Film4 released a special interview from Cannes Film Festival, featuring new exclusive footage from Carol. Watch it below!
New stills from Knight of Cups have been released yesterday. The movie will be released at the end of the year. Have a look!
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Good evening! Save the dates, it’s going to be a busy year!
Quick reminder: from August 4th to September 19th, Cate Blanchett will be on stage with the play “The Present” at the Sydney Theatre Company. Tickets are already sold out but there is a chance for the upcoming tickets limited release. More info here.
Cinderella – September 15, 2015
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announced that the live-action reboot of Cinderella will be available to own on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on September 15, 2015. Bonus features will include the Frozen Fever short as well as more than twelve minutes of deleted scenes, including the alternate opening titled ‘Ella’s Childhood’.
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Truth – October 2015
Sony Classic Pictures to release Truth this October!
Sony Pictures Classics is a long time supporter of Los Angeles Film Festival, frequently bringing their summer films to the fest. SPC’s co-President Michael Barker was talking up some of their Oscar-baity sounding Fall entries as well, especially October release, Truth which stars Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes and Robert Redford as Dan Rather. He was almost breathless in describing Blanchett’s performance. “Just wait until you see her in this. She’s amazing,” he said echoing comments I recall him making at this same festival after-party a couple of years ago about her then-unseen Blue Jasmine and predicting she would go on to win the Oscar. He’s not going that far – yet. He also said Redford should get supporting attention.
Plus a very short stoyline via IMDb
A behind-the-scenes look at news anchor Dan Rather during his final days at C.B.S. News when he broadcast a damaging report about how President Bush relied on privilege and family connections to avoid fighting in the Viet Nam War.
Knight of Cups and Carol – December 2015
According to the Internet Movie Database, Knight of Cups and Carol will hit US theatres on December 11th and December 18th respectively.
Manifesto is also set to be screened in several festivals from this December.
The Untitled Terrence Malick Project, which informal title should be Weightless, is set for 2016, as well as the documentary Voyage of Time.
Not for the first time Cate Blanchett, with her husband Andrew Upton, is involved to promote a good cause. Learn more here
Cate Blanchett travelled with UNHCR to Lebanon, where she met Ahmad, a Syrian refugee who was celebrating his 14th birthday. Ahmad was one of a group of young refugees acting in a drama at a community centre they attend. He was an A-grade student back home, but is currently not in education and working full-time at a bakery to help support his family. However, Ahmad remains positive, hoping to return home and one day fulfil his dream of becoming an airline pilot.
Cate Blanchett is a supporter of the UN refugee agency, and recently visited Lebanon to meet Syrian refugees living there.
Video narrated by Cate Blanchett
Good evening! I’ve found a two more videos/interviews from the Singapore Fashion Week.
for the other one check out BlanchettCate Blogspot.
I have updated two photoshoots, with better quality photos and outtakes.
No stranger to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is SK-II Global Ambassador and leading lady Cate Blanchett who returned to Cannes with a nomination for her latest film “Carol”.
Currently tipped as one of the favorites of the festival, Cate Blanchett graced the red carpet for the “Carol” premiere in positively radiant skin, and highlighted by a stunning Giles Deacon gown.
As she prepared for the film premier with her favorite skincare products – beginning with the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, followed by the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, the LXP series, and finally a spritz of the new SK-II Mid-Day Miracle Essence over the final makeup look – the multiple Academy Award- winning actress shared her experience being at Cannes.
“There are turning point moments in one’s career and life, and certainly walking up the Croisette and climbing those steps is a mystical and out of body experience. It is here that not only one’s work, but also one’s physical appearance that will engender the most intense scrutiny. You’ve not only put yourself out there with your work, and then again on a red carpet which is like no other red carpet.
It takes an incredible amount of courage to feel relaxed in that environment, so anything one can do to make themselves feel at ease and confident helps – be with people that you care about, wear a dress that makes you feel fabulous, and make sure you feel as comfortable in your own skin as possible.” – Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett & Haruka Ayase Together at Cannes
Also in Cannes for the film festival was SK-II Global Ambassador and Japanese actress – Haruka Ayase, whose film “Umimachi Diary” was a festival nominee.
