Jessica attended this Thursday a the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s annual luncheon to help present financial grants to film schools and nonprofit organizations. I added a few pictures, you can find in the gallery:
In “The Help,” the big-screen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel that hits theaters next week, Jessica Chastain plays pretty far against type.
The 30-year old actress — up to now best known for her role opposite Brad Pitt in “The Tree of Life” — is already garnering a reputation in Hollywood for her range. In the coming months, she’ll appear in about half a dozen films where she plays everything from a Mossad agent to a woman whose husband is having apocalyptic visions.continue reading »
Jessica, how did you get the part of Celia?
Jessica Chastain: I got the script through my manager at a really early stage, I thought, “Oh my gosh, Celia is great!” (Laughs) I loved this character, it was an uphill battle because I’m not the obvious choice to play that character, I’m not buxom and blonde, I’m really not that perfect for the part (laughs). It was quite a uphill battle. But with my very first audition I met Octavia Spencer and we read together – it was like fireworks, I really felt like the dynamic of Minny and Celia could work really well. Tate Taylor, the director, he really went to bat for me. He always believed in me, he believed that I could find her. He helped me transform physically, I got to gain some weight (laughs), I got to drive all around Mississippi, to see where Celia was from, I read a lot about Marylyn Monroe. I did so much to find this woman. Tate Taylor was the one who really gave me that opportunity, he fought for me tooth and nail to get the part.
The nominees have been announced for the first Gucci Award for Women in Cinema.
Caroline Champetier, director of photography of Of Gods and Men; Jessica Chastain, actress in The Tree of Life; Federica Pontremoli, screenwriter for Habemus Papam; Nansun Shi, producer of Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame; and Athina Tsangari, director and producer of Attenberg have all been recognised for their outstanding work in the past year.
Gucci creative director Frida Giannini will consider the finalists along with her fellow judges including actors Robin Wright, Valeria Golino and James Franco. The inaugural award will be presented at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.
Obs: While reading this at Vogue website, I noticed another article featuring Jessica back when she was promoting Tree of Life in Cannes. Check it.
It’s time to mangia the new Italiano trailer for Anchor Bay’s latest film acquisition, Texas Killing Fields – served with some fresh baked bread and dipping sauce! Bellissimo!
Directed by Ami Canaan Mann, daughter of acclaimed director Michael Mann, and inspired by true events, this tense and haunting thriller follows a local homicide detective (Sam Worthington) in a small Texas town and his partner, a transplanted cop from New York City (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), as they track a sadistic serial killer dumping his victims’ mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh locals call “The Killing Fields”.
The killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When a familiar local girl, Anne (Chloe Grace Moretz), goes missing, the detectives find themselves in a race against time to find the killer and save her life.
Directed by Ami Canaan Mann and produced by Michael Mann, The Fields also stars Jessica Chastain (Tree of Life, The Help), Jason Clarke (Public Enemies, FOX’s “Chicago Code”) and Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”).
Look for more on the film’s release, including an exact date, soon!
Jessica looks flawless last evening while attending a benefit screening of “The Help” in Madison, MI. I’m doing my best finding more pictures of this event, but for now we have just 01 HQ picture added.
Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain sit down for a round-table discussion on the film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestseller.
Did all this estrogen on set create anything other than goodwill for you?
Chastain: I’m a bit new to the business but what scares me is I’ve done 11 films so far, and in all of them, I was the girl on the set. And with this movie, right before I went to film it, and even after I shot it, all the meetings I would go to, in the industry, they would always say, “ooh, how was that set, working with all those women?” They were expecting it to be a negative experience. But to be honest, it was the nicest set I’ve ever been on.
Bryce, how did you embody that villain, Hilly?
Chastain: Her ability to just switch it on like that [snaps her fingers] is like Nurse Ratched. We’d do the scene, cut so they could relight and I’d look over at Bryce and she’d be on the phone [working on another project] saying, “read that back to me.” I’m struggling to be in character and Bryce is producing a movie on the side. She was able to switch it on and off like that.
Read the whole article here
The Toronto International Film Festival is set to return for its 36th run with an impressive line-up of movies. Two of upcoming Jessica films are set to special presentation:
Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes)
Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes), a hero of Rome, is a great soldier but despises the people. His extreme views ignite a mass riot and he is banished from Rome. Coriolanus allies with a sworn enemy (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city.
Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)
Curtis lives in Ohio with his wife Samantha and daughter Hannah. When he begins having dreams about an encroaching apocalyptic storm, he channels his anxiety into building a shelter in their backyard. Though his obsessive behaviour provokes intolerance in his community, Curtis confides in Samantha, testing their bond against the highest possible stakes. Stars Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.
The 36th annual Toronto International Film Festival will run between Setpember 8-18, 2011. For more information, visit: tiff.net/thefestival
Jessica is featured in September issue of Elle Canada, in a stunning new photoshoot. Thanks to my friend Mariana we have now scans up in the gallery.
In a side note, you can now reach us through jessica-chastain.net and jessica-chastain.org.
Twitch reports that Chastain has signed on to “Mama,” a feature-length remake of a 2008 short film by Spanish filmmaker Andres Muschietti that Universal International are putting together. The short, which involves two young girls pursued by a woman who wants to use them to bring back her own dead children, got great acclaim at festivals in the last few years, and a remake has apparently been in the works for a while: it will come as no great surprise, considering his track record in the genre, that Guillermo Del Toro is producing the project, one of the seemingly thousands of films he’s lending his name to.
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