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Tom Hanks Types a Book of Short Stories

TomHanksHeadshotGiven his affinity for typewriters and his collection of favorite models, including a Hermes 2000, a 1930s Remington, and a midcentury Royal, we imagine Tom Hanks tapped out first drafts for the book he just sold to Alfred A. Knopf. Images of his typewriters inspired a series of short stories.

According to the New York Times: “’The stories are not about the typewriters themselves, but rather the stories are something that might have been written on one of them,’ Mr. Hanks said in a statement released by Knopf on Monday.”

In September, Hanks shared the origin story for his typewriter love with NPR’s Audie Cornish, “I ended up just having them around because they’re beautiful works of art, and I ended up collecting them from every ridiculous source possible. It really kicked off probably when I had a little excess cash. But better to spend it on $50 typewriters than some of the other things you can blow show-business money on.”

He also discussed with Cornish how using a typewriter changes the writing process:

“It makes me work a little slower, and when you work a little slower, you work a little bit more accurately. … I like operating a little bit slower. Typing on an actual typewriter on paper is only a softer version of chiseling words into stone.”

Hanks’ book of short stories follows the release in August of his writing app, Hanx Writer, which simulates a typewriter keyboard and action, and his 2013 New York Times op-ed, “I Am TOM. I Like to TYPE. Hear That?”

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Sony Pictures & Imagine Entertainment to Adapt Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’

Picture-Device-Independent-Bitmap-1Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are teaming up to adapt Inferno by Dan Brown. According to USA Todaythis novel was the bestselling book of 2013.

The movie studios will be skipping over the third installment of this popular fiction series, The Lost Symbol. Actor Tom Hanks will return to play Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, filmmaker Ron Howard will serve as the director, and screenwriter David Koepp will pen the script.

Here’s more from Deadline: “In Inferno, Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks, the doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s Inferno.” Which actress would you cast to play Sienna Brooks?

Samuel L. Jackson Performs ‘Boy Meets World’-Themed Slam Poetry

Just in time for National Poetry Month, Django Unchained actor Samuel L. Jackson recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and performed slam poetry about the 90′s American sitcom, Boy Meets World.

In the video embedded above, Jackson makes references to the Corey-Topanga love story, the Corey-Shawn bromance, and Eric’s infamous “Feeny” call.

According to Mental Floss, Fallon later asked Jackson whether or not he was a fan of Boy Meets World; Jackson admitted that it’s probable he had never even “seen one episode.”

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Bryan Cranston To Narrate ‘The Things They Carried’

audible_logo._V400592310_Producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will work together with documentarian Ken Burns to curate an audiobook collection for Audible called Playtone.

The series is named after the three creators’ film and television production company, featuring a wide range of books–you can see the complete list of titles below.  The series will include Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried narrated by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. Check it out:

Other books in the Playtone line are the classic war memoirs With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge and Helmet for my Pillow by Robert Leckie. These two memoirs, which inspired Playtone’s award-winning HBO miniseries The Pacific, are narrated by the actors who portrayed Sledge and Leckie in the series, Joseph Mazzello and James Badge Dale, and both feature introductions by Hanks. Finally, celebrated documentarian Burns (The Civil WarThe Dust Bowl) has handpicked a selection of audiobooks covering the past 150 years of American history that has inspired his own work, personally recording introductions to each.

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Nora Ephron’s Final Written Work Will Only Be Available in Hardcover Collection

Knopf will publish Lucky Guy, the final written work by the great Nora Ephron, as part of a hardcover-only release on October 29th.

The play will be part of a $35 collection edited by Robert Gottlieb called The Most of Nora Ephron. Lucky Guy tells the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning police reporter in New York City, and Tom Hanks now stars in the Broadway edition of the play. Gottlieb introduced the book in the release:

It includes her brilliant writing as a reporter and columnist, her novel, Heartburn, and her screenplay for When Harry Met Sally… as well as her last finished work, the play Lucky Guy. Nora’s unique takes on feminism, politics, family, marriage, food, being a woman, aging, and dying — everything her readers came to admire and love her for — are represented here. Hers was a remarkable life in letters.

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Johnny Depp Gets Book Imprint & Free Edgar Allan Poe eBooks: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including Johnny Depp‘s new publishing imprint, Tom Hanks‘ typewriter bribe and some motivation to stop worrying about book deals and write (video embedded above).

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1. Free Samples of the 2012 National Book Award Finalists

2. Tom Hanks Accepts Depression-Era Typewriter Bribe

3. Stop Worrying About Book Deals & Write

4. Free Edgar Allan Poe eBooks for Halloween

5. What’s Inside Your Writing Survival Kit?

6. 10 Ways to Syndicate Your Online Writing

7. Mo Yan Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

8. Johnny Depp To Launch Book Imprint

9. Halloween Costumes Based on Books

10. How To Pitch This American Life

 

Tom Hanks Accepts Depression-Era Typewriter Bribe

Actor, director and typewriter collector Tom Hanks recently appeared on the Nerdist podcast, thanks to a beautiful bribe–a crimson 1934 Smith Corona typewriter.

The Nerdist podcast host Chris Hardwick knew that Hanks collects old typewriters, so he mailed the invitation along with a Depression-era machine. Above, you can read Hanks’ reply to the invitation, typed on the same typewriter. Below, you can see a photograph of the lovely typewriter.  Here is the original letter sent by The Nerdist team:

Please accept this typewriter–o–gram as a formal invitation to be a a guest on my wildly-popular-with-the-kids Nerdist Podcast. It is a super relaxed, fun chat that will probably cover comedy, NASA, and whatever else you want to talk about — a new WEBSERIES, perhaps?? We are nice guys who are easy to get along with and have never murdered anyone. Other guests have included folks like your son Colin, Tina Fey, Conan, Jimmy Fallon, Bryan Cranston, John Lithgow, Willem Dafoe, JJ Abrams, Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Joel McHale, Jon Hamm, and THE MUPPETS. It would be an absolute dream come true to add you to this list. Please accept this 1934 Smith Corona as a gift for even considering this request. It should only VERY SLIGHTLY affect your decision.

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Cloud Atlas Trailer Drives Book Sales

A long trailer for Cloud Atlas has been released online, giving us a glimpse of Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in the adaptation of David Mitchell‘s award-winning novel. Follow this link to watch the trailer at Apple.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the trailer has driven some new interest in the book, making it the seventh most popular book on Amazon: “To cash in on the renewed interest, Random House has ordered a new paperback printing of 25,000 copies, to hit stores before a special movie-tie in edition of the book is released in September. Currently, “Cloud Atlas” has 227,000 paperback copies in print in the U.S.”

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think? The film comes out October 26th. Follow this link to see cast photos from the movie as well. The Matrix creators Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (the creators of The Matrix) directed the movie.

Tom Hanks to Narrate Stephen Colbert Audiobook

Stephen Colbert will release his first children’s book on May 8th, and actor Tom Hanks will read the audiobook–complete with “interruptions” from the The Colbert Report star.  

You can see the cover of I Am A Pole (And So Can You!) at Amazon. Above, we’ve embedded a video of Colbert talking about the book: “the inspirational story of a pole trying to find his place in the world.” According to the publisher, both Hanks and Colbert “will donate 100 percent of the monies they receive for the reading of this audio recording to U.S. Vets.”

The kid’s book began as a comic moment during Colbert’s interview with  came about as a result of a two-part interview with Maurice Sendak.

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Tom Hanks Could Star in Adaptation of ‘In the Garden of Beasts’

Universal Studios has acquired the movie rights for In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar winner Tom Hanks and his producing partner Gary Goetzman may produce the project. Hanks could star in the movie as well.

Here’s more from the article: “The book tells the true tale of William Dodd, the United States’ reluctant and mild-mannered ambassador to Berlin in 1933, and his daughter Martha, a vivacious socialite who had romantic affairs with a Gestapo official and a Soviet spy.”

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