Cate Blanchett Dispels Woody Allen Myth With ‘Blue Jasmine’ Pairing

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics, CR: Jessica Miglio)There is this long held myth that filmmaker Woody Allen give his actors terse statements regarding any kind of backstory regarding his characters, and that actors are often left to their own devices in creating a character within Allen’s universe. Cate Blanchett, star of Allen’s new drama Blue Jasmine, did not have that experience whatsoever.

“I had heard that he was monosyllabic at best in relation to the direction he gave actors,” said Blanchett, who is a shoo-in for a Best Actress Oscar nod for her Blue Jasmine work. “I found if I asked him questions he responded if he thought the questions were interesting. If they didn’t, he’d just wave me off and then go back to his Blackberry. But he was great. And I think he really despised and revered Jasmine and I think he was fascinated by her.”

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For Louis C.K. It Was an Emotional Experience Meeting Woody Allen

19Louis C.K. is perhaps one of the funniest comedians today. His FX series, Louie, is one of the best sitcoms on television. While C.K. has acted in various television shows and movies, he is taking a major step up to stardom in his next film, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, which also stars Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin.

This is the role of a lifetime, and C.K. explains that he got a call that Allen wanted to meet with him about a part in the film. Going into it, C.K. says he had low expectations, and that it was all about meeting Woody Allen. C.K. also said that after he read for the part, he realized he did such a horrible job that he cried, but in the end Allen offered him another role in the film and he couldn’t be happier. (Click on the media bar below to hear Louis C.K)



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Andrew Dice Clay Is Ready For ‘The Filthy Truth’ With Showbiz Memoir

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics, CR: Jessica Miglio, Gravier Productions) Andrew Dice Clay, the comic who in his heyday performed his insanely filthy limericks to an awaiting stadium crowd, only to see his career flounder and then slowly rebound once again, is penning a memoir for Touchstone.

Titled The Filthy Truth, the book is co-written with David Ritz and will be published in May 2014.

Dice Clay has proven his mettle as an actor, as he was convincing (as himself) in a recurring role on HBO’s Entourage. We also had the chance of seeing his supporting role as a blue collar worker who gets his dreams dashed in Woody Allen’s latest feature Blue Jasmine, and he’s absolutely believable (and a bit heartbreaking) in the part.

“I am completely thrilled to be working with the brilliant David Ritz and have my story told by Touchstone,” said Dice Clay in a statement. “I can guarantee to all that this will be an unbelievable book.”

Blue Jasmine, headlined by Cate Blanchett in an Oscar worthy performance, opens in New York and Los Angeles on July 26.

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‘Blue Jasmine’ Trailer Offers Cate Blanchett In Tour De Force Role

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics, CR: Merrick Morton)After last year’s comedic confection To Rome With Love, director Woody Allen serves us a portrait of a mentally unstable woman (Cate Blanchett) who tries to reinvent herself in the drama Blue Jasmine. Once the privileged Park Avenue housewife of a corrupt businessman (Alec Baldwin), Jasmine moves to San Francisco with her sister (Sally Hawkins), a woman she consistently frowns upon due to her habit for picking loser boyfriends (Andrew Dice Clay plays Hawkins’ ex-lover, with Bobby Cannavale starring as her current boyfriend).

Blanchett has already won an Oscar for her work in The Aviator, and she’s primed for another nomination with, by the looks of the trailer, is a tour de force performance. Check out the trailer for Blue Jasmine, and tell us if you think this has the makings of an excellent Woody Allen effort!

Blue Jasmine, which also stars Peter Sarsgaard and Louis C.K., opens in New York and Los Angeles July 26.


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