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Jessica Chastain Weds Gian Luca Passi De Preposulo At His Fabulous Italian Family Home


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Jessica Chastain had quite the romantic wedding ceremony last week, tying the knot with her long-term Italian partner Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo at his stunning family estate set against the glorious backdrop of Northern Italy more than 4,000 miles from their home in New York City.

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The 40-year-old 'Miss Sloane' star married her boyfriend of five years 34-year-old Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo on Wednesday (June 7th 2017) at Villa Tiepolo Passi in Treviso which is Gian Luca's family mansion and one of the most extraordinary sights in the whole city.

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Aaron Sorkin Compares Directing Jessica Chastain To Driving A Lamborghini


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Aaron Sorkin has compared directing his leading lady Jessica Chastain on new film Molly’s Game to “driving a Lamborghini”.

The 55 year old filmmaker was speaking at the 2017 edition of CinemaCon in Las Vegas at the end of March, and he said that the 40 year old star made life very easy on set and that he really didn’t have to do much in the way of directing in terms of her role.

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Jessica Chastain And Jake Gyllenhaal Confirmed As Starring In Video Game Adaptation 'The Division'


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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 GyllenhaalJake 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.

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Chris Hemsworth Is Back In The 'Snow White' Prequel 'The Huntsman: Winter's War'


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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!

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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. 

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Video - Best Supporting Actress Nominee, Jessica Chastain, Outside The Independent Spirit Awards - Part 4


Jessica Chastain was seen outside Santa Monica's 30th annual Independent Spirit Awards, as she posed for pictures and signed autographs for fans. The Independent Spirit Awards are a chance to celebrate the work of independent filmmakers, and takes place on 21st February 2015, on the day before the Academy Awards.

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A Week In Movies: Celebrities Turn Out To Collect Awards In Los Angeles And London, Mortdecai Has Three Premieres And New Trailers For Hopkins And Hawke


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A-list celebrities turned out in Hollywood for the starry Critics' Choice Movie Awards last weekend, including Julianne Moore, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Keira Knightley, Ethan Hawke, Rosamund Pike, Michael Keaton, Reese Witherspoon, Marion Cotillard, David Oyelowo, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Aniston, Amy Adams and Chris Hemsworth. Jared Leto even matched his outfit to the blue carpet.

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Jessica Chastain Likes A Bit Of Becks Appeal


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David Beckham has been a pleasure on the senses for both men and women for decades with his footballing skills impressing men and his modelling skills impressing women – and sometimes vice versa. But his fame and glory has reached new heights after Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain revealed that he's the only footballer she knows, but not because of his soccer skills.

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The Hollywood actress will appear on The Graham Norton Show tonight

While sitting on the Graham Norton couch, the Interstellar actress admitted that she's seen Becks in the H&M advertising campaign and she's pretty impressed with what she's seen.

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Oscar Nominations Court Controversy


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The reaction to this week's Oscar nominations was a loud one, because Academy voters played it so safe in a year when films expanded to explore a diverse array of themes. Throughout 2014, actors and filmmakers bravely took on big challenges, and many were recognised with nominations. But critics have been quick to point out that all of the acting and directing nominees are white, and #OscarsSoWhite was the trending hashtag on Twitter.

Neil Patrick Harris is hosting this year's Academy Awards
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting this year's Academy Awards

The most obvious snub was for Selma, which only received nods for Best Picture and Best Song (for Common and John Legend's 'Glory'), leaving out the acclaimed actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay, who would have been the first African-American woman ever nominated for Best Director.

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Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting Clarifies Feminism Comments


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‘The Big Bang Theory’ star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting has taken to social media to clarify comments she made earlier this week regarding feminism.

In an interview with Redbook magazine, for which she is February’s cover girl, the actress was asked whether she considers a feminist, and replied “is it bad if I say no?” Cuoco-Sweeting also hinted that she didn’t identify with the movement because she didn’t have personal experience of inequality, and that she cooks for her husband Ryan Sweeting “five nights a week”.

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Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting clarified her comments on feminism that she made in an interview this week

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Jessica Chastain Only Desires To Be "Seen As A Professional" Actress, Fame Doesn't Interest Her


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Jessica Chastain's career has skyrocketed in the last couple of years, mainly due to receiving critical acclaim for her role in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' therefore so has her profile as a Hollywood star, but being a celebrity is something she isn't interested in.

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Chastain isn't interested in becoming anything else but a successful actress

Although the 37-year-old may play many different roles onscreen, she only wants to be “seen as a professional” actress to the public as she realizes her journey to success has been long and tumultuous.

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Interstellar Is A New Genre For Nolan


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Over the past 15 years, Christopher Nolan has proven himself as a master of intelligent filmmaking, generally sticking to the psychological thriller genre while mixing in action and brain-bending flourishes. And now with Interstellar he has left the confines of Earth's gravity to head into science-fiction for the first time.

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Intriguingly, Nolan has still maintained his commitment to in-camera effects even in this genre, refusing to indulge in flashy digital trickery just because he can. Like his last few films, he has also shot portions of the film in Imax, massive screen imagery photographed on film, not digitally, which gives the entire movie an earthy texture that's intriguingly realistic. This also focusses even the most existential and scientific discussions squarely on the characters.

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Video - Matthew McConaughey Leads Arrivals At 'Interstellar' NY Premiere - Part 1


'Interstellar''s lead star Matthew Mcconaughey was seen arriving at the movie's premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater in New York alongside his wife Camila Alves. McConaughey plays Cooper in Christopher Nolan's forthcoming sci-fi action flick which has been one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year.

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Interstellar - Nolan's "Flawless Masterpiece"


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The New York premiere of Christopher Nolan’s eagerly-awaited survivalist space epic, Interstellar, attracted a wealth of fabulously dressed celebrities on Monday night including its main stars, Matthew Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. It also gave itself open to the critics before its big nationwide release on November, 7.

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The main star, Matthew McConaughy, at the New York premiere of Interstellar

So what did they think about this potentially brilliant masterpiece by one of the most sought-after directors featuring one of the most popular actors of the moment? Could it ever live up to the hype? Or has its build up inevitably led to an unfortunate downfall? And, most importantly perhaps, should you go and see it?

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Why Jessica Chastain Will Never Date Someone Famous


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Jessica Chastain's career has skyrocketed in the last couple of years, mainly due to receiving critical acclaim for her role in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' therefore so has her profile as a Hollywood star, but being a celebrity is something she isn't interested in.

