Sam Taylor-Wood
British film director
Sam Taylor-Wood
Samantha "Sam" Taylor-Wood OBE, is an English filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist. Her directorial feature film debut came in 2009 with Nowhere Boy, a film based on the childhood experiences of The Beatles songwriter and singer John Lennon. She is one of a group of artists known as the Young British Artists. She is married to English actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
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First 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Poster Hits Five Major Cities Across U.S.
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Universal Pictures unveiled the first promotional material for "Fifty Shades of Grey" on Friday: a poster that will hit five major U.S. cities to "[start] the yearlong countdown to Valentine's Day 2015 when the film arrives in theaters." Unsurprisingly, the poster doesn't provide a ton of new insight about the movie or its titular provocateur. In the ad Jamie Dornan wears a fitted suit while overlooking the Seattle skyline. Even though we only see his backside, the feel of the image radiates confidence. We just know Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) is out there, waiting to be emboldened by her dominating new suitor. If you live near one of five cosmopolitan street corners where the poster will appear, you can gauge Christian Grey's suaveness for yourself. Those intersections are in New York (Grand Street & 6th Ave.), Los Angeles (Wilshire Blvd. & Gayley), Chicago (LaSalle & Hubbard), San Francisco (Mission Street & 6th) and Seattle (1st & Wall Street). Whil ...
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Jamie Dornan Cast as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey: Why He Won the Role
US Magazine - over 3 years
Welcome to the big (sexy) time, Jamie Dornan! After weeks of speculation about a crowded field of hunky, if not-so-well known, contenders, the Irish actor and model, 31, has been cast as Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey following Charlie Hunnam's talked-about exit, Us Weekly can confirm. Variety was first to report the news that film producers selected Dornan, who plays Sheriff Graham Humbert on ABC's Once Upon a Time and has shown off his chiseled bod in underwear ads for Calvin Klein. PHOTOS: Shirtless hunks! As directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, Dornan will star opposite Dakota Johnson, who still retains the role of Anastasia Steele in the erotic flick, based on book one of E.L. James' bestselling S&M trilogy. The hunk (who also appeared on British series The Fall and in Sofia Coppolla's film Marie Antoinette) beat out the likes of fellow new finalists Billy Magnussen and Luke Bracey, a source tells Us, with the majority of screen tests taking place ...
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Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Wood eyes husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Charlie Hunnam replacement ( - over 3 years Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Wood eyes husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Charlie Hunnam replacement  —  Sam Taylor-Wood wants husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson to star in Fifty Shades of Grey (Picture: Rex)  —  Matt Bomer is the bookies' favourite to replace Charlie Hunnam …
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Wood: Draw feels like a defeat
Bucks Free Press - over 3 years
SAM Wood said it was hard to focus on the positives from Saturday's draw at Oxford after the U's equalised right at the death.
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PHOTOS: Kate Moss' Pop Cover Is Sure To Be Iconic
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Like her or not, Kate Moss is a fashion world icon. The woman's career has spanned over two decades, and it's still going strong. One could even argue that it's stronger than ever -- Moss has just been touted as the ultimate model on her latest, soon-to-be-iconic magazine cover. The 39-year-old graces the Autumn/Winter cover of Pop magazine, a biannual British fashion bible. Unlike her previous two covers for the glossy, however, Moss is featured encased in a bronze bodysuit dreamed up by artist Allen Jones in the new issue. She is the archetypal "mannequin," no? The timing of this cover coincides with a Christie's auction that will be putting the aforementioned image up for sale along with a slew of other Moss-themed items. Photographs of the model taken by Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, Mario Testino, Sam Taylor-Wood and Irving Penn will be going under the hammer as well as works like Nick Knight's 18-carat gold sculpture of Moss. The items are valued at $1.5 million. ...
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Leeds property news: Great deal for our troops
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 3 years
A Yorkshire builder is doing its bit to support our troops in Afghanistan by offering them huge discounts on new homes. Barratt Yorkshire West is offering discounts to military servicemen and women when they buy a new home and they are worth thousand of pounds. For every £25,000 or part thereof on the cost of the property, Barratt has agreed to knock off £1,000. For a house worth £250,000, that could mean a reduction of £10,000. Sam Wood, Sales Director for Barratt Yorkshire West, comments, “As a company, we have over the years helped many people who have served in the Armed Forces move into a great new home.” “With the discount we offer to the military we hope we can help many more of these courageous men and women save money when they buy a property. “Our staff are strongly supportive of the work our troops do in unimaginably hostile war-zones such as Afghanistan. In our own very small way, we hope that this offer shows that we’re backing our words with actions. “Anyone who has ...
