British lovely Keira Knightley has joined the cast of David Cronenberg’s next film, The Talking Cure, marking the first project for the acclaimed director since 2007’s Russian mob feature Eastern Promises.
The Talking Cure will center on Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, the founders of psychoanalysis, and their relationship with patient Sabina Spielrein.
Knightley is currently starring in the London play The Misanthrope. The Pride & Prejudice actress is familiar with Hampton’s work, having starred in Hampton’s other work, Atonement.
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Australian distribution company Hopscotch Films has announced on its Facebook page that Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender ( Inglourious Basterds , 300 ) and Christoph Waltz ( Inglourious Basterds ) will star in director David Cronenberg's The Talking Cure . The company describes the project as follows: A beautiful young woman, driven mad by her past. An ambitious doctor on a mission to succeed. An esteemed mentor with a revolutionary cure. Let the mind games begin... First announced in 2007, the film is an adaptation of Christopher Hampton's 2002 play. Knightley would play Sabina Spielrein, a Russian-Jewish psychiatric patient, who is said to have inspired some of Carl Jung (Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud's (Waltz) most remarkable discoveries. Hampton's play focuses on »
Where did this come from? Last we heard, David Cronenberg was supposed to be directing The Matarese Circle with Denzel Washington or the billionaire limo project Cosmopolis next, not some other project called The Talking Cure. Our friends at The Playlist found an odd mention of a project on the Facebook page for Australian distribution company Hopscotch Films today. There it's mentioned that they just bought a film called The Talking Cure that's being directed by David Cronenberg and will star Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, and Christoph Waltz. And we've never heard of this once before until today? That's kind of odd. I did a quick search and found an old Cinematical article from 2007 stating that The Talking Cure was going to be Cronenberg's "next project." They also say it's an adaptation of Christopher Hampton's stage play of the same name, set in the early 20th century, about the »
- Alex Billington
Talk about your indie cast dream teams: Keira Knightley, Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender have all signed on to star in David Cronenberg's adaptation of The Talking Cure.It would appear that Cronenberg has shuffled his cinematic version of Christopher Hampton's play to the top of his active pile after thriller The Matarese Circle died in development when Tom Cruise opted to do something else instead.Now, though, Australian distributor Hopscotch has nabbed the rights to Cure and Cronenberg has lined up his impressive cast for a story that chronicles the fathers of psychoanalysis - that would be Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung - and their complex relationships with a beautiful patient. Bet Keira's playing Freud. It's been a long road for Cronenberg on this one - he's been attached since at least 2007, but now it looks like he'll finally be flying to Europe early next year to kick off shooting. »
Thank Facebook and its status updates - The lovely Keira Knightley and Inglourious Basterds alums Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender will be joining each other in a Cronenbergian three-way for The Talking Cure. Here's the synopsis from Australian film distributor Hopscotch Films (Tyson, The Wrestler): "A beautiful young woman, driven mad by her past. An ambitious doctor on a mission to succeed. An esteemed mentor with a revolutionary cure. Let the mind games begin..." The »
- George Merchan
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Let's start with this, Skins fans:
How did I not know about this? Apparently there is a "quick lesbian scene" between Keira Knightley and Hayley Atwell in their film, The Duchess. The movie is now available on DVD, and could be a great last minute gift for a friend who likes British women bedding one another.
Sundance is going to be so gay this year. The Runaways is officially in good company with the addition of The Kids Are Alright from High Art director Lisa Cholodenko, starring Julianne Moore and Annette Benning as lovers. It's being described as a "drama with a sexy script." Please let that sexiness be between the aforementioned actresses. Don't let me down, Lisa!
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- Trish Bendix
Pirates Of The Caribbean star Keira Knightley is reportedly taking home a basic salary for her first West End role. It is claimed that the 24-year-old British actress is receiving just £750 a week to appear in The Misanthrope opposite Band Of Brothers star Damian Lewis, at London’s Comedy Theatre. A source said: 'Keira was more than happy to do it at a basic rate. 'She will be taking a percentage of the box-office sales as well, but she's doing this for experience more than anything else.” The source added: “She has been a joy to work with.' »
- Sophie Eager
London – Keira Knightley has chosen well for her West End stage debut as a spoiled young movie star who is the center of attention in Martin Crimp's rhymed update of Moliere's "The Misanthrope."She gets to look fabulous and also deliver some withering observations and insults to the sycophantic friends who surround her character, much to the annoyance of her disillusioned older lover (Damian Lewis). The play runs through March 13 at the Comedy Theater.Lewis is Alceste, a playwright whose general demeanor fits the title of the play. "Call it insanity, but I take issue with all of humanity," he says. Angry and impatient, Alceste despises the flunkies who hang around Jennifer (Knightley), whom he adores and wishes to take away from her shallow showbiz world.The setting is a fancy London hotel room where Jennifer entertains assorted visitors including actor Julian (Chuk Iwuji) and agent Alexander (Nicholas Le Prevost »
Keira Knightley reportedly only gets basic rate payment for her debut performance in Broadway play "The Misanthrope". According to Britain's Daily Mirror, the 24-year-old takes home 750 pounds after a week starring in the West End production.
Though so, Keira is said happy with her earning. "Keira was more than happy to do it at a basic rate. She will be taking a percentage of the box office sales as well, but she's doing this for experience more than anything else. She has been a joy to work with," a source said of the Juliette Paxton of "Bend It Like Beckham".
In "The Misanthrope", Keira plays Jennifer (Celimene), the love interest of Damian Lewis' lead character. Recently, the British actress' involvement in the Broadway production is said causing tension in her relationship with actor Rupert Friend since she dedicated much of her time for the play.
A source close to her claimed, »
Keira Knightley has chosen well for her West End stage debut as a spoiled young movie star who is the center of attention in Martin Crimp's rhymed update of Moliere's "The Misanthrope."She gets to look fabulous and also deliver some withering observations and insults to the sycophantic friends who surround her character, much to the annoyance of her disillusioned older lover (Damian Lewis). The play runs through March 13 at the Comedy Theater.Lewis is Alceste, a playwright whose general demeanor fits the title of the play. "Call it insanity, but I take issue with all of humanity," he says. Angry and impatient, Alceste despises the flunkies who hang around Jennifer (Knightley), whom he adores and wishes to take away from her shallow showbiz world.The setting is a fancy London hotel room where Jennifer entertains assorted visitors including actor Julian (Chuk Iwuji) and agent »
She's as sculpted and svelte as a trophy. She's the coquette as maquette. It was truly ingenious to cast Keira Knightley in Martin Crimp's updated version of The Misanthrope. Knightley plays a Hollywood actress, a magnified version of her public self. The less she acts, the more she becomes the part. Crimp's play, given a sparky production by Thea Sharrock, carps at suckers-up to celebrity and at media minions; it does so with many postmodernist winks. And what's more postmodern than an attack on celebrity culture which features a celebrity?
First seen in 1996, and now revised, Crimp's adaptation has a go at bankers and at Tom Stoppard; it creates a critic called Covington – bit of a cut and shunt with reviewers' names there – who's a would-be playwright with bad hair and a blazer; it alludes knowingly to Molière. It does all this in tremendously dextrous, »
- Susannah Clapp
When it comes to period films that involve corsets and longing romantic looks, Keira Knightley is usually, er, queen. But in The Young Victoria she gets some stiff competition from Emily Blunt as a teenage version of the 19th century royal. Blunt is already up for a Golden Globe for her performance in the film, and it's easy to see why. As an 18-year-old woman learning the ways of government and love, Victoria isn't the stuffy version of the queen that you associate with history books. She's sharp, silly, bullheaded, and vulnerable at the same time - all of which Blunt captures adeptly. But Blunt's performance isn't the only element that shines in this film, which, it should be noted, counts Martin Scorsese and Sarah Ferguson as producers. For more of my thoughts, read more. The film opens by flashing from Victoria's coronation to a year before her reign, as »
Knightley's West End debut in this modern Molière evades wholesale incineration, but it's not quite a blaze of glory
Keira Knightley said she expected to be "burned alive" by the critics when she embarked on her first West End performance, as the captivating Jennifer in a modern translation of Molière's The Misanthrope. So the gentle singeing, when it finally arrived this morning, must have come as a relief. "She catches the waywardness [of her character]," says Benedict Nightingale in the Times, "but not the authority to explain how she can dominate a gathering by more than beauty." And "even if she doesn't always know what to do with her hands," in Michael Billington's opinion, "she gives a perfectly creditable performance." Most West End first-timers could be more than satisfied with that.
