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UNHCR – Video message: Thank you for your support

Cate Blanchett recorded a “Thank you” message for the support received in the refugees crisis.


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November 4th, 2015
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Carol – New stills and behind-the-scenes images

Yesterday, whith the launch of the official site Carolfilm.com, new images had been revealed.

New stills


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and behind the scenes images


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If you want to be updated on Carol these are the official sources:

Official site – Official Facebook – Official Instagram

but if you are truly “Carolholics”, check also

Carol fan page on Facebook – Carol fan community (registration requested)

November 4th, 2015
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New promotional interview for Carol

After a German interview, what appeares to be the European promotion of Carol, is slowly coming out: new interview from Netherlands.

via Film 1


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November 2nd, 2015
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – DVD Extras

A new behind-the-scenes video from the DVD!


 
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November 2nd, 2015
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First featurette for Truth

The first featurette is out, with behind-the-scenes and interviews with the cast.


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October 31st, 2015
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Interview: Cate Blanchett on ‘Wellness’ As Total Bull

Cate Blanchett on her routine, wellness and health.

She’s played a a rock legend, a jilted ex-girlfriend, and an elf, and that was just in 2007, so it’s hard to believe that these days, Cate Blanchett is working more than ever. Ahead of the screening for her most recent film,Carol, Blanchett joined SK-II to debut the Japanese brand’s newest pietra-infused product, a “midday” essence, and a pop-up shop. It was there that the Cut caught up with Blanchett and discussed her once-a-week workout routine, wellness as a marketing ploy, and shopping at macrobiotic stores.

How I start my day: I usually start anywhere between 6 and 6:30 a.m. I would love to say it’s because I go and have a run, but it’s because the baby wakes up and the kids wake up and I need to get them to school. After that, the plan is that I go exercise, but then one thing happens and then another thing happens, so I usually don’t exercise. I might get to exercise one time a week, but it usually involves a snatched cup of coffee, making children’s lunches, changing out of my pajamas, feeding the dog, having a glass of hot water with lemon, and running out the door.

How I like to sweat: I really like Pilates. I feel like it’s made for actors’ bodies. For me, I need to do it one-on-one. I find that when you go into a big class, you actually need a guiding hand. At home we have an elliptical trainer, which is good because that’s often the only exercise I get. But my job is very active — I end up stretching each day before I go on, so I feel very taken care of in that way.

Wellness means to me: I don’t know. Wellness is an invented word for being healthy. Wellness isn’t a term I use; I feel like it’s a marketing term.

My biggest wellness struggle: Recently, because of a gut issue with my son, we had to take him completely off sugar, wheat, dairy, and all processed foods, which is really hard for an 11-year-old. I was doing that with him along with my husband, and you realize how difficult it is to buy foods that don’t have hidden ingredients, like sugar. You need reading glasses when you shop, or if you can afford it, shop at a macrobiotic store. I can understand why people get hard-core about it because it’s a slippery slope.

How I eat when I’m alone: I have a cup of coffee in the morning and it’s always a bit rushed, but I really like to sit down and read the paper. I really enjoy that.

My general health advice is: It’s all about divesting yourself of all these things that we think we need but we don’t. We’re in the process of moving house, and it’s a real gift, in a way, because you shed and you give things to other people. We’re like goldfish: We grow to the size of the bowl we’re in. I would love to find the place where I find the time to exercise because it’s important to have those little rituals and routines throughout the day since days pass so quickly. Someone will say, “What did you do yesterday?” and you really have to think because we don’t in-build those moments to sit down. My next step is meditation. We’ve got four sessions booked. I have this very dear friend, one of the best actors in Australia, and he started to meditate a few years ago. I told him I was worried about that because don’t you need to have that slight tension in your body to be onstage? Don’t you need to have a hunger? And he said it actually allows it to be there more. The fact that he said that, I thought, okay, I’ll give it a go.

via The Cut

October 31st, 2015
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New poster for Carol

A new poster of the movie it’s been released to promote the film in Germany.

via Yahoo-kino-de on Tumblr

October 30th, 2015
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New press junket interview for Truth

A new interview to promote Truth, the first one from the Spanish press junket. The movie opens today in Spain as La Verdad.

via Rtve Spain


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October 30th, 2015
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New videos and photos from the London Film Festival Awards

New interviews from the award ceremony on October 17th!


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and two portraits!


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October 30th, 2015
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More reviews for Truth

The movie, after the first limited released on October 16, opens widely in the U.S. today! Read more reviews below!

“Don’t fight,” a lawyer warns news producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett), on her way into a hearing. She pauses, her mercurial face twisting into incredulity and then straightening back again, repeating the words; you sense that it took Mapes a second or two to grasp that she was being asked, essentially, not to be herself — and was trying, as best she could, to comply.

