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Kathryn Bigelow Targets Film on Bin Laden Mission

Kathryn Bigelow Targets Film on Bin Laden Mission (photo)

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The New York Times reports that Columbia Pictures has acquired Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film on the Navy SEAL mission to find Osama Bin Laden, with plans to release it in the fourth quarter of 2012. The film will be written by Mark Boal, who also wrote Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker.”

Bigelow and Boal have actually been working on a project about a team hunting Bin Laden for years. Initially, they were planning to make a film about “an elite Black Ops team’s attempt to assassinate bin Laden almost a decade ago, an effort that came very close to succeeding.” (the tentative title of the project at that time? “Kill Bin Laden.”) Obviously real world events have conspired to make that story somewhat less relevant, and a rewrite will be required. The
timing of events reminds me of the production the American film version of author Nick Hornby’s “Fever Pitch,” a romantic comedy set against the backdrop of yet another losing season for the Boston Red Sox. Of course “Fever Pitch” wound up being filmed in the summer of 2004, when the Sox finally broke the Curse of the Bambino and won the World Series, meaning the ending of the movie had to be changed, basically on the fly. In Bigelow and Boal’s case, both the failed mission of a decade ago and this year’s successful mission was undertaken by the same elite Black Ops team: SEAL Team 6, a connection that creates all sorts of obvious places for dramatic potential.

To me, this is a fascinating project and an even more fascinating combination of author and subject. On the one hand, everyone is curious about the lives of the men who killed Bin Laden and about their mission; on the other hand, we already have a pretty good handle on what happened in that mansion in Pakistan, meaning unless Boal and Bigelow play loose with the truth, ringing suspense out of the story will be an uphill battle. On the other hand, Bigelow and Boal’s “The Hurt Locker” is still the best fiction film on the War on Terror; they’ve already proven they can make a thoughtful and exciting movie out of this kind of material. Even more importantly, most of Bigelow’s best movies are about the relationships between men in these intensely dangerous, high-pressure situations, even, yes, the silly but totally sincere (and totally awesome) “Point Break.” As a thriller, a movie about Bin Laden doesn’t have a lot of weight. But as a macho character piece with the Bin Laden mission as a backdrop? That sounds right on target to me.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…