Amazon Buys Lucille Ball Biopic Starring Cate Blanchett
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Aug 8, 2017

Amazon Buys Lucille Ball Biopic Starring Cate Blanchett

Great news about the Lucille Ball biopic!

Amazon Studios has acquired the Lucille Ball biopic “Lucy and Desi,” with Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett attached to star.

Aaron Sorkin has written the script. Escape Artists is the production company with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch producing.

The producers are seeking a star to play Ball’s husband Desi Arnaz as well as Vivian Vance and William Frawley, who played Fred and Ethel Mertz in the landmark sitcom “I Love Lucy.”

The project attracted Blanchett and Sorkin two years ago. “Lucy and Desi” will center on Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz. She eloped with the Cuban bandleader in 1940, and the two created the massively successful sitcom “I Love Lucy” in 1951 through their Desilu Productions. She won four Emmys for the role.

Ball also gave birth to her daughter in 1951 and to her son in 1953. Ball and Arnaz divorced in 1960, and Ball began running Desilu Productions in 1962. She died in 1989.

Blanchett has won Academy Awards for “The Aviator” and “Blue Jasmine.”

The “Lucy and Desi” project also involves the two children from the marriage — Lucie Luckinbill and Desi Arnaz Jr. — and includes rights to the use of memoirs written by both Ball and Arnaz. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.


First look at Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok
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Mar 9, 2017

First look at Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok

Entertainment Weekly is featuring exclusive images from Thor: Ragnarok on the next issue. It includes a first look at Cate as Hela, the Goddess of Death. The movie will be released in November.

Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor Ragnarok

Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor Ragnarok

Sometimes even superheroes need makeovers. And let’s face it: Thor’s hair was always a little too Nelson-circa-1990. So in Thor: Ragnarok, out Nov. 3, audiences will see the Norse god get his signature blond locks shorn. “It was nice not to have to sit in the makeup chair for that hour each morning,” Chris Hemsworth says. “It felt like a rebirth for me as the actor but also as the character.”

Marvel’s third solo outing for Thor is a fresh start in more than just follicular ways. “I have a belief that if you’re lucky enough to get to part 3 of a franchise, it is your obligation not to fall to threequel-itis,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. The latest entry finds Thor battling not only the Goddess of Death, Hela (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett), but also his frenemy the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) when the pair find themselves on a desolate planet called Sakaar.

When Hela is accidentally unleashed from her prison, she is not psyched. “She’s been locked away for millennia getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she gets unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box,” says Blanchett, who worked with legendary stuntwoman Zoë Bell (Grindhouse) and learned the Brazilian martial art capoeira to prep for the role. Her attack on Thor sends him to Sakaar where he is forced to become a gladiator and realizes he’s no longer super special. “[Sakaar is] basically where every wormhole across the universe dumps out its trash, so you get people from all walks of life with all sorts of incredible abilities and powers,” Hemsworth explains. “No one cares what prince or king Thor may have been in another world. Also, his strength is pretty easily matched with those he finds himself amongst.” Case in point: Sakaar’s most successful (and popular) fighter is The Hulk.

Still, despite a title that references an end-of-days-type battle in Norse mythology, Ragnarok marks a decidedly more comedic installment for the series, thanks in large part to director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows). “Taika has such a quirky, left-of-field sense of humor, which forced all the characters and the tone of the whole story to head in a new direction,” says Hemsworth. “Each day we were like, ‘Are we pushing it too far? Are we allowed to have this much fun?’”

Now the Ragnarok team just has to see if the Marvel audience is open to such a recalibration. “I think sometimes people mistake a tonal shift as ‘We’re just going to make some ridiculous broad comedy where no one gives a s— what happens and everyone gets stoned and sits around talking about saving the universe,’?” Waititi says. “We want people to care what happens and care that the hero succeeds. I think tonally it’s like a slight shift. I don’t feel nervous — I feel good about it.”


Marvel Studios Confirms Stellar New Cast Members of the Highly Anticipated ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
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May 20, 2016

Marvel Studios Confirms Stellar New Cast Members of the Highly Anticipated ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Exciting news for Cate!

