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9 items from 2012


History-Loving Tom Hanks Putting Together J.F.K. Assassination Drama

17 August 2012 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Though he’s best known as an actor, Tom Hanks is a man who contains multitudes, and also has many other hobbies. When he’s not thinking about the moon or studying the great wars, sometimes he produces movies. Heck, he’s even got his own company, Playtone, that’s set up to help him do just that. A since we know what a sucker the man is for 60s history, it should come as no surprise that Variety is reporting Hanks and his Playtone partner, Gary Goetzman, are putting together a new movie that chronicles the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated. From writer/director Peter Landesman, Parkland is set to be an ensemble film that studies the events of the day of Kennedy’s tragic death from multiple angles. Included in its cast of characters is said to be Kennedy’s wife, an FBI agent, a young doctor, a »

- Nathan Adams

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Tom Hanks is going to do something about the JFK assassination now

17 August 2012 10:24 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Suggesting that Forrest Gump was less movie fantasy than mission statement, Tom Hanks will continue to insinuate himself into every epochal event in American history by producing Parkland, a drama set around the JFK assassination. The film, named for the Dallas hospital where both John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald died, will attempt to find a new angle on those oft-told events in much the same way that Emilio Estevez's Bobby did for Robert Kennedy: by focusing on people on the periphery, an ensemble that includes Jackie Kennedy, Abraham Zapruder, Oswald's older brother, and the various Secret »

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Tom Hanks Producing JFK Assassination Drama Parkland

17 August 2012 9:31 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is undoubtedly one of the most infamous events in American history, and the upcoming drama Parkland will try to capture the experiences of a wide spectrum of people in both the time leading up to the assassination and in the aftermath of it.

Variety reports that Tom Hanks‘ production company, Playtone, is developing the Peter Landesman written project. Landesman will also direct.

The film will focus on a large group of people, with the primary players being an FBI agent, a young doctor, a reporter, several Secret Service agents, Kennedy’s staff, Oswald‘s older brother, Jackie Kennedy and Abraham Zapruder (the man who shot the iconic home footage of the shooting.)

For those who don’t know, the title comes from the name of the hospital where Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby all died.

This film definitely has my attention. »

- Alex Lowe

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Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman Producing Parkland, an Indie Drama about the JFK Assassination

17 August 2012 7:06 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Tom Hanks occasionally stars in historical dramas, but he's always quick to take on a producing role when it comes to American history.  According to Variety, Hanks and his Playtone Pictures partner Gary Goetzman (The Pacific) will produce Peter Landesman's script, Parkland, which is about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  The movie will reportedly revolve around the events leading up to the assassination and Abraham Zapruder's 8mm film that captured the event.  Parkland refers to Parkland Memorial Hospital where Kennedy his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Oswald's killer, Jack Ruby, all died.  The film will be an ensemble piece that views how multiple characters, including "an FBI agent, a young doctor, a reporter, several Secret Service agents, Kennedy's staff, Oswald's older brother, Jackie Kennedy, and Zapruder." Hanks and Goetzman are no strangers to putting together big ensemble dramas, but it's usually in the form of a mini-series. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Tom Hanks Is Producing a JFK Movie

17 August 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Tom Hanks is cranking his nostalgia-a-tron to produce a movie about JFK. According to Variety, Parkland (named after the hospital where both Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald died) will be an ensemble drama whose characters include Abraham Zapruder, Oswald's family members, and the staff of the hospital. We've said it before and we'll say it again: Eventually, Tom Hanks will have chronicled every important event in American history. You're next, Watergate! »

- Margaret Lyons

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Tom Hanks To Produce JFK Assassination Drama 'Parkland'

17 August 2012 6:16 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's safe to say that whenever actor Tom Hanks switches to being a producer, his preference is for projects that delve into an American historical event. Whether it's the HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon," "Band of Brothers" or "The Pacific," Hanks clearly has a keen interest in the past, and his latest project is no different, as it explores the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Variety reports that Hanks and fellow Playtone principal Gary Goetzman will produce "Parkland," an indie drama that will chronicle "the events leading up to JFK's assassination and Abraham Zapruder's famous documentation of the event." The title refers to the Parkland Memorial Hospital, where not only Kennedy but also Jack Ruby, the man who killed JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, passed. Reportedly, the movie will be an ensemble affair, not unlike Emilio Estevez's Kennedy pic "Bobby," so expect plenty. »

- Ryan Gowland

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Landesman Helms JFK Drama "Parkland"

17 August 2012 5:43 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are set to produce the indie ensemble drama "Parkland", about the murder of John F. Kennedy, for their Playtone label says Variety.

Scribe Peter Landesman makes his directorial debut on the film which chronicles the events leading up to JFK's assassination and Abraham Zapruder's famous documentation of the event.

The story explores the impact the assassination had on numerous characters in and around Dallas that day including an FBI agent, a young doctor, a reporter, Secret Service agents, Kennedy's staff, Oswald's older brother, Jackie Kennedy and Zapruder.

The title refers to the hospital where JFK was pronounced dead, his assassin Lee Harvey Oswald died two days later, and Oswald's killer Jack Ruby died several years after that. »

- Garth Franklin

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Playtone's Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman to produce Parkland John F. Kennedy assassination indie drama

16 August 2012 8:33 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are to produce Parkland on the assassination of John F. Kennedy which marks writer Peter Landesman's directorial debut. According to Variety, the film follows the events leading up to JFK's assassination as well as the documentation by Abraham Zapruder of the event. The title of Parkland refers to the Parkland Memorial Hospital where Kennedy was taken on November 22nd, 1963 and later pronounced dead. Parkland was also where Kennedy's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, and Oswald's killer Jack Ruby also died. Bizarre. »

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Playtone's Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman to produce Parkland John F. Kennedy assassination indie drama

16 August 2012 8:33 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are to produce Parkland on the assassination of John F. Kennedy which marks writer Peter Landesman's directorial debut. According to Variety, the film follows the events leading up to JFK's assassination as well as the documentation by Abraham Zapruder of the event. The title of Parkland refers to the Parkland Memorial Hospital where Kennedy was taken on November 22nd, 1963 and later pronounced dead. Parkland was also where Kennedy's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, and Oswald's killer Jack Ruby also died. Bizarre. »

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