Maurice Sendak Gets Touching Tribute From Tom Hanks


Tributes have been pouring in left right and centre for the late writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak who sadly died this week, the 83 year-old most famous for his writing and illustration of the classic children's story 'Where The Wild Things Are'. One of those bringing the praise is Hollywood actor Tom Hanks, who gave his thoughts to MTV News.

"Maurice Sendak was the fabulously cranky old man, the maker of the Wild Rumpus, who delighted in scaring the kids on the block - and they loved him for it," said Hanks in a statement, adding, "I think a late supper is awaiting him and it is still hot." Indeed one of those who ended up becoming close to Sendak was film director Spike Jonze, who managed to perform the apparently impossible and make a decent film adaptation of the illustrator's classic story.

Speaking in the film's featurette, Jonze had said "[Sendak] said from the beginning that you have to make it dangerous - make something that respects kids and doesn't talk down to them or if not, it wasn't worth doing." It's an attitude that Sendak showcased again and again in his work, which he took great care of - even going so far as being involved in every step along the film adaptation.


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Dolly Parton's Glastonbury Dog & 5 Other Celebrity Acts Of Kindness 4277551 News

Dolly Parton has offered to take the dog found at the Glastonbury Festival home with her. Dolly the Dog, named after Parton who was headlining at the festival, was discovered abandoned during the clean-up operation.

Dolly PartonDolly Parton headlined at Glastonbury this year.

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Dolly the Dog was discovered during the festival clean up, left or lost in a tent with some food but no water. Dolly, described as a "sweet natured, older lady", was immediately taken to a nearby animal shelter. She is currently being cared for and has been treated for a serious ear infection. 

Parton, who headlined at Glastonbury this year, announced she would be happy to rehome the dog and take Dolly back to the US with her. Parton announced her plans via Twitter on Monday (7th July) and also contacted the Happy Landings animal shelter. Parton told fans via a video, "I had my manager call the Happy Landings animal shelter to make sure the dog is being treated and cared for properly. At this time, nobody has claimed the dog and the dog is in great hands at the shelter. I will take the dog home to America if nobody claims her within a reasonable amount of time."

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Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow.

Johnny Depp regularly visits hospitals and schools in his Costume Jack Sparrow costume. Children are delighted to meet the Pirates of the Caribbean character in person and Depp ensures he travels everywhere with his outfit, just in case there's a hospital or school nearby. 

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Speaking to E! in 2013, Depp explained how he enjoys improvising as his much beloved character and frequently visits children in hospitals and schools. He said "Sometimes you go to kiddie hospitals and things like that," "I'll just sneak in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies through the different wards. It basically turns into a two, three-hour improvisation and it's really fun. So I travel with Captain Jack."

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Amy Adams gave up her seat for a US soldier.

Amy Adams recently drew press attention and widespread admiration after she swapped her first class seat with a US soldier in coach. The 39-year-old was flying from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles at the end of June when she spotted a soldier heading to the coach section. Adams arranged to have her seat exchanged with that of the soldier so he could enjoy a few luxuries. Apparently the soldier was unaware at first as to who his beneficiary was but later met Adams in the cockpit. 

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Adams was questioned by press awaiting her arrival in Los Angeles and emphasised how the attention should be on the military and not on her. She said "I didn't do it for attention for myself, I did it for attention for the troops."

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Tom Hanks donated a coffee machine to the White House press corps.

Tom Hanks made headlines in 2004 when he visited the White House and discovered the members of the press corps were without a working coffee machine. He stumbled across the break area and was appalled to find the journalists were without proper drink making facilities. A few weeks later, a brand new coffee machine appeared in the break area along with a note from Hanks.

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Understandably when Hanks visited again, six years later, the machine was in a state of disrepair. Hanks once again replaced it, warning the staff it had to be cleaned after every use, as ABC news reports.

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Pamela Anderson is a vocal PETA activist.

Pamela Anderson is a vocal supporter of animal rights and frequently works alongside PETA to raise awareness. She is constantly updating her Instagram page with charity photographs to draw attention to such issues as animal testing, zoos and vegetarianism. 

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Anderson also has her own charity, launched in May this year, a foundation in her own name. The foundation works with and for a number of "human, animal and environmental" charities and causes. Most recently the 48-year-old former Baywatch star campaigned alongside Paul McCartney to have an Indian elephant moved to a sanctuary after it endured years of abuse and cruelty. 

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J.K. Rowling donated money to charity in the name of a fan who tragically died aged 9.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling read the unfinished manuscript of the fourth Harry Potter book, The Goblet of Fire, for an American fan who was terminally ill of cancer.  Catie Hoch died in 2000 after undergoing numerous cancer treatments but it had been her dying wish to finish the fourth book, as the Telegraph reports. 

Rowling did not only write to Catie but also visited her in hospital. After Catie's death, Rowling donated a whopping £75,000 to a cancer charity in Catie's name and wrote a letter to her parents. Rowling wrote: "I consider myself privileged to have had contact with Catie. I can only aspire to being the sort of parent both of you have been to Catie during her illness. I am crying so hard as I type. She left footprints on my heart all right. With much love, Jo."

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Dolly Parton has offered to take the dog found at the Glastonbury Festival home with her. Dolly the Dog, named after Parton who was headlining at the festival, was discovered abandoned during the clean-up operation.

Dolly PartonDolly Parton headlined at Glastonbury this year.

Read More: Dolly Parton Goes TO Glastonbury, Gets A Tonne Of Fans And Maybe Even A Dog.

Dolly the Dog was discovered during the festival clean up, left or lost in a tent with some food but no water. Dolly, described as a "sweet natured, older lady", was immediately taken to a nearby animal shelter. She is currently being cared for and has been treated for a serious ear infection. 

Parton, who headlined at Glastonbury this year, announced she would be happy to rehome the dog and take Dolly back to the US with her. Parton announced her plans via Twitter on Monday (7th July) and also contacted the Happy Landings animal shelter. Parton told fans via a video, "I had my manager call the Happy Landings animal shelter to make sure the dog is being treated and cared for properly. At this time, nobody has claimed the dog and the dog is in great hands at the shelter. I will take the dog home to America if nobody claims her within a reasonable amount of time."

Read More: Was Dolly Parton Really Miming At Glastonbury?

But if you thought Parton was practically angelic for offering Dolly a home, check out these four other celebrities and their various acts of kindness...

Next page: Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow.

Johnny Depp regularly visits hospitals and schools in his Costume Jack Sparrow costume. Children are delighted to meet the Pirates of the Caribbean character in person and Depp ensures he travels everywhere with his outfit, just in case there's a hospital or school nearby. 

Read More: Paul McCartney Jams With Johnny Depp In New Video.

Speaking to E! in 2013, Depp explained how he enjoys improvising as his much beloved character and frequently visits children in hospitals and schools. He said "Sometimes you go to kiddie hospitals and things like that," "I'll just sneak in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies through the different wards. It basically turns into a two, three-hour improvisation and it's really fun. So I travel with Captain Jack."

Next page: Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Amy Adams
Amy Adams gave up her seat for a US soldier.

Amy Adams recently drew press attention and widespread admiration after she swapped her first class seat with a US soldier in coach. The 39-year-old was flying from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles at the end of June when she spotted a soldier heading to the coach section. Adams arranged to have her seat exchanged with that of the soldier so he could enjoy a few luxuries. Apparently the soldier was unaware at first as to who his beneficiary was but later met Adams in the cockpit. 

Read More:  Amy Adams Explains Why She Gave Up Her Seat For US Soldier.

Adams was questioned by press awaiting her arrival in Los Angeles and emphasised how the attention should be on the military and not on her. She said "I didn't do it for attention for myself, I did it for attention for the troops."

Next page: Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks donated a coffee machine to the White House press corps.

Tom Hanks made headlines in 2004 when he visited the White House and discovered the members of the press corps were without a working coffee machine. He stumbled across the break area and was appalled to find the journalists were without proper drink making facilities. A few weeks later, a brand new coffee machine appeared in the break area along with a note from Hanks.

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Understandably when Hanks visited again, six years later, the machine was in a state of disrepair. Hanks once again replaced it, warning the staff it had to be cleaned after every use, as ABC news reports.

Next page: Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson is a vocal PETA activist.

Pamela Anderson is a vocal supporter of animal rights and frequently works alongside PETA to raise awareness. She is constantly updating her Instagram page with charity photographs to draw attention to such issues as animal testing, zoos and vegetarianism. 

Read More: Pamela Anderson: "My Affinity With Animals Saved Me" After Years Of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

Anderson also has her own charity, launched in May this year, a foundation in her own name. The foundation works with and for a number of "human, animal and environmental" charities and causes. Most recently the 48-year-old former Baywatch star campaigned alongside Paul McCartney to have an Indian elephant moved to a sanctuary after it endured years of abuse and cruelty. 

Next page: J.K Rowling 

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling donated money to charity in the name of a fan who tragically died aged 9.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling read the unfinished manuscript of the fourth Harry Potter book, The Goblet of Fire, for an American fan who was terminally ill of cancer.  Catie Hoch died in 2000 after undergoing numerous cancer treatments but it had been her dying wish to finish the fourth book, as the Telegraph reports. 

Rowling did not only write to Catie but also visited her in hospital. After Catie's death, Rowling donated a whopping £75,000 to a cancer charity in Catie's name and wrote a letter to her parents. Rowling wrote: "I consider myself privileged to have had contact with Catie. I can only aspire to being the sort of parent both of you have been to Catie during her illness. I am crying so hard as I type. She left footprints on my heart all right. With much love, Jo."

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Like Madonna, Do All Celebrities Just Get Out Of Jury Service? 4276244 News

On Monday Madonna reported to a Manhattan courthouse to fulfil her civic responsibilities, yes the queen of pop was summoned for jury duty. But it seems when Madonna does jury duty it’s not really the same as if you or I had to do it. The Material Girl was allowed to arrive an hour later than the other jurors (she was still half an hour late), she didn't have to queue and in the end she was dismissed after just two hours so as not to create a distraction. But Madonna’s brief in court appearance means she had now filled her jury responsibilities until 2020, when we’ll see if she can beat her two hour record. So, do celebrities just not have to do jury service?

MadonnaMadonna didn't last long at jury service

Woody Allen was called for jury duty in 1998, five years after his very public court battle with ex Mia Farrow. During the selection process he allegedly told the judge he felt “The courts do not serve justice.’’ Luckily for Allen a brief appearance in the box and one headline making statement was all his jury duty amounted to, as the case ended up not going to trail, with Allen and his fellow jurors being simply sent home.

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Brad Pitt got a similarly easy ride when he was ordered for jury duty in 2007. After postponing his appearance several times, Pitt spend a day sitting in a Los Angeles courtroom wearing a jurors badge and reportedly eating a Subway. But the case was one of those over before it began deals as the defendant pleaded no contest and the jurors were eventually dismissed.

When Charlie Sheen reported for jury duty last September he didn't even make it as far as the courtroom, after he wasn't selected for the panel. Outside the court Sheen had told reporters he was looking to preside over a “multiple homicide case, something really interesting. But everybody's innocent until proven guilty, right? At least they used to be, right?” Still, by turning up Sheen fulfilled his obligations and even got a certificate to prove it.

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However Tom Hanks proved that sometimes a celebrity serving on a jury can cause more harm than good. In 2012 the actor was called to serve on the jury of a domestic violence case in Los Angeles. For a week the trail went on with Forest Gump himself sitting in the jurors box seemingly appearing like any other anonymous member of the public. But then Hank’s jury service came to an abrupt end when a prosecutor was accused of misconduct after approaching Hanks. According to reports a ‘star stuck’ female prosecutor approached Tom during a lunch break thanked him, and said “how impressed everyone is that such a celebrity would still be here serving jury duty”. It seems this is a major no no and it caused the defence team to ask for a retrial. Eventually, the domestic violence charge was downgraded to disturbing the peace and the defendant was given a $150 fine. All thanks to one woman fangirling a little too much over Tom Hanks.

Tom HanksTom Hanks casued a fuss during his jury service

But spare a thought for footballer Carl Fletcher. The Welsh international and then captain of League One side Plymouth Argyle, presumably didn't want any Hanks-like incidents occurring when he reported for jury service. Fletcher tried to explain to the judge that he should be exempted from service, but ended up being told in no uncertain terms that he just wasn't famous enough. "Captaining Plymouth Argyle is not sufficient reason for not doing jury service”, the judge reportedly told him. Adding, "Lots of well-known people, some more famous than you, have been required to sit on juries.”

So really, yes famous people do have to complete jury service, they just usually they end up going home a lot earlier than we would.

