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Tom Hanks returning to World War II with “In the Garden of Beasts” (photo)

Tom Hanks returning to World War II with “In the Garden of Beasts”

It’s fair to say that Tom Hanks has a certain interest in World War II, starring in “Saving Private Ryan,” and producing both “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.” Now comes news that the Hanks will be returning to the time period as he and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone has acquired the rights to the nonfiction […]

Even Ron Howard is sick of those Dan Brown novels (photo)

Even Ron Howard is sick of those Dan Brown novels

Despite (or maybe because of) a laughably bad Tom Hanks haircut and plots that appear pieced together from all of the History Channel’s most sensational documentaries, Ron Howard’s adaptations of Dan Brown’s popular pot boilers have been rousing successes for the director. Now, in the wake of the news that Howard’s much-ballyhooed “Dark Tower” adaptation […]

Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” Is Coming  (photo)

Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” Is Coming

Neil Gaiman isn’t busy enough. Apparently. The author turned movie and television writer and sometimes producer and director, is adapting his wildly popular novel, “American Gods,” for television. And he’s teaming up with Tom Hanks to do it. Maybe they are bosom buddies? (Sorry.) Gaiman hasn’t written a full television series since 1996’s “Neverwhere,” but […]

Colin Hanks Funds Tower Records Documentary With Grassroots Donations (photo)

Colin Hanks Funds Tower Records Documentary With Grassroots Donations

Tom Hanks’ actor son Colin Hanks (not to be confused with the rapper son, Chet Hanks) has been trying to get a documentary about Tower Records off the ground for about three years. The little record store that started in Hanks’ hometown of Sacramento California in 1960, grew into a music retail empire earning over […]

Happy Monday: The Coen Brothers’ “The Ladykillers”  (photo)

Happy Monday: The Coen Brothers’ “The Ladykillers”

It’s no secret that we love Joel and Ethan Coen a.k.a. the Coen Brothers. From “Blood Simple” to “True Grit” we are founding members of their fan club. Naturally we are excited to show their film “The Ladykillers” at 3:45 p.m. ET today. The film is an update of the Ealing Pictures classic and the […]

Julia Roberts’ Opera Sing-Along (photo)

Julia Roberts’ Opera Sing-Along

Tom Hanks went on the “Jimmy Kimmel Show” last night promoting his film “Larry Crowne” in which he stars with Julia Roberts. It’s only Hank’s second time directing a feature and the first time since 1996’s “That Thing You Do!” As Cinematical points out he also co-wrote with Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), […]

‘Sling Blade’ And The Portrayal of Developmental Disability (photo)

‘Sling Blade’ And The Portrayal of Developmental Disability

Tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET we are showing Sling Blade, a film that marked the directorial debut of country singer turned actor Billy Bob Thornton. The film was based on George Hickenlooper’s acclaimed short “Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade” and brought Thornton into Hollywood’s spotlight and, perhaps, to Angelina Jolie’s attention. (Remember when […]

Five Simple Rules for Mermaid Movies (photo)

Five Simple Rules for Mermaid Movies

Technically, Ondine — the title character of Neil Jordan’s new film — isn’t a mermaid. When she winds up in fisherman Colin Farrell’s net in the middle of the ocean, his daughter (Alison Barry) becomes convinced that she might be a selkie, a mythological seal-human hybrid of European folklore that the father and daughter take […]

Summer (Business) Hours. (photo)

Summer (Business) Hours.

Tom Hanks’ production company is planning a remake of Olivier Assayas’ “Summer Hours,” news that doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Assuming someone can get it together for an adequate rewrite, the result won’t be remotely the same movie. It might not be any good either, but that has nothing to do with trying to […]

Guy Movies for Girls, Girl Movies for Guys (photo)

Guy Movies for Girls, Girl Movies for Guys

“Whip It,” Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, is an unabashed chick flick set in Austin’s roller derby scene that might, given the chance, nevertheless prove just as enjoyable for the dudes in the audience. The film inspired this week’s IFC News podcast, in which we swap marketing demos, with Alison picking out “guy movies” she likes, […]