The hunt for the hunt for bin Laden
"It's the story of a lifetime," director Kathryn Bigelow tells Entertainment Weekly of her pic, Zero Dark Thirty, the story of America's hunt for Osama bin Laden. The film opens locally on Jan. 4.
"This is the world's most dangerous man - it was a manhunt that eluded a couple of administrations and took place over a decade. So I was fascinated by that," says Bigelow, 60, who won an Oscar for her Iraq war film, The Hurt Locker.
Bigelow and writer Mark Boal say they based all the characters and events on real people, including Jessica Chastain's character, Maya, a CIA officer who played a pivotal role in the mission.
Boal says the film takes pains to protect the real players' identities.
But how do you make a film about a mission that was beyond top secret?
Well, um, well, they had some kinda access, OK? That ticked off some politicos, including U.S. Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.), who last year asked for an investigation of how the filmmakers got their material. "It was surreal," Boal says of King's request. "I hope people see the movie and judge for themselves."
Kanye West in Atlantic City
Between disappointing revenues and the wallop the Jersey Shore took from mondo-storm Sandy, there's been plenty of talk about how Atlantic City's still shiny-and-new Revel resort is struggling to survive. The casino hotel, which celebrated its grand opening with four nights of Beyoncé in May, is still pulling in big-name attractions. To wit, Kanye West will play three shows at Revel's Ovation Hall Dec. 28-30. Tix at Ticketmaster.
- Dan DeLuca
Bon Jovi announces tour
Beloved Jersey rockers Bon Jovi will begin their "Bon Jovi Because We Can" coast-to-coast tour on Feb. 9 in Uncasville, Conn. They will play Philadelphia, at a date yet to be announced. Info: www.BonJovi.com.
R. Kelly bringing 'Closet' to Broadway
A genius in R&B, hip-hop, rock, soul, jazz, and the rock opera, R. Kelly is about to bring his massive creative Geist (and accompanying 10-ton ego) to the Broadway stage. Kelly plans to bring his multipart magnum opus, Trapped in the Closet, and its charming characters - Twan, Sylvester, and Pimp Lucius - to that sacred mid-to-high-culture temple, the theater. "To transform it into a Broadway version, that's what I'm working on," Kelly told a packed house at the Sunshine Cinema in New York on Monday night. Kelly's latest chapters of Closet will debut on the IFC channel on Friday.
Indian feast for Dylan, Knopfler?
To what cuisine does America's greatest troubadour turn to reenergize after a big show? Indian. Friends tell us that Tashan restaurant on South Broad Street received an order for "pretty much . . . the entire menu" Monday night at 9:30 for delivery to the Wells Fargo Center, where Bob Dylan was playing a show with opening act Mark Knopfler.
Real estate tidbits
Madonna's about to take a bath. The triple-wide Upper East Side New York townhouse she bought in '09 for $32.5 mil is being put on the market for $23.5 mil, the New York Daily News says. . . . Andrew Garfield is using his Spider-Man paycheck to secure a $2.5 mil Beverly Hills love nest to share with Emma Stone, reports the Real Estalker blog.
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