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You may know Jessica from her roles in movies as Take Shelter, Coriolanus, Mama, Lawless, or the acclaimed Tree of Life, Zero Dark Thirty and The Help.
Jessica has first appeared on the public eyes during 2011 Cannes, when a very shy and beautiful redhead was being guided by Brad Pitt and Sean Penn on the red carpet. In a few months her career exploded, with seven movies being released in sequel and her first Oscar nomination coming right after. Today, it's nearly impossible you never have heard about her.
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So, Cannes line-up has been unveiled today and we have a good and a not so good news for you. Eleanor Rigby will be screening – out of competition, but in Un Certain Regar – but sadly it seems that won’t be a two-parts movie anymore. As The Film Stage published, it sadly seems to be cut by The Weinstein Company to less than two hours. Let’s hope the film propotion starts soon with a trailer and more footages.
Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14th to May 25th.
Variety is reporting that Myriad Pictures has closed sales in most international territories for “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her“. The deals were closed following screenings at the American Film Market.
Myriad closed new deals with Prokino for Germany and Austria, Imagine for Benelux, Ster-Kinekor for South Africa, Praesens for Switzerland, Seven Films for Greece, Discovery for former Yugoslavia, HGC for China, and Mono Generation for Thailand. Myriad is also fielding offers for Japan, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
The Weinstein Co. acquired all North American rights, the UK and France at Toronto. TWC is planning a theatrical release in the US for 2014.
Previous deals for “Rigby” include Wanda Vision for Spain, Koch Media for Italy, Swen for Latin America, and Transmission for Australia.
Back in September, while attending TIFF to promote ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ she did a portrait to The Hollywood Reporter, which was published in their September 27 issue. Thanks to JAMSession we have up the scans, and also I have the portraits added to the gallery as well.
Deadline reported earlier this week that The Weinstein Company was near a deal to acquire U.S. and multiple territories on “The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: His/Hers”. The news is now officially confirmed, official press release can be found below.
NEW YORK (September 13, 2013) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that they are acquiring the U.S., Canadian, UK and French rights to writer/director Ned Benson’s THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY. The film elicits riveting performances from an acclaimed cast led by Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, and a richly talented supporting cast that includes Academy Award® winner William Hurt, two-time Academy Award® nominee Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Ciarán Hinds, Bill Hader, Nina Arianda, and Jess Weixler. The film is produced by Cassandra Kulukundis, Benson, Chastain, Todd Labarowski and Emanuel Michael and executive produced by Kirk D’Amico, Peter Pastorelli, Brad Coolidge, Melissa Coolidge, Jim Casey and Kim Waltrip. It premiered to critical acclaim on Monday afternoon in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Special Presentation Section.
The Playlist has published their review for ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’. As if we didn’t need to be more excited and curious about the movie. Check some excerpts:
Filmmaker Ned Benson has been working on his “Eleanor Rigby” project for over 7 years. Having met Jessica Chastain 10 years ago, during a film festival where she saw and fell in love with one of his shorts, the project became something of a passion for the two of them. Chastain’s best friend Jess Weixler became involved and the idea of telling a story about a seismic incident that can topple a strong relationship between a man and a woman began to develop. Chastain has even mentioned that Benson would visit her on set of Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life” to write pages of his story and get inspired by Malick’s method (there’s an unmistakable Malickian influence in the tone of “Eleanor Rigby”). What began as a story about a woman, written specifically for Chastain, started to grow into something much deeper and bigger, until Benson realized the potential of a pretty ingenious concept. Telling the same story from two different perspectives: “Him” and “Her.” Benson then took the idea further, screening both versions back-to-back at TIFF, with “Him” first, with the intention that the films be released separately to the public, most likely to give the choice to the viewers on which one they would like to see first.
(…)The story revolves around a couple who have been together for 7 years; Connor (James McAvoy) is a 33-year-old bar-owner and Eleanor (Chastain) is struggling with unhappiness and needs a change. One day, she decides to start from scratch and disappear from Connor’s life, asking him not to contact her nor to try and find her. In “Him”, we follow Connor as he talks to his friends (including his chef played by the priceless Bill Hader) and his father (Cirian Hinds, in a very nuanced and endearing performance), trying to understand the situation and dealing with this incredibly impactful change in his life. In “Her” we see some of the same events that transpired in “Him” but from Eleanor’s vantage point, as she attempts to make some kind of meaningful change in her life with the help of her family (William Hurt and Isabelle Huppert are her parents and Weixler is her sister) and her teacher (Viola Davis, in easily her best role since “The Help”). How do you move on? Where does “you” stop and “us” begin? Can a person truly change? These questions, and more, percolate in Benson’s epic story of love, life, loss, happiness and family.
Perhaps it sounds all a bit too Hallmark (to use one of the characters phrases), and in the hands of some of other less talented artists these kinds of stories nosedive straight into the territory of some bad made-for-cable Lifetime movie. But Benson’s multi-layered, organically paced, delicate and quite often hilarious screenplay holds it all together with wit and . He was also fortunate enough to land the perfect ensemble cast. McAvoy has never been better; obviously comfortable with the role and completely understanding Connor’s confusion, he looks relaxed and is inherently likable from the very first frame. Chastain’s Eleanor is cold and distant compared to Connor, but as the delicate actress that she is, she gives all of herself and delivers another highly nuanced, human character. The rest of the supporting cast, including the perfect fathers Hinds and Hurt, the wine-drinking Huppert going through a “quiet crisis” and the cynically hilarious and gentle soul that is Viola Davis all just add to the strengths of the film.
Jessica attended yesterday a InStyle party on TIFF, and she was beautiful wearing a Dolce & Gabbana dress. You can find pictures of it in the gallery, plus lots of additions from premiere and Variety Studio: