12:17 PM EDT 11/19/2013
Originally posted 10/25/2013 08:50AM
What's better than meeting your idol? Meeting your idol and finding out that he's even nicer than you imagined he'd be.
That's what happened back in March when Sarah Moretti got to meet Tom Hanks backstage at his Broadway show, Lucky Man.
In a series of three videos that are getting buzz this week, the Oscar winner was wonderfully sweet and friendly to his superfan, who has autism.
Originally posted 10/18/2013 01:30PM
Kumar Pallana, an Indian character actor with small parts in movies such as The Terminal and The Royal Tennenbaums, died suddenly Oct. 10 at the home he shared with his son in Oakland, Calif. He was 94.
"He lived life to the fullest," said his daughter Sandhya Pallana of Dallas, who confirmed the death to the Associated Press. "It was really wonderful how well he was received and how well he was liked and that people appreciated his unique and creative style."
Pallana was a yoga instructor living in Dallas in the mid-1990s when he met Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, who were working on their breakout movie Bottle Rocket, the Los Angeles Times reported. They cast Pallana as a bumbling safe cracker.
His thick accent and diminutive stature combined to help him steal scenes and earned him parts in more films, including three more directed by Anderson and one by Steven Spielberg.
Originally posted 10/16/2013 07:15PM
Matthew McConaughey has bulked up for roles in films like Magic Mike, but when he had to lose weight for a project, he called in the expert – Tom Hanks.
"I actually called Tom and had a great conversation with him about what he learned about losing weight for Philadelphia and Cast Away," McConaughey told PEOPLE at the Dallas Buyers Club junket in Beverly Hills on Saturday. "And I consulted a nutritionist about the best way to do this."
The actor was 185 lbs. when he began losing weight for his role as an HIV-positive man dealing with his diagnosis. McConaughey thought he would stop at 145 lbs.
Originally posted 10/11/2013 02:00PM
Captain Phillips could put Tom Hanks in Oscar contention, but All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a sad retread of a slasher film.
PEOPLE's critics weigh in on what to see and what to skip this weekend at the movies.
Originally posted 10/09/2013 07:30PM
Tom Hanks's recently announced Type 2 diabetes may be controllable, but his choice of future roles could be another matter.
The eternally boyish double Oscar winner, who drastically dieted down for Philadelphia, Castaway and Forrest Gump, only to beef up for other movies, says he can no longer let his weight fluctuate to fit the part.
"I've talked to a number of actors who have gained weight for roles and – just out of the sheer physical toll on one's knees and shoulders – no one wants to do it again," Hanks told the BBC while in London to promote his based-on-fact piracy drama Captain Phillips.
Originally posted 10/08/2013 12:00PM
As Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks famously declared, "Life is like a box of chocolates." Only now it looks like he has to be extra-cautious about what sweets he pulls out of that box.
The affable two-time Oscar-winner, 57, revealed while appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman Monday night that he has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, although he called the condition "controllable."
"I went to the doctor, and he said, 'You know those high blood sugar numbers you've been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you've graduated! You've got Type 2 diabetes, young man,' " Hanks told Letterman.
Originally posted 10/04/2013 07:30PM
Hey, did you know that all your Facebook friends are experts in public policy and healthcare? Didn't it seem that way this week? Because everyone had a lot to say about the government shutting down. Sure, most of it wasn't "actual and factual," as TLC would have sung, but a lot of it was funny. And no one was as funny as George Takei, who reacted to the shutdown with quintessential Takeism.
Plus: Viral stunts that went viral, and more of the most important random things online.
Originally posted 09/21/2013 10:25AM
Tom Hanks is in shipshape.
In his upcoming film Captain Phillips, the actor portrays real-life hero Richard Phillips, the American captain lauded for his bravery after Somali pirates attacked his ship in 2009.
But Hanks, 57, believes there is often a fine line between what defines a hero and a coward.
"I think by and large a third of people are villains, a third are cowards, and a third are heroes," the actor tells Parade. "Now, a villain and a coward can choose to be a hero, but they've got to make that choice."
Originally posted 04/30/2013 09:25AM
Star power shined on Broadway this season – and some of the big names even managed to gain Tony nominations, it was announced Tuesday morning.
Among them: Tom Hanks, in the Tony-nominated best-play contender by the late Nora Ephron, Lucky Guy; Laurie Metcalf, in Sharr White's The Other Place; Cicely Tyson, in a revival of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful; Holland Taylor, in the play about the late, outspoken Texas governor Ann Richards, written by Taylor herself, Ann; David Hyde Pierce, in Christopher Durang's best-play nominee Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Nathan Lane, in Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance.
In the best musical category, the nominees are Bring It On, A Christmas Story, Matilda and Kinky Boots, which received the most nominations of any show: 13, including a nod for its Cyndi Lauper-written score.
Best play contenders, besides Lucky Guy and the side-splitting homage to Chekhov, Vanya, are Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties and Colm Tólbin's The Testament of Mary.
Originally posted 04/02/2013 03:00PM
The actor and wife Samantha Bryant are expecting a sibling for 2-year-old daughter Olivia, his rep confirms
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