Tilda Swinton
Actress
Tilda Swinton
Katherine Mathilda "Tilda" Swinton is a British actress known for both arthouse and mainstream films. She has appeared in a number of films including Burn After Reading, The Beach, The Chronicles of Narnia, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performances in The Deep End and We Need to Talk About Kevin. She won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Michael Clayton.
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Vogue Celebrates Diversity With Karlie Kloss In Yellowface (UPDATE)
Huffington Post - 4 days
UPDATE: Feb.15, 2017 ― Karlie Kloss addressed the problematic Vogue photos on Wednesday, apologizing for her role in the “Spirited Away” spread.  In a note shared on Twitter, Kloss wrote, the “images appropriate a culture that is not my own and I am truly sorry for participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive.” pic.twitter.com/Xem3dkaDZZ — Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) February 15, 2017 PREVIOUSLY:  American Vogue’s March issue ― with its cover featuring a cast of multiracial and body-positive models ― was supposed to be a celebration of diversity and inclusion, according to a blog post promoting it. But photos apparently leaked from the issue allude to quite the opposite, and have a lot of people wondering: This, again? The problematic photos, which found their way to the internet Tuesday, show supermodel Karlie Kloss dressed as a Japanese geisha posing throughout Japan’s Ise-Shima National Park in an article titled, “Spirited Away.” ...
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Prepare To Fall For Armie Hammer And Timothée Chalamet In The Gay Romance 'Call Me By Your Name'
Huffington Post - 25 days
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Curb Your Ire, Bros: Anna Kendrick Is In Talks To Play Santa In A Disney Movie
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Anna Kendrick is in talks to play Santa Claus in a new Disney movie, Variety reported Wednesday. We know some people are incredibly protective of the traditional image of Santa Claus, so the backlash about this news seems inevitable. Typically protesters (aka Megyn Kelly) argue that Santa ― a fictional character with historical ties to a Turkish monk ― must be white. Now they get to argue over whether Father Christmas must, in fact, be a father. (Please don’t.)   The project’s working title is “Nicole.” Kendrick plays Santa’s daughter, who is left to take over the family business when Saint Nick retires and her brother chickens out before his first Christmas in charge. “Miss Congeniality” and “Two Weeks Notice” scribe Marc Lawrence has written the script and will direct the film.  Gender-swapping on the big screen is nothing new, of course. Just last year, misogynistic bros claimed their childhoods were ruined by Paul Feig’s female-centric “Ghostbusters” reboot. Marvel opted ...
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The Stories We Told Ourselves: American Politics In 2016's Movies
Huffington Post - about 2 months
You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. We tend to love platitudes about fiction. Ken Kesey has been quoted saying, “To hell with facts! We need stories!” The late Alan Rickman declared that “it’s a human need to be told stories.” Joan Didion’s rendition of the same sentiment may be the most famous: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” It’s easy to deem 2016 a year of unpleasant stories. In America, we recounted prized anecdotes about David Bowie, Prince and Carrie Fisher upon their respective deaths; we watched as an alarming faction of the country proved its media illiteracy by perpetuating one phony news report after the next; we listened to the heartache that followed shootings in Orlando, Baton Rouge and Charlotte; most notably, we concocted narratives to explain the jarring election of Donald Trump, a bloviator who spun enough yarns to appeal to the electorat ...
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Tilda Swinton's Email To Margaret Cho Is Textbook White Feminism
Huffington Post - about 2 months
In an email about her upcoming film role as a mystic Asian character, Tilda Swinton went ahead and unleashed her white feminism powers. Comedian Margaret Cho revealed last week that Swinton had emailed her back in March and asked Cho to speak on behalf of all Asians everywhere. The two had never talked before, but Swinton wanted Cho to supply a crib sheet explanation as to why Asians were upset that Swinton was cast as “The Ancient One,” a Tibetan sorcerer in the Marvel Comics-based movie “Doctor Strange.” Cho, who has been outspoken about a lack of Asian representation in the media, told Bobby Lee on his podcast “Tiger Belly” last week that the email made her feel like a “house Asian.” As a result, Swinton released the emails to Jezebel to let the Internet do what it does best: be the arbiter on race relations.  Swinton’s release of the emails has the appearance of perhaps wanting to abscond from the backlash in a scrupulous way. A cursory read through the exchange paints S ...
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Race, Hollywood and ‘Doctor Strange’: Margaret Cho and Tilda Swinton, Annotated
NYTimes - 2 months
The back-and-forth email exchange between Ms. Swinton and Ms. Cho offers a rare look at how two actors navigate the freighted issue of race in Hollywood.
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Tilda Swinton Releases Email Exchange With Margaret Cho About Whitewashing In 'Doctor Strange'
Huffington Post - 2 months
Everyone in Hollywood has apparently learned a lesson from the Taylor Swift/Kim Kardashian Snapchat debacle of 2016: always keep your receipts. On Wednesday, comedian Margaret Cho revealed that Tilda Swinton reached out over email to discuss the controversy surrounding her casting as the Ancient One in “Doctor Strange,” a character who is a Tibetan man in comic book canon. Swinton’s casting was immediately met with resistance from the Asian and Asian-American community, which has historically been erased and stereotyped on screen due to Hollywood selecting white actors to play roles intended for them. “Tilda eventually emailed me and she said that she didn’t understand why people were so mad about ‘Doctor Strange’ and she wanted to talk about it, and wanted to get my take on why all the Asian people were mad,” Cho told actor Bobby Lee on his podcast TigerBelly. “It was so weird.” Cho and Swinton evidently had a “long discussion” about whitewashing in the film industry, which ...
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Mannequin Challenge Shows All The Offensive S**t Asians Put Up With This Year
Huffington Post - 3 months
Between the presidential campaign’s mudslinging and the current resurgence of bigotry and white nationalism, it’s easy to forget just how awkward it was for Asian-Americans in 2016. But one group wants to remind you of a sector of racism that has gone largely overlooked ― and its lesson comes in the form of a viral mannequin challenge. The video below, titled “A-Woke,” reveals some of the strange and offensive ways in which Asian-Americans were represented in entertainment and media in 2016. “Asians are often expected to not make waves, not complain, not fight back,” Teja Arboleda, the video’s co-producer, told The Huffington Post. “This video is about peaceful demonstration against the types of issues brought up in the story.” Whether it was Fox News’ Jesse Watters trolling the streets of New York’s Chinatown asking people if they know karate, directors casting white actresses (Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton) in originally Asian roles or a senator mo ...
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Doctor Strange revelations: Secrets and Easter eggs from the new Marvel movie - Entertainment Weekly
Google News - 4 months
Entertainment Weekly Doctor Strange revelations: Secrets and Easter eggs from the new Marvel movie Entertainment Weekly A warning for the curious: Only read this if you've already seen Doctor Strange. With the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe hitting screens this weekend, Entertainment Weekly can finally publish a deep dive into some of the secrets, ... Everything you need to know about Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'Los Angeles Times One Iron Fist Actor Has A Big Problem With Tilda Swinton's Doctor Strange CastingCinema Blend A Brief History of Doctor Strange and His Relationship with Tibet, Occultism, and BuddhismHuffington Post Comicbook.com -Bleeding Cool News -International Business Times -KIMT 3 all 254 news articles »
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Zaki's Review: <i>Doctor Strange</i>
Huffington Post - 4 months
In terms of his presence in the Marvel Comics from whence he sprang, Doctor Strange is always one of those characters who worked better for me in small doses rather than as the star of the show. Now, don't get me wrong, while the so-called "Sorcerer Supreme" of the Marvel Universe has been a mainstay of the line since his 1963 introduction (via Stan Lee &amp; Steve Ditko) and he's anchored his own title(s) for big chunks of that span, I'm more familiar with him as the go-to source for exposition or deus ex magicka depending on the storytelling necessities of Spider-Man, the Hulk, or various other costumed characters. All of this is to say that when the announcement came a few years ago that the good doctor was in line to get the big budget Marvel Studios treatment, I was skeptical that the character could hold up under the scrutiny of having to be the center of the action for two hours and change. Of course, that was before Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man (one of my favorite movi ...
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"Doctor Strange" cast talk mindfulness
Reuters.com - 4 months
British actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton reveal how they were trained on set by a Tibetan monk to help with their roles in the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Doctor Strange". Saskia O'Donoghue reports.
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Doctor Strange review: Just what the doctor ordered
Yahoo News - 4 months
The best Marvel movies of the past few years (which encompasses all of Phase Two and some of Phase Three) haven't looked much like Marvel movies at all. Guardians of the Galaxy was an intergalactic adventure film, Ant-Man was a small-scale heist film and Doctor Strange , which arrives in theaters next week, feels like a grown-up Harry Potter film mashed up with Inception . Although Civil War and Iron Man 3 were entertaining and worthwhile additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nothing has expanded it quite like Doctor Strange . DON'T MISS:  The 7 biggest announcements from Microsoft’s October event Marvel's ability to introduce us to and make us care about characters with whom we are only faintly familiar cannot be overstated. Going into Doctor Strange , I knew only bits and pieces about the character's origins, his powers and his connections with the larger Marvel universe. And yet, two hours later, I not only feel like I know the character intimately, but I want to spend more tim ...
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LADY IN RED; The Incredibly Talented CYNTHIA NIXON Suits Up In Scarlet For KILLING REAGAN!
Huffington Post - 4 months
An entire nation literally divided over mixed feelings toward former president Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy, both very well-known for bringing extreme conservatism back into the White House, there's one thing that's pretty much unanimous when it comes to the character of this couple- they are certainly complex individuals. A former movie star that had made it into the role of Commander and Chief, and a woman known for extreme poise while still often appalling the public for her spendthrift behavior, Ronald and Nancy, if nothing else, were heavily multifaceted people- and that requires the finest of actors to play them, and Killing Reagan has found just the perfect caliber of talent to fill those roles. While the extremely acclaimed and versatile Tim Matheson takes on the former President in a performance critics are already raving about, the unbelievably gifted Cynthia Nixon is cast as Nancy, stealing scenes as she usually does while bringing her nuanced excellence and i ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tilda Swinton
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 55
    Swinton is also set to portray the Ancient One in Marvel Cinematic Universe film Doctor Strange in 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 54
    On 23 November 2015, Luca Guadagnino revealed during an interview to Italian website Daruma View that Swinton will be in his remake of Suspiria.
    More Details Hide Details Shooting begins in August 2016, to be released in 2017. In 1995, with producer and friend Joanna Scanlan, Swinton developed a performance/installation live art piece in the Serpentine Gallery, London, where she was on display to the public for a week, asleep or apparently so, in a glass case, as a piece of performance art. The piece is sometimes wrongly credited to Cornelia Parker, whom Swinton invited to collaborate for the installation in London. The performance, entitled The Maybe, was repeated in 1996 at the Museo Barracco in Rome and in 2013 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has collaborated with the fashion designers Viktor & Rolf. She was the focus of their One Woman Show 2003, in which they made all the models look like copies of Swinton, and she read a poem (of her own) that included the line, "There is only one you. Only one".
    In 2015, she starred in Luca Guadagnino's thriller A Bigger Splash, opposite Matthias Schoenaerts and Ralph Fiennes.
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  • 2014
    Age 53
    She also played Mason in the 2014 sci-fi film Snowpiercer.
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  • 2013
    Age 52
    In May 2013 it was announced that Swinton would be the face of the Chanel Pre-Fall Paris-Edinbourg collection.
    More Details Hide Details This collection was inspired by Scottish traditional fashion and fabrics. In 1988, she was a member of the jury at the 38th Berlin International Film Festival. In 1993, she was a member of the jury at the 18th Moscow International Film Festival. In 1996, she appeared in the music video for Orbital's "The Box". In August 2006, she opened the new Screen Academy Scotland production centre in Edinburgh.
    In 2013, Swinton was named as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by The Guardian, and often appears on International Best Dressed Lists.
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    In July 2013, Swinton appeared photographed in front of Moscow's Kremlin holding a rainbow flag in support of the country's LGBT community, reportedly releasing a statement: "In solidarity.
    More Details Hide Details From Russia with love." Swinton and her former partner John Byrne have two children, twins Honor and Xavier Swinton Byrne (born 6 October 1997). She lives in Nairn, overlooking the Moray Firth in the Highland region of Scotland, with her twins and her partner Sandro Kopp, a German-New Zealand painter.
    In February 2013, she played the part of David Bowie's wife in the promotional video for his song, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", directed by Floria Sigismondi.
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    In 2013 she was given a special tribute by the Museum of Modern Art.
    More Details Hide Details Swinton was born in London, the daughter of Judith Balfour (née Killen; 1929–2012) and John Swinton. She has three brothers. Her father is a retired major general in the British Army, and was Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire from 1989 to 2000. Her mother was Australian. Her paternal great-grandfather was a Scottish politician and herald, George Swinton, and her maternal great-great-grandfather was the Scottish botanist John Hutton Balfour. The Swinton family is an ancient Anglo-Scots family that can trace its lineage to the Middle Ages. The family is one of only three families (along with the Ardens and the Berkeleys) that can trace their unbroken land ownership and lineage to before the Norman Conquest. Swinton attended three independent schools: Queen's Gate School in London, the West Heath Girls' School and also Fettes College for a brief period. West Heath was an expensive boarding school where she was a classmate and friend of Princess Diana. Swinton went to volunteer in Kenya during a break from college with an educational charity called Project Trust.
