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December 29th, 2016 / No Comments

When Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh fall for each other, it rarely ends well. Dynasties crumple. Lives smash. Murder can follow. Or suicide. Sometimes both.

But these Australian actors, who have performed opposite each other for more than 20 years, seemed in rude health at a recent weekday brunch. On a break from rehearsals for “The Present,” an adaptation of an early Anton Chekhov play now in previews at the Barrymore Theater, they nestled in a corner booth at the Russian Samovar and listened to a waiter describe infused vodkas. “You cannot leave this place without trying many,” the waiter demanded.

“We have to do this,” Roxburgh said.

“We have to try this,” Blanchett concurred.

“Out of respect for Chekhov,” Roxburgh said.

Tipsy or sober, they do have a helpless reverence for Chekhov and a shared history with his plays. They played Nina and Trigorin in “The Seagull” in 1997 (dead child, wrecked life). They reunited as Yelena and Vanya for “Uncle Vanya” in 2010 (attempted murder, attempted suicide). Ben Brantley described this three-hour Sydney Theater Company production as “among the happiest of my theatergoing life.”

They’re reuniting for “The Present,” a hectic and sometimes wrenching comedy directed by John Crowley (“Brooklyn,” “The Pillowman”). When it had its première in Sydney, The Daily Telegraph called it “blisteringly brilliant.”

Adapted by Andrew Upton, Blanchett’s husband, it is a bold and boldly comic rendering of Chekhov’s first full-length play, never performed in his lifetime and discovered in a safe-deposit box in 1920, 16 years after his death. In its original form, the manuscript is an untitled, fragmented, 300-page muddle of a melodrama, most often called “Platonov.”

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December 29th, 2016 / No Comments

Dr. Munjed Al Muderis is an orthopedic surgeon who has pioneered a new prosthetic limb allowing amputees to start walking sooner. It’s helped countless veterans. But in 1999, Munjed was ordered to cut off the ears of people fleeing the army in Baghdad when he was a junior doctor and Saddam Hussein was president.

So he fled Iraq, seeking asylum in Australia. Ten months were spent in detention but soon he was back in a hospital. This time, in Mildura. Today he’s in Sydney with his wife, his daughters and his dog. How far he has come.

Munjed is also one of the many refugees being celebrated by the UNHCR’s ‘Human Lives, Human Rights’ campaign as 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the first major refugee arrival down under (five young men fled Vietnam and sailed into Darwin Harbour).

You can see their stories here and below, but Australian actress Cate Blanchett wants you to know something about them. They’ve never been more important.

“This campaign comes at an important moment, as more people are displaced globally than ever before,” Blanchett told The Huffington Post Australia.

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December 18th, 2016 / No Comments

Over the years, various playwrights, among them Michael Frayn and David Hare, have taken a crack at adapting Platonov, Anton Chekhov’s youthful and unwieldy first play—which, running some six hours long and featuring more than a dozen characters, went unproduced and unpublished in his lifetime. When Andrew Upton decided to try his hand at wrestling the sprawling work into a coherent evening of theater, though, he had a secret weapon: He would be tailoring it for two performers with whom he had already worked closely, one of whom happened to be perhaps the finest actress of her generation, not to mention Upton’s wife of nearly 20 years—Cate Blanchett. That production, titled The Present—a smash last year at the Sydney Theatre Company—arrives on Broadway this month under the direction of the Irish stage and screen director John Crowley (Brooklyn), with an extraordinary ensemble cast, giving New York audiences a chance to see Blanchett reunited with her Uncle Vanya costar Richard Roxburgh. “Obviously I know Cate very well,” Upton says with a laugh. “And knowing that I could write it around her and Richard—they’re so beautiful together and have such chemistry onstage—allowed me to find the energy in the play and cut right to the heart of it.”

Upton has taken the elements of the play that would become hallmarks of Chekhov’s more mature work—the bucolic setting, the mixture of comedy and tragedy, the befuddled characters ruing their lives—and brought them into the late twentieth century, setting the action at a dacha outside post-perestroika Moscow against the rise of the oligarchs. The fortieth birthday of Anna Petrovna (Blanchett), a no-longer-wealthy widow at a crossroads, brings together an assortment of hapless old admirers and menacing new suitors, plus assorted wives and children, for a combustible weekend in the country. Chief among them is Mikhail Platonov (Roxburgh), a womanizing schoolteacher bitter about the unfulfilled promise of his life, including the unconsummated passion between him and Anna, who still loves him but is in the market for a rich husband. For Blanchett—whose past stage triumphs include such unhinged heroines as Hedda in Hedda Gabler, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Yelena in Uncle Vanya—the moody, quixotic Anna is just the kind of challenge she relishes.

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October 25th, 2016 / No Comments

Oscar winner also spoke to EW about starring in ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ and making her Broadway debut

Cate Blanchett has recently had what she describes as a very low-key time in her life. “I took a big chunk of time off to be with my family — we adopted our little girl — and it’s been a lovely, quiet year,” she says. We’re guessing that’s going to change because Blanchett is about to become very, very busy indeed.

She recently arrived in New York City to begin work on Ocean’s Eight (alongside Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina), and from there will go directly into her Broadway debut starring alongside Richard Roxburgh in The Present, directed by John Crowley (Brooklyn). And that’s all before she gets to work on Where’d You Go, Bernadette, adapted from the 2012 best-selling and beloved Maria Semple novel with Richard Linklater directing, or to get her chance to play the great Lucille Ball in an authorized film — produced by Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. — about Lucy and Desi Arnaz. Oh, and somewhere in there, she found time to shoot Thor: Ragnarok. We caught up with the two-time Oscar winner to discuss it all.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You are playing the bad guy in Thor, right?
CATE BLANCHETT: Yes, You get to a certain age and you don’t play the hero anymore. [Laughs] You play villains. Villains and drunks.

Co-star Mark Ruffalo has described your character, Hela, as “the worst of the worst.”
Did he say that? Well, he’s the greenest of the green! I didn’t get to work so much with Mark, unfortunately. But I did get to work with Chris [Hemsworth] and talk about delightful! He’s just absolutely fabulous. The whole thing was just a riot and fantastic fun. Did you see [director] Taika Waititi’s film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople? Or, What We Do in the Shadows? He’s just got such a sure hand. He’s wonderful — I’d eat him for breakfast if I could. He’s absolutely delicious. And he’s irreverent which is great because Marvel, at its best, has its tongue firmly in its cheek.

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October 13th, 2016 / No Comments

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures have mapped out a plan for its star-studded Ocean’s Eleven spinoff. The studio has announced a 2018 release date for Ocean’s 8, which stars Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter. Gary Ross is directing.

THR reports Ocean’s 8 will arrive at the height of the summer movie season on June 8, 2018. It’ll open directly against Paramount’s Transformers 6, and should serve as a nice bit of counter-programming for audiences tired of watching giant CG robots go at it with each other. Also opening around that time are Disney’s Han Solo spinoff (May 25), Pixar’s Toy Story 4, and Universal’s Jurassic World sequel.

Bullock leads Ocean’s 8 as the sister of Danny Ocean, George Clooney’s character from Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s movies. Like her brother, she’s a charismatic thief. She organizes a heist to take place at the Met Gala, and recruits a colorful team to help her pull it off. Blanchett plays her right-hand woman (basically, the Brad Pitt to Bullock’s George Clooney). Soderbergh is producing.

Speaking to /Film’s Jack Giroux this summer, Ross explained how Ocean’s 8 would be like the Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven films. “I think it’s a pretty similar tone,” he said. “This is very much an extension and a continuation.” He went on to praise the “amazing tone” of the earlier films, and talked up his collaboration with Soderbergh on the project. “We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all,” he said. “I’m in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I’m thrilled and honored to be extending it. It’s really fun to work with.”

Ross is directing Ocean’s 8 from a script he wrote with Olivia Milch. Susan Ekins will executive produce. The project has been in development for years, but hit a speed bump when producer Jerry Weintraub passed away last year. The project finally got back on track last year when Ross signed on. Shooting begins this month in New York. [Source]

June 22nd, 2016 / No Comments

Confirmed: Cate Blanchett will join Sandra Bullock in the female reboot of Oceans Eleven.

I’ve also heard that director Gary Ross has locked up Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling for the heist thriller.

The new Oceans will shoot here in New York early next year maybe right after Blanchett is done on Broadway. Blanchett’s involvement was rumored first on website The Playlist. [Source]

May 27th, 2016 / No Comments

James Corden will have some big names helping him hand out Tony Awards: Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, Carole King, Audra McDonald, Saoirse Ronan, Patina Miller and Nathan Lane have signed up to help present.

Corden, a Tony-winner and the host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show” will make his debut as the emcee June 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. It will be televised on CBS.

Comedy god Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell will also help present. The pair is up for a Tony as the writers of the musical “Bright Star,” a complex love story set against the American South. [Source]

May 16th, 2016 / No Comments

Cate Blanchett has said she would love to appear in a forthcoming Star Wars movie.

The Oscar winning actress, who has appeared in Blue Jasmine and Carol, said one of the main reasons why she would like to appear in the sci-fi franchise would be so she could get close to the remote Irish island of Skellig Michael. It was used as the backdrop for the pivotal final scene of J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens, where the whereabouts of missing Jedi Luke Skywalker were revealed.

Star Wars I suspect, is probably a lot of fun,” she told the Irish edition of The Sun. “JJ Abrams is a gifted creator, I’d certainly be game. But it would have to be on Skellig Michael. I suspect that may be the only time a crew is allowed to be there.”

The tiny island, which was home to a monastery from the 8th to the 12th century, was designated a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1996.

Meanwhile, Alden Ehrenreich, who starred alongside Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, was reportedly recently cast as the young Han Solo in Disney’s forthcoming Star Wars spin-off film.

Ehrenreich will take the lead role in the eagerly anticipated film about the early life of the character originally made famous by Harrison Ford. The as-yet-untitled film will tell the origin story of the character and will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (Lego Movie).

The 26-year-old, who appeared in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, was apparently cast ahead of fellow actors Taron Egerton and Jack Reynor. [Source]

April 6th, 2016 / No Comments

Cate Blanchett recently talked about “Thor: Ragnarok” in an interview and also expressed her excitement to be a part of the film. The actress also discussed what she plans to do in terms of preparation for her undisclosed role.

Cate Blanchett expressed her thrill to be in a Marvel film during an interview with South Korea’s SK-II. In her video interview below posted by Moloive on YouTube, the Australian actress briefly talked about her participation in a Marvel film. The topic was brought up after she was asked about her future film projects. Obviously, Blanchett was talking about her “Thor: Ragnarok” involvement.

“A Marvel film, which I’m super, super excited about. I’ve only done action a couple of times. It feels like a…departure is too strong a word, but it certainly feels like a change for me,” she said.

Cate Blanchett also revealed what she is excited about with her involvement in the sequel. She admitted that she is “looking forward to getting really fit.” The actress also teased that she might be wearing a Lycra for her character in the film. She said she is hoping that her Marvel film will earn her “a bit of street cred” from her children.

In a separate SK-II interview posted by Comic Book Movie, the Hollywood star said she was offered the role “completely out of the blue.” She admitted that she considers the role as a “gift” because it came just in time when she had told herself to get fit this year.

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February 25th, 2016 / No Comments

It’s hard to think of many moments in the past decade when it could not have been said that Cate Blanchett was having kind of a big year. With that caveat: Cate Blanchett had a pretty big 2015.

This fall saw the release of two much-anticipated Blanchett vehicles: Carol, director Todd Haynes’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, and Truth, director James Vanderbilt’s adaptation of disgraced CBS News producer Mary Mapes’s 2005 memoir, Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and the Privilege of Power.

Carol is the story of a forbidden mid-20th-century love affair between the titular character (Blanchett), a glamorous, wealthy middle-aged wife and mother, fighting for custody of her young daughter in the midst of a vicious divorce, and Therese (Rooney Mara), an aspiring photographer tentatively exploring the bounds of her own sexuality. Gorgeously art-directed and subtly told, Haynes’s film was revered by critics and recognized with six Oscar nominations, including nods for Blanchett and Mara (though notably not for Haynes in the coveted Best Director or Best Picture categories).

Truth, released only about a month before Carol, received less fanfare and was met with more controversy. In Vanderbilt’s film, Blanchett plays Mapes, the Texas-based 60 Minutes producer who was herself, in 2004, having kind of a big year. First she helped break the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse story, a segment that would go on to win a Peabody Award. Then she uncovered evidence that President George W. Bush received preferential treatment during his service in the Texas Air National Guard. Under a time crunch, Mapes produced that piece with her mentor, longtime CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather (played by Robert Redford), their case hinging on a series of damning memos leaked by a somewhat wobbly source.

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February 14th, 2016 / No Comments

Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, Creed star Michael B. Jordan, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout Daisy Ridley are among the latest round of presenters tapped for the 88th Oscars ceremony.

Also presenting will be Patricia Arquette, Abraham Attah, Emily Blunt, Louis C.K., Common, Russell Crowe, Chris Evans, Jennifer Garner, Louis Gossett Jr., Rachel McAdams, Dev Patel, Eddie Redmayne, Sarah Silverman, and Sofia Vergara, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday.

“Through their work, these artists have shown us the unique, transformative power of cinema,” show producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement. “We are delighted they will be joining us on the Oscars stage this year.”

The Oscars air Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC. See the full list of nominees here. [Source]

February 5th, 2016 / No Comments

In a conversation with The Envelope, Todd Haynes, director of the beautiful, spellbinding romance “Carol,” mentioned his three favorite scenes shared by his Oscar-nominated actresses Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Naturally, we had to ask the women about them too. Their reactions to Haynes’ choices — along with his own comments — provide a glimpse into the deliberate decisions and considerable challenges that went into making this celebrated film.

Scene 1: Carol drives Therese to her New Jersey home for the first time. In the novel, Patricia Highsmith writes: “They roared into the Lincoln Tunnel. A wild, inexplicable excitement mounted in Therese as she stared through the windshield. She wished the tunnel might cave in and kill them both, that their bodies might be dragged out together.”

Haynes: I read that and I thought, “Yes! That is … love!” It’s what you do in your mind when you fall in love. You’re so close to those moments that a trifle will set off a fantasy of suicide or some dramatic idea of dying with your loved one, just so you’re witnessed together for posterity. [Laughs]

It’s also a scene that created real practical problems shooting in Cincinnati because the length of the tunnel we used is about 200 yards. So we had to keep scheduling a drive through this tunnel over and over and over again. The tunnel was so short that daylight would start coming through almost immediately. So we shot it at like 4 in the morning after an already incredibly long day, using a police escort that took about 45 minutes just to do a circle and go back around again for what’s literally 30 seconds of shooting. 

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Ocean's Eight (2018)
Cate as Lou
Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.
Genre: Crime
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Jungle Book: Origins (2018)
Cate as Kaa
An orphaned boy is raised in the wild.
Genre: Drama
More Info | Photos | IMDb


Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2018)
Cate as Bernadette Fox
After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
More Info | Photos | IMDb


The House with a Clock in its Walls (2018)
Cate as Unknown
A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
More Info | Photos | IMDb
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