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Robert Zemeckis In Talks To Direct Tom Hanks In 3D Toy Adaptation 'Major Matt Mason'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2011 1:35 AM
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HBO Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' Planned To Be Effects-Heavy Six Season SeriesThe colossal failure of motion-capture animation "Mars Needs Moms," and the subsequent cancellation by Disney on the planned performance capture remake of "Yellow Submarine," seems to have given Robert Zemeckis, something of a pioneer of the format, pause for thought. The director of mega-hits like "Back to the Future" and "Forrest Gump" hasn't made a live action picture since 2000's double bill of "What Lies Beneath" and "Cast Away," but recent months have seen him linked to any number of potential projects starring real people, rather than dead-eyed facsimiles, including a remake of "The Wizard of Oz" (not happening, thank God), "The Man of Steel," a sequel to "Roger Rabbit," and long-gestating time travel romance "Replay."

'Larry Crowne' Media Onslaught Continues With Second Trailer

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • June 10, 2011 10:20 AM
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Hopes To Corner Fickle Trekkie Crowd With George Takei Cameo "I told my agents that I wasn't going to play pussies anymore," Tom Hanks declared in a recent interview with W Magazine, and if this second trailer for "Larry Crowne" is anything to go by, we are in for a gritty, bone-crunching career makeover. Just kidding. It's a sweet, gentle romantic comedy co-starring Julia Roberts, with America's sweethearts backed up by an absurd coalition of talent, including Peter Scolari, Bryan Cranston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wilmer Valderrama, Jon Seda, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Rami Malek, Malcolm Barrett, Maria Canals Barrera, Holmes Osborne, Pam Grier, Grace Gummer, Rita Wilson, Dale Dye, Bob Stephenson and...George Takei, though this writer would bet we've seen 75% of the performance of the latter in the trailer.

Ben Whishaw & Hugo Weaving Join Tom Hanks & Halle Berry In 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 7:23 AM
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Actors Will Play Multiple Roles In ProjectTo date, The Wachowskis have never quite lived up to their promise. After a strong debut with lesbian noir "Bound," they reinvented the action movie with "The Matrix," a film as seriously influential as any since "Star Wars" -- hence the slavish copycats that have clogged up sci-fi pictures in the last 10 years. But the sequels were bloated and near-unwatchable, failing to understand what made the first film special, while their only other directorial credit since -- "Speed Racer" -- gave us a giant headache, even if we can sort of understand those who defend it as a piece of pop art.

Wachowski & Tom Tykwer Directed, Tom Hanks-Led 'Cloud Atlas' Starts Filming In September

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2011 8:32 AM
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After months of speculation and rumor, some definitive word has landed about the adaptation of David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas," and it's now officially moving ahead.

Watch: Oprah's Dream Comes True As Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts Kiss In Trailer For 'Larry Crowne'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2011 5:28 AM
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You can practically hear the 35-49 segment in a studio marketing executive's pie-chart presentation exploding upon the release of the first trailer for the Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts rom-com "Larry Crowne."

Tom Hanks To Play Captain Richard Phillips In True Somali Pirate Hostage Story

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2011 7:36 AM
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While Tom Hanks will exercise his increasingly rare funny bone in this summer's "Larry Crowne," the actor isn't wasting any time lining up prestige projects. He's already attached to star in Kathryn Bigelow's brewing drug trade drama "Triple Frontier" and he's currently filming "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" with Stephen Daldry. Well, one more Oscar-bait picture has joined the queue.

Disney Teams Tom Hanks & Tim Allen For 'Jungle Cruise'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2011 6:58 AM
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With the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise already making Disney a kajillion dollars, the studio has been eager to turn another theme park ride into a movie with a number of projects in the works, however, none have had names of his caliber attached yet.

Watch: Operatic Clip From 'Larry Crowne' Starring Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2011 6:21 AM
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Oscar season is now in the rearview, and the months of tentpole/blockbuster fare lie ahead and in terms of star power, it won't get much bigger this summer than "Larry Crowne" with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

John Goodman Joins 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close' With Sandra Bullock & Tom Hanks

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 4, 2011 1:56 AM
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Adaptation Aiming For Fall Release That Will Coincide With 10 Year Anniversary Of 9/11Looks like John Goodman is on a bit of a roll.

Dan Brown To Rewrite Adaptation Of His Own Book 'The Lost Symbol'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 21, 2010 3:02 AM
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Presumably The Original Draft Wasn't Idiotic Enough Never underestimate the appetites of the general public for badly written, dull mystery movies: despite the disappointing US gross of Sony's "Angels & Demons," the film made close to half a billion dollars worldwide, continuing the success that the studio had with the first film based on author Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series, "The Da Vinci Code," back in 2006. With Brown's third novel featuring the character, "The Lost Symbol," becoming the fastest-selling adult novel of all time on its release last year, Sony swiftly moved ahead on an adaptation of that too.

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