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Bret Easton Ellis Profusely Apologizes to Kathryn Bigelow Over Sexist “Zero Dark Thirty” Tweet

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 18, 2012 9:00 AM
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After trying unsuccessfully to garner the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” screenwriting gig through sheer social media chutzpah alone, novelist Bret Easton Ellis has now solemnly returned to another controversy seeded at the start of the month, one that saw him place “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow square in his sights.

Watch: Kathryn Bigelow & Jessica Chastain Talk To CNN About NBR Winning 'Zero Dark Thirty' Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 5, 2012 3:57 PM
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It has been a very good week for "Zero Dark Thirty." The film has now pushed itself to the front of the Oscar conversation by taking three prizes from the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday and another three from the National Board Of Review today, with director Kathryn Bigelow and actress Jessica Chastain looking like the ones to beat (at the moment). While many critics and industry types have already seen the film, the rest of us have to wait, so here's a few more peeks to tide you over.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Wins Best Picture, Director & Actress From National Board Of Review, Leonardo DiCaprio Takes Supporting Actor

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2012 2:34 PM
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Awards season continues on apace, and if things keep on the way things have been going this week, Kathryn Bigelow may need to enlarge her trophy cabinet. Her follow-up to the awards-laden "The Hurt Locker," Bin Laden-hunt picture "Zero Dark Thirty" hasn't even opened in theaters yet, but it already won the Best Film (along with Director and Cinematography) prize from the New York Film Critics' Circle on Monday, and now the National Board of Review (the somewhat nebulous organization who traditionally kicked off awards season, before the NYFCC moved their dates up last year) have followed suit.

New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Picture & Best Director To Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 3, 2012 3:12 PM
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This morning saw the New York Film Critic's Circle fumble all day with Twitter, but finally announce their awards for 2012's best, marking the first critics' group to bestow their honors. Sometimes bucking against the tide ("The Accidental Tourist" and "Far From Heaven" are among past Best Feature winners), sometimes proving good precursors to the Academy (they matched Best Picture, Director, Actress and Foreign Language feature last year), it's generally deemed to be the first major precursor of awards season.

Go On The Hunt With New Images From 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 4:28 PM
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"Electric, sprawling and ambitious," that's what we had say about Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," which has started screening for critics as it heads into awards-contending limited release in just a couple of weeks. Indeed, it's one of the hottest conversation pieces at the moment, and a few more pics take you on the ground.

Watch: 'Nightline' Report On 'Zero Dark Thirty' Featuring Interviews, New Footage, Behind-The-Scenes Peeks & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 27, 2012 5:20 PM
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"I think it's the story of a lifetime," director Kathryn Bigelow told ABC's "Nightline," and there really is no other way to put it. The result of years of intensive, mostly under the radar, highly classified work, the nation -- and world -- were shocked when in May of 2011, Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed as the result of a clandestine operation. It helped close the book on a painful memory in the American psyche, and in many ways forced a new look at the war on terror. And while you might know how it ends, you don't know how it happened.

Jessica Chastain Centers In New 'Zero Dark Thirty' Images & TV Spot; Filmmakers Could Make A Prequel Hunt Movie

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 24, 2012 1:35 PM
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In the opening moments of the thriller-cum-action drama "Zero Dark Thirty," the picture displays text onscreen that reads, “based on firsthand accounts of actual events.” “I don’t want to play fast and loose with history,” Mark Boal, the screenwriter of the film, told the New York Times  about his in-depth research into the movie's story: the Seal Team Six hunt and elimination of Osama Bin Laden. "Zero Dark Thirty" -- a military term for thirty minutes after midnight -- reunites the Oscar-winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Boal (who brought you "The Hurt Locker") for the story of one of history's greatest manhunts.

Wide Release Of Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' May Be Pushed Back To January 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2012 6:11 PM
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To put it bluntly, the next two months at the multiplex are fucked. Between holiday blockbusters and dramatic fare gunning for Oscars, there is an unbelievable amount of new movies on the way, and it's no surprise that some titles are going to shimmy and shift to get the best exposure possible. But when it concerns a highly anticipated movie about one of the most dramatic events in recent American history, in what could be a major awards season player, we have to sit up and take notice. Sony is looking at forgoing the wide release of Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" on December 19th for a New York and Los Angeles bow and platform release. Does this mean the movie isn't a contender? Let's not sweat it just yet.

Will Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden Movie 'Zero Dark Thirty' Find Its Target Or Miss The Mark?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 19, 2012 12:00 PM
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This winter has something for most tastes -- animation ("Wreck-It Ralph"), historical drama ("Lincoln"), adult drama ("Flight"), musical ("Les Miserables"), comedy ("This Is 40"), action ("Skyfall" and "Jack Reacher") and western ("Django Unchained"), But almost nothing promises, in theory at least, to match up thrills and substance, as much as "Zero Dark Thirty." The long-gestating follow-up to Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," which revolves around the search for Osama Bin Laden, got a surprise new ending as it geared up for production when Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan last year.

You Will Never Find Him: Captivating New Trailer For Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2012 7:49 PM
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Get Oscar ready? We'll see, but any thoughts that this was going to be mostly just a bunch of guys in rooms looking at charts and maps is dead wrong. The brand new and meaty trailer for "Zero Dark Thirty" has landed, and it's pretty captivating stuff.

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