The actress, 43, has signed on the portray Cinderella’s nasty step-mum in a big-screen update of the classic fairy tale.
And Emma Watson is reportedly in talks to take the title role in the Disney film, which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh, according to showbusiness bible, Variety.
Variety reports while the actress, 22, does not yet have the role, she is in very early talks with the studio to play the character.
While Disney would not comment on the discussions with Watson, the studio also reportedly considered actresses Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers), Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), but couldn’t lock down deals due to scheduling and other considerations.
Cinderella will be written by Chris Weitz, who penned About a Boy.
Cate attended the 2nd Annual AACTA Awards, here are pictures:
When SK-II unveiled its new formula, we knew we had to tap the company’s fanciest fan, Cate Blanchett, to find out more. The actress, who has 10 years of SK-II experience under her belt, swears by the stuff — and you would, too, if you seemingly hadn’t aged a minute over the last decade. Most recently, the luminous actress has been on set in S.F. for her new Woody Allen flick and traveling to Taiwan to star in commercials — but she took time out of her busy jet-setting schedule to sit down with us and chat about everything from Kate (yes, we spelled that correctly!) to coffee stains. Check out our exclusive Q&A, right here.
Who is responsible for introducing you to SK-II?
“Makeup artist Mary Greenwell recommended I try it nearly a decade ago. And, because it worked so quickly, I haven’t shifted since.”
What are some professional tips you’ve picked up during your career?
“Whenever I’m with makeup artists such as Mary, Dotti, or Jeanine Lobell I always just sit back and watch what they do. For example, Jeanine does amazing eyes and Dotti is incredible with color. But, I have to remind myself that sometimes their work is don’t-try-this-at-home status — if I ever tried to do what Dotti does, I’d look like I had just been punched in the face! So, when I’m doing my own makeup, it’s very minimal and simple.”
So simple that you’ve deemed your regime “lazy!”
“I’m super lazy! I’m also a skeptic, so it has to work. That’s why it has been so fascinating doing The Hobbit and returning to a character I played 10 years earlier. My skin is actually better now than it was then! It’s primarily because of the product and consistency. I truly believe that after using some products over and over again your skin can become immune to them, whereas that doesn’t happen with any of the SK-II lines.”
What is your advice for SK-II newcomer, Kate Bosworth?
“The only advice I tend to give people is to use it consistently, which she’s clearly doing already! She’s in such a good place right now. I’m really happy Kate’s a part of this family.”
Do you have plans to shoot commercials with Bosworth?
“I just wrapped a shoot in Taiwan, so I’m unsure of the plans. I think they’re still trying to figure out Kate’s focus, while my concentration is the global market. And, that’s what I love about SK-II — up until recently it was dominated by consumers in Asia with whitening products that are actually quite fantastic on Caucasian skin. When it comes to sun damage and extreme climate, I don’t fool around, and it’s important to have products not only for protection from the elements, but that go beyond the top layer of your skin. I’m so happy to know that these precautions are becoming more popular in Western countries because of our backing.”
What’s the strangest beauty treatment you’ve ever tried?
“Well, the Facial Treatment Masks are quite bizarre because you just leave them on until they fall off. It can become an expensive habit though, so I suggest people get the Cellumination Mask-in Lotion — it’s just as hydrating as the mask, but you don’t have to sit for 20 minutes and not speak to anyone. And, although I like that peace and quiet I get from doing the mask, it looks a little gross if you’ve had an espresso and you get the coffee stain on your top lip. I guess I should be more patient and just wait to eat, right?”
I’ve added scans from the December 7th issue of Madame Figaro sent by the lovely Mariana from Gemma-Arterton.net:
So, have you guys seen the movie yet? I did and it’s AMAZING. Here are some beautiful stills:
Pictures from the premiere last night, huge thanks to Claudia:
IN London to promote The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, Oscar-winning actress and SK-II global ambassador Cate Blanchett also found time to talk to us about red carpet beauty regrets, looking like a panda and learning to love pink.
What made you decide to work with SK-II?
When they first approached me they wanted to know if I was familiar with the brand – which I was – as it wasn’t so well-known outside of Japan then. I had first tried it when I was pregnant and I developed Melasma – a kind of skin pigmentation problem. Two of my make-up artist friends recommended it, and I found it worked instantly. So, our working relationship has evolved from there. I love the SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence – it’s from the most luxurious range, which is probably the one I use the most.
I don’t chop and change when it comes to skincare – I’m interested in fashion, but I’m not interested in fashion when it comes to skin! The products are great and I think that through consistency of use they’ve really changed the texture and the softness of my skin. I used to break out sometimes, but now my skin is so much better. Other products hydrate, but SK-II products give your skin a resilience.
Which products do you love?
SK-II has a foundation which I mix with a sunscreen, to make it more sheer. I also love Tom Ford mascara – the whole range actually, the lipsticks and eye shadows are great too – a Dior luminising powder and maybe a bit of MAC liquid liner. Basically anything that doesn’t smudge! I never do a dramatic eye if I’m doing my own make-up as I end up looking like a panda.
It seems you have a team of people that you love working with time and time again.
I love Nicola Clarke – who’s just one of the best colourists – and of course Mary Greenwell, for make-up. I always have an idea of what I want, but then Mary will say: “No darling, let’s do this,” and I’ll say: “No darling, let’s do this!” Eventually we’ll find a way to move forward.
Mary’s great at highlighting colours you might not think would work on your skin. She likes to use a lot of pink which wouldn’t have occurred to me as a good choice for my skin, but actually it works – and I’d be more inclined to use it myself now. Tom Ford does a great line in pinks, there are some lipsticks of his that I love.
What are your beauty tips?
Massage is a really big thing, it makes such a difference – gets everything moving. Also I decant the SK-II Essence into spray bottles and spritz it over my make-up – you know when you put on make-up because you don’t want to be shiny but then you get that awful cakey look? Well that fixes it. I’m always telling them they should do a spray version of it actually. On the plane everyone’s there with their Evian le Brumisateur sprays, and I’ve got my SK-II. I use the Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask on the plane too.
I don’t have facials. I’ll do acupuncture, things like that, but my skin’s at a place where it’s really stable, so I don’t really want people prodding at it.
Have you ever had any red carpet fashion or beauty looks that you’ve regretted?
Oh I’m sure that there are some things I look at and regret, but I just laugh about it. It depends who you dress for – I pick things I love, so there’s never something that I look back on and don’t like at all. It’s more likely I’ll feel like there’s too much hair, or that the dress and the make-up are wrong for each other – usually if there’s too much going on it doesn’t look right.
SK-II is available at www.sk-ii.co.uk
Cate Blanchett attended the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiere last night in London, and, oh my, she looked Fabulous! I’ll have pictures later tonight, here’s an article:
Cate Blanchett is among the most stylish actresses alive — and unlike almost any others outside of Sarah Jessica Parker, she has a style that is completely consistent: avant-garde, clean, angular, modernly simple with a twist. It’s so consistent that we can discern that the taste is actually hers — even if she does work with a stylist.
Back in the spotlight doing the red carpet in London for the opening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — no doubt a blockbuster in the making — she donned a spring 2013 white Givenchy gown with the unlikely elements of long sleeves, a slit up the side of the skirt, and a very open back. It’s both a monastic dress and a very sexy dress. One thing we’re sure of: this awards season is going to be the Season of The Back. Forget regular cleavage. It’s all about showing the muscles in ones back and shoulders. Reverse cleavage might be a way to describe it.
This is such a Blanchett dress, and she has grown loyal to Givenchy designer Nicolas Ghesquiere – so what will this devotee do when Ghesquiere steps down from Givenchy and gives the reigns to Alexander Wang very soon?
Probably have Ghesquiere design clothes for her! Let’s hope it doesn’t take him long to do his own line. He truly is a couturier and Paris couture won’t be the same without him. Just like the red carpet isn’t the same — or as edgy and cool — without Blanchett.
Cate attended the 9th International Dubai Film Festival yesterday and here are pictures:
The lovely Claudia from Helen-Mirren.com has sent in the scans from the italian magazine Myself, december issue
We get to see Smaug on this teaser and like half a milisecond of Galadriel, and twice!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of 3 opens next week, Friday December 14th.
Cate Blanchett attended the World premiere and press conference of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in New Zealand earlier today. This is the first part of the three and the movie is set to open on December 14th. Thanks Claudia for the pictures!
Cate gave an interview to ABC Classic FM, you can listen to the full podcast over at their site: abc.net.au, here’s the article:
Cate Blanchett has been the co-Artistic Director and co-CEO of Sydney Theatre Company (STC) since 2008 alongside Andrew Upton. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of New South Wales.
Cate’s stage roles include Hedda Gabler for which she won the Ibsen Centennial Award, Helpmann Award and the MO Award for Best Actress; Richard II in the celebrated STC production of The Wars of The Roses; Blanche Du Bois in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire which travelled to much acclaim from Sydney to Washington and New York (her performance was considered the ‘performance of the year’ by the New York Times) and for which she received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a non-resident production.
Cate is a five time Academy Award nominee, and was awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Aviator. Other awards include two BAFTA’s (Elizabeth, The Aviator), two AFI Awards (Thank God He Met Lizzie, Oscar and Lucinda), two SAG Awards (The Aviator, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), two Golden Globe Awards (Elizabeth, I’m Not There) and the Venice Film Festival’s Volpi Cup for Best Actress (I’m Not There). Cate has also been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society through Acting and in 2007 she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Cate has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2008, Cate co-Chaired the creative stream of the Prime Minister of Australia’s National 2020 Summit.
Cate is a patron of the Sydney Film Festival and an ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Australian Film Institute.
From 4 June – 20 July 2013 she stars in “The Maids” at Sydney Theatre Company alongside French actress Isabelle Huppert directed by Benedict Andrews.