Screen Junkies » Tom Hanks http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:34:42 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Honest Trailers: Forrest Gump http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-forrest-gump/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-forrest-gump/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:40:00 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262506 Forrest Gump was released 20 years ago this week, so we decided to revisit the classic film that captured the heart of a nation — and beat Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption for Best Picture. For real.

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Forrest Gump was released 20 years ago this week, so we decided to revisit the classic film that captured the heart of a nation — and somehow beat Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption for 1994′s Best Picture.

Enjoy, and follow us on YouTube for more Honest Trailers!

p.s.: That part at the 3:02-3:09 mark? Yeah, I really didn’t understand that moment as a kid. Gross.

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Get Fired Up For The ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ Sequel, People http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/get-fired-up-for-the-my-big-fat-greek-wedding-sequel-people/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/get-fired-up-for-the-my-big-fat-greek-wedding-sequel-people/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 16:25:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261837 It will air on HBO, most likely.

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Lest you think that the concept of rebooting or serializing a tedious, familiar property is only the purview of comic book studios, think again. It’s been announced that Tom Hanks is producing a sequel to the surprise indie hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding for HBO films, and most of the players are returning.

Nia Vardalos will once again write and star, John Corbett is coming back because he was available, and Hanks and wife Rita Wilson will be producing.

According to Vardalos, a “bigger, fatter” wedding will take place in which a family secret is revealed. BUT WILL IT BE GREEKER?

Unless the secret is about buried treasure, I’m not interested.

The best news about this sequel is that, whether we asked for it or not, it’s likely that Joey Fatone will be shoehorned back into our lives like it’s 2001, if only for 90 minutes or so.

Welcome back, Joey. We missed you. Send our regards to Chris and J.C.

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Tom Hanks Finally Gets The Rap Anthem That He Deserves http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tom-hanks-finally-gets-the-rap-anthem-that-he-deserves/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tom-hanks-finally-gets-the-rap-anthem-that-he-deserves/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:04:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=260336 I'm in a league of my own, bitch, I'm Tom Hanks.

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My money long, that’s the Green Mile

My pockets ready to blow

My weed extremely loud

Your girl incredibly close

Buckwheat Groats have both opened the door for Tom Hanks-themed hip-hop and effectively slammed it shut in the face of all competitors before dropping the mic which then smashed through the floor like the bathtub in The Money Pit.

 

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Tom Hanks Can No Longer Change His Weight For Roles, Still Can Befriend Volleyballs If Script Calls For It http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-hanks-can-no-longer-change-his-weight-for-roles-still-can-befriend-volleyballs-if-script-calls-for-it/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-hanks-can-no-longer-change-his-weight-for-roles-still-can-befriend-volleyballs-if-script-calls-for-it/#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:39:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257515 It's a good thing Tom Hanks is pretty much perfect, because we don't want him to change.

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Tom Hanks, who has always maintained a pretty awesome, healthy weight, will never be able to drop 80 or so pounds like he did in Castaway, nor will he be able to put on 70 pounds of muscle if when he gets called upon to replace Ben Affleck as Batman.

Hanks recently divulged that he has type 2 (adult onset) diabetes, and thus must not shock his internal system with either food binging or deprivation. Which is totally fine, because no one has ever really complained about Tom Hanks’ weight. It would be like complaining about his eyes. That is to say, groundless and crazy.

In fact, despite that Hanks said he was “genetically inclined” to get diabetes, he feels his weight yo-yoing for acting roles earlier in his career, with Castaway, and A League of Their Own, “may have had something to do” with his affliction.

We’ll always love you, Tom Hanks.

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‘Parkland’ Trailer Confirms Tom Hanks Still Really Likes HIstory http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/parkland-trailer-confirms-tom-hanks-still-really-likes-history/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/parkland-trailer-confirms-tom-hanks-still-really-likes-history/#comments Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:49:42 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=256553 Don't spoil the ending!

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You want see him in this clip, because he’s JUST a producer, but with Parkland, Hanks gets his Americana fix by examining the reaching effects of the assassination of JFK on the people around the event.

That means an ensemble cast that was salivating over the opportunity to flex their intellectual muscles by working with a post-Splash Hanks and deal with this seminal moment in our nation’s history.

Also, they’re dressed like Mad Men.

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Tom Hanks Battles Pirates In The Not Very Swashbuckling ‘Captain Phillips’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tom-hanks-battles-pirates-in-the-not-very-swashbuckling-captain-phillips-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tom-hanks-battles-pirates-in-the-not-very-swashbuckling-captain-phillips-trailer/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 16:23:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254771 I didn't see a single eye patch.

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These Somali pirates were wise not to attack Russell Crowe, instead they set they’re sights on Hollywood nice guy Tom Hanks. Here he plays the titular Captain Phillips, a man already ill-fated enough to have to spend all of his time on some dumbass boat whose situation goes from bad to worse when pirates board his vessel and try to take over. We can all agree that’s not cool. I bet they didn’t even go to captain school.

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Hollywood “Nice Guy” Tom Hanks Drops The F Bomb On ‘Good Morning America’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hollywood-nice-guy-tom-hanks-drops-the-f-bomb-on-good-morning-america/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hollywood-nice-guy-tom-hanks-drops-the-f-bomb-on-good-morning-america/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:26:24 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=251580 Why would you say that, Tom? Coming out with stink like that poop, you poop-mouth! Get all that poop coming out of your mouth!

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Everyone considers Tom Hanks the nicest and sweetest man working in Hollywood. At least until he went on live television and raped our ears this morning. Way to promote Cloud Atlas, Tom Hanks. I shant be viewing that pornography!

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Tom Hanks Thinks The Kennedy Assassination Is The New World War II http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-hanks-thinks-the-kennedy-assassination-is-the-new-world-war-ii/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-hanks-thinks-the-kennedy-assassination-is-the-new-world-war-ii/#comments Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:59:04 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250422 "...back and to the left. Back...and to the left."

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In an effort to ensure that history classes in high schools the nation over always have something to do when their teachers are too hungover to teach, Tom Hanks is going back into the historical drama fire with Parkland, a feature drama named after the hospital that treated both mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, and the mortally wounded president.

The film will focus on people on the periphery of the national tragedy, like Abraham Zapruder, secret service agents, and the doctors involved. Nothing is mentioned of Hanks stepping in front of the camera, though I think he would make a very solemn and respectful Jackie O.

Hanks has demonstrated a recurring interest in breathing life to historical drama from the golden years of American history, having dabbled in astronauts, WWII, and now the Kennedy assassination, just like I did when I was 12 years old.

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‘Cloud Atlas’ Trailer Stars Hanks, Berry, & Also Hanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tom-hanks-halle-berry-tom-hanks-star-in-cloud-atlas-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tom-hanks-halle-berry-tom-hanks-star-in-cloud-atlas-trailer/#comments Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:11:48 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=250021 'Multiplicity' technology has come a long way.

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The first trailer for the Tom Tykwer/Wachowski’s collabo, Cloud Atlas, just dropped and the streets ain’t ready. Check it. We’re talking T.Hanx, Halle, Hugo Muthaf*(&in’ Weaving, Big Hugh Grant, and Susan “Dat Ass” Sarandon holding it down as multiple roles in six seperate stories spanning thousands of years, that flow together seamlessly to reinforce the central theme of connectivity. Sheee-ittttttttttttttt.

Based on the novel by David Mitchell.

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The Worst Of The Best: Tom Hanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-worst-of-the-best-tom-hanks/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-worst-of-the-best-tom-hanks/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2012 15:00:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242832 They can't all be hits.

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Today we examine the worst films of cinema legend Tom Hanks, whose new movie, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, opens today. And from the looks of the early reviews, it may prove to be a rare misstep from the Oscar winning actor.

The Forrest Gump star has proved himself to be one of our greatest actors with several award-winning performances. On top of that, he’s a really nice guy. That’s why it stings to have to point out a few of his career missteps that either left us expecting more or wanting to see less. He still tops our list of Favorite Hanks-es, but if he keeps pumping out films like those on this list, we’ll have to give Colin the edge.

The Terminal

In The Terminal, Tom Hanks plays a man trapped at JFK International Airport while his native country is in the grips of a revolution. That’s how I felt while watching it. Trapped.

It had all of the elements of a movie I would watch the crap out of.

- Tom Hanks. Great.
- Steven Spielberg. Cool.
- Catherine Zeta-Jones. Okay.
- The Tooch. Word.
- That guy that isn’t Gael Garcia Bernal. Fine. I’ll allow it.
- Partially based on the true life story of that guy I read about in Rolling Stone. Check.
- Kumar from Bottle Rocket. Awesome.

But the resulting sum of all these parts fell short. Of course, watching Tom Hanks actually live in the airport like Top Cat was fun. But when the additional characters and love interests enter the mix, things take a turn for the confusing and not needed. It’s no wonder a sequel where Tom Hanks sets up shop in Ikea never got the greenlight.

The Money Pit

This mid-80′s comedy about a house falling to ruin didn’t have enough going for it to stand on its own. On paper, it looks great. We’re talking about a movie where Shelley Long gets beaned in the head by falling plaster. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to see. Sadly, physical comedy, the charm of Tom Hanks, and a concussed Shelley Long weren’t enough to make this movie enjoyable. I’ll go to Funny Farm for my fix of “a couple in over their heads in new surroundings” comedy, thank you very much.

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9 Celebrities With Really Weird Hobbies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-celebrities-with-really-weird-hobbies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-celebrities-with-really-weird-hobbies/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2011 15:00:01 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238382 None of them collect orphan tears like I do.

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News broke yesterday that Nicolas Cage sold his Superman comic (Action Comics #1, for the aficionados out there) for $2.1 million. Some people will be surprised to learn that Nic Cage is an avid comic collector, others won’t be because he’s something of a comic book character himself. Despite his best efforts, Cage doesn’t have the market cornered on weird celebrity hobbies. Rather, he’s joined by quite a few folks who unwind with everything from typewriters to ping-pong to tree-climbing.

