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In The Works: Pattinson Says Michôd's 'Rover' is About 'How Much Pain Can the World Take'; Hanks' 'Parkland' Looks at JFK Zapruder Film (Video)

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 17, 2012 at 2:21PM

"Animal Kingdom" was director David Michôd's startlingly good feature debut, so his follow-up, "The Rover" is one we eagerly await. Guy Pearce (who played a cop in "Animal Kingdom") is reteaming with the director and Robert Pattinson is on board to share in the Australian desert-set Western...
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JFK, Jackie in motorcade

- "Animal Kingdom" was director David Michôd's startlingly good feature debut, so we look forward to his follow-up, "The Rover." Guy Pearce (who played a cop in "Animal Kingdom") is reteaming with the director and Robert Pattinson is on board to share in the Australian desert-set Western. Pattinson tells ThePlaylist: "It's very existential. It's really interesting. I couldn't really explain to you what it's about but it's sort of about how much pain can the world take and how much disgust and cruelty before love dies. I think that's kind of what it's about." But, Pattinson warns Michôd would probably say "'What the fuck are you talking about? It's a crime movie.'" The film is in pre-production. Gotta hand it to Pattinson for choosing strong projects out of the "Twilight" gate. He's also attached to star with Naomi Watts in Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert."

- Tom Hanks is set to produce an independent drama, "Parkland," about the events leading up to JPF's assassination and clothing-manufacterer Abraham Zapruder's inadvertent filming of the event, as the President motorcade drove through Dallas, Texas. Like Emilio Estevez's 2006 film "Bobby," "Parkland" will feature an ensemble of characters. The film will be written and directed by Peter Landesman. Hanks will produce with fellow Playtone Productions exec Gary Goetzman.

You can watch the famous (and hard to watch) "Zapruder Film" below:

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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.