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PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Oscar nominations generally run to form

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- As usual, the announcement of the nominees for the Academy Awards provided a blend of fulfilled expectations, mild surprises and the occasional eyebrow-raising
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

THE OSCAR NOMINATIONS The annual ritual of guessing which movies and filmmakers will snag Oscar nominations is about to come to a close -- just in time for the beginning of the ritual of guessing which pictures and artists will win the Oscars.
By United Press International

CGI no threat to actors -- for now, anyway

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Some Hollywood producers wonder, and some actors worry, about the chances that digital technology will render live actors obsolete, but a leading practitioner i
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Film dubbing biz soars in Catalonia

BARCELONA, Spain, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The recent premiere of Harry Potter in Catalonia has brought about an old dispute: should movies be dubbed? At what price?
MIREN GUTIERREZ, UPI Business Correspondent

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

INDY 4 Harrison Ford made it plain Sunday he's ready for another Indiana Jones adventure whenever producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg are -- and Spielberg sounds like he's ready, too.
By United Press International

Sidney Poitier to receive honorary Oscar

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that it will present an honorary Oscar to Sidney Poitier.

Hollywood Analysis: What do Globes mean?

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- With the Golden Globe Award for best drama movie securely in hand, "A Beautiful Mind" may have established itself as the picture to beat for the best picture Os
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

News from the entertainment capital

PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

BRIT AWARDS Gorillaz are up for six awards in next month?s Brit Awards ceremony.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

ALL-STAR BENEFIT Artists Against AIDS Worldwide -- the organization that recently produced an all-star remake of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" to promote the campaign against AIDS in Africa -- is planning an all-star, Good Friday concert in Johannesburg
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Artists to carry AIDS campaign to Africa

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Artists Against AIDS Worldwide, the organization that recently produced an all-star remake of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" to promote the campaign against AI
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

By United Press International

News from the entertainment capital

PAT NASON, UP Hollywood Reporter

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The first annual American Film Institute Awards flopped Saturday night in a three-hour show that lacked star power.
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International
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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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