November 6, 1998 |
Period movies inevitably reflect more about the period in which they're made than the period of their subject, and rarely has that been more evident--or more distracting--than it is with Indian director Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth."
February 25, 2008 |
For all the fishtail evening gowns, famous faces and European-accented acceptance speeches, it was an intimate evening Sunday night at the Kodak. "The fight is over," host Jon Stewart said, referring to the recently settled writers strike that threatened to derail the Oscars, "so tonight, welcome to the make-up sex." More like make-up back rub. Playing it cool and loose, Stewart mugged with his iPhone, played a little Wii tennis and did everything but pour Jack Nicholson a beer to make everyone feel at home.
November 14, 2007 |
IN 1999, a young, unknown Australian actress named Cate Blanchett made one of the most memorable entrances on the Academy Awards red carpet. And she hasn't stopped stunning us. Nominated for her lead role in "Elizabeth," she wore an unusual, unstructured violet Dior gown designed by John Galliano, embroidered with a Garden of Eden design of flowers, vines and hummingbirds.
March 17, 1999 |
When Hollywood hosts the Academy Awards on Sunday, few countries will feel as much pride of homeland as Australia, which has produced seven of this year's Oscar nominees. They include Cate Blanchett for best actress in "Elizabeth," Geoffrey Rush for best supporting actor in "Shakespeare in Love," Rachel Griffiths for best supporting actress in "Hilary and Jackie," Peter Weir for best director of "The Truman Show" and David Hirschfelder for best original score for "Elizabeth."
October 12, 2007 |
When we last saw the Virgin Queen (as incarnated by Cate Blanchett), it was 1558 (in 1998) and she had just completed her transformation from girl monarch to royal icon. The transformation that took place in "Elizabeth" seemed to stem from two wise decisions: remaining unmarried and switching to kabuki makeup.
January 10, 2007 |
CATE BLANCHETT considered her venti decaf nonfat latte. "Things are so big in America," she said. Four young studio publicists had squabbled over who would have to fetch this mega coffee for her. "What should I do with this? Hit someone over the head?" Her New York press day in December for "Notes on a Scandal" could have been worse. "I don't have cancer," she said when proffered pity.
May 16, 2013 |
The last several months have been wildly up and down for David Mamet. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright saw his new play "The Anarchist" flop on Broadway, while a revival of his "Glengarry Glenn Ross" proved a box office hit thanks to Al Pacino. Mamet received mixed notices for his HBO movie "Phil Spector" last month, but the writer-director has apparently already moved on, casting his next big project. Variety reports Cate Blanchett will star in Mamet's "Blackbird," a screen thriller about a woman who travels to Los Angeles for the funeral of her grandfather, a Hollywood visual-effects artist who also worked for the government. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The story involves a hidden conspiracy involving the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, according to the report.
September 3, 2013 |
Cate Blanchett wore an eye-catching black silk dress embroidered with medallions to the screening of "Blue Jasmine" at the Deauville American Film Festival on Saturday, above. The dress is Dior Haute Couture. Kate Hudson is designing a line of flirty workout clothes for her new label Fabletics. [People] Kate Bosworth wore two Oscar de la Renta creations for her wedding on Saturday to director Michael Polish. For the ceremony she donned a strapless satin gown with an 8-foot train, and for the dinner later she changed into an embroidered tulle dress.
December 28, 2001 |
The prospect of Cate Blanchett and director Gillian Armstrong, two of Australia's finest gifts to the international cinema, reteaming for the first time since their audacious 1997 "Oscar and Lucinda," could generate only high expectations. That Blanchett is outstanding under Armstrong's direction unfortunately makes their "Charlotte Gray," in which she plays a British secret agent in Vichy-controlled France, all the more disappointing.
March 21, 2002 |
Ali Ammouchi lies on the floor performing for fellow students, one arm pointing toward a sign saying "Dreams," his face gazing up to another labeled "Reality." Ammouchi's dream is Hollywood. His reality starts here, on the floor of Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art, known simply as NIDA. A former drama teacher, the 27-year-old is following in illustrious footsteps.