Keira Knightley Talks to ‘Variety’ Magazine. Deliberately Avoids Modern-Day Movies Because Of Rape Plots
If I ever see a picture of Keira Knightley out and about, I wonder why the actress is holding a cell phone, or getting out of a car, or wearing pants, because I'm so used to seeing the 32-year-old in dramatic period pieces, smushed into a corset. It's something Knightley confessed to Variety that she used to be embarrassed about, but during an interview about her upcoming movie Colette, she also says there's a reason she's shied away from more contemporary narratives
"I don’t really do films set in the modern day because the female characters nearly always get raped," she told the outlet. "I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed, whereas I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered to me in historical pieces."
In a post-Weinstein world, however, and the cultural shift that led up to it, she's seeing a change — like the fact that Colette was even made at all. The story about the sexually liberated French novelist was something director Wash Westmoreland had apparently been trying to bring to the big screen for 15 years.
"I don’t think it’s a surprise that it managed to get funding in the last few years when it had never managed to get funding before," Knightly said. "Women’s stories are suddenly viewed as important."
#MeToo has been a whirlwind for Knightley, as well. As a woman in the industry who "can count four times when I’ve been what I’d say was assaulted in a minor way," and who dealt with a stalker last year, she was still surprised at the scope of the problem. She was discussing it with friends only to discover that "there wasn’t one of us who hadn’t been assaulted at some point."
"I think everyone has battled their fair share of monsters. It’s not just actresses. It’s teachers; it’s lawyers," she continued. "I’m not talking about rape, but I’m talking about the people who had been grabbed in pubs or their breasts had been fondled by somebody they didn’t know or they’d had someone shove a hand up their skirt."
Despite this reckoning, Knightley says she still sees a lack of progress in Hollywood, especially when it comes to telling women's stories — something she spoke about back in 2015.
"Where are the female stories? Where are they? Where are the directors, where are the writers?" she asked Violet magazine at the time. "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? So yes, I think the pay is a huge thing, but I'm actually more concerned over the lack of our voices being heard."
That's why, in conversation with Variety, she praised movies like Lady Bird, but it doesn't mean we're quite there yet.
"We’re in a period of time in which it all has to come out, " she told the magazine. "Then we need to move forward and figure out how to make sure that it doesn’t happen again."
#RHoA: Is Nene Leakes Starring In A New Tv One Series?
Could “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes be appearing in a new series for TV One? According to a recent Instagram post, the reality diva and television actress is part of some new project titled, “UNCNSRD.” That’s “uncensored” folks.
The post features several images of Leakes sitting in a directors chair on stage with the audience as her backdrop. With that said, I have the following questions:
Is this a new version of “Inside the Actor’s Studio”?
Is Nene the host?
Does this have something to do with comedy?
I guess we’ll just have to wait for TV One’s upfronts when all of their new programs, original movies and reality shows will be revealed. One thing I do know is that it’s being shot by my friends at Swirl Films.
#EMPIRE: John Fogerty is angry at Taraji P. Henson Film ‘Proud Mary’ For Using His Song Title…BUT WHY?
*Singer-songwriter John Fogerty isn’t happy with the use of his song “Proud Mary” as the title of Taraji P. Henson’s new movie, saying its premise about a hit woman goes against the nature of the song.
Fogerty posted a message online Thursday affirming the obvious – that the film has nothing to do with him or his song – and that it irks him when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of his music.
Although Fogerty does not own the rights to the song anymore, he’s pissed that no one bothered to ask him about using the tune or what his lyrics mean. He says the song is about “leaving painful, stressful things behind for a more tranquil and meaningful life.”
Henson’s character, by the way, similarly undergoes a change of heart about her chosen occupation.
Screen Gems responded to Fogerty: “We would love Mr. Fogerty to come see the film. He would see that his complaint that the film has nothing to do with the song’s message as ‘a metaphor about leaving painful, stressful things behind for a more tranquil and meaningful life’ is inaccurate. That is precisely what our Mary is looking to do, and [‘Proud Mary’ star] Taraji [P. Henson] nails it perfectly.”
A rep for Screen Gems also told ABC News that the film company worked closely with the music publisher of “Proud Mary” and had fully cleared the rights to use the song, as well as its title and lyrics, in the movie and its marketing.
Read Fogerty’s full message below:
Recorded first in 1968 by Fogerty’s band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Proud Mary” was covered twice in 1969 (by Solomon Burke as well as the Checkmates Ltd.) and perhaps most famously in 1970 by Ike and Tina Turner.
#NEWMUSIC from Toni Braxton Feat. Birdman – ‘Heart Away’
After winning the Legend Award at the 2017 Soul Train Awards, R&B icon Toni Braxton surprises everyone with a brand new remix featuring her rumored beau, Cash Money founder/rapper Birdman.
Teaming up with producer London On Da Track, the couple flip rapper Derez Deshon’s single “Hardaway” with a relationship based song called “Heart Away.”
Birdman and Braxton, who previously collaborated on “Baby You Can Do It” and “Give It Back,” have been fielding relationship rumors for nearly two years now. They’ve never confirmed the talks, but even Tamar Braxton believes that they’re married. “I think that’s my brother-in-law,” she told Wendy Williams last year. “I do. I think they eloped. I’m telling you, they is married.”
Last year, Toni returned with the ballad single “Deadwood,” followed by a series of remixes to another new song called “Coping.”
#HIPHOPNEWS: PRESS PLAY! Remy Ma & Chris Brown’s ‘Melanin Magic’
Remy Ma is teaming up with Chris Brown on her brand new single “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown).” Before it drops this week, the rapper has shared the song off her upcoming album, 7 Winters & 6 Summers.
Over a sample of Mint Condition’s “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes),” Remy boasts about her “brown skin” and ultra-flyness. “Got that melanin magic, brown skin poppin’ / Always fly, I stay in a cockpit,” she raps. “I want it, I cop it / Open the door, then lock it / Every time Remy touch the city, stop it.”
Breezy comes around for the melodic Mint Condition-inspired hook. “You’re my pretty brown eyes,” he sings. “I want you / I don’t need you in my life / But you’re my vibe tonight and I love you.”
“Melanin Magic,” the follow-up to “Wake Me Up” with Lil’ Kim, arrives Friday (Jan. 19), while Remy’s sophomore album 7 Winters & 6 Summers is due early this year via Columbia Records.
According to Justin Timberlake Says He ‘Absolutely’ Made Peace With Janet Jackson After Super Bowl Incident…Do you Believe him?
Justin Timberlake is ready for his big return to the Super Bowl stage. The “Filthy” crooner opened up in a new interview about planning his upcoming halftime show 13 years after he and Janet Jackson made headlines for a now-infamous wardrobe malfunction.
“Naturally, that’s something we talked about,” Timberlake, 36, told Apple Music’s Beats 1 host Zane Lowe in Us Weekly’s exclusive sneak peak. “To be honest, it wasn’t too much of a conversation. It’s just one of those things where you go, like, ‘Yeah, what do you want me to say? We’re not going to do that again!’”
It was revealed last September that the 10-time Grammy winner was finalizing a deal to headline the Super Bowl LII halftime show in Minnesota, and he confirmed the news the following month. He previously performed at the NFL championship event with ’NSync in 2001 and then with Jackson, 51, in 2004. During the latter, Timberlake accidentally exposed the “All for You” songstress’ breast on stage, leading the FCC to implement a five-second broadcast delay during future live performances.
“I stumbled through it, to be quite honest,” Timberlake told Lowe while reflecting upon the controversial gig. “I had my wires crossed, and it’s just something that you have to look back on and go, like, ‘OK, well, you know, you can’t change what’s happened but you can move forward and learn from it.’”
Since then, the former boy bander says he and Jackson have made peace. “Absolutely,” he said. “And I don’t know that a lot of people know that. I don’t think it’s my job to do that because you value the relationships that you do have with people.”
Timberlake’s full interview airs on Beats 1 on Thursday, January 18, at 1 p.m. ET.
Ryan Murphy’s ‘9-1-1’ Renewed for Season 2 at FOX
Fox has renewed drama series “9-1-1” for a second season, the network announced Tuesday.
The series–from creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear–explores the high-pressure experiences of police officers, firefighters and emergency operators who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. It stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Connie Britton, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, and Rockmond Dunbar.
See pics from Toya Wright’s ‘Showering Reign’ Baby Shower!
Toya Wright was glowing on Sunday at her “Showering Reign” themed baby shower.
The event was held at Legacy Test Kitchen in Atlanta and the 34-year-old expecting mommy was joined by her boo, Robert Rushing, her daughter, Reginae Carter, and a host of family and friends.
While sharing photos of her special day on social media, Toya gushed, “Today was magical!”
Get your #FIRSTLOOK At Rupaul On ‘Oprah’s Supersoul Sunday’
Check out a sneak peek of drag superstar RuPaul on a future edition of “Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday.” The Emmy-winning host of VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race goes beyond the “smoke and mirrors” of the stage and talks candidly about spirituality, the karma in dissing others, lessons learned from his mother and embracing the real you.
“At this moment? I’m everything and nothing at all. I’m black, I’m white, I’m male, female. To me, seeing all the facets of yourself is the
Kevin Spacey Accused Of Being Racist On ‘House Of Cards’ Set
In addition to his laundry list of sexual misconduct accusers, the award-winning actor is now being accused of being racist and dropping the “N” bomb on the set of “House of Cards.”
Via Page Six: Earl Blue, the head of VIP Protective Service and Navy veteran, told the Mail exclusively that Spacey would refuse to acknowledge the black team members and made racist remarks.
Blue said Spacey was overheard by some of his employees telling a member of his personal security team, “I don’t want n—–s watching my trailer,” referring to the Netflix show in which he played the lead role, Frank Underwood.
Blue, 51, cited “confidentiality” as the reason why he waited four years to come forward, but told the paper it came “to the point where people are being harmed, enough is enough.”
Blue said his company’s contract was not renewed despite receiving no complaints and being told by representatives of the Knight Takes King– the company that hired them– that they were “really pleased.”
He told the paper that he later learned through a production manager that Spacey said in a conference call that he “did not want n—–s on his set anymore.”
Another source told The Mail that there were break-ins under VIP’s watch—including in Spacey’s trailer. The contract was given to another firm.
Blue denied the account and said he wasn’t given a reason for why his contract was terminated.
A former employee of the VIP Protective Service told the Mail that he has “no particular recollection” of Spacey eliciting racist behavior. Although, he added that Spacey was a “real a–hole” who would get “temperamental.”
Spacey was accused earlier this year of sexual misconduct from more than a dozen people, and has since been dropped by Netflix, as well as a number of other productions.
Just throw the whole Kevin Spacey away!
Stella McCartney Throws Epic Hollywood Party to Showcase Her Autumn 2018 Collection
It might be fashion week in Paris, but Stella McCartney just made Hollywood the chicest place to be.
The famed designer held her Autumn (AKA pre-fall) 2018 Presentation at S.I.R. Studios last night and it was *awesome.*
Her new pre-collection featured knits, structured blazers and stand out pieces of colorful animal prints and deep gold metallics.
The UK design superstar is a celebrity favorite on and off the red carpet — A-listers love her sustainable style and they came out in droves for the fashionable soiree.
Olivia Munn, Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Vanessa Hudgens and so many more rocked out at the event to quite a few musical acts. St. Vincent, Beck and Grimes all performed.
A little someone you might have heard of took the stage to sing a few Beatles songs … Paul freaking McCartney (or as Stella calls him, Dad)
#RIHANNANAVY: Rihanna Spotted in Paris with Billionaire Boyfriend Hassan Jameel!
It's been a while since Rihanna was spotted with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel, until now...
This week Rihanna was spotted in Paris with Hassan Jameel in her first public appearance since the funeral for her beloved cousin Tavon Alleyne.
Rihanna and Hassan were photographed on the balcony of a luxury hotel with a member of their entourage.
AND FINALLY FROM THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART FILES
‘NOT SO SUPER’
Not the hero we really want or need right now. In fact, I’m kinda over all the superheroes at this moment. Literally if you’ve ever been in a comic book ever you’ve got your own movie.
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