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In a story similar to the plot of the film Castaway starring Tom Hanks, Jose Ivan was found on the atoll having floated 8,000 miles from Mexico

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Nasa probes Apollo 13 commander's right to sell flight checklist

Nasa is investigating whether the Apollo 13 commander, James Lovell, has the right to sell a checklist from the flight that includes his handwritten calculations crucial in guiding the damaged spacecraft back to Earth.

Screen Talk: Birth of a behemoth

Hollywood is abuzz with the latest hot coupling and it's not even talent bed-hopping causing the chins to wag.

Larry Crowne (12A) / The Conspirator (12A) 2/5, 2/5

Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Pam Grier / Starring: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Evan Rachel Wood

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The highest-grossing star in the world and America's sweetheart can feel our pain, they tell Gill Pringle ahead of their new movie

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Major Dick Winters: Soldier whose wartime exploits were chronicled in ‘Band of Brothers’

Major Dick Winters would have been just another decorated Second World War veteran had the historian Stephen Ambrose not met him at a reunion in 1988. Ambrose recounted the exploits of Winters and his men in the 1992 bestseller Band Of Brothers, which became a successful television mini-series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, with the British actor Damian Lewis starring as Winters. He discounted his own heroism as being typical rather than unusual, but as commander of a company, and later a battalion, of paratroopers in the American 101st Airborne Division, known as the Screaming Eagles, Winters and his men were key players in some of the most crucial and heavily mythologised battles of the war: D-Day, Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. Each time, Winters led from the front while making crucial tactical decisions that achieved their objectives against sometimes overwhelming odds. And when fighting ended in Europe they had just captured Berchtesgarden, Hitler's mountain retreat.

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Tom Hanks has become a grandfather for the first time.

Hanks handed Bigelow her Oscar – now he wants to win one with her

Kathryn Bigelow's first film since winning an Oscar and widespread critical acclaim for The Hurt Locker was always bound to be a big deal. Yesterday anticipation crept up a notch, with the announcement that the Hollywood heavyweight Tom Hanks is to set to be her leading man.

DVD: The Pacific (15)

Steven Spielberg's fixation with the Second World War continues. He has given us Band of Brothers, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan and 1941 and he is on board here, along with Tom Hanks, as a producer. This costly ($150m) and lovingly-crafted HBO mini-series charts the true experiences of three US Marines – Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale), John Basilone (Jon Seda) and Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello, the boy in Jurassic Park) in the Pacific theatre of war.

Survey puts Ed Milibandahead of David in Labour vote

David Miliband has admitted his campaign for the Labour leadership received a "wake-up call" after a poll showed his brother, Ed, had moved into a narrow lead.

Last Night's Television - The Pacific, Sky Movies Premiere

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Tim Walker: Steven Spielberg's The Pacific has a lot to live up to as a war drama

The Couch Surfer: The Pacific is somewhat swollen with a sense of its own importance

Joseph Mazzello: The kid from Jurassic Park reunites with Steven Spielberg for the most expensive TV series ever made

As a child, he survived rampaging velociraptors. Two decades later, he has emerged from self-imposed acting exile to reunite with Steven Spielberg for 'The Pacific'.

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