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Sharon Stone is joining Jesse Eisnerberg and Kristen Stewart in Lionsgate’s action comedy American Ultra, which will be directed by Nima Nourizadeh.
Max Landis penned the script for Ultra, which tells of an unmotivated stoner named Mike (Eisenberg) who lives with his girlfriend (Stewart) in a small, sleepy town.
One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike's past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out.
Stone is stepping into the role that was earmarked for Uma Thurman, whose deal never solidified.
Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins are also in the movie.
Stone recently wrapped the TNT pilot Agent X and can currently be seen in Fading Gigolo with Woody Allen and Jon Turturro. She's repped by Gersh and manager Chuck Binder.
what an odd mixture of personalities
They've Roar-ed, Work-ed and done what they want with their bodies, so what's next for the reigning queens and princesses of pop? With 2013 albums ripe for the picking and bathing-suit season right around the corner, USA TODAY predicts which slices of summertime escapism might dominate the radio next, with insight from Yahoo Music managing editor Lyndsey Parker and Vulture staff editor Amanda Dobbins.
It's just not summer without a sugary-sweet Katy Perry tune. The Dark Horse pop star tweeted out the cover art for her next single, Birthday, early this month, ending speculation about what her next Prism smash could be. Parker says it's a good choice because it's an "anthemic party song," although she initially predicted International Smile would be Perry's summer pick. "It's about jet-setting and being an 'it' girl," she says. "It's almost like a modern-day equivalent of those Duran Duran songs where you can just imagine people cruising on yachts."
This Is How We Do would have been a shoo-in for song of the summer had Perry released it, Dobbins says. "It has the same blueprint of T.G.I.F. (Last Friday Night)," she says, referencing Perry's No. 1 hit from summer 2011. "That just seems like a guarantee for a radio-friendly hit."
After We Can't Stop and Wrecking Ball became pop-culture phenomena last year, Cyrus' ballad Adore You never really took off (peaking at No. 21, although its Cedric Gervais remix could still have some legs). If Cyrus is looking for sexy summer domination, both Dobbins and Parker recommend the Pharrell Williams-produced #GETITRIGHT for her next single. "It's easygoing and slightly more cheery than We Can't Stop," Dobbins says. "The thing about 'song of summer' is that they're the happier, run-around, no-school party songs, and (#GETITRIGHT) has that kind of summer feel to it."
If Cyrus opts for a rowdier route to No. 1, Parker can easily see the Big Sean-assisted Love Money Party take off as a We Can't Stop sequel."I could picture the video having a rap, hip-hop feel and being completely over-the-top and ridiculous," Parker says. "That's what Miley does best."
While "grave mismanagement" may have prevented Gaga's Do What U Want video with R. Kelly from ever seeing the light of day, Mother Monster recently returned with an extravagant video for third ARTPOP single G.U.Y.— but is it a strong candidate for a summer smash? "I like the song, but I'm not going to say, 'Oh my god, it's going to be a massive hit, I can hear it on the radio,'" Parker says, adding that Do What U Want (which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard charts) was undoubtedly the strongest ARTPOP track.
Dobbins is even less optimistic about G.U.Y., saying, "I don't hear anything insanely catchy enough in that song to overcome the fact that people are just through (with Gaga). There's nothing on that album that works for her at all."
For a surprise album not driven by singles, Beyoncé is doing pretty well for itself. Jay Z-duet Drunk in Love is still surfboarding in the Billboard Top 20 and Partition recently got a single push (peaking at No. 23). If Queen Bey chooses to release more singles, ***Flawless could be an infectious summer smash, given that it's already become an Internet sensation. "Everybody is already like, 'I woke up like this' and quoting the song," Parker says, referencing the various memes, Instagram pictures and parody videos that allude to the feminist track. "We live in a very quotable, meme-able era, and that's a song people are already aware of."
While Dobbins believes Drunk in Love will hang around the summertime charts, she says not to rule out the Pharrell-produced Blow either. "It has that feel-good '70s sound that's very popular right now," Dobbins says. "Daft Punk did very well with it last summer (Get Lucky) and so did Robin Thicke (Blurred Lines), both thanks to Pharrell."
Some speculators have tossed around Alien and It Should Be Easy featuring will.i.am as likely third singles off the low-sellingBritney Jean, but don't expect another single from Spears any time soon. "This album just came and went," Parker says, despite singles Work B---- and Perfume (which peaked at No. 12 and 76, respectively). While there could be some interest in Chillin' with You with Britney's sister, Jamie Lynn (who relaunched her career as a country artist last year), "I feel like Britney's already moved on to her whole Vegas thing," referencing the pop star's current Sin City residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
If she has any shot at topping the charts, it'd be courtesy of her guest spot on Cyrus' rap-infused SMS (Bangerz). Although SMS is far from typical radio fare, "the fact that Britney's on it is probably the most appealing part about it," Dobbins says.
Katy - Birthday
Miley - #GETITRIGHT
Gaga - None (ouch)
Beyonce - ***Flawless or Blow
Britney - None
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To celebrate the release of Illmatic XX, Nas stopped by “HuffPost Live” on Tuesday. The hip-hop icon reminisced on the 20th anniversary of his seminal debut Illmatic and his legacy.
“I knew that it would be an important album at the time,” he said of his groundbreaking debut, “but I just thought at the time and maybe five years from there, but not this far.”
He touched on his relationship with Biggie (“I miss him today because he was a class act”), his rivalry with Tupac (“I had way too much respect for Tupac. He was a god”), and his original idea to put Maxwell instead of Ginuwine on “You Owe Me.”
On Saturday, Nas brought out his former rival Jay Z during his Coachella set. He laughed while looking back on their infamous feud.
“It was something that had to be done at the time, but great things came out of it,” Nas said of their beef. “Hip-hop changed after it and it became all battle. It was like a rebirth of hip-hop.”
He also spoke about fatherhood and his daughter Destiny, who inspired his song “Daughters.” “Sometimes I wish that she grew up in the ‘hood, in the projects so she can have both sides,” he said.
Watch full 45 minute interview with Marc Lamont Hill HERE
And to anyone worried about spoilers:
He may have been eliminated from Dancing With the Stars, but Cody Simpson has a pretty cushy life.
He has a new single out (the remarkably incoherent "Surfboard") a really hot girlfriend (model Gigi Hadid, aka daughter to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Yolanda Foster), and a surprisingly sultry new music video.
Hadid lent her bikini-clad curves to the new clip, which is thankfully a lot more PG-13 than the song's lyrics. Still, fans are freaking out.
Listen, guys: You needn't fret. Cody and Gigi have just doomed their relationship.
See, couples that co-star in music videos never last — at least if they're not already married, and even then it's extremely shaky territory.
If you don't believe us, consider the evidence. It's science.
Showbiz411 reports exclusively that the big screen adaptation of "The Adderal Diaries" is set to feature some true A-List Hollywood stars. According to the report, Ed Harris, Cynthia Nixon, Amber Heard, Christian Slater, and James Franco are among those that have already signed on for the low-budget project.
Pamela Romanowsky will helm the film for Franco's production company. She also co-wrote the script, along with Franco from a memoir of Stephen Elliot.
The story follows a "computer programmer who kills his Russian wife, whom he met through an online dating service. The main character is the reporter (Elliott) who covers the murder trial."
Filming is scheduled to get underway on May 6th in New York.
Franco is currently making his Broadway debut in "Of Mice and Men."
Nintendo is scheduled to release an American version of Tomodachi Life in June -- the same game that was redesigned to exclude the possibility of same-sex romantic pairings when it was released in Japan in 2013, reports Hardcore Gamer.
Tomodachi Life is an offbeat simulation game in which players can create avatars of people in their life called Miis and then interact with them through activities such as games and feeding. Players can also encourage Miis to form relationships. In the original Japanese version, it was briefly possible to allow male Miis to marry each other. However, Nintendo released a patch last year that prevented same-sex coupling. In a statement released around that time, Nintendo argued that fans had misinterpreted earlier images.
While the game's American commercial highlights how players can "watch [their characters] fall in love," it's as yet unknown if Nintendo will allow same-sex coupling in the game.
Similar simulation games, such as Electronic Arts' The Sims, allow for romantic partnering of people of the same sex, and have been released in the States to great success.
Lady Gaga announced on her Twitter account that her favorite digital popstar, Hatsune Miku will open Lady Gaga's artRAVE The ARTPOP Ball tour which kicks off on May 4th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. For complete tour dates, go to Lady Gaga's official site. The virtual popstar will open the first month of dates from May 6th to June 3rd in select US and Canadian cities.
