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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.
Parkland takes place on the day of the Kennedy assassination and the three days thereafter. The story follows a handful of people who were drawn into the orbit of history through their proximity to Kennedy’s death and the hunt to find his killer, Lee Harvey Oswald. The names we know—Kennedy, Oswald, Jackie Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson—are minor roles in Parkland. Instead, the focus is on young doctor Charles “Jim” Carrico (Zac Efron), who was on call when Kennedy was brought into Parkland Hospital; FBI agent James Hosty (Ron Livingston), who had been keeping an eye on Oswald for the previous 18 months; Forrest Sorrels (Billy Bob Thornton), the Dallas Secret Service agent in charge when Kennedy was shot; Robert Oswald (James Badge Dale), Lee’s brother; and the most famous character among ...
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 Weaver, James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Ron Livingston, Colin Hanks, Tom Welling, Jeremy Strong, and David Harbour. Parkland will debut at the Venice Film Festival and hits theaters later this year.
Watch the first trailer for Parkland below (via Yahoo! Movies):
Here’s the official synopsis for Parkland:
PARKLAND recounts the dramatic true story of the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd 1963.
If anyone is proving themselves as one of the go to directors when it comes to things that go bump in the night is James Wan. As a huge fan of his last flick INSIDIOUS I was more than a little tickled to see him returning this year not once but twice with INSIDIOUS CHAPTER [...]
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Director James Wan and I have a disagreement on the meaning of the word "malevolent." His new film, The Conjuring, features an opening crawl that says the events we're about to see are based on the true story of the most malevolent case in the files of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The case is so sinister that it's been kept secret until now. With this kind of billing, I expect something truly horrific and upsetting. But for Wan, "malevolent" is the equivalent of demons pulling supernatural tricks on a helpless family. The film features excellent performances and thoughtful cinematography that evokes the time period of the story, but Wan's definition of horror continues to rely on stale spooky images. His strongest asset is the Warrens, but the malevolence on display becomes redundant and annoying until the third act when Wan is finally able to tap in to true terror.
In 1971 in Harrisville, Rhode Island, the Perron Family began experiencing strange and unsettling phenomenon at a home they bought at auction. Primarily, the women of the house, mother Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and daughters Cynthia (Mackenzie Foy), Christine (Joey King), Nancy (Haley McFarland), and Andrea (Shanley Caswell) begin noticing strange sounds, phantoms, banging doors, and a variety of other occurrences that seem like irritating pranks. Eventually, the unexplained phenomenon becomes too much for the Perrons to bear, and Carolyn seeks out the help of Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson), a certified demonologist recognized by the Catholic Church, and his wife Lorraine ...
Opening this weekend is director James Wan’s (Insidious) horror film The Conjuring. The film is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s. Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the Perrons, and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play a husband and wife team of psychic investigators who encounter the most horrifying case of their career. I found the movie to be extremely well done and I'd definitely recommend checking it out. For more on the film, watch some clips.
At the recent San Francisco press day, I participated in a roundtable interview with Taylor and Livingston. They talked about making the film, whether anything weird happened on set, working with James Wan, telling a true story, what they collect, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what they had to say.
Question: What were your first reactions to hearing that you were going to be in this sort of movie? A horror film like this? Any trepidation going into this, or excitement?
LILI TAYLOR: I was psyched, because I’d seen Insidious, and I love when horror movies are done well. I love them. I was excited.
RON LIVINGSTON: It’s funny, because your first reaction is like, a horror film? Maybe it’ll actually succeed. The second one was to go watch Insidious and see kind of immediately, when I was watching that movie, that this director [James Wan], that he’s up to something. He’s doing something different. All the little Hitchcock references and what he was doing with the practical effects jumped out. When I heard about ...
The first full trailer for HBO’s Game Change has gone online. Directed by Jay Roach (Recount), the film follows the behind-the-scenes turmoil of the 2008 John McCain Presidential campaign. While we’ve previously seen tiny bits of Julianne Moore’s performance as Sarah Palin, this full trailer puts her front and center with stunning results. Moore has gone above and beyond here to embody the former Vice Presidential candidate, and nails all the nuances of Palin’s character. Roach and screenwriter Danny Strong previously teamed up for the stellar Recount, and it looks as though they've expertly executed yet another real-life political drama. While some of Palin’s behavior in the trailer might come across as staged, the film is based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s book of the same name which was the culmination of their unrivaled access to both Presidential campaigns.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson, Ron Livingston, Sarah Paulson, Peter MacNicol, Justin Gaston, Larry Sullivan, Jamey Sheridan, and Melissa Farman. Game Change premieres on HBO March 10th.