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Digital_Ice 28-10-2005 01:33 AM


Keira Knightley Loves Screen Kisses
British beauty Keira Knightley has revealed she wants to have a clause written into her movie contracts, to ensure she always gets to lock lips with her leading man.

Keira Knightley, who currently working on Pirates Of The Caribbean II alongside Johnny Depp, is rather disappointed she doesn't get to share a kiss with the hunk.

"I wish I’d thought of that, but, sadly, no," Keira told Company magazine.

"In five years' time I'll be like, 'I’m sorry, I need to be guaranteed a snog with my leading man. Write it into my contract!'" Keira added.

Keira Knightley did get to smooch hunky co-star Orlando Bloom in the Pirates movies.

"Orlando is a marvellous kisser. It’s great to be back on Pirates Of The Caribbean. I love working with all these guys again," Knightley said.

It's still unclear how her current boyfried, model Jamie Dornan, thinks of Keira's onscreen kisses. The couple reunited just a few days ago, after calling off their relationship.

Digital_Ice 28-10-2005 01:38 AM


Jamie and Keira back on track?

Ulster model Jamie Dornan may have rekindled his romance with Hollywood star Keira Knightley, according to reports this week.

A recent sighting of the couple strolling through London hand-in-hand has sparked rumours they have decided to get back together.

Jamie, from Holywood, Co Down, and the Pride and Prejudice star had split up in the summer but in an exclusive interview with the Belfast Telegraph a few weeks ago, the model said a reconciliation was possible.

Jamie first fell for the stunning actress, whom he has described as his "best friend", when they met during a photoshoot in August 2003.

The pair were often seen together at movie premieres and award ceremonies.

Keira (21), also spent time at Jamie's family home in Holywood.

When the romance broke down this summer, there was media speculation that a third person was involved.

Keira was later linked with Bodyrockers musician Kaz James - but she denied even knowing him.

During their split, Jamie spent his time concentrating on his musical career and released a download single, Fairytale, with his friend David Alexander from Belfast.

The boys perform under the name Sons of Jim and have already supported KT Tunstall on tour.

As well as playing in a band, Jamie has recently signed a three-year modelling contract with Christian Dior.

He also landed a debut role in a new movie, Marie Antoinette, alongside Kirstin Dunst.

Digital_Ice 28-10-2005 01:40 AM


Keira needed help with lapdancing

Keira Knightley says she likes to strip off in front of the camera but has to recruit body doubles if it involves spreading her legs too far.

"Taking your clothes off in front of the camera is part of acting. I'm not ashamed of that, plus I like to look sexy on screen," she told German newspaper Express, adding that only once did she have to employ a body double.

Speaking about her new film Domino she said: "Only once during a lap dancing scene. I had to dance over man's lap, but the problem was he was so wide that I couldn't get my legs far enough apart. You have to be so flexible...I just couldn't do it and had to get a body double in."

Knightley then had to choose the best bottom from three girls. "I was presented with three naked girls. They had to show me their bums and I said which one I liked best."

Digital_Ice 28-10-2005 02:27 PM



Actress KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is desperate for an Oscar nomination after receiving critical acclaim for her role as ELIZABETH BENNET in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

The 20-year-old beauty proved her critics wrong with a critically-acclaimed performance in the hit film adaptation of the JANE AUSTEN classic romance, which spent three weeks at the top of the UK box office.

She says, "I can't deny that it would be lovely to be nominated, but I've just started in this business and there will be other, better-known actresses coming in films that haven't opened yet."

Digital_Ice 29-10-2005 12:06 AM


Going topless is liberating for Kiera

British beauty, Keira Knightley, can certainly "bend it like Beckham", but one thing she positively can't do is "split it wide open" for a lap-dance routine.

Keira, who has in the past revealed that she has no qualms about nudity, and actually finds it "liberating" to go topless for a shoot in the desert, does not however possess the elasticity of a gymnast to be able to do the splits, for which she has to hire a body-double.