My favorite digital pop star Hatsune Miku is opening The ARTPOP Ball from May 6-June 3! Look at how cute she is! http://t.co/XZr1nKGM2Q🌟✨— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 15, 2014
Although the tour starts on May 4th, the tweet mentions the May 6th show date as the first date to feature Miku, which will be in Atlanta, GA. No more details on the arrangement are available at the current time and more details are expected in the next few days.
This is actually pretty cool. Better than the mess that is Lady Starlight.
Jay Z and Beyoncé are launching a stadium tour together after appearing as surprise guests at each other’s gigs recently.
Sources exclusively tell Page Six that hip hop’s royal couple plans to announce a 20-stadium US tour that will start in late June — and that it’s possible the couple could perform in New York on July 4.
The two recently wrapped individual tours that supported their latest albums: Jay closed out 52 dates for his “Magna Carta…Holy Grail” in January, while Bey wrapped her “Mrs. Carter Show” tour in March.
The couple has performed their hit single, “Drunk in Love,” together at a string of high-profile shows, including this year’s Grammy Awards, a DirecTV Super Bowl party and Beyoncé’s O2 Arena gig in London on Feb. 28.
On Sunday the hip-hop husband and wife each popped up onstage individually at the Coachella music festival. Beyoncé appeared with sister Solange Knowles to dance while Solange performed her hit “Losing You.” Jay took the stage with fellow New York rappers Nas and Diddy.
THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW crosses the Pond when it films in London for the first time, for broadcast this holiday season on the CBS Television Network. Announced today at the Victoria's Secret Bond Street store by Angels Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel, the show merges fashion, fantasy and entertainment into a runway spectacle. The show, seen in 192 countries, will include musical performances, pink carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world's most celebrated fashion show. The 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show broadcast was the night's #1 show in adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.
Musical performances: which musicians will they feature?
Cosplay post tbh.
Through years of planning and a chain of successes Marvel Studios has delivered films that both excel at the box office and please their fans. Unlike the other superhero movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has all these characters existing in the same universe and crossing over into each other’s films – this started with Iron Man back in 2008 and the standalone films led to the first Avengers film which saw these extraordinary characters team up.
Thanos will destroy Asgard
For The Avengers 3, it looks like we will get Thanos as the main villain. Most fans are guessing this and are pretty sure this is where the films are leading to. Thanos is due to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy and he may get to demonstrate his powers to the audiences for the first time. He will not however have his weapon – The Infinity Gauntlet.
Thor 3 is due in Phase Three, likely in 2017, and this will probably be the final Marvel film before the third Avengers. In order to show Thanos’ power, he should be shown to destroy Asgard. As we saw in Thor, The Infinity Gauntlet is safely locked up in the relic vault in Asgard. If Thanos is to utilize the power he will need to get hold of it. It would be great to demonstrate how powerful the character is by destroying an entire world that we have seen a lot of in both Thor movies. Having an entire realm destroyed by a villain would be a good reason to ‘Avenge’.
Steve Rogers will die and Bucky Barnes will become Captain America
Captain America: The Winter Soldier re-introduced us to Bucky Barnes in the form of The Winter Soldier. If you don’t remember, he was Steve Rogers’ friend and the commando who fell off the train to his assumed death in The First Avenger, but Barnes survived and was turned into the Soviet super-spy of the sequel’s title. The post-credits scene of The Winter Soldier reveals that he survives his ordeal with Captain America and seems to remember who he is and how he knows him – it would appear that The Winter Soldier is going to become a good guy. In fact he may become the next Captain America.
In the comics when Steve Rogers is assassinated by Brock Rumlow, a.k.a. Crossbones, Barnes then takes over the role of Captain America. With the fact that Chris Evans said he wants to take a break from acting after his Marvel contract ends and Sebastian Stan (who plays The Winter Soldier) has a nine-picture deal with Marvel, it seems apparent that he will take over from Chris Evans. This is also supported by the fact that Crossbones (Frank Grillo) survives the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will likely return in the next installment as a villain.
It may just be a prediction but the way things are going the chances of Barnes becoming Captain America is a certainty – whether or not Steve Rogers will die for this to happen is another story. Recently Chris Evans has confirmed that he is to retire from acting and go into directing. With a new career prospect and no reason to sign a new contract, chances are Barnes will replace Rogers in the not too distant future.
