Indiewire is reporting that Jessica Chastain has joined Xavier Dolan’s “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” the director’s first English language feature. Dolan describes the film as “the story of an American movie star with everything working out for him who has a secretive correspondence with an 11 year old in London.”
It was this friend of mine — a journalist — who had brought to my attention that Jessica Chastain had seen ‘Mommy’ in Cannes and had liked it and tweeted about it. I went back and scrolled down the tweets and there was this lovely tweet where Jessica was saying that she had liked ‘Mommy.’ It dawned on me that I should ask Jessica about playing the ‘villain’ role in ‘John F. Donovan,’. There is this character of the editor-in-chief of a gossip magazine. The movie really is a satire of the business — more dramatic than humorous. And there’s this antagonistic figure that wants to ruin the lives of ever star, especially that of the lead character in ‘John F. Donovan.’ And I reached out to Jessica and she read the script. She read the script and loved it, and we got along like hotcakes. That’s basically it. I can already foresee all the pleasure we’ll have working together.
“The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” will start shooting in 2015 in Montreal, New York, Miami, England and Eastern Europe.
Variety – Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) will be feted at Deauville American Film Festival with a tribute.
Previous Deauville honorees include Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Susan Sarandon, Robin Wright and Naomi Watts.
“Through her successive roles, (Chastain) has confirmed her emotional capacity to grab the limelight like no one since Nicole Kidman, and the Festival presented her with its “New Hollywood” award.(…) We salute her grace and talent, and the beauty of the truth she brings to her performance, which Christopher Nolan and Guillermo del Toro will raise to new heights in their forthcoming films,” said Bruno Barde, Deauville’s artistic director.
Added Barde, “The tribute is a token of our affection, admiration, recognition and esteem for the talent of the recipient. For the past few years, we have been paying tribute to those actresses who embody the cinema of today, and who will form the legacy of tomorrow.”
Chastain has been on Deauville’s radar since her performance in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” She received the festival’s New Hollywood award in 2011, the release year of “Take Shelter,” which won Deauville’s Grand Prize.
The star’s upcoming movies include “A Most Violent Year,” Del Toro’s “Crimson Peak,” “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” “Miss July” and Nolan’s “Interstellar.”
Theater Mania – Further casting has been announced for the Public Theater’s free one-night-only event, Public Forum: Shakespeare in America, scheduled for Monday, June 30 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Whitney Bashor, Annette Bening, Jessica Chastain, author E.L. Doctorow, Jackie Hoffman, Justin Levine, Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson, and Micah Stock join the previously announced roster, which includes performances by poet Elizabeth Alexander, Sarah Amengual, Alec Baldwin, former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, Brian Dennehy, Colman Domingo, Colin Donnell, Michael Friedman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, André Holland, Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, James Earl Jones, singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt, Cynthia Nixon, Annie-B Parson, Steven Pasquale, Bryce Pinkham, Caesar Samoyoa, poet Vijay Seshadri, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
The evening will celebrate Shakespeare and the newly released Library of America book Shakespeare in America, which is edited by Public Theater Shakespeare-Scholar-in-Residence James Shapiro. Highlights will include James Earl Jones reading a scene from Othello, which he performed on the Delacorte stage 50 years ago; Alec Baldwin reading scenes from Macbeth, and an account of Abraham Lincoln’s Shakespearean dreams; E.L. Doctorow reading a landmark piece of American writing on Shakespeare; and Steven Pasquale singing as Tony in the “Tonight” duet from West Side Story.
Check at publictheater.org website how to get your tickets!
Jessica shared this picture on her social media on Saturday (21), so it seems a new photoshoot for Interview magazine is coming.
And the day has come! Jessica completed the social media triade by joining Twitter today!
Let’s hope for tons of Chaplin pictures!
THR is reporting that Jessica is expected to attend the this year’s MET Gala on May 5th in New York. Be sure to come back then for our coverage. We can’t wait to see what she is going to wear!
It is not without intention that this year’s May 5 Metropolitan Museum Gala and Costume Exhibit theme “Charles James: Beyond Fashion (1906-1978)” is diametrically opposed to last year’s raucous and rakish “Punk.” Considered one of the few true American couturiers, James perfected the art of the ballgown.
There’s no mandate for women, but the Jamesian-style ball gowns are expected to stun — and make group photos, as well as walking the Met’s stairs, challenging. THR hears attendance was booked fast and early: Prada will be represented by brand face Lupita Nyong’o and Michelle Dockery; Prabal Gurung by Zoe Saldana; Givenchy by Amanda Seyfried; J. Mendel by Taylor Swift; Diane von Furstenberg by Margot Robbie and Olivia Munn; Tommy Hilfiger by Zooey Deschanel; with Jessica Chastain, Emilia Clarke, Naomi Watts, Jessica Pare and Allison Williams also attending.
It was announced yesterday by various media outlets that Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alfred Molina and Catalina Sandino Moreno all joined Jessica and Oscar Isaac in ‘A Most Violent Year’. Deadline broke the story of Brooks casting and is reporting that he will play “Isaacs’ character’s attorney”. It has not yet been announced who Sandino Moreno, Molina and Oyelowo will portray but their casting was first reported by The Wrap and THR.
Filmmaker J.C. Chandor begins shooting the thriller on Wednesday. A week later, Glen Basner’s FilmNation will introduce the high-profile indie project to foreign buyers for the first time at Berlin’s European Film Market.
A24 Films has already secured U.S. rights, and is planning to release the movie this fall or winter, positioning it for a potential awards run.
Participant and Image Nation Abu Dhabi are co-financing the film, with Before the Door’s Neal Dodson and Washington Square Films’ Anna Gerb producing alongside Chandor (Dodson and Gerb also produced Chandor’s All Is Lost and Margin Call). Executive producers include Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, Joshua Blum, Kerry Orent and Basner.