Tom Hiddleston (Sweet 16) (799)

1 Name: Anon. : 2017-08-28 02:47 ID:5qdWEBEh

Thread to talk about the actor Tom Hiddleston

2 Name: Heynon : 2017-08-28 03:51 ID:LfjWE7CD

What TS was saying with the LWYMMD video, according to one of her official organs, People: http://people.com/music/taylor-swift-look-what-you-made-me-do-slams-haters-criticism/

I had to laugh, after the paragraph claiming they were relentlessly mocked about the shirt and I was thinking "that's disingenuous to think that viewers wouldn't see that segment as mocking Tom" - then the next section of the article talks about her addressing her rep for being disingenuous!

3 Name: Anon. : 2017-08-28 03:59 ID:7XS+HefT

>>999 The nannies said the same when he actually wore the shirt, that they were mocking the media and being oh so clever and meta. It didn't apply then and doesn't now.

>>994 This will die down but the possible diss track scuttlebutt will flare up right around TR promo and release time. I wonder if Marvel will give him a pass given the situation and after Thor 2 promo. He shouldn't hide away but maybe let CH and MR do the vast majority, it seems this might be their approach anyway.

4 Name: Anon. : 2017-08-28 04:08 ID:7XS+HefT

Here's the cold hard truth for the nannies on Tumblr and Celebitchy: nearly a year after their breakup (contract ended) their names are still attached, their relationship is still media fodder, he's still being mocked as a result of it.

That's the bottom line the nannies can't deny.

5 Name: Sosorry : 2017-08-28 05:35 ID:5PY9NQLW

7 Name: Anon : 2017-08-28 06:54 ID:4F9j2+v2

>>2 God, she is unspeakable, and explaining it in People makes it no better. I was wondering when the litany of "people who vaguely criticised Taylor" was going to end. Will we get a video about the person who took the last space in the elevator when she had heavy shopping?

8 Name: Heynon : 2017-08-28 10:50 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>7 Best shade of her on tumblr - "immature poop star." Whether deliberate or typo, it sums up her video and general level of classlessness.

9 Name: Sosorry : 2017-08-28 13:13 ID:5PY9NQLW

>>5 Fans are annoyed that the video mocked TH and K Kardashian's robbery at gunpoint in the tub w a gun.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4829358/Taylor-Swift-mocks-Kim-Kardashian-robbery-new-video.html#comments

10 Name: Anon. : 2017-08-28 15:29 ID:5qdWEBEh

>>9 Based on the top comments, I'd say it's the opposite. They seem to support it, going so far as to accuse the DM of disliking her for the negative headline.

Again she plays the victim and then the empowered female taking revenge, and it works, not fully, but works. Blurgh.

11 Name: Anon. : 2017-08-28 15:45 ID:5qdWEBEh

Quick run down of twitter.

This is from a search I set up last night after the video aired. I blocked her name and Hiddleswift and limited it to only English language tweets. Even then there are 3,000+ this morning.

Sample of the latest 100 or so.

  1. Acknowledgement that the shirts in the video do allude to TH's July 4 attire (complete with photo comparisons)
  2. Pro-TH apologies, e.g., 'I'm so sorry she did this to you' followed by crying emojis or hearts
  3. Snark about TH wanting to be excluded from the narrative
  4. Some desperate calls for the TH inspired song to be released next (some TS fans scenting blood in the water)
  5. a few Nancy Kerrigan 'WHYYYYYY' tweets asking why she would do this to someone who loved her and has shown nothing but respect (make of that what you will)

Captcha: Tire...yep.

13 Name: NewAnon : 2017-08-28 18:37 ID:i0F27Diw

I'm more appalled at how she's monetizing every single thing, from the collab deals to the merch to how she's using Reputation paraphernalia to generate higher album sales. Ugh talk about the revolting side of naked greedy capitalism. She's basically pulling a pyramid scheme on her fans and they don't see it at all. That's how she makes it to these top selling lists and makes her fanbase appear bloated. Lucky she has her financially cunning mom and dad who are the ones coming up with these schemes while she sits and draws in her burn book surrounded by her cats.

14 Name: Sosorry : 2017-08-28 18:54 ID:8V8Q6d4f

>>13 She's even selling pieces of the wooden floor that the male dancers danced on wearing the TH heart tank tops, with her signature on them! The good news is that dlisted came through!

http://dlisted.com/2017/08/28/taylor-swifts-already-infamous-video-for-look-what-you-made-me-do-is-finally-here/

15 Name: NewAnon : 2017-08-28 20:08 ID:i0F27Diw

>>14 W o w...floorboards, wow. Is she gonna market the air from the studio during the shoot next? I really believe her fans are too sense to see what she's doing. It's the exact same formula as her previous albums with amped up visuals (yes that includes all the new work she got done) with just as an aggressive promotion as 1989. There's no new Taylor lol

>>11 She's definitely coming for Tom, he was a mark from the beginning but judging by the general public and media's reaction so far she's gonna end up burning herself more than Tom. She knows it, she knows her act is on shaky ground outside of her staunch base hence all this aggressive monetizing of everything, even LITERAL FLOORBOARDS.

16 Name: Sosorry : 2017-08-28 21:16 ID:5PY9NQLW

E! Online using Tom's GQ article statement that he chose to wear the I heart TS TS shirt as fair game for TS selling the heart tops. Playing along with TS in the puppy dog article by taking the high road only hurt his rep. Her name must never cross his lips again. Why doesn't he have a crisis PR team? I fear that tv and online series and theater will be the only jobs open to him in the near future unless he has some unknown career strategy planned.

http://www.eonline.com/news/876342/taylor-swift-is-selling-i-heart-ts-shirts-not-that-tom-hiddleston-needs-one

17 Name: Anon. : 2017-08-28 21:58 ID:awCruF0V

An OP on ONTD called them 'Tom Hiddleston Shirts' and I'm howling. Not the marketing TH wants.

It all looks to me like she doesn't give a fuck anymore. She's on the bridge, she's burning the bridge, she's torpedoing the bridge, she's trying to sell the bridge. Which must make TH nervous. If she DGAF, well then she isn't really thinking about who's on the bridge and what might happen to them.

18 Name: Anon. : 2017-08-28 22:08 ID:awCruF0V

>>16 You've said this before, Sosorry, but I wonder what good a 'crisis' PR team can do. If, as we suspect, he's somewhat limited in what he can say or do by a contract/non-disclosure, then any PR strategy is equally limited. He certainly can't fight fire with fire (as much as he may wish), she has the victim act down to a science.

If you're only talking about a career PR crisis team, I wonder if that is limited too, for all the reasons NewAnon has mentioned. I fear Tayto and his GG speech (that room would have been filled with directors, producers, studio heads) have taken the rudder out of his hand. There may be nothing that he can do except do the work he has on the books while hoping his agent can secure him auditions, roles, etc. And if tv and theatre are the only jobs on offer, well a job is a job, those grey boots aren't going to buy themselves.

19 Name: Heynon : 2017-08-28 23:25 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>16 And here I was thinking earlier that the press coverage of this was fairly neutral towards him (USA Today even called him "poor T. H." For her dragging of him)....

Her mouthpiece People continues selling that this was a job at those who mocked Tom last summer. From what I've seen, there are about as many people who believe that as believe the snogging on the rocks pictures weren't prearranged.

>>15 I agree that her money grabbing around this smacks of getting while she can, because she's about to have a forced break in her career.

20 Name: Heynon : 2017-08-28 23:47 ID:LfjWE7CD

Did the Independent like Tom before Tayto? Because they just called him "that poor git" for getting "tangled up with her": http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/taylor-swift-new-video-vmas-made-a-video-everyone-talk-about-it-a7916921.html

I wonder if he'll start getting pity jobs from his directors friends - cameos - until he can rebuild his reputation?

21 Name: Sosorry : 2017-08-29 00:42 ID:5PY9NQLW

>>18 Its just that I'm just a little sad, from a distance. There probably is no short term PR solution, now. Sosorry to repeat myself. Tom made the most foolish mistake he could make in Hollywood, that is the easiest mistake not to make in the world. He either needs a miracle offer from a director or a producer with whom he's worked before, or a Heath Ledger-like or Colin Farrell-like gradually rebuilding of his film career, brick by brick. Or maybe just do theatre for 2.5 to 3 seasons, and win back the critics in London. My dear.

22 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-08-29 00:51 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>20 The Independent has been favourable of TH since they first wrote about him in 2006.

>>21 I had been thinking a Colin Farrell rebuilding, he who came back from far worse, a sex-tape scandal and some drinking/brawling incidents, but did so before the current celebrity Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/tumblr social media landscape. Tom's best bet is to keep is mouth shut. No comments to anyone, anywhere. Same advice to anyone who gets a mic shoved into their face about Taylor - let her drown in her own immaturity and ridiculousness. Rise above her antics.

Captcha: slave

23 Name: Anon. : 2017-08-29 01:43 ID:awCruF0V

>>21 I didn't mean to suggest that you're babbling on! Far from it. I just meant to say that you've mentioned it before as a possible step or solution for TH but that I didn't know if it was really a viable option given the situation. Certainly no need for apologies. It could be an option, maybe he's done it and we'll see something from him.

I can't say I feel sad but then I'm a hard-hearted bitch. I understand what you're saying however. I'm stuck at secondhand regret and amazement. From the heights of Oscar talk and could-be-Bond (misguided as they were) to the lows of being a figure that seems to attract mockery (July 4, GGs, GQ, 'Tom Hiddleston shirts') and pity (poor old git) in about 15 months. The bottom fell out.

Are we in the seven steps of fan grief?!?

24 Name: Anon. : 2017-08-29 01:56 ID:awCruF0V

>>21 >>22 My FIL recently gifted me the McCullough John Adams bio and the HBO series based on it. I said a quick NO to the book, which is a doorstop. We've been watching the mini-series and teaching the little one to be a patriot (That's how you throw tea into the harbour! That's how you sign the Declaration of Independence!). Paul Giamatti did this work after his nominations and awards for Cinderella man and other 'big' movie roles. It's genius work, he's genius in it. He then went on to do a mix of movies and tv.

Maybe TH doesn't need to make a comeback per se. Maybe he needs to reevaluate what he wants from his career and take a different path.

25 Name: Heynon : 2017-08-29 01:56 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>21, >>23 When crisis PR management could have helped the most was during Tayto and right after the GGs, I think, but Tom probably didn't see the need or was resistant to the idea. I do get the feeling that some intervention was staged before the KSI promo tour because he behaved so differently than his usual exuberan/extra self. And RadHam was a savvy move (especially because the ballot approach to ticketing is now in such contract to TS's money grubbing).

We may not be in one of the seven stages of grief, but Tom may be! Let's see: Shock and denial (check). Pain and guilt (pain, yes; he wasn't acknowledging guilt, at least at the time of the GQ article). Anger and bargaining (anger, yup). Depression/ loneliness/ reflection (the first two, yes; again, don't know how much self-examination he's done). The Upward Turn (he's likely either here or in Reconstruction and Working Through). Acceptance and hope (someday, one hopes soon).

26 Name: Heynon : 2017-08-29 02:02 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>24 I really, really like Paul Giamatti's work! But you're spot on that for TH to have that kind of career, he'd have to change his path. PG has never been the square-jawed leading man type that Tom seems to aspire to be.

Here's hoping that working with Sir Ken and being back at RADA, doing Shakespeare, reminds Tom that he used to love theatre and leads him to do more of it!

Captcha: theme

27 Name: Heynon : 2017-08-29 02:03 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>25 ...such contrast to TS's... (Freudian slip?)

28 Name: Sosorry : 2017-08-29 05:03 ID:5PY9NQLW

>>24 Perhaps he could get a WW1 period romance HBO movie, like Parade's end for Cumberbatch, or like Eddie Redmayne did in Birdsong for the BBC. Everyone would swoon. Easy Emmy nom. With a Shakespearean production on television in the US, he would walk away with a nom for sure.

29 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-08-29 07:02 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>24 Paul Giamatti is brilliant. Nuanced. Even more so than Tom Hardy. John Adams was fantastic. Please seek out and watch Billions if you haven't. I've always gotten the impression our TH has the range that he needs to dig as deep and as broad as his peers who have Oscar noms and wins (BC, ER, THardy). But his ego made him decide to take a narrow path into a tight leading man box that's so limiting and shallow. Paul Giamatti career is a fantastic example. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

30 Name: Anon : 2017-08-29 09:56 ID:4F9j2+v2

I love Paul Giametti. Thought he was so good in Billions.

Either lead in that series would have been a great coup for TH - I've said before that he would be lucky to have made the tv choices that Damian Lewis made (Band of Brothers, Homeland etc).

Slightly OT (though slightly not) I have also always loved Rufus Sewell. He was in some ways the TH of his generation - unbelievably beautiful and therefore typecast in a lot of frock coat roles on tv and in movies. He never became a big star and I never understood why, but he has since broken out of the costume drama mould and been in some really interesting stuff (The Man in the High Castle for example). He's also had a very highly regarded theatrical career thoroughout (he got his big break playing Septimus in Tom
Stoppard's Arcadia) - though I have to say in defence to him as prior crush that he is a far, far better actor than TH. I've seen him on stage several times.

31 Name: Heynon : 2017-08-29 21:47 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>30 Rufus Sewell's name didn't ring a bell for me, but as soon as I googled him and saw his picture -- he is so good in Victoria! Yes, it's a frock coat, but a very classy one. (Now I have many more things to add to my to-watch list....)

32 Name: Heynon : 2017-08-29 21:54 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>30, >>30 And interestingly enough, he says "it was always films I wanted to do — but I've kind of changed my mind ... I prefer theater now to film, certainly, because I get much better roles." TH should pay attention! http://www.npr.org/2017/01/28/511886261/cast-as-brooding-leads-rufus-sewell-says-his-real-talent-is-comedy

33 Name: Sosorry : 2017-08-30 02:51 ID:5PY9NQLW

Miss TS has just labelled TH as a past"high profile fling", and claims that she felt like her personal life was spinning out of control with him. Hmm...then she should stop calling the paps and fauxmaning for PR, in general. What a crock!

http://people.com/music/taylor-swift-felt-personal-life-out-of-control/

34 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-08-30 02:58 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>33 Just logged in to post that link. Miss Thang is a piece of work.

This is karma sneaking back up to TH from early 2013 ElleUK's 'nothing to write home about' statement.

>>30 >>31 >>32 Rufus Sewell in Victoria was magnificent. I am not too familiar with his career, but I will check him out.

35 Name: NewAnon : 2017-08-30 06:33 ID:i0F27Diw

>>33 LOL! Why meet the parents if it was just a fling? Walks on the beach with the family but it was just a fling lol
My flings don't even know if I have a family much less meet them or hang out with them.
And what was all that gushy bogus shit Tom was saying about her to Josh and Taffy? Lol! A fling! HA!

36 Name: Anon : 2017-08-30 13:40 ID:4F9j2+v2

>>31>>34

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/mar/30/rufus-sewell-almost-famous

Here is a nice interview with Sewell from 2013, talking among other things about how he was gorgeous and curly haired and had razor sharp cheekbones, won an Olivier for Stoppard's Rock and Roll, and never made the big time. (sound familiar?!!)

I find it hard to imagine TH talking about himself and his career with such humour and objectivity ("as the hair gets thinner, the waist gets thicker"). I've always had a lot of time for RS as a person - he's got his head screwed on and seems to see life with a wickedly clear eye. He hasn't had the chances TH has had but he has made the best of what he has been given.

37 Name: Anon : 2017-08-30 13:47 ID:4F9j2+v2

By the way, I just googled to see what he's been up to since The Man in The High Castle and it turns out he played Alexander Hamilton in the John Adams miniseries that Anon. mentioned. So there you are - you can watch Paul Giametti and Rufus Sewell in the same frame while pondering TH's bad career choices! One for my watch list, definitely.

38 Name: Heynon : 2017-08-31 00:53 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>33, >>34, >>35 Her only flings last summer were of Tom to the wolves, and general BS to the public. Doesn't a "fling" generally involve sex, specifically hot and frequent sex? The two of them projected about as much heat as a pair of flounder fillets!

That label is so silly that so far none of the rags or gossip sites have pounced on it.

>>36 Sewell has the advantage over Tom of about 15 years' worth of experience to give him that clearer perspective. I hope Tom will handle the vicissitudes of his career and challenges of aging in public so gracefully.

There were a couple of RadHam-related tweets today, one from a staff member saying they did the photo shoot (but she doesn't know when the pix will be released). The other was from the agent of one of the supporting actors saying that they were seeing the show tonight. So RADA is having some invited audiences for the dress rehearsals. (From the #radahamlet tag.)

39 Name: Sosorry : 2017-08-31 01:49 ID:5PY9NQLW

>>38 I can't wait to see how Hamlet turns out! Hopefully a reviewer won tickets, and we get a balanced and fair review, and not just swooners. Hollywoodlife is trolling Tom to deny to gossipcop. HL claims that Tom thinks being in the video is great because now he is a part of legendary music history...sure Jan. Tom is probably getting his mind and body prepped for Hamlet by running up and down the stairs, backstage at the theater : )

http://hollywoodlife.com/2017/08/30/tom-hiddleston-upset-taylor-swift-look-what-you-made-me-do-video/

40 Name: Heynon : 2017-08-31 16:56 ID:+paBlYiz

##39 A different rag and source for TH's reaction to her video: "he feels like an idiot for going anywhere near her" - http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/taylor-swift-feuds-140672

Looking forward to anything we hear about RadHam!

41 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-08-31 20:53 ID:LlPNBTnR

>>40 Is this rag friendly to Luke or anti-Taylor in general? Even though it's cool to say out loud that he's made a mistake, that's a hell of a dig at her.

42 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-08-31 21:08 ID:LlPNBTnR

>>38 The fling statement she made: if I'm not mistaken this is the first time she's said anything remotely referential to sex.

43 Name: Heynon : 2017-08-31 23:21 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>39 And here's the Gossip Cop response to that HL story. Dancing around the " the shirt was a joke" content by referring back to the GQ article. They're more righteously announced by the rag making up a source. https://www.gossipcop.com/tom-hiddleston-reaction-taylor-swift-look-what-you-made-me-do-video-made-up/

Tonight's RadHam final dress had people from the industry/ supporters of the RADA campaign in attendance. So far, a couple of favorable tweets from some actors (see the #radahamlet tag).

44 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-01 00:54 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>41 It was the one plugging that the Tayto twins were talking marriage, so not anti-Taylor or pro-Luke/Tom's PR. Yeah, having an "industry source" quoted as saying that "Now he sees her as a desperate attention-seeker” could rebound on Tom. Be interesting to see if Gossip Cop addresses it.

45 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-01 00:56 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>43 Righteously annoyed - darn autocorrect!

46 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-01 06:20 ID:6LNXsSd5

The reviews are coming in from Thursday night's dress rehersal and they're good:

@StephenGreif : Terrificly vibrant , Pacey production of Hamlet at RADA, directed by Ken Branagh with Tom Hiddleston and great company in every dept. Bravo.

@JillWinternitz : Strikingly impactful and beautifully realised, @twhiddleston is extraordinary as Hamlet. Congrats all! @RADA_London @KBTCLive #radahamlet 💀

47 Name: Anon : 2017-09-01 07:05 ID:A3rZwPke

I am glad he had good "reviews".

Interesting though that they have managed to get the theatrical great and good in for free tickets somehow (though no space for critics, strangely!!). I had wondered whether/how they would do that. The dress rehearsal is the answer. Looks like it was a gala evening with canapés laid on. Not really a true dress rehearsal where the gravedigger finds someone left the skull backstage. It's effectively free ticket night by another name and the real dress rehearsal was the night before.

48 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-01 11:00 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>47 It might have been iwith paid tickets, though, for existing or potential RADA donors. They could even have charged extra for the tickets, especially if the attendees were ablle to meet the cast and Sir Ken. But yes, it' seems they shut out the critics.

49 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-01 11:07 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>47, >>48 Found this quote on the crazy clever one from the FB post of someone who attended last night - sounds like a donor event indeed: "FB: Oh wow! What an evening I've had. [...] Thank you Derek Smith for inviting me to a wonderful evening and a fantastic production of Hamlet. The evening started with champagne and nibbles and short talks in the building that used to be the Drill Hall. Then we all trouped across to RADA and another drink and thenthe play. The after party with deserts back at Drill Hall with members of the cast amidst drinks and exciting sweet concoctions. Chatted with Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hiddleston."

50 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-01 12:59 ID:Qu9yTfIn

I'm not willing to call a tweet which employs a skull emoji a 'review.' And the phrase 'beautifully realized' is as hackneyed as they come.

I don't doubt it's very good, and I don't doubt he's very good in it. It's breadbasket for both KB and TH, and tailor made for their respective talents. That was never the issue. The issue, at least for me, was the calculated nature of this in terms of his re-creding process. The evening of nibbles, champagne and chats with the talent but minus actual professional critics does nothing to address that issue.

Alas, poor Yorick! I still find this dodgy.

51 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-01 13:01 ID:Qu9yTfIn

>>49 How many of these have come out? Are the interwebs flooded with praise, I.e., was RADA's champagne budget put to good use?

52 Name: Anon : 2017-09-01 14:06 ID:IMaFOoe+

>>50

That's why I called it a "review" and not a review.

I think in my last post I was trying to articulate that the non dress rehearsal dress rehearsal made it sound more rather than less calculated.

The people who tweeted included (a) a plus one of the actor Derek Smith; (b) a (recent?) graduate of RADA who is in the business in the US and has a blue Twitter tick, but of whom I have never heard; and (c) the agent of one of the actors. Colour me cynical but I don't feel that these are people who would donate £100,000, or even £10,000 to the cause.

It may have been dressed up as a "donor" event but I still think that the reality was that this was a way of getting industry types and famous people into the auditorium without them having to enter the ballot. Apparently David Attenborough was there - as brother of the late Dickie - and they were hardly going to make him enter the ballot, were they?? But they want to have their cake and eat it. No critics, no big audience, but maximum coverage.

All very useful for anyone who wants to be seen by the aforementioned industry types (which includes the newbies as well as TH). But not a donor event. If they wanted to make srious money from that evening and publicise the cause to the 1% they could have sold tickets to the highest bidder.

53 Name: Anon : 2017-09-01 14:12 ID:IMaFOoe+

"very lucky to see a dress run of #radahamlet this week. a really strong company, clear and immediate storytelling. thank you! @RADA_London"

plus the one Heynon cited at >>49

"Watching opening night of Hamlet, played by Tom Hiddleston, at rada, with David Attenborough on the opposite front row. One to tick off the bucket list I didn't know I had"

impactful and beautifully realised cliche person/vibrant and pacey cliche person/coming all the way from America person

I think that is basically it so far.

54 Name: Unknown : 2017-09-01 15:06 ID:AIXVBE85

So basically this show is for new RADA students to get noticed by industry types; basically an audition. And TH to get his "serious actor" cred back more then the "charity" itself. With "reviews" from probably Kenneth's theater friends and a sprinkle of TH stans.

Yep. Total emergency serious actor status plan. TH is extremely lucky he has Branagh on his side. If it was any other actor of a lower station I.e. not posh, it would take years to get their former reputation back. TH is so transparent.

Its interesting that they have these rich parties for the "charity". Working clas students in less prestigious schools who don't have that clout really have an insurmountable mountain to climb to the top when the competition have vast resources they never have.

55 Name: Anon : 2017-09-01 15:12 ID:1nCZ5qFb

A few interesting and not wholly intentional revelations in this interview with a RADA bod: https://amp.theguardian.com/film/2017/sep/01/tom-hiddleston-plays-hamlet-london-ticket

I noticed:
(1) it's avowedly not about making as much money as possible . (Apparently it's about the "art")
(2) KB and TH had talked of a project for years but it was mysteriously only recently that their schedules coincided. One of you having no work will do that.

56 Name: Anon : 2017-09-01 15:27 ID:1nCZ5qFb

Also:

No critics so as to maximise revenue (even though it is not all about the money!)
It's the "grief Hamlet" (I bet!)

PS re timing. Although KB became president of RADA 18 months ago, the interviewee deliberately elides when Branagh actually called to say he wanted to direct TH in the school play. It is not said that KB suggested this 18 months ago.

