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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Today is Saturday, March 27, the 87th day of 2004 with 279 to follow.
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'Ladykillers' heading to Cannes

HOLLYWOOD, March 15 (UPI) -- The Coen brothers' latest dark comedy "The Ladykillers" will compete in the Cannes Film Festival in France this spring, Screen Daily reported Monday.

'Splash' DVD features Hanks' audition tape

BURBANK, Calif., March 12 (UPI) -- The 20th anniversary edition DVD of "Splash" features the original audition tapes of the film's stars Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah.

Sinise considering 'CSI: New York' role

HOLLYWOOD, March 8 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Gary Sinise is in talks with CBS to star in the television network's new crime drama "CSI: New York," TV Guide Online reported Monday.

Actor John Randolph dead at 88

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. stage, screen and television character actor John Randolph has died at his home in Hollywood at the age of 88, it was reported Friday.

Sevigny to star in three new projects

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Chloe Sevigny has three new film and television projects in the works, The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.

'Y Tu Mama' star loving the attention

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Diego Luna told reporters Tuesday in New York he's thrilled with the attention brought by the success of his break-through film "Y Tu Mama Tambien."

Ellen DeGeneres back in Hollywood's favor

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- With a hit show on the air, Ellen DeGeneres said she again feels loved after years of rejection by Hollywood that peaked when ABC cancelled her sitcom.

Jude Law thinks Sean Penn should win Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Oscar nominee Jude Law has said fellow nominee Sean Penn should win the best actor Academy Award when the statues are given out Feb. 29 in Los Angeles.

Tom Hanks to present an Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Tom Hanks will present at the 76th Academy Awards on Feb. 29, show producer Joe Roth announced Friday.

'Pirates' wins People's Choice as top film

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Fans have spoken, naming "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" 2003's top film when the American People's Choice Awards were handed out Sunday.

Jim Carrey ranked No. 1 box office draw

NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Jim Carrey has been voted the actor with the most drawing power when it comes to driving ticket buyers to the box office in the U.S.-based Quigley Poll.

Gere honored by Moving Image Museum

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Actor Richard Gere will be honored for his role in motion pictures at the American Museum of the Moving Image Salute scheduled for April 20 in New York.

Gibson ranks as favorite movie star

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Americans have voted Australian actor Mel Gibson their favorite movie star, according to survey results released by the Harris Poll in Rochester, N.Y.
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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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