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Feb 12, 2015

Cate Blanchett on Academy Awards, encounters with dragons, Cinderella & Rooney Mara

EXCLUSIVE: One year later, 2013 Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett is ready to hit the Oscar stage again.

This year she will be opening the envelope and announcing the name of the Lead Actor winner, the most hotly contested of all acting races. But when I mentioned that as I spoke with her on the phone her home in Australia, Blanchett almost brushed it aside, wanting to talk about instead about a different category: the one she won in last year for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. “Well, I don’t know. There are also a lot of great performances, yet again by women, and another five that didn’t make it could easily have been nominated,” she said.

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since she became a first-time Best Actress winner after winning in 2004 for her Supporting role as Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. She’s not resting on her laurels, though. “It’s about as big as it gets,” Blanchett said. “It was huge, glorious and wonderful, and you never forget it, but you also in a strange way have  to forget it and move on. And that’s why it was so wonderful to go in and do Carol and go back to the theater and think, ‘OK, what’s next?’”

Carol is one of those things that is “next.” She started shooting the film opposite Rooney Mara right after the Oscars for director Todd Haynes, who guided Blanchett to one of her six Oscar noms as the Bob Dylan-like figure in 2007’s I’m Not There. She says she met Mara for the first time when she came to present Blanchett with her Outstanding Performer Of The Year award at the tribute I hosted for her at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last February. She’s excited about the 1950s-set film about a department store clerk who falls for an older, married woman, and she loved working with Mara. “She is really a good egg,” she said. “That was a really beautiful experience, actually. I mean, coming back to work with Todd, having done the Dylan film with him and then working on such a different endeavor was really fantastic. But Rooney’s great. She takes her work seriously but doesn’t take herself necessarily very seriously. She’s also got a really great non-sentimental radar. So she’s not interested in being liked, but she’s interested in revealing stuff.”

After her Oscar appearance on February 22, Blanchett has another biggie coming out from Disney on March 13, the live-action version of Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh in which she plays the evil Lady Tremaine.It was really fun. Incredibly fun,” she said. “I mean, it’s always fun playing someone wicked. There’s been a trend of late, which has been really interesting, to see how one can twist the fairy tales. And I think what Ken has done is he’s delivered the fairy tale with all its warts and dark nooks and crannies but has sort of a grace and a levity and a beauty and a majesty, like a beautiful, wonderful MGM picture. It’s pretty rare these days. For my money, it’s got that quality of a classic, in that it’s sort of moving beyond the zeitgeist. It’s reaching for something deeper and grander.” Blanchett also praised Lily James, who plays Cinderella, and Richard Madden as Prince Charming.

And though she will be attending the Oscars this year as a presenter, not a nominee, Blanchett has a rooting interest in one of the movies in the Best Animated Feature category. In How To Train Your Dragon 2, she voices Valka, the mother of Hiccup who returns after 20 years away to her family. She joined a cast that was already tight thanks to working on the 2010 original as well as its TV series spinoff. And there was even an Oscar connection as to how she got involved. She was at the Oscar ceremony in 2011 when she was approached by director Dean DeBlois. “I was kind of ambushed by Dean,” she said. “Approached, accosted — it depends how you look at it. The first time around was so complete, I was really curious  to see how they could possibly equal it, let alone top it. So, then when I read the script, I thought: ‘This is really exciting. This is a really unusual mother-son relationship.’ So I was thrilled to be part of it.” Blanchett added that she started gushing to DeBlois when she learned he was one of the creators because she and her sons loved the first one so much. Suddenly the prospect of being in the sequel was intriguing, even though it puts her in the midst of another trilogy. She just finished co-starring in the Hobbit films for Peter Jackson and, of course also did the Lord Of The Rings pictures. But the character really got to her in Dragon.

“I sort of gripped the idea of this sort of Jane Goodall-esque woman who spent many, many years with the dragons and almost had forgotten how to co-exist with humans,” she told me. “And also it’s rare in a conventional drama, let along an animated film, that the notion of a mother leaving her child was sort of dealt with and reconciled in a way that is so satisfying, complex and, I think, heartrending.”She added that since doing the film she had been stopped by people from 7 to 70;  the breadth of the audience for Dragon 2 really startled her.

via Deadline

Posted on
Feb 12, 2015

Cinderella: New HQ Stills

Eight new stills for Cinderella! Check the gallery links. The movie is set to premiere on Saturday in Berlin!

