Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Zero Dark Thirty Release Date
December 19, 2012
Zero Dark Thirty SynopsisFor a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar® winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.
Zero Dark Thirty Credits
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, James Gandolfini, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Harold Perrineau, Frank Grillo, Jason Clarke, Mark Duplass and Edgar Ramirez
Written by: Mark Boal
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Produced by: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, and Megan Ellison
MPAA Rating: [ R ]
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: December 19, 2012
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It’s been a while since movie fans encountered such a stacked week for release. Several Academy Award winners are in the pile, as well as some favorites from directors Peter Jackson and Judd Apatow. Read on to learn about some of this week’s best releases, and maybe even a few that slipped under your radar.
by Jessica Rawden March 19, 2013 comments
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by Kristy Puchko March 5, 2013 comments
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There is no real reason to mesh HBO's Girls and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty… or at least, I didn't think there was until I saw this video. Comedian Chelsea Davison has a pitch-perfect impression of Girls star Lena Dunham in her back pocket, and instead of using it to comment on the show itself-- there's more than enough of that going around the Internet as it is
by Katey Rich February 28, 2013 comments
Senate Investigation Into Zero Dark Thirty Ends, Just One Day After Oscars
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by Katey Rich February 26, 2013 comments
Zero Dark Thirty Will Hit Blu-ray Next Month
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by Jessica Rawden February 20, 2013 comments
F*ck Your Consideration: Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty Doesn't Need You, Oscar
Let's just admit it: Zero Dark Thirty has about zero chance of winning Best Picture. It is one of the best films of the year, but after the movie became a political football for politicians who unfairly declared it "pro-torture" to further their own agendas, it's Oscar prospects sunk fast.
by Kristy Puchko February 20, 2013 comments
For Your Consideration: Why Zero Dark Thirty Deserves Best Picture
The thesis of Zero Dark Thirty is not torture is a miracle drug. It’s also not torture is an abomination or the war in Afghanistan is right or the Pakistani government can’t be trusted or prisoners should be allowed immediate access to lawyers.
by Mack Rawden February 20, 2013 comments
Discover How Zero Dark Thirty Lost Its Oscar Buzz
Trouble for the film started in December. As its limited release began, politicians and pundits—whether they had seen Zero Dark Thirty or not—began accusing it of being "pro-torture." December is primetime for Oscar promotion, so Sony (via Columbia Pictures) had a serious dilemma to face. Should they engage in the debate and risk giving the controversy staying power? Or should they keep quiet so as not to scare off moviegoers?
by Kristy Puchko February 19, 2013 comments
Argo And Zero Dark Thirty Take Top Writers Guild Prizes
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by Katey Rich February 18, 2013 comments
Actual Bin Laden Shooter Points Out Zero Dark Thirty's 'Hollywooded' Elements
The nature of the way movies work is that they can't just replicate reality - things have to be made cinematic. It's the reason why characters don't break away from an important conversations for three minute on-screen bathroom breaks. Somethings have to be changed to make them more exciting and fit the format. And that even extends to scenes where Navy SEALs are infiltrating Osama bin Laden's compound.
by Eric Eisenberg February 11, 2013 comments
9/11 Victims' Families Stick Up For Zero Dark Thirty's Use Of Torture
Normally we don't get too worked up over which person or group has stepped up to support a particular movie, especially a movie that's a hit with critics and audiences already. But from the moment Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal began making it, Zero Dark Thirty was not your usual movie
by Katey Rich January 31, 2013 comments
Weekend Box Office: Zero Dark Thirty Takes Down Number One Spot
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by Scott Gwin January 13, 2013 comments
Zero Dark Thirty Is Surprise #1 At Friday Box Office
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by Katey Rich January 12, 2013 comments
Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain: 'No One Else Could Have Made This Film Except Kathryn Bigelow'
Newly minted Oscar nominee and Critics Choice Awards winner Jessica Chastain is winning accolades all over the place for her intense, focused performance as Maya in Zero Dark Thirty, the woman who single-handedly led the search for Osama bin Laden even when the rest of the CIA seemed to have given up
by Katey Rich January 11, 2013 comments
Read Why Ghost Rider 2 Is Better Than Zero Dark Thirty In Armond White's Annual Better-Than List
Armond White may be the most famous movie critic in America, not because of the strength of his opinions or his writing, but because more often than not, his opinions are insane. This is the guy who wrote off Amour as a "grisly death story" and reviewed Resident Evil 5 and The Master together solely so he could say Paul W.S. Anderson is more talented than Paul Thomas Anderson
by Katey Rich January 9, 2013 comments
Zero Dark Thirty Wins Big With The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists
Zero Dark Thirty was not only considered one of the best films to be released in 2012, it also happens to be a pretty impressive showing of female power in Hollywood. Not only does the movie have Kathryn Bigelow at the helm, the first female filmmaker to ever win the Best Director award at the Oscars, but Jessica Chastain's performance as the strong-willed, determined Maya is considered by many to be one of the best performances of the year...
