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Meet The Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes under the presidency of Cate Blanchett

Meet The Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes under the presidency of Cate Blanchett

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The Jury of Cannes 2018 has been revealed. Also a new photo of Cate has become available. It belongs to a photoshoot from 2015 by Steve Chee for Variety. Take a look at the pic and official press release below.

Facing a renewed Competition which presents filmmakers who will compete for the first time, the Jury of the next edition of the Festival de Cannes (8-19 May 2018) invites 5 women, 4 men, 7 nationalities and 5 continents under the presidency of Cate Blanchett.

The Jury will reveal his prize list on Saturday, May 19 during the Closing Ceremony.


Cate Blanchett – President
(Australian actress, producer)

Chang Chen
(Chinese Actor)

Ava DuVernay
(American writer, director, producer)

Robert Guédiguian
(French director, writer, producer)

Khadja Nin
(Burundian songwriter, composer, singer)

Léa Seydoux
(French actress)

Kristen Stewart
(American actress)

Denis Villeneuve
(Canadian director, writer)

Andrey Zvyagintsev
(Russian director, writer)

Chang Chen – Chinese Actor
Chang Chen made his film debut in the late Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day. He rose to fame in the Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000. His film credits include Wong Kar Wai’s Happy Together (1997), 2046 (2004), The Grandmaster (2013), Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Three Times (2005) and The Assassin (2015), Tian Zhuangzhuang’s The Go Master (2006) John Woo’s Red Cliff (2008-2009), The Last Supper directed by Lu Chuan (2012). In 2017, he returned for Yang Lu’s film Brotherhood of Blades II and recently played in Forever young by Fangfang Li.

Ava DuVernay – American Writer, Director, Producer
Nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe and winner of the BAFTA and EMMY, Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor known for the historical drama Selma (2014), the criminal justice documentary 13TH (2016) and the recent Disney’s cinematic adaptation of the classic children’s novel A wrinkle in Time. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director Prize for her film Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay amplifies the work of people of color and women directors through her film collective ARRAY.

Robert Guédiguian – French Director, writer, producer
The work of Robert Guédiguian, an activist filmmaker, celebrates the city of Marseille where he grew up. Acclaimed by critics when he first started directing in the 80s, he met public success with Marius and Jeannette, which won the Prix Louis-Delluc in 1997. His film credits include Marie-Jo et ses deux amours (2002) Le Promeneur du Champ de Mars (2004), Le Voyage en Arménie (2007), Lady Jane (2008), L’armée du crime (2009), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011). His latest film in date, The House by the Sea (2017), received enthusiastic response from critics and audience.

Khadja Nin – Burundian Songwriter, composer, singer
Youngest of a family of eight Khadja Nin studied music at an early age, before leaving Africa to go to Europe. Her albums are a mix of occidental popmusic, African and afro-cuban rhythms. She gained wide recognition and success with « Sambolera Mayi Son ». “Ya…” (“From me to you”) is a wonderful tribute to Mandela and the video of her song “Mama” was directed by Jeanne Moreau. International Artist, she became a Unicef and ACP Observatory on Migration Good Will Ambassador. She was awarded the Prize “Prix de l’Action Feminine” by the African Women’s League in 2016. She has been committed to support ordinary heroes.

Léa Seydoux – French Actress
Rising to fame with Christophe Honoré’s The Beautiful Person in 2008, Léa Seydoux is an award-winning actress, notably the Palme d’or for Abdelatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour in 2013. She successfully alternates between author and mainstream films. Her film credits include Rebecca Zlotowski’s Dear Prudence and Grand Central, Benoît Jacquot’s Farewell, My Queen and Diary of a Chambermaid, Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Sam Mendes’ Spectre, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World.

Kristen Stewart – American Actress
Kristen Stewart has been playing roles since an early age and received widespread recognition in 2008 for The Twilight Saga film series (2008–12). Her film credit includes Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Equals by Drake Doremus (2015), Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ang Lee (2016), and several Festival de Cannes Selections On the Road by Walter Salles (2012), Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) and Personal Shopper (2016) both by Olivier Assayas (2014) as well as Café Society by Woody Allen. She directed her first short film Come Swim in 2017.

Denis Villeneuve – Canadian director, writer
Internationally renowned and recently two-time Academy Award winner for Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve made his debut at the National Film Board of Canada in the early 90’s. His first feature, Un 32 août sur terre (1998) was invited to Cannes. He returned there with Next Floor (2008), Polytechnique (2009) and the Oscar nominated Sicario (2015). In 2010 Incendies was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. In 2017, Arrival was nominated for 8 Oscars and 9 BAFTAs, including best movie and best director.

Andreï Zvyagintsev – Russian Director, writer
Multi-award winning filmmaker Andreï Zvyagintsev has already become one of the most respected directors in Russian and international cinema. He directed his first feature film in 2003 The Return which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. He has continued to write and direct award-winning feature films The Banishment (2007), Elena (2011) and Leviathan (2014). His most recent film Loveless won the Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes 2017, and was among the nominees at the Golden Globe and 90th Academy Awards.


Cate Blanchett on Curve Magazine – Full Article

Cate Blanchett on Curve Magazine – Full Article

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Due to a problem with our sources, the Curve magazine scans were released missing the page 65. Therefore we post the full article below. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett Takes Her Rightful Place In The Lesbian Hall Of Fame

She has won two Oscars and has another 149 wins and almost 200 nominations to her name.

As perhaps the greatest film star of her generation, she’s an actor so versatile that she can play an albino Italian immigrant, an elf queen, the bisexual actor Katharine Hepburn, and a man— Bob Dylan. As a trained theater actor she is also adept at interpreting Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Ibsen. And on top of all the mainstream critical acclaim, Cate Blanchett has taken her rightful place in the pantheon of lesbian screen goddesses through her unwavering dedication to the strength and individuality of women everywhere, including those who are marginalized and queer. From the outset of her career, Blanchett has played strong, determined, and unique women: Elizabeth I, Charlotte Gray, Galadriel, Veronica Guerin, Hepburn, and Lady Marion Loxley—to name just a few. Even when she plays a completely vulnerable and unhinged mess, like Jasmine French in Blue Jasmine, she walks off with an Oscar. Blanchett makes a damn good villain, too: Marissa Wiegler in Hanna, the wicked stepmother in Cinderella, and Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. She can also handle playing 13 characters in one film, as she did in the indie film Manifesto. As we go to press, she is attached to play the comic genius Lucille Ball in an upcoming biopic (script by Aaron Sorkin); in addition she has four films in post-production and one she is currently filming. Blanchett may be approaching 50, but she’s not slowing down—and each of the challenging roles she now takes on is a victory for aging women. When asked by Stephen Colbert why Ocean’s Eight was thus named, her witty riposte was, “There’s only eight women working in Hollywood,” alluding both to the widespread sexism in the industry and to the aging out of female stars—a cruelty she seems determined to defy.

Blanchett has proven herself to be delightfully outspoken on and off the red carpet. When the Harvey Weinstein scandal erupted in Hollywood, she released an official statement to the film industry’s news magazine, Variety: “Any man in a position of power or authority who thinks it’s his prerogative to threaten, intimidate or sexually assault any woman he encounters or works alongside needs to be called to account. It is never easy for a woman to come forward in such situations and I wholeheartedly support those who have.” When the Weinstein sexual molestation scandal spread into the fashion industry, Blanchett went even further, telling assembled guests at the InStyle Awards in Los Angeles, where she was accepting an award, “For me, the true icons of style are always those women who’ve been utterly themselves without apology, whose physical presence and their aesthetic is really integrated in a non-self-conscious way, into part of who they are, and women who know that how they look is not all of who they are, but just an extension of that. It’s about women who feel free to wear what they want when they want and how they want to wear it. We all like looking sexy, but it doesn’t mean we want to fuck you.”

In an industry where actresses are supposed to trade on their looks, pay their dues, and play nice, or else, Blanchett always seems to remain true to herself: feisty, witty, sharp-tongued, and quintessentially Aussie. And of course she herself is a style icon, exploring many different looks, but always in ways that suit and please her. She’s nobody’s dummy. She balances feminine couture with androgynous tailored outfits such as the one she wore to Comic-Con International: San Diego on July 22, 2017, where she was promoting Thor: Ragnarok. Wearing her blonde hair relatively short, to neck level, and looking chic in a black-and-white checked slouch suit by the NYC label Monse, Blanchett lapped up the attention and credited fans with helping her create the powerful, sexy look of her archvillainess character, Hela, goddess of death.

One of the main reasons Blanchett has landed on every lesbian’s map was her role in the film Carol. Since the release of the Oscar-nominated drama, adapted by Phyllis Nagy from the Patricia Highsmith novel, fans and shippers have gone wild for the Carol-Therese romance—and fantasized a Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara romance offscreen, too. Just check out the numerous Instagram and YouTube channels tracking the two and editing their admiration for each other into coupledom. Of Carol, Blanchett told us in New York that she found the script to be beautifully written, giving her “wonderful stuff to play with.” Blanchett described Carol as “a deeply private person who keeps her sexuality to herself and lives in a quiet hell because she’s not able to express herself.” But when she meets Therese, who is “flung out of space,” the wheels of romance turn and sexual longing simmers to create what Mara describes as Therese’s “obsessive pursuit of Carol” and “a love story between two humans.” Nevertheless, Blanchett knew that playing a closeted lesbian who, in 1950s America, becomes involved with a much younger woman was taking a risk. “I like the unknown factor when it comes to choosing a role or a project,” Blanchett said. “I usually rely on my instinct in the sense that if I know right away how I can interpret a character I’ll usually turn it down, because I find it too predictable, or I feel like I’ve been there before. That’s why I agreed to play Bob Dylan [in Todd Haynes’s I’m Not There] or the part of Carol. Not only is there some risk involved, but there’s also this excitement that comes from exploring new territory, and I love to surprise myself. If I started to think about the potential downside, if things don’t work out as well as I hoped they might, I would probably be so terrified that I wouldn’t take those risks. But I don’t know any other way of working.

“It’s something very visceral with me. Whenever I play a character, I need to make it mine. The process involved in that also still terrifies me, but it’s the only way I know. It was the same thing when I met my husband Andrew. We had known each other only three weeks when he asked me to marry him. But I said yes because I knew it was the right thing.” Twenty years later they’re still together. “We both believe in destiny and the kind of adventure that comes from a decision taken very quickly.”

Instinct, and Blanchett’s habit of speaking off the cuff, may also have led to a coming-out misfire, which happened when she allegedly told a Variety reporter that she had experienced relationships with women “many times.” The reporter maintains that he quoted Blanchett accurately. Blanchett followed up and told the press that the part where she clarified the relationships as “not sexual” was edited out of the article. And lesbians everywhere heaved a sigh of disappointment. Oh, well. But then Blanchett turned up at New York LGBTQ bar The Stonewall Inn last March, and lip-synched lesbian singer Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” for an adoring audience of fags and dykes. Little wonder that lesbian fans are charmed but confused.

Certainly for the Cate-and-Rooney shippers, and lesbian fandom in general, the couple chemistry between Mara and Blanchett is palpable, not baseless. The pair demonstrate a physical closeness whenever they appear in public together—Blanchett’s playful grab at Mara’s breast, a touch of the leg, hand-holding on the red carpet, and many penetrating glances between them. Blanchett’s protective arm encircling Mara, and Mara often looking down in shyness or stealing a look at her co-star. Hands even disappear from view whenever they are photographed together, such as at the 2017 Paris Fashion Week’s Givenchy show. Mara practically evangelized Blanchett when presenting her with an award at the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, describing herself as “an awestruck super-fan” who first saw her in the film Elizabeth when she was 13 years of age. “I can remember the feeling that washed over me,” says Mara, who went on to say, dry- mouthed with nervousness, that she’s followed Blanchett’s career ever since, never publicly disclosing her admiration for her virtues but keeping them close to her as “private little treasures” that she visited for inspiration.

In return, Blanchett has described herself and Mara as “kindred spirits” with an “unspoken understanding” between them. There’s a sense that these two enjoy playing it up for the fans, yes, but that they do truly relish the connection between them. Blanchett again appears with Mara in the new Terrence Malick film, Weightless. And while Blanchett mentions her husband and three sons in just about every interview she does, the person largely responsible for her success this past decade is her super-agent Hylda Queally, who also manages Kate Winslet, Mar ion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong’o, Michelle Williams, and Jessica Chastain.

One of the many things that make Blanchett such a pleasure to watch is her thorough femaleness—a display of the feminine self as absolute. Self-sufficient. It’s never moored to her love for the male lead. Her embodiment of Marvel Comics’ Hela, a gothic goddess of death who manages to crush Thor’s hammer with one hand, is a feast for t he eyes as well as a feminist statement. She is the first female Marvel screen villain. “Let’s face it: as a woman, these opportunities have not in the past come up very frequently,” Blanchett says. “I’ve seen so many of the Marvel franchises, particularly being the mother of four…and I think there’s a revolution happening from within Marvel.

“It was fun doing the action scenes, and part of the benefit of being in the superhe ro universe is that you have to get very fit. I did a lot of action scenes and [Afro-Brazilian martial arts form] capoeira stuff, which is part of how Hela manifests all these weapons out of her hands.”

As much as Blanchett has become a feminist icon for other actresses, she too has had role models of her own. “Gena Rowlands is someone who has had a big influence on me. I loved her work in the films she did with her husband, John Cassavetes, especially A Woman Under the Influence. I saw her as kind of a model for the kind of career I wanted to have. I also thought she was incredible in Gloria [directed by Cassavetes], and her way of creating a character really made a deep impression on me. I learnt so much from watching and studying her work.”

And Blanchett cites her own matrilineal connections as lifelong inspirations for her. “My mother and grandmother have been my inspirations in terms of their sense of self-respect and independence. And that was reflected in how they dressed and that had a big impact on me. I remember whenever I’ve been to Italy, for example, I’ve noticed how well women dress in cities like Rome. It seems that elegance and good taste run in their DNA.”

When she’s not working and being gorgeous, she fine-tunes her acting skills through observing ordinary people. “I like watching other people shop when I go to the supermarket. Also, when I take my children to the park to play, when I’m sitting down, I’ll find myself analyzing what other people are doing or what they might be thinking about. All those things feed into your actor’s mentality and how you’re in the habit of thinking about human behavior and psychology. That’s a huge part of your process as an actor.”

Blanchett scores points for her aversion to social media, stating rather astutely that it “can be huge source of rivalry and jealousy amongst friends, and when you’re taking selfies it’s a way of seeing how much people like you. Social media can be a great way to communicate and connect with other people, but I think selfies and Twitter are often used in an exhibitionist way, which isn’t healthy, particularly for younger people.”

And on the subject of being older and wiser, Blanchett, who will turn 50 in May 2019, accepts aging as part of life. “Getting older happens to all of us, and there are many advantages that come with age. I feel much more comfortable in my skin today than I ever have before. I am much more confident and secure in who I am than when I was in my 20s. I would never want to go through those years again. I enjoyed my 30s a great deal and now, in my 40s, I feel my life has become even better. I would rather approach getting older with a lot of curiosity and a sense of adventure. Even though you might like to fight it, there’s not much point!”

Can women have it all? Blanchett prides herself on taking care of her children and her career at the same time. Known for having high professional standards, does she also put pressure on herself to be the perfect mom? “No, because there’s no such thing. I don’t believe in the notion that a woman, much less a man, can have it all. Women have become more independent in terms of wanting to pursue their careers in society and enjoying the same kinds of opportunities as men. I think the entire notion puts too much pressure on men and women, especially in the case of single parents. Life always involves myriad compromises, and you try to provide the best possible life for your children while pursuing your own goals in life. I was more worried when I went back to work after my first child, but then I saw that it wasn’t so hard to organize things, after all. You discover that you enjoy being busy and figuring out ways to balance everything.

“I think it’s important to set an example and show how the two can work together quite well,” she says, in spite of admitting that looking after four children while pursuing her career can be “a marvelous form of chaos… I think there’s this idea that I’ve got it all figured out. Believe me, it couldn’t be further from that. One slip-up and it’s a big old disaster,” she laughs.

And as for the kids being intimidated by a superstar mom? “They couldn’t give a rats about what I do. It is of absolutely little importance to them.” The newest addition to the family is a little girl, Edith, who Blanchett adopted and who she often takes on promotional trips with her. Meanwhile, we look forward to whatever Blanchett does next, especially the heist film Ocean’s Eight, the all-female spin-off of Ocean’s Eleven, set for release in June this year. Blanchett joins an ensemble female cast including her Carol co-star Sarah Paulson. “It’s a dream-team cast,” she says. “We have Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, and it’s great to be able to work with women like that.”


UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

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Few days ago, Cate visited Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Now , on return from her visit this week, Cate is calling for urgent action to support UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency. Read more about it and how can you help below.

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh. Heavy rains, potential cyclones and adverse weather conditions are threatening to put more than one hundred thousand Rohingya refugees living in congested settlements in Cox’s Bazar district, south-eastern Bangladesh, at serious risk in the coming months. Blanchett, on return from a visit to Bangladesh this week, is calling for urgent action to support UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – and its partners, working with the Government of Bangladesh, to avoid an “emergency within an emergency”.

Since August 2017 over 671,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have sought safety in Bangladesh. “The Rohingya refugees have already experienced targeted violence, human rights abuses and horrific journeys. They have shown unimaginable resilience and courage,” Blanchett said, speaking at the end of her visit to Kutupalong, Nyapara and Chakmarkul settlements near Cox’s Bazar this week. “But now, as the monsoon season approaches, the Government of Bangladesh, supported by UNHCR and its partners, are in race against time to ensure the refugees are as safe as they can be to deal with potential floods and landslides.”

“I’ve seen first-hand how UNHCR – with its partners and with the refugees themselves – are working flat out to avoid an emergency within an emergency in Cox’s Bazar district. Staff are on the ground distributing shelter and pre-monsoon kits to the vulnerable families, reinforcing roads, bridges, steps and other infrastructure that risk being washed away, and relocating families to safer places where land is available. But more is urgently needed to ensure refugees stay safe,” Blanchett continued.

Calling for the international community to show solidarity and share the responsibility of this crisis with Government and people of Bangladesh, Blanchett added, “The people of Bangladesh and host communities have been the first to respond to this crisis, supported by agencies like UNHCR and its partners. But I cannot stress how much more help is needed for these vulnerable stateless refugees, the majority of whom are women and children. This is the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, the monsoons are coming and it is critical that the international community, private sector and individuals all do what they can to support these stateless refugees and the communities hosting them.”

The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority. Since violence began on 25 August 2017 in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, over 671,000 refugees have fled to Bangladesh. The Government and people of Bangladesh have shown tremendous generosity and hospitality in the face of this influx. Faced with acute risk of an emergency within the emergency, UNHCR and its partners are supporting the Bangladesh Government in Cox’s Bazar to prepare both refugee and host communities ahead of the monsoon season.

Kevin J. Allen, Head of UNHCR’s emergency operation in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh said, “Bangladesh saved thousands of lives when it opened its borders and arms to Rohingya refugees. It is now critical that we stand firmly with Bangladesh and the refugees we serve to protect them from cyclonic winds and heavy rains.”

UNHCR is working to build dignified and decent lives for the stateless Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, including access to healthcare, education, shelter and self-reliance. The solutions to this refugee crisis lie in Myanmar, and UNHCR has therefore called on Myanmar to create conditions in Rakhine State that would permit the safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of refugees who voluntarily choose to return to their homes. UNHCR is calling for unfettered humanitarian access to all communities and to all areas of origin and potential return in Rakhine State and has offered to support the Government of Myanmar to rapidly implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.

This week, a new inter-agency donor appeal for Bangladesh announced funding requirements of US$951 million through to December 2018 to assist refugees and host communities affected by the refugee influx. UNHCR is seeking US$196.3 million to continue its work providing lifesaving assistance and protection for the Rohingya refugees supporting host communities.


An exclusive interview with UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett will be broadcast on CNN International at 14.00 EST and 17.00EST on Wednesday 21st March 2018

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh.

Blanchett was visiting south-eastern Bangladesh where over 671,000 children, women and men from Myanmar have sought safety since last August.

With wet season rains due next month, more than 150,000 refugees are at risk of landslides and floods, in what could become a disaster on top of the current emergency.

In Chakmarkul settlement Blanchett met with 28-year-old Jhura who fled Myanmar with her two children when her village was attacked six months ago. She now lives in a bamboo shelter built on the side of a steep hill.

“The monsoon is coming and I’m scared that the wind will blow away the roof. There are shelters above mine that would fall on us if there is a landslide. The ground will be slippery and I worry that it will be difficult to get about,” says Jhura, who became separated from her husband, whom she fears may have been killed.

“In Myanmar I was in a better house but I was still in fear of the monsoon – the roof would sometimes fly away and my children would sometimes get sick,” Jhura told Blanchett.

Blanchett met with other refugees at a transit centre supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, as well as a temporary learning centre, an integrated women’s centre, a community kitchen and a livelihoods training centre.

Blanchett also spent time with a refugee singer, Mohammed, who supports his family by writing and performing poetic songs, known as ghazals, inspired by the events, stories and concerns of the refugee community. He performed a new ghazal about the Rohingya community’s fears about the upcoming monsoon, singing “if the rains come and the cyclones attack … what will the world do?”

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New interview with Cate Blanchett for

New interview with Cate Blanchett for

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Cate Blanchett talked to Belgian newspaper in a interview published 50 days ahead of her debut as Jury President of the Festival de Cannes 2018. The interview is in French. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett, actrice de tous les superlatifs

Que représente le festival de Cannes pour vous ?
“Je viens à Cannes depuis des années comme actrice, comme productrice, pour les soirées de gala et pour les séances en compétition, pour le marché même. Mais je ne suis encore jamais venue pour le seul plaisir de profiter de la corne d’abondance de films qu’est ce grand festival !”

Aimez-vous le cinéma français ?
“J’ai une grande admiration pour le cinéma français. En France, le monde du cinéma offre une palette tellement riche et merveilleuse. Malheureusement, ce n’est pas vraiment le cas en Australie. J’aime beaucoup le Festival de Cannes, qui est pour moi l’un des plus beaux festivals du cinéma, à tel point que j’y suis déjà allée en simple touriste. C’était il y a fort longtemps…”

Quel est le look idéal pour fouler les marches ?
“Nous, les actrices, nous avons un privilège. Ce privilège, c’est que beaucoup de designers nous sollicitent pour porter leurs créations. Vous savez, 50 % de mon métier consiste à passer dans les mains de ces véritables artistes. L’image est essentielle au cinéma et il leur faut parfois qu’une dizaine de minutes pour transformer mon air de maman fatigué en un teint lumineux ! Le secret, c’est de faire ami ami avec son coiffeur et son maquilleur. Dites-vous bien que sans eux, sans leur aide, je ne serais pas là où j’en suis aujourd’hui ! Maintenant, si vous arborez une robe Armani couture taillée sur mesure, les chances d’irradier sont encore plus grandes ! Bien souvent, je choisis de porter ce que mon instinct me dicte de porter ! Mon dressing est globalement rempli de fringues coup de cœur. Et donc pas nécessairement des griffes. J’aime les robes aux formes fluides, simples, nettes, qui ne m’écrasent pas et qui ne m’engoncent pas. J’aime m’en tenir aux valeurs sûres. Je constate d’ailleurs être souvent
attirée par les robes vintage. C’est furieusement tendance, paraît-il…”

Comment êtes-vous passée des planches au grand écran ?
“Ma conscience d’actrice est née au théâtre. A mes yeux, les gens paraissent toujours plus beaux, plus grands et plus charismatiques lorsqu’ils se produisent sur scène (rires). Quand j’étais à l’école de Théâtre, c’est là que je me suis dit : “Allez, je tente l’aventure”. Il faut dire aussi qu’avant ça, je m’étais retrouvée, après le décès de mon père d’une crise cardiaque, dans une école religieuse très stricte. Je viens d’un milieu bourgeois et assez rigide. Cela ne m’a pas empêché d’avoir une enfance heureuse. Épanouie. Même si mon père, qui était officier dans la marine et ma mère, auraient préféré que je devienne avocate ! Cela dit, enface d’eux, j’ai bien su défendre mes propres intérêts, mes propres ambitions ! La seule façon de m’évader dans ma tête, c’était en montant sur les planches du théâtre ! J’avais dix ans ! Au fil du temps, j’ai connu beaucoup d’actrices très douées qui jouaient dans des pièces et qui tournaient quelques films. Mais ces dernières semblaient végéter. En attente permanente de quelque chose. Dans l’expectative. C’est à ce moment que j’ai compris que lorsque vous exercer ce métier, il faut
accepter le fait que votre téléphone puisse ne pas sonner. Il faut aussi être capable de gérer un fort niveau de rejet et franchement je n’étais pas vraiment sûre d’en avoir le courage.”

comment percevez-vous votre talent ?
“La seule chose dont je sois consciente à ce propos, c’est que certaines personnes pensent que j’en ai ! (rires). Ce n’est pas à moi de commenter ou de valider cette qualité que l’on me prête ! Je l’avoue, c’est toujours très agréable de constater qu’un film dont on est fière trouve aussi un écho favorable auprès du public. Vous savez, le but quand vous faites un film ce n’est pas qu’il finisse par prendre la poussière au fin fond d’une collection de DVD. Le but, c’est de booster l’imagination. Quand j’étais enfant, je passais plutôt beaucoup de temps sur mon vélo! Je parcourais parfois des kilomètres pour aller à la rencontre de gens ou d’endroits que je ne connaissais pas. Mon ambition, c’était de devenir Nancy Drew (Ndlr : une jeune détective fictive qui adore élucider toutes sortes d’affaires). Dès que je rencontrais quelqu’un d’étranger, je prenais un malin plaisir à prendre des notes sur lui. à le décrire et à gribouiller une sorte de portrait-robot. J’avais une imagination très fertile en ce temps-là et bien souvent j’échafaudais des histoires abracadabrantes. Du style : ce gars est un criminel en puissance et va emménager dans la maison a cote de chez moi ! C’est fou ce qu’on peut aimer se faire peur quand on est gamin ! (rires)”

Comment vous préparez-vous pour incarner un nouveau personnage ?
“Je ne suis pas une actrice qui ramène son rôle à la maison tel un ingénieur qui a un dossier à étudier. Je crois surtout que la vraie originalité de mon métier, c’est de vivre par procuration différentes vies. Des vies, des destins qui sont souvent à des années lumière de ce que vous êtes dans la réalité. Si l’on devait trucider quelqu’un à chaque fois que l’on interprète une criminelle, on ne s’en sortirait plus ! (Rires).”

Est-ce un handicap pour une actrice d’avoir quarante ans ?
“Je pense que les actrices de plus de 40 ans sont en train de prendre une belle revanche à Hollywood. On ne les regarde plus comme des pestiférées, au contraire, on les respecte ! Il aura fallu du temps. Cela devenait usant de se battre contre ces a priori. Je pense que l’on peut toutes d’ailleurs remercier des actrices comme Meryl Streep ou Diane Keaton. C’est grâce à des femmes de cette trempe que nous avons pu démontrer que l’âge n’avait pas à interférer. Que le plus important pour une actrice c’était sa capacité à délivrer des émotions et à transporter son public ailleurs. J’ai toujours été contre ces institutions ou ces personnes qui essayaient de vous faire rentrer dans des cases. Qui essayait de vous imposer un cadre, un moule, une norme. Un acteur, une actrice ne peut pas être
normée car sa fonction même, son essence même est d’offrir une infinité de palettes, de nuances. Et le fait de vieillir en fait partie. Quand j’entends dire parfois qu’untel ou untel est fait pour jouer dans des films
d’action et qu’untel ou untel est plus doué pour être à l’affiche d’une histoire d’amour, cela me met hors de moi. C’est la même chose si j’entends que telle actrice ne plus jouer un rôle de femme fatale sous prétexte qu’elle est en train de s’approcher du cap de la quarantaine. Quelle idiotie ! C’est comme si je disais que la personne qui a décrété ça n’a plus les neurones bien en place parce qu’elle a plus de 50 ans ! (rires). C’est ce qu’on appelle faire un procès d’intention ! Aujourd’hui, on voit sur les écrans, des femmes bien en chair et pour certaines très en chair. On voit aussi des acteurs qui n’ont pas forcément un physique de play-boy, de tombeur. Hollywood a su se
réformer en profondeur en sortant des stéréotypes. C’est la même chose avec les actrices de plus quarante ans. Aujourd’hui les bons rôles ne sont plus derrière nous mais devant nous.

A nous de savoir les saisir !” Les critiques vous atteignent-elles ?
“Quand vous décidez de devenir actrice, vous devez avoir une peau bien épaisse mais aussi avoir une membrane très fine pour exprimer vos émotions.C’est un équilibre très difficile à atteindre.”

Comment faites-vous pour gérer votre vie professionnelle et votre vie de maman ?
“Il faut avoir de l’énergie à revendre. C’est un job quasiment à plein-temps ! Lorsque j’ai commencé à prendre des cours d’art dramatique, ma grand-mère avait l’habitude de me répéter : ‘Quand tu joues une pièce, allume les petites lumières de la création qui se trouvent dans ta tête. Mais dès que tu rentres chez toi. éteins-les et redescends sur Terre. Il y a un temps pour l’abstrait et un temps pour le concret” Elle avait raison et c’est d’ailleurs ce que je m’efforce de faire avec mes enfants. Il y a un temps pour le boulot et un autre pour eux ! Est
ce que ça marche ? Probablement non ! Comme toutes les femmes qui ont une activité professionnelle intense et des enfants à gérer à la maison, je compose. Je m’organise. Je jongle avec mon emploi du temps. Cela ne sert rien de lever les yeux au ciel. Quand on est une mère, on se doit de trouver des solutions. Si je sais, par exemple, que si je dois me rendre sur un set à 6h30 du matin, je m’efforce de préparer le petit-déieuner. Comprenez, sortir les bols, les cuillères, le lait. etc. Je compte ensuite sur mon mari pour débarrasser et nettoyer les débordements de céréales.”

Quel regard portez-vous sur l’humanité ?
“Quand j’étais au Lycée et que j’étudiais les guerres qui ont duré pendant 400 ans au Moyen âge ou en Grèce antique. Comment peut-on faire la guerre pendant 400 ans ? Je pense que nous sommes actuellement dans une période similaire. A un moment, il faut arrêter la loi du Talion.”

Comment envisagez-vous votre avenir ?
“Ce qui est sûr, c’est que je n’ai aucune envie d’aller en mission sur Mars ! (rires). Je suis très heureuse de vivre sur cette planète, même si les calottes polaires sont en train de fondre. Qu’est-ce qui me motive ? Je suis
toujours intéressée de vivre de nouvelles choses, il y a toujours des expériences que l’on n’a pas faites, des aventures qu’on n’a pas vécues. Tout cela émerge toujours au travers de conversations. Et quand quelqu’un que vous admirez beaucoup vient vous voir avec une idée à laquelle vous n’avez jamais pensé, c’est très séduisant. Le processus créatif, ce sont ces échanges verbaux, que ce soit à récran ou sur les planches. Je trouve ça très stimulant. Cela me maintient dans la vie sociale, parce que sinon j’ai tendance à être plutôt ermite.”

Vous êtes une passionnée d’art. Vous possédez plusieurs œuvres…
“Je suis une humble collectionneuse d’art. Mais je crois fermement que nous ne sommes que les gardiens temporaires de ces œuvres et en aucun cas les propriétaires ! Ces objets ont une valeur, une empreinte, une fonction qui est bien plus large que notre propre existence. Ils dépassent la notion de temps mais aussi nos frontières. On appelle cela la culture et la culture c’est à la fois intemporel et universel ! Je n’ai pas de Picasso ni de Rembrandt à la maison et quand bien, même si j’en avais les moyens, je ne voudrais pas en être la personne qui détient une telle œuvre chez elle. C’est une responsabilité énorme vous savez ! Je me rappelle la première fois que je me suis rendue à Galleria degli Uffizi en Italie. J’étais époustouflée de voir autant d’œuvres que j’avais étudiées. On a beau dire mais les reproductions sur lesquelles j’ai disserté n’étaient pas aussi bonnes, aussi éclatantes que les peintures originales.”

Vous attendiez-vous à arriver là où vous êtes aujourd’hui ?
“Je n’ai jamais eu l’intention d’arriver où que ce soit en particulier. La première étonnée, c’est donc moi ! Je n’en reviens toujours pas d’avoir été si haut ! Maintenant, quand je choisis un rôle, c’est parce que le scénario
me plaît bien et non parce qu’il est oscarisable. Je ne fais pas ce genre de calcul ! Quand on me décerne un prix, je suis vraiment étonnée. Parfois, je me dis même que je méritais de revenir bredouille parce que je n’étais pas à la hauteur ! Je songe notamment à ma performance dans Blue Jasmin. Après le clap de fin, je me trouvais tellement
horrible que je m’étais jurée que je ne travaillerais plus jamais au cinéma ! Parfois ça ne fonctionne pas. On n’arrive pas à se connecter avec le public. Parfois on n’en fait trop ou pas assez. Parfois un directeur de studio élimine la scène la plus importante sans vous en informer. Vous savez, il y a tellement de choses qu’on ne contrôle pas dans une production. Il faut juste se connecter avec le pudiic. Parfois on n’en fait trop ou pas assez. Parfois un directeur de studio élimine la scène la plus importante sans vous en informer. Vous savez, il y a tellement de choses qu’on ne contrôle pas dans une production. Il faut juste continuer à avancer et avec un peu de chance, un jour, on peut prendre sa retraite ! (rires)”

Comment occupez-vous votre temps libre ?
“J’adore faire des confitures ! Rhubarbe et pamplemousse. D’après mes enfants, ma production est comestible !”


‘Thor: Ragnarok’ cast introduce the newest faces of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ cast introduce the newest faces of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Hello everybody!
New article from L.A. Times and photos taken during the Comic Con in San Diego. Enjoy!

Thor: Ragnarok” might be the third title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe about the god of thunder, but this colorful deviation is no mere knockoff of its predecessors. Gone are the golden turrets of Asgard, overthrown by the goddess of death (played by Cate Blanchett), whose ’80s metal band swagger debuted at Comic-Con, setting fans on fire. The serious Nordic costumes have been electrified with Jack Kirby-inspired cosmic blues and reds. And instead of leaning on choral anthems, the new score will usher in a synth symphony channeling the hypnotizing sounds of Jean-Michel Jarre. The driving force behind these electric, retro-tinged changes is director Taika Waititi, best known for writing and directing the cult comedies “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “What We Do in the Shadows.”

“Ragnarok,” which opens Nov. 3, finds Thor imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, where he must fight to survive in the Grandmaster’s gladiator games. It’s the stuff of life and death. But Waititi didn’t lose sight of the fact that it’s still entertainment. “If we were taking things a little too seriously, I would say, ‘Never forget that we’re making a cosmic adventure with a space Viking,’” said the director by phone. “That sort of captures it all. We’ve got the Incredible Hulk, and a giant woman with antlers. We’ve got aliens and spaceships. It’s almost like a bunch of kids were asked what they wanted to put into a movie, and then we just did that.”

And while it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of Waititi’s aesthetic changes (Thor cut his hair!), perhaps the most exciting addition to the Marvel universe is the new cast members, who feel like they were plucked from a late night, Internet fan casting session. All your faves are in this flick. Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Rachel House and the aforementioned Blanchett are all part of Waititi’s “space Viking” opus.

So we rounded up the newbies to find out who they’re playing and what it’s like being on team Marvel.

Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster)

“I’m the Grandmaster,” Goldblum said. The actor, who sports a bold blue lip in the movie, described his time on set as a “golden memory” but was hesitant to reveal too much about his big character debut. “If you followed the comic books [then you know that] he’s one of the elders in the universe. His brother is the Collector, immortal, has fought and beaten death, has superpowers galore, and his games are a playful, playful sort.”

Cate Blanchett (Hela)

When asked why she wanted to play the big bad in “Thor: Ragnarok” Blanchett was direct: “A) It was Taika. B) It was the goddess of death. And C) There’s never been a female Marvel villain.”

Calling the shoot an “exercise in tone,” the actress revealed that her biggest struggle transforming into Hela was trying to feel powerful and credible as a villain — while wearing a motion-capture suit. “The headdress is such a huge part of when she comes into the height of her powers in the film,” Blanchett said. “I only wore that really in the photo shoots. I had to sort of imagine what it was like being a reindeer.”

Karl Urban (Skurge)

Every great baddie needs a good lackey; enter one tattoo-headed Skurge. The Asgardian warrior has been operating the Bifröst bridge in the absence of Heimdall (Idris Elba).

“Then Hela turns up, and Skurge quickly realizes that he either has to join her or die,” Urban said. “He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he’s bright enough to make the right choice for him. He’s a survivalist.”

Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie)

An elite warrior of Asgard “who has sort of lost her way” is how Thompson describes her character. The actress and Waititi wanted to deviate from the comic book version of Valkyrie, and instead create a more timely character.

“There’s an unfair position that women are sometimes put in, in the context of superhero movies and action movies where at once they have to be very strong and fierce, but also sexy,” Thompson said. “Obviously, it’s still a superhero movie and so you’ve got to figure out when you need to stand with your hands on your hips and what makes sense. But we wanted to create a character that occupied her own iconography.”

“There’s one word I hate in all scripts in Hollywood at the moment in describing women, and that is the word “badass.” That word has just crept into every script that is pushed around this town now. It’s terrible, because it doesn’t mean anything. It’s a dumb male writer’s way of saying, ‘Ah, uh, she’s like, she, uh, she’s tough.’ Then straight after that it’s like, ‘She’s badass, but she’s got a beauty about her. And she’s sexy. Unconsciously sexy.’”

Rachel House (Topaz)

She’s Waititi’s “good luck charm.” House has been in nearly all of the director’s films. House’s character here is yet another great warrior who works for the Grandmaster as a sort of bodyguard.

“She’s a little bit strict with him at times,” said House. “But she’s also quite petulant, when he shows his affections toward other people: not happy, very protective and easily jealous.”

Taika Waititi (Korg)

Pulling double duty, Waititi plays the 8-foot-tall Kronan warrior made of purple rocks. Korg was originally supposed to have only a few scenes, but Waititi manages to flesh him out (via motion-capture suit) substantially.

“You’ve got to understand that Taika Waititi the actor is an incredible person to work with,” the director explained. “When Taika Waititi the director comes across someone like that, it just seems appropriate to give that actor a bit more time to show what they can do. I did that, and my theory was correct. I was, he was that good. As an actor, I highly valued Taika Waititi the director, who was very generous to me in giving me a few more takes than everyone else, and really let me show what I can do.”

via L.A. Times

‘Thor: Ragnarok’: Cate Blanchett Took Inspiration From Cosplayers for Hela’s Look

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In this new interview, Cate discusses the sources of inspiration for Hela’s look. Enjoy the reading!

‘Thor: Ragnarok’: Cate Blanchett Took Inspiration From Cosplayers for Hela’s Look

Yahoo Movies Donna FreydkinYahoo MoviesMarch 17, 2017

Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.
Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. (Photo: Marvel)
She’s played Queen Elizabeth, Bob Dylan, and elven royalty. So perhaps one of the few acting challenges left for Cate Blanchett is tackling a comic-book villain. She’s about to prove her Marvel mettle this fall as Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death who’ll wreak havoc in the November Avenger sequel Thor: Ragnarok.

Hela, who has had multiple incarnations in the comics, usually wears an elaborate headdress, but Blanchett also gave a lot of thought to how she’d look without her gear — and took some inspiration from fans online.

“When I was starting to think about how she might look, I went back to the fanbase,” said Blanchett, who recently spoke to Yahoo. “All these girls were doing Hela makeup looks on YouTube. I thought about what their takes on her were. I spoke to Marvel about what she would look like when she would be unmasked, so she wasn’t a faceless, generic baddie. They were very open to everything.”

Blanchett was first drawn to the project by director Taika Waititi and “his unique, slightly askew take on the universe,” she said. In Ragnarok, our hero, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), will battle Hela when she’s inadvertently unleashed on Asgard after spending millennia locked away. The scale of destruction that she represents is enough to unite the god of thunder with his seriously estranged brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his Avenger rival the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), who’s along for this intergalactic ride.

The Marvel universe “needed a bit of a shakeup,” the actress said. “I didn’t realize until I got on the set that this is the first Marvel film incarnation of a female villain. What decade are we in? It was shocking to me. The character they created is ballsy and front-footed.” Hela also happens to be the reason Blanchett, 47, has some new street cred with her four children. “I earned a few brownie points,” she bragged.

via Yahoo

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