Cate Blanchett on Course Correction Podcast
Posted on
Apr 12, 2022

Cate Blanchett on Course Correction Podcast

Hi, everyone!

Cate is a guest on Course Correction podcast season 3 episode 4. The third season of the podcast is in partnership with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) “to illuminate all aspects of the refugee experience”. Cate talked about her work with the agency and refugees as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. You can listen on links below. There’s also the interview on the recent magazine scan from Palace Scope that we posted previously.

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Course Correction Podcast

Nelufar Hedayat speaks with Academy Award-winning actor Cate Blanchett about her experiences as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador advocating for refugees. Blanchett explains that educating refugee children and young adults provides opportunities to be leaders in rebuilding their homelands while also benefiting their host countries.

This is a Google translated article

Cate Blanchett: “What I like above all is going against the grain”

An honorary Caesar for Cate Blanchett! That’s what warmed our hearts. As if the mere presence of this great lady of the cinema, with her intelligence above the fray, her fascinating magnetism, was already a promise of happiness. As if a close-up on her was enough to make us happy. Her feline smile, the magical sparkle of her aquamarine gaze, full of stars, the glamorous blonde and her pink complexion… “A special effect in itself,” a journalist once said of this luminous wonder of a woman, who, at 52, seems to be constantly getting younger. And this elegance, worthy of the greatest Hollywood goddesses! When host Jimmy Fallon asked her about the honorary trophy awarded to her by the French Académie des César, she exclaimed happily: “French cinema has influenced me so much!”

And what a career! From her beginnings as a “messy young girl terrified of sophisticated women”, as she says, the journey is dizzying. “I was born in Melbourne, my father was Texan and my mother Australian. Just before entering university to study fine arts, I traveled for a year. In Italy, I slept in convents, I was fascinated by the nuns.” In Egypt, she did some extras in a film about boxing! When she returned to Australia, she discovered her vocation: the theatre. While rising the wave of Australian stars, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, she graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. The movie theater? “Frankly, I could stop cinema. I would also be happy staying at home knitting,” says the divine, who, against all odds, readily shows herself to be schoolboy, full of playfulness, and very rock’n’roll. Let’s not forget that she played the role of Bob Dylan! “But the desire to transcend is always stronger. Becoming an actress stabilized me. The mystery and unpredictability of this job suits me well. Being an actress consists above all in not being interested in oneself, but in taking the point of view of a gallery of characters that I carry around with me. What I like above all is to go against the current.”

When does an actor’s roles merge with her life? Two Oscars (best supporting role in 2005 for The Aviator, best actress in 2014 for Blue Jasmine), four children (three sons now teenagers and a daughter), a husband she describes as a “legend”: the friendly screenwriter and director Andrew Upton, with whom she ran the Sydney Theater Company. Conquering Hollywood and staying away from it – half in the picturesque suburbs of Sydney, half in England – is only given to the greatest. And all these crazy and impossible bets of a chameleon actress, starting with that, sumptuous, of Queen Elizabeth, a role that would crown her on the international scene at 29 years old. And propelling her to Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Terrence Malick… which in no way prevented her from conquering mainstream cinema! The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy, of course, but also Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Thor: Ragnarok (role of evil creature acclaimed by her sons), Ocean’s 8, Cinderella, several animated films…

Last year, Cate Blanchett fiercely defended a feature film, Apples, to help its director. This year, she has already blown us away in two shocking roles: overly tanned TV host and ultra-bright teeth in Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up. And a femme fatale, limping and bamboozling Bradley Cooper, in Nightmare Alley, by Guillermo del Toro . Two films nominated for the Oscars. We will also see her again soon in Borderlands, a science fiction by Eli Roth, who had already directed her in the children’s film The House with Clocks in Its Walls . And in Tár from Todd Field, where she plays an orchestra conductor. “I don’t choose my roles, they choose me. Of course I really wanted to act with Bradley Cooper! But, at the end of the day, it’s always the director first. When someone like Guillermo, for whom I also did a voice in Pinocchio, calls me, I go for it! It is the directors who provoke the momentum, the desire for an encounter, the desire to immerse themselves in their world and to come back from it larger.”

Among her dreams as filmmakers, two are coming true. Cate Blanchett will be the heroine of the first film in English by Pedro Almodóvar: A Manual for Cleaning Women based on the novel by Lucia Berlin: the story of a woman who has known a thousand lives. And, after having worked with the other two amigos, Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) and del Toro, she will turn under the direction of Alfonso Cuarón in the Disclaimer series: there she will be a journalist, threatened when her own secrets are revealed by a novelist played by Kevin Kline. Cate Blanchett is co-producing both projects through her own production company, Dirty Films.

It is also under this banner that she produced and adapted, two years ago, two series reflecting her humanitarian commitment: Mrs. America and Stateless . The first deals head-on with feminism. Cate Blanchett, it should be remembered, is one of the great figures of #Mee Too in Hollywood. The other series, based on a true story, denouncing Australia’s immigration policy. “The more the world regresses, the more I have to get involved,” says the one who was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2016. “We must keep hope, especially for the younger generation, but , and it’s the same for the climate, I am appalled by the fight to be led. When we were filming Don’t Look Up, we hadn’t realized how much our satire was becoming a realistic documentary!” And if Cate Blanchett, when she presided over Venice, had chosen to wear only “recycled” outfits, it was not to lecture. “To encourage each of us,” she insists, “when we can, to do our part.” Feet in reality, head in the stars! Latest news is that Ms. Blanchett set to add a private art gallery to her Victorian mansion in Sussex. A wing to replace an old shed, with preservation of the bats that lived there… This new building, dedicated to the actress’ contemporary art collection will also include a meditation space and a studio for her rehearsals. When we tell you that Cate Blanchett is a bit of a rock star!

Source: Course Correction, Palace Scope

Stateless wins at Screen Producers Australia Award; & New Magazine Scan
Posted on
Mar 30, 2022

Stateless wins at Screen Producers Australia Award; & New Magazine Scan

Hi, everyone!

Slow news day on Cate but Stateless won at this year’s (SPA) Screen Producers Australia’s Award. Stateless is based on the idea by Cate, she is a co-creator and co-executive producer on the series. The series is available to stream on Netflix (outside Australia). There’s also a new magazine scan from Palace Scope.

Screen Producers Australia Awards 2022 Winners

“Every year, the SPA Awards are an acknowledgement of Australian screen industry excellence, uplifting diverse, locally-made productions with cultural impact and worldwide reach. Alongside the Queensland Government as Principal Partners, Screen Queensland is proud to have brought Screen Forever back to the Gold Coast — a globally renowned screen industry hub and a dazzling setting for tonight’s celebrations,” said Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich.

“SPA members continuously raise the global bar for creativity and skillful producing, and tonight that talent was on full show. The task at hand is storytelling, and the winners of our 2022 Awards take this task seriously. They understand the significance of their work and the contribution it makes to the Australian economy, generating jobs for local creatives, and showcasing Australia and its unique heritage to millions around the world,” said SPA CEO Matthew Deaner.

Telemovie or Mini-Series Production of the Year (Tie)
• A Sunburnt Christmas – Every Cloud Productions
• Alice-Miranda Friends Forever – SLR Productions
• Hungry Ghosts – Matchbox Pictures
• Operation Buffalo – Porchlight Films
Stateless – Matchbox Pictures
• The Gloaming – The Two Jons
• The Secrets She Keeps – Lingo Pictures
• The Unusual Suspects – Aquarius Films

Palace Scope – March 23rd 2022

Source: TVTonight

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 César and SAG 2022
Posted on
Feb 24, 2022

Cate Blanchett at César and SAG 2022

Bonjour!

Tomorrow, Cate will receive the honorary César Award from the French Film Academy. The award will be presented by the French screen icon, Isabelle Huppert, at a ceremony in Paris. Red carpet will stream on Académie des César official Facebook page and according to Le Journal des Femmes, the ceremony will be broadcasted unencrypted. THR is also reporting that Cate will also be present at this year’s SAG Awards on February 27th.

The 47th César Award ceremony, which will take place in Paris, at the Olympia, like the previous one, on February 25th 2022 will be broadcast live and unencrypted on Canal+.

Click the photo for the ceremony link:

Screen Actors Guild Awards Presenters

Cast members from the five nominated film ensembles will introduce clips from their respective movies at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards, it was announced Wednesday.

The actors representing their nominated features will be Caitri?ona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Jude Hill and Ciara?n Hinds from Focus Features’ Belfast; Daniel Durant, Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur and Marlee Matlin from Apple TV+’s CODA; Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tyler Perry from Netflix’s Don’t Look Up; Lady Gaga and Jared Leto from MGM/UA’s House of Gucci; and Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton and Will Smith from Warner Bros.’ King Richard.

Don’t Look Up‘s Blanchett also earned a supporting nom for her role in Fox Searchlight’s Nightmare Alley.

Source: Le Journal des Femmes, THR

Cate Blanchett in Pedro Almodóvar’s First English-Language Feature; & Nightmare Alley and Don’t Look Up Updates
Posted on
Jan 8, 2022

Cate Blanchett in Pedro Almodóvar’s First English-Language Feature; & Nightmare Alley and Don’t Look Up Updates

Happy weekend, Blanchetters!

Cate will produce and star in Pedro Almodóvar’s First English-Language Feature — A Manual for Cleaning Women. She also appeared on #FallonTonight last Wednesday to promote Nightmare Alley. We updated the FYC Campaign folder and uploaded the scans from latest issue of Total Film with a short interview with Cate. You can also check a behind the scene footage from the movie. The conversation with cast of Don’t Look Up is also out. Check them below. Beware of spoilers!

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Cate Blanchett to Star in Pedro Almodóvar’s First English-Language Feature ‘A Manual for Cleaning Women’

Cate Blanchett has officially signed on to star in Pedro Almodóvar’s first English-language feature film, “A Manual for Cleaning Women.”

The film is an adaptation of Lucia Berlin’s short story collection of the same name, which includes 43 stories about women in multiple types of demanding jobs.

It was confirmed to Variety exclusively that the project is in the early stages of development, with Blanchett’s production company Dirty Films producing the feature for New Republic Pictures, in association with El Deseo. Andrew Upton and Coco Francini are producing alongside Blanchett for Dirty Films. Brian Oliver and Bradley Fischer are producing for New Republic Pictures alongside Almodóvar.

Almodóvar spoke with Variety for our “Up Next” series in December about the project, saying he was writing the script in Spanish before translating it to English.

FYC

Total Film – January 2022

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Screencaptures

Screencaptures

Special behind-the-scenes look at powerful casting in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’

Adam McKay + Cast In Conversation for Don’t Look Up

Source: Variety, ABC7