The nominees list for 2014 People’s Choice Awards was unveiled a few minutes ago, and Mama is on the list as Favorite Horror Movie!
Make sure to vote at the PCA website, finalist voting ends in December 5. The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards air live on CBS on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. ET.
Metro did an interview with Danish actor Nicolaj Coster-Waldau and he mentioned Jessica:
It was really surprising to see Jessica Chastain (playing Annabel in Mama) with a rocker look. How did she surprise you on set?
Her karaoke skills. They are brilliant. I, like the rest of the world, did not know much about Jessica until last year, when she came out in five movies. I had just seen Tree Of Life, so I could ask her what it was about, which was great. I saw The Help, where she is very different, and Take Shelter, which is a great movie. She is just a brilliant actress, and when you work with someone like that it just makes you better.
Screen Daily has talked with International Universal Pictures’ president David Kosse, which opened Universal wants a sequel for ‘Mama’, due the current success of the movie in the box office. Mama is approaching $70 million at home with more to come from overseas.
But the director Andrés Muschietti gtgfisn’t interested. He told to ScreenCrush:
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. I’m really hoping to jump into some other movies right now.”
Of course it doesn’t mean there would be no more sequels. I think Universal can think about doing it without Muschietti, Del Toro or even Chastain on board.
The Playlist has a great interview with Jessica, to promote Mama which opened this weekend. Check it:
What drew you to this material?
I had just done “The Tree of Life.” That was coming out and “Take Shelter.” And so many people were talking to me about how they saw me as this “perfect mother” and I got this script and I thought, “This will really throw people for a loop.” Because it’s a woman who refuses to grow up, she plays bass guitar in a punk band, she’s not good enough to ever be famous, she’s got a sexy boyfriend who’s an illustrator, they live in a loft. She doesn’t want any responsibility. In the beginning, when she’s forced to deal with these children, she’s a little selfish and even unlikable. That was exciting for me to play! And I loved the arc throughout the film. For me it’s definitely a hero’s journey or someone becoming a hero and Guillermo del Toro. I love “Hellboy” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Also Andy, the short film is so scary. I thought, well, this is great. I’ll do this.
How did you come up with the look for this character? I imagine Guillermo gave you the tentacle tattoo.
No it was Andy! At first he said, “I want to put an octopus down your arm.” And I said, “Okay, I love the idea of the tattoos but why an octopus?” He said: “Because, when a tentacle gets stuck, it detaches. I think Annabelle must see herself like that.” I said: “That is genius, I love it, let’s do it!” And the haircut was Alice Glass inspired. [Alice Glass is the lead singer of the Canadian electro-punk band Crystal Castles.]
What is scarier – ghosts or the Oscar campaign?
The thing is, because I’m doing “The Heiress,” I’m on stage every day. So there isn’t much that I can do for an Oscar campaign. I can go to a lunch and do press but… I think a ghost is probably scarier.
What are your favorite horror movies? And you were in a TV remake of “Dark Shadows,” right?
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.
Is there any genre you’re really looking to do?
A western. I want to hold a gun.
And you want to be a James Bond villain?
Yeah, it’s like… Enough of the graceful characters… I want to get my hands dirty.
Jessica tops the box office with two movies.
New horror pic Mama and holdover Zero Dark Thirty — both starring Jessica Chastain — easily topped the Friday box office with $10.1 million and $4.6 million, respectively.
From Universal, Mama is projected to gross a stellar $30 million for the four-day Martin Luther King weekend. Zero Dark Thirty should gross an impressive $18 million for Sony and director Kathryn Bigelow.
Jessica stopped by yesterday on “Today Show” to promote “Mama”, and you can watch the video below: