12:55 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 03/25/2013 10:30AM
No, it was not a sequel to The Talented Mr. Ripley. But the two actors from that 1999 movie – Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett – both separately spent some quality family time in Berlin this weekend.
The two are in the capital city shooting The Monuments Men, with George Clooney, though on Sunday's day off, Damon and wife Luciana did what the parents of 500 other kids did in Berlin: took them to Jack's Fun World for some indoor fun and games.
The owner of the park, Oleg Nepomnjascij, tells PEOPLE that the Damons were impressively easygoing. "I take my hat off to him," he said.
Originally posted 03/23/2013 01:30PM
All work and no play? Not for George Clooney.
The star proved getting a movie done can be plenty of fun if you've got your friends with you – and you've got a late-season dumping of snow. Which is just what the conditions were Friday when he lobbed a snowball at the star of his wartime drama, The Monuments Men, Matt Damon.
Damon responded the only way he could: by whipping a snowball back at the director! Costar Cate Blanchett stayed out of the fray, and according to local tabloid B.Z., the production team cheered them on.
Originally posted 05/12/2010 07:30AM
The stars should brighten things up on the French Riviera this week as the 63rd Cannes Film Festival opens Wednesday night – in the wake of uncommonly gloomy, even freakish weather in the picturesque resort area.
Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett are set to walk the red carpet on Wednesday for the world premiere of Robin Hood, which kicks off the proceedings. Other big names expected to attend the 12-day festival include Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Michael Douglas, Kate Beckinsale and Javier Bardem.
Originally posted 05/10/2010 08:55AM
Cate Blanchett has won every acting award under the sun, including the Oscar. But it was her work on Ridley Scott's Robin Hood – particularly the stunts that went awry – that earned her some cool points from her three young sons.
Joining Russell Crowe's title character for "thrilling" forest adventures with bows and arrows quickly made Blanchett the envy of sons Dashiell, 8, Roman, 6, and Ignatius, 2. "I went up in their estimation from the first night on set, when I was called on to shoot a flaming arrow, missed my mark and hit a light, which duly exploded," the actress tells London's Times.
"I mean, how many mums do stuff like that?"
Originally posted 03/31/2010 10:00AM
Glenn Close was sheer evil perfection as the live-action version of Cruella De Vil in the 1996 remake of the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians. And while that creepy character sought to clothe herself in cuddly lap dogs, Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent takes it up a notch, cursing a baby to death by spinning wheel and turning into a dragon! She's so ominous, in fact, she may be the first Disney villain to get her own feature.
The Maleficent movie would, according to The Hollywood Reporter re-tell the 1959 fairy tale from the point of view of the self-proclaimed "Mistress of All Evil." Already rumored to be a front-runner for the delightfully devilish role: Angelina Jolie.
But wouldn't the equally gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones be able to bring to life her evil elegance? Her background is in theater and dancing after all. Another casting contender: Kim Cattrall, who has proven time after time she is equally bewitching and b----y!
Originally posted 11/27/2009 11:00AM
Cate Blanchett may be a fashion icon on the red carpet and a chameleon when it comes to played such roles such as Queen Elizabeth and Bob Dylan, but in her real life the actress is a mom who loves the daily chore of vacuuming!
"I enjoy vacuuming," Blanchett told PEOPLE at the Giorgio Armani/Ristorante dinner party in New York City this week in honor of welcoming the Sydney Theatre Company to the Big Apple for their production of A Streetcar Named Desire. "It's a very satisfying noise when you hear all that grit sucked up from the floor and into the machine."
Adds the Oscar winner: "Vacuuming is a big one for me and it's those simple things that keep my life grounded. It can be quite therapeutic!"
Originally posted 09/02/2009 12:30PM
Cate Blanchett was struck with a prop during a fight scene in a preview performance of A Streetcar Named Desire in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday night, and suffered a head injury.
The 40-year-old actress, who plays deluded Southern belle Blanche DuBois, was left bleeding from the head and on all fours after an actor playing Stanley Kowalski accidentally struck her in the head with a '60s-style radio. Blanchett went on with the show, but had to stop when she realized she was injured.
Audience members said Blanchett continued to act in the scene, but she had blood on her head and on her neck, Agence France-Presse reports. The theater's house lights were turned on and the audience was asked to leave the building.
The incident forced organizers to cancel the show at the Sydney Theatre, but a spokesman for the theater later said "Cate's just fine." Tonight's show is expected to go on as planned.
Originally posted 02/04/2009 07:45AM
Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush all have Oscars in common – and now each member of the Australian quartet can boast another distinction: They all appear on special edition 55-cent (about 35 cents U.S.) postage stamps in their native country.
"Something like this – when you see your face on a stamp – says 'wow,' " Kidman, 41, is quoted as saying by the BBC.
She added that she is particularly delighted that her children will one day "lick a stamp, put it on an envelope and say, 'That's my mum.' "
Originally posted 12/29/2008 02:10PM
In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Cate Blanchett's love interest is aging in reverse – something her husband would hate to see her do.
In fact, after just a few weeks of dating, Andrew Upton proposed to Blanchett, now 39, and her reasons for saying "yes" speak volumes about their love affair.
"I couldn't not," she tells Vanity Fair in its February cover story. "We were in exactly the same place at exactly the same time. He turned to me after a few days and said, 'Cate … ,' and I thought, 'Oh, god, he's going to ask me to marry him – and I'm going to have to say yes!' He didn't, in fact; he asked me what I wanted for dinner or something like that. But I'd never had that thought before. I thought, This is extraordinary! I've never felt this before. What an adventure!"
Originally posted 08/20/2008 02:20PM
Cate Blanchett's husband Andrew Upton doesn't mind the attention that comes with being married to an Oscar winner. "I quite enjoy it, actually," he says.
Although the Australian writer-director, 42, has been cropped out of his share of photos when posing with the Elizabeth actress, he has maintained a realistic outlook on his wife's A-list status.
"I'm never followed but Cate is. Her public identity is very associated with her work, which I think is good, right and proper because she's bloody good at it. When her work is coming into focus, people want to see a photo of her carrying shopping bags," Upton tells Britain's Independent newspaper. "I can understand it – people are interested and I'm glad they're interested otherwise they wouldn't come to see it."
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