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American Crime Story: Where Else Have You Seen Gianni Before?

While the entire cast of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story bear a striking resemblance to their onscreen counterparts (have you seen Penelope Cruz as Donatella?) the most convincing casting choice has to be Edar Ramirez as Gianni Versace himself. If you've been wondering where you know this actor from but can't place him, that might be due to his incredible, almost unrecognizable transformation into the famed fashion designer. Ramírez entered the world of acting as a minor player, often playing very small roles in Spanish movies and television shows. He got his big break starring alongside Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke in Domino back in 2005. He also snagged supporting roles in movies like The Bourne Ultimatum, Vantage Point, and Zero Dark Thirty before moving on to bigger roles in like Ares in Wrath of the Titans and Mendoza in Deliver Us from Evil. Ramírez also starred in the short-lived miniseries Carlos.
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Keira Knightley Doesn't Do Films Set in Modern Times Because Women "Always Get Raped"

Take a minute out of your day to give Keira Knightley a round of applause. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms actress proved she isn't afraid to take Hollywood to task for the egregious amount of sexual violence against women that has been featured in film over the last few years, in a recent interview with Variety. In it, Knightley cited rape culture in modern cinema as her reason for preferring period films like Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, The Imitation Game, and the upcoming Colette, rather than signing on for movies set in the modern era. "With the rise of Netflix and Amazon we're seeing some strong female characters and female stories on streaming services. I don't know about films as much," she said. "I don't really do films set in the modern day because the female characters nearly always get raped. I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed,
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Keira Knightley Opens Up About Sexual Harassment: ‘Everyone Has Battled Monsters’

Keira Knightley is the latest celebrity to speak out about sexual harassment, with her admitting she’s been assaulted “in a minor way” at least four times. The 32-year-old discusses the ongoing sexual misconduct scandal in Hollywood in an interview with Variety and says that although she hasn’t been a victim of abuse professionally, she has
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IndieWire Announces Our First-Ever IndieWire Studio at Sundance

IndieWire is proud to announce the inaugural IndieWire Studio at Sundance, presented by Dropbox, on Park City’s Main Street. With daily video interviews at its exclusive studio, it will serve as a destination for scores of actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, composers and documentary subjects.

From from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, January 19 through Monday, January 22, IndieWire will sit down with approximately 100 entertainment luminaries at 625 Main Street. Among those scheduled are Aubrey Plaza (“An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn”),Chloë Grace Moretz (“The Miseducation Of Cameron Post”), Chloë Sevigny (“Lizzie”), Chris O’Dowd and Rose Byrne (“Juliet, Naked”), Daveed Diggs (“Blindspotting”), Elle Fanning, Peter Dinklage, and Reed Morano (“I Think We’re Alone Now”), Ethan Hawke (“Blaze” and “Juliet, Naked”), Idris Elba (“Yardie”), Gus Van Sant (“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Kindergarten Teacher”), Joan Jett (“Bad Reputation”), Keira Knightley (“Colette
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Variety Studio at Sundance Sets Interviews With Top Festival Stars

Variety has unveiled a full program for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to being one of the festival’s official media sponsors, the entertainment news outlet will once again present the Variety Studio, featuring video interviews of top festival talent.

The Variety Studio, in collaboration with At&T and DirecTV, will be housed in the DirecTV Lodge presented by At&T and will include interviews with the Gloria Allred (“Seeing Allred”), Nicolas Cage (“Mandy”), Claire Danes (“A Kid Like Jake”), Idris Elba (“Yardie”), Elle Fanning (“I Think We’re Alone Now”), Jane Fonda (“Jane Fonda in Five Acts”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Wildlife”), Jon Hamm (“Beirut”), Armie Hammer (“Sorry to Bother You”), Jennifer Hudson (“Monster”), Keira Knightley (“Colette”), Danny McBride (“Arizona”), Robert Pattinson (“Damsel”), Jason Segel (“Come Sunday”) and Tessa Thompson (“Sorry to Bother You”).

The video interviews will be posted on Variety.com during the festival.

Variety, along with At&T and DirecTV, will host a
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Keira Knightley criticises rape culture in modern cinema

Speaking about #MeToo and Hollywood, the actor says there is ‘something distasteful in the way women are portrayed’

Keira Knightley has criticised the amount of sexual violence against women in films, saying that she prefers period stories to contemporary-set dramas because, in the latter, “the female characters nearly always get raped”.

In an interview with Variety, Knightley was explaining her preference for “historical pieces” in the run-up to the premiere of her Colette biopic – set during the Parisian belle époque – at the Sundance film festival. “I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed [in films set in the modern day], whereas I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered to me in historical pieces.” She acknowledged, however, that there has been some improvement in “the last few years” as the Hollywood mood change has meant that “women’s stories are suddenly viewed as important”. She said: “I’m suddenly being sent scripts with present-day
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Quote of the Day: Keira Knightley on Hiring More Women and #TimesUp

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Throughout her career, Keira Knightley has been anything but shy when asked about Hollywood’s disappointing lack of female stories and creators. She has consistently spoken her mind and continues to do so in 2018. Knightley believes that her latest project, “Colette,” particularly speaks to the current feminist climate.