  • 2012
    Age 51
    In 2012, Swinton appeared in Doug Aitken's SONG 1, an outdoor video installation created for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. In November of the same year, she and Sandro Kopp made cameo appearances in episode 6 of the BBC comedy Getting On.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 48
    In 2009, Swinton and Mark Cousins embarked on a project where they mounted a 33.5-tonne portable cinema on a large truck, hauling it manually through the Scottish Highlands, creating a travelling independent film festival.
    More Details Hide Details The project was featured prominently in a documentary called Cinema is Everywhere. The festival was repeated again in 2011.
    Swinton has collaborated with artist Patrick Wolf on his 2009 album The Bachelor, contributing four spoken word pieces.
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  • 2008
    Age 47
    In July 2008, she founded the film festival Ballerina Ballroom Cinema Of Dreams.
    More Details Hide Details The event took place in a ballroom in Nairn on Scotland's Moray Firth in August.
    She had a starring role as the titular character in Erick Zonca's Julia, which premiered at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival and later saw a limited U.S. release in May 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She starred in the film adaptation of the novel We Need to Talk about Kevin, released in October 2011. She portrayed the mother of the title character, a teenage boy who commits a high school massacre. In 2012, she was cast in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, a vampire film which began filming in June 2012. She was joined by John Hurt and Tom Hiddleston. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 23 May 2013, and was released in the US in the first half of 2014.
    Swinton next appeared in the 2008 Coen Brothers film, Burn After Reading.
    More Details Hide Details Swinton said of the film, in which she plays opposite George Clooney, "I don’t know if it will make anybody else laugh, but it really made us laugh while making it." She was cast for the role of Elizabeth Abbott in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, alongside Brad Pitt.
  • 2007
    Age 46
    In 2007, Swinton's performance as Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton earned her both a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress as well as the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2008 80th Academy Awards, the film's sole win.
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  • 2005
    Age 44
    In 2005, Swinton performed as the White Witch Jadis, in the film version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and as Audrey Cobb in the Mike Mills film adaptation of the novel Thumbsucker.
    More Details Hide Details Swinton later had cameos in Narnias sequels, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 30
    She went on to star in several Jarman films, including The Last of England (1987), War Requiem (1989) opposite Laurence Olivier, and Edward II (1991), for which she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 1991 Venice Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Swinton also played the title role in Orlando, Sally Potter's film version of the novel by Virginia Woolf. The part allowed Swinton to explore matters of gender presentation onscreen which reflected her lifelong interest in androgynous style. Swinton later reflected on the role in an interview accompanied by a striking photoshoot. "People talk about androgyny in all sorts of dull ways," said Swinton, noting that the recent rerelease of Orlando had her thinking again about its pliancy. She referred to 1920s French artist and playful gender-bender Claude Cahun: "Cahun looked at the limitlessness of an androgynous gesture, which I’ve always been interested in." Recent years have seen Swinton move towards more mainstream projects, including the leading role in the American film The Deep End (2001), in which she played the mother of a gay son she suspects of killing his boyfriend. For this performance she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She appeared as a supporting character in the films The Beach (2000), featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Vanilla Sky (2001) with Tom Cruise and, as the archangel Gabriel in Constantine (2005) with Keanu Reeves. Swinton has also appeared in the British films The Statement (2003) and Young Adam (2003).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 25
    Her first film was Caravaggio in 1986, directed by Derek Jarman.
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    On television, she appeared as Julia in the 1986 mini-series Zastrozzi: A Romance based on the Gothic novel by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
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  • 1984
    Age 23
    Swinton joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1984, appearing in Measure for Measure.
    More Details Hide Details She also worked with the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, starring in Mann ist Mann by Manfred Karge in 1987.
  • 1983
    Age 22
    In 1983, Swinton graduated from New Hall (now known as Murray Edwards College) at the University of Cambridge with a degree in Social and Political Sciences.
    More Details Hide Details While at Cambridge, she joined the Communist Party; she later joined the Scottish Socialist Party. It was in college that Swinton began performing on stage.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Born on November 5, 1960.
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