PARKLAND Blu-ray Review

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In the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963, the country went into a frenzy as news stations produced headline after headline—accurate and inaccurate—of what had occurred at Dealey Plaza that afternoon.  But what happened amidst the chaos of one of the most devastating events in US history and how did those involved in the event respond?  Parkland delves into the aftermath, giving viewers insight into the lives of those closest to the tragedy and following them in a span of four days.  From the nurses and doctors who tended to a wounded President Kennedy to the Secret Service agents responsible for protecting him, and the infamous Abraham Zapruder who captured everything on his 8mm camera, the film focuses on the stories within the news headlines.  More after the jump.

New to Blu-ray/DVD: THE HOBBIT Extended Edition, TWILIGHT FOREVER, BOY MEETS WORLD: The Complete Collection, and More

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This week’s new home video releases include a couple of long-awaited box sets, an even longer cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (read our review here), and a classic from filmmaker D.W. Griffith.  Briefly:

Jacki Weaver and James Badge Dale Talk PARKLAND, Researching Their Roles, and More; Plus Weaver Tells a Great Story about Woody Allen

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Opening this weekend is writer-director Peter Landesman’s JFK assassination drama Parkland.  Produced by Tom Hanks, the pic revolves around the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the days surrounding President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.  Parkland Hospital is where Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby all died.  Rather than focusing on one person, the film looks beyond the assassination and even President Kennedy to examine the surrounding figures on that infamous day and their roles in one of the most important events in American history.   Parkland is loaded with a great cast featuring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob ThorntonJacki WeaverJames Badge Dale, Mark Duplass, Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Earle HaleyRon LivingstonColin HanksTom WellingJeremy Strong, and David Harbour.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

At the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed a video interview with Weaver and Badge Dale (they play Marguerite Oswald and Robert Oswald).  They talked about getting ready for the role, whether anything surprised them while researching the part, and more.  In addition, Weaver talks about how she was cast in Woody Allen‘s next film and I try to get Badge Dale to talk about Joe Carnahan‘s Stretch.  Hit the jump to watch.

Paul Giamatti Talks PARKLAND, DOWNTON ABBEY, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 and 3, the Sinister Six, and More

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Opening this weekend is writer-director Peter Landesman’s JFK assassination drama Parkland.  Produced by Tom Hanks, the pic revolves around the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the days surrounding President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.  Parkland Hospital is where Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby all died.  Rather than focusing on one person, the film looks beyond the assassination and even President Kennedy to examine the surrounding figures on that infamous day and their roles in one of the most important events in American history.   Parkland is loaded with a great cast featuring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob ThorntonJacki WeaverJames Badge Dale, Mark Duplass, Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Earle HaleyRon LivingstonColin HanksTom WellingJeremy Strong, and David Harbour.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

At the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed a video interview with Giamatti (who plays Abraham Zapruder).  He talked about getting ready for the role, whether anything surprised him while researching the part, how he’s changed as an actor, whether he gets residuals from the wine industry (for the Sideways fans), and more.  In addition, he talked about his surprise at the level of interest in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, how the sequel might be leading towards the Sinister Six, whether he is signed for Spider-Man 3 and 4, how he got involved in Downton Abbey, and more.  hit the jump to watch.

New Images from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s DON JON, Peter Landesman’s JFK Assassination Drama PARKLAND, and HOMEFRONT Starring Jason Statham

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A plethora of pretty pictures for you to peruse presently, from the following films:

  • Don Jon – Writer-director-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt dramatic comedy also starring Julianne MooreTony DanzaGlenne Headly, Jeremy LukeRob Brown, and Brie Larson, opens September 27th.
  • Parkland – Director Peter Landesman’s JFK assassination drama starring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob ThorntonJacki WeaverJames Badge Dale, Mark Duplass, Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Earle HaleyRon LivingstonColin HanksTom WellingJeremy Strong, and David Harbour, opens October 4th.
  • Homefront – From writer Sylvester Stallone, adapted from the Chuck Logan novel, director Gary Fleder’s action thriller stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Clancy Brown, Frank Grillo and Rachelle Lefevre, and opens November 27th.

Hit the jump to see the images.

TIFF 2013: PARKLAND Review

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This November will be the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.  There will be TV specials, memorials, and think pieces.  Peter Landesman’s Parkland looks beyond the assassination and even President Kennedy to examine the surrounding figures on that infamous day and their roles in one of the most important events in American history.  It’s a paradoxical film that mythologizes the people who have been overlooked by the history books, but also demythologizes the actual events by showing the details that were overshadowed by the moment when the course of history changed.  The result is a movie that captivates in how it depicts little moments from average people, but also undermines the story’s power by forcing drama on an inherently dramatic situation.

First Clip for PARKLAND Features Zac Efron, Mark Duplass and Marcia Gay Harden

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The first clip from writer-director Peter Landesman’s JFK assassination drama Parkland is now available.  It features Zac Efron as doctor Jim Carrico, who is shocked to see the President wheeled in on a stretcher as a Secret Service agent (Mark Duplass) and attending nurse Doris Nelson (Marcia Gay Harden) look to Carrico to save him.  While parts of the recently-released trailer looked promising, I was a bit concerned with some of the forced dialogue and hammy performances.  Unfortunately, this clip seems to highlight those weaknesses so perhaps it wasn’t the strongest choice as an introduction for potential audiences.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob ThorntonJacki WeaverJames Badge DaleJackie Earle HaleyRon LivingstonColin HanksTom WellingJeremy Strong, and David Harbour.  Parkland opens October 4th.

First Trailer for JFK Assassination Drama PARKLAND

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The first trailer for writer/director Peter Landesman’s upcoming drama Parkland has landed online.  Produced by Tom Hanks, the pic revolves around the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  Parkland Hospital is where Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby all died.   At first blush, Parkland could easily be passed off as a film that simply wants to capitalize on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, especially since it must exist in the same spectrum as Oliver Stone’s 1991 effort JFK, along with the raw imagery of Abraham Zapruder’s historic home movie.  However, this trailer suggests that the film has captured the chaos of the event itself and the ensuing finger-pointing, along with the period-specific aesthetic; let’s hope the decision to focus on Parkland Hospital turns out to be an inspired one.  There are a few hammy moments in this first look, but Paul Giamatti’s performance is certainly one worth watching.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki WeaverJames Badge DaleJackie Earle HaleyRon LivingstonColin HanksTom WellingJeremy Strong, and David Harbour.  Parkland will debut at the Venice Film Festival and hits theaters later this year.

First Images and Poster for JFK Assassination Drama PARKLAND Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, and Paul Giamatti

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The first images and poster for writer/director Peter Landesman’s upcoming drama Parkland have landed online.  Produced by Tom Hanks, the pic revolves around the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  Parkland Hospital is where Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby all died.  The impressive ensemble cast includes Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton, and Marcia Gay Harden, all of who can be seen in these debut images.  We’ll get our first look at the pic in action when the trailer debuts on Monday, August 19th, so be sure to check back then.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images and poster.  The film also stars Jacki Weaver, James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Ron Livingston, Colin Hanks, Tom Welling, Jeremy Strong, and David HarbourParkland will debut at the Venice Film Festival and hits theaters later this year.

Venice Film Festival Line-Up to Include Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM, Errol Morris’ THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, and Hayao Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES

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Earlier this week, the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled part of its 2013 line-up, and there were plenty of must-see movies.  But the Venice Film Festival, which begins a week earlier, has countered with an equally impressive array of picture.  While there’s the inevitable cross-over like Venice opener Gravity playing at TIFF along with Philomena, Under the Skin, Parkland, Joe, and many more, the Venice exclusives (at this point) make me want to book a Transatlantic ticket.  The fest will play host to the world debuts of Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, Errol Morris’ Donald Rumsfeld documentary The Known Unknown, Steven Knight’s Locke (starring Tom Hardy and shot in one take), and more.  Also set for the festival is Hayao Miyazaki’s new movie, The Wind Rises as well as Lee Sang-Il’s Japanese remake of Unforgiven.  Last year, most of the movies in Venice eventually ended up in TIFF’s line-up, and since I’ll be going to the latter, I hope most of these movies find their way to Toronto this September.

Hit the jump for the full line-up.  The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.

TIFF 2013 Line-Up Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE, GRAVITY, RUSH, THE FIFTH ESTATE, LABOR DAY, and Many More to Debut

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The Toronto International Film Festival has announced part of its line-up for 2013.  The festival will kick off with Bill Condon’s Julian Assange movie, The Fifth Estate, and close with Daniel Schecter’s Jackie Brown prequel, Life of Crime.  In between, you have the premieres of Ron Howard’s Rush; Jason Reitman’s Labor Day starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet; Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender; Richard Ayoade’s The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg; David Gordon Green’s Joe starring Nicolas Cage; Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three movie Devil’s Knot starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon; the North American premiere of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, and many more.  Even the Mike Meyer’s documentary Supermensch that we reported on yesterday will be on hand, so it looks like he’s already completed it.  Unfortunately, I’m sure TIFF will front-load their schedule like they always do, so there will be plenty of tough choices, but Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are the must-sees that immediately jump to mind.

Hit the jump for a list of the Galas and Special Presentations.  Please note that there are plenty of other categories that will be announced soon including the full Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters line-up so stay tuned.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, Ron Livingston and More Join JFK Assassination Drama PARKLAND

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A host of new talent has joined writer/director Peter Landesman’s JFK feature film, Parkland.  Newly on board the Tom Hanks-produced assassination picture are Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Colin Hanks (King Kong), Ron Livingston (Office Space), James Badge Dale (The Departed) and David Harbour (Quantum of Solace).  The actors join Zac EfronMarcia Gay Harden, Paul GiamattiBilly Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver.

Parkland will film in Austin and Dallas with an expected release date somewhere around the 50th anniversary of the assassination that occurred on November 22, 1963.  Hit the jump for a list of the actors involved in Parkland and the roles they’ll be playing, along with the full press release.

Zac Efron and Marcia Gay Harden Join JFK Assassination Drama PARKLAND

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A couple of actors have been added to writer/director Peter Landesman’s JFK feature film Parkland.  Produced by Tom Hanks, the pic revolves around the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  Parkland Hospital is where Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby all died.  It was announced today that Zac Efron and Marcia Gay Harden will be joining previously announced Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jacki Weaver in the film.

Specific character details regarding any of the actors have yet to be disclosed, but production is set to begin in Austin soon for a 2013 release around the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death, which is November 22nd.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

AFM 2012: Synopses for JANE GOT A GUN, PARKLAND, GREEN INFERNO, WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, and AGENT: CENTURY 21

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Steve walked the floor at the American Film Market (AFM) early this morning and managed to bring back some detailed synopses for the following films:

Hit the jump to check out all the detailed synopses, which include production start dates.

Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jacki Weaver Join JFK Drama PARKLAND

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The Tom Hanks-produced JFK feature film Parkland just landed three impressive actors.  It was announced today that Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jacki Weaver have joined the cast of the real-life drama.  The film revolves around the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  Parkland Hospital is where Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby all died.

Peter Landesman wrote the screenplay based on the book by Vincent Bugliosi and will make his directorial debut with the pic.  No word on what characters the aforementioned actors will portray, but production is set to take place in Austin.  The film is being planned for a 2013 release around the 50th anniversary of the assassination, which will be November 22nd.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

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