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New Documents Give Details Of Kathryn Bigelow & Mark Boal's Not-So-Nefarious Access To CIA Files For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 30, 2012 11:20 AM
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“There's no political agenda in the film. Full stop. Period.” As much as screenwriter Mark Boal may wish his words would guide public knowledge about the Kathryn Bigelow-directed film, “Zero Dark Thirty” -- which details the U.S. government's raid on Osama bin Laden as depicted through Boal's script -- the truth of its subject matter and an election year simply makes that impossible. Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has been at the forefront of proving Boal's statement wrong, but after requests made in January were finally approved for CIA and Department of Defense documents detailing their involvement to be released, the results finally paint a picture more of minor fandom than political maneuvering.

Little Known British Actor Ricky Sekhon To Play Osama Bin Laden In Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 15, 2012 9:00 AM
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In case you wondering if we'll see Osama Bin Laden as a character in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," this pretty much confirms that we will with little known British actor Ricky Sekhon, who barely even has a presence on IMDB, landing the role of the infamous Saudi-born Al-Qaeda leader.

Kathryn Bigelow & Writer Mark Boal Did Get Their Hands On Classified Info After All For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2012 7:00 PM
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Remember last year when allegations flew that director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal had gained access to some classified or, at the very least top level intelligence about the raid that would end up killing Osama Bin Laden for their film "Zero Dark Thirty"? Well, it looks like they did. Ruh roh.

'Warrior' Star Frank Grillo Joins The Cast Of Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2012 8:38 PM
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At this point, we're beginning to suspect that in order to cast her still-untitled film about the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden, Kathryn Bigelow incepted us, found out all our favorite actors and actresses, and put them in her movie. First, she cast Australian actor Jason Clarke from "Brotherhood," and "Parks & Recreation" scene stealer Chris Pratt. Then came rising star Joel Edgerton, of "Warrior" not-quite-fame, along with "Carlos" star Edgar Ramirez, 'Tinker Tailor' stand out Mark Strong, and The Playlist's Woman of the Year 2011, Jessica Chastain. And after that? The always-wonderful Jennifer Ehle, and Coach Taylor himself, "Friday Night Lights" and "Super 8" star Kyle Chandler, along with Harold Perrineau Jr, Nash Edgerton and Fares Fares.

Guy Pearce Talks Doing His Own Stunts In 'Lockout' & Hints At The Mysteries of 'Prometheus'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 12, 2012 2:57 PM
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Audiences have a strong awareness of Guy Pearce, but are they ready to see him as an action hero? In “Lockout,” Pearce plays disgraced special agent Snow, forced on a suicide mission to rescue the President’s daughter from a riot happening outside of the Earth’s atmosphere, in the middle of a dangerous space prison. But while Pearce’s wisecracking Snow gives and receives his share of punches, the actor wasn’t entirely certain at first that this would be an action-heavy role.

Aussie Actor Callan Mulvey Books Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' & '300: Battle Of Artemisia'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 28, 2012 10:24 AM
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After years on Australian television, actor Callan Mulvey is making a move into the American film market. The actor has come into his own over the last few years, starring in the small-screen police-actioner "Rush" and it seems like the weekly exhibition of his action chops must have caught the right eyes somewhere as he's now scored roles in two big films in the works this year.

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Casts Little Known Israeli Actor Yoav Levy As Bin Laden's Third In Command

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 13, 2012 10:21 AM
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While lensing on the Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reunion for the newly-titled "Zero Dark Thirty" has already began, the duo look to be casting on-the-fly with little known Israeli theater actor Yoav Levy now joining the project as Osama Bin Laden's reported third-in-command, Abu Faraj al-Libi.

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden' Now Titled 'Zero Dark Thirty'; Production Greeted By Protests In India

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2012 12:59 PM
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Well, the cameras are now rolling on Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming film in India, and the picture is already gaining controversy. Of course, there is still that ongoing (and pointless) Pentagon investigation about whether or not Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal were leaked classified documents, but now a different kind of concern has hit the production.

'Snabba Cash' & 'Safe House' Star Fares Fares Joins Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 26, 2012 9:46 AM
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On the back of an offer out to Joel Kinnanman to take on the titular role in Jose Padhida's "Robocop" reboot, it looks like another acting protege of young Swedish helmer Daniel Espinosa is making waves in Hollywood. After featuring in both "Snabba Cash" films and "Safe House," the memorably named Fares Fares has now been cast in Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming Osama Bin Laden flick formerly known as "Kill Bin Laden."

Joel Edgerton Locked For Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden'; Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez & Mark Strong Also Join

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 5:51 PM
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Well, here's a piece of good news. Attached way back last spring for Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming untitled Seal Team 6 movie (aka "Kill Bin Laden"), we began to get worried about Joel Edgerton's involvement when the project began further casting this fall -- adding Jason Clarke -- and his name remained conspicuously absent.

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