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Cate Blanchett looks all chic in Sydney as she runs errands in her Porsche convertible

She is praised by many as the Australian actress that has become one of the biggest Hollywood stars, as well as among the most bankable names in the tinseltown over the years. Cate Blanchett flaunted her love for sports cars recently when she was spotted driving a Porsche convertible, looking for a spot to go shopping in Sydney. The world-popular 49-year-old actress looked like the perfect picture of chic elegance as she was seen gently coming out of her luxury drive. Cate Blanchett was last seen in Ocean’s 8, the female version of Ocean’s 11 in which she played the female equivalent of Brad Pitt’s character. Her chemistry with Sandra Bullock in the movie is not to be missed!

A picture of elegance

Getting back to Cate Blanchett’s Sydney outing, she was seen sporting a concerned and serious expression as she hopped out of her silver Porsche. She was wearing a flowing bone coloured overcoat, over a plain white blouse, both of which beautifully covered her svelte frame. She combined that with a pair of three-quarter drawstring pants of the same tone, adding a casual cool air to the ensemble. The Oscar-winning actress completed her outfit with a pair of nude sneakers, with her short flaxen locks blowing away in the comforting Sydney breeze. Cate used a brown leather handbag and tortoise shell-frame sunglasses to accessorise.

Outing with the family

A reliable source revealed to Dailymail Australia that Cate Blanchett was out in Sydney with her husband Andrew Upton for a spot of shopping. Not too long ago both were also spotted indulging in a rare PDA. It was further revealed by the insider source that the couple donated a handful of used clothes to Red Cross, with Andrew coming very close to making the fatal error of giving away one of the actress’s designer handbags. Being the kind of in-demand actress that Cate Blanchett is, she has everything but free time on hand, something that was well evident in how she was constantly glued to her phone throughout the outing. She could be seen chatting happily with the mystery person on the other end (of the phone), waving in between to someone, believed to be her husband Andrew.

Guest appearance in ‘Documentary Now!’

Recently it was also announced that Cate Blanchett will make a guest star appearance as a Marina Abramovic-type of performance artist in a soon to be aired episode of ‘Documentary Now!.’ Titled appropriately as ‘Waiting for the Artist’ after the widely acclaimed documentary from 2012 – Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, Cate Blanchett’s character Barta will be seen reconciling her relationship with her former lover named Dimo Van Omen (played by Fred Armisen), who is known to be a provocateur of the art world. This episode was shot at a location in Budapest, Hungary few months ago. As everyone might be aware, IFC with ‘Documentary Now!’ is all set for two Emmy nominations and scoring an excellent second quarter growth. That they are going to have an Oscar-winning actress in an episode is only going to increase their popularity even more!

#RomaFF13 | Cate Blanchett to participate in Incontro Ravvicinato

#RomaFF13 | Cate Blanchett to participate in Incontro Ravvicinato

Hello Blanchetters!

Great news for Italian fans!

It has been announced that Cate Blanchett will participate in one of the Incontro Ravvicinato during the Festa del Cinema di Roma / Rome Film Festival occurring between 18-28 October this year. “Incontro Ravvicinato” is a meeting with the artist event and according with the announcement, Cate will talk about her life as an artist but also about her daily activities in the context of social and environmental initiatives: in 2016 the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) named her Goodwill Ambassador for the his humanitarian commitment. The program for this year Festa del Cinema is yet to be announced.
Stay tuned!

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Cate Blanchett, una delle interpreti più intense e raffinate del cinema contemporaneo, due volte Premio Oscar®, sarà protagonista di un Incontro Ravvicinato con il pubblico nel corso della tredicesima edizione della Festa del Cinema di Roma (18-28 ottobre 2018). Lo annuncia il Direttore Artistico Antonio Monda in accordo con Laura Delli Colli, alla guida della Fondazione Cinema per Roma, e Francesca Via, Direttore Generale.

Premiata dall’Academy per i suoi ruoli in The aviator di Martin Scorsese e Blue Jasmine di Woody Allen, sette volte candidata all’Oscar® dal 1999 a oggi, Cate Blanchett vanta un’eccezionale lista di collaborazioni, da Steven Spielberg a Peter Jackson, da Wes Anderson a Ron Howard, da David Fincher a Steven Soderbergh, da Shekhar Kapur a Todd Haynes. Alla Festa del Cinema, l’attrice australiana parlerà della sua vita da artista ma anche della sua attività quotidiana nell’ambito di iniziative sociali e ambientaliste: nel 2016 l’Alto Commissariato delle Nazioni Unite per i rifugiati l’ha nominata Goodwill Ambassador per il suo impegno umanitario.

“È uno straordinario onore ospitare alla Festa del Cinema di Roma una meravigliosa attrice come Cate Blanchett – ha detto Antonio Monda – La versatilità, la passione e l’intelligenza delle sue interpretazioni la rendono una delle più grandi protagoniste della storia del cinema”.


Netflix Acquires ‘Mowgli’ , Andy Serkis-Directed movie featuring Cate Blanchett

Netflix Acquires ‘Mowgli’ , Andy Serkis-Directed movie featuring Cate Blanchett

Hello everyone!

Some important news about the movie Mowgli in which Cate Blanchett plays the snake Kaa. Take a look:

Netflix Acquires Andy Serkis-Directed ‘Mowgli’ From Warner Bros & Plans 2019 Global Streaming Release

Welcome to the jungle that is this fast-shifting movie meld between theatrical release and streaming. In the biggest acquisition of a finished film it has made so far, Netflix has acquired from Warner Bros the worldwide rights to Mowgli, the CGI live action film directed by Andy Serkis based on the Jungle Book stories of Rudyard Kipling. Instead of an October 19 theatrical release by Warner Bros, the film will be released globally on Netflix next year, with a theatrical component built in so that audiences can see the 3D version that Serkis has been working so hard on.

The film has a cast that includes Christian Bale as the cunning panther Bagheera, Cate Blanchett as the sinister snake Kaa, Benedict Cumberbatch as the deadly tiger Shere Khan, Moonlight‘s Naomie Harris as the female wolf Nisha, and Serkis as the wise bear Baloo. Surrounding them in live action roles are The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto and Rohan Chand, who after appearing in the films The Hundred-Foot Journey and Bad Words, plays Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves.

In buying worldwide rights from Warner Bros, Netflix gets a first-rate studio-caliber film made by Serkis, who has turned in groundbreaking performance capture and CGI work in films like The Lord of The Rings as Gollum, King Kong, and The Planet Of The Apes films. Serkis and Warner Bros get out from under the inevitable stigma that would have haunted a full scale theatrical release of a film that would inevitably be compared to Disney’s The Jungle Book, which grossed $966 million worldwide. At one point, there was a race between that film and Mowgli — both based on Kipling’s public domain work — but it is never good to be runner up, especially when the other one became such a big hit.

Serkis made Mowgli with 3D effects he hopes can be displayed in a theatrical component that will be part of Netflix’s release plans. But here, he will get an enormous global audience and see through his vision for a story that is darker and more dangerous than the one Jon Favreau directed for Disney.

Once the ticking clock stopped and they stopped worrying about beating their rival, Serkis and his film making team took their time to focus on the strengths of their film. They sought guidance from outsiders, like when Oscar winning Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron spent a couple weeks dispensing wisdom, while Serkis was off shooting War for the Planet of the Apes. “We took our time with the performance capture, allowing the animators to make the most of the great performances by Blanchett, Cumberbatch and Christian Bale, to bring them to life in the most extraordinary way we could,” Serkis said.

The movie was shot in South Africa and made to reflect the jungles of India and its civilization during the 19th Century.

“I wanted to make it of its time and reflect Kipling’s own journey,” Serkis told Deadline. “His first language was [Hindi], and he was brought up in India, and then came to live in England. There, he suffered brutality and bullying because he was an outsider, and I think that sense of otherness came through in his Jungle Book stories and the character of Mowgli. Kipling’s work has been interpreted in a lot of different ways, and his writing since his glory days back then has been somewhat vilified for his depiction of globalism. There is a racist element to many of his stories and poems. You cannot ignore, though, that he wrote and reflected the political situation at the time, and in a mild way, the film examines emotions of class and colonialization of India.” Class comparison metaphors are there in contrasting the relationship between the British, the villagers, and the animals of the jungle.

“All these themes are attached to a live action movie that has the real feel of being shot on location of real jungle sets in South Africa,” Serkis said.

“I’m really excited about Netflix for Mowgli,” Serkis said. “Now, we avoid comparisons to the other movie and it’s a relief not to have the pressure. I’ve seen the 3D version, and it’s exceptional, a different view from the 2D version, really lush and with great depth, and there will be some kind of theatrical component for that. What excites me most is the forward thinking at Netflix in how to present this, and the message of the movie. They understand this is a darker telling that doesn’t fit it into a four quadrant slot. It’s really not meant for young kids, though I think it’s possible that 10 or above can watch it. It was always meant to be PG-13, and this allows us to go deeper, with darker themes, to be scary and frightening in moments. The violence between animals is not gratuitous, but it’s definitely there. This way of going allows us to get the film out without compromise.


This takes to a new level the deals that Netflix has been making with movie companies looking to lay off risk on their projects. That included buying rights to Paramount’s Cloverfield sequel God Particle, advertising it as a surprise on the Super Bowl and launching it right after the game, to acquiring the foreign rights to New Line’s new Shaft movie from Warner Bros and New Line, which will play on Netflix’s offshore service two weeks after the domestic theatrical release, and offshore rights on the Alex Garland-directed Natalie Portman-starrer Annihilation from Paramount, which began running 17 days after its domestic theatrical launch. It is eyed as a new model for films that have a hard time gaining traction overseas, but the Mowgli deal is much different in scope and scale.

Callie Kloves wrote the script. Pic is an Imaginarium Productions film that is produced by Steve Kloves, Jonathan Cavendish and David Barron, with Nikki Penny exec producing. Peter Mullan, Jack Reynor, Eddie Marsan and Tom Hollander rounds out the voice and live action cast.

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Ocean’s 8 – Digital, DVD and Blu-Ray release date + Interviews + Promos

Ocean’s 8 – Digital, DVD and Blu-Ray release date + Interviews + Promos

Hello Everyone!

Although Ocean’s 8 is still playing in theaters around the world, Warner Bros announced the dates for its Digital, DVD and Blu-Ray release in the United States. The film will be available on Digital-only platforms on August 21st and DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD Combo Pack on September 11.

Click on the image to download the HQ version available in the gallery

Ocean’s 8 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:

A Heist in Heels
Ocean’s Team 3.0
Reimagining the Met Gala
Deleted Scenes


To Pre-order you can visit Warner Bros website

As we mentioned before, the film is still being released around the world. In Japan, it will premiere on August 10, so we have two more promotional stills and two interviews from Italy. Enjoy!

Click on the image to download the HQ version available in the gallery

Click on the image to download the HQ version available in the gallery

Ocean’s 8: ce ne parlano le protagoniste principali

Il Metropolitan Museum of Art di New York, dove il film è in gran parte ambientato, è stato il luogo scelto per la presentazione alla stampa di Ocean’s 8, in uscita nei cinema italiani il 26 luglio.
Anche noi di eravamo presenti all’incontro con il regista Gary Ross e alcune delle protagoniste principali: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson e Mindy Kaling.

Lo spin-off della trilogia di Danny Ocean realizzata da Steven Soderbergh (qui produttore esecutivo) ha già incassato in America più di 135 milioni di dollari, e oltre 260 milioni nel mondo, dimostrando se ce ne fosse ancora bisogno che anche il cinema mainstream “al femminile” può attirare in sala il grande pubblico. E proprio intorno al processo di “empowerment” della donna che sta scuotendo Hollywood in questo periodo ha ruotato molta parte della discussione con i giornalisti. Ecco le dichiarazioni più importanti del cast di Ocean’s 8:

L’idea di continuare la saga volgendola al femminile è stata un’idea del regista. Come ha sviluppato il progetto?

Gary Ross – Ho iniziato a pensarci cinque o sei anni fa, avevo appena finito di realizzare il primo Hunger Games ed ero rimasto entusiasta dell’idea che finalmente c’era una protagonista femminile in un film di così grande richiamo. Volevo realizzare un altro progetto con un cast di star tutto al femminile e Steven Soderbergh, che è un mio caro amico, mentre Sandra Bullock e George Clooney stavano girando Gravity mi disse che erano diventati grandi amici, sembrava fossero quasi fratello e sorella. L’ho preso sul serio e ho proposto l’idea di Ocean’s 8 alla Warner, che ha accettato.

E invece Sandra Bullock come è arrivata a interpretare Debbie Ocean, la sorella di Danny?

Sandra Bullock – A me il progetto è stato proposto da Jerry Weintraub, un produttore magnifico che conoscevo da anni e purtroppo oggi non è più con noi. All’inizio non ero convinta che l’idea potesse funzionare, anche se ritenevo fosse molto divertente. Pensavo che sarebbe stato meglio riportare indietro i personaggi principali, o almeno molti di essi. Poi un anno e mezzo dopo mi è arrivata la sceneggiatura, e ho cambiato subito idea.

Questo film con un cast (quasi) esclusivamente femminile sembra rappresentare una sfida all’establishment hollywoodiano.

Cate Blanchett – E’ elettrizzante pensare che anche solo tre anni fa questo era considerato un prodotto che difficilmente avrebbe potuto essere realizzato, e adesso invece è un progetto di grande prestigio. Molte cose sono cambiate negli ultimi tempi e stanno ancora cambiando.
Anne Hathaway – Il metodo di lavoro è stato diverso: in passato ho avuto l’opportunità di lavorare con grandi attrici, è stato sempre con una o due di loro ogni volta. Con Ocean’s 8 invece siamo state messe in grado di condividere le nostre esperienze e le nostre capacità, mescolarle a quelle delle altre per formare un terreno comune. Mi sono sentita protetta, sicura come attrice a lavorare con loro.
Sandra Bullock – Le riprese sono state molto lunghe ed estenuanti, senza il supporto l’una dell’altra non ce l’avremmo fatta a fare un lavoro così buono. Ricordo varie sere, dopo essere state sul set dalle otto del mattino a mezzanotte, in cui ci accasciavamo su un divano appoggiandoci l’una all’altra. Film come questo non capitano tutti i giorni: mi riferisco al fatto che a un gruppo di attrici di talento e fama venga data l’opportunità di realizzare un progetto di solito riservato agli attori. Di ruoli come questi per una donna ne capitano davvero pochi, mentre Ocean’s 8 offre a un cast tutto al femminile la possibilità di recitare insieme! Ho avuto una carriera molto fortunata, non sento più il bisogno di mettermi alla prova come interprete, eppure per me girare il film di Gary è stato una novità assoluta, entusiasmante.

Come vi siete trovate a gestire il genere più leggero della commedia?

Cate Blanchett – Leggendo la sceneggiatura sapevo già quale sarebbe stato il tono, conoscendo bene Steven Soderbergh con cui ho lavorato in precedenza sapevo che avrebbe mantenuto lo stesso approccio al nuovo film. Poi Gary mi ha detto quali sarebbero state le altre attrici nel cast, un team di assoluto prestigio e competenza.
Anne Hathaway – Sono sempre stata una grande fan dei film di Clooney e Soderbergh, mi elettrizzava l’energia che possedevano. Credo di essere stata una delle ultime attrici a salire a bordo, sono molto felice di aver condiviso il set con colleghe che ammiro moltissimo, è un qualcosa di davvero speciale quando a donne come queste viene data l’opportunità di fare al meglio il proprio lavoro.
Mindy Kaling – Vedendo i film di Soderbergh pensavo che si fossero divertiti un mondo, che realizzarli sarebbe stato semplicemente mettere la macchina da presa di fronte a George Clooney che prendeva in giro tutti gli altri. Invece ho dovuto impegnarmi molto per adeguarmi agli standard di una produzione del genere, di solito i film che giro io sono molto più piccoli e indipendenti. Eccetto Nelle pieghe del tempo magari. Mi ha divertito molto l’idea di interpretare una donna che vive ancora con la madre e non riesce a uscire dal guscio familiare, così quando le viene data l’opportunità la coglie al volo nonostante la sua timidezza. Non credo di essere mai stata accusata di essere troppo timida in vita mia, quindi…

Avete seguito la sceneggiatura alla lettera o siete state libere di improvvisare?

Sarah Paulson – Ci siamo divertite molto a improvvisare qualche scena, non tutto poi è finito nel montato finale ma è stato lo stesso spassoso. Sandra Bullock e Cate Blanchett sono sempre pronte a scherzare con i loro personaggi e a tentare alcune variazioni sul tema. La sequenza dentro il garage tra me e Sandra l’abbiamo girata per un giorno intero a forza di cambiare battute.
Cate Blanchett – Ci sono stati de cambiamenti nella sceneggiatura, come accade sempre, abbiamo adattato alcune battute o situazioni ai nostri personaggi. Ho accettato perché immaginavo che lavorare con queste altre donne, conoscendo il tipo di prodotto che saremmo andate a girare, sarebbe stato divertente. E così è stato.

Cosa rende Ocean’s 8 diverso dai film di Steven Soderbergh?

Gary Ross – Volevo otto attrici con differenti culture e background alle spalle, in modo che a modo loro rappresentassero un panorama il più possibile vasto di cosa significa oggi essere donna. Ricordiamoci che il film è ambientato interamente a New York: abbiamo girato in tutte le zone possibili della città, un ambiente dove storie, religioni, culture anche opposte tra loro si incontrano, e convivono.
Cate Blanchett – Abbiamo avuto un regista che voleva fare a tutti i costi un film che parlasse di donne, che le ama e vuole vederle all’opera al meglio delle loro potenzialità. Questo ha reso Ocean’s 8 un film veramente al femminile. Credo che in futuro debbano esserci sempre più donne dietro la macchina da presa, questo per me è fuori discussione. Ma Gary ha fatto un lavoro incredibile con questo progetto, nel modo esatto in cui andava fatto.
Sandra Bullock – Donne che si prendono cura l’una dell’altra, che lasciano a colleghe più competenti fare il loro lavoro per il fine comune. Guardando Ocean’s 8 si può percepire che il film è più su questo gruppo di attrici che vogliono condividere un’esperienza che sul colpo vero e proprio.


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

Hello Blanchetters!

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
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!!!


“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.