Thursday, April 15, 2021

Empire Magazine: Loki Special (2021)

 April 15, 2021:

Officially, Thursday is meant to be Thorsday but Empire Magazine made April 8th all about Loki with a teaser for their upcoming Loki Special. Available online and in newsstands April 15, 2021. Photographed by Steve Schofield. Interviewed by Chris Hewitt.  


On Loki Day (April 9th), Empire released the cover photo, as well as the special subscribers cover. 


Some of my favorite quotes: 


On how test audiences refused to believe Loki was dead in Thor: The Dark World, which prompted the ending of the film to be reshot: 
"'I'm grateful to whoever those individuals were who said, "Keep it going, don't let that be it". Because that's what encouraged Kevin (Feige) to rethink the ending. 

On being approached about the Loki series. 
"I got a call from Louis (Esposito). They had had a very exciting, inspiring meeting about Disney+ with Bob Iger, who wanted Marvel to contribute to the platform and create new stories. And within half an hour somebody had said, "Well, we have to do a show about Loki." So Louis called me and said, "Disney are going to do this." And I said, "That's amazing. But he's dead." And Louis said, "We're going to figure something out." I remember saying, "Louis, you have to be gentle with my emotions. I can't keep saying goodbye to this character. Be still, my heart!" But the theme, as always with Loki, is that I get to keep coming back and finding new ways to breathe life into him and invigorate him and keep it fresh. 

>>BE GENTLE WITH MY EMOTIONS. Tom Hiddleston is all of us reacting to Disney<<


On the Loki we will see in the series, versus the Loki we last saw on screen. 
"...there's a lot of unprocessed, unacknowledged pain. I've always thought the aspects of Loki which are the most fun are the defence mechanisms, covered the aspects of him which are the most vulnerable. He hasn't analyzed that for himself. There's very little self-awareness at this point. I want to preserve the freshness of the show for when it emerges but something to think about is the {shows} logo, which seems to refresh and restore. The font of how Loki is spelled out seems to keep changing shape. Loki is the quintessential shapeshifter. His mercurial nature is that you don't know whether, across the MCU, he's a hero or a villain or an anti-hero. You don't know whether you can trust him. He literally and physically changes shape into an Asgardian guard, or into Captain America repeatedly. I think that the shapeshifting logo might give you an idea that Loki, the show, is about identity, and about integrating the disparate fragments of the many selves that he can be, and perhaps the many selves that we are."


On Loki turning him into a rock star
"Rock stars usually play the guitar extremely well. Or they have inhumanly beautiful singing voices, which I don't... I always saw it as the character connecting. I'm just an ordinary kid from Wimbledon who finds people interesting. That's why I became an actor. Certainly, I had to adjust to a different level of attention. And I may have been confused initially by thinking that people had really extraordinary expectations and I have to live up to them every time. But I just have to do my job, and hopefully that will be enough. 

>> Firstly, that is absolutely enough. But... I would like to present to the court Exhibit A that Tom Hiddleston does, in fact, have an inhumanly beautiful singing voice. These is facts. <<


On the directors he has worked with.
  • "Kate Herron had so many extraordinary ideas and such a deep knowledge of the MCU and the character from the comics, and all the things that hadn't been explored and angles that hadn't been looked at."
  • "Ben (Wheatley) and I just recognised each other. We trusted each other.
  • (Guillermo del Toro) "I felt very held by him. He runs a very joyful and warm-hearted set."
  • "I learned a lot from Jim (Jarmusch). He's extremely knowledgeable about music, about art, about poetry, about science and nature. 
  • "I felt an immediate connection to (The Night Manager pilot). And Susanne (Bier) was the perfect director for that. She understood that very carefully constructed and codified world of John le Carrė, and underneath it excavated something very human and raw." 

On stepping away from the spotlight. 
"I'd been so many different people in so many different parts of the world, and it's very important to distinguish what's real in one's own life, and look after those things. Because if you don't look after them, they can be lost, or they can be marginalised, and then you come home one day and they're not there anymore. I think Eve in Only Lovers Left Alive sums it up best. She says life is about surviving things, appreciating nature, nurturing kindness and friendship, and dancing. So perhaps, in that moment, I needed to come back and do it. I don't know, to be honest, that I danced a lot. I should have danced more. But I'm sure there are some people who'd say I've danced far too much." 

>> Tbh all the questions about Tom stepping away were completely unnecessary. It's alluded to multiple times in the interview. There are multiple questions about it. They used it in the promo for the magazine. If this interview was in 2018, I would understand.  But it's 2021. Why are we still playing this game? Tom Hiddleston was back out there big time in 2019. He's always balanced film with televsion and theatre projects. Everybody had a quiet 2020 with the entire planet being shut down and all that. And most importantly - that's his business... But his answer is so good. We have to take time to appreciate the people and things we have in life. We all need to dance more. And there is no such thing as dancing too much. <<



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This is the first real fashion photoshoot we have had from Tom Hiddleston since 2016. We had brand specific photoshoots (Style Italia for Gucci and Bosideng) and other interviews where Tom was wearing his own clothes... but this is FASHUN - experimenting with different brands and *gasp* colors. This photoshoot was styled by Eric Down, a stylist Tom has never worked with before but who has worked multiple times with his brother from another mother - Chris Hemsworth. You can view more of his work here

For the covershoot, Tom was wearing a Richard James suit (similar*). Along with a Reiss button-up and Reiss trainers ($230). 


Both Richard James and Reiss are brands Tom has worn irl. 

TH loves a Richard James blazer. 


The Tardis Blue Reiss suit from Cannes could be the most infamous thing Tom has ever worn. And this blog only exists because of that Reiss coat. 


For the subscribers cover, T-Hiddy pulled out the Loki green in Louis Vuitton ($935), Tod's trousers (Spring 2021), and Veja trainers ($145). 


Last, but never least, we got to see Tom in his most go-to label, Ralph Lauren (Suit, Sweater). LAWD, This is easily my favorite look from the photoshoot. Hopefully more images will come out so we can see more of the suit. LAWD. Tom Hiddleston shouldn't - he's pale, he's ginger - but does look so good in cream. Plus, he was just made for RL. 



Sunday, April 11, 2021

BAFTA Film Awards (2021)

 April 11, 2021: 


We went over a year with barely a snacky treat, but this week as been a bonafide Tom Hiddleston buffet. Tommy did not come to play in 2021. 


This is our first Red Carpet event since the Betrayal Broadway Press Night in September 2019, and he was definitely making up for lost time.  


Black Tuxedo ☑ Shawl Collar ☑ Double Breasted ☑ ... It could only be Ralph Lauren. 


The Floof was especially floofy.


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Here is Tom's Red Carpet Interview. Where he talks about the Best Film and Rising Star nominees - along with the upcoming Loki series. 


Speaking of Loki - the entire cast came to serve tonight. Richard E. Grant, Wunmi Mosaku, Gugu Mbatha-Raw. 


Tom and Gugu presented Outstanding British Film to Promising Young Woman. 


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When it was announced that Tom Hiddleston was presenting at the BAFTA Film Awards, I went back through the archives to look at some of his past appearances. I couldn't believe that this would only be Tom's fifth time at this particular awards show. I just associate Tom so closely with BAFTA that I felt it had to be more. This is also the first time Tom wore Ralph Lauren to this event.


In 2012 (Armani), Tom Hiddleston was nominated for the Rising Star Award - which somehow is still the only BAFTA Film or TV nomination he has ever received. We all know The Night Manager got snubbed but where was the love for Freddie Page?!?! In 2013 (Armani), 2015 (McQueen), and 2017 (Gucci) he returned to present. 




Fashion: 

As soon as I saw Tom arrive, I immediately flashbacked to the 2018 GQ Man of the Year Awards. It's the same silohette, sans the velvet. I am 100% pro-velvet but it would probably get a little hot in April. He was also wearing Ralph Lauren. 


Today's style is from the Ralph Lauren Purple Label 25th Anniversary.


British GQ said what they said. 




Cartier also posted to confirm Tom was wearing their Santos-Dumont watch and Santos de Cartier cufflinks.  













Credits: 


Zimbio
BAFTA





 

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. 


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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: 

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**** 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! 

And B) DHFJDKFHSKJFRHSKEJFHSKDJFHSDJFHSEJFHSESFH SJH RESHR

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.