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Chastain wants to avoid living in the public eye

The 37 year-old actress recently opened up to The Telegraph about trying to avoid living the life of a famous person, her lack of interest in dating any other celebrities and concentrating on working as an actress.

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Jessica Chastain Reveals How James McAvoy Kept Her Laughing During 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby' Scenes


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Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy both star alongside each other in the forthcoming drama 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,' but just because the film's story is a very serious doesn't mean filming it has to be.

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Chastain opened about working alongside McAvoy

The 37 year-old actress recently opened up in the October issue of Interview magazine about working alongside McAvoy and recalls how the Scottish actor kept making her laugh while shooting intense scenes in the flick.

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Jessica Chastain Begins Feeling "Depressed" When In-Between Film Projects


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Jessica Chastain is one of the top actresses in Hollywood today for a reason, she loves her job! In fact, the 37 year-old star is so passionate about working in the film industry she feels a huge lack of fulfilment when not engaged with a new project.

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Chastain feels very emotional when she isn't working

In the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar U.K., which she features on the front cover of, Chastain admitted that in a recent break from filming, she began to become very emotional and almost felt "depressed."

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Pacino To Return To West End For Salome


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Al Pacino has exclusively revealed to the Daily Mail that he will be returning to the West End in a production of Oscar Wilde’s play, Salome, in 2016. This will mark a return to the London stage for the American actor for the first time in 30 years, although he has dipped his toe in the Wilde water before with productions of Salome in New York and Los Angeles.

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Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain starred in Salome the film version together

The latter was filmed in 2006 as a cinema version that is currently on release, starring Jessica Chastain in the title role. This new British outing for Pacino will serve to be more than the rehearsed readings in the states and the star has promised: "We’ll be wearing clothes for London".

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True Detective Snags Outstanding New Drama Nomination As Season 2 Details Are Revealed


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The 2014 TCA awards nominations were announced yesterday (Tuesday, May 27) with True Detective picking up nods for Outstanding new program, outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials, Program of the year and Individual achievement in drama for Matthew Mcconaughey.

Matthew McConaughey and Woody HarrelsonMatthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson have stirring performances in season 1 of HBO's True Detective

HBO’s done-in-one-season anthology series wowed the critics and became one of the most talked about TV events of the past year; Nic Pizzolatto’s deep, intense writing style fleshed out two brilliant characters in Rustin Cohle and Martin Hart while simultaneously guiding the audience through an intertwining, non-linear crime investigation.

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'True Detective' Season 2: Nic Pizzolatto Reveals New "Psychosphere"


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Nic Pizzolatto has spilled the beans on the long-awaited upcoming second season of the hit HBO crime drama, True Detective. Matthew Mcconaughey and Woody Harrelson memorably took the lead roles in the electric first season of the show but an entire new cast and location will be introduced for season two.

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Matthew McConaughey Played Detective Rust Cohle In The First Season Of 'True Detective.'

The True Detective showrunner has previously revealed that the next season would feature "hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system" but in a new interview with public radio program To the Best of Our Knowledge, via MTV, Pizzolatto teased the new episodes a little more.

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Will Jessica Chastain Be One Of The "Hard Women" In True Detective Season 2?


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‘True Detective’ saw Matthew Mcconaughey stun as Rust Cohle – a troubled Louisiana detective struggling with the existential, philosophical nuances of life in a world in which he is charged with solving the most heinous of crimes. His partner, Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) provided Cohle with a seemingly blank canves on which to paint his idea of the life.

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Together, they dug and scraped at a deep-rooted ring of paedophiles in the Deep South, but the story was centred on our two detectives rather than the case they were there to solve. Writer Nic Pizzolatto has garnered serious critical acclaim for his dense, character based script, and the TV-living world awaits the second season with a frightening sense of anticipation. And now we have our first lead on who will star, with Jessica Chastain heavily rumored to have been approached.

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"Ladylike" Kerry Washington Best Dressed Woman This Year, Says People


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Actress Kerry Washington has received the unique honour of being crowned this year's Best Dressed Woman, as chosen by People magazine.

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Kerry Washington Stunned At New York Fashion Week.

People magazine Executive Editor Elizabeth Sporkin gave out plenty of praise for 2013's best dressed female celebrity. "There has been a trend this year in lady-like fashion and I think she is almost single-handedly responsible for it," said Sporkin.

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Would Carey Mulligan Make A Good Hillary Clinton?


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It has been rumoured that The Great Gatsby actress, Carey Mulligan, is favoured to play the US Secretary of State and former first lady, Hillary Clinton, in an upcoming biopic entitled Rodham, according to sources speaking to The Hollywood Reporter.

However, director James Ponsoldt, who directed The Spectacular Now earlier this year, is said to be keeping several other A-list actresses in mind for the role including, Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Chastain.

Set in 1974, the feature-length film will be centred of the life of a young lawyer Clinton before she and her husband, former-president Bill Clinton, entered The White House and will be released in 2016 to chime with the next US presidential election.

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About-Turn: Where Did It All Go Wrong For Zero Dark Thirty At The Oscars?


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The negative press surrounding Zero Dark Thirty, has slowly dragged the movie from being an Oscars favourite, to one of the evening’s biggest disappointments. Kathryn Bigelow’s political drama was nominated in the all-important Best Picture category (and was considered a forerunner before all the negative stories took attention away from the quality of the movie), as well as Best Actress for Jessica Chastain (again, she was considered a close favourite with the night’s winner, Jennifer Lawrence), Film Editing, Sound Editing (Paul NJ Ottosson was successful in this category, at least, sharing the award with Skyfall) and Writing – Original Screenplay.

Taking home just one award, from five nominations will have been a blow for the makers of Zero Dark Thirty. The reported “distortion” of the facts surrounding Osama Bin Laden’s capture, and the torture techniques portrayed in the movie cast a dark political shadow over Zero Dark Thirty and what had previously been enjoyed as a powerful political drama was now called into question, for its accuracy. Reports that the CIA had played a part in shaping the movie’s narrative did not go down well, either, as reports from political writers began to take precedence over the reviews of the film critics.

Despite the movie making it into the Best Picture category, Kathryn Bigelow was shunned from the Best Director award nominations and Chastain lost out on that Best Actress Oscar. It’s unclear exactly where everything went wrong for Zero Dark Thirty but the political debate surrounding the movie became too overbearing for its artistry to shine through and rather than the triumph we first expected, what we have seen instead is one of the sharpest about-turns in industry opinion in recent years. 

