Jessica visited The Ellen Degeneres Show yesterday, to promote Interstellar. Watch the video interview in our archive, and check the screen captures, added to the gallery:
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!
A new featurette of A Most Violent Year was released, containing new scenes and director J.C. Chandor remarks on how his fantastic cast came together, while Chasten and Oscar Isaac reminisce about attending school together. The video also features some input form the supporting cast, including Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo and Alessandro Nivola.
“A Most Violent Year” hits theaters December 31. Check out the featurette in our video archive.
The International Press Academy (IPA) announced its nominations for the 19th Annual Satellite™ Awards in the Motion Pictures and Television categories, and Interstellar scored three nominations but all in technical categories.
The film got nominations in Best Score, Visual Effects and Cinematography.
The winners will be announced in a ceremony held on February 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Variety published today a sneak peek of the Actors on Actors conversations between Jessica and Mark Ruffalo. The full video will air next January on PBS.