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NYFF: Cate Blanchett Talks The "Quasi-Religious Experience" Of Working With Terrence Malick, Woody Allen & More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 5, 2013 12:02 PM
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Taking a "break" from shooting Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella" in London, Cate Blanchett walked on the stage of Alice Tully Hall Wednesday night dripping in Hollywood glamor (immediately after an exclusive invite-only dinner in her honor) and sat down with NYFF programming director Kent Jones as part of the festival's Gala tribute to her career. As the discussion got underway, the stunning and humorously self-effacing Blanchett spoke about her experiences working with highly esteemed directors (Allen, Malick, Scorsese ...), her first paying acting gig (for five Egyptian pounds and free falafel—"I only have one anecdote and that was it") and her children's hopes that someday she will be in a blockbuster ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull"?).

Box Office: 'Riddick' Opens At A Weak #1; 'Blue Jasmine' Crosses $25M Mark

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • September 8, 2013 1:22 PM
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In typical early September fashion, critics are reeling from Venice and/or are in the throes of Toronto. If you think we're being over-dramatic, check out our main page and how many times you can spot "TIFF Review." With the cats out of the country, the mice aren't playing. The only newcomer in the top ten is the latest installment of a Vin Diesel-starring sci-fi trilogy, leading a pack of holdovers clinging for dear life.

Watch: New Clip From 'Blue Jasmine,' Louis C.K. Talks Potential Movie With Woody Allen

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 24, 2013 10:56 AM
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Woody Allen is a man of many movies (49, to be exact) and of many muses – Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, Scarlett Johansson – but although Cate Blanchett is his latest leading lady, in "Blue Jasmine," which arrives Friday, it seems that for once in his life Woody has gotten himself inspired by a man; specifically, the very funny man that is Louis CK.

The Essentials: 5 Great Cate Blanchett Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 23, 2013 2:01 PM
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There are very few actors, in these days of soundbites and tabloids and gossip blogs and 15-page colour spreads in which we are “invited into their beautiful home,” that we can truly say we don’t get enough of. And there are fewer still, who even in that glare of publicity that surrounds a new film’s release, do not end up somehow diminished by the process, dissected and dissassembled and repackaged and repurposed for use as a tiny cog in a big marketing machine. But Cate Blanchett is one of the rare few who manages that trick, again and again, retaining a cool, inviolate and perhaps slightly detached image, even as the performances she gives can be frightening in their engagement and commitment. And it’s another such that Blanchett reportedly gives in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” which opens this Friday, and for which she’s already garnering early awards buzz. We called it “ an outstanding firecracker turn … that has Oscar-worthy written all over it in flames” in our review.

Review: Woody Allen's ‘Blue Jasmine’ Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin & Sally Hawkins

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 17, 2013 4:32 PM
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Like clockwork, the prodigious workaholic Woody Allen releases a movie each year. And every 12 months, there is the temptation to compare Allen’s latest with his past works, given that they tend to have formed a 31 flavors-like distinction over the last five decades. There’s the more recent trend towards to the romantic (“Midnight In Paris”) and globe-trotting (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), familiar existential comedic worries (“Whatever Works”), and even moral-dilemma-led thrillers ("Match Point," "Cassandra's Dream") but a recent theme emerging of late is an introspective examination at the past and regret also evinced in “To Rome with Love.” That motif is also explored in “Blue Jasmine,” Allen’s latest picture which possesses a script that is at times clunky and uneven, but features an outstanding firecracker turn from Cate Blanchett that has “Oscar-worthy” written all over it in flames.

Is Oscar Calling For Cate Blanchett? Watch 2 Clips From Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' Plus New Pics

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • July 12, 2013 11:21 AM
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It’s really kind of remarkable how Woody Allen has been able to keep a “one film per year” pace for pretty much his entire career. While it seems Allen has recently been following a pattern of making one great film every 3-4 years, it’s just been two years since “Midnight In Paris” (his biggest hit to date), and the buzz so far for “Blue Jasmine” has been very encouraging. Two new clips for the film have landed online and, the first one provides a nice glimpse into the main aspect of the film that everyone’s been talking about: Cate Blanchett’s performance.

10 Films Worth Tracking Down This July

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • July 1, 2013 12:14 PM
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It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through the summer, but no worries because July has fireworks, hot dogs, and movies! June was a soft month with staid comedies like “The Internship” and divisive blockbusters such as “Man of Steel” and “World War Z.” But, the next thirty days or so should have more than enough for you whether your appetite is for explosions or more subtler fare with a bit more substance.

New Images Of Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins & More In Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 11:21 AM
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It's that time of year again, when Woody Allen emerges like a cinematic groundhog, delivering yet another movie, before scurrying back behind-the-scenes. And just like the weather predicting marmot, you never know quite what you're going to get with Allen. Light comedy? Sober drama? The writer/director at the height of his skills, or simply churning out a script he had buried at the back of his desk? Well, the good news is that "Blue Jasmine" looks very promising (trailer here) and now here are a few more pics to get you ready.

Watch: First Trailer For Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin & Sally Hawkins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2013 12:51 PM
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Well, it's been twelve months, so it's time for another Woody Allen film. This time around it's "Blue Jasmine," and no, he's not in exotic Barcelona, stuffy London or the touristy Rome. Instead, he's in San Francisco for the first time, and the results look pretty great.

New Posters Arrive For 'The World's End,' Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' & 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 21, 2013 10:44 AM
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This week brings the closing chapters of one of the rarest things in cinema -- a consistently strong trilogy -- in the shape of the latest installment of one of the most beloved series in recent memory. Not "The Hangover," but "Before Midnight," the closing (?) chapter to Richard Linklater's tale of romance. While it's bittersweet, we're also hopeful that one other perfect trilogy will be coming along before summer's out, in the shape of Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg's Cornetto trilogy, begun with "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz." A new trailer for the third installment "The World's End" is coming tomorrow, but just arriving before that is a new British quad poster, which highlights some of the supporting cast, including Rosamund Pike, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan. Check it out above.

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