Cate Blanchett on the set of Carol

Apr 9, 2014
Annie

Here are a couple of pictures of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara on the set of Carol, done by the photographer Brian Douglas

Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington Among 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards Honorees

Apr 1, 2014
Annie

Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne, Eva Longoria and Frozen director Jennifer Lee have been selected as the five honorees for this year’s Crystal + Lucy Awards, presented by Women in Film, Los Angeles.

The annual benefit gala, set for June 11 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, recognizes creative, groundbreaking women who lead by example and excel in their chosen fields in the entertainment industry.

“The women we are honoring this year represent the best, the brightest and the bravest among us,” WIF LA president Cathy Schulman said in a statement. “We are proud to celebrate their achievements and their contributions.”

Blanchett, who recently won her second Oscar for her role in Blue Jasmine, will receive the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film.

Scandal star Washington will receive the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television.

Byrne, who’s starring in the upcoming comedy Neighbors and December’s Annie remake, will be honored with the Women in Film Max Mara “Face of the Future” award.

Lee, who’s made history with Frozen, will receive the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award.

Longoria will be recognized with the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award.

“These five women have distinguished themselves both as artists and as responsible citizens of the world,” WIF LA president emeritus Iris Grossman said in a statement. “They inspire us and we in turn are honored to recognize them for all they have given.”

The fundraising dinner supports WIF LA’s many educational and philanthropic programs and initiatives.

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Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella Brings The Fairy Tale To Life At CinemaCon

Mar 26, 2014
Annie

Some footage from Cinderella was shown at CinemaCon, here’s an article about it:

While Kenneth Branagh became best known as a director for his big screen adaptations of William Shakespeare’s greatest works, in the last few years he has done his part to completely shake up his own reputation. He got a taste of fantasy adventure with Thor in 2011, and tried his hand at political intrigue with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit earlier this year. For his next feature, he’s tackling fairy tales with Cinderella. We still have nearly a full year before we get to see how his adaptation of the classic tale will turn out, but earlier today we got a very special sneak peek of the movie with a special screening of footage shown during the Walt Disney Studios presentation at CinemaCon.

Kicking off with the classic “Once Upon A Time” voice over narration, the footage began with shots of a young girl named Ella living what seems to be a very fairy tale-esque life. She has a father (Ben Chaplin) who clearly loves her and we see shots of the two of them playing in a field as happy as can be.

This all changes, however, with the arrival of Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) – Ella’s new evil stepmother – and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drizella (Sophie McShera). Ella’s father goes on a trip, leaving his daughter with her new guardians, but things go from bad to worse when he winds up getting ill while on the road and dies. Ella (played as an adult by Lily James) goes from being a beloved daughter to being basically a slave in her own house, forced to do all of the chores and labor around the house (the amount of soot on her face is what earns her the nickname “Cinderella”).

Things start to look up when Ella goes riding on her horse into the woods and runs into Prince Charming (sharing a bit of tête-à-tête about the dangers of riding in the forest alone), and then learns of a royal ball being held at the palace. Ella takes one of her mother’s dresses and is excited to attend the gala event, but is shut down when Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella rip her dress and tell her that she can’t go.

Devastated by her stepmother and stepsisters’ cruelty, she runs out to the garden crying, but it is here where she meets an old woman (Helena Bonham Carter) who reveals herself as Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. In a sudden flash the old woman goes from appearing decrepit to beautiful, wearing an elegant puffy blue dress and blonde locks that hang to her shoulders.

From there it is time to get to work. The Fairy Godmother starts making requests for various fruits and vegetables, from watermelon to cantaloupe to artichoke (most of which Cinderella doesn’t even recognize the name of), but then the titular heroine reveals that she does have some pumpkins. Using her magic, the Fairy Godmother enchants one of the orange squashes and makes it grow to tremendous size before transforming it into a beautifully ornate gold carriage that Cinderella can take to the ball.

Cinderella arrives at the royal event as fireworks fill the sky and the screen is filled with some stunning production design, as the palace that was built for the movie is really something to behold and all of the characters are clad in elegant suits and dresses. Cinderella immediately catches the eye of the prince (who doesn’t seem to recognize her) and nervously asks her for the party’s first dance.

After a quick montage featuring more footage from Ella’s childhood and even a bit of sword fighting, the footage flashed back to Ella and the Prince dancing together. The young woman says. “Are they looking at you?” and the prince replies, “Believe me, they’re all looking at you.”

While we were told before the footage that some of the special effects had yet to be completed and that the movie is still very much a work in process, I was definitely impressed by what I saw. There is an interesting mix of tones at work, as heavy drama is lightened by some funny dialogue and rapport, and the film looks gorgeously shot. Of course, this is the footage that Disney wanted us to see in order to get us excited for the film, but my interest is definitely piqued.

It may be a while before anything from Cinderella is released into the public sphere, but stay tuned for a trailer in the second half of the year and get ready for the film’s theatrical release on March 13, 2015.

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Vanity Fair France April 2014 Scans + Photoshoot

Mar 26, 2014
Annie

Hello everyone! I’ve added scans from the April 2014 Issue of French Vanity Fair, plus the textless photoshoot pictures. Enjoy!


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Cate Blanchett covers L’Uomo Vogue Italy March Issue

Mar 25, 2014
Annie

And here, another cover feature for Cate Blanchett, this time the Italian Magazine L’Uomo Vogue, March Issue. Here’s the cover and preview feature, I’ll post scans when/if I get them.

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Cate Blanchett covers Vanity Fair France April

Mar 25, 2014
Annie

Cate Blanchett is the cover of the April Issue of French Vanity Fair Magazine. Here’s the cover, I’ll post scans when/if I get them!

Blue Jasmine Screen Captures

Mar 7, 2014
Annie

Screen Captures from Blue Jasmine are up in the gallery:

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Academy Awards Portraits

Mar 6, 2014
Annie

I’ve added these beautiful Portraits from the Academy Awards, with the Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto:

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Entertainment Weekly – March 14th Scans

Mar 6, 2014
Annie

Scans from the March 14th issue of Entertaiment Weekly are up in the gallery, thanks Claudia.

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Academy Awards & Film Independent Spirit Awards Pictures Update

Mar 6, 2014
Annie

Hey guys, I’ve added lots and lots more of pictures from Academy Awards & Film Independent Spirit Awards, also from Rodeo Drive Walk Of Style Awards and Sony Pictures Classics Pre-Oscar Dinner. Huge thanks to my friends Claudia and Holly for the help.



86th Academy Awards – Pictures Update

Mar 3, 2014
Annie

More pictures from the Academy Awards where Cate won the Award for Best Actress. Even more pictures to come tomorrow!


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Cate Blanchett’s Academy Awards Speech (Video)

Mar 3, 2014
Annie

Watch here Cate’s acceptance speech for Best Actress:

Cate Blanchett wins Best Actress at the Academy Awards

Mar 3, 2014
Annie

Congratulations to Cate Blanchett for winning the Best Actress Award at this year’s Academy Awards!

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Academy Awards – First Look

Mar 3, 2014
Annie

Here’s the first look at Cate Blanchett on the Academy Awards Red Carpet, more pictures to come:

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Interview from the Film Independent Spirit Awards (Video)

Mar 2, 2014
Annie

Cate Blanchett talks doing the movie, post-Oscar Plans, where she keeps her awards:

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