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CIA Chief Revealed Secret Information To Film Scriptwriter, Documents Reveal

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly declassified documents show Tuesday that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed secret information to "Zero Dark Thirty" ...

'Americans Have Defamed Us'

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 04.22.2013 | Entertainment

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan stars in "Zero Dark Thirty," from early scenes at a detention site to the dramatic closing minutes as Navy SEALs assault th...

Argo and Zero Dark Thirty Win WGA Honors

Wyatt Closs | Posted 04.21.2013 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

The win for Argo over Lincoln in the Adapted category further bolstered notions about what may happen next week at the Oscars for Best Picture.

Writers Guild of America Remembers Nora Ephron: Words Matter

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.20.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

At B. B. King's on Sunday night, at the Writers Guild of America Award ceremony, amidst a lot of foul-mouthed laughs and sober-minded speeches, writer/director Nora Ephron was remembered.

ANOTHER 'Argo' Win

AP | Posted 04.20.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The CIA thrillers "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" have won top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America. The guild's ada...

Torture and Terror in Art History and the Healing Power of Revelation Before Zero Dark Thirty

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.28.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

2013-02-01-ScreenShot20130201at4.49.35PM.pngWhen considering torture and terror, the first question of relevance is, Do we require an experience of torture and terror first hand, either as a survivor or as a witness, to be credible on the subject?

Django, ZD30: What Exactly Are We Arguing About?

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The discussion about Django seems diffuse and unfocused. People can't seem to agree about what it is they disagree about when criticizing or praising the film. The same is true of Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty.

Martin Sheen Walks Back 'Zero Dark Thirty' Criticism

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.31.2013 | Entertainment

Two weeks after his name appeared on a statement that criticized "Zero Dark Thirty" as promoting torture, Martin Sheen says he didn't mean to come out...

'Zero Dark Thirty' Will Not Be Shown In Pakistan

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.25.2013 | Entertainment

"Zero Dark Thirty' will not screen in Pakistan, as distributors fear inciting the ire of the Pakistani military and terrorist groups. The Guardian...

Zero Dark Thirty -- Truth or Consequences

Michael Brenner | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The version of events offered by Zero Dark Thirty substitutes pulp fiction -- of the mythological kind -- for truth. It satisfies a gnawing hunger; it meets a powerfully felt need.

Torture and Zero Dark Thirty

David Bromwich | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
David Bromwich

The answers given by Bigelow and Boal to justify the normalizing of torture in Zero Dark Thirty have been vain, wheedling, and dodgy. They are a clever pair of filmmakers, without political or moral depth, but here, perhaps more than they realized, they were playing with fire.

Another Word for Propaganda

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Why aren't film director Kathryn Bigelow's claimed government sources, including employees of the CIA, in jail like Pfc. Bradley Manning? Or, at the very least, being investigated for their role in one of the most damaging leaks of national security information in U.S. history?

A Response to Kathryn Bigelow's Latest Statement on Zero Dark Thirty and Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.19.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty ignores the fact that America's torture program inspired anti-U.S. sentiment around the world, causing many to vow revenge on the U.S. and its allies.

REVIEW: 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Emma Seligman | Posted 03.18.2013 | Teen
Emma Seligman

What do you get when you put a master of suspense, a tour de force of acting and the most fascinating true story of the last decade together? The answer is "Zero Dark Thirty."

Zero Dark Thirty and Why It's So Important to Rebut Claims That Torture Works

Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

When we talk about torture "working" -- in the context of al Qaeda, for instance -- we presumably mean successfully extracting accurate information. But that's not what torture is about, and never has been.

Re-Creating Osama Bin Laden's Compound For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Posted 01.11.2013 | Entertainment

"Zero Dark Thirty" received Oscar nominations on Thursday for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay (by Mark Boal), Best Actress (Jessica Chastain), ...

ReThink Review: Zero Dark Thirty - Yes, It Endorses Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty works as a crime procedural, but its irresponsible, destructive, dishonest stance on torture absolutely ruined it for me, and I feel Zero Dark Thirty should not be on any best-of-the-year lists, nor is it deserving of Oscar consideration.

Zero Dark Thirty Is a Despicable Movie, Even if Bigelow and Boal Didn't Intend It That Way

Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.11.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Froomkin

Do yourself a favor, and don't go see Zero Dark Thirty. Don't encourage film-making that at best offers ambiguity about torture, and at worst endorses it. Spend the two and a half hours and the $10 on something more valuable, and moral.

How The CIA Produced An Oscar Contender

BuzzFeed | Michael Hastings | Posted 01.09.2013 | Entertainment

During President Obama’s 100 or so campaign trail speeches this past year, he usually received the biggest applause for mentioning the killing of Os...

Anticipating a Big Week for Zero Dark Thirty

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.05.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

At a luncheon at "21" early last December, Jessica Chastain was relieved. Not because her new film Zero Dark Thirty was chosen as Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review, but because her secret could now be known.

Zero Dark Thirty: Why the Film's Makers Should Be Defended and What Deeper bin Laden Controversy Has Been Stirred

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
G. Roger Denson

To those critics of Zero Dark Thirty who claim the film misleads the public on the role that waterboarding and other torture played in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, I suggest they look forward to the making of some other film that represents their ideals rather than make Zero Dark Thirty their scapegoat.

Strong Start For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Posted 12.24.2012 | Entertainment

"Zero Dark Thirty" didn't outgross "The Hobbit" during its opening days at the the box office, but the controversial film did enjoy one of the largest...

Why 'Zero Dark Thirty' Is Dangerous By Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney | Posted 02.20.2013 | Entertainment
Alex Gibney

It's difficult for one filmmaker to criticize another. That's a job best left to critics. However, in the case of Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, an issue that is central to the film -- torture -- is so important that I feel I must say something.

'I Didn't Think They Were Going To Catch Him'

The Huffington Post | Mike Ryan | Posted 12.20.2012 | Entertainment

Now it makes perfect sense that Kathryn Bigelow would direct "Zero Dark Thirty," the controversial new film that chronicles the hunt for Osama bin Lad...

An Outrageous Request: Please Boycott Zero Dark Thirty

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 02.18.2013 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

I've come here to urge you not to see Zero Dark Thirty, the new film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. My reason is simple: The film glorifies torture.