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‘Madame Web’ Gets New Release Date; Sony Spider-Man Marvel Movie Coming In 2024

Sony has announced new release dates including for Madame Web and that a Spider-Man Marvel movie will be released in 2024. Madame Web moves from July 7, 2023 to Oct. 6, 2023, where worth a note Sony has seen big success with October releases for Venom and Venom 2. The film stars Dakota Johnson as …

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Tens Of Thousands Dislike Disney Plus ‘Pinocchio’ Trailer

In what looks to be another big Disney Plus bust, tens of thousands of fans have disliked the Pinocchio trailer that was released earlier today starring Tom Hanks. Though YouTube has hidden the number of dislikes, there are various browser extensions that enable you to still see the number of dislikes, which far outnumber the likes …

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First Look At Tom Hanks In ‘Pinocchio’ For Disney Plus

Check out the first look at Tom Hanks as Geppetto in the upcoming release of the live-action Pinocchio movie for the Disney Plus streaming network. Hanks plays Geppetto, a childless woodworker desperate for a son. Pinocchio gets released exclusively on Disney Plus in September and is directed by Robert Zemeckis and also stars Benjamin Evan …

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Morbius, Ghostbusters 3, Uncharted Release Dates Delayed

The Jared Leto Morbius movie, Ghostbusters 3, Uncharted and more have their release date delayed by Sony due to the Coronavirus and closing of movie theaters around the globe. Sony has pushed back the Morbius release date from an original July 31, 2020 opening to March 19, 2021. Ghostbusters 3: Afterlife moves from July 10, …

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Tom Hanks Okay, Home After Coronavirus

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson offer an update on their coronavirus situation as the couple was diagnosed earlier in the month while filming in Australia. “Hey, Folks… We’re home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing,” Hanks tweeted Saturday. “Many, many thanks to everyone …

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Tom Hanks’ Son Loses It Over Illuminati Claims

Following a bizarre video posted to Instagram, Tom Hanks’ son, Chet, now loses it completely over claims his family is involved with the Illuminati and the coronavirus. After his mother and father were diagnosed with the coronavirus, Chet Hanks took to Instagram to post a shirtless video of himself where he offered an update about …

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Tom Hanks’ Son Responds To Illuminati Coronavirus Accusations

There is a theory out there that the Coronavirus may be a big hoax caused by the Illuminati, which Tom Hanks is involved with, as the actor has been diagnosed with the virus. There are actually various theories out there, but one theory offers that Tom Hanks is a high-ranking Freemason or member of the …

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Coronavirus: NBA Suspends Season; Tom Hanks Tests Positive

The coronavirus strikes again as the NBA has suspended the current season, and it is also learned actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the virus, in addition to the NCAA not allowing fans to attend the March Madness games. Update: Major League Baseball has also delayed the start of its …

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Tom Hanks Reveals Disney Secrets About Toy Story 4 and Bo Peep

Toy Story 4 recently had its Red Carpet premiere with Tom Hanks appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he spills the beans about Disney secrets surrounding the marketing of the movie, which includes mention of how the actors should talk about certain characters including Bo Peep while participating in interviews. Hanks reveals that Disney provided …

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Watch: Inferno Trailer Starring Tom Hanks & Felicity Jones

Check out Tom Hanks returning as Robert Langdon in the Inferno trailer, which is based on the Dan Brown Da Vinci Code novels.

The movie also stars Star Wars: Rogue One‘s Felicity Jones.

Inferno has an October 28, 2016 release directed by Ron Howard.

Synopsis:

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.

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Toldja: Tom Hanks Considered For Lex Luthor In Batman Vs. Superman; Update On Cranston

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A new report mentions that Warner Bros. considered Tom Hanks as Lex Luthor for Batman vs. Superman, just as I was told back in November.

While the report from THR states Tom Hanks was never approached for the part, they do state Hanks’ name was discussed internally.

I was told the Tom Hanks information by my Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor source who also first told us about the Justice League appearing at the end of Batman Vs. Superman.

Regarding Bryan Cranston, while I was told he ended up changing his mind, THR goes so far as to state sources have told them he wasn’t even approached.

I don’t think that’s the case at all, and I’m guessing that due to the fans’ online response to the Jesse Eisenberg casting that THR and WB are trying to downplay Cranston, as the actor was a heavy favorite to play the role amonst the fans.

I was also told by another source close to Warner Bros. that due to Cranston’s play schedule that he wouldn’t be able to do the part. Well, now we know that isn’t true as Jennifer Garner said Ben Affleck is shooting Batman Vs. Superman during the Summer. Bryan Cranston’s play ends in June.

