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8 Oscar Moments That Moved Us

February 24th, 2014 10:00am EST
8 Oscar Moments That Moved Us
1. Ben Affleck Arrives At Oscars A Boy, Leaves A Man!

It took fifteen long years for Ben Affleck to recoup highbrow status in Hollywood. After riding high with a win for Best Original Screenplay alongside Matt Damon in 1998 for "Good Will Hunting," Affleck attached himself to a series of box-office bombs. Slowly, Affleck redeemed himself not as an actor but as a screenwriter, and received critical acclaim for his work in 2007's "Gone Baby Gone." He then scored big with 2010's "The Town," which he also co-wrote and starred in. When Affleck attached himself to the George Clooney-produced 20...
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Penelope Cruz in talks to play Bond girl - report

June 3rd, 2013 8:41pm EDT
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Spanish actress Penelope Cruz is in talks to become the oldest Bond girl in the untitled 24th 007 movie.

A source close to the production tells blogger Perez Hilton the Vicky Cristina Barcelona will get up close and personal with Daniel Craig and steal Honor Blackman's title as the oldest Bond beauty.

If the rumours are true, pregnant Cruz will have to bounce back to her pre-baby weight after giving birth to her second child with husband and Skyfall bad guy Javier Bardem in time for the start of production next summer (14).

Reports suggest Sam Mendes is reconsidering not returning to dir...
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Kathryn Bigelow Pens Open Letter To Defend 'Zero Dark Thirty'

January 16th, 2013 4:14pm EST
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Director Kathryn Bigelow has written an open letter in defense of her acclaimed movie Zero Dark Thirty as controversy over the film's torture scenes threatens to overshadow her awards season run.

The gritty drama, about the real life hunt for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, is among the top competitors during the Hollywood awards season and is nominated for five Academy Awards, including the coveted Best Picture Oscar.

However, the picture includes scenes which suggest American agencies used torture to extract information during the search for bin Laden, sparking criticism from politi...
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Kathryn Bigelow Defends 'Zero Dark Thirty's' Torture Scenes

December 20th, 2012 10:49am EST
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Filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have defended the depiction of torture in their new movie Zero Dark Thirty following heavy criticism from several politicians.

The movie, based on the real life hunt for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, has come under fire from former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, as well as two Democratic Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin.

The pair condemned the moviemakers for suggesting information leading to bin Laden's capture was obtained using torture and they wrote an open letter to Sony Pictures chairman Michael Lynton, stating,...
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'Zero Dark Thirty' Takes Us On A Thrilling Ride In The Hunt For Bin Laden

December 18th, 2012 6:00pm EST
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'Zero Dark Thirty' is directed by the brilliant Kathryn Bigelow and written by her partner Mark Boals ('The Hurt Locker'). The movie opens with 9/11 and the horrific voices of the people trapped in the twin towers and those on the ground.

We then cut to a U.S. facility in Pakistan, the year is 2003. We meet Maya (Jessica Chastain) a recently hired CIA operative. She is being given a lesson on the necessity of water boarding by her mentor Dan (Jason Clark).

When the torture victim begs Maya for help, she replies, 'you can help yourself by being truthful.'

From here on, Maya and her small...
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'Zero Dark Thirty' Director Kathryn Bigelow On Portraying Osama Bin Laden's Death

December 18th, 2012 12:20pm EST
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Zero Dark Thirty is director Kathryn Bigelow’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to her Oscar winning film The Hurt Locker. It is also the eagerly anticipated portrayal of the SEAL Team Six mission that killed Osama bin Laden last year. With all that attention on her, Bigelow had to decide just how to show bin Laden in the film. We do catch glimpses of his body after the raid, but never a clear close-up of his face.

Thinking was this is about the people, the men and women on the ground in the workforce, who found this house and then therefore found this man,” Bigelow said. “Ultimately, it’s no...
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First Trailer For Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden Film 'Zero Dark Thirty' Released

August 6th, 2012 10:53pm EDT
Zero Dark Thirty
Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow's controversial new movie about the hunt for terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden now has a title and a trailer.

Zero Dark Thirty will hit cinemas in December and the brief trailer was released online on Monday.

The Hurt Locker director started work on the project at the beginning of last year, but bin Laden's real-life assassination at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs prompted her to rethink the film.

The film chronicles the decade-long search for the Al Qaeda leader, who masterminded the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America.
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Protesters Disrupt Filming On Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden Movie

March 2nd, 2012 6:36pm EST
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Production on director Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden movie in northern India was disrupted by protests on Friday after Hindu locals became angry that their city had been transformed to portray sworn enemy Pakistan.

