Cate Blanchett talks about Apples; and Amazon Prime promo reel includes executive produced documentary, Burning
Posted on
May 20, 2021

Cate Blanchett talks about Apples; and Amazon Prime promo reel includes executive produced documentary, Burning

Hi, Blanchetters!

A short part of the Q&A with Cate Blanchett and Christos Nikou was released ahead of the South Korean premiere for the movie Apples. Amazon Prime has also released a promo reel of their new shows including Burning, which is a documentary executive produced by Cate. And Armani Beauty has uploaded the Crema Nera ad. Watch them below

https://youtu.be/Zzb7COaj2FA

Earthshot Prize Council Members sign open letter to mark Earth Day; & Interview from Armani Si Launch
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Apr 21, 2021

Earthshot Prize Council Members sign open letter to mark Earth Day; & Interview from Armani Si Launch

Hi, everyone!

Earthshot Prize Council members which includes Cate has signed an open letter, to mark this year’s Earth Day, encouraging people to tackle climate crisis. You can read the statement below. There’s also another article released from the Armani webinar for Si Eau de Parfum launch.

This Earth Day, we are calling on the world to come together to Give the Earth a Shot.

Members of our Earthshot Prize Council have signed an open letter calling on the world to channel the same spirit of innovation and possibility from the fight against COVID to our greatest challenge: repairing our planet.

This Earth Day, the world is in the midst of the worst health emergency in over a century. Almost three million people have died. Lives have been put on hold, jobs lost, education halted.

But humanity is rising to the challenge. People everywhere have worn masks, stayed at home and made sacrifices for the greater good. The availability of vaccines after just a year is both a triumph of science and a victory for collaboration.  

There is a long way to go. None of us are safe until everybody is safe. But we have learned what it means to pull together in the face of a truly global crisis. 

These lessons apply not just to pandemics but to the most pressing challenge in human history: stopping the climate emergency. If we do not act in this decade, the damage to our planet will be irreversible, impacting not only those of us alive today but threatening the future of generations to come.  

That’s why we’re backing the Earthshot Prize, a global initiative to discover and roll-out at scale solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems.  

Inspired by President Kennedy’s ‘Moonshot’, we’re focusing on five ‘Earthshot’ goals: oceans, air pollution, nature, climate and waste. Starting this autumn, we will award the Earthshot Prize to five winners, one per Earthshot, whose ideas make the most progress towards these goals. We will find and reward inclusive solutions which can repair the planet, help protect those most vulnerable to the changing climate, and create a healthier, cleaner and better life for us all. Five winners, every single year of this Earth-changing decade. 

Now is the time. This Earth Day, as the Leaders’ Summit on Climate kicks off the countdown to November’s COP26 Climate Conference in the UK, we must be inspired by the ingenuity and determination of the past year. We must transform our relationship with our planet, learning from those already living in harmony with nature and recognising that we all have a part to play. A better future is possible. 

As people around the world queue up for their vaccinations, now is the time to harness that same spirit of invention and give the Earth a shot too.  

Signed by:

His Royal Highness Prince William

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah

Cate Blanchett 

Christiana Figueres

Dani Alves

Sir David Attenborough

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Indra Nooyi

Naoko Yamazaki

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Shakira Mebarak

Yao Ming

INTERVIEW DE CATE BLANCHETT : PLUS BELLE ET CONFIANTE QUE JAMAIS

Cate Blanchett est l’égérie de Sì, la fragrance féminine iconique de Giorgio Armani lancée en 2013. Mais elle est, aussi et surtout, une actrice oscarisée de talent, une femme puissante, inspirante et bienveillante qui pense que les imperfections font la beauté.

Comment percevez-vous la vision de la beauté de M. Armani ? Cela correspond-il à votre propre vision ?

La notion de beauté comme état de perfection m’est étrange car c’est dans les défauts ou les imperfections que quelque chose révèle son unicité, sa grâce et sa puissance. En fin de compte, je pense que la vraie beauté est en constante évolution. Presque insaisissable et inaccessible.

Qu’est-ce qui vous plaît le plus dans le message véhiculé par le parfum Sì ?

Appeler son parfum signature Sì est un message puissant et positif, invitant les femmes à se connecter positivement avec elles-mêmes et avec les autres. Dire oui à la vie, aux possibilités qui s’offrent à nous, aux expériences qui se présentent, c’est essentiellement ce que M. Armani a fait toute sa vie.

En grandissant, y avait-il quelqu’un que vous admiriez tout particulièrement et que vous trouviez beau ?

J’ai toujours pensé que David Bowie était profondément beau. En lisant sur Eleonora Duse, je pense qu’elle a dû être absolument captivante et la voix de Nina Simone est l’une des plus belles choses que j’ai jamais entendues.

Quelle est votre vision sur le fait d’être une femme aujourd’hui ?

Je n’ai jamais été aussi enthousiasmée par la collaboration entre femmes qu’aujourd’hui, à travers les cultures, les disciplines et les générations. Il y a un réel niveau d’ouverture, d’honnêteté et d’expérience partagée qui se met en place ; une volonté de regarder notre passé collectif afin d’avancer de manière productive et positive dans le futur. Évidemment, il y a encore du chemin à parcourir mais je pense qu’il existe un climat favorable tant pour discuter de nos échecs et de nos peurs que pour partager nos succès et nos inspirations.

Que signifie pour vous être une femme puissante ?

Être puissant est souvent associé à l’argent et à l’influence. Certaines des personnes les plus puissantes que j’ai rencontrées sont des personnes qui possèdent une grande maîtrise d’elle-même, qui sont engagées, généreuses et sages. Personnellement, je me sens de plus en confiance lorsque je n’essaye pas de prouver quoi que ce soit à qui que ce soit d’autre qu’à moi-même.

Dans quelle mesure est-il important d’oser être soi-même?

