Monthly Archives: October 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch attends ‘The Children’s Monologues’, Danny Boyle’s production inspired by children from rural South Africa in aid of his charity ‘Dramatic Need’ at Royal Court Theatre on October 25, 2015 in London, England
It’s no secret that Tom Hiddleston is a god among mortals. His screen and stage acting credits places him into the top echelon of thespians… and, of course, he is a total hunky hunk. But, obviously, Hiddleston’s greatest contribution to the planet earth is his smile. The world is simply a better place when place when Tom Hiddleston smiles.
After all, Hiddleston’s smile is literally like bottled sunshine. If a magical genie came from the sky and granted me three wishes, my first wish would be to end world hunger, my second would be for world peace, and my third would be for a pocket-sized Hiddleston so I could see him smile whenever I want.
Since genies are not real (or maybe they are just really good at hide-and-seek), I must resort to looking at pictures and videos of Hiddleston on the Internet. (And by resort, I mean, I spend a lot of my free time doing this very activity. I promise it is not in a creepy way. It is in more of a scientific way, like scientist. A scientist who is studying just how gosh darn cute Hiddleston is.) So, here is the evidence I have gathered thus far about the different Hiddleston smiles.
A Young Tom Hiddleston Smile
A Shy Tom Hiddleston Smile
A Tom Hiddleston Smile, Plus Air Kiss
A Sad Tom Hiddleston Smile
A Loki Tom Hiddleston Smile
A Lip-Licking Its So Good Tom Hiddleston Smile
A Tickled Funny Tom Hiddleston Smile
A Shakes-His-Head Tom Hiddleston Smile
A Winky Face Tom Hiddleston Smile
A Can’t-Contain-His-Excitement Tom Hiddleston Smile
An “I’m Excited To Meet Miss Piggy” Smile
A Big Grin Tom Hiddleston Smile
A Side-Mouth Tom Hiddleston Smile
To see all GIF’s, click here…
All time favorite…
After new Thor and Alien movies, King Kong is headed to Australia.
The Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros Pictures movie Kong: Skull Island, starring Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson, will shoot partly in Queensland early next year, with pre-production starting this month.
The agency’s chief executive officer Tracey Vieira said the movie would also shoot in two other international territories.
It is the third Hollywood movie to be announced to shoot in Australia in the past week, with Thor: Ragnarok, starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by New Zealand’s Taika Waititi to shoot in Queensland and Ridley Scott’s next Alien installment expected to shoot in Sydney.
“Securing Kong, together with our growing international film production pipeline including Thor: Ragnarok, [Australian director Kimble Rendall’s spider horror movie] The Nest 3D and [Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra’s shark thriller] The Shallows highlights that our filmmaking capabilities, spectacular and diverse locations, internationally-renowned crew and world-class facilities act as major draw cards,” Vieira said.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, best known for the 2013 coming-of-age drama The Kings Of Summer and Funny Or Die Presents, Kong: Skull Island promises to “fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.”
According to Deadline Hollywood, it is the King Kong origin story that Legendary recently moved from Universal to Warner Bros to launch a new franchise that will see the giant ape share the stage with Godzilla in a future installment.
Palaszczuk said the movie would spend more than $15 million in the state – the minimum required to secure the 16.5 per cent tax offset for international productions – and create 60 local jobs.
The cast also includes Brie Larson and John Goodman, with movie scheduled to open in 3D and IMAX 3D in March 2017.
As well as Kong, Hiddleston is also down to return as Loki in Thor: Ragnarok.
Other filming on the movie is taking place in Hawaii, including Kualoa Ranch and Dillingham Ranch in Oahu.
King Kong has appeared regularly on screen since Fay Wray captivated “the eighth wonder of the world” in 1933.
Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges starred in a 1976 remake and Peter Jackson’s 2005 version starred Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody.
In 1962, Japan’s Toho Studios made King Kong vs Godzilla, a forerunner to the Hollywood movie featuring the two giant creatures that is expected to reach cinemas in 2020.
