Entries in Tom Hanks (9)


Tony Awards to Be Presented Sunday

(NEW YORK) -- Tom Hanks has two Academy Awards, and this Sunday he has a shot at earning his first Tony Award.  Hanks is nominated for best performance by an actor in a leading role for the Broadway play Lucky Guy, the story of a newspaper columnist during the scandal and graffiti-ridden New York City of the 1980s. The role marks Hanks’ Broadway debut.

The 67th Annual Tony Awards ceremony will take place this Sunday in New York City with Neil Patrick Harris returning as host.

Hanks’ competition in the category includes Nathan Lane for his role in the burlesque play The Nance, and former Frasier star David Hyde Pierce for his work in the comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Former Monk star Tony Shalhoub is nominated for best performance by an actor in a featured role for his work in the classic Broadway drama Golden Boy.

The musical Kinky Boots heads into Sunday’s ceremony with the most nominations, 13. Cyndi Lauper wrote the music and lyrics. Matilda The Musical has 12 nominations.

The list of scheduled presenters includes Sally Field, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthew Morrison, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sigourney Weaver and Mike Tyson.

For a complete list of nominees, visit

The Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Insurance Agent Arrested for Allegedly Scamming Tom Hanks

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(LOS ANGELES) -- A California insurance agent who allegedly ripped off Tom Hanks and three other people was arrested Wednesday, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Jerry B. Goldman, 59, recently was indicted by a federal grand jury for mail fraud.  E! Online reports he pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and was released on $25,000 bond.

He is accused of overbilling the alleged victims for insurance premiums for policies related to property, among other things.

The indictment claims Goldman scammed his clients out of more than $800,000 from 1998 through August of 2011, and that some of them were overbilled by as much as 600 percent.

Musician Andy Summers, a guitarist for The Police, was also among the alleged victims.

Goldman has been charged with 10 counts of mail fraud.  He faces up to 20 years in prison for each count.

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Halle Berry Reveals She’s Related to Sarah Palin

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Here’s hoping Halle Berry’s next family reunion takes place in Wasilla. The Oscar-winning actress revealed in an interview with Extra that she’s distantly related to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

“You want to know who I’m related to? Sarah Palin!” Berry told Extra. Extra’s Jerry Penacoli shouted “No!” in disbelief. Berry laughed and said, "That’s what I said, ‘Nooo!’" mimicking a horror movie scream.

How? “Some twisted way,” Berry said. “Somebody sent me this information that she was my distant [relative].”

Berry’s Cloud Atlas co-star Tom Hanks, who was also interviewed by Extra, said the connection fits in with the theme of their new sci-fi film, which opens Oct. 26.

“This is the Cloud Atlas continuum without a doubt,” he joked. “I’m telling you, the connections that go through. It doesn’t matter who, what race, where, what time.”

Berry didn’t say how she discovered the Palin connection, but many celebrities are discovering unlikely famous relations thanks to genealogical shows like Who Do You Think You Are? and the website Earlier this month, tied Justin Bieber to fellow Canadian stars Celine Dion and Ryan Gosling. And in 2010, the site reported that Palin and President Obama are tenth cousins.

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Tom Hanks, Jay Leno Attend Memorial Service for Michael Clarke Duncan

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- A private memorial service for the late Michael Clarke Duncan was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Los Angeles on Monday.

It was attended by celebrities including his Green Mile co-star Tom Hanks, Jay Leno, Holly Robinson Peete and Vivica A. Fox, according to  Duncan's fiancée, Omarosa Manigault, was also at the service.

Duncan's burial was also scheduled for Monday.

Duncan died on Sept. 3 at 54, less than two months after suffering a heart attack.  His death certificate, obtained by TMZ, lists respiratory failure as the cause of death.

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More Stars Join Campaign to Support Returning Military Veterans

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The latest stars to get behind the Got Your Six campaign, in support of military veterans are Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Douglas, Brian Williams, Tom Hanks, Alex Baldwin and Bradley Cooper.  All are featured in a new pubic service announcement, reports E!

The campaign intends to bridge the divide between military and civilian life for veterans.  Inspiration for the cause came from first lady Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces campaign, which in turn was created with support from the Clinton Global initiative.  Numerous celebrities have signed up to lend their support.

In a statement released Wednesday, the first lady said, “The entertainment industry captures our imaginations, opens our eyes and touches our hearts, and I’m proud to work with them on Joining Forces initiative.”

