Jessica Chastain felt more than comfortable working with writer/director Ned Benson on their new movie The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, because the filmmaker is her ex-boyfriend. The famously private Zero Dark Thirty star reveals she remained friends with Benson long after their romantic relationship ended, and once she found fame with her breakthrough role in 2011's The Help, she wanted to do what she could to get his feature film debut to the big screen.
Chastain also helped her close pal, Teeth actress Jess Weixler, land a role in the film, too.
She explains, "I really believe in him and I met him because I won tickets to the Malibu Film Festival... and I saw a short film he did; I thought he was so talented.
"We became friends for four years, then we started a relationship and he'd written this film. The relationship ended, but I don't believe that love ends; I think it just kind of transforms, but never goes away, so, to be able to shine the spotlight that was on me, and say, 'Look at my friends', because also my best friend Jess Weixler plays my sister in the movie, and just to say, like, 'How incredible are these people?', it was a very emotional experience to make it."
Chastain's star power also attracted the likes of James McAvoy, Viola Davis and William Hurt to sign up for the drama, about a young couple whose marriage is rocked by a life-changing event.
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Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson has won a three-year restraining order against a former security guard. Last month (Jun14), the actress was granted a temporary order against 49-year-old James Gorton, Jr., and now a California judge has ruled he must stay at least 100 yards away from Benson for the next three years. Gorton, Jr. was fired from his position as a guard on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, California where her hit teen drama is filmed, after he allegedly told studio security officials that he had feelings for the 24 year old, and that "God instructed him to pursue her romantically". In legal documents obtained by TMZ.com, he also reportedly told colleagues he "felt a special bond" with Benson after she looked his way one day, and he believed she was silently sending him subliminal messages.
Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson has obtained a temporary restraining order against a former security guard who had desires on her. The actress was granted the order against 49-year-old James Gorton Jr. on Wednesday (18Jun14). He was recently fired from his position as a guard on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California where her hit teen drama is filmed.
In legal documents obtained by TMZ.com, Gorton, Jr., allegedly told studio security officials that he has sexual feelings for the 24 year old, and that "God instructed him to pursue her romantically."
He also reportedly told colleagues he "felt a special bond" with Benson after she looked his way one day, and he believed she was silently sending him messages.
Gorton, Jr., who is married, has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Benson.
Actress Ashley Benson developed protective maternal instincts for co-star Selena Gomez on the set of hit movie Spring Breakers. Gomez and Benson starred alongside Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco in the movie, about fun-loving college students enjoying a wild spring break holiday, and they developed a very special bond.
Benson admits she felt compelled to protect her co-star from some of the most explicit aspects of the wild life style they were attempting to emulate.
She tells Complex magazine, "The four of us were filming this motel party scene and we had to observe what was going on and be in character.
"My and Vanessa's characters loved to party, so we couldn’t do anything to break that persona. But I remember looking over to the floor at these two girls rolling around and making out completely naked. At that moment, I literally closed Selena’s eyes. I felt like I had to mother her.”
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It's been a rough year for freshmen comedies. Despite critical raves, loyal-but-tiny fanbases, and heavily orchestrated Twitter campaigns, we lost a lot of potentially great series this year. Trophy Wife showed us a new kind of TV family, but may have been crippled by its ironic title from the start. Enlisted won the hearts of its few viewers and the support of the U.S. military, but couldn't overcome a weak timeslot and wonky scheduling. And despite an A-list star in Robin Williams, advertising comedy The Crazy Ones never found its audience. But while we've had to say our farewells to these shows, we don't have to wave goodbye forever to the comic talents they introduced us to. Here are a few of this season's breakout stars who we know have illustrious careers in their future.
Parker Young, Enlisted
We're always surprised to find that someone so chiseled can be as funny as Parker Young is in Enlisted's first and only season. As sweet and sincere baby brother Randy, Young tempered the swagger and sarcasm of older siblings Pete and Derrick and brought some serious heart to the show. Before booking the military comedy and a role on the slightly longer lasting but also canceled Suburgatory, the actor's credits consisted of guest spots here and there and — obviously — several modeling gigs. Now that the world knows he's not just a pretty face, we're hoping for big things from Parker.
Albert Tsai and Michaela Watkins, Trophy Wife
If Trophy Wife left us with one gift, it was that of little Albert Tsai, who has the timing aspiring comics would chop arms off for. Bert worked in conjunction with any and every other character on that show, but we're especially fond of his scenes with loopy mom Jackie. Michaela Watkins isn't exactly a Hollywood newbie, but Trophy Wife reintroduced her to some viewers who hadn't seen her regularly since her single season as a SNL cast member. Watkins got to deliver some of the show's finest one liners ("Wait. Robert Downey had a son?") and we're dying to see her back on our TVs soon.
James Wolk and Hamish Linklater, The Crazy Ones
Wolk is no stranger to Mad Men fans, who know him as the mysterious (and, as of late, heartbreaking) Bob Benson. And Linklater is a veteran stage actor who also played a significant role in The Newsroom's second season. But The Crazy Ones got us to fall in love with the two of them together, and we just can't let go. Zach Cropper and Andrew Keanelly — or Zandrew, if you will — had a bromance that, given time, would have rivaled that of even Turk and J.D. Wolk and Linklater are both skilled actors in their own right, but we can no longer imagine them apart. Thanks, CBS.
