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V.22 No.51 | 12/19/2013
Who here wants cotton candy?

Film Review

Saving Mr. Banks

Intimate biopic exposes the rocky artistic relationship behind Disney’s Mary Poppins

What if the grumpiest woman in creation met the inventor of the Happiest Place on Earth? Saving Mr. Banks exposes the rocky artistic relationship behind Disney’s Mary Poppins.
V.22 No.42 | 10/17/2013
The Looove Boat promises something for everyone. Set a course for adventure, your mind on a new romance.

Film Review

Captain Phillips

Intimate pirate thriller hits the high seas like a runaway typhoon

Tom Hanks is so damn likable that sometimes you just don’t want to like him. But the guy keeps delivering.
V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012


The Daily Word in Hurricane Sandy, Gary Glitter and Prince.

The Daily Word

Hurricane Sandy is deadly.

Watch Sandy blow down trees. “Oh, my gosh.”

A brief overview of cars Obama has owned.

Smart people drink more.

There actually are things you don’t know about Prince.

Tyrannosaurus vs. Tryceratops.

The pastor was killed with a guitar.

The toughest bridge in the world. (Thanks, Tom!)

Gary Glitter is in trouble again.

A cop’s ghoulish scheme.

Natalie Dylan is selling her virginity.

Tom Hanks: slam poet.

Axyl Rose talked on TV.

A park stabbing at 3rd and I-40.

A man stole some Toys for Tots money.

Hazmat in Doña Ana County.

Happy Birthday, Henry Winkler.

Thanks for the help, Tom Nayder and Constance Moss!

V.21 No.43 | 10/25/2012
“Sorry, no. I am not Keanu Reeves.”

Film Review

Cloud Atlas

Time-hopping sci-fi tale soars—but how high?

Among the books often labeled unfilmable is David Mitchell’s 2004 sci-fi hexaptych Cloud Atlas. Somebody finally decided to wrestle that tiger, though, and the results are structurally (if not always emotionally) miraculous—a $100 million genre-hopping art house blockbuster in search of a sympathetic audience.
V.21 No.42 | 10/18/2012


The Daily Word in Nobel Peace Prize, flamin’ hot cheetos and giant eyeball

The Daily Word

Five key moments from the Vice Presidential debate.

Abusive mom pleads guilty, now faces life sentence.

Saggio’s owner sends 130 children to see The Lion King.

European Union awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Wayne Newton owns wallabies, but this is not one of them.

One Albuquerque schools officials urge parents to leave the flamin’ hot cheetos at home.

Tom Hanks heads to Broadway. Sarah Brightman heads to Space.

Giant Eyeball washes up on Florida beach

Anybody need a Halloween costume?

Celebrities that are related to other celebrities!

V.20 No.32 | 8/11/2011
Sony Pictures Television / Ben Leuner


Bryan Cranston interview outtakes: Tom Hanks, reputation, diaper fantasies

As promised, here’s some extra material from our talk with “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston that didn’t make it into this week’s print:

On taking Tom Hanks’ crown as the nicest guy in Hollywood

I don't think I can. I know Tom. ... His career took off much earlier than mine did, and by that I learned a lot from him. I learned a lot of how to behave, how to be a professional, how to show your thankfulness. And honestly I have such admiration and respect for him as a person, as a friend, as an actor. So if I could be in that comparison, I'm proud to have that, but it gets to a point where you go, This is what I do. If I'm not with my family, I'm working. That's what I do. I like to work, I like to create, so if I'm doing that I want to do it in a condition that is fun and comfortable and gets the work done, and everyone respects the other person and other departments. And when you have that, then you develop the reputation, not only personally, but like our show. Our show “Breaking Bad” has the reputation—you talk to crew members, they want to work on our show. They want to work on our show because they've heard the conditions that we work under doing this.

On goofing around on set

You know, I take my responsibility very sincerely, but I don't necessarily take it seriously. I'm the number one on the call sheet, which means I'm the lead actor, which carries a lot of strength and weight and—quite frankly—responsibility. I've been in the business 32 years. I've been on sets that are tense, sets that are uncomfortable, sets that are just plain horrible ... and I just don't want to have anything to do with that. So now I'm in a position where I can influence that, and I did it on "Malcolm in the Middle" and I'm doing it here where I'll set up a tone, and along with our producers, and our director of photography—who is really the head of the crew—we set an example of what is a good work place to be in. We're kind to each other, friendly and we have a good time. I think that probably the biggest misunderstanding that people who are not in our business have is [of how hard we work]. We're there five days a week for at least thirteen hours. That's the normal day, thirteen hours. Twelve hours of work and an hour lunch break ... Sometimes it will push to 15 hours, 16 hours, and when it goes there you get tired, or people get cranky and you're not thinking clearly or the mood just drops. And that's when I usually do something to try to turn that mood around—"Come on, we're in the homestretch, let's get our energy up and go," and that's when I'll try to do a prank or a gag or a goof, or something like that.

I've been in all kinds of interesting dress, or lack of dress. I did a scene once where Anna [Gunn] and I were in bed in a love scene, and she didn't know, and she turned around and I'd put on a bonnet, and I already had big diapers on and I had a little pacifier and a rattle, and I got out of the bed, and I looked back at her ... and I said, “Next time can we do one of my fantasies?”

V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011

Couch Potato

I Like to Watch (Instantly): Big, Stripes

Notable 1980s comedy titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world


Directed by Penny Marshall

Cast: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jon Lovitz, Mercedes Ruehl, Jared Rushton, David Moscow, Josh Clark, Kimberlee M. Davis, Oliver Block

A less flabby Tom Hanks stars in this lighthearted comedy about Josh Baskin, an unappreciative teenager turned into a 30-year-old man by a devilish Zoltar machine in a carnival one night, and the misadventures that befall him in his newfound maturity. With no one believing his transformation and with nowhere else to go, Josh seeks help from his best friend Billy (Jared Rushton) to find the machine again and reclaim his body. Yet, it's not going to be easy. In his journey, Josh has to learn how to live alone, to find a job, to act like an adult and to fall in love. Overall, Big is a pure and sincere tale with a heartwarming feel, hilarious antics and, hard as it can be found in modern-day flicks, moral lessons. And as always, Hanks does a marvelous job of portraying his bizarre role, making this film a must-see for audiences, young and old alike.

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