Celebrities! They’re weird like us!

Tom Hanks – 1940’s Typewriters

“I have almost 200 old portable manual typewriters. Most of them are actually working and I keep them rotating.”

Is there a more Tom Hanks-like hobby than collecting old typewriters? That was rhetorical. There is not. That’s awesome. I was hoping that a guy like Hanks would have some weird hobby, like collecting Nazi flatware like Chris Cooper did in American Beauty, but then I remembered that Hanks LOVES World War II, and even that wouldn’t be very weird. Tom Hanks is physically incapable of doing anything that isn’t adorable.

Simon Cowell – Climbing Trees

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of background here, but on a press call, Simon Cowell just mentioned offhand that he likes to climb trees. Like, a lot. In fact, his exact quote was “I climb trees daily. It’s like a ritual.” I am just imagining him sitting atop a beautiful oak while Ruben Studdard and Adam Lambert are scrambling at the bottom, looking for footholds. In my imagination, Ruben is also crying a lot because he’s scared of heights.

Rod Stewart – Model Trains

Granted, this hobby isn’t all that strange, but it seems extremely out of place for a guy like Rod Stewart.

The Bobby Baccalieri of celebrities, when he’s not buying professional soccer teams, Rod Stewart likes to take his mind off the fact that his daughter is friends with Paris Hilton by building model railways. He was actually featured on the cover of Model Railroader with his recreation of Grand Central Station, which even features little people in 1940’s garb and boasts 100 feet of railroad. It’s hard to make fun of this hobby when he’s had the career he’s had. In fact, he manages to make building model railroads kind of rock and roll. Not bad, Rod.

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Tom Hanks To Join ‘Garden Of Beasts’ Because He Loves WWII So Damn Much http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-hanks-to-join-garden-of-beasts-because-he-just-loves-wwii/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-hanks-to-join-garden-of-beasts-because-he-just-loves-wwii/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 20:15:11 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238073 It actually takes place just before World War II, but it was close enough that Tom got interested.

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The only thing that could pull him away from this project was if someone was making a movie about the moon!

Tom Hanks is in the process of signing on to Garden of Beasts, a book adaptation that tells the story of William Dodd, the U.S. ambassador to Germany who was at first naive to the changes taking place in the foreign land. Hanks would play the ambassador, who signed on in 1933. The story would also focus on his daughter, who also lived in Germany and carried on affairs with German and Soviet officials. No news on who will be playing her yet.

This project is just another in Hanks proud World War II lineage which includes Band of Brothers, The Pacific, and Saving Private Ryan. Hanks will producing this film under his Playtone banner because somewhere, maybe not here, but somewhere, there is a law that Tom Hanks gets right of first refusal in producing all WWII films and minseries.

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In Honor Of Columbus Day: 7 Great Movie Explorers http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-columbus-day-7-great-movie-explorers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-columbus-day-7-great-movie-explorers/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2011 22:05:19 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231885 They all deserve their own paid work holidays.

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A mere 519 years ago, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus discovered America. Kinda bullsh*t that he had to work on a bank holiday, but whatever, we got a country out of the deal.

He is unquestionably one of the greatest explorers in history. In fact, I’d be hard-pressed to name more than a few others. Unless those explorers had a movie based on their trials and travails. In which case, I’m a real history buff.

Carl Fredricksen and Russell – Up

You’re never too old to become an explorer. Carl Fredricksen learns this after using thousands of helium balloons to convert his house into an airship and set its course for Paradise Falls, South America. He picks up Russell by mistake and brings him along for the exotic adventure. Technically, they weren’t the first to discover Paradise Falls but they were the only explorers to survive their visit there. So, points go to them.

Edwards & Hunt - Almost Heroes

Sure, everyone knows about Lewis and Clarke. But Edwards and Hunt have sadly been lost to history. Who would have thought that there was a rival gang of overweight explorer fighting bears, Indians, and eagles while trying to discove the Pacific Ocean? Where’s their holiday??

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Have A Good Cry With The ‘Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/have-a-good-cry-with-the-extremely-loud-and-incredibly-close-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/have-a-good-cry-with-the-extremely-loud-and-incredibly-close-trailer/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2011 13:57:51 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=230502 Thanks a bunch, Al Qaeda.

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Losing a parent to the attacks on 9/11 seems like the hardest thing to deal with. As Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close illustrates, it becomes infinitely more difficult when that parent is Tom Hanks. He seems like such a fun dad and now he’s gone and we all miss his voice. Al Qaeda will pay in blood.

The drama looks like an interesting adventure. After losing his Tom Hanks in the attacks on the World Trade Center, a young boy is convinced that his father left a hidden message for him somewhere in New York City. He explores the five boroughs in search of a lock that fits the key his dad left behind, and moves past his complicated feelings of loss to see that there is more to the world around him. It also looks emotionally draining. He was such a fun dad.

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9 Disappointing Sequels That Took Forever To Make http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-disappointing-sequels-that-took-forever-to-make/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-disappointing-sequels-that-took-forever-to-make/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:00:37 +0000 Archibald Bayou III http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=226613 All the time in the world wouldn't have helped...

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Nerds everywhere suffered heart palpitations earlier this month when director Ridley Scott announced his plans to make a sequel to the 1982 classic, Blade Runner. Along with this week’s announcement by Dan Aykroyd that Ghostbusters 3 is a lock, you would think 2013 would be set as a banner year for genre fans. History has shown, however, that too much time away from a franchise can cause as many problems as rushing a half-baked sequel out of the gate. Here are nine disappointing sequels that stayed in the oven way too long…with disastrous results.

1. Superman Returns

Time Away: 19 Years

This 2006 sequel was meant to return the original superhero franchise to greatness-instead in buried the series so dee the Man of Steel requires a total restart, due in 2013. What went wrong? The first film made you believe a man could fly, the second upped the ante with a superhuman fistfight…and in Superman Returns? Superman saved a plane. And stopped a bank robbery, I think. Too much talk, an unneeded super-kid and yet another appearance by Lex Luthor sunk this promising film at the script stage.

2. Escape From L.A.

Time Away: 15 Years

John Carpenter‘s 1996 sequel to his urban classic isn’t really a bad movie. The problem is that most fans had seen it already in 1981…when it was called Escape From New York. Story, side characters, jokes and even the climax are all recycled beat for beat from the original. Fans were ready to see a new Snake Plissken adventure, they just didn’t want to pay to see the same adventure they already owned on VHS (It was the 90′s, don’t judge me!).

3 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Time Away: 19 Years

Harrison Ford teased a fourth Indiana Jones outing for years…and he should have kept teasing, because what we got were aliens and Shia Labeouf. The film starts out well enough, but suffers from a weak antagonist, the bizarre use of aliens instead of the mystical, and a second half that moves slower than Willie Scott in a death trap (I’m not proud of that line). But it does bring back Karen Allen, and who isn’t cheered up when Karen Allen is around?

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Ron Howard Is Tired Of Dan Brown Too http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-is-tired-of-dan-brown-too/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-is-tired-of-dan-brown-too/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:24:20 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222235 The director will not return for 'The Da Vinci Code' sequel, 'The Lost Symbol'.

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With The Dark Tower having fallen through, everyone is curious which project Ron Howard will pick up. Though we now know there’s one that he won’t go near — the final film in the Dan Brown trilogy.

Howard has let it be known at Sony that he has no interest in filming Tom Hanks chasing after priests in The Lost Symbol. An insider tells Deadline, “He just didn’t want to do that thing over and over, the same character and the same stories.” Also, that hair.

Though Howard was eager to re-team with Hanks on the Somali pirate film based on the bestselling book A Captain’s Duty. But in the end, Sony’s Amy Pascal didn’t feel Howard was the right fit for the project. “Ron did want to direct the Somali pirate movie. But Amy felt she wanted a different director. Nothing personal,” an insider explained. One agent involved in the film said, “She wanted someone hotter and cooler.” The project was offered to Paul Greengrass, who is now in talks, but it seems to me that if you want someone hotter and cooler than Ron Howard, you need only look one place. The Fonz.

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Funny Dubbed Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/foreign-film/funny-dubbed-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/foreign-film/funny-dubbed-movies/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 23:59:10 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220343 If you want to laugh at people from other countries while simultaneously impressing some culture snobs, then you'll need to check out some of these funny dubbed movies.

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If you want to laugh at people from other countries while simultaneously impressing some culture snobs, then you’ll need to check out some of these funny dubbed movies. Don’t worry, it’ll be our little secret that you didn’t opt for the subtitled versions. Besides, comedy truly is a universal language and provided you can stand the somewhat shoddy English dubbing (better than reading it though, right?), these films are guaranteed to give you some major laughs. If you love comedies—and really, who doesn’t—do yourself a favor check these out.

 

Elling

Getting released from the mental institution in Elling

This  little known gem from Norway, released in 2001, focuses on a sensitive man who has a knack for poetry. Sheltered by his mother all his life, he is forced to live in a state institution following her death. There, he meets and befriends two odd individuals. The trio end up living together after their release. The film picked up several prestigious movie awards and was even nominated for an Oscar.

 

My Sassy Girl

The sassy girl getting a piggy back ride

This Korean production was first shown in 2001 was a surprise hit in Asia. The film was based on the internet writings of a young man about his strange and complicated relationship with an equally strange but beautiful girl. My Sassy Girl stars Gianna Jun and Tae-hyun Cha. The movie did so well that it spawned an American remake The American version pales in comparison though so if you have not seen either, picking up the original Korean release is a must.

 

Amélie

Young Amelie photographing a bunny-shaped cloud

Released in 2001, Amélie is an imaginative comedy starring the lovely Audrey Tautou. Sharp eyed movie goers may recognize a slightly older Tantou performing opposite Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code. The film revolves around a shy young woman who makes it her mission in life to make people happy. She also pursues a handsome weirdo who collects discarded pictures from photo booths. This French classic has had a tremendous impact on pop culture—we’ve all see the traveling garden gnome, right? It originated in Amélie.

