First Look at Cate Blanchett on The Graham Norton Show
Posted on
Jan 14, 2022

First Look at Cate Blanchett on The Graham Norton Show

Hi, everyone! It’s been a great week for Cate Blanchett fans!

Check out this first look at Cate on The Graham Norton Show which will air in the UK at 10:35pm.

On this week’s show (14th January), Graham welcomes double Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett, comedy superstar Ricky Gervais, top TV duo Ant and Dec, and rock and roll legend Elvis Costello.

Cate, talking about film noir remake Nightmare Alley, says “Playing a femme fatale is a pretty rare opportunity.”  And, asked about the amazing sets, she says, “The production design was incredible – the director was across every single detail – we even had the lighter from The Maltese Falcon but of course it took about 97 takes to get it to work.”

Asked why she looked almost unrecognisable as a news anchor in Don’t Look Up, she says, “Because of Covid it was very difficult to get anyone to do anything, so I happened to have a set of teeth and wig from a previous movie.  Everything else is makeup and acting!”

Source: Beyond the Joke

Cate Blanchett To Receive Honorary Cesar Award; Good Morning America Appearance; & more Nightmare Alley updates
Posted on
Dec 17, 2021

Cate Blanchett To Receive Honorary Cesar Award; Good Morning America Appearance; & more Nightmare Alley updates

Happy Friday, everyone! Nightmare Alley is now released in US cinemas.

We have some ecstatic news! Cate is to be honored with an honorary César award next year. She also appeared on Good Morning America to promote Nightmare Alley, and we have the latest issue of Sight and Sound which featured the movie. She will be a guest on The Graham Norton Show next year. Check the updates below.

Cate Blanchett To Receive Honorary Cesar Award

Australian actress Cate Blanchett will receive French cinema’s top honor, the César d’Honneur, a lifetime achievement award, from the French Film Academy.

The French academy on Friday said it had picked the two-time Oscar winner to be the 2022 César d’Honneur winner. Blanchett will receive the prize in Paris on Friday, Feb. 25 as part of the 47th César ceremony, France’s equivalent to the Academy Awards.

In a statement, the academy said the 2022 honoree had an “absolutely remarkable career and personality.”

Blanchett is among the most successful and acclaimed actors of her generation. Since her international breakthrough as the titular Queen in Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth (1998), a role that earned her a best actress nomination at the Oscars, as well as best actress, wins at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes, Blanchett has been a force on the global cinema scene. Alongside her two Oscar-winning performances — in 2005 in the best-supporting actress category for playing Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s Aviator and for best actress in 2014 for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine — Blanchett has collected a trophy case of awards and nominations, among them the best actress honor in Venice for playing Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There (2007) and BAFTAs for both Aviator and Blue Jasmine (for best supporting and best lead actress, respectively).

Good Morning America

Cate Blanchett on The Graham Norton Show

Cate will be a guest on the 14th episode of Series 29 which will air on January 14th 2022 at 10:35pm (London time).

Comedy superstar Ricky Gervais, promoting the third series of his black comedy-drama After Life; Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, starring in film noir remake Nightmare Alley; top TV duo Ant and Dec, hosting new ITV game show Ant & Dec’s Limitless Win; and musical guest Elvis Costello and the Imposters, who perform their new single Paint the Red Rose Blue.

Black and White Version of Nightmare Alley to be released for a limited run

Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” is already getting a rerelease in a special new format. Los Angeles audiences will get the chance to see Del Toro’s ’40s noir film in black & white.

Searchlight Pictures will host a limited run engagement for “Nightmare Alley: Vision and Darkness and Light,” which will be a black & white print of the film screened on 35mm film stock.

The black & white version of the film will run in select repertory and specialty theaters across LA in January, following the film’s release on Dec. 17.

“Although we shot ‘Nightmare Alley’ in color, we lit it as if it were black & white,” del Toro said in a statement. “You can see exactly the same level of design, and we wanted to give viewers this special vantage as a take of the classic noir genre that the film is part of.”

“As a cinematographer, it is a total privilege, a huge artistic satisfaction and a dream come through to have the possibility to tell Guillermo’s amazing story first in a rich and colorful version and then in this beautiful black & white version as well,” added “Nightmare Alley’s” director of photography Dan Laustsen. “When we designed and shot we were always thinking color and black & white. The classic lighting I have used is an homage to all the incredible masters of cinematography who have inspired me.”

