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Rachel presents ‘Are you There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ at the 2022 CinemaCon + receives the Vanguard Award

Rachel presents ‘Are you There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ at the 2022 CinemaCon + receives the Vanguard Award

The 2022 CinemaCon was held this week, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. Rachel was in attendance, making it her first public appearance since before the Covid-19 pandemic! She started the day by speaking about her upcoming movie “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” with her co-star Abby Ryder Fortson during Lionsgate exclusive presentation at the Caesars Palace. According to a Deadline exclusive, the trailer preview drew great laughs from exhibitors. Ahead of the film trailer being shown, Rachel and Abby presented a montage of pop culture references to the enduring book, from TV talk shows to mainstream movies and everything in between. The trailer closes out with the classic mantra, “We must, we must, we must increase our busts.”

Later in the evening, Rachel was back at the red carpet for the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards where she was honored with the the Vanguard Award. You can read a great little piece from ET Canada who interviewed Rachel about the 20th anniversary of her Hollywood debut at the event below!

Thanks to my kind friend Emily, we have more than 300 high quality photos of Rachel at the CinemaCon! I love how different her outfits were at the two different events, and the close-ups from the Big Screen Achievement Awards are truly stunning. Have fun browsing all the new additions – we sure have missed seeing Rachel on the red carpet!

Rachel McAdams is looking back at her impressive career after being honored with the Vanguard Award at CinemaCon on Thursday.

The Oscar-nominated actress was at the annual event, held at Caesars Palace Colosseum Theatre in Las Vegas, to promote her upcoming film Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and received the trophy during the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards. Speaking with ET’s Kevin Frazier, McAdams joked that the honor “is making me feel old!”

“Do I have that much to celebrate? It’s added up, and I didn’t realize it,” McAdams said. This year marks the 20th anniversary of her mainstream Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick, and over the past two decades she’s racked up an impressive collection of beloved roles and accolades. But it’s also gone by fast for the celebrated star.

“I mean, in some ways I feel like I’ve just started, so it’s just funny to hear that,” she said of the milestone. “In other ways, I just feel lucky I’ve been able to do it this long. So, it’s great.”

“I don’t think I’ve taken the time to really think about it, I was just like, ‘You’re gonna give me an award? I’ll show up. Sure!'” McAdams added with a laugh.

This year’s CinemaCon is particularly special for so many of those involved, as it comes amid a gradual return to theaters for many moviegoers after nearly two years of lockdowns and restrictions due to the pandemic.

“It’s such a beautiful moment to be a part. I was enjoying it just from my local movie theater last weekend. I was like, watching a comedy, but crying from happiness just sitting in that seat,” McAdams shared. “So, then to be here, for this event, for people that have persevered through this and are still passionate about bringing movies and the community of watching movies together, back — it’s emotional.”

McAdams actually has two films coming out this year, starting with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which hits theaters May 6, and then Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, which comes out Sept. 16.

‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ Star Rachel McAdams Says Classic Story Remains Relevant and Funny

We finally have a new Rachel interview, in which she discusses her upcoming film ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’! As the article states, Rachel will be honoured with the CinemaCon’s Vanguard Award today, so make sure to return tomorrow for full coverage from the event. We’ve already shared a first look over at our twitter account, and we recommend following us there for live updates!

The Hollywood Reporter | “Judy Blume had never found the team that she wanted to take this project on. And, 50 years later, she felt ready,” says McAdams, who will be receiving CinemaCon’s Vanguard Award.

Rachel McAdams, the recipient of this year’s Vanguard Award at CinemaCon, can feel a “swell of reconnection and reuniting love for movies right now.” She adds: “Not to overstate it, but it’s kind of emotional to think about going and sitting in a movie theater full of people again.”

And McAdams will soon find herself back on the big screen for Lionsgate’s adaptation of the beloved 1970 Judy Blume novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. The Hollywood Reporter talked to the actress about returning to theaters and what Margaret meant to her, personally, and what it could mean for audiences.

The animated Peter Pan was the first film I ever saw. I remember that there were red curtains that pulled apart and the screen was revealed, and I was like, “Wait, what planet am I on?”

Did you have a personal attachment to the Judy Blume book?

I actually didn’t, but it was really nice to come to it later in life as a mom because I was playing the mother character and was viewing it through that lens. I have a daughter, so it became really powerful from that point of view. And then it also took me back to my own childhood and wishing I had discovered that book. I was really into the Fudge series when I was a little bit younger and remember thinking, like, “Oh, that is a racy book I haven’t gotten to yet.” Then I started doing theater and sports and never did get around to it. It was interesting to read it all these years later and feel how relevant it was and how funny it still is.

What drew you to Barbara, the mother character in the story?

She’s got a more supporting part in the book, and it’s a little bit more developed in the script. And I felt like Kelly [Fremon Craig, the director] drew a mother that was on a parallel journey with her daughter and trying to be a mom, but also be a person. [She] is a very supportive mother but also wants to give her child a sense of independence and autonomy and let her go through the wonders of life herself and not cloud those too much with her own ideas of how you should and should not be. It was heartbreaking to me that she worked really hard to not burden her child with her own past, yet it’s such a part of who she is. But there’s no way it wasn’t going to come up. It is just a real cacophony of honest, truthful things women and mothers experience on a whole.

Why do you think a feature film was the right way to tell this story?

There’s still something very romantic about going to the cinema and this movie has a real nostalgia to it. As much as it’s relevant to today, it’s still set in the ’70s, so it makes sense in that respect. And it is such an event, as well. Judy Blume had never found the team that she wanted to take this project on. And, 50 years later, she felt ready.

What do you hope audiences take away from this movie?

I hope there’s, above all, a feeling of togetherness and community and feeling, as women, like we’re all on the same team. That there’s nothing you can’t talk about with each other. And for men, too. Benny Safdie plays the dad in this and is just so warm, and he’s struggling with what it is to have a girl who’s changing before his very eyes. But I hope it inspires what movies are so great at, which is bringing people together and inspiring conversation, um, making these things easier to talk about. It’s amazing that 50 years later, we’re still not really cool with talking about women’s menstruation. (Laughs.) Movies are such a great way to get the ball rolling at the dinner table. I hope that it fosters conversation and a feeling of not being alone.

Rachel finish filming “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”

Yesterday, the producer of Rachel’s upcoming film “Are You There God? It’s Me, MargaretAmy Lorraine Brooks shared two cute new photos of her and Rachel on the set of the film, hashtagged #thatsawrap! The two new photos can be found in our gallery. No release information is yet available, but we will keep you posted. The film is directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, and co-stars Kathy Bates, Benny Safdie and Abby Ryder Fortson.

“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” official plot: When her family moves from the city to the suburbs, 11-year-old Margaret navigates new friends, feelings, and the beginning of adolescence.