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Pandemic shift: Tom Hanks movie ‘Greyhound’ ended up on Apple TV+

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Tom Hanks made a movie about being the captain of a destroyer escorting a convoy during World War II. I do not know the name of the movie, but I don’t think it was ever released in theaters. I can’t find it on Redbox or pay-per-view, and I cannot find it for purchase anywhere. Do you know what happened to this movie?

Tom Hanks in a scene from “Greyhound.” (Courtesy of Apple TV+)

A: The name of the movie is “Greyhound,” and it is quite good. As you know, when the pandemic forced many movie theaters to shut down, studios began looking for other ways to get their productions in front of audiences, and streaming was one solution. So “Greyhound” ended up on the subscription service Apple TV+, where you can still find it (and where you can get a seven-day free trial).

The shift to streaming, by the way, affected the eligibility rules for the Academy Awards on April 25. Motion Picture Academy rules customarily require “that a film be shown in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County for a theatrical qualifying run of at least seven consecutive days, during which period screenings must occur at least three times daily.” But for this year’s awards, streaming films were eligible without a theatrical release. “Greyhound” is nominated for an Oscar for its achievement in sound.

Q: Here’s a tough one. in “The Blacklist,” Season 5, Episode 8, there is a guy singing “The Sound of Silence” (the old Simon & Garfunkel tune) in the background. It is a terrific rendition! Can you find out the artist?

Disturbed’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” was featured in “The Blacklist.” (Courtesy of Travis Shinn)

A: That is by Disturbed. The song is available as a single download, as well as on the Disturbed album “Immortalized.”

Q: “Wolf Hall” is an amazing series! When will there be a second season, and will the cast be the same?

Catherine of Aragon, played by Joanne Whalley, in “Wolf Hall.” (Courtesy of BBC)

A: Based on two novels by Hilary Mantel, the six-episode drama was much praised when it first aired in 2015. Those novels, “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” were part of a trilogy. And in 2019, the BBC confirmed that a second run of “Wolf Hall” was in the works, to be based on the conclusion of the trilogy, the long-anticipated “The Mirror & The Light.” That novel arrived in March 2020, and work began on a screen adaptation. But that was also the point where the pandemic was wreaking havoc, and I don’t know where the production currently stands, or if it will reunite the original cast.

Q: We just finished the Netflix series “The Sinner.” Loved it. Will there be more?

Bill Pullman as Detective Lt. Harry Ambrose in “The Sinner.” (Matthias Clamer/USA Network)

A: Not everything on Netflix started there, and the three seasons of “The Sinner” have appeared first on USA Network. Last June, USA picked up the series for a fourth season with star Bill Pullman returning. I have not seen a premiere date, but USA’s plan has been to air it sometime in 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a question or comment about entertainment past, present and future? Write to Rich Heldenfels, P.O. Box 417, Mogadore, OH 44260, or brenfels@gmail.com. Letters may be edited. Individual replies are not guaranteed.

 

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