Co-star Keira Knightley showed up with Cumberbatch for premiere of the new film which kicks off the BFI London Film Festival.
The London Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday evening with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley gracing the red carpet in Leicester Square. The pair were promoting their newest film The Imitation Game.
Benedict Cumberbatch depicts WW2 codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game
The star of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ plays the British codebreaker Alan Turing, the man credited with the breakthrough that allowed Britain to decipher Nazi communications and thus help bring World War Two to a close. The film is mostly set at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, where Turing and his team worked for several years on the decoding project.
Turing's biographer has issues with the movie adaptation of his subject's harrowing story.
‘The Imitation Game’ tells the story of Alan Turing - a vital asset for the allied forces during the Second World War in cracking the Nazi code. It is based on the book by Andrew Hodges, who has been moved to condemn what he perceives as ‘alarming inaccuracies’ in the movie version.
Knightly and Cumberbatch take leading roles in 'The Imitation Game'
Continue reading: Andrew Hodges "Alarmed By The Inaccuracies" In 'The Imitation Game'
Benedict Cumberbatch appears to deliver a stellar performance as Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game'.
It appears Benedict Cumberbatch has thrown his hat in the ring for next year's Oscars, playing Alan Turing in the forthcoming drama The Imitation Game. The movie tells the story of the legendary code-breaker and his team at Bletchley Park, who raced against time to break the German's Enigma code during World War II.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game'
Turing's genius in cracking the code is attributed to the premature end of World War II and his work is said to have helped saved thousands of life.
Alan Turing is a mathematician whose genius leads him to be enlisted in a major code-breaking scheme during World War II, where he is set the task of deciphering German secrets. Working strictly covertly at the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, he and his team study tirelessly in order to crack a complex Enigma that would allow them to win the war. To everyone's surprise, he begins building a machine which he insists will have the capability to interpret any Nazi Enigmas with it's ability to eliminate possible sequences with efficiency and speed. However, frequently scorned for his unconventional methods and later for his sexuality, he becomes the unsung hero of the War, saving millions of lives and bringing justice upon the world.
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Megan (Keira Knightley) is 28-years-old and she still hasn't got any sort of long term plan for her future. She earns a living as a sign flipper at her dad's business and is still dating her boyfriend Anthony (Mark Webber) from high school. After attending a school reunion, the realisation that her life appears to be at a standstill grows in intensity when he tries to propose marriage. After escaping the party, she bumps into Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz); a 16-year-old girl trying to find someone whose willing to buy them alcohol. She decides to stick around with her and moves in with her for a week to clear her head after lying to her boyfriend about business trip. Annika's father Craig (Sam Rockwell) makes his reservations about a woman in her late twenties hanging out with his teenage daughter known, but soon warms to her as a spark ignites between them.
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The Wimbledon Men's Final drew a number of celebrities who turned out to support Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as they battling for the Championship Trophy. It may have been a singles match but doubles were present throughout Centre Court.
Celebrities flocked to South London over the past fortnight to see the stars of the tennis court compete at Wimbledon. Stars from around the world attended with Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman representing Australia, Samuel L Jackson and Bradley Cooper from the US and, of course, an assortment of famous British faces. Nowhere were more celebrity faces present than at the Men's final on Sunday (6th July).
David and Victoria Beckham at the Men's Final on Sunday (6th July).
Planet of the Apes stars meet the press in San Francisco, while the casts of Hercules and Begin Again stage photo-calls in London. Ferrell tries out prison garb in L.A., and new trailers offer glimpses of Horrible Bosses 2, Paddington and The Skeleton Twins...
It was a week for photo-calls, as the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gathered in San Francisco. Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and director Matt Reeves were all on-hand to premiere the film and then pose for some picturesque shots in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. The film opens next week in the US and July 18th in the UK. Watch 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' trailer.
Dwayne Johnson and his costars in the blockbuster retelling of the Hercules myth gathered in London this week to meet the press. Director Brett Ratner introduced the cast and showed a new clip-reel before heading out into Trafalgar Square for a photo op with Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolso Berdal and Irina Shayk. The film opens at the end of the month. Take a look at some photo's from the Hercules Photocall taken in London on Wednesday 2nd July 2014.
Fans of the Oscar-winning 2006 Irish film Once (and its more recent stage-musical adaptation) may find this American drama a little derivative, but it's a strong story in its own right. This time writer-director John Carney has assembled a starry cast to nicely capture the rhythms of New York's streets. And the songs, while not quite as integral to the story, are gorgeous.
The opening sequence sets up the story from two perspectives, as music producer Dan (Mark Ruffalo) hears songwriter Greta (Keira Knightley) reluctantly perform at a bar's open-mic night. Both of these people are at their rope's end: always seeking offbeat talent, Dan is on the outs with his record label partner (Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def), and wants to reconnect with his estranged wife and teen daughter (Catherine Keener and Hailee Steinfeld). Meanwhile, Greta has just been dumped by her rising pop-star boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine), who got his big break from a song she wrote. To stop her moping, her pal Steve (James Corden) encourages her to start singing her own songs. In Greta, Dan sees the kind of artist he longs to make records with, so with nothing to lose the two set out to record her songs at locations around the city for a new album.
Like Once, this is a love story that doesn't actually involve romance: these two people need each other to discover their life's passions. So Ruffalo and Knightley get the chance to create some terrific chemistry without much of a threat that they'll fall for each other. Indeed, each has other fish to fry, as they try to sort out their emotional connections elsewhere. Their flirty friendship plays out in a fresh, effortless way that generates some complex emotions and ideas. Ruffalo is always great at creating these kinds of loose, slightly hapless characters, while Knightley delivers an even more earthy performance, letting her own sparky personality emerge on-screen for the first time along with some serious skill as a singer. And the supporting cast add texture in just the right places.
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Pharrell gave a surprise performance at the gallery's annual, star-crammed bash.
While most of the country was bedding down in readiness for another day of work on Tuesday night, the country's rich and famous were enjoying a glittering summer party to remember, courtesy of London's Serpentine Galleries. From supermodels to royalty, and pop stars to screen stars, London's Kensington Gardens was crammed to the treetops with A-listers.
Pharrell Williams Brought A Surprise Set To The Serpentine Galleries' Summer Party.
US rapper Pharrell Williams was the surprise performer of the evening and treated guests at the annual fund-raiser to a neat half-hour set of his chart-topping, soulful pop. "We're in the best artistic environment we could be in," Williams said as the sun set and the moon rose over the leafy gardens.
The Maroon 5 star just wanted to see how things were done
Many fresh graduates are feeling the pain of unpaid internships and working for free just to get their foot in the door – to add to their CV so they can even be considered for an entry level role at some marketing firm.
And it hasn’t been an entirely different experience for Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who recently made his film debut in the musical romantic comedy Begin Again alongside Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Levine has revealed that he worked for free in order to gain experience in the film industry.
Continue reading: Adam Levine Worked For Free On 'Begin Again' For The Experience
Cumberbatch stars as Turing, a war hero demonised by the people he helped save
New pictures have surfaced of Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Charles Dance starring in The Imitation Game, the World War II drama directed by Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum.
The Imitation Game,’ tells the story of the life and work of one of Britain’s war heroes, Alan Turing. But Turing wasn’t a soldier battling on the front line, a pilot-navigating dogfights in the air or a medic dealing with severed limbs – he battled against insignia and encryption to break down the Nazi code, providing the Allied forces with an invaluable asset.
Samuel Jackson joined Graham Norton on Friday (13th June) to discuss his charity work in the UK. Much to Norton and the audience's delight Jackson recited his famous speech from 'Pulp Fiction'.
Samuel Jackson knows the words of the gospel, or at least Ezekiel 25:17. The actor appeared on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night (13th June) and recited his famous speech from Pulp Fiction perfectly.
Samuel L Jackson played hit man Jules Winnfield in the cult classic.
Norton was joined by Jackson and actress Keira Knightley on the show. Jackson is currently in the UK promoting awareness for male cancer in the charity campaign One For The Boys. The campaign is intended to encourage men to discuss their health and get tested. In an interview with the Telegraph, Jackson explained he became interested in the charity after a friend of his British publicist, Sofia Davis, died of cancer.