The Hurt Locker filmmaker has been forced to shoot the new project, about the hunt for the Al Qaeda leader, in India after being denied permission to film in neighboring Pakistan, where the terrorist mastermind was shot and killed by U.S. troops last year.

Crewmembers were subsequently forced to use Chandigarh to mirror the Pakistani city of Lahore, but the transformation...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Near Dark'

February 10th, 2012 11:22am EST
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Oscar promoting is in high drive right now, so why not look at a flick from a previous Best Picture winner to get the season started...welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Kathryn Bigelow swept the 82nd Academy Awards (stick that in your Avatar and smoke it Jim Cameron!) with her stylistic war film "The Hurt Locker," but it was way back in 1987 she made a previous five-star film that some may not remember. (Shame on you!) It was a gritty tale of a band of traveling vampires that prey on the blood of innocent folks. Far from the charm of Tom Cruise in "Interview with a Vampire" and minus t...
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The Pentagon Investigating Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden Film

January 6th, 2012 3:37pm EST
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U.S. officials have launched an investigation into reports suggesting Oscar-winning moviemaker Kathryn Bigelow and her screenwriter partner Mark Boal received classified information while they were researching their new Osama Bin Laden film.

Hours after Warrior star Joel Edgerton was confirmed as the new film's leading man, America's deputy inspector general for intelligence and special program assessments, Patricia A. Brannin, revealed an investigation was underway following concerns raised last year by New York politician Pete King.

King raised the issue in August after reading an art...
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'Warrior' Star Joel Edgerton Lands Killer Bin Laden Role

January 6th, 2012 8:17am EST
Joel Edgerton
Warrior actor Joel Edgerton is to play the hero who helped kill Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow's new all-action war film.

The filmmaker and screenwriter Mark Boal were putting the finishing touches to their script about the search for the terrorist when Bin Laden was killed by a team of Navy Seals last year.

Bigelow and Boal chose to revamp the script and include the scenes of the shoot-out that led to the death of the man behind the 9/11 atrocities in 2001. And now they have their star.

Edgerton has been attached to the project for months ...
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Iraq War Vet Ordered To Pay $187,000 In Failed Lawsuit Against 'Hurt Locker' Producers

December 9th, 2011 8:07am EST
The Hurt Locker
An Iraq war veteran who lost his lawsuit against The Hurt Locker movie bosses has been ordered to pay more than $180,000 in legal fees.

Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver sued director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, alleging the Oscar-winning war film was based on his experiences as a bomb disposal expert and portrayed him in a false light.

A U.S. district judge dismissed Sarver's case in October, ruling the drama's value was "derived from the creativity and skill of the writers, directors, and producers."

Now, Sarver has been told he must pay the filmmakers' expenses, including $38...
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GQ Australia Bosses Apologize For Taylor Lautner Gay Question

October 20th, 2011 8:42am EDT
Taylor Lautner
Editors at Australia's GQ magazine have come under fire for asking Taylor Lautner if gay movie bosses Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black once made a pass at him.

In a recent interview with the publication, the Twilight star was asked if openly gay filmmaker Van Sant and screenwriter Black had come on to him at a dinner the trio shared in Los Angeles.

Lautner replied, "No, definitely not. I think they know I'm straight. But they're great guys. They're a lot of fun. It's not a coincidence that there was a writer, a director, and an actor at dinner."

Oscar winner Black was quick to reac...
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Iraq Vet Loses 'Hurt Locker' Lawsuit

October 13th, 2011 6:50pm EDT
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A California judge has dismissed a U.S. Army bomb disposal expert's lawsuit against the movie bosses behind The Hurt Locker. Master Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver alleged the movie's lead character, played by Jeremy Renner, was based on his experiences and he was upset not to receive credit or compensation from the filmmakers.

He filed suit last year on the eve of the 2010 Academy Awards, at which The Hurt Locker scooped a massive six Oscars.

The case was filed in New Jersey, but the defendants, including director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, successfully fought to have the case t...
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Politician Calls For Investigation Of Kathryn Bigelow's New Osama Bin Laden Film

August 11th, 2011 8:55pm EDT
Kathryn Bigelow
Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and her screenwriter partner Mark Boal have sparked controversy in Washington, D.C. over what their new film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden will reveal.

Bigelow and Boal were working on the film when the Al Qaeda leader was shot and killed by U.S. troops earlier this year, giving the project a huge publicity boost - but now politicians are demanding to know where the filmmakers got their information for the script and storyline.

