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Bin Laden Shooter Praises Actress' Performance in "Zero Dark Thirty"

Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- We may never know the identity of the real-life Maya, the name of Jessica Chastain's CIA operative character in Zero Dark Thirty who located Osama bin Laden.  Still, friends of the top secret agent say she approves of Chastain's performance.

A retired special-ops soldier who shot bin Laden and who is a friend of "Maya," who also hasn't been identified for security reasons, tells Esquire that Chastain's performance was "awesome."

"They made her a tough woman, which she is," he continued, marking his first public statements about the film.

And while he had other criticisms of the film, such as mission tactics, the soldier said Zero Dark Thirty was "fun to watch."

"They Hollywooded it up some," he added.

Zero Dark Thirty is a nominee in the Oscars' best picture category.  In addition, Chastain is nominated for her performance.

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Jessica Chastain's "Mama," "Zero Dark Thirty" Lead Weekend Box Office

Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Oh, Mama!  The Jessica Chastain horror film Mama topped the weekend box office by earning an estimated $28.1 million.

Another Chastain film, Zero Dark Thirty, occupied the second spot, with $17.6 million.  She earned an Oscar nomination for her role as a CIA agent on the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

In its first weekend in wide release, the Oscar best-picture contender Silver Linings Playbook collected $11.4 million to finish in third place.

The Mark Wahlberg-Russell Crowe drama Broken City debuted in the fifth spot, with $9 million.

And Arnold Schwarzenegger's first lead role since the former California governor resumed his acting career was a bust.  His action flick The Last Stand opened in 10th place, with just $6.3 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to

1. Mama, $28.1 million
2. Zero Dark Thirty, $17.6 million
3. Silver Linings Playbook, $11.4 million
4. Gangster Squad, $9.1 million
5. Broken City, $9 million
6. A Haunted House, $8.3 million
7. Django Unchained, $8.2 million
8. Les Miserables, $7.8 million
9. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $6.4 million
10. The Last Stand, $6.3 million

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New Roles for 'The Help' 

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Three Oscar-nominated actresses from The Help have landed new roles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Viola Davis has been cast in Beautiful Creatures, about a teen boy drawn to a mysterious girl in a Southern town. The project is based on the book series of the same name by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. According to Variety, Davis will also star in a futuristic alien-invasion drama titled Ender's Game.

The Hollywood Reporter says Octavia Spencer will appear in a sci-fi flick titled Snow Piercer, about a revolution on a train in a futuristic world where a new Ice Age has destroyed virtually all life on the planet. Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans will also star in the film.

Finally, Jessica Chastain will join Warrior actor Joel Edgerton in a double feature, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers, exploring the lives of a New York City couple as they struggle with their marriage. Each film will tell the story from a different perspective.

Davis is a strong contender in the best-actress Oscar race for her performance in The Help, while Spencer and Chastain will oppose one another in the best-supporting-actress category.

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