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Bigelow and Boal Chase Ripped-from-Headlines Bergdahl Movie--As Do Fox Searchlight and Todd Field

During the 2012/2013 marketing swing on "Zero Dark Thirty," for whatever reason, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal tried to separate themselves as distinct entities. She was the director who collaborated with him as her writing and producing partner. And they didn't want to be seen as a romantic couple, either.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2014 5:28 PM
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Governor Jerry Brown, Harrison Ford and Anjelica Huston Celebrate Joan Didion at PEN Center USA Awards

PEN Center USA's 23rd annual Literary Awards Festival at the Beverly Hills Hotel was a dazzling mix of literary Los Angeles and Hollywood, as Joan Didion was winning the Lifetime Achievement Award. Many of the 400 or so attendees, from producer Laura Bickford to authors Bret Easton Ellis, A.M. Homes, Cari Beauchamp, Janet Fitch and Michael Tolkin, were disappointed that the diminutive and frail New York writer was not able to attend, after sustaining a fall. Governor Jerry Brown and Harrison Ford had been friends with Didion for some 40 years, and valued her friendship--and sophisticated dinner parties.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2013 4:07 PM
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BAFTA LA's Britannia Awards to Honor Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley

BAFTA Los Angeles has announced it will honor Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley, both of whom have won Oscars and BAFTAs, at the 2013 Britannia Awards, to be held in the Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 9.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 5, 2013 12:38 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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'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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Oscar Talk: 'Les Mis' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' Are Powerful Contenders, Whither 'Django Unchained'?

On this week's Oscar Talk podcast, Kris Tapley and I review the Oscar impact of post-9/11 CIA thriller "Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to Oscar-winner "The Hurt Locker," and soaring musical "Les Miserables," Tom Hooper's follow-up to his Oscar-Winning "The King's Speech."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2012 12:38 PM
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