As it was Haruka Ayase’s first time at the glamorous film festival she shared, “As a first-timer at Cannes, I feel as though this is one of the defining moments of my life. So far, it has been truly an eye- opening experience, and this has truly inspired me to change my destiny by pushing myself to achieve even more.”
Although nervous about her first Cannes red carpet, Haruka Ayase shared that her confidence was boosted with the use of her favorite SK-II regimen, which included the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, and SK-II STEMPOWER Essence and STEMPOWER Cream.
As the climax of their journey in Cannes, the two SK-II Global Ambassadors, Cate and Ayase, came together for a short tete-a-tete, where Cate offered the younger actress words of advice on surviving Cannes, beauty tips to looking good the entire day, and shared her own #changedestiny moment from a previous festival.
“Going to a festival like Cannes is a real destiny changer. I had a similar moment that I think Haruka Ayase is about to experience. I was very green, and had never been to a film festival, when I went to Venice Film Festival with Elizabeth. I remember being so scared as I was told just before I went in that sometimes people boo. I knew that either way something was going to be different for me in the morning – and it was true, it was quite extraordinary.” – Cate Blanchett
“It was highly motivating and exciting that I had the chance to meet Cate. She is a great actress, and also such a great person full of positive enero,’ and power. As someone who has been to Cannes before, she shared a few words of wisdom about the festival. I am truly grateful that we were able to share time together at Cannes.” – Haruka Ayase
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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 on June 19th. 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.”
A new interview from the Singapore Fashion Week!
Amidst the flurry of Singapore Fashion Week, the two women talk beauty, motherhood, and equality
When Buro 24/7’s petite but powerful founder meets one of the greatest actresses and beauties of her generation, what else could transpire but a meeting of minds? Blanchett was here to grace Singapore Fashion Week as an SK-II ambassador and jetted in and out within 24 hours to head to Cannes where her film, the Todd Haynes-directed Carol, reigned as one of the hottest tickets. Here, two of the most intriguing and admired women in the world, share a chat about beauty secrets, motherhood, and fighting for gender equality.
Miroslava Duma: We’ll start off with beauty questions. How do you maintain your beautiful skin despite the constant travelling and extreme climate changes?
Cate Blanchett: Everyone’s suffering from extreme climate change. You don’t have to be in the plane…I think it’s air-conditioning or artificial environments that we all find ourselves in. I come from Australia where the the sun is really harsh. I basically stay out of the sun and try to drink a lot of water. I used to decant the Facial Treatment Essence (FTE) and spray it maybe three to four times a day within air-conditioned environments or while I’m on set, both over makeup and also under makeup. But now SK-II has helped me as they’ve brought out this product called the Mid-Day Miracle Essence, so you simply spray it on. Because the skin is the largest organ in the body, you’ve got to drink water…you’ve got to feed your skin.
MD: Do you drink a lot of water? Does it help? For me I get a bit bloated when I drink too much water.
CB: Yes I do, but you can drink too much water. You’ve got to find a happy medium. With this product you also can spray it on top of makeup. Because often people will spend all this money on skincare and then they’ll put makeup on top of it and it sort of ruins the effect. I use SK-II Foundation which has pitera in it, so you’re actually moisturising your skin with a liquid foundation and then I spray the FTE on top. It seals it in.
MD: What are some of the best beauty secrets you’ve picked up?
CB: I think I’ve gotten better at putting makeup on by working with great makeup artists. It’s finding the right shade of concealer or makeup, but in the end it’s all about diet and skincare. So I’m more obsessed with skincare than I am with makeup because I find that if I use good skincare — which I have been using for a long time — you don’t really have to use as much foundation.
MD: I wanted to ask you about kids because I know you have four. I just recently had a second baby, a girl four months ago.
CB: Oh…did you? Congratulations.
MD: I was in Australia recently and honestly felt that they [Australians] were the best people in the world, and it was the best country in the world. You know I often associate people with animals. We visited the zoo and when I saw the kangaroos — maybe because I travel so much and try to do everything all at once — I thought it would be nice to be a kangaroo in my next life so I can carry my kids with me.
CB: Until they’re ready to come out and go with you? But you carry them here(points to heart) and you carry them here (points to her head).
MD: But as a very successful person and mother of four, how do you manage?
CB: It’s all about partnership. I’m lucky that my life partner is also my work partner and we work together and raise children together. We tag team. I think it’s harder for women when they don’t have supportive partners. And still women get asked how we find that balance, men don’t get asked that question. Child rearing is still seen to be solely a female activity. And I love it. You know it changed my outlook and it changed my life. I didn’t grow up as a girl with big dreams to have babies, but when I did it made me more aware about the roles I choose to play.
MD: It’s important for a great woman to have a great man behind them to help them develop. Like in the case of Margaret Thatcher.
CB: But that’s the thing about equality, you want to work alongside people. So no one’s behind me…I work alongside people. Hopefully one day we will get there. It’s 2015 and we’re still talking about inequality.
MD: Do you identify as a feminist?
CB: Yeah. Unfortunately we’re in 2015 and women still do not receive equal pay for equal work. I don’t quite know why. Domestic violence is on the increase. There are 27 countries around the world where women can’t confer their nationality upon their children. That’s why I think it’s important for women to identify as being a feminist because I think we’ve lost a lot of ground.
MD: What is a feminist to you today?
CB: I think it has to do with choice. I think it has to do with equality. There was a point that feminism was a dirty word, because it was somehow considered to be threatening or denigrating to men. But equality benefits everybody and to me that’s what it’s all about.
MD: Today it’s equality, exactly. Do you ever still feel vulnerable in front of the camera or in front of a big audience?
CB: I always try to look out, rather than think about it if I’m feeling nervous. It’s an exciting tightrope walk being on stage. But yes, it always feels like the first day of school. I think how am I going to do this? I don’t know the process and I don’t know where to start. But then you do it with other people so it takes some of the pressure off.
MD: You support charities like Solar Aid. How do you choose the causes you support?
CB: There’s a whole suite of individuals who need support. Something that affects us all is global poverty — it’s the issue of refugees which is a global problem. The issue of 10 million stateless people around the world. It’s an economic problem as well as a social problem and a moral issue. Since I’ve become a parent, I’ve felt it’s even more important and the lack of political will is very frustrating. Poverty is an essential problem that everybody faces.
MD: It’s amazing what you’re doing.
CB: I don’t think it’s amazing… there are a lot of people doing a lot more than what I’m doing.
MD: Well that’s my opinion! Especially because you have this power of influence. A lot of young women look up to you and you’re setting an example. So they don’t just want to look beautiful, they want to do good things. And I think that’s what you represent.
CB: Women are complex, evolved, diverse human beings. And there’s many women trying to progress things forward in their small sphere, so if I’m doing something small that’s great. There’s a lot of women doing things… you included, it’s fantastic!
MD: Thank you. My last question is, if you had a choice, would you rather be a woman or a man?
CB: I’m a middle-class white girl who has grown up in relative privilege, so I’ve had the option to not think about my gender. But there’s millions of women the world over who bemoan the fact that they’re women every day. They can’t get educated, they can’t get a job or can’t vote or they’re sexually enslaved or they can’t even ride a bicycle. And it’s not just in the Middle East, I think it’s also in developed countries where it’s difficult for a woman to re-enter the workforce. It behooves men for women to be equal. It’s an economic advantage for everyone. I love being female, but I have the privilege to say that.
MD: We’re very lucky. Thank you very much Cate.
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Cate Blanchett was on the cover of Mindfood Magazine on April. Now you can read the interview online!
Her feet firmly on the ground, Cate Blanchett chats to us about playing the villain, embarrassing her children and why she doesn’t have any mirrors in her house.
