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Celebrating "First Amendment Week" at Loyola Marymount University, Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty" writer-producer Mark Boal (who won a writing Oscar for "The Hurt Locker," his first collaboration with director Kathryn Bigelow) gave the keynote address. He applauds his first amendment rights to free political speech. He makes the distinction between documentary and art. He compares and contrasts "Zero Dark Thirty" to past historic controversies and other historic recreations such as "All the President's Men" and "Argo," and the timely day-to-day commentary of John Stewart and Stephen Colbert. He wants to continue to work at the nexus between timely journalism and film. He suspects that "Zero Dark Thirty" will become less controversial over time. I suspect that he is right. Controversy helped to fuel interest in the movie at the box office and as he suggests, spurred debate and discussion of »


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