Deadline.com – After a 10-minute standing ovation at its Cannes premiere this week,elean Harvey Weinstein is going to make a big awards-season push on The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, and in particular the performances of Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. Following that thunderous ovation and glowing reviews, Weinstein told his marketing team it has been a long time since he’d seen performances like these, and that they were to start working on the Oscar campaign strategy and go for it.
The new strategy will be to release the Ned Benson-directed film on September 26 at the start of awards-season films. I mean Them, the version that played Cannes, the one that Benson cut to tell a straight narrative story. Some six weeks later into Oscar season, TWC will release Him and Her, the two versions of the love story that played to acclaim at Toronto last fall.
Nerdist.com reports that Oscar-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Help” actress Jessica Chastain has been offered a headlining role on the second season of “True Detective,” the HBO procedural anthology series that allured audiences and commanded think pieces for the first few months of 2014. As of the report, Chastain had not accepted the role, yet.
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Edit: This rumors was already denied by Jessica’s reps AND HBO.
AP News – Years ago at a film festival, Jessica Chastain saw a short by Ned Benson and chased him down to say she wanted to work with him.
“I was his first fan,” she says.
When Benson later penned a script about a man’s relationship with his wife before and after a tragic event, Chastain urged him to develop a female perspective: “It was just me wanting equal opportunity,” she says, flashing a smile.
The result was Benson’s innovatively structured feature debut “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” which is essentially three films: “Him” (the tale from the point of view of Connor Ludlow, played by James McAvoy), “Her” (centered on his wife, Eleanor Rigby, played by Chastain) and “Them” (a two-hour fusion of both).
After “Him” and “Her” premiered last year at the Toronto Film Festival, “Them” debuted this week at the Cannes Film Festival. The combined version, which Chastain also produced, opens in theaters in September.
Cannes is where the twice Oscar-nominated Chastain emerged in Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or-winning “Tree of Life,” a breakout that announced Chastain as an uncommonly gifted actress, seemingly fully formed from the start. In an interview, she reflected on the distance she’s traveled between “Tree of Life” and “Eleanor Rigby.”
AP: How is to be back where your career essentially started?
Chastain: What I’m having trouble understanding is that was only three years ago. It feels like it was years and years and years ago. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe it’s because I feel like I’ve had so much experience the last three years. But I love coming to Cannes because that premiere for “Tree of Life” was my debut to the world as an actress. It changed my life for the better. It was one of the great, great moments of my life.
The Hollywood Reporter – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, bringing back together director Ned Benson and stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Jess Weixler. For the trio, it’s not just a reunion of the cast but a reunion of friends.
The actresses and director forged their bonds of friendship over more than a decade. Chastain and Weixler became friends when they both studied at Juilliard, and Chastain and Benson met long before she became a star for her work in Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty.
Chastain had even attended the Berlin Film Festival with Weixler when the Good Wife actress had a film, Teeth, in the fest.
“Jess is like my sister in real life,” says Chastain. “She went to the Berlin Film Festival, and I went to the festival with her, and I carried her coat on the red carpet and supported her.”
And then it reversed when Weixler went with Chastain to Cannes for the first time two years ago.
“When I came here for Tree of Life, she videotaped me on the red carpet,” Chastain says with a smile.
Jessica sat down today in Cannes during the SagIndie Talk, at the American Pavilion, to share some of her experiences. You can now find HQ pictures of the event in our gallery:
Near 300 HQ pictures has been added of Jessica yesterday at the Foxcatcher premiere and after party in Cannes. Check it: