Sunday, May 26, 2024

Tilda Swinton’s Artist Boyfriend Debuts A List Skype Portraits


Former Oscar winner–but not current Oscar nominee Tilda Swinton--is just about one of our most favorite people. Last night she hosted artist boyfriend Sandro Kopp’s first American photo exhibition at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery on Chrystie Street– and it was pretty cool. I’m glad Peggy Siegal scooped us up from an early dinner at Bobby Vans in midtown–after being wowed by a knockout matinee of Audra MacDonald and Norm Lewis in “Porgy and Bess.” “Let’s see what this guy has done,” Peggy said. And away we went, where no less than another Oscar winner, Frances McDormand, and a rock star, Michael Stipe, were already enjoying the Skype manipulated photographs of a mixture of stars and others–including “Chicago” actor John C. Reilly and a large portrait of Tilda, taken while she was sleeping in front of her computer. The pictures are very clever. Fran’s portrait is comic and a little distorted. “All I know is, there was a bottle of wine involved,” declared the forthright Ms. McDormand. Michael Stipe told me that he’s essentially “retired” and figuring out the future. “My band disbanded,” he said of the legendary REM, as if we didn’t know. Kudos to Kopp for a job well done. And Tilda? Not unhappy about not being nominated for Best Actress for “We Need to Talk about Kevin.” “The fact that people are still talking about the film is great. I get to home to Scotland and not worry about it.” She has an Oscar for “Michael Clayton,” by the way.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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