57 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-01 18:14 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>51 Haven't found any new tweets about the final dress/real opening night/whatever the heck that was. It's possible, of course, that many of those attending aren't much for social media. (The few who did tweet weren't generally exactly household names!)

Good catch on the vagueness in the Guardian article about exactly when KB proposed this to RADA. The production is already having one of its intended effects, it seems - to get the non-tabloid UK press to stop ridiculing Tom.

We should start to see feedback from the paying audience in about 5 hours.

>>50 - >>56 Oh there's a whole lot of let's stand in a circle and scratch each others' backs communal benefitting going on here!

58 Name: Xnon : 2017-09-01 20:44 ID:XRYKJNOO

>>56 Well, actually it does. Read more carefully:

"Branagh became president of Rada about 18 months ago and Kemp recalled talking with him about directing a show, “thinking it would be a third-year student production. He rang back a week later to say that he and Tom had been talking.”

59 Name: Anon : 2017-09-01 21:21 ID:A3rZwPke

>>58

No it doesn't. Article says Branagh became President 18 months ago. Article also says that Kemp recalls talking to Branagh about directing a show, but Kemp does not say when that conversation took place. Could have been immediately after Branagh became President or could have been 3 months ago.

Kemp rang back a week after that conversation and proposed doing a show with TH. That still does not tell us when the initial conversation took place.

60 Name: Anon : 2017-09-01 21:23 ID:A3rZwPke

>>59 Sorry, "Branagh rang Kemp back a week after...etc"

61 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-01 21:31 ID:6LNXsSd5

From the Guardian's twitter account, the Saturday edition - HiddleHam gets front page, complete with the pictures referred to in >>38

https://twitter
.com/guardian/status/903723011353841664

Print is too small to read.

62 Name: Anon : 2017-09-01 21:43 ID:A3rZwPke

It's a good pic. Is the ripped t shirt Hamlet's rended black garment or Tom's normal rehearsal gear?

The text says something about the production having started yesterday (i.e. today) and that tickets are sold out. It suggests there is an article inside as there is an arrow pointing to a 5 in a circle. Possibly the article linked to above?

63 Name: Anon : 2017-09-01 22:05 ID:A3rZwPke

Front page of the Telegraph: https://lolawashere.tumblr.com/post/164873575827/front-page-of-tomorrows-telegraph-newspaper

Story inside.

Someone tweeted that Hamlet is wearing black jeans, black coat, black Calvin Klein pants (he's British so he means underpants) and THE GREY BOOTS!!!!

64 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-01 22:26 ID:fIXD3WZS

>>63 So his clothes have melded to his body. Ditto with the shoes. Great. :(

>>58 The syntax is vague. Anon is correct. Had it read 'Branagh became president of Rada about 18 months ago and Kemp recalled talking with him then about directing a show' the timing would be more concrete. As it reads now, it isn't.

65 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-01 22:28 ID:fIXD3WZS

>>63 This isn't the grief Hamlet, it's the Johnny Cash Hamlet! Oh no, he's going to bring out the guitar and sing about missing his daddy.

66 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-01 22:33 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>62 The caption identifies Tom and his costar, Caroline Martin. I saw the link too, Anon but I'm not sure that it links to the article in >>55, since that link is for Friday's article, but the photo is for Saturday. Dunno.

Clever has posted a number of tweets, including the one in >>63 about the grey boots. One, Jashalee, says that TH is slightly better than Cumber but doesn't come close to Andew Scott's Hamlet. Ouch.

67 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-01 22:39 ID:6LNXsSd5

@MatthewLumby's twitter is a good read, a lot of tweets in a long Hamlet thread. He's the one who commented on the boots.

68 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-01 22:46 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>63 Hmm, tumblr link has been deleted for the Telegraph cover. Here it is on Twitter:

https://twitter
.com/ajsaladine/status/903736041793871879

69 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-01 22:51 ID:6LNXsSd5

Many other tweets together. TH sings and plays piano at the beginning:
https://always-hiddleston.tumblr.com/post/164874727352/insanely-smart

70 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-01 23:01 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>62 My initial reaction was that it's a rehearsal picture given the windows behind them - but depends on what the set is like.

>>63, >>68 His outfit in that pix looks exactly like his fall/winter going out for coffee or breakfast one! Methinks the designer didn't have to work too hard....

72 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-01 23:25 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>71 And the Times critic saw it as well:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-hamlet-at-the-rada-jerwood-vanbrugh-theatre-tom-hiddleston-kenneth-branagh-ddlqnzr8l

I've used up my Times views for the week, so please jump in if there's anything significant said.

So they either saw it at last night's event, or....

>>62, >>70 The Guardian review mentions white windows on the set, so this may have been from the production shots,

73 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-01 23:31 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>72 So the Times review said they got their ticket thru the ballot like everyone else. IF that's true, maybe the Times had every employee submit a ballot in order to produce a winner who could then "gift" the tix to the critic.

74 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-02 01:30 ID:LfjWE7CD

More audience reviews (interviewed after the show), including one who didn't think TH was great: https://www.yahoo.com/style/tom-hiddleston-apos-apos-mesmerising-002707294.html

75 Name: Anon : 2017-09-02 04:18 ID:A3rZwPke

>>72

I have a subscription:
★★★★☆
This production of Shakespeare’s great play stars Tom Hiddleston and so it was dubbed, immediately, a HiddleHamlet. The hype has been huge. You cannot buy a ticket for love nor money to see the super-villain star of Thor in the role, as every one of them for the three-week run were allocated by ballot (proceeds go to Rada). Critics were not given tickets and The Times won its ticket via the ballot like everyone else.
It’s a terrific production. Sir Kenneth Branagh directs with style but then he’s had a while to think it over. Apparently he first floated the idea of doing Hamlet with Hiddleston a decade ago when he saw him in Othello. Since then the doomed Dane has become the role du jour for thrusting young actors who want to be taken seriously: David Tennant; Benedict Cumberbatch; Andrew Scott, whose pause-filled Hamlet is just finishing in the West End.
And now, Hiddleston. He is a fine Prince from the get-go, when we see him sitting on a stage bare but for a piano, picking out the notes, singing a lament for his father (though, it must be said, he can’t sing). He makes the role completely his own, emotional, magnetic, canny, often frolicsome. The words seem natural, effortless. He bounds around the stage and his duelling is fierce (his swordplay, unlike his musicianship, is expert).
This is a stripped-down version, with modern dress, set in present-day Denmark. Branagh introduces as much mirth as it can take: as Hamlet begins to go mad, he takes to wearing hoodies, painting his face and reading a book titled Reasons to Stay Alive. There are tinges of farce, with doors a-slamming. There is also melodrama and, towards the end, way too many dark and brooding Scandi noir skies.
This is a small (160-seat) theatre and the audience surrounds the stage on three sides so it’s hard to hide a mistake. The words are wonderfully clear throughout and Branagh has had some fun with the casting, having placed more women in various roles: Guildenstern has become Guildastern and Rosencrantz is now a Rosa.
It’s three hours long and flows well, helped by James Cotterill’s sparse set (it’s amazing what you can do with a sofa and a desk). Not all performances sing but Nicholas Farrell is a thunderous ghost and Sean Foley an engaging Polonius. But it is Hiddleston who holds the eye and our imagination. The only shame is that so few will see his HiddleHamlet."

76 Name: Anon : 2017-09-02 04:24 ID:A3rZwPke

77 Name: Unknown : 2017-09-02 04:27 ID:AIXVBE85

>>74 Its messed up that the Jane person had to go under a pseudonym cause TH's stans can't deal that not everyone will like his performance. Is fanbase is ridiculous and i'm glad he's distancing himself from them.

>>75 lol @ can't sing.

78 Name: Anon : 2017-09-02 04:48 ID:A3rZwPke

>>74

Given that 75% of the audience appears to be female I suppose casting women as Horatio, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern was appropriate!

79 Name: Anon : 2017-09-02 04:53 ID:A3rZwPke

The reviews have reminded me that Kenneth Branagh is a fine director. I am disappointed that this won't see the light of day to any meaningful number of people. It would be well worth it even with another actor in the lead.

80 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-02 12:45 ID:LfjWE7CD

The Telegraph's review: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/tom-hiddleston-hamlet-supremely-self-assured-prince-radas/amp/

More detailed than the first two. But like them, barely reviewing any performance other than TH's.

81 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-02 13:33 ID:LfjWE7CD

Pictures from the program: twitter,com/disneycastle88/status/903784267544657922/photo/2

Nice of RADA to open this on a US holiday weekend when one can make time to pay attention to this!

82 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-02 13:40 ID:LfjWE7CD

OK, last one. About the two recent RADA grads in the show and more about the lottery reasoning, with some quiet dissing of hardcore fans: https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-daily-telegraph/20170902/281479276557276

83 Name: Anon : 2017-09-02 15:14 ID:A3rZwPke

>>82 It is good that some of the less well known actors got a look in.

As to the "certain people will be on the internet" diss - well, I am not so sure that the audience is significantly less composed of uber fans by having the ballot.

The Donmar audience for Coriolanus was not noticeably composed of stans (I didn't see anyone taking a pic, even in the curtain call). The audience was as it usually is - people old and rich enough to be on the advance mailing list for £350 a year, plus their kids/other halves/random mates (me!).

There seemed to be more fans at the Cumby Hamlet - but the Barbican is so huge that there was space for a lot of non fan theatregoers. Again the Barbican has an advance mailing list (a lot cheaper than the Donmar) which allows committed theatregoers to get a look in ahead of fans.

The Nuffield talk was I'd say 99% committed fans - probably because it was a one off with (somewhat) limited numbers (large auditorium). Even so it didn't sell out for about 3 days so I would say that everyone who really wanted to go did.

Looking at the Telegraph pic of the punters, and looking at how many of the tumblr regulars have tickets, I would say they are much more like the Nuffield audience and much less like the Donmar. I actually think that having a ballot and limited numbers made it more and not less of a fandom event. It attracts a different sort of obsessed fan - the kind that will set up 15 email addresses and/or ask every family member they know to enter and/or peddle their ass on Twitter to get a plus one.

84 Name: Anon : 2017-09-02 15:23 ID:A3rZwPke

By the way, as career rehabilitation it seems to be working like a dream. It feels
like there is wall to wall coverage of him and (to a lesser degree) the production in the broadsheet press. Last week they were full of TS summer fluff broadsheet articles. They have all vanished. Nobody's mentioned TS in any article or review I've seen (I wouldn't put British journalists past this). Juvenile diss track with indifferent reviews has been completely eclipsed by genuine artistic endeavour with great reviews. Hats off the KB and TH for that.

85 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-02 16:27 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>84 Agreed, though I did see a couple of non-review articles this AM that spent more time on Tayto and the tshirt than on Hamlet (Metro UK was one, I think the DM was another.)

86 Name: Anon : 2017-09-02 16:32 ID:A3rZwPke

>>85 The DM doesn't surprise me. I suspect that will be how he is represented from now until he does something else that enables the DM to pigeonhole him. Before TS it was revealing his bum in "saucy scenes" on tv.

However I felt TH was really in the career doodoo when he was on the front page of the Telegraph because of Tayto, or being the subject of snarky articles in the guardian. He must be well pleased that he is on the front page of both because of his new project.

87 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-02 16:41 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>86 This is working out well for him. Plus the good reviews are being magnified on social media, and will probably have extra "weight" with whomever because there will be so few reviews.

Even the BBC had to do a summary of audience opinions from Twitter since their critic didn't get into the first show. I did think the Times review sounded a little snarky, perhaps as a result of the balloting. Is that their critc's usual style?

The Guardian's 4 stars were more than they gave either of the other recent productions of Hamlet. Not that it's a contest, but that must be satisfying for all involved!

88 Name: NewAnon : 2017-09-02 17:25 ID:YnXlst4N

Sounds like this move is working out favorably for him. Especially in light of how juvenile Taylor currently looks. Actions speak louder than words, and he's starting to look the opposite of what she's trying to frame him as. Combined with the fact his play began it's run smack dab during the current film festival circuit of Venice and Telluride, he picked a good time to get noticed again.

I'm hoping this puts him back in consideration for some good roles. And that he doesn't ruin his second chance by limiting himself to just lead roles in just big studio movies.

89 Name: Anon : 2017-09-02 17:30 ID:A3rZwPke

>>88

And no more fauxmances. I never thought I would long for the days of "nothing to write home about", but man, if you are seeing someone, especially someone famous, be discreet.

Also please please no more Yours Truly. And can the grey boots be retired now that they have had their moment of fame?!!!

90 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-02 18:05 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>82 In the pressreader article, the picture of the couple - is that Robert Redford plus one? If so, that couldn't have been at the play; there is no press area. Just curious.

>>80 Great review: "And as for the main event, Hiddleston? His Hamlet is proactive, masculine, edgy to the point of aggression - and definitely, absolutely sane. His madness is a ruse, through and through. Having decided to “be mad by craft”, he appears wrapped in the flag of Denmark with his face painted in the national colours, like a hardcore football fan."

Like all of you have been saying today, it's a testament to KB and TH that they've pushed away all the negative press of the past year (I'd forgot about the bum comments since TS pushed those away).

I must be in crappy tumblr circles - only 3 of the people I follow got tickets.

91 Name: NewAnon : 2017-09-02 18:09 ID:YnXlst4N

>>89 Amen! But I'm not holding my breath on the Yours Truly part. She's everywhere...everywhere...👀

92 Name: Unknown : 2017-09-02 21:39 ID:AIXVBE85

He's not out of the woods yet. Remember, TS album releases a few days after Thor Ragnarok's release.

I wonder if he'll skip on promoting Thor and leave it up to Hemsworth and Ruffalo since the film is centered on them rather then Loki.

93 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-02 21:43 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>88 I was a bit concerned earlier this week that Taytay's video dig would spill over into the Hamlet coverage, but it turned out that the timing helped. You couldn't make up more of a contrast between his public life and hers at the moment!

>>89 Is there a museum that would be an appropriate home for the grey boots? For example, Judy Garland's ruby slippers are in the Smithsonian....

>>90 That picture must belong with another article - depending on how I size the window, it doesn't even show up with the Hamlet text.

>>89, >>91 I agree that we likely haven't seen the last of Yours Truly. After all, the costumes for Hamlet show how Tom dresses when he has to fend for himself.

94 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-02 21:59 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>90 I haven't seen that many of the tumblrites got tickets. (Maybe, unlike the Guardian and the Times critics, they didn't have multiple ballots submitted for them!)

>>92 And I gather than in the past, TS has generally released a second single before the album drops. So depending on its topic, their "fling" could pop up again. If so, Marvel might be smart to use him for promo mostly in Asia, where (based on the KSI promo tour) no one will ask him questions about her.

95 Name: Anon : 2017-09-03 07:33 ID:A3rZwPke

From today's Times:

A small group of lottery winners — some from as far away as America and Canada — gathered on a quiet back street in central London yesterday.

They had all been through a ballot for the chance to buy the most sought-after theatre tickets in the capital — and were off to see Tom Hiddleston play Hamlet.

The demand was always going to be huge, so the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) chose the smallest venue it could think of.

The Jerwood Vanburgh — Rada’s in-house theatre — in Bloomsbury seats just 160, and the run lasts a paltry three weeks. When Benedict Cumberbatch played the same role in London in 2015, about 250,000 saw him. Only a fraction of that number will have the privilege of watching the Kenneth Branagh production. Tickets to this one are strictly for the few, not the many.

It is galling for those who missed out, because the critics have described Hiddleston as “mesmerising” and combining “sweet sadness with incandescent fury”.

However, those who have been lucky are happy. Emily Friedman, 36, teaches English literature at Auburn University in Alabama. During a two-month research trip to the UK, she entered the ballot and won. “It’s a unique experience to see this Hamlet in such a small venue. It is so different to experience it this way,” she said.

As in every ballot, not everyone can be a winner. Social media have been full of complaints from the unfortunates who did not get the chance to buy a ticket.

One disgruntled fan wrote: “Am I ever gonna watch Hamlet?! I Missed Benedict Cumberbatch’s. And Andrew Scott’s. And now Tom Hiddleston. I hate my life.”

In which case they will not be pleased to hear that there were empty seats on the opening night.

“Just a handful,” said Karen O’Donnell, a research fellow at Durham University who lives in Salisbury. “I imagine it was people not able to get there. How awful for them.”

For Friedman, it was certainly not Branagh that was the attraction. “I remember lying on the floor in Houston watching one of his films,” she said. “I hope he’s learnt something about editing since then.” Most of us will never get to find out.

96 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-03 10:01 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>95 Diving fully into the snark by the 3rd sentence, I see. Way to go, Sunday Times.

They should have critics on the wait list for the empty seats! (joking)

On another note, maybe wearing The Boots some sort of snake cleansing ritual he's going through and he'll burn them in a bonfire in his backyard when it's all over, never to be worn again.

97 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-03 13:44 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>95 I get the impression that the Times isn't too happy about having to cover news of this production!

From an audience member's review, we now know that there's dancing (Hamlet R & G) -- wonder whose idea that was? https://nauticulture.com/2017/09/02/my-hamlet/

98 Name: Anonanonnynonny : 2017-09-03 13:55 ID:OsYtjWP8

Oh Lordy lordy lord.

Taylor's second single has just dropped and it seems to be about her current bf (aka bravest millenial alive) . No specific disses other than references to exes who "tried to hard" and how she's forgotten their names.

99 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-03 14:13 ID:ENf05lfx

I puttered around the reviews and 'reviews' while feeding the young master his continental breakfast.

They are roughly what everyone expected. It was never going to crash and burn like Springtime for Hitler was meant to! Excellent director, excellent lead, some pretty good material - that's going to work out performance wise. What was important for TH, I suspect, was the extra-performance bit (it hasn't just been about the Work for a good while now). That seems to have worked out too: front covers, good reviews, interest (from fans and the media), no mention of her. I don't know if this is going to translate into instant HW offers or Oscar worthy scripts, but it's a start. I half wonder if he's trying to re-do 2008-2011 in brief: Hamlet is his Othello and T:R will be his Thor 1, and he'll be off to the races like Tayto never happened. Clever if it works and worth a try.

100 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-03 14:16 ID:ENf05lfx

>>97 Personally I like my Shakespeare traditional so this sounds a little gimmicky to me: Danish football fan, reading self-help manuals, gender bending (yes, I know, that's a demerit off my feminist card!), piano playing and dancing.

Someone with more Shakespeare and literary taste/knowledge than myself would call those choices 'interpretative progress,' but being a backwater rube, I tend to call them hokum. Edit it well, stage it well, perform it well - don't try to be different.

101 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-03 14:21 ID:ENf05lfx

>>98 Well, he did try too hard. And if she needs to refresh her memory as to his name, she can just check the contract - like with all the others.

I've decided that her boyfriends fall into two categories: gay or famwhore. I think the bravest millennial, as you hilariously call him, falls into the former.

Welcome, Anonanonnynonny! I think I typed that correctly.

102 Name: Sosorry : 2017-09-03 15:43 ID:zSl8T0x0

A fan pic of Tom arriving at the theatre for a rehearsal.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYkmGXYFXYr/?taken-by=tomhiddleston_daily

103 Name: Xanon : 2017-09-03 16:31 ID:JdZ2Y9CL

Does anyone else think that Taylor Swift was mad because Tom Hiddleston is receiving excellent reviews in the press and social media (front pages and articles praising HIS WORK) and that's why she decided to drop her second single? She wanted to steal the spotlight because she doesn't want him to succeed and rebuild his good reputation?

104 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-03 17:13 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>102 So he did break down and decide to use a car after all. Probably a good idea for the run of the show since fangirls know exactly where and when to find him. Supposedly (per tumblr) a handful waited outside RADA for hours, tweeted RADA to ask if he could come out to see them, and disappointly tweeted him because he "just left." Sigh.

105 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-03 17:32 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>100 You forgot the condoms!

This is one reason I really hope they make this production more widely available (though I doubt they'll bother to). I suspect some of these "update" choices might make more sense when seen in context (whereas some would still just be shitck). For example, my eyes rolled when I saw the mention of face painting. But when a subsequent review said that Hamlet was wrapped in a Danish flag at that point and he was painted like a soccer fan, it worked a little better for me as Hamlet making a political point or mocking his uncle. Still not precisely subtle, but might fit a bit better.

I also wonder if some bits were meant to make the play more accessible to audience members without much exposure to Shakespeare. The first use of the condoms, for example, might make more sense of Laetes' warnings about Hamlet to his Ophelia than musty warnings about her virtue.

It occurred to me that the piano/singing at the start might have been to get any applause for Tom out of the way rather than have it interrupt the flow later.

Genderswitching R & G is not unusual, but changing Hamlet's confidant to a woman looks (from the production photo) as though it could change that dynamic a lot. I hope some subsequent review/"review" talks more about that.

The dancing, though - why? Especially when' KB had to make cuts to get it down to 2:45.

106 Name: Anon : 2017-09-03 17:43 ID:A3rZwPke

107 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-03 18:03 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>103 I do, because the second single probably wasn't slated to drop until October. The bad reviews from all over and Hurricane Harvey took the wind out of the sails on the first single.

108 Name: Anon : 2017-09-03 18:45 ID:A3rZwPke

>>100>>105

I think there is so much Shakespeare performed in the U.K. that the "straight up" traditional approach has fallen from fashion. You see it more here in the comedies (think: Merry Wives of Windsor) or at the Swan in Stratford when they are performing lesser known plays of Shakespeare's contemporaries (and sometimes not then). The best productions I have seen are those which are neither wholly traditional nor wholly contemporary, an approach which I think works well with the Histories, which just don't feel right without a nod to their period of writing and/or the period when the events take place. With plays like Hamlet I am more relaxed because they aren't wedded to a particular time, or place really, references to Denmark notwithstanding. I wouldn't expect a trad Hamlet here, not least because of how many other Hamlets there are this season alone.

That said, I still haven't recovered from the awful staging of the Cumberbatch Hamlet. I was ok with the Romanoff Winter Palace theme in the first half but the second half appeared to be staged on a slag heap. I think this was meant to be post-revolutionary Russia, but it looked shit, must have been terrible to act on a steep slope and had no textual justification whatsoever.

PS my husband read the reviews saying that Branagh created "an identifiably Danish" setting and snorted, "What? Are they all eating open sandwiches?" You can't please everyone!!

109 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-03 23:16 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>99 Good to hear about The Childe, Anon.

110 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-04 01:02 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>100, >>108 I'm getting the feeling that KB just let Tom do whatever he wanted to in the "mad" scenes. From a fan "review" (warning - some gushing involved):

'He plays piano and sings- I cried He dances around to a beats pill He dry humps a couch A Scottish and Irish accent appear Leather and swords holy christ the best stage fight I’ve ever seen He looked right at me twice like I can’t even recover from it. There were moments where every single person was silent and it was because of Tom. It was just so amazing.' (A beats pill?!) (Via http://insanely-smart.tumblr , com/post/164940278613/putting-these-quick-hamlet-notes-from)

111 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-04 02:31 ID:dDVXxiUV

>>103 TS petty and calculating - never! ;) The DM tells me that she did wait a whole day so as not to drop it on her best friend's wedding. I was surprised.

>>109 My MIL asked me what we were doing for his 1st. It's still a few months off but I gulped nonetheless. He's going to be a year old!! It's especially sobering as I'm due back full-time at work then.

>>110 I always eyeroll at the 'he looked RIGHT AT ME' parts of similar encounters. These are people who have never stood on a stage where the audience is in darkness and the performers/speakers in a spotlight.

>>110 This is exactly the sort of Shakespeare I don't like.

>>110 And here is the piddling puppy we all know. Apparently he was saving it up for the stage, hence the low-key Kong and SDCC TH.

112 Name: Sosorry : 2017-09-04 03:52 ID:zSl8T0x0

The second song is about Karlie Kloss, who she did go on a beach vacation with. And Joe is the public front since he is tall, has blonde hair and blue eyes, and is younger than TS as well. If you put Karlie's hair on Joe, they are identical! I kid you not.

>>111 TS only cares about Taylor world. If she could get more buzz/controversy from dropping the second single near the opening of Hamlet because the numbers of the first single dropped after one day and do not compare with the numbers of Adele and Ed Sheeran whose numbers grew and grew, and she is being bashed by the critics, plus Hurrcaine Harvey stole her steam, then she will. The DM has now combined the Tom Hamlet article with TS's video and the pic with she and the effeminate male dancers wearing the Tshirts and high heels. They even bring up the faux Bond rumours, and mistakenly claim Tom was in Sherlock! Ridiculous.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4845700/amp/Tom-Hiddleston-looks-brooding-makes-Hamlet-debut.html

113 Name: Anon : 2017-09-04 06:56 ID:A3rZwPke

>>110

A beats pill? Accents? You are so right, that is TH all over! (That video JVR put on his Instagram of TH playing with a beats pill, which I bet he had never seen before JVR showed him one; that GQ shoot where he did all the accents). Not sure if I would have liked it - it would either have been brilliant or terrible.

BTW Mark Shenton, who reviews for the Stage, has expressed surprise that critics for the Times, Telegraph and Guardian all got tickets for the first night. The Guardian rather sententiously says at the bottom of the Billington review that the tickets were "obtained by the Guardian through the ballot." I'd have thought that was both true and misleading: yes, obtained through the ballot, but achieved by making every person in the office enter and promise to take Billington if they got a ticket.

114 Name: Lucy : 2017-09-04 14:17 ID:06bqVGOB

I'm a 18-years-old girl.
If you talk me, please call +81 80 5941 0307.

115 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-04 14:23 ID:LfjWE7CD

Article on "growing pressure" for RADA to broadcast or record the show for wider availability: https://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/tom-hiddleston-in-hamlet-rada-under-growing-pressure-to-broadcast-production-to-a-wider-audience-a3626366.html?amp

The writer was contacting people on twitter to interview about this, including >>113 Mark Sherman of The Stage. That note from the Guardian wasn't there originally. The TImes' critic explained on twitter that she'd asked friends to apply too. And the theory on tumblr is that the third paper hired a freelancer, who must have come to them with a proposal after getting a ticket, because there's nothing online that he or she has reviewed previously. RADA might have done better to select a limited press pool of people to review it, because this stirred up the complaints about the limited availability.

116 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-04 14:44 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>111 And she forgot that Tom is nearsighted, so even without light in his eyes it's unlikely that he sees more than a blur! That said, the audience is really close - see this shot from before the show: https://mobile.twitter//com/thaisinhaa013/status/904489724831813632/photo/1

117 Name: Anon : 2017-09-04 14:47 ID:A3rZwPke

>>115 No plans to extend because of Hiddleston's Hollywood schedule? Do they know something we don't, or is that a reference to Thor 3 promo?

The reality is that this was always intended to be a short and "exclusive" run, for all the laudable and not so laudable reasons we have discussed on here.

NT Live has filmed in all sorts of small venues and I bet they bring their equipment for free. I don't buy that it would reduce RADA's profit from the venture.

I totally agree that they should have allowed a limited press pool - if it was that big a deal about losing £950 to the cause (10x£95 tickets) then (1) they could have said, it is charity so can we ask you to pay? or (2) invited a limited number to the "dress rehearsal" instead of a few of the plus ones who were tweeting about it.

118 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-04 15:31 ID:oT6hBc2k

>>112 I hope my wink indicated that I do believe her possible of what Xanon suggested (even if I don't think it the case in this instance). But don't mention Poor Joe in a wig; he's got a tough enough row to hoe without giving TS ideas.

>>113 He has previous with a beats pill? I had to look it up myself.

>>115 Hmmm. Will they give it a wider showing now that it's cleared the first hurdle of reviewers who balloted in? Surely TH will want a recording so he can post it in his stead when he can't attend a wedding.

119 Name: Sosorry : 2017-09-04 17:01 ID:zSl8T0x0

Praise for Tom's performance, and his self contained approach to the whole music video fiasco after dumping out his "heart" to GQ magazine. Most of the comments debate whether or not the commentators are interested in another Hamlet.

http://www.celebitchy.com/548451/tom_hiddleston_is_apparently_a_great_dane_in_the_rada_production_of_hamlet/

120 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-04 18:26 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>117, >>118 I suspect the HW schedule affecting this would be KB's rather than TH's (unless the latter happens to be in A4, and even then I think something could be worked out with Marvel). And T:R has plenty of other name actors for promo.

From the theatre photo I linked to above, I think NTL might be challenged to film this live as it's currently set up. Certainly without distracting the audience, and possibly not even having room for cameras on the main level. But from what I've read about that theatre, it has at least some flexibility in configuration (for example, it can seat 180, not the 160 available for this show with the thrust stage). If they really wanted to film this, I'd think they could do something creative with a few extra performances with some seating judiciously removed. So there's likely some other reasoning involved.

121 Name: Anon : 2017-09-04 18:36 ID:A3rZwPke

>>120 the article definitely says "Hiddleston's HW schedule"....

I am not sure whether they record NT Live with audiences. I think possibly not - having seen stills from the Donmar production of Coriolanus there are no audience members visible, but they would definitely be in the frame if they had been there as it is such as small theatre (though I haven't seen an NT live so I stand to be corrected).

122 Name: Sosorry : 2017-09-04 23:14 ID:zSl8T0x0

Apparently Tom and Chris Hemsworth were both guests at former Mean Girls and "Masters of Sex" actress, Lizzy Caplan's, wedding to UK producer Tom Riley on the Amalfi Coast on Sunday. Are there no Sunday matinees of Hamlet? Lucky mister. Tom's stylist, Ilaria Urbinati was there as well, and she posted pics of Ravello on her Instagram.

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/lizzy-caplan-marries-tom-riley-w501107
https://www.instagram.com/ilariaurbinati/

123 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-05 00:06 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>122 No, no Sunday matinees, or eves for that matter. The show is playing Mondays - Saturdays, with a matinee only on Sats. And they're skipping a mid-week night each week. So it's only 6 performances a week.

>>121 I was just speculating (unclearly!) that despite what the reporter was told or may have assumed, we know that KB has commitments soon that he can't break but we don't know the same for sure about Tom.

124 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-05 00:14 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>121 Also I was assuming that the NT Lives are filmed with an audience. Partly because of their name, and partly because I've seen a clip of the very start of the Coriolanus broadcast, which showed the audience. Though that could have been edited in. If this Hamlet were filmed at RADA as staged, the audience is so very close that filming would likely show if the seats were empty. But I haven't seen any of those broadcasts either.

125 Name: Sosorry : 2017-09-05 02:00 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>122>>123 Apparently Chris Hemsworth was spotted in Byron Bay in Australia with his family on Sunday, so he wasn't at the wedding. So Tom probably wasn't there either. I was thinking that Tom had to be pretty confident in his performance skills and his recuperation abilityto jet off to Italy for a vacay middle of his Hamlet run. US magazine must just have wanted the clicks. Silly me.

126 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-05 16:43 ID:xdzIOQf3

NT Live is just that Live. I looked at my copy of Coriolanus and there are audience members present. Whether that could logistically happen in the Rada theatre, I don't know. More importantly, I don't think it will happen. That would seem to undermine everything they've said about the ballot system and their use of it, not to mention undermining the actual process of the system itself.

127 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-05 21:23 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>126 I don't think that doing an NT Live would necessarily undermine what they said about the ballot system, at least what they said at first - it was supposed to be about fairness in getting tickets. And while there doubtless would be people who got tickets complaining that they had to go through that whole process, and pay X to go to London and Y to see the play when others could just go to an NT Live showing, I think there would be many, many others happy to have an expanded opportunity to see it. (Not to mention that those who saw it live, saw it live and were mere meters away from the performers!)

Doing NT Live might somewhat contradict the recent quote from the head of RADA who talked about it being about the art, not about making as much money off it as they could. But that statement itself undermined how the production was originally presented as a fundraiser.... But all that said, I doubt they can do one or more NTLs at this point, because they would have had to announce them by now to get audiences for them.

Which leads back to our suspicions that this was as much about showcasing Tom as anything else. Witness this excerpt from a fan who saw it yesterday: "There are so many great moments in there, I still need to wrap my head around them all… Has anyone mentioned that he gets to dance? Suddenly, smack in the middle of Hamlet, there is Tom with his famous moves :) I loved that! And there’s a scene where he’s got warrior make up on and walks around wearing the Danish flag as a cape. Very punk rock. And another where his head’s covered with the hoodie. And he does a Scottish accent while holding the skull. It’s like a wonderful showcase of everything Tom knows and likes to do." (from the crazy smart one's tumblr)

Now I can't get the image of Hamlet doing snake hips out of my head!

128 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-06 04:08 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>126 >>127 I'm going with Anon. here - they're not going to film this limited run for NTLive. Even if they hadn't had a ballot system and there was nothing about it that would make them out to be hypocrites, and no physical limitations to setting up the cameras and lighting, it isn't going to happen within these 16 remaining days. There are 2 other major Hamlet productions being staged right now; it wouldn't make sense for them to film RADA's.

If schedules clear for KB and TH early next year and they revive it in the West End where it would up for awards, I would expect it to be filmed by NTLive.

>>127 Now that more tweets are surfacing about the play, it is becoming more clear that the play is a little bit self-indulgent. I've read there's also a dry humping scene on the couch >.<

129 Name: Unknown : 2017-09-06 04:37 ID:AIXVBE85

>>127 This play sounds ridiculous! This sounds like an audition reel for TH or a parody of Hamlet sponsored by Tumblr.

130 Name: Anon : 2017-09-06 06:59 ID:A3rZwPke

>>126>>128

I agree they aren't going to film it. As I said in >>117 this was always intended to be exclusive. My point was that the reasons proposed by various people as to why they weren't (not enough space, cost of equipment) weren't borne out.

131 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-06 10:01 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>130 I wonder if the exclusivity isn't going to backfire on TH, at least a little bit? It certainly hasn't endeared him/KB/RADA to at least one critic (new article from Mark Shelton today: https://www.thestage.co.uk/opinion/2017/mark-shenton-review-hamlet-not-review-hamlet-question/ ). And with most of the coverage coming from twitter reviews that talk about the gimmicks in the production, it may not maintain a sense of "serious actor" after this show vanishes. Already have his google search results are back to being TS related.

132 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-06 10:04 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>131 Not to mention the "reviews" of his butt!

133 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-06 14:08 ID:mWcSq3yc

>>127 So Sir Ken has not stepped into the role of TH's NO man. Can I dance? Yes. Can I sing? Yes. Can I hip thrust? Yes. The search for the elusive TH wrangler continues.

>>131 He's at the damned if he does, damed if he doesn't stage. Probably not making him enemies, serious ones, but not making friends either, especially not among those who didn't get tickets.

>>132 'Tom Hiddleston's ass has set the new standard for Hamlet asses. His bottom is both powerful and beautifully realized, and utterly Danish in concept and representation. Bravo. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑'

Strange that his ass is the least exclusive aspect of this performance. It's not like we haven't seen it already.

134 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-06 17:14 ID:+paBlYiz

>>133 That is the quintessence of a review of his butt in this!

The Guardian has also jumped in to ask for an NTL broadcast: https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/06/kenneth-branagh-hamlet-tom-hiddleston-cinemas

135 Name: Sosorry : 2017-09-06 17:43 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom, and his costar from The Hollow Crown and The Deep Blue Sea, Simon Russell Beale, advertise an evening featuring John Le Carre, at London's Royal Festival Hall. Apparently the evening is to recognize his most well we'll knwon character, George Smiley, in honor of his most recent book "A Legacy of Spies", and fund raise for MSF. It's being broadcast in cinemas, apparently.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9gHBRZGLElw

136 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-06 23:59 ID:LfjWE7CD

The supposed reasoning behind no DVD recording (not worth it for fundraising), per a student working on the show: https://twitterDOTcom/bourtney/status/905554262222098432

137 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-07 00:05 ID:LfjWE7CD

Another "review," with a few more details: http://imaginaryboyfriendcollection.tumblr.com/post/165058435932/hiddlehamlet-a-firsthand-account-part-i

In case it's taken down, here are a couple of pertinent paragraphs - "Important things must be addressed, so: couch humping. Was SO FUNNY. It wasn’t a full-on dry humping (oh god…I just had to take several minutes to think about what that would be like. I’m back now) but rather a couple of energetic thrusts. Which was enough. This was met with laughter and tons of quietly imploding vaginas, I assume."

"In this same scene (a great scene), Hamlet sits on the recently-violated couch with Polonius and laughs loudly with him. It’s rather forced (he’s putting on a show here), but also - seriously adorable. Because Tom. It gifted us with a huge Hiddles grin, which is so damn infectious (as you well know). In the third bout of this laughter, Hamlet dissolves into tears. One of the best things about Tom’s Hamlet was how perfectly and naturally he navigated the quick shifts in his mood - swinging wildly between grief, rage, lunacy, amusement, earnestness - and it all felt incredibly deft and real. Also, that man is gifted when it comes to crying. I think there were real tears in his eyes for about 75% of the performance. At one point, you could see the tears falling, illuminated by the stage lights. It was beautiful."

138 Name: Anon : 2017-09-07 08:09 ID:A3rZwPke

>>136 She is enjoying her 5 minutes of fame on twitter.

>>137 This, as I am sure you know, is the woman who recently accosted him on a Tube platform and shared his journey.

139 Name: Anon : 2017-09-07 08:40 ID:A3rZwPke

>>137 Actually I quite enjoyed this! She makes no bones about the fact that it's purely a description of how hot Tom looked while playing Hamlet, and not a review of the production.

PS I don't think of Hamlet as a sobber. He is too calculating for that. Were these tears of relief at TH's rehabilitation as an actor?

141 Name: Anon : 2017-09-07 15:54 ID:A3rZwPke

Costumes by Selfridges, I kid you not. And it is not the grey boots but a different pair!

http://tumblr.tomhiddlestonnews.com/post/165083312741/lolawashere-selfridges-as-partners-of

142 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-07 17:06 ID:+paBlYiz

>>140 So after all that fuss from The Stage about critics having to go through the ballot for tix, I wonder how this person got in to see it....?!

143 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-07 17:28 ID:+paBlYiz

Hmmm. They didn't sell ballot tix for yesterday (Wed) yet there are several tweets talking about seeing it last night, including for pre-show drinks with KB (@pargupta). Also tweeted by the CEO of a cinema advert firm (@cinemalover). And a musician associated with RADA. Look under #radahamlet. One was posted 16 hours ago, the others in the last hour or so. Very interesting. Wonder if that's how The Stage critic got in.

144 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-07 17:37 ID:+paBlYiz

And in the popular arts, (1) the Early Man trailer dropped today and (2) set interviews for T:R were released (see Collider and so on).

145 Name: Anon : 2017-09-07 18:09 ID:A3rZwPke

>>143

How. Very. Interesting.

146 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-07 18:38 ID:dNTGftcy

>>143 The half formed feet of clay are crumbling. All hail the fairness of the ballot system.

>>137 >>139 I suppose she deserves credit for shamelessly being the drooling, Tumblr stereotype, but I had to stop reading when she mentioned sniffing him whenever he passed. I feel this woman would keep him a pit in her basement: 'It puts the tight jeans on and humps the couch or it gets the hose.'

147 Name: NewAnon : 2017-09-07 19:39 ID:i0F27Diw

>>143 cough networking cough
Not surprised. I knew there would be something like this, and there will be more. This is Tom's comeback vehicle while also showcasing future promising talent. It's definitely not art for art's sake. But tbh stuff like this is just business, it's not anything underhanded.

148 Name: NewAnon : 2017-09-07 19:42 ID:i0F27Diw

>>146 That sniffing part made me eyeroll. Definitely sheds another perspective on her tube meeting with Tom.

149 Name: Anon : 2017-09-07 19:55 ID:A3rZwPke

>>147 I wouldn't disagree with any of this save for the pious backstory. If you are constantly banging on about how critics have to go in the ballot so as not deprive the charity of money, and about how the ballot is fairer because it allows ordinary theatregoers a fair chance to get tickets, then don't surrender your "dress rehearsal" night AND one performance to networking events.

I read that the dress rehearsal was only open to RADA alumni (and evidently from twitter, their plus ones). That makes me more sure than ever that the special event was not, as has been implied, about raising big ££ from donors. How many RADA graduates are in a position to donate £10k to the cause? Even if they paid for the tickets it wouldn't cover the cost of the canapé reception (I got married in London and I know how much this stuff costs). It was a networking event. Hence, of course, the presence of KB, TH and at least one agent that we know of.

150 Name: Anon : 2017-09-07 19:56 ID:A3rZwPke

>>146 I missed the sniffing part. HAHAHAHAHAHA re Lecter. No wonder he isn't doing a stage door.

151 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-07 23:04 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>149 And last night probably wasn't the last "special" performance. There's one more night in each remaining week that wasn't sold by ballot. (I was wondering why they'd do a Mon. show and be dark on a Tuesday. Now we know.) Wonder how they choose who got to attend last night - bet it wasn't by lottery! Interesting choices when it seems as if U.K. theatre is perceived by many as exclusive. It would irk me less if they could just have gotten their stories straight. "It's a fundraiser! No, it's not about making lots of money! Critics must do the ballot - but if your trade paper complains enough, one of your critics will get to see it by iinvitation!" Sheesh.

152 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-08 00:49 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>139 Yeah, I thought it was worth sharing a bit since it's well written for a lust posting! I could see Hamlet crying (he is in mourning, after all), but not for 75% of his time onstage. Tom does cry really, really well, though - another talent he got to showcase in this.

>>146, >>148, >>150 But - haven't many people who've met Tom commented that he smells really nice? (Every time he's on The View, at least one of the women comments on that.) My theory is that some women are already so attracted to him that when they meet him, they can pick up on his pheromones!

In the Early Man trailer, I think Tom got his accent from the French knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRiPQ8YNrVs (Lord Nooth enters at around 0:40).

153 Name: Unknown : 2017-09-08 03:40 ID:AIXVBE85

So let me get this straight, the woman with the mentality of a teenager who met Tom on the tube also went to the Hamlet play and sniffed him?

It must be creepy that Tom saw that girl yet again. Me thinks he has a stalker now.

Wish these losers actually got an actual boyfriend instead of trying to go after a fantasy.

154 Name: NewAnon : 2017-09-08 16:59 ID:i0F27Diw

>>149 Agreed. I have a problem with that as well. It just wasn't needed. Then again the whole authentic sincerity spiels where they are not needed is something I've always had an issue with when it comes to TH. I understand that he wasn't behind all of the RADAHamlet ones himself but these unnecessary authentic sincerity backstories seem to be a running theme with whatever he's involved in.

There's going to be more of these non public performances that are for networking and I don't know how the fans will react when they get wind of it.

155 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-08 17:46 ID:+paBlYiz

Haven't listened to it yet but this audio for one of the accessible performances is supposed to give some details of the staging: https://t.co/FGAHzL4z4n?amp=1

156 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-08 17:54 ID:+paBlYiz

>>155 A text version of that descriptive introduction is here: http://vocaleyes.co.uk/?request_file=4394 . I found it interesting especially for glimpses of how the other characters are being played.

157 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-08 18:13 ID:+paBlYiz

>>154 An anon posted yesterday to the crazy clever one' tumblr about the non-public performance on Wed. The CC one's response was to defend it basically as "it's all about the fundraising." Will be interesting to see if more people pick up on this after the private show next week.

Based on a tweet I saw describing the Gala/invitational final preview, they are trying to make these look a little bit about the building campaign. The tweeter mentioned that before the show they were in the old "Drill" space, which I believe is the place RADA wants to turn into its new theatre.

But I agree these are most likely for the networking, and showcasing the actors to important industry types who otherwise might not have seen the show.

158 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-11 05:55 ID:qp6bfleN

>>137 Here's part 2 of the first row review. It's just as long as part 1: http://imaginaryboyfriendcollection.tumblr.com/post/165192560687/hiddlehamlet-a-firsthand-account-part-ii

There's more unabashed fangirling, mixed with the actual play review.

The former: "Dancing. IT HAPPENS. Only for a minute, but it is glorious. The first entry of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern comes with a beats pill playing danceable music (Kendrick Lamar, I think?) and they all bust out a few moves. I gasped. Snake-hipping, y’all! In the middle of Hamlet! Bless you, Sir Kenneth Branagh."

The latter: "His anger and sadness, though, were harrowing to behold. The scene in the very beginning where Hamlet comes out onto a nearly dark stage to play piano and sing is haunting - his pain is palpable, and the entire audience was hanging on his every word and motion. It was like a shot straight to the heart to begin the production...This is supposed to be Hamlet alone in his sorrow, not performing for anyone as he does in other scenes throughout the play. The moment feels incredibly authentic, illustrating perfectly Hamlet’s current frame of mind, and it sets the tone for Tom’s entire performance."

159 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-11 13:32 ID:b1jsOzcN

>>158 Is this going to be a six part series? Another 'review.' The fangirling is front and center and greatly colors any information about the play itself. She also indulges in that timeworn fallacy of assuming the entire audience felt the same way she did. '...the entire audience was hanging on his every word....' You mean they were quiet and watching the play, like a theatre audience, rather than trying to sniff him loudly?

160 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-11 14:05 ID:ExvNoM03

>>159 'Review' is a relative term. Any place she was not talking about his body.

161 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-11 15:51 ID:Kj3VgzUL

From fans, this is probably the reaction he wanted. That slightly obsessive and very flattering gushing. It helps to drown out those Complaining about the ballot. Considering the reviews from critics are also very good, this is going to plan.

It will now segue into Thor promo, where he can shine if he isn't overexposed and handles himself well.

162 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-11 17:34 ID:+paBlYiz

>>158 Didn't I tell you? Snake-hips Hamlet!

>>158, >>161 Oh lawd. Funny voices for the skull? But Hamlet isn't supposed to be playing mad in that scene.... I don't know whether to be annoyed that the rest of us may never get to see this to judge for ourselves whether all the "business" works in context, or to be glad that we may be spared these ideas of what makes Hamet relatable.

>>161 The more I read about this, the more I agree that this production, or at least Tom's performance, was aimed as much at the fans as at his serious actor rep. Over the weekend, a fan's series of tweets talked about him saying some of the monologues right.to.her, and said he gave her a nod and a wink during the curtain call. Yes, a grain of salt needs to be taken, but the fan's mother also noticed Tom doing this. He really can't seem to control his need for attention/adulation, can he?

163 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-11 17:46 ID:+paBlYiz

164 Name: Unknown : 2017-09-11 17:57 ID:Pr0S03WB

Why is he catering to his fans so much when those same fans hated him with a passion for dating a pop star. He's 36 years old and still pandering to his over entitled annoying fanbase. He needs to grow up and this interpretation of Hamlet sounds incredibly dumb. I hope Andrew Scott takes awards for his Hamlet. Humping a couch and dancing...he's ridiculous. He's as immature as his fans

165 Name: NewAnon : 2017-09-11 19:11 ID:i0F27Diw

>>159>>161 Yeah, these Tumblr fan reviews aren't reviews of the play or his acting. It's just accounts of Tom's looks, his body, and a competition of "he looked directly at me!" "Oh yeah? Well he winked and grinned and looked at me" "pfft well he blew a kiss at me and now I'm carrying baby hiddles so take that bitches". It's all fantasy projection and fan competition.

>>162>>164 I'm sure he preens and adores the applause and attention but it's probably normal Tom levels. I don't think it's as ridiculous as these fans are making it sound. The music, the dancing, the couch humping (I've read such different accounts of the famous couch humping that I can't tell if it's actual humping anymore or just one quick suggestive hip thrust that's being overblown), it probably all works well within the context of the play but when these fans write it through their fantasy lens, it starts to sound like a montage of Tom's most embarrassing moments. Tumblr fan reviews on Tom anything are always focused on him and their fantasies than the actual work or truth of what actually happened so it always makes me laugh when these fans tack on the obligatory "but the play was true art! I wish he'd do more art"...yeah we can tell how much you appreciated the art lol

166 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-11 19:29 ID:wvgiOJ+E

>>164 I don't think these 'encounters' should be considered catering or pandering. And I didn't intend to suggest this with my comments. This would be pandering if he were actually making eye contact with audience members. Without knowing the theatre, I can't be completely certain, but it's hard to pick out a particular person in a darkened audience from a lit stage. The exaggeration may be giving a different impression of what is actually happening.

I've heard good things about the Pinter (I think that's where it is) Hamlet, but again reviews make it sound 'interesting' too. Will TH be eligible for any awards? I don't know the criteria well enough.

167 Name: Anon : 2017-09-11 21:23 ID:A3rZwPke

>>166 Once long ago I attended a party after a performance of the Histories at the RSC (both tetralogies over 4 days!). The actor playing Jack Cade and I talked about a soliloquy he did when Cade fantasises about the women he will get when his rebellion succeeds. I was on the front row (large theatre with thrust stage, lights down over audience during performance, i.e. bigger than this theatre but otherwise similar in feel and layout). He was standing very close to me and I felt he delivered the whole speech to me as he was looking right at me throughout. During the party I met the actor and told him how unnerving it felt - like the fourth wall wasn't really there any more (something the RSC does well but never better than at this moment). One of the things I asked him was whether he could actually see me. The answer I got surprised me. Absolutely he said. As long as the spots are not right in your eyes, which they aren't as they would dazzle you, on a thrust stage as opposed to a proscenium arch, you can see a lot. He told me that for that speech he always homed in on a young woman in the front couple of rows, and delivered the speech to her. It helped him capture Cade's mood in that speech. These women might not be entirely wrong when they say TH was looking right at them, choosing someone to wink at etc.

168 Name: Anon : 2017-09-11 21:38 ID:A3rZwPke

>>165

If I had just performed Hamlet I'd preen and enjoy the applause!! It's had good reviews and he is apparently one of the highlights (not just for the fans). I think he is entitled to bask in the applause for his performance. (I know you aren't saying he shouldn't)

My beef with it was always different - the readymade rehab from Uncle Ken and the problematic relationship of that objective to the fundraising objective, plus the "strange" way thag there turned out to be a show a week for all the mates, agents, hangers on etc.

Thank you for the insight that we are getting an edited perspective with the fangirling elements front and centre. I think you are right and that it's skewing perspective. Written like this Coriolanus would have been all about the shower scene and the snog with Aufidius (though there is textual support for the latter). It didn't feel like that when I watched it.

169 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-11 22:52 ID:5qdWEBEh

>>162 I think he and Sir K are trying to walk a very thin line in regards to 'audience.' He needs to win back fans, the Guardian, HW big wigs and Tumblr all while couching it in a robe of charity. It's a big ask.

>>162 I think he does have trouble controlling his need for attention and adulation. That seems to be part and parcel of wanting to be a big HW star. Toss in a desire for acceptance and recognition and it can be cringey. It's not terribly different from what most people want, but the scale seems bigger (maybe necessarily so) as he's an actor.

170 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-11 23:00 ID:5qdWEBEh

>>165 You're correct in that there is definitely a fantasy lens when it comes to TH, a pretty thick one smeared with vaseline. Hard to tell what it real and what is embellished beyond recognition with accounts from fans. I saw him at the Times Talk and instantly declared HL the winner of that evening - knock out in the first round winner. Reading accounts of it later on tumblr and twitter, I realized that I didn't have my fan glasses on because everyone was gushing about TH.

>>165 Do more art...where you're naked...and dance...and hump furniture...and I can smell your man musk.

171 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-12 01:49 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>165 Agree with Anon in >>168 re: thanks for the reminder that we are seeing the production largely filtered through fangirl write-ups. >>168 And thanks, Anon, for the comparison with Coriolanus. I was going to ask those of you who've been at this longer than I have how the tweets/tumbler/blogs for RadHam compare with those from TH's previous live shows.

>>166, >>167 It usually is hard to see from a stage into the audience, but it does depend on the lighting. I think some of the fan reviews have said that Hamlet's soliloquies are darkly lit, and this audience is practically sitting on top of the actors, so Tom may be able to see them more than usual. And I don't think it's really unusual for an actor to pick a point of focus, including an audience member; it's certainly a common technique in public speaking. That said, Tom is nearsighted, so he may just be making "eye contact" with what to him is a blurry oval!

>>169 I keep remembering the KSI promo interview he did with some Korean semi-celebrity guy. Every time he said or did something possibly amusing, Tom looked off-camera to his publicity person for her feedback/reaction. I think his neediness in this regard shows more than it may with other actors because when he was younger, he got away with it showing through because it was "cute," his face is very expressive even for an actor, and he might really have a bit more need for reinforcement than other actors do.

172 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-12 17:26 ID:+paBlYiz

No idea if this is a regular reviewer or not, but here it is: http://www.westendwilma.com/review-tom-hiddleston-hamlet-rada/

173 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-13 01:20 ID:LfjWE7CD

If anyone's interested in more staging details and some idea of which scenes were cut or moved, there's a four-part series here (yes, some fangirling, but not too much - at this point I'm just posting stuff if I think it adds some insight): http://hiddlescheekbones.tumblr.com/post/165272043814/hamlet-at-rada-a-very-long-and-very-detailed

I hope that the drama professor mentioned in these writes up her impressions at some point.

174 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-13 18:00 ID:yaeJgE+g

Yep, they're definitely doing invitation-only events on the "dark" nights. Someone from a PR firm posted a photo of the special invitation. She's since deleted the tweet, but it's captured here: http://insanely-smart.tumblr.com/post/165294258543/twittercomprmattersukstatus907907769193209857

I saw a few other tweets about last night's event - another PR person, an agent, and one random guy.

175 Name: NewAnon : 2017-09-13 19:50 ID:i0F27Diw

>>167 I've had similar experiences with actors/ actresses making prolonged or frequent eye contact during a performance. At a performance of Midsummer Night's Dream, the actress playing Helena made frequent eye contact with me throughout her scenes because I kept laughing at the humor she brought to her Helena, it was different than the usual way I've seen Helena done and I was loving it. The actress told me afterwards that I was one of the few in her line of sight who caught on to the humor and that's why she'd focus on me during some of her scenes, it helped with her performance. I think connecting with the character and audience through eye contact is probably a more common practice among theater actors than we realize, and not the love/ lust at first sight some of these Tumblr fans keep trying to insinuate.

>>168 From all non fan accounts, it does sound like Tom put on a great performance so kudos to him. Preen away, THids! I'm in the same boat as you when it comes to the hoopla surrounding the play. The "we've been wanting to work for 7 yrs!" flimsy excuse to hide lack of non-Marvel projects to the overblown charity and ballot bit when they knew there would be nights reserved for exclusive guests for networking. Maybe just stay quiet there, no need to address every single thing.

>>170 I agree. I like Tom, his personality has its own charm even if it's on the puppy side, and his acting talent is good. But I disagree with his fans when they act like he's the first good looking actor to ever have acted ever in the history of humanity and everything else doesn't matter. Currently, many of them are being so personally offended because they don't think Loki is being promoted enough for Ragnarok and are venting that Loki is the real money maker and should be front and center. Forget the fact that it's a movie about Thor (it's in the damn name ffs) and it should center around him, and not the secondary Loki character. I guess that's most obsessive fans of any celebrity but it doesn't make it any less obnoxious though.

176 Name: NewAnon : 2017-09-13 20:04 ID:i0F27Diw

>>172 The critic and non fan reviews just confirm what most of us knew all along, that Tom is a good actor and has potential to be a great one. Too bad he doesn't have the patience to keep at it and steer clear of the tabloid aspect. Succumbing to cheap tactics like PRmances with pop stars and pap walks with FWB co-stars take away from the talent he has to offer and make him a non option for good solid roles that may not be lead but could become award worthy with his performance.

>>174 This was all bound to come out. That's why they shouldn't have gone on and on about the fairness of the ballot bs. Clearly it's all business but to those unfamiliar, it seems underhanded and unfair. Some of TH fans who think he does art for art's sake and is all about the acting will certainly have something to say. Wait for the thesis length posts on Tumblr.

177 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-14 01:57 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>174 I'm surprised that there hasn't been more noise in the fandom about the reserved nights. (Anons have brought it up several times on the crazy clever one's tumblr, but she's shushed them each time.) Maybe RADA lucked out that the first one came to light long enough after the balloting had ended that people had recovered sufficiently from their disappointment and took the news stoically, or fans are still buying that those shows are for fundraising with bigger potential donors. Maybe those nights do have at least some donors, but the attendees who've tweeted about them are clearly in the business. The great chain of backscratching continues! (I wonder if the PR woman who tweeted a copy of her invitation took it down because she was getting questions, or because RADA asked her to nix it....)

Something good will come out of the backscratching nights, though - the newer actors in the cast are getting great exposure to agents, PR people, and so on!

178 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-14 02:01 ID:LfjWE7CD

In other news, this article about Cumberbatch's career contrasts him with Tom (though mostly in terms of Tom not having as many haters): https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/benedict-cumberbatch-whitewashing-gypsy-boy/

I think it raises an interesting point, though - has Tom been less successful than, say, BC because he's tried for variety in his choice of roles? (Loki aside, of course.) Or is the difference in their levels of success due to BC having a five-year head start? Or some other factors?

179 Name: Anon : 2017-09-14 06:51 ID:A3rZwPke

>>177

I am not surprised that the fans have sucked up whatever justification RADA provides about the freeloader nights. The well known blogs are by and large deeply and almost perversely uncritical of him and also of anyone/thing associated with him.

Until, that is, the person or thing ceases to be associated with him. The best example is TS. When she and Tom "got together" there was a lot of chat from anons and in the media about her habit of pap strolling with boyf and useful accessory such as small child. Also about her silence when far right organisations used her image without permission, her problematic squad version of feminism etc etc.

The big tumblr blogs just refused point blank to engage with this and said that if TH was with her she must be an amazing unicorn and that anyone who criticised her for any reason was a hater (of him). Then when they split all the blogs magically started posting articles about her problematic feminism etc!!

180 Name: Anon : 2017-09-14 07:13 ID:A3rZwPke

My favourite example was at the height of the relationship when GossipCop issued one of its usual bullshit denials of an obviously true story, and her fans leapt in to say that the "source" was Tree Paine (her publicist) and that she was the source for all GC's TS stories, therefore the denial was accurate.

I said, hang on, about 36 hours before she split with CH, didn't GC write a story denying that they had a problem? Did that come from Tree as well? And doesn't that mean that Tree lies to the press? The contortions that the fans went into in order to defend TS (and her publicist!) were amazing:

(1) there is a special wording that GC uses when it is using TP as a source ("sources close to TS say") and this wasn't one of those articles
(2) GC is a shit rag which makes stuff up like all the rest of the webloids (only not, of course, when it is supporting Tayto, when it is a reliable, biblically true source)
(3) the story was from Tree but she didn't know at the time that TS has split with Calvin, which TS had kept from her
(4) the story was from Tree and IT WAS TRUE because Taylor had not at that time decided to split with Calvin, which happened and was announced to the press within the next 36 hours

Many of these explanations came from the same people. I pointed out that these couldn't all be true and several people unfollowed me because I was a hater and ruining the fandom with my negative energy. They all piled onto TS as soon as the split happened, believe me.

181 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-14 22:17 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>179, >>180 Despite their claims to logic, some of those blogs don't take any hint of criticism or questioning kindly. The main nanny tumblr I watch jumped down the throat of an anon who dared to suggest that this pure fundraiser might also might benefit TH's career....

Speaking of which, kudos again to whoever planned this, for the timing in particular. The initial heavy RadHam coverage has segued beautifully into the next round of T:R videos/articles, and the first true trailer for EM. Links to any TS-related stuff have almost vanished from the first page of Tom's Google results.

Let's hope he doesn't pay too much attention to faces in the audience, because Berlinale got a ticket after all! Supposedly someone's +1, going next week. She's getting shit for it on tumblr. Perhaps this is why Tom's bodyguard was seen in the audience for at least one performance!

182 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-14 23:20 ID:LfjWE7CD

RADA may be watching for certain fangirls. This is the one who got a ticket by taking over someone else's successful ballot - sounds like she was questioned at the box office. Too bad RADA has no way of knowing whether or not money changed hands. https://twitterDOTcom/claireyfairy1/status/908458824381628416

183 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-15 17:15 ID:5qdWEBEh

>>181 Shiiiiiiiit. She's considering interrupting the play to ask about the scratches on his neck in a movie from 2007. Completely reasonable, right?? This is HER chance and mean ole HL isn't there to snatch it cruelly from her. Tom totally wants her to ask; she can see it in his eyes.

184 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-16 03:11 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>182 Oooo yeah, she's blaming it on TH's fans - https://twitter.
com/claireyfairy1/status/908674015673356288

>>181 >>183 Yep, the new bodyguard has been there to help scope out the audience. There's an unconfirmed lady stalker rumor, but I think it's general security because of nutters.

Been waiting for the perfect moment to tell the following story. It's not about a nutter, and I'll give you the supershort version: a former huge TH fan with a very popular Tom tumblr went to a red carpet event and brought a couple of pictures for him to sign. It would be the 2nd time she'd seen him in person and gotten an autograph. He eventually got to her and her friend. He looks directly at her for several seconds like he recognized her, reached over to sign her friend's picture, then walked away to someone else. A deliberate snub. Was it because he thought she was just collecting autographs to resell on eBay? Was it because his security were watching her tumblr, and showed him her picture so he can be aware of her?

Like I said, hers was only a picture reblog tumblr. She almost never made original text posts about him, or participated in the back and forth with people lusting over him. Based on that I wouldn't have considered her a security risk but maybe she was doing something else on the side we don't know about. However, if not, If he snubbed her for no other reason than recognizing her from the first time and not wanting to give her more autographs, then 1. why are there other fans who he's taken selfies with multiple times and 2. what will happen if he spots Berlinale in the audience, mid-sentence?

185 Name: Unknown : 2017-09-16 04:06 ID:yPbo83GW

>>184 I've seen this girl on a very popular gossip site that i sometimes frequent. She loves showing off vids and pics of her meeting him and giving her hugs. Its gone so far that a foreign site that's dedicated to him has a lot of pictures with him with her to the point I think this girl is obsessed and she has admitted traveling far to his sets just to meet him. She's very nanny-esque with him obviously as well.

I mean his fans are ridiculous. Just because he's nice to you and even gives you a creepy hug--which btw is something he should've never have started to begin with--doesn't mean he's in love with you or you're his soulmate. These girl's and even women who should know better really step over a lot of boundaries, but then again so has TH. And this girl has seen him more then 2 times. I think because she's pretty i guess he doesn't mind giving her attention.

Maybe the reason he snub that girl that you mentioned is because maybe she's not attractive. I'm sure if it was a attractive girl like the girl i mentioned he wouldn't mind signing or taking multiple photographs.

I wonder if he's ever slept with any of his fangirls. I wouldn't be surprised if some of these fangirls lie about their age. TH is partly to blame for this. There's no reason he should be hugging total strangers, especially impressionable girls who get a bit too involved about his life.

186 Name: NewAnon : 2017-09-16 06:01 ID:i0F27Diw

>>184 Maybe it wasn't Tumblr or online related at all. If she had more than a few pics/ posters etc and he remembered signing other stuff for her before he might have thought she was collecting autographs to sell online.

>>185 That's a rather large leap...from hugging fans to sleeping with them (though I do agree he shouldn't go around hugging random strangers all the time like that because one never knows). I don't think he's been careless enough to sleep with a civilian groupie type fan, though I'm sure he's probably hooked up with ppl in the industry who are fans of his or fancy him. From what I've seen, it doesn't seem like Tom takes any fan's physical features into consideration when he's doing his usual greeting fans and posing with them routines. I've seen pics and vids of him with fans who range from conventional good looks to quirky to average to everything. That behavior sounds more like something Justin Bieber would do...

187 Name: NewAnon : 2017-09-16 06:07 ID:i0F27Diw

>>180 did they label you a "toxic" lol Seems like anyone who disagrees or points out any sort of logic to any of these big TH tumblrs, they're marked as a toxic and the faceless anons are set on them.

188 Name: Anon : 2017-09-16 06:40 ID:7ZjT5yCQ

>>187 I'm not important enough to be a toxic. Also I had been on here for some time before Tayto (and even before Theo) so I didn't care to engage on tumblr too much.

189 Name: Anon : 2017-09-16 06:55 ID:7ZjT5yCQ

>>184>>186

I think he has always been alert to those who sell autographs. I have seen footage from years ago where he refused to sign for people who had had one already. Most autograph sellers are male but he may have come to the conclusion that anyone with multiple pics on one occasion is a seller. Hence he would sign for or pose with fans he had seen before but only if they had one pic on each occasion.

>>185 I haven't seen any evidence that he goes with fans. Maybe he did in the early days when he wasn't so famous, but I am sure not now. I imagine it is industry types and friends of friends. The age of consent in the U.K. is 16. You would have to be very young indeed to be pretending you were not underage and I think most intelligent men could spot a 15 year old pretending to be older. I have never heard even a hint of TH sleeping with someone underage.

190 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-17 23:22 ID:LfjWE7CD

The little RadHam tickets mysteries continue. A young actor tweeted Fri. AM that he and at least one other person were being comp'd by RADA for that night's show. An attendee at one of yesterday's show tweeted that she saw at least four empty seats. A couple of well-known actors (Riz Amhad, Tom Hollander) have been spotted in the house. Did the shows not sell out after all? Are people with tix not showing up? Or (my strong suspicion) did RADA only sell 130 seats but has more seats available for people in the business? (Depending on how it's configured, that theatre can seat up to 160).

191 Name: Unknown : 2017-09-18 01:40 ID:z7DCfgBw

>>190 Its totally for industry people. That whole show is not only for Hiddles rebranding but also for Branagh's RADA graduates to get some jobs, agents etc.

I don't like how this play has been advertised. Making it seem like its some charity when its only for a bunch of elite people to meet other elite people. No wonder the UK have a diversity problem with students who can't afford to get into a very expensive school like RADA. It's very unfair for working class people to compete with a "charity play" like that.

192 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-18 14:05 ID:l63piwsn

>>190 Nanny response: 'RA and THo are such fans of TH that they entered the ballot like everyone else.' Yep.

I went looking for empty seat/comped tweets and the like. Found about a dozen from the start of the run. Also found a woman who described herself as a 'last minute seat filler' courtesy of a friend who works at Rada. Hmmm. The rottenness remains in the state.

193 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-18 15:36 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>191 Unknown, to your knowledge, is this the first 'charity play' that RADA has ever done? Have other theaters had charity play short runs like this?

194 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-18 15:56 ID:i7607y1q

>>193 Good question, Whats. I don't know if Unknown has that specialist knowledge but I bet someone on the board does.

They touted the ballot system as all but revolutionary, so that element seems a first, at least for Rada. When I lived in London I was a semi-frequent theatre goer both on my own dime and on the boyfriend's Citibank client entertaining allowance. I never attended a play at Rada or knew anyone who had attended. Of course I knew of Rada. I don't think they have alumni back to perform/direct in this way but I could be wrong. I have no idea about the fundraising part of this. Maybe every play at Rada is technically a fundraiser as the students don't get paid for it.

This all is just more proof that this seems to be a beast constructed for a particular set of goals.

195 Name: Anon : 2017-09-18 16:36 ID:A3rZwPke

>>193>>194

I have lived in London for many years and have been a committed theatregoer for most of them.

I have never heard of a RADA event of this type

I am sure that they have always had fundraisers and I think I have in the past heard of carols services, concerts, drinks parties. I am also sure that they do graduation shows in which their students perform - this is not least because they can't accept work during the course, so there are well-established structures to enable them to be seen by agents and casting directors. But I haven't ever heard of an alumni play like this.

As for other theatres - they do have schmoozing events like meet the cast, drinks parties, talks. The Donmar has guaranteed allocations of tickets for significant donors (for which they pay) and for very big donors a complimentary performance with pre and post show drinks and talks: https://www.donmarwarehouse.com/support/membership/ Fair enough as you have to donate £1750 a year to get that.

But it is the other way around from how the nannies envisage - you donate first and you get invited to the event after, as a reward for your support. They don't go out on the streets looking for rich people interested in theatre and invite them along hoping they might donate.

196 Name: Anon : 2017-09-18 16:46 ID:A3rZwPke

>>193>>194

As far as I can see, the big difference for the RADA special performance nights, and the mysterious additional tickets, is that they are not pegged to a previous donation.

I am sure that some attendees have donated lots - David Attenborough clearly has, whether directly or through Richard Attenborough's legacies. I also imagine that KB himself has been a big donor as he has been a loyal supporter of RADA over the years. But the only actual criterion for attendance at the rehearsal do was being a graduate of RADA. I am also fairly sure that the "spare" tickets were, if not comped, sold for face value, whereas the Donmar special ticket allocation for sold out performances has to be paid for, and only goes to those who have made big donations.

Every person who goes to a special members' production at the Donmar "for free" has made a donation of at least £1750. If that was how they allocated these seats for the "dark" nights I am sure that nobody would query it. The fact that nobody at RADA has said this suggests to me that that isn't what is going on here.

197 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-20 00:31 ID:LfjWE7CD

Tidbits of possible interest:

  • Audience member who figured out that the balloting weighted the audience towards hard-core fans: "This was quite a safe way for Tom Hiddleston to try out the biggest role an actor can do in front of an audience that was likely to be predisposed to forgive any failings (if you make someone apply for a ballot for something your pool of audience members tends to be reduced to those desperate to see it…. Now that it’s clear both production and star are a triumph hopefully we’ll see it transfer somewhere sensible for a longer run where more people can see it." (http://www.inspiredfollies.org/2017/09/17/review-of-tom-hiddleston-in-hamlet-at-rada/) Immediately reaction on the I-S nanny tumblr: "How dare she imply this? Tom doesn't need a trial run!" (A phrase which doesn't even appear in the review.)
  • And contradicting that blogger's claim that the ballot prevented ticketing hoarding, I've seen two people tweet recently that they used their +1 ticket for themselves to see the show a 2nd time. Maybe not hoarding, but quite selfish.
  • At last, a truly snarky tweet from an attendee: twitterDOTcom/tara_mulholland
  • The running twitter debate among recent attendees about whether or not they could smell Tom is too funny!

198 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-22 21:26 ID:6LNXsSd5

Tom, being cradled deep in Ken's bosom; never has his PR been this good. But who else would be as loving as a mentor who's also had his ups and downs.

"Kenneth Branagh interview: 'Tom Hiddleston and I were always honest about Hamlet' "

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/playwrights/kenneth-branagh-interview-tom-hiddleston-always-honest-hamlet/amp/

Excerpts:

Tickets for his pop-up performance at RADA – allocated by ballot for the three-week run – have been like gold dust and there has been much wailing and teeth gnashing from those, including critics, excluded from this collector’s item event. Even the Guardian’s film critic pleaded for the production to be “beamed into Britain’s movie theatres”.

That’s not going to happen, Sir Ken affirms as the final performances loom this weekend, arguing that the 160-seater Vanbrugh “isn’t set up to do a big-screen transfer – though I embrace that idea in other venues. I am pro accessibility”. He also rules out the production having a further life. “We have been honest from the word go. No one was in an option to go to the West End – and there have been no conversations with Tom about doing it again down the line.”

Rather incredibly, neither he nor Hiddleston seems to have fully anticipated the demand. “I’m very, very surprised at the amount of attention it has got,” he confesses, suavely dressed in dark blue blazer and jeans, still boyish at 56. His leading man even worried there might be empty seats. “We thought we should do a ballot, because we knew he had fans, but Tom was very sweet about it and genuinely asked ‘Do you think we’ll sell out?’”
***
For Hiddleston, a formidable Coriolanus at the Donmar in 2013, the challenge was to stretch himself at close quarters: “He wanted to discover an emotional depth that might have surprised people who consider him a cerebral actor.” In an interpolated opening scene, the audience sees the black clad prince of Denmark at the piano mourning his dead father in song – “He’s this raw, grieving thing,” says Branagh.
***
As for Hiddleston, fans shouldn’t feel distraught. “I’ve played Hamlet in four different productions, Derek Jacobi played it hundreds of times. And I’m sure Tom is interested in playing Benedick and Richard III. So, the public need to be assured that there will be a lot of pleasure coming our way.” Watch this space.

199 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-24 19:33 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>198 Oh yes - Tom's PR team should hire Sir Ken! (Though I did sense that KB might be a mite peeved that most of the attention for the production was for Tom, not for Tom and the director. Even this interview spent more time on RadHam than on KB's upcoming MotOE. And you'll note that KB doesn't talk about wanting to do more Shakespeare with Tom.)

I don't buy that KB is "very very surprised at the amount of attention." Everything about the production was designed precisely to get as much attention as possible - especially not comp'ing the critics, which probably got the show even more press than it otherwise would have received. I can see Tom being insecure about it selling out, though.

So that's that, except for some straggling reviews from attendees. We may be a little Hamletted-out on here, so I won't bother posting any unless there's something really unusual.

200 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-24 20:16 ID:LfjWE7CD

Oh, a question for the UK-theatre goers. What does it mean when a performance is described as "very RADA" or "too RADA"?

201 Name: Anon : 2017-09-24 21:25 ID:A3rZwPke

>>198 This was unintentionally hilarious in several respects. After an anecdote I heard recently from someone who has met him, I can however believe the neediness of the "will it sell out?" story.

It seems that Cumberbatch did mysteriously manage to acquire a seat for the last night. He must have made his wife go in the ballot too. https://diariesofatravelingclassicist.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/750/

>>200 I think it means too posh, mannered, flaring nostrils, over-dramatic, a bit queeny, etc. Does that help? In the old days theatre types were often called "luvvies" in Britain because the stereotype was that they called one another and everyone else "love" or "luvvy" all the time. You don't hear that as a term of abuse very often now. TH is not wholly immune to this as he does call a lot of people darling, even fans he has never met.

202 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-24 21:37 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>201 Can you say more about the anecdote (only if you're comfortable doing so, of course)? And what else did you find funny in the article?

Yes, so mysterious how that worked. Helena Bonham Carter was at one of the other public performances earlier in the week. Maybe there were celebrity smack-downs happening in the parking lot to see who would get a returned ticket!

That does help about "too RADA" - I was guessing it was something like "affected, too stagy," and so forth.

203 Name: Anon : 2017-09-25 12:32 ID:A3rZwPke

>>202

Ok anecdote. The person I met worked closely with him and still sees him for pub nights out etc. Apparently very charming and gentlemanly but also buttock-clenchingly earnest and desirous of approval (this from a man, and not from a famous one either). Thus far, thus fairly unsurprising, save that the neediness must be pretty noticeable if a regular bloke can spot it.

The specific anecdote relates to an encounter at a party between TH and Jude Law.

The latter, as you will know, is not a tall man (I can confirm this having met him twice - once on the street and once in a restaurant). He apparently deals with this by invading one's personal space during conversation, meaning standing very very close and drawing himself up to his full 5 foot 6.

Anyway, all eyes were on how these two alpha gorillas would deal with one another - Law playing to TH's insecurities by being more famous, and TH playing to Law's by being 9 inches taller. I am told that Law had a go at standing close but realised quite quickly that this wasn't really working given TH's height!! They apparently spent the rest of the evening circling one another slightly mistrustfully and talking in Serious Deep Voices about their "projects.

PS capcha was "Law" !!

204 Name: Anon : 2017-09-25 12:39 ID:A3rZwPke

>>202

Things I thought were funny about the article:

(1) "surprised at the attention Hiddleham got"?!!!!! Come on, Ken! I have loved you for many years, and if my number ever comes up in the One Time Sex With A Celebrity of Your Choice Lottery, I will probably use my ticket on you and not Hiddleston, but you are trying my patience here!!

(2) the moustache picture.

205 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-26 01:07 ID:LfjWE7CD

>203 "buttock-clenchingly earnest" "talking in Serious Deep Voices" - you made my day!
>204 Let's hope no one goes to MotOE expecting to lip read, because you can't even tell that KB has a mouth behind that 'stache.

206 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-26 01:08 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>199 Yep, Hamletted out except for one last question: why did he wear such tight clothes, as mentioned in most of the reviews in the latter 2 weeks of the run? Proprioceptive issues? Did he gain weight?

>>203 I've read one or more anecdotes and blind items about that particular personality trait as part of an overall insecurity. So the 'will we fill the seats' quote I said 'really, not again dude'

>>204 I'll use mine on Idris Elba.

207 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-26 13:14 ID:7hN8z5bL

>>203 My hubby and I were talking about the concept of the alpha male a few weeks ago. We were compiling a list: Harrison Ford, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Muhammad Ali, Teddy Roosevelt, George Washington, General D. MacArthur, Idris Elba, Daniel Craig.

Based on this, I wouldn't say that either TH and JL are alpha males. The former for his wet rag self confidence and need for approval, the latter for his lack of physical presence and hang-up about it. They are both good looking, charming, and successful in their fields (and with the ladies, though JL provides more proof of that) but neither screams alpha male. To me, at least. Perhaps it depends on the setting, and they were at the top of the totem at that particular party.

QOTD: Is TH alpha? Was he before the shirt and GQ? After? Is the alpha male just a myth?
SQOTD: Who do you use your Celeb Sex Free Pass card on?

208 Name: Anon : 2017-09-26 19:24 ID:A3rZwPke

>>207 The words "alpha gorillas" were interpolated by me, not without irony, because:

1) they are really not alpha gorilla types
2) they are not at all hairy
3) they like to think they are alpha gorillas

You are right to say that the underlying reason for the phrase was that they were at the top of the tree at that particular gathering - hence the circling/rivalry and the onlookers' mirth.

209 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-26 19:30 ID:6LNXsSd5

This lack of self-confidence has got to be cutting deeply into the success of his auditions. Maybe not when it comes to Shakespeare but anything else outside of his comfortable acting box. The depths that some of the more versatile actors go to for roles requires he trusts himself. I know that it's been said here that therapy is not something Brits tend to do, but he needs something to build himself up. Private acting workshop?

I don't know, what so actors do when they need to get their mojo back?

210 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-26 19:31 ID:6LNXsSd5

*I don't know, what do actors do when they need to get their mojo back?

211 Name: Anon : 2017-09-26 20:03 ID:A3rZwPke

>>209 They perform Hamlet for 3 people.

212 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-26 20:38 ID:HObS5TJR

>>209 NewAnon has reminded us that many of his roles were either secured through connections, given to him by directors (because he looked like the character), or when others dropped out and he was the next available 'store brand' Brit. The list is long: Thors and Avengers (Sir K); ISTL, MiP (picked by directors); CP, OLLA (store brand Brit replacement); Shit Island (through legendary/CP).

He auditioned for Thor but I think the others landed in his lap. TNM and HR, as I recall, also were presented to him.

He's not had to 'fight' for many of his roles. If he's not very good at auditioning, it's because he's out of practice!

213 Name: Anon. : 2017-09-26 20:46 ID:HObS5TJR

>>211 Whatever mojo was restored by Hamlet, I wonder if it will last. I ask because I get the feeling, mostly from SDCC, that TH won't be two wheeling with T:R promo, as in the past. I think he'll be three wheeling it with Messrs. Hemsworth and Ruffalo. But then add in the director and other stars and suddenly he's on the middle axle of an 18-wheeler - not where he usually is and not where someone with shaky confidence likes to be.

214 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-27 01:55 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>206 Now that you mention it, his clothes/costumes didn't look all that tight in the photo shoot pictures. Maybe he started training for Loki (if he's in A4) and bulked up a little. Or maybe it's from leftovers of that delicious-looking catered food.

>>207 QOTD: I don't know if human alpha males are a myth or not, but I think that human males believe in the concept (at least in the US)! TH, I don't see as alpha - he has alpha moments, but mostly looks like an alpha wannabe. And That Shirt did not help. SQOTD: Currently, Aidan Turner.

>>208 Suddenly I'm envisioning TH and JL as those monkeys whose calls are booms!

215 Name: Heynon : 2017-09-27 02:04 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>211 (snicker) Though I think you've hit on something - another purpose of RadHam could have been to rebuild not only TH's reputation but his self-confidence.

>>213 It is sounding as though he won't be as prominent in T:R promo as he's been in the past. He might welcome that, though, since it means less chance of awkward questions about HS. (Especially if TS does something else super-duper public about the album during the T:R promos.)

Back to >>209 I think you and Anon are on to something here. Maybe the reason he's not getting the leading man roles he wants is that his insecurity is too noticeable, and that's not a trait associated with most conventional leading men.

216 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-27 03:51 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>215 >>209 It's not - which is why for every claim of "HS didn't have an effect on his career" I silently say "the humiliation further eroded already shaky ground"

>>213 >>215 No telling how the T:R promos will be sorted out. I agree with what Anon. said.

>>212 I forgot how long the list of connections was. Add to what you noted: all 3 roles in the Joanna Hogg films and his last 2 stage roles.

217 Name: Anon : 2017-09-27 06:22 ID:A3rZwPke

>>216 Yes.

I think we have said on here before that pre Hiddleswift he enjoyed a very good relationship with the press. Think of all those Guardian interviews - he was respected and liked. KB talked in that interview about what a hard Tim he had in the press and it is true - he was absolutely pilloried for being earnest, too clever by half, and ambitious. Pre-Tayto, TH wasn't criticised at all for those traits, which he possesses to a degree - it was presented as part of an endearing package. I don't recall reading a single really critical feature or interview (I'm setting aside reviews or CB which is snarky about everything and only gets it secondhand anyway).

The loss of that good standing must have shaken TH deeply. It's evident that he worked hard to be liked in interviews so to have the Guardian just write the snark without hesitation must have stung. I mean, they invited him to the WHCD a few months before.

218 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-27 06:54 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>206 >>214 Could be that he stopped or cut back running during the play and he gained wait.

>>217 The backside of "earnest, too clever by half, and ambitious" are overenthusiastic, butt-kissing, know-it-all, which filled some blind items about him during two specific times: the first Avengers movie run and during the dying month of HS (i.e. after she went back to the US), especially the know-it-all part.

219 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-09-27 06:55 ID:6LNXsSd5

  • the first Avengers movie promotional tour and subsequent appearances everywhere on the effin' planet

220 Name: Anon. : 2017-10-01 14:06 ID:L0um0JZN

I guess when Thor promo starts we'll see if being the hot ticket in town helped boost his confidence. If not maybe he and Sir K. will have been working for years on staging Macbeth in a bathroom...for charity.

What a minefield promo will be now: Tayto, her album promo and all the potential 'bristle' questions about the two. Remember when the top of the promo cringe scale was yodeling and bad accents. Ah, the good old days.

OT for a Sunday morning:

We went to see Wind River on Friday. EO's delivery is still flat as a pancake but that could just be her voice. She and Renner did well with some very one dimensional characters and a plot/script that paced like an obese hamster in its wheel. After seeing it, we were surprised it has such a high RT score.

221 Name: Anon : 2017-10-01 22:34 ID:A3rZwPke

>>220

Hello! Hope all is well. When is baby's first birthday?

I am assuming that October will be another project free month as there is such a short time before Thor 3 promo starts in earnest. Let's hope Hamlet has resulted in lots of enquiries....

In the British press at least the whole Swifty thing has gone rather quiet. She hasn't been up to anything much and I do feel there has been a gear change in how he is regarded. Whatever the snarking in the press about the exclusivity, he got great reviews and he now seems to be regarded as a serious person again. By that I guess I mean interested in the craft and not too obviously gagging to be a star.

Even snark wise there wasn't anything like our level of scepticism, and the mainstream press seems not to have picked up on what was going on with the "dark" nights.

222 Name: Heynon : 2017-10-02 02:49 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>220 And Tom will have always wanted to play King Scot in an undiscovered bathroom....

>>221 It's good to hear that the press seems to see him as a serious person again. (Though the Telegraph, in that recent Branagh article, did have to get in "Hiddleston, 36, became a household name in the UK on the back of his brooding (and bottom-baring) turn on The Night Manager"!) I guess it's good that he's back to being snarked for dropping his trousers?

One recent RadHam tidbit from the company that handled the balloting:

"We came up with the idea of a ballot process or lottery, where entrants would be picked at random with the opportunity to book tickets within a specified window of time. Here’s how taking this radical new approach supported RADA’s aims and provided an amazing customer experience at the same.

  1. They reached a larger audience and captured data on potential [future] customers....
  2. They set customer expectations at the right level....
  3. The booking experience was much less stressful than a traditional onsale....
  4. Taking a new approach to a common consumer pain point fuelled media interest....
  5. They made access to tickets fair"

Note what's number one and what's last, and the acknowledged publicity play in number four.

Also, the technical parts of the article imply to me that had they/RADA wanted to, they could have prevented the complete transfer of successful ballots from winners to others.

https://www.spektrix.com/blog/how-ballot-ticketing-put-rada-in-the-spotlight/

223 Name: Anon : 2017-10-02 06:00 ID:A3rZwPke

>>222

Good spot. Very interesting. I see that a major attraction was offering the opportunity to make an extra donation at the point of sale. I wonder how many actually did so, and how much it raised. On these numbers even if every single person paid an extra fiver it wouldn't have raised a lot. I bet a lot of people didn't add an extra donation as the base price was pretty expensive and yeah.

224 Name: Anon : 2017-10-04 06:49 ID:A3rZwPke

At the BFI Luminous gala:

https://instagram.com/p/BZziUo9gR3-/

225 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-10-04 08:44 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>224 I looked through all of the Getty Images (where that photo is from) to find others of him, 15 pages worth, but that's all they managed to get of him for the night. I couldn't even find a video clip on YouTube. How's that for super-low profile?

Captcha: flaw

226 Name: Anon : 2017-10-04 19:31 ID:MMQC+qlX

BFI again. With a man with an incredibly small head.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ1ghzYgR0X/

227 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-10-04 21:41 ID:6LNXsSd5

A fan had a chance meeting with him today (Wednesday): http://geniaparadox.tumblr.com/post/166045943026/i-am-fucking-losing-it-guys-holy-shit-i-met-tom

Lighting and shadows can age a person, but this photo plus >>224 and >>226 tell me that he's lost a lot of weight because I haven't seen those eyes that sunken and with dark circles since he was at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards in early 2014, about a month after he finished filming ISTL and he was still gaunt from playing a drugged and boozed up Hank.

228 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-10-04 21:49 ID:6LNXsSd5

I don't relish this; I hope that I'm wrong, that he's still at his Loki skinniness and these are badly lit and angled photos.

229 Name: Heynon : 2017-10-05 00:16 ID:ewjQfNZR

>>224 When they both have full beards, Tom looks even more like he could be Jeremy Irons's son - couldn't have hurt his casting chances for Henry IV!

>>226 I think it's partly the odd camera angle and partly that that young man hasn't finished his growth - look how loose his tux is.

>>227, >>228 Agree that they are poorly shot photos, especially the 2nd BFI and the fan ones. But also notice that he's not really smiling in any of them, and his smile plays a big part in making him photogenic. He looks quietly annoyed in the fan shot, I think. And maybe he came down with something after RadHam closed. It's not unusual for cast or crew members to get sick after a show ends, since you've been running in high gear for several months.

230 Name: NewAnon : 2017-10-05 08:14 ID:pYVU3rqH

Wow...he looks really haggard in these new pics. Especially the one with the kid. Like Whatsinaname said, I really hope it's just bad lighting.

231 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-10-06 16:16 ID:6LNXsSd5

It is bad lighting. New pics on Torrilla from Q&A on “Early Man” with Maisie Williams. He looks and sounds good, calm, and grounded. I’m sorry I cant link from my phone.

232 Name: Anon : 2017-10-06 20:12 ID:MMQC+qlX

>>231 He does look good - provided you like beards! (I can't stand this look on him).

I see from the accounts of this publicity thing that Eddie Redmayne couldn't attend and sent a recording. Mmmmm.

233 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-10-07 06:20 ID:UYUwGWkN

>>232 Rivalry gone sour? Or something else?

234 Name: Anon : 2017-10-07 08:15 ID:MMQC+qlX

>>233 I was just thinking, one big name busy, the other less so!

235 Name: Heynon : 2017-10-07 23:31 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>232, >>233, >>244 Fantastic Beasts is filming now, so that's probably where Redmayne was (especially since this was very early promo for ER). But yes, one of those two gents could be busier (especially since this is the 2nd time Tom has had to do promo duty when the lead was off working).

236 Name: Anon : 2017-10-11 06:11 ID:A3rZwPke

Thor Ragnarok premiere! In a really bad Gucci suit! Still has beard! https://instagram.com/p/BaF7aWtA4ZG/

237 Name: Heynon : 2017-10-11 10:41 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>236 And though you can't tell from these pix, also still has the long hair. Agree this outfit wasn't his best look - wonder if Yrs Truly was involved or not.

In the red carpet interview I saw (live, so no link) he came across pretty well, I thought. Moderate energy and didn't play too much to the pretty interviewers. Maybe the beard represents the new, mature TH.

238 Name: Heynon : 2017-10-11 12:14 ID:+paBlYiz

>>236, >>237 And Luke was shepherding him on the red carpet, so the major PR rehab continues. It's a bit odd, though. As of last night, no press mentions of interviews with him during the LA press junket. And Marvel sent at tweet to fans, "@"d the other major cast members, but didn't include him.

239 Name: Anon : 2017-10-11 15:32 ID:A3rZwPke

Apparently the older gent is his dad (via a CB link). I don't think I have ever seen a pic of them together before. I once saw a brief video of the tow of them at another premiere.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DL22VWmXcAE_ZCF?format=jpg&name=small

240 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-10-11 18:53 ID:rwj/O7RA

>>236 It is her: https://instagram.com/p/BaHhGlanClT/

>>239 That is his father. He was also with Tom at the premiere of the first Thor movie. I’m on my phone so I can’t, but if you search YouTube for “Tom Thor Pop Sugar” you should find it.

241 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-10-11 19:00 ID:rwj/O7RA

I meant to reference >>237 for the IG link.

>>238 And so speculation continues over why his contribution to the press has been downplayed. Marvel could be wanting to concentrate more on the Mark/Chris/Taika relationship, and they don’t want there to be a chance of any Loki spoilers getting out by accident. There’s the unsubstantiated stalker rumor and the avoiding ts rumor.

242 Name: Anon : 2017-10-11 19:01 ID:A3rZwPke

>>240

Re Yourstruly - Aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhh! Still, no surprise given that the suit was hideous and too tight.

Re PapaHidds - I think this is the video I saw. Oddly he looked older in that vid whereas in this pic he looks younger and pretty dapper. Not devilishly handsome though. It's always so interesting how two people come together and make a child who is great looking. Especially given that the sisters don't look greatly like TH or each other and aren't anywhere near as striking (not that they aren't attractive, but they don't have what I'd call movie star looks).

243 Name: Anon : 2017-10-11 19:02 ID:A3rZwPke

>>241 The stalker rumour?

244 Name: Unknown : 2017-10-11 20:04 ID:DpaeWEvx

>>242 TH doesn't have movie star looks either so...His sisters especially his younger sister looks way better then even him.

His father looks really old. They must've made Tom when they were much older then average, even though Tom isn't that old tho he looks older then he actually is which is another story.

Marvel is really pushing the Ruffalo x Hemsworth promotion. TS album hasn't released yet and when it does its around the U.S. premiere of Thor Ragnarok. So they're probably trying to downplay Tom's promotional involvement.

Also its about time Chris actually started promoting his own movie, it always fell on TH to promote it. Then again Loki stans are so vocal and think the movie is all about Loki that Marvel in the past didn't bother pestering Chris to promote it.

245 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-10-11 20:20 ID:rwj/O7RA

4.ch ate my post so I’ll try again:

>>242 Comparing the PopSugar video to last night, his dad has a full head of hair now. At Thor 1 he was balding.

Genetics are fascinating. TH’s older sister has the same blonde hair, big, blue, downturned eyes and smile as he from their mom. Her daughter has the same eyes but with darker hair, of course. Younger sister looks totally different.

>>243 Yes. Unsubstantiated, though.

246 Name: Anon : 2017-10-11 20:56 ID:A3rZwPke

>>245 I meant, what rumour? Haven't heard anything...

247 Name: Heynon : 2017-10-11 23:46 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>241 The cast did a press panel today and Tom was there, so he's not completely out of the T:R loop. But there are so many possible reasons why he's not nearly as prominent this time around. Me, I find it nice and calming. Now the top articles about him today feature the beard (ex: https://www.gq.com/story/tom-hiddleston-thor-ragnarok-beard ), though saying it makes Tom look "as rugged as Jake Gyllenhaal" isn't much of a compliment in my book....

>>244 I think it depend on how you define movie star looks. I find his somewhat classic, like a Leslie Howard. Also, with TH, a lot depends on the angle from which he's shot. His side profile is pretty near perfect, but in a bad shot straight on, he's all nose and forehead.

>>246 The rumor happened during the T:R reshoots/just before SDCC, I think. It started on LSA with screenshot of a supposed Tumblr post (I'm not an LSA member so I couldn't see the image) that talked about a stalker. Absolutely no other proof than that as far as I've heard.

248 Name: Sosorry : 2017-10-17 18:06 ID:zSl8T0x0

Guess who is in talks to play Hamlet in a new Brexit-era film for netflix? Tom, not so much. Emmy winner Riz Ahemd! Thrilled for Riz. Still no Shakespeare on the big screen for Tom, yet. Wonder if Tom was in contention for this?

http://deadline.com/2017/10/riz-ahmed-hamlet-shakespeare-netflix-1202189435/

249 Name: Heynon : 2017-10-18 01:24 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>248 Good question. I think that thanks to Night Of, Riz is currently a hotter property than Tom, at least over here. (TNM didn't make as much of a splash.) If this happens, it may make it less likely that Tom will do Hamlet onscreen anytime soon, especially with the BBC doing Andrew Scott's version next year. I hope that if Tom wants to get in first with some Shakespearean role he's been eyeing (cough Benedict cough), he does it soon before someone else from his cohort grabs it!

I haven't listened to it, but a summary of the EM interview he did with Masie Williams recently mentioned that he got the EM script in May last year. So that means that (except for Marvel, which was a given, and the mutually-back-scratching RadHam) he hasn't gotten any new projects that we know of in almost 18 months. Gee, wonder what started in May last year that could have affected his career?

Somehow, the EM and T:R promos aren't interesting me (though I'll probably follow EM more when it's closer to release). Anyone else feel that way?

250 Name: Sosorry : 2017-10-18 04:29 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>249 Yep, I'm not as driven to watch the Thor 3 videos. The rock, paper, scissors cast game was adorable. But overall, I'm happy that Tom is less of a dancing bear through this series of promos. He seems calm, grounded and mature on the red carpet. With that summer PR madness last year, and TS releasing new singles and filming a London-based music video, I think that Tom is content to just talk about the work w his colleagues and not be at the center of some juvenile PR shite storm. And Marvel is not like Legendary with the Kong interviews. Marvel cares way too much about protecting their franchise profits to let reporters ask any personal questions that would distract at all from the agenda of their films. Sadly, I really think that Tom would haven been asked to do at least one late show in the US if not for last summer. And yes, Chris is the hero and Cate is the new villain, but the full Thor 3 cast on a late show together would have been delightful. Would audiences get false impressions about the plot and think that the film was a Loki revenge movie if Tom did any more press? It's not that difficult a concept. BTW, Domhnall Gleeson is on fire landing parts right now w Ex Machina, the Revenant, American Made, Goodbye Christopher Robin and Star Wars. Can Tom steal his agent?!

251 Name: Sosorry : 2017-10-19 17:15 ID:zSl8T0x0

Non spoiler review of Thor:Ragnarok from Collider. Apparently the film is a balls to the wall comedy, even more so than the Guardians of the Galaxy series. I really don't connect to the humor in the Guardians films, but I love Taika's humour in Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and WWDITS, so my fingers are crossed for the cast. Apparently Cate doesn't have much screen time, and her section of the film is not the strongest part of the narrative.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=916&v=EjYEhapmkTo

252 Name: Anon : 2017-10-20 18:23 ID:A3rZwPke

Evening all! Thanks for the Ragnarok links.

I haven't been able to get interested in the publicity material - ironically, given that the movie actually looks good.

On a totally non Thor related note, I did randomly find this though. See page 13 for an article by Tom's sister about her journalistic career. She is very accomplished in her own right. http://www.downehouse.net/downloads/CloistersSpring2015final.pdf

You may all have seen it before - apologies if so, it had passed me by but I thought it was very interesting.

253 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-10-21 05:40 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>251 Still interested in T:R, but I'm so burned out seeing so many reblogs of the spoilers clips that I'm now far more interested in Black Panther.

>>252 That link is new to me. I didn't realize she was so accomplished.

In other news that I'll summarize as much as possible: TS's latest single, 'Gorgeous' - which dropped on Thursday - is about her current bf, Joe. She stated this to some of her fans that she surprise-visited these past couple of weeks. One of them tweeted this info, which I saw, but I don't have a link. In the discussion of the song lyrics, a new timeline has become obvious: she met Joe while with Calvin and started an affair with Joe. She broke up with Calvin, got Joe an invite to the Met Galas, then met and pretended to be interested in Tom. She then dated Tom to cover up the affair, the Kimye stuff, and the sexual groping charges against the DJ. She then breaks up with Tom, waits a several months to reveal that she and Joe had been supposedly dating only since October. At some point between the reveal and the GQ article, Tom probably learned the real timeline of the affair and realized he'd been used. Explains why the tone of the article was more emotional than people thought it would be.

254 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-10-21 05:43 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>253 CORRECTION: not cover up to the sexual groping charges against the DJ, but to distract and deflect away from it.

255 Name: Anon : 2017-10-21 07:41 ID:A3rZwPke

>>253 I read about this. Apparently she held a listening party for her stans (she has to be the only celebrity I know who actually searches out and spends time with the nutters) and she told them it and other songs were all about Joe. That may or may not be true, but it must be what she wants us to think if she told all the stans.

I also read that she changes the lyrics of her songs, or revises them, before release, which doesn't surprise me as I guess most songs go through several versions before finally being recorded. It's been speculated that she actually wrote this about TH and then tweaked the lyrics to make it about JA. Everything except the "boyfriend who's older than us" line fits the TH analysis, I think. (BTW how infantile is this line? This is a 28 year old woman supposedly hiding in the corner with her new squeeze from someone who is 35...)

256 Name: Couch Potato : 2017-10-22 10:08 ID:1PfmdX8f

dicks out for Harambe

257 Name: So sorry : 2017-10-22 18:57 ID:X7es+dip

>>255>>253 TS wrote Gorgeous about her gf, Karlie Kloss. Karlie Is younger than Calvin. Karlie was at the met ball that night. And that lyric about wanting something that she can't have, is about her not being able to have a public normal relationship with her gf. As T has had public fauxmances with Joe and Tom, that's the only way the lyrics make sense. Joe is literally Karlie without a wig on, it's crazy. They have the same eye shape, too. And if you look at the met ball pics of T and Karlie hugging on the dance floor, and the 4th of July pics of T and Karlie cuddling and holding hands on the waterslide, and the pics of them hugging in their Vogue article body to body, it's kind of obvious. They also wear matching necklaces with initials T and K... I just hope that one day Hollywood can stop with these silly games and let poeple be who they are, and stop promoting these fauxmances for the public.

In much more fun news, Tom was spotted earlier this week at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, but was back in London by Thursday.

258 Name: Anonon : 2017-10-23 02:28 ID:LJkovPIz

Holy hell, look at the state of this board.
If its an accurate reflection of TH's career then retirement is nigh.
>>257 There's no Kaylors here. I suggest keeping those opinions to where they have nested- in the darkest swamplands of tumblr.
>>256 I'm starting to admire your tenacity.
>>253 This timeline is so confusing and seems much more illogical than <<255. What a shit song though. Her fans must be struggling, as we have been, to heart eye our fav.
Is anyone here looking forward to TR?
I could do with a hearty laugh and according to reviews it delivers so I may go but I'm not champing at the bit.

259 Name: Sosorry : 2017-10-23 05:24 ID:zSl8T0x0

Not a Kaylor, just someone who thinks that the celebrities who have such controlled media managed images are not at all what they seem (side-eyeing you Joe Jonas and Bradley Cooper), and I have my fingers and toes are crossed that TS's name never comes up on a TH blog again, in the history of time. Period. I've just hit a wall where I can't look any more "accidentally" taken crystal clear professional pics of celebrities who are "loved up" and reportedly are "so in love" just when they just coincidentally require our attention to promote their artistic endeavours.

I enjoyed the intensity and the melodrama of Thor 1 so much. I fear I will not like the humour of Thor 3, since I don't have the best sense of humour, sadly. But the movie is tracking at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, so I'm not required! I'm most interested in what Tom's next project will be. Will Tom be forced to do more theatre? Will he head over to HBO? Is his team's strategy to assume that he will get praise for Thor 3's success, b/c imo that's not going to work. Maybe he needs to reboot as a character actor in ridiculously small work horse parts like Kevin Bacon did when his career hit the skids, or Colin Farrell, of course. Or maybe he needs another gritty police series, like Wallander, but with him as the lead?
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/thor_ragnarok_2017/

260 Name: Heynon : 2017-10-23 21:50 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>258 If Himself isn't going to give us any career news to work with, we're reduced to discussing how much more of an idiot/famewhore/jerk TS has managed to make him look with her latest emission. I think no matter which super-sekret interpretation of this song you pick, it results in TH looking like a total pawn to cover up her affair(s), or someone who hit on a young woman who already had a boyfriend, or TS's beard, or....

>>258, 259 I'm looking forward to TR in the sense that I liked the one movie of Taika's that I've seen (HFTWP) and it will be the first time I can see Tom as Loki on the big screen. But I have the niggling sense, despite his best assurances in PR that this won't be warmed-over meatloaf, that it will be pretty much Loki as we've seen him before. (I've been trying to avoid full reviews, but the tweets from the press preview generally agreed that Valkyrie is the breakout star of this one, while ignoring Loki. Shades of KSI and "Tom Hiddleston was fine." Zzzzzzzzzz.)

So if his team is relying on TR for a big career boost, I agree that's not likely. (It's the fourth time he's played the role, people, with at least one more round to go!) I hope his US team is working hard on finding him one of the really choice projects that the streaming services are doing these days.

captcha: rut

261 Name: Anon : 2017-10-23 22:06 ID:A3rZwPke

>>258 I read this as "look at the state of this beard." I couldn't agree more!

As regards the board, it's still a fun place to hang out, but that loooong since ceased to have a great deal to do with TH. I have this feeling that if we all met up in a bar and he walked in, we'd look up from our drinks and say, "yeah whatever" before carrying on with our own conversation!

I still have hope that he will throw us a bone, but in the meantime TS is all we got. That woman has a lot to answer for.

262 Name: Anonon : 2017-10-24 11:42 ID:LJkovPIz

>>260 I read that as "TH looking like a total prawn"

All this discussion of 'his team'. There's so little going on I don't think he's had an active team for a while. Certainly not a marketing team aside from a chaperone to openings. The last attempt to resurrect his image was the GQ article in which he came across as a wet sock. I think his agents have him on the disaster sleeper file and by the looks of his beard and visible foundation line, even his Hollywood groomer has been ditched.

I have no doubt that if any offers of leads in HBO/ Netflix shows came in he would dry hump the producers' leg so the offers are likely coming as bit parts and shit parts if at all. Maybe he's so traumatised he's retired from the public, only to perform in small, inaccessible and unreviewable theatre shows.

Maybe a future awaits in childrens content, riding on the success of TR and a brand new tidal wave of pre- pubescent fans or a Galaxy Quest- esque bitter retirement at eternal comic cons as a visibly ageing god.

I certainly don't expect him to emerge from his mancave or throw bones until the album drop blows over.

263 Name: So sorry : 2017-10-26 00:30 ID:6XUhSq3g

Great video of Tom being interviewed onset of Thor 3 at minute 17:24 by children in Australia affiliated with the children's hospital! He dances and beat boxes. If keeps the kids happy, I'm for it, I guess. Chris is interviewd just before that. And their joint visit to the hospital is covered at the beginning of the video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OdwTzODcw0M

265 Name: Heynon : 2017-10-26 23:03 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>264 And beardless! Let the theorizing begin!

266 Name: Heynon : 2017-10-27 00:45 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>262 I almost typed "prawn" as I was writing that!

This article about Fassbender has been making the rounds: http://observer.com/2017/10/michael-fassbender-snowman-assassins-creed-movie-star/

If its final theory is true (which I'm not at all sure it is), movie actors are damned if they do, damned if they don't. The article swipes at TH for HS, but then asks if perhaps Fassy isn't a star because the public knows so little about him. Too bad it doesn't dig into the effects of poor project choices....

267 Name: NewAnon : 2017-10-28 02:14 ID:i0F27Diw

So apparently it seems that Tom has gotten a puppy. A fan met him with the puppy and tweeted about it (and from the tweets it sounds like she was stalking him with dedication) The tweets are in Italian but the all the tweets pertaining to the puppy and Tom and their translation can be found on the Crazy Smart one's blog. Fandom discussion is currently at #Tomsettlingdown level. He was with a lady friend so it's a combination of everything.

Now are Taylor and her new bf going to get papped with a puppy because of this? Oh no it'll be with her cats and it'll be an IG story moment. She's currently knee deep among her Tumblr fans so I'm sure she's gotten wind. If there were pics of Tom and puppy, then the IG story with bf and cats might already be in pre-production but since it's all tweets maybe she won't...it's Taylor though, Miss Must Outshine My Exes.

268 Name: Anon. : 2017-10-28 04:43 ID:Evh5cfQ2

It's his emotional support dog. It may also be giving him career advice.

269 Name: Anon : 2017-10-28 09:49 ID:W9euJvQn

Apparently it is a cocker spaniel puppy and it's 9 weeks old. He said last year when he was promoting ISTL that he wanted a dog but didn't have time because of all the travelling. I guess now he has time. I am glad for him, no snark intended. There isn't much point doing a high pressure highly paid job for years on end if the net result is that it makes it impossible for you to enjoy the fruits of your success.

270 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-10-28 16:46 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>267 Read some of the posts about it. I must have missed the part where it said that he was with a lady friend. But yay for getting a cute Spaniel. Settling down (for the moment) must feel good.

271 Name: Anon. : 2017-10-29 12:19 ID:zm0AJ4db

In the same way I doubted the cat was his when mentioned in a 'reputable' magazine, I'll wait for a confirmation of his new status as a pet owner.

I think he said in that interview that he didn't have pets because it wouldn't be fair on them since he was away so much. If the pup is that age, he was thinking about getting it before or during the Hamlet run. Long days of rehearsal, performance days and thoughts of upcoming promo wouldn't inspire a sensible person to get a dog. Especially if he was hoping Hamlet would bring the scripts and work in.

But then sometimes it's hard to resist a puppy. Still I'll wait for print or photo confirmation. I hope it's a spread in Horse and Hound. I hope they get Taffy to do it. I hope he mentions how he and Taylor talked about getting a puppy before the cruel paps/public/media drove them apart and crushed their totally real, not staged love.

Enjoy your extra hour, everyone. Side note: children don't recognize parents' right to an extra hour of sleep. Each day is a lesson.

Captcha: dott

272 Name: Heynon : 2017-10-29 17:10 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>269, >>271 Apparently some asked the tweeter if the puppy was Tom's, and she replied that she didn't know. (It could have belonged to the woman who was with him.) I think's Anon's point about taking time to enjoy what his success has brought him is a very good one, but I wonder if he's really learned that lesson yet. I have trouble believing that's he'll give up his hard driving approach to his career once the offers start coming in again. (As a recovering workaholic myself, I know that it can be hard not to fall back into old habits!)

273 Name: Heynon : 2017-10-31 01:25 ID:LfjWE7CD

There's an Italian style magazine coming out with a new issue on Wed. that has a stop-in-your-tracks beautiful (I'd have said gorgeous, but...) picture of Tom on the cover. Per Google, the headline with it translates roughly to "Do Not Ask Me Anymore" and the teaser blurb refers to him as "an English actor of great elegance and few words (don’t even think about mentioning Taylor Swift!" So we may see another war-of-wills with an interviewer.

The preview isn't up on their site (http://style.corriere.it/) anymore , but the info is on the Crazy Intelligent one's and other tumblrs. Worth a peek just for the groomed-version-of-RADAHam-look picture, IMO.

274 Name: Sosorry : 2017-10-31 18:36 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom and Tessa Thompson talk Thor 3 w Collider on Action sequences

http://collider.com/tessa-thompson-tom-hiddleston-interview-thor-ragnarok/

275 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-01 00:04 ID:LfjWE7CD

276 Name: Anon : 2017-11-04 17:08 ID:I9SuBT1e

Spotted on I think Thursday on the set of the latest Avengers movie. Maybe the career isn't as moribund as we had feared. Torrilla has pics.

PS had the server for the board been weird for a few days?

277 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-04 18:13 ID:0+UAlctl

>>276 It's not known if it was for IW reshoots or A4, though. Apparently both are filming at the same time.

The sever has been acting up; this is the first time I've been able to get on in a few days.

278 Name: Anonynonynon : 2017-11-05 13:48 ID:aNozfogG

Against better judgement but with a wildly still high tomato-meter reading, I went along to see Thor. It was a genuine blast! Tom's Marvel payday will keep him in puppy-food for a long time to come..

279 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-05 16:20 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>276>>277 Yep, the server has been acting up for two days.

Sidenote, remember how I said that Tom should emulate Jeremy Irons' career path, and I mentioned a film he did called "M Butterfly" where a 1930s french diplomat falls in love with a beautiful chinese opera singer who is secretly a man? Well, Clive Owen stole my idea for Tom, and he is currently leading the "M Butterfly" revivial on Broadway. If Clive wins a Tony nomination or an award, Tom, that was your show.

Just saw Thor 3 last night! It was thoroughly enjoyable. Wickedly funny, very much of Taika Waititi's style. First off, Tom was elegant and mischievous, as usual. But this wasn't Loki's story. Someone said that the Loki character is like the Jack Sparrow character in the POTC films. His character burst out completely realized and as a fan favourite, and now there isn't anywhere else to go with his story arch. Taika as a director is great at comedy and world building. And he's esp good at character interactions and exploring the fun ways they can contrast with other characters. The Thor/Hulk scenes rocked. And the the Dr. Strange/Asgard boys scene was hilarious as well. Jeff Goldblum was a hoot. But, the action sequences could have been much much better. And overall, I thought that the film lacked emotional gravitas and mythology. Some unrevokable tragic events occur, and they didn't resonate the way they should have with the audience, they just kind of breezed by. In the director's aim to lighten the tone of the Thor series, the film was tonally inconsistent overall, and it seemed like they didn't know how how to transition from the humour to the more grave moments, as Branagh did in Thor 1.

280 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-06 01:53 ID:LfjWE7CD

I also saw T:R this afternoon. I enjoyed it, though >>279 Sosorry is correct that it's not a Loki story at all. (I think more could have been done with his arc if they hadn't moved Thor's character past caring much about him. I missed that emotional connection and tension between the two of them, which to me are what made at least Thor I more than a comic book movie. Here their relationship is mostly played for laughs.) Tom gets to do more comedy, but that's about it for character development.

Lots of funny moments, I thought the smaller fights scenes were good, and there were a few beautifully imagined and realized big moments (Valkyrie's back story, for example). But to me, it didn't hang together as a "Thor must save his homeworld" epic story. (It also didn't help that I didn't find Hela to be nearly as convincing a villain as Loki. I thought a little of her went a long way.) It was so busy, with so many characters, that it was hard to care much about any of them or what happened to them in the end. Thor 1 is still my favorite of the Thor films, I'm afraid, because as Sosorry pointed out, Branagh handled the balance of epic and comic skillfully.

281 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-06 18:27 ID:zSl8T0x0

Article referencing why Marvel didn't require Tom to do promo for Thor 3. And that maybe with a built-in fan base and a strong social media campaign presence, Marvel just doesn't need to pay for actors to fly round the world first class in order to plug their films. The comments are always fun.

http://www.celebitchy.com/556048/thor_ragnarok_was_a_huge_box_office_success_tom_hiddleston_barely_did_anything/

282 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-09 00:59 ID:LfjWE7CD

New Early Man trailer and article here: http://people.com/movies/watch-new-trailer-early-man-creators-wallace-gromit/

So apparently that DeNiro imitation paid off for Tom! (Though the typo in the sentence makes it even funnier....)

283 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-09 01:03 ID:LfjWE7CD

Track titles from TS's album include "This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things," which sounds as if it's taken from the TH nannies' lament about other fans criticizing Tom and "driving him off" social media. Prepare for fandown meltdown in 3 - 2 - 1....\\

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbN9rHVH0bo/?taken-by=taylorswift

284 Name: NewAnon : 2017-11-09 18:28 ID:i0F27Diw

THids did get a puppy. Torilla has pics up. It's a really cute pup! Maybe it'll help him land better roles? lol Just joking. But it really is a very cute puppy. Tom looks his usual self in his usual uniform plus his grey hoodie and that black coat.

285 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-09 18:54 ID:+paBlYiz

Well, TH must be expecting the worst from TS's album drop, because he did a pap stroll with The Puppy! Pix are on Torilla's and various of the Tom tumblrs (sorry, my phone isn't letting me link).

286 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-09 19:10 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>284>>285 Puppy pics below! Adorable dog. Tom looks like he is cradling his new pet for its dear life. He needs the unconditional emotional support, I think. Not sure if I buy his cold hard stare-down at the paps, since this looks like a planned pap walk. Am I glad that Tom's not hiding from the album drop? Am I wary that people will link his new photos to infantile pop song lyrics, and compare his puppy pics to you know who's eventual pap walk her new new fauxbeau, Joe Alwyn? Its a puzzlement. The bottom line is that I want more drama from Tom on stage and screen, and less drama in real life.

TH and puppy pics
http://hiddleston-daily.tumblr.com/

287 Name: NewAnon : 2017-11-09 20:37 ID:i0F27Diw

>>286 His puppy is really cute. I love those eyes, so frickin adorable! Perhaps he did get the puppy to ward off all the negativity he'd been feeling post-Hiddleswift. How much you wanna bet Swift will try to incorporate her own pets into her pap walk with Joe? Her album doesn't release until tomorrow but I saw the lyrics to two of her songs from a bootlegged copy which seem to say she admits to using Tom but also laying the blame for it squarely on his shoulders. I've never been good at interpreting Taylor Swift sings because tbh they sound super high school and I can never tell who she's singing about. Even right now with the supposed Tom song, the lyrics read very high school angst to me. I guess that's her thing though.

288 Name: Anon : 2017-11-09 20:37 ID:I9SuBT1e

>>284>>285>>286

So, Anon., a couple of weeks ago you said, wisely, "he was thinking about getting it before or during the Hamlet run. Long days of rehearsal, performance days and thoughts of upcoming promo wouldn't inspire a sensible person to get a dog."

We conclude from this that....?!!!!

BTW he is back in London. Street furniture in the full length pics shows, at right, a TFL bus stop. So he was probably filming (??) pickups for the last Avengers film. Doesn't necessarily mean he won't be in the next one but as Heynon pointed out, not a given from being in Atlanta.

PS he looks very cute with the dog, but gosh that is a thousand yard stare.
PPS has he had highlights? The hair looks suddenly a lot blonder again, though there seems to be a filter on the pics making it hard to tell.
PPPS dog was called Bobby, I think.

289 Name: NewAnon : 2017-11-09 21:53 ID:i0F27Diw

>>288 I assumed the hair looked lighter because he washed it lol I'm sorry but his long curls looked very unwashed during the Thor3 promos (he looked unwashed but that's mostly because of the same sweater and jeans combo every single time), looked like either natural hair oil buildup or lots of hair product to tame the curls. You could be right that it's most likely a filter.

I do like the pap walk with the pup. I'm feeling it. Wiser decision than being papped with a girlfriend, considering Miss Pop Star is about to do one this weekend with her boyfriend.

290 Name: Anon : 2017-11-09 22:12 ID:I9SuBT1e

>>289 Yes, I know exactly what you mean. He looked grubby - I don't like the long hair and unkempt beard combo. You can have one but not the other. Or you can be Jason Momoa but nobody else.

In these photos he looks a lot better - same clothes but cleaner somehow. Not like he picked them off the floor but maybe like he washed and ironed them.

So is the pup a sign that he has settled down with a GF - or the sign of a man who is perennially single and has a dog to keep him company? Second question - does he let the dog sleep in the bed (you know he does! He wears the same jeans 4876 days running!)

291 Name: NewAnon : 2017-11-09 22:21 ID:i0F27Diw

>>290 I think he just got a puppy because he wanted one, not because he's got a girlfriend. Based on previous observations, I'd say he's still single. He usually dresses better when he's with someone. Like when he was with JA, EO, and TS, he put some effort and kept himself clean and his clothes varied a bit even if it was between 3-4 of the same outfits. Right now it looks like he's not making any effort at all. He probably looks a little clean right now because he was working up until recently. I won't be surprised if the beard and unwashed curls come back.

292 Name: NewAnon : 2017-11-09 22:25 ID:i0F27Diw

>>290 I think the more important question is does the puppy want to sleep in his human's bed considering hygiene issues? Please for the love of all that's sanitary, let this man be keeping his house clean and doing his laundry.

293 Name: Anon : 2017-11-09 22:30 ID:I9SuBT1e

>>291 Yeah, I am not getting a "settling down with my gf" puppy feel. More like, I will never work abroad long term again so at least I can enjoy owning a dog.

I am definitely getting an "I did a pap stroll with my puppy" feel though. Am I too cynical?

294 Name: Anon : 2017-11-09 22:32 ID:I9SuBT1e

>>292 I bet it is a slum. He is single and 36 and straight. He said something once about doing his own cleaning (!!). My personal experience is that men falling into this category change the sheets only when hoping for sex.

295 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-10 00:05 ID:H2K/5eNL

OMG! The press has reported that Tom has finally moved on from TS b/c he has been spotted cuddling with a beautiful brunette, his puppy! Tee hee! Don't let the bstards get you down Tom! Snuggle with little Bobby and dream of storming the Oscar stage one day, after all of this nonsense has subsided.

https://www.thecut.com/2017/11/tom-hiddleston-puppy-london.html

296 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-10 01:46 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>286, >>288 Yes, that "I don't see the paps, I just happen to be giving the icy blue glare of death" face isn't convincing. Especially since he's wearing his glasses and should be able to see at a distance.

>>288 Since he was first spotted with the pup a couple of weeks ago when it was only 8 weeks old, he might have been thinking about getting it while he was doing Hamlet, but didn't take the plunge until after the run of the play. (I wonder if no good offers materialized at that point and he just said the hell with it and got the dog.)

>>288, >>289 I think the photos were filtered or edited to be lighter than real life to keep the dog from looking too dark to see its details. If you look at Tom and the bystanders, they all look a bit washed out. And his hair can really change color depending on how much product is in it. (I think it's mostly product, not unwashed-hair oil, because his hair is so unruly that only heavy product will keep it in place. At the LA T:R premiere, when he walked away from the two interviewers, his hair was flying up at the back even though he had a ton of goop in it!) >>290 Agree that he wasn't well groomed during the T:R promo; at the very least, the beard needed a good trim.

>>292 Well, dogs love to roll in the stinkiest things they can find, so Bobby is probably fascinated when Tom has all sorts of "good" smells....

>>293 Anon, you are not too cynical! I even wondered for a second if this was a rented dog.

>>294 And sometimes those men don't even change the sheets when they have hopes (ewwwwwww).

297 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-10 01:57 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>287 I want to see TS and the new toy boy carrying some of her cats on the pap stroll!

After skimming through all the album lyrics, it seems that one song is all about Tom (Getaway Car), one song disses both him and Calvin (I Did Something Bad), and a couple of others also reference them both ("older men," "Land Rovers and Jaguars"). See https://genius.com/albums/Taylor-swift/Reputation

The weirdest bit, though, is the Prologue (https://genius.com/Taylor-swift-reputation-prologue-lyrics). Who is she blaming because her "heartbreaks have been used as entertainment"?!

That chick is a piece of work.

298 Name: NewAnon : 2017-11-10 03:13 ID:i0F27Diw

>>293 Considering what a mess Hollywood currently is, it might be a good idea for him to steer clear. Way too much instability going on currently. Going after the usual biggies for roles is kinda moot at this point.

