‘Zero Dark’ Stars on Emotional 9/11 Connection

The true-life tale of the tracking and killing of Osama bin Laden is depicted with intensity in director Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, and the ensemble drama’s Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke and Kyle Chandler explain how seeing the final cut of the film carried an incredible emotional punch.

“The movie allows us to move on, I think,” Chandler tells ET’s Christina McLarty. “It shows us what happened, and how it went down, but it also takes a part of all of our lives this last decade. … At the very end I truly felt like I could exhale and go, ‘Okay, that’s over with, what’s next.’ And I think that’s really important.”

In theaters December 19, Zero Dark Thirty details the against-all-odds black ops mission to capture or kill the terrorist mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks – and the 10-year hunt to find him. Discovered in a compound in Pakistan, the Al Qaeda leader was targeted by Navy SEAL Team 6 in a deadly, high-stakes raid and killed on May 2, 2011.

“We think we know what happened, there’s a lot we don’t know, and you go in there with the people who do it,” says Clarke of the film. “It’s a very emotional piece because we’re all connected to what happened in the world.”

“I was very surprised that there was a woman at the center of it all — and then I was upset at myself that I was surprised about it,” recalls Chastain, who plays the CIA analyst who anchors the hunt for bin Laden. “She doesn’t have a neurosis, and she’s not mentally ill. She’s just capable and intelligent and she stands on her own, and I think she’s a perfect representation of this generation of women. And to work on that film with Kathryn Bigelow, it’s just beyond an honor.

“Zero Dark Thirty” Lunch in New York

Two days ago Jess was busy in New York promoting “Zero Dark Thirty”. I have some pictures of her arriving/leaving the NBC studios, and plus some beautiful (but sadly low quality) pictures of the Lunch to celebrate the movie that was done later. Check it:

Thanks to Dea, Claudia and Carol for the Today Show HQ’s.

She’s Every Woman

V Magazine released some pictures of their January cover featuring our girl, and the pics are amazing! Check it in our gallery, plus the article in our press archive:

Acting is about the art of reinvention and transforming oneself into a character. To become someone else—to lose oneself in the guise of another—is, in many ways, the most thrilling part of what an actor does. The alchemy involved in that process is mysterious—a melding of mind-set, physical presentation, and the magical relationship between the actor and the person he or she is portraying. Since all cinematic characters are initially created by writers and directors, actors are the ultimate muses. They give life to other people’s words and vision.

In the past two years, Jessica Chastain has seemed to go from nowhere to everywhere, reincarnating in movie after movie. She was a devoted mother in The Tree of Life; a loud, libidinous Southern belle in The Help; an Israeli Mossad agent in The Debt; and, more recently, a CIA analyst determined to track down Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, which is in theaters on December 19, and a black-haired punk-rock chick in the frightening fantasy Mama (due out January 18). “I never want to get bored,” Chastain told me over coffee in early November. It was cold, and her delicate frame was nearly swallowed by a large leopard-print scarf. She was wearing no makeup, and her wavy red hair was loose. It was just four days after Chastain’s debut on Broadway in The Heiress, in which she plays a socially awkward virgin. “I wear a prosthetic nose,” Chastain said, sounding delighted. “I learned how to put it on myself.” She patted her nose. “I like the ritual. I love wigs, I love costumes, I love anything that will get me into the character.” [Read More]

Today Show: “Zero Dark Thirty” Interview

Today morning director/producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer/producer Mark Boal, along with cast members Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke, was at Today Show to talk about the film “Zero Dark Thirty”. You can watch the interview below:

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Named Best Film By National Board of Review

THR just reported that The National Board of Review has named Zero Dark Thirty the best film of 2012. The movie also earns awards for director Kathryn Bigelow and actress Jessica Chastain.

More to come…

The Film Stage has the full list of winners, so you can check here.

Gallery Update: More Zero Dark Thirty Publicity Events

Jess is pretty busy this week, and I have a few more pictures added of all her events attendances. Last Monday she was in a few Q&A’s in New York City and I have pictures of her arrivals, plus additional (and gorgeous) high quality pics of the photocall done yesterday.

Thanks to Dea and Carol for the pics.

Alert: Jessica to be on Today Show tomorrow!

Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, and Jessica Chastain will be on Today Show tomorrow to discuss Zero Dark Thirty.

Today Show airs on NBC at 7am. Thanks Pinky for the heads up!

“Zero Dark Thirty” Press Round Coverage

Some videos are popping up with excerpts of interviews Chastain, Bigelow and the other cast members did to the media two days ago to promote “Zero Dark Thirty”. I will post some of them on this post, but soon all videos will be up in our media archive.

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All 4 W Magazine Covers now added to the gallery

All four W Magazine Art Issue covers featuring Jessica are now up in the gallery. Which one is your favorite? I can’t decide between cover 2 and 3. :)

Can’t wait to see the whole spread. Be sure to get your copy as soon it hits the stands!

“Zero Dark Thirty” New York Photocall

Jessica looked stunning earlier today while promoting “Zero Dark Thirty” in New York with director Kathryn Bigelow and also Mark Boal, Kyler Chandler and Jason Clarke. Check out some pictures added, and come back later for more coverage: