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06-07-13 Jessica Receiving Giffoni Film Festival Top Award (Hollywood Reporter) Jessica Chastain, who burst into stardom with back-to-back Oscar nominations the past two years, will be the guest of honor at the 43rd edition of the Giffoni Film Festival, organizers announced Friday. Chastain…will be given the Giffoni Experience Award, the festival's most prestigious honor. Giffoni, which takes place in the historic and picturesque Italian village of Giffoni Valle Piana, near Naples, is the oldest and largest children's film festival in Europe. It is one of the most popular fests in Italy in terms of attendance, with as many at 100,000 attendees expected. Festival officials praised Chastain, calling the 36-year-old actress an "elegant and graceful diva who recalls another era." Full Story Back to Top
06-06-13 Tar Poster Revealed (Just Jared) Check out the new poster for the upcoming movie Tar featuring Jessica Chastain, James Franco, and Mila Kunis! The film is based on a poetry collection by Pulitzer prize-winning poet CK Williams. The story blends adaptations of twelve of his poems to create a lyrical road trip through Williams' life. Full Story Back to Top
06-03-13 Al Pacino Recalls Jessica's Audition for Salome (Evening Standard) Pacino said he and producer Robert Fox could not believe it when she began to read, adding: "It was as if we had both seen something we had never seen in our life before. It was stunning. It was like looking at a prodigy." He said she gave "a great performance" in the original stage run of the play in Los Angeles in 2006 and in the subsequent film, Wilde Salome, which will be released in Britain next year. Full Story Back to Top
06-03-13 Jessica Comments Further on Hillary Clinton Film (WebProNews) Although Chastain says she hasn't read for the role, she admits an admiration for the former First Lady. "She was foxy in the '70s," she said…So how did Chastain's name get thrown into the mix along with Amanda Seyfried, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson? "You know what happens?" Chastain said. "They just say these are the people we're considering asking. It doesn't mean anything. It doesn't mean any of us have read the script, any of us have heard of the project." Full Story Back to Top
06-01-13 Jessica Denies Connection to Hillary Clinton Film (Digital Spy UK) Jessica Chastain has denied reports that she is in the running to play Hillary Clinton in a new biopic… Asked about the Clinton movie rumors, Chastain replied: "No, that's actually not true. I found out about the project online. Full Story Back to Top
06-01-13 Jessica Chastain and James Franco Support The Sound of Change (GossipCenter) Showing up for a good cause, Jessica Chastain and James Franco were on stage at The Sound of Change Live concert at Twickenham Stadium in the United Kingdom on Saturday (June 1). The popular actors sported al-black ensembles as they spoke to concertgoers about the important organization and its cause…"Chime for Change, founded by Gucci, is a new global campaign to raise funds and awareness for girls' and women's empowerment. Chime for Change serves to convene, unite, and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world. We focus on three key areas: Education, Health, and Justice." PHOTO Full Story and Photo Back to Top
05-29-13 Roadshow Pre-buys The Zookeeper's Wife (Inside Film) Jessica Chastain is arguably Hollywood's fastest-rising female star. Aiming to capitalise on her box-office appeal, Roadshow has pre-bought The Zookeeper's Wife, the true story of two Warsaw Zoo employees who sheltered hundreds of Jews during WW2. The film will be directed by Kiwi Niki Caro, whose credits include Whale Rider, North Country and The Vintner's Luck. The screenplay is adapted from a Diane Ackerman novel about Antonina and Jan Zabinski, members of the Polish Resistance who smuggled Jews into the zoo and their home after the Nazis captured Warsaw…Roadshow jumped on the project at the Cannes Film Market. Full Story Back to Top
05-28-13 Jessica Presenting at 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards (Fashion & Style) The names of the presenters for the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards, which will take place on June 3, are starting to be made public. This year's lineup for the prestigious event, hosted by TV personality Andy Cohen, is particularly exciting and has both the fashion and political communities talking…Actress Jessica Chastain will present the International Award to Riccardo Tisci. Full Story Back to Top
05-27-13 Wilde Salome to Release This Year (Jessica Chastain on Facebook) I've been talking with Al and I'm hearing that our film is to be released this year. It's an exciting project, but I don't want to spill all the beans so I'll wait till it's officially announced. Can you believe it? It's the first film I ever made. Full Story Back to Top
05-26-13 Jessica Rumored for Hilary Clinton Film (Broadway World) According to The Independent, Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Amanda Seyfried and Reese Witherspoon are among the actresses being considered for the part of Hilary Clinton in the upcoming biopic RODHAM…Rodham will follow the former First Lady, senator and Secretary of State's younger years, beginning in 1974 when Clinton worked as a lawyer. The film, penned by Young il-Kim, is expected to debut in 2016. Full Story Back to Top
05-22-13 Jessica is Gorgeous in Purple Givenchy Gown (Hollywood Life) Jessica Chastain was a vision in her gorgeous purple beaded Givenchy gown at the All Is Lost premiere held at the Palais des Festivals in France at the Cannes Film Festival. The 36-year-old was radiant on the red carpet!...The gown had a very low scoop neck, thin beaded streps and beading all over the chest. Silk fabric cinched in her waist, leading to the rest of the dress which was covered in beading and sequins. She tied her beautiful red locks into a loose pony; looking effortless! Jessica's fair skin and bright red hair make this magnificent gown shine on the red carpet. The dress spoke for itself as Jessica did not have a piece of jewelry on, just her and the dress, and she looked unbelievable! PHOTO Full Story and Photo Back to Top
05-22-13 Jessica Wore Elizabeth Taylor's Jewelry as She Hosted Cleopatra at Cannes (Women's Wear Daily) Jessica Chastain wore two pieces by the Roman jeweler that once belonged to Taylor as she hosted the world premiere in Cannes for the restored version of "Cleopatra" - the Twentieth Century Fox film that marked the start of the couple's turbulent romance 50 years ago. Chastain wore a Givenchy gown accessorized with a majestic platinum sautoir with diamonds and sapphires that was a gift from Burton to Taylor for her 40th birthday, and a Trombino ring in diamonds and sapphires…"I had the pleasure of being the first person to wear the jewelry since Elizabeth Taylor. Part of me felt I got to spend the afternoon with her." Full Story Back to Top
05-21-13 Jessica Wins Maui Film Festival's Nova Award (Maui News) Jessica Chastain will accept the Maui Film Festival's Nova Award in a Celestial Cinema tribute at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course during this year's event, June 12 to 16. Full Story Back to Top
05-21-13 Jessica Wears Elizabeth Taylor's Jewelry at Cannes ( The Dark Zero Thirty star looked incredible as she graced the red carpet in a full length white Versace gown earlier tonight for the screening of Michael Douglas' Behind The Candelabra…But it was the jewellery that really did the talking. The star - who is in Cannes to promote the 50th anniversary viewing of Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra - teamed her otherwise simple ensemble with a glittering diamond and sapphire necklace once owned by the Taylor herself. The 36-year-old actress teamed the dazzling Bulgari piece - which was given to the screen goddess by her husband Richard Burton on the set of the film - with a matching ring. Full Story Back to Top
05-21-13 Jessica Announced as Presenter for Sounds of Change Live Concert Event (Wall Street Journal) It was announced today that Madonna, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Gordon and Sarah Brown, Jessica Chastain, Gloria Steinem, Freida Pinto, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, Leymah Gbowee, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Mpho Tutu, Humaira Bachal and Zoe Saldana have confirmed their participation as presenters in 'THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE' concert event, presented by CHIME FOR CHANGE: recently founded by Gucci, which campaigns for improved Education, Health and Justice for women and girls worldwide. The four-hour concert, which takes place at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 1 June, is supported by an impressive line-up of some of the world's most talented artists and internationally renowned presenters, lending their voices to CHIME FOR CHANGE. Full Story Back to Top
05-19-13 Jessica Arrives at Cannes with Boyfriend Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo (GossipCenter) Inviting her man along for the festivities, Jessica Chastain stepped out of the Eden Roc hotel during the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday (May 19). The "Zero Dark Thirty" star looked gorgeous in a knee-length green dress and gray short jacket as she held the arm of beau Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo. PHOTOS Full Story and Photos Back to Top
05-15-13 Tar Acquired by Spotlight Pictures to be Marketed at Cannes (Screen International) Spotlight Pictures has acquired international rights to the romance Tar starring James Franco, Mila Kunis and Jessica Chastain. Tar is based on a poetry collection by Pulitzer prize-winning poet CK Williams…"We are thrilled to be working with Rabbit Bandini Productions and introducing such a beautiful, high-profile film to our buyers in Cannes," said president of international sales for Spotlight Pictures Scott Bedno. Full Story Back to Top
05-14-13 First Photos from Miss Julie (Broadway World) The first set pictures and stills from acclaimed actress and director Liv Ullmann's upcoming stage-to-screen adaptation of August Stringberg's MISS JULIE have just been leaked, showcasing film stars Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell in full costume and in action…Shooting on the film recently wrapped in Northern Ireland, with Ullmann directing from her own script. No release date has yet been set, but MISS JULIE is expected to be released sometime later this year, certainly in time for the winter awards season. Full Story Back to Top
05-14-13 Victoria's Secret Chooses Jessica as Sexiest Actress (Beauty World News) Victoria let out another hot secret today, announcing their 2013 list of the sexiest female celebrities that steam up everything from television screens to magazines. Topping the Victoria's Secret ultra-hot collection is 36-year-old actress Jessica Chastain, whose flaunts a redheaded beauty that landed her the "sexiest actress" title. Full Story Back to Top
05-10-13 See Jessica in Veronica Mars Marathon on May 27 (The Futon Critic) Kick start your Memorial Day with "Veronica Mars," the show everyone's talking about. Catch up on your favorites-or tune in to find out what all the buzz is about. This star-spangled event features the first nine episodes of the series with guest stars that include: Jessica Chastain, Harry Hamlin, Paris Hilton, Melissa Leo, Jane Lynch, Lisa Rinna and Amanda Seyfried. It all starts Monday, May 27, 10am - 7pm. Full Story Back to Top
05-06-13 Jessica Kisses Mama in Video Clip (Wired) The scariest part of director Andy Muschietti's Mama is - obviously - the entity know as "Mama." But what's scariest about the character is that it's not all CGI, but instead played by a Spanish actor named Javier Botet, who can do things with his 6'8? frame that most can't. "He doesn't move like a normal, human, flesh-and-blood person would," Jessica Chastain, who played Annabel in the film, says in the exclusive clip above from the film's upcoming DVD release. "What he can create it really feels like it's from another planet." Based on the kisses she gives him in the video, however, Chastain, clearly wasn't too scared of Botet off-camera. VIDEO Full Story and Video Back to Top
05-06-13 Jessica Refuses to Dye Her Hair (hellomagazine) Jessica Chastain…told Tatler that she loves her "defining feature" so much she will always wear wigs on set instead of changing its colour. "I would never dye my hair. I always wear wigs when I'm filming - it helps me get into character." Full Story Back to Top
05-03-13 Deleted Closet Scene Released on Mama Blu-ray (USA TODAY) As this scene, deleted from the theatrical release but included in Mama's Blu-Ray and DVD release (out Tuesday) shows, co-writer and director Andy Muschietti had even more suspense up his sleeves. The scene shows Chastain, growing wise to the malevent force known as Mama, discovering her mysterious hiding place in the closet…"It was a difficult scene to take out," says producer/co-writer Barbara Muschietti. Full Story and Video Back to Top
05-02-13 Jessica in Talks for Interstellar (Deadline) Jessica Chastain is in talks to star with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in Interstellar, the next film that Christopher Nolan will direct. She will play the third lead… The film is a co-production between Paramount and Warner Bros and was put in motion by Lynda Obst, who commissioned the original treatment. Steven Spielberg came aboard in 2006, when Paramount owned DreamWorks, and after the filmmaker became intrigued by Caltech physicist and relativity expert Kip S. Thorne and his scientific theory that wormholes exist and can be used for time travel. Spielberg set Jonah Nolan to write the script, which made it easy for Christopher Nolan to come aboard after Spielberg left the project. Full Story Back to Top
05-01-13 More on Zookeeper's Wife (Flix 66) Jessica Chastain is set to star in the screen version of the popular novel, THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE. Written by Diane Ackerman, the novel is a true account during WWII about the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo who saved hundreds during the Nazi invasion. The film will be directed by Niki Caro with the screenplay written by Angela Workman. Full Story Back to Top
04-30-13 Jessica to Host Cleopatra at Cannes Festival (GlamScene) Almost fifty years ago, Elizabeth Taylor brought the magic and wonder of Cleopatra to film, thanks to her portrayal of the Egyptian goddess in the epic film. Now, in celebration of the anniversary, Cleopatra planned to partner with Bulgari to air the movie at the Cannes Film Festival in full-all four hours and eight minute of it!...Jessica Chastain has been tapped to host the screening at Cannes, wearing four different pieces by Bulgari during two different scenarios. If you're not one of the lucky individuals heading to Cannes, fear not. Cleopatra will be re-released on May 28th on Blu-ray disk, as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration. Full Story Back to Top
04-30-13 Jessica to Star in Zookeeper's Wife (Hollywood Reporter) Jessica Chastain is attached to star in The Zookeeper's Wife, the adaptation of the novel by Diane Ackerman. Niki Caro has come aboard to direct the World War II story, which Panorama is financing and producing. The project is expected to hit the market in Cannes…Wife is the true account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds during the Nazi invasion. When the Nazi army overran Warsaw, destroying the city and its zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. The Zabinskis also took about a dozen Jews into their home. While…her husband was part of the Polish resistance, Antonina Zabinski kept a mix of humans and surviving animals…humming in a one-of-a-kind community that included socializing and even the occasional piano concert. Full Story Back to Top
04-28-13 YSL Manifesto Releases Jessica Chastain Campaign Photos (FansShare) Several pictures from her beauty campaign photo shoot have released. The images are all quite similar in aesthetic, and feature Chastain with side-swept hair and sultry makeup. Chastain's name itself has brought plenty of attention to the brand, especially because she was so present during Paris Fashion Week. Full Story, Photos, and Video Back to Top
04-27-13 Mama Blu-ray Available May 7 (EDGEOnTheNet) MAMA will be available on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on May 7, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Also available on Digital Download on April 23, 2013...BONUS FEATURES (BLU-RAY and DVD): • MATRIARCAL SECRETS BD EXCLUSIVE: An in-depth exploration of the digital and practical effects employed to shape the film’s phantom presence. • DELETED SCENES with Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co- Writer Barbara Muschietti • ORIGINAL SHORT WITH INTRODUCTION BY GUILLERMO DEL TORO with Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti • THE BIRTH OF MAMA: MAMA began as a chilling short that announced a new voice in the horror genre. Exclusive interviews with Executive Producer Guillermo del Toro and the filmmakers track the bloodline of the feature and explore changes needed to make the transition to a film. • FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti. Full Story Back to Top
04-19-13 Jessica and Tarzan did not Work Out (FansShare) Jessica Chastain was about to make her first foray into the world of big-budget blockbuster filmmaking with WB's Tarzan, but there were rumors going around last week that the studio decided to scrap the film because the budget was getting too high. Jessica now confirms that those rumors were correct, because she took to her Facebook to tell her fans, "I'm sorry that Tarzan didn't work out.... but trust'll feel better when you hear the cool stuff I have in the works :)" Full Story Back to Top
04-11-13 Son Lux Scoring Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (Indie Wire) One of the most intriguing projects of the year has to be the Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy-anchored two-parter "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His/Hers." Although details are relatively scarce on the double feature, we at least now know who will be scoring the dissolution of Chastain and McAvoy's marriage…Film Music Reporter is reporting that Son Lux, aka Ryan Lott, has been tapped to score both parts of Ned Benson's feature-length directorial debut…We're still waiting on a trailer and a firm release date. Full Story Back to Top
04-10-13 Tarzan No Longer Planned for this Year? (Deadline) Things are not looking very good right now for Tarzan, the re-imagining of the Edgar Rice Burroughs tale that has Harry Potter helmer David Yates preparing to make it this year, with True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard playing the title character and Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain circling the female lead. I'm hearing they've shut down plans to make the film this year, and are shuttering the production office. Sounds like it had to do with a high budget they just couldn't reduce to the level that made the studio comfortable…This is the film that Warner Bros has tried to get going for years…Nobody was commenting officially, but insiders at the studio tell me they are trying again for 2014 and that Yates is still in the fold. Full Story Back to Top
04-10-13 Jessica Does not Appear in Final Cut of To the Wonder (Yahoo! Movies) Most filmmakers would kill to have A-list stars like Rachel Weisz and Jessica Chastain in their movie. Terrence Malick, on the other hand, gets them but then leaves them on the cutting room floor…Amanda Peet, Michael Sheen and Barry Pepper also shot scenes that ended up being cut from the final film -- which removed their roles entirely…Jessica Chastain, on the other hand, isn't surprised that she didn't make it into the final cut of "To the Wonder." "Just as I suspected, my small role has not made it into the final version. But I really didn't imagine it would," Chastain posted on her Facebook page. "The three days I shot were with Ben Affleck and he was doing really great stuff. I'm looking forward to see how it all brilliantly comes together." Full Story Back to Top
04-09-13 Miss Julie Begins Shooting Today (chastaincentral) According to Jessica's message on her facebook page, Miss Julie began shooting today in Ireland. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
04-05-13 Does Jessica or Emma Play Lead in Crimson Peak? (Bleeding Cool News) The gothic horror story centers on a woman who discovers that her husband might not be who he appears to be. Chastain is one candidate for the role of this woman, or it may be the already cast Emma Stone; the husband may be played by Charlie Hunnam, or perhaps by yesterday's addition to the troupe, Benedict Cumberbatch. Full Story Back to Top
04-05-13 Crimson Peaks is a Gothic Romance Ghost Story (Indie Wire) Jessica Chastain has knocked another auteur off her list and joined the picture as well. Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam are also part of the cast for the film, about which zero details are being let out of the bag at the moment. "It's set at the turn of the century and it is a gothic romance with ghosts. When I use the GR [gothic romance] term I use it not in the Barbara Cartland model but rather in a Bronte fashion. Dark and stormy and wind-swept," del Toro wrote on his official forums last year…it's not set to shoot until early 2014. Full Story Back to Top
04-05-13 Jessica Joins del Toro's Crimson Peak (Hollywood Reporter) Jessica Chastain is…joining Emma Stone, Benedict Cumberbatch and Charlie Hunnam in the Legendary Pictures project, which del Toro is making as his follow-up to his big-budget tentpole Pacific Rim…Universal Pictures retains an option to join Legendary as a financier…Details on who is playing whom were not revealed. Del Toro wrote the script with Matthew Robbins; Lucinda Coxon recently did a rewrite. Full Story Back to Top
03-19-13 Zero Dark Thirty DVD Now Available ( Special features on the DVD include The Small Feat, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie; The Compound, showing how a replica of Bin Laden's compound was built to exact detail in Jordan; Geared Up, which shows the actors who play the Navy Seals and all the gear they had to wear to portray the real thing and Targeting Jessica Chastain, which takes a look at the actress who received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the movie. Full Story Back to Top
03-19-13 Jessica Posts Adorable Photo of Her in Front of YSL Manifesto Ad in France (Refinery29) How often do you find yourself driving around, only to stumble upon your own mug plastered on the side of a French building? Never, unless you're Jessica Chastain. The actress was cruising the City of Light and happened upon her smoldering campaign ad for YSL's Manifesto perfume (purple paws and all!)...Chastain shared what she dubbed an "embarrassing moment" with her Facebook network, adding, "I had to jump out of my car and seize the moment. I mean, how many times does a girl get a billboard over the Seine River!?!" Full Story and Photo Back to Top
03-18-13 Who is this Zero Dark Thirty Star--Jennifer Chastain? (PR Web) Sara Greenstone, a spokesperson from NewVo Beauty, responds to an article published by Hollywood Life about Jennifer Chastain's coveted straight hairstyle. According to Hollywood Life, Jennifer Chastain recently changed over from her usual gentle waves to a sleek, straight hair-do at the Givenchy Paris Fashion Show. Chastain, the star of Best Picture nominee Zero Dark Thirty, was the talk of the night, reports Hollywood Life...Renato Campora, according to Hollywood Life, styled Chastain's hair to "perfection." While the star's hair lacked body and volume that curls provide, the article says it made her look sophisticated. Full Story Back to Top
03-15-13 Miss Julie to Film at Castle Coole (IrishCentral) The film adaptation of Swedish playwright August Strindberg's Miss Julie is to be filmed in Castle Coole, Fermanagh. Due for release in 2014, the film will star Colin Farrell, Jessica Chastain and Samantha Morton. The $5.5 (£3.6) million budgeted film will be mostly shot in Castle Coole - an 18th century mansion and family home of the Earls of Belmore which was designed by James Wyatt and completed in 1798. Full Story Back to Top
03-13-13 Jess Weixler Recalls how She and Jessica Once Found a Nice Cast-off Chair (FemaleFirst) She tells New York Magazine, "We were in every single play together at Juilliard, which is rare. We moved out of the dorms with another girl from our class, and so there were three of us living in a place nearby... The Pottery Barn around the corner used to throw out the furniture that had been their display furniture, and we knew which night they would do this. "We got this incredible chair, and I still have it. It's made of thick wicker, and it was a beautiful chair... It was garbage to them (store bosses). They had scratched it up, so it couldn't be resold, but we were like…We're taking it!' "We lugged it with all of our strength back to our apartment…considering how heavy it was. So we earned that chair". Full Story Back to Top
03-12-13 Jessica Leaves Paris Fashion Week for Relaxation in Italy (Jessica's Facebook) Hi everyone. I made it to Italy! Had an amazing time in Paris for fashion week and was so lucky to attend some amazing shows - Givenchy, Viktor & Rolf, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Moncler, and Saint Laurent were all incredible. Now for some more relaxation before Miss Julie xxjes Full Story Back to Top
03-08-13 Zero Dark Thirty: The Musical (Funny or Die) Funny or Die releases Zero Dark Thirty: the Musical video. Full Story and Video Back to Top
03-07-13 Jessica Helps Celebrate CR Fashion Book Magazine in Paris (Women's Wear Daily) Karl Lagerfeld, Riccardo Tisci and Jessica Chastain were also swinging it at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris to celebrate the second issue of Carine Roitfeld's magazine CR Fashion Book, which has a dance theme…Tisci said he loves salsa, while Lagerfeld's favorite is tango, though he refused to dance in front of photographers. "Jitterbug," shouted Chastain. "What's yours?" she asked her boyfriend, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo. He said it was the twist and made his point with a solid presentation for Chastain, who immediately followed in his steps. Full Story Back to Top
03-06-13 Jessica Rumored for Tarzan Movie (New York Post) Jessica Chastain…is said to be the first choice to play Jane in a new version of "Tarzan,"…Alexander Skarsgard is reportedly in the running to play the title character in the Warner Bros. reboot…the jungle boy is fully assimilated to life in London when Queen Victoria asks him to investigate troubles in the Congo. Samuel L. Jackson is rumored to play an ex-mercenary who helps Tarzan…David Yates, who helmed four "Harry Potter" movies, will direct. Full Story Back to Top
03-06-13 Jessica Goes to Louis Vuitton Runway Show (The Gossip Girls) Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain both showed up at the Louis Vuitton runway show at Paris Fashion Week this morning (March 6). Full Story and Photos Back to Top
03-06-13 Mama Releases on Blu-ray with Special Features on May 7 (Sacramento Bee) MAMA will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on May 7, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Also available on Digital Download on April 23, 2013…The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack allows fans to watch MAMA anytime, anywhere on the device of their choice. It includes a Blu-ray™ disc, a DVD, a Digital Copy and UltraViolet™ for the ultimate, complete viewing experience…BONUS FEATURES (BLU-RAY™ and DVD): MATRIARCAL SECRETS BD EXCLUSIVE: An in-depth exploration of the digital and practical effects employed to shape the film's phantom presence. DELETED SCENES with Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti. ORIGINAL SHORT WITH INTRODUCTION BY GUILLERMO DEL TORO with Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti. THE BIRTH OF MAMA: MAMA began as a chilling short that announced a new voice in the horror genre. Exclusive interviews with Executive Producer Guillermo del Toro and the filmmakers track the bloodline of the feature and explore changes needed to make the transition to a film. FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti. Full Story Back to Top
03-05-13 Jessica's Looks are as Versatile in Public as they are in Film (StyleBistro) You've seen Jessica Chastain transform her look for the silver screen - many, many times we hope. Hey, the girl can act! - but did you know she does the same IRL? Since landing in Pah-ree for Fashion Week, she's worn, count them, four completely different hair and makeup looks. And boy, let us tell you, what a difference a lip shade and hair straightener can make! Full Story and Photos Back to Top
03-05-13 Jessica Attends Chanel Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear Show (GossipCenter) Kicking off another exciting day at Paris Fashion Week, Milla Jovovich, Vanessa Paradis, and Jessica Chastain showed up at the Chanel Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear presentation this morning (March 5)…Vanessa and Jessica each garnered plenty of attention as they posed for the paparazzi and greeted fans before heading inside. Full Story Back to Top
03-05-13 Jessica Wears Red to Saint Laurent Paris FROW Fashion Show (My Fashion Life) The gorgeous Jessica Chastain has had an abundance of style hits on the award season red carpet this year, but that's not where her sartorial triumphs end, oh no. The actress looked divine in a vintage red Yves Saint Laurent dress which she rather aptly wore on the Saint Laurent Paris FROW show in the French capital. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
03-04-13 Jessica Heading toward Northern Ireland for Miss Julie (Jessica on Facebook) Hello from Paris. Here is a pic from dinner last night including Stefano, Edward, Mert & me. We were all at Riccardo's incredible Givency show. It's tough for a vegan girl to eat in Paris, but the restaurant made me up a quick spaghetti. I'm having a beautiful vacation. Paris to Milan to Northern Ireland for MISS JULIE. I'm very excited to work with Liv Ulman! xxjes Full Story Back to Top
03-04-13 Jessica and Gian Attend Givenchy Fashion Show (Huffington Post) Jessica Chastain is "very, very happy" with her current boyfriend, Italian fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo…at the Givenchy show at Paris Fashion Week, Chastain finally showed off her attractive main man in public…[previously] Chastain took Preposulo to the Women In Film pre-Academy Awards celebration, but no joint photos came out of the locked up event. This is the first we've seen the twosome together, and they definitely look like a match. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
03-04-13 Jessica Attends Paris Fashion Week ( Jessica Chastain [was] among…the stars who attended Paris Fashion Week over the weekend…Chastain, 35, was first pictured arriving at the Viktor and Rolf Autumn/Winter 2013 show wearing a pair of dark sunglasses and bright red lipstick. The 'Zero Dark Thirty' star looked particularly smart in a black military style coat, straight trousers and matching stilettos. Chasten wore her red hair in a loose curl…Later on in the day, the actress headed over to the Givency show where she modelled a completely different look all together. This time Chastain showed off some super sleek straight hair, while wearing an unusual pair of black and lace sheer trousers. Full Story Back to Top
03-02-13 Jessica's Classic Look Impresses at Viktor & Rolf Paris Fashion Week Show (Daily Mail) She's one of the most talked about actresses of the moment who has just enjoyed a hugely successful awards season. But on Saturday it wasn't Jessica Chastain's career that was being spoke off - instead it was her style. The beautiful red head showed that classic fashion is often best as she turned heads sitting front row with Sylvie van der Vaart at the Viktor & Rolf show during Paris Fashion week. Full Story Back to Top
02-28-13 The Two Eleanor Rigby Films use Different Perspectives and Different Colors (FansShare) As well as making the two different features to give the two different perspectives, writer and director Ned Benson has also separated the two films with colours. In the Him version of the movie, it is mostly dark, blue palette, while the Her film is bright and golden colours. As well as starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby also stars Viola Davis, Bill Hader, William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, Ciarin Hinds, and Jess Weixler. Full Story Back to Top
02-27-13 Jessica and Her Grandmother Enjoy the Oscars (Jessica Chastain Facebook) There was a special moment the other... night at The Oscars 2013 - 85th Academy Awards while watching Barbra Streisand sing "Memories" - I looked over at my Grandma and she had tears in her eyes. It was wonderful to be there with her, watching her favorite singer perform her favorite song. Full Story Back to Top
02-27-13 Another 9/11 Family Member is Upset at Zero Dark Thirty's Use of Victim's Voice (Macon Telegraph) A Connecticut woman whose son died in the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center says she's upset the Oscar-winning movie "Zero Dark Thirty" used a recording of his last words without her permission… she was shocked the filmmakers didn't ask if they could use the voicemail her son, Bradley Fetchet, left on her phone while he was on the 89th floor of the World Trade Center's south tower…Sony Pictures Entertainment said in a statement that the filmmakers contacted several relatives of 9/11 victims about using the voice recordings. Full Story Back to Top
02-26-13 Zero Dark Fiddy Trailer Releases on Kimmel (WorstPreviews) Jimmy Kimmel has unveiled his spoof of the movie, called "Zero Dark Fiddy." The new spoof follows Kimmel's premiere of "Movie: The Movie 2V," which poked fun at Hollywood films and starred lots of Hollywood's top actors. "Zero Dark Fiddy" stars 50 Cent as a soldier who figured out where Osama Bin Laden is really hiding. Full Story and Trailer Back to Top
02-26-13 Feinstein Speaks out on Zero Dark Thirty Senate Investigation (Variety) Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said that she sees "no need to request further information" from the CIA on the assistance it gave to the makers of "Zero Dark Thirty," and denied that the Senate Intelligence Committee inquiry was an investigation of the film itself. Screenwriter Mark Boal has been particularly critical of the Senate inquiry, saying that it raises questions of free speech and whether it will put a "chill" on future projects if movies are put under the microscope on how their creators gathered facts… Feinstein said that the committee "has not made any contact with the filmmakers, did not request documents from any individual associated with the film, and have not conducted any investigation into the film whatsoever."…Feinstein, McCain and Levin had also sent a letter to Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Michael Lynton calling "Zero Dark Thirty" "grossly inaccurate and misleading," and called for changes in the movie, which had just been released. Full Story Back to Top
02-26-13 Jessica Best Overall in Oscar Fashion (Evening Observer) This was an impressive year for fashion at the Academy Awards. While there weren't a lot of risks, there also weren't many visually-assaulting, migraine-inducing disasters, which I really appreciated. Here's my recap of the 2013 Oscars' most noteworthy fashion statements: Best Overall: Jessica Chastain's dress fit her perfectly, the color worked splendidly with her skin tone and her enviable red locks, the red lipstick offset it just so. She looked like an old Hollywood screen goddess and there wasn't one detail amiss in the entire look. It was like seeing Rita Hayworth reincarnated on the red carpet. Bravo! Full Story Back to Top
02-25-13 Writer-Producer Barbara Muschietti Talks about Mama ( There's not one filmmaker who would ever tell you that their film is exactly what they want it to be. That filmmaker doesn't exist. But we were just so blessed with our cast, from Jessica Chastain to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and little Isabelle Nélisse. Isabelle had never been in front of a camera before but she is a natural. This is a seven year old that you are never going to be able to teach anything about acting. She's pure instinct but she nailed it every single time. We had huge luck with the crew too, from Fernando Velázquez, who did an amazing job with the soundtrack, to Antonio Riestra our DP. I hope we have just fifty percent of this luck on our next film. I know we haven't mentioned him so far but, mostly, the star that guided us was Guillermo Del Toro. He's an incredibly generous master. He has a massive amount of knowledge that he'll share with you. Andy learned so much and I learned so much and Guillermo is the hardest working human I have ever met. Full Story Back to Top
02-25-13 Senate Drops Investigation on Zero Dark Thirty on Same Night as Oscars (The Atlantic Wire) After failing to win all but one* of its Oscar nominations, Zero Dark Thirty's filmmakers got some good news on Monday, when the Senate Intelligence Committee dropped its investigation into the movie. It's been six weeks since a panel of senators lead by Diane Feinstein and John McCain…A congressional aide confirmed to Reuters on Monday that the senators had indeed abandoned the inquiry and didn't offer any hints of their findings…Everybody's been wondering if the scrutiny from the Senate, not to mention the Defense Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, would hurt Zero Dark Thirty's chances at the industry's highest honor. Full Story Back to Top
02-25-13 Zero Dark Thirty Brings Home Only One Oscar after Early Lead (Chicago Tribune) Just three months ago, the thriller, which culminates in Osama bin Laden's killing by U.S. Navy Seals, was a strong contender to pick up the biggest prize of Best Picture, as well as the Best Actress and Original Screenplay awards. By the end of Sunday night, however, it had picked up just one award - a shared Oscar for Sound Editing, which was a tie. In recent weeks, the movie has seen a fierce backlash over its implied message that torture helped crack the bin Laden case…the film's director, Kathryn Bigelow, was omitted from the Oscar's Best Director shortlist…Bigelow was one of only four big directors to be snubbed while the film did receive five Oscar nominations…film critic Kenneth Turan pointed the finger at Washington, writing: "Chalk up this year's nominations as a victory for the bullying power of the United States Senate and an undeserved loss for Kathryn Bigelow."…Before Sunday's Oscars, Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief Matt Atchity said: "Controversial movies suffer with Academy voters. I think 'Zero Dark Thirty' will have a tough time winning Best Picture because I think the Academy is going to go with less controversial choices." Full Story Back to Top
02-25-13 Jessica Responds to Boyfriend Question (Us Magazine) The actress, 35, has been quietly seeing fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, and from the sound of it, she's smitten. "I'm very very happy. It's a wonderful thing when a career does so well and your personal life does so well," the Zero Dark Thirty nominee told Extra's Mario Lopez of their relationship at the Academy Awards. "My friends and my family are so important to me." Full Story Back to Top
02-24-13 Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall Tie for Best Sound Editing Oscar (Hollywood Reporter) A tie in the sound editing category, only the sixth in Academy Awards history, certainly qualified as the latter…The winners were Paul N.J. Ottosson for Zero Dark Thirty, and Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for Skyfall…This was only the sixth tie in Academy Awards history. The most famous was back in 1968, when Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand shared the best actress award for their work in A Lion in Winter and Funny Girl, respectively. Full Story Back to Top
02-24-13 Jessica Presents Best Foreign Film Oscar to Amour (Boston Herald) Foreign Language Film. Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain team up for this with, as expected, AMOUR, a movie where two elderly people get frail, sick and die. It is also a BEST PICTURE nominee and a BEST ACTRESS nominee and again for its Original Screenplay. Full Story Back to Top
02-24-13 Anne, Jennifer, and Jessica are Oscar Fashion Trifecta (Forbes) Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain collectively formed the trinity of it-actresses to clothe for this year's Oscars, and in the end, there was no mistaking it. Arriving first, Chastain conjured golden era Hollywood in gilded Armani Prive and a combination of Deco diamond earrings and bracelet, courtesy Harry Winston. Chastain's fitted trumpet silhouette resembled in shape last year's Alexander McQueen selection (and Chastain's debut at the Oscars), the difference being that this year's number glimmered and danced for the cameras, something the last gown didn't do. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
02-24-13 Jessica Wears Old Hollywood 'Happy Birthday Mr. President' Armani Prive Gown to Oscars (MTV) The fashion world's love affair with Jessica is totally mutual! The flame-haired beauty chatted with MTV on the red carpet tonight about her "fashion-gasm" moment in her nude Armani Privé couture gown. "What I love so much about the dress is that it's a throwback to the glamour of Old Hollywood," she told Josh Horowitz and Janell Snowdon. "It's a Happy Birthday, Mr. President kind of a dress." Full Story and Video Back to Top
02-24-13 Jessica Supports Effort to Free Jailed Pakistani Doctor who Helped Find bin Laden (Fox News) "Zero Dark Thirty" actress Jessica Chastain has thrown her support behind the effort to free the jailed Pakistani doctor who was integral in helping the U.S. track down and kill Usama Bin Laden. "[It] breaks my heart he's still in prison," Chastain told Fox News on Sunday on the red carpet of the 85th annual Academy Awards, referring to Dr. Shakil Afridi…Fellow actor Jason Clarke, who played an agent who used enhanced interrogation methods in the film, agreed with Chastain on the plight of Dr. Afridi, saying "it's wrong that he's being held." The actors responded to questions following an ad placed by activists in the trade publication The Hollywood Reporter that urged the "Zero Dark Thirty" cast and crew -- as well as the teams behind all of the Best Picture-nominated films -- to draw attention to the jailed doctor. Full Story Back to Top
02-24-13 Jessica does not Expect to Win Oscar Tonight (CNN) Jessica Chastain's sparkling Armani gown was a clear winner on the Oscars red carpet Sunday, but that's about all the actress is expecting to win tonight. Nominated in the best actress category for her work in "Zero Dark Thirty," Chastain told CNN before the ceremony that she doesn't think she'll walk away with the Oscar statue. "I'm not going to win the Oscar tonight. I don't think it's my year, which is OK," she said. Full Story Back to Top
02-24-13 Jessica Picks Up ePuffer Electronic Cigarettes to Help Grandmother Quit (hellomagazine) Zero Dark Thirty Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain was one of the stars to hit the Kari Feinstein gift suite at Hollywood's W Hotel, scooping up everything from electronic cigarettes from ePuffer to skincare products from Chinese brand Wei Beauty. The stylish actress, wearing Christian Louboutin sling backs and carrying a Givenchy purse, quickly explained that she doesn't smoke - the cigarettes were for her grandmother, who she is helping to quit. Full Story Back to Top
02-24-13 9/11 Family Upset with Zero Dark Thirty Use of Flight Attendant's Voice (Courier Mail) The family of Betty Ann Ong, a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11 which crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, have labelled the film 'outrageous.' The opening scenes of Kathryn Bigelow's film uses a real life call from Ong in its opening sequence, her brother Henry Ong says without the family's permission. Ong called in to American Airlines operations centre and alerted the company that the plane had been hijacked and along with fellow flight attendant Amy Sweeney, relayed the seat numbers of the hijackers in the 23-minute call. The New York Times reports that Mr Ong has written to Mark Boal, the writer and producer of Zero Dark Thirty, and asked to include a credit for Ong as well as an apology to her family. Full Story Back to Top
02-23-13 Jessica Attends Pre-Oscar party with Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo (VIP Breakdown) Jessica Chastain celebrated her Oscar nomination last night at a pre-cermony party with her boyfriend Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, marking it as their first public appearance as a couple. The Zero Dark Thirty star has never denied dating someone, but she had never been spotted with him in public together until now…The pair were seen Friday night at Fig & Olive in Los Angeles, where Chastain chatted with her The Help co-star Viola Davis and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. Full Story Back to Top
02-22-13 Jessica's Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto Campaign Debuts in March (NY Times) Ms. Chastain has become a paparazzi favorite, yet not one who projects the worldly glamour of a Cate Blanchett or Julianne Moore. But that may change as she takes the next step in her branding as an international star, flaunting her paper-pale skin and monumental cheekbones as the so-called global ambassador for Manifesto, the new fragrance from Yves Saint Laurent, in an advertising campaign that will make its debut in March…she professed an abiding reverence for the couture house and its founder. "I wish I could have met Monsieur Saint Laurent," she said, promptly reeling off highlights of his career, applauding his daring in sending Catherine Deneuve onto the catwalk at his final couture show in 2002 dressed in a tuxedo. "So audacious," Ms. Chastain said breathlessly…Ms. Chastain, [Jenny B. Fine, the editor of WWD Beauty, a trade publication] pointed out, is treading a path well worn by Julia Roberts, the "face" of Lancôme; Charlize Theron, who has a similar role at Dior; and Keira Knightley, who vamps suggestively in an advertisement for Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. "When an up-and-coming actress signs with such an iconic name, it becomes part of her brand," Ms. Fine said. "It's a win-win for both parties." The timing of the Saint Laurent campaign, which arrives in the wake of the Oscars, could not be more propitious. Ms. Chastain posed for the print advertisements early last year, and she completed the television commercial shot by Nicolas Winding Refn, who directed the movie "Drive," in June. But all this was serendipity, claimed Stephan Bezy, the international general manager for Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. "When we met Jessica, we didn't know that she would be nominated for an Academy Award," Full Story Back to Top
02-22-13 Jessica Does Not Want to be Style Cast (NY Times) Her style is as tricky to pin down. Ms. Chastain, who works with the stylist Elizabeth Stewart, has yet to establish a signature look, but that, she said, is by design. "I approach my fashion choices the same way I approach my acting choices," she said. "I don't want anyone to typecast me in a character. And I don't want anyone to say, 'This is what Jessica wears.' " It took a maverick sensibility to wear what is perhaps her most memorable look, the gilt-embroidered strapless gown custom-cut for her by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen for the Academy Awards last year. "A look like that," Ms. Chastain said, "is a moving piece of art." More controversial was the aquatinted Calvin Klein frock she wore for the Golden Globes, its bodice bunching at her waist like a half-deflated inner tube. Never mind. That dress was pure fashion, it pushed the boundaries of chic, Ms. Chastain insisted, a note of defiance cracking her glassy composure. Full Story Back to Top
02-22-13 Writer-Producer Barbara Muschietti Surprised by Talk of Mama Sequel ( Screen Daily this week published the following quote from Universal's president of international, David Kosse: "We think there's potential for a Mama franchise. We'd like to do another one. But those conversations are in the early stages." How early? How about so early they haven't even started yet. Muschietti told me: "We were as surprised as you. There has not been any talk at all about it. I read the initial article… I think the journalist asked if that was a possibility and David Kosse didn't shut it down but he didn't go into it…There's nothing going on right now." Full Story Back to Top
02-21-13 Jessica Appearing in Jimmy Kimmel's after Oscar Special - Movie: The Movie Twovie ( The sequel to the star-studded and non-existent film is called "Movie: The Movie Twovie" and features many stars including Bradley Cooper, Jessica Chastain, Jude Law, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski and Samuel L. Jackson. It "promises to be the biggest, most star-studded imaginary film of all time." "This is our big special of the year, so we go all out. These bits we put together, they take months to assemble. We'll shoot for 30 days with various people to put one of these bits together," said Kimmel…"We have a take-off on 'Life of Pi,' featuring a certain South Korean pop star. I think you can probably figure it out," said Kimmel. Full Story Back to Top
02-21-13 See the Movie: The Movie 2V Trailer and Poster Here (Cinema Blend) In this brief teaser we get glimpses of a whole lot of famous people ready to embarrass themselves for the sake of the joke, from the prominently featured Jessica Chastain to Jude Law to Ben Stiller being attacked by… sexy mummies? I'm not totally sure what's happening there, but I know that I'll be watching, at the very least to recover from the exhausting marathon that is liveblogging the Oscars for you people. Movie The Movie: 2V will debut in the post-Oscars Kimmel. Full Story, Video, and Poster Back to Top
02-21-13 Retired Generals and Admirals ask Bigelow and Boal to Push for Release of Senate Intelligence Committee Report (Huffington Post) Twenty-eight retired generals and admirals sent a letter to the Academy Award-nominated filmmakers behind "Zero Dark Thirty" on Thursday, calling on them to use Oscar season to push for the release of a secret Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's interrogation program. "The Academy Awards are fast approaching. You will all be in the spotlight with an opportunity to make the case for transparency on this issue of vital importance to our nation," the generals and admirals, who have been active in calling for accountability on CIA torture, wrote in the letter. "From the red carpet to acceptance speeches to interviews, we urge you to continue calling on President Obama and members of the Senate Intelligence Committee to release the SSCI [Senate Select Committee on Intelligence] study on CIA interrogation and detention."…The letter from the generals and admirals suggests that Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the film's director and writer, respectively, could help end the debate. "There is one document that could help settle the historical debate once and for all," the letter's writers say. "The study must see the light of day."…But the human rights advocates will have their work cut out for them in winning over Bigelow and Boal. The torture controversy apparently dimmed the film's chances with Academy members just as they were casting ballots. The annual awards show will take place this Sunday, Feb. 21. "The [lawmakers] hijacked the marketing of the film with what, to my mind, was an intellectually dishonest publicity ploy," Boal told the Los Angeles Times this week. Full Story Back to Top
02-20-13 Universal Wants Mama Franchise; Director Muschietti not Interested (Cinema Blend) Mama was a surprise hit for Universal earlier this year, capitalizing on a recognizable leading lady (in Jessica Chastain), a respected producer (in Guillermo del Toro) and a chilling story executed by director Andres Muschietti…Universal's president of international distribution, David Kosse, opened up to ScreenDaily about the film's successes and said that sequels are a strong possibility: "We think there's potential for a Mama franchise. We'd like to do another one. But those conversations are in the early stages. Mama is the first of this type of model that we've had enormous success with so there are more opportunities for this kind of film."…director Muschietti has heard the pitch, and he ain't interested…"We sort of wore out the subject matter…I never thought this could continue. Sequels are always tricky. I know how studios think but I don't see Mama as something you can exploit because you're screwing with the original." Full Story Back to Top
02-20-13 More about Jessica and Count Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo Rumor (Starcasm) When she was on Katie Couric's talk show recently, Katie got her to spill. After Katie jokes that Bradley Cooper is her pretend boyfriend (mine too,) she catches Jessica off guard by asking her if she is dating anyone special. Jessica plays coy, but does reveal that she's in a relationship. "I do, I will say that I have a rule that I don't date actors so he's not in the business at all." Katie: "Can you say what area he's in, what doe he do?" Jessica: "Katie!" Katie: "You can keep it vague" Jessica: "He's in the fashion industry." Katie: "Ok, cool. Well, I'm happy and I hope you're happy." Jessica "Thank you. I am!" This weekend Italian stud Count Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo was spotted leaving the theater ahead of Jessica at her final performance of The Heiress on Broadway, supporting rumors that he is her boyfriend…He's the Director of Public Relations at Armani. He's also an Italian count: his aristocratic family goes back 1000s of years. Full Story Back to Top
02-20-13 Jessica Predicted to Win Oscar (The Daily Campus) The 87th annual Academy Awards will take place this Sunday, Feb. 24. Seth MacFarlane of "Family Guy" will host the event, which is considered one of the most anticipated shows of the year. Below are my predictions of the estimated winners…Best Actress: Jessica Chastain Chastain won the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for her portrayal of Maya in "Zero Dark Thirty." Although Chastain is now considered an A-list actor, some critics argue that her performance did not ask for as much depth as the other competitors who were nominated. Nevertheless, it is only fitting that she would win the Academy Award seeing as the odds are in her favor. Full Story Back to Top
02-19-13 How Zero Dark Thirty Lost Its Oscar Buzz (Cinema Blend) This secrecy had us positively salivating to see the final film. And when it was at long last screened, we were blown away by Bigelow and Boal's daring yet never exploitative exploration of this hard-fought victory. But despite winning widespread critical praise, a slew of critic awards, and being deemed a decided frontrunner for Best Picture, Zero Dark Thirty lost momentum hard and fast…Trouble for the film started in December. As its limited release began, politicians and pundits-whether they had seen Zero Dark Thirty or not-began accusing it of being "pro-torture."…Should [Sony] engage in the debate and risk giving the controversy staying power? Or should they keep quiet so as not to scare off moviegoers? They chose the latter asking the eager-to-respond filmmakers to say nothing in the film's defense until its nationwide release date on January 11th, 2013. From the standpoint of box office performance, this approach worked. The $40 million dollar film has earned more $88 million domestically, and over $101 million worldwide. It's a flat-out box office success. But the cost of Sony's silence may well be the Oscar, since much of the most heated debates came right as Academy members were filling out nomination ballots. When the nominations were announced, Bigelow was a noticeable and shocking omission in the Best Director category…"The [lawmakers] hijacked the marketing of the film," Boal declares, "With what, to my mind, was an intellectually dishonest publicity ploy."…On Oscar night, Zero Dark Thirty is up for five nominations: Best Achievement in Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Performance for an Actress in a Leading role, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture. But those of us following the Oscars closely aren't optimistic for Zero Dark Thirty taking any of them. Full Story Back to Top
02-18-13 Jessica Featured in Movie: The Movie, 2V Poster (Cinema Blend) This Sunday is a big night for movies, with the Academy Awards ceremony set to air, after which ABC will air a special episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. The promo for Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars promises a bevy of movie stars and the debut of the follow-up to last year's viral success Movie: The Movie, fittingly titled, Movie: The Movie, 2V. Full Story snd Poster Back to Top
02-18-13 Jessica Wears Subdued Dior to Writers Guild Awards (The Gossip Girls) Making the most of her evening, Jessica Chastain showed up at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards in Los Angeles last night (February 17). The "Zero Dark Thirty" actress looked gorgeous in a nude Dior dress teamed with Harry Winston earrings and Jimmy Choo heels as she posed for pictures outside the JW Marriott. Ms. Chastain was scheduled to hand out one of the night's illustrious trophies, honoring outstanding writing in film, television, and other media. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
02-17-13 Zero Dark Thirty Wins Best Original Screenplay from Writers Guild of America (Beaumont Enterprise) Mark Boal won the prize for original screenplay for "Zero Dark Thirty," director Kathryn Bigelow's chronicle of the CIA's manhunt for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Full Story Back to Top
02-17-13 Jessica is First Actress in 50 Years to Star in both the #1 and #2 Box Office Films (San Francisco Chronicle) The arrows keep flying. Oscar voters have announced a "Zero Dark Thirty" boycott. The U.S. Senate is investigating Boal's sources. Pundits keep piling on. But Chastain seems unaffected. She walked home with a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama. Her most recent film, "Mama," in which she plays a punkish adoptive mother, earned her the rare distinction of starring in the No. 1 and No. 2 movies over a weekend (the other being "Zero Dark Thirty"), a feat that hadn't been accomplished by an actress in 50 years. Full Story Back to Top
02-16-13 Q&A with Zero Dark Thirty Star Jessica Chastain (Hollywood Reporter) Last year, she was a best supporting actress nominee for The Help, which was joined in the top category by another film in which she starred, The Tree of Life; this year, she is a best actress nominee for Zero Dark Thirty, for which she has already won the Critics' Choice Award for best actress and Golden Globe Award for best actress in a drama. And, for the second year in a row, she has starred in films that were number one and number two at the box-office in the same weekend…During one of Chastain's recent blink-and-you'd-miss-it trips out West to support her film, I managed to corral her for a half-hour conversation about her life and work -- which seem to many to be one and the same…This has been a dream of mine for so long, and it's taken longer than I hoped it would. But, since it finally has come to me, I've been so scared that it's going to go away. So there's this kind of, like, grasping at it and, like, working all the time." But, she smiles, "Something really beautiful has happened in the past 10 days. I'm starting to feel like, 'Okay, I can breathe. It's okay.'"…she plans to be working a little less frequently now that her run in The Heiress is over. She seems to be at peace with herself right now, perhaps for the first time. As she puts it, "I wish I could go back to Jessica Chastain in December 2003, you know, and say, 'It's okay. Like, calm down. It's all right. You will be heard at some point.'" Full Story and Video Back to Top
02-16-13 Jessica's Early Hollywood Struggles (Hollywood Reporter) While at Juilliard, which focuses on stage acting, she was offered her first opportunity to try screen acting: she was signed to a holding deal with John Wells for his TV company and given a guest spot on E.R. "It was the first time I was put in front of a camera," she says. "That's how I got my SAG card."…She moved back to California and came to realize that…The name Juilliard didn't seem to mean as much as it did back east…"While I was in L.A. I probably tested for eight television shows," she says. "I never got one…she fought hard to keep up her spirits and drive. She remembers, "I would do impromptu play readings at my house, and just really silly things that reminded myself every day that I was an actor." In 2004, she was back east, acting in an off-Broadway play called Rodney's Wife at a not-for-profit theater, when she received a communication that changed everything…"I got a call that said, 'Al Pacino has requested that you audition for Salome.' It was really shocking. I guess Marthe Keller, his friend, had seen me in this play and suggested me"…In the meantime, another amazing opportunity came her way: "I got an offer to test for a David Mamet television show. I really love David Mamet." "It was this moment of: here's one opportunity to do a play with Al Pacino where I'm going to learn so much about acting, but not make any money or whatever, but it's going to feed me as an actor. Or instead I go -- and who knows if I would've gotten the role, but I go -- test for a television show that I could be on for a long time, working with David Mamet."…"I decided to not test and to risk doing Salome," she says. "It got moved a couple of times, but then it finally happened, and it was well worth the gamble."…"It really helps when you're a struggling actor in Los Angeles if you're playing the title role in Salome, in a play in L.A. with Al Pacino because so many agents, casting directors, and other actors will come see it. And they can't help but go, 'Okay, who's the unknown girl on stage writhing about?" She laughs. "All of a sudden, the kind of auditions I wanted to get I was getting." Full Story and Video Back to Top
02-16-13 How Jessica Gained Momentum in Hollywood (Hollywood Reporter) [Jessica's] first film that made it into theaters -- if only a few art-house locations -- was Dan Ireland's Jolene (2008), inspired by an E.L. Doctorow short story, for which she won the Seattle International Film Festival's best actress award. But then she hit another lull…"It was about a year I didn't work." (During that year she played Desdemona in Othello opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman's Iago, traveling to New York and Europe.) Then, something amazing happened: Terrence Malick offered her the opportunity to star opposite Brad Pitt in his film The Tree of Life. "We know what happens in Terrence Malick movies," referring to his frequent elimination of characters during post-production. "You have to wait until the movie comes out." She did -- for almost three years. In the meantime, she won one of the leading roles in John Madden's The Debt…"and then my career started to really pick up."…While working on The Debt, she was contacted by the Oscar-nominated actor Ralph Fiennes about appearing in his directorial debut Coriolanus, and won the part. He lost his financing, but she remained attached, and eventually shot the film. In the interim, she shot Ami Canaan Mann's murder mystery Texas Killing Fields and starred in Jeff Nichols' dystopian indie Take Shelter opposite Michael Shannon. And then she was offered a key supporting role in Tate Taylor's adaptation of the best-selling novel The Help, and went immediately from shooting Take Shelter to playing the voluptuous bombshell…"All of these incredible things happened the first year my movies finally came out," she says. "I had almost two films in every festival. I had six films coming out in movie theaters. I had the number one and number two film at the box-office with The Help and The Debt. I got nominated for an Oscar [best supporting actress for The Help], an Independent Spirit Award [best actress for Take Shelter], a Golden Globe Award [best supporting actress for The Help]." She chuckles, "It was like planes circling an airport all landing at once, and it was the perfect storm of wonderful." Full Story and Video Back to Top
02-16-13 Jessica Laughs Hysterically at Piers Morgan Joke (Daily Mail) Stephen Fry, hosting tonight's Baftas, quipped, 'Zero Dark Thirty was billed as history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous I naturally assumed it was the National Rifle Association's attempt to track down Piers Morgan.' The camera cut straight to the movie's star, Jessica Chastain, who erupted into laughter so hysterical, it was as if she'd been injected with liquid helium. Full Story Back to Top
02-14-13 Jessica Attends Calvin Klein Fall 2013 Runway Show (Los Angeles Times) Jessica Chastain was in the house Thursday afternoon to see the Calvin Klein fall 2013 runway show at New York Fashion Week. Which was fitting, because the collection seemed to be designed for take-charge women, such as Chastain's CIA agent character Maya in "Zero Dark Thirty." Full Story Back to Top
02-14-13 Jessica Presenting at Oscars (Oscars) Academy Award® nominees Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence will present on the Oscar telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today…Chastain, who is nominated for her lead performance in the Best Picture nominee "Zero Dark Thirty," received her first nomination last year for her supporting role in the Best Picture nominee "The Help."…Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. Full Story Back to Top
02-14-13 Jessica Dreams of Working in British Theater (Telegraph) Although a best actress award, sadly, eluded Jessica Chastain for her film Zero Dark Thirty at the Baftas, the flame-haired beauty may soon be in contention for a theatrical prize. "I would really like to work on the West End stage," she tells Mandrake at a Disaronno party. "It's a bit of a dream of mine, or to tread the boards of the National. That would be incredible." Full Story Back to Top
02-14-13 Vanity Fair Limo Conversations about Jessica (Vanity Fair) Red-Carpet Road Trip: Jessica Chastain. Vanity Fair's fashion market director, Michael Carl, tools around town in his stretch limo, picking up style experts like designer Rachel Roy, model Joan Smalls, bloggers Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, and model Cory Bond for some car-seat conversations. Full Story and Video Back to Top
02-12-13 Zero Dark Thirty Blu-ray Releases March 19 ( Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed its upcoming combo pack release of director Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty (2012), starring Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt. The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the nation on March 19th… Special Features:
* No Small Feat - Making Zero Dark Thirty
* The Compound - Tour the film's rebuilt compound
* Geared Up - Watch the cast train with authentic SEAL gear
* Targeting Jessica Chastain - A look at the role of Maya Full Story Back to Top
02-11-13 Objectors Send Letter to Senate against Pressure on Zero Dark Thirty (Awards Daily) Count Tony Kushner, the "Lincoln" screenwriter, among those who believe several United States Senators went too far when they suggested that Sony Pictures should somehow correct its depiction of torture in "Zero Dark Thirty." Mr. Kushner on Monday was among 28 supporters of a letter sent to all 100 Senators objecting to the pressure exerted…on "Zero Dark Thirty,"…"History demonstrates, in particular the 1950s McCarthy period, that government officials should not employ their official status and power to attempt to censor, alter or pressure artists to change their expressions, believes, presentations of facts or political viewpoints," the letter said. Full Story Back to Top
02-11-13 Bin Laden's Shooter Weighs in on Zero Dark Thirty (Esquire) The Shooter is sitting next to me at a local movie theater in January, watching Zero Dark Thirty for the first time. He laughs at the beginning of the film about the bin Laden hunt when the screen reads, "Based on firsthand accounts of actual events."…his criticisms at dinner afterward are minor. "The tattoo scene was horrible," he says about a moment in the film when the ST6 assault group is lounging in Afghanistan waiting to go. "Those guys had little skulls or something instead of having some real ink that goes up to here." He points to his shoulder blade. "It was fun to watch. There was just little stuff. The helos turned the wrong way [toward the target], and they talked way, way too much [during the assault itself]. If someone was waiting for you, they could track your movements that way." The tactics on the screen "sucked," he says, and "the mission in the damn movie took way too long" compared with the actual event. The stairs inside bin Laden's building were configured inaccurately. A dog in the film was a German shepherd; the real one was a Belgian Malinois who'd previously been shot in the chest and survived. And there's no talking on the choppers in real life. There was also no whispered calling out of bin Laden as the SEALs stared up the third-floor stairwell toward his bedroom. "When Osama went down, it was chaos, people screaming. No one called his name." "They Hollywooded it up some." The portrayal of the chief CIA human bloodhound, "Maya," based on a real woman whose iron-willed assurance about the compound and its residents moved a government to action, was "awesome" says the Shooter. "They made her a tough woman, which she is." Full Story Back to Top
02-11-13 Bin Laden Shooter Talks about the Raid (Esquire) For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story…the Shooter was the "number two" behind the raid's point man going up the stairs to bin Laden's third-floor residence, and…the one who…confronted the surprisingly tall terrorist pushing his youngest wife, Amal, in front of him through the pitch-black room. The Shooter had to raise his gun higher than he expected. The point man is the only one besides the Shooter who could verify the kill shots firsthand…But even the point man was not in the room then, having tackled two women into the hallway, a crucial and heroic decision given that everyone living in the house was presumed to be wearing a suicide vest…'We'd always assumed we'd be surrounded at some point. You see the videos of him walking around and he's got all those jihadis. But they weren't prepared. They got all complacent. The guys that could shoot shot, but we were on top of them so fast…I was about five guys back on the stairway when I saw the point man holding up. He'd seen Khalid, bin Laden's [twenty-three-year-old] son. I heard him whisper, "Khalid... come here..."in Arabic, then in Pashto. He used his name. That confused Khalid…He leaned out, armed with an AK, and he got blasted by the point man…The point man moved past doors on the second floor and the four or five guys in front of me started to peel off to clear those rooms, which is always how the flow works. We're just clearing as we go, watching our backs…So there's the point man on the stairs, waiting for someone to move into the number-two position…So I roll up behind him…I turn around and look. There's nobody else coming up…On the third floor, he tackled the two women in the hallway right outside the first door on the right, moving them past it just enough. He thought he was going to absorb the blast of suicide vests; he was going to kill himself so I could get the shot. It was the most heroic thing I've ever seen. I rolled past him into the room, just inside the doorway. There was bin Laden standing there. He had his hands on a woman's shoulders, pushing her ahead, not exactly toward me but by me, in the direction of the hallway commotion. It was his youngest wife, Amal…The SEALs had nightscopes, but it was coal-black for bin Laden and the other residents. He can hear but he can't see. He looked confused. And way taller than I was expecting. He had a cap on and didn't appear to be hit. I can't tell you 100 percent, but he was standing and moving…it was a snapshot of a target ID, definitely him…He's got a gun on a shelf right there, the short AK he's famous for. And he's moving forward. I don't know if she's got a vest and she's being pushed to martyr them both. He's got a gun within reach. He's a threat. I need to get a head shot so he won't have a chance to [blow himself up]. In that second, I shot him, two times in the forehead…He crumpled onto the floor in front of his bed and I hit him again, Bap! same place…He was dead…Amal turned back, and she was screaming, first at bin Laden and then at me. She came at me like she wanted to fight me, or that she wanted to die instead of him. So I put her on the bed, bound with zip ties…[Later, in another setting] I brought the agency woman over. I still had all my stuff on. We looked down and I asked, "Is that your guy?" She was crying. That's when I took my magazine out of my gun and gave it to her as a souvenir. Twenty-seven bullets left in it. "I hope you have room in your backpack for this." That was the last time I saw her.' Full Story Back to Top
02-10-13 Jessica Denies National Enquirer Rumor that She Hates Jennifer Lawrence (Vulture) Purveyor of celebrity truth-iness National Enquirer says…"[Jessica] can't stand Jennifer all the more for [her SNL joke]." The final nail in the sisterly coffin was apparently Lawrence's win at the Screen Actors Guild awards last month. "It was a real blow to Jessica when Jennifer took the SAG award," the source said. "She tried to put on a brave face for the cameras, but inside she was seething."…Chastain took to her Facebook to criticize "bogus stories about women fighting in this industry." She even had nice things to say about Lawrence: "I've done two photo shoots with Jennifer Lawrence over the years and have found her to be utterly charming and a great talent. I've told her how beautiful her film work is." Full Story Back to Top
