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Tom Hanks and Jay Leno remember Michael Clarke Duncan -- VIDEO

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”

Jay Leno quoted this moving couplet from John Greenleaf Whittier’s Maud Muller at Michael Clarke Duncan’s memorial service yesterday, getting choked up as he pondered what the Academy Award-nominated actor might have experienced if he hadn’t passed away on Sept. 3.

Leno wasn’t the only star who turned out to remember Duncan — according to People, Bones and The Finder creator Hart Hanson, The Green Mile author Stephen King, Holly Robinson Peete, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, and Duncan’s Green Mile costar Tom Hanks were also among the mourners.

Even though the occasion was incredibly sad, speakers threw in a few bits of levity here and there.  READ FULL STORY

On the scene: Braving the waterworks at the Stand Up to Cancer telethon

They wanted to move us. And oh, did they know how.

The highlight of the Stand Up to Cancer telethon helmed by Gwyneth Paltrow and a cast of A-list celebrities Friday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles was Taylor Swift’s ode to a cancer victim, a 3-year-old boy named Ronan.

If you’re not getting emotional yet, Swift did it for you. The 22-year-old country singer struggled to hold back tears as she sang the touching ballad she wrote after reading a mom’s blog about losing her little boy to neuroblastoma last year. The song begins, “I remember your bare feet down the hallway, I remember your little laugh…”

The audience of Hollywood elite, cancer survivors, and fans choked up as they listened to this and other testimonies aimed at inspiring donors to give funds to the Stand Up to Cancer organization.

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Tom Hanks' dystopian web series debuts on Yahoo

Creating content exclusively for the web is a growing area for mega TV and film personalities — just this week Larry King launched an online news network and Jerry Seinfeld‘s web series is also coming soon — but the latest to join in the interactive content game is Tom Hanks, whose new animated web series, Electric City, premiered on Yahoo! Screen Tuesday.

The series is set in a seemingly peaceful but troubled city, a settlement that has sprung up in the aftermath of a series of ecological and human-caused disasters. Hanks, who also wrote the series, voices Cleveland Carr, a mysterious man of mixed morals, in the dystopian city where there are two ways to access news and information: newspapers and radio, both easily controlled by the powers that be.

“The theme that drives the plot of every episode is ‘Who’s gonna control the information?’” Hanks explained to a group of reporters via conference call. “And are those people gonna be benevolent and tell the truth, or are they going to be proactively lying in order to promote their own agenda? That’s Electric City in a nutshell.” READ FULL STORY

Tom Hanks' 'Electric City' looks for light in the darkness

Tom Hanks is heading to Electric City. No, Dunderheads, he’s not guesting on The Office, which is, of course, set in Scranton, Pa., a.k.a. Electric City. The two-time Oscar winner has created a new animated web series about a seeming oasis of idealistic possibility set amongst a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future. Hanks has been working on the idea for years, at one point contemplating bringing his characters to life with puppets. Instead, Yahoo will host a series of short five-to-seven-minute episodes, the first 10 of which will premiere on July 17. Additional episodes will follow on July 18-19, completing the 90-minute adventure.

Hanks himself will lend his voice to the cast, along with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Antoon, Chris Parnell, Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Georg Stanford Brown. Hanks’ character is new to Electric City, and after the world nearly ended, safe housing is rare — and expensive. His only affordable option? Dressing in drag, and getting a job in a knitting factory… I kid. Watch a quick trailer here. READ FULL STORY

Producer remains 'committed' to bringing Nora Ephron's 'Lucky Guy' to Broadway

A producer of Nora Ephron’s new play, Lucky Guy, says he is “committed” to getting her biography of a newspaper columnist on a Broadway stage despite the death this week of the playwright. Colin Callender said Thursday that his team “can think of no more fitting tribute to her extraordinary writing and remarkable body of work” than to proceed with plans to produce Ephron’s play. “We are honored to be part of her legacy and remain committed to seeing her magnificent work Lucky Guy shine on Broadway,” Callender said in a statement.

Lucky Guy follows the story of tabloid reporter Mike McAlary, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for his coverage on the New York City police brutalization of Abner Louima. McAlary died that same year of colon cancer at age 41. READ FULL STORY

Nora Ephron: Our favorite film moments -- VIDEO

Everyone has a favorite Nora Ephron moment. The writer, director, and all-around super woman passed away last night at age 71, and EW decided to look back over her collection of beloved movies to savor our favorite Ephron-penned scenes from When Harry Met Sally…, You’ve Got Mail, and more.

You can also check out a gallery of some of our favorite Ephron lines.

Start with Tom Hanks declaring his love for Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail: READ FULL STORY

This Week on Stage: Topher Grace and Jonathan Pryce open in Off Broadway shows

More casualties on Broadway this week as the musicals Leap of Faith and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying both posted closing notices; the former is a reported $14 million flop, while the latter is a giant hit that simply ran out of steam after the departure of its original star, Daniel Radcliffe. (While Radcliffe’s replacement Nick Jonas initially drew smaller but steady crowds after arriving in January, the show has struggled at the box office in recent weeks.)

Looking forward, Tony-nominated musical hits Once and Nice Work If You Can Get It both set national tours — and producers announced plans for three shows bound for the Great White Way: a biomusical of Charlie Chaplin due in September, a stage version of Coal Miner’s Daughter starring Zooey Deschanel, and a new Nora Ephron play, Lucky Guy, starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks (in his Broadway debut!) as the late New York Post columnist Mike McAlary. Plus, there was a fresh batch of new openings Off Broadway (and way, way Off Broadway, in Los Angeles):

Lonely, I’m Not Stephan Lee found that filmmaker Paul Weitz’s new play, starring stage newbies Topher Grace and Olivia Thirlby (pictured above) as yuppie bankers with issues, “has all the makings of a charming but middling indie flick…and succeeds primarily because it lives up to its modest ambitions.” EW grade: B+

The Caretaker According to critic Lisa Schwarzbaum, veteran British actor Jonathan Pryce is “loose-limbed and rubber-faced” as a straggly-bearded old man at the center of Harold Pinter’s enigmatic play, running through June 17 at BAM Harvey Theatre. EW grade: B+

Man and Superman Despite a “particularly fine” performance by Max Gordon Moore as the foppish hero, I found that the Off Broadway revival of George Bernard Shaw’s 1903 play “occasionally lapses into a period comedy of mannerisms.” EW grade: B

Follies After an acclaimed run on Broadway last fall, director Eric Schaeffer’s revival of Steven Sondheim’s flawed 1971 musical about aging showgirls lands in Los Angeles with most of its Tony-nominated cast intact (though Victoria Clark steps in for Bernadette Peters in one of the two female leads). According to Laura Hertzfeld, it’s “a pitch-perfect production of an imperfect show.” EW grade: B+

Read more:
EW’s Stage Coverage
‘Big Bang Theory’ star Jim Parsons talks hitting the stage for ‘Harvey’
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ to offer free tickets to people named Tony on Tony Awards Sunday
Topher Grace talks Off Broadway debut in new Paul Weitz play ‘Lonely, I’m Not’


Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Tom Hanks and more join Michelle Obama’s veteran aid campaign -- VIDEO

They may not have been enlisted by the commander-in-chief, but a host of A-list celebrities have been drafted by the First Lady for a different kind of military campaign: Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Michael Douglas and other stars have lent their celestial power to a new PSA for Michelle Obama’s “Got Your Six” campaign, which aims to help military veterans find jobs, education and housing and altogether re-enter civilian life.

The PSA campaign features a number of celebrities–including Tom Hanks, Judith Light, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pharrell Williams and Brian Williams–repeating the expression “I’ve got your six,” which in the military means “I’ve got your back” (referring to the number six’s directional position on the clock). Watch the first of several PSAs after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Tom Hanks to make Broadway debut as grizzled New York reporter

Tom Hanks is in talks to make his Broadway debut, playing the lead character in Lucky Guy, Nora Ephron’s Broadway play about famed New York columnist Mike McAlary. The New York Post reported the news yesterday after months of speculation, and a spokesperson for Hanks confirms the two-time Oscar winner is in negotiations to tackle the role of the influential scribe, who covered the NYPD and chronicled some of New York’s most notorious crime stories at the end of the 20th century, just as print media was losing its dominant grip on the news cycle. Once a deal is finalized, the play is expected to premiere in January at the Shubert Theatre. READ FULL STORY

Tom Hanks apologizes for Bill O'Reilly fundraiser jab

Celebrity feud averted! Yesterday, footage was made public that showed Tom Hanks emceeing a 2004 school fundraiser in which a fellow parent donned blackface and a stereotypical (read: racist) costume. Hanks explained that he had been “blindsided” by the “hideously offensive” gag, but a conservative civil rights group called for President Obama to repudiate the actor, who provided the narration on a recent Obama 2012 campaign video.

But that wasn’t the end of the story for the two-time Oscar winner. While hosting the 2004 event, Hanks made an awkward off-hand joke about the taste-challenged interloper: “Who would have thought that Bill O’Reilly would join us?” The implication being that Fox News pundit O’Reilly was racist. READ FULL STORY

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