Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Tom Hanks “Captain Phillips” Will Open New York Film Festival


One of Tom Hanks’s two big fall movies will open the New York Film Festival. “Captain Phillips” directed by Paul Greengrass, is already getting buzz for Hanks as an Oscar nominee. The festival opens on September 27th. Sony opens the film on October 11th. The movie is based on a book by the real life captain Richard Phillips who commanded the Maerska Alabama in 2009 and saved it from Somali pirates. Catherine Keener co-stars. Hanks also has “Saving Mr. Banks” from Disney, in which he plays Walt Disney to Emma Thompson’s P.L. Travers. It’s the story of how “Mary Poppins” became a movie musical. Disney releases it on December 20th for children of all ages.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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