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Thursday
Feb282013

Did "Zero Dark Thirty" Use 9/11 Victim's Voicemail without Permission?

Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) -- The mother of a 24-year-old man who lost his life during the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 is upset that a voicemail message he left on his family's answering machine on that day was incorporated into the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty.

Connecticut resident Mary Fetchet tells the New York Daily News that she was not asked by producers of the film for permission to use the recording left by her son Bradley Fetchet, who worked inside the South Tower.

Zero Dark Thirty begins with a montage of audio recordings of calls made by people inside the towers during the 9/11 attack.  The Oscar best picture nominee dramatizes the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Mary Fetchet tells the Daily News that in her son's message, "You could tell that there was fear in his voice.  He said he had just seen someone fall from the 90th floor in the other building and that he loves me."

She says she learned from another family of a 9/11 victim that her son's message was included in the montage.

Mary says, "[W]hen family members have to revisit this...to take his last words to me before he died, just, it's counterproductive to one's healing process.  I don't object to the film being made.  But I do object to them taking the liberty of including my son's last message to me."

A rep for Zero Dark Thirty distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment says in a statement obtained by the Daily News that the filmmakers began contacting "a number of family members of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, including some whose voices can be heard on publicly released tapes," before the movie was released.

In addition, a source tells the newspaper that a studio rep had informed Mary's family about the use of Bradley Fetchet's message in the movie.  The source adds the recording was in the public domain.

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Tuesday
Feb192013

"Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" Win Top Prizes at WGA Awards

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Argo received yet another award on Sunday, this time from the Writers Guild of America.

Ben Affleck's thriller earned the prize for best adapted screenplay at the 2013 Writers Guild of America Awards, which were presented at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay for Argo, which was based on a book by former CIA agent Tony Mendez -- played by Affleck in the film -- as well as a Wired Magazine article.

Argo tells the story of a CIA mission led by Mendez that rescued six American diplomats hiding in the Canadian ambassador's home during the Iranian hostage crisis in the late 1970s.  

The award for best original screenplay went to Zero Dark Thirty, written by director Kathryn Bigelow's collaborator, Mark Boal.  The movie focuses on the nation's hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Both Argo and Zero Dark Thirty are best-picture nominees heading into this Sunday's Oscars ceremony.

The WGA Awards honored AMC's Breaking Bad and FX's Louie as the top drama and comedy TV series, respectively.

Here's a complete list of winners:

MOVIES


Original Screenplay
Zero Dark Thirty

Adapted Screenplay
Argo

Documentary Screenplay
Searching for Sugar Man

TELEVISION

Drama Series
Breaking Bad, AMC

Comedy Series

Louie, FX

New Series
Girls, HBO

Episodic Drama
“The Other Woman,” Mad Men, AMC

Episodic Comedy
“Virgin Territory,” Modern Family, ABC

Long Form – Original
Hatfields and McCoys, Nights Two and Three, History Channel

Long Form – Adapted
Game Change, HBO

Animation
“Ned and Edna’s Blend Agenda,” The Simpsons, Fox

Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series
Portlandia, IFC

Comedy/Variety – Music, Awards, Tributes – Specials

66th Annual Tony Awards, CBS

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Wednesday
Feb132013

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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Monday
Jan212013

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 Hollywood.com:

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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Monday
Jan142013

"Zero Dark Thirty" Tops Box Office with $24 Million

Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Zero Dark Thirty was a bright spot at the box office over the weekend.

The drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden landed in first place over the weekend, earning an estimated $24 million.  The film opened in theaters nationwide on Friday following a very limited release last month.

Zero Dark Thirty no doubt benefited from the fact that it earned five Oscar nominations last week, including in the best picture category.

The horror spoof A Haunted House opened in second place, collecting $18.8 million.  The star-studded drama Gangster Squad rounded out the top three, with a $16.7 million debut.

After topping the box office last week, Texas Chainsaw 3D tumbled all the way to ninth place, raising just $5.1 million.

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

1. Zero Dark Thirty, $24 million.
2. A Haunted House, $18.8 million.
3. Gangster Squad, $16.7 million.
4. Django Unchained, $11 million.
5. Les Miserables, $10.1 million.
6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $9 million.
7. Lincoln, $6.3 million.
8. Parental Guidance, $6.1 million.
9. Texas Chainsaw 3D, $5.1 million.
10. Silver Linings Playbook, $5 million.

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Friday
Jan112013

"Zero Dark Thirty," "Gangster Squad," "A Haunted House" Open Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Zero Dark Thirty: Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-nominated follow-up to The Hurt Locker documents the hunt for and killing of Osama bin Laden.  Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt and James Gandolfini star.  Rated R.

-- Gangster Squad: Set in 1949 Los Angeles, this drama tells the story of a group of L.A. police officers who attempt to take down a mob king, played by Sean Penn.  Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Michael Pena and Anthony Mackie also star.  Rated R.

-- A Haunted House: In this horror spoof, Marlon Wayans plays a guy whose girlfriend is possessed by an evil spirit.  Cedric the Entertainer, Essence Atkins, David Koechner and Nick Swardson star.  Rated R.

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Monday
Jan072013

"Zero Dark Thirty," "Lincoln" Among Film Nominees for WGA Awards

David James, SMPSP©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC(NEW YORK) -- The Writers Guild of America has announced the film nominees for its 2013 awards ceremonies.

The contenders for best original screenplay are Zero Dark Thirty, The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, Flight and Looper.

The best adapted screenplay category features Lincoln, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Life of Pi and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

The nominees in the television categories were announced last month.

