Transformers: Dark of the Moon isn’t the only movie releasing this week that takes place in a strange alternate fantasy America. In Larry Crowne, the second film directed by Tom Hanks, the giant robots and exaggerated douchebaggery of Michael Bay’s creation are replaced by the giant personalities and megawatt smiles of Hanks and Julia Roberts. They are two of the quirky goofs that populate a community college in Anytown, USA, and  Larry Crowne is the mild and wholly unconvincing story of how they find one another amidst clouds of emotional and economic depression as wispy as blockbuster movie logic. Read More »

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‘Larry Crowne’ Trailer #2

Larry Crowne, the second film in which Tom Hanks worked behind the camera as director, is one that I’ve mostly passed over in the last few months. It stars Hanks as a guy who loses his job and goes to community college as part of an attempt to rebuild his future. He makes new friends, joins a scooter gang, and falls for one of his teachers, played by Julia Roberts. (Yep, it’s a big-screen alternate version of Community.)

Tom Hanks tweeted out a link to the film’s second trailer, which provides the first look at George Takei‘s work in the film, among other things. Check it out below. Read More »

‘Larry Crowne’ Trailer

Universal Pictures has released the first movie trailer for Larry Crowne, a romantic comedy which reunites stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. The film, which is also directed by Hanks, tells the story of a middle-aged man who loses his job and decides to reinvent himself by going back to college. The movie co-stars Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Wilmer Valderrama, Pam Grier, Rami Malek, George Takei, Grace Gummer, Rita Wilson, and Jon Seda. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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In a summer filled with superheroes, giant robots, boy wizards and 3D animation, it’ll be interesting to see how Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts stack up. On July 1, the two mega-stars once again team up for the Hanks-directed romantic comedy Larry Crowne in an obvious instance of counter-programming. Hanks plays a guy who loses his job and goes back to junior college only to fall in love with his teacher, played by Julia Roberts. So far all we’ve seen of the film is a blurry still photo and a few set pictures tweeted by Hanks, but the star/director was on Jimmy Kimmel Live Sunday night with our first look at the film. Check it out after the break. Read More »

With the American Film Market in full gear, there’s seemingly no end the amount of new material that will be making its way online in the coming hours and days. We’re gonna package up the next two because – while radically different – each is about the best parts of being human. We have our first look at Tom Hanks’ next film Larry Crowne, which he also directed and co-wrote, starring himself, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranton, Taraji P. Henson and many others. Then we also have a poster for The Impossible starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts from director Juan Antoino Bayona. Check out the full size images and official plot descriptions after the break. Read More »

This week Universal Pictures got the urge to fill out the company’s calendar for the next couple of years. Yesterday we heard that the studio has dated Judd Apatow’s as-yet-untitled new film for summer 2012. Now there is a flood of new release dates for the studio, for a diverse array of films. Hit the jump for release info for Safe House, The Dark Tower and more. Read More »

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Update: Most slots are now filled – and one of them not by the actor we originally assumed…

Tom Hanks has used a Twitpic to unveil some previously unannounced members of the cast for Larry Crowne, his upcoming sophomore effort as writer-director. That’s the picture at the head of this story. Can you descry each and every one? I certainly can’t.

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It’s been some time since Tom Hanks has been in the feature film director’s chair, but according to Mike Fleming over at Deadline Hollywood (are they on a roll today, or what?), Hanks is set to direct and star in Larry Crowne — alongside Charlie Wilson’s War co-star Julia Roberts. Hanks wrote the screenplay, and previously wrote and directed That Thing You Do way back in 1996, as well as episodes of the TV series Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon. He’ll play the title character, “a man forced to reinvent himself and find a new career as he navigates the second act of his life.”

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