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Music, All Shook Down Will.i.am Fears the 3D Apocalypse, Madonna Dates Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg Fixes Your Finances

Will.i.am Fears the 3D Apocalypse, Madonna Dates Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg Fixes Your Finances

"We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand… This jury didn’t listen to any music, which is rather surprising to me … The fact is that the harmonies are different, the chords are…
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Arthouse Movie Listings December 25, 2013-January 1, 2013

Clay Theatre. Blue Is the Warmest Color: French coming-of-age love story (based on the cult graphic novel) that won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Daily. The Past (Le Passé): A new dramatic mystery from Oscar-winning Iranian…
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Film, "Captain Phillips": Let's See Tom Hanks Charm His Way Out of Somali Piracy

"Captain Phillips": Let's See Tom Hanks Charm His Way Out of Somali Piracy

Well, why not make a true-life procedural thriller about the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, the first American vessel to be boarded by pirates in 200 years? And why not cast Tom Hanks as the container-ship skipper who played…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Film, "Larry Crowne": Tom Hanks Too Eager to Please in Feel-Good Pap

"Larry Crowne": Tom Hanks Too Eager to Please in Feel-Good Pap

For a movie called Larry Crowne, it sure is tough to get a solid read on the character of Larry Crowne. Directed, co-written by, and starring Tom Hanks in the title role, the film seems to want to be some…
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Music, All Shook Down Bay Area Music Links: Tom Hanks Making Green Day Movie?

Bay Area Music Links: Tom Hanks Making Green Day Movie?

Who had a better mustache than John Oates? Call it right and win a copy of Bird…
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Film, <i>Angels & Demons</i> has a need for speed

Angels & Demons has a need for speed

At the tail end of The Da Vinci Code, having traipsed around scenic Paris and London for more than two hours to find out whether the Holy Grail was just an old cup or the womanly seed of Jesus and…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Franchise Player

Franchise Player

Casino Royale (Sony) James Bond gets a stirring shake-up in the best -- yeah, Goldfinger fans, the best -- film in the series' 44-year history. Daniel Craig's 007 has more going on above the neck and below the waist than…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish When the Stars Came Out

When the Stars Came Out

Forbidden Planet (Warner Bros.) Long available as faded discount product, Fred McLeod Wilcox's 1956 masterpiece -- the movie without which Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001, and, oh, Lost in Space wouldn't exist -- at last gets its proper due; this…
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Film, Well Trained

Well Trained

Most articles written about The Polar Express have focused on its groundbreaking technology, which takes the process used to create Gollum in The Lord of the Rings one step further. Much as Andy Serkis' performance was digitally mapped and reproduced…
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Film, Playing on Fear

Playing on Fear

Getting stranded at snowbound O'Hare for the night is one thing. You call home, maybe knock down a couple of martinis, then grab a blanket. A century ago, being quarantined at Ellis Island for eight months because you were, say,…
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Summer Film Previews

Bukowski: Born Into This STARRING: Charles Bukowski, Bono, Sean Penn, Barbet Schroeder DIRECTOR: John Dullaghan PREMISE: From the official press release: "The name Bukowski is as synonymous with fighting and fucking as it is with poetry and prose ... John…
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Film, <i>Big</i> Deal

Big Deal

I am going to give 13 Going on 30 too much credit, though it's hardly worth the effort; Lord knows the filmmakers didn't put much into it. It's a shame, as far as these things go, because what could have…
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Culture, Stuff No More Wussies

No More Wussies

Tom Hanks is who Tom Hanks is today because of something he did about 14 years ago. One afternoon, Hanks walked into his agent's office and told the man who takes 10 percent, "I don't want to play pussies anymore."…
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Life During Wartime

Saving Private Ryan Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Robert Rodat. Starring Tom Hanks, Ed Burns, Giovanni Ribisi, Jeremy Davies, and Matt Damon. Opens Friday, July 24, at area theaters. The first shot in Steven Spielberg's remarkable World War II…
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Chatterbox

Three remarkably boring Web sites that mailed us press kits this week in hopes that we would write about them but will be sorely disappointed: "The Solution" site on starting your own business; Elder-Davis Inc.'s cremation site; and the U.S.…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday may 24 Tom Hanks Comes Home Ah, the fickle finger of fate: While less fortunate bosom buddy Peter Scolari languishes in obscurity, Tom Hanks has collected two Academy Awards. Bringing It All Back Home -- a benefit for the…
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