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Directed by Peter Landesman.
Timely released to co-inside with the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, there’s no more poignant time to release Parkland, a film which tells the story of multiple real characters on the day of and few days following that event which changed the course of history. That doesn’t save it from being little more than a made-for-tv or History Channel movie.
I like the film’s intentions to tell a well-known story from the perspectives of the people whose names aren’t so well known, but whose actions are of vital importance. »
- Gary Collinson
After three years on the boards, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has decided to call it quits on Jan. 5 after a tumultuous, headline-grabbing ride on Broadway that will result in a reported $60 million loss. Will producers be leery of investing in the next wave of in-development super-musicals (including a buzzed-about King Kong that is eyeing New York after a successful run in Melbourne). Meanwhile, this week’s openings are significantly less costly, including Ethan Hawke’s first Shakespeare turn on Broadway in 10 years, Tony winner Jefferson Mays in an eight-role bonanza, a first-time play by actress Amanda Peet with some heavy-hitting leads, »
- Jason Clark
Director: Peter Landesman; Screenwriter: Peter Landesman; Starring: Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Tom Welling, Billy Bob Thornton, James Badge Dale, Marcia Gay Harden; Running time: 94 mins; Certificate: 15
50 years have passed since the assassination of President Kennedy, during which time all manner of conspiracy theories have emerged and been repeatedly raked over. This indie drama featuring Zac Efron takes a very different angle by examining the direct aftermath rather than trying to piece together the events leading up to it, but it's done with no clear sense of direction.
The natural climax of the JFK story is, here, the opener. Paul Giamatti is Abraham Zapruder, the man who filmed the now infamous footage of the President being gunned down in Dallas. His shock is palpable and so, too, is the highly charged atmosphere at Parkland hospital where the action swiftly moves. Efron is the young doctor, Charles 'Jim' Carrico, who is first »
Chicago – Tomorrow, November 22nd, 2013, is the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Beyond the numerous TV programs and tributes expected for the memory, which films have lent the best perspective over the years regarding that Day in Dallas? The following offers five films for consideration.
Films and the cinema also figured in the capture of Lee Harvey Oswald. The alleged assassin ducked into Texas Theater in Dallas as he was on the run from the murder scene, and was apprehended inside the theater. A war film double feature was playing there – “Cry of Battle” (1963) and “War is Hell” (1963). It was the second film that was interrupted when police descended on Oswald.
The following five films – available for digital download, Blu-ray and DVD – provides different observations and objectives regarding November 22nd, 1963, and submits the facts, conspiracy theories and background players that were present in Dallas on that day. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Critics might be skeptics, but this drama about the events at the hospital after the shooting gets just about everything right
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Director: Peter Landesman
Entertainment grade: B+
History grade: A
On 22 November 1963, John F Kennedy was shot as he was driven through Dallas, Texas, and died shortly afterwards. He was the fourth president of the United States to be assassinated.
On the fateful morning, FBI and Secret Service men prepare for Kennedy's visit. Members of the public, including home-movie camera enthusiast Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti), look forward to catching a glimpse of their president. At Parkland Hospital, 28-year-old Dr Jim Carrico (Zac Efron) wakes up for his shift and gets on with the important business of flirting with red-headed nurses. The film uses documentary footage and re-enactments to assemble the familiar events of that day: John and Jackie Kennedy »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Director: Peter Landesman.
Running Time: 93 minutes.
Parkland is Peter Landesman’s second feature and after being accused of fictionally dramatising what he called ‘true events’ for his first film Trade, he’s moved to safer ground as he directs and writes the screenplay based on Vincent Bugliosi’s book, Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The film doesn’t reveal anything revolutionary, steering clear of conspiracy and instead dealing with the sadness and shock of those affected by the moment of JFK’s death. You could say that Parkland has the essence of an energising twist by avoiding the drama created by »
- Dan Bullock
Parkland is now available in stores, and I have an exciting opportunity for you to take it home, along with a special treat.
While JFK has been the subject of many films, even taking into account just those that focus on the assassination, Parkland is a unique effort, focusing on the smaller players of the day and their reactions to the mind-blowing tragedy.
A hit with critics, this is a film that delivers much about the history of the day, the time, and the world, in a way that no other attempt could, and it manages an emotional connection to an event that most have become desensitized to by overexposure.
Check out the trailer above, and enter to win our Parkland Prize Pack, which »
- Marc Eastman
Dale plays a military major who is trying to discover the truth about the political secrets of his grandfather who worked for the U.S. special ops during 1960s. [Source: Deadline]
Sienna Miller, Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn are set to star in "Half Nelson" directors Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden's "Mississippi Grind" for Electric City Entertainment. Filming begins in January in New Orleans.
Mendelsohn plays a broke gambler who teams with teams up with a younger poker player (Reynolds) on a road trip through the South in order to break his losing streak. [Source: Hitfix]
- Garth Franklin
Rising character actor James Badge Dale has already featured in one dramatisation centred on the assassination of President John Kennedy this year, with Peter Landesman’s Parkland (still to hit cinemas here in the UK). It’s now confirmed the actor, best known for his stand-out roles in The Departed, The Lone Ranger and Iron Man 3, has signed on for another. He’ll play a military major helping Cate Blanchett’s character discover the truth about her recently deceased grandfather and if he was the man who actually pulled the trigger in the shocking events at Dallas, Texas on the the 22nd November 1963.
The nail-biting conspiracy thriller thriller titled Blackbird, is being written and directed by the brilliant award-winning playwright and filmmaker David Mamet. He’s responsible for a number of classic American works that initially struggled to find their audience but have since gone on to the become cult favourites. »
- Craig Hunter
• Robert Pattinson is reportedly set to star in the long-gestating adaptation of David Grann’s The Lost City of Z about the British explorer Percy Fawcett, who will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness). The report did not specify who exactly Pattinson would be playing in director James Gray’s (We Own the Night) adaptation. Brad Pitt, who was originally set to star as the explorer, is now just attached in a producing capacity. Pattinson can be seen next in The Rover and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, and is currently gearing up to work »
- Lindsey Bahr
Dale has been tapped to take on the role of a military major in the David Mamet-directed feature, Deadline reports.
Blackbird centers on Dale's character as he attempts to discover the truth about the political secrets of his grandfather, a former Us special ops in the 1960s.
Blackbird will be released sometime in 2014.
Watch a clip from World War Z below: »
Not counting short films, it's five years since we last heard from David Mamet, in the form of the excellent Redbelt. Back in May came the news that he was working on a conspiracy thriller called Blackbird, with Cate Blanchett attached to star. While not much was heard in the meantime, there are finally developments this morning, with the news that James Badge Dale has joined the project.Not to be confused with the other Blackbird in development (which is a music-biz romance with Machine Gun Kelly and Minnie Driver), this one is a Hitchcockian affair. Blanchett's character heads to La for her grandfather's funeral, and learns that the erstwhile Hollywood VFX artist used to moonlight for shady Us intelligence agencies and was involved in the JFK assassination. It's knowledge that puts her in some danger from people who would rather it stayed secret, and she needs to delve even »
Exclusive: James Badge Dale will be joining Cate Blanchett in writer-director David Mamet‘s thriller Blackbird. Dale plays a military major who is trying to discover the truth about the political secrets of a woman’s grandfather who worked for the U.S. special ops during the 1960s. Currently, Dale is performing in the off-Broadway play Small Engine Repair and recently completed filming three pictures: Universal’s Stretch directed by Joe Carnahan (they previously teamed on The Grey), Miss Meadows opposite Katie Holmes, and the Civil War drama Relative Stranger. He’s repped by CAA, Mj Management and attorney Geoff Oblath. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Well it finally happened; Now TV added a superb catch up/live option for their TV channels including Sky Atlantic, Living, Fox and even UK Gold! So now for just £4.99 a month you can get shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Hannibal and Eastbound and Down as they happen or whenever you want.
Considering that the movies package is now just £8.99 a month and the TV is £4.99 on top of this, it becomes clear that this is probably going to place them as the major contender now and Lovefilm/Amazon and Netflix need to start cranking out those exclusive series’ with major names pretty fast.
The term “All sewn up” comes to mind.
The Guilt Trip (2012)
This light comedy with Seth Rogen as a put upon entrepreneur and Barbara Streisand as his overbearing mother is worlds away from other comedy Rogen has been in before. It’s more »
- Chris Holt
Produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, the acclaimed companion series to Band Of Brothers follows three Us marines as they brave the South East Pacific war zone in World War II. This opening episode introduces us to the men following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. While Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale) enlists straight away and serving Marine Sergeant John Basilone (Jon Seda) learns that he is to be plunged into the heart of the Pacific Operation, Alabama teenager Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazzello) is devastated to hear that he will not be allowed to join the cause. »
October 1942: ferocious encounters with Japanese forces in the jungles of Guadalcanal open Private Leckie's (James Badge Dale) eyes to the true horror of war. A nighttime offensive to retake the airfield prompts an extraordinary act of bravery from Sergeant Basilone (Jon Seda) - but the human cost is huge. Back in Alabama, Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazello) is ecstatic to learn that he may get to fight after all. »
Director Peter Landesman’s adaptation of the book ‘Four Days In November‘ by renowned author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, recently premiered at the London Film Festival. Parkland side steps the familiar and controversial conspiracy theories of past television and film work for a look at the ordinary folk drawn in to the immediate events following the shocking assassination of Us President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on the fateful day in Dallas, Texas 1963. The all-star biopic is also produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.
We’ve a brand new UK quad for the film set for UK cinemas from the 8th November.
November 22nd, 1963 was a day that changed the world forever – when young American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. We follow in almost real time a handful of individuals forced to make split-second decisions after this incomprehensible event that would change their lives and forever »
- Craig Hunter
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 1 Nov 2013 - 06:28
Next year’s full of potentially great films, so to help, here’s a list of 25 movies we're most looking forward to in 2014...
These lists of anticipated forthcoming movies have become an annual fixture by now, and as ever, our selection has been tricky to whittle down. In restricting our list to just 25, we've tried to create a mix of the high-profile and the less obvious. Movies such as Non-Stop, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Big Hero Six and Edge Of Tomorrow came close but didn't quite make the cut, even though they have much to offer for their own reasons.
Furthermore, given the number of films competing for space, we've left the latest chapters of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit off the list. We're keen to see both, but we're wary of taking up slots with movies »
November 22, 1963, 12:38 P.M.
A Trauma Patient Is Rushed To Parkland Memorial Hospital In Dallas.
His Name Is President John F. Kennedy.
Parkland recounts the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Written and directed by Peter Landesman and produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, Bill Paxton and Exclusive Media’s Nigel Sinclair and Matt Jackson, Parkland is the ferocious, heart-stopping and powerful untold true story of the people behind the scenes of one of the most scrutinized events in history.
Parkland weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas’ chief of the Secret Service; an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most watched and examined film in history; the FBI agents who nearly had the gunman within their grasp »
- Movie Geeks
Lead by Mpc VFX Supervisor Jessica Norman, Mpc's team completed more than 450 shots, under the guidance of Scott Farrar, the Production VFX Supervisor. Mpc's main areas of work were creating the Zombie hordes in Jerusalem, the plane crash sequence, the Wales Sequence and the Epilogue. A former Un investigator is thrust into the middle of trying to stop what could be the end of the world. Worldwide destruction sends him around the globe seeking clues about what they are fighting and what it will take to defeat it, as he tries to save the lives of billions of strangers, as well as his own beloved family. World War Z was directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard and Damon Lindelof, based on the book written by Max Brooks. The cast includes: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, and Matthew Fox. »
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