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Keira Knightley Returning To 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' After Ten-Year Absence


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A brand new Japanese trailer for the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie Salazar’s Revenge / Dead Men Tell No Tales has revealed Keira Knightley to be making a return to the film franchise as Elizabeth Swann, after nearly a decade’s absence.

It had originally been thought that Knightley wouldn’t be returning for the fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, having not featured in any of the Disney film series since 2007’s At World’s End.

But now, in what was presumably intended to be a well-kept secret by the studio until the film’s release next month, the 32 year old actress’s character Elizabeth looks set to be reunited with Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and son Henry (Brenton Thwaites).

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Andrew Lincoln Recreates Iconic 'Love Actually' Scene In Red Nose Day Promo


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The first teaser for the forthcoming 'Love Actually' sequel - a special short film exclusively for Comic Relief - has been launched featuring Andrew Lincoln reproducing his most iconic moment in the original movie, but this time inviting viewers to go and watch it. 

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Keira KnightleyKeira Knightley and Chiwetel Ejiofor return for 'Red Nose Day Actually'

It was the moment that all girls wished would happen to them when Mark (Lincoln) appeared at Juliet's (Keira Knightley) door to express his undying and yet unreciprocated love in the 2003 Christmas movie, but this time his all-famous placards are expressing one thing and one thing only: 'Red Nose Day Actually'.

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Collateral Beauty Review

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Dramas exploring the nature of death and the true meaning of life are always in danger of tipping over into extreme sentimentality, and this one very quickly gets bogged down in buckets of syrup. It's a slickly made movie with a first-rate cast, but occasional glimpses of gritty honesty aren't quite enough to counteract sudsy philosophising that sounds profound but is actually rather shallow.

It's set in New York, where advertising company owner Howard (Will Smith) is still lost in grief six months after the death of his 6-year-old daughter. And his business partners are worried that the company is falling apart as a result. In desperation, best pal Whit (Edward Norton), protege Claire (Kate Winslet) and rising-star Simon (Michael Pena) hire a private detective (Ann Dowd) to determine Howard's mental fitness to run the company. They also hire three actors to confront him as Love (Keira Knightley), Time (Jacob Latimore) and Death (Helen Mirren), abstract concepts he's obsessed with. But they don't know that Howard is also considering attending a grief counselling meeting run by Madeleine (Naomie Harris).

Directed with a magical sheen by David Frankel (Hope Springs) and written to within an inch of its life by Allan Loeb (The Switch), there's nothing about this film that doesn't feel contrived and controlled. In addition to their scenes with Howard, each of the three actors has an impact on the colleague who needs their specific gifts. And there are a number of revelations and twists that feel annoyingly hokey. Even so, the cast is strong enough to add moments of lightness that lift the movie briefly out of the sludge. Mirren, Knightley and Latimore have a sparky edge as the story's catalysts. While Norton, Winslet and Pena bring some raw, honest emotion to their own personal dramas.

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Keira Knightley Compares Collateral Beauty To It's A Wonderful Life


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English actress Keira Knightley spoke about her upcoming new film Collateral Beauty, which comes out in cinemas on Boxing Day.

"It reminded me of a 'It's A Wonderful Life' type film, it's got that magical element but in a world that we completely recognise," she said about its appeal.

Collateral Beauty is filmed with a star-studded ensemble cast, and Knightley remarked on what it was like to be surrounded by so many other famous names.

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Keira Knightley Was Left "Scared To Go Outside" After Stalker Ordeal


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Keira Knightley has revealed how she became scared to leave her house, because of a stalker who left letters and messages outside her London home.

In a victim impact statement read in court, the actress said she now has to leave the area in North London where she lived with her family, after Mark Revill harassed her for 12 weeks.

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Keira Knightley's Stalker Sent Her Postcards Of Cats And Meowed Through Her Letterbox


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A man fascinated by actress Keira Knightley stalked the star by sending her postcards of cats and meowing through her letterbox. The infatuated stalker even once had to be chased down the street by the Bend It Like Beckham actress' husband.

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Musician Mark Revill, 49, pleaded guilty to stalking the 31-year-old star at her home and today (Monday 21 November) appeared at Highbury Magistrates’ Court charged with one count of stalking the actress between August 1 and October 22 this year.

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Collateral Beauty Trailer


Love, time and death connect every single human being on earth, we long for love, wish we had more time and we fear death. Howard Inlet was once one of New York's most sought after advertising exec's but after suffering a great personal loss, his life has been left in ruins.

Now all his friends can do is look on and see a man who once loved life now living each day wishing the end would come. To help deal with his grief, Howard writes letters to 'time', 'love' and 'death' in the hope that he'll eventually understand why he has lost so much. With a little help from his friends, Howard finds himself actually receiving answers to some of the questions he asks in his letters and hopefully finds a way to live beyond just existing.

Collateral Beauty is directed by David Frankel with a screenplay written by Allan Loeb.

Keira Knightley Now Wears Wigs In Films After Dye Made Her Hair Fall Out


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Keira Knightley has revealed she’s been wearing wigs in films for the past five years so she no longer has to dye her hair. The 31-year-old said that throughout her career her hair has been dyed every colour, causing it to eventually start falling out.

Keira KnightleyKeira Knightley has been wearing wigs in films for five years now

“I have dyed my hair virtually every colour imaginable for different films,’ she told InStyle magazine. “It got so bad that my hair literally began to fall out of my head! So for the past five years I’ve used wigs, which is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to my hair.”

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Director John Carney Publicly Apologises For Bashing Keira Knightley's Work On 'Begin Again'


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Disgraced director John Carney has issued a public apology to his movie's star Keira Knightley after 'I'll never make a film with supermodels again' tirade in which he slammed the A-list actress for her work on his film 'Begin Again'. He calls his unfair comments 'arrogant and disrespectful'.

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As one can imagine, a director slamming an actress he's worked with can hardly have a positive effect on said actress' career when it comes to finding future movie roles, but at least now John Carney has seen the error of his ways and apologised 'publicly and unreservedly' for his misguided comments.

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Celebrities Including Benedict Cumberbatch And Keira Knightley Sign Pro-E.U. Letter


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Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law and Keira Knightley are among nearly 300 celebrities and figures from the world of arts and entertainment to put their names to a letter urging Britain to remain within the European Union ahead of next month’s referendum.

The letter states that funding from the E.U. has been vital in supporting all manner of arts projects, both within Britain and on collaborations between European countries. It also estimates that cultural exports from Britain to the rest of the world are worth £18 billion, and that the cultural sector employs 1.8 million people whose positions would be put at risk by a vote to leave.

