January 11, 2013 |
If you're keeping score this Oscar season - and who isn't? - chalk up this year's nominations as a victory for the bullying power of the United States Senate and an undeserved loss for "Zero Dark Thirty" in general and director Kathryn Bigelow in particular. Yes, "Zero Dark" did get five nominations, including best picture, lead actress for Jessica Chastain and original screenplay for Mark Boal. But that was only one more than for the ineffective "Anna Karenina" and nowhere near the 12 picked up by Steven Spielberg's front-running "Lincoln.
January 24, 2013 |
When it comes to cultivating a red carpet identity, lead actress nominee Jessica Chastain hasn't exactly been consistent since she burst on the scene in 2011. Last year alone, she went minimalist-modern in coral Calvin Klein at Cannes, evil fairy godmother in a crinkled, corseted and crystal-embellished Louis Vuitton gown at the Met Ball, over-the-top baroque in a heavy, black-and-gold brocade Alexander McQueen gown at the Oscars and everything in between. But with numerous public appearances in recent weeks to promote dual successes on Broadway in "The Heiress" and on screen for her role as CIA operative Maya in "Zero Dark Thirty," it seems like Chastain's personal brand of chic may finally be coming into focus.
January 11, 2013 |
Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal has replied swiftly and strongly to a member of the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences who said he would not vote for “Zero Dark Thirty” in any Oscar category because of the film's torture scenes. “We are outraged that any responsible member of the academy would use their voting status in AMPAS as a platform to advance their own political agenda,” Pascal said in a statement Friday, responding to an event organized by the character actor David Clennon, who is a member of the academy.
December 21, 2012 |
When it comes to “Zero Dark Thirty,” there's been a lot written about the CIA and torture - whether it looked in real life the way it does on screen, whether it was effective, whether it was ethical. As we've been reporting this week, John McCain and other lawmakers don't agree it went down that way . The film, they say, misrepresents how the CIA found Osama bin Laden. Filmmakers say they've created an accurate depiction. Now that the movie has opened, we thought we'd ask you what you thought of the scenes.
December 19, 2012 |
Opening in limited release Wednesday, director Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," a dramatized account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is already the talk of two towns. In Washington, questions have arisen about whether Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal got access to classified information (the Pentagon says they didn't), and controversy has swirled around the film's depiction of CIA torture. Back in the land of Hollywood, meanwhile, the film is widely viewed as an award season front-runner, and initial reviews are overwhelmingly positive, praising it as a taut, complex and morally ambiguous thriller.
December 20, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out if I can get out of town next week. The Skinny: I'm almost over this annoying cold that has hampered me for over a week. So don't cough around me. Thursday's stories include a look at whether Tom Cruise is big enough to pull off "Jack Reacher", and three senators criticize "Zero Dark Thirty. " Daily Dose: Fox Business News is wrapping up its best year ever while CNBC will be happy when 2012 is over. Although CNBC is still dominates among viewers and adults 25-54, it is down 14% and 15% respectively in those key categories.