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Tilda Swinton leads dance-along tribute to Roger Ebert

While it wasn’t officially a memorial event, the 15th Annual Ebertfest in Champaign, Ill., turned into a five-day-long celebration of the life of late, great film critic Roger Ebert. Perhaps most joyous of the many tributes, Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton stopped by to bring a 1,500-person auditorium to its feet for a dance-along to Barry White’s 1974 hit “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything.”

Introduced by Ebert’s widow, Chaz, and calling the dance a “spiritual service,” Swinton ran down into the audience and led a conga line through the aisles.

Check out the celebration below.

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Tilda Swinton, Best Actress in a Box

Tilda Swinton, impossibly cool Oscar-winning actress, David Bowie video muse, fashion renegade, general Scottish bad-ass, will sleep in a box for seven-hour stretches as part of a MoMA performance piece this year.

The Gothamist reports that the Swinton-conceived piece “The Maybe,” which she brought to a London gallery in 1995 and later recreated it in a Rome museum, premiered yesterday at the New York museum.

“Museum staff doesn’t know she’s coming until the day of, but she’s here today,” a MoMA source was quoted. “She’ll be there the whole day. All that’s in the box is cushions and a water jug.”

The MoMA declared that Swinton will nap/perform “The Maybe” about a half-dozen more times, all of them unannounced and unpublicized, throughout 2013.

I’m surprised she chose to wear shoes. And are those eyeglasses at her side? Who needs a stretch? However silly and pretentious this all might sound at first blush, the sight of the curled-up, still woman, being peered at like a sleeping tiger, is rather startling and beautiful, isn’t it?

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