 

Shaolin Soccer

Cleat to face kick in Shaolin Soccer

For something a little more ridiculous, why not consider the Hong Kong-made Shaolin Soccer? Written, directed and starring the talented Stephen Chow, the film effectively merges martial arts and soccer action. One of the best slapstick comedies of its kind, Shaolin Soccer tells of a Shaolin Kung-Fu practitioner who meets a former soccer coach. Chow, who plays a Shaolin master combines his martial arts abilities with his soccer to become an amazing player and even helps train other players who all end up playing as teammates. Together they hope to compete in and win a prestigious soccer tournament.

 

3 Idiots

The 3 Idiots on butt stools

In this offbeat Bollywood flick, three college buddies made a bet to see who would become the most successful. They meet ten years later but only two of the three show up. Worried, the pair search for their missing friend. Those not familiar with films from the Indian subcontinent should expect the gratuitous song and dance numbers with women dressed in loud, bright colors. A tad long, this zany movie’s running time clocks in at almost three hours.

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Weekend Box Office Report: America Loves ‘Transformers’* http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-america-loves-transformers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-america-loves-transformers/#comments Mon, 04 Jul 2011 16:28:13 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218812 *But not as much as the rest of the world does.

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Independence Day Weekend is a great time for barbecue, fireworks, and going to the movies. And this year, enough people worldwide went to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon to make it the third-best worldwide opening of all time, grossing a transformative (sorry) $372 million.

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Now, for the bad news: Here in the US of A, Transformers: Dark of the Moon actually grossed less than its predecessor, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – it fell short of the earlier film’s $108 million gross by more than $10 million. Still, don’t feel too bad for Michael Bay and company – the third Transformers is still expected to break the Independence Day weekend record held by Spider-Man 2 by the time all the numbers for today roll in, recycled footage be damned. God bless America.

Uh, apparently there was another movie that opened this weekend too. It’s called Larry Crowne, a romantic comedy directed by up-and-comer Tom Hanks, who’s probably going to have a little trouble getting work after its paltry $14 million-dollar opening weekend. Maybe next time, kid. (The Playlist)

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Review: Larry Crowne http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-larry-crowne/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-larry-crowne/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2011 06:58:33 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218583 It's like a highbrow 'Billy Madison'.

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I was all set to hate Larry Crowne. I thought it was trying to be a highbrow Billy Madison only it wouldn’t really have the balls to be that. It would have to be important and poignant, right? No, it actually is a highbrow Billy Madison! This is Hanks’ return to wacky comedies like Turner & Hooch!

Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) gets fired from U-Mart. He can’t get a good job since he skipped college to join the Navy, so he goes back to community college. Mercy Tainot (Julia Roberts) teaches his secondary level speech course so he learns to come out of his shell, along with the help of all his wacky classmates.

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I’ll admit, the first impression is not good. It already looks bad on paper and even the first act just makes you defensive, like this movie’s going to annoy you with quirk. Damned if the quirk wasn’t genuine though. I know a lot of my colleagues hated it. Maybe they went to the bathroom during the part where it wins you over so they sat through the rest thinking it was still annoying.

Every oral report Tainot assigns is basically a sketch comedy montage. The characters do the rest. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is so adorable you forgive her having to play Talia as one dimensionally sassy. Talia’s so perky she names Larry Lance and gives him a new wardrobe. Talia’s biker boyfriend Dell Gordo (Wilmer Valderrama) snaps his fingers like West Side Story. Steve Dibiasi (Rami Malek) thinks clairvoyant is someone’s name. Dave Mack (Malcolm Barrett) always gives the funniest reports. His Star Trek fandom manages to be funny even though we’ve seen that joke before. It’s the context and sincerity.

Roberts gives her best performance in a decade. She embraces the bitter, burnt out professor, putting real character into Mercy’s dirty looks. Bryan Cranston infuses so much character into her husband Dean, three scenes are all he needs. Hanks plays it really goofy, slow talking and bumbling on his scooter.

I’ve been waiting for a movie to go loose with its plot and just focus on the experience. We all know the same old structure. Larry’s going to get together with Mercy, you don’t need to construct an Inception plot to convince us that it works out. Larry Crowne focuses on the individual moments. I know, Tree of Life did that too, but that was about an abusive father and this is about a middle-aged dude going back to college.

I think Larry Crowne captures the nostalgia Super 8 failed to. Larry’s nostalgia isn’t for early childhood, it’s for the college phase of starting one’s adult life. So Larry can’t repeat elementary school but they can cram all those random whimsical encounters into a young adult setting.

 

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Links Away: Tom Hanks Dances Out The Weather http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-tom-hanks-dances-out-the-weather/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-tom-hanks-dances-out-the-weather/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:51:55 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=217541 Like a boss? Naturally.

