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The Financial Troubles Of Barkhad Abdi, And What's Next


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Barkhad Abdi might have taken home a BAFTA for his role in ‘Captain Phillips’ and earned an Oscar nomination, but it seems the actor has found himself in dire financial straights since his big movie break. So how exactly has an Oscar nominee now found himself broke and where can his career take him next?

Barkhad Abdi at the BAFTASBarkhad Abdi after his BAFTA win for 'Captain Phillips'

Barkhad Abdi was born in Somalia and spent the early part of his childhood being raised in Yemen. When he was 14 his family moved to the United States and settled in Minnesota, where the actor has since being living. Before landing the role in ‘Captain Phillips’ opposite Tom Hanks, Barkhad had worked as a limo driver, something which has been much played upon by the media as part of his ‘rags to riches’ story. While Barkhad was working as a limo driver in 2011 he heard of an open casting call happening in Minneapolis for Somalians to star opposite Tom Hanks in a new movie. Despite having no experience Barkhad went for the audition and got the role of Abduwali Muse, the leader of the pirates who would hijack ‘Captain Phillips’ ship. He was originally kept apart from Hanks until the pair had their first scene together to add to their performances. Speaking of the surreal experience of starring alongside Hanks Abdi said his thoughts on their first scene were ‘I can't believe I'm doing a scene with the Forrest Gump guy!”

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True Detective Season 2: Which Pairing Can Pick Up From Cohle And Hart?


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Nic Pizzolatto put the sincerity and quality of True Detective’s story over multiple seasons of the show, asserting that a strict 8-episode format would be condusive to a strong third act. And judging by the critical claim he’s received – his creation is being talked about in the same breath as The Wire – one is inclined to trust the man who risked everything to write the new HBO anthology series.

True DetectiveWoody Harrelson [L] and Matthew McConuaghey [R] as Hart and Cohle in 'True Detective'

“One of the reasons I wanted to do an anthology format is I like stories with endings. I like a good third act. And continuing serial dramas, they tend to have really good beginnings and really long middles and then sort of have to hustle to develop an ending. And I like the idea of telling a self-contained story,” explained Pizzolatto.

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) after-party held at the Grosvenor House - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th February 2014

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

Tom Hanks - EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 (BAFTA) - Afterparty - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th February 2014

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) 2014 held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 16th February 2013

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

10 Of Rotten Tomatoes 100% Freshest Flicks


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It's hard to find a perfect movie, but some films do manage the honour of scoring a 100% 'fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes. There hasn't been that many since 1990 but here's a run down of the movies with 100 Rotten Tomatoes' percentage points!

cast of toy story 'Toy Story', a hit with critics more than once

'The Witches' (1990)
The big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1993 novel of the same name was not a box office smash. However the performance of Anjelica Huston along with the excellent work of Jim Henson’s creature shop made it a hit with critics and later audiences. Variety said of the movie,”The wizardry of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and a superbly over-the-top performance by Angelica Huston gives The Witches a good deal of charm and enjoyment.”

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Tom Hanks - The 66th Annual DGA Awards 2014 - Pressroom - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th January 2014

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - 2014 MusiCares Person Of The Year honoring Carole King at Los Angeles Convention Center - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 24th January 2014

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Oscars 2014: Which Film Holds The Award For Most Mistakes?


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The Oscars nominations 2014 list comprises a ridiculously strong set of films, actors and directors. It’s been a great year, with 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club and Gravity dominating Academy voters’ minds, and all have enjoyed fruitful returns from the box office.

Sandra Bullock in GravitySandra can't believe what she's reading about her film

It’s not all perfect though; many of the films nominated for Best Picture feature are riddled with continuity errors and historical inaccuracies, not to mention some scientific miscalculations.

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Tom Hanks - California - West Hollywood, California, United States - Saturday 18th January 2014

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 19th January 2014

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Tom Hanks - The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 18th January 2014

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Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Rita Wilson

Tom Hanks - The 19th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at The Barker Hangar - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 16th January 2014

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Tom Hanks - BFI London Film Festival: 'Captain Phillips' photocall held at the May Fair hotel - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 9th October 2013

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - 71st Annual Golden Globes - Red Carpet Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 13th January 2014

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 12th January 2014

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Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Dana Brunetti and Paul Greengrass - BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party At Four Seasons Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 11th January 2014

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Tom Hanks - BAFTA 2014 Awards Season Tea Party held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California 11-1-2014 - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 12th January 2014

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Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Dana Brunetti and Director Paul Greengrass
Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Dana Brunetti and Director Paul Greengrass

The Baftas 2014: Predicting Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director And Best Supporting Categories


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Award season has been grumbling away like Smaug inside Erebor for the last few months; but dragon is slowly awakening. Since the Gotham awards last year, the perennial question of ‘who’ll win what?’ has echoed around the Internet, and the recently announced BAFTA nominations promise to shed some light on the eventual academy recipients.

GravityGravity is leading the way with 11 Bafta nominations

With that in mind, and with some tightly contested categories to work through, it’s time to start predicting who’ll take home the golden masks, before we start predicting who’ll take home the golden statuettes, you see.

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Baftas 2014: 'Gravity' Pulls In The Nominations While Chiwetel Ejiofor Stands A Great Chance


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The Bafta nominations didn’t really throw up any surprises, with many of the year’s top actors, directors and films being recognised. The constant metronome of: ‘Gravity,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘American Hustle’ still chimes away; the Oscar favourites are set to do battle.

GravityGravity is leading the way with 11 Bafta nominations

So 'Gravity' leads the way with 11 nominations; it’ll go up against '12 Years a Slave' in the Best Film Category as well as 'American Hustle', 'Captain Phillips' and 'Philomena', a film the Alfonso Cuaron space thriller must also beat to win Outstanding British Film gong. 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', 'Rush', 'Saving Mr. Banks' and 'The Selfish Giant' make up that category.

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Tom Hanks - 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Backastage - Palm Springs, California, United States - Saturday 4th January 2014

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Tom Hanks - 25th Anniversary Palm Springs International Film Festival held at the Palm Springs Convention Center - Arrivals - Palm Springs, California, United States - Saturday 4th January 2014

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Palm Springs Gala Awards Hollywood Stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock And Meryl Streep


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Palm Springs Gala Awards Hollywood Stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep The 2014 film award season has kicked-off and the biggest names in Hollywood have already begun to sweep the prizes. A-listers arrived in Palm Springs this past Saturday (Jan 4th) to attend the 25th annual Palm Springs Film Festival award gala, which around 2,100 people attended.

Without a doubt this date is highlighted on the nominee's calendar as it is considered one of the major stops in the award season and actors who picked up the big prizes were Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and of course, Meryl Streep.

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Tom Hanks was presented with the Chairman's Award

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Oscar Balloting Begins: Which Films Are In With A Chance At Best Picture?


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Balloting has finally begun today to determine the winners of the 2014 Academy Awards. Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are invited to cast secret ballots until January 8th 2014 for their favorite film categories from the past year.

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Tom Hanks Stars In The Tense Pirate Thriller 'Captain Phillips.'

