Less than two weeks after 9/11 Mark Anthony Stroman, a man on a horrifically blind mission of revenge, shot a man in Dallas, believing that he was firing on an Arab. The victim was Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a 37-year old immigrant and former Air Force officer from Bangladesh. He was shot while working at a friend’s convenience store as he tried to establish a foothold in America.
Bhuiyan was one of several people shot that day by Mark Anthony Stroman. Two others were killed. Bhuiyan survived, partially blind in one eye after Stroman shot him in the head with a shotgun.
And while Stroman was arrested for the attacks, convicted, and sentenced to die in Texas, Bhuiyan did not celebrate. Instead, he campaigned to save the life of the man who had shot him. A book, The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas, chronicles the story. And now Kathryn Bigelow will team with Annapurna Productions to create a film based on the book, with Tom Hardy starring. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Is the U.S. Senate secretly working for Team Affleck? Certainly not, but they couldn’t have helped Argo more if they’d tried. Heading into prestige pic season, Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty looked like a strong contender for several top prizes. Then came the controversies over the film’s inaccuracies and its portrayal of torture, culminating in a formal investigation by the U.S. Senate into the Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal‘s relationship with the CIA.
All that hoopla may have crippled the film’s awards chances, and indeed it walked away from Sunday’s Oscars with just one lone Oscar for sound editing. Naturally, the Senate has now dropped its probe into the matter without revealing any of its findings. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s a given that any film “based on a true story” will harbor several inaccuracies, from minor factual errors to wholesale fabrications. But perhaps because it’s based on such recent events, Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty has attracted more than its fair share of controversy over its portrayal of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Some have decried its use of artistic license, others have commended it for its attention to detail, still others have wondered if Bigelow knew too much, and so on.
Now a guy who should really know what he’s talking about is weighing in on the issues. In a new interview, the SEAL Team 6 member who actually shot and killed the terrorist leader offers his two cents regarding Zero Dark Thirty‘s relationship to real-life events. In a nutshell: “They Hollywooded it up some.” Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Nominations for the Oscars will be announced later this week (on Thursday morning, to be precise) but for now we’ve got the five names nominated by the Director’s Guild of America for achievement in directing in 2012. The list features one newcomer to the DGA award slate, and four directors who have won in prior years.
In short, the names on the list are: Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg. Everyone will likely have something to say about their favorite director who didn’t get the DGA nod this year, whether it is Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell, or Paul Thomas Anderson.
Awards will be given out at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 2, 2013. The full list of nominee info is below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Alamo Drafthouse brand is beloved among moviegoers for their plush theaters, but it’s revered for their impeccable taste in movies. Whether programming a film festival or picking up indies for distribution, they’ve demonstrated an eye for films that aren’t just good, but unique.
With 2012 on its way out, the company has just released its list of their ten favorite movies from the year. Some of the titles were as successful at the box office as they were with critics, while others are more off the beaten track, but all are well worth checking out. Read their picks after the jump.
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Kathryn Bigelow‘s film Zero Dark Thirty has turned into one of the most acclaimed films of 2012, and most of us haven’t had a chance to see it yet. Early screenings for critics groups and awards voters have led to massive amounts of positive conversation about the movie’s craft, and some less positive conversation about the way it depicts the use of torture.
The film has a limited release next week, but most audiences will have to wait until January to see how Bigelow and her The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal chronicle the attempt to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. But here’s one last trailer to tease the work from Jessica Chastain as the woman who wouldn’t give up the hunt. Read More »
This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.
But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of the big surprises.
The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »
There’s a lot to be said for timing when it comes to film awards, and in that respect things couldn’t have worked out better for Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty. While most audiences won’t even have a chance to see the film until early next year, the first screenings of the movie have drawn rave reviews. And now it has picked up what will likely be the first of many awards.
Today the New York Film Critics Circle voted on awards for 2012, and Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln were the big winners, with nothing scored by The Master, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, or other potential awards faves. Kathryn Bigelow took Best Director and her movie won Best Film, which is the same dual wins the filmmaker enjoyed in 2009 before The Hurt Locker went on to Oscar success. Get the full list of recipients below. Read More »
In America, we’re told that if we work hard, we can accomplish anything. Jessica Chastain‘s character in Zero Dark Thirty, Maya, personifies that patriotic belief, as over the course of a decade she strives to capture the terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Her inspiring true story is the driving force behind the latest film from the Oscar winners behind The Hurt Locker, director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal.
Other than being incredibly interesting and historic, what makes Maya’s hunt so riveting is how her goal of finding Bin Laden is constantly opposed by everyone surrounding her. At every turn, powerful American officials argue that the architect of September 11 and Al Qaeda leader is a white whale, an impossible-to-find needle in a haystack. Yet Maya perseveres through almost unfathomable tragedy and opposition, until her efforts culminate on that fateful night in May of 2011.
Zero Dark Thirty is a fantastic, detailed procedural in the mold of Zodiac, All the Presidents Men or The Insider, but with more action along the lines of Traffic or Heat. Structurally, it’s much more straightforward than those films, but the fact that it centers on a strong, singular female character gives it a powerful emotional core. Come 2013, Zero Dark Thirty is going to be a major player at the Oscars. Read more after the jump. Read More »