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Its been quite a year for Cate Blanchett (pictured right, courtesy Marion Curtis/StarPix), she is starring in three big fall films this year, “Babel” (in theaters now), “The Good German” (opening next week), and “Notes on a Scandal” (coming later this month). I saw the film on Sunday night at a special Fox Searchlight screening organized by Peggy Siegal.

“Notes on a Scandal” is a surprisingly intense thriller with winning performances from Blanchett and Judi Dench, whose characters develop a dark, co-dependent relationship in the film. During the post-screening dinner at Osteria del Circo, Siegal led Blanchett around the room for a meet and greet. She had missed the showing due to a “Babel” Q & A across town, but at Circo, she hyped “Scandal.”

By the time she got to our table, she admitted that she was tired of talking about herself, but Blanchett did offer sincere thanks for taking the time to watch what she called her, “vampiric lesbian film.” She also offered a bit of insight into “I’m Not There,” the new Todd Haynes film in which she is one of many actors to portray Bob Dylan. Also coming up for Blanchett is her return to the role of Queen Elizabeth in Shekhar Kapur‘s “Golden Age” and David Fincher‘s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

More on Cate, the Observer offered a profile in an interview this past weekend….

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