Two-time Oscar®-winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Carol, “Cinderella”) joins Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” as the mysterious and powerful new villain Hela, along with Jeff Goldblum (the upcoming “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Jurassic Park”) who joins the cast as the eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson (“Creed,” “Selma”) who will bring the classic hero Valkyrie to life on the big screen, and Karl Urban (“Star Trek” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”) who will add his might to the fray as Skurge.

Rounding out the cast for the film is three-time Oscar®-nominee Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “Foxcatcher”), reprising his role of Bruce Banner/the Hulk from “Marvel’s The Avengers” and Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, and with the additions of Cate, Jeff, Tessa, Karl, and Mark to the cast we have the makings of his most dangerous and heroic adventure yet,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “The sheer, raw talent each of these actors brings to the screen can’t be quantified. Having any one of them join the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an honor, and having all of them is incredible.”

Thor’s new cast members join returning stars Chris Hemsworth (“Rush,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Ghostbusters”) in the title role for the fifth time; Tom Hiddleston (“Crimson Peak,” “The Night Manager,” “Kong: Skull Island”) as Thor’s adversarial, adopted brother, Loki; Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Idris Elba (“The Dark Tower,” “Luther,” “Beasts of No Nation”) as the Asgardian sentry, Heimdall; and Academy Award®-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins (“Silence of the Lambs,” “Nixon,” “Hitchcock”) again portraying Odin, Ruler of Asgard.

“Thor: Ragnarok,” the third installment of Marvel’s popular Norse Super Hero, is directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi (“Two Cars, One Night,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”). Kevin Feige will produce the film, joined by executive producers Louis D’Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee.

Thor: Ragnork is set for release on November 2017.


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Jan 28, 2016

Cate Blanchett to Make Broadway Debut in Play Directed by John Crowley

Cate Blanchett, one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation, will make her Broadway debut next season in a new adaptation of a lesser-known Chekhov play.

Ms. Blanchett will star as a Russian widow in “The Present,” which reimagines Chekhov’s untitled first play, often called “Platonov,” set in the 1990s. In the play a group of friends gathers at a country house outside Moscow to celebrate the 40th birthday of Ms. Blanchett’s character, Anna Petrovna. A Chekhovian tangle of vodka-fueled regret unspools, although in this version with considerably more humor than one might expect.

“It’s about life, basically, and the choices that a group of people make,” said the play’s director, John Crowley, who also directed the movie “Brooklyn,” which is a nominee for a best picture Oscar this year. Mr. Crowley, an Irish filmmaker and stage director, has directed three Broadway plays, “A Behanding in Spokane,” “A Steady Rain” and “The Pillowman.”

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“It’s also very, very, Chekhov, in a lot of ways truer to his spirit than a lot of period productions which rely heavily on a certain mood rather than actual drama,” Mr. Crowley said of “The Present.” “And it’s extremely witty.”

The dates of the production and a theater have not been announced but the producers, Stuart Thompson and the Sydney Theater Company, are aiming to begin performances late this year. Tickets will go on sale this summer; the run will be limited to 13 weeks, which is typical for a play featuring a movie star of Ms. Blanchett’s stature. (She has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including this year for “Carol,” and has won twice).

Although “The Present” will be Ms. Blanchett’s Broadway debut, she has wowed critics with previous star turns Off Broadway, including a 2014 production of “The Maids” at City Center, a 2012 production of “Uncle Vanya,” also at City Center, a 2009 production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and a 2006 production of “Hedda Gabler,” also at BAM. All four plays were productions of the Sydney Theater Company.

“The Present” was written by Andrew Upton, who is Ms. Blanchett’s husband and frequent collaborator; the play debuted last August at the Sydney Theater Company, where Mr. Upton was concluding his tenure as artistic director. Mr. Upton and Ms. Blanchett had previously served the theater as joint artistic directors.

The production will also star Richard Roxburgh, making his Broadway debut as Platonov. Ms. Blanchett and Mr. Roxburgh performed together in “Uncle Vanya,” which was also adapted by Mr. Upton.


Cate Blanchett Covers W Magazine December 2015
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Nov 16, 2015

Cate Blanchett Covers W Magazine December 2015

Cate Blanchett is the cover of the December issue of W Magazine, here are the cover, photoshoot and a preview of the article. Dont forget to pick up your issue on the newsstand or the digital version!

Cate Blanchett: A Rose Without Thorns
Cate Blanchett insists she is not the embodiment of perfection. We beg to differ.

In the fourth gallery of “Picasso Sculpture,” a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, Cate Blanchett stopped in front of an elegant, elongated woman assembled from wood and wire that looked like her. It was early October, and Blanchett had come to Manhattan from her home in Sydney to attend the New York Film Festival premiere of Carol, a love story between two women set in the 1950s (in theaters November 20). Blanchett, who was nursing a sore throat from too many flights and events, wore loose black slacks, a white shirt, flat shoes, a flower-print blazer, and pink aviator glasses. Her blonde hair was still damp from a shower, and she wasn’t wearing any makeup. She looked, as she invariably does, effortlessly beautiful. Unlike most actresses, her clothes had not been chosen by a stylist; they were a manifestation of her personality and current mood.
“I love these women,” Blanchett said enthusiastically of the sculpture and its four companions. “They remind me of Giacometti.” She launched into a story about male artists and their obsessions. “I read about this artist who left his girlfriend for four years. He wanted to make art away from any distractions, but he came home with four matchboxes filled with dust. He was so obsessed with her and with art that he ended up creating nothing. Every time I start a project—and I certainly felt this way with Carol—I have to embrace the fear that it might be a disaster. I like that feeling of consequence.” Blanchett gestured around the gallery at the variety of bodies and faces, all of them female. “Like being with these sculptures, making films is a little like existing in a dreamscape. You only reenter consciousness when the shooting is over.”
Having seen Blanchett stun the international film crowd in May at the Cannes Film Festival, where Carol received a thunderous standing ovation, and then watching her bond with Picasso at the museum, I began to wonder whether she was, in fact, the embodiment of perfection. She has had a remarkable film career, winning countless awards, including the Oscar for best actress for 2013’s Blue Jasmine; she and her husband, Andrew Upton, ran the Sydney Theatre company for five years, where Blanchett starred in productions like A Streetcar Named Desire and The War of the Roses (in which she played King Richard II). She has four children—three boys and a newly adopted baby girl, who is not quite 1 year old. And then there is her vast curiosity, professional courage, sense of style, and innate charisma. I, for one, wanted to know her secret. So, somewhere between Picasso’s fantastic bust of a woman that brought to mind a kangaroo, and a beauty with a particularly noble nose, I outright asked her, “What’s the key to your perfection?”
She scoffed. “I am not perfect,” she insisted. “The wheels are constantly falling off.” She paused and then (sort of) changed the subject. “When Andrew and I decided to run the theater company, in 2008, I didn’t think I’d have a movie career to go back to. But that was okay: When I consider the characters I might play, I find turning points to be very interesting. There’s a line from the novelist Jeanette Winterson: ‘What you risk reveals what you value’—and that’s always stuck with me.”
Carol is based on the novel The Price of Salt, which the writer Patricia Highsmith published in 1952 under the pseudonym Claire Morgan. In the film adaptation, Blanchett plays the title role, Carol, who falls in love with Therese, a much younger woman, portrayed by Rooney Mara. Directed by Todd Haynes, it is not meant to be a gay love story but, simply, a love story. That lack of political message irritated some critics at Cannes, who wanted more explicit sex scenes and seemed disappointed that neither Mara nor Blanchett were actual lesbians. Early in the festival, when Blanchett was asked if she’d ever had “relationships” with women, she replied: “Many times. But if you mean, ‘Have I had sexual relationships with women?’ the answer is no.”
Blanchett still seemed surprised by the mild uproar over the casting of Carol. “I mean, look at this!” she exclaimed, motioning toward a Cubist guitar made of iron wire, sheet metal, and painted tin. “Art is supposed to be a provocation, not an education. In 2015, the point should be: Who cares if I had lesbian relationships or not? Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve always thought that my job as an actor was to raise and expand the audience’s sense of the universe.”
She paused, perhaps worried that she was being conceited by comparing herself to the legendary artist. “I so admire Picasso’s unwillingness to be predictable,” Blanchett said, overwhelmed by six large wooden figures, bathers that he created in 1956. There was something primitive about the works—most of which had distinct faces and faint genitals. “They look like refugees,” Blanchett observed. “Or audience members.” She smiled. “I am sure that these sculptures were not understood at first. And I have always found criticism interesting. Like art, film should never be absolute or bow to a market survey of ‘correct intentions.’?”
Blanchett’s belief in cinematic invention can be traced to her first major role, as the virgin queen in Elizabeth (1998). The director, Shekhar Kapur, had no interest in historical accuracy. “I realized then that I wasn’t making documentaries,” Blanchett said. Having originally trained as a stage actor, Blanchett also learned on Elizabeth how to create a character for the screen. “Films are a very different thing. For instance, I love working with the costume designers on movies. You can visually represent the character through a dress or a bag or shoes. In Blue Jasmine, clothes illustrated my character’s demise. If I can pair a Birkin bag with a knockoff sweater from Wal-Mart that looks like Chanel, I can subtly reveal the character, and I don’t have to play that emotion.”
During the shoot for this story with Tim Walker, when Blanchett slipped into Prada pajamas, she immediately transformed into Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince. As Carol, Blanchett wears a strikingly huge mink coat with a shawl collar that symbolizes her wealth and social status. Carol is not only older and more sophisticated than Therese, who works as a clerk in a department store, but she’s from a different world altogether, a point the coat conveys without words. “The mink was old and it kept falling apart,” Blanchett told me. “Between takes, Sandy Powell, the costume designer, would sew it back together by hand. I considered changing coats, but when you find the right thing, you know immediately: That coat was the one to tell Carol’s story. It was perfect.”

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Mar 23, 2015

Pillow Talk: The intimate secrets we learnt about Cate Blanchett

Cate Blachett and her husband, Andrew Upton, attented the Sydney Theatre Company Pillow Talk, as a part of the Spectrum Now Festival, yesterday.

Can anyone compete with Hugh Jackman? Is watching The Mummy six times grounds for divorce? Can anyone recover from serving steamed broccoli and eggs on a first date? Is a buttery muffin the way to a man’s heart? On Sunday, Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, Richard Roxburgh and Silvia Colloca, Richard Glover and Debra Oswald and Wesley Enoch and David McAllister shared the stage for Spectrum Now’s Pillow Talk event. With a combined 72 years of romantic experience between them, they gave a glimpse into their lives together. So what can we learn from four of Australia’s most well-known creative couples?

1. First impressions don’t always count …

Bum cracks do. That was the first thing Blanchett saw when she met Upton 18 years ago. Granted, his head was in an oven at the time (he was making a movie). While Glover’s bum wasn’t emerging from an oven, Oswald’s first thought was, “Oh, lordy, what a wanker” when they met at ANU in Canberra. A few weeks later he offered to paint her set (and no, that’s not a euphemism, it was the set of a play she was producing). For Enoch and McAllister, it was a friend who first tried to get the pair together: “A mutual friend who I used to stay with, had Wesley over for a drink and after he left, she said: ‘Wesley’s lovely, isn’t he?’ And I was like, ‘Are you trying to matchmake? Ew. He’s way too famous and fabulous for me’.”

2. Although sometimes they do

When Colloca arrived at the read-through for the film Van Helsing, she was confronted with a room full of incredibly attractive men – Hugh Jackman and David Wenham to name but two – when in walked Roxburgh. Like many women before her, it was lust at first sight. For Upton, once he removed his head from the oven, Blanchett told him a joke that he finds funny to this day (yeah, cheekbones and a sense of humour.).

3. This is how you flirt…

“Hi, I’m Silvia. I’m your Italian wife”: Colloca introducing herself to Roxburgh for the first time (she was, after all, playing one of his three vampire brides).