For the second year, the academy is offering electronic voting in which a small percentage of the 289 feature films eligible for best-picture consideration will be identified by members and announced on the 16th January.

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10 Best Films Of 2013


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BEHIND THE CANDELABRA

10. Behind The Candelabra - Sadly consigned to TV in America, this Liberace biopic's lavish production design deserves to be projected on the biggest screen possible. As do great performances from Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and a hilarious Rob Lowe.
Read our 'Behind The Candelabra' Review
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STORIES WE TELL

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Getting To Know 'Saving Mr. Banks' Through Disney's Long-Time Composer, Richard Sherman


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While Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson head up the posters and marketing for Saving Mr. Banks with their turns as Walt Disney and P.L Travers; the roles of Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak as Richard and Robert Sherman – composers during Disney’s pomp – are just as pertinent and significant to the story of Mary Poppins’ journey from page to screen.

Saving Mr BanksTravers herself wasn't a big fan of made up words

The brothers, who are now separating following Robert’s death, were responsible for the most-loved, iconic music in movie history, including ‘Trust in Me’ from ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ from… you guess it; the theme tune for ‘Winnie The Pooh,’ and ‘Bedknobs & Broomsticks’.

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Forget The Screen Actors Guild Nominees, WHO GOT SNUBBED?!


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This morning we were treated to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations. It's one of the biggest award ceremonies on the movie calendar and, well, it's kind of a big deal. Forget the Globes - this is the ceremony that best predicts what's going to happen at the Oscars, with Shakespeare in Love, Chicago, Crash, Return of the King, Slumdog Millionaire, No Country For Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Speech and Argo all winning the best ensemble cast award before going on to win best picture at the Academy Awards. 

Forest Whitaker The ButlerForest Whitaker [L] in Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'

Obviously, we're not really interested in who got nominated today - we want to know who got snubbed, right? Well, this article probably isn't going to be too lengthy given that most of the nominations announcement was fairly predictable.

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Review Roundup: Critics Enchanted By The Emotion And Depth Of 'Saving Mr. Banks'


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John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks is a biographical dramedy, centering on Walt Disney’s life and the creation of Mary Poppins and starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson – in short, it is practically the perfect storm for critical success. Both the story and the performances are praised throughout the internet and critics are already pegging this for an Oscar nod, or several.

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Critics are practically in awe of the charming biopic.

A particular favorite is Emma Thompson’s performance as author PL Travers – the original creator of the Mary Poppins character. As Travers, Thompson is sharp, snippy, but still relatable in her passion to protect the essence of Mary Poppins. As The Guardian’s Mark Kermode puts it, Thompson is “sheer perfection in the complex role of "Mrs PL", never allowing the author to descend into crotchety caricature, constantly suggesting a strain of melancholia behind the biting, control-freaky hautiness.”

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A Week In Movies: More High-Profile Releases, Trailers For Muscle-Man Movies, And A New Life Of Jesus


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Frozen 2013

In the wake of last week's Catching Fire fever, new releases this week are a little more low key. Thanksgiving audiences in America will be choosing between Disney's acclaimed new animated film Frozen and Spike Lee's much more adult remake of the 2003 Korean thriller Oldboy. 

Meanwhile in the UK moviegoers will get a taste of Thanksgiving in the wacky animated romp Free Birds, plus a chance to savour the awards-buzz on Saving Mr Banks, about Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) trying to coerce PL Travers (Emma Thompson) into signing over the rights to her book Mary Poppins. Read our Saving Mr. Banks review here.

Continue reading: A Week In Movies: More High-Profile Releases, Trailers For Muscle-Man Movies, And A New Life Of Jesus

Emma Thompson Steals The Plaudits From Under Hanks' Nose In Saving Mr. Banks - Reviews


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When news of Saving Mr. Banks was announced, the words on everybody’s lips were: ‘Tom Hanks is playing Walt Disney. Cool’. But, as details of the film emerged, the characters of P.L Travers emerged as the more interesting angle. And so it has proved now the critics have taken a look.

Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson as P.L Travers in Saving Mr. Banks

Perhaps it’s because Travers’ story isn’t particularly well known; not everyone was aware of the trouble she faced when Disney weighed in on her book, with a view to turning it into – as it became – one of the biggest films of all time. Either way, Thompson as Travers is the focus as Saving Mr. Banks hurtled towards a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Saving Mr. Banks Review


Excellent

This true story only barely avoids becoming sloppily sentimental, thanks to a solid cast and a final act that generates honest emotion. Awash with the Disney spirit, the film breaks free of the marketing machine to recount events that are lively and often very funny, but also manage to be sharply moving. It's the kind of crowd-pleaser that deserves to do well both at the box office and in awards ceremonies.

Set in 1961, it's the story of how Walt Disney (Hanks) finally lures PL Travers (Thompson) to Hollywood to woo her into signing over the film rights to Mary Poppins after some 20 years of pestering. She is equally determined to protect her creation, which is very close to her heart. But she agrees to work with the screenwriter (Whitford) and composers (Schwartzman and Novak) as long as she has veto power. Her demands are crazy ("I don't want the colour red anywhere in the movie!"), but everyone tries to win her over. Eventually Walt realises that he needs to find out exactly why Mary Poppins is so important to her. And that the story is more about Mary's affect on the family's father, Mr Banks, than the children.

Indeed, in parallel flashbacks we see Travers' childhood in rural 1906 Australia, where she lives as a young girl (Buckley) with her lively father (Farrell) and shattered mother (Wilson). Her dad's alcoholism is the driving force of these scenes, which feel like a completely separate film intercut with sunny 1960s Hollywood. But they add weight to Thompson's remarkably detailed performance, which is marvellously withering and hilarious, and also subtly emotional. Her interaction with the buoyant Hanks is sharp and jagged, and the film's nicest scenes are between Travers and her driver, sensitively played by Giamatti.

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Parkland Review


OK

This starry drama has documentary realism going for it, although without a single well-developed character it never finds any resonance. By recounting JFK's assassination from a variety of previously unseen angles, we learn some new things about that fateful day in November 1963. Oddly, the script doesn't even focus on the hospital that gives the film its name. That might have helped give the film some focus.

We watch the shooting in Dallas through the eyes of Abraham Zapruder (Giamatti), famously the only person to capture the event on film. He is immediately contacted by a Secret Service agent (Thornton), who helps him process the film and make copies. Meanwhile at Parkland Hospital, two residents (Efron and Hanks) and a tenacious nurse (Harden) are working against the odds to save Kennedy's life. And elsewhere, an FBI agent (Livingston) is following the trail of the shooter, whose brother and mother (Dale and Weaver) have very different reactions to what has just happened.

Writer-director Landesman jumps straight into the events without properly establishing the characters. But it's impossible to feel emotion when we don't know anything about the people we're watching, and we can't feel suspense when we know what's going to happen. So we're left to soak up the details, which are often fascinating (ever wonder how to get a coffin into a plane?). And while the actors are good enough to play the intensity of each scene for all it's worth, the only ones who register with us are Giamatti and Dale, because what their characters go through is more complex than we expect.

