Sky Cinema Tom Hanks

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For the first ever Sky Cinema are dedicating a channel to an actor, which better actor to do this for than Tom Hanks? He is impossible not to love, has given us so many outstanding performances. We now get the chance to watch so many of these great performances back to back.

From Monday 10th – Sunday 16th October we will have this pleasure!

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News: Angels & Demons Draws The Crowd At Global Box Office

Not a suprise that it is a big hit !!!

Tom Hanks’ new movie Angels & Demons continues to rule the international box office chart after fending off competition from Ben Stiller’s Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian.

The religious thriller, director Ron Howard’s big screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s book of the same name, scooped $60.4 million (£40.26 million) outside of the U.S. to claim the number one position for its second consecutive week.

Stiller’s sequel has proven to be the most popular choice Stateside, taking $53.5 million (£35.7 million) over the Memorial Day weekend (22-24May09), but its pull wasn’t as strong overseas and it debuted in second place with $50.1 million (£33.4 million) at the global box office.

Star Trek came in a distant third place with $11.5 million (£7.6 million), while X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Hannah Montana rounded out the top five with $7 million (£4.67 million) and $3.1 million (£2 million) respectively.

News: Night At The Museum Crumbles Competition At U.S. Box Office

I think everyone could have predicted this coming. Night At the Museum when it came out on Boxing Day a few years ago now was a massive hit, and releasing this pre-summer and in a usual slow period was good.

Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais and Ben Stiller are laughing their way to the top of the U.S. box office – their new film Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian has toppled the competition in its opening weekend (22-24May09).

The comedians co-star with Amy Adams, Owen Wilson and Hank Azaria in the film, which took in $53.5 million (£35.7 million) over the Memorial Day weekend.

The win was a shock for movie reviewers, who insisted Terminator Salvation – the fourth movie in the sci-fi franchise – was poised to take the top spot after scooping more than $13 million (£8.7 million) on its first day of release. But the film came in at second with $43 million (£28.7 million) in earnings.

The new Star Trek movie followed at third, with nearly $22 million (£14.7 million) in earnings and now boasting a three-week total of $183.6 million (£122.4 million).

Rounding out the top five are Tom Hanks’ Angels & Demons and new comedy spoof Dance Flick, which took in $21.4 million (£14.3 million) and $11.1 million (£7.4 million) respectively.

News: Hanks Takes Angels & Demons To Number One

No suprise really !!!

Tom Hanks is back at the top of the U.S. box office after claiming the number one spot with Angels & Demons.

The new thriller shot to the top of the new film countdown with an opening weekend take of $48 million (£32 million).

The film only just pipped Star Trek to the top spot – the sci-fi blockbuster took in $43 million (£28.6 million) during its second weekend on release, but tumbled from last week’s number one.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past and Obsessed round out the new top five.

News: McGregor’s Holy Costume

I think this is really interesting !!!

Ewan McGregor felt a special link to the Catholic Church while shooting controversial new movie Angels & Demons in the Vatican City – his costume was made by the pope’s own tailor.

McGregor plays a priest alongside Tom Hanks in the film, a prequel to controversial 2006 drama The Da Vinci Code.

The feature was expected to upset Catholic scholars in the Vatican because it’s storyline deals with a brotherhood within the Catholic Church whose members commit murder to ‘protect’ Jesus Christ’s lineage.

Reviewers at The Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, who attended a special screening earlier this month, dubbed the film inaccurate but “harmless”.

And McGregor has revealed the project got an early boost, when Pope Benedict XVI’s tailor agreed to make his character’s cassock.

He says, “It was so beautiful because it was made by the Pope’s tailor. I don’t know that the Pope knows that. I don’t know that he’d be too pleased. The Vatican weren’t very happy about The Da Vinci Code and as a hangover to that weren’t too thrilled about Angels & Demons. But there’s no anti-Catholicism or anti-Christianity in the movie – otherwise I wouldn’t have made it. But his tailor made me my cassock, yeah.”

News: Catholic Reviewers Poke Fun At ‘Harmless’ Angels & Demons

There we go, all the uproar the other day before they even saw the movie and after all that its . . . . harmless !!!!

Catholic scholars in Rome, Italy have given Tom Hanks’ new movie Angels & Demons a pass after sitting through a preview screening of the controversial film.

Reviewers at The Vatican’s newspaper have called the Da Vinci Code prequel inaccurate, but “harmless”.

L’Osservatore Romano ran a review and an editorial in Wednesday’s edition, critiquing the movie based on Dan Brown’s bestseller.

Film experts expected the reviewers to slate the film for daring to suggest a secret, sinister brotherhood within the Catholic Church was responsible for protecting Jesus Christ’s lineage, killing anyone who got too close to the truth or threatened the religious icon’s descendants.

Instead, L’Osservatore Romano’s critics have called Ron Howard’s film a “gigantic and smart commercial operation,” branding the film’s reconstruction of locations like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel “magnificent”.

But the reviewers had to poke fun at the film’s mistakes, suggesting moviegoers should try to spot the historical inaccuracies.

They write, “(The film is) more than two hours of harmless entertainment, which hardly affects the genius and mystery of Christianity… (It’s) a videogame that first of all sparks curiosity and is also, maybe, a bit of fun.”

