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Tom Hanks to star in some movie about Starbucks
posted by rottytooth (50 comments total)
 
Sounds like a good companion piece to his movie about AOL.
posted by jayder at 3:06 PM on March 29, 2006


The actor is attached to star in "How Starbucks Saved My Life," about an advertising executive

Yes.
posted by Ryvar at 3:06 PM on March 29, 2006


"All my life I felt like I was just Tall. But you make me feel like I'm Venti!"
posted by brain_drain at 3:09 PM on March 29, 2006


Van Sant is directing some movie that by its very title shills for a corporation? WTF.
posted by xmutex at 3:11 PM on March 29, 2006


based on a book proposal?
posted by blue_beetle at 3:14 PM on March 29, 2006


my worst fears are becoming reality.
posted by ms.jones at 3:19 PM on March 29, 2006


Let's see there was AOL in 'You've Got Mail', FedEx in 'Survivor' and now Starbucks. My question is, when does he start shilling for KY, Cheetos and Monsanto?
posted by Vaska at 3:25 PM on March 29, 2006


Van Sant is directing some movie that by its very title shills for a corporation?

Van Sant hasn't made a worthwhile film since To Die For.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 3:33 PM on March 29, 2006


Besides the aforementioned Hanks 90-minute commercials (good joba Vaska!), has there ever been a more egregious case of Product Placement????
posted by usedwigs at 3:40 PM on March 29, 2006


Spoiler ahead:

In the end, he stumbles on the price of a triple caramel decaf no-foam soy macchiato, and is able to retire to Barbados with his family.
posted by George_Spiggott at 3:40 PM on March 29, 2006


Why not? He's been surreptitiously shilling for Massengill for a long time now.
posted by psmealey at 3:47 PM on March 29, 2006 [1 favorite]


Usedwigs: Thanks, and yes, it was called The Wizard. Those who might want to reference The Coca Cola Kid should know it was actually done with Coke's endorsement at all.
posted by Vaska at 3:52 PM on March 29, 2006


posted by psmealey Why not? He's been surreptitiously shilling for Massengill for a long time now.

You must mean Splash.
posted by fandango_matt at 3:54 PM on March 29, 2006


[this is fuckin' stupid]
posted by interrobang at 3:55 PM on March 29, 2006


The only way this movie would work if it is based on this guy. [youtube. contains f-bombs]
posted by birdherder at 3:59 PM on March 29, 2006


Let's see there was AOL in 'You've Got Mail', FedEx in 'Survivor' and now Starbucks.

you forgot the Department of Homeland Security in The Terminal.
posted by carsonb at 4:06 PM on March 29, 2006


Vaska, it's a tough call between The Wizard and Mac and Me. I think it tips to Mac for referencing the company name in the title.
posted by team lowkey at 4:07 PM on March 29, 2006


Van Sant hasn't made a worthwhile film since To Die For.

I really liked "Gerry".

/ducks
posted by zardoz at 4:12 PM on March 29, 2006


in a total derail, I just made the connection between Haley in 'The Wizard' and Rilo Kiley. I knew there was a reason I loved that movie aside from SMB3. *swoon*
posted by carsonb at 4:16 PM on March 29, 2006


Team Lowkey: I was doing really well at forgetting that movie ever existed and you've gone and ruined that!
posted by Vaska at 4:17 PM on March 29, 2006


I heard Tom Hanks likes to dress up like a woman so that he can live cheaply in an all female co-op. Pervert.
posted by ColdChef at 4:37 PM on March 29, 2006


"I want this motherfucking whipped cream off my motherfucking Mocha!"
posted by ColdChef at 4:38 PM on March 29, 2006


I really liked "Gerry".

The first 20 minutes of Gerry has a certain audacity. I didn't know that a formerly inspired director could shoot something that boring. I gave up somewhere in the middle of the "Wheel of Fortune" anecdote.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 4:39 PM on March 29, 2006


I think 'Gerry' was one of the better films put out in the last 5 years. I really feel like it seperates people who like film for what it is, and people who just like it as a means to be told good stories.

And as for whether or not his films are 'worthwhile.' There's a real difference between messing around with form and failing (Elephant), or even playing with classic films and faling (Psycho), and doing a Tom Hanks movie about Starbucks.

I wanted to put some kind of Euphemism for making the worst film ever in there, but I couldn't come up with anything more damning than 'Making a Tom Hanks movie about Starbucks'. That is my new expression for what the devil will do to me after I die.
posted by lumpenprole at 4:50 PM on March 29, 2006


I really feel like it seperates people who like film for what it is, and people who just like it as a means to be told good stories.

Not me: I'm all for experimental film, film about film, slow film, seemingly directionless film, non-linear narratives, non-narrative, and what have you. Gerry just bored the hell out of me.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 4:58 PM on March 29, 2006


Van Sant's last three films (Gerry, Elephant, Last Days) have all been great.
posted by jimmy at 5:25 PM on March 29, 2006


this is inexplicably horrible news, however.
posted by jimmy at 5:25 PM on March 29, 2006


Is this even real? Outside of the Reuters article I can't find anything about it.
posted by melt away at 5:29 PM on March 29, 2006


Re: The Brooklyn starbucks rant...

Metafilter: what about the fucking working man
posted by drezdn at 5:29 PM on March 29, 2006


Boy, Hanks has come a long way since he was bewildered by the cappucino machine in Saving Private Ryan.
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:42 PM on March 29, 2006


GAG ME WITH A VENTI SPOON.
posted by ParisParamus at 5:45 PM on March 29, 2006


I liked Bosom Buddies but since then I've never been that impressed with Tom.
posted by effwerd at 6:04 PM on March 29, 2006


Well, okay, maybe Bachelor Party.
posted by effwerd at 6:05 PM on March 29, 2006


Thinking of that one funny scene in Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back where they're making Good Will Hunting Two and they ask Van Sant for direction and he's busy counting stacks of money and mutters "Busy...."
posted by cavalier at 6:18 PM on March 29, 2006


and Bachelor Party = Best. Tom. Hanks. Movie. Ever.
posted by cavalier at 6:18 PM on March 29, 2006


The plot's as weak as their coffee.
posted by furtive at 6:24 PM on March 29, 2006


Figures he would star in something as craptastic as "The Da Vinci Code". Hell, I barfed just typing that title.
posted by Eekacat at 6:42 PM on March 29, 2006


Tom Hanks to star in some movie about Starbucks

Before I clicked the link or saw the title, I really, really hoped Tom Hanks was going to play Captain Ahab in some kind of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Stoppardesque film.
posted by tweak at 7:43 PM on March 29, 2006


you forgot the Department of Homeland Security in The Terminal.

Not to mention every chain store on the planet. Every single shot had a logo in the background.
posted by brundlefly at 8:00 PM on March 29, 2006


At least it isn't a sequel to Philadelphia.
posted by Peter H at 8:04 PM on March 29, 2006


Or maybe it is!
posted by Peter H at 8:05 PM on March 29, 2006


Sean Penn already did the uplifting Starbucks employee story in "I Am Sam", unless my memory of the trailer is wrong as I haven't seen the film myself.
posted by bobo123 at 8:07 PM on March 29, 2006


I liked Bosom Buddies but since then I've never been that impressed with Tom

Oh sure the first season was good, but it really went downhill after that.

Tom did movies too?
posted by Bonzai at 10:45 PM on March 29, 2006


I'd watch it if the script was Mamet.
"Fuck your Venti."
posted by klangklangston at 6:43 AM on March 30, 2006


"Latte is for closers."

"A always, B be, C coffee. Always be coffee."
posted by ColdChef at 6:48 AM on March 30, 2006


I'd watch it if the script was Mamet.

Me too, just to see where he crowbars in parts for Ricky Jay and Rebecca Pidgeon.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 6:49 AM on March 30, 2006


The FedEx movie was "Cast Away." "Survivor" is a reality show on CBS.
posted by lampoil at 7:09 AM on March 30, 2006


You know what the scary thing is? I'm about to face redundancy (after ten years as a web content dude) - and I've fantasised about working somewhere like Starbucks, just to figure out how to re-connect with people who aren't tech/media-obsessed...

My life is going to be a film. and even I don't know how it ends.
posted by badlydubbedboy at 8:17 AM on March 30, 2006


Van Sant is a hack - yes, he's made a couple of great films, but he's made more bad ones than good. And the bad are really bad - everyone remember Psycho?
posted by venus in furs at 10:31 AM on March 30, 2006


Ugh. And Elephant? I would rather watch an elephant for 75 minutes ("feature-length") than that crap.
posted by hoborg at 6:23 PM on March 30, 2006


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