LONDON – The Works U.K. Distribution has corralled all U.K. distribution rights to Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter.
The movie is set to have its British premiere later this week during the BFI London Film Festival.
Nichols directs Michael Shannon and rising star Jessica Chastain and details the story of young couple which sees the man become haunted by having terrifying dreams about an encroaching, apocalyptic storm.
The movie unspooled at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
The film went on to win the Cannes 2011 Critics Week Grand Prize and FIPRESCI Award and was most recently awarded the Grand Prize at the Deauville Film Festival and Best Film at the Zurich Film Festival.
Jessica Chastain has been in a smoking-hot string of movies in 2011, starring alongside Brad Pitt, Helen Mirren, Al Pacino and Ralph Fiennes. And before her Hollywood breakthrough year is even over, critics are already calling Chastain the best actress of her generation.continue reading »
TORONTO – “Take Shelter” has emerged as one of the most acclaimed films of the fall season, thanks in large part to a devastating performance by star Michael Shannon.
His quietly powerful turn as a small-town family man beset by increasingly horrifying dreams drew whispers of Oscar predictions when the movie screened at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.
But co-star Jessica Chastain says there were indications early on that Shannon’s performance was special.
Back when they shot the film, she says a crowd of about 100 extras erupted in applause after watching Shannon command a pivotal scene in which he explodes with emotion.continue reading »
There’s nothing we like better than an overnight success story but Jessica Chastain’s feels just too good to be true. A perfect storm of Chastain movies, swelled by critical adulation, is brewing in what looks like a co-ordinated assault on the awards season.
Earlier this year was a taster, with the release of Terrence Malick’s winner at Cannes, The Tree of Life, in which Chastain played Brad Pitt’s wife – as auspicious a debut as any actor could hope for. Then came civil rights Oscar bait The Help. Next up are apocalyptic fable Take Shelter, another winner at Cannes, and The Debt, an espionage drama starring Helen Mirren.continue reading »
It’s become a rare experience to sit down to a movie and discover that Jessica Chastain’s not in it, says Tim Robey.
When the cast for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life was announced, there was one name no one could put to a face. As far as we knew, “Jessica Chastain” might have been some exotically-plumed bird Malick had found on a trip round the Galapagos, or perhaps a species of willow in the title role. The trailers gave us a tantalising glimpse of her flame-haired beauty, but “Jessica Who?” was very much the refrain.
A few months after Tree’s Cannes premiere, things are quite different. It’s become a rare experience to sit down to a movie, scrutinise the cast, and discover that Jessica Chastain’s not in it. I’ve heard plenty of quips from colleagues by now that her presence feels like a statutory requirement in every 2011 release. It certainly makes you wonder about the last time a film star was this omnipresent. Back in the mid-1990s, it felt like Steve Buscemi was in everything (40 film roles, give or take, between 1990 and 1998). With seven back-to-back releases in this one year, Chastain’s starting to give him a run for his money. I’d recommend that Buscemi watch his back, but the likelihood of them gunning for the same parts is, prima facie, fairly slim.continue reading »
I just added two new gorgeous portraits done during Toronto Film Festival. Check it:
Here’s the new US trailer for Coriolanus:
Looking to update the site, I added captures of ‘The Tree of Life’ in our gallery. More updates to come, so do not forget to keep checking us.
Fresh off her strong performance in The Help, Jessica Chastain has nabbed the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in Universal’s untitled science fiction project being directed by Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski.
The project, formerly known as Oblivion and Horizons, is a love story taking place in an apocalyptic future where most of the population lives in clouds since the Earth is no longer habitable. A Earthbound repairman whose job it is to work on drones that fight alien life forms meets a woman who forces him to question his world view.
Chastain will play Cruise’s lover and partner, who tethers him to the world above the clouds while he’s doing repairwork. She becomes none-too-happy when she discovers he has fallen for anther woman. [Source]
The first awards show of the season has unveiled a partial list of honorees, and a few of our favorites will be receiving their first trophies next month. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, earning raves for his performance as a young cancer patient in dramedy “50/50?, will receive the Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award at the annual Hollywood Awards, while Jessica Chastain, earning raves for all 40+ of her movies released this year, including “The Tree of Life” and “The Help”, will receive the Hollywood Breakthrough Actress Award. British thesp Felicity Jones will receive the New Hollywood Award for her work in “Like Crazy.”
Chastain will be honored twice as she and the cast of “The Help” (along with Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel) will be receiving the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award. The Hollywood Awards ceremony will take place on October 24, 2011.