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Jessica Chastain (born 24.03.1977) Jessica Chastain is an American actress who has appeared in 'The Help', 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Mama'.
Childhood: Jessica Chastain was brought up in Northern California. She lived with her vegan chef mother and fireman stepfather. She attended El Camino High School in Sacramento, Sacramento City College and later the Juilliard School in New York City as part of the Drama Division's Group which was funded for her by a Robin Williams scholarship. She graduated with a B.F.A. degree.
Acting career: Jessica Chastain's first TV appearance was on the pilot for the TV series 'Dark Shadows' in 2004. She has since appeared in episodes of 'ER', 'Veronica Mars', 'Law & Order: Trial By Jury' and 'Agatha Christie's Poirot'. In 2008, she had her first film role as the titular character in 'Jolene' based on the Dolly Parton song. 2011 became a prolific year for the star as she appeared in films such as 'The Tree of Life', 'Texas Killing Fields', 'Take Shelter', 'The Debt' as well as 'The Help' which landed her with an Oscar nomination and has grossed around $205,320,611 worldwide. In 2012 she was named on Time 100's 'most influential people in the world'. She was also selected as the ambassador for the Yves Saint Laurent fragrance Manifesto and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2012 also saw her appear in Ralph Fiennes' 'Coriolanus', 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' as the voice of Gia the jaguar, the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 'Salome' and 'Lawless'. She became the first actress in half a century to have the leading role in the top two box office movies when she starred in historic drama 'Zero Dark Thirty' and horror flick 'Mama'.
Personal Life: Jessica Chastain is a vegan with strong feelings on animal rights. She owns a three legged rescue dog named Chaplin and lives in NoHo, Manhattan.
Set in a dystopian New York, the Ubisoft game is part of the Tom Clancy franchise.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain have officially singed on for the big screen adaptation of Tom Clancy video game The Division, developers Ubisoft announced on Tuesday. The game, which shelves back in March, was an instant hit for Ubisoft, achieving a record number of first day sales for the company.
Jake Gyllenhaal will star opposite Jessica Chastain in The Division.
Gyllenhaal will also be producing the adaptation, which centers on the aftermath of a small pox pandemic in dystopian New York. In the video game players must attempt to rebuild the city while fighting and investigating crime.
Jessica Chastain - Actors and celebrities attends the premiere for "Money Monster" at the Palais de Festival for the 69th Cannes Film Festival. at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Thursday 12th May 2016
Aside from success at the box office, there was nothing about 2012's rather uneven fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman that screamed out for a sequel. And indeed, this prequel/sequel hybrid doesn't quite make sense, muddling its premise by straining to keep Snow White herself out of the story (she's always just off screen) while spinning a tale that feels so derivative that we feel like we've seen it all before. The powerhouse cast does what it can, aided by some fabulous costumes, but it's impossible to escape the feeling that there's nothing to it.
Decades before her encounter with Snow White, Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) was just beginning her violent march toward power when her sister Freya (Emily Blunt) suffered a terrible tragedy. Believing that love itself betrayed her, Freya moves to another kingdom and inflicts a frozen winter on her subjects, raiding the surrounding lands for children she will raise to fight, with love between them forbidden. When her two top fighters, Eric and Sara (Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain), can't help but fall for each other, they are severely punished. Years later, after Eric's adventure with Ravenna and Snow White, he sets out to get rid of Ravenna's pesky magic mirror, accompanied by four frisky dwarfs (Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith and Alexandra Roach). And this puts them all on a collision course with the icy Freya.
The script feels like it was written by a committee desperate to get something, anything on-screen. The first half of the film is essentially the backstory, and the second half is a Hobbit-style quest with moments of random Game of Thrones-style action thrown in simply to give the special effects team a workout. This isn't too surprising considering that the movie is the directing debut of effects expert Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. So if it makes little logical sense, at least it looks achingly cool, especially when the duelling divas are clad in spectacular frocks by Colleen Atwood.
Continue reading: The Huntsman: Winter's War Review
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Chris Hemsworth returns to the 'Snow White and the Huntsman' series with new prequel 'The Huntsman: Winter's War', alongside Charlize Theron and Sam Claflin, and new additions Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. This time, inspiration is taken from Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen', so get ready 'Frozen' fans!
