Monday, September 16, 2019

Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2019)

September 16, 2019: 


After showing off his English Countryside in 2015 and a Soulful Duet in 2016, Tom Hiddleston returned to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote Betrayal Broadway. In the run up to Tom's appearance, the show shared this motivational gem on their Instagram

"Never stop. 
Never stop fighting. 
Never stop dreaming." 


I feel like that quote has been around so long that no one even remembers when Tom originally said it. Thankfully I've got a PhD in Hiddles. Tom said this back in 2011 at the First Light Awards when he was asked what advice he would give aspiring young filmmakers. 



Colbert writer, Daniel Kibblesmith, shared the first glimpse of Tom at the studio. Mr. Kibblesmith has also written a new Loki comic series (which you can read more about on his website). 


Colbert Late Show shared another backstage video in their stories. 


You can the full interview below. My favorite moment is at 3:21 when the both start to quote Hamlet. 



Post Colbert- Tom headed to The American Theatre Wing's annual Gala, celebrating the legacy of Jonathan Larson and the Larson family. The theme of this year's event was #SayYesToArtists. The Gala raises money to support The Wing's programs, and champions new and diverse artists. This falls very much inline with Tom's work to make film and theatre more accessible to everyone. 


There's a nice gallery from the event on Zimbio


Earlier in the day, Tom and Zawe Ashton were on the WNYC. You can listen to their 20 minute radio interview here


  • (1:20) Tom talks about when he first read Betrayal and how he responded to it. 
  • (4:30) Zawe talks about the first time she read Pinter, and how she wanted to represent her character. 
  • (7:00) Tom talks about his aggressive stillness and they both talk about the impact of all the characters staying on stage for every scene. 
  • (11:50) FINALLY SOMEHOW ASKS ZAWE ABOUT PERFORMING BAREFOOT. 
  • (15:30) They talk about the Pinter Pauses and Silences. [Zawe jokes about the time a mobile phone went off in the audience.]
  • (20:00) Is it different performing with American audiences? 

Fashion: 

Reporting live from the future. Tom Hiddleston is wearing straight-from-the-runway Ralph Lauren Purple Label Spring 2020. 



I had to go nearly as far back into history to find a time when Tom Hiddleston did dark on dark to an event. I vaguely recall saying this suit was made for sinning and I continue to stand by that statement. 





Thursday, September 5, 2019

Betrayal Broadway Press Night (2019)

September 5, 2019: 

**This post is solely about the Betrayal Broadway Press Night. You can read about the play here


🎵If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere. It's up to you New York, York.🎵 (Thanks Frank). After three weeks of previews, Betrayal Broadway had it's opening night at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York City. This night had a little extra sprinkle of pixie dust because it marked the official Broadway debut for actors Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, Charlie Cox, and Eddie Arnold, and director Jamie Lloyd.

The cast didn't show any signs of nervousness beforehand. Tom shared a picture of their infamous Big Booty warmup. 





Some of the famous Broadway faces and celebrities to walk the red carpet included Lena Dunham, Joel Grey, Brandon Dixon, and Conrad Ricamora.  






Bee Carrozzini was also there with her mother, Anna Wintour. Bee was instrumental in the play transferring from London to Broadway. She is given a special thanks in the playbill.  


Take a bow! 


Here are some early reviews
  • New York Stage Review ★★★★★: 
  • Deadline: "As the stage revolves and shuttles them to and fro, giving visual force to Pinter's movement of these characters each through the others' lives, Lloyd expertly focuses our attention of the performances. Aching, wistful, and wounding, the director's stage of Betrayal presents three friends and lovers trapped in an undoing of their own making, their inevitable self-destruction no less powerful for showing itself before the happier days." 
  • Time Out New York: "At the performance I attended, Hiddleston's icy facade cracking-during the scene in which he discovers his wife's adultery-to release a physical outpourig of fluid so profuse that it seemed like a magic trick, as though the actor had swiftly turned on and off a faucet that was hidden in his face."
  • amNY: "...the performances represent an ensemble triumph, with Hiddleston's bitterness, Cox's softness and Ashton's restlessness working off each other to produce unrelenting tension and dynamic results. If you have never seen a production of a Pinter play out of concern that it would be too strange or confusing, this is the one to see..." 

Also, if you are attending the play - Please. Remember. To. Turn. Your. Phone. Off. This play is too cerebral, too nuanced. One stupid ringtone can ruin the entire experience for both the actors and the audience. Something this reviewer for the Chicago Tribune had to find out the hard way. 