The 2013 Writers Guild of America Awards will be presented at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York on Feb. 17.

Here's a complete list of nominees:

MOVIES

Original Screenplay
Flight
Looper
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty


Adapted Screenplay
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Silver Linings Playbook


Documentary Screenplay
The Central Park Five
The Invisible War
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Searching for Sugar Man
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
West of Memphis


TELEVISION

Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Breaking Bad, AMC
Game of Thrones, HBO
Homeland, Showtime
Mad Men, AMC

Comedy Series

30 Rock, NBC
Girls, HBO
Louie, FX
Modern Family, ABC
Parks and Recreation, NBC

New Series
Girls, HBO
The Mindy Project, Fox
Nashville, ABC
The Newsroom, HBO
Veep, HBO

Episodic Drama
“Buyout,” Breaking Bad, AMC
“Dead Freight,” Breaking Bad, AMC
“Fifty-One,” Breaking Bad, AMC
“New Car Smell,” Homeland, Showtime
“The Other Woman,” Mad Men, AMC
“Say My Name,” Breaking Bad, AMC

Episodic Comedy
“The Debate,” Parks and Recreation, NBC
“Episode 9,” Episodes, Showtime
“Leap Day,” 30 Rock, NBC
“Little Bo Bleep,” Modern Family, ABC
“Mistery Date,” Modern Family, ABC
“Virgin Territory,” Modern Family, ABC

Long Form – Original
Hatfields and McCoys, Nights Two and Three, History Channel
Hemingway & Gelhorn, HBO
“Pilot,” Political Animals, USA

Long Form – Adapted
Coma, Nights 1 and 2, A&E
Game Change, HBO

Animation
“A Farewell to Arms,” Futurama, Comedy Central
“Forget-Me-Not,” Family Guy, Fox
“Holidays of Future Passed,” The Simpsons, Fox
“Ned and Edna’s Blend Agenda,” The Simpsons, Fox
“Treehouse of Horror XXIII,” The Simpsons, Fox

Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series
The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
Conan, TBS
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC
Key & Peele, Comedy Central
Portlandia, IFC
Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO
Saturday Night Live, NBC

Comedy/Variety – Music, Awards, Tributes – Specials
66th Annual Tony Awards, CBS
2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, IFC
After the Academy Awards, ABC
National Memorial Day Concert, PBS

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Thursday
Dec202012

Senators Claim "Zero Dark Thirty" Is Misleading

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Zero Dark Thirty, the Kathryn Bigelow film that has earned plenty of Oscar buzz ahead of its nationwide release, is also receiving criticism from three senators who believe it is misleading.

Deadline.com has obtained a letter sent Wednesday by three members of the Senate Intelligence committee -- Dianne Feinstein, John McCain and Carl Levin -- to Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton in which they argue that the film inaccurately suggests that the use of torture resulted in information regarding Osama bin Laden's whereabouts.

The letter claims that Zero Dark Thirty "has the potential to shape American public opinion in a disturbing and misleading manner."

It adds, "[W]ith the release of Zero Dark Thirty, the filmmakers and your production studio are perpetuating the myth that torture is effective.  You have a social and moral obligation to get the facts right."

Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal recently released a statement saying, "The film shows that no single method was necessarily responsible for solving the manhunt, nor can any single scene taken in isolation fairly capture the totality of efforts the film dramatizes.”

Zero Dark Thirty is currently open in New York and Los Angeles.  It opens nationwide on Jan. 11.

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Thursday
Dec062012

"Zero Dark Thirty" Named Film of the Year by National Board of Review

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The film Zero Dark Thirty is number one, as far as the National Board of Review is concerned.

The board, comprised of students, academics and filmmakers, has named the Kathryn Bigelow drama the best film of the year.  It also gave the movie two other awards: best director for Bigelow and best actress for Jessica Chastain.

Zero Dark Thirty documents the United States' hunt for Osama bin Laden.  The New York Film Critics Circle has also named it best film.

The National Board of Review awarded Bradley Cooper best actor honors for Silver Linings Playbook.  Leonardo DiCaprio earned the title of best supporting actor for the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained.

In addition, the board revealed its top films of the year, aside from Zero Dark Thirty.  In alphabetical order, they are: Argo, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Looper, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Promised Land and Silver Linings Playbook.

A full list of winners is available on the board's website, NBRMP.org.

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Tuesday
Dec042012

"Zero Dark Thirty" Named Best Film by NY Film Critics Circle

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Zero Dark Thirty, the new movie from Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow that tells the story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, has been named the best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle. 

The group also named Bigelow best director of the year.

In 2009, the Critics Circle named The Hurt Locker best picture and Bigelow best director -– honors that were duplicated at the Academy Awards.

Zero Dark Thirty, which stars Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt and Joel Edgerton, opens nationwide on Dec. 19.

The New York Film Critics Circle named Daniel Day-Lewis best actor for his title role in Lincoln and Rachel Weiss best actress for the film Deep Blue Sea

Filmmaker Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie was named best animated film. 

The awards, which were announced on Monday, will be handed out during a ceremony on Jan. 7.

The awards season is now shifting into high gear.  The National Board of Review will announce its winners Wednesday and the Los Angeles Film Critics will reveal its picks on Sunday.  The Academy Award nominations will be announced on Jan. 10.  The Oscars will be handed out on Feb. 24.

Here’s a rundown of the major NY Film Critics Circle winners:

  • Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln
  • Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
  • Best Animated Film: Frankenweenie
  • Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Bernie, Magic Mike
  • Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln

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