The 29 year-old actress would be against letting her children act because their teenage years should be about "getting unbelievably drunk, getting into ridiculous situations, making mistakes."
Growing up in the word of showbiz cannot be easy for anyone, just listen to Keira Knightley's experiences.
The 29 year-old recently discussed the hardships of dealing with fame in her teen years in the July issue of Elle UK, which she featured on the front cover of.
Knightley, who starred in 'Star Wars Episode 1' as Sabé (Decoy Queen) at the age of 14, was asked by the glossy magazine, if she were to have a daughter, would she stop her from pursuing a career in acting.
Gretta is a young singer-songwriter who takes to New York with her musician boyfriend Dave after he faces a major recording deal. She is supportive and not expectant of any recognition herself, but Dave still decides to finish the relationship in favour of his musical pursuits. Heartbroken, Gretta takes to performing solo at a small bar nearby and it's there she meets Dan Mulligan, a former record executive who has just been sacked by his label. He is on the lookout for a star act to get his record label career back on track and Gretta seems to fit the bill with her captivating presence. He takes her under his wing, determined to give her her own dose of success, even if their resources and finance are limited. It turns out not just to be a quest for fortune and fame though, as the pair soon find themselves transforming as people in almost every way.
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Keira Knightley talks about working on her new movie 'Begin Again', in which she stars as a dejected singer-songwriter in New York alongside Hailee Steinfeld, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine. Although not a natural singer, Keira had to pull off a few tunes of her own in the movie.
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Dan Mulligan is a former record executive who has just been spectacularly dismissed by the label he was employed by. Now penniless with nowhere to go and no-one to talk to apart from his hormonal teenage daughter Violet, he is desperate to find some musicians and get his career back on track. Meanwhile, a young singer-songwriter named Gretta has just been dumped by her co-musician boyfriend Dave after he manages to secure a major label deal for himself. Depressed and alone, she finds herself performing solo on a stage at a small bar where Dan happens to be drinking. Captivated, he decides to take her under his wing and help her achieve the success she so craves with his own unusual methods, and both find themselves transforming as people in almost every way.
Formerly entitled 'Can A Song Save Your Life?', 'Begin Again' is a touching comedy drama with a thrilling all star cast. It has been written and directed by John Carney ('Once', 'On the Edge', 'Zonad', 'The Rafters'), and is the story of how music can change many people for the better - and, sometimes, for the worst. The film is due for UK release this summer on July 11th 2014.
Lorde has spoken out against photoshop, explaining "flaws are OK". These other celebrities agree and also opt for au naturel when it comes to their photo shoots.
One of the reasons that we love Lorde so much is that she defies the usual standards of celebrity. The 17 year old has previously posted photos of herself on her Instagram account with a caption explaining she is wearing acne cream in the pic.
'Royals' singer Lorde has spoken out against photoshopping
Recently the ‘Royals’ singer shared two photographs of herself from Lollapalooza music festival in Santiago, Chile. One photograph of her had been photoshopped to smooth over her skin, while the other was natural. Lorde commented on the photos, ‘i find this curious - two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-)’.
Continue reading: Lorde, Brad Pitt And Other Celebrities Who Say No To Photoshop
The New Zealand singer warned against the fake perfection of Photoshop.
Today, Lorde has tried to prove to her fans that Photoshop perfection is not something to aspire to and that "flaws are ok" in selfies and photos. To illustrate her point, the singer posted two photos of herself performing at one concert on Twitter, one of which had been edited to perfection and the other showed off the young pop star's natural look.
Lorde Has Publically Spoken Out Against Her Photos Being Digitally Retouched.
"i find this curious - two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-)" the 17 year-old singer captioned the shot. She received an outpouring of support and gratitude from her fans, many of which are also teenagers themselves, who praised her for her realistic attitude towards her own image.
