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Jessica Chastain Is 'The Zookeeper's Wife'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 1, 2013 9:44 AM
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Jessica Chastain’s rise in the film industry has been nothing short of meteoric. Just think, exactly two years ago, hardly anyone knew about her. Then Cannes 2011 comes around, and she’s in two films: “Take Shelter” and “The Tree of Life.” And in short order, Chastain had arrived. Now with two Oscar nominations in two consecutive years, she looks to continue her hot streak.

Jessica Chastain Goes To The 'Crimson Peak' With Guillermo Del Toro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 2:41 PM
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And we thought the casting up of David O. Russell's movie was getting intense. While monsters may take center stage of Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming "Pacific Rim," for his next feature effort, "Crimson Peak," the director is impressing us thus far with the roster of talent he's assembling.

Rumor: Jessica Chastain In The Mix To Swing On The Vine As Jane In David Yates' 'Tarzan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2013 1:26 PM
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Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain has seemingly done it all -- including a low-rent horror movie -- but has yet to dip her toes in the blockbuster world. Opportunities arose last year with parts in "Oblivion" and "Iron Man 3" floated her way but they didn't pan out. But now another movie may find her on a vine, swinging hard for the multiplex.

First Stills From 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby' With Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy Reveal Visual Differences

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 28, 2013 10:19 AM
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A batch of stills from each “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers” have provided the first major break in the case of the mysterious two-part project. For those of you who haven’t heard, the loftily titled pair of features is a two-part set from writer-director Ned Benson starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy as a husband and wife with a failing relationship. One film will tell the story through the eyes of the husband, a restaurateur, while the other film sees the events through the eyes of the wife, who goes back to college.

Watch: Jimmy Kimmel Returns With 'Movie The Movie 2V' Featuring Jessica Chastain, Jude Law, Oprah Winfrey & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2013 9:39 AM
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So, the Oscars are over, and you're likely waking up today with a nacho cheese hangover and still wondering why so much of the broadcast was dedicated to "Chicago" and "Dreamgirls." But if you still had any kind of energy left over from the four-hour slog, perhaps you stayed up to watch "Jimmy Kimmel Live." And if not? Well, we have the magic of YouTube.

The Early Gems: Notable Performances From The 2013 Best Actress Oscar Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 20, 2013 1:04 PM
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With the Oscars now only four days away, it's time for our Early Gems series to come to a close. Over the last week, we've been highlighting performances and films from those nominated in the acting and directing categories, from Amy Adams in "Junebug" to Benh Zeitlin's short film "Glory At Sea." But all good things must come to an end, and so our final entry will focus on the last major category we haven't yet covered: Best Actress.

Watch: Bradley Cooper, Jessica Chastain & Sally Field In 'Between Two Ferns' Oscar Special Part 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2013 8:56 AM
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While the Academy would never let Zach Galifianakis host the Oscars as the alter-ego from his talk show "Between Two Ferns," we'd be for it. Both clueless and insulting, and usually pretty damn funny, he's nicely taken some of the stuffing out the awards season campaign. In case you missed it, yesterday he sat down with nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Watts, Amy Adams and Anne Hathaway in a segment both amusing and strange, and now part two has dropped.

Has It Come To This? Jessica Chastain Responds To Reports Of Alleged Beef With Jennifer Lawrence

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 11, 2013 9:01 AM
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Every awards season, there are really only two moments of true suspense during the ceremonies: The reading of the names of the winning film or actor in each category, and the views of the hopeful, pensive faces of those who represent them. Two Best Actress nominees this year will be extra scrutinized as a result of reported “insider squabbling,” but really the occasion has led one of the leading ladies to respond with a level-headed fury.

Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell & Samantha Morton To Star In 'Miss Julie' For Director Liv Ullmann

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 30, 2013 7:15 PM
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Haters to the back. We called this one. Or at least the Jessica Chastain part because, well, she basically said as much already. During a press conference for "Mama" reporters asked what was next for the "Zero Dark Thirty" actress. "It hasn't been announced but it might be a Strindberg thing. It hasn't been announced yet," she said. Being that many of us understand what that means, we asked, does that mean the adaptation of "Miss Julie" that Ingmar Bergman's muse Liv Ullmann was scheduled to direct? And yes, Chastain essentially confirmed with a physical gesture (much beyond the goofy face of a Matthew Vaughn character actor mind you; and that didn't pan out).

Discuss: Does Having 'Mama' & 'Zero Dark Thirty' At The Top Of The Box Office Make Jessica Chastain A Movie Star?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 22, 2013 12:05 PM
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As has been commented on by more than one person in the last day or two, this weekend's box office chart contains an impressive feat. Both the number one movie, the Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror "Mama," and the number two film, Kathryn Bigelow's much-lauded "Zero Dark Thirty," feature the same actress in the lead role -- Jessica Chastain.

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