John Boyega Joins Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled 1967 Detroit Riots Project
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Last year, John Boyega became a household name simply by starring in a little film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Everyone in the film gave a standout performance, which is sure to carry over to the next two films, but the young actor isn’t pigeonholing himself to just one franchise or genre. In these past few months, he has already signed on to appear in James Pansoldt’s The Circle, which stars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. In April, it was announced that he would lend his voice to the Netflix-BBC’s telling of Watership Down, where he can be heard alongside James McAvoy and Ben Kingsley. And just a couple of weeks ago, it was confirmed that he’ll play Idris Elba’s on-screen son in Pacific Rim 2.

But he isn’t stopping there. In fact, he may be gearing up for some Oscar gold as he is the latest addition to Kathryn Bigelow‘s film about the 1967 Detroit Riots.

More on the story below.

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The Ten Best Unproduced Comic Book Movie Scripts #5: Andrew Kevin Walker’s ‘X-Men’

Greetings, true believers. BAADASSSSS! is here with the fifth exciting issue of my ongoing series of articles The Ten Best Unproduced Comic Book Movie Scripts. I apologize for the lengthy delay between installments; apparently I have worse trouble than Kevin Smith and Dan Harmon when it comes to meeting deadlines.

If you haven’t checked out my bloated, unwieldy nerdgasm of an introduction to the series as well as a complete week-by-week breakdown of clues to each entry on this list you may do so here.

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Skull-Face Island: Episode 25: Zero Dark Thirty
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Hello There! This is Adam Frazier and you are listening to Skull-Face Island, the official movie podcast of Geeks of Doom! As always I’m joined by the Carrie Matheson to my Saul Berenson, David Allen… and a man prone to restless leg syndrome AND genre blindness, producer Tim Grant.

Today on the Show: We’ll discuss Kathryn Bigelow‘s latest film, Zero Dark Thirty, and boot-up the Geek-O-Matic TeleFax for all the latest news on MGM’s Ben-Hur remake, a Star Wars spin-off film inspired by Akira Kurosawa‘s Seven Samurai, and Brad Bird’s 1952.

We also kick off a four-part series of “BEST OF THE YEAR” lists with special guest Sean O’Connell of Fandango, Movies.Com, CinemaBlend, and The Washington Post. On this week’s installment we’ll cover the best performances of 2012 for both supporting actors and actresses. You’ll definitely want to tune in for the insanity that ensues.

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Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty
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Zero Dark Thirty
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Written by Mark Boal
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Mark Duplass
Columbia Pictures
Rated R | 160 Minutes
Release Date: January 11, 2013

“I’m the motherfucker who found this place.” – Maya (Jessica Chastain)

For over 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 Academy Award-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.

As I’m sure you’re aware, Zero Dark Thirty features graphic scenes of enhanced interrogation tactics that were implemented by the Bush administration after 9-11, techniques like waterboarding and sexual humiliation that are illegal under international law.

It seems like many political commentators and CIA officials are worried that, by including the dark side of the government’s hunt for Al Qaeda, Bigelow’s film may give viewers the wrong impression: that the brutal interrogation methods are the reason we located Bin Laden’s compound.

That’s simply not the case and anyone who walks out of Zero Dark Thirty with the impression that it takes a pro-torture stance didn’t pay attention to the intricacies of the narrative. Depiction is not endorsement, and if it was, no artist could ever portray inhuman practices; no author could ever write about them; and no filmmaker could ever explore them.

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EA To Donate $1 Million To U.S. Vets With ‘Medal Of Honor,’ Osama Bin Laden Movie ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
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Electronic Arts gets bashed quite often in the world of video games, usually due to the reputation they’ve gained as an ultra-greedy company who charges for everything and forces players into doing things like buying their games brand new at the full $59.99 price tag in order to play online…even if you’re not sure it’s a game you’ll even like.

Issues such as these recently scored them the title of Worst Company in America, as voted by consumers, beating out Bank of America for the damaging crown.

EA clearly doesn’t like the title that has been bestowed upon them, and they’ve set out to show that they can step outside of the white collared corporate world they thrive in and be noble as well by committing to donate at least $1 million to America’s veterans.

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