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As part of this year’s awards season, the Hollywood Reporter has rounded up a handful of the year’s best actresses to talk about their roles and swap stories about acting at their level.
There are other roundtables, with actors, directors, and writers, but this panel included Glenn Close, Carey Mulligan, Michelle Williams, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Charlize Theron. I watched the full hour (and you should too, if you have the time/interest), but Theron’s thoughts on monsters, both real and fake, and empathy struck me the most.
(Here is my review of Theron’s performance in Young Adult.)
In the interview, Theron begins by answering a question about how difficult it is to play a “bitch” or a Monster. She said she doesn’t believe in sympathizing with, or “feeling bad for,” a character, only empathizing with what they’re going through. In her research »
- Jeff Leins
Director: Simon Curtis
Entertainment grade: C+
History grade: C–
In 1956, aspiring film-maker Colin Clark secured his first job on the Pinewood set of The Prince and the Showgirl. During the shoot, according to two diaries he later published, he became close to Marilyn Monroe.
Hoping for a job on a film set, Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) sits in the offices of Laurence Olivier Productions until they let him have one. He becomes third assistant director on what is then known as The Sleeping Prince. My Week With Marilyn portrays Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) as a victim of her own overwhelming sexual desirability – a problem many Guardian readers struggle with on a daily basis. Every heterosexual man in the vicinity can think of nothing but »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Helen Mirren portayed the Queen, Meryl Streep is starring as Margaret Thatcher in next January's The Iron Lady and now Jessica Chastain could step into the role of another of Britain's leading female figures.
The £9million film, written by Steven Jeffreys and set to go into pre-production in March, is said to be a "controversial love story" focusing on the late princess's affair with heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan, which lasted from 1995 until a few months before her death in 1997.
It's been claimed that the script portrays Diana as "a damaged person who stalks the doctor after he ends the affair."
Hirschbiegel previously helmed 2004's Downfall depicting the final days of Hitler through the eyes of his secretary.
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- David Bentley
If there’s any actress in Hollywood right now who knows a thing or two about being ubiquitous, it’s Jessica Chastain. So perhaps, in some way, it would be appropriate if, according to this report, The Help/Tree of Life/Take Shelter/The Debt star were to play the late Princess Diana, a constant figure of public fascination, on screen.
According to the IndieWire.com story, Chastain has been cast to play Lady Di in an upcoming biopic called Caught in Flight, which would be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) and written by Stephen Jeffreys (The Libertine.) The project »
- Aly Semigran
News from the American Film Market (Afm) confirms that the inevitable Princess Diana biopic is finally on its way, and current star of the moment, Jessica Chastain will play the iconic figure for director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall).
This won’t be a straight take on the Princess’s however, and will concentrate on her secret affair with heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Kahn, which lasted for two years around the mid-nineties. It was a relationship which meant a lot to Diana, so much as that it’s rumoured she considered converting to Islam so they could be together legitimately.
While this is yet another British iconic to be played by an actress from the Us (Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher will be released on cinema next January) Chastain certainly looks the part, and this two-hander (from The Libertine scribe Steven Jeffreys) could potentially offer a nice alternative to the usual multi-character, »
- Adam Lowes
A glimpse into the life of Princess Diana is getting the big-screen treatment with Downfall and The Invasion director Oliver Hirschbiegel putting together the project entitled Caught In Flight. Leading lady of the moment and rising star, Jessica Chastain (The Debt, The Help), will portray the peoples Princess in a controversial feature that will focus on a love affair she developed with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn in 1995.
Whatever the outcome of the film, good or bad, it is surely going to cause controvesy thoughout her beloved followers, especially with a part of her life that many were unaware of until recently. Chastain will surely give her all as she has done in all her recent work in the likes of Take Shelter and The Tree Of Life.
- Craig Hunter
This year's breakout actress Jessica Chastain is reportedly set to play the late Princess Diana in Caught in Flight, a controversial love story based on a real-life affair with a heart surgeon that the princess kept under wraps. To be helmed by German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, The Invasion), the story is described as "a love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man." The film is set to go into pre-production in March 2012 with a projected $15 million budget. The surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Kahn, met the princess at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 1995 when she was visiting a friend who was recovering from heart surgery. The couple pursued a quiet two-year affair that was supposedly so serious Diana was considering converting to Islam. Dr. Khan...
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- Blake Dew
Oliver Hirschbiegel ("Downfall," "The Invasion") will direct the $15 million film which revolves around a secret affair between the late princess and heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn who was said to be the love of her life.
Diana met Dr. Kahn at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 1995 when she was visiting a friend. The couple pursued a quiet two-year affair which he described as being serious enough she was thinking of converting to Islam.
Steven Jeffreys ("The Libertine") penned the script which reportedly doesn't portray Diana in the most flattering light, portraying her as "a damaged person who stalks the doctor after he ends the affair".
Pre-production is slated to begin in March with shooting to take place in Pakistan, Angola, the South of France and Paris. »
- Garth Franklin
Jessica Chastain (Take Shelter, The Help, The Tree of Life) has played a number of roles in her career, but she has yet to play a Princess until now. IndieWire is reporting that she will play Princess Diana in Caught in Flight, "a controversial love story based on a real-life affair that the princess long kept under wraps." Steven Jeffreys (The Libertine) penned the script.
Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, The Invasion) is attached to direct the film, which revolves around "a secret affair between the late princess and a heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Kahn, who was said to be the love of her life. The story is described as a “love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man.” Pre-production is slated to start in March 2012, with filming to take place in Pakistan, Angola, the South of France and Paris. Ecosse Films (Nowhere Boy and Mrs. Brown »
"If everything moves along and there's no major catastrophes, we're basically headed towards holograms. Why can't you have Hamlet in 3D who comes out to the audience and does 'To be or not to be?' I mean, they do in the theater. You have to think that way. Don't let the economics, and fashion, inhibit you if you're being creative."
That's Martin Scorsese, as quoted by Todd Gilchrist at the Playlist. As Steven Zeitchik also reports for the Los Angeles Times, the comments followed an enthusiastic endorsement of 3D, which in turn followed this weekend's Los Angeles premiere of Hugo, Scorsese's adaptation of Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. We saw a few early reviews last month when Hugo was still a work-in-progress. Zeitchik: "Set in the late 1920s, Hugo tells of the titular orphan (Asa Butterfield) who lives in a train station, his relationship »
Never let it be said that Jessica Chastain is a lazy woman. Unless, of course, by “lazy” you really mean “super duper not lazy”, in which case, yes, Jessica Chastain is a lazy woman. The ever-busy “Tree of Life” and “The Debt” actress has been attached to yet another role, this time as Princess Diana in a new movie called “Caught in Flight”. The project was announced over at the American Film Market, with Chastain starring as Diana and Oliver Hirschbiegel, the man single-handedly responsible for what must be the most ludicrous and yet awesome Youtube meme of all time, directing. (Type “Hitler Downfall” into your YouTube search engine if you don’t know what I’m talking about.) The film will chronicle the 2-year love affair by a then-divorced Princess Diana and heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn, said to be the love of her life. The couple eventually broke »
Jessica Chastain is pretty much everywhere a young actress wants to be. Her résumé is chock-full of this year's hottest titles, from legendary director Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" to the box-office winner "The Help." Now it looks like she's going to take on an even heavier crown with a biography of the late Princess Diana.
Annual industry gathering American Film Market is reporting that Chastain is attached to the movie "Caught in Flight," which would focus on Princess Di's affair with Dr. Hasnat Khan, a heart surgeon that she reportedly referred to as "Mr. Wonderful." This love affair was so secret that Khan refused to speak about the relationship until 2008, 11 years after it ended and a year after Diana's untimely death. According to Khan's interview with The Telegraph, Diana considered converting to Islam to be with him. They broke up after two years together.
Besides the controversy surrounding any Princess Diana project, »
- Jenni Miller
The Princess of Wales was involved with Khan for two years around the time of her divorce from Prince Charles and is said to have considered converting to Islam in order to marry him. The affair ended in 1997.
