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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 Covers Violet Book (October 2018)

Rachel Covers Violet Book (October 2018)

Rachel is gracing another cover to promote the upcoming release of “Disobedience“, which will be released in cinemas tomorrow in the UK. Rachel is on the cover of the current issue of Violet Book magazine which is currently on newsstands. She is interviewed by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, the screenwriter of the movie. It’s a really nice and in-depth interview which you can find our press archives. We have added the scans and photoshoot outtakes in our gallery.


On what drew her to ‘Disobedience’: “I felt that way about all the characters and I think that’s what I was drawn to initially, was this script, where every character had their own really rich and complete arch and no one was using the other person just to surface the story, you know, and everyone was on a really interesting journey. It didn’t feel like anyone was pushed to the side, and even Dovid [played by Alessandro Nivola], the cuckold—you know, he wasn’t just a device, he was a real person.”

On not wanting to direct: “Especially in film, like I said, without the rehearsal, and it’s just like, all the stars have to be aligned. Sometimes I’m just amazed that movies get made, I’m amazed that they come together, there’s so many moving parts, and I do think a director often is… I would never want to direct because I’m terrible at decision making. I can’t make snap decisions, I have to really think things through and sort of waffle back and forth and play devil’s advocate and be my own worst enemy and then I come back around and— Anyway, it’s exhausting […] But I could never be a director because it’s just constantly having to make decisions, and sometimes I’ve talked to directors and they’re like, ‘You almost just fake it ’til you make it’, and so I think there’s no much on a director’s plate. I’m kind of a pest [laughs]. But that’s just my process.”

On how ‘Mean Girls’ influenced her future project choices: “I think that’s when I first started to think, like, oh, use your voice as best you can, and then, at the same time, just show a variety of people. I think that goes to show a diverse swath of characters and that women can be all kinds of things. They can be strong in one moment and weak in another, and it’s not over, you know—weakness is suggestive, and so not just get into playing the idea of the strong woman, which is quite limiting.”

On #MeToo “Yeah, how do we not swing so far the other way? With #MeToo and everything I feel like it’s been amazing. There’s a revolution happening, and just in my industry, all the older, seasoned actresses are looking back and thinking, ‘Oh yeah, we did this as well in the 60s and 70s and now it just came back around again.’ And is this just a reincarnation of it or is there real change happening? I feel like there’s real change happening. But I suppose the danger is, I don’t know, you swing so far one way and then, you know, it’s like with American politics [laughs], you wind up in this echo chamber. And then the other group suddenly feels marginalised and like they’re losing their power and start to rise up and it’s like, how do we find that middle ground where everyone feels heard and everyone feels human and everyone has compassion for all people. But I also think you kinda have to fight hard and use your anger to get anywhere.”


Rachel Covers The Sunday Times Style (November 25)

Rachel Covers The Sunday Times Style (November 25)

Rachel graced the cover of this past weekend’s issue of The Sunday Times’ (UK) Style Magazine to promote the upcoming release of “Disobedience” in the UK. We have added the (digital) scans in our gallery as well as the photoshoot outtakes. The interview can be found in our press archives and excerpts can be found below. “Disobedience” will be out in cinemas on November 30 in the UK.


On her breakout year: “Timing is such a funny thing. They were very different roles and genres, which allowed me more choice.”

On motherhood: “It’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me, hands down. [People say] your life is not your own any more. But I had 39 years of me, I was sick of me, I was so happy to put the focus on some other person. I waited a long time [for motherhood].”

On the theme of ‘Disobedience’: “It’s so tragic to think that, of all the problems in this world, we make it an issue who you want to love. It drives me nuts.”

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Good Morning America

Rachel made an appearance on Good Morning America earlier this week to promote “Doctor Strange” alongside her lovely co-star Tilda Swinton. We have added the interview in our video archive and screencaptures in our gallery. The interview was prerecorded when the cast was in Los Angeles earlier this month.



CP24 Breakfast

CP24 Breakfast

Rachel stopped by CP24 Breakfast morning show yesterday in Toronto to promote “Doctor Strange“. She looked lovely in a white and black dress. We have added the interview in our video archive and the official stills and screencaptures can be found in our gallery. Rachel talked about the movie, Toronto and more. The movie will be released next week, on November 4th in Canada.



2016 Magazine Scans Update

Rachel has been busy with promoting “Spotlight” during award season and we are unable to catch up on recent magazine scans, until now. We have added the (digital) magazine scans of (international) magazines in our gallery, including great interviews with Hello! Canada – her first exclusive post-Oscar nomination interview – and Hello! Magazine UK. The transcripts of the interview have been added in our press archive.

On selecting projects: “Oh, it sort of seems to change with every project, but I just always look for something that’s going to challenge me, some uncharted territory. A director who’s passionate, good storytelling — those are usually at the top of the list and then I go from there.”

On Doctor Strange: “I’m afraid someone from Marvel will jump out of a hidden closet to stop me talking! I’m playing a doctor and I don’t actually know how much I can say, to be honest. But most of my stuff is with Benedict [Cumberbatch], which is great for me.”

On Sacha Pfeiffer: “She’s just an incredibly awesome person. She works so hard and really cares about telling the story right, no matter what it takes. I feel very privileged to play her.”

Next up are the Satellite Awards on Sunday (February 21). Rachel is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in “Spotlight” and the cast is expected to receive the Ensemble: Motion Picture Award. It’s not yet announced if Rachel will attend the ceremony.


People Magazine: Amazing Women Of Oscar

People Magazine: Amazing Women Of Oscar

Rachel is featured in the current issue of People Magazine (February 22, with Ryan Reynolds on the cover) as part of their The Amazing Women Of Oscar feature alongside fellow Academy Award nominees Brie Larson, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alicia Vikander. Each nominee was able to ask a fellow nominee a question. Rachel answered a question from Jennifer Jason Leigh and was able to ask Alicia Vikander a question (‘How do you stay focused when you have a big scene coming up?’). We have added the magazine scans, photoshoot outtakes and high definition screencaptures in our gallery. The interview can be found in our press archive.

On how she wants to be remembered: “I would like to be remembered for kindness.”

On how she finds the emotional core of a character: “When I feel lost, I try to remind myself that’s a good thing. Often when I’ve been lost in the past, some of my most interesting work happens”
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The magazine is on (digital) newsstands right now, so be sure to pick up your own copy!


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