The winners of the 2011 New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) Awards have been announced via the organization’s Twitter Feed and Jessica Chastain has won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her performances in Tree of Life, The Help and Take Shelter.
Jessica Chastain enters a suite at London’s Dorchester Hotel, the clack of her beige heels announcing her arrival. She’s dressed in a black raincoat and a sleeveless mint-green dress that looks like it once belonged to Jackie Kennedy. Her skin is pale and freckled, her figure trim and slim and her eyes a rare green. But it’s her shoulder-length shock of red hair that knocks you sideways. “I grew up getting picked on in the schoolyard for being a redhead,” she says, without a trace of self-pity. Now it’s made her stand out from the crowd when it counts.
Along with Bryce Dallas Howard, her co-star in recent hit movie The Help, whom she is frequently mistaken for, it seems redheads are red-hot right now. “I think there’s always been time for redheads – Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Isabelle Huppert, Julianne Moore,” she says. “Someone told me something really interesting and I wonder if it’s true. They say that scientifically redheads need more anaesthesia at the dentist because we’re more sensitive to pain. And I was listening to this, thinking, ‘If we’re more sensitive to pain, does that mean we’re more sensitive emotionally?’”
Judging by her work so far – all class, no crass – that’s quite possible. Right now, she’s on the verge of becoming a household name. It’s our third encounter in five months – and the second in a fortnight – though our first in the UK. If anything, it’s testament to just how many films Chastain has stacked on top of one another, like planes circling Glasgow airport. With four landing since June, and another two on the way, there is little doubt that this has been, at long last, her year.
Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Hemsworth, and Eddie Redmayne have all been nominated on the long list for the BAFTA Orange Wednesdays Rising Star award! The award “recognizes the best up-and-coming actors and actresses in film.”
Also nominated with the group are The Avenger’s Tom Hiddleston, Like Crazy‘s Felicity Jones, Bridesmaids‘ Chris O’Dowd, and actor/rapper Adam Deacon. The shortlist, which will be announced on January 11. Judging the nominees will be Sienna Miller, Simon Pegg and director David Yates.
Finally I managed to take high quality screen captures of Jessica part as the adorable Celia Foote in the acclaimed movie “The Help”. Check it:
The Help will be out in DVD/Blu-Ray in December 06th, remember to pre-order your copy.
Thanks to lovely Mayara we have now more outtakes of that pretty Wonderland photo shoot I added a few time ago. Check it:
When The Weinstein Company first picked up John Hillcoat’s highly anticipated “The Wettest County” in Cannes this spring the plan at the time was to release the film before the end of the year, which gave the picture an awards season sheen. However, with the end of the year looming just six weeks away, and Harvey busily promoting “The Artist,” “My Week With Marilyn” and “The Iron Lady” as his main contenders this fall, it quickly became apparent that “The Wettest County” was not the cards for 2011. And alas, it now has a release date pegged for next spring, arriving on April 20, 2012.
The move can be construed in a number of ways — perhaps Hillcoat is still finishing the film (though, test screenings have been underway already) or maybe it’s just not that good (doubtful) — but more than likely, its simply not an awards season film and more of a straight genre pic. And that would make sense given the source material. Based on the novel by Matt Bondurant, this true story Prohibition-era tale is led by Tom Hardy, Shia LaBoeuf and Jason Clarke as the Bondurant brothers who run a bootlegging gang but find their moonshine dynasty in Franklin County, Virginia threatened by the authorities wanting a cut. The supporting cast features Jessica Chastain as Hardy’s love interest Maggie; Mia Wasikowska as LaBeouf’s belle; Dane DeHaan as Labeouf’s partner-in-crime; Guy Pearce as a violent deputy with the brothers in his sights, and Gary Oldman as a gangster who employs the boys. Yes, the cast is great and the premise sounds fantastic, but an Oscar player? If the picture is like “The Road” or “The Proposition” it’s likely a great mood/period piece but without the kind of depth Academy types go far. That’s not a slight against “The Wettest County,” it just may not be that sort of movie.
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Hey there! I have added additional portrait pictures of this beautiful portrait Jessica did in Toronto while promoting Take Shelter. Check it:
Quite a few big possible projects have already come out of the American Film Market (AFM) over the past week, and here’s one more: Jessica Chastain, who has made quite a mark in 2011 thanks to The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Help and The Debt, is set to play the late Princess Diana in Caught in Flight. The film would be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, The Invasion) if it goes forward based on the script by Steven Jeffreys (The Libertine).
But this is not to be a run of the mill portrait of the Princess, but a story of a secret affair she had with a surgeon. Caught in Flight isn’t going to be the most flattering Diana tribute.
Thompson on Hollywood says the film is about Diana’s post-divorce affair with Dr. Hasnat Khan, a respected Pakistani surgeon who was called the “love of her life” by Diana’s friends.
Diana met the doctor in 1995 and their relationship lasted for two years; he broke it off. The secrecy of their affair was based more in his own personal life than her public one: he is a private man who reportedly did not want to suffer the media exposure that would be the result of a public relationship with Diana, and was pressured by his family to marry a Muslim woman.
The TOH piece says that those who have read the script “say that the late Princess is not cast in a particularly favorable light; she is shown as a damaged person who stalks the doctor after he ends the affair.”
As Anne Thompson mentions in her report on the film, a lot of the stuff announced at AFM doesn’t get made; announcements like this are essentially a statement of intent, but financing still has to come together. If things do work out, Caught in Flight would shoot in March 2012 in Pakistan, Angola, the South of France and Paris.
LA Times has more details on the plot of the still untitled Terrence Malick project with Rachel and Ben Affleck, in which Jessica co-star. Several distributors were interested in but Terrence Malick declined. The movie is expected to release in 2012. Be sure to read the article below:
But there’s a movie that will be ready before either of those, an untitled film (formerly called “The Burial”) starring Ben Affleck (who actually replaced Bale) that Malick shot right after he finished editing “The Tree of Life.” He’s tweaking the movie in the editing room now, and it’s expected to be finished by next year (though that doesn’t mean a distributor that buys it will bring out then).
The company selling rights to the movie, FilmNation, has been secretive, to say the least, about the details (think executives reading the script in locked offices, and the “Men in Black” amnesia-laser administered afterward). Malick’s been protective, too. Several U.S. distributors made offers just on the basis of the script and some footage, said a person familiar with negotiations. So far, he’s declined to sell it.
So what’s the movie really about?
There have been scattered reports about it, but according to a person who read the script, it’s a love triangle with an international subtext. It’s also the only film Malick has ever done that’s set in the same time as the period in which he’s making it.
Here’s the breakdown, with the caveat that things could change drastically from script to screen (on “Tree,” Malick would sometimes rewrite scenes on the day of the shoot).
Basically, it concerns a philanderer (Affleck) who, feeling at loose ends, travels to Paris, where he enters a hot-and-heavy affair with a European woman (Olga Kurylenko). Said Lothario returns home to Oklahoma, where he marries the European woman (in part for visa reasons). When the relationship founders, he rekindles a romance with a hometown girl (Rachel McAdams) with whom he’s had a long history.
According to the person who read the script, there’s a bit of a happier ending than some other Malick movies (or at least a less ambiguous one than at the end of “Tree”). And a person who saw the footage said there’s also the trademark visual showiness–shots of Affleck and McAdams in Malick’s trademark man-in-nature style–as well as intriguing supporting actors: Javier Bardem, for instance, plays a priest whom Affleck’s Lothario visits for advice.
I added the whole set of the photo shoot Jessica did to InStyle magazine back in September: