Cate, her husband Andrew Upton and Robert Redford attended the Opening Night of Cyrano de Bergerac at the STC last week, here are photos:
ONE day, Cate Blanchett might be taking tuck shop orders at her kids’ primary school. The next, she’ll be accepting a doctorate and lobbying for the arts. And the day after that you’ll probably find her sharing a film set with Robert Redford.
Forget Duchess Kate and the stories about her perfect hair, sense of style and cute baby, Blanchett is the type of woman other women aspire to be.
She truly seems to “have it all”, balancing family with passion for her causes and ground-breaking work while being as perfectly turned out in the grocer’s shop as she is on the red carpet.
Blanchett cleverly picks high-profile roles in intelligent, well-made films — an approach that has seen her garner an extraordinary 95 awards — including this year’s Best Actress Oscar for her role in Blue Jasmine — and 75 nominations, making her one of the industry’s most profitable and bankable stars.
Perhaps that’s why she is also one of the world’s most sought-after women when it comes to endorsements — whether it’s dressing for the red carpet or, with that timeless face and flawless complexion, cosmetic ones.
The 45-year-old star has been dressed by many fashion designers for those red carpet appearances, but none more so than Giorgio Armani.
“The sense of elegance in Mr Armani’s style is effortless and unaffected,” she says in an exclusive interview.
The feeling seems mutual he once told the New York Post that Blanchett “epitomises the woman for whom I design”, adding that “she has cemented a place for herself on the eternal best-dressed list”.
Theirs is a relationship that has lasted many years, including Armani’s tenure as patron of the Sydney Theatre Company during her directorship, so it is only fitting that the maestro himself would choose Blanchett to be the face of one of his fragrances.
Blanchett’s latest endorsement is Si Intense by Giorgio Armani. It is her second perfume partnership with Armani. The new fragrance claims to represent “a woman of grace and independent spirit; admired for her sophistication (and) serene in her self-confidence” — values she is happy to put her name to, and admits she also shares.
“If the Si woman thirsts for freedom, admires courage, strength and vulnerability, is drawn to all things sensual and loves to laugh then yes, I relate absolutely,” she says.
But it is her intensity that matches the complexity Armani attributes to his perfume, which is modelled on the concept of black.
“Black, the sum of all colours and the ultimate non-colour, is both the most classic choice and the most difficult hurdle for a designer, “ Armani told Insider through a statement.
“It has always represented elegance and mystery.”
Blanchett might have stepped down from her artistic role at the STC to focus on performing, but her life doesn’t seem much quieter these days.
She’s rumoured to be working on the US film Truth with Robert Redford and has just finished a season of Jean Genet’s The Maids in New York. And she recently accepted an honorary doctorate of letters from Macquarie University.
“I don’t commit to things lightly, as I know the work involved and the time things take,” she says.
“I can’t do things by halves. But yes, when I do commit it is wholeheartedly.
“I feel like each role I play demands an effort, the effort of starting again, not knowing how or where to begin. After each role I always say ‘That’s it, I’m done now. No more acting.’ So each time I have to be seduced back into the profession by the idea of the production; the people, the words, the conversation, the images to be had. If it’s not an effort, if I’m not attempting to go somewhere new, then it’s best I stay happily at home.”
Even when work isn’t dominating her time, life in the Blanchett-Upton house and the constant demands of her three sons, Dashiell, 12, Roman, nine and Ignatius, six, who think her films are boring, keep her down to earth. Not to mention how someone acclaimed for their fashion fits into such a male-dominated household.
“They call me ‘stupid poo face’ when I refuse them ice cream!” she says. “But intensity is at the heart of life. I like being close to the fire, inside things, moving forward. That said, one needs moments of calm, but even so I like to know this passionate heart beat is still there.”
Her craving for intensity even reaches into the core of her relationship with husband Andrew Upton, writer and her partner during her stint at the Sydney Theatre Company.
“My husband likes to think he makes me intensely happy. I think he is right. We laugh like drains,” she says.
Some people might dismiss perfume endorsements, but representing and celebrating women is something Blanchett, who describes herself as a feminist, takes seriously.
“A committed woman today is one who is not apologising for herself, her choices or achievements,” she says.
“Being successful, as a CEO, actress, mother or whatever, doesn’t mean one is not feminine; fulfilment is surely part of being female.”
New project for Cate, “Truth” is set to start filming soon. Co-starring with Robert Redford.
Australian actress Cate Blanchett is the latest star to film their big budget flick in Sydney.
It was announced on Thursday that the Academy Award winning actress will film the political drama Truth, alongside Hollywood legend and fellow Oscar winner Robert Redford, in the harbour city.
The shoot is set to take place in spring and will last for eight weeks, meaning filming should begin any day now.
Based on 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir, the story centres on the 2004 scandal that erupted after US news anchor Dan Rather reported that then president George W Bush received preferential treatment to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
Robert Redford will play the famous American anchor, while Cate will portray producer Mary, who was subsequently fired over the story.
Acclaimed screenwriter James Vanderbilt, known for writing the first two films in The Amazing Spider-man franchise, makes his directorial debut with this movie.
It’s believed that Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss will join the cast as associate producer Lucy Scott but no official announcement has been made as yet.
The official announcement of the film’s production was made with the New South Wales Government fully behind the project.
‘This international production, starring Sydney’s own Cate Blanchett, and one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars, Robert Redford, shows yet again that NSW is at the top of the list of preferred international production destinations,’ Arts Minister Troy Grant said in a statement on Thursday.
Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford and director James Vanderbilt have hit Sydney for the start of production on the “Rathergate” biopic Truth, which is scheduled for an eight-week shoot here over the Australian spring.
NSW arts minister Troy Grant said the film is expected to spend more than $9.6 million (AUS $11 million) in direct production expenditure in the state and create 208 jobs both in front of and behind the camera.
The NSW state government has provided incentives to Truth producers through its NSW Trade & Investment’s State Investment Attraction Scheme.
In Truth, based on Mary Mapes’ memoir, Truth and Duty, Redford plays veteran CBS newsman Dan Rather while Blanchett plays Mapes, his producer. The film centers on the firestorm that erupted in September of 2004 after Rather reported that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. It marks the directorial debut of Vanderbilt.
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Truth is produced by Brad Fischer (Zodiac, Shutter Island), Vanderbilt and William Sherak of Mythology Entertainment, Brett Ratner of RatPac Entertainment, and Doug Mankoff and Andy Spaulding of Echo Lake Entertainment. The film is financed by the Blue Lake Media Fund and RatPac Entertainment, with support from the NSW government.
“Truth is an incredibly special project, and a story that we have been passionate about telling for a long time. We are grateful for the support and resources that Screen NSW has facilitated and the NSW government has provided,” said Fischer. “We look forward to working with our incredibly talented local cast and crew and hope Truth will be the first of many great collaborations between Mythology and NSW.”
Cate attended the Zurique Film Festival yesterday for a special screening of Blue Jasmine and the Opening of the IWC Photo Exhibition. Here are photos:
- Events & Appearances > 2014 > Zurique Film Festival – Blue Jasmine – Green Carpet – September 27th, 2014
- Events & Appearances > 2014 > Zurique Film Festival – IWC Photo Exhibition Opening – September 27th, 2014
Cate has received an honorary doctorate degree at Macquarie University in Sydney, here’s the video of her speech:
Cate Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, attended the 2015 Season Launch event for the Sydney Theatre Company earlier today. Here are pictures:
- Events & Appearances > 2014 > Sydney Theatre Company 2015 Season Launch – September 4th, 2014
Good news! New project for Cate! Via THR:
Warner Bros. has cast an entire zoo’s worth of actors for its adaptation of The Jungle Book, which Andy Serkis is directing.
Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan are joining Benedict Cumberbatch to star as the animal characters in the feature. Rohan Chand, the young actor who starred opposite Jason Bateman in Bad Words, will star as the human boy Mowgli.
Serkis will also take on a role.
Callie Kloves wrote the script, adapting the Rudyard Kipling short stories, while her father, Steve Kloves, the screenwriter who wrote seven of the Harry Potter films for the studio, is producing with Jonathan Cavendish. The movie will employ a mix of motion capture, CG animation and live action.
Jungle Book centers on Mowgli, an orphaned boy raised by wolves who befriends members of the animal kingdom who help him grow up. Serkis will play Baloo the bear, and Bale will voice Bagheera, a fearsome panther, both of whom save Mowgli from the killer tiger Shere Khan (Cumberbatch) and teach him the law of the jungle.
Blanchett will voice Kaa, a sinister python who is also a friend to Mowgli, while Hollander will play Tabaqui, the jackal who is an underling of Shere Khan.
Mullan will be Akela, the leader of the wolf pack that raises Mowgli. Harris is the female wolf Nisha, while Marsan is her mate, Vihaan.
With the casting now complete, Warners’ Jungle Book is ready to go ape-to-ape with Disney, which is also mounting a live-action/CG hybrid with Jon Favreau in the director’s chair.
Jon Berg and Cate Adams are overseeing the project for Warners.
Jungle Book is a rare move for Bale (WME, Bloom Hergott), who last voiced a character in the English translation of Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). Blanchett (CAA, RGM Artist Group) voiced one of the key characters in this summer’s How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Harris (UTA, Untitled Entertainment, the U.K.’s Tavistock Wood) portrayed Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, while Hollander (UTA, 42) appeared in Muppets Most Wanted and has voiced many characters in American Dad!
Marsan (the U.K.’s Markham Froggatt) appears on Showtime’s Ray Donovan and was seen in Edgar Wright’s The World’s End. Mullan (ICM Partners, Markham Froggatt) appeared in Hercules.
Chand is repped by Paradigm, Coast to Coast Talent and Myman Greenspan.
CATE Blanchett has triumphed again, taking home her fourth Helpmann Award for best actress in a play, it was announced at a lavish ceremony in Sydney tonight.
The star of stage and screen won the prestigious prize for her leading role in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Maids. She has previously won best actress awards for three other STC shows: Gross Und Klein (2012), Uncle Vanya (2011) and Hedda Gabler (2005).
Blanchett’s award was one of 44 presented at the Capitol Theatre during a star-studded night of entertainment recognising Australia’s best live performance.
Opera Australia was the most awarded company with nine awards, of which six were for last year’s epic Melbourne Ring Cycle and three were for its co-production with John Frost, The King and I, which was named best musical.
Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin were overlooked for best director and best costume designer gongs respectively for Strictly Ballroom, which was nominated for six awards but picked up only one.
Instead, Dean Bryant was named best director of a musical for Sweet Charity and Roger Kirk won the award for best costume designer for The King and I.
It was a glorious night for the creators of Sweet Charity, new outfit Hayes Theatre Co, which also picked up awards for best female actor in a musical (Verity Hunt-Ballard) and best choreographer (Andrew Hallsworth).
Other highlights include Richard Roxburgh winning best male actor in a play for Waiting for Godot (Sydney Theatre Company), and Craig McLachlan winning best male actor in a musical for Rocky Horror Show.
Sam Simmons won the award for best comedian, Sarah Ward won best cabaret performer, Bruce Springsteen was named best international concert, and Hunters and Collectors won best Australian concert.
Best play went to Angels in America (Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre), best opera was Melbourne Ring Cycle (Opera Australia), and best ballet or dance work was Chroma (The Australian Ballet).
The 14th annual awards, presented by Live Performance Australia, have grown in stature every year and are fiercely contested among performers and producers.
“There’s no question they are the pinnacle awards for live performance in this country and we know because people get really upset every year when they’re not nominated,” LPA chief executive Evelyn Richardson said.
“It’s very competitive and people really value their Helpmanns highly. Like all awards shows you court controversy and we live with that, just like the Tonys and the Oliviers do, but I think the main test is the number of entries that we have and the number of producers and performers who really want to be on that list.”
Here’s an interview with Cate talking about The Maids, which is currently showing in New York:
Here’s the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the final part of the trilogy. (And yes, we see Galadriel for about 2 seconds in it!). The movie will open in theaters in December
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.