Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Thor: The Dark World Charity Screening in NYC (2013)

October 31, 2013:

Happy Halloween! Tom Hiddleston may be the God of Tricks but he had nothing but He treats for a group of lucky children in New York City. Tom surprised 300 children who had been selected to attend a charity screening of Thor: The Dark World at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. Disney, Marvel Studios, and the Daily News hosted the screening in benefit of Variety the Children's Charity of New York and The Children's Aid Society

Tom flew in to NYC specifically for the event. He told the Daily News: It's a screening organized by Variety of New York and The Children's Aid Society, two huge children's charities in New York City. Children, it sounds trite to say it, but children stand to inherit our future - their own future - and it's so important that we look after them because so many children don't have the choices that we have as adults. So, for people like Variety and for The Children's Aid Society, and for Unicef who I've done some work for. I believe very strongly in their work. I believe there are armies of people behind the scenes who do tireless work on behalf of children all over the world. So, it's nothing for me to turn up and introduce a screening for them because they do the real work. This is, I hope, in some way a nice reward or a perk or something. 

Tom addressed the crowd as his alter-ego Loki before introducing the film. He said "to see that enthusiasm, to the them clap and cheer, wearing Loki t-shirts and swinging hammers, that was really gratifying". 

Tom also took time to meet and pose for photographs with the children. 

More about Variety The Children's Charity of New York:
Variety – the Children’s Charity’s purpose is to serve children who are less fortunate – children who live and grow up with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage. These are extra special children who require a special kind of help.
Unlike most charitable organizations that focus on a single area problem or issue, Variety focuses on multiple unmet needs of children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with disabilities and other special needs at a local, national and international level. Our aim is to maximize the real, long-term positive social impact for all children. Variety welcomes the support of any person who shares our ideals and objectives - the profound and long-term life changing benefits your donation and support delivers to a child cannot be overstated. 

More about The Children's Aid Society:
We help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children, youth, and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. 
We believe all kids have limitless potential. But for those growing up surrounded by poverty, family instability, and physical or emotional stress, life is too often about survival, not possibility. It's unacceptable that in New York, a city of historic opportunity, so many of our children face serious barriers to realizing their own promise. 
Children's Aid is a professional powerhouse of solutions for young people. We are teachers and social workers, coaches and health care providers. We know what it takes to ensure children grow up strong and healthy, and ready to thrive in school and life: excellent education and health care, social-emotional support, and strong, stable families. 


Tom Hiddleston stripped down his formal Giorgio Armani three-piece suit for a more casual look. Tom was also wearing his Nike+ sportswatch ($199). 


NY Daily News

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Alan Howard-JW3 Speaker Series (2018)

October 30, 2018: 

Tom Hiddleston and Josie Rourke were the latest guests to be featured in the Alan Howard/JW3 Speaker Series. The Speaker Series features conversations, talks and entertainment delivered by leaders and experts in their respective fields who can provide a unique insight into their chosen topics. Josie is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse and directed Tom in their production of Coriolanus. The event took place at the JW3 Jewish Community Centre in London. 

You can watch the full video from the event below: 

The folks at AH/JW3 posted a summary on their website

Tom on why he started and what inspired his acting: "Acting felt like the ultimate challenge. I wanted to throw myself out of my comfort zone... When I was 14-years-old, I got taken to the National Theatre where I saw the magnificent Paul Scofield in action. He made me realise that it's a very generous thing to be an actor. They give a gift to the audience... they gift a part of their soul. I saw it in Scofield; I saw him articulate it and that's when I understood the power of acting."

No one stans Shakespeare harder than Tom Hiddleston: "Nothing demands as much of an actor as Shakespeare, you have to align yourself with the profundity and depth of his thinking."

Tom on the wide variety of characters he has played: "It begins with an act of empathy and extends to the body. As an actor, you are trying to investigate and represent humanity because it's the thing we all share. We need to connect with each other when watching plays and films. We all leave with a shared understand of what we know is true."

Tom on the importance of BAFTA: "The BAFTA organisation promotes equality of opportunity and representation in the arts - it tries to keep the doors open for everyone. It's important that who you are and where you are should not affect what you can give, or our society would be massively impoverished. Our culture is so rich and we need to hear stories from every quarter. We all tell stories to each other to understand each other - we need to make sure there is a place for every story."

Some pictures and comments from those who attended the event: 

SilverCelice: It's always a pleasure listening to people talk about their work and the things they love and tonight's conversation between Josie Rourke and Tom Hiddleston at JW3 London was the greatest proof. I'd happily sit there listening to them for days. .

Alan Pitchforth: Inspiring, captivating conversation about Shakespeare, Stanislavsky technique, animal acting, Loki, Donmar to name a few topics...

Unwritten66: Fabulous insight into stage & screen acting this evening with Tom Hiddleston and Josie Rourke. 

