Hailed as one of the preeminent stylists of contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, Kathryn Bigelow was often too easily pigeonholed as a female director with a flair for traditionally masculine movies. Af...
The filmmakers join cinematographer Dante Spinotti, executive Dick Cook, effects expert John Knoll and sound man Scott Millan as the six first-timers to join the Oscars governing body.
Returning to the board after a hiatus are director Michael Mann, producer Kathleen Kennedy and composer Arthur Hamilton.
And Tom Hanks is among the re-elected governors, who also include actors Ed Begley, Jr. and Annette Bening and Oscar-winning directors Kathryn Bigelow and Michael Moore.
Bradley Cooper has signed up for American Sniper, an adaptation of the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history.
The film, in which Cooper will likely star, marks the first project for the actor's own production company, the Warner Bros.-backed 22nd & Indiana — and follows February's well-received Act of Valor in the burgeoning subgenre of SEAL-related films. Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming action drama Zero Dark Thirty also centers on the notoriously secretive (and proficient!) special operations force known as the SEALs.
Jason Dean Hall (Spread) is adapting the screenplay for Sniper, a New York Times bestseller about Kyle's transformation from a good ol' Texas boy to the sharpest shooter in American military history.
Cooper, meanwhile, was last seen in summer 2011's The Hangover Part II and will next appear in Hit and Run, out Aug. 24.
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Director Bigelow and writer Boal were given access to a "planner, Operator and Commander of (Navy) SEAL Team Six" while working on the script for Zero Dark Thirty, according to documents obtained by the Judicial Watch website.
The papers reveal the meeting, in July last year (11), was arranged via officials at the CIA and Department of Defense.
It is believed Bigelow and Boal discussed details of the raid on bin Laden's bolthole in Abbottabad, Pakistan by Navy SEALs in May last year (11), during which the terror chief was shot dead.
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 neighbouring Pakistan, where the terrorist mastermind was shot and killed by U.S. troops last year (11).
Crewmembers were subsequently forced to use Chandigarh to mirror the Pakistani city of Lahore, but the transformation has infuriated members of right-wing religious organisation Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and they made their feelings known by taking to the streets around the set on Friday.
Some protesters were even seen arguing with the cast and crew as police moved in to deal with the trouble, according to Reuters.
But the campaigners are remaining defiant and are determined to shut down the production for good.
VHP leader Vijay Bhardwaj says, "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."
Hindus in India have long clashed with Muslims in Pakistan since both gained independence from Britain in 1947.
The movie, titled Zero Dark Thirty, stars Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Joel Edgerton and his director brother Nash, and is due to be released later this year (12).
Nash Edgerton, a one-time Star Wars stuntman-turned-filmmaker, will make his Hollywood acting debut as a Navy SEAL, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The untitled thriller, which also features Jessica Chastain and Mark Strong, will start shooting in India next month (Mar12).
It's been a whole month since the last bit of casting news on Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming, controversial Osama bin Laden movie, so it's only fitting that today we learned of another high-profile actor joining the project: Kyle Chandler.
Nothing has been confirmed -- like most of the details surrounding the still-untitled film -- as far as his specific role, but Deadline reports that the Friday Night Lights actor will play a CIA agent in the mysterious drama about the Navy SEALs' hunt for and eventual killing of Osama bin Laden. The film is set for release on Dec. 19.
Since the end of the critically acclaimed football drama series Lights -- for which he won an Emmy -- Chandler has starred in J.J. Abrams' Super 8 and booked a role in Ben Affleck's upcoming Argo.
The Hurt Locker director has teamed up with screenwriter Mark Boal to come up with a movie about the search for the terrorist which led to him being killed by a team of Navy Seals at his Pakistani bolthole last year (11).
Warrior star Joel Edgerton has been confirmed as the lead, but the project is shrouded in mystery - and the script is so confidential, co-star Strong only had a few days before the email was erased.