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Like a boss? Naturally. You see, Tom Hanks knows that even though he can’t speak Spanish — thus making his appearance on Univision somewhat tricky — dance is a universal language. Watch as he predicts the weather using only his middle-aged white guy moves. It is, simply put, inspirational. (Vulture)

His groove defies translation:

Britney Spears Hates Everyone (CagePotato)

Russian Drug Eats Your Face Off (BarstoolSports)

Masters Of The Universe Cosplay (Holytaco)

Ebert Learns A Writing Lesson (FilmDrunk)

Scandalous Miss USA Bikini Pic (CelebJihad)

Block Buster Is Still Open (Unreality)

Superman 2 Turns 30 (Moviefone)

Rihanna Hotness (Maxim)

Fassbender Likes To Spank (Pajiba)

Cars Redone As Pixar Characters (NextMovie)

Werdum Claims He Beat Himself (CagePotato)

Facebook Breakup Season (MadeMan)

3 Million Copies Of Portal Sold (Gamefront)

Suelyn Madeiros Hotness (TuVez)

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Robert Zemeckis In Talks To Do Another Thing With Tom Hanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-zemeckis-in-talks-to-do-another-thing-with-tom-hanks/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-zemeckis-in-talks-to-do-another-thing-with-tom-hanks/#comments Sun, 12 Jun 2011 22:24:53 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215824 Major Matt Mason, who is NOT a doll.

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Robert Zemeckis is no stranger to doing things. He did a thing back in the 80s called Back to the Future, which was a big hit. He’s also done a couple things with Tom Hanks that both turned out to be hugely successful, Forrest Gump and Cast Away. Now, Zemeckis is being sought for another Tom Hanks thing – Major Matt Mason, based on the action figure from Mattel.

Not a lot of details on plot, except that it’s a “live-action family film about space adventure.” Oh, and it’ll be in 3D because of course it will be. Given that it’s a space adventure starring Tom Hanks based on an action figure, it seems to me that Toy Story comparisons are inevitable – more specifically, Buzz Lightyear comparisons. A quick Google tells me that Major Matt is from 1966, so he predates Buzz Lightyear by about 30 years, and I think it’s safe to say probably served as an inspiration for Buzz. It’d be pretty neat if Tom Hanks could end up voicing both Buzz Lightyear’s BFF, Woody, and one of the characters to inspire him, Major Matt Mason. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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New ‘Larry Crowne’ Trailer Is Like A More Serious ‘Back To School’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-larry-crowne-trailer-is-like-a-more-serious-back-to-school/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-larry-crowne-trailer-is-like-a-more-serious-back-to-school/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 19:36:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=215707 Plus, the added power of George Takei.

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Seems weird that Tom Hanks would want to target a new trailer for Larry Crowne directly at Trekkies, but whatever. To each their own.

The new trailer is very similar to the previous one. Middle-aged nerdy guy gets fired from the box factory, enrolls in college, bangs hot teacher. It’s kind of like Back To School without the awesome parts. This time around, George Takei chews the scenery as an economics professor. Here’s hoping he goes all Kinison and has a screaming fit. And then Cedric the Entertainer says, “Damn!” Please take note Hollywood, this is the closest that Cedric the Entertainer should be to a Back To School remake.

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Paul Greengrass Might Actually Direct A Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-greengrass-might-actually-direct-a-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-greengrass-might-actually-direct-a-movie/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2011 16:09:08 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214400 It will either be about Tom Hanks fighting pirates or racecars. To clarify, Tom Hanks won't be fighting racecars.

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Considering falls through, we can rejoic knowing that Paul Greengrass might finally be directing another movie. Vulture reports that Greengrass has three projects to choose from. The first is the Sony Pictures‘ adaptation of “A Captain’s Duty.” The true-life tale (now titled Maersk Alabama) will star Tom Hanks as skipper Richard Phillips who was taken hostage by Somali pirates before being rescued by Navy SEALS.

The second film on his desk blotter is Rush, a Formula One racing drama written by Peter Morgan. The story follows the near-deadly 1976 season of driver Niki Lauda. The screenplay also details Lauda’s rivalry with driver James Hunt, both on and off the track. It also deals with the 1976 German Grand Prix where Lauda spun out of control and burst into flames, causing him to nearly burn to death and lose his right ear. But that didn’t stop him from pulling himself out of bed to face Hunt in several more races. Which he lost. So, yeah, that’s kind of a bummer ending. Maybe they should tell the tale backwards, Memento style.

And finally, the third film Greengrass is considering is a secret. So we’d better not catch you snooping around in Mom and Dad’s closet. You’ll ruin the surprise. (Vulture)

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Hugo Weaving Floating On ‘Cloud Atlas’, Heh Heh http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugo-weaving-floating-on-cloud-atlas-heh-heh/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugo-weaving-floating-on-cloud-atlas-heh-heh/#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 22:06:28 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211638 This could get insane.

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The Wachowskis‘s upcoming Cloud Atlas sounds like one of the biggest and most ambitious movies to be taken on by a major studio. It’s based on a novel by David Mitchell, and will be directed by both the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. In case you haven’t read what it’s about, here it is – and try to imagine what this is going to be like onscreen:

“Mitchell’s 2004 novel follows six storylines that include a 19th century American notary, a poor British musician in the 1930s, a journalist in 1970s California, a vanity press publisher in the early 21st century, a rebellious clone in the near future and a primitive Hawaiian tribesman surviving after the apocalypse. Each actor in the film will be playing multiple roles.”

