Cate Blanchett on her new movie “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”
Posted on
Apr 29, 2019

Cate Blanchett on her new movie “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”

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Cate Blanchett and director Richard Linklater talked to Entertainment Weekly about their new movie Where’d You Go, Bernadette. The article/interview available in the Summer Movie preview issue also features a new still of the production. We added this image to the gallery and also the other one released by Fandango last week. Read the article below and enjoy the new images!!!


How Cate Blanchett and Richard Linklater figured out Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Figuring out Bernadette Fox wasn’t easy for Cate Blanchett. “It wasn’t just how complex and painfully absurd her life is, but the brittle way she pits herself against the world,” the actress, 49, says. “In the end, the trickiest thing was tone. It’s one thing to listen to an unrelenting sardonic inner voice in a novel, and another thing entirely to hear it on screen.”

Fans of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette should know what she’s talking about. The 2012 novel, which spent more than a year on the New York Times best-seller list, presents significant challenges for a big-screen adaptation, particularly Semple’s uniquely sarcastic voice and her use of catty emails, phone transcripts, and police reports to drive the narrative. A once-renowned architect, Bernadette retreats into a shell of her former self after she gets married and has children. And then she vanishes to Antarctica(!), leaving her plucky 14-year-old daughter, Bee (Emma Nelson), to solve the mystery of what happened, and why.

All involved with the adaptation immediately connected with the book upon reading it. Blanchett, particularly, vividly recounts her first experience with it: “It was the first of Maria’s books I read and I ate it alive — I was unprepared and embarrassingly, I read it on a plane. Weeping and laughing and nearly peeing my pants in public. But I couldn’t put it down.” Nelson, making her feature-film debut in Bernadette, read Semple’s novel after getting a callback for the part, but before reading the script. “Especially for someone my age, [Bee] is not a character you usually see in books: I think I appreciated that aspect,” she says. “It showed her as not somebody that was in the way of things or acting childish, but rather, somebody driving the story and driving her own determination.”

As for the vision of director Richard Linklater (Boyhood)? “I concentrated on what I felt the book was really about at its emotional core, which was an intense portrait of motherhood,” he says. “For someone else who loves the book, their favorite part might be something else. You’ve got to jump in as a storyteller and say, ‘Well, this is my version.’ There’s no one version of any book or story. [It’s] what you’re moved by and what you personally want to explore via this story and these characters.” Linklater believes, for instance, that another filmmaker might have leaned more heavily into the broad comedy of Semple’s work. Linklater, conversely, was attracted to its humanity.

This meant working closely with Blanchett and Nelson during an entire month of rehearsals. “We talked through everything,” Nelson says. “‘Is this part of my character? Would I say this? Is this how the conversation would really go?’” Blanchett has nothing but praise for the process: “[Richard Linklater] sits and chats and reads with the actors as he writes…It was a hilarious and touching process. I adore him.”

Blanchett describes the collaboration as a “fascinating challenge,” but always felt intimately connected to her character. “I think so many women relate to Bernadette: She’s someone who has been eaten alive by failure and buried her creative identity in child-rearing,” she says. “Haven’t we all thought at one point, ‘Oh, s—, this mess is all too much. [Wouldn’t it] just be easiest to disappear?’”

The film opens in theaters on Aug. 16.

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Cate Blanchett’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ release date moved to August
Posted on
Jan 17, 2019

Cate Blanchett’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ release date moved to August

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‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ release date has been pushed back by Annapurna Pictures, Variety has reported.

Annapurna Pictures has moved its Richard Linklater literary adaptation “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” starring Cate Blanchett back five months from March 22 to an Aug. 9 release.

A rep for Annapurna explained that August has served well as a launching pad for release of female-skewing films such as “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” and “Julie and Julia.” Additionally, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” will offer a change of pace following a summer of sequels and action movies.
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First poster and still for “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” starring Cate Blanchett
Posted on
Jan 7, 2019

First poster and still for “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” starring Cate Blanchett

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First poster, still and official accounts for Where’d You Go, Bernadette, new movie featuring Cate Blanchett, have been released. Take a look!


Where’d You Go, Bernadette is based on the runaway bestseller about Bernadette Fox, a Seattle woman who had it all – a loving husband and a brilliant daughter. When she unexpectedly disappears, her family sets off on an exciting adventure to solve the mystery of where she might have gone.

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/BernadetteFilm
TWITTER: twitter.com/BernadetteFilm
INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/bernadettefilm
WEBSITE: www.Bernadette.film/

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“Where’d you Go Bernadette?” has a new release date.
Posted on
Jun 8, 2018

“Where’d you Go Bernadette?” has a new release date.

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According to a new report from Deadline, “Where’d you Go Bernadette?” release date has been pushed to March 22, 2019. This is the second time the movie has changed its premiere date; it went from May 11th to October 19th this year to 2019.

EXCLUSIVE: Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semples’ Where’d You Go Bernadette has finally found his Bee, the daughter to the character Bernadette, portrayed by Cate Blanchett. Emma Nelson was plucked out of 500 other young women who auditioned for the role and makes her feature film debut for the role of a teenaged daughter who is determined to find her Mom, an architect-turned-recluse who goes missing just prior to a family vacation.
The cast also includes Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Laurence Fishburne, Judy Greer and Troian Bellisario. Annapurna Pictures plans a March 22, 2019 release.

The filmmakers were looking for the film’s Bee for awhile. They began their search in Austin, TX (Linklater’s home
state) with casting director Vicky Boone. They found the eight-grader in Chicago. We were told that Nelson landed the coveted role after auditioning a couple of times and then being asked to read with Blanchett and Crudup.

“There are so many talented actors in her age range, and we saw hundreds of them for the role of Bee, but several things ultimately swayed me toward Emma,” said Linklater. “In addition to her intelligence and utter natural quality, I was most impressed with her composure, confidence and unflappability. Even though this was her first movie role, she was unintimidated.”

Nelson was previously in a lead role in Marc Bruni’s (pre-) Broadway production of Trevor! The Musical. Bruni is known for Beautiful-The Carol King Musical.

We understand that Nelson has kept her role under wraps, with only her family (and crew) aware that she was in a Linklater film and her friends not understanding why she was on a leave of absence from school. The director has a great eye for finding talent, btw, as has been demonstrated by his past films like Dazed and Confused (which really helped to launch Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich and Ben Affleck) and Boyhood (Ellar Coltrane).

Annapurna is producing the satirical film alongside Ginger Sledge and Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.

Nelson is repped by Tim Weissman at Buchwald, Margot Menzel at Primary Wave Entertainment, Joe Borrasso & Lisa Morgan at Management by Morgan and Brooke Tonneman at Big Mouth Talent.

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News on Where’d You Go Bernadette
Posted on
May 17, 2017

News on Where’d You Go Bernadette

Hello everyone!
We have some news on the upcoming filming of Where’d You Go Bernadette, the movie starring Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig, directed by Richard Linklater.
After several rumors a non official confirmation comes from a charity auction: Richard Linklater has made a role available to support the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, confirming one more location.
The movie, set to film in Vancouver (Canada), will also film in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) from July to September (source)!

Richard Linklater and Cate Blanchett Will Finally Begin Filming ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ This Summer
Posted on
Mar 10, 2017

Richard Linklater and Cate Blanchett Will Finally Begin Filming ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ This Summer

Great news about Where’d you go, Bernadette! According to Indiewire:

Richard Linklater made headlines last month by announcing he’d direct Robert Downey Jr. in a new untitled project, but it appears he’s making some time to work with two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett first.

Linklater originally boarded an adaptation of Maria Semple‘s novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” two years ago, with Cate Blanchett coming on board to star in the lead role in November 2015. News around the project has remained virtually silent ever since, but now production is gearing up to start this summer.

The book centers around an agoraphobic architect who goes missing and the journey her 15-year-old daughter goes on to try and find her. “The Spectacular Now” and “The Fault in Our Stars” screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber wrote the original script, though Linklater probably made some touch ups. Stephen Feder, who last worked with Linklater on “Everybody Wants Some!!,” will serve as executive producer.

The production’s start date was confirmed at the Texas Film Awards on Thursday night. A walk-on role in “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” was being auctioned off to support the Linklater-founded Austin Film Society and ended up being sold for $42,000. No additional cast members have been announced, though expect the ball to get rolling quickly as summer approaches.

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” will mark Linklater’s first film since “Everybody Wants Some!!” was released last spring. Cate Blanchett has numerous films set for release this year, including superhero blockbuster “Thor: Ragnarok” and experimental art film “Manifesto.”

via Indiewire

Posted on
Nov 12, 2015

Cate Blanchett in Talks to Star in Richard Linklater’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’

According to The Wrap, Cate Blanchett might be in talks for a new movie!

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is in advanced negotiations to star in Richard Linklater‘s adaptation of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” TheWrap has learned.
The project is set up at Annapurna Pictures, whose Megan Ellison will produce with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force.
“Bernadette” follows an agoraphobic architect who disappears right before a family trip to Antarctica. Her teenage daughter narrates the story, which unfolds via emails, letters, FBI documents and correspondence with a psychiatrist.