March 7, 2013 |
"Girl Rising" mixes documentary and narrative filmmaking to show how education lifted nine girls out of poverty and cruel circumstances. The young women's stories, narrated by the likes of Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, stand as sober reminders of the kind of unforgiving obstacles faced by girls in developing countries and the positive, ripple effects that learning can bring. Director Richard E. Robbins, Oscar-nominated for his 2007 documentary "Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience," divides his new film into nine portrait segments, set apart by Liam Neeson's narration about the hard truths girls must confront to go to school - or simply show that they matter - in many nations.
September 6, 2012 |
Some casting news is too intriguing to ignore. Cate Blanchett will team up with French film star Isabelle Huppert in a staging of Jean Genet's "The Maids" next year at the Sydney Theatre Company in Australia. The company unveiled its 2013 season on Thursday. "The Maids," which will be directed by Benedict Andrews, will run June 4 to July 20 in Sydney. The new English translation is by Andrews and Andrew Upton. Genet's 1947 play was inspired by the real-life story of the Papin sisters, who worked as maids and were convicted of murdering their employer. In August, the Sydney Theatre Company said that Blanchett would be stepping down as co-artistic director.
August 20, 2012 |
Andrew Upton is staying on at the Sydney Theatre Company, assuming the position of sole artistic director starting in January. For the last four years, Upton and his wife, actress Cate Blanchett, have served as co-artistic directors of Australia's most prominent theater company. Upton's decision to continue leading the company has come as a surprise because he and Blanchett had announced their decision to both step down at the end of 2013. The couple was recently in New York for the company's staging of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," starring Richard Roxburgh, Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Jacki Weaver.
July 23, 2012 |
Cate Blanchett is the marquee name of the Sydney Theater Co.'s production of "Uncle Vanya," now playing in New York as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. But the drama is a true ensemble piece that features some of Australia's top actors -- including Richard Roxburgh, who plays the title role of the Chekhov play, as well as Hugo Weaving and Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver. The production has become one of the hottest tickets this summer in New York and is receiving rave review from critics.
July 14, 2012 |
On the surface, Cate Blanchett would seem to be the least Chekhovian human being on the planet. No idle longing for Moscow for this international stage and screen star, whose frequent flier mileage must have broken the million mark since she and her husband, writer Andrew Upton, took over the Sydney Theatre Company in 2008 and became intercontinental barnstormers. Yet there she is, this paragon of professional fulfillment, garnering raves at home and abroad for her performance in Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" as a trophy wife who has backed herself into a domestic corner by marrying a cranky codger professor.
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.
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.
January 3, 2009
I saw a great movie Sunday -- "The Curious Case of Tony Romo." It's about a strong, young quarterback who, over the course of a season, turns into a decrepit, old man by December. Scott Bedno Los Angeles
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.