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Jessica Chastain Enters Oscar Race with TIFF Award Tribute

As the 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (running September 9–18) moves forward in hybrid form with live events in Toronto as well as virtual screenings, Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, are adding another awards tribute to follow the already announced TIFF Ebert Director Award to Canadian auteur Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”). This year’s Actor Award goes to two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, whose performance and makeup as a notorious televangelist in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (September 17, Searchlight), is picking up Oscar buzz. Michael Showalter’s long-delayed marital dramedy will make its world premiere at TIFF.

2021 Oscar-winners Sir Anthony Hopkins (Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Father”) and Chloé Zhao (Searchlight’s “Nomadland”) and nominated composer Terence Blanchard (Netflix’s “Da 5 Bloods”) all launched their Oscar campaigns at TIFF’s second annual Tribute Awards fundraiser. The year before, TIFF’s first Awards Gala honored eventual Oscar winners Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”) and Joaquin Phoenix (“The Joker”).

In a statement, Vicente cited such notable TIFF Chastain premieres as “The Debt,” “Take Shelter,” “The Martian,” “Crimson Peak,” and “Molly’s Game,” adding, “She is one of the most respected actors of her generation. Her recent portrayal of Tammy Faye Bakker is a testament to her exceptional onscreen presence and talent.”

“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” will track “the rise, fall, and redemption through the ’70s and ’80s of thick-lashed singing televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, who rose with her husband, Jim Bakker, from a humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park.” Eventually, their heavy spending and financial improprieties brought down their empire.

Chastain will next be seen opposite Oscar Isaac in HBO’s “Scenes from a Marriage,” an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1970s miniseries. In 2022, she will be seen in “The 355,” an international spy thriller based on an original idea by Chastain for her production company Freckle Films. Chastain will shortly play music legend Tammy Wynette in the limited series “George & Tammy” opposite Josh Brolin.

In 2019, Chastain starred in the global hit sequel “It Chapter Two,” and, prior to that, in the X-Men franchise, “Dark Phoenix,” and Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She has also starred in the critically acclaimed “A Most Violent Year,” “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” “Miss Julie,” “Interstellar,” and Terrence Malick’s Academy Award-nominated drama “Tree of Life,” “The Debt,” “Take Shelter,” “Zero Dark 30,” and “The Help,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Source: Indiewire.com

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TIFF Tribute Actor Award

Congratulations to our queen, Jessica Chastain! She has been a winner of #TIFFTribute Actor Award!

Jessica Chastain — TIFF Tribute Actor Award supported by the Tory Family
TBC — TIFF Tribute Actor Award
Denis Villeneuve — TIFF Ebert Director Award
Alanis Obomsawin — Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media supported by Participant Media
TBC — TIFF Emerging Talent Award presented by L’Oréal Paris and supported by MGM
TBC — TIFF Variety Artisan Award
TBC — TIFF Tribute Award

From MOLLY’S GAME to THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, Jessica Chastain’s captivating performances, and remarkable depth help to elevate every character she portrays.

“Jessica has brought to life such strong and inspiring roles for women, from the films that have screened at TIFF…she is one of the most respected actors of her generation.” — Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head.


The TIFF Tribute Awards ceremony is an annual fundraiser to support both TIFF’s year-round programming and the organization’s core mission to transform the way people see the world through film. The Awards honour the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artist and creator.

The one-hour broadcast of the event will be available on CTV and ctv.ca, and streamed to a global audience by Variety.

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Cannes Film Festival: Chopard Trophy Photocall

New images! Yesterday, July 9, Jessica attended the photocall ahead of the Chopard Trophy dinner during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival. Enjoy!

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Scenes from a Marriage: Teaser Trailer

The first teaser trailer for “Scenes from a Marriage,” HBO’s limited series adaptation of the classic Ingmar Bergman drama, has arrived. Oscar Isaac and Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain star in Hagai Levi’s update of the Swedish miniseries as a couple in serious crisis. Check out the first look below.

“Scenes from a Marriage” re-examines the blistering 1973 miniseries’ iconic depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, and marriage through the lens of a modern-day American couple, played by Isaac and Chastain. The limited series project marks a reunion for Chastain and co-star Oscar Isaac, who led JC Chandor’s 2014 film “A Most Violent Year.”

The series will transport the ’70s-set story of the Swedish original, which was condensed from its original six parts to a theater-friendly, three-hour movie in 1974, to America. Chastain (taking over for Michelle Williams, who was originally cast) and Isaac embody the roles originated by Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson, respectively, who played an affluent married couple whose marriage is charted, from disintegration to reconciliation and back, across a decade.

The series will debut this September on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

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Cannes Film Festival: Opening Ceremony

Today, Jessica attended the “Annette” screening and opening ceremony during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival. Enjoy the images added to the gallery! And don’t stop checking because I’ll be adding more!

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Paris Fashion Week: Christian Dior

Finally, after a long time, Jessica attended a new event! Yesterday, July 5, she and her husband Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo attended the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021/2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week. Enjoy the photos in the gallery!

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“The Eyes Of Tammy Faye” Official Trailer

VARIETYSearchlight Pictures has released the trailer for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” starring Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain as infamous televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.