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As a matter of fact, I’ve been told that Zack Snyder was going to feature a young Lex Luthor in backflash scenes.

Now I don’t know if that is still the case and Zack Snyder is going with a “Mandarin” (i.e. Iron Man 3), but it’s possible Goyer’s initial Man of Steel sequel script featured an older Lex Luthor. With the new writer being brought on board as well as Ben Affleck as Batman, it could be that things changed with the inclusion of a young Lex and the Justice League characters.

My Cranston source also filled me in that Mercy Graves is going to be in the movie, who in the comics is an Amazon, which I noted back in August suggested the inclusion of Wonder Woman.

“Batman Vs Superman” has a newly announced May 6, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Exclusive: Tom Hanks Considered For Lex Luthor In Batman Vs. Superman; Terry O’Quinn Eyed

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Two more names look to be added to the list of possibilites for Lex Luthor in Batman Vs. Superman with Tom Hanks and Terry O’Quinn.

Terry O’Quinn is said to be on Zack Snyder’s short list according to sources close to the Batman Vs. Superman Michigan production offices reports SupermanSuperSite.com. O’Quinn is known for playing John Locke on the Lost TV series and most recently appeared on Falling Skies, Hawaii 5-0 and Gang Related.

If you recall, last Cosmic Book News heard about Lex Luthor was Bryan Cranston had bowed out of Batman Vs. Superman (perhaps similar to Charlie Hunnam bowing out of 50 Shades of Grey). Also, due to Mark Strong’s new AMC TV show, Strong may not be able to take the role, so we were told it was back to the drawing board for Warner Bros. 

We were also told that Cranston simply had a change of heart and wanted to go in a different direction than villain roles, such as in Breaking Bad and his latest movie Cold Comes The Night. USA Today just reported Cranston is going for “new territory after concluding his acclaimed role on AMC’s Breaking Bad” with the announcement of the actor hosting the new H2 series, Big History.

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I spoke to our trusted source close to Warner Bros. recently where the name Tom Hanks came up for Lex Luthor. If you recall, almost a month ago Tom Hanks publically let it be known he wanted to play the villain to Batman. I’m told Warner Bros. is considering Tom Hanks for Lex Luthor. I was told Hanks is a huge fan, and the role of Lex Luthor would go against his typecasting which Hanks is excited about and could come off really well. Whether Hanks has read for the role and auditioned, I’m not sure.

Other information we talked about was the fact that The Flash is appearing in CW’s Arrow and also rumored for Batman Vs. Superman. I brought up the question whether or not WB was building a shared TV and movie universe similar to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and how having The Flash in Arrow and in the movie would work. I was told it’s going to be separate universes.

I touched upon this in an earlier article, but the source told me he hadn’t heard about Wonder Woman appearing in Batman Vs. Superman, which leaves me to specuate the rumors surrounding the casting auditions are not for that specific role. It could be “Diana” appearing and not “Wonder Woman.” The source also said The Flash has been expected to cameo in Batman Vs. Superman for quite a while by those in the know.

“Batman Vs. Superman” has a July 17, 2015 release starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Tom Hanks Wants To Play The Bad Guy Against Batman or The Flash (Video)

While promoting his latest movie, Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks is asked a series of social media questions with one asking the actor why he hasn’t done any big superhero movies.

Hanks offers that he would be all up for it, but hasn’t been asked and says he would play the villain to Batman or even The Flash.

“No. They don’t ask me. I keep trying. I can do it,” Hanks laughs. “Let me play a bad guy. Let me play the bad guy against Batman. I’ll do anything. Come on. Call me. They’ve never asked. What do I gotta do? God, I want to throw a shield at somebody. You Know. I want that. And I don’t want to play the guy in the suit who tells the superheroes what’s going on. I don’t want to be that guy. I want to get in there. I want to play The Flash or something like that. And they’ll never give me a chance.”

Tom Hanks as Jay Garrick?!

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Movie Review: Cloud Atlas (2012)

The Universal Human Experience

A Film Review of Cloud Atlas

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

What does it mean to be human?  Every person in history has struggled with this question in some way shape or form.  What links us all is the human experience: we eat, sleep, see, feel, hear – we are aware of ourselves and our environments and culminate everything our bodies take in via thought and from that the individual exudes behavior.  However, people are not the same and individuals change as constantly as time, but it still makes one wonder.  With this fundamental truth that binds us together, why do human beings do terrible things to each other?  This rumination may be a tad heady for a common film review, but Cloud Atlas is a film that attempts to comment on the (ever-evolving?) state of humanity and being aware of this philosophical perspective is the key to appreciating and understanding this movie. 

