Christian Bale Back On David O. Russell Con Artist Project; Osama Bin Laden Raid Film To Air 48 Hours Before U.S. Election: Biz Break

Also in Monday morning's round-up of news briefs: Bradley Cooper is to receive a Hollywood award. CNN is launching a unit for documentary distribution and The Paperboy scores in the specialty box office over the weekend.

Osama Bin Laden Raid Film Seal Team Six To Air 48 Hours Before Election
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden is the first high-profile dramatisation of the attack on the al-Qaida leader's Pakistan hide-out. The incident, in May 2011, was widely regarded as a coup for the Obama administration, following former President Bush's failed seven-year attempt to catch Bin Laden "dead or alive." Produced by the Weinstein Company, the film will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday November 4th, The Guardian reports.

Christian Bale Returns to David O. Russell FBI and Con Artists Film
David O. Russell took over the project that was at first titled American Bullshit from Ben Affleck. Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale were attached to star, but then Jeremy Renner signed on to replace Bale and Amy Adams joined the cast. But now Bale is back and the project is untitled. It is based on a true story about an infamous con artist (Bale) and his partner/love interest (Adams) who are working with a federal agent (Cooper) to take on dirty politicians and mobsters, Vulture reports.

Bradley Cooper to Receive Hollywood Film Awards Honors
Cooper will be feted by the awards for his role in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook. He will receive the "Hollywood Actor Award" at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards at its gala taking place October 22nd, THR reports.

CNN Launches Unit to Acquire Documentary Films for Theaters and Television
CNN Films will secure feature-length documentaries to air on CNN and CNN International as well as for theatrical distribution. The move is part of a wider strategy to acquire original non-fiction content to complement CNN's news programs. Girl Rising, a film which inspired a global action campaign to promote girls' education, will air in spring 2013, Deadline reports.

Specialty Box Office: Paperboy Strong in Debut; House I Live In, Wuthering Heights, The Oranges Fair
Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy lead the pack of specialty newcomers with a solid $110,033 at 11 locations and an average of $10,003. That gives the Oscar-nominated director a respectable first showing for his follow-up to his lauded 2009 film Precious, although it falls short of spectacular. Even so, it bested the weekend’s other new titles in limited release. Only Abramorama’s House I Live In came close with a $9,827 average in 2 theaters, Deadline reports.


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