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Keira Knightley Covers Harpers Bazaar UK & Talks Childcare & Equality

Keira Knightley, Harpers Bazaar UKOn why she thinks parental leave should be equal for both men and women: “I think paternity leave should be the same as maternity leave. It’s shocking. Because you need that option. And actually, when you’re thinking about an employer looking at a man and a woman thinking, ‘Well, at some point you could take nine months or however long off, and the guy doesn’t have to.’ Don’t tell me that that doesn’t come into it! You need to be a family unit, not just have the guy there for two weeks and then go back to work and the mother left desperately trying to figure it out. I think it’s archaic that there aren’t better options.”
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Keira Knightley Covers Elle

Keira KnightleyKeira Knightley covers the September 2015 issue of Elle.

On new motherhood: “The love thing is astonishing. It’s a very primal, primal love. That’s quite extraordinary. And the ability to have no sleep and continue going. It’s not pleasant — I never thought that I could actually do it for the amount of time that I’ve done it.”

On her baby helping her learn to love certain parts of her body: “Also, I have to say, as a woman, you hate certain parts of your body. You go through those periods where you look in the mirror and you think, Oh, if only I had different legs or arms or whatever. You go through pregnancy and labor and then feeding the kid and you go, Wow, my body is totally amazing, and I’m never going to not like it again, because it did this, and this is fucking extraordinary.” Continue reading

The Imitation Game Review

Benedict Cumberbatch, Imitation GameThe Imitation Game, written by Graham Moore, directed by Morton Tyldum, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, tells the true story of Alan Turing and his work on the Enigma machine at Bletchley Park during World War II.

The film follows Turing, a brilliant mathematician and a man who is widely disliked because he is very difficult, though in a way that seems more intrinsic than intentional. Turing gets a job as a code breaker at Bletchley Park, where he works with a team that includes Matthew Goode and one woman, Joan (Knightley), who is significant for several reasons, one of which being that she is a woman working with the code breakers, defying the general social mores of the time and the other being that she covers up Turing’s big secret. Continue reading

Laggies Review

Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, LaggiesLaggies, starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Sam Rockwell, written by Andrea Siegel and directed by Lynn Shelton, is the story of a late twenty-something woman who befriends a teenage girl while attempting to escape from her life.

Megan (Knightley) is attending the bridal shower and wedding of her friend Allison (Ellie Kemper, acting hilariously ridiculous) where it is becoming apparent that she doesn’t have much in common with her friends and her life isn’t where she wants it to be. After seeing her father cheating on her mother at the wedding reception and then finding out that her boyfriend is going to propose, Megan freaks out and bolts from the reception, where she meets Annika (Moretz) in the parking lot of a grocery store. After buying beer for Annika and her friends, she ends up hanging out with them and finding an escape that she’s looking for.

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Keira Knightley Covers Violet

Keira KnightleyKeira Knightley covers the latest issue of Violet where she is interviewed by Amanda de Cadet.
Keira Knightley
On female stories in Hollywood & feminism: “Where are the female stories? Where are they? Where are the directors, where are the writers? It’s imbalanced, so given that we are half the cinema-going public, we are half the people [who] watch drama or watch anything else, where is that? Continue reading

The Imitation Game & The Normal Heart Win GLAAD Awards

Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, The Imitation GameThe Imitation Game won the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Film for its portrayal of gay World War II codebreaker Alan Turing. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role alongside Keira Knightley.

Alan Turing is often consider the inventor of modern computing. He was convicted of ‘gross indecency’ in 1952 after having sex with a man. The resulting punishment was chemical castration. Turing was barred from working for GCHQ, and eventually committed suicide.

The award was collected by screenwriter Graham Moore and producer Ido Ostrowsky.

Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, The Normal HeartThe Normal Heart won the award for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series. The film stars Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer as gay activists in New York in the 1980s during the midst of the AIDS crisis.

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Great Escape Movies: Feel Like the First Day of Spring (Even Though It’s Snowing)

Today is the first official day of spring and it’s snowing. I can’t stand it anymore! For anyone else who just can’t stand the sight of any more snow, here is a list of movies to watch over the weekend that don’t have any snow in sight, and mostly take place in sunny climates, often with beaches. Some of them fit into multiple categories, but I went with the one I thought best fit each film.

For those looking for more intelligent, artsy films:

The Descendants, George Clooney, Shailene Woodley

George Clooney & Shailene Woodley in The Descendants.

The Descendants (serious, Hawaii, beach scenes, crying)
starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer
This film is about a man in charge of a large parcel of Hawaiian land who is also dealing with the fact that his wife is in a coma and he has to manage two daughters, including a teenager, played fantastically by a pre-Divergent, pre-Fault In Our Stars, Shailene Woodley, and a younger daughter, neither of which he can really control. Then there is an affair that comes into play and chaos ensues. It’s not exactly an uplifting film, but it’s a great film about a father-daughter relationship, which is a really rare thing, and it’s a beautiful story and script with amazing Hawaiian scenery. Continue reading

Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Call To Pardon Gay Men Convicted In the U.K.

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch, along with 460,000 other people, have signed an open letter to the British government to demand the pardon of thousands of gay men who were convicted indecency under historical U.K. law.

B8olLLzIMAEBLah.jpg-large“The U.K.’s homophobic laws made the lives of generations of gay and bisexual men intolerable,” reads the letter . “It is up to young leaders of today, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to acknowledge this mark on our history and not allow it to stand.”

Cumberbatch played Alan Turing in the Oscar-nominated movie The Imitation Game, a film which chronicles the life of Turing, who struggled with his own homosexuality, eventually being convicted of indecency in 1952 and sentenced to chemical castration. He later committed suicide at age 41, two years later.

Homosexual sex was outlawed in England and Wales until 1967. Turing was pardoned by the Queen in 2013, and received an “unequivocal apology” for his mistreatment in 2009, but there are approximately 15,000 remaining men who have not yet been pardoned who are still alive.

“We call upon Her Majesty’s government to begin a discussion about the possibility of pardoning all the men, alive or deceased, who like Alan Turing were convicted,” the letter reads.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have rejected the group’s request for support for the campaign.

“We heard William and Kate say this is a matter for government as opposed to something that the royal family should take up, and clearly, over the last 50 years there have only been four royal pardons that have been issued, so the fact that Alan Turing was granted a royal pardon on Christmas Eve of last year was rather unexpected,” producer Teddy Schwarzman told the Telegraph. “And yet, at the same time, it’s bittersweet for us and everybody involved with the film who has been supporting Alan Turing’s life and his achievements and his legacy, because a pardon just didn’t really feel as effective of a way to pay tribute to this man. There must be another way to honor him. So, [the petition] is our small effort to make sure he’s on parity with everyone else that suffered his same fate.”

In addition to Cumberbatch, British comedian Stephen Fry has signed the petition. Fry is openly gay and recently married his partner, Elliott Spencer. Other supporters include Imitation Game cast and crew members Keira Knightley and Morten Tyldum, celebrity supporters Matt Damon, Jessica Alba, Bryan Cranston, Ryan Reynolds, and Michael Douglas, as well as members of turing’s family and other victims of the anti-gay laws.

Alan Turing

Alan Turing


“Alan was pardoned by the queen and the government but only in the last few years, and while it had to happen as a sort of official nod to what needed to be done, it was way too little, too late, obviously,” Cumberbatch said. “What we hope to gain is momentum with this [petition] to use his story to highlight that this was not just an isolated incident. [Turing] was utterly wronged by the very government and democracy and lives that he had helped save.”

Cumberbatch hopes that the petition will speed up the process and aid the thousands of people “whose lives were utterly altered, affected, changed, ruined,” by the laws to receive justice, woefully late as it may be.

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