Posted on Monday, October 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
In Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg‘s new Cold War drama, Tom Hanks plays an upstanding American civilian defending a Soviet spy caught on American soil. At a time when even being suspected of having Communist sympathies could ruin one’s personal and professional life, his assignment is an unsavory, even dangerous one, and there would be good reason for him to feel conflicted about doing his job.
The film doesn’t really explore that ambivalence, though. Bridge of Spies is more interested in telling a tale of crystal-clear heroism, which would be fine if it weren’t so disinterested in digging into the murky atmosphere surrounding it. Instead it feels disappointingly thin, even as it does a great job of demonstrating that James B. Donovan was a pretty swell guy. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reunite this fall for another wartime story, but this one’s of a chillier sort. Based on true events, Bridge of Spies unfolds during the Cold War, as a Brooklyn lawyer (Hanks) is tasked with defending a KGB spy (Mark Rylance) — and then with negotiating to trade him with the Soviet Union a captured American U-2 pilot. Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, and Alan Alda also star. Watch the Bridge of Spies trailer after the jump. Read More »
For a couple years after Attack the Block we expected to see John Boyega getting great roles, but it took a bit of time. But the events of 2014, from the indie Imperial Dreams to the 24 revival and nabbing a lead role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, have given him new power. Now he’ll join Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in the The Circle, a satire about the erosion of privacy in the information age, written and directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour). Read More »
Following the first domestic trailer released last month for Steven Spielberg‘s latest thriller Bridge of Spies, a new international trailer has surfaced across the pond, laying out more of the Cold War set true story starring Tom Hanks.
There’s some moments from the first trailer here, but there’s a slew of new footage that really digs into the meat of this captivating story, showing off plenty of what promises to be another stirring performance from Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can and Saving Private Ryan star as a man thrust into a precarious and dangerous situation in unfamiliar territory.
Watch the Bridge of Spies UK trailer after the jump! Read More »
Clint Eastwood is about to cast one of the best actors of all time to portray a true American hero. The director is in talks with Tom Hanks to play Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in the film version of the pilot’s heroic actions of 2009. Sully, of course, landed a crippled plane on the Hudson River saving the lives of 155 people. Read More »
On Saturday June 13th 2015, Gallery 1988 celebrated the opening night of “No Sad Stuff,” a group art show paying tribute to the film career of Tom Hanks, but only depicting movies from the years 1984-1994. The show features paintings, prints and sculptures inspired by films like Big, A League Of Their Own, The Money Pit, Turner & Hooch, The Burbs, Forrest Gump, Splash and Bachelor Party. Hit the jump to see some of the best pieces from the Tom Hanks art show “No Sad Stuff”.
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Here’s the first trailer for Bridge of Spies, the film that brings director Steven Spielberg and star Tom Hanks together with writers Joel and Ethan Coen and Matt Charman to tell the story of an American attorney who was on the forefront of a Cold War conflict involving the exchange of political prisoners in the early 1960s.
CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, and the United States long denied that his mission was related to intelligence-gathering. He was convicted of espionage in the Soviet Union and sentenced to ten years in prison. In 1962, he returned to the US thanks to a spy-swap deal between the US and Soviets.
That deal is the center of this film, but this first Bridge of Spies trailer says that the film is really about fighting for values, especially when people and governments alike have been stirred into a frightened and paranoid furor. Can Tom Hanks stand fast and represent ideals of fairness and freedom in the face of fear? Read More »
The first trailer for the new Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies will be out tomorrow, so you don’t have long to wait before seeing the first footage of Tom Hanks as James Donovan, the Brooklyn lawyer who negotiated the release of a US pilot in Berlin during the cold war. This is a film co-written by the Coen Brothers, by the way, just in case you needed one more reason to be interested.
In the meantime, check out the first Bridge of Spies poster, which finds a very serious Tom Hanks caught between the US and Soviet flags. Read More »
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The new Late Late Show with James Corden got off to a huge start Monday night with an appearance by one of America’s favorite actors, Tom Hanks. The multiple Oscar-winner was the first guest on the new late night talk show, but he didn’t just chat. Hanks and Corden performed an incredible, one-shot recap of the Hanks’ entire career. They reenact every single movie Hanks has done to varying degrees and with hilarious results. Check out the video of every Tom Hanks Movie below. Read More »
Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, recently named Bridge of Spies, won’t be scored by the director’s frequent collaborator, John Williams. The Cold War spy film starring Tom Hanks opens October 16 and was supposed to feature music by Williams. The composer had to drop out, however, when his “schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.”
Williams will be replaced by Thomas Newman, who obviously is no slouch. The twelve-time Oscar nominee (he’s never won!) has done the scores for The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, American Beauty and Skyfall.
Williams will, however, work with Spielberg on The BFG, which will start filming later this year.
Below, read more about the Thomas Newman/John Williams Bridge of Spies change and see a new image from the film. Read More »