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Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain celebrates her 40th birthday today. Although she was interested in the performing arts as a young girl, her acting career got off to a relatively late start, compared with most actresses of similar stature. After attending a community college for two years, she auditioned for and was accepted to Juilliard, graduating in 2003. She made a variety of TV guest appearances before her 2008 feature film debut as the title character in Jolene.
Chastain began to emerge as a star in 2011, appearing in several films including Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and Tate Taylor’s The Help, for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. A year later she starred in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, receiving a Best Actress nomination and winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama.
I must admit to being a little bit of a sucker for the aesthetics of Guillermo del Toro’s new big screen offering Crimson Peak, marking it down for opening weekend viewing when I first saw the trailer some time back. Fans of Victorian age ghost stories have been waiting on del Toro’s take on Disney’s Haunted Mansion for a few years now, but that project keeps getting put off despite his continued claims to be working on it. In the meantime, this film with some similar DNA shows up with a much shorter period of fanfare.
Del Toro has a well-earned reputation for a strong grip on the creepy and alarming, with his well-liked genre flicks including Cronos (1993), The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Hellboy (2004), and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006). With this, and the exciting trailer in mind, I entered the movie theater today with reasonably high hopes.
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This Sunday my country, Italy, will get to vote. A comic actor might be our next prime minister and no, this is not a Hollywood movie, that’s the sad reality! No, this is not ant italian comedy. This is not a grotesque Fellini movie, Italy might have a comic actor as his prime minister. Well, the sad choice is between a comic actor, or the same old right-wing and left-wing mummies that led Italy to near bankrupt and to total devastation of italian economy. A sad and hard choice.
Two weeks to go to Oscar. The last big Oscar precursor, the BAFTA awards, have released its verdicts, with some surprises. Here the list of the winners in top categories.
I know that I’m young (24 yo) but I just can’t remember a weirder Oscar campaign. When nominations were disclosed kindest bookies rated “Argo” chances to win the “Best Picture” at +10 , but now Affleck’s thriller is running ahead over “Lincoln”.
In 65 edition the Directors Guild of America has awarded the winner of the Academy Award 56 times thus being the most reliable predictor for the “Best Director” Oscar. However we’re sure that this year the DGA will not guess, because this year the DGA has awarded Ben Affleck who, as we know, is not even nominated at this year’s Oscar.