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3 things to know about rock’n’roll actress Riley Keough, Elvis Presley’s granddaughter

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At just 33, Elvis Presley's ultra-magnetic granddaughter continues to make bold and powerful feature films, and has just presented War Pony, her first film as a director, at the Cannes Film Festival. Soon to be starring in four long-awaited series – Cult Following, The Terminal List, Daisy Jones & The Six, and A Life in Men – here is a portrait of a star destined to shine as brightly as her renowned grandfather’s rhinestone suits “made in Las Vegas”.

Riley Keough at the “Louis Vuitton Unveils Louis Vuitton X: An Immersive Journey” event in Beverly Hills, California, in June 2019.

1. A rock’n’roll charisma

 

While many stars have famous parents, such as Lily-Rose Depp, Dakota Johnson, or Zoë Kravitz – a trend recently coined them as “nepotism babies” on TikTok – Riley Keough's background is particularly impressive. Her grandfather is the King of rock'n'roll Elvis Presley, who will soon be celebrated in a glittering biopic by Baz Luhrmann which moved Riley Keough to tears, while her grandmother, Priscilla Presley, was the actress in Dallas, Is There a Cop to Save the Queen?. Her father Danny Keough was a musician and her mother, the singer and songwriter Lisa Marie Presley, used to be married to Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage. Two artists who helped raise the little girl.

 

From this royal ancestry, the wild heroine of Logan Lucky (2017) still has a very rock’n’roll aura – a tousled mane worthy of a folk singer from the 1970s, a constantly disillusioned air, and wild looks inspired by her fashion icon Jimi Hendrix. But the family history of the 33-year-old California-born is also marked by tragedy. In addition to the awful death of her grandfather, who spiraled down into depression and medication, her brother, Benjamin Keough, committed suicide in 2020 at the age of 27. After his death, the actress trained herself to become a “death doula” so that she could help others through their hardship.

2. Bold film choices

 

With her natural light eyes, charisma and slender figure, Riley Keough quickly became a fashion magnet. Starting out as a model at the age of 15, the King's granddaughter walked the runway for Dolce & Gabbana and was the face of Dior. Today, she keeps attending Chanel and Louis Vuitton events, but cinema is what seems to appeal to her the most. The actress with the touching pout enjoys playing complex roles in assertive and daring universes, where music, sex, and violence are combined. She was part of Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Magic Mike (2012), and The Runaways (2010), which tells the story of Joan Jett's rock band, and in which her friend Kristen Stewart stars too.

 

Keeping that in mind, she also got spotted in the excellent American Honey (2016), Under the Silver Lake (2018), The Devil, All the Time with Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland (2020) and Zola (2020), a surreal road trip following two overexcited strippers, inspired by a true story relayed on Twitter. But her biggest role remains the falsely cynical call girl she embodied in The Girlfriend Experience, a series produced by Steven Soderbergh in 2016. Rather modest in real life, the actress plays Christine, a law student by day and escort girl by night. With great subtlety, she gives shape and heart to this intriguing and apparently cold young woman, who moves from college lecture halls to Chicago's luxury hotel suites without batting an eye.

Riley Keough in Logan Lucky (2017).

3. Exciting upcoming projects

 

Riley Keough is neither resting on the laurels of her notorious family heritage, nor on her badass yet mysterious charm. Able to go from a role in a film by Lars Von Trier to an appearance in the teen drama series Riverdale, she is constantly taking risks and picking eclectic projects, often off the beaten track. She appeared in Justin Timberlake's video for TKO (2013), in which she tortured the singer by dragging him down the road in a huge car, and will soon be starring in several shows that will be talked about a lot for sure.

 

She will be seen next in Cult Following, a series about the Children of God cult with Dakota Johnson, in A Life in Men alongside Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart, and in Daisy Jones & The Six, which tells about the adventures of a rock girl band from Los Angeles in the 1970s. The actress, who will be starring with Chris Pratt in the Prime Video sci-fi series The Terminal List available on July 1st , will not simply follow the filmmakers’ visions, however enthralling they may be. At the Cannes Festival, Jonah Hill's former girlfriend presented her first film War Pony, which she directed with her producer Gina Gammell. Selected in the “Un Certain Regard” category, the film focuses on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a territory in South Dakota marked by Native American militancy. Ambitious, versatile, and hyperactive, Riley Keough has learned from her rock'n'roll grandfather – “Never wait for tomorrow, what if tomorrow never comes?