>>296 Yeah, I wouldn't mind rolling around in some Tom myself ;) (provided he bathes first and changes his sheets)

>>297 oh boy that prologue is tone deaf af. She creates her own "reputation" and then writes a thesis on it, blaming others? And she's touting the whole "people show different sides of themselves to different people" spiel that most of us learned back when we were in our teens. I remember my friend used to have it in his AIM profile back in high school because he was trying to all deep and get laid. She is definitely the garden variety case of arrested development with a nice generous serving of narcissism.

299 Name: Anon : 2017-11-10 08:15 ID:I9SuBT1e

>>296 To get a pedigree pup in the UK you usually have to say you want a pup while mum is pregnant, or when the pups are tiny. Friends of mine have often gone to see the litter when the pups are 4 weeks old to choose which one they want. They then pick it up some weeks later when it is old enough to leave mum. I don't think this is a spur of the moment thing. If the dog was 9 weeks old when the stalker saw him 2 weeks ago it was born in late August and he probably committed to it during or just after the Hamlet run.

300 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-10 12:28 ID:zSl8T0x0

And the dailymail has an article with Tom dancing at the Met Ball, and wearing the heart tank top on the July 4th party, and with TS in Australia, alongside the Getaway Car lyrics. No puppy pics so far. At least the article mentioned that Tom had been formerly private before in his lifestyle. Their entire PR relationship was geared toward selling this album with this gross narrative, as we predicted as soon as we saw the staged beach photos in Rhode Island. The comments are great. The general public isn't buying into any of this silliness. Bonnie never left Clyde in a motel bar, b/c they were actual parters and she was the only member of his gang that he trusted implicitly! And they never saw each other again after the LA dinner at Hillstone. I'm just glad that Thor 3 is not mentioned, and that the DM didn't link the article to Vanity Fair's article featuring Tom as Clyde Barrow w Felicity Jones.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5069329/Taylor-Swift-hints-dumped-Tom-Hiddleston-new-song.html

301 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-10 18:49 ID:+paBlYiz

>>299 Ah, I didn't know that timing for reserving a puppy. Still, he probably knew even then that he wouldn't be doing much promo for T:R or filming in Atlanta in this round. So this probably was the best time for him to take the puppy plunge. And a good thing too, because those pix are currently above the many, many Reputation articles in his search results.

I wonder if his nicer-than-normal uniform in those pix is because those were the newer versions of his standards that were bought for Hamlet? The hoodie looks almost new.

302 Name: Anon. : 2017-11-10 21:43 ID:/51PhbBl

Awww, puppy's first pap stroll. :(

>>288 It says he's not sensible. As to cynicism, let us remember that this is a man who pap strolled with his mother, sister and young niece in order to legitimize a blatantly faux relationship. Would he get a dog to have something cute to deflect from Tayto-become-music? I do not doubt that he would. He pretended to be in a relationship with someone for exposure. What's a dog compared to that? How's that for cynical!

I don't think it's a rent-a-dog but I suspect it will be off to his mother's the moment a job comes through.

>>299 Same in the US. You will often put down a payment when the mother is pregnant and then follow through with the rest of the fee if the gender/health of the pup meets expectations. This is the timeline I was thinking of when I wrote about the circumstances in which he was considering pet ownership.

303 Name: Anon. : 2017-11-10 21:52 ID:/51PhbBl

Is he nesting or co-parenting the pup with someone? I don't know. He's always seemed a playboy/serial dater to me, two/three on the go, as casual as causal could be. That doesn't change overnight. So while I don't doubt he's 'seeing someone' I don't think she's become a new puppy mommy.

Besides it's only been nine months since the GQ article. He still mending a broken heart.

304 Name: NewAnon : 2017-11-11 08:12 ID:i0F27Diw

>>300 He was too green for a manufactured tabloid romance. He doesn't know how to play PR games apart from the obvious sell a certain image one.

>>303 He should probably mend his broken common sense.

305 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-11 18:42 ID:+sPaWYzn

Gossip Cop response from Team Tom below.
>>304 Yep. Tom is too naive to run in the media games of Hollywood. Unlke Calvin Harris who wasn't afraid to clap back by not only defending his song cowriting and producing skills on his Rihanna song with TS, but tweeted that TS controls all of the media and that TS fans who want to believe a fictional sanitized version of TS exist in real life, just need to grow up, and then he claimed his phone had been stolen! Ha! Ballsy.
Team Tom's response to the TS album on gossip cop. Stating that no one close to him comments to the press about any of his feelings, or knows his opinions on the album. That he respects art in general, doesn't assume that any of the songs on the album are about him at all, and art is open to interpretation. And that their "brief relationship" ended over a year ago. Mature. Sad that the minions crave petty drama over grown up statements. Can't wait to talk about what happens in Tom's career, next!

https://www.gossipcop.com/tom-hiddleston-reaction-taylor-swift-new-album-lyrics/

306 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-11 21:46 ID:KcXCCWTm

Oddly, I am currently eating in the Santa Monica location of Hillstone restaurant, where Tom and TS had their last interaction in their fauxmance. FYI, lots of families enjoying the holiday eating burgers and fries, and no paparazzi in sight : )

307 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-11-11 22:38 ID:6LNXsSd5

308 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-12 02:13 ID:+sPaWYzn

>>307 B/c Lainey is in the pockets of Team TS. And she gives Lainey, People, US magazine, and Rolling stone scoops. And they get a lot of TS fans to click to their online sights b/c of her. TS is just like most other young artists today. They worked hard, wrote a few good songs by themselves as youngsters, and now they have teams of songwriters and gossip rags, and a even a few newspapers editors who inflate the ratings of their new albums, in their pockets to help ensure their success. So much money is used to promote their careers that they are too big to fail. That line about Tom being too thirsty for PR was always her strategy to hurt Tom. Sad that he wasn't wise enough to stay the heck away from PR relationships in Hollywood, b/c you have to be reality tv star, or young pop star greedy/catty/petty and capable of lying well, to survive them intact. The puppy pap walk has been used by Affleck and Liv Schreiber in their post relationship PR battles, so it was a bit of a tired move from his team. Tom's absence from Marvel Thor 3 promotion was part of Marvel's plan to spend less money flying and housing actors first class around the world, and instead rely on a very controlled social media campaign and their established fan base to increase their profits. If Marvel had wanted Tom for more PR, he couldn't have gotten out of it, if he was contractually obligated to be there.

309 Name: Anon : 2017-11-12 16:39 ID:A3rZwPke

From a gossip column in today's Times:

"Tom Hiddleston’s diary is enough to make the most hardened workaholic feel like a slacker. The actor has just played Hamlet on stage, and, even though his latest film, Thor: Ragnarok, is still in cinemas, he is already working on the fourth Avengers flick. So it’s little wonder that he wants to escape the rat race. My mole tells me Hiddleston, 36, is ditching London for the country, and has his eye on pads in East Sussex. He’d feel right at home — his Thor co-star Cate Blanchett has a 13-acre pile in Crowborough."

310 Name: Anon : 2017-11-12 16:50 ID:A3rZwPke

Here's the link: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/new-homes-for-tom-hiddleston-and-taylor-swift-dzgvmf8bv

Personally I think Suffolk is more likely, as E Sussex is a long way from both parents (Suffolk and Oxford respectively). Maybe it's an error/mishearing, or maybe deliberate misinformation.

If you want to live near coffee shops and cinemas, East Sussex basically means Brighton, so any home there would also still be very public, and maybe even a bit more so as it is a bit of a small town. He'd have privacy if he goes for a true country pad - but that seems unlikely for a coffee-addicted single man, even with a dog.

311 Name: NewAnon : 2017-11-12 21:07 ID:i0F27Diw

>>310 Probably could be buying a country home instead of uprooting from London altogether. I don't think his acting ambitions have changed so I don't see him leaving London. A country home is more space for his growing puppy and also provides a quiet place for him from his constantly stalking fans that hang around his neighborhood.

I know his nanny fans are saying this move signals him settling down and we'll hear engagement news soon but I wonder if he's simply just buying a country home to enjoy some time away at. The purchase makes sense with the money his two movies made this year. Usually actors start expanding their real estate when they come into a steady stream of cash from their blockbuster franchises. Some they keep for themselves, some are investments and they rent them out etc.

312 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-14 20:08 ID:zSl8T0x0

Taffy Akner, authoress of the much debated TH GQ article, expresses her twitter feelings of why people supposedly like the petty music of Taylor Swift. Taffy knows how to self-promote, my gosh!

Taffy Brodesser-AknerVerified account @taffyakner 4h4 hours ago

A friendly reminder that we only recognize Taylor Swift's pettiness and sensitivity because we share it.

313 Name: Anon. : 2017-11-14 21:48 ID:d3cbpCrJ

A friendly, sweeping and therefore undoubtedly flawed reminder. Thanks, Taff.

314 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-14 23:19 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>312, >>313 Pity she didn't recognize some of the pettiness that could be read into that GQ article and write something less open to multiple interpretations! But she really does know how to use social media to get herself out there.

315 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-15 01:33 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>312, >>313 And in other Taffy/TH news, who should be interviewed on a podcast and say more about Tom and the "mystery brunette" DM story but Ms. TA: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/write-about-now/id1286555942?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Apparently he called her after the pap pix came out: "He called me up. And he said, “I see what’s going on. I’m so sorry, I would like to apologize to your husband. I meant… I hope you understand, he understands there’s no disrespect, and I am horrified. And I can only imagine what you’re going through.” And I said, “Tom. This has been the best week of my life. Like, we should try to enjoy this more. This is amazing. Please, do not shut it down, I am really enjoying this.” "

Hers may be the longest 15 minutes of fame evah.

316 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-15 01:38 ID:zSl8T0x0

Two articles below from The Hollywood Reporter. The first says that AMC, the Ink Factory, and the BBC have greenlit John le Carre's The Little Drummer Girl, and mentions how successful TNM was, worldwide. The Night Manager 2 is mentioned in the second link, and it is still in early development, apparently. Methinks that idea needs not to happen. Tom should think like Elsa in Frozen and Let it Go. The second article talks about why limited series shows are given additional seasons. That's obvious. Avarice and greed.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/little-drummer-girl-set-as-latest-john-le-carre-adaptation-amc-1056290

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/big-little-lies-13-reasons-why-17-execs-why-they-keep-renewing-limited-series-1056663

317 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-15 02:27 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>316 Also, as one exec quoted in the 2nd article says, "It’s easier to expand an existing brand than to create one in the first place." In other words, lack of originality or desire to take risks, also known as fear of losing money and face.

318 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-15 19:20 ID:zSl8T0x0

Here is the Sir Kenneth Branagh "Happy Sad Confused" podcast with Josh Horowitz on MTV. He talks about casting Thor 1, Tom, and Chris Hemsworth at 23 minutes, and his 4 hour film production of Hamlet w Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, etc. Apparently Sir Ken might star in a version of Macbeth directed by Martin Scorsese. If so, Tom should try to nab a part in that film. Fassbender already mucked it up. I'm determined that someone has to be the first actor to win an OScar for a Shakespearean performance since Olivier for Halmet in 1949.
http://www.mtv.com/news/podcasts/happy-sad-confused/kenneth-branagh/

319 Name: NewAnon : 2017-11-15 20:40 ID:i0F27Diw

>>318 oh Tom would make a great Macduff or Banquo.

320 Name: Anon : 2017-11-16 08:10 ID:5vCtQtwD

Taffy B-A returns to the Hiddlecow to milk yet more from her one interview!

I am beginning to think she called the paps herself.

321 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-20 01:23 ID:NJkptUNl

Apparently Hiddleston, Coleman, and co are in negotations for The Night Manager 2. Hmm... I do not like this. There is no more night to manage. Period. Unless they have someone of JJ Abrams levels of imagination and innovation to build a new story, and an award winning writer to spin a tale like his life depended on it, I would be truly concerned.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/showbiz-tv/hot-tv/661129/The-Night-Manager-Season-two-cast-Tom-Hiddleston-Olivia-Coleman

322 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-20 17:04 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>321 It sounded to me like the same stuff that various people from the first series have been saying for a while: "it will only be done if it can be the same quality as the first one...." I suspect this will never come to pass, because by the time they can develop something really good, the director and major cast members will have other commitments. (Unless they do "The Night Manager - 10 Years After," hee hee.)

323 Name: Anon. : 2017-11-21 01:09 ID:Y2aJTkZd

One of the major cast members might not have any commitments....

Maybe he's decided to stick with the proven over the uncertain. From now on he'll only do Marvel movies, ticket-balloted Shakespeare plays with three week runs and Night Manager sequels...and pap walks with puppies, never fake girlfriends or GQ writers.

Dicks out for Taffy.

324 Name: Unknown : 2017-11-21 01:24 ID:JMToHIo3

>>323 So can we call it now? Is he officially a Has-Been? One-Hit Wonder?

325 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-21 05:29 ID:zSl8T0x0

My oh my! Kenneth Branagh might be signing on to direct and star in another Poirot detective film, Death on the Nile! Tom must grab the starring role of Simon Doyle, who may be a victim of a heinous crime, or the murderer, himself. The story is about a gruesome love triangle that develops between a wealthy heiress, her brand new dashingly handsome and previously impoverished husband (hopefully Tom), and his heartbroken ex fiancee. It all takes place on a paddle steamer traveling down the Nile, and someone ends up dead. I think a handsomely made, well cast period ensemble piece, would be a good fit for him. Or, Tom should head to France and grab Isabelle Hupert for a steamy french thriller. A May-December romance film with her would rock!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5102523/Kenneth-Branagh-expected-direct-new-Death-Nile.html

326 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-22 17:58 ID:zSl8T0x0

And we have a cornucopia of puppy-walking photos with Tom and Bobby! They are strolling in the park with Tom's Hamlet costar, noted playwright/actress Lolita Chakrabarti (who played Gertrude), who is married to the phenomenal thespian Adrian Lester. Lester starred in Branagh's 1930's set film jukebox musical production of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" featuring Alicia Silverstone (embarrassingly.)

http://tw.weibo.com/torilla/4177037746987325

327 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-22 18:22 ID:+paBlYiz

>>326 You beat me to it! I wonder if Ms. C is the one holding Bobby's leash because Tom was waving his hands around too much and confusing the pup? Also, that dog has huge paws!

328 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-22 19:30 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>327 And now, apparently Lolita Chakrabarti's nickname is Bobbie! So maybe Tom was talking to Lolita in the coffee shop w his new puppy, and his puppy's name is yet, unknown. What a mystery. Let's protect the privacy of the puppy as it begins to navigate the pernicious eyes the celebrity press.

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/638416/Beowulf-actress-Lolita-Chakrabarti-life-career-biggest-regret

329 Name: NewAnon : 2017-11-23 04:31 ID:Tb6ULC1K

I think Lolita Chakrabarti is Tom's current Ken B. She was pictured next to him at that theater opening and she is a producer/ playwright. Since he's having trouble landing movies right now, he's most likely aiming at plays. Could be they are working on a project together and pitching it together looking fir investors. Would explain them hanging out. I think it's all professional. Unless she's left her husband and holy scandal THids, being the other dude again? Jk, I highly doubt it.

330 Name: Anon : 2017-11-23 17:36 ID:A3rZwPke

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone Stateside! 🦃

We don't get the day off and the turkey but thank you for giving the UK some extra sales for our Christmas shopping!!

331 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-11-28 23:44 ID:6LNXsSd5

Thank you Anon. I don't know about anyone else, but I ate well.

>>328 So it appears that the pupper is called Bobby/Bobbie (spelling is not confirmed) according to one of a number of twitter users running into TH on the street (once with BC and SH over the weekend) or on the Tube.

from @angelasargeant1: https://twitter
.com/angelasargeant1/status/935613051537063937

332 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-29 15:01 ID:zSl8T0x0

Avengers IW trailer w an intense shot of Loki/Tom holding the tesseract. Is it odd that I enjoy the stand alone films much more than the Avenger group efforts?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZfuNTqbHE8

333 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-29 20:10 ID:zSl8T0x0

Okay, The Night Manager 2 officially has a writer, Matthew Orton. His resume seems rather limited on imdb.com Is a sequel really necessary? Not really sure what I'm hoping will happen with this project. Haven't read a word about Ben Wheatley's Hard-Boiled adaptation, in a whole year.

http://deadline.com/2017/11/matthew-orton-the-night-manager-1202216478/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7736820/

334 Name: NewAnon : 2017-11-29 21:33 ID:i0F27Diw

>>333 The production keeps saying it's going to be a slowly developing project so they probably need to figure out the direction they want to take season 2 in. I mean if they're lucky it could turn out to be a successful season 2. If not then ouch. Also, is Tom even attached to s2? It doesn't sound like he's been signed on yet. He said he'd consider it, definitely not a confirmation.

I couldn't even finish the first season tbh. The writing and direction and character building weren't really my thing. I could barely make it to the end of ep2. So it's safe to say I won't be tuning in to a s2. But just because something isn't my taste doesn't mean it's not a good show/ movie.

335 Name: Anon. : 2017-11-29 21:56 ID:ITVa4f5D

Does Orton have a twitter? Watch for the telltale follow from TH. That's as good an indication that he's involved as a snap of the actual contract.

Is it necessary? No. But looks like they'll do it. As has been mentioned: the greenback talks.

I would guess that, if asked, he'd do it. He doesn't seem to be drowning in work, and it's really his main claim to fame - besides for Marvel and Tayto. Even if it's crap, he'll do it. Mainly because he can't tell the difference between good and bad, and because his talent will overcome all failings of plot, plan and script, e.g., ISTL, Shit Island, Tayto....

336 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-30 00:58 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>332 Not odd at all. The first time I watched Avengers I, I found it rather overwhelming with all the characters. I found Age of Ultron confusing and boring, and I haven't made myself watch Civil War yet. I think IW and A4 have "hot mess" potential.

337 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-30 01:01 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>333, >>334 Re Hard Boiled, I vaguely remember seeing something in the last few months where Wheatley joked about having resumed working on the script.

I did make it through TNM's first season, but it was hard going for the last few episodes when it got so ridiculous. In some ways, they might be better off with original material for a second season.

338 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-30 01:18 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>335 With KSI, it turns out that what he probably was pitched by Legendary during the CP shoot was not what Warner wanted in the final script - see this from the screenwriter: https://screenrant.com/kong-skull-island-characters-deleted-backstory/. It does explain why he seems miscast or overacting in that role.

It's a pity that TH didn't claim "creative differences" and bail at that point. Instead, he'll be best known as the eye candy/T-shirt model for that film: https://decider.com/2017/11/25/kong-skull-island-on-hbo-indulge-in-the-glorious-objectification-of-tom-hiddleston/

As for giving him leading man cred, KSI just started running on HBO over here, and TV Guide (sort of the equivalent of Radio Times) listed him fourth in its cast list!

339 Name: Heynon : 2017-11-30 01:26 ID:LfjWE7CD

Big news - we have confirmation that the pup (HiddlesBob? BobSton?) is his: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jgballardandart/permalink/602027433476714/

I do like that he asked this J.G. Ballard scholar to emphasise to her students "that he wasn’t eating his dog"!

340 Name: Anon : 2017-11-30 10:18 ID:A3rZwPke

So I step away from the board for a week and you all get busy posting!

>>334 I bought the series on iTunes planning to rewatch on a long flight earlier this year, as a lot of the episodes had been watched over dinner, in a slight rush etc. I had enjoyed it but I thought I’d give it a better chance to concentrate on it. Big mistake. It was so lumpen, and TH’s performance felt positively wooden. I didn’t make it to the end of Ep 2. I was surprised how badly it stood up to a second watch.

>>338 KSI I also bought to watch on the same trip. Didn’t make it half way through. I thought it was dreadful. Do you remember the stories about other talent (principally Michael Keaton) bailing, and TH hanging on like a limpet? I guess those rewrites might have had something to do with it.

>>332 I never much liked the Avengers movies. Film-making by numbers. Latest one looks highly derivative of a Lord of the Rings movie. Lots of CGI orc type creatures stormin a castle. Ok.

341 Name: Anon : 2017-11-30 10:18 ID:A3rZwPke

And I haven’t seen Ragnarok. I am a bad fan!

342 Name: NewAnon : 2017-11-30 22:31 ID:i0F27Diw

>>340 Tbh, I was very surprised when Susanne Bier won for best directing. She did a respectable job on TNM but best? I'm not sure...I did try to give TNM another chance but the whole thing felt so stiff and cliche to me. Sorry to all those who loved TNM but I couldn't get into it. Though Tom looked amazingly hot in it. No arguments there. I loved looking at the stills and short TV spots from it lol

343 Name: NewAnon : 2017-11-30 22:33 ID:i0F27Diw

>>335 That's what I'm wondering. Unless he's matured a bit, he probably will sign up for it even if it's a shit script. I really hope he doesn't pull an ISTL 2.0 with this.

344 Name: Sosorry : 2017-11-30 22:37 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>340 I think in TNM, Tom was trying to be a self-contained amateur spy, and he tried to create mulitply identities while cloaking his Jonathan Pine emotions in multiple layers, and only letting them rise to the surface in certain situations. But that's an incredibly hard task.

Is Tom doomed to movie jail? Can Jessica Chastain pick him as a costar again, maybe? I've read Lolita Chakrabarti's play Red Velvet, which was pretty good. Can Lolita write Tom a hit play? I'm not sad, I just find it frustrating. After all, Tom co-starred in 2 box office franchises this year. He got top billing ahead of Samuel L Jackson in Kong and it made 566 million dollars, and costarred as Loki in Thor 3, which has made 800 million dollars, so far. Plus he won a golden globe for best male actor in a limited series for TNM. And finally succeeded in Hamlet on the stage, even thought it was only presented to about 25 people. I thought that TNM was a little slowly paced but was a stylish and beautiful film adaptation of the book, Kong was a badly scripted monster mash with stilted acting from the entire cast, and Thor 3 was a rollicking comedy for the comic book nerds.

http://comicbook.com/marvel/2017/11/30/thor-ragnarok-box-office-800-million-worldwide/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2017/11/13/box-office-four-reasons-justice-league-can-afford-to-fail/#44f4572f3613

345 Name: Anon. : 2017-11-30 23:32 ID:dN3ireDk

>>344 You've answered your own question, Sosorry. He starred in two franchises, with tons of other people, and he didn't stand out. In Kong JCR was the stand out according to most critics. In Thor it was Tessa Thompson. So he wasn't responsible for that money and won't benefit directly from that box office success. The TNM splashed in the UK but barely bubbled in the US, again little benefit to him. His GG was tarnished slightly by his speech but more by the fact that every other major award went to Vance and TPvOJ (and rightly so) while TNM swept the GGs in the major acting categories; the win seemed more like an anomaly. And Hamlet...to 25 people.

I don't know where he is career wise but my goodness this is some drought.

346 Name: Anon. : 2017-11-30 23:56 ID:dN3ireDk

I liked TNM. It lagged at times, was wholly improbable both in plot and details - knowing even a little about military hardware makes that shopping list he photocopies pure comedy gold - but it was entertaining. TH himself was too. There were some hammy moments and that chuckle was the stuff of nightmares, but it was a solid performance.

But the show and TH pale in comparison to other series in that season. That's the problem with it for me. There were times when I watched TPvOJ and just knew that I was watching performance/script perfection. Vance and Brown's courtroom scenes about race and Mark Fuhrman were masterful. I never had those same feelings when watching TNM, not even with Coleman's 'sports day' scene - and I'd just written a paper on the use of chemical weapons.

When the creative team talks about not doing a second series unless it is as good as the first, all I can think is, 'Could you not do a second series unless it's better than the first?'

347 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-01 02:38 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>340, >>344 Having re-watched KSI recently when it came on HBO (OK, I mostly had it on in the background), I found to be one of those "it's so bad I have to watch it for the unintended humor" flicks. The stilted acting, for example, is thanks to the even more stilted dialogue!

>>344 I agree about what Tom was trying to do in TNM; in the book, LeCarre calls Pine the "close observer." And that is damn hard to pull off onscreen. I think someone on this board said that maybe a Mark Rylance or Alec Guinness could have done it, but Tom isn't there yet.