by Eric Eisenberg January 8, 2013 comments
The Top 10 Movies Of 2012: Mack's List
The following ten movies are the ones that have really stuck with me. They’re the ones that have gotten better with months or weeks of age and have separated themselves from the pack. Some of them will definitely be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards and others will not even be considered. Some of them you’ll probably agree with, and some of them will probably make you laugh and doubt my credibility.
by Mack Rawden December 28, 2012 comments
CIA Director Reminds Us Zero Dark Thirty Isn't A Documentary
Seriously, did we need the CIA to come out and tell us that ZDT is a movie, and not a documentary? By weighing in at all, the CIA leads me to believe that there is more accuracy on screen than I might have imagined before this statement went out.
by Sean O'Connell December 23, 2012 comments
The Top 10 Movies Of 2012: Kristy's List
Creating this list has filled me with a dizzying amount of joy and dread. Really, 2012 was a year that offered so many examples of daring and thrilling cinema that it was difficult to even determine what the criteria should be for a list of my personal ten favorites. In the end, I went with my gut, selecting those films that not only hit me hard in the theater, but also lingered with me for days, weeks, or months afterwards, and which I can still vividly recall.
by Kristy Puchko December 19, 2012 comments
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by Katey Rich December 18, 2012 comments
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2012 was a really, really hard year to sum up in list form, and a top 20 would really be more appropriate to reflect the astonishing variety of blockbusters, out-of-nowhere successes and totally tiny arthouse stuff that grabbed me this year. A lot of these movies snuck up on me, only revealing their brilliance long after I'd written a review or thought I'd forgotten about it. Plenty of those not on this list did the opposite, making an amazing first impression and fading so quickly
by Katey Rich December 17, 2012 comments
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by Kristy Puchko December 16, 2012 comments
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by Doug Norrie December 16, 2012 comments
Zero Dark Thirty Trailer Has Golden Globe Nominee Jessica Chastain On The Hunt For Bin Laden
When the Golden Globe nominees were announced this morning Zero Dark Thirty found itself as one of the most repeated titles. While not at the head of the class - Steven Spielberg's Lincoln holds that spot with nominations in seven categories - Kathryn Bigelow's latest film will be competing in four arenas, including "Best Picture, Drama," "Best Director," "Best Actress," and "Best Screenplay."
by Eric Eisenberg December 13, 2012 comments
Zero Dark Thirty Supporters Defend Film's Use Of Torture Scenes
The movie does not shy away from the use of torture by our military to get prisoners to talk about Bin Laden’s possible location. But as one critic writes, “Depicting torture as an effective intelligence tool isn't the same as endorsing it by a long shot.”
by Sean O'Connell December 11, 2012 comments
Zero Dark Thirty Teases Samples Of Alexandre Desplat's Score
Desplat’s a master, but for different reasons from the likes of John Williams. He won’t write a score with a memorable hook, something you can whistle in a crowd of casual movie lovers and they immediately associate it with E.T. or Raiders of the Lost Ark. But he gives filmmakers moody beds on which they can construct their imagery.
by Sean O'Connell December 10, 2012 comments
Critics Groups Pick Zero Dark Thirty, Amour And The Master As The Year's Best
We are officially in the onslaught part of the awards season, where every critic's group from New York and Los Angeles to Tulsa gathers together, picks their favorites, and announces their winners for the world to decide whether or not they're important. All these (occasionally) highbrow notices will be followed up by Thursday's Golden Globes nominations
by Katey Rich December 9, 2012 comments
Oscar Eye: Did Zero Dark Thirty Just Become The Frontrunner?
