Tom Hanks, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Amy Poehler and a slew of celebrities will be lending their star power to a modern-day telethon benefiting the American Civil Liberties Union.
Streaming via Facebook Live on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. ET, Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU is gathering celebrities in what is being billed as a “historic event marking the first time in history people have something productive to do on Facebook on a Friday night.” The streaming telethon will feature appearances by Tracy Morgan, Jon Hamm, Padma Lakshmi, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Uzo Aduba, Josh Charles, Zosia Mamet, Ike Barinholtz and more.
“In these tumultuous times, we need our favorite actors, musicians, and comedians to do what they do best. Speak earnestly about politics? No! Entertain you for a great cause? Yes!” read the statement from the event organizers on Tuesday. “Because when the Titanic sank, the band kept playing! Except in this case, the band will be raising money for something that can fix the boat. And Leonardo DiCaprio won’t have to die.”
“Our work in the courts is essential right now to hold off the worst of the abuses,” said ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero in a statement. “But it is also the collective will and tireless actions of ‘we the people’ that serve as a bulwark against unconstitutional and wrong-headed policies and executive orders. By supporting our work through this telethon, we can fight even harder to defend the rights guaranteed by our Constitution.” [Source]
Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks are taking their friendship to the stage.
They will speak at 5 p.m. on April 28 at the Beacon Theater as part of the Tribeca Talks series at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 19-30.
Although these longtime friends are megastars, the focus of this event will be Mr. Springsteen: his 40-plus years as a leading musical voice of working-class America, and what his ambitions are for the future.
Tickets go on sale on March 21 through Ticketmaster at tribecafilm.com.
Tickets for other Tribeca Talks events go on sale on March 28. Other participants include Jon Favreau in conversation with Scarlett Johansson, Noah Baumbach with Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand in conversation with Robert Rodriguez, and the director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The full lineup and tickets are at tribecafilm.com.
Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are teaming with Steven Spielberg on the Pentagon Papers drama The Post.
The feature will focus on The Washington Post’s role in publishing the infamous study about America’s role in the Vietnam War, centering on the work of Post editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) and publisher Kay Graham (Streep).
Spielberg will direct from a spec script by Liz Hannah, which was initially picked up by Amy Pascal to produce through her Pascal Pictures banner.
Pascal and Spielberg will produce, along with Kristie Macosko Krieger. Fox and Amblin Entertainment will co-finance the feature, with Fox handling domestic distribution and Amblin taking on international duties.
Streep and Spielberg previously worked together on A.I., while Hanks and the director have collaborated on a number of projects including Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal and, most recently, Bridge of Spies. The Post marks the first time that Streep and Hanks will share the big screen.
The trio, who boast a collective nine Oscar wins, will add The Post to their already packed schedules. [Source]
If a deal closes, Smith would play the father of the children who develop a friendship with the lovable elephant after seeing him at the circus. Insiders also indicate that Tom Hanks has been offered a role as the villain. He may, however, choose instead to star in the World War II drama “The Grey Hound.” [Source]
President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House on November 22th.
President Obama said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”
Tom Hanks is one of the Nation’s finest actors and filmmakers. He has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role five times, and received the award for his work in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. Those roles and countless others, including in Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, and Cast Away, have left an indelible mark on American film. Off screen, as an advocate, Hanks has advocated for social and environmental justice, and for our veterans and their families. [Source]
We are going to be all right. America has been in worst places than we are at right now. In my own lifetime, our streets were in chaos, our generations were fighting each other tooth and nail, and every dinner table ended up being as close to a fist fight as our families would allow. We have been in a place where we looked at our leaders and wondered what the hell were they thinking of? We’ve had moments with administrations and politicians and leaders and Senators and governors where we asked ourselves, Are they lying to us? Or do they really believe in this? That’s all right. We have this magnificent thing that is in place, it’s a magnificent document, and it starts off with these phrases that if you’re smart enough, you memorized in school, or, just read it enough so you learned it by heart, or, you kind of watched those things on ABC where they taught you little songs, and the song goes like, [sings] “We the People … in Order to form a more perfect Union. establish Justice and insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare,” and it goes on and on. That. That document is going to protect us, over and over again, whether or not our neighbors preserve and protect and defend it themselves.
We are going to be all right, because we constantly get to tell the whole world who we are. We constantly get to define ourselves as Americans. We do have the greatest country in the world. We may move at a slow pace, but we do have the greatest country in the world, because we are always moving towards a more perfect Union. That journey never ceases. It never stops. Sometimes, like in a Bruce Springsteen song, one step forward, two steps back. But we still, aggregately, move forward. We, who are a week into wondering what the hell just happened, will continue to move forward. We have to choose to do so. But we will move forward, because if we do not move forward, what is to be said about us? [Source]
Tom Hanks has been named recipient of the Icon Award at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival, PSIFF organizers announced on Thursday.
Hanks, who currently stars in Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” as airline pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, is the first honoree to be revealed by the festival. The award will be presented at the fest’s annual Film Awards Gala, which will take place on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. [Source]
EuropaCorp has set an April 28 release date for the thriller “The Circle,” starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega.
Hanks plays the founder of the world’s largest tech and social media company. He encourages Watson’s character, who’s rising through the company ranks, to live her life with complete transparency — but no one is really safe when everyone is watching. The novel turns into a contemporary thriller about the perils of life in a digital age where personal data is collected, sifted and monetized and used for surveillance, rendering privacy obsolete. [Source]
Actor Tom Hanks will host “SNL” for the ninth time on Oct. 22. He stars in “Sully” and the upcoming “Inferno,” which opens Oct. 28 and is the newest film in the highly popular “The Da Vinci Code” series.
Joining Hanks will be Academy Award-nominated, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning artist Lady Gaga for her third time as musical guest. Her fifth studio album, “Joanne,” is set to be released Oct. 21.
The Rome Film Fest continues its return to high-profile celebrity guests in its 2016 edition. The festival, under the direction of Antonio Monda, will this year pay tribute to Tom Hanks with a lifetime achievement award.
The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will join in a public conversation with Monda about his body of work, and the festival will host a 15-film retrospective of his top hits. The actor has delivered three decades of blockbusters, including Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code and Bridge of Spies, and he won the best actor Oscar for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.
“I consider Tom Hanks to be one of the greatest actors of all time,” Monda said Tuesday in a statement, adding “for the versatility that he commands extending from drama to comedy, for the psychological finesse with which he immortalizes characters who will remain forever in our imagination. His extraordinary talent and profound humanity make him a classic but always contemporary actor: his films and his performances will never be dated.” [Source]