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Tom Hanks — yes, Oscar-winning movie star Tom Hanks — will publish a short story collection with Knopf, the publisher announced Monday. The book of short fiction is still untitled, and its release date has not yet been set.

One thing is known about the book: Its stories will be inspired by Hanks’ collection of typewriters.

In a release, Hanks said, “I’ve been collecting typewriters for no particular reason since 1978 – both manual and portable machines dating from the thirties to the nineties. The stories are not about the typewriters themselves, but rather, the stories are something that might have been written on one of them.”

Last month, Hanks published his first short story ever in no less than the New Yorker. “Alan Bean Plus Four” was said to be inspired by Hanks’ film and television work around the space program — “Apollo 13” and “From the Earth to the Moon” — and not a typewriter. (Maybe a typewriter too. We will see). [More at source]

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Traveling to the moon was way less complicated this year than it was back in 1969, as the four of us proved, not that anyone gives a whoop. You see, over cold beers on my patio, with the crescent moon a delicate princess fingernail low in the west, I told Steve Wong that if he threw, say, a hammer with enough muscle, said tool would make a five-hundred-thousand-mile figure eight, sail around that very moon, and return to Earth like a boomerang, and wasn’t that fascinating? [More at source]

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Looking to avoid “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Sony has pushed back the release of its Dan Brown adaptation “Inferno,” which will find Tom Hanks reprising his role as Robert Langdon.

After directing “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons,” Ron Howard is returning for “Inferno,” which Sony will now release on Oct. 14, 2016.

“Inferno” had been scheduled to go head-to-head with “Star Wars: Episode VII” on Dec. 18, 2015. Now, only the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy “The Nest” will have that distinct pleasure, though it could prove to be a savvy counter programming decision.

Heading into production next spring in Italy, “Inferno” will now compete for audiences against J.A. Bayona’s “A Monster Calls,” which features Liam Neeson as the titular creature and also opens on Oct. 14, 2016.

“Inferno” will open one week after Ben Affleck‘s crime drama “Live By Night” and Universal’s “Monster High,” and one week before WB releases Andy Serkis’ “Jungle Book: Origins” in theaters. [source]

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Tom Hanks has a new app out. You read that correctly, not a movie, but an app. It’s called theHanx Writer, and it is a technological testament to a serious disease that afflicts the poor man. Call it typewriter-itis.

Hanx Writer turns your iPad into an old-school manual typewriter. It replicates the thwack-thwack sound of metal stamping on paper and the ding-clunk-fripp of reaching the end of one line and starting a new one. The app is free in Apple’s App Store, though additional typewriter fonts and sounds cost $2.99 each.

If you’re puzzled about all this, you can, depending on your age, ask your father or grandfather about the hulking mobile printing presses that one dominated desks. Or just ask Hanks. He is, in a word, obsessed.

“What’s pleasing to my sensibilities is when you have the report of the key being struck, it allows for clear thinking,” the actor tells USA TODAY, noting that his collection of typewriters once numbered 200. No telling what Mrs. Hanks, Rita Wilson, thought of that.

“I suppose some people who get the app may just be looking for a different sound, but really it’s for people searching for a more personalized experience when writing on an iPad,” he says. “There’s also the opportunity here to take your iPad to a coffee house and be really obnoxious with all the clickety-clacking.”

Hanks says he uses typewriters daily, usually to type notes to friends or make comments on a screenplay. He loves the characteristics inherent in different machines and their distinctive fonts and quirks, whether it be a Hermes 2000 or a Brother De Luxe 895.

The names alone sing of nostalgia, such as his favored mid-century Smith Corona Skywriter, whose compact size and hushed operation he says was meant for reporters hammering away on airplane flights.

Hanks is quick to add that his vision for Hanx Writer wasn’t to create a toy but rather a functional tool. So there’s a delete key and Auto Correct, and of course the ability to forward the masterpiece you’ve created.

The app’s designer, Stuart Westphal of Hitcents, the folks behind the Draw A Stickman game, says the double Oscar-winner’s mandate was simple. (source)

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Do you remember “Big“, the fantasy comedy film from 1988 which stars Tom Hanks? In order to celebrate their birthday Google Play prepared a little something for you. For a limited time you can stream “Bigfor free! Click here to watch “Big” now!

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Indie Wire blogged about the final scene of “Captain Phillips” and how Tom Hanks should have earned an Oscar nomination for that, and I fully agree. I usually don’t get too emotional in public but when I saw this scene I couldn’t help myself. Tom’s insightful performance literally took my breath away. Watch the final scene below. Even though Tom isn’t nominated himself, “Captain Phillips” made it in 6 other categories. Don’t forget to watch the Oscars on March 2nd on ABC. Read Indie Wire’s article here.

According to n-tv.de Tom will visit Potsdam, Germany next month, to shoot his new film “A Hologram for the King“, written by Dave Egger and directed by Tom Tykwer. Sounds exciting!

Now I would like to take the chance and thank you all for welcoming this page. I am glad that tom-hanks.net is finally online! Secondly, I want to apologize for the welcome message I put up first. A fan confronted me with the way I wrote it and criticized that I called myself “the #1 source“, which she thinks is rude towards other established sites dedicated to Tom – and I fully understand. I want you to know, that I don’t think this site is better than any other site, I don’t even have proper content! I wasn’t aware that this inconsiderate remark might insult anyone and I didn’t want to disrespect or offend anyone. I am truly sorry, I should have known better, but now I do.

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