Robert De Niro and Oscar Isaac join James Gray’s Armageddon Time

Robert De Niro, Oscar Isaac, and Anne Hathaway have signed on to join Cate Blanchett in James Gray’s drama Armageddon Time. The star-studded cast, which also includes Donald Sutherland, will appear in the filmmaker’s next outing, which he is directing…

Robert De Niro, Oscar Isaac, and Anne Hathaway have signed on to join Cate Blanchett in James Gray’s drama Armageddon Time.

The star-studded cast, which also includes Donald Sutherland, will appear in the filmmaker’s next outing, which he is directing from his own script. Based on his own childhood memories, the coming-of-age story explores friendship and loyalty against the backdrop of an America poised to elect Ronald Reagan as president.

Armageddon Time is very different from Gray’s recent projects, such as Ad Astra and The Lost City of Z, and in an interview with Deadline, he explained this was a deliberate decision.

“Every film you make is different, but I’m trying to do something that is the opposite of the vast, lonely and dark void of the movie I just directed,” Gray said. “I’m anxious to make something that is very much about people, about human emotions and interactions between people, and I want it to be filled with warmth and tenderness. In some sense, yes it’s about my childhood, but an illustration of familial love really on every level.”

He noted the film is influenced by his transition from public school to the private Kew-Forest School, which counts U.S. President Donald Trump as a former student, in the Queens borough of New York in 1980s.

“What happened with me, very simply, I got in big trouble when I was around 11, though the boys are 12 in the movie, and the story is about my movement from the public education that I got into private school and a world of privilege. This film is about what that meant for me and how lucky I was, and how unlucky my friend was and about that break meant for me and what it meant for him,” the director revealed.

Gray hopes to shoot in New York as soon as he can following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Rose Byrne kept chic ’70s outfits from Mrs. America

Rose Byrne was delighted to be able to keep some of her outfits from her TV show Mrs. America.The 40-year-old plays American activist Gloria Steinem in the hit drama series, which follows the story of feminist icons such as Steinem, Shirley Chisholm an…

Rose Byrne was delighted to be able to keep some of her outfits from her TV show Mrs. America.

The 40-year-old plays American activist Gloria Steinem in the hit drama series, which follows the story of feminist icons such as Steinem, Shirley Chisholm and Betty Friedan and the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

However, conservative organiser Phyllis Schlafly, played by Cate Blanchett, helped halt the amendment being passed after she publicly challenged the feminists.

Byrne discussed her time filming the hit show in an interview with Elle U.S. magazine, and revealed that she was even able to keep some of the ’70s outfits created by costume designer Bina Daigeler.

“There was this one episode where Gloria wears a great multicoloured pattern shift dress made by Bina. She’s also got this bolero hat. I loved that. Bina was so specific about the fabrics and the textures, because it’s easy to veer into retro when you’re doing a historical piece,” she explained. “This was such an iconic part of fashion history, but it can become a parody if it’s not done right. We felt it was very important to make it look as authentic as possible.”

Byrne also revealed that she worked closely with Daigeler to replicate Steinem’s chic fashion choices.

“That started with trying to emulate her silhouette: Her hair. Her glasses. Do we go with high-waisted pants, or her mini skirts? Gloria also had this innate sensuality about her, (but) the show never objectifies her,” she stated. “There’s never a male gaze on her.”

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Eli Roth excited to reunite with Cate Blanchett on Borderlands

Eli Roth is excited to be reuniting with the “amazing” Cate Blanchett for his big-screen adaptation of the video game Borderlands.The Oscar-winning Australian actress has officially closed a deal to star in the upcoming action-adventure movie, after en…

Eli Roth is excited to be reuniting with the “amazing” Cate Blanchett for his big-screen adaptation of the video game Borderlands.

The Oscar-winning Australian actress has officially closed a deal to star in the upcoming action-adventure movie, after entering talks with bosses at Lionsgate earlier this month.

And Roth, who is helming the project, couldn’t be happier to team up once more with Blanchett, after the pair previously collaborated on 2018’s The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

“I’m so lucky to have the amazing Cate Blanchett starring in Borderlands. We had the most incredible collaboration together on The House With a Clock in Its Walls, and I believe there’s nothing she can’t do,” the 48-year-old filmmaker said in a statement, according to Variety. “From drama to comedy and now action, Cate makes every scene sing.

