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An all-cast signed playbill of The Present to be auctioned off for charity

An all-cast signed playbill of The Present to be auctioned off for charity

Good evening! The 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction is three weeks away but you can already start bidding to get an all-cast signed playbill of The Present. The donation is to support the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, more info (and the full list of items) here

Cate Blanchett joins the jury of The Hope Prize in its second year

Cate Blanchett joins the jury of The Hope Prize in its second year

Hey everyone!

Cate is back to judge the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s literary award. The Hope Prize, short story competition, is open for entries until January 31, 2018. Read more below.

BROTHERHOOD’S $10,000 HOPE PRIZE FOR WRITING RISES AGAIN

Cate Blanchett has joined a stellar cast of judges for a new round of the Hope Prize awarded to a short story exploring resilience amid poverty in Australia.

The writing competition is run by the national welfare group Brotherhood of St Laurence to challenge common stereotypes of what it means to be poor and disadvantaged in an otherwise prosperous country.

The Brotherhood has also signed up author Kate Grenville and former Governor General Quentin Bryce as judges. It will be a sequel for the trio who first came together to judge the inaugural Hope Prize for the welfare group in 2016.

Farah Farouque, from the Brotherhood, said using the medium of short stories, which could be based on fact or fiction, had proved to be a great way to reach new audiences.

”When we ran the competition for the first time we were overwhelmed by close to 1000 entries and the winning short stories were published in an anthology appropriately called ‘Hope’.”

“Through the Hope Prize we want to find evocative new voices and champions to explore social issues that deserve more focus.”

The competition is supported by philanthropy and the winning story story will be awarded $10,000.

In addition, two Women’s Writing Career Development Scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, will also be awarded.

For further information on how to enter and competition rules click here.

via Daily Review

What Cate Blanchett said about the first Hope Prize

“The finalists all revealed powerful perspectives on the world at large, and displayed unique, unpretentious and authentic voices.”

via Brotherhood of St Laurence

Cate Blanchett joins German petition for Russian theater director’s freedom

Cate Blanchett joins German petition for Russian theater director’s freedom

German theater directors are calling for the release of detained Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, who’s been charged with embezzlement. Actress Cate Blanchett and filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff are among the signees.

The list of prominent supporters backing Kirill Serebrennikov’s release is growing. On Sunday, German theater director Thomas Ostermeier and director and playwright Marius von Mayenburg spearheaded apetition demanding the release of their Russian colleague, who has been under house arrest since August 23.

via DW

We protest against the arrest of Kirill Serebrennikov. The charges against him are untenable and indicative of the fact that the intention is to silence an internationally renowned director.
Serebrennikov stands accused of having embezzled government funds for a production of Shakespeare’s „A Midsummer Night’s Dream“ that allegedly never took place. Video recordings, reviews, Facebook entries by audience members, tours to Riga and Paris, a nomination for the Russian national theatre award „Golden Mask“ and, last but not least, the programme of the Gogol Center in Moscow prove that this charge is absurd. And yet Serebrennikov stands in danger of being convicted and of receiving a prison sentence of up to ten years.
Just as disproportionate is the house arrest he has been placed under until the trial. Serebrennikov has to wear an ankle monitor, isn’t allowed to use the Internet or write emails and is only permitted to see close family members. This is in effect a communication ban, a prejudgement and a prohibition to work for one of the most famous contemporary Russian artists.
We ask the Russian public prosecution office to stop the criminal prosecution of Kirill Serebrennikov and to drop the flimsy accusations against him.
We urgently appeal to our government representatives to ensure that Serebrennikov doesn’t become the victim of a politically motivated defamation of character and doesn’t end up in prison.
Initial signers:
1. Maren Ade (film director)
2. Benedict Andrews (theatre and film director)
3. Josef Bierbichler (actor / author)
4. Cate Blanchett (actress)
Complete list here

Cate Blanchett Lip Syncs at a Drag Show in NYC to support Newtown Action Alliance

Cate Blanchett Lip Syncs at a Drag Show in NYC to support Newtown Action Alliance

On February 20th, Cate Blanchett joined a concert at Stonewall in support of the Newtown Action Alliance, a “grassroots organization founded by Newtown residents after the tragic December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting” with the aim of ending gun violence.
First, Cate appeared alongside Margeaux Powell (hair and makeup artist/DisarmHate founder Jason Hayes) for a performance of Adele’s “Hello.” Here’s the video:

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Later, Cate showed up onstage in a Marlene Dietrich look and lip synched Dusty Springfield’s version of Leslie Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me.” Among the performers were Aurora Sexton, Vanice Vega, Candice Cox, Brenda Dharling, and Zola Powell. Chris Ryan, member of the cast of The Present, currently in NYC on Broadway, also took part in the event. Watch the video of Cate’s performance below:


View from another angle

Some official photos were released yesterday and they are available in our gallery.





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Photos via Ian Carlos

For more information >> Newtown Action Alliance

via Flavorwire

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.

via SBS

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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

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