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Jessica Chastain on Childhood Bullying: 'I Was Told Every Day That I Was Ugly' | Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain on Childhood Bullying: 'I Was Told Every Day at School That I Was Ugly'

Originally posted 10/07/2014 04:15PM

With three buzzed-about films – Interstellar, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, and A Most Violent Year, due out this fall – Jessica Chastain is one of the most wanted women in Hollywood, so it's hard to imagine this commanding female lead spent her childhood being bullied by classmates.

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What We're Reading This Weekend: True Stories

What We're Reading This Weekend: True Stories

Originally posted 10/31/2013 05:00PM

The hunt for Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Chinese smuggling rings in New York City, a transformative drama program in Levittown – these unfamiliar worlds have our staffers transfixed at the moment. Let us know what you think of their choices – and tell us what you're reading.

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Fangs or No Fangs – Keep Spiders Away from This Gatsby Star | Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton Reveals His Biggest Fear

Originally posted 06/10/2013 09:50AM

Going mano a mano with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby isn't nearly as nerve-racking for Joel Edgerton as sharing the screen with some eight-legged costars.

In his new thriller Wish You Were Here, which hit theaters this past weekend, Edgerton is among a group of friends vacationing in Cambodia when one disappears. 

"I have a massive fear of spiders," says Edgerton. "In one scene I had six tarantulas crawling on me!  Luckily they had be de-fanged, had they not I don't think I would have been able to do the scene."

When he's not fighting his fear of spiders, here's five more things the hot Australian star, 38, gets up to:

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Nine Fab Recipes for Your Star-Worthy Oscar Party

Throw a Star-Worthy Oscar Party!

Originally posted 02/24/2013 03:05PM

It's Hollywood's Super Bowl – so if you're throwing an Oscar party, hot wings just won't do.

Instead of critiquing the gowns over cold pizza and nachos, check out these glam recipes that will rival what the stars are eating – or pretending to eat – at the posh post-Academy Awards bashes.

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Jessica Chastain Makes First Public Appearance with Boyfriend | Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain Makes First Public Appearance with Boyfriend

Originally posted 02/23/2013 01:30PM

Having recently told Katie Couric during an interview that she does have a boyfriend, Jessica Chastain made what is apparently her first public appearance with him Friday night, at the Women in Film 6th annual Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party.

Arriving arm and arm together at Fig & Olive in Los Angeles, the Zero Dark Thirty Best Actress nominee and Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo sipped Perrier-Jouët Champagne in the main room before Chastain spotted her costar from last year's The Help, Viola Davis, and Davis's husband.

Chastain, 35, hugged and kissed the 31-year-old Passi, making it clear to all who saw them that the two are, in fact, a couple.

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Chris Pratt: How I Became the 'Stereotypical Soldier' on Set

Chris Pratt: How I Became the 'Stereotypical Soldier' on Set

Originally posted 01/27/2013 09:00AM

"It was this funny thing where I was always staring at a picture of my pregnant wife back home," the Zero Dark Thirty star says

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Chris Pratt Enjoying 'Firsts' All Over Again with Son Jack | Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt Enjoying 'Firsts' All Over Again with Son Jack

Originally posted 01/22/2013 01:00PM

The Zero Dark Thirty star also shares a video of he and wife Anna Faris feeding their 5-month-old a lemon

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Oscar Snubs & Surprises: Do You Feel Sorry for Ben Affleck? | Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow

Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow Biggest Oscar Snubs?

Originally posted 01/10/2013 01:05PM

Today might be the only day any of us will ever feel sorry for Ben Affleck. The nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning and the Argo director shockingly didn't make the cut.

But here's who did – and who should have:

Best Director

The shock: Two huge snubs! Not only did Argo's Affleck get dissed, even though he had one of the best-reviewed films of the year, but so did Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow, a previous Best Director winner for The Hurt Locker – which I'd argue isn't nearly the accomplishment that Zero Dark Thirty is. Both of the films about terror made the cut for Best Picture, however. But then, that was expected.

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It's Oscar Time! And the Nominees Are ... | Emma Stone, Seth MacFarlane

UpdatePosted 01/10/2013 09:05AM

Academy Award Nominations: Lincoln Leads the Pack

Originally posted 01/10/2013 08:15AM

This year's Oscars may not take place until Feb. 24, but the ceremony's host, Seth MacFarlane, already started earning his salary Thursday morning – by joining Emma Stone to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' headquarters in Beverly Hills.

And the name that kept coming up: Lincoln, which reaped the lion's share number of nominations, 12, including those for Best Picture, Best Director Steven Spielberg, Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Supporting Actress Sally Field.

Other highly recognized films were Life of Pi, with 11 nominations; Les Misérables, with nine; and Argo, with seven, though, surprisingly, not one for its director Ben Affleck.

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Chris Pratt's Premature Son Is 'Totally Healthy Now'

Chris Pratt's Premature Son Is 'Totally Healthy Now'

Originally posted 01/03/2013 04:15PM

"Jack was born nine weeks premature so we spent a month in the intensive care unit with him," the Zero Dark Thirty star explains

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