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"Carol" Now Filming

First pics of Cate Blanchett filming Carol based on Patricia Highsmith's "The Price of Salt" (which is sometimes called "Carol" or vice versa). I know everyone thinks I'm this huge Cate Blanchett nerd now that I fell so hard for her in Blue Jasmine but truth: I'm in this for director Todd Haynes. Thank the gods he's returning to the cinema. It's been a long time.

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His last feature film was 7 long years ago, the experimental Bob Dylan picture I'm Not There... which was something of a comedown from his successful mainstream (though not really) breakthrough with Far From Heaven (by far his biggest hit). I'm Not There netted Cate Blanchett an Oscar nomination and her second Golden Globe. Will Carol do the same? The film co-stars Sarah Paulson and Rooney Mara.

This will be Cate Blanchett's second sapphic-lust drama after Notes on a Scandal.


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I'm really excited about this movie too. The cast is amazing and Todd Haynes is brilliant. I disagree with you, though, about "I'm not there" being a comedown. It's probably my favorite Todd Haynes movie and I'd called it really ground-breaking, in terms of filmmaking approach to the traditional biopic genre. Cate Blanchett should've won every award in the world for her role as crazy-philosophical-niilist Bob Dylan!
And I'm a great fan of Haynes' "Mildred Pierce" version. It's not film, it's TV, but , like so many stuff we see on TV nowadays, it's way better than most Hollywood films. He should be praised alone for giving that big of a role to Evan Rachel Wood (this is her best work by far - that last scene when Mildred finds out what Veda's been up to... wow!).
Either way, yeah, very excited about "Carol"!

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterClara

yes! yes! yes!
and i'm loving that all the news about filming is coming out of Cincinnati, where most of my extended family lives. I've already sent out relatives to stalk down the set and give a full report of cate's brilliance.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterabstew

This is, far and away, my most anticipated film of any year that it winds up being released!

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

I'm Not There: Best Film of 2007, and Blanchett isn't even Best in Show. That would be Bale.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Not only Haynes and Cate but Sandy Powell is costuming and Ed Lachman is lensing so the fabulous 50s trinity of Far From Heaven is reunited. Every Cate is hugely anticipated by me but the other talent involved " exacerbates this and blows it right out of the ballpark". ha ha

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermurtada

I'm really looking forward to this. I've loved all his movies - it's pretty much a five-way tie for first between Poison, Safe, Goldmine, Heaven and I'm Not There.
Which means, for me, Carol has a lot to live up to - but it really seems like the perfect marriage of director and material, so I ain't worried.
I'm mildly bummed that we don't get Mia Wasikowska, but we get Kyle Chandler, y'all! (So that more than makes up for it.)

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

I know everyone thinks I'm this huge Cate Blanchett nerd now that I fell so hard for her in Blue Jasmine

No one thinks this. You have yet to renounce Streep.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

3rtful -- why would i renounce Streep? We're just in a rough patch at the moment but she's given me decades of grand entertainment

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

This is probably my favorite Patricia Highsmith book, which is saying a lot cuz I love that crazy broad. I couldn't be more excited about this if she came back from the dead and promised me a handjob in the theater.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJA

Far From Heaven is just a bad copy from all the melodramas from Douglas Sirk.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon

Ja -- !!!

Brandon - bite your tongue. some of us love all those Sirk movies AND Far From Heaven

March 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

LOL at JA's post!

Highsmith is terrific, I just wish we could get some cool Ruth Rendell adaptations in the cinema. She is one of the best all time mystery writers ever.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

3rtful & Nathaniel - Can't one love both Cate AND Meryl? Is this a mutually exclusive thing? Will I be rejected by the Meryl community as a fraud who only "liked Meryl to get attention" if I watch Notes on a Scandal after Postcards from the Edge? I refuse to let my love be labeled! It is possible to love both equally! Equal rights for pan-actressexuals!

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

What happened with Mia? Based on your previous post that Rooney Mara is taking over the role, this film falls farther down on my "anticipated movies" list. But since it probably won't be released until mid to late 2015, I'll probably forget all about the no Mia thing, and say yes because it's Cate and Sarah Paulson. Not a fan of Mara, who was the weakest link in HER and SIDE EFFECTS, and no comparison to Noomi Rapace in GwDT trilogies.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I just read anatomey of an actor on Meryl Streep,i certainly know more about acting and some little bits seep through about Meryl herself,a gr8 read plus i though she was fantastic in AOC.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

Anne Marie. most of us Cate fans are Meryl fans, I'd be willing to wager.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

And in between this film hiatus for Todd Haynes, he directed the excellent "Mildred Pierce" miniseries for HBO. He hasn't been twiddling his thumbs lately.

La Cate is in full force now! Get those afterglow Oscar nods, bitch! Love it!

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeleh

I was just in Cincy. They are to begin filming at 3 o clock today at an old abandoned hotel.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTyler neff

Woohoo....can't wait for this movie to be released...Todd Haynes is a wonderment. I remember watching Far From Heaven and feeling moved by every frame of his direction/storytelling. And yes, there's Cate whom I love to bits! I agree with some of the people on this site...we can all admire Meryl and Cate in the same breath. Who knows, one day they may just act together in the same movie or stage production...

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJsns

I really hope Sarah Paulson has a juicy role and can get some award traction for this. I just love her.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

I could not be more excited for this film! Todd Haynes has never let me down. Personally I'm a huge fan of "I'm Not There". It really benefitted from further dissection via repeat viewings.

And I love any opportunity to whip out a reference to the BEST MOMENT from "Notes on a Scandal", with Cate's freakout for the press. It's a moment that can only be matched by a another that is mere moments before it, "Do you want to fuck me Barbara?!".

yes I have a love of "Notes on a Scandal"....

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZacary

this is happening in my hometown while i'm here on spring break and i couldn't be more excited about it!!!!!111

March 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterolivia.

I'm of course madly excited about this. But I do need Rooney Mara to stop being in all these movies.

March 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergoran

@ goran

"to stop being in all" what "movies" ?

-> post her breakthrough "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011)

she has been in ZERO films in 2012
and in 3 films in 2013

It's always good to be a bit realistic.

P.S. Cate Blanchett was born to play a character in the 1950s, wasn't she? She looks stunningly fierce here and the pic's not even professional.

March 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

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