And the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Peter T. King, fears the coupl...
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'The Hurt Locker' Team Reunites For Bin Laden Film

May 3rd, 2011 8:20am EDT
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It's been known for a few months that director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning team behind "The Hurt Locker," were planning on reuniting to tell the story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

However, the project just took something of an interesting turn, as Boal's untitled script had apparently focused on the very team that wound up killing the terrorist leader on May 1 -- a script that now has a definitive ending.

Boal is currently finishing the screenplay, and he'll definitely be including the 40-minute firefight at the compound in Pakistan where bin Laden w...
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Iraq Vet Files Legal Suit Against 'The Hurt Locker' While In Afghanistan

March 16th, 2011 10:52pm EDT
The Hurt Locker
A U.S. Army bomb disposal expert has signed off on his legal battle with the producers of Oscar-winning movie The Hurt Locker while serving in Afghanistan.

Master Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver alleges the movie's lead character, played by Jeremy Renner, is based on him but he was given no credit or compensation from the filmmakers, and now he's regularly ridiculed by colleagues.

He originally filed suit in his native New Jersey last year on the eve of the 2010 Academy Awards, naming director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal as defendants.

Earlier this year, they launched a motion to ...
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'Hurt Locker' Producers Seek To Dismiss War Veteran's Lawsuit

February 2nd, 2011 7:28am EST
The Hurt Locker
Movie bosses behind The Hurt Locker have moved to dismiss a lawsuit from a U.S. Army bomb disposal expert who claims the Oscar-winning film is based on his own experiences.

Master Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver alleges the movie's lead character, played by Jeremy Renner, is based on him but he was given no credit or compensation from the filmmakers. He filed suit last year on the eve of the 2010 Academy Awards, at which The Hurt Locker scooped a massive six Oscars.

The suit was filed in New Jersey, but the defendants, including director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, successfully fo...
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: March

January 1st, 2011 1:00pm EST
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It was a shocking way to start the spring as March saw two of Hollywood's biggest star couples announce break-ups - Kate Winslet parted ways with her second husband Sam Mendes after seven years and Sandra Bullock's Oscar win was overshadowed after she found out partner Jesse James had cheated on her.

More scandals came as the month progressed, with fiery supermodel Naomi Campbell accused of attacking her driver by striking him on the head, and Michael Jackson's mum Katherine visited by welfare officials in Los Angeles over allegations one of her grandkids had purchased a stun gun.

Rapper ...
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: February

January 1st, 2011 11:00am EST
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February was marked by tragedy when celebrated fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen was found dead after hanging himself at his London home. Meanwhile, investigations into Michael Jackson's death in June, 2009 loomed as coroner's officials determined acute intoxication of powerful anaesthetic Propofol was the cause. The ruling prompted prosecutors to file involuntary manslaughter charges against his former doctor Conrad Murray.

Officials also ruled Brittany Murphy's death in December, 2009 was accidental and caused by pneumonia, aided by anemia and drug intoxication. Andrew Koenig's family c...
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Bomb Disposal Expert Given The Ok To Sue 'Hurt Locker' Filmmakers

November 20th, 2010 12:00pm EST
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A U.S. Army bomb disposal expert has won his day in court with the producers of Oscar-winning movie The Hurt Locker after making allegations the film is based on his experiences.

Master Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver claims the movie's lead character, played by Jeremy Renner, is based on him but he was given no credit or compensation from the filmmakers.

Screenwriter Mark Boal wrote about Sarver in an article published in Playboy magazine in 2005, but he has maintained the film was a work of fiction.

But now the case is set to go to trial in California after a New Jersey judge ruled the Iraq wa...
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James Cameron Thinks Every Movie Should Be In 3D

August 19th, 2010 8:31am EDT
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"Avatar" moviemaker James Cameron is fighting for a new era at the cinema when all films are released in 3D.

The forward-thinking director insists all films would be better if movie fans were given special glasses upon entering cinemas - and he doesn't think it will be too long before studios no longer advertise 3D movies, because they'll be commonplace.

He tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "I'm talking about a future when you don't have to put 3D on the the movie poster anymore, the same way that you don't put 'in color' on posters anymore. Imagine that point in time, when 3D is just ...
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Paramount Email Covers New Projects Such As 'GI Joe' & 'Zoolander' Sequels

August 18th, 2010 2:08pm EDT
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The folks over at The Wrap have somehow managed to grab an email direct from Paramount that discusses future projects such as G.I. Joe 2, World War Z, Zoolander 2 and the just announced J.J. Abrams concept, 7 Minutes in Heaven. Paramount said that this was not their document but that some information is correct, and others are not.

