Christian Bale And Matt Damon Warn About Losing Weight For Movies Like Ford V Ferrari

If you’ve seen Ford v Ferrari, or even the trailers leading up to James Mangold’s new flick, you should know Christian Bale did a lot to change his physical appearance to resemble that of real-life driver Ken Miles. It’s not the first time he’s undergone major weight loss for a role, but it turns out the actor and his co-star Matt Damon worry about this sort of body change becoming the norm.

In a recent interview, the two actors spoke out to warn their fellow Hollywood brethren about what rapid weight changes can do to a person over time. Christian Bale is perhaps one of the foremost experts on these weight changes, having just gained a ton of weight to play Dick Cheney in Vice, only to lose that weight plus more for Ford v Ferrari. He said:

On the bright side, it’s good that Christian Bale was able to lose the Vice weight, but he yo-yoed quite a bit in his preparation to play Ken Miles right afterward, although he also told Yahoo! He was “killing two birds with one stone” by making sure he didn’t keep all the extra weight from the political biopic (which would have been unhealthy) while also getting to the point where he was better able to “fit into a GT40.”

The actor put on 40 lbs for Vice. He lost 70 lbs to then play Ken Miles. Those are big changes to happen in a relatively short timespan apart from one another. It’s also not the first time Christian Bale has gained or lost weight for a role. In fact, he’s done it myriad times.

If you are wondering why Matt Damon also got into this debate, given he seems to be about an average size in Ford v Ferrari, he also spoke out about losing weight for a gig, previously. Back when he filmed Courage Under Fire, he says he tweaked his weight to get down to a meager 130. Courage Under Fire also wasn’t the only time Matt Damon changed his weight for a role, but he also talked about how that particular weight change was a really hard situation:

The good news for these celebrities is that they are working with nutritionists and personal trainers to do this as safely as is possible, but there is some risk to putting your body through this type of duress continuously.

In any case, Ken Miles was a wiry guy and Christian Bale really wanted to play him, but previously ahead of the release of this weekend’s Ford v Ferrari the actor did admit he’s really ready to quit the ups and downs of weight gain and weightloss, noting,

At some point in nearly every actor or actresses career, a role comes along in which weight gain or weight loss — or at the very least getting in crazy shape – has to be a priority. Granted, Christian Bale has made these changes more often than most actors, and also more aggressively. We’ll have to wait and see if Ford v Ferrari really does end up being the last time.

At the end of the day he just hopes moments like when Jared Leto lost weight for Dallas Buyers Club don’t become the norm. It’s interesting because we’ve been talking a lot about Bale’s weight in Ford v Ferrari over the last few weeks, but it’s not really a central component to the movie, other than getting the actor to look a bit more like his real-life counterpart. Granted, it’s not a bad approximation, but Christian Bale does seem to be skeptical that the reasons behind his commitment to the weight gain and loss have been good ones.

You can see Christian Bale looking trim as Ken Miles and Matt Damon looking fit as Carroll Shelby in Ford v Ferrari, out in theaters this weekend. Or take a look at what else is coming with our full movies schedule.

Kristen Stewart Was Let Off Her Leash When It Came To Ad Libbing For Charlie’s Angels

Charlie’s Angels is a property that dates back to 1976, when the original series premiered on TV. Since then there’s been a set of films in the 2000’s, as well as an ill-fated TV reboot in 2011. Now the Angels are back in theaters, with a new movie directed, written, produced by Elizabeth Banks. The new version is an origin story, following three strangers as they become a team. Chief among them is Kristen Stewart’s Sabina Wilson, who is the undisputed scene-stealer of the blockbuster. And it turns out that she was allowed to improvise quite a bit on set.

Kristen Stewart is the primary comedic relief of the new Charlie’s Angels, giving a killer performance in the process. She’s constantly making light of serious situations, and her abilities as a decoy are also fodder for laughs. And it turns out that many of her one-liners were actually ad libbed. I recently had the chance to speak with the cast of Charlie’s Angels, where co-star Naomi Scott revealed that Sabina’s best lines came from Stewart’s mind. Check out the video of our conversation below.

