Box Office Report: ‘Lawless’ Tops Wednesday Chart With $1.1

The Weinstein Co.’s Lawless debuted to $1.14 million on Wednesday, placing No. 1 and earning a solid B+ CinemaScore from audiences.

The film skewed slightly male on Wednesday (54 percent), while 33 percent of the audience was younger than 25.

By opening Lawless on Wednesday, The Weinstein Co. hopes to build good word-of-mouth heading into the long Labor Day weekend.

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Jessica Chastain gets down and dirty in ‘Lawless’

Jessica Chastain will never forget 2011: She co-starred in six movies, including her Oscar-nominated turn in “The Help.” And Jessica shows no signs of slowing down. Wednesday, she lets loose in the new fact-based film, “Lawless,” about a family’s illegal moonshine business.

Jessica calls the film is a mix of genres: Gangster meets Western meets Love Story. It’s set in the time of Prohibition. And history buff Jessica loved being able to take a step back in time.

"I love researching," says Jessica. "When I get a role that’s one of the very first things I do. I just want to fill myself up with knowledge of what the character might have come from. Not just even reading about the history of the time, which of course I do, but I also love learning about the music of the time, listening to that; thinking of the food of the time; what someone would have done for fun."

With “Lawless,” the fun for Jessica came from working with an ensemble cast that includes Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce.

"I geek out all the time because I’m so excited to work with people and that’s what it was like for me on this film," says Jessica.

"Lawless" was a fairly testosterone-driven set, one that had producer Lucy Fisher comparing Jessica and her male co-stars to Peter Pan’s Wendy and the Lost Boys.

"They were always roughhousing and playing around and sometimes I would get involved, but for the most part, ‘Boys calm down, now’s time to work, we all love each other, let’s go back to work,’" said Jessica. "They treated me very special. They were always such gentlemen around me."

Much of “Lawless” was shot on location in a small town in Georgia. Jessica says for fun they’d all go to Wal-Mart and buy supplies for their very competitive game nights.

She said she also tried moonshine — and is not a fan.

"Lawless" is in theaters Wednesday.

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The Jessica Chastain show keeps going strong, with another role in new film ‘Lawless’

After experiencing the kind of breakout year that few actors ever have, Jessica Chastain — who’s latest film, “Lawless” opens Wednesday — is facing a dilemma she never anticipated.

“I’ve had to learn how to say ‘no’ to offers,” Chastain says, giggling on the telephone. “That’s so unexpected. I’m used to working really hard to get a role. I was always auditioning and talking my way into roles.

“But this year — I mean, it’s not a problem. It’s a wonderful thing. But I find myself having to say, ’I don’t have time,’ or ’That doesn’t fit with my schedule.’ I want to do everything. But I find I have to say no to things.”

Not that she hasn’t kept busy. As she speaks, Chastain is in the midst of shooting a pair of overlapping films: “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers,” opposite James McAvoy. At the same time, she’s about to begin rehearsals for “The Heiress,” which will mark her Broadway debut when it opens in November.

The wildfire that seemed to characterize her career in 2011 — in which she appeared in no fewer than six films that were released, earning critics’ awards and an Oscar nomination for “The Help” — has subsided. But its effects are still being felt.

“The past year absolutely changed my life,” Chastain says. “What the year gave me was the chance to be introduced to people whose work I admired. In this film, for example, I don’t have any scenes with Gary Oldman, whose work has deeply inspired me. And then I met him on a red carpet and he was so positive about my work. The fact that he’d seen something I’d been in and was positive about it — it’s the most amazing thing.”

The film she’s referring to is “Lawless,” a Depression-era moonshiner action-drama. In the film, Chastain plays Maggie, a one-time exotic dancer in Chicago who takes a job as a waitress in a small cafe in the Tennessee mountains to escape her past — and winds up romantically involved with a taciturn moonshine kingpin (Tom Hardy).

While her character is never involved in the brutal bloodshed that marks the film’s action (at least onscreen), Chastain imagined that Maggie had a lot of violence in her past.

“I was really moved by the idea that every man she’d ever been involved with had seen her as prey,“ Chastain says. “So this is the first time she’s been around a man who just wants to take care of her and protect her, who doesn’t want anything in return. She can say, ‘This is what I want’ to him and she’s never had that in her life.

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'The Yes/No Show' With Shia LaBeouf And Jessica Chastain

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Jessica is featured in the current Elle (US) issue, into their “Elle 25”, an annual “must-watch, must-listen, must-know happenings”. Check full sized scans in our gallery.
 
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Jessica is featured in the current Elle (US) issue, into their “Elle 25”, an annual “must-watch, must-listen, must-know happenings”. Check full sized scans in our gallery.

I came across some LQ sized pictures of a few 2011 events Jessica attended and we didn’t had in our gallery. Check it:
     
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I came across some LQ sized pictures of a few 2011 events Jessica attended and we didn’t had in our gallery. Check it:

"Lawless" Official Red Band Trailer

Here’s the exclusive red band trailer for Lawless, edited by director John Hillcoat. In theaters August 29, Lawless is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers, bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic outlaw tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant’s family in his novel The Wettest County in the World, the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation’s most notorious crime wave.

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Pictures of Jessica arriving today at ABC New York studios for Good Morning America, plus screen captures of the video below has now been added to the gallery. Check it:
     
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Pictures of Jessica arriving today at ABC New York studios for Good Morning America, plus screen captures of the video below has now been added to the gallery. Check it:

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This completely passed on me! Jessica was today morning at “Good Morning America”, discussing “Lawless”. Here’s the video interview:

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Jessica Chastain and the pressure of doing “Zero Dark Thirty”

MTV News’ Josh Horowitz spoke with one of the film’s many stars, Jessica Chastain, about her role in the mysterious project and how filming such sensitive material affected the shoot.

Handling a topic as delicate and secretive as the hunt for Bin Laden is bound to come with some extra pressure, but shooting “Zero Dark Thirty” near where the actual events took place added a whole other layer of stress for the cast and crew.

"It was a very stressful shoot. Maybe that’s all I should say," Chastain said. "It was a very stressful shoot, but how could it not be when you’re dealing with that kind of material and you’re in that part of the world. We were shooting part of it in Chandigarh, India, which is on the border of Pakistan."

Chastain hesitantly admitted that most, if not all, of the cast is playing real-life characters, which also complicates retelling their story. “It’s such great responsibility in the story we were telling,” she said. “It was a lot of pressure. I think the script is one of the best scripts that I have ever read, and my part is awesome. I’m excited for it to come out at the end of the year.”