The trailer for Tim Winton’s best-selling novel ‘The Turning’ has been released ahead of its World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
The much-anticipated film adaptation features some of Australia’s top talent including Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne and Hugo Weaving.
The film is a collaborative effort that consists of 17 chapters, which each features a different director and stellar cast.
“We came upon this idea of extending a personal invitation to seventeen great creative minds to interpret one chapter each and asking them if any of the stories particularly spoke to them, affected or resonated with them,” Producer Robert Connolly said.
The film will release as a unique cinematic event across Australia later this year.
Cate met the Dalai Lama. Here are pictures and an article from Daily Telegraph.
CATE Blanchett was given a traditional white Tibetan sash in front of 10,000 people yesterday at one of the public talks being given by the Dalai Lama.
Going onstage at the Sydney Entertainment Centre – where the cherished monk held his two-day Beyond Religion: The 14th Dalai Lama On The Benefits Of Living Ethically seminar, tickets for which ranged from $337 to $721 – the Oscar-winner bowed as she was blessed by His Holiness, who is on his eighth tour of Australia.
The meeting capped off what was an assumably inspiring weekend for Blanchett, who Russell Crowe just announced was his best onscreen kiss.
Crowe – who has puckered up with Kim Bassinger and Meg Ryan – said Blanchett “holds the mantle” for his favourite celluloid pash, in Robin Hood, released in 2010.
Cate’s latest play “The Maids” has just opened and it’s getting great reviews:
TO bring together two actors of such greatness is wonderful but to bring them together in such a play as this is brilliant. Genet’s unsettling 1947 existentialist drama about two maids, Claire (Cate Blanchett) and Solange (Isabelle Huppert), who play out their fantasies of abjection and domination, is full of layers.
In their little acted-out “ceremony”, Claire plays Madame and Solange plays Claire (at least this time) but the theatrical levels are always shifting, flickering back and forth between different realities that are, in the end, all performances, like the theatre and like our lives.
And there is the fact that we are watching Blanchett and Huppert in magnificent, tour-de-force performances. They are celebrities as well as great actors and this layer – just watching them strut their stuff – becomes part of the fabric of the production. Add Elizabeth Debicki (who played Jordan Baker in the recent film The Great Gatsby) as an almost offensively young, beautiful, stupid and cruel Madame and we see Genet’s squalid drama of dreams and play-acting lifted into a different realm.
Andrews’ longtime collaborator Cate Blanchett is in stunning form as Claire, picking up every nuance and flying through her character’s more difficult turns with skill and grace. Isabelle Huppert delivers a strong, textured and playful performance, but doesn’t bring the same kind of refinement and depth as Blanchett. Her diction is mostly clear, but as the play is so language-based, she struggles to keep up with Blanchett who conveys the intention and subtext of every single word in the script.
The trailer for Blue Jasmine is out! Also stills, poster and some set pics. The movie is directed by Woody Allen and also stars Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K. It opens on July 26th.
Woody Allen takes on the Bernie Madoff scandal in his coming movie “Blue Jasmine.”
Speakeasy took in a screening of the coming film last night, which [SPOILER ALERT] tells the fictional tale of a high-society wife (played by Cate Blanchett, who will likely generate early Oscar buzz) and her husband (Alec Baldwin, in a performance that is sure to be talked about). The Baldwin character goes to jail for some crooked financial dealings, leaving Blanchett’s character to deal with the economic and emotional aftermath.
The couple in the film are fictional, but their situation parallels the Madoff scandal. The film also co-stars Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, and Peter Sarsgaard. It opens in New York and Los Angeles on July 26, 2013.
Madoff admitted in March 2009 to running a vast, decades-long Ponzi scheme and is currently serving 150 years in federal prison in North Carolina.
Allen’s film focuses on the plight of the crooked businessman’s wife, as she struggles to build a life without her husband’s illegally-obtained wealth, and deals with the rage of the investors who trusted him.
