Dan Stevens Joining Jessica Chastain, David Strathairn In ‘The Heiress’ on Stage

By | Monday May 14, 2012 @ 1:35pm PDT

With production on the third season of PBS’ hit Downton Abbey wrapping soon, castmember Dan Stevens is set to play golddigger Morris Townsend in the Broadway revival of Ruth and Augustus Goetz’ play The Heiress this fall, … Read More »

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Rebecca Hall Up For ‘Iron Man 3’ Role Jessica Chastain Declined

Rebecca Hall is in talks to join Iron Man 3.  The Town star would take over the role in the Marvel franchise that Jessica Chastain was up for until this weekend. “I’m sorry to say that … Read More »

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Jessica Chastain Back In ‘Iron Man 3′ Talks

By | Monday April 23, 2012 @ 5:02pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Jessica Chastain is back in the mix to play a starring role opposite Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 3. The role is a sexy scientist every bit as smart as Tony Stark. Chastain, who last … Read More »

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David Strathairn Joins Jessica Chastain In Broadway’s ‘The Heiress’

By | Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 11:02am PDT
Mike Fleming

Producers Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland are announcing today that Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® Award winner David Strathairn will play “Dr. Austin Sloper” opposite Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain who will play “Catherine Sloper” in

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OSCARS: Jessica Chastain – ‘The Help’

By | Saturday February 18, 2012 @ 9:45am PST

Has anyone submitted Jessica Chastain to the Guinness Book of World Records? She must have set a record this year for an actor making her feature film debut (The Tree Of Life) and following it up with the most films ever — seven! — to come out in the following six months (Chastain actually shot 11 movies in the last four years). One of two nominees for Best Supporting Actress in The Help (the other is Octavia Spencer), Chastain spoke on the phone from Morocco with AwardsLine contributor Ari Karpel about the whirlwind she’s been on, working with Terrence Malick, and her politely expressed disdain for the lack of roles that aren’t “the wife.”

AWARDSLINE: Considering how prolific you are, I imagine you’re not in Marrakech on vacation.
CHASTAIN: You know what? It is my vacation! I was in Toronto, shooting a movie called Mama, produced by Guillermo del Toro. It was a very long shoot and we were working through weekends, and I finished on Thursday and went straight to the airport to come to Marrakech. This is the first time this year I’m not going somewhere to film something or promote something. I’m with my best friend, Jess, and I’m sitting on the jury of the Marrakech [International] Film Festival, which is so exciting. I don’t really do beach vacations so this is kind of a typical vacation for me — I get to go see movies and talk about them. Read More »

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Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton To Star In Double Feature

Mike Fleming

Thursday, February 2, 2012 – Santa Monica…. Academy Award®-nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Tree of Life) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Wish You Were Here) have signed on to star in a double-feature film project for Myriad Pictures: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.

The love story explores a New York City couple’s relationship during a difficult time in their marriage, from the different perspective of the husband, (Edgerton), a restaurant owner, and of the wife (Chastain), who goes back to college. Academy Award® ‐ winner and 5-time nominee William Hurt (The Kiss of the Spider Woman, Syriana) is in discussion to join the cast.

Ned Benson (In Defiance of Gravity) wrote the two scripts and will direct both films. Cassandra Kulukundis (A Late Quartet, In Defiance of Gravity) is producing. Kulukundis is also Casting Director (There Will Be Blood, Shattered Glass).

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Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden Movie Looking To Add Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong And Edgar Ramirez To Killer Cast

By | Thursday January 5, 2012 @ 4:32pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While the Republicans keep kicking Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s Bin Laden movie around like a political football, Annapurna Pictures and Sony Pictures are ready to get the mission underway. I’m told that Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Edgar … Read More »

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‘The Help’s Jessica Chastain To Star On Broadway In ‘The Heiress’

By | Thursday January 5, 2012 @ 10:00am PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: After wrapping up a year that saw her turn in lauded performances in the films The Help, Tree of Life, Take Shelter and The Debt, Jessica Chastain is now turning her sights on Broadway. She will star in The Read More »

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Jessica Chastain, Howard Shore To Be Feted By Palm Springs Film Festival

By | Wednesday December 28, 2011 @ 12:47pm PST

Jessica Chastain will be honored with the Spotlight Award and composer Howard Shore will receive the Frederick Loewe Music Award at the 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Chastain will be recognized for her roles in The Help, Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘The Artist’ Is NY Film Critics Circle Best Picture; Meryl Streep Best Actress For ‘Iron Lady’, Brad Pitt Best Actor

New York Film Critics Jump The Gun, Unveil New November Awards Voting Date

The NY Film Critics Circle has just bestowed its Best Picture award for 2011 to Michel Hazanavicius’ black-and-white silent film The Artist, putting the Weinstein Co drama … Read More »

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Brits Dominate BAFTA’s Orange Rising Star Longlist

The longlist for BAFTA’s 2012 Orange Rising Star Award has been announced. The group is made up of 4 Brits, 2 Americans, an Irishman and an Aussie who are seen as the hottest up-and-comers of the year – though some … Read More »

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Castings: Jessica Chastain Joins Tom Cruise In Apocalyptic Drama; Eric Bana Is ‘Brilliant’

Jessica Chastain will star with Tom Cruise in the untitled Universal film that Tron: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski will direct. The film was developed at Disney under Oblivion and retitled Horizons, but the sci-fi action film is currently untitled. Cruise … Read More »

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Nicolaj Coster-Waldau Lands Male Lead In Universal’s ‘Mama’

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 1:08pm PDT

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been cast opposite Jessica Chastain in Mama, the horror film that Guillermo del Toro is producing for Universal. Coster-Waldau, who currently plays Jamie Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones and is in Toronto for his film Headhunters, … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Texas Killing Fields’

Mike Fleming

A trailer has been released for Texas Killing Fields, the drama that is directed by Ami Canaan Mann and produced by Michael Mann. The gritty drama stars Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chloe Moretz and Jessica Chastain. A New York and local detective team to investigate a series of murders.  … Read More »

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UK Actress Ruth Wilson In Talks For Female Lead In Disney’s ‘Lone Ranger’

EXCLUSIVE: Ruth Wilson is in negotiations to play the female lead in Disney’s Lone Ranger, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film that stars Armie Hammer as the Masked Man and Johnny Depp as Tonto. Details of her role are sketchy, but it … Read More »

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Fox Searchlight’s ‘Tree Of Life’ Release Branches Out To UK

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After opening Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life in the U.S., Fox Searchlight presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula have acquired the U.K. rights to the film from Bill Pohlad’s River Road Entertainment, which financed the film. They’ve dated … Read More »

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CANNES: ‘Take Shelter’ Wins Critics Week Prize, ‘The Giants’ And ‘Breathing’ Win Directors’ Fortnight

Mike Fleming

While the big Cannes Film Festival awards get handed out this weekend, Take Shelter, the Jeff Nichols-directed Michael Shannon-Jessica Chastain drama, took the Grand Prix Nespresso, the top prize at Cannes Critics Week. Sony Pictures Classics bought the film before … Read More »

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CANNES: Q&A With Bill Pohlad, Producer And Financier Of Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree Of Life’

Mike Fleming

What a difference a year makes. On the eve of 2010 Cannes, Bill Pohlad’s plan to build Apparition into a powerhouse specialty film distributor was dashed by Bob Berney’s stunning decision to take an out in his contract, just as … Read More »

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CANNES: Halfway With Major Contenders

Pete Hammond

Harvey Weinstein’s little gamble may just pay off. After this morning’s very warmly received 8:30 AM press screening of The Artist, a black-and-white silent movie from French director Michel Hazanavicius, some in the media here were starting to predict Palme … Read More »

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