There's a lot of buzz around many of the great Oscar-nominated films this year, but none more so than Zero Dark Thirty. A dramatic thriller, it's a tense and scary true story that's up for five Academy Awards, including Best Actress, Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay — no wonder there's a lot of talk. As with anything that involves secrecy and life-threatening action, there are many factors that make this story even more interesting — click through for five fast facts about Zero Dark Thirty, and see the movie at your local cinema from today!
Jessica Chastain wore a bold, blue Elie Saab dress to last night's LA premiere of her film Zero Dark Thirty. The actress stars as a CIA agent instrumental in the capture of Osama bin Laden in the thriller, which was directed by The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow. Jessica was joined by her co-stars, including new father Chris Pratt, who had his wife, Anna Faris, by his side for the debut of the true-to-life thriller. Guests including Aaron Paul and Alexander Skarsgård were also on hand to check out the critically-acclaimed film.
We spoke to Jessica on the red carpet about her character Maya. She told us she wasn't able to meet the CIA agent the character is based on, because she is undercover, but spoke to the strong women both behind the camera and on the screen in Zero Dark Thirty. She said, "When you're on set with Kathryn Bigelow, you just think, 'This is one of the greatest directors I've ever worked with.' And that's it. Full stop. You don't think, 'And she's a woman!' She's just really good at her job, like Maya in the film is."
The Dictator star Anna Faris and her husband, Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt have announced the arrival of their baby boy, Jack. Anna's rep released a statement to People magazine, saying, "Anna Faris and Chris Pratt are happy to announce the birth of their beautiful baby boy Jack. He arrived earlier than expected and will be spending some time in the NICU. The happy parents thank you for your warm wishes and ask that you honour their privacy during this time." Anna has always been vocal about her desire to be a mum, and her excitement about her impending arrival, so we're very glad to hear all is well. Big congratulations to Anna and Chris — we can't wait to meet baby Jack!
As the new year begins, we can't help but be excited at all the fun and new entertainment coming our way. There are lots of movies and TV we're looking forward to, but the key to that enthusiasm is the prospect of seeing new celebrity faces. From small screen stars to those actors who have recently made a splash in movies, like Elizabeth Olsen and Max Irons, there are more than a few people we're eager to see more of in 2012. Walk this way to see who else made our list . . .
We've just said goodbye to an exciting 2011, and now it's time to look forward to the next 12 months! With another year comes a handful of hot actors whose stars are on the rise. There are some up-and-comers we're particularly excited to follow. Max Irons and Damon Wayans Jr. learned the tricks of the trade from their famous fathers Jeremy and Damon, while Chris Pratt starred opposite another famous dad, Brad Pitt, in Moneyball. Michael Fassbender received critical acclaim for his recent work, and nude scenes, in Shame, and Henry Cavill is sure to captivate audiences with his acting chops and six-pack in Man of Steel. British imports Dominic Cooper and Sam Claflin are noteworthy leading men, while Canadian Suits star Patrick Adams just picked up a SAG nomination for his small screen role. So, tell us — which guy do you want to see more of this year?
Brad Pitt brought Moneyball home to Oakland for its US premiere on Monday evening. He was relaxed and happy to talk as he posed with co-stars and chatted about the film in the setting, which was made to look like a mini baseball stadium. Brad admitted that he wasn't a huge baseball fan going into the film, but he loved the underdog story, and his son Maddox has a love of the game. Brad posed with his co-stars Jonah Hill and Chris Pratt as well as director Bennett Miller; though, Brad was without his partner, Angelina Jolie. Brad, who graces the cover of EW and Sports Illustrated this week, played it very modest when asked about the early awards season buzz surrounding the film, but his co-stars weren't quite as coy. Chris Pratt was among the cast members who gushed about Brad's work as Billy Beane. Brad's onscreen daughter also told media an adorable story about Brad sending her a guitar after their work together. Following the premiere, Brad joined his castmates Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman for the festivities inside the city's Paramount Theater, and, according to reports, they had a great time! Brad took photos with fans, chatted with Catherine on a couch, and seemed content to let admirers take photos on their phones.
Many of last night's biggest stars retired to the Governors Ball to celebrate following the Emmys. Good pals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler stuck together after organising the best actress in a comedy nominees on stage, where Mike and Molly's Melissa McCarthy picked up her first award. There was more affection on display as Rashida Jones and Kristen Wiig posed for photos together, and hot Vampire Diaries couple Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev stuck together. Leading men Jon Hamm and Timothy Olyphant, from Mad Men and Justified respectively, added their good looks to the festivities. The Governors Ball was one of many bashes following TV's biggest night — be sure to catch up on all our Emmys coverage!
Moneyball is one of those movies that has been in the lurch for so long that I was skeptical it would ever see the light of day. That said, after actor swapping, a rewritten script by Aaron Sorkin, and a director switcheroo, the Bennett Miller film is finally slated for a US September release — and if the first trailer is any indication, it was worth the wait.
In this adaptation of Michael M. Lewis's nonfiction book, Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manger of the Oakland A's. The film explores Beane's tactics to keep his losing team afloat without the huge bank account of some other ball clubs, which means thinking outside the box of buying valuable players to beef up his team. Jonah Hill and Chris Pratt leave their jokes behind to add to the supporting cast as Billy's assistant GM and the A's first baseman, respectively.
The movie is certainly packaged as this year's inspirational sports movie, but we all know that Sorkin is more than capable of raising the bar with a whip-smart script. (Plus, the A's didn't end up winning the World Series, so it won't be totally cookie cutter.) More than anything else, this seems like yet another vehicle for Pitt to show off his range. Check out the preview, and tell me what you think when you read more.
Teresa Palmer wore a bright pink dress and braided up ’do to hit the red carpet for the premiere of her latest movie, Take Me Home Tonight. She was joined by her co-stars Topher Grace (also her former boyfriend), Anna Faris, Michelle Trachtenberg and Dan Fogler, while friend Jaime King was there for support. Also joining Teresa at the premiere were her pals and fellow Aussie actresses Tahyna Tozzi and Susie Collins — they popped some champagne en route to the event. You can check out the trailer for ’80s-themed flick here.
GQ rounded up some of Hollywood's hottest men in LA last night to celebrate its annual Men of the Year issue. Taylor Lautner suited up for the black carpet along with James Franco, who mentioned that his mustache is for a new role. James Marsden looked dapper too, and he stopped to chat with Pop US about how he'd nominate his wife for Babe of the Year. That honour has already gone to Scarlett Johansson, who you think deserves props for her look about as much as her Sexiest Man Alive husband, Ryan Reynolds. Scarlett and Ryan both skipped yesterday's party, but some other honorees from People's latest list turned out. Kellan Lutz covered his abs and True Blood stud Joe Manganiello was likewise dressed up. The fun continued inside the Chateau Marmont for some loved-up couples like Anna Faris and Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan, and the recently married Dave Annable and Odette Yustman. Krysten Ritter celebrated wrapping up work with Kate Bosworth on BFF & Baby by saying hello to Sam Page, the new hottie on Gossip Girl and Mad Men, while Aziz Ansari could hardly contain his enthusiasm at chilling with Jesse Eisenberg. Twilight's Taylor practiced his flirting with Jaime King, as Boardwalk Empire's Michael Pitt stuck by his co-star Steve Buscemi. James Franco spent a minute chatting with Mark Ruffalo, who told Pop US on the way in that he's thankful this year for being employed as a relatively older actor.