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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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'Zero Dark Thirty' Writer-Producer Boal Defends Film in 'First Amendment Week' Keynote

Celebrating "First Amendment Week" at Loyola Marymount University, Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty" writer-producer Mark Boal (who won a writing Oscar for "The Hurt Locker," his first collaboration with director Kathryn Bigelow) gave the keynote address.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2013 4:13 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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Bigelow and Boal Talk 'Zero Dark Thirty' with Nightline: Controversy, Meticulous Recreation & Chastain's Character

Check out this interview by ABC's Martha Raddatz with "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, in which the two talk about the controversy surrounding classified information that arose before the film began shooting, meticulously recreating the house in Abbottobad, the amazing woman at the center...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 27, 2012 1:18 PM
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