Movie News in 60 Seconds: Jessica Chastain as Princess Di; ‘Puss in Boots’ Still Top Cat; Europe’s Best Movies

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Jessica Chastain as Princess Di; ‘Puss in Boots’ Still Top Cat; Europe’s Best Movies

Nov 07, 2011

Jessica Chastain

An American Redhead Goes Brit: Actress Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life, The Help, and five or six other movies this year) is ready to play Princess Diana in a film based on a secret love affair she supposedly carried on with a heart surgeon. The project is scheduled to begin filming next March. (Thompson on Hollywood)

U.S. Box Office: Animated feature Puss in Boots continued its reign as top earner, raking in an estimated $33.3 million over the weekend, easily outdistancing Tower Heist, which scored a mildly disappointing take of $25.1 million. The latter drew a somewhat older crowd, with 62% of attendees aged 30 or over, while the young ‘uns went to see A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas in smaller numbers, totaling $13.2 million. (Movie City News)

International Box Office: Another holdover, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, maintained its sway over audiences worldwide, adding an additional $41 million to its coffers for a total of $125 million, so far. And, though Paul W.S. Anderson's new version of The Three Musketeers bombed in the U.S., it's earned nearly $100 million in overseas territories. (Screen Daily)

What Are This Year’s Best European Pictures?: The 24th European Film Award nominations have been announced, and the contenders for best picture are an intoxicating mix: The Artist, The Kid with a Bike, In a Better World, The King’s Speech, Le Havre, and Melancholia. (indieWIRE)

Politics to Film: Actor / director Rob Reiner became personally involved in challenging the legality of Proposition 8, the initiative in California that banned same-sex marriage before it was found to be unconstitutional. And now he’s developing a movie about that legal challenge, which is still ongoing. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Changing Times in Montana: Over the past 70 years, the number of theaters in Great Falls, Montana, has decreased to one multiplex, but three video stores have survived the arrival of Netflix, Redbox, and streaming options. (Great Falls Tribune)

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