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Tom Hanks - AFI FEST 2013 Presented By Audi - Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" Opening Night Gala Premiere At TCL Chinese Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 8th November 2013

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You Don't Scam Tom Hanks - Actor's Insurance Broker Lands In Jail


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Well, actually, you do scam Tom Hanks. What you don’t do is get away with it. Jerry Goldman, an insurance broker who overcharged Tom Hanks his wife Rita Wilson, had ended up with a 27 month stretch in jail.

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Tom Hanks as Richard Phillips

The broker, according to The Hollywood Reporter, received a 27-month sentence Monday and was also was ordered to pay about $840,000 in restitution. Between 1998 and 2011, reports suggest, Goldman inflated premiums by as much as 600 percent and created fake invoices to hide the scam.

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'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa' Finally Topples 'Gravity' From The Top Of The US Box Office


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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is this weeks number one movie at the box office, ousting the mega-successful Gravity from the top spot after a three week stay. The Johnny Knoxville-starring prank fest more than doubled its estimated cost of $15 million in the first weekend alone, amassing an impressive estimate of $32 million since it was released last week.

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Bad Grandpa has topped the US box office at the first attempt

Exceeding expectations by scoring more than $30 mil. at the box office, Bad Grandpa comfortably came in first place, averaging just short of $10,000 at each cinema it opened at across America. The fourth feature length outing from the Jackass team is now the second most successful of the bunch, just about tying with the first movie and coming some way off the estimated $50 mil. made by Jackass 3-D. Box office estimates indicate that the film should end its domestic run with about $75 million.

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'Jackass Present: Bad Grandpa' Looks Like The Early Favourite To Top Weekend Box Office


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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is predicted to earn close to $30 million at the box office in it's opening weekend, according to Deadline, making it the most likely candidate to finish at the top of the box office come the end of the week. This means that after three weeks of dominating the US box office, Gravity may finally be replaced as America's favourite movie at cinemas.

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Bad Grandpa should be an easy weekend winner

Depending on what side of the $30 mil. mark it lands on, the film can become either the third or fourth most successful R-rated film of the year in terms of opening box office revenue. Should the film exceed expectations even further, it could potentially place even higher. The film already made an estimated $11 - 12 mil. on the opening day of the weekend - Friday, 25 October - and could be well on its way to exceeding the $30 mil. mark should the numbers continue to add up. Not bad for a film that only cost $15 million to make.

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Forget The Oscars, Which Actor Has The Biggest Overall Box Office Gross?


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As we approach winter, Oscars season is in full swing, with convincing predictions and hypothesis available for each and every film, actor and director in contention for any category you can think of. The frontrunners for those coveted golden statuettes include Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep.

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It’s a fine list of names, for sure. And it’s basically a given that most people would love to swap shoes with any of the aforementioned actors who we consider to be in line for at least nominations - if not a few trips to the stage - when the Oscars are handed out in March 2014.

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Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks - 57th BFI London Film Festival - 'Saving Mr Banks' - Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 20th October 2013

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Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks - BFI London Film Festival: 'Saving Mr. Banks' photocall held at the Dorchester - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 20th October 2013

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A Tom Hanks Tour-de-Force, But Was 'Captain Phillips' Really A Hero?


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Tom Hanks is winning plaudits left, right and center for his portrayal of merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips in Paul Greengrass's critically acclaimed movie. The Hollywood actor's performance as the titular hero who stood up to Somali heroes in April 2009 is likely to see him do battle with Robert Redford for the Oscar for Best Actor in March 2013.

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However, as Greengrass's movie prepares to hit screens in the UK following a strong opening across the Atlantic, crew members of the Maersk Alabama - which suffered the raid 4 years ago - have questioned Phillips' hero status.

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'Gravity' Maintains Box Office Stronghold As 'Captain Phillips' Sails Into Second


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Space thriller Gravity has dominated the American box office rankings for the second consecutive weekend. The last weekend (from 11th Oct.) saw the Alfonso Cuarón-directed film rake in an estimated $44.3m (£27.7m), according to BBC News, bringing the movie's total takings to $123.4m (£77.2m) ahead of its November opening in the UK.

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Gravity Dominates The US Box Office For A Second Weekend.

The movie stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as two astronauts carrying out routine maintenance on a space shuttle before they are hit by high-speed debris. After being sent careering into space, the pair have no other option but to begin a satellite-hopping mission to look for escape pods whilst fighting against depleting oxygen reserves and the prospect of the devastating debris coming back round.

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A Week In Movies: Mitty Premieres In New York, Gravity Lands In London, Radcliffe Talks Ginsberg, Frankenstein Teases


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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller's remake of the 1947 classic premiered at the New York Film Festival this week, with Stiller and costars Kristin Wiig and Adam Scott in attendance. The film, about a mild-mannered office worker with a vivid daydreaming life, won the festival's Fellowship Award. It opens in December. You can watch Ben Stillier in action as Walter Mitty in the trailer here. We also have video from this week's premiere at the New York Film Festival, you can see Ben Stiller And Kristen Wiig arriving here or watch a video of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' cast posing together at New York Film Festival as they are joineed by Stiller's wife Christine Taylor and his co-star Adam Scott. 

Also on the red carpet in New York were Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Alfonso Cuaron, presenting the US premiere of their space-orbit thriller Gravity, which went on to set US box office records over the weekend. Afterwards, Bullock and Cuaron jetted across the Atlantic for the film's UK premiere at the London Film Festival this week. We have video footage taken at the 'Gravity' NY Premiere featuring stars George Clooney And Sandra Bullock and another video featuring director Alfonso Cuaron arriving at the 'Gravity' NYFF premiere. We also urge you read our report on how studio pressure almost ruined the movie and how Alfonso Cuaron had to fight for the version we are seeing and enjoying today. 

Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Mitty Premieres In New York, Gravity Lands In London, Radcliffe Talks Ginsberg, Frankenstein Teases

Tom Hanks - Tom Hanks leaving Claridge's hotel heading off to the BFI London Film Festival held in Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 10th October 2013

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Tom Hanks - Celebrities leaving Claridges Hotel - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 10th October 2013

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Captain Phillips Review


Essential

With an attention to documentary detail that makes everything viscerally realistic, this film grabs hold and never lets go, cranking the suspense to nearly unbearable levels and then tightening its grip even further. Like director Greengrass' United 93, this is a film that makes us forget our daily routine, sending us on a harrowing journey that feels more like a life experience than watching a movie.

It's based on true events from March 2009, when Richard Phillips (Hanks) took a routine job captaining a cargo ship filled with food aid from Oman to Kenya. Then off the coast of Somalia, they're attacked by the tenacious pirate Muse (Abdi) and his three cohorts (Abdirahman, Ahmed and Ali). These aren't terrorists, they're desperate young men who take violent action only because they have to. But their demands for money go unmet, and the stand-off escalates as Phillips' crew fights back against the armed intruders. Then the American Navy responds with overwhelming force, trying to calm the situation without getting Phillips killed.

Aside from one background sequence in Somalia, we watch the entire story through Phillips' eyes, which makes us feel like we are right in the middle of it. Greengrass insists on realism, refusing to indulge in digital trickery when he can get real ships and helicopters out on the ocean instead. This gives the film a jolt of authenticity that's impossible to re-create in a studio, as we can feel the isolation of the expansive sea as well as the dangerous claustrophobia in the pod-like lifeboat where the climactic scenes play out. And there isn't a false note. Even with a well-known actor like Hanks in the central role, we are completely drawn in.

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson leaving Scott's restaurant - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 9th October 2013

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks - BFI London Film Festival: Captain Phillips - Opening Night Gala Screening held at the Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 9th October 2013

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - BFI London Film Festival: Captain Phillips - Opening Night Gala screening held at the Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 9th October 2013

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

Why Tom Hanks Could Win His Second Oscar For 'Captain Phillips'


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Captain Phillips has sailed gently into the Oscars race this year, creeping up on Twelve Years a Slave, American Hustle and Gravity with a handful of positive screenings at the festivals and praise for its leading man, Tom Hanks.

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The movie, by thriller aficionado Paul Greengrass, tells the true story of merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken by hostage by Somali Pirates during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009. It's adapted from Phillips' own book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea.

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Tom Hanks - BFI London Film Festival: 'Captain Phillips' Photocall held at the May Fair hotel - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 9th October 2013

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Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass

Tom Hanks' Diabetes Announcement Shocks Fans Of The Actor


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Tom Hanks’ diabetes announcement surprised Letterman viewers on Monday night, when the actor revealed that he has been living with the condition for some time now. Hanks has Type 2 diabetes and the news sparked instant speculation that the actor’s fluctuating weight was the reason.

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The actor's everchanging appearance might have been the cause behind his condition.

One of his best-known roles – as a Robinson Crusoe-like character in Castaway – required him to shed 55 pounds. For another part, he had to pack on 30 pounds in a matter of months. Hanks, an Academy Award winner, has never shied away from making drastic changes to his physical appearance for certain roles, but these dramatic weight fluctuations can often be a contributing factor to diabetes.

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Tom Hanks' 'Captain Phillips' Kicks Off 51st New York Film Festival


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Tom Hank's 'Captain Phillips' Kick Off 51st New York Film Festival world Premiere of 'Captain Phillips' that screened at Lincoln's Center's Alice Tully Hall.

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Tom Hanks starring as Captain Phillips

Britain's Paul Greengrass directed the intense real-life thriller that was based on events that occurred in 2009 when a US cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates.

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London Film Festival 2013 Announced As Tom Hanks Overshadows Line Up


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The 57th BFI London Film Festival will take place between the 9th and 20th October, it will show "235 feature films and 134 short films from 57 countries around the world", according to the BFI. The two time academy award winner, Tom Hanks will star in both the opening and closing movies.

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Ton Hanks portaying Captain Phillips in the upcoming thriller

The festivals opener 'Captain Phillips', is a thriller based on true events that occurred aboard the Maersk Alabama which was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. The multi-layered film engages with the complexity of globalisation - the main focus being on the relationship between the two captains as Hanks portrays Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage by the pirates who ransomed for his life.

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Predicting The Oscars 2014: Is George Clooney Guaranteed An Academy Award?


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Six months of anticipation for four hours of award giving: that’s what you signed up for. The Oscars 2014 has its host, and now it has its favorites. Which director will be hurtling through an acceptance speech at breakneck speed, and which actor will be practising their sad-yet-humble loser face?

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It’s Oscars season.

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"Captain Phillips Can You Hear Me?" Latest Look At Tom Hanks Movie [Trailer]


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The trailer for the new Tom Hanks movie, Captain Phillips, has arrived, and at 2m35s long and packed with hundreds of shots, it’s like watching a short film in and of itself. Take a look for yourself below.

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The film tells the true story of Captain Richard Phillips, who, in 2009, captained US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama - the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

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Captain Phillips - International Trailer


Captain Richard Phillips was in command of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama cargo ship on its voyage to Mombasa, Kenya carrying around 17,000 tons of cargo. However, a routine shipping turned into a deadly nightmare when a group of gun-toting, seafaring pirates from Somalia hijacked the vessel, easily avoiding the jets coming out of the fire hoses on all sides, and took the Captain hostage. With only minutes to spare before he came under attack, the brave Captain ordered his crew of 20 to hide, knowing full well that his life was under enormous threat. 

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Tom Hanks In Saving Mr. Banks [Trailer + Pictures]


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The long-awaited Walt Disney film, featuring Tom Hanks as the controversial man himself, is getting closer and closer, and we’ve got some stills of Hanks in action as well as his co-stars, Emma Thompson, B.J Novak and Jason Schwartzman.

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Saving Mr. Banks, which is to be showcased at Disney's annual D23 Expo, follows the story of Mary Poppins’ journey from page to screen as Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood to see her novel change in front of her eyes. She didn’t want Disney to do whey they did with her creation; wasn’t what she had planned.

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Saving Mr. Banks Trailer


P.L. Travers was an Australian author who, in the early sixties, went into negotiations with Walt Disney over the rights of her novels surrounding the character Mary Poppins. It was eventually released on the big screen and won five Oscars, though its production was not without its conflicts. Travers' initial aversion to Hollywood didn't help matters, and she was unnerved by the idea that Disney might turn her beloved character into a prancing, dancing, twinkling fairy godmother. However, when Disney began to understand that Mary Poppins' place in the story was less about the children and more about their father - and, in effect, her own father on whom she based him on - the pair began to bond better and Travers was finally willing to unleash her story onto the world.

'Saving Mr. Banks' is the story of how 'Mary Poppins' was put to film in 1964 by Walt Disney, thirty years after P.L. Travers began writing about her. It is about the conflicts between Travers and Disney and Travers own struggles with her personal life when we discover just how true to life the story really was. It has been directed by John Lee Hancock ('Snow White and the Huntsman', 'A Perfect World', 'The Blind Side') and written by Kelly Marcel ('Terra Nova') and Sue Smith ('My Brother Jack', 'Peaches') and it is set to hit UK cinemas on January 17th 2014.

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Tom Hanks Set To Complete Dan Brown Trilogy With 'Inferno'


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Having starred in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Tom Hanks will complete the trilogy of Robert Langdon movies when he stars as the inquisitive Harvard University symbolist in Inferno, set for release on December 18th 2015. The Hollywood Reporter had the date.

Tom HanksHe'll always be little Forest to us

Despite a poor critical response for both of the previous Dan Brown-novel movies – The Da Vinci Code managed 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, while Angels & Demons only marginally improved on that with 37% - they have fared well at the box office, grabbing over $1.2b from conspiracy-hungry movie-goers, the type of which probably believe half of what’s happening in the film, or can’t understand it and think Langdon as a modern day Indiana Jones.

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Tom Hanks Walt Disney Picture - First Still From 'Saving Mr Banks'


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We love the Tom Hanks Walt Disney picture, it’s not quite the transformation we expected – we can still see Hanks in it – but it has certainly whetted the appetite for Saving Mr Banks: the upcoming biographical drama about the production of the popular Walt Disney film Mary Poppins.

