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Happy 57th Birthday To Tom Hanks!
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Tom Hanks

A tip of the birthday hat goes to one of the biggest superstars to come out of the modern age of Hollywood, Tom Hanks, who not only is a supernova of a presence in many forms of mediums, but is also considered one of the great actors and comedians of that modern era as well.

Imbued with a kind of metaphorical force majeure, the widespread appeal of Tom Hanks stretches to all four corners of the globe. Even early in his career, as the sarcastic, Bill Murrayesque character (sometimes in drag) on the late 1970s-early 1980s sitcom, Bosom Buddies, there was an ease about Hanks; it seemed as if he’d been a star for years. He exuded a confidence and hilarity that made a role like the one he played in an early picture he was in – Ron Howard’s Splash – ebullient, effused with the Hanks chipper formula, and elevated that film’s character from what could have been a manifestation of milquetoast into an everyman that the audience cares about. It set the template for the Hanks’ character to come in countless cinematic vehicles that followed (Bachelor Party, The Money Pit, the hyper success Big, the obscure Volunteers, The Man With One Red Shoe, and The Burbs among many others).

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eBook Deal: 3 History Books By Stephen E. Ambrose For $2 Each
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Citizen Soldiers

The ebook deal of the day over at Amazon today is three top-rated American history books from historian Stephen E. Ambrose for only $1.99 each (that’s 80% off the list price).

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of German
Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors

Note – this deal is valid only for today, Saturday, December 31, 2011, until 11:59pm PST.

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The Greatest TV Shows Ever: ‘Band of Brothers’
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Band Of Brothers along with bonus disc The Pacific Part One is on sale today til midnight PST for 63% off with the Blu-ray for $36.99, DVD for 29.99.

Had a certain Führer had his nasty little moustachioed way with Europe and claimed victory, establishing a power to take over the world, we would be living very differently today. Thanks to the soldiers who fought in World War II, constantly putting their own lives in danger to serve their countries, these men conquered that nasty little German bastard. These men are heroes, who were just doing their job, saving the world.

Band of Brothers is a ten-part series about the lives of a group of these war heroes. It focuses on “˜E’ (Easy) Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airbourne of the U.S. Army as they train, prepare, and take to the frontlines in France, Belgium, and Germany — where they captured Hitler’s “˜Eagle’s Nest’ retreat. The training was punishing and unrelenting, which served to make the men of easy company some of the leanest and meanest going to war.

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks (who also has writing and directing credits on a couple of episodes) are executive producers. The director and star of one of the greatest movies about the World War II — Saving Private Ryan — keep Band of Brothers in a similar vein. The action scenes are furious and each episodes’ director keeps the danger ever present.

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Deal: ‘Band of Brothers’ With ‘The Pacific Part One’ On DVD or Blu-ray
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 band of brothers blu-rayThe Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is HBO’s World War II miniseries Band Of Brothers along with The Pacific Part One on Blu-ray or DVD for 63% off.

Note, this deal is only for today, Tuesday, October 12, 2010, until midnight PST while supplies last.

The Blu-ray price has been reduced to $36.99 (down from the $99.98), while DVD price is now $29.99 (down from $79.98).

Also, with this purchase, you’ll get $4 credit to use towards a purchase or rental through Amazon’s Video on Demand service.

This packaged deal comes with your choice of either DVD or Blu-ray of Band Of Brothers along with a bonus disc that includes “The Pacific Part One” and the special feature “From Band of Brothers to The Pacific,” in which Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg discuss taking on World War II’s Pacific theater after bringing the European front to life in Band of Brothers.

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Deal: ‘Band of Brothers’ on Blu-ray or DVD
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 band of brothers blu-rayThe Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is HBO’s monumental World War II miniseries Band of Brothers for 60% off.

The DVD is on sale for $31.99 (that’s 60% off the list price of $79.98; the Blu-ray is on sale for $39.99 (that’s 60% off the list price of $99.98).

Both editions contain all 10-parts of the 2001 award-winning miniseries executive produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, and include bonus features like the 80-minute documentary “We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company” and a 30-minute “Making of Band of Brothers” featurette. The Blu-ray edition also has picture-in-picture commentary and an interactive field guide.

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