Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vincent Bugliosi Strikes Gold Again

Who best to debunk the greatest existing conspiracy theory, than the man responsible for making HELTER SKELTER the motive of the infamous Hinman-Tate-LaBianca-Shea murders of 1969?

That sound you hear, is coin flowing into Mr. Bugliosi's bank account. 

The new JFK-Assassination Drama "Parkland" is based on Vincent Bugliosi's book "Four days in November".

"Click" the image below, to view the movie trailer.


As we approach the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, a new film attempts to tackle the tragic November afternoon in 1963. The first trailer for Parkland surfaced today and shows an ensemble cast of characters in Dallas as they reacted to the fateful shooting.

Named for the hospital where Kennedy was taken after he was wounded, the drama features Billy Bob Thornton as Secret Service agent Forrest Sorrels, Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder, Marcia Gay Harden as Parkland’s head nurse, Zac Efron as the understandably nervous first doctor to examine the president in the E.R., and Jacki Weaver as Oswald’s mother. Produced by Tom Hanks and directed by Peter Landesman, the film also includes authentic archival footage of the president’s visit to Dallas. It opens in theaters on September 20.


The Original Book: 

The movie tie-in edition:

31 comments:

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Thanks Starship.

leary7 said...

Wow, Yazoo. This is just fabulous. And I am speaking as someone totally burnt out on the JFK trip.
But I do love it when Hollywood takes small snippets of history and uses world class actors to tell a slice of the tale. I don't recall other movies that Hanks directed but it looks like he might have nailed this one.
Oswald's mother was one of the true wackadoos of history and it looks like they nailed her. I am curious if they portray Marina at all or if they just left her out of the story entirely. Given her ego and vanity, of which I know to well, that would just kill her.
This really is great, I couldn't be more excited.

leary7 said...

and no, by 'world class actors' I wasn't referring to Zac Efron but to Billy Bob and Giamaiti and Marcia Gay Harden etc.
Billy Bob has Texas covered = he did 'The Alamo" and Friday Night Lights...I'm sure there were other Tx movies he did. Where did Sling Blade take place, I think it was deep south.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

I creamed at 1:06:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S83v3t1uzk8

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Multiple Orgasms:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGHnXCcwY-M

Doc Sierra said...

Allen Collins is one of the guys that made me want to learn guitar. I remember his Gibson Firebird. I really wanted one but never got one. Too expensive. I have 1 1989 American made Fender HM Strat, a 1987 Gibson Les Paul Custom, and a 2011 Gibson Les Paul Studio.
It's too bad he ended up living out "That Smell".....

Doc Sierra said...

When I was attending El Camino High School in South San Francisco, CA in the late 70s almost every guy in our crowd wanted to be like Jimmy Page.....

MrPoirot said...

Hey Doc, I have a 2010 Les Paul Studio. I stuck a pair of Seymore Duncans on it but I think I'm going to put back the original 490R humbuckers. I have a 94 Fender Strat HSS and a Taylor 6 and 12 string acoustic.
I mostly play acoustic guitar though. They are quieter and my dogs don't howl.

Doc how far is Squeaky's alma mater, El Camino Jr College, from your high school? Answer: 350 miles.

Was Squeaky in the bunch of Manson girls who followed Led Zepplin?

leary7 said...

kinda of a weird flow here. how did we get from Parkland to Jimmy Page. That subject was in another thread over on the other site myabe five threads down.
free association I suppose.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Hey Leary!

I know very little about the JFK subject.
In fact, I know jack-shit.
I've watched the Zapruder footage a few times, but that's the total extent of my exposure.

Consequently, I was just messin' around with the guitar stuff.

This looks like a pretty good movie though... and Tom Hanks is a huge name in the industry.
Hanks adds legitimacy to any project.

"Parkland" might be a good place for a "newbie" like myself, to wet his feet.
I think I'll check it out... and hopefully... I'll come away with a feel for the basics (if not more).

matt prokes said...

I wouldn't rely on Bugliosi for the basics on jfk anymore than i would oliver stone.
They both have agendas...and enormous egos.
I think Stone was closer to the truth but he took too many liberties in trying to get his point of view across...the sad thing is kids coming up in the next generations will see his film and accept it as 'history'
The best way is to use your own eyes and ears and brains to sift through the bullshit coming from both sides.
unfortunately that could take a lifetime!

sunset77 said...

My dad followed the Kennedy assassination pretty closely back in the 60's when I was a kid. I remember he bought 2 pretty expensive books about it with color pictures, he may still have them.

