly written somehow became a phenomenon (oh wait, "Fifty Shades Of Grey"...) but not only was a pop culture moment, it spawned the hit movie that made a tidy $758 million worldwide. But by time the followup "Angels & Demons" arrived three years later, interest had cooled, and it only collected $458 million. Still, $458 million is $458 million and it looks like Sony wants to scrape up whatever Dan Brown dollars are left.

Watch: Trailer For Disney Porn/'Mary Poppins' Prequel 'Saving Mr. Banks' Starring Tom Hanks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2013 12:40 PM
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Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks Emma Thompson
The talent is immense and extensive—Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Ruth Wilson and more—the story is interesting (the true tale of Walt Disney's attempt to get "Mary Poppins" made, and it's Oscar chances solidified by having John Lee Hancock, the director behind the feel-good smash hit “The Blind Side,” at the helm. So then why does the first trailer for "Saving Mr. Banks" feel like a long three-minute commercial for the magic of Walt Disney and its resorts?

First Look At Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson In Walt Disney/'Mary Poppins' Story 'Saving Mr. Banks'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 10:18 AM
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Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks Emma Thompson
As always, the Oscar race is still pretty hazy from this far out, but it's safe to say that anything involving Tom Hanks is likely to be in the mix. Indeed, we said as much when we made some (way too early) predictions back in early spring, but it can't be denied that on paper, "Saving Mr. Banks" looks like a strong awards season horse. And we have our first look at the movie.

'Cloud Atlas' Duo Tom Hanks & Tom Tykwer Reteam For Adaptation Of Dave Eggers' 'A Hologram For The King'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2013 10:35 PM
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From one acclaimed book from another, it looks like Tom Hanks and Tom Tykwer aren't done tackling well-received pieces of literature, though hopefully this time, Hanks will leave his various grab bag of accents at home.

First Image Debuts From 'Toy Story of Terror' Halloween Special; Brenda Chapman Weighs In On 'Brave' Princess Controversy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 15, 2013 9:45 AM
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Anyone who thought that Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story" franchise would really be kaput following "Toy Story 3" (a movie that practically crow-barred tears out of even the most hardened misanthrope) were, of course, out of their collective minds. Since the third film was released, we've had three dazzling theatrical short films ("Hawaiian Vacation," "Small Fry," and "Partysaurus Rex") and idle chatter of a fourth film, while the characters still live on in the ever-evolving Toy Story Midway Mania attraction at both the Disney California Adventure and Disney's Hollywood Studios parks on either coast. And come Halloween, we'll get something even more special – a 22-minute TV special called "Toy Story of Terror," the first image of which debuted today. Also, former Pixar director Brenda Chapman weighs in on the controversy surrounding her "Brave" character Merida becoming an official Disney Princess.

Watch: Riveting Trailer For Paul Greengrass' 'Captain Phillips' Starring Tom Hanks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2013 12:30 PM
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It has been three years since Paul Greengrass' last film, the lukewarm "Green Zone," and while in the interim there was much chatter about another return to 'Bourne,' the director himself has buckled down and hit the open water for his next effort "Captain Phillips," and damn, does it ever look good.

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. 

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