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Weekend Box Office: Boy Wizard Trumps Batman As 'Deathly Hallows Pt. 2' Has All-Time Biggest Opening

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 17, 2011 5:19 AM
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And so we have box office history.

In Theaters: Crashy Crash Space Robot 'Splosion Fest

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 1, 2011 5:30 AM
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And a very merry "Transformers" weekend to you too! Celebrate America's birthday by indulging in the fireworks fest that is Michael Bay's third "Transformers" epic, wherein modern American history gets rewritten, Shia LaBoeuf gets a new PYT whose reputation he can disparage in two years, and the city of Chicago gets its turn as the 'burb that gets destroyed in the most spectacular way possible! If wanton destruction isn't your thing, take your grandparents to go see Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in "Larry Crowne." Or your little sister to go see "Monte Carlo." Or get outside, bare some arms, eat some grilled meat and drink some domestic beers. It's only appropriate. Also Happy Canada Day to our Canadian brethren. I'm not sure how they celebrate that, but I sincerely hope it's with fire and meat, like how we do. And to our friends in the U.K., do you have a holiday this weekend? If not, I suggest having an ironic 4th of July party-- cut the sleeves off a t-shirt and the legs off some jeans, put on some aviators, drink something out of a can and light something on fire. There you go! Yay!

The Essentials: 5 Tom Hanks Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 30, 2011 5:53 AM
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For comedians aspiring to be dramatic actors, there is no better model than Tom Hanks. A two-time Academy Award winner and five-time nominee, this unflashy, modern-day Jimmy Stewart or Henry Fonda has also shown every struggling actor on earth that if you persevere you can actually make people forget you started out as a comedian and then simply a romantic comedy lead (remember the dreaded "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle" years). Hell, if you endure long enough you can even wipe out the memory of TV movies like "Mazes and Monsters" and sitcoms like "Bosom Buddies" (where's that other dude now?).The first man to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars since Spencer Tracy, he embodies a kind of fundamental decency like few others, but to stereotype him in that way does the star a disservice: like Stewart and Fonda, some of his most engaging performances come when he subverts that persona.

Review: 'Larry Crowne' Finds Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts In A Miscalculated, Muddled Rom-Com

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 29, 2011 1:59 AM
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People get excited about a new Tom Hanks movie simply because people fucking love Tom Hanks. He's both an affable everyman and a huge movie star, and in the performances he leaves on screen, whether it’s a slow-witted American who happens into great moments of history, a gay man living with AIDS, or a modern executive stranded on a sandy desert island, you root for him to succeed, even when he takes missteps (like duplicating himself for a creepy computer animated project or playing the most mild "bad guy" imaginable), because you both love seeing him in the movies and also want to invite him over for dinner.

The Cast Of 'Larry Crowne' Weighs In On Tom Hanks & This Summer's Anti-Tentpole

  • By Leah Zak
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  • June 28, 2011 4:26 AM
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Co-written, directed by and starring Tom Hanks, "Larry Crowne" is an upbeat look at a life completely rebuilt. Despite the timely plotline -- a man fired from his job must completely reverse his life direction -- the film itself is filled with good-natured laughs, a beautiful setting in Southern California, an odd performance from George Takei and a lot of hope. In fact, one of the primary questions we were left with was, where's the conflict? But while these characters certainly face challenges, the tone remains rather light, which, according to the filmmakers, was what they intended. As Hanks' co-writer on the film, Nia Vardalos explained, "This is not a downer movie, this is an uplifting movie and yet it is not out of the realm of ordinary."

Tom Hanks Rocks With Tom Petty, ELO, Smokey Robinson & More On 'Larry Crowne' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2011 4:48 AM
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It doesn't get much more star-studded at the July 4th box office than a movie pairing up Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. But with families getting together on the upcoming long weekend, people will sure want to find something everyone can enjoy with Grandma and "Larry Crowne" will certainly be a better, less deafening option than "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

Nia Vardalos Talks Keeping Things Light With 'Larry Crowne'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • June 21, 2011 7:14 AM
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The Writer/Actress Also Hints At What She'll Be Doing Next The Tom Hanks vehicle (he starred, directed and co-wrote the film) “Larry Crowne” won’t scoot into theatres until July 1st, but we’re already rolling out a peek of our coverage, as we recently had the opportunity to sit in on a press conference with the film’s other writer, Nia Vardalos. Perhaps best known for her critically-acclaimed debut “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” – which her 'Crowne' cohort, Hanks, produced – Vardalos weighed in on the value of a hard day’s work, what she has coming up, as well as keeping ‘Crowne’ uplifting in a time when the story has become all too relevant.

'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.

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."

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.

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