The trailer gives viewers a sneak peek into the brightly-colored world of Jim and Tammy, but things begin to go south when financial improprieties, a sex scandal and rivals break up their marriage — and their empire. As the trailer progresses and the Bakkers grow older, Chastain and Garfield become nearly unrecognizable, showing off the hair and makeup department’s skills.

Directed by Michael Showalter and based on a true story, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” details the rise, fall and redemption of Jim and Tammy Faye during the 1970s and ’80s. The Bakkers went from humble beginnings to creating the world’s largest religious broadcasting network, as well as a Christian theme park. The couple soon soared to fame for their teachings about love and acceptance, but it all came tumbling down when their many secrets were exposed.

A documentary of the same name directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato was released in 2000. Narrated by drag queen RuPaul, the 80-minute film set out to redeem Tammy Faye’s public image after divorcing Jim Bakker in 1992 and going on to marry Roe Messner. A follow-up film, “Tammy Faye: Death Defying,” followed the icon’s battle with colon cancer. Over a decade after being diagnosed, she died in 2007.

In addition to Garfield and Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” also stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Sam Jaeger, Cherry Jones, Fredric Lehne, Louis Cancelmi, Joe Ando-Hirsh, Randy Havens and Gabriel Olds.

“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” is set to release in theaters on Sep. 17.

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Jessica Chastain Transforms Into Tammy Faye Bakker in New Biopic: I Was ‘Blown Away By Her Story’

Jessica Chastain wanted to learn everything she could about Tammy Faye Bakker.

To transform into the fallen televangelist for the upcoming biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Chastain, 44, did almost 10 years of research including reading up about and watching interviews of Tammy, who died at age 65 in 2007 after colon cancer spread to her lungs. “I just was so blown away by her and her story,” Chastain tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “The thing I loved the most about Tammy is her capacity to love. She knew what it felt like to not feel important, and she didn’t want anyone to experience that.”

Chastain was first moved by Tammy’s story after watching the documentary of the same name as the film and revisiting it in 2012. “It really touched me in that moment,” she says. The biopic, for which Chastain also serves as producer, tells the story of Tammy and her first husband Jim Bakker (played by Andrew Garfield), who grew their Christian news program, the PTL Club, into a multimillion dollar industry before it collapsed following a sex scandal involving Jim and Jessica Hahn.

“Here’s a woman that I had an idea of because of what I was fed about her,” adds Chastain of Tammy. “Even the thing about the mascara running down her face. There is not one picture of her with mascara running down her face in reality. But people were always making her into a clown and punishing her for the mistakes of her husband, which all throughout history women have been the victim of, atoning for the sins of men.”

The actress also felt compassion for Hahn. “I found an article where Jessica was interviewed and she basically said she was re-traumatized over and over again, by people talking about the incident and about her and that she wanted to be left alone,” Chastain says. “It really helped me understand. Also because Tammy and Jessica never met, it wasn’t appropriate to use her past as salacious gossip and to further victimize her.”

Chastain’s transformation into Tammy meant four hours a day in the makeup chair applying intense makeup, prosthetics and wigs. “Every moment, I had something on my face,” says the actress, who worked with her longtime makeup artists Linda Dowds and Stephanie Ingram as well as Justin Raleigh. “I have a dimple in my chin that she didn’t have, so we would seal that up. Her face was more round than mine, so I would have things on my cheeks. Their expertise just helped me so much with my confidence in playing her.”

As for Tammy, who married property developer Roe Messner in 1993, Chastain says she was most surprised watching her interview with Christian gay minister and AIDS patient Steve Pieters, which fueled Tammy’s later involvement and support of the LGBTQ movement. “That’s really why I wanted to make the movie,” Chastain allows. “Because in a time when people were even afraid to say AIDS, we had this female televangelist. And she was a minister too in her own right. She wasn’t just the preacher’s wife, the singer. The interview is phenomenal. It’s so beautiful and loving. And it’s such a huge turning point in terms of what people could associate God’s grace with, because I feel like she was filled with grace.”

Though Tammy and Hahn never met physically, the two women spoke once on the phone before Tammy died. According to Hahn, “Tammy said to her, ‘Oh, honey, if I was with you right now, I would just throw my arms around you,'” Chastain says. “I just want people to leave the theater feeling like she was there, and she did throw her arms around everyone.”

Chastain says it was most important to her that the end of the movie leave no doubt of Tammy’s unshakeable belief in love. “I found a video of her singing a song, and she turned to the camera and said, ‘God loves you just the way you are,'” says the actress. “Whatever God means to anyone. I’ve never been baptized. I didn’t grow up within a church, but I do believe in unconditional love. We are all part of this world, part of humanity and part of grace. No matter where you come from, you are perfect, and you are fully and unconditionally loved. And that’s what I hope people leave the theater knowing.”

The Eyes of Tammy Faye will hit theaters on Sept. 17.

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Jessica Chastain On The Set Of “The Good Nurse”

I have added new photos to Jessica’s gallery on the set of the movie “The Good Nurse”. Enjoy!

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