On Monday Madonna reported to a Manhattan courthouse to fulfil her civic responsibilities, yes the queen of pop was summoned for jury duty. But it seems when Madonna does jury duty it’s not really the same as if you or I had to do it. The Material Girl was allowed to arrive an hour later than the other jurors (she was still half an hour late), she didn't have to queue and in the end she was dismissed after just two hours so as not to create a distraction. But Madonna’s brief in court appearance means she had now filled her jury responsibilities until 2020, when we’ll see if she can beat her two hour record. So, do celebrities just not have to do jury service?

MadonnaMadonna didn't last long at jury service

Woody Allen was called for jury duty in 1998, five years after his very public court battle with ex Mia Farrow. During the selection process he allegedly told the judge he felt “The courts do not serve justice.’’ Luckily for Allen a brief appearance in the box and one headline making statement was all his jury duty amounted to, as the case ended up not going to trail, with Allen and his fellow jurors being simply sent home.

More: Madonna Appears For Jury Duty

Brad Pitt got a similarly easy ride when he was ordered for jury duty in 2007. After postponing his appearance several times, Pitt spend a day sitting in a Los Angeles courtroom wearing a jurors badge and reportedly eating a Subway. But the case was one of those over before it began deals as the defendant pleaded no contest and the jurors were eventually dismissed.

When Charlie Sheen reported for jury duty last September he didn't even make it as far as the courtroom, after he wasn't selected for the panel. Outside the court Sheen had told reporters he was looking to preside over a “multiple homicide case, something really interesting. But everybody's innocent until proven guilty, right? At least they used to be, right?” Still, by turning up Sheen fulfilled his obligations and even got a certificate to prove it.

More: Charlie Sheen Throws Budget Birthday Party For Best Pal

However Tom Hanks proved that sometimes a celebrity serving on a jury can cause more harm than good. In 2012 the actor was called to serve on the jury of a domestic violence case in Los Angeles. For a week the trail went on with Forest Gump himself sitting in the jurors box seemingly appearing like any other anonymous member of the public. But then Hank’s jury service came to an abrupt end when a prosecutor was accused of misconduct after approaching Hanks. According to reports a ‘star stuck’ female prosecutor approached Tom during a lunch break thanked him, and said “how impressed everyone is that such a celebrity would still be here serving jury duty”. It seems this is a major no no and it caused the defence team to ask for a retrial. Eventually, the domestic violence charge was downgraded to disturbing the peace and the defendant was given a $150 fine. All thanks to one woman fangirling a little too much over Tom Hanks.

Tom HanksTom Hanks casued a fuss during his jury service

But spare a thought for footballer Carl Fletcher. The Welsh international and then captain of League One side Plymouth Argyle, presumably didn't want any Hanks-like incidents occurring when he reported for jury service. Fletcher tried to explain to the judge that he should be exempted from service, but ended up being told in no uncertain terms that he just wasn't famous enough. "Captaining Plymouth Argyle is not sufficient reason for not doing jury service”, the judge reportedly told him. Adding, "Lots of well-known people, some more famous than you, have been required to sit on juries.”

So really, yes famous people do have to complete jury service, they just usually they end up going home a lot earlier than we would.

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The Sad Truth About Andy’s Dad In 'Toy Story' 4228896 News

Ever wondered why Andy’s dad never appears in Toy Story? Maybe you have or maybe you didn't want to, for fear the truth might be too depressing. Well guess what? It is.

Toy StoryIn all three Toy Story movies we never see Andy's father.

Pixar enthusiast Joe Negroni has a theory, a very plausible one, about why Andy’s father is never seen nor mentioned in Toy Story. Negroni, is a bit of a Pixar detective, having previously hypothesised that Jesse’s first owne,r Emily, is in fact Andy’s mother. That’s a much happier theory then the one we are about to delve into.

In a nutshell, Negroni’s theory is that Andy’s father walked out on the family, shortly before the first movie, which is why the family are downsizing to a smaller home. This is why there are no pictures of him in the Davis’ home and he’s never mentioned. Sadly it seems Andy has an absentee father.

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As Negroni points out, there are many clues throughout the three movies which support his theory. Some you’d have to be pretty keen eyed to spot, such as Andy’s mother not wearing a wedding ring or the fact that there are no pictures of a father on the walls. Plus since the family are moving to a smaller home, we can assume that Mr Davis’ is not paying child support, leaving Andy’s mother in financial trouble.

This “deadbeat dad” theory could also explain why Andy is so attached to his toys. As Negroni writes, “What seems like a petty rivalry between two toys vying for Andy's affection is really an allegory that Andy is playing out in his mind. In the end, their reconciliation and eventual friendship is symbolic of Andy coming to terms with only having his mother around.” Of course, we always knew Toy Story was deep, but still...wow. Negroni continues to say, “Woody is the "old" father figure that represents where Andy really comes from, while Buzz is the "new" future he has to get used to. It's no wonder Andy is going through emotional whiplash as he has to face the absence of his father and having to move to a totally new house within such a limited amount of time.”

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So there you have it, Andy’s dad is never mentioned in Toy Story because, he was never there for him. Which is pretty depressing, however, it really doesn’t change anything about the movies. Wether or not you read into movies as much as Joe Negroni does or you’d rather sit back and just enjoy them, the Andy’s dad theory does sound pretty plausible. Still as Negroni writes, whatever did happen to Andy's father it still doesn't change what Toy Story is actually about, just “a boy and his toys that somehow come to life and compete for his love and imagination.” 

Ever wondered why Andy’s dad never appears in Toy Story? Maybe you have or maybe you didn't want to, for fear the truth might be too depressing. Well guess what? It is.

Toy StoryIn all three Toy Story movies we never see Andy's father.

Pixar enthusiast Joe Negroni has a theory, a very plausible one, about why Andy’s father is never seen nor mentioned in Toy Story. Negroni, is a bit of a Pixar detective, having previously hypothesised that Jesse’s first owne,r Emily, is in fact Andy’s mother. That’s a much happier theory then the one we are about to delve into.

In a nutshell, Negroni’s theory is that Andy’s father walked out on the family, shortly before the first movie, which is why the family are downsizing to a smaller home. This is why there are no pictures of him in the Davis’ home and he’s never mentioned. Sadly it seems Andy has an absentee father.

More: 'Frozen' and the Other Highest Grossing Animated Films

As Negroni points out, there are many clues throughout the three movies which support his theory. Some you’d have to be pretty keen eyed to spot, such as Andy’s mother not wearing a wedding ring or the fact that there are no pictures of a father on the walls. Plus since the family are moving to a smaller home, we can assume that Mr Davis’ is not paying child support, leaving Andy’s mother in financial trouble.