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Next to Hanks – who appears to be towing the company line, waving to fans – is a rather disgruntled Emma Thompson, who plays P.L. Travers in the film. Her struggle, which stems from Disney’s desire to adapt her novel, is a central plot point from the film. 'Saving Mr Banks' – also starring Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman and Colin Farrell - is due out on January 17.

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Tony Awards Keep Getting Bigger And Better With Each Year


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The Tony awards are approaching! This year’s award show, to be held this Sunday at Radio City Music Hall, is sure to hold a lot of surprises and a lot of amazing performances. Starting with the venue itself – the Tony’s return this year to their rightful home in RCMH after two years at the Beacon Theatre. This of course means a bigger venue, a bigger stage and plenty more space for those clever producers to work their magic. Speaking of space, the bigger venue also offers the chance for the castmembers of several beloved to team up for a number of collaborations. And if there’s anything music theatre fans love unconditionally (besides a good umbrella number,) it’s collaborations.

"You'll see different shows interacting with each other," along with musical numbers from proven hits, among them Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, The Lion King and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, says co-executive producer Ricky Kirshner for USA Today. "In many other worlds, like the music world or TV, everyone is off doing their own thing. But here, they're all friends."

And to add to the hype, audience favorite Neil Patrick Harris returns to host again this year, for what will be his fourth time at the Tonys. Clearly, the producers couldn’t get enough of the witty, multi-talented performer and frankly, who can. Harris, who is a busy father of two, will also be hosting the Emmys later this year. On the occasion, he recently tweeted: Pulling the bi-fecta."But the Tonys have even more to offer this year, especially in the way of nominees. Several Hollywood screen actors have made a more or less successful transition to the stage in recent years and this year’s award show might be honoring some of them, Like Tom Hanks for Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy this Sunday ("Tony loves movie stars when they're game and credible," wrote USA TODAY's Elysa Gardner) and of course, there’s ScarJo. No, sadly the actress got looked over for her part in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, along with the likes of Bette Midler, Alec Baldwin, Jessica Chastain, Katie Holmes and Alan Cumming. However, in the name of sportsmanship, Johansson will take a break from shooting Captain America: Winter Soldier, to stop by and present an award or two. And with such a star-studded cast and producers who have been working for a year to make this happen, it’s almost certain that this year’s Tony Award ceremony will go all out.

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Stars Head For The Stars: Justin Bieber Joins The Virgin Galactic Party


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It is confirmed: pint-sized popstar Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun, are set to be blasted towards the real stars, out into space.

Tycoon Richard Branson, founder and chairman of travel, entertainment and lifestyle company, Virgin Group, was first to break the news on Twitter: "Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!" whilst a buzzing Bieber replied: "Let's shoot a music video in SPACE!!"

The 19-year old 'Baby' hitmaker could be fleeing planet Earth to escape from his growing list of shameful actions that have brought the wayward party-boy under media scrutiny, including leaving insensitive messages in the guestbook at Amsterdam's Anne Frank museum, abandoning his pet monkey, 'Mally', in Germany after she was confiscated at customs, arriving onstage two hours late at his concert in London, and threatening to "beat the f**k" out of a photographer. Space might just be the best place for the little reprobate then.

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Real Life Pirates Of The Caribbean In Tom Hanks Starring 'Captain Phillips' [Trailer]


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He was held hostage by Somali pirates four years, in what was one of the most highest profile incidents of piracy in centuries, so it's natural that of course Hollywood have gone and made a film on the brush with death that Captain Richard Phillips had in 2009 when his freight vessel was boarded by an armed gang and he was subsequently held hostage.

Watch the trailer for Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks has been entrusted with the role of Phillips, who selflessly attempts to sacrifice himself for his crew by being taken hostage himself. The bulk of the film has been adapted from the book 'A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea' by the real Richard Phillips and Stephan Tatty, who recounted their survival tale.

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Captain Phillips Trailer


Captain Richard Phillips never dreamed that his venture on board the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama cargo ship would turn into a perilous hostage situation when a savage group of seafaring Somali criminals sped towards the vast but markedly unarmed vessel in a bid to seize control of the goods on board. When the brave Captain was held at gunpoint in the first case of piracy in two centuries in 2009, he did everything within his power to ensure the safety of his crew while heroically risking his own life.

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Matilda Or Kinky Boots? Who Will Win Out At The Tony Awards 2013?


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Matilda the Musical and Kinky Boots are up for 12 and 13 Tony Awards respectively for this year's awards ceremony on June 9, 2013. The Roald Dahl adaptation received shouts for cast members Bertie Carvel and Lauren Ward, as well as composer Tim Minchin. In previous years, the Royal Shakespeare Company production may have swept the board, though Broadway's take on the 2005 British movie Kinky Boots leads the nominations race.

Elsewhere, British actor Tom Sturridge got a nomination for best actor for his Broadway debut in Orphans, though he'll have to fend off competition from Tom Hanks should he want to take home the award. The Oscar-winning actor gained rave reviews for his performance in Nora Ephron's drama Lucky Guy, which has left Hanks looking to return to the stage in the coming years. Snubs included Alan Cumming for his performance in the revisionist Macbeth and Douglas Hodge for a revival in Cyrano de Bergerac last autumn. However, the biggest snub came in the category of best actress, with Fiona Shaw excluded for her solo show The Testament of Mary. 

Matilda and Kinky Boots have no British competition in the category of best play, with no new English projects making it to Broadway this season. Next year could be a whole different story, with The Audience and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time mooted for New York transfers.

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Tony Awards: Can Tom Hanks Complete Grand Slam Of Major Awards?


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Tom Hanks has been nominated for a Tony Award for his role as late tabloid reporter Mike McAlary in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy. The play, written by Ephron before she died last June, follows McAlary's life and career as he goes from ambitious reporter to Pulitzer Prize winning columnist. The play took six nominations in the announcement this week, including the big one - Best Play.

"She [Ephron] was nominated for a few other things throughout her career, but I think that because she was at heart perhaps the most quintessential of all New Yorkers," Hanks told the Wall Street Journal after the announcement "...to have this happen in the town that she viewed as her celestial home, that she would have probably been cowed into silence. Which would have been rare for Nora."

Hanks is one of the most decorated actors in the world, having won two Oscars for Best Actor for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump and Emmy Awards for his television series' Band of Brothers and The Pacific. Though the latter awards were for producing credits, Hanks still holds the statuettes and a Tony Award win would see him complete the 'grand slam' of awards. One man to have already achieved the same feat is Al Pacino, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992 for Scent of a Woman. He went on to win Tonys for Does A Tiger Wear A Necklace? and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, later winning an Emmy for his role in the HBO movie You Don't Know Jack. Jeremy Irons, Liza Minnelli, Christopher Plummer, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith and Geoffrey Rush are others to have won an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award. Whoopi Goldberg has all three awards, PLUS a Grammy award.

