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Jessica Chastain (born 24.03.1977) Jessica Chastain is an American actress who has appeared in 'The Help', 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Mama'.
Childhood: Jessica Chastain was brought up in Northern California. She lived with her vegan chef mother and fireman stepfather. She attended El Camino High School in Sacramento, Sacramento City College and later the Juilliard School in New York City as part of the Drama Division's Group which was funded for her by a Robin Williams scholarship. She graduated with a B.F.A. degree.
Acting career: Jessica Chastain's first TV appearance was on the pilot for the TV series 'Dark Shadows' in 2004. She has since appeared in episodes of 'ER', 'Veronica Mars', 'Law & Order: Trial By Jury' and 'Agatha Christie's Poirot'. In 2008, she had her first film role as the titular character in 'Jolene' based on the Dolly Parton song. 2011 became a prolific year for the star as she appeared in films such as 'The Tree of Life', 'Texas Killing Fields', 'Take Shelter', 'The Debt' as well as 'The Help' which landed her with an Oscar nomination and has grossed around $205,320,611 worldwide. In 2012 she was named on Time 100's 'most influential people in the world'. She was also selected as the ambassador for the Yves Saint Laurent fragrance Manifesto and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2012 also saw her appear in Ralph Fiennes' 'Coriolanus', 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' as the voice of Gia the jaguar, the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 'Salome' and 'Lawless'. She became the first actress in half a century to have the leading role in the top two box office movies when she starred in historic drama 'Zero Dark Thirty' and horror flick 'Mama'.
Personal Life: Jessica Chastain is a vegan with strong feelings on animal rights. She owns a three legged rescue dog named Chaplin and lives in NoHo, Manhattan.
Chastain and Spencer are working together on a new holiday comedy - seven years after starring in 'The Help' together.
The Hollywood gender pay gap has been a recurring theme in the film industry over the past couple of years, and was the subject of conversation during a panel titled ‘Women Breaking Barriers’ at the Sundance Film Festival this week – in which Spencer took part.
On Wednesday (January 24th), former Oscar-winner Spencer said that Chastain insisted that her friend – with whom she starred in The Help back in 2011 – get paid the same as her during negotiations for a new holiday comedy. Not only did she achieve that, but she got a raise for both of them that was substantially higher than what had first been put on offer.
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She enjoyed taking on an unusual female role.
In Aaron Sorkin's film Molly's Game, Jessica Chastain plays real-life former Olympic skier Molly Bloom, who used her intellect to launch a poker game empire. "I think there are many, many layers to this story," Chastain says. "Aaron chose to tell this story about a woman in an industry that was ruled by rich, powerful men and how she had to navigate their rules to try and find success when it would change based on their whims."
Jessica Chastain in 'Molly's Game'
Chastain found Bloom's story fascinating, and loved that this was a rare script about a woman who makes her own decisions. "She's not there serving the male characters in the story," Chastain says. "She has her own wants and desires. Aaron Sorkin is already a filmmaker in his own right and so successful. He didn't have to write a movie about a woman's journey, and he did. That to me is so touching and inspiring, and I hope other artists in the industry will take note of it. I hope they'll know that you can tell a story about a woman and it doesn't have to be this traditional, stereotypical role of what a woman was in the past."
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To most of the world, Molly Bloom is a beautiful young skiing extraordinaire, but behind closed doors she is a serious poker prodigy. She has been running an exclusive, underground gambling club in a luxury suite for ten years with a clientele that includes the likes of Hollywoo's biggest superstars, celebrity athletes, business tycoons and even the Russian mob. Unfortunately for her, the latter lands her in the sights of the FBI who raid her poker game one late night and arrest her for operating an illegal gambling business. The only person she can talk to now is her defence lawyer Charlie Jaffrey, but even he takes some convincing to change his perspective on this shrewd and uncompromising woman. And who is really going to believe that she isn't in cahoots with the mob?
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Chastain is the star of 'The Zookeeper's Wife', which comes out in Britain on April 28th.
Jessica Chastain has spoken about the experience of making her new movie The Zookeeper’s Wife, which is released in the United Kingdom at the end of this month.
The movie tells the true story of the owners of Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who rescue hundreds of Jewish refugees and animals as the Polish capital is overrun by invading Nazi forces at the start of World War II by hiding them in the abandoned zoo.
Jessica Chastain stars in 'The Zookeeper's Wife'
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Jan Zabinski was a dedicated zoo keeper, he worked at Poland zoo where he not only spent his days, he also lived within the walls of the zoo with his wife, Antonina, and their young son. Not only is their home where they live, it also acts as the nursery for any young or sick animals; the lives of all the family are immersed with the animals that they're surrounded by.
At the start of September in 1939 the lives of the Zabinski's changed considerably with the start of World War II. The zoo and the majority of its livestock were destroyed and what the Zabinski's were dealing with was only the tip of the chaos going on in their country. As Poland fell under German control, the Nazi army heavily patrolled Warsaw and the trooped began rounding up Jewish citizens and shipping them off to work houses. Antonina's humanistic mentality was to do whatever she could to help the people who were being rounded up against their will and she suggested to her husband that they begin hiding people in the abandoned areas of the zoo.
The Zabinski's smuggled in Jews attempting to escape the potential horror that awaited them; People were hidden in trucks transporting scraps for the animals and even though Antonina was under constant watch of Nazi officers and knowing that she'd be killed for conspiring, she acted as the protector for huge amounts of people fleeing the city.
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Elizabeth Sloane is a lobbyist and often finds herself facing off against some of the most important politicians in America. She's a consummate professional and is often taken as cold and calculating but these elements of her personality only work to her benefit.
In many ways, being a successful lobbyist is like being a chess champion, you always must have the foresight to be at least one step ahead of your opponent and making sure they don't see your moves coming - and if they do, making equally sure that you have a counter measure in place.
After years of success, Elizabeth decides that her time has come to take on one of the biggest challenges; the Gun control laws and Elizabeth soon becomes aware at just what lengths people will go to in order to protect their second amendment right.
Aside from success at the box office, there was nothing about 2012's rather uneven fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman that screamed out for a sequel. And indeed, this prequel/sequel hybrid doesn't quite make sense, muddling its premise by straining to keep Snow White herself out of the story (she's always just off screen) while spinning a tale that feels so derivative that we feel like we've seen it all before. The powerhouse cast does what it can, aided by some fabulous costumes, but it's impossible to escape the feeling that there's nothing to it.
Decades before her encounter with Snow White, Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) was just beginning her violent march toward power when her sister Freya (Emily Blunt) suffered a terrible tragedy. Believing that love itself betrayed her, Freya moves to another kingdom and inflicts a frozen winter on her subjects, raiding the surrounding lands for children she will raise to fight, with love between them forbidden. When her two top fighters, Eric and Sara (Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain), can't help but fall for each other, they are severely punished. Years later, after Eric's adventure with Ravenna and Snow White, he sets out to get rid of Ravenna's pesky magic mirror, accompanied by four frisky dwarfs (Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith and Alexandra Roach). And this puts them all on a collision course with the icy Freya.
The script feels like it was written by a committee desperate to get something, anything on-screen. The first half of the film is essentially the backstory, and the second half is a Hobbit-style quest with moments of random Game of Thrones-style action thrown in simply to give the special effects team a workout. This isn't too surprising considering that the movie is the directing debut of effects expert Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. So if it makes little logical sense, at least it looks achingly cool, especially when the duelling divas are clad in spectacular frocks by Colleen Atwood.
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Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?' is a line from a fairy-tale echoed down the ages but not many know the story behind the famous fairy-tale and how one mothers love for her child unleashed a wrath which drastically changed the land.
Freya, the Ice Queen flees her homeland and takes to a cold winter land where she raises a group of hardened soldiers, the huntsmen remain by her side for many years and they are her protectors; the only command issued to the fighters is that they must not love.
As Freya learns of her demise, she decides that she will resurrect her sister with the help of the magic mirror, usually found at the side of her sister, evil Queen Ravenna. As Freya dispatches her army to capture the mirror two of her former huntsman decide that they must destroy the mirror as its power is too great for any person to harness. The fate of the Kingdom relies on the true huntsman.
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Long before the evil Queen Ravenna was thought to have been killed by Snow White, she sat idly by as her sister Freya fled their kingdom after suffering devastating heartbreak and betrayal.
Armed with her power to freeze any enemy, Freya the ice queen spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen, including Eric and warrior Sara. But Freya soon discovered that he two most prized fighters had defied her by breaking her most important rule of all: Forever harden your hearts to love.
After learning of her sister's demise, Freya then summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But when she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the two sisters threaten their enchanted land with twice the darkest force it's ever seen.
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It's been a pretty spooky year...
It's almost Halloween and, if you're staying in, you're going to have to go through that difficult process of deciding what film to put on. 2015 has seen rather a few horror movies, but it has to be noted that only a handful of them are worth your time.
Mia Wasikowska stars in Crimson Peak
Here's the top five best and worst scary films of the year:
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