This “deadbeat dad” theory could also explain why Andy is so attached to his toys. As Negroni writes, “What seems like a petty rivalry between two toys vying for Andy's affection is really an allegory that Andy is playing out in his mind. In the end, their reconciliation and eventual friendship is symbolic of Andy coming to terms with only having his mother around.” Of course, we always knew Toy Story was deep, but still...wow. Negroni continues to say, “Woody is the "old" father figure that represents where Andy really comes from, while Buzz is the "new" future he has to get used to. It's no wonder Andy is going through emotional whiplash as he has to face the absence of his father and having to move to a totally new house within such a limited amount of time.”

More: 10 Of Rotten Tomatoes 100% Freshest Flicks

So there you have it, Andy’s dad is never mentioned in Toy Story because, he was never there for him. Which is pretty depressing, however, it really doesn’t change anything about the movies. Wether or not you read into movies as much as Joe Negroni does or you’d rather sit back and just enjoy them, the Andy’s dad theory does sound pretty plausible. Still as Negroni writes, whatever did happen to Andy's father it still doesn't change what Toy Story is actually about, just “a boy and his toys that somehow come to life and compete for his love and imagination.” 

4th June 2014 4074331
Mia Vardalos Reveals Plans For My Big Fat Greek Sequel 4217478 News

This story is about a big, loud, highly public wedding and we’re not even talking about Kim and Kanye. Go figure.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos has another big fat Greek Story to tell.

In the wake of K&K’s wedding, the minds behind 2002’s breakout hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding pulled a shrewd social media move and announced a sequel in the pipeline. And we know what you’re thinking, but no. This isn’t going to be a loosely-based project by another team entirely, a la Mean Girls 2. The script is once again being written by Nia Vardalos and the screenwriter, now 51, will star alongside 53-year-old John Corbett. Just like old times – mostly. MBFGW2 will be produced by Playtone's Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

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This time around, the story will follow the loud and proud Portokalos family years after Fotoula 'Toula' Portokalos, played by Nia, and her non-Greek beau Ian Miller, portrayed by John. The original saw them get married after going through the most elaborate and exhausting planning process in history. The sequel will revisit the lovable Portokalos family just in time for another big wedding, after a big secret comes to light.

Speaking to Variety, Vandalos said this about her unexpected return to the project: “Now that I'm experiencing motherhood, I'm ready to write the next chapter of my family story.”

“Of course, a few jaded folks in the press corps will claim I ran out of money or just want to kiss John Corbett again. One of these things is true,” she added.

Now why would anyone think that? 

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John Corbett
It's time for a Portokalos family reunion.

This story is about a big, loud, highly public wedding and we’re not even talking about Kim and Kanye. Go figure.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos has another big fat Greek Story to tell.

In the wake of K&K’s wedding, the minds behind 2002’s breakout hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding pulled a shrewd social media move and announced a sequel in the pipeline. And we know what you’re thinking, but no. This isn’t going to be a loosely-based project by another team entirely, a la Mean Girls 2. The script is once again being written by Nia Vardalos and the screenwriter, now 51, will star alongside 53-year-old John Corbett. Just like old times – mostly. MBFGW2 will be produced by Playtone's Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

More: My Big Fat Wedding (2002) Review

This time around, the story will follow the loud and proud Portokalos family years after Fotoula 'Toula' Portokalos, played by Nia, and her non-Greek beau Ian Miller, portrayed by John. The original saw them get married after going through the most elaborate and exhausting planning process in history. The sequel will revisit the lovable Portokalos family just in time for another big wedding, after a big secret comes to light.

Speaking to Variety, Vandalos said this about her unexpected return to the project: “Now that I'm experiencing motherhood, I'm ready to write the next chapter of my family story.”

“Of course, a few jaded folks in the press corps will claim I ran out of money or just want to kiss John Corbett again. One of these things is true,” she added.

Now why would anyone think that? 

More: Hanks Drops Big Fat Greek Wedding Lawsuit

John Corbett
It's time for a Portokalos family reunion.

28th May 2014 4148841
Hype Machine Nearly Explodes As Coen Brothers Join Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks 4209124 News

The combination of The Coen Brothers, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks combining on what is being described as a cold war thriller has the potential to break every website on earth through sheer anticipation and ‘will this be the best thing ever’ articles. Luckily for some, we’re here to remind you of things like ‘The Monuments Men’ and ‘The Counsellor. Now breath.

The Coen BrothersThe Coen Brothers at last year's Cannes Film Festival

So here’s what we know so far: Joel and Ethan Coen are on board to pen a draft script telling the story of James Donovan - an attorney who became heavily involved in the Cold by negotiating the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers with the KGB. This is all according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Spielberg hasn’t made a movie since 2012’s ‘Lincoln’, which saw Daniel Day Lewis scoop the prize for Best Actor at the Oscars in one of the most obvious awards in the Academy’s history. He is signed on to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s BFG – due for release in 2016 – and the general consensus is that he’ll be able to squeeze another film in before then. Although ‘squeezing in’ films isn’t always conducive to making good ones.

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The Coen brothers recently found their latest batch of critical acclaim with ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ but have won the Academy Award for writing along in Best Screenplay for ‘No Country For Old Men’ and ‘Fargo’, which has recently been turned into a TV series starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. 

And this isn’t the first time they’ll take on writing duties without stepping behind the camera, too, as they did so with Angelina Jolie's film Unbroken.

The combination of The Coen Brothers, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks combining on what is being described as a cold war thriller has the potential to break every website on earth through sheer anticipation and ‘will this be the best thing ever’ articles. Luckily for some, we’re here to remind you of things like ‘The Monuments Men’ and ‘The Counsellor. Now breath.

The Coen BrothersThe Coen Brothers at last year's Cannes Film Festival

So here’s what we know so far: Joel and Ethan Coen are on board to pen a draft script telling the story of James Donovan - an attorney who became heavily involved in the Cold by negotiating the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers with the KGB. This is all according to The Hollywood Reporter.

More: Introducing 'Fargo', Your New 'Breaking Bad', 'True Detective', Etc, Etc

Spielberg hasn’t made a movie since 2012’s ‘Lincoln’, which saw Daniel Day Lewis scoop the prize for Best Actor at the Oscars in one of the most obvious awards in the Academy’s history. He is signed on to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s BFG – due for release in 2016 – and the general consensus is that he’ll be able to squeeze another film in before then. Although ‘squeezing in’ films isn’t always conducive to making good ones.

More: Steven Spielberg To Create British Holocaust Memorial

The Coen brothers recently found their latest batch of critical acclaim with ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ but have won the Academy Award for writing along in Best Screenplay for ‘No Country For Old Men’ and ‘Fargo’, which has recently been turned into a TV series starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. 

And this isn’t the first time they’ll take on writing duties without stepping behind the camera, too, as they did so with Angelina Jolie's film Unbroken.

22nd May 2014 3672787
Steven Spielberg To Adapt Roald Dahl's 'The BFG', 'Robopocalypse' Sidelined? 4171877 News

Break out the frobscottle and snozzcumbers! Steven Spielberg has picked The BFG as his next big movie project. The Oscar-winning Lincoln director will adapt Roald Dahl's much-loved children's fantasy tale of giants and dreams into a live action epic, confirms THR.

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg Is To Direct A New Adaptation Of 'The BFG.'

Children and adults of all ages will fondly remember the thrilling and rather dark tale that was first adapted to film by Brian Cosgrove in 1989 in a surreal animation. Sir David Jason memorably voiced the "Big Friendly Giant" who snatches little Sophie from her orphanage in the dead of night and takes her back to his home.

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Though Sophie (Amanda Root) is initially scared by the giant, she soon learns that he is a force of good in a world of terrifying, cannibalistic giants. She is invited into his world and learns how sleeping children receive happy dreams and how giants like The BFG like to let their hair down on special occasions.

Sir David Jason
David Jason Memorably Starred In The 1989 Animated Movie.

DreamWorks acquired the book in 2011 with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall to produce. Spielberg is the latest of various directors to have been attached to the project over the years, including John Madden and Chris Columbus. Having courted ideas for several movies over the past year, Spielberg is officially committing himself to making the magical children's movie and apparently plans to start filming in 2015.

More: Tom Hanks + Steven Spielberg = one potentially incredible cold war thriller.

He has added his name to several new projects in the past month, including an adaptation of David Kertzer's The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and a mysterious untitled Cold War project written by Matt Charman and set to star Tom Hanks. The new titles join a list of Spielberg's other projects, including sci-fi Robopocalypse, which seems to have all but collapsed in its early stages, and Montezuma, which will tell the tale of Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and the famous Aztec ruler.

The BFG is scheduled for release in 2016.

More: David Jason to revive 'Only Fools And Horses' for new series?

Break out the frobscottle and snozzcumbers! Steven Spielberg has picked The BFG as his next big movie project. The Oscar-winning Lincoln director will adapt Roald Dahl's much-loved children's fantasy tale of giants and dreams into a live action epic, confirms THR.

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Steven Spielberg Is To Direct A New Adaptation Of 'The BFG.'

Children and adults of all ages will fondly remember the thrilling and rather dark tale that was first adapted to film by Brian Cosgrove in 1989 in a surreal animation. Sir David Jason memorably voiced the "Big Friendly Giant" who snatches little Sophie from her orphanage in the dead of night and takes her back to his home.

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Though Sophie (Amanda Root) is initially scared by the giant, she soon learns that he is a force of good in a world of terrifying, cannibalistic giants. She is invited into his world and learns how sleeping children receive happy dreams and how giants like The BFG like to let their hair down on special occasions.

Sir David Jason
David Jason Memorably Starred In The 1989 Animated Movie.

DreamWorks acquired the book in 2011 with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall to produce. Spielberg is the latest of various directors to have been attached to the project over the years, including John Madden and Chris Columbus. Having courted ideas for several movies over the past year, Spielberg is officially committing himself to making the magical children's movie and apparently plans to start filming in 2015.

More: Tom Hanks + Steven Spielberg = one potentially incredible cold war thriller.

He has added his name to several new projects in the past month, including an adaptation of David Kertzer's The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and a mysterious untitled Cold War project written by Matt Charman and set to star Tom Hanks. The new titles join a list of Spielberg's other projects, including sci-fi Robopocalypse, which seems to have all but collapsed in its early stages, and Montezuma, which will tell the tale of Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and the famous Aztec ruler.

The BFG is scheduled for release in 2016.

More: David Jason to revive 'Only Fools And Horses' for new series?

28th April 2014 3689264
Tom Hanks + Steven Spielberg = One Potentially Incredible Cold War Thriller 4163285 News

Tom Hanks has become attached to a forthcoming cold war thriller from DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company, with Steven Spielberg considering stepping into the director's chair. The Oscar winner will take the lead in the untitled project, written by Matt Charman and produced by Marc Platt, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Tom HanksTom Hanks May Team Up With Steven Spielberg Again

The movie tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who was thrust into the center of the Cold War when he negotiated the release of the downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers. 

Should Spielberg take the project, it would mark the fourth feature film partnership between himself and Hanks. The pair previously collaborated on Saving Private Ryan, The Terminal and Catch Me If You Can - all well-received movies that performed strongly at the box-office. Hanks and Spielberg also acted as producers together on HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

The sticking point for DreamWorks and Harvey Weinstein may well be Spielberg's seemingly endless list of scheduled projects. The Cold War thriller joins a list that also includes Robopacalypse, a sci-fi movie set up at Fox, and Montezuma, a movie about the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, the famous Aztec ruler. However, the acclaimed director has not committed to any new projects since dropping out of American Sniper last year.  

Steven SpielbergDreamWorks and Harvey Weinstein Are Circling Steven Spielberg

As for Hanks, he's currently shooting  Tom Tykwer's A Hologram for the King - a drama about a failed American businessman who looks to recoup his losses by travelling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch. The movie is based on Dave Eggers' novel. The actor will also reprise his role as Robert Langdon in the latest Dan Brown adaptation The Lost Symbol

More: Tom Hanks turned his life around after diabetes diagnosis

More: Could Tom Hanks star in 'True Detective' season 2

Watch Tom Hanks shopping in SoHo with his family:
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Tom Hanks has become attached to a forthcoming cold war thriller from DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company, with Steven Spielberg considering stepping into the director's chair. The Oscar winner will take the lead in the untitled project, written by Matt Charman and produced by Marc Platt, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Tom HanksTom Hanks May Team Up With Steven Spielberg Again

The movie tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who was thrust into the center of the Cold War when he negotiated the release of the downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers. 

Should Spielberg take the project, it would mark the fourth feature film partnership between himself and Hanks. The pair previously collaborated on Saving Private Ryan, The Terminal and Catch Me If You Can - all well-received movies that performed strongly at the box-office. Hanks and Spielberg also acted as producers together on HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

The sticking point for DreamWorks and Harvey Weinstein may well be Spielberg's seemingly endless list of scheduled projects. The Cold War thriller joins a list that also includes Robopacalypse, a sci-fi movie set up at Fox, and Montezuma, a movie about the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, the famous Aztec ruler. However, the acclaimed director has not committed to any new projects since dropping out of American Sniper last year.  

Steven SpielbergDreamWorks and Harvey Weinstein Are Circling Steven Spielberg

As for Hanks, he's currently shooting  Tom Tykwer's A Hologram for the King - a drama about a failed American businessman who looks to recoup his losses by travelling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch. The movie is based on Dave Eggers' novel. The actor will also reprise his role as Robert Langdon in the latest Dan Brown adaptation The Lost Symbol

More: Tom Hanks turned his life around after diabetes diagnosis

More: Could Tom Hanks star in 'True Detective' season 2

Watch Tom Hanks shopping in SoHo with his family:
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22nd April 2014 4074331
Tom Hanks Set To Reunite With Steven Spielberg For Cold War Thriller 4162578 News

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are set to collaborate once again.

The successful duo are reportedly partnering up for a fourth time for an untitled Cold War thriller.

The forthcoming movie's screenplay will be penned by screenwriter Matt Charman and be produced by Marc Platt, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The plot depicts the true story of James Donovan, who was an attorney hired by the CIA to negotiate the release of downed U2 pilot Gary Powers.

According to The Wrap, Hanks is attached to star as Donovan.

If the Hollywood pair both agree to work on the film, this would be their forth project together after working on the hugely successful flicks, 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Catch Me If You Can' and 'The Terminal.'

Furthermore, they have also collaborated with each other when Hanks has a role behind the camera, they produced the acclaimed HBO miniseries' 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Pacific'.

Spielberg and Hanks are close friends outside of the movie and television industry as well, their families have often vacationed together.

This report comes just after the 67 year-old filmmaker has signed on to produce the religious drama 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.'

This will also reunite Spielberg with another frequent collaborator, the writer of 2005's 'Munich' and 2012's 'Lincoln, screenwriter Tony Kushner, who is writing the script based on David Kertzer's book of the same name.

MORE: Tom Hanks Turned His Life Around After Diabetes Diagnosis 

The film will centre on the Jewish priest Edgardo Mortara, who was removed from his home by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He subsequently went on to become a priest.

Watch Tom Hanks dicuss his role as 'Captain Philips' in the film  the true story of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking:
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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are set to collaborate once again.

The successful duo are reportedly partnering up for a fourth time for an untitled Cold War thriller.

The forthcoming movie's screenplay will be penned by screenwriter Matt Charman and be produced by Marc Platt, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The plot depicts the true story of James Donovan, who was an attorney hired by the CIA to negotiate the release of downed U2 pilot Gary Powers.

According to The Wrap, Hanks is attached to star as Donovan.

If the Hollywood pair both agree to work on the film, this would be their forth project together after working on the hugely successful flicks, 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Catch Me If You Can' and 'The Terminal.'

Furthermore, they have also collaborated with each other when Hanks has a role behind the camera, they produced the acclaimed HBO miniseries' 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Pacific'.

Spielberg and Hanks are close friends outside of the movie and television industry as well, their families have often vacationed together.

This report comes just after the 67 year-old filmmaker has signed on to produce the religious drama 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.'

This will also reunite Spielberg with another frequent collaborator, the writer of 2005's 'Munich' and 2012's 'Lincoln, screenwriter Tony Kushner, who is writing the script based on David Kertzer's book of the same name.

MORE: Tom Hanks Turned His Life Around After Diabetes Diagnosis 

The film will centre on the Jewish priest Edgardo Mortara, who was removed from his home by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He subsequently went on to become a priest.

Watch Tom Hanks dicuss his role as 'Captain Philips' in the film  the true story of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking:
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22nd April 2014 3673904
Jennifer Lopez Drops F-Bomb Whilst Judging 'American Idol' - Live! 4128506 News

Jennifer Lopez was evidently mortified on Wednesday evening after dropping the F-bomb on live TV. Lopez was judging American Idol and got carried away when commenting on one of the contestant's performances.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez accidently swore whilst judging American Idol live on air.

See more Jennifer Lopez pictures on Contactmusic.

Lopez had just watched Jena Irene's rendition of Evanescence's 'Bring Me To Life' when she accidently swore. Her fellow judges, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. weren't making it easy for her either as, whilst Lopez was trying to continue speaking, Urban demanded she flick her hair in a similar manner to Irene.

Lopez, as E! reports, said "Jena, you sound phenomenal. He's [Harry Connick Jr.] right, the minute we hear your voice it's soothing, it's like, 'Oh, my god,' and she's gonna sing it great. The only thing I would say is I wanted you to be more messy. Do you know what I mean?" She demonstrated by flicking her hair and shaking her head from side to side. The 44-year-old continued by saying she wished Irene's hair could be "more messy" and that, during her performance, she was "kind of fixing your hair, and right at the beginning you kind of just threw yourself into the crowd and your hair went crazy."

Read more American Idol news on Contactmusic.

Gwyneth Paltrow
Paltrow is also celebrity swearer, she called her grandmother the c-word on a talk show in 2011.

Urban then began a chant of "hair flip" demanding Lopez repeat her action. At this moment Lopez accidently dropped the F-bomb which Connick Jr. made light of with a snide remark of "that's Jenny from the block!" Lopez was evidently embarrassed and covered her mouth with her hand. Nevertheless, Lopez wasn't perturbed for long and continued complimenting Irene's performance. 

Mostly media outlets and fans have seen Lopez's swearing as an accidental slip and have been far more forgiving to her than other celebrities who have suffered the same predicament. Gwyneth Paltrow was criticised by the press and fans after she called her grandmother the c-word whilst appearing on Chelsea Lately in 2011. Other celebrities who have sworn on TV include Sandra Bullock, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks. 

Watch Jena Irene's American Idol performance of 'Bring Me To Life' - the performance which prompted Lopez to swear:
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Jennifer Lopez was evidently mortified on Wednesday evening after dropping the F-bomb on live TV. Lopez was judging American Idol and got carried away when commenting on one of the contestant's performances.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez accidently swore whilst judging American Idol live on air.