02-10-13 Jessica Arrives at BAFTA Awards (Express) Heavy snowfall on America's east coast resulted in all flights out of New York being cancelled - meaning Jessica's attendance at the star-studded awards ceremony looked to be in jeopardy. However, the red-headed actress not only arrived at the Royal Opera House on time, but also managed to come top in the style stakes. Jessica braved the chilly British weather on the red carpet, wowing in a dazzling electric blue gown - which perfectly complimented the stunning star's flame-red hair. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
02-09-13 The Heiress Come to an End on Broadway a Day Early (UPI) Producers of the Broadway revival of "The Heiress," starring Jessica Chastain, said they will recoup their $3 million investment as the production ends. The play's final performance is scheduled for Saturday evening, ending the production one day earlier than originally planned so Chastain may attend the British Academy of Film and Television Awards, for which she is nominated for her role in "Zero Dark Thirty." Including the final performance, "The Heiress" will have played 27 previews and 117 regular performances since its opening night Nov. 1, Playbill reported. Full Story Back to Top
02-09-13 Jessica Braves Blizzard to Appear at Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center (Reel Life With Jane) Academy-Award nominated Actress Jessica Chastain braved the Manhattan blizzard on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 to appear at a free public conversation at the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. What a trouper!...Chastain attended the Juilliard School, which is directly across the street from where the Q&A took place…here are a few gems:…"Julliard has given me the training to go from 'Zero Dark' to 'Mama' … we'll see if I succeed at it."…"I feel like a fish when I'm acting. I'm in water. I breathe it in. It feels spiritual to act." Full Story and Video Back to Top
02-09-13 Jessica Talks to After Hrs about Her Movie Roles and the Oscar (Daily News & Analysis) Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and winner of more than 20 awards for the same role, Jessica Chastain talks to After Hrs…Q: Your opinion on being called 'traditionally good-looking'? A: I am happy with the label of being 'traditionally good-looking' - it's what got me the kind of roles I've been offered…Q: How was it working in extremely diverse films as Lawless and Mama? A: Both of the characters are extremely different…In Lawless, I am Maggie who has been though a lot of hardships and has been hurt both physically and mentally by men. However, the character of Annabel in Mama has a very easy life. She does not want to take up responsibilities and has a sexy boyfriend and lives in a loft. Shooting with the kids in the movie was awesome. I was so impressed with the girls…Q: Finally, does winning an Oscar for Zero Dark Thirty mean something special to you? A: Fingers crossed for the Oscars, it really feels very special and motivated to have even been nominated. I don't really know how it will change my life, I've never won an Oscar before, so let's wait and see. Full Story Back to Top
02-09-13 Another Jessica Dating Rumor: Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo (PerezHilton) That's right, even though she's been linked to her Zero Dark Thirty co-star Jason Clark and The Avengers' Tom Hiddleston in the past, the Best Actress nominee is reportedly in a relationship with Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, who works as an executive for the French fashion brand Moncler! …but unfortunately, that's really all we know!...Fingers crossed that we'll get to see him walk her down the red carpet at the Oscars later this month! Full Story Back to Top
02-09-13 Gdansk Poland Offended by Reference in Zero Dark Thirty (The Express Tribune) The Polish city of Gdansk said it was offended by Hollywood blockbuster "Zero Dark Thirty" for labelling the home town of the communist bloc's first independent labour union as the location of a secret CIA detention centre…Polish prosecutors are looking into the country's role in helping US intelligence services transport suspected members of the al Qaeda group who carried out the September 11, 2001 suicide airliner attacks on New York and Washington to facilities outside the United States for interrogation…The film offers a view from the sea of an industrial building, a red ship with a darkening sky in the background and the caption: "CIA BLACK SITE, Gdansk, Poland." "The name 'Gdansk' is synonymous with freedom and Solidarity," Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz said. "In the movie it has been turned to a gloomy place where secret services interrogate people accused of terrorism. We are simply offended," he told Reuters. Full Story Back to Top
02-08-13 Jessica and Chaplin Continue Campaign for Best Actress (Daily Mail) She's been zig-zagging across the States juggling awards season events and her Broadway show The Heiress. And best actress front-runner Jessica Chastain continued her campaigning at 'A Conversation with Jessica Chastain' held at Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York Friday…Jessica pulled an array of faces as she spoke at the event…when it comes to real-life leading men, Chastain is currently content with her adorable three-legged rescue dog Chaplin as well as two other rescues, Radley and Roman. And when the flame-haired starlet appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show last Tuesday, the charismatic host made sure to give Chaplin a miniature Oscar and bone chew-toy. Full Story Back to Top
02-08-13 Panetta Jokes about Zero Dark Thirty (Deadline) Zero Dark Thirty's Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow scored some vindication when exiting Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admitted on NBC's Meet The Press that some of the intel that led to Osama bin Laden came from "interrogation tactics". Panetta...referred in his remarks to the embattled film (and his dog Bravo) with a decidedly lighter touch than any public official has dared in recent months: "Bravo was in all of the meetings when we planned the bin Laden operation, and he also sat in on many of the sensitive meetings and discussions that I had at the Pentagon. And I want you to know that he has never told a soul what he heard. He is definitely not a leaker, at least according to that definition of the word. You've heard of the movie, Zero Dark Thirty. The producer is seriously considering a new movie about Bravo, entitled, Zero Bark Thirty." Full Story Back to Top
02-08-13 The Heiress has Something for Everyone (NYU Local) For the first few moments of director Moises Kaufman's The Heiress, I worried that Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain hadn't made the transition from screen to stage. Her body language, speech, and mannerisms all spoke to a subtle awkwardness of a teenager. As her father, David Strathairn, reprimanded and abused her, it became clear that this stilted performance is a perfect representation of Chastain's character…The play has something for everyone; fans of Gone with the Wind will love the grandeur of the set and costumes that rival that of Scarlet's curtain dress, The Real Housewives aficionado will love Ivy's witty quips, Downton Abbey watchers will gasp along with the rest, and everyone will enjoy the exciting twist ending. Full Story Back to Top
02-08-13 Indian Town Gains Fame for Zero Dark Thirty (India Education Diary) Till last year Mani Majra a small town within the Union Territory of Chandigarh, was known mainly for being a prosperous suburb. After the release of the international film "Zero Dark Thirty," which was shot in Mani Majra, it has acquired the potential to attract international tourists keen to see where the film was shot. The film has received Five Oscar nominations. The Ministry of Tourism has launched an effort to popularise the town and inform potential visitors about how to get there. Full Story Back to Top
02-08-13 Miss Julie Begins Shooting in June (rsshog) Among the many updates and new projects already announced in Berlin…Liv Ullmann's Miss Julie. Shooting is scheduled to go underway in Turkey in June. Full Story Back to Top
02-07-13 National Enquirer Publishes the Very Celebrity Trash that Jessica Hates (Gossip Cop) "Oscar Hotties' Vicious Catfight!" blares a headline from the National Enquirer, which claims that Academy Award Best Actress nominees Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain are "at each others' throats."…The supermarket tabloid says Chastain, who's nominated for Zero Dark Thirty, "has her claws out" for Silver Linings Playbook star Lawrence after Lawrence beat her out in the category at the SAG Awards…According to a so-called "source" for the mag, "Jessica can't stand the fact that Jennifer is stealing her thunder!...What's more, the critics have been gushing over Jennifer's award show speeches, and it's been killing Jessica!"…The Enquirer further claims that Chastain was mortally offended by Lawrence's "Saturday Night Live" monologue, where she jokingly trash-talked Chastain, as well as the other Best Actress nominees. [Gossip Cop gives this rumor a '0' on the rumor scale] Full Story

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02-07-13 Jessica Talks about the Difference between Film and Stage and about Playing Maya (Time) "Because we're playing characters that really exist, it was important to show the utmost respect when portraying them," says Chastain, who has never met the real-life inspiration for Maya, the CIA tracker who hunts bin Laden. Full Story and Video Back to Top
02-06-13 Jessica Fondly Recalls Trip to Ireland with Her Grandmother to Research Family (IrishCentral) In an interview with The Irish Times last weekend, the 38-year-old star fondly recalled a college trip to Ireland that she took with her granny. "In my freshman year my grandmother and I went around Ireland for two weeks," she said. "We researched our family in Trinity College and saw Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. We rented a lovely cottage in Kinsale." Full Story Back to Top
02-05-13 Jessica Attends Hollywood Reporter Afterevent (The Hollywood Reporter) The Hollywood Reporter's Nominees Night celebration lured Oscar hopefuls including Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Steven Spielberg, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts and Amy Adams to Beverly Hills on Feb. 4 for an intimate event at the recently renovated Spago. Hosted by THR editorial director Janice Min and THR senior vp and publisher Lynne Segall, the fete unfolded at Wolfgang Puck's hotspot, with nominees enjoying a night out following the Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon held earlier in the day. Full Story Back to Top
02-05-13 Jessica Visits Ellen DeGeneres Show (SheWired) We decided we'd post an afternoon pick-me-up of Ellen DeGeneres dancing to Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" with Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain before accidentally grabbing the Zero Dark Thirty star's butt…Watch Ellen and Jessica here: Full Story and Video Back to Top
02-05-13 Jessica Appears on Leno for the First Time (Chastain Central) Jessica is great in the first 20 seconds of the show! Then you can skip to the next-to-last segment of the show to see her interview. She also interacts with Hugh Jackman. Full Story and Video Back to Top
02-05-13 Jessica Can No Longer Keep Up Personal Responses to Growing Facebook Fans (Jessica Chastain on Facebook) Hey guys, I'm so sorry that I haven't been able to respond to everyone's comments - there are just not enough hours in the day. But please understand, I read each and every one of your posts and am so lifted by your support and kindness. In the future so you know that I've read your posts, I will respond with "xxjes." I regret that it's not as personal as it used to be, but hopefully by responding to all of you, you'll understand that I appreciate your positivity and with your generosity, you've made me smile xxjes. Full Story Back to Top
02-05-13 Jessica's Oscar Date is Grandma for Second Year in a Row (Entertainment Tonight News) Who will arrive arm-in-arm with Jessica Chastain on Oscar Sunday? The 35-year-old beauty, who is nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work in Zero Dark Thirty, tells ET she plans to bring a very special date to Hollywood's biggest night! "I'm going to take my grandmother to the Oscars," beamed Jessica at The Hollywood Reporter's award season bash at Spago in Los Angeles on Monday. "We did that last year and it was one of my favorite days of my life." Full Story Back to Top
02-05-13 Mama Releasing in Spain with Madrid Premiere (Examiner) The new film "Mama" had its Spanish premiere at the Callao cinema on Feb. 4, 2013, in Madrid, Spain. "Mama" was directed by Andy Muschietti and stars Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Megan Charpentier. Gracing the red carpet at the Spanish premiere were director Andy Muschietti, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, producer Barbara Muschietti, [and] Spanish actor Javier Botet. Full Story Back to Top
02-05-13 Oscar Nominees Jessica Chastain and Hugh Jackman Appear on Leno (The Gossip Girls) They're both nominated for Oscars at the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, and Hugh Jackman and Jessica Chastain both showed up at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" last night (February 4)…Jessica shared how she learned of her Oscar nomination. "I was on an airplane flying from New York to LA and I thought, 'Oh this will be super relaxing because I won't get woken up by phone calls, but then someone said that there was internet on the plane. So I get on the plane and I go to sleep and [director] Kathryn Bigelow and [writer] Mark Boal are on it. When I wake up it's right when we're about to land and I think, 'Okay, the announcement's been made. I'm sure people know.'" "And I'm looking around at all the stewardesses, waiting for a thumbs up, and no one does it and so I'm like, 'Okay, I wasn't nominated.' And then Kathryn comes over and says, 'Congratulations.' I jump up on my chair on the airplane, about to scream, and then I realized that an Air Marshall is going to tackle me and duct tape me to my seat. So I held it in. It was an inner-scream." Full Story Back to Top
02-04-13 Broadway Plus Film Awards Season Equals Mega Frequent Flier Miles for Jessica (Yahoo! Movies) Jessica Chastain has been learning the same lesson week after week for the last few months: Oscar season and Broadway don't exactly mix. Chastain is appearing on Broadway in "The Heiress," and she's also nominated for Best Actress for her role in "Zero Dark Thirty." For the last couple of months, she's been making regular trips to Los Angeles on her play's one dark day, Monday, to take care of movie chores, usually hopping on the last flight back that night so she wouldn't have to fly the day of the show… although the show's final performance will take place on Saturday, Chastain isn't done with the awards-related travel craziness. "We end the show on Saturday," she said, "and then I'm taking a helicopter to the airport and flying to London for the BAFTAs on Sunday." Full Story Back to Top
02-04-13 Jessica Photos from Academy Award Luncheon (Daily Mail) Jessica Chastain couldn't have looked more demure as she arrived at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday. The actress is nominated for her role as a hardened CIA spy in the thriller Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the hunt and eventual killing of Osama bin Laden. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
02-04-13 Jessica Attends Academy Award Nominees Luncheon (The Gossip Girls) She's one of the top actresses in Tinseltown, so it's no wonder Jessica Chastain scored an invite to the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon today (February 4). The "Help" hottie showed up at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and mingled with fellow celebrities in the arrivals are before heading in for a gourmet meal. Full Story Back to Top
02-04-13 Chaplin Wanders On-stage and Interrupts The Heiress (Broadway World) Deep into the drama's second act, at perhaps the most climactic point of the show, Jessica Chastain's adorable three-legged dog unexpectedly pranced onto the stage. At first, audience members were not sure if the pooch was part of the play, but quickly realized from the stunned faces of the actors that he clearly did not belong. Laughter quickly ensued as someone from the wings managed to coax the dog off stage. Ever the professionals, Chastain and the rest of the first-rate cast waited for the laughter to subside before resuming their lines right where they left off. Not only did the appearance mark the Broadway debut for the three-legged canine, he even had his chance to take a bow when the Oscar-nominated actress held him tightly in her arms during the curtain call. Full Story Back to Top
02-04-13 The Heiress Recoups $3 Million Investment in Final Week ( Audiences have been flocking to catch Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain and Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens in The Heiress. The Broadway revival will recoup its full $3 million investment during its final week of performances. The production is scheduled to hold its final performance on February 9, having played 27 previews and 117 regular performances…see highlights of Chastain, Stevens and the cast in The Heiress! Full Story and Video Back to Top
02-04-13 Jessica Appearing at Film Society of Lincoln Center Event (Broadway World) The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Golden Globe winner and two-time Academy Award nominee actress Jessica Chastain will appear on Friday, February 8th at 3:00pm at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater for a conversation on film in a special free-to-the-public event…Chastain is the latest in a series of high profile guests that have appeared (in person or via Skype) at the Film Society of Lincoln Center to talk about some of the most acclaimed movies of the past year. Recent guests have included: Ben Affleck for ARGO, Christopher Nolan for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Joe Wright for Anna KarenINA and David France for his Academy Award-nominated documentary HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE. Full Story Back to Top
02-03-13 Chaplin has His Own Fans (dailymail) Jessica Chastain is not the only one in her household to have devoted fans. The actress was presented with a picture of her three-legged pooch named Chaplin on Saturday as mingled outside the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City. She also has another two rescue dogs, Radley, a corgi-spaniel cross, and Roman, a chihuahua mix. However, her tiny pet is constantly seen out and about with her as she heads to work. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
02-02-13 Pakistanis Like Zero Dark Thirty but Dismiss it as Fact ( In Pakistan, viewers of the action film - unreleased here in theaters but widely available on pirated DVDs - take it for what it is: a slick work of Hollywood fiction. "Technically, it's very strong, the directing is very good and so is the acting," said Rizwan Ahmed, 35, a businessman browsing titles in an Islamabad DVD shop. "It's an excellent thriller, but I doubt whether the story is true." He and other citizen reviewers characterized the movie as anti-Pakistan propaganda. There remains debate here over whether the event actually happened…"The people who have seen this movie liked it as a movie, but most of them believe it's a pack of lies," said Kazim Abbasi, owner of a DVD store where "Zero Dark Thirty" has been a popular seller…Distributors here have launched an unofficial boycott of the movie by refusing to screen it. But the film has not been banned by the state, said Raja Mustafa Haider, chairman of Pakistan's film censorship board…Pirated, usually interior copies of major movies are available here within days of their release in U.S. cinemas. Pakistani consumer interest in "Zero Dark Thirty," which garnered five Oscar nominations, has already begun to wane, according to shop owners. A few weeks ago when it was first released in America, Abbasi said, his store was selling 20 bootleg copies of "Zero Dark Thirty" a day; now he sells three or four a day. Full Story Back to Top
02-02-13 Jessica's Rise to Fame was Slow to Start (The Guardian) Chastain has always had vivid red hair, a distinctive pinched chin and an arresting smile, but whenever she got a part in a film, no matter if it was her eighth, or her 11th, so few people recognised her she'd be asked: "Aren't you excited? To be in a movie?" In 2011, Hollywood worked its indefinite magic and now, she says: "Nobody asks that any more."… She guesses she'll slow down soon. "You know when you've worked so hard for something? And you finally get a taste of it? That's how I felt last year. Like: oh my gosh, I'm an actress getting to the point where [Zero Dark Thirty director] Kathryn Bigelow will call me on my cell phone. You want to grasp it, not let it go. This year's the first time I'm starting to think that I don't need to be so terrified it's going to go away. I don't have to work every single second. It's new - starting to exhale." Her breakthrough came in the summer of 2011 - two superior indie movies creating a stir at Cannes: Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life and Jeff Nichols's Take Shelter. In both Chastain played a devoted wife. "And it was palpable, after that, how quickly I was typecast. Every script, the devoted wife and mother." She signed on to make a horror film instead: "Playing a woman who hates children and plays in a punk band." Full Story Back to Top
02-02-13 Jessica's Grandmother Marilyn (The Guardian) Chastain's grandmother, thanked through tears at the Golden Globes, is from Kansas; an actor inside, who might have got on a bus bound for Hollywood but for pressure to start a family. "I'm her first granddaughter. She saw a lot of herself in me." Chastain, daughter of a chef and a firefighter, wasn't so cheerful as a kid. She was tall and teased for being ginger. People asked: "Why don't you ever smile?" A frustrated creative streak was diagnosed, and the grandma, Marilyn, took Chastain to dance classes, to musicals…"I have a very rich personal life…Grandma Marilyn, anyway, has become an acceptable, discussable proxy for the rich personal life. At the 2012 Oscars, Chastain took Marilyn down the red carpet, where they charmed interviewers together. Same again this year? (The ceremony is on 24 February.) "Of course. Even though my grandma's a media hog, man." Full Story Back to Top
02-02-13 Reflections on Jessica's IMDb Page (The Guardian) Chastain can claim an IMDB page that's genuinely funny. The upper half of her filmography is impeccable. Zero Dark Thirty and those Cannes indies, also The Debt with Helen Mirren and Coriolanus with Ralph Fiennes. Moving back, the work thins (not much in 2009, 2008) and suddenly we're at Blackbeard, a pirate special, and an episode of a TV serial called "The Rapist Next Door". She's the dead body in a discontinued cop show and a bit player in an episode of ER most memorable for a tank attack on County General. "I was frustrated," Chastain recalls…but when a series of her films hit cinemas in succession, the actor became ubiquitous. "It's a Jessica Chastain universe and we're only living in it," the comedian Mindy Kaling said in late 2011. "The warmest actor of her generation," wrote the New Yorker. Full Story Back to Top
02-02-13 Jessica Cannot Campaign for Oscar due to Broadway Schedule (FansShare) I love being on Broadway. I don't have time to go to these Oscar dinners and stuff but perhaps that's for the best. Because I'm on stage, I'm away from the craziness of that kind of campaigning. It's really exciting."…her busy schedule is keeping her from campaigning for the Oscar. In fact, one of the biggest reasons that Jennifer Lawrence won the SAG award over Chastain was because Sony didn't send out all the screening materials in time to reach all the members. On the other hand, the Weinstein Company sent screeners, presents, gift certificates, and everything else he could to the entire SAG body, encouraging them to vote for Lawrence. Now, there is no dispute that both Chastain and Lawrence are well-qualified to win for Best Actress, but the politics of the race have to be taken into account. Full Story Back to Top
02-02-13 Leon Panetta Says Zero Dark Thirty is a Good Movie (FRANCE 24) The man who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, ex-CIA director Leon Panetta, vouched for "Zero Dark Thirty," calling it a "good movie" even though the tale of the biggest manhunt in history had to be simplified for the big screen…"And it's a little tough for me to take everything I saw and all of the work that was done and that was involved in that operation... and all of the people that worked at it and think you could put that all into a two-hour movie. You really can't."… Panetta said harsh interrogation methods, including water boarding or simulated drowning, did play a role in locating bin Laden, though not a decisive one. "The whole effort in going after bin Laden involved 10 years of work, in piecing together various pieces of intelligence that were gathered. And there's no question that some of the intelligence gathered was a result of some of these methods," he said…Panetta declined to offer a critique of how he was portrayed on screen by Hollywood star James Gandolfini, but joked that he was grateful the actor chosen to play him shared his Italian-American heritage. Full Story Back to Top
02-01-13 9/11 Victims Group Supports Zero Dark Thirty - Opposes Senators' Criticism ( Officials at 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims have released a statement denouncing what they call critics' "censorship" of the scenes in Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the fictitious manhunt for the man behind the 2001 terror attacks, Osama bin Laden. Taking aim at Senators John McCain, Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin, who are planning to launch an investigation into suggestions the CIA leaked documents to Bigelow and Boal to help them perfect the torture scenes, the group writes, "As a group of 9/11 families sharing a rare moment of justice and elation in the viewing of a film chronicling the search for and ultimate death of Osama Bin Laden, we find it deeply disturbing that some of our elected officials want to discourage other 9/11 families and the public from seeing this outstanding film. Full Story Back to Top
01-31-13 Kathryn Bigelow Says Jessica Is Special (LA Times) All original talents share the same quality: They're unique, one of a kind. Totally unlike the rest of the crowd. Jessica Chastain, at least to my mind, is one of our original talents, a rare and gifted actress. I'd first heard of Jessica when Ralph Fiennes showed me a rough cut of his film "Coriolanus." I was immediately drawn to the actress playing Virgilia, who held her own opposite Ralph - no easy task. Of course, in the year after that, Jessica broke through as an actress…The other side of Jessica that not as many people know is that she is an utter slave to her craft and one of the hardest-working people I've ever met, let alone directed in a film...With its intricate dialogue and layers of meaning in every scene, I knew it would take a trained, veteran actress to pull off the story [Zero Dark Thirty] in a way that was authentic and emotionally moving. When it came time to cast "Zero Dark," I asked about Jessica and got word back that the schedules wouldn't align. Looking back on it, I count as one of the luckier moments in "Zero Dark Thirty" development when, ignoring her schedule, we were able to slip Jessica the script through our producing partner, Megan Ellison…I feel blessed to have this moving and powerful performance in my film. I called her up to say so. Full Story Back to Top
01-31-13 Jessica Talks about Joining Zero Dark Thirty Cast (Video) (LA Times) If I ever ask you for anything it's to speak with you for five minutes … just five minutes." Jessica Chastain received that mysterious text from producer Megan Ellison in 2011, completely unaware that director Kathryn Bigelow had been trying to gauge her interest in playing Maya, the lead CIA operative heading the hunt for Osama bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty." "I thought, 'Wow. That's super-dramatic,' "Chastain remembers of the message. Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-30-13 Will Zero Dark Thirty Bounce Back for Best Picture Oscar? (Variety) If "Zero Dark Thirty," a major critical favorite in December before the torture controversy ran it aground, is to have a comeback story, it might be starting now. Days after Michael Moore's lengthy defense of the pic, a New York Times piece today indicated that Martin Sheen's criticism of the film was a misunderstanding…While Clennon and Asner are standing by their opinion that the movie encourages torture, the Times piece reiterates they are not telling people to avoid the movie (in effect blessing them to form their own opinion)…Is it too little, too late for a "Zero Dark Thirty" recovery in the best picture race? We're still nine days before final Oscar voting begins and nearly three weeks from it ending. "Argo" went from its nadir on Oscar nominations day Jan. 10 to a revival that very weekend with wins at the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. and the Golden Globes, and ultimately sole or shared frontrunner status 2 1/2 weeks later. Second thoughts propelled "Argo" into the forefront of the conversation, but if the opposition to "Zero" finally diminishes, especially within the Hollywood community, there might be the opportunity for third thoughts…if that's not enough for "Zero" to bounce all the way back to the top, it could nevertheless siphon enough support away from "Argo" to boost the grand prize chances of "Lincoln." There's hardly any doubt that "Argo" has benefited to at least some extent from the idea that "Zero" wasn't a politically palatable movie to vote for, such was the abrupt halt in the awards run of "Zero" weeks ago. Full Story Back to Top
01-30-13 Martin Sheen Does NOT Oppose Zero Dark Thirty (New York Times) On consideration, and widespread reports to the contrary notwithstanding, Martin Sheen said he did not believe that Oscar voters or anyone else should shun "Zero Dark Thirty." But speaking by telephone Wednesday, Mr. Sheen said that through his own mistake, the actors David Clennon and Ed Asner had included Mr. Sheen in their opposition to what they saw as the film's tolerance of torture. "It's my own fault," said Mr. Sheen, who explained that he had agreed to a statement about the film without fully understanding that it would condemn the movie, rather than simply condemning torture. Full Story Back to Top
01-30-13 BAFTA Program Features Zero Dark Thirty Art (Indie Wire) Across the pond, the BAFTAs will hand out their trophies a couple weeks earlier, and attendees will get something nice too, just for showing up. The printed programs of the BAFTAs will feature five distinct creations from illustrator Jonathan Burton capturing the Best Film nominees -- "Argo," "Les Misérables," "Life Of Pi," "Lincoln" and "Zero Dark Thirty." Full Story and Photo Back to Top
01-30-13 Latino Movie Goers Make the Difference for Mama (Hollywood Reporter) The strength of the $15 million Mama caught Hollywood off guard when it opened to $32.1 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. Latino moviegoers made up 47 percent of Mama's audience, a greater percentage than usual for a horror film and helping to explain why the movie overperformed. And it has continued to over-index in Hispanic markets. According to box office observers, Mama is appealing to Latinos both because of its storyline (horror is a huge draw for this demo) and del Toro. That bodes well for the film's debut in Mexico this weekend. Generally speaking, Latinos make up about 35 percent of the opening weekend audience for a horror film…Universal also played up del Toro's involvement in the project. Among other promotions, the filmmaker narrated a Spanish featurette promoting the film, did press junkets for Spanish outlets and attended Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Grand Opening event. Full Story Back to Top
01-30-13 Jessica Confirmed to Star in Miss Julie (Indie Wire) Chastain has replaced Michelle Williams in the lead role, but offers two more tantalizing actors to the cast: Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. The movie is an adaptation of August Strindberg's classic Swedish play, a controversial work exploring power, sexuality, class, identity, love and gender set in 1874. Ullmann said in the past that she'd "use Irish actors as servants and British as the masters of the house." Farrell, Irish, check. Morton, English, check. Chastain? Well, she does a mean English accent and she's obviously a super talented and in-demand actress that Ullmann was very wise to get on board this project. That's a big win for her. This will be Chastain's first post-Oscar nominated role and newscoopers and fans should note: Variety says Chastain's been "weighing several offers" as she tries to get her 2013 schedule in order. Perhaps some more exciting casting announcements are to come. Full Story Back to Top
01-27-13 Jessica Wears Red Alexander McQueen at SAG Awards (Just Jared) Jessica Chastain is red hot at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Exposition Center on Sunday (January 27) in Los Angeles. The SAG Award-nominated actress paired her Alexander McQueen dress with Charlotte Olympia shoes. She finished off her look with a 'Splash' diamond necklace from the exquisite Water by Harry Winston Collection. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
01-27-13 Jessica Rabbit Chastain at SAG? (Zap2it) The Deputy Managing Editor of People magazine…blurted out his inner monologue, saying she looks like Jessica Rabbit -- the animated sexpot from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." Chastain's reaction was nothing short of adorable, as she covered her face with both hands, blushing. She argued that she thinks Ms. Rabbit wore a purple dress -- actually, it was a red dress with purple gloves -- and Castro profusely insisted the remark was meant as a compliment. Jessica, who is nominated for her lead role in "Zero Dark Thirty" graciously thanked Castro and admitted, "I think every boy I went to school with had a Jessica Rabbit fantasy." Full Story Back to Top
01-27-13 Short Video Interview with Jessica at SAGS (YouTube) The "Zero Dark Thirty" star stuns in a red Alexander McQueen gown. Plus, find out who inspires her the most in Hollywood! Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-27-13 Mark Boal Says Senate Investigation of Zero Dark Thirty is Different from Criticism and Crosses the Line (ABC News) "Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter and producer Mark Boal told Martha Raddatz that the current Senate inquiry into the Oscar-nominated movie could discourage the making of similar films in the future. "I think that it could discourage other screenwriters or…writers of any kind from making topical movies, it could discourage studios from releasing them," Boal said. "Criticism is fine, and we, I can take criticism onboard…but there is a difference between criticism and investigation. And I think that crosses a line that hasn't been crossed really since the '40s, when you talk about government investigating movies."… "I think it's really an unfair burden of expectation to put on a feature film, to call it journalistic. I mean, journalism is very detailed…you try to get down in the weeds and sort out exactly what happened," he said. "And I don't think that a feature film is really a place where that happens." Full Story Back to Top
01-26-13 Dick Cheney Liked Zero Dark Thirty (Reno Gazette Journal) Republican former Vice President Dick Cheney…said he mostly liked the Academy Award-nominated film about the search for the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, but didn't agree with its depiction of harsh CIA interrogations. He said the movie portrays actions "that never took place" and the administration was "very careful" to stay within the bounds of Geneva Convention rules. Full Story Back to Top
01-25-13 Zero Dark Thirty Banned in Pakistan (Washington Times) It probably won't come as a shocker to most Americans, but "Zero Dark Thirty" is banned in Pakistan. The Daily Mail reports that due to fears of a backlash from any number of Islamic radical groups within its borders, the big-screen depiction of Osama bin Laden's capture and killing will not be shown. Full Story Back to Top
01-25-13 The Heiress Closes One Day Early So Jessica Can Attend BAFTAs (OK! Magazine) JESSICA CHASTAIN's Broadway show will close a day early so the actress can attend the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards in London. The Oscar-nominated star has been struggling to juggle her theatre stint in The Heiress with promotional commitments for her critically-acclaimed new movie Zero Dark Thirty during the Hollywood awards season. She has pulled out of several performances so she could support the movie at various prizegivings, including the recent Golden Globe Awards where she landed a best actress trophy…Chastain tells the publication, "They've made special arrangements for people with tickets (to the cancelled show)." Full Story Back to Top
01-25-13 Jessica Enjoys Free Designer Clothes (Belfast Telegraph) The actress has been a regular at red carpet events in recent years, thanks to her appearance in movies including The Tree of Life, The Help and Zero Dark Thirty. Jessica has previously admitted that she doesn't always have time to hit the shops to find the perfect outfit, so is always thrilled when her favourite designers send her items to wear. "I'm not going to lie - being given free clothes is fantastic," she smiled during an interview with British newspaper The Telegraph. Full Story Back to Top
01-22-13 Great Weekend for Jessica in Film and Stage (Theater Advisor) The Academy Award-nominated actress had the top two grossing movies this holiday weekend across America: "Mama" (estimated $28.1 Million) and "Zero Dark Thirty" ($17.6 Million). On Broadway, The Heiress, which stars Jessica Chastain, was completely sold-out over the weekend and saw the weekly gross jump more than $150,000 for a total of $594,439 Full Story Back to Top
01-23-13 Jessica's Movie Success Last Week Bumps Ticket Sales at The Heiress (New York Times) The actress Jessica Chastain, fresh off an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe win for "Zero Dark Thirty," wasn't just generating ticket sales at the movies last week. Her Broadway play, "The Heiress," had its best week since mid-November, according to box office data released on Tuesday. Full Story Back to Top
01-23-13 Jessica Shows Off Michael Kors (Yahoo! Lifestyle UK) While she's previously been spotted in casual knits and skinny jeans during her theatrical stint which kicked off last November, since the beginning of 2013 Jessica has stepped up her off-duty wardrobe seemingly channelling Sex and the City's Charlotte York. How's she done it? With a blow-dry worthy of an Upper East Side glamazon, a collection of fabulous patent heels and a classic Uptown coat selection courtesy of one of the Big Apple's most famous designers, Michael Kors. Full Story Back to Top
01-23-13 Jessica Presenting at SAG Awards (Broadway World) Alan Arkin, Jessica Chastain, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, John Goodman, Damian Lewis and Julianne Moore will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today…Golden Globe recipient and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain earned a SAG Award in 2012 along with her fellow cast members in "The Help" and was nominated in the supporting actress category, as well. This year, she is nominated for her lead performance in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty." She currently stars in the Guillermo Del Toro-produced "Mama" and will soon be seen in the double feature "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers." Full Story Back to Top
01-22-13 Zero Begins Wide Release in World Markets this Week (Chicago Tribune) Zero Dark Thirty" rolls out in several Western European countries starting Wednesday, absent - at least for now - the firestorm of criticism that has accompanied its U.S. release…To the extent that the film is perceived as pro-torture -- whether it is or not, and I don't believe it is -- if that somehow became how the film is defined, that would hurt it at the box office," Nash said. "But I don't think that's the case."… Universal will be handling the film's release in most countries in Western Europe, after buying rights to those territories from Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, which financed it and cut distribution deals territory by territory. It will open in France and Switzerland on Wednesday and in the U.K and Finland on Friday. Its debut in Germany will be on January 31, and Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Norway and South Africa will follow in February. Regional distributors will handle the film's February releases in Russia and Latin America, and the Annapurna is still considering a China run…Universal quietly opened "Zero Dark Thirty" on just 250 screens in Spain on January 4. With a minimum of criticism, politicians' ire or public furor, the movie has taken in nearly $4 million over three weekends. Full Story Back to Top
01-22-13 Jessica Chastain May Possibly Rule the World Someday (BlackBook Magazine) When's the last time an actor was in the leading role of the top two box office hits? And was starring in a play on Broadway?... Chastain has tough competition for a Tony award this year, but her only competition for an Oscar is Jennifer Lawrence. Will the Academy reward Lawrence for a comedic performance over Chastain's dramatic one? It seems unlikely. But even if Chastain loses, she certainly has more weight to her future career as a respected actress who also has the benefit, thanks to her leading roles in two popular movies, as becoming a household name. There are few female actors working today who have that advantage, who may be able to transfer seamlessly between weighty roles on screen and stage as well as parts in fluffy popcorn flicks. Basically, what I'm saying is: watch out for this one, because it's quite possible that she'll take over one day. Full Story Back to Top
01-22-13 Jessica Patterns Her Character in Mama after Alice Glass (NME) Chastain plays a character called Annabel who jams in an amateur punk band. Discussing the role with MTV, Chastain said: "It's on the page that Annabel plays punk, and she plays bass in a punk band. She's not like Lisbeth Salander. She's not hardcore, full-on. She's like the girl who went to community college, hangs out with her friends, loves punk music, and plays bass. She'll never be famous. She's not incredibly good at it." However, to get into Annabel's punk mindset, Chastain decided to channel a real-life rock star - by copying her haircut. The actress explained: "From there, talking to Andy, the director, we talked about [my] look for that. He sent me pictures of Alice Glass. I thought, 'Oh, my God. She's so rad. That's a great idea for the character'. So that's where we started with the hair, thinking 'Alice Glass'." Full Story Back to Top
01-21-13 Mama Doubles Projected Box Office Sales (Vulture) This Weekend's Winners: Guillermo del Toro's "presentation" of Mama (No. 1 with $33.2 million) doubled what it was estimated to haul away, proving that that old Spanish saying about an ounce of mother being worth a pound of clergy might have actually short-changed mothers…Zero Dark Thirty, also starring Mama's Jessica Chastain, came in at No. 2 with $17.6 million in its second weekend in wide release. Good on Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
01-21-13 Twelve Photos of Jessica from Veronica Mars to Zero Dark Thirty (Digital Spy) Between her nomination-scooping role as a hardened CIA analyst in Zero Dark Thirty and her standout turn alongside Tom Hardy in Lawless, any fears that Chastain may have peaked too early with the astonishing year she had in 2011 - The Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter, Coriolanus, The Debt - should now have been laid to rest. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
01-21-13 Jessica Whips Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Box Office (Global Times) Actress Jessica Chastain was the most popular star over the weekend, as her films finished as the two most profitable flicks, beating out Arnold Schwarzenegger's vehicle "The Last Stand" along the way to the top. "Mama,"…opened in 2,647 locations in the United States and Canada to gross 28.1 million US dollars over the weekend, and 33.2 million dollars over the four-day Martin Luther King holiday which ends on Monday…"Zero Dark Thirty," a Sony production which follows US' pursuit of al Qaeda's mastermind Osama bin Laden, took in a three- day gross of 17.6 million dollars and four-day holiday total of 21. 4 million dollars…"The Last Stand," a Lionsgate actioner marking Schwarzenegger's first leading role in a decade, came in No. 10 to gross 6.3 million dollars over the weekend…almost 80 percent of its audience was older than 25 years old. Full Story Back to Top
01-20-13 Mama Wins First Week Box Office with Zero Dark Thirty at #2 (Entertainment Weekly) Jessica Chastain is having a moment. Not only did the red-headed Oscar nominee win a Golden Globe last weekend for her work in Zero Dark Thirty, which forced her to take a night off from her Broadway run - yes she's starring in Broadway's The Heiress during the thick of awards season - but she's now achieved something few actors have ever managed: she currently holds the number one and number two movies at the box office. Chastain's latest vehicle, Mama, crushed the competition over the three-day weekend with a whopping $28.1 million. Universal, who produced the PG-13 film for only $15 million, opened Mama in 2,647 theaters, where it earned a terrific $10,624 average. The horror title played very well with young women - 61 percent of viewers were female, and 63 percent were below the age of 25...Chastain's other entry, Zero Dark Thirty, fell only 28 percent in its sophomore weekend of wide release to $17.6 million, which brought the Osama Bin Laden huntdown's total to $55.9 million. Controversy continues to boost the Kathryn Bigelow-directed drama's profile, but great word-of-mouth seems to be playing just as big of a role in Zero Dark Thirty's success. Full Story Back to Top
01-20-13 Competition between Jessica and Jennifer Heats Up this Weekend (Deadline) The tight Oscar race for Best Actress between the presumed co-frontrunners, Silver Linings Playbook's Jennifer Lawrence and Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain, took a few twists and turns this weekend… Both young stars are coming off a stellar week where they won Golden Globe and Critics Choice Movie Awards for their performances and now just two and a half weeks before Oscar voting begins and smack in the middle of SAG balloting, Chastain pulled off the neat trick of starring in the number 1 and 2 films at the boxoffice (#1 Mama and #2 Zero Dark). Before Mama opened some pundits observed that starring in a standard horror film in the midst of Oscar crunch time could hurt Chastain the same way Norbit's Oscar-time release was perceived to hurt Eddie Murphy when he lost for Dreamgirls. But in fact it received generally good reviews (62% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes) and way over-performed at the box office helping to make the emerging Chastain an even bigger star…[Lawrence's] film also finally hit wide release on over 2500 screens after spending the last two months in more limited release…It soared to number 3, just behind the double dose of Chastain…But the decision to put Lawrence on SNL as host right in the thick of the race seems more problematic in hindsight judging by some of the growing Internet chatter about her appearance, particularly a monologue where she "trash talked" about her Best Actress competition…there is a delicate balance about anything you say when there are bigger things at stake, whether it is a Presidential race or an Oscar race. Humor can be mistaken for arrogance, especially taken out of context…" Well well well, look who it is. Jessica Chastain. More like 'Jessica Chas-ain't-winning-no-Oscar-on-my-watch!" Full Story Back to Top
01-20-13 Video of Jessica's Cover Shoots for W Magazine (wmagazine) Jessica Chastain: The Muse. Actress Jessica Chastain plays human canvas to four leading artists of the day. Watch the making of W's January covers. Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-20-13 Jennifer Lawrence Takes Aim at Jessica and other Oscar Rivals on Saturday Night Live (Hollywood) The Hunger Games star held nothing back as she took aim at fellow Best Actress nominees Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), young Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and French actress Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) in her opening monologue. Lawrence quipped, "Jessica Chastain... in Zero Dark Thirty, you caught bin Laden, so what; in Winter's Bone, I caught a squirrel and then I ate it!...Lawrence qualified each catty remark by stating how much she admired her Oscar competition, making sure they all knew she was joking. Full Story Back to Top
01-19-13 Ricky Sekhon Shares His Experience as Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty (Daily Mail) If I had known my nostrils poking out of a body bag would be the main feature of my performance in the controversial movie Zero Dark Thirty, it would have saved me eight weeks of heart palpitations as I prepared for my role as Osama Bin Laden…I wasn't sure if I could pull it off. I didn't have an agent looking after me or a team around me to help prepare for the part. I hadn't seen the script. And I was definitely not 'Bin Laden skinny'…I am a 29-year-old native Londoner, a moderate Sikh with a drama degree from Royal Holloway, University of London…I guess I do look a bit like Bin Laden and I am 6ft 4in tall, about what he was. I have brown skin and a prominent nose, but it's not as though anyone has ever stopped me in the street and shouted: 'Hey, aren't you Bin Laden?'…I tackled my weight. In the movies, after all, image is everything, and I was playing a very ill, thin man…I lost 25lb from my 200lb frame…Playing a dead person was more difficult than I'd imagined. Holding my breath for more than 30 seconds felt like an eternity. Through the stillness, I could feel my heart making my rib cage vibrate. And being dumped into a body bag was not as fun as having, say, an on-screen snog, but being carried in it was kind of reminiscent of being in a hammock. I got so comfortable in the bag that, by the end of the shoot, I was known as Osama Bin Loungin'…In the film, you see only a shadow just before my character is - spoiler alert - killed. Full Story Back to Top
01-19-13 Mama Opens #1 at Box Office on Friday with Zero Dark Thirty at #2 (Deadbolt) Mama, produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring recent Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain, took in $10 million on Friday to lead the way over director Kathryn Bigelow's controversial Zero Dark Thirty at $4.6 million and Broken City, starring Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg, with $3 million. Both Mama and Zero Dark Thirty mark a one-two punch for Jessica Chastain who stars in both of Friday's top grossing films. Industry analysts have Mama on track to finish the weekend at $30-35 million. Full Story Back to Top
01-19-13 Jessica Tells Jimmy Fallon She Was Once Mickey Mouse - Video (TheImproper) "I've worked for so long. I mean, I went to college for (acting); I had really odd jobs as an actress when I couldn't get an audition," she said. "One time, someone paid me a hundred bucks and I wore a Mickey Mouse costume and went to a child's birthday," say said, breaking out her Mickey Mouse voice. Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-19-13 Jessica Nominated for Oscar on Her Birthday (American Superstar Magazine) After being nominated on her birthday by the Academy last week for her portrayal of a tenacious CIA agent in pursuit of Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, Chastain won the Golden Globe Sunday night and appears to be front runner for the Oscar. "It was a bittersweet birthday for me because I was on an airplane and I woke up," Chastain told reporters at the Globes last weekend. "Then Kathryn Bigelow came over to me and said, 'Congratulations. You got nominated for an Oscar.' And I was so excited I wanted to scream and, like, yelp… In 2013, she'll be seen in Tar, an omnibus look at author C.K.Williams' life, and opposite James McAvoy in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby about the ups and downs in the relationship of a New York City couple. Full Story Back to Top
01-19-13 Jessica Speaks about Dark Shadows, Westerns, and James Bond (Indiewire) [Question:] What are your favorite horror movies? And you were in a TV remake of "Dark Shadows," right? [Answer:] I was Carolyn Stoddard in "Dark Shadows." It's never been seen before. Which I thought, when I was right out of school, "Oh this is my big moment!" And then the pilot was not picked up. [sighs] Sadly. I love "The Exorcist." I love "Jaws." And I saw those when I was far too young to see those films. It must have cemented something in me. There are a lot of great actresses in horror films - "Rosemary's Baby," "The Others." You think about Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Mia Farrow, Jamie Lee Curtis. So many women I really respect have done these great characters in horror films. And I'm excited. I hope to do even more! I love it so much. [Question:] Is there any genre you're really looking to do? [Answer:] A western. I want to hold a gun. [Question:] And you want to be a James Bond villain? [Answer:] Yeah, it's like… Enough of the graceful characters… I want to get my hands dirty. Full Story Back to Top
01-19-13 Jessica Signs Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks Sculpture (Examiner) Jessica Chastain was one of the stars to sign the Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks sculpture in support of teachers at the NBC Universal Golden Globes After Party Red Carpet on Sunday, January 13. Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks Travel Grant Competition is an award program in which teachers vie for the chance to travel, explore and share culture firsthand. Full Story Back to Top
01-18-13 Mama is Jessica's Best Performance Yet (Movieline) In Tree of Life, Jessica Chastain played a mother who could float. In Mama, she's attacked by one. Chastain shot this dignified little thriller in fall 2011 during the stretch when literally every arthouse theater played at least two of her pictures-between Tree, Coriolanus, The Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields and The Debt, she was indie cinema's inescapable new queen. Universal intended to release the Guillermo del Toro-produced Mama last October, but shelved it until the week after Chastain was nominated for an Oscar for Zero Dark Thirty. Is this her reputation-besmirching Norbit? Pshaw - for my money, it's her best performance yet. Full Story Back to Top
01-18-13 New Dating Rumor for Jessica: Jason Clarke (FansShare) For those following Chastain's love life, it seems that she has been keeping her current beau a secret. She was pictured a couple of weeks ago [can be seen here] on New Years Eve in NYC with her boyfriend, but as the pictures were taken from the back, it wasn't clear who the mystery man was. However, based on height and facial scruff, the man could be her 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Lawless' co-star Jason Clarke. Chastain gave a special shout-out to Clarke during her Golden Globes acceptance speech, although she didn't single out any other actors from the cast. Full Story Back to Top
01-18-13 Jessica No Longer in Denial about Her Fame (Belfast Telegraph) It just recently dawned on Jessica, who may take home the Best Actress trophy at this year's Oscars for her work in Zero Dark Thirty, that she is famous. "I used to be in denial about it," she told USA Today. "Up until six weeks ago. I used to just say, 'Oh, my life is exactly the same, because no one ever recognises me.' I have been working non-stop and when you're working, you're just staring at your feet most of the time. You don't see what's going on around you." Full Story Back to Top
01-18-13 Jessica Responds to Dating Rumors (Belfast Telegraph) Jessica is still too busy for romance. She laughs off rumours that she's dating fellow actor Tom Hiddleston. "It's not true at all. It's funny, two weeks ago I was dating - I'm not dating," she smiled. "But there was a rumour on Page 6 that I was dating [co-star] Edgar Ramirez. I love him, but he's just my friend." Full Story Back to Top
01-17-13 Mama Expected to Open at #1 This Weekend (LA Times) The low-budget horror movie "Mama" is expected to open at No. 1 with about $20 million, including Martin Luther King Day on Monday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Meanwhile, "The Last Stand," which marks former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's first starring role in a decade, is expected to have a weak opening of about $12 million…"Zero Dark Thirty," for which Jessica Chastain won the award as best actress in a drama, appears particularly well positioned after its strong $24-million nationwide opening last weekend. It remains the top seller on ticketing website Fandango. No. 1, however, is likely to go to "Mama," which stars Chastain and was produced by Guillermo Del Toro. Universal Pictures made the movie for about $15 million and has targeted a largely young, Latino and female audience. Full Story Back to Top
01-17-13 Mama Could Be #1 This Weekend (Entertainment Weekly) Jessica Chastain is having a banner week. On Sunday, the statuesque actress won a Golden Globe for her performance in Zero Dark Thirty, which simultaneously topped the box office with $24.4 million. Tomorrow, Chastain will attempt to replace herself at the top of the chart with the Guillermo Del Toro-directed horror flick Mama. And she's done all this while still performing in Broadway's The Heiress!... Here's how the box office may shake out over the four-day holiday weekend: 1. Mama - $21 million As Texas Chainsaw 3D proved two weekends ago, horror movies play well in January, and Universal's latest effort, Mama, which boasts a slim $15 million budget, should have no trouble scoring a solid opening weekend. Jessica Chastain's increased awards season visibility should lift the film's prospects, as will the cache of Del Toro's producing credit. Of course, hordes of horror-loving teens, who don't care much about awards prestige, will likely make up the most substantial part of the audience…2. Zero Dark Thirty - $19 million Following Chastain's Golden Globe win (and enduring chatter about director Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar snub), the controversial film may dip by only 25-30 percent and score another $18 million weekend, which would lift its total to $56 million. Full Story Back to Top
01-17-13 Zero Dark Thirty and Mama Top Fandango Ticket Sales (Broadway World) Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, reports that its top two daily ticket-sellers (Zero Dark Thirty and Mama) star Golden Globe Winner and Oscar Nominee Jessica Chastain… Zero Dark Thirty 23% [of ticket sales]; Mama 12%. Full Story Back to Top
01-17-13 Jessica Non-committal about Miss Julie (Boston Herald) Q: What's next? Chastain: I'm not sure yet. There's something, it hasn't been announced but it's pretty obscure, maybe ten people…. Like in typical Chastain fashion, I mean not a lot of people will see this, but I have a very -- it might be a Strindberg type thing but we'll see. Q: Is it not like a famous 'Miss Julie' or something like that? Chastain: [SHE MAKES A FACE LIKE YOU GUESSED IT PERHAPS?] Full Story Back to Top
01-17-13 Mama Receives Mixed Reviews (NewNowNext) Jessica Chastain is basically the frontrunner to win Best Actress at this year's Oscars, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, but there may be a little bit of a hiccup for Ms. Chastain that goes by the name of Mama. You see, the reviews for Chastain's new horror flick are not so great, and we all remember what happened to Best Supporting Actor frontrunner Eddie Murphy when Norbit came out…Now, to be fair, Mama is not getting anywhere near as dismal reviews as Norbit was, and even the bad ones tend to be positive about Chastain's performance. Full Story More Reviews Back to Top
01-17-13 Jessica Appears on Jon Stewart Daily Show (Jessica Chastain Network) As announced, Jessica was flawless last night as guest on Jon Stewart's daily show. You can watch it below. Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-17-13 Jessica's Best Looks (Wonderwall) Whether Jessica Chastain hits the red carpet or the street, she manages to turn heads with her classic, colorful style. And in honor of the starlet's new movie "Mama" in theaters Jan. 18, we're taking a look back at her most stylish moments. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
01-16-13 Mama and Zero Dark Thirty Battle for #1 at this Week's Box Office (Variety) Sony is on the hunt for another box office win this weekend with "Zero Dark Thirty," but Universal's debut chiller "Mama" -- one of four wide entries Friday -- could come up from behind in four days, thanks to its PG-13 rating and strong teen tracking. Guillermo del Toro exec produced "Mama," which cost just $15 million, could hit north of $17 million in three days with a $20 million four-day upside through Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Suspense pic about two feral girls, helmed by Andy Muschietti, is based on his short film of the same name. "Zero Dark Thirty" could hit similar heights if it drops roughly 30% from the pic's $24 million wide expansion last weekend. Full Story Back to Top
01-16-13 Del Toro Saw Jessica in The Debt (FANGORIA) When selecting parts that interest her from the flood of scripts sent her way, Chastain says she relies on an inner compass. "I always get a feeling about someone," she says..."And I had the same feeling when I met with Andy-someone who has their own point of view, and not just a technician who has been hired to tell a generic story. Andy has his own vision, but he's also incredibly collaborative and listens to my ideas on my character. I find that very inspiring, artistically. "What really got me is that I met Guillermo first, and he had just seen me in THE DEBT. He was talking to me about the idea of a female character who is allowed to be strong but still allowed to be vulnerable-because for some reason, a lot of females in movies are either one or the other...The stakes are always really high [in horror movies]. I thought, 'Wow, that's interesting. I've never done that as an actor before, where I've had to sustain that intensity for a long time. I've also never done anything where sometimes the scene is one line, or no lines. I've always done movies that were more like plays." Full Story Back to Top
01-16-13 Jessica Discusses Mama (Flicks and bits) Mama's perfectly fine with the girls being there, as long as they love her best. Once they discover that Annabel is warm… even physically, the temperature of Annabel is warm! There's something they can get from Annabel that they can never get from Mama. As the story moves along you start to see their alliances shift, and that's what causes all hell to break loose. It sets Mama on this path to remove her obstacle of the children's affection…When you think of the most dangerous animal it's the mother trying to protect her cubs. Like, you know not to approach a mother Grizzly bear because they're so dangerous. Just like mothers have been known to lift cars off of children, there's something very powerful about a mothers protection. If a ghost is something that's an emotion, what if that emotion is that mothers protection? Then it becomes a very scary ghost. Full Story Back to Top
01-16-13 Jessica Talks about Working with the Girls in Mama (Flicks and bits) With the girls, what I love about them is that they're real children, they're not children trying to be adults - which is something you sometimes get with child actors. We would have dance parties, we would sing songs, they would make me drawings that I could hang in my dressing room. It was definitely a family environment on this set. I was so impressed with these girls. Full Story Back to Top
01-15-13 Mama a Playful, Elegantly-made Horror Film (Hollywood Reporter) A playful, elegantly made little horror film, Mama teasingly sustains a game of hide-and-seek as it tantalizes the audience with fleeting apparitions of the title character while maintaining interest in two deeply disturbed little orphan girls…Universal is refreshingly mindful of the less-is-more horror guidelines employed by 1940s master Val Lewton, not to mention Japanese ghost stories, but the PG-13 rating might prove too restrictive for the gory tastes of male core genre fans. Still, less bloodthirsty female teens could make up the difference at the box office, as the film provokes enough tension and gasps to keep susceptible viewers grabbing their armrests or the arms of those next to them. In essence, Mama represents a throwback and a modest delight for people who like a good scare but prefer not to be terrorized or grossed out…Muschietti…concentrated on the personal arc of Annabel, a self-absorbed scenester who gradually discovers something resembling a maternal instinct as the girls' emotional traumas are thrust upon her. Victoria, a bright child who had learned how to speak well before her father's freak-out, isn't such a problem, but Lilly remains more animal, or even insect, than human, scurrying around like a spider in her own little universe…Muschietti does a pretty good job of sustaining one's interest until finally needing to let the cat (or whatever it is) out of the bag. What this very hairy thing turns out to be is scarcely any surprise at all, but it's still good for a few more startling moments before being revealed in its full and eerie glory. The director cheapens his work's feel by overly relying upon loud and abrupt musical cues to unsettle the viewer, but the enterprise otherwise sports a classy profile thanks to Antonio Riestra's refined cinematography, Michele Conroy's expert editing and generally top production values. Full Story Back to Top
01-15-13 Rumors of Jessica Dating Tom Hiddleston are Untrue (Entertainmentwise) Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston were reported earlier today to be secretly dating, but a new source suggests that the rumour was untrue. According to MailOnline, the Golden Globe-winning actress - who previously said she would never date an actor - is "serious" with the British thesp, who has appeared in 'War Horse' and 'Thor'. A source had said: "Tom is taken with Jess and it's serious. Before Christmas she visited Britain to stay with him and meet all his family for the first time." However, speaking to Gossip Cop, a source close to Chastain said that the story "isn't true". Full Story Back to Top
01-15-13 New Mama Clip (Mania) Check out this new clip from del Toro's Mama. In this clip a search party finds the girls in a cabin. Full Story and Clip Back to Top
01-15-13 Del Toro Describes the Three Stages of Mama (I Am Rogue) Del Toro was more than happy to explain just what makes Mama special, saying, "What I love about Mama as a project, it is a great construction of a character. It's not just a ghost. We did three stages with Mama. We did one where the girls talk about her and before you see her. When they say, 'Mama is back,' it implies a lot. It implies a will and a personality on the ghost before you show it. Second stage is the speech of the old lady saying a ghost is a twisted emotion like a corpse in the sun. Then, you do it through the process of action where you show a shadow, you hear a noise, a closet door opens and the doctor makes the investigation that she was a mother - by the time you reveal Mama, you already have so many emotions and ideas about her, and when that is personified in that scarecrow of a figure, is super scary. You're not dealing with just a scary figure. You're dealing with a full blown character. That is much more satisfaction. Andy had the wisdom to show just enough - myself I would have probably shown more [laughs] - and I think he made the right choice." Full Story Back to Top
01-15-13 Kathryn Bigelow Responds to Controversy (LA Times) Now that "Zero Dark Thirty" has appeared in cinemas nationwide, many people have asked me if I was surprised by the brouhaha that surrounded the film while it was still in limited release, when many thoughtful people were characterizing it in wildly contradictory ways…As a lifelong pacifist, I support all protests against the use of torture, and, quite simply, inhumane treatment of any kind. But I do wonder if some of the sentiments alternately expressed about the film might be more appropriately directed at those who instituted and ordered these U.S. policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the screen…Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement. If it was, no artist would be able to paint inhumane practices, no author could write about them, and no filmmaker could delve into the thorny subjects of our time…Experts disagree sharply on the facts and particulars of the intelligence hunt…I think Osama bin Laden was found due to ingenious detective work. Torture was, however, as we all know, employed in the early years of the hunt. That doesn't mean it was the key to finding Bin Laden. It means it is a part of the story we couldn't ignore…Bin Laden wasn't defeated by superheroes zooming down from the sky; he was defeated by ordinary Americans who fought bravely even as they sometimes crossed moral lines, who labored greatly and intently, who gave all of themselves in both victory and defeat, in life and in death, for the defense of this nation. Full Story Back to Top
01-14-13 Jessica Talks about Mama Role (Twitch) This script was sent to me right after Tree of Life came out. So Tree of Life was at Cannes with Take Shelter. And all of a sudden, I started getting all these scripts sent to me with these really devoted wives and mothers. (Laughs) In Tree of Life, she's the most graceful, perfect mother in the world. So I realized that there is typing in Hollywood. And this got sent to me. I mean, this couldn't be further from The Tree of Life, the character of Annabel. She's definitely the reluctant mother, wants nothing to do with children. She's a bass guitarist in a punk band, who's not even that good that she'll ever be famous…And then she's forced to deal with the responsibility of these children. I was really moved by the hero's journey, this woman becoming a hero, becoming a selfless person…She's a little unlikable, she's a little selfish. And she grows a heart of gold by the end. Full Story Back to Top
01-14-13 Zero Dark Thirty is First to Use New Australia Promotion (B&T Marketing & Media) An interactive media campaign to support the release of Zero Dark Thirty has been launched by Icon Film Distribution, thanks to media agency Vizeum, out-of-home specialist Posterscope and NFC marketers Tapit. It is the first campaign of its type to support a movie launch in Australia. Audiences can access movie trailers and content through the mobiles using interactive out-of-home panels in shopping centres across the country. Full Story Back to Top
01-14-13 Jessica's Golden Globe Acceptance Speech (ITN) Jessica Chastain has won the Golden Globe for best actress for her role as a young female CIA agent who tracks down Osama bin Laden in thriller Zero Dark Thirty. "I've wanted to be an actor since I was a little girl and I've worked for a really long time and been on the sidelines for years," said the actress in her acceptance speech. Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-14-13 Stylist Elizabeth Stewart Busy at Golden Globes (Style) In the days leading up to the Golden Globes, L.A.-based celebrity superstylist Elizabeth Stewart is giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes account of what it takes to dress Hollywood's hottest starlets. This season, she's working with Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain, Les Misérables star Amanda Seyfried, Julia Roberts (who's presenting), and Cody Horn on their red-carpet looks. Full Story Back to Top
01-13-13 Jessica Recalls Oscar Nomination Announcement (PopSugar) "It was a bittersweet Thursday for me. We were on an airplane and then Kathryn came over to me and said, 'Congratulations, you got nominated for an Oscar,' and I wanted to scream, but I was worried I would be duct-taped to my seat by an air marshal. And I said, 'What about you?' and she said, 'No no, we are celebrating you.' It was a difficult moment for me, but the film and Kathryn were recognized with a best picture nomination." Full Story Back to Top
01-13-13 Jessica Named Best Actress in Drama at Golden Globes (Huffington Post) Jessica Chastain has won Best Actress, Drama at the 2013 Golden Globes awards. Chastain, who stars as a CIA analyst hunting for Osama bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty," beat Marion Cotillard ("Rust & Bone"), Helen Mirren ("Hitchcock"), Naomi Watts ("The Impossible") and Rachel Weisz ("The Deep Blue Sea") for the honor. Full Story Back to Top
01-12-13 Zero Dark Thirty Trending to Beat Gangster Squad in First Week (Broadway World) 'Best Picture' contender Zero Dark Thirty is set to not only take the weekend box office - but become director Kathryn Bigelow's biggest hit. The film, on Friday alone, took in over $9 million; it's expected to gross around $25 million for the weekend as a whole. "The public has spoken," a Sony exec told Deadline last night, commenting on Bigelow's Oscar snub…While THIRTY is proving nay-sayers completely wrong, Warner Bros.' so-so GANGSTER SQUAD, featuring an all-star cast, is underperforming. The film took in $6 million on Friday, expected to make around $18 million for the weekend - undershooting the $20 million expectation the studio had. Full Story Back to Top
01-12-13 Zero Dark Thirty #1 Box Office in First Day of Wide Release (TheHDRoom) The new thriller Zero Dark Thirty starring Jessica Chastain, shrugged off isolated criticism surrounding the film's torture sequences since the film's limited release to easily win the box office on its first day of wide release. The other newcomers, A Haunted House and Gangster Squad, were in a dead heat for a distant second and third place finish, respectively. Sony expanded Zero Dark Thirty to 2,937 theaters on Friday and benefited from the added exposure, racking up an impressive $9 million in ticket sales. That puts it in pace to easily top $20 million for the weekend, if not surpass $25 million. The film's total since its limited release that began last month now stands at $14.9 million and continues to climb. Full Story Back to Top
01-12-13 Jessica Does Not Spend a Lot of Money (Entertainmentwise) She might have been nominated for an Oscar, but Jessica Chastain has not been splashing her cash. The 'Zero Dark Thirty' actress told Parade magazine that her first ever major purchase was "a custom couch for my apartment in LA." I actually don't spend a lot of money on things. I still drive my 2006 Prius!" Full Story Back to Top
01-11-13 Hollywood Stars Appeal to Academy Actors to Vote Their Conscience against Zero Dark Thirty (CBS Local) The interfaith United For Justice and Peace, say that two Hollywood stars - namely Martin Sheen and Ed Asner - have issued an appeal to other actors to vote their conscience on whether to reward the movie with a win on Oscar night. Full Story Back to Top
01-11-13 Academy Member Speaks Out Against Zero Dark Thirty (New York Times) It's official: "Zero Dark Thirty" is now a political football not just in the United States Senate, where several senators have been challenging its portrayal of torture in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, but also within the voting ranks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. On Wednesday, the actor David Clennon - an Academy member known for his political activism as well as for roles in the movie "J. Edgar" and the television show "thirtysomething" - posted a strong statement on the Web site, saying that he would shun "Zero Dark Thirty" in the Oscar voting because, as he sees it, the film expresses an "easy tolerance" of torture. "At the risk of being expelled for disclosing my intentions," Mr. Clennon wrote, "I will not be voting for 'Zero Dark Thirty' - in any Academy Awards category." Full Story Back to Top
01-11-13 Zero Dark Thirty Predicted #1 at Wide Release Box Office (Big Hollywood) Sensei's weekend predictions and revenue results go as follows: 1. "Zero Dark Thirty" ($25 million) - Film will do very well, especially after its recent Oscar nominations. In an interesting note, "Zero" has made about as much in total box office ($4.9 million) as "Promised Land" ($5 million) showing in only 60 theaters. "Promised Land," in comparison, is playing in well over 1,600 theaters. Full Story Back to Top
01-11-13 Jessica Sings Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe Style (Orange UK News) Jessica Chastain showed off her singing skills on the red carpet of the Broadcast Film Critics Association's 18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Thursday by serenading a reporter to mark his birthday…E! News journalist Marc Malkin cornered her for a chat. Chastain turned the spotlight on the reporter after learning it was his special day, and began an impromptu version of Marilyn Monroe's seductive Happy Birthday song…On camera! It was her singing debut on camera!" Full Story Back to Top
01-10-13 Jessica's High School Drama Teacher Comments on Oscar Nomination (Times Reporter) Lee Elliott of Dover was the proud teacher Thursday morning when former student Jessica Chastain was announced as one of the five nominees for this year's Academy award as best actress for her performance in the acclaimed film "Zero Dark Thirty." "I was pretty confident that she would be nominated," said Elliott, who was Chastain's drama teacher all four years of high school while she was living and teaching in California...Elliott, who hopes to get to New York City to see Chastain in "The Heiress" on Broadway before the show closes in February, said she still has a letter Chastain wrote to her at the end of her senior year in high school. "She told me the most valuable lesson she learned of me during her four years of high school was the fact that you only get out of something what you put into it," said Elliott. "I was truly touched." Full Story Back to Top
01-10-13 Jessica Named Best Actress at Critics' Choice Movie Awards (Deadline) The Critics' Choice Movie Awards took place at the Barker Hanger at Santa Monica Airport…Steven Spielberg's historic film portrait also dominated the broadcast critics contenders with 13…Jessica Chastain was voted Best Actress for her work as a driven CIA analyst for Zero Dark Thirty…BEST EDITING "Zero Dark Thirty" - William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor. Full Story Back to Top
01-10-13 Can Zero Dark Thirty Win Best Picture without Best Director Nomination? (Slate Magazine) The most surprising snubs of this year's Oscar race are in the directing category: Ben Affleck (Argo) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), both considered shoo-ins for nominations, were shut out. Affleck and Bigelow can at least celebrate their nods for Best Picture-but Lincoln, with 12 nominations, has become the prohibitive favorite to win that one now. What are the odds that a movie that is not nominated for Best Director will win Best Picture? Very, very low. Only three films in the Oscar's past 84 ceremonies have won Best Picture without having been nominated for Best Director as well. Full Story Back to Top
01-10-13 Alexandre Desplat Wrote Zero Dark Thirty Score for Jessica's Character (Indie Wire) Can you talk about your approach for "Zero Dark Thirty?" It seems very minimal. I don't know what minimal means - does it mean there's no melody? Does it mean there's one instrument? Does it mean there's a hundred instruments playing softly? It's not a grand orchestral score… Well, you're wrong. It is. There are twelve cellists, nine bassists, sixteen or twenty horns. It's a huge orchestra. But it doesn't play loud. And it creates a very deep and dark type of sound without being in-your-face. Of course, we could have played very loud, but that wasn't the point. In that film, you have to be inside the battle and not outside the battle. And inside the warriors' heads. And the head of the warrior is the character played by Jessica Chastain. She doesn't talk much. She's the lead and she's the leader of the war. And that's what my score is following - her character, her chase, her personality. Full Story Back to Top
01-10-13 Jessica Learned to Play Bass for Mama (Contactmusic) The Zero Dark Thirty star learned to play the bass for her role in the spooky film and was upset when a performance scene was cut. But the lessons she took have encouraged her to follow her music dreams. She says, "I took bass lessons for about a month and I learned this song. Then, a week before we shot it I heard that the song was changed. Then I learned that. We shoot it (performance) and the camera goes from one band member to the next and then finally to me and the whole song has been played and (director) Andy (Muschietti) goes 'Cut!' I'm like, 'Andy you showed me three seconds playing the bass and I spent five weeks learning how to play!' Full Story Back to Top
01-10-13 Jessica Slept through Oscar Nomination Announcements (Zap2it) Jessica Chastain wasn't waiting by her television when the Oscar nominations in 2013 were announced. No, she revealed on the Critics' Movie Choice Awards 2013 red carpet that she actually was sleeping on an airplane flying to Los Angeles, and didn't realize until after she woke up that the Academy Award nominees had been announced. Since she was surrounded by some friends on the plane, she expected that one of them would have told her if she had earned a Best Actress nomination. Since no one did, Chastain assumed she didn't get any Academy Awards love... until "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow mouthed "congratulations" to her and she realized she was up for the award. Full Story Back to Top
01-10-13 Lincoln Leads in Oscar Nominations (The Virginian-Pilot) Steven Spielberg has matched his personal best at the Academy Awards: 12 nominations for his Civil War saga "Lincoln," including best picture, director and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. That ties the 12 nominations for his 1993 drama "Schindler's List," which won seven Oscars, including best picture and director…"Life of Pi" surprisingly ran second with 11 nominations, ahead of "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Les Miserables," which had been considered potential front-runners. "I thought we'd get a few, so this is really great for us," said "Life of Pi" director Ang Lee. "Eleven really surprised me. But it's a good surprise. I'm very happily surprised." More surprising were snubs in the directing category, where three favorites missed out: Ben Affleck for "Argo" and past Oscar winners Kathryn Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty" and Tom Hooper for "Les Miserables." Full Story Back to Top
01-10-13 Kathryn Bigelow Snubbed as Best Director (Salon) As expected, the film [Zero Dark Thirty] was among the nine best-picture nominees in Thursday morning's Academy announcements. But Kathryn Bigelow was denied a best-director nomination in a category many (myself included) thought she might well win. If Bigelow's omission was the biggest surprise of this morning's announcements, it wasn't the only one. Ben Affleck was denied a directing nomination for his Iran-hostage drama "Argo," and Tom Hooper, who won the directing prize two years ago for "The King's Speech," was similarly rejected for "Les Misérables." Also missing from the directing category was Quentin Tarantino of the bloody slave-revenge western "Django Unchained," but that's arguably less of a surprise given the Academy's traditional allergy to any and all material tinged with racial controversy. (Consider the fate of "The Help" in last year's Oscar season.) All three films were nominated within the promiscuous best-picture category, but are now far less likely to be regarded as serious contenders. Full Story Back to Top
01-10-13 Jessica's Oscar Nomination Profile (Indianapolis Star) Jessica Chastain, 35, in Zero Dark Thirty. Her role: Maya, an intense CIA officer who is dedicated to hunting down Osama bin Laden. Oscar history: Nominated for supporting actress as naive yet open-minded Southern belle Celia in 2011's The Help. Why she might win: As a rare woman to dominate an action thriller, Chastain's steely-eyed determination is as riveting as that of any macho man, but with a distinctly female sensibility. Why she might lose: Controversies over the film's depiction of torture could work against her. Full Story Back to Top
01-10-13 JESSICA NOMINATED FOR BEST ACTRESS OSCAR! (Huffington Post) Oscar nominations were doled out early Thursday morning by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone, with Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain among those with a chance at taking home the Academy Award for Best Actress. Quvenzhané Wallis, Naomi Watts and Emmanuelle Riva were also nominated in the category. [Zero Dark Thirty was also nominated for] Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Sound Editing, and Film Editing. Full Story Back to Top
01-09-13 Why Jessica Chose Mama (Eurweb) I don't want to be typed," said Chastain. "If someone tries to type me, I'm super stubborn and I will do the opposite. Like you know "Tree of Life" is one of my favorite things I've ever done, that character. It was probably the greatest gift I'd ever been given…This script was sent to me right after 'Tree of Life' came out, and so 'Tree of Life' was at Cannes with 'Take Shelter.' And all of a sudden, I started getting all of these scripts sent to me which were really devoted wives and mothers. When this got sent to me, and this couldn't be further from 'The Tree of Life,' I wanted to do the character of Annabel. She's definitely the reluctant mother, wants nothing to do with children. You know she's a bassist guitarist in a punk band who's not even that good that she'll ever be famous. She'd just be happy going to community college her whole life. Living with her sexy boyfriend in their loft and just hanging out. And then she's forced to deal with the responsibility of these children. I was really moved by the hero's journey, becoming a selfless person. I like that in the beginning she's a bit of a bitch and unlikable. Full Story Back to Top
01-09-13 First Mama Review (Comic Book Resources) Mama, the new supernatural thriller from director Andres Muschietti and producer Guillermo del Toro, is an enjoyable but flawed film, a charming scare-fest dragged down by poor character development and an inability to trust its audience. After a businessman snaps, kidnaps his two young daughters Victoria and Lilly (played by Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse) and disappears into thin air, his brother Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) sinks all of his money and time into trying to locate the missing family. Five years later, his obsession has pays off as his nieces are discovered living feral in the woods, with no trace of their father…A woman who practically throws a party after a negative pregnancy test and an "artist" who devotes all her free time to her (astoundingly terrible) band, Annabel becomes even more reluctant to serve as the girls' caretaker after learning that only Victoria can speak…Despite the insistence of the girls' shady therapist (Daniel Kash) that Mama is a figment of their imaginations, Annabel quickly realizes Mama is real, Mama is still visiting the girls … and Mama is not happy about Annabel taking her place…The best thing about the Universal Pictures film, like most of those del Toro is associated with, is the monstrous Mama herself. She's initially glimpsed out of the corner of the eye or hovering just out of focus, but when we finally do get the unencumbered view of the monster she's exactly as terrifying as those flashes suggests…the film plays with the idea of the monster in the closet, as Mama slithers under beds and behind open doors. Muschietti and co-writer Barbara Muschietti do a terrific job transforming Mama from horror-movie beast to three-dimensional character, all the more impressive by the fact that Mama speaks just once…Chastain's Annabel shines brightest when interacting with the kids, her apathy coming across clearly as she, Lilly and Victoria trade some of the film's funniest lines. Unfortunately Mama feels the need to drive home with a sledgehammer the message that Annabel doesn't want kids…Although there's a lot to love about Mama, the film would have been better off if all other characters and plot developments were jettisoned in favor of the engaging Annabel/girls/Mama conflict. It's a shame that Muschietti is compelled to bury his unique ghost story under a mountain of exposition, and not even the most tender Mama/Lilly scenes can make up for his reliance on tired Hollywood horror tropes. Full Story Back to Top
01-09-13 Jessica Interviews on Zero Dark Thirty Involvement (Collider) At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with Jessica Chastain. We talked about how she got involved in the project, her reaction to seeing the film, deleted scenes, the way things changed on set, and more. Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-09-13 Jessica Chokes Up Receiving National Board of Review Award from Al Pacino (Wall Street Journal) The controversial film also won for best picture and gave Jessica Chastain another best-actress credit for the role. Deeply touched by the award presented to her from friend and mentor Al Pacino, Ms. Chastain told The Wall Street Journal that she fought back tears during her acceptance speech. "I started speaking and I couldn't get the words and out. My throat closed up in a choke of emotion. He's the one who really took a chance on me and because of that I wouldn't be where I am in my career." Full Story Back to Top
01-09-13 Jessica Named Best Actress by Iowa Film Critics Association (Ottumwacourier) Members of the Iowa Film Critics Association have showered Steven Spielberg's biopic "Lincoln" with the lion's share of its awards…In the Best Actress category, Jessica Chastain was chosen for her performance in "Zero Dark Thirty." Full Story Back to Top
01-09-13 Lawless Blu-ray Releases January 14 - See Video Featurette (Total Film) Lawless is hitting DVD and Blu-ray next week, and we've got our hands on an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette. The video clip trains its focus on Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain, two of the most consistently impressive talents working today. That they shine amid a cast that includes Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce and a slew of character actors is a testament to that talent…Lawless is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 14 January 2013 by Momentum Pictures. Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-09-13 Zero Dark Thirty Wins Three from the National Board of Review Including Best Actress (Holy Moly!) The NBR awards saw…Jessica Chastain picking up Best Actress for her performance in Zero Dark Thirty. Best Film- ZERO DARK THIRTY; Best Actress- Jessica Chastain; Best Director- Kathryn Bigelow. Full Story Back to Top
01-09-13 Jessica will be on a Plane When Oscar Nominations are Announced (Star Magazine UK) ZERO DARK THIRTY star JESSICA CHASTAIN will face a nervous wait to find out if she's among the 2013 Oscar nominees on Thursday (10Jan13) - she'll be in the sky when the nods are announced in Hollywood…because she'll be flying between New York and Los Angeles. Full Story Back to Top
01-09-13 Guillermo Del Toro Talks about Mama and Casting Jessica Chastain (HitFix) When it came time to cast his supernatural horror film "Mama," Guillermo Del Toro knew he wanted "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jessica Chastain for the lead role - despite the fact that no one knew who she was yet. "Back in the day, Jessica Chastain was not well known," said Del Toro, sitting down with me recently to discuss the upcoming scare flick. "But she was already very prestigious and very choosy about what she wanted to do. So I started a very, very slow, prolonged courtship of her manager, her agent...and finally I got to meet Jessica, who loved the screenplay. She said 'Look, I love the character, it's a different color for me.' And we came out of that meeting with her understanding how a movie like this could be great for an actor." Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-09-13 Protesters Demonstrate at Washington Zero Dark Thirty Premiere (Politico) As soon as director Kathryn Bigelow walked onto the red carpet inside the Newseum where her film "Zero Dark Thirty" was being shown on Tuesday, about thirty anti-torture protestors stood just steps away from her. They dressed as prisoners of war, wearing orange jumpsuits and their faces covered in black fabric, similar to the terrorists depicted in Bigelow's film…the film has reignited the contentious torture debate. In one scene, a prisoner is waterboarded by CIA agents. In another, agents cram that same prisoner into water-cooler sized crate and later force him to walk like a dog. Critics say the film leads the audience to believe that torture works - since the mission depicted in the movie was ultimately successful in real life and bin Laden is dead. But Bigelow told POLITICO she wasn't trying to endorse a position, just start a conversation. "I think what's important to remember is it's a movie and not a documentary. It's just a movie. It's a dramatization of a 10-year manhunt compressed into two-and-a-half hours," she said. Full Story Back to Top
01-08-13 Video Interview with Jessica on Zero Dark Thirty (Hollywood) With only a few roles under her belt, Jessica Chastain has emerged has one of brightest stars in Hollywood, an actress who can slip into any role and layer it with an evocative performance. Her work in Zero Dark Thirty, the new film from Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, is no exception. Chastain raises the bar with her graceful approach to dark subject matters, as her character Maya is fully immersed (perhaps too much so) in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. According to Chastain, she doesn't share much in common with her operative counterpart. Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-08-13 Zero Dark Thirty Leads in Best Picture and Best Actress - So Far (The Atlantic Wire) The Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday and while that is the ultimate prize this year's movies are aiming for, a number of other honors have been handed out so far. We've been keeping track of some of those in regular posts we've called our Golden Tally, but now we're bringing it all together…Zero Dark Thirty [32.3%] is leading the pack for most honors in the top category, but is followed closely behind by Ben Affleck's Argo [25.8%]. While Zero Dark Thirty has won the prize handed out by the talked-about National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics' Circle…in the best actress race. Jessica Chastain won 12 prizes for her work as bin Laden-killer Maya in Zero Dark Thirty [37.5%]. Jennifer Lawrence picked up 10 for her performance as the unstable Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook [31.3%]…These charts, however, do not reveal a perfect formula for predicting the nominations come Thursday. Critics-who are handing out a majority of the awards that make up this data-do not always think the same way as Oscar voters. Oscar voting can be fraught with industry politics, whereas critics honor films they genuinely loved. Full Story Back to Top
01-08-13 Four Rejected Zero Dark Thirty Posters (NextMovie) The poster for "Zero Dark Thirty" is an impressive one, ominous and haunting in its simple, stark imagery and bold lettering…It surely took a lot of trial and error for Sony Pictures to get to that poster, though. Below you'll find some rejected one-sheets for this year's most controversial Oscar contender. [Not genuine Sony posters]. PHOTOS Full Story Back to Top
01-08-13 New 2.5 Minute Featurette Explores Mama (ComingSoon) Universal Pictures has debuted, via iTunes Movie Trailers, a new behind-the-scenes featurette that focuses on the upcoming Mama, the Guillermo del Toro-produced supernatural thriller starring Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain. Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-08-13 Zero Dark Thirty Showing at Gothenburg Film Festival (Hollywood Reporter) Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar favorite Zero Dark Thirty, the period drama Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightly and Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut Quartet are among the high-profile titles heading to the Gothenburg Film Festival later this month… This year's Gothenburg Festival, which runs through Feb. 4, will also include special sidebars on Chilean and Iranian cinema. Full Story Back to Top
01-08-13 Jessica Defends Zero Dark Thirty on Letterman - Video (Entertainment Weekly) Did the CIA give Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal inappropriate access to classified information about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden? The Senate Intelligence Committee is currently investigating that very question - but star Jessica Chastain doesn't seem to think the film's director and screenwriter did anything wrong…But seriously, folks: "I think it's important to know that the film is not a documentary," Chastain said, though she did also stress Zero Dark Thirty's authenticity. Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-08-13 Zero Dark Thirty Wins Three Awards from New York Film Critics Circle (Blockbuster Entertainment) 'Zero Dark Thirty' has been honoured by the New York Film Critics Circle. The prestigious group of 60 film buffs branded the gritty drama about the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden the Best Film of 2012, while Kathryn Bigelow picked up the gong for Best Director and Greg Fraser won Best Cinematography during Monday night's (07.01.13) star-studded celebratory dinner at New York's Crimson Club…Rachel Weisz surprised everyone by earning the vote for Best Actress for her performance in small romantic drama 'The Deep Blue Sea'. Full Story Back to Top
01-08-13 Jessica Changes Outfits between Letterman and Mama Screening - Numerous Photos (Daily Mail) Most of us have had to make a quick change at work before heading to an event. And it was no different for Jessica Chastain who changed out of a bold blue and red outfit into a lace evening gown after appearing on the Letterman show. The sexy black lace number was for a screening of her film Mama at the Landmark Hotel; it's a horror flick and therefore the Gothic glamour was subtly apt…Attention to detail: Jessica even had her toes painted a Gothic black for a screening of her horror film, earlier they were bright red. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
01-07-13 Zero Dark Thirty Wins Four Awards at Vancouver Film Critics Circle Including Best Actress (Globe and Mail) Vancouver film critics have chosen Zero Dark Thirty as the best film of the year, one of four awards the thriller picked up at the annual awards event Monday night. The Vancouver Film Critics Circle also named Kathryn Bigelow best director and Jessica Chastain best actress, while Mark Boal won for best screenplay for the film which follows the hunt for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Full Story Back to Top
01-07-13 Jessica Receives Two Awards from Alliance of Women Film Journalists (Variety) Zero Dark Thirty," along with "Amour" and "Searching for Sugar Man," snatched up kudos from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists' seventh annual EDA Awards. AWFJ, membership org of female film journos and crix from the U.S., Canada and Blighty, announced today its winners, which represent outstanding accomplishments by and about women in cinema. In the EDA "Best of" categories, thesps Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Daniel Day Lewis ("Lincoln") were feted for their leading roles… Best pic winner "Zero Dark Thirty" swept the AWFJ EDA "Best of" categories with five awards and landed two more in the female-centric EDA Focus Awards…Best Film: "Zero Dark Thirty"; Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow - "Zero Dark Thirty"; Best Screenplay, Original: Mark Boal - "Zero Dark Thirty"; Best Actress: Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty"; Best Editing: William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor - "Zero Dark Thirty"; Best Woman Director: Kathryn Bigelow - "Zero Dark Thirty"; AWFJ Award for Humanitarian Activism: Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty" Full Story Back to Top
01-07-13 Review: Zero Dark Thirty is an Instant Classic (Neon Tommy) In what can only be considered a true Congressional stamp of approval, an investigation into the movie Zero Dark Thirty (in theaters now) has allegedly been launched to find out if the CIA gave improper cooperation to the film's producers…While this investigation is taking place, the film is simultaneously being called "grossly inaccurate and misleading", by the same senators that have launched said investigation. What parts of Zero Dark Thirty senators and Congress think Americans won't be able to handle isn't exactly clear… Not quite lost in all the grandstanding, smoke screens and pointless allegations are two irrefutable facts, one boldly obvious and one hidden in the details: Zero Dark Thirty is an instant American cinema classic and it's arguably the most powerful feminist movie ever made in American cinema history. While most of the actors in the film should be commended for their efforts, Jason Clarke is vicious for the ages and Jimmy Gandolfini as Leon Panetta was an especially creative and rewarding casting achievement, it feels a little misguided to commend actors when there are real people out there who lived the scenes depicted. Relative newcomer Jessica Chastain's rousing turn as Maya - who is said to be based on a real, unidentified person - is the exception. Hers is a performance that has truly made history…every American should go see Zero Dark Thirty and take the time to remember the name of CIA operative Maya. Full Story Back to Top
01-07-13 Oblivion and Zero Dark Thirty: The Battle for Jessica (GQ) "When Kathryn cold-called me, asking whether I would be interested in this role, I was already working on another movie. I'd already signed up for it." And it wasn't just any old movie either. The film was Oblivion starring Tom Cruise. Big budget. Big production. Big deal. "Tom was actually very generous about it," she explains. "I wanted to do both but in the end I couldn't work it out." The actress, as is her way, is playing down the tug-of-war that broke out between the two studios. They both wanted Chastain. Badly. Zero Dark Thirty's Mark Boal explains further: "It's hugely flattering for Kathryn and myself. But from a business point of view, to make that shift happen was pretty challenging. When an actor you want in your film is already signed up with another studio - and with Tom Cruise? Those were really interesting outcalls to make, let me tell you. But Jessica was a no brainer for us. She showed extraordinary range across a variety of very different roles. We are very lucky to have got her." Full Story Back to Top
01-07-13 Pacifist Jessica Chastain Talks about Torture in Zero Dark Thirty (Wall Street Journal) I'm a pacifist. I would never choose to be in a film that supported violence against others. I believe that if you can listen to someone with compassion that has hurt you, usually that solves more problems than revenge. I just find it very confusing why some people are focusing on that part of the film. I know that Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow worked very hard to research the story and try to create something that was as truthful as possible along the lines of how America participated in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. That does include torture. To say it wasn't part of our history, I find that to be the greatest wrong. It would have been to sweep it under the rug…The torture in our film doesn't work. When we do torture-yes [the detainee] had been tortured before he gave the [courier's] name. All information we tried to get from him about the attack on the Khobar Towers, that we used through force and intensive interrogations, i.e. waterboarding, doesn't work. He keeps saying, "I don't know, I don't know." In the scene where we trick him, and we give him hummus and treat him like a human being, is when he says a name. He doesn't feel like he's really giving something up. Also, there's another intense interrogation scene where Maya is with Abu Faraj. He will not give her anything, no matter what she's doing…I think it's so subtle, because we don't come out and say "This is wrong." We just say, "This is what we did in our history on this hunt. Do you think it was right or do you think it was wrong?" Full Story Back to Top
01-07-13 Mama Releases 10 New Stills (ComingSoon) Universal has released ten new stills from the upcoming Mama, the Guillermo del Toro-produced supernatural thriller starring Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
01-07-13 Is Jessica Going to be in Miss Julie? (Indie Wire) Last summer, cinephiles got a bit of a surprise when Ingmar Bergman's muse Liv Ullmann revealed that she was preparing to shoot her next directorial project, "Miss Julie," this year in Ireland, and that Michelle Williams was reportedly attached…At a press conference today for the upcoming, Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror "Mama," star Jessica Chastain was asked what she'd be doing next. "It hasn't been announced but it might be a Strindberg thing. It hasn't been announced yet," she teased. When pressed if it was "Miss Julie," the actress put her finger to her nose…The story concerns the titular Julie, who is drawn to Jean, a footman, who in turn is engaged to Christine, a servant and cook. And the play revolves around the powerplay between the three. The latter part of Christine is sort of a second fiddle role, and we don't see Chastain taking it on, so we figure she's replacing Williams. But if both are involved? Full Story Back to Top
01-06-13 Jessica Named Best Actress by Online Film Critics (Awards Daily) Online Film Critics Pick Argo Best Picture…Best Actress Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty). Full Story Back to Top
01-06-13 Zero Dark Thirty Has Strong Box Office Receipts from Expansion to Sixty Theaters (Chicago Tribune) "Zero Dark Thirty" made the most of its expansion this weekend, running up a very strong $45,834 per-screen average from 60 locations in 11 U.S. cities. Kathryn Bigelow's tale of the hunt for Osama bin Laden brought in $2.75 million, after expanding from five locations in two markets this weekend in the wake of several nominations from the Producers Guild (PGA) and Writers Guild (WGA). Its overall total after three weeks is $4.4 million. Sony plans to go wide next week, after Thursday's Oscar nominations. Full Story Back to Top
01-06-13 Four New Clips from Mama Released (shocktillyoudrop) Universal has provided with four clips from Mama, the Guillermo del Toro-produced supernatural thriller starring Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain. The film opens in theaters January 18th. Full Story and Videos Back to Top
01-06-13 New Mama Interviews from Jessica and other Mama Cast and Crew (Chastain Central) Trailer Addict has an interesting video interview of Jessica on Mama. See also Del Toro Interview, Megan Charpentier interview, and Barbara Muschietti interview. Back to Top
01-04-13 Jessica Juggles The Heiress and Seasonal Awards Shows (ShowBiz411) A featured Broadway player-even with awards to attend to-can only take so many nights off or disappoint ticket holders…she'll be replaced by her capable understudy only on January 10th and 13th, to accommodate the Critics Choice Awards on the 10th (on the CW Network, live, 8pm Eastern), the Golden Globes on Sunday January 13th (infamously on NBC) and then the Screen Actors Guild Awards (TNT) on January 27th. And yes, this does suggest that she will fly back to New York right after the Critics Choice Awards, do a show on Friday, two on Saturday, then fly back to L.A. for the Globes, and then fly back to New York on Monday. Whew! Chastain is in a heavy race with Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook") as the front runners for Best Actress this year…"The Heiress"…closes February 10th, giving Jessica enough time to prepare for Oscar night. Full Story Back to Top
01-04-13 Jessica Almost Missed the Role in Zero Dark Thirty (Inquirer) Jessica Chastain almost did not get to do the role in "Zero Dark Thirty," for which many critics consider her as the Best Actress frontrunner in this awards season…"They made an inquiry about me for this film," shared the actress. "I wasn't available, schedule-wise. You usually don't hear about that, because the worst thing to hear from your agent is, 'By the way, Kathryn Bigelow wanted to work with you, but you can't do it.' So, I didn't even know about it. It wasn't until the end of November (2011) that I got a telephone call from Kathryn on my cell phone. She left a message after I had heard about the movie from Megan Ellison (one of the film's producers)."…[Jessica] was hooked when she sat down to read Mark's screenplay. She enthused, "I immediately said, 'I want to do this!' I felt like I understood this woman-I understood the idea of becoming a servant to this drive that she has. It was just a schedule conflict that we needed to work out. Everyone did whatever they could. Thank God it happened because, after reading the script, it could have broken my heart had I not been able to play her!" Then came the harder part-Jessica couldn't divulge the role she was playing until recently. "I read the script in November over a year ago," she recalled. "I'm the worst at keeping secrets, so when I got the part, I wanted to scream it from the mountaintops-and I couldn't! I had to keep it all quiet until several weeks ago, actually." Full Story Back to Top
01-04-13 Lawmakers Accuse CIA of Misleading Zero Dark Thirty Regarding Harsh Methods (Jakarta Post) A three-year Senate investigation showed that such methods produced no useful intelligence. The CIA's acting director, Michael Morell, recently contradicted that, saying harsh techniques did produce some tips that led to bin Laden. In a letter to the CIA this week, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, John McCain and others asked Morell to back up his claim and to share documents showing what the filmmakers were told. Full Story Back to Top
01-03-13 Jessica Was Bigelow's First Choice to Drive Zero Dark Thirty ( The script ended up with more than 120 speaking roles and 112 sets, with the lead role of Maya - a CIA analyst who unapologetically and obsessively tracks down bin Laden in order to kill him - requiring an actress who could portray steely resolve while navigating the labyrinthine world and linguistic gymnastics of real-life espionage. Chastain, a first-time Oscar nominee for The Help, was Bigelow's first choice for the role. "I just felt that her intensity, her focus, her innate intelligence was something that would give the character an incredible amount of credibility," she says. Among the keys for getting into Maya's head was learning the reality of life as a CIA analyst - including the importance of status in that world, which is essential to Maya's character arc. "Maya is at the very bottom end of it and as she actually starts to fight back against it, she claims her own status to get people to listen to her," Chastain says. The intensity of shooting on a very tight schedule in such distant places as Jordan and India also informed Chastain's take on Maya. "Being a woman in that part of the world, it changes your energy and your physicality," says Chastain. "It desexualizes you because you don't want to be seen as a woman." Full Story Back to Top
01-02-13 Senate Intelligence Committee Probe on Zero Dark Thirty is Under Way (The Atlantic Wire) The probe by the Senate Intelligence Committee is currently underway and will attempt to discover who talked director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal (pictured above) into thinking it was okay to include the infamous torture scenes. Or simply who talked to Bigelow and Boal in the first place. The congressional inquiry comes after weeks of very loud and very public scrutiny of the film, largely by lawmakers and the intelligence community. Full Story Back to Top
01-02-13 Jessica Tells InStyle Magazine: No Hollywood Romances for Her! (Daily Mail) Speaking in an interview with the February edition of InStyle magazine, she said: 'I have a rule. No actors. 'I have dated an actor before, at Juilliard [drama school], but since then, I've only been on a couple of dates with one and I was so freaked out someone was going to take a picture of us, because they were famous. 'I realised I wanted just to be able to hang out with someone… And I didn't want to talk about the business, first of all. I love movies. But I love talking about them like when I was 15 years old. I'm a film fan, but I don't want to talk about auditions or what movie I'm gonna do. I find that so boring.' Refusing to reveal who the mystery man was, the redhead beauty remained equally guarded about her current beau, only divulging that 'some people in the fashion world' know who he is. Full Story Back to Top
12-28-12 Zero Dark Thirty Receives Four Golden Globe Nominations (AceShowbiz) The Vancouver Film Critics Circle has just announced the nominees for its 13th annual awards to be held on January 7, 2013 in Vancouver, Canada…BEST FILM; BEST ACTRESS - Jessica Chastain; BEST DIRECTOR - Kathryn Bigelow; BEST SCREENPLAY - Mark Boal. Full Story Back to Top
12-28-12 Zero Dark Thirty Grosses almost $1 Million in Eight Days in only Five Theaters (Indie Wire) After a huge first weekend, "Zero" held strong through the week, grossing $118,000, $112,000 and $87,000 through December 24-26, respectively -- in just 5 theaters. It maintained by far the best per-theater-average of any film in release, and took its total to $956,000 after 8 days of release. It should have crossed the $1 million mark last night. "Zero Dark Thirty" will expand nationwide just after the Academy Award nominations, where it is widely suspected to get a bunch of major mentions. Full Story Back to Top
12-28-12 Jessica Doing Well as a Thirty-something Actress (The Independent) In an era and an industry where youth is prized, it is remarkable that an actress in her thirties should emerge, from what seems like nowhere, to contest two awards races in consecutive years. Of the other thirtysomething actresses to appear on recent Oscar shortlists, Kate Winslet starred in Titanic aged 21; Michelle Williams - Chastain's erstwhile roommate - was 17 when Dawson's Creek was first broadcast; Anne Hathaway made The Princess Diaries at 18; and Natalie Portman broke through in Leon at just 13. Perhaps the only comparable star today is Amy Adams, who made her screen debut in 1999's Drop Dead Gorgeous, but didn't receive her first Academy Award nomination (for Junebug) until 2005, when she was 30. Chastain is at an age when many actresses might begin to worry about the lack of roles that await them in middle age; instead, she is thriving. Perhaps concerned by Hollywood's inherent ageism, she has in the past declined to reveal her exact age to the media. Full Story Back to Top
12-28-12 Scary Mama Short with New Introduction by Del Toro (ScreenCrush) Next month will see the release of 'Mama', the latest spookfest from producer Guillermo del Toro. Starring Jessica Chastain, the film is the feature debut for director Andy Muschetti, who got his chance at the big time when del Toro saw his short film of the same name - which we now have for your viewing pleasure, complete with an introduction by Guillermo del Toro himself! Full Story and Video Short Back to Top
12-27-12 Jessica Will Miss Three Heiress Performances for Awards (Playbill) Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, who is currently performing the role of Catherine Sloper in the Broadway revival of The Heiress, has been nominated for a Golden Globe, Critic's Choice and SAG Award for her role in "Zero Dark Thirty." The actress will miss three performances of the Broadway production in order to attend ceremonies for each of the aforementioned awards. Mairin Lee will perform the role of Catherine Sloper on Jan. 10, 2013 (Critics Choice Award Ceremony), Jan. 13 (Golden Globes Award Ceremony) and Jan. 27 (SAG Awards Ceremony). Full Story Back to Top
12-26-12 Jessica's Top Ten Red Carpet Looks for 2012 (Hollywood Reporter) Jessica Chastain's stylist Elizabeth Stewart has chosen the Oscar ("The Help") nominee's top ten favorite looks from 2012. Chastain has now been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild and a Golden Globes Award for her role as Maya, a tough as nails CIA analyst who discovers Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan hideout in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty". Can as Oscar nod be far behind? Keep your eye on the red carpets for more winning looks from this actress. Full Story Back to Top
12-26-12 Jessica will not be in Good People (Just Jared) While it has been reported that Jessica has been offered a role in James Franco's upcoming drama Good People, sources exclusively tell that she will not be taking the role. "She wanted to do it but passed as she wasn't available when production wanted to shoot. Full Story Back to Top
12-24-12 Jessica comes in Second on Best Dressed List (International Design Times) The moment Jessica Chastain stepped onto the carpet at the Academy Awards last February, her black-and-gold Alexander McQueen gown became an endless source of debate: Elegant or overdone? Dramatic or heavy? With delicate features and a porcelain complexion, the 35-year-old has often chosen light-and-airy numbers. So the Sarah Burton gown with a heavy corset and embroidery was an unusual choice. The risk paid off, though, because most fashion insiders adored the regal style. Gold also suited the redhead at the "Lawless" premiere in Cannes. This time donning a creation by Gucci Premiere, Jess looked ethereal. Full Story Back to Top
12-24-12 Zero Dark Thirty takes in $639,000 from Five Theaters in First Week (Wilkes Barre Times-Leader) The backlash in Washington over "Zero Dark Thirty" didn't reach the box office, as Kathryn Bigelow's CIA thriller got off to an excellent start in limited release. Playing in five theaters, the film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden grossed $410,000 over the weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. That amounts to a robust per-theater average of $82,000 - the fourth highest of the year for a movie in limited release, behind "The Master," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Lincoln." The movie, which Sony opened Wednesday in an effort to spread positive word of mouth about the picture before the crowded weekend, has now collected $639,000 in all. Full Story Back to Top
12-23-12 Jessica Named Best Actress by Nevada Film Critics (Latinos Post) "Argo" picked up two best picture wins over the weekend from the Nevada and Oklahoma Film critics…it is becoming increasingly clear that "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are the top two films competing in awards season…Nevada Film Critics: Best Actress: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty). Full Story Back to Top
12-23-12 Jessica Named Best Actress by Oklahoma Film Critics Circle (NewsOK) The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, a statewide group of professional film critics of which I am a founding member currently serving as secretary/treasurer, has announced its seventh annual list of awards for achievement in cinema…Best actress honors went to Jessica Chastain for her captivating performance in "Zero Dark Thirty" as Maya, a CIA operative who leads the nearly decade-long mission to find Osama Bin Laden. Full Story Back to Top
12-21-12 Jessica Offered Role in Good People with James Franco (The Wrap) Jessica Chastain has been offered a role in the big-screen adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel "Good People" with James Franco…Millennium Films is packaging the film, which follows a couple in their 30s in severe debt who finds the tenant in their downstairs apartment has died and left a stack of cash. If they take the money, all of their problems will be solved. But that's when bad things start happening to good people. Henrik Genz is directing the film…The novel was published in 2009. Sakey's other credits include "The Blade Itself" and "The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes." Chastain has been offered a number of other roles recently, including "The Double Hour." Full Story Back to Top
12-21-12 Acting CIA Director States Zero Dark Thirty is a Dramatization taking Significant Artistic License (hollywoodreporter) "What I want you to know is that Zero Dark Thirty is a dramatization, not a realistic portrayal of the facts," Morell wrote to agency employees in a letter that was posted Friday afternoon on the CIA's public website. "CIA interacted with the filmmakers through our Office of Public Affairs but, as is true with any entertainment project with which we interact, we do not control the final product." Zero Dark Thirty, he wrote, "takes significant artistic license, while portraying itself as being historically accurate." Morell's unusual letter comes two days after a bipartisan trio of senior senators -- Diane Feinstein, John McCain and Carl Levin -- sent their own letter to Sony Pictures. Full Story Back to Top
12-21-12 New Photo Stills from Mama (Dread Central) Okay then, who's up for several new stills from the Guillermo del Toro-produced and Andres Muschietti-directed supernatural chiller Mama? Yeah, we kind of figured you cats would be. Read on for the goods. Mama stars Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse and Daniel Kash. Look for it in theaters on January 18, 2013. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
12-21-12 Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln Battle for Best Picture Oscar (San Jose Mercury News) Now that the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild have weighed in with their nominations, the Oscar race for best picture is finally solidifying as films locking down their positions. Right now, it appears at least six films are sure things: "Zero Dark Thirty," "Lincoln," "Les Miserables," "Argo," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Life of Pi." The distance between the top two appears to be minuscule. So, the remaining question is which movies will fill out the list of 10 nominees -- presuming 10 films get enough votes to qualify. We will continue to update the rankings regularly until the nominations are announced Jan. 10. Full Story Back to Top
12-21-12 Jessica Named Best Actress by Black Film Critics Circle (Eurweb) The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) has voted "ZERO DARK THIRTY" Best Film of 2012, Kathryn Bigelow Best Director for "ZERO DARK THIRTY", Jessica Chastain Best Actress for "ZERO DARK THIRTY". Full Story Back to Top
12-21-12 Last Showing of The Heiress is February 10 (Virtual-Strategy Magazine) After the holiday tourist rush is through, Broadway traditionally experiences a lull in business, prompting many shows to close before the Tony Awards® season hits in the spring. This year, several shows have already announced their closing dates…the revival of "The Heiress," starring Jessica Chastain of "The Help," plays its final performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Feb. 10. Full Story Back to Top
12-20-12 Jessica Tied as Best Actress at Utah Film Critics Association (Salt Lake Tribune) The drama "Zero Dark Thirty," which tracks the CIA's decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden, was named the best movie of 2012 by the Utah Film Critics Association…The Utah critics spread the love around, as "Zero Dark Thirty" was the only multiple winner. It also received a best-actress award for Jessica Chastain's performance as a driven CIA agent. Chastain shared the honor with Jennifer Lawrence, for her performance in the comedy "Silver Linings Playbook." Full Story Back to Top
12-20-12 Will Release of Zero Dark Thirty Provoke Violent Protests against the U.S.? (Washington Times) Could the release of "Zero Dark Thirty" provoke violent protests against the U.S. in response to the film's searing depictions of "enhanced interrogation"…the film steers clear of depicting Islam's Prophet Muhammad or showing the Koran being desecrated - two acts considered blasphemous by many Muslims. Muslims have expressed outrage in response to the anti-Islam video "Innocence of Muslims," the unintentional burning of Korans and a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper. Although "Zero Dark Thirty" doesn't enter into any of that territory and nothing suggests a similar chain of events will follow the film's release, a senior defense official said U.S. forces are always on alert. "I doubt extremist murderers are going to garner much sympathy in the West or in the Muslim world, but we'll keep an eye on things," the official said. Full Story Back to Top
12-20-12 Jessica Named Best Actress by St. Louis Film Critics (STLtoday) The 30 members of the St. Louis Film Critics group have announced the winners in their annual movie poll… Best Actress: Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty")…Best Original Screenplay: "Zero Dark Thirty" (Mark Boal). Full Story Back to Top
12-20-12 Zero Dark Thirty Shatters Record for Wednesday Platform Opening (Boxoffice) Sony estimates that Zero Dark Thirty managed $124,848 from only 5 locations on its first day of release. A final number is due later today. That's a new unadjusted high for a Wednesday platform opening…The debut shatters the Wednesday platform opening of $53K that J. Edgar managed last November from 7 locations. Full Story Back to Top
12-20-12 Jessica Loses Control of Her Red Locks (Entertainmentwise) Jessica Chastain may star as a tough uncompromising CIA agent after Osama bin Laden in new movie 'Zero Dark Thirty', but the star had a few problems tackling a rather more common adversary when leaving her new play; the wind. Chastain's coiffured hair was made to stand on end by the inclement conditions, which were no respecter of her status as an Oscar favourite. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
12-20-12 Judicial Watch Files Reply Brief Regarding Zero Dark Thirty (Right Side News) Judicial Watch announced yesterday that it has filed a reply brief with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking access to the names of the five Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) bin Laden raid operatives disclosed by the Obama Department of Defense (DOD) and the CIA to Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the filmmakers behind the critically acclaimed and controversial film Zero Dark Thirty...Documents previously uncovered by Judicial Watch reveal that the Obama administration sought to have "high visibility" into bin Laden-related projects, and granted Boal and Bigelow unusual access to agency information in preparation for their film. However, Obama administration officials also disclosed in sworn court documents related to this lawsuit that the sensitive information released to Bigelow and Boal could cause an "unnecessary security and counterintelligence risk" if released to the public. The admission seems to contradict the public statement by Obama White House spokesman Jay Carney regarding the controversy: "We do not discuss classified information," Carney told reporters. Full Story Back to Top
12-20-12 Zero Dark Thirty Named Best Film by Austin Film Critics Association (Austin American-Statesman) The Austin Film Critics Association has named Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" the best film of the year. The epic saga that follows the search for Osama bin Laden was written by Mark Boal and stars Jessica Chastain. It's scheduled to open in Austin Jan. 11. Full Story Back to Top
12-20-12 Jessica Talks about Jen from No Easy Day (GMA News) "When we finished the movie, when the Navy Seal book 'No Easy Day' came out. I raced to go read it, because I was like, 'I need to know if my character is in the book!' And they talk about Jen, the young CIA girl. Well, everything matched up. She was the only one that said 100 percent 'he is there.'... They talked about how she had been on it close to a decade and they were only on it for 40 minutes. They said she was crying on the airplane afterwards." Full Story Back to Top
12-19-12 Zero Dark Thirty Exceeds Box Office Receipts in Five Limited-Release Theaters (Hollywood Reporter) Kathryn Bigelow's high-profile Zero Dark Thirty is off to a strong start at the holiday box office, even as Washington lawmakers take it to task. Opening on Wednesday in five theaters in New York and Los Angeles, the film was No. 1 in all five locations by late afternoon, pacing ahead of films including Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Box-office observers expect Zero Dark Thirty to score an impressive opening-day theater average of roughly $34,000, well ahead of the $9,000 or $10,000 that Sony was expecting. Full Story Back to Top
12-19-12 Jessica Named Best Actress by Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (Dallas Morning News) The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association has chosen Lincoln as the best movie of 2012…Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) best actress…Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) won for best director. Full Story Back to Top
12-19-12 Jessica: "I want to do everything!" (Auburn Citizen) Even though she's managed to pack more films into an 18-month period than would seem physically possible and will, on this day, finish an afternoon of press interviews with an evening performance of "The Heiress" on Broadway, she's not lacking energy. "I want to do crazy villains in comic book movies with accents and scars!" she continues, shining with childlike enthusiasm. "I want to do it all. I think I have to calm down and be like: You don't have to do it all, right now. Hopefully, you'll be around for a few years." Sticking around is at this point assured for Chastain who last year emerged as an actress of seemingly limitless range, with throwback beauty and the subtlety of a chameleon. Full Story Back to Top
12-19-12 Director Bigelow Had to Have Jessica for Zero Dark Thirty (Auburn Citizen) Bigelow, the Oscar-winning director of "The Hurt Locker," was set on casting Chastain. "We moved heaven and earth for this woman," says Bigelow. "This is a fairly complex piece and required somebody with great verbal agility. But as importantly, the precision of her carefully calibrated and nuanced performance, I've seen in her other work but never to the extent I've seen in this." It's a kind of magic act that Chastain does that can even surprise her directors. Jeff Nichols, who directed her in "Take Shelter," had heard good things about her and found her charming, but because it was before most of her films saw the light of day, her talent was evident only once work started. "I hadn't seen anything of hers that was this lightning rod thing," said Nichols. "I just cast her. I didn't really know what I had until I got there." Full Story Back to Top
12-19-12 Sony Responds to letter from Senators McCain, Feinstein, and Levin (Gretawire) This was a 10-year intelligence operation brought to the screen in a two-and-a-half-hour film. We depicted a variety of controversial practices and intelligence methods that were used in the name of finding bin Laden. The film shows that no single method was necessarily responsible for solving the manhunt, nor can any single scene taken in isolation fairly capture the totality of efforts the film dramatizes. One thing is clear: the single greatest factor in finding the world's most dangerous man was the hard work and dedication of the intelligence professionals who spent years working on this global effort. We encourage people to see the film before characterizing it. Kathryn Bigelow & Mark Boal. Full Story Back to Top
12-19-12 Senators Feinstein, Levin, and McCain Send Letter of Rebuke to Sony for Zero Dark Thirty (Chastain Central) US Senators Feinstein, Levin, and McCain sent a letter to Sony accusing Zero Dark Thirty of falsely portraying torture as effective in the hunt of bin Laden. Click to see the Complete Letter Back to Top
12-19-12 Zero Dark Thirty Releasing in India on February 1 (Washington Bangla Radio) PVR Pictures is all geared up to release the much awaited 'Zero Dark Thirty' in India on the 1st of Feb, 2013. Zero Dark Thirty is the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man. The film has bagged four prestigious nominations at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. These include Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) - Jessica Chastain, Best Director (Motion Picture) - Kathryn Bigelow and Best Screenplay (Motion Picture) - Mark Boal. Full Story Back to Top
12-18-12 Jessica Has the Most Wins for Best Actress So Far (8) and Three Major Nominations (Alt Film Guide) Jennifer Lawrence was this movie awards season's top Best Actress choice for David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook - until this afternoon. Since then, Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain has surpassed Lawrence to become this awards season's top Best Actress - for now…Curiously, Jessica Chastain was rarely mentioned as a top Best Actress contender until a few weeks ago (perhaps because of all the secrecy surrounding Kathryn Bigelow's depiction of the hunt for Osama bin Laden). Jennifer Lawrence, for her part, has been a top contender for quite some time, even though she has what amounts to a supporting role in Silver Linings Playbook. (The film is centered on the unbalanced character played by Bradley Cooper.) The third wheel in the 2012 / 2013 Best Actress race is Amour's 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva…# Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty: 8 wins (Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Florida, Indiana, National Board of Review, Phoenix, St. Louis, Washington). 3 nominations: (Critics Choice, Golden Globes, SAG Awards). # Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook: 7 wins (Austin, Detroit, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles [tied with Emmanuelle Riva], Satellite, Southeastern). 4 nominations (Critics Choice, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Spirit Awards). # Emmanuelle Riva, Amour: 5 wins (Boston, European Film Awards, Los Angeles [tied with Jennifer Lawrence], New York Online, San Francisco). 1 nomination: (Critics Choice). Full Story Back to Top
12-18-12 Zero Dark Thirty Has the Most Wins for Best Film So Far (7) and Two Major Nominations (Alt Film Guide) Two movies dealing with American government forces vs. Islamic radicals are the leaders this awards season: Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Ben Affleck's Argo…# Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty: 7 wins (Austin, Boston, Chicago, National Board of Review, New York, New York Online, Washington). 2 nominations (Critics Choice, Golden Globes). # Ben Affleck's Argo: 4 wins (Florida, Phoenix, St. Louis, San Diego). 2 nominations (Golden Globes, Critics Choice). # Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master: 3 wins (Kansas City, San Francisco, Toronto). 1 nomination (Critics Choice). # Michael Haneke's Amour: 3 wins (Los Angeles, European Film Awards, Cannes). Full Story Back to Top
12-18-12 See Jessica in Mama TV Spot (We Are Movie Geeks) MAMA hits theaters one month from today - January 18, 2013…Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all alone? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence. Scared yet? In case you missed it, here's the creepy trailer. Full Story and Videos Back to Top
12-18-12 Jessica Attends ZD30 Screening Hosted by Al Pacino (Just Jared) Jessica Chastain attends a screening of her film Zero Dark Thirty on Monday (December 17) at the Sony Screening Room in New York City. The screening was hosted by Jessica's Wilde Salome co-star Al Pacino in celebration of her performance in the Oscar-worthy flick. Jessica was also joined by her Take Shelter co-star Michael Shannon and legendary actress Joan Collins at the event. Full Story and Photos
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12-18-12 Jessica Named Best Actress by Florida Film Critics Circle (MiamiHerald) Argo, the tense thriller about an unlikely rescue set during the Iran hostage crisis, was named Best Picture of 2012 by the Florida Film Critics Circle…Jessica Chastain won Best Actress for her performance as a CIA agent obsessed with hunting down Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty. Full Story Back to Top
12-18-12 Bret Easton Ellis Apologizes to Kathryn Bigelow (Indie Wire) After a terse month of constant revision and explanation for his original sexist tweet toward Bigelow, which considered her "a mildly interesting filmmaker if she was a man," and as "a very hot woman really overrated," Ellis has now finally offered up a lengthy apology via The Daily Beast. In his four-page explanation, the author constructs a timeline of his Tweets surrounding the incident, relating how his Twitter presence maintains a more provocative stance than what he really feels, and then realizing that his account "goes beyond douchiness into another more insensitive realm." Beyond reiterating the apology to Bigelow over "Zero Dark Thirty" -- a film, Ellis admits, he hasn't actually seen -- he continues on into the reasons for his animosity toward the director's filmography Full Story Back to Top
12-18-12 Jessica Named Best Actress by Phoenix Film Critics Society (Variety) From the Phoenix Film Critics Society...Kathryn Bigelow snagged director honors for "Zero," which also had the winning lead actress in Jessica Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
12-17-12 Jessica Named Best Actress by Indiana Film Journalists Association (jconline) "Safety Not Guaranteed,"…was named best film of 2012 on Monday by the Indiana Film Journalists Association… Jessica Chastain was named best actress for "Zero Dark Thirty." Full Story Back to Top
12-17-12 Zero Dark Thirty Wins Awards from America's Women Film Critics Circle ( America's Women Film Critics Circle awarded several prizes to "Zero Dark Thirty," a drama about the female CIA agent who led the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jessica Chastain as the determined agent, the film Monday was named 2012's Best Movie By a Woman. It also won awards for Best Female Images and Best Equality of the Sexes. Full Story Back to Top
12-17-12 Kathryn Bigelow Named Best Director by San Francisco Film Critics Circle (Examiner) The San Francisco Film Critics Circle approved of "The Master" on Sunday evening, naming it best picture of 2012... "Zero Dark Thirty" was named best original screenplay (written by Mark Boal) and Kathryn Bigelow was named best director. Full Story Back to Top
12-17-12 Jessica Wins Best Actress from Chicago Film Critics Association (HollywoodChicago) Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," opening locally on January 4th but screened early for critics, was the big winner for the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2012, winning Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Editing…BEST PICTURE: "Zero Dark Thirty"; BEST ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain; BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow; BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Mark Boal; BEST EDITING: William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor…The awards will be presented on February 9, 2013 Full Story Back to Top
12-17-12 No Wins for Zero Dark Thirty at Satellite Awards (Indiewire) The winners of the 17th Annual Satellite Awards have been announced…While the awards - handed out by International Press Academy - are generally disregarded as a serious Oscar precursor due to their often inexplainable decisions, this year's batch definitely offered a lot of worthy nominees, particularly from the specialty and foreign-language sector. [Though Zero Dark Thirty had several nominations, there were no wins.] Full Story Back to Top
12-17-12 Zero Dark Thirty Used Stealth Filming (TIME) A big scene at a market was shot in India-only a few hours from Pakistan, so the architecture would match the city where the scene is meant to be-but it's hard to shoot a movie in a crowded place without capturing a scene full of strangers staring into the lens. So, director Kathryn Bigelow would send a camera and actor a few hundred feet from the scene she wanted to film, in order to distract the crowd while she pulled off a stealthier shoot. You can get an extra half-hour unnoticed, the director says. And there were lots of decoy actors to choose from: the movie includes more than 100 speaking parts. Full Story Back to Top
12-16-12 Zero Dark Thirty wins Best Picture from African-American Film Critics Association (Los Angeles Times) "Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's chronicle of the search for terrorist Osama bin-Laden, continued its winning ways Sunday evening when it was named best film of 2012 by the African-American Film Critics Association…The African-American Film Critics Assn. will present the awards in a private ceremony Feb. 8 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. Full Story Back to Top
12-16-12 Ricky Sekhon Plays Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty (New York Post) Meet Ricky Sekhon, the London actor who had the unenviable task of portraying Osama bin Laden in the film "Zero Dark Thirty," opening Wednesday. Sekhon - who is 29, of Indian descent, 6-foot-4 and describes himself as "the least dangerous person I know" - says he got the part after being called to audition for a role the casting director was not allowed to name…He was told he'd be playing bin Laden only after the role was his. He admits the prospect was worrying. "There were a few sleepless nights, to say the least," he said…Sekhon currently acts part time while running a high-end building company in Surrey, England. He doesn't yet have an agent and hopes his role in "Zero Dark Thirty" will help him land one. He's next working on a film with a Swedish director. Full Story Back to Top
12-16-12 Is the Real-Life Model for Jessica's Zero Dark Thirty Character Really a Man? (The Atlantic Wire) "The guy who was on the account from 2003 to May 1, 2011, when bin Laden was killed, and the guy who was always saying ... that bin Laden is living in the mysterious compound in Abbottabad - that guy is a guy, he's not a female," Peter Bergen told NPR. Bergen used to work for CNN, produced a TV interview with Bin Laden once, and has written four books since 2001 on the CIA's hunt for Bin Laden. If there's anyone outside of the CIA who would know, it's Bergen. Full Story Back to Top
12-16-12 Brandi Chastain and Jessica Chastain are not the Same Person (LA Observed) The Daily News headline writers had a brain freeze (happens to all of us) and wrote that soccer player Brandi Chastain stars in "Zero Dark Thirty," not Oscar-nominated actor Jessica Chastain. And they spelled Brandi's name wrong, if that is indeed who they meant. "So after Bin Laden is killed she takes off her shirt?," Bob Timmermann quips. They will eventually fix the headline, but notice the error is enshrined in the story's web address. Full Story Back to Top
12-14-12 Jennifer Ehle Talks about the Women of Zero Dark Thirty (Anglophenia) British-American actress Jennifer Ehle, who plays a CIA operative in the forthcoming film Zero Dark Thirty, believes the film's screenplay is unusual for the way in which it presents women. Ehle stars alongside Jessica Chastain, also a CIA analyst, who's at the forefront of the search for Osama bin Laden. Ehle says: "You have two women in it who are not defined in any way by their relationship with men. They are defined by their relationship with their job and by what they do. What they do happens to be hunting men." Full Story and Video Back to Top
12-14-12 Stylist Elizabeth Stewart Says Dressing Jessica is Like a Math Equation ( The red-headed beauty always looks flawless, especially when the spotlight is on her for awards ceremonies. The American actress favours European designers, which can mean some globetrotting for celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart. "I will have to travel to fittings for sure," she told WWD. "It's like a math equation." This year, Jessica could be on track for a Golden Globes award, as she is nominated in the best actress category for her role in Zero Dark Thirty. Last year the star stunned in a gorgeous silver Givenchy dress, covered in pearls. Elizabeth will have to pick something equally show-stopping for this year's event to ensure the 35-year-old continues to top best-dressed lists. Full Story Back to Top
12-14-12 Jessica Reveals What She Wanted to Say about Zero Dark Thirty for a Year but Could Not (Video) ( Joining Bigalow at the event was actress Jessica Chastain, who takes on the lead role of Maya, based on the real CIA female who found Bin Laden. While making the movie, Chastain had to remain tight-lipped about what she was working on, which proved to be a challenge. "I think a lot of people had their own idea of what the film was, but they had never seen it," she explained. "It was a bit frustrating for a year, because I had to keep my mouth shut about what I was playing and what this film was, to not be able to defend it and say: 'This is not a propaganda film. It doesn't have a political agenda.' VIDEO Full Story and Video Back to Top
12-14-12 Jessica Joins Jennifer Lawrence as Best Actress Front Runners (FansShare) Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain are now the strongest frontrunnersfor the Best Actress Oscar. Lawrence was considered an initial lock on the win when 'Silver Linings Playbook' first came out in limited release, but the recent flood of support for 'Zero Dark Thirty' and Jessica Chastain has put Chastain on par with Lawrence in terms of industry buzz. Full Story Back to Top
12-14-12 Negative Zero Dark Thirty Comments from 27 Sources (ggsidedocs) Zero Dark Thirty is a despicable movie, even if Bigelow and Boal didn't intend it that way. . . . Do yourself a favor, and don't go see this movie. Don't encourage film-making that at best offers ambiguity about torture, and at worst endorses it. Spend the two and a half hours and the $10 on something more valuable, and moral. Full Story Back to Top
12-13-12 Code Name: Geronimo No Threat to Zero Dark Thirty (The Independent) It looks like a spoiler for the other Get-Bin-Laden picture, Zero Dark Thirty, but Kathryn Bigelow will not be enduring sleepless nights on its account. The film has more in common with the Pentagon-approved Act of Valour, in which a US Navy SEAL team is given the collective salute, this time for taking out The World's Most Wanted in a daring dead-of-night raid. Director John Stockwell (Blue Crush), according to the press notes, "revels in moral complexity", though you wouldn't know it from a script that comes ready-mined with crude America-the-Righteous messages. Full Story Back to Top
12-13-12 Final Zero Dark Thirty Trailer Released ( Arriving in a limited release next week, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty has revealed a final trailer. Check it out! Full Story and Trailer Back to Top
12-13-12 Jessica's Understudy Might have to Cover for The Heiress during Awards Conflicts (TheCelebrityCafe) Jessica Chastain is one busy actress, as she's currently starring in Broadway's The Heiress until Feb. 13. This will unfortunately coincide with awards season, as it was already announced she's been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Zero Dark Thirty…"I don't want to let anyone down," she told USA Today. "However…I have an amazing, amazing understudy and I'm really proud of her for being able to make her Broadway debut, because she's incredibly talented…I never got invited to my prom at my school, so I never had the opportunity to dress up when I was younger," she said. "And now being able to go to the Golden Globes…now it's like, 'I get to wear pretty dresses...!'" Full Story Back to Top
12-13-12 Jessica Nominated for Golden Globe Award (Up and Comers) Pushing it's reign further towards Oscar success is Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty". The film has been nominated for Best Picture, Director for Bigelow and Best Screenplay for Mark Boal. Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is bouncing back from being left out of yesterday's SAG nominations with five nominations including two in Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jessica Chastain has been nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama category but making for a change, Chastain won't be competing against her currently expected Oscar competitior Jennifer Lawrence, as Lawrence has been nominated in the Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy category. Chastian will come up against Marion Cotillard for her brilliant turn in "Rust and Bone" and Naomi Watts in "The Impossible". Full Story Back to Top
12-12-12 How Jessica Won the Role for Zero Dark Thirty (Huffington Post) Q: So you came on board after the drastic change in the script? After Bin Laden was killed? A: I guess they had inquired about me -- I was making a movie in Toronto and I had a movie after that already scheduled. So they were told, "She's busy." And then I worked with Megan Ellison on a movie called "Lawless," and I came to L.A. for a weekend to do press for one of the many movies last year. And I got a text message [from Megan] that said, "If I ever ask you for anything, please call me right now." So I called her back and she goes, "There's this movie. They want you, but we were told you're not available and I cannot accept 'no' for an answer." She was really gung-ho about it. The next week, Kathryn Bigelow called. The second I read the script, I was on. I said, "You guys make the schedule work, I'm there."…to be honest -- because I didn't audition for this -- I don't know what Kathryn Bigelow saw to think, She's perfect for Maya. Q: I'm talking to her next, I will ask her. [Note: I did ask Bigelow and the answer is "Coriolanus."]. Full Story Back to Top
12-12-12 Will Salome Ever Release? (Huffington Post) I hope so. I hope if this movie goes well ... people might go, "Wait a minute, let's see Jessica's first film." Even if it's an art-house release, I just want it to come out. I love the movie so much. Like I said, it's my first film -- I was learning so much about the camera. That would be really exciting. Q: Don't you have clout to do that now? A: I've been asking. I go to different distributors and I'm like, "Come on, please." I mean, I was doing that last year: "Don't you want to release this film?" But maybe the more success, the more people will listen? I don't know. I'll do tons of press! Please! [Laughs] Full Story Back to Top
12-12-12 Jessica Talks about Her Script Offers after Tree of Life (Huffington Post) At first when "Tree of Life" came out, immediately I started getting a lot of scripts where I was the supporting wife. Immediately! It's like all I got. And then "The Help" came out and "The Debt." Then, all of a sudden, I don't think people knew really what category to put me in. Which makes it more interesting. Full Story Back to Top
12-12-12 Jessica Covers Vogue Germany Magazine (TheImproper) Jessica Chastain, who is stunning audiences in her new film "Zero Dark Thirty," breaks into high fashion with an equally stunning spread by renowned photographer Bruce Weber for Vogue Germany. See the photos!...She also gets up close and personal with a set of bongos, a saxophone and French actor Omar Sy…Chastain also appears in the upcoming covers of British GQ magazine and W Magazine. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
12-12-12 Jessica Rumored to be Dating Edgar Ramirez (Digital Spy) Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain and Edgar Ramirez have fuelled dating rumors. A friend of the actress told Page Six the pair "became close" while shooting Kathryn Bigelow's film about the capture of Osama Bin Laden. They were also recently observed embracing during a screening of Zero Dark Thirty in Los Angeles. A separate source offered conflicting information by acknowledging that Chastain and Ramirez have grown very close, but stressed they are "just good friends". Representatives for the stars have declined to comment on the dating rumors. Full Story Back to Top
12-12-12 Jessica Nominated for SAG Award (Huffington Post) The SAG nominations have been announced…The Screen Actors Guild awards are handed out to the best actors and ensembles in film…Presumed contenders like "Zero Dark Thirty," "Django Unchained," "Flight" and "Moonrise Kingdom" were left out…screeners for "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Django Unchained" didn't arrive in time for SAG voters…Best Actress nominees included Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty")…The 19th annual Screen Actors Guild awards air on Jan. 27, 2013 on TNT and TBS. Full Story Back to Top
12-11-12 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Unique in Producing Two Films of the Same Story (Cinemablend) Many films have attempted to tackle the contrast in perspectives between men and women, but with his feature debut The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, writer-director Ned Benson is taking on this subject matter with incredible ambition. See, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby will actually be two feature-length films, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His. Each one will tell the story of the broken marriage between a New York restaurateur and his wife from the two character's unique perspective. Full Story Back to Top
12-11-12 Jessica Draws Attention in Blue Dress at Zero Dark Thirty Hollywood Premiere (Daily Mail) Making people do a double take as she walked the red carpet, star of Zero Dark Thirty Jessica Chastain could not have looked less like the under the radar CIA agent she plays in the gritty war thriller. The Oscar nominated actress appeared to be flashing more of her body then she meant to as she arrived at the premiere of her much buzzed about new film in Hollywood, California on Monday. Full Story Back to Top
12-11-12 Zero Dark Thirty Does NOT Promote Torture as Effective (Wired) Kathryn Bigelow's new film about the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden begins with an unsparing, nauseating and frighteningly realistic look at how the CIA tortured many people and reaped very little intelligence. Never before has a movie grappled with post-9/11 torture the way Zero Dark Thirty does. The torture on display in the film occurs at the intersection of ignorance and brutality, while the vast, vast majority of the intelligence work that actually does lead to bin Laden's downfall occurs after the torture has ended. You wouldn't know this from the avalanche of commentary greeting the film. Bigelow is being presented as a torture apologist, and it's a bum rap. David Edelstein of New York says her movie borders on the "morally reprehensible" for presenting "a case for the efficacy of torture." The New York Times' Frank Bruni suspects that Dick Cheney will give the film two thumbs up. Bruni is probably right, since defenders of torture have been known to latch onto any evidence they suspect will vindicate them as American heroes. But that's not Zero Dark Thirty… the film makes viewers come to grips with what Dick Cheney euphemistically called the "dark side" of post-9/11 counterterrorism. Meanwhile, former Bush administration aide Philip Zelikow, who termed the torture a "war crime" in a recent Danger Room interview, will probably find the movie more amenable than Cheney will. What endures on the screen are scenes that can make a viewer ashamed to be American, in the context of a movie whose ending scene makes viewers very, very proud to be American. Full Story Back to Top
12-10-12 Zero Dark Thirty Premieres in Hollywood (abc7) "Zero Dark Thirty" held its premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Monday. Jessica Chastain heads the cast of the film, which begins with 9/11 and ends with the killing of Osama bin Laden. Chastain's character, Maya, is based on a real-life woman who was there. "This movie introduces us to a very strong, incredible woman named Maya, who was at the center of the greatest manhunt in history. And because she's working undercover as a CIA agent, she can't get credit. So for me, making this film is acknowledging the sacrifices she's made and thanking her for them," said Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
12-10-12 Jessica Angry with Guards' Requirement that She Walk for Them before Entering Gate (San Francisco Chronicle) Director Kathryn Bigelow shot the highly anticipated epic surrounding the manhunt for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in India and Jordan, where local women are required to cover up to adhere to strict religious beliefs. And Chastain admits things were especially hard for her as one of the only females in the group. She tells New York Magazine, "One day, we drove up to the gate and they wouldn't let us through. I said, 'What's happening?' And the driver said, 'You have to get out of the car. The guards want to see you walk.' "I was so angry. I thought, 'Well, I could just turn around and go back to the hotel and then the movie doesn't get made, or I can get out of the car and walk past these guys who haven't seen a woman in a long time.' I didn't necessarily feel completely safe." Full Story Back to Top
12-10-12 Jessica Says Filming Interrogation Scenes were Emotionally Grueling (Entertainment Weekly) As difficult as Zero Dark Thirty's much-discussed interrogation scenes are to watch, they were much harder to film. Jessica Chastain, who stars as a tough-minded C.I.A. agent named Maya who's hunting Osama bin Laden, says that those sequences - which feature waterboarding and other rough tactics - were so emotionally grueling that at one point she had to take a break to go cry behind a building. "It was all super-tough to shoot, but the interrogation scenes were the toughest, because I don't like confrontation and we were filming in an active Jordanian prison on the outskirts of Amman," Chastain writes in an essay in EW's upcoming Best & Worst issue. "Imagine going to work every day and there are barricades and guards. You can't take a cellphone, you have to be searched before you go in, and there were certain times of the day I was not allowed to be outside." Full Story Back to Top
12-10-12 Alexandre Desplat Created Zero Dark Thirty Score Based on Jessica's Character (Indiewire) One of the unsung heroes of "Zero Dark Thirty," though, is composer Alexandre Desplat, who creates the rich, moody score for the film, which really comes into play during the last act, swirling around during the raid on Bin Laden's compound like some low-lying fog. And today, we are thrilled to give the first listen to this unique and atmospheric score. When we asked Desplat what it was like creating such a minimal, stripped-down score…he was quick to point out that it was put together on a large scale. "It is actually an orchestral score," Desplat clarified. "There are twelve cellos, nine basses… It's a huge orchestra." The key, Desplat said, is the sublety [sic] of how the music is presented. "It doesn't play loud," Desplat said. "It creates a very deep and dark type of sound without being in your face. Of course, if we played it very loud it would have been showing off. But that's not the point of that film." It was this approach that allowed Desplat to channel the cunning CIA operative named Maya (played with fierce intensity and grace by Jessica Chastain). "In the film you have to be inside the battle and inside the warriors' heads and the head of the warrior played by Jessica Chastain," he explained. "She is very restrained and doesn't talk much and the one who is in charge. She really conveys through her eyes and body language this war." Desplat then summed up the score thusly: "That is what my score is following - her character, her chase, her personality." Now you can hear all of it, by clicking below. Full Story and Score Back to Top
12-10-12 Osombie Review (Oklahoma Gazette) By sheer coincidence, Osombie arrived on my desk the same day I screened Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-worthy depiction about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Osombie begins where Zero ends: with the American military raid on bin Laden's compound on May 2, 2011. Whereas Zero puts bullets in the al-Qaeda leader's body, Osombie lets him inject himself with an aggressive pathogen so that, once he washes up on the Arabian Sea, he's a full-fledged zombie…Osombie takes itself very seriously. This approach sucks the fun out of the concept, not to mention leaves a tinge of bad taste that's flavored with anti-Muslim sentiment, intended or not…If we can make a fun movie that puts Nazis on the moon (see: Iron Sky, because you should), then we can make a fun movie that turns one of history's most hated humans into a zombie. And if we can't do that, my friends ... well, then, the terrorists have won. Full Story Back to Top
12-10-12 Jessica Free to Talk at Zero Dark Thirty Luncheon (New York Times) The luncheon for "Zero Dark Thirty," at the 21 Club on Thursday, came just after Kathryn Bigelow's film earned top honors from the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle, and the mood in the room - where guests included Willem Dafoe, the Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher ("Precious"), and the news anchor Bob Woodruff - was giddy with people eager to hobnob…Ms. Chastain was in high demand as a conversational partner. "It's amazing to be able to talk about this film after it's been a secret for so long," she said, as she made the rounds of the tables, giving the back story on recreating the hunt for Osama bin Laden on screen. Full Story Back to Top
12-10-12 Most of Jessica's Work has been Character-oriented (NYU Local) Jessica Chastain certainly looks like a movie star. With the hotly-anticipated limited release of Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty just a little over a week away, Chastain, who stars in the film as the C.I.A. analyst who helps spearhead the hunt for Bin Laden, has seen increasing notoriety as a leading lady, between magazine cover appearances and some serious Oscar talk. Yet Chastain's most notable performance before this was one where she was virtually unrecognizable, as the eccentric Celia Foote in The Help, and most of her previous work to date has been character-oriented, such as her beautiful and ethereal turn as the mother in The Tree of Life. She's a terrific actress, without question, yet her natural versatility makes her something of an unlikely (though not unwelcome) movie star. Full Story Back to Top
12-10-12 Jessica Named Best Actress by the Washington D.C. Film Critics Association (WAFCA) The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their winners for 2012, honoring a wide sweep of films, from musicals to science fiction. And while only three films garnered more than one award, it was clear that historical/political dramas resonated most with the critics from the nation's capital. "Zero Dark Thirty," the account of U.S. intelligence specialists' and Army special forces' pursuit and elimination of terrorist Osama bin Laden, won Best Film. In 2009, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to ever win the WAFCA prize for Best Director for her Iraq War film, "The Hurt Locker." Just three years later, Bigelow has won the same award again for "Zero Dark Thirty."..."Zero Dark Thirty" also netted Jessica Chastain her first Best Actress award. Full Story Back to Top
12-10-12 Jessica Gets Four Artsy Covers for W Magazine (VH1) Jessica Chastain has not one, but four covers for W Magazine's "Art Meets Fashion" January, 2013, where the actress, "plays human canvas to four leading artists of the day." She's basically, being interpreted by the artists, and George Condo is one of them and has said, "I wanted Jessica to become part of the painting and then appear to come off it, as if she were breaking free and leaving behind an empty space. "I liked that the paintings were 3-D." Of participating in his art, Chastain's response has been, "I love the feeling of giving myself over to another strong point of view. It's the best kind of trust-the belief that an artist will take care of me while creating something unique." Full Story and Photos Back to Top
12-10-12 Real-life Agent 'Maya' Does Not Play Well with Others (TheWrap) The heroine in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" spearheaded one of the CIA's most successful missions, the hunting down and killing of Osama bin Laden. But the real-life agent's record of service has been less than exemplary since the mission, according to the Washington Post. Though she remains undercover, the operative was passed over for promotion, openly sparred with colleagues over credit for the bin Laden raid and came under scrutiny for her interactions with Bigelow and her filmmakers. The female officer in her 30s -- the agent portrayed by Jessica Chastain's character Maya-- is combative and temperamental [sic], the Post wrote citing unidentified agency sources. "She's not Miss Congeniality, but that's not going to find Osama bin Laden," a former CIA associate, who added that the attention from filmmakers sent waves of jealousy through the agency's ranks, told the Post. Full Story Back to Top
12-10-12 Zero Dark Thirty Wins Best Picture and Other Awards from New York Film Critics Online (Television Without Pity) It's not even in theaters yet, but Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to The Hurt Locker, is raking in the same kind of awards love bestowed on her earlier film. Several critics' groups have named the film 2012's Best Picture, including the New York Critics Online…Other winners at the 2012 NYFCO awards meeting, which was held on Sunday, December 9, included Bigelow and ZDT's Mark Boal for Director and Screenplay respectively Full Story Back to Top
12-10-12 Peter Bergen: Does Zero Dark Thirty Falsely Depict Torture as Effective? (CNN) "Zero Dark Thirty" is a likely shoo-in, deservedly, for Oscar nominations for best director (Kathryn Bigelow) and best screenplay (Mark Boal) and perhaps a slew of other categories…The compelling story told in the film captures a lot that is true about the search for al Qaeda's leader but also distorts the story in ways that could give its likely audience of millions of Americans the misleading picture that coercive interrogation techniques used by the CIA on al Qaeda detainees -- such as waterboarding, physical abuse and sleep deprivation -- were essential to finding bin Laden. This week, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee plans to vote on whether to approve the as-yet unreleased findings of a 6,000-page report about its three-year investigation into the secret CIA interrogation program that is depicted in "Zero Dark Thirty."…Endorsing the view that waterboarding was key to finding bin Laden does not seem to have been the intention of "Zero Dark Thirty's" filmmakers…But the fact is that about half an hour of the beginning of "Zero Dark Thirty" consists of scenes of an exhausted, bloodied al Qaeda detainee…These visceral scenes are, of course, far more dramatic than the scene where a CIA analyst says she has dug up some information in an old file that will prove to be a key to finding bin Laden…For the defenders of coercive interrogation techniques, the example of al-Qahtani and Ghul might seem to prove that these kinds of approaches actually worked, while for critics of such techniques, the cases of Mohammed and al-Libi show that coercion also produced false information. Of course, "Zero Dark Thirty" can't address in 2½ hours the whole complex tale of the CIA interrogation program, but an important strand of that tale is missing from the film. FBI officials were adamantly opposed to the use of coercive techniques by the CIA on al Qaeda detainees because they deemed them both unethical and counterproductive….Let's hope that the Senate Intelligence Committee report is largely declassified and made public. The American public has a right to know whether the coercive techniques that were used in its name actually worked or not. "Zero Dark Thirty" is a great piece of filmmaking and does a valuable public service by raising difficult questions most Hollywood movies shy away from, but as of this writing, it seems that one of its central themes -- that torture was instrumental to tracking down bin Laden -- is not supported by the facts. Full Story Back to Top
12-09-12 Zero Dark Thirty Wins Three Awards from Boston Society of Film Critics (Hollywood Reporter) Zero Dark Thirty was named best film today by the Boston Society of Film Critics. The drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden also won best director honors for Kathryn Bigelow as well as the prize for best film editing. Full Story Back to Top
12-09-12 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Names Zero Dark Thirty for Best Editing (TheWrap) Michael Haneke's "Amour," a dark and unsparing look at old age and death, was named the best film of 2012 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association…The film stopped a run by Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," which had won the top award with the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, the Boston Film Critics Society and the New York Film Critics Online…editing went to Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg for "Zero Dark Thirty." Full Story Back to Top
12-08-12 Will Lack of Ensemble Kill Zero Dark Thirty for Best Picture Oscar? ( Every city has a critics group and some have several. So far "Zero Dark Thirty" was chosen by both by the New York Film Critics Circle and the New York-oriented…National Board of Review. The way the critics' groups roll is sort of a domino effect. If New York thinks "ZD30? is the best, then other cities will likely follow suit. But isn't this what happened to "The Social Network" two years ago? And did "The Social Network" win the Oscar? Uh, no…They're terrific and no one is saying they're undeserving. But the Academy is a different animal. They are mostly actors, and then creative people who work in the business. They vote with their hearts. That's why "The King's Speech" won. It also beat "The Social Network" at the Screen Actor's Guild for Best Ensemble. And when that happened, the game was over. So which film will beat "Zero Dark Thirty"? There's no consensus yet. But the best ensembles are "Les Miserables, "Lincoln," "Argo," "Silver Linings Playbook," and "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."…"ZD30? runs on two levels- Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, and Jennifer Ehle; then the guys, with Joel Edgerton, who kill bin Laden from Seal Team Six. "ZD30? is less about teams than about individuals- specifically the woman who Bigelow and Mark Boal discovered in their reporting and then turned into Jessica Chastain. Unlike "The Hurt Locker," "ZD30? is not so much an ensemble but a star piece. Full Story Back to Top
12-08-12 Jessica Wins Best Actress Award at Boston Online Film Critics Association (Variety) The Boston Online Film Critics Association gave "Zero Dark Thirty" and director Kathryn Bigelow their third victories of the week. No grand surprises in BOFC acting awards: Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway. Full Story Back to Top
12-07-12 Jessica Participates in Relief Fund for Hurricane Sandy (tv.broadwayworld) The producers of "12-12-12" announced today that Steve Buscemi, Jessica Chastain ('The Heiress'), Chelsea Clinton, Sean Combs, Billy Crystal, Leo DiCaprio, Jimmy Fallon [and others]…will participate at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012 to show their support for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Tommy Hilfiger has also generously agreed to donate t-shirts as part of the merchandise offerings for "12-12-12". Many of the celebrities involved will also be on-hand to lend their star power and participate in a telethon during the "12-12-12" telecast. "12-12-12" is presented by Chase and all proceeds will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund…Beginning at 7:30PM at the start of the live concert, a phone bank will be set-up where musical artists and celebrity participants will take donations via phone over the course of the evening. Viewers from around the world will have the opportunity to call-in to help donate to the Robin Hood Relief Fund and assist those throughout the tri-state area who have been impacted by the storm…up to date information on "12-12-12" can be found by visiting Full Story Back to Top
12-07-12 Jessica becomes the Canvas for Four Great Artists in W Magazine (Music News) The flame-haired screen siren appears in the January 2013 edition of W magazine, in which four of the world's leading artists give her different looks. In one shot she is seen in a 1970s diva wig and head to toe shimmering gold. Jessica made the scene come to life by imagining she was Diana Ross playing Billie Holiday in the movie…The talented movie and stage actress enjoyed the process of letting go and allowing herself to be styled by the artists from their unique viewpoints. '[I wanted to] become the canvas," Jessica explained. Full Story Back to Top
12-07-12 Jessica was Determined to Win the Part in The Tree of Life (Film News) Jessica was fixated on playing devoted mother Mrs O'Brien in the 2011 film which also starred Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. The red haired actress became determined to get the part as she found out about it four years ago. "Back then, I hadn't been getting any auditions for films, so I was doing guest spots on TV shows, and, for some reason, on those shows I got raped a lot..." Jessica told W magazine. "I was always cast as the victim. When I heard about The Tree of Life, I felt like I belonged in that world." Full Story Back to Top
12-06-12 Zero Dark Thirty Announces Special Washington Premier for January 8 (Hollywood Reporter) Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal will go to the nation's capital for a special premiere marking the nationwide release of their new film Zero Dark Thirty…The Jan. 8 event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., will come just days before Zero Dark Thirty expands nationwide on Jan. 11. Sony opens the critically acclaimed film in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 19, following a premiere in Los Angeles on Dec. 10…Bigelow and Boal, who will be on hand to discuss the film following the screening, have insisted their movie is apolitical (indeed, there only fleeting images of Obama). The decision to host the screening in D.C. signals that the filmmakers aren't afraid to promote the film among politicians, members of the executive branch, opinion-makers and Washington journalists. Full Story Back to Top
12-05-12 Jessica Voted Best Actress by National Board of Review (Deadline) Katheryn Bigelow's hunt-for-bin Laden pic has won the National Board of Review's Best Film honor, its second victory in three days after New York Film Critics Circle voted it the year's top film Monday. Bigelow also repeated her NYFCC Best Director win and Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain won Best Actress from the group, comprised of a select group of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics and students who watch more than 250 films throughout the year. Full Story Back to Top
12-05-12 Kyle Chandler had Difficulty Working with Jessica because of Her Eyes (accesshollywood) Kyle Chandler said it was "difficult" to work with rising star Jessica Chastain in the new, hunt for Osama Bin Laden film, "Zero Dark Thirty," but not for any the reasons that immediately spring to mind when someone uses that word. "She is very difficult to work with and I'll tell you why. The scene, especially when you get up close to her, it's very hard to do because her eyes are so intensely blue you fall into them. Literally," he said of Jessica's peepers. "When you watch the scene where we go at each other… [I can watch myself and know], that's when I was like, 'OK, how deep do your eyes - how far do they go? My God! I see the back of your skull. It's incredible.' "She's very beautiful," Kyle added of the actress. "I had a lot of fun working with her." Full Story Back to Top
12-05-12 Jessica Never Met Maya (Movieline) Maya is staying undercover. At a press conference for Zero Dark Thirty, the film's star Jessica Chastain, who plays the resourceful and indefatigable CIA agent who tracks down Osama bin Laden said that she never met the agent who inspired her role. "I never met Maya because she's an undercover CIA agent - it would not have been a good thing to do," said Chastain, who said that she based her performance on the research she was given by the film's screenwriter, investigative journalist Mark Boal. That research included reading Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and The Road to 9/11 and immersing herself in the surroundings of her onscreen job…The actress, who's currently starring on Broadway in the period piece The Heiress, said that the fearless, intelligent and extremely independent character she plays in Zero Dark Thirty "represents this generation of woman, and that was really exciting." Chastain has generated strong Oscar buzz for her intense, flinty portrayal of the always-analytical Maya, and she explained that her character's emotional reserve was, in many ways, antithetical to the work that she does. Describing herself as a "smiley," "very sensitive and very emotional girl," the red-headed beauty said that "as an actor, you spend your whole life trying to be emotional and keeping yourself emotionally open. So, to find [Maya's] humanity within that arc was a great feat that would have been impossible without Kathryn and Mark's leadership." Full Story Back to Top
12-04-12 The Heiress Awarded Top Broadway Play Fundraiser for AIDS Effort (Playbill) The Dec. 3-4 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising event collected a grand total of $3,902,608, the fourth highest total ever, although down from last year's record of $4.895 million…Fundraising awards were handed out by Chita Rivera (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Ricky Martin (Evita) and Katie Holmes (Dead Accounts)…Top Broadway play fundraiser was The Heiress with $50,204. Full Story Back to Top
12-04-12 2012 Satellite Award Nominees Announced (Screen International) Les Miserables, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook are among the big nominees for the International Press Academy's 2012 Satellite Awards. Joining the big three on the IPA's list of best motion picture nominees are Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Skyfall, Moonrise Kingdom, The Sessions, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty…Up for the animated film award are ParaNorman, Wreck-It Ralph, Rise of the Guardians, Brave, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, Frankenweenie and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted…The nominated directors are David O Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, Ben Affleck for Argo, Kim Ki-Duk for Pieta, Ben Lewin for The Sessions, Steven Spielberg for Lincoln and Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty. The IPA, an organization of US and international media representatives, gave its actress nominations to Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, Emilie Dequenne for Our Children, Keira Knightley for Anna Karenina, Emanuelle Riva for Amour, Laura Birn for Purge, Laura Linney for Hyde Park on the Hudson and Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty. Full Story Back to Top
12-04-12 Jessica did well in Early New York Film Critics Circle Voting (Movie Journal) The closest and most surprising race saw Rachel Weisz ("The Deep Blue Sea") edge Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games" and "The Silver Lining Playbook") and Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour"). Last year's winner Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty") was a factor throughout, tying for the lead on several ballots. (This race was by far the most polarized; only three of the 16 ballots cast for Lawrence or Chastain cited both actresses. Weisz was clearly a consensus "second" choice.) Full Story Back to Top
12-04-12 Are the Female CIA Agents in Homeland and Zero Dark Thirty based on the Same Person? (Slate Magazine) Once it was clear that Zero Dark Thirty-the riveting new movie from Kathryn Bigelow about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden-would focus on a young female CIA analyst played by Jessica Chastain, comparisons between her and Carrie Mathison from Homeland were sure to follow. But now having seen the movie-which opens in New York and L.A. on December 19, with a wider release in January-the comparison seems more than just inevitable. It seems almost… uncoincidental? It's impossible to know, of course, whether there is any real-life connection between the two characters. Full Story Back to Top
12-03-12 Artist Mickalene Thomas Puts Jessica on W Magazine Covers (The Fashion Spot) A few days ago, publicist Tara Solomon Instagrammed the picture below, breaking the news that Jessica Chastain had (as our British friends say) nabbed (all?) four covers of W's January Issue…The accompanying caption on the top cover in the picture below reads, "Jessica Chastain: Hollywood's It Actress Plays Muse to Artist Mickalene Thomas." Thomas has long been an art world star (hers was the first official portrait of Michelle Obama), but she's been having a particularly moment-y moment at the moment, due to a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
12-03-12 Zero Dark Thirty Wins Three New York Film Critics Circle Awards including Best Picture (Time) The war-on-terror movie beat the Civil War movie at the 78th New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday. And in the earliest of a few dozen year-end announcements from critics' groups, some other late-year favorites - Argo, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, The Master, Silver Linings Playbook - got lost in the war cloud of enthusiasm for the top two finishers. Zero Dark Thirty, the scrupulous docudrama about one CIA analyst's search for Osama bin Laden, was named Best Film by this venerable group of 33 reviewers (including me) for Gotham-based newspapers, magazines and websites. The NYFCC also cited ZDT's Kathryn Bigelow as Best Director and Grieg Fraser for Best Cinematography. Full Story Back to Top
12-03-12 Shooting in Darkness for Zero Dark Thirty (HitFix) "There are different ways to do night vision," Fraser says. "You can shoot it for real and put a green cast on it. That's the most common way to do it. You can shoot it with a high ISO with lots of grain and a green filter. But Kathryn kind of went, 'Well, why would we do that?' And here I am cheering her on because it's the hard path. It's the path less known that we were trying to go down…to come up with something that was probably more realistic and visually more interesting than it would have been if we'd gone standard." What they decided on was infrared lighting. But that presented its own bag of problems because infrared is a military item and the production crew would have faced difficulty importing and exporting it to and from the overseas locations. So Fraser's camera department found themselves taking the infrared LEDs from prop security cameras used by the art department in embassy scenes and mounting them to the camera (he shot on the Arri Alexa) with gaffer tape to light the sequence. They then mounted night vision devices to the camera so that the lens could actually pick up the invisible light of the LEDs. The result is an entire sequence filmed in near-darkness (to the point that dailies would arrive for editor William Goldenberg with action that was impossible to make out to the naked eye prior to color-correction). Full Story Back to Top
12-03-12 Second Zero Dark Thirty Clip Released (indiewire) A new clip has dropped online that, while not as dramatic as the first one with Jessica Chastain chewing out Kyle Chandler, does provide more than enough gravitas without a single word. The scene shows Maya (Chastain), the film's central character, a dogged agent after Osama Bin Laden, watching as Seal Team Six takes off into the night, presumbly to take down the terrorist leader. Full Story and Video Back to Top
12-03-12 Jessica Chose Zero Dark Thirty over Tom Cruise ( The actress had signed up to appear opposite Cruise in the upcoming sci-fi film, but she was also offered the chance to take the lead in Kathryn Bigelow's new drama…Chastain was unable to juggle both movies' schedules and eventually accepted the part in Zero Dark Thirty over Oblivion - and she is glad Cruise reacted well about her choice. She tells Britain's GQ magazine..."Tom was actually very gracious about it. I wanted to do both but in the end I couldn't work it out." Writer Mark Boal is delighted…"When an actor you want in your film is already signed up with another studio - and with Tom Cruise? Those were really interesting (calls) to make, let me tell you. But Jessica was a no-brainer for us." Full Story Back to Top
11-30-12 See New Video Clip and New Photos from Zero Dark Thirty (Collider) A few new images and a new clip from director Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty have landed online. The film documents the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden, focusing on a CIA analyst whose obsession with tracking the terrorist down eventually led to his assassination. Full Story, Video, and Photos Back to Top
11-28-12 First Zero Dark Thirty Clip Features Impassioned Speech from Jessica (moviefanatic) Zero Dark Thirty Gets its First Clip: You Don't Know Al Qaeda!...Watch the first clip from Zero Dark Thirty, featuring an impassioned speech from Chastain to Kyle Chandler. Full Story and Video Back to Top
11-28-30 Jessica Gives Jennifer Lawrence Serious Competition (RopeofSilicon) The race for Best Actress finally has some heat as presumptions Jessica Chastain was a major contender for her role in Zero Dark Thirty seem to have been confirmed, which means Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) has some competition to contend with, and perhaps will soon find herself in the runner-up role. I have yet to see Zero Dark Thirty but that will all be changing soon enough, which is why Chastain sits in the #2 slot rather than at #1 right now. I need to see the film for myself before buying into the hype and replacing Lawrence at #1, a position she has held since Silver Linings premiered in Toronto back in September. That said, the competition between the two is an interesting one, with Chastain playing the stoic CIA agent versus Lawrence, as a troubled widow in a comedic drama. Many will surely look at the more serious role as the one deserving of the award, overlooking just how effective Lawrence is in Silver Linings. I say this, of course, not having seen Zero Dark. Full Story Back to Top
11-27-12 Nightline Reports on Zero Dark Thirty with New Footage and Behind-The-Scenes Peeks (indiewire) Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal chatted with the network news show about the film, in a pretty nice segment that includes a healthy amount of new scenes from the film and behind-the-scenes footage. "Nightline" broaches the accusations that have been leveled against the filmmakers that they were working with classified material, and it's something they outright deny. "I certainly did a lot of homework, but I never asked for classified material. To my knowledge I never received any," Boal said. And indeed he chalks up the realism in the film down to doing the kind of work he did as a journalist. Full Story and Video Back to Top
11-27-12 Pundits Predict Chastain has Pulled Ahead of Lawrence in Oscar Race (FansShare) The Best Actress Oscar race was looking like it was going to be a one-woman show for a while - until Zero Dark Thirty screened for Oscar voters and pundits this weekend. Now, Awards Daily is reporting that with the accolades that ZDT is getting, it is likely that Jessica Chastain [who plays the lead role in the film] may have overtaken Jennifer Lawrence [for her lead role in Silver Linings Playbook] for the first position…the biggest change in the race with the screenings right now definitely has to be Best Actress. While Jennifer Lawrence has the backing of Harvey Weinstein [Silver Linings Playbook is distributed by the Weinstein Company], Jessica Chastain is older and has a performance that is said to be equally as strong as Lawrence's, if not stronger. And if there's one thing Oscar voters hate, it's giving an Oscar to young people - and Jennifer Lawrence is only 22 years old. Full Story Back to Top
11-27-12 Jessica Chastain Covers GQ! (GQ) Highly anticipated and hugely controversial, 2013's first mega-movie, Zero Dark Thirty, has been shrouded in as much secrecy as the mission it chronicles: the hunt for Bin Laden. But GQ has ways of making a leading lady talk. In the January issue of GQ, its Oscar-nominated star Jessica Chastain confesses to Jonathan Heaf about becoming a CIA "targeter", being handpicked by Pacino and never getting recognised. Trust us, that last part is about to change...Read the full interview and photo shoot in the January 2013 issue of British GQ, out 29 November priced £3.99. British GQ is also available on the iPad and Kindle Fire. Full Story Back to Top
11-27-12 Zero Dark Thirty Compound Recreated from ABC News Footage ( On last night's "Nightline," the producers of the new movie Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal were interviewed by Martha Raddatz. The film is a fictionalization of the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. Among the revelations: the producers used footage from an ABC News report to reconstruct a full-size version of Bin Laden's compound in exacting detail. Full Story Back to Top
11-27-12 Jessica Shocked to be Considered a Sex Symbol (Winnipeg Free Press) Jessica Chastain is shocked to be considered a sex symbol. The sultry redhead - who is famous for her roles in 'The Help', 'The Debt' and 'Lawless' - doesn't see herself as object of desire having been a tomboy as a child and she is always surprised when she is told she is attractive. Speaking in the new issue of the UK edition of GQ magazine, she said: ''When someone tells me I'm a sex symbol I'm like, 'What?' But I'll take what I can get. That'll teach all those boys back in junior high [school]. In fact, I hope my very first boyfriend, the guy I dated for one month and who broke up with me at the Valentine's Day dance - I hope that boy reads this!'' Full Story Back to Top
11-27-12 Jessica Recalls Experience of being a Red-headed Child (Film News) "I was ten years old. When I was this age I was such an ugly duckling: bright orange hair, my freckles. I never really got attention from boys and when you're a redhead all you get is old ladies coming up to you and cooing, not much else,"…Although Jessica never felt she stood out in a crowd, she has one fond memory from her childhood. Her family were visiting Disneyland when one of the dancers spotted her and gave her a life-changing confidence boost. "I remember being at Disneyland and we were waiting to see the parade, with the fireworks, Minnie and Mickey and all that stuff. I remember one dancer… she spotted me in the crowd and walked over. She told me how beautiful I was… At a time when I felt hidden she gave me a spark," Jessica recalled. "Disneyland to a kid back then was like the greatest place on earth, with thousands of people there, but I got picked. That girl pointed at me and said, 'There's something about you.'" Full Story Back to Top
11-26-12 Jessica is Surefire Nominee for Best Actress (Vulture) Since Kathryn Bigelow's last film was a Best Picture winner, it's only natural to wonder about ZDT's Oscar odds. Its best chance will come in the Best Actress category, where Chastain is a surefire nominee (though at this point, Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence remains the front-runner). I'd lay good odds on a Best Picture nod, too, and I think Bigelow has to be considered a heavy favorite to make the final five for Best Director, especially since she won in the category for Hurt Locker. It'll be a tough squeeze, since there are plenty of former winners competing for that laurel this year. Full Story Back to Top
11-26-12 Zero Dark Thirty: New TV Spot, Photos, and Website (ComingSoon) Columbia Pictures has released a new TV spot, photos and launched the official site for Zero Dark Thirty, opening in New York and Los Angeles on December 19 before expanding wider on January 11. You can watch the TV spot below and you'll find the photos underneath. The official site can be viewed at Full Story Back to Top
11-25-12 Jessica Gives Far and Away the Best Performance of the Year by any Actress (Awards Daily) Jessica Chastain gives far and away the best performance of the year by any actress, at least here in the US - internationally, she gets competition from Emannuelle Riva and Marion Cotillard. It helps that Bigelow and Boal designed the whole movie around her character, not framing her behind, depending on, flirting with any man but instead, holding her own. She's the smartest one in the room, the most confident and the reason we ultimately "get" Bin Laden. Last year and this year, the Oscar best picture nominees have mostly centered around a male figure whose redemption is the most important thing in the film. Well, for once the opposite is true and it's breathtaking...Bigelow wanted Chastain for the role, which meant waiting and juggling schedules. Worth the wait. Chastain is a revelation…I'm guessing Best Actress is a showdown between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence. Both are very good. The stronger Best Picture contender may end up taking that prize but Chastain carries the whole movie. Full Story Back to Top
11-25-12 President Obama does not Star in Zero Dark Thirty (Daily Mail) The killing of Osama bin Laden may now be a Hollywood blockbuster but those bracing for a Barack Obama lovefest can relax. Despite the President being largely behind the successful operation, he only appears in one of the film's opening scenes. In his cameo, he is seen on a TV saying he doesn't believe in torture. At the same time, American Intelligence is water-boarding prisoners. The confronting treatment goes on for a full 15 minutes, and is sure to make even the hardened viewers squirm. But that's where Mr Obama's role in the movie, called 'Zero Dark Thirty,' ends…The pair, instead of making a political statement, focus on, Maya, the 'wicked smart' female CIA agent who was obsessed with catching and killing bin Laden. Actor Jessica Chastain is likely to be in line for a Best Actress in a Drama gong for her portrayal of the take-no-prisoners red-head agent. Full Story Back to Top
11-25-12 First Review of Zero Dark Thirty (Time Entertainment) Surrounded by tattooed enforcers like Dan and upper-management toughies like George, Maya [Jessica] at first seems as pale and petite as a naked mole rat. When Dan is transferred back home and Maya assumes control of the interrogations, her boss warns her, "You don't want to be the last one holding the dog collar when the Oversight Committee comes." But Maya has developed copper callouses, and steely reserve, especially after some of her closest colleagues are blown to bits in the 2009 suicide bombing at the Camp Chapman base in Afghanistan, which killed seven CIA agents. Maya believes she was spared so she could finish the job. "I'm gonna smoke everybody involved in this op," she says of the Camp Chapman attack. "And then I'm gonna kill bin Laden." The making of Zero Dark Thirty…was an operation nearly as complex and secretive as the one that took down bin Laden. Some industry analysts, inferring that the movie was all about the May 1, 2011, Seal Team Six raid that killed the al-Qaeda leader, wondered why a woman had the leading role. (The raid consumes just the final fifth of the movie.)…Bigelow received no help from the U.S. government - no lending of aircraft or weaponry - in the depiction of the Abbottabad raid or of any other military activity…Further, this is in no way a political film; it carries neither a torch for Barack Obama (who is seen only for seconds, promising in a 2008 news clip to end waterboarding) nor the agitated imprint of an Oliver Stone film. Essentially, it's a police procedural on the grand scale…Though focusing on the determination and resilience of Maya (based on a real CIA tracker), the film is a giant fresco, an imposing series of surgical strikes set in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Poland and the U.S…Chastain takes a while to grow into Maya's skin, but her tentativeness in the early scenes may be an accurate depiction of a young woman just out of college, enduring the growing pains of a difficult matriculation in a killer job…At the end, the woman who found Osama also finds an end to her sacred obsession. And, eight years to the day after George W. Bush prematurely announced it, an American official has earned the right to proclaim, "Mission accomplished." So too, with this splendid sortie into cinematic reportage, can Kathryn Bigelow. Full Story Other ZD30 Reviews Back to Top
11-22-12 Jessica Visits Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (video) (Chastain Central) Jessica dropped by to visit with announcers Kevin Frazier and Brooke Anderson during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. She talked about The Heiress and her upcoming movies. Not surprisingly, we learned that she planned to have vegan tofurky for her Thanksgiving meal. See the 4:12 video of her visit. Full Video Back to Top
11-21-12 Abandoned Zero Dark Thirty Prequel Might Yet be Made (Entertainment Weekly) Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and producer/writer Mark Boal tell EW that they could still return to an earlier hunt-for-Osama bin Laden movie that they had abandoned after the terrorist was killed in 2011…Bigelow and Boal were just a few months away from shooting the previous film - about the near-miss pursuit of bin Laden in Tora Bora in 2001 - when the world's most-wanted man was discovered and killed in a compound in Pakistan last year. They quickly decided to set aside the finished script and start over on a new movie, which eventually became Zero Dark Thirty Full Story Back to Top
11-21-12 All Zero Dark Thirty Characters Represent Real People (Entertainment Weekly) Bigelow and Boal also worked hard to make sure the movie would not put anyone in danger. "All of the characters in the film are based on real people," says Boal. "But we went to great lengths to make sure that their identities wouldn't be in any way jeopardized by the film. We made sure not to cast actors who bore physical resemblances to the people [they played]. And also not to put things in the film that would allow anybody to draw a dotted line. Because, look, a lot of these people are still working. We take protecting those people very seriously." Full Story Back to Top
11-20-12 Will Jessica Steal Oscar from Jennifer Lawrence? (HITFIX) While Sony has been busy keeping a lid on most of the details of Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," right down to the specificity of the role Chastain would play in the film, the Best Actress race has been slowly congealing into a big bid for Chastain's fellow young ingenue Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook." But I'm betting that's all about to change…Chastain is tackling a real-life CIA analyst who made it her mission in life to hunt down Osama Bin Laden. As noted by Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon, a 60 Minutes interview with Seal Team Six member "Mark Owen" (he's protecting his real identity) and author of "No Easy Day" -- an account of the assault on Bin Laden's Abbottabad, Pakistan compound -- revealed that said analyst, called only "Jen," was the spearhead of the entire thing….A press friend who's seen the film called Chastain's performance all-consuming, pointing to intense training the actress went through and chalking it up as the kind of thing that makes other actors jealous. Full Story Back to Top
11-20-12 Jessica Featured in New UK Poster for Zero Dark Thirty (Total Film) Zero Dark Thirty has unveiled a new one-sheet, putting Jessica Chastain right at the front of the action. The tagline further plays up her pivotal role: 'For ten years one woman never stopped searching for the most wanted man in history'. With a pair of aviator shades, silhouetted by the film's title-logo, the poster keeps things simple. Full Story and Poster Back to Top
11-19-12 New Photos of Jessica from Zero Dark Thirty (Collider) A batch of new images from director Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming drama Zero Dark Thirty has been released online…We only recently became aware that Jessica Chastain plays the lead in the film, a CIA operative spearheading the manhunt, and these new images feature the actress front and center. PHOTOS Full Story and Photos Back to Top
11-18-12 Eleanor Rigby Financed by Veteran Media Entrepreneur Wicks Walker's Division Films (Variety) Veteran media entrepreneur Wicks Walker has launched Division Films, a film financing banner that will have come onboard five indie movies by the end of the year. "My approach is to backfill a growing hole in the market where you have a great cast, a smallish budget but no studio set up in place," Walker told Variety. Division kicked off its initial slate with Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," which will be released in the spring via A24, then financed the two-film project "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. Full Story Back to Top
11-17-12 Tar Plays Rome Film Festival (Indiewire) Playing In Competition in the XXI sidebar of the Rome Film Festival, the film represents the work of twelve newbie directors -- NYU film students all -- and attempts to create an impressionistic interpretation of the work of poet CK Williams... the film shifts around in time and mood, using four different actors (Franco one of them) to depict Williams at different stages in his life...It is to be commended that despite the far-ranging approach and the cadre of people involved in its making, the film doesn't feel disjointed or particularly uneven...The problem really lies in the last place you might look for it: the originality and resourcefulness of these young filmmakers...for example, when handed the often autobiographical work of a poet who grew up close to his mother in mid-20th century America, the choice was made to cast Jessica Chastain, and then to essentially recreate half of her "Tree of Life" scenes, right down to the lens flares and the twirling on the grass. It comes across not as homage, but rip off...'Tar' for all the experimentalism of its conception...ends up an irreproachably tasteful, easily digestible but an unsurprising, undemanding watch. Full Story Back to Top
11-14-12 Writer/Producer Barbara Muschietti of Mama Interviewed (Huffington Post) Q: Your movie, Mama, stars two accomplished actors, Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. What was it like working with such talent? A: It will be hard next time around because I am convinced we'll never be this lucky again. Both Jes and Nik are not only unbelievably talented and professional, but nice, warm people who I honestly hope stay in our lives for a long time. Full Story Back to Top
11-16-12 Jessica Announces Winner of House Shorts Film Competition (Film News) Soho House last night announced the winner of the House Shorts film competition, a platform committed to discovering the next generation of film makers from across the UK, USA and Germany. James Kibbey was crowned the winner at a screening and announcement ceremony at Soho House New York, attended by the nine finalists, as well as Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain - who was part of the judging panel for the competition…Jessica Chastain who announced James as the House Shorts 2012 winner with his submission "House Cocktail" said: "I picked House Cocktail because of the playfulness, creativity and relationships established in the short." Full Story Back to Top
11-15-12 Will Jessica Overcome Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress Oscar? (Awards Daily) By most estimations, Jennifer Lawrence has the Oscar race for Best Actress sewn up. The one-two punch of her work in Silver Linings Playbook, currently receiving very good reviews, and the $400 million she generated for the Hunger Games franchise, gives her the edge heading into the race. But…Jessica Chastain is about to hit with Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. Chastain carries the film. Unlike Lawrence, she isn't "the girlfriend" but is the CIA agent obsessed with the capture of Osama Bin Laden. Imagine that, after all is said and done a woman gets to take credit for that? It is arguably among the best characters of the year. But, as far as we know, no one has seen Zero Dark Thirty. Strangely, Steve Pond just put Zero Dark Thirty in his number one spot on Gurus of Gold to win. If that's so, Chastain's chances to win just shot up. Full Story Back to Top
11-14-12 Jessica is Still Frugal with Her Money ( Actress Jessica Chastain refuses to splash the cash on lavish things now that she is famous, insisting she still enjoys a frugal lifestyle…"As soon as I graduated (from college), I never asked my parents for money. I always supported myself through acting and would make money last a long time. I understand the value of money, and I'm not an impulsive buyer. I bought a new laptop three years ago, and before I bought it, I spent a month thinking about buying it. So my lifestyle hasn't changed, except my anxiety about paying the rent is gone." Full Story Back to Top
11-14-12 Jessica Covers Marie Claire (Marie Claire) Jessica Chastain stormed Hollywood last year with a string of daring roles that had everyone taking notice. Now the star of Zero Dark Thirty, one of the year's most controversial and highly anticipated new films, is ready to stake her claim as the actress to beat. Also, be sure to check out all of the photos from our December cover shoot with Jessica, and browse the star's best red carpet moments! Full Story and Photo Back to Top
11-09-12 Jessica Mentioned for Our Kind of Traitor (The Film Stage) Director Justin Kurzel has already secured rights to Our Kind of Traitor, a (what else?) espionage tale from the legendary John le Carré…Traitor only grows in stature when Hossein Amini (Drive) has been tapped to script the picture and, now, Mads Mikkelson is a big candidate for its starring role. Jump the gun by adding those four together, see the potential, and read on. TheWrap tell us he's only been offered one of Traitor's starring roles …le Carré's novel mostly revolves around Perry and Gail, two lovers vacationing on Antigua who end up aiding and abetting Dima, a man very much intent on selling out old compatriots in exchange for a spot with British Intelligence. Less-than-noble as is, but even more conflicting when his actions put their lives in danger, leading them on a path normally reserved for a certain character Mikkelson battled several years back…Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain have also been mentioned in conjunction with Our Kind of Traitor, more plausibly than not for those central positions. Good and reasonable, but, like our main point of focus, they're only names on a list of choices. Full Story Back to Top
11-09-12 Navy Seals Punished for Participation in Medal of Honor: Warfighter (USA Today) Seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to get Osama bin Laden, have been punished for disclosing classified information, senior Navy officials said Thursday. Four other SEALs are under investigation for similar alleged violations, one official said. The SEALs are alleged to have divulged classified information to the maker of a video game called "Medal of Honor: Warfighter." Each of the seven received a punitive letter of reprimand and a partial forfeiture of pay for two months. Those actions generally hinder a military member's career. Full Story Back to Top
11-09-12 Video of Jessica on The View (Broadway World) On yesterday's episode of 'The View' on ABC, Jessica Chastain stopped by and discussed the excitement surrounding her first Broadway play, The Heiress. Check out the full interview below! Full Story and Video Back to Top
11-09-12 Jessica Reveals Fashion Influences (Belfast Telegraph) Jessica has revealed that one particular family member encouraged her to be more experimental with her attire. "Dress loud and proud. My style guru is my grandmother. She came with me to the Oscars this year," she told the latest edition of Marie Claire UK. "I was such a shy girl and hated to stand out, but she'd buy me the brightest shirts and dresses. She taught me to wear colour." Jessica has learnt most of her top beauty and hair tips from professionals she's worked with. Full Story Back to Top
11-09-12 Navy SEALs Disciplined for Participating in Medal of Honor: Warfighter Game (Wired) In February, movie audiences thrilled to Act of Valor, a big-budget Hollywood film starring actual Navy SEALs. Next month comes Zero Dark Thirty, a major recreation of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, directed by an Oscar winner. Both films carry the blessing of U.S. military leaders, who clearly aren't shy about marketing their elite troops to curry public favor. Yet those same leaders may have just ended the careers of seven Navy SEALs, some of whom participated in the bin Laden raid, for consulting on a videogame…The disciplinary action could spell an ignominious and unexpected end to the seven SEALs' tenure in the elite service…they may have to leave the military altogether, which is a mind-boggling way for people who pulled off one of the greatest feats in U.S. military history to go out…This fall, a SEAL who claims to have actually fired the shots that killed bin Laden, Matt Bissonnette, published No Easy Day, a memoir of the raid that the Pentagon says revealed official secrets. Bissonnette may face legal action for violating a non-disclosure agreement he signed as a SEAL; and it's possible that Bissonnette was one of the consultants on Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Full Story Back to Top
11-08-12 Jessica Visits Good Morning America (The Gossip Girls) Stepping out for some media duties, Jessica Chastain showed up at ABC Studios in Times Square, New York City…to promote her new play "The Heiress" on "Good Morning America." Jessica explained, "I've actually done more plays than films, which I know is surprising for people because all of a sudden it was like, 'Everywhere, Chastain!' in movies. But yeah, it's been really great. This is my Broadway debut. It has been a dream to be on Broadway and to be here with this ensemble." Full Story

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11-07-12 Jessica Appears on Good Morning America and The View (Broadway World) The Heiress' Jessica Chastain & Dan Stevens will appear on ABC's "Good Morning America" tomorrow, Thursday, September 8th between 8:30AM-9:00AM on channel 7. Jessica Chastain will also appear on ABC's "The View" tomorrow between 11:00AM-12 noon…Check local listings. Full Story Back to Top
11-07-12 New Zero Dark Thirty Poster Released (Huffington Post) For once, a movie poster isn't boasting for the sake of boasting. Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" is about the "greatest manhunt in history."… The final poster for the film, which HuffPost Entertainment and Moviefone are debuting exclusively, can be found below. Full Story and Poster Back to Top
11-07-12 Men Treated Jessica Differently when she was Blonde Celia (Yahoo! Philippines News) Jessica isn't afraid to experiment with her appearance and the red-head famously went blonde for her role in The Help. The actress has joked her transformation made quite an impression on the film crew. "It was great fun being blonde to play Celia in The Help. Men treated me differently. I'd walk out of the trailer and it was the first time I've felt they'd drop their food!" Jessica laughed. Full Story Back to Top
11-05-12 Zero Dark Thirty Preceded by TV Showing of Rival Film SEAL Team Six (Hollywood Reporter) After opening theatrically abroad, SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden saw its stateside premiere on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday night -- giving the cable network a ratings record in the process. The intitial [sic] 8 p.m. broadcast of the feature film, which was inspired by the events that led to the Al-Qaeda leader's 2011's assassination, averaged 2.7 million viewers for the two-hour telecast for NatGeo…SEAL Team Six's broadcast came just two days shy of the 2012 presidential election. And starting Tuesday, the Weinstein Co.-distributed movie will be available on Netflix for U.S. subscribers. [Chastain Central: Jessica's movie, Zero Dark Thirty, covers the same event in a different way with its release on December 19.] Full Story Back to Top
11-04-12 Jessica's Heiress Delicately Creates Portrait of a Naïve Young Woman Shattered by Betrayal (Huffington Post) There is no shortage of silent rage onstage at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre in Jessica Chastain's subtle and nuanced portrayal of the jilted rich girl in a fine revival of The Heiress…Kaufman has restored the play to drawing room manners, where the bitterness and tension that pervade the Sloper household are covered with a veneer of gentility and politeness…Chastain's performance is low-key throughout, delicately creating a portrait of a naïve young woman shattered by betrayal. She makes the emotional transition from a giddy girl in love to an abandoned fiancée bent on retribution so seamless that the final outcome of Townsend's two-year, on-and-off courtship remains in doubt until the last scene, even for those who know how the story ends…The mood and tone of this revival of The Heiress is wonderfully enhanced by Derek McLane's well-appointed front parlor in the Slopers' Washington Square house, along with Albert Wolsky's mid-19th century costumes and David Landers' warm, gas-lit hues. It should also be noted that the transformation of Chastain, a movie star beauty, into a young woman James described as having a "dull, plain, and gentle countenance" must have been a makeup artist's challenge. Full Story Back to Top
10-02-12 Jessica Attends Heiress After-Party (Just Jared) Jessica Chastain attends the after party following the opening night of The Heiress held at The Edison Ballroom on Thursday (November 1) in New York City…Jessica is wearing a Stella McCartney dress, Harry Winston jewels, and Christian Louboutin shoes. Full Story Back to Top
11-01-12 The Heiress: Opening Night Review #8 (USA TODAY) In this revival, which opened Thursday at the Walter Kerr Theatre, it is clearly Chastain's intention to lend more depth to her character. The actress doesn't do this by emphasizing her physical charms; to the contrary, the swan-like beauty deftly channels her inner duckling, her flat voice and stiff, awkward gestures at first suggesting a dim light trying to fade into her surroundings. Catherine finds a spark, though, in Morris Townsend, a suspiciously avid suitor played by Dan Stevens...In the end, it's up to the leading lady to ensure that we care about Catherine, rather than seeing her as a distressed damsel in a quaint melodrama. And Chastain gives her a forbearance and dignity that blossoms even after her frail glow seems in danger of being extinguished. It's a nuanced, compassionate performance that bodes well for the actress' future, on stage and off. See other Heiress Reviews. Full Story Back to Top
11-01-12 Blu-ray for Madagascar 3 Releases (HollywoodChicago) Blu-ray review: Modest release for surprisingly fun 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted'…While the past two films had tons of bonus material with their Blu-ray releases, this one's a little lackluster. But the movie itself should make thousands of wee ones happy this holiday season…The previous Blu-ray releases for "Madagascar" films included new shorts and copious bonus material. While there's a commentary here, there's no new short and the rest of the material is somewhat lackluster. The deleted scenes are more storyboards than anything else and some of the featurettes run just a minute or two. Full Story Back to Top
11-01-12 The Heiress Opens Tonight on Broadway (Broadway World) Opening night is tonight for the new Broadway production of The Heiress. The Heiress stars Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain as Catherine Sloper, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner David Strathairn as Dr. Austin Sloper, the leading man of "Downton Abbey" Dan Stevens as Morris Townsend and Tony Award winner Judith Ivey as Lavinia Penniman. Written by Ruth & Augustus Goetz, The Heiress is directed by two-time Tony Award nominated playwright and director Moisés Kaufman. Full Story Back to Top
11-01-12 Justin "Squigs" Robertson Sketches Jessica and The Heiress Stars ( resident artist Justin "Squigs" Robertson headed the Walter Kerr Theatre to watch the drama unfold, then sketched an elegant family portrait of (from left) Ivey, Stevens, Chastain and Strathairn. Check out Squigs' rendering, then see The Heiress on Broadway! Full Story and Sketch Back to Top
10-31-12 Sony Confirms January 11th Wide-Release Date for Zero Dark Thirty (Indie Wire) Sony has confirmed that the movie will now go wide on January 11th, squaring off against Warner Bros "Gangster Squad" and Marlon Wayans' horror spoof "A Haunted House." While some have suggested the move might indicate a lack of confidence in the picture, we'd wager that's not the case. It's probably just a matter of getting it out of a crowded calendar while still allowing the NY/LA cinephile set to start the buzz. And frankly, Academy voters don't care when a movie is released as they see it at invitation-only screenings or will have a DVD copy shipped to their home. But, as always, the maneuvers continue. Full Story Back to Top
10-30-12 Super-storm Sandy will not Stop The Heiress from Opening on Schedule (Los Angeles Times) The new Broadway revival of "The Heiress," with Jessica Chastain and "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens, has the bad luck of opening the same week as Hurricane Sandy's big debut. But despite a canceled preview performance, the production will still open on Thursday as scheduled…Producers canceled Tuesday's preview due to the lingering effects of the hurricane, which cut power to large portions of the East Coast and shut down public transportation in New York. Full Story Back to Top
10-29-12 National Geographic Shows Seal Team Six on November 4 (Hollywood Reporter) The National Geographic Channel may have won the race to be the first to portray the events that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden - beating Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty to the big screen by rushing to the small screen on Nov. 4 - but it's still too soon to say if being the first is the same as being the best. Nat Geo will air SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden on Sunday at 8 p.m. (and has opened in theaters internationally). The film comes from The Weinstein Company…it will air two days before the election and then be available the next day on Netflix. Still, it's hard to imagine this film (or even the unseen, save for trailers, Zero Dark Thirty), moving the needle on an election. Why? Because everyone in the world knows what happened and how it ended. The whole thing is in the history books. And with the publication of No Easy Day from SEAL member Mark Owen, it's not like the world lacks for details if they really want to seek them out…The person who gets the most mileage out of SEAL Team Six is Kathleen Robertson (Boss) as Vivian Hollins, the CIA analyst who has been…bent on getting Bin Laden since the Sept. 11 attack on the Twin Towers…this is a movie that feels like a documentary at times, a cheesy docudrama at others and some kind of slapped together film that wants to be taken seriously as well. Full Story Back to Top
10-29-12 Jessica Changes Things as Best Actress Contender ( As several commenters have pointed out recently, Jessica Chastain will be pushed in the Best Actress race for her work in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, which means I had a little shuffling I needed to do to my Best Actress and Supporting Actress predictions. I previously had Chastain sitting in the #6 position in the Supporting race, wondering if she or Sally Field (Lincoln) should occupy my last spot in the category, but now she moves over to the very light field in the Actress race, bumping the number of contenders from nine to ten and creating a little more excitement in the field…Chastain has been added to the field, debuting at #4. I'm sure this is only the start of the movement we'll see in the Best Actress field over the coming months.
1. Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
2. Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
3. Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
4. Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
5. Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone) Full Story Back to Top
10-27-12 Jessica Reveals Scars from Othello (Playbill) Jessica Chastain is struggling to diplomatically describe her last stage appearance, in 2009 as Desdemona in Othello…"Did you see it?" she asks. I tell her that I did not, but I did read some less-than-favorable reviews. "Then you understand everything," she says. "It was a very draining experience," she continues, sipping a bottle of Kombucha tea. "When I got back to L.A., I received an e-mail from a director who wanted me to consider another play in New York. I replied, 'Thank you, but I will never do theatre again.' I wanted to focus my energy elsewhere."…In New York last summer for the premiere of "The Debt," she was offered the part of spinster Catherine Sloper in The Heiress…"It's been my dream to be on Broadway since I was a little girl, but at this point I was so busy, so it seemed crazy to even consider," Chastain recalls. "Then I read the play and fell in love with the character, but I still wouldn't have done another play had I not felt I was going to be in great hands."…Moisés Kaufman now has those great hands over his ears as his star embarrasses him with praise. "Besides his brain, what I love about Moisés is that he makes me feel safe and supported," she says. "I do my best work with a director who creates a space where I feel the freedom to be both brave and vulnerable." Full Story Back to Top
10-26-12 Jessica Threatens Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress Oscar (GoldDerby) A Sony Pictures rep has confirmed to Gold Derby that Jessica Chastain will be campaigned in the lead actress race for "Zero Dark Thirty," not supporting as previously presumed widely across the blogosphere. She portrays a CIA staffer who picks up on Osama bin Laden's trail and advises the U.S. Navy SEAL Team on their assignment to snag the world's most wanted terrorist. This news is a major threat to the Oscar hopes of Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook"), who is way ahead in the Best Actress race, according to the Oscarologists polled by Gold Derby. Lawrence is backed by 21 of the 25 pundits, who give her 9-to-5 odds to win. Both Lawrence and Chastain fit the classic profile of a typical Best Actress winner - that is, The Babe Factor. They're gorgeous ingénues with solid feature film resumes (both are previous Oscar nominees) and they're now at their career peaks…Both Chastain and Lawrence now appear in films with strong Best Picture potential and thus they could benefit from the coattail effect…However, early momentum behind "Silver Linings Playbook" seems to be slipping a bit among Oscarologists while support builds for "Zero Dark Thirty" on our prediction charts. Full Story Back to Top
10-25-12 Jessica's Early Opinion of Movie Stars on Broadway (Columbus Telegram) Although Chastain is no stranger to the stage - she played the title role of Salome opposite Al Pacino in Los Angeles - this is her Broadway debut and she isn't taking it lightly. "It's a very high-profile thing. You're kind of showing up holding a target, do you know?" says Chastain, who earned an Academy Award nomination for "The Help" and who next stars in "Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. "I remember being at Juilliard and going out to see all the plays and I would get so sick of movie stars. I was just like, `Oh, why do they always cast movie stars in these roles?'" Full Story Back to Top
10-25-12 Jessica Chastain and Co-star Judith Ivey Bond (Columbus Telegram) Her big debut is especially sweet because she gets to share it with Judith Ivey, a two-time Tony Award winner and one-time cast member of "Designing Women" who was an idol for the younger actress when she was growing up in California…"I was superexcited to work with Judy," Chastain says. For her part, 61-year-old Ivey has grown very fond of her 35-year-old co-star. "Through the weeks we've been working together, every time I want to go and tell her what a great job she was doing, I would always burst into tears. And I would think, `What is wrong with me?'" says Ivey, who plays an aunt to Chastain's character. "I finally figured it out: It's watching a young actress so beautifully succeed," she says. "It's like the baton being handed over, in a way. Although I was thinking that my baton is pretty beat up. I think she's got a nice shiny one."… They both had signed on to do "The Heiress" and happened to be seeing a production of "Uncle Vanya" at the SoHo Rep when Chastain spotted Ivey. "I knew she was going to do it but we hadn't met. So I went over to her and I was like, `Hello. I'd like to introduce myself to you,'" says Chastain…"Like she needed to," says Ivey, laughing. Since then, the two have found lots to bond over. Full Story Back to Top
10-24-12 Zero Dark Thirty Might Delay Wide Release until January 11 (Hollywood Reporter) The film…is still officially set to open nationwide Dec. 19, but theater owners have been informed it might roll out more slowly. One idea being floated is to open Zero Dark Thirty in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 19. On Jan. 4, the movie would expand into a total of 10 or 12 markets, and then go nationwide Jan. 11 -- timed to the announcement of Oscar nominations Jan. 10. Film companies often roll out a film slowly to build awards momentum and boost word-of-mouth. In this case, Zero Dark Thirty also avoids the Christmas crush; titles opening nationwide during the 2012 year-end holidays include Les Miserables, Django Unchained, This Is 40, Parental Guidance and The Guilt Trip. Conversely, Zero Dark Thirty forfeits one of the most lucrative stretches of the year in terms of box-office returns. Full Story Back to Top
10-24-12 Zero Dark Thirty Campaigns Jessica for Best Actress Oscar (Awards Daily) Two pieces of important information have come to light recently that may impact the Best Actress race - Anne Hathaway will be campaigned for lead as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises and Jessica Chastain will also go lead for Zero Dark Thirty. Whether either of them will break through already crowded race is a different story. Much will likely depend on the nominations at the Globes, then the SAGs and the Critics Choice aware. By then, a consensus will have emerged. Those early awards are great for pruning the crowd. Once they're named, voters get to sit on whether those are deserving nominations or not, whether there are more deserving names that got left on the list, and how those nominations/wins make them feel…In most of the movies popular at the box office and in the Oscar race women are mothers, girlfriends, wives, lovers…Lawrence in currently in the lead not just because she is great in the part, but because Best Actress, like Best Actor, Director and Screenplay are all tied in with Best Picture most of the time…Some of the big question marks that remain would be Helen Mirren in Hitchcock, Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, how well Silver Linings Playbook does with critics, box office and the Academy, who gets a surprise nomination at the Globes…Currently predicted five: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook; Keira Knightley - Anna Karenina; Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild; Marion Cotillard - Rust & Bone; Anne Hathaway - The Dark Knight Rises; Dark horses: Emanuelle Riva, Jessica Chastain (still an unknown). Full Story Back to Top
10-24-12 Guillermo Del Toro Praises Jessica (SlashFilm) Well you know her movies hadn't been released, any of the movies that have made her now so famous you know? I just saw… We were having many casting suggestions with big names and big stars and this and that and then I saw The Debt with probably an illegal copy, I don't know. Bob Bernie was very surprised, "How did you get it?" "I don't know…" But I saw The Debt and I was blown away by the fact that all of her choices as actress were so smart, you know like scenes that played counter point to the way they would normally be played. The way she seemed to absorb Helen Mirren's sort of mannerisms and then I talked to her and she said, "Actually Helen Mirren did some stuff I did, because we met after I finished my performance." I said, "Well how did you get all of her…" "I watch a lot of her movies." I thought she was so smart and we went and said back then "We want this actress that has no movies released, because she is the perfect actress." We went and fortunately we got the actress we wanted. Full Story Back to Top
10-23-12 Medal of Honor Promotes Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack (So Hood) Medal of Honor: Warfighter shows off the Zero Dark Thirty map pack, inspired by the Darra Gun Market and Chitral Compound. Medal of Honor: Warfighter will launch on October 23rd, 2012, for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. Medal of Honor: Warfighter, a game which follows the 2010 Medal of Honor reboot that moved the series out of World War II into war-torn Afghanistan and introduced the U.S. Tier 1 Operator. Full Story Back to Top
10-23-12 Celebrities Honor Jessica and The Heiress at Harry Winston Dinner (Wall Street Journal) The celebrities who perform in New York theaters have Monday evenings off, which means they have the opportunity to glam up a few events around town. This week, Leading Hotels of the World and the jeweler Harry Winston hosted a dinner at Ai Fiori, the restaurant at the Setai, in honor of Jessica Chastain and the cast of "The Heiress," currently on the boards at the Walter Kerr… "I've learned how to put on my own nose," said Ms. Chastain, of a prosthesis she wears on stage, along with a wig, to make her character appear more dowdy. (As her plus one, she brought her grandmother, in town from Northern California.)… Frederic de Narp, Harry Winston's CEO, raised a glass to Ms. Chastain, who was sitting beside him. "I cannot believe this is the same person I saw on stage just last night," he said. "It's called acting," Patricia Clarkson whispered to her tablemates. Full Story Back to Top
10-23-12 Massive Explosion of Mama Interviews (Chastain Central) There was a media visit to the Mama set in October of last year, and apparently the media promised not to publish their interviews and observations until a year later. So now those articles are out of the drawer and onto the Internet. Excerpts are posted below, but here are the addresses of some of those articles. Cinema Blend Full Story and Full Story; Forward Slash Film Full Story; Shock Till You Drop Full Story Back to Top
10-23-12 The Directors Muschietti Tell How Mama Began (Cinema Blend) We were writing a different screenplay, and "Mama" the short was sort of a style exercise, to support the project. It was a ghost story, also a horror supernatural thriller, but the story was not "Mama." We did this as a support piece and it finally became a short film somehow, when we put the credits on and sent it to festivals. We started to raise interest, and a lot of people were asking what was the story behind it. It's a big question mark. People usually were asking how was it possible that those little girls are that thing's daughters. So that motivated us for writing the story. Usually they were more interested in seeing what happened to the girls…Than in reading our screenplay… when you make a feature film…One of the goals is to maintain the impact of the short. The idea is to make that scene as impacting as it is in the movie, and of course change it, for all the people who saw the short film, when they saw the movie it would be disappointing to see the same scene. So there's a couple of twists in this version. Full Story Back to Top
10-23-12 How the Mama Character was Created (/FILM) Mama is being created by blending on-set practical performance by Javier Botet ([Rec]), who Del Toro described as "A skinny Doug Jones," and the digital effects of two companies: DDT and Mr. X…"Speed is one thing. The way that she moves, we are going to warp time a little bit, maybe go in reverse with her motions. Almost all the shots with her will be shot on blue screen, so we can treat her later on; give her a special look and color treatment." On set, Muschietti literally operates Botet like a marionette to really get him moving in weird ways. "Javier has a bunch of cables coming out of his body, so he's pulled into directions that are not normal and he has to counter the wire pull. Then we remove the wires and what it looks like is like literally a marionette coming to life," Del Toro said. "It looks almost digital, but it's all caught on camera…Later, DDT and Mr. X will add in creepy digital details such as flowing locks, weird hands and lots of bugs. Plus, Mama will materialize out of the walls preceded by moths. She conjures fruit out of nowhere. This is all very eerie stuff. Full Story Back to Top
10-23-12 Mama's Little Girls (/FILM) The little girls (Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse) are phenomenal. Being as these are dailies we hear Muschietti talking to them during the take to change subtle things here and there and they respond beautifully. A different delivery of one line, a longer pause on another or, in the creepiest bit, a knowing, spine-chilling smile by Nélisse while her sister talks about the closet…The film will also feature the scene from the short film in some way, but with a bigger budget and creepier effects. Everything about the film is taking the creep factor and turning it up, from the designs we saw of an institution, to the Evil Dead type cabin the girls live in for years to the creepy test footage of Mama herself, proving this won't be your average monster movie. Full Story Back to Top
10-23-12 New Details on Mama Story (/FILM) A father (Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) gets into a car accident and drives his two daughters, one a baby the other three years old, into the woods. Something happens and for five years, the whole family disappears. The father's brother (Coster-Waldau, in a dual role) finds them five years later and begins to raise them as his own, to the disdain of his girlfriend, Annabel (Chastain). But as their lives move along it becomes obvious someone, or something, is jealous of Annabel's de facto motherly relationship and beings to voice its displeasure with her…It's no spoiler to say this movie has a monster and that monster is Mama. The girls spent five years in the woods looked over by some mysterious, ghostly version of their dead mother. Full Story Back to Top
10-23-12 How Jessica Came to Mama (/FILM) When the actress was cast, it was June 2011 and most people didn't know who she was. Some months later, due to films like The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter and Lawless, she's now a household name. The Muschietti's saw the trailer for The Debt on iTunes, were captivated and flew to Los Angeles to meet her. "We felt super lucky to get Jessica, obviously. She's as big as it gets right now," said producer Miles Dale. Full Story
(Cinema Blend) Andy Muschietti: We first thought of her when saw a trailer-Barbara Muschietti: The trailer for The Debt, about a year and a half ago on iTunes. And we were like, What is? Especially, this sounds ridiculous, but the gynecologist scene, where she catches him with her legs. We were like, "We like her." This was before this explosion that's happened in the past month. Then they told us she liked the script, we…went to meet her and we were with her in a room for two hours, and she was incredible, and she's insanely good and insanely nice and helpful. I mean, we thank our lucky stars every day. Andy: And she has-- there's something about her that, for me, was perfect. The character has an arc, and the beginning of that arc she should be not only an unlikely person, a reluctant hero, but she should be distant and not empathetic to the audience. I saw her and she has this, she can be really distant. She has these features where she barely has the eyebrows. Of course, when I saw Jolene, I saw all the emotional stages and moods she had, and she was perfect. And I love her nose. Full Story
(Shock Till You Drop) Question: Can you talk about the casting of Jessica Chastain? Del Toro: We were having many casting suggestions with big names and big stars and this and that and then I saw The Debt. I was blown away by the fact that all of her choices as actress were so smart, you know like scenes that played counter point to the way they would normally be played. The way she seemed to absorb Helen Mirren's sort of mannerisms and then I talked to her and she said, "Actually Helen Mirren did some stuff I did, because we met after I finished my performance." I said, "Well how did you get all of her…" "I watch a lot of her movies." I thought she was so smart and we went and said back then "We want this actress that has no movies released, because she is the perfect actress." We went and fortunately we got the actress we wanted. Full Story Back to Top
10-23-12 On the Set of Mama (Cinema Blend) As Annabel Chastain masks her signature flame-red hair beneath a short, dark brown wig and has enough realistic looking tattoos on her arm that you immediately believe her character, a bass player in a punk band with absolutely no interest in raising kids. Of course, what happens next in Mama is exactly the opposite…In the scene we saw them shoot that day last October, Annabel has been left to care for the girls on her own, and is doing something most parents wouldn't think twice about-- opening a closet door in the girls' bedroom. But with the girls unnaturally fixated on the door, and our knowledge that Mama is watching over them constantly, Annabel's walk toward that door is filled with dread-- even watching it take after take, on a monitor 20 feet away from the actual set. A daylong visit to the set of Mama was an exercise in contrasts…She [Jessica] admits that she's a huge scaredy-cat when it comes to horror, but she actually uses it to her benefit, asking the director to pipe in music from the film's test reels to help her get in the mood for the creepier scenes. She also talks about the benefit of being scared by the role, being accidentally slugged by one of her child co-stars, and how the fact that she's not exactly who you'd expect for a movie like this is exactly why she wanted the part. Full Story Back to Top
10-23-12 Jessica Answers Questions about Mama (Cinema Blend) I've been such a huge fan of Guillermo's and he's one of the first people I met actually when I came onto this project. I was surprised, because I had knee problems. I came on to the meeting in crutches and was like "They won't want me after he sees me in crutches…" Del Toro: A broken leg. I said, "I will break the other one if you don't do it."…Question: Who is she? This is a character who isn't in the short?... Well she plays bass guitar in a punk band and she lives with her boyfriend who is an illustrator and she's like… The way I'm approaching her, she's this woman who doesn't really ever want to grow up…She's very anti-responsibility…She ends up stuck with these children that she doesn't want in her life and it's a complicated relationship, because the children are stuck with something else…I remember when I was really, really young watching The Exorcist with my mom and my sister downstairs and it was so intense for me watching that film and I remember like halfway through I was like "Okay, can I turn it off?" My mom was like "No, you could just go upstairs." Then the feeling of walking up the stairs… So I try to pull that feeling… Every time we did a scene yesterday where I'm opening the closet door and it's like me ten years old walking up the stairs. I really love it. Full Story Back to Top
10-22-12 Jessica Attends Dinner held in Her Honor (The Gossip Girls) Celebrating her new Broadway gig, Jessica Chastain attended a dinner thrown in her honor by Harry Winston in New York City on Monday (October 22). The 35-year-old actress stunned in a black-and-white number while posing for photographs, before heading in to talk about her upcoming play, "The Heiress." Full Story Back to Top
10-21-12 Medal of Honor: Warfighter Zero Dark Thirty Maps Release October 23 (see video) (EL33TONLINE) With the release of Medal of Honor: Warfighter next week around the world, we'll be diving headlong into intense scenarios inspired by the military exploits of highly trained global operators, taking on dangerous missions to ensure the safety of humanity from evil terrors. With tons of customisation options, and interesting combinations of maps and modes, multiplayer also promises to be a hoot. Following the game's worldwide launch over the week of October 23rd, a new multiplayer map pack will be made available for free to those who pre-order MoH: Warfighter, and will include two online arenas inspired by the "decade-long manhunt" for Osama Bin Laden, and will additionally be tied into the release of this year's 'Zero Dark Thirty' movie. Full Story and Video Back to Top
10-18-12 New, Scarier, Mama Trailer Released ( Starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, and Isabelle Nellsse, the supernatural thriller tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. Full Story and Trailer Back to Top
10-17-12 Jessica Helps Judge House Shorts (Hollywood Reporter) Soho House has picked nine finalists for its House Shorts film competition, designed to help discover the next generation of filmmakers from the U.S., U.K. and Germany. The finalists were awarded funding to produce their shorts and will face a panel of judges, including Harvey Weinstein, Paul Haggis, Jessica Chastain and Janice Min, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter. The other judges are Pride & Prejudice director Joe Wright, director/writer/producer Paul Greengrass, Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon, Oliver Berben of Germany's Constantin Film Productions, Maike Mia Höhne, short film programmer at the Berlin Film Festival, and previous House Shorts winner Sean Gray…This year's winner will be announced at a reception on November 13 at Soho House New York…The Hollywood Reporter is the exclusive media partner of House Shorts. Full Story Back to Top
10-16-12 How Jessica became The Heiress (New York Observer) Mr. Kaufman said..."I followed her work from the beginning, both on stage and on film, and I've always been very, very taken with her. She has a kind of emotional intelligence that is very well-suited for this play-and also she's a Juilliard-trained actress, so she has all the stage chops you need to embody a role like that."…[Jessica reports], "I received the offer for The Heiress, actually, at the premiere of The Debt, almost a year and a half ago, and that was before all the other movies came out," she insisted. "It was before all the wonderful things-The Help and The Tree of Life-came my way during award season, and it was just that, when I read the play, I was so moved by Catherine. Then, after meeting with Moises, I knew it was something I absolutely wanted to do, so it wasn't like 'I had this great success in films so I've decided to go back to theater.' This came into my life right before all the movies came out, and I felt such kinship with this character that I just had to do it." Full Story Back to Top
10-16-12 Jessica Hopes to Play Miss Julie Next Year (New York Observer) I'm all about research. Hopefully, next year, I'm going to play Miss Julie, and I'm going to see as many versions of Miss Julie as I can get my hands on." Full Story Back to Top
10-16-12 The Heiress Leads Box Office Grosses among Broadway Plays (New York Observer) "I signed on to do this a year ago, and I actually bought an apartment two blocks from Washington Square. I'm going to be walking to work every day through Washington Square."…It's a proven prizewinning part (see Olivia de Havilland's 1949 Oscar and Cherry Jones's 1995 Tony) based on the protagonist of Henry James's famous novella Washington Square, and just the ticket for a new girl in town to test her mettle and demonstrate she's more than just a Hollywood star. Her Hollywood stardom does, of course, have its advantages: since previews started, The Heiress has been in the money, leading the grosses of the six other straight plays now on Broadway, so some kind of star power must be buoying the box office. Full Story Back to Top
10-14-12 How Jessica Prepared for The Heiress (with slideshow) (Vulture) "As an actor, you approach the characters from what the script tells you. You don't think about, Well, what do I look like compared to what she looks like?" says Jessica Chastain of preparing to play the title character in her first Broadway production, The Heiress…Nevertheless, Chastain's process involved a physical transformation that began during the first week of rehearsals when she "kind of tortured" the costume crew into providing her with period clothing and a wig-and later came a nose prosthetic. "I'm a jeans girl, but a blue-jeans way of moving is very different from wearing petticoats, so from day one, I was wearing the shoes, the skirt, the corset. I never really left the rehearsal room." Chastain laughs…"She does things completely," says Heiress director Moises Kaufman. "In rehearsal, we would take a break and she would be embroidering because her character embroiders." Full Story and Slide Show Back to Top
10-13-12 Jessica Talks about Her Hair - Mohawk? ( Jessica Chastain would consider hitting the red carpet with a Mohawk. The pretty actress is known for her elegant style and great red carpet looks. However, she finds performing at premieres harder than taking on movie characters. "It's not always easy to experiment with fashion on the red carpet, because I'm representing myself," she revealed to InStyle magazine. "I really want to go out there with a Mohawk, but I realise it's a little too much for most people to digest."…"I had bright orange hair as a child, but it's got darker over the years," she explained...I'd change my hair for a role if I needed to, but I prefer using wigs." Full Story Back to Top
10-13-12 Will Zero Dark Thirty Help Obama in the Elections? (Wall Street Journal) Could Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" become a player in this year's presidential contest between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney?...An ABC Nightline anchor, tweeted that the trailer was "the best campaign ad Obama 2012 didn't have to pay for." Several conservative commentators have also complained that the movie-even thought it's still unreleased-could boost Obama's image. On Slate's culture blog, Forrest Wickman wrote of the new "Zero Dark Thirty" trailer "Some have accused 'Zero Dark Thirty' of rolling out this fall in order to highlight one of Obama's biggest victories in advance of the election. (The movie will now be released in December, but critics still point to its fall marketing.)" The article concludes "The timing of the film's release is surely an attempt to court a different kind of voter: Those who elect Oscar winners." Full Story Back to Top
10-12-12 Does Jessica Play Real-Life CIA Analyst "Jen" in Zero Dark Thirty? (Yahoo's The Projector) The speculation surrounding her role lines up with a "60 Minutes" interview given by one of the SEALs involved in the bin Laden operation. "One of the passengers on their plane was a CIA analyst who had spent five years on bin Laden's trail," host Scott Pelley said in the piece, which ran in September. In the piece, ex-SEAL and "No Easy Day" author "Mark Owen" (a pseudonym) gives much of the credit to the unnamed female CIA analyst he refers to only as "Jen." Owen says the analyst was more convinced than anyone, including President Obama and CIA head Leon Panetta, that bin Laden was hiding in the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan. She reportedly traveled to Afghanistan to brief the SEALs before their mission, informing them of what they were likely to encounter during the raid. "I can't give her enough credit. In my opinion, she kind of teed up this whole thing and is just wicked smart, kind of feisty," Owen told "60 Minutes." "We'd always talk back and forth, you know, what do you think the odds of this are? What do you think? And she was always like, '100 percent, he's there.'" "SEAL Team Six just took care of the last 40 minutes," Owen added. Full Story Back to Top
10-11-12 Jessica Leads in New Zero Dark Thirty Trailer (Movieline) While there's no shortage of burly action hero types in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, it's Jessica Chastain who's front and center hunting down Osama bin Laden in the first trailer - and that in itself is worth noting as you mark your calendars for the December Oscar contender. I mean, how fantastically striking is the above image of Chastain, her shadow, and the American flag? Chastain plays a CIA operative attempting to locate the al-Qaeda leader, who was killed while in hiding in Pakistan nearly ten years after the 9/11 attacks. Full Story, Photo, and Trailer Back to Top
10-11-12 Zero Dark Thirty Seems to be The Chastain Show in New Trailer (Film School Rejects) Sure, this latest trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty is a lot of things: cool, collected, awesome, awesome, exciting, cool all over again, bold, vibrant, but it's also dominated by one overwhelming force that encompasses all those adjectives. Jessica Chastain. Did we somehow miss that this film, Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal's true life take on the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, was really The Chastain Show? Looks like it, and we've already got our ticket in hand. Full Story and Trailer Back to Top
10-10-12 Jessica Greets Her Fans on Facebook from Kerr Theatre (Jessica-on-facebook) Look, it's me on Broadway! Tonight is my 4th preview in front of an audience. Working with this group has been so inspiring. I love meeting people from the audience at the stage door after the show, everyone has been very kind and supportive. I'm sorry I've been a bit absent from this page. I promise I'll get to all of your comments very soon. I read every one and am so blown away by your generous spirit and love. Thank you xxjes. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
10-09-12 The Heiress Draws $150,000 for First Two Performances (New York Times) "The Heiress," starring Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain ("The Help") in her Broadway debut, and the famed musical "Annie" - were solid sellers at the box office last week during their first sets of preview performances, according to ticket sales data released on Tuesday by the Broadway League, a trade association of theater owners and producers. "The Heiress," a 1947 play about a shy young woman treated shabbily by her father and a suitor, had its first two preview performances last weekend; the show grossed 70 percent of the maximum possible amount for those performances and had an average paid admission of $84.59. None of the other six straight plays on Broadway last week performed as well on those two benchmarks. The gross for "The Heiress," which also stars Oscar nominee David Strathairn ("Good Night, and Good Luck") and Dan Stevens (TV's "Downton Abbey"), was $151,328 for the two performances. Full Story Back to Top
10-09-12 Jessica Runner-up in Esquire Magazine Sexiest Woman Alive (Sowetan) Actress Mila Kunis is the "sexiest woman alive" according to Esquire magazine. The former star of That '70s Show made the top of the men's magazine annual list, ahead of runners-up Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Gabourey Sidibe and Katie Holmes. Full Story Back to Top
10-06-12 The Heiress Previews begin Today ( The new Broadway production of Ruth and Augustus Goetz's period drama The Heiress begins previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre Oct. 6. Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain ("The Help") plays the awkward Catherine Sloper, with "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens as a handsome suitor who arrives on her doorstep. Windows and doors figure prominently in the drama…Opening night is Nov. 1. Full Story Back to Top
10-04-12 Jessica's Off-Camera Look is Very Minimalist (Belfast Telegraph) The Hollywood actress' off-duty image is very different to the glamorous one she presents at work…"My look is very minimal. I don't blow-dry my hair, I let it air-dry and apply a little lip balm, concealer and mascara," Jessica revealed to InStyle magazine. "If I want to add a chic element, I'll go for a red lip. I love the feminine look of a black liner and a red lip - it's very Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth. It's my current favourite look." Full Story Back to Top
10-02-12 Lawless Blu-ray Releasing November 27 It had its big debut in Cannes in May and its U.S. release at the end of August. Now John Hillcoat's Lawless is headed to Blu-ray and DVD…Hitting retail on November 27th, special features include an audio commentary from director John Hillcoat and author Matt Dondurant. It will also have two featurettes: The True Story of the Wettest County in the World and Franklin County, VA: Then and Now. Willie Nelson's Midnight Run music video is also a part of the nifty additions. Full Story Back to Top
10-01-12 New Zero Dark Thirty Poster Released ( The first trailer for Zero Dark Thirty landed over the summer, giving us our first tease of Kathryn Bigelow's return behind the camera following her sweeping victory at the Oscars with The Hurt Locker. The trailer was quickly followed by a teaser poster, and now Yahoo Movies have debuted a new poster, likely to be going up around billboards and bus shelters in the coming weeks, along with a new image of Jessica Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
10-01-12 Dylan Tichenor Receiving Hollywood Editing Award for Zero Dark Thirty (Hollywood Reporter) At the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards -- the first awards show of the 2012 Oscar season -- Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E., a best film editing Oscar nominee five years ago who is now in serious contention for his second nom in the category for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, will receive the Hollywood Editor Award… The prizes will be presented at a gala ceremony at the Beverly Hilton on Oct. 22. Full Story Back to Top
09-30-12 Jessica's Role in Zero Dark Thirty Revealed? (RopeofSilicon) With a large ensemble cast, there have been scant details as to who plays what role in Kathryn Bigelow's hunt for Osama bin Laden feature, Zero Dark Thirty. However, this morning Sony has released three new pictures from the film with character details for Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler and Mark Strong…Stationed in a covert base overseas, Jessica Chastain plays a member of the elite team of spies and military operatives who secretly devoted themselves to finding Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty. Full Story Back to Top
09-28-12 Jessica Buys a Home in New York (Realty Today) Rising to fame over the past year, Golden Globe award-winning actress Jessica Chastain has bought a new home. The Real Deal reported that Chastain paid $1.2 million for a two-bedroom unit in New York. The co-op apartment at 250 Mercer Street in Greenwich Village, first hit the market in February asking for $1.49 million, but its price was later chopped to $1.39 million…the listing for the award winning actress's new apartment mentioned features such as a custom-built wooden staircase, a wood burning fireplace and vaulted ceilings. Full Story Back to Top
09-25-12 Jessica Feeds Off Risk and Brings that Risk to The Heiress (Chicago Tribune) Jessica Chastain is an actress who feeds off risks. But in a still relatively young career that has seen her push the boundaries while working with demanding auteurs like Terrence Malick and Kathryn Bigelow, the Oscar-nominee is about to embark on her biggest challenge yet - taking on the iconic role of Catherine Sloper in a revival of "The Heiress."… There's no way my Catherine will be the same as Olivia de Havilland's Catherine or Cherry Jones' or Jane Alexander's. We're such different women with different sensibilities. I don't feel the nervousness of it, because I could never be the wonder that is them and I just have to find who Catherine is to me."…She is finding the gentility of this young woman and the ignorance of her in a way I've never seen it interpreted before," Ivey said. The rewards for getting Catherine Sloper right are substantial. De Havilland won an Oscar for her portrayal of the heartbroken heroine, while Jones scored a Tony award…When it comes to attracting a crowd, Chastain already has one thing in her favor - the curiosity factor. Of all the movie stars treading the boards on Broadway this fall, a group that includes Al Pacino and Katie Holmes, perhaps none is more hotly anticipated than Chastain…With that run of [film] success, it would be tempting for Chastain to double down on her film work, but the actress says…"I'm always going to do both theater and film, always." Full Story Back to Top
09-24-12 Jessica Attends American Theatre Wing's 2012 Annual Gala ( Ready to enjoy a theatrical evening, Jessica Chastain was on hand at the American Theatre Wing's 2012 Annual Gala in New York City on Monday (September 24). The porcelain skin Hollywood beauty lit up the Plaza Hotel hosted event as she posed for photographers in a cream and sequin embellished frock which she paired with nude heels and a pink lip. Full Story Back to Top
09-20-12 Jessica Covers French Magazine Crash (Belfast Telegraph) Jessica Chastain has made the cover of French magazine Crash as she continues to rise as one of Hollywood's best-dressed stars. The actress posed for photos in the October issue of the glossy publication in a sublime black and white fashion shoot. The stunning images were taken by Blossom Berkofsky and Jessica is seen in an assortment of luxe wardrobe items styled by Isabel Dupré. Her signature red locks are tousled, swept up and made dramatic by hair stylist Renato Campora…she feels she has made odd decisions in her career. However she hasn't put a foot wrong with her fashion choices and impeccable style. Full Story Back to Top
09-20-12 Will Zero Dark Thirty Spark Islamic Hatred? (The Sun) Will an upcoming Hollywood production blessed by the Obama administration inflame Islamists' hatred of this country even more? An obscure film short that poked fun at the Prophet Muhammad led to violent condemnation in the Muslim world, and provided a convenient cover on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11 for the deadly attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vehemently denounced both that film, Innocence of the Muslims, and the violent reaction to it, distancing the government from Zero Dark Thirty, a full-length movie based on the successful apprehension and elimination of Osama bin Laden, will be more difficult to sell…Since the outcry over Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses in 1988, the democracies have been grappling with Muslims' vehement denunciations of any slight directed at their religion. Full Story Back to Top
09-19-12 Jessica and Cast Discuss The Heiress in Video Interview (Theatermania) Theatermania talks with Heiress stars Jessica Chastain, Dan Stevens, David Strathairn, Judith Ivey, and director Moises Kaufman about the Broadway revival of the classic drama about a wealthy unmarried woman. Full Story and Video Back to Top
09-17-12 The Heiress begins Preview Performances October 6 (Broadway World) The producers of the Broadway production of the Academy and Tony Award winning play The Heiress have just announced that the box office at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 W. 48th St. NYC) is now open and preview performances will begin one day earlier on Saturday, October 6 at 8 p.m. The Heiress stars Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain as Catherine Sloper, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner David Strathairn as Dr. Austin Sloper, the leading man of "Downton Abbey" Dan Stevens as Morris Townsend and Tony Award winner Judith Ivey as Lavinia Penniman. Full Story Back to Top
09-14-12 YSL Manifesto Releases Videos of Jessica Shoot and Interviews (Jessica Chastain Network) YSL Parfums has released a bunch of videos with behind-the-scenes and interviews of Jessica and Nicolas Winding Refn. Check it: Full Story and Videos Back to Top
09-14-12 Mama is Scariest Movie Trailer Ever (The Stir) Mama is the scariest movie trailer I have ever encountered, and I am a huge horror fan who's seen hundreds of movies…watching this literally made my skin crawl. Check it out ... IF YOU DARE…I'm feeling like this movie has a lot going for it. For one thing, those little girls look like they turned in some amazing performances (especially the youngest one, holy crap), and it's always nice to see Danish hottie Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (AKA Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones). Jessica Chastain is an intriguing choice as the adoptive mom, and what a departure for her from, say, The Help…What do you think of Mama? Did this trailer give you the chills? Full Story and Trailer Back to Top
09-14-12 Jessica's Manifesto Ad is about Seduction and Art (Mimi Froufrou) Manifesto is the latest feminine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent. It benefits from the participation of a celebrity spokesperson, actress Jessica Chastain who plays the role of a modernized type of the eternal feminine, both emancipated and reassuringly conservative in the commercial signed by Mert & Mercus. The story of this perfume is about seduction, and art. The venue is an auction where an A-type woman; morphing from daring artist into executive business woman, takes over the room, her love interest's bid, and probably the world. "Manifesto" is her signature (perfume) on the canvas, but also her skin, which she offers in the end on a business card…You can also almost hear the sound of his jaw dropping on the floor as Chastain, impersonating a belle sans merci, makes her killer entrance in the room. Full Story and Video Back to Top
09-13-12 DEBUT! Poster, Trailer, and 10 Photos from Mama (RopeofSilicon) Set to hit theaters on January 18, 2014, the supernatural thriller tells the tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. The film was directed by Andy Muschietti and stars Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nellsse. You can check out the poster and trailer…and…browse through the gallery of 10 total new images. Full Story, Photos, and Trailer Back to Top
09-13-12 Jessica Knew from the Start that Zero Dark Thirty would be Politically Controversial (TheWrap) Jessica Chastain isn't surprised that "Zero Dark Thirty," her upcoming film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, has become a political hot potato months before it hits screens. "I knew the second I read the script and I was learning things, I knew that it was going to be a hot-button issue," Chastain told TheWrap…But Chastain insisted that the filmmakers were concerned with accuracy, not propaganda. "Even when we were shooting, there was great care to be as respectful to the story as possible," she told TheWrap. "For me, that was the most important thing: that we tell the right story for history's sake." Chastain…promised that the film will be a suspenseful ride. Full Story Back to Top
09-13-12 The Cast and Creative Team of The Heiress Meet the Press (TheaterMania) Jessica Chastain, Dan Stevens, David Strathairn, Judith Ivey, and additional cast members of the Broadway revival of Ruth & Augustus Goetz's The Heiress met the press Thursday, September 13 at the Empire Hotel. The production, directed by Moises Kaufman, begins previews October 6 at the Walter Kerr Theatre in advance of a November 1 opening…The design team includes Derek McLane (sets), Albert Wolsky (costumes), David Lander (lighting), Peter Golub (original music) and Leon Rothenberg (sound). Full Story and Photos Back to Top
09-12-12 Jessica Talks about Zero Dark Thirty (Wall Street Journal) Actress Jessica Chastain gave a few hints about her role in Kathryn Bigelow's coming movie about U.S. efforts to find and kill Osama bin Laden. "I was there for a long time shooting," "most of us are playing real people" and "my part is awesome," she said during a talk this week in New York…"Zero Dark Thirty" was "one of the best scripts I've ever read," said Chastain, whose movies include two nominated for Best Picture Oscars last spring: "The Help" and "The Tree of Life." She was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "The Help." "I want to work with people who know what they're talking about," Chastain said, when asked about Bigelow, the only woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director. "She's an amazing human being." Chastain said she hasn't seen "Zero Dark Thirty" yet, but "I was shocked by what I discovered" while making the film. Full Story Back to Top
09-12-12 See Jessica's First Television Ad for Manifesto (Grazia) Way back in early June we revealed the exciting news that Jessica Chastain had been signed as the face of YSL's delicious new fragrance, Manifesto…And then in August, we weren't disappointed when the first striking images of Jessica making her beauty debut were released - with her hands dripping in rich purple paint - the luxurious shade which is synonymous with YSL and was described by Stephen Bezy, international general manager of Yves St Laurent, as 'the colour of absolute seduction' and therefore in keeping with their reputation for racy campaigns. After seeing the images, we couldn't wait to see what YSL and Jessica had in store for us next and finally today we've got the latest instalment in the Manifesto launch in the form of this awesome television campaign for you. Full Story and Video Back to Top
09-10-12 TimesTalk Interview Video with Jessica Chastain is Exceptional! (Chastain Central) TimesTalk Presents An Evening With Jessica Chastain is absolutely the best interview video ever done with Jessica. It was held by The New York Times in the TimesCenter on 41st Street in New York City as part of the TimesTalk series. Charles McGrath is a very good interviewer and Jessica was relaxed, engaging, and entertaining. The audience laughed throughout the interview. For an hour and a half Jessica talked about her background, her roles, and her approach to acting. This is a must see for Jessica fans! Video Interview Back to Top
09-10-12 Medal of Honor: Warfighter Partners with Zero Dark Thirty ( EA has announced plans to cross-promote Medal of Honor: Warfighter alongside Zero Dark Thirty, a Hollywood movie based on the real-life special forces mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. The partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment will take the form of a Medal of Honor map pack and result in a $1 million minimum donation to charities benefiting North America's veterans. The Medal of Honor: Warfighter Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack will be available for sale in North America the week of December 17 for $9.99, or free to owners of the game's Limited Edition pack…The Zero Dark Thirty pack will include two multiplayer maps inspired by real world locations and for each sold EA will donate $1, with donations split among participating nonprofits…Mark Boal, writer-producer of Zero Dark Thirty added: "Working with Project HONOR is a meaningful way for us to continue our support for combat veterans throughout the armed services. We are thrilled to be a part of this effort. Full Story Back to Top
09-09-12 Jessica Chats with Vogue Chief Anna Wintour at Altuzarra Fashion Show (Daily Mail) Most guests make a note of what catwalk item they might like to buy next season. But it seems Jessica Chastain may have gone home with a very important phone number. The Take Shelter actress was seen chatting to editor-in-chief of Vogue USA Anna Wintour in the front row at the Altuzarra Spring 2013 collection show during New York Fashion Week in Manhattan. Anna, 62, looked rather delighted with the A-list attention, flashing a rare smile upon her usually stern face from which she established her Devil Wears Prada persona. Full Story Back to Top
09-08-12 Mama Goes from Film Short to Feature Film (Indie Wire) If short filmmakers have a best case scenario in their minds when they set out to make something, then director Andres Muschietti may have just achieved it. After premiering his short film, "Mama," to near-unanimous praise during festivals the past few years, the young filmmaker was chosen by Guillermo del Toro to develop the film into a feature, and soon after actress Jessica Chastain came aboard as well. Essentially reward upon reward for Muscietti, and we now get a nice glimpse ourselves, as the first still from the project has hit the net. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
09-07-12 Jessica Visits Juilliard - Her Alma Mater - and Reminisces (New York Times) Ms. Chastain, who makes her Broadway debut in "The Heiress" on Nov. 1, is a trained stage actress who spent four transformative years at Juilliard, from which she graduated in 2003. On Labor Day, before the students had unpacked their stuff, she dropped by for a quick visit and headed right for Room 304, a big rehearsal space where first-year students spend most of their classroom time. "I was actually born in this room," she said, laughing. "We had an exercise where we had to start as a fetus. There were people lying on the floor and screaming and crying, and then we were toddlers, and then there were people getting into relationships and divorces. It was the whole cycle of mankind, until we died."…in the fall of 1999 her grandmother, the one who had taken her to "Joseph," flew east with her, checked her into the dorm and took her to Bed Bath & Beyond to make sure she had the right kind of shower caddy. "It was hard," Ms. Chastain said about her first few weeks in New York. "I had never really spent any time in a city like this. But everything I was craving was here. I had never seen a foreign movie, and Lincoln Center was across the street. I was sitting in the cafeteria one day, and Baryshnikov was at my table. It was everything I had dreamed of since I was a little girl." Full Story Back to Top
09-07-12 Jessica Attends Fashion's Night Out (Daily Mail) She made Vanity Fair's international best-dressed list this month. And Hollywood 'It' girl Jessica Chastain became Fashion's Night Out's fiercest fashionista tonight in her slimming blue leather dress with black trim, black cuff, and matching platform pumps…The in-demand starlet posed alongside her co-star in the upcoming Broadway play The Heiress, British actor Dan Stevens, at the Jeffery clothing store in New York's Meatpacking District. Full Story Back to Top
09-06-12 First Movie Still from Mama (Dread Central) The first bit of eye candy from the Guillermo del Toro-produced and Andres Muschietti-directed supernatural chiller, Mama, starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse and Daniel Kash, was nailed by EW and we have a look at it right here! Full Story and Photo Back to Top
09-06-12 Zero Dark Thirty on Oscar Watch List (CBS News) Summer is winding down, and so are the action-packed blockbusters the season brings to theaters. Now, it's on to fall. This year's fall and holiday movie lineup promises something for everyone, including vampires, a new James Bond film and a number of potential awards-contenders. Those looking forward to awards season will be waiting for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Kathryn Bigelow's hunt-for-bin Laden film "Zero Dark Thirty," Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" and other films that have been generating early Oscar buzz. Full Story Back to Top
09-06-12 Jessica Prefers Relaxed Everyday Style that does not Draw Attention ( Jessica Chastain made an appearance at Jeffrey New York's West 14th location in the Big Apple on Thursday night (September 6). Always the sartorial heavy-hitter, the "Help" actress looked beautiful in blue as she meandered among fellow garb-grabbing attendees…And while it's no secret that Miss Chastain has climbed the style ranks since her big break on the silver screen, the Tinseltown beauty recently revealed her normal way of dressing is really quite relaxed. Jessica recently told press, "In my everyday style, it's more simple. I don't necessarily want to draw a lot of attention to myself. Lots of black blazers and scarves." Full Story Back to Top
09-05-12 Jessica Attends Shops at Target Celebration (Just Jared) Jessica Chastain and Hailee Steinfeld attend the celebration of the fall installment of the Shops at Target on Wednesday (September 5) at Highline Stages in New York City. The Lawless actress wore a Kirna Zabête for Target dress, a Balenciaga jacket, and YSL shoes…10+ pictures inside of Jessica Chastain and Hailee Steinfeld at the Shops at Target celebration. Full Story and Photos Back to Top (DNAinfo) Actresses Hailee Steinfeld and Jessica Chastain also attended the event, with Chastain champing at the bit to start filling her bags. "I'm a huge shopper. It's very rare for me to go into a store and not buy something," she said. "And I do look for sales. I'm not crazy." Full Story Back to Top
09-04-12 Jessica Calls Her 'Tough Guy' Co-stars 'Kittens' (Film News) Jessica Chastain admits that many of the male actors she works with "have an aggressive vibe." The Academy Award-nominated actress portrays Maggie Beauford in new indie bootlegging film Lawless…"No, [Tom Hardy's not scary]!" she told Star magazine. "I work with a lot of men you think would be scary - Michael Shannon, Al Pacino, Sean Penn. They have an aggressive vibe, but it's because they have this vulnerability. So once you get to know them, they're all kittens." Full Story Back to Top
09-03-12 Jessica Resists Letting Fame Interfere with how She Relates to People (Yahoo! Philippines News) The down-to-earth star is intent on maintaining her humility. "I'm in denial. I don't like the idea that fame could mean that people can no longer relate to me," she explained. "So I'm going to try to figure out how to live my life so that isn't a problem." Jessica doesn't speak about her age to too many people. She prefers to keep her length of life close to her chest. "I never say. Clearly, I'm not 15. But I like mystery," she said. Full Story Back to Top
09-02-12 Jessica Honored at Deauville American Film Festival (Examiner) Other honors during the festival will be bestowed upon William Friedkin, Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson, Melvin Van Peebles, Paula Wagner, John Williams, Jessica Chastain and Ryan Gosling… Along with the films competing for the grand prize, other films will be featured at the festival including: "Lawless," directed by John Hillcoat and stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce. Full Story Back to Top
08-31-12 Jessica Chastain and Tom Hardy Take in a Stray Dog (Village Voice) Last night, I met Dany Wolf, who executive produced Lawless, the period drama about a bootlegging gang…Wolf told me that when Hardy was driving with Jessica Chastain one day, they came across a stray dog on the freeway and became deeply concerned. They promptly took the dog into the car, got him checked out and licensed, and proceeded to share custody of him! Yikes. I don't like hearing stories about nice celebrities. I prefer them a little bit...Lawless. Full Story Back to Top
08-30-12 Lawless Debuts at Number One on Opening Night (Hollywood Reporter) The Weinstein Co.'s Lawless debuted to $1.14 million on Wednesday, placing No. 1 and earning a solid B+ CinemaScore from audiences…The film skewed slightly male on Wednesday (54 percent), while 33 percent of the audience was younger than 25. By opening Lawless on Wednesday, The Weinstein Co. hopes to build good word-of-mouth heading into the long Labor Day weekend. Full Story Back to Top
08-30-12 CIA Emails Reveal How Hollywood Won Rights to Bin Laden Details (AllGov) Multiple Hollywood groups vied for the Obama administration's help in telling the story of how the U.S. tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden. But it's clear from newly released documents from the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense that only one project was the favorite of Washington officials…In a June 15, 2011, email from the Pentagon to the White House, the Bigelow/Boal film was characterized as the "most mature and high-profile project." The same email downplayed the other three projects involving the History Channel, the BBC and former New York Times reporter, now author, Howard Blum. CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf was quoted as saying it made "sense to get behind the winning horse...Mark and Kathryn's movie is going to be the first and the biggest. It's got the most money behind it, and two Oscar winners on board." Full Story Back to Top
08-28-12 Jessica: This Past Year has Changed My Life (New York Daily News) The wildfire that seemed to characterize her career in 2011 - in which she appeared in no fewer than six films that were released, earning critics' awards and an Oscar nomination for "The Help" - has subsided. But its effects are still being felt. "The past year absolutely changed my life," Chastain says. "What the year gave me was the chance to be introduced to people whose work I admired. Full Story Back to Top
08-28-12 Jessica Has to Say No (New York Daily News) After experiencing the kind of breakout year that few actors ever have, Jessica Chastain - who's latest film, "Lawless" opens Wednesday - is facing a dilemma she never anticipated. "I've had to learn how to say 'no' to offers," Chastain says, giggling on the telephone. "That's so unexpected. I'm used to working really hard to get a role. I was always auditioning and talking my way into roles. "But this year - I mean, it's not a problem. It's a wonderful thing. But I find myself having to say, 'I don't have time,' or 'That doesn't fit with my schedule.' I want to do everything. But I find I have to say no to things."…In 2011, Chastain played small-town women who held their own against strong husbands (in both "The Tree of Life" and "Take Shelter"), butt-kicking lawmen ("Texas Killing Fields") and secret agents ("The Debt") - and even a fluffy-headed Southerner ("The Help"). "Lawless" was the last in a seemingly nonstop string of films she shot just before she seemed to explode onto movie screens on an almost monthly basis last year. Since shooting "Lawless" and earning her Oscar nomination, Chastain has filmed "Mama" for producer Guillermo del Toro, then "Zero Dark Thirty" for Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow - and now the "Eleanor Rigby" duo, in which the two films tell the story of a crumbling marriage from the point of view of each partner. Full Story Back to Top
08-27-12 Eleanor Rigby Wraps this Week ahead of Toronto International Film Festival (TheWrap) A 40-day shoot for the Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy starrer "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" wraps this week in the Big Apple in time for sales agent Myriad Pictures to present footage to buyers for the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. As it stands, the double-sided project has already racked up a number of sales ahead of that showcase…Myriad has pre-sold the film to a number of different territories, including Wanda for Spain, Transmission for Australia, Swen in Latin America, Eagle in the Middle East, D Productions in Turkey, Aurora in the Ukraine, Five Stars in Israel, Koch in Italy and Lanterna in Portugal. Kim and Jim Productions will release the film in the U.S. The cast includes Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciaran Hinds, Jess Wexler and Nina Arianda. Chastain produced the film alongside Cassandra Kulukundis. Myriad's Kirk D'Amico serves as an executive producer. Full Story Back to Top
08-27-12 Jessica Chastain is Everywhere! (225 Baton Rouge) Even with her knockout locks, Chastain is somewhat a mystery, a rare breed of female actor who looks like a 1930s starlet-with a marquee name to match-but can chameleon a role to incredibly lengths of camouflage. It's this versatility that has kept her 9 movies released in the last two years from tipping into red on the over-exposure meter…each time out she shows audiences something different: a look, a genre, a unique piece of herself…So busy is the actress she's had to turn down big tent poles-Iron Man 3-Oscar-leaning biopics-as the princess in Diana-and sci-fi epics-Oblivion, which would have had her in Baton Rouge for three months with Tom Cruise this past spring-due to scheduling conflicts with other films. "I'll be the first unknown that everyone's going to be sick of," she's said on the red carpet. "People will say, 'We have no idea what her name is, but she is everywhere!'"…even if you don't keep eyes on her, you'll still see her around eventually. She's everywhere. Full Story Back to Top
08-27-12 Full Cast Announced for The Heiress ( As previously announced, the production will star Jessica Chastain as Catherine Sloper, with David Strathairn as Dr. Austin Sloper, Dan Stevens as Morris Townsend and Judith Ivey as Lavinia Penniman. Newly announced cast members include Molly Camp as Marian Almond, Kieran Campion as Arthur Townsend, Virginia Kull as Maria, Dee Nelson as Mrs. Montgomery and Caitlin O'Connell as Elizabeth Almond. The play centers on Chastain's character, who is caught between her steely, controlling father (played by Strathairn) and a mysterious, handsome suitor (Stevens). Full Story Back to Top
08-27-12 Spielberg is NOT Optioning Navy SEAL Osama bin Laden Book (Cinema Blend) UPDATE: Spielberg's rep has told The Wrap that neither Spielberg nor his DreamWorks Entertainment will be optioning this book. Our original story follows below…Kathryn Bigelow is going to have the first cinematic word on the assassination of Osama bin Laden with this December's Zero Dark Thirty, but as with any good real life story, there's room for another take. And who better to do it than Steven Spielberg…For Spielberg's own take on Osama bin Laden, he would be adapting the Navy SEAL eyewitness account No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden... there's yet another bin Laden film also in the works, this one with Into the Blue director John Stockwell attached to direct. Full Story Back to Top
08-26-12 Jessica Explains Maggie in Interview (The Guardian) I love the relationship between Maggie and Forrest. Maggie is a woman who is very used to being around men - she was a burlesque dancer - and she's probably been hurt by a lot of men, physically and emotionally. When she shows up at this little town, she's an oddity for the brothers and especially Forrest. He's used to violence but not being around women. So she becomes almost the aggressor in the relationship, in the way she pursues him…She doesn't drown in her sorrows. She's always moving forward. When she meets Forrest it's the first time she's not able to pick up her bag and walk away. Full Story Back to Top
08-25-12 Steven Spielberg Said to be In Talks for Navy SEAL Osama bin Laden Book (New York Post) The former Navy SEAL who has written his eyewitness account of the slaying of Osama bin Laden is in talks with Steven Spielberg to turn the book into an action movie, Page Six can exclusively reveal. The author, who uses the pseudonym Mark Owen, was "one of the first men through the door on the third floor" of bin Laden's lair in Pakistan and was there when he died… multiple sources tell us Bissonnette has already been in talks with DreamWorks about turning his book into a movie. One source said, "He met with HBO's Richard Plepler, and he also met with Spielberg." Another source added, "He is still talking to DreamWorks and Spielberg," who declined to comment. A "No Easy Day" movie would add to an already busy field of bin Laden films. "Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow is working on "Zero Dark Thirty." Full Story Back to Top
08-24-12 GQ Woman of the Week: Jessica Chastain (GQ) She's about to become a huge star. Not only is she starring as the leading lady in Lawless opposite Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf that comes out in theaters this week, she's also slated to play a sizeable role in Zero Dark Thirty, an upcoming film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. If you still need convincing you can check out Chastain in last summer's blockbuster The Help. Full Story Back to Top
08-24-12 Lawless has Oscar Potential ( Do we have an Oscar contender here?...Tom Hardy…owns the screen…The luminous Jessica Chastain plays a former dancer who escapes Chicago looking for a quieter life; boy did she pick the wrong town and the wrong guy! Chastain is just lovely and note perfect in every scene…Lawless has never a dull moment. It has a genuinely sweet romance between the grunting Hardy the sultry Chastain…Hardy, Chastain, and Pearce all deliver [Oscar] nomination-worthy performances…I give it an A! Full Story and Video Back to Top
08-23-12 How Jessica Researched for Lawless (Flicks and bits) What sort of research did you do for the time period of 'Lawless'? Jessica Chastain: Whenever I approach a role, I'm the girl who will sit in my house for a month and just watch as much as I can on the time period. I watched documentaries on moonshine, Chicago, the depression, prohibition, everything (laughs). I'll soaked up as much as I can and then I try, when I come to set, to let it go. So if you've read it, it's there. You don't need to force it. Full Story Back to Top
08-22-12 Jessica in Lawless is Ultimate Merger of Moral Ambiguity and Aesthetic Vision (New York Observer) The film's ultimate merger of moral ambiguity and aesthetic vision comes in the form of Jessica Chastain, the prolific actress whose stunning looks have rarely been used to such good effect as here. Ms. Chastain-fair-skinned, red-headed, with the body of a studio-system starlet-plays a woman of dubious morality. She, too, has come to the country from the city, and she brings trouble, the bad reputation she's been trying to escape catching up with her. She's utterly compelling as a woman caught between a desired future that seems at best unlikely-one spent with Forrest, who is reduced to silence upon first seeing her-and a past that just keeps coming back. The county can neither tolerate Chicago law enforcement nor Chicago loose women-it's a closed system. Ms. Chastain's character, Maggie, who pulls a knife on an assailant and quietly manipulates an unemotional Forrest into loving her, would be the femme fatale of a film noir, the dangerous woman with a heart of gold. Full Story Back to Top
08-22-12 Guy Pearce Talks about Jessica in Lawless (Flicks and bits) Jessica Chastain is such a natural, it's completely effortless and therefore disarming. She's disarming as an actress and she's disarming as a character on screen. She's also really warm and open and lovely, I mean, as soon as she saw me she was like, "Oh my God, can I give you a hug?!" I was like, "Sure, give me a hug!" (Laughs). She's clearly a fan of other actors as well, and it was a lovely experience. Full Story Back to Top
08-22-12 Jessica Appears on Good Morning America (Just Jared) Jessica Chastain is pretty in navy as she arrives at ABC Studios for her appearance on Good Morning America on Tuesday (August 21) in New York City. The Oscar-nominated actress waved at the photogs before heading inside to promote her new movie, Lawless… Jessica is wearing a YSL dress and shoes. Full Story Back to Top
