hologram king

Tom Hanks stars in a movie currently in theaters, but you might not be able to tell judging by the absence of advertising, much less critical buzz, for A Hologram for the King. Tom Tykwer‘s gentle (and often lovely) adaptation of Dave Egger‘s novel of the same name was recently released into a few hundred theaters, and it was met with somewhat mixed reviews and an underwhelming opening weekend at the box office, even by its own modest standards.

How exactly does a movie that stars Tom Hanks manage to fly so far under the radar for the general public? Is the film simply not commercial enough? Maybe, but whatever the case, it’s still a little disheartening to see a fine drama with a name like Hanks attached to it fail to reach a wide audience.

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hologram king

We haven’t heard much about A Hologram for the King over the past two years, which is when we got our first look at Tom Hanks in the film. Tom Tykwer‘s adaptation of Dave Eggers‘ novel began shooting in March of 2014. It was surprising when the film didn’t premiere at any major film festivals last year, but perhaps Tykwer was afforded the right amount of time to properly finish his upcoming project.

A Hologram for the King will soon be released, though, and a German trailer for the film has hit the web, in addition to a slew of new photos, which you can check out below.

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Fresh off of playing a wily AI in Ex Machina, Alicia Vikander has signed on for another high-tech thriller. She’s joining Tom Hanks in The Circle, James Ponsoldt‘s upcoming adaptation of Dave Eggers‘ 2013 novel. More details on the Alicia Vikander Circle casting after the jump.
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With his last two movies, Smashed and The Spectacular Now, James Ponsoldt announced himself as a big time filmmaker to watch. His latest, The End of the Road, debuts at Sundance next month. After that, he’s stepping up his game, adapting a cyber thriller starring one of the biggest actors in the world.

A package is about to go around Hollywood for The Circle, a film starring Tom Hanks, written and directed by James Ponsoldt based on book by Dave Eggers. Read more about the Tom Hanks Circle development below. Read More »


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Some of the Cloud Atlas team is coming back together for another literary adaptation. Tom Hanks and Tom Tykwer are teaming up to adapt A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers. Hanks and his company Playtone will produce, and Hanks will star, while Tykwer will produce and direct. (Presumably he could do the film’s music, as well.)

The book, which the New York Times called “a globalized Death of a Salesman,”  follows a struggling American businessman who attempts to mount a plan for personal and financial salvation in a Saudi Arabian city. Read More »

Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall are working to make a new version of The Thin Man, the Dashiell Hammett novel about drunk detective socialite Nick Charles, his charming young wife Nora and the unusual family mystery in which they become embroiled.

The question is: who plays Nora? Deadline says there is a shortlist that will begin to meet with Warner Bros. next week. Names on the list include Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt and Isla Fisher. That is, just about every smart actress with free time in her schedule and an interest in starring opposite one of the few semi-legit movie stars in the business. And without knowing more about what Marshall, Depp and WB are specifically looking for, it seems pointless to try to play the guessing game based on a list that long.

The original The Thin Man, released in 1934, spawned a series of comic detective films and, later, even a TV show, and that precedent is fueling fire that the material might become a hit once again.

After the break, Albert Hughes’ film Motor City might finally have a lead, and Hal Holbrook joins Gus Van Sant’s new film Promised Land. Read More »

Matt Damon has been planning his directorial debut for months now — the film would be one he wrote with John Krasinski, based on a timely story that Krasinski cooked up with Dave Eggers. But just this week Damon backed out of directing the film, because scheduling issues, personal and professional, made the project impossible for him.

But the currently untitled film will still get made, and with Damon in the starring role. Krasinski will co-star, with he and Damon playing “rival corporate executives” in what is being called a Capraesque story. And now, Gus Van Sant will direct. Read More »

For the past few months Matt Damon has been planning to direct his first feature film, a currently untitled movie with a story concocted by John Krasinski and Dave Eggers, and with a script by Krasinski and Damon. The story is that Damon would play a salesman who shows up in a small town, and the upheaval that results.

Now it looks like Damon won’t direct the film after all, though in a slightly strange set of conditions, he could still star in the film. Read More »


This summer Dave Eggers published his non-fiction book Zeitoun, an account of a New Orleans family experiencing Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Abdulrahman Zeitoun stayed in the city after the floods, using his canoe to get about the city in order to help people and it is his testimony, gathered via interviews, that herein provides Eggers material and, to a large extent, voice. It was a stealth publication, in the sense that nobody had much heard of it until shortly before it hit shelves, but Eggers commands a loyal fan base, for his whole McSweeney’s line as much as for himself, so it was eagerly received.

One fan who leapt right into it was Jonathan Demme, who had been a follower of Eggers work since his son introduced him to What is the What. Demme had himself directed a series of films on post-Katrina New Orleans called Right to Return: New Home Movies From the Lower 9th Ward. If you ask me, he’s absolutely the only director who would see a film in this book and then go on to realise it appropriately.

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Amazon are now taking pre-orders for The Wild Things, Dave Eggers‘ novel “based loosely on the storybook by Maurice Sendak and the screenplay cowritten with Spike Jonze“. The hardback is set to street in October, just ahead of the Where the Wild Things Are movie. Jonze’ film must be one of my most anticipated pictures of the year, and to think… well, to think how close we were to losing it for a while.

You might want the standard edition hardback, or perhaps a fur-covered edition. After the break, the full official blurb, as well as Eggers on the hows, whys and wherefores of this particular evolution of the story.

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