Sideshow: The illusionless Knightley

Keira Knightley says she knows it's all done with "smoke and mirrors."
Keira Knightley says she knows it's all done with "smoke and mirrors." (ANDREW MENDICHINI / AP)
Posted: February 05, 2013

Keira Knightley, 27, makes a dangerous claim in the March issue of Marie Claire: The world of movies, fashion, and TV isn't real. It's not substantial. Not worth dying for. "My career is on the verge of being ridiculous all the time," Keira says. "It's all smoke and mirrors."

Keira, who has played many women of substance in the pics, including Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Freud muse Sabina Spielrein, Austen's Elizabeth Bennet, and King Arthur's Guinevere, says showbiz is a "very insecure profession. I've always seen it for what it is. . . . It could all go away tomorrow." And she has a scary-moral, radical, even anticapitalist definition of success: "I'm not sure I can define success. I think if I get to the end of my life having hurt as few people as possible."

Super Bowl ratings: Blame Beyoncé

The Super Bowl did extremely well for CBS. An average of 108.4 million viewers tuned into Super Bowl XLVII Sunday, according to Nielsen. That's down three percent from last year's record-setter.

Sunday's telecast was the No. 3 most-watched telecast ever. No. 2 is Super Bowl XLV with 111 mil, says the Los Angeles Times. Locally, CBS3's broadcast was the highest-rated Super Bowl telecast in the Philadelphia market since the Eagles' appearance in the 2005 Super Bowl.

Super Bowl champ Beyoncé to tour

Speaking of Jay-Z's far prettier half, Beyoncé on Monday announced she is mounting a gargantuan world tour. It'll hit the Wells Fargo Center on July 25 and Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on July 26. Tickets for the Philly show go on sale Feb. 15 at www.ComcastTix.com.

Lumineers headline XPN festival

The Lumineers will headline the WXPN Xponential Festival at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on July 27. Undercard will be Philly local heroes Dr. Dog.

The fest runs July 26 to 28 in Camden's Wiggins Park, next to the SBC. Tickets for the July 27 show go on sale Friday at 10. Tix for the rest of the fest go on sale in April, when the whole lineup is finalized.

Trump: Maher owes me $5 mil!

Donald Trump says he plans to sue TV pundit Bill Maher for $5 mil, claiming Maher welshed on a bet. Maher said he'd pay the big guy $5 mil if he proved he's not the child of an orangutan. Trump says he produced his birth certificate, which names two human beings as his parents.

"Well, I provided the information, he didn't pay," Trump tells Fox News' Fox & Friends. Oh, come on! Surely Maher was kidding around!

"I don't think he was joking," says The Combover. "He said it with venom."

Tidbits 'n' pieces: Showbiz news

Celeb biographer Kitty Kelley, 70, best known for her potboilers on Nancy Reagan, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jacqueline Onassis, will down a big dose of sobriety for her next tome, a serious portrait of the record 98 women currently serving in Congress. It's due in '16. . . . Makers of Skyfall mark the Daniel Craig pic's Feb. 12 DVD/Blu-ray release by sending 7,000 Skyfall-branded care packages (toiletries + DVD) to soldiers overseas. . . . Action-figure makers Herobuilders ( www.herobuilders.com) will mark President Obama's skeet-shooting outing with a doll of Obama holding a shotgun. . . . Ricki Lake, 44, is out of the talk-show biz. Again. Lake's revival of her syndicated gabfest, which first aired 1993-2004, is kaput after one season.

Tidbits 'n' pieces: Celeb love

Teen Mom 2's Leah Messer-Calvert, 20, and her second hub, Jeremy Calvert, on Monday welcomed a baby girl. It's Leah's third child. . . . Shakira has released a first photo of her baby, son Milan, born Jan. 22. The pic, which shows baby being kissed by dad Gerard Piqué, is posted on the singer's UNICEF World Baby Shower webpage at http://shakira.socialtoaster.com.

The JustGo romance follies

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez may be back together yet again. The New York Daily News says Selena, 20, this weekend stayed overnight at Bieber's Los Angeles pad. She recently sang Justin Timberlake's "I Cry a River" at a private bash to mark her feelings for Justin, while he released the Selena-lovin' "Nothing Like Us."

Sting, Rihanna, others at Grammys

The lineup for the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards is shaping up nicely. Set to perform are Sting, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and triple nominee Kelly Clarkson. Presenters will include Beyoncé, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, and Hunter Hayes.


This article includes information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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