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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Sully Shot on IMAX

Late last year, Warner Bros. set a September 9, 2016 release date for Sully, the true story about Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, a pilot who heroically landed a U.S. Airways liner in the Hudson River just off the coast of Manhattan back in 2009. So far only the above photo is what we’ve seen from the drama directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks in the title role, but some interesting new details about the movie have just surfaced.

While filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Zack Snyder have dabbled with shooting parts of their feature films on IMAX cameras, it will be Clint Eastwood and Sully with a record amount of footage shot on the large format. In fact, almost the entire movie was made with IMAX cameras. Find out more about Sully shot on IMAX after the jump. Read More »

hologram king

Tom Tykwer‘s last movie was one of the stranger things Tom Hanks has ever done. Cloud Atlas, co-directed by the Wachowskis, had Hanks playing a number of different roles spanning genres, continents, and centuries. It was an intriguing reminder that Hanks, who could easily coast on popularity and charisma at this point, is still the kind of actor who takes risks. Now the pair have teamed up again for A Hologram for the King, a more ordinary-looking adventure — though to be fair, pretty much everything looks ordinary compared to Cloud Atlas.

Based on the novel by Dave EggersA Hologram for the King stars Hanks as a struggling American businessman. In a desperate attempt to save himself, he jets off to Saudi Arabia to score a potentially massive deal. At first he’s disoriented by his unfamiliar new surroundings, but eventually this strange new land helps him rediscover himself. Watch the first A Hologram for the King trailer below.

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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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Bridge of Spies trailer

The Academy didn’t even think to nominate Tom Hanks for Best Actor this year, despite their overall affection for Bridge of Spies, but in the hearts of Americans he’s already secured the #1 slot. According to the new poll, Hanks is the country’s favorite movie star, beating out fellow A-listers like Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, and Jennifer Lawrence.

Which isn’t that surprising, really. Hanks is an unquestionably talented actor who does dad movies (Bridge of Spies) and kiddie fare (Toy Story), prestige dramas (Captain Phillips) and bankable franchises (Da Vinci’s Code), and even throws the occasional artsy curveball (Cloud Atlas) for good measure. On top of all that, he enjoys a sterling personal reputation — the only gossip you ever hear about Hanks is about how nice he is.

No, far more surprising is who placed #2: Johnny Depp, who hasn’t led a solid commercial hit since that last, terrible Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Read More »

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Tl;dr: Every movie franchise you ever loved is coming back, and so are some you never really cared for in the first place. After the jump:

  • Edgar Ramirez thinks there will be more Point Breaks.
  • Yes, another Indiana Jones movie is coming. Eventually.
  • Quentin Tarantino makes more noises about a Kill Bill 3.
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 unveils a new poster.
  • Will The Conjuring 2 reference The Amityville Horror?
  • A new Fantastic Beasts image is all about the No-Maj.
  • Plus, new photos from Inferno and Kung Fu Panda 3.

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Inferno Photos

It’s hard to believe, but next year it will have been 10 years since Sony Pictures brought the literary sensation The Da Vinci Code to the big screen with Tom Hanks in the lead role as symbologist Robert Langdon caught up in a dangerous mystery. Dan Brown’s novel took the world by storm and sat on the bestseller list for a long, long time. Angels & Demons brought back Langdon in 2009, and now he’s returning yet again.

Inferno will see Langdon back to solving puzzles, but this time he’s having some trouble remembering the past 36 hours of his life and Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) must help him out in order to stop a madman’s sinister plan that has ties to Dante’s Inferno. A glimpse at the adaptation coming next fall has just arrived with the first Inferno photos showing off the return of Hanks and the new cast members alongside him. Read More »

Bad Santa 2 Release Date

Two movies about two very different men have just been given release dates in fall 2016. Broad Green Pictures has given Bad Santa 2 a prime holiday release during a crowded time at the Thanksgiving box office while Clint Eastwood‘s movie Sully, about the quick, smart actions of pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks), will arrive a couple months earlier on the big screen. Get the release dates and what we know about each movie after the jump. Read More »

toy story 4

Toy Story 3 brought Pixar‘s flagship series to an emotionally resonant and thematically sound conclusion, solidifying the the series’ place as a landmark in modern animation and filmmaking. So let’s just be totally honest here: Toy Story 4 can’t help but feel a little redundant. What else do these characters have to say?

A few new updates on the status of Toy Story 4 have arrived, confirming that this project is still very much in the works and racing toward its 2018 release date. All we can do now is trust that the folks at Pixar (who are still, for the most part, geniuses), have a good reason to bring Buzz, Woody and the gang back to the big screen for another adventure.

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