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The Circle Is a 'Missed Opportunity'

Critics find issue with everything from the editing to the characters

(Newser) - Imagine sharing every one of your conversations with the world. A young woman does this voluntarily when she finds a job with a social media corporation bent on erasing privacy in The Circle , an adaptation of Dave Eggers' 2013 novel of the same name. Critics, who give it a 20%... More »

Tom Hanks Leaves Present for White House Press Corps

The actor bought the corps a new espresso machine

(Newser) - America's Dad wants to make sure America's Fourth Estate doesn't run out of steam. Members of the White House press corps arrived in the press area break room Thursday morning to find a brand new espresso machine courtesy of Tom Hanks, the Hill reports. The actor left... More »

Tom Hanks' Debut Book Due in October

It will contain 17 stories about typewriters written by the actor

(Newser) - Tom Hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters to good use—his collection of short stories will be published in October, the AP reports. The Oscar-winning actor's first book, UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories, features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter. It's due out... More »

Obama Names 21 Recipients of Medal of Freedom

Michael Jordan, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and more

(Newser) - President Obama is honoring actors Robert DeNiro, Cicely Tyson, Tom Hanks, and Robert Redford with the nation's highest civilian honor, the AP reports. They are among 21 people Obama plans to recognize with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House next Tuesday. Honorees from the sports world... More »

Inferno Finds Hell's Basement

A Madea Halloween movie just beat it with $16.6M

(Newser) - Tom Hanks and Ron Howard's latest Dan Brown adaptation, Inferno, went up in flames at the weekend box office, handing Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween a surprise victory. Perry's latest Madea movie remained No. 1 for the second straight week, reports the AP , topping the North... More »

Aptly Named Inferno Is 'Hell'

'One of the worst movies of the year'

(Newser) - Even the ever-lovable Tom Hanks can't save this movie. Critics are giving the latest Robert Langdon adventure Inferno , based on the Dan Brown book in which Langdon must use Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy to track down a virus with the potential to destroy half the world's population,... More »

SNL's Hot New Sketch? What Is Black Jeopardy

Some say it's the 'best sketch in recent memory'

(Newser) - SNL may have opened Saturday's show with a spoof of the latest presidential debate , but it saved its best skit for later. A black host, two black contestants, a white guy named Doug wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, get together for an episode of Black Jeopardy... More »

SNL's Trump 'Has Best Baldwin Brother, Stephen'

'Settle down, entire planet, settle down,' admonishes Tom Hanks as Chris Wallace

(Newser) - "I'm going to start this debate in the quietest voice possible," Alec Baldwin whispered in his third time out as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live . "In the past I have been big and loud, but tonight I am a sweet little baby Trump." That... More »

Eastwood's Sully Is 'Electrifying'

One critic calls it 'an absolute triumph'

(Newser) - Sure, there was plenty of " hero sex ," but the aftermath of the Miracle on the Hudson wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. It's that story Clint Eastwood has chosen to tell in Sully , starring Tom Hanks as pilot Chesley Sullenberger. Here's what critics are saying:
  • Richard
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Tom Hanks Sued Over Rapper Son's Car Crash

Chet Hanks allegedly rear-ended someone last year in parents' car

(Newser) - Chet Hanks, you're probably grounded. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are being sued over their son Chet's car accident last year, E! reports. Chet (born Chester Hanks, goes by Chet Haze) was driving a car owned by his 'rents when he allegedly rear-ended a driver on a... More »

10 Stars Who've Saved Lives—for Real

Some have saved multiple lives

(Newser) - Some actors do more than just play action heroes on screen— The Stir rounds up stars who are action heroes in real life. Here are 10 who likely saved lives:
  1. Mark Harmon: The NCIS star saw a car crash and catch on fire in 1996, and broke the window with
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Spielberg Works His Magic in Bridge of Spies

British actor Mark Rylance gives a standout performance as Rudolf Abel

(Newser) - Tom Hanks took some time off from being awesome to star as an American attorney who must negotiate a prisoner swap in Soviet Russia in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies . Critics and audiences are equally in love, giving the flick a 92% and 90% approval rating, respectively, on Rotten... More »

Hey, Lauren From Fordham, Tom Hanks Found Your ID

He offers, via Twitter, to get it back to her

(Newser) - All Tom Hanks fans wish they were Lauren from Fordham University today. Hanks posted a picture online Tuesday of a student ID from the school, bearing that moniker and a photo but with the last name blocked by his thumb. "Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park,... More »

Tom Hanks' Son Explains Why He Can Use N-Word

It has to do with the Constitution, obviously

(Newser) - Over the weekend, Tom Hanks' son used the n-word. Twice. Today he helpfully explained why no one should be upset about that. Gawker, not surprisingly, was quick to report both incidents (and to point out that Chester Hanks, or "Chet Haze," as the self-styled rapper goes by, is... More »

5 Celeb Marriages Born in Scandal

Including some very long-lasting ones

(Newser) - The Stir rounds up 11 Hollywood marriages that had a less-than-innocent start—including some very long-lasting ones. A sampling:
  • Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: Hanks was still married to Samantha Lewes, with whom he had two kids, when he fell in love with Wilson on the set of the
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Next for Tom Hanks: Book of Typewriter-Inspired Stories

Knopf announces publishing deal with actor

(Newser) - Talk about typecasting: Tom Hanks has a book deal for a collection of stories inspired in part by his personal collection of typewriters. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced yesterday that it has an agreement with the Oscar-winning actor. The book is currently untitled and no publication date has been set.... More »

Tom Hanks Apparently Did a Really Nice Thing for Cabbie

Taxi driver tells story to 'Humans of New York'

(Newser) - The gossip media is abuzz with a nice story for once, thanks to Humans of New York . The website offered a story yesterday from a New York taxi driver, who recalled a time he initially declined to take a passenger because he needed to go too far and the driver'... More »

Tom Hanks Made the App Store's No. 1 iPad App

Hanx Writer mimics an old typewriter

(Newser) - Tom Hanks: beloved actor, slam poet , space enthusiast , and ... iPad app developer. And not just any developer, but developer of the most popular iPad app of the moment, Time reports. As of this writing, the Hanx Writer app, launched Thursday, sits in the No. 1 spot among free apps on... More »

7 Oscar Winners Who've Starred in Horror Flicks

Even Tom Hanks has done his time in a scary movie

(Newser) - Just because you've won one of Hollywood's most coveted awards doesn't mean you're too good to star in a cheesy horror movie. Vanity Fair rounds up 15 Oscar winners who've done just that. Click through the gallery for a sampling or check out the full... More »

Insurance Broker Scams Tom Hanks, Goes to Jail

Jerry Goldman sentenced to 27 months

(Newser) - A Southern California insurance broker who overcharged Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, hundreds of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison. City News Service says Jerry Goldman received a 27-month sentence yesterday. He also was ordered to pay about $840,000... More »

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