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Tilda Swinton (born Katherine Mathilda Swinton, 5.11.1960)

Tilda Swinton is a British actress who has found success both in mainstream and art house films. Swinton won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Michael Clayton.

Tilda Swinton: Childhood

Tilda Swinton was born in London, to Judith Balfour and Major-General Sir John Swinton. Her mother is Australian and her father is Scottish.

Tilda attended West Heath Girls' School (and was in the same class as Diana, Princess of Wales), then Fettes College, briefly. She graduated from New Hall, at Cambridge University in 1983, with a degree in Social and Political Sciences. Swinton also has two honorary doctorates, from Napier University in Edinburgh and from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Tilda Swinton: Acting Career

Early on in her career, Tilda Swinton worked in Edinburgh with the Traverse Theatre, as well as working with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Then, in 1986, Tilda Swinton played Julia in the mini-series Zastrozzi: A Romance.

One of Swinton's earliest film roles was in Derek Jarman's War Requiem, in 1989. The film also starred Laurence Olivier, playing the role of an old soldier.

Two years later, Swinton won the Volpi Cup's Best Actress Award, and then she starred in Edward II. In the late 1990s, Tilda Swinton took part in a number of projects outside of her usual film projects. She was on display for a week, encased in a glass cabinet, at the Serpentine Gallery, for her artist friend Joanna Scanlan. Swinton then appeared in Orbital's music video for 'The Box' as well as collaborating with the fashion designers Viktor and Rolf.

Around the turn of the century, Tilda Swinton started appearing in more mainstream movies, such as her lead role in The Deep End. Swinton was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her appearance in the film, which also starred Josh Lucas and Jonathan Tucker.

Swinton then went on to star in The Beach, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by a role in Vanilla Sky in 2001, opposite Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz. Tilda Swinton then appeared in a number of British films, including 2003's The Statement, with Michael Caine and Jeremy Northam and Young Adam, the same year, with Ewan McGregor, Emily Mortimer. In 2004, Swinton was selected to sit on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival.

2005 saw Tilda Swinton star as the White Witch Jadis in the movie version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The film was directed by Andrew Adamson and also starred James McAvoy, Dawn French and Liam Neeson. That same year, she had a lead role in Mike Mills' adaptation of the novel Thumbsucker.

2007 became a pivotal year for Tilda Swinton's career, as she starred in Michael Clayton alongside George Clooney and Sidney Pollack. She won the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Swinton's next major role after winning the award was an appearance in the Coen brothers' movie Burn After Reading, which also starred George Clooney, as well as Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand and John Malkovich.

Tilda Swinton and Brad Pitt then shared screen time once more, in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which also starred Cate Blanchett and Julia Ormond.

2008's Julia drew another fine performance from Tilda Swinton, with many critics arguing that she should have been awarded another Oscar, despite its limited release.

Tilda Swinton: Personal Life

Tilda Swinton lives with the Scottish painter John Byrne, along with their twins, Xavier and Honor. She travels, however, with another partner, Sandro Kopp, also a painter, with Byrne's blessing. Though she is aware of the unusual nature of her relationship, she has publicly commended the two men involved for making it work.



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Tilda Swinton Touted To Play The Ancient One In 'Doctor Strange'


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Tilda Swinton is reported to be in negotiations to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange, the forthcoming Marvel superhero live-action movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she is up for the role of the Ancient One, a role normally depicted males.

This move is being held up as an example of comic book movies looking for diversification. In the original comic books, the Ancient One is of Tibetan descent and acts as a mentor to the titular character, possessing the abilities of teleportation, astral projection and the creation of intense blasts of energy.

Tilda SwintonTilda Swinton may be playing the Ancient One in 'Doctor Strange', set for release in 2016

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Trainwreck Trailer


Amy enjoys her life in the big city with her comfortable apartment, wacky friends and driven job as a reporter for a men's magazine. As a young girl, her parents sadly divorced, and her father wasted no time in drumming into her that a lifelong partnership with just one person left much to be desired. So she's certainly taking her father's words literally and seems to enjoy the company of a different man every night (though never the full night); it's a life that she has no plans to change any time soon. However, something shifts in her consciousness when she meets sports doctor Aaron Connors on whom she's been commissioned to write an article. The pair hit it off right away, but after their first night together, Amy's left wondering if ending it there is really the best thing to do. It feels weird to carry on seeing someone after she's slept with them, but at the same time, she can't remember the last time she had so much fun.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel - Featurettes


While preparing to film 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', director Wes Anderson and company scouted for locations, finding an abandoned shopping centre which they converted into the lobby of the hotel. The exterior of the hotel was primarily shot through the use of miniatures, as were certain action sequences from the film. The minute detail was continued into the creation of costumes for the extras, as each one was supposedly created to have their own entire backstory. Furthermore, the setting for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is the fictional Republic of Zubrowka. This, too, was created in detail, with various passports, newspapers and small businesses that were designed with a tremendous amount of detail. 

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Tilda Swinton Opens Up About Life As "A Professional Gambler"


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Tilda Swinton is now a well establish actress and has even won an Oscar for her role in the 2007 flick 'Michael Clayton,' but before finding success like many other budding actresses, she had to think of other ways to earn a living.

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Swinton recently revealed she used to earn money by betting on horses

In this year alone, the British-born star has featured in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Snowpiercer' and 'Only Lovers Left Alive,' so it was definitely deserved when she was unveiled this year's GQ Woman Of The Year on Tuesday (Dec 2nd).

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Guest and Tilda Swinton - Photographs of a variety of stars as they arrived at the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards which were held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 1st December 2014

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A Week In Movies: Snowpiercer Premieres In L.A., Dustin Hoffman Films In London, New Trailers Promise Sci-Fi, Black Comedy And Comic-Book Action


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Snowpiercer

Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Alison Pill and John Cho were among the celebrities who turned out this week for the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival, which kicked off with the premiere of Bong Joon-ho's futuristic thriller Snowpiercer. It's based on a French comic book and stars Chris Evans, who's currently in London filming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Watch the action-packed trailer and find out more about 'Snowpiercer' here.

Also in London, Dustin Hoffman was caught on camera shooting scenes for his new film Esio Trot, based on the Roald Dahl story about a bachelor who falls for his neighbour, but is frustrated that she only seems to care about her pet tortoise. Costars include Judi Dench and James Corden. Take a peak at the Dustin Hoffman filming photos here.

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Picture - Tilda Swinton and Sandro Kopp... New York City New York United States, Monday 9th June 2014

Tilda Swinton and Sandro Kopp - Tilda Swinton leaving the film set 'Trainwreck' with her boyfriend Sandro Kopp - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 9th June 2014

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Tilda Swinton and Sandro Kopp
Tilda Swinton and Sandro Kopp
Tilda Swinton and Sandro Kopp
Tilda Swinton and Sandro Kopp

Finally, Red-Band Trailer for 'Snowpiercer' Arrives [Trailer + Pictures]


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Snowpiercer isn’t new. Joon-ho Bong’s adapation of the popular French comic book Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob. Walking around Paris last October, posters for the movie where everywhere, and without the laboured ‘delayed train’ play on words, it’s finally coming to the U.S on June 27. What’s more, there’s a ridiculously good red band trailer for it, too.

SnowpiercerTilda Swinton, Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer in 'Snowpiercer'

In it, Tilda Swinton’s character – the evil, maniacal tyrant, Mason – dominates. Her words provide the backdrop for the struggle faced by those on board and their battle for freedom. “Know your place. Keep your place,” advises Mason, before suggesting that exactly killing exactly 74% of the rebellious population in front of her would be “fun”. 

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Snowpiercer Trailer


In a post-apocalyptic world where a deadly ice age has taken over the Earth, there are only a few survivors, all of whom have taken shelter in an enormous train propelled by perpetual motion. While the rich and powerful live in luxury at the front end of the locomotive, the poor have been forced to dwell at the tail with limited supplies by the dictatorial Minister Mason. During a routine deliverance of protein blocks, one tail inhabitant, Curtis, decides to round up a rebel army to invade the front, though no-one could have imagined the amount of bloodshed the ensuing revolt would trigger. In a bid to destroy the barbaric class hierarchy this new life has caused, Curtis plots a major act of disaster. It starts to look like the human race really will be the death of themselves.

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Is Open For Business - The Irresistible Charm Of Wes Anderson


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Today, audiences all over America will be savouring their first taste of Wes Anderson's new movie, the delectable The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson fans who know the score will be prepared for the Fantastic Mr. Fox director's idiosyncratic, quirky and sumptuous stylings of the world's most distinctive director. However, even newcomers will find something to love in this most lively tapestry.

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Sees Wes Anderson Up To His Old Tricks In A Film More Inviting Than Ever.

Budapest received its premiere at the Berlinale a few weeks ago where early critics bathed the movie in a warm glow of praise, loving the kitsch details, kooky plotline, and star-packed cast, which includes, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Harvey Keitel.

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel': Perfect Mix of Comedy and Adventure [Trailer]


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You can never mistake a Wes Anderson movie: his colourful visual style and quirky wit infuse every frame of his movies, whether they're set underwater (The Life Aquatic), on an Indian railway (The Darjeeling Limited), in rural America (Moonrise Kingdom) or in a stop-motion countryside populated by furry critters (Fantastic Mr Fox).

