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 costars, 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 Skarsgard 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."
Over the weekend Anna Faris attended her first red carpet event since welcoming her son Jack in August. She joined her Parks and Recreation star husband Chris Pratt at Hollywood's Milk Studios for the second annual Reel Stories, Real Lives benefit, which raised proceeds for the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Anna and Chris had plenty of funny company during the gala, including director Jon Favreau, Russell Brand, Jon Hamm, and Armie Hammer. Jeremy Renner skipped the carpet, but he was inside later to speak on stage. We caught up with a handful of the stars before the proceedings began. Jon was tight-lipped about the action to come on Mad Men's sixth season, but he did confirm recent rumors about the plot involving Hawaii.
I'd love to tell you the full star-studded cast of Movie 43 but I'm afraid we'd be here all day. The trailer for off-the-wall comedy includes Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Pratt, Chloe Moretz, Justin Long, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The film is a collection of 25 different stories, and as far as I can tell, the only common theme is stars behaving badly. Halle Berry blows out the candles on a blind kid's birthday cake, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber bully their teenager, and Gerard Butler is a leprechaun.
A handful of bloated comedies have proven that the megaensemble is a tricky beast, but this has me wondering if the formula might actually work this time. It could be amazing, or it could be an epic fail. The movie opens Jan. 25, and you can watch the NSFW red-band trailer after the jump.
Anna Faris showed her baby bump in a tight green dress yesterday at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III in LA. After hitting the red carpet, she managed to catch up — and maybe get some parenting tips — from pal Ashlee Simpson. Ashlee had fun at the bash, tweeting that she loved the "gorgeous views" from the private residence and that the band "Alabama Shakes are rockin'!" Anna and her husband, Chris Pratt, are expecting their first baby later this year. They recently revealed that the coming bundle of joy will be a boy.
True Blood and Magic Mike hunk Joe Manganiello made the rounds as well, and even shared a photo of him having a great time with "b-girl" Anna Kendrick. Anna headed West after attending Tuesday's Coach party on the High Line in NYC. Chatting up Joe wasn't her only excitement last night — Anna also posted on Twitter, "Just tried Taco Bell's Doritos taco. I can see why they sold 100 million of these already. This is no joke." Other celebs like Dave and Odette Annable also checked out the bash, saying hello to his 666 Park Avenue costar Robert Buckley.
Anna Faris covered her pregnant belly under a sporty outfit while out for a walk around her LA neighborhood today. She was accompanied by her husband and soon-to-be dad, Chris Pratt, who was sporting a mustache, and their three dogs for the stroll. Anna and Chris shared the exciting news that they are expecting their first child last month, just before Anna began promoting her movie The Dictator. Anna's bump was barely visible in a bright red wrap dress at the London premiere of the film, in which she stars alongside Sacha Baron Cohen.
Full disclosure: I laughed out loud many times during The Dictator, knowing full well that I should have been offended instead. But what you see is what you get when it comes to Sacha Baron Cohen, and after movies like Bruno and Borat, you already know whether you'll be able to find humor in film about a horrifyingly ignorant world leader who's as naive, racist, and prejudiced as they come.
I know that sounds hard to swallow, but there is a big difference between The Dictator and Cohen's previous work: this time, it doesn't even feel remotely real. Whereas Borat and Bruno are made to taunt and embarrass what appear to be unsuspecting, everyday people, there's no mistaking The Dictator for what it is: a total farce that comes complete with actors you've seen before. It may sound obvious, but having Cohen's Aladeen interact with the likes of Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, and John C. Reilly makes the whole story easier to digest — and much easier to laugh at in spite of yourself.
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