This is either going to be amazing or terrible. Or, you know, somewhere in between. Anyway, Hugo Weaving has signed on, which is continuing his relationship with the Wachowskis through the Matrix trilogy and V for Vendetta. He’s joining Tom Hanks, along with Halle Berry and Ben Whishaw. So be sure to keep them in your thoughts – they definitely have their work cut out for them. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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Neil Gaiman Brings ‘American Gods’ And Nerds To HBO? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/neil-gaiman-brings-american-gods-and-nerds-to-hbo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/neil-gaiman-brings-american-gods-and-nerds-to-hbo/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 01:39:27 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207236 HBO is in talks to bring Gaiman's book 'American Gods' to their network as a new series. Hurry up and adapt everything that man has written, Hollywood.

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Go to your nerdy friend’s bedroom. Look through the bookcase. If he or she doesn’t own at least one volume of Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman, rip the nerd badge off their jacket. Nerd badge is synonymous with Star Trek Federation badge.

HBO is in talks to bring Gaiman’s book American Gods to their network as a new series. The backdrop for this story is that old school religious gods and mythological creatures are losing power as less people worship them, and the new “gods” of technology and the media are taking their place. So, when The Beatles said they were “more popular than Jesus,” the subtext was that they were acquiring more god-power than him too. The heroes in American Gods are criminals, and one of whom turns out to be an old fashioned spiritual overlord who’s recruiting an army for a war between the gods. And there you go.

The plan is to have Gaiman team up with top cinematographer Robert Richardson (Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill) to co-write the pilot. The Playtone Company’s Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks (the guy from the Dragnet movie) brought the book to HBO, so they’ll surely want to “play gods” for this show too.

One thing I can say is that, for the most part, I’m on board with The G-Man. Coraline kicked ass, his comics work is rightfully celebrated, and Beowulf would have been a lot better if the motion capture didn’t steal all the characters souls. Many fanboys worship him, which is why he’s growing in power as we speak… (Deadline)

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Wachowskis, Hanks, And Tykwer Unite Forces For ‘Cloud Atlas’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wachowskis-hanks-and-tykwer-unite-forces-for-cloud-atlas/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wachowskis-hanks-and-tykwer-unite-forces-for-cloud-atlas/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2011 20:57:16 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206717 If the Wachowskiscan get gold from Keanu Reeves, they should be able to get enriched uranium from Tom Hanks.

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Wow. This project has some serious potential. The men behind The Matrix (Andy and his transexual bro/sis Lana Wachowski) are working with the director of Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer) to create a film adaptation of Cloud Atlas, a story that tracks the ramifications of one human’s actions on others in the past, present, and future. It’s complicated, but the Wachowskis and Tykwer have excelled in this nebulous, mind-bending arena before, and they’re not alone in this.

They’ll get some help in front of the camera from scrappy young upstart Tom Hanks, who has signed on to star in the long-gestating project. Filming on the project starts in September, though few other details are known. Deadline cracks this egg of knowledge on us, conveying Cloud Atlas is:

An epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.

I’m just gonna trust the team to make it a really good film, because I have no idea what the hell I just read.

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Tom Hanks Guest Stars On ’30 Rock’ As… Someone Nice? http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nice-guy-tom-hanks-gets-nice-guest-spot-on-nice-show-30-rock/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nice-guy-tom-hanks-gets-nice-guest-spot-on-nice-show-30-rock/#comments Sat, 26 Mar 2011 05:49:59 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203874 Hanks will make his glorious return to sitcomdom on an upcoming episode of "30 Rock." I'm starting to get "Bosom Buddies" flashbacks.

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It’s easy to forget that Tom Hanks started out on TV, dressing up like a woman to fool a hotel of ladies in “Bosom Buddies.” Now he’s closely associated with realistic war dramas, intense space dramas and talking to volleyballs. Oh, and Academy Awards. So it’s safe to say, he’s come a long way since the 80s.

However, Hanks will make his glorious return to sitcomdom on an upcoming episode of NBC’s “30 Rock.” There’s no information yet on who the Nicest Guy In The Universe will play in Tina Fey‘s much-lauded, much-ratings-challenged show – only that the star recently tweeted, “I’m on’30 Rock‘!” That seems to be a good indication that he will, indeed, be on “30 Rock.”

Since the show-within-a-show is “The Girlie Show,” maybe Hanks wants to return to his cross-dressing roots? But if his character was trying to pass as a chick, wouldn’t he be outed by such highly-observant, intellectual heavyweights like Tracy and Jenna? Yeah, I guess it could be the Susan B. Anthony Hotel all over again. (Hollywood Reporter)

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9 Celebrities Who Deserve Their Own Roast http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-celebrities-who-deserve-their-own-roast/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-celebrities-who-deserve-their-own-roast/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:07:14 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202217 So as long as they're roasting anyone, friend or foe, here are nine celebrities that deserve to be roasted.

