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Bin Laden Movie to Air 2 Days Before Election

National Geographic picks up Seal Team Six

(Newser) - National Geographic plans to air a feature-length docu-drama about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden on Nov. 4, just two days before the presidential election, the New York Times reports. The film will be up on Netflix the next day. National Geographic says that the film, titled Seal Team ... More »

Hollywood Got Inside Scoop on bin Laden Raid

Despite leak warnings, CIA, Pentagon and White House rolled out the red carpet

(Newser) - The White House, CIA, and Pentagon all gave special access to Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow to help with her movie about Osama bin Laden's death, according to documents obtained by the conservative Judicial Watch . In one interview , Undersecretary of Defense Mike Vickers tells Bigelow that top admirals can'... More »

10 Best Movies Since 2000

The Artist, Hurt Locker, and Lord of the Rings make the list

(Newser) - What are the 10 best movies since the year 2000? Richard Corliss at Time rounds up the greatest film achievements of the millennium so far. Here's a sampling: More »

Did White House Leak Osama Secrets to Hollywood?

Maureen Dowd says access granted for positive pre-election film

(Newser) - A Republican congressman is demanding an investigation following reports that the White House leaked top secret information about the Osama bin Laden kill operation to Hollywood filmmakers. Details were handed over to Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow to make a positive film to boost the president's image before the... More »

Afghan War Reality Show Isn't Such a Bad Idea

Americans need a 'fresh angle' to re-engage

(Newser) - Pundits have come out swinging against Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan, a proposed reality show that G4 network is billing as a "real-life Hurt Locker." War as reality TV is seen as a sure sign of the further debasement of American culture . Rachel Maddow, for one, decried it as "... More »

5K Hurt Locker Downloaders Sued

Company vows to find out their real names

(Newser) - If you illegally downloaded The Hurt Locker, now might be the time to delete. The Oscar-winning film's production company Monday filed suit against 5,000 John Does who illegally shared the movie, and is now trying to get the sharers' Internet service providers to reveal their names, CNN reports. More »

Guess Which War Has the Best Movies

A look at Rotten Tomatoes gives the crown to the Civil War

(Newser) - The new Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks series The Pacific got the folks at New York magazine's the Vulture blog wondering which war has produced the best movies. They looked up every one they could think of at Rotten Tomatoes, then averaged the scores. The winner: the Civil War. Here are the... More »

Oscar Ratings Hit 5-Year High

41.3M viewers tune in, highest since 2005

(Newser) - Last night's Oscar telecast attracted more viewers than the awards extravaganza has drawn in the last 5 years. Some 41.3 million viewers tuned in to see The Hurt Locker triumph over Avatar, compared to 36.3 for the 2009 show. The all-time high for Oscar viewership also involved James... More »

Oscars Still in Love With Indie Movies Barely Anyone Sees

Expanding the best picture race didn't work

(Newser) - The Academy Awards saw a big change last night, but maybe not the one they wanted. In nabbing Best Director, Kathryn Bigelow shattered the glass ceiling in an industry where only 7% of directors are women. But Bigelow’s historic win also showed that the Academy had failed in its... More »

The Hurt Locker Dominates as Bigelow Snags Best Director

First directing honors for a woman as Iraq thriller reaps 5 awards

(Newser) - The Iraq war thriller The Hurt Locker earned the Best Picture Academy Award tonight, and Kathryn Bigelow won for best director. Bigelow is the first woman in the 82-year history of the Oscars to earn Hollywood's top prize for filmmakers. Among those Bigelow beat were ex-husband James Cameron, the best... More »

Oscar Stars Dazzle Despite Showers

Cameron vs. Bigelow, Streep vs. Bullock, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin

(Newser) - Intermittent downpours pounded the tent over the red carpet at the Kodak Theater tonight, as stars gathered for the first Academy Awards with 10 best-picture nominees since 1943. Voters are expected to go very big or very small on their best-picture winner, with the two favorites the as-big-as-it-gets blockbuster Avatar... More »

Here's What Oscar Darlings Should Have Been Titled

The Blind Side as White Lady Saves the Day and more

(Newser) - It’s just about time for the Oscars, but first, check College Humor ’s list of what some of the nominated films should be called, if we’re being honest with ourselves.
  • Avatar: Predictable, with James-Cameron-ripping subtitle, “From the guy who knows how to spend $280,000,000.
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What to Bet on Oscar Night

The Daily Beast predicts the winners

(Newser) - If you’re not sure how to bet in this year’s office Oscar pool, take a look at the Daily Beast ’s rundown of your best picks:
  • Best Picture: The Hurt Locker. In addition to being a critical darling and having swept most guild and critics’ awards so
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The 'Real' Will James to Sue Hurt Locker

Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver claims Mark Boal stole his story

(Newser) - Just as The Hurt Locker is riding high on its success—and could be days away from winning a best-picture Oscar—a real bomb expert says the story was stolen from him, and he's hatching a lawsuit. His lawyer charged yesterday in a press release that screenwriter Mark Boal—who... More »

Hurt Locker Producer Banned From Oscars

Chartier first nominee un-invited for Oscar campaigning

(Newser) - For the first time ever, an Oscar nominee has been banned from attending the Academy Awards. The Hurt Locker co-producer Nicolas Chartier earned the ire of the academy with an email campaign telling friends to push academy members to support his movie over "that $500M film" (best picture rival... More »

Roger Ebert to Oprah: 'My Life Is Happy'

Film critic talks about life after cancer treatments

(Newser) - Roger Ebert is fine with the way his face looks after cancer surgeries, and he tells Oprah he's not going through another one for purely cosmetic reasons. "This is the way I look, and my life is happy and productive so why have any more surgery," he said... More »

Jersey Shore Stars Parody Hurt Locker

'Lopez Tonight' launches week of Best Picture takeoffs

(Newser) - If The Hurt Locker wins the Best Picture Academy Award Sunday, the cast and crew will surely consider it a great honor—their second in a week. Click the link to see Jersey Shore cast members performing an homage to the Iraq war drama. Yes, there's a hair joke. Pay... More »

Soldiers Blast Hurt Locker

Troops, vets object to film's 'cowboy' bomb crew

(Newser) - As the thriller Iraq war movie The Hurt Locker steams to Academy Awards night, soldiers and veterans are blasting the popular film as Hollywood hooey, portraying them as reckless death cowboys. Critics have emerged just days before Best Picture ballots are due for the Oscars. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has... More »

Kathryn Bigelow: 'Transvestite of Directors'

Hurt Locker director plays it like a man to fit in in macho Hollywood

(Newser) - Kathryn Bigelow may be a female director, Martha P. Nochimson writes, but her success comes from “masquerading as the baddest boy on the block.” Yup, the Hurt Locker auteur is not the “Queen of Directors,” as Quentin Tarantino described her, but the “Transvestite of Directors.... More »

Hurt Locker, Bigelow Dominate BAFTAs

Iraq war movie captures best film, director, original screenplay

(Newser) - The Hurt Locker ran roughshod over the competition at tonight's BAFTAs, capturing best film, best director, and best original screenplay among its six trophies—four more than Avatar scored. "My heart's beating so fast I can barely talk," said Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, whose rivalry with ex-husband... More »

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