08-21-12 New Lawless Trailer Released ( The youngest brother, Jack, fancies himself the next Al Capone; he dreams of sharp suits, guns, girls and fast cars, no matter the cost. Ambitious and impulsive, he takes the family's small-scale moonshining operation to the big leagues, to impress the gorgeous but off-limits Amish girl, Bertha. The middle brother, Howard, is the brawling muscle - loyal but reckless - never one to turn down a taste of white lightning. And eldest brother, Forrest, reluctantly accepts the changing times with grace and grit, leading the family with strength of character and silent determination against the beginnings of corporate greed. An enigmatic and stunning Maggie comes to town with a hidden past, igniting his passion and almost saving him in the process. [some nudity] Full Story and Trailer Back to Top
08-20-12 Manifesto Campaign Ad Described (Daily Glow) In campaign ads (photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott), Chastain wears a black halter dress and minimal makeup, focusing mainly on the lips and cheek bones. The surprising detail of this image is Chastain's hands, which are covered in purple paint and reflect the design of the fragrance's bottle. The bottle's cap was created to look like woven pieces of gold. The shape is like that of an hourglass and features an amethyst-colored band around the "waist." Bezy says, "The fragrance's bottle design is intended to be luxurious and mixes curvaceous and linear forms. The amethyst-hued central section could call to mind a diamond-cut jewel or belt. It was the color of absolute seduction for Mr. Saint-Laurent." Manifesto will be released in France on September 10 and isn't set to make its way to the United States until March 2013. Full Story Back to Top
08-19-12 Jessica Protects Her Family from Publicity (The List) Nominated for her breezy southern belle in last year's breakout hit The Help, she took her grandmother to the awards as her date - another keep-sake moment. 'Her mouth was just open the whole time - she was so excited. It was really emotional for me to share that with her, because she took me to my first play when I was a little girl.' Her grandma aside, the California-raised Chastain, 35, has been very careful about who she exposes to the glare of publicity. Like her younger siblings. 'I have a little brother and sister in high school and none of their friends know that I'm in the business - still. It's been very important to my family to keep it private. We don't want anyone treating my siblings differently. I've also heard stories where it's hard to go home for Christmas, when people start to know where someone's family is.' Full Story Back to Top
08-19-12 Jessica not Intimidated by Agents (The List) Such has been the impact Chastain has made, in recent months she's become as known for the things she's had to drop out of. The Tom Cruise sci-fi Oblivion, Iron Man 3, and Princess Diana biopic Caught In Flight have all seen Chastain attached, then not. Heading instead to Broadway next for The Heiress, one thing's for sure - she's not going to be pushed around by agents. 'I'm the softie on the outside,' she smiles, 'and then you realise when you get to know me that I'm tough.' Full Story Back to Top
08-17-12 Jessica Compares Fragrance to Art (Fashion & Style) Nicolas Winding Refn shot the print ads and directed the accompanying fashion film which features the actress playing an artist. In the print ads, the fiery redhead stares sultrily into the camera as bold purple paint covers her hands and drips to her arms. "Every person looks at a painting and has their own emotional reaction to it, their own interpretation," Jessica told WWD "It's the same with perfume. You smell something, you have your own emotional reaction. There are many layers to a painting, many ideas - and the same with a perfume." The purple paint refers to the color of the fragrance's packaging. "Manifesto" is encased in an hour-glass shaped bottle which resembles a feminine shape. A faceted purple jewel wraps around the center of the bottle as if it were a belt. Full Story Back to Top
08-17-12 Jessica Looks Forward to Wearing YSL Designs (Fashion & Style) The actress has already become a red carpet favorite among stylists, editors, critics, and designers. With her flawless head-to-toe style choices, Chastain makes any designer look stunning. Now that she's part of the YSL family, the actress looks forward to donning the house's designs by its new designer Hedi Slimane. One of Chastain's favorite red carpet looks was a vintage YSL dress she wore to the Toronto Film Festival. Full Story Back to Top
08-17-12 Jessica Announced as Ambassador for Manifesto (even though we already knew it) (JustLuxe) Do you ever experience a trigger of emotions or memories when you smell a certain scent? That's the case for actress Jessica Chastain, who was announced today as the new ambassador of luxury cosmetics brand Yves Saint Laurent's newest women's fragrance, Manifesto…It was by channeling her aunt's mature and womanly aura while wearing her perfume that Chastain learned to use fragrance as a tool. These days, she wears a different scent for each role that she plays, encouraging herself to get into character through the emotions and attitude that the specific scent elicits…The Manifesto campaign, Chastain told WWD, is the first time she's played herself in front of the camera - a new challenge for the redhead beauty. "Having Jessica Chastain be the ambassadress of the fragrance - it's a very vulnerable thing," she said. "It's not something I really thought that I would do before until, of course, Yves Saint Laurent called."…General Manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, Stephan Bezy…agrees that Chastain nailed her role for Yves Saint Laurent, saying that she "has the luminosity, charm, grace and power - the audacity, as well - to embody the fragrance." Full Story Back to Top
08-17-12 Jessica does not Seek Blockbuster Roles (NBCNews) One actress who has taken a different route while still making it to the new A-list is Jessica Chastain, who has been Oscar-nominated for "The Help" and has worked with "Terrence Malick" in The Tree of Life" but has never been in a blockbuster, nor appears to desire one; she even turned down a sci-fi epic -- "Oblivion," opposite Cruise -- and pulled out of "Iron Man 3." "Her career choices are different," says one executive. "She just doesn't seem to want to make those films." Full Story Back to Top
08-17-12 Manifesto Launches in France on August 27 (FashionEtc) Jessica Chastain flaunts her flawless beauty in the recently-released campaign ad for YSL's new Manifesto fragrance. Launching in France on August 27th, we have to wait until 2013 for the scent to hit the states...Her slender hands coated in wet purple paint, Chastain is perfectly poised, with her signature red strands, creamy porcelain complexion and striking deep red lips...The perfume is a woody floral scent, including notes of jasmine, white corollas, lily of the valley, blackcurrant, vanilla, tonka bean and cedar. Full Story Back to Top
08-17-12 Jessica's Aunt Introduced her to YSL when she was a Young Girl ( Chastain told press that her favorite aunt growing up used to wear YSL fragrances and even gave her an almost-empty bottle of Opium which she cherished. "When I was a young girl, I would look at her and think she is so glamorous. Everyone else in school was wearing Electric Youth [by] Debbie Gibson, or something really youthful; they smelled like peaches. I came to school wearing Opium, which is so mature. It made me feel glamorous; it made me feel grown-up." And now, Jessica is fully embracing the new YSL gig. "For acting, even though I am in my characters, I don't see it as me. Having Jessica Chastain be the ambassadress of the fragrance - it's a very vulnerable thing. It's not something I really thought that I would do before until, of course, Yves Saint Laurent called. If you're going to do something like this, it's a very big deal to do it for Yves Saint Laurent. But what it does is it makes you very vulnerable because you don't have a character to hide behind."…YSL Manifesto ranges in price from $66 to $124 and is available at fine perfume counters worldwide. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
08-17-12 Lawless has an Undeniable, Visceral Energy (Worcester Telegram) "Lawless"…is based on the true story of three Virginia brothers during Prohibition. They cheerfully go about making their staggeringly potent moonshine until a crooked Chicago deputy comes a callin', wanting to shut them down or get a piece of the action, or else…it is lifted from the commonplace by a gritty, sometimes very funny Nick Cave screenplay, and intense performances by Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke…Also on hand…is Guy Pearce as the sadistic, vain, utterly evil corrupt official. He's so bad the screening audience actually hissed his every appearance. Of the brothers, hunky Tom Hardy is the real standout. This guy can do more with an inarticulate grunt than most actors can manage with 12 pages of dialogue. (Young Mr. LaBeouf continues an impressive, burgeoning career, and is allowed a great variety of emotion here.) Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska are the somewhat peripheral women. But both are appealing and a welcome respite from the unrelenting testosterone...This movie is not for the fainthearted. It is incredibly violent. Everything from throat slittings, to castrations, to tar and feathering…Also be prepared for actors who have steeped themselves so completely in their roles as backwoods Virginia poor-folk that their accents, though expert, are sometimes hard to decipher. "Lawless" has an undeniable, visceral energy. Lots of people are going to love it. Full Story Back to Top
08-15-12 Behind the Scenes Video of Hollywood Reporter's Lawless Cover Shoot (Hollywood Reporter) Behind the scenes of our cover shoot of the cast of the western Lawless. Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska all pose for our camera prior to their Cannes premiere. Full Story and Video Back to Top
08-15-12 Lawless Lands Movie's Hottest Stars before they were Famous (Hollywood Reporter) An Aussie auteur, Shia LaBeouf and two determined producers lost their cast, including Ryan Gosling and Amy Adams, only to land today's hottest stars -- before they were famous...The Lawless cast includes some of Hollywood's busiest up-and-coming stars who straddle the indie and studio worlds. But a couple of years ago, veteran producers Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick could barely get the $22 million indie financed because no one quite knew who the lead actors were outside of LaBeouf. Wasikowska had some heat because of Alice in Wonderland (which grossed $1 billion worldwide). Lawless was shot in spring 2011, before Chastain burst onto the scene with The Help and before The Dark Knight Rises PR machine put Hardy's face all over posters…There were no studio perks during the Lawless shoot. Everyone stayed in a cluster of condos in Peachtree City, a far-flung suburb of Atlanta. To save costs, they used existing locations -- covered bridges, churches, gas stations, outside spaces, the Cotton Pickin' Fairground -- save for Blackwater Station, which the production built…In May 2011, Basner, armed with a promo reel, took Lawless to the Cannes market, where it quickly became a red-hot commodity. As he sold foreign rights, CAA brokered a domestic deal with The Weinstein Co. Full Story Back to Top
08-15-12 How Jessica became Part of Lawless (Hollywood Reporter) Hillcoat was interested in two actresses for the female leads: Wasikowska and Chastain. "Women are usually an afterthought in gangster movies, but here they had real strength," he says. Chastain was recommended by Benoit Delhomme, Hillcoat's director of photography on Proposition, who had worked with the actress on Al Pacino's Wilde Salome. She had just finished shooting Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. "I knew Terry, so I called him," recalls Hillcoat. "I couldn't get him off the phone, and I've never heard anyone go on so excitedly. And especially him." Not long after, Hillcoat and Chastain got to know each other at The Standard hotel's 24/7 Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard. "I knew immediately he was someone I wanted to work with," says Chastain. "I am a big fan of The Proposition. I hadn't even read the script, but I told him, 'If you cast me, I'll do it.' I approach every role in terms of: 'Have I done this before? Is it something I'm repeating?' Lawless offered a new opportunity." Chastain plays Maggie, who flees from her past as a "dancer" in Chicago, while Wasikowska plays a preacher's daughter who strays for the youngest Bondurant brother. Full Story Back to Top
08-14-12 Elizabeth Stewart is Jessica's Stylist ( Describing her red-carpet style as "playful" and "dramatic," she quickly added that this doesn't translate to her normal wardrobe. "In my everyday style, it's more simple. I don't necessarily want to draw a lot of attention to myself. Lots of black blazers and scarves," she said. So who's responsible for her metamorphosis? Hollywood stylist Elizabeth Stewart, according to Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
08-14-12 Jessica Discusses Her Character Maggie in Lawless (flicksandbits) I thought the script was dynamic and shocking and great. What really drew me to the character was the love story between Maggie and Forrest. I liked the idea that they were two damaged people who have one shot at happiness. That was very moving… I approached Maggie as this woman who came from a very difficult situation, and she finds herself with these three brothers. She's a woman in this house which is not used to having a female presence at all. Also, because she comes from having a lot of "experience", she has a way about her that is more the, I guess, she becomes the aggressor towards the male position….which is something the woman typically wouldn't take in that time. It was interesting for me to see the relationship between Maggie and Forrest. Forrest is so great with violence and aggression, and yet he's almost feminine in his reaction to her. So in that way their roles are reversed, she takes the power position in their relationship. Maggie's used to men preying upon her, she's used to that kind of relationship with men, and then when she meets Forrest, he sits back and he doesn't know how to handle Maggie. Full Story Back to Top
08-14-12 Jessica Talks of Girdles and Designer Clothes (Vanity Fair) Jessica Chastain, who is the ambassador for Manifesto Yves Saint Laurent, the evening's sponsor, said the hardest part of the film shoot for her was the old-fashioned girdle she wore under her period costumes. "I really asked for the actual vintage pieces, and it was really the metal zippers that you had to be very careful not to catch yourself in," the Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List cover girl told us. On her entry onto this year's list, Chastain told us: "The one thing I'm just most excited about is, does it mean that I get to wear even better clothes? Because I'm like, the designers read it, so maybe that means that I'm going to get, you know, my pick of even cooler dresses!" Chastain said she's gotten some compliments on her shoot by Mario Testino, too, particularly on the photo where she appears (demurely) topless in a Venus de Milo pose. Full Story Back to Top
08-14-12 Jessica Chats at NYC Lawless Premiere (Hollywood Reporter) "My favorite thing is, I work actually with a lot of men that you would think at first impression would be kind of scary. Sam Worthington, Michael Shannon, Al Pacino, Sean Penn. What I love so much about these men is that they are very strong, and they have this almost aggressive vibe, but it's because they have this intense vulnerability, that they have to be very strong to protect themselves. So it's actually, once you get to know them, you realize they're all kittens. At the end of the day, they're like kittens."… Chastain also discussed her highly-anticipated film with Hurt Locker Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty, which tells the story of the long effort to kill terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. Rumor had it that it was a difficult shoot, something she did not deny. "Well I think with any movie when you're telling a story like we're telling, there's an insane amount of pressure, because you want to honor the people that really were there, and you want to honor history," the Oscar-nominee said. "And you don't want to tell the wrong story. So with that pressure, and then of course, we shot a lot of Chandigarh, India, which is near the border of Pakistan, and it was a long shoot, it was a lot of stress, but I will say it was one of the best scripts I've ever read, the part is phenomenal, and the company that I'm in that film, it's wonderful. I haven't seen the movie yet." Full Story Back to Top
08-13-12 The Cinema Society and Manifesto Yves Saint Laurent Host Lawless Screening (Daily Mail) She was recently voted one of the world's best-dressed women by Vanity Fair. And Jessica Chastain showed what earned her that nod tonight when she stepped out for a New York screening of her latest movie Lawless. The 35-year-old went for a classic look and showed off her curves in a form-fitting black dress with ruffled hem and a large bow on one side….The movie is set in the Depression era and tells the story of a bootlegging gang in Virginia. Tonight's screening was hosted by The Cinema Society and Manifesto Yves Saint Laurent ahead of its August 29 release. Full Story Back to Top
08-13-12 Two Lawless Featurettes Released (ScreenCrush) As the summer is coming to a close, one of the most interesting films in the next few weeks is John Hillcoat's 'Lawless…The film first played at Cannes where it was received modestly positive reviews. Even though who didn't like it seemed to think it was good junk food…here are the two featurettes. The film is scheduled to open August 29. Full Story and Videos Back to Top
08-13-12 Jessica Hesitant about Doing The Heiress (The West Australian) Actress Jessica Chastain almost turned down the chance to make her Broadway debut in upcoming play The Heiress because the thought of taking on Olivia de Havilland's Oscar-winning role "terrified" her..."(I thought), 'Maybe if you're afraid of it (the role), you should look more into it.' I had a connection to her (Sloper)," she told Vanity Fair magazine. "She's painfully uncomfortable and I used to be that." However, Chastain has been battling nerves ever since signing up for the job. "I haven't been this unsure in a long time," she says. "I feel really, really terrified." Full Story Back to Top
08-11-12 Jessica Chastain in Lawless Infographic (Cinema Blend) For many movie fans, Australian auteur John Hillcoat's latest, Lawless, is an automatic draw thanks to its remarkable cast stuffed with some of the hottest young talent from Tom Hardy, to Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska…take a look at Maggie and Bertha, two tough dames who aid the Bondurant Brothers on their Lawless exploits, and see how they compare to two infamous female contemporaries, Bonnie Parker and Helen Morgan. Full Story and Infographics Back to Top
08-10-12 Universal Pictures Announces Mama January 18, 2013 Release Date ( The supernatural thriller Mama "presented by Guillermo del Toro" and directed by Andres Muschietti has been dated January 18, 2013. It's about two young girls who disappeared the day their mother was murdered but are subsequently rescued and taken in by a couple (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jessica Chastain) who sense an unseen evil presence. Full Story Back to Top
08-08-12 President Obama not Depicted in Zero Dark Thirty (NBCNews) Screenwriter Mark Boal said the film is a non-political account of the actions of the undercover operatives who hunted down bin Laden and eventually killed him. Obama is not even a character in the movie, he said…He said there was no political undertone to either the film or the timing of its release. "The film has no partisan agenda," Boal said. "The suggestions otherwise are from people who are clueless about the film. This is about black ops operatives who carried out the secret hunt for (bin Laden). It's not about the president. "There's no actor running around playing Obama in our movie," he added. Full Story Back to Top
08-06-12 Photo of Jessica Captured from Zero Dark Thirty Teaser (Just Jared) Check out Jessica Chastain in the teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Bin Laden takedown film, Zero Dark Thirty. The Oscar-nominated actress stars alongside Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Taylor Kinney, and Jennifer Ehle in the flick. Full Story, Photo, and Video Back to Top
08-06-12 First Teaser and Photos from Zero Dark Thirty ( Zero Dark Thirty will no doubt be one of the most intriguing and potentially controversial films of the year, chronicling real-life decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden following 9/11, which culminated in his death in May last year, and now Sony have released the first trailer for the anticipated thriller, along with the first official images from EW. The cast is one of the best of the year, headed up by Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Scott Adkins, Jennifer Ehle, Chris Pratt, Édgar Ramirez, Frank Grillo, Nash Edgerton, and a welcome surprise in Mark Duplass, with Ricky Sekhon taking the role of bin Laden himself. Full Story, Video, and Photos Back to Top
08-06-12 Creators Reveal a Few Secrets about Zero Dark Thirty (Inside Movies) Much of the arc of the story remains under wraps, but here's what Bigelow and Boal are revealing now about what the movie will depict. "There are over 100 speaking roles, featuring teams of operatives, from [Department of Defense], CIA, Navy SEALs, et. al. that intersect with foreign nationals and enemy combatants," notes Bigelow. As the photos have shown, the cast includes brothers Joel and Nash Edgerton as members of SEAL Team Six, and Kyle Chandler and Mark Strong as CIA agents. Other intelligence agents will be played by The Help Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (see a photo of her in EW's magazine edition, on stands and in tablets this week), Brotherhood's Jason Clarke, Lost's Harold Perrineau, Edgar Ramirez (who played the eponymous terrorist in the epic Carlos), Jennifer Ehle (1995?s mini-series Pride and Prejudice), and The League's Mark Duplass. "It's an ensemble of covert-ops teams - ground branch [field agents], case officers, spies, analysts, and operators," says Boal. Full Story Back to Top
08-06-12 A Large Group of New Photos from Lawless (Indie Wire) With its August 29th unveiling literally around the corner, a whole heaps of new photos from the pic have popped up providing new looks at the Bondurant brothers, two of their love interests and a few of the hurdles that stand in their way, including Pearce's government enforcer from Chicago and Oldman's wise gangster. The story, set during the fading years of prohibition, follows the Bondurants, a trio of bootlegging brothers who struggle to hang on to their lucrative moonshine business with a sadistic special agent on their tail. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
08-06-12 Jessica Says She Will Not Date Actors ( "I'm happy and fulfilled. I do wish I had more time for a personal life and I'm going to try to create that in New York. I'm filming 'The 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' there and the play so I'll be in once place for a long time." However, Jessica won't be looking for love on set, as she has no intention of dating a fellow actor. She said: "I have a rule not to date actors and because of that I can hopefully make work be the focus of public interest instead of my private life." Full Story Back to Top
08-06-12 Jessica Sees Glamour, Femininity, and Strength in Manifesto (Yahoo! Philippines News) Jessica Chastain sees "glamour and strength" in the YSL brand. The flame-haired actress was recently named the celebrity ambassador for the luxury label's new fragrance, Manifesto. Jessica is proud to represent such an iconic fashion house. "I see a great synergy and connection to this brand," she explained to the Sunday Times Style magazine. "There is this sense of glamour and femininity but also strength." Full Story Back to Top
08-06-12 Jessica Talks about Wearing Provocative Fashion (Yahoo! Philippines News) Jessica regularly appears on the red carpet in provocative clothing. The Hollywood star went to the Tonys in an almost see-through Marios Schwab dress. Jessica likes wearing controversial ensembles that stand out. "There was a corset under that dress, but it gave the impression that you're wearing pasties. I like art, and fashion to me is art, so I will continue wearing things that I think are beautiful pieces and probably will get people talking," she explained. Full Story Back to Top
08-03-12 New Photos of Jessica and James on Set of Eleanor Rigby (Daily Mail) James McAvoy gets hit by a cab after fight with Jessica Chastain on set of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
08-01-12 Jessica's YSL Manifesto Releases in September (lemodalogue) September will also see the release of Manifesto, the new perfume with Jessica Chastain as ambassadress. This perfume want to break the rules… of perfume advertising, no more " seduce him " or " it's your lucky day ". Most of the brands use the same codes, the same colours in their ads. This new campain shows a pure white environnement (like an Apple ad) a splash of colour in the background and a woman in purple dress in the front. The statement here is " be subversive ", " daring " (like the previous ads of La Nuit de l'Homme or Opium reshooting). With Manifesto, Yves Saint Laurent wants to go one step further by changing the visual codes and adding an intellectual and artistic dimension with the baseline " Love is art ". Full Story Back to Top
08-01-12 New Lawless Poster Revealed with Jessica (First Showing) When the law became corrupt, outlaws became heroes. Since we posted the most recent unapproved Shia LaBeouf silhouette poster for John Hillcoat's Lawless, I only thought it necessary to also feature this, the final poster debuted by HitFix. Lawless does indeed star Shia LaBeouf, but he's only 1/3 of it, as the bootlegging Bondurant Brothers are made up of Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke + LaBeouf. They also added the lovely and talented Jessica Chastain to the layout, deservingly so, at the least because she bravely goes fully nude in it. Full Story Back to Top
08-01-12 Excellent Commentary on Jessica's Vanity Fair Shoot (Vanity Fair) Mario Testino, who photographed Chastain…"For this shoot, I wanted to use Jessica's acting talent by giving her the role of an English lady-an eccentric-living a detached life in her rural home with her birds, dogs, and horses. But all while maintaining a high level of style"…"Jessica has a timeless elegance that's almost incongruous for the current times. [The shoot] was this return to an aristocratic, almost mysterious past," says V.F.'s fashion and style director, Jessica Diehl. It involved a flurry of wardrobe changes (Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga) and a blizzard of popping flashbulbs, all set on the grounds of a grand country house. The styling was inspired by the Edwardian influence evident in so many of the fall fashion collections, and the recent popularity of the P.B.S. television series Downton Abbey also played a part. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
08-01-12 Slideshow of 21 of Jessica's Fashion Moments (Vanity Fair) The star of four serious films in 2011-Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Debt, and that award hog The Help-has rarely taken a public style misstep. Since she emerged on the film scene, she's appeared impeccably groomed, preferring girlish dresses that fall around the knee and luxurious monochrome gowns…Tour the highlights of Chastain's brief-but brilliant-time in the sun. Full Story and Slideshow Back to Top
07-31-12 Jessica's Skirt is Gone with the Wind (Huffington Post) The latest victim of the wrap dress blow-up is Jessica Chastain, who got a little windy on the New York set of her new movie, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby." Chastain, whose age remains a controversy, is one of our fave style mavens: she made Vanity Fair's best dressed list this year, and she's worn awesome things like her sheer Tonys frock. But even sartorial savvy doesn't make one immune from Mother Nature: while we're loving Jess' new short hair, we're wincing at the breeze that blew up the hem of her black wrap dress as she walked on set. (Since we can't tell whether what's revealed is an underwear or a commando situation, we've censored the photo for Jessica's sake.) Full Story and Photo Back to Top
07-31-12 Jessica Covers Vanity Fair 2012 Style Issue (Vanity Fair) Vanity Fair's seventh annual Style Issue is so packed with fashionable faces that we had a terrible time narrowing it down to just one for our cover. So we didn't! In a rare treat for V.F. readers, there will be two different images gracing the front of our September issue. Subscribers will be greeted at their mailboxes by Jessica Chastain, the Oscar-nominated star of The Help, Tree of Life, and The Debt. Chastain made the list by virtue of her understated elegance-on the red carpet, she's made nary a misstep, favoring designers like Zac Posen, Elie Saab, and Gucci. On the newsstand, readers will find the Duchess of Cambridge (the princess formerly known as Kate Middleton). Full Story Back to Top
07-31-12 Jessica Comes in at Second Place in Annual Vanity Fair Best Dressed List (Philadelphia Inquirer) Vanity Fair released its 73rd annual "International Best-Dressed List" Tuesday morning, and the spot goes to Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. Other bedazzled stars featured in V.F.'s annual Style Issue include: Jessica Chastain…Both Chastain and Middleton are featured on alternate covers of Vanity Fair's September issue. Full Story Back to Top
07-30-12 Jessica Takes an Apartment at Soho Mews (New York Observer) Actress Jessica Chastain has rented a pad at 311 West Broadway, reports the New York Post. Ms. Chastain has settled on a two-bedroom, two-bathroom spot on the third floor, according to the Post…The actress is in town filming "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" and was apparently motivated, as are so many of the city's monied visitors, to pick up some real estate while she was here…Ms. Chastain will be in good celebrity company at Soho Mews, joining residents Justin Timberlake and designer scion Moises de la Renta. Full Story Back to Top
07-26-12 Eleanor Rigby Shooting on Lower East Side (Bowery Boogie) Production for Eleanor Rigby is headed to the Lower East Side today, with its sights set on the Orchard/Essex/Canal/Hester zone. Signs in the vicinity announce that crews are here to capture "interior and exterior scenes at locations in this area." Full Story Back to Top
07-26-12 This Writer Knows It's a Wig (BellaSugar Australia) She's known for her long, fiery red hair, so that's why we were so surprised when Jessica Chastain sported a daring new haircut on the set of her new film, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. We spotted her sharp bob and then later found out it was a very convincing wig! Full Story Back to Top
07-25-12 Learn About Bootlegging from Lawless Graphic (Crave Online) Are you lawless enough for this infographic from John Hillcoat's Lawless? The Prohibition era crime film from the director of The Road stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain, and adapts Matt Bondurant's novel The Wettest County in the World. The infographic explains the history, science and dangers of moonshine, which you should probably know a little bit about if you're going to see Lawless. Full Story and Graphic Back to Top
07-24-12 More Government Documents Discovered Relating to Zero Dark Thirty (Politico) The Central Intelligence Agency recently discovered a "4 to 5 inch stack" of documents that relate to the spy agency's cooperation with the makers of a forthcoming Hollywood film on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, according to a new court filing. The documents about CIA dealings with the film now titled "Zero Dark Thirty" were "inadvertently overlooked" in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and lawsuit filed by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch…The discovery of the additional records, which are being processed but were not immediately released, could fuel Republicans' attacks on what they say is the Obama Administration's pattern of using national-security information to burnish President Barack Obama's reputation and his re-election standing. Full Story Back to Top
07-24-12 Still Another Article Confused About Jessica's Hair (Hollywood Reporter) Jessica Chastain, who is in the midst of shooting one of several interesting new movies, has had her bright red below-her-shoulders wavy hair chopped off into an assymetrical chin-length, sharp-edged bob for the movie The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Full Story Back to Top
07-23-12 Chaplin Visits Jessica on Eleanor Rigby Set (Daily Mail) Taking your dog to work is a trend that's been hot in tech companies like Google and Facebook for years. And now it seems more dogs are turning up on movie sets. The Tree of Life actress Jessica Chastain joined the club today when she paraded her pooch on the New York City set of her new film, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. The 35-year-old actress posed with her pooch named Chaplin - a rescue who has only three legs. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
07-18-12 Australian Cineplex Announces November 1 Mama Release (cineplex) Mama [YTBC] - November 01 2012. Director: Andres Muschietti. Starring: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nelisse, Javier Botet, Julia Chantrey, Morgan McGarry, Jayden Greig, Sydney Cross, Pamela Farrauto, Cadence Schauster, Tyler Curnew. Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they? Full Story Back to Top
07-17-12 Jessica's Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto Photo Leaked (Catwalk Queen) In June she was announced as the new face of Yves Saint Laurent, now a photo of Jessica Chastain's new campaign for the fashion house has been leaked online. It seems some sneaky person took this pic and uploaded it to Instagram at the presentation of the campaign in Paris three weeks ago. The Help actress stars in the ads for YSL's new fragrance, Manifesto. With her flame red hair set against a white backdrop, Chastain gets a little a messy with her hands dipped in bright purple paint and splattered over one corner of the advert. Her fiery locks are a perfect match… The campaign isn't due out until August. Full Story Back to Top
07-17-12 New UK Lawless Poster Released (empireonline) The Bondurant brothers' moonshine business is a growing concern in John Hillcoat's new thriller Lawless. At least, it is until the G-men, including Deputy Charley Rakes (Guy Pearce), turn up and try to spoil it all with their pesky Tommy guns. Here's the full rogue's gallery rustled together for the movie's new UK poster. Full Story and Poster Back to Top
07-16-12 News Writers Mistake Jessica's Wig for a Haircut (Grazia) Check out Jessica Chastain's dramatic hair makeover! The actress has chopped her long auburn waves into a chin length bob for her role in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. It's a brave move, but she mustn't have had time to worry about the change - the drastic haircut took place between takes. Jessica filmed scenes with both long and short locks on the same day. So thank goodness the swift trip to the hairdressers left the 35-year-old with a cut that shows off her cheekbones, rather than a hair disaster. Phew! Full Story and Photos Back to Top
07-14-12 Zero Dark Thirty's Indian Crew Recounts Moments with Kathryn Bigelow and Her Team (Chandigarh Newsline) Darshan Aulakh is sure of one thing: "If anyone deserves an Oscar, it is Kathryn Bigelow," he says in all sincerity. The man behind city-based Darshan Aulakh Productions, Aulakh has been handling Bollywood and Punjabi film projects for several years. This year, he got his biggest break - Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's film on Osama Bin Laden titled Zero Dark Thirty. "Working with Bigelow and her team made me realise how much we can learn from Hollywood, including punctuality and dignity," says Aulakh. He provided the film crew with around 50 artists and a 5,000-plus crowd along with logistical support…Law student, Palak Dev enjoyed her stint behind the scenes. "I did assist on films like Namastey London and Singh is Kinng. It's good pocket money, but this was special. Bollywood stars are inaccessible and act pricey but on this set, we were equals. We would hang out together, play games and teach them Punjabi," she says about her 30-day "paid vacation". Full Story Back to Top
07-14-12 More Photos from Eleanor Rigby Set (Daily Mail) Becoming fast friends: Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy pal around on set... as she reveals newly-chopped locks. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
07-14-12 Three Photos of Jessica and James on Eleanor Rigby (MyDaily UK) Jessica Chastain Rocks Three Cute Looks On Set With James McAvoy…what do you think of the pixi cut? Full Story and Photos Back to Top
07-13-12 Viola Davis, William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, Bill Hader, and Ciarin Hinds Mentioned for Eleanor Rigby (Screen International) Viola Davis joins The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby…The Oscar nominee and William Hurt are among a handful of new additions to the project, which has begun shooting in New York. Also understood to be joining leads James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain are Isabelle Huppert, comedian Bill Hader, [and] Ciarin Hinds. Full Story Back to Top
07-13-12 Jessica Photo in Arm Sling is For Eleanor Rigby Role ( Taking a dramatic turn from her glamorous red carpet gowns, Jessica Chastain was seen sporting a not-so-haute arm sling today (July 13) on the streets of New York - no worries though, as the 'injured' arm is just for her role in the upcoming double feature "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby". Full Story and Photos Back to Top
07-13-12 Possible First Image of Jessica's Yves Saint Laurent Campaign (Jessica Chastain Network) I randomly came across a photo of what seems to be an advertisement of Jessica for Yves Sint Laurent's parfume Manifesto. It was taken 3 weeks ago, we assume during the presentation in Paris. Jessica looks absolutely stunning, and we can't wait to see more of the campaign! Full Story Back to Top
07-12-12 Early Lawless Screening in San Diego on July 14 (Chastain Network) The Weinstein Company is giving away passes to a midnight screening of Lawless on Saturday, July 14th at San Diego Comic-Con. If you are heading to San Diego this weekend make sure to pick up some tickets at the Django Unchained Old Wet Town in downtown San Diego next to Petco Park. Tickets will be on hand starting Thursday morning. Full Story Back to Top
07-11-12 Jessica to Cover Vanity Fair in September (fashionista) All the September Issue Cover Stars Revealed. Vanity Fair: Jessica Chastain, who appeared on the ensemble Hollywood issue cover of the mag in March of this year. Full Story Back to Top
07-10-12 Tony Award Winner Nina Arianda Joins Eleanor Rigby ( Tony Award winner Nina Arianda is…joining Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy in "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," a two part film that starts production imminently. First time feature director Ned Benson is making two films, one each from a husband and wife's perspective. Arianda is playing their therapist, which is great, but too bad because I don't think she can be funny in that role. Her comic timing is exceptional. Full Story Back to Top
07-09-12 Tony Award winner Judith Ivey Joins The Heiress (Broadway World) Tony Award® winner Judith Ivey joins Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain, Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® Award winner David Strathairn and the leading man of "Downton Abbey" Dan Stevens in a new production of the unforgettable drama and Tony Award® winning play The Heiress. Written by Ruth & Augustus Goetz, The Heiress will be directed by Tony Award® nominated playwright and director Moisés Kaufman. The Heiress will be produced by Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland. Preview performances begin October 7, 2012 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 W. 48th St. NYC). Opening night is November 1, 2012. This is a strictly limited run through February 10, 2013…Ms. Ivey (Aunt Penniman) is a two time Tony Award® winner for Steaming and Hurlyburly. Full Story Back to Top
07-09-12 The Heiress Runs November 1 through February 10 (TheWrap) "The Heiress," starring Jessica Chastain, David Strathairn, Dan Stevens and Judith Ivey, will open Nov. 1 for a limited run through Feb. 10, 2013 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The play, produced by Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland, will mark the Broadway debut of Chastain and Stevens, a star of the PBS series "Downton Abbey."…Strathairn last appeared on Broadway in 2003 in a staged reading of "Salome," with Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei. Chastain appeared with Pacino in Los Angeles in 2006 in another production of "Salome," which the focus of a film called 2011 "Wilde Salome." Full Story Back to Top
07-06-12 Jess Weixler Rumored for Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (Chastain Central) Jessica's best friend Jess Weixler is rumored to be cast as Katy Rigby in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Evidence so far is thin; one source is Turner Classic Movies, but there is no mention of the casting on IMDb for Jess Weixler or The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Back to Top
07-05-12 Jessica Judging for House Shorts Competition (Entertainment Focus) Soho House is launching the House Shorts film competition, a platform committed to discovering and developing the next generation of film makers from the UK, USA and Germany. The competition's second year, supported by Bombay Sapphire and BAFTA, will feature an illustrious panel of judges including Harvey Weinstein, Paul Haggis, Jessica Chastain and current House Shorts winner Sean Gray. Ten film maker finalists will be given the chance to make a funded 'House Short' film over the summer of this year, before travelling to New York this autumn where one will be crowned overall winner of the competition. The winner of House Shorts 2012 will receive international Soho House membership, plus a series of 'money can't buy' private mentoring sessions with each of the esteemed judging panel, providing guidance that will potentially help shape their career. Full Story Back to Top
07-03-12 Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Begins Shooting (On Location Vacations) James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain have already been spotted in New York City where they are preparing to begin filming The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby next week…it looks like a portion of the movie will be shot in Nassau County, NY in August too…Another post on Twitter indicates the movie will film scenes on the Brooklyn Bridge next week…We've also heard they will be spend some time filming in the East Village of NYC at some point. Full Story Back to Top
07-03-12 Jessica Applies for Job with Bootleggers in New Lawless Clip (Digital Spy) A new clip from Lawless has been released…bootlegger Forrest Bondurant (Tom Hardy) is approached by new girl in town Maggie (Jessica Chastain), who wants to apply for a job within his organization. VIDEO Full Story and Video Back to Top
07-03-12 Tree of Life on HBO (Omaha World-Herald) TV What to Watch: "The Tree of Life" 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., HBO (2011) Brad Pitt (shown with Zach Irsik, above), Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain star in this dramatic fantasy about a family with three sons in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence. Nominated for a best-picture Oscar. Full Story Back to Top
06-29-12 Jessica Invited to Join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Entertainment Weekly) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended their 2012 membership invitations today to 176 lucky actors, directors, cinematographers, and other members of the filmmaking industry…Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer were…invited to be members, among others. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003, according to the Academy's website. Full Story Back to Top
06-29-12 New Photos from Lawless but no Jessica (Flix 66) It's been awhile since we've seen some new images from John Hillcoat's upcoming film LAWLESS, but today we're getting a few new looks that don't reveal too much. Oh, except that it seems like Shia LaBeouf gets shot with what looks like a shotgun while Tom Hardy drags him to safety. That's going to be tough to recover from. We also get a look at what appears to be a budding romance from Mia Wasikowska and Shia LaBeouf, but sadly no more photos of Jessica Chastain but at least we're getting a good image of Gary Oldman which is swell. Full Story Back to Top
06-29-12 Lawless Not likely an Awards Contender? (Indie Wire) A few more images for the film…have arrived, giving you another look at a couple of the Bondurant brothers, a love interest and a gangster watching their back. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival last month, the film is crackling entertainment, telling the story of a moonshine slinging trio of brothers who butt heads with a special agent looking to tear apart their business. Things get brutal and bloody pretty fast, and it features pretty top notch performances all around, particularly from Hardy, who turns grunting into a comic artform. While we don't expect this to be contender in the awards race (it's great to watch, but it's a straight up genre piece) if it connects with audiences, that could all change. We'll see what happens when the movie hits theaters on August 29th. Full Story Back to Top
06-28-12 Jessica Chastain and Woody Harrelson are PETA's 2012 Sexiest Vegetarians (Ecorazzi) Jessica Chastain and Woody Harrelson have officially been named PETA's 2012 Sexiest Vegetarians. First off, congrats to both of these wonderful celebs! They beat out quite a few amazing actors and actresses - who all embrace vegan and vegetarian diets - like Lea Michele, Emily Deschanel, Paul McCartney and Russell Simmons. Chastain changed her diet about 15 years ago, and does whatever it takes to remain faithful to her meat-free cause. Full Story Back to Top
06-20-12 Jessica Playing Key CIA Officer in Zero Dark Thirty (hollywoodreporter) While Bigelow's film sports a sizable ensemble cast, Jessica Chastain is said to play a central figure, a CIA intelligence officer who was key in determining the identity of Abu Ahmad al-Kuwaiti, bin Laden's courier. The agent believed for years that the way to find bin Laden was through his network of couriers. It wasn't until August 2010, however, that the key courier was located by the CIA in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Full Story Back to Top
06-19-12 Jessica and Michelle Leading in Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Contest ( Ben Stiller, Woody Harrelson, Jessica Chastain and Michelle Pfeiffer are leading the way in a new poll to find the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity. The quartet are among the favourites in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' 12th annual contest…The contest runs until 27 June (12) on the animal rights organisation's website Full Story Back to Top
06-19-12 Jessica Rumored in Consideration for Untouchable Female Lead (filmstage) Up to this point, news on the Intouchables remake - which, I believe, will only be titled Untouchable - has been all but silent…rumors come from The New York Post…who've heard that Idris Elba, Chris Rock, and Jamie Foxx are angling to take one of the primary roles, while their sources also claim Michelle Williams and Jessica Chastain are "in the mix for the female lead." Full Story Back to Top
06-15-12 Is Jessica Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2012? (PETA) Beautiful inside and out, these famous stunners are always paparazzi-ready, thanks to their vegetarian and vegan diets! By refusing to eat anything with a face, some of the world's best-known faces help save not only animals but also the planet and their health. Cast your vote now for PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2012! Please note that while votes will be taken into consideration, PETA will ultimately choose the winners. Voting ends at 5 p.m. ET on June 27, and winners will be announced by June 28 at 10 a.m. ET. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
06-15-12 Galt Public Library becomes Clifton Forge Town Hall for Mama ( This is not the old Galt Public Library. Not for this three-hour shoot on a blue-skied Thursday morning in Southern Ontario…This is the Clifton Forge Town Hall when the camera rolls and Canadian actor Daniel Kash, playing a tweed-jacketed Dr. Dreyfuss, pulls up in his grey car and steps inside to search the archives for a dark truth about the kids who survived so long in the woods…An early 2013 release is knocking. The frenzied rush is on to add final shots is on…Chastain? Not present in Cambridge. The rising redhead from The Help and Tree of Life was rehearsing for a Broadway play…Kash, a 53-year-old Montreal-born actor, was the only money player in Cambridge. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
06-15-12 Jessica Prepares for The Heiress (New York Daily News) The rapidly rising Oscar nominee makes her Broadway debut on Oct. 7 in a revival of "The Heiress." "I love being onstage," Chastain told me during the Tony Awards rehearsal. "But I'm very sensitive. So I'm nervous. The last play I was in was very polarizing." And how. She's referring to a 2009 production of "Othello" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman that had people running for the exits of the Skirball Center at intermission. The actress, who's coming off a banner film run, is calming down the butterflies by immersing herself in all things "Heiress."…Chastain has been "reading and re-reading" the Henry James novel that Ruth and Augustus Goetz based the 1947 play on...Chastain is going even further to soak herself in the atmosphere of mid-19th-century Washington Square. "I'm actually looking for an apartment in the neighborhood," she said. "That's how I am." Full Story Back to Top
06-15-12 Ricky Sekhon is Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty (Indie Wire) In case you wondering if we'll see Osama Bin Laden as a character in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," this pretty much confirms that we will with little known British actor Ricky Sekhon, who barely even has a presence on IMDB, landing the role of the infamous Saudi-born Al-Qaeda leader. According to Baz Bamigoye, the actor has already completed his secretive work on the film in the Middle East but, before hand, "did extensive research for his portrayal" and "took the decision to drop two stone [about 26 lbs] to be more in line with bin Laden's 11st 11lb [just under 165 lb] weight." Why is this the first time we're hearing about his casting? Well, apparently, there are a few roles that have been "kept off the official cast list because of the 'sensitive nature' of the characters." Full Story Back to Top
06-14-12 Jessica Judging House Shorts Film Challenge (Hollywood Reporter) After its inaugural run in 2010, the Soho House Group -- which has private clubs in the U.K., the U.S. and Germany -- is launching its second "House Shorts" film challenge in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter, BAFTA and Bombay Sapphire. Panelists, including Harvey Weinstein, Paul Haggis, Jessica Chastain and THR Editorial Director Janice Min, will judge selections from 10 finalists, with the winner being decided at an event in New York this fall. Full Story Back to Top
06-14-12 Jessica Hopes for Marvel Film Role (comicbookmovie) Despite passing on her role in Iron Man 3, due to scheduling, The Help actress Jessica Chastain would still like a role in a future Marvel Studios production. Initially offered the role of a scientist in Marvel Studios' next outing, Iron Man 3, Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain previously announced that she'd have to pass, due to scheduling conflicts. However, speaking recently with Total Film, The Help actress confessed she'd still like a role in one of the studios' forthcoming productions. Full Story Back to Top
06-14-12 Panetta Says No Classified Information Shared with Zero Dark Thirty (The Atlantic Wire) Leon Panetta had to tell the Senate Appropriations Committee the writer and director of Zero Dark Thirty, one of the killing Bin Laden movies, weren't given any classified information while researching the film…"I can assure you, I've asked the question," Panetta told the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "In this instance, no one, nobody released any information that was unauthorized." According to Panetta, the Pentagon has an office set up specifically to deal with "people that want to do something about, you know, either a movie or a book or an article or something related to our defense." Panetta said the office works with everyone to make sure the information used is as accurate as possible. Full Story Back to Top
06-14-12 Mama Shooting Additional Scene (570 News) Crews will be filming a scene for the feature film "Mama," which is a horror flick starring Jessica Chastain, Javier Botet and Daniel Kash...Location manager Ingrid Fielden tells 570 News they are doing re-shoots here. Fielden says most of the film is already complete, but when they went into the editing suite they realized they were missing some key shots. Full Story Back to Top
06-13-12 Madagascar 3 Enables Jessica to Buy Her Dream Couch ( She tells Britain's Total Film magazine, "There was a couch I wanted to buy and I had no time in my schedule to do another film. I was doing so much press last year, thinking, 'How am I going to pay my rent?' Also, I had to buy a new couch. My agent said, 'I don't know if you're interested, but they're having auditions for an animated film...' I've always wanted to do an animated film... So I went in and auditioned and then I got the call that I got the part. And I got the couch!" Full Story Back to Top
06-12-12 The Heiress Announces Website, Twitter, and Facebook Presence (Broadway World) THE HEIRESS by Ruth and Augustus Goetz and directed by Moisés Kaufman, is coming to Broadway in a strictly limited engagement, starring Jessica Chastain, David Strathairn and Dan Stevens, in October 2012. The show has just announced the launch of its official website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Visit, follow THE HEIRESS on Twitter @TheHeiressBway and find the show on Facebook. Full Story Back to Top
06-12-12 Jessica Begins Rehearsal for The Heiress in September (Orange UK News) "I'm nervous. It's a great role, it's one of the best roles written for women." However, Chastain is eager to throw herself into the production when rehearsals begin in September as she originally trained as a theatre actress while studying drama at Manhattan's legendary Juilliard School for performing arts. She adds, "I'm a Broadway fan. Some might say that I was a theatre nerd in high school. I would always watch the Tonys and record them and watch them throughout the year, over and over again. "I started out in theatre, I went to Juilliard. Theatre is my home. Full Story Back to Top
06-11-12 Jessica Said to be Worst Dressed at Tony Awards (The Stir) There was some singing, there was some dancing, and there were Jessica Chastain's boobs… The Madagascar 3 actress whom you may know from The Help went with a saucy Marios Schwab dress for the awards show. Made of what looks to be only gauze and rhinestones, the outfit was eye-catching, to say the least…Worst dressed of the night goes to Jessica -- I'm not feeling her transparent mermaid-y dress. And best dressed goes to Amanda. The belt is a little crossing guard-esque but I happen to think it's a risk that works. Full Story Back to Top
06-11-12 Jessica Wears Marios Schwab with Class at Tony Awards (Catwalk Queen) First up was Jessica Chastain, who made our dreams come true by picking a piece from Marios Schwab's Autumn / Winter 2012 collection. This is one of the dresses we picked out when we did our runway review, so we're so excited to see it on one of our favourite actresses. It's a hard one to pull off - that sheer top section leaves little to the imagination, but Jessica has the class to make it work. She topped the look with Giuseppe Zanotti ankle-strap heels. Full Story Back to Top
06-11-12 Jessica's Dress for Tony Awards an Unsexy Abomination (thegloss) Jessica Chastain Was Basically Naked At The Tony Awards Last Night…This Marios Schwab abomination has so many things wrong with it, I'm not sure where to start. The top part is some sort of trompe l'oeil meant to make it look like she's wearing nothing but some sparkly leaves, which is all well and good, if you're into that sort of thing. However, the illusion is ruined by the addition of a visible corset underneath, which hits the skirt part in such a way that looks like she forgot some crucial component that's supposed to go on top. To add insult to injury, the corset doesn't actually appear to be supporting her boobs at all-if anything, the dress flattens them down in a really unflattering way. I know your boobs can look better than that, Jessica Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
06-11-12 Madagascar 3 Opens at Number One (CityNews) An animated children's movie that follows a menagerie of animals tying to return to New York City topped the weekend box office. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted raked in US $60.3 million, according to website Actors Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jessica Chastain all lent their voices to the 3D flick. The Alien prequel Prometheus took second spot with a $50 million haul. Full Story Back to Top
06-10-12 Jessica Wears Most Sexy Dress at Tony Awards ( The lovely Jessica Chastain showed up for the Tony Awards 2012 in an amazing see-through dress that showed she was the most sexy on the red carpet while strolling the runway outside the Beacon Theater in New York City on June 10. Donning an ethereal frock designed by Mario Schwab, the confident star of The Help brought Hollywood glamour to Broadway for the big show that is an ode to the theater and, particularly, to the Great White Way. She was swathed in a look that made it difficult to tell where the garment ended and where her skin began, thanks in part to a few strategically placed appliqués and some special illusion styling. Full Story Back to Top
06-10-12 Jessica Announces Tony Winner for Best Actor (Hollywood Reporter) 8:59 p.m. Jessica Chastain, aka Next Year's Tony Winner for The Heiress, announces best actor in a featured role in a play. 9 p.m. It's Christian Borle, from Smash! He wins his first Tony for Peter and the Starcatcher, an imagining of the origins of Peter Pan. (Christian plays the Captain Hook-y character Black Stache.) As Chastain reveals his name, Andrew Garfield -- who was also up for the award for his role as Hoffman's son in Salesman -- clapped loudly with approval. Overcompensating, Spidey? Full Story Back to Top
06-09-12 Jessica Talks about Gia in Video Interview ( The "Madagascar" film franchise gains several new characters in the third installment, notably Jessica Chastain, who is a newcomer not only to the series but also to the animation - and comedy - genre…The group ends up in Europe and joins a traveling circus. Chastian's character is one its performers…"Gia meets Alex because they're on the run and they're looking for a place to hide and they see this kind of circus train car," Chastain said in an interview provided by studio Paramount Pictures. "And so they try to get in, but the other circus animals and Vitaly they won't let them in because they think they're stowaways and that only circus animals are allowed on the train." "Gia looks out at them all, and she makes the decision after looking them in their eyes that they are circus animals, and she goes to Vitaly and Stefano and says, 'The circus sticks together, bring them on.' So she's kind of the reason why they end up in the circus." Full Story and Video Back to Top
06-09-12 Madagascar 3 Breaks Opening Records in Russia ( The second sequel to Madagascar has shattered box office records in Russia to become the country's biggest opening-day animated movie hit. Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted opened on Thursday (07Jun12) in Russia with an impressive $3.7 million (?2.3 million) take. Full Story Back to Top
06-08-12 Jessica is Face of Yves Saint Laurent's New Fragrance (BellaSugar Australia) The Lawless star has been announced as the face of Yves Saint Laurent's new fragrance, Manifest, which is slated for release in Europe late August (chances are we'll get it in line with the US in 2013). Her "subtle strength . . . solar charm, [and] her free mind," were qualities that helped to land her the role according to Stephan Bezy, international general manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beaute. Chastain said, "Since its creation, the brand has conveyed strong values that I cherish, such as an unwavering commitment, absolute love and feminine audacity. This new fragrance is an emblem of it all." Full Story Back to Top
06-08-12 Jessica Given Her Own Bathroom at Cannes (MSN Philippines News) Jessica Chastain knew her life had changed when she was given her own bathroom at Cannes this year… she admitted a bigger hotel room and her own en-suite at the French film festival was one of the biggest perks of her new high profile. She said: ''It's very strange for me because I haven't really noticed the difference. But to compare last year at Cannes and this year at Cannes ... This time I had a nice room. I didn't have to share a bathroom down the hall! Full Story Back to Top
06-04-12 Jessica Presents Top CFDA Awards Prize to Olsen Twins (Newser) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took home the biggest prize at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards. The former child TV stars were selected Monday night as the country's top womenswear designers for their collection called The Row…Jessica Chastain announced the 25-year-olds as winners at Lincoln Center in front of an audience that drew not only from the fashion world but also from Hollywood. Full Story Back to Top
06-04-12 Eleanor Rigby Posts Locations Flyer in East Village ( Flyers posted in the doorway of 277 Tenth Street over the weekend indicate that "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain, will be filming in the neighborhood for approximately one week between July 9 and August 31...The casting flyer informs locals that "we are currently seeking locations in your area for the film" without saying much more. Full Story Back to Top
06-04-12 Jessica Wears Prabal Gurung to CFDA Awards ( Gearing up for another one of fashion's biggest nights, Jessica Chastain made a stunning entrance on the red carpet at the 2012 CFDA Awards in New York City on Monday evening (June 4). The red-headed beauty looked flawless in a Prabal Gurung dress and Harry Winston jewelry as she posed for the photographers and prepared for her presentation in the Alice Tully Hall event at Lincoln Center. Full Story Back to Top
06-02-12 Jessica Presenting at Tony Awards (MSN Celebrity UK) Jessica Chastain has been announced among a host of stars who will be help hand out the Tony Awards later this month. Jessica Chastain has been announced among a host of stars who will be help hand out the Tony Awards later this month. The Oscar-nominated star of The Help will join celebrity presenters at the ceremony for Broadway stage achievement, which will air live on CBS from New York City on June 10, hosted by How I Met My Mother's Neil Patrick Harris. Full Story Back to Top
06-01-12 Cameron Diaz Says Jessica was Unsure Which Movie was being Nominated for Oscar (Film News) Jessica Chastain was initially unsure which movie she'd been nominated for when she was told she was up for an Oscar…Cameron Diaz has recalled how amazed Jessica was to be in the running for the best supporting actress prize for The Help. "She had just found out she's been nominated for an Oscar - from the journalists asking how she felt! She wasn't even sure which movie she was nominated for," Cameron laughed… Cameron treasures the memory of being able to support her. "She was having a moment and I got to share it with her." Full Story Back to Top
05-31-12 Tom Hardy Enjoys Jessica's Photo in Gala Magazine (People) They were one of the hottest casts to walk the red carpet this year in Cannes. The stars of the western crime drama Lawless gathered for a special PEOPLE shoot, right after their big moment on the steps of the Palais de Festivals on May 19…The close-knit cast toasted each other and Chastain, a red carpet mainstay this year, who was on the cover of French magazine Gala. When Hardy held up the magazine vertically, pretending that Chastain was a centerfold, the group burst out laughing. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
05-31-12 Jessica Madagascar 3 Photo Released (Film Equals) Here are 24 new photos from Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted along with some character photos…The movie will be released to theaters on June 8, 2012…Jessica Chastain voices Gia the Jaguar inDreamWorks Animation's MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED, to be released by Paramount Pictures. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
05-30-12 The Help Premiers on Showtime June 24 (Broadway World) SHOWTIME heats up Sunday nights with the exclusive, world television debut of Academy Award-nominated THE HELP premiering Sunday, June 24th at 10 p.m. ET/PT. One of the most buzzed-about movies of last summer, "The Help" reigned supreme in ticket sales, topping the box office for 25 days in a row - the longest uninterrupted streak in over 13 years. The film's star-studded cast features Academy Award nominees Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain, alongside Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek, Cicely Tyson, and Oscar® winner for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Octavia Spencer. Full Story Back to Top
05-30-12 Jessica Appearing on Live! with Kelly ( Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris, who will host the 66th Annual Tony Awards June 10, will co-host the June 6 and 7 broadcasts of "Live! with Kelly."…the June 7 broadcast will include Jessica Chastain and Emili Sande. Full Story Back to Top
05-29-12 Jessica Presenting at CFDA Fashion Awards (Fashionista) With the CFDA awards show set for next week, we've got some more information about the increasingly celeb-y show: We already knew that Seth Myers would host on June …Regular red carpet fixture Jessica Chastain will be presenting the award for women's wear, WWD is reporting. The designers up for that honor, which is basically the Oscars equivalent of the Best Actor/Actress award, are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs. Full Story Back to Top
05-27-12 Mama Release due in 2013 (We Got This Covered) A few days ago we reported that Andres Muschietti's Mama, starring Jessica Chastain, would be released on October 3rd, 2012. However, today we have learnt from Chastain herself that this information is wrong and that we're going to have to wait a bit longer to see the film. We spoke to Chastain via her Facebook page and she told us that she checked with the film's producer and the release date for the film is incorrect. Mama won't be released until next year, sometime in 2013. Full Story Back to Top
05-27-12 Michael Haneke's Amour Wins Palme d'Or over Lawless (Movieline) Michael Haneke's Amour won the Palme d'Or Sunday night in Cannes, capping the 65th edition of the festival. The film follows Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emanuelle Riva) a couple in their 80s who must endure a long demise after Anne suffers an attack. This is not Haneke's first time taking to the stage to accept Cannes' top prize. He won the Palme d'Or in 2009 for The White Ribbon and he took a Grand Jury Prize at the festival in 2001 for The Piano Teacher and in 2005 won Best Director for Caché. Full Story Back to Top
05-25-12 Elizabeth Stewart talks about Dressing Jessica (Hollywood Reporter) We had to ask Stewart if she'd fully recovered from dressing Jessica Chastain at the Cannes Film Festival. "Oh, I don't go," she explained. "I get everything really organized with photos and PDFs of what goes with what and ship everything there in trunks." Chastain's hair and makeup peeps helped her get dressed and ready for the Cannes carpets. But Stewart did admit that her favorite gown worn by Chastain was the ethereal gold and chiffon Gucci gown seen at the Lawless premiere. She and the actress had initially considered the dress for the Oscars but went with Alexander McQueen couture instead…"But the Gucci gown was so beautiful that we have been saving it ever since for a really big occasion," she revealed. Full Story Back to Top
05-25-12 President Obama Accused of National Security Breach in regard to Zero Dark Thirty (Sydney Morning Herald) US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has been accused of risking national security for political gain by giving Hollywood filmmakers access to secret material on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Documents released under freedom of information laws show that the US Defence Department and CIA enthusiastically assisted Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow for her forthcoming film on the raid. Mr Obama's administration even made available ''a planner, operator and commander of SEAL Team Six'', the Navy squad that killed bin Laden in May last year. The identities of Navy SEALs are a closely guarded secret. The filmmakers were also shown the CIA's mock-up of bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. At the time, Ms Bigelow's film, titled Zero Dark Thirty, was due to be released in October [Now December], prompting accusations that it was timed to boost Mr Obama's prospects for re-election. Full Story Back to Top
05-23-12 Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy Lead in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Films (Bangstyle) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, like the song, is an unusual style of film for its time. Following the story of a restaurant owner and his wife who decides to go back to college, the project will actually be split into two whole films: one from the point of view of the husband and the other from the wife's perspective. Needless to say, the two leading actors will each need to be capable of carrying their own film on their shoulders, without sharing the responsibility within a single film, and still manage not to steal the spotlight when it's not their turn. After much deliberation and speculation, the studio announced at Cannes that James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain have been chosen to bear the burden. Full Story Back to Top
05-22-12 Russell Banks on Adapting The Darling from Novel to Screenplay ( Author Russell Banks talks about the process of adapting his acclaimed novels for the big screen. Right now he's working with Genie Award-winning, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve on the film adaptation of 'The Darling', and the project is set to star Jessica Chastain. Full Story and Video Back to Top
05-22-12 Tucson Previews Madagascar 3 for Scholarship Fund (Arizona Daily Star) For movie fans in Tucson, it's an opportunity to attend a special preview showing of "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" before its nationwide release, which is June 8. Proceeds from the preview Sunday at Cinemark Century Theatres at El Con Mall will go to the Sunnyside School District Alumni Association for scholarships for graduates going on to two-year or four-year institutions. Full Story Back to Top
05-22-12 Madagascar 3 Books for Children (School Library Journal) On the Run! (2012; K-Gr 3), a "Level 3" reader, sets the scene by describing how the animals end up in Monte Carlo, attract the attention of animal control agents, and find safe haven with the circus critters. The fast-reading narrative clearly conveys zany plot twists and turns in straightforward language and brief sentences sprinkled with snippets of dialogue. Movie images with colorful borders are presented on every page, supporting the large-size text with visual clues and adding detail and excitement… Incorporating crisp descriptions, a well-paced narrative, and humorous touches, Madagascar 3: The Novel (Price Stern Sloan, 2012; Gr 3-6) provides a delightfully madcap recap of the movie's plot, appropriate for perusal by independent readers and sharing aloud. Rapid-fire dialogue and funny one-liners are smoothly integrated into the narrative, which does a good job of transitioning between and juggling the story's numerous settings and whirlwind plot elements. Each chapter begins with a silhouette of Gloria gracefully balanced on a ball and holding an umbrella, and the book ends with a black-and-white image of the animal characters precariously posed in an elaborate pyramid. Eight full-color pages showcase the major players on striking circus-style posters. Full Story Back to Top
05-22-12 Judicial Watch Protests White House Involvement in Zero Dark Thirty Movie (judicialwatch) Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained records from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) regarding meetings and communications between government agencies and Kathryn Bigelow, Academy Award-winning director of The Hurt Locker, and screenwriter Mark Boal. According to the records, the Obama Defense Department granted Bigelow and Boal access to a "planner, Operator and Commander of SEAL Team Six," which was responsible for the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, to assist Bigelow prepare her upcoming feature film… "These documents, which took nine months and a federal lawsuit to disgorge from the Obama administration, show that politically-connected film makers were giving extraordinary and secret access to bin Laden raid information, including the identity of a Seal Team Six leader," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Full Story Back to Top
05-22-12 Mark Duplass Joins Zero Dark Thirty (Empire Online) Kathryn Bigelow seems intent on adding a Most Eclectic Cast award to the Oscars she already has in the cabinet. She's been shooting Bin Laden pic Zero Dark Thirty for a while, and has now added Mark Duplass in what Deadline is calling a "key" supporting role. Full Story Back to Top
05-22-12 Jessica Talks about Fashion (Yahoo! Philippines News) I love fashion. As a young girl I would always save my money to buy fashion magazines and imagine myself doing photo shoots or walking up the red carpet. All those things came true in my life although I like a more retro look than a lot of the latest designer things I get to wear. But fashion is something I love to explore and I whenever I get to go to the big fashion shows in Paris I feel so much anxiety because I'm so fascinated by the art and creativity that goes into creating beautiful clothes...In between films, I always love to look for interesting outfits and not just as designer shops but in out of the way boutiques where maybe young designers are coming up with something different. But I've been fortunate to get to know a lot of important designers like Zac Posen and I have so many clothes now that I had to build a closet in my garage to store all the outfits! I think I have to buy a new house now or stop collecting clothes! (Laughs) Full Story Back to Top
05-22-12 Jessica Comments on Her Character Maggie ( She plays Maggie, an ex-dancer from Chicago with whom Forrester (Tom Hardy) - the youngest of the famous bootlegging Bondurant brothers - falls in love. "Maggie is a woman who grew up in a world of violence," says Chastain. She's used to being surrounded by men that desire her. But when Forrester proves to be resistant to her charms, she finds herself in an unexpected situation." Tight dresses, old school hair and a touch of femme fatale: Chastain had no trouble getting under the skin of her character. Well, almost. "I have a very strong Californian accent so I had to work with a coach in order to sound like I was from Chicago. Director John Hillcoat made me watch lots of 1930s classics such as 'Angels with Dirty Faces, by Michael Curtiz, or 'Little Caesar', by Mervyn LeRoy." Expect to see lots of blood and tears, charm and humor. "A lot of people have commented on the violence in the film but at the end of the day, I think it's more about the romance than anything else. However brutal their love may be," observes Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
05-22-12 Two Video Clips from Lawless (AtTheCinema) Almost a month after the unveiling of its first trailer and just after premiering In Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, John Hillcoat's Lawless - formerly known as The Wettest County in the World and The Wettest County - has debuted two brand new clips…Myriad Pictures is pre-selling the title in Cannes this week. Full Story Back to Top
05-21-12 James McAvoy Replaces Joel Edgerton Opposite Jessica in Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (TheWrap) James McAvoy will star opposite Jessica Chastain in Myriad Pictures' double-feature film project, the company said Monday. The two movies -- "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her" -- will explore how a married couple in New York City deals with a life-altering experience. Full Story Back to Top
05-20-12 Jessica Hangs Out with New Best Friend Shailene Woodley (Examiner) New best friends Shailene Woodley and Jessica Chastain ran towards each other screaming of joy and gave one another the longest hug at the entrance of the event. The two jumped up and down, while Jessica said loudly "We have too much to talk about" and Shailene replied, "I know, so glad you're here."...Shailene came with a few friends, but quickly plopped herself on the coach next to Jessica to catch up, by the time the clock hit 1:00 a.m. the two were dancing away into the night barefoot at a private mansion in the hills of Cannes. Jessica Chastain said, "inspiring is when someone is at the top of their game and they do more." Shailene followed with, "(it takes) women beyond the physical plane." Full Story Back to Top
05-20-12 Jessica Has Two Movies at Cannes -- Again ( For an actor to be in two films at Cannes is nothing new. This year's two-fers include Isabelle Huppert, Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain, who never met a festival she couldn't multitask. Full Story Back to Top
05-20-12 Lawless is an Audience Pleaser with Award Possibilities (Twitch) This is a solid crime drama that is sure to find a receptive multiplex audience...The story spend much of its time focusing on Jack's rise to prominence. He uses his new found wealth to court the preacher's daughter (Wasikowska), but the love story is mostly left in the background. The same is true with Forrest's affair with Maggie (Chastain) who just shows up on his doorstep one day. Neither of the females are given much character, but both have good moments and the two actresses shine as bright lights in these men's dark lives...The film may not bring anything new to the genre, but it certainly delivers a fun time at the movies. Time will tell if this is enough, but it isn't hard to imagine Lawless being in the awards discussion come next winter, especially given Hardy's talent (and Harvey's for that matter). Regardless, it's refreshing to find crowd pleasing butts-in-seat fun done so well. Full Story More Lawless Reviews Back to Top
05-20-12 Fans Cheer Before and During Lawless Film (Hollywood Reporter) After receiving a nearly 10-minute-standing-ovation in the Palais theatre (and as any veteran fest-goer can attest, that's a long one), the cast and production team were on cloud nine. In fact, the audience didn't even wait until the end. During three of the film's final key turns, the crowd erupted into three separate rounds of applause... Jessica Chastain also arrived early to the party and snacked on the light passed appetizers being served and danced with friends to the music from a local French DJ. Full Story More Lawless Reviews Back to Top
05-20-12 John Hillcoat Talks about Lawless (Wall Street Journal) The 43-day shoot took place in Peachtree City, in the outskirts of Atlanta for "tax rebate reasons", Hillcoat says with a smile. "It worked out very well, since they also have a history of moonshine and bluegrass." But most of all, Hillcoat says he was thrilled by the prospect of putting together an eclectic ensemble of actors. The impressive cast includes Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska. "It was a very a tricky balancing act that happened piece by piece. I discovered Jessica early on, after a great conversation with Terry Malick who had worked with her on 'Tree of Life' and had incredible things to say about her. At that point, she was still pretty much unknown." Full Story Back to Top
05-19-12 Jessica's Experience in Madagascar 3 (The Sudbury Star) Another newcomer to the franchise is breakout movie star Jessica Chastain, who confessed she had to audition for her voice role in Europe's Most Wanted because it was before her slew of star-turn movies came out, including her Oscar-nominated role in The Help. "I love the first two movies so much," Chastain said. "And I was so happy when I got the call, got the part." She plays a circus jaguar who catches the furry eyeball of Stiller's lion, Alex. Full Story Back to Top
05-19-12 Lawless Thrives on Performance of its Incredible Cast (stumbleupon) In Lawless, John Hillcoat has almost crafted the perfect modern Western, infusing more explicitly the gangster genre elements that always occur in the genre, but never quite so explicitly…the violent moments are graphic and profoundly affecting, punctuating what is otherwise a slow-burning tale of intrigue that thrives on the performances of its incredible cast and the dynamics and relationships they create for their characters…Jessica Chastain meanwhile continues to make acting look incredibly easy as one of only two female characters, adding heart and balance to the more barbaric sequences and giving Tom Hardy's Forrest an additional facet that grows wonderfully thanks to Hardy's own subtle, powerful performance…Guy Pearce's performance is the stand-out of a very strong collective…Gary Oldman doesn't get nearly enough screentime, though he is extremely effective in the limited time he does have. Full Story More Lawless Reviews Back to Top
05-19-12 Jessica Wears Winning Gown at Madagascar 3 Premiere (Hollywood Reporter) At the premiere of Madagascar 3…Madagascar voice talent Jessica Chastain (styled by Elizabeth Stewart) paired a Giorgio Armani couture gown with Chopard jewelry. Her classic sideswept waves and red lips were the perfect touch…So who wins the best-dressed award in this fashion face-off? They all look amazing -- but for us, the winner is Chastain, who captured the essence of classic old Hollywood glamour with her gown's simplicity and elegance. Full Story Back to Top
05-19-12 Jessica's Character Maggie in Lawless (TIME) Forrest…never striking a man except in retaliation, and quietly revering Maggie, a burlesque dancer from Chicago who becomes the Bondurants' business manager…Not until Forrest learns that Rakes' men abused Maggie does he decide this lawman needs killing…Chastain adds to her large résumé from 2011 (seven films, and she can also be heard here in Madagascar 3) with a performance of poised, seductive gravity. Full Story Back to Top
05-19-12 Hundreds Cheer Lawless Stars at Premiere (Sky News) Hundreds of film fans flooded the streets of Cannes to cheer the cast of new prohibition era film Lawless as they arrived for its premiere. Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce and Jason Clarke were just four of the big names to tread the red carpet at the film festival in the French Riviera resort. Film-lovers cheered as the stars, including Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and director John Hillcoat, made their way into the Palais des Festivals for the screening. Full Story Back to Top
05-19-12 Controversy Over Lack of Female Directors is Silly says Jessica (Expatica France) US actress Jessica Chastain, in Cannes for her role in a film vying for the top prize, said a controversy about the lack of female directors in the line-up for the Palme d'Or was pointless. "I think it's silly," she told AFP in an interview. "I think a film should be judged on the film and not on the sex of the person who directed the film."…"I think at the end of the day it's about the best film," she said. Full Story Back to Top
05-19-12 Jessica Escapes Mean City for Brutal Backwoods in Lawless (Hollywood Reporter) John Hillcoat is back on more fertile turf with Lawless, a muscular slice of grisly Americana rooted in flavorful Prohibition-era outlaw legend…Jessica Chastain as Maggie, an emotionally bruised burlesque dancer looking for a quiet life away from the mean city and stumbling instead on a whole other kettle of brutality in the backwoods…Maggie works the bar at the boys' Blackwater Station, as she and Forrest shoot each other smoldering glances. Full Story More Lawless Reviews Back to Top
05-19-12 Jessica and Mia Under-used in Lawless (TheWrap) Two women touch the lives of the Bondurant boys. Chastain plays a runaway stripper trying to remake her life -- she doesn't get a lot to do but makes the most of her screen time. Wasikowska plays a preacher's daughter pursued by LaBeouf. Her face, lovely without a stitch of makeup, has the look and feel of the time, but she doesn't have much to do either except bat her eyelashes at LaBeouf. Both of these actresses deserve better -- the writing fails them, stuffing them into easy archetypes. Full Story More Lawless Reviews Back to Top
05-19-12 Only Jessica is Immune to Pearce's Persona in Lawless (Vulture) When he'd rather not resort to violence, he still stares sexually unsettling daggers into the movie's entire cast, man or woman, and when he presses a gun into Shia LaBeouf, you half expect him to spit on it and stroke it. Only Chastain's hard-living glamourpuss is immune to his vaguely rapey designs, though he still invades her space one night, then dismisses her by saying he'd rather not "drink from a greasy cup." Full Story More Lawless Reviews Back to Top
05-19-12 Jessica is a Dancer Running from the Big City in Lawless (RopeofSilicon) Hardy remains consistent in once again delivering a character you simply can't get enough of. Out of all the reasons you may cheer for the Bondurants, one is to likely see Forrest safe through to the end if only to hear him grunt an affirmative one more time. Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke are also impressive as Forrest's brothers. The story essentially follows LaBeouf as Jack and his desire for the finer things and his admiration for the big city gangsters such as Floyd Banner, played by Gary Oldman in only brief moments, but a quick wink to the camera is confirmation Oldman was the man for the job. The leading ladies of the picture are played by Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska. Chastain's Maggie is running from the big city life where she was a dancer and winds up on the Bondurants' doorstep looking for the quieter life. While she clearly went looking in the wrong place, she did find some much needed protection. Wasikowska's Bertha Minnix is a preacher's daughter that has caught Jack's eye and while her father won't hear of them being together that doesn't stop the pursuit. Full Story More Lawless Reviews Back to Top
05-19-12 Lawless not Strongest Film at Cannes but Perhaps Most Commercial (HitFix) "Lawless," made its debut at Cannes first thing Saturday morning, and the most striking thing about it at first glance is that Hillcoat seems to have learned some new shades as a filmmaker, and for the first time in his career, it feels like he's actually having some fun…Hillcoat wisely doesn't treat the material as if it is some brand-new thing, instead just taking tactile pleasure in the details of the period and in the truly lovely performances he gets out of almost everyone…Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain are both lovely as "the women," but there's not much for them to do beyond that. Sadly, the same is true of Gary Oldman, who shows up as a well-known Chicago gangster…"Lawless" probably isn't going to send anyone to any awards shows this year, but it is a nice indication that Hillcoat can play more than the one note that he's hammered so hard so far in his work. I enjoyed it, and while I don't think it's the strongest film I've seen here so far, it may well be the most commercial. Full Story More Lawless Reviews Back to Top
05-19-12 First Cannes Review of Lawless (Extensive Plot and Analysis) (Indie Wire) Though it never elevates into anything more than great entertainment, if that's all we get out of "Lawless" it's hard to complain. This is the kind of material studios used to like making, bringing together an interesting story and an excellent collection of talent to tell the tale. We doubt "Lawless" will be gunning for any Oscars, but as far as top tier storytelling goes, it doesn't get much better than this. Full Story More Lawless Reviews Back to Top
05-19-12 Lawless Cast Promotes Film at Cannes (BreakingNews) A star-studded cast that includes Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy is set to tread the streets of Cannes today in support of a new gangster film. Lawless, the true story of the Bondurant Brothers, will be screened at the 65th film festival tonight. Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke also feature in the movie, which is set in Prohibition-era America…Members of the Lawless cast will hold a press conference about the film today at the festival in the south of France. Full Story Back to Top
05-18-12 Character Poster of Jessica in Lawless (Indie Wire) Character posters. They're apparently not just for super hero films and tentpoles anymore. The Weinstein Company are getting in on the action and have delivered character posters for most of the cast of the upcoming prohibition drama "Lawless." Full Story and Poster Back to Top
05-18-12 Madagascar 3 Recreates Famous Movie Scenes (Windsor Star) In Madagascar 3, the central characters of Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman leave Africa in search of their penguin friends who have flown to Europe to spend their gold and gems in the casino in Monte Carlo...Famous scenes from well-known action movies are also recreated, including the bus balancing on the edge of a cliff in "The Italian Job" and people dodging flying bullets, or in this case bananas, in "The Matrix"...New to the cast in the "threequel" are Bryan Cranston as Vitaly, Martin Short as the scene-stealing Italian sea lion Stefano and Jessica Chastain as a sultry jaguar. Full Story More Madagascar 3 Reviews Back to Top
05-18-12 Madagascar 3 Good-humored and Endearing (Chicago Tribune) "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" severs the DreamWorks toon franchise's ties to reality entirely and emerges none the worse for it. Good-humored and endearing, full of energy and color (sometimes neon) if not quite Pixar-level invention, the series' shortest and most ambitious entry sends its homesick menagerie in the direction of New York, with scenic and amusing stops in Monte Carlo, London and Rome along the way..."Madagascar 3" places a higher value on speed and spectacle than either of its predecessors, piling on the narrative lunacy to outlandish, even surreal ends. Full Story More Madagascar 3 Reviews Back to Top
05-18-12 First Cannes Review of Madagascar 3 (Hollywood Reporter) Not only extra-dimensional but extra-loud, extra-antic and extra-frenetic, this latest addition to what is already a billion-dollar franchise won't see its diminished charm and humor too drastically impact its built-in money-making capabilities. The Paramount release from DreamWorks Animation received a Friday noontime world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival...The other fresh character with an entirely different sort of appeal is Gia, a slinky Italian jaguar who enters the picture as part of a traveling circus the American gang joins as a cover for their journey through Europe. Gia, purringly voiced by Jessica Chastain, is a natural, and inherently provocative, romantic foil for the bashful Alex, and is rendered very appealingly in the gentle coloration of her coat and her physical manner...Madagascar 3 is colorful, moves like the TGV rather than the slow zoo train on view and is over in a flash. But it's dominated by the characters shouting over one another, repetitively reacting with alarm to anything that happens and overcompensating for largely unfunny material by overacting by about 300 percent. Yes, it's a cartoon, but it's conspicuously unmodulated, with the volume set on high and the pacing all but pushed to fast-forward. Full Story More Madagascar 3 Reviews Back to Top
05-18-12 Sneak Peek at Madagascar 3 Video Games (Fanlala) With 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' headed to theaters next month, D3 Publisher was excited for us to try out the video games that tie in with the movie, and we had a blast playing them! This week, we got a sneak peek of 'Madagascar 3' for the Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS. All of our favorite characters like Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, Marty the Zebra, and Melman the Giraffe were playable. Now part of a traveling circus, we got to check out the Eiffel Tower in Paris where each of the characters used their special abilities to walk tightropes, launch from cannons, and bounce their ways to the end of each stage. Full Story Back to Top
05-18-12 Madagascar 3 Activity at Cannes (insider) There was plenty of press for animated feature Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted at the Festival de Cannes over Thursday and Friday, with Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Martin Short, and Jessica Chastain, and directors Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon and Eric Darnell. There were two photo calls, the later being the official one, as well as a red-carpet première at the Palais des Festivals, where Smith and Chastain took the opportunity to wear gowns from Atelier Versace and Giorgio Armani respectively. Chastain's jewellery was by Chopard. Full Story Back to Top
05-18-12 For the Second Year in a Row Jessica is a Presence at Cannes (USA TODAY) Jessica Chastain is back in force for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Last year she was part of Terrence Malick's Tree of Life which took the prestigious Palm d'Or award. This year Chastain is part of two prominent films: John Hillcoat's Lawless (which is in competition) and she voices a part in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (screening out of competition). Full Story Back to Top
05-18-12 Jessica Embarrassed to See Herself in Lawless at Cannes (USA TODAY) One challenge with viewing the much-buzzed about Lawless -- Chastain has a very prominent nude scene which she will have to watch with hundreds of other viewers at the film's premiere. "It's going to be interesting to see this film in a huge theater," says Chastain, speaking at the Euphoria-Calvin Klein party on Thursday night. "Because I am, you know, more exposed." Let's say, a lot more exposed in this particular scene. "It will be totally embarrassing," she adds, breaking into peels of giggles. "I am going to be bright red. I'll have to cover my eyes during that scene." Full Story Back to Top
05-18-12 Jessica Among those honored by Independent Filmmaker Project (Washington Post) American actresses Jessica Chastain and Shailene Woodley were honored at an exclusive soiree at a remote hillside villa on Thursday night by the Independent Filmmaker Project, along with international stars Naomi Watts, Diane Kruger and Ludivine Sagnier. Full Story Back to Top
05-18-12 Jessica Pays Homage to Female Director Andrea Arnold (CityNews) Actress Jessica Chastain paid homage to British director Andrea Arnold, who's won the jury prize twice for films at the festival, as a role model for young girl directors. "I think you know, jury member Andrea Arnold, she is a very influential women in film to me, her movie Fish Tank is one of the best things I've ever seen and to have her on the jury this year in Cannes, I think is an inspiration to little girls that want to grow up and want to be filmmakers." Chastain made her Cannes debut last year with Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winning Tree of Life. She has also been nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA for supporting actress for The Help. Full Story Back to Top
05-17-12 Jessica at Madagascar 3 Photo Call at Cannes (Just Jared) Jessica Chastain and Jada Pinkett Smith attend a photo call for Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival on Thursday (May 17) in Cannes, France. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
05-16-12 Jessica Attends Opening Ceremony at Cannes (Celebuzz) On Wednesday, the biggest and most glamorous film festival of them all, Cannes, kicked off in fittingly star-studded fashion. Among the arrivals on hand for the opening ceremony: Eva Longoria, who wore a stunning gown with a super-long train; Jessica Chastain, who wore a white Alexander McQueen dress with a plunging neckline; and the always-eccentric Tilda Swinton, who lived up to her Oscar-winning title in a wrapped gold dress. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
05-16-12 Zero Dark Thirty Competition Code Name Geronimo May Release First (Los Angeles Times) The news today that Harvey Weinstein was poised to buy an assassination-of-Osama-bin-Laden movie called "Code Name Geronimo" brought a jolt of politics to the just-opened Cannes Film Festival, where the deal was being negotiated. It also sets up one of the most epic film-meets-politics moments in a long time--not to mention a potential catfight with Sony Pictures. That studio of course has its own Bin Laden movie, titled "Zero Dark Thirty" and directed by "The Hurt Locker" helmer Kathryn Bigelow," due before the end of the year. Weinstein has basically closed the rights deal for the independently made "Geronimo," according to a person familiar with the negotiations, and is talking as though he's pretty much decided to release the movie in late September or October…It's basically an indie action movie, and it's more modest in budget and scope than "Zero Dark Thirty". So what would an October date for "Geronimo" do to Sony? It would certainly put the screws to the studio, which pointedly decided not release "Zero Dark Thirty" before the election, presumably out of fear of politicizing the film. Sony is now set to release its film Dec. 19, and while a spokesman said it had no plans of moving off that date, even a "Geronimo" success could poison the well for another Bin Laden movie two months later. This isn't two wildly different takes on Snow White, after all; it's a dramatization of the same event. Full Story Back to Top
05-16-12 Lawless and Madagascar 3 Showing at Cannes Now (Boston Herald) The 65th Cannes Film Festival opening today has a distinctly American accent. The queen of film festivals, the world's largest and most prestigious, opens with Wes Anderson's family-friendly romp "Moonrise Kingdom," starring Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Edward Norton. The world premieres and stars dropping by include...Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hardy as 1930s moonshiners in "Lawless."… DreamWorks Animation's "Madagascar 3" screens outside the competition, with Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith present. Full Story Back to Top
05-15-12 DreamWorks Debuts First Madagascar 3 Clip ( DreamWorks Animation has debuted the first clip from Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, coming to 3D and 2D theaters on June 8. The sequel features the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer, Andy Richter, Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Martin Short and Bryan Cranston. Full Story and Clip Back to Top
05-15-12 Universal Pictures Acquires International Distribution Rights to Zero Dark Thirty ( Universal Pictures International (UPI) today announced that the studio has acquired select international distribution rights to Annapurna Pictures' and Academy Award®-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming feature film based on the true story of the team that hunted and eventually killed Osama bin Laden… UPI will distribute the Untitled Kathryn Bigelow Project in the U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Scandinavia, South Africa and Spain. Full Story Back to Top
05-15-12 Lawless Competes for Palme D'Or ( This Wednesday (May 16, 2012) sees the start of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Amongst the movie stars jostling for attention in the coveted Palme D'Or prize category, are Hollywood heavyweights Bruce Willis and Edward Norton, along with Kristen Stewart and Jessica Chastain…Jessica Chastain will star in 'Lawless,' which was written by the musician Nick Cave and also features Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and Shia Labeouf. Full Story Back to Top
05-15-12 Tar Hopes to Premier at Toronto International Film Festival (Indie Wire) [James] Franco has now shepherded a project for NYU graduate students that'll result in two poetry-centric anthology features: "Tar" based on C.K. William's book of poems of the same name, and "Black Dog, Red Dog," based on a book of poems by Stephen Dobyns. Students -- who had to win a competition for the opportunity -- separately helmed shorts based on individual poems with their entries combined into a cohesive feature-length narrative. The presence of Franco has also attracted some big name actors to the projects, with Jessica Chastain and Mila Kunis featuring in the Williams feature…"Tar" is reportedly nearing completion and eyeing a premiere at TIFF. Full Story Back to Top
05-13-12 Dan Stevens Joins The Heiress (New York Times) The British period drama "Downton Abbey" may be a hit for PBS, but how much box-office allure will one of its stars have on Broadway? That proposition will be tested this fall: Dan Stevens, who stars on "Downton Abbey" as Matthew Crawley, the reluctant heir, will play the far more callow character Morris Townsend in a revival of "The Heiress." He will star opposite the previously announced Jessica Chastain as Catherine Sloper, the title role, and David Strathairn as Catherine's father, who regards Morris as a gold digger. Full Story Back to Top
05-08-12 Victoria's Secret Names Jessica Chastain as Sexiest Smile (PR Newswire) Just in time for summer, Victoria's Secret reveals the 2012 What Is Sexy? List naming the sexiest celebrities of the year. To celebrate the 7th annual list, Victoria's Secret Angels Erin Heatherton, Doutzen Kroes and Lindsay Ellingson will host an exclusive VIP party tomorrow night at the new Los Angeles hot spot, Mr. C Beverly Hills…Sexiest Smile - Jessica Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
05-07-12 Jessica Attends Met Ball ( Joining many of her Tinseltown contemporaries, Jessica Chastain attended the 2012 Met Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City tonight (May 7). Clad in a fabulous blue Louis Vuitton dress with jewels from Harry Winston, the "Help" hottie was the picture of perfection as she entered Costume Institute Gala for the exciting evening ahead. Full Story Back to Top
05-07-12 Jessica's Facebook Page Gains International Exposure (Chastain Central Announcement) The day after Chastain Central quoted Jessica's facebook comment that she will not be in Iron Man 3, a larger film news distributor posted a short article based on the same facebook comment. The report was picked up by numerous other articles catapulting Jessica's facebook page to international attention. Her 'Likes' began to increase significantly the same day. Check out Jessica's facebook page. Back to Top
05-06-12 Jessica will not be in Iron Man 3 (Jessica Chastain on Facebook) Sorry to say that Iron Man 3 isn't going to work out. My schedule is jammed packed and I can't fit anything else in. The press announced my possible attachment far too soon. I know many of you wanted me to be involved, and I'm so sorry to disappoint you. Hopefully there'll be another Marvel film in my future. Shane Black and everyone on the IM3 team are really wonderful. I'm very excited to see the film when it comes out. Full Story Back to Top
04-27-12 Nick Cave Scores Lawless (The Music Network) Lawless is Nick Cave's latest venture into films, starring Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, and Gary Oldman. Directed by Jonah Hillcoat, with the screenplay written by Nick Cave, the score was a collaboration between Nick Cave and Grinderman/Bad Seeds band member Warren Ellis, marking the third time the three have worked together as director/score writers since 2005's The Road and 2009's The Proposition. Full Story Back to Top
04-25-12 Lawless (Wettest County) Poster and Trailer Released ( I'm sure the cast has got you intrigued to see the latest trailer for The Weinstein Company's new movie, Lawless which stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska and Dane DeHaan. Just like everything else they do, Guy Pearce, Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman look absolutely amazing in this new movie but check out a bit of Shia LaBeouf. To be honest, everything about it looks absolutely fabulous! Full Story, Poster, and Trailer Back to Top
04-25-12 Jessica's Iron Man Role Said to be a Supporting Role (Unleash The Fanboy) Scarlett Johannssen has confirmed that Black Widow will not appear in the threequel, and Jessica Chastain's character is said to be just a supporting one, instead of the 'main love interest' role that was reported earlier. Pepper Potts is said to take that spot, and apparentally her role has been beefed up for the movie. Full Story Back to Top
04-23-12 Jessica in Talks for Starring Role in Iron Man 3 ( Jessica Chastain is back in the mix to play a starring role opposite Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 3. The role is a sexy scientist every bit as smart as Tony Stark…Chastain, who last year starred in The Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter and The Debt, was originally offered the role but it looked like she was going to be preoccupied making a movie with Joel Edgerton and Samantha Morton….She also had scheduling issues involving the…film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden…But all that has changed as Chastain's movie has been pushed, the Bin Laden scheduling was worked out, and it looks like she's going to get the role after all. Full Story Back to Top
04-20-12 Jessica Featured in W Magazine Photos (Daily Mail) The actress made the inaugural 'New Guard list,' which brings together a carefully curated roster of artists, designers, musicians, actors, and writers to celebrate their work that undeniably changes the way we think and feel…Fashion and Style Director Edward Enninful transformed Jessica into a host of characters…celebrating the chamelion-like abilities of this promising young talent. Full Story and Photos Back to Top
04-19-12 Jessica Covers T Magazine ( Jessica Chastain covers the special summer 2012 fashion and beauty issue of T Magazine. In the accompanying interview, the gorgeous actress dishes on her childhood and growing up in Northern California, fashion, her career, and dreams come true. PHOTOS Full Story Back to Top
04-19-12 Two of Jessica's Films to Show at Cannes 2012 ( This morning the 2012 Cannes lineup was announced at a press conference in Paris and there's a number of intriguing films in and out of competition this year. John Hillcoat's Lawless makes an appearance with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain and Guy Pearce forming an excellent cast for the director's follow up to The Road…[also] Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. Full Story Back to Top
04-18-12 Jessica Makes Time 100 Most Influential People List (Time) Gary Oldman: When the French call something formidable, they mean tremendous, terrific, awesome. These are words that came to mind when I first encountered the work of Jessica Chastain, 30, during her performance as Salome in Al Pacino's remarkable film of Oscar Wilde's play. When I saw her I thought, "Al has made an amazing discovery!"… I knew when I saw Wilde Salomé that I had better learn the name, that I was watching an actress from whom we could expect great things in what, no doubt, will be a long, very successful future. That is saying a lot, and that is why I thought of formidable: tremendous, terrific, awesome, outstanding. Full Story Back to Top
04-14-12 New Photo of the Three Brothers in Lawless (Indie Wire) While we've seen photos of Tom Hardy solo and Shia LaBeouf and Hardy together, now we've finally got our first look at the three brothers who star in John Hillcoat's prohibition-era gangster drama "Lawless," formerly known as "The Wettest County" courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. The third in this triumvirate is relative newcomer Jason Clarke, an Australian actor who's on the rise with upcoming roles in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." Apart from that excellent threesome of actors, the outstanding supporting cast also features Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce, Noah Taylor and up and comer Dane DeHaan (the "evil" kid in "Chronicle"). Full Story Back to Top
04-13-12 Jessica New York Times Excerpts (New York Times) The Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain now occupies that strange, glorious country reserved for the newly famous. But unlike any number of her contemporaries, she has ascended to this delicious height without tabloid-worthy histrionics. ("I'm not as interesting as my movies," she murmurs.) Instead, her stock in trade is histrionics in the traditional sense of the word: Chastain enthralls her public solely through her eclectic roster of dramatic performances. She is that rare sensation: the virtual unknown turned mega-star who can actually act…Chastain's morning started with a fitting for the red carpets, followed by a screening of "The Wettest County" (she stars opposite Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf in the Depression-era saga), then a voice-over session for "Madagascar 3," in which she is Gia the jaguar, a feline circus trapeze artist. And in the next day or so she is off to India to shoot a thriller with Kathryn Bigelow. This range - whiskey bootlegger to cartoon cat to military analyst - explains Tate Taylor, who directed Chastain in "The Help," is why everyone is clamoring to work with her. She is skilled but also extraordinarily malleable: "a chameleon in the true sense of the word," Taylor says. Chastain credits her alma mater…Taylor says that when she read for the part of the vulnerable, curvaceous back-country woman Celia Foote, she was the only one who auditioned who "got Celia's pain and was not just playing the Jessica Rabbit aspect of the character. On the page, on the surface, Celia is just a bombshell, but Jessica got her." Full Story Back to Top
04-08-12 Wilde Salome Draws 1000 at US Premier (San Francisco Chronicle) The U.S. debut of the experimental documentary "Wilde Salomé" gathered nearly 1,000 guests for a March 21 red-carpet screening at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. The film is an exploration of the life and work of Oscar Wilde. Written and directed by Al Pacino, who also plays leading man Herod, "Wilde Salomé" ponders the complexities of Wilde's revered play "Salomé," as well as the evolution of Jessica Chastain's acting career…The debut coincided with the recently proclaimed Oscar Wilde Day, the 130th anniversary of Wilde's visit to San Francisco in March 1882. Full Story Back to Top
04-06-12 Jessica in Vogue Italia Magazine ( Jessica Chastain's stellar turns in last year's Oscar nominated movies "The Help" and "The Tree of Life" makes her the perfect starlet to channel old-school Hollywood sexiness in Vogue Italia. Chastain brings a classic Hollywood style to the shoot, captured by photographer Michelangelo di Battista in spring fashions by Dolce & Gabbana, Blumarine, Marc Jacobs and Prada. Full Story
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04-03-12 Coriolanus on DVD June 4th in UK ( Coriolanus is out to own on DVD and Blu-ray and as a digital download from 4th June. The common people of Rome are hungry. Riots are widespread and the people's fury rapidly becomes focused on the Republic's most courageous general, Caius Martius (Fiennes), who has publicly expressed his scorn for their suffering. Full Story Back to Top
03-23-12 Wettest County in the World Renamed Lawless (Awards Daily) John Hillcoat's Prohibition crime flick, previously titled "The Wettest County", has now changed its name to "Lawless"…The producers tell EW that they always wanted to re-title their film to "Lawless" right from the get-go. So why didn't they? It was already taken by "The Tree of Life" filmmaker Terrence Malick. Malick was using the title for one of the dual films (the other being "Knight of Cups") he's shooting this year…Producer Lucy Fisher says "You can thank John Hillcoat. Malick is such a fan of his work he was ok with gifting him the title…He gets a special thank you in the movie.' Full Story (More at /FILM) Word of the title change surfaced yesterday, when The Weinstein Company reflected the title on its website, as noticed by The Playlist. But this isn't an example of Harvey Weinstein strongarming his way to get the title. Producer Lucy Fisher told EW that they asked, and Malick gave Full Story Back to Top
03-20-12 Madagascar 3 Debuts New Trailer (We Are Movie Geeks) The returning A-list cast of the studio's wildly popular Madagascar franchise (which has grossed over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office) will be joined by other top-notch talent for the third installment of MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED. Scheduled to be released on June 8, 2012, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle), Jessica Chastain (The Help, Tree of Life) and Martin Short (The Martin Short Show, Saturday Night Live) join the returning cast of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen as well as the previously announced Frances McDormand. TRAILER PHOTOS Trailer, Photos, and Full Story Back to Top
03-19-12 Wilde Salome United States Premier Sold Out (SFist) Al Pacino directed a new documentary called Wilde Salome that's described as "unconventional" and "an intimate, behind-the-scenes glimpse into Oscar Wilde's life." It also features actress Jessica Chastain, and the U.S. premiere is happening here in San Francisco on Wednesday, at the Castro Theatre, in a benefit event for the GLBT Historical Society. And Pacino's going to be there! Sadly, it's sold out…Academy Award nominee Chastain will also be on hand for the festivities. Full Story Back to Top
03-19-12 Chandigarh Police Approves Shooting of Zero Dark Thirty (Mumbai Mirror) Kathryn, who faced problems from local political parties in Chandigarh, where she had recreated a portion of the Pakistan city Abbottabad, has finally got a go ahead from the Chandigarh police. In fact, Mirror spotted the cast of the film including actors Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain and Kyle Chandler arrive in the city…And to ensure that there are no disruptions this time around, the Senior Superintendent of Police (in the area), Naunihal Singh decided to beef up the security. "We have provided security to Kathryn's team and the shooting is going as planned. There is no delay. They will be here for another 10-15 days. We have done everything that is necessary for a smooth shoot," Singh told Mumbai Mirror. With security in place, Kathryn has now moved her sets out of the Sector - 15 market. The main area for her shooting will now be the Punjab Engineering College premises in Sector - 12. The area is transformed into the US Embassy of Islamabad where secret meetings of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) are held. Full Story Back to Top
03-16-12 Jessica to Attend GLBT Historical Society Wilde Salome Screening (San Francisco Examiner) Pacino's decades-long love affair with Wilde's work is reflected in "Wilde Salomé," an experimental documentary he directed. The film screens Wednesday at the Castro Theatre in a red carpet event benefiting the GLBT Historical Society and celebrating the 130th anniversary of Wilde's visit to San Francisco. Pacino and cast members Jessica Chastain and Tony Kushner are slated to attend…Wilde, the Victorian-era playwright, essayist, novelist and poet who died in 1900, was celebrated and controversial. Although he married and had children, he also served years in jail for being homosexual…Pacino performed "Salomé" on Broadway and in Los Angeles, with co-stars Marisa Tomei and Chastain, who made quite an impression trying out for a 2006 production. "She blew their minds in the audition," Navidi says. "They knew they had their Salomé after that. Al showed rough cuts of her stage footage to other Hollywood executives, and that led to her getting the film roles she's famous for now." Full Story Back to Top
03-16-12 Mark Strong Joins Zero Dark Thirty (Times of India) British actor Mark Strong joined the fleet of Hollywood stars shooting for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" in Chandigarh. Post his landing at the Chandigarh airport, the " John Carter" star, who's also starred in flicks like "Green Lantern" and " Sherlock Holmes", headed for the film set. Full Story Back to Top
03-15-12 David Strathairn Joins Heiress Cast ( David Strathairn, the Academy Award nominee for "Good Night, and Good Luck," will play the imposing Dr. Sloper, father of the title character in Broadway's new production of The Heiress starring "The Help" Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain as Catherine…The Heiress is the durable 1947 play about a plain spinster named Catherine Sloper, a gold-digger suitor, a blunt father and a family home with a good view of Washington Square. The play tells of Catherine being pulled between her cold father and a warm and handsome suitor who may be motivated by greed. Full Story Back to Top
03-15-12 Madagascar 3 to Premier at Cannes (Belfast Telegraph) Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is to have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer are to reprise their voice roles as a group of zoo animals who dream of escape, and rising star Jessica Chastain is among those joining the cast of the sequel as the voice of tiger Gia. Full Story Back to Top
03-14-12 Jessica Chastain and Stylist Elizabeth Stewart on THR's Style Issue Cover (Hollywood Reporter) The Hollywood Reporter honors Hollywood style and the industry's top tastemakers with a special four-cover Style Issue that hits stands today. The covers of the second annual Style Issue -- which reveals this year's 25 Most Powerful Stylists -- feature Charlize Theron and her stylist Leslie Fremar, who comes in at No. 2 on the list; Emma Stone, along with her stylist, Petra Flannery (No. 3); Katie Holmes and stylist Jeanne Yang (No. 11); and Jessica Chastain with stylist Elizabeth Stewart (No. 4). Full Story Back to Top
03-12-12 Jessica on Wigs (Grazia) 'I'm fine with dying my hair, but a wig changes your hairline and it's like putting a mask on so that when you look in the mirror, you immediately feel different,' she says. 'With the blonde wig, I felt this kind of air-iness. And I don't mean that blondes are airheads but it's just this lightness I had! I wore a short black wig for a role once and felt really strong and hard. It just changes you.' Full Story Back to Top
03-12-12 Israeli actor Yoav Levy Joins Zero Dark Thirty (Ynetnews) Israeli actor Yoav Levy recently joined the cast of Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's promising film about the military hunt for Osama bin Laden. Levy will be portraying Abu Faraj al-Libi, a senior member of al-Qaeda who was considered to be third in command of the organization. Libi was arrested by Pakistan Inter-Services and transferred under American custody to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp…This role will be Levy's first substantial role in an international film. During his career, Levy mainly performed on the stages of the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv. Full Story Back to Top
03-07-12 Engineering College Stops Classes as Jessica Practices Her Lines (Indian Express) Gun-toting Pakistani police and US Marines staked out at the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh (PEC) on Tuesday…All academic and administrative activities came to a halt as PECians grabbed their notes and laptop bags and made way to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood crew on campus…converting the auditorium into an American Embassy in Islamabad. An energetic Bigelow moved about her work swiftly while co-producer and writer Mark Boal took time to chat with curious students hovering around the sets. Hollywood actress Jessica…too practised her lines and moves, as she walked up and down with a 'marine' in her Army fatigues…The shoot will continue for a couple of days at PEC. Full Story Back to Top
03-07-12 Jessica Walks the Runway for H&M (The Daily Princetonian) Only two more days! On March 8, select H&M stores (including those in New York and Philly-don't worry) will release the highly awaited Marni for H&M collection. Consuelo Castiglioni, Italian brainchild of Marni, went for an effortless, yet eclectic chic and a playful summery feel, making it one of H&M's most anticipated designer lines. Its official launch event on Thursday was star-studded, drawing in Drew Barrymore, Jessica Chastain, and Milla Jovovich to walk the runway. Full Story Back to Top
03-04-12 Shabana Azmi Joins Zero Dark Thirty (Chandigarh Newsline) Shabana Azmi has been signed on by Oscar-winning director, Kathryn Bigelow for a role in her film, Zero Dark 30. Bigelow is currently shooting in Chandigarh…the buzz on the street is that Azmi will be in the film as she has a good command over Urdu and will fit the Pakistani look that Bigelow has been looking for…Bigelow could not shoot in Pakistan or take Pakistani actors. Full Story Back to Top
03-03-12 Bollywood Filmmakers Embarrassed by Indian Protests of bin Laden Film (Hindustan Times) Bollywood filmmakers say they are "embarrassed" by the attack on the sets of Kathryn Bigelow's film in Chandigarh by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists. On Friday, VHP members stopped the shoot demanding that Pakistan's flags, that were being used as part of the shoot, must be removed…filmmaker Pritish Nandy says, "This is ridiculous that a nation known for its creativity, has come to this level." Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt feels the government and the film industry should take a stand against this kind of behaviour. "If the film is being shot in Chandigarh, it means that they have taken due permission. By attacking them, we are sending signals that we are a banana republic," he says. Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma says, "With such acts, we continuously prove to the West that we still live in ancient times." Full Story Back to Top
03-03-12 Indian Muslims also Oppose Shooting of Zero Dark Thirty in India (dnaindia) A Muslim outfit on Saturday protested the shooting of Kathryn Bigelow's film on Osama bin Laden here on the killing of the al Qaeda leader in Abbottabad (Pakistan) here alleging it will disturb the peaceful atmosphere between the communities in a secular country…Kasmi said "we are Muslims living in a secular country where such type of activities (film shooting) should not have been allowed by the administration in the first place. We demand that the shooting of this film should be stopped forthwith"…The film will potray Muslims as terrorists, which is wrong," he alleged…Yesterday, the film crew was forced to cancel the shoot and move the cameras away after the [Hindu] protests when a few scenes of the film were being recreated to show areas in Pakistan by the Oscar-winning director at Manimajra town on the outskirts of the city. Activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) led by Vijay Singh Bhardwaj had disrupted the shooting and removed the sign boards in Urdu put up on a few shops. They had also raised slogans against Pakistan and removed its flags put in place to recreate the spot in Abbotabad where US commandos killed the Osama on May 2, 2011. Bigelow had later said no Pakistani flag will be put in place at the shooting areas. Full Story Back to Top
03-03-12 Second Day of Hindu Protests of Zero Dark Thirty (Times of India) Protests marred shooting for the second day in Chandigarh's Manimajra area - which was converted into the set for the film resembling a Pakistan city - as traders raised objections to signboards of their shops being replaced with those in Urdu and members of the local units of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shiv Sena protested the recreation of a Pakistani town here. Bigelow has been shooting in Chandigarh since the last few days but protests began only on Thursday. Shiv Sena and VHP activists raised anti-Osama bin Laden and anti-Pakistan slogans and tried to manhandle the crew members. Shooting began again after the police restrained the protesters. Later, the unit paid Rs 7 lakh to the Manimajra Beopar Mandal, the umbrella body of all the shops in the area. "They are trying to represent Chandigarh as Pakistan and this is intolerable," said VHP representative Vijay Bhardwaj. "Protesters wanted that Pakistan flags should not be used and they have been assured that they will not be used while shooting," said Rajesh Shukla, station house officer of Manimajra. Full Story Back to Top
03-03-12 Bollywood Actor Shabana Azmi in Talks for Zero Dark Thirty (Hindustan Times) Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi is being considered to play a part in Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden flick, reports Subhash K Jha for Mumbai Mirror. The Hurt Locker director is shooting in Chandigarh for the film. When contacted by the tabloid, Azmi did not deny the news but simply said, "It's too early to talk about it." "Apparently, efforts to cast some prominent actors of Pakistani origin failed, once it was decided that Bigelow would not be able to shoot in Pakistan. Now, she will be casting Indian actors to play Pakistani characters," reports the tabloid. "While Kathryn has zeroed in on her American cast members, she is yet to take a final call on the actors who would be playing Pakistani characters in her Osama film," a source informed the tabloid. Full Story Back to Top
03-02-12 Bigelow May Have Difficulty with Title of Zero Dark Thirty (Huffington Post) The movie's working title, "Zero Dark Thirty," is military slang for an early starting time, as Deadline reported. That title, however, may cause another headache for Bigelow and Boal, as Slashfilm reports it is already being used by director Paul Solet, who is developing a sort of military zombie movie. Full Story Back to Top
03-02-12 Indian Media Scramble to Find Brad Pitt (expressindia) It was the biggest bizarre news flash for the day, one that made the media and citizens of Chandigarh literally launch a 'manhunt' and get in the 'Pitt'...reports of the star's whereabouts circulated all day, with the media pulling in every favour and source to confirm his stay. "He was at the Taj but then he moved out, had chicken at a local restaurant and pushed off for JW Marriott," confirmed one source. Meanwhile, the staff at JW Marriott rubbished the reports and stated that neither he nor his partner Angelina Jolie were staying with them. However, another anonymous source tip sent the mediapersons on the prowl again. "He is here, he checked in the afternoon with a petite lady by his side…According to reports doing the rounds, Pitt is supposed to be in the city for two days and is playing a foreign journalist in the of the most well kept secrets for they are concerned about his look in the film and security," says a fellow scribe. By evening, speculations took a new turn as reports of him going to a farmhouse outside Chandigarh came, followed by his return to Marriott and leaving for the airport where he took a private jet out. Full Story Back to Top
03-02-12 Hindus Protest Shooting Zero Dark Thirty in India (Reuters) For right-wing Hindus, the use of India to portray sworn enemy Pakistan was too much. "They have made Chandigarh like Pakistan, as if it is Pakistan," said Vijay Bhardwaj, a leader of the radical Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Hindu group. "We strongly oppose this and we will not let them put Pakistani flags here and we will not let them shoot for the film." Billboards with Urdu signs were put up on shops in a market in the north Indian city and auto-rickshaws were running with Lahore number plates. Burqa-clad women and men dressed in traditional Pakistani clothes roamed the streets. The small group of protesters shouted slogans and some of them were seen arguing with cast and crew members as police tried to intervene. The protesters said the government should have denied permission to make the film on Indian soil. Full Story Back to Top
03-02-12 Shop Owners Concerned over Zero Dark Thirty Actions (Times of India) When Ramesh Kumar reached his shop on Thursday morning in the city's Manimajra area, he was left dumbstruck. Overnight, his Shriram Kiryana Store had changed into Lahori Pehelwan ki Lassi, written in Urdu. And, Apsara Silk Store owner Parmanand Sariya kept rubbing his eyes in disbelief, watching his store transformed into Farhan Meat and Chicken Shop… The shop-owners in the area, about 35 of them, are members of the Manimajra Beopar Mandal, and are planning to meet Chandigarh SSP Naunihal Singh on Friday to sort out the issue… "I was surprised to find the board of my shop changed. The whole area remained out of bounds for people and we had no buyers coming in," said Sariya. "We have a number of problems: First, no buyers are allowed between 7am and 6.30pm when the shooting is on. Second, we can't load or unload goods, and all our signboards have been changed. We have also not been assured payment for using our premises," said president of Manimajra Beopar Mandal Malkit Singh. Full Story Back to Top
03-02-12 Brad Pitt Rumored to be in India for Zero Dark Thirty (Times of India) Pitt, who was at the Oscars early this week, was quick to make it to the shoot here, according to sources. "He'll be travelling with the unit to Patiala," a source said. Pitt, who managed to dodge the photogs, is said to be very particular about not wanting to reveal his look for the movie. Jessica Chastain is likely to begin shooting soon as well. She was recently quoted saying, "I have been shooting with Kathryn in Jordan and now will head to India for more." Full Story Back to Top
03-02-12 Brad Pitt is Star of Zero Dark Thirty [erroneous report] (Deccan Herald) Hollywood celebrity Brad Pitt is the lead actor in the film that will depict Osama's hideout and the sequence eventually leading to the US marines' secret operation to gun down Laden. Full Story Back to Top
03-01-12 Amusing Rumor of Brad Pitt and bin Laden Film (Hindustan Times) Some of the stores in Sector 15, one of the popular shopping areas in the city, were given urdu nameplates for the shoot. Some local artists too, got a chance to be a part of the shoot as a local production company gathered about 140 junior artists for "the crowd" scene…The production companies from Mumbai and Delhi have also been roped in…The ongoing shoot for Bigelow's movie took an amusing turn when a rumour spread that Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is shooting for the movie in Chandigarh. A unit member later confirmed that Pitt does not star in the film, and was not in the city. Full Story Back to Top
03-01-12 Brad Pitt NOT Filming bin Laden Film in India (Times of India) Though a section of the media had reported that Brad Pitt is shooting in India already for the film, the information isn't correct. Says a source, "Kathryn arrived in India two days ago and will be shooting in Chandigarh for the next five days. Subsequently, the unit will shift to Rajasthan. All the necessary permissions for the film have been granted by the government." On being asked about the phirang cast of the film, the source adds, "The unit is very tight-lipped about everything. Though some people in the media have reported that Brad Pitt is in India to shoot this movie, the information isn't correct." Once the Chandigarh and Patiala shoot is over, the unit will shift to the hilly locations in Rajasthan. Most probably, the unit is expected to shoot in Jodhpur and Udaipur. Full Story Back to Top
03-01-12 Pakistani Town Recreated in India for Zero Dark Thirty (Chandigarh Newsline) The boards of several shops turned to Urdu, autorickshaws with Lahore numberplates whizzed past, and burqa-clad women and men in kurta-pyjamas, chappals and skullcaps - actors from Chandigarh and Patiala - ambled up and down the street… The shops, hired for the day's shoot, wore a new, worn-out look. Ramgarhia Hardware Store had become 'Shahzad Hardware and Paint Store', and the Internet cafe was 'Kotli Call Centre'. "This one reads 'ISD and PCO booth, Internet... Khalid Javed Call Centre'," said Praneet Bajwa, a shopper, pointing to the board written in Urdu. "That one", she continued, "is 'Regal Centre', this one is 'Shahi Yunani Dhawa Khana', that one reads 'Ayman Sundar Daadaan Saaz". Outside the shops stood rehriwallahs and hawkers in the typical clothes of the Pakistani Punjab, their wares - fresh vegetables, red chillies, marigolds - displayed in handwoven baskets. Full Story Back to Top
02-29-12 Brad Pitt Shooting bin Laden Film in India [erroneous report] (NDTV) Actor Brad Pitt is shooting in Chandigarh for Kathryn Bigelow's film on the US raid that located and killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad…Pitt was last in India in October, 2006 when Jolie was shooting for A Mighty Heart in Pune. This latest visit caps a recent round of visits to India by international celebrities such as talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Cruise. Full Story Back to Top
02-29-12 Take Shelter Nominated for Saturn Awards (saturnawards) Among film studios, Paramount Pictures led the Saturn Award nominations with a total of 46. This year's nominations included strong showings from Warner Bros. (13 nominations), and Sony Pictures Classics (11 nominations including Take Shelter, The Skin I Live In, and Midnight in Paris). 20th Century Fox earned nine nominations, Universal Pictures received seven, and both Magnolia Pictures and Walt Disney Studios received five nominations. Lionsgate and Relativity Media each scored with four nominations. The organization's qualifying period for the 38th Annual Saturn Awards was February 01, 2011 to January 31, 2012. [Winners will be announced on June 20th] Full Story
Best Horror/Thriller Film:
CONTAGION (Warner Bros.)
THE GREY (Open Road Films)
TAKE SHELTER (Sony Pictures Classics)
THE THING (Universal)
Best Actress:
JESSICA CHASTAIN Take Shelter (Sony Pictures Classics)
KIRSTEN DUNST Melancholia (Magnolia)
ROONEY MARA The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony)
BRIT MARLING Another Earth (Fox Searchlight)
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY A Dangerous Method (Sony Pictures Classics)
ELIZABETH OLSON Martha Marcy May Marlene (Fox Searchlight) Full Story Back to Top
02-28-12 Jessica Chosen Best Dressed at Oscars by Twitter Viewers ( According to Twitter viewers, Jessica Chastain was the best dressed woman at the Oscars. With her red hair loose and flowing, and her classy black and gold Alexander McQueen gown, she looked stunning yet relaxed. According to tweets using the #BESTDRESSED hashtag, and analyzed by, viewers liked her look best. Full Story Back to Top
02-27-12 Jessica Considered by Many to be Oscars' Best Dressed in Alexander McQueen ( While there is seldom a consensus on who deserves the title of "Best Dressed" at the Oscars, one name can be found falling from just about everyone's lips: Jessica Chastain. The Best Supporting Actress nominee from The Help stunned onlookers at the 84 Annual Academy Awards on Sunday when she arrived wearing an opulently embroidered Alexander McQueen gown and $2 million in Harry Winston diamonds. "There was something about the embroidery of this dress," Chastain told The Hollywood Reporter. "It felt larger than life - and this is a larger-than-life moment. I always wanted to be an actor. Most little girls dream of their wedding dresses; I grew up dreaming of my Oscar dress." Full Story Back to Top
02-26-12 Octavia Spencer Adds a Help Oscar to Her Awards Shelf ( Octavia Spencer can now add an Oscar to her overflowing mantle: She won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of brazen maid Minny in 1960s Jackson, Miss., in "The Help." Spencer, who has been toiling with little notice in Hollywood for more than 15 years, also scored a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA… Spencer beat out her "Help" co-star Jessica Chastain, as well as Berenice Bejo for "The Artist," Melissa McCarthy for "Bridesmaids," and Janet McTeer for "Albert Nobbs." Full Story Back to Top
02-26-12 Jessica's Grandma Wears Marina Rinaldi to Oscars (Us Magazine) The Help actress, 30, invited her grandma Marilyn to be her date at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in L.A. Sunday. "I am so proud," Marilyn told E! News' Ryan Seacrest. "You just can't believe how big and tall I am right now." Chastain was a show stopper in a black and gold Alexander McQueen gown and Harry Winston jewels, while her grandma wore a design by Marina Rinaldi. Full Story Back to Top
02-26-12 Jessica Best Dressed at Oscars (Catwalk Queen) An early front-runner for best dressed as far as team Catwalk Queen is concerned, Jessica Chastain looks absolutely stunning in a beautiful embroidered gold-on-black gown from Alexander McQueen at the 2012 Oscars. Jessica's only had a few red carpet faux-pas in her short career (remember that over-coiffed Golden Globes outfit?) but she's definitely saved the best for last with this beautiful dress for the Academy Awards. Full Story Back to Top
02-26-12 Jessica Attends Oscars in Alexander McQueen and $2 Million of Harry Winston Diamonds (popsugar) Jessica Chastain wore a strapless Alexander McQueen gown to this evening's Academy Awards in LA. She complemented the gown with $2 million of Harry Winston diamonds! It's Jessica's first time attending the ceremony as a nominee, and she even brought her grandmother along as her date! She's up for a best supporting actress honor for The Help! Full Story Back to Top
02-25-12 Take Shelter Wins Piaget Producers Award at ISA (Film School Rejects) The 15th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
Chad Burris Mosquita y Mari
Sophia Lin Take Shelter [winner]
Josh Mond Martha Marcy May Marlene Full Story Back to Top
02-25-12 Jessica Presents at Independent Spirit Awards ( The 30-year-old actress gave the paparazzi plenty to drool over as she hammed it up in the beach tent venue's arrivals area clad in an Armani suit and Guiseppe Zanotti heels. And Jessica wasn't just a casual spectator - as she joined Chris Pine and Penelope Ann Miller in announcing Jean Dujardin as Best Male Lead winner while also having been nominated for Best Supporting Female for her work in "The Help". Full Story Back to Top
02-24-12 Indiewire Poll Favors Jessica for Supporting Actress Independent Spirit Award (Indie Wire) Who Will Win: 2011 breakout Jessica Chastain has 64% of those polled saying she'll win this award for "Take Shelter," topping Shailene Woodley (27%) and Janet McTeer (9%). Technically, McTeer is only performance here also nominated for an Oscar, as Chastain was nominated there for not-so-indie-spirited "The Help." Who Should Win: Jessica Chastain was the voters' hope as well, taking 42% over Woodley (22%), McTeer (14%), Harmony Santana (14%) and Anjelica Huston (9%). Full Story Back to Top
02-23-12 How Jessica Prepares for an Event (Grazia) We wonder how long it takes to choose such a perfect dress. 'I never go in blind,' she tells us. 'I always think about what I want to convey at that moment in time. When I went to Cannes, I felt like finally I'm having a movie come out after years of working so I told my stylist that I wanted to wear something that looked like sunshine and my Zac Posen dress looked like rays of light.'…'So I narrow things down through an emotional reaction. Then once I decide on a dress, I have that dress and a back-up because you never know! I always love my back-up too so I try to wear that another time.'…Jessica talks us through her pre-awards show routine. 'It takes about two hours. I'm actually a bit jealous because people assume I get a facial or a massage and I don't! That sounds awesome though. Usually, if I'm home I just walk down to the coffee shop and I live by the beach with my dog so we'll walk by the ocean and then I hang out with my best friend. Anything that's as normal as possible. If it's a big event with jewellery and stuff, it can take up to 2 and a half hours, spending two hours on hair and make-up and then the last half hour putting on my dress and jewellery. I'll always get a manicure the day before because I'm so bad when my nails are wet and I'm stressed, I always mess them up!' Full Story Back to Top
02-23-12 More Detail on Jessica's Oscar Call (Grazia) Rumour has it Jessica was told about her Oscar nomination while sitting on the front row at the Giorgio Armani show during Couture Week. 'Oh no!' she giggles. 'I found out just before the show had started because I went to switch off my phone and I saw that I had 12 missed calls and all these messages. And then all of a sudden, 30 cameras were in my face, including Franca Sozzani (editor of Italian Vogue) who snapped a picture of me. I'm so happy in that moment that my face was like this *screws up face* and it's the worst picture of me in the world but I love it because it's so emotional and real!'…But just what were her and fellow front rower Cameron Diaz talking about? 'I met her for the first time that day and she was so kind for me, it was a big emotional moment and she congratulated me and helped ground the moment for me.' We're sensing a new A-list friendship brewing... Full Story Back to Top
02-22-12 London Bookmaker Sets Odds for Best Supporting Actress Oscar (Weekly Alibi) The following is a complete listing of this year's Academy Awards nominees. For the top eight categories, we've included each nominee's name along with a list of the accolades that have already been won from awards shows, film critics associations and the like. As a bonus, we've posted betting odds as calculated by historic London bookmaker Ladbrokes. Actress in a Supporting Role:
Berenice Bejo, The Artist (PFCS). Odds: 9/1
Jessica Chastain, The Help (LAFCA, NSFC, NYFCC, VFCC). Odds: 20/1
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids (BSFC, LVFCS). Odds: 66/1
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs (SEFCA). Odds: 66/1
Octavia Spencer, The Help (BAFTA, BFCA, GG, SAG, WAFCA). Odds: 1/20 Full Story Back to Top
02-22-12 Casting Jessica in The Help (Entertainment Weekly) Only one film has three acting Oscar nominations this year: Tate Taylor's The Help. We asked the movie's casting directors, Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee, to tell us how Best Actress nominee Viola Davis and Supporting Actress nominees Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain each landed their roles… Chastain was already attached to the 2011 film Texas Killing Fields when Barden and Schnee began working on that movie. But hearing they were starting to cast The Help, her manager sent Barden a copy of Chastain's 2008 movie Jolene. "I watched that and really liked what she had done and made special efforts to get her in," he says. "She was shooting in New Orleans in the swamps, and I called her manager and knew that she had four days off that would make her available to come in for the audition. She came in and was just unbelievably wonderful."… "We continued seeing people after her audition, but after her read it was pretty clear that she was who we all wanted," Barden says. She moved them to tears. "Oh my God, yes. As soon as her audition was out, we were just a mess - which is good, when somebody moves you that way after you've seen 50 other people reading the [same] lines and doing very good jobs." Full Story Back to Top
02-22-12 Jessica Bets Octavia on Golden Globes Result (Celebuzz) Jessica said. "In the very beginning we were traveling from New York to LA, it was before the Golden Globes. We're sitting there, and Octavia-who is so humble and beautiful-never thought she was going to win anything. I was like 'Honey, you're taking it all! I bet you you're going to win the Golden Globe.' She was like 'Oh no, I'm not.' I said 'Okay, I bet you $1,000!'" "Octavia took the bet!" laughed Jessica. "Then about two minutes later I tried to get rid of the bet because I would not be able to take money from her. I felt so guilty! I felt like I set her up to give me money because she was obviously going to win! Instead we bet a spa day. So we're going to do a spa day once all this is over. That will be our bet for Oscar Sunday." Full Story Back to Top
02-22-12 Wilde Salome to Show at Dublin Jameson International Film Festival (University Observer Online) This year the Jameson International Film Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary, hitting the capital from 16th to the 26th of February… confirmed to attend is Oscar-winning screen legend Al Pacino, who will be hitting the festival to showcase his new film Wilde Salome, co-starring The Help's Jessica Chastain. The movie highlights Pacino's fascination with one of Ireland's greatest literary exports, the incomparable Oscar Wilde. When asked about having a film giant gracing the Jameson stage, Humphreys asserted that "it's a huge honour … I keep getting completely calm then remembering: it's Al Pacino! "We're putting on a couple of Al Pacino films that I'm not sure people are actually as familiar with … I think people are more familiar with The Godfather, so we decided to try and maybe push it in a different direction, so The Panic in Needle Park and the first film he directed, Looking for Richard, will be screened." After Stellan Skarsgard was honoured at the festival's official press launch, Pacino will be this year's second recipient of the coveted Volta Award. He will be presented with the statuette ahead of the screening for Wilde Salome, and with past winners including George Morrison and Daniel Day Lewis, the two are certainly in illustrious company. Full Story Back to Top
02-22-12 Jessica Chooses a Date for the Oscars (E! Online) "I'm bringing my grandma to the Oscars," the first-time nominee told me at Vanity Fair and Juicy Couture's Vanities party. "She started crying when I told her. So, she's my date," she continued. "She's so excited. She's getting her nails done, her hair done and she's got a dress picked out."…"We're probably go for a walk in the morning and go to a coffee shop I live close to," Chastain said. "It's all going to be really meaningful because she's the one who took me to my first play when I was a little kid. She's always been so supportive of me." Full Story Back to Top
02-22-12 Jessica Celebrates Charlie Chaplin Oscar Anniversary ( Jessica Chastain stepped out to attend a special celebration on Tuesday at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. The event was to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's honorary Oscar win in 1972. This is one of many parties leading up to the Academy Awards on Sunday. Chastain looked as bright as her rising star wearing a vibrant green gown by Elie Saab. Full Story Back to Top
02-21-12 Jessica Reflects at Vanity Fair Celebration (Los Angeles Times) Monday's Oscar week kickoff, a celebration of 20 years of Vanity Fair's profile feature called ... Vanities. Having named the most promising up-and-comers for two decades, the magazine…hosted some girly cocktails with Juicy Couture, welcoming Jessica Chastian, Paula Patton, George Clooney's gal Stacey Keibler…Molly Sims, Kate Mara and more. "I'm so ready for this week," Chastain told us, rocking a cleavage-baring Alexander McQueen dress. As the Ministry chatted her up, a giant projection of her own Vanities shoot hit one of the walls at the fete. "I still remember that day," she said wistfully. "It was in New York, in the street with Patrick Demarchelier." Full Story [According to Women's Wear Daily, Jessica added,] "I remember Patrick Demarchelier kept calling me 'Baby' the whole time. I don't think he knew my name." Full Story Back to Top
02-21-12 Jessica Hopes to Talk with Robin Williams at the Oscars (The National Enquirer) "The Help" star JESSICA CHASTAIN has TWO speeches prepared for the Oscars - one if she wins Best Supporting Actress and another FOR ROBIN WILLIAMS!...[She] says she owes her career to Robin and can't wait to thank him in person. Jessica attended New York's prestigious Juilliard School of Drama on a Robin Williams scholarship. "Juilliard gives (the scholarship) to a student every two years, and I received it," Jessica told a reporter. "I was very lucky." The actress is awed by Robin's generosity and says his scholarship took care of everything, including books and travel expenses…the excited actress vows to talk to Williams at the Feb. 26 Academy Awards ceremony, said the source. "She's more nervous about saying hello to Robin than she is about the Oscars!" Full Story Back to Top
02-21-12 Jessica and Best Friend Jess Weixler Hang Out Together at Vanity Fair Party (Just Jared) Jessica Chastain keeps in chic in Alexander McQueen at the 20th Anniversary party for Vanity Fair's "Vanities" held at Hollywood's Siren Studios on Monday night (February 20). The Oscar-nominated actress spent most of the evening with her best friend, Jessica Weixler. Jessica and Jessica were roommates in college at NYC's Juilliard School and again in Santa Monica after they both moved out to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Full Story Back to Top
02-21-12 Parts of Kill bin Laden to be Shot in India (Hindustan Times) Jessica Chastain, who stars in the film, recently revealed some vital information to popular celebrity portal She had said, "I've been working on Kathryn Bigelow's movie in Jordan. (And) After the Oscars, I go to India to shoot more of the exteriors for the film." Insiders from the line production company believe that Bigelow has chosen to shoot the "exterior" portions in certain parts of north India, as these areas resemble Abbottabad (in Pakistan), which is where the terrorist was killed in 2011. "Shooting in Pakistan is nearly impossible due to security concerns. So any filmmaker wanting to capture the neighbouring country's landscape is left with no option besides India," adds the insider. Full Story Back to Top
02-18-12 The Help Sweeps NAACP Image Awards ( Critically-acclaimed drama The Help was the toast of the 2012 Naacp Image Awards on Friday (17Feb12) after landing three top honours. The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name was crowned Outstanding Motion Picture, seeing off competition from Pariah, Tower Heist, Jumping the Broom and The First Grader. Viola Davis scooped the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture prize, while her co-star Octavia Spencer was presented with the Outstanding Supporting Actress award at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Naacp) ceremony in Los Angeles. Full Story Back to Top
02-18-12 Jessica Attends Marni Launch (Just Jared) Drew Barrymore and Jessica Chastain cozy up on the red carpet at the Marni at H&M Collection Launch held at Lloyd Wright's Sowden House on Friday (February 17) in Los Angeles…Jessica, 30, kept close to her pal Rachel Shane, who executive produced her movie Wettest Country, at the party. "I've been working on Kathryn Bigelow's [untitled Bin Laden] movie in Jordan," Jessica exclusively told "I just got back, so I'm still jetlagged. I feel like I'm hallucinating now! After the Oscars, I go to India to shoot more of the exteriors for the film. The script is so incredible but they're keep it really quiet. Even my manager and agents haven't read it!" "You know who has a really amazing singing voice? Evan Rachel Wood. Amazing! I saw her perform a Janis Joplin song and it was incredible," Jessica said. Full Story Back to Top
02-18-12 Jessica and Drew Barrymore Show Off Discounter Designs from the H&M Collection (Daily Mail) With fantastic film careers under their sparkly belts and plenty of stash in the bank, Drew Barrymore and Jessica Chastain could be forgiven for splurging on overpriced catwalk fodder. However, in these times of austerity measures, it might seem a bit tasteless to spend hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars on garments that cost a pittance to make. So The Help star, 30 , and Drew, 36 , got involved with a bit of discount designer fun last night at the at H&M Collection Launch held at Lloyd Wright's Sowden House on Friday in Los Angeles...Newly engaged Drew was rocking out in a silk dress that retails for £69.00 (around $110), while Jessica's green-print frock could be yours for £79.00 ($125). Full Story Back to Top
02-14-12 Jessica Pleased with Major Award Nominations Even if She Does Not Win (Metro) 'In February last year I still didn't know what it was like to have a movie in a movie theatre.'... the stunning red head said: 'I never really imagined that I would be invited to the Baftas. It's a very big deal. My eyes were as big a saucers looking around, I'm not quite used to it.' As for her Oscars recognition for the same film [The Help] she said: 'It's not nerve-wracking in the way that I have a feeling like: "Urgh, I am gonna win!" I think what it is, is that for the rest of my life it will say "Oscar nominated Jessica Chastain", "Golden Globe nominated", "Bafta nominated". It's crazy.'…she doesn't mind if another film filly rides off with the Academy Award this time around. 'Right now at this moment in my life it's not incredibly important to win,' she said. 'It's more important to be in that room and to get to meet my idols. 'I hope to have a very long career so I don't want to look at it like this is my only chance.' Full Story Back to Top
02-14-12 Jessica Interviewed by Miss Piggy at BAFTAs (Chastain Central Announcement) Jessica was interviewed by Miss Piggy at the BAFTA Awards. Jessica revealed that she had tried to get a part in The Muppets, but they had given the part to Miss Piggy instead. Even though Jessica had seen Miss Piggy's recent movie, Miss Piggy admitted she had not seen The Help. But she promised she would go see it later. The two of them discussed doing a buddy comedy film together. See Video Back to Top
02-13-12 Jessica Wins Next Future Icon Award at Elle Style Awards (OK! Magazine) The Next Future Icon went to Jessica Chastain, who looked incredible in Alexander McQueen and told us she's still talking with designers about her Oscars gown. Full Story Back to Top
02-13-12 Emmanuel Lubezki Earns American Society of Cinematographers' Award at ASC (Alt Film Guide) Following numerous US-based critics' citations, Emmanuel Lubezki's work on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life has earned him the American Society of Cinematographers' Award at the ASC's 26th annual awards. The ceremony was held Sunday night at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles. An Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography, The Tree of Life is a complex family drama starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
02-12-12 Octavia Spencer is BAFTA Best Supporting Actress (Eagle Radio) US actress Octavia Spencer won best supporting actress for her role as a black maid in 1960s Mississippi, who speaks out about the injustices she encounters. She beat her co-star Jessica Chastain as well as Bridesmaids' Melissa McCarthy and British actresses Judi Dench and Carey Mulligan. In her acceptance speech, she remarked that winning was a "surprise" and being at the Baftas was a "dream". She said she was "grateful" that an "American film about American problems" had been so well received outside the US. She added: "I appreciate this so much". Earlier, Chastain had told Sky News she was expecting Spencer to win. "If I was a betting woman I wouldn't bet on me," she said. Full Story Back to Top
02-12-12 Jessica Wears Golden Oscar de la Renta to BAFTAs (Yahoo! Lifestyle UK) Jessica Chastain is looking utterly divine in Oscar de la Renta. How does she feel to be at the BAFTAs? 'I worked in London and I'm such a fan of the actors and directors and writers in this country so it's a big deal to be here - and to be a nominee is incredible,' she says. 'It's great the fact I get to walk next to George Clooney and Kenneth Brannagh... It's bizarre but wonderful.' Full Story Back to Top
02-10-12 Jessica Says She is Just a Normal Girl (Daily Mail) Jessica…has been heralded on the cover of magazines for her striking looks. But she insists she's not as gorgeous as people think and said: 'I'm not the normal idea of what a gorgeous woman is. I don't look modern. 'There's nothing about me that makes you think, "movie star". I'm just this normal girl.' Full Story Back to Top
02-10-12 Jessica Covers AnOther Magazine ( A truly modern star with a magnetic screen presence and a rare beauty that recalls the old-style glamour of Hollywood's Golden age, Chastain joins the long list of credible Hollywood actresses to grace AnOther Magazine's cover. She appears as she's never been seen before in an exclusive fashion story photographed by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo, previewed here in this behind-the-scenes film by Michael Cleary. Full Story Back to Top
02-09-12 Jessica Replaced on Caught in Flight ( Naomi Watts is to play Diana, Princess of Wales in a biopic charting the final two years of her life and her love affair with a heart surgeon…Watts replaces Jessica Chastain, who was attached to the project last year but pulled out. Full Story Back to Top
02-03-12 Jessica Chastain Intervention Letter (NewNowNext) You see the problem though Jess, don't you. Let's take a quick count … 15 movies. 15 movies in two years. Your pal Terrence? Tree of Life was only the fifth film he has directed, and he has been at this since 1973. Or what about your boy Sean Penn? 15 films since 2000. That's twelve years, not two…This is not a 'strike while the iron is hot' sort of thing. You are super talented and will remain super talented and everyone will want to work with you, forever. So please take a vacation. Go somewhere tropical or somewhere cold or just hole up and read a book but whatever you do, please do it soon. If for no other reason, you are starting to make the rest of us look really, really lazy. And no one likes that in a person. Have fun on Oscar night. Full Story Back to Top
02-02-12 Jessica Joins Cast of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (Screen International) Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain and rising Australian star Joel Edgerton have signed on to The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Hers - a double project that will shoot back-to-back offering alternate perspectives from the male and female protagonists. William Hurt is in talks to join the love story, which follows a troubled New York marriage between a restaurant owner and his wife, who chooses to return to college…Ned Benson wrote the two scripts and will direct both films, which are conceived as stand-alone entities although Myriad CEO Kirk D'Amico stressed that both titles together would offer a more satisying exploration of the character…D'Amico said. "It doesn't matter which script you read first; you absolutely want to read the other perspective." Full Story Back to Top
02-02-12 Jessica Confused with Kate Walsh (People Magazine) "I love that people don't know me. I was just at the airport, [and] there's a guy with a camera asking me a couple of questions. I get into my car and I hear him say to someone else, 'I don't know ... Kate Walsh?'" Full Story Back to Top
02-01-12 Code Name: Geronimo Competes with Kill bin Laden ( While most everyone's eyes are on Kathryn Bigelow's (The Hurt Locker) untitled drama about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, another film about the Navy SEAL team tasked with bringing the terrorist leader down has assembled its cast. Variety reports that Anson Mount (TV's Hell on Wheels), Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Freddy Rodriguez (Planet Terror), and William Fichtner (Black Hawk Down) are set to star in Code Name: Geronimo. John Stockwell (Turistas) is onboard to direct the actioner from a script by Kendall Lampkin…Geronimo is currently filming in New Mexico. Full Story Back to Top
02-01-12 Wettest County Coming in August (Franklin News Post) Mr. Weinstein had scheduled the release for April but delayed it to a time when no other major films are scheduled to be released. That release date also allows a showing at the Venice International Film Festival, and it capitalizes on Mr. Hardy's performance in "The Dark Knight Rises," which is being released in July. All this will help promote the film. "Wettest County" is also on the list of the 20 most anticipated movies of 2012. The movie was actually filmed in Georgia. Full Story Back to Top
01-31-12 When Star-struck Jessica Meets Meryl Streep (People) So which actor did Chastain have a blush-worthy run-in with while she was starring in a play in New York? None other than veteran leading lady Meryl Streep. "I was in the lobby with some friends of mine, and I look over, and I said, 'Is that Meryl Streep?' " she recalls. "And as I said it, she turned around and started walking toward me." That was the moment "everything got kind of foggy," she says. "She went, 'Jessica,' and she grabbed my hands and she was saying beautiful things about the play and my performance." Chastain's self-proclaimed "embarrassing" reaction? "Because I was so shocked by it, all I did was I held her hands and went, 'Thank you, thank you. It means so much to me that you came,' " she says. "And I walked away." Full Story Back to Top
01-31-12 Jessica Shares Front Cover of Vanity Fair (Fashionista) Vanity Fair's 2012 Hollywood issue is here, and it's jam-packed with stylish and talented actresses. This is the first-ever VF Hollywood cover that Mario Testino's shot, and the three page fold-out cover features Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins and Brit Marling. VF's fashion director, Jessica Diehl, styled the ladies in an Art Deco/Jazz Age fantasy, and the results are pretty spectacular… You can check out a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot below, and go here to see individual video interviews…Jessica Chastain. Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-30-12 Tate Taylor Honored with Writers Guild of America's Paul Selvin Award for The Help (Screen International) The Writers Guild Of America will honour The Help screenwriter and director with the award in recognition of "work that touches on the constitutional rights and civil liberties." The West Coast awards ceremony will be held on Feb 19 in Hollywood…"Tate Taylor's adapted screenplay for The Help artfully distils the empowering essence and core emotional truths of Kathryn Stockwell's novel, translating it into a film that forcefully illustrates how ordinary people can impact positive social change." WGAW president Christopher Keyser said. Full Story Back to Top
01-30-12 Jessica's Favorite Movie: The English Patient (NextMovie) "My favorite film is "The English Patient" so when I got to play Ralph Fiennes' wife in his stage adaptation of "Coriolanus", I was like 'YES!' "I love that movie so much because I was really young when I saw it and those actors were so brave." Full Story Back to Top
01-30-12 The Help Takes Top Honors at SAG Awards (CNN) "The Help," a movie about the treatment of maids in a Mississippi town during the civil rights era, took top honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night, making it the movie to watch as the Oscar awards approach next month. Viola Davis won the best actress trophy, while Octavia Spencer was given the best supporting actress honor. Both women portrayed maids. "The Help" also won the best cast ensemble SAG award…Davis' best actress win seemed to throw the Oscar competition into a frenzy, since she beat Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams, actresses who won Golden Globes two weeks ago. Full Story and Video Back to Top
01-30-12 Jessica Presents at SAG Awards (Chastain Central Announcement) At the SAG awards on Sunday, just after Betty White accepted the Best Actress award for television's Hot in Cleveland, Jessica presented a section of film clips recognizing SAG members from chapters other than New York and Los Angeles. Back to Top
01-30-12 Jessica Sheds Tears of Joy at Viola Davis Best Actress Win (Daily Mail) The 46-year-old received a standing ovation and her co-stars Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer were in tears. Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep were also misty-eyed. Davis accepted her award by paying tribute to veteran actress Cicely Tyson. The 78-year-old wept as The Help star said: 'I was eight-years-old when I decided to be an actor and I am just so privileged to be gazing on the beautiful face of the woman who inspired me that beautiful day and that's Cicely Tyson.' Full Story Back to Top
01-30-12 Jessica Did NOT Answer Phone During Fashion Show (USA TODAY) "It was insane," Chastain tells USA TODAY, of hearing the news of her best-supporting-actress nomination via cellphone as she sat front row at the Armani Privé show. But there's one thing The Help star would like to clear up. "I have to tell you, though: It happened before the fashion show," said Chastain, backstage at Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, after The Help scored the best ensemble cast award (the SAG equivalent of best picture). "Yes, some people think it happened during the show! I would never answer my telephone during a fashion show. It happened before we were even seated." Chastain said the nomination threw her. "I was shocked. I did not expect it in the slightest." Full Story Back to Top
01-29-12 Jessica Shares in Top SAG Award (TVbytheNumbers) Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. THE HELP (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures): JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote, VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark, BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD / Hilly Holbrook, ALLISON JANNEY / Charlotte Phelan, CHRIS LOWELL / Stuart Whitworth, AHNA O'REILLY / Elizabeth Leefolt, SISSY SPACEK / Missus Walters, OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson, MARY STEENBURGEN / Elaine Stein, EMMA STONE / Skeeter Phelan, CICELY TYSON / Constantine Jefferson, MIKE VOGEL / Johnny Foote. Full Story Back to Top
01-29-12 The Help Over The Artist in Surprise Upset (Alt Film Guide) The Help won for Best Cast as well. A surprise for those expecting Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist (backed by awards-savvy The Weinstein Company) to win in that category. But whereas The Artist relies heavily on Dujardin's acting abilities, The Help is truly an ensemble movie. Full Story Back to Top
01-26-12 Jessica and Her Dog (PETA) Academy Award-nominee and vegan beauty Jessica Chastain was spotted walking her pooch, who doesn't seem to be slowed down a bit by having only three legs. We wouldn't be surprised if Jessica were an advocate of rescuing! Full Story Back to Top
01-26-12 Jessica Pursued by Designers (New York Magazine) Jessica Chastain, Rooney Mara, Michelle Williams, and Bérénice Bejo are thought to be the most sought-after actresses for labels dressing people for the Oscars. It's like the NFL draft of fashion, where only those in the best shape for playing the game of clothes-wearing will be snatched up by the best teams. Once team Valentino or team Givenchy signs an exclusive with an actress, that label is off the table for everyone else who doesn't want to go to the event naked. Full Story Back to Top
01-26-12 Jessica and Michelle: Together in a Play (2004) and Nominated for Oscars (2012) (Broadway Blog) Remember that moment in your high school play when you looked over at a friend during a particularly compelling moment of The Crucible and said, "You and me, we're going to be at the Oscars together." Sure, it was a stretch…but for some people, it does actually come true. Look at that little old picture to the right. That's Jessica Chastain (nominated for Best Supporting Actress in The Help) and Michelle Williams (nominated for Best Actress in My Week with Marilyn) playing opposite each other in a Williamstown Theatre Festival Production of The Cherry Orchard, circa 2004. At the time, Chastain was an unknown Julliard grad with some episodic TV on her resume and Williams was the other girl on Dawson's Creek. What a difference a few years can make. Full Story Back to Top
01-26-12 Jessica Chosen to Present at SAG Awards ( Kathy Bates, Jessica Chastain, George Clooney, Sir Ben Kingsley, Melissa McCarthy, Brad Pitt, Zoe Saldana, Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig are the most recent additions to the line-up of presenters for the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. All of them are SAG-nominated for their work in acting categories this year. The awards ceremony will be held on January 29 in Los Angeles and aired live on TNT and TBS. Full Story Back to Top
01-25-12 Jessica Expects to be Fired from Movie Set (E! Online) "I always think I'm going to get fired," Chastain admitted to me at the recent Producers Guild Awards. Seriously? We'll let her explain…"Everyone keeps telling me you get fired from at least one set in your life, and I haven't been fired yet," explained Chastain…"So now every time I'm on a set, I'm like, 'This could be the one.'…I thought it was going to happen when we were doing The Tree of Life," she said. "I thought it in the first week that I was going to get fired." Full Story Back to Top
01-25-12 Guess the Celebrity Pet ( Just because this week's pup has a disability doesn't mean that he isn't living the good life with his celebrity owner. This dog belongs to an up-and-coming Hollywood actress who has made big waves this year with several break-out film roles…Do you think you know which celebrity actress owns this three-legged pooch? Full Story Back to Top
01-25-12 Giorgio Armani Gives Jessica 50 Long-stemmed Roses for Oscar Nomination (Grazia) First prize for the most stellar front row was won hands down by Armani Prive. The line up included Cameron Diaz, Jessica Chastain, Ruth Wilson and Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary from Downton Abbey). Before the show had even started a hysterical whoop went up as Jessica got an e mail saying she'd got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for 'The Help'. Backstage after the show Mr Armani was ready with a bunch of what must have been 50 long stemmed white roses to congratulate her. Now that she had a major red carpet to shop for, had she spotted anything she fancied? 'There were some major carpet dresses in there,' she told us. (Hollywood A Listers call them 'carpet dresses'…that was a new one for me). 'Well there are so few opportunities to wear long it's got to be a gown. I loved the greens.' Perfect with her pale skin and strawberry blonde hair, I thought. 'I loved the embroidered ones but don't want a dress that makes a lot of noise. I'll take some advice from Giorgio.' Full Story Back to Top
01-24-12 Jessica Chosen as a Directors Guild of America Awards Presenter (Variety) The Directors Guild of America has announced presenters for its 64th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards ceremony on Saturday at Hollywood & Highland...presenters include Michael Apted, Berenice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, George Clooney, Jon Cryer, Laura Dern, Jean Dujardin, DGA president Taylor Hackford, Stana Katic, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Robertson, Octavia Spencer, Betty Thomas, Michelle Williams, Owen Wilson and Deborah Ann Woll. Full Story Back to Top
01-24-12 Jessica Gets Standing Ovation on Oscar Nomination from Armani Show Crowd (Huffington Post) While attending the Armani Prive show in Paris on Tuesday morning, Jessica Chastain got word that she had been nominated for her portrayal of Celia Foote in "The Help" in the Best Supporting Actress category. She was surprised, to say the least, putting her hand over her mouth in sheer joy. In addition to celebrating with Cameron Diaz, who was sitting next to the actress, Chastain got a standing ovation from the crowd. Pretty good for someone who wasn't even walking on the runway. Full Story and Slideshow Back to Top
01-24-12 First Responses to Jessica's Oscar Nomination: Cameron Diaz and Other Celebrities (Women's Wear Daily) A beaming Cameron Diaz was among the first to congratulate Jessica Chastain at the Armani Privé show in Paris Tuesday for her Academy Award nomination, in the best supporting actress category for her role as Celia Foote in "The Help." "Brava," exclaimed Roberta Armani, clapping her hands, while Livia Firth immortalized the moment by snapping pictures on her mobile phone. The actress said she would spend the next three months working on Kathryn Bigelow's as-yet-untitled thriller about the military's hunt for Osama bin Laden. Full Story Back to Top
01-24-12 Jessica Nominated for an Oscar! (CNN) The nominees for best supporting actress are Melissa McCarthy ("Bridesmaids"), Jessica Chastain ("The Help"), Octavia Spencer ("The Help"), Janet McTeer ("Albert Nobbs") and Berenice Bejo ("The Artist"). Full Story Back to Top
01-24-12 The Help and Tree of Life Win Oscar Nominations (MARQUEE) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced their nominees for the 84th Academy Awards. Check out the list below, and see who will take home the Oscar on Sunday, February 26…Best Picture "The Tree of Life" and "The Help"; Actress Viola Davis, "The Help"; Supporting actress Jessica Chastain, "The Help" and Octavia Spencer, "The Help"; Director Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"; Cinematography "The Tree of Life". Full Story Back to Top
01-24-12 Photo of Jessica Receiving Oscar Call ( Typically the stars are just waking up when the Oscar calls start pouring in. But Best Supporting Actress nominee Jessica Chastain was front row at the Armani Prive show during Paris Fashion Week when her publicist delivered the good news…And that's when Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani snapped this shot! Could she be any cuter right here? Milliseconds away from crying, inches away from Cameron Diaz and moments away from watching a couture parade! Full Story Back to Top
01-24-12 Jessica Recalls First Meeting with Ralph Fiennes on Set ( "I remember when I first arrived on set they had started filming. They were actually filming the fight scene where Ralph Fiennes is absolutely covered in blood, all you see is his eyes. "We had scheduled a lunch to talk about Virgilia and Coriolanus. I was just off the plane so I thought, 'Ok, let's talk about this.' And then I show up, he's completely in costume, completely covered in blood, and we're eating, I'm not very talkative, and Ralph says to me, 'Are you alright, you're very quiet, is everything ok?' And I replied, 'Do you know what you look like right now!' " Full Story Back to Top
01-23-12 Jessica with Jess Weixler at Paris Airport (The Gossip Girls) Making her arrival in the City of Lights, Jessica Chastain was spotted at the Roissy Airport in Paris, France on Monday (January 23). Just in time for the Paris Fashion Week festivities, the "Tree of Life" actress looked ever-so-stylish in tall boots, a long coat, hat and sunglasses as she made her way through the terminal with actress gal pal Jess Weixler. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
01-22-12 Jessica Nominated Twice for Supporting Actress by International Cinefile Society ( Winners of the 9th ICS Awards will be announced on February 21, 2012. SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter; Jessica Chastain - The Tree of Life; Leila Hatami - A Separation; Carey Mulligan - Shame; J. Smith-Cameron - Margaret. Full Story Back to Top
01-22-12 Brad Pitt Jokingly Compares Jessica's Abundance of Movies to Porn (USA TODAY) Chastain, 30, may be one of the most prolific actors working today: In 2011 she had seven films open, and five more are scheduled for release or production in 2012. "Usually an actor has to work in the porn industry to have that kind of success," cracked her Tree of Life co-star Brad Pitt onstage at the Palm Springs Film Festival gala earlier this month. Full Story Back to Top
01-22-12 Roger Ebert Predicts Jessica will be Nominated for Oscar (Chicago Sun-Times) Hollywood nostalgia may be warmly embraced Tuesday morning when the 2012 Academy awards nominations are announced…By proving a popular Golden Globe winner, Octavia Spencer has become a front-runner for best supporting actress for "The Help." Jessica Chastain, who had a sensational year in 2011 with five major performances, will be named -probably for "The Help," however, and not for her best performance, in "The Tree of Life." Shailene Woodley is likely to be nominated as the feisty teenage daughter in "The Descendants," and Berenice Bejo as the overnight sensation who befriends Dujardin's cast-aside silent star in "The Artist." I suspect the fifth nomination will go to Janet McTeer, as a woman who passes as a man in order to hold her job…Immediately after the nominees are announced, Los Angeles ad agencies and billboard companies will go into frenzy of activity, and you can expect to see a great deal of the nominees on every possible talk show. The Oscar ceremony will be held Feb. 26 at the Kodak Pavilion on Hollywood Boulevard, with Billy Crystal as the host for the ninth time. Full Story Back to Top
01-20-12 Paris Theater Brings Back Memories for Jessica ( Q: Are you excited about the Academy Awards? Jessica Chastain: I'm going to have to cross that bridge when I come to it. Everyday is so great. I'm like a kid in a candy store, every day is better than the last. I try not to think too far ahead because then I'm gonna miss this wonderful day, like this moment even being here at the Paris Theater. I used to come here when I was a student at Juilliard and this is one of the most beatuful romantic theaters and to have a premiere here is a great moment for me, so I try to not forget this stuff. Full Story Back to Top
01-20-12 Directors Jessica Would Like to Work With ( Jessica Chastain told reporters on the carpet that some directors she would like to work with are Olivier Assayas, Michael Heneke and Lars von Trier. She says she is obsessed with French actress Isabelle Huppert and would love to work with her. Jessica says she loves to work in other countries because she is a little bit out of her element and she learns more that way. Full Story Back to Top
01-20-12 Jessica Named Best Supporting Actress by National Society of Film Critics (Indian Express) Brad Pitt was picked as best actor for the baseball drama Moneyball as well as The Tree of Life. Lars von Trier lost out on the best director award for his work on Melancholia to Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life, a mystical period piece which also won the best cinematography prize…The group's awards for best supporting performances went to Albert Brooks, who played a small-time hood in the drama Drive, and Jessica Chastain, who was honoured for her performances in The Tree of Life, Take Shelter and The Help. Full Story Back to Top
01-19-12 Jessica Drops Horizons in Favor of Kill bin Laden ( The two female roles in the film are for Cruise's wife and for a mysterious woman that forces him to "question everything he knows" after discovering her in a crash-landed pod. There is no information yet as to which role the two ladies have signed on for. Kurylenko was among the first batch of contenders along with Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy), Brit Marling (Another Earth) and Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) when Jessica Chastain (The Help). Chastain had to drop out, however, after signing on to star in Kill Bin Laden for Kathryn Bigelow and I think it is safe to assume that's the role Kurylenko has stepped into. Full Story Back to Top
01-19-12 Cherry Jones Passes The Heiress Role to Jessica ( Tony winner Cherry Jones has given the upcoming production her stamp of approval. Jones, who portrayed Catherine Sloper in the 1995 revival of The Heiress and garnered a Tony Award for her performance, says she's "so excited" to see the new mounting starring The Help's Jessica Chastain. "I saw The Tree of Life and I was so taken with [Jessica Chastain], Jones recently told "It sounds like terrific casting." Chastain will assume Jones' famous role. Full Story Back to Top
01-19-12 The Help Dominates Nominations in NAACP Image Awards (KSN-TV) The Help looks set to dominate the 2012 NAACP Image Awards after landing eight nominations. The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name will compete for Outstanding Motion Picture against seven-time nominee Pariah, comedy Tower Heist, Jumping The Broom and The First Grader, while stars Viola Davis and Emma Stone will go head-to-head for the title of Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. The Help co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer and Cicely Tyson are also nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress field… The winners will be unveiled during a Hollywood ceremony on February 17. Full Story Back to Top
01-18-12 Jessica to Present at Producers Guild Awards (Hollywood Reporter) George Clooney, Morgan Freeman and Neil Patrick Harris have been tapped to present at the 23rd annual 2012 Producers Guild Awards. Kathy Bates, Annette Bening, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel, Sofia Vergara, Evan Rachel Wood and Zachary Quinto will also present at the awards ceremony, set to take place Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at 7:30 p.m. PST. Full Story Back to Top
01-18-12 Jessica's Busy Week (Wall Street Journal) Jessica Chastain has had a busy week. Fewer than 48 hours after she attended her first Golden Globes as a nominee for "The Help," she appeared at New York's Paris Theater alongside co-star Vanessa Redgrave for the premiere of the Ralph Fiennes-directed film "Coriolanus."…Earlier in the day she'd taped an appearance on the David Letterman Show. But Ms. Chastain isn't letting the frenzied pace get to her. "I should be exhausted, and my Mom's always asking me like: 'When are you sleeping?!' But I'm not because I'm so happy. I've wanted to be an actor my whole life, since I was like 6 or 7 and this is where it's all coming to fruition. It's the culmination of a life's dream," she explained. Full Story Back to Top
01-18-12 Jessica and Her Movies Win Awards at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (Forbes) Highlights…included Brad Pitt, who won the Desert Palm Achievement Award for an actor for his roles in Moneyball and the Tree of Life…Jessica Chastain got the Spotlight Award for roles in The Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter and The Debt; Octavia Spencer, won the Breakthrough Performance Award for her role in The Help. Full Story Back to Top
01-18-12 Jessica Still Starstruck (New York Magazine) Jessica Chastain still gets starstruck. In a major way. At last night's premiere of Coriolanus, we saw the actress about to step onto the red carpet at the Paris Theater - when, wait! - she spots Susan Sarandon ahead, speaking to reporters, and freezes. "I can't go in there," she tells her publicist. "I didn't know she was coming. I need a minute." More like three. When she finally walks down, we ask her what that was all about. "I get so starstruck all the time," she admits. "I've never met her before. I can hardly speak right now."… At the after-party at the Forty Four at Royalton, she expanded on her Sarandon fandom: "I think she's a goddess," she told us. "Her performances, Dead Man Walking - I mean, she's such a beautiful actress; I make a fool out myself every time I meet someone I really love." Last week, for instance, she told us she started crying in front of Gary Oldman. "It was at Palm Springs, and I had just said, like, I'd love to meet Gary Oldman. And then I was in the middle of an interview, I think it was Entertainment Tonight or something, and he came over to meet and he, like, put his hands on my shoulders and said some really nice stuff about my work, and that he knew who I was. And I was so shocked by it. Full Story Back to Top
01-18-12 The Debt Kicks Off Brooklyn Israel Film Festival (Brooklyn Daily Eagle) The Brooklyn Israel Film Festival at Kane Street Synagogue will mark its eighth year celebrating Israeli film next weekend. The festival is a major venue for some of the best films being made in Israel. The 2012 festival again features three nights of award-winning films, thought-provoking films, plus discussions with their filmmakers. It runs Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 through Jan. 29, in the intimate and historic synagogue setting. The festival kicks off the first night at 8 p.m. with The Debt. Filmed on in Tel Aviv, the U.K., and Budapest Full Story Back to Top
01-18-11 Jessica Visits David Letterman on the Way to Coriolanus Premiere (Just Jared) Jessica Chastain hits the red carpet at the premiere of her latest movie, Coriolanus, on Tuesday (January 17) at the Paris Theater in NYC…Earlier in the evening, Jessica stopped by The Ed Sullivan Theater to tape an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman. Full Story Back to Top
01-18-12 Jessica Attends Coriolanus Premiere in New York ( Atlanta fans of actor Ralph Fiennes, the handsome actor attended the New York premiere of Coriolanus at the Paris Theater earlier today, January 17, 2012…Costar Jessica Chastain, who played Virgilia, love interest of Coriolanus, wore a black lace gown with what appeared to be a pearl grey satin lining and a fairly luxurious train but this was a red carpet event! Full Story Back to Top
01-17-12 Jessica on The Heiress (E! Online) So what's a gal to do after she's had a handful of mucho-buzzed-about flicks-including The Help and Tree of Life-hit theaters in just one year? Ditch the big screen for a bit and head to Broadway! Which is exactly what Golden Globe and BAFTA Best Supporting Actress nominee Jessica Chastain is doing with a fall 2012 stint in The Heiress…Jessica continued: "It's big shoes to fill. Great actresses like Olivia de Havilland, Jane Alexander and Cherry Jones have played the role. It's a wonderful role for an actress. Wonderful actresses have played it. It's a lot to take on…and I want to keep challenging myself!"… And as for whether a remake of the Oscar-winning film (based off the stage play) could follow, Jessica told us: "It depends if I'm any good at it!" Full Story Back to Top
01-17-12 Tree of Life Competes For Crystal Simorgh at Fajr International Film Festival (Fars News Agency) 11 films will be screened in the Festivals of Festivals section of the 30th Fajr International Film Festival this year…The Tree of Life is a 2011 American drama film with experimental elements written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, and Jessica Chastain. Malick's film chronicles the origins and meaning of life by way of a middle-aged man's childhood memories of his family living in 1950s Texas, interspersed with imagery of the origins of the universe and the inception of life on Earth. After several years in development and missing 2009 and 2010 release dates, the film premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d'Or. The film received widespread critical acclaim, but also polarizing responses to Malick's use of technical and artistic imagery, directorial style, and fragmented non-linear narrative… 30th Fajr International Film Festival will be held from February 1st to 11th 2012 in Tehran and some other Iranian provinces. Full Story Back to Top
01-16-12 The Help with Five Nominations on BAFTA Shortlist ( BAFTA announced its 2012 nominations early this morning with a handful of surprises in the batch… The Help went from 12 mentions on the longlist to 5 nominations including Best Film, Leading Actress for Viola Davis and one nod each for Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer in the Supporting Actress race… ADAPTED SCREENPLAY THE HELP - Tate Taylor ; OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER CORIOLANUS - Ralph Fiennes (Director); Full Story Back to Top
01-15-12 The Help Receives Five Nominations and One Win at Golden Globes (CNN) The Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a film went to Octavia Spencer who played a maid in the Civil Rights era movie "The Help."…best drama film nominees include "The Help," which is nominated for five Globes, including a best drama actress nod for Viola Davis. Co-stars Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain are competing against each other for best supporting actress. [Chastain Central note: Also nominated, for Best ORIGINAL SONG, was "The Living Proof" - Music by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman and Harvey Mason Jr; Lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas.] Full Story Back to Top
01-14-12 Jessica Wins Best Actress at Nevada Film Critics Society (Alt Film Guide) The Best Actor and Best Actress choices were the Nevada Critics' biggest surprises: the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises' Tom Hardy was selected as the Best Actor for his performance as a boxer in the little-seen Warrior. Jessica Chastain has been winning awards everywhere, but in the Best Supporting Actress category. The Nevada Critics chose her as the year's Best Actress "for her outstanding work in several films of 2011 including The Debt, The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter."… Tate Taylor's sleeper hit The Help won for Best Ensemble. Full Story Back to Top
01-13-12 Jessica Comments on Kill bin Laden ( Chastain was a little less forthcoming about her role but just as good-humored, insisting that no assumptions be made about her taking down Bin Laden. "How do you know I am?" she asked. "How do you know I'm not just one of his wives?"…Chastain said that her prep so far had been a lot of "homework." "A lot of reading about something I didn't know about. You know me. I love to prepare," she said. Full Story Back to Top
01-13-12 Jessica on Her First Televised Trophy Experience (Entertainment Weekly) Best Supporting Actress nominee Jessica Chastain copped to being extra nervous because this was the first televised trophy-fest she'd ever attended. "There are cameras in there so if we make a mistake, it's on camera. [I keep telling myself] make sure the dress is in place, don't pick my nose, don't fall down. Not that I would pick my nose, Mom, Grandma. I would never do that. No, I'm perfect." Full Story Back to Top
01-12-12 The Help Does Well at Critics Choice Movie Awards (Variety) Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer took home lead and supporting actress honors for "The Help," which also won the acting ensemble award...Best supporting actress winner Spencer was clearly taken off guard when she accepted her trophy...The ensemble award went to the cast of "The Help," with a large contingent from the film on hand, including Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Davis and Spencer...What used to be a small affair that augmented the dozens of critics groups' announcements throughout awards season has become a full-blown campaign stop on the way to the Academy Awards. In the last five years that the show has aired on VH1, the BFCA's best picture choices have lined up with the Academy's 80% of the time...BEST ACTRESS Viola Davis - "The Help"; BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Octavia Spencer - "The Help"; BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE "The Help". Full Story Back to Top
01-12-12 Jessica is Gia the Jaguar in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (Entertainment Weekly) In Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (in theaters June 8), our 6,000-pound quartet of displaced zoo animals - Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) - finds itself joining a traveling circus in Monte Carlo as a way to hide from a relentless animal-control officer. EW can exclusively announce who's voicing three of the new characters from the circus: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (voiced by Bryan Cranston), Gia the jaguar (The Help's Jessica Chastain), and Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short)…"Gia acts as a moral compass for the circus. She protects [her friends] but also opens them up to new experiences." Full Story Back to Top
01-12-12 Jessica Nominated for Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actress (Newsday) The 69th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony, airing Sunday night at 8 on NBC, looks like another unpredictable dust-up, partly because this year's front-runners are mostly critical darlings with few popular favorites in the mix…BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA "The Help"; BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA Viola Davis, "The Help"; BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Jessica Chastain, "The Help" and Octavia Spencer, "The Help". Full Story Back to Top
01-11-12 Jessica: 'Oh, That Brad!' (USA TODAY) Help star Jessica Chastain is making the rounds during awards season. Her secret to dealing with the craziness of it all is "good clothes," the Zac Posen-clad actress said. Chastain's career has skyrocketed since starring in that film as well as The Tree of Life with Brad Pitt, who recently jokingly compared her rapid success to that of a porn star. "Oh, that Brad!" Chastain said. "Working with him at the start of my career was such a gift. He's a true actor with a wicked sense of humor." Full Story Back to Top
01-11-12 Video Clip of Coriolanus Released (Yahoo! Movies UK) 'Coriolanus' is an adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy of the same name and is helmed by Ralph Fiennes in his directorial debut. Fiennes also leads an all star cast with Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave and Jessica Chastain all lending their acting skills to the picture. The clip sees an angry mob break through a barrier before getting brutally beaten by the police. After which Fiennes' character condemns the activists' actions. See Video Back to Top
01-11-12 Jessica Nominated for Rising Star Award by Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association has announced the nominations for the organization's Dorian Awards. The winners will be announced on January 16…Jessica Chastain, who will be starring in the Broadway revival of The Heiress in Fall 2012, is nominated in the "We're Wilde About You Rising Star Award" category, along with Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Melissa McCarthy, and Elizabeth Olsen. Full Story Back to Top
01-10-12 Jessica Breakout Star at Denver Film Critics Society (Denver Post) Terrence Malick's tone poem of a film, "The Tree of Life" was named best picture Tuesday afternoon by the Denver Film Critics Society. Its stars Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain received awards for their onscreen work - albeit for other movies…Chastain was the year's "Breakout Star." In addition to "The Tree of Life," the 30-year-old with the strong jaw and impressive acting chops turned in powerful performances in three other 2011 films: "The Debt," "The Help" and "Take Shelter." Full Story Back to Top
01-10-12 Toronto Film Critics Association Chooses Jessica as Best Supporting Actress (Toronto Star) The TFCA has already announced its choices for top film, casts and crew for 2011, including naming Tree of Life as Best Picture and its director, Terrence Malick, as Best Director. The TFCA also gave two acting honours to two Take Shelter cast members: Michael Shannon as Best Actor and Jessica Chastain as Best Supporting Actress. Michelle Williams was named Best Actress for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn. Best Supporting Actor went to Christopher Plummer for Beginners. Full Story Back to Top
01-10-12 Tree of Life Plays at Aultsville Winter Filmfest (Seaway News) The 6th annual Aultsville Winter Filmfest will take place February 17 to 19 with all screenings taking place at Aultsville Theatre…The initial titles include the critically acclaimed "The Tree of Life," the French comedy "Potiche," "When We Leave" from Turkey and "Vincere" from Italy. "The Tree of Life" from director Terrence Malick won the top prize at the last Cannes film festival and stars Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn. Full Story Back to Top
01-10-12 Jessica Accepts Award at New York Film Critics Circle Awards (The Star-Ledger - There are plenty of movie fans who are probably sad today that Monday night's New York Film Critics Circle awards were presented without any network cameras around…It means they also didn't get to see the sweetly overcome Jessica Chastain barely get through her acceptance speech for best supporting actress without breaking into tears… "Tree of Life" won the most nods, with certificates for its photography, and for Chastain's and Pitt's performances (although both were honored for other films, as well). Taking the stage, a visibly trembling Chastain immediately opened the folder to check her citation. "Yeah, says my name," she joked. "Can't change your mind!" But then she went on to thank the critics (who had also honored her for "Take Shelter" and "The Help,") saying she had read them since she first moved to New York to study at Juilliard. "You guided me," she said of the reviews she read then. "You opened my world." Full Story Back to Top
01-10-12 Jessica Wins Best Supporting Actress from New York Film Critics Circle (Daily Mail)
Best Picture -The Artist
Best Director - Michel Hazanavicius THE ARTIST
Best Screenplay -Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin MONEYBALL
Best Actress - Meryl Streep THE IRON LADY
Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain THE TREE OF LIFE, THE HELP, TAKE SHELTER
Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks DRIVE
Best Cinematographer - Emmanuel Lubezki THE TREE OF LIFE
Best Non-Fiction Film - (Documentary) Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Best Foreign Film - A Separation
Best First Film - J.C. Chandor MARGIN CALL
Special Award - Raoul Ruiz Full Story Back to Top
01-10-12 Jessica at Golden Globes Bash (Women's Wear Daily) Golden Globes week got under way this weekend with a pair of Los Angeles-area awards season annuals. On Sunday Audi threw its annual pre-Globes bash…"Somebody actually just told me that Jessica Chastain is receiving an award," [Michelle] Williams said on the carpet. "She and I were roommates at Williamstown at a theater festival. We were in 'The Cherry Orchard' together." Chastain, a relative newcomer, was busy taking it all in. "I'm shocked," the actress said. "I think someone is playing a joke on me a bit. I'm afraid I'm going to arrive and they're going to be like, 'Oh, no no. You don't have an invitation.' I can't believe I'm going to be in a room with Glenn Close and George Clooney." Full Story Back to Top
01-09-12 Jessica Named Best Supporting Actress by Vancouver Film Critics Circle (Hollywood Reporter) While French director Hazanavicius won for best screenplay of 2011 for The Artist, he lost out in Vancouver to Malick and The Tree of Life in the best director competition…And Jessica Chastain evidently bowled over the Vancouver film critics, as she won for best supporting actress for performances in The Tree of Life, Take Shelter and The Help. Full Story Back to Top
01-09-12 Jessica Voted Best Supporting Actress by Kansas City Film Critics Circle (Kansas City Star) In voting on Sunday, the KC critics also gave the Robert Altman Award for best director to Terrence Malick, who wrote and directed the mind-bending "The Tree of Life." Jessica Chastain won best supporting actress for her work on that film. Full Story Back to Top
01-09-12 Jessica Nominated Supporting Actress by Independent Spirit Awards (Variety) Film Independent's 27th annual slate of acting awards boasts a signature blend of familiar names, plus veteran and fledgling newcomers... For female supporting, the ubiquitous Jessica Chastain won a nom, but for a different role -- the beleaguered wife in "Take Shelter."... LEAD ACTOR Michael Shannon, "Take Shelter"...What: Spirit Awards. When: 1:30 p.m. PT Feb. 25. Where: Santa Monica Beach. Full Story Back to Top
01-08-12 Jessica has Dinner with Idol Isabelle Huppert ( The Help star Jessica Chastain has met her acting icon after dropping her an email and requesting a get together. The red head has always been a huge fan of Isabelle Huppert and recently flew to Paris when the French actress invited her to dinner. Chastain tells The Hollywood Reporter, "She was doing (play) Hedda Gabler onstage in Paris, and I asked if we could have dinner. I was nervous as hell and totally intimidated, but I flew over, saw the play... It was one of the coolest dinners I've ever had. "We talked like mad; now I hope we will stay friends... I've always been obsessed with her and want to emulate her career." Full Story Back to Top
01-08-12 Six Degrees of Jessica Chastain at Palm Springs International Film Festival (Reuters) Pitt mentioned Jessica Chastain's crazy schedule - seven movies in 2011, five more in 2012 - and said, "Usually an actor has to work in the porn industry to have that kind of success." The show also turned into something of a game of six degrees of Jessica Chastain, whose crazy 2011, in which she had seven movies released, gave her ties to a few other honorees. She acted with both Octavia Spencer (in "The Help") and Brad Pitt (in "The Tree of Life"), and is old friends with Michelle Williams, with whom she performed and roomed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival nearly a decade ago. In fact, Chastain and Williams squealed with delight when they saw each other in TheWrap's photo area before the show. While shooting portraits for a portfolio in an upcoming print edition, the two traded reminiscences about their summer at Williamsport, where they both appeared in a production of "The Cherry Orchard." "You always wore that grey hoodie," laughed Chastain. "You were so indie even then." Also in TheWrap's area off the Convention Center lobby, Chastain introduced herself to Glenn Close and professed to have been a huge fan for years. Full Story Back to Top
01-08-12 Jessica at Palm Springs International Film Festival ( As usual, the honorees at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's gala had a little fun with the shape of the Dale Chihuly-designed awards they received. "I may smoke this later," said Gary Oldman. "It does look like a bong," said Brad Pitt. Several of the women, including Jessica Chastain, set their sizeable trophies on stage while they delivered their acceptance speeches. Although journalists attending the event get a closed-circuit feed from the auditorium, the event is not broadcast on network TV. So there were no pauses for commercials. But the language was NC-17. Nevertheless, there were many memorable moments that are repeatable. Chastain told her presenter, Al Pacino, "You're my acting godfather." Full Story Back to Top
01-08-12 Al Pacino and Jessica at Palm Springs Awards (HitFix) Al Pacino was on hand to present the Spotlight Award to the ubiquitous Jessica Chastain. The famed actor recalled when he first saw the actress in action six years ago during an audition. "I was so struck by her delivery and acting," he said. "I turned to a producer, Robert Fox, who has been in the business almost as long as I have, and he had the same look on his face. 'What are we witnessing here? Is this a prodigy?'" Pacino recently cast Chastain in "Wild Salome," which came before her epic slate of films that released in 2011. Chastain called Pacino her "acting godfather" for the break he gave her. Full Story Back to Top
01-08-12 Al Pacino Presents Palm Springs Spotlight Award to Jessica (The Desert Sun) The Palm Springs film festival gala attracts A-list stars not just to receive awards but also to present them, and the choice of presenters can hit home for gala honorees. "Al put me in my first film," Chastain said after receiving the Spotlight Award from Al Pacino. "He always believed in me whenever my films would get stalled or whatever. He's my greatest teacher." The gala, which isn't aired on broadcast or cable television, is known for its off-the-cuff quips. Full Story Back to Top
01-07-12 Jessica Chosen Best Supporting Actress by National Society of Film Critics (Movie City News) The National Society of Film Critics on Saturday, January 7th, 2012, chose "Melancholia" as Best Picture of the Year 2011. Kristin Dunst was named best actress for her performance in Lars von Trier's film, and Brad Pitt was named best actor for his work in "Moneyball" and "The Tree of Life." Albert Brooks (or his evil twin) won best supporting actor for his appearance in "Drive," and Jessica Chastain was named best supporting actress for her work in three films: "The Tree of Life," "Take Shelter" and "The Help."…BEST ACTOR Brad Pitt (Moneyball, The Tree of Life); BEST DIRECTOR Terrence Malick - (The Tree of Life); BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY The Tree of Life - (Emanuel Lubezki); Full Story Back to Top
01-06-12 Jessica as The Heiress (Broadway Blog) Golden Globe Nominee and "It Girl" Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Debt, The Tree of Life, Coriolanus, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields in 2011 alone) will take aim at Tony next when she heads to Broadway as The Heiress in the fall. Julliard-trained and boasting some serious theater credits (Al Pacino's Salome, "Desdemona" in Peter Sellar's Othello), she has the stage chops…but she'll have to compete with the memory of Cherry Jones' transcendent performance in the role as well as figure out how such a strikingly beautiful woman can play a character described as incredibly plain. Full Story Back to Top
01-06-12 Jessica Makes Long List for BAFTA Award as Supporting Actress (Up and Comers) The BAFTA Awards are Britain's Oscar equivalent, and the release today of the 2012 Longlist is an exciting look at which actors, films and directors the BAFTA members have enjoyed this year…Final nominations will be announced on Tuesday 17 January, along with hopefully the BAFTA Rising Star shortlist, and all winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday 12 February…The Longlist is the result of Round One voting by members of the Academy. With 285 films entered this year, the first round of voting reduced the list of eligible films to 15 in each category*. Round Two voting, which opens today, will reduce these 15 contenders down to the five nominations in each category**. Appearing on the Longlist does not constitute a nomination. Full Story Back to Top
01-05-12 More on Kill Bin Laden Film ( The film, which is set for a December 19 release as a deliberate move by Sony to steer clear of the Presidential Elections, focuses on the black ops mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, which culminated in his death during a high-stakes raid on his compound in Pakistan. Bigelow is re-teaming with The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal and the two have been developing the project since 2008. As an interesting side note, the Pentagon is going to be investigating charges made by Rep Peter King that Bigelow and Boal somehow got inside information about the mission from the Obama Administration in preparing the script. Also, the addition of Chastain to the production means her role opposite Tom Cruise in Oblivion is now up in the air unless schedules can be worked out. Kill Bin Laden is expected to go into production next month and several roles are yet to be cast, including a female reporter embedded with the SEAL 6 team. Full Story Back to Top
01-05-12 Wettest County Release Delayed to August 21 ( John Hillcoat's Prohibition-era drama The Wettest County has been pushed back from April 20th to August 31st. Nick Cave (The Proposition) wrote the script based Matt Bondourant's novel about two brothers (played by Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy) who become bootleggers in the South during Prohibition. In addition to LaBeouf and Hardy, the outstanding cast also includes Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Dane DeHaan, and Jessica Chastain…April 20th seemed an odd time to schedule the flick but we simply assumed that while the film may be good, it wasn't a movie that would appeal to Academy voters. However, the August 31st date is troublesome because Labor Day weekend is one of the slowest box office weekends of the year. Full Story Back to Top
01-05-12 Jessica Named in Bin Laden Film for December 19 (Deadline) Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Edgar Ramirez are circling to join the previously discussed ensemble cast of Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt. The drama portrays Navy SEAL Team 6?s long hunt for the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Osama Bin Laden was finally killed in a covert mission last year…Sony Pictures has dated the film for release on December 19, deliberately steering clear of the Presidential Elections. The prospect of Chastain joining the Bin Laden film has cast doubt on whether she will star alongside Tom Cruise in Universal's Oblivion, which shoots in March. They apparently are trying to work out dates, but two informed sources tell me it looks dicey at the moment that she'll do Oblivion. Full Story Back to Top
01-05-12 Jessica Makes Her Broadway Debut in The Heiress ( The producers of the new Broadway production of The Heiress have found their title actress in Jessica Chastain…She played the title role of Salome opposite Al Pacino in the 2006 Los Angeles staging of Oscar Wilde's play, and appeared in Othello at the Public Theater and Rodney's Wife at Playwrights Horizons, both Off-Broadway…The new staging, directed by Moisés Kaufman (I Am My Own Wife, 33 Variations, The Laramie Project), will bow on Broadway in fall 2012 at a theatre to be announced. This is the first official announcement of the production following a late 2011 report in The New York Times that a production was in the works. This will mark Chastain's Broadway debut. Full Story Back to Top
01-05-12 Photos of Jessica's Twenty Hottest Styles (The FABlife) With every stunning movie comes an equally stunning outfit to wear to the premiere, and Jessica has lit the red carpet on fire more than her fair share in the 12 months. So without further ado, we'd like to present Jessica Chastain's 20 hottest styles. Enjoy! Full Story Back to Top
01-05-12 Jessica Nominated Best Supporting Actress and Best Breakout Star by Denver Critics (HitFix) The Denver Film Critics Society has announced its list of nominees this year…Best Picture "The Tree of Life"; Best Director Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"; Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, "The Tree of Life" [along with] Judy Greer, "The Descendants", Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids", Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs", Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"; Best Breakout Star Jessica Chastain [along with] Felicity Jones, Rooney Mara, Elizabeth Olsen, Shailene Woodley. Full Story Back to Top
01-03-12 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Nominations Announced (Vancouver Sun) Nominees in the competitive best-picture race included Alexander Payne's The Descendants and Terrence Malick's boundary-pushing meditation on being, The Tree of Life…Best-actor nods went to Michael Fassbender for Shame, Jean Dujardin for The Artist, and Michael Shannon for Take Shelter. The best-supporting categories look like a generational and gender showdown, as newcomers such as Jessica Chastain (Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) face off against the old boys: Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn), Albert Brooks (Drive) and Christopher Plummer (Beginners)… The awards will be handed out in a ceremony at Vancouver's Railway Club on Jan. 9…Best director: Terence Malick, The Tree of Life. Full Story Back to Top
01-03-12 Jessica's 2011 Fashion Parade (Los Angeles Times) Jessica Chastain's yearlong fashion parade - from the release of seven films in 2011 and the attendant press junkets and premieres - shows that the actress favors feminine frocks with strong punches of color, such as teal, violet and crimson. But Chastain's most striking look so far is the bold yellow Zac Posen gown she wore at the Cannes Film Festival, which, with its structured bodice, tiered skirt and vibrant hue, popped against the red carpet-covered stairs like a spray of sunshine…While she's worn a wide swath of juicy hues, Chastain steers clear of strong prints, overwrought construction and piled-on baubles, helping her exude a sense of fresh glamour by keeping her silhouette simple and the color solid. For designers, she turns to masters of the classic and ultra feminine Full Story Back to Top
01-02-12 Tree of Life Wins Four Awards from Online Film Critics Society ( Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" led the Online Film Critics Society's year-end voting with seven nominations, so it's no real surprise that his meditative drama emerged victorious when the group tallied its votes. The film took home the prize for Best Picture as well as trophies for Best Director (Terrence Malick), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Editing and Best Cinematography. Full Story Back to Top

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