Kathryn Bigelow (born 27.1.1951)
Kathryn Bigelow is an Academy Award-winning American film director.
Kathryn Bigelow: Childhood
Kathryn Bigelow was born in San Carlos, in California. She first became involved in film through her work as a painter. Bigelow then earned a master's degree from the graduate film program at Columbia University, where she studied theory and criticism. Among her tutors there were Susan Sontag and Vito Acconci.
Kathryn Bigelow: Career in Film
The Set-Up, in 1978, was Bigelow's debut short film. Her debut full-length feature was 1982's The Loveless, which she co-directed with Monty Montgomery. Five years later, Bigelow directed Near Dark, which she also co-scripted with Eric Reid.
Reid and Bigelow worked together again in 1990 on Blue Steel, which starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Ron Silver. The following year, Bigelow directed Point Break, staring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. The film was produced by Bigelow's ex-husband, James Cameron.
In 1995, Kathryn Bigelow directed Strange Days, which was also produced (and written) by James Cameron. Strange Days starred Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Lewis and Angela Bassett. 2000's Weight of Water was based in the novel by Anita Shreve and the film version starred Elizabeth Hurley and Sean Penn.
Two years later, Bigelow directed K-19: the Widowmaker, with Harrison Ford in the lead role and also starring Liam Neeson. K19: the Widowmaker was a low point in Bigelow's career and was seen by many as her downfall as a director. It would be seven years until Bigelow found herself back in the director's chair.
However, when Kathryn did return to work as a director, her reputation took a dramatic upturn, with the release of The Hurt Locker. The film was first shown at the Venice Film Festival in September 2008. The lead actors of the film are Brian Geraghty, Anthony Mackie and Jeremy Renner. Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes and David Morse also have cameo roles in the film. Bigelow has received a number of accolades for her directorial work on The Hurt Locker. She became the first woman to receive the Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her work on the film. Early in 2010, Kathryn Bigelow received an Oscar nomination for Best Director, becoming only the fourth woman in film history to earn that accolade. Before her, were Lina Wertmüller (for Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (for The Piano), and Sofia Coppola (for Lost in Translation).
Kathryn Bigelow: Other works
Kathryn Bigelow directed the music video for New Order's 'Touched by the Hand of God' in 1987.
In 1983, Kathryn Bigelow played the role of a newspaper editor in Lizzie Borden's 1983 film Born in Flames.
Kathryn Bigelow: Personal Life
Between 1989 and 1991, Kathryn Bigelow was married to the Oscar-winning film director James Cameron. Both directors were nominated for the same award at the 2010 Academy Awards.
London-born actors John Boyega and Will Poulter, aged 25 and 24 respectively, may seem like odd choices to star in Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, chronicling a racially charged event in the Midwestern city in July 1967.
Boyega (The Force Awakens) plays Melvin Dismukes, a quietly observant security officer, while Poulter (The Revenant) plays Philip Krauss, an abusive policeman. As non-American actors, they're able to get under the skin of these characters without any cultural baggage. And despite the fact that they are playing characters on opposite sides of the conflict, the actors bonded on the set.
Detroit stars the two Brits
Boyega says he heard about the film when the auditions came up, and he had time to fit one movie in before resuming his Star Wars role for The Last Jedi. "I wanted a movie that was grounded and based on a true story," he says. "And this was an issue that I'm very passionate about, given the subject matter. I see the movie as Detroit's origin story: the scars and the hurt. This place was victimised by systemic racism and violence. And that creates an imbalance that's very, very hard to sort out."
Continue reading: John Boyega And Will Poulter Bonded In Detroit
Women are still horrendously underrepresented in Hollywood but we pick out those who command the most respect.
Despite an unfortunate continuation of women in subordinate roles, female actresses in Hollywood are very much in the ascendance, refusing to play second fiddle to the traditional male hierarchy. However, it is behind the camera where male domination prevails. Only four women in the entire history of the Academy Awards have been nominated for the Best Director Oscar, Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties (1976), Jane Champion for The Piano (1993), Sofia Coppola for Lost In Translation (2003) and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2009). Bigelow is the only female director to take home the award. Such an overwhelming consortium of male influence seems perturbing, but a slew of female industry players are intent on overthrowing the status quo, breaking down gender barriers and paving the way for innovation on multiple levels. From the increasingly gargantuan Marvel juggernaut to low budget art-house pictures, women are beginning to make their mark in spheres in dire need of a feminine touch, free from a traditionally testosterone-fuelled male outlook.
Nicole Perlman is the first woman to write a Marvel feature
Continue reading: The Most Successful Women In The Film Industry
Chris Pratt is bulking up for his role in the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Chris Pratt, the 34-year-old actor who has bagged himself some pretty tasty roles in recent years, is bulking up for his role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Pratt is the latest movie star to undergo a dramatic physical transformation and posted his progress in an Instragram photo this week.
It's not the first time the Parks and Recreation actor has changed weight for a movie role - he sported a hugely toned physique for his role as a member of Seal Team Six in Kathyn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden movie 'Zero Dark Thirty' last year.
Continue reading: Guardians Of The Galaxy: Is Chris Pratt The Next Big Hollywood Star?
Director chosen for Point Break movie
The remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s classic movie Point Break has now got a director on board. According to Empire Online, Alcon Entertainment, who have been developing this one for some years now, have announced that they have Ericson Core on board to direct. Not only does Ericson Core have a superb name, for an action movie director, but he’s got pretty good form too. Rest assured, folks, he wasn’t selected on the basis of his name alone (we can’t actually verify that, we’re just assuming that he wasn’t).
It’s long been known that Kurt Wimmer has written the screenplay for the remake but now they have the man behind The Fast and the Furious, Daredevil and Payback (as cinematographer) on board. He’s also directed episodes of Family Law as well as the Mark Wahlberg-starring Invincible. According to IMDB, Core is currently attached to a project named Fair Trade, though no cast have actually been allocated to that one just yet, the site suggests. It’s likely that Point Break could well become the next project for Core, if Fair Trade isn’t going to fly.
The original Point Break, of course, starred Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent trying to infiltrate Patrick Swayze’s gang of adrenaline-hungry bank robbers. According to Empire, the remake “evolved” from an original plan to create a sequel.
Continue reading: 'Point Break' Remake Seats Ericson Core In Director's Chair
Zero Dark Thirty had a bad night at The Oscars, but why?
If there’s anything worse that winning just one Oscar after your film was nominated for five, it's winning Best Sound Editing, and if there’s anything more embarrassing that that, it’s winning Best Sound Editing in a rare tied award with Skyfall.
Zero Dark Thirty’s failure at the 85th Academy Awards can be attributed, at least in part, to a trio of US senators, who, on December 19 last year, complained that the film was “grossly inaccurate” for implying torture played a part in tracking down the al-Qa’ida leader. The controversy surrounding the political implications of her film, led director Kathryn Bigelow to write a piece in the Los Angeles Times. “Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement. If it was, no artist would be able to paint inhumane practices, no author could write about them, and no filmmaker could delve into the thorny subjects of our time.”
Continue reading: Zero Dark Thirty Wins Only One Oscar Through Rare Tied Award
Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall tied the Oscar for Best Sound Editing.
Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Sam Mendes's Skyfall tied the Oscar for Sound Editing on Sunday evening (February 24, 2013) - the first dead heat at the famous awards show since 1968, when Katherine Hepburn and Barbara Streisand famously tied for Best Actress for their performances in The Lion In Winter and Funny Girl respectively.
Presenter Mark Wahlberg, who announced the award with Ted, seemed stunned by the result, telling the audience there was "no bullsh*t," and that the vote was indeed a tie. Zero Dark Thirty was the first winner to be read out, before the sound editors behind the James Bond movie Skyfall were also rewarded.
It's only the third time in Oscars history that a vote has been tied, with the other occasion occurring in 1932 when Frederick March and Wallace Berry shared the prize for Best Actor for their roles in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Champ. It's a hugely unlikely result, given the amount of votes cast for each category - most of which contain five nominees.
Continue reading: Oscars 2013: Skyfall And Zero Dark Thirty Is First Tied Vote Since 1968
9/11 terrorist biopic causes outrage in the Middle East
Amidst a backlash, there are rumors that Zero Dark Thirty has been banned in Pakistan unofficially.
The film deals with the real life story of the USA attempting to track down Al Queda leader Osama Bin Laden, the perpetrator behind the 9/11 tower attacks, and has it hasn’t come in for an easy ride at home either – with comments being passed on its depiction of torture and interrogation scenes. However that’s nothing compared to the reaction in Pakistan, according to NBC, where the response has been truly heated.
The official line from the Pakistan government is that the Kathryn Bigelow film has not been officially released, with no one having supposed to have seen the movie. However officially bootlegs and pirate copies have made their way onto the internet and into the hands of the country, with those watching furious at what they’ve seen. “It went ballistic bad in depicting everyday life on the streets of Pakistan” wrote critic Nadeem Farooq Paracha. The decision by distributors not to buy the movie for Pakistan prompted intrigue into what exactly the movie contained, and people didn’t like what they saw. “As a film buff, the movie was inaccurate about Pakistan. If you’re going to say something about a complicated part of the world, then you should say it right” said general manager of Cinepax Moshin Yaseen.
Continue reading: Unofficial Zero Dark Thirty Ban Rumored In Pakistan
A poll conducted by voters reveals that the American public have got Jennifer Lawrence pegged as the winner of the Best Actress Oscar, for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence has already bagged a Golden Globe, a Satellite Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, amongst others and the voters in Reuters’ poll seem pretty confident that she can repeat that success at next weekend’s Academy Awards.
With 15 per cent of the votes, Lawrence may have been the favourite but her heels were being well and truly snapped at by Jessica Chastain, star of Kathryn Bigelow’s political drama Zero Dark Thirty, with 11 per cent of the vote. Of course, awards shows are all about surprises and the statuette could well be awarded to one of the category outsiders, such as 85 year-old Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) and 9 year-old Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Naomi Watts is also nominated, for her role in the tsunami disaster movie the Impossible.
In the Best Supporting Actress category, 26 per cent of the 1,586 voters felt that Anne Hathaway was most likely to take home the prize, for her brief but powerful performance in Les Miserables.
As the Sundance Film Festival continues in Utah, buzz is emerging about the new Nicole Kidman movie Stoker, in which she plays the widowed mother of teen Mia Wasikowska as they deal with the arrival of the unexpectedly sexy Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). From the director of Old Boy, a new trailer depicts the film as a stylish, warped and very black comedy. It comes to cinemas on March 1st.
Here in Britain, two leading awards contenders open this week. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis, the front-runner in the Best Actor race. This would be his unprecedented third win in the category. And Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain, who is currently the favourite for Best Actress, although Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook is giving her some serious competition.
But no one should write off iconic French actress Emmanuelle Riva's astonishing turn in Amour. She won the London Critics' Circle Film Award for Best Actress on Sunday. The London critics also gave Amour their Film of the Year title, and it's up for Best Picture at the Oscars as well.
Blistering writing, directing and acting hold us firmly in our seats as this procedural drama snakes its way to a riveting action finale. Although it's sometimes not easy to know whether director Bigelow and writer Boal are celebrating or criticising the way America has conducted itself on the world stage in its war on terrorism. Clearly the characters believe that these dodgy methods are essential tools in their job. But the film cleverly respects and challenges our own views on the issues.
The story begins with the events of 9/11, after which the CIA is determined to track down Osama bin Laden. Spearheading the search is tenacious analyst Maya (Chastain), who works with her colleague Dan (Clarke) to interrogate prisoners and mobilise their team (including Ehle and Perrineau) to action. Their bosses (Chandler and Strong), the CIA director (Gandolfini) and the national security advisor (Dillane) offer support and challenges. And eventually they get approval to illegally send a black-op team into bin Laden's suspected hide-out in Pakistan.
It's astonishing that Boal and Bigelow have managed to tell this true story without taking sides. They have been criticised for possibly using classified details or for depicting torture as an interrogation tool, but the facts can't be denied just because we don't like them. And your attitude going in will probably colour how you feel about the movie: some will find this a story of triumph while others will be troubled by the methods it depicts. Either way, it's impossible to ignore the film's urgency as it pulls us into a fascinating story.
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Date of birth
27th November, 1951
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