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October 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
As this year's death-obsessed Emmy Awards broadcast took time to mention, Nov. 22 will mark 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The remembrance traveled from Walter Cronkite's announcement of the president's death to a Carrie Underwood cover of the Beatles' "Yesterday" to commemorate the band's 1964 debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" - "two emotionally charged events, forever linked in our memories," said segment narrator Don Cheadle, who was born after both of them.
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October 3, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Brilliantly conceived and beautifully crafted, "Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy" may not only be one of the year's best documentaries but one of the year's finest overall films. The movie is based on readings of actual condolence letters sent to Jacqueline Kennedy after John F. Kennedy's assassination, read in voice-overs by celebrities. If that may sound a bit dreary or cliched, the result is anything but. Writer-director Bill Couturié (who made the touching, Emmy Award-winning 1987 HBO doc "Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam")
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October 3, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Parkland" hangs on a split second on Nov. 22, 1963, when a president was shot, a country was wounded and a city was brought to its knees. This unsettling film zeros in on the initial impact - just four days - for those closest to the president, for the many ordinary people of Dallas who became involved, and for a city that would begin to wear the assassination of John F. Kennedy like a shroud. It is the way in which ordinary acts began to define an extraordinary moment in history, and the residue of regret that would stay with the city, that Peter Landesman's new film seeks to mine.
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September 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination is approaching and CNN is marking the occasion with the start of a new 10-part documentary series to be co-produced by Tom Hanks. "The Sixties" will explore the transformative events of the decade, including the Beatles, the war in Vietnam, protests, drugs and more. In other words, all the usual 1960s suspects. Tom Hanks and his producing partner Gary Goetzman are co-producers on the project alongside CNN and Mark Herzog, executive producer of History's "Gettysburg" movie.
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September 3, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Geraldo Rivera's semi-nude selfie, which he tweeted in July, has come back to cost him a college speaking engagement. And the Fox News personality isn't pleased about it. Rivera was expected to participate in a panel discussion about the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination at Duquesne University in October, but according to the news host, his participation in the event was canceled by the university. On Friday, Rivera tweeted , "Just heard Duquesne Univ cancelled my appearance at JFK assassination panel because of 'selfie'.
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August 7, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Sorry, conspiracy theorists, modern forensic science shows that John F. Kennedy was likely killed by "one guy with a grudge and a gun," said professor John McAdams during a panel for Nova's new "Cold Case: JFK" on Wednesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills. McAdams, who wrote the book "JFK Assassination Logic: How to Think About Claims of Conspiracy," was joined on the PBS panel by the show's director, Rush DeNooyer, as well as firearms experts Lucien and Michael Haag, who conducted much of the scientific research used in the show to prove that a single bullet, could, in fact, have killed JFK and wounded Texas Gov. John Connally.
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July 25, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Ashton Kutcher plays Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic “Jobs,” and Wednesday on “The Tonight Show” he had high praise for the late tech mogul.   Kutcher recalled how he missed an opportunity to meet Jobs about six months before he passed away - something that he now regrets. “In hindsight I look back and think I had the opportunity to meet the Leonardo da Vinci of our generation, and I missed it. That really affected my decision to take on the role,” he said, likening his own experience of Jobs' passing to that of JFK. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times After returning home, Kutcher went to his computer, where the realization dawned on him “that all the relationships I have in my life are held together by glue that he laid down.” “I realize that I'd taken for granted the contribution that he actually gave to society.
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July 24, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Actor Rob Lowe has LIT- ruh -lee no qualms about having ties to Bill O'Reilly. The 49-year-old actor stars as worshiped Democratic president John F. Kennedy in National Geographic's "Killing Kennedy," based on the book from the Fox News anchor. Lowe, who is familiar with playing people in politics, big and small -- "The West Wing's" Sam Seaborn, "Parks and Recreation's" Chris Traeger -- was once well-known for his liberal political views, but now views himself as an independent moderate . But none of that was really a factor when it came to doing a project based on O'Reilly's work, he said.  "I didn't think about it at all," the in-all-places actor said.
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May 28, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Rob Lowe made a major impression with viewers over the Memorial Day weekend playing Liberace's plastic surgeon in the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra. " Now he's following that up with another eye-catching role, as John F. Kennedy in National Geographic Channel's upcoming movie "Killing Kennedy. " The film is a follow-up to National Geographic Channel's "Killing Lincoln," based on the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, which became Nat Geo's highest-rated program to date when it aired in February.
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May 10, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
While the broadcast networks are busy announcing new shows featuring the likes of Andy Samberg and Parker Posey, the big star this fall on PBS will be John F. Kennedy. On Thursday, the network announced its fall prime-time lineup for 2013. which will include a series of specials commemorating the 50 th anniversary of the president's death in November. “J.F.K.” is a two-part, four-hour special from “American Experience” on Nov. 12, and the network's other long-running series “Nova” and “Secrets of the Dead” will also unveil new J.F.K.-themed episodes on Nov. 13. History buffs, take note: “American Experience” will also take a closer look at “War of the Worlds,” Orson Welles' infamous radio broadcast, on Oct. 29. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Two new series will chronicle the history of minority groups in America.
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