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July 27th, 2015 / No Comments

si Australian actress Cate Blanchett is continuing her role as the face of the Giorgio Armani fragrance Si with a new campaign set to launch in September.

Giorgio Armani has revealed behind-the-scenes images of the campaign, which will be out on September 13.

Filmed in Australia, the new campaign was helmed by the Iranian-American director Massy Tadjedin and is intended to depict a woman who is authentic, strong, passionate and accomplished.

Tom Munro is behind the print campaign. [Source]

July 22nd, 2015 / No Comments

Screen Australia says actor will direct television series based on the story of a German-Australian woman who was wrongly detained as an illegal immigrant

Cate Blanchett is to make her first foray behind the camera, developing and directing a new television series, Stateless, based on the life of Cornelia Rau.

Rau, a German-Australian woman and former Qantas air hostess, attracted attention in 2005 after she escaped the controversial Sydney sect known as Kenja only to be held at the Baxter detention centre in South Australia as a suspected illegal immigrant.

As the national debate around immigration and detention continues to swirl in Australia, Blanchett could not have chosen a more topical subject for her debut.

“Stateless will be Cate Blanchett’s first venture into high-end TV,” said Screen Australia who is funding the script’s development by writer Elise McCredie.

“Inspired by the incredible true story of Cornelia Rau, Stateless is a powerful and timely series about identity, belonging and the extraordinary lengths people will go to find their place in the world,” the funding body said.

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July 14th, 2015 / No Comments

Some of Australia’s top live entertainment names will join Helpmann Awards host, Todd McKenney on stage to present and perform at the star-studded 2015 Helpmann Awards Ceremony.

The 2015 Helpmann Awards, Australia’s premier celebration of the live performance industry, will be held at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Monday 27 July on the set of Cameron Mackintosh’s LES MISERABLES and broadcast live on Foxtel Arts.

Gracing the stage to present on the night will be one of Australia’s most celebrated and acclaimed actors, Cate Blanchett, leading ladies in both screen and theatre, Marta Dusseldorp and Danielle Cormack, and singer, stage performer, and television presenter, David Campbell.

Multi-talented Denise Scott and Amanda Bishop will join the stars of the new Foxtel series Screen,Margaret Pomeranz and Graeme Blundell, Australian television and music icon, Marcia Hines, and Australia’s number one ventriloquist, Darren Carr to present on the night.

A number of 2015 Helpmann Awards nominees are confirmed to present, including principal dancerMadeleine Eastoe, Dean Bryant, Andrew Hallsworth, Trevor Ashley and Stuart Maunder AM adding anticipation to who will win on the night.

Opera royalty Lindy Hume and Emma Matthews, cabaret trail blazers iOTA and Mitchell Butel, and musical theatre stars, Lara Mulcahy, Christie Whelan Browne, James Millar, and Blazey Best will also present on the night.

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July 6th, 2015 / No Comments

CATE Blanchett makes no bones about it. Returning to a theatre rehearsal room when you have a young baby is hard.

She and husband Andrew Upton adopted baby Edith from the US earlier this year and have said that they and their three sons are “besotted”.

But as everyone knows, caring for a baby is tiring.

“I feel a bit sleep-deprived,” admits Blanchett.

“But you have to work with whatever state you’re in and turn it in to a positive. Sometimes, it can be good to be a bit tired in a rehearsal room because your defences are down, your guard is down.”

Blanchett is about to co-star with Richard Roxburgh in The Present, adapted by Upton from Anton Chekhov’s sprawling first play Platonov, and playing at the Roslyn Packer Theatre from August 4.

Blanchett and Roxburgh also performed together in Upton’s 2010 adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, wowing audiences and critics alike in Sydney, Washington and New York.

As you’d expect, their reunion has made The Present one of the hottest tickets in the Sydney Theatre Company’s 2015 season.

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June 14th, 2015 / No Comments

Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett will appear as the star attraction at a major fundraising event for the opposition’s most senior woman in Federal Parliament – Tanya Plibersek.

Blanchett is billed to appear at the Margaret Whitlam dinner in Sydney next week (June 19th, 2015). The online promotional material for the fundraiser highlights Blanchett’s climate change activism.

“As an actor, story teller, climate change activist and leading voice for women in public life, Cate Blanchett brings a unique and interesting experience to our event,” the website says.

“As co-artistic director of Sydney Theatre Company, Cate not only helped shape the artistic vision of the company but took on a responsibility for the company to address their impact on the climate.”

Conservatives, including Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, singled out Blanchett for criticism when she and other prominent Australians urged ordinary voters to support a price on carbon in a national advertising campaign in 2011.

The Coalition argued a price on carbon would push up the cost of living for poorer Australians. Labor said the compensation built into the scheme would more than recompense those on the lowest incomes.

Blanchett also spoke at the state funeral for former prime minister Gough Whitlam last year and said she owed her tertiary education to his policies. The speech is said to have angered former Liberal prime minister John Howard who says access to free university studies occurred before Whitlam came to power and is under-recognised.

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June 14th, 2015 / No Comments

Cate Blanchett completed a trip to Lebanon with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to visit Syrian refugee camps in the country, Blanchett’s official website said.

The award-winning actress’  trip comes ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June.

Blanchett visited the Mazboud Community Centre where she met fourteen-year-old Syrian refugee Ahmed.

Ahmad, who left Syria as a younger schoolboy, came to Lebanon to work in multiple jobs before joining his uncle at his bakery shop, making and selling pastries.

During her stay, Blanchett attended a theatre performance put together by Ahmad and other young Syrian refugees.

The performance tackled the issue of early marriage in the Syrian refugee community.

Blanchett’s website features a short video that documents the actress’ trip. The video includes scenes of Ahmad telling his story, snippets of the theatre performance, and Blanchett addressing the plight of Syrian refugees. [Source]

June 7th, 2015 / No Comments

SK-II invited Global Ambassador Cate Blanchett to Singapore to celebrate the launch of two new products – the Mid-Day and Mid-Night Miracle Essences.

Making her first ever appearance in Singapore, multiple Academy Award-winning actress/SK-II Global Ambassador Cate Blanchett candidly shared her beauty secrets with the media. Before making her appearance at the media session, Cate made a virtual one on the SK-II #changedestiny Google+ Hangout, where she hung out with her fans from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Los Angeles, USA. Hosted by celebrity personality Utt, Cate shared her thoughts on pushing boundaries in life, going beyond one’s limitations, and even beauty tips from her grandmother!

As a 46-year old, here are some inspiring quotes made by Cate during her Google+ Hangout session:

On being limited by the skin you are born with:

“I don’t like the word limited, I think you’ve got to work with what you got. And I think trying to look like someone else or trying to be like someone else, or trying to have someone else’s career is not a good philosophy for any part of your life. But if you work with what you have got, and consistently stay with a range of products that work, which for me is SK-II, then I think you can totally change the results.” 

On advice for women venturing into new challenges and breaking stereotypes:

“Well, there’s no formula, really. Especially when you’re in the creative field, I think there’s a lot of parental pressure. My mum did (get worried) as well. But I think that, you’ve got to desperately want to do it. If you’re not gripped by a passion to do it, particularly for the creative field then you’ve got to ask yourself some hard questions. And I always think about it in 5-year blocks so for me, that helped me not get bogged down by what would seem like an immediate failure or an immediate roadblock.”

May 16th, 2015 / No Comments

It’s not surprising that “Carol” was locked away in Hollywood’s development closet for 15 years. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s scandalous 1952 novel “The Price of Salt,” Todd Haynes’ latest movie is a double whammy by industry standards: it’s headlined by two women, who fall in love with each other.

The film, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and premieres at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, arrives at a pivotal, yet paradoxical, time for female-driven stories. There has been a string of hits this year that celebrate female empowerment — from “Insurgent” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” to “Cinderella,” and the upcoming “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and the final installment of “The Hunger Games.” That said, gender inequality both in front of and behind the camera is a hot-button issue in the global entertainment business.

