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Tom Hanks: I Can't Gain Weight for Roles Anymore Due to Diabetes

Tom Hanks: I Can't Gain Weight for Roles Anymore Due to Diabetes

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.

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Tom Hanks Reveals Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis

Tom Hanks Reveals Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis to David Letterman

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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George Takei Nails the Shutdown and More of the Best Random Things Online

George Takei Nails the Government Shutdown and More of the Best Random Things Online

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.

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Tom Hanks Weighs In on Heroism as He Stars as Captain Phillips | Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks: 'A Coward Can Choose to Be a Hero, But They've Got to Make That Choice'

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."

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Tom Hanks, Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots Among Top Tony Nominees | Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots Among Top Tony Nominees

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.

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Baby No. 2 on the Way for Colin Hanks

Baby No. 2 on the Way for Colin Hanks

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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VIDEO: Watch Justin Timberlake's Star-Studded SNL Monologue

Justin Timberlake's Hosts Saturday Night Live for the Fifth Time

Originally posted 03/10/2013 10:00AM

When it comes to hosting Saturday Night Live, Justin Timberlake feels right at home.

The singer – who had hosted the show four times before Saturday – called on some of his famous friends to make his fifth stint extra special.

During his opening monologue, Timberlake boasted that he now had membership to the "Five Timers Club," an exclusive New York organization reserved for repeat hosts. Upon arriving, Timberlake, 32, was greeted by Paul Simon, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks and Candice Bergen.

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Governors Awards Photos: See Who Might Take Home an Oscar | Kristen Stewart

Governors Awards Brings Out the Oscar Hopefuls in Hollywood

Originally posted 12/02/2012 05:20PM

Sure, the presidential election season may be long over, but the spirit of democracy is still in full-swing in Hollywood, where some familiar faces are campaigning for the industry version of a spot in the White House: a gold Oscar statuette.

You'll have to wait until February to see which of your favorite scene-stealers will take home honors at the 85th Academy Awards. Until then, the industry's top contenders arrived in head-to-toe red carpet form Saturday at the Academy's Governors Awards, which serves as an unofficial venue for potential nominees to convince Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to rock the vote (in their favor, of course).

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Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Give a Standing Ovation in L.A. | Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Give a Standing Ovation in L.A.

Originally posted 11/20/2012 06:00AM

Hanks a lot!

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson enjoyed a live performance of Room 105 – The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin at the MACHA Theater in West Hollywood on Sunday.

Sporting a mustache, Hanks and Wilson entered the theater from the parking lot side entrance just before the show began, avoiding the lobby, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

The couple then took their seats – stopping to chat with the older couple sitting behind them.

"Wilson clapped vigorously after each song but Hanks was much more reserved with his applause," the source adds. "There was no hand holding or major interaction between the two during the show."

But "both took part in the standing ovation" and as the couple left the theater, an elderly woman told Hanks "I love you." "He gave her a hug and spoke with her briefly before leaving," the source says.

– Patrick Gomez

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Oops! Tom Hanks Drops an F-Bomb on GMA

Tom Hanks Lets F-Bomb Slip on Good Morning America

Originally posted 10/19/2012 10:20AM

Tom Hanks took a G-rated morning show into R-rated territory, using the F-word on-air Friday.

Appearing on ABC's Good Morning America, the Oscar winner, 56, was asked by Elizabeth Vargas to speak in the accent of one of the characters from his new movie Cloud Atlas.

"Most of it is swear words," he warned. Then, in a thick accent, he said, "I want people to f–––ing …" – before stopping himself, slapping his hand to his mouth, and quickly apologizing.

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