Yesterday I was doing interviews for Zero Dark Thirty as the winners of the New York Film Critics Circle were being announced, and everyone was watching closely. Sony publicists and journalists like myself were obviously able to refresh our phones constantly, but even the talent knew exactly the score
by Katey Rich December 5, 2012 comments
Zero Dark Thirty Named Best Picture By National Board Of Review
You can debate all day how important the National Board of Review is, as a body of awards-giving film fans or as a factor in the overall awards race. But they're only the second group of critics to announce their film prizes for the year overall, and by rubber-stamping the New York Film Critics Circle's choice for Best Picture
by Katey Rich December 5, 2012 comments
Zero Dark Thirty Clip Teases SEAL Team Six Mission To Find Bin Laden
The film's first trailer revealed very little footage, yet was riveting. And it was only last week did the filmmakers reveal Chastain is the film's protagonist. All this mystique has already served the film well with critics, as it was just named Best Picture of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle. Now, Moviefone has a clip of the film's SEAL Team Six getting ready to go after Bin Laden.
by Kristy Puchko December 4, 2012 comments
Zero Dark Thirty Named Best Picture By New York Film Critics Circle
For the first time in the last few years, there's no clear frontrunner for all awards as critics groups begin handing out their prizes-- unlike last year, when The Artist ran roughshod all over the season, or when The Social Network and The King's Speech duked it out two years ago, there are half a dozen films that could be legitimately considered Oscar frontrunners
by Katey Rich December 3, 2012 comments
Zero Dark Thirty Reveals Some Surprises In Nightline Special
As Zero Dark Thirty's release date finally draws near, the filmmakers are pulling back the curtain a bit. ABC News has a look behind the scenes, guided by Bigelow and Boal.
by Kristy Puchko November 28, 2012 comments
Oscar Eye: Zero Dark Thirty And Les Miserables Change The Conversation
It's exciting when even one movie manages to change the conversation, but it's downright thrilling when two do it. That's what happened just after the Thanksgiving holiday ended, as both Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty premiered for critics in New York and Los Angeles, and both earned enough raves to become serious contenders not just for awards
by Katey Rich November 27, 2012 comments
A Zero Dark Thirty Prequel Is Possible, Also Based On A True Story
Zero Dark Thirty could be the most fascinating, or the most controversial, or the most kick-ass film of the holiday season-- given that it's about the Seal Team Six raid that killed Osama bin Laden, it could easily be all three of those things. But nobody really knows yet, since Zero Dark Thirty has yet to screen for any critics
by Katey Rich November 23, 2012 comments
Zero Dark Thirty Poster Is No Longer Redacted
Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty is still being kept under a pretty significant veil of secrecy, with a release date planned just a month from now and very, very details out there about what the movie actually entails. Yes, we all know it's about SEAL Team Six's effort to kill Osama bin Laden, and given that Bigelow is the director behind The Hurt Locker and K-19: The Widowmaker
by Katey Rich November 7, 2012 comments
Zero Dark Thirty Pushed To January Wide Release, But Still Qualifies For Oscars
Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty remains one of the biggest potential contenders in this year's awards season, but now most audiences won't have a chance to get a look at it until next year. The film has been set for a wide release on December 19, but now Sony has shifted that to a limited opening in just New York and Los Angeles
by Katey Rich November 1, 2012 comments
The Hunt For Osama Is On In New Trailer For Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty
It took nearly a full decade for the United States Military to find and kill the terrorist leader known as Osama bin Laden, but on May 2, 2011 they were able to accomplish their mission when SEAL Team Six found their target at a compound in Pakistan and shot him until his death.
by Eric Eisenberg October 11, 2012 comments
James Gandolfini Revealed As Secretary Of Defense Leon Panetta In Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow's cast for Zero Dark Thirty is filled with some incredibly talented actors, but nobody should be surprised by that. After all, who would pass up the chance to work with an Academy Award winning director and screenwriter? The film has already been completed and features performances from Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Jennifer Ehle, Jason Clark, Scott Adkins, Taylor Kinney, Harold Perrineau and Kyle Chandler among others.
by Eric Eisenberg October 10, 2012 comments
Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty Gets A New Poster Featuring A Familiar Location
On May 2, 2011, a team of Navy SEALs called SEAL Team Six carried out the order for Operation Neptune Spear by invading a compound in Bilal Town, Abbottabad, Pakistan, finding Osama bin Laden, and killing him. And it's that very compound that is featured in the brand new poster for the upcoming Kathryn Bigelow movie Zero Dark Thirty. Check it out inside.
