Cate Blanchett Will Spoof Marina Abramovic in ‘Documentary Now’ Season 3


Cate Blanchett will appear in the upcoming third season of the mockumentary series Documentary Now on IFC.

Blanchett will portray a parody version of performance artist Marina Abramovic in an adaptation of the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival audience-award-winning documentary, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present. The film documented Abramovic’s famous MoMA retrospective, where she sat and made eye contact with each individual attendee.

The parody episode, titled “Waiting For The Artist,” will see Blanchett joined by Izabella Barta and Fred Armisen as fellow known names in the art world. The show is hosted by fellow Oscar-winner Helen Mirren.

The series, created by SNL’s Armisen and Bill Hader, spoofs a different famous documentary each episode: past films parodied have included Grey Gardens and VICE News docs. Seth Meyers also helped create the show, which is directed by Rhys Thomas and executive produced by Lorne Michaels.

Documentary Now returns to IFC on February 20.

Cate Blanchett Takes on Pirandello

image Vezzoli, above, with his take on Suddenly, Last Summer.

Performance artist Francesco Vezzoli is best known for his fake videos, high concept lampoons that make YouTube send-ups look like, well, this. His re-imagining of Caligula at last year’s Whitney Biennial, Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal’s “Caligula,” featured Gore Vidal, Helen Mirren, and Courtney Love, among others (including himself as emperor, in a costume designed by Donatella Versace).

He’s found friendly pocketbooks from the likes of Gucci’s (and Salma Hayek‘s) Fran����ois-Henri Pinault and Miuccia Prada. During this year’s Performa 07, at the Guggenheim, Vezzoli was commissioned to stage Luigi Pirandello‘s existential head-scratcher Right You Are (If You Think You Are), starring Cate Blanchett, David Strathairn, and Natalie Portman. So, what’s next for the impish Italian? We’re thinking Six Characters in Search of an Author starring the cast of “Friends.” ��������N.H.

Photo courtesy Patrick McMullan Company.