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Reason #35 Why Tom Hanks Is Awesome

March 13th, 2015 12:50pm EDT
Girl Scouts Sell Cookies With A Little Help From Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks has proven once again why he's one of Hollywood's most likeable stars. The actor was visiting the San Francisco Bay area late last month when he bought several boxes of Girl Scout cookies and donated an additional $20 to the group. He then offered to help the troop sell a bunch more.

According to the Los Altos Town Crier, the actor offered to take a photo with anyone who recognized him as long as they purchased some cookies.

Hanks was in the area to visit Los Altos Business Machines, a typewriter shop. He was accompanied by his son Truman and wound up buying two vintage Smith-Co...

Who Has The Shaggiest Beard?

March 8th, 2015 3:00pm EDT
12 Celebrities With Big Shaggy Beards
Beards are huge right now. Don't believe us? Just ask anyone who's ever gone full lumberjack-mode for a month during No-Shave November. Or during "Movember," when men grow out their mustaches to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other causes.

(You'd think those two groups would have combined at some point, but they remain staunchly opposed and we're not really sure why).

Anyway, the point being: beards really are huge right now. And not just figuratively- today, beards are larger and fuller than ever. So let's celebrate our happy, hairy world, and look at some of the most famous fac...

11 Odd And Interesting Oscar Facts To Get You Ready For The 2015 Academy Awards

February 22nd, 2015 12:03pm EST
11 Odd And Interesting Oscar Facts To Get You Ready For The 2015
The Academy Awards are almost here and it's sure to be an entertaining night involving Hollywood's biggest stars. Here are some odd and interesting facts to impress your friends at your Oscar party:

Quvenzhane Wallis and Emmanuelle Riva faced off in 2013 in the Best Actress category and set records as the young and oldest nominee, respectively. Jennifer Lawrence would go on to win for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.

- Tom Hank's acceptance speech for his role in Philadelphia became the basis of the film In & Out. He thanked his high school drama coach and outed him on national te...

What 'Cast Away' Co-Star Did Tom Hanks Reunite With?

February 6th, 2015 11:37am EST
Tom Hanks' Ballsy Reunion With 'Cast Away' Co-Star Wilson (Watch
Tom Hanks was reunited with his ballsy "Cast Away" friend Wilson, during a recent New York Rangers hockey game at Madison Square Garden.

Hanks held up a volleyball that looked a whole lot like Wilson after being caught on-camera while enjoying the game. The blood-stained piece of sporting equipment kept his shipwrecked character, Chuck, company in the 2000 movie "Cast Away."

Fans immediately got the joke and cheered the actor, who posed with his buddy to the delight of those around him.

The Rangers' social media team posted a video of the funny moment via Instagram on Thursday. "ICYMI at...

Tom Hanks' Son Reveals Secret Drug Battle

November 27th, 2014 3:29pm EST
Chet Haze
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson's son Chester has opened up about his long struggle with alcohol and drugs.

Fearing that the media would expose his secret, the celebrity offspring, 24, posted a video on Instagram with the message: "I've been struggling with substance abuse since I was 16 years old. Finally at the age of 24 I decided to get some help. With 50 days of sobriety under my belt, I can honestly say I'm the happiest I've ever been. I'm thankful for my family and everybody that cares about me, including my fans.

"I've been blessed with the programs of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (N...

Classic 80s Tom Hanks Film 'Big' Headed For The Small Screen

October 1st, 2014 7:02pm EDT
Tom Hanks' 1988 film "Big" is headed for a small screen adaptation as a half-hour comedy "event series."

Executive producers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, who wrote and produced Fox's short-lived U.S. Army sitcom "Enlisted," will co-write and exec produce the series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show's focus will be on "what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid — and how in today's world, those two things are more confused than ever."

"Big," which was directed by Penny Marshall, is about a boy who put a coin in a Zoltar fortune-telling machine on the New Jerse...

Celebrities With Royal Blood

September 17th, 2014 11:12am EDT
Celebrities With Royal Blood
There's Hollywood royalty, and then there's the blue blood ancestry that neither talent (nor money) can buy.

Angelina Jolie was born in Los Angeles, Calif., to actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. The "Malificent" star's maternal grandfather was French Canadian, while her maternal grandmother was Dutch and German.

It's believed that Jolie is related, on her mother's side, to French King Philip II, known as Philip Augustus. He ruled from 1180 to 1223. Philip transformed France from a small feudal state into the wealthiest and most powerful country in Europe.


Celebrities You May Not Know Have Chronic Illnesses

August 2nd, 2014 8:00pm EDT
Celebrities You May Not Know Have Chronic Illnesses
More than 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. Medication can be effective, but millions of people with the disease continue having seizures for the rest of their lives.

Several celebrities have been diagnosed with Epilepsy, including some that may surprise you.

Prince told PBS's Tavis Smiley in a 2009 interview: "I used to have seizures when I was young. My mother and father didn't know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had."

The singer added: "My mother told me one day I walked in to her a...

Justin Bieber Films Tom Hanks Singing 'This Is How We Do It'

July 8th, 2014 7:04pm EDT
Justin Bieber Films Tom Hanks Singing 'This Is How We Do It'
Justin Bieber posted a hilarious video of Tom Hanks singing and dancing to Montell Jordan's 1995 hit "This is How We Do It" at Scooter Braun's wedding over the weekend.

The pop star uploaded the clip to Instagram with the caption: "Haha Tom Hanks singing 'This Is How We Do It' dressed like a Rabbi lol #thatdancetho."

The stars were celebrating music manager Braun's wedding to cancer activist Yael Cohen on July 6 in Canada. Other guests included Hanks' wife Rita Wilson, actress Sophia Bush, and singers Carly Rae Jepsen and Ed Sheeran.

Bieber also sang at the reception, belting out a rendi...

11 Celebrities That Have Signed Up To Go To Space

April 16th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
11 Celebrities That Have Signed Up To Go To Space
Richard Branson's spaceflight company Virgin Galactic has been slated to begin commercial space flights for the year 2014 and some of our favorite celebrities have signed up to take flight. These eleven celebrities are willing to risk life and limb in order to observe the stars for the mere cost of $200,000.

Space tourism is a hot topic among the rich and famous and these celebs have jumped at the opportunity to make the trip into orbit for a two-and-a-half hour voyage. Discover if your favorite celebrities are making the journey for the total of six minutes of weightlessness.


24 Celebrities Who Worked Together Before Dating

March 25th, 2014 3:03pm EDT
24 Celebrities Who Worked Together Before Dating
By know you've heard Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are engaged and already expecting their first child, after playing girlfriend and boyfriend in That 70s Show. However, they aren't the only celebrities who dated after working together. Check out the celebrities who fell in love on the set - you may be surprised!

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt infamously met on the set of Mr. And Mrs. Smith while Pitt was still with Jennifer Aniston. While Jolie admits she fell in love with Pitt on the set, she's adamant that he didn't cheat on Aniston with her.

Despite being 20 years apart in age, ...

Oscars: 7 Actors That The Academy Always Seems To Nominate

February 26th, 2014 10:00am EST
Meryl Streep
1. Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep's long and illustrious career has always been the definitive goal of every actress in Hollywood. Streep holds the record for the most nominations for an actress with the academy, a total of 18. She began her streak in 1979 with a nod for Best Supporting Actress in "The Deer Hunter." Since then, Streep has scored big and won accolades as an actress to aspire to, with roles in movies such as "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Sophie's Choice," "Postcards from the Edge," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Julie and Julia" and this year's "August: Osage County."

2. Jack Nicholson


Blu-ray Review: 'Captain Phillips'

January 23rd, 2014 10:10am EST
Captain Phillips header
Being held captive by pirates may be harrowing but can also make for a powerful flick.  That’s why we’re checking out the new to Blu-ray flick "Captain Phillips" out now from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  We review the tragic events below.



   Title: "Captain Phillips"

   Grade: 3

   Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Chris Mulkey

   Director: Paul Greengrass

   Rating: PG-13

   Runtime: 135 minutes

   Release Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment



The Flick: As a film "Captain Phillips" is easy to spot as the work of Pa...

Oscar Nominations 2014: No Sure Thing – Looking At The Snubs And Surprises

January 17th, 2014 12:00pm EST
2014 Oscar Nominations
The 2014 Oscar nominations have arrived in a busy week filled with Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards and SAG Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filled this competitive film year with quite a few snubs. Left off the Oscar list are big names like Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford. Movies that seemed to be sure-things in September are nothing but a distant memory to Oscar voters like Saving Mr. Banks and Lee Daniels' The Butler. Who will come out on top? Well, it no longer seems to be handed to 12 Years a Slave because Gravity and American Hust...

The Biggest Snubs From The 2014 Oscar Nominations

January 16th, 2014 12:03pm EST
Captain Phillips
Not everyone or every movie can be nominated for an Academy Award, but that won't stop us from declared who was snubbed by the Academy this morning when the nominations were announced.

Inside Llewyn Davis: Many of today's snubs felt like it was the Academy saying, "give someone else a chance." After six Oscars and countless nominations, Joel and Ethan Coen were stricken from the record this awards season - other than cinematography and sound mixing nods. The film has an astonishing 94% on Rotten Tomatoes after over 200 critic reviews, but it did not receive one best picture nomination from...

Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks' Doesn't Need Any Saving - It's Perfect!

December 12th, 2013 8:45pm EST
Saving Mr. Banks

How a person feels about a particular film has nothing to do with whether it's good or bad; whether the critics love it or hate it or what your friends say about it. It's your own personal experience that counts. Some films just work for you and others don't. It's the same with art, music, and theatre - no matter how much you argue with someone over the merits of a certain film - it's not going to change the kind of experience you have.

That being said, I absolutely loved every second of 'Saving Mr. Banks' directed by John Lee Hancock ('The Blindside'). From the brilliant performances o...

Emma Thompson Loved Playing 'Rude' Marry Poppins Author In 'Saving Mr. Banks'

December 12th, 2013 8:20am EST
Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks
Saving Mr. Banks tells the story of the making of Mary Poppins. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney himself and Emma Thompson plays Poppins author P.L. Travers, who fought Disney on making the film a musical and including animation. The film portrays Travers as an abrasive British curmudgeon (Travers was Australian and moved to London), and Thompson embraced her impolite side.

Related articles: SAG Award Nominees Announced; Star-Studded 'Saving Mr. Banks Premiere'; Tom Hanks Terrified His Granddaughter At Disneyland

“Is it not rather nice for all of us who’ve been so well brought up and we’re all...

Tom Hanks Talks Playing Walt Disney In 'Saving Mr. Banks'

December 11th, 2013 11:36am EST
Tom Hanks Rita Wilson - 'Saving Mr. Banks' Los Angeles Premiere
There are arguably no current stars as famous as Tom Hanks. The two-time Academy Award winner has starred in films that are part of everyone’s collection for decades. Perhaps then it was appropriate that our era’s biggest star played Walt Disney, one of the century’s most famous figures. Or, maybe it made it more challenging for Hanks to disappear into the character of Walt Disney in his new movie, Saving Mr. Banks.

Related articles: SAG Award Nominees Announced; Star-Studded 'Saving Mr. Banks Premiere'; Tom Hanks Terrified His Granddaughter At Disneyland

“Well, we had the most discussed,...

SAG Award Nominees Named: '12 Years A Slave' Tops Nods (Full List)

December 11th, 2013 11:14am EST
12 Years a Slave
Some people were surprised by The Butler’s presence here, but I don’t see any surprises from them. Movies like Gravity and Her (which are frontrunners for a Best Picture nomination) aren’t large cast films, and wouldn’t get the Ensemble nomination over The Butler. The big surprise is Dallas Buyers Club, which is a relatively small cast, and did manage an Ensemble nomination. That could go a long way in getting DBC to a Best Picture nomination. Also, Daniel Bruhl is back in the race with a Supporting Actor nomination for Rush.

Kudos to the SAG members for nominating James Gandolfini for E...

Tom Hanks Terrified His Granddaughter At Disneyland

November 11th, 2013 6:08pm EST
Tom Hanks
In the upcoming movie Saving Mr. Banks, Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney during the development of Mary Poppins. In one scene, he takes Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to Disneyland. Hanks took his granddaughter to the happiest place on earth while filming there, and thought everything would go well. 

“An interesting thing happens as a grandparent, that you see no reason whatsoever that your granddaughter shouldn’t be delighted to take a ride on The Winnie the Pooh Adventure,” Hanks told reporters at a press conference this weekend. “It’s Winnie the Pooh, it’s fun, it’s Pooh Bear, i...

Sandra Bullock Shows Off Her Rapping Skills On British TV

October 15th, 2013 10:17am EDT
Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock showed off her rapping skills during a trip to Britain to promote new film "Gravity".

During an appearance on "The Jonathan Ross Show", the actress revealed that she and co-star George Clooney would often find themselves trying to make fun of director Alfonso Cuaron's Spanish accent, but when that didn't work out, they would goof off by breaking out the Sugarhill Gang's classic hit, "Rapper's Delight".

"We were either making fun of our director... who's a wonderful man from Mexico and we attempted the accent but it turned out a little Cuban... or we would rap off to an old ...

Tom Hanks Has Type 2 Diabetes

October 8th, 2013 9:15pm EDT
Tom Hanks
During an interview on the "Late Show With David Letterman," Tom Hanks revealed he has Type 2 diabetes.

The actor, 57, has been dealing with the symptoms of the disease since he was 36 but just recently received the diagnosis.

He told Letterman: "I went to the doctors and they said, 'You know those high blood sugar numbers you've been living with since you were 36, well you've graduated, you've got Type 2 Diabetes young man.' "

To help control his symptoms the actor has been advised to get back to the weight he was as a teenager. However, Hanks admits he has a difficult time shedding the...

Tom Hanks Worked With Real Navy Medics In 'Captain Phillips'

October 6th, 2013 4:01pm EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks got to work with real Navy medics on the set of his new film Captain Phillips when they became extras.

