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Keira Knightley Makes West End Debut Dec. 5 in a Misanthrope Set in Modern London
posted on 2009 Dec 07
Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley makes her West End debut in a playwright Martin Crimp's new version of Moliere's The Misanthrope, beginning performances at the Comedy Theatre Dec. 5, prior to an official opening Dec. 17.

The cast also includes Damian Lewis, Tara Fitzgerald, Dominic Rowan, Tim McMullan, Chuk Iwuji, Kelly Price and Nicholas Le Prevost. The production is directed by Thea Sharrock, designed by Hildegard Bechtler, with costumes by Amy Roberts, lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. It is produced by Howard Panter and Tali Perlman for the Ambassador Theatre Group, Sweet Pea Productions and Tulchin/Bartner Productions.

The play is currently booking through March 13, 2010.

Crimp's version of Moliere's play, which transports the action from 17th-century Paris to modern-day London, was first staged at the Young Vic in 1996. In this version, Alceste (Lewis) is a famous British playwright disillusioned and angry with the hypocrisy, shallowness and vanity of the contemporary world. Vowing to reject society, Alceste's plans are derailed when he falls madly in love with Jennifer (Knightley). An ambitious American film star and darling of the social scene, she may prove to be his biggest challenge yet.

Knightley is best known for her film appearances in "Bend It Like Beckham," "Atonement" with James McAvoy, "The Duchess," "The Edge Of Love" with Sienna Miller, "Domino," "The Jacket," "Pride And Prejudice" (for which she was Oscar-nominated) and as the feisty Elizabeth Swann in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. She has recently completed filming on the movies "Never Let Me Go" and "London Boulevard," both due for release later this year. Her television credits include the critically acclaimed remake of "Doctor Zhivago," "Oliver" and "Coming Home." The daughter of two established British theatre practitioners playwright Sharman Macdonald and stage and TV actor Will Knightley she is partnered to Rupert Friend, who will also be appearing on the London stage this season in the British premiere of The Little Dog Laughed, beginning performances at the Garrick Theatre Jan. 8, 2010, prior to an official opening Jan. 20, for a season that is booking through April 10, 2010.
Keira Knightley's romance woe
posted on 2009 Dec 07
Keira Knightley has hinted that she and boyfriend Rupert Friend - who she has been dating for four years - are having relationship problems.

Keira Knightley has hinted her relationship with Rupert Friend is on the rocks.

The British actress - who is currently starring in the West End show 'The Misanthrope' where she portrays 22-year-old movie star Jennifer - has spoken about the similarities between her and her sexy on-stage persona, admitting they both have love life "problems".

She said: "Do I recognise being an extremely well-known young actress? Yes. And she's in the middle of a world full of people who are quite a bit older than her. She's having a problem with her boyfriend. No comment."

The 24-year-old beauty - who has been dating Rupert, 28, since 2005 when they met on the set of 'Pride and Prejudice'- also admitted she doesn't view fame in a positive way because the definition has changed so much.

She explained: "If I'd thought about what fame meant when I was younger, it probably would have been for your name to be respected for something you do well. I don't know that that is any longer what fame means. I don't see it in its modern-day connotations as a particularly positive thing."
Keira Knightley beats Scarlett Johansson to be My Fair Lady
posted on 2009 Oct 24
Keira Knightley may not yet have won any awards for her acting, but she has become the victor in a battle close to her heart. Mandrake hears that the 24-year-old actress has beaten Scarlett Johansson to the part of Eliza Doolittle in a new film adaptation of My Fair Lady.

Her victory comes as I can disclose that Joe Wright, who inspired Knightley to her best performance, in Pride and Prejudice, has been chosen to direct the film.
"Joe and Keira are looking forward to working together again immensely," says a friend of the 37-year-old director.

In August, I reported that Knightley had been forced to compete with Johansson, 24, for the role of the Cockney flower seller played by Audrey Hepburn in the 1964 film.

"I have two actresses as potential Elizas, one British, the other American," said Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who is producing the film with Duncan Kenworthy, at the time. "You'd know their names, but I'm not letting on."

Last week, Kenworthy said: "I think Keira would be absolutely fabulous in it." Emma Thompson is writing the script for the film, for which Daniel Craig has been mooted as a possible Professor Henry Higgins.

After I disclosed in 2006 that Knightley was being lined up for the part by Sir Cameron, she confirmed last year that she had auditioned and begun singing lessons.

Wright had been due to direct Indian Summer, a film about the relationship between Countess Mountbatten of Burma and Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, but he has been forced to abandon it after nine months' work. The Indian government had expressed concern about its portrayal of the alleged love affair.
Filming Begins on Never Let Me Go
posted on 2009 Apr 16
Principle photography is now underway in the UK on the dramatic film Never Let Me Go adapted by Alex Garland from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Nathalie Richard and Andrea Riseborough are starring in the film with music video veteran Mark Romanek (director of One Hour Photo) at the helm. DNA Films, Fox Searchlight and Film4 are working together on the project and announced the start of production with a joint press release. In the statement Romanek said of Never Let Me Go: "From the moment I finished the novel, it became my dream to film it. Ishiguro's conception is so daring - so eerie and beautiful. Alex Garland's adaptation is sensitive and precise. The cast is perfect. The crew, superb."

The Official Never Let Me Go Synopsis
As children, Ruth (Keira Knightley), Kathy (Carey Mulligan) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield), spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.
Keira Knightley: "I hate the internet"
posted on 2009 Apr 14
‘The Duchess' actress is disgusted by social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and can't stand people who are always checking their email.

Keira said: "I hate the internet. I find it dehumanising to constantly check emails or social sites which have become so fashionable."

The 24-year-old actress also refuses to Google herself so she can't get upset by criticism.

The star relies on her actress friend Sienna Miller - who she met on the set of Dylan Thomas biopic 'The Edge of Love' - to stop her searching for her name on the web.

Sienna, 27, recently explained: "We keep ourselves afloat if things happen in the media that are hard to deal with, or the awful temptation to Google yourself comes up, and just being mortified about what people write about you. She'll phone me up and say, 'I'm thinking about doing it,' and I'm like, 'I am too... don't do it, don't do it!' And we'll kind of talk each other out of it. But it's hard sometimes to not want to know what people are saying behind your back."

Keira - who has admitted her guilty pleasures are British TV soap ‘Emmerdale' and US medical drama ‘Nip/Tuck' - has also denied she has any tendencies to act like a diva.

She said: "I am not a celebrity. I don't go home or out with my friends saying, ‘I'm a celebrity, and I don't ask to be treated like a queen. My parents would not like that."
Ray Winstone and Keira Knightley to play lovers
posted on 2009 Apr 14
Ray Winstone and Keira Knightley are set to play unlikely lovers in a new gangster movie. The pair has signed to star alongside Colin Farrell and Anna Friel in London Boulevard, The Departed screenwriter William Monahan's directorial debut.

Winstone will play a criminal who is released from prison and becomes romantically involved with a reclusive actress, played by Knightley.

It's not the first time the British pair has shared the big screen, they were co-stars in 2004 film King Arthur. The new movie will begin shooting in the British capital this summer.
Keira Knightley stars in ad campaign against domestic violence
posted on 2009 Apr 03
Keira Knightley is shown suffering a shocking assault in a new TV and cinema ad campaign about domestic violence for the charity Women's Aid.

Keira Knightley, rarely seen on- or off-screen as anything other than polished and glamorous, is attacked by her partner in the disturbing two-minute commercial, made by Joe Wright, who directed the star in the films Atonement and Pride and Prejudice.

"I wanted to take part in this advert for Women's Aid because while domestic violence exists in every section of society we rarely hear about it," said Knightley. "Domestic violence affects one in four women at some point in their lifetime and kills two women every week."

The extended ad, which will debut on 6 April in 15-plus films in cinemas nationwide, opens with Keira Knightley heading home from a long day of filming. When she gets home she is assaulted, verbally and physically, by her partner, who accuses her of having a relationship with a co-star.

The commercial, made by ad agency Grey London, pans out to show that the scene is in fact occurring on a film set but with no one else around. The ad ends with Keira Knightley screaming and the strapline: "Isn't it time someone called cut?"

Keira Knightley and Wright, who also directed the actor in a glamorous commercial for Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, have donated their time to make the commercial for free.

The campaign, which also includes poster ads, will run on TV. However, Grey London is still in negotiations with Clearcast, the body that clears ads for broadcast, over editing and any transmission restrictions that will apply to the commercial. Grey London is aiming to keep the graphic images of the beating in the TV campaign, which will break in mid-April, to maintain the impact of the message.

In 2007, the agency created a shocking and much-publicised press and poster campaign for Women's Aid featuring celebrities including Jemma Kidd, Fiona Bruce and Anna Friel made-up to look as if their faces were covered in bruises from domestic violence.
Keira's playing the fame game
posted on 2009 Mar 20
Keira Knightley will soon be plastered across London - on bus shelters, billboards and even on the sides of buses.
Her face will be covered in Kabuki white make-up and she'll be flogging vodka. Another campaign will see her selling perfume.

It's all for a new movie she starts filming this summer, London Boulevard, in which she plays a famous actress who has withdrawn from the public eye after separating from her husband, a peer.
Keira will shoot the photographs for the fake hoardings before William Monahan starts directing the picture, which he also adapted from Ken Bruen's novel.
Keira's character, who is not named (she's just referred to as 'the actress') hides away in a Holland Park mansion with her so-called business manager and drug supplier Jordan.

David Thewlis, who plays Professor Lupin in the Harry Potter movies and was in the much under-rated The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, was in final negotiations last night to play that role.
Colin Farrell has already been cast as Mitchell, an ex-jailbird with a reputation as a hard man, who finds himself in the same orbit as 'the actress' and Jordan.
The novel had a sense of Sunset Boulevard about it, but Monahan's version has more of an echo of Performance. There are certainly a few psychotic gangsters in London Boulevard who get involved in some nasty punch-ups and shootings.
Some of the 'bad' guys include the paparazzi who stalk 'the actress' in the most hideous manner, a situation Keira's not altogether unfamiliar with.
Monahan and the film's backer, Graham King, won Oscars for The Departed.

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