Missing “The Heiress” Performances for Award Season

Jessica announced on her official facebook page that she will miss 3 performances of “The Heiress” on Broadway in January due to appearances for Award Season.

I hope everyone is having a beautiful holiday surrounded by their loved ones. My family flew into NY so we could all be together. It’s been wonderful to have them here. I feel very grateful to have so much love in my life, and yes, that includes all of you. I wanted to give you all a heads up regarding the schedule for The Heiress – I will NOT be performing January 10th, 13th, and 27th, I’ll be supporting Zero Dark Thirty at the Critic’s Choice, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards. My Fantastic understudy will perform the role of Catherine. If you’ve bought tickets for those dates, the theatre will exchange them for you. Sorry if this inconveniences anyone. Much love xxjes

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Jessica not in “Good People”

We reported earlier this week that Jessica was offered a part in “Good People” but now JustJared is exclusively reporting that she will not be taking the role.

While it has been reported that Jessica has been offered a role in James Franco‘s upcoming drama Good People, sources exclusively tell JustJared.com that she will not be taking the role.

“She wanted to do it but passed as she wasn’t available when production wanted to shoot. Both of their schedules are really crazy and just didn’t line up,” an insider revealed.

Good People is about a couple in debt from fertility treatments who steal a stash of cash from their dead tenant’s apartment, putting them in jeopardy from criminals and police in search of the money.

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Jessica offered role in “Good People”

The Wrap is reporting that Jessica is offered a part in “Good People”.

Jessica Chastain has been offered a role in the big-screen adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s novel “Good People” with James Franco, a person with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Millennium Films is packaging the film, which follows a couple in their 30s in severe debt who finds the tenant in their downstairs apartment has died and left a stack of cash.

If they take the money, all of their problems will be solved. But that’s when bad things start happening to good people.

Henrik Genz is directing the film based on an adaptation of the book by Kelly Masterson. Ben Forkner, Tobey Maguire, Eric Kanzler, Thomas Gammeltoft, Mark Gill and Ed Cathell are producing. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson and Matthew Plouffe are executive producing.

The novel was published in 2009. Sakey’s other credits include “The Blade Itself” and “The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes.”

Chastain has been offered a number of other roles recently, including “The Double Hour.” The “Zero Dark Thirty” star’s upcoming films include “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.”

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Gallery Update: New Photoshoot

I added a new photoshoot Jessica did while promoting ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, thanks to Annie.

Jessica Chastain gets her character in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

As the overstressed beating heart of “Zero Dark Thirty,” a CIA analyst named Maya who relentlessly chases after the hated phantom that was Osama bin Laden, Jessica Chastain is at times steely, at times shattered, potty-mouthed but somehow girlish, touchingly lonely but scrutinized by the entire spy agency’s hierarchy.

To get to her character’s essence, Chastain used her preferred technique, which is more methodical than Method. “Every project I start I make lists, and the first one is what everyone [in the film] says about the character, and what they say about Maya is she’s a killer.”

In an extended sense, that’s certainly the literal truth about the woman the screenplay calls Maya, the book by SEAL team member Mark Owen (realsurname Bissonette) calls Jen and the CIA brass apparently call overemphasized. (The Washington Post recently described how thereal-life operative was denied a rise in rank and pay, speculatively for drawing too much attention to herself. And yet the agency has not denied the script’s contention that the female analyst, bucking a certain degree of internal doubting and inertia, was the push rod of the effort to find and, yes, kill Bin Laden.) For screenwriter Mark Boal’s part, he told The Times, “I’m thrilled with how Jessica captured the dedication and sacrifice of CIA officers. In reality, as in the film, some of them do have big personalities.”

It says much about her character’s central role in the story that despite all the film’s awards buzz — and media wrangling about its gripping torture sequences— the most talked-about moment in the movie comes from a comic beat of sorts. It happens when Maya, who’s been placed in the corner during a tense meeting to pitch a raid on Bin Laden’s compound to the CIA director (James Gandolfini as, unmistakably, Leon E. Panetta) pipes up unexpectedly with an obscure if useful fact about the terrorist’s hideaway. When the boss queries, “Who are you?” she replies with an expletive, “I’m the … who found this place — sir.”

Though Chastain has never met the woman she portrayed, she knows where the language came from. “Maya was a girl that people said looked like a girl. She didn’t look like a woman, you know? And then I thought, ‘Ooh, that’s something really interesting to latch on to,’ that when at first you don’t understand what she’s capable of, you dismiss her immediately. Her voice even, there’s something girlish. Then, also, I’m told that there’s a truck driver mouth. Perhaps because people dismiss her when they first see her, she needed people to listen. So you shock them.”

Read the rest of the article at The Envelop

“Zero Dark Thirty” Opening Breaks Records

“Zero Dark Thirty” had it’s limited release yesterday in Los Angeles and New York and did really well according to various media outlets.

But Wednesday’s most interesting opening was Sony Pictures’ Zero Dark Thirty platforming in NYC and LA before going wide on January 11th, the day after Oscar nominations are announced. Not many movies receive a publicity bonanza via condemnation by U.S. Senate heavy-hitters on the day of their debut. And film critics are giving it awards buzz. But this reteaming of The Hurt Locker‘s Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal starring Jessica Chastain in a 2 hour, 37 minute semi-fictional hunt for Bin Laden looks to have scored the biggest Wednesday limited opening ever without a stage show. (You know… Disney’s El Capitan film+stage shows for stuff like The Lion King…) Early numbers indicated a giant $124,848 its first day from just 5 runs for a per screen average of $24,969. Sony tells me that’s bigger than American Beauty (6 runs for $73K) and Little Miss Sunshine (7 runs for $66K). “Pretty spectacular,” a Sony exec gushed.

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A Minute With: Jessica Chastain on “Zero Dark Thirty”

Q. What did you think when you saw this film finished?

A. “It is a tough one for me to watch, because there is so much responsibility with playing this woman. I find her to be incredible. And I didn’t want to change her story or make her a Hollywood version, with a lot of makeup. I didn’t want to trivialize what she did … I want her to like it, but I don’t know if she will ever see it.”

Q. How did you play someone you had never met?

A. “There was three months of working with (screenplay writer) Mark Boal, doing research, reading lists and talking to people. And then anything I could not solve through research, like what is her favorite candy – ’cause when we are all overseas we have something we do when we are homesick – I had to answer that question myself.”

Q. Boal hasn’t gone into too much detail about her?

A. “We have to protect her because she is an undercover CIA operative, still working.”

Q. What else did you know about her?

A. “When we finished the movie, when the Navy Seal book ‘No Easy Day’ came out. I raced to go read it, because I was like, ‘I need to know if my character is in the book!’ And they talk about Jen, the young CIA girl. Well, everything matched up. She was the only one that said 100 percent ‘he is there.’… They talked about how she had been on it close to a decade and they were only on it for 40 minutes. They said she was crying on the airplane afterwards.”

Read the rest on the interview at Reuters website

Upcoming TV Appearances!

Set your DVD-R for Jessica’s upcoming appearances!

Next January 07th she will be at Late Show with David Letterman (CBS – 11:35/10:35c)
And on January 08th she will be at Live with Kelly and Michael (Check your local listings)

“Zero Dark Thirty” NY Screening

Last night Al Pacino hosted a special “Zero Dark Thirty” screning in celebration to Jessica’s performance. The lovely Joan Collins and Jessica’s “Take Shelter” co-star Michael Shannon stopped by and took some pictures with her as well. Thanks to the always lovely Dea we have now HQ pictures added in our gallery:

Jessica gets London Critics’ Circle Awards Nomination

The nominees for 2013 London Critics’ Circle Awards was announced and Jessica once again was nominated as Best Actress for her work in Zero Dark Thirty. The surprise was the lack of nomination as Film of the Year, but Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal got nods as Director of the Year and Screenwriter of the Year. Congratulations!

The 33rd annual edition London Critics’ Circle Film Awards will be dished out Sunday Jan. 20th at the May Fair Hotel in central London.

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