Joel and Ethan Coen on Inside Llewyn Davis set

Would you watch a Steven Spielberg movie starring Tom Hanks, written by the Coen Brothers? Yeah, thought so. Last year, Matt Charman wrote a true-life cold war drama that tells the story of a US attorney who negotiated with the KGB to secure the release of a spy plane pilot. Tom Hanks came on board, and Steven Spielberg was recently attached to the Dreamworks project. It’s at the point now where the film is being talked up as one of the most likely next projects for the director. And now Joel and Ethan Coen are rewriting the script.  Read More »

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Tom Hanks in A Hologram for the King

That shot above is the first desolate look at Tom Hanks in A Hologram for the King, which is the new film from Tom Tykwer. Hanks had a big role in Tykwer’s last film, too, which was the Wachowski siblings collaboration Cloud Atlas. Hanks’ company Playtone produced this new movie, along with a couple other companies, and it is being shown to distributors at Cannes. Read More »

Hanks Spielberg Cold War

We’re back in a familiar position: scanning a set of potential projects for Steven Spielberg, trying to figure out which he’ll do next. There are a couple of possible options that have been kicking around for a while, such as the sci-fi action film Robopocalypse and the Spanish conquistador drama Montezuma. Just last week there was news that Spielberg is developing a religious drama called The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, from Lincoln and Munich writer Tony Kushner.

Now there’s a new project: an untitled true-life Cold War drama with Tom Hanks attached to star. Read More »

Saving Mr Banks

Saving Mr. Banks wasn’t the runaway award contender Disney hoped for, but a newly found deleted scene sure looks like it was. Featuring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Paul Giamatti, it’s a pretty revealing and well-acted scene that probably gave away too much too soon for director John Lee Hancock. Still, if you want to see almost the entire conflict of the movie condensed into a two-minute scene, this will do it. Check out this Saving Mr Banks deleted scene below. Read More »

Kevin Spacey in Ameowadeus

For the last few years, one of the highlights of the Academy Awards night has been what comes after the Academy Awards. Namely, Jimmy Kimmel‘s post-Oscar spoof of Hollywood filmmaking at its grandest. This year was no exception.

After knocking it out of the park two years in a row with Movie: The Movie and its inevitable sequel, he switched gears this year to bring us highfalutin Oscar bait trailers starring the likes of Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ben Kingsley… based on the likes of YouTube classics “David After Dentist,” “Keyboard Cat,” and “Charlie Bit My Finger.” Check ‘em all out after the jump.

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SAVING MR. BANKS

It’s a Walt Disney movie, set at Disney, about Walt Disney. There’s all kinds of meta going on in John Lee Hancock‘s Saving Mr. Banks, a dramatization of the events that lead the film Mary Poppins to the big screen. Golden Globe nominee Emma Thompson plays author PL Travers and Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney, who courted Travers for the rights to the character for years. To up the film’s authenticity, much of it was shot on location where the events actually happened, including Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA and Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.

Below, watch a video of how the film recreated Disneyland of 1961 at Disneyland of 2013. Plus, you can see featurettes on the story, music and Hanks himself. Read More »

Saving Mr Banks

If all the Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, animation and theme park coverage weren’t hints enough, we here at /Film are Disney fans. Big time. So a film like Saving Mr. Banks, which is about Walt Disney’s struggle to make one of the studio’s greatest films, Mary Poppins, is right in our wheelhouse. The film opens December 20 and will play the AFI Fest presented by Audi this weekend. Peter Sciretta and I were lucky enough not only to see the film before that festival date, but to see it at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA, where about 45% of the movie was shot and actually took place.

So while this film, which stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, BJ Novak and Jason Schwartzman, might not seem like the typical film for us to do a video blog for, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give our opinion of a Disney film which the Walt Disney Company made in the place Walt Disney actually had these experiences. Read More »

SAVING MR. BANKS

Disney has three big films coming out this holiday season, but only one is about the company itself. That’s Saving Mr. Banks, the true story of Walt Disney’s courting of author P.L. Travers for the rights to her book, Mary Poppins. Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), the film features Tom Hanks as Disney and Emma Thompson as Travers. It opens December 13 in the U.S. but had its world premiere this weekend at the London Film Festival.

So how is it? The first reviews are out and while everyone seems to agree there’s plenty of Disney magic, and some people even smell Oscars, a few don’t necessarily think it works. Read a bunch of reviews below. Read More »

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