Jessica Chastain and her fellow crew friends seem to be having a great time on the Prague set of The Zookeeper’s Wife, where Chastain was currently working with “way more” women than she’s ever collaborated with before on a film production. She says the experience has still been transformative, writing in an essay for The Hollywood Reporter that she and the other female members of the Zookeeper’s Wife team are “giddy with happiness:”
The energy is great, you all are working together as a community, and everyone is participating in the exchange of ideas. You don’t feel a hierarchy; you don’t have anyone feeling like they are being left out or bullied or humiliated. Sometimes being the only girl on a set, you can feel like a sexual object.
I was talking to other actors about this recently, and the wonderful thing about having so many women on set is there hasn’t been anyone who has screamed or anything like that. It’s a very collaborative experience, and it’s been heaven for me. We all hang out all the time — there are no strange power plays or egos. We know how rare making this kind of film is. We’re giddy with happiness.
I don’t think it’s a fluke. If you look at the people who put the film together, it’s a lot of women who have had a difficult time in the industry, so of course they are going to want to be on a set where they aren’t the token woman, where there are more voices. And I’m positive that just comes from the women in the power positions making room for other women. Of course, Niki and producers Diane and Kim are not going to think it would be strange to hire a woman — I’m sure that probably helped matters.
The essay, which originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment” issue, is definitely worth a full read.
The International Press Academy announced it’s official nominations yesterday and The Martian received nine nominations, including Best Actor (Matt Damon), Best Motion Picture, Best Director (Ridley Scott), Best Adapted Screenplay (Drew Goddard), Original Score, Cinematography, Visual Effects, Film Editing and Sound.
Be sure to head over to the official website for the full list with nominees. The presentation of the 20th Annual Satellite Awards will be held on February 21, 2016 in Los Angeles. Congratulations to the cast & crew on the nominations!
Fox tentpole The Martian has blasted off in China, opening to $50.1 million. That’s far ahead of fellow space epics Gravity and Interstellar.
Globally, The Martian has rocketed past the $500 million mark thanks to its late China run, finishing Sunday with an estimated $545.1 million in worldwide ticket sales. To boot, the film has become Ridley Scott’s biggest movie internationally, surpassing Prometheus ($278 million).
The Martian has grossed $218.6 million domestically and $326.1 million overseas. (THR)
The fantastical world of Snow White and the Huntsman expands to reveal how the fates of The Huntsman Eric and Queen Ravenna are deeply and dangerously intertwined. Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in The Huntsman Winter’s War, an epic action-adventure in which they are joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) once again leads the team in a breathtaking new tale nested in the legendary saga.
Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.
When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War comes on theaters next April 22, 2016.
The first trailer for Universal Pictures’ Snow White and the Huntsman sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War takes audiences deeper into the story of the title character. It explores the origins of Chris Hemsworth’s ax-wielding warrior, but also the newly introduced Sara, as played by Jessica Chastain. Another new addition is Emily Blunt’s Freya the Ice Queen, the younger sister of the departed Queen Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron.
Also starring Sam Claflin and Nick Frost, The Huntsman Winter’s War opens April 22, 2016.
Universal released today posters for the upcoming Snow White And The Huntsman spin-off The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and one of the posters feature Jessica as The Warrior.
This time it’s Cedric Nicolas-Troyan in the director’s chair, working from a script by Frank Darabont, Craig Mazin and Evan Spilliotopoulos. The Huntsman: Winter’s War is set to theaters on April 22, 2016, and also stars Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, and Emily Blunt, with Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith as the Dwarves.