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.
Read more Dan Rather Signs With WME (Exclusive)
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.
Cate attended an event in Shangai, China, to promote SK-II. Here are pictures:
- Events & Appearances > 2014 > SK-II Promotional Event in Shanghai, China – July 22nd, 2014
Sydney Theatre Company is bringing The Maids to New York in August.
Here’s the info from Lincoln Center Festival website:
By Jean Genet
With Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabelle Huppert
New English translation by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton
Director Benedict Andrews
Set and costume designer Alice Babidge
Lighting designer Nick Schlieper
Music Oren Ambarchi
Video designer Sean Bacon
Sound designer Luke Smiles
Sydney Theatre Company returns to Lincoln Center Festival with Cate Blanchett, Isabelle Huppert, and Elizabeth Debicki in Jean Genet’s The Maids. Inspired by the story of the infamous Papin sisters who brutally killed their employer and her daughter, Genet’s play delves into the rituals of siblings Claire and Solange—played by Blanchett and Huppert—as they take turns playing both sides of the power divide and plot the demise of the domineering Mistress (Debicki). The production is directed by one of Australia’s most regarded theatrical talents, Benedict Andrews.
In 2012, Sydney Theatre Company’s “glorious” (New York Times) production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya was a break-out hit of Lincoln Center Festival, and with this North American premiere of The Maids, the company brings yet another acclaimed new staging to New York. Critics raved that the ravishing glass-box set is “the perfect high-octane setting for the sisters’ fantasies of death and desire to unfold” (Time Out Sydney) and a “temple to narcissism, excess, and paranoia” (Huffington Post).
“This is an opportunity to see two of the world’s best actresses playing opposite one another in a confronting but absorbing play, and to witness the debut stage role of a young actress who is billed by many to be the next Cate Blanchett. Don’t miss it.”
“A radiant production!”
“Isabelle Huppert delivers a strong, textured and playful performance.”
—The Guardian (London)
“Debicki, who appeared as Jordan Baker in [Baz Luhrmann’s film of] The Great Gatsby, is a towering figure, in all senses. She commands attention as she crushes her mature maids with the cruel power of her youth and beauty.”
“Benedict Andrews’s fine direction guides us beautifully through.”
This performance is approximately one hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission.
Presented in association with New York City Center.
Sydney People! Don’t miss this chance! Plus a couple of pictures from that beautiful photoshoot:
A unique and engaging evening with renowned actor Cate Blanchett.
Come and hear Blanchett engage in a wide-ranging and unscripted conversation about her experiences and her multiple roles – from being co-Artistic Director of the Sydney Theatre Company to managing an international career while based in Sydney and raising a young family.
She will talk candidly about her life, her acting accomplishments and her views on everything from raising sons as a feminist in today’s world, to her fears about climate change, to why it is that women are – still – not treated equally.
Cate Blanchett’s accomplishments are extraordinary: two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, three BAFTAs, three SAG Awards and four AFI Awards for her film work and many other honours for her stage work.
Now we will have the opportunity to see and hear Cate Blanchett on the very stage where she created some of her greatest roles.
One night only: Thursday 26 June 6.30pm
Here’s the article from the STC Magazine:
For one night only at Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay, Anne Summers will be hosting a unique and engaging evening with Cate Blanchett. Cate and Anne will talk candidly about being the former Co-Artistic Director of STC, managing an international career while based in Sydney and raising a young family.
Ahead of this event, we’ve provided a short extract from a previous interview with Cate, from the Anne Summers Reports magazine (number 8, June 2014 edition).
The turning point in Cate Blanchett’s career was her remarkable performance in Elizabeth in 1998. But after that role, all the scripts that were sent to her “were basically different costumes, same dilemma”, she said. “And I thought, gosh, you get typecast quickly.”
But “there was a small part playing a Long Island housewife in a film with John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton so I took that”. That film was Pushing Tin (1999) by the English director Mike Newell who, before he directed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
in 2005, was best known for Four Weddings and a Funeral. Blanchett took this small role, not so much to confound expectations, but “because I didn’t necessarily know that I could do it. I thought, I haven’t done that before”.
So much of what she has done in film has been to do things she has not done before. Playing Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There (2007), for one thing. Or her most recent role Carol, another Haynes film based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, in which Blanchett plays an older married woman who in 1950s New York has a relationship with a young woman sales clerk. (It was Blanchett’s performance in The Talented Mr Ripley, another Highsmith adaptation, that supposedly caught Allen’s eye and led him to cast her in Blue Jasmine.)
But it was the call from Martin Scorsese that really threw her.
“My knees were sweating when I was talking to Scorsese,” she tells me. “I was devastated when I got off the phone, and Andrew said ‘What did he say?’ and I was so down in the mouth, I said, ‘He’s asked me to play Katharine Hepburn and I am going to have to say yes because of course you can’t say no to Scorsese’ but I thought, this is it, this is over, this is career suicide to play Katharine Hepburn in the medium in which she was so iconically known and loved. It’s suicide.”
Instead, the role gave Blanchett her first Oscar. The woman who says she is “endlessly disappointed in herself “-by which she means in her performances-the actor who agrees with Martha Graham that no artist is ever satisfied, and that it’s “this blessed unrest” that keeps her going, stunned audiences with her portrayal of Hepburn. From then on, she could do anything.
An illuminating evening with Cate Blanchett: In conversation with Anne Summer with audience Q&A
26 June 2014, Sydney Theatre