Hawkeye will be killed off/retire
Without being harsh, Hawkeye seems to be the most useless Avenger. First of all he has no superpowers, which for a superhero team means he is quite boring. Secondly he got possessed by Loki in the first five minutes of The Avengers. Jeremy Renner says that we will get more back story to his character in Age of Ultron. That may be true but that certainly doesn’t mean the character is safe from being killed off. As the Avengers team increases, it is likely former members will be phased out. Age of Ultron is set to introduce Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and The Vision – War Machine is also set to appear, so that’s four new members now. Is the team becoming too crowded? Maybe they should kill or retire a character? From the reception of the character from fans, Hawkeye is the favourite candidate to leave the team.
While other characters may be on their way out of the team in the near future, Hawkeye will surely depart the team soon. Either retiring or killing off a character is the option. If Hawkeye were to die, it would be far more dramatic and allow the other characters to have some greater development. This could change instantly if the character is given a bigger role when we next see him in Avengers: Age of Ultron. From early reports this may be the case but due to the fact that the team is becoming crowded someone has to go.
No Female Solo movie until Phase Four
Like with Black Panther, the audience may not get a female superhero movie for quite some time. This could change in a heartbeat though, so fans wanting to see a female hero lead a film keep your fingers crossed. There is still a slot available for Marvel in 2017 and as of yet we have no idea what that film could be. There’s been rumours about a Guardians sequel, as well as a Ms. Marvel or Black Widow movie. Kevin Fiege has expressed a great deal of interest in a female solo movie and seems keen on the idea of having Black Widow carry a movie on her own. Fiege however also said that Marvel Studios has no intention to produce a female solo movie anytime soon.
With a roster of strong female characters Marvel Studios has the ability to develop a solo female superhero movie, but as of now they may deem it too risky. Black Widow is very much a supporting character and that has clearly been the case in all the films she has appeared it. She has gone through some decent development but still lacks something that could allow her to carry a feature film on her own merit.
A Ms. Marvel film has been rumored for a while but still the risk is too high (But fucking Ant-Man is a sure thing??). Guardians of the Galaxy is set to introduce Gamora who is a strong female character, albeit a supporting one at that. If she is well received by fans along with Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron, then a female solo superhero movie will likely be green lit. Until then though the male characters will continue to dominate our screens.
Red Skull will return as a villain
Red Skull was obliterated by the Tesseract at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, so we assume he is dead right? Well he was actually originally going to appear in the Avengers alongside Loki as an antagonist. In the universe in which these characters exist, the Red Skull is actually still alive. His ‘death’ was not as clear cut as the death of other villains in superhero movies.
Maybe the character is dead and won’t return but with the reappearance of Hydra to the series, there must be a good chance that the Red Skull will come back and get revenge on Captain America – maybe as the antagonist of Captain America 3? We already know that Baron Von Strucker will feature in Avengers: Age of Ultron – who is still running Hydra. Maybe Red Skull has just left a legacy, or maybe he will return.
Red Skull is Captain America’s arch rival so it would be good to see the character return. It would be interesting to see how he copes with the changes in the present day just as Steve Rogers has.
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Tilda Swinton has always exuded an otherworldly aura. Maybe it's the pale, almost translucent skin that highlights her steely blue eyes. She speaks with such rabid intelligence that even a casual conversation sounds like it was scripted by Dorothy Parker. She seems impossibly tall, a willowy figure whose striking, androgynous looks have been tilted toward a wide range of menacing characters.
In Wes Anderson's latest fairy tale, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," the 53-year-old Scottish actress is virtually unrecognizable under droopy skin and wrinkles as octogenarian Madame D. In the just-released drama "Only Lovers Left Alive," directed by Jim Jarmusch, she portrays Eve, a chic-looking (if 3,000-year-old) vampire. And in June, she'll be seen Stateside in Bong Joon-ho's futuristic "Snowpiercer" as a terrifying political leader whose inspiration draws from equal parts Kim Jong-un and Marilyn Manson.
Her versatility as an artist makes her impossible to classify.
Along with a prolific screen career highlighted by an Oscar win in 2008 for her portrayal of an unraveling lawyer in "Michael Clayton," Swinton also performs spoken-word pieces, has founded a film festival (Scotland's Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams in 2008), and inspired a collection from Chanel.
