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WWII Veteran Dr. Sidney Phillips Reacts to HBO's 'The Pacific'

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Mar 19th 2010 1:30PM
'The Pacific,' HBO's monumental 10-part miniseries produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, chronicles four Marines as they serve in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.

Unlike its companion miniseries, 'Band of Brothers,' which followed the legendary Easy Company throughout the war in Europe, 'The Pacific' focuses more on the individual perspectives of four Marines -- Pvts. Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale) and Sidney Phillips (Ashton Holmes) in the 1st Marine Regiment; Sgt. John Basilone (Jon Seda) in the 7th Marine Regiment; and Phillips' best friend, Pvt. Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazzello), in the 5th Marine Regiment -- as they struggle to keep their spirits high while fighting an unrelenting enemy -- the Japanese.

AOL TV had the honor of speaking to 85-year-old WWII veteran Dr. Sidney Phillips, the only one still with us (Basilone was fatally wounded at Iwo Jima, and Leckie and Sledge, both of whom wrote memoirs on which 'The Pacific' is based, both passed away in 2001). Phillips tells us what it felt like to see his war-time experiences and those of his best friend Sledge depicted on screen.

Read the interview after the jump

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TV 101: Goofus And Gallant, TV-Style

by Jay Black, posted Mar 17th 2010 2:03PM
Goofus and Gallant and ulcers and the dentistI was recently surprised to learn that not only is 'Highlights Magazine' still being published, it actually owns the domain name highlights.com (which you would think would have gone to something far more profitable than a magazine - a hair care products link farm, perhaps).

'Highlights' was one of the few pleasures of my childhood trips to the dentist's office, the others being the toy at the end of the visit and a dentist who had a very liberal nitrous policy. Every six months, I spent an hour split between enjoying the games and puzzles in 'Highlights' and burning a hole through my stomach-lining with dentist-inspired fear.

One feature of 'Highlights' that always stood out to me was "Goofus and Gallant": a teaching aid using two brothers, one of whom always did everything wrong - Goofus - and one who always did everything right - Gallant.

Since most TV executives are like children anyway, I figured the "Goofus and Gallant" model would be ideal to teach them a few things about how to improve their product.

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'The Pacific' - 'Guadalcanal/Leckie' Recap (mini-series premiere)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 15th 2010 9:00AM
'The Pacific'
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Just as Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks collaborated with HBO in 2001 to bring us the European World War II epic 'Band of Brothers,' they've joined forces again to take us to the other side of the war with 'The Pacific.' Another ten-part series, like 'Brothers,' 'Pacific' is based on true military figures and events depicted with some dramatic license, but with attempts to be as accurate as possible.

One of the first things the production team did was establish just how different the Pacific front was from the European one. The image that dominates most dramatic presentations about the fight against the Nazi forces of Germany is the military arrival on the beaches of Normandy; a veritable trip into hell.

In contrast, the 1st Marine Regiment's arrival on the beaches of Guadalcanal is a temporary reprieve from the hell of the naval warfare going on just offshore. Everything about this first episode established the atmosphere, tension, anxiety, beauty and horrors of fighting in a tropical paradise.

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'The Pacific' on HBO: Previewing the WWII Miniseries From the 'Band of Brothers' Team

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 11th 2010 5:00PM
Historians like to say that each new war usually finds its generals trying to re-fight the previous war. So it is with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who are ready to fight World War II one more time in 'The Pacific,' a 10-hour miniseries debuting March 14 on HBO.

The team that brought you 'Saving Private Ryan' on the big screen in 1998 and miniseries 'Band of Brothers' to HBO in 2001 has returned with a lavish, detailed, docudrama companion piece to 'Brothers' that promises to do for the fight against Japan what 'Ryan' and 'Brothers' did for the war in Europe: make it come alive for those of us too young to remember.

And they've spared no expense in doing so. According to the Hollywood Reporter, costs for 'The Pacific' have been estimated as high as $200 million, making it the most expensive single event in TV history. Then again, it costs a lot of money to manufacture 3,000 uniforms on 1940s-vintage sewing machines so that they'll have the right texture, or to paint 80 tons of white sand black to replicate the volcanic beachscape of Iwo Jima. That's the level of detail and authenticity the filmmakers were going for in trying to restage the Pacific war.

