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'Forrest Gump' turns 20: The movie's secret best moments

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It’s strange to feel sheepish about loving a film that won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture—a critical and commercial smash that earned nearly $700 million at the global box office and has been chosen for preservation in the National Film Archive.

And yet: Exactly two decades after its release, calling Forrest Gump one of your favorite movies is an act bound to raise eyebrows, provided you’re talking to anyone who fancies herself a film buff. Most anti-Gumpers resent the movie more for what it isn’t than what it is; as they’ll be the first to remind you, Robert Zemeckis’s film bested Pulp Fiction, now widely regarded as the movie most deserving of the top prize at the 67th Annual Academy Awards. (The Shawshank Redemption also has its partisans, though they’re a less vocal minority.) More passionate haters will attack the movie itself, calling Gump mawkishly melodramatic, aggressively uncool, an elaborate production designed to pander to a certain demographic’s documented historical vanity.

There is only one thing I can say about the war in Vietnam these joyless jerks: Yeah. So? READ FULL STORY

The latest 'Greatest Event in Television History': Adam Scott and Paul Rudd in 'Bosom Buddies' -- VIDEO

Could it be that this time, after three false starts, Adam Scott has finally presented the honest-to-God Greatest Event in Television History? You’ll  have to watch the special to see for yourself, but know this: It features Scott and Paul Rudd wearing history’s least convincing drag getups. And dancing around in towels and shaving cream. And running through the park to a classic Billy Joel tune — which, for a change, is actually sung by the real Billy Joel.

That’s right: Scott’s fourth Greatest Event special revolves around a frame-by-frame recreation of the opening credits sequence from the classic ’80s sitcom Bosom Buddies, which starred Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks as a pair of 20-something dudes who disguise themselves as ladies in order to score a “dirt-cheap” apartment in an all-women’s building.

This time around, Scott takes the Scolari role, while Rudd makes an excellent Hanks stand-in. And as always, the clip is stacked with a host of familiar faces — including Community‘s Gillian Jacobs, Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant, and Joel himself, who’s only a little miffed when Rudd and Scott ask him to try imitating the Joel soundalike who sang “My Life” for the show’s original opener. Then there’s the guy the shoot hires as a Rudd replacement at one point — let’s just say you’ll recognize him as well.

Fast forward to the 9:20 mark if you just want to see the recreation — but if you’ve got the time, you should absolutely watch the “making-of” material that precedes it. It’s a lot shorter and tighter than the preambles to past Greatest Events, even if this one doesn’t happen to feature Amy Poehler or Jon Hamm.

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Oscar snubs Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, 'Inside Llewyn Davis': Which omission hurts the most?

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The Oscar nominations were announced Jan. 16, and while we all congratulate the lucky ones, we can also lament those left off the list, starting with Captain Phillips‘ Tom Hanks, a two-time winner looking to snag his first nom since Cast Away in 2001 and his equally-decorated Saving Mr. Banks costar Emma Thompson, who hasn’t been nominated since Sense and Sensibility in 1996.

Inside Llewyn Davis is missing from the Best Picture and Best Actor races (but did score noms for Cinematography and Sound Mixing).

Which snub have you dubbed the most egregious? Feel free to tackle any category (no Blackfish in Documentary Feature?).  READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014 will celebrate heroes -- many of whom will likely be in the room

For this year’s Oscars, it will be an ode to the honorable.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Tuesday that this year’s Academy Awards will have a movie hero theme. Meron made the announcement through an Instagram video saying the night would be a celebration of all heroes: popular heroes, real-life heroes, animated heroes, and superheroes.