Her best-known work might be "The Maybe," a live performance-art piece in which she sleeps inside a glass box wearing nondescript clothes and muddy sneakers, which she has been staging for 19 years in galleries and art museums around the globe, including MoMa in New York.
"Tilda is an artist, an activist, a film historian, an instigator and a writer," says Jarmusch, who has collaborated with the actress on three movies. "What isn't she? There is nothing she can't do, nothing she can't play."
Though she spent the first nine years of her career making experimental films with mentor Derek Jarman, Swinton has occasionally branched out into more mainstream Hollywood fare, portraying the evil White Witch in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and a surreal saleswoman in Cameron Crowe's 2001 thriller "Vanilla Sky." She's essayed everything from a nobleman who switches genders in "Orlando" to the archangel Gabriel in "Constantine." Directors including the Coen brothers and Spike Jonze have lined up to work with her.
Yet Swinton says she doesn't consider herself an actor. "I don't know what it would take for me to feel like one," she says. "I understand it's a strange thing to say because I do keep saying, 'Yes, I'll dress up and be in your film.' But when I hear proper actors talking about their lives and how they approach their work, I feel like I'm up another tree."
Swinton doesn't lead an actor's life. She spends most of her time in the Highlands of Scotland, far from the lights of Hollywood. She claims to not know how to talk about her craft. "When people ask about how I approach a character -- well, I wouldn't know how to approach a character if I tried," she says. "People will ask about choosing a role; I don't choose roles. People will talk to me about preparation. Aside from putting together a disguise, I'm not aware of any preparation at all."
Swinton is the first to acknowledge she didn't grow up immersed in movies. She was born in England, daughter of Maj.-Gen. Sir John Swinton, the former head of the Queen's Household Division -- the men on guard at Buckingham Palace. She attended several boarding schools, including West Heath, where she was a classmate of Diana Spencer, who one day would become Princess Diana. While attending Cambridge U., where she planned to focus on writing, Swinton began to get involved in plays. But still, she says, "I had a very ambivalent relationship with the theater."
She did audition for and get accepted into the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company. "It was after a year there that I decided I didn't want to be an actor," she says. "Which was a really good piece of information to have. It's a good thing when you're a young person to find out what you don't want to do."
But shortly after leaving the RSC, she was introduced to Jarman, an English film director and stage designer, through mutual friends. "He met me at a door with a videocamera and we started talking, and we never stopped," recalls Swinton. The two became fast friends and would, over the course of eight years, collaborate on seven features, beginning with 1986's "Caravaggio." Swinton has said it was Jarman's death in 1994 from AIDS that was the impetus for "The Maybe," since she wasn't sure she'd continue making films, and wanted to find "a gesture" between live performance and what she loved about working onscreen.
The association with Jarman set the tone for a career that hasn't followed the route of the typical actor. "Most people don't develop work the way I customarily do," she notes. "They'll wait for someone to place them into their universe with proper craftspeople. Whereas I spend most of my time sitting around my kitchen table with friends, chewing on ideas and building things that take years."
She spent five years with director Sally Potter on 1992's "Orlando," adapting Virginia Woolf's story of an eternally youthful nobleman who at one point changes gender. After so much time developing the project, Swinton concedes there was one drawback: She hated the movie at first. "Because it was like a trailer for my fantasies," she explains. "You work on something for five years, you fantasize it will be five hours long and occupy all your wildest dreams. Then it goes by in 90 minutes. I love the film now, but it took me a long time to appreciate it."
Swinton has learned to separate the experience from the final product; a healthy perspective, as she regularly spends years working on a picture. In the case of Luca Guadagnino's Italian romance "I Am Love," it was 11 years.
"Only Lovers Left Alive" -- which Swinton refers to as "only" taking seven or eight years -- began with a phone call from Jarmusch suggesting they make a vampire film. It seems such obvious casting it's hard to believe the actress has never played a bloodsucker before. "She's such an exquisite creature on so many levels, and physically so beautiful and graceful and striking and pale and, yes, vampire-like in a lot of ways," Jarmusch reasons.
The director says Swinton was so central to the project that the two of them worked together on every minute detail, including costume, movement and dialogue. When Jarmusch felt the vampire wigs in the film didn't look wild enough, it was Swinton who suggested using animal hair. They ended up making wigs from human hair mixed with yak and goat fur. "She has little insights constantly. She's one of those people so obsessed with what she doesn't know. Rather than spewing out all the things she does know, she wants to learn something new that will amaze us all."
