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What They Took With Them

Alongside Cate Blanchett (which 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.

Watch the short version below:

The petition can be sign here >> www.withrefugees.org

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“It only takes five seconds to mark X”

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.

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Keira Among U.K. Celebrities Opposing Brexit

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.

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Keira Knightley in talks to lead “Catherine the Great” biopic

Two-time Oscar nominee Keira Knightley is in early talks to play Russian empress Catherine the Great in a biopic that Barbra Streisand will direct for producer Gil Netter’s Netter Productions, TheWrap has exclusively learned.

Kristina Lauren Anderson wrote the script, which topped the 2014 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays.

Netter and representatives for Knightley did not respond to requests for comment.

Catherine the Great was born Sophia Augusta Fredericka to German royalty and took power when her husband was assassinated, ruling from 1762 to 1796 while modernizing the Russian empire.

The film will follow young Catherine, who was trapped in an abusive marriage with the heir of the Russian throne — a role that is currently being cast now.

Besides a beloved Black List script, “Catherine the Great” boasts significant pedigree between Netter, who has two Oscar nominations for producing “Life of Pi” and “The Blind Side,” and Streisand, who won a Golden Globe for directing “Yentl” and has two Oscars of her own. Streisand’s films have received a total of 14 Oscar nominations.

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Keira Knightley starring in new biopic “Colette”

Empire are currently reporting that Keira Knightley has signed onto a new biopic “Colette”, which looks at the life of famous French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.

Before the likes of Madonna and Cher earned fame with just one name, there was French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, who went by the single moniker Colette. Now Still Alice co-director Wash Westmoreland is preparing a biopic of her, and has Keira Knightley close to a deal to star.

Westmoreland wrote the film with his late husband and fellow Alice writer/director Richard Glatzer and will be calling the shots. The biopic will focus on Colette’s marriage to celebrated Parisian scribe Willy Gauthier-Villars, who was 14 years older than his wife when they married in 1893 and one of the most notorious libertines in Paris. During their time together, he introduced her to some of the more avant-garde circles and encouraged both her literary prowess and her love for women. After their separation in 1906, her writing career truly took off and she became known for works such as Gigi, Cheri and the Claudine series of books. A mime, an actress and a journalist at various points in her career, she was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.

You can see why the filmmakers and now Knightley might be attracted to the story, and it has the backing of Bold Films and HanWay Films, the latter of which worked on Carol.Pam Koffler, Christine Vachon, Elizabeth Karlsen and Empire video blog stalwart Stephen Woolley are all on board to produce, and Westmoreland is scheduled to start shooting this May in Budapest.

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Forbes’ 30 Under 30 2015

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
Actor

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.”

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Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight Teaser

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.

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“The Imitation Game” Cast to Receive Ensemble Award at Palm Springs Festival

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.

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