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Oscars 2013: Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway And Jessica Chastain Among Best Dressed (Pictures)


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Yeah sure, so winning The Oscars is pretty important, but don't kid yourself too much, it's what people are wearing on the Oscars red carpet that really interests the punters. This year's awards saw relatively few fashion mishaps, though on the other hand also lacked anyone really taking a chance with their outfit - understandable, perhaps, given the scale of the public platform they were all appearing on. 

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Jennifer Lawrence with her best actress award

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Writers Guild Win Adds To Zero Dark Thirty Momentum... But Is It In Time For The Oscars?


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In The Oscars build-up the bulk of the attention has been on Ben Affleck and Argo, with the director and actor confounding the Academy’s decision to omit him from the best director shortlist by cleaning house at pretty much every awards event since. Affleck’s tale is a heartening one, given many feel he’s been wronged, but there was another director too who also had reason to feel aggrieved at her omission from the best director list – Zero Dark Thirty’s Kathryn Bigelow.

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Forget Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow was another unfair omission by the Oscars 

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BAFTA’s Best Dressed: Who Shined Brightest On A Wet Night In London? (Pictures)


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Gemma Arterton, BAFTAS, 2013If Looks Could Kill! Gemma Arterton Eyes Up Young Actress Juno Temple

The Hollywood glitterati must have wondered why they’d bothered to turn up for the BAFTAs at the Royal Opera House in London on Sunday night (February 10, 2013). On a frankly dismal evening in the nation’s capital, umbrellas were commonplace on the red-carpet with publicists, media types and event organisers running around like headless chickens, hastily attempting to give the press pack their photographs without drowning the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Chastain and Helen Mirren in the cold British rain and sleet. Best pals George Clooney and Ben Affleck were seen taking shelter under the same umbrella, while actress Gemma Arterton looked absolutely freezing as she waited for up-and-coming star Juno Temple to finish working it for the cameras.

In terms of awards, it was a relatively straight-forward evening, hosted with typical panache by everyone’s favourite Briton, Stephen Fry. Ang Lee’s Life of Pi performed strongly in the technical categories – as it is expected to do at the Oscars later this month – while Skyfall won Best British Film. However, it was Ben Affleck’s Argo that took the evening’s key prize – that of Best Picture – leaving Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln to settle for Best Actor, for the peerless Daniel Day-Lewis. Best Actress went to the 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva, which left Jennifer Lawrence and Silver Linings Playbook director David O’Russell looking quite frankly bemused.

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US Box Office Round-Up: Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters Lures Audiences In


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There was a new name at the top of the US Box Office charts after the weekend, with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters taking $19 million to knock last weekend’s leader Mama off the top.

In a take on the traditional tale that by no means suggested that success would be a foregone conclusion, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters sees the two protagonists of the Grimm’s Tale grown up and working as bounty hunters, tracking down witches the world over. Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, the film just about met predictions, with Paramount president of distribution Don Harris commenting "We are pleased that we were on our number on a worldwide basis. It looks like we are on or exceeding our numbers but we did get dinged with the weather on Friday. The impact of the weather was certainly more than I had predicted." The US had extremely cold weather for the weekend.

In second place was Mama, the low-budget horror flick that surprised a little last weekend with its success, although less so when you consider it starred Jessica Chastain – one of the ascendant stars of the moment. She was also in the weekend’s fourth largest grossing film, Zero Dark Thirty. Sandwiched between that in third place, and still on its remarkable run, was Silver Linings Playbook, which took $10 million.;

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Thinking Of Seeing 'Zero Dark Thirty', With Friends? A Controversy Cheat-Sheet!


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Hey, UK readers, planning on seeing Zero Dark Thirty with a couple of friends this weekend? Of course, you'll be aware it's an Oscar frontrunner. Of course, you'll be aware it's from the director of Hurt Locker, and yes, of course you'll be aware it stars Jessica Chastain and is about the 10 year hunt for Obama Bin Laden. But are you aware of the storm brewing across the pond? If not, here's a guide to the intense criticism the movie has faced in recent weeks.

Political points-scoring began in mid-to-late 2012, when some critics of the Obama Administration accused director Kathryn Bigelow and Sony Pictures of releasing the film in October so that it would support the re-election of President Obama - i.e, the man who gave the command to raid the complex in which Bin Laden was eventually killed. Sony denied the whole thing, stating that the initial release date was chosen because it was the best available spot for an action-thriller. Anyway, the release date was pushed back, but there was more to come.

Next, several Republican sources charged the Obama Administration of improperly providing Oscar-winner Bigelow with classified information about the raid (can you see a pattern emerging here?) The charges became a prevalent election season talking point, with congressman Peter T. Ling requesting that the CIA and the U.S. Defense Department investigate whether or not information was inappropriately released. Both departments said they would look into it, though documents showed no evidence that classified information was leaked to the filmmakers. There was more to come.

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Zero Dark Thirty Review


Excellent

Blistering writing, directing and acting hold us firmly in our seats as this procedural drama snakes its way to a riveting action finale. Although it's sometimes not easy to know whether director Bigelow and writer Boal are celebrating or criticising the way America has conducted itself on the world stage in its war on terrorism. Clearly the characters believe that these dodgy methods are essential tools in their job. But the film cleverly respects and challenges our own views on the issues.

The story begins with the events of 9/11, after which the CIA is determined to track down Osama bin Laden. Spearheading the search is tenacious analyst Maya (Chastain), who works with her colleague Dan (Clarke) to interrogate prisoners and mobilise their team (including Ehle and Perrineau) to action. Their bosses (Chandler and Strong), the CIA director (Gandolfini) and the national security advisor (Dillane) offer support and challenges. And eventually they get approval to illegally send a black-op team into bin Laden's suspected hide-out in Pakistan.

It's astonishing that Boal and Bigelow have managed to tell this true story without taking sides. They have been criticised for possibly using classified details or for depicting torture as an interrogation tool, but the facts can't be denied just because we don't like them. And your attitude going in will probably colour how you feel about the movie: some will find this a story of triumph while others will be troubled by the methods it depicts. Either way, it's impossible to ignore the film's urgency as it pulls us into a fascinating story.

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US Box Office Round-Up: Mama Tops Takings; Good Weekend For Jessica Chastain


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With the Oscars just a month or so away, Jessica Chastain couldn’t have asked for a much better moment to be thrust further into the public eye; the star is in the top two grossing films from the weekend’s US Box Office, with supernatural thriller Mama topping the charts and the Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty taking second place.