As one of cinema’s most prominent stars, Blanchett, whose recent roles include the evil stepmother in “Cinderella,” doesn’t want Hollywood to wait for Prince Charming to save the day. “We have to push forward,” says the 45-year-old Australian actress, who believes successful women are finally starting to nurture projects for females. “What industry has parity pay for women? None. Why would we expect this industry to be any different?” She says the dominance of male stories on the bigscreen is bad business. “It’s not serving the audience,” she explains. “People want to see good films. We should have equal access to the multiplexes.”

On a recent afternoon in Manhattan, lounging outside the Crosby Street Hotel with her hair in a ponytail and a shawl draped over her shoulders, Blanchett says she wasn’t convinced that “Carol” would ever make it to theaters. “It was so hard,” she recalls. “Midrange films with women at the center are tricky to finance. There are a lot of people laboring under the misapprehension that people don’t want to see them, which isn’t true.” And while the franchise-obsessed movie industry covets young male audiences above all else, it can no longer ignore female moviegoers — who account for at least half of ticket sales each year.

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March 6th, 2015 / No Comments

The Academy Award-winning actress reveals what it was like working on her latest film Cinderella

Cate Blanchett stars as the Stepmother in Disney’s upcoming Cinderella, a live action retelling of the classic fairytale.

The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh and hits NZ theatres on March 26, with a star-studded cast that includes Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden and Lily James as Cinderella herself!

Check out what Cate had to say about filming, her co-stars and her ‘wicked’ character:

Q. Tell us what drew you to the project.

Cate: I love fairy tales, and “Cinderella” in particular, because they deal with complex issues that face children. So many stories that children are told now make them feel like they are heroes who can overcome anything and that the world is a perfect place. The timeless fairy tales, like “Cinderella,” tell us that the world can be a nasty place and require a good deal of courage and resilience to survive. This is a story where kindness is a super power, which is something Ken Branagh and I talked about early on that I found really exciting. Plus, I have three boys so I’m aware of all the films out there that have male superheroes at the fore, so I was thrilled to be part of the telling of a female-centric story. 

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March 1st, 2015 / No Comments

Cate Blanchett revealed to the Daily Mail that after starring in her husband Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s THE PRESENT at the Sydney Theatre Company this August, she wants to take the production on tour to the U.S. and London.

Nothing has been made official, but BroadwayWorld will keep you updated as we learn more!

Sydney Theatre Company’s official description of the play reads, “Variously known as Wild Honey, Fatherlessness, Play without Title and Platonov, Anton Chekhov’s first play was unknown at all until it was discovered in 1920 in a safety-deposit box 16 years after the playwright’s death. Roughly four hours of existing theatrical material revolving around Chekhovian tropes of lust, longing, vodka and shattered dreams, imbued with the familiar warmth, humour and insight, will be distilled into a new play by Andrew Upton, entitled The Present. All the drama is fuelled by near-nuclear collision of two soul mates, Mikhail Platonov (Richard Roxburgh) and Anna Petrovna (Cate Blanchett). Having last played opposite each other on stage in STC’s much-loved production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, adapted by Upton, these two actors will dig out the sorrow, the heartache and the hilarious tragedy of love foiled for all the wrong reasons – money not the least of them. STC welcomes Irish director John Crowley, renowned for his work on the West End and Broadway, making his Australian debut.”

Academy Award winner Blanchett can be seen on the big screen in Kenneth Branagh’s CINDERELLA, as well as the upcoming films CAROL and TRUTH. She also recently appeared off-Broadway in THE MAIDS. Among her other recent stage credits are BIG AND SMALL, UNCLE VANYA, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, THE WAR OF THE ROSES, HEDDA GABLER and more. [Source]

February 16th, 2015 / No Comments

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.”

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May 08–19, 2018: 71st Cannes Film Festival

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Current Projects

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
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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
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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
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