See more Jennifer Lopez pictures on Contactmusic.

Lopez had just watched Jena Irene's rendition of Evanescence's 'Bring Me To Life' when she accidently swore. Her fellow judges, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. weren't making it easy for her either as, whilst Lopez was trying to continue speaking, Urban demanded she flick her hair in a similar manner to Irene.

Lopez, as E! reports, said "Jena, you sound phenomenal. He's [Harry Connick Jr.] right, the minute we hear your voice it's soothing, it's like, 'Oh, my god,' and she's gonna sing it great. The only thing I would say is I wanted you to be more messy. Do you know what I mean?" She demonstrated by flicking her hair and shaking her head from side to side. The 44-year-old continued by saying she wished Irene's hair could be "more messy" and that, during her performance, she was "kind of fixing your hair, and right at the beginning you kind of just threw yourself into the crowd and your hair went crazy."

Read more American Idol news on Contactmusic.

Gwyneth Paltrow
Paltrow is also celebrity swearer, she called her grandmother the c-word on a talk show in 2011.

Urban then began a chant of "hair flip" demanding Lopez repeat her action. At this moment Lopez accidently dropped the F-bomb which Connick Jr. made light of with a snide remark of "that's Jenny from the block!" Lopez was evidently embarrassed and covered her mouth with her hand. Nevertheless, Lopez wasn't perturbed for long and continued complimenting Irene's performance. 

Mostly media outlets and fans have seen Lopez's swearing as an accidental slip and have been far more forgiving to her than other celebrities who have suffered the same predicament. Gwyneth Paltrow was criticised by the press and fans after she called her grandmother the c-word whilst appearing on Chelsea Lately in 2011. Other celebrities who have sworn on TV include Sandra Bullock, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks. 

Watch Jena Irene's American Idol performance of 'Bring Me To Life' - the performance which prompted Lopez to swear:
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28th March 2014 4079814
Pacino as Han Solo?! Actors Who Turned Down Brilliant Roles And Probably Regretted It 4113099 News

Keanu Reeves as Neo, Tom Hanks as Forest Gump - sometimes in Hollywood an actor plays a role so perfectly you would have thought it was written specially for them. Well more often than not, it wasn’t. Actually some of our favorite movies could have ended up looking very different if another actor hadn’t of passed up a leading role first.

Will SmithWill Smith could have been Neo in 'The Matrix'.

1. Will Smith: Neo, 'The Matrix'

Could you have imaged Will Smith dawning that famous leather coat to play Neo in 'The Matrix'? Well it almost happened. Will was originally offered the part but in his words he, ‘wasn’t smart enough as an actor’ to see the movie’s potential. After seeing the movie Will knew he’d made the right decision, saying ‘I watched Keanu's performance - and very rarely do I say this - but I would have messed it up.’ Instead Will chose to make the less memorable, but still a box office hit, ‘Wild Wild West’.

2. Brad Pitt: Jason Bourne ‘The Bourne Identity

Back when Jason Bourne’s first film outing was beginning production, Brad Pitt had signed on to play the titular character. Then before filming began the star backed out choosing a role in the forgettable ‘Spy Game’ instead. Matt Damon then stepped in to fill Pitt’s shoes and well, after two further films the rest is cinematic history.

3. Sarah Michelle Gellar: Cher Horowitz 'Clueless'

Before she started slaying vampires Sarah Michelle Gellar could have first been ruling Beverley Hills as the matchmaking shopping obsessed Cher in ‘Clueless’. Sarah was actually offered the role of Cher before Alicia Siverstone, but the then soap opera star had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with ‘All My Children’. Sarah probably regretted having to say no when the movie became such a pop culture smash, still she only had to wait another two years before landing her own iconic '90s role.

Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan could have had a career revival with a role in 'The Hangover'

4. Lindsay Lohan: Jade 'The Hangover'

Would Lindsay Lohan’s acting career be back on track if she hadn't of turned down the role of stripper Jade in ‘The Hangover’? Maybe. Reports are conflicted as to just why Lindsay turned down the part. Originally it was claimed that Lindsay just didn't like the script and passed on the movie. However director Todd Phillips later told The Hollywood Reporter that Lohan was simply just too young for the part and so Heather Graham was cast instead.

5. John Travolta: Forest Gump, 'Forest Gump'

It’s hard to imagine anybody other than Tom Hanks offering that box of chocolates, but originally the role of Forest Gump was offered to John Travolta. Travolta passed on the movie because he didn't want to be juggling too many projects at once, but he's since expressed regret at the decision. Maybe if John hadn't of said no, he would have finally picked an Oscar win. He scored a nomination in 1994 for ‘Pulp Fiction’, but lost out to, surprise surprise, Tom Hanks for 'Forrest Gump'.

Next page: Liam Neeson as James Bond, and others.

 

 

6. Tom Hanks: Jerry Maguire, 'Jerry Maguire'

He might have known to say yes to ‘Forrest Gump’, but two years later Hanks wasn't so insightful, passing on the lead in 'Jerry Magurie', a role which had been written with him in mind. Director Cameron Crowe thought of Hanks when he was writing the script but Hanks, who was currently directing ‘That Thing You Do’, passed on the project. The Oscar winner has no regrets with his decision, however, saying"I think you look at it now and it couldn't have been anybody other than Tom Cruise."

Tom HanksTom Hanks said yes to 'Forrest Gump', but it was a no for 'Jerry Maguire'

7. Mel Gibson: Maximus Decimus Meridius, 'Gladiator'

Could Mel Gibson have donned the 'Gladiator' costume and successfully portrayed Maximus Meridius? Well someone thought so, as Gibson was originally offered the part. ‘Braveheart’ decided that he was just now too old to take the lead in ‘Gladiator’ and instead the part went to Russell Crowe. The Australian actor subsequently became a household name thanks to the film and earned an Academy Award for best actor.

8. Sean Connery: Gandalf, ‘Lord of the Rings’

Peter Jackson offered Sean Connery the role of Gandalf in ‘Lord of the Rings’ as well as an apparent $6 million per movie pay check which would have meant a guaranteed yes for some actors. Not a bad offer, but Connery turned it down. The reason being, Connery apparently just didn't understand the script and what's more he hadn't understood the books either.

