Keira Knightley on the Conversations #MeToo Started for Her

Keira Knightley spoke to Variety about her upcoming film Colette, a historical drama about the French novelist who famously wrote Gigi and other stories about female liberation and sexuality. (Colette herself engaged in relationships and affairs with both men and women.) Colette also had to deal with her husband taking her earnings, and in a film about the life of such a dynamic and ground-breaking woman, it was only natural that Knightley spoke about brave and outspoken women of the film industry and the current moment.

Knightley speaks about the types of female roles available, just recently getting paid more than her male co-stars, and the prevalence of reporters who constantly ask actresses about motherhood. “I don’t really do films set in the modern day because the female characters nearly always get raped,” says Knightley, when asked about her preference for historical pieces. She does note, however, “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 adds, before offering praise to Lady Bird, “When there are female writers and directors and producers, the parts for women are better, and so the way that society views women through drama is much better and much more well rounded.” Knightley has been outspoken about the need for female-driven and female-led stories in the past.

Knightley states that she had never personally dealt with Weinstein’s predatory behavior, offering that she “[didn’t] think everybody knew the extent of what was going on”, and spoke positively of #MeToo, #TimesUp, and the shift in how we deal with predators. “There have been seismic changes at various points, where you have things like the suffragette movement, and we’re having another tectonic shift right now,” said the actress, “Women are saying, ‘No more. We’re not putting up with predatory bullshit.’”

She continues:

What’s been really interesting is that it’s not just this industry — it’s in every industry. I was surprised by some of the specifics. But I was aware of the culture of silencing women and the culture of bullying them, and I knew that men in the industry were allowed to behave in very different ways than women. That was obvious. What was fascinating about the #MeToo movement was I was sitting with friends who weren’t in the industry, and there wasn’t one of us who hadn’t been assaulted at some point. We’d never had that conversation before. That was an eye-opener.

[…]

For too long, you really did go, ‘Oh, this is just normal.’ It’s terrifying that was our response. It must have been awful for all of those brave women who have come forward and spoken publicly about their experiences. There’s been a lot of pain and a lot of suffering. We’re in a period of time in which it all has to come out. Then we need to move forward and figure out how to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

You can read the full interview at Variety, where Knightley also discusses how working on Pirates of the Caribbean at 18 years old was “traumatic,” and how it informs the way she treats young female actresses.

(via Variety, image: Sony Pictures Classics)

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National Parks System Advisory Board Resignation Further Proves the Administration Doesn’t Care About the Environment

Trump and his administration have continuously attempted to undo and undermine much of the painstakingly carved out progress in civil rights, environmental protection and other causes we’ve been able to make over the years. In response, we’ve seen several instances of mass resignations as protest from those who found their position to better the nation fully incompatible with Trump’s actions. The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigned after Trump’s statement on Charlottesville, pulling out of the Paris Agreement, and attacks on the humanities. Five members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) resigned citing the president’s treatment towards health care and LGBTQIA communities.  University of California at Berkeley energy expert Daniel Kammen shared his letter of resignation which cited, well, everything.

While there’s a lot to be admired and respected for those trying to make change from the inside, it’s also admirable to see the individuals and groups that choose to do their work elsewhere and make public the dangerous and hateful acts of those sworn to help the nation.

Which brings us to the National Parks System Advisory Board, where a majority have “jointly resigned to protest Trump administration policies that the board members say have ignored science, squelched efforts to address climate change and undermined environmental protections”, reports the NY Times. A letter dated Monday was signed by the head of the advisory board Tony Knowles and eight of the 12 members.

The board, which advises the government through the secretary of the interior on management of national parks, has had to work with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke who’s introduced a proposal to increase entrance fees dramatically, largely reduced Utah’s Bear Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, threatened Alaska, and announced a plan to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in almost all of the nation’s coastlines.

Knowles wrote, “From all of the events of this past year I have a profound concern that the mission of stewardship, protection, and advancement of our National Parks has been set aside.” In an interview, he said of the resignation, “We resigned because we were deeply disappointed with the department and we were concerned.” Knowles stated in an interview that Zinke, who didn’t meet with the board during his tenure “appears to have no interest in continuing the agenda of science, the effect of climate change, pursuing the protection of the ecosystem.”

(via NY Times, image via Shutterstock)

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Holly Willoughby praised for her parenting skills after she comforts a crying toddler live on This Morning

Well done Holly!

Holly Willoughby on ‘This Morning’ TV show, London, UK – 08 Nov 2017

Holly Willoughby has been praised by This Morning viewers after she comforted a crying toddler on the show.

Tiny Tamzin started sobbing as her older sister Imogen prepared to have seven inches off her hair cut off to donate to the Little Princess Trust.

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MORE: Holly Willoughby loses her cool with guest in controversial This Morning debate over #MeToo movement

‘Why did you decide you wanted to do this?’ Phillip asked Imogen as Holly, 36, kept the toddler entertained by showing her boats out of the window. ‘Is it because of your lovely sister, that you wanted to do it?’

Imogen’s little sister Tamzin, who’s two years old, is in remission after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

‘Yes’, Imogen replied, before adding ‘and there’s another reason.’

She went on to tell the presenter, 55, that a trip to see her baby sister in hospital cemented her decision.

‘When she was in hospital and I went to visit, it was not just her. It was nearly all of the other children without any hair’, explained Imogen.

Phillip goes on to tell the youngster that she is ‘amazing’ as her mum takes a pair of scissors to her layers.

Impressed by Holly’s quick thinking to distract the tot so Imogen could tell her story, fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

Well done @hollywills with that little girl, working with children in live entertainment too I can completely relate to that moment just now on @thismorning haha! Top class work! ‘, said one.

Another added: ‘Awwwww Holly you can tell you’re a Mom it was lovely how you consoled the little girl by distracting her on @thismorning.’

The segment on the weekday broadcast comes just days after Holly revealed that one of her friends was also having her locks lopped off for the charity.

Little Princess Trust gifts wigs made out of real hair to children and young adults who have lost their own as a result of cancer or another illness.

From our sister site GoodtoKnow. Words by Beth Shearing.

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‘OMG I’m crying!’ Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson leaves fans in hysterics with VERY embarrassing spelling error

Did you spot it?

Another colour chameleon, Jesy’s never one to shy away from the hair dye

Little Mix lady Jesy Nelson usually kills it on her Instagram page.

If she’s not posting smokin’ hot selfies, The X Factor star is giving us serious #squadgoals with her behind-the-scenes pics with bandmates Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall.

Jesy Nelson

Unfortunately, 26-year-old Jesy seems to have missed the mark on her latest social media snap after she made a bit of an awkward blunder.

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While cooking up a huge feast of fajitas, the singer made sure to keep her fans up to date with how her cooking efforts were going by posting a few videos on her Insta Stories.

But after showing off the (VERY delicious looking) finished result, Jesy captioned the video ‘Wallah’ – when she actually meant to say the French word, ‘voilà’. AWKS!

Obviously, it didn’t take eagle-eyed fans long to pick up on the hilarious blunder, as one wrote on Twitter: ‘Obsessed with Jesy Nelson thinking “voila” is spelt “wallah”.’

More: Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock WOW with their incredible outfits on girls’ night out

‘Jesy wanting to say voilà and typing out wallah instead I’m f****** crying hdhdjs’, said another.

While a third joked: ‘If jesy nelson says “wallah” instead of “voila!” then we’ve been saying the word wrong and she’s right’.

And they weren’t the only ones…

Poor Jesy! Although the star didn’t let on who she was cooking up a storm for, the two plates hint she could be enjoying a dinner date with boyfriend, Harry James.

The celeb pair have been seeing each other for a few months after they met in July during a holiday in Mykonos and photos emerged of them holding hands.

Although Jesy seems pretty smitten already, as she recently shared an adorable photo with 23-year-old Harry – who used to be a rapper called Fugitive but is now a songwriter – labeling him ‘My one’.

How cute is that? Well, we’re sure Harry enjoyed the fajitas – even if fans weren’t impressed.