Continue reading: Lorde Calls Out Airbrushing On Her Own Photo: "Remember Flaws Are Ok"
Keira Knightley and James Righton looked stylish at Chanel, do any other celebrity couples rival them in the style stakes?
These two may have married in secret but there’s one thing that they just can’t hide. That they are one of the most fashionable celebrity couples on the scene! When Keira Knightley and husband James Righton appeared at Paris Fashion Week together to take the FROW at Chanel, they looked sharp and chic, Keira in her optical illusion Karl Lagerfeld creation with her husband by her side looking smooth in a suit and pastel blue skinny tie. The pair, who lives in trendy East London, usually opt for a more laid back look. James, who is the keyboard player and co-vocalist of London-based band Klaxons always looks every inch the new rave rockstar in jeans and boots, while Keira’s signature look is a sophisticated grunge.
Bradley and Suki are the hottest celebrity couple at the moment
Keira and James aren’t the only well co-ordinated pair in the celeb world, these other celebrity couples are definitely strong contenders in the style stakes. Hottest couple of the moment, Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse, have been together for just over a year now but already consistently top the style charts. British model Suki’s enviable wardrobe has been featured in Vogue’s What I’m Wearing segment, while no-one looks swish in a suit quite like Brad (unless it's him and Gerard Butler in suits together, taking selfies...in fact, we might prefer them as a stylish celeb couple over Brad and Suki...)
Continue reading: Keira And James? Kate And Jamie? Who Wins Best Dressed Celebrity Couple?
Keira Knighley has once again been accused of being too thin, when will the press leave the naturally slim actress alone?
Anna Karenina star Keira Knightley showed up to Chanel’s runway show at Paris Fashion Week wearing a Karl Lagerfield design, which appears to be the designer’s modern take on the classic Chanel suit, most famously worn by Jackie Kennedy. Rarely does one outfit cause so much hubbub, particularly one which, at the end of the day, really is just a dress suit. It’s not like this particular one was made entirely out of raw meat, as if anybody would ever wear anything like that...
Keira is almost as famous for her slim figure as her acting
The top of the suit was cropped to reveal a black panel between the top and the matching full midi-length skirt. The dress is one of Lagerfeld’s “illusion” designs, the dark panel covering Knightley’s midriff designed to create the appearance of a narrower torso by cinching in the waist. The problem lies with the fact that Keira’s frame is so naturally slight to begin with. Knightley is hardly a woman that benefits from her body being made to look any slimmer than it is, the effect being that the “illusion” concept behind the dress backfired. Instead, Keira was criticised for looking underweight and unhealthy in the dress and labeled a bad role model for young women in an age when they look to celebrities to define healthy body image.
Continue reading: Why We Should Leave Naturally Slim Keira Knightley Alone!
The Star Wars Episode VII rumour mill takes in a national treasure, while spies take over London. New trailers offer Swinton and Hiddleston as immortal lovers, Hoffman as a German agent, a new spin on E.T. and more airbrushed abs than you can count...
The best rumour this week is that Judi Dench may play Mon Mothma in Star Wars Episode VII, which director Jj Abrams starts shooting in the UK this spring. The character is a rebel leader in both III: Revenge of the Sith and VI: Return of the Jedi, but there's no foundation to this story. Rumours have been rampant over recent weeks and are bound to get even more inventive in the coming months. The original Luke Skywalker Mark Hamill has been keeping his lips tightly sealed when being quizzed about 'Star Wars VII'.
The year's first blockbuster, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, held its UK premiere this week before the spy adventure's British opening this weekend. Stars Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh (who also directed) were joined on the red carpet by an array of local almost-celebrities. Browse through our 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' UK premiere' photo gallery.
There's nothing very original in this spy thriller, but director Branagh gives the film a weighty sense of importance that at least makes it feel important. He can't make up for the flimsy plot or cliched characters, but he can coax shaded performances from the cast to grab our interest. And while the action is never as coherent as a Bourne movie, it at least has a sense of gravitas about it.
