Inferno Review

Inferno is similar to Ron Howard‘s past Dan Brown adaptations, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. Again, there’s top-tier talent both in front of and behind the camera, but the final result doesn’t reach the level of quality we typically expect from Howard and Tom Hanks. Their latest collaboration is held back by some tedious exposition, repetitive foot chases, some underwhelming twists and turns, and one sorely underused talented actor.

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Saturday Night Live - Tom Hanks

Last night Tom Hanks hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time in 10 years, and the energy he brought to the show certainly elevated the writing and cast from their misstep of an episode last weekend with Emily Blunt. Honestly, I thought there was only one truly bad sketch the entire night, and it wasn’t even downright awful. This actually might be the best episode of the first four to kick off the season.

Find out the best and worst sketches from last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live below.

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Tom Hanks Hosting Saturday Night Live

Following the 42nd season premiere of Saturday Night Live last weekend, the season continues this weekend with Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda taking the stage in Studio 8H for a show that will hopefully have plenty of musical influence.

Now NBC has confirmed that SNL will continue with two more episodes (making for a total of four in a row) this month, and one of them will bring back Tom Hanks as host. The last time the Oscar winner host was in May of 2006, over ten years ago. But before that, there will be another first-time host appearing on the show. Find out who it is after the jump. Read More »

American idiot Movie

A movie based on Green Day’s concept album, American Idiot, has been discussed for many years now. The band’s hit 2004 album was first adapted into a musical. The Broadway production, which Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong appeared in for about three months (playing St. Jimmy), won two Tony Awards and performed exceptionally well when Armstrong played the character. According to the frontman, he’ll reprise the role again soon, because HBO has greenlighted an American Idiot movie.

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Hanks Trailer - Tom Hanks Biopic

This weekend brings the true story Sully to the big screen. The film directed by Clint Eastwood stars Tom Hanks as real life airline pilot Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the man who landed a passenger plane in the Hudson river after something went terribly wrong shortly after take-off from LaGuardia Airport. The movie has been received fairly well with an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing (though our own David Chen didn’t find it wholly compelling), but it appears there may be a more interesting biographical drama on the horizon.

While Tom Hanks is the one bringing Captain Sullenberger to life, Hollywood decided that the airline pilot was the best choice to star in a film called Hanks, a biopic about actor Tom Hanks and his rise to fame. Covering his career from the sitcom Bosom Buddies to his Oscar-winning turn in Philadelphia and more, this biopic looks like another awards contender in the making.

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sully

Clint Eastwood’s Sully has one of the most tense, nail-biting plane-landing sequences ever put to film. Based on the real-life story of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sully features Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckart as pilots flying US Airways Flight 1549 on the morning both of its engines failed shortly after takeoff. As the plane begins its descent into the Hudson River, we see diverse groups of New York civil servants galvanized into action, all of them attempting to save innocent passengers’ lives. It’s riveting and inspiring, even as we already know how this particular story will end.

Unfortunately, the rest of the film is not as compelling, featuring a few interesting ideas about the events of that day that are never fully explored. See my full video review of Sully below.
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Inferno Featurette

Robert Langdon is back. Six years after Angels & Demons, director Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are returning to a character they can’t seem to get enough of. While the previous adaptations of Dan Brown‘s novels left much to be desired, these movies make good money at the box-office. There’s an audience for Langdon’s adventures, and that audience will likely be happy to see Hanks back in the role next month.

Below, a new Inferno featurette dives into the latest Robert Langdon mystery.

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Sully Trailer - Tom Hanks

In recent years, Tom Hanks has played a couple real life heroes. From his titular role in Captain Phillips to his turn as one hell of a lawyer in Bridge of Spies, Hanks is the perfect everyman to bring these men to life. This year he adds one more to his career in Sully, the latest drama from Clint Eastwood, based on the real life story of heroic pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who glided his plane along the Hudson River, saving the life of all those aboard.

But while everyone knows about his heroic efforts that saved everyone on board that plane, most don’t know about the pesky investigation that followed which created plenty of trouble for Sully in both his life and career. Get a taste of the aftermath of The Miracle on the Hudson in the new Sully trailer after the jump. Read More »

Inferno trailer

Forgetfulness is so in right now. We’ve already done the “amnesiac hero” thing twice this summer, with Jason Bourne and Finding Dory, and the trend will extend into this fall with Inferno. The third film in the Da Vinci Code series brings back Tom Hanks as symbologist Robert Langdon, who wakes up in an Italian hospital with no memory of how he got there. As he tries to piece together his missing days, he comes to realize he’s the only one who can stop a madman from unleashing a devastating virus.

Felicity Jones follows Audrey Tautou and Ayelet Zurer as Langdon’s young brunette companion du jour, and Irrfan KhanOmar SyBen Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen also star. Watch the latest Inferno trailer below.  Read More »

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Ithaca trailer

Throughout the 1990s, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were the romcom golden couple. They kicked off the decade with Joe Versus the Volcano, reunited for the all-time classic Sleepless in Seattle, and finished up with 1998’s You’ve Got Mail. Now, nearly 20 years later, they’re teaming up again for a very different kind of movie.

Ithaca is Ryan’s directorial debut, and it’s a far cry from the fizzy love stories that were once her bread and butter. The drama stars Alex Neustaedter (USA’s Colony) as a young bicycle messenger coming of age during World War II. Jack Quaid plays his older brother, who’s off fighting the war, and Hanks and Ryan play their parents. Hamish Linklater and Sam Shepard also star. John Mellencamp provided original music. Watch the first Ithaca trailer below.  Read More »