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Jessica Chastain Talks to USA Today

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After a contentious election, Miss Sloane arrives rife with lessons on cloudy American politics.

In the new political thriller, Jessica Chastain takes the reins as the ferociously intelligent (fictional) Republican lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane, who ditches a high-profile job to push a bill restricting firearm sales through Congress.

“It’s not interested in lecturing anyone,” says the actress, curling up on a couch at the Four Seasons. She says Miss Sloane, which reveals the sausage-making on (and off) Capitol Hill, could just as easily have used an issue such as climate change or immigration to make its point.

“It just uses that to show an inner world of the American political system and the fundraising — what it takes to get a bill passed and how corrupt the system can be when it’s led by money,” she says.

Chastain, 39, spent pre-production Googling top female lobbyists, and walked away from a trip to Washington with a decidedly different take on Sloane, a character she presumed would wear little makeup and rotate the same wardrobe day in and out.

“It was almost naïve of me to think that, because there’s something about the way Elizabeth Sloane dresses and about some of the women that I met in D.C. where they intimidate before they even enter the room,” says the actress, whose character’s war paint is dark nail polish and crimson lipstick.

Critics are praising her performance in the movie, which has a 72% positive rating on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes. “Equally icy and savvy, Sloane has no patience for hippies, naïve Millennials or the old boys’ club, whose glass ceiling she’s pretty much pulverizing with a jackhammer any chance she gets,” wrote USA TODAY critic Brian Truitt.

Director John Madden says he initially met Chastain while directing her in 2011’s The Debt, when the actress was virtually unknown. Today, “she’s become a spokesperson for women in the industry — roles that are serious and not defined by the clichés of mother, lover or girlfriend,” he says.

The misogyny lobbed at Hillary Clinton in the presidential election is top of mind for the actress, particularly when discussing words used to describe women like Elizabeth Sloane and the Democratic nominee.

During the debates, “the criticism against Hillary was that she was overprepared. I never heard in my entire life that a man was overprepared for anything. I am overprepared in my life,” she says. “What’s wrong with being ambitious, being overprepared, being one step ahead?”

Offscreen, Chastain seems ready to recalibrate her fame. The private star has even started sharing a small slice of her personal life via Instagram, selectively posting occasional shots with her longtime boyfriend, fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo. “Gian Luca and I have been together for such a long time, we’re in it for the long haul,” she says.

She’s also switching gears after working relentlessly, having just wrapped the Sitting Bull drama Woman Walks Ahead before beginning the Aaron Sorkin-directed Molly’s Game in Toronto.

“I’m at an interesting point in my life and in my career. A few years ago, I started to examine where I was in the world and what I was contributing to society,” says Chastain, adding that she’s ready to direct and share the spotlight.

“It becomes like you’re eating cake every day. You just want to share the cake!”

Jessica Chastain Covers Porter

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Jessica Chastain Calls For More Opportunities For Female Directors

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Scenes From the Women’s March

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Celebrities at the Women’s March:

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Jessica Chastain Covers Porter

Jessica Chastain covers the Summer 2016 issue of Porter.
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On gender equality: “When you have both genders represented, then you have a healthier point of view. You don’t feel a hierarchy; you don’t have anyone feeling like they are being left out or bullied or humiliated. Sometimes, being the only girl on a set, you can feel like a sexual object.”
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On learning how to live within the industry: “I’ve never dated anyone famous. I had time before this happened to really watch the industry. I want to be able to have my family and have this normalcy and go see a play and not have the audience watching me watch the play.”
Jessica Chastain, Porter
On dreaming about her Oscar dress: “I never dreamed what my wedding dress would look like… but I always dreamed about my Oscars dress.’

Jessica Chastain Talks to USA Today

Jessica Chastain Launches Production Company

Jessica Chastain Calls For More Opportunities For Female Directors

Jessica Chastain Covers W

Tom Hiddleston & Jessica Chastain Answer Fan Questions

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Jessica Chastain Covers Angeleno

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Before signing on to the fantasy action-adventure The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Jessica Chastain had one requirement: She wanted to kick some ass. When the film’s star, Chris Hemsworth, approached her about a year before filming began, “I said, ‘Listen, I really want to work with you. But please don’t send me a script if my character doesn’t kick ass. I don’t want to be the girlfriend,’” she recalls. “He was like, ‘You have no idea.’”

Clearly, her terms were met. In fact, it would be hard to even keep count of the number of foes Chastain mows down in the sequel to the 2012 hit Snow White & the Huntsman, whether she’s acting as top henchman for cold-hearted ice queen Freya (Emily Blunt), or fighting for her true love, Eric the Huntsman (Hemsworth). The actress also made a point of challenging the way heroines are perceived. “When I first arrived on set, I begged the director, Cedric [Nicolas-Troyan], for a scar on my face,” says the actress, who’s known for her red hair, fair complexion and dimpled chin. “I didn’t think the studio was going to go for it, but they did. I was so happy with it too. When you think of heroines or love interests, you think of these perfect little packages, but I think scars are really beautiful. Flaws are beautiful.”