"Taking your clothes off in front of the camera is part of acting. I'm not ashamed of that, plus I like to look sexy on screen," Fox News quoted her as telling German newspaper Express.

"Only once during a lap dancing scene. I had to dance over man's lap, but the problem was he was so wide that I couldn't get my legs far enough apart. You have to be so flexible...I just couldn't do it and had to get a body double in", she added.,00180016.htm

argh, why are all these news articles just rehashes of each other?...

Digital_Ice 29-10-2005 11:33 AM


'Domino' delivers on storyline, violence, effects

Leonard Martinez
El Paso Times

In the early days of movies, roles for women were limited to those of damsels in distress.

Thankfully, that has changed and we have seen very strong women characters.

Domino Harvey (Keira Knightley), the protagonist in "Domino," displays strength and depth as a former model-turned-bounty- hunter.

"Domino," as the opening of the movie says, is "based on a true story -- sort of" and the movie takes several liberties, which just makes it a fun ride anyway.

Sadly, the real Domino died earlier this year of a drug overdose after nearly a decade in the bounty hunter business.

The movie is based on Domino's narration of what happened, so it's anybody's guess how much of it is "true."

The movie is a cross between "Sin City" and "Natural Born Killers" in terms of the unique characters and how the movie was shot.

And, of course, it has violence to the nth degree.

Domino is having fun in her new profession when a reality-show producer wants to do a show about her and her team.

They agree, and their borderline legal tactics are a hit.

Then they get the call to recover $10 million in stolen money from a Las Vegas casino with mob ties, and things get really dirty.

She eventually gets arrested after a Las Vegas landmark is destroyed.

Mickey Rourke, whose career was resuscitated with "Sin City," has another brilliant role here as Ed the bounty hunter. He is the dark mentor who uses rumors about his past to influence his team and the bad guys they round up.

Before watching "Domino," take in a Vegas-style buffet at Ventanas inside Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, featuring a live pasta station, pizza, salad bar and more.

There will be people who are going to have a problem with the story or the violence or the way some of the scenes were shot, which was almost dreamlike.

But don't overthink it too much and enjoy the ride.

KnightleyNews 29-10-2005 12:53 PM


Originally Posted by Digital_Ice,00180016.htm

argh, why are all these news articles just rehashes of each other?...

Heh-heh, tell me about it...

Ever since Bend It Like Beckham the Indian press especially have picked up on the tiniest morsel of news and gossip about Parminder, Gurinder and Keira. India love their movies, they have the biggest industry in the world - bigger than Hollywood - and the actor who played Jess' dad, Anupam Kher, is now chairman of India's film censors.

But outside of India, whatever's on the newswires about movie stars gets reprinted just because it's (apparently) the sort of things their readers like to read about. Especially bad news - people love to read about celebs being down on their luck or insecure about something - it 'humanises' them, and makes us plebs feel better, and thereby attempts to create an affinity between us and the celebs which hopefully will result in us going to see their film. Such stories are carefully crafted for the press around the time the celebs have a film to sell - we always get the Keira 'I hate my legs/bum/tits/zits...' stories at promotions time because everyone knows the soundbites will travel well in the press and therefore help to sell the film - it's all part of the marketing strategy. Seemingly random comments which are actually nothing of the sort are now as integral a part of a movie's promotion as a poster or trailer.


Digital_Ice 31-10-2005 06:14 PM


Disney boat deal promotes Pirates

Disney is backing an entry in the Volvo round-the-world yacht race to promote the sequel to its hit film Pirates of the Caribbean.
The 70ft (21.3m) yacht - Pirates of the Caribbean II - is being nicknamed the Black Pearl after the ship captained on screen by Johnny Depp.

The sponsorship deal is estimated to have cost Disney at least $15m (£8.4m).

The nine-leg race starts on 12 November in Vigo, Spain and ends seven months later in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which also stars Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, is the first of two sequels to the original film.

