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'Zero Dark Thirty' torture controversy: 'Everything we did has been misinterpreted,' says writer


Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal directly addressed the ongoing controversy over their film’s treatment of C.I.A enhanced-interrogation techniques in an interview with The Wrap. “Everything we did has been misinterpreted, and continues to be,” Boal said, responding to charges that the film glorifies torture.

“The movie has been, and probably will continue to be, put in political boxes,” said Boal. “Before we even wrote it, it was [branded] an Obama campaign commercial, which was preposterous. And now it’s pro-torture, which is preposterous. We haven’t really talked about that, but I want to start.” READ FULL STORY

'Zero Dark Thirty' premiere: Kathryn Bigelow and co. address waterboarding controversy

Zero Dark Thirty is an Oscar frontrunner, but what would Oscar season be without a dash of politics? In the taut thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow depict the American use of waterboarding leading to a suspect revealing crucial information. But the New Yorker has cast doubt on the veracity of that specific scene, citing government officials who claim that waterboarding — a controversial tactic that many consider torture — played no role in yielding useful evidence in that situation or ultimately helped the C.I.A. locate bin Laden’s hideout.

Boal, a former journalist, has defending the decision, arguing that “it’s a movie, not a documentary,” and the film’s main principals stood behind their work at last night’s Los Angeles premiere. “We had to compress a very complicated debate and a 10-year period into two hours,” Boal said. “It doesn’t surprise me that people bring political agendas to the film but it doesn’t actually have a political agenda. Its agenda is to tell these people’s stories in the most honest and factual way we know how, based on a ton of interviews and research.” READ FULL STORY

Controversy builds over 'Zero Dark Thirty' interrogation scenes

Kathryn Bigelow’s hunt-for-bin Laden movie Zero Dark Thirty (out in select theaters Dec. 19) doesn’t flinch when it comes to depicting various “enhanced interrogation” tactics, including waterboarding and other hard-to-watch techniques. In the film, C.I.A. agents Maya (Jessica Chastain) and Dan (Jason Clarke) engage in extended harsh sessions in order to extract crucial information that eventually leads to Osama bin Laden’s location.

But now some people are questioning the film’s treatment of those scenes. In a column in yesterday’s New York Times, Frank Bruni pointed out that the idea that those sorts of tactics produced crucial information is “hardly a universally accepted version of events,” noting “many experts’ belief that torture is unnecessary, yielding as much bad information as good.” And in this week’s New Yorker, former New York Times war correspondent Dexter Filkins writes that the film “appears to have strayed from real life. According to several official sources, including Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the identity of bin Laden’s courier, whose trail led the C.I.A. to the hideout in Pakistan, was not discovered through waterboarding.” READ FULL STORY

'Zero Dark Thirty' clip: SEAL Team Six takes off -- VIDEO

Lest you think that Zero Dark Thirty will just be one of those docudramas where Jessica Chastain frowns at a computer screen, a new clip for Kathryn Bigelow’s terrorist-huntin’ movie just hit the internet, and it shows the director of The Hurt Locker in a very familiar mode of hyper-adrenalized badass dudery. The clip sees members of the famous SEAL Team Six getting into helicopters to go somewhere very important, NO SPOILERS! You can spot Chris Pratt from Parks & Rec and Joel Edgerton from Warrior as soldiers. Meanwhile, all around the helicopters, dust clouds are gathering. Figurative dust clouds. But also actual dust clouds. Watch the clip: READ FULL STORY

'Zero Dark Thirty' on 'Nightline': Kathryn Bigelow reveals secrets (and new footage) from her Bin Laden-hunting docudrama

The press campaign for Zero Dark Thirty is slowly revealing more bits and pieces about Kathryn Bigelow’s true-life docudrama. Bigelow and her screenwriter Mark Boal, who previously collaborated for The Hurt Locker, went on Nightline earlier this week to chat about the film. The resulting video is a feast for espionage mavens and film fans alike, as Bigelow and Boal reveal some of the top-secret true stories from the Bin Laden manhunt while also demonstrating a bit of their craft. They discuss the female CIA agent who inspired the character “Maya,” played by Jessica Chastain. Bigelow also lets Nightline into the editing room to show her polishing off the audio mix on the final assault on Bin Laden’s compound. (The director discusses rebuilding the terrorist’s house, right down to the carpeting.) There’s also lots of great footage from Zero Dark Thirty, just to whet your appetite. Check it out: READ FULL STORY

