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Originally posted 12/31/2013 05:20PM
Before the clock runs out on 2013, PEOPLE's movie critic counts down her 10 favorite films of the year. Are your picks on the list?
Originally posted 12/20/2013 04:45PM
Saving Mr. Banks is a spoonful of sugar, but PEOPLE's critic says the real delight is Her
Here's what to see and what to skip this holiday season.
Originally posted 12/19/2013 09:45AM
You've Got Mail, the cinematic ode to AOL that reunited Nora Ephron, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks – a trifecta that previously made rom-com magic in 1993's Sleepless in Seattle – turned 15 this week.
In it, Ryan and Hanks played Kathleen and Joe, a pair of Upper West Side business rivals who fall in love over email without knowing each other's true identity.
Not only did Mindy Kaling's favorite film celebrate the Web's matchmaking potential years before online dating was socially acceptable, it also spawned endlessly quotable lines ("That caviar is a garnish!") and featured a stellar supporting cast that included Jean Stapleton, Greg Kinnear, Dave Chappelle and Parker Posey.
Originally posted 11/20/2013 01:00PM
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.
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