German film-maker Oliver Hirschbiegel, who made a splash with Downfall, his tale of Hitler's final days in his Berlin bunker, but followed it up with the poorly received Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake The Invasion, is set to direct. The film, titled Caught in Flight and described as a "love story between a princess locked in a tower »
- Ben Child
Quite a few big possible projects have already come out of the American Film Market (Afm) over the past week, and here's one more: Jessica Chastain, who has made quite a mark in 2011 thanks to The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Help and The Debt, is set to play the late Princess Diana in Caught in Flight. The film would be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, The Invasion) if it goes forward based on the script by Steven Jeffreys (The Libertine). But this is not to be a run of the mill portrait of the Princess, but a story of a secret affair she had with a surgeon. Caught in Flight isn't going to be the most flattering Diana tribute. Thompson on Hollywood  says the film is about Diana's post-divorce affair with Dr. Hasnat Khan, a respected Pakistani surgeon who was called the "love of her life" by Diana's friends. »
- Russ Fischer
American actress Jessica Chastain is to dye her hair blonde, cut it short, put on a British accent for the first time and step into the daunting shoes of the late Princess Diana for what is sure to be a highly controversial biopic, Caught in Flight. The film is a British production from Ecosse Films, the studio behind the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy and the movie about Queen Victoria’s bereaved relationship with Scottish servant John Brown and is a package being sold to distributors at the American Film Market.
Written by The Libertine scribe Steven Jeffreys, the film will focus on the post-Charles divorce years from 1995 and up to Diana’s death in 1997 and her ‘secret affair’ with Dr. Hasnat Khan, regarded by some to be the true ‘love of her life’. The relationship came before she dated Dodi Fayed, and some speculate (as they do about »
- Matt Holmes
Princess Diana will be played by Jessica Chastain in a new biopic. Caught in Flight will tell the story of a secret affair between Lady Diana Spencer and heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan, reports Thompson on Hollywood. Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel is attached to direct. The movie has been described as a "love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man", and is go into pre-production in March 2012. Khan remained silent on the (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
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2011 has had no shortage of It-Girls (come on down, Elizabeth Olsen and Felicity Jones), but none can compare to Jessica Chastain. The possible Oscar nominee has featured in five films already this year ('The Tree of Life,' 'The Debt,' 'The Help,' 'Take Shelter' and 'Texas Killing Fields') and still has 'Coriolanus' coming in December. Busy! Chastain is poised to capitalize that fame in the way that young actresses do: by co-starring in a giant tentpole with Tom Cruise ('Horizons'), leading a horror film produced by Guillermo Del Toro ('Mama') and, perhaps, being cast in a major biopic. Chastain is attached to star as Princess Diana in 'Caught in Flight,' a sure-to-be controversial film about Diana's long-time relationship with Dr. Hasnat Kahn, "the love of her life." German director Oliver Hirschbiegel ('Downfall, »
- Christopher Rosen
If we’re simply talking about actors, 2011 was won by Jessica Chastain. Looking at her filmography from the past eleven months — The Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, Texas Killing Fields, and Take Shelter — and what she has coming up in 2012 — The Wettest County in the World, Wilde Salome, Coriolanus, Mama, and Terrence Malick‘s next film — her sudden and, most importantly, deserved rise to success is impossible to deny. (She has a major role alongside Tom Cruise in 2013′s Horizons, to boot.)
Many of the projects listed above could be considered “prestigious,” and this latest casting is no exception. Toh has learned that she’ll be playing Princess Diana in Caught in Flight, an upcoming film to be directed by Downfall helmer Oliver Hirschbiegel. This is being sold at the American Film Market right now, and is said to follow “a secret affair between the late princess and a heart surgeon, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Jessica Chastain (The Debt) is set to star in the Princess Diana biopic Caught in Flight for director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall). According to Thompson on Hollywood, the movie will revolve around Diana's real-life secret affair with heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Kahn, "who was said to be the love of her life." Their two-year affair began in 1995, and Kahn maintained his silence until he spoke on record to The Telegraph in 2008. Toh adds that the movie is described as a "love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man." Some would say that Di was just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. Hit the jump for more on the project. Pre-production is set to begin in March 2012. Chastain will next be seen in Ralph Fiennes Coriolanus, and she'll star opposite Tom Cruise in the sci-fi blockbuster Horizons. In a statement »
- Matt Goldberg
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