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'Devastating Tragedy' on Set of Mister Rogers Film

Crew member James Emswiller, 61, dies after falling off 2nd-floor balcony in Mount Lebanon, Pa.

(Newser) - Sad news out of Pennsylvania, where a biopic about Fred Rogers (aka "Mister Rogers") is filming. WPXI and the AP report that a 61-year-old crew member for You Are My Friend has died after falling off a second-story balcony at a Mount Lebanon apartment building. Police say James... More »

Michelle Obama Unveils New Voting Project

Celebrity-backed nonprofit to encourage voter registration

(Newser) - Michelle Obama has come out of the woodwork ahead of the November midterms. The goal: rally people to vote. The former first lady has joined forces with celebs like Tom Hanks and Lin-Manuel Miranda to launch voter registration nonprofit When We All Vote, which aims to get more people registered... More »

Casting of Mister Rogers Feels Like a No-Brainer

Tom Hanks will portray the beloved Fred Rogers in upcoming movie

(Newser) - A movie about Mister Rogers is in the works, and the casting of the title role probably didn't take very long. Tom Hanks will do the honors, reports Variety . Or as the Washington Post puts it, "one of the country’s most likable actors ... will portray one of... More »

Jumanji Stays No. 1 With $27M

The Post came in second and The Commuter was third

(Newser) - Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Paddington the bear, and Taraji P. Henson all rushed into movie theaters over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, but Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle roared the loudest with an estimated $27 million in ticket sales. According to studio estimates Sunday, Jumanji easily remained the No. 1... More »

The Post Has Serious Theme, but Is 'Highly Entertaining'

Movie chronicles publication of the Pentagon Papers

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg signed on to The Post in March. Just nine months later, the film chronicling the Washington Post's publishing of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 is hitting theaters at what some critics argue is the perfect time. It has a solid 85% "fresh" rating from critics at... More »

Tom Hanks Sends Typewriter to Family

The typewriter-obsessive spreads the love

(Newser) - Tom Hanks isn’t just a movie star, director, and published author; he's also a typewriter-obsessive. And this holiday season he decided to share that obsession with a family he'd never met. It all started when the de Peyster family of Wellesley, Mass., watched the new documentary California ... More »

John Oliver Identifies 'Stupidest Possible Reason' We Could Die

A Trump tweet about Kim Jong Un, he said on season finale of 'Last Week Tonight'

(Newser) - John Oliver outlined "the stupidest possible reason for all of us to die" in the season finale of Last Week Tonight on Sunday, and it involves a specific tweet by President Trump. "I'm serious: If the entire country simultaneously tripped while putting on its underwear and fell... More »

Couple Gets Engaged With Help From Tom Hanks

He took time out from promoting his new book at the Texas Book Festival

(Newser) - Oscar-winning actor and author Tom Hanks used a Texas Book Festival appearance to help a couple get engaged, the AP reports. Hanks was in Austin on Saturday and spoke to hundreds of listeners about his new book, Uncommon Type: Some Stories. Hanks at one point told the crowd that he... More »

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:
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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 »

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