Opening above expectations, the BBC reports that Mama took in a credible $28.1 million, with Zero Dark Thirty – which is based on the US army’s search for terrorist Osama Bin Laden – taking $17.6 million for second; this in spite of criticisms about the film’s handling of interrogation and torture scenes. Behind that, Silver Linings Playbook – another Oscar favourite – continued its success, taking a further $11.4 million on its 10th week of release. There was slightly better news for the disappointing Gangster Squad too; the mobster film had taken disappointing opening takings the previous weekend, but managed to hold on to a top five placing on its second weekend with takings of $9.1 million. It still doesn’t look like setting the world alight, but at least it’s not dropped off the map entirely.

Rounding out the top five was Broken City, which took $9 million, whilst elsewhere Django Unchained became Quentin Tarantino’s most commercially successful film ever, as it added $8.2 million to its total to reach $138.4 million domestically.

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Chastain Tops The Box Office In Mama


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Jessica Chastain has had quite the run in the past couple of years – seven films in 2011, four in 2012 – and with her recent award run with Zero Dark Thirty, the lady can afford to do a frivolous horror once in a while.

This is exactly what she’s done with Mama. The Guillermo Del Toro flick hasn’t exactly been wow-ing the critics. However, it is currently on top of the box office charts, far ahead of testosterone-driven offerings, like The Last Stand or Gangster Squad. It may be just that people are looking for something different, or that there weren’t that many good offerings this month, but, in any case, Chastain will be laughing all the way to the bank.

The actress herself describes the flick as a “slasher movie, but more complex” in an interview with The Huffington Post. She described her set experience as fun, “a big party”, but the movie itself as “scary” – a horror/drama, typical of Del Toro’s style. So, if you’re a hardcore Chastain fan (we definitely are), or if you just want some good ol’ fashion entertainment during this cold, gloomy month, Mama might be the right title to check out. You can watch the trailer below.

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Jessica Chastain Tops Box Office With 2 Movies And Guillermo Del Toro's 'Mama' Beats Poor Reviews


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Jessica Chastain's star power is really starting to show. Since starring in 7 films in 2011, and a further four last year, plus being nominated for countless awards, movie makers are getting some serious bang for their buck with her. 

Guillermo Del Toros' latest horror movie Mama was made on a low budget and had some pretty poor reviews, however with the well renowned director at the helm and Jessica Chastain's face all over it, it took an impressive $28m over the weekend. Having been produced for around $15m it's almost doubled that in just two days. Nice. 

Not too far behind is her major hit of the year Zero Dark Thirty, in which she stars as the head of the team hunting for Osama bin Laden. That took $17.6 million. Trailing with $11.35m is another big contender in this year's awards, Silver Linings Playbook starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. 

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Jessica Chastain Was Told Not To Do Genre Movie For Guillermo Del Toro's Mama


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Guillermo Del Toro's latest movie, a horror titled Mama, has been largely panned by critics, with the plot seeing two children abandoned in a forest after their dad is killed, only to be found years later having become feral.

They move in with their aunt and uncle, but there is a strange 'figure' that moves into the house with them, that the children call 'Mama'. The dialogue is said to be poor, and editing has also been critqued, but for many the one saving grace of the whole sha-bang is Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain, in many ways, is a new kid on the block. Her career only began in 2004 when she had singular appearances in a few shows here and there. 2008 saw her appear in her first feature film, Jolene, but finally, 2011 rolled around and suddenly she is everywhere, literally- she was starring in 7 movies, including The Help for which she was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. 

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A Week In Movies: Oscar Predictions For Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Denzel Washington, Daniel Day-Lewis And Anne Hathaway While Iceman And Mud Trailers Hit The Web


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Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence battle over Best Actress, Denzel Washington and Daniel Day-Lewis meet over Best Actor And Anne Hathaway favorite for Best Supporting Actress. While Iceman (James Franco, Winona Ryder) and Mud (Matthew McConnaughey and Reese Witherspoon) Trailers Hit The Web.

It's awards season for the film industry, so it's no coincidence that most stories this week centre on actors and filmmakers who are up for a variety of statuettes. Last Sunday's Golden Globes are increasingly seen as a little more than a promotional opportunity for hopeful Oscar nominees, and since they have winners in both drama and musical/comedy categories, they can spread the love around more than other groups. Unlike most years, there is no movie poised to sweep the Oscars this year.

Although Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty is gaining on her, Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook is the front-runner for Best Actress. Facing a huge crowd of fans, she stopped to sign autographs and pose for photos on her way to David Letterman's show this week.

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Hot Tickets! US Movie Releases: Jessica Chastain Stars In Creepy Thriller 'Mama,' Arnie Makes A Comeback In 'The Last Stand,' Mark Wahlberg's 'Broken City' Is A Doozy


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With Jessica Chastain nominated for an Oscar for her role in Zero Dark Thirty. Her presence in Mama, alone, should be enough to generate interest in Guillermo Del Toro’s latest supernatural thriller. Anyone expecting a Zero Dark Thirty-style action drama, though, will be sorely disappointed. And possibly a little scared.

Chastain plays the role of Annabel, a woman who welcomes her partner’s abandoned nieces into her home. They are traumatised and clearly disturbed. Annabel seems unsure whether or not she’s ready to look after them. Little does she know, however, that she’s opened the doors of her home to more than just the two young girls, who disappeared the day that their mother was murdered by their father. More of a psychological horror than a guts-n-gore kind of movie, del Toro knows exactly how to get inside the viewer’s mind and linger there, with his superb use of special effects and the kind of suspense tactics that will require the surgical removal of your fingers from the cinema seat by the time the movie’s over.

“Mama succeeds in scaring the wits out of us and leaving some lingering, deeply creepy images ...” Richard Roeper – Chicago Sun-Times 

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Guillermo Del Toro's New Film 'Mama' Panned By Critics


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Guillermo Del Toro is responsible for Pan's Labyrinth and The Orphanage, two beautifully made films, both of which utilise conventions of horror. His well told plot lines and great cinematography have made Del Toro's films a treat to watch over and over again. What has gone wrong then, with his latest scary flick, which has been completely panned by critics?

