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“Rachel Getting Married”
Anne Hathaway takes an indie turn in this complicated portrait of one weekend, two sisters, and the family’s black sheep.
Keira Knightley plays the Duchess of Devonshire in a period drama about the Paris Hilton of the18th century.
I have this theory that Keira Knightley plays the same character in nearly every movie and gets lauded by critics as if she’s reinvented the wheel every time. With the exception of films like Domino, The Jacket, and Love Actually, Knightley is always cast a period film heroine from an upper-crust family who slums it with a poor guy or wins the heart of a rich cad. To prove my theory, I’ve assembled pictures of six of Keira’s most famous characters. See if you can match the letter of the image to the number of the film. FYI, I’ll reveal the answers at the end of the day, so check back.
THE FILMS: Atonement (1); The Duchess (2); King Arthur (3); Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (4); Pride & Prejudice (5); Silk (6)
â€œTiaras are like a pair of high heels that make you stand tall and upright so you donâ€™t slouch,â€ says Andrew Prince, a jeweler in Britain. â€œThey are probably the most useless and yet the most wonderful piece of jewelry a woman can own.â€ In our culture of consumption, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings aren’t enough accessories anymore. Tiaras, which were once reserved for royal weddings, have been selling for higher prices over the past few years, and the jewelry director for Christie’s Europe said that he has seen parents buy a tiara for a daughter’s wedding — when the daughter was as young as five. While they could never be worn as an everyday accessory (even the Queen goes without), tiaras are quite lovely if worn correctly. We prefer the variety that does not resemble something that belongs in a pageant (photos after the jump). [Portfolio] Keep reading »
Before seeing Atonement this weekend, I watched a segment on TV that went on and on about the super hot sex scene where Keira Knightley and James McAvoy get it on in the library. The show had an interview with James, who said that something like seven or eight of the barely there emerald green dresses were destroyed during the filming of the passionate sequence—they kept tearing. Well, that kind of ruined it for me. Watching the scene, all I could do was wonder how so many dresses could have been destroyed during the scene, which was less steamy than I expected it to be. And then I read an interview in which Keira said the director actually walked them through the scene, calling out instructions as they went along. Kind of makes you think less about the passion between the characters Cecilia and Robbie, and more about some old guy yelling, “Now, grab his groin!” [Monsters and Critics and The Deadbolt] Keep reading »