Speakeasy‘s Christoper John Farley saw Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine (Sony Classics, 7.26) last night, and he’s reporting that Cate Blanchett is more or less playing Ruth Madoff (or…you know, a Ruth Madoff-y character) and that her performance “will likely generate early Oscar buzz.” And that Alec Baldwin (also strong) is the Bernie-like figure, doing time for crooked financial shenanigans and leaving Blanchett to deal with the economic & emotional backwash. Pic also stars Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins and Peter Sarsgaard.

I hate, hate, hate that I can’t insert URL embed codes, or that I haven’t been able to do so recently and throughout most of the Cannes Film Festival. Effing crap WordPress. Here’s the Speakeasy story URL: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/05/30/woody-allen-takes-on-the-madoff-scandal-in-new-movie/?mod=wsj_valettop_email.