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Toronto: James Badge Dale stands tall in JFK movie 'Parkland' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Don’t bother trying to convince James Badge Dale that there’s a cabal of Badge-ers out there, admirers from his days on 24 and HBO’s The Pacific who are committed to finally making him a household name. The 35-year-old New Yorker may have had notable supporting turns in three big summer movies, but he’s not one to get worked up over such chatter. “People chirp in your ears a lot,” he says. “They tell you, ‘This [project] is going to do this for you, this is going to do that for you.’ I’ve had 10 years of that filtered into my head. It’s not true. I’m not in the results business. You know, you do this work for yourself.”

That’s a healthy and understandable outlook for any actor — especially for one who spent years juggling construction jobs so he could do guest spots on shows like CSI and later starred in Rubicon, AMC’s promising 2010 conspiracy series that failed to build a big enough audience to last more than one season. But Dale’s most recent performances have confirmed that he can hold the screen with Hollywood’s biggest stars. Good or evil, his characters convey an innate formidability that pops on-screen and indirectly serves to raise the profile of the movie’s hero. In Iron Man 3, he was the bald-headed super-badass who tangled with Robert Downey Jr.; in World War Z, he was the bearded Army Ranger who sacrificed his life to help Brad Pitt get out of zombiefied South Korea; and in The Lone Ranger, he was the rugged Texas Ranger who blazed the trail of justice for his younger brother, played by Armie Hammer.

But it’s in Parkland, the upcoming movie about the JFK assassination that recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, that his emotional depth and subtle craftsmanship shine brightest. In an ensemble film that revisits the 1963 shooting through the eyes of several people in Dallas — from the Parkland Hospital doctor (Zac Efron), to the President’s Secret Service chief (Billy Bob Thornton), to the man who captured it all on camera, Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti) — Dale plays Robert Oswald, the stunned husband and father who realizes his world is crumbling when his younger brother, Lee, is arrested and suspected of killing the President. READ FULL STORY

Venice Film Festival loaded with American movies

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Terry Gilliam, James Franco, and Errol Morris are among the filmmakers who will premiere their new movies in competition at the 70th Venice Film Festival in late August, it was announced today. Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem (pictured above), which stars Christolph Waltz as a computer hacker close to cracking the code that explains humanity, is his first film since The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in 2009. Franco directs himself in Child of God, an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel, and The Unknown Known, Morris’ study of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield, is the first documentary to ever compete in the main category at Venice.

Overall, there is a strong contingent of American filmmakers showcasing their movies, including David Gordon Green’s Joe, starring Nicolas Cage and Mud‘s Tye Sheridan, and Peter Landesman’s Parkland, the story of the colliding lives at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital in the days around the Kennedy assassination in 1963. Seven of the 20 films in competition are American or co-American productions. “The richness of American cinema at the moment is really extraordinary,” said Alberto Barbera, artistic director of the Venice Film Festival, “both from the indies and from Hollywood.”

Also in the main competition are Stephen Frears’ Philomena, starring Judi Dench, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, with Scarlett Johansson, and Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, with Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard. Click here for the entire list. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Eva Green to star in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'; Plus David Cronenberg, Felicity Jones, Sean Penn

Eva Green (Casino Royale) has signed on to star as Ava Lord in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. In a press release announcing the news, Rodriquez and Miller said “Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City.  From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green.” Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene) will also join the large cast as a stripper named Marcy. Rodriguez and Miller are currently filming in Austin for an October 4 release. [Deadline]

David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method) is teaming up with Don DeLillo again for the The Body Artist, DeLillo’s dreamy 2001 novel about the ordinariness of everyday life….and ghosts. Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) is set to direct, though, and Cronenberg will actually step in front of the camera to star in the film alongside Isabelle Huppert (Amour) and Denis Lavant (Beau Travail, Holy Motors). Cronenberg recently directed an adaptation of DeLillo’s novel Cosmopolis. Even though he’s best known for his directing work, Cronenberg has acted in a handful of projects including some of his own (The Fly, Videodrome) and for some others too (Alias, To Die For). [Variety]

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