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Celebrity Big Brother 2018: Rylan Clark-Neal drops nominations bombshell confirming twist is ‘on its way’

This is sure to shake the house up

So, the Celebrity Big Brother nominations are in and FIVE stars are set to face this Friday’s double eviction. Eeek!

Unfortunately, time in the house could be up for Ann Widdecombe, John Barnes, Andrew Brady, Rachel Johnson or Daniel O’Reilly after the boys nominated on Monday.

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But it looks like all that could be about to change after Rylan Clark-Neal revealed a twist is ‘on it’s way’ – and we reckon it’s going to be a big’un.

During Tuesday night’s episode of Bit On The Side, Rylan teased: ‘You’ll notice that we haven’t opened up the vote tonight guys. That is because there is a nominations twist on it’s way.’

More: Celebrity Big Brother 2018: Amanda Barrie gave Wayne Sleep a bath – and viewers couldn’t handle it!

What could Big Brother possibly have in store for the stars? Well, the telly presenter insisted he wasn’t going to give away the secret just yet, but all would be revealed on Thursday. Damn!

Celebrity Big Brother

Meanwhile, despite not being up for nominations CBB’s Malika Haqq has hinted she could be ready to leave the show already after just two weeks in the house.

In a candid chat with Shane J – due to air on Wednesday evening – Khloe Kardashian‘s BFF admitted she was feeling ‘trapped’ being cooped up.

‘I’m annoyed and I don’t like feeling that way,’ she admitted to Shane.

The 35-year-old continued: ‘The people that didn’t bother me now bother me.’

‘It’s not personal. I just don’t want to be around anyone anymore. I just want to be my myself in a corner – which is just not possible.’

Before adding: ‘I don’t even want to hear them talking’.

Will Malika follow in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian‘s best pal Jonathan Cheban who lasted just one week on the show back in January 2016? We’ll have to wait and see…

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Ferne McCann’s ex Arthur Collins’ prison sentence EXTENDED for smuggling phone into jail to call her

The acid attacker has been given extra time

Ferne McCann’s ex-boyfriend Arthur Collins has been given a LONGER prison sentence after smuggling a phone into jail to call her on.

The 25-year-old – who was handed 20 years behind bars last month for throwing acid across a London nightclub in April – managed to hide the mobile in a crutch and has now been given an extra eight months in prison for doing so.

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MORE: Ferne McCann ‘likes’ Instagram post calling for acid attacker ex Arthur Collins’ early release from prison

He also smuggled two SIM cards and two memory sticks into the walking aid, which he was using after injuring his feet while trying to escape police when on the run following the acid attack.

Arthur admitted to one charge of possessing a prohibited item while in prison last month and argued that he had used it to contact Ferne, 27, when she was heavily pregnant.

His lawyer Audrey Mogan told Bromley Magistrates’ Court: ‘He had this phone because he and his partner had been hounded by the media.

‘He knows there was a phone in the cell but he knows the calls are recorded. Because of that, he was afraid that information would get out to the media.’

The lawyer also argued that he hadn’t had the device for ‘any sinister purpose’.

Arthur was given his extra sentence on Wednesday at Woolwich Crown Court and appeared via video link from Belmarsh Prison.

Judge Nicholas Heathcote Williams said: ’The presence of a mobile phone or component part such as a SIM card has many implications, not only for the prison establishment, but also the wider environment.

‘It provides a prisoner or prisoners with an opportunity to communicate they would otherwise not have.

‘This therefore allows them to act in a way prison is supposed to prevent them from doing.’

Ferne McCann gave birth to hers and Arthur’s daughter Sunday in November and released a statement condemning her former boyfriend’s actions when he was found guilty of the acid attack later that month.

She visited him in prison with the baby before his sentencing and reportedly told him that it would be the last time he’d ever see her or Sunday.

The incident at Mangle E8 nightclub in Dalston left at least 22 people injured. 16 of those suffered serious burns, with one man requiring a skin graft for third-degree chemical burns on the side of his face whilst others had eye injuries.

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Romance confirmed?! Strictly’s Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez excite fans with VERY cosy Instagram snap

Fans spotted something very telling in this photo…

Strictly Come Dancing may have finished over a month ago, but rumours surrounding Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez‘s ‘romance’ are still very much the talk of the Internet.

And not doing much to dampen speculation, the BBC dancing pair have now cosied up for another cute Instagram snap.

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The star-studded pic features Strictly celebs such as Debbie McGee, Craig Revel-Horwood and Ore Oduba as they enjoyed drinks after tour rehearsals in Birmingham.

But all eyes were on Gemma and hunky Gorka, as fans noticed the former Hollyoaks star’s arm gentling resting around her rumoured love interest. Ooo la la.

Day one done! Cheers guys! 🍻

A post shared by Gemma Atkinson (@glouiseatkinson) on

Despite the pair never confirming they are anything more than friends, fans were quick to comment on the snap, with one writing: ‘Gorka [hearts] Gemma’.

‘Arm around Gorka… more confirmation’, said another. While a third simply added: ‘This is SO cute!’

More: What about Gorka? Gemma Atkinson gets cosy with ANOTHER hunky Strictly Come Dancing star

The sweet photo comes after the pair were reportedly spotted kissing each other goodbye after rehearsals earlier this week. Hmm…

The Strictly duo have been spending a lot of time together and continue to share cosy Insta pics – including a few of them working up a sweat in the gym.

Recently, Gemma even gave fans a glimpse inside an intimate dinner date as she shared THIS adorable snap of the pair tucking into some delicious food.

Although neither have confirmed they are romantically linked, at the end of last year Gemma opened up about her love life, saying although she wasn’t dating Gorka ‘right now’, there could be potential in the future…

‘I know people want to see a Strictly romance’, she said.

‘But I’m not going to be giving you any, I’m afraid, because I’m so focused on my dancing. Maybe once the series is over, but not right now…’

Well, now the series is over – does this mean…?

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Shock transformation! Michelle Keegan channels ‘idol’ Cheryl in hilarious throwback photos

Michelle is looking a little different in these funny pics…

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Michelle Keegan
National Television Awards, O2, London, UK – 25 Jan 2017
WEARING GALIA LAHAV

We’re used to seeing Michelle Keegan looking absolutely flawless all the time – she’s definitely our ultimate girl crush right now.

But the Coronation Street star has shocked fans with her latest Instagram snap, which shows the brunette beauty in a whole different light.

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While wishing her pal a Happy Birthday, the 30-year-old shared a totally unrecognisable photo of her and some friends enjoying a night out in fancy dress.

And with the girls wearing red military style blazers and peaked hats – it’s giving us MAJOR Cheryl Fight For This Love vibes! Take a look for yourselves…

Michelle Keegan as Cheryl Cole

The actress’ tribute to Chez comes as no surprise, as she’s previously spoken out about how much she admires the Girls Aloud singer.

More: Are Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright really as loved-up as they seem?

And after Cheryl made a cameo in Corrie back in 2013 for charity show Text Santa, Mich gushed: ‘She is someone I really admire and I have never met her properly so when I found out she was going to play Tina’s friend I couldn’t believe it.’

The star continued: ‘They say never meet your idols but she was amazing. She is such a huge Corrie fan and she was genuinely pleased to be filming with us.’

Before adding: ‘I sat and chatted with her for ages which was lovely.’ Can we sense a new celeb friendship coming on?

Clearly in a nostalgic mood, brunette beauty Michelle also posted another throwback snap to mark her friend’s birthday, this time of the pair having fun at a festival.

Looking worlds away from her glamorous image now, the telly star can be seen dressed in a pair of tiny denim shorts and some pink wellington boots while posing with a can of cider in her hand.

Mich nodded to her Manchester roots in the funny caption, writing: ‘Salford’s finest’.

LOL! While we’re loving Michelle’s hilarious throwbacks, we think it’s fair to say her style has definitely evolved for the better!

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Ooh! Vicky Pattison reveals plans for THIS star of This Morning to officiate at her wedding

Vicky’s got a star guest lined up…

Vicky Pattison on ITV’s This Morning, London 1 December 2017

Vicky Pattison might have postponed her wedding to John Noble but it hasn’t stopped her from planning for a BIG star of TV to have a key role in the ceremony.

The former Geordie Shore lass has revealed that This Morning co-star Eamonn Holmes jokingly suggested he could officiate the ‘do – and now Vicky is serious about making it happen!

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MORE: Vicky Pattison reveals wedding to John Noble is on HOLD

‘Me and Eamonn were messaging over Christmas and he made a joke about officiating at my wedding and he thinks he’s joking but I am keen to have him do it,’ Vicky, 30, tells Express.co.uk. ’Imagine getting married off Sir Eamonn Holmes OBE? That would be the ideal dream.

‘I think Eamonn said it really off-hand like a joke but I’m like, I’m holding you to that.’

Now THAT is an interesting idea!

Vicky became pals with Eamonn, 58, when they both starred in 2016 panel show It’s Not Me, It’s You and at the time she called him the ‘godfather of telly’.

The I’m A Celebrity winner has also worked with Eamonn’s wife Ruth Langsford both on This Morning and during her time as a Loose Women panellist.

Whilst Eamonn might have a special role at Vicky’s big day, there will also be other celebs attending as guests with Vicky previously revealing that she’s invited Stacey Solomon, Joe Swash, Elliott Wright and Sadie Stuart.

She’s also asked Ferne McCann and Casey Batchelor to be her bridesmaids.

Vicky and John got engaged in July and moved in together a few months later.

It was initially thought that the pair would tie the knot this summer but Vicky recently revealed that they’d decided to push the wedding back ‘a year or two’ as she doesn’t feel ready.

‘We’ve been so stressed building our dream house and I haven’t been able to dedicate enough time to the wedding as well,’ she tells the Daily Star. ‘I don’t want to rush it and to be honest I don’t think I’m ready to be a wife yet.

‘I’m loving being a fiancée. Being a fiancée is young and exciting. I’ve just come to terms with being 30.

‘I’m not ready to come to terms with being married yet as well. I want to enjoy my engagement for a few years. I have my whole life to be a wife so I want to give being a fiancée some loving for a few years too.’

Sounds like it’s a wedding worth waiting for, Vic – especially with Eamonn officiating!

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‘I’m convinced!’ Fans have a VERY bizarre theory about Kylie Jenner’s ‘pregnancy’ after birth of Kim Kardashian’s baby

Kardashian fans can’t stop talking about THIS

On Tuesday evening, Kim Kardashian FINALLY announced the birth of her baby girl with Kanye West via a surrogate. YAY!

But while we’re still not over the excitement of another Kardashian, social media can’t stop talking about certain different member of the family – miss Kylie Jenner.

Yup, Kim’s youngest sister and her boyfriend Travis Scott are apparently expecting their first baby after reports broke in September, but Kylie’s yet to confirm or even comment on the rumours.

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The 20-year-old has even disappeared off our telly screens for the past three months, only appearing on Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s during a phone call… Suspicious!

More: ‘She’s here!’ Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announce birth of their third baby with ADORABLE message

However, now Kylie is once again the hot topic of conversation on Twitter after fans have come up with a theory that could explain why the Kardashian has been keeping such a low profile.

Many social media users have pondered whether Kylie was actually Kim’s surrogate – and has given birth to her own niece.

Kylie jenner and Kim Kardashian

One fan wrote: ‘NAH RIGHT LISTEN UP: Kim and Kayne had to have a surrogate for their baby.

‘Wouldn’t reveal who it was. Kylie has been hiding her pregnancy for 9 months. Kylie apparently went into labour this weekend. Kim and Kayne’s daughter has just been born. Kylie was Kim’s surrogate.’

And there are plenty more people convinced by the bizarre theory…

Hmmm…

Well, while Kimye have understandably kept the identity of their surrogate anonymous – even keeping her away from their baby shower back in November – we reckon it could just be coincidental timing, that’s if Kylie is even pregnant at all!

The conspiracy comes after 37-year-old Kim announced her pregnancy news in a sweet post on her website which simply read: ‘She’s here! We’re so in love.’

She continued: ‘Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl.

‘We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care.’

Before adding: ‘North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.’

Now, we wonder if any more theories will come out of the woodwork…

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