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'Gravity' leads with 11 British Film Award nominations

'Gravity' leads with 11 British Film Award nominations

LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Director Alfonso Cuaron's space epic "Gravity" earned 11 nominations for British Academy Film Awards in London Wednesday.
Meryl Streep, Matthew McConaughey honored at Palm Springs Film Festival

Meryl Streep, Matthew McConaughey honored at Palm Springs Film Festival

Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A bevy of Hollywood A-listers lit up the desert for the annual Palm Springs Film Festival on Saturday.
Kate Stanton

Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Steve McQueen win at Palm Springs Gala

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- More than 2,100 people showed up for the Palm Springs Gala in California to see Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and others receive awards.
At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

2013 was an outstanding year for movies with a slate chock-full of thought-provoking, fact-inspired dramas, including "42," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "12 Years a Slave," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Philomena," "Saving Mr. Banks," "Lone Survivor," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Dallas Buyers Club."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Captain Phillips' earn Golden Globe nods

'Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Captain Phillips' earn Golden Globe nods

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- "12 Years a Slave," "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "Philomena" and "Rush" were nominated for the Best Drama Film Golden Globe in Los Angeles Thursday.
'12 Years a Slave,' 'Dallas Buyers Club' nominated for SAG Awards

'12 Years a Slave,' 'Dallas Buyers Club' nominated for SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The stars of "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "August: Osage County" were nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday.
Spielberg and Katzenberg donate $10M each to Academy Museum fund

Spielberg and Katzenberg donate $10M each to Academy Museum fund

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg have each donated $10 million to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury get honorary Oscars

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin accepted honorary Oscars at the Academy's Governors Awards ceremony in Hollywood.

Celebrity and U.S. lawmaker records accessed in hack of limo firm

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Hackers stole a St. Louis limousine software firm's database that included records of dealings with celebrities and U.S. congressmen, a security expert said.

'Ender's Game' takes top box-office spot

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- "Ender's Game," about a young warrior called on to save humanity from an alien attack, led the U.S. box office this week, taking in an estimated $28 million.

'Bad Grandpa' opens to strong box office with $32 million

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" opened to a strong $32 million to lead the U.S. box office for the week, pushing "Gravity" to second place with $20.3 million.
Peter Scolari to play Yogi Berra in 'Bronx Bombers' play

Peter Scolari to play Yogi Berra in 'Bronx Bombers' play

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Peter Scolari and his wife, Tracy Shayne, are to star in the new play "Bronx Bombers" on Broadway this winter, producers announced Monday.

'Gravity' still sky high at weekend box office

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The space thriller "Gravity," starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, led the box office for the third weekend in a row with $31.03 million.

'Gravity' again floats to top of weekend box office

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The space thriller "Gravity," starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, led the box office for the second weekend in a row with $44.265 million.
Cher, Bryan Cranston lend voices to Autism Speaks campaign

Cher, Bryan Cranston lend voices to Autism Speaks campaign

NEW YORK, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Adam West, Bryan Cranston, Cher, Jim Parsons and Mark Hamill are lending their voices to the "Sound Off for Autism Speaks" fundraising campaign.
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American actor Tom Hanks attends the world premiere of "Larry Crowne" at Westfield in London on June 6, 2011. UPI/Rune Hellestad
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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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