 

The Terminal List (2022), available on Prime Video on July 1st, 2022.

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    Brad Pitt and Lewis Hamilton team up for a Formula 1 movie

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    Motor racing has never ceased to inspire the cinema. Thrills, rushes of adrenaline and male rivalries: American cinema has made this theme the focus of many films and it's not about to stop. Apple TV+ has in fact announced a promising new project about Formula 1, produced by Brad Pitt and Lewis Hamilton.

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    What’s in store in the sequel to Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix?

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    Todd Philipps, who directed Joker, revealed this Wednesday on his Instagram account the pitch of the sequel to his masterpiece released in 2019. So what does the next Joker, which will begin filming in 2023, have in store for us?

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    Johnny Depp will release an album in the wake of his high-profile lawsuit

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    After a much-publicised defamation suit against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, the 58-year-old American actor has announced he will soon release an album with British rock musician Jeff Beck.

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    Jurassic World: Dominion, 3 reasons to go see the new opus of the saga

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    Thirty years ago, the first Jurassic Park (1993) had audiences on the edge of their seats. Since then, dinosaurs have largely paid off through both the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World sagas. Four years after the second opus Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), the third part of the saga Jurassic World: Dominion is finally out now. Although the film left us wanting more, the comeback of the first film’s cast, the arrival of giant grasshoppers and the colossal dinosaur battles are still worth watching.

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    3 things you should know about Gillian Anderson, the new face of Chloé

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    Made famous by The X-Files, a series in which she played Agent Scully who put a whole generation of viewers in a flutter, the actress Gillian Anderson has always played strong characters, from the sex therapist in the series Sex Education to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher in the series The Crown. The American actress, at 53, is now an icon of the small screen and the new face of Chloé. We take a look at her inspiring life and career.

     

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    Thanks to the season 4 of Stranger Things, Kate Bush rises on iTunes and Spotify

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    The 1985 new wave hit Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) released by the British singer-songwriter Kate Bush gains a new lease of life on iTunes and Spotify in the United States after being featured in the season 4 premiere of the fantasy show Stranger Things, available on Netflix since Friday, May 27th.

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    Cannes 2022 : Is Triangle of Sadness, the Palme d’Or awarded by Vincent Lindon’s jury, one of our favorites from this 75th edition ?

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    Casting a wide net but excluding the boldest aesthetical attempts, the winners’ list of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival conveys a conservative message, while the seventh art seems to be on the line. Here is an overview of five of our favorites from this enthralling 75th edition.

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    Interview with Alexander Skarsgård, the Swedish actor who invites the Vikings to Hollywood

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    Stellan Skarsgård’s elder son, who shone in his performance of an abusive husband for the HBO series Big Little Lies (2017), and who starred in The Legend of Tarzan (2016), now mesmerizes us as a muscleman-Viking in the new blockbuster directed by The Lighthouse screenwriter Robert Eggers. 

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    Whitney Houston: the journey of an icon revealed in a long-awaited biopic

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    More details are coming out about the new biopic on Whitney Houston. While a poster starring British actress Naomi Ackie has been unveiled, the release date of the film has just been revealed. The film recounting the career and life of the singer who sold over 200 million albums will be released on December 21st this year.

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    Rebecca Marder, l'actrice discrète et éclatante qui incarnera bientôt Simone Veil à l'écran

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    Aussi lumineuse que mystérieuse, l’actrice franco-américaine de 27 ans est une star en devenir. Après avoir été pendant sept années pensionnaire de la Comédie-Française, elle a quitté la prestigieuse institution pour prendre son envol. Elle a marqué le public par son interprétation magistrale dans le premier film de Sandrine Kiberlain, Une jeune fille qui va bien, sorti en janvier. Elle a aussi été choisie pour incarner l’immense femme politique Simone Veil dans le biopic du célèbre réalisateur Olivier Dahan, qui fut auréolé de succès dans le monde entier avec La Môme.

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    Will Netflix charge users a fee for sharing their password?

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    The streaming platform takes a stance against the sharing of accounts by raising their subscription fee. A test run with the new prices will first take place in South America, but this initiative might take a toll on many users.

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    Kanye West on Netflix: major publicity stunt or truthful testimony?

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    Signée Clarence 'Coodie' Simmons, la première partie du documentaire sur Kanye West est enfin disponible sur Netflix.