SBIFF Puts Blanchett in Master Class

Cate Blanchett, who reprises her role as Queen Elizabeth in the upcoming “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” will be honored with the Modern Master Award at the 2008 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

She will receive the award during a tribute ceremony Jan. 26 at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre.

Blanchett, who earned Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for her performance in 1998’s “Elizabeth,” also is known for her roles in such films as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Babel” and Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. She won an Oscar for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator.” She also stars in Todd Haynes’ upcoming “I’m Not There,” in which she embodies one stage in the life of Bob Dylan.

“Cate Blanchett is the most consummate actor, and portraying Queen Elizabeth and Bob Dylan in the same year — and so indelibly — is pure alchemy,” SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said.

The SBIFF runs from Jan. 24-Feb. 3.

The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by the festival; past recipients include Michael Douglas, Jackson and Jodie Foster.

source: hollywoodreporter.com

“I’m Not There” Clip Online!

– the highly anticipated Bob Dylan biopic in which several different actors(both male and female alike) portray the iconic singer/songwriter – may not be released in the U.S. until Nov. 21, but that doesn’t mean our European friends across the Atlantic can’t give us a little taste of what’s to come. As the film has already been shown twice at the Toronto and London film festivals, as well as the full country-wide release in Italy, it’s only natural that a YouTube teaser clip would pop up here and there to whet the appetites of rabid Dylan-ites across the U.S. (quite possibly increasing the amounts of foam already forming around the corners of their respective mouths).

The film’s cast list is jaw dropping, bearing big names like Cate Blanchett (as one version of Dylan, above), Richard Gere (Dylan again, but this time doing his best “Billy the Kid” impression), and Heath Ledger. But even more impressive is the soundtrack that includes some of the most influential artists in music today. From Eddie Vedder to Stephen Malkmus, Iron & Wine to Sonic Youth, Jeff Tweedy to Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Here’s the clip from the film, which includes a scene with Christian Bale as Dylan singing gospel music and preaching the word, references to the singer’s infamously fan-panned born-again Christian phase during the late ’70s to the early ’80s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyWgzUGOliw

Elizabeth: The Golden Ages

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Babel

Babel, the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s award winning movie, revolves around three stories set in Morocco, Tunisia, Mexico and Japan, and weaves together stories about people whose lives are changed by a shared crisis. The story begins with two Moroccan kids who decide to test their rifle when herding sheep. They shoot at a distant tour bus to see how far the bullet goes. The bullet travels far and hits Susan (Cate), who is on vacation with her husband Richard. The story also covers several people that were related to the gun that caused the shot.

You can find in the gallery a sort of pictures from this movie, including posters, trailer captures, movie captures and stills. Enjoy!

Blanchett Set for NY Film Festival

Films featuring New York stage veterans Cate Blanchett, Patricia Clarkson, Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Marisa Tomei will be screened as part of the 45th Annual New York Film Festival, to run September 18-October 14 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall.

Blanchett is one of six actors — along with Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Wishaw, and Marcus Carl Franklin — playing aspects of singer Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There. ()

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