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Directing '50 Shades'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LONDON — British visual artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson has been signed to direct the movie version of erotic best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey," producers have announced. Taylor-Johnson, whose only previous feature was the 2009 John Lennon biopic "Nowhere Boy," promised she would "honor the power" of the book, which has sold millions of copies and spawned countless imitators. The announcement was made Wednesday by Universal Pictures and Focus Features. Producer Michael De Luca said Taylor-Johnson's "unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director" for the story of the S&M-tinged romance between a young student and an enigmatic billionaire. "Fifty Shades" author E.L. James tweeted that she was "delighted and thrilled" by the choice. The 46-year-old director, previously known as Sam Taylor-Wood, is one of Britain's best-known visual artists. Her works include a ...
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John Farr: 11 Essential New York City Movies
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Reviewing my Huffington Post archive recently, I was reminded that my very first piece, published on the sixth anniversary of 9/11, concerned New York City movies that brought back the city of my youth, which (to age myself) was during the seventies and eighties. A decidedly grittier town back then, it was no less exciting. As a native New Yorker who has never really left, and never wanted to, it felt totally appropriate for New York movies to be the topic of my first entry. And now, nearly six years later, it feels ripe for revisiting. It's a point of pride that no other city has so many good movies set in it as New York. Even a cursory Google search yields literally hundreds of titles shot here. I challenged myself to winnow down this massive list to a manageable number of classics that I would pick to own and watch till the end of my days. Not content with the typical top ten list, I went for 11 quintessentially New York movies I simply couldn't live without ...
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Wood: Spirit will be key for Blues next year
Bucks Free Press - almost 4 years
WANDERERS midfielder Sam Wood said the spirit amongst his team mates could help them to promotion next season.
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Wood: It was our own fault we lost
Bucks Free Press - about 4 years
SAM Wood said failure to beat Southend on Saturday was punishment for Wanderers failing to take their chances.
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Wanderers battle the cold to grab three precious points
Bucks Free Press - about 4 years
SAM Wood’s sweet left-footed strike clinched all three precious points for Wycombe Wanderers at a bitterly cold Adams Park.
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Wood: We were all over Northampton
Bucks Free Press - over 4 years
SAM Wood was left to bemoan Wanderers' luck as Blues lost a match the winger said they dominated.
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Oli out but Wood on the mend
Bucks Free Press - over 4 years
SAM Wood will return to training in three weeks after results of a scan showed that the ligament damage was not as serious as feared.
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Triumph, theatricality and timing at SFMOMA
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Triumph, theatricality and timing at SFMOMA Fried argued that only the experience of exemplary formalist paintings and sculpture could offer viewers conscious deliverance from immersion in time, the stream that we know bears us toward the Niagara of death. Minimalists such as Donald Judd (1928-1994) and Carl Andre, post-minimalists such as Robert Smithson (1938-1973) and Bruce Nauman, and a succeeding generation of activist conceptual, performance and new media artists all seemed only to move deeper into what Fried deplored as the "theatrical" and further from the timeless aestheticism he championed. The very existence of a media arts department at SFMOMA and comparable museums attests to the triumph of the theatrical in turn-of-the-millennium visual arts. The increasing affordability of recording, now mostly digital, media - who does not have a cell phone camera handy? - guaranteed their infiltration of the arts. The bravery and satiric ingenuity of Fraser's ...
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Aaron Johnson And His Nowhere Boy Director Wed
Female First - over 4 years
Kick Ass star Aaron Johnson has wed his filmmaker fiancee Sam Taylor-Wood.
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Aaron Johnson Marries His Much Older Fiancee Sam Taylor-Wood
Ace Showbiz - over 4 years
The 22-year-old actor and his 45-year-old director fiancee swap wedding vows, five months after welcoming their second child together.
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Extra Scoop: Aaron Johnson Marries Sam Taylor-Wood
Extra - over 4 years
Aaron Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood, who have been together since meeting on the set of “Nowhere Boy” in 2009, were married on Thursday in Somerset, England, they confirmed to the Associated Press.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sam Taylor-Wood
  • 2011
    Age 43
    Taylor-Wood was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to the arts.
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    In September 2011, she collaborated with Solange Azagury-Partridge on the short film: Daydream.
    More Details Hide Details This short film was aired to support the launche of Solange's new jewellery collection, 24:7. Under the direction of Sam, Liberty Ross plays a beautiful woman in her bedroom. Alone. Dreaming but with her jewellery. Her lover, played by JJ Field, joins her, bejewels her and passionately they begin the day together. Original music composed by Oscar winner Atticus Ross, director of photography BAFTA winner John Mathieson. In the early 1990s, Taylor-Wood was in a relationship with artist Henry Bond.
    In 2011, she directed the music video of "Überlin" by R.E.M..
    More Details Hide Details The clip stars her fiance Aaron Johnson, who, "throws some kung-fu kicks, attempts some pirouettes, prances, punches the air, chicken walks, tries out some bunny impressions, and, at one point, fondles his bottom."
