Tilda Swinton was an honored guest at this year’s Ebertfest. The Roger Ebert Film Festival has been going on for 15 years now. Chaz, Ebert’s widow, hosted. Ms. Swinton, never one to do ordinary things, had a surprise for the audience. Chaz explained that at Tilda’s favorite film festivals in Scotland, they have a dance-along, in which the entire theater dances together. “[Chaz and I] are not dancing up here, we’re coming down to dance with you,” Tilda said. “Because if we dance up here you’re just gonna sit and watch us and laugh.” The audience laughed.
“This is a spiritual service,” Ms. Swinton declared, leading everyone to their feet. And then Barry White’s “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” started to blast and joyful awkward dancing ensued and I started to cry.
It will make you so happy. It’s like you’re, to quote Tilda, “Dancing with Roger.”
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April 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
I really don’t like people seeing me sleep. I don’t know why, I just don’t. Years ago, when I lived with my best friend, I would fall asleep on the couch while she was out and if she came home while I was napping, I’d literally grab a magazine really quickly and pretend like I was awake the whole time. She was never fooled and that was a really weird thing to do, but whatever. At least I know that no matter how weird I am, I’ll never be as weird as Tilda Swinton, who I believe is proof in the flesh that aliens have made contact with our planet – and I mean that in the best possible way.
In any case, Tilda has like, the exact opposite of my fear and decided, for art’s sake, that she’d sleep in a glass box in the middle of the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Saturday. She called the exhibition “The Maybe”, which was described as “living artist, glass, steel, mattress, pillow, linen, water and spectacles.” Well, that’s nice and literal.
This isn’t a new thing – she first performed the piece in 1995 at London’s Serpentine Gallery, and she plans on continuing this trend at MoMA all year long, though it’s anyone’s guess as to when.
“Museum staff doesn’t know she’s coming until the day of, but she’s here today. She’ll be there the whole day. All that’s in the box is cushions and a water jug.”
“Tilda Swinton will be doing unannounced, random performance art pieces sleeping in a glass box in the museum,” the source added. “Today is the first performance. Each performance lasts the whole day the museum is open.” Swinton and her box are located near the ticket collectors today, but the box may be in different locations at other performances.
Alright, I’m with it. Generally art can get way too la di da for my tastes (especially performance art), but it’s Tilda and she somehow gets away with it. I’ll have to set up a Google alert and go see her next time. What do you think – stupid? ~*Avant Garde*~? Who cares?
March 25, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
David Bowie just released a new music video for his latest single, The Stars [Are Out Tonight], in which he and Tilda Swinton play husband and wife, and that is so awesome my head is going to explode. Ms. Swinton has long been compared to Sir Bowie, so it’s really inspired casting and they’re both great, and everyone should be really happy that this is happening.
The video, which is almost like a short film, is directed by Floria Sigismondi. The premise is that Bowie and Swinton, who in the video with her wig and makeup looks verrrrrry similiar to Bowie’s first wife, Angela Bowie, are a superstar couple who are stalked by a glamorous David Lynch-y couple. Weirdness ensues. There are also Bowie references abound and an incredible Bowie lookalike is prominently featured, played by female fashion model Iselin Steiro.
It’s a very bizarre video, lush and colorful and yet creepy and odd. Just watch it, m’kay?
The single is from Bowie’s album The Next Day, and it comes out on March 11th in the UK and March 12th in the USA.
February 26, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Sure, Kristen Stewart‘s face constantly looks like she just smelled an old shitty diaper, but I don’t think she’s an unattractive girl at all. However, British men don’t agree with me, as a recent poll run by the website MenKind put her at the top of a list of the least sexy actresses in Hollywood.
The full Top 10 list is as follows:
Alright, you got me on the rest, there – none of them are remotely attractive to me (but as I said earlier this morning – different strokes, different folks). I just would have thought men might like Kristen’s “leave me alone” lip snarl she constantly seems to be doing. Shows what I know about what men like (thank God).
A spokesperson for the MenKind (via MTV News) explained the results of the poll as follows:
“Our Oscars poll has been a fascinating insight into the minds of British men – it’s shown that sexiness is far more than appearance.
“They were turned off by volatile and moody actresses as well as ice queens. And they don’t want to see unhealthily skinny starlets on the big screen.”
Word – it’s nice to see a move away from unhealthily skinny figures and a celebration of something “far more than appearance”, like, I don’t know, actual substance, intelligence, sense of humour or whatever else. It’s just a shame those didn’t matter more before.
February 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
You guys know – you guys know – how much Lea Michelle generally unnerves me and doesn’t do a whole lot that I think is talk-worthy or even think-worthy, but when push comes to shove and it’s time to give credit where credit is due, I have to begrudgingly admit that Lea Michele was, by far, the best dressed at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Best. The dress is a perfect cut for her, the shoes are totally enviable (if they just … fit her a little bit better), and the hair is the ultimate compliment to the tightly-bound dress. The accessories topped it all off. I couldn’t have chosen a better look if I even knew what I was talking about. Really.
Other honorable mentions of the evening include Jessica Lange, who, at 62, blows away 95% of the fashion competition with her sparkly black dress and understated makeup (though she definitely could have left the black satin clogs or whatever they are in the back of her closet where they belong); Kaley Cuoco, who, I wasn’t sure at first whether or not I loved or hated the dress because it kind of reminded me of an exotic bird of prey, but I then succumbed to the general awesomeness that is all soft and tissue-like and pretty; Tilda Swinton, who could wear a black garbage bag (with yellow ties) and still look sophisticated and untouchable and never, ever dated; and Sofia Vergara, who should almost always be at the top of every awards ceremony ‘best dressed’ list just because of that body. And her choice of color, I suppose, too.
Who takes the best?
January 30, 2012 at 6:30 am by Sarah
But Tilda gives a good interview—although, to be sure, sometimes her quotes can come off as icy or brittle. But in taped interviews, her sense of humor—about filmmaking and parenthood both—really shines. She is eccentric but not spastic, and she is very, very gracious.
“I try and steer clear of anyone who has an opinion, really,” Swinton tells Jon Stewart in a recent episode of The Daily Show. She says this very wryly, and she is laughing, but she isn’t really kidding.
She cops to exerting a certain amount of creative control on all the film projects she funds. But wouldn’t she like to direct? “No. No, no, no. No. No, no, no. No.” (I didn’t count how many times she said “No” in a row, actually, but there were several of them.)
“So that’s a ‘maybe,’” Stewart replies.
“I’m too lazy, by far,” she tells him. The audience laughs. “No, really,” she says.
“So you produce [We Need to Talk About Kevin], you act in the movie, but directing, that is where you draw the line,” Stewart says.
“Absolutely impossible,” she concedes seriously. Oh, lord. We live in a word where Madonna wants to direct every movie, while Tilda Swinton wants to direct nothing.
Stewart and Swinton turn the conversation to parenthood, and it’s really charming. (Swinton has two 14-year olds, you guys. Two!)
“They’re great!” she says, really earnest.
Anyway, again, sorry about all the Tilda. I am trying to cut back on the number of Daily Show clips I post, too. I can’t help it, people! I really love how easygoing celebrities become when Stewart interviews them. And don’t get me started on the time Cameron Diaz removed Jon Stewart’s stitches on television. It was as disgusting as it was amazing.