December 10, 2012 12:15pm EST
Director Kathryn Bigelow shot the highly-anticipated epic surrounding the U.S. manhunt for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in India and Jordan, where local women are required to cover up to adhere to strict religious beliefs.
And Chastain admits things were especially hard for her as one of the only females in the group - because she had to use her feminine wiles to gain access to a correctional facility.
She tells New York Magazine, "One day, we drove up to the gate and they wouldn't let us through. I said, 'What's happening?' And the driver said, 'You have to get out of the car. The guards want to see you walk.'
"I was so angry. I thought, 'Well, I could just turn around and go back to the hotel and then the movie doesn't get made, or I can get out of the car and walk past these guys who haven't seen a woman in a long time.' I didn't necessarily feel completely safe."
December 10, 2012 9:15am EST
The action drama chronicles the decade-long manhunt for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, and on Monday (10Dec12) the film claimed a trio of awards, including Best Director and Best Actress for Jessica Chastain.
The musical movie adaptation of Les Miserables scooped two trophies for Best Acting Ensemble and Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), while Philip Seymour Hoffman landed the male equivalent for his part in The Master.
In addition, Daniel Day-Lewis earned the Best Actor prize for his leading role in Lincoln and David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook was named Best Adapted Screenplay.
Zero Dark Thirty is currently on a winning streak - it recently picked up Best Movie accolades from the New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review, and Boston Film Critics.
December 06, 2012 9:15am EST
The movie chronicles the hunt for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden following Al-Qaeda's attacks on the U.S in 2001, and the drama is already gaining major Oscar buzz after scooping Best Film and Best Director prizes from the New York Film Critics Circle and America's National Board of Review this week (beg03Dec12).
Bigelow admits she is stunned by the warm reception her follow-up to Oscar winner The Hurt Locker is getting.
Asked about the Academy Awards buzz, she says, "I only just finished it (film) 10 days ago, so it's sort of hard for me to kind of switch gears and think in those terms. But it would be an honour and be very gratifying (to win another Oscar)... I just hope that people go and see the movie."
Zero Dark Thirty, which stars Jessica Chastain, hits select U.S. cinemas on 19 December (12).
December 05, 2012 12:15pm EST
The action thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden also earned Bigelow a Best Director trophy, and her leading lady, Jessica Chastain, was handed the Best Actress honour. Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper was the surprise Best Actor winner.
Zero Dark Thirty kicked off the month by claiming Best Film and Best Director prizes when the New York Film Critics Circle Awards were announced on Monday (03Dec12).
December 05, 2012 10:50am EST
It's officially award season, and as critics and industry groups continue to name their favorites, Oscar patterns begin to form. Based on the early lists (New York's Film Critics Circle handed out their winners earlier this week) one movie has already taken its place as a frontrunner: Zero Dark Thirty. The film, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jessica Chastain, chronicles the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden and it's striking a chord with voting members across the board. Today, the National Board of Review bestowed their top honor to the sharp thriller, along with its directing award for Bigelow and Best Actress for Chastain. With months to go until Oscar time, the talk of the town is all about Zero Dark Thirty.
But newcomers emerged as well: Bradley Cooper is now a real contender for Silver Linings Playbook and Leonardo DiCaprio solidifies himself as the Supporting Actor to beat for his work in Django Unchained. There are plenty more groups who will vote and name winners in the upcoming weeks, but for now, here are the names whose Academy Award odds just skyrocketed:
Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Supporting Actor:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress:
Ann Dowd, Compliance
Best Original Screenplay:
Rian Johnson, Looper
Best Adapted Screenplay:
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Animated Feature:
Special Achievement in Filmmaking:
Ben Affleck, Argo
Tom Holland, The Impossible
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Directorial Debut:
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Foreign Language Film:
Searching for Sugarman
William K. Everson Film History Award:
50 Years of Bond Films
John Goodman (Argo, Flight, ParaNorman, Trouble with the Curve)
NBR Freedom of Expression Award:
Central Park Five
NBR Freedom of Expression Award:
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December 05, 2012 4:00am EST
The Hurt Locker director is tipped for success during Hollywood's upcoming awards season with her gritty new thriller based on the hunt for terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden.
