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The Essentials: The 5 Best Tilda Swinton Performances

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 7, 2011 12:59 PM
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Tilda Swinton is a pretty unconventional kind of movie star. The daughter of a Scottish Major-General, and one-time classmate of Princess Diana, she got her start in acting in experimental theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company, before going on to become a muse of British iconoclast Derek Jarman. Over time, she's featured in performance art (including sleeping in a glass box in the Serpentine Gallery in London for a week), worked with fashion designers, founded a traveling film festival in the Scottish Highlands, and even appeared on an album by pop eccentric Patrick Wolf. She's even become tabloid fodder in recent years, thanks to her unusual home life; she's married to painter John Byrne, but simultaneously maintains a relationship with a German artist named Sandro Kopp. Not exactly Julia Roberts, right?

Marrakech Film Festival '11: Olga Kurylenko Describes Terrence Malick As A "Psychologist And A Philosopher"

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2011 3:38 PM
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Maintaining a career after breaking through as a Bond girl is not the easiest thing in the world. Just ask Izabella Scorupco or Denise Richards. If you can find them. But the current batch seem to be doing alright so far. Rosamund Pike has gone from strength to strength since "Die Another Day," and both Eva Green and Gemma Arterton have worked steadily in interesting films since rolling in the hay with 007. But arguably the one with the most intriguing slate of projects ahead of her is Olga Kurylenko, who played female lead Camille Montes in last Bond entry "Quantum of Solace."

Jason Reitman Says He Wouldn’t Have Made ‘Young Adult’ Without Charlize Theron

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 6, 2011 3:00 PM
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Director Jason Reitman has been riding high ever since his directorial debut in 2005, “Thank You For Smoking.” That picture brought him critical acclaim, and soon after he would become the director of two heavily Oscar-nominated films. 2008’s “Juno” earned itself four Oscar nominations including Best Picture, and “Up In The Air,” arguably his most mature effort to date, scored itself six Academy Award nods including Best Director and Best Picture. Not too shabby for a guy who was all of 32-years-old at the time.

Colin Firth Says That The Filmmakers Struggled To Cut 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Down From Three-And-A-Half Hours

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2011 1:59 PM
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Diablo Cody Says 'Sweet Valley High' Movie Will Be "Hard R" & More From The Writer, Director & Stars Of 'Young Adult'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2011 2:32 PM
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Director Tomas Alfredson Says 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Sequel Will Happen "At The Right Moment" & "For The Right Reasons"

  • By Cory Everett
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  • December 5, 2011 11:57 AM
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Steven Soderbergh On Gina Carano In 'Haywire': "It's So Satisfying Watching Her Beat The Shit Out Of The Cast"

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  • December 1, 2011 4:30 PM
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With Steven Soderbergh's next next next film being announced earlier in the week as psychological thriller "The Bitter Pill" his next, "Haywire" (shot before "Contagion," but released after, although still ahead of the just-wrapped "Magic Mike") is getting closer and closer, and the film screened in New York last night to a delighted audience, many of whom were MMA fans.

Steve McQueen Discusses His Short-Hand With Michael Fassbender, The Influence Of Pasolini On 'Shame' And His Fela Kuti Biopic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 1, 2011 12:03 PM
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Not every filmmaker has a background as a controversial, award-winning artist. But film has always been intrinsic to Turner Prize-winner Steve McQueen's work  -- 1997's "Deadpan," for instance, recreated Buster Keaton's legendary collapsing building stunt in "Steamboat Bill Jr." -- so his movement into feature filmmaking always felt like a natural shift, and it was no surprise that when it came with 2008's "Hunger," it would be one of the most indelible films of that year.

This Year, We're Thankful For The Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 24, 2011 2:39 PM
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It's the last Thursday of November, which can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving. And while Playlist members include two Canadians, an Australian, a pair of Limeys and a globe-trotting Irishwoman, we're still mostly made up of U.S. citizens who'll be tucking into turkey today, and we're totally on board with the whole giving thanks part of the holiday. We didn't learn American punctuation for nothing, you know?

The Cast Of 'Hugo' Talk The Influence Of 'Under The Roofs Of Paris,' World War I & Working With Martin Scorsese

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 24, 2011 9:49 AM
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As Graham King told us a few days back, casting a Martin Scorsese film is far from the hardest part of the process. With the director's legendary status now cemented by a long-overdue Best Director Oscar for "The Departed" a few years ago, top actors are delighted to line up, even if it's for a brief cameo, in a Scorsese-helmed project. The filmmaker's latest, "Hugo," is no exception. Its young leads, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz, are among the most widely-praised child actors of recent years, and the supporting cast ranges from Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kingsley to comic whirlwind Sacha Baron Cohen, with Jude Law, Emily Mortimer, Ray Winstone, Richard Griffiths, Frances De La Tour, Helen McCrory and Michael Stuhlbarg among the litany of other stars cropping up at some point.

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