Odds are most of us remember exactly where we were when we heard that terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden had been killed. It was one of those historic moments, years in the making, where America could feel content getting justice against the mastermind behind September 11. That night, we all focused on the result, but lewer people thought about what it took to get there.
Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty is about exactly that process. It’s the true story of a single female CIA agent (Jessica Chastain) who spent the better part of ten years focused on finding Bin Laden, following leads and sources many others thought to be wastes of time. The film is a eye-opening, fascinating and incredible piece of work culminating in the nail-biting, now-legendary raid in Pakistan.
Being as the film is based on realities uncovered by the tireless research of producer/screenwriter Mark Boal, revealing inner machinations and characters most Americans were unaware of, there are innumerable questions to be answered about the film and its backstory. Two news reports by ABC News delve into those truths and are very much worth watching. Check them out below. Read More »
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The long Thanksgiving weekend brought major buzz for two potential Oscar contenders: Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables and Kathryn Bigelow‘s action procedural Zero Dark Thirty. Both films are from recent Best Director Oscar winners so expectations were predictably high for each. However, while Les Mis is a known property, a dramatization of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is much more of a mystery, making the buzz out of those screenings even more intriguing.
Bigelow, along with Oscar-winning writer Mark Boal, was developing a film about the search for the most wanted man on the planet when United States military forces killed him. That completely changed their movie and made its completion even more time-sensitive. The film is now done, set for release December 19, with an all-star cast including Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, James Gandolfini, Kyle Chandler and Joel Edgerton. The first screenings took place over the weekend, and reactions to them were incredibly positive, with an eye on another Oscar run for Bigelow and Boal. Get some early buzz after the break. Read More »
The ad campaign for Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the mission that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden by a Navy SEAL team, has been pretty low-key so far. But then, the studio hasn’t had to do much, as there has been a fair amount of publicity for the movie thanks to accusations that the original October release date was meant to remind audiences of President Obama’s role in the mission, just before the Presidential election takes place. There have been far more serious (but unproven) allegations that the film is based on access to classified data that was given illegally to the production.
Now it’s time to move beyond those talking points to look at the actual film. Derspite featuring Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, and Jason Clarke, the teaser trailer showed few faces, and relied upon audio montage to set up the story of the hunt for Bin Laden. A few images later gave us a bit more. Now you can see a lot more of Bigelow’s follow-up to The Hurt Locker, in the full trailer below. Read More »
“Zero Dark Thirty” is a military slang term for super-early in the morning — that zone between midnight and 4am where a soldier might find himself stuck with some particularly crappy duty. Or the time where a raid might be launched on a wary target, the better to catch them off-guard.
Zero Dark Thirty is also the working title of Kathryn Bigelow‘s film about the SEAL Team 6 effort to kill Osama Bin Laden. The movie features Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Harold Perrineau, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Jennifer Ehle, Nash Edgerton, and Edgar Ramirez, and some early shooting is taking place now after months of prep, revisions and delays. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Perhaps the reason Kathryn Bigelow has yet to decide on a title for her upcoming Osama bin Laden thriller is that she’s simply been too busy assembling a large, impressive cast. Jason Clarke (The Wettest County in the World) was the first to board back in November, and since then, Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez, and
Coach Taylor Kyle Chandler have all signed on for the picture as well. Now the latest additions are Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau, and Nash Edgerton (yep, Joel’s brother). More after the jump.
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When Peter Berg talked recently about the challenges of turning the Friday Night Lights TV show into a movie, one of the chief hurdles seemed to be scheduling. “Kyle [Chandler] is busy,” he said, and now we know one of the things that is keeping the actor away from the field.
Kyle Chandler has signed on to be a part of the ensemble cast in Kathryn Bigelow‘s movie about the Navy SEAL hunt for Osama Bin Laden. The movie was already in development from the Hurt Locker team of Bigelow and Mark Boal, in slightly different form, when it was announced that the Navy SEAL Team 6 had killed the terror figure. After that point it went back to the drawing board, and has slowly been gearing up to shoot. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Though we’ve been hearing rumors and reports for months about who might star in Kathryn Bigelow‘s untitled Osama bin Laden thriller for months, Joel Edgerton was only the film’s second confirmed star when his casting was announced hours ago. (The first, Jason Clarke, signed on back in November.) With just a month to go until the production’s targeted start date, however, the cast now seems to be falling into place at rapid speed.
It appears that Parks & Recreation star Chris Pratt has accepted the offer that was extended to him last month, making him the movie’s third star. Meanwhile, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Edgar Ramirez are said to be circling the project as well. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
Last spring, we began hearing reports that Animal Kingdom star Joel Edgerton had landed a role in Kathryn Bigelow‘s still-untitled Osama bin Laden movie. However, a deal never really closed and as of last month it looked like scheduling issues had pulled him from the project altogether. Now it seems Edgerton is back in, and this time for good. A new story has surfaced indicating that Edgerton has officially boarded the film, joining previously cast star Jason Clarke. More details after the jump.
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