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New behind the scenes images of Cate Blanchett for W Magazine were released yesterday in a new video about Peter Lindbergh’s work for the publication. The video is entitled Peter Lindbergh: Watching, Waiting. See the screen captures and video below!
I added digital scans from the March 17th Issue of Entertainment Weekly, which features Thor: Ragnarok, just click a thumb to view all the scans. Enjoy!
Good afternoon! Hauser & Wirth, the internationally acclaimed gallery of contemporary and modern art, will hosts two screenings of Manifesto in Zurich, during the 2017 CinemArt, respectively on April 7 and April 9. You can secure a ticket here
Cate is featured on the March 15th issue of Vanity Fair Italy where she talks The Present and Sì. Here are digital scans:
Earlier today, Cate attended the 2017 UN Women for Peace Association March In March Awards Luncheon in New York City. Here are some photos:
Great news about Where’d you go, Bernadette! According to Indiewire:
Richard Linklater made headlines last month by announcing he’d direct Robert Downey Jr. in a new untitled project, but it appears he’s making some time to work with two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett first.
Linklater originally boarded an adaptation of Maria Semple‘s novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” two years ago, with Cate Blanchett coming on board to star in the lead role in November 2015. News around the project has remained virtually silent ever since, but now production is gearing up to start this summer.
The book centers around an agoraphobic architect who goes missing and the journey her 15-year-old daughter goes on to try and find her. “The Spectacular Now” and “The Fault in Our Stars” screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber wrote the original script, though Linklater probably made some touch ups. Stephen Feder, who last worked with Linklater on “Everybody Wants Some!!,” will serve as executive producer.
The production’s start date was confirmed at the Texas Film Awards on Thursday night. A walk-on role in “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” was being auctioned off to support the Linklater-founded Austin Film Society and ended up being sold for $42,000. No additional cast members have been announced, though expect the ball to get rolling quickly as summer approaches.
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” will mark Linklater’s first film since “Everybody Wants Some!!” was released last spring. Cate Blanchett has numerous films set for release this year, including superhero blockbuster “Thor: Ragnarok” and experimental art film “Manifesto.”
Hi everyone! New interview with Cate! Enjoy the reading!
With two Oscars to her name, there’s no doubt Cate Blanchett is the toast of Hollywood. But here, she tells Karen Anne Overton why juggling motherhood with her career is her most challenging role of all
Over the past 20 years, Cate Blanchett has come to represent a certain breed of Hollywood woman: the kind who has it all. At 47, she has achieved a phenomenal record in her work, starring in such blockbusters as Elizabeth and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and won a plethora of awards – including two Oscars. Alongside her enduring appeal on screen, she has cultivated a stable family life with husband of 18 years, screenwriter/producer Andrew Upton, 50, and their four children – Dashiell, 14, Roman, 12, Ignatius, eight and adopted daughter, Edith, who is nearly two. It’s hard to know whether to find it reassuring or disheartening that even she feels like she isn’t succeeding sometimes.
“I try to do my best as a mother and I love everything that comes with that responsibility,” says the Melbourne-born actress. “But I almost accept that you can’t be perfect and you will make mistakes from time to time and you try to learn from that. Every mother and father feels that they are failing in some respect. If you are overly dedicated to the children, you worry that you’re not giving proper attention to your work. And when you’re working a lot you have misgivings about neglecting your kids. But that’s life. You simply try to do your best.”
Far from winding down, Blanchett is seizing the opportunity to continue finding diverse and challenging roles. Fresh from her Oscar-nominated performance in the 1950s love story Carol, she stars in the new Terrence Malick film Song to Song, and recently completed work on Ocean’s Eight, a female spin-off of the billion-dollar franchise. She plans to direct her first film soon and uses her high profile to advocate equal rights for women in the entertainment industry.
This desire to be a voice for young women is spurred not just by her role as a mother to a daughter, but also by Blanchett’s own life. The middle of three children, her father died when she was 10 and it fell to her mother and grandmother to raise the brood. She describes her mother as being “resilient” and recalls when she gave up her job as a teacher to become a property developer in order to better support the family. Blanchett beams with pride when reflecting on the lessons these women gave her and it goes some way to explain her own hard-working ethos. “My mother and grandmother have been my inspirations in terms of their sense of self-respect and independence,” she explains.
Despite being raised in a “house full of women”, Blanchett’s decision to adopt a girl was not a by-product of having three biological sons, but instead something she had always planned to do. It was vital therefore that the boys felt involved through every stage of the adoption process, being interviewed both as a family and individually. Watching them blossom as a family has proven to be a magical period for the star.
“I love spending as much time as I can with my children, playing with them, and being surprised by how fast they learn things and how they’re growing up,” she says. “It’s very important to me to be able to enjoy taking them to school or making their lunches or cooking dinner at home. I also like being able to be the kind of mother who is not only there to take care of them but also one who has a career. It’s important to set an example and show how the two can work together.”
When family and fame do collide, the actress – for the most part – finds it amusing. She describes times when her children have watched her onstage and either waved from the audience or simply lost interest. It says a lot about her ego that she is able to see her role as a film star for what it is: a job. “The recognition is important as long as you don’t let yourself get too carried away by it,” she nods. “You need to keep your feet on the ground even though the attention can be flattering. No one is immune to praise, but in this business it can be a tricky thing to handle.”
Given Blanchett’s breadth of diversity in the roles she chooses, it can be difficult to pin her off-screen character down. While in her role as the eponymous Blue Jasmine she played a big, messy character who is terrified of ageing and losing her wealth and status, Blanchett is the opposite of that. She is calm and nurturing, and when asked how she feels about ageing, simply laughs. “I would rather approach getting older with curiosity and a sense of adventure. Even though you might like to fight it, there’s not much point!”
Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey will be screened during the New Zealand International Film Festival #NZIFF. The New Zealand International Film Festival is a national event extending the cinematic options of audiences and filmmakers throughout New Zealand. If you get the chance, go see it! For more info on locations, dates and tickets click here
One New Zealand premiere and three classic films are the first of our Autumn Events announcements for Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch. Further Autumn Events titles and on-sale dates will be announced through March.
The four films are Terrence Malick’s journey through space and time, Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, narrated by Cate Blanchett; a return to the peace, love and music of 1969 with seminal documentary Woodstock; Werner Herzog’s legendary Fitzcarraldo, and Woody Allen’s definitive love letter to New York, Manhattan starring Diane Keaton, and Meryl Streep.
New interview with Cate for Entertainment Weekly! Enjoy!
Cate Blanchett doesn’t really feel like she needs to explain her character Hela in Thor: Ragnarok — she’s the Goddess of Death. Quips the actress, “I think that’s where you put the period in the sentence, right? She arrives with a lot of baggage. She’s a little bit cross.”
Hela is more than “a little bit cross” as she is freed from her prison early in Ragnarok and causes all sorts of chaos befitting her name. “She’s been locked away for millennia, getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she get unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box,” says Blanchett.
Hela may be a monster, but Blanchett is a delight and clearly had a blast tapping into her dark side. EW talked to the two time Oscar-winner about playing Thor’s first female villain and making weapons out of her body.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What made you want to be part of this?
CATE BLANCHETT: Well let’s face it: as a woman, these opportunities have not in the past come up very frequently and I think there’s a revolution happening from within Marvel. I’ve seen so many of the Marvel franchises, particularly being the mother of four. They tend to be the only type of film particularly having young boys. But for me as an actor, this is separate is my desire to work with [director] Taika Waititi.
How did he sell you on this?
Well I had seen his vampire movie [What We Do in the Shadows] and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. I was trying to get my head around the collision of his sensibility as a director and what had previously existed in the Thor franchise and I thought that’s going to be interesting to say the least and I thought it could produce an interesting combustible connection because tonally his work is so different from what previously existed. Obviously they wanted to do something fresh and different, which is always exciting.
What was it like working with Taika? What does he bring to this?
He’s sort of part sumo wrestler, part showgirl, part father you always wanted to have. He’s so nimble. I keep saying the word irreverent. He takes the work seriously but he doesn’t take himself seriously. So there’s music on set the whole time. There was hilarity but he knew every single time when to focus.
Your Thor’s first female villain. Was that part of the appeal?
Can you believe it? Can you believe we’re having this conversation and it’s 2017 and we’re talking about the first female villain? It’s ridiculous. There’s so much untapped potential villainy in women. It’s really exciting. I think finally it’s beginning to be acknowledged that women and men want to see a diverse array of characters, and that’s race, gender across the sexual spectrum.
Did you go back and read the comics and look at old versions of Hela?
Oh yes. I mean, you gotta know the history of the character. And there are so many iterations of the origin story. For any of these characters, there’s never one origin story. But yes, it was really interesting to go back. Most of the time she was masked. So that’s what I really talked to the Marvel team and Taika about was when we would chose to have her masked and when she wouldn’t be masked.