It is scheduled for release in the US in July next year.

Boosting interest

The sails of Pirates of the Caribbean II carry the film's logo and a picture of a monster from the story is featured on its hull.

The yacht's skipper Paul Cayard led EF Language to victory in the 1997-98 race.

"I like the pirate theme," he said. "We're definitely fully into it, but we're not changing who we are. We're still professional sailors."

Volvo Ocean Race organisers are also hoping the Pirates of the Caribbean II entry will help boost interest in the sport.

Digital_Ice 01-11-2005 12:00 AM

more on the boat...


Disney "Pirates" Ship Takes to the Seas

by Josh Grossberg
Oct 31, 2005, 2:30 PM PT

Heigh-ho, me hearties. That's no ghost ship ye see on the horizon--it's the Black Pearl.

Aargh, indeed.

The titular ship Johnny Depp helmed in 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl will be setting sail as the U.S. entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, a 31,250-mile, nine-leg sea race around the globe.

Disney has plunked down an estimated $15 million-$18 million in loot for the right to turn the 70-foot yacht into a floating billboard for the two upcoming Pirates sequels, which will reunite Depp with costars Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley.

The vessel, emblazoned with a skull and crossed scabbards logo, sets sail Nov. 12 in Vigo, Spain. The eight-month race is due to finish in Gothenburg, Sweden, on June 17, three weeks before the first seafaring follow-up, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, hits theaters on July 7--an occasion marked by the boat's number: 7706. The third film in the Pirates trifecta will arrive in summer 2007.

Donald Evans, vice president of marketing and promotions for Buena Vista International, Disney's international distribution arm, said race officials dreamed up the idea and approached the studio, which quickly signed on. The Mouse House's creative group immediately went to work on the design and the look of the boat.

"There's so much clutter out there tin terms of getting the consumer's attention and we felt that this was in organic fit," Evans tells E! Online.

"There are so many reasons to do this. One, it was the perfect marriage of sports and entertainment; the second is timing; and the third is…we needed something fresh [and] this race is the most innovative type of sailing available."

Evans even points out parallels between the movies and the race. One of the stars of the new Pirates, Stellan Skarsgard, is a Swede. The film's villain, played by Bill Nighy, pilots the Flying Dutchman, and the race features two Dutch boats.

But Captain Jack Sparrow is sitting this race out.

The Black Pearl, under the command of veteran skipper Paul Cayard, will hoist sails and take to the high seas the ol' fashioned way--without the use of an engine except for emergency purposes.

The 46-year-old captain, who's competed in the race several times, had no plans to return this year. But Disney's offer was too good to pass up, considering the PR boost it could give the pro-sailing world.

"The race is a fantastic experience," Cayard tells E! Online. "I decided this whole thing about being a pirate and promoting a film is a great opportunity for our sport to branch out."

Cayard also praised Mickey's minions for the design, which won't compromise performance. The Pirates graphics had to be on the sails and hull and not be too heavy or risk detracting from the sail's performance. Disney scuttled its original plans for black sails, which would have limited the crew's vision at night.

"We worked together on that and there was a give and take both ways," says Cayard. "They were very respectful of our needs as pro sailors and they want us to do well, and I think we came up with a really good representation of pirates in a very class modern way."

Asked whether he'll be shivering his timbers and dropping "aarghs" and "avasts" like a Central Casting buccaneer, Cayard demurs.

"My wife is pushing me on that, but so far we've been pretty focused on being the pro sailors we're supposed to be and we'll loosen up as we go," he says. "But it's good to be a pirate.",...,00.html?tnews

Digital_Ice 09-11-2005 10:21 AM


Gurinder Chadha to 'Bend It Like Beckham' again!

Gurinder Chadha is planning to make a sequel to her 2003 hit movie 'Bend It Like Beckham', which shaped the careers of Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra.
Most of the characters of 'Bend It Like Beckham' will return in the sequel, which is going to be about Chadha's life and her footballing career.

"I am making a sequel to Bend it Like Beckham. But I see it more as a continuation of the characters than an actual sequel. The first film was based on me when I was growing up, whereas this next one is going to be about my life afterwards," The Sun quoted her as speaking at the after-party of the TCM Classic Shorts Awards.

"I'm busy with another project at the moment, but after that I'm really looking forward to getting started on it," she added.

Digital_Ice 09-11-2005 10:25 AM



Film-maker JOE WRIGHT shot two different endings for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE - one for the US and one for Britain.

While UK viewers see DONALD SUTHERLAND's character MR BENNET smile contentedly in the final scene, American audiences will enjoy a passionate embrace between stars KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and MATTHEW MacFAYDEN when it opens this weekend (12/13NOV05).

Wright explains, "Americans like a bit more sugar in their champagne."

Digital_Ice 09-11-2005 10:27 AM

a bit more in these articles


Keira to Bend again?

BEND It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha is making a sequel to the 2003 movie which launched Keira Knightley into the limelight.

Sexy Keira, 20, is reportedly going to return alongside co-star Parminder Nagra in the film which will follow the two characters' footballing careers from where Bend It Like Beckham left off.

Speaking at the after-party of the TCM Classic Shorts Awards, Gurinder said: "I am making a sequel to Bend it Like Beckham. But I see it more as a continuation of the characters than an actual sequel.

"The first film was based on me when I was growing up, whereas this next one is going to be about my life afterwards.

"I'm busy with another project at the moment, but after that I'm really looking forward to getting started on it."

Filming is due to start next year.,,2...520038,00.html


It's soccer Tuesday: Bend it Like Beckham 2 in the works

The woman behind Bend It Like Beckham, writer/director Guinder Chadha, is currently writing a sequel to the movie that unleashed Keira Knightley on the world. According to Chadha, episode two will be loosely based on her own life, as was Beckham (Wow, really? I had no idea.). She sees it, however, as "a continuation of the characters [rather] than an actual sequel," which I guess means that it might even not have anything to do with soccer. Dammit.

At the end of the first film, the two characters were on their way to California - heaven knows what American craziness they could get up to in part two. Also, gentlemen, since the screenplay is still being written, the involvement of Knightley and co-star Parminder Nagra has yet to be discussed.


Director Gurinder Chadha announced on Wednesday she is writing a sequel to Bend It Like Beckham. Speaking at the after-party of the TCM Classic Shorts Awards she said: "I am making a sequel to Bend it Like Beckham. But I see it more as a continuation of the characters than an actual sequel. The first film was based on me when I was growing up, whereas this next one is going to be about my life afterwards. I'm busy with another project at the moment, but after that I'm really looking forward to getting started on it."

So, while it's quite possible that Parminder Nagra will be back as Jess, it doesn't necessarily follow that Keira will be back as Jules. But the companies funding the movie may well have other ideas, given Keira's current 'bankability'. It's difficult to remember - especially for the press - that it was Parminder's movie as Jess Bhamra: her story, her conflicts and her struggles to overcome prejudice. However, the fact remains that it was Keira's presence in Pirates which kept BILB afloat in the US box office for twice its expected duration. Buena Vista capitalised on Keira's sudden popularity by rescreening it at 1,000 theatres in the last week of July 2003 while Pirates was at No.1. BILB had a production budget of just $6.5m yet went on to take in more than $76m worldwide. Would you like to see a Bend It Like Beckham 2 ? - heh, stole it from paul!

Digital_Ice 15-11-2005 06:21 PM


Keira couldn't get a date

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY says she enjoys being a Hollywood sex symbol, because as a schoolgirl she couldn't get a date.

Although she can now get any man she wants - including hunky model Jamie Dornan - Keira told People magazine she didn't have a single boyfriend as a youngster.

She revealed: "I didn't have any boyfriends at all when I was in school. Like none. Really.

"So I must have been rejected an awful lot.",,2...530188,00.html

Digital_Ice 15-11-2005 06:24 PM


British actress Keira Knightly is desperate to learn how to drive.

She has set herself a challenge to have passed her test by 2006…she better get it sorted soon then!

Speaking to Newsweek she said: "I need to learn how to drive.
"It's kind of defining me now. I feel like I should come into a room and say, "I'm Keira Knightley and I'm a non-driver"."

Isn’t she forgetting other defining characteristics like beautiful, millionaire Hollywood actress perhaps?

Digital_Ice 15-11-2005 06:27 PM


I am not making a sequel to Beckham!

Gurinder Chaddha denies rumours of a follow-up to her popular football flick; says she wants to write instead

The British press claimed recently that Gurinder Chaddha was to follow her immensely popular Bend It Like Beckham with a sequel. But Chaddha claims otherwise. “Am I completely insane to go back to ...Beckham? My dear, that train left the station long ago. There's absolutely no reason for me to return to it. I think the rumour started when this silly journalist from a British paper asked me at a party what I wanted to do next. I told her that I was writing, that I wanted to return to my roots, and that ...Beckham was part of my roots. The next thing I knew they had announced a sequel. They even put up stories on the website about Keira Knightley being in it. Poor thing! I'm just not interested in ...Beckham any longer.”

But while she's not interested in ‘Bending’ it for the second time, Chaddha is keen to write. “That's what I've returned to England for. Lately, I've been travelling so much I feel completely drained. I just want to put down my thoughts and unearth my inner feelings. Movie offers? Oh there're so many! I returned to London with a mailbox clogged with scripts.”

Chaddha's proposed next film was a big Hollywood project, I Dream of Jeannie, with Kate Hudson. “That's been put on hold. I'm re-writing the script and changing the stress and accents from the original television serial to suit these times.”

Chaddha is also excited about a film she has just completed, based in and on Paris. “It's an entire pastiche of Parisian tales, called Paris Je T'Aime, to which twenty directors, including the Cohen Brothers, Alexander Payne and Wes Craven, have contributed.”

There are only two female directors in the episodic film, the other being a Spanish woman, and only two Asians, the other being a Japanese director. “That's right,” Chaddha laughs. “My 5-minute story is about a Muslim girl and a French guy. I've introduced a topical element into the proceedings. It was very exciting to tell a story in such little space.”

Another story she has told within limited space is for a brand of guitars. “I shot my first ad…and that too in Mumbai. Yes, I sneaked in three weeks ago, shot this ad for a really cool brand of guitars and left without anyone being the wiser…I had no time to socialise. In any case, my friend and brother, Karan Johar wasn't in Mumbai, so I had nothing to look forward to. But I am really looking forward to his new film. I haven't had a good cry for a long time… (laughs).”

Chaddha returns to Mumbai in February for the release of her husband Paul Berges’ directorial debut Mistress of Spices. “And it won't be dubbed into Hindi, and be ruined like my Bride & Prejudice was,” she promises.

* Am I completely insane to go back to ...Beckham? My dear, that train left the station long ago.– Gurinder Chaddha

Digital_Ice 15-11-2005 06:29 PM


Keira the conqueror
A ravishing actress's myriad charms blossom in Pride and Prejudice

It would be a mistake to get balled up trying to describe Keira Knightley's particular beauty. The dark, knowing eyes. The bold brows. And don't even think about the mouth. In a recent cover story in Esquire, beside a photo of the young British actress coolly revealing her right breast, a male writer knocked himself out trying to explain the thing she does with her mouth -- the way "her pout breaks into a precariously wide smile, retracts into what looks like a sob, and then somehow transforms into an adoring half laugh." Guess you had to be there. Yes, there is a thing she does with her mouth, but there's no describing it. It's an English thing -- the strong chin and the way she breaks her composure with a laugh that reveals her lower teeth. You see? There's no point. In trying to explain Hollywood's new It Girl, it's best to let the pictures do the talking -- and turn instead to Jane Austen.

No author has set a more enduring prototype for the modern, girl-powered romantic comedy than Jane. (Surely by now she deserves a one-name moniker, like Madonna and Cher.) We're not just talking about the movies based on her novels (Emma, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park . . .), or those influenced by them (Clueless, Legally Blonde). Without Austen's 19th-century precedent, it's hard to imagine Sabrina's Audrey Hepburn, Sleepless in Seattle's Meg Ryan, Pretty Woman's Julia Roberts -- or Bend it Like Beckham's Keira Knightley.

In Beckham, a sports movie with Austen-like elements of misaligned romance and arranged marriage, Knightley didn't have the lead role. But as a scrawny, soccer-mad tomboy with a nimble London accent, she left a sharp impression. And even then, when she was just 16, her quick, darting intelligence could be summed up by the words Austen used to describe her most famous heroine, Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice: "She had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous."

Now 20, this hardy English rose has blossomed with a string of eye-catching roles -- from the free-thinking damsel who had her corset shucked by Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, to the gun-toting, lap-dancing, chain-smoking bounty hunter in Domino. As the damsel, she seemed constricted, not just by the corset, but by the Boys' Own shenanigans of the movie. And as the reckless Domino Harvey, it seems she was trying a little too hard to prove she could join the Angelina Jolie camp of butch vixens.

But now, in an exhilarating new version of Pride and Prejudice, Knightley has found her stride as Austen's Elizabeth. Despite her physical charms -- which make her somewhat overqualified to play a woman the author describes as "the second prettiest" of the five Bennet sisters -- Knightley inhabits the character as if to the Austen manor born. This is a star-making performance.

Playing a character who leads with her mind, not her looks, is no small feat for someone who looks like Knightley. Yet there's nothing prohibitive about her allure. "Keira is obviously incredibly beautiful," Joe Wright, the British director of Pride and Prejudice, told Maclean's. "But also she seems quite normal. It seems we all could know her somehow. Like Julia Roberts, she doesn't alienate us. She doesn't threaten men or women." Then, slowly choosing his words, as if to say this is not just a director hyping his movie, Wright adds: "I think she will develop into one of the most important movie stars of her era."

For someone so young, Knightley has already covered a lot of ground. If she has the range, the It Girl could indeed become a superstar. She has the dark-eyed smoulder of Natalie Portman, but is a gamine without the gravitas. More like a sultry Audrey Hepburn. Then there's that laugh, Keira's flash of complicity. It's the equivalent of Julia's smile, disarming and a bit ungainly -- the indiscretion of a pretty woman who hasn't altogether given up on being a kid.

But Wright initially feared Knightley might be too glam for Pride and Prejudice. "Originally I wanted someone plainer to play Elizabeth," he says. "Darcy is attracted to her for the liveliness of her mind rather than anything else." The director arranged to see her in Montreal, where she was shooting The Jacket. Late at night, after his flight was delayed by a snowstorm, he met her in a hotel bar. "I discovered this scruffy tomboy who didn't at all conform to the preconceptions I had of her," he recalls. "That struck me as quite interesting, that Keira, being a tomboy, wouldn't have fitted the feminine ideal of the period, of 1797, when women were expected to be a lot more demure and curvaceous. Then I discovered her to be incredibly opinionated. She doesn't say what she thinks you want to hear. All those characteristics were again perfect for Elizabeth."

This new Pride and Prejudice has scenes of lavish spectacle. At times it threatens to turn into a tour of English homes and landscapes, the Lake District for Dummies. But Wright, who claims an affinity for "English realism," disdains the "chocolate-boxy" feel of Merchant Ivory period films. Adopting an earthier tone than the 1995 British miniseries of Pride and Prejudice, he does breathe fresh life into Austen's characters. With Matthew Macfadyen as Lizzie's stern object of desire, Brenda Blethyn as her hectic mother and Donald Sutherland as her kindly father, Wright has assembled a rich ensemble -- crowned by an imperious Judi Dench as (dragon) Lady Catherine de Bourg. For the Bennet sisters, the 33-year-old director cast actors as young as Austen's characters (unlike the 1940 version with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson, who were in their 30s). And his Bennet sisters tear through the movie with giddy, girlish abandon.

Knightley, who was 19 when she shot the movie, grounds that adolescent energy in a sensible confidence that makes her seem wise beyond her years. But then she has been acting professionally from the age of seven, and first requested an agent at three. Born in the London suburb of Teddington, she's the daughter of an actor father and playwright mother. Working to overcome a learning disability, Knightley took on various TV roles before scoring a part as Natalie Portman's decoy Padmé in Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace (1999). After her breakthrough in Bend it Like Beckham, she landed a lead as Lara in a TV miniseries of Dr. Zhivago. The blockbuster success of Pirates of the Caribbean cemented her stardom, and now she's in the Caribbean shooting back-to-back sequels. With any luck, this time her character will end up with Johnny Depp, rather than Orlando Bloom, despite the age difference. Jane would approve.

Digital_Ice 15-11-2005 06:31 PM


Skinny Keira won't change

NEW YORK -- Keira Knightley is happy with her modest bosom and naturally thin body, thank you very much.

"As far as my body goes, it is what it is, I'm afraid," says Knightley, starring in Pride & Prejudice, opening today. "It's genetics as far as it's anything else."

So she has no plans to "enhance" her breasts with plastic surgery. "Oh, f--- no!" she says with a giggle. "I'm British, for God's sake. No, you're not coming near me with a knife!"

That said, she knows it is an advantage in contemporary Hollywood to have an overall thin body. "Of course, it's a visual medium. I'd be stupid if I didn't know that looks have something to do with that."

So she frets over the possibility that her success, and her slim size, will inspire women to artificially lose weight.

"I think it's quite worrying now because that (being thin) is definitely a trend and you get people trying to force their bodies into something that it naturally isn't. You can only do what your body can do. I don't work out very much so I guess it's pretty natural (in my case)."

Digital_Ice 19-11-2005 01:18 AM


Knightley named the UK's sexiest woman

THE actress Keira Knightley was named Britain's sexiest woman yesterday.

The star of Pride and Prejudice fought off competition from Abi Titmuss, Sienna Miller and Kelly Brook to win the accolade from Esquire magazine.

Her "perfect" looks and laid-back attitude helped her scoop more than a third of votes in the online poll for the publication.

Knightley's 35 per cent share of the vote was more than double that of runner-up Miller, who attracted 17 per cent. Knightley also left several other high-profile stars in the shade, including the Dr Who actress Billie Piper, television presenter Cat Deeley and pop singer Rachel Stevens.

Tim Lewis, deputy editor of Esquire, said it was not just Knightley's looks that sets pulses racing.

He said: "I think the thing that people like about Keira is that she seems very relaxed and normal.

"She is grown-up but not too grown-up, and she is fun. She almost has a model look. She has an astonishing face; it is almost perfect.

"You can imagine yourself hanging around with her. I don't think she takes the whole celebrity thing too seriously."

Knightley, who is best known for her breakthrough roles in Bend it Like Beckham and the popular Pirates of the Caribbean, is currently filming sequels in what will be a Pirates of the Caribbean series, the first of which is due for release next summer.

Digital_Ice 23-11-2005 02:11 PM


Keira Knightley loves jumping from role to role

ROGER MOORE; The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel
Published: November 23rd, 2005 02:30 AM

Keira Knightley’s voice is so winsome and frothy that you can practically see those famous teeth and that million-dollar grin over the phone.
And why wouldn’t she bubble? She’s 20 years old and, constant cracks about being “boyishly thin” aside, she’s stunning. Glamour, FHM, New Woman and Tatler have all named her “sexiest” this or “most desirable” that in the past year.

She just left the set of one of two “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequels, working with Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp.

“Trying to do a scene with Johnny and trying desperately not to laugh at his performance is a true trial,” she says, laughing. “There were a couple of times where I completely corpsed (actor’s slang for botching a scene), and the entire crew would fall down and we’d have to do the entire scene again.”

In a business and culture that celebrates the newest, the freshest and the hottest, Knightley qualifies for all three. Even her failures celebrate her sexy chic. The babe-as-bounty-hunter thriller “Domino” may have flopped last month, but Knightley came through it smelling like an English Rose.

And now she is showcased in her “dream role,” the one any English actress with a literary-romantic bent would pine for. Knightley plays smart-mouthed yet always proper Elizabeth Bennet in the new film of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice,” which opens today.

“I’ve been obsessed with ‘Pride & Prejudice’ since I was about 7,” says Knightley, the daughter of a playwright-mom and an actor-dad. “My mom got it on book-tape, and I listened to it constantly.

“I had two dollhouses, a little one that was Longbourn and the big one was Pemberley,” she says, naming the two main homes in the novel.

She read the book and watched the definitive and popular BBC/A&E version of the tale “endlessly.” So much so that she was scared to death to do the film.

“But my mom said, ‘Read the book again, and I guarantee you that you will see Elizabeth Bennet as yourself.’ And she was absolutely right. … Any woman who reads it identifies with her so closely that she sees Elizabeth Bennet as herself.”

“Pride & Prejudice” is Austen’s classic tale of class, courtship and blown first impressions. It’s about a lower upper-class family with multiple marriage-age daughters – the Bennets – and their dealings with their betters, mainly the families of men who would make nice financial matches for the down-on-their-luck Bennets. It’s about how the spirited and knowing Elizabeth misjudges, and is misjudged by, snobbish and icy Mr. Darcy, whom we just know will eventually melt under her spell.

“The reason I became an Austen fan is because the characters aren’t perfect,” Knightley says. “They’re hugely flawed. With Elizabeth, she’s everything that I, as a woman, would like to be. Or so you’d think. She’s capable of those withering put-downs, terribly witty, independent, passionate.

“But sometimes, she’s really (bloody) annoying, and you just want to kick her in the (behind) and say, ‘Come on. What are you doing?’”

Knightley may be able to play perfectly prim and proper on the screen. But she can curse with the best 20-year-olds, which actually adds to her charm, what BBC critic Stella Papamichael calls “her tough-cookie routine.” Rest assured, when we print (bloody) and (behind), she’s actually waxing more colorful.

That “tough cookie” business is what Knightley wanted to bring to Elizabeth Bennet. Her “Lizzy,” as she calls her, “is a woman of her era, and ahead of her time,” she says. “You can’t take that ‘of her time’ propriety from her, because you’ve got to know the rules in order to break them. And that’s what she does.”

Knightley, herself, is very much of her time, the “it” girl of the moment, a moment she has worked toward all her life. She begged her parents for an agent when she was 3, so the story goes. At just 20, she is 17 films and a dozen TV movies or episodes into her career, a career as varied as the breakout soccer-girl performance in “Bend it Like Beckham,” a “Doctor Zhivago” for British TV, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Love Actually,” “The Jacket” and “Domino.”

“There’s nothing sexier in an actress than courage,” says Edgar Ramirez, her co-star in “Domino.” “It’s a great contradiction, that Keira, as beautiful as a swan, is as hard as iron.”

Knightley, sprinting from one film to the next, has her own spin on that.

“I’m trying to give people whiplash, I really am. I think I would get very bored if I kept on doing the same sorts of roles, over and over again. Can’t wear a bodice every day, you know.”

Digital_Ice 24-11-2005 10:37 AM

theres an article about keira in the latest sky magazine....

...i might type it up later

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