Disney Studios releases the trailer for The Finest Hours.
DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way and Paramount Pictures buy the film rights to an as-yet-unwritten book about the VW scandal, where the company admitted that 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide are fitted with software that beat emission tests. The book will be written by Ewing, a New York Times journalist, and it will reportedly explore the “more, better, faster” ethos and how it played into the scandal. It is not known whether DiCaprio will star in the film.
Carter executive produces (along with John Legend and Mike Jackson) this 90-minute documentary film, directed by Gillian Laub for HBO. The film examines race relations, a segregated prom, politics, and the killing of an unarmed young black man that joins the residents of two Georgia towns.
The Duchess of Cambridge visits Stoke-on-Trent to tour the headquarters of Emma Bridgewater, a pottery company that specializes in artful designs. The visit is part of her work with East Anglia Children’s Hospices [EACH], which is to benefit from a specially made charity mug made by the company, with all proceeds going to help terminally ill children and their families.
Hanks produces the historical drama that follows the events following the Kennedy Assassination, Parkland. The plot follows the ordinary people put into extraordinary situations; the nurses and doctors at the Parkland Hospital, the cameraman who accidentally captured the shooting on a home video, and JFK’s security team.
Auerbach produces Del Rey’s major label debut, Ultraviolence, at his Nashville studio. His influence is felt through blues and psychedelic guitar touches. The collaboration begins when the two meet at a New York strip club, with both artists interested in recreating a 1970s sound.
The thing about Dan is that he comes from that DIY place and actually so do I, in a way. So there was a sense of freedom from working with him. He loved that everyone kept saying, ‘Dan, are you going to make it bigger?’ and he was like, ‘No, Lana is just going to make it more personal’.
The recording for album track Brooklyn Baby is originally scheduled to be a duet with Lou Reed, bu Reed dies on the day they were supposed to record.
Eminem executive produces Skylar Grey’s major-label debut album, Don’t Look Down.
When I was working on Recovery I was introduced to Skylar by Alex Da Kid and I was blown away with her talent as both a songwriter and vocalist. This album is really going to give her a chance to connect with the fans who probably know her music, but might not know her yet. I think they will be as impressed as I am.
Putting out a debut album is a bit scary I want it to be just right so I took some extra time to finish it. Eminem’s increased involvement has been such a blessing; I’m getting guidance from an artist I really admire and trust. Having written many new songs, the album has become a completely different animal, hence the title change. This new single with Em, in particular, is very exciting. We have worked on so many serious songs together it’s a nice change of pace to do something fun and sarcastic.
Hanks produces this futuristic, dystopian, animated series for Yahoo! and provides the voice for Cameron Carr, the lead character, who is in charge of policing the underground. Besides wanting to create Internet content that wasn’t comedic, Hanks takes the opportunity to play a character unlike himself.
I’m handcuffed by the way I look and the way I sound, and by the body of work I’ve done before.
Carney produces The Sheepdogs’ self-titled album being released on Atlantic Records/Warner Music Canada. Singer Currie says:
A lot of making rock’n’roll is about cutting the fat and being a good filter. In the studio, he helped us refine the songs and found the best representation of each one possible. Plus, we wanted to be able to incorporate all different styles and I think our album runs the gamut.
They basically just e-mailed and asked me if I was interested in helping them make an album, and I was. I like working with bands that have that kind of pop aesthetic but are still coming from a different direction. I try not to do that much production work. But for them, it kind of worked out perfectly because they came to Nashville, and we made the album in, like, 10 days in my garage.
Close plays Albert Nobbs, a hotel waiter, in this drama directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Nobbs is a woman who has been living as a man for 30 years in order to make a living for herself in 19th century Ireland. She meets Hubert Page, a painter hired to work on the hotel property where Nobbs lives and works, and is inspired to dream of a different life. Co-starring Janet McTeer and Mia Wasikowska.
People think it’s all about gender but I don’t think it is; it’s about how people survive and about how human beings need to feel safe. I think Albert is truly one of the great characters and the story, for all its basic simplicity, has a strange emotional power.
Hanks co-writes, co-produces, directs, and stars in Larry Crowne, a romantic comedy also starring Julia Roberts about a middle aged man who goes back to school to better educate himself after losing his job. The film was a critical and box office failure.
Hanks executive produces a war miniseries for HBO and DreamWorks, the Pacific. The series is a companion piece to Band of Brothers that follows the actions of the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific War.
Hanks produces another Greek romantic comedy starring Nia Vardolas (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as a tour guide to ancient ruins. After positive feedback in the films’ early screenings, Fox Searchlight Picture’s President, Peter Rice says:
Given the wildly enthusiastic audience response, we are thrilled to be distributing the film. Nia’s enormous box office appeal[s] along with her gift of perfect comedic timing make for a winning combination.
Hanks produces the science fiction film about a town built in an underground cavern. Based on the novel by Jeanne DuPrau, City of Ember opened poorly it’s first weekend, charting at #11 and grossing nearly $18 million, far bellow its $55 million budget.
Hanks co-produces the film adaptation to the Broadway musical, Mamma Mia! The films’ songs are all original ABBA compositions placed in order of a story about a young girl trying to find who her biological father is. The film is a major hit with a cult following, grossing nearly $610 million.
Hanks executive produces the biographical drama miniseries, John Adams, which chronicles the life of the early president and the first 50 years of the United States.
Hanks co-produced the comedic college film Starter for 10, starring James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch, a university student competing in the quiz show University Challenge.
Tom Hanks co-produces the romantic comedy hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The film becomes the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, grossing $241 million.