Cate met the Dalai Lama. Here are pictures and an article from Daily Telegraph.
CATE Blanchett was given a traditional white Tibetan sash in front of 10,000 people yesterday at one of the public talks being given by the Dalai Lama.
Going onstage at the Sydney Entertainment Centre – where the cherished monk held his two-day Beyond Religion: The 14th Dalai Lama On The Benefits Of Living Ethically seminar, tickets for which ranged from $337 to $721 – the Oscar-winner bowed as she was blessed by His Holiness, who is on his eighth tour of Australia.
The meeting capped off what was an assumably inspiring weekend for Blanchett, who Russell Crowe just announced was his best onscreen kiss.
Crowe – who has puckered up with Kim Bassinger and Meg Ryan – said Blanchett “holds the mantle” for his favourite celluloid pash, in Robin Hood, released in 2010.
Cate’s latest play “The Maids” has just opened and it’s getting great reviews:
TO bring together two actors of such greatness is wonderful but to bring them together in such a play as this is brilliant. Genet’s unsettling 1947 existentialist drama about two maids, Claire (Cate Blanchett) and Solange (Isabelle Huppert), who play out their fantasies of abjection and domination, is full of layers.
In their little acted-out “ceremony”, Claire plays Madame and Solange plays Claire (at least this time) but the theatrical levels are always shifting, flickering back and forth between different realities that are, in the end, all performances, like the theatre and like our lives.
And there is the fact that we are watching Blanchett and Huppert in magnificent, tour-de-force performances. They are celebrities as well as great actors and this layer – just watching them strut their stuff – becomes part of the fabric of the production. Add Elizabeth Debicki (who played Jordan Baker in the recent film The Great Gatsby) as an almost offensively young, beautiful, stupid and cruel Madame and we see Genet’s squalid drama of dreams and play-acting lifted into a different realm.
Andrews’ longtime collaborator Cate Blanchett is in stunning form as Claire, picking up every nuance and flying through her character’s more difficult turns with skill and grace. Isabelle Huppert delivers a strong, textured and playful performance, but doesn’t bring the same kind of refinement and depth as Blanchett. Her diction is mostly clear, but as the play is so language-based, she struggles to keep up with Blanchett who conveys the intention and subtext of every single word in the script.
Woody Allen takes on the Bernie Madoff scandal in his coming movie “Blue Jasmine.”
Speakeasy took in a screening of the coming film last night, which [SPOILER ALERT] tells the fictional tale of a high-society wife (played by Cate Blanchett, who will likely generate early Oscar buzz) and her husband (Alec Baldwin, in a performance that is sure to be talked about). The Baldwin character goes to jail for some crooked financial dealings, leaving Blanchett’s character to deal with the economic and emotional aftermath.
The couple in the film are fictional, but their situation parallels the Madoff scandal. The film also co-stars Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, and Peter Sarsgaard. It opens in New York and Los Angeles on July 26, 2013.
Madoff admitted in March 2009 to running a vast, decades-long Ponzi scheme and is currently serving 150 years in federal prison in North Carolina.
Allen’s film focuses on the plight of the crooked businessman’s wife, as she struggles to build a life without her husband’s illegally-obtained wealth, and deals with the rage of the investors who trusted him.
In real life, Ruth Madoff dealt with similar issues, issuing a statement in 2009 reading, in part, “I am breaking my silence now, because my reluctance to speak has been interpreted as indifference or lack of sympathy for the victims of my husband Bernie’s crime, which is exactly the opposite of the truth.”
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I’ve updated the new gallery with events pictures from 1994 to 2013. I’ve collected as many HQs as possible! Enjoy!