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Andrew Lincoln Thinks His Love Actually Character Was A Bit Of A 'Stalker'


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Love Actually is considered one of the most romantic films of all time and the scene where Andrew Lincoln’s character confesses his love for Keira Knightley is one of the movie’s most memorable moments. But 12 years on, Lincoln might just have said what we’ve all been secretly thinking, that his character is actually a bit of a stalker.

Andrew LincolnEven Andrew Lincoln thinks his Love Actually character was a bit of a stalker.

Speaking about his character Mark, Lincoln told The Wrap: “He is a stalker. That was my question to Richard Curtis, ‘Do you not think we’re sort of borderline stalker territory here?’ And he said, ‘No, no. Not with you playing it, darling. You’ll be alright.’”

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Keira Knightley Admits She's A Spelling Error, But Who Else Has A Weirdly Spelt Name?


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Keira Knightley has always baffled the world with her first name's unique spelling, but as it turns out, rather than it being creative license on the part of her parents, it was a simple spelling mistake that less than impressed her father.

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Keira Knightley has done well despite the difficult start her name had

In an interview with Elle magazine, the 29-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star explained that she was supposed to be named after the Russian figure skater Kiera Ivanova but her mother got the spelling wrong when she went to register the birth. Apparently, this didn't go down too well with Mr Knightley.

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Keira Knightley and James Righton - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards which were held at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 25th January 2015

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Keira Knightley and James Righton - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards which were held at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 26th January 2015

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Keira Knightley - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards which were held at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 22nd January 2015

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Ido Ostrowsky, Nora Grossman, Keira Knightley, Teddy Schwarzman and Morten Tyldum - A variety of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they attended the Producers Guild of America's 26th Awards ceremony which was held at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 24th January 2015

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Ido Ostrowsky, Nora Grossman, Keira Knightley, Teddy Schwarzman and Morten Tyldum
Ido Ostrowsky, Nora Grossman, Keira Knightley, Teddy Schwarzman and Morten Tyldum
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Ido Ostrowsky, Nora Grossman, Keira Knightley, Teddy Schwarzman and Morten Tyldum

Keira Knightley - A variety of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they attended the Producers Guild of America's 26th Awards ceremony which was held at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 25th January 2015

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Keira Knightley and James Righton - A variety of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they attended the Producers Guild of America's 26th Awards ceremony which was held at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 24th January 2015

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Keira Knightley - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards which were held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 16th January 2015

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Keira Knightley and James Righton - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards which were held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 15th January 2015

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Keira Knightley and James Righton - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards which were held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 15th January 2015

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Keira Knightley and James Righton

Keira Knightley - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards which were held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 15th January 2015

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'Say When' Continues Knightley's Growth As An Actress


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Keira Knightley is having a great year, with three performances that mark a clear turn in her career. She's throwing herself into roles with a loose abandon that brings out her own sparky personality in hitherto unseen ways. After surprising everyone with her raw singing talent in 'Begin Again', she now takes on a grown-up coming-of-age role in 'Say When' (aka 'Laggies'). And her strikingly open-handed performance in 'The Imitation Game' is still to come.

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Chloë Grace Moretz appears alongside Knightley in 'Say When'

Knightley broke through with her lead role in the 2002 sleeper hit 'Bend It Like Beckham', a football movie that isn't quite as good as most people remember it being. Knightley's performance is rather stiff, but she has undeniable screen charisma, which is what landed her as the heroine in the first 'Pirates of the Caribbean' trilogy. A small role in 'Love Actually' and a strangely goth action-girl Guinevere in 2004's 'King Arthur' followed, plus the first glimpse of her acting chops in John Maybury's little-seen 'The Jacket', opposite Adrien Brody.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Speaks Out On Playing An 'English Hero' In 'The Imitation Game'


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We can't describe how much we're looking forward to war drama 'The Imitation Game', but lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch has some important words to say about playing the remarkable computer pioneer Alan Turing.

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game'

Five years ago, an official apology was finally issued by the British government regarding the appalling treatment of Alan Turing following his victory in cracking Germany's Enigma Code during World War II. On discovering that he was having a homosexual relationship, he was prosecuted by the courts and ultimately given treatment designed to reduce his ability to have sexual relationships. Now, decades on, his legacy is brought back in film, with the extraordinary Benedict Cumberbatch in the role, who's more than grateful for such an opportunity.

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A Week In Movies: Stars Turn Out In For The London Film Festival, As Films Premiere In London And New York, Wahlberg Shoots Ted 2 And Trailers Bow For American Sniper And Ouija


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The Imitation Game

The London Film Festival kicked off this week with the UK premiere of The Imitation Game, attended by stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard. It was a rainy red carpet on Leicester Square, but everyone went on to party into the night after the screening.

Photos - LFF: The Imitation Game premiere

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A Week In Movies: Guardians Holds Two Premieres, Plus First Glimpses Of Fifty Shades, The Imitation Game And Mad Max: Fury Road


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Guardians of the Galaxy

In the wake of especially strong buzz from critics who have seen the film, the cast of  assembled for their world premiere in Los Angeles this week, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker. They then dashed across to London for a Leicester Square premiere, where they were joined by Disney/Marvel colleagues Mark Hamill and Chris Hemsworth, plus Diesel's Fast & Furious costar Elsa Pataky. The film opens next week. Browse through our gallery of the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy - Los Angeles, California, USA. We also have some shots of celebrities at the 'Guardians of Galaxy' premiere in London.

Luc Besson's new action romp Lucy opens today in the US and next month in the UK. In a new short feature, Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman give a backstage look at working with Besson on the movie, including glimpses of the crew filming elaborate action scenes. The clip ends with a brief trailer for the finished film. Watch 'Lucy - Luc Besson' Featurette.

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Apes, Transformers And Dragons: But Where Are The Women In The Summer Blockbusters 2014?


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Summer has arrived (if you ignore the weekend rain) and so have some fantastic cinematic blockbusters.There’s exciting viewing for everyone: out-and-out action, talking apes on a CGI-level almost incomprehensible, tamed dragons, a cinematic experiment that took 12 years to make and a romantic comedy to satisfy your sentimental side. However, if you delve a little deeper, an inescapable fact arises and the question has to be asked: where are all the women?

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Andy Serkis in the visually phenomenal Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But the cast has very few women

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes looks epic. The story, the action and the special effects set the stage for a movie of fantastic proportions. But there are only two prominent female figures to at least 10 main male characters, both ape and human alike. In the ape world, the woman is Caesar’s wife, giving birth and feeling unwell afterwards for most of the movie. In the human world, we have one woman in a five-strong male group who are daring to enter into the carefully constructed world of the apes.

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A Week In Movies: Hudson Wows New York, Planes And Pudsey Premiere, Plus New Trailers For Cave, Knightley And Witherspoon


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Zach Braff & Kate Hudson at the Wish I Was Here premiere

A sleek and sexy Kate Hudson wowed the red carpet at the New York premiere of her new film Wish I Was Here. She was accompanied on the night by director-cowriter-star Zach Braff as well as costars Donald Faison, Ashley Greene and Joey King. The film is about a 35-year-old man trying to figure out his life, career and family. Look through the full premiere gallery here.

In Los Angeles, Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Hal Holbrook, Erik Estrada and Brad Garrett were on hand for the premiere of their new animated film Planes: Fire & Rescue, which was held to benefit the L.A. Fire Department. Also in attendance were musicians Kesha, Ludacris and country singer Brad Paisley. Watch the trailer for Planes: Fire & Rescue here.

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'Begin Again' Builds On The Magic Of 'Once'


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Dublin-born filmmaker John Carney is clearly obsessed with music, and especially its power to heal the human soul. His 2006 debut film Once is a low-key romantic odyssey set on the streets of Dublin starring then-unknown musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

They won an Oscar and a Grammy for the gorgeous main theme song Falling Slowly, then went on to win eight Tonys when Once was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2012.

More: check out our review of 'Begin Again' here

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A Week In Movies: Star Wars Cast Announced, Festivals Bring Out Stars In London And New York While Efron And Rogen Hit L.A


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Star Wars Read Through

Of course the biggest movie news this week was the official announcement that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be back for Star Wars Episode VII, along with the performers behind C-3PO, R2-D2 and Chewbacca. Newcomers to the saga include Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Max Von Sydow and Daisy Ridley. JJ Abrams starts filming this month in London. For all the cast info and to see the, now infamous, first cast reading photo for Star Wars Episode VII click here.

This past week in London, the Sundance London Film and Music Festival took place with a flurry of filmmakers and stars attending, including Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton, who were on hand to present their offbeat serial killer black comedy The Voices. Browse our arrivals gallery for 'The Voices' screening at Sundance London.

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Adam Levine - Begin Again Red Carpet Interview


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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine talks about making his acting debut in the music comedy 'Begin Again' in which he stars as an emerging musician who ditches his girlfriend in New York to pursue higher career prospects. He stars opposite Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld in the movie.

'It's surreal because I never had the hankering to be an actor and I don't even consider myself one still - maybe someday I will be', he revealed in a red carpet interview at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere. 'But this was just one of those surprises that I followed and it turned out to be one of the most fun and amazing experiences I've had in my life.'

 

Hailee Steinfeld - Begin Again Red Carpet Interview


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Hailee Steinfeld discusses filming in New York and her fellow cast in a red carpet interview during the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of her new movie 'Begin Again', in which she stars alongside Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine and Keira Knightley.

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A Week In Movies: Tribeca Brings Out Stars In New York, Jennifer Films In L.A., Kelsey Shoots In London, And New Trailers Promise Music, Thrills And More Music


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Chef Movie

The Tribeca Film Festival is underway in New York, and stars have been turning out to promote their new movies. Jon Favreau and Sofia Vergara hit the red carpet for their film Chef. Sofia Loren turned up with her filmmaker son Edoardo Ponti and other family members for the premiere of Soul Survivors. And retired boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield staged a reunion on the red carpet for the the documentary Champs. Check out the videos here Jon Favreau And Sofia Vergara Appear At The Tribeca Premiere For 'Chef'Sophia Loren Takes Her Family To The Tribeca Premiere Of Film Short 'Soul Survivors' and Mike Tyson And Evander Holyfield Pose Together At The Tribeca Premiere Of 'Champs'.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, paparazzi got more pictures of a rather rough-looking Jennifer Aniston on the set of her new movie Cake, along with costar Sam Worthington. It's about a mother who is both physically and emotionally devastated by a car crash, and gets help from an unexpected source. Take a browse through our photo gallery of Jennifer Aniston filming new movie "Cake".

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Is A "Muffled" Reboot Of Tom Clancy's CIA Hero, Say Critics


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As Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit prepares for release worldwide, the critics' reviews have been formed and filed and could determine whether many see the film or not this January. If you're a film fan who was looking forward to Kenneth Branagh's new realisation of the late Tom Clancy's CIA hero Jack Ryan, you may want to click away now because it's not too pretty.

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Chris Pine Leads As Jack Ryan In The Franchise's New Incarnation.

After Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Harrison Ford's incarnations of the young but heroic CIA agent, it's now Star Trek's Chris Pine's turn to take on the action role. Pine's Ryan starts out as a CIA office worker but is propelled into a daunting new world of special operations when he is enlisted to help thwart a major Russian terrorist plot.

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One Direction Emerge As The Richest Under-30 Celebs In Britain, As Estimated By Heat


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The five youthful members of One Direction are rich men – no surprises there. Apparently Harry, Liam, Louis, Zayn and Niall have made so much money over the course of their three years as an international pop sensation that they, as an entity, have topped Heat magazine’s list of richest British celebrities under 30. With combined earnings of £59 million, the pop heartthrobs left behind people like Daniel Radcliffe (for whom this is the first time off the throne since the list’s 2010 launch,) as well as music producer Calvin Harris, despite the DJ’s career blowing up over the past two years.

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Meet the richest young celebrities in Britain (as of this year.)

Radcliffe takes second place with £56.19 million, which is still quite a respectable figure. But the list wasn’t compiled based solely on monetary value. Like Forbes annual lists of the “world’s richest insert-occupation-here,” Heat take into consideration various factors, such as at record sales, film and television earnings and product endorsements.

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Maroon 5 Frontman, Adam Levine, Engaged To Model Behati Prinsloo


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Adam Levine, the frontman of Maroon 5, is engaged to model Behati Prinsloo. The couple have been dating on-and-off since May 2012. According to a statement made by Levine's representative, the 34-year-old proposed to Behati at the weekend.

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Adam Levine at the launch of his fragrance in L.A.

The announcement was made on Tuesday 16th July by Levine's rep. The statement to People magazine said "Adam Levine and his girlfriend Behati Prinsloo are excited to announce they are engaged to be married" 

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Karl Lagerfeld And Keira Knightley Will Team Up To Honor Coco's 100th Anniversary


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Keira Knightley will be joining the likes of Shirley MacLaine, Audrey Tautou and Anna Mouglalis in a right of passage of sorts – portraying the godmother of high fashion, Coco Chanel herself.

Knightley will be playing the infamous designer in a short film, directed by none other than Karl Lagerfeld (who else?), focusing on the early years of Ms Chanel’s life. According to the Huffington Post, the short will be set in the French seaside town of Deauville, where Coco Chanel set up her first shop with the help of her lover at the time. In fact, with this film, Lagerfeld will celebrate the 100th anniversary of that very same boutique.

Of course, there couldn’t be a more fitting choice than Keira Knightley for the title role, considering her longtime experience with the brand. The actress has been the face for the signature Coco Mademoiselle perfume since 2007, regularly appearing in print and TV ads for the fragrance.

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Keira Knightley Chanel Ad Deemed Too Sexy For Kids


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Bad news for fans of Keira Knightley and her shapely body, it appears you won’t be getting the chance to see it on TV on the new Chanel advert – at least not if you’re a child. Sorry kids, the sultry ad for Coco Mademoiselle has been banned from airing during children’s television programs by the Advertising Standards Authority. Devastating news.

The ASA apparently saw the ad, which sees Knightley being photographed on a bed and having her clothes gradually unzipped, during a showing of Ice Age 2. The document published by the authorities read: “The complainant, who saw the ad during the film Ice Age 2, challenged whether the ad was suitable to be broadcast during a film that was likely to appeal to children, because she believed it was overtly sexual.”

Chanel’s defence? Coco Mademoiselle was a strong independent woman and the advert was intended to reflect that, apparently. The reason it was being shown during Ice Age 2 was because the film was known for its sharp humour, something they considered fitting with the tone of their advert. Unfortunately that hasn’t washed with the ASA who are now banning it from being show around any children’s programs. “We considered the ad was suitable for older children, but that the sexually suggestive material was unsuitable for young children. We therefore concluded that the ad was inappropriately scheduled and an ex-kids restriction should have been applied to prevent the ad from being broadcast in or around children's programming” they wrote.

Keira Knightley's Chanel Ad Banned For Being 'Too Sexy'


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Keira Knightley is someone who exudes sexual appeal by the bucket-load, so when an advert featuring the tantalising actress is deemed 'too provocative to be shown on TV' then you better believe that the advert does just what it says on the tin.

Knightley's advert for the fragrance Coco Mademoiselle from CHANEL features the Anna Karenina star unzipping her clothes as she enters a room, before lying on a bed, naked but for a sheet and then crawls towards a photographer and appears to be about to kiss him when she puts her finger to her lips and says 'lock the door' (yeah, thats pretty sexy). Whilst most would celebrate this commercial, some are not so enthused about it and this backlash reached it's highest ebb when shown during the ad-break during a recent showing of Ice Age 2.

The Advertising Standards Authority received a number of complaints after the airing of the ad during the airing of the children's film, including one who contested that the advert "was not suitable to be broadcast during a film that was likely to appeal to children, because she believed it was overtly sexual". However Chanel have hit back at the complaints, commenting that the ad had already appeared during daytime time slots and Ice Age 2 was chosen as a fitting slot because it included sharp humour and involved recognised celebrities as voice actors, having a clear appeal to adults. The fashion powerhouse went on to contest that Keira was not overtly sexual and her telling the photographer to "lock the door," because that scene was merely a distraction as the next shot showed that the actress had fled.

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An Exhausted Looking Kirsten Stewart Goes Make-Up Free For Magazine Shoot


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We hate to sound shallow or anything, but in her recent, make-up free photo-shoot for W magazine, Kristen Stewart really doesn't look too hot at all.

With bags under her eyes big enough to carry groceries, Kristen looks haggard and as though she's just got home from a weekend-long bender. Frankly, it's not a great look at all. But hey, with her beau Robert Pattinson away in Australia and a dedication to renowned 'grunge' look, this might very well be the impression that the young actress was going for in the first place.

The photoshoot is part of W magazine's end of year salute to the best performances from actors and actresses over 2012, with Kristen's On the Road role coming in at number six at the countdown. Speaking on the part, Kristen discusses the troubles she had with the filming process, namely the difficulty in filming the dancing scenes, as opposed to the nude scenes she appears in. She told the magazine: "Everyone asks about the nude scenes in On the Road, but I also had to dance, and dancing is harder than being naked."

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Keira Knightley Denies Fifty Shades Of Grey Movie Involvement


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As (some) people continue to await whose going to be getting involved in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey, the list of people saying that they’re definitely not going to be in the project is getting longer by the day. Latest to flat out deny rumors of her participation is Keira Knightley who told MTV she had no intention of starring in the movie adaptation of the bafflingly successful erotic novel.

Knightley was answering questions about what she was going to be doing after film Jack Ryan, when the interviewer bought up the query “You've done some great literary adaptations obviously from the works of Tolstoy, I feel like the next one obviously would have to be Fifty Shades of Grey." However they were shot down, with the actress replying “No, it's not. It's not going to be Fifty Shades of Grey. You know, I normally don't like to give a definite about anything [but] I can definitely say it will not be Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Knightley went on to say that she’d not even read the book and that, even though friends of hers had got into it, she’d not enjoyed the sound of it from their recommendations. The quest to unearth the cast goes on!

Keira Knightley's Anna Karenina Costumes Based On '50s Fashion


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Anna Karenina is the hottest period movie of the year. Based on Leo Tolstoy's classic novel of the same name, it follows a despondent Russian aristocrat, bored and disappointed with love and life, yearning for something with greater passion in the world, and has one of the most iconic opening lines of any novel, "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Keira Knightley stars as the eponymous character, Anna.

Knightley's slender figure is the dream for couture designers, and donning period costume is something she's more than used to having starred in numerous period dramas including Pride and Prejudice and The Duchess. The movie is set in the 1870s, which is an excellent era for costume and one that the film's costume designer was able to have a lot of fun with. In an interview with MTV, Jacqueline Durran, the costume designer, talked about the trials and tribulations of working on the film. "It is [a huge undertaking]!" she said. "Obviously I read the novel... [Joe Wright, the director] told me he wanted to stylize the story, to reduce and pare the costumes down to their exact essence.. We started by looking at 1950s couture... [we wanted to be] left with a really strong silhouette." She truly has done a great job!

It's not just the clothing that's stunning, and designed to a T, the jewellery was a massive venture as well. "We thought way back in the beginning that the idea of having real jewels would be great for Anna. She's all about that kind of luxury, and to an extent, vanity." She gushed. "So given the fact that we wanted to have real diamonds, we approached Chanel and they were willing to help. I went to Paris and chose all the jewels- we got lots of pearls, meters and meters- and lots of diamonds... about $2 million worth! Each morning we would ask Keira what kind of diamonds she'd want for the day, and she would choose." 

A Week In Movies Featuring: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Keira Knightley, Sylvester Stallone, Brad Pitt's World War Z, Matt Damon, Seth Rogen And More!


Did anything happen in cinema this week other than the final Twilight movie? The cast of Breaking Dawn Part 2 attended massive red carpet premieres in both Los Angeles and London, while the studio kept the film hidden from most critics until it opened. Meanwhile, fans queued up for saga marathons on Thursday, culminating with the first screenings of the final movie at midnight.

But there are also new releases for more discerning audiences. The UK will get a chance to catch up with Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning drama Amour, while in America Keira Knightley has been on the red carpet promoting the US release of Joe Wright's ambitious take on Anna Karenina. In an interview this week in New York, she talks about the the demanding dance choreography and the moral complexity of the iconic role.

Meanwhile at the Rome Film Festival, Sylvester Stallone attended the premiere of his new action romp Bullet to the Head. While his minders try to usher him along, he takes time to sign autographs and pose for the paparazzi. There are also glimpses of some other celebrities in town for the festival, including Matthew Modine and popstar Alec Su.

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Hot Tickets! This Weekend's US Movie Releases: Anna Karenina, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln And Twilight


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If you're like us, then a trip to the cinema is the best way to spend the weekend. And if you, like us, saw Skyfall last weekend, then you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd caught the movie highlight of the year already. Wrong! You've got a tough choice between Anna Karenina, Silver Linings Playbook, the full release of Lincoln, and Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 - the final film in the franchise - and we're here to help you out with that tough choice. 

Unless you were lucky enough to catch Lincoln last weekend on its limited release, this is the time to see it. Daniel Day-Lewis stars impressively as Abraham Lincoln, as Steven Spielberg auteurs the story of the 16th President of The United States, and his fight with congress to push through the emancipation of the slaves. Drenched in the sweet nectar of Oscar buzz, Lincoln is a film that demands attention, and with excellent reviews so far, it looks certain to top the U.S Box Office come Monday. Check out the trailer below.

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“I'm Incredibly Lucky!” : Keira Knightley On Life, Love And Body


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Keira Knightley is unbeaten when it comes to period drama. She played ultimate heroine Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Swan in the first three Pirates of the Carribean movies, the eponymous duchess in The Duchess, Guinivere in King Arthur, Sabina Spielrein in last year's A Dangerous Method, and, most recently, played 19th century Russian aristocrat Anna Karenina in her change of heart and search of happiness. 

For most women, dressing up in sumptuous dresses day after day and getting paid for it is a dream come true, and Knightley knows it. In her latest interview with Allure she said: "Having a successful career! It's absolutely, totally extraordinary, and I'm incredibly lucky!" She said, "But....There isn't a 'but' really. That was it.... I take that 'but' back." 

It's not only in her career that she's lucky, she also got engaged earlier this year, to The Klaxon's James Righton. As yet they don't know when their engagement will turn into nuptials, but for now Keira's happy with that, saying "Maybe I'll be permanently engaged!" And when she's not working or cosying up with her future husband she travels the world. For 9 months she traversed Europe, but it wasn't long before she began feeling restless. She cited the reasons she went in the first place, saying: "I'd hit a wall and needed to step back in order to learn the things I needed to learn." But, never wanting to leave the dream job, she said: "There's clearly something in me that goes, No, actually, I know I've got something."  

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Karl Lagerfeld, Keira Knightley And Chloe Moretz Celebrate Chanel's 'Little Black Jacket' In London


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Any event of Chanel's will always be full of the world's best dressed and most beautiful people. As such, Keira Knightley was a prerequisite to Chanel's 'Little Black Jacket' event in London, last night (11th Oct 2012). The event was to celebrate the launch of an exhibition of photos of different people wearing Chanel's iconic 'Little Black Jacket', at the Saachi Gallery in London.

Knightley has been one of the faces of Chanel since 2006, appearing in promotional material for one of the fashion house's perfumes, Coco Mademoiselle. As such she has developed a friendship with head of the house, Karl Lagerfeld, who of course attended the event in his signature dark sunglasses. Rumours have been flying around regarding Knightley's wedding to Klaxons guitarist James Righton, prospective date unknown, and whether the Pirates of the Caribbean actress has requested Lagerfeld to design her wedding dress (Daily Mail).

Other celebrities that attended the event included Yasmin Le Bon, Laura Carmichael, Noomi Rapace and Chloe Moretz, star of hit movie 'Kick-Ass'. Moretz turned up looking particularly stylish for a 15 year old. Indeed, she looked well dressed for anyone of any age, sporting leather trousers, gorgeous teal heels and a jacket seemingly inspired by the 16th century- the combination of which sounds awful, but is, in fact, an embodiment of style.

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Engagement Doesn’t Mean That Kids Are On The Way, Insists Keira Knightley


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As married life approaches, Hollywood A-lister Keira Knightley has insisted to US Vogue magazine that she won’t be reverting to the role of stay-at-home mum any time soon. Knightley recently got engaged to British indie band the Klaxons James Righton but quashed any potential rumours that they’d be moving on to having children too soon.

“I don’t want to deny my femininity” Knightley said. “But would I want to be a stay-at-home mother? No. On the other hand, you should be allowed to do that, as should men, without being sneered at,” the 27 year-old added. In the interview, the actress also said that she’s found it difficult in the past discussing feminism, reflecting "I remember doing interviews, and people would ask, as if it was a joke, ‘So you mean you are a feminist?’ As though feminism couldn’t be discussed unless we were making fun of it."

Continuing to cast her mind back to her early days of fame, Knightley admitted it was a struggle to get used to her new found status. “I literally had no life outside of acting,” she said. “I once went to the Glastonbury music festival and was completely surrounded by packs of paparazzi the entire time, so I ended up sitting in a trailer, unable to go out.” She’s currently doing the promotional rounds for her new film Anna Karenina.


Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World Trailer


Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

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Last Night Trailer


Writer Joanna and real estate agent Michael have been married for four years and live in a modest apartment in New York. When Joanna accompanies Michael to a party, she is worried to find him deep in conversation with his beautiful colleague, Laura. Joanna is frightened that Michael might be cheating on her and she confronts him about it. Michael assures his wife that he isn't and the couple reconcile.