Below, you can find a list of where and when to watch the black and white print of “Nightmare Alley.”
– The New Beverly Cinema on January 15 and 16 – Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
– AMC The Grove from January 14 through 20 – The Grove Drive, Los Angeles
– The Landmark from January 14 through 20 – W Pico Blvd, West Los Angeles
– The Los Feliz Theater, American Cinematheque, from January 21 through 23 – N Vermont Ave, East Los Angeles

Anatomy of a Scene: Nightmare Alley

(SPOILER – a clip from Nightmare Alley) The sequence features Cooper as Stan, a carny who has moved to the city to perform his mentalism and clairvoyance act with his professional and romantic partner, Molly (Rooney Mara). Stan is blindfolded but able to guess the objects that belong to audience members.

One attendee has doubts about the act. Lilith (Cate Blanchett) believes that Stan and Molly are using verbal signals. Narrating the scene, the director Guillermo del Toro discusses how he sets up the cat-and-mouse game between Lilith and Stan, partly by the way he shines searchlights on them, and partly by how he positions them within the performance space.

 

Sight and Sound – Winter 2021-22 – Vol 32 Issue 1

Guillermo Del Toro Found ‘Nightmare Alley’s’ Godzilla In Cate Blanchett

Guillermo Del Toro is not as prolific as some of his peers when it comes to feature films, but it’s still somewhat surprising it’s taken this long for him to work with Cate Blanchett. They both had their breakthrough moments in the mid-to-late-1990s and Blanchett could have easily stepped into the worlds of any “Hellboy” movie, “The Shape of Water,” or “Crimson Peak” without a second glance. Thankfully, the pair have finally collaborated in Del Toro’s latest epic, “Nightmare Alley,” and the result is, well, electric.

Interviewer: I think I was smiling underneath my mask during the entire scene when Bradley and Cate’s character’s meet for the first time. Kate is just killing it. It’s one of the best scenes from an actress or actor I’ve seen in a long time. How did you know that Cate would be so electric with Bradley in this role?

GDT: Well, we talked. Cate and I had developed a project together in the past, that was a noir TV series. And we were very interested in working in that world together. And it never came to pass, but I knew that this was in her by everything [she’d done before]. It’s sort of indicated by when she plays “Carol” or she plays a harder edge character, more self-contained character. But I thought even in “Blue Jasmine” when she’s playing the wife of Alec Baldwin, there are moments there that indicate that flintiness. That was interesting. And I wrote it with that in mind with Kim. Kim And I agreed that we were writing it for Cate. And I approached her and I said to Bradley, “Look, King Kong, I need to get you your Godzilla.” And I knew that I needed somebody of that stature to, what has been up until then, a guy that has run on unopposed for half the movie. And you need to feel when the vineyard comes in. And the other thing is, very important here, is the ramp of the movie needs to be slow, but continuous. And you need to feel “O.K.. I get the world, I get the act. I get the guy. Now what?” And the answer to “Now what?” Is Lilith, it’s Cate.

In Nightmare Alley, Art Deco Furniture Stars Alongside Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper

Nightmare Alley is classic film noir with a modern-day twist. It was key for the film’s director Guillermo del Toro to create a spicy adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel that reveals the corrupt underbelly of showbiz and the American Dream.

With nods to Old Hollywood, the film follows Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), a down and out carnival magnate who cons the rich with his cunning ways. He meets Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett), a psychologist, who helps him, but inevitably traps him. The film, which hits theatres December 17, looks like a 20th-century Edward Hopper painting draped in shadowy gloom. There is Art Deco furniture, a 1920s carnival, and vintage accents that feel fresh. In other words, it doesn’t look like a dusty antique shop.

Tamara Deverell, the film’s production designer, says that Del Toro didn’t use CGI (except for falling snow and flying bullets) because he wanted all the sets to have real architecture and props. “We created a contemporary version of a noir film—a Guillermo del Toro version, which has its own visual range and parameters,” says Deverell, who previously worked on Star Trek: Discovery.

One key piece is Blanchett’s office, which was inspired by furniture in the Brooklyn Museum’s Weil-Worgelt Study, an Art Deco study designed by Henri Redard in the 1920s for a wealthy client. “I wanted to keep it reflective, sharp, and with clean lines,” Deverell says. “It’s a combination of straight Art Deco lines and curves, which is very much a Guillermo thing.”

The architecture helped define each character in the film, like Blanchett’s golden hued-office with angelic light, as her character sometimes makes heroic gestures. “We mostly see Lilith in her office, so we wanted to make it the setting of a powerful woman, the woman who out-cons the con man,” Deverell says. “She’s smarter, more beautiful, and more sinister than Stan.”

Blanchett was blown away by her office, which featured Art Deco chairs with “amazing angular lines that remind me of Cate,” Vieau says. The Oscar-winner actress expressed her admiration to Deverell while decked out in her 1930s-style hair and makeup. “I was speechless,” the production designer says. “It was a tricky set, but her office gave her so much character.

Source: THR, Architectural Digest, BBC One, The Playlist, The Wrap

TÁR release date; & Nightmare Alley Promotions
Posted on
Nov 26, 2021

TÁR release date; & Nightmare Alley Promotions

Hi, Blanchetters!

Focus Features has released a bit more information on TÁR including it’s release date. Nightmare Alley promotion will begin with Cate as guest on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert on December 1st followed by Good Morning America on December 2nd. A new clip has also been released, and a new behind the scene photo shared by still photographer, Kerry Hayes. Don’t Look Up will also have a New York premiere on December 5th but it is not confirmed yet if Cate will attend. Check them below.

Todd Field’s TÁR Starring Cate Blanchett Sets Release Date

Focus Features will release Todd Field’s TÁR on Friday, October 7, 2022 domestically.

About TÁR

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International present TÁR. The new motion picture from three-time Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Todd Field, starring two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett. The film, set in the international world of classical music, centers on Lydia Tár, widely considered one of the greatest living composer/conductors and first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra. The supporting cast includes Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant, Sophie Kauer, Julian Glover, Mark Strong, Allan Corduner, and Sylvia Flote.

The score for TÁR will be composed by Grammy-winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir. The first female composer to win an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award for Best Original Score.

TÁR’s website is already up. Click the photo:

Nightmare Alley Promo

Let the Nightmare Alley promo begins! Cate will on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. She will also be on Good Morning America airing from 7:00-9:00AM ET on ABC.

Good Morning America: Thursday, Dec. 2—Actress Cate Blanchett (“Nightmare Alley”); Deals and Steals with ABC e-commerce editor Tory Johnson; GMA’s Rise and Shine tour of America: Nevada

Publicity in NY on MTA Shuttle

Don’t Look Up Premiere

Source: Focus Features, Late Night, GMA, Don’t Look Up

Cate Blanchett in BBC Inside Culture
Posted on
Oct 23, 2021

Cate Blanchett in BBC Inside Culture

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Last Friday, October 22nd, BBC’s Inside Culture episode of Down Under aired. You can check the screencaptures, preview, and outtakes below. It is available to stream at BBC iPlayer for those living in the UK.

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Cate Blanchett in Eli Roth’s History of Horror; Earthshot London 2021; & BBC’s Inside Culture
Posted on
Oct 19, 2021

Cate Blanchett in Eli Roth’s History of Horror; Earthshot London 2021; & BBC’s Inside Culture

Hello, blanchetters!

Cate’s episode from Eli Roth’s History of Horror has finally aired. She also appeared in a tiny clip from Earthshot London 2021. And will also appear in the final episode of series 4 of BBC’s Inside Culture. Check the details and screencaptures below.

BBC’s Inside Culture Series 4 Episode 5 – Down Under

This will air on October 22nd 2021, 7:30pm BST at BBC Two and will later be available at BBC iPlayer.

Mary Beard investigates the ongoing history of creative connection and cultural exchange between Britain and Australia and asks what that relationship looks like today.

Mary visits The Box in Plymouth, where the National Museum of Australia’s groundbreaking exhibition Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters has just been installed. She will speak to the exhibition’s curator, Margo Neale, about how Songlines takes visitors on a journey across the Australian desert, telling the foundation stories of the country’s indigenous people through the work of their artists. In London, Mary catches up with musician and comedian Tim Minchin as he embarks upon a new UK tour.

Mary also meets creatives and leaders who have lived and worked both in Britain and down under, including the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, actor Cate Blanchett and journalist Stan Grant. Playing out the episode with a track from her new album is ex-Neighbours actress and musician Natalie Imbruglia.

Eli Roth’s History of Horror

Cate appeared in Season 3 Episode 3 – Psychics which is now available to stream at AMC.

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Earthshot London 2021

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Full Show


Source: Inside Culture

UPDATES: News on Mrs. America and Stateless series starring Cate Blanchett
Posted on
May 19, 2019

UPDATES: News on Mrs. America and Stateless series starring Cate Blanchett

Hey Blanchetters!

Things are pretty quiet in Cateland right?
But we had quite the week with Cate’s 50th birthday. So many beautiful messages and actions from the fans!

During the past few weeks some news became available on the two new series projects Cate is attached to.
Firstly, we have the CBS / FX Network mini series Mrs. America where Cate will play Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative woman who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment initiative that would guarantee the equal rights of women (USA).

Blanchett is also in executive production of this limited series and she will be joined by stars James Marsden, Sarah Paulson, Uzo Aduba (as Shirley Chisholm), Rose Byrne (as Gloria Steinem), Margo Matindale (as Bella Abzug), Tracey Ullman (as Betty Friedan), Kayli Carter, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey, John Slattery and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

“I am extremely excited about delving into the material as there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to peel back the layers of this recent period of history, which couldn’t be more relevant today,” Blanchett said in a statement.

Created by Dahvi Waller, the series has a nine-episode arc and the production is set to start this year, with filming from 19th June until November 1st in Toronto, Canada.

Cate will have a busy second semester! She is also going to produce an Australian TV Series.

Stateless is a new TV series about immigration detention in Australia co-created by Cate Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie. Cate will star in the series and, alongside with Andrew Upton, will also act as executive producer of this Australian Broadcasting Corporation limited series.

McCredie and Belinda Chayko are writing the series that will be directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker) and Emma Freedman.

Blanchett said while the story was focused on Australia, it explored global themes: “The desire for personal freedom, the need for social stability, an escalating lack of faith in the political process and the deeply unsettling impact this has on individual lives.”

The cast also includes Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale), Dominic West (The Affair), Rachel House, Jai Courtney, Clarence Ryan, Fayssal Bazzi, Claude Jabbour, Rose Riley, Kate Box, Helana Sawires and Asher Keddie.

Inspired by real events, Stateless tells the story of four strangers in an Australian immigration centre: an airline hostess leaving a cult, an Afghan refugee escaping persecution, a father saddled with a dead-end job, and a bureaucrat steeped in a national scandal.

Stateless is expected to air on the ABC in 2020 , it will be distributed worldwide by NBCUniversal. Production is set to begin in June.

Stay tuned!!!

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Cate Blanchett as a presenter on Australian Story episode
Posted on
Apr 15, 2019

Cate Blanchett as a presenter on Australian Story episode

Hey Blanchetters!

As we announced here a few days ago, Cate was going to introduce the latest episode of Australian Story featuring Muriel’s Wedding directors, Jocelyn Moorhouse and PJ Hogan. Take a look at the episode entitled The Kids are Alright below.

Jocelyn Moorhouse & Pj Hogan are featured on Australian Story introduced by Cate Blanchett
Posted on
Apr 13, 2019

Jocelyn Moorhouse & Pj Hogan are featured on Australian Story introduced by Cate Blanchett

Hello everybody!

ABC’s Australian Story will have Cate Blanchett as its presenter next Monday. She will be introducing directors Jocelyn Moorhouse & Pj Hogan in the episode called Jocelyn Moorhouse and PJ Hogan – The Kids are Alright. The program offers an intimate portrait of Muriel’s Wedding directors as they speak candidly about the challenges, heartbreak and unexpected joys of living with two severely autistic children and why Moorhouse dropped out of sight and didn’t direct a movie for 18 years.

Australian Story will air Monday, April 15 at 8pm (Australia Time) on ABC and ABC iview.

Episode will be later available HERE

Here are the trailer and photo of Cate shooting her participation*.


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*Special thanks to Edith’s Nanny from CBF Chat from sharing this info.

Updates | Documentary Now! episode “Waiting for the Artist” featuring Cate Blanchett
Posted on
Mar 10, 2019

Updates | Documentary Now! episode “Waiting for the Artist” featuring Cate Blanchett

Hello everyone!

Have you watched Documentary Now! episode “Waiting for the Artist”?
We have and we think Cate is amazing as perfomance artist Izabella Barta! The episode is hilarious and memorable!
If you haven’t watched it yet, make sure you do!
Here are our updates on this awesome project. Enjoy!


‘Documentary Now!’: The Incredible Cate Blanchett Episode That Had to Be Made in Four Days

There are few TV shows with as much obsessive attention to detail as “Documentary Now!” That’s probably why it came as no surprise to series co-creators Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas that one shot of Cate Blanchett riding a mini tricycle in a massive Hungarian courtyard ended up taking a big chunk of an entire day.

