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Thor, Gale, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks Star In the Epic, The Groundbreaking… Bitman Begins

Jimmy Kimmel, as is his wont, took to his late night show to have some post-Oscar fun. This year he enlisted the help of celebrities to dramatize that most enduring, most highbrow of subjects: The Internet meme. There’s David After Dentist (starring Joseph Gordon Levitt), Ain’t nobody got time for that (with Queen Latifah), and …I don’t want to ruin it, but Gary Oldman is there.

But Bitman Begins is our favorite, because superheroes. Hit the jump for a behind-the-scenes video in which Meryl Streep talks working with the Hemsworth brothers.

Update: YouTube appears to be giving some people trouble. Sorry if you’re affected. Hopefully everything will be back to normal soon.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Facehugs For Everybody

Joey Spiotto‘s Alien (and Predator) prints in the style of Little Golden Books are for sale. (See Geeks are Sexy for links to each.)

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It's A World of Laughter A World of Tears

Tom Hanks Gives Us His Best Walt Disney In The Saving Mr. Banks Trailer

Just the other day we saw our first official image of Tom Hanks and the always wonderful Emma Thompson from Saving Mr. Banks. The film will tell the story of P.L. Travers (Thompson), creator of Mary Poppins, and Walt Disney’s long road to capturing her works. I have to admit, the trailer tugged at my heartstrings a bit.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: First Look at Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Mary Poppins Bio Pic

Saving Mr. Banks promises to tell the story of the tumultuous working relationship between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers, creator of Mary Poppins. (Bleeding Cool)

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Good News Everyone!

HBO Has Chosen Their Follow-Up to Band of Brothers and The Pacific, And It Is…

Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany. Or at least that’s the name of the book (or one of the books) upon which HBO’s third World War II miniseries will be based.

The network has confirmed that the series is a go, and producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks have acquired the rights to Donald L. Miller‘s book, which follows WWII’s Eighth Air Force, also called the Mighty Eighth.

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Our Adorable Past

The Evolution of Famous Actors (Plus Batman and Biff Tannen)

Artist Jeff Victor has made my geeky, cinephiliac, infograph-loving heart happy with his series depicting the evolution of famous actors, among them Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, and Tom Hanks. And because every fanart series needs a little Batman (it’s a universal truth, just go with it), he’s included the Caped Crusader as well. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Officially Official

Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Beatles Manager Brian Epstein; The Beatles/Doctor Who Connections Just Keep Piling Up

Benedict Cumberbatch will play all the iconic British characters! It’s just been announced that the Sherlock actor will star in a biopic of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who signed the band in 1961 before Beatlemania hit. The film’s being helmed by Sherlock director Paul McGuigan and co-produced by Tom Hanks through his Playtone production company.

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And Now For Something Completely Different

Why Is Tom Hanks Doing Slam Poetry About Full House? Who Cares, It’s Amazing!

In one of the most random and bizarre instances of celebrity appearances this year, the always lovely Tom Hanks went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform slam poetry. But what would he slam about? Politics? His recent curse-slip on morning television? Promote his new film, Cloud Atlas? No, the 1980s/90s ABC family sitcom, Full House. Because, well, obviously.

(via Geek Tyrant)

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Officially Official

‘Mary Poppins’ Production Biopic is a Go, Emma Thompson is P.L. Travers

You feel us, Banks?

Ms. Poppins and her umbrella are getting some serious mileage, of late. Hot on the chimney-top stomping heels of a hit Broadway translation, the Walt Disney Co is putting semi-biopic Saving Mr. Banks onto the slate for next year. Yesterday marked the start of production on the 60s period piece, which will chronicle Walt Disney‘s 20-year odyssey to obtain the screen rights to P.L. Travers‘ books and character, focusing on the tension between the author and the company’s founder during the making of the classic film. In the author’s corner is the immeasurable Emma Thompson, and in Disney’s, none other than Tom Hanks. Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, and Jason Schwartzman round out the cast, though IMDB has no listing yet for who’s on deck to play Julie Andrews.

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Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

The Trailer for Cloud Atlas is Vast, Visually Gorgeous

This looks like it will be a very long, winding road of a film. The trailer itself is almost six minutes long; if that’s proportional to how much time they expect us to sit in our seats and watch the feature-length version then we sure hope it’s interesting. It certainly looks epic. Cloud Atlas, based on the novel by David Mitchell, is being adapted by Andy and Lana Wachowski, and directed by Tom Dykwer. From the trailer it appears to be science fiction meets historical fiction, with several separate but interweaving story lines and quite a lot of time-jumping. It also features the dulcet tones of American Treasure Tom Hanks, and that’s always had a remarkably comforting effect on us.

(via Wired)