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Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Pat Healy, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods have joined the cast for The Papers, the Steven Spielberg-directed movie about the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and how the Post’s editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham joined the New York Times in challenging the federal government over their right to publish them.
Production kicked off last week in New York on the fast track after Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep came aboard to play Bradlee and Kay Graham, and then Spielberg joined to direct Liz Hannah and Josh Singer’s script. – Deadline
It seems like Steven Spielberg has heard all of this ‘peak TV’ talk and decided to take ALL of the TV actors and put them in his movie about the Pentagon Papers. Per the history dot com website, the Pentagon Papers was the name given to a secret Department of Defense study of U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967, prepared at the request of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967. People weren’t so hot on the Vietnam War in the 70s, especially investigative journalists, and they had a severe distrust for the people in charge of our government. My, how the times have changed.
Back to this cast – it started with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, which is like putting together a basketball team and starting with Michael Jordan and Lebron James. The rest of the cast features stars from some of the best TV shows of the modern era.
Alison Brie – Community, Mad Men & the upcoming Netflix show GLOW
Carrie Coon – The Leftovers, Fargo
David Cross – Arrested Development
Bruce Greenwood – American Crime Story: OJ plus solid supporting roles in a ton of movies
Tracy Letts – Divorce, Homeland
Bob Odenkirk – HIMYM, Fargo, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul
Sarah Paulson – American Crime Story: OJ, American Horror Story
Jesse Plemons – Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, Fargo
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Michael Stuhlbarg – Boardwalk Empire, Fargo
Bradley Whitford – The West Wing and a haunting role as Dean Armitage in Get out (also Eric from Happy Gilmore)
Zach Woods – The Office, Silicon Valley, The League
That is a murderers row of performers. I know Spielberg movies are long, but I don’t know how he’s going to fit this entire cast into roles. I can’t wait to see how he does it.
Tom Hanks stopped by SNL this past weekend and was predictably wonderful. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you should do that right now. The third and final debate, Tom Hanks’ monologue, Leslie Jones on Weekend Update, jealous Scully, David S. Pumpkins! There wasn’t a bad sketch, but my favorite one by default was ‘A Girl’s Halloween’. I spent Halloween in my late teens and early 20’s on college campuses, and this sketch was basically what I lived through. It starts off innocent enough, but you know by the end of the night you’re going to be eating pizza off the floor.
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 7, 2016
Margot Robbie’s season premiere couldn’t have gone any better, both from a performance and ratings standpoint. With Broadway star Lin Manuel-Miranda ready to host tomorrow night’s show, SNL decided to leak out the final two hosts of October, and boy are they wonderful. Next week we’ll see Emily Blunt and Bruno Mars, which is a killer combination. Emily Blunt will most likely fall into the Margot Robbie category: a very talented actress who doesn’t mind being silly, which usually makes for the best kind of hosts. Bruno Mars is a former host in his own right, so hopefully he steps into a sketch or two as well. Following that is Tom Hanks and Lady Gaga. Tom Hanks is his own category completely, and I can’t think of enough complimentary words to type to describe how great he’s going to be. This is his first hosting stint since 2006 (his 9th overall), so he’s got 10 years worth of charm to bestow upon us. Gaga, like Bruno Mars, has hosted the show before, but October 22nd belongs to Tom Hanks. Don’t you dare think otherwise.
Spielberg, Coen brothers, Tom Hanks. If this movie is anything but awesome then I’ll be a surprised man. Add in the fact that this movie is about a war, which is a Spielberg/Hanks special, and I’m on board. I also weirdly like that his is about the Cold War, which compared to other wars, isn’t done in movies too often (at least movies I’ve seen). We’ll have to wait until October for this one, but I’m sure the promotional tour will be starting very soon.
Tom Hanks & His Volleyball Co-Star Wilson Reunited At A NY Rangers Game Because Tom Hanks Is The Man
That Tom Hanks is something else. Just when you think he can’t outdo himself, he goes to a NY Rangers hockey game and poses on the jumbotron with his Cast Away costar Wilson. There are good sports, good people, and then there is Tom Hanks. Hit the music!
Do I really need to justify the title of this post or do you just get it? I just get it. The legend of Tom Hanks grows exponentially larger everyday he walks this Earth. A man equal in his fame cannot match his humbleness. Humble pie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’m not sure what would happen if Tommy Hanks and William Murray started hanging out, probably would form a black hole. A black hole filled with the awesomeness of 1 billion suns.