January 9, 2009 |
When people see "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," they leave thinking about many things: love, aging, fate. . . . and fashion? That's right, even if you, like me, are not even remotely interested in the subject, you can't help but take notice of a strikingly beautiful red dress that Daisy (Cate Blanchett) wears during a dream-like sequence in the film. The frock in question was crafted by Jacqueline West, who was nominated for a costume design Oscar for "Quills" (2000) and who is the early favorite to win one this year.
November 26, 2003 |
What's missing, gone, vanished almost (but not quite) without a trace from "The Missing" is the Ron Howard most of America has come to know and love. The master sentimentalist has made a dark, menacing film, a lean and disturbing western with some modern subtexts that goes where no Ron Howard film has gone before. A change like that doesn't come without expert assistance, and Howard got it from his two stars, Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett.
March 3, 2006 |
When Cate Blanchett's Hedda Gabler saunters disdainfully through the new home that her husband's aunt has taken great financial risks to elaborately furnish, it's hard not to feel worried about the old lady's investment. Nothing could possibly live up to this Hedda's stylish example -- or be safe around it. One has only to hear her deliver the compliment "lovely" as though it were the word "loathsome" to know that her porcelain-like prettiness is deadly.
January 23, 2008 |
The shocker Tuesday wasn't that Oscar winners Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett were once again in the running for Academy Awards. In a year marked by more than a few out-of-left field honorees and a handful of notable omissions, however, the films responsible for Jones and Blanchett's nominations caught Oscar watchers by surprise.
May 13, 2010 |
When you call a movie " Robin Hood," you set up expectations: a gallant archer, a maid named Marion, a band of Merry Men, a crusading king and a certain camaraderie in Sherwood Forest. The latest version has those elements, but they don't play out in a way that's easy to recognize or respond to, and that's a problem. It's an especially frustrating problem because the key creative people involved in the film are among the best in the business and their work here is for the most part solid.
October 7, 2007 |
An odd reverence comes over Ryan Gosling as he describes the weeks he spent on the outskirts of wintry Toronto in an unheated garage apartment with Bianca, an eerily lifelike silicone sex doll who costars with him in his new film, "Lars and the Real Girl." As he speaks, his deep-set eyes wander out the window, lost in memories of their emotional scenes and the "calming presence" the petite, heavy-lidded brunet brought to the set.
April 22, 2010 |
"People used to say nobody can sing my songs but me — they're too personal," Joni Mitchell explained last week during a rare interview. Apparently, nobody told John Kelly not to try adapting her songs. The renowned Obie Award-winning actor and performance artist has been belting out Mitchell's songs for more than 20 years. This weekend, the New York-based Kelly concludes the L.A. run of his acclaimed solo tribute to the iconic, iconoclastic singer-songwriter, "Paved Paradise: The Art of Joni Mitchell," at Renberg Theatre.
December 25, 2004
I was surprised and disappointed to read Kenneth Turan's review of Cate Blanchett's performance as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" ["A Wing and a Player," Dec. 17]. As the godchild and namesake of Katharine Hepburn, I was extremely impressed with Blanchett's portrayal. She truly captured the essence of my godmother. Katharine Kramer Valley Village
November 15, 2006
The skinny: From "American Idol" castoff to Academy Award winner? Jennifer Hudson sets the bar with her "Dreamgirls" performance in our first round of the supporting actress race. *--* 1 Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls" 2 Adriana Barraza, "Babel" 3 Cate Blanchett, "Notes on a Scandal" 4 Catherine O'Hara, "For Your Consideration" 5 Rinko Kikuchi, "Babel" *--* Log on to TheEnvelope.com for more of this week's Buzzmeter rankings.