TNT will air 'From the Earth to the Moon'

ATLANTA, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Turner Network Television said Monday it will present the commercial TV debut in October of the Emmy-winning miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon."

Indian version of 'Big' film causes uproar

TAMIL NADU, India, July 29 (UPI) -- Indian women activists demanded a ban on a film based on Tom Hanks' comedy "Big," because the Bollywood version contains obscene sex scenes, the group said.

Tom Hanks to play rock legend

COLOGNE, Germany, July 9 (UPI) -- Tom Hanks will produce and star in a movie about American rock singer Dean Reed, Daily Variety said Friday.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 9, the 191st day of 2004 with 175 to follow.
By United Press International

Sorkin to adapt 'Charlie Wilson's War'

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (UPI) -- Aaron Sorkin will write a film adaptation of George Crile's book, "Charlie Wilson's War," The Hollywood Reporter said Friday.

Tom Hanks heading West?

LOS ANGELES, June 16 (UPI) -- Tom Hanks is planning to produce and star in a Western, Daily Variety reported Wednesday.

Woman jailed for threatening Zeta-Jones

LOS ANGELES, June 16 (UPI) -- A woman is being held in a Los Angeles jail for allegedly threatening to kill actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, Britain's Daily Mail said Wednesday.

Feature: AFI honors Meryl Streep

LOS ANGELES, June 11 (UPI) -- An all-star Hollywood lineup turned out for the American Film Institute tribute to Meryl Streep, but a series of testimonials from the likes of Robert De Niro,
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

AFI honors Meryl Streep

LOS ANGELES, June 11 (UPI) -- An all-star line-up turned out for the American Film Institute tribute to Meryl Streep at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

Analysis: 'Fahrenheit 9/11' has a date

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (UPI) -- "Fahrenheit 9/11" has a U.S. release date, June 25, that presents both challenges and opportunities for Michael Moore and the consortium of companies that will
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

'Tweaking' delays 'The Terminal''

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (UPI) -- DreamWorks has postponed press screenings for the new Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks movie "The Terminal," Daily Variety said Wednesday.

Film giant squelching 'Cast Away' parody

LOS ANGELES, May 31 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Twentieth Century Fox has stopped action on a "Cast Away" parody film that features Michael Jackson in a cameo role.

Nichols will do the honors for Streep

LOS ANGELES, May 25 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute announced Tuesday Mike Nichols will present Meryl Streep with the AFI's 32nd Life Achievement Award in Hollywood.

Meg Ryan wants film hit with Tom Hanks

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Meg Ryan has penned a film script for herself and Tom Hanks aimed at scoring a box office hit reminiscent of those the pair made in the 1990s.

Cannes Film Festival begins its 11-day run

CANNES, France, May 12 (UPI) -- The Cannes Film Festival opened Wednesday at the French resort with Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt among stars set to attend the 11-day event.
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Tom Hanks
American actor Tom Hanks attends the world premiere of "Larry Crowne" at Westfield in London on June 6, 2011. UPI/Rune Hellestad

Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. Hanks worked in television and family-friendly comedies, gaining wide notice in 1988's Big, before achieving success as a dramatic actor in several notable roles, including Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia, the title role in Forrest Gump, Commander Jim Lovell in Apollo 13, Captain John H. Miller in Saving Private Ryan, Joe Fox in You've Got Mail, Chuck Noland in Cast Away, and voicing the character Woody in the Toy Story series. Hanks won consecutive Best Actor Academy Awards, in 1993 for Philadelphia and in 1994 for Forrest Gump. U.S. domestic box office totals for his films exceed US$4.0 billion. He is the father of actor Colin Hanks.

Hanks was born in Concord, California. His father, Amos Mefford Hanks (born in Glenn County, California, on March 9, 1924 – died in Alameda, California, on January 31, 1992), an itinerant cook, was a distant relative of President Abraham Lincoln (through Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks). His mother, Janet Marylyn (née Frager; born in Alameda County, California, on January 18, 1932), was a hospital worker. Hanks' mother is of Portuguese ancestry, while two of his paternal great-grandparents immigrated from Britain. Hanks's parents divorced in 1960. The family's three oldest children, Sandra (now Sandra Hanks Benoiton, a writer), Larry (now Lawrence M. Hanks, PhD, an entomology professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Tom, went with their father, while the youngest, Jim, now an actor and film maker, remained with his mother in Red Bluff, California. Afterwards, both parents remarried. Hanks's first stepmother came to the marriage with five children of her own. Hanks once told Rolling Stone: "Everybody in my family likes each other. But there were always about 50 people at the house. I didn't exactly feel like an outsider, but I was sort of outside it." That marriage ended in divorce after two years.

Amos Hanks became a single parent, working long hours and often leaving the children to fend for themselves, an exercise in self-reliance that served the siblings well. In addition to having a family history of Catholicism and Mormonism, Hanks was a "Bible-toting evangelical teenager" for several years. In school, Hanks was unpopular with students and teachers alike, later telling Rolling Stone magazine: "I was a geek, a spaz. I was horribly, painfully, terribly shy. At the same time, I was the guy who'd yell out funny captions during filmstrips. But I didn't get into trouble. I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible." In 1965, Amos Hanks married Frances Wong, a San Francisco native of Chinese descent. Frances had three children, two of whom lived with Tom during his high school years. Hanks acted in school plays, including South Pacific, while attending Skyline High School in Oakland, California.

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