Jessica attended last night in New York the premiere for A24’s A Most Violent Year. She was joined by co-star Oscar Isaac, director J C Chandor and producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb. I have over 300 HQ pictures of the event added to our gallery:
A new clip for Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie was released. Watch it:
Deadline reported that Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington will star opposite Jessica on Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F Donovan.
Harington will play the titular American movie star, whose correspondence with an 11-year-old actor living with his mother in England is exposed, prompting ill-founded assumptions that begin to destroy his life and career.
Chastain is attached to play the editrix of celebrity-dishing magazine The Gossip, who targets Donovan as his pen pal relationship is exposed in the public eye.
Dolan did an interview to Indiewire’s Thompson in which he talked about Jessica.
You already have another film in the works, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” which stars Jessica Chastain. She fell in love with “Mommy” at Cannes and now you’re going to work together. I just love that story.
She also so generously talked about “Mommy” in the media and on Twitter. She’s just so generous to me and honest and, you know what, I had been, when we met, seeking actors and let’s be honest, Cannes had not yet happened and that was another ball game. Tthings have changed because there has been more exposure in all of this. When she wrote about “Mommy” on Twitter, I had been reaching out to people, waiting for like a year and a half. At this point when you have such a great artist like her who is not only passionate about acting, but passionate about other people, projects, who is educated, who is excited about all the aspects of filmmaking, and that person wants to work with you, I mean, you instantly want to work with her. And there was this great part, this important part in the movie where I thought I had never thought of her for “it” but it just made so much sense and now I’m just thinking about it every day. We’re going to have so much fun doing this. She’s a mega tricky villain. Like full-on bitch.
She’s great at that, but she hash’t had a real showcase to play bitchy. There are shades of that in “A Most Violent Year,” but it’s a more nuanced role.
I’m a fan of what she does and I can see all that she can do, but she has not played this part. It’s a very specific part. It’s sheer evil.
Dolan also said they’re currently casting for ‘Donovan’, and they will be shooting for 75 days in five different cities.
Jessica was all pretty in pink yesterday while attending a private screening of Interstellar at the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills. I have a few HQ pictures added:
The National Board of Review announced its 2014 winners selecting J.C. Chandor’s crime drama about thuggish New Jersey-New York oil cartels, A Most Violent Year, as best film and Clint Eastwood as best director for his biopic of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, American Sniper. In total, A Most Violent Year grabbed three awards — the most of any title today — including best actor for Oscar Isaac (who tied with Michael Keaton for Birdman) and best supporting actress Jessica Chastain.
In a statement, National Board of Review president Annie Schulhof exclaimed, “A Most Violent Year is an exhilarating crime drama with a compelling story, outstanding performances, and an elegant cinematic style. J.C. Chandor has given us a new and provocative perspective on the American Dream.”
The awards will be handed out on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Lara Spencer will host the event.
Jessica and Mark Ruffalo was paired on Variety Studios Actors on Actors and today alongside the cover was released a portrait (which you can find in our gallery) and another excerpt from the interview. Check it:
Ruffalo: So I would assume that you’re an actor who doesn’t mind a proper rehearsal.
Chastain: Yes, I love it.
Ruffalo: And do you think that comes from your training? Being onstage?
Chastain: Definitely, but I have been in situations where they say, “Yes, we need you for a week of rehearsal before,” and then you just end up sitting in your hotel room for a week.
Ruffalo: So do you find that the art of rehearsing been lost? I mean I feel like a lot of people don’t know how to rehearse.
Chastain: Well to me, it always depends on the actor. Because sometimes it’s great when the first time you say the lines with the other person is caught on camera. For me, rehearsal isn’t about going over the scene over and over again; it’s about going through the script as who I am — not as the character — and saying, what does this line mean and how long have we known each other? … Fleshing out as much as you can that’s not on the page, and building the relationship with the other actor.
Ruffalo: So do you feel more free because of that? Did you improvise a little bit?
Chastain: Actually, (with) Christopher Nolan for “Interstellar,” I was shocked, because I thought he wouldn’t want improvisation. But one of the very first days, I had these speeches to do, and Chris said to me, “OK, why don’t you just put it in your own words now?” The more you rehearse and know your character — even if you’re rehearsing on your own — the easier it is to improvise. Did you guys improvise?
Ruffalo: Yeah, we would start on the script, and then break free, and it wouldn’t be much, maybe a little exercise that then (we) would refine. (Director Bennett Miller) would say, “I really like that. Let’s take that piece of improvisation, do it again, see where we go if we add this (other) element.” So we were building. And then he’d strip out all the dialogue, and it would be a physicalization — you know, hold that moment, don’t feel compelled to say anything, but let that improvisation inform what’s happening between the two of you. And sometimes in those improvisations, there would be a long silence, or there would be some physical thing that came out of the improvisation that would be the whole scene.
This cover is from December 2nd issue of Variety. You will find scans here asap!