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These "Kinky Boots" Were Made For Walking Straight To The Tony Awards


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The Tonys don’t really have much to offer in the way of original productions this year, including the big favorite this year, the Cyndi Lauper-scored “Kinky Boots”. The musical has been nominated for a whopping 13 Tonys. It is based on the 2005 British film about a shoe factory, which struggles to find its footing (get it) until it gets in the business of fetish footwear. What really makes this musical come to life though, is Lauper’s score, along with Harvey Feirstein’s writing. The record for nominations remains untouched though, as it was “Billy Elliot” in 2009 and “The Producers” in 2011, who broke it with 15 nominations. The 2012 Daniel Radcliffe starrer “The Book of Mormon” earned 14 nods at last year’s Tonys.

A close second to “Kinky Boots” in terms of nominations is another adaptation and another British import, Matilda: The Musical, which managed to secure twelve nods. “Lucky Guy”, Laura Ephron’s retelling of the story of a courageous New York reporter, comes in third with just six nods. “Lucky Guy” sees Tom Hanks in his first role on Broadway and apparently the stage suits him, because Hanks managed to nab a Best Actor nod as well. Besides Hanks, the leading actor in a play category is populated by Nathan Lane for “The Nance,” Tracy Letts from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, David Hyde Pierce from “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” and Tom Sturridge from “Orphans.”

If you’re curious to see who wins what, the Tonys will be broadcast on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9th.

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Cloud Atlas: The Would-Be Oscar Contender That Went Oh So Wrong


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After green-lighting the Wachowski's big screen adaptation of David Mitchell's apparently "unfilmable" novel Cloud Atlas, the head honchos at Warner Bros probably half expected it to be competing for the major prizes at the Oscars. A quick glance over the nominations will tell you the Tom Hanks starring movie will play no part in the celebrations at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday (February 24, 2013). Its solitary nod at the Golden Globe Awards was for Best Original Score.

Shot on a budget of $100 million, Cloud Atlas has been no financial disaster - it easily made back the cash at the U.S. box office and a European release, together with DVD and Blu-Ray sales means it'll become a tidy earner, though critically, it fell way below expectations. Overblown at nearly 3 hours long, the Wachowski's film left critics and audiences empty, though it won praise for impressive visuals and cinematography - something that will be of no comfort to writer Mitchell, whose novel is loved for its depth and sprawling narrative. "Finally, what sinks "Cloud Atlas" is not the largeness of its ambitions but the lack of skill it displays in terms of writing, directing and acting," said Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times. Xan Brooks of The Guardian said, "Unfortunately, these bold ambitions come to naught. They confuse the cosmos with the costume department and wind up lost in a world of wigs and bonnets."

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Cloud Atlas Review


Excellent

Mad geniuses Tom Tykwer (Perfume) and the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix) boldly take on David Mitchell's layered epic novel, which connects six generations through the power of storytelling. The film takes so many huge risks that it's breathtaking to watch even when it stumbles. And as each tale is passed on to the next generation, the swirling themes get under the skin.

The six stories are interlinked in a variety of ways, transcending time to find common themes. On a ship in 1849, a seriously ill American lawyer (Sturgess) shows kindness to a stowaway ex-slave (Gyasi). In 1936 Edinburgh, a great composer (Broadbent) hires a musician (Whishaw) to transcribe his work, then tries to steal the young man's magnificent Cloud Atlas symphony. In 1973 San Francisco, a Latina journalist (Berry) gets a tip about dodgy goings on in a local nuclear power plant. In present-day London, a publisher (Broadbent) is trapped in a nursing home by his brother (Grant) and plots a daring escape. In 2144 Neo Soul, an official (D'Arcy) interrogates a replicant (Bae) who started a rebellion alongside a notorious rebel (Sturgess). And in a distant stone-age future, an island goatherd (Hanks) teams up with an off-worlder (Berry) when they're attacked by a warlord (Grant).

While the themes in this film are eerily involving, what makes this film unmissable is the way the entire cast turns up in each of the six story strands, changing age, race and gender along the way. Even so, they're essential variations on each other. Weaving is always a nemesis, whether he's a hitman, a demon or a nasty nurse. Hanks' characters are always strong-willed and often badly misguided. Grant goes against type to play sinister baddies. And D'Arcy is the only actor who plays the same character in two segments, as Whishaw's 1930s young lover and Berry's 1970s elderly informant. Meanwhile, each segment plays with a different genre: seafaring epic, twisted drama, political mystery, action comedy, sci-fi thriller and gritty adventure.

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Oscars 2013: Five People ROBBED Of An Academy Award


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We here at Contactmusic.com really hope there's a massive upset at the Oscars on Sunday (February 24, 2013), for no other reason than it's fun to watch the actor who should have won sink into their chair and try and look happy for the surprise recipient, who is dancing in the aisle somewhere. Sometimes, you can pin-point the exact moment when the realisation of absolute failure kicks in. "I lost. I actually lost. I didn't win. Someone else won. I didn't win. I do not need to stand up."

Ok, so it looks unlikely that the 85th Academy Awards will throw up TOO many huge shocks, though should Daniel Day-Lewis miss out on Best Actor, that would certainly represent one of the biggest surprises in Oscar history. Then again, Tom Hanks was nailed on for Saving Private Ryan, and looked what happened there. We thought we'd take a look back at five unbelievable results at the Academy Awards, proving it's not always a done deal.

James Coburn Beats Ed Harris (Academy Awards, 1999)

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Good Genes Or Good Ops: Which Male Celebrities Don't Show Their Age?


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We've all had that moment; looking at photos of our favourite celebs and then jumping out of our seats screaming, 'He's HOW old?!' Well, we've been doing a lot of that here at ContactMusic. Some stars seem to have crept up the age ladder pretty sneakily, the odd wrinkle and grey hair barely registering on our radar, while others don't seem to have aged at all! English football player David Beckham was in his twenties when he rose to global popularity and, looking at his recent H&M underwear advert, it seems that his iconic hairstyles and tattoos are our only way of working out the old from the newer pictures of him. However, he is only 37 and has plenty of time to catch up yet. It's the over-50s that have really had our mouths agape in recent times as we've been scouring the net for the most youthful looking middle to old aged stars. 

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Lincoln's Daniel-Day Lewis To Outdo Brando, Penn, Hanks With Oscar Win


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Daniel Day-Lewis will make Oscar history on February 26, 2013, when - as expected - he takes the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed Lincoln. Should Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, Joaquin Phoenix or even Denzel Washington steal away the gong, it would almost certainly represent the biggest Best Actor shock since Robert Benigni somehow usurped Tom Hanks and Nick Nolte to the award in 1999. Though Jack Nicholson was considered the favourite, Day-Lewis could have had another award in 2003, (Gangs Of New York) had Adrien Brody not upset the apple-cart for his role in The Pianist.