Être «soi-même» est un concept délicat car découvrir qui vous êtes est un voyage de toute une vie. Nous sommes dans un état constant de «devenir». Mais l’expression de soi sous toutes ses formes peut être angoissante et révélatrice, alors quand vous avez le soutien et la confiance de ceux qui vous entourent, et le courage de vos propres convictions, cela aide vraiment.

Y a-t-il une règle de beauté que vous ignorez continuellement ?

Je sais que le sommeil est très important pour avoir les idées claires et prendre soin de son corps, mais je me couche toujours trop tard.

Quels conseils beauté donneriez-vous à la jeune Cate Blanchett ?

D’accepter ses défauts. Après tout le visage et le corps changeront constamment tout au long de la vie, alors autant l’accepter dès le départ.

 

 

Sources: Earthshot, Elle Belgium

Promotional interviews for Sì Eau de Parfum Intense
Posted on
Mar 20, 2021

Promotional interviews for Sì Eau de Parfum Intense

Hi, blanchetters!

We’re finally getting articles from the webinar that Cate attended for the launch of the new Sì Eau de Parfum Intense. There’s also new photo published by Corriere Della Sera. Check them below.

Cate Blanchett: «Il mio meglio è ora. Non metto le scarpe da 10 mesi»

La diva 51enne «volto» di Giorgio Armani si racconta: «Mi basta un rossetto e un profumo per essere felice, oppure avere vicino persone che ti fanno sentire bene, o la musica»

Lei dall’altra parte del video. Determinata e convincente. Proprio come quando si cala nel ruolo di testimonial per Giorgio Armani Beauty, a cui presta il volto oramai da otto anni. Adesso è impegnata con Sì Intense, il nuovo lancio. Cate Blanchett non conosce età e guarda solo al futuro. «È passato tanto tempo — racconta — da quando faccio parte di questa famiglia ma, stranamente, mi sento come se non fosse così. Conosco lo stile Armani sin da quand’ero piccola. Il mio ruolo è quello di incarnare quello che rappresenta: fiducia, sensualità, celebrazione delle donne in tutta la loro complessità. Il che rappresenta una certa responsabilità…». Sono mesi difficili, però guardandola e ascoltando come la parte di diva lascia spazio a una certa quotidianità, non si può che essere sorpresi. «Sono sincera. Il mio “meglio” è adesso. Non indosso scarpe. Ho smesso di indossarle circa dieci mesi fa, il che è fantastico. Per me, essere al meglio, ha a che fare con l’umore. Qualche esempio? Un rossetto che ti fa subito apparire bellissima, oppure avere vicino persone che ti fanno sentire davvero bene, ma anche la musica. Insomma, qualunque cosa serva per spostare il tuo umore verso la felicità. Quindi dico: ci vuole coraggio».

«Se non emergiamo cambiati da Covid, siamo pazzi»

L’ultima apparizione mondana è quella dello scorso settembre alla Mostra del Cinema di Venezia dove era presidente di giuria. Il primo momento glamour dopo mesi di chiusura. «È stato un miracolo — ricorda — averlo realizzato. C’era la volontà di sostenere tutti, artisti e lavoratori impegnati in questo mondo». Ora si guarda avanti. «Questo anno — dice — ci è stato comunque d’aiuto. Se non emergiamo cambiati da quello è successo negli ultimi dodici mesi, siamo dei pazzi. Io nel mio piccolo cerco sempre di cambiare. Però ho visto come è stato difficile, per milioni di persone in tutto il mondo, tornare a vivere. Da quello che è successo, dobbiamo cogliere gli elementi positivi. Ritengo che l’industria del lusso e della bellezza possono dare un aiuto». Tra queste ci mette anche moda e fragranze. «I profumi contribuiscono a renderci felici. Ricordo spesso l’odore del mare. Ma alla fine penso che il mio preferito sia probabilmente l’odore dei bambini. Profumarsi è un gesto, per me, estremamente importante, è il modo in cui inizio la giornata. Proprio come con le attenzioni per la pelle: sono indispensabili per la mia mente e per il mio spirito».

Succo di limone e aceto di mele

E lancia un messaggio sulla bellezza: «Non credo ai segreti di bellezza. Dovremmo condividere tutto. La medicina cinese ci insegna che l’intestino è il nostro secondo cervello. Sono dell’idea che occorra essere sani internamente. Provo a mangiare bene: mi affido a succo di limone, aceto di mele, tutte quelle cose che mantengono il sistema alcalino». Una bellezza, la sua, in perfetta sintonia con lo stile Armani. «Ho sempre gravitato, a livello interiore, verso una sartoria più maschile. E ho collegato Armani anche all’amore per la natura, e lui l’ha dimostrato prima di chiunque altro. Quando parliamo di bellezza parliamo di perfezione mentre Armani celebra il fatto che qualcosa sia veramente bello anche se ha a che fare con l’imperfezione». Una carriera impegnativa tra film di successo. Adesso anche nel ruolo di produttrice e protagonista di serie Tv. «Trovo che recitare sia come una conversazione. Quindi dipende da con chi dialoghi. Il mio rapporto con i registi è molto importante, come con gli sceneggiatori. Quando recito penso sempre a tutto. Quindi, per me, produrre è solo un’estensione del mio impegno. In questo periodo stiamo guardando molto il piccolo schermo, più di quanto abbiamo fatto in passato. E quindi è stato un momento fantastico per far uscire due serie televisive. Ormai sono perennemente alla ricerca di soggetti». Prima di chiudere la talk-call internazionale un tuffo nel passato. Se la fragranza Sì fosse un film, di chi sarebbe? «Di Antonioni con Monica Vitti protagonista».

Der wahre Cate-Effekt

Zeitlos schön mit Stil: Cate Blanchett verkörpert wie keine andere unangestrengte Eleganz und individuelle Schönheit. Der Beauty-Talk.