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We’re all in this together!

Cloud Atlas is not a film for everyone as there are three aspects of this production that may turn off the average member of the audience: 1) there are 6 separate plots occurring simultaneously, 2) the action is very light and 3) attentiveness and intellectual engagement is a must.  Having said that, this film succeeds in accomplishing some of what it sets out to do while coming up short in presenting cohesiveness in a 3 hour film adapted from a 544 page novel by David Mitchell.  The screenplay was written by Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski and it attempts to translate the 6 stories in a synchronous, narrative format.  This film is not like Pulp Fiction where the beginning, middle and end are completely out of order.  The confusion in the script may come from the viewer’s ability to retain progression in each story up to a point and then repeat 5 other times before it picks up again in the first story.  This happens for the duration of the film until each plot resolves in a well balanced and timed progression.

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Tom Hanks, the villain.

The fact that each story is very different can be a bit of a double edged sword in that it provides wonderful variety, but some stories will be much more compelling than others.  Character development comes up fairly weak as well because every actor plays different roles in each story, so be prepared to see Tom Hanks as both the hero and villain with differing levels of intensity.  Being a dialogue driven film, this script maximizes creativity in its exposition to get right into the drama of each plot immediately, but this leaves the burden of generating spectacle on the shifting set design and scenery due to the aforementioned lack of action.  No single plot can be identified as the marquee tale of Cloud Atlas as they all have completely different agendas and political/philosophical undertones to them, but they equally involve the struggle of people, circumstance and the time in which they live.  The true strength of this story is showing that despite the ever shifting perspective of good and evil as a result of time and circumstance (thank you Obi-Wan Kenobi), individuals will always take sides as a result of their unique thoughts and interpretations of the human experience.  It is perhaps this observation which explains humanity’s affinity for conflict.

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Neo-Seoul Korea in the year 2144 accounts for the majority of the action.

Cloud Atlasis a film that has no major film studio affiliation and despite that, it still garnered a budget of just over $100 million dollars through various independent finances.  As such, this budget afforded Cloud Atlas a very impressive, professional and hi-fidelity look to compliment its equally high browed themes.  The production design of each respective story is wrought with unique color palates, background detail, interesting costume choices and efficient use of visual effects that makes this overall film seem like it was budgeted for far more than originally allocated.  When one factors in the excellent performances from every featured actor: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Wishaw, Keith David and James D’Arcy, this film ceases to amaze when it comes to raw production value.  This is the first film I have ever seen that truly combines the period piece genre with sci-fi in a way that was completely serious, dramatic and complimentary to the script. 

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Moments of drama, moments of wonder.

Every actor’s performance is respectable throughout Cloud Atlas.  Since character status, role and relevance is constantly shifting, it is impossible for me to evaluate performance the way I normally do.  Hanks and Berry provide anchor performances for every character they play which allows the audience to connect with their characters most easily since they are the two biggest names attached to this cast.  My standout performances had to be Ben Wishaw’s Robert Frobisher (the true composer of The Cloud Atlas Sextet), Hugo Weaving’s Nurse Noakes (who channels Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest perfectly) and Ketih David’s Joe Napier (whose demonstrative voice and stature makes Shaft look like a baby in comparison).  The two names that are most easily forgotten in this film are that of Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant who, like the rest, provide fractal roles in several of the individual stories, but whose performances could have been easily replaced by any other actor.    

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Keith David’s a bad mother … SHUT YOUR MOUTH!

Cloud Atlas is a very good film for the viewer that is up for some intellectual stimulation.  It is an entertaining film, but nowhere near the popcorn blockbusters of the summer.  It features several moments of high drama (like Sonmi-451’s final speech to the world) and moments of levity (Timothy Cavendish’s escape from a nursing home).  This film is a serious contender for all the production design categories of the Academy Awards, but is a pretender to the crown of best film overall.  Its tagline of “Everything is connected,” may be thematically correct, but does not execute as seamlessly on the big screen due to the time restrictions for each tale.  More time would have allowed for more parallels, but then this film is already 3 hours long.  Before this rather exceptional fall season of must-see films truly commences, Cloud Atlas is a great appetizer to the upcoming visual feast.

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Oh Hugo, why do you have a perfect villain’s face?

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