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Crimson Peak Set Report: What is Going Down in Allerdale Hall?

Jessica Chastain is Lucille Sharpe

Lucille is Thomas’ older sister. “I see her as someone who actually has suffered a lot.” Chastain noted the scars on her face and back and further explained, “She had a very difficult life that she’s come from and so all she’s trying to do is preserve her happiness, because she’s a woman who’s had little happiness in her life.”

del Toro gave his cast extremely thorough character biographies and Chastain opted to share a few details from hers. She read, “‘Positives: Loyal, determined, intelligent, meticulous, decisive, observant, eloquent, artistic, passionate, sensitive, delicate, protective, unwavering. Negatives: Insular, narcissistic, violent, domineering, possessive, agoraphobic, germaphobe, vengeful, jealous, manipulative, depressive, demanding, suffocating. Secret Dreams: To never leave Allerdale Hall.’ He goes even into descriptions like, ‘Likes: The smell of good tobacco, the taste of very bitter chocolate.’”

In addition to all the character details that del Toro gave her, Chastain also did a good deal of research on her own. She recalled watching Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Misery. “I love the idea of someone being helpless and also Kathy Bates in Misery, I actually feel for that woman when I watch the movie because you think like, ‘God, she’s so pathetic.’ And there’s something about her, she actually just wants love, so I tried to surround myself with films like that.”

Even though Lucille certainly isn’t a hero in the movie, Chastain still needed to empathize with the character and believe in what she was doing. “If someone is your everything in life and the only reason for happiness, you’re gonna be possessive of it, because to lose that is to die. I don’t see that as a negative thing in her because any negative quality that she has, everything comes from love.” She laughed and added, “Everything she does is to give love and to receive love. She might be going about it the wrong way.”

At one point in the film, Lucille plays a lullaby on the piano and Chastain was kind enough to play it for us on a keyboard she had in her trailer. And, for what it’s worth, Chastain also cryptically teased, “[Lucille] doesn’t believe in ghosts.”

Read the full report at Shock Till You Drop website.

Collider Interviews Jessica On Set of “Crimson Peak”

Collider has published this great on-set interview with Jessica on the set of Crimson Peak. Check some excerpts below, also a new production stills and a behind-the-scenes picture in our gallery:

While I’ve done a lot of on-set interviews over the past decade, the group interview with Jessica Chastain on the set of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak was extremely unique. Not only did we speak with her in her trailer, we got to watch her play her character’s lullaby on a small piano and met her extremely cute dog. Let’s just say, this is not the norm for on-set interviews.

During the interview Chastain talked about being able to pick her role, why her trailer was covered with disturbing images, her character’s backstory, her character’s hair and the wigs she had to wear, collaborating with del Toro, and so much more. Crimson Peak opens October 16th.

Question: So we heard that Guillermo approached you and said, ‘Here’s the script, take a look, whatever you want’ and then you decided that you wanted to be the antagonist.
JESSICA CHASTAIN: Yeah.

His quote was that you’re a smart girl.
CHASTAIN: [Laughs].

What was it about the role that got you?
CHASTAIN: Well, first of all, I just wanted to do anything with Guillermo [Del Toro]. He was the first person I met with on Mama, that was the first meeting I had on the movie, and I remember I’d just got into a motocross accident, it was right when Tree of Life and everything had just come out; I was in crutches going into this breakfast meeting with Guillermo and he’s like, ‘I want you to do this movie’ and it just made me laugh so much that I was getting all these offers for these really sweet wives and he wanted me to play this punk rock girl wannabe in a horror film and I thought, ‘Well that’s a guy who thinks outside the box’ so I really liked that. I loved collaborating with him on Mama, he was the producer, and just wanted to do anything with him so when he sent me the script it was kind of just like, ‘Ok, what’s your next project?’ and then when he sent me this I think I gravitated towards Lucille [Sharpe] because as an actress I always want to play the roles that I haven’t played before and I always try to go for as different from me as possible, and Lucille is out of anything I’ve ever played the most different. It’s really far out there and it took a lot, the first three weeks were really difficult for me because I was shooting this and A Most Violent Year –J.C. Chandor’s film– at the same time flying back and forth, and I was very afraid. We’ll see, who knows, when you guys see the movie you can decide. I was very afraid that I wasn’t gonna quite get there on this.

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Crimson Peak: Full Trailer #2

A new trailer for the most anticipated horror film of the year, Crimson Peak, was released today. The haunted house pic stars Wasikowska as an aspiring author torn between the love for her childhood friend and the temptation for a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her tragic past, she gets swept away to a house where things aren’t exactly as they seem.

Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures will release “Crimson Peak” on October 16, and stars Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.

“Crimson Peak” Motion Poster

Check the new Crimson Peak motion poster! The new trailer will be released tomorrow.


‘The Huntsman’ – Sam Claflin Returning as William

The Huntsman, which is already being filmed in Surrey (England), is getting new additions to its already great cast. Sam Claflin was just reported to be reprising his role as William on this ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’ prequel, TheWrap is reporting. He’s joining Jessica, Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron.

The sequel expands the universe established in the first film to reveal how the fates of Eric the Huntsman (Hemsworth) and Ravenna (Theron) intersected before they met Snow White (Stewart).

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will direct from a script by Frank Darabont, who strengthened earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Joe Roth returns to produce, while Palak Patel will executive produce.

The Huntsman is scheduled for a release on April 22, 2016.

‘The Martian’ Featured on Cinemacon

Kicking off the final day of CinemaCon – the annual Las Vegas-based expo for theater owners – 20th Century Fox held their big studio presentation this morning in The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, and a debut sizzle reel from Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ was screened as a special treat at the end of the event. It was introduced by a video from Matt Damon, and while we got to see maybe only three minutes of actual clips from the movie, the feature looks like it could wind up being one of 2015’s finest.

Cinemablend has some description of the footage, check some excerpts about it:

The footage began with a montage of shots featuring a giant NASA facility, the movie’s all-star cast, as well as a few shots of what appears to be the surface of Mars, all with a voice over narration from Matt Damon’s character, Mark Watney. The star explains that it is part of human nature to help each other out, be it forming search parties to find a hiker lost in the woods, or raising money for earthquake relief. He says that this is done in every country around the world “without exception.”

From there, the reel launched into the plot of The Martian, with Jeff Daniels’ Teddy Sanders stepping in front of a microphone during a press conference held in the aforementioned NASA facility. He explains that the organization has been tracking a giant storm about to hit a settlement on Mars, and that as a result they have been forced to abort their mission. Unfortunately, while most of the crew – including Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara, and Michael Pena – were successfully able to reach an escape vehicle, the same could not be said for Mark Watney, who Sanders said died on the surface of Mars. This is not actually true, however, as we then see Watney waking up from being unconscious on the surface of the Red Planet.

Thanks to both the actors in the cast and the plot driving the movie, in recent months many people have made comparisons between The Martian, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, but the CinemaCon footage definitely made the upcoming feature look like it is its own thing, and a project to anticipate in the final months of 2015. We’ll see if Ridley Scott can deliver something cool and new when the film hits theaters on November 25th.

Reception all over the internet are being positive so far. Let’s hope we can see some of this footage soon!

Jessica attends “Interstellar Live” At The Royal Albert Hall

Jessica attended this Monday (30) an special screening of Interstellar Live, which featured a live score performed by Hans Zimmer and a 60-piece orchestra in London. I have a few images added in our gallery, check it:

“Interstellar” Screen Captures

In another film update, you can find blu-ray quality screen captures of Interstellar in our gallery. The film is already available on Amazon Instant Video and will be available on DVD/Blu-Ray next March 31 – and you can already pre-order it. Enjoy!


“A Most Violent Year” Screen Captures

One of the latest Jessica projects, J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, is now available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video and you can find now screen captures added in our gallery.


A Most Violent Year will be available in DVD/Blu-Ray next April 7th.

Jessica Will Get Offered “Ms. Sloane” Lead?

Deadline is reporting that director John Madden is in talks to direct “Ms. Sloane” and they are also reporting that Jessica is being eyed for the lead.

Director John Madden, coming off the success of helming his sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is in negotiations to direct Ms. Sloane, an original script from first-time screenwriter Jonathan Perera that centers on a lobbyist who takes on the powerful gun lobby to push through federal gun control legislation.

This is early days on this project, which would be produced and financed by FilmNation Entertainment. I’m hearing, though, that if the deal is made, the first call will be to Jessica Chastain, who co-starred with Madden on his 2010 drama The Debt. She would play the lead, the seasoned lobbyist who, with her small team of politicos, attempts to pass the hot-button legislation into federal law while going up against well-financed and unscrupulous members of the gun lobby.