9. Liam Neeson, James Bond, ‘Goldeneye

Of course Sean Connery had already made his name playing James Bond, but many actors have turned down the role at various times. Most recently Liam Neeson revealed that he was nearly 007 saying, "I was heavily courted, let’s put it that way, and I’m sure some other actors were too." But Neeson decided to pass on the role at the instance of his wife, Natasha Richardson. He admitted, "my wife-to-be said, 'If you play James Bond we’re not getting married'. And I had to take that on board because I did want to marry her."

Al PacinoAl Pacino could have been Hans Solo

10. Al Pacino: Han Solo, 'Star Wars'

It might be hard to imagine Tony Montana as Han Solo, but it very nearly happened. Pacino was first offered the role and turned it down because he didn't understand it. He told the audience of ‘An Evening with Al Pacino' last year, "...it was mine for the taking but I didn’t understand the script." Pacino probably doesn't have many regrets over passing on a part in the long running franchise, in the same interview he referred to working on' The Godfather' trilogy as "a long, awful, tiring story."

More: Liam Neeson and 10 other actors who rejected James Bond role.

More: The 5 actors battling for the lead in 'Star Wars' Episode 7.

Keanu Reeves as Neo, Tom Hanks as Forest Gump - sometimes in Hollywood an actor plays a role so perfectly you would have thought it was written specially for them. Well more often than not, it wasn’t. Actually some of our favorite movies could have ended up looking very different if another actor hadn’t of passed up a leading role first.

Will SmithWill Smith could have been Neo in 'The Matrix'.

1. Will Smith: Neo, 'The Matrix'

Could you have imaged Will Smith dawning that famous leather coat to play Neo in 'The Matrix'? Well it almost happened. Will was originally offered the part but in his words he, ‘wasn’t smart enough as an actor’ to see the movie’s potential. After seeing the movie Will knew he’d made the right decision, saying ‘I watched Keanu's performance - and very rarely do I say this - but I would have messed it up.’ Instead Will chose to make the less memorable, but still a box office hit, ‘Wild Wild West’.

2. Brad Pitt: Jason Bourne ‘The Bourne Identity

Back when Jason Bourne’s first film outing was beginning production, Brad Pitt had signed on to play the titular character. Then before filming began the star backed out choosing a role in the forgettable ‘Spy Game’ instead. Matt Damon then stepped in to fill Pitt’s shoes and well, after two further films the rest is cinematic history.

3. Sarah Michelle Gellar: Cher Horowitz 'Clueless'

Before she started slaying vampires Sarah Michelle Gellar could have first been ruling Beverley Hills as the matchmaking shopping obsessed Cher in ‘Clueless’. Sarah was actually offered the role of Cher before Alicia Siverstone, but the then soap opera star had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with ‘All My Children’. Sarah probably regretted having to say no when the movie became such a pop culture smash, still she only had to wait another two years before landing her own iconic '90s role.

Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan could have had a career revival with a role in 'The Hangover'

4. Lindsay Lohan: Jade 'The Hangover'

Would Lindsay Lohan’s acting career be back on track if she hadn't of turned down the role of stripper Jade in ‘The Hangover’? Maybe. Reports are conflicted as to just why Lindsay turned down the part. Originally it was claimed that Lindsay just didn't like the script and passed on the movie. However director Todd Phillips later told The Hollywood Reporter that Lohan was simply just too young for the part and so Heather Graham was cast instead.

5. John Travolta: Forest Gump, 'Forest Gump'

It’s hard to imagine anybody other than Tom Hanks offering that box of chocolates, but originally the role of Forest Gump was offered to John Travolta. Travolta passed on the movie because he didn't want to be juggling too many projects at once, but he's since expressed regret at the decision. Maybe if John hadn't of said no, he would have finally picked an Oscar win. He scored a nomination in 1994 for ‘Pulp Fiction’, but lost out to, surprise surprise, Tom Hanks for 'Forrest Gump'.

Next page: Liam Neeson as James Bond, and others.

 

 

6. Tom Hanks: Jerry Maguire, 'Jerry Maguire'

He might have known to say yes to ‘Forrest Gump’, but two years later Hanks wasn't so insightful, passing on the lead in 'Jerry Magurie', a role which had been written with him in mind. Director Cameron Crowe thought of Hanks when he was writing the script but Hanks, who was currently directing ‘That Thing You Do’, passed on the project. The Oscar winner has no regrets with his decision, however, saying"I think you look at it now and it couldn't have been anybody other than Tom Cruise."

Tom HanksTom Hanks said yes to 'Forrest Gump', but it was a no for 'Jerry Maguire'

7. Mel Gibson: Maximus Decimus Meridius, 'Gladiator'

Could Mel Gibson have donned the 'Gladiator' costume and successfully portrayed Maximus Meridius? Well someone thought so, as Gibson was originally offered the part. ‘Braveheart’ decided that he was just now too old to take the lead in ‘Gladiator’ and instead the part went to Russell Crowe. The Australian actor subsequently became a household name thanks to the film and earned an Academy Award for best actor.

8. Sean Connery: Gandalf, ‘Lord of the Rings’

Peter Jackson offered Sean Connery the role of Gandalf in ‘Lord of the Rings’ as well as an apparent $6 million per movie pay check which would have meant a guaranteed yes for some actors. Not a bad offer, but Connery turned it down. The reason being, Connery apparently just didn't understand the script and what's more he hadn't understood the books either.

9. Liam Neeson, James Bond, ‘Goldeneye

Of course Sean Connery had already made his name playing James Bond, but many actors have turned down the role at various times. Most recently Liam Neeson revealed that he was nearly 007 saying, "I was heavily courted, let’s put it that way, and I’m sure some other actors were too." But Neeson decided to pass on the role at the instance of his wife, Natasha Richardson. He admitted, "my wife-to-be said, 'If you play James Bond we’re not getting married'. And I had to take that on board because I did want to marry her."

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10. Al Pacino: Han Solo, 'Star Wars'

It might be hard to imagine Tony Montana as Han Solo, but it very nearly happened. Pacino was first offered the role and turned it down because he didn't understand it. He told the audience of ‘An Evening with Al Pacino' last year, "...it was mine for the taking but I didn’t understand the script." Pacino probably doesn't have many regrets over passing on a part in the long running franchise, in the same interview he referred to working on' The Godfather' trilogy as "a long, awful, tiring story."

More: Liam Neeson and 10 other actors who rejected James Bond role.

More: The 5 actors battling for the lead in 'Star Wars' Episode 7.

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