The 53rd New York Film Festival will debut Steven Spielberg‘s Cold War thriller, “Bridge of Spies,” starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Amy Ryan, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Wednesday.
The announcement comes three years after Spielberg brought “Lincoln” to NYFF via a “secret screening.” “Bridge of Spies” refers to the Glienicke Bridge, which crosses the Havel River and the area that was once the border between East and West Germany. In the film, Rylance plays convicted Soviet agent Rudolph Abel, who won his freedom through a 1962 spy swap with the American pilot Francis Gary Powers. Hanks plays Abel’s lawyer, James Donovan, who negotiated the exchange of prisoners. The screenplay is by Joel and Ethan Coen, and Matt Charman. [more at source]
Written by staff on August 13
Written by staff on July 01
EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Margin Call and A Most Violent Year helmer JC Chandor is in early discussions to direct Triple Frontier, that hot-button drama forParamount Pictures that grew quiet when Zero Dark Thirty helmer Kathryn Bigelowand Mark Boal stepped away to focus on the movie about Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who left a base in Afghanistan and was captured and held for five years by the Taliban until he was exchanged for five high-level Taliban fighters.
Last we checked on Triple Frontier, both Tom Hanks and Will Smith were circling the script written by Boal, and that’s believed to still be the case. The plot has been closely guarded on this one but the film, also known as Sleeping Dogs, is set in the organized crime haven that exists in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. It has five main roles. Charles Roven is producing through his Atlas Entertainment. [more at source]
Written by staff on February 11
HBO has ordered a six-hour miniseries about American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the network announced Friday.
Lewis and Clark is being produced by Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Tim Kelly and Adam Leipzig. The miniseries is based on the book Undaunted Courage by Stephen A. Ambrose.
“In Lewis and Clark, we can see American idealism and the breathtaking natural beauty of the continent, as well as the complexities and tragedies of what came to be known as America’s ‘manifest destiny,’” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “We are tremendously excited to bring together this incredible group of talents to tell a seminal American story.”
HBO and National Geographic Studios are producing with Playtone, Plan B and Class 5. Norton, Michelle Ashford and John Curran are writing with Curran slated to direct. Casey Affleck will play Lewis and Matthias Schoenaerts will play Clark. [source]
Written by staff on February 11
Tom Hanks will replace Brian Williams on Thursday’s edition of “Late Show with David Letterman.” The last-minute guest had to be called in when Williams backed out of his scheduled appearance Sunday.
In some ways, the Hanks encounter should be equally fascinating: Hanks had been at the Rangers game with Williams when the newsman was honoring the veteran, Tim Terpak. It was during this game that Williams once again recounted the story that got him into so much hot water in the first place. (At the game, Hanks was also reunited with “Wilson.”) [source]
Written by staff on November 27
Washington (CNN) — Actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, will co-host the National Christmas Tree lighting next week, the National Park Service announced Wednesday.
The event, which takes place at the White House Ellipse, will also feature performances by veteran singer Patti LaBelle, vocal group The Tenors, R&B star Ne-Yo, and Country singer Chely Wright.
Artist Steve Miller, pop group Fifth Harmony, and duo Nico & Vinz will also be on stage Dec. 4. This year’s lighting marks the 92nd year of the tradition, which was started under President Calvin Coolidge.
Hanks was a top donor and fundraiser for Obama’s presidential campaigns. [Source]