This moment, which comes late in the fact-based drama “Truth,” is one of many in Blanchett’s performance that just stops you cold; there’s always a movie-within-the-movie playing on her face. And in this case, unfortunately, it’s much more compelling than the larger movie it’s actually in.

But “Truth” is nonetheless mesmerizing, entirely because of Blanchett; this is one of those movie-star performances in which every detail, every gesture feels right. Blanchett’s Mary is whip-smart, a little dramatic, haunted by her past (about which we gradually learn more, particularly in a brief, electric phone call), breezily elegant and always a fighter; just try to take your eyes off her.

via Seattle Times

Mapes, who broke the Abu Ghraib torture and prison abuse scandal story, winning her no fans in certain quarters I’m sure, is under the micro­scope after the story airs when we first meet her. But seeing her in action in flashbacks, she is an amazingly talented, resourceful powerhouse reporter and producer.

The cast, headed by Blanchett at her best, is spectacular.

via Boston Herald

Everything conspires to bring down the house – the ambition of other news organizations, political pressure, corporate considerations, the abandonment and recanting of key sources, and the mad scramble of all involved to distance themselves from the two players who can neither run nor hide: Mapes and Rather. If there were merits to the story, soon nobody cares, except for them.
All of this would almost be too agonizing to watch, except that Blanchett’s journey from the top to the bottom is spellbinding – we see everything crumbling as through her eyes. When she goes before the men conducting CBS’ internal investigation, we might as well be seeing a scene from the Inquisition. It’s reminiscent of a line from another memorable journalism film, “Five Star Final,” from 1931: “You can always get people interested in the crucifixion of a woman.”

via Houston Chron

As should always be the case but rarely is, top writing here indeed attracts top talent, and while Blanchett is her usual exceptional self — word is she’s even better in “Carol” — Redford (“A Walk in the Woods”), Moss (“Queen of Earth”) and Grace (“American Ultra”) make good use of the opportunity to atone for recent poor decisions.

The real treats, however, are the numerous shared scenes between Blanchett and Redford, who display a collective comfort that suggests “Truth” is their 10th collaboration instead of their first and goes a long way in forming the believable rapport that Mapes and Rather surely exhibited throughout their time as colleagues.

via Citizen Times

One thing that saves Truth from being just a good TV movie is Cate Blanchett, who can pretty much make a movie about paper bags exciting. Her performance as Mapes is touching and often funny. There’s moments where she just wears the anguish on her face. No one in the industry today can break down like Blanchett and command the screen while doing it. It is impossible to look away each time she is on the screen.

via The Celebrity Cafe

Blanchett rides an emotional, professional roller coaster as Mapes. In just hours, the dedicated journalist slips from star to perceived hack. Blanchett passionately throws herself into the role of journalist under fire, but the script lets her down.

via The Advocate

Truth is being heralded as Redford’s time to shine when, in fact, it’s Blanchett who steals this movie. This will come as no surprise to anyone as it would be easy to argue that Cate Blanchett is one the best actresses in Hollywood. Her portrayal of Mary Mapes is done with both passion and a strong will, but with appropriate vulnerability the entire time. Redford portrays Dan Rather traditionally, but it comes off as a flat impression. The credit for any sort of chemistry generated by these two great actors should be given to Cate Blanchett. Even in the midst of Redford’s belabored attempt to become Dan Rather, Blanchett’s screen presence draws not only the audience in but also the actors she’s in the scene with. She creates a real spark with Redford and they seemed to feed off of each other in the film. Her relentless effort in scene after scene elevate the quality of this picture.

via Monkey fighting robots

Speaking of Mapes, one of the few saving graces of the film is Cate Blanchett’s confident, assured and gripping central performance. In script with this many on-the-nose speeches, Blanchett’s ability to match Vanderbilt’s spit and vinegar in each and every one of them makes them at least slightly more palatable. Blanchett goes full Blue Jasmine in her portrayal of Mapes, all eagle-eyed stares and reptilian pushiness. Unlike Jasmine, however, Mapes is crippled with an unfortunate backstory about her abusive father, which (as in so many movies like this) is meant to explain her hardcore personality.

Nonetheless, one of Truth’s most effective acting moments is Mapes’ pitiful “Daddy, stop” to her father over the phone, a mewling appeal to his domination of her to get him to stop slandering her on Fox News. Blanchett’s complete and utter betrayal of her hardened shell is immediately gripping in the moment, even as the subplot threatens to destroy her character.

via Consequence of Sound

Whether Mapes actually got the story right is still open to some debate — but that debate isn’t happening in “Truth.” She’s lionized here — perhaps deservedly, perhaps not — but there’s not much in the way of counternarrative.

