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Jessica Chastain: Grandma calmed her down at the Oscars

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain — who appeared in a whopping six releases last year, "The Help" and "The Tree of Life" among them — still felt like the new girl in town Sunday as she made her way down the Oscars red carpet.

"It's incredible.... It's something that I always dreamed about. It kind of actually means that I'm doing it," Chastain said, taking in her surroundings.

"I've wanted to be an actor and now it's like, 'Wow, I'm at the Oscars. This is great,'" said the supporting actress nominee, whose "Help" costar Octavia Spencer wound up taking home the trophy.

"I'm with my grandma and so that calms me down a bit because it reminds me to see it all through her eyes."

 

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Photo: Jessica Chastain on the Oscars red carpet Sunday. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press

 


Oscars: Chaplin legacy toasted by granddaughters, nominees

Charlie Chaplin's granddaughters welcome Jessica Chastain to an exclusive dinner

Forty years after Charlie Chaplin received an honorary Oscar for his contributions to cinema, some modern-day luminaries and his glamorous granddaughters gathered to toast the silent film star.

Dolores and Carmen Chaplin jetted in from Paris to host an exclusive Chateau Marmont dinner party with Harvey Weinstein. Jessica Chastain, Kate Bosworth, Jared Leto, Busy Philipps, Chelsea Handler and Juliette Binoche were among invitees.

In the transformed library off the main lobby (the Chateau has been quite amendable to decor changes this awards season, by the by), heavy velvet drapes shielded the affair from passersby as Weinstein chatted up the likes of Rose McGowan, his "The Artist" actress Missi Pyle and "The Descendants" director Alexander Payne.

Chelsea Handler cuddles wth Kate BosworthHarvey asked Payne to come and say a few words as a representative for all modern filmmakers. No pressure.

"The miracle of Charlie Chaplin is the miracle of cinema," Payne said, pointing out that when the world took notice of Chaplin's work it transcended nation, class and race.

Carmen shared an anecdote about Chaplin coming back to the States from exile in 1972, when he was given only a 10-day visa to come claim his statuette. His family was outraged, but Chaplin had his own interpretation.

" 'Good, they're still scared of me,' " Carmen said, recalling her grandfather's reaction.

After dinner, courtesy Jaeger-LeCoultre, funny lady Handler lingered with Chateau owner Andre Balazs (we think it's safe to say they're back on), and Bosworth caught up with a squeaky-clean Leto, who left behind his usual avant-garde duds for a black suit and slick ponytail.

Philipps wowed in black Dolce & Gabanna, but we were more interested in her dress for Sunday — as she'll be Michelle Williams' plus one. She tells us she's got her red-carpet look lined up.

And what about her unpredictable effect on Michelle's Oscar chances?

"I'm glad she won the Golden Globe," Busy said. "That took all the pressure off." 

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Top photo: Carmen Chaplin, left, gets close with Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, center, and Dolores Chaplin. Credit: Jeff Vespa / WireImage.

Left photo: Chelsea Handler cuddles up to Kate Bosworth. Credit: Jeff Vespa / WireImage.



Vanity Fair kicks off Oscar week with Jessica Chastain and more

Jessica Chastain is ready for Oscar

Sure, vanity is common in Hollywood, but sometimes for the right reasons -- like Monday's Oscar week kickoff, a celebration of 20 years of Vanity Fair's profile feature called ... Vanities. 

Having named the most promising up-and-comers for two decades, the magazine, its West Coast senior editor Krista Smith and "The Descendants" breakout Shailene Woodley hosted some girly cocktails with Juicy Couture, welcoming Jessica Chastian, Paula Patton, George Clooney's gal Stacey Keibler, a glowing, baby-bump-showing Molly Sims, Kate Mara and more.

"I'm so ready for this week," Chastain told us, rocking a cleavage-baring Alexander McQueen dress. As the Ministry chatted her up, a giant projection of her own Vanities shoot hit one of the walls at the fete.

"I still remember that day," she said wistfully. "It was in New York, in the street with Patrick Demarchelier."

No big deal. Emmy Rossum circulated on the arm of a tall, handsome blond man, weaving around Amy Adams, Rashida Jones, Ari Graynor, Marica Gay Harden, "Pariah" actress and VF covergirl Adepero Oduye, Kelly Lynch, Olivia Munn and Alice Eve.

Woodley's "Secret Life of the American Teenager" costar Daren Kagasoff came to support, holding it down for the boys in J. Lindeberg, alongside dudes including Michael B. Jordan and Jay Hayden.

Our old pal Kate Mara was a proud sister, as her sib Rooney Mara also graces this month's VF cover. We asked if she'll be back for any more "American Horror Story," and while she's not sure, she's certainly looking forward to her next TV gig.

"I'm going to work on David Fincher's 'House of Cards,'" she said, "so I don't know if I'll have the time, but I'm so excited." 

Some humility with all those vanities. 

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Photo: Jessica Chastain arrives at Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood at Siren Studios in Los Angeles on Monday. Credit: Katy Winn / Associated Press

 


Vanity Fair Hollywood issue gets fresh with Mara, Chastain

Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska and more cover the VF Hollywood Issue

Some lovely faces are trumpeting the approaching Oscars ceremony, thanks to Monday's unveiling of the Vanity Fair Hollywood issue, which stars fresh faces Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and more.

Soft pastels and finger waves help the crop of young actresses bring an Old Hollywood cover tableau to life, with its extended pages featuring Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins and Brit Marling.  