“There was one moment in it where she’s riding on a tricycle in the square. And that’s on screen for like five seconds. And that probably cost us about five hours to get that shot. When you’re shooting for four days total, that was an expensive shot to get. But it’s worth it because they’re just going to take place as her somewhere,” Buono told IndieWire.

It’s the kind of creative choice that “Documentary Now!” has the freedom to make, given its bizarre mission statement. Over 17 episodes to date, the IFC series has taken some of the most venerated and iconic documentary films and flipped them on their head. But in the process of crafting these comedic versions, they still have to follow some of the same filmmaking tenets that govern the works they’re parodying.

Read More:‘Documentary Now!’ Trailer: That’s Not Actually Marina Abramovic, That’s Cate Blanchett
“You’re making a documentary. So the ability even just to put it up for a few frames, it has an immense value to opening up the scale,” Thomas said. “Sometimes the crew’s like, ‘Do you really need that thing?’ I feel like we always push to do more of that.”

The series, now in its third season, has tackled plenty of the biggest documentary titles of recent years. The show’s most recent episodes have tackled parody versions of “Wild Wild Country” and the classic D.A. Pennebaker look behind the recording of the Broadway cast album for the Steven Sondheim musical “Company.”

This week’s episode has a slightly more narrow focus — the 2012 Matthew Akers film “Marina Abramovi?: The Artist Is Present” — but it enlisted the services of Blanchett, arguably the show’s most famous guest cast member to date. Luckily for the show, she came in with the same level of preparation that goes into making these episodes feel so close to the spirits of their predecessors. Playing this exaggerated version of notorious performance artist Abramovi? (the “Documentary Now!” version is named Izabella Barta), Blanchett plunged into all the wild riffs that the script called for.

“The way she threw herself into it was unforeseen. We knew she’d be good, but you don’t know until they walk up on set whether that they understanding the tone and the level of commitment, you know?” Thomas said. “But once she was on board, she was doing all this research. She had teeth made to shift her jawline. She had 15 wigs or something that she worked on with her longtime hair or makeup people. Her commitment to the detais matched our detail-oriented thinking.”

Filming all of Blanchett’s scenes in such a short time period meant not just making sure that all the logistical details were in place before production, but that the team could construct an entire fictional life’s worth of archival and artistic material in a single day.

“We basically created the body of work of her entire career. We had one day to do that because we needed to get all that footage and put together to projections and photos and stuff for the actual exhibit that we did at the end. We prepped like nuts. We were in Budapest about two weeks before we did it. Just seven days of 20-something-hour days, really trying to get it dialed in.”

One setpiece in particular gave the team an unexpected hurdle. One of the fake performance art pieces called for a prop toilet stall. In venue after venue, from the lodgings that inspired “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to one of the city’s famous train stations, the people in charge of the venues repeatedly balked at having something bathroom-related in a public space.

“Cate Blanchett is going to be in lingerie and she’s going to be lapping up milk and there’s going to be a cat there. She’s going to be tied to a wall,” Buono said, describing the pitch at various locations. “Then we said, ‘OK, we’re going to put a toilet stall right here.’ The Hungarians were just like, ‘Wait a minute, what do you mean a toilet stall? This is offensive that you would even suggest that.’ They wouldn’t budge.”

Eventually, they obtained clearance to film the scene in the Budapest Opera House. But that necessity of being flexible in the face of absurdity is a reflection of the same things the show asks of its performers, too.

“You’re moving so fast that unlike other shows, you don’t have trailers. Because the talent is never gonna go back to the trailers. It’s just, ‘No, no, no, stay with us. You’re gonna be shooting again in five minutes’” Buono said.

It all goes back to the insane weekly time crunch of another show that gave so many of the creative team their start.

“So many of us that make the show came from ‘Saturday Night Live’ and had been there for a very long time. I think a lot of our crew would rather not be that way, but we all respond really well to quick [turnarounds],” Buono said.

“It’s kind of exciting,” Thomas added. “That’s always the challenge of, ‘Well, how are we going to do it?’”

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‘We Hope She Likes It’: Fred Armisen Explains How He and Cate Blanchett Parodied Marina Abramovic and Ulay

This week, the world was finally treated to “Waiting for the Artist,” a pitch-perfect parody of the 2012 documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present.

The mockumentary, which is part of the third season of Documentary Now!, stars two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett as Izabella Barta (a thinly veiled Abramovic) and Fred Armisen as Dimo (a fictionalized Ulay, the artist who collaborated with Abramovic in in the 1970s and ’80s).