Schauspielerin, Mutter und Beauty-Ikone: Mit ihren 51 Jahren beweist eine von innen und außen strahlende Cate Blanchett, dass Schönheit weder Alter noch Regeln kennt. In der oscarprämierten Leinwandgöttin fand Giorgio Armani 2013 die perfekte Muse für seine beliebten „Sì“-Düfte. Zum Launch der neuen Parfum-Kreation „Sì Intense“ verriet die gar nicht so kühle Blonde im offenherzigen Talk, worauf es in Sachen Schönheit wirklich ankommt.

Für welche Art von Weiblichkeit steht Giorgio Armani für Sie?

Cate Blanchett: Sein Sinn für Schönheit und Weiblichkeit ist sehr komplex, gleichzeitig aber so mühelos und voller Stärke. Giorgio Armani hat einen großen Einfluss auf mein Leben, sowohl in ästhetischer als auch intellektueller Hinsicht.

Welche Bedeutung haben Düfte für Sie?

Blanchett: Düfte stehen für Emotionen und Erinnerungen. Sie sind ein persönlicher Ausdruck des eigenen Selbst und seiner Wünsche. Ich trage jeden Tag Parfum auf, so starte ich in den Tag. Es ist wie Hautpflege für meinen Geist.

Was macht in Ihren Augen Schönheit aus?

Blanchett: Der Blick auf das Leben, Tatendrang, die inneren Energien und Humor sind Aspekte, die uns einzigartig und außergewöhnlich machen. Diese Einzigartigkeit ist es, die wahrhaftige Schönheit ausstrahlt.

Verraten Sie uns Ihr Beauty-Geheimnis?

Blanchett: Es sollte keine Schönheitsgeheimnisse geben! Dieses Wissen sollte uns allen zugänglich sein. Ich glaube, dass eine gesunde Verdauung überaus wichtig ist. In China nennt man den Darm nicht umsonst das zweite Hirn. Wenn man innerlich gesund ist, dann ist auch die Haut – unser größtes Organ – gesund. Ich versuche, mich so ausgeglichen und gesund wie möglich zu ernähren, auch wenn es mir nicht immer gelingt. Ich setze auf Zitronensaft und Apfelessig, um gleich in der Früh für einen basischen Ausgleich zu sorgen. Ich meide die Sonne und trinke viel Wasser.

Welche Beauty-Regel missachten Sie konsequent?

Blanchett: Ausreichend Schlaf ist sehr wichtig, sowohl für den Geist als auch für den Körper. Aber leider gehe ich immer viel zu spät ins Bett.

Welchen Beauty-Ratschlag würden Sie Ihrem jüngeren Ich geben?

Blanchett: Freunde dich mit deinen Makeln an! Dein Gesicht und dein Körper werden sich im Laufe des Lebens verändern, also begegne diesem Prozess bewusst mit offenen Armen!

CATE BLANCHETT O BEAUTY RUTINI: ‘ODREKLA SAM SE CIPELA, ALI NE I OMILJENOG PARFEMA‘

Oskarovka Cate Blanchett sudjelovala je na promociji novog mirisa putem videoaplikacije i otkrila koliko joj se život promijenio u pandemijskoj godini: odviknula od cipela, ali ne i od nanošenja parfema – katkad i nekoliko razli?itih istodobno.

Iako je u svojoj dugoj karijeri osvojila mnogo nagrada, australska glumica Cate Blanchett (51) nije skrivala velika o?ekivanja uo?i ovogodišnje dodjele Zlatnog globusa, za koji je bila nominirana s ulogom u serijalu “Mrs. America”. Nagradu nije osvojila, no o tematici ženskog osnaživanja, kojoj je posve?en ovaj TV serijal i kontroverzan lik Phyllis Schlafly, Cate je nadahnuto pri?ala i na online konferenciji u povodu predstavljanja nove verzije Armanijeva mirisa Sì ­ Intense.

– Što zna?i biti snažna žena? Pojam mo?i i snage uvijek se povezivao s novcem i utjecajem, no za mene to ima druk?ije zna?enje: najsnaž­nije osobe koje sam ikad upoznala krase osobi­ne poput iskrenosti, velikodušnosti i mudrosti. A s godinama sam i ja postala mudra te nikome ne pokušavam dokazati ništa, osim samoj sebi – rekla je Cate Blanchett kad se putem videoapli­kacije javila iz svog doma u Sydneyju. Kao dugo­godišnja ambasadorica modnog i beauty brenda Armani te zaštitno lice parfema Sì od njegova prvog dana (2013.) prisjetila se dana kad je prvi put rekla “sì” (da) gospodinu Armaniju.

– Bilo je to i prije nego što smo se osobno upoznali. Naime, od prvog ve?eg honorara kupila sam si odijelo Armani, koje i danas ?uvam te ponekad još i nosim. No, prvi susret “uživo” bio je prije petnaestak godina, kad su me njegovi suradni­ci pozvali da nastupim kao manekenka na reviji Giorgio Armani Privé: pamtim trenutak kad smo ostali sami u prostoriji, u kojoj je on osobno prila­go?avao haljinu mojem tijelu. Dok je popravljao rub, bio je preda mnom na koljenima, tako skro­man, a tako siguran u sebe ­ otkrila je glumica, dodaju?i da se apsolutno pronalazi u Armanijevoj estetici i njegovom pojmu ženstvenosti, koji uklju?uje i neke elemente muške mode. Isto je i s izborom parfema, koji su joj najvažnija sporedna stvar na svijetu.­ Za mene je parfem vrlo osoban izraz unutar­njeg stanja ­ rekla je ­ a kako se ta stanja mije­njaju tijekom dana, tako to pokazujem mirisom. Ja uvijek na sebi imam nekoliko razli?itih, a opet komplementarnih mirisa: ujutro stavim neki osvježavaju?i, popodne ga “pregazim” malo intenzivnijim, a nave?er dolazi nešto opet druk?ije. Proteklih godinu dana nisam baš izla­zila, uglavnom sam kod ku?e i ne šminkam se, ali svaki dan nanosim parfem. Ili više njih.

Kao i svima, i Cate Blanchett se život u pandemijskoj godini dosta promijenio. I ona je, kaže, iskoristila taj period da stane na loptu i postala je introspektivnija, a u tom poniranju u sebe i svoje misli pozabavila se i pojmom lje­pote, koja je tako važna u njenom poslu.­ Za mene je ljepota uvijek bila u detaljima, u životnoj snazi i ener­giji koju osoba odašilje prema van, a ne u savrše­noj vanjštini. Recimo, meni je jedan od najljepših ljudi David Bowie, a jedna od najljepših pojava – glas Nine Simone. Što se ti?e mojeg ulaganja u vlastiti izgled, priznajem da sam tu poprili?no nemarna. Za dnevnu rutinu njege treba mi samo dosta sna, žlica jabu?nog octa ujutro natašte, Armanijeva “crna krema”, jer savršeno hidratizira kožu, i neki losion sa SPF faktorom. I povremeno koristim kozmetiku bogatu vitaminom C i cin­kom. To je sva mudrost – rekla je Cate Blanchett, koja nam je otkrila još jedan vrlo intiman detalj. Kako zbog korone mnogo vremena provodi kod ku?e, sa suprugom Andrewom Uptonom i njiho­vo ?etvero djece, potpuno se opustila i prestala nositi formalnu obu?u. Iako poput svih nas jedva ?eka povratak normalnom životu, uvjerena je da ?e joj biti najteže ponovno usko?iti u cipele.

Here are some behind the scenes:

 

 

Sources: Corriere, Madonna, Gloria

Cate Blanchett is set to play Donald Trump’s sister in James Gray’s Armageddon Time
Posted on
Mar 17, 2021

Cate Blanchett is set to play Donald Trump’s sister in James Gray’s Armageddon Time

Hi, everyone!

We have some details for Cate’s upcoming film Armageddon Time. Read below

James Gray has revealed he is setting his sights on an autumn start for his aptly titled project Armageddon Times, set to star Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Oscar Isaac and Cate Blanchett. 

The New York-based filmmaker’s everyday existence has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns but he remains confident his  cast will be vaccinated and ready to hit the set.

Written and directed by Gray, the feature is produced by his Ad Astra partner, Brazil’s  RT Features with the backing of Focus Features. It draws on the filmmaker’s own experiences as a student at the Kew-Forest School in Queens which counts Donald Trump among its alumni. The former US president’s sister delivered a speech to Gray and his fellow pupils.

“Cate Blanchett is going to play Donald Trump’s sister which is the weirdest sentence I have ever said,” Gray says. “She’s only in it for three days, she’s doing me a favour. She has a really long speech to deliver, it’s a real scene-stealer. I’ve tried to recreate the real speech as best I could from memory.”

The project is currently hostage to Covid-19 insurance, Covid-19 health and safety protocol costs and when New York is going to open up for filming. “Let’s face it, vaccination has got to get more widespread. The US wasn’t doing so well but it looks like we’ve got our heads out of our asses, a lot of people have been vaccinated, including me by the way. I’m ready to go and shoot this thing.”

Source: Screen Daily

Cate Blanchett supports Theatre Artists Fund
Posted on
Mar 16, 2021

Cate Blanchett supports Theatre Artists Fund

Hi, everyone!

Cate has shown her support for the Theatre Artist Funds in the UK. You can read more into it below.

On 16 March 2020, theatres across the UK were forced to close their doors as a result of the global pandemic. On this one year anniversary, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the past year and to share our hopes for the future.

Throughout the ongoing pandemic, the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre (UKT) have been working closely with the government to lobby the needs of our industry and it’s world-renowned talent. Today, survey results collected by SOLT and UKT from across the theatre sector paint a picture of an industry that has struggled to survive the past 12 months and faced huge financial strain – but remains resilient and adaptable.

To mark 16 March, a host of famous faces are joining colleagues from across the theatre industry today in highlighting the plight of freelancers and raising awareness for the Theatre Artists Fund, using the social media hashtags #16March, #TheatreArtistsFund and #FirstInLastOut – referencing the fact that theatre workers were first into lockdown and will be among the last to return to work.

Created last July by director Sam Mendes, SOLT and UK Theatre, the Theatre Artists Fund provides emergency financial aid to the freelancers who make up an estimated 70% of the theatre sector. Eligible freelancers in need can apply for an individual grant of £1000 to help pay bills and put food on the table. The latest round of grant applications has opened today and will close on 30 March. Full details of eligibility and how to apply are available on the Theatre Artists Fund website.

Those who have lent their support to the #16March campaign include Joe Alwyn, Ellie Bamber, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville, Michaela Coel, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anne-Marie Duff, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfie Enoch, Michael Fassbender, Claire Foy, Hugh Jackman, Ruth Madeley, Ian McKellen, Liam Neeson, James Norton, Sophie Okonedo, Weruche Opia, Andi Osho, Elaine Paige, Maxine Peake, Simon Pegg, Eddie Redmayne, Imelda Staunton, Juliet Stevenson, Mark Strong, David Walliams, Harriet Walter, Zoë Wanamaker, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams, Ruth Wilson and Kate Winslet. You can find out more in the story below. If you’d like to support the theatre industry, please do consider donating to the Theatre Artists Fund. No matter how big or small, every little really does help and will go directly to those in need.

Source: Official London Theatre 

Cate Blanchett Birthday Project 2021 and New Magazine Scan
Posted on
Jan 10, 2021

Cate Blanchett Birthday Project 2021 and New Magazine Scan

Hello, Blanchetters!

The Cate Blanchett Birthday Project 2021 is here. And we got new magazine scan which is first for 2021.

The birthday project is an idea created by Eden, a fan from our community. Since 2015, she proposes a set of tasks to express our admiration and say happy birthday to Cate.

F N.2 – January 12th 2021

If you want to join the birthday project, please read the details below:

Welcome the 2021 (7th) Cate Blanchett Birthday Project!

Every year, for the past 7 years I’m trying to collaborate Cate Blanchett fans together in order to make something special for her birthday. And I am super excited to say that we have made 6 successful birthday projects together which has ALL arrived to Cate.

Cate Blanchett has influenced me and many more people through the years and this project is my way to say: Thank You. This year the project will surround CELEBRATING OURSELVES. 

Cate is a huge inspiration for all of us. She believes in celebrating ourselves as WHO WE ARE. If it’s as a woman, as a man, as a queer, as whoever we want to be, and this project is about that. It’s about being ourselves and celebrating us as who we are, because that’s where our true power lies.

This year we will create a fan cover for the ultimate Cate song “You Don’t Own Me” This is how it will work:

  • The amazing Maya has created an amazing piano cover for us. It is right here.
  • I want you to listen to the cover and sing the song! If you’re not sure, you can listen to Erich’s great intro here.
  • Then videotape yourself covering the song. You can create two different videos of Audio & a video OR make it in one. It doesn’t really matter
  • The most important thing here is that the Audio needs to be AS CLEAN AS POSSIBLE.
    Meaning: I want to hear your singing voice only! The playback will be in your headphones but not for me to hear it.  
  • If you are a dancer or a performer this section is to you: You can dance/ perform to the piano cover and I will add that to our clip.

Some things to get out of the way:

  • I’m not singer and I’m not expecting you to be ones. It’s just you making something fun for Cate! 🙂
  • The song is not very difficult, so if there are certain parts you feel you are better at, feel free to sing only them. Anyways, I promise I’ll edit it the way we will hear your BEST parts
  • This is also the first time I’m doing something like that, so be supportive and have fun!

How does it work?

  • Send an email with your Name, Age & Country
  • Mention in the email if you joined any of the past projects and if yes mention the year
  • Send your Audio & video as one / two files
  • Make sure we hear only your singing voice in the recording (and not the piano cover. A great way to do that is to put headphones on and listen to the piano over there)

Rules:

  • Keep an appropriate language
  • Letting you know the project will be released ONLINE

Deadline

All projects should arrive until APRIL 15TH, 2021. Send them all to the following address: CBFbirthday2015@gmail.com (the same one from past years) If you have any questions you can ask me here on the  ask box / twitter email .

Taking part in the project this year + special thanks: Cate Blanchett DailyQueen CateCate Blanchett FanErichAbbey and Maya.

FAQs

  • Who can participate the project? – Everyone who wants to.
  • Can I send a picture of myself with a happy birthday poster? You can include that. but it can’t be instead of the project itself.
  • Can you guarantee Cate will receive the book? – sadly not, but we will try our best to make this work.
Cate Blanchett in Staged and news compilation
Posted on
Jan 9, 2021

Cate Blanchett in Staged and news compilation

Hi, everyone!

Cate was recently a guest on the second season of Staged which you can stream on BBC iPlayer. She appeared on the 7th episode titled The Loo Recluse. There’s also new interview with Cate and some film related news.

Nightmare Alley release date and Borderlands filming soon to begin

Nightmare Alley

With films including Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro (pictured) is one of the most original, audacious directors today, his work fusing heart and horror. It will be fascinating to see what he does to reinvent Nightmare Alley, based on a novel that was adapted into the classic 1947 film noir of the same name. Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett star in the story of a con man who teams up with a psychologist. The rest of the amazing cast includes David Strathairn, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins and Willem Dafoe. Who wouldn’t want to work with Del Toro? His films are always at the top of my want-to-see list. (CJ)

Released on 3 December (2021) in the US

Borderlands is set to film in Hungary

Like the rest of the world, Hungary was hit by the coronavirus pandemic and, like the rest of the movie business, COVID-19 shuttered film and TV shoots at studios in and around Budapest. But Hungary was one of the last places to shut down — low infection numbers in Spring meant there was no formal lockdown during the first wave of the pandemic in spring 2020 — and, because of smart planning and a cooperative, pro-film-industry government, the country’s studios were among the first, in early summer, to welcome back international productions.

“It’s remarkable, really, given all of the challenges that we’ve faced since this crisis began, that we’ve managed to keep going,” says Adam Goodman, head of MidAtlantic Films, Hungary’s leading production services provider. In addition to the Cage movie, and ongoing production for Halo, MidAtlantic also wrapped on Amblin’s sci-fi drama Distant, starring Naomi Scott and Anthony Ramos, and is in production on season five of Carnival/Netflix series The Lost Kingdom.

We’ve opened up space for a Lionsgate film, Borderlands [starring Cate Blanchett and Kevin Hart], we’re doing season three of Jack Ryan for Paramount TV, and we’re doing a Marvel project, which, for the usual security reasons, I can’t talk about,” notes Goodman. “We’re basically fully booked for the coming cycle, until the summer, which, hopefully, will be the last cycle of shows we have to do under COVID-19 protocols.”

Inside the Complicated “Chutzpah” of ‘Mrs. America’: Stars Uzo Aduba, Cate Blanchett, Margo Martindale and Sarah Paulson in Conversation

The actresses talk about researching their real-life counterparts, the importance of honoring the hidden legacy of female trailblazers, the relevance of the show to the modern political landscape and the limited series’ iconic costumes.

Four members of the most star-studded TV ensemble of the year — Cate Blanchett (as conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly), Uzo Aduba (Shirley Chisholm, the U.S.’ first Black female congresswoman and presidential candidate), Margo Martindale (Rep. Bella Abzug) and Sarah Paulson (Alice Macray, a fictional Schlafly supporter) — joined THR’s TV critic Inkoo Kang for the following conversation about the critically acclaimed limited series Mrs. America, which depicts the politically charged fight to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

What was it like to research your?characters? 

MARGO MARTINDALE I did two months of research to [understand] the relationships between Bella Abzug and the people that were on her side of the fence, especially Shirley and Gloria [Steinem, played by Rose Byrne]. I knew very little about the other side. But the whole show was a complete education for me. I think I’m the oldest [castmember] and I should have known more, but I didn’t. I’m very, very, very grateful to have gotten to do this show for that reason, and to be with these incredible, fabulous women. And one man. No, there are more than that — two or three.

UZO ADUBA My mom was a fan of Shirley Chisholm’s, so I had a high-level understanding of who she was. I really learned more about her through research and came to understand how outside the lines she was playing. I didn’t know how steep the mountain was that she was up against within her own party. I didn’t know a good number of the women featured in this piece, and I think they all align on that level — to me, anyway — in terms of what they were aiming to accomplish in a time when [those opportunities] didn’t exist.

CATE BLANCHETT  It sounds a bit counterintuitive, but for me, the character is strangely the last point of entry. I had heard of Phyllis Schlafly but didn’t really know the details of her life. Sarah and I were making Ocean’s 8 in the lead-up to the 2016 election, and a lot of this stuff came into play for me then. There was this little old woman who had been brought onto the campaign trail for Trump called Schlafly, and then he went to her funeral. And I thought, “Hang on a minute. This woman is a really strong political player for the GOP. I have no idea who she is.”

I sort of reverse-engineered it from there. I thought, “She’s so polarizing.” There were people saying she’s either the Antichrist or the Mother Teresa of the Republican Party. There’s no point in judging your character — that’s for the audience to do. I read her authorized biography to try to get a balanced sense of the woman. Ironically, she’s a quintessential outsider. She was always trying to get inside the political system. 

Sarah, what was it like to play a fictional character on this vastly researched show?

SARAH PAULSON I had been shooting Ratched until 32 hours prior to traveling to Toronto to start this. I felt totally unprepared. But I comforted myself [by saying], “This is a woman who is finding her sea legs and stepping into her own discovery of herself.” I was jealous, truthfully, of the work that one can get inside when you’re knee-deep in research. I find that very liberating, when I have a blueprint that’s not my own invention or the?writer’s invention, but something that actually happened in history that I can look to. I didn’t?have to do any research, but Alice was in the?dark.

Was there any sense of irony on set that here was a group of women collaborating on a TV show about women who were destroying each ?other?

BLANCHETT Were they destroying each other, or was it the system that was never going to let them flourish? I think that’s something that Gloria Steinem talks about a lot — that catfight view of history. It certainly didn’t happen on set, and it certainly didn’t happen within the women’s movement. When you’re talking about subtle nuances in trying to reinvent the wheel — not just replicate parallel patriarchal structure, but to actually imagine a world in which power operates differently — then there are going to be missteps, and people are going to feel excluded. It’s complicated and messy. There will be disagreements and exclusions and people’s pride will be hurt. People will splinter off. That is what the women’s movement was.

Something really amazing about Mrs. America is that it’s a lot about a bunch of older women trying to change the world. We still don’t see that very often. All your characters?have these really full lives — even Alice, Sarah’s character, Is ?a grandmother.

BLANCHETT It’s really important to challenge that it’s not [about that]. People think about feminism as being from a particular age group or a particular racial group or cultural group or gender group or sexual persuasion. It wasn’t — it was truly intersectional and intergenerational. Sarah’s character was a grandmother, but it’s because you got into the process of having children when you were 20. So these women, even though they use a lot of hair spray and they might have looked calcified, we look at people [of previous generations and] we think they look ancient at the age of 22. It’s just that they weren’t given the opportunity to flourish into anything else, or given the opportunity to consider having children in their 30s or 40s or all those things that we associate with being old.

I’m not saying that, exactly — I just think it’s nice to see more stories in pop culture about women past the ingenue age. How did you all try to convey the breadth of experiences that each of your characters came ?with?

MARTINDALE Well, [Bella] was extremely smart and a real politician, a woman who knew how to maneuver the system of politics and to fight for all the things that she believed in. She believed in a multitude of civil rights and gay rights and anti-war and equal rights, so she had to choose which one to stick. She was smart enough to know that you really can’t have 15 things going at once. You’ve got to choose what you want to go first. That was something through her political career that she learned. She could see it on the other side, too. She was in her 50s, I think, when I became aware of her, though she looked like she was in her late 60s.

BLANCHETT Not the way you played ?her.

PAULSON Margo, you played her so? young.

MARTINDALE I didn’t feel like it was all catfights. I thought that we really were looking for the best in each other. Some of us knew how to get there faster. I think Bella loves Shirley. She really wanted all the things for Shirley, but it was too soon. “Shirley, we’ve got something else we’ve got to do first.”

BLANCHETT I found that that kind of professional and personal exchange between those two personas [was] some of the most painful stuff in the whole series. And to your point before, I think that’s part of the system.

MARTINDALE On the other side of this thing, back to the irony of this group of women, this group of actors. We were incredibly supportive of each other and only wanted the best in each other. I didn’t feel that it was completely ironic. I thought it kind of was reflective of what was going on.

Uzo, do you want to speak to all the crazy things that Shirley had been through in her life, and trying to convey that one scene at a time?

ADUBA I started from the thing that rang really clear and/or loudest for me, [which] was the idea of what is possible. More specifically, what is possible for you. That idea lived and seemed to breathe around her campaign. That this idea of someone like herself who’s Black, a woman. This type of Black woman, if we’re going to get really specific.

How would you describe that type of Black woman? 

ADUBA A Black woman who is not at all Eurocentric-adjacent. A Black woman who is not imperialistically beautiful. A Black woman who is quick-tongued and sharp and strong and forward-standing, long in her spine. And a Black woman who is committed to the person that she knows herself to be. [A Black woman who] is unbending in that and cannot be contained, let’s say, is a lot for that time. And I would say even now, at times, [that’s often] hard to swallow. She became a congresswoman. Now, she wants to become the president of the United States, leader of the free world. That is just not something those who surrounded her [believed she could achieve]. I’m not even talking necessarily about the Women’s Caucus or the Black Caucus. I’m talking socially, that this was not a practice. That seems such an extreme dream. I have known what it feels like to have an idea of myself and what’s possible for me, and to bear witness to what someone outside of me sees that is possible for me — and knowing that those two things do not line up.

Were there costume or production details other than the writing or directing that helped your characters? I’ll be honest, I’m thinking a lot about Bella’s hats.

MARTINDALE Aren’t they great?

PAULSON Did you like wearing those hats, Margo?

MARTINDALE Yes, I love them. I had a little bit of a problem with my first one. It was a scene we were shooting and everybody was in black and beige and gray, and I was in a baby-blue vest and skirt with an orange-and-red print blouse and red hat. This is my first outfit. This is my first time onscreen. I looked like Little Bo Peep — Big Bo Peep in a room full of beige and gray. And I said, “I can’t wear this hat.”

BLANCHETT  But you experienced her chutzpah to even wear those hats. The thing I must say about Bina Daigeler, our incredible costume designer, is that so many times you see things set in the ’70s and you feel like everyone raided their parents’ wardrobe. So people were in costume. Bina really worked to make [us] feel like [we were] wearing clothes.

MARTINDALE I thought Bina was a genius, and I wanted to kill her a few times. Finally she let me choose the hats I wanted to wear with each outfit.

PAULSON For me, it was the pantyhose. Every time I put on pantyhose, I was like, “Look!”

BLANCHETT That’s what they’re for.

PAULSON That and the kind of bra I would wear. I didn’t know the boob was supposed to look that way by design. But there was something about the pantyhose. I don’t wear them in my own life, so every time I put them on, I was reminded of all the ladies who had to do that for years.

Cate, what did you get out of Schlafly’s very specific look?

BLANCHETT She was leading the audience into the series. There had to be a porous sense to her to enable people who would have otherwise found her repulsive to lean in. Phyllis really understood the power of the media before any of those dudes did. I think that was something I had in mind, you know, how to evolve a lot.

Have you heard from any conservative or liberal women in your life about the show? 

BLANCHETT I grew up identifying as a feminist, but my mother’s generation didn’t necessarily. [Many of them thought feminists] hate men, were anti-family … To me, the greatest moment of happiness was that I finally thought I was talking to people who were finding a point of similarity between these women [who were] so polarized by politics.

ADUBA I have had a lot of friends of mine talk about how important it is to actually mark Phyllis Schlafly into history. Because I didn’t know her, either. And the fact of the matter is, here is a woman at the end of the day, a woman. Whether we believe it or support it or not, want to know it or not. A woman is responsible for having crafted what are some of the more conservative talking points. And it’s important to [recognize that] so that we don’t forget our history.

MARTINDALE I would say the conservative women from my childhood who are still conservative, most of them would not watch it. I found it extremely disappointing, because it really would broaden their minds or give them a glimpse of something that they missed. I found it almost tragic. And what can you do? They just didn’t, it wasn’t for them.

BLANCHETT I wonder if that speaks to how painful that period of history was. I think there’s a lot of pain and misunderstanding, but that needs to be talked about. And that’s really difficult for people to approach. When we first started [developing the show], it was Phyllis and Gloria. As time went on, we actually needed to bring a more conservative audience into it. Because you don’t want to have these conversations with just us. You don’t want to have these conversations with a sense of judgment of the “other side.”

MARTINDALE It was just so shocking to me — as if to say, “Well, I’m just not interested in that.” That’s really what it was.

PAULSON Isn’t that sort of fundamentally how we are today? A lot of unwillingness.

MARTINDALE It’s unwillingness, Sarah, that’s exactly right.

PAULSON Unwillingness, in general. People like to stand where they’ve been standing. They don’t want to change their worldview. They don’t want to have it shaken. People don’t want to put the effort and energy into discovering what they don’t know. Their belief system is safe, and they’re not interested in questioning it. And that’s terribly sad, but I think it’s [where we have been] for so long as a country.

Source: THR, THR-Borderlands, BBC

Cate Blanchett pays tribute to Liv Ullmann
Posted on
Dec 19, 2020

Cate Blanchett pays tribute to Liv Ullmann

Hi, everyone! We have a new short video with Cate who paid tribute to Liv Ullmann (Woman of Year 2020 by KK Magazine). Liv also talked a bit about working with her in A Streetcar Named Desire.

«Hei Liv. Det er så lenge siden jeg har sett deg, men minnene fra tiden vi tilbrakte sammen, jeg tenker på dem hver dag og det er ingen overdrivelse».

Slik begynner Hollywood-stjerna Cate Blanchett sin eksklusive videohilsen til Liv Ullmann, sendt til KK i forbindelse med at vi i 2020 kåret Liv Ullmann til «Årets Kvinne».

At Liv Ullmann er en internasjonal stjerne av format, er de ingen tvil om. Hennes stjernestatus i utlandet ble imidlertid ytterligere bekreftet da vi spurte Hollywood-kjendisene om de ville være med og hylle Liv Ullmann i anledning KK-prisen.

– Gjort meg bortskjemt

Men heller ikke Hollywood-stjerna Cate Blanchett kan få fullrost Liv Ullmann. Da KK-redaksjonen hadde den glede av å motta Blanchetts videohilsen til Liv, forsto vi enda bedre hvor dype spor Liv Ullmann fortsetter å sette etter seg ute i verden, både som skuespiller og regissør.

– Å jobbe med deg som regissør har lagt lista så høyt at jeg nå er bortskjemt, og drømmer om den dagen vi kan jobbe sammen igjen, sier Blanchett i videoen, og referer til da Liv Ullmann regisserte suksessforestillingen «Sporvogn til begjær» i Sydney Theatre Company i 2009, der Cate spilte hovedrollen Blanche DuBois.

Stykket fikk panegyrisk mottakelse fra de tyngste kritikerne verden over, og Liv Ullmann og Cate Blanchett tok djerve grep og endret blant annet slutten på teaterklassikeren.

– Jeg elsker deg!

Cate Blanchett beskriver i videoen Liv Ullmann som en «utrolig venn»:

– Gratulerer så mye med prisen «Årets Kvinne». Du er min «Årets kvinne» hvert eneste år. Hvert eneste år, sier Cate og øser en lang rekke superlativer over sin venninnen, nok til gi hvem som helst klump i halsen.

– Jeg savner deg og elsker deg og all ære til deg. De største gratulasjoner og all kjærlighet! avslutter Blanchett og sender et smellkyss gjennom ruta til Liv Ullmann.

Here’s the part where Liv talked about Cate in her new interview:

– Verdens skjønneste samarbeid

Liv Ullmann har tolket verdenslitteraturens kvinner og hatt regi på storfilmer og teaterklassikere. Hvordan har hun opplevd å selv stå ved roret?

– Da jeg var ung, tjente man på å stole på ­instruktøren. I dag stiller skuespillerne spørsmål, og noen tror de vet best. En jeg beundrer, sa: «Jeg gjør det på min måte.» Da visste jeg at hun og jeg aldri kunne nå en høyde sammen.

En høyde nådde Liv definitivt i 2009, da hun satte opp «Sporvogn til Begjær» i Sydney og ­siden i New York. Anmeldelsene var panegyriske, og Cate Blanchett sa: «Å jobbe med Liv Ullmann var en livsforandrende opplevelse.»

– Vi hadde verdens skjønneste samarbeid, ­forteller Liv.

– Cate Blanchett ville ha noe av meg, og jeg visste jeg fikk noe av henne. Hun fulgte meg i mange år. Vi ble enormt nære og snakket så personlig. Vi forandret slutten på stykket og viste det sårbare mennesket som mister sitt slør og går inn i lyset som et fritt menneske.

Source: KK, KK – Liv

Cate Blanchett: ‘Covid-19 has ravaged the whole idea of small government’
Posted on
Oct 28, 2020

Cate Blanchett: ‘Covid-19 has ravaged the whole idea of small government’

Hi, Blanchetters!

Cate has written an essay as part of the new book, Upturn: A Better Normal After COVID-19, by Tanya Plibersek.

Here’s an extract:

The other day I had to go into town for a dental appointment. I put on all sorts of lovely clothes as if I were going out to dinner and an opening night. The prospect of being out and about was both exhilarating and daunting. I so desperately wanted to be among people and in the city, but I’d also completely forgotten what an event was. The dentist did not seem surprised by my sartorial over-commitment – but then, I was not the first patient he had seen since lockdown.

As a person working in the arts sector, the lockdown was strangely familiar on one level – a lot of actors get stuck in a kind of limbo waiting for someone else to give them permission to do what they are good at. It was as if we were all waiting by the phone for our agent to call. It was also strangely unfamiliar because the community that holds us together, the audiences, as well as the changing of the shows and the new releases, were all put on hold too. The flow between us all was severely affected, and I was both heartened and horrified when it began to surface online. Heartened because the urge to express ourselves and the desire to communicate seems undaunted by anything. Horrified because the worst place to rehearse and perform is alone in the mirror, and sometimes the phone is just a mirror.

It was amazing, though: the opera singers belting it out on their balconies, the dancers doing their solos in their living rooms, the DJs setting up on the verandahs of their apartments. Communication is definitely a need and not a want. And talent has to express itself. That need is like the roots of a tree seeking space and nutrition, and that single cell in the root hair that is the porous gateway between the soil and the plant – that exists in all of us, in our need to communicate and make shared sense. The porous gateway between audience and artist is just that – a two-way street where both seemingly separate worlds are alive together. The pub choir where everyone got on a group Zoom and sang. For themselves? Yes. For each other? Yes. For the uni- verse? Yes. Wonderful space that came alive and thrived and tried to reach across the divide.

Covid-19 has made one thing terribly clear – government is not the same as business. The role of government is to regulate and guide the increasingly complex social landscape. Business is only a part of that landscape. Health, infrastructure, the legal system, education: these are not businesses. First and foremost they are part of society, part of our duty to each other and to the system that we are all beneficiaries of – or should be beneficiaries of – but that is a whole other catastrophe that has been made awfully clear in the last six months.

So what has Covid-19 ripped open? The fragility of social space and the robustness of our need to share. The catastrophic misdirection of the past 30 years of economic and social planning (the guiding non-principle being that there is no such thing as society). No, short of nostalgia and regret, Covid-19 has ravaged the whole idea of small government, and highlighted the importance of social and economic justice. Powerfully illustrating these concerns, the most recent wave of Black Lives Matter (BLM) activism has underlined the need for an equitable and humane social plan.

For the arts, I fear the good old days of root and soil porous gateway-ism are a thing of the past. The relationship between artist and audience has changed fundamentally. The tools of the future on hand today, from selfies to Zoom, are just awkward attempts to grab back the surface appearance of connectivity. Real connectivity will need to find a new way. The good news is, it will – and it will be fascinating and illuminating and confronting.

My guess is, it will be in the event. The fabulous event of coming together; gathering and going out (even to the dentist) and I think it will be in politics first and foremost, in argument and protest. The iconic images and moments of lockdown for me are: “I can’t breathe” written on the face masks of the BLM protesters; that courtyard in Italy filled with singing neighbours; that anonymous Lady Godiva protester in Portland, sitting stark naked in front of the police; the quiet skies; and the self-proclaimed business-genius president of the most important democracy in the world recommending ingesting or injecting disinfectant.

The common link between these iconic events is profoundly political, because the political space is where we gather, and with rhetoric or imagery or gesture, with some kind of enhanced reality (let’s call it a performance) we express what we need to say. Each one of these is startling. There is a profound element in them that is revelatory. We engage with the performance of the gesture and the whole of it is greater than the sum of its parts. I think this need to gather is fundamental to who we are, and it has been stymied by Covid-19 but also underlined by it, and that need in us for community addresses the difficult lesson we have to learn: business is not government and government is not a business. The biggest choice as governments began thinking about easing lockdowns, the choice that really seems to divide us deeply, is that between community and economy.

Like life, art can be a business. But like life, art is not all business – and it is that endangered space where life and art are not just about money that government is there to help safeguard.

Source: The Guardian