She’s been a monarch, an ethereal elf, won an Oscar for her portrayal of a society lady’s dramatic fall from grace and now Cate Blanchett is beguiling as Cinderella’s cruel stepmother. With a strong interest in environmental issues, women’s rights and the arts, the luminous Blanchett is also now a mother of four, thanks to her and her husband’s recent adoption of a baby girl.
Her name evokes the ultimate in elegance and sophistication, and she’s a woman so impeccably put together that she seems almost preternatural. As always in life, the truth may be somewhat different, hearing Blanchett’s recollection of a recent family trip to LA that saw her navigating the city’s perilous freeways with three boisterous young sons in tow.
“Apparently I’m in the zone where I’m now deeply embarrassing,” she laughs. “Everything I do is deeply embarrassing. We were in the middle of a four-lane freeway and we were all singing to a song on the radio. My son had his head in his hands saying, ‘Can you stop, Mum, someone might hear you!’ And I said, ‘What? We’re in the middle of a freeway.’ The things that come out of the mouths of babes. Hilarious.”
Blanchett is a far cry from any sort of embarrassment this afternoon, in a Jonathan Saunders black-and-blue dress, with flawless hair and make-up. It’s the day before she will announce the life-altering news that she and husband Andrew Upton’s brood of three sons, Dashiell, 13, Roman, 10, and Ignatius, six, has been joined by adopted baby girl Edith. I ask if she ever feels outnumbered in a house full of testosterone, but ever the pro she replies coyly, “We have a dog called Carol”.
The new mum’s latest role is as the evil stepmother in Cinderella (2015); Blanchett delighted in the opportunity to play the villain. “Oh, I relished it,” she swoons. “It was delicious.” She stars opposite Lily James (Lady Rose in Downton Abbey) in the live action movie directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Cruel to be kind
A contradiction of sorts, Blanchett’s physical allure has an ethereal quality (who else could have played the elf Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings trilogy so authentically?). Yet away from the cameras, she has a rather brusque, straightforward demeanour utterly rooted in the real world. She scoffs at the notion that some parents fear reading fairytales to their children due to their often-dark content.
“I think it’s incredibly important to read fairytales to children. I think children are interested in testing the boundaries; it’s like if you put too much hand sanitiser on your child they don’t build a resistance to bacteria in the world. It’s the same for their emotional life. Fairytales have been around for centuries, told across cultures because they teach not only a moral lesson but also gently introduce the dangers of the world and offer the child, before they go to sleep, a chance to dream and navigate through that.”
Watching Blanchett’s performance as this iconic baddie, it seems that she does wicked very well indeed. “I’ll take that as a compliment,” she smiles.
“I think there’s meanness in us all. I think that’s why we love watching others vicariously doing mean things. It draws back to the parts of ourselves that we don’t want to reveal but in the intimacy of the screen, we can say, ‘Oh, I felt that,’ or, ‘I would like to do that’. And it’s about teasing that out of people and giving them a catharsis.”
Of course, there are endless examples of cruelty, particularly nowadays with social media. “I don’t think people set out to destroy other people but they do inadvertently. I think the cruelty we inflict upon people is often unintentional and we don’t realise that we’re doing it.”
Woman of substance
Blanchett comes across as, to use a very tired Hollywood cliché, “blessed”. Even before movie stardom and a successful personal life, Blanchett was a good student and attended Methodist Ladies’ College before going on to the University of Melbourne and then the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Given that her formative years were spent in a single-sex school, Blanchett has obviously witnessed the gamut of female relationships.
“I found that I took schoolyard girl-girl cruelty more personally than any sticks and stones that were thrown by a boy. I felt that I could bat that right back. But female cruelty is much more invisible and subtle and difficult to pinpoint.”
A serious expression appears on her face. “When I find people acting unjustly towards other people it really gets my goat.” It seems there are a few things that get her goat.
“Women who endure terrible abuses,” she says without hesitation. She told Sky News in 2013 that she was concerned about “a wave of conservatism sweeping the globe,” in regards to women’s roles in society.