Throughout the episode, we follow Barta as she struggles to come up with a new work for an upcoming show in Budapest. “The question on everyone’s mind that they’re not saying is, ‘does she have anything new to say?’” Dimo tells the filmmaker. “I think maybe not; her best work is in the past.”

The show is full of small delights for art-world insiders. There’s a Klaus Biesenbach-type curator, an appearance by the real-life Mr. Brainwash, and even a sequence in which Blanchett (as Barta) trains young performance artists, which is presumably inspired by Abramovic’s plans to open the Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art.

There is also a clever bit of gender politics. In the show, Barta labors to advance her career, while Dimo, a lazy unoriginal, and conceited artist, finds success easily. “I put no thought and no time into it,” he says at one point about one of his exhibitions. “Opening night, I went to the store and bought a bunch of crap,” including a fork and a toothbrush that he displays to acclaim.

Barta, on the other hand, is best known for her piece Bucket Series, in which the audience is invited to litter the gallery floor with all sorts of objects before the artist rushes in with bucket over her head, racing to answer a phone ringing in the center of the room.

In an interview with artnet News, Armisen was quick to clarify that he has nothing against Ulay. “In any narrative piece, you need a sort of villain, for lack of a better word,” he says. The choice to make Dimo lazy was plot driven, providing a foil to Barta’s unfailing dedication to her work.

One commentator in the show sums up their relationship thusly: “you had a woman who risked everything for her art, and a man who risked nothing.” (In real life, Abramovic and Ulay have had their ups and downs, but have set aside their differences in recent years, even making plans to write a joint memoir.)

We talked with Armisen about the episode, the challenges of parodying art, and waiting in line at art museums. This conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

What was it like filming this episode with Cate Blanchett?
We shot it in Budapest, and there was a video art piece at the museum with Cate Blanchett in it. A total, total coincidence! [Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto, in which Blanchett plays 13 different roles, was at the National Gallery from May 30–August 12, 2018.]

Amazing! That’s a great piece. And it really shows what a chameleon Cate is.
We weren’t prepared for how much work she was going to put into it! She showed up with her own wardrobe, with outfits that were like Marina’s. Cate even had some sort of dental things to make her look more like Marina. Sometimes I like to fancy myself the person who over-prepares and really gets into it—she was 10 times that. She could have done the whole episode on her own. The accent, the posture, oh man, it was incredible.

Even her skin had the right kind of… sheen.
Yeah! Whatever that quality is, she had it.

Did you see the MoMA show?
No! There was a line! I saw the movie and I love pieces like that, but I can never wait in line to see art. It’s not that I’m a snob, it’s that I can’t enjoy it if i’ve been waiting. It’s too much for me. I like a nice empty gallery, an empty performance.

Have you spoken to Marina about the episode at all?
No! I wish I did. I’ve never met her. Let her know that we are huge fans and we hope she likes it.

Why is she a good parody subject?
The boldness of her presence—and I know her documentary is called The Artist Is Present—there is something about that, the fact that it moved so many people. That, I think, is moving. If a band has a hit record, something worked, something resonated. I consider her to be somebody who had a hit piece, a hit art performance. It’s a rare thing to hit the mainstream. It happens sometimes 100 years after you’re dead. The fact that she did that in present day is really rare. How great is that? I really respect her art.

What’s your favorite part of the episode?
I like the footage of Cate putting the pail over her head with the marbles on the floor. It just made me laugh. It’s a silly part to it—I underestimate silliness.

I loved the Mr. Brainwash cameo. Any chance you guys would do a Exit Through the Gift Shop parody?
Maybe. It’s just too hard to really nail. We kind of did one on Portlandia, where one of the characters thought he was Banksy. He saw some graffiti and he was like, “oh that looks like my handwriting. I wonder if I’m Banksy?” Whenever you depict art, it’s very difficult because it can come off as just lazy or easy.

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BTS photos from Documentary Now Instagram

See visual guide of Cate’s perfomances on Documentary Now >>here

New video and still of Documentary Now! episode with Cate Blanchett
Posted on
Mar 6, 2019

New video and still of Documentary Now! episode with Cate Blanchett

Hey everyone!

Tonight, the Documentary Now! episode “Waiting for the artist” starring Cate Blanchett and Fred Armisen will be airing on IFC Network (11 pm). After tonight, the episode will air again Saturday 3:30 am and then 6am (Thanks to Bello from CBF Chat for this info). For more info check IFC site
While we wait for tonight’s show, let’s enjoy a new video and still of Cate as Izabela Barta!