The film, which opens later this month, had its world premiere in Italy earlier this week (beg04May09).

Howard, Hanks Defend Angels & Demons

I really do feel bad that they have to keep defending it !!!

On the eve of the premiere of director Ron Howard’s Angels & Demons in Rome, Howard has claimed that the Vatican interfered with efforts to get permits to shoot scenes for the film in Rome. For example, he told a news conference in Rome, he was told that he would not be allowed to shoot scenes for the film if churches were shown in the background. To recreate the Sistine Chapel, he said, he had 20 members of his crew pose as tourists to take photos of the chapel. (A spokesman for the Vatican declined to respond to Howard’s accusations, except to say that the were designed to publicize the film.) Star Tom Hanks said that when moviegoers see the film, they will discover “nothing sacrilegious about it at all.” Hanks told the New York Daily News: “Yes, we had a few things go on that are completely fictionalized. But there’s no reason to have a big hurly-burly over what is essentially a whodunit. There’s no major theological discussion that goes on, other than science versus faith. There’s no winner in that argument. I just solve the murder.”

Howard Blasts Vatican Over Movie Shoot

Even more news. I can see how Ron is upset I mean after all it is just a movie . . .

Director Ron Howard has accused Vatican officials of deliberately sabotaging filming of his upcoming movie Angels & Demons.

The film, based on author Dan Brown’s book of the same name, stars Tom Hanks as a Harvard professor who investigates the murder of a physicist and a terrorist act against the Vatican by a secret brotherhood.

The movie is a prequel to 2006’s The Da Vinci Code, and both have come under fire from Catholic leaders who claim the films attack the core beliefs of their faith.

Howard alleges diocese staff in Rome used “back channels” to prevent shooting near several churches key to the movie’s plot – and blasts them for vetoing a special screening of Angels & Demons in Rome.

Speaking at a recent press conference, he said, “When you come to film in Rome, the official statement to you is that the Vatican has no influence. Everything progressed very smoothly, but unofficially a couple of days before we were to start filming in several of our locations, it was explained to us that through back channels and so forth, the Vatican had exerted some influence.

“There was supposed to be a reception or screening here in Rome that had been approved and I suppose that the Vatican had some influence over that.”

However, a Vatican spokesman has brushed off the comments, insisting Howard is merely trying to drum up publicity for the film ahead of its release later this month.

Hindus Support Catholics Over Angels & Demons Fuss

It seems there is going to be a lot more fuss over this movie, and this is before it has been released. I dont really understand how people can have an opinion on something that they have not yet seen.

Hindu scholars have joined Catholics around the world by condemning the filmmakers of Da Vinci Code prequel Angels & Demons for “playing with the sentiments of the faithful for mercantile greed”.

Universal Society of Hinduism officials in America have voted to censure the film, starring Tom Hanks, because they claim director Ron Howard and his producers have failed to acknowledge how their film could damage Catholic faith.

The film explores the concept that a secret brotherhood slays and murders those who get too close to revealing the truth behind the myth that Jesus Christ fathered a child and his lineage lives on.

Ush spokesman and Hindu statesman Rajan Zed says, “Faith is something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurts the devotees. Filmmakers should be more sensitive and careful while handling faith-related subjects because cinema is a very powerful medium.

“The U.S. Confederation of Catholic Bishops supported us when we attempted to boycott Mike Myers’ The Love Guru last year – when that film trivialised Hinduism – and we support them now.

“Despite our seriously different traditions, we are all fellow seekers of the ultimate reality, and we were all headed in the same direction. So, we should help each other on our journey towards truth and have some sort of trust and mutual loyalty.

“We believe films should entertain and make everybody smile; they should not come at the expense of ridiculing others’ faith and spreading disinformation. Movies like this bring more confusion and create stereotypes in the minds of some audiences.”

Zed’s comments come just days after Hanks defended the film against Catholic attacks, insisting there is “nothing sacrilegious” about the murder mystery.

He told the New York Daily News, “People will see there’s nothing sacrilegious about it at all. Yes, we had a few things go on that are completely fictionalised; but there’s no reason to have a big hurly-burly over what is essentially a whodunit (murder mystery).”

Hanks Defends Angels & Demons Against Catholic Criticism

I bet Tom was ready for some criticism after all of the stuff surrounding The Da Vinci Code.

Hollywood star Tom Hanks is baffled by the criticism his new film Angels & Demons has attracted from leading Roman Catholics – because he insists there is “nothing sacrilegious” about the murder mystery.

The actor plays Harvard symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon in the big screen adaptation of author Dan Brown’s book, about the murder of a physicist and a terrorist act against the Vatican by a secret brotherhood.

The movie is a prequel to 2006’s The Da Vinci Code, based on another of Brown’s hit books, which came under fire from Catholic leaders who claimed the film attacked the core beliefs of their faith.

Angels & Demons has been met with similar criticism before it is even released – but Hanks is adamant there is nothing offensive about the film.

He tells the New York Daily News, “People will see there’s nothing sacrilegious about it at all. Yes, we had a few things go on that are completely fictionalised; but there’s no reason to have a big hurly-burly over what is essentially a whodunit (murder mystery).

“There’s no major theological discussion that goes on, other than science versus faith. There’s no winner in that argument. I just solve the murder.”

Angels & Demons is set to hit cinemas later this month.