Check Out The Trailer For Aaron Sorkin’s Directorial Debut, ‘Molly’s Game,’ Starring Jessica Chastain

Aaron Sorkin’s already led quite the career: an Oscar for writing The Social Network, a nom for writing Moneyball, four Emmys for The West Wing—but what you may have not realized is that until now, the legendary Hollywood mind had not yet directed something himself.

That all changes with Molly’s Game, a new film about the true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), a world-class skiier who gets involved with the mob when she begins to host a high-stakes poker game. Bloom wrote a memoir about her close escape from jail time back in 2014.

The film stars on A-list, highly-decorated that includes Idris Elba, Michael Cera, Kevin Costner, and Chris O’Dowd. It’s set for release on November 22. Take a look at the full trailer below.

INTERVIEW: Jessica Chastain and Niki Caro Explain How Their Holocaust Movie Ended Up Being a Modern Film

The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the true story of a Polish couple who housed Jews in the Warsaw Zoo during the Holocaust, and were able to save the lives of more than 300 from the Warsaw Ghetto. The heartbreaking movie stars Jessica Chastain in the unforgettable role of Antonina Żabińska, and is directed by Niki Caro.

The movie is unique in it’s feminine perspective on a grueling war saga, and thanks to it’s inclusion of many wild animal actors: Chastain’s roster of scene partners include real tigers, elephants, camels, polar bears, skunks, and lions. Interestingly enough, the film, set in the early to mid twentieth century, feels alarmingly modern.

“Well, the world’s changed,” said Caro when asked about the film’s relevancy. “Seven years ago, when I became involved in this movie, I thought I was developing a historical drama. As it happens, we have made a contemporary film.”

Take a look at our exclusive BlackBook interview with the film’s star and director below.

13 Steamiest Golden Globe Nominees

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Award show season has (unofficially) begun! Call your stylist and snag a Valentino fresh off the runway to ensure you’ll look your best on the step and repeat. For this set of 2014 Golden Globe nominees, looking their hottest wont take much. Keira Knightly could show up in a maternity dress and still be the hottest dime on the red carpet.

1. Jennifer Aniston, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for CakeThe Cinema Society & InStyle host a screening of CakePhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

2. Julianne Moore, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Still Alice L'ORÉAL PARIS 2014 Women of Worth Celebration ArrivalsPhoto: Ryan Kobane/BFAnyc.com

3. Benedict Cumberbatch, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for The Imitation Game David-X-PruttingPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

4. Reese Witherspoon, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Wild John-SalangsangPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

5. Jake Gyllenhaal, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for NightcrawlerCarly-OtnessPhoto: Carly Otness/BFAnyc.com

6. Eddie Redmayne, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for The Theory of Everything 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - Press RoomPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

7. Amy Adams, nominated for Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy for Big Eyes LACMA 2014 Art+Film Gala sponsored by GUCCIPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

8. Emily Blunt, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical for Into The Woods Los Angeles Premiere of Cinedigmís ARTHUR NEWMANPhoto: Aleks Kocev/BFAnyc.com

9. Jessica Chastain, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for A Most Violent Year GIORGIO ARMANI hosts the official premiere & after party of A MOST VIOLENT YEAR with OSCAR ISAAC and JESSICA CHASTAINPhoto: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

10. Keira Knightley, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in The Imitation Game David-XPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

11. Emma Stone, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Birdman Julian-MacklerPhoto: Juliane Mackler/BFAnyc.com

12. Ethan Hawke, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Boyhood Matteo-Prandoni-2Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

13. Mark Ruffalo, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Foxcatcher Ben-RosserPhoto: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

The It List and Legend Missy Elliot Come Out for Alexander Wang X H&M

Jessica Chastain, Dakota Fanning, Eddie Redmayne, and Kate Mara strike a pose. Photo: Neil Rusman/BFAnyc.com

It’s the collection that everyone has been talking about and its literally (almost) here. The Alexander Wang X H&M Collection has been one of the most hyped about collaborations in history, so it’s no question why a team of A Wang’s A-List besties came out to support.

The crowd shopped a pop-up shop, and hip hop legend Missy Elliot performed. The perfect sound for his nostalgic meets futuristic collaboration. Not siblings with Beyoncé or engaged to Jennifer Aniston? No worries, we’ve got you covered with the night’s best looks. The collection will be up for grabs to the public November 6th. Better start camping out at your local H&M now!

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Karlie KlossALEXANDER WANG x H&M Launch EventPhoto: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com 

Nate Lowman and Justin TherouxALEXANDER WANG x H&M Launch EventPhoto: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com 

Jessica Chastain Billy-Farrell-4Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Emily WeissNeil-Rasmus-5Photo: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com 

Kate Mara and Mary J. Blige Neil-RasmusPhoto: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com

Dakota Fanning Billy-FarrellPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Solange Knowles Neil-Rasmus-3Photo: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com 

Alexander Wang X H&M Army ALEXANDER WANG x H&M Launch EventPhoto: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com

STYLE SCOOP: Jessica Chastain’s Underboob, Fashion-Chasing Investors

Mergers and Acquisitions investors are looking to fashion brands for ideas of what to buy into these days, and fashion’s eyeing M&A back. Carven’s looking for investors, as are The Kooples.

Jessica Chastain poses for YSL Beauty’s first campaign of 2014 for the Manifesto L’Éclat fragrance, styled by Hedi Slimane in a very revealing Saint Laurent dress.

Italian leather handbag company Furla is making the push for lifestyle.

Fashion mourns Dolores J. Barrett, formerly Polo Ralph Lauren’s SVP Global Public Relations, who died at home on December 24. She kept her age private.

Jessica Chastain Gives Good Face in New YSL Fragrance Campaign

Damn, Jessica Chastain. You are really giving it in this new campaign for YSL’s "Manifesto" fragrance line. I’m glad you stopped with all that ombre nonsense and went back to your fiery-coiffed roots. (Yes, red is her natural hair color. She calls it her "badge of honor.") Posing like a true model-turned-actress à la Milla Jovovich, your fierceness is just as accolade-worthy as your work in films like The Help, Zero Dark Thirty and even The Tree of Life. (Although I still find that movie totally confusing. Come on, you do too.) 

Decked out in all-black-everything by YSL creative director Hedi Slimane, I’m feeling this new moody vibe you’ve got going on. One question: was your subtle pout inspired by Lana Del Rey?

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Jessica Chastain to Join the Cast of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’

Jennifer Lawrence may have taken home the Oscar for Best Actress, but there’s no denying it’s Jessica Chastain who has become Hollywood’s most coveted actress—and rightfully so. After first seeing her in Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, the world fell under her spell of talent and charm and watched closely as went on to give one of the year’s best performances in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. And since, directors have been pining after the actress, landing her starring roles in the upcoming Miss Julie from Liv Ullmann and Crimson Peak from Guillermo del Toro. But now, it appears she can add another notable name to the list as she joins the cast of Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated Interstellar.

We reported last month that Matthew McConaughey would be joining the cast as well, in the film that was originally set in place by Steven Spielberg in 2006. In January, Nolan signed on to write a script that merged the original idea about the existence of wormholes used for time travel written by his brother Jonah, with his own original idea. Nolan and Emma Thomas producing will be prodicing and, "the ambition is a film that will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding." 

So although shooting is set to begin later this year, a date has already been set for the film’s theatrical release, a prime November 7th spot for 2014.

Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy in the First Stills From ‘The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby’

First time feature director Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers is shaping up to be a pretty interesting effort. Talk on the film has mainly just been various speculations, but now a crop of stills from the mysterious two-part film have made their way online and we’re excited to learn more about the film which stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy in the failing relationship of a husband and wife. Isabella Hupert, Bill Hader, and Jess Weixler  are to be featured in the supporting cast, and the questions only continue.

Update: The images and details have been removed at the request of the filmmakers.

Trolling the Oscars: Why None of These Movies Deserve to Win Best Picture

Welcome to the internet, where all of my opinions are right. You know what’s so great about being able to log into a CMS account and self-publish my thoughts and ideas? No matter how I actually feel, everything I write online comes across as completely sincere and competent, even when the things I write are neither of those things! It’s a brave new world we’re living in, when tweets can be art and art can be criticized by any person with an idea for a clever hashtag. Naturally, it’s time to harness this power by showing you exactly why none of the nine nominees for Best Picture deserve to win a goddamn thing. Let’s go!