AMC Global, the international channels arm of AMC Networks, has taken the international broadcast rights to the television adaptation of John le Carre’s novel “The Night Manager,” which stars Hugh Laurie (“House”) and Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “War Horse”).
The six-part drama is in production with Susanne Bier, who won an Academy Award for “In a Better World,” directing from a script by David Farr. It is a co-production between AMC, the BBC and The Ink Factory.
The series is a contemporary interpretation of Le Carre’s espionage drama, and the first television adaptation of a Le Carre novel in more than 20 years. “The Night Manager,” which was published in 1993, was translated into more than 20 languages and sold over a million copies in North America alone.
The series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) as he navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington, D.C., where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret international arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), Pine must himself become a criminal.
Hugh Laurie said: “I loved ‘The Night Manager’ when it was published, and for more than 20 years have yearned to see it realized on screen; I am now thrilled and honored to have the frontest of front row seats. All the moving parts are finely machined — we just have to not mess it up.”
Bruce Tuchman, president, AMC and Sundance Channel Global, said the show “represents AMC Global’s continuing commitment to working with the international production community to bring the very best television to our channels across the world.”
Executive producers are Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell for The Ink Factory, Stephen Garrett, Farr and the BBC’s Polly Hill. Rob Bullock will produce for The Ink Factory.
THE TALENTED MR HIDDLESTON
Revered fan favorite Tom Hiddleston has been performing on TV and in the theater since the 2000′s but made a breakthrough in 2010 to reach a worldwide audience as a movie star. Now we can see him as a secretive aristocrat who takes his new wife to a house of horrors.
Tom Hiddleston tells me about the massive set needed to film Crimson Peak and what an actor feels like when he enters such a stage. He also reveals his own fear and the reasons for it.
How did you end up playing Sir Thomas Sharpe?
I got an email from Guillermo del Toro in August 2013 when I was in Los Angeles. It said “I have a script which I’m planning on filming. Don’t say anything just yet but I want you to play the lead. Read it and tell me what you think.” He sent me the script, I read it in one go and liked it, it was fantastic. It had a strong story, beautiful complex characters, the storytelling was refined and it had an impressive frame. I already knew Mia Wasikowska would play Edith and Jessica Chastain would be Lucille and I knew how Sharpe would fit the equation.
I flew to Toronto and had breakfast with Guillermo. We talked about Gothic romance while eating scrambled eggs – what could be more fitting! We got along well and I understood what he was trying to achieve. I realized he wanted to make a Gothic romance film in the style of “Jane Eyre”, “Wuthering Heights”, Ann Radcliff’s “Udolpho”, Horace Walpole’s “The Castle of Otranto” and Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca”. I recognized the traditional archetypes in the script and that he had used them in his own original way. He asked me to get in his car and said “Let’s go to the Pinewood studios in Toronto, I will show you a model of the set”. I got to see the miniature of Crimson Peak and Guillermo said: “Let’s do this, brother!” and that’s how it started.
How does Thomas fit into the story?
He’s the tall dark stranger. He’s mysterious and has an attraction which appeals to Edith Cushing, the independent, open-hearted and curious heroine. There is romance and chemistry between them. Both of them are creative. Edith writes novels and Thomas is an engineer and an inventor. Thomas lives in a big gloomy house on top of a peak with his sister and he is full of secrets. The house has secrets as well, like a human. We are shaped by our past, what we’ve heard and done and what has been done to us. Part of the tension in Crimson Peak comes from the fact how all of them battle to control their future. At the same time they’re trying to escape their past which they’re not proud of. I liked the story, it’s very sincere.
The house and the spooky goings on were filmed for real. What does it feel like to act in an actual house instead of a green screen?
Walking into the house was like going through a portal to another world which had been brought to life for us. It was weird walking through the Toronto studio, which like any film studio, and then step into a totally believable beautifully built English mansion with running water, a working lift and leaves and snow would fall down from the ceiling when needed. Actors always have to create a framework and details with their imagination but in Crimson Peak there was no need for it. The creatures were unbelievable, scary, ugly and shocking. I’ve never experienced anything so atmospheric before.
What was it like working with del Toro?
Awesome. It’s not a secret that Guillermo has a lovable childlike enthusiasm for film making. He likes it so much and his eagerness is contagious. It’s less known that he is not only inspirational but also very sensitive and wise. He knows how to read people quickly and accurately. I particularly liked his gentle but accurate, when required, filming style. The atmosphere on the set is great, he keeps the mood light and treats people well. It doesn’t matter if you’re the lead actor or the person who mops the floors, he treats everyone with the same respect. It’s a sign of a good leader.
When it comes to the relationship between the actor and the director he encouraged me to go into certain directions, be more courageous and explore some feelings more deeply. It may sound silly but sometimes you just need someone to reassure you: “Let go and let the feeling guide you.” Be it either desperation, enthusiasm, love, hate, ominousness or fear, Guillermo spurs you in a beautiful and delicate way.
What are you scared of?
Sharks. I like swimming in the sea and will swim far out. Then I’ll stop and gaze at the horizon absentmindedly and the theme from “Jaws” starts playing in my head. I swim back to the shore as fast as I can and afterwards feel like an idiot!
Have you ever experienced anything that can’t be explained?
When I was seven I was in a boarding school in England. The older students told us all sorts of stories like “don’t go into the chapel after midnight or you’ll see a green hand” and stuff like that. When I had to go to the toilet in the middle of the night my overactive imagination made me terrified but nothing ever happened. I like to think that buildings absorb some energy from everything that happens. I’ve been to old places in England where horrible tragedies have happened and it feels almost like the horrors still vibrate in between the bricks. But at the same time that’s something I project into the buildings and the environment.
There is a scene in Crimson Peak where you move whilst holding a lit candle really unwaveringly. What was it like to film that?
The flame didn’t go out once which was incredible. Nobody was prepared for that. Mia is an experienced dancer so it was a joy to dance with her. I studied various old dance styles in drama school in London because you never know, so I managed to pull it out of the hat this time. It was a fun day. There are a lot of intensive violent scenes in the film so it made a nice change. A lovely day just dancing with Mia!
How important is it to believe what you are portraying?
Somebody, I think it was Sanford Meister, used to teach at art schools that acting is committing to imagined conditions. It is the actors job to believe the situation, it doesn’t matter how fictional it is. I think we can probably all name performances where it’s difficult to believe somebody’s acting, it’s like the camera just happened to be there. Being credible is the key in this profession.
What creates the on-screen chemistry between actors?
Behind the chemistry is admiration. You have to be able to meet half way. It doesn’t matter if you’re working with someone, live with them or have ended up in the middle of a jungle with them, you have to be able to admire and trust them. When acceptance and understanding meet magic is possible.
How do you block out the film crew and the equipment?
You have to get rid of your self-importance, your dignity and fear of being ashamed. I think all actors strive for that. You have to take the risk of being vulnerable. My 34 years on this planet have taught me that being vulnerable is enormously powerful. If you can endure it and make the most of it you can get close to something you can share and other people can identify with.That’s probably one of the reasons I act. In a way I like taking a risk.
Jack Lemmon used to come onto the set and say “It’s magic time”. There’s a kind of alchemy in preparing for a role and the set designers and the costume department of Crimson Peak created an incredible world for us to associate with. We just had to believe everything in between “action!” and “cut!”, commit to it and hope that others recognise something that was true to us.
The text on the cover of the magazine: Tom Hiddleston in the manor of horrors, Crimson Peak
The caption in the photo of Tom in the chair: In 2008 and 2010 Tom Hiddleston was a member of the police team of Kenneth Branaugh’s Kurt Wallander. Now he’s a noble lord of the manor.
The caption in the photo of Jessica and Tom: Jessica Chastain reminds Tom Hiddleston once again that the first choice for this role was Benedict Cumberbatch.
Interview by Jouni Vikman.