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Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, others join Andy Serkis' 'Jungle Book'

Andy Serkis has completed his zoo of actors that will voice his adaptation of Jungle Book: Origins for Warner Bros.

Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan, and Serkis himself will all join Benedict Cumberbatch as the animal characters in the feature, which mixes together motion capture, CG animation, and live action. Bale will voice the fearsome panther Bagheera; Blanchett, the sinister python Kaa; and Serkis, the beloved Baloo the bear. Mullan, Harris, and Marsan will all voice members of the wolf pack that raises Mowgli, and Hollander will play Tabaqui, the underling jackal of Shere Khan (Cumberbatch).

In addition to the voice actors, Bad Words star Rohan Chand has been cast as the human boy Mowgli. Callie Kloves wrote the script based on Rudyard Kipling’s short stories for the film, which is a completely different take from Jon Favreau’s equally star-filled Jungle Book film over at Disney.

Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in talks for 'Rathergate' movie

In the perfect marriage of politics and Hollywood casting, Robert Redford might portray Dan Rather in a dramatic thriller about the 2004 60 Minutes II investigation into whether or not President George W. Bush received preferential treatment to avoid Vietnam service in 1968. Cate Blanchett is also in talks to play Mary Mapes, the CBS producer who worked on the controversial story and is the central figure in the proposed film, which still lacks financing. Her 2005 book, Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power, is the basis for the movie, which will be directed by screenwriter James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man). READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Cate Blanchett wins Best Actress

Cate Blanchett was named Best Actress at the Oscars earlier tonight for her performance in Blue Jasmine. She beat Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, and Meryl Streep.

“Thank you, Mr. Day-Lewis,” Blanchett said to Daniel Day-Lewis who presented the award to her. “From you, it exacerbates this honor and blows it right out of the ballpark. “

In her speech, Blanchett also touched on the need for more films starring women. “[To the people who think] films with women at the center are niche. They are not….In fact, they earn money. The world is round, people!” Blanchett also thanked Blue Jasmine director Woody Allen.

Blanchett won an Oscar once before, for her performance in The Aviator. 

Cate Blanchett: Oscar nominee at a crossroads -- VIDEO

Cate Blanchett never fails to exude grace and class on the big screen (Even her character’s epic meltdown in Blue Jasmine manages to maintain some shred of dignity.) Off screen though, the 44-year old actress is funny and loose. An epic photo shoot for this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly with fellow nominee, newcomer Lupita Nyong’o only seems to energize her as she heads into the final few weeks of campaigning for the Best Actress prize, which she has pretty much locked up.

The actress, who has been down this path before with five previous nominations and one win for her role as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, is an old pro but that doesn’t mean she enjoys every moment.

Take the red-carpet shenanigans and her recent outburst on the Golden Globes red carpet when E!’s Glam Cam panned down her dress while they were asking her a question: “What is that?! They say, “So how does it feel to be here?” and they pan the camera down. Hello? With Bradley Cooper and Ben Stiller they keep talking to them face-to-face. Why are you talking to my shoes.”

Blanchett, who will next play Lady Tremaine (The Wicked Stepmother) in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, has many projects in the hopper, including a script she’s been hoping to direct. Whether or not she steps up to do that is still very much a personal question she hasn’t quite yet answered.

“There is a reason there aren’t more female directors,” she says. “For me it’s that thing of ‘Okay, I do this film, but it’s 18 months of my life, and I have three children. How do I reconcile that?’ I still don’t know. It’s difficult to leap in with both feet when you have primal responsibilities.”

To read more of EW’s interview with Blanchett and Nyong’o pick up the latest issue. And if you want a reminder why Blanchett is nabbing all the accolades on this Oscar run, take a look at this exclusive clip. Just her withering glance alone is reason for celebration. In the scene, Jasmine, fresh into the throes of her descent, is drinking heavily with her new boss, a dentist played by Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) who is completely enamored with her despite her disheveled appearance and weak grasp on reality. READ FULL STORY

Cate Blanchett wins Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama at the Golden Globes

It’s a hat trick for Cate Blanchett. Blanchett just took home her third Golden Globe — this one for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama — for her work in Blue Jasmine. She beat out Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, and Kate Winslet.

In her acceptance speech, Blanchett kicked things off by mentioning the “few vodkas” she had “under her belt,” before thanking director Woody Allen and calling the Golden Globe awards the “heavy things that make your biceps look great.” Seconds later, when the wrap-it-up music started playing, Blanchett pondered, “Can people at home hear this music?” Either that …or they think celebrities are having a panic attack for no reason.

Check out the full list of winners here.

L.A., New York, and Boston Critics awards roundup: '12 Years a Slave', 'Gravity' dominate

Sunday was a busy day for film critics on both coasts. Boston, New York, and Los Angeles Film Critics announced their annual awards, adding fuel to the Oscar-prediction fire with a strong showing for 12 Years a Slave in the Best Picture arena.

Other repeat honorees include Blue Jasmine’s Cate Blanchett for Best Actress, 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club’s Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor, and 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress. Cinematography awards mostly went to Emmanuel Lubezki for his work on Gravity, and Inside Llewyn Davis picked up a few nods for T Bone Burnett’s score. Some categories were more evenly divided: Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen both got two Best Director acknowledgements for their work on Gravity and 12 Years a Slave.

Take a look at the complete roundup below.

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Cate Blanchett calls 'Blue Jasmine' her favorite role, gives hints about Terrence Malick film

If Cate Blanchett had a “gun to [her] head,” she would choose her recent turn in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, as her favorite movie role.

Blanchett plays a fallen socialite at the brink of her sanity. The Australian actress called it the “culmination of my work on the theater and my work in the film,” when asked by an audience member at the New York Film Festival tribute for her last night. READ FULL STORY

First look at Disney's live-action 'Cinderella' -- PHOTO

Well, that’s one way to get to the ball on time.

Principal photography on Disney’s upcoming live-action Cinderella has just begun in London — and as this first-look photo proves, this might not be your grandma’s version of the classic fairy tale. The film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, stars Downton Abbey‘s Lily James as the titular heroine, Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother, Helena Bonham Carter as her quirky fairy godmother, and Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden as her Prince Charming.

The story largely follows Disney’s 1950 cartoon adaptation, with a few twists — in this version, for instance, Cinderella and the Prince meet before that fateful ball, though he fibs and tells her that he’s a palace employee. (Shades of Aladdin — and Ever After?)

Branagh praised his cast in a statement released today, especially its young romantic leads: “With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella,” he said. “She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace. Her Prince is being played by Richard Madden, a young actor with incredible power and charisma. He is funny, smart and sexy and a great match for Cinderella.”

Set your clocks for midnight… plus one and a half years: The film hits theaters March 13, 2015.

Cate Blanchett will make her directorial debut on 'The Dinner'

After a number of award-worthy performances, Cate Blanchett (most recently seen in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine) is stepping behind the camera for the first time.

EW has confirmed that Blanchett will make her directorial debut on a film adaptation of Herman Koch’s novel The Dinner, which tells the story of two families who are forced to decide how far they will go to protect their teenage sons. The entire story takes place over one dinner.

Oren Moverman (The Messenger) is attached to write the script. Moverman will also executive produce alongside Eva Maria Daniels and Olga Segura.

Casting Net: Albert Brooks to voice a villain in 'The Little Prince'; Plus, Cate Blanchett, more

• Albert Brooks, known in the animated world for voicing the part of Marlin in Finding Nemo (and its upcoming sequel), will lend his voice to Paramount’s animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. He’ll be joining James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Marion CotillardBenicio Del Toro, Rachel McAdams, and Paul Giamatti in the Mark Osborne-directed pic. [Deadline]

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