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Traditionally, at least at the Friars’ Club Roasts, the motto has always been “We only roast the ones we love,” meaning that while the jokes could often be harsh, at the end of the day, the roastee knew he was among friends. But since Comedy Central branched off to do their own roasts in 2003, the idea of only roasting a friend seems to have fallen by the wayside. Nowhere is this more apparent than with the latest victim, Donald Trump. Does anyone really believe that most of that crowd had respect for “The Donald?” Even roast regular, Lisa Lampanelli, admitted, “I broke the (roast) rule because the money’s really good.”

So as long as we’re open to roasting anyone, friend or foe, here are nine celebrities that deserve to be roasted.

Jay Leno

No matter what you personally think of Leno’s comedy, it’s no secret that he isn’t well respected by many of his fellow comedians. Imagine letting them all loose on him at the same time. Recently, he was semi-roasted at Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Awards, so maybe, he’d be up for it. If so, hopefully the ghosts of Johnny Carson and Bill Hicks will be able to make an appearance.

Roger Ebert

I like Rogert Ebert, but there’s no getting around the fact that he has made a career off of ripping apart people’s films. Imagine a room full of jilted actors and directors waiting to take their revenge. The fact that Ebert no longer has a lower jaw would certainly add an uncomfortable element. These roasts are known for their harshness, but it would take some pretty big balls to make fun of a man who is missing half his face.

Oprah

Speaking of Ebert, let’s move on to his former girlfriend, Oprah. Well, girlfriend is a little strong, since they only went on a few dates. But at any rate, when it comes to egos, they don’t get much bigger than Oprah’s. And when it comes to targets, they don’t get much bigger than Oprah. No, that wasn’t a weight joke, although I’m sure there would be plenty of those, not to mention jokes about Stedman, rumored lesbianism, the throngs of stupid housewives who worship her, etc.

George Lucas

George Lucas lives in a bubble. Sure, it has a fancy name (Skywalker Ranch), but it’s a fantasy world in which he is king, and every idea he has is pure gold. As such, he’s blissfully unaware that his last three movies were horseshit. With the money they brought it, I can’t say that I blame him being delusional. Even so, imagine how much fun it would be to get a group of angry fan boys together for a Lucas roast. I’m sure Jake Lloyd and the guy who voiced Jar Jar might want to vent, as well.

Sean Penn

Maybe I’m wrong, but Sean Penn often comes across as a self-important asshole. When he was spoofed in the film, Team America: World Police, he wrote an angry letter in response rather than laughing it off or simply ignoring it. That’s why I’d love to see him in a roast. It’s always funnier when the targets take themselves seriously. Besides, it would take some real balls to get up on stage and mock Penn to his face, because there’s a very real possibility he would snap and beat the shit out of you.

Mel Gibson

In Hollywood, there’s probably no one more hated than Mel Gibson. That alone makes him the perfect target for a roast. Every Jewish comedian in the industry would be lining up to take shots at him, and given what we know about Mel, his rebuttal would probably be pretty colorful (i.e. offensive and insane).

Harvey Weinstein

As a producer, Harvey Weinstein has made some big films. He’s also made some big enemies. After all, to paraphrase”The Simpsons,” you don’t become a millionaire by writing a lot of checks. It’s a producers job to screw people out of money, but when you’ve got a commie like Michael Moore taking you to court over millions of dollars, chances are you’re taking it too far. A roast where the entertainment industry was allowed to vent would be highly entertaining.

Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons has been the butt of jokes for years, especially when appearing on David Letterman. But “The Late Show” looks like an episode of “Veggie Tales” when compared to a Comedy Central roast. Odds are 2:1 that Simmons would end up crying. I’d watch that.

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is widely considered the nicest guy in Hollywood. That’s why it would be so funny to see Jeff Ross and Lisa Lampanelli taking the piss out of him. And it would be just as funny to see Tom Hanks making jokes about Lisa Lampanelli’s giant vagina.

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Tom Hanks And Julia Roberts Make Us All Nostalgic In ‘Larry Crowne’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tom-hanks-and-julia-roberts-make-us-all-nostalgic-in-larry-crowne/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tom-hanks-and-julia-roberts-make-us-all-nostalgic-in-larry-crowne/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 17:43:29 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=201919 Tom Hanks. Julia Roberts. It's time to party like it's 1987-1999.

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Did I just timewarp back to 1995, or is this a brand new romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts? Alas, time travel isn’t real, and so it’s sadly just a regular ol’ brand new romcom from this very year, 2o11. Larry Crowne, about a happy go lucky (read: seemingly a little dumb?) man, played by Hanks, who’s fired from his job for lacking a college degree. Who should turn out to be his junior college speech professor but the queen of big smiles and winning laughs herself, J. Robz? Also, he rides a scooter and acts excited. It looks… well it looks like exactly what I just described. Larry Crowne is directed by Hanks and will invade theaters and your hearts July 1st.

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