It's certainly not the cast, as it stars Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain. According to TIME Magazine, the script really let it down. "Mama is clumsily written and choppily edited, but Chastain doesn't have a bad scene in it, and you can see why she chose to be in this supernatural ghost story." They said. Village Voice just thinks that for a horror it isn't scary enough, saying that it "never delivers the primal terror its premise would suggest." Rolling Stone, in contrast says "the film knows how to creep you out," despite it looking like a 'cheapie fright flick'. 

However, in the film's favour, perhaps these critics are merely well seasoned in horror, because the Chicago Sun Times said: "Mama succeeds in scaring the wits out of us and leaving some lingering, deeply creepy images ..." 

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Eva Longoria's Wardrobe Malfunction Was Golden Globes' Biggest Blunder (Pictures)


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Eva Longoria, Wardrobe Malfunction, Golden GlobesEva Longoria's Black Emilio Pucci Dress Came Open At The Golden Globes

If you thought the Golden Globes' passed by with only minimal fashion disasters, than you were wrong. Ok, so Jessica Chastain's dress was pretty horrible, and Jennifer Lawrence and Zooey Deschanel wore similar outfits, but on reflection, it appears Eva Longoria took home the prize for biggest wardrobe blunder of the evening.

Eagle eyed commentators - specifically the UK's Sun newspaper - noticed that as Longoria posed for red-carpet photographs in her elegant Emilio Pucci creation, the dress had gaped open! The Desperate Housewife unwittingly became the centre of attention as her male guest looked on in horror. The actress was unaware of the malfunction, though was probably a little red-faced after seeing the snaps the following morning.

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This Is Torture! Just Go See Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty


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The torture scandal surrounding Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar nominated movie Zero Dark Thirty has somewhat marred the acclaimed movie's release, though the message from its creators is clear: go and watch film as it is supposed to be enjoyed, in a movie theatre free of propaganda, criticism, and silly American politicians.

The movie - starring Jessica Chastain and focusing on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden - is at the centre of a storm concerning its torture scenes, specifically that it suggests illegal methods were used in the acquirement of intelligence. A number of pundits and senators, including the former presidential candidate John McCain, attacked the movie in an open letter to Sony Pictures saying it was a "grossly inaccurate and misleading" insinuation that torture led to Bin Laden's location. Refusing to be swayed and judging the movie on its cinematic merits, critics have been unanimous in their praise. Cath Clarke of Time Out magazine said, "This is an instant classic," while Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times mused, "Kathryn Bigelow proves herself once again to be a master of heightened realism and narrative drive in this retelling of the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden." Turan's use of the word "retelling" is important - Zero Dark Thirty is exactly that, the retelling of the story by a screenwriter paid to make the story interesting and fun for audiences. Bigelow could have made a documentary on the hunt for Bin Laden though we're guessing it would have been largely boring until somewhere near the end. In fact, the Oscar winning filmmaker defends the use of torture and insists it was, in fact, part of the process. In an essay to the L.A. Times, she writes, "Experts disagree sharply on the facts and particulars of the intelligence hunt, and doubtlessly that debate will continue. As for what I personally believe, which has been the subject of inquiries, accusations and speculation, I think Osama Bin Laden was found due to ingenious detective work. Torture was, however, as we all know, employed in the early years of the hunt."

In a parting blow, Bigelow added, "As a lifelong pacifist, I support all protests against the use of torture, and quite simply, inhumane treatment of any kind. But I do wonder if some of the sentiments alternately expressed about the film might be more appropriately directed at those who instituted and ordered these U.S. policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the screen."

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Zero Dark Thirty Makes Surprise Jump To The Top Of Box Office


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With awards season fast approaching, every little thing can make or break a film's chances of winning big. Luckily for Zero Dark Thirty, its ascension to the top of the box office may very well end up working strongly in its favour.

Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden manhunt film made a surprise appearance at the top of the film charts this week, taking in $24 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales and battling off some strong competition along the way too. The film, starring Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain as a CIA agent embroiled in the hunt for Bin Laden, beat off competition from the latest Wayans Brothers horror spoof A Haunted House, which took in $18.8 million over the weekend, as well as fellow new release Gangster Squad, the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone starring modern noir, which managed to bring in just $16.7 million.

With the Golden Globe Awards happening tonight, an award or two might top off one heck of a weekend for Bigelow and her cast and crew, with the film up for four awards tonight. Bigelow, like Ben Affleck, will be looking for some love from the Globes in the director category in particular, given her Oscar snub in the division.

Can Jessica Chastain Topple Jennifer Lawrence At The Oscars?


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Jessica Chastain has enjoyed a huge couple of years in Hollywood, that's for sure. From relative unknown, the California-born actress landed roles in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, Oscar nominated The Help and the critically acclaimed Take Shelter. Since then, there's been high profile roles in Lawless and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, though her latest role in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty is her biggest and best yet.

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The Osama Bin Laden movie won Chastain a nomination for Best Actress at the Oscars on Thursday morning (January 10, 2013), with the bookmakers giving her a decent chance of winning, however, there's just one problem: Jennifer Lawrence. Chastain is available at around 2/1 to take home the golden statuette, though Lawrence is the massive favourite at 1/2 for her role opposite Bradley Cooper in David O'Russell's Silver Linings Playbook. The comedy-drama was one of the big success stories of the nominations, which indicates it could be Lawrence's year. Zero Dark Thirty on the other hand failed to secure a nomination for its director Kathryn Bigelow, though the controversy surrounding the movie's torture scenes could be the main reasoning behind that snub. Still, the acclaimed film rightfully holds its place among the likes of Lincoln, The Master and Silver Linings for the evening's biggest prize: Best Picture. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said, "The knockout punch of the movie season is being delivered by Zero Dark Thirty. Chastain is a marvel, and Bigelow and Boal top their Oscar-winning work in The Hurt Locker." Though the odds favor Lawrence, the smart money will be on Chastain.  

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Oscars 2013 Nominations For Best Lead Actress See Youngest And Oldest Ever Nominees Pit Their Wits Against Each Other


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The Oscar Nominations for Best Lead Actress are far harder to call than Lead Male, with a excellent selection of work between Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhane Wallis and Naomi Watts, this might be one of the toughest categories to call. If anything, it's a two-horse-race between Lawrence (who's now) and Chastain (2/1).

The category also sees and interesting first, with Wallis (9 years old) the youngest ever nominee, and Riva (85 years old) the oldest. Delivering such a strong performance at the age of 9 is truly staggering, but then so's being so active at 85, so how do you call that!?

