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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Everything You Hear About Tom Hanks? Meryl Streep Says ‘Believe It!’

Tom Hanks , Meryl Streep and Steven SpeilbergThere are two universally accepted truths about Tom Hanks: 1) He’s one of the most talented actors in Hollywood and 2) He’s one of the nicest men in the business. (We can attest to that personally, having spoken to him many times over the course of his Oscar-winning career.) As if we needed any more confirmation of those statements, three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, who just worked with Hanks on Steven Spielberg’s The Post, told us he’s all those things and more! (Click on the media bar below to hear Meryl Steep)

Streep and Hanks lead a fantastic ensemble cast that also includes Bradley Whitford, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, David Cross and Alison Brie. The Post is currently playing in selected markets, but will open nationwide on January 12.

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In ‘The Post,’ Tom Hanks Watched Meryl Streep Shine

THE POSTConsidering the fact that Tom Hanks is a two-time Oscar winner and generally regarded as one of the best actors of our time, you would think it would be difficult to outshine him in a movie. But if there’s someone who could do it, it would be three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep. They star together in Steven Spielberg’s political thriller The Post, and Hanks says there are definitely moments where Streep steals the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Hanks)

The Post is currently playing in selected markets, but will open nationwide on January 12.

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Willem Dafoe To Receive Icon Award At Palm Springs International Film FEstival

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Willem Dafoe will receive the Icon Award at the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) for his work in The Florida Project. The Film Awards Gala takes place at the Palm Springs Convention Center January 2 and will be hosted by Mary Hart.

Dafoe’s previous movie credits include The Last Temptation of Christ, What Happened to Monday, and Affliction. “Willem Dafoe is a versatile actor who has appeared in over one hundred films in his stellar career,” said fest Chairman Harold Matzner. “In The Florida Project, Dafoe delivers a career defining performance as a hotel manager overseeing his sometimes unruly residents, which has received numerous critical accolades. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present this year’s Icon Award to Willem Dafoe.”

Dafoe has received two Oscar nominations (Platoon, Shadow of the Vampire). Previous recipients of the Icon Award include Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs January 2-2018.

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‘CinemAddicts’ Reviews ‘The Shape of Water’ And ‘The Post’

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The great news about this episode of CinemAddicts is there are a ton of great movies that are being reviewed. November featured the top releases Lady Bird and the transcendent Call Me By Your Name, and both films are covered on the show. Unfortunately, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which is receiving its share of excellent reviews, simply didn’t float my boat (it doesn’t reach the cinematic heights of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone).

Although there’s a formal review embargo on The Post, reactions to the film have been allowed. The bottom line is that this is Steven Spielberg’s strongest film in years (possibly since Munich) and features solid work from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The Post is this year’s frontrunner for Best Film, and don’t be surprised if Spielberg wins a Best Director Oscar.

Other films covered on the program include Molly’s Game, which features an A-list performance from Jessica Chastain. and two excellent Westerns (The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Hostiles). Check out the latest installment of CinemAddicts below!!

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