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  • Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow wrote and directed, respectively, the film "Zero Dark Thirty," which portrayed the manhunt for terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. (Columbia Pictures)

    Leon Panetta named as source of 'Zero Dark Thirty' scriptwriter’s information

    A Freedom of Information request filed by government watchdog Judicial Watch revealed that former CIA Director Leon E. Panetta was the source who gave up secret information to the scriptwriter of "Zero Dark Thirty," the Hollywood movie about the raid on Osama bin Laden.


  • Political appointees helped bin Laden filmmakers over objections of career officials at Pentagon

    Political appointees at the Defense Department, the CIA and the White House brushed aside concerns from career officials about helping two Hollywood filmmakers research their 2012 movie about the top-secret Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, according to a report from the Pentagon's inspector general.


  • 'Zero Dark Thirty' writer: Film probe echoes McCarthy era

    "Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter Mark Boal says his use of interrogation techniques in the film were accurate and that pending Senate investigation brings him "a chill."


  • Will torture questions hurt `ZDT's Oscar chances?

    A few weeks ago, "Zero Dark Thirty" seemed well on its way to capturing the Academy Award for best picture. It was winning early critic awards and gaining the kind of momentum a movie needs to win Hollywood's biggest prize.


  • Jessica Chastain earned an Oscar nomination for best actress for her portrayal of a young, obsessed CIA operative driving the search for Osama bin Laden in Columbia Pictures' new thriller "Zero Dark Thirty." (Columbia Pictures)

    'Tortured' reasoning for snubbing 'Zero'?

    Could congressional scrutiny over such an emotionally charged issue as alleged torture be affecting the awards momentum of “Zero Dark Thirty”?


  • Jessica Chastain (center) plays a member of the elite team of spies and military operatives who secretly devote themselves to finding Osama Bin Laden in Columbia Pictures' new thriller, "Zero Dark Thirty." (Associated Press/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.)

    MOVIE REVIEW: 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    There are many reasons to celebrate "Zero Dark Thirty." But the best reason is that it is simply a great movie — flawless as a thriller, a political drama, a manhunt procedural and an action flick.


  • Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow wrote and directed, respectively, the film "Zero Dark Thirty," which portrayed the manhunt for terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. (Columbia Pictures)

    ‘Zero Dark Thirty’: From a view to a kill

    Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal were knee-deep in preparing a film — their follow-up to their Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker — that would chronicle the manhunt for Osama bin Laden, his escape in Tora Bora, Afghanistan, and the vanishing trail of the world's most-wanted man.


  • Hunting bin Laden and history in 'Zero Dark 30'

    Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal were knee-deep in preparing the follow-up to their Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," a film that would chronicle the manhunt for Osama bin Laden, his escape in Tora Bora and the vanishing trail of the world's most wanted man.


  • Illustration Osama Raid Film by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    FITTON: Team Obama's secret film deal

    The killing of Osama bin Laden last year was referenced repeatedly this week at the Democratic National Convention. This is ironic, as President Obama, in denying requests for basic information about the raid, said he wasn't going to release the information because he didn't want to be seen as "spiking the football."


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