Tom — say it isn’t so!
As if we haven’t had enough of the 2016 presidential race, Tom Hanks (and Gary Goetzman) are producing an HBO miniseries about Donald Trump’s campaign and victory over Hillary Clinton.
Announced on Thursday, the project will be directed by Jay Roach, who worked with Hanks and Goetzman on the 2012 HBO film “Game Change,” about the 2008 campaign of John McCain (played by Ed Harris), which created a media star in vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, portrayed by Julianne Moore.
Both projects are based on work by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, who wrote “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime” and are working on a book about the Trump-Clinton race.
There’s no word if the filmmakers have contacted Alec Baldwin about playing Trump.
According to news site The Hill, Hanks also is involved in a politically-themed movie about the Pentagon Papers.
Hank also recently gave the White House press corps a new espresso machine, including a note with the gift that read: “Keep up the good fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Especially the Truth part.”
BABY NO. 2
We won’t comment on how many likes will be tallied in the wake of Thursday’s Facebook announcement that Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are expecting another daughter to join 15-month-old Maxima “Max” Chan Zuckerberg.
After the tech mogul, 32, commented that he wasn’t sure if he and his wife would he able to have another child, he said he was happy “it’s a girl.”
And, in what’s sadly a refreshing statement these days, he added: “We are all better people because of the strong women in our lives.”
MEET A MUSLIM
Sara Taksler, a producer of “The Daily Show,” wants audiences to check out “Tickling Giants” on March 21 at the Landmark’s Opera Plaza in The City and Shattuck in Berkeley. It’s about Dr. Bassem Youssef, known as the “Egyptian Jon Stewart,” who leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a late-night comedian.
Calling the evening “Meet a Muslim at the Movies,” she says, “My hope is that, in the same way Oprah was a lot of Americans’ first African-American ‘friend.’ Bassem can be that for people who may not have met any Muslims.” She says it’s received positive response in New York, even from a guy who works with Ted Cruz,
Actress Olivia Wilde is 33. … Singer Carrie Underwood is 34. … Singer Robin Thicke is 40. … Rapper-producer Timbaland is 45. … Actor Jon Hamm is 46. … Music producer Rick Rubin is 54. … Actress Sharon Stone is 59. … TV personality/businesswoman Barbara Corcoran is 68. … Singer Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean is 77. … Actor Chuck Norris is 77.
— Staff, wire report
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