Sunday, February 28, 2021

Betrayal Reunion on Instagram Live (2021)

 February 28, 2021:

Nearly two years after the first performance in London, the cast and creatives of Betrayal reunited for a Instagram Live session. March 2019, when the show first debuted at the Pinter Theatre seems like another lifetime ago. It's surreal to think how much the world as a whole has changed since then. Theatres have been dark (save for some livestream events) both in the UK and US for a year now. Which makes Betrayal, and it's Broadway transfer, extra special because we the fans were able to experience it fully and together. Who knows what post-COVID theatre will look like? 

This Instagram Live was scheduled for one hour, ended up being closer to 2.5 hours - so sit back and enjoy. I couldn't embed the Instagram video on here because it was too long, so here is a Youtube link. 

[0:00-6:00] Director, Jamie Lloyd, opened the Livestream thanking everyone involved, and a special shout out to how everything has been impacted by the shutdown.

[6:00-21:23] The first guest was Scene Designer Soutra Gilmour, who worked on the entire Pinter at the Pinter season. She broke down the inspiration for the minimalist, but symbolic design for Betrayal. 

[22:09-32:56] Up next was everyone's favorite waiter, Eddie Arnold. This section is sponsored by the phrase big booty. I did not realize that Eddie was Colombian. They have a great chat about Latinx representation in theatre in the UK and US. 

[37:09-55:53] Ah Charlie Cox, how I have missed your face. Charlie doesn't have any social media, so this event was his very first time on Instagram. Thank you for joining us! Charlie and Jamie previously worked on another Pinter production, and were able to meet Harold Pinter prior to his passing. Charlie also talked about how he grew as an actor working on this play. The cast took their squash games very seriously. Also, Charlie revealed that they had welcomed another baby this year. Congratulations and blessings to you and your growing family. 

[58:12-1:22:05] Betrayal's leading lady, Zawe Ashton, renamed the play from Betrayal to Absolute Trust, because that's what was required of the actors each night. I really love how she breaks down the different reactions between the UK audiences and US audiences both in the theatre, and when she meets them outside of the theatre. I can totally imagine a New Yorker stopping her at the CVS. She also compares casting directors to matchmakers. Zawe was the final Big Booty. *Alexa, play Ms. New Booty.  

[1:23:17-2:08:40] Here comes the general, ladies and gentleman, here comes the general, the moment you've been waiting for, here comes the general, the pride of (London, England), here comes the general (Tom Hiddleston)! Tom talked about the journey of taking Betrayal from a single scene he performed with Zawe for the Pinter at the Pinter Gala to the Pinter Theatre to Broadway. Tom and Zawe only rehearsed the scene for 10 minutes prior to going on stage. Jamie contacted him the next day about the possibility of turning the scene into a full production.Tom really breaks down the subtext of the play, and the different types of betrayal they all face. There's a moment when he talks about how on the outside Robert (his character) is very controlled, but internally is soul is shattered. And I think that's what we all felt watching the scene where Robert discovers the affair: shatteredI love all the stories about Melon Mishaps. This was Tom's Broadway debut, he talks about the different energy of Broadway, and the sense of community and tradition he felt. Also, besides a press statement that was released, this was the first time Tom Hiddleston has publicly discussed his Tony nomination. 

PS: Where did Jamie Lloyd get this mug? Was it sold at the Pinter? Because we did not have this on Broadway. 

They spent two hours talking about the differences between the UK and US productions - we even do swag different. 


Betrayal Broadway has five pending nominations at the long overdue 2020 Tony Awards. Seriously when are they going to announce the date?!? Those nominations include Best Revival of a Play, Best Direction of a Play (Jamie Lloyd), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Soutra Gilmour), and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Tom Hiddleston). 

Videos, images, and livestream are all available via jamielloydco instagram. 

We haven't seen the last of this Marvelous throuple, they are all united as a part of the Marvel Universe now. Tom Hiddleston will return as Loki in the Loki series on Disney+ this June. Charlie Cox is Daredevil, but is rumored to be playing his character again now that the rights have returned. And Zawe, has been casts in the upcoming Captain Marvel 2. I think there was some foreshadowing during the Betrayal Broadway Halloween event. 

