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Watch: 20 Minutes interview to VOST Cinéma

Jessica was interviewed by French VOST Cinéma (from Cinéma Canal +) to promote A Most Violent Year. Watch it:

Magazines Cover-Up: Empire, EW and Total Film

A Most Violent Year – and, of course, Jessica – are featured in some magazines from this earlier 2015. Entertainment Weekly has on its first issue of 2015 reviews from AMVY plus Miss Julie. Empire bring us AMVY and also feature Jessica as one of the year performers. And the February issue of Total Film has a feature on Jessica, AMVY in review and a special feature with Crimson Peak, with no new picture of Jess but you now can find the already released still in high quality at the gallery.

Jessica and Oscar Isaac for Yahoo Style

Yahoo Style published today this photoshoot featuring Jessica and Oscar Isaac, in order to promote A Most Violent Year.

Chastain has been hailed as a director’s darling, a chameleon-like talent who can shape shift into any character. So when Chandor was casting about for a male lead he solicited Chastain’s help. She immediately suggested Isaac, a fellow Julliard School graduate who was a virtual unknown until he made his star turn in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewellyn Davis in 2013. “We had never acted together in school— he was a few years behind me— but I always wanted to do something with him,” she says.

Their thespian chops are on full display in A Most Violent Year. The film may be subtle (the violence is mostly alluded to), but both give powerhouse performances. Chastain is razor sharp as the cigarette-smoking, ice queen while Isaac, who said it was hard to grasp the part (“I know nothing about business and the heating oil business seemed so boring…”), nails it as a conflicted man struggling to obtain the American Dream.

Read the full article at Yahoo Style

The 21 Best Performances Of 2014 by The Playlist

The Playlist ranked on their website the 21 best performances in 2014, and they listed Jessica Chastain among them, under the #8.

8. Jessica Chastain – “A Most Violent Year”
The wife of the kingpin in a crime movie often feels like an afterthought or a nagging counterpoint to an antihero and inspired by Dick Cheney of all people, Jessica Chastain’s Anna in “A Most Violent Year” puts her would-be good-guy husband to shame. She’s a force of nature, threatening to do what her well-intentioned spouse can’t (or won’t) with a terrifying energy and a solid Brooklyn accent. She hands out goody bags and shoots a pistol with equal aplomb, and Chastain’s performance ensures that she’s never out of control, even while Oscar Isaac’s Abel feels events spiraling beyond his control. What’s most remarkable isn’t the performance itself; it’s that Anna falls alongside the variety of roles Chastain has taken on in 2014: the brittle title character in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby;” her strong, sensitive Murph in “Interstellar”; and her unhinged aristocrat in “Miss Julie.” Any one of those could have stood out in another year, and her prescence in all four makes us question what everyone else is doing with their talent and time.

Five Questions to Jessica and Oscar Isaac

USA Today invited Jessica and Oscar for their five questions session, during A Most Violent Year press round.

First Look: Jessica Chastain in “Crimson Peak”

Entertainment Weekly published on this week issue the first official look of Jessica on Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak! To the magazine, Jessica talked a little about the film:

It was really draining, emotionally and spiritually. The experience took more out of me than enything I’d ever done. When I finished I had to take some time off.

Check HQ scans in our gallery:

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date

The DVD/Blu-Ray release date for ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby‘ was announced. It will be available on digital download on January 23, 2015 before heading to DVD, Blu-Ray™ and On Demand February 3, 2015. Both the DVD and Blu-Ray™ include bonus films, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: HIM and THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: HER, giving the consumer the complete picture of the story as it was intended to be seen. The film has a running time of 123 minutes and is rated R for language.

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Read the full announcement on Awards Circuit.

Jessica receives London Film Critics Nomination

The London Film Critics’ Circle has announced the nominations for its 35th annual awards ceremony and, once again, Jessica received a supporting actress nomination for her work in A Most Violent Year – which got another nomination to Kasia Walicka-Maimone for Technical Achievement Award in costumes.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Marion Bailey – Mr Turner
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Agata Kulesza – Ida
Emma Stone – Birdman

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday 18 January 2015 at The May Fair Hotel.

Jessica receives “Critics’ Choice” Nomination

The nominees for 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards were revealed and Jessica was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her work in “A Most Violent Year“, alongside the already announced MVP in Films. It was the only nomination for Jessica and for A Most Violent Year, but Interstellar received 7 nominations including Best Young Actress to lovely Mackenzie Foy, Best Cinematography and Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer

The show will be broadcast live on A&E from the iconic Hollywood Palladium on January 15th at 9PM!

New Interview About ‘A Most Violent Year’

Indiewire has published a great interview with Jessica about A Most Violent Year:

So often in the crime drama, female characters are relegated to these smaller, secondary roles. But your character here is much more than that. Can you talk about building a figure that is actually much greater than the usual moll or femme fatale?
A lot of credit goes to J.C. [Chandor], the writer. When he first sent me the script, the thing I said to him was, “You know what? I just have this idea for her, for what you wrote. Of course, I’m sure you’ve never thought about this. To me, she feels like Dick Cheney. I’d love to explore that more with her.” I love the idea that, in this film, you underestimate her. It’s fun playing a character that is underestimated. You see her putting makeup on, you think, “Okay, this is the ‘wife’ of this crime thriller.” But then you realize, “Oh, no, she’s a lot more than that.”

One of the interesting things about that misconception is that it plays a lot into the gender politics between her and Oscar Isaac’s character. What do you think that element of the film reflects about 1981, or about today?
Well, in 1981, it was absolutely a man’s world in New York City. You feel some change coming to the world, because you have the granddaughter [Annie Funke] starting to take control of the other heating oil business. But for sure when Anna — in 1970, maybe? — when her father gave the company to her husband… in 1970 in New York City, it wouldn’t have been very common for a woman to run that business. Thank God we’ve gone forward! Of course I don’t think we’ve gone far enough, and we have some ways to go, but J.C. shows the sexism in it. She’s a woman, she’s very smart, and she realizes she needs to use what tools she has when she can. And that even means when she’s going to the bankers’ dinner, she’s going to wear a very revealing dress, because that is her tool in a man’s world. I think he’s a very smart writer, J.C. His brain is crazy!

In developing your character, were there any specific influences from crime fiction, or elsewhere? Of course there’s the staple: Lady Macbeth.
It’s interesting. A lot of people mention Lady Macbeth because she’s the go-to when you think of a strong female character with a husband. But the problem with that is that Lady Macbeth goes crazy. Anna doesn’t. Anna is very comfortable doing what she’s doing. And she has no qualms about it! She has no regrets. She actually feels that’s the way things need to be done. So that is the difference. I can say yes to Lady Macbeth in that she is a woman who is inspiring her husband to be larger and bigger than he even thinks is possible. He’s her king. But she never regrets what she does.

What’s interesting is that in a movie filled with physically large, gun-wielding men, your character is the most intimidating character in the film. I don’t know if you consider yourself an intimidating person—
Oh, I hope not! [Laughs]

Read the full interview on Indiewire.