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Cate Blanchett to debut at National Theatre in new Martin Crimp play in January 2019

Cate Blanchett to debut at National Theatre in new Martin Crimp play in January 2019

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Great news today! Time to go to London!

Cate Blanchett is set to debut at National Theatre (London) in a new Martin Crimp play directed by Katie Mitchell in January 2019. The actress will star allongside Stephen Dillane in a new play by Martin Crimp called WHEN WE HAVE SUFFICIENTLY TORTURED EACH OTHER: TWELVE VARIATIONS ON SAMUEL RICHARDSON’S PAMELA.

According to the press release:

Martin Crimp’s play breaks through the surface of contemporary debate to explore the
messy, often violent nature of desire, and the fluid, complicated roles that men and women
play.
Using Richardson’s novel as a provocation, five characters act out a dangerous game of
sexual domination and resistance.

Tickets will go on sale in autumn 2018 when more details will be announced by the National Theatre.

Stay tuned!!!

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“Where’d you Go Bernadette?” has a new release date.

“Where’d you Go Bernadette?” has a new release date.

Hello Everyone!

According to a new report from Deadline, “Where’d you Go Bernadette?” release date has been pushed to March 22, 2019. This is the second time the movie has changed its premiere date; it went from May 11th to October 19th this year to 2019.

EXCLUSIVE: Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semples’ Where’d You Go Bernadette has finally found his Bee, the daughter to the character Bernadette, portrayed by Cate Blanchett. Emma Nelson was plucked out of 500 other young women who auditioned for the role and makes her feature film debut for the role of a teenaged daughter who is determined to find her Mom, an architect-turned-recluse who goes missing just prior to a family vacation.
The cast also includes Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Laurence Fishburne, Judy Greer and Troian Bellisario. Annapurna Pictures plans a March 22, 2019 release.

The filmmakers were looking for the film’s Bee for awhile. They began their search in Austin, TX (Linklater’s home
state) with casting director Vicky Boone. They found the eight-grader in Chicago. We were told that Nelson landed the coveted role after auditioning a couple of times and then being asked to read with Blanchett and Crudup.

“There are so many talented actors in her age range, and we saw hundreds of them for the role of Bee, but several things ultimately swayed me toward Emma,” said Linklater. “In addition to her intelligence and utter natural quality, I was most impressed with her composure, confidence and unflappability. Even though this was her first movie role, she was unintimidated.”

Nelson was previously in a lead role in Marc Bruni’s (pre-) Broadway production of Trevor! The Musical. Bruni is known for Beautiful-The Carol King Musical.

We understand that Nelson has kept her role under wraps, with only her family (and crew) aware that she was in a Linklater film and her friends not understanding why she was on a leave of absence from school. The director has a great eye for finding talent, btw, as has been demonstrated by his past films like Dazed and Confused (which really helped to launch Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich and Ben Affleck) and Boyhood (Ellar Coltrane).

Annapurna is producing the satirical film alongside Ginger Sledge and Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.

Nelson is repped by Tim Weissman at Buchwald, Margot Menzel at Primary Wave Entertainment, Joe Borrasso & Lisa Morgan at Management by Morgan and Brooke Tonneman at Big Mouth Talent.

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Cate Blanchett will be at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next Thursday

Cate Blanchett will be at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next Thursday

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The 71th Cannes Film Festival reaches its final day tomorrow but Madame Présidente will be travelling to US after the 13 days journey in France. Cate Blanchett will be one of the guests at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next Thursday, 24 May to promote Ocean’s 8. The Tonight Show airs weeknights 11:35/10:35c. Stay tuned!

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Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna in new Ocean’s Eight photo

Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna in new Ocean’s Eight photo

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Empire UK February issue has published a new still for Ocean’s Eight showing cast members Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna! The film will hit theaters in June. Check it out!

Cate Blanchett, Elton John, and Shah Rukh Khan named as 2018 Crystal Award recipients

Cate Blanchett, Elton John, and Shah Rukh Khan named as 2018 Crystal Award recipients

Actor Cate Blanchett, musician Elton John and actor Shah Rukh Khan are the recipients of the 24th Annual Crystal Award, the World Economic Forum announced today. The winners will be honoured at the opening session of the Forum’s Annual Meeting 2018 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on the evening of Monday, 22 January. The award celebrates the achievements of leading artists who are bridge-builders and role models for all leaders of society.

“We heartily congratulate the 24th Annual Crystal awardees. Their commitment to dignity and to the upholding of essential human values serves as an inspiration to us all, particularly in these trying times when compassion is needed more than ever,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairwoman and Co-Founder of the World Economic Forum’s World Arts Forum, which gives out the awards.

Awardees
Cate Blanchett, for her leadership in raising awareness of the refugee crisis

Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed award-winning actor and director of both stage and screen. Appointed a UNHCR Global Goodwill Ambassador in 2016, in recognition of her commitment to refugees, she has lent her voice and influence to raising awareness, advocating and fundraising for the UNHCR. Having met refugees in countries including Lebanon, Jordan and her home country, Australia, she advocates for increased solidarity and responsibility sharing for the 65 million-plus displaced people across the world. She has brought her creative skills to bear in sharpening focus on the individual human stories that lie behind the vast numbers. Blanchett said: “As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, my job is simple: to help connect people to the human stories of those forced to flee, and to state the case for all of us to stand with refugees.”

Sir Elton John, for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Sir Elton John is one of the world’s most successful musical solo artists of all time, whose career has spanned more than five decades. With thirty-five Gold and twenty-five Platinum albums, he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which today is one of the leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations. EJAF has raised more than $400 million to date to support hundreds of HIV/AIDS prevention, service and advocacy programmes around the globe. In 1998, HM Queen Elizabeth knighted him Sir Elton John, Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to music and charitable causes. Sir Elton John recently received the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. John said: “AIDS is the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age, yet the medicine and know-how exists to prevent this. If we want to give the next generation a better future, we could solve this problem. What it takes is our collective passion and compassion.”

Shah Rukh Khan, for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India

Shah Rukh Khan is one of Bollywood’s most prominent actors who has been at the forefront of the Indian film and television industry for over 30 years. He is the founder of the non?profit Meer Foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support. He has also been responsible for the creation of specialized children’s hospital wards and has supported childcare centres with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment. Khan said: “With victims of acid attacks I have had the privilege to witness the unparalleled courage and compassion that women are capable of. I have seen the transformative strength of goodness and the healing power of gentleness.”

Crystal awardees are part of a community of 40 cultural leaders in Davos “creating a shared future in a fractured world”. Learn more here.

The Crystal Awards ceremony takes place on Monday 22 January 2018 at 18:00 CET. Watch the Crystal Award ceremony live here.

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Ivo van Hove’s All About Eve production with Cate Blanchett postponed to Spring 2019

Ivo van Hove’s All About Eve production with Cate Blanchett postponed to Spring 2019

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Last December, we made a post with the conflicting information we had about the stage version of All about Eve and now we have more news about it. According to the Belgian newspaper De Standaard, All about Eve, the theatre production set to be directed by Ivo van Hove starring Cate Blanchett at London’s West End, is postponed for a year due to planning reasons. The play, based on the film of the same name from 1950, was first planned for March 2018, but is now set to open in the spring of 2019. As stated by the publication, in a short message, producer Sonia Friedman says that scheduling reasons are the cause of the postponement, without releasing further details. See article originally in Dutch below.

De première van All about Eve, de theatervoorstelling die Ivo van Hove met filmster Cate Blanchett maakt op het Londense West End, wordt omwille van planningsredenen een jaar uitgesteld.

Na Antigone met Juliette Binoche en Obsession met Jude Law, zou de Belgische regisseur Ivo van Hove dit voorjaar een theaterstuk creëren met een andere ster van het witte doek: de Australische actrice Cate Blanchett. All about Eve, gebaseerd op de gelijknamige film uit 1950, stond eerst gepland voor maart 2018, maar wordt nu uitgesteld naar het voorjaar van 2019.

In een korte boodschap laat producent Sonia Friedman weten dat ‘scheduling reasons’ aan de oorzaak liggen, zonder verdere details vrij te geven. Het gebeurt wel vaker dat theaterproducties met filmacteurs uitgesteld worden, omwille van conflicterende data of budgetten die niet rond geraken.

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Thanks to Dani on Twitter for sharing the news!