4. And this is how not to flirt

“Greetings from sunny Sydney.” One of the “flirtatious texts” Roxburgh sent to Colloca while he was home in Sydney on a break from filming Van Helsing.

5. Cooking is not always the easiest way to a woman’s heart…

When Glover first invited Oswald over for dinner, he turned to The Vegetarian Epicure and served “disgusting sliced eggplant and steamed broccoli”. Thinking of a way he could jazz up the meal – no expense spared – he cracked two eggs over the broccoli. They have somehow been together for 34 years.

6. But it might win you the sympathy vote

Roxburgh and Colloca had been dating for a week, when Roxburgh decided to invite her around for dinner – “It was always a winner when I cooked something in the dating process” – and she offered to help. After half an hour, Colloca had prepped all the ingredients of a dish she had never made before in a cuisine she was unfamiliar with (poor Richard, not every woman you offer to cook dinner for will go on to create a food blog, write several cookbooks and host their own cooking show).

7. Sometimes all it takes is a buttery muffin

McAllister: “Our first date was in Melbourne. We met up at a little cafe and we had buttery muffins.”

Enoch: “Why did you just say that?”

McAllister: “I don’t know.”

Enoch: “He says this story and says we had buttery muff. Don’t ever think that I’m the crude one!”

8. Romantic gestures don’t always have to be flashy …

They can also come in the form of wildflowers picked on the side of the road and tied together with used dental floss found on the floor of a ute (nice one, Glover).

9. They can come from Harvey Norman, too

Well, maybe if you are giving Blanchett a gift. In that case a vacuum cleaner makes a good second wedding anniversary present, followed over the years by a breadmaker, Mixmaster and sewing machine.

10. Working with your partner can be tricky…

When Roxburgh was filming the first season of Rake in 2010, Colloca was cast in an episode. He couldn’t look at her without seeing his wife instead of the character. She ended up having to stand out of his eyeline, making Roxburgh the only man in history to tell Silvia Colloca he couldn’t bear to look at her.

11. Or a blessing

Blanchett and Upton have worked on scripts together in disabled loos or late at night in bed. For Glover and Oswald, working together at home means there is always a race to empty the dishwasher in the name of procrastination.

12. If you want something done, ask Upton and Blanchett …

Blanchett calls Upton “big picture” while he says Blanchett is methodical and fast-moving when it comes to decision making.

13. But don’t ask Roxburgh

To go into K-Mart and buy wrapping paper. It will take him half an hour and he will buy a laminator instead.

14. When work gets too much, it’s OK to flub…

When Blanchett goes home she “bakes, and I bake, and I bake or I wash the clothes and wash the clothes and wash the clothes”. Meanwhile Upton “flubs” – he plays the guitar, cooks and, um, brushes his hair. Upton says it is his life project to find Blanchett’s ‘off’ switch, but he has yet to find the button.

14. Or watch Twilight

Eighteen times (Enoch, I’m looking at you!). Or, if you are Upton, The Mummy, six times.

15. If you want to help Oswald write the next series of Offspring

Help her take the dog for a walk, it’s where she works out her problems. FYI: she also has a certificate in non-friable asbestos removal.

16. Be the captain of each other’s team…

Glover admires Oswald’s resilience for her ability to be long-term artist in Australia, while she admires his faith and support of her, which she says has kept her going (“We’ve been together for 34 years, and that’s the nicest thing she’s ever said to me!”). Roxburgh loves the authenticity of Colloca, while she is still blown away by the “sheer magnificence of the man I married”. McAllister respects Enoch’s ability to stand up and say things that other people won’t, and Enoch is moved by McAllister’s compassion and the depth of regard and love that people have for him.

17. But don’t be afraid to give feedback

Roxburgh: “If it’s a good relationship, it furthers you.”

Colloca: “I’ve learnt to control my Italian temper.”

Roxburgh: “Not really, though.”

18. Make each other laugh

Humour is the main currency in the Glover-Oswald house (“That’s the way to win our love”), while for Blanchett and Upton it’s about taking the work seriously, but not each other.

19. Take a leap

Blanchett and Upton say a shared spirit of adventure keeps them together. They have Stalin-esque five-year plans, which never come to anything, a bit like Stalin, really – boom, boom, with thanks to CB.

20. And don’t order Enoch’s peppermint tea for him …

“I’m a feminist, I can look after myself.”

via Sydney Mornign Herald

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Dec 13, 2014

Jungle Book: Origins Shifts To 2017

The Jungle Book: Origins, Warner Bros.’s version of the Rudyard Kipling stories, has seen its release date pushed back by almost a year.

The studio has moved the opening date from Oct. 21, 2016 to Oct. 6, 2017.

It hasn’t abandoned that time, however, for at the same time, Warners has moved Geostorm, an environmental thriller starring Gerard Butler, into that Oct. 21 date.

Warners is competing with Disney on live-action Jungle Book adaptations, with the Disney project, currently in production with Jon Favreau at the helm, swinging to an Oct. 9, 2015 date.

Warners’ version is still in the early development stages with Andy Serkis attached to direct.

Sources say that the initial date was more of a placeholder than a firmly planted release date. There is a growing trend in distribution circles of grabbing dates and using them as temporary berths for movies before these cinematic souffles are fully baked.

The new date also gives additional time for Serkis and co. to further work on the special effects-heavy project.

The move not only puts some time and space between Disney’s movie, but it also puts some distance between it and the studio’s other jungle-swinging movie, Tarzan. The latter also opens on July 1, 2016.


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Dec 13, 2014

Cate Blanchett in discussions to join Cascade

Possible new Project for Cate!

Baltasar Kormakur is in negotiations to direct Cascade, a disaster thriller at 20th Century Fox that Cate Blanchett is circling.

Ridley Scott, Steve Zaillian, Garrett Basch and Michael Schaefer are producing the project, which will be a loose remake of 2003 BBC pseudo-documentary The Day Britain Stopped. Kieran Fitzgerald wrote the screenplay.

Cascade is set after an oil tanker collision in the Persian Gulf sets off an international crisis. Blanchett would play the tanker’s captain, who must find a way to prove that she did not commit a terrorist act.

The Imitation Game helmer Morten Tyldum was loosely attached in the summer, but talks never got off the ground.

Kormakur is the Icelandic director behind the Mark Wahlberg action thriller Contraband and the Wahlberg-Denzel Washington actioner 2 Guns.

He is currently in post on Everest, a true-life drama centering on an ill-fated climbing expedition whose all-star cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and Kiera Knightley, among others.


Cate Blanchett honoured to represent and celebrate women in Giorgio Armani’s latest fragrance campaign
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Oct 26, 2014

Cate Blanchett honoured to represent and celebrate women in Giorgio Armani’s latest fragrance campaign

ONE day, Cate Blanchett might be taking tuck shop orders at her kids’ primary school. The next, she’ll be accepting a doctorate and lobbying for the arts. And the day after that you’ll probably find her sharing a film set with Robert Redford.

Forget Duchess Kate and the stories about her perfect hair, sense of style and cute baby, Blanchett is the type of woman other women aspire to be.

She truly seems to “have it all”, balancing family with passion for her causes and ground-breaking work while being as perfectly turned out in the grocer’s shop as she is on the red carpet.

Blanchett cleverly picks ­high-profile roles in intelligent, ­well-made films — an approach that has seen her garner an extraordinary 95 awards — including this year’s Best Actress Oscar for her role in Blue Jasmine — and 75 nominations, making her one of the industry’s most profitable and bankable stars.

Perhaps that’s why she is also one of the world’s most sought-after women when it comes to endorsements — whether it’s dressing for the red carpet or, with that timeless face and flawless complexion, cosmetic ones.

The 45-year-old star has been dressed by many fashion designers for those red carpet appearances, but none more so than Giorgio Armani.

“The sense of elegance in Mr Armani’s style is effortless and unaffected,” she says in an exclusive interview.

The feeling seems mutual he once told the New York Post that Blanchett “epitomises the woman for whom I design”, adding that “she has cemented a place for herself on the eternal best-dressed list”.

Theirs is a relationship that has lasted many years, including Armani’s tenure as patron of the Sydney Theatre Company during her directorship, so it is only fitting that the maestro himself would choose Blanchett to be the face of one of his fragrances.

Blanchett’s latest endorsement is Si Intense by Giorgio Armani. It is her second perfume partnership with Armani. The new fragrance claims to represent “a woman of grace and independent spirit; admired for her sophistication (and) serene in her self-confidence” — values she is happy to put her name to, and admits she also shares.

“If the Si woman thirsts for freedom, admires courage, strength and vulnerability, is drawn to all things sensual and loves to laugh then yes, I relate absolutely,” she says.

But it is her intensity that matches the complexity Armani attributes to his perfume, which is modelled on the concept of black.

“Black, the sum of all colours and the ultimate non-colour, is both the most classic choice and the most difficult hurdle for a designer, “ Armani told Insider through a statement.

“It has always represented elegance and mystery.”

Blanchett might have stepped down from her artistic role at the STC to focus on performing, but her life doesn’t seem much quieter these days.

She’s rumoured to be working on the US film Truth with Robert Redford and has just finished a season of Jean Genet’s The Maids in New York. And she recently accepted an honorary doctorate of letters from Macquarie University.

“I don’t commit to things lightly, as I know the work involved and the time things take,” she says.

“I can’t do things by halves. But yes, when I do commit it is wholeheartedly.

“I feel like each role I play demands an effort, the effort of starting again, not knowing how or where to begin. After each role I always say ‘That’s it, I’m done now. No more acting.’ So each time I have to be seduced back into the profession by the idea of the production; the people, the words, the conversation, the images to be had. If it’s not an effort, if I’m not attempting to go somewhere new, then it’s best I stay happily at home.”

Even when work isn’t dominating her time, life in the Blanchett-Upton house and the constant demands of her three sons, Dashiell, 12, Roman, nine and Ignatius, six, who think her films are boring, keep her down to earth. Not to mention how someone acclaimed for their fashion fits into such a male-dominated household.

“They call me ‘stupid poo face’ when I refuse them ice cream!” she says. “But intensity is at the heart of life. I like being close to the fire, inside things, moving forward. That said, one needs moments of calm, but even so I like to know this passionate heart beat is still there.”

Her craving for intensity even reaches into the core of her relationship with husband Andrew Upton, writer and her partner during her stint at the Sydney Theatre Company.

“My husband likes to think he makes me intensely happy. I think he is right. We laugh like drains,” she says.

Some people might dismiss perfume endorsements, but representing and celebrating women is something Blanchett, who describes herself as a feminist, takes seriously.

“A committed woman today is one who is not apologising for herself, her choices or achievements,” she says.

“Being successful, as a CEO, actress, mother or whatever, doesn’t mean one is not feminine; fulfilment is surely part of being female.”


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Oct 26, 2014

Cate Blanchett confirmed to film new political drama with Robert Redford in Sydney over spring

New project for Cate, “Truth” is set to start filming soon. Co-starring with Robert Redford.

Australian actress Cate Blanchett is the latest star to film their big budget flick in Sydney.
It was announced on Thursday that the Academy Award winning actress will film the political drama Truth, alongside Hollywood legend and fellow Oscar winner Robert Redford, in the harbour city.
The shoot is set to take place in spring and will last for eight weeks, meaning filming should begin any day now.

Based on 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir, the story centres on the 2004 scandal that erupted after US news anchor Dan Rather reported that then president George W Bush received preferential treatment to avoid the Vietnam War draft.

Robert Redford will play the famous American anchor, while Cate will portray producer Mary, who was subsequently fired over the story.
Acclaimed screenwriter James Vanderbilt, known for writing the first two films in The Amazing Spider-man franchise, makes his directorial debut with this movie.

It’s believed that Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss will join the cast as associate producer Lucy Scott but no official announcement has been made as yet.
The official announcement of the film’s production was made with the New South Wales Government fully behind the project.
‘This international production, starring Sydney’s own Cate Blanchett, and one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars, Robert Redford, shows yet again that NSW is at the top of the list of preferred international production destinations,’ Arts Minister Troy Grant said in a statement on Thursday.