Daily Archives: July 19, 2012

Uncle Vanya Cast Arrive in NYC; The Hobbit at SDCC

Note: This is an archived entry that’s over two years old. While I have ensured that all photos are restored, some links may no longer work. If you encounter any dead links, let me know and I’ll try to find a copy of the material.

Yes, tonight is the premiere of Sydney Theatre Company’s Uncle Vanya in New York. And the cast posed for a series of publicity photos last night!

L to R: Hugo Weaving, Richard Roxburgh, Cate Blanchett, Sandy Gore, John Bell, Jacki Weaver, Andrew Tighe, Hayley McElhinney and Anthony Phelan Source (all photos): Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America


WireImage photos: by Jamie McCarthy (found a few in smaller but unmarked versions too; adding both)






WireImage/ Jamie McCarthy

Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America
All photos taken at Lincoln Center’s City Center Theater, New York on July 18. Thanks also to my Twitter pals Italglish and Yvette for photo hunt assistance. 😉 (Note: These are the Zimbio versions of the Getty pics. Zimbio is well known in fan circles as a tidy work-around if you want to avoid Getty watermarks, but they don’t (yet) have the WireImage photos. I did try to embed the pics the way Zimbio did (ie so you can click on pics to see largest version) but obviously that didn’t “take”, so I’m revising to use the big versions. Sorry for the “technical difficultues”– been a crazy day. I’m glad so many of you are eagerly following this play. I did find some unwatermarked WireImage pics at MSN.com (they’re included here), however, and will keep updating to include/link to the best versions of all images.)

UPDATE: Larger versions of the Getty pics can be viewed at Just Jared.

Cate Blanchett gave an extended interview promoting the production and discussing her career and future plans to the LA Times on July 14 en route to New York; no updates on the proposed production of Waiting for Godot (possibly starring Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburg next year) but she said the following about Vanya: “[Yelena, her character] isn’t even onstage all that much. The role is always the last point of attraction. It’s the collaboration that’s the real enticement…  “If you only exercise your soloist muscles, the other muscles quickly atrophy.”

“What Tamas [Ascher, the director] is able to find in Chekhov is the Chaplinesque quality, the melancholy of the clown,” says [Andrew] Upton. “There are indeed moments that you would call slapstick. Astrov, who’s played by Hugo Weaving, falls out of a window. Cate’s character falls through a door that opens behind her. But they’re not gratuitous moments. They occur at points when everything is getting a little mad and silly because of the growing passions between people that are unexpressed.”

UPDATE: There’s a new Cate Blanchett interview, emphasizing her theatrical career, over at Playbill.com; it misrepresents Hugo Weaving somewhat (not Cate, the interviewer) but we’re used to that from the entertainment press. In fact, Hugo’s career has been as expansive and diverse as Cate’s, with Hollywood villain roles a small minority of his work. And please, can any American writer figure out that Richard Roxburgh has delivered a huge volume of excellent performances since his rather one-note role in Moulin Rouge? 😉 But as always, Cate has a lot of interesting observations: “You never really give it up [working for the STC], of course…I’ll continue to act for the company. In fact, we just set our final season [as artistic directors], and I’m going to be in one of the plays. I’ve been working with these actors so long there they’re all like family now.”

The Sydney Theatre Company blog recently posted two entries in honor of the production: one featuring a series of historical, scholarly appraisals of the play, the other saluting STC’s history of touring overseas. (They mention 2006’s Hedda Gabler at BAM, which costarred Weaving and Blanchett, as well as Blanchett’s star turn in A Streetcar Named Desire in 2009… but alas, no photos of Hugo Weaving’s first theatrical role on US soil, a production of The Perfectionist (by David Williamson) that played the Spoleto Festival back in 1984. (They do mention the production, to be fair.) 😉

Most of you probably already know there was a bit of hubbub surrounding The Hobbit at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego last week; if so, you’ve also already checked out TheOneRing.Net‘s wall-to-wall coverage. Hugo didn’t attend (and wasn’t in the US until a few days ago) but Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood and of course Peter Jackson were on hand to showcase some new footage (none of which managed to make it to the web, alas) and discuss the film with fans and the press. There was apparently a tiny bit of Elrond footage in the new segments shown.  The busy and meticulous folks at TORN have collected and synthesized links to all the tremendous amount of coverage online– far better than I could. Den of Geek did post the full Hall H panel in HD if you’re just after a quick overview. Peter Jackson made some ambiguous comments about wanting to shoot (even) more footage, which fans are taking to mean everything from Expanded Edition versions of the two planned films to turning The Hobbit into a trilogy. I’m more inclined to believe the former… but we’ll have to wait and see. 😉 When asked if he planned to adapt The Silmarillion (which traces the history of Middle Earth’s Elves, including Elrond’s background), Jackson quipped “I think the chances of me living past 100 are slim,” and added he doesn’t own the rights. If you want the recently-debuted new still of Elrond in HD (from the Entertainment Weekly set) in HD, go here. If you want the set in even Higher Def, go here. 😉 Plus, we’re promised a new, possibly final Production Video from PJ soon. No word on whether it will include Hugo’s recent stop in New Zealand for post-production work.

Uncle Vanya news, reviews and photos should be coming in later tonight and through the week… I’ll update as often as my schedule will permit, and hope I’m able to see some of you in New York. 🙂