Betrayal Related Linkage: 


**** For my fashionistas. 

I am still, sadly, completely at a loss on identifying the new sweater. Trying to differentiate one thing from another one with only the shoulders to look at is a skill that alludes me. He has a hoodie, under the sweater, which also looks new to me (all his other hoodies are grey). It looks like this sweater will be hanging around for awhile so hopefully one day I will be able to glimpse it in it's full glory. 

But also, also.... Loki hair is morphing back into Hiddles hair. And I approve that message. Until next time...

Thursday, January 14, 2021

WandaVision Virtual Launch Event (2021)

 January 14, 2021: 

Marvel Studios presents "WandaVision," a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) -- two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives -- begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

WandaVision, the first MCU series debuts on Disney+ tomorrow (December 15th). Since COVID has made physical premieres and fan events impossible - Marvel broadcasted a Virtual Launch Event on their Facebook page. Hosted by Angėlique Rochė, the event included the series' stars, fan questions, and a several special guests.

First up was President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige.

The stars of the show; Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) and Paul Bettany (Vision).

Lizzie and Paul surprised Marvel fans with a private Q&A. 

We were also introduced to new WandaVision characters, Agnes (Kathryn Hahn), and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris).

Some random guy named Anthony M got in on the fun. 

As did Ben in London. (he looks familiar to me) 

But *Loki voice* surprise! Tom H had a question for Paul Bettany. He does not appreciate Vision trying to one up Loki's resurrection act. 

According to my completely official Calendar, we have not physically seen Tom Hiddleston in 186 Days (excluding the Loki trailer). His last appearance, was the Unicef UK Generation COVID Appeal in July 2020. 

A) Welcome Back. We missed you! 


Obviously, Tom Hiddleston is wearing a sweater. Said sweater is not blue. Said sweater is not slim-fit or merino wool. Which in Hiddlesland definitely qualifies as a BFD. New year, new me! 

Unfortunately, that's about all I can say about it. Several people have mentioned Ralph Lauren to me and I am definitely not going to say no to that. If these two Ralph Lauren looks had a baby - that would be it! 

I am just not talented enough to differentiate between one item and another just by looking at the shoulders. le sigh.

As for the second question I'm getting a lot: where is Tom Hiddleston? In the UK... somewhere. I do not think this was filmed in London. I mean, if he was going to do this at home there's a much more aesthetically pleasing bookcase to film in front of. 

My theory? Tom is filming or getting ready to film (hey there quarantine) for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It has already been confirmed that Doctor Strange will link to the Marvel television series and that Elizabeth Olsen is in the UK for filming. The Loki series wrapped in December, so even if Tom felt like keeping his long hair there is no need for it to still be dark if he's finished with Loki... to be continued. 

You can watch the full WandaVision Launch Event here. WandaVision is streaming on Disney+ beginning January 15, 2021. 
Loki is coming to Disney+ in May, 2021. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

#PassTheMic series with the ONE Campaign (2020)

July 1, 2020:

Tom Hiddleston handed over his Instagram to Dr. Vera Songwe as a part of the ONE Campaign's #PassTheMic series finale. #PassTheMic is when experts, frontline workers, and scientists take over celebrity social media accounts. 

The #COVID19 pandemic has shone a light on the stark inequities of our health systems globally. Through my continued work with @unicef_uk I have seen first hand the failures to protect marginalized communities, especially children, and the progress that can be made when we work together. As #COVID19 continues to disproportionately affect these same exact populations, we are reminded of our responsibility to support each other as one community globally. That is why I am honoured to #PassTheMic to Dr. Vera Songwe @songwevera, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. She is an expert on economics and development in Africa and globally. Today Dr. Songwe is taking over my account to talk about the large scale impact of #COVID19 in Africa and around the world, and why we all need to demand a coordinated global response from our leaders. Follow along here and in my Stories to learn more from Dr. Songwe about the challenges and opportunities we face with COVID-19. None of us are safe until all of us are safe. Join me to demand action at @ONE. #oneworld
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In a series of posts and stories, Dr. Songwe - who serves as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa - highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 virus in Africa and the need for global response to tackle this pandemic. 

