Heel turns: 23 movie stars cast against type as villains

Villains can be much more fun to play than heroes. Just ask Gary Oldman or Christoph Waltz or any actor who’s built a résumé filthy with scoundrels. But perhaps the dark side exerts a particularly seductive pull on those performers who don’t specialize in heavies, those who have established a reputation for playing…

25 years ago, Sleepless In Seattle found the romantic hiding in the cynic

This month marks the 25th anniversary of Sleepless In Seattle, which reunited Meg Ryan with her Joe Versus The Volcano co-star Tom Hanks. Well, kind of. While some rom-coms end in a kiss, some end in a wedding, and some don’t offer a romantic happy ending at all, Sleepless In Seattle is something even more unique: a…

Steven Spielberg can’t make great drama out of The Post’s timely celebration of journalism

A pile of muck (old muck, too) with no rake, Steven Spielberg’s National Board Of Review-approved Nixon-era newspaper drama The Post lacks the exact thing it glorifies: a reporter’s instinct for story. Not that there isn’t anything to admire about the movie, which portrays the events that surrounded the leak of a…

Not fake news: Stephen Colbert debuts the trailer for Spielberg's Pentagon Papers film The Post

Calling it “a big deal” akin to unveiling “a Marvel Trailer if Meryl Streep was playing Thor” (and with Tom Hanks as the Hulk), Stephen Colbert surprised his audience on Tuesday’s Late Show by nabbing the first-ever broadcast of the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film The Post. Since the film, getting a…

Tom Hanks the writer is no Tom Hanks the actor, but his new book Uncommon Type is pretty good

It’s possible, but highly improbable, for one person to be so gifted they excel at everything they attempt. That’s the thing about polymaths; they’re exceedingly rare. While Tom Hanks’ debut short story collection Uncommon Type does not earn him a place next to Steve Martin or the late Sam Shepard on the dais of those…

Quentin Tarantino, Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Heidi Klum, more speak out about Harvey Weinstein

We’ve heard from the insensitive clods (and Lindsay Lohan, who just might not know any better) who have either tried to sweep the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein under the rug (again), blamed women for daring to be in the same room as men ever, and who think being a predator is a partisan issue…