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16 items from 2001

Lord Of The Rings Spins Into Action In London

11 December 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood brought the magic of The Lord Of The Rings to London at the film's world premiere Monday night. The gorgeous pair stole the show at the launch of the $106 million fantasy film at Leicester Square's Odeon cinema, casting a spell on the 2,000-strong crowd who screamed their welcome. Tyler was stunned by the reception, marvelling, "I've seen nothing like this ever before." Guests - including fellow stars Ian McKellen, Sean Bean and Christopher Lee - walked beneath a row of burning rings as they entered the glitzy event. And the stars were all ablaze with confidence that their film would come to be seen as one of the cinematic greats in years to come. Sir Ian boasted, "It's indisputably a landmark in movie history. It's biblical." And Lee added, "I think it will go down in cinema history - this and the next two - because no one has ever seen anything like it." The only major star missing from the premiere of the fantasy epic was actress Cate Blanchett who gave birth to her first son Dashiell on Wednesday and chose not to attend. But Tyler provided all the feminine glamor required for the occasion in her scarlet Alexander McQueen trouser suit with retro padded shoulders. The film, The Fellowship Of The Ring, is the first instalment in the trilogy of books written by J.R.R. Tolkien which have been adapted for the big screen. »

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Cate Blanchett Has Baby Boy

7 December 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian actress Cate Blanchett has become a mother for the first time. The Oscar-nominated star gave birth to a boy at an undisclosed hospital in London. Blanchett and screenwriter husband Andrew Upton named him Dashiell John. They chose the unusual first name after the author of classic crime novel The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett. A spokeswoman for the actor said mom and baby were doing well. She also said Blanchett was not releasing details about the birth date but said the baby was born in the past three days. »

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Cate's Platform Problems

5 December 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Stunning Australian Cate Blanchett had one big problem when she filmed the first instalment of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy - her character's platform boots. The BAFTA-winner plays Elven aristocrat Lady Galadriel in Fellowship Of The Ring and at five-foot eight-inches was a foot too short to play the character. Cate says, "You should have seen these boots, because Elves are meant to be very tall, they invented these 70s glam platform boots that I would clop around in and I was meant to sort of glide. So I had a lot of difficult gliding to practice." »

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Cate Won't Quit The Movies

26 November 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen beauty Cate Blanchett has hit out at reports that she is to quit acting because she is pregnant. The Elizabeth star and her husband Andrew Upton are expecting their first child early next year. And Cate put back the filming of the new Joel Schumacher movie Chasing The Dragon in Dublin because of it. She says, "It's just a sexist notion that of course a woman's career ends once her body changes and she gives birth to a child. Andrew and I have to bring a child into this world, which is pretty major. But I'm not about to abandon my career." But Cate is planning on a break to enjoy her new baby - especially since her maternal instincts are already starting to surface. She reveals, "I've been waking up at 2am and tidying the kitchen. Life is about to change with bringing a baby into the world." »

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Cate Fights For Accent

23 November 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Cate Blanchett argued with film-makers over her Scottish character in her next film - because they wanted her to make it English. The pregnant BAFTA winner is playing Scottish resistance fighter Charlotte Gray working in France during World War II and was disappointed when crew asked her to make Gray English for the movie. Cate says, "I fought very hard for her to be Scottish because I felt there is a very strong connection between the Scots and the French. If you listen to the vowel sounds in the Scottish accent and the French vowels sounds they are very similar and it would have made for a more fluid transition. But obviously, would draw more attention to it. But in the end, it's an English language film and it didn't bother me." »

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Elle's Bulging Body

22 November 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sexy model Elle Macpherson is reported to have joined in the latest celebrity trend - and got pregnant. The Australian beauty - nicknamed 'The Body' - was spotted this week coming out of posh kids store Bonpoint in London's Sloane Square. And Elle looked like she was hiding a bump in her midriff, under a thick sweater. After Elizabeth Hurley's pregnancy announcement and with Cate Blanchett, Anne Heche, and Geena Davis all expecting, pregnancy seems to be the in trend at the moment. An onlooker says of Elle, "I've never seen her stomach bulge like that before." Elle already has one child - a baby boy, Arpad Flynn Busson - with Swiss financier Arpad 'Arki' Busson. And according to shoppers who saw her in London, another child could be on the way. The onlooker adds, "Perhaps we'll soon hear the patter of tiny MacPherson feet." »

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Cate Blanchett's Hectic Year

16 November 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pregnant actress Cate Blanchett has found the past year tough because she's always away from her screenwriter husband Andrew Upton. Cate has been making films back to back and has had hardly any time to spend with her man. She says, "It's been exhausting. And hard on a personal level. Andrew and I try to travel together as much as possible, but we knew it was going to be a problem last year; going into it, we said, 'This will be month on/month off.' We had some great reunions, though. We conceived on Charlotte Gray." »

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Blanchett To Snub Lord Of The Rings Premieres?

8 November 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mystery surrounds Cate Blanchett's attendance at the Lord Of The Rings world premieres - following conflicting reports from the film's producers and a spokeswoman for the actress. The sexy star is expecting a baby and, according to executive producer Mark Ordesky, she's due to give birth on the day of the world premiere of The Fellowship Of The Ring in London on December 10th. The event will be followed by special screenings in New York, Los Angeles and Wellington, New Zealand. And while the film's stars Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, Sir Ian McKellen and Sean Astin will definitely attend all the premieres, Ordesky insists Blanchett, who plays elf queen Galadriel, won't be turning up at any of the four premieres. He says, "My understanding is that all the actors are available except Cate Blanchett. She'll be giving birth that week. I think her due date is December 10, which is the day of the London premiere." However, the Ananova website claims that a spokeswoman has told them that the mother-to-be fully intends to attend the launches if possible. The Fellowship Of The Ring will be hit cinema screens on both sides of the Atlantic on December 19th. »

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Bruce Jets Into Britain To Steal The Show

23 October 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bruce Willis is flying in the face of fears about air travel by jetting over to Britain for the premiere of his movie Bandits. Bruce will take center stage on November 15th at the screening of his latest blockbuster at the London Film Festival, where he'll be joined by director Barry Levinson and co-star Cate Blanchett. The 16-day event aims to give a snapshot of the best in world cinema, with premieres from 46 different countries. Stars expected at the festival include Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Kristin Scott Thomas, Kevin Spacey, Martin Sheen, Michael Caine and Helena Bonham Carter. »

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Tolkien Relatives Fear Film Will Cause Trouble

21 September 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The elderly children of Lord Of The Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien are worried the forthcoming film trilogy will leave them open to abuse from weirdos. Christopher, Father John and Priscilla Tolkien have had no input into the Peter Jackson project because the writer's estate no longer owns the film rights for the fantasy tome. Now Fr. John, 83, a retired Roman Catholic priest, says the trio just want to be left in peace, away from obsessed fans of the cult book. He says, "The Tolkien family is under perpetual abuse of one kind or another. I am anticipating endless bother when the film actually comes out." The movies, which star Liv Tyler, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett, are being shot on location in New Zealand. »

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Blanchett In Dublin For Guerin Role

17 September 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian actress Cate Blanchett has been in Dublin discussing her role in the new Joel Schumacher movie about murdered Irish reporter Veronica Guerin. Cate will play Guerin in the film, which begins shooting in February . Blanchett says, "The story is incredibly controversial. You get the sense that people are incredibly protective and defensive, and that they have a sense of ownership of the memory of Veronica. Iconic women like Veronica are much claimed and owned in our history, so it's an enormous responsibility to play her. I think she showed incredible bravery." »

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Keanu's Kiss Tops Katie's List

12 September 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Katie Holmes enjoyed kissing movie heart-throb Keanu Reeves in psychic thriller The Gift, but found the scene a little scary. The Dawson's Creek star plays a ballsy beauty queen whose murderer is foreseen by tarot card reader Cate Blanchett in the film. She says, "Actually, this is the first time I'm not playing someone naive or apologetic! The kissing scenes were a little awkward at first but, really, I had a great time doing them! It was a big stretch for me and kinda scary, but I like doing things that scare me." »

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Stars Shocked By Hollywood Truths

7 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood's biggest names are set for a shock thanks to a damning new report in Los Angeles magazine. The embarrassing article reveals the real reasons why certain stars didn't get roles in Mick Jagger's new film The Man From Elysian Fields. According to the forthcoming 'acting' issue, Julia Ormond was turned down because she's "totally boring, " ER star Julianna Margulies because, "I don't think she means anything, " and James Coburn because he "doesn't quite seem intellectual." The comments come from behind-closed-doors meetings between producers and casting agents. Meanwhile, reports from the set of Hannibal suggest Calista Flockhart and Hilary Swank were turned down for the Silence Of The Lambs sequel because they were deemed too skinny and Angelina Jolie and Cate Blanchett were considered too tall for the part of Clarice Starling. »

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Cate Blanchett Giving Up Films For Sex

24 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sexy Australian actress Cate Blanchett has sensationally confessed that she is giving up making movies to spend more time making love. Kate, 31, currently on screens in Gift, The (2000) (2001) is determined to have some "quality time" with her husband, Andrew Upton, whom she married in 1997, and possibly have a child. »

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Film Drama For Tolkien Family

8 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The upcoming release of three films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy, will devastate his family according to the writer's son. The first film, Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001) is due to be released later this year, and will star Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler and Sean Bean. It's arrival has been eagerly awaited by many, but not by the Tolkiens. According to son John Tolkien, his family will be forced into hiding by the attention of crazed fans of his father's work. The worried 83-year-old says, "The Tolkien family is under perpetual abuse of one kind or another. It goes on all the time. I am anticipating endless bother when the film actually comes out." J.R.R. Tolkien, who died in 1973, was against the commercialization of his work - but the film rights to the Lord of the Rings have not been owned by the family since the Sixties, so the film's makers New Line Cinema don't have to consult them on the making of the movie. »

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Dawson's Creek Star Goes Topless For New Film

4 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Beautiful brunette actress Katie Holmes will be seen in her first nude scene in the psychological thriller Gift, The (2000). The actress who celebrated her 22nd birthday a week before Christmas goes topless in her role alongside Keanu Reeves and Cate Blanchett. Co-star Greg Kinnear said that the scenes also had plenty of good humor. "I think we set out to make the scene as impactful as we could, but not make Katie uncomfortable. She's a real actress; she took the role very seriously." »

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