What do you need to know about ‘Crimson Peak’

Shock Till You Drop has an amazing interview with Guillermo Del Toro about Crimson Peak – made back in March – and he shared a lot about the film so far.

The film stars Mia Wasikowska as Edith, a young woman who crosses paths with two siblings from England, Lady Lucille Sharpe and Sir Thomas Sharpe (Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston). Charlie Hunnam’s Dr. Alan McMichael has had his eye on Edith for quite some time, so when Edith heads out of town with Thomas, he’s not too happy about it. However, Dr. McMichael’s broken heart is the least of Edith’s worries because soon after arriving at the Sharpe’s house, she comes to realize something’s not quite right with the place.

Crimson Peak will be released only in October 16, 2015, but we’re excited already about it. You can read some excerpts below, and head over the STYD website for the full interview:

It’s part love story, part ghost story. “The reason I was attracted to this thing is that, when one story ends, the other one flows, you know? Like, you have, I think, a really good love story and when that ebbs, the ghost story kicks in, and then the complete psycho story picks up, you know? So my hope is, I don’t want to do a straight gothic romance. I want to do it hardcore, which is different. But I don’t want to do it exactly the way it has been done. I want to bring different stuff.”

Mother Sharpe is responsible for it all, but will only appear in the film in a portrait hanging in the living room. “This is the guilty party of everything that happens.” Discussing the actual painting, del Toro explained, “The photo of the lady was taken by David Cronenberg’s daughter and that’s what we based the light on.” He added, “This is a very typical pose of a landowner portrait in Victorian portraiture. The cameo on her neck is the cameo that was my grandmother’s, and it’s the cameo that is [in] The Devil’s Backbone on the character of Marisa Paredes, and it’s the cameo that Jessica wears. And the ring on her finger [is] the ring that Thomas gives Mia as an engagement ring when they’re gonna marry.”

What we know about the Crimson Peak ghosts. “I wanted to do it on camera. I didn’t want ghosts that felt translucent. I wanted ghosts that were there. But they’re very, very special and peculiar and nice … There’s basically two or three forms they have and they are there with the actors. The actors turn around and there’s the mother*cker.”

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Ischia Festival – Day 5

Jessica attended a press conference at Ischia Festival two days ago, and while I’m still looking for more info/videos about it, check this pretty pictures I’ve found:

Deauville 2014 to Present a Tribute to Jessica Chastain

Variety – Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) will be feted at Deauville American Film Festival with a tribute.

Previous Deauville honorees include Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Susan Sarandon, Robin Wright and Naomi Watts.

“Through her successive roles, (Chastain) has confirmed her emotional capacity to grab the limelight like no one since Nicole Kidman, and the Festival presented her with its “New Hollywood” award.(…) We salute her grace and talent, and the beauty of the truth she brings to her performance, which Christopher Nolan and Guillermo del Toro will raise to new heights in their forthcoming films,” said Bruno Barde, Deauville’s artistic director.

Added Barde, “The tribute is a token of our affection, admiration, recognition and esteem for the talent of the recipient. For the past few years, we have been paying tribute to those actresses who embody the cinema of today, and who will form the legacy of tomorrow.”

Chastain has been on Deauville’s radar since her performance in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” She received the festival’s New Hollywood award in 2011, the release year of “Take Shelter,” which won Deauville’s Grand Prize.

The star’s upcoming movies include “A Most Violent Year,” Del Toro’s “Crimson Peak,” “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” “Miss July” and Nolan’s “Interstellar.”

Jessica talks ‘Blonde’ to ANSA.it

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While on Ischia Festival, Jessica did an interview to ANSA.it to talk about Blonde. Thanks to our friends from Jessica Chastain Italian Page we have the translation to English:

I am thrilled it is not a traditional biopic that Andrew Dominik is preparing, but a story about the idea of this woman who becomes a blonde and being devoured by the fame and the film industry. I think it’s an important story to tell in Hollywood, where the system of the studios is not so changed since then.

The film is still in pre production and is too soon to know a date for the start of filming. Jessica’s favorite movie with Marilyn? Bus stop. Jessica then spoke of her relationship with Italian cinema.

“I appreciate the Italian cinema, I hope to improve the language to understand it better. Fellini first of all and then I love Dario Argento’s Suspiria. Nicolas Refn recommended it to me, he was right. And I like Gomorra, altough I can not remember the name of the director, it would be wonderful to work with him. I find that Italian cinema is going through a good phase, The Great Beauty was a great movie this year ‘

And how Jessica’s future will be? “Full of cinema, also as a producer, like I did for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. For artists, I find it a great responsibility to support their colleagues.

Photos: Ischia Global Fest – Day 3

Jessica and actor Chiwetel Ejiofor was awarded last night as actress and actor of the year at Ischia Global Fest. It was also the Italian premiere of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, showed up at the festival. Check in our gallery some pictures of the evening:

FYI: Jessica Chastain wore a glittering Mary Katrantzou dress.

Photos: Ischia Festival, Day 2

More photos of Jessica at Ischia Festival has been added to our gallery:

Guillermo del Toro Talks the Status of “Crimson Peak”

Director Giillermo del Toro did a small interview to Collider about some of his projects, including Crimson Peak:

Del Toro most recently wrapped filming on his next film, Crimson Peak. The pic has been described as a classical gothic romance ghost story and stars Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, and Mia Wasikowska. Del Toro has normally kept to more colorful stories for his English-language pics and tackled heavier subject matter in Spanish, so Crimson Peak marks a significant “first” for the filmmaker:

“It’s the first time I tackle, on film, an adult subject in a way that is not based on a property or comic book/animation type of arena. Mimic was such a shocking experience that I made a decision back then in 1997 to do the sort of more auteristic, harder-to-pin movies in Spanish and do the big pop spectacles in English. It was finding a home at Legendary and being supported by Universal—Donna Langley was a big champion of Crimson Peak—that gave me the courage to try to bring those sort of adult tools to an English-language studio film. It is, by comparison with Hellboy or Pacific Rim, Crimson is a smaller movie, but it’s very, very personal. So it’s something I haven’t tried before and I’m very proud of it and happy.”

While he’s set to head into pre-production on Pacific Rim 2 next month, del Toro says Crimson Peak is already in fine shape despite the fact that it doesn’t open until October 2015:

“I just finished my director’s cut, which is very, very quick six weeks after wrapping because I basically cut while I shoot. I’m very close to the final cut. I’m doing a temp mix at Skywalker Sound to show the movie from beginning to end to the studio, Universal and Legendary. They’ve both seen the movie in pieces, in long, long fragments, but they haven’t seen it beginning to end. We have temp effects for basically almost everything, because again I process VFX while I shoot. I’m extremely, extremely happy with the movie.”

The filmmaker told Steve that there’s only one deleted scene from the entire film, delving a bit into his multi-tasking directorial process:

“I think that the total deleted scenes is one. Well two, in a way; the tail end of one scene and a whole scene. The rest is shaving because the reason I cut every day during the shoot is because that way I calibrate that the movie doesn’t get too long or too short. I think that you need to land under or around the low, low end of two hours in a movie. It’s so difficult for me to sit through movies that are two hours and fifty minutes, or things like that, and I really am very conscious of that. I was calibrating while we shot, so if I need to go faster I target scenes that can go faster. And if I need to go slower, I calibrate scenes that allow me to go slower.”

Photos: Ischia Global Film & Music Fest

As we announced earlier this month, Jessica is honoured as best actress in Ischia Global, and I have a few pictures of her and Gian Luca attending the event. Thanks to Claudia and Mari for their help on finding some of the pictures.

Jessica declines ‘Mission Impossible’ role

Deadline is reporting that female lead role for Mission Impossible: 5 is going to Rebecca Ferguson, after months of speculation circling Jessica’s name to get the role. But, The Film Stage reported that Jessica herself declined to star it. No reason has been given, but probably she has her hands full now with all upcoming films.

‘A Most Violent Year’ On Set

Jessica (and her lovely dog Chaplin) was caught on set of her most recent film “A Most Violent Year” earlier today in New York, doing some re-shoots.