In a recent interview with Variety, Knightley stresses the continued lack of female stories and respectable portrayals thereof. Though this has improved lately, especially with the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, she still defaults to historical pieces, because modern “female characters nearly always get raped.”

Alongside many of her fellow actresses, she recognizes the current #MeToo and #TimesUp climate as an “eye-opener” to the detrimental dynamics that persist both on- and off-screen. “For too long, you really did go, ‘Oh, this is just normal,’” she said. “It’s terrifying that was our response … There
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Keira Knightley Admits She Avoids Doing Modern-Day Movies Because Female Characters ‘Nearly Always Get Raped’

Keira Knightley says she tends to avoid taking roles in modern-day movies because the female characters usually end up getting raped. The 32-year-old opened up about her decisions not to take certain parts while chatting to Variety ahead of the release of her latest film “Colette”, which is set to premiere Jan. 20 at the
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Keira Knightley Doesn’t Do Modern Day Set Films Because “The Female Characters Nearly Always Get Raped”

While #MeToo and #TimesUp are handy bookmarks of sorts to follow these ongoing movements, the conversations are complex. The issues of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood (and other industries) are grown from a larger culture where women’s voices and stories simply aren’t heard. The movie business has long been plagued with the problem of creating quality leading roles for women, and it’s something that’s far from being solved in a meaningful way. If you want to maintain a working career as an actress, it might sometimes means taking on roles that are underwritten or filled with stock clichés.

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Sundance 2018 By Numbers

Sundance 2018 By Numbers
Whether you are attending Sundance or not, whether you are a film professional or not, if you follow films, the Sundance By Numbers Report is the only comprehensive look at the approximately 120 films at the festival, with director, writers and producers, cast, international sales agents, U.S. and other distributors, synopsis and contact names.

What are the chances of getting into film festivals if you are a near unknown filmmaker? Sundance itself is proud to point out that of the 121 feature-length films selected, 53 are by first time filmmakers including 30 in competition. But this year, what I see looking at the lineup of Sundance, makes me question how the selections are made. To me it looks like programmers brought in films from well-known suppliers. Nearly every film is represented by an established international sales agent or by one of the Hollywood talent agencies acting as the producer representative. 81 out of 118 have international sales agents. That means 37 have no sales agent.

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Sundance Parties 2018: Highlights of the Starry Scene Invading Park City

Sundance Parties 2018: Highlights of the Starry Scene Invading Park City
Bundle up for Hollywood’s winter ski trip. A stack of Sundance regulars (Carey Mulligan, Ethan Hawke, Common, Elle Fanning, Jack Black, Armie Hammer) and some more infrequent festival talent (Keira Knightley, Usher, Jonah Hill) will soon be invading Park City, Utah, as the festival begins on Thursday, January 18. We will be right there with them. For Sundance 2018, The Wrap is riding shotgun with Acura. The auto company is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 festival and will present both the U.S. Dramatic and Documentary audience awards. In addition to hosting TheWrap’s interview suite and photo studio, the wheels of the...
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Keira Knightley Stays Away From Modern-Set Films Because ‘Female Characters Nearly Always Get Raped’

Keira Knightley Stays Away From Modern-Set Films Because ‘Female Characters Nearly Always Get Raped’
Keira Knightley’s affection for period-set films and historical offerings goes deeper than just happening to like those kinds of films: she really just likes the kind of roles they include for women. In a wide-ranging new interview with Variety, the actress spoke out about why she so often finds “inspiring characters” in historical pieces. She told the outlet, “I don’t really do films set in the modern day because the female characters nearly always get raped. I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed.” She added, “I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered to me in historical pieces.”

And while Knightley, who will next be seen in the Sundance premiere “Colette” (a fact-based, historically set feature about the eponymous trailblazing French novelist) is seeing some uptick in the world of modern-set scripts. She told Variety, “There’s been some improvement. I’m suddenly being
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Keira Knightley Thinks Female Characters "Nearly Always Get Raped" in Modern-Day Movies

Keira Knightley Thinks Female Characters
Keira Knightley is more likely to star in a period piece than a movie set in modern times—and for good reason. As the actress explains in the new issue of Variety, she feels female characters are often treated better in historical dramas. "I don't really do films set in the modern day because the female characters nearly always get raped. 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. There's been some improvement. I'm suddenly being sent scripts with present-day women who aren't raped in the first five pages and aren't simply there to be the loving girlfriend or wife," she says. Thanks to...
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Keira Knightley Doesn't Like Modern-Day Films Because the Female Characters 'Always Get Raped'

Keira Knightley Doesn't Like Modern-Day Films Because the Female Characters 'Always Get Raped'
Keira Knightley doesn’t like the way women are portrayed in modern-day films.

