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]
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Warner Bros. will release Sully, starring Tom Hanks as the veteran pilot behind the so-called “Miracle on the Hudson,” on Sept. 9, 2016,
Sullenberger, a former Air Force fighter pilot, safely landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January 2009, after both engines were knocked out by a flock of geese shortly after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport. All 155 people on board survived. [source]
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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]
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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]