Jessica Chastain Gets a Body Cast for Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK in New Images

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One might think that Guillermo del Toro is taking a little break now after the massive undertaking that was Pacific Rim, but one would be mistaken.  Del Toro is currently in Toronto hard at work on directing the pilot for the upcoming FX series The Strain, but he’s also busy prepping his next feature film Crimson Peak, which starts principal photography in February.  The film is described as a “classical gothic romance ghost story” that stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam, and del Toro called it his first adult movie in the English language.  Other than that, though, very little is known about the film.

Chastain was recently in Toronto where she had a full body cast made for Crimson Peak, and she has now shared images of the process on her Facebook with guest appearances by Del Toro and Chastain’s young Mama co-star.  It’s not incredibly illuminating, but it does beg the question why would Chastain’s character need a prosthetic mold?  Curious.  Very curious.  Hit the jump to check out the images. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]

First Images from THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY, DOM HEMINGWAY, ENOUGH SAID, HATESHIP LOVESHIP, and PHILOMENA

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced its stellar line-up for their 2013 Galas and Special Presentation programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Directed by Ned Benson) Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, and Jess Weixler.
  • Dom Hemingway (Directed by Richard Shepard) Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
  • Enough Said (Directed by Nicole Holofcener) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, and Tavi Gevinson.
  • Hateship Loveship (Directed by Liza Johnson) Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Christine Lahti, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Sami Gayle.
  • Philomena (Directed by Stephen Frears) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

John Lithgow Joins INTERSTELLAR; Jessica Chastain Eyes A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Opposite Javier Bardem

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The cast of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film Interstellar is rounding out ahead of the film’s imminent production start date.  The great John Lithgow is the latest actor to join the film’s cast, which is toplined by Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine.  Given that plot details are firmly under wraps, The Wrap’s report has no information on Lithgow’s role.  Nevertheless, the Emmy-winning actor makes a swell addition, along with yesterday’s news of Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, and Timothee Chalamet joining the cast.  Interstellar opens on November 7, 2014.

Hit the jump for news concerning Jessica Chastain possibly starring opposite Javier Bardem.

MAMA Blu-ray Review

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Mama’s producer Guillermo del Toro understands the nature of fear as few others do. Its purity. Its simplicity. The way it cuts through all the bullshit and grabs you by the fundaments. He once said, “fear is simply the presence of something that shouldn’t be there or the absence of something that should be there.”  Everything else is details. Director Andres Muschietti takes that adage to heart with this, his feature film debut. He can’t quite find the brilliance of his producer, but he catches glimpses of it at times, and that propels Mama far past what we might otherwise expect.  Hit the jump for my review of the film on Blu-ray.

Chastain, Johansson, Witherspoon, and Seyfried Eyed to Play Young Hillary Clinton in RODHAM

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Last month, we reported that The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt would helm Rodham.  Per the synopsis, “During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.”  Since playing a famous person in a drama is a prime recipe for netting an Oscar, it’s a role that’s ripe to net an A-list actress.

Today, The Independent reports that Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, and Amanda Seyfriend have emerged as “frontrunners” to play the title role.  I put “frontrunners” in quotations because these actresses are probably high on every list for most projects.  Ponsoldt commented, “They’re all wonderful actresses. We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position.”  Of course, once the role of Rodham has been cast, we can rev up the speculation machine on who will play a young Bill Clinton.

Jessica Chastain Courted for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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Reports have Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) in talks to star in Christopher Nolan’s next film, Interstellar.  This would make Chastain the third lead after Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike) and Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises) took roles just last month.  The details of the sci-fi picture are, of course, being kept under wraps, but the story is based on Caltech physicist and relativity expert Kip S. Thorne’s scientific theory that wormholes exist and can be used for time travel.  Hit the jump for what else we know about Interstellar. 

Jessica Chastain is THE ZOOKEEPERS WIFE, Brad Pitt Out for THE GRAY MAN, Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga Star in EL ARDOR

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Here’s today’s casting news:

  • Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is set to star in The Zookeeper’s Wife, based on the Diana Ackerman novel about the true story of Warsaw zoo owners Jan and Antonina Zabinski’s rescue of hundreds of Jewish refugees during the Nazi invasion of World War II.
  • Brad Pitt was courted to play the world’s greatest assassin in The Gray Man a number of years ago, but it looks like the veteran has departed this particular picture.
  • Gael Garcia Bernal (No) and Alice Braga (I Am Legend) are set to star in El Ardor, pitched as a modern-day Western, a tale of survival and revenge set in in the Amazon jungle.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Future of David Yates’ TARZAN Uncertain at Warner Bros; Potential Filming Pushed to 2014

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Director David Yates—who helmed the final four Harry Potter films—is having a bit of trouble getting a post-Potter project off the ground.  He was initially attached to direct the small-scale drama Your Voice in My Head with Emma Watson and Stanley Tucci attached to star, but was subsequently forced to drop out of the director’s chair for personal reasons.  After briefly flirting with a large-scale adaptation of The Stand, Yates then moved on to a reimagining of Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan as his next project.