Well, that’s exciting. While the script for Charlie’s Angels is snappy and full of amusing one-liners, it turns out that Kristen Stewart is actually responsible for some of the new blockbuster’s best dialogue. And it all came to her naturally on set.

From my above conversation with Charlie’s Angels stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, you can tell how much natural chemistry the three actresses had. Despite not having worked together before (and Balinska making her big movie debut), they really hit it off on set. And Kristen Stewart was comfortable enough with her co-stars that she was able to come up with a variety of hilarious lines on the spot.

From the trailers for Charlie’s Angels alone, you can tell how much of a scene-stealer Kristen Stewart was going to be in the new reboot. She’s got a variety of wise cracks, especially when incapacitating Crazy Rich Asians actor Chris Pang’s Johnny Smith. While that scene in particular is scripted, there were plenty of opportunities for Stewart to play and react through improvisation.

Overall, the reboot of Charlie’s Angels is quite different from the set of movies starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu. Director
McG’s movies followed a trio of women who were already best friends, and used to working alongside each other on daring missions. The action was over the top, inspired by the new technology that debuted in The Matrix. What’s more, the Angels were basically superheroes, able to do physically impossible tasks, all while flipping their hair in slow motion.

On the flip side, Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels is based a bit more in realism. The Townsend Agency has grown quite a bit over the years, with countless Angels and Bosleys around the world. The new movie is a bonafide origin story, with Naomi Scott’s Elena serving as an everyman who mirrors the audience’s perspective of events. It’s an exciting change, and it should be fascinating to see how well the movie does– and if it gets a sequel.

That Time Kristen Bell Spoiled Frozen II And Then Panicked

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Like so many parents, actress Kristen Bell has children eagerly awaiting the release of Frozen II. But unlike other parents that have had mental breaks upon hearing “Let it Go” for the 10,000th time, Kristen Bell is actually in Disney’s long-awaited animated sequel, where she voices Anna. So her kids didn’t have to wait to find out what happens in Arendelle, Kristen Bell was able to tell them ahead of time, which of course she did. And after Kristen Bell spoiled Frozen II, she panicked, as she recalled:

Kristen Bell was so excited upon reading the script for Frozen II, that she couldn’t help herself but to come home and let her two young daughters know about it. By the sound of it they were eager to hear about the sequel and were quite excited by what she told them, which was everything. But in her desire to be the cool mom she made something of a tactical error and upon that realization she panicked.

That’s because when you’re in a Disney movie, you don’t just get to tell everyone what happens in it all willy-nilly, especially for a movie as big as Frozen II. There are contracts and NDAs, legally binding documents that I imagine say something along the lines of ‘snitches get stitches,’ but in official legal parlance of course.

So Kristen Bell rightly panicked that she was in breach of her contract by spoiling Frozen II and putting what happens in the huge sequel out into the world. At that point, she had already broken her contract and opened herself up to legal action from Mickey Mouse’s mighty studio.

It then became about containment and damage control. As the actress told SiriusXM, she had to tell her kids how important it was that they keep the Frozen II spoilers a secret. It was a desperate move, because as a species children are not known for their secret-keeping abilities, but it was her only play. Fortunately, her young children were able to keep the secret and if they didn’t, whoever they told about Frozen II on the playground didn’t have a Reddit account.

Frozen fans have been waiting years for the sequel to arrive, so the stakes are certainly high. And for those need a refresher on the original, they can now stream Frozen on Disney+. You can use this link for a free 7-day trial.

So Kristen Bell can rest easy now that Frozen II is about to be released and people have already seen it. Her children won’t be resting easy though because in addition to Frozen II spoilers, Kristen Bell warned them about a certain biological destiny they will face if they spoil the sequel’s contents.

You know how Anna doesn’t want Kristoff to tell Olaf about what happens to frozen things in summer in the first Frozen? Yeah, clearly that’s not who Kristen Bell is in real life. As if humans aren’t innately coded to have teeth-falling-out dreams, her poor daughters are now traumatized with this knowledge. That tooth fairy better deliver some seriously good presents to them.

Terminator: Dark Fate’s Final Battle Was Originally Way Grosser

Spoilers ahead for Terminator: Dark Fate.

