Actor Tom Hanks joins Graham from Greece, sharing how COVID-19 has derailed recent projects. The Oscar winner reveals a family murder and his life-long struggle with loneliness. Plus, an emotional Toy Story lesson and reflections from the sets of Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan and Cast Away.
Tom Hanks, aside from being a legendary two-time Oscar Award winner, is also a deeply fascinating person with some really fun and eclectic interests. In this episode of Clear+Vivid®, Alan Alda sits down with Tom as they explore finding the human element in pop entertainment. They also discuss Tom's recent role as Mr. Rogers and what he learned about communicating with children. And, of course, they talk about Tom's typewriters. Lots and lots of typewriters. We said Tom was eclectic, right? So, come on in and enjoy the eclectic world of Tom Hanks. It’s a really nice day in the neighborhood.
Tom Hanks, artists and risk, Brexit dance piece Brink
Tom Hanks talks about his new film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, which is based on the true story of the popular American children's TV presenter Fred Rogers. For more than three decades Fred Rogers presented Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood , imparting words of wisdom tenderly, without condescension or skirting around difficult subjects, to very young viewers. This film charts the relationship between Rogers and Lloyd Vogel, a cynical investigative journliast looking to dig up and dish the dirt where there is none.
Prescriptive funders, cautious gatekeepers, social media scrutiny, cancel culture – are we living in an especially risky moment for artists? As part of Front Row’s Risk Season John is joined by playwright Roy Williams, critic Louis Wise and editor of Arts Professional Magazine Amanda Parker to consider how attitudes towards creative risk have changed over the past 20 years. How have the arrival of the internet, more than a decade of austerity and the increasing imperative to represent marginalised voices impacted the choices artists can make?
The Brexit negotiations may have inspired endless newspaper articles and documentaries but in Northern Ireland, choreographer Eileen McClory decided that she wanted to reflect on the negotiations with a new contemporary dance. The result – Brink – features two dancers on a small 1.5 metres high table. Eileen discusses why this non-verbal artform was the perfect medium for that most verbose of subjects – Brexit.
Tom Hanks, The Personal History Of David Copperfield and The Grudge.
Tom Hanks talks A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood.
Plus film reviews including Bad Boys for Life, Armando Iannucci’s Dickens adaptation The Personal History Of David Copperfield, psychological horror The Grudge, and supernatural horror The Turning.
Mark and Simon chat through all the films worth seeing in UK cinemas in the UK Box Office Top Ten, we tell you the best and worst films on TV next week and recommend a home entertainment purchase in DVD of the Week.
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00:22:52 Top Ten 00:46:05 Tom Hanks interview 01:05:22 No Fathers in Kashmir 01:08:26 The Personal History of David Copperfield 01:17:34 The Man who Killed Don Quixote 01:24:02 Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue! 01:34:27 The Turning 01:40:06 The Grudge
The legendary actor returns to the podcast, this time for a free-form conversation covering topics such as how he evaluates the success of his films, how his countenance has impacted his career, why he was so influenced by Robert Duvall and Jason Robards and why the many heroes he has played — most recently, Fred Rogers — are all very different.
But first: Matt Belloni, The Hollywood Reporter's editorial director, joins Scott to discuss the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film fests.
Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg, recorded by Eric Taylor and produced by Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham.