Time unveiled their 2014 Most Influential People list and Lawless/Zero Dark Thirty producer Megan Ellis is among them. The personality chosen to write a tribute was, obviously, her friend Jessica.
Hollywood’s powerful wunderkind
The Italian Renaissance flourished because patrons like the Medici family sponsored artists and valued their craft. Today the film industry has been blessed with a modern version of the Medicis — a single benefactor who has the utmost respect for cinema: Megan Ellison.
I first met Megan on the set of Lawless in 2011 and quickly discovered her love of cinema. Her Annapurna Pictures produces daringly original films driven by visionaries, including Zero Dark Thirty, True Grit, The Master, American Hustle and Her. They have earned a total of 35 Academy Award nominations, and she is the first female producer to earn two Best Picture nominations in the same year. Oh, and she’s only 28.
Megan is not only changing the direction our industry is going in, she’s also enriching our culture. Where would we be without Lorenzo the Magnificent supporting Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo? I’m glad that we’ll never have to know.
Chastain is an Academy Award–nominated actress
Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is nearing a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s passion project “Blonde,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Representatives for Chastain and Worldview Entertainment did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
First announced in 2010, “Blonde” is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 700-page novel of the same name, which reimagines the inner, poetic and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker — the child, the woman and the fated-celebrity better known by her studio name of Marilyn Monroe.
Oates drew on biographical and historical sources to paint an intimate portrait of Marilyn that reveals a fragile, gifted young woman who repeatedly remade her identity to overcome the odds and define stardom in the 1950s.
Naomi Watts had previously been attached to star but she hasn’t been involved with “Blonde” for some time. Chastain’s involvement has been rumored for some time, as Dominik let it slip that she was his choice to star in “Blonde” back in February at a revival screening of “Jesse James.”
While scheduling is still being worked out with another Chastain movie, “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” Dominik also revealed that production is expected to start in August.
THR is reporting that Jessica is expected to attend the this year’s MET Gala on May 5th in New York. Be sure to come back then for our coverage. We can’t wait to see what she is going to wear!
It is not without intention that this year’s May 5 Metropolitan Museum Gala and Costume Exhibit theme “Charles James: Beyond Fashion (1906-1978)” is diametrically opposed to last year’s raucous and rakish “Punk.” Considered one of the few true American couturiers, James perfected the art of the ballgown.
There’s no mandate for women, but the Jamesian-style ball gowns are expected to stun — and make group photos, as well as walking the Met’s stairs, challenging. THR hears attendance was booked fast and early: Prada will be represented by brand face Lupita Nyong’o and Michelle Dockery; Prabal Gurung by Zoe Saldana; Givenchy by Amanda Seyfried; J. Mendel by Taylor Swift; Diane von Furstenberg by Margot Robbie and Olivia Munn; Tommy Hilfiger by Zooey Deschanel; with Jessica Chastain, Emilia Clarke, Naomi Watts, Jessica Pare and Allison Williams also attending.
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.
A new casting call sheet for Crimson Peak revealed a little bit more about the movie plot details:
The film is a haunting gothic horror story directed by Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy” series, “Pacific Rim”), from a screenplay by Matthew Robbins, del Toro and Lucinda Coxon, starring Mia Wasikowska (“Alice in Wonderland”), Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers”), Jessica Chastain (“Mama”), Charlie Hunnam (“Pacific Rim”) and Jim Beaver (TV’s “Deadwood). The film is produced by Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, as well as del Toro and producer Callum Greene. Legendary Pictures’ Jillian Share serves as the film’s executive producer.
The film is the story of a young aspiring author (Wasikowska) who, in the aftermath of a family tragedy, is torn between love for her childhood friend (Hunnam) and the temptation of a mysterious outsider (Hiddleston). Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to rural England to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.
The film will be released by Universal in IMAX on Friday, October 16, 2015.
Jessica’s birthday is tomorrow, but she and friends are already celebrating in Toronto. She posted on her Facebook some pictures of the party held last night, with the presence of his boyfriend Gian Luca, her co-star Tom Hiddleston, her best friend Jess Weixler and more. Since the pictures are personal, we won’t post on our gallery, but you can rush to her facebook page to see it!
My friends have traveled to Toronto to begin the Birthday festivities. There was a delicious dinner at Brassaii, ping pong matches, crazy dancing, and karaoke. The past few years has been so wonderful and full of work that I sometimes feel like I live on a film set. It was great to spend time with my nearest and dearest. It’s a reminder of what’s important in life. xxjes
According to The Irish Independent, actors Jeremy Irons and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are set to join the cast of the silver screen adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture. Both stars are in negotiations to join female leads Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave in the big budget production, which will start filming this June, and are expected to sign contracts in the next 10 days.
It is not yet known what characters Irons and Rhys Meyers are being lined-up to play in The Secret Scripture, but a source confirmed they will both take on prominent roles.
The project, which has been in the pipeline for nearly two years, will be entirely shot in Ireland over the summer, with an Irish crew – giving a further boost to the film industry as well as the Irish economy.