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "The script is incredibly secret. When it is sent to you, it only lasts on your computer for a few days. If you don't read it, it disappears. It's all incredibly hush-hush."
Hours after Warrior star Joel Edgerton was confirmed as the new film's leading man, America's deputy inspector general for intelligence and special programme assessments, Patricia A. Brannin, revealed an investigation was underway following concerns raised last year (11) by New York politician Pete King.
King raised the issue in August (11) after reading an article about Bigelow and Boal in the New York Times, in which columnist Maureen Dowd suggested the pair was given access to "top-level access to the most classified mission in history".
In a statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times, King writes, "The leaks that followed the successful Bin Laden mission led to the arrests of Pakistanis and put in danger the mission’s heroes and their families.
"Privately, individuals in the intelligence and special operations communities expressed support for my request for a probe. I look forward to an update on the investigation and actions taken thus far."
When King first raised the issue in August, White House spokesman Jay Carney called his claims "ridiculous", stating, "We do not discuss classified information."
Executives at Sony, the film company behind Bigelow's new Bin Laden film, have yet to respond. The movie is scheduled for a December, 2012 release.
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 (11).
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 and, according to Variety, he passed on the chance to star in the planned 300 sequel, so he could work with Bigelow and Boal.
The film is expected to go into production next month (Feb12).
UPDATE: Apparently Edgerton isn't the only actor to be added to the film today: Deadline is reporting that Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Edgar Ramirez have all joined the Bin Laden movie.
EARLIER: Joel Edgerton has been rumored for some time to star in Kathryn Bigelow's long-in-the-works movie about Osama bin Laden. It's no longer a rumor.
The Aussie Warrior star has officially been cast in an as-yet-unannounced role, joining the recently added Jason Clarke in the movie, about the Navy SEALs' effort to find and ultimately kill the late bin Laden.
The still-untitled film will hit theaters Dec. 19, 2012, less than a week before the Christmas Day release of The Great Gatsby, in which the in-demand Edgerton will play Tom Buchanan.
Directed Iraq war thriller "The Hurt Locker," written by former Playboy journalist Mark Boal; screened at festivals in 2008
Served as script supervisor for "Union City"
Lived in NYC variously as a student, artist, and filmmaker
Hailed as one of the preeminent stylists of contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, Kathryn Bigelow was often too easily pigeonholed as a female director with a flair for traditionally masculine movies. After making an unusual entrance to cinema by way of the art world, Bigelow put her distinctive stamp on standard genre films like the Western-twinged vampire flick, "Near Dark" (1987) and the feminist-themed cop thriller, "Blue Steel" (1990). With the financial success of the surfer bank heist picture, "Point Break" (1991), Bigelow enjoyed newfound status as a mainstream director with a rather artistic bent. Following a brief marriage and creative collaboration with fellow director James Cameron, she directed one of her most challenging films, the futuristic "Strange Days" (1995), which failed to catch on at the box office, but nonetheless displayed how successfully a filmmaker could marry art with narrative. Despite the financial disaster that was "K-12: The Widowmaker" (2002), Bigelow continued to churn out an impressive body of work, including the Oscar-winning war drama "The Hurt Locker" (2009) and "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012), both of which honed in on her fascination with the meaning of violence that was once thought to be the exclusive domain of male directors.
Married Aug. 17, 1989; Divorced Nov. 10, 1991; Cameron produced Bigelow's screenplay "Point Break" (1991); He also produced and scripted her film "Strange Days" (1995)
Whitney Museum Independent Study Program
San Francisco Art Institute
"The filmmakers I admire most like Oliver [Stone] and Scorsese and Kurosawa – they always have an edge, a complexity. Their movies aren't comforting; they're not pacifying. They bring out the audience's strength." – Bigelow quoted in Vogue magazine, October 1995
"The nice thing with a genre like horror is that it's a definite grid on which to hang a piece and give the audience a familiarity before you kind of subvert it." – Bigelow to The Washington Post, Oct. 17, 1995