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Posted on
Feb 6, 2015

New promotional image and footage for Cinderella

New promotional image from Allure Magazine

The Evil Stepmother

Cate Blanchett‘s character sets the tone for the rest of the film. “We all loved the 1940s beauty of the stepmother in the cartoon,” says Donne. And while the team didn’t copy the animated version, Powell did want the film to have the look of a “nineteenth-century period film that was made in the ’40s or ’50s.” Blanchett’s dresses all have “a strong, ’40s silhouette, with a pointy bosom and padded shoulders,” says Powell, who looked to villainous characters from that era, including Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich. Hemming pinned Blanchett’s hair into a victory roll, using combs to secure the various hats and feathers (all fitted, sewn, and dyed for the film). Her red lipstick—one element kept from the animated version—”was classic 1940s but also gave her that wicked feel,” says Donne.
New footage from Access Hollywood (Click to watch the video)

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Posted on
Feb 3, 2015


Official long synopsys for Knight of Cups – the movie will premiere this Sunday (February 8th) at the 65th Berlin Film Festival (in competition):

Rick is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer.

In Terrence Malick’s seventh film a gliding camera once again accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. Once again a voiceover is laid over images which also seek their own authenticity. And once again Malick seems to put the world out of joint. His symphonic flow of images contrasts cold, functional architecture with the ageless beauty of nature. Rick’s internal monologue coalesces with the voices of the women who cross his path, women who represent different principles in life: while one lives in the real world, the other embodies beauty and sensuality. Which path will Rick choose? In the city of angels and the desert that surrounds it, will he find his own way?

via Indiewire

New photo from the set: Cate Blanchett as Nancy. The movie was shot in 2012 and according to the Internet Movie Database will hit the cinemas at the end of the year.

New still for Cinderella. This movie will also debut at the Berlinale, out of competition, on February 13th.

Giorgio Armani Beauty (the italian website) just released a new advertising for Sì Eau The Toilette. Cate Blanchett has shot the new commercial in Sydney the past week.

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Jan 17, 2015

“The Turning” opens in the U.K. on February 6th

Based on the ten short stories by Tim Winton, this multi-threaded film starts with the relationship between a young woman living in a trailer park with her abusive husband, and spreads out from there. Cate Blanchett is Gail Lang in the segment “Reunion“.

The official synopsis:

Ten stories interweave in their respective narratives, creating an intriguing and twisting central plot-line that often centres around the enigmatic members of the Lang family, each consumed by their shared pasts.

The Turning explores the impact of past on present, how the seemingly random incidents that change and shape us can never be escaped or let go of. All of the stories are bound together by recurring themes; the passing of time, regret, addiction and obsession.

Watch the trailer below!

The Turning premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 3rd, 2013 and was screened in the Berlinale Special Galas section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. Main Street Films has the U.S. rights, but not much has been heard about a release date.

via Indiewire

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Jan 13, 2015

Mark Romanek will direct Cate Blanchett in Blackbird

After almost two years of silence we have a news on this project!

Mark Romanek is set to direct the David Mamet-penned thriller Blackbird. The project, which Mamet himself was thought to be directing, will now see in-demand director Romanek at the helm. The film follows the grieving granddaughter of a famous special effects artist in Hollywood who discovers dangerous conspiracy secrets from her grandfather’s past that will put her and her autistic son’s life in danger. Scott Rudin has come on board to produce for his shingle, Scott Rudin Productions, with Eli Bush and Lila Yacoub also producing. Cate Blanchett will star in the leading role as Janet.

via The Tracking Board

Posted on
Jan 11, 2015

Gallery Updates: Movies & Short Films

Here are the updates from Movies, which includes Stills, Screen Captures, Behind Scenes and Posters!

Posted on
Jan 3, 2015

Gallery Updates – The Monuments Men Press Junket

Screencaptures from several promotional interviews for The Monumenst Men have been added in the gallery during the past week. In the movie Cate Blanchett is Claire Simone, a character based on the French curator Rose Valland, whose help was crucial to recover stolen artworks by the Nazis during WWII.


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