"I always take a long time because I'm looking at the person buying the self-raising flour," Blanchett, said in an age.com report. "Not that Jasmine would ever be in the supermarket."
Blanchett was walking the Hayden Orpheum's blue carpet in Cremorne, Australia on Tuesday. She was attending the Australian premiere of "Blue Jasmine" in her own country. She has her own fashion quirks. She likes men's pants and suits. Perhaps that's for the bold look, but it is still revealing of who Cate Blanchett is.
The film is Ms. Blanchett's first with United States' director Woody Allen, an established comedian actor extraordinaire who is famous for his Jewish-mother jokes or just his Jewish tradition growing up in the United States.
In fact, Allen is well-known for his eclectic sense of humour in Hollywood cinema and who can forget his stand up comedy. He is one of those people who can make your belly hurt and his jokes should have a license that says, 'I know jokes that can make you laugh till your're dead!'
Best of all, he doen't laugh, so it looks like Allen is making serious intellectual and philosphical conversation.
Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" opened in New York and Los Angeles and the price per screening was $102,128 - a lot more than "Chennai Express". Allen has made a lot of great films, but this was top grossing. Now he can pay for his therapy and "pay all the way to the bank," as he would put it.
Rave reviews have already sealed an Academy Awards Oscar prediction for "Blue Jasmine", most likely for Allen and Cate.
Since 2005, "Blue Jasmine" is his second film in the United States, after a slew of films in Paris, London, Rome, and Barcelona - a true "Renaissance man" by any standards!
According to Vanity fair, watching Cate Blanchett in the role is "like watching a gorgeous vase will itself to keep from shattering as it falls floorward," while San Francisco weekly suggested Cate Blanchett's performance in the dramatic comedy was "inimitable."
Well, that's not something new for Cate Blanchett. She has said on numerous occasions that she has an odd look, while playing down speculation on an Oscar win. But film critics see her winning the Best Actress Award this year.
The media was also quick to capitalize on the wonderful alchemy between the leading actress and the director.
"I was over the moon when he threw Jasmine at me. Because she's so complicated and so combustible and so confused," said Blancett.
Jasmine may be described as the victim of her own denial and Wall Street.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic, writes in her column, "It is Allen's bleakest drama ever. ..Yet for all of "Blue Jasmine's" darkness, the movie is among the filmmaker's most emotionally affecting. Allen is surprisingly sensitive in exposing Jasmine, one of those affluent New York sophisticates so easy to dislike. Even the melodrama attached to her new struggles - a suddenly empty bank account, a mindless job, no closet space - realities that frame everyday life for most women, is subtly calibrated to allow us to feel for her. And occasionally laugh at the absurdity of it all."
Neurosis in women has been a forte for Allen and the theme has overlapped in many of his own acting roles. Many of the actresses that played these women have also won the Oscar including Diane Keaton, who has played a number roles as Allen's sidekick as well. Keaton is perhaps the most famous of all.
"Apart from being a great filmmaker and auteur, he's an incredible dramatist," Blancett reveals about Allen.
She added, "I don't think that anyone enters into an exchange with Woody thinking about that as an outcome. I think along with those actresses he's created a number of iconic, strange, weird and wonderful women that have been on celluloid."
At the moment, Allen is filming another movie with Jacki Weaver, another actress from Australia.
From a haunting character to a haunted home in the "Conjuring", film critics and fans have given their reviews on James Wong's horror flick of the year.
A favourite released in unison with Blue Jasmine is "The Conjuring" from James Wong who is usually into more blood and gore and "saw" scenes. This is a classic haunted house movie and it's nothing like the horror movies about Jason from "Friday the 13th". Presumably, "The Conjuring" is based on actual case files, whose dreams are shattered when they move into a Rhode Island farmhouse.
"The Conjuring" cast includes Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, and Lili Taylor and is a new wave in horror films that just might rock the Academy Awards this year.
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