Chastain's performance in controversial film Zero Dark Thirty sees her one of the favourites, but she'll face stiff competition from Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook. So popular has the rom-com with a psychological twist been, her co-star Bradley Cooper is nominated in the male equivalent, while David O Russell gets the nod for Director and the film for Best Picture. 

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British Awards Season Begins With The Unsurprising Nominations At The Baftas


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As awards season kicks off, today with the BAFTA nominations and tomorrow with the Golden Globe award ceremony, actors, actresses, directors and producers everywhere will be biting their nails and praying for a win from at least one of the big three coming up, the aforementioned two, of the Oscars, nominations for which will also be released tomorrow. 

There are very few surprises in the BAFTA nominations as this year has some clear stand-out offerings to the trade, and as announced by Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine, here's the low down on the biggest prizes. 

Nominations for best film are the big five: Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. Despite BAFTA being a British institution, there's not a British film in sight (except Les Mis, but the majority of leads aren't from the fair isle). Luckily, however, there's a whole separate award for Brits. In that list, the contenders are Anna Karenina, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (that was 2012? it seems so long ago), Les Miserables, Seven Psychopaths and a much deserved Skyfall

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Who Is Jason Clarke? Introducing Zero Dark Thirty's Rising Star


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Jason Clarke may be treading in Jessica Chastain’s shadows when it comes to praise for Zero Dark Thirty but he’s fast being recognised as a rising star in Hollywood. In an interview with Comingsoon.net, the interviewer remarks that on watching another on-screen pairing between Clarke & Chastain (Lawless, which came out before ZD30), he realised that Clarke is one of those actors that’s in tons of movies, but you probably don’t know who he is yet.

With a knowing smirk on his face, Jason Clarke explains how he got involved in Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial movie. “Heard about it going on,” he reveals, “really wanted to be part of it, because you realise it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something so relevant.” Since the interview took place, Zero Dark Thirty has become embroiled in controversy, over its portrayal of various torture tactics used by the CIA to get information out of their captives. Clarke’s character Dan is an integral part of those powerfully dramatic scenes and we reckon it won’t be long before he starts getting the roles and the recognition that he deserves.

The Aussie actor can be seen later this year in the highly-anticipated and long-delayed version of The Great Gatsby, due out in May. He plays the role of George Wilson, alongside Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Leonardo Dicaprio and Tobey Maguire. Jason Clarke’s light will not be hidden under that bushel for much longer! 

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Don't The CIA Have More Pressing Matters Than Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty?


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The CIA have entered the fiery debate surrounding Kathryn Bigelow's latest movie Zero Dark Thirty, claiming the Hollywood portrayal of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden "departs from reality" in significant ways. 

In a strange letter to CIA employees - obtained by the Washington Post - director Michael Morell said that the Oscar tipped movie leads viewers to believe that a "few individuals" were behind the hunt for the al-Qaeda leader, instead of the "hundreds of officers" who were involved in the case. He also rejects the film's depiction of CIA interrogation and the implication that it helped extract key intelligence from detainees. "The film takes considerable liberties in its depiction of CIA personnel and their actions, including some who died while serving our country," Morell said. "We cannot allow a Hollywood film to cloud our memory of them". Though based on true events, Bigelow has made no secret of the fact that her latest movie is just that, a Hollywood movie, driven by the actress Jessica Chastain.  However, it did little to perturb senators John McCain, Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin, who noted that the film was "grossly inaccurate and misleading."

In his letter, Morell signed off by reminding colleagues that "the Bin Laden operation was a landmark achievement by our country, by our military, by our Intelligence Community, and by our Agency."

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Jennifer Lawrence And Daniel Day-Lewis Are Odds-On Favourites For SAG Awards


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To win a Screen Actors Guild Award is one of the most prestigious accolades an actor or actress can receive in their career. 2012 has given us some fantastic films, so the competition is even more fierce. We can all speculate but what do the bookies have to say? Paddy Power have compiled their odds, and here they are.

Daniel Day-Lewis is leading the pack for the coveted prize of Best Actor, with odds of 4/11. Having received almost unanimously positive reviews for his performance in Lincoln, this is no real surprise. He's beating competition of Flight's Denzel Washington at 4/1, Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables, at 6/1, The Sessions' John Hawkes at 7/1, and dragging a little way behind with 14/1 is Bradley Cooper for his role in Silver Linings Playbook. 

Silver Linings Playbook is doing considerably better for the prize for Best Actress, as Jennifer Lawrence is the favourite to win it for her role in the film, with pretty good odds of 8/15. Jennifer Chastain, who has also been praised very highly for her role in Zero Dark Thirty is the second favourite with odds of 7/4. Marion Cotillard has odds of 8/1 for her role in Rust and Bone, which is the film's only recognition in the nominations. Helen Mirren in Hitchcock has 14/1 odds, and Naomi Watts is bringing up the rear for her role in The Impossible. 

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Zero Dark Thirty Trailer


Following the tragic events of the twin towers bombing on September 11th 2001 in New York City, Islamic extremist group Al Qaeda's leader Osama Bin Laden was the most wanted man in the entire world. He had managed to evade capture and certain execution for nearly ten years when, in the year of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy, he was found by the extraordinary Navy SEAL Team 6 and shot dead at his residence in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2nd. The event, however tarnished with conspiracy theories and speculation, marked a moment in history and was seen as a giant step in the current war on terror. 

'Zero Dark Thirty' is the gritty historical drama telling the story of when Bin Laden was successfully captured and assassinated by a remarkable group of CIA operatives whose covert operations and well-kept secrets gave America their biggest victory in many years. With director Kathryn Bigelow ('Point Break', 'Strange Days') and writer Mark Boal ('In the Valley of Elah') who have previously worked alongside one another on the six time Academy Award winning war flick 'The Hurt Locker', it is set to be a seminal movie that may itself become an important part of history. It is set to be released on January 25th 2013.

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Scott Adkins, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Taylor Kinney, James Gandolfini, Mark Duplass, Harold Perrineau, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler, Frank Grillo, Stephen Dillane & Edgar Ramirez.

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Early Reviews For Zero Dark Thirty Point To Critical Success


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The highly controversial Zero Dark Thirty heads to cinemas screens in under a month, with the release for the film falling on December 19, 2012. The movie has drawn huge attention given that it focuses on the events that led up to the eventual killing of notorious terrorist Osama Bin Laden – the man behind the September 11 attacks on New York.

