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Christopher Nolan Is Kind of a Dick

Jessica Chastain has two films coming out, but you wouldn’t know it because Christopher Nolan is being a jackass. In addition to Interstellar this Friday, Chastain also stars in A Most Violent Year.

Per the New York Times, Nolan isn’t letting her promote it in any way, shape or form. Her contract with Interstellar prevents her from promoting any other film between early October through early December. Creators of A Most Violent Year are not happy about this especially since Chastain can’t even go to small get-togethers.

For stars, hitting the publicity trail is a decades-old practice, and for studios it is a standard, and essential, piece of marketing strategy. Initially, Mr. Chandor and his backers — Participant Media and the independent distributor A24 — believed that Ms. Chastain, while blocked from media appearances, would be allowed to attend the screenings and get-togethers that are de rigueur for those seeking Golden Globes and other prizes that pave the way to the Oscars.

On that assumption, they arranged to release “A Most Violent Year” in a small number of theaters on Dec. 31, to qualify it for awards in 2015, with a wider opening to follow.

But Mr. Nolan and his backers have insisted that Ms. Chastain’s contract forbids even those semiprivate encounters and have not given in to pleas from Mr. Chandor, A24 and others for a waiver. Next week, however, she will be permitted to attend a private tastemakers’ screening at the Creative Artists Agency here.

Asked for comment, Christopher Nolan continued stroking his white cat and mumbling about how it’s all coming together.

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