While Chastain, 39, had to learn a slew of martial arts moves for the fierce warrior role, she already had one skill in common with her sharpshooting character: She never misses her mark. Whether playing the resolute commander of an ill-fated space mission in The Martian, an obsessive CIA operative hot on the trail of Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, a steely Brooklyn wife in A Most Violent Year or an openhearted Southern belle in The Help, she always nails the part. Continue reading

Jessica Chastain Launches Production Company

Jessica ChastainJessica Chastain has launched a new production company, Freckle Films, and signed a first look overhead deal with Maven Pictures, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“I’m excited to launch Freckle Films, and I can’t imagine a better production partner than Maven Pictures,” Chastain said in a press statement. “Trudie and Celine are not only both highly experienced and successful producers, but the projects they’ve created demonstrate their tenacious dedication to strong characters and compelling stories that clearly resonate with audiences. It’s an honor to work with them, as well as their company, one that mirrors many of the goals that I aspire to achieve with Freckle Films.”

Maven Pictures is owned by Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray. The two film companies have purchased the rights to two books, The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister and Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagan

The Magician’s Lie tells the story of a famous female illusionist named Ada, who is suspected of killing her husband after the dead body of a man is found inside of one of her stage props. A young police officer, Virgil Fecht, manages to track down the female magician and take her into his custody. Over the course of one night, Ada must recount her life story in order to prove her innocence.

In Life and Other Near Death Experiences, Libby Miller discovers she has an aggressive form of cancer and that her husband, Tom, is secretly gay on the same day. Libby immediately drops everything in her life, including Tom, and takes a trip to Puerto Rico where she meets a man named Shiloh, who gives her a new perspective on life and getting treatment.

Chastain will serve as president of Freckle Films alongside development exec Elise Siegel.

“Trudie and I have always been great admirers of Jessica both on screen and off,” Rattray said. “Her intelligence, passion, and talent are something that so naturally align with our work and mission at Maven Pictures — showcasing female talent both in front of and behind the camera. We are immensely thrilled about the opportunity to work together for many years to come.”

Jessica Chastain is in talks to star in Woman Walks Ahead. She is also in pre-production on John Madden’s gun violence drama Miss Sloane. She recently wrapped Diane Ackerman’s novel The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story opposite Daniel Brühl and will next be seen alongside Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt in The Huntsman: Winter’s War for Universal. Chastain previously produced The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Her, + Him along with the Weinstein Co.

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Jessica Chastain Covers W

Jessica Chastain, WJessica Chastain covers the October 2015 issue of W where she is promoting her new film Crimson Peak.

On how she got into acting: “My grandmother was my inspiration. She was the person who took me to the theater and encouraged me to act, and she’s the one who always believed in me.”

On her first premiere being at Cannes: “When I see a picture from that premiere, I seem happy. But that was, actually, a kind of acting. In my head, I was thinking, I have no idea what I’m doing here, and I don’t belong… Cannes was when my career was born. I made it through the fire to the Palais, and it changed my life.”
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Tom Hiddleston & Jessica Chastain Answer Fan Questions #AskCrimsonPeak

Tom Hiddleston, Jessica ChastainAll the questions from the #AskCrimsonPeak session on Twitter are compiled so you don’t have to go scrolling through three different Twitter feeds.

 

Tom:

What’s the best way to describe Crimson Peak to a friend who has no idea what it’s about?

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Interstellar Review

InterstellarInterstellar was written by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, MacKenzie Foy, and Michael Caine.

The film has a somewhat convoluted plot, with time loops and wormholes, but it can be summed up by saying it’s about a post apocalyptic time on earth where most of the crops are dying and people are running out of food, forcing the exploration of other plants. As a result, a father (McConaughey) leaves his daughter, Murph (Foy), to go into space with some a group of scientists that includes Hathaway to find another planet that is hospitable for the human race. Through encounters with wormholes, they end up being gone for a significant period of time. In this time, Murph has grown up and is then played by Chastain. She is working with Professor Brand (Caine), who is in charge of the entire project to find a solution to the problem on Earth.
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At that point, any additional description would be more confusing than that already is. The film looks very impressive, with great visual effects and performances, but a plot that is relatively convoluted, to the point that after the film, I found myself thinking about the time connections and how the entire film is a giant paradox.

The cinematography was amazing, but once the characters go into space, the film begins to drag. When the characters begin visiting other planets, the story picks up, and there is a significant appearance of a name actor in a crucial role that is a fun surprise.
Jessica Chastain, Interstellar
Overall, Interstellar was a film I wanted to like, but I found it just wouldn’t let me. I was particularly interested in the father daughter story that was spoken about in the promotion, as those are rarely seen onscreen, but there is very little actual interaction between the father and daughter. It’s more like the father is on a journey synonymous with Odysseus, trying to get home to his daughter. As a big Christopher Nolan fan, it’s possible my own expectations got in the way, but I think it’s more the fact that after the film ended, I couldn’t let go of the fact that the last quarter of the film rendered the entire previous segment impossible. At a 2:49 minute running time, that is a significant segment of the film.

Another thing the film would have benefitted from was editing. Nolan’s movies all tend to run long, and when they have the script and the storyline to support it, which they usually do, that’s fine, but this film doesn’t, and many parts could have been cut down substantially, and the film would have benefitted.

Interstellar is a film that might be worth catching when it runs on television, if for no other reason than to be aware of the cultural reference, but overall did not live up to the hype and is a film that can be skipped without worry of having missed out on a great cinematic experience.

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