Cate Blanchett on ABC 90th Birthday Celebration and Channel 4 Dispatches
Posted on
Jun 30, 2022

Cate Blanchett on ABC 90th Birthday Celebration and Channel 4 Dispatches

Hi, everyone!

Cate Blanchett appeared on the 90th birthday celebration of ABC Australia where she presented some of the network’s most notable dramas. You can watch the video below. Full celebration can be streamed on ABC iview. Channel 4’s documentary Ukraine: Life Under Attack which Cate narrated is now available to stream on the network’s website for those living in the UK.

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Cate Blanchett greets ABC Australia on their anniversary; & boards VR project Evolver
Posted on
May 21, 2022

Cate Blanchett greets ABC Australia on their anniversary; & boards VR project Evolver

Hi, everyone!

Cate has sent a video message greeting ABC Australia on their 90 years. She has also signed on as executive producer, with her co-exec producers at Dirty Films – Andrew Upton and Coco Francini, for Evolver which will also be narrated by her and set to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in June 2022.

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Cate Blanchett boards Tribeca-bound VR project ‘Evolver’ as narrator and executive producer

Cate Blanchett is narrating virtual-reality project Evolver and has signed on as an executive producer alongside Terrence Malick and Edward R. Pressman.

Billed as a free-roaming, immersive journey through the breathing body, Evolver is world premiering in competition at the Tribeca Immersive programme at the 2022 Tribeca Festival where it will be presented at 120 Broadway from June 9-19.

The VR experience drops audiences inside the human body, following the flow of oxygen from first intake of breath.

Dirty Films’ Cate Blanchett, Coco Francini and Andrew Upton have boarded Evolver as executive producers. Fellow executive producers Edward R. Pressman and Terrence Malick first collaborated on the independent classic Badlands nearly 50 years ago.

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Sources: Screendaily; Tribeca

47th Chaplin Awards
Posted on
Apr 26, 2022

47th Chaplin Awards

Hello, Cate Blanchett fans!

Last night Cate was honored at the 47th Chaplin Awards by Film at Lincoln Center. Christine Vachon, who is the producer for both I’m Not There and Carol, presented the award to Cate. Check the videos and photos mostly shared by fans who were at the event.

According to Film at Lincoln Center a recording of the event will be available but as we wait you can check Cate’s speech recorded by an attendee.


28th Screen Actors Guild Awards
Posted on
Mar 4, 2022

28th Screen Actors Guild Awards

Happy Friday, everyone!

Last Sunday, Cate attended the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards. She was nominated for her performance in supporting role in Nightmare Alley as well as for best ensemble with Don’t Look Up cast. She presented a clip from Don’t Look Up with Meryl Streep and Tyler Perry, and the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award to Dame Helen Mirren. Check out the videos and photos below.

28th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Arrival

Cate arrived on the red carpet at around 1:54:11

28th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Show

28th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Audience & Stage

28th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Backstage

28th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photoshoot

28th Screen Actors Guild Awards – BTS

 

Cate Blanchett at 47th César Awards
Posted on
Feb 26, 2022

Cate Blanchett at 47th César Awards

Hello, everyone!

On February 25th 2022, Cate received César d’Honneur Award from the French Film Academy, which was presented by her friend, French actor, Isabelle Huppert. She is the first Australian to receive a César. She also presented the award for Best Director.

Arrival and Red Carpet Interviews

47th Cesar Awards – Arrivals – February 25th 2022

Ceremony

The article below is Google translated

Isabelle Huppert warmly hands the Honorary Cesar to Cate Blanchett

On the one hand, Isabelle Huppert, muse of Claude Chabrol, Benoît Jacquot or even Michael Haneke, has two Césars and so many international prizes. On the other, Cate Blanchett, Australian actress with two Oscars, for Aviator (2004) and Blue Jasmine (2013). In 2014, these two “sacred monsters” met on stage for the adaptation of The Maids ,a play by Jean Genet. Seven years later, they find themselves on the stage of the 47th Cesar ceremony, which takes place this Friday, February 25, in the legendary hall of the Olympia, in Paris. It was Isabelle Huppert who presented her friend Cate Blanchett with the Honorary Cesar for her entire career, it is a mutual tribute that the two actresses paid to each other.

“My dear Cate. You alone populate the planet of cinema, this continent that you tirelessly explore… but you are neither tenant nor owner. You are too free for that,” Isabelle Huppert, in a flamboyant black dress, tenderly began. And to continue: “Your freedom is what tells you best. It allows you all the audacity. You can play anything, a man, a snake. You make us want to become the characters you play, you inspire us with these desires for freedom.” In her long tirade, the actress also hailed the strength and extraordinary career of the 52-year-old actress. And underlined the importance of her gaze and her eyes, sometimes “laughing, sad, candid, intelligent, naive, unfathomable, dreamy, wild… terribly human”.

An ode to French cinema

But eyes also moved, and misted with tears. Because after a hug and a long standing ovation from the public present at the Olympia, Cate Blanchett could not contain her emotion. “I don’t know if I’m crying because I realize how old I am …”, she quipped, before continuing: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It’s hard to talk about anything other than the situation in Ukraine, but we’re here to celebrate cinema. I would therefore like to express my thanks to the Academy. It is a real privilege to receive this César from the hands of my friend Isabelle, who represents French cinema”.

Unsurprisingly, Cate Blanchett, a great admirer of the New Wave, but also marked by A Man Escaped by Robert Bresson (1956), wanted to pay tribute to the beauty and usefulness of the seventh art. “I have always admired the ability of French cinema to be loved and celebrated nationally by its own audience,” she explained. The actress said she was “struck by the influence” of it and by its creativity. So many ideas that help “to understand the world and to change it”.

47th Cesar Awards – Audience & Show – February 25th 2022

Backstage and Press Room

47th Cesar Awards – Backstage – February 25th 2022

47th Cesar Awards – Press Room – February 25th 2022

Source: Madame Figaro

Cate Blanchett at Goya Awards 2022 – Photos & Videos; and New Podcast
Posted on
Feb 13, 2022

Cate Blanchett at Goya Awards 2022 – Photos & Videos; and New Podcast

Hola, Cate Blanchett fans! What a weekend we have!

The new episode, with Cate, of Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso has been released. You can listen below. Cate has been presented with the inaugural International Goya Award last night in Valencia, Spain. Pedro Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz presented the award. Check out the photos and videos from yesterday.

A Tea with Cate Blanchett

Goya Awards Ceremony

36th Goya Awards – Stage – February 12th 2022

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Photocall and Press Conference

Photocall

 Press Con

The text below is google translated but the source is linked at the end of this post.

Cate Blanchett, “speechless” for receiving the first International Goya

With a sweet “Hello!”, the actress Cate Blanchett has conquered the press that was waiting for her in the hall of the Palau de les Arts de València. Many of them welcomed her to the city that hosts, for the first time, the Goya ceremony.

She, on the other hand, “does not need introductions”, as Mariano Barroso, director of the Film Academy, has pointed out, who has accompanied her in the pose before the incessant shooting of the photographers. Then she, alone, elegantly, she has smiled at everyone dressed in a pink suit jacket and sneakers, before explaining that “I was speechless when they called me to tell me that they gave me the award.”

Cate Blanchett: “The Academy Award means that what I do has reached a different culture and audience”

It had raised maximum expectation and did not disappoint. Cate Blanchett starred this Saturday in a massive meeting with the media a few hours before receiving at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia the International Goya Award created this year by the Film Academy to “recognize personalities who contribute to cinema as an art that unites cultures and viewers of all the world”. In her case, she is also awarded for being “an actress who has played unforgettable characters that are already part of our memory and our present.” The Australian actress and producer was satisfied and excited, and she thanked the Film Academy for this recognition, which represents support for her career. “I come from Australia, where we have a small but quite powerful film industry, and being in Valencia receiving an award from the Spanish Academy means a lot to me,

In a room packed with journalists, cameras and photographers, the president of the Film Academy, Mariano Barroso , opened the event by welcoming Cate Blanchett, who was very grateful for the award. “When they called me to tell me that they were going to give me the International Goya, I was speechless, because Spanish cinema has had a fundamental influence on me, not only because of the work of Almodóvar and Amenábar, but also because of all cinema spoken in Spanish” he explained.

Winner of two Oscars, for Best Leading Actress for Woody Allen ‘s Blue Jasmine , and Best Supporting Actress for Martin Scorsese ‘s The Aviator. .In addition to three Golden Globes, three BAFTAs and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, Blanchett is one of the greatest talents in world cinema today. Some awards that represent recognition of his professional career. “I am old enough to say that I have a career, and I hope that it will continue to advance and take me in multiple directions. The creative path is full of deviations, it is not a straight line. If one decides to make applause the objective of the experience and ignore what work is, one is making a mistake. When you make a movie, a play, a book, how the audience is going to receive it is completely out of your control.”

Project with Almodovar

The actor spoke with enthusiasm about her upcoming projects, among which is Manual for cleaning women , by Pedro Almodóvar, an adaptation of the book by Lucía Berlín produced by El Deseo and Dirty Films, a company of which she is the founder and director together with Andrew Upton(with whom he chaired and artistically directed the Sydney Theater Company from 2008 to 2014. He had words of praise and admiration for the director from La Mancha. “I have known him for 20 years and we have been talking about working together for a long time. Now we have found a project that excites us both. There was another that did not materialize because it was not the right time, but now it is, “he revealed, adding that making this adaptation “means working with a person and a film culture that I love. It has always interested me and allows me to enter Pedro’s universe”.

This will be Almodóvar’s first film in English. “The key to working with him is that he is an excellent writer, an artist. All his cinema, everything he has created has a brutal influence. The script that he has proposed to me is unique, I had not seen something like it. Lucia Berlin’s stories can be represented cinematographically in very different ways, but Pedro’s point of view makes us go further, that we delve into concepts that have to do with addiction at different levels. We are going to talk about addictive relationships, but also about substance addiction, ”she recounted enthusiastically.

In addition, Blanchett currently has Nightmare Alley by Guillermo del Toro which she said “generates a great story behind each character that helps you a lot.”

Academies and festivals

Blanchett highlighted the important role of film academies and festivals today. “They have much more than nominees, red carpet and awards. There is work to support the industry and they are mentors in a process that has to look at the present and the future without fear. We find social movements such as Black Lives Matter or MeToo that must be understood and included. That inclusivity has to be adapted at all levels. If an academy does not understand these concepts and does not look to the future, it ends up being irrelevant, ”she said bluntly.

She also referenced the damage the pandemic has done to culture. “We have all missed going to a movie theater and all these types of cultural events that allow us to share experiences with complete strangers. We have missed it in the cinema, but in the theater even more”, she assured, although she acknowledged that the cinema was already “in danger” before the virus spread. “I had the hope, which I still do, that once we go out on the street we would really want to meet and we would do it in a movie theater. I don’t lose it.” But “we must be aware of what has happened: for 18 months we have been consuming on platforms,” she said, after considering that “the works should be seen as they have been planned. When we talk about creativity we talk about great ideas. The size of the screens doesn’t matter if the ideas are big”. The Australian actress and producer is currently involved in the pre-production of the series Disclaimer, directed by Alfonso Cuarón for AppleTV+, in which she will star and executive produce, and has just wrapped filming on Todd Field ‘s TAR , which she also produces and stars in, and Guillermo del Toro’s version of Pinocchio , for Netflix.

Arrival and red carpet

Source: La Vanguardia, Premios Goya

Nightmare Alley Streaming Release Date; Behind the scenes and featurette
Posted on
Jan 22, 2022

Nightmare Alley Streaming Release Date; Behind the scenes and featurette

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Nightmare Alley will soon be released on streaming services in the US. A special behind the scenes look on the movie which is almost 23 minutes long and the featurette on the movie’s cinematography were released. Martin Scorsese also wrote on an op-ed on LA Times on why you should give Nightmare Alley a watch. Like we always remind, beware of spoilers if you have not seen the movie. Enjoy!

Nightmare Alley Will Be Streaming on Hulu and HBO Max in February

Guillermo del Toro’s R-rated thriller “Nightmare Alley” is heading to streaming sooner than many expected. The film, which stars Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, will be available to stream on both Hulu and HBO Max starting February 1, 2022.

The streaming release comes less than two months after the Searchlight Pictures film was released exclusively in theaters, on Dec. 17.

Nightmare Alley Cinematography FYC

In the video, del Toro even offers a clue to his motivation for releasing the whole film, which also stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Richard Jenkins, in a black-and-white version, which opened in select Los Angeles theaters last week. Del Toro and Laustsen shared their thoughts on this version with TheWrap: “I kept saying, ‘Oh, my God, I wish I could do both releases,’” the director raved.

Cinematography FYC Featurettes Screencaptures

Behind the Scenes

Martin Scorsese wants you to watch ‘Nightmare Alley.’ Let him tell you why

A few weeks ago, I caught up with Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley.” I was impressed and moved. I look forward to watching anything that Guillermo does, but this particular picture had a special power and resonance for me.

Then I came to realize that people just weren’t coming out for it, which was distressing. Obviously, this past holiday season was a tricky moment to release any movie. But I also wonder if there has been a real appreciation of Guillermo’s accomplishment.

I would bet that the term “noir” has appeared in most of the reviews and comments about “Nightmare Alley,” and with good reason. The characters are all haunted, many are doomed, and the film is based on a novel with the kind of wild labyrinthine plot that is a hallmark of film noir. On top of that, the novel was filmed once before, right after its publication in 1946, and the earlier version directed by Edmund Goulding has long been considered a classic of the genre.

But the term “noir” has been used so often and in such a cheeky way that it seems more like a flavor than anything else, and it might just lead someone seeking information about the picture in the wrong direction. They might be expecting a noir “pastiche,” of which there have been many. That doesn’t even begin to do justice to Guillermo and Kim Morgan’s adaptation.

The majority of the picture takes place in the ‘30s, and it seems to grow out of the bitterness and despair of the depression: You can feel it in the images and in the body language of the actors. All the characters in this film are feeling real pain, a sense of spiritual desolation rooted in everyday life. This isn’t just a matter of “style” or “visuals,” exquisite as the film is. It’s a matter of Guillermo’s complete commitment to the material, to bringing his vision to life with his production designer, his costume designer, his DP and his amazing cast, led by Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett. They work together to create a dead-end universe from out of the American past, and they do it inside and out, through and through.

In that sense, the film is truer to the animating spirit of film noir than the many “homages” that have been made over the years and are still being made now. Guillermo is certainly speaking from and to his own time, but he’s doing so in the idiom of a time gone by, and the urgency and despair of then overlaps with the urgency and despair of now in a way that’s quite disturbing. It’s like a warning bell.

Disturbing, but exhilarating at the same time. That’s what art can do.

COVID-19 has also been extremely tough on the cinema in general. It’s added time-consuming protocols and extremely expensive insurance packages to the budgets of all films, big and small. It’s resulted in the closure of many theaters and a resistance to going back to the ones that are still open. And on top of everything else … Omicron.

If you decided to just file “Nightmare Alley” away under “noir” or some other category, I would urge you to take a second closer look. And if you decided to skip it altogether, for whatever reason, please reconsider. In essence, what I’m trying to say is that a filmmaker like Guillermo, who gives us pictures this lovingly and passionately crafted, doesn’t just need our support: he deserves it.

Source: The Wrap, The Wrap FYC, ABC7, LA Times

Conversation with Cate Blanchett; Nightmare Alley Clip and Featurette
Posted on
Dec 22, 2021

Conversation with Cate Blanchett; Nightmare Alley Clip and Featurette

Hello, everyone!

A new interview between Cate and Pete Hammond from Deadline has been released plus Nightmare Alley clips and featurettes. Costume designer, Luis Sequiera also talked about working with Cate in Nightmare Alley.

Costume designer Luis Sequeira speaks to L’OFFICIEL about outfitting Cate Blanchett

Guillermo del Toro’s new film, Nightmare Alley, sees Bradley Cooper as con man Stan Carlisle, who learns the tricks of faking clairvoyance at a rundown carnival. His ambitions take him and his girlfriend Molly, played by Rooney Mara, to the big city, where his drive for fame and fortune become entwined with the delusions of his act, leading to dangerous consequences. Cate Blanchett, Toni Colette, and Willem Dafoe round out the stellar cast.

Based on a William Lindsay Gresham novel from 1946 that was made into a film noir the following year, the dark story returns to the big screen in an adaptation that retains a vintage quality. This is largely thanks to costumes by Luis Sequeira, who reunites with del Toro following their Academy Award-winning work on 2017’s The Shape of Water, which snagged four Oscars, including Best Picture, and was nominated in nine other categories, including Best Costume Design. 

L’O: The other character who perhaps has the most striking costumes is Dr. Lilith Ritter, played by Cate Blanchett. How closely did you work with Cate to create her wardrobe?

LS: I’ve collected a lot of references in hopes of doing a ’30s movie one day. So I had a pair of sketchbooks that I had collected some years ago and we looked through those. There are specific details to that two year period that we both felt was right for the character. I was also lucky to have her in Toronto filming Miss America and we were able to have a preliminary measurement-taking and create a block for her, which was quite instrumental. We created the suits, blouses, and dresses knowing exactly what the fit was, which you don’t often have. You get an actor a few weeks before they go to camera and you’re trying to get it all together very quickly. With this film, we had the luxury to have a bit of time to really refine those lines.

L’O: The fit really is impeccable, and it shows on-screen.

LS: Here’s the thing about Cate. She knows how to wear the clothing. It didn’t wear her, she wore it. And then she moved; I was quite taken in the fitting when she would kind of doing some movement to feel how the clothing felt in the way she would recline, or the way she would sit. And that would inform us about how tight we could go without being too tight or was there gonna be a problem when you foreshorten the front of your body when you sit, so that suit had to sit pretty in a very distinctive way to not buckle up. Those are all things that were really helpful from the standpoint of Cate and I working those things out in the fitting room.

Source: L’Officiel