Alongside Cate Blanchett (who is UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador), Kit Harrington, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman, Keira has taken part in a reading of a poem written by Jenifer Toksvig highlighting the current refugee crisis, entitled What They Took With Them.
The video is exclusively released on the Facebook platform. The centre-piece of the UN Refugee Agency’s #WithRefugees campaign is a petition asking governments to ensure all refugee children can go to school, all refugees have a safe place to live and that all refugees can work and contribute to their local community.
It already has nearly 900,000 signatures and will be delivered to the UN Secretary General and the President of the UN General Assembly on Friday September 16 ahead of the historic UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants on September 19.
Keira Knightley has recorded a 30-second video to urge younger voters to participate in the EU referendum.
She worked with the pro-EU group We Are Europe, who have recorded similar videos with the actor and model Lily Cole and musicians Eliza Doolittle and Big Narstie.
“It only takes five seconds to practice the perfect awards face. And it takes five seconds to mark an X in a ballot box. Five seconds to stop others fucking with your future.”
The video is neutral, but Knightley has previously added her name to a list of celebrities backing the campaign for Britain to stay in the European Union. Last month, many arts figures, including Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Cumberbatch signed a letter to support the remain campaign.
“From the smallest gallery to the biggest blockbuster, many of us have worked on projects that would never have happened without vital EU funding, or by collaborating across borders,” it read. “Britain is not just stronger in Europe, it is more imaginative and more creative, and our global creative success would be severely weakened by walking away.”
The poll on 13 June indicates that 53% support a Brexit, while 47% would like to remain in the EU.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Benedict Cumberbatch, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Keira Knightley are among more than 250 personalities from the British entertainment and arts world who have signed a letter urging Brits to vote to remain in the European Union next month.
In an open letter published in the Guardian, they warn that in the case of a British exit from the EU, a so-called Brexit, the country would become “an outsider shouting from the wings.”
Filmmakers Danny Boyle and Sam Taylor-Johnson, music star Paloma Faith, designer Vivienne Westwood and author John Le Carre are among the other signatories of the letter, coordinated by “Stronger,” the official pro-EU campaign that prime minister David Cameron is also supporting.
“Britain is not just stronger in Europe, it is more imaginative and more creative,” the letter also says. “Our global creative success would be severely weakened by walking away.”
It further argues: “From the Bard [William Shakespeare] to Bowie, British creativity inspires and influences the rest of the world. We believe that being part of the EU bolsters Britain’s leading role on the world stage.”
The referendum deciding whether the U.K. remains in the EU takes place on June 23. Cameron’s ruling Conservative Party is split on the issue, with former London mayor Boris Johnson being a vocal supporter of a Brexit.
Forbes have just unveiled their 30 Under 30 list for 2015, and Keira Knightley has been listed for her acting achievements. Here’s what they had to say:
Keira Knightley, 29
Knightley has been a force in Hollywood since she debuted in “Bend It Like Beckham” in 2002. Now almost 30, the actress is getting Oscar buzz for her work in “The Imitation Game” and producing her first film, “The Other Typist.”
For the second year in a row, Indiewire has partnered with iNDEMAND to create Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight.
Indiewire editors selected some of the year’s finest actors and filmmakers and captured them in original photos by Daniel Bergeron and video interviews conducted by the inDEMAND team. And this year, our Spotlight is bigger than ever.
Over the next eight weeks we’re profiling more than 30 talented people, featuring intimate Contender Conversations with “The Theory of Everything” star Eddie Redmayne, “Top Five” director and star Chris Rock, “Birdman” director Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Imitation Game” star Keira Knightley and many more.
This preview will give you an idea of what you can expect, starting Monday Dec. 8 and running through the Oscars at the end of February. It’s going to be great.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and the other cast members of “The Imitation Game” will receive the Ensemble Performance Award at the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala, PSIFF organizers announced on Friday.
The release announcing the award also mentions actors Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance and Mark Strong from the cast of Morten Tyldum’s film about British mathematician Alan Turing (Cumberbatch), who broke the German Enigma Code in World War II but was later prosecuted for being gay.
The award will be presented at the festival’s annual Awards Gala on Saturday, Jan. 3. Previously announced honorees at the gala include Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons and Reese Witherspoon.
Past winners of the Ensemble Performance Award include the casts of “Argo,” “American Hustle” and “The Social Network.”
The Palm Springs International Film Festival will take place from Jan. 2 through Jan. 12.
Variety has reported that Actors on Actors Conversations are coming to be shown on PBS SoCal. The interview show features one-on-one conversations between actors and actresses including Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain in discussion with one another about their craft and films.
Four episodes of the Variety Studio series will air, starting on December 21 at 7 p.m. Subsequent episodes are set for Sunday, December 28 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on January 4 at 7 p.m. WNET in New York will also air the series, which will be distributed to PBS stations around the country in January. The videos will also stream on Variety.com beginning November 18.
Featured conversations will include: Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) with Edward Norton (“Birdman”), Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”) with Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”), Josh Brolin (“Inherent Vice”) with J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), Oscar Isaac (“A Most Violent Year”) with Gugu Mbatha Raw (“Belle”), Eddie Redmayne (“Theory of Everything”) with Laura Dern (“Wild”), Witherspoon (“Wild”) with Michael Keaton (“Birdman”), Hilary Swank (“Homesman”) with Tilda Swinton (“Snowpiercer”), Keira Knightley “(The Imitation Game”) with Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood”), Jessica Chastain (“A Most Violent Year & Interstellar”) with Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”), David Oyelewo (“Selma”) with Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”), Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”) with Felicity Jones (“Theory of Everything”), Marion Cotillard (“Two Days, One Night”) with Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner”), Christoph Waltz (“Big Eyes”) with Ralph Fiennes (“Grand Budapest Hotel”), Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”) with Emily Blunt (“Into The Woods”), and James Corden (“Into The Woods”) with Kevin Costner (“Black and White”).
The audience award-winner at the Toronto International Film Festival is often the best Picture Oscar winner as well. This year, “The Imitation Game” won the People’s Choice Award won last year by “12 Years a Slave,” and in prior years by several films directed by Brits, “The King’s Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “American Beauty.” (Other TIFF audience winners such as “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Precious” go on to win Oscars other than best Picture.)
Very British “The Imitation Game” is directed by Norwegian Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters“) and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as genius World War II code-cracker Alan Turing, who gets help from mathematicians played by Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode. Oscar-savvy Weinstein Co. is backing the moving period drama, which opens November 21.
Other awards this year are unlikely to have much impact on the Oscar race, though they may help to sell winners to audiences, distributors and exhibitors.
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