Wikipedia says about Oswald's capture in the Texas Theater: "As police arrived, the house lights were brought up and Brewer pointed out Oswald sitting near the rear of the theater. Police Officer Nick McDonald testified that he was the first to reach Oswald and that Oswald seemed ready to surrender saying, "Well, it is all over now." However, Officer McDonald said that Oswald pulled out a pistol tucked into the front of his pants, then pointed the pistol at him, and pulled the trigger. McDonald stated that the pistol did not fire because the pistol's hammer came down on the webbing between the thumb and index finger of his hand as he grabbed for the pistol."

Oswald was questioned for 2 days by the police and was being transferred when he was shot in the basement of the police station by Jack Ruby, TV camera's broadcast the shooting live. Video HERE.

Both John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald were pronounced dead in Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

louis365 said...

In an interview that Bugliosi did about this book, he said that his take on it was that Oswald acted alone, which is BS.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Cool video Sunset.
Thanks!

St. Circumstance said...

Happy Holiday weekend and here is hoping you all have a safe and excellent weekend!

:)

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

SaintC!!!!!!!!

CarolMR said...

Thanks, Saint. You, too!

CarolMR said...

Thanks, Saint. You, too!

matt prokes said...

Blogger louis365 said...
In an interview that Bugliosi did about this book, he said that his take on it was that Oswald acted alone, which is BS

Its fine to have an opinion but if you don't agree with his it means you're a crazy idiot!
He made some good points in his book but his attitude really sucks.

leary7 said...

This is why I think I am going to love this movie. I sense it doesn't take a point of view on Oswald's guilt. It just tells a story. And the story of the tension and anger between the Secret Service and the Texas police authorities at Parkland that day is huge just by itself - it almost was a shootout at the OK Corral. No kidding. It was wild.

That story, what took place at Parkland, is a good enough story to tell without delving into all the conflicting conspiracy stuff.

As to the Bug's role...I am dismissive of it. As long as the movies gets the facts of Parkland right and captures some of the compelling characters, I could give a rat's ass what Vince thinks. And I do think Hanks is the guy to offset the Bug's ego and just tell a straightforward tale.
We'll see. But I am excited.

leary7 said...

LS...there are a million fascinating tidbits from those four days in Dallas from the Umbrella Man to the Three Tramps to the fact that despite two days of interagating Oswald there is not one minute of tape interview...to JFK's missing brain to the autopsy discrepencies...to the established Oswald impersonators and on and on. It takes a month of solid reading to even have an elementary grasp of the subject.
I didn't read Vince's book. I have a sense it is allot like Jeff Guinn's book on Manson - 98% rehash. Nothing conclusive or new.
Not to sound like I am defending him, but I wouldn't expect Vince to argue anything but Oswald's guilt due to his prosecutorial background. I honestly think Hank's just used the Bug's book as a starting point and to give the project some name recognition.
At least that is what I am hoping for.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Leary you ROCK!
I'm definitely gonna catch this movie!

And hey... if it sucks... I won't know it anyway. LOL
Sometimes ignorance really is bliss.
It's a win-win! LOL

sunset77 said...

In many instances, Italian firearms are some of the best in the world. Companies like Bianchi, Beretta, etc. are well known. My dad had several guns he would almost never let me shoot, one of them was a Luigi Franchi 12 gauge shotgun. When it was introduced, it was the lightest semi auto 12 gauge in the world. One of my earliest memories of my dad was that after firing several rounds thorough it, it was so light, he took his shirt off and his shoulder was purple and bleeding from the recoil. A vid about Italian firearm engraving by hand can be found HERE.

On the other hand, Oswald's 1940 6.5 Carcano appears to me to be mass produced "junk". The elongated projectile it fired is unlike any ammo I've ever seen in the US. A pic of a live round ejected from Oswald's rifle can be seen HERE. Oswald bought the rifle equipped with a 4x scope for 19 dollars and 95 cents (plus postage).

Nevertheless, irregardless of "grassy knolls", "acoustic examinations" and people wearing tin foil hats, I've never seen any credible evidence whatever, connecting anyone to the assassination of JFK, other than Lee Harvey Oswald.

MrPoirot said...