More information can be found at

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Oprah Winfrey, Others Star in 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s' Post-Oscar Show

ABC/MICHAEL DESMOND(LOS ANGELES) -- Continuing the tradition, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! aired following the Oscars telecast.

The star-studded show began with a segment featuring Kimmel trying to buy an Oscar from Billy Crystal in a back alley.  The nine-time host does sell him an Oscar in a duffel bag: Oscar The Grouch.

The show also featured a comedic trailer for the totally made-up Movie: The Movie, which starred a Hollywood who's who, including George Clooney, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks and Samuel L. Jackson.

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Oprah Winfrey also appeared on the show, and in one sketch, Kimmel pitched her ideas for new shows for her network OWN, including a series called Oprah Winfrey's Book Club Fight Club.

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Coldplay also appeared, performing "Charlie Brown."  The band also performed "Paradise," but the tune was cut off by the end of the show.

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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan’s Space Date

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two of the silver screen’s biggest stars, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, recently met up for an out of this world date. No, this isn’t the plot for their new romantic comedy. The celestial meeting was actually a cosmic event.

The beloved on-screen couple who starred together in “You’ve Got Mail,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “Joe Versus the Volcano” reunited in space. Sort of.

Asteroid 12818 Tomhanks and asteroid 8353 Megryan both made their closest approaches to Earth in September, coming within 40 million miles of each other, according to the Mother Nature Network. While 40 million miles may seem far for a long-term relationship, the distance is very close for asteroids.

Astronomers who discover asteroids are free to name their discoveries as long as the names are not “offensive, political or commercial,” according to The asteroids named after Hanks and Ryan were discovered seven years apart and in different hemispheres.

Ryan’s asteroid was discovered in 1989 by an astronomer from the European Southern Observatory in Chile who was a fan of the actress. And the University of Arizona astronomers who discovered the Hanks asteroid in 1996 chose the name after being impressed by the “Apollo 13″ actor, who also worked on an HBO series “From the Earth to the Moon.”

Other asteroids with famous namesakes that will be making their closest approaches to Earth this month include Hemingway, Hitchcock, van Gogh, Tchaikovsky, and Stephen Colbert.

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Movie Review: ‘Larry Crowne’

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Imagine being a nine-time winner of Employee of the Month at the imaginary U-Mart retail chain, only to be suddenly let go because you never went to college. That's exactly the situation in which Tom Hanks' Larry Crowne finds himself. Unable to find a new job and in danger of defaulting on his house, he enrolls in the local community college. Realizing gas is expensive, Hanks and his co-writer, Nia Vardalos, endow Larry with a scooter...and on his very first scooter day, he meets the adorable, overzealous, flirty Talia, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw. She turns the unemployed, divorced, Navy vet into a cool guy. Happens all the time!
On the advice of a school dean, whose sole purpose in the movie is to tell Larry to take a speech class, Larry enrolls in that class. Can you guess who plays his professor? If you guessed Julia Roberts, you probably:
A -- Looked it up.
B -- Have seen the trailer.
C -- Have seen the commercial.
D -- Are very good at Trivial Pursuit.
Roberts plays Mercedes Tainot, who’s in a loveless marriage, is having an existential crisis and likes to drink. She also carries her issues into her classroom and is obsessed with Shakespeare. Total recipe for romance with Larry!
How can you not root for Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts? If you can't you probably:
A -- Don't have a heart.
B -- Hate animals.
C -- Think Forrest Gump and Pretty Woman are overrated.
D -- Don't like Tom Hanks or Juila Roberts.
But no matter how much you may like Hanks or Roberts, with the exception of Larry getting laid off at the beginning of the movie, nothing in Larry Crowne rings true. This is Hanks' second directorial effort -- the first being 1996’s That Thing You Do! -- and there are a few funny and poignant moments, but he can't string enough of them together to make it a good movie.

Two out of five stars.

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Tom Hanks' 20-Year-Old Son Goes Viral with Rap Song

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Tom Hanks' 20-year-old son isn't quite following in his dad's footsteps.

Chet Hanks, a student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., has released a rap song that has become a minor hit on the Internet. The song, "Purple and White," is inspired by Whiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" and is a nod to the school's official colors.

In discussing the song with his school newspaper, Hanks, who raps under the alias Chet Haze, says, "Any kids really living the college life can relate to it."

He tells the New York Daily News that his parents, including mom Rita Wilson, support his rap career "100 percent."

Hanks has also released another song online, titled "West Side LA." Despite his music aspirations, he has dabbled in his father's profession: the theater major had a small role in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

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