The Weinstein Company
In an era where every franchise gets a two-part finale, The Weinstein Company is taking a different approach to releasing Ned Benson's film duality The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Retitled as The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, the two distinct films (Hers and His) will be edited into one for a wide-release on September 26, while the individual installments will get a limited release later that fall. Starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby attempts to tell the story of a failing marriage from two different perspectives, with the audience finding the "truth" of the situation somewhere in the middle.
The original, two-part cut premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, but when Harvey Weinstein acquired it for distribution shortly afterwards, he approached Benson about cutting them together into one film. The result, Them, will premiere at Cannes before arriving in theaters in the fall. From a distribution standpoint, it makes a great deal of sense to combine the film, as the average moviegoer would be less likely to see two separate films that tell the same story than one coherent take on it.
Though studios often split films up in order to make double the profit at the box office, in this instance, it's a smarter move for Weinstein to release just one film, since there's no guarantee that a mainstream audience will flock to see one installment of the story, let alone two. Chastain and McAvoy are both well-known and well-respected actors, but neither one of them has established themselves as a major box office draw yet, and so Weinstein can't simply rely on their star power to bring in audiences to both parts of the movie.
And since it's easier to get people to watch one film instead of two, it will likely also help Weinstein earn the film some awards attention. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby's mission to tell the same story from different perspectives helps it stand out from the other movies being released in the run-up to Oscar season, but having a single, two-hour cut of it will help encourage voters and critics to see it.
However, Benson's story was designed to be told in two parts, so cutting it into one might mean that Them loses some of the impact that the two-part film would have. Since the director himself is the one who edited it, much of his vision for the film will likely stay intact, but the additional editing a release plan means that the audience who will get to experience the film the way he intended will be much smaller.
We'll have to wait until the Them premieres at Cannes to find out whether or not a single film is the best way to present the story, but in the meantime, here's hoping Peter Jackson has learned a thing or two from this situation.
Of course, the real issue is the incongruity in the function of the pronouns at the end of the titles. Hers and His are possessive, Them is not.
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Hollywood hunk Leonardo DiCaprio looks set to bounce back from his Oscars snub to be the big winner at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards after picking up six individual nominations. The Titanic actor, who missed out on a Best Actor prize at the Academy Awards on Sunday (02Mar14), is up for titles including Best Male Performance, Best Shirtless Performance and Best-Onscreen Duo with Jonah Hill for his turn as bad boy stockbroker Jordan Belfort in The Wolf Of Wall Street.
The film itself is nominated for eight prizes, as is American Hustle, while The Hunger Games: Catching Fire follows closely behind with seven. All three films are up for Movie of the Year, alongside 12 Years A Slave and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Competing with DiCaprio for Best Male Performance are Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club).
The actresses vying for the Best Female Performance award are Amy Adams (American Hustle), Jennifer Aniston (We're the Millers), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), and Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave).
As well as the serious acting honours, the ceremony also celebrates the light-hearted side of film, including a prize for the best kissing scene - this year's (14) contenders include Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams for American Hustle, and James Franco, who won a nod for smooching both Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens in Spring Breakers.
The winners will be announced at the prizegiving in Los Angeles on 13 April (14). The ceremony will be hosted by Conan O'Brien.
Hollywood actor James Franco is enjoying a new romance with an art gallery employee, according to a U.S. report. The 127 Hours star is dating Adriane Cloepfil, 25, who works at Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills, California, after recently meeting her on the set of a video project in Los Angeles, according to the New York Daily News.
Art enthusiast Franco, 35, has previously romanced actresses including Ahna O'Reilly, Marla Sokoloff and Ashley Benson.
The New York Times/YouTubeJames Franco's extra-curricular activities have become so increasingly bizarre that hardly anyone bat an eyelid when he paraded around with a shirtless Seth Rogen to recreate Kanye West's video for "Bound 2" last month. Here's a look at five of his biggest oddball moments.The Justin Bieber ParodyTwo years before setting his sights on Kanye, Franco parodied another pop culture icon in the shape of Justin Bieber with a slightly creepy spoof of the teen idol's hit single, "Boyfriend," recorded with a little help from Ashley Benson. The pair then did the same for Spring Breakers co-star Selena Gomez's "Love You Like A Love Song."The Kickstarter campaignJoining the Kickstarter revolution with art duo Praxis in 2011, Franco asked fans to cough up their hard-earned cash in return for pieces of art that were completely conceived in their own imagination. Incredibly, the project dubbed the 'Museum of Non-Visible Art' inspired one woman to spend $10000 on a piece titled "Fresh Air."The New York Times videoInvited to record a one-minute video for the New York Times' 'Fourteen Actors Acting' series, a moustached Franco used the opportunity to seduce a mirror image of himself while portraying the 'chronic narcissist,' a role he then returned to while promoting his Comedy Central roast.The Candy magazine coverFranco has recently dressed as Psycho's Marion Crane and channelled his inner Cindy Sherman for various art exhibitions. But his first venture into drag – the Terry Richardson-shot cover for transgender magazine Candy which saw him pose in slicked-back hair, thick red lipstick and blue eyeshadow – remains his most striking.The Obama poemWhile most celebrity fans of Obama took to Twitter to express their feelings on his second inauguration, Franco decided to upload a typically baffling five-minute poem onto YouTube titled "Obama in Asheville" which was as unintentionally amusing as it was pretentious.