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JFK Assassination Pic 'Parkland' Begins Lensing in Austin with Giamatti, Thornton, Weaver, Harden, Strong, Haley and Hanks

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 25, 2013 at 1:56PM

JFK assassination film "Parkland," adapted from author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's book "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy," has begun shooting in Austin, Texas. The film stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Zac Efron, Jeremy Strong, Jackie Earle Haley...
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JFK assassination film "Parkland," adapted from author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's book "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy," has begun shooting in Austin, Texas. The film stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Zac Efron, Jeremy Strong, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, David Harbour and Ron Livingston.

"Parkland" is produced by Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, plus Exclusive Media, The American Film Company and Bill Paxton. Peter Landseman wrote the screenplay from Bugliosi's massive tome, and is also making his directorial debut. Barry Ackroyd ("The Hurt Locker") is director of photography.

"Parkland" centers on the chaotic events at Parkland Hospital on the day of JFK's assassination in Dallas in 1963. A late 2013 release is planned, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 35th president's death.

Bugliosi previously authored the New York Times bestsellers "Helter Skelter," "And the Sea Will Tell" and "Outrage."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.