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Last Night Review


Very Good
Writer-turned-director Tadjedin takes a slightly stagey approach to the theme of marital trust with this darkly provocative drama about a fateful night in a couple's relationship. It's fascinating and well-played, but too schematic to feel realistic.

After a company party, Joanna (Knightley) challenges her husband Michael (Worthington) about his feelings toward his sexy colleague Laura (Mendes).

Nothing has happened between them, but he admits that there might be some attraction. The problem is that he's travelling the following night to Philadelphia with Laura and another colleague (Gold). There, Joanna's suggestion opens him to some serious temptation. Meanwhile in New York, Joanna is surprised when a former flame from Paris, Alex (Canet), arrives for one night. And she too is faced with the chance to do something she shouldn't.

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Never Let Me Go Review


Excellent
Based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel, this haunting drama may be set in a parallel reality, but what it has to say about human hopes and societal ambition is deeply relevant. It's also beautifully directed and acted.

After a medical breakthrough in the 1950s, children are genetically created to grow up to be organ donors, hugely extending the human lifespan. Although the children rarely make it to their mid-20s. One of these is Kathy (Meikle Small, then Mulligan), who grew up in a special school with her best friend Ruth (Purnell, then Knightley). Kathy has a crush on the school oddball Tommy (Rowe, then Garfield), but it's Ruth who makes her move. And this action could have repercussions if organ-harvesting deferrals for couples are granted, as rumour has it.

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Never Let Me Go Trailer


Kathy H is now a grown woman, she spent her childhood at a special year-round mixed boarding school; that is where she met her best friends Ruth and Tommy. As children the small group of friends were inseparable unlike most of the distant and cold kids at Hailsham Boarding school.

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The Edge Of Love Review


Bad
In my craft or sullen art Exercised in the still night When only the moon rages And the lovers lie abed

So begins Dylan Thomas' "In my Craft or Sullen Art," a poem about the elusiveness of the inner muse, which resists being easily understood. Though its words never show up in John Maybury's The Edge of Love, an absurdly stylized and utterly feeble supposition on the events that shaped the incomparable Welsh poet in war-stricken London, it points at the very heart of the film's artful damage.

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The Duchess Review


Excellent
The Duchess is an Oscar-worthy film.

Now, they may be technical Oscars. It's too soon to catapult Saul Dibb's exquisite period biopic into the Best Picture race, what with 20 or 30 award-hungry competitors left to screen over the next three months. But you can book Dibb's handsome picture for the craft categories -- costume, art direction, makeup, and set design. And if there's any justice in this industry, Duchess will score nods for Rachel Portman's elegant score and for leading lady Keira Knightley, who delivers the most mature, versatile, and devastating performance of her young career (can you believe she's only 23?)

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Atonement Review


Good
Halfway into his masterful 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, Joe Wright's camera enters the tight hallways and expansive rooms of a late-18th-century estate with several suites dedicated to smoking, gossiping and dancing. Fluidly drifting through encounters and gestures, the camera picks up the lilting remnants of conversations both benign and interesting. It's a miraculous and graceful scene that palpably exudes the feeling of being caught in a nest of gadflies.

The same shot can be found in Wright's adaptation of Ian McEwan's monumental Atonement, though the setting is now 1930s France. Three soldiers from London come upon a beach filled with soldiers waiting to return to their respective homelands. The camera glides past sergeants executing diseased horses, a choir of damaged infantry men and dozens of wounded battalions. Smoke bellows from scrap fires and a looming ferris wheel turns in the distance as the three English soldiers make their way into a bar.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End Review


Good
An honest-to-God, brawling, hooting, big ball of popcorn spectacle of a movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End fully embraces its ludicrous sense of summer season overkill without succumbing to the bloated tedium that afflicted its disappointing predecessor Dead Man's Chest. Clocking in at just under three hours, it's definitely longer than necessary, but given the number of unresolved plot strands that the last film left strewn about like so much tangled rigging, it's actually amazing the filmmakers are able to tie everything up quite as nicely as they do.

Starting with its unlikely origin as an amusement park ride, the Pirates series quickly mushroomed into a sort of meta-pirate film, a vast and whirligig universe unto itself that drew in every possible nautical cliché and legend possible. Thus the first film concentrated on yo-ho-ho-ing, rum-drinking, and general pirate-y scalawaggery. The second roped in Davy Jones and The Flying Dutchman -- not to mention an excess of secondary characters and familial drama. For the third (but not necessarily last, given the teaser it ends with) entry, the bursting-at-the-seams script tosses in a raging maelstrom, an actual trip to Davy Jones' Locker, and even the sea goddess Calypso. Dead Man's Chest showed that more is not always better, with excess just leading to more excess and a general sense of lethargy -- they were just setting us up for the conclusion and marking time until then. At World's End, however, shows that Hollywood excess, when combined with the right combination of actors and an occasionally smart script, can work out quite nicely, thank you very much.

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Pride & Prejudice (2005) Review


Very Good
English students of the world rejoice - another reason not to read Jane Austen. Joe Wright's latest incarnation of Austen's classic Pride & Prejudice is a mostly blissful time-traveling bus tour through a giggly and gorgeous English countryside. To your left note the lovely ladies Bennet, all sideways glances, blushing cheeks and innuendo. To your right, lenses at the ready for the dapper, tall, dark, and handsome objects of their affection, Darcy, Bingley, and Wickham! Swoon... Watch them as they play and woo, mismanage and miscarry, repress and reveal. This flighty matrimonial preamble is the pleasure of Wright's adaptation, briskly played in balls and manors. When at its playful best, it dances lightly with humor and delight. However, the film's occasional missteps, rhythm-less moves into the shadows of darker and more serious emotional territory, threaten to sink rather than anchor Wright's film with any of the depth they intend to provide.

For those who are unaware of Austen's novel (it might be helpful to consider that The Lion King is to Hamlet as Bridget Jones' Diary is to Pride & Prejudice), Pride & Prejudice is the story of the Bennet sisters, and particularly, second eldest child Elizabeth (Keira Knightley). These desperate housewives-to-be are in dire pursuit of a man. For the younger girls, and Elizabeth's squawking mother (a superbly erratic Brenda Blethyn), a man's greatest endowment is his wallet. However, for Elizabeth and oldest sister Jane (Rosamund Pike) love is the only currency in which they wish to deal. Convenient then that the objects of their affections, Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods) for Jane, and the infamously standoffish Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen) for Elizabeth, are moneyed up to the kilt when they ride into town to stir trouble and steal hearts. Elizabeth's very cinematic blindness to Darcy's very British advance is the centerpiece of both novel and film, with all suspense drawn from the "will they or won't they" dilemma.

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Pure Review


Good
If Oscars were given out on a worldwide basis, 12-year old Harry Eden, the emotional core of this penetrating study of the family side of the drug culture in London, would win it hands down. His shadings of harsh disappointment amid valiant efforts as family caretaker come from intuition of the highest level.

His character's situation begins with a shocker. It's morning, and 10-year old Paul (Eden) is putting breakfast together for mom, who's a late sleeper. The last thing he prepares for the tray is a hypodermic needle with mom's fix, or "gear," as she calls it. What a good and thoughtful boy. Only, when Mel (Molly Parker) discovers what her eldest son has done, she's none too happy about it, precocity and thoughtfulness be damned.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Review


Excellent

It has become critical cliché to say that a gleefully executed summer blockbuster made one feel like a kid again, but this was my precise response to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. With its sun-bleached locales, barnacled bad guys, and unearthly soothsayers, director Gore Verbinski's latest pirate yarn is a stunning affront to marital woes, career anxieties, tax returns, and all other forms of mature and adult tosh. Silly and infectiously joyous from overwrought beginning to overwrought final frame, Pirates is not only fathoms in front of its predecessor, but sails far ahead of every other big-budget pop confectionary to have flavored theatres so far this year.

First, a moment of pause to contextualize this gushing praise. I was no great fan of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It was no doubt a solid film: great Johnny Depp performance, breezy and colorful, but far too frequently tedious to warrant the lauding it received. I was not particularly looking forward to a sequel, seeing dollar signs in Verbinski's eyes rather than the reflection of some artistic muse. What surprises most then about this latest Pirates is its absolute regard for its art and its audience. The film gives fans what they want: more pop, less plod and most importantly, more Captain Jack.

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Pride & Prejudice Review


Very Good
English students of the world rejoice - another reason not to read Jane Austen. Joe Wright's latest incarnation of Austen's classic Pride & Prejudice is a mostly blissful time-traveling bus tour through a giggly and gorgeous English countryside. To your left note the lovely ladies Bennet, all sideways glances, blushing cheeks and innuendo. To your right, lenses at the ready for the dapper, tall, dark, and handsome objects of their affection, Darcy, Bingley, and Wickham! Swoon... Watch them as they play and woo, mismanage and miscarry, repress and reveal. This flighty matrimonial preamble is the pleasure of Wright's adaptation, briskly played in balls and manors. When at its playful best, it dances lightly with humor and delight. However, the film's occasional missteps, rhythm-less moves into the shadows of darker and more serious emotional territory, threaten to sink rather than anchor Wright's film with any of the depth they intend to provide.

For those who are unaware of Austen's novel (it might be helpful to consider that The Lion King is to Hamlet as Bridget Jones' Diary is to Pride & Prejudice), Pride & Prejudice is the story of the Bennet sisters, and particularly, second eldest child Elizabeth (Keira Knightley). These desperate housewives-to-be are in dire pursuit of a man. For the younger girls, and Elizabeth's squawking mother (a superbly erratic Brenda Blethyn), a man's greatest endowment is his wallet. However, for Elizabeth and oldest sister Jane (Rosamund Pike) love is the only currency in which they wish to deal. Convenient then that the objects of their affections, Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods) for Jane, and the infamously standoffish Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen) for Elizabeth, are moneyed up to the kilt when they ride into town to stir trouble and steal hearts. Elizabeth's very cinematic blindness to Darcy's very British advance is the centerpiece of both novel and film, with all suspense drawn from the "will they or won't they" dilemma.

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Bend It Like Beckham Review


Very Good
With preternatural good looks, a Spice Girl for a wife, and an uncanny ability to kick a soccer ball and make it land wherever he wants, David Beckham is one of the biggest stars of British sports. The soccer player was nice enough to lend his name to Bend It Like Beckham, a spirited, good-natured coming of age comedy that encompasses the immigrant experience, gender identity and family expectations with an engaging, natural ease.

The film follows Jesminder (Parminder K. Nagra), the child of Punjabi émigrés living in suburban London -- and one of Beckham's biggest fans. Posters of the footballer's exploits cover her walls, she wears his jersey when she plays soccer with the boys in the park, and she studies his moves during games on TV. But it's Jess's soccer skills that catch the eye of Juliette (Keira Knightley), who plays for a local women's soccer club. Jess finds herself recruited and suddenly realizes that soccer dreams of her own are not farfetched.

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Domino Review


Bad
The opening text of Domino informs the viewer that the film is based on a true story "sort of." It should also inform the viewer that it makes sense, entertains, and maintains focus on its main character "sort of." What it does far more consistently is annoy, disappoint, and remind the viewer of far better films they could be spending their time watching.

The story, very loosely based on the exploits of female bounty hunter Domino Harvey (Keira Knightley), follows our heroine as she grows dissatisfied with her socialite upbringing and embraces the darker side of law enforcement. Her mentor on this journey is legendary bounty hunter Ed Mosbey (Mickey Rourke), assisted by pseudo-comic relief Choco (Edgar Ramirez). That she meets these gentlemen as they try to scam hundreds of dollars off of would-be bounty hunters (including herself) doesn't dissuade her from trusting them with her new life.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl Review


Very Good
Any sailor worth his salt knows that "pirate" is a curse word you don't dare utter on the high seas. You just might summon the scavengers' fearful wrath.

Actually, "pirate" wasn't a word you wanted to mention in Hollywood, either. Calling the genre troublesome is an understatement, as directors who attempted big-budget pirate adventures were plagued with disastrous shoots, and the films received lukewarm response at the box office. Everything from Roman Polanski's Pirates to Renny Harlin's Cutthroat Island immediately sank to the depths of Davy Jones's locker.

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Love Actually Review


Very Good
I can only presume that the British calendar is so uniquely screwy that it allows for a Christmas movie to open a week after Halloween. Or maybe Love Actually is just in a universe of its own... one in which the prime minister is inaugurated in November and where an adverb can be used to modify a noun.

But a little oddness is forgivable: Directing a movie is a strange place for Richard Curtis, who's written umpteen Brit-friendly movies and TV shows over the years but hasn't directed one, until now.

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The Hole Review


Weak
When you were young and in boarding school, how did you like to spend your free time? If you're like the characters in the disastrous yet train wreck-compelling direct to video feature The Hole, you like to hang out for days at a time locked in an abandoned bomb shelter.

Or do you!?

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King Arthur Review


Good
It seemed doomed to fail. Schlock-master Jerry Bruckheimer had thrown a talented but mildly-experienced director at a costume picture, launching it in the heart of the hyper-competitive summer movie season. Surprise! The super-fun Pirates of Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl grossed $300 million, polished Johnny Depp's star, and introduced the world to barely-legal corset goddess Keira Knightley.

Fast forward 12 months. Bruckheimer brings back the costumes, the swordplay, another talented but mildly-experienced director, and his discovery Knightley, this time in a leather S&M get-up. Add the writer of Gladiator. Can the formula work again?

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The Jacket Review


Extraordinary
"To know virtue," the Marquis de Sade once said, "we must first acquaint ourselves with vice." While the controversial writer was not referring to The Jacket when he said that many years ago, it fits well with my assessment of the film, nonetheless. The Jacket's hostility will make stomachs churn and faces cringe, but a noble cause justifies the means in the end; because of the film's hostility, when tenderness ultimately appears, it's all the more poignant. But will thin-skinned viewers be able to endure the disturbing imagery until the affectionate, optimistic persona reveals itself?

Macabre, intense, and daring, The Jacket is like a surrealistic nightmare interlaced with an unambiguous daydream fantasy; it totters between asylum and insanity, pain and pleasure, and heaven and hell. Part romantic drama, time travel odyssey, murder mystery, and gothic thriller, the film never decides on a definite genre, and is similar in some ways to experimental films like Donnie Darko and Blue Velvet. Due to its unique design, the less viewers know about the plot before they see it, the more absorbing and revealing the film will be. Thus, a very vague synopsis follows:

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Pure Review


Good
If Oscars were given out on a worldwide basis, 12-year old Harry Eden, the emotional core of this penetrating study of the family side of the drug culture in London, would win it hands down. His shadings of harsh disappointment amid valiant efforts as family caretaker come from intuition of the highest level.

His character's situation begins with a shocker. It's morning, and 10-year old Paul (Eden) is putting breakfast together for mom, who's a late sleeper. The last thing he prepares for the tray is a hypodermic needle with mom's fix, or "gear," as she calls it. What a good and thoughtful boy. Only, when Mel (Molly Parker) discovers what her eldest son has done, she's none too happy about it, precocity and thoughtfulness be damned.

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Princess Of Thieves Review


Weak
Like father, like daughter, right? This Disney fable continues the legend of Robin Hood via his young daughter Gwyn (Keira Knightley, who had a small part as Amidala's #6 assistant in Star Wars: Episode I), who chops off her long locks and follows in dear old dad's footsteps (literally -- she has a romance with a royal, enters an archery tournament in disguise, and fights the evil king). The plot is virtually indistinguishable from the traditional tale, only with a zit-free, teeth-whitened, Disney Channel-friendly kid in the lead and the ultimate goal being to save dad from execution. Gulp! (Well, don't worry, it's all tamely G-rated, or essentially so.)

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King Arthur Review


Bad

According to the studio advertising campaign, the 2004 mega-budget version of "King Arthur" is "the untold true story that inspired the legend" -- you know, the factual version in which Arthur is a brooding bore, Lancelot has hip, runway-model facial hair and Guinevere is a half-naked post-feminist warrior hottie.

Borrowing superficially from recent theories about Camelot's origins only as a jumping off point -- producer Jerry "Armageddon" Bruckheimer cares about cool explosions and box office receipts, not historical accuracy -- this commercialized concoction draws its regal hero (played by rising star Clive Owen) as an idealistic, half-Anglo high commander in the Roman army, which is in the midst of abandoning Britannia as a protectorate.

Arthur and his knights (Sarmatian soldiers reluctantly bound to imperial service) take it upon themselves to defend the now unguarded territory against invading hoards of barbarian Saxons from the north. But first they're sent on one last suicidal mission into Saxon territory to rescue a rich Roman family living there for no explored reason.

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Love Actually Review


OK

"Love Actually" is terminally precious. Chirpy "classic" pop songs populate every third scene. It has no structure, just a jumble of interconnected stories -- some little dramas, some little comedies -- about love, flirtation, courtship and heartbreak, all of which will pay off just in time for a lovely London Christmas.

It's the kind of pandering, populist movie in which Hugh Grant, playing the prime minister of England, joyously shakes his booty to The Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)" until he suddenly, to his great embarrassment, realizes he's being watched. It offers no real surprises except in how and when it reveals the inevitable six degrees of separation between each anecdotal yarn -- none of which has enough substance to ever stand on its own (nor would you want them to!).

And yet, you'd have to be a terrible grump to not like "Love Actually" at least a little.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl Review


Very Good

The very idea of a movie based on a Disneyland ride -- let alone such a movie produced by Jerry "Kaboom" Bruckheimer, whose standards of quality extend only to the explosions that substituted for plot in 15 years of imbecilic summer blockbusters -- had me dreading "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" since it was first announced almost two years ago.

But I'm now here to eat every bad word I said in anticipation of this matinee marvel. Exhilarating from beginning to end, vivid with atmosphere, cleverly cliché-mocking, and blessed with two top-notch, over-the-top performances by Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush (I should have trusted these two intrepid actors), it may well be one of the most enjoyable pirate escapades of all time.

Festooned in a three-point hat over gypsy hair, a billowy shirt, kohl-blackened eyes and gold-capped teeth that he thrusts forward as he speaks, Depp stars as Capt. Jack Sparrow, a dirty, flirty, disarmingly dishonest swashbuckler of subtly dubious sexuality (a covert pirate flick custom since the silent era) who sails into a 17th century Caribbean colonial port atop the mast of a rapidly sinking sailboat.

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Bend It Like Beckham Review


Good

Liberated, Westernized daughters versus their traditional, ethnic mothers -- it's the trendiest genre in crowd-pleasing independent cinema. Pick an ethnic minority, embrace its clichés and use them for punchlines, then pit your female heroine (attractive, not gorgeous, with a realistic body type) in a position where she's torn between family and future.

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" milked the formula for $250 million. "Real Women Have Curves" was a modest hit, combining body-image themes with a story about a second-generation Los Angeles Latina who wanted to go to college instead of working in her sister's dress factory -- much to the chagrin of her old-fashioned mother.

Now comes the English import "Bend It Like Beckham," in which the soccer-fanatic daughter of Sikh immigrants pursues her sporty dreams behind the backs of her disapproving parents and -- to quote from the stock-language press kit -- "has to choose between tradition and following her heart."

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Keira Knightley

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26th March, 1985

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