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May212014

It's All About Jessica Chastain

Somehow Jessica Chastain is taking over Cannes week news despite not having a film in competition (though The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is eligible for the Camera D'Or for her friend/director Ned Benson). She was nearly gone with the wind at a premiere the other night...

That's less a Marilyn than a Dorothy, don'cha know.

And then, the adorable starlet held court with students at the American Pavilion in Cannes, answering questions about her career.  And all this Cannes activity was swirling about during the big tornado of confusing news that she'd been offered the lead role in Season 2 of True Detective. Oh no wait a minute, actually she hasn't or she said no and they're pretending she wasn't offered. Or something.

We don't know.

Given that an Oscar statuette seems right around the corner, and she already does stage work maybe she'll have her sights set on the Triple Crown and hit the small screen as well?

I think it's worth noting that in the future EGOTs and Triple Crowns (TFE's preferred accomplishment since Grammys are such a different non-acting beast and who needs 'em?) will be much easier to win for actors with all the lines blurring between media and new shorter modes of television and new "limited run" stage shows becoming the norm. The length of the contracts is one reason, among others of course, that movie stars didn't used to regularly stick their toes in other mediums all that often. Now the water's the perfect temperature. 

If she was in fact offered it, do you think Jess should have said yes to True Detective? We still don't know the female lead but if you could have your choice of movie actresses for the miniseries, who would it be?

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The only trepadation I have with her is the amount of films which causes a glut and hardly any1 can decid,i mean she is in 4 big films this year,3 for lead actress and 1 supporting,depends on critics but I feel very confident picking her as one of our 5 this early on.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

I'd like to see Winona Ryder nab a role on TV.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercristhian

No, I don't think she should have accepted. She has too many good potential film roles right now to bother with it.

Winona Ryder is a great idea. Her career could use a boost.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Im in the Winona Ryder camp

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterManuel

totally WINONA RYDER!!! Fantastic idea

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Jessica Chastain is just plain talented. I wasn't a fan of her work in ZD30 but it really wasn't her fault. Her performance in The Help remains, to me, one of the most touching and vivid supporting turns in the last several years. Jennifer Lawrence should thank her lucky stars that we have acting thoroughbreds like Jessica and Lupita to carry the baton at moments when it gets too heavy and exhausting for her.

Lawrence needs an As Good as it Gets.
Chastain needs a Dead Man Walking.
Lupita needs something out of Kidman's middle period (To Die For, The Others, Moulin Rouge).

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHayden W

Chastain and Eleanor Rigby are both eligible for awards in the "Un Certain Regard" section.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce T

I seriously love this woman. She just posted a picture of her with Marion Cotillard and model Cara Delevingne on her facebook page. It made me want to see a film with her and Marion so badly! Wouldn't that be fierce?

And yes on WInona. Bring her back, Zeus.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJones

Oh a future where True Detective will be the major Oscar precursor!

Consider this year's contender in 8 hour long FYC ads which the range of her skills from looking hot to wearing old person makeup. Marvel at how she keeps her top on in a gritty world of background strippers.
Presented by Harvey Weinstein.
HBO January.

(Seriously though, Pam Grier plz)

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSVG

Jessica, honey, just say no. They're calling you to do all lot of movies, do those movies. After all, Hollywood will get tired of you in five years or so.

Nina Arianda or somebody else with a low profile and a huge talent.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

peggy sue -- but they're not going to go low profile since they snagged woody harrelson & mcconaughey last time. Expect a major star

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Omg Winona Ryder please!!! #teamwinona

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulio

I was so read for the Pitt/Chastain reunion! Blerg.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLarsen

Love the Chastain. She's a Godsend.

Winona Ryder would be awesome. I also would be keen on Diane Lane (if nothing else than to put a stake in that Hillary Clinton miniseries), Famke Jannsen, Marisa Tomei, or Rosie Perez, all of whom we just don't see enough of in quality material.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

I was an admirer of Jessica Chastain's before I saw 'Eleanor Rigby,' and now I bow down to her. She's talented, beautiful, nice to her fans, and very knowledgeable about film (which is bizarrely uncommon among actors).

However, if she had the time to do 'True Detective' and turned it down, I think she made a mistake. That show provides excellent showcases for its actors and would have exposed her to a new audience. More people need some Chastain in their life, IMO.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike M.

Yeah, you're probably right. Then I'll pick Angelina because she really needs to do good stuff for a change and that show had great episodes.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Chastain should have done it, but I'm not mad at her.

If they're looking for another duo, I'd pick Bening and Lupita.

If they want one star to carry it alone? Mo'Nique.

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

She's adorable. The whole debate of film vs TV vs stage should really go away, as should the old stigmas and condescension. If someone is good enough, they should be able to work in any medium they choose, especially if they're lucky enough to be asked!! If she has time in her schedule, why not? Last season was well-written and well-produced, and already has a built-in audience for the next run.

Actors want to work, regardless. Right, Paul Outlaw?

But, if Jessica is super busy, something with Winona Ryder would be great.

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam

That's not the issue, Pam. I like TV. I would rather watch once again the episode of Girls at the beach house than any of the movies at the top ten right now.

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

My vote will always be Regina King, but I guess she's not considered a movie actress anymore. If Sarah Paulson wasn't married to AHS, she would be great.

So that aside, I vote Michelle Pfeiffer. :)

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

SO right, Pam!

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Hey Nat,

Have you seen this? http://www.vulture.com/2014/05/jessica-chastain-on-cannes-and-interstellar-secrets.html

Great interview with la Chastain. Many of her answers are pretty funny, like her experience and what she did after her dress was blowing all over in Cannes. Also, I didn't know that Ned Benson and her were a couple before filming Rigby. That was a neat tidbit. Just a warning, don't read the comments, I spoiled something about her character in Interstellar thanks to an idiot who couldn't be bothered. Delightful interview, otherwise.

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJones

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