“Working with her is truly a director’s dream come true, and I feel so fortunate that I get to do it again on an even bigger scale. Everyone brings their A-game to work with Cate, and I know together we’re going to create another iconic character in her already storied career.”

Blanchett will portray Lilith, a member of a group of women called Sirens who have significant magical powers. Lilith made her debut in the first Borderlands video game, which was released in 2009.

The movie will be produced by Avi and Ari Arad, alongside Erik Feig, with Emmy-winning screenwriter Craig Mazin penning the screenplay, according to Variety.

Randy Pitchford, who is executive producer of the Borderlands video game franchise, will executive produce the film with Strauss Zelnick.

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Venice Film Festival still set to go ahead

The 2020 edition of the Venice Film Festival will go ahead as planned in September, the region’s governor has insisted. Luca Zaia, governor of Veneto, confirmed on Sunday that the world’s longest-running festival, which is scheduled to run between 2-1…

The 2020 edition of the Venice Film Festival will go ahead as planned in September, the region’s governor has insisted.

Luca Zaia, governor of Veneto, confirmed on Sunday that the world’s longest-running festival, which is scheduled to run between 2-12 September, will proceed, according to Variety.

Zaia’s confirmation comes days after Venice Biennale officials, which oversee the film festival as well as other events, pushed back its Biennale of Architecture to 2021, but kept the film festival’s dates, despite the two usually overlapping.

The governor explained on Sunday that the Biennale of Architecture was postponed due to problems with constructing the necessary pavilions and went on to insist that the film festival is happening, although there will likely be fewer movies showcased this year.

Earlier this month, a letter signed by Venice’s artistic director Alberto Barbera was sent to a wide range of film industry personnel to find out their concerns and suggestions for the 2020 edition and whether they’d be willing to attend the event.

“We know that it would be simply impossible to plan a festival without knowing if you all are willing to use the Festival to give a new start and a strong sign for keeping cinema alive, even in these difficult times,” wrote Barbera, editors at Variety reported.

The full line-up of films showing at the festival is typically unveiled in July. In January, Cate Blanchett was named the jury president, but it is unclear if this will remain the case.

The Cannes Film Festival, which would have had its closing night over the weekend, was cancelled this year and officials revealed they hoped to screen some of their planned premieres at Venice and other festivals.

Italy, which was one of the countries hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, has been slowly coming out of lockdown in recent weeks and is currently set to reopen its borders for European Union (EU) tourists on 3 June.

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Cate Blanchett joins Adam McKay’s comedy Don’t Look Up

Cate Blanchett is joining Jennifer Lawrence in Adam McKay’s upcoming disaster comedy Don’t Look Up.The two-time Oscar winner has signed on to star in the director’s new film, which will be the first of his movies to feature exclusively on Netflix, acco…

Cate Blanchett is joining Jennifer Lawrence in Adam McKay’s upcoming disaster comedy Don’t Look Up.

The two-time Oscar winner has signed on to star in the director’s new film, which will be the first of his movies to feature exclusively on Netflix, according to Variety.

Don’t Look Up was announced with Lawrence in the lead role back in February. It follows a low-level astronomer who goes on a giant media tour with a fellow stargazer to warn mankind of a fast-approaching asteroid that is set to destroy Earth.

Production on the movie, which is being written by McKay, was slated to begin in April ahead of a release later this year, but it is currently unknown when production is expected to start given the ongoing lockdown orders in Hollywood and across the world.

Blanchett is also attached to star in James Gray’s next film Armageddon Times, which draws on the Ad Astra’s director’s own experiences as a student in the 1980s at the Kew-Forest School in the Queens borough of New York.

The private education institution counts U.S. President Donald Trump and actor Hank Azaria among its former students, and the movie will reportedly revolve around the headmaster of the prestigious school.

The news comes shortly after it was announced the Australian actress would be starring in the big-screen adaptation of the popular video game Borderlands, which is to be directed by Hostel filmmaker Eli Roth.

She had also finished shooting her role in Guillermo del Toro’s thriller Nightmare Alley with Bradley Cooper before production was shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Cate Blanchett in talks to star in Borderlands movie

Cate Blanchett is reportedly in talks to star in the movie adaptation of the Borderlands video game. According to Variety, the Oscar-winning actress is in negotiations to play Lilith, a member of a group of four “Vault Hunters”, who travel to the dista…

Cate Blanchett is reportedly in talks to star in the movie adaptation of the Borderlands video game.

According to Variety, the Oscar-winning actress is in negotiations to play Lilith, a member of a group of four “Vault Hunters”, who travel to the distant planet Pandora to hunt down a vault which is believed to contain advanced alien technology.

Lilith is a woman with powerful alien abilities who can turn invisible to enemies and move much faster while in this state.

In the popular 2009 first-person shooter video game, the hunters must battle local wildlife and bandits in order to stop the head of a private corporation army from reaching the vault first.

Eli Roth, who is best known for horrors such as Hostel and Cabin Fever, is directing the project. If Blanchett does sign on, it will mark a reunion between the duo following their work on children’s fantasy horror film The House with a Clock in Its Walls in 2018.

Craig Mazin, who won an Emmy for writing TV miniseries Chernobyl, has written the latest draft of the screenplay. Avi and Ari Arad are producing via their Arad Productions banner alongside Erik Feig for his Picturestart banner, while Randy Pitchford, executive producer of the Borderlands video game franchise and founder of Gearbox Software, and Strauss Zelnick, chairman and chief executive officer of Take-Two Interactive, will serve as executive producers on the film.

Blanchett, who is currently starred in miniseries Mrs. America, was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for the movie Where’d You Go, Bernadette? She was in middle of filming Guillermo del Toro’s thriller Nightmare Alley with Bradley Cooper when the production was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Borderlands video game series has sold more than 57 million units worldwide, and the most recent instalment, Borderlands 3, was released last September.

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Taika Waititi impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to Hulk role

Taika Waititi was impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to fully immersing himself in the role of the Hulk.The three-time Oscar nominee reprised his role as Dr. Bruce Banner and his powerful green alter ego for the 2017 Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok, in…

Taika Waititi was impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to fully immersing himself in the role of the Hulk.

The three-time Oscar nominee reprised his role as Dr. Bruce Banner and his powerful green alter ego for the 2017 Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok, in which he starred alongside Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, and Tessa Thompson.

And the New Zealand native filmmaker was wowed by Ruffalo’s decision to perform all the motion capture work himself, rather than relying on a stand-in.

“He has very strong opinions about what Hulk would say and how he would say it,” Waititi told Variety. “People assume, ‘Oh, well it’s a CGI character. Why would an actor do the movements?’ But he insisted on doing all the work in motion capture…. All of that stuff is him, dressed in those ridiculous pyjamas that you have to wear with ping-pong balls on his head.”

While the third instalment of the Thor franchise saw Hemsworth reveal a more comic side to the Norse god, Waititi was also excited for Ruffalo to explore how Hulk had finally gained control and overtaken nerdy scientist Banner.

“He wanted to show that Hulk was driving the vehicle and Banner was left in the trunk,” he explained.

Ruffalo recently teased the idea of reprising his role as the Hulk, after it was revealed in Avengers: Endgame that Hulk and Banner had learnt to co-exist as a half-man, half huge green superhero.

“There’s nothing completely at a place where it’s a done deal,” he teased. “If we come up with something good, that would be really interesting.”

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Cate Blanchett kept hammer from Thor: Ragnarok

Cate Blanchett has revealed she has Thor’s hammer at home.In a recent video interview for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Australian actress, who played villain Hela in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, said she had been cleaning her house during self-iso…

Cate Blanchett has revealed she has Thor’s hammer at home.

In a recent video interview for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Australian actress, who played villain Hela in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, said she had been cleaning her house during self-isolation and proudly displayed the superhero’s hammer Mjolnir, which is usually seen in the hands of Thor actor Chris Hemsworth.

“You know how that Thor film that was shut down in Australia? It wasn’t anything to do with Covid-19. It was because I got the hammer,” she stated. “I have Mjölnir here. And, look at how easy I can lift it.”

Earlier in the interview, Blanchett disclosed she also has a collection of props from her time playing elf Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, including elf ears and hobbit feet that she “couldn’t find” in time to show Colbert.

“I know the kids have Hobbit feet somewhere and I thought, ‘Oh, I’d love to show them to you.’ Couldn’t find them. But I did find Tauriel’s fighting blades,” she said as she waved the blades in front of her webcam.

Colbert, amused, lightly accused Blanchett of stealing the blades from Evangeline Lilly, who played Tauriel in The Hobbit trilogy, and she replied, “Actually you did not see those. Don’t speak to Evangeline Lilly anytime soon.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Colbert asked Blanchett about schooling her children under lockdown in the U.K. and she expressed her admiration for teachers.

“I do have a profound respect – I always have – for teachers, but you know, I’m more like the homeroom teacher who has no particular skill, but I can corral people into doing things,” she said.

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Carey Mulligan tries to channel Cate Blanchett on the red carpet

Carey Mulligan tries to emulate Cate Blanchett’s “cool” attitude on the red carpet.The Great Gatsby actress dislikes being photographed and doesn’t enjoy glitzy events, so she looks to the Australian star for inspiration on how to act “cool” and smile …

Carey Mulligan tries to emulate Cate Blanchett’s “cool” attitude on the red carpet.

The Great Gatsby actress dislikes being photographed and doesn’t enjoy glitzy events, so she looks to the Australian star for inspiration on how to act “cool” and smile with her eyes while attending a premiere or awards show.

“When I’m on the red carpet, whatever I’m wearing, I am ultimately myself,” she told Porter magazine. “People say, ‘Pretend you’re Cate Blanchett.’ And I do go to red carpets thinking, ‘Be Blanchett. Try and be cool. Smiling with your eyes,’ but it doesn’t work.”

When asked if The Aviator actress does actually smile with her eyes, Carey replied, “She smiles, but she has this amazing smile that is just her eyes,” and when asked if she could show the reporter the smile, she blushed and said, “I can’t, I can’t. So unfair!”

The 34-year-old has been candid in the past about how red carpet events used to stress her out so much she would end up in tears.

“I would do red carpets and be a wreck by the end; I found it awful and weird, standing there in my outfits with my body being judged and my appearance and make-up,” she told So It Goes magazine in 2017. “It’s a f**king weird, bizarre thing to have 200 people screaming at you taking a photo.”

Carey also shared in a chat with The Sunday Times’ Style magazine in 2018 that she was “scared” of wearing expensive designer dresses because that felt like something a model should be doing, rather than her. However, the events affect her less these days as she has been able to “put (them) into perspective”.

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Burberry opts for equestrian chic for fall 20

Burberry has harnessed equestrian chic for its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative director Riccardo Tisci unveiled his latest line at Kensington Olympia as part of London Fashion Week on Monday, with the presentation drawing in over 800 guests, inclu…

Burberry has harnessed equestrian chic for its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative director Riccardo Tisci unveiled his latest line at Kensington Olympia as part of London Fashion Week on Monday, with the presentation drawing in over 800 guests, including celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Naomi Campbell, Luka Sabbat, FKA Twigs, Jacob Elordi, and Hunter Schafer.

Titled Memories, Italy-born Tisci explained in his show notes that he was inspired by his first travels to the British capital as a young man, as well as the central codes of the heritage house.

“Moving back to London recently – a city I first discovered as a young student – gave me a real sense of nostalgia. It was the place where I learnt to be myself and a city where I gained the confidence to be the man that I am today. I have this strong feeling of pride when I think about the early days of my career, when I was an emerging designer still learning my craft and taking inspiration wherever I could find it,” he shared. “The memory of this special and formative time in my life is what has influenced this collection – from the places I visited and the people that surrounded me to the music that inspired me. It is this side of my personal journey that I wanted to blend with the codes and language that I have started to define here at Burberry.”

To open, model Astrid Voss took to the catwalk in a belted brown coat with dramatic feather detailing on the lapels and sleeves. Tisci then unveiled similar silhouettes featuring Burberry’s signature tan fabric and check print, with much of the line focused on layered separates ideal for the cooler months. An equestrian influence was apparent in duffel coats, quilted jackets, long collarless coats, jodhpurs, and fluted skirts, with Kendall Jenner sporting a checked top with black detailing and long white skirt and Gigi Hadid modelling a black jumpsuit and colour-blocked jacket.

Elsewhere, Tisci introduced the new Olympia bag collection, featuring a shoulder bag in three sizes and a crossbody bag, and concluded the spectacle by having a parade of models walk the runway in sparkly dresses featuring strong shoulders and sparkly fringing.

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