....and onto the after party. All I can say is - Tom Hiddleston is worth it, worked, put the thing down, flipped it, and reversed it. (© tender_buttons). I finally understand the next line of that song because "ti esrever dna ti pilp, nwod gnith ym tup" is the best way to describe that sound I made looking at that suit.  



The press night after party was held at THE POOL, a seafood restaurant that does not actually contain a pool. It also doesn't serve melon and/or Corvo Bianco which I feel is a missed opportunity all around here... but it does provide a beautiful backdrop. 


Tom is wearing the Ralph Lauren Gregory Windowpane Suit ($6,995!!!!!) and Silk Dot tie ($195). 


Monday, August 26, 2019

US Open (2019)

August 26, 2019: 

It's a British Invasion at the US Open! The Betrayal cast must've been well-rested after their day off on Sunday because they made a day trip to Queens to take in some tennis. If they really wanted to keep it on brand they should have gone to a squash game. Eddie Arnold, Zawe Ashton, and Tom Hiddleston watched the first round match between Johanna Konta and Daria Kasatkina. Konta, also representing Great Britain, won the match in three sets. 



Team Brits seem very excited about the match result...




Tom proved to be a good luck charm for Konta, who hadn't won a US Open match since 2016. She talked about recently meeting him during the post-match interview: 

"I had a lot of great support in the box. It was great. I did the Good Samaritan thing and said, 'Don't bother him, he's obviously busy'. But then he actually said, 'Oh I don't usually do this, but I'm a massive fan' and I was like, "Wait, who? What? Who else is here?'". It was basically that, and then we got chatting. He's super nice, and his co-stars came as well, and they're super nice as well."



You can watch highlights from the match here: 



You can see Tom cheering. (Yes I made a gif) 



It is interesting to see Tom on Day One of the US Open since we usually only see him at later rounds and Champions matches... perhaps we will see Tom later on supporting his new bff or keeping his Novak Djokovic streak alive?




Tom previously attended the US Open in 2011 while he is was in NYC filming The Avengers. Kimberly Snyder shared a picture on her social media. That picture has since been deleted so I won't post it here but I'm sure you can find it on the internet if you wanted. Tom was frequently photographed wearing his US Open hat until 2017/2018 (he even brought it to Wimbledon which idk could be bad etiquette). Hopefully he picks up a new hat this year. 





PS: Tom also shared his morning breakfast read on Instagram. Please try not to get any coffee stains on your face. :) 




September 1: 


Tom Hiddleston continued to be Johanna Konta's Loki charm. Tom and Zawe Ashton took advantage of another day off from Betrayal Broadway to watch Konta in the US Open. 




I relate to this picture of Zawe on a spiritual level. 




And it was well worth the trip. Johanna Konta defeated No. 3 Karolina Pliskova for a historic place in the quarter-finals. Konta is the first female British tennis player to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open since 1983. That's longer than I've been alive. 


Hype Man Tom. 






Someone give the camera person a raise. They were hitting all the angles. 



September 3, 2019: 

Tom Hiddleston went casual and Betrayal-free for his third US Open match of the tournament.  Castmate-free at least, he still brought along Robert's sweater which must have felt much more comfortable to wear than a suit in the nearly 90° heat. 

 

Tom Hiddleston out there every match for Jo Konta is the kind of supportive energy we all need in our lives. I recorded this clip off of ESPN. The amount of time's the mentioned and/or showed Tom on the television you would've thought he was her coach. 


Unfortunately, the Loki charm ran out of magic and Konta lost to Elina Svitolina in straight sets. Maybe Zawe who was the real charm? But it was a great run Jo! 








Fashion: 

Thanks to my tennis bff Coco Gauff, we got a much better look at what Tom Hiddleston was wearing. He was much more casual than originally thought. Ralph Lauren is the official outfitter of the US Open (as well as Wimbledon) so of course he wore his Ralph Lauren suit jacket. He paired it with a RL linen shirt and jeans. 



Tom was back in his Ralph Lauren Polo suit for his second outing (The full suit this time). And dug out his striped shirt from the Infinity War Fan Event in London... which means I have an excuse to repost this picture. 



ps: Zawe's adorable green dress is from Maggie Marilyn - which I only know because she work it during stage door one day and I loved it so much I had to ask her stylist (Steph Wilson) about it. Maggie Marilyn is a New Zealand based, sustainable clothing company. 




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