Tom Hanks: The Accidental Actor

THE POSTThe way Tom Hanks makes even the most challenging role look easy, you’d swear he was born to be a star. Surprisingly, though, he didn’t land his first on-screen role until he was 23, in a little-known horror movie called He Knows You’re Alone. (Grossing less than $5 million, it ranked below The Gong Show Movie on the 1980 box office list.) Since then, though, Hanks has become one of the industry’s most prolific — and most-honored — actors. Nomination for five Academy Awards, he’s taken home the Oscar twice, and he’s starred in beloved movies like Big, Splash, Saving Private Ryan, and Forrest Gump, to name just a few. So it’s a little surprising to hear Hanks tell us about how he never intended to become an actor when he went off to college. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Hanks)

Tom Hanks will most likely earn his sixth Oscar nomination for Steven Spielberg’s The Post, which is in theaters now.

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Sheldon Loves Amy, And So Does Mayim Bialik!

In her time on The Big Bang Theory, Mayim Bialik has certainly blossomed as a comedic actress. Her character, Amy Farrah Fowler, walks a fine line between aggressive and awkward, especially when it comes to intimacy with her fiancé, Dr. Sheldon Cooper. And Bialik plays it to perfection. She told us she loves the role, and she’s always happy to find out how much the character is resonating with the show’s fans. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mayim Bialik)

The Big Bang Theory returns with new episodes Thursday March 1 at 8/7c on CBS.

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Jason Momoa Has An Axe To Grind In Action Packed ‘Braven’ Trailer

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Recently seen playing Aquaman in Justice League, Jason Momoa transitions from those waters (pardon the pun) in the ice cold chill of Braven, a tight fisted trailer that should be a fun watch.

The story centers on a family named Joe (Momoa) who, along with his dad (Stephen Lang) have a kill or be killed battled with a group of criminals who have stashed heroin in their cabin. Garret Dillahunt (Deadwood) plays the crew’s take no prisoners ringleader. The stakes of the story rise up another level as Joe’s daughter (Sasha Rossof) is also holed up in the cabin.

The highlight of the Braven trailer has Momoa throwing an axe at one of the soon to be dead bad guys, and that’s more than enough to get me to see this 93 minute flick. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!


Braven, which marks the directing debut of stunt coordinator Lin Oeding, hits theaters and On Demand February 2.

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Stella Maeve Talks All Consuming Acting Work With ‘The Magicians’

NUP_179125_0086.JPGNone of the lead characters in The Magicians have had it easy during their journey, and actress Stella Maeve has been able to explore the inherent courage and flaws of Julia Wicker throughout the show.

Julia’s journey had her being excluded from Brakebills after failing the entry test and leading her to find her own path through magic. This decision led to an initial estrangement with childhood best friend Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) during the first season but her all consuming desire to learn magic has ultimately put her in good stead.

Playing an intense character who has had her share of tragic events can be an all consuming process for Maeve, and during our interview with the actress she humorously admitted that it’s a hard character to shake once her work day has ended. Click on the media bar to hear Maeve talk about playing Julia Wicker:


The Magicians, co-starring Olivia Taylor Dudley, airs Wednesday evenings on SyFy (9/8c).

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For ‘This Is Us’ Couple, The Love Is There, Both On- And Off-Camera

NUP_180067_3442.JPGWhether the show is making you laugh or cry, there’s a single word that applies to everything about This Is Us: Genuine. We love Beth and Randall Pearson as a couple because it feels like we’re watching a real-life couple, and that’s no accident. Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson told us it’s the perfect combination of strong writing and an even stronger chemistry between the two of them. (Click on the media bar below to hear
Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson)

This Is Us airs Tuesday nights at 9/8c on NBC.

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