Cate Blanchett has joked she spent “24 hours a day” in her forensic scientist suit to prepare for her cameo in Hot Fuzz.
The Hollywood actress played police investigator Janine, who is the ex-girlfriend of Simon Pegg’s character Nicholas Angel, in the 2007 British comedy. Written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, the movie tells the story of jealous colleagues who conspire to get a top London policeman transferred to a small town and paired with a witless new partner.
Cate had a cameo role in the film and wore a mask during her brief scene. The star has joked the shoot took “months” of planning.
“For Hot Fuzz, it was months and months of detailed preparation. I sat down with the creative team and had a huge input into the production design, and then I wore that white suit and mask for at least three or four weeks, for 24 hours a day to get the feel of what it is like to be a forensic scientist. It was exhausting,” she laughed to Collider.com. “I got my eyelashes tinted as well!”
The 41-year-old – who is best known for her roles in Elizabeth and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – played the elf queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s acclaimed The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Cate thinks director Pete and his partner Fran Walsh are “gifts” to the film world for producing such great movies.
Gosh! I can’t wait to watch this
The Hobbit cameras roll in New Zealand after painful delays
Despite delays caused by industrial disputes, financial problems and a stomach ulcer, filming of The Hobbit has finally begun in New Zealand.
The long-awaited prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy began filming this week, capping the New Zealand-born producer and director Peter Jackson’s epic struggle to get the US$500 million (Dh1.8 billion) two-part production off the ground.
Since announcing his intention to film The Hobbit, Jackson has clashed with his country’s actors’ union over a collective bargaining agreement, with the producers, Time Warner Inc, threatening to shoot the film in another country. The New Zealand government responded by changing its labour laws last year to keep the production there.
However, this delay led to the departure of the original director, Guillermo Del Toro, who had other film commitments, forcing Jackson to take the reins. The films then became involved in a race dispute when a film extra claimed she was informed she couldn’t play one of the hobbits because her skin was too dark for the role. Jackson also had surgery on a perforated stomach ulcer earlier this year.
Both films will star the British actor Martin Freeman as the hobbit Bilbo Baggins. Joining him are Cate Blanchett, Sir Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom and Andy Serkis.
Adapted from JRR Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit is set in Middle Earth and follows Bilbo in his journey to reclaim the lost Dwarf kingdom of Erebor.
Part one is scheduled to be released in December of next year, with part two due for release in 2013.
I’m very happy to work with Saoirse, the girl I met during Guerin film, says Cate
OSCAR-winning actress Cate Blanchett may be appearing in her first film with Saoirse Ronan — but she has a long history with her family.
Blanchett (42) stars alongside the Carlow teen in action flick Hanna, but she reveals that she knew Saoirse when she was just a young child.
Blanchett explains that she worked with Saoirse’s actor father Paul while filming Veronica Guerin in Dublin in 2003, and even spent time with her when Saoirse would visit on set. “I had worked with her father on Veronica Guerin,” she said. “When I bumped into him at the Oscars ceremony in 2008, it was then that I realised that the little child who used to visit the set was one of the year’s nominees — Saoirse.”
And she was clearly wowed by Saoirse’s acting chops and praised her co-star’s performance in the upcoming movie. “Saoirse is an extraordinary actor and an incredible presence, self-possessed and unaffected. She connects with things by drawing on her own experiences. She has a rare spirit,” she said.
Cinemagoers will soon see the 16-year-old in the lead role of Hanna, where she plays a teenage assassin raised by her rogue CIA agent father, played by Eric Bana, in rural Finland.
Bana revealed he was taken aback by the strength of his onscreen daughter, who did several of her own stunts in the high-octane action scenes.
If there’s one leading lady who doesn’t get as much red carpet fashion cred as she deserves, it’s Cate Blanchett. Her effortless, chameleon-esque style allows her to take risks, opting for daring silhouettes with stunning detailing. She’s not one to shy away from color or statement jewels, which we think is a winning combination.
Take a look at some of Cate’s red carpet ensembles over the years and let us know which ones you think are fab and which are flops.
For anyone interested in Soundtrack , like myself – The Hanna soundtrack will be available for purchase on iTunes this Tuesday, while the film is due April 8.
The Chemical Brothers are getting into the celebrity-composer act, which has become increasingly popular thanks to high sales of Daft Punk’s awesome soundtrack for TRON: Legacy and Trent Reznor’s equally awesome, Oscar-winning score for The Social Network. Now the recent Grammy nominees have put the entire score for Hanna up on Myspace for fans to listen to — and, in addition to some appropriately moody cinematic stuff, there are also plenty of reminders that this was composed by guys who will be owning Coachella this year. Head over to Myspace for a listen or watch the Hanna trailer (featuring the track “Container Park”) below.
Today, An 8.8 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. More than 20 people are reported dead in just few hours and still is expected to rise, from Cate Blanchett Fan we want to send all our thought to Japan.
Remember most of the Pacific is in alert for the Tsunami hit, please please, stay safe and follow the instructions
OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH JAPAN!