Read on for more of what to expect from Hanks and Spielberg's latest historical epic.

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Stephen Colbert Thanks Tom Hanks for 'Band of Brothers' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 9th 2010 3:00AM
Stephen Colbert, Tom Hanks, Band of Brothers'Band of Brothers' had a big impact on many people, including Stephen Colbert's mom, whose brother was in the 101st Airborne, as he explained to Tom Hanks on 'The Colbert Report' (11:30PM ET on COM).

"While he wrote back unbelievably beautiful letters for a 21-year-old man," said Colbert, "she didn't really know a lot of what happened to him over there. But because of 'Band of Brothers,' the other members of his company found my mom."

That's really sweet, and shows how important these types of projects are. Hanks is out and about promoting his new HBO series, 'The Pacific.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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Tom Hanks on David Paterson Ticket Scandal: 'Who Cares?' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 4th 2010 1:30PM
Tom Hanks sits in on a round table discussion on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) and offers his perspective on embattled New York Governor David Paterson, who has been accused of accepting free Yankees tickets.

"Who turns down free Yankees tickets? Mets fans. If you can't get free Yankees tickets, what's the point of being Governor of New York?" asks Hanks. "It was $6,000 worth of tickets. That's like two seats on the upper deck. This is nothing. Who cares?"

Watch the video after the jump.

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Tom Hanks Mistakenly Calls Kelly Ripa 'Kathie Lee' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 4th 2010 12:30PM
Even Oscar winners commit a faux pas every now and then. Tom Hanks committed a small one on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated) when he accidentally referred to co-host Kelly Ripa as "Kathie Lee" (the polite movie star quickly apologized, of course).

Later, when the topic of Tom Hanks being a presenter at this year's Oscars came up -- and knowing that last year's winners present this year's awards in the acting categories -- Ripa asked, "Oh I guess, well, you didn't win last year."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Will Ferrell, Tom Hanks Book Friday's 'Tonight Show' - Another Bad Sign for Conan?

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 20th 2010 10:15AM
Though the official announcement is still pending, the imminent departure of Conan O'Brien from 'The Tonight Show' is being heralded by an unlikely harbinger: Will Ferrell.

As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, 'The Tonight Show' released its list of upcoming guests for the week and notable for all the wrong reasons are Friday's stars, Tom Hanks and Will Ferrell. Ferrell, you may recall, was the first guest on the show when O'Brien took over back in June, while Hanks followed the next evening as the lanky host's second guest.

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Five reasons why Jay Leno should be Conan O'Brien's final Tonight Show guest

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 20th 2010 9:00AM

The Tonight Show
has a handsome list of throwback guests, Will Ferrell and Tom Hanks who were the first and second guests when Conan O'Brien took over, on what is presumed to be his last show this Friday. Seriously, they still haven't resolved this thing. Say what you will about the dunderheads-in-chief at NBC, but at least they are consistent at failing.

And while it is nice to remind the audience and the network of the heavy hitters that Conan will have in his corner when he bids his former employer farewell, I'd like to see him take it one step further. Conan O'Brien should have Jay Leno (yes THAT Jay Leno, is there another?) as his final guest.

Sure, it sounds like a bigger pipe dream than mounting a Van Halen reunion tour with the undead corpse of Jimi Hendrix as the opening act, but here's five reasons why it would not only make sense for another small chapter of The Tonight Show dynasty, but for the television dynasty as a whole.

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Hot on Inside Movies: 'New Moon' Reviews, Werner Herzog, Best '30s Movies

by Daynah Burnett, posted Nov 19th 2009 5:35PM
It's that time of the day here at Inside TV, when we put down the remote and check in with our silver screen siblings over at Inside Movies.

• You may have heard of a little movie opening up tomorrow: 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon.' You can find out what the critics are saying in the film's review roundup.

• My So-Called Dress: Claire Danes arrives at the premiere of her new film 'Me & Orson Welles' and gives the crowd more than just a smile. Check out the NSFW pics.

• With Werner Herzog's remake of cult classic 'Bad Lieutenant' opening up this weekend, Inside Movies cozies up with the acclaimed director to discuss Hurricane Katrina, new-age humbug and why it's OK with him if you laugh at his films.

• From 'Frankenstein' to 'The Wizard of Oz,' take a trip through Hollywood's Golden age in a collection of best '30s movies.

• Looks like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan aren't the only rom-com pair that audiences love. Take a look at some romantic comedy couples that should consider an onscreeen reunion.

• And finally, a linguist in Minnesota actually taught his son to speak Klingon instead of English, and the results just might surprise you!

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Watch the Trailer & Footage for New HBO Miniseries 'The Pacific' Now (VIDEO)

by Daynah Burnett, posted Nov 17th 2009 4:21PM
After the critical and commercial success of 2001's 'Band of Brothers,' HBO is putting its efforts behind another World War 2 miniseries: 'The Pacific,' set to air in March 2010.

As the title suggests, this 10-part miniseries will focus on American soldiers fighting in Japan, and is largely based on the memoirs of three WWII veterans, two of whom share writing credit on the series.

With Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks spearheading the project, in addition to writers from 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Wire,' it's a little surprising that there are no big-name actors attached. However, the ensemble's anonymity is no doubt meant to enhance the series' intended realism. According to executive producer Gary Goetzman, 'The Pacific' aims to present the events of WWII Japan as truthfully as possible. "The truth is always much more amazing than anything that you can make up," he said.

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Dragnet rates a U.S. postal stamp

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 11th 2009 11:02AM
dragnet_stampHow many people remember Dragnet? Or maybe I should say how many people remember actually watching Dragnet, the "just the facts" police show starring the iconic Jack Webb? The reason I ask is because the U.S. Postal Service is immortalizing Dragnet with a postage stamp tomorrow.

In light of the fact that letter writing and postal service are dramatically in decline, my guess is that there will be an older crowd nodding appreciatively when Dragnet is honored. You see, the younger generation (did I really say that?) doesn't have much use for stamps and won't be buying the Dragnet first class stamp.

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TV News Daily: Jessica Simpson Lands VH1 Reality Show

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 23rd 2009 12:00PM
Jessica Simpson and Sandra Bullock

Jessica Simpson lands a new reality show gig on VH1, Ed McMahon passes away at 86, FX picks up the TV rights to 'The Proposal' and more TV news.

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The joke that everyone missed from SNL's Celebrity Jeopardy revival

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 9th 2009 3:03PM
Will Ferrell and Norm MacDonald as Alex Trebek and Burt Reynolds on Celebrity Jeopardy!Last month's triumphant return of the "Celebrity Jeopardy!" sketch to Saturday Night Live was a hilarious bit of celebrity snark genius. It is without a doubt the only sketch in the show's history that just gets better and better every time a new one is rolled out for the public to digest and enjoy.

The most recent incarnation of the sketch was no exception. In fact, it built on the solid foundation that lay before it by casting Tom Hanks as a clueless himself and bringing back Norm MacDonald as Burt Reynolds. MacDonald's appearance was funny not just because he does a scary good Reynolds, but I also like to think that every time he returns to the show, Don Ohlmeyer cries a little inside.

As much as there was to laugh at in the sketch, a tiny but hilarious joke seeped through the cracks and no one seemed to spot it -- until now. I have found the missing joke from last month's Jeopardy! sketch, thanks to my keen eyes, my intrepid nose and my ever-widening butt.

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Saturday Night Live: Will Ferell/Green Day (season finale)

by Annie Wu, posted May 17th 2009 12:40PM
Celebrity Jeopardy
(S34E23) Wow. Way to go, Will Ferrell. Maybe they should just bring back Saturday Night Live alumni for season finales from now on, because this episode was spectacular. Ferrell brought back some old favorites and a slew of famous faces, from the familiar to the inexplicable, including Amy Poehler, Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway and Artie Lange. Here are some video highlights from the evening (Hulu vids are US only. Sorry, kids... you can also watch these videos at NBC's website).

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