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.
Childhood: 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.
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.
Personal Life: 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.
As Tilda Swinton reteams with her Snowpiercer director, Korea's Bong Joon Ho, it's perhaps unsurprising that the resulting movie defies genres. Not only has it sparked a debate about Netflix-produced films that people want to see in cinemas, but it's also a story with huge political resonances laced through its premise. That said, this is essentially a movie about a girl and her beloved hippo-sized pig. And it's warm, witty and remarkably engaging.
Swinton plays twins Nancy and Lucy, who take over their family's multinational corporation after their ruthless father dies. With a desire to feed the world, Lucy has bred a series of gigantic pigs and placed them with farmers around the globe. Ten years later, her celebrity judge Johnny (Jake Gyllenhaal) crowns the winning pig as Okja, raised in the Korean mountains by teen Mija (An Seo Hyun) and her grandfather (Byun Heebong). But now Mija is horrified that they are taking her best friend away, so she sets out on an epic quest to Seoul to find Okja before she's put on a plane to America. Meanwhile, a group of animal rights activists led by Jay (Paul Dano) is also trying to free Okja, and they hatch a plan to take Mija to New York and stage a very public rescue.
The film has a snappy, witty tone that propels us into the story, with moments of satirical comedy, earthy humour and some exhilarating, inventively staged action. And the reason it works so well is due to the title character: thanks to seamless digital effects, Okja emerges as a smart, playful and brave creature whose bond with Mija is very strong indeed. This adds a powerful emotional kick, balancing the cartoonish but still remarkably textured performances from Swinton and Gyllenhaal. By contrast, An nicely underplays Mija, while Dano and his gang (including Lily Collins and The Walking Dead's Steven Yuen) add an intriguing edge of soulful compassion.
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A 'Doctor Who' fan wrote in recently to tell the BBC that a female Doctor would confuse his children.
Rumours that Kris Marshall is set to become the next Doctor Who have gained more credibility after a BBC complaints officer assured a disgruntled fan that there were “currently no plans” for the next Timelord to be a woman.
The current star of the BBC sci-fi series, Peter Capaldi, has recently begun his final series in the role, and speculation has been mounting for several months as to the identity of the new Doctor. Many had predicted that a female actor would take over, with the likes of Tilda Swinton, Olivia Coleman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge being regularly mentioned in connection with the soon-to-be vacant part.
Kris Marshall is strongly rumoured to be the next 'Doctor Who'
The current Time Lord, Peter Capaldi, will leave the tardis after the tenth series which starts in April
The metamorphosis of Doctor Who from Peter Capaldi to an as yet unknown 13th Doctor is due to happen at the end of this, the 10th series and, so far, it’s actress Tilda Swinton who’s the bookies favourite to replace the Scottish actor.
Tilda Swinton to be the new Doctor Who?
The Hollywood actress is the hot favourite to replace the Time Lord and be the first woman to take on the Doctor Who mantle in the process.
Continue reading: Tilda Swinton Is The Bookies' Favourite To Become The Next Doctor Who
As Guardians of the Galaxy did two years ago, this action romp comes at the Marvel universe from a witty angle that makes it a lot more fun than the overcrowded Avengers movies. This film has a strong central character, a boisterous sense of humour and a relatively simple plot that never gets bogged down in explaining its mythology. Most of all, it's hugely entertaining, with a great cast and head-spinning kaleidoscopic effects.
Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a top New York neurosurgeon. Arrogant and dismissive, he maintains a friendship with his ex, fellow surgeon Christine (Rachel McAdams). But a car crash puts an end to his rock-n-roll lifestyle when his hands are seriously injured. After medicine fails to heal him, he turns to eastern mysticism, travelling to Kathmandu to study under the tutelage of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). She opens his mind to the magical power around him, and as he develops his powers with the serious, more experienced Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Stephen is pulled into an epic clash with the rebel sorcerer Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), who wants to heal humanity by sending it into a dark, timeless parallel universe.
Despite the gloomy plot, Scott Derrickson directs the film with a very light touch, bringing out cheeky humour in every scene as these whip-smart characters interact with each other. Cumberbatch has probably never had a role that so fully draws on his real-life charisma and wit, and he shines as the swaggering, cocky doctor who has to rebuild his life in unexpected directions. For much of the film he's way out of his depth, which means that the supporting cast get a chance to steal scenes from him.
Continue reading: Doctor Strange Review
Ever since his wonderful appearance in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, we've been waiting for Ralph Fiennes to take up a similar role that shows a completely different side to the actor, now it looks like the Coen Brothers have given the actor such a role. Laurence Lorenz is an eccentric film director who finds himself caught up in a fiasco when Hollywood superstar Baird Whitlock is kidnapped.
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Eddie Mannix is a fixer who works in Hollywood where he tames celebrities and keeps theirs, and movie studios', secrets out of the press - no matter how big the story. It's not the easiest job in the world, and it's certainly not always the most morally fulfilling, but it's about to get a whole lot harder when one studio, Capitol Pictures, presents him with a major problem the likes of which could be career destroying. They're working on a huge production epic entitled 'Hail, Caesar!' starring Hollywood sensation Baird Whitlock, but things go particularly awry when he is kidnapped and held for ransom by a mysterious group known only as The Future. They want $100,000, and after 24 hours, the studio aren't looking any more hopeful. Mannix enlists a feisty and beautiful female star to procure the money, while Whitlook finds himself in a most unusual situation.
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Marianne Lane is ready for a relaxing European vacation, re-energising after a particularly busy time in her rockstar career with her younger filmmaker boyfriend Paul on the sun-kissed Sicilian island of Pantelleria. While enjoying their break, however, Marianne gets news of her record producer former boyfriend Harry bringing along his daughter Penelope for a visit. She's thrilled at seeing her old friend again and invites him and his daughter to stay with them, to the great displeasure and suspicion of Paul. Marianne and Harry's close relationship incites a bubbling pit of jealousy within Paul, especially when it becomes clear that Harry wants to replace him in Marianne's life. There's tension between everyone, and when Penelope begins to take an interest in Paul, it seems all relationships are forced to a breaking point that none of them can control.
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Rachel McAdams will star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Doctor Strange’.
Rachel McAdams has joined the cast of Doctor Strange. The 36-year-old Canadian born actor, best known for her roles in The Notebook and True Detective, confirmed her casting whilst appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday (14th September).
Rachel McAdams at the New York premiere of Southpaw in July 2015.
Continue reading: Rachel McAdams Confirms Her Casting In Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’
Get ready for the likes of 'Everest', 'The Danish Girl' and 'Black Mass'.
With the Venice Film Festival kicking off this week, awards season is officially underway. Venice has been the launchpad for a number of films that have gone on to Oscar glory. Last year, the opening night film was Birdman, and the year before it was Gravity. So there are big hopes for this year's opener, the true-life thriller Everest, directed by Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur with an ensemble cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, Emily Watson and Jason Clarke.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in true story disaster thriller 'Everest'
And anticipation is running even higher for a number of other movies. Venice is hosting the premiere of The Danish Girl, the true story of one of the world's first-known transgender women, played by Eddie Redmayne. Can he win back-to-back Oscars? This week's new poster and trailer are very promising.
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Amy Schumer makes her big screen debut with a script that feels like a much-extended sketch from her TV series. It's hilariously observant and refreshingly grown-up about sex, but the plot falls back on the usual cliches. Even with some clever twists and turns, the structure is oddly predictable. But the biggest surprise is that Schumer and director Judd Apatow ultimately cave in and take a traditional approach to romance.
As she does on her show, Schumer plays a sexually frank woman called Amy. Taught by her father (Colin Quinn) to distrust monogamy, she has indulged in a commitment-free life, rarely seeing a man more than once. And her one repeat male partner (John Cena) is a rather too self-obsessed bodybuilder. Then her boss, blithely demanding magazine editor Diana (Tilda Swinton), assigns her to interview Aaron (Bill Hader), a doctor who specialises in sports injuries. Amy can't help but seduce him; it's what she does! But in the process she realises that she actually quite likes him. This idea so rattles her that she sabotages her close relationship with her sister Kim (Brie Larson), who is expecting a child with husband Tom (Mike Birbiglia).
Schumer has impeccable comic timing, and she's hilarious all the way through this film, playing on her character's riotous way of being shockingly honest at all the wrong times. In other words, the character is entertaining but never very likeable because of the thoughtless things she does and says. So our sympathies lie with Hader, who gives an unusually layered turn as a smart, sensitive and very funny guy who just might be too good for Amy. Other characters are either here to provide emotion (Larson and Quinn) or to shamelessly steal scenes (Swinton). And Apatow brings in a usual stream of big-name cameos, including Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei in a clever pastiche of a New York indie movie.
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Date of birth
5th November, 1960
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