Chris Hemsworth is back as a huntsman
If you thought the wicked Queen Ravenna (Theron) was the only threat to the fairytale kingdom of the 'Snow White' saga, think again. For in the beginning, before her apparent defeat at the hands of her fair stepdaughter, she had another adversary; her darling sister Freya (Blunt). Consumed by jealousy, she did nothing as Freya became crippled with a heartbreaking betrayal, running to a kingdom far away where she wallowed in her newfound powers of frost and ice.
Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?' is a line from a fairy-tale echoed down the ages but not many know the story behind the famous fairy-tale and how one mothers love for her child unleashed a wrath which drastically changed the land.
Freya, the Ice Queen flees her homeland and takes to a cold winter land where she raises a group of hardened soldiers, the huntsmen remain by her side for many years and they are her protectors; the only command issued to the fighters is that they must not love.
As Freya learns of her demise, she decides that she will resurrect her sister with the help of the magic mirror, usually found at the side of her sister, evil Queen Ravenna. As Freya dispatches her army to capture the mirror two of her former huntsman decide that they must destroy the mirror as its power is too great for any person to harness. The fate of the Kingdom relies on the true huntsman.
Continue: The Huntsman: Winter's War Trailer
Long before the evil Queen Ravenna was thought to have been killed by Snow White, she sat idly by as her sister Freya fled their kingdom after suffering devastating heartbreak and betrayal.
Armed with her power to freeze any enemy, Freya the ice queen spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen, including Eric and warrior Sara. But Freya soon discovered that he two most prized fighters had defied her by breaking her most important rule of all: Forever harden your hearts to love.
After learning of her sister's demise, Freya then summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But when she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the two sisters threaten their enchanted land with twice the darkest force it's ever seen.
Continue: The Huntsman Winters War Trailer
It's been a pretty spooky year...
It's almost Halloween and, if you're staying in, you're going to have to go through that difficult process of deciding what film to put on. 2015 has seen rather a few horror movies, but it has to be noted that only a handful of them are worth your time.
Mia Wasikowska stars in Crimson Peak
Here's the top five best and worst scary films of the year:
Continue reading: What Should You Watch This Halloween? 2015 Horror Films Ranked
In Guillermo Del Toro's gothic romantic ghost movie Crimson Peak, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain play creepy siblings who are clearly up to something in their sinister mansion in Northwest England.
Obviously, Crimson Peak isn't the first time Tom Hiddleston has played a complex villain on-screen, having made his name as Thor's mischievous brother Loki in the Marvel movies.
Hiddleston likes mixing up his roles. "It's a cliche, but it's true," he laughs. "Variety is the spice of life! And when I got into acting, I never wanted to play one type of role. The actors I loved the most growing up were people who could move between genres, between character types. It just happens that Thomas Sharpe in this and Loki are a little bit darker, but the reason I've chosen the projects I've chosen is to prove to myself and other people that I'm more than that. Perhaps it's to prove that I'm not who you think I am. I think part of the pleasure I get from acting is in defying expectations: my own and everyone else's."
Tom Hiddleston stars alongside Jessica Chastain & Mia Wasikowska
Continue reading: Crimson Peak Takes Hiddleston And Chastain To The Dark Side
Gifted Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) makes an odd misstep with this overwrought gothic horror thriller, which is so bloated that it's more silly than scary. At least it features a starry cast that has a lot of fun with the characters, providing some emotional undercurrents as things get increasingly crazed. But the truth about this film is that it's a haunted house movie with ghosts that aren't remotely frightening. And worse yet, they're essentially irrelevant to the story.
It's set in late-1800s Buffalo, as young aspiring writer Edith (Mia Wasikowska) is unsure about the romantic advances of her childhood friend Alan (Charlie Hunnam), who is now a hunky doctor. But he fades into the background when the dashing Sir Thomas (Tom Hiddlestone) arrives from England seeking funding from Edith's father (Jim Beaver) for a machine to mine valuable clay from his crumbling ancestral home. As he sweeps Edith off her feet, Thomas' sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) enters the picture with a clearly nefarious plan of her own. Sure enough, Thomas whisks Edith off to get married and return to the family mansion, a freaky towering wreck that oozes red clay. Or that might be blood. And since Edith has a history of seeing ghosts, the house feels particularly crowded to her.
