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Tom Hanks is publishing his first novel next year, inspired by his Hollywood experience
Added 665 days agoSource: CeleBitchy
Tom Hanks is publishing his first novel next year, inspired by his Hollywood experience
I wonder if Tom Hanks gets tired of being talented. Tom, who already has a best-selling collection of short stories titled Uncommon Type, is releasing his first book next year. And get this, it?s not a memoir, it?s a novel called The Making of Another Major Motion Picture. As much as I want to be cautious about an actor writing fiction, we know Tom?s a great storyteller and this story sounds amazing. Mainly because he?s following the number one rule in writing: write what you know. The story, in broad terms, is about how a movie is made. It starts with a boy?s love of comic books, goes through all of life?s events and several decades that get to a person who casts and produces a major production superhero film, detailing all the causalities along the way. I want to buy this thing and it hasnt even been printed yet.

The two-time Oscar winner wrote his first novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece, out May 9, 2023, about the movie business and the making of a colossal, star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film and the humble comic book that inspired it, per an official synopsis.

(Tom) Hanks, 66, tells PEOPLE that the plot draws from his personal Hollywood experiences.

Every character in the book does something Ive experienced while making a movie, as well as discovered a philosophy or learned an important lesson. Even the foolish moments are some kind of stunt Ive pulled or mistake Ive survived, he says.

The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece spans several decades and showcases American culture has changed since World War II. One portion is set in 1947, about a soldier returning home from war who leaves a lasting impression on his talented 5-year-old nephew. That boy grows up to draw comic books in 1970, making his uncle into one of his characters.

Then, in present day, a director decides to adapt that comic book into a big-budget superhero movie. The books characters include an extremely difficult male actor and a wonderful leading lady actress, plus an eccentric director, producer, production assistant and more quirky crew members.

[From People]

The book will also include original comic books written by Tom and illustrated by Robert Sikoryak. Of course it will, because who doesn?t write the off comic book in their spare time? I love the idea of this story for two reasons. The first is because it?s Tom?s love letter to filmmaking. Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Bill Evans and many others did projects attempting to explain why filmmaking and storytelling are so deeply important to them. I think people forget that films are a passion for those making them because the politics and the underbelly of the film industry taint so much of our impression. The second reason I appreciate this angle is because Tom is using a comic book to superhero model. The spectacle of Marvel and DC have overshadowed how old some of those origin stories were. Anyway, I?m sure this will be a wonderful book and a huge success. And, as always, it couldn?t happen to a nicer guy.

Small side-step but I watched the Baz Luhrmann Elvis movie finally. I?m a Luhrmann fan, first off, and most people I know didn?t like the film, so I went in with low expectations. However, I enjoyed it. I never stopped seeing Tom in Col. Parker, though. Everyone else I saw their character, but I always felt I was looking at Tom Hanks with a weird accent and The Penguin?s nose. Although he still got me to hate him and it?s hard to hate Tom, so he did his job. I really don?t have enough superlatives for Austin Butler, though. He completely became his character, even changed the way he moved as Elvis aged. And he and Tom together were great.

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Hayden Panettiere calls relinquishing custody the 'most heartbreaking thing'
Added 665 days agoSource: CeleBitchy
Hayden Panettiere calls relinquishing custody the 'most heartbreaking thing'
Hayden Panettiere got so much criticism when she relinquished custody of her then-toddler daughter to her daughter?s father, Vladimir Klitschko. I remember covering it in early 2019 and giving her credit for doing the difficult thing to make sure little Kaya was well cared for by family. Hayden was in an abusive relationship at the time and was struggling with addiction. She also sought treatment for postpartum depression, which she was open about. It must have been hard for her to give up custody of her daughter. It turns out it wasnt her decision. In a clip from Red Table Talk, the new episode of which comes out this afternoon, Hayden talks about how hard it was to sign over custody. While shes clearly parsing her words, it sound like she was forced to by her ex. Heres more.

appears on this weeks new episode of Facebook Watchs Red Table Talk, opening up to co-hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris, and guest host Kelly Osbourne about the very upsetting experience of relinquishing custody of her only child to ex Wladimir Klitschko.

In a clip from the RTT conversation shared exclusively with PEOPLE, Panettiere calls signing the custody papers the most heartbreaking thing Ive ever had to do in my life.

You thought this was an agreement that you came to that it was best that your daughter be with her dad, Banfield Norris asks the actress to clarify.

At first it was not because it wasnt a discussion, the actress explains. If [Klitschko] had come to me and said I think because of where youre at right now and your struggles that youre having it would be good for her to be over here with me for a while ? which if I had probably had enough of a conversation I wouldve said okay that makes sense, I get it, Ill come there to visit and stuff like that.

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Because of the way that it was done, it was very upsetting, she continues. I mean, it was the worst signing those papers, the most heartbreaking thing Ive ever, ever had to do in my life.

I was gonna go work on myself, I was gonna get better, and when I got better then things would change and she could come to me and I could have my time with her but that didnt happen, she adds.

[From People]

Haydens then boyfriend was arrested multiple times for assaulting her, she wasnt sober and it seems like Kaya was in the right place. Hayden has since gotten sober from an alcohol and opioid addiction and shes made peace with Vladimir and his family. At least she posts nice things about him. Maybe shes doing that out of necessity because she hopes to get more time with her daughter.

In Haydens cover People interview, which came out this July, she said that she visits with Kaya, now seven, and that theyre close. I am interested to see if she talks more about that in her RTT interview. Again, shes wording things carefully. If she doesnt have custody of Kaya, she is probably scared to say anything bad about her ex and his family. Sometimes people make tough decisions because the other parent isnt able to care for their children.

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