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NYGossipGirl Interview: Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley is a jack-of-all-trades. She can play a soccer player, a Duchess, Jane’s Austen’s heroine and now Tolstoy’s masterpiece, Anna Karenina.

The film, which is set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, follows aristocrat Anna Karenina, who enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.

NYGossipGirl chatted with Knightley during a roundtable interview about the demanding role, what it was like working with director Joe Wright again and her upcoming projects.

Can you talk about playing this complex character, because I think she’s one of the most complex ones you’ve played.

Knightley: She is. I think it was weird because I initially read the book when I was sort of in my late-teens, early-20s and my memory of it was as Anna being somebody who was sort of a victim and in the right and almost saintly and everybody else being wrong. And then all of a sudden, I read it again last summer, just before we did the film. All this is not what I remember at all and this is not the same person that I remember at all. I saw her as much darker and questioned the function of the role within the whole piece. I think because it’s called Anna Karenina you expect her to be the heroine. You expect  her to be the one that you should always sympathize with and you should be seeing through her eyes. I don’t know that that’s the function of the character within the piece. I think the one to be idolized is Levin, and if you like, the goody is Levin. Anna definitely walks the line of being the anti-heroine, not always. She is also the heroine. I thought if you’re having the Levin/Kitty storyline within the piece, which is the romance, which is the idealized kind of hope, then what’s the point of doing the same thing with Anna. So, I thought it would be more interesting if we looked at that kind of darker, more morally ambiguous kind of side to her.

Is that why you think it still resonates to this day?

Knightley: I think it resonates to this day because it’s about love and not just romance or just that happy bit, not love in the way it’s all sold to us but love as the thing that we’ve been fascinated and obsessed by for centuries. Love is that thing that we are all after and yet can destroy us and is painful and can be madness and can be joy and can be happiness. It looks at the whole thing. I think that’s why it’s so complex. It has more questions within it than it has answers because we never manage to answer the questions. Love is something that is so inexplicable and so complex and strange. I think it’s a novel that looks at all of that. I think that’s why you keep going back to it. That’s why within preparing for this, when we were talking about it, every single person, whether they were a member of the crew or the cast could go, oh yes, I relate to that because everybody had a story within their lives that was applicable to the situations. It didn’t matter that we lived in 2011 or 2012 or in 1873 that it was written because it’s about that emotion.

Check out the rest of the interview after the jump! (more…)

Edited: November 21st, 2012

Blu-ray/DVD review: Hugo

It’s no surprise that Hugo nabbed five Oscar wins this year.

Martin Scorsese proved that he can do a film for all ages, a film that doesn’t boast sex and violence – think The Departed and Goodfellas.

Hugo is a great adventure on many levels. It has a great plot, an energetic cast and turns a child’s adventurous story into a magical two hours.

The film is set in 1920s Paris and follows Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) a young boy who secretly lives inside a train station after the death of his father (Jude Law). During his adventures in the train station, Hugo attempts to avoid a very attentive crippled station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) and Papa Georges (Ben Kingsley), who operates the toy shop where Hugo steals machine parts.

Hugo also befriends Papa Georges’ god-daughter Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz) and the two set out a mission to unlock the mystery of an automaton that his father received, which instead leads them to a bigger journey – the magic of cinema.

And that’s what the movie is truly about – the love of movies, which Scorsese does so well. He pours his love of directing and cinema into Hugo.

The film portrays Georges Melies’ – a well-known cinema pioneer – vision.  And combining that with Scorsese’s talent and a magical cast and you have Hugo.

Edited: March 11th, 2012

Jude Law and Sienna Miller Break Up

Jude Law and Sienna Miller have split up.

“I can confirm that Jude Law and Sienna Miller are no longer in a relationship,” Law’s rep said.

According to a friend of the actors (via People), “It is mutual and amicable and they are still friends.”

Additionally, the source says that they have ended their relationship weeks ago.

“It was an entirely an end-of-the relationship decision,” the friend says. “It had run its course.”

The pair first got engaged in 2004 and split in 2006. They reunited in 2009 and have been dating since.

Edited: February 8th, 2011

First Look: Rise of the Guardians Cast

Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law and Hugh Jackman have been cast in DreamWork’s upcoming film, Rise of the Guardians, based on a series of children’s books by William Joyce.

The animated film tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces.

Pine will play Jack Frost, Baldwin will play Santa Clause, Jackman will play the Easter Bunny, Fisher will voice the Tooth Fairy and Law will play The Boogeyman.

Rise of the Guardians hits theaters on Nov. 21, 2012.

Edited: January 27th, 2011

Jude Law is a Blogger

Well at least in his next film!

The actor has signed on for a new film where he will play a “scaremonger” blogger called Contagion.

Steven Soderbergh is directing the thriller and shooting will begin at the end of the year.

Here’s what Jude has to say about his upcoming role:

“They’re saving it ’til the end of the year because I got a lot of method, a lot of deep character work I got to do to get there.”

What do you think of his new role?

Sound off in the comments!

Edited: March 12th, 2010

Brad Pitt in Talks to Join ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Sequel

brad-pitt-1With the box-office success of Sherlock Holmes – it made $65 million in its opening weekend – there are already plans for a sequel.

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law have already signed on and director Guy Ritchie has an actor in mind to play Professor Moriarty – Brad Pitt.

According to a source:

“The director, Guy Ritchie, loves Brad. He has worked with him before and thinks he is one of the most underrated actors working today. Guy knows that everyone thinks of as a Pitt as a pretty boy and can’t wait to turn him into the world’s greatest supervillain. It will definitely make the sequel a must-see.”

Pitt and Ritchie previously worked together on 2000’s Snatch and Pitt is said to be “very interested in taking on the role and happy they aren’t considering his kick-ass partner Angelina for the part.”

Edited: December 29th, 2009

‘Holmes’ Beats ‘Avatar’ on Christmas Day

sherlock_holmesThis Christmas was one of the highest grossing Christmas weekends at the movies ever.

The box office earned an estimated $91 million, which was over $15 million from last year.

Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, came in first place at an impressive $24.8 million on Friday, while James Cameron’s Avatar earned only $23.5 million on Christmas day.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel rounded the top 3 with $14.5 million on Friday.

Did YOU see a movie during Christmas weekend? What did YOU see?

Edited: December 26th, 2009

First Look at “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”

The U.K promo poster for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has been released – this is the last film that Heath Ledger did before he died.

The poster also features Colin Farrell, Jude Law and Johnny Depp, who stepped in for Ledger after his death.

The film is directed by Terry Gilliam and is set to make it’s American debut on December 25, 2009.

Watch the trailer below.

Edited: September 25th, 2009

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