Much of the movie was shot on location in India, where the production was reported to have been disrupted by protests from locals angry that their country was doubling for rival nation Pakistan onscreen.
However, director Bigelow insists she had nothing to worry about.
During a film panel discussion in New York, she told reporters, "There was a very small, I would say, protest staged for the press that kind of got magnified in the news... (We) met with the minister of culture constantly and were very sensitive on handling this movie."
The movie stars Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Joel Edgerton, and is due for release later this month (Dec12).
December 04, 2012 11:51am EST
In the past 12 months, we watched as Ryan Lochte took the London Summer Olympics by storm, epic Hollywood couple Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise called it quits, and President Barack Obama was elected for a second term. We were transfixed by the The Hunger Games long before it hit theaters in March, and women the world over were mesmerized by the BDSM sexual exploits of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. But what about next year? Will 2013 pack the same pop culture punch as 2012?
According to Psychic Medium Barb Powell, it will — that is, if we don't all go down on Doomsday (Dec. 21). She predicts what's going to happen in the coming year, and boy, is it a doozy.
Psychic Predicts 2013:
1. Kate Middleton won't name her baby Diana.
"I know it's going to be a girl," Powell says. "People think that they are going to name the baby Diana after [Prince William's] late mom. I just don’t see that. I think they're going to include [Princess Diana] in some way, but I don't see [the baby] being named Diana."
2. Who will win big at the Oscars?
"Best Picture, I'm leaning towards Argo," Powell says. "Best Actor would be Daniel Day Lewis. Best Actress [will be] Jessica Chastain."
3. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson will break up for good.
"I know there's talk about marriage — I just don't see it," Powell says. "By the middle towards the end of 2013, that would be it between them. It would be done forever."
4. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis will also split.
"I know that they've been seen around a lot and going hot and heavy, but I certainly don't believe that they are in for the long hall," Powell says. "Mila is a distraction for him. I think she's on the rebound as well. As for Ashton, going into 2013, there's no balance in this guy's life. In 2013, he's likely to drop her. They are going to break up. And he's more inclined to embrace chaos in his life in 2013. His career will go along fine, but a lot partying, running around, chaos." 5. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes will still be going strong. "They will get engaged in 2013," Powell says. "I like their energy together. They're not hugely out there with their personal lives. And also, expect pregnancy with those two in 2013. [But] I don't see them completely walking down the aisle in 2013." 6. Christina Aguilera will completely lose it. "I see a huge decline in her emotional and mental state in 2013," Powell says. "She's just going to fall completely, completely apart. She’s kind of a mess right now. 2013 will just be a complete decline with her." 7. Lindsay Lohan will do time. "She will completely, almost disappear out of public eye towards the middle-end of 2013," Powell says. "She's going to be made an example of. She's going to get locked up for a while." 8. Martha Stewart will face a crisis. "Shes going to have huge money problems," Powell says. "She's going to try to disappear. But certainly in the next few years, I see her kind of turning everything around. I certainly think she can rebuild what she [will lose next year]." 9. The Dawson's Creek gang will get their reunion. "Yes. Absolutely. For sure there's going to be a reunion with that," Powel says. 10. Will Taylor Swift ever find true love? "I don't think she's going to find the love of her life," Powell says. "She'll be tied to at least three people in 2013. She gets around. She can be a bit needy. It's going to be a long while before she ties the knot and settles down with anybody. [And] we can expect more songs from her." 11. A vintage power couple will make a comeback. "We are going to hear a lot about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner," Powell says. "I keep feeling that Ben is going to be this huge guy in 2013. It almost reminds me of the next Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They are the next 'it' type of couple." 13. And what of singing competition shows?" The Voice is going to survive another round," Powell says. "American Idol is certainly on its way out. It might be its last go. The X Factor is going to be coming back." 14. Chris Brown and Rihanna will continue to make us want to vomit. "I certainly see some back-and-forth with them," Powell says. "But it's almost going to be a quick engagement. I wouldn't be surprised about a marriage, but it's not going to last. [Also, I see] a pregnancy. All in 2013." 15. Will Revenge get good again? "The way it feels, the next season for them, the writers are going to throw in even more ridiculous scenes," Powell says. "I don't think it's going to come back in a flourish and fans aren't going to be all over it again. I don't see a huge comeback." 16. Britney Spears will finally be back on track, and back on top. "Britney Spears is on a huge comeback," Powell says. "She's going to be making a lot more music. I don't see any breakdowns for her. She's going to come back with a flourish and take control of her life." Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: Photo Illustration by Hollywood.com; Photo Credits: INF Photo (2); WENN; WB; NBC; Warner Bros.; iStockphoto] More: Cher to Release First Album in 12 Years YOLO, Jeah! 10 Catchphrases We Don't Want to Hear Again in 2013 Recovering from Head Injury, Kristin Chenoweth Starts Dating 'Bachelor' Star Jake Pavelka You Might Also Like:
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Silver Linings Playbook, The Sessions, Life of Pi and acclaimed independent hits Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom have also been shortlisted.
