The Pacific, Toy Story 3 & fundraising

December 17, 2009

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 HBO has set a premiere date of The Pacific. The 10-part miniseries will debute on Sunday, March 14 and will run weekly until May 16th.
The miniseries follows the Pacific campaign of World War II and stars James Badge Dale (24), Jon Seda (Bad Boys II), and Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park).

If you want to watch Band of Brothers again, no problem ! It returns on HBO Sunday, January 3.

Tom Hanks will make a one-night only fundraising appearance February 6 at Solano Community College in Fairfield. The appearance will include a dinner with guests and a presentation later on Solano College Theatre's main stage. It will be the same presentation as the one Tom Hanks did in Ohio earlier this year, that is to say a first-person account of nonfiction film entertainment, using clips from his movies and from other documentaries, a preview of The Pacific and a question-and-answer session.
Proceeds from the event will support the Tom Hanks/Rita Wilson Endowment Fund, which was established by Tom Hanks and his wife earlier this year. The endowment will support the programs and students in the school's Theatre Arts department.
SCT Artistic Director George Maguire, and friend of Tom Hanks for 30 years, said :

"He's doing it as a favor to the students. He suggested this when he sent the endowment, saying, 'How about if I make a special appearance?' It's all about that.
[...] That shows his great level of support for the college and Solano County. We are very excited about that. [...] The school is excited and grateful that he is taking the time out of his busy schedule."

Tickets for the dinner, which begins at 4:30 p.m. in the school's dining hall, are $100. After the dinner, Tom Hanks will speak at the main campus theater at 7 p.m. Tickets for the presentation are also $100. Tickets for the dinner and presentation go on sale to the public at noon January 14. But no tickets will be sold online and those interested will have to call the theater at (707) 864-7100 or go to the Harbor Theater.

We know that Tom Hanks is currently working on Toy Story 3. Indeed Lee Unkrich, the director, posted a photo on his Twitter on December 9th : "Directing Tom Hanks over my lunch break." You can see it in the gallery, along with posters and promo pictures of the animated movie.


It is said that director Zhang Yimou plans to make a movie called Thirteen Women of Jinling. According to producer Zhang Weiping, the production has so far approached Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt to consider the role of a Pastor, and each of them has already shown their interest. But who will be cast depends on their schedule : he needs to be available in October 2010 for the shooting.
This movie will be a war time drama set during the 1937 Japanese invasion of China and will be focused on the characters of thirteen refugee prostitutes hiding out in a Nanjing church.


csapone, December 17, 2009