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2008-08-29 03:00:36

By Siobhan Synnot KEIRA Knightley is no stranger to steamy love scenes. But she admits that when you're about to get to grips with another actor, it probably doesn't boost their ego if you are too busy laughing. The sultry star of the new period drama The Duchess was helping Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper with his first nude scene. But when the actor put on a special flesh-coloured loincloth to hide his modesty, Keira confessed that she took one look and burst into laughter. She said:...

2008-08-28 00:00:26

Very occasionally we are treated to something very different on TV which does not spell out sex, violence and bad attitude. The other Sunday evening the BBC showed the Miss Potter film, made in 2006. Real good Sunday night viewing to behold, so very beautifully photographed and so gentle and tranquil - a tonic which really calms the sheer frustration of today's world. Britain indeed has produced some wonderful writers, and Helen Beatrix Potter has made her mark as the most...

2008-08-24 15:00:24

British actress Keira Knightley says the trailer for her new movie, "The Duchess," wrongly invokes a tie to Diana, the late princess of Wales. The 23-year-old actress, known for her roles in "Pride & Prejudice" and "Domino," said the upcoming movie is not about the popular royal family member, but rather follows the life of Georgiana, duchess of Devonshire, The Sunday Times of London reported. "I am Georgiana," Knightley said. "I am not Diana. The film is not about Diana." "The two...

2008-08-24 03:00:17

By Forbes, Bryan EVER DIRK: THE BOGARDE LETTERS edited by John Coldstream Weidenfeld, Pounds 25, pp.529, ISBN 9780297852414 Pounds 20 (plus Pounds 2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 The art of letter-writing being in terminal decline and with precious little romance in emails or mobile-phone texts, this fascinating collection of Dirk Bogarde's letters is a rare gift to those who think nostalgically of a less mechanical way of life. Puffing on 60 cigarettes a day, Dirk bashed out some two million...

2008-08-22 00:00:24

By Kaleem Aftab How did the director of 'Bullet Boy' make a Keira Knightley costume drama? Kaleem Aftab explains On paper, the costume drama The Duchess couldn't be any more different from British director Saul Dibb's previous cinematic outing, the urban gun-crime drama Bullet Boy. Replacing hoodies, prisons and East End grime vernacular are corsets, country estates and posh English. In the space of three years, Dibb has seemingly gone from being the young Turk of the British film...

2008-08-18 00:00:25

When films stars Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes took up residence at Derby's Kedleston Hall, Victoria Flanagan's chief concern was that they might drop a cup of coffee on the irreplaceable furniture. National Trust property manager Victoria was delighted that a major movie project chose the historic hall to be the backdrop for the costume drama The Duchess but had to make sure that the cast and crew left Kedleston the way they found it. "The film crew were keen on using our furniture in...

2008-08-14 15:00:41

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- As of August 13, Universal Pictures International (UPI) has grossed more than $1 billion in box-office revenue for the year-to-date, it was announced today by Universal Pictures' Chairman Marc Shmuger and Co-Chairman David Linde. Reaching the billion-dollar benchmark in August is the fastest the studio has achieved this success and puts it on track to its most successful year in history. (Logo:...

2008-08-13 09:00:42

Shoot On Sight, Producer Aron Govil announced today that he will donate a portion of the profits from the UK release of his much anticipated film Shoot On Sight, to the London bombings victims Memorial. On July 7, 2005 four suicide bombers, all British Muslims, blew themselves up in London underground, killing 52 innocent victims and injuring more than 700 others. This was the deadliest attack on London since World War II. A permanent steel columns memorial is planned for the victims...

2008-08-12 06:00:38

By JOHN ROSS THE Hollywood actor Kevin McKidd has called for tax breaks for film-makers to encourage more movies to be made in the Highlands and Islands. The Elgin-born star, now based in Los Angeles, was in his home town yesterday at a ceremony marking his appointment as patron of the Scottish Highlands and Islands Film Commission (SHIFC). The actor is best known for his roles in the TV series Rome, the film Trainspotting and the romantic comedy Made of Honour, and he has just...

2008-08-12 06:00:38

By JOHN ROSS THE Hollywood actor Kevin McKidd has called for tax breaks for film-makers to encourage more movies to be made in the Highlands and Islands. The Elgin-born star, now based in Los Angeles, was in his home town yesterday at a ceremony marking his appointment as patron of the Scottish Highlands and Islands Film Commission (SHIFC). The actor, best known for his roles in the TV series Rome and the films Trainspotting and Made of Honor, has just started filming a series of the...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.