Raymond Simonson: Huge honour to host the brillant Josie Rourke in conversation with Tom Hiddleston at the JW3 London this eve. Both witty, warm, intelligent + generous with what they said. 

Alan Howard / JW3 Speaker Series: Thank you to everyone who came to last night's event with Tom Hiddleston and Josie Rourke! Fantastic evening and a fantastic audience! More photos and videos coming soon. 

Tom's Biography on the Event Page: 

Tom Hiddleston is a British actor whose theatre credits include: Hamlet, Coriolanus, Ivanov, Othello, Cymbeline, The Changeling. 
His film credits include: Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Kong: Skull Island, I Saw The Light, High-Rise, Crimson Peak, Thor: The Dark World, Exhibition, Only Lovers Left Alive, Avengers, War Horse, The Deep Blue Sea, Thor, Archipelago, Unrelated. 
His television credits include: The Night Manager, The Hollow Crown (Henry IV Parts I & II, Henry V), Wallander, Miss Austen Regrets, The Gathering Storm. 
He lives in London. 

Josie's Biography on the Event Page: 

Josie Rourke is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse. 
Josie has directed shows including; Measure for Measure, with Jack Lowden and Hayley Atwell; Saint Joan, starring Gemma Arterton and broadcast live in cinemas around the world in partnership with National Theatre Live; Nick Payne’s new play Elegy;  Les Liaisons Dangereuses, also at the Booth Theatre, New York; The Vote, which was broadcast live on More 4 on the night of the 2015 UK election to an audience of half a million and nominated for a BAFTA; City of Angels, which received the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival; Privacy, a new play created by James Graham and Josie Rourke, also at The Public Theater, New York, starring Daniel Radcliffe;  Coriolanus, which was broadcast live in cinemas in partnership with National Theatre Live and for which Tom Hiddleston won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor; The Weir, which transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre; The Machine at Manchester International Festival and Park Avenue Armory, New York; Berenice; The Physicists; The Recruiting Officer; Frame 312; and World Music. Her additional theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham’s Theatre, nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival; Men Should Weep at the National Theatre; Twelfth Night at Chicago Shakespeare; Crazyblackmuthafuckin’self and Loyal Women at the Royal Court; King John at the RSC; and The Long and the Short and the Tall and Kick for Touch at Sheffield Theatres.
Josie was previously Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, which was named Theatre of the Year under her leadership. 
At the Bush Theatre, her credits include the premiere of If There Is I Haven't Found it Yet by Nick Payne. 
Josie's first feature film Mary Queen of Scots, produced by Working Title Films / Focus Features and starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, will be released in cinemas later this year. 


Tom Hiddleston was wearing his Alexander McQueen suit which he debuted in 2015 but has made its way back into rotation. 


Monday, October 29, 2018

Worshipful Company of Shipwrights Banquet (2018)

October 29, 2018: 

Tom Hiddleston was a guest at the Annual Banquet of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights held at the Mansion House in London. The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights is an ancient livery company  of the City of London with strong links to maritime and shipping professions. The group also runs a charity encouraging children to get involved in the maritime world. 

A look at the invitation and programme for the event. 


Tom has spoken frequently in interviews about being descended from shipbuilders in Scotland. He wrote about his grandfather in Harper's Bazaar, "My grandfather was a shipbuilder who moved with the industry to live in a bungalow in Sunderland. he would give ma five pound note and a packet of Mint Imperials whenever I saw him". He also had a great-uncle, Tom Hiddleston, who worked as a plater before volunteering for the Highland Howitzers during WWI. Sadly Tom's great-uncle was shot during the Battle of Somme and died of an infection while in the hospital. 

Tom's great uncle, Tom Hiddleston in WWI

Tom portraying a WWI officer in War Horse. 

Tom wore a poppy at the 2016 Evening Standard Theatre Awards which honors those who have died in war.


TTTTTTAAAAAIIIIIIIILLLLLLSSSSS!!! The dress code for the banquet was Evening Dress and Tom Hiddleston did not disappoint. He pulled out the full white-tie look! There's not enough detail to make a 100% certain ID but each time we have seen Tom in this attire previously (Vanity Fair, Met Gala) he was wearing Ralph Lauren Purple Label. 


Paul Flaherty
Harper's Bazaar

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Thor: The Dark World premiere in Berlin (2013)

October 27, 2013:

Germany was the final stop on the European promotions trail for Thor: The Dark World. Louis D'Esposito, Tom Hiddleston, Alan Taylor, Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, and Kevin Feige all attended the premiere at the Cinestar in Berlin. 

Mr. Multitask Hiddleston does any entire interview while signing for fans on the red carpet. 

Tom and Chris were also presented with jersey from Alex King, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann, and Ismet Akpinar of the Alba Berlin Basketball Team. 

Tom Hiddleston does his best Wayne Newton and signs Danke Scheon for the audience inside the theater before the main trio were given bear figurines of their characters. 


Tom Hiddleston wore a three-piece Armani suit with a silver tie.