Sideshow: Jessica Chastain, uneasy star


At 35, Jessica Chastain finally has achieved bona fide A-list stardom - though it's a mode of being she's not so comfortable embracing. At least that's what the Juilliard grad tells Marie Claire mag.

"I never wanted to be a movie star. I wanted to be an actor," says JC, who starred in six films last year, including The Help, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, and Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus.

Besides, she doesn't have the requisite celeb inclinations. "I don't really drink, and I've never been to a rave," she says. "I used to cut school to read Shakespeare, not to make out in the park."

Fame also has altered the single actor's love life.

"I'm very shy when it comes to guys," says JC. "I like to be wooed." Fame has forced her to be more forthright, she says, repeating a friend's advice: "Now that you're successful, you have to be more overt with men. You have to make it very clear that you're interested" - otherwise they won't approach! JC next stars in Zero Dark Thirty, helmed by Kathryn Bigelow. The real-life story of the CIA's hunt for Osama bin Laden, it opens Jan. 11.


Bono addresses Hero Summit

Irish rebel rocker turned activist Bono on Wednesday addressed the first annual Hero Summit in Washington, D.C., a mind-meld of military heroes and prominent citizens founded by Daily Beast and Newsweek editor-in-chief Tina Brown, Lady Evans, CBE, reports USA Today.

Brown told the assembled, who included PBS interlocutor-par-excellence Charlie Rose and Adm. William McRaven, that she feels military personnel and civilians often speak to each other over a divide.

"I do feel there is this disconnect. . . . When you talk to people in the military, there's a sort of quiet rage about that," she said. "They feel they have so much to talk about . . . but they're not really being heard."

Bono conducted an onstage interview of one of his heroes, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. "He's one of a kind," the "Yahweh" singer said. "He's a journalist who became an activist; I'm a songwriter who became an activist."

The live event also featured interviews with military heroes.


Bono fixes the U.S. economy

Bono booked his D.C. day solid, also visiting that shining source of bipartisan love, Capitol Hill. The "I Will Follow" songwriter then led a discussion at the World Bank about the state of the U.S. economy and the impact of budget cuts on HIV/AIDS research. The cuts, he said, "would absolutely destroy countless human lives. We've estimated just in HIV/AIDS alone, that 270,000 people would lose their chance to go on" antiretroviral drugs.

He didn't actually fix our economy, but he could if someone asked.


Santana, Juanes head Latin Grammys

Two of the greatest Latin music artists, 17-time Latin Grammy winner (and current nominee) Juanes and 10-time Grammy and three-time Latin Grammy winner Santana, will perform together for the first time at the 13th annual Latin Grammy Awards hosted by actors Cristián de la Fuente and Lucero. Presenters include Natalie Cole, Pepe Aguilar, Chino y Nacho, ChocQuib Town, Nelly Furtado, Ana Tijoux, and Reik. The extravaganza is set to air Thursday on Univision but also will be made available online for folks who miss it. Info:


Shania Twain's 40-horse parade

Talk about the perfect publicity stunt.

Eilleen Regina Edwards (Shania Twain to you) arrived on horseback Wednesday night to take, um, the reins at her new job - a two-year gig headlining "Shania: Still the One" at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

But that was just the tip of the spear: The 47-year-old country-pop singer, who has five Grammy Awards under her belt, was followed along the Las Vegas Strip by a relatively polite herd of 40 horses. (They were kept in check by nine wranglers.)

She was met with several hundred adoring fans at the Caesars fountain.

Twain, whose show opens Dec. 1 at the 4,300-seat Colosseum at Caesars Palace, was taking a page from Frank Sinatra, who in 1955 arrived at the old Dunes hotel on a camel.


The Boss to play Sandy relief show

A coterie of music heavy-hitters, including Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Roger Waters, and The Who, will headline a concert next month to benefit Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. The show, at Madison Square Garden in New York on Dec. 12, will also air on TV. No details yet on tix or telecast.


His second day as the sexiest

As you read this, Channing Tatum will have been People's Sexiest Man Alive for two full days. Tell us: How has his election changed your life?


Jude Law on the nature of love

Jude Law says he learned a great deal about the nature of love while working on the Keira Knightley-led adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. He realized, he tells Moviefone, that "we'll never quite have a handle on [love]. That there are multiple sides to every story. That there's no right or wrong. . . . There is no why in love. . . . We all play a role in it, but it's as beguiling, desirable, and terrifying as it ever was."


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