Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon

This weekend brings the latest drama from Steven Spielberg, the Cold War-set Bridge of Spies, marking the director’s fourth collaboration with Tom Hanks. The filmmaker and star have both been making the publicity rounds to get butts in seats at theaters this weekend, and as usual, Hanks had some fun on the late night circuit with Jimmy Fallon.

Over on The Tonight Show, the recurring segment Kid Theater made a return with Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon acting out Bridge of Spies as written by kids. All the little tykes were given was the title of the movie, and Hanks and Fallon act out a short script of whatever the kids thought the movie was about based on that. It’s adorable and hilarious. Read More »

Bridge of Spies trailer

In Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg‘s new Cold War drama, Tom Hanks plays an upstanding American civilian defending a Soviet spy caught on American soil. At a time when even being suspected of having Communist sympathies could ruin one’s personal and professional life, his assignment is an unsavory, even dangerous one, and there would be good reason for him to feel conflicted about doing his job.

The film doesn’t really explore that ambivalence, though. Bridge of Spies is more interested in telling a tale of crystal-clear heroism, which would be fine if it weren’t so disinterested in digging into the murky atmosphere surrounding it. Instead it feels disappointingly thin, even as it does a great job of demonstrating that James B. Donovan was a pretty swell guy. Read More »

Marvel cinematic universe breakdown

In the next five years, we’ll see more than 25 comic book movies. Will audiences continue to care about men and women fighting in tights? Steven Spielberg doesn’t think so. Now, Marvel head hancho Kevin Feige responds to Steven Spielberg. Read his response after the jump.

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‘Bridge of Spies’ Trailer: Tom Hanks Is a Cold War Hero

Bridge of Spies trailer

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reunite this fall for another wartime story, but this one’s of a chillier sort. Based on true events, Bridge of Spies unfolds during the Cold War, as a Brooklyn lawyer (Hanks) is tasked with defending a KGB spy (Mark Rylance) — and then with negotiating to trade him with the Soviet Union a captured American U-2 pilot. Scott ShepherdAmy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, and Alan Alda also star. Watch the Bridge of Spies trailer after the jump. Read More »

Fall 2015 Movie Preview

We’re well past the midpoint of the year, and we’ve already delivered our list of the Top 10 Films of 2015 So Far. And as we reach the end of the summer, the movie business starts slowing down, giving a little calm before the storm that is awards season. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still tons of movies to look forward to before the end of the year.

That’s why we’ve collected a list of 30 Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015. And since there are so many great movies coming up before the end of the year, this is the Blockbuster and Studio Edition of the list, and next week we’ll deliver a completely different list for independent movies. But until then, here’s a list of movies we think you won’t want to miss over the next four months. Read More »

Bridge of Spies UK trailer

Following the first domestic trailer released last month for Steven Spielberg‘s latest thriller Bridge of Spies, a new international trailer has surfaced across the pond, laying out more of the Cold War set true story starring Tom Hanks.

There’s some moments from the first trailer here, but there’s a slew of new footage that really digs into the meat of this captivating story, showing off plenty of what promises to be another stirring performance from Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can and Saving Private Ryan star as a man thrust into a precarious and dangerous situation in unfamiliar territory.

Watch the Bridge of Spies UK trailer after the jump! Read More »

Best Stories of the Wek

We’ve reached the end of a very busy week. There were tons of trailers and some pretty big news stories, so this is a pretty beefy edition of the Best Stories of the Week.

Recapping the news from the past seven days, you’ll find updates on the future of Marvel Studios‘ television side and Samuel L. Jackson in the cinematic universe, some rumors about the future of Star Wars and details on the past of a certain iconic character from the saga, a first look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, new writers for the Transformers franchise and future universe and more.

Plus, there’s trailers for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Steven Spielberg’s Bride of Spies, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, and a double dose of Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw and Everest, and that’s not even half of the (mostly) great, new trailers we saw this week. Catch up on the Best Stories of the Week after the jump! Read More »

Bridge of Spies trailer

Here’s the first trailer for Bridge of Spies, the film that brings director Steven Spielberg and star Tom Hanks together with writers Joel and Ethan Coen and Matt Charman to tell the story of an American attorney who was on the forefront of a Cold War conflict involving the exchange of political prisoners in the early 1960s.

CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, and the United States long denied that his mission was related to intelligence-gathering. He was convicted of espionage in the Soviet Union and sentenced to ten years in prison. In 1962, he returned to the US thanks to a spy-swap deal between the US and Soviets.

That deal is the center of this film, but this first Bridge of Spies trailer says that the film is really about fighting for values, especially when people and governments alike have been stirred into a frightened and paranoid furor. Can Tom Hanks stand fast and represent ideals of fairness and freedom in the face of fear?  Read More »

Bridge of Spies poster

The first trailer for the new Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies will be out tomorrow, so you don’t have long to wait before seeing the first footage of Tom Hanks as James Donovan, the Brooklyn lawyer who negotiated the release of a US pilot in Berlin during the cold war. This is a film co-written by the Coen Brothers, by the way, just in case you needed one more reason to be interested.

In the meantime, check out the first Bridge of Spies poster, which finds a very serious Tom Hanks caught between the US and Soviet flags. Read More »

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john williams bridge of spies

Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, recently named Bridge of Spies, won’t be scored by the director’s frequent collaborator, John Williams. The Cold War spy film starring Tom Hanks opens October 16 and was supposed to feature music by Williams. The composer had to drop out, however, when his “schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.”

Williams will be replaced by Thomas Newman, who obviously is no slouch. The twelve-time Oscar nominee (he’s never won!) has done the scores for The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, American Beauty and Skyfall.

Williams will, however, work with Spielberg on The BFG, which will start filming later this year.

Below, read more about the Thomas Newman/John Williams Bridge of Spies change and see a new image from the film. Read More »