Among the makeup chair revelations imparted in video from the shoot was Mara's confession that she hadn't seen "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." 

"I haven't seen it yet," she said. "I didn't watch dailies. Sometimes I'd watch playback if it would help."

Also, with fellow Oscar nominee and prolific newbie Chastain, she'd discussed the one movie they'd never switch the channel for: "Me and Jessica were just talking about 'Zoolander.' It's probably a guilty pleasure." 

Check out glam, girly video from the shoot below and tell us your thoughts on the Hollywood issue in comments. 

 

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Photo: Rooney Mara, left, Jennifer Lawrence, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins and Brit Marling. Credit: Mario Testino / Vanity Fair


Golden Globes 2012: 'The Help' cast enjoys the evening together

Octavia Spencer at the Golden Globes

"The Help" table inside the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton was shaping up as a friendly affair. Jessica Chastain was flipping out: It's her first Golden Globes, she's nominated, and Elton John just walked by.

She's up against her friend Octavia Spencer for supporting actress in a film, but there is no friendly competition: "Octavia is going to win," Chastain announces.

Producer Chris Columbus arrives at that moment, and while director Tate Taylor and star Viola Davis take their seats he says, "If we win best picture, you all have to come up there with me. I'm not going alone. Octavia already told me she'd rush the stage."

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When it comes to taking the stage as a winner, lead actress in a drama nominee Viola Davis has delivered some of the most heartfelt acceptance speeches. "I just have a lot to say after 23 years of being in this business, and 46 years of life," she'd said on the red carpet, flanked by her husband, Julius Tennon.

As for her bond with "The Help" cast members, David said she's become especially close with  Spencer. "Octavia and I talk three times a day," she said, proceeding to imitate one of their conversations.

"It's like, 'Hey girl, what ya doin?' 'Oh nothin', what ya doin?' 'Eating pizza, what are you eating?' 'Oh, I don't know, maybe some black eyed peas?' 'All right then, talk to you later.'"

 

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Photo: Octavia Spencer of "The Help" at the Golden Globes. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times



Jessica Chastain, American, cast as Princess Diana. Cue outrage!

Jessica Chastain will play Princess Diana in a new movie

Here's some news: Some people are shooting a movie about Princess Diana, that 20th century saint who kept the glittering-castle fairy tale alive by giving us two handsome princes. And those filmmaking people have cast an American woman, Jessica Chastain, in the role. 

Cor blimey! We can practically see the hand-wringing now. Oh wait. We actually can see the hand-wringing.

"Can an American actress pull off such an iconic British figure?" Syracuse.com asks.

"Which AMERICAN Actress Is Playing Princess Diana In Controversial New Film?" another blog thunders.

Movieline has given it a bit more thought.

"I'm on the record as Team Chastain from way back; she can accomplish anything she wants as far as I'm concerned," S.T. Vanairsdale intones. "Except, that is, appease a nation for whom news of their precious Diana treated as a real woman with complex needs and desires — played by an American, no less — will prove the equivalent of one police baton in the head too many."

So why did director Oliver Hirschbiegel hire Chastain? Other than the fact that, well, she appears to be the only ingenue in Hollywood having a decent year?

Well, two things: One, this isn't going to be the Princess Diana you know and love. It's the skanky, stalkery, desperate princess who once had an affair with a plastic surgeon. That's the focus of this particular story, not the Diana who hated land mines and loved her sons.

Second: Chastain is having a very hot year. (Think "Tree of Life," "The Help.") Producers like actors who are having hot years. Especially actors who don't yet have big names. That means they're relatively cheap, but will generate oodles of buzz.

"For investors this is a good move," says Bonnie Gillespie of the casting firm Cricket Feet. "It's like catching any of the 'Twilight' kids just before 'Twilight.'"

And lastly, well, when you’re tackling a British legend, sometimes it’s better not to be British.

"A lot of people are going to take issue with this casting, no matter who gets put in the role," Gillespie says. "If she’s a Brit, then the issue will be that she's not from the right place, or she didn't look the right way, or come from the right class."

Would you cast someone else? Tell us in comments.

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Photos: Jessica Chastain in September, left, and Princess Diana in 1989. Credits: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images, left; Tim Graham / Getty Images, right.

 


'The Debt': Helen Mirren plus Jessica Chastain equals one Nazi hunter

Debt-mirren-chastain

Ever wonder what actress Helen Mirren looked like when she was young? Stop before searching for those photos online, because the folks behind "The Debt" would have you believe she looked just like actress Jessica Chastain.

Mirren and Chastain play two incarnations of the same Mossad agent in a spy thriller premised on the idea that in 1997, three retired Nazi-hunting Mossad agents discover their widely praised 1966 Nazi-hunting mission might not have been as successful as they'd believed.

Photos: "The Debt" premiere

With Mirren and Chastain playing Rachel, the double-cast Mossad trio is rounded out by Marton Csokas as a younger incarnation of Tom Wilkinson's Stephan and Sam Worthington as Ciarán Hinds' David with fewer candles on the cake.

Mirren and Chastain were among those making the red carpet scene Tuesday at the film's New York premiere. Also spotted: author Toni Morrison,  designer Zac Posen, Justin Bartha of "The Hangover" films,  Alan Cumming of "The Good Wife," Darren Criss from "Glee," Gina Gershon, Arianna Huffington and Billie Jean King.

"The Debt" opens Aug. 31.

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Photo: Jessica Chastain, left, and Helen Mirren at the premiere of "The Debt" in New York on Aug. 22. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press


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