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The latest film about the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy is Parkland, named for the hospital that received Kennedy after he was shot in Dallas. The film is the directorial debut of journalist Peter Landesman, and features a high-profile cast playing the many people who surrounded the President at the time: Ron Livingston and Billy Bob Thronton are secret service agents, Paul Giamatti is Arnold Zapruder, Zac Efron and Marcia Gay Harden are Parkland employees, and Jacki Weaver and James Badge Dale are Lee Harvey Oswald’s immediate family.

The first trailer clearly feels the weight of history, and you can watch it below.  Read More »

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Nearly fifty years later, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 remains one of the most controversial and discussed events in history. With hundreds of books and dozens of movies made on the subject, it might seem like every angle of the story has been explored. Well, that’s not the case.

Writer/director Peter Landesman is coming to the Toronto Film Festival this September with Parkland, a brand new film telling the story of that terrible day from the point of view of the hospital employees at Parkland General Hospital, the local Dallas hospital where the President was taken and pronounced dead. The film stars Paul Giamatti, Colin Hanks, Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden and will be released September 20. Check out the first images below. Read More »

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J.J. AbramsStar Wars Episode VII starts filming in a few months and the Lucasfilm, Bad Robot and Disney teams have been hard at work trying to put together a cast. The general assumption is many of the roles will go to unknowns, with a few choice roles going to established stars.

Two names have now been revealed as possibly being up for roles in the highly anticipated film. Those names are Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron. Read More »

Half a decade after Zac Efron‘s last High School Musical outing, he’s still working on the challenging transition from Disney dreamboat to serious adult actor. And while he’s not quite there, he seems to be getting a little bit closer with every passing film. Neither The Lucky One nor The Paperboy were particularly well received, but they at least allowed Efron to try his hand at more mature material, and his supporting role in Liberal Arts earned some critical appreciation.

Perhaps Efron’s best shot yet at proving his chops comes from At Any Price, the latest drama by Goodbye Solo and Man Push Cart director Ramin Bahrani. Reactions to the film were all over the place after its Telluride debut last year, but for what it’s worth, our own Peter Sciretta called it his favorite of the festival — better, even, than Argo. Dennis Quaid, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Maika Monroe, and Red West also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Ramin Bahrani‘s most accessible film to date ends up being my favorite film of the 2012 Telluride Film Festival (yes, besting Ben Affleck‘s Argo).

Ramin has developed a cult following from his three minimalist slice-of-life micro-budget films starring non-professional actors (if you havent yet seen Man Push Cart or Goodbye Solo, put them on your “to see” list). But with At Any Price, Bahrani is gearing up to step out of the film festival shadows and find an audience beyond cinephiles. Indie filmgoers may be turned off by this but I welcome Bahrani’s attempt to tell more expansive stories.

Dennis Quaid plays a fourth generation farmer trying to survive in a time when big corporations are pushing in and devouring the American heartlands. Fighting to keep his family afloat, and losing the battle of keeping his family unit together, Henry comes face to face with the consequences of his amoral actions.

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Matthew McConaughey is having one hell of a year. Having already drawn praise for turns in Richard Linklater’s Bernie, Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, and William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, the onetime Failure to Launch star is now heading into fall with Lee DanielsThe Paperboy.

Inspired by true events, The Paperboy centers around wayward young man (Zac Efron) and his journalist brother (McConaughey). When a woman (Nicole Kidman) approaches them for help in getting her death row inmate boyfriend (John Cusack) out of jail, they investigate the murder that put him there. David Oyelowo and Macy Gray also star. The first theatrical trailer has just hit the web, and you can watch it after the jump.

With his latest film, Rock of Ages, two weeks away from release, director Adam Shankman has locked in his follow-up project. It’s a comedy called This Is Where I Leave You and will star Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn and Leslie Mann as family members who return home to sit shiva for their father. Locked in a house for seven days, they air a lot of dirty laundry. (Figuratively, of course. Though with a big family, over seven days, there’s probably some literal laundry too.) The script is written by Jonathan Tropper based on his own novel of the same name. There’s more after the jump. Read More »

An obnoxious, loud frat boy played Zac Efron will butt heads with a neighborhood family man played by Seth Rogen in an upcoming comedy called Townies. Nicholas Stoller, who directed The Five Year Engagement, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and co-wrote The Muppets, is in talks to direct. Universal bought the pitch by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien last summer. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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