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Kathryn Bigelow Opens Up About 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Torture and Truth on TIME Cover Story and Colbert Report

In addition to her appearance on the Colbert Report (watch below), "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow is the center of this week's TIME cover story, "Art of Darkness." The director, who rarely speaks with the press, is opening up to deal with and defend herself against the controversy surrounding "ZDT" and its torture debate.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2013 3:02 PM
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Now and Then: A 'Zero Dark Thirty' Piece That's (Mostly) Not About Torture

We are Maya. That's the first thought that comes to mind about Jessica Chastain's tireless, obsessed CIA analyst in "Zero Dark Thirty," a "motherfucker" who's been chasing Osama bin Laden for twelve years — nearly the same length of time as this country's impossible war.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 22, 2013 1:22 PM
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Read: Kathryn Bigelow's Essay Addressing Depiction of Torture in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Director Kathryn Bigelow has published an essay in the L.A. Times addressing the controversy surrounding her Oscar-nominated film "Zero Dark Thirty" and its depiction of torture. "I do wonder if some some of the sentiments alternately expressed about the film might be more appropriately directed at those who instituted and ordered these U.S. policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the screen," she writes. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 16, 2013 11:56 AM
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Ten Things I Learned Over the Golden Globes Weekend

Seth MacFarlane did not look happy as he nursed a strong drink at the HBO party following the Golden Globes Sunday night. Would you? The first-time Oscar host has to follow hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who nabbed the best reviews in recent memory for their performance at the Golden Globes on NBC, which hit a six-year high in overnight ratings (averaging a 13.1 household rating/28 Nielsen share).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2013 4:13 PM
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Weekend Recap: New Film Art, 'Zero Dark Thirty' Controversy Thickens, Casting Watch, and Awards Talk

Here's our weekend recap. Two new pieces of film art were revealed this weekend. Just when you thought it was winding down, the "Zero Dark Thirty" controversy continues. Before she became a Golden Globe winner, "Girls" creator/star Lena Dunham sat down for a probing interview by Charlie Rose. Comedian Louis C.K. might join David O Russell's untitled Abscam film. The Gurus o' Gold have posted their post-nominations Academy Awards Prediction chart.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 14, 2013 1:15 PM
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'Zero Dark Thirty' Leads Women Film Journalists' EDA Awards; Lawrence Recognized for Kicking Ass, Dench for Defying Ageism

The Alliance of Women and Film Journalists EDA Awards have been announced, with "Zero Dark Thirty" winning Best Picture, Director (Kathryn Bigelow), Original Screenplay (Mark Boal) and Actress (Jessica Chastain). The EDAs also have a colorful list of "Special Mention Awards," with categories ranging from...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 8, 2013 12:58 PM
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'Zero Dark Thirty' Review and Torture Debate - Senate Committee Probing Bigelow and Boal's CIA Contact [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The Senate Intelligence Committee has begun a review of the contacts between "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal and CIA officials, following the committee chairwoman's "outrage" over the film's scenes that imply "enhanced interrogations."
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2013 3:31 PM
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Highlights from LA Times Directors Roundtable with Bigelow, Affleck, Russell, Lee, Hooper and Gervasi

Six directors talk shop for the LA Times' directors roundtable. John Horn is joined by Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Ben Affleck ("Argo"), Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables"), David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") and Sacha Gervasi ("Hitchcock") to discuss their films, working with actors...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 21, 2012 3:59 PM
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'Zero Dark Thirty' CIA Duo Chastain and Clarke Talk Torture Controversy & Bigelow (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's ripped-from-the-headlines "Zero Dark Thirty" (December 19) has been wowing the critics, who are raving about best actress Jessica Chastain, who plays the hard-swearing tough-as-nails CIA agent who doggedly pursues Osama bin Laden.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 6:26 AM
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Bret Easton Ellis Throws a Misogynistic Hissy Fit Because 'Zero Dark Thirty' Director Kathryn Bigelow is a Woman

It's almost not worth mentioning, because sexism from a misogynist really doesn't deserve any attention-- but Bret Easton Ellis attempting to degrade Kathryn Bigelow and her latest directorial effort--which happens to be kicking ass on the awards circuit--is an embarassment (for him)...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2012 4:12 PM
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