2010 News Archive
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The keiraweb.co.uk Review of the Year is now online. See how much you remember from Keira's 2010.Talk about your best Keira news story of this year here.
The official UK web site for Never Let Me Go is now active, with a confirmation of February 11th for release.
A number of sites have listed A Dangerous Method in their 'must-see movies' lists for 2011, including Time Out London, Dark Horizons, Ann Thompson, De'Buzz, and Obsessed With Film.
The first publicity shots for The Children's Hour have appeared.
I had intended to refrain from posting Keira plaudits for London Boulevard and Never Let Me Go until they were released on both sides of the Atlantic, but as that looks like being six months apart, I've compiled them now. Read the Reviews & Praise.
There's a great collection of interviews, trailers and making-of clips for Last Night at this site. It's a German site, and the movie is due out there at the end of the month. Lucky them.
Keira is on Vogue's 2010 Best Dressed List.
London Boulevard will be out on UK DVD on March 21st. Meanwhile, the movie has slipped to No.12 in the UK box office, showing now on 130 screens. It took another £59,000 last weekend, making £1,268,000 since its release three weeks ago.
Celebrating Google's Jane Austen birthday logo, The Telegraph has a feature on actresses of Jane Austen adaptations.
More of the forthcoming Vogue interview with Keira has emerged, in which she states 'something was broken' in her during the manic years of her meteoric rise to fame. Meanwhile, her friend Sienna Miller says she is jealous of the "laid back home life" Keira enjoys.
Howard Panter, boss of the Ambassador Theatre Group which produced, among many others, The Misanthrope and is currently producing The Children's Hour, says UK theatre is entering a new 'Golden Age'. Article.
Despite being a strong contender in the 'awards prediction' articles for much of the year, Never Let Me Go has failed to pick up ANY nominations at the first biggie of the year, The Golden Globes. Better luck at the BAFTAs - nominations are out on January 18th. Article.
Keira and her Children's Hour co-star Elisabeth Moss have started rehearsals for the play with some practical lessons. They visited Brentwood School on Tuesday 7th (see pics here and here), and they were spotted in the audience of Black Watch at London's Barbican on Wednesday 8th.
London Boulevard took a further £254,000 in its second UK week, for a £1,060,000 tally, showing on 29 fewer screens than last week (316 from 345).
Keira is cover girl and has a photoshoot inside, the January 2011 issue of UK Vogue. See cover and photoshoot. In the promotional media release, it appears Keira thought of retiring from acting three years ago.
Carey Mulligan has won Best Actress for her role as Kathy in Never Let Me Go at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) in London tonight. Keira did not attend.
Atonement gets its UK TV premiere on Sunday December 19th when it comes to ITV1 at 10.15pm.
Never Let Me Go will be out on DVD in North America BEFORE we in Europe get to see it at the cinema. It will be out on Blu-Ray and DVD Stateside on February 1st, with a 30-minute 'making of' featurette. Article.
Here's a brief article about Keira's role in The Children's Hour, with a new pic. Rehearsals start next Monday.
TotalFilm has an 'Evolution of Keira Knightley' feature over 28 pages. Spot the pic that's not related to the movie.
Here's a great photoshoot from the Rome Film Festival promotions of Last Night. I think I like it more because she's not baring flesh or looking sexy. Just being herself.
London Boulevard has debuted at No.3 in the UK box office in its first week, taking £577,000 across 345 screens. That includes £138,000 from Wednesday and Thursday previews. Of course, it was never expected to worry Harry Potter and his Deadly Halitosis, but this good return may result in a wider release this weekend. Article.
Keira will 'participate' at a tribute evening to producer Jeremy Thomas, hosted by the Oscar academy AMPAS this Thursday in London. Whether attending or providing a pre-recorded video tribute will be known by the evidence (or lack of) pap snaps on the night. Thomas is producer of A Dangerous Method, his third movie for director David Cronenberg.
Here's a London Boulevard interview with Ray Winstone.
Keira has become a patron of the SMA Trust, a charity raising funds and awareness for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, of which a Knightley family member is a sufferer. Press release. Keira is also an ambassador of The Starlight Foundation.
Never Let Me Go's European release has been put back again: UK - Feb 11th; France & Belgium - Feb 9th; Italy Feb 25th; Germany - March 31st.
A Dangerous Method's producer is the latest to lament the UK's lack of investment in the UK film industry in this article, which also features some, ahem, interesting detail about Keira's sex scenes!
Here's another London Boulevard video interview with Colin Farrell - quite possibly the most reluctant interviewee in history!
The full cast for The Children's
Hour is now as follows:
Ellen Burstyn - Amelia Tilford
Nancy Crane - Agatha
Amy Dawson - Rosalie Wells
Isabel Ellison - Catherine
Bryony Hannah - Mary Tilford
Carol Kane - Lily Mortar
Keira Knightley - Karen Wright
Tobias Menzies - Dr Joseph Cardin
Elizabeth Moss - Martha Dobie
The one reliable journalist at The Daily Mail, showbiz editor Baz Bamigboye, writesin his column today that Keira is top of Working Title's list to play Anna Karenina in a new adaptation to be directed by Joe Wright, with a screenplay by Sir Tom Stoppard.
More cast has been announced to join Keira and Elisabeth Moss in The Children's Hour. Bryony Hannah will play Mary Tilford, the pupil at the centre of the storyline. Veteran actress Ellen Burstyn will play her mother. Carol Kane and Tobias Menzies have also been cast. Rehearsals start on December 6th. Official tickets are still available at the banner above.
London Boulevard previews in London on the 24th and 25th, before national release on the 26th. Yet to see or hear any Keira promotion for this, even pre-recorded, but Ray Winstone is on ITV1's London Tonight next week one day at 6pm (Sky 993 if you're outside London) and Film2010 should at least have a mention of it. Director William Monahan is interviewed by Collider.com.
Today's announcement of the engagement between Prince William and the soon-to-be Princess Catherine reminded me of Channel 4's 2004 attempt to match him up with suitable stock, of which Keira was the final choice to vote for. I've uploaded all three segments on the Youtube Channel. By the way, Keira finished fourth in the poll, ahead of a certain Kate Middleton in fifth :)
Talking of polls, Keira is No.2 in a new poll of Sexiest British Actresses Under 30. Keira's co-stars Sienna, Carey and Hayley also make the list.
An update on the London Boulevard promotions: The TV ad still says Kiera - although I did see an ad plastered along the side of a bus today, which was spelled correctly. Hooray!
Keira has been in Cornwall since the weekend for a photoshoot which will appear in Italian Vogue, probably around the time of the release of A Dangerous Method. See pap snaps.
The London Boulevard premiere would be in the schedules by now if it was happening, so I'd guess there will instead be a back-street London cinema press night, as there was for The Jacket. Colin Farrell seems to be doing all the promotions on his own for this movie. See his interviews today with Daybreak and Sky News, the latter featuring new clips. He's also on ITV At The Movies this Saturday (see Diary).
Here's an interview with Rupert Friend about the short film Steve (starring Keira) and Colin Firth's casting in it.
I've been informed that Keira's
agency address has changed. I've asked for official clarification, but
there's now no trace of the Shaftesbury Avenue address on their web site,
so please direct all fanmail to the new address on the Fanmail link in
the left-hand column.
- Mystery No.1: Why the people who made the currently-showing UK TV spot for London Boulevard have the word 'KIERA KNIGHTLEY' in big letters on the screen? Completely unacceptable to spell her name wrong now. She's hardly an unknown.
- Mystery No.2: Why the UK premiere of Silk is on Film4 on Friday December 3rd at 1.10 *AM* ?? This film will be seen by about as many people as saw it on its 24-screen UK cinema release. For one week.
Colin Farrell kicks off the London Boulevard promotions in the UK next Monday 15th, when he drops in to ITV's breakfast show Daybreak.
An English-language Last Night trailer, quite possibly the official US one, can be watched here, or downloaded here (15Mb).
Never Let Me Go is now dropping from US cinemas (down to 126 screens this week). Its US gross is now $2.2m.
Tickets for The Children's Hour went on sale today. You can buy them from the banner above or by clicking here. Performances are Monday to Saturday from January 22nd to April 16th at 7.30pm (2.30pm matinees on Saturdays and Wednesdays), with a press night and official opening on February 9th. More cast will be announced soon.
Keira's Central London flat was among several targeted by burglars on October 26th. The flat was apparently ransacked and two laptops were taken due to a faulty security door. Keira was not in residence at the property in which her brother also lives. Despite an increase in burglaries among celebrities who are seen in the media to be away from home, the criminals are not thought to have been aware of the property's owner in this case. Anyone with information should contact Westminster CID. Article.
An image which may or may not turn out to be the official poster for London Boulevard has appeared.
Keira has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Ruth in Never Let Me Go at the BIFAs (British Independent Film Awards). The ceremony will be held in London on December 5th. She was last nominated in 2008 for The Duchess and also received the Personality of the Year Award there in 2005 (watch video). The movie has earned six nominations in all:
Best Actress, Carey Mulligan
Best Supporting Actress, Keira Knightley
Best Supporting Actor, Andrew Garfield
Best British Independent Film
Best Screenplay, Alex Garland
Best Director, Mark Romanek - Full list & article
The Keira segment of The People Speak is now online at Youtube or for download (31Mb). She quotes from a 2000 testimony of a British asylum seeker.
With less than a month to release, London Boulevard's trailer has finally put in an appearance.
of part of the Last Night press conference at Rome.
- Pics from the Last Night Premiere and After-party
- More here on the premiere disruption: BBC - Variety - Sun - HR
- Here's a large version of a German Last Night poster.
- Keira and Eva Mendes attended a photocall and press conference for Last Night at the Rome Film Festival today. Photos.
- Selected press: WP - Daily Mail - BroadwayWorld - AP
- The official Italian web site for the film has been launched, with tons of new stills.
- Tonight's red carpet premiere was curtailed due to protests by Italian movie industry workers over scheduled funding cuts. Keira & co. were ushered into the theatre by bodyguards after 800 protesters invaded the red carpet. It's unfortunate and embarrassing for the festival, but all publicity is good publicity where movie promotion's concerned. Pics - Pre-premiere Lancia event - Article.
Keira has now arrived in Rome ahead of Thursday's Film Festival premiere of Last Night. An extended trailer and wallpapers can be seen here.
Colin Firth is interviewed in today's Independent about last month's The People Speak event, which premieres on UK telly on Sunday (see Diary, right).
Keira has been nominated as Best Actress for her role of Jennifer in The Misanthrope. She is on the longlist for the Natasha Richardson Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2010. The shortlist will be revealed on November 21st and the awards ceremony is a week later, the 28th.
Last Night will screen Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week at the Rome Film Festival, following the gala premiere on Thursday, at which Keira and Eva Mendes are expected to attend.
Here is the official synopsis
for The Children's Hour:
When a troubled teenager starts to spin a web of deceit, all around her are soon caught up in it. Karen Wright (Keira Knightley) and Martha Dobie (Elisabeth Moss) have worked for years to establish their all-girls boarding school, and now, with the school flourishing and Karen on the verge of marriage, their lives and loves finally appear secure. However, when malicious student Mary runs away from the school and seeks to avoid being sent back, she draws on hearsay, gossip, and her own imagination, to concoct a story that threatens the school, the marriage, and their entire futures.
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NEW PROJECT !!!
- Keira has now been confirmed
in the role of Karen Wright in the first West End production of Lillian
Hellman's 1934 play The Children's Hour. Elizabeth Moss (star of Mad Men)
will play her partner as the owners of a girl's school who are both accused
of lesbian relations by a disruptive pupil.
- Rehearsals will start in late November with performances commencing in January at a venue to be confirmed. An official opening will happen in February.
- Jerusalem director Ian Rickson will direct the play. Elizabeth Moss performed to rave reviews in Speed The Plow on Broadway, although this will be her London debut. There are plans to transfer the play to Broadway next winter.
- As a huge Audrey Hepburn fan I'm so excited about this project and I'm extremely pleased that Keira will play the role that Audrey played in William Wyler's 1962 movie.
- KeiraWeb will have official tickets on sale soon.
- Top links: Daily Mail - BBC - The Stage - PA - Playbill - KW Newswire
- The Children's Hour notes here and here.
UK TV is now showing a trailer for the forthcoming The People Speak broadcast on The History Channel on October 31st. You can see the trailer and a couple more videos (Preview, Extraordinary Performers) featuring Keira at this page of the site.
Keira did not appear at the premiere of Rupert's film Steve in London today, as she was said by Rupert to be "under the weather".
The New York Post is reporting that Keira is lined up for a theatre revival of Lillian Hellman's 1936 play The Children's Hour, which was turned into a film in 1962 starring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley Maclaine. The plan is for a London run early next year and then to transfer it to Broadway, New York the following winter. The story of accused lesbianism among the owners of a private girls school is based on real events in Scotland in 1810. Hellman's play ended with a confession, after her partner's suicide, that she really was in love with her.
Collider has news of London Boulevard at long last. Among details of Sergio Pizzorno's score, it says the film's trailer and stills will be with us soon.
Here are some new images from Last Night ahead of next week's Rome premiere.
Hollywood.com reports that Pathe has dismissed the Keira as Diana rumours as "pure gossip". Well, well.
FilmGaze.com has Tweeted that Keira told them on the red carpet that The Beautiful & Damned is no longer happening. We await official confirmation of this, but given its absence during a Variety article mentioning the production company's ongoing projects after financial restructuring, it's no surprise that it may have been mothballed, if not cancelled completely.
The Playlist has the first official stills from A Dangerous Method.
Never Let Me Go has now amassed $1.66m at US cinemas, across 232 screens. It is showing at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival this week, and Tokyo FF from the 28th. UK release is still set for January 21st (hopefully wide), and most of Europe throughout February.
Ahead of this month's festival opener at Rome, a trailer for Last Night has finally been released.
The Daily Mail - who else? - has revived the rumours of Keira playing Princess Diana in a movie biopic. This last appeared at the height of Helen Mirren's award-winning performance of The Queen in May 2007. If this happens, I'll eat my hat and post the video on Youtube...
More videos from the premiere, captured by me, with possibly more to come:
- Keira & co. are interviewed live at the after-show party for BBC Film2010 - Youtube | Download (30Mb)
- A third interview, from BBC Breakfast, in which the cast talk about the movie and the impending closure of the UK Film Council. Studio guest Robert Lindsay also recalls working with a young Keira on Alan Bleasdale's adaptation of Oliver Twist in 1999 - Youtube | Download (19Mb)
- Lots of UK press for the premiere and the outfits today. See the Newswire link above for them all, but here's a selection: Mirror - Mail - Elle - BBC
- A very interesting raw video from the press line can be seen here, showing just how much repitition of Q&A she has to go through from the world's press, and listen out for a gracious snub of the Mail On Sunday at 2:50. Hilarious!
- The BFI has an official red carpet vid here, ITN here and there's one from DigitalSpy here.
- Cast and crew of Never Let Me Go gave a press conference and photocall at London's Vue Cinema today, as part of the launch of this year's BFI London Film Festival. Keira wore Rodarte. Pics & video - Pics - More pics.
- This evening Keira was in Leicester Square for the European premiere of the movie. Keira wore Chanel, of course. BBC London Tonight were live on the red carpet - see my recording on Youtube on the right (or onsite here), or as a 20Mb download (Rapidshare). Pics - Article - More pics.
- Never Let Me Go has now expanded to 43 theatres across America, taking $800,000 up to Thursday. See here for the new cities. Bookmark that page for future expansions.
- And here's an interview with director Mark Romanek.
- Vanity Fair has a 12-minute interview with Carey here. Choose it from the meu.
- Don't forget the European premiere is on Wednesday 13th in London. Keira will attend, and Carey and Andrew are also expected, says the official press release.
AP is reporting that Keira and Eva Mendes will both attend the gala premiere of Last Night at the Rome Film Festival on October 28th. The movie will launch this year's festival.
There's a few new pics and a teaser trailer for Steve at this link. Keira is credited as 'Woman'.
ShortsTV has an interview with cast and crew of The Suicide Brothers on Youtube. A brief mention of new film Steve at the end, too.
Keira tells OK! Magazine she has finally overcome her insecurities regarding her acting abilities. Article.
Here's the full set of pics from the Paris Fashion Show.
Keira has been in attendance at the Paris Fashion Show today, in her role as a face of Chanel. Many web sites are abuzz at the new 'Keira cut' - check the newswire. Selection: Daily Mail - InStyle - StyleList
The BBC have at least two scheduled features on next week's London Film Festival. See the yellow box on the right for more as they're announced.
And the LFF Site has posted a couple of new stills from Keira's other promoted project at the fest - the short film Steve.
Whether or not last week's Daily Mail article was true about Fox being angry about Chanel's new ad keeping Keira in Paris and away from US Never Let Me Go promotions, she seems to have made up for it this week with satellite interviews from London:
- Fox Boston has an interview, and KTLA has another.
- The CBS Early Show video interview is now online.
- Parade magazine has a Keira interview today.
- And ET Canada has an interview too.
Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek will give a talk at the London Film Festival on October 14th. Book tickets now at this link. The movie has already been shortlisted for Best Film at the LFF's Awards.
There's an article on the Early Show site ahead of the video interview being posted.
Keira is No.3 on the Glamour magazine Britain's Best-Dressed Woman poll.
The Telegraph this week speculates that Keira may return to the West End stage, in a play by Christopher Hampton.
British TV presenter Amanda Holden has interviewed Keira for The Early Show on CBS, to be shown on the 29th and on Amanda's web site shortly afterwards. Article.
Rupert Friend and The Suicide Brothers' DP John Colley will discuss the short film at Apple's Regent St. store in London on Thursday this week. Read more.
London Boulevard's UK release has been tweaked again, from November 12th to the 26th.
Keira appeared at No.38 on The Guardian's Top 100 Power List of Film, the third highest actress on the list behind Angelie Jolie and Kate Winslet.
The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of The Suicide Brothers is available to download from iTunes from tomorrow Tuesday 21st. Just click the banner above.
Here's more on The People Speaks which Keira was part of at the Prince Of Wales Theatre last night. It will be on The History Channel on October 31st.
Check the videos on the right - I've not put them online before, and I've never seen them anywhere else either.
Keira was back on the West End stage tonight, one of a huge number of famous faces, headed by Colin Firth, providing readings of speeches from history as part of The People Speaks, a British version of the project started last year in the US. The event was filmed and will be broadcast on The History Channel in October.
Colin interview - Pic - UK details - Article - US details
Never Let Me Go has now taken $165,000 on just four screens in five days, according to figures out tonight, that's $33,000 per day.
Last Night closes (appropriately) the Toronto Film Festival this evening, still with question marks over its distribution deal. Eva Mendes says she will do what she can to promote the movie, but it's obvious who was really needed in Toronto to get this movie in the spotlight.
As mentioned on the 7th, TIME's in-depth feature on Never Let Me Go is now online.
A short trailer has emerged ahead of the download release of The Suicide Brothers. And there's a clip here.
Keira & co. pick their favourite passages from Never Let Me Go. And there's a TV preview here with a Keira interview. The movie has taken $44,000 in two days at just four official theatres, an impressive $11,000 per screen so far.
Here's another NLMG interview from TIFF, this time with Kazuo. Apple has a great featurette, too. The movie opens at selected cinemas across North America tomorrow the 15th, getting a wider release every week, so check your local press. Check out the reviews as they come in at the pink box above. And the soundtrack CD is out today.
Last Night is also screening this week at TIFF, and there's some great reviews including this one which says it's a career-best performance for Keira. Again check the links above for reviews or the industrious Danielle's collection at IMDb.
iTunes now has a page ready for the download purchase of The Suicide Brothers, available from next Tuesday 21st. Click the banner above.
Keira was still in Paris filming the Chanel commercial this weekend, as new pics testify.
Here is the UK trailer for Never Let Me Go. And Keira talks in-depth about her approach to playing Ruth in two great interviews, here and here. Director Mark Romanek discusses casting and filming in this interview from TIFF.
Director David Cronenberg talks about A Dangerous Method in this video interview.
And Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton is interviewed on UK TV next Saturday about his adaptations, including Atonement and the movie Keira's recently wrapped, A Dangerous Method, adapted from his own play The Talking Cure. SkyArts1 (Sky 256) Sept 18th at 8.30pm.
NEW PROJECT !!!
Keira has recorded another short film for Rupert Friend and Tom Mison's film company BeatPictures. Called 'Steve', it stars Mison and Colin Firth. The 16-minute film tells of a couple's increasingly unpredictable visits from their neighbour Steve. The film will screen at the London Film Festival on October 21st and 22nd. The official site suggests a further release in 2011. It was filmed over four days in April or May this year, according to this interview with Colin.
Keira's first interview
of Never Let Me Go has appeared !! The cast, director and screenwriter
talk about the novel, and the author talks about the film of his work.
More exclusive clips are also featured. Several more clips were distributed
to movie sites today, all linked from this
article. There's also Part 1 of an in-depth interview with Mark Romanek
- Still more: Carey
& Andrew interview - Mark
interview - NYC
Q&A with Carey & Mark next week.
Edit: Here's my HD upload of Carey on Leno talking about NLMG, plus a clip. Putting it on Youtube would guarantee the channel being suspended so it's on Rapidshare or Sendspace (27Mb).
Never Let Me Go promotions round-up:
- Got a question about the novel for its author? Ask Ishiguro
- 3-page feature in Time Magazine, Sept 13th (not yet online)
- Director Mark Romanek interview in FilmIndependent
- Andrew Garfield interview at THR
- Carey Mulligan interview and photoshoot in Vogue US. Video.
London Boulevard's UK release date has now slipped to November 12th, according to the reliable Film Distributor's Association. Could still change again, of course.
Keira was in Paris today, filming a new TV ad for Chanel. She was snapped looking very sexy astride a powerful motorbike. Reminded me of Princess from Battle of the Planets (showing my age now!).
Never Let Me Go has received
mainly positive reviews from critics at the Telluride Festival. See the
Some provisional release news: The Seattle Times mentions an October 8th date for Never Let Me Go (possibly a wider release after its September 15th opening). And the UK calendar has pushed the film back a week to January 21st.
Never Let Me Go will screen at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado this Friday, reports THR. That's tomorrow! It was announced on June 28th according to their site. Kazuo Ishiguro will be there signing copies of the novel too.
The score for Never Let Me Go by Rachel Portman is available now at iTunes.
With an unusually busy film marketplace this year, Variety reports that many films, including Toronto closer Last Night, may show earlier to prospective buyer markets.
Farewell The Bill had a different clip of Mini-Me Keira in her 1995 appearance. I've uploaded it to Youtube here.
MTV has an exclusive clip from Never Let Me Go.
Michael Fassbender's web site has a comprehensive section on A Dangerous Method, including filming pics and background story.
HollywoodNews has a preview article on Last Night.
Keira will not be at the Toronto Film Festival, her agent told me today. She will, however, be attending the Never Let Me Go European premiere at the opening of the London Film Festival on October 13th.
Last Night will open the Rome Film Festival, it was announced today. See press release and new pic.
London Boulevard distributor
GK Films have said it's unlikely the movie will get a release before the
High praise for Keira from A Dangerous Method director David Cronenberg in this interview.
- The official Never Let Me Go site is now fully online. Wait for the Flash screen to load then click Open Menu at bottom left.
- A set of character posters have been released to promote Never Let Me Go.
- And the first TV promo is in: Carey Mulligan will be a guest of Jay Leno on September 6th.
Details are out now of screening times at Toronto of Never Let Me Go (September 11th, 13th, 18th) and Last Night (September 18th). Keira is not on the expected attendees list, although she is expected for the London premiere in October.
ITV's police drama The Bill is coming to an end soon, and there's a special programme next Tuesday celebrating the show and its stars, including of course Keira in the 1995 episode Swan Song.
Another official Last Night still has been released to accompany the news that the movie will close Toronto. There are others of course, and a teaser which we posted back in December.
It's amazing what you find going through your old VHS tapes. I've uploaded this clip of Keira's mum Sharman Macdonald in a 1983 episode of sitcom The Gaffer. Check out the karate moves! According to IMDb this was her last acting credit before she turned to writing full-time. Keira came along a couple of years later. She even does a Yorkshire accent - sometimes.
Last Night will close the Toronto Film Festival on September 19th, it was announced today. An official release schedule surely can't be far off? It's been a long time coming, but kudos to Filmyard for getting this on the slate so soon after acquiring the remains of Miramax. The article also mentions London Boulevard but it's hard to tell if it's just a round-up of Keira's forthcoming movies - it doesn't appear in the line-up. So that's four premieres in six weeks for Keira: two at Toronto FF, one at London FF and the London Boulevard premiere somewhere in early October.
An article concerning Keira's private life was published today, which KeiraWeb never republishes in this column (although it'll be on the automatic Newswire at the link above). At the end of it was the interesting tidbit that Keira is to tour the world promoting Never Let Me Go! Presumably 'the world' means UK, Canada and US where it will get premieres.
Here's a great article on the casting and adaptation of London Boulevard from book to screen.
Off-topic: A proud moment for me and my hometown folk today!!: See page I made.
The soundtrack CD for Never Let Me Go will be released in the US on September 14th, and Mark Romanek has tweeted to say it will include the titular song. And tv.com is asking for your review of the movie - before it comes out...
Here's the first in-costume pic of Keira from the set of A Dangerous Mind. Click for full-size image on the source page.
Despite its October 13th premiere, AP reports Never Let Me Go will not be released until January 14th in the UK. However, this is still two weeks earlier than the date announced last week. Meanwhile, there's lots of press on the movie being the launch film at the LFF, and the Telegraph provides a very good review.
Never Let Me Go will get its European premiere on October 13th as the launch movie of the 2010 London Film Festival. With London Boulevard still set for an October 15th UK release, it's currently looking like two premieres in a week for Keira. Article - Official Site
Keira is among a number of female celebs who have been photographed by Nick Haddow for a book project called MySafePlace. The brainchild of actress Emma Thompson, it aims to raise funds and awareness for the Helen Bamber Foundation, which helps to rebuild lives for survivors of human rights violations. Photographs collected so far, including Keira's, can be seen at mysafeplace.co.uk. A couple more new photos can be seen at sweet-keira.
Never Let Me Go has now appeared on the UK cinema release calendar with a date of January 28th. It's no coincidence, surely, that this is just three days after the Oscar nominations are announced.
Also, in a new Italian interview with Sam Worthington, he says Last Night will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
As it stands, then (subject
- Never Let Me Go: Premiere Toronto FF September 9th-19th; US release September 15th; UK January 28th
- Last Night: Premiere Toronto FF September 9th-19th; US & UK release Late 2010
- London Boulevard: Premiere TBA; US TBA; UK October 15th
- A Dangerous Method: Premiere TBA (possibly Berlin FF), US & UK February 2011
The Suicide Brothers will be released on iTunes on September 21st via Shorts International, according to this press release. The company owns ShortsTV in both the US and UK, so it should appear on those channels eventually. It's currently showing Keira in New Year's Eve.
Never Let Me Go will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, it was announced today. The fest runs September 9th to 19th. Article.
The official poster for Never Let Me Go is online at the LA Times. Click on it for full size. Much will be made of the fact that Keira is absent in all but name, and I'm not sure it really 'sells' the film, to be honest. No tagline either - I wonder if this is the finished product? The clues are there: the 'sliced' lettering, the characters running, suggestive of a race against time. But you'd only make that connection if you've read the book.
The LA Business Journal has an update on The Film Department, the company that was due to produce Keira in The Beautiful & Damned. The company has suffered financial setbacks lately but may now be entering a new chapter in its history, and the F Scott Fitzgerald biopic is still on its slate.
As it's funded by us Brits, the BBC has to keep telling us how it's spending our money. They've put together a couple of showreels promoting its film production investment arm, BBC Films. One on TV I saw yesterday had clips from The Duchess, and there's a different one here with more Duchess clips.
Meanwhile, our shiny new government has closed down the UK Film Council, without which many global British hits, including Bend It Like Beckham, would probably never have happened.
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A German articleabout the final day's filming of A Dangerous Method says that the film may get a February release. The photo of Keira on that page can be seen bigger on a Michael Fassbender fan page here.
Filming on A Dangerous Method is due to wrap tomorrow, the 23rd on Lake Constance. There are some distant pap snap thumbnails of Keira & co. here. And there's an ORF2 news feature on Youtube from the Vienna filming days.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, Eva Mendes says Last Night will get a late 2010 release and will show at the Rome Film Festival in October.
The Oscar buzz is hotting up for Never Let Me Go, with both RopeOfSilicon and Variety having articles. And this page has been cited as its official site, although it doesn't look like one. Fox owns neverletmegomovie.com which currently redirects to the above, so this is likely to be the official site nearer the time of release.
There's a great screening review of Never Let Me Go in today's Daily Mail.
A few set pics from the Viennese filming of A Dangerous Method have appeared online.
The release date for Never Let Me Go in the US has provisionally been pulled forward to September 15th, possibly to tie in with a screening at the Toronto Film Festival ?
Filming in Germany of A Dangerous Method has completed, and production has moved on to Austria.
The trailer for Never Let Me Go is online now at apple.com/trailers and foxsearchlight.com. I won't upload it to Youtube for copyright reasons, but you can download it from here (13Mb).
Citizen journalist site TrueSlant has an article on fidelity, focussing on Last Night.
London Boulevard looks set for an October 15th UK release. A couple of reliable film databases now have this date published. An October 1st limited US release of Never Let Me Go, already reported by Mark Romanek, suggests a busy September on the promo circuit for Keira, and premieres to follow in quick succession.
The harrassment case between Keira and Marek Daniluk has collapsed, after Keira was unable to testify at any of the scheduled court dates. Report.
Disney will finalise a deal with tycoon financiers on Monday, according to the LA Times. This should still include the seven unreleased titles including Last Night.
Keira appears on the cover of, and inside, Russia's Elle magazine for June: Cover - Shoot.
Here's a French interviewwith David Cronenberg regarding A Dangerous Method, which starts filming in Europe this week.
Never Let Me Go's director Mark Romanek has Tweeted info on the movie's release, stating a limited US release on October 1st, with a trailer coming soon. How refreshing for the people who matter to share info with us fans.
ScreenDaily has an interview with London Boulevard screenplay writer William Monaghan, as the film is shortly to be shown at Cannes. If anyone with a subscription to the site can oblige the interview, please email me above. Thanks
And there's a few more mentions of Last Night this week in interviews with Eva and Sam.
You can see part of the Pearson Wright video installation Maze at this web site.
There will be a private viewing of the Keira-starrer film Maze, part of Stuart Pearson Wright's exhibition I Remember You on May 26th, and the exhibition continues until June 9th. There's more on the video installation in this article.
Keira is sixth in a poll by Max Factor buyers to find the world's most glamorous women. Victoria Beckham came out top, strangely.
Gaumont have stated that Last Night will be released in France in February 2011, although this article has a less than inspiring update on the fate of Miramax and its remaining releases. Co-star Guillaume Canet talks about the movie in this interview.
This, apparently, is the first official publicity pic for London Boulevard although it's nothing new to most people who keep an eye on Keira-related pics or the Youtube phone camera videos from the set. But at least it's the first stage towards an actual release! Still no date set, and I doubt anything will appear before the World Cup's over in mid-July now.
I came across this article recently, from an Autumn 2008 film techniques magazine. It's about The Suicide Brothers. Just shows what's out there if you look hard enough... We only got to hear about this film when Lula magazine featured it in March 2009!
Site News: I have uploaded all known Production Notes documents relating to Keira's projects - many official, some gathered from movie sites, some from personal correspondence with the filmmakers: Filmography.
UPI has picked up on distribution of A Dangerous Method to Europe and South Africa. Article.
Keira is joint seventh on the Under-30s list of The Sunday Times Rich List, with a reported £28m fortune.
Keira has been linked (of course) with the role of Nicole Diver in a new adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is The Night. No director is yet attached but it seems unlikely Keira would do both an adaptation of the man's work as well as the biopic of Fitzgerald The Beautiful & Damned. Article.
The Times has an interview with artist Mitch Griffiths who says that his portrait of Keira will not be nude, despite press reports.
Keira has recorded a short film for display as a video installation at a forthcoming London exhibition of the work of artist Stuart Pearson Wright. Entitled 'Maze', the film stars Keira and Pearson Wright as lovers trying to reach each other through a garden maze. The film cost just £15,000 to make although Keira was not paid for her part. The film can be seen at The Riflemaker Gallery in West London from May 5th to June 26th. Exclusive interview.
Meanwhile, images of Keira taken by Arthur Elgort for Vogue in 2007 (the African Masai shoot) will be auctioned at Christie's tomorrow for the Crisis charity. Article.
Keira's next project The Talking Cure has a new title, A Dangerous Method, according to ProductionWeekly.com, and states a mid-May start in Berlin, Vienna and Zurich.
Came across this recently if you're into movie tours. Visit the locations used in Atonement, in both London and Shropshire - trips are fortnightly from May to October. Please mention KeiraWeb if you book!
E! Online is reporting that Keira has ruled herself out of a role in Captain America (if she was ever considering it in the first place). Phew, that's a relief!
Last time I had a response from the production company behind The Beautiful & Damned, they told me to keep an eye on the Project Notes section of the movie's entry at IMDb. This section was updated last week (March 27th) with the note: 'Production Unknown'. More recent enquiries have gone unanswered. Hmm...
The Suicide Brothers will be showing at the Aspen (Colorado) ShortsFest from today until the 11th, and the Athens (Ohio) Film and Video Festival, April 23-29th. At this rate the whole world will have seen this film by about the year 3535.
There's a 100-page guide through Keira's evolving wardrobe at the Seattle PI, from the Bend It Like Beckham premiere onwards.
Keira is 25 years old today!! And 18 of them in showbusiness. Blimey.
Keira is in negotiations to star in The Emperor's Children, along with Eric Bana and Richard Gere, according to The Wrap. It is to be directed and adapted (from the highly-acclaimed 2006 Claire Messud novel) by Noah Baumbach. Ron Howard will co-produce. Filming is expected to start in the summer. NYT Review.
Keira lost out to Ruth Wilson at the Oliviers yesterday evening in London. Sky News had a quick chat on the red carpet on the way in, which I've uploaded here (7Mb). or on Youtube. Photos can be seen here and here. Keira has been praised for her choice of Erdem couture.
EDIT: Here's another interview, from Monday's BBC London.
Well it's awards weekend, and the Oliviers are streaming live from this page. Not sure about non-UK viewers, but it's worth a look in. Keira wil be there, and Rupert will be presenting an award, according to this article. It's also live on BBC Radio 2.
Rumour has it that Keira is being considered for the lead female role in Captain America (quite possibly the only comic strip superhero they haven't done yet). Keira's name has been mentioned, of course, because of the desire for a British actress to play this role. Emily Blunt is rumoured to be the frontrunner for the role.
Keira, alongside Annie Lennox, Jonathan Pryce and Beverley Knight, has lent her voice to another Amnesty International human rights awareness campaign, as you can see on their site. To coincide with Mother's Day this Sunday the 14th in the UK and Europe, the charity has made a video to highlight the number of deaths and disabilities suffered by mothers following childbirth. Press release.
Tomorrow will be the last chance to catch Keira at The Comedy Theatre as the scheduled run of The Misanthrope draws to a close. Keira has said she hopes it will be the first of many theatre performances.
IndieWire is the latest movie site to mull Never Let Me Go as a big awards contender for 2010.
Viggo Mortensen has taken over the role of Sigmund Freud from Christophe Waltz in The Talking Cure, it has been revealed. Michael Fassbender will still play Carl Jung. Filming is due to start on May 17th for ten weeks.
The Oliviers will be covered live by BBC Radio 2 from 8pm to 10pm on the night, March 21st. Article. Listen live here.
Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan has told how much she learned from Keira while working on Pride & Prejudice.
There's a quick video chat with Keira at yesterday's luncheon over at ITN.
The new issue of Empire Magazine has the 'first official still' from Never Let Me Go, according to this blog post.
Keira attended the Oliviers Nominees Luncheon in London today. Speaking about her nomination for her debut stage role in The Misanthrope, she said: “[It's] like a dream come true. I never actually thought I would make it on the stage and then my debut, to then get a nomination, it’s extraordinary.” Plenty of pics and fashion analysis on the Newswire and here. Miu Miu is the label if you need to know (Miuccia Prada).
You have just two weeks to catch Dame Keira in her debut West End performance in The Misanthrope. Official tickets are still available at the banner link above. No use waiting for the DVD, you know!
It's a full diary for Keira in March: Next Tuesday the 2nd, Keira will attend The Haymarket Hotel in London for an Oliviers Nominees Luncheon, and the ceremony itself is on the 21st. Inbetween are Keira's daily Misanthrope performances, with the celebrations to mark the end of The Misanthrope's run at The Comedy Theatre on the 13th. The Beautiful & The Damned may finally start filming in late March, according to rumours. Oh, and the lady herself is 25 years old on the 26th. With London Boulevard a possible April release, if you thirst for red carpet Keira, the drought may be over!
The Olivier Awards will be streamed online for the first time this year, reports the official site. As I mentioned recently, they usually only have interviews and award winner announcements, so this is great news (provided the servers hold out!).
There's a still from Never Let Me Go in this article about Rachel Portman's score for the movie.
The Talking Cure is set to start filming in May, according to Keira's co-star Michael Fassbender in this interview. The Croatian press have already said a March visit by Keira and co to film The Beautiful & Damned, so if rumours become fact (when do they ever?) Damned should start straight after The Misanthrope, and then Cure to shoot in May.
The final draft of the script for The Talking Cure has now been completed, according to the updated IMDbPro 'Project Notes' section. And there's now an official synopsis on the production company's web site (go to Our Films > Development).
The Suicide Brothers has been confirmed for the Nashville Film Festival, taking place April 15th to 22nd.
Last Night will get a release, according to an interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger published yesterday. He says there will be investment in Miramax to release the final six pending movies this year and next. Even a DVD-only release will be welcome, compared to the fears it would be shelved.
Costumes from The Duchess and Pirates are on display at an exhibition in Florida.
The Oliviers will not be televised in the UK, laments an article in Variety today. Given the launch of the excellent Sky Arts (which produced a great series Theatreland last year), and More4's launch of an arts and theatre strand, you'd think it would have got picked up, especially this year with such a Hollywood presence. The official Oliviers site will have cameras there for winners' announcements and interviews, and they'll appear online.
Colin Farrell is promoting Crazy Heart on Jonathan Ross this Friday on BBC1 - a possible London Boulevard mention, perhaps?
With the tragic suicide today of fashion designer Alexander McQueen at the age of just 40, another leading light of Britain's contribution to global culture goes out. One of many international admirers of his designs, Keira wore a black McQueen corset to the London premiere of the first Pirates movie on July 14th 2003.
The scans from the March Elle US are now online at sweet-keira.
Keira is third in a poll to find the perfect celebrity date for Valentine's Day. Flavour of the month Cheryl Cole topped the list.
You can now sign up for the Valentine poem read by Keira, and hear a preview of the recording on the page.
It's FHM's Sexiest Women voting time again.
The full list of Olivier nominations have now been published. The Misanthrope is nominated in Best Costume and Best Production Revival categories, as well as Best Supporting Actress for Keira. She will be up against Rachel Weisz, Ruth Wilson and her Duchess co-star Hayley Atwell among others.
Keira has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance as Jennifer in The Misanthrope. This is fantastic news for a debut role as the Oliviers are the UK equivalent of America's Tony Awards, pretty much the Oscars of British theatre. The awards ceremony will be held in London on March 21st. Article - Official site.
A man has been arrested after harrassing Keira outside the Comedy Theatre for several days. Polish national Marek Daniluk was arrested on Thursday and is now due to appear on trial on June 4th. The ability to see your idol in a public street every night is exciting for many people (just see the faces and hear the delight of the people in the Youtube vids for confirmation of that), but for some people who, perhaps, are convinced she is appearing only for them, it 's very easy to cross the line.
Article - Latest on the Newswire.
Here are some previews from the March issue of Elle US, and the requisite soundbites to accompany its promotion.
Fans in LA can get to see Michael O'Connor's Oscar-winning costume designs for The Duchess, in an exhibition at the FIDM.
Meanwhile, those in New Jersey may want to keep an eye on the Filmmaker's Symposium season in Mountainside, where one of the movies shown may be Last Night, according to their press release.
And Sweet-Keira has a new still from Last Night. Also - old news to some - there's a series of paparazzi videos on Youtube of Keira and co filming on the set of Last Night at the end of 2008. Let's hope those are not the only moving images we get to see of that film!
Keira has once again lent her lips to charity for this year's Healed With A Kiss celebrity auction of lip prints and signatures.
The local St Albans newspaper now has a new article and a photo of Keira with the fan who met her idol at The Comedy Theatre, mentioned on January 20th.
The Croatian press is reporting that The Beautiful & Damned will be filmed there in the Spring. We knew that already as a filming location, but any news on this movie is welcome. Also of interest is the first hint at casting for Fitzgerald himself - Leonard di Caprio...?
The NY Times says that Disney is considering potential buyers for the remnants of Miramax, including its six unreleased movies, Last Night among them.
Keira is among a number of celebs including Dame Judi Dench and Alan Rickman to have recorded a poem for Valentine's Day by The Poetry Archive. Keira reads Shelley's 'Love's Philosophy'. From next week, the recording can be purchased and sent to your other half's mobile. Article and poems.
Disney have decided to close down Miramax in its entirety, it was announced Thursday evening. Six unreleased movies, including Last Night, may now only get a limited release, if anything. Article.
The Mitch Griffiths portrait of Keira will be part of a 2011 exhibition at The Halcyon Gallery, not 2010 as The Daily Mail reported in December. Press release.
with David Fassbender sort-of dates a start for The Talking Cure, possibly
late April/early May.
Keira will be on the cover
of Elle's March issue in the US according to this
Keira attended the opening night of Rupert's new play The Little Dog Laughed in London last night. Article - Pics - Both
British news rag The Sun has an hilarious story that Keira and Rupert are now living on a narrowboat in the East End of London. Her agent has dismissed the report. Still, it's publicity for both plays...
Australian movie site DarkHorizons.com says that Last Night has been pushed back to early 2011 in Oz, and suggests a consequent late-2010 release in the US. Normally, this could be to catch the awards panel committees. However, it is being reported that Keira will head to the US maybe mid-March (post-Misanthrope) to promote the movie, and the UK release is still pencilled in for May 14th.
Keira has met with a fan and cerebral palsy sufferer backstage at The Comedy Theatre, thanks to a letter she wrote to The Starlight Foundation.
The Andrew Marr interview is online now at my Youtube channel. The BBC have a version of it (if viewable in your country). I've also put online a downloadable HD copy (56Mb) at Rapidshare and Sendspace.
Director David Cronenberg confirms he is in discussion with Keira over The Talking Cure, but says in this interview that casting has not been confirmed.
However, Baz in The Daily Mail says in his Friday column that ...Cure is one of two films Keira has lined up post-Misanthrope (the other may be The Beautiful & The Damned, which is still officially on). He also says she has walked away from My Fair Lady as it was taking too long to come together.
Keira will chat to Andrew Marr on his Sunday morning show on the 17th, from 9am on BBC1. Presumably it's a pre-recorded Misanthrope promotion, now that the tickets and reviews frenzy has died down. The production has benefitted greatly from these two huge stories, which literally ran for weeks and weeks. Damian also chats to Jonathan Ross on his BBC Radio 2 show this Saturday.
Michael Fassbender talks about looking forward to working with Keira on The Talking Cure in this interview - the closest we have so far to a confirmation.
A new image from Last Night has appeared.
Slow news time at the moment... But there are more Misanthrope reviews online
Keira is No.2 in a poll to find the woman most men want to marry. Rachel Weisz came out tops.
The Times' preview of 2010's movies to look out for include Never Let Me Go, and states a November release. So, gathering together interview snippets etc., we could be looking at Last Night in March, London Boulevard in April and Never Let Me Go in November.
The Suicide Brothers screening
at the London Short Film Festival has now been scheduled. It can be seen
at 11pm (!) on January 9th. Details