In the Telegraph and Independent, the reviews start to look like actual praise. "In the second half," says Charles Spencer in the former, »
- Leo Benedictus
It's not news that "Nine" director Rob Marshall is set to helm "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." Or that he's got a fresh approach in mind when the cameras start to roll. As Marshall recently admitted to MTV however, there are still a number of decisions to be made.
"'Pirates 4' is in process as we speak. So they're still writing," Marshall explained. "I've heard a couple of exciting ideas, but they're still in process. My hope is that we'll be able to shoot it sometime in 2010."
There's still some question as to which familiar faces will be returning. Depp is obviously a huge component of any "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, but Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley make up a big part of the continuing story. Marshall, for his part, is in the dark right now.
"[The writers are] experimenting with everything I think, so... I'm not sure where they're going to head, »
- Adam Rosenberg
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- Paul Howlett
Keira Knightley's fears over her West End debut proved well-founded after she was hit with a slew of bad reviews, with one critic insisting the actress "has all the charisma of a goldfish."
Knightley previously spoke of her worries about her performance, fearing she would be "burned alive" by the critics.
And when the curtain went up for the reviewers on Thursday, Knightley's predictions turned out to be all too accurate.
Quentin Letts, who reviewed the play for Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, wrote, "Keira Knightley may be one of 21st century cinema’s revered objects but on stage she proves little better than adequate.
"Her arrival on the West End in an interesting (but intellectually disingenuous) treatment of Moliere’s Le Misanthrope is, well, on the dull side. She has all the charisma of a serviceable goldfish. Miss Knightley has a flawless face but it does not move about much."
While the Daily Express' theatre critic, Paul Callan, adds, “Her lack of stage experience is sometimes painfully evident. It is rather sad that the heart-wrenchingly beautiful Miss Knightley does not come up to scratch." »
Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley has made her West End debut in the adaptation of The Misanthrope. The 24-year-old was supported by boyfriend Rupert Friend as well as other celebrity friends as she made her debut at The Comedy Theatre in London. Those who turned out to watch the show included Charles Dance, Jonathan Pryce, Neil Pearson, Emilia Fox and Rosamund Pike. Knightley plays the role of Jennifer in the play, an ambitious American film star who catches the eye of a British playwright, played by Damian Lewis. Tickets have already sold out for the show and more have had to be issued. The play will run until March 13 next year. »
- Sophie Eager
Comedy Theatre, London
Can Keira Knightley cut it? That is the first question prompted by this revival of Martin Crimp's updated version of Molière's play. Since she's playing a movie star in her 20s, one could say that she is not unduly stretched. But Knightley brings to the role fine, sculpted features, palpable intelligence and a nice mix of faux-innocence and flirtiness. Even if she doesn't always know what to do with her hands, she gives a perfectly creditable performance.
My main doubt concerns the continuing validity of Crimp's modern-dress Molière, first seen in 1996. It rests on the premise that Alceste is a vehemently candid playwright who rails at the triviality of contemporary culture but is erotically ensnared by the movie star, Jennifer, who is one of its proudest embodiments. Crimp has also included a diatribe against a Tory politician with his "toxic spray-on brand of fake compassion" and »
- Michael Billington
London, Dec 16 (Ians) British actress Keira Knightley has revealed that she almost turned down the chance for her onstage debut because she fears she will be “burned alive” by critics for her maiden performance.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actress is appearing in a revival of Moliere’s classic play “The Misanthrope”, alongside Damian Lewis and Tara Fitzgerald, which opens in London Thursday. And Knightley said she fears her performance in the production, which runs until March 2010, will be hit with a slew of negative reviews, reports imdb.com.
Keira Knightley almost turned down the chance to star on the West End stage - because she fears she will be "burned alive" by critics.
Knightley fears her performance in the production, which runs until March, will be hit with a slew of negative reviews, but she's determined not to let the critics put her off.
She says, "(I know I will be) burned alive (by the critics). I'm not coming into it with any great expectations of coming away with great reviews. I thought if I don't do theatre right now, I think I'm going to start being too terrified to do it. So I just thought, okay, dive in and give it a go. If my best isn't good enough, then so be it." »
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