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Nominees for People's Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Here is a list of the nominees for the 28th Annual People's Choice Awards, as determined by a nationwide Gallup poll.

Familiar names on People's Choice list

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The list of nominees for the 28th Annual People's Choice Awards seems to indicate that the American public's taste hasn't changed much over the past year, given
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Why Hollywood was clueless about U.S. mood

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- It's becoming clear that Hollywood badly misunderstood the general public's mood after Sept. 11.
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Exhibitors optimistic about holiday movies

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- With monsters already pulling in big bucks and wizards ready to work amazing box-office magic, America's movie theater owners and operators are optimistic that
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The evolution of press agents, Tinseltown's spin doctors, has turned media access to the stars upside-down.
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International

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Summer of '02 starts to take shape

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The 2001 holiday movie season just got under way, with the release of the Disney-Pixar animated feature, "Monsters, Inc.," but Hollywood studio executives are a
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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How Hollywood could help

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- It's ridiculous that in America's current struggle to win the hearts and minds of the rest of humanity, we, the home of Hollywood, are being out-propagandized b

Billy Crystal's little monsters

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Comedian Billy Crystal says he hopes his new computer-animated adventure, "Monsters Inc.," will offer news-obsessed Americans a chance to relax and laugh in wak

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Tom Hanks to receive AFI lifetime award

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute has announced that it will present its life achievement award to two-time Oscar-winning actor-director Tom Hanks.
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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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