6.5 mm Carcano uses a very accurate round still a favorite today. Long projectiles with high ballistic coefficients are not new. Long rounds have higher BC. However, at the 120 yds that was between him and JFK there was no need for a high BC projectile. Any trained rifleman could hit a target at that range by utilizing breathing techniques and correct trigger pull while calmly cycling the bolt. The Carcano would never have been a frontline rifle if it wasn't extremely accurate at that range. You can still today buy crappy looking, decent shooting 6.5 mm Carcanos for under $200.
The rifle itself got a reputation undeserved. Most were using barrels not chrome lined which make them susceptible to corrosion from salts in powders. That isn't always the case though.
Oswald had a hardware store to side mount the cheesy scope and he zeroed it and tested it at a range just outside Dallas. He had a previous assassination attempt on a military officer he thought was racist but the 6,5 Carcano bullet hit a window pain frame and deflected.

While in the marines he had two peculiar instances of panic gunfiring. Once a pistol discharged in his barracks and a second time at night on guard duty.

CarolMR said...

Last night FOX News aired - for the third time - "Summer of Evil - The Manson Murders." I watched some of it again. Greta Van Susteren hosted. Someone said (Bugliosi? Greg King?) that Tex Watson met Dennis Wilson when Tex picked up a hitchhiking Wilson. Could this be right? Why would Dennis Wilson be hitchhiking?

leary7 said...

EXACTLY, Sunset. Whatever one's emotional mindset, if the case is judged on the evidence IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to have more than a 70/30 certainty as to Oswald's guilt or innocence.
There is an ENORMOUS amount of evidence pointing to Oswald's involvement and an equally massive amount of circumstantial evidence pointing to others being involved.

Once you go down the JFK 'rabbit hole' you will get twisted in twenty different directions. At one point in my life I was certain it was worth the price of admission. But now I am tired and older and just don't want to live with the cost of obsession.

louis365 said...

Marcello is the key to understanding JFK

starship said...

This movie is based on a book which actually is only about the first third or so of the original book on the subject VB wrote which is called RECLAIMING HISTORY.

That and Stephen Kings 11/22/63 research and his take on coincidence go a long way towards making me believe that Bugliosi this time has got it right.

johnnyseattle said...

For those that distrust Vincent Bugliosi, a new book that is a rebuttal to Parkland has been in the works and will be out soon. It is called, Reclaiming Parkland. One of the sections of this book will be a close in depth look at Vincent Bugliosi.

The author of this book is Jim Dieugenio who recently published, Destiny Betrayed II.

http://www.amazon.com/Reclaiming-Parkland-Bugliosi-Assassination-Hollywood/dp/1626365334/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378178825&sr=8-1&keywords=reclaiming+parkland

johnnyseattle said...

My amazon link didn't come out to well so
here is a snippet from the book, Reclaiming Parkland due out 20 Sept 2013.

"A hard-hitting, one-of-a-kind look at how Hollywood and the mainstream media are getting the Kennedy assassination all wrong!

Reclaiming Parkland details the failed attempt of Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman—cofounder of the production company Playtone—to make Vincent Bugliosi’s mammoth book about the Kennedy assassination, Reclaiming History, into a miniseries. It exposes the questionable origins of Reclaiming History in a dubious mock trial for cable television, in which Bugliosi played the role of an attorney prosecuting Lee Harvey Oswald for murder, and how this formed the basis for the epic tome. Author James DiEugenio details the myriad problems with Bugliosi’s book, and explores the cooperation of the mainstream press in concealing these many faults during the publicity campaign for the book and how this lack of scrutiny led Hanks and Goetzman to purchase the film rights. DiEugenio then shows how the film eventually adapted from that book, entitled Parkland, does not even resemble Reclaiming History, though the script for that film displays the same imbalance that Reclaiming History does.

Reclaiming Parkland also includes extended looks at the little-known aspects of the lives and careers of Bugliosi, Hanks, and Goetzman—including Bugliosi’s three attempts at political office and a review of the Tate-LaBianca murders in the light of today’s knowledge of that case. DiEugenio also looks at the connections between Washington and Hollywood, as well as the CIA influence in the film colony today. Reclaiming Parkland is a truly unique book that delves into the Kennedy assassination, the New Hollywood, and the political influence on how films are made today."

leary7 said...

yowza Johnny, that is some great info. Although wasn't Hanks recently voted the most trusted man in America? That's a heckuva chore to convince the public of his duplicity or such.
I still don't fully get why folk are so hateful towards Bugliosi. He is a prosecutor through and through. He will always have that slant and mindset whether it is in regards to Manson or Oswald or George W Bush. That's just his schtick, his essence of being. Is he an egomaniac and asshole....yeah, probably. But you gotta separate the schmuck from the message. I've always thought of him as just another blowhard sitting at the end of the bar bellowing about the world's wrongs.