If this year’s Golden Globes flop is any indication, big glitzy awards shows might not be as important as they once were. That opens the door to just about any old body to swoop in and declare they’ve predicted the Oscars. W Magazine has just published their annual Best Performances issue and unlike the GGs, they were actually able to get all the big-name celebrities into hair and makeup, including Oscar-hungry Lady Gaga. So you better believe she was ready for her close-up when W Magazine called!
When Hollywood decided to adapt Doctor Strange and his pals into 2016’s Doctor Strange, Tilda Swinton, usually an A+ casting choice, was cast in the role of the Ancient One. In the film, the Ancient One is a Celtic mystic. But in the comic books, the Ancient One’s birthplace is the Himalayas, which would make them Asian. Executive producer Kevin Feige finally realized that wasn’t the coolest decision, and he’s now taking responsibility for it.
In a new interview with British Vogue, the mystical thespian deity known as Tilda Swinton revealed she identifies as “queer”. She went on to clarify that, for her, the word “queer” is not limited to sexuality; it describes her “sensibility” and worldview. 60-year-old Tilda’s been known to fuck around with gender, performance art, bonkers fashion, and other avante-garde shit. An eccentric, if you will.
There were barely any international celebrities, everyone had a mask and the public was hidden away behind a wall. But my god there were beautiful gowns. Beautiful gowns illuminated by the waning slant of a glorious Mediterranean sun. The red carpet for the 2020 Venice Film Festival delivered the drama, the fantasy and the eleganza we’ve been missing since the coronavirus came along and slapped us all upside the head like Dominique Deveraux receiving an unwanted gift. However, much like Alexis Carrington, glamour is that bitch who recovers quickly and always rises to the occasion! Well, unless we’re talking about last weekend’s VMAs where glamour took one look around and immediately called back the chauffeur (and slapped the shit out him).
Very few in Hollywood seemed to grasp the concept of Susan Sontag’s Notes on Camp theme from last year’s Met Gala. Camp should have been a slam dunk, but we are living in supremely stupid times. I get it though, camp is subjective. There’s still a war raging somewhere on the internet over whether or not a giant foam hamburger is campy (IMO: it wasn’t at the time, but it is now). Thankfully, Vogue just revealed the theme for the The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute 2020 Met Gala, and it’s less of a thinker. The theme is About Time: Fashion and Duration. The bad news is that it’s inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf. The good news is, at least for the Koven, is that there’s a movie version.
Famed Italian “giallo” director Dario Argento is known for his stylish and much-imitated horror flicks, with the most revered one being 1977’s “I think my dance instructor might be Satan!” cult epic Suspiria. Dario Argento was interviewed by Radio Rai 1’s Un Giorno da Pecora (via The Film Stage) and the host brought up 2018’s remake of Suspiria by “Call Me By Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino that starred Tilda Swinton and that bore from the 50 Shades trilogy. Suffice to say, Dario wasn’t thrilled by the remake and probably acted like those incel-types by trying to tank it on Rotten Tomatoes out of spite.