More USA Today Portraits

Added additional adorable pictures to the portrait session Jessica and James did to USA Today while promoting The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby:

Jessica covers Harper’s Bazzar UK

Jessica is on the cover of November issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, featuring a large interview and a beautiful photoshoot in which she’s wearing Valentino Couture, Armani Privé and Christian Dior Couture dresses.

This year, Jessica Chastain had a birthday party. The photographs are all over her Facebook page: Chastain playing a high-stakes game of ping-pong, bellowing into a microphone mid-karaoke, blowing out candles on her birthday cake. And finally, that classic end-of-night shot, the one when you’re drunk on love for your friends and the music’s turned up loud: Chastain has an arm in the air, eyes closed, red hair flying across her face, and she looks ready to dance until sun-up.

These moments don’t happen often. It was Chastain’s first birthday party for as long as she can remember, she says now. She hates being the centre of attention, and her life, when she’s not working, is peaceful, low-key. Chastain likes routine: a walk on the beach with her dog Chaplin; green tea; yoga. Her time is not usually frittered away in bars. It’s certainly not spent in the thick of a crowd, especially a crowd who are all there for her, singing her name. ‘I hate it when people sing “Happy Birthday” to me,’ she says, still cringing. She is, she insists, shy. To be interviewed is almost liberating because it forces her to talk in a way she wouldn’t usually, especially to a stranger. ‘Probably there are some people who feel great about themselves and don’t second-guess anything they say or do or wear, but that’s just not me.’ [Read more]

Jessica to help Cinematheque honor Matthew McConaughey

LATIMES – Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Garner and Reese Witherspoon will help hail the McConaissance.

The three actresses are among the friends and colleagues set to fete Matthew McConaughey, the 28th recipient of the American Cinematheque award, at the organization’s annual benefit gala on Oct. 21.

Late-night TV’s Jimmy Kimmel will host the event, which takes place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Other participants scheduled to pay tribute to the Oscar-winning actor include Cole Hauser (“Dazed and Confused”) and producer Lili Fini Zanuck (“Reign of Fire”), with additional presenters to be announced.

The nonprofit Cinematheque, which operates the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, named McConaughey its latest honoree in June, calling him “the epitome of what a Hollywood star should be.”

(Videos) El Hormiguero

Yesterday Jessica was guest at El Hormiguero, a very popular Spanish tv show, to promote The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and you can now find the videos of her appearance in our archive.

(Scans) Empire Magazine

Hey, welcome Interstellar madness! November issue of Empire magazine is featuring the film, with two covers (a gorgeous one subscriber cover featuring McConaughey) and several pages of technical information, new photos, and interviews with the cast. You can find now digital scans up in our gallery:

Jessica Chastain visits El Hormiguero

“A Most Violent Year” To Have World Premiere At AFI Fest

The Playlist – AFI Fest has announced that “A Most Violent Year” will have its world premiere as part of the Opening Night Gala on November 6th. The red carpet beforehand will see the likes of Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel and Catalina Sandino Moreno, each co-starring in a movie about an immigrant trying to make his way in a violence plagued New York City in 1981.

“A Most Violent Year” opens in limited release on December 31st.

Jessica in talks to join Ridley Scott’s “The Martian:

Both Jessica Chastain and Michael Pena (End of Watch) are, according to Variety, in early talks to join Matt Damon in 20th Century Fox’s The Martian.

The Martian is based on Andy Weir’s 2012 e-book publication, which issued a print edition this past February. It is officially described as follows:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Jessica Chastain mulls breakthrough role as Salome

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Five years ago, a virtually unknown stage and TV actress from California auditioned for a play that Al Pacino was directing and starring in. The play was Salome, written by Oscar Wilde, and the actress was Jessica Chastain. A film was made of the stage production, and within three years Chastain had been nominated for two Oscars.

Now Pacino has made a documentary about the making of Salome – called Wilde Salome – and they are both available for the first time to British audiences.

“This is really special to me”, says Chastain. “This is my first film role, and this is the first time anyone ever really believed in me. Before I got this role I could rarely even get film auditions”.

This is really special to me. This is my first film role, and this is the first time anyone ever really believed in me. Before I got this role I could rarely even get film auditions.

“I got cast in the play first, and we did that, and then Al wanted to make the play into a movie in Los Angeles – because when Al Pacino does a play, everyone wants to see him – and then that was an incredible showcase for me. The audience would be scratching their heads and saying, ‘Who’s that red-headed girl with Al playing Salome?'”

Wilde’s play, originally written in French in 1891, is a tragedy based upon the Biblical account of the Tetrarch Herod (played by Pacino), who gave his stepdaughter Salome the head of John the Baptist in return for her dancing for him.

The original Salome was supposed to be about 16-years-old but Chastain, who was 32 at the time, does not think that her being twice Salome’s age mattered in the casting. She said: “The play still shows the themes – it’s a woman discovering her sexuality and trying to test its boundaries. It was a very dark, different play for Wilde to write compared to his other comedies.

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Website Update: The Debt

Today I’ve updated our website with a page dedicated to 2011 film The Debt, and as I did with the other (few) career pages, uploaded a lot of related videos to our archive. Clips, behind-the-scenes, and related interviews can now be found, and there’s more transcribed interviews about the film needing to be added. Follow the image links below to view all videos added: