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Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna in new Ocean’s Eight photo

Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna in new Ocean’s Eight photo

Hey Blanchetters!

Empire UK February issue has published a new still for Ocean’s Eight showing cast members Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna! The film will hit theaters in June. Check it out!

Cate Blanchett, Elton John, and Shah Rukh Khan named as 2018 Crystal Award recipients

Cate Blanchett, Elton John, and Shah Rukh Khan named as 2018 Crystal Award recipients

Actor Cate Blanchett, musician Elton John and actor Shah Rukh Khan are the recipients of the 24th Annual Crystal Award, the World Economic Forum announced today. The winners will be honoured at the opening session of the Forum’s Annual Meeting 2018 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on the evening of Monday, 22 January. The award celebrates the achievements of leading artists who are bridge-builders and role models for all leaders of society.

“We heartily congratulate the 24th Annual Crystal awardees. Their commitment to dignity and to the upholding of essential human values serves as an inspiration to us all, particularly in these trying times when compassion is needed more than ever,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairwoman and Co-Founder of the World Economic Forum’s World Arts Forum, which gives out the awards.

Awardees
Cate Blanchett, for her leadership in raising awareness of the refugee crisis

Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed award-winning actor and director of both stage and screen. Appointed a UNHCR Global Goodwill Ambassador in 2016, in recognition of her commitment to refugees, she has lent her voice and influence to raising awareness, advocating and fundraising for the UNHCR. Having met refugees in countries including Lebanon, Jordan and her home country, Australia, she advocates for increased solidarity and responsibility sharing for the 65 million-plus displaced people across the world. She has brought her creative skills to bear in sharpening focus on the individual human stories that lie behind the vast numbers. Blanchett said: “As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, my job is simple: to help connect people to the human stories of those forced to flee, and to state the case for all of us to stand with refugees.”

Sir Elton John, for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Sir Elton John is one of the world’s most successful musical solo artists of all time, whose career has spanned more than five decades. With thirty-five Gold and twenty-five Platinum albums, he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which today is one of the leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations. EJAF has raised more than $400 million to date to support hundreds of HIV/AIDS prevention, service and advocacy programmes around the globe. In 1998, HM Queen Elizabeth knighted him Sir Elton John, Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to music and charitable causes. Sir Elton John recently received the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. John said: “AIDS is the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age, yet the medicine and know-how exists to prevent this. If we want to give the next generation a better future, we could solve this problem. What it takes is our collective passion and compassion.”

Shah Rukh Khan, for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India

Shah Rukh Khan is one of Bollywood’s most prominent actors who has been at the forefront of the Indian film and television industry for over 30 years. He is the founder of the non?profit Meer Foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support. He has also been responsible for the creation of specialized children’s hospital wards and has supported childcare centres with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment. Khan said: “With victims of acid attacks I have had the privilege to witness the unparalleled courage and compassion that women are capable of. I have seen the transformative strength of goodness and the healing power of gentleness.”

Crystal awardees are part of a community of 40 cultural leaders in Davos “creating a shared future in a fractured world”. Learn more here.

The Crystal Awards ceremony takes place on Monday 22 January 2018 at 18:00 CET. Watch the Crystal Award ceremony live here.

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Ivo van Hove’s All About Eve production with Cate Blanchett postponed to Spring 2019

Ivo van Hove’s All About Eve production with Cate Blanchett postponed to Spring 2019

Hello Blanchetters!

Last December, we made a post with the conflicting information we had about the stage version of All about Eve and now we have more news about it. According to the Belgian newspaper De Standaard, All about Eve, the theatre production set to be directed by Ivo van Hove starring Cate Blanchett at London’s West End, is postponed for a year due to planning reasons. The play, based on the film of the same name from 1950, was first planned for March 2018, but is now set to open in the spring of 2019. As stated by the publication, in a short message, producer Sonia Friedman says that scheduling reasons are the cause of the postponement, without releasing further details. See article originally in Dutch below.

De première van All about Eve, de theatervoorstelling die Ivo van Hove met filmster Cate Blanchett maakt op het Londense West End, wordt omwille van planningsredenen een jaar uitgesteld.

Na Antigone met Juliette Binoche en Obsession met Jude Law, zou de Belgische regisseur Ivo van Hove dit voorjaar een theaterstuk creëren met een andere ster van het witte doek: de Australische actrice Cate Blanchett. All about Eve, gebaseerd op de gelijknamige film uit 1950, stond eerst gepland voor maart 2018, maar wordt nu uitgesteld naar het voorjaar van 2019.

In een korte boodschap laat producent Sonia Friedman weten dat ‘scheduling reasons’ aan de oorzaak liggen, zonder verdere details vrij te geven. Het gebeurt wel vaker dat theaterproducties met filmacteurs uitgesteld worden, omwille van conflicterende data of budgetten die niet rond geraken.

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Thanks to Dani on Twitter for sharing the news!

All about Eve?

All about Eve?

Hello everybody!

With the two new magazines added to our gallery, it is time to address some information concerning “All about Eve”, theatre production announced earlier this year.
Since the first article reported this new play for next year, many fans have been planning to go to London to see Cate on stage. However, last October, in a interview with Italian magazine D La Repubblica, Cate said that she has declined the offer to be in the production of “All about Eve” which left everyone who read the magazine wanting more information about it. See both original and translated version of the interview excerpt below:

Di passaggio in Italia, é giá pronta a rientrare nella sua tenuta a Crowborough, nell’East Sussex, a poche ore da Londra, dove si é trasferita da Sydney con il marito, il drammaturgo Andrew Upton, e i quattro figli. «La famiglia mi impegna parecchio», dice a proposito del fatto che non portera a teatro una piece a cui teneva moltissimo, Eva contro Eva, nel ruólo di Bette Davis. «Grazie ai bambini ho imparato a economizzare i tempi e diventare piü brava. Ma stavolta ho rinunciato. E molto difficile che nella vita le nostre passioni si allineino».
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Passing through Italy, she is ready to return to her estate in Crowborough, East Sussex, just a few hours from London, where she has moved from Sydney with her husband, playwright Andrew Upton, and her four children. “My family engages me a lot”,
She says about the fact that she will not bring a piece to the theater that she really cared about, All about Eve, in the role of Bette Davis. “Thanks to the children, I’ve learned how to be more economical and become better. But this time I gave up. It’s very difficult for our passions to align in life”.

Also, S Moda Spain January 2018* published that:

Donde sí la veremos es en el teatro.
Lamentablemente, por asuntos familiares he tenido que cancelar Eva al desnudo [la actriz tenía previsto volver a las tablas en Londres con esta obra en primavera]. ¿A quién no le gusta Margo Channing? ¡No sé cuántas veces habré visto la cinta! Es una de esas películas perfectas.
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Where we will see her is in the theater.
Unfortunately, due to family matters I have had to decline on All about Eve [the actress had planned to return to the stage in London with this production in spring]. Who does not like Margo Channing? I do not know how many times I have seen the film! It’s one of those perfect movies.

Plus, according to the site The Stage UK

Cate Blanchett has hinted at a return to the UK stage following a hiatus of five years.
The Oscar-winning actor told The Stage theatre was her “first and truest” love, but said her return might not necessarily be to the West End stage.

Her comments appear to raise doubts about reports earlier this year that she is set to star in a stage production of All About Eve in the West End, produced by Sonia Friedman.

“It may not be the West End but it‘s my first and truest love the theatre, you are very accountable and connected to your audience as an actor on stage,” she told The Stage at this year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Blanchett added: “So yes, now I have moved back to England I would love to be on stage here – whether it’s the West End I don’t know necessarily.”

Blanchett’s last UK theatre appearance was in Big and Small at the Barbican Theatre in 2012.

A spokesman for Friedman confirmed that the production of All About Eve was still happening, but “not for some time and the casting is unconfirmed”.

Cate was also interviewed by BBC Radio 2

And in a interview published by A West End Whinger last November, director Ivo Van Hove also commented on the production:

Q: What’s next for you Ivo?

IvH: It’ll be All About Eve with Cate Blanchett.

Q: Can you talk about your take on that?

IvH: Vell, the story begins at a theatre avards bash so ve vere going to do the whole thing as a Tony Avards style ceremony hosted by Kevin Spacey but of course ve’ve had to edit that out. Now I’m going to set the whole thing on an airplane. The audience vill have to check in for the performance, bringing their passports vith them, go through very tight security before queuing for unreserved seats in the auditorium vhere they’ll vatch the whole show on in-flight entertainment systems. Every few minutes their TVs will be interrupted by Cate’s voice telling them “fasten your safety belts”…

Q: Interesting. Will the audiences actually see Cate?

IvH: She’ll be there but will stay in the dressing room throughout. It is a backstage story after all. After that I’d like to tackle a musical. I’m thinking about Sunday in the Park Vith George vhere the audience are invited to try on-stage paint-balling or Gypsy but vithout any songs.

With many information circulating, the status of the next theatre production with Cate is very uncertain and yet to be confirmed. Therefore, we need to wait for the next chapters to unfold before we decide to pack our suitcases to travel to see her on stage.

*Special thanks to Blanchetters on CBF Chat for this info.

Thor Ragnarok: New interviews, posters, artwork, infos and videos

Thor Ragnarok: New interviews, posters, artwork, infos and videos

Hello everyone!

It’s #HelaWeen month so there are also many new contents from Thor Ragnarok. Enjoy!



Thor Ragnarok – Cate Blanchett : “Parfois j’avais l’impression d’être dans un jeu vidéo”


Natalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugo Weaving, Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Robert Redford… On s’arrête là ? Avec Thor : Ragnarok, Cate Blanchett rejoint la longue liste des grands acteurs et actrices qui peuplent les films Marvel Studios. L’année dernière, en compagnie de quelques autres confrères, Première a pu rencontrer sur le tournage celle qui incarne, Hela, la déesse de la mort.

Qu’est-ce qu’une actrice oscarisée comme vous venait chercher sur un film Marvel Studios ?
Comme j’ai beaucoup travaillé au théâtre, j’ai un certain sens de l’événementiel. Et tous ces films sont des événements, je trouve ça très excitant. Ce qui plaît spécifiquement chez Marvel, c’est cette ironie. Ils se prennent au sérieux et en même temps il y a beaucoup d’autodérision. Une énergie un peu irrévérencieuse. C’est subversif, selon moi. Enfin… Potentiellement.

Mais qu’est-ce qui vous attirait au-delà de ça ? L’action ?
Putain, j’ai adoré ça. J’ai vraiment adoré ça. C’était fantastique, parce que parfois j’étais si déconnectée de ce que je faisais que j’avais l’impression d’être dans un jeu vidéo. J’ai pris l’action comme une façon d’en dire plus sur le personnage, de dépasser le simple mouvement. Quand vous embrassez quelqu’un à l’écran, il y a un million de façons de le faire. Et j’ai découvert qu’il y a un million de façons de mettre un coup de poing à quelqu’un (rire).

Et donc vous voilà, la première méchante de l’univers Marvel.
Effectivement, ça n’était jamais arrivé. Enfin une méchante ! J’étais très excitée quand Kevin Feige (NDLR : le patron de Marvel Studios) m’a pitché le film, j’ai tout de suite senti qu’il y avait le potentiel pour faire quelque chose de nouveau. Hela n’est pas connue du grand public et c’était l’opportunité de l’inventer au cinéma. C’est d’autant plus génial que Taika Waititi est le réalisateur. Un vrai marrant, mais également un type très irrévérencieux. Dans un film comme ça, il y a évidemment un scénario qui mène la danse, mais aussi beaucoup de temps pour les personnages entre chaque “grand” moment. Quand on travaille avec Taika et qu’on incarne une méchante, on peut jouer sur plein de nuances. Il régnait sur le tournage une ambiance très espiègle. Taika m’a impressionnée : on dirait qu’il ne ressent aucune pression malgré les enjeux énormes.

Ça vous étonne que Marvel commence tout juste à offrir ce genre de rôle à une femme ?
J’ai développé mon imaginaire autour de héros et d’anti-héros masculins. Mais à force, si c’est la seule option, on commence à s’ennuyer, les garçons comme les filles. S’il y a des femmes et des hommes, ça veut dire beaucoup plus de potentiel dramatique.

Vous avez potassé les comics et la mythologie nordique ?
Pas tellement la mythologie nordique mais je me suis plongée dans les comics. Je suis une actrice qui a besoin d’une référence visuelle pour incarner un personnage, peu importe le rôle. Mes gamins ont des anthologies DC et Marvel, avec les backstories des personnages, entre les années 30, 40, 50… On voit les super-héros évoluer, comme quand Captain America acquiert la capacité de résister aux effets de l’alcool (rire).

Avez-vous eu votre mot à dire sur l’aspect visuel de Hela ?
Je savais qu’il y avait beaucoup de marge de manoeuvre. Les illustrateurs avaient tous leur propre idée de ce à quoi elle devait ressembler. Il y avait quelques version d’Hela où elle ne portait pas grand-chose… On était carrément du côté Playboy, là ! Avec la maquilleuse, on a longuement échangé avec les gens des effets spéciaux pour trouver “notre” Hela.

Comment avez-vous appréhendé la motion capture ?
J’en avais déjà fait un peu par le passé. Andy Serkis a été un pionnier extraordinaire de cette technologie, sa performance est toujours visible entre les images de synthèse. Certaines personnes parlent des effets spéciaux et visuels comme s’ils étaient séparés du jeu d’acteur. Mais en fait c’est exactement comme de collaborer avec une doublure sur des scènes d’action. Le but, c’est de créer un personnage. C’est une discussion permanente avec les gens des effets spéciaux : parfois je fais quelque chose qui les inspire, et parfois c’est dans l’autre sens. C’est très collaboratif. C’est fini le temps où on jouait face à une balle de tennis sur un fond bleu. Le processus a beaucoup évolué et Taika insiste pour que les choses soient le plus réaliste possible. Je n’ai pas besoin de faire semblant, tout est là, dans le décor. C’est la synthèse parfaite entre ce que vous pouvez voir et ce que le réalisateur imagine. Un truc hybride.

via Premiere

SFX – December 2017



Karl Urban can’t stop gushing about “Thor: Ragnarok” costar Cate Blanchett, is all of us


In the ultimate example of stars being just like us, Karl Urban — Eomer in the Lord of the Rings films and Bones in the Star Trek movies — is just as amazed by actual goddess and Thor: Ragnarok costar Cate Blanchett as we all are.

And given that we’re completely obsessed, that’s saying a lot.
In fact, Blanchett — along with director Taika Waititi and the emotionally compelling script — was a major draw for Urban when signing on for Thor: Ragnarok, in which he plays Skurge, the Executioner, opposite Blanchett’s Hela, Goddess of Death.

“She was one of the main reasons that I decided to do this film,” Urban told HelloGiggles. “Practically all of my scenes were with her, and I just have so much love and respect for Cate and her professionalism, how she approaches the role.
“Just being part of the conversation leading up to it, discussing the characters and how they interacted and what their purpose was, it was just a wonderful process.”
You’d think working with a talent as great as Blanchett in such a twisted role could be a little intimidating.

I mean, even Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, basically said as much. But for Urban, it was quite the contrary.

“No, she’s lovely. I wasn’t intimidated at all,” he explained. That said, he did welcome a, um, return to her brighter look by production’s end. “I must say, it was wonderful to finally see her with blonde hair, as she had this black wig on the entire time. Literally, every time I’d see her for the entire six weeks we were shooting, she was in that character, in that mode.”

But that doesn’t mean that Urban and Blanchett didn’t bro out in between takes.
* You read that right, CATE BLANCHETT BROS OUT *

Marvel productions tend to bring out bromances (Science Bros, anyone?), and Urban explained that Thor: Ragnarok was no exception. “My bromance [on set] was with Cate. We had so much fun,” he said. And added that it was also a pleasure to work with Waititi, who kept a very fluid and creative set, with music constantly playing. “It seemed like the most un-work work environment that I’ve ever experienced.”

As for Blanchett’s character, Hela is Marvel’s first female villain and she’s as badass as they come — and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is equally kickass. Urban said of both, “There is great strength in both of their characters. Both of them have a wonderful swagger, they’re both strong, independent individuals, and I think that they just simply made the film better.”

via Hello Giggles

New HQ South Korean Poster inspired by Gim Hong-do’s classical “Sangbak” painting from the late 1700s.

New Artwork and Exhibition

Hero Complex Gallery and Fandango teamed up with Marvel Studios to celebrate Taika Waititi’s extravaganza, as forty artists helped to reforge Thor: Ragnarok into a beautiful art exhibition…

The exhibit is open at LA’s Hero Complex Gallery from October 20 through November 5, 11am-6pm, Wednesdays through Sundays. It’s free, but you’re encouraged to send an RSVP to info@HCGArt.com. For more information go to https://hcgart.com; also, some of the art will be available at the Fandango FanShop.

You can check out a few images from the exhibition down below:


By danmumforddraws


By Cameron Garland


By Khoa Ho

via io9.gizmodo.com

Also, Titan Publishing is publishing the “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition”—celebrating the making of Marvel Studio’s hotly anticipated new movie, “Thor: Ragnarok“! From exclusive cast interviews to concept art.

On sale November 7 and available in US stores in both softcover and hardcover editions, Titan Publishing’s deluxe “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition” will allow fans to go behind the scenes of Marvel Studios’ new far-out fantasy epic. Presenting unseen making-of photos, stunning concept art, secrets from the set, with star interviews including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, and Mark Ruffalo.



The book is available for pre order at Amazon

via Marvel News

New image posted by director Taika Waititi

Cate Blanchett, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Anna Wintour co-host Evening Standard Awards on 3 Dec

Cate Blanchett, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Anna Wintour co-host Evening Standard Awards on 3 Dec

Hey everybody!

New event for Cate!

Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017: Cate Blanchett, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anna Wintour to co-host awards

Hollywood star Cate Blanchett and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will sprinkle stardust onto this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

The multi-award-winners will co-host the ceremony with this newspaper’s proprietor Evgeny Lebedev and American Vogue editor-in-chief Dame Anna Wintour on December 3.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, writer and star of the award-winning play and hit BBC television series Fleabag, will present the event.

Mr Lebedev said: “If all the world’s a stage, no city across that world matches London for the range, vibrancy and global reach of its theatre. Each year, our awards recognise and reward the effort, invention and scintillating talent that sustain this pre-eminence. After another spectacular year, it is my privilege and my pleasure to be co-hosting the event with Dame Anna Wintour.”

Dame Anna’s father Charles Wintour was a former editor of the Standard and was the driving force behind the awards’ inception in 1955. She said: “Co-hosting the Evening Standard Theatre Awards is an absolute highlight of my year, especially after such a brilliant season on the London stage.

“As my father once edited the Evening Standard and helped create these awards, I feel an especially deep personal connection to them. And what an honour it will be to share the stage with Cate, Lin-Manuel and Phoebe.”

Blanchett can be seen in Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto at the BFI London Film Festival on Sunday and will appear in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok later this month.

Miranda wrote the music, lyrics and book for Hamilton, the hit hip-hop musical in which he also starred, about one of America’s Founding Fathers. Hamilton has been the hottest ticket on Broadway, where it won 11 Tony awards. An unprecedented 100,000 fans pre-registered for tickets for the London run, which begins in December with the reopening of the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Waller-Bridge made the shortlist for most promising playwright at the 2013 Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her bleak, honest comedy Fleabag. This year the television adaptation earned her a Bafta, for best female performance in a comedy.

She originally wrote the play for theatre company DryWrite, where she is joint artistic director. This year it produced a play at the Soho Theatre called Touch.

She will next be seen in the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off movie and is the show runner and writer on Killing Eve, an eight-part thriller which will be broadcast on BBC America next year.

The categories at the 63rd Evening Standard Theatre Awards, which has Michael Kors as its Platinum Partner, include the Natasha Richardson award for best actress in partnership with Christian Louboutin, best actor, best play in partnership with Hiscox, official arts partner of the Evening Standard, the Evening Standard Radio 2 audience award for best musical, the Milton Shulman award for best director, best design, the Charles Wintour award for most promising playwright, the emerging talent award, best musical performance and the Lebedev award.

The shortlist for the awards, also supported by the Really Useful Theatres Group, will be announced next month.

via Evening Standard

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