Thank you, Tom, I’m so glad to be here. Like Tom mentioned, my name is Dr. Vera Songwe @songwevera and I’m the United Nations Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Today I want to talk about the economic impact of a coordinated global response to #COVID19. A united global response is the key to a faster recovery and unlocks the potential for more equitable growth. Tens of millions of people around the world have already lost their jobs, and we need to keep that number from growing. If we don’t come together as one, we will have a “limping recovery” where some countries take off and the rest are left struggling. We’re all interconnected, so having one country lifting off and another lagging behind is not going to help any of us. To join us in fighting for a coordinated global response to COVID-19, demand action at @ONE #passthemic #oneworld
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In Africa, our priority should be keeping people safe and getting the private sector back on its feet so we can get people back to work. The good news is that Africa’s private sector has been quite resilient. Many have changed their production facilities to produce hand sanitizer and PPE equipment, and have been able to pivot in these times of crisis. Most importantly, and the thing I’m most optimistic about, is the innovation we’re seeing. For example, a laboratory in Senegal is making testing accessible by producing one-dollar test kits that can give you results in 65 minutes. And the innovation we’re seeing in the technological space from Africa’s youth is amazing and refreshing and is key to recovering our global health and economies. Join us in a coordinated global response to #COVID19. Demand action at @ONE #passthemic #oneworld
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Tom also surrendered his Twitter page.

In Tom's final tweet, there is a call to action to join the ONE Campaign. If you sign up, this letter is sent to your local government.  

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Coriolanus Watchathon (2020)

June 4, 2020: 

Fans were in for a special treat when Tom Hiddleston, joined director Josie Rourke, and many other cast members for a live watchathon of Coriolanus. It's more or less three hours of Tom playing with his hair - while giving you a history lesson and presenting his Master's thesis on Shakespeare. I support all those topics. 

Also. Josie Rourke + technology is the humor we all need right now. I need some of whatever wine Josie was drinking okay. 

The watchathon is in three parts because there were time limits on how long they could stream. 

Part 1   

Part 2   
Part 3

Here are some highlights: *no disrespect to Josie for cropping her out. I recorded these on my phone and notifications kept popping up over her and it just looked messy. 

Tom's advice to artists.

Hadley Fraser "I wonder what it was like kissing the beard. Ask (Tom Hiddleston what it was like kissing the beard."
Tom Hiddleston "The beard was very soft, just in case everyone was wondering." 

The Mullet Competition

Also, Tom Hiddleston was the top trending topic in Italy... while livestreaming a play that was set in Rome. 

If that wasn't enough. The National Theatre also recorded a reunion special that aired on their Youtube channel. Many of the things they talk about were also discussed during the watchathon. 

"The stories we tell on stage, the stories we tell in the theatre, we laugh together, we cry together, we learn together. We're a community. And, it's been the source of so many curiosities, avenues of thought, ideas, experiences in my life. It can open your mind to something you didn't know. And that's why I wanted to be an actor, I thought 'What a thing to be part of.'" And that's what I think we all hope we're doing every time we put on a play is we hope we are contributing to that tradition of community , and ideas, and fellow feeling." 

Ahead of the watchathon, Josie shared this video from their first week of rehearsals. 

Coriolanus is airing as a part of the National Theatre's At Home fundraising initiative. More than $20,000 was raised during the live streams. The play will be available to watch through Thursday, June 11 and you can continue to donate. 

During the broadcast, the Donmar Warehouse announced a new auction to raise funds while their theatre is closed down.  

Own a piece of theatrical history! In honour of our National Theatre At Home stream we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the leather armour worn by @twhiddleston in the title role of the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus, directed by @JosieRourke in 2013. Signed by Tom himself, it was created by the Donmar’s own costume department from designs by Lucy Osborne. Thanks to Bid In generously providing this platform free of charge in response to the Covid-19 emergency, all proceeds will go directly to the Donmar Warehouse to provide much needed funds during this difficult period of uncertainty while the theatre is shut, so please give generously. The armour will be securely delivered to you by courier wherever in the world you are (additional charges may apply for international shipping). Link to the auction in our bio and our stories - the auction closes 10pm Friday 12 June 2020
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