Awesome news! – thanks Maria for the headups.
Sydney Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Andrew Upton and directed by Tamás Ascher, will tour to the Kennedy Center in Washington, USA, with performances from 4 to 24 August 2011.
The entire original cast – John Bell, Cate Blanchett, Sandy Gore, Hayley McElhinney, Anthony Phelan, Richard Roxburgh, Andrew Tighe, Jacki Weaver and Hugo Weaving – will reprise their roles for the production which was a critical and box office triumph at Sydney Theatre in November and December 2010.
More than 47,300 people saw the play during its Sydney run with every performance completely sold out. The production received exceptional reviews, described as “gloriously fresh, funny and poignant” (John McCallum, The Australian), “a magnificently mounted and playful production” (Elissa Blake, Sun Herald) and “a triumph” (Alex Lalak, Daily Telegraph). “This enthralling production surprises and delights, and leaves you feeling profoundly moved” said Jo Litson in the Sunday Telegraph and “across the board the performances are exceptional” wrote Jason Blake in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Sydney Theatre Company’s last engagement at the Kennedy Center was in 2009 with A Streetcar Named Desire, which was subsequently awarded three prestigious Helen Hayes Awards including for Outstanding Non-Resident Production.
Cate Blanchett is urging authorities in Sydney, Australia to redevelop the streets around her theatre company to transform the area into a vibrant cultural centre.
The Australian actress and her husband, screenwriter Andrew Upton, work as co-artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company, which is based in the city’s Walsh Bay.
The Oscar-winner has helped improve the theatre by installing an eco-friendly power system and now she is urging local authorities to follow her lead by revitalising the surrounding area, according to the Aap.
She stood up in front of a massive crowd at Sydney Town Hall on Tuesday (08Mar11) to call for improvements, telling the audience, “It’s hard to believe Sydney Theatre Company was once a solitary outpost of the arts in Walsh Bay. Now, with so many artists and companies already resident and more on the way, the development and enhancement of this growing precinct can be a great economic driver with boundless potential to assist in positioning Sydney as a multi-dimensional global city… (The area needs improved transport), revitalised nooks and crannies (and places for people to) linger and soak up the atmosphere.”
There is still time to find the replacements.
JustJared.com reported actors James Franco and Cate Blanchett dropped out of “While We’re Young” film before it starts filming in mid-June in New York City.
Franco dropped out due to the scheduling conflict with Sam Raimi’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” in which he plays the lead role.
Blanchett pulled out of the project after Franco’s departure, but it is not known for what reason. Maybe it has something to do with the production of “The Hobbit” films?
Comedian-actor Ben Stiller is still attached to the project despite these departures.
The film is about a free-spirited Booklynite twenty-something couple who inspires an uptight documentarian and his wife to loosen up – with comedic consequences.
Director Noah Baumbach will helm the project. Baumbach and Stiller worked together previously in “Greenberg.”
Baumbach has a unique comedic approach towards his movies. The writer-director has a long list of movies in his filmography including “Kicking and Screaming,” “Highball,” “Mr. Jealousy,” “The Squid and the Whale,” “Margot at the Wedding,” and “Greenberg.”
He also wrote the script for “While We’re Young.” His long-time film collaborator Scott Rudin (“Greenberg, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”) will be producing the project and Focus Features will handle the distribution.
Greta Gerwig was previously set to play the young wife, but she left earlier from the project due to scheduling issues.
So with three out of four departed from the project—hopefully they could still save this film. Time for a casting call for new actors!
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Lots of critics and divided opinions about the dress Cate was wearing at The Oscars© , what do you think?
Cate Blanchett – Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett wasn’t nominated for any awards at Sunday’s Oscars but the actress still remains the talk of the web.
The usually regal actress donned a soft lavender Givenchy Haute Couture gown with a cut-out in the front that many fashion analyst were not thrilled about calling it “the back of a well upholstered chair”. Yet, Cate has viewers nearly split down the middle. Huffington Post readers Loved the gown at 49% while 51% Loathed it! Many voters who initially loathed the gown are admitting to the piece “growing” on them.
It’s certainly a risky choice but perhaps UK’s The Metro puts it best, “It was an edgy and fashion forward look that only someone as beautiful as Blanchett could carry off”. What’s your take on Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy gown?
InStyle made a brief interview to Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett. check it out
NICOLE: The first time I saw you was in Elizabeth, and I was just amazed. You were so young when you did it and so strong. You can really see your training and intelligence in that performance. That made me proud as a fellow Australian.
CATE: Well, you’ve been an absolute trailblazer in terms of Australian film actors working internationally.
NICOLE: I can recall as a little girl I watched the American film industry from afar. I remember being six or seven and watching the Oscars in my pajamas, drinking hot chocolate, in this tiny little suburb in Sydney, Australia; it seemed like a faraway land, like Oz.
CATE: People don’t really have a preconception about what you’re like, so there’s a kamikaze quality to Australian actors, because they can come up under the radar.