In real life, Ruth Madoff dealt with similar issues, issuing a statement in 2009 reading, in part, “I am breaking my silence now, because my reluctance to speak has been interpreted as indifference or lack of sympathy for the victims of my husband Bernie’s crime, which is exactly the opposite of the truth.”
The first image from Woody Allen’s new movie “Blue Jasmine” has been released by Collider:
Blue Jasmine opens on limited released on July 26th.
The actress, 43, has signed on the portray Cinderella’s nasty step-mum in a big-screen update of the classic fairy tale.
And Emma Watson is reportedly in talks to take the title role in the Disney film, which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh, according to showbusiness bible, Variety.
Variety reports while the actress, 22, does not yet have the role, she is in very early talks with the studio to play the character.
While Disney would not comment on the discussions with Watson, the studio also reportedly considered actresses Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers), Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), but couldn’t lock down deals due to scheduling and other considerations.
Cinderella will be written by Chris Weitz, who penned About a Boy.
Cate attended the 2nd Annual AACTA Awards, here are pictures:
When SK-II unveiled its new formula, we knew we had to tap the company’s fanciest fan, Cate Blanchett, to find out more. The actress, who has 10 years of SK-II experience under her belt, swears by the stuff — and you would, too, if you seemingly hadn’t aged a minute over the last decade. Most recently, the luminous actress has been on set in S.F. for her new Woody Allen flick and traveling to Taiwan to star in commercials — but she took time out of her busy jet-setting schedule to sit down with us and chat about everything from Kate (yes, we spelled that correctly!) to coffee stains. Check out our exclusive Q&A, right here.
Who is responsible for introducing you to SK-II?
“Makeup artist Mary Greenwell recommended I try it nearly a decade ago. And, because it worked so quickly, I haven’t shifted since.”
What are some professional tips you’ve picked up during your career?
“Whenever I’m with makeup artists such as Mary, Dotti, or Jeanine Lobell I always just sit back and watch what they do. For example, Jeanine does amazing eyes and Dotti is incredible with color. But, I have to remind myself that sometimes their work is don’t-try-this-at-home status — if I ever tried to do what Dotti does, I’d look like I had just been punched in the face! So, when I’m doing my own makeup, it’s very minimal and simple.”
So simple that you’ve deemed your regime “lazy!”
“I’m super lazy! I’m also a skeptic, so it has to work. That’s why it has been so fascinating doing The Hobbit and returning to a character I played 10 years earlier. My skin is actually better now than it was then! It’s primarily because of the product and consistency. I truly believe that after using some products over and over again your skin can become immune to them, whereas that doesn’t happen with any of the SK-II lines.”
What is your advice for SK-II newcomer, Kate Bosworth?
“The only advice I tend to give people is to use it consistently, which she’s clearly doing already! She’s in such a good place right now. I’m really happy Kate’s a part of this family.”
Do you have plans to shoot commercials with Bosworth?
“I just wrapped a shoot in Taiwan, so I’m unsure of the plans. I think they’re still trying to figure out Kate’s focus, while my concentration is the global market. And, that’s what I love about SK-II — up until recently it was dominated by consumers in Asia with whitening products that are actually quite fantastic on Caucasian skin. When it comes to sun damage and extreme climate, I don’t fool around, and it’s important to have products not only for protection from the elements, but that go beyond the top layer of your skin. I’m so happy to know that these precautions are becoming more popular in Western countries because of our backing.”
What’s the strangest beauty treatment you’ve ever tried?
“Well, the Facial Treatment Masks are quite bizarre because you just leave them on until they fall off. It can become an expensive habit though, so I suggest people get the Cellumination Mask-in Lotion — it’s just as hydrating as the mask, but you don’t have to sit for 20 minutes and not speak to anyone. And, although I like that peace and quiet I get from doing the mask, it looks a little gross if you’ve had an espresso and you get the coffee stain on your top lip. I guess I should be more patient and just wait to eat, right?”