Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves...often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live.
Every actor has to recreate themselves, in a sense, when they are playing a character. Bryan Cranston has a bit more experience at that then most. On 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), Cranston talked about his character arc on 'Breaking Bad,' and more
With Larry Crowne getting released this weekend, I recently attended a press conference with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Wilmer Valderrama. Directed by and starring Tom Hanks, the story centers on a laid-off middle-aged man (Hanks) who goes back more
This fall, Academy Award nominated actress Taraji P. Henson is joining forces with show creator/executive producer/writer Jonah Nolan and executive producer J.J. Abrams for the highly anticipated CBS drama series Person of Interest . Centered on ex- more
The Larry Crowne costars channeled the spirit of Bob Eubanks with a variation of his classic game show that David Letterman called "How Well Do You Know Tom Hanks?" After correctly answering the first question — she knew Hanks' middle name is more
Tom Hanks cowrote, directed and stars in the new movie "Larry Crowne," which opens this weekend. With so much invested in the film, it's understandable that Hanks has been on an all-out late-night charm offensive this week. On Tuesday's "Late Show," he more
Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts sat down with HitFix to discuss working together on their new comedy for adults, 'Larry Crowne,' and when Hanks learned the former identity of our interviewer, chaos ensued. http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured/posts/wat more
Matt Lauer noted Wednesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) that the teacher/student romance in 'Larry Crowne' isn't creepy because the two characters involved, played by Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks, are roughly the same age. But according to Hanks, that more
Even with A-list actresses like Julia Roberts in attendance, Selita Ebanks was the showstopper at the "Larry Crowne" Los Angeles premiere yesterday.
In 1996, Tom Hanks made his writing-directing debut with the harmless but charming That Thing You Do . After writing and directing episodes of the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and Band of Brothers , Hanks has returned to f more
Tom Hanks directs, stars in and co-wrote (with Nia Vardalos) “Larry Crowne,” a story about a middle-aged man who loses his job and enrolls in college to change his life. Thus far, critics have not taken well to the film despite the Julia Roberts/Tom Hanks more
Tom Hanks not only stars in 'Larry Crowne,' he is also the writer/director, and the film is just as gentle and human and charming as Hanks himself appears to be. http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured/posts/review-tom-hanks-delivers-lovely-look-at-la more
It’s a namby-pamby adjective, a lackluster word, one that conveys nothing more specific or more urgent than a sort of warm, all-approving glow. “Larry Crowne,” the new comedy that Tom Hanks has directed and co-written (with “My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s” Ni more
Anyone who has seen any posters for Larry Crowne knows that there's a middle-aged star at the center of this gummy, aspirational romantic comedy. I'm talking, of course, about the 1983 Yamaha Riva 180 scooter upon whose banana seat Tom Hanks more
By Joan Alperin Schwartz: Once upon a time, a Hollywood actor named Tom Hanks decided to write a film about a middle aged average guy who loses his job, goes to college, makes some new friends, joi... http://www.starpulse.com/news/Two_Jews_On_Film/2011/06 more