That’s a shame, because Blanchett is more than up to the task of presenting an even more complicated character than the one she does here.

Still, the actress is mesmerizing, riveting when she’s losing her temper and equally hypnotic when she’s quiet and letting emotions and horrifying realizations wash over her face.

via Amarillo Globe News

Blanchett portrays Mapes as a connected, informed and persistent investigative journalist, the kind of bulldog producer who helped “60 Minutes” develop its hard-hitting reputation.

When told that the themes of her stories always seem to revolve around officials who abuse their power, Mapes is blunt: “I don’t like bullies.”

Blanchett is fiery, funny and always a commanding presence as she leads her fellow reporters and researchers (Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace and Elisabeth Moss) down the path to the story: ask the right questions, get the answers, track down the truth.

Every performance is solid, but Blanchett has this chameleon-like quality to disappear into a role, which allows us to completely believe her character. She becomes that character.

We are completely in tune with her thinking and her emotions from the bravado of her top-reporter fame to her vulnerability when it all falls apart. We feel all of her glory, and we experience all of the pain of her downfall.

Her performance is completed by the supporting work of Robert Redford as Rather.

via Tulsa World

October 30th, 2015
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Video interview – Cate Blanchett promotes SK-II #changedestiny

During the opening of the SK-II Pop Up Studio in New York, Cate Blanchett talked about Carol, Truth and the #changedestiny campaign with Extra TV. Watch the video here


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October 29th, 2015
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First news on the Women in the World Summit + two outtakes from Variety

As we previously reported, Cate Blanchett is set to attend the Women in the World Summit in India on November 20, 2015.

The Women in the World India Summit will take place on November 20, 2015, at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.

This internationally recognised, powerful live event, co-hosted by Anand Mahindra, Barkha Dutt, Frieida Pinto Nita Ambani, and Shabana Azmi, will feature a stellar line-up of international and Indian names including Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett, Madhuri Dixit, Nandita Das, Iranian female race car driver Laleh Seddigh, the founder of Nigeria’s “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign, former World Bank Vice President for Africa Obiageli Ezekwesili, an Israeli and a Palestinian mother working together to find peace, Robi Damelin and Bushra Awad, William Dalrymple, HSBC’s Naina Lal Kidwai, and many other extraordinary global women of influence.

Their purpose: to share news-making stories and offer insights on how women and girls are changing the world.

India Summit Preview

Cate Blanchett
The Oscar-winning actress on her recent eye-opening visit to Syrian refugee camps and her disappointment in Australia’s initial response to the refugee crisis.

via The New York Times

With the article it’s been released a full resolution outtake from the Variety Magazine (May 12, 2015) photoshoot, the same one used in the TimeTalks’s banner.

From the same photoshoot, we have also added a clean version of the cover shoot in the gallery.

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October 29th, 2015
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First pictures from SK-II Festive Season Campaign: Wings of Change

At the beginning of the month the first ads of the new SK-II Festive Season Campaign had been released and, to promote the Christmas holiday version, two new images of Cate Blanchett had been publised as well. All articles are written in chinese, so I’ve only found this out yesterday. You can read about the new campaign here. Click on the images to open the gallery!

via Fashion Cynes

via Elle Taiwan

I”ve also added the promotional image from last year Festive Season.

October 28th, 2015
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‘I can switch off and be a good mother’: Cate Blanchett on juggling her Hollywood career with motherhood

New interview!

SHE’S just been honoured for outstanding contributions to film, but Cate Blanchett says acting is still giving her the same kind of kicks it did when she started in the business.

“I’m almost afraid to admit that I love it more than ever,” Blanchett says.

“Being able to create and play characters and let my imagination flow is something I have always enjoyed. Acting fulfils me in so many ways and it gives my life the kind of balance I need so that when I come home I can switch off and be a good mother.

“I’ve always been able to maintain a certain distance from my work and I never bring home my work and those intense emotions you often experience on the set. I leave that for audiences.”

The 46-year-old is proving herself to be one of the most gifted actors alive. Last weekend she was awarded the British Film Institute fellowship for outstanding contributions to film — the latest in a long line of prominent actors to receive the honour.

The Melbourne-born actor also has two new movies set for release this year — Carol and Truth. There is now intriguing speculation as to which of Blanchett’s performances may eventually have her in the running for a third Oscar, with Academy Awards rules only allowing for one nomination per category.

In addition, she has two new Terence Malick films in the pipeline — Knight Of Cups, co-starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman and another as yet untitled project in a complex love story opposite Michael Fassbender and her Carol co-star, Rooney Mara.