Jarmusch even asked Swinton to write certain scenes. He was so taken by her State of Cinema essay presented in 2006 at the San Francisco Film Festival that he asked to use phrases from it in their second film together, 2009's "The Limits of Control." In "Only Lovers Left Alive," he had both Swinton and co-star Tom Hiddleston write their dialogue for a fight scene. "These words are from Tilda, when she says, 'This self-obsession is a waste of living that could be spent on surviving things, appreciating nature, nurturing kindness and friendship and dancing.' " Hiddleston has fond memories of working with his co-star: "She is so generous with her curiosity that when we were in prep, we would disappear down rabbit holes together, talking about poetry and music and history and art." The actor said the two danced together, "mostly to the kind of Memphis soul or Detroit Motown you hear in the film."
When Swinton met Bong at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and he spoke to her about "Snowpiercer," she insisted there wasn't a part for her. The director told her not to worry, and they soon began talking about building the character of Mason, who is described in the script as "a mild-mannered man in a suit." Says Bong, "My team and I didn't think twice before changing Mason into a female character -- or, actually, a character that transcends gender."
Bong, too, says Swinton was integral to building the role, adding that Mason's unusual appearance was entirely her idea. "She is always filled with the desire to transform herself and create something new," he says. "We experimented to the point that Tilda was virtually unrecognizable -- dentures, prosthetic nose, thick-rimmed glasses, wigs, everything. Even under such heavy makeup and costume, she performed with such fluidity and grace, and I was constantly amazed."
Swinton has never auditioned for a role -- unless you count a casual meeting with the Coen brothers for "Burn After Reading" in which she has a vague memory of running some pages. Filmmakers, such as Wes Anderson, who first became aware of her at Sundance in 1993 (she was there with "Orlando"; he had the short film "Bottle Rocket"), seek her out. A self-professed fan, Anderson first hired Swinton as the aptly named Social Services in "Moonrise Kingdom," before casting her in "Budapest."
"I would use any excuse to try to seduce Tilda into one of these movies, but I particularly thought she might like the opportunity to age very suddenly," Anderson explains of offering her the role of Madame D. "There is a sort of concept-art aspect to it. Tilda, as we know, is not just a magnificent actress, she is also a sort of visual performance artist at large in the world."
As for future projects, Swinton says there are a few things she's "chewing on." She will likely reprise "The Maybe" at some point, though she notes: "The idea is that 'The Maybe' is ongoing. It's scheduled, but there is no schedule." For now, she's happy to return to Scotland with her twins, 16-year-old Xavier and Honor; and boyfriend, artist Sandro Kopp. Their relationship has been the center of some media attention: Kopp is 17 years her junior, and some outlets reported she had an open relationship with John Byrne, her longtime partner and father of her children.
Swinton says she and Byrne were no longer together before she became involved with Kopp, and she never felt compelled to clarify it to the press. "We didn't realize for about three years there were these myths that everybody was living together in some kind of a cabal," she says with a laugh. "It's all rubbish, and nobody's getting hurt along the way."
Indeed, Swinton takes neither her personal nor her professional life too seriously. "I'm playful at heart," she says. "And myth-making is always fun."
It is not without intention that this year's May 5 Metropolitan Museum Gala and Costume Exhibit theme "Charles James: Beyond Fashion (1906-1978)" is diametrically opposed to last year's raucous and rakish "Punk." Considered one of the few true American couturiers, James perfected the art of the ballgown.
There's no mandate for women, but the Jamesian-style ball gowns are expected to stun -- and make group photos, as well as walking the Met's stairs, challenging. THR hears attendance was booked fast and early: Prada will be represented by brand face Lupita Nyong'o and Michelle Dockery; Prabal Gurung by Zoe Saldana; Givenchy by Amanda Seyfried; J. Mendel by Taylor Swift; Diane von Furstenberg by Margot Robbie and Olivia Munn; Tommy Hilfiger by Zooey Deschanel; with Jessica Chastain, Emilia Clarke, Naomi Watts, Jessica Pare and Allison Williams also attending. Lanvin's Alber Elbaz will be there with a mystery celeb, but not usual house model Emma Stone. According to sources, with less prominent designers, some stars are being paid to attend, flown in first-class, put up in hotel suites … and, of course, there's that steep ticket price.
ONTD, what are your favorite MET Gala looks?