'Zero Dark Thirty' team says they might still make earlier, scrapped Osama bin Laden film -- EXCLUSIVE


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Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and producer/writer Mark Boal tell EW that they could still return to an earlier hunt-for-Osama bin Laden movie that they had abandoned after the terrorist was killed in 2011. The duo behind Oscar-winning 2010 movie The Hurt Locker say they aren't sure what their next project will be, or even if they'll definitely continue to collaborate ("I hope so," says Bigelow). But they won't rule out the idea of returning to the previous movie at some point. Asked if reviving the film as a sort of ZDT prequel was a possibility, Boal responded, "Yeah, I think so. Why not? But I think the last thing [either of us]

wants to do right now is talk about making another movie.” Bigelow, too, says she would “possibly” be interested in finishing the project.


'Zero Dark Thirty': Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal discuss bringing Osama bin Laden hunt to the screen -- EXCLUSIVE

On Dec. 19 of this year, only 19 months after Osama bin Laden was killed by a team of Navy SEALs, Kathryn Bigelow’s new film detailing how the C.I.A. and military hunted down the terrorist will hit theaters. Drawing from intensive research, Zero Dark Thirty — which stars Jessica Chastain as a dogged C.I.A. agent — is part procedural and part true-life action thriller, and in this week’s issue of EW, Bigelow and writer Mark Boal (who collaborated previously on Best Picture Oscar winner The Hurt Locker) give their first interview together about how they made the intense, hyper-realistic film.

Accuracy was one of the primary issues for the two of them, both with the C.I.A. detective story and when it came to the climactic raid on bin Laden’s compound. READ FULL STORY

'Zero Dark Thirty' release date moved back

Sony has pushed back the release date of Kathryn Bigelow’s terrorist-huntin’ docudrama Zero Dark Thirty. Previously scheduled for wide release on Dec. 19, the film will now hit theaters on Jan. 11. The film will still play in New York and Los Angeles starting Dec. 19 as part of an Oscar-qualifying run, but it will now avoid a crowded holiday release schedule, including Les Miserables, Django Unchained, and the vaguely-similar-if-you-replace-“bin Laden”-with-“dragon” The Hobbit.

[Via Hollywood Reporter]

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'Zero Dark Thirty': James Gandolfini's secret role revealed -- EXCLUSIVE

The makers of Zero Dark Thirty have been holding on to some top secret information of their own.

While most of of the ensemble cast of the Osama bin Laden takedown film is already known, The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal have been keeping one important bit of casting news hush-hush for months.

James Gandolfini will appear as one of the highest-ranking government figures featured in the film — Leon Panetta, the current Secretary of Defense, who was head of the CIA when bin Laden was found and killed.

There’s a too-easy joke to be made here: How awesome is it that Tony Soprano is involved in the effort to whack Osama? READ FULL STORY

No conspiracy: New documents explain Pentagon, CIA cooperation on 'Zero Dark Thirty' -- BREAKING

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It turns out the CIA and Pentagon officials were just big fans of The Hurt Locker.

New documents pertaining to government and military cooperation on the Osama bin Laden takedown film Zero Dark Thirty (out Dec. 19) were posted Tuesday evening by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, but they fail to confirm the organization’s theory that director Kathryn Bigelow and producer-screenwriter Mark Boal were given special access for the sake of political gains.

In fact, media relations officials discussed the need to be fair to others who were seeking similar information about the May 2, 2011 raid — and they told each other one reason to speak to Boal and Bigelow was for the sake of learning more about the project themselves.

Nowhere in the documents does any representative of the CIA or Department of Defense ever express interest in the project for propaganda purposes. Rather, they talk about the respect they have for Bigelow and Boal’s Oscar-winning Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker, as well as their work for charities aiding military families.

In their requests for access, Boal and Bigelow also revealed the secret working title of the film — For God and Country. READ FULL STORY

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