Cate Blanchett brings NDIS character to life #Nadia

Cate Blanchett brings NDIS character to life #Nadia

Hello everyone! Cate has joined a new project*!

Cate Blanchett has given her voice to play an online character who will give people information about the national disability insurance scheme.

Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett has injected some Hollywood stardom into the national disability insurance scheme.

Blanchett has taken on the voice role of Nadia, an online virtual assistant who can speak, write and chat online while answering common questions about the NDIS

“I have disability very close to me in my family,” Blanchett said in a promotional video, when asked why she took on the role.

The avatar character has been co-designed with people with disabilities.

Nadia already understands thousands of questions and her knowledge bank will grow with more interactions.

Nadia will start on a trial basis on the NDIS’s participant portal website in coming months and it’s expected to take 12 months before she’s fully operational.

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A Rose for a Rose: Cate Blanchett on Saying “Si” to Life

Hello everyone! New promotional article and image for Sì Rose Signature on Vanity Fair. Enjoy!

A new scent from Giorgio Armani, Si Rose Signature, conjures up more than just feeling for Cate Blanchett

There she goes again, on Broadway that is, making her grand presence known in the currently running play The Present. A longtime lover of Chekhov’s work, Cate Blanchett now stars in her husband Andrew Upton’s adaption of the little-known story. The Present is playing at the Barrymore Theatre and has, since January, grossed well over a million dollars, according to The New York Times—an especially high number for a non-musical!

Blanchett plays 40-year-old widow Anna Petrovna, who celebrates her birthday with friends and family, leading up to what is perhaps not the happiest of party endings. However, what’s most polarizing about the play is Blanchett’s commanding performance—her presence fully captivating you to the very end.

Similarly, it’s her drive, femininity, and passion that make her the obvious face and muse of Si Rose Signature by Giorgio Armani, which debuted earlier this month. Infused with the most famous roses in perfumery—Rose de Mai, which is the central appeal to this new edition, and rose turque—the fragrance is an array of exotic floral notes along with sensual and velvety accords. “The Turkish rose, which has a hint of orange in it, and the more-green rose in this iteration are just beautiful,” says Blanchett. A beautiful actress and a beautiful scent… now that will hold our attention!

via Vanity Fair

Broadway’s The Present, Starring Oscar Winner Cate Blanchett, Launches Digital Lottery

Broadway’s The Present, Starring Oscar Winner Cate Blanchett, Launches Digital Lottery

Hi everybody! Some news about The Present!

The Sydney Theatre Company production of The Present, which plays Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre, has announced a digital lottery that begins February 15. The lottery is powered by Shubert Ticketing through the Telecharge Digital Lottery platform, which provides theatregoers access to affordable tickets through multiple social networks. To enter the lottery, visit thepresentbroadway.com/lottery.

Andrew Upton’s new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play, Platonov, The Present is directed by John Crowley and stars Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh. The limited engagement continues through March 19 at the Barrymore (243 West 47th Street).

The cast features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, all making their Broadway debuts, including Blanchett (Anna) and Roxburgh (Mikhail), as well as Anna Bamford (Maria), Andrew Buchanan (Osip), David Downer (Yegor), Eamon Farren (Kirill), Martin Jacobs (Alexei), Brandon McClelland (Dimitri), Jacqueline McKenzie (Sophia), Marshall Napier (Ivan), Susan Prior (Sasha), Chris Ryan (Sergei), and Toby Schmitz (Nikolai).

The Present is produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson, Sydney Theatre Company, Jon B. Platt, Scott M. Delman, Ruth Hendel, The Shubert Organization, Robert G. Bartner, John Gore, and Jimter Productions LLC.

via The Playbill

Voice Enhancer – New promotional interview for Sì

Voice Enhancer – New promotional interview for Sì

Hello people! A new promotional interiew to promote The Present and Sì Rose Signature


Cate Blanchett can be forgiven for not knowing that Drew Barrymore wants to eat her.

The two-time Oscar winning actress is currently appearing on Broadway in an adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Present,” and her schedule is punishing. The actress has nine performances weekly, each clocking in at almost three hours, which doesn’t leave much time to catch E News, where Barrymore, promoting her new Netflix series about a suburban mom who becomes a cannibal, proclaimed Blanchett to be the person she’d most like to eat “because she’s like the most amazing woman ever.”

Blanchett laughs a deep throaty laugh when she hears the story, and immediately gives the love right back. “She’s an angel, a very talented angel.” But the actress — who today is conducting interviews with international beauty editors in her role as the face of Giorgio Armani’s Si fragrance before heading to the theater for her evening performance — has been avidly following the political news during her time in New York.

In January, for example, she joined the The Ghostlight Project’s protest march on Broadway, wearing a pink knit “pussy” hat, and while she couldn’t attend the Women’s March on Washington because of her performance schedule (“I was there in spirit,” she says), she hasn’t been reticent about speaking her mind.

“When Elizabeth Warren is told that she can not speak in the Senate, they are dark days,” says Blanchett. “I don’t know what century I’m in. I thought that the equal pay for equal work conversation was boring and reactionary enough, but this is deeply shocking. We have the choice now to evolve as a species and part of that is finally getting rid of the shocking inequalities that exist not only between the genders but the wealth divide.”

Blanchett’s relationship with Armani has been a longstanding one — she likes to tell the story of running out to buy an Armani suit after getting her first acting paycheck and is quick to note that she still owns it (“his clothes don’t date”) — due in part to his espousal of gender equality. “He was one of the first designers to really unlock the complexity of the female aesthetic. He liberated women from the need to wear traditionally feminine clothes or traditionally sexy clothes,” says Blanchett. “There is a kind of Eastern simplicity, and also an Eastern mélange of the opposites that exist in his designs — you’ve got the masculine with the feminine and the soft with the hard.

“He is interested in all of those dualities,” she continues, “and when he was creating Si he wanted all of those complexities and dualities to exist.” It is a message that has resonated. Industry sources estimate that Si, which is currently launching its second flanker called Rose Signature, has reached retail sales of $80 million in the U.S. since launching in 2014.

Sitting in the Presidential Suite on the 53rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Blanchett, wearing a navy Armani trouser suit, has a commanding view of New York City and Central Park. When asked if she’s enjoyed working in New York, she gives a brief hesitation. “It’s very confronting at the moment, for sure, but it’s a great city,” she says.

While she’s performed in New York before, “The Present” marks her Broadway debut. As for what’s next to tick off on the bucket list? Blanchett reels off a list of directors she’d like to work with, including Thomas Ostermeier, Julian Rosefeldt (who directed her in the one-woman multiscreen film installation, “Manifesto”) and Andrea Arnold. “And I’d also like to finally get some chickens in my chicken coop,” she adds. “So there is a lot to do.”

via WWD

Support Newtown Action Alliance with a T-Shirt autographed by Cate Blanchett

Hello everyone!
As we previously announced Cate Blanchett is supporting Newtown Action Alliance, an organization born to support the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 20 children and six educators were killed on December 14, 2012.
Cate Blanchett will attend a benefit dinner on February 20th and you can support the Alliance by purchasing a t-shirt signed by Cate Blanchett and Jason Hayes here

RED – New still featuring #CateBlanchett

RED – New still featuring #CateBlanchett

A new still for RED, a Del Kathryn Barton short film, now open at the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of the Adelaide Festival.

Cate Blanchett in Red by Del Kathryn Barton

via Art Gallery of South Australia

Thor: Ragnarok Concept Art Offers Best Look Yet at Cate Blanchett’s Hela

Hi everyone!

Thanks to the “Marvel Studios Phase 3” special feature, which is included in the Digital HD/Blu-ray release of Doctor Strange, a new concept art image featuring Cate Blanchett as Hela has been released. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor Ragnarok

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Cate Blanchett on Her New Play and Performing Post-Election

Good morning to you all! Cate Blanchett promotes The Present with InStyle, during the launch of the new Sì Rose Signature. Enjoy!

With over 25 years of stage experience, Cate Blanchett is a veteran when it comes to the theater. But while the Oscar-winning Australian actress has performed in stage productions around the globe, her recent Broadway debut in The Present managed to keep her on her toes. Written by Blanchett’s husband, Andrew Upton, the limited-run play was initially performed in Sydney before it made the move to New York City in December—and for Blanchett, the new setting offered a completely fresh perspective on the project.

“It’s very interesting to perform the play for an American audience now, because everyone—no matter who you voted for—is in such a state of turmoil,” she told InStyle last week while celebrating the launch of Giorgio Armani’s new Si Rose Signature fragrance (she’s the face of the collection). “There are uncertain days; it’s very fragile. And the play deals a lot with the fragility and lack of time.” Blanchett’s character, Anna, is facing those topics head-on in The Present. The entire play focuses on the widowed Anna’s 40th birthday, which she’s celebrating with a group of friends at her Russian country house. With time to kill and plenty of booze to go around, things soon spiral out of control as Anna and co. reminisce about the past and revisit old relationships while trying to figure out their next steps in life.

Blanchett explains that she relates to her character’s fear of the unknown the most. “She’s very unresolved about her past and uncertain about her future,” said the 47-year-old star. “I probably share her uncertainty about the future, and I don’t think I’m alone there.” While Blanchett is similar to Anna on that front, she’s more interested in the ways that she’s unlike her stage persona. “I’m always looking for the points of difference, I think, between me and a character,” she said. “So it’s not necessarily that I share personality traits with her, but I definitely connect with her preoccupation with time being so precious and so important; spending time with people, and how little we do it. That’s probably where I connect with her most.”

Anna’s perspective on aging—and, specifically, turning 40—is wrought with mixed emotions, but for Blanchett, it’s simply a non-issue. “It’s funny, but I just didn’t have that same mentality [about turning 40],” she said. “I felt like I should, if only because everyone talks about it. I think men get talked about in a slightly different way—their age means something different. They’re somehow liberated when they’re in their forties, whereas women are meant to be sort of fixing themselves up and trying to stave off the inevitable.”

That wasn’t the case for Blanchett, who found herself unfazed upon hitting the big 4-0. “When I reached 40, I was actually sort of relieved and excited,” she said. “You approach it with such a sense of fear because it’s built up to such a degree, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. We’re so full of fear, but these situations are often the opposite of what we expect.”

While it might be tricky to predict how she’ll feel on special occasions, there’s one thing that Blanchett can expect: memorable gifts from her family. “During the first couple of years of our marriage, my husband gave me a vacuum cleaner and a blender on our anniversaries,” she said. “I think he was trying to give me a few hints about being a bit more active in our domestic life.” Other than appliances, the presents that really rate with Blanchett inherently pack a special meaning. “In the end, I love the things that people—especially my children—have made,” she said. “They make things out of matchsticks, and my middle child once made a clay skull that he had drawn a bit like the Day of the Dead. It’s the handmade things that I really love.”

And, unsurprisingly, it’s family time that ranks highest on her list of favorite activities. When she’s not busy performing, Blanchett relishes relaxing with her kids at home—in one spot, specifically. “I’m growing to love my bed more than any other item of furniture in the house,” she said. “The best thing is when all four of the kids and my husband and I are just sitting there. I think we probably have our best conversations as a family in our bed. Thank god it’s enormous.”

Of course, there are a few culturally-relevant books taking up space on her nightstand at the moment. “I’m reading Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, which is about an immigrant family living in America,” said Blanchett. “And then the other book I have is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, which is about the disconnect between the white working class and the sort of perceived privileged classes,” said Blanchett. “So it’s a book for both Democrats and Republicans. It’s about the state of the nation, really, and how America has got to where it is.” Topical, indeed.

New photo of Cate Blanchett for Vogue Magazine #TheRow

New photo of Cate Blanchett for Vogue Magazine #TheRow

Cate Blanchett appears wearing The Row, the brand owned by Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, in a new photoshoot for Vogue Magazine. See the article and the photo by Annie Leibovitz below.

Cate Blanchett wearing The Row - Vogue Magazine

15 Iconic Female Designers on Where Fashion—and the World—Are Going

One feels luxuriously dressed in a calm, pure, and minimal way,” says Cate Blanchett, serene and soigné in a cashmere blanket coat from the label she’s lauding: The Row. Like Blanchett herself, The Row is synonymous with quality and a kind of independent synergy. Of course, she’s hardly the only fan: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s customers are helping the eleven-year-old label claim the mantle of the wardrobe of our time in the same way that Donna Karan defined New York women’s essentials in the nineties.
Behind their international success, Mary-Kate and Ashley have always worked privately and mindfully, showing beautiful clothes their way, sans spectacle. In fact, they loathe fuss. But how did two former child stars—who just turned 30 this past June—become such connoisseurs of so many different women’s wardrobes? The twins are as succinct in their response as they are in their designs: “Continuity,” says Mary-Kate. “We are a trustworthy brand that really sells exactly what we say we’re selling.” Adds Ashley: “The only people we feel we need to answer to are our clients.”
They attribute their perfectionist resolve to having been given a voice at a very young age and having sat in many meetings with heads of the entertainment and finance industries, allowing both of them to hone their ability to decipher “the good influences versus the bad influences,” as Ashley puts it, while staying focused. “We own our brand. We don’t get pushed in any direction.”
With the exception of a few Italian knits, they manufacture all of their ready-to-wear in the United States. “That means a lot,” Mary-Kate says. “We’ve created at least 80 jobs.” Their elegant designs, by their very nature, challenge fast fashion.
As it turns out, the Olsens were ahead of their time in more than just style. In their April 2001 issue of Mary-Kate and Ashley magazine, they predicted Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as part of a feature devoted to the question “When will we get our first female president, and who might it be?” Sixteen years later, their designs defy age and—even though they have just launched menswear—gender. “It’s more about respecting one another, whether you’re a female or a male or whatever,” says Mary-Kate. With the Women’s March on Washington then around the corner, she adds, “Women are not the only ones that feel this way—a lot of people feel it. The atmosphere around the entire globe is very interesting right now.”
“What’s going to happen tomorrow? Collectively, I feel everyone is asking that,” says Ashley, who’s made a positive attitude her goal of the year. “What we’ve built so far is pretty incredible. I would like to push that further—but also to be a little lighter on ourselves.”—Emma Elwick-Bates

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Six Questions for Cate Blanchett

Six Questions for Cate Blanchett

Hello everyone! New interview with Cate for T Magazine/ The New York Times Style Magazine and a new image from the campaign’s set. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett for Sì Rose Signature Limited Edition 2017

The title of “The Present,” now playing on Broadway, is a clever one. The play takes place at a summer house in Russia on the occasion of a 40th birthday, and there are a few physical gifts in play — notably, a chess set and an antique gun. (The play is a Chekhov adaptation, so yes, both get used before the final curtain falls.) But it’s also concerned with the specters raised by “the present” as a concept, particularly in a group of friends with years of history between them: How does the past of each relationship impact how we might feel about it now? How much can we ever depend on the future?

The linchpin of the proceedings is the birthday girl, Anna, played by Cate Blanchett with wit, grace and physical deftness. She spends much of the play’s first half smiling in amusement, resolutely unruffled by the impassioned meltdowns of those around her, and much of its second half shouting and seducing and dancing on tables. During a busy time for Blanchett — in addition to the three-hour run of the play each night, she’s also the face of Armani’s Sì fragrance, which launches a new iteration of its Rose Signature scent next month — she answered a few questions for T.

When watching “The Present,” we get the impression that all of these characters are entrenched in ways of relating to each other, which then transform or explode as the play goes on. How did that back story take shape for you?

I think you’re absolutely right. The characters all want things from each other that they can’t deliver on; they’re all in love with the wrong person at the wrong time. A 40th birthday with a lot of alcohol and unresolved lust and longing is a very combustible set of circumstances. It was really exciting to work with people that I’ve worked with for a long time on this, because in Chekhov, not a lot happens, but everything happens. It’s all about time spent with each other.

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You’ve spent a long time with Anna by now — you were playing her when you were interviewed for an August 2015 T cover story. Are you still discovering new things about her and about this story as you continue to play it?

When you work with really playful, inventive, intelligent actors who are very open, as I’m having the great good fortune to do right now, I think it constantly opens up; and if the work is rich and deep, it’s a joy to return to it. We first performed it about 18 months ago, and then we had a hiatus and people went off and did other things, and then we came back together. We sort of collided with the past experience, but took it somewhere — not different, but somewhere deeper.

I don’t know if you’ve ever had that experience of driving home, and the route is exactly the same, but you’re preoccupied with something different, so you forget how you got here. On a good night, that’s the experience you have in the theater. People are always saying, “Oh, my god, it must be so tiring to do the same thing every night.” It’s the same journey, but you arrive there slightly differently depending on what other people do.

And also, I must say, performing to an American audience right now in the wake of the inauguration of the current administration, there’s whole layers of meaning — of moral compromise and uncertainty of the future and what is right, what is wrong — that have always been in the play, but because the audience brings that to bear, it’s shifted the play slightly, which has been really interesting.

How, as an actress, have you seen that borne out when you’re playing the part? Is it just a feeling in the air, is it that laugh lines are slightly different…?

As an actor on stage, the audience often thinks that they’re there to be entertained, but they’re a vital, active component of the evening. It’s not about laughter, necessarily; it’s quality of listening. Broadway audiences are so literate: They love theater, they love being told stories, they love a surprise. And that, coupled with the current — it’s not even a political climate, it’s like a moral climate — has meant that the play’s been attended to in a slightly different way.

I think we’re all so hyperaware of our relationships to the truth right now, and to our sense of objectivity, in every interaction we have throughout a day.

Language is incredibly powerful: the words we choose to use, and how we choose to use them. I remember ages ago, the word “evil” was purloined, and it’s been very bewildering to me watching the word “refugee” morph into the word “immigrant” morph into the word “terrorist” within the space of nine months. “Truth” is an immutable word: Something is true or it is not. Theater, actually, its currency is language.

You mentioned the inherent drama of a 40th birthday party that collects people from different stages in someone’s life. Do you think there’s anything specific about that time of life that is more likely to give rise to dramatic situations?

It’s very built up, that moment in a person’s life, the 40th. And I think for her, it’s compounded with the need or desire to move on and to take stock of where she’s at; and take what is useful and valuable and worthwhile from the past, and jettison that which is not as she moves into the future. There’s certain points in one’s life where one takes stock, and I think in an archetypical way, turning 40 is often that moment, but for many people it’s not. For many people it’s their mid-40s or their 50s or their 60s. It depends on the degree of maturation, I think, and self-awareness that the person has.

You’ve been a brand ambassador for Armani for some time — what were your first impressions of the new Sì fragrance? Are there any memories or emotions it evokes for you?

I think there’s a definite optimism in calling a fragrance Sì at the moment, particularly a female scent. We have to be positive and forward-looking, and we have to say yes to those things we believe in and yes to ourselves. When Mr. Armani spoke to me about being the face of the fragrance, I had no idea there were going to be so many iterations. I love a fragrance that has those deeper woody notes that develop so beautifully — but this has got a double rose. Normally, I’m not a fan of rose, but because the rose is green, and there’s a Turkish rose in there, which has a hint of orange to it, it’s actually really beautiful. It’s humorous and optimistic, which I think is a good way to start the day.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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Broadway Review Featuring Cate Blanchett and Jason Hayes To Benefit Newtown Action Alliance

Broadway Review Featuring Cate Blanchett and Jason Hayes To Benefit Newtown Action Alliance

Oscar Award winning actress Cate Blanchett from “The Present”® Broadway Drama will be joined by Jason Hayes, her hair & makeup department head and the organizer of DisarmHate Rally and others for an evening of unforgettable performance to benefit the Newtown Action Alliance.

February 20, 8-10PM
The Stonewall Inn,
53 Christopher Street NY

For more information and tickets >> Newtown Action Alliance

New spot for Sì Rose Signature

New spot for Sì Rose Signature

Giorgio Armani Beauty released a new brief commercial to introduce the last version of Sì, Sì Rose Signature II, a limited edition on sale for Valentine’s Day.




We also replaced some photos from the set with HQs and we have a new images from the campaign’s set. Enjoy!


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The Present – Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh Radio Interview

The Present – Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh Radio Interview

Hello to you all! Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh promote The Present at the Leonard Leopate Show. You can hear the interview below.

Cate Blanchett-starring ‘Manifesto’ gets North American deal

Good morning! After various premieres, Manifesto has found a distributor for North America, waiting to be release on Amazon Prime later in the year.


EXCLUSIVE: Match Factory is selling Julian Rosefeldt’s Sundance hit, which screens at EFM today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Film and TV distributor FilmRise has acquired the exclusive North American distribution rights to Manifesto, starring Cate Blanchett, directed by Julian Rosefeldt.

FilmRise will release the film theatrically in mid-2017. The film will also be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video later this year. The distributor opted-in to Amazon Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program, which is designed to establish an attractive distribution model for films screened at film festivals, beginning with the Sundance Film Festival.

via Screen Daily

New images and spot for Sì

New images and spot for Sì

Good evening!
Giorgio Armani just released a new spot for Sì: Sì all’Amore (Yes to Love) featuring new footage from the 2015 commercial.

We also have the first images from the set of the new Sì Rose Signature Collector Ediotion. Enjoy!




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