CA – An Evening with Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, iconic actor-producer-director, is adding another title to his list of accomplishments: author. On Monday, October 23, 2017, catch NPR host David Greene in conversation with the two-time Academy Award winner about his new collection of short stories, Uncommon Type.

Select tickets include a signed copy of the book. Tickets available at the link…

Doors open and book pick-up begins at 6:00 PM, conversation begins at 7.

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Bovard Auditorium, USC
3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-4211

NYC – An Evening with Tom Hanks

Actor Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Toy Story, Philadelphia) appears in conversation with NYT writer Jennifer Senior on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

Press Release:

Please join us for an exciting opportunity to hear actor, screenwriter, director and writer Tom Hanks discuss his love of writing, the creative process, and his debut collection of short stories, “Uncommon Type: Some Stories.” Described as surprising, intelligent and heartwarming, his latest literary endeavor is must-read not only for the millions of Tom Hanks fans, but for anyone who loves good writing . According to Steve Martin ““It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it.” The conversation will be moderated by The New York Times daily book critic, Jennifer Senior.

Signed copy of “Uncommon Type: Some Stories” included with ticket purchase.

This program is brought to you by our live conversation series, The New York Times – TimesTalks.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St, New York, New York 10007
(212) 220-1460

CA – An Evening with Alan Alda

Actor Alan Alda presents his new book at the Norman P. Murray Community Center on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM.

Writers Present: Alan Alda General admission tickets include one pre-signed 1st edition hardcover of If I Understood You, Would I have This Look on My Face?, 1 admission. Seating is first-come first-served beginning at 5:15 pm. The cost is $32.00. Tickets available at the link…

In addition there are a limited number of tickets available for a VIP Meet & Greet Reception following Mr. Alda’s program, hosted by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library. Your VIP Ticket includes one pre-signed 1st edition hardcover of If I Understood You, Would I have This Look on My Face?, 1 admission to the program, seating is first-come first-served beginning at 5:15 pm. Followed by a VIP reception with light refreshments.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library & Mysterious Galaxy Books

About Emmy-Winning Actor Alan Alda (M*A*S*H)
From iconic actor and bestselling author Alan Alda, If I Understood You, Would I have This Look on My Face? is an indispensable guide to communicating better based on his experience with acting, improv, science, and storytelling

The acclaimed actor shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the art and science of communication, and teaches readers to improve the way they relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and their own innate ability to read whats probably going on in the minds of others. With his trademark humor and frankness, Alan Alda explains what makes the out-of-the-box techniques he developed after his years as the host of Scientific American Frontiers so effective. This book reveals what it means to be a true communicator, and how we can communicate better, in every aspect of our lives with our friends, lovers, and families, with our doctors, in business settings, and beyond.

One of America’s most beloved TV stars, Alan Alda is best known for portraying Captain “Hawkeye” Pierce on M*A*S*H. Over his 40-year career, the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor, has also directed and penned bestsellers. Now, Alda comes to the Norman Murray Community Center to introduce his latest book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating, which draws on his years of experience with acting, improv, science advocacy and storytelling.

This 20th Anniversary of the Mission Viejo Library event is sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library and our host bookseller is Mysterious Galaxy Books.

Alan Alda has earned international recognition as an actor, writer, and director. He has won seven Emmy Awards, received three Tony nominations, is an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator. Alda played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series M*A*S*H, and his films include Crimes and Misdemeanors, Everyone Says I Love You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Bridge of Spies, and many more. Alda is an active member of the science community, having hosted the award-winning series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years and founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Alda is the author of two bestselling books, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned and Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself.

Norman P. Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Scene and Reviewed: Bridge of Spies

February 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Everything Else, Movies

Tom Hanks

I was recently given the opportunity to review the movie Bridge of Spies, and, having missed it when it was in theaters, jumped at the chance.

Set during the Cold War, Bridge of Spies features Tom Hanks as lawyer James Donovan, who finds himself representing a Russian spy. Although Donovan is only supposed to go through the motions and provide a token defense of his client, he takes his role seriously and does everything he can to win the case and see that the legal proceeding are handled properly. Later in the film, he finds himself thrust by the CIA into negotiating the trade of his client for famed pilot Gary Powers, whom is being held by the Russians. Things are further complicated by the arrest of an American grad student by the East German government, in the midst of the building of the Berlin Wall. As Donovan does not work for the U.S. government, he risks his own health and safety in negotiating with the foreign powers.

Bridge of SpiesI don’t know when was the last time I actually saw a Tom Hanks movie, but he is fine form here. Hanks is the central character in this movie and carries the weight of it. Except for two other minor subplots going on, Hanks is in every scene. All of the acting in the movie is top notch, and it was nice to see Alan Alda in a nice, albeit small, role.

I loved this movie, really. It looked great, the acting was great, and Steven Spielberg did a tremendous job of directing it. I must admit I was still expecting a third act twist to happen, but as this was based on true events, things unfolded the way they were supposed to.

The movie racked up six 2016 Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, Actor in A Supporting Role (Mark Rylance), Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing and Original Screenplay.

Here are a couple of behind-the-scenes looks:

Parental Guidance: There is small bit of violence as Powers is tormented by his captors. There is also a bit of profanity, including Hanks and another character dropping F-bombs. I would follow the PG-13 guideline.

 

 

Bridge of Spies Arrives on Blu-Ray Combo Pack and Digital HD on February 2

January 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Everything Else

Bridge O fSpies Bluray Combo
Disney and Dreamworks invite you to take a step back into an era of espionage and Cold War. Steven Spielberg directs a dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

Press Release:

Steven Spielberg’s Critically Acclaimed Spy Thriller Starring Tom Hanks Arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Digital HD February 2, 2016

SYNOPSIS:   A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. High stakes and suspense power a story inspired by true events that capture the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

CAST: Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks, Philadelphia and Forrest Gump) as James Donovan, Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, The Other Boleyn Girl) as Rudolf Abel, Amy Ryan (Birdman, Goosebumps) as Mary Donovan, Sebastian Koch (TV’s “Homeland,” The Danish Girl) as Wolfgang Vogel, Alan Alda as Thomas Watters (The Aviator, Crimes and Misdemeanors), Austin Stowell (Whiplash, TNT’s “Public Morals”), Mikhail Gorevoy (Die Another Day, BBC’s “Space Race”) as Ivan Schischkin and Will Rogers (A Good Marriage, The Bay) as Frederic Pryor.

DIRECTOR:                          Steven Spielberg (Academy Award© winner for Best Director on Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List)

PRODUCERS:                      Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt (Into The Woods) & Kristie Macosko Krieger (Lincoln)

WRITERS:                             Matt Charman (Suite Francaise), Ethan Coen & Joel Coen (Academy Award© winners for No Country for Old Men and Fargo)

RELEASE DATE:                  February 2, 2016

PRODUCTS:                         Digital HD/SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand

BONUS:                                   A CASE OF THE COLD WAR: BRIDGE OF SPIES  – The story of James Donovan, Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel encapsulates the Cold War era—a tense political climate shrouded in propaganda, espionage and the threat of nuclear war.  This piece explores the characters and the real-life people they’re based on, ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks share personal stories of the Cold War, describing how experiences from their youth were part of the attraction to the script, how this influenced the way they approached the film and why the history behind Bride Of Spies resonates across generations and is relevant in today’s political climate.

U-2 SPY PLANE: BEALE AIR FORCE BASE – Showcases spectacular footage shot at the Beale Air Force Base of the U-2 plane and the scene where Powers and other pilots are instructed about their spying mission, including a cameo appearance in the film by Francis Gary Powers son, Gary Powers Jr. and discussion with the Air Force liaison about the significance of the scene and why they got behind the film.

SPY SWAP: LOOKING BACK ON THE FINAL ACT – Steven Spielberg and his team stage the pivotal scene of the film at Glienicke Bridge, the very same location where the historic exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers took place. Gary Powers Jr. shares his memories of his father’s experience with voiceover recordings from Francis Gary Powers, as filmmakers and the cast recreate a page of Cold War history while filming in the presence of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel 

BERLIN 1961: RECREATING THE DIVIDE – A mix of behind-the-scenes footage with iconic archival imagery transports viewers to another place and time as the filmmakers construct the Berlin Wall, envision what it was like to cross through Checkpoint Charlie, and recreate the divide. On set in Berlin just days after the 25th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a historian who lived through the experience describes what being there means to her. In Poland, where the Wall was recreated for the film, tanks, hundreds of extras and powerful sequences make the setting feel epic and surreal.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

FEATURE RUN TIME:    Approximately 141 min.

RATING:  PG-13 in U.S.

ASPECT RATIO: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 2.40:1 | DVD Feature Film = 2.40:1

AUDIO: Blu-ray = 7.1 DTS | DVD = 5.1 Dolby

LANGUAGES: English, French & Spanish

SUBTITLES: English SDH, French & Spanish

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: facebook.com/BridgeOfSpies

Twitter: @BridgeOfSpies

Website:  www.bridgeofspies.com