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Cate Blanchett Will Eat Your Face

By Dustin Rowles | Pajiba Love | July 23, 2013 | Comments ()


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How did Tom Hiddleston pull off that amazing, adorable, brilliant Comic Con feat? He flew into San Diego in disguise. AS JANGO FETT. Hiddleston, you mad genius. (Celebitchy)

Cate Blanchett’s latest fashion choice “looks like a costume she’d wear if she were playing a rather fabulous alien creature who was going to impress upon you her gloriousness before then EATING YOUR FACE.” (GFY)

I really love Chris Evans (thanks to an interview that offered some great insight into what kind of guy he really is), but he’s never really made a good prestige movie. If early reviews of his latest are accurate, that looks like it may change. (Slashfilm)

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Big ups to Beyonce for continuing a performance uninterrupted while her weave was being snatched by a fan. (DListed)

If you missed early reports, a couple of Kick Ass 2 stuntmen actually talked a woman trying to commit suicide out of ending her life at Comic Con over the weekend. (Underscoopfire)

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  • dizzylucy

    Cate Blanchett can wear whatever she wants. And if she wants to eat people's faces, I'm OK with that too. She's Cate Blanchett.

    Talking Bad sounds like a big NO. I like the Nerdist podcast but find Hardwick a little hyper on his own (though to be fair I haven't seen the Walking Dead discussion show), so I don't see that being a good fit with something as intense as Breaking Bad.

  • e jerry powell

    I had a different take on what Blanchett wore at TLo.

  • googergieger

    Chris Evans is in Bong Joon-ho's new movie?! The one starring Song Kang-ho?

  • Drake

    Good on SBC bailing on a PG-rated Freddy Mercury bio. Would have liked to have seen what he had in mind, but don't need a watered-down version.

  • BobbFrapples

    Those stuntment were awesome.

  • BWeaves

    Chekov's Gun is why I don't like The Chronicles of Narnia. Lewis was all the time introducing characters or magical items, and then never referring to them again. It's also why I loved the Harry Potter series. You knew that no matter how small an item or spell, it would show up later.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Shut your mouth. Regardless of what she wears, if I could be Cate Blanchett with her intelligence, ethereal looks and crazy talent (plus quirky/intelligent/good father playwright-husband) I would be.

    Regarding Freddie Mercury, another idol of mine - if they are looking to do a PG rated version of a Mercury biopic, then it's a good thing Cohen got out. He should do an unauthorized with the amazing writer/director team he wants. It's true not having the songs would suck, but how far gone are Queen members if they can't see that Mercury's all-out-there sexuality is a huge aspect of his interest? We are way beyond sanitized versions of any biography that ends with a rock star dying of AIDS.

  • Maguita NYC

    How can you do a PG version of Freddie Mercury's life?.. Unless it's a fairy tale.

  • BWeaves

    Well, the R version would be a fairy tale, too, so to speak.

  • Maguita NYC

    I'm biting my lips here trying not to laugh, because your answer is borderline un-PC young lady!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Well, there is no indication that the rest of Queen are behind the decision to go PG. I can, however, imagine that May did influence that. He strikes me as someone who likes to play it safe. His songs are certainly show no signs of innovation.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'm going by the admittedly fourth-hand info in the linked to post.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Oh, sorry. I skipped over the beginning of the quote's first sentence of all things.

    Maybe the band doesn't want to publish stuff they'd rather keep secret.

  • BWeaves

    RE: Beyonce keeps singing while a bunch of stage hands try to cut her wig out of the fan.

    How come you can't hear any of the noise the people right around her are making? They are right on top of her. Is it because she is lip synching?

  • Monica

    Bweaves is such an appropriate moniker for this.

  • BWeaves

    Hehehehehe! I hadn't even thought of that.

  • emmalita

    I imagine you saying that last part in the Church Lady voice. And then I laugh.

  • Talked a woman out of committing suicide? There wasn't much talking there that I could tell.
    Big, big props to the stuntmen, and kudos as well to the guy on the balcony below the woman who was distracting her and keeping her occupied so the stuntmen could get into position.

  • Maguita NYC

    Cate Blanchett: "playing a rather fabulous alien creature ...”

    So Cate Blanchett cosplaying as Tilda Swinton.

  • firedmyass

    I'm convinced that Swinton and David Bowie are visitors from an an advanced civilization that harnesses confused arousal to power their technology.

  • NateMan

    I'm loving all the scifi this year, and I'm very excited to see Snowpiercer. Unlikely but great premise. On a related note, I finally got to see Pacific Rim yesterday and loved it. LOVED IT. I want to have del Toro's chunky, goofy babies.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Besides mandatory trust accounts and on-set schooling, it may be time for California to institute mandatory monthly psyche screening for any child actor who works a certain amount per week. And if the psychologist determines that treatment is warranted then the acting permit for the child should be pulled unless there is compliance with psyche treatment protocols.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    yes, nothing affirms a child's sanity like mandatory monthly psych evals.

  • L.O.V.E.

    The mandatory aspect removes the stigma of being tested. It would allow easy recognition of cognitive disabilities, abuse on set by the studio or by "stage parents", and other safeguards such as "fitness for duty" -- is the child emotionally healthy enough to work in this field.

    This shouldn't be thought of as an intrusion, but a benefit to the child. Most unions receive testing that is relevant to the chosen field. Dock workers get hearing test, boiler makers get asbestos screening. What is the number one health risk to child actors: pressure to be the bread winner for a family, exploitation, education becoming a back seat to work -- mental health issues.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    It may seem that way to an adult, but to a child "mandatory testing" in most cases would have a stigma, especially to any non-actor friends that child has.

    Are there stats saying that a larger percentage of child actors have mental health issues vs standard population? We hear about it when children actors have issues, definitely, but I don't know that happens at a greater rate or that it is the number one health risk for them (vs safety/exhaustion issues)

  • L.O.V.E.

    Actually, the reality is that if their friends are going to public schools in the Los Angeles area they already have access (subject to budget cuts, etc.) to school psychologist who are certified as school psychologists and who are used on a mandatory basis for testing at-need and gifted students for placement, as well as a host of other reasons. What I am suggesting is getting these child actors with private tutors the same or better protections as students who have guidance counselors and psychologists that the neighbor kid has. And I am sorry, but until we treat the mental health of these children ahead of "what the cool kids might think", there will be more Amandas. I don't see how it is a valid concern that there is a stigma for being evaluated by a medical professional to ensure your safety any more than getting testing at a public school to see if you have to go to a "special" school, be placed in special classes, or to get tested to see if you get to go to the premier magnet schools or not.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I see your point about the cool kids, but mental health testing is different than learning-ability testing, and again - I'm curious if there is even as a great a need as you think there is. There might be. I'm just saying - aside from your gut reaction - are there any statistics/studies indicating that these children are at greater risk?

  • NateMan

    Great idea, but I suspect it wouldn't accomplish much. They'd probably be studio stooges.

  • L.O.V.E.

    A state panel can be used with input from the union. The state already has such panels for workers' compensation and other purposes. A doctor has to apply and meet certain qualifications to be on the panel (in this case perhaps be board certified in adolescent psych) and the panel of three doctors is issued privately to the actor who then picks one of the three. Hippa would prevent the studio from having any knowledge of the actual testing, etc., and would only be placed on notice if the permit was pulled for non-compliance. The studio would be prohibited by law to know anything about the information uncovered in the sessions or the test results, though would be required by law to provide reasonable accommodation for the testing.

  • NateMan

    Okay, that sounds like it would make sense. And not a bad idea.

  • KAT

    The EXTRA links for the Amanda Bynes story leads to Courtney's piece as well.

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    Chekov's Gun is why I don't like
    The Chronicles of Narnia. Lewis was all the time introducing characters
    or magical items, and then never referring to them again. It's also
    why I loved the Harry Potter series. You knew that no matter how small
    an item or spell, it would show up later.

  • Sirilicious

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    HaiL our new interactive overlords.

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