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Cate Blanchett: Dame Edna Joins 'The Hobbit'

Cate Blanchett attends a performance of the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness at the Wharf on Wednesday (June 22) in Sydney, Australia.

The 42-year-old actress will be joined in the highly anticipated films The Hobbit by Barry Humphries, most famous for his alter-ego Dame Edna!

Barry “will be portraying the Goblin King, in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum,” director Peter Jackson wrote on Facebook. “We’re looking forward to seeing him invest the Goblin King with the delicate sensitivity and emotional depth this character deserves.”

Evangeline Lilly was also recently added to the cast.

FYI: Cate is wearing a Romance Is Born top, Givenchy jacket, a Herve Van Der Stratten necklace, and Vivier shoes.

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Cate Blanchett: 'Hanna' Premiere In Sydney

Cate Blanchett arrives in a Giorgio Armani suit at the Sydney Film Festival screening of Hanna on Wednesday (June 8) in Sydney, Australia.

The 41-year-old Aussie actress’ film kicked off opening night of the 12-day film festival. Hanna tells the story of a young girl who is trained as an assassin from birth, while Cate plays a corrupt CIA agent whose mission is to destroy Hanna.

Cate is rumored to have purchased a property in Vanuatu recently, one of the countries hardest hit by global warming, but has yet to build on the property.

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Cate Blanchett: Romance Was Born

Cate Blanchett watches the Romance Was Born catwalk show during their Spring/Summer 2011/12 collection launch at the State Library Of New South Wales on Sunday (May 1) in Sydney, Australia.

The 41-year-old Aussie actress will reportedly join Fox’s Family Guy for an episode next spring. Her episode will air in spring 2012.

In February, she will begin work on Peter Jackon‘s The Hobbit. Broadway veteran Lee Pace was recently announced as an addition to the cast of the film which already includes Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett in the upcoming big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel.

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Cate Blanchett Launches Oasis: Homeless Short Film Competition

Cate Blanchett launches THE OASIS: Homeless Short Film Competition at the Oasis Youth Support Network on Wednesday (April 6) in Sydney, Australia.

THE OASIS is a national competition with $25,000 prize money for secondary school students to raise awareness about homelessness in the Australian community, and was launched by the 41-year-old actress, the Competition’s Patron.

“The arts, including film and theatre, have an exceptional capacity to tell stories that raise awareness about important social issues and create change in our community,” Cate said. “THE OASIS: Homeless Short Film Competition is important because it actively engages school students in understanding and highlighting the issues of youth homelessness, encouraging them to focus on young people less fortunate than themselves.”

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Saoirse Ronan: 'Hanna' Stills!

Check out these stills from Saoirse Ronan‘s new action thriller, Hanna!

The 16-year-old Irish actress stars as the title character, a bright, inquisitive, and devoted daughter who has the strength, stamina, and smarts of a soldier.

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Her widowed father Erik (Eric Bana) trains her to be the perfect assassin and is dispatched on a mission across Europe.

Before she’s able to reunite with her dad, she’s captured by agents dispatched by intelligence agent Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett) who has secret ties to both Hanna and Erik.

The Joe Wright-directed flick hits theaters April 8!

15+ pictures inside of Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett in Hanna
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Cate Blanchett: City Talk 2011 with Andrew Upton!

Cate Blanchett is red hot as she speaks during City Talk 2011 at Sydney Town Hall on Tuesday (March 8) in Sydney, Australia.

The 41-year-old Aussie actress was joined by her husband and co-artistic director, Andrew Upton, and Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney!

The trio shared their thoughts on fostering a green and vibrant culture precinct at Walsh Bay.

FYI: Cate‘s play, Uncle Vanya, which was adapted by Andrew, will be coming to Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center August 4-24!

10+ pictures inside of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton at City Talk 2011…

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James Franco, Cate Blanchett Exit 'While We're Young' - EXCLUSIVE

James Franco has dropped out of the upcoming film While We’re Young, JustJared.com has exclusively learned.

The 32-year-old actor was set to star in the Noah Baumbach-directed drama about an uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife who loosen up a bit after befriending a free-spirited younger couple.

Sources tell Just Jared filming was set to begin in mid-June in NYC but James had a schedule conflict with his other film, Oz: The Great and Powerful, in which he plays the title character.

Cate Blanchett has also pulled out from While We’re Young after James‘ departure, though Ben Stiller is still attached to the project.

With two of the most celebrated actors leaving, will Focus Features continue with the film? Stay tuned!

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