February 7th, 2013
Once again, Time has published their list with the Oscar 2013 Great Performances and Jessica is, of course, one of them. For this year’s Great Performances portfolio, TIME asked fashion photographer Paola Kudacki to take portraits of 11 actors, all of whom appeared in 2012 films that captured key moments in history, and several of whom portrayed real-life people.
Jessica Chastain – Performance: Maya in Zero Dark Thirty (Oscar nomination, Best Actress)
“Because we’re playing characters that really exist, it was important to show the utmost respect when portraying them,” says Chastain, who has never met the real-life inspiration for Maya, the CIA tracker who hunts bin Laden.
Check below the video and also screen captures in our gallery:
February 5th, 2013
Jessica was guest last night on Jay Leno show, in the same night as Hugh Jackman, to a very nice interview about Zero Dark Thirty and her Oscar nomination.
Jess explained she was unable to make the 2012 luncheon due to rehearsing Zero Dark Thirty in Jordan, but she was excited to be there yesterday.
‘It was a special moment this afternoon when they called my name and I went up – it’s like a class graduation. Hugh helped me up the stairs and I got to stand by him in the picture.’
‘She gave me some great advice actually,’ added Hugh. ‘Because I was standing next to the Oscar statuette, standing there for about three minutes, I said “Jessica, it’s taking all my willpower not to put the bunny ears on the Oscar.”
‘And she said: “That’s hilarious. Don’t do it.”
Watch the interview below, and also screencaptures added to the gallery:
Jessica is guest today at the Ellen Degeneres Show, check back later for video and captures.
February 5th, 2013
Jessica had a busy day yesterday. She attended the Oscar Luncheon in the morning, made an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (update is coming later on) and she also attended The Hollywood Reporter’s Oscar Nominees celebration night. First pictures are added, but stay tuned for more.
Also nominated for best actress, Zero Dark Thirty star Chastain — who was wearing Givenchy and Christian Louboutin — flew into Los Angeles from New York on Sunday night to attend the Oscar nominees luncheon and THR’s party on Monday night.
“I’ve heard so much, what a great year it is for women in cinema, women in film, but to be honest, in my opinion, I believe a great year for women in film is just a great year for film,” said Chastain, who stars as a CIA operative who is vital in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. “So it’s very exciting to be a part of that year in film.”
February 4th, 2013
THR is reporting that “The Heiress” will recoup it’s investments.
NEW YORK — Producers of The Heiress have announced that the Broadway revival will recoup its $3 million capitalization during its final week of performances. The limited run closes Feb. 9.
Adapted by Ruth and Augustus Goetz from the Henry James novel Washington Square, the 1947 play stars Jessica Chastain as the socially awkward daughter of a well-heeled but emotionally cold doctor in 19th century New York. Directed by Moises Kaufman, the production also stars David Strathairn, Dan Stevens and Judith Ivey.
The play drew mixed reviews but has posted steady if unspectacular grosses since opening on Nov. 1. Publicity from Chastain’s Oscar-nominated performance in Zero Dark Thirty helped bolster box office in recent weeks, along with the start of season three of Downton Abbey, in which Stevens plays the central role of Matthew Crawley.
Lead producers on The Heiress are Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland. While closing date of the limited engagement was originally scheduled for Feb. 10, the show will shutter a day early to allow Chastain to attend the BAFTA Awards in London on Sunday. She is nominated for best actress for Zero Dark Thirty, which is also up for best film.
The recoupment announcement makes The Heiress one of a very small handful of profitable new shows to debut so far in the 2012-13 Broadway season.
January 31st, 2013
Variety is reporting that Jessica is confirmed for the Liv Ullmann direxted Stringberg adaptation with Colin Farrell co-starring.
Liv Ullmann is returning to the director’s chair with Jessica Chastain as her leading lady.
Ullmann will helm an adaptation of August Strindberg’s battle-of-the-sexes play “Miss Julie” that will star Chastain and Colin Farrell.
Samantha Morton is on board to co-star in the adaptation.
The original story, set in 1874 at a count’s estate in Sweden, follows a woman trying to escape an existence crampedby social mores who is suddenly drawn to a senior servant.
Oliver Dungey and Teun Hilte are producing.
The role would mark the first project for the CAA- and Mosaic repped-Chastain since her Oscar nom and Golden Globe for Sony’s “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Besides “Zero Dark Thirty,” Chastain can also be seen in Universal’s “Mama,” which has made $50 million at the domestic B.O. She is currently starring in Broadway play “The Heiress.”
The CAA-repped Farrell has a busy 2013 ahead of him with roles in FilmDistrict’s “Dead Man Down,” Warner Bros.’ “A Winter’s Tale” and Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks.”
As for Ullmann, the last film the multihyphenate helmed was 2000’s Swedish pic “Faithless.” More recently, she directed Cate Blanchett and Joel Edgerton onstage in “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 2009. The Principato-Young repped Morton was last seen in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis.”
January 28th, 2013
Jessica looks beautiful in a red Alexander McQueen dress. Check back later for more coverage.