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Kathryn Bigelow Sounds Off on Torture and 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Kathryn Bigelow/Photo © Columbia Pictures
Kathryn Bigelow/Photo © Columbia Pictures

"Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow has written an op-ed confronting the critics who claim that her movie seemed to condone the torture tactics our government employed in the early days of the Osama Bin Laden manhunt. Bigelow has made it clear that she opposes torture and that "confusing depiction with endorsement is the first step toward chilling any American artist's ability and right to shine a light on dark deeds, especially when those deeds are cloaked in layers of secrecy and government obfuscation." Well said -- wouldn't she have seemed more condoning if she'd omitted that part of the story altogether?

Here's a remake rule of thumb: When in doubt, send your characters into space! Warner Brothers is doing just that with their upcoming version of The Odyssey, hoping to transform Homer's epic into an intergalactic travelogue. Wonder whether Odysseus will encounter the Sirens of Titan?

I dunno about the demand, but the supply of alternate posters for beloved movies is absolutely booming. Olly Moss has done some very dark, very interesting work on a number of classic films, everything from the "Star Wars" films to "Princess Mononoke," with some more current jams like "The Dark Knight Rises" thrown in for good measure.

Whether or not you saw the film, this interactive script is a charming way to explore Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom." It contains all sorts of images and artifacts from the movie, and looks as though it could have been typed on Anderson's own adorable vintage typewriter (which you know he must have). If you want the photos without the screenplay, you're in luck: the movie's still photographer posted a big batch to Flickr. Enjoy!

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