The spirits are rendered as stretched-out skeletons surrounded by spidery wisps. And in England they're of course blood-red. Oddly, they merely seem to be observers to this story, never actually doing much proper menacing. And since they look faintly ridiculous it isn't easy to muster up the dread required to make this work as a horror movie. Everything else on-screen is just as absurd. The mansion looks more like an elaborately dilapidated over-sized movie set than a neglected manor house. Thankfully, Del Toro packs every scene with witty details and a lurid colour scheme that keeps the audience on its toes.
Continue reading: Crimson Peak Review
'Burnt' co-stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller are among those showing support for Lawrence's essay.
Miller and Cooper, who were interviewed on the red carpet at the premiere of their new movie Burnt on Wednesday (October 14th), both weighed in on the article that Lawrence published via Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny the previous day.
33 year old Miller revealed that she once turned down a play because she was offered less than half the pay of her male co-star – in a two-person production. She told E! News that she reluctantly did “what we have to start doing, unfortunately, at the expense of our creative dreams… …I walked away from a play I wanted to do because I was offered less than half of what the other man was offered and it was just the two of us.”
Just as people began to write off veteran director Ridley Scott after a series of merely OK movies, the 77-year-old casually releases his most entertaining film in years. This sci-fi adventure is lithe, humorous, thrilling and genuinely moving. In other words, it's one of Scott's best films, mixing eye-catching visuals with a story that resonates with both emotion and deeper meaning. And it's also a lot of fun.
In the very near future, the first manned mission to Mars is caught off guard by a sudden storm. With their ship in danger, Commander Lewis (Jessica Chastain) orders the crew to evacuate, but in the chaos botanist Watney (Matt Damon) is knocked away and presumed dead. As Lewis and her team (Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan and Aksel Hennie) begin the long trek back to Earth, Watney wakes up alone on Mars and understands that he will need to survive until the next mission arrives in four years' time. But his habitat is only designed to last for 30 days, so he has a lot of work to do. Eventually, he thinks of a way to get a message back home to Nasa, letting them know he's alive. Now the experts (including Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean and Kristen Wiig) must figure out a way to rescue him before he runs out of food and water.
The story plays out on three fronts: with Watney using his expertise to survive, Lewis and her crew on their long journey back home, and the Nasa officials mounting a rescue mission. All three plot-strands are riveting, using convincing science to explore the conundrum while cranking up the emotional urgency of the situation. Intriguingly, the script never gives Watney a family back on Earth to sentimentalise things; the film simply doesn't need that. And Damon more than holds the audience's sympathy. He's funny, smart, tenacious and thoroughly identifiable, the kind of person we wish we would be in the same situation.
Continue reading: The Martian Review
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Why does our government think its ok 2 build on indigenous land? Is history so easily forgotten? This is such a FAIL https://t.co/cy0GqKeJTh
So grateful for the courage of the women who came forward. You have saved others. You are what a hero looks like. https://t.co/SbHjHG2LsD
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When sexual assalt goes unpunished, we're cultivating rape culture. Tired of victims being victimized by the courts. https://t.co/MokOQIKRhO
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@DavidPoland apology accepted 😋
@WomenaHollywood Im always thankful for @melsil 👏
One in five women are sexually assaulted in college, & according to RAINN, out of every 1,000 rapes, 994 of the perpetrators will walk free.
Haha please refrain from using Trump & my name in the same sentence! https://t.co/E9tz9CBhFi
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Found a piece of my past at the Gucci Museum in Florence #Cannes https://t.co/JbbtlYnuwG
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Im tired of hearing about the trauma a rapist feels. Guess what? Dont rape. We need to stand up for the victims. https://t.co/9O8iFPhqKJ
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@bellathorne I adore you, beauty! You are lovely & funny...but what a TALENT! Thanks for coming to play ❤
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