And that headdress is more than just an accessory right?
Yeah. She’s able to manifest weapons. Her headdress can be weapons. She can manifest weapons out of different parts of her body. I won’t tell you which — I’ll leave that hanging.
Hela comes in and sort of takes control of Asgard away from Loki, right?
Well, Asgard is so good. I mean one only need to have a mildly unpleasant thought and you’re considered evil. Everyone is too perfect. Why not mess it all up? It’s easy to play bad but, like when I was in Cinderella, like what makes the stepmother evil is interesting. So, it was trying to in the screen time I had to tease that stuff and to give her a journey really. So hopefully we’re given her a journey, like how you understand why Loki is as screwed up as he is. Hopefully, there’s that satisfaction in watching Hela.
Do you have fight scenes?
There’s a bit of wire work. I worked with the legend Zoe Bell (Grindhouse). I did as much as was humanly possible for a middle-aged mother of four [laughs]. I learned so much. All sorts of capoeira stuff. All the stunts and the fights were really interestingly choreographed. But I did train, ostensibly, so I wouldn’t injure myself.
Buenos días! Manifesto makes its first stop in Latin America for the Germany-Mexico Year at the the 32nd Guadalajara International Film Festival (March 10-17 2017). The movie will screen on March 13 and 14 in the Guest of Honor – Fiction section.
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Entertainment Weekly is featuring exclusive images from Thor: Ragnarok on the next issue. It includes a first look at Cate as Hela, the Goddess of Death. The movie will be released in November.
Sometimes even superheroes need makeovers. And let’s face it: Thor’s hair was always a little too Nelson-circa-1990. So in Thor: Ragnarok, out Nov. 3, audiences will see the Norse god get his signature blond locks shorn. “It was nice not to have to sit in the makeup chair for that hour each morning,” Chris Hemsworth says. “It felt like a rebirth for me as the actor but also as the character.”
Marvel’s third solo outing for Thor is a fresh start in more than just follicular ways. “I have a belief that if you’re lucky enough to get to part 3 of a franchise, it is your obligation not to fall to threequel-itis,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. The latest entry finds Thor battling not only the Goddess of Death, Hela (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett), but also his frenemy the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) when the pair find themselves on a desolate planet called Sakaar.
When Hela is accidentally unleashed from her prison, she is not psyched. “She’s been locked away for millennia getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she gets unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box,” says Blanchett, who worked with legendary stuntwoman Zoë Bell (Grindhouse) and learned the Brazilian martial art capoeira to prep for the role. Her attack on Thor sends him to Sakaar where he is forced to become a gladiator and realizes he’s no longer super special. “[Sakaar is] basically where every wormhole across the universe dumps out its trash, so you get people from all walks of life with all sorts of incredible abilities and powers,” Hemsworth explains. “No one cares what prince or king Thor may have been in another world. Also, his strength is pretty easily matched with those he finds himself amongst.” Case in point: Sakaar’s most successful (and popular) fighter is The Hulk.
Still, despite a title that references an end-of-days-type battle in Norse mythology, Ragnarok marks a decidedly more comedic installment for the series, thanks in large part to director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows). “Taika has such a quirky, left-of-field sense of humor, which forced all the characters and the tone of the whole story to head in a new direction,” says Hemsworth. “Each day we were like, ‘Are we pushing it too far? Are we allowed to have this much fun?’”
Now the Ragnarok team just has to see if the Marvel audience is open to such a recalibration. “I think sometimes people mistake a tonal shift as ‘We’re just going to make some ridiculous broad comedy where no one gives a s— what happens and everyone gets stoned and sits around talking about saving the universe,’?” Waititi says. “We want people to care what happens and care that the hero succeeds. I think tonally it’s like a slight shift. I don’t feel nervous — I feel good about it.”
On March 3, Cate Blanchett visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote The Present, on Broadway until March 19. Watch the full interview below. We’ve added also screencaps, stills and candids. Enjoy!
Good morning! Cate Blanchett promotes The Present in the new episode of The Art Hour on air on BBC UK Radio. Don’t miss her tomorrow (March 5th) a little after 4 p.m. local time. If you can’t, don’t worry, reruns calendar is here
Good morning! The 16th Tribeca Film Festival unveiled it’s line-up: Manifesto will screen in the Spotlight Narrative section! The Festival will take place in New York form April 13 to April 30. We’ll keep you posted!