Fox Searchlight gets into the Dakota Johnson business with 'A Bigger Splash'

Posted by · 11:02 am · February 19th, 2015

Fox Searchlight’s amazing run continues as it picks up U.S. rights to Luca Guadagnino’s follow up to “I Am Love,” “A Bigger Splash.” The new thriller stars Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson and Matthias Schoenaerts.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton among Georgia Critics’ 2014 winners

Posted by · 11:09 am · January 9th, 2015

The Georgia Film Critics Association helped two emerging dark horses gain a little more heat.

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Vancouver critics go with 'Boyhood,' Gyllenhaal, Swinton

Posted by · 4:50 pm · January 5th, 2015

Members of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle has finished up their annual barroom vote and settled on Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” as the year’s best film.

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'Birdman' and genre love from Las Vegas film critics

Posted by · 12:44 pm · December 18th, 2014

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society is the latest regional critics group to unveil award winners for 2014, and it was “Birdman” that came away the biggest hit with seven awards, including Best Picture.

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See Tilda Swinton transform, rehearse in new 'Snowpiercer' behind-the-scenes feature

Posted by · 5:12 am · December 17th, 2014

There’s no prosthetic, mouthpiece, or hairdo Tilda Swinton won’t undergo to inch closer to her vision for a role. Here, we get to see the process in action, as the actress becomes her militant librarian from ‘Snowpiercer.’

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9/13 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Madonna in Toronto, SPC’s would-be ‘Shame’ plan, Clooney overexposed?

Posted by · 9:12 am · September 13th, 2011

• Michael Cieply reports from the “W.E.” press conference in Toronto, where Madonna is doing slightly better than she did over in Venice. [Arts Beat] • Speaking of Toronto, Tilda Swinton keeps hitting the press rounds at the fest. [Speakeasy] • Pete Hammond hears that Sony Classics wanted to lay the groundwork for a Michael […]

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9/12 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Clooney on self-competition, Woodley ready for her close-up, genre movies at the Oscars

Posted by · 8:03 am · September 12th, 2011

• Bill Desowitz calls “The Lion King 3D,” which hits theaters Friday, “a noteworthy achievement for post-converting hand-drawn animation.” Agreed. He also talks to those responsible for it. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Clooney: Clooney vs. Cooney just hype. [Variety] • Shailene Woodley, meanwhile, is ready for her close-up in Toronto. [The Guardian]

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9/5 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Murphy upside, ‘The Help’ abroad, comparing two ‘Straw Dogs’

Posted by · 7:02 am · September 5th, 2011

• S.T. VanAirsdale looks for the upside in Eddie Murphy potentially hosting the Oscars. [Movieline] • Nicole Sperling writes up Tilda Swinton’s tribute track at Telluride and Toronto. [24 Frames] • Emma Stone and Viola Davis talk about “The Help”‘s appeal abroad. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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“I’m Shiva the God of Death!”

Posted by · 12:53 am · September 4th, 2011

Given their dual tributes at Telluride this year, it seems perfectly reasonable to revisit this gem of a scene: And lest fellow tributee Pierre Étaix feel left out, a nod to his work after the jump.

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TELLURIDE: Settling in for the 38th annual

Posted by · 2:42 pm · September 1st, 2011

So here I sit in Telluride, a nice view of the mountainside gondolas out the window, a swift flight and gorgeous shuttle ride later. As always, we were greeted with the festival program upon boarding the charter this morning, which also carried filmmakers Werner Herzog and Alexander Payne, actress Tilda Swinton, etc., their presence at […]

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French trailer and poster for ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’

Posted by · 10:39 am · August 8th, 2011

As some you will remember, I flipped for Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need To Talk About Kevin” back in May, and the film has yet to work its way out from under my skin. The film is heading into its second festival phase, build on its Cannes buzz at Toronto and perhaps Telluride. (It’s sure to […]

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CANNES: What will win… and what should

Posted by · 7:14 pm · May 21st, 2011

It’s a funny thing. For 10 days at Cannes, the Croisette hums with stimulating discussion and debate about movies; for the final two, all that chatter dissolves into a single blunt question: “What will win the Palme d’Or?” It’s a little like the Oscars, except without the initial stage of stimulating discussion and debate about […]

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REVIEW: “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (****)

Posted by · 6:10 pm · May 12th, 2011

Cannes Film Festival Lionel Shriver’s 2003 bestseller “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is a rare pop novel indeed: a nippy, low-comfort social essay that lures readers into messily untied arguments on topical subject matter the talk-show circuit would have far less trouble resolving. It might have made for a cluttered, stentorian film about things, […]

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CANNES CHECK: ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’

Posted by · 5:54 pm · May 8th, 2011

The director: Lynne Ramsay (United Kingdom) The talent: Reigning arthouse-crossover queen Tilda Swinton leads the cast of Scottish director Ramsay’s third feature; filling the other two key roles are John C. Reilly, shifting gears from his recent run of comedy roles, and 18 year-old Ezra Miller, an effectively gangly presence in “Afterschool” and “City Island.” […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Don’t let ’em catch you caring

Posted by · 12:35 pm · January 20th, 2011

(Updated Oscar predictions here. They’ll likely be tweaked once more before Tuesday.) Following the Academy Award season is a little like watching a particularly low-rent TV soap: just as the mindlessness and predictability of the enterprise escalates to a point where quitting seems the only credible option, some or other narrative curveball will lure you […]

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1/5 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Paltrow and “singer-as-Oscar-bait,” 80 years of THR, questioning Bening’s, er, overdueness

Posted by · 9:07 am · January 5th, 2011

• Larry Getlen on Gwyneth Paltrow in “Country Strong” and the “singer-as-Oscar-bait phenomenon.” [New York Post] • The this year’s Oscar hopefuls who got their starts as child actors. [Variety] • In celebrating THR’s 80th anniversary, Todd McCarthy picks the 80 greatest Hollywood moments. [Hollywood Reporter]

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FIRST-HALF FYC: Best Actress

Posted by · 12:40 pm · December 29th, 2010

The fifth column in our new seasonal series — if you haven’t got the drill by now, we’re rounding up the most Oscar-worthy work from the oft-overlooked first half of the year — wraps up the performance categories with by far the most competitive race of all. Conventional wisdom has it that Best Actress is […]

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Tilda Swinton spearheads reinvention of Edinburgh film fest

Posted by · 3:54 pm · December 23rd, 2010

I wrote at the end of my coverage of the Edinburgh Film Festival, back in June, that this year’s fest had come in for a fair bit of media flak, with many journos complaining (not entirely fairly, I thought) of a tepid film programme and minimal atmosphere. Few were surprised, then, when the fest’s artistic […]

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