Does that mean we can expect host Ellen DeGeneres in a Wonder Woman suit? Probably not. However, many of the stars in contention for Oscars this year have already played heroic parts. Here is a look at some of the best (cape not required):
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Watch a supercut of Tom Hanks' most memorable accents -- VIDEO

In 2013, Tom Hanks once again took to the big screen with memorable roles in Captain Phillips and now Saving Mr. Banks, where he takes on the role of Walt Disney. But before you head to the theater to see what many think is yet another award-worthy performance from the Oscar-winning actor, we’ve put together a supercut of some of Hanks’ most unforgettable accents — and there have been quite a few.

From Forrest Gump to A League of Their Own, relive Hanks’ many voices by watching the video below:
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Tom Hanks plays 'Chopsticks' with Sandra Bullock -- VIDEO

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Twenty five years later, Tom Hanks proves he hasn’t lost a step.

Appearing on British ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show, the Captain Phillips star took a stab at tickling the ivory keys once again just like he did 1988′s BIG – hopping on an over-sized keyboard with Gravity star Sandra Bullock for a rendition of “Chopsticks.”

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Tom Hanks on Reddit: 'Captain Phillips' star on his favorite movies, best-smelling co-stars, and the 'Friend' he would've liked to play

Thank Captain Phillips producer Scott Rudin and Tom Hanks’ children for suggesting that the two-time Oscar winner spend an hour on Reddit for an Ask Me Anything session on Monday afternoon. His new movie, which chronicles the tense real-life drama surrounding the 2009 kidnapping and military rescue of Richard Phillips, the skipper of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship that was raided by Somali pirates, opened this year’s New York Film Festival and arrives in theaters on Oct. 11.

Not surprisingly, most of the questioners bypassed the relatively unseen movie, and opted to probe for details from their favorite Hanks films: His best-smelling co-star? His favorite recent non-Hanks movie? And the scene of his that always makes him weep like a baby? Click below for the 10 most revealing, fascinating, or simply silly revelations from his AMA. READ FULL STORY

Why 'Inferno' will make a much better movie than 'The Lost Symbol'

Sony has announced the release of Inferno as the next film adaptation based on author Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series. EW has confirmed the Deadline report that Inferno will mark the return of Ron Howard as director and Tom Hanks as symbologist/art historian/accidental adventurer Robert Langdon. The film will also be written by Angels & Demons’ scribe David Koepp. But the Florence-set thriller — and pseudo travel guide – is the fourth book in the Langdon saga, meaning that the development of The Lost Symbol film adaptation will be put on the back-burner.

Howard previously announced that he would produce but not direct The Lost Symbol, instead focusing on the racing movie Rush. With Rush speeding onto screens Sept. 27, Howard will bypass the Washington, D.C.-set work, originally scheduled to be adapted by Game Change‘s Danny Strong, for the film version of Brown’s latest novel, released May 15. Although on the surface, this decision may seem odd or detrimental to the franchise, it may be the best decision Howard could have made.
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Tony Awards 2013: Who will win?

Despite a Broadway season that saw a 6-percent dip in attendance, theater fans still have cause for celebration at this Sunday’s Tony Awards. There’s a  contest heating up for Best Musical, pitting the “revolting” children of Matilda against the fabulous drag queens of Kinky Boots.

And there’s some real suspense in other major categories: Will two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (above) add a Tony to his mantel for his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy? Will former Who’s the Boss star Judith Light win back-to-back Tonys in Best Featured Actress in a Play? EW critics Melissa Rose Bernardo and Thom Geier offer their predictions of who will be step-step-kicking to the podium at Radio City Music Hall this Sunday. (By the way, we’ll also be live-blogging the ceremony, hosted for the fourth time by the Energizer bunny of awards-show hosts, Neil Patrick Harris.) Disagree with our picks? Please let us know who you think will win — or should win — in the comments section.
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Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson join roster of stars at this year's Tony Awards

Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jesse Eisenberg, Jon Cryer, and Martha Plimpton will present at this year’s Tony Awards, the American Theatre Wing announced today. Hanks, et al. join host Neil Patrick Harris (returning for the fourth time) and each has a connection to the Great White Way.

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