Meanwhile, Oscar favourites Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), John Hawkes (The Sessions), Denzel Washington (Flight) and Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) will be among those battling out for the best acting prizes at the 17th annual Satellite Awards gala later this month (16Dec12).
The best supporting actor and actress categories will be a fight between the likes of Amy Adams (The Master), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Javier Bardem and Dame Judi Dench (both Skyfall) and Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln).
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Ben Affleck (Argo), Ben Lewin (The Sessions), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) are up for the Best Director prize.
European Film Awards winner Amour will be up against A Royal Affair, The Intouchables, Our Children, Kon-Tiki, Pietra, Beyond The Hills, War Witch and Caesar Must Die for Best International Film, and ParaNorman, Wreck-It-Ralph, Rise of the Guardians, Brave, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Frankenweenie will duke it out for Best Animated Film.
Meanwhile, special awards will be given to Terence Stamp (Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution), Paul Williams (Auteur Award), Bruce Davison (Honorary Satellite Award) and acclaimed Beast of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis (Newcomer Award).
In the Satellite Awards' TV categories, Kevin Costner's Hatfields & McCoys, Sherlock, Game Change and Wallander will compete for the Best Miniseries/Motion Picture Made for Television trophy, while Downton Abbey, The Newsroom, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Homeland lead the Best Drama category and Girls, The Office, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory lead the Best Comedy list.
The Satellite Awards are handed out annually by the International Press Academy.
December 03, 2012 4:00am EST
The actress had signed up to appear opposite Cruise in the upcoming sci-fi film, but she was also offered the chance to take the lead in Kathryn Bigelow's new drama, which chronicles the real-life search for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
Chastain was unable to juggle both movies' schedules and eventually accepted the part in Zero Dark Thirty over Oblivion - and she is glad Cruise reacted well about her choice.
She tells Britain's GQ magazine, "When Kathryn cold-called me, asking whether I would be interested in this role, I was already working on another movie. I'd already signed up for it.
"Tom was actually very gracious about it. I wanted to do both but in the end I couldn't work it out."
Writer Mark Boal is delighted Chastain opted for Zero Dark Thirty, adding, "It's hugely flattering for Kathryn and myself. But from a business point of view, to make that shift happen was pretty challenging. When an actor you want in your film is already signed up with another studio - and with Tom Cruise? Those were really interesting (calls) to make, let me tell you. But Jessica was a no-brainer for us. We are very lucky to have got her."
November 29, 2012 6:15am EST
The star has appeared in several box office hits in recent years, including The Help and The Tree of Life, and she hits cinemas again next month (Dec12) in her latest project Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the real-life search for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, who was tracked down and killed by a U.S. Navy SEAL team in Pakistan in 2011.
Chastain plays an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the drama, and the actress admits she can relate to women who devote their lives to their jobs - because she is one of them.
She tells Britain's GQ magazine, "When I first read the script, I was blown away by this woman. The sacrifices she made and what she had to do. It's something I still get very emotional about. What happens when you live for this one goal? And then you achieve it. When your whole life has been about solving this puzzle, this mystery.
"I can relate to those aspects of being in the CIA. For the last three years, my life has been work and only work. I do miss my family. I do feel cut off from my friends. Listen, I know being in the CIA is a lot more important than being an actress, but I do feel some empathy with the loneliness: you give away yourself."