Either way, it's a pretty nice find and we know that some of these projects are in the works with attached talent and filming scheduled.

Source: The Wrap
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Jeremy Renner Is An 'Avenger'

June 4th, 2010 2:30pm EDT
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Jeremy Renner is the latest celebrity superhero - he has signed up to star in the upcoming Avengers movie.

The actor won an Academy Award nomination for his role in Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, and he's following up the low budget war drama with a big screen blockbuster, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Renner will play arrow-slinging superhero Hawkeye in The Avengers opposite a stellar cast including Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

The comic boo...
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'Hurt Locker' Star Brian Geraghty Can't Find An Acting Job

May 1st, 2010 2:26pm EDT
Brian Geraghty
"The Hurt Locker" star Brian Geraghty is considering taking a bar job because work has dried up in the weeks following the Oscars.

The actor admits he had a great time at the Academy Awards and even spent part of the night wandering around with director Kathryn Bigelow's award - but the people he spoke to at Madonna's post-show party no longer take his calls.

He tells BlogTalkRadio.com says, "It was a little overwhelming because a lot of people want to talk to you. When things are good people want to talk to you and when things are bad they don't care. Tell you what, I'm unemployed. I'm t...
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Lady Gaga Deemed 'World's Most Influential Artist'

April 29th, 2010 3:00pm EDT
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Lady Gaga has been named the world's most influential artist in a new poll by Time magazine.

The singer saw off competition from TV titan Oprah Winfrey and Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow to take the top spot in the list of 25 stars, which is part of the publication's 2010 Time 100 compilation. Gaga's inclusion features a tribute from fellow pop star Cyndi Lauper, who calls the Poker Face hit-maker's lyrics "incredibly literary" and "sophisticated," and describes her "admiration" for the 24 year old.

Lauper writes, "When I see someone like Gaga, I sit back in admiration... She isn'...
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Martin Scorsese Named Top 'Living' Director

March 11th, 2010 4:00pm EST
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Martin Scorsese has been named the Best Living Director in a new U.S. magazine poll.

The Oscar-winning Shutter Island director beat out Jean-Luc Godard and Steven Spielberg to land the top honor in Paste magazine's top 50 list.

Also making the top 10 are Joel and Ethan Coen, Steven Soderbergh, Paul Thomas Anderson, Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch and Wong Kar-Wai.

Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first female to win a Best Director Oscar on Sunday, failed to make the list.

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Jeremy Renner's Close Call On Hurt Locker Set

March 8th, 2010 9:00pm EST
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A special-effects technician was left injured on the set of Oscar winning war drama "The Hurt Locker" when explosive powder accidentally ignited feet away from star Jeremy Renner.

The actor, who played an explosives defuser in the Oscar-winning film, was terrified when the unnamed crew member attempted to fashion a bomb but accidentally created a massive blast on the desert set in Jordan.

The star wasn't hurt in the accident, but the specialist wasn't so lucky.

Renner recalls, "Our special-effects guy had to use Chinese fireworks for gunpowder. He had to break them in half and grind them...
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2010 Academy Awards Fashion: Best & Worst

March 8th, 2010 10:54am EST
Oscars 2010 Fashion
There were some definite hits and misses on the red carpet at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards last night. Zoe Salanda and Charlize Theron both opted for purple - Zoe in a Riccardo Tisci ruffled dress and Charlize Theron in a Dior breast-enhancing gown. Miley Cyrus looked quite grown up in a champagne Jennifer Packham ensemble that featured a corset-like top half.

Jennifer Lopez chose an off-white lopsided Armani Prive gown. Cameron Diaz also wore an Armani Prive, but she harkened back to Hollywood glamour in the gold beaded dress. Also opting for beads was Best Actress winner Sandra Bulloc...
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What We Were All Thinking - The Full Starpulse Oscars Recap

March 8th, 2010 1:50am EST
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Tonight's Oscar ceremony is probably the most re-designed ceremony in Academy history.

Just look at all the changes. 10 Best Picture nominees, two hosts, no Best Song performances, more dance, a supposed streamlined show, and, weirdest of all, a request for no "thank yous" during the acceptance speeches.

Plus, a few of last year's tweaks will remain. They're sticking with the abhorrent practice of having five actors come out and sing the praises of the year's present crop of nominees (at least only in the Leading categories this year), and the producers are insistent on further expandin...
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