by Eric EIsenberg October 1, 2012 comments
Trailer For Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden Movie Zero Dark Thirty
We still don't really know the details of the film, Zero Dark Thirty, or how much it will reveal about the real SEAL Team Six mission to kill bin Laden, but with the film set for release this December, the first trailer has debuted. And since they can't tell us a whole lot, they may as well take advantage of it and make the entire trailer look redacted
by Katey Rich August 6, 2012 comments
Mark Duplass Takes A Key Role In Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty
Duplass has signed on for a part in Zero Dark Thirty, the new Katherine Bigelow movie about SEAL Team Six and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. The movie is currently in production and is currently scheduled to be released on December 19th. The actor/director/writer/producer will be joining an all-star cast that includes Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler...
by Eric Eisenberg May 22, 2012 comments
Aussie Actor Callan Mulvey Lands Roles In 300 Sequel, Bigelow's Latest
His credits include work on the television series Rush, Home and Away and Heartbreak High. But he appears poised to make the leap to high-profile feature films, and solid work in both Dark Thirty and Artemisia could propel him to Joel Edgerton or Gerard Butler status.
by Sean O'Connell March 29, 2012 comments
Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden Thriller Titled Zero Dark Thirty, Finds Conflict In India
When asked for comment, Vijay Bhardwaj, a leader of the radical Vishva Hindu Parishad, said "They have made Chandigarh like Pakistan, as if it is Pakistan. We strongly oppose this and we will not let them put Pakistani flags here and we will not let them shoot for the film." The article doesn't say how the production is handling the protest, though it does say that the police were brought in to intervene.
by Eric Eisenberg March 2, 2012 comments
Kathryn Bigelow Shooting Bin Laden Drama In India
Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal have been tight-lipped on details about their collaborative follow-up to the Oscar-winning Iraqi War drama The Hurt Locker, but locals of Chandigarh's Sector 15 noticed set dressings that made over their neighborhood to resemble Pakistan, specifically, "Autorickshaws with Lahore number plates and signboards painted in Urdu caught the attention of passers-by.”
by Kristy Puchko March 1, 2012 comments
Fares Fares Joins Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden Movie
Lebanese actor Fares Fares is the latest star to sign on to Kathryn Bigelow's untitled thriller that'll center on Navy SEAL Team Six's capture of Osama Bin Laden. While details on the film itself are scarce, THR has uncovered that Fares is set to play "a good guy." Does this mean he'll be one of the SEALs? A translator? An informant? No idea. But we do know he's joining a cast that grows more and more impressive by the day.
by Kristy Puchko February 27, 2012 comments
Lost's Harold Perrineau Joins Kathryn Bigelow's Hunt For Osama Bin Laden
Perrineau is joining an already incredible ensemble that been assembled for Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to her Academy Award winning Hurt Locker. Once again directing from a script by Mark Boal, her new film follows the now famous SEAL Team 6 unit that was responsible for finding and killing Osama Bin Laden. Perrineau joins Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez, Jason Clarke, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler and Chris Pratt
by Jesse Carp February 23, 2012 comments
Kyle Chandler Joins The Hunt For Bin Laden In Kathryn Bigelow's International Thriller
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by Jesse Carp February 17, 2012 comments
Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden Thriller Could Add Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong And Edgar Ramirez
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by Eric Eisenberg January 5, 2012 comments
Joel Edgerton Now Officially Set For Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden Thriller
It's fantastic to hear that this project is finally moving forward. I've been waiting to see a new Bigelow film since she blew us all away with Hurt Locker back in 2009 (no pun intended). With the production start date coming up so soon, we can anticipate many more casting stories over the next few weeks, so keep checking back here on Cinema Blend for more info.
by Eric Eisenberg January 5, 2012 comments
Parks And Recreation's Chris Pratt May Star In Kill Bin Laden
Fans of NBC's Parks and Recreation have come to know actor Chris Pratt as the lovable and dim-witted Andy Dwyer, but now he's apparently up for a role that would cast him in a very different light. Now Pratt is in talks to play the lead role in Kathryn Bigelow's film about the death of Osama Bin Laden, unofficially referred to as Kill Bin Laden.
by David Wharton December 13, 2011 comments
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