The captain of the ship that came to the rescue of Hanks' real-life character was a consultant on the set and when director Paul Greengrass wanted more information about what happened to merchant mariner Richard Phillips after he was rescued from the clutches of Somalian pirates in 2009, the skipper offered to give the cast a crew a tour of the infirmary - to show them.

Hanks explains, "Paul said, 'What did you do with Phillips when you first got him?' The captain said, 'The ...

The 11 Most Insane Movie Makeovers

September 25th, 2013 8:00pm EDT
The 11 Most Insane Movie Makeovers
Sometimes you have to suffer for your art. Whether it's dropping (or packing on) weight, sitting in a makeup chair for three hours a day, or getting new piercings, some actors and actresses are willing to do what it takes to convey a realistic character. Here are some of the Most Insane Movie Makeovers:

Rooney Mara in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Mara went the distance to present a faithful Lisabeth Sander. The actress had her hair dyed and cut into Sanders' bizarre fashion and bleached her eyebrows and lost weight. Most shocking, however, is Mara went ahead and got all the body pierci...

Prosecutor Screws Up Domestic Violence Case By Talking To Juror Tom Hanks

September 12th, 2013 12:54pm EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks didn't use his star power to get out of jury duty on Tuesday, but his presence serving on a domestic violence case was too much for one Los Angeles prosecutor to handle, and she just had to talk to him.

Hanks was hearing arguments in a case of a man who allegedly hit his girlfriend, and during a court break a female member of the prosecution approached Hanks to thank him for doing his civil duty and not using his Hollywood status to shirk his responsibility.

The contact broke ethics rules though, and the prosecution was forced to offer a plea deal that saw the defendant -- who f...

Tony Awards Photos: Scarlett Johansson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick & More!

June 10th, 2013 9:29am EDT
Scarlett Johansson
As more and more big-screen stars dabble with theater roles, the attention to Broadway deepens. Several well-known celebs attended Sunday night's Tony Awards, and many presented trophies at the ceremony.

Scarlett Johansson, above, received mixed reviews for her role as Maggie in the sixth revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" earlier this year. She showed up to last night's event in a conservative black dress with a matching jacket.

Last year, Jake Gyllenhaal made his off-Broadway debut in "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet." He played a man who struggled to help his overweight niece fit in...

The Most Trusted Star In America Is...Tom Hanks

May 7th, 2013 6:24pm EDT
Tom  Hanks
Known for films such as "Forrest Gump," "Castaway," "The Da Vinci Code" and "Saving Private Ryan," Tom Hanks has been named the most trusted celebrity in America.

Hanks, who has won three Academy Awards, has had a prolific 30-year career and managed to maintain a squeaky clean image throughout.

Hanks recently starred in "Cloud Atlas" and has several films in production, including "Saving Mr. Banks," "Captain Phillips," "In the Garden Of Beasts," "The Lost Symbol" and "Toy Story 4."

Second on the Reader's Digest poll is Sandra Bullock, followed by Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and poet ...

2013 Tony Awards Nominations Included 'Kinky Boots,' Tom Hanks, Cyndi Lauper & More (Watch)

April 30th, 2013 8:11pm EDT
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On Tuesday, the 2013 Tony Award Nominations were announced by Broadway veteran and Bunheads star Sutton Foster and Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson. While some surprising names were left off of the nominees' list like Bette Midler for I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers and Alan Cumming for MacBeth, theatre fans will be happy to see Tom Hanks, Tony Shalhoub, and Cicely Tyson as a part of this year's Tony crop.

The major battle is going to occur between Best New Musical nominees Kinky Boots with music by Cyndi Lauper and Matlida the Musical which comes straight from the West ...

Tony Award Nominees: Tom Hanks Is A 'Lucky Guy' While 'Kinky Boots' Gets 13 Nods

April 30th, 2013 12:53pm EDT
Sutter Foster & Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Several big Hollywood stars performed on Broadway this year but many weren't recognized during the 2013 Tony Award nominations announcement - Scarlett Johansson, Katie Holmes, Bette Midler, Al Pacino and Alec Baldwin were snubbed. Those who did receive top nominations included Tom Hanks, Nathan Lane, Tom Sturridge and Cyndi Lauper.

Early this morning, Tony award winner Sutton Foster and "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson made the announcements from The New York Public Library for Performing Arts.

Oscar winner Hanks is in the running for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Rol...

10 Odd And Interesting Oscar Facts To Get You Ready For The Academy Awards

January 10th, 2013 3:07pm EST
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry
Today the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards were announced, and for the second time in its lengthy history the host of the telecast also took part in the nomination show. However, that little tidbit is no where near the oddest or most interesting fact from the Oscars' storied history.

- Tom Hank's acceptance speech for his role in Philadelphia became the basis of the film In & Out. He thanked his high school drama coach and outed him on national television as a gay man. 

- Oscar winners sign a contract stipulating they cannot sell their Oscar without first offering it back to t...