There have also been reports Blanchett will play Lucille Ball in a new film. But she says discussions are still in their early stages.

Truth — a drama centred around the notorious 2004 CBS news report that questioned then US president George W Bush’s National Guard service record — premiered recently at the Toronto and New York film festivals. In the film, Blanchett plays 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes who, along with respected news anchor Dan Rather, was dismissed in the fallout from the scandal.

Carol — a romantic drama that sees Blanchett play a married woman in the 1950s who risks everything when she falls in love with a female department store clerk (Mara) — received rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival.

Blanchett, who attended premieres for both films last week, says she is enjoying “one of the best times” in her life.

She and her writer/director husband of 17 years, Andrew Upton, 49, now live in New York, having recently sold their home in Hunters Hill, an exclusive Sydney neighbourhood, for a reported $20 million. They have four children — sons Dashiell, 13, Roman, 11, and Ignatius, 7, and newly adopted baby daughter Edith.

“I’ve taken them on set with me and they know about Mummy’s job,” Blanchett says.

“What they love most is watching the crew and all the people running about on a set. Their understanding of films is from watching all the work and organisation that goes into the process, rather than just seeing things from the view point of the actors and the final product.”

Like all working mums, Blanchett juggles her career with raising children. “It’s always going to be a matter of deciding which film you feel you absolutely need to do and how sometimes you may be involved in other things, like when Andrew and I were running the (Sydney) Theatre Company and I had to turn down certain roles,” she says.

“You also want to spend as much time as you can enjoying your life with your family and watching your kids grow up. My children are always surprising me and they will come up and say incredible things that just make me see how fast they’re learning and much more aware than you imagine.”

Blanchett is taking a break from the Sydney Theatre Company, where Upton will finish up next year as artistic director, freeing up her time to “enjoy daily life more”.

“My days are free when I’m not making a film and I can spend time doing very ordinary things at home like cooking and reading or preparing dinner for the children,” she says. “It’s very important to me to be able to have that kind of life away from my work.”

Blanchett admits she tries not to spoil her children and credits them with having developed a good sense of what’s important in life.

“Our eldest, Dashiell, is often carrying a backpack filled with heavy school books. Last Christmas we decided to give him an ebook reader so he can read his textbooks in digital format. But he didn’t want it. He told me that he prefers to have the physical book because he loves the smell of the paper.”

Carol is based on the 1952 novel The Price Of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith, more famous for Strangers On A Train, adapted for the screen by Alfred Hitchcock.

The scandalous novel about a lesbian relationship was originally published under a pseudonym. Blanchett dropped a bombshell in an interview with Variety magazine in May when she revealed she’d had intimate relationships with women in the past.

Blanchett was asked whether this was her “first turn as a lesbian” when she gave interviewer Ramin Setoodeh a coy smile.

“On film, or in real life?” she replied. Clearly not expecting the candid revelation, Setoodeh asked if she’d had relationships with women.

Blanchett replied, “Yes. Many times.” She declined to elaborate.

In August, Quentin Tarantino, the outspoken director of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, took aim at Blanchett’s film choices in an interview with New York magazine. “Half of these Cate Blanchett movies, they’re all just like these arty things,” Tarantino said. “I’m not saying they’re bad movies, but I don’t think most of them have a shelf life.”

Blanchett says she relies on instinct as much as ever when choosing roles.

“It’s something very visceral with me. Whenever I play a character, I need to make it mine,” she says. “But 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. And 18 years later we’re still together. We both believe in destiny and the kind of adventure that comes from a decision taken very quickly.”

Blanchett says that in the case of living characters, like that of Mary Mapes in Truth, she wants to play them as honestly and fairly as possible.

Not only does Blanchett revel in this kind of role, but the intensity of her work even manages to overshadow her legendary co-star Robert Redford (who plays Dan Rather).

“I was anxious to reveal how Mary was an incredibly dynamic and courageous woman. She was an acclaimed producer who had previously done a major story on Abu Ghraib and had produced many other groundbreaking reports,” Blanchett says.

“What shocked and horrified me was the level of vicious personal attacks made against her after the (Bush National Guard) story had aired and was later retracted. When I watched some of the interviews she gave in the aftermath, she looked very hurt and worried. She had lost her job and went into free fall. That was the kind of journey I had to take in portraying her.

“I admired her courage and strength of character in the face of very severe criticism.

“I am constantly drawn to playing women who stand up for themselves and especially those who rebel against injustice and in many cases the unfair treatment and extreme pressure they face as women.”

Truth opens December 3.

Carol opens Boxing Day.

via Herald Sun

October 24th, 2015
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New interview for Truth

Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford promote Truth at Time Warner Cable News. The interview it’s been released yesterday.


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October 24th, 2015
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