The filmmaker has been developing Tarzan since last summer and recently set True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard as his lead.  We learned last month that Jessica Chastain was circling the Jane role, but now Warner Bros. is putting the brakes on the project due to budget concerns.  Hit the jump for much more.

Jessica Chastain Joins Guillermo del Toro’s Gothic Ghost Story CRIMSON PEAK

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After starring in the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film Mama earlier this year, Jessica Chastain will reunite with the director for his new haunting picture, Crimson Peak.  The project has been steadily adding stellar talent to the cast, including Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and most recently Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock).  The twice Oscar-nominated Chastain adds further star power and gravitas to a picture that del Toro calls a “very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.”  Del Toro spoke more about the picture and more in a recent interview with Steve at WonderCon.  Hit the jump for more on Crimson Peak and Chastain’s casting announcement.

ZERO DARK THIRTY Blu-ray Review

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The events of September 11, 2001 had a profound effect on the United States of America that forever changed us as a nation.  We live in a post-9/11 world, and it is impossible to go back to “the way things were before.”  Though it’s been a decade since the event, in the scope of things we’re still living in the immediate aftermath of the most devastating domestic terror attack in history.  Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow has now dealt with these effects in two films, as she previously focused on the events of the Iraq War with her 2008 Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, and her brilliant 2012 drama Zero Dark Thirty masterfully chronicles the decade-long hunt for the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks: Osama Bin Laden.  The result of the latter is a taut procedural thriller that not only entertains, but also provides a difficult and introspective look at America’s place in the post-9/11 world.  Hit the jump for my review of Zero Dark Thirty on Blu-ray.

Jessica Chastain in the Running to Play Jane in David Yates’ TARZAN?

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It appears that Warner Bros. and director David Yates may have settled on who they want to play Jane in the upcoming Tarzan adaptation.  Word on the project has been fairly quiet since Yates committed to it as his next project after helming four Harry Potter films back-to-back.  Last November, it was reported that Alexander Skarsgard was the frontrunner to tackle the title role in the film, with Samuel L. Jackson being eyed for a supporting role as a an ex-mercenary who helps Tarzan save the Congo from a warlord.  Now word comes that recent Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain is being eyed to tackle the role of Jane in the film.  Hit the jump for more.

First Images from THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY Starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has an intriguing premise.  It is a double feature that explores “how a married couple in New York City deals with an emotional, life-altering experience, from two different perspectives.”  The perspective of the husband (James McAvoy), a restaurateur, is seen in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him, while the story of the wife (Jessica Chastain), who is going back to school, is told in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her.  The first images from the film have been released, and we can see one of the ways writer/director Ned Benson has chosen to approach the project.

Hit the jump for more.  The film also stars Viola Davis, Bill Hader, William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, Ciarin Hinds, and Jess Weixler. [Update: We've taken down the images at the request of the production company.]

Epic 8-Minute Trailer for Jimmy Kimmel’s MOVIE: THE MOVIE 2V Starring Everyone in Hollywood

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Every year, Jimmy Kimmel Live follows the Oscars with a star-studded sketch.  Last year, audiences were treated to a trailer for Movie: The Movie, which featured dozens of movie stars parodying every film genre and cliché.  Naturally, every hit needs a sequel, and JKL has delivered with Movie: The Movie 2V.  I’ll let you be the judge between which trailer is better, but I would say the sequel surpasses the original when it comes to the obligatory Matt Damon joke.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Movie: The Movie 2V opens Arbor Day.

2013 Oscar Presenters Include Paul Rudd, Kristen Stewart, Ben Affleck, Liam Neeson, Jessica Chastain, and More

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A new batch of presenters has been announced for the upcoming 85th Academy Awards ceremony, and we figured now would be a good time to round up all of the presenters announced thus far in one handy story.  It was announced today that Jane Fonda, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Garner, and Kerry Washington have joined the rather long list of presenters for the ceremony, which will be hosted by Seth Macfarlane.

We already learned that Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo from The Avengers will be presenting together, and Macfarlane has put together a tribute to movie musicals from the past decade that includes DreamgirlsJennifer Hudson, Chicago’s Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Les MiserablesHugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Helena Bonham Carter, and Samantha Barks.  Hit the jump to take a gander at the entire list of presenters, and click here to catch up on all of our recent Road to Oscar series.  The Oscars will be held this Sunday, February 24th, at 7pm EST on ABC. 

The Road to Oscar: Best Actress

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Continuing on with our “Road to Oscar” feature, today we’re going to take a look at how the race for Best Actress played out over the past 12 months.  With the 85th Academy Awards taking place this coming Sunday, we figured this week would be a nice opportunity to reflect on how a number of Oscar categories got to where they are today.  Join us after the jump as we break down the race for Best Actress.

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