Grand Budapest HotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel Features a Stunning Comedy Performance from Ralph Fiennes

The Grand Budapest Hotel, his eighth feature, is set in a fictional Middle European country in the 1930s (it's his first period piece). But it clearly fits into Anderson's stylised universe with its vivid colours and mythical settings. It also reunites him with regular cast members such as Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman and Bob Balaban.

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Is An Instant Hit With Critics, In Praise Of Wes Anderson's Delightful New Movie [Trailer + Pictures]


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The Grand Budapest Hotel is preparing to throw its doors open to the world, having premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. Director Wes Anderson has built his career upon his idiosyncratically quirky, colourful and surrealist movies and the eagerly-anticipated Budapest looks to be no different.

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Critics Have Heaped Praise On To 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.'

Early reviews have bathed the movie in a warm glow of praise, loving the kitsch details, kooky plotline, and star-packed cast, which includes (deep breath), Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Harvey Keitel.

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'The Zero Theorem': Terry Gilliam Trapped In His Own Fantasy? [Trailer + Pictures]


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Terry Gilliam's latest effort The Zero Theorem follows a computer hacker and his ultimate goal to discover the reason for human existence. A shadowy organisation known only as The Management are keen to interrupt his work and send a lusty love interest to distract him from his potentially ground-breaking work.

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It all sounds very...Gilliam...though from the polarizing critical reception, we're no clearer as to whether the 73-year-old has made his finest movie yet, or another scatty missed opportunity.

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The Zero Theorem Review


OK

Lively and imaginative, this raucous adventure-drama recaptures the ramshackle futurism of director Terry Gilliam's 1985 masterpiece Brazil, throwing a lonely guy into a series of events that get increasingly surreal. And while we never lose interest, the plot seems to fall apart about halfway in, circling around itself and the pungent themes that ooze through every scene.

The central figure is Qohen (Waltz), a genius who feels like life has lost its meaning. He hates the corporate mentality at Mancom, where both his manager (Thewlis) and the computer system drive him nuts. Then after a chance encounter with the big boss (Damon), he's given a new assignment to work at home crunching numbers to prove the Zero Theorem. Everyone is vague about what this theorem is, but Qohen likes being away from the office. But now he's distracted by the seductive Bainsley (Thierry), who puts on a sexy nurse outfit and lures him into a virtual reality environment. He's also assigned 15-year-old computer nerd Bob (Hedges) to keep his system up and running. Or maybe everyone is spying on him.

The central theme is the search for meaning in life, which is echoed in Qohen's inability to feel, taste or properly experience anything. And the theorem itself turns out to be an attempt to prove conclusively that everything is meaningless. This allows Gilliam to deploy his vast imagination in every scene, with a flood of corporate and religious imagery, suggestive innuendo and topical gags about free will in a society that values making money at the expense of actually living. All of the actors grab on to these ideas, adding comical physicality and knowing humour to each scene. 

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Review


Essential

Wes Anderson's entertaining filmmaking style clicks beautifully into focus for this comical adventure. Films like The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom are packed with amazing detail and terrific characters, but this movie is on another level entirely: fast, smart and engaging, packed with both silly slapstick and intelligent gags. And the sprawling cast is simply wonderful.

It's a story within a story within a story, as an author (Wilkinson) narrates the tale of his 1968 conversation as a young writer (Law) with ageing hotelier Zero (Abraham), who in turn recounts his life as a lobby boy in 1932. Young Zero (Revolori) learned his craft alongside legendary concierge Gustave (Fiennes) at the Grand Budapest Hotel somewhere in Middle Europe, and stuck by Gustave's side when he became embroiled in an inheritance battle with a spoiled heir (Brody) and his evil henchman (Dafoe). As things get increasingly nasty, Zero and his baker girlfriend (Ronan) help Gustave fight for justice, and when that doesn't work he helps orchestrate an elaborate prison escape. Meanwhile, war breaks out twice across Europe.

The double flashback structure makes this a film about the power of storytelling itself, and even more potent is the reminder that we need to remember the old ways, especially as the world changes around us. This simple idea is woven so cleverly into the DNA of the script that it continually takes our breath away, conveying the true importance of history and nostalgia. At the centre, Fiennes gives his best-ever performance, showing a real gift for comedy (who knew?) as he makes the bristly Gustave deeply likeable. His camaraderie with newcomer Revolori is priceless, as are the cameos from an array of Anderson veterans including Murray, Wilson and the always astonishing Swinton.

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