As 'Lincoln' prepares to hit screens in the UK, critics have seized the opportunity to laud Day-Lewis' performance - "legend", "genius" and "one of the greats" are words and phrases found in almost every review. Ian Nathan of Empire Magazine said, "As unexpected as it is intelligent, thanks to virtuoso work from Spielberg and Kushner, Lincoln is landmark filmmaking, while Day-Lewis is so authentic he pulls off that stovepipe." Matthew Turner of ViewLondon said, "Impressively directed and superbly written, this is an absorbing and enjoyable political drama with an Oscar-worthy central performance from Daniel Day-Lewis." Shaun Munro of What Culture agreed, writing, "Daniel Day-Lewis gives yet another performance for the ages in Steven Spielberg's admirably literate, thoroughly charming biopic."

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Dan Brown's 'Inferno' To See Robert Langdon Tackle Dante's Epic Poem


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Dan Brown's Inferno' - his sixth mystery novel - will see turtleneck wearing protagonist Robert Langdon tackle Dante's epic 14th century poem. Brown's new book was revealed during a social media announcement on Tuesday (January 15, 2013) during which Facebook and Twitter readers profile images were added as tiles in a web graphic, alluding to Dante's allegory of the journey through hell.

Harvard professor Langdon - played by Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons adaptations - will be adventuring through "the heart of Europe" this time around, where he will be "drawn into a harrowing world centred on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces." Dante's poem has been studied and scrutinised for hundreds of years - it depicts hell as nine circles of suffering located within the earth. "Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world," Brown said. "With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm . a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways." The poem offers up plenty of scope for Brown's polarizing style of writing and fans should expect plenty of puzzles, codes and symbols. 

Brown - born in Exeter, New Hampshire - is one of the world's most successful authors, though is often derided by serious literary critics. He is, of course, the man who served up the line, "Physicist Leonardo Vetra smelled burning flesh, and he knew it was his own." 

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Excitement Builds For 'Killing Lincoln' As Trailer Is Released


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National Geographic aren't dipping their toes into the scripted drama, rather plunging themselves in with 'Killing Lincoln', an adaptation of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's bestselling book of the same.

Tony Scott was working on adapting the book when he committed suicide on August 19th, 2012. Production had already begun in Richmond, Virginia, and Ridley Scott also exec produces. "This is really the Lincoln story you've never seen before. Booth wanted to make his mark," Scott said in a statement. Actor Billy Campbell, who co-stars with Jesse Johnson, called the documentary, "amazingly detailed, accurate, exciting and immensely tragic."

The trailer - considering there are no real spoilers in this story - doesn't reveal much, other impeccably stylised depiction of the murder, with a Tarantino-esque cut away from the scenes crescendo. "Lincoln is so adored, so universally revered today that it's easy to forget he was a controversial president -- one with many enemies -- in fact he repeatedly dreamt of his own assassination," said Billy Campbell, who plays America's 16th president. "We felt it important to convey this hidden side of Lincoln, this sense of his almost wasting away with premonitions of death, even as he was outwardly so poised and steadfast through the closing of the war."

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Tom Hanks And Will Smith Team Up At Governor's Awards 2012


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It's been a relatively quiet year for both Tom Hanks and Will Smith, though both teamed up for the Governor's Awards 2012 on Saturday evening (December 1, 2012). Producers of the show had enlisted the Hollywood giants to present DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg with the first Oscar of awards' season.

Katzenberg received an honorary award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science for his humanitarian work. Smith introduced the revered producer, while Hanks gave fitting speech about the CEO's generosity and his fundraising efforts after the 9/11 attacks. "Jeffrey Katzenberg doesn't have to do any of these things. But Jeffrey Katzenberg cannot help but to do all of these things - it is in his DNA. Jeffrey Katzenberg is a brilliant man, a hardworking man, a visionary and one of the most powerful men (in Hollywood)." Joking about his time spent with Katzenberg, Hanks added, "It's not just the invitation to breakfast. It's the lunch that lasts exactly 47 minutes. It's the follow-up phone call. It's the tour of the facility. It's the follow-up phone call. It's the letter to remind you of the phone call and the tour of the facility. And finally, it's the contribution you make."

Elsewhere at the ceremony, Quentin Tarantino gave a speech for stuntman Hal Needham, who revolutionized the stunt business by appearing in 310 feature films. "He is the man," said the Django Unchained director, "Before he became a director, he pushed the boundaries of what could be done.I have ripped off many shots from you. Today, I say thank you very much."

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U.S Box Office Roundup: Argo Takes The Weekend In Third Week


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Ben Affleck's Argo has clambered atop the Box Office peak this weekend on its third week. A reinterpretation of the 1980 CIA secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran, it grossed $12,085,059 with a cumulative gross of $60.5m.

In its first week, Cloud Atlas - starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry - reached the #2 spot with $9,612,247. Although not winning the weekend upon opening is considered a disappointment, experts predict it'll 'do an Argo' and prove a slow burner, despite the lukewarm response from critics. Animated Halloween treat Hotel Transylvania is still going strong in its fifth week; $9,444,014 this weekend brings its Cumulative Gross to $130.4M and lands it a #3. Another film hoping to capitalize on the annual scare-fest is the found footage horror Paranormal Activity, in the fifth incarnation of the franchise. The reviews were awful, but given the style of movie and time of year, most fans aren't looking for an art-house classic. $8,510,186 grabs it the #4 spot, while Silent Hill makes the top 5 in its first week, with $8,023,036.

The rest of the top 10 reads like a list of films simply there to make up the numbers. The widely panned thriller, Taken 2, starring Liam Neeson flaps around at #6. Here Comes The Boom, Alex Cross, Sinister and Fun Size round everything off respectively. Figures compiled using data from Yahoo Movies. We can't wait for The Master to come out. 

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Pictures: Hollywood Stars Turn Out For The LACMA Gala


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One of the big events of the weekend was the LACMA Film + Art Gala which saw some of the great and good of Hollywood in attendance to raise a glass in honour of the director Stanley Kubrick and artist Ed Ruscha. Cameron Diaz, Evan Rachel Wood, Robert Pattinson, Will Ferrell and Salma Hayek were just some of the names there for the event which cost between $5000 and $10000 a ticket. 

Cameron Diaz At The LACMA Gala

Cameron Diaz looking radiant at the LACMA Gala

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Hot Tickets! This Weekend's Movie Releases: Cloud Atlas, Chasing Mavericks, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Pusher


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Can Paranormal Activity 4 and Argo be shifted from the top of the US Box Office? It's slim pickings this week, in terms of big money releases but if any movie is going to do it, it will be Cloud Atlas, the sprawling adaptation of David Mitchell's novel. We'll also look at the rest of this week's main releases: Chasing Mavericks, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D and Pusher.

Cloud Atlas has been getting some heavy promotion over the last few weeks, so curiosity, at the very least, should get movie fans into the theaters this week. The movie's producers will be hoping that this is the case, because the film is on thin ice with the critics, having scored a shaky 60% on the Rotten Tomatoes site. The general consensus seems to be that although the movie is well made, it could have done with a firmer editorial hand. Claudia Puig summed it up by saying "The cumulative effect is one of spectacle over substance."