Blanchett isn’t one to shy away from political debate. “When I was in high school studying 400-year wars that were waged during the Middle Ages or during the Greek period, and people were sailing off to Troy, I would think, ‘How did that happen? How can they fight wars for 400 years?’”
Well, we are there. We are in the middle of one and at some point the retaliation has to stop, the invasions have to stop, the baiting, both economic and political. But a lot of it is to do with our energy resources.” She takes a sip of water. “We pretend it’s about religion, but it’s not really.”
A keen environmentalist, Blanchett has been an ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation since 2007 and has learned that volunteering for a cause can sometimes bring unwanted attention. In 2011, for example, she was criticised and branded “Carbon Cate” for taking part in a TV campaign promoting the benefits of a carbon tax. “The gift of being an actor is that you have to develop a pretty thick skin,” she says.
Speaking of skin, hers has always garnered high praise. She glances at a poster featuring her luminous complexion and famed bone structure at its best advantage.
“It’s a team effort. For better or worse, I have one of those faces that can look incredibly plain, or, with the right lighting and make-up, okay,” understates the face of luxe skincare line, SK-II.
Interestingly, Blanchett has few opportunities to look at her face when she’s at home, except when she least wants to. “We actually don’t have any mirrors in our house, except in our shower, which is very confronting because it’s mirrored from all angles. So, I have very short showers – not only for environmental reasons.”
So, what does she do when she needs to check her outfit before leaving the house?
“I step into the shower.”
Blanchett and Upton, a playwright and screenwriter, met in 1996 and married the following year. The family made their home in Brighton, England, for nearly a decade before relocating to Sydney in 2006. What is her home like? She pauses.
“I respond to visuals and so any time we had a little bit of extra money tucked away, we would collect paintings, sculptures. I love living with those things,” she says. “My taste is very eclectic.”
Upton has held the artistic directorship of the Sydney Theatre Company since 2008 (including five years as co-artistic director with Blanchett), but as his term comes to an end later this year, the family has decided to seize the opportunity for change and move to the United States.
Blanchett is fairly certain that allowing her children to live in other cultures can only be a positive learning curve. “I don’t know what a normal childhood is. I think childhood is a deeply abnormal thing,” she says.
Although they enjoy the typical family beach holiday, as evidenced by paparazzi shots taken of the family in Vanuatu last year, they also appear to enjoy gatherings with extended family.
“We had a wonderful huge sprawling family Christmas full of memories that will stay with me for a very long time – for all of us, I think.” Were they perhaps sunning themselves on a tropical island paradise? “No. We were in Europe. We went to
many places and we took our boys to Auschwitz.
It was extraordinary.”
Like most mothers, her children are never far from her mind. It must be challenging for one whose life is so privileged to raise children in a manner in which they will become productive, sensitive adults.
“I realise when I go to other children’s houses that mine don’t really have that many toys. We offered to buy our eldest son a Kindle for Christmas because his backpack was so heavy with books. He said, ‘No. I like the smell of print. I want to hold it’.”
She smiles proudly. “And then I thought, ‘Well, okay. We’ve done something right’.”
Happily ever after
In this technology-driven age, when our devices and social media profiles can be so personalised, the thought of sharing an email address can seem quite confronting. Yet this is exactly what Cate Blanchett credits as her secret to a successful relationship.
Blanchett says the arrangement with her husband, writer and director Andrew Upton, works for them because “he hates emails” and is more than happy to leave all matters of correspondence up to her. The actor says this allows her to run the household like a “well-oiled machine”.
“We work together and it’s a way of synchronising our lives. I can see what he’s up to – it’s not that I don’t trust him,’’ she says.
The actor says of her husband, “[I was] incredibly fortunate to have met the intelligent, generous, risk-taking, stimulating man to whom I am married.
“He’s really amazing. I don’t think it’s more difficult for actors to have a good marriage than anyone.
“I think, in the end, a really important component of any relationship is honesty, and it also comes down to luck,” she adds.