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Cate Blanchett Named Co-Director of Sydney Theatre Company

November 9th, 2006 12:58pm EST
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett and her screenwriter husband Andrew Upton have been named as joint artistic directors of Australia's Sydney Theatre Company (STC). Blanchett started her acting career in Sydney and received much acclaim for her performances with the STC in the early 1990s.

The couple worked together on the STC production of Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabbler" in 2004.

In a statement, the couple says, "As a team we come to the role as joint artistic directors first and foremost as an actress and a playwright. Both of us are passionate about the theatrical art form in all its mad variety....
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Kevin Spacey Is Obsessed With Ping Pong

July 19th, 2006 3:24pm EDT
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey only makes one demand when he signs his film contracts - a ping-pong table on set. The actor is a table tennis fanatic and even taught acting pal Judi Dench to play the sport on the Canadian set of The Shipping News.

Spacey says, "Unlike a lot of stories that you hear about actors who demand lots of things in their contract and lots of people and chefs and all that jazz, I'm not one of those. All I want on location of a movie is a ping-pong table in my living room in the hotel. That's all I want.

"In fact, a couple of years back I went to London and Judi invited me ...
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