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News of the World, the Western that will reunite Paul Greengrass with Tom Hanks, is moseying on over to a new studio. Fox 2000 was originally set to release the movie, but Disney has shuttered future productions for the label in the wake of the Disney-Fox merger. The movie now belongs to Universal, which also distributed Greengrass’ Jason Bourne series, Green Zone, and United 93.

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Elvis biopic

Tom Hanks will continue his quest to play every historical figure ever by taking on the role of Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann‘s untitled Elvis biopic. Parker was the man who discovered Elvis Presley, helping him land a record deal and serving as the King’s manager from 1955 to 1977. Elvis and Parker had a very close relationship, with Parker overseeing nearly every single aspect of Presley’s life. For his film adaptation, Lurhmann wanted a star to play Parker, while a newcomer will play Elvis.

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forrest gump sequel

There was almost a Forrest Gump sequel, but we were never got to see more of the maudlin adventures of Tom Hanks’ accidental witness to history. In a recent interview, screenwriter Eric Roth revealed he completed a script for a sequel, and let’s just say the ideas contained therein were a bit off-the-wall. And to make this whole experience extra surreal, Roth claims it was the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that officially stopped Forrest Gump 2 from ever seeing the light of day.

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a beautiful day in the neighborhood photo

Are you sitting down? You better grab a seat, because the intensity of this brand new, piping hot, fresh-off-the-presses Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood photo is going to knock the breath right out of your chest. Steel yourself for what you’re about to see, because director Marielle Heller‘s Mr. Rogers biopic is getting real. Check out star Tom Hanks in action in the photo below. Read More »

Splash at 35

(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises.)

1984 was a transitional period for Hollywood. You don’t have to be deep in the weeds of film history to know this is the year when the MPAA introduced the PG-13 rating, a response to frustrated parents who felt that the PG-rated films Gremlins and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom were far too inappropriate for their children. But while the PG-13 rating had, and continues to have, major ramifications on the industry and the types of films it makes, 1984 was a transitory year for the Walt Disney Company too. This month marks the 35th anniversary of a major step forward for the company as a whole: the release of Ron Howard’s Splash. Read More »

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood image

Can Tom Hanks, the most wholesome of actors, taking on the role of Mr. Rogers, the most wholesome of humans, save the world? No, don’t be ridiculous – life doesn’t work that way. But it might help make things a little more tolerable, if only briefly. Hanks plays the unbelievably kind children’s television host in the upcoming film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and a new pic has arrived featuring the actor rocking one of Rogers’ famous cardigans. See the A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood image below!

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news of the world

Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks worked together on the harrowing Captain Phillips, and now they’re hoping to get the band back together for News of the Worldbased on the novel by Paulette Jiles – a Western set in the aftermath of the Civil War. This would be a bit of a departure for Greengrass, who has spent the last few years helming either films based on real-life events and tragedies, or Bourne sequels.

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bios cast

Caleb Landry Jones, an actor who seems to excel at playing creepy weirdos, has joined the cast of Bios to play a much more likable character. The Amblin film stars Tom Hanks as the last man on earth. Jones will play (via motion capture) a robot Hanks builds to watch over his dog. That almost sounds like a joke, but it’s part of the real plot, and I am here for it. Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik is helming the film.

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Tom Hanks Mr. Rogers Movie title

Let’s get one thing straight: the Tom Hanks Mr. Rogers movie, where Hanks plays the beloved television host, will always be called “The Tom Hanks Mr. Rogers Movie” in people’s minds. You know, I know it. That said, the movie does now have a real title: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Learn more about A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood below, neighbor.

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Tom Hanks Playing Pinocchio

Hot on the heels of the teaser trailer for The Lion King remake raking in millions of views over Thanksgiving weekend, Disney is plotting a big move to make another upcoming remake quite the anticipated affair.

Pinocchio is a classic tale brought to life in animated form by Disney in 1940, and it’s getting remade by Paddington director Paul King. It’s the story of a master woodcarver named Geppetto who longs for a son of his own. His dream suddenly comes true when he makes a wish upon a star for a wooden boy puppet he crafted to become a real boy. While the titular role is yet to be cast, a new report says Tom Hanks is in early talks to play Pinocchio’s surrogate father Geppetto. Read More »