You can watch the Cloud Atlas trailer here

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Cloud Atlas: So Complicated Halle Berry And Tom Hanks Just Had To Smoke Pot


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Halle Berry stopped by Jay Leno's Tonight Show this week to talk up her new movie Cloud Atlas, an adaptation of David Mitchell's epic novel of the same name. The ambitious film - by the Wachowski's - chronicles a story across five centuries, set in six separate timelines.

One scene in the movie sees Berry's character smoking marijuana with Tom Hanks, which prompted Leno to ask the actress if she was partial to a smoke now and again. Berry claimed she was "not a pot smoker," though Leno asked "Have you smoked pot with Tom Hanks?" with Berry carefully conceding, "I smoked pot with Tom Hanks in this movie." Berry and Hanks play different characters in each setting, though each story manages to connect in innovative and magical ways. 

The film opens nationwide on Friday (October 26, 2012) and has been quietly praised by critics, though it remains to be seen whether or not it will contend for the major film awards. We predict it will get a few obligatory nods (this year's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) but won't win a thing. It stars Hugh Grant as a futuristic cannibal for god's sake.

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Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens Declines Fourth Series In Favour Of Broadway


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Downton Abbey has been a surprise international success. Period dramas for many years have been limited to reruns of remakes of Jane Austen novels or Sherlock Holmes, and very little else. Nevertheless, it has been a rip-roaring success in the UK and in the USA, where it has garnered some star-studded fans including Tom Hanks and Katy Perry, this however, may all be coming to an end. 

Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley, the only male heir to the Downton Estate, has revealed that he may not be returning for the fourth series, or indeed ever again. Crawley is pivotal to the plot of the entire concept, and his leaving will raise some serious problems for the writers. The Daily Mail reports that Stevens is choosing to leave to further pursue Broadway in New York, where he will be starring in The Heiress later this year. "New York for me is going to be one big adventure. I will be taking the whole family out and we will be there for six months." He said "I don't know if I will be returning to Downton."

Fans have already had to deal with the loss of three unexpected, youthful deaths in the mere 3 series so far, and for another 30-something to die would be a real stretch of the imagination. Having begun his career on the stage, Steven's move across the Atlantic to pursue his Broadway career, will in many ways be a return home. 

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Cloud Atlas Is As Risky As Inception, Says Tom Hanks


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With his upcoming film, Cloud Atlas ready for release later this month, one of the film’s stars, Tom Hanks, has alluded to the deep plotline that runs through the book adaptation and said that the film is as “risky as Inception” was when it was release in 2010.

Hanks was plugging his new film during a chat with Canadian paper The Montreal Gazette, when he brought up the Christopher Nolan film, suggesting that it was the closest thing to compare to his latest movie outing. Cloud Atlas follows the intertwining lives of a massive cast that drifts between centuries both past and present, examining the impact of fate on good and bad behaviour.

In his discussion, he not only had praises to sing for Brit-director Nolan, but also his three “bold” directors for the upcoming project; Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski. And if three directors were a lot to take on board, then the number of characters the actors have to transform themselves into throughout the film will take some effort to get your heads round too, with Hanks alone taking on 6 different roles.

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Tom Hanks Issues Twitter Apology For Swearing Live On Air


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Double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks messed up big time and stunned millions of viewers (not to mention himself and the Good Morning America crew) on Friday (Oct 19) morning, after accidently swearing whilst on the live broadcasted morning show.

Hanks was chatting with GMA host Elizabeth Vargas about his upcoming movie Cloud Atlas, when Vargas asked the actor whether he could recite a few lines from the movie in character. Although warning Vargas "mostly, it's swear words," he was asked to proceed anyways and, as warned, he uttered the f-word much to the disbelief of himself and most of America.

Hanks immediately covered his mouth in disbelief and once Vargas, who was first to recover, issued an apology, Hanks looked into the camera and told the audience at home: "I slipped into a brand of acting. I have never done that before. I want to apologize to the kids in America that are watching this right now."

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Fifty Shades Of Kelly Marcel: Behind The Scenes Of Fifty Shades Of Grey's Screenwriter


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After weeks, if not months, of speculation and rumors regarding the cast, production and writer of the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation, we've finally been given one concrete fact. The Fifty Shades screenwriter is to be Kelly Marcel. But is she the right person for the job, given that her only success so far is the US sci-fi drama Terra Nova?

Note 'so far', because it really is only 'so far'. Already Marcel has written the screenplay for 'Saving Mr Banks' for which filming started last month. A biographical drama, 'Saving Mr Banks' follows the controversy that Walt Disney faced while trying to procure the rights to make a film of Mary Poppins, coming up against the original novel's author, P.L Travers. It's set to star Hollywood heavyweight Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and English gem, Emma Thompson as Travers.

Marcel also did an “emergency rewrite” of 'Bronson', that stars her business partner and British actor Tom Hardy. The film went on to win 'Best Film' at the Sydney Film Festival in 2009, as well as being nominated for awards at the Sundance Film Festival, British Independent Film Awards and London Critics Circle Film Awards.

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Cloud Atlas Trailer


'Cloud Atlas' is the story of how the separate lives of individuals and their actions affect each other through time. It explores a variety of different themes making it difficult to be pigeon-holed into a particular genre; action, romance and drama create the twists and turns that can change a human being from being a violent killer to being a compassionate hero. This tale explores how one act of basic humanity can influence a revolution centuries into the future.

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Review


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Based on the Jonathan Safran Foer novel, this film holds its heavy emotional weight in check right up to a rather overwrought conclusion. But along the way, its characters worm their way under our skin.

Oskar (Horn) is the son of a jeweller (Hanks) who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. A year later, he's still struggling to make sense of what he calls "the worst day", worrying that his sense of his father is fading away. So when he finds a key in his father's things, Oskar embarks on a quest to find the lock. His mother (Bullock) is lost in her own grief, but Oskar finds companionship in the mute stranger (von Sydow) who rents a room from his granny (Caldwell).

With a dense Alexandre Desplat score, textured Chris Menges cinematography and fluid editing by Claire Simpson, this film feels almost like a wave that engulfs us right from the eerily effective opening shot. Daldry has done this before (see The Hours), although this film also has a more manipulative plot in which each character and situation seem to be packed with deeper meaning.
Fortunately, Oskar's sense of yearning helps undermine the sentiment.

Horn is terrific in every scene, beautifully bringing out Oskar's autistic quirks without letting us feel any pity. The way he so brutally dismisses his mother is heartbreaking because it's so honest, and his growing bond with von Sydow's enigmatic, engagingly cheeky renter is fascinating to watch. Bullock gets her most complex role since Crash, and Davis gives yet another terrific supporting turn as one of the first people Oskar encounters on his journey.

Where the film wobbles is in its over-reverent treatment of 9/11 itself, as if Oskar's grief is any more intense because his father died in such a public way.
It's the quieter, more personal aspects of the story that are far more moving, especially as the plot takes some lovely twists in the final act. But Daldry and screenwriter Roth seem even more obsessed with finding a cathartic resolution than Oskar himself, leading to final scenes that feel tidy and a bit sappy. Even so, the film leaves us emotionally stirred in all the right ways.

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