However, many thinking that this is set to be a movie fawning about the actions of President Barack Obama will be surprised – he only appears once in the film, on a TV saying that he doesn’t believe in torture, according to the Daily Mail. Much of the focus instead lies on actress Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of Maya, a female CIA Agent who becomes obsessed with catching and killing the Bin Laden.

It sounds potentially sickening, the glamorizing of such an event; however the early reviews have been somewhat positive, with much of the praise on Chastain herself. "[Chastain] is essentially asked here to carry a movie for the first time, and she rises to the occasion," writes The Hollywood Reporter, whilst Time Magazine even thought that it bettered Oscar-possible Argo, writing "Zero Dark Thirty" blew the similarly intense "Argo" "out of the water.” Oscar blogger Sasha Stone certainly felt that Zero Dark Thirty was in with a chance too, though, claiming "It's a crowded Oscar season for great films. But it's a good thing everyone had 'Zero Dark Thirty's' place in line because it is easily one of the year’s most memorable [features].”

Could Marion Cotillard Win An Oscar For Rust And Bone?


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The race to the Academy Awards is beginning to hot up with movie executives beginning to hobnob with various industry people and drum up support for their respective films. Sir Anthony Hopkins recently explained how he refused to travel to New York just for the sake of speaking to the right people about his movie Hitchcock, and we all know what Joaquin Phoenix thinks of the whole charade. 

Though some people really want to win an Oscar. The people behind Denzel Washington's Flight have released a special trailer targeted at Academy voters, and the people over at Team Cloud Atlas would probably kill to just spend five minutes with one of the statuettes, any of them. One actress who would love to get her hands on the Best Actress gong for a second time (though she'd never admit it) is Marion Cotillard, whose turn in Rust and Bone has been winning quiet praise in the lead up to awards' season. The movie focuses on a man's bond with a killer whale trainer, which grows deeper after she suffers a horrible accident. Sounds pretty grisly huh? But the critics loved it, and lauded Cotillard's performance in particular. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote, "As an orca trainer who loses her legs, Cotillard is astonishing, as is Schoenaerts as a boxer who helps restore her sexual identity. Audiard's hypnotic film means to shake you, and does." Tim Robey of The Telegraph said, "Cotillard, who's been waiting since La vie en rose for a role this substantial, is at her damaged, devastating best". 

For punters, Cotillard represents one of the best value for money bets of awards' season. She's currently available at 8/1 to win Best Actress at the Oscars - seen as a wide open race. Pretty much everyone knew Meryl Streep was going to win last year, though in 2013, Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) Emannuelle Riva (Amour), Ouvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty),  Helen Mirren (Hitchcock) or Cotillard could all scoop the prize.

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Thumbs Up For Dan Steven's Broadway Debut In The Heiress


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It seems there were plenty of Downton Abbey fans in the house when Dan Stevens debuted in The Heiress on Broadway, alongside Jessica Chastain. This was the first time that both Stevens and Chastain had appeared on Broadway. With both actors playing against type, only one appears to have done so convincingly.

The casting of Dan Stevens in the role of Morris Townsend is praised by the Hollywood Reporter’s reviewer David Rooney, who writes “the actor is a savvy casting choice in a part that requires beguiling charm and sufficient sincerity to keep us wondering about his character’s motives” and later adds “Stevens brings such unsullied earnestness to the role that we want to believe in his honest intentions, just as he appears to want the same. Morris is so bewitched by the material comforts of the Slopers’ swanky home on fashionable Washington Square that he seems as much a victim of his desires as the architect of any calculated scheme.”

Jessica Chastain, however, does not seem to have fared so well at the hands of the critics. The same review suggests that, despite her recent run of untouchable success in the world of film, the “underpowered Jessica Chastain (is) hampered by questionable directorial choices, dilutes the emotional impact of this nonetheless compelling melodrama.” Not such great news for Chastain, then, but an excellent Broadway debut for Dan Stevens, who has managed to impress the Downton fans, despite breaking from the confines of his nice-guy TV character.

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Review


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Instead of developing the characters or situations for comedy gold, the filmmakers instead just crank up the chaos. So while some scenes are both funny and visually impressive, this second sequel is simply too inane to make us hope there will be a part 4. Very young kids may be distracted by the hectic pacing and hyperactive characters, but everyone else will quickly be bored by the nonstop mayhem, simply because there's nothing interesting going on.

Anxious lion Alex (Stiller), chatty zebra Marty (Rock), nerdy giraffe Melman (Schwimmer) and silly hippo Gloria (Smith) are living a Lion King-style existence in Africa, although their only hope for escape has just flown away. Namely, the brainy penguins and their monkey assistants. So our heroes follow them to Monaco, where they all end up on the run from the notorious animal control agent Dubois (McDormand). They run straight into a failing circus, which they set out to bring back to its glory days so they can catch the eye of an American promoter and go home to New York. To do this means working with the current circus acts: sultry cheetah Gia (Chastain), dorky sea lion Stefano (Short) and tetchy tiger Vitaly (Cranston).

The circus premise lets the filmmakers have a lot of visual fun with the characters, most notably in a riotously colourful Cirque du Soleil-on-acid performance in London. But the plot makes no sense at all (if they can get to Monaco, surely they could get to New York, right?), and there are so many new characters that the central quartet feels almost sidelined. Especially since they've also wedged in an under-developed romance for the lemur king (Baron Cohen). Yes, it's all over the place, and being busy is not the same thing as being clever or funny.

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Mama - Trailer Trailer


Victoria and Lilly are two young sisters that were found in a filthy, dilapidated old house in the woods after being missing for five years following the murder of their parents. Miraculously alive, they are placed into care with a full psychological examination to assess the extent of their obvious mental trauma. Their Uncle Lucas and his partner Annabelle agree to welcome the girls into their home and take care of them but Annabelle finds it more and more of a struggle to be around them as they frequently lash out and seem to often be apparently talking to walls. Initially thinking that their disturbing behaviour is a result of trauma, she soon begins to understand that it is something much more sinister than that; a deadly ghostly presence condemned to repeat its actions over and over again - a ghost that Victoria and Lilly believe is their mother who has come back with them.

This supernatural horror is the one of the many ghost thrillers to be released soon along with 'Paranormal Activity 4', 'Sinister' and 'House at the End of the Street' but it is definitely one of the best. Directed by Andres Muschietti in his full length feature debut and co-written by Barbara Muschietti and Neil Cross ('Luther', 'Spooks') with Guillermo del Toro ('Hellboy', 'Pan's Labyrinth') serving as executive producer, 'Mama' is based on Muschietti's 2008 Spanish short movie of the same name. It is set for release in the US on January 18th 2013.

