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Tilda Swinton on the State of Cinema, 2006

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Recording this week’s Oscar Podcast, we touched briefly on Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes. We speculated about the jury that year, 2004. Craig Kennedy found the the jurors on a list online and named them: Quentin Tarantino, (President), Kathleen Turner, Tsui Hark, Peter Von Bagh, among others, and Tilda Swinton. This morning trying to decide how to approach Only Lovers Left Alive, I stumbled upon…

Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive

Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive

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(Thanks to Paddy at ScreenOnScreen)

Tilda points to the tail in Snowpiercer trailer

Tilda points to the tail in Snowpiercer trailer

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International trailer for Snowpiercer

International trailer for Snowpiercer

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Set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews. Thanks to Paddy M at ScreenOnScreen for tipping us to a fantastic series of…

Cannes Press Kit: Only Lovers Left Alive

Cannes Press Kit: Only Lovers Left Alive

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What a great asset for Cannes distributors to have these beautiful press kits made available for anyone to view. Director’s statement: Only lovers left Alive is an unconventional love story between a man and a woman, Adam and Eve. (My script was partially inspired by the last book published by Mark Twain: The Diaries of Adam and Eve — though no direct reference to the book is made other than…

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Cannes Update – Jarmusch to the Croisette!

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The Cannes peeps have updated and finalized their lineup to include: Competition ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE by Jim JARMUSCH Out of Competition LE DERNIER DES INJUSTES by Claude LANZMANN Un Certain Regard MY SWEET PEPPERLAND by Hiner SALEEM TORE TANZT by Katrin GEBBE 1st Film WAKOLDA by Lucia PUENZO If you didn’t come of age in the 1980s, Jim Jarmusch might not have left his mark on you yet. But he made the kinds of films that really did spark a…

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

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For being a great actress, humanitarian, mother, artist and daring human being.

Tilda Swinton sleeps in a fish tank

Tilda Swinton sleeps in a fish tank

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Lucky visitors to New York’s Museum of Modern Art this week may chance upon a performance art installation featuring Tilda Swinton napping in a glass box. [quote_simple]The Maybe,” as it is called, will be taking place on random days throughout the rest of the month. Even museum staff doesn’t know when the Moonrise Kingdom actress will show up, a source told Gothamist. When she does appear, she’ll spend the whole…

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Trouble in Mind – Diving Down Deep with Best Actress

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  Three of the year’s strongest female performances threaten convention, the one that says females are usually cast as supporting, loving, noble characters who give of themselves in the service of the male lead.  It’s not always the case, especially not so in the Best Actress race; what better way to get attention from Oscar voters than to go dark. But in a year of such uplifting, feelgood films with…

"We Need to Talk About Kevin"

Turan on Ramsay, Swinton and Kevin – one of 2011′s Best

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Kenneth Turan gives Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin a rave, pointing out how if Ramsay were a male director she would, arguably, be more celebrated. I would add to that if men gave birth to babies and raised them the film would be more “universal,” but since the gaze is decidedly male, giving birth certainly female this is a story that mothers in particular will feel the…