Variety’s Actors on Actors: Jessica Chastain on Robert Redford

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Jessica Chastain on Robert Redford as Our Man in “All Is Lost”

Robert Redford acts without speaking. That is some sort of magic.

Mr. Redford has given many of my favorite performances in his over-50-year career. In “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All the President’s Men,” “The Way We Were,” and so many others, he has entertained us while always stirring an emotion within us. He has helped shape this industry through his work and mastery, while at the same time supporting new artists. He is a film legend.

And yet, as I sat watching him play the sole character, Our Man in J.C. Chandor’s, “All Is Lost,” I forgot that this is Robert Redford. He is fully the character: a man lost at sea, willing to survive. I was struck by his physical and emotional endurance, but moreover, I was struck by his lack of dialogue. How does an actor bring us a complete character without dialogue? Mr. Redford is absolutely riveting in “All Is Lost.”

He brings us forward with his silence. Having to convey much of the story through body language, he gives himself freedom to express his emotions fully.

There’s a great immediacy in his acting. He’s not confined to the expected boundaries of cinema. He is an actor who exists only in the moment, an actor who is never self-conscious. We feel his character’s secrets, without knowing them completely. He goes straight to the feeling and his story hits you, like music. Like it has for over 50 years. That is magic.

(Chastain was nominated by the Academy for “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Help.”)

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‘Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ Sells Out Internationally

Variety is reporting that Myriad Pictures has closed sales in most international territories for “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her“. The deals were closed following screenings at the American Film Market.

Myriad closed new deals with Prokino for Germany and Austria, Imagine for Benelux, Ster-Kinekor for South Africa, Praesens for Switzerland, Seven Films for Greece, Discovery for former Yugoslavia, HGC for China, and Mono Generation for Thailand. Myriad is also fielding offers for Japan, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

The Weinstein Co. acquired all North American rights, the UK and France at Toronto. TWC is planning a theatrical release in the US for 2014.

Previous deals for “Rigby” include Wanda Vision for Spain, Koch Media for Italy, Swen for Latin America, and Transmission for Australia.

Jessica in ‘Scripted Content”

Jessica is featured in this short film by Matthew Frost, teaming up for Vogue in a new project which brings short films in each issue. On it, they poke a little fun at our digital obsession with celebrities. Who among us has been tempted to snap a sneaky shot of a star when serendipity brings one into our midst?

New Photoshoot With Max Vadukul

This picture was shared by stylist Elizabeth Stewart on her Instagram, it seems a new photoshoot is coming soon.

Jessica to star in “The Secret Scripture”

IFTN is reporting that Jessica and Vanessa Redgrave will both star in the adaption of “The Secret Scripture”.

Sebastian Barry’s novel ‘The Secret Scripture’ – shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2008 – is set to be adapted into a feature film by ‘My Left Foot’ Producer Noel Pearson, with principal photography to take place in Wicklow and Sligo in June 2014.

Hollywood actresses Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave have both signed on to play younger & older versions of the main character, Roseanne McNulty, a Sligo woman who keeps a diary of her many years confined to a mental hospital in Roscommon.
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“Scripted Content” Short Video Featured on Digital Vogue

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You will find an exclusive video in current digital issue of Vogue Magazine. Its a short film made by Matthew Frost called Script Content. It’s not available anywhere else, so be sure to get your digital copy until Matthew shares it.

‘Vogue’ Scans Added

Just a quick update now: digital scans of Vogue magazine has now been added to the gallery.

Jessica Chastain in “Work of Art”


Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June

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Jessica Chastain: Hollywood’s Most Versatile Star

Vogue has released the photos Jessica did for her December cover shoot, and it looks amazing! All pictures are based on famous paintings like Félix Vallotton’s 1924 Le Retour de la Mer, Anders Zorn’s 1899 portrait of Frances Folsom Cleveland, Vincent van Gogh’s La Mousmé or René Magritte’s La Robe du Soir. You can find the pictures in our gallery, scans and article will be up as soon we get our own magazine copy.

“Tar” Trailer is released

Distributed by Spotlight Pictures, and to be presented at Rome Film Festival, Tar has its first trailer released.

TAR is based on Pulitzer prize-winning poet CK Williams’ collection of the same name. Collectively written and directed by twelve filmmakers, the film blends together adaptations of twelve of the poems to create a poetic road trip through CK William’s life. The film takes us on a journey through several decades of American life from CK’s childhood and adolescence in Detroit in the 1940s and 50s to the early 1980s: CK (James Franco) and his wife Catherine (Mila Kunis) are married with their son Jed (name of actor). CK prepares for a reading of Tar in New York City, and spends his nights struggling to write new poems, haunted by memories of his past. As CK drives to his reading in New York City, he remembers central moments of his life: we come to experience and understand both his relationship to love and loss, and how he found his calling as a poet through the women in his life. The film takes us back and forth between past and present, punctuated by voice-over from CK Williams’ poems, recreating the experience of memory and exploring how the fragments of one’s man life can be turned into poetic expression: his loving relationship to his mother (Jessica Chastain), his first sexual experiences as a teenager (Henry Hopper), his first love (Nina Ljeti) and the struggle to preserve a form of innocence and wonder, the illness and loss of a close friend (Zach Braff), and finally his life together with Catherine.