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier & Isabelle Nelisse.

Lawless Review


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Director Hillcoat and musician-turned-screenwriter Cave previously worked together back home in Australia on the dark Western The Proposition, and now they have reunited in America for this true story set during Prohibition in the early 1930s. Unsurprisingly, it plays out like a Western. And it also features two of The Proposition's memorable actors, Pearce and Taylor.

The story centres on the three Bondurant brothers in rural Virginia. Eldest sibling Forrest (Hardy) runs the family moonshine business with middle brother Howard (Clarke). But the younger Jack (LaBeouf) wants in on the action and secretly teams up with whiz-kid Cricket (DeHaan) to speed up production and sell their wares to a big-city gangster (Oldman). Then slimy city-slicker Federal Agent Rakes (Pearce) arrives, determined to stop bootlegging no matter who he has to torture and kill. Meanwhile, a sexy barmaid (Chastain) with a shady past arrives to distract Forrest, while Jack daringly woos the rebellious daughter (Wasikowska) of the local preacher.

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Lawless Trailer


The Bondurant Brothers, Forrest, Howard and Jack, take up lawless methods of achieving the American Dream during the Depression in Franklin County, Virginia. Soon their illegal money-making schemes, including selling their home brewed moonshine in their saloon, attract the attention of the local law enforcement who recruit a corrupt inner-city cop, Charlie Rakes, to break the brothers and force them to give him shares in their profits. In an attempt to gain his brothers' respect and win the heart of the pure and well brought up Bertha who seeks danger and excitement, the suggestible and smart Jack partners with the brutal and, quite frankly, untrustworthy city gangster Floyd Banner - things start to become strained for the Bondurants when the 'indestructible' Forrest is seriously injured and loyalty among the brothers is questioned.

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Video - 'Madagascar 3' Stars Chris Rock And David Schwimmer Arrive At The New York Premiere - Part 3


Arrivals at the Ziegfeld Theater, New York for the DreamWorks Animation's 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' premiere are the voice of Melman the Giraffe David Schwimmer and his English wife Zoe Blackburn, the voice of Gia Jessica Chastain and the voice of Marty the Zebra Chris Rock with his family: his wife Malaak Compton-Rock and their two daughters Lola Simone aged 9 and Zahra Savannah aged 8.

The Rock's are also accompanied by the young daughter of a family friend from South Africa whom they adopted a few years ago

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Trailer


After escaping to Africa from Madagascar, Alex the lion; Gloria the hippo; Melman the giraffe and Marty the zebra decide it's time to head back to New York once and for all. Unfortunately, they have to rely on the penguins - Skipper; Kowalski; Rico and Private - and the two chimpanzees, Mason and Phil and their combined mechanical knowledge, to get them back home. Nothing can go wrong this time, though, can it?

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Coriolanus Review


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Actor-director Fiennes sets Shakespeare's military tragedy in a modern-day war setting, which gives it a meaty kick of recognition. But it's such a bombastic film that it's difficult to find much emotional resonance in it.

Amid political and social turmoil, Martius (Fiennes) is a blunt Roman soldier, subduing insurrections in the surrounding kingdoms, making an enemy of Volscian leader Tullus (Butler) but returning home a war hero and crowned Coriolanus.

Despite the help of his military-leader mother (Redgrave), his loyal wife Virgilia (Chastain) and a respected senator (Cox), Martius is unable - and unwilling - to play the political game, insulting both the senate and the public. Banished from public life, he joins with Tullus and sets about conquering Rome his own way.

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Video - George Clooney Shows Off Stacey Kiebler At Awards Gala - The National Board Of Review Awards Gala - Arrivals Part 2


The National Board of Review Awards Gala was held at Cipriani 42nd Street Hall in New York recently. Among the celebrities who showed up, Michael Fassbender was there, sporting a new shaved head and looking almost unrecognisable. Following him down the red carpet were the actresses Jessica Chastain; Viola Davis; Octavia Spencer and Ahna O'Reilly, who all stood together for photos, before standing seperately. Teen star Chloe Moretz looked grown up, dressed in a red jacket with matching heels.

But it was George Clooney who was the highlight of the night; he attended the gala with his girlfriend, Stacey Kiebler and a guest. George kept talking to his companions as they stood for photos; whatever he was telling them was obviously funny as they couldn't contain their laughter

Video - Asa Butterfield Dons Green Tie To Brighten Up His Tux - The National Board Of Review Awards Gala Arrivals Part 1


The National Board of Review Awards Gala was held at Cipriani in New York on January 10th, 2012. It was attended by a wide range of actors, including Asa Butterfield (Hugo; The Boy In Striped Pyjamas). The child star wore a green tie to brighten up his suit and appeared very relaxed as he was lead down the red carpet. The Help actress Octavia Spencer was also spotted on the red carpet, followed by her co-star Jessica Chastain.

The last celebrity on the red carpet was British actress Felicity Jones, who is currently starring in Like Crazy with Fright Night's Anton Yelchin

Video - Brad Pitt Attends Awards Ceremony With A Cane - 77th Annual New York Film Critic's Circle Awards Gala - Arrivals


The 77th Annual New York Film Critic's Circle Awards Gala was held in New York on Monday night (09Jan12). Actresses Jessica Chastain (The Tree Of Life; The Debt; Take Shelter) and Viola Davis (The Help; Eat Pray Love; Knight and Day) briefly stood on the red carpet for the photographers but it was Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who were the biggest draws. However, much like Viola before them and to the disappointment of the photographers, the superstar couple did not stay long on the red carpet. Brad had brought along a cane with him to aid his walking; he explained later that he recenty injured his knee ligament after a fall with his three year old daughter, Vivienne.

During the ceremony, Brad and (silent film themed) The Artist cleaned up with Brad winning the coveted Best Actor award for his roles in Moneyball and The Tree of Life. The Artist was named Best Picture and its director, Michel Hazanavicius, scooped Best Director.

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Caius Marcus is a brilliant Roman general who is hailed as 'the hero of Rome', after returning from a war against the Volscians, a neighbouring Italian tribe. Rome wins the war and takes the city of Corioles. In recognition of his part in the war, Caius Marcus is surnamed Coriolanus.

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Jessica Chastain

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24th March, 1977

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