As far as sci-fi franchises go, there are few quite as iconic as The Terminator. James Cameron’s original set of movies broke new ground for the film world, and contained countless catch phrases that are still in the pop culture vernacular today. Tim Miller reunited Cameron, Linda Hamilton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger for the new sequel Terminator: Dark Fate. The blockbuster ignored the myriad other movies, serving as a direct sequel to T2. And it looks like the final action sequences were originally much grosser.

Terminator: Dark Fate has plenty of pulse-pounding action throughout its 128-minute runtime. And the movie’s R-rating allowed Tim Miller to go full tilt when it came to violence and language. But it out that the movie did pull back when it came to gore. During the film’s third act, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Carl attempts to keep the new villain away from Dani within a pit, getting his skin ripped off in the process. It turns out that that fight was originally much grosser, as Miller explained:

Is anyone else having some horror-related FOMO? It looks like Carl’s de-skinning was going to be even more gnarly in Terminator: Dark Fate. And while Tim Miller and company had the rating to include it, they ultimately decided the additional gore was too much.

Tim Miller’s comments to USA Today might be surprising to fans of both the director and the Terminator franchise as a whole. Miller and James Cameron were thrilled to be doing a return to form with an R-rating, as the past few sequels pulled back and went with PG-13. And while this allowed for more intense action and Linda Hamilton’s countless F-bombs, that didn’t mean the filmmaker was going to blindly include everything in the theatrical cut. That includes Carl’s bloody encounter with Rev-9.

Watching Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character lose an arm and part of his face was already pretty grueling. The T-800 has taken plenty of punishment throughout his tenure on the screen. And usually the robot’s human skin ends up falling off eventually, to reveal the metal underneath. But that doesn’t mean that moviegoers will want to watch Gabriel Luna’s new villain literally rip the flesh from his arm. Everyone has their limits.

Carl took plenty of punishment throughout the course of Terminator: Dark Fate. After learning empathy and developing a conscious, he joins the mission to protect Dani. And after saying goodbye to his family, it’s clear he’s not intending on coming back. He ultimately sacrificed himself to make things right “For John“, but not after losing an arm in the process.

Newest Snyder Cut Image Is All About Jason Momoa’s Aquaman

I must admit, while I fully expected to still be talking about Justice League two years after the film’s release, I never imagined it would be in this context. At this point, it seems nobody is talking about the film itself, the theatrically released movie that is available for all to see. Instead, we’re still talking about the movie we may never see, the mythical Snyder Cut, the version of the film Snyder might have made had he been able to direct post-production himself.

Fans are still obsessed with this version of the movie, and a large part of the reason is that Zack Snyder keeps feeding them. Recently, Snyder rewarded one particularly dedicated fan, known as TheNiceCast on Twitter, with an image of Jason Momoa that the world had never seen. Luckily, the fan himself was more than willing to share the shot with the rest of us. Check it out.

The image itself isn’t particularly wild or impressive. It’s just Jason Momoa in a still shot that could be something out of a clothing catalog. The image was meant simply as a thank you from Zack Snyder to a fan who has shown support, but it’s yet another in a long line of shots and movie details the director has dropped over the last two years, continually teasing fans with what Justice League might have been.

It feels like, at this point, we could practically assemble everything Zack Snyder has released and build the Snyder Cut ourselves. And that might be necessary. While the interest from a segment of the fan base has never wavered, we’ve seen no indication that Warner Bros. has ever even considered releasing Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League.

Still, it doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen, and the fan base that wants it is showing little sign of getting tired. They’ll continue to call for the Snyder Cut and if we don’t see it, it feels like we could continue to see the demands for it for years to come.

Certainly, as long as Zack Snyder continues to show support to those showing him support, these two sides could feed off each other for a long time. Certainly, the fact that Snyder continues to drop images, concept art, and other pieces of material gives the fans hope that the “Snyder Cut” could happen.

While fan support matters, any plan to produce the film will be based on a belief at Warner Bros. that there are enough people willing to spend money on it, it also needs those people high enough on the food chain to champion the idea. That’s where Zack Snyder can come in. It’s unclear how much work would actually need to be done to make the Snyder Cut a reality, it sounds like a great deal of the work has already been done.

This certainly isn’t the last story we’ll be writing about the Snyder Cut. There is surely more material Zack Snyder has, and he’s not showing any signs of slowing down in releasing it. If anything, it feels like it’s all only increasing in frequency.

We may not really have the ability to assemble the Snyder Cut ourselves right now, but I’m not convinced that day won’t come.

Avengers: Endgame’s Writers Had To Ignore Back To The Future When Approaching Time Travel

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It’s been a number of months since Avengers: Endgame hit theaters, but the conversation around The Russo Brothers’ massive blockbuster hasn’t slowed down. Every week comes with new revelations about Endgame, and the various incarnations of the movie that fell to the wayside during its process of development, writing, filming, and editing. The movie had high concepts like time travel, and it turns out that the writers had to actively ignore Back to the Future when approaching the Time Heist.

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have written all of The Russo Brothers’ MCU movies, including Infinity War and Endgame. Those pair of movies obviously presented more challenges, due to their massive scale. The duo has been open about the challenges of handling such huge movies, and it turns out that Back to the Future was more than just an anecdote in one scene. As McFeely recently revealed:

It’s a testament to Back to the Future that we all assume time travel – which is not a real thing – is the only way you can do it. Even we did for the longest time. And then we sort of figured out, in quantum mechanics, the same particles can exist in two places at the same time. We went, ‘Oh, that’s really weird; that’s really interesting.’ Fortunately, we had a guy who could exist in the quantum realm if we asked those filmmakers to leave him there. Maybe we could figure out a little get out of jail on this problem. So, it is rooted in science.

It looks like the ’80s time traveling franchise had quite the effect on Avengers: Endgame. Those blockbusters created the blue print for time travel flicks, so McFeely and Markuswere especially cognizant of how audiences might respond to the Time Heist. Endgame had a different approach to traveling through time, and had to get ahead of any jokes/confusion during the writing process.

Stephen McFeely’s comments to the Hollywood Unscripted podcast reveal exactly how the writers and directors of Avengers: Endgame approached time travel. With the exception of Doctor Strange’s Time Stone, Endgame introduced time travel to the larger MCU, and the surviving heroes. They had to be methodical to explain the science behind the Time Heist, and establish the shared universe’s rules for traveling through time and space. You can see how they did that by streaming Avengers: Endgame on Disney+. You can even use this link for a free 7-day trial.

Avengers: Endgame established said rules early in the film’s second act, as Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye prepared to do a test of Tony’s new tech and the Pym particles. Rhodey and Scott Lang went through a list of movies that included time travel, which Smart Hulk quickly shoots down as fiction. It’s a necessary scene for any naysayers in the audience, and lays out exactly how much power the Avengers will have throughout the Time Heist.

The next installment in the MCU is Black Widow on May 1st, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look forward to the New Year.

George Michael Added A Major Plot To Last Christmas Before He Died

Last Christmas is a movie that’s being talked about mostly because of it’s somewhat unexpected ending, but the film’s other major claim to fame is the way that it uses the music of George Michael to tell its story. While the singer died in 2016, it turns out that much more than his music influenced the film, as he was actually aware of the story during its creation, and he gave some notes that influenced the plot.

Last Christmas was a project that co-writer Emma Thompson has been working on for most of the last decade, and so George Michael was very much alive when it started. Director Paul Feig reveals that Thompson actually showed a treatment of the story to the singer, and he suggested the inclusion of the film’s elements dealing with homelessness. According to Feig…

In Last Christmas Henry Golding‘s character of Tom volunteers at a homeless shelter, which leads Emilia Clarke‘s Kate to do the same. The homeless shelter and those staying in it become an important part of the overall story.

It seems that we have George Michael to thank for more than just the music of the film. Vulture also reports that Michael had agreed to help supervise the film’s music, but he died before the film made it into production.

Certainly, if you’re a fan of George Michael, the soundtrack to Last Christmas is a pleasure, it includes several of the artist’s songs, and not simply the radio friendly hits that the general public is aware of, although, certainly, there are plenty of those. Unlike other recent films that focus on a single artist’s music, Last Christmas doesn’t draw a great deal of attention to the music within the narrative, but it’s always there.

Last Christmas may have one of the more talked about endings of current movies, but that doesn’t appear to be helping it draw an audience, the movie has only made about $18 million at the box office worldwide and with a reported budget of $25 million, that’s not great news.

One certainly wonders if the film’s twist, which has been talked about since before the movie ever came out, might be part of the reason. It’s possible that people are skipping it because they know what happens. I would argue that even knowing where the movie is going –which, let’s be honest, we all know most of the time with most movies– it’s still an enjoyable little romance, and yeah, it’s got a pretty solid soundtrack.

Last Christmas is in theaters now

The 10 Best Tom Hanks Movies, Ranked

Tom Hanks Best Films Ranked

Later this month, Tom Hanks debuts his next Oscar buzz film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, where he plays real-life TV hero Fred Rogers, known to fans simply as Mr. Rogers. Hanks’ performance in this film has already gained praise following early showings. No one can wait to see one of Hollywood’s nicest guys play one of Hollywood’s nicest guys. Among Tom Hanks movies, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is sure to rank high.

Could his role as Mr. Rogers put Hanks back in the Oscars seat? A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood has a lot of competition among classic Hanks films like Forrest Gump or Saving Private Ryan, to newer standouts like Captain Philips and the Toy Story movies. For this Tom Hanks movies ranking, I ranked based on which movies were most defining for Hanks’ acting career, honing in on some of his best performances. I know I missed some of your favorites, so read to the end to give us your input on which Tom Hanks movies you love the most.

Geena Davis and Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own

10. A League Of Their Own

During World War II, a All-American Girls Professional Baseball League forms with Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) as the manager. He must coach the women from amateurs to professionals, and eventual champions. The cast of characters includes Geena Davis as Dottie, Madonna as Mae, Lori Petty as Kit, and Rosie O’Donnell as Dori.

A League Of Their Own is one of the career-defining movies for Hanks. It is one of his most remembered performances, especially from his early acting days. It’s also one of the few Tom Hanks films where he plays a rough and tough character who eventually grows into the lovable Hanks persona that everyone has come to adore. He also gets to utter one of the most iconic lines in film history, “There is no crying in baseball!”

Tom Hanks in Cast Away

9. Cast Away

Tom Hanks gives a thought-provoking performance as Chuck Noland, a FedEx employee who becomes stranded on a deserted island for four years. He must learn to survive both physically and mentally, while maintaining hope for returning home. The film grossed over $429 million worldwide and earned Hanks his fifth Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar nomination.

Essentially, Cast Away relies on Hanks’ charm and abilities as an actor to carry the film, because it’s one of those rare Hollywood movies without big explosions and fight scenes. As Tom Hanks is the only actor on the screen for most of Castaway, he gives one of his boldest performances: He uses his verbal and physical acting prowess-especially without the comfort of working with other actors–to emphasize the emotions that come with total isolation.

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You Got Mail

8. You’ve Got Mail

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks join forces for their third outing in You’ve Got Mail. In this film, they play Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox, rival bookshop owners. Kathleen owns an independent bookshop, and Joe owns a major franchise that plans to run businesses like Kathleen’s out of town. The two hate each other at first, but fall in love both in real life and online, without knowing the two relationships are connected.

If we could fill this entire list with just Ryan and Hanks romantic pairings, we probably would because of their dynamic onscreen chemistry, and the likes of Sleepless In Seattle could have easily made this list. However, You Got Mail stands out the most, not only for how natural Ryan and Hanks work together, but also because of how relevant online dating has become since Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan made the film over 20 years ago.

Tom Hanks in Captain Philips

7. Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips follows Captain Richard Phillips as a group of pirates take him and his crew hostage. Director Paul Greengrass and screenwriter Billy Ray based Captain Phillips on the 2009 true story of the Maersk Alabama hijacking. The movie received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Barkhad Abdi (who plays Abduwali Muse), the main and sole survivor behind the hijacking.

In the film, Tom Hanks must embody all the fear and anxiety that comes with someone’s life being in danger, while also trying to protect the lives of others. It’s a classic tale of man vs. man, with both sides having goals. For Captain Phillips, it’s to make it home alive. The film excellently blends high intensity action with a look at human nature.

Steven Spielberg directs Tom Hanks and Leo DiCaprio in Catch Me if You Can

6. Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can is one of the many film pairings that brings Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg together. In this one, Hanks stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio plays Frank Abagnale Jr., a professional con artist who poses in various careers, such as a pilot and doctor. His main crimes involve check forgery, which captures the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Hanks), who takes special interest in Frank Jr. and it becomes a game of cat and mouse. Spielberg based Catch Me If You Can on the real Frank Abagnale Jr.

Catch Me If You Can may not receive the same praise as some of the other hanks-Spielberg pairings, but it’s one of their most fun collaborations. Not only is Frank Jr.’s real life fascinating, but Tom Hanks and Leo DiCaprio both give charismatic performances as two men really bound together until one of them ends this chase. The film also pays homage to the ’60s and flashy lifestyles.

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump

5. Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump follows the folk-like figure Forrest Gump throughout his life. People who meet Forrest know and love him for his extreme kind heart and bit of naïveté. The film highlights the many ways that he influences history and touches different lives.

Tom Hanks received his second consecutive Academy Award win for Forrest Gump. It also won several other Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Forrest has become one of Hanks most well-known characters, at least his most quoted character. The reason Forrest has become such a beloved pop culture character is because of the sincerity of Hanks’ performance, and its story of a pure heart.

Woody and Buzz in Toy Story

4. Toy Story

The original Toy Story surrounds Andy’s toys, who are led by Woody (Hanks), Andy’s favorite toy, until Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) comes along and Woody is pushed to the shadows. The film inspired three sequels, the final one (so they claim) premiered in 2019 to rave reviews.

The Toy Story franchise has grossed over $3 billion worldwide and become the 20th highest grossing franchise of all time. The story of toys who just want love has reached generations of fans, and has cemented Tom Hanks even more in the hall of fame of beloved movie actors. Woody and Buzz are the dynamic duo that fans will continue to rush to box offices to see, whether that means one more or 20 more sequels.

Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan

3. Saving Private Ryan

Set during World War II, Saving Private Ryan follows Captain John Miller (Hanks) and his squad as they try to find Private Ryan (Matt Damon). Fans and critics often praise the film for its realistic depictions of the violence and devastation of wars.

Saving Private Ryan is the first Spielberg and Tom Hanks collaboration. It received 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, which it won, giving Steven Spielberg his second director Oscar, and Best Actor nomination for Hanks, who didn’t win. The film relies on the actor to lead this ensemble cast as they navigate the obstacles associated with war, including the mental ones. Hank gives a respectable performance as a captain willing to make any sacrifice to ensure that his men make it home from the war.

Tom Hanks in Big

2. Big

Twelve-year old Josh Baskin (David Moscow) makes a wish to become big, and transforms into the 30-year old version of himself, played by Tom Hanks. First, it’s all fun and games being an adult, but then Josh starts to see just how stressful adult life can be, so he must find a way to become a child again.

Though not his first film or television appearance, 1988’s Big has become one of Hanks most iconic performances. Not only for the piano dance scene, but for Tom Hanks’ effortless blend of comedy and drama throughout the movie. Viewers watch as this big kid tries to navigate the challenges of adulthood without actually going through the struggles of growing up. The movie Big acts as a reminder to children and young adults to appreciate their youth while they have it, and to take growing up slowly.

Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington in Philadelphia

1. Philadelphia

Tom Hanks stars opposite Denzel Washington in Philadelphia, a movie where Hanks plays Andrew Beckett, a man fired from his firm because of his sexuality and being diagnosed with AIDS. Washington plays Joe Miller, the lawyer who takes Beckett’s case against his former firm. As the men work together, they find a new respect and admiration for each other, despite their differences.

Philadelphia earned Hanks his first Academy Award for Best Actor, rightfully so. Tom Hanks delivers a powerful performance that helps highlight the bigotry that many faced and still face. The film not only touched on such a powerful issue but it helped showcase two powerhouse actors as Washington and Hanks in a time when both of their careers were on the rise. It’s not an easy film to watch, and is one of the actor’s more dramatic roles, but it’s an important and memorable one.

This list could go on forever because Tom Hanks has so many good movies. Everyone also has their own special relationship with them, so the world may never agree on the best ones, so let’s us hear your opinion by voting in our poll below. Also, comment with the ones you would have put on the list.

What Is Your Favorite Tom Hanks Movie?

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Daisy Ridley Needs Only 3 Words To Describe The Rise Of Skywalker

There have been many theories written about how the Skywalker Saga might conclude when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker finally wraps up this part of long-running series in just a few weeks. Whether you’re on board with fans’ ideas about what might happen or not, or even if you’re trying to keep all rumors, teases and supposition out of your head to go in as fresh as possible, there is one thing we know is true: we know very little about The Rise of Skywalker.

And, as with any highly anticipated film that’s managed to hold so many of its secrets back, many fans are clamoring for any tidbit of info they can get on what, exactly, will be in store for them when they actually get the chance to sit down in a theater and feast their eyes on it. Even though she really enjoyed filming this movie, Daisy Ridley feels your pain, people, and she has three intriguing words for you that she believes perfectly describe Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Steel yourselves!

Oooh. OK, I don’t know about you, but when I hear that a movie is dark, scary and sad, I tend to think that it might not be the most pleasant movie-going experience. For all the bad things that have happened over the course of the eight main films so far, I have never finished watching any Star Wars movie for the first time and even considered describing it in such ominous terms.

Could that much big, bad stuff happen in The Rise of Skywalker? Will we need to prepare ourselves for endless tears and chills along with all the necessary space-bound thrills that are certain to be found within it? It sounds like Daisy Ridley thinks so, and if she doesn’t know, who would? Although, when she spoke about the movie to Entertainment Weekly, she did also call it “joyful,” so who knows what anything even means anymore?

It’s pretty easy to see where the sadness might come from in The Rise of Skywalker. Seeing as how the franchise (and everyone) lost Carrie Fisher in late December 2016, without her being able to film any of her part in what had been planned for this last chapter, it’s a good bet that General Leia will have her swan song in this movie. This might have happened anyway, but with director J.J. Abrams having to use a bit of movie magic to give her even a limited role, it’s almost certain that she won’t get the kind of grand send-off that they were originally creating.

Of course, there will also be sadness just from the fact that, dudes, the Skywalker Saga will be over once we see this movie. Obviously, the world of Star Wars will live on in other planned movies, television shows, video games, etc., but, unless they’ve been lying to us about the finality of this ending for the Skywalkers, this will be it for the folks at the center of the story for 42 years. Hold on…I need a minute…

Really, it’s pretty easy to imagine this whole thing getting pretty dark when you factor in how we will likely have to watch Leia leave us on-screen. Plus, there is the little matter of all that dark energy that comes wafting through the screen at us anytime Kylo Ren is around (odd Reylo smolderings notwithstanding).

To be honest, I don’t even want to think too much about how The Rise of Skywalker might scare me. But, I can tell you right now that if a clown with a red balloon and a nasty smile shows up I will be leaving and requesting a refund, post-haste!

What do you say, Star Wars fam? Shall we just hold on for dear life to the thought of The Rise of Skywalker being joyful when it all comes to an end? Agreed! We can see how it all shakes out when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker drops on December 20.

Charlie’s Angels End Credits: Which Celebrities Make Cameo Appearances?

Charlie's Angels Trailer Screenshot

This weekend, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska unite onscreen as the brand new team of Angels, bringing back a franchise that hasn’t seen a movie hit the big screen since 2003 and a TV show since 2011. The new iteration of Charlie’s Angels comes with some good camaraderie between the three leads, but it also comes with a slew of cameos during its end credits.

Per usual, this is opening weekend, so if you haven’t caught the film yet, there will be some specific spoilers in this piece. However, it should be noted that some of these cameos were spoiled by the celebrities themselves before release. Plus, if you already saw the movie and are trying to place some of the end-credits faces, we have you covered. It should be noted the end credits aren’t the only time director Elizabeth Banks threw some fun cameos into Charlie’s Angels. A quick scene at the beginning features Michael Strahan as a Bosley, for example. However, the closing credits are where the real “Who’s Who” fun starts, and I highly suggest sticking in the theater to watch them. If you are ready to take a look, let’s get started…

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Former Charlie’s Angel Jaclyn Smith

Jaclyn Smith was a lead in the 1976 Charlie’s Angels series, playing Kelly Garrett on the small screen through the show’s five-season run. These days, it seems her Angels character trains some of the young women joining Townsend and she’s there to greet Elena when she shows up to earn her wings. Smith doesn’t act all that much anymore, so this cameo is a real treat.

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Laverne Cox As A Bomb Instructor

Orange Is The New Black’s Laverne Cox is also an instructor at the Townsend recruit school, and teaches the new potential Angels about bombs. As Orange is the New Black ended its run earlier this year, the Charlie’s Angels cameo is a nice way to keep Cox in the conversation as she heads into her next series Inventing Anna.

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Danica Patrick As A Driving Instructor

Danica Patrick’s mostly known as an IndyCar racer, but she has acted before, and her inclusion as one of Charlie’s Angels, or at least Charlie’s Instructors, is pretty fitting. If a gal’s gotta learn how to drive, why not learn from one of the most prominent female races of the last 15 years? Patrick retired a short while back, so she should have plenty of time for gigs such as this one.

At least Danica Patrick really looks as if she had fun on set!

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Ronda Rousey As A Fighting Instructor

Girl power is in no short supply in Charlie’s Angels. Given Ronda Rousey is both a. a fighter and b. an actress, her inclusion in this cameo list of female badasses willing and able to train others makes all the sense in the world.

In real life Ronda Rousey is trained in mixed martial arts, judo and other types of fighting, so she should be a good fit as a fighting instructor in the world of the Angels.

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Hailee Steinfeld As An Angel Recruit

There are several young ladies who pop up in cameos as additional Angel Recruits. I have no idea if this was simply as a fun inclusion for the fans or if this is to set up other potential cameos in Charlie’s Angels 2 or future sequels. Regardless, Hailee Steinfeld is definitely noticeable and notable when she jumps out of a plane during an exercise with Bosley. This is also a Pitch Perfect 2 reunion for Elizabeth Banks and Steinfeld for fans of the director’s work, to boot.

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Gymnast Aly Raisman As An Angel Recruit

Why yes, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman is also an Angel recruit. Given the fact she’s able to be in insane shape when needed, I assume she could be trained quite adequately in the fighting arts. Her other acting credit is in Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” video, which doesn’t qualify her to save the day, but this training should.

Aly Raisman spoiled her cameo just a few days ago with a quick look at what she did on the set, which includes an angels tattoo and a flight suit with pink shoes. On Wednesdays, they wear pink.

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Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart As An Angel Recruit

You may know her as Riverdale’s resident Betty Cooper, but the actress (who is also known for Hustlers and Surviving Jack) makes an appearance as a recruit at the end of Charlie’s Angels as one of the movie’s new recruits alongside Naomi Scott’s Elena.

Lili Reinhart was another actress not interested in keeping her big Charlie’s Angels end-credits cameo a secret, calling herself “an angel for a day” in a recent post.

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Snowboarder Chloe Kim As An Angel Recruit

As another athlete who kicks ass, Chloe Kim makes an appearance at the end of Charlie’s Angels. Previously, the Olympic snowboarder (and medalist) appeared in the popular video for Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” marking her acting debut. That video also features Aly Raisman and Elizabeth Banks. So, there are definitely some cameo connections here. This time around, like some of the other ladies, she’s training to be an Angel.

Ultimately, the Charlie’s Angels end credits scenes are pretty fun and worth sticking around for. In fact some of the montage moments were cool enough they would have been suitable in another version of a Charlie’s Angels movie focusing more on the recruiting process than saving the world. The scenes remind me a little of Kingsman in that way and I almost wish they had been a regular plot in the movie, although that wouldn’t have made total sense, given the way the three angels meet each other and the way Elena is introduced into the story.

You can find out more as Charlie’s Angels is in theaters this weekend, or see what else is coming with our full schedule. Did you have a favorite cameo or did we miss one? Let us know!

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