Amour

Oh, come on. You didn’t see Amour. You know how I know this? Because I didn’t see Amour. I didn’t see this movie because I could just call my grandparents and ask them to speak to me in French for two hours. At least the phone call would be free! And hey, maybe I’d get twenty bucks out of it or somewhere, whereas Amour would cost me at least thirteen dollars and bring with it a lot of emotional anxiety. Anyway, this movie should not win, but I kind of wish it would if only so I can quickly take screenshots of midwestern teenagers tweeting about how they don’t know what Amour is. That’s how blogging works!

Argo

Ugh, Argo. Argofuckyourself, indeed, Argo! The major point about Argo was that Ben Affleck can direct a movie, which comes as a surprise to literally no one because he has already directed two movies that people liked a lot. The other reason Argo was made was so Ben Affleck could take off his shirt in another movie. Oh, and you know another thing that sucked about Argo? The fact that none of the women in Argo were allowed to speak to each other on camera. Sorry, Clea Duvall; you get to be in a Big Motion Picture, but you may only open your mouth when in the presence of Victor Garber. And don’t you dare make eye contact with Ben Affleck! 

Beasts of the Southern Wild

I do love a movie with a precocious child as much as the next guy, but how awkward do you feel about the fact that some white people from New York City went down to New Orleans to make a movie about magical negroes? I’m surprised there weren’t any animated bears and foxes floating along the river, or that those giant titular beasts didn’t burst into "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah." 

Django Unchained

This one is simple: Django Unchained should not win Best Picture because it is not Jackie Brown and Jackie Brown is the only Quentin Tarantino movie that deserves to win Best Picture. 

Les Misérables

A friend of mine described this movie with the following: "It was like in acting classes when one person started crying and then everyone else in class cried harder and louder and uglier." This is one of the few movies in which everyone was dead at the end and I thought, "You know what? I’m OK with this." That is until the ghost of Anne Hathaway showed up again with that chopped-off hair and sad dress, which made me depressed. I really hate that it’s a known fact that your apperance when you die is what you’ll look like in Heaven. Really sucks for people who get run over by trucks, huh? 

Life of Pi

Spoiler alert: Pi is the tiger, and the tiger is Pi, and the eggman is Paul, I think, and maybe we ought to remake Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band but with 3D CGI, but I’m getting distracted. Life of Pi is a cartoon movie for adults who are still making their way through Oprah’s Book Club.

Lincoln

Oh, I’m sorry, is this category called Best Way to Nap? Lincoln was terrible. Remember how fun TV miniseries used to be? They were long, yes, but they were campy as hell, had a lot of awkward sex not normally seen during primetime, and were stuffed with lots of recognizable people who were not really famous but still possessed a certain level celebrity that you’d still be excited if you saw them on the street. Lincoln was just a really expensive TV-miniseries, but without the sex. Or the fun. And with overwritten dialogue by Tony Kushner. I got a screener of Lincoln, and it’s best uses so far have been as a coaster and as a substitute for Ambien.

Silver Linings Playbook

I can’t for the life of me figure out why people love this movie so much. Is it because we’re so desperate to see Ben Stiller act in a dramatic performance that we could substitute in Bradley Cooper and just go with it? Is it because it’s nice to see Julia Stiles back in action? Is it because of Jacki Weaver saying "crabby snacks and homemades?" Is it because of Dancing With the Stars? Is it because As Good as It Gets was too subtle and we needed a subpar version of that to really hone in the idea of what mental illness is? Or is it because everyone is crazy? If everyone is crazy, no one is crazy. 

Zero Dark Thirty

JUST KIDDING! While you were all being emotionally waterboarded by the rest of what Hollywood had to offer, you guys completely missed the fact that this was the best movie of the year. Jessica Chastain! She could act circles around everyone else on this planet, and she wouldn’t be exhausted because she’s, like, a healthy vegan. And you know she’s on track for world domination. GET IT TOGETHER, PEOPLE. it doesn’t even matter if this loses to, say, Argo, because Kathryn Bigelow will have her revenge on all of you. Especially you, Ben Affleck. 

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