  • 2009
    Age 41
    In 2009, Taylor-Wood made a cash payment of £11 million for a detached townhouse in Primrose Hill, London.
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    Taylor-Wood began a relationship with her Nowhere Boy star Aaron Johnson, who is 23 years her junior, after meeting on the 2009 set of the film. The couple announced their engagement at the film's premiere in October 2009. They married on 21 June 2012 and both took the name Taylor-Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have two daughters together born before they were married: Wylda Rae (b. 2010) and Romy Hero (b. 2012). Taylor-Wood has overcome two bouts of cancer. In December 1997, at age 30, she suffered from and was treated for late-diagnosed colon cancer. Three years later, in 2000, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
    Her directorial feature film debut came in 2009 with Nowhere Boy, a film based on the childhood experiences of the Beatles songwriter and singer John Lennon.
    More Details Hide Details She is one of a group of artists known as the Young British Artists. She is married to English actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Samantha Taylor was born in Croydon, England. Her father, David, left the family when she was nine. Her mother, Geraldine, is a yoga teacher and astrologer. She has one younger sister Ashley, and a maternal step-brother, Kristian. Taylor-Wood grew up near Streatham Common in south London until her parents' divorce. The family then moved to a commune in Sussex, which Taylor-Wood has stated that she "hated". When she was 15, Taylor-Wood's mother and step-father divorced. She lived with her step-father until she was 16, before moving out to live on her own in Hastings-by-the-Sea. Taylor-Wood began exhibiting fine art photography in the early-1990s.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    In September 2008, Taylor-Wood and Jopling announced that they were separating amicably after 11 years of marriage.
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    In 2008, Taylor-Wood directed a short film Love You More, written by Patrick Marber and produced by Anthony Minghella.
    More Details Hide Details The film includes two songs by the Buzzcocks and features a cameo appearance by the band's lead singer Pete Shelley. In February 2009, Sam Taylor-Wood, collaborating with Sky Arts chose to interpret Vesti la Giubba from Pagliacci. She commented: "I’m really happy to be involved in such a great project. I think by capturing one of opera's most moving moments in a film short, we have put a modern spin on the aria."
    In August 2008, Taylor-Wood was chosen to direct Nowhere Boy, a biopic about the childhood of the Beatles' singer, John Lennon.
    More Details Hide Details Speaking about her experience directing the film, in September 2010, Taylor-Wood said, "I thought, 'I'm in too deep and if I mess this up I'm just never gonna make a film again,' and I went into a panic. I got into the car and said, 'I just have to call these producers and pull out. I got into the car and I put the key into the ignition and Lennon's voice came straight out of the radio and it was Lennon song Starting Over. It was one of those moments where I thought it was a sign: 'OK I'm gonna do it.'" The 53rd annual London Film Festival screened the film as its closing presentation on 29 October 2009. The film was released in the UK on Boxing Day, 2009. Charles Gant, writing in the Guardian—three weeks after the film's national release—said that the film had "extremely disappointing receipts." Taylor-Wood was nominated for a BAFTA award on 21 January 2010, but lost out to Duncan Jones.
  • 2002
    Age 34
    In 2002, Taylor-Wood was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to make a video portrait of David Beckham—whom she depicted sleeping.
    More Details Hide Details She is perhaps best known for her work entitled 'Crying Men' which features many of Hollywood's glitterati crying, including Robin Williams, Sean Penn, Laurence Fishburne and Paul Newman.
  • 2000
    Age 32
    In 2000, Taylor-Wood created a wraparound, photomural around scaffolding of the London department store Selfridges while it was being restored; the mural featured 21 cultural icons including Elton John, musician Alex James and actors Richard E. Grant and Ray Winstone.
    More Details Hide Details The poses of the figures referenced famous works of art from the past and recent movies.
  • 1997
    Age 29
    Taylor-Wood married art dealer Jay Jopling in 1997.
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    She won the Illy Café Prize for Most Promising Young Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale.
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  • 1994
    Age 26
    In 1994, she exhibited a multi-screen video work titled Killing Time, in which four people mimed to an opera score.
    More Details Hide Details From that point multi-screen video works became the main focus of Taylor-Wood's work. Beginning with the video works Travesty of a Mockery and Pent-Up in 1996. Taylor-Wood was nominated for the annual Turner Prize in 1998, but lost out to the painter Chris Ofili.
  • 1993
    Age 25
    One collaboration with Henry Bond, titled 26 October 1993, featured Bond and Taylor-Wood reprising the roles of Yoko Ono and John Lennon in a pastiche of the photo-portrait made—by photographer Annie Leibovitz—a few hours before Lennon was assassinated, in 1980.
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  • 1967
    Born on March 4, 1967.
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