First Look at “Zero Dark Thirty”

Exclusive new photos and a teaser trailer have been released for Kathryn Bigelow (director) and Mark Boal’s (screenwriter) film titled Zero Dark Thirty. This film has an absolutely huge cast that includes Mark Strong, Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler, Joel Edgerton, Scott Adkins, Chris Pratt, Taylor Kinney, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Édgar Ramírez, and Mark Duplass.

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Zero Dark Thirty is about the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks. It is one of the year’s most controversial films despite the fact that Bigelow, Boal, and the cast of the film have kept quiet about details and the story of  the film. Entertainment Weekly had the chance to do an extensive interview with Bigelow and Boal about their upcoming film. Here is the first page of the interview:

“Zero Dark Thirty will be an unusual film in that the climax of the story is already widely known and it’s the set-up that remains mysterious. Bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011 by the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six, but what remains largely unknown is the true backstory behind the raid, and how intelligence agencies and the military connected the dots that eventually brought them to that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

“I’m fascinated by people who dedicate themselves to really difficult and dangerous things for the greater good,” Boal said in a phone interview. “I think they’re heroic and I’m intrigued by them. I’m fascinated by the world they inhabit. I personally want to know how they caught bin Laden. All I can do is hope that it interests other people.”

The trailer is highly stylized, emphasizing the secrecy of the story with its use of the kind of bars used to black out information on redacted classified documents. In an email interview, Bigelow explains the significance of the title: “It’s a military term for 30 minutes after midnight, and it refers also to the darkness and secrecy that cloaked the entire decade long mission.”

The teaser also suggests a grittier, more deadly, boots-on-the-ground pursuit of information, rather than a drama about decisions made at the top in Washington.

This has been the primary source of controversy: Opponents of President Barack Obama have been eager for the public to avoid any reminders this election year that the Commander-in-Chief gave that order authorizing the raid that finally took down the terrorist mastermind.

The makers of Zero Dark Thirty insist their film is a study of the unsung heroes who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to take down bin Laden, not a celebration of Obama’s decision. When they made the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker in 2008, which won them Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture, Bigelow and Boal were praised (and sometimes slammed)for leaving politics out of the film. They say they’re doing the same thing this time.

“There’s no political agenda in the film. Full stop. Period,” says Boal, a veteran journalist and war correspondent. “A lot of people are going to be surprised when they see the film. For example, the president is not depicted in the movie. He’s just not in the movie.””

Be sure to read the other pages of the interview here.  Zero Dark Thirty is set to hit theaters December 19, 2012.

What do you think of these new photos? What do you think of the new teaser trailer? Do you think this film will gain some Oscar attention?

Source: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/08/06/zero-dark-thirty-first-look/

Trailer MegaPost – “Lawless,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Take This Waltz,” “The Words,” and “End of Watch”

I hope that you enjoyed my trailer MegaPost last week and are now excited about those films that I shared! My favorite trailers that I want to share with you this week are for: Lawless, The Great Gatsby, Take This Waltz, The Words, and End of Watch.

1. Lawless: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/weinstein/lawless/

This film has a very strong cast and Shia LaBeouf’s role as Jack Bondurant could be a comeback role for him, something that will set him apart from the Transformers franchise. Other cast members are: Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, and Dane DeHaan. Lawless is based on the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers, who were bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Franklin County, Virginia. Lawless is set to release on August 29, 2012.

A Lawless poster featuring Shia LaBeouf.

2. The Great Gatsby: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/thegreatgatsby/

The Baz Luhrmann-directed adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has an all-star cast with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, Amitabh Bachchan, and Jack Thompson. The story follows Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is a Midwesterner who moves to Long Island in the spring of 1922 and finds himself intrigued by the mysterious past and extravagant lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle and starts to witness obsession and tragedy. This highly anticipated film is set to release on Christmas Day this year.

A poster for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

3. Take This Waltz: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/magnolia/takethiswaltz/

This Sarah Polley-directed film deals with some very real themes and topics that adult audiences will be able to relate to. The cast includes Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman, Jennifer Podemski, Diane D’Aquila, Vanessa Coelho, and Graham Abbey. The film follows a happily married couple, Margot (Michelle Williams) and Lou Rubin (Seth Rogen). However, Margot falls for the artist Daniel (Luke Kirby) who lives across the street and when she learns that he lives so close, the certainty of her domestic life changes. Daniel and Margot’s relationship progresses and things begin to unfold. This movie is set to release on June 29, 2012.

A poster for Take This Waltz.

4. The Words: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thewords/

The Words follows a writer Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) who finally achieves the literary success he wanted after publishing a critically acclaimed novel. Yet, he didn’t write it. As things come back to haunt him and he continues to get literary attention, Jansen is forced to confront the price that must be paid for stealing another man’s work. The cast includes Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, and Ben Barnes. The Words is not set to hit theatres until September 21, 2012.

A poster for The Words, featuring Bradley Cooper.

5. End of Watch: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/endofwatch/

A story of family, friendship, love, honor, and courage, End Of Watch has a great cast and story. Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, Frank Grillo, America Ferrera, and David Harbour are on the talent roster. Gyllenhaal and Pena are Los Angeles police officers Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Pena), and it follows them as they patrol the streets of south central LA. The action of the film unfolds through footage from the handheld cameras of the police officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, and even citizens caught in the line of fire. The film deals with the cops who risk their lives on the job and the price they and their families have to pay. This action-packed film is set to release on September 28, 2012.

A poster for End of Watch.

What do you think of these trailers? Are you excited or looking forward to any of these films?

Source: www.IMDbPro.com and www.apple.com/trailers