The actress, 32, opened up about how she chooses her movie roles, saying she prefers period pieces because women are simply treated better.

“I don’t really do films set in the modern-day because the female characters nearly always get raped,” she told Variety. “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.”

Knightley said she’s impressed with the strong female characters she sees on television and streaming services and is
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Keira Knightley on ‘Colette,’ Pushing for Social Change, and if She’ll Ever Direct

Keira Knightley on ‘Colette,’ Pushing for Social Change, and if She’ll Ever Direct
Keira Knightley speaks her mind.

While most movie stars frequently offer up anodyne responses to reporters’ inquiries and deploy an army of publicists and image makers to ensure they never say anything remotely controversial, Knightley refuses to dodge tough questions. She’s ostensibly talking to Variety about “Colette,” a historical drama centering on the legendary French novelist that will premiere Jan. 20 at the Sundance Film Festival, but Knightley is more comfortable holding forth on the topical subjects of feminism, sexism and the lack of opportunities for female directors than she is talking about her creative process.

That’s what makes the 32-year-old actress a natural fit for the title role in the indie production. The mononymous Colette, perhaps best known for her novella “Gigi,” was a barrier breaker. A woman who had romances with women and men, and who rose to the top of belle époque society by writing stories, such as “Chéri
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10 Places You May Have Seen Your Sexy New Crush, Edgar Ramirez

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By now you're probably aware that Edgar Ramirez will be playing Gianni Versace in the second season of American Crime Story. While it's obviously a major role for Ramirez, it certainly isn't his first rodeo. The Venezuelan stud has been acting since the early '90s, and in 2005, he scored his first movie role in Domino starring Keira Knightley. Take a look back at some of Ramirez's most famous roles before American Crime Story returns in early 2018. RelatedHere's the Glittery Cast of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
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Disney Announces Their 2018 Release Calendar, And It’s A Doozy

Not content with gobbling up Fox, Disney looks set to absolutely dominate cinemas in 2018. They recently announced their release calendar for the year and, while you’ve surely heard of most of these films, seeing them all laid out one after another is seriously impressive. There’s no point in messing around, though, so let’s get to the movies…

The year begins in style with Black Panther on February 16th. Directed by Ryan Coogler, this is shaping up to be an interesting departure from the usual Marvel Studios fare. Chadwick Boseman leads an all-star African-American cast that takes us to a never before seen corner of the McU.

Next, March 9th sees the release of A Wrinkle in Time, an adaptation of the 1963 Madeleine L’Engle novel about brave children on a universe-spanning quest to find their scientist father. It stars Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Zach Galifianakis.
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The Evolution of Will Smith: From ‘The Fresh Prince’ to ‘Bright’ (Photos)

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The Evolution of Will Smith: From ‘The Fresh Prince’ to ‘Bright’ (Photos)
2016 Will Smith is cast in “Collateral Beauty,” a film about a successful New York advertising exec (Smith), who experiences a personal tragedy involving his young daughter and retreats from life, only to have his colleagues come up with a plan to bring him back. He meets people representing the three things: time (Jacob Latimore), love (Keira Knightley) and death (Mirren). The film premieres in theaters Dec. 16 1985 A 17-year-old Will Smith meets Jeff Townes by chance and the two end up forming a hip-hop duo called DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. 1989 DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince receive the first ever Grammy.
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15 Things You Never Knew About Love Actually

15 Things You Never Knew About Love Actually
When it comes to holiday movies that will rip your heart out, rip it into a thousand pieces, then put it back together and somehow leave you with a restored faith in humanity, Love Actually is one of the best. By now, you’re familiar with lots of trivia from the cult classic — yes, the opening scene in the airport features real people; yes, that is actually Olivia Olson belting “All I Want for Christmas Is You” — so we combed every corner of the Internet to find 15 more things you need to know. Read it, re-watch Love Actually for the thousandth time,
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In Case You Forgot: 13 Places You've Seen Adrien Brody Before His Stint on Peaky Blinders

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Image Source: Everett Collection We're currently enjoying Adrien Brody as Luca Changretta on Peaky Blinders, but his stint on TV certainly isn't his first big gig. Throughout his long and successful career, the American actor has appeared in more than 62 films and TV shows (as well as in one of our all-time favorite Christmas commercials) and has won 13 awards, including the Oscar for best actor in a leading role. But in case you need a refresher (or would like to see more of his work), here's where you might have seen Brody before. Related10 Places You've Seen Game of Thrones's Lena Headey Before Dummy, 2002 Image Source: Everett Collection In Dummy, Brody plays the role of Steven Schoichet, a man who decides to pursue his dream of becoming a professional ventriloquist. The Pianist, 2002 Image Source: Everett Collection In this critically acclaimed biographical film, Brody appears as a Polish Jewish radio
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