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'Blue Jasmine' and Woody Allen were irresistible to Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett glances around at the early evening crowd seated at the Beverly Hills Hotel's Polo Lounge, a mix of well-heeled regulars, rubbernecking out-of-towners and McCarthy salad devotees. The laid-back vibe doesn't quite jibe with Manhattan's Upper East Side, whose shops, cafes and restaurants Blanchett haunted last summer, people-watching to prepare for her role as Jasmine, the fallen New York socialite, in Woody Allen's latest movie, "Blue Jasmine." But it's close enough for Blanchett to note a certain similarity.
By Glenn Whipp
November 7, 2013