For yet another reboot of the Tom Clancy franchise, we go back earlier to follow Jack Ryan (Pine) as he is inspired by the 9/11 attacks to leave his financial studies and join the Marines. Shot down over Afghanistan, he undergoes a gruelling recovery and is recruited by CIA operative Harper (Costner) to work undercover on Wall Street, monitoring terrorist fund movements. A decade later his girlfriend Catherine (Knightley) has no idea what his real job is, so when she surprises him on a business trip to Moscow she ends up in the middle of an operation to investigate shady Russian businessman Cherevin (Branagh), who's behind some sort of imminent global attack.
The film's brisk pace focusses on Jack's motivations all the way through, so we understand his earnest desire to serve his country. Although we can't quite figure out how he developed all these he-man skills working behind a desk in a bank. Not only is he adept at firearms and hand-to-hand combat, but he can ride a motorcycle like a stuntman! Fortunately, Pine's everyman persona makes him easy to identify with and bodes well for future franchise instalments. Opposite him, Costner is marvellously lean and cool, Branagh has terrific lip-less menace and Knightley does her best in the standard underdeveloped female role.
Continue reading: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Review
Keira Knightley was attracted to working in 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' because she was tired of playing characters who die, and she "fancied doing something fun."
British actress Keira Knightley has revealed she was drawn to play 'Cathy Muller' in the newly released 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' because she was sick of portraying tragic heroines. The 28 year-old, who stars opposite Chris Pine and Kenneth Branagh in the Tom Clancy inspired movie, spoke about the "fun" role at the film's European premiere in London's Leicester Square.
Keira Knightley as 'Kathy Muller' in 'Shadow Recruit'
In recent years, Knightley's roles have something in common, at the end of the film she dies. This occurs in Anna Karenina (2012), A Dangerous Method (2011), Never Let Me Go (2010) and 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' (2012).
The latest movie adventure from Tom Clancy's most famous character stars Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will look to once again draw audiences in to see Tom Clancy's most famous literary creation take on the terrorist world for the sake of American freedom. The fifth Jack Ryan film to date, the cast and crew of the spy title gathered at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles for the film's premiere on Wednesday, 15 January, scrubbing up nicely for the glitzy event.
Director Kenneth Branagh, screenwriter Hossein Amini and hands on producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura have brought Ryan wilfully into the modern age with Shadow Recruit and as you could probably tell from the casting of Chris Pine as the titular Ryan, the film incorporates a younger cast for a franchise enabling launchpad of a movie. Pine rolled up to the premiere of the film looking sharp in a black, tie-less suit and sporting a cheeky bit of stubble, strolling down the red carpet to pose for photos with fans and answer some questions. Before the premiere, the actor and some of his film associates were on hand to discuss the film and its possible direction at a Paramount press conference (via Cinema Blend).
The actress can't hack social media.
In this day and age, you're rarely far away from a celebrity, particularly one that tweets, posts selfies, and shares snaps of their dinner/pets/parents/lover/toenail willy-nilly with the world. Therefore it's always a welcome surprise when one celebrity decides to buck the trend by retaining even just a little of their private lives against the ever-invasive glare of the pap's lens.
Keira Knightley Revealed She Gave Twitter A Go...For Just 12 Hours.
Keira Knightley has revealed that she decided to give Twitter a go but felt inclined to delete her social media account after just 12 hours. The Pirates of the Caribbean actress decided that Twitter wasn't for her because it made her feel like she was standing in a "school playground," according to a recent interview with Harper's Bazaar.
Keira Knightley goes off on Hollywood and its male-dominated nature, stating that "Hollywood has a really long way to go" before there is gender equality.
Keira Knightley is sounding off on Hollywood due it been a male-dominated industry.
The English actress featured as the cover girl for Harper's Bazaar's February issue and discussed the struggles a women has to go through in the movie industry due to her gender.
However, the 28 year-old does admit times are currently changing as she says, "I think it's great that the discussions are finally being allowed to be had [about feminism], as opposed to anybody mentioning feminism and everybody going, 'Oh, f***ing shut up.'"
Keira Knightley's style may change, but the tulle dress is a staple.
Keira Knightley’s wedding dress is the gift that keeps on giving – a gift to herself, mostly. Knightley rocked the frock (or at least something very similar) for a Paul Newman's SeriousFun London Gala on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
The dress is definitely a great look for Knightley.
According to Us Weekly, it turns out it wasn’t the same dress after all, but style watchers would be forgiven for their mistake, since the actress has been known to love the tulle pixie look. She originally chose a very similar tulle and lace design by Rodarte for a pre-BAFTA party back in 2008, when she was dating actor Rupert Friend.
Continue reading: Keira Knightley's Wedding Dress Strikes Again! [Pictures]
The boys topped the poll of richest Britons under 30, with a massive worth of £59.33 million between them.
One Direction really do have everything after all. In a recently compiled list by Heat Magazine, the boy were revealed as the highest earning entertainment stars under-30's in the UK, with a combined worth of almost £60 million. Individually, the boys would be placed just outside the top ten, however when their wealth is combined they come out on top by a narrow margin.
Young, successful and very rich
Last years top spot holder, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, was ousted by the combined earning power of the mega-successful boy band, who have an estimated worth of over £12 million each. The boys were included to the list as a joint entity because most of their earnings have been made as a group, rather than through independent ventures. Narrowly missing out on reclaiming his top spot for a third time, Radcliffe came in second this year with £56.19 million. Something tells us that the Kill Your Darlings actor isn't losing too much sleep over being ousted from the top spot.
Continue reading: One Direction Are Officially The Richest Youngsters In Britain
Jack Ryan is a young office worker at CIA headquarters whose life turns upside down when his cosy desk job turns into a major physical operation. He's been able to hide his dangerous career from his new wife Cathy for a couple of years, but now that someone is trying to kill him, things get a little trickier. He is enlisted to help thwart a major Russian terrorist plot that threatens the lives of millions of people in all the major cities of the world, but when he makes it to Moscow, he finds a very angry wife waiting for him. However, as things turn out, she has a crafty head on her herself and agrees to get involved with the operation as a diversion, but when her life is suddenly at risk, Jack has to decide where his priorities lie.
Based on the Tom Clancy book series which kicked off with 1984's 'The Hunt for Red October', Kenneth Branagh ('Thor', 'As You Like It', 'The Magic Flute') directs action thriller 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' - the fifth film in the movie series produced by Mace Neufeld ('The Aviator', 'Beverly Hills Cop III', 'Asylum'). David Koepp ('War of the Worlds', 'Angels & Demons', 'Jurassic Park') and Adam Cozad are screenwriters and it will be released in the UK on December 26th 2013.
The film goes back to the beginning to explore the origins of the fictional CIA operative created by Tom Clancy
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the fifth Jack Ryan film to be released since Tom Clancy's fictional CIA badass first made the leap to the big screen in Hunt For Red October 23 years ago. The film was directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh and stars Chris Pine and Keira Knightley, with Branagh and Kevin Costner also appearing in the picture.
Chis Pine (R) and Kevin Costner (L) keep things confidential in the new film
The film differs from past 'Ryan' outings, going back to the very beginnings of Ryan's career when he was a young CIA analyst trying to juggle his high octane profession and his marriage to Cathy (Knightley), who he met three years ago and who is completely oblivious to what he does for a living. Things take a turn for the unexpected with Ryan when he finds himself as the target in an assassin attempt, at which point he discovers a devious plot involving Russian terrorists to launch a major attack across the globe, invariably damaging various major cities in the world in a bid to destroy the US economy.
Check out the trailer for the taut thriller below.
The trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has been released; the first film in the series to bear simply the name of the character that has sewn all previous released together. The film takes on another level of pertinence as celebrated author Tom Clancy – the creator of the Ryan adventures – passed away on October 1st, three days ago.
Chris Pine as Jack Ryan in Shadow Recruit
In Playing Jack Ryan, Star Trek’s Chris Pine follows in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October) Harrison Ford (Patriot Games/Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears). Billed as a sort of origins story, Pine has to adopt the high-profile actors that have played the role before him, but effectively see them off in his own, unique performance as the freshly minted CIA analyst.
Jack Ryan is a young CIA analyst who joined Intelligence hoping for a comfortable office job that he could easily cover up so that his wife Cathy, who he met three years ago, won't find out what he does for a living. However, things don't exactly go according to plan and he finds himself being targeted by an assassin while uncovering a frightening plot involving Russian terrorists launching a major terrorist strike at the main cities of the world in a bid to destroy the US economy. He is charged to go to Moscow to stop the conspiracy from going ahead but then finds he has other problems to deal with when his wife follows him and discovers the extent of his deception.
Is it really 'About Time' for rom-com king Richard Curtis, responsible for 'Notting Hill' and 'Love Actually', to bow out?
Master of the romantic comedy genre, Richard Curtis, who helped bring us some of Britain's best-loved romance films of the last three decades has said that he thinks upcoming film About Time will be his last.
The thrice BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated director has tole Empire magazine, as reported by The Independent, that "[About Time] probably will be the last film I will direct." The 56 year-old filmmaker admitted he himself wasn't sure why he wanted to bow out, saying "I don't know. Just a feeling...just a feeling. It feels like a summing-up to me. We'll see how things turn out."
Richard Curtis Thinks About Time Will Be His Swansong.
The English actress could potentially take on the role of Turing's one-time fiance Joan Clarke
Keira Knightley could be starring alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming biopic of Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing in an upcoming biopic on his life. Variety broke the news that the English rose is being courted by producers of the film, which is set to be titled The Imitation Game and is being financed by Black Bear Pictures and Amersand Pictures.
The script for the film has been in the works since 2011 and is believed to have been completed by now, with Headhunters director Morten Tyldum signed on to direct the film. The script is based on Andrew Hodges’ biography on the great mathematician, Alan Turing: The Enigma, with Graham Moore (Pirates vs. Ninjas) handling the screenplay for the movie. The film is still awaiting a distributor, however given the big name stars lined-up to star in the film it shouldn't take long for someone to pick it up.
A mathematical genius and one of the founders of modern computing, Turing was one of the chief scientists responsible for cracking the German 'Enigma Code' during the Second World War, an act that has been credited for shortening the war effort against the Nazis by up to two years. Despite his immense contribution to the war, which was kept secret until government papers were made public some 60-years after his exploits, he was prosecuted by the British services in the early 1950s for being homosexual. His achievements were kept secret from the public and his family and Turing committed suicide in 1954, yet despite ending his life at such a young age he had made such a massive contribution to the advances of computer science and modern mathematic that he is still revered by his peers today.
Continue reading: Keira Knightley Looks Likely To Land Role In Upcoming Alan Turing Biopic
Plus one director, but still no star.
Director JOE WRIGHT is known for his skillful adaptations of literary classics like “Anna Karenina” and “Pride and Prejudice”, but he’s casting his gaze on an entirely different film this time, namely “50 Shades of Grey”. The news, first announced by Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, hasn’t been confirmed yet, but Wright is reportedly the frontrunner for the directorial seat on Focus Features and Universal’s latest project. Some other names reportedly in the mix are other members of the art house genre, such as Bennett Miller (“Capote,” “Moneyball”), Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting," "Milk") and Patty Jenkins (“Monster”).
Additionally, Wright’s go-to lead actress, star of “Atonement” and “Anna Karenina”, Keira Knightly was also reportedly considered for the main part of clean-cut, virginal (initially) college student Anastacial Steele, who enters into a dishy relationship with billionaire Christian Grey. But, then again, so was almost every other actress in Hollywood. Mila Kunis, Kristen Stewart and Nina Dobrev are among the latest actresses rumored for the part. Meanwhile, Knightley has denied any engagement with the project whatsoever. From so many avid denials (Emma Watson, Knightley and a host of others have made it clear they were not interested) it doesn't seem like the project is faring too well. Perhaps with the highbrow director, "Fifty Shades" will have a chance to escape the mommy porn genre.
Can Wright bring the prestige of Anna Karenina to 50 Shades?
Keira Knightley is a possibility to join long-time collaborator Joe Wright in the novel to film adaptation.
The director looks to be a firm choice for Focus and Universal who bought the rights to the trilogy in 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as he has been at the helm of five award winning features linked to the production companies including the Oscar winning 'Anna Karenina' and 'Atonement', and the four-time Academy Award nominee 'Pride & Prejudice'. Of course, this might also suggest that Keira Knightley may be up for the controversial role of Anastasia Steele given that she has been the female protagonist in all of those films and that she is no stranger to kinky characters having been subjected to erotic spanking in David Cronenberg's Freudian flick 'A Dangerous Method'.
Although we know that 'Terra Nova' writer Kelly Marcel will be adapting the screenplay, there is actually no solid deal announced between Wright and Focus/Universal. Keira may also have objections to the role, having previously told MTV in regards to her next movie project, '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.'
Continue reading: 'Anna Karenina' Director Joe Wright To Helm Risque 'Fifty Shades' Movie?
Keira Knightley will star as Coco Chanel in a movie being made to commemorate 100 years of the Chanel fashion house
Keira Knightley is among a host of stars due to star in a short film about the iconic fashion designer COCO CHANEL. The movie, is being created to mark the 100th anniversary of the French fashion house Chanel and will be directed by Karl Lagerfeld, the label’s current creative director, The Independent reports. Lagerfeld and Knightley share a mutual respect for each other and the designer often cites Keira as a muse.
The movie will be set on the French seaside town of Deauville, where the very first Chanel boutique opened up in 1913, after being financed by Captain Arthur Edward ‘Boy’ Capel. The crew were ordered to build “detailed retro sets” to recreate the era. The 27 year old actress is already a Chanel favourite, having fronted their Coco Mademoiselle perfume campaign, though the ad was pulled for being ‘overtly suggestive.’ She will be joined by Stella Tennant, Tallulah Harlech, Clotilde Hesme and Brad Kroenig in the promotional movie. It’s due to be screened at Chanel’s Cruise Show in Singapore.
Keira spoke about Lagerfeld last year, saying “Karl’s amazing. He’s an avid reader, and he speaks about five different languages, so he’ll be rattling off in English to you and in French to someone else, and in German to someone else and then the phone rings and he’s speaking Italian.”
A perfume advert featuring British actress Keira Knightley has been banned during children's television programming because it is deemed too sexually suggestive. Why fragrance giant Chanel is advertising its products during ad breaks for children's television remains to be seen, though the Advertising Standards Authority ruled that its commercial for the Coco Mademoiselle ad was unsuitable for younger viewers.
According to the BBC, the watchdog investigated after a complaint was made from a viewer who saw the ad during the film Ice Age 2. Chanel said a degree of sexual charge was common in its perfume ads, though the commercial in question shows Keira Knightley being photographed on a bed while a photographer unzips her clothes. She is then shown dressed only in a bed sheet and crawling towards him before lying down. A spokesperson for the Advertising Standards Authority said they decided it was unsuitable for 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 said.
The watchdog ruled that Chanel must not broadcast the Keira Knightley ad again around programmes of particular appeal to children.
Continue reading: Was Keira Knightley's Chanel Advert Really Sexually Suggestive?
Little has caused more contention in the contactmusic office than our recent discussion about the Christmas films list! Obviously, everyone has their own favourite, and to them that will always be the top of the list. One thing that became all too clear to us was that - with the exception of Elf & Bad Santa - there really hasn't been too many full blown Christmas films so we'd like to make a plea to Bill Murray and the other Hollywood greats - PLEASE make a new (top quality) Christmas film to join these festive favourites!
I can't say we particularly advocate parents encouraging their offspring to watch films above their age certificate, but it appears we all grew up in houses that didn't really mind what we watched - and let's face it, some of the best Christmas films might have a few boobs or rowdy drunken behaviour... As children of the 80's and 90's, we're fully aware that there's original to some of these remakes, but as is always the way, these are the films we grew up with and as such, they are our favourites.
Enough explanation, in no particular order here are the films we recommend you watch over the holidays!
Continue reading: Top Twenty Classic Holiday Season Christmas Films
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