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The Missing Links: T.Hanks A Lot

Trampoline Bridge! Oh. My. God. Trampoline Bridge. Tram. Po. Line. Bridge. That makes me feel like this. Speaking of The Simpsons… * Happy 55th Birthday, Dan Castellaneta Celebrate the birth of the voice of Homer Simpson by discovering four Simpsons controversies that didn’t end in lawsuits. * T.Hanks for the Great Costume Ideas This clip from The Colbert Report is [...]

The Missing Links: Soda Packs a Punch

Whatever Happened to Predictability? Allow two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks to fill you in. And, after you’ve seen the video, ponder what exactly this means. * Soda Pop You Right In the Mouth A new study has linked soda to “aggressive or violent behavior” in young consumers. * Speaking of Soda That Hits You In the Face… There [...]

The Missing Links: Growing Soccer Balls in a Lab

Tom Hanks Clearly Loved Michael Clarke Duncan And this story he told at Duncan’s memorial makes them both even more likable. * Mad Science: They’re Growing Soccer Balls From Pig Bladders I don’t even… * Reason #3,564,587 Not to Become a Counterfeiter They all boil down pretty much to this: It’s really difficult. And it keeps getting harder. That’s [...]

The Favorite Movies of 42 Famous People

Presidents & Politicians What’s with presidents and High Noon? 1. Barack Obama – The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) When Katie Couric asked then-presidential-candidate Barack Obama what his favorite movie is, he replied, “Oh, I think it would have to be The Godfather. One and Two. Three not so much. That saga — I [...]

The Late Movies: Fictional Bands

Do you have a song that just pops in your head sometimes? Even if you haven’t heard it for weeks or months? A few weeks ago, “That Thing You Do,” the theme from the movie of the same name weaseled its way into my brain and my toes have been tapping ever since. When I [...]

Inside Aaron Sorkin’s Brain

Aaron Sorkin is a fantastic writer of dialogue — as long as you’re okay with listening to Aaron Sorkin talking to Aaron Sorkin through the voices of miscellaneous actors. But really, I do love Sorkin, and I love listening to that endless echoing conversation; it’s like Mamet except it actually sounds like people I [...]

20 Insane Foreign Posters For Hollywood Movies

As much as I loved Big, I must not have watched it very well because I can’t, for the life of me, remember a scene where Tom Hanks’ head explodes into a big mess of primary colors. But if this Russian poster for the film says anything about the movie, that’s precisely it. Check out [...]

The Inventor Of The EBook Reader Is….Tom Hanks?

Here we see the true inventor of the ebook reader-Tom Hanks, or more precisely the character Josh Baskin that Mr. Hanks plays in the movie Big, holding up his proposal for the invention that was way ahead of its time. Too bad Josh went back to being a little kid before he could see a profit [...]

Your Famous Doppelganger

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion, which you might remember from previous editions… 1. Two times when I was a kid — once at a restaurant called The Boathouse [...]

The Voices of Pixar

How well do you know your Pixar films? Do you know who did the voices? Of course, you know Tom Hanks did Woody and Tim Allen did Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story movies, but other celebrities provided voices you might not know about -unless you recognized them. Test yourself in this Lunchtime Quiz at [...]