>>344, >>345, >>346 I'm hoping he's talking to people like Lolita C. for advice about getting into producing. I gather Ben C. has created a fair amount of his own work by optioning a work, producing it, and casting himself. And I hope Tom stays open to doing more TV; over here at least, that's where a lot of the interesting projects are happening.

A side effect of the new puppy is that it may be easier to track when he's in London. A lot of sightings are being posted. Wonder if he's disconcerted the pup is drawing people to him, or that people are paying more attention to the pup than to its owner?

348 Name: Anonon : 2017-12-02 07:04 ID:Vu+b5QjF

I'm a bit scared to post this but it's too good not to.
I just did a job with an old friend who worked on TR. She couldn't stand Tom. Called him a ponce. Said he constantly bragged about being the next Bond and whinged about the hot sun. Not a bad word was said about anyone else, except some erratic steroid induced mood fluctuations from the lead. I've always agreed with her opinions on people.
She even lurched into imitating his whiny voice and I cringed. I cringed hard.

349 Name: Anon : 2017-12-02 07:25 ID:A3rZwPke

>>348

Hi Anonon! Thanks for sharing. Steroid induced mood fluctuations, ha ha!

Interesting news re our friend. The party line has always been that he is delightful in every way. I wonder whether that was a line or whether the Tayto situation got to him. Also interested though not surprised re Bond - we have always known on this board he wanted it hard. Hard enough it seems not to have let the dream go even though by TR shooting I think there had been stories about Barbara Broccoli saying no way because he had made such a tit of himself.

350 Name: Anonon : 2017-12-02 08:00 ID:Vu+b5QjF

The old posh English charm often doesn't go down well with Australians. There was a lot of head shaking and screwing up of her face with utmost displeasure. Could be Tayto induced but seemed more of a general disposition. In terms of the party line, let's just say this person hears much more than anyone else on set and most crew are very tight lipped about gossip. I am being very very bad. Hope this doesn't bite me in the arse

351 Name: NewAnon : 2017-12-02 08:28 ID:i0F27Diw

>>348 I believe it. He dated Taylor Swift after all. There had to be some common ground there.

352 Name: NewAnon : 2017-12-02 09:27 ID:i0F27Diw

>>350 I don't think it's Tayto induced. I think it's part of his normal personality. It really showed during his earlier Thor 1 interviews but he learned to reign it in after that.

353 Name: Anon : 2017-12-02 14:18 ID:I9SuBT1e

>>352 Do you mean those very old interviews where he was joking about having Moljnr in his pants? I don’t recall many from those days (pre fandom..!)

354 Name: Couch Potato : 2017-12-02 16:12 ID:krV9JUWX

I could believe every word of this “tea” except him bragging about being the next Bond. He wouldn’t brag about it unless the contract has been signed already. He wanted it too badly to risk jinxing it. I could see him downplaying his interest/hopes of playing Bond for fear of losing yet another role after casting, or being bitter after finding out that DC will continue as Bond, but bragging, no.

355 Name: Couch Potato : 2017-12-02 17:39 ID:oJ480DgQ

Your friend should have kept her tea simpler. The man has been several time to Africa and visited his sister in India often enough when she lived there, he would never whine about the hot sun.

This board posters are so Tayto induced now, they can't even spot bullshit anymore, you are as reliable as Toby.

356 Name: NewAnon : 2017-12-02 18:05 ID:i0F27Diw

>>353 No, I was talking about the ones from Comic Con 2010. The one on one interviews where he's sitting with a group of reporters. I think he says the pole dancing line in it. You can see glimpses of that guy Anonon's friend was taking about. Though I do think he might have been bragging more about how everyone keeps calling him the new Bond rather than saying he is the new Bond, just because it's a set and ppl know ppl.

>>354 >>355 You sound like a recent lurker more than an old time visitor of the board and probably have no idea about Anonon. No wonder you are quick to disregard everything. Even though what she said isn't really that damning at all, just funny. Maybe look elsewhere for flattering "tea" on Tom. Sorry to burst your bubble about Tom's perfection.

357 Name: NewAnon : 2017-12-02 18:06 ID:i0F27Diw

>>354>>355 Should have said lurkers since there's two of you.

358 Name: Anon : 2017-12-02 18:08 ID:I9SuBT1e

Well, anonon has been posting on here for a long time - about 18 months at least, if not longer. If she has been waiting to build up to posting this one piece of tea then she has been playing a very long game indeed.

We have had the odd visitor offering not especially convincing stories. They usually appear and post a few times before producing their tea, then disappear again.

PS when Tom visited Africa/India, was he wearing his 30lb leather Loki consume?

359 Name: NewAnon : 2017-12-02 18:14 ID:i0F27Diw

>>358 Maybe Anonon can give pointers to Tom on playing the long game to prep for s2 of TNM lol

360 Name: Couch Potato : 2017-12-02 18:19 ID:oJ480DgQ

>>356 Butthurt much lol Maybe I burst your bubble.

>>358 You mean after doing the same in New Mexico for Thor and The Avengers, the heat while wearing Loki costume in Australia was a surprise? Jesus you can't even recognize your own stupidity.

361 Name: Anon : 2017-12-02 18:34 ID:I9SuBT1e

Using the word “butthurt” in an argument on the Internet is only one step up from Godwin’s Law.

Also glad to see that as per usual the moaners claim to think what we write is shite, simultaneously with revealing that they come here and read it all, and care enough to comment.

362 Name: Anonon : 2017-12-02 18:35 ID:XEeG0zpm

Fake Couch with a VPN, if you would care to lurk thoroughly and read back through the boards when TR was being shot, I mentioned then that I knew colleagues on the crew. I said back then that it would take time until they felt safe enough to talk and I would endeavour to report back if there was any mention of Tom.
There's nothing like an away job with a pub meal to get tongues a wagging.

This isn't tea, it's one crew members opinion and I'd rather you walk away and ignore it or go back to Tumblr to complain. I don't come here to bullshit or to be called a bullshitter, I come here to enjoy friendly banter.

To be honest I was really shocked. I expected adoration or mention of charm. He can obviously turn on the charm when required.

One day I hope I can work with Taika. Apparently there were bean bags for crew to chill and he blasted hip hop between takes. She said he's a genius. Organised chaos. She adored Idris, he was her fav.

363 Name: Anonon : 2017-12-02 18:45 ID:XEeG0zpm

Also we don't have an ozone layer here so the sun is punishing and they were shooting through the Qld blistering hot summer.

Anywho, I'm not responding to the unhinged lurker any more.

Nice to see old 'faces' here, hi all x

I can't remember when I started posting. I was certainly around for pursegategate, those were such good times

364 Name: Anon : 2017-12-02 18:56 ID:I9SuBT1e

>>363 It’s good to see you back. Should have said earlier.

Pursegate! That was summer 2015. You’ve been around a lot longer than 18 months.

365 Name: NewAnon : 2017-12-02 19:11 ID:i0F27Diw

>>361 I don't even get all indignation and rage. What Anonon shared isn't shady or salacious at all. It's not even that offensive. I thought it was funny. Would've loved to see the co-worker's impression of TH lol

>>362 >>363 Glad to hear from you again! I can't even remember when I started posting tbh so I'm gonna be terrible at remembering others but I remember you being a seasoned member when I began posting. Anonsy used to be here back then too until Tayto put her off. I was definitely here for pursegate and all the extraness TH and EO gave us for ISTL.
Taika sounds like a fun director, he certainly brought a more fun and livelier element to the Thor series. I used to find it a snoozefest out of all the Marvel Avengers series and I didn't watch the 2nd one but hopefully I'll get around to Ragnarok during the holiday downtime.

366 Name: Anon : 2017-12-02 19:29 ID:I9SuBT1e

>>365 I first became aware of TH as what the lawyers call a “person of interest” in summer 14 when I watched Thor (which was ages after I had seen him in Coriolanus!!). Found this board fairly soon after but didn’t really start posting until about Feb the following year - in response to some rubbish put about on the nw3anon blog. I was more sceptical about tea then, before Tayto (joke). I started posting regularly at Pursegate - happy days! So many of us became regulars at that point. That’s when Anon. also started as a regular visitor.

367 Name: Anonon : 2017-12-02 19:42 ID:XEeG0zpm

It really is funny although my mouth was hugely agape while she told me. The Bond thing is unexpected and the fact that he bragged about what a great Bond he would be does not at all mean he has been promised the role, it just means that the whole time he complained in interviews about the Bond hype, he was milking it hard from behind the scenes. He's obviously hangry for the role. We all knew that anyway.
Being called a ponce is in no way flattering but it's also not that unusual a nickname for an Eton educated Brit in Australia.
It's the whingeing that really got me and I so wish I could send you a voicemail imitation.

I think Tayto put us all off- such a rapid decline from peak hot to peak tit.
EO was pure entertainment and brought out the sleuth in all of us.
What was the term used for the great door banging session witnessed by the neighbour?

368 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-02 23:11 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>367 I wonder if his ego wasn't all over the place during the TR shoot thanks to Tayto and its aftermath, and that might have brought out the less flattering aspects of his personality. (If I remember rightly, Anonon, you're in the biz; so as you know, it can take a heck of a lot less stress for an actor to start "acting out"!)

The hot-sun whingeing explains that pap photo from the Brisbane shoot in which he's standing around in the black suit, frowning, while some poor crew member is holding a giant umbrella to shade him!

369 Name: Couch Potato : 2017-12-02 23:55 ID:krV9JUWX

I’ve been here since thread 1, so idk whom you are trying to impress with your longevity. Pursegate! Pfft. How about Jane Arthy? Ever thought that maybe some people here have different perceptions of Tom because they became interested in him BEFORE Tayto?

370 Name: NewAnon : 2017-12-03 00:01 ID:i0F27Diw

>>366 I started getting into him because of the Hollow Crown. I thought he was a handsome actor who really had some serious acting chops which is why I'm so surprised at how much he struggles to land a decent project and of course, his current drought of projects.

>>367 My American understanding of ponce was someone trying to act super cultured and intellectual and coming off obnoxious af. Is that what the main connotation behind what general public thinks of posh Brits in UK and Aus?
Tayto was such a misstep...it should have been fun like THEO but it was just sad. I love the "anonymous neighbors" (read angry fans) that always come out on twitter after he's been photographed with a girlfriend to yell at him about loud sex. Happened with both JA and EO. We should really have a word for ppl like that.

>>368 It doesn't like he was acting out though. It just sounds like he was whining about the hot weather and buying into his own hype with the Bond thing. I mean we all know Tom isn't really some super modest "aww shucks who me" kinda guy. He always humblebrags in his interviews and name drops when it's not necessary. He's just extra like that. He's always been extra. The way he'd make such a big deal about his privacy when really he's like any other ambitious celebrity and is ready to negotiate his privacy spiel if the price is right. I really think he doesn't listen to the professionals in the industry because honestly, seasoned pros in the industry (all of whom he has access to and hangs around quite a bit) have great advice that's guaranteed to give you respectable success if you have the talent. But that's only if you listen to it. I don't think Tom listens to his team or his mentors that much. ISTL is a great proof of that.

371 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-03 01:06 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>368 I'm American too, but I think "ponce" means (in its politest use) "effeminate."

I absolutely agree that he doesn't listen to his team or take advice much if at all, at least until (perhaps) quite recently. Tayto is even better proof of that. Here's hoping that Kenneth Branagh knocked some sense into him while they were planning and doing RadHam. And the lack of work might get through to him too....

372 Name: Anonon : 2017-12-03 01:12 ID:XEeG0zpm

>>368 These aktorrs do tend to be more fragile than us normal humans although some are allround solid. As its not my personal opinion that he's a whingeing bragging ponce I won't hang him by it. If I hear similar feedback from others that worked with TH then I'll struggle to be impartial.
It's impossible to hide annoying personality traits on film sets, its like camping together for months. Personality clashes are rife. I also dropped a big clue; this person HEARS MORE than other crew members.For instance I thought everyone got along famously on the shoot we just finished but she informed me the DP and director were fighting.
Holding an umbrella over an actor is actually normal. If they burn the makeup dept will hate you and if they sweat wardrobe will hate you as well
>>370 A ponce here is usually a posh effete whinger. Also known as a twat. According to urban dictionary: would live off a prostitutes earnings.

373 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-03 01:49 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>372 Ah, I know which department your friend worked in then.

Makes sense about the umbrella; it was just funny because the crew member wasn't even wearing a hat. (But then, neither did he have to spend several hours in makeup in the wee hours of the AM.)

I saw that other definition of ponce - pimps where you are must be much more upscale than ours!

374 Name: NewAnon : 2017-12-03 02:19 ID:i0F27Diw

>>371 Effeminate? Really? That's interesting. Tbh, I have only one British friend and whenever they have used ponce it's usually been with those hipster dude bros who are up their own ass with the mansplaining. Effeminate they are not lol
Let's hope so he's listening to the professionals around him now.

>>372 Okay so basically colloquially it's a similar definition to someone being an obnoxious pretentious ass. That makes more sense. Yeah, to me Tom can come off like that with his humblebrags and the overexplained academia talk. I know some fans like it when he does that but I find him so extra when he goes overboard with it in interviews that don't need answers like that. Some of the CP interviews got like that -_-

375 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-12-03 02:29 ID:6LNXsSd5

Welcome back Anonon. I think I get the gist of where your friend worked.

I've never heard the term 'ponce.' The report of whinging fits in with some gossip at the end of the relationship that TS's stylist hated TH because they thought he was a stuck up know-it-all. Said stylist was later attributed in the same gossip site as saying that it wasn't true.

>>355 Visitor - never say "never" again (see what I did there? lol) when you're talking about TH. Example 1: Tayto. Who would have guessed that relationship was going to happen.

376 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-03 02:55 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>374, >>375 I guess my understanding of the word was an older usage (sorry in advance, word geek here!)- see the 2nd part of this definition:

Word Origin and History for ponce (n.)

slang term, chiefly British, 1872, originally "a pimp, a man supported by women" (pouncey in same sense is attested from 1861), of unknown origin, perhaps from French pensionnaire "boarder, lodger, person living without working." Meaning "male homosexual" first attested 1932 in Auden [OED]. Also as a verb. Related: Poncey. [Online Etymology Dictionary]

>>375 There was also some gossip mid- or near the end of Tayto that he'd gone on to her squad about his double first, and he'd made fun of TS for not knowing Latin or having read certain books. Oddly, the Gossip Cop denied the first two but not the bit about the books.... He has a surprising ability to rub people the wrong way.

377 Name: Anon : 2017-12-03 09:54 ID:I9SuBT1e

>>376 In Withnail and I, our heroes head to the pub after “I” (Paul McGann) has had a bath into which he has unwisely poured a whole jar of bath salts. They are approached by a drunken Irishman spoiling for a fight, who calls “I” a “perfumed ponce.” There isn’t much doubt what he means by this.

But that’s the 60s English meaning (when Withnail is set). When I was a kid it meant, more generally, someone who was a bit of a twat. Not necessarily a posh twat, as in Australia. I guess the posh part may hark back to its original meaning in the sense of an underlying stereotype of the posh man being effeminate or gay.

378 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-03 14:25 ID:KcWPNgLg

All these posts! I thought he'd gotten engaged...or gotten an actual job. I see neither is the case. Instead a board regular has come along and posted something completely believable and it's set a hare running through the lurking nannies.

Why I trust Anonon: when the Met Ball epileptic fit dance off happened, she was the only one on the board that raised the warning flag about a future sham-mance. She was right. I believe she was also right about the lil HIddles. She, like many on this board, has a good head on her and something sorely lacking in this world: observational skills.

Lurkers who only delurk to huff and puff: A large part of why I no longer go looking for Hiddleston nuggets on twitter or instagram is because I no longer have the time or inclination. The other part is because of lurkers. This board was for a long time the place to get the good stuff. Coach, anonsy, anon1, Anon - somehow they all managed to get the links, pics, info that no one else did. I enjoyed joining that team and doing my part. But when lurkers started to come here and snuffle around like incompetent truffle pigs, I was happy to stop reporting my finds. My hope was that if this board didn't get the scoops, you'd go away and delete the bookmark. You come, you take info away to other sites, you contribute nothing, but complain mightily when you encounter something you don’t like or disagree with - it's the very definition of internet uselessness. And I don’t care if you’ve been here since word one, when you contribute nothing but complaints, you can do one. Scram, or at the very least, go back to silent lurking.

It's beyond me why so many even bother with this board since we're all 'trolling haters' according to them.

379 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-03 14:44 ID:KcWPNgLg

Why I believe Anonon’s friend: Humblebragging - it’s a thing TH knows intimately, as NewAnon said. He’s always done it, even before the humblebrag to end all: his GG speech. I can imagine him doing his version of Bond humblebragging. The rumor mill tells us he did a tape with Mendes that maybe got to Broccoli, maybe he spoke to her regarding it, everyone was hyping him as the next Bond, his face was everywhere because of Tayto. He’s going to talk about those. He’s going to humblebrag about them - because if he can do it in a room full of Hollywood elite on national television, he can do it standing around set. No he’s not going to flat out say that he’s going to be the next Bond, but he’s going to imply it like it’s part of some crazy wish fulfilment process.

As to his weather complaints. Okay, he’s gone to India and Africa. So that means he wouldn’t complain about the sun. Huh??? As arguments go, ehhh, that’s not a very good one.

380 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-03 17:55 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>379 I believe Anonon's friend, but agree with you and another poster above that he's more likely to have been bragging about all the talk about his being the next Bond rather than about actually having gotten the role. From my past experience, many actors are highly superstitious about talking about a role for which they're being considered until they're signed, for fear of jinxing it. And if he had been in discussions for Bond, wouldn't he have had to sign an NDA? All that said, I can see him being silly enough to humblebrag about being in the running for it between takes when he thought he couldn't be overheard.

He apparently still hasn't got much more of a filter between thought and speech than he did in those 2010 interviews in >>356. (Example: he prefaced that 'pole dancing' response to the interview question "What's the first thing you would do if you became a woman?" with 'Get implants!' Classy.)

381 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-03 19:43 ID:uUDp7QjP

I don't think there would be an NDA if it only went as far as TH sending BB his tape, BB acknowledging the receipt of it and saying something along the lines of 'we'll be in touch.' Of course that in TH's brain (well-practiced in cognitive dissonance and soaked in all the crazy of those Tayto days) would equal 'I've auditioned for Bond and Babs and I are in talks about it.'

382 Name: Unknown : 2017-12-03 19:52 ID:daNyY+Sd

I believe Anonon because like everyone else said he has a history of humblebragging and being an overly conceited braggert. I always suspected it and the GG speech confirmed it.

I didn't find him that bad in the Thor 1 promo. As a matter of fact, he was more natural in a way. Its when Avengers promo started he started his overly artificial Disney Prince routine that i couldn't stand.

I hate Hiddle Nannies. That's why i barely post in any TH related forum. His fandom is filled with Nannies who actually believe he's a stereotype gentleman prince schtick.

383 Name: Anonon : 2017-12-04 00:04 ID:XEeG0zpm

>>378 'Incompetent truffle pigs'. Dotty you always nail it.

As is the case with secondhand information, it is likely I'm not relaying it correctly. We were all laughing quite hard throughout the imitations. I recall she said he annoyed the fuck out of the whole crew with his Bond bragging (he could have just been imitating Bond, who knows) and then she imitated him imitating being Bond and threw in an imitation of him whingeing about the sun.

The overall impression given was that he bragged and whinged his way throughout the shoot. but of course I wasn't there and this is her riling up a crew after a few bevvies.

Its possible that the sun whinge imitation was just for entertainment to prove a point but it actually didn't seem that way. She would have heard such things if they were being said.

The word ponce was mentioned many times and she definitely didn't think very highly of him amongst what sounded like a stellar cast (aside from CH's steroid mood swings).

384 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-04 01:32 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>383 One thing that supports the sun whingeing - he started shooting right after the infamous July 4 party. Remember the pictures of Tayto arriving at the Sydney airport and his face was lobster-red? He might literally have been sensitive to any more sun exposure after that. Doesn't excuse the whingeing, though.

385 Name: Anonon : 2017-12-04 03:19 ID:XEeG0zpm

>>384 He should have been flushed red from embarrassment after that parade.
It's also highly likely that the reason he had such a long makeup call each morning was to camouflage his tan.

Most actors would deliberately avoid sun before a pale shoot to help things along. The ones that do the opposite with the attitude 'this is how I am, deal with it' for obvious reasons are never my favs and I am prone to giving them a sermon. Sunburnt skin is the hardest to cover. What an arse.

It all seems to back my impression that he rocked up to the Thor set after his summer of twatting about completely out of shape, sunburnt and having done little to no prep. Thus the morning jogs and 3am gym sessions and the lack of sleep and the real/ fake girlfriend who no doubt was losing her shit all over the place probably contributed to the excessive whingeing.

386 Name: Unknown : 2017-12-04 03:32 ID:daNyY+Sd

>>383 This just proves what Barbara Broccoli said about Tom; that he's too smug and too weak to play Bond.

He sounds like an egomaniac. He honestly thought he had the Bond role. But his over ambition really got the best of him after his little height of fame and praise with The Night Manager. I could only imagine if he was up for an Oscar or any other sought after role.

He already sounds incredibly snobby with the cold fish way he's been treating some of his fans as of late. Like if he's better then everyone when not realizing he had lowered himself to Kardashian levels of desperation and famewhoreness with the summer of 2016.

He sounds like a child rather then a 36 year old man. Is that why he goes after young women who are almost a decade younger then him and are more famous then him? Is this why he's using a puppy as a security blanket for his fragile ego?

His fans always proclaim he's really mature simply because he went to the most prestigious schools in London and because of Shakespeare or some nonsense. But he really is probably emotionally and mentally stunted. That GQ interview confirmed that.

And duh Australia is hot during that time. He sounds obnoxious and insufferably arrogant. His lack of self-awareness and how he comes off to people who aren't from Tumblr is cringe inducing.

387 Name: Unknown : 2017-12-04 03:37 ID:daNyY+Sd

>>385 Maybe he's so jaded being known for Loki for so long that he doesn't feel the need to make any effort since the fangirls eat it up no matter what. That wig he's wearing in Ragnarok is awful.

388 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-04 16:48 ID:+1Ad3TOd

>>385 I read this and then remembered that he had only been twatting around for THREE weeks at this point. Felt like an eternity, didn't it? He had to pick between contracts. Either stay out of the sun and fulfill his Marvel contract or romp in the surf to fulfill his Tayto contract.

>>386 I never got smug off of him but it might have been a result of his ambitiousness. He's a hustler. He's always working, or was always working. That was one of his better qualities. People tend to like go-getters. But his version of it often strayed into sycophancy and over-ambitiousness.

389 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-05 02:33 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>386 What have you seen about how he's been treating some of his fans lately? I've only read anecdotes about him politely refusing to have his picture taken with random people who approach him. But they've all said some variant of how nice he was in chatting with them.

390 Name: Sosorry : 2017-12-05 05:49 ID:zSl8T0x0

Wow! Quite a discussion. Cool article on all of the costumes of Thor 3, by the costume desigenr Mayes C Rubeo, including why Loki's costume changes colour in the film due to his emotional arc, and how Chris Hemsworth's body armor was sculpted to fit his body!
I think it's thoroughly possible that Tom complained about the sun. We all get cranky, and we all have emotional limits. He can't be courteous/charming/amenable in any situation. And mannered Englishmen aren't everyone's cup of tea. I have a good gal pal who thinks that the sort of refined countenance of most British male actors (Eddie Redmayne, Matt Smith, Tom, etc) makes them all come off as effeminate, due to their posture, vocal quality, and hand gestures! I'd find it fascinating if Tom actually thought he could land Bond, even as the whole fauxmance with TS went tits up! Or whether Taffy (the GQ article authoress) was correct in her assessment that Tom enjoys doing impressions not to entertain others, but rather to personally revel in his own systematically developed performance capabilities?
https://fashionista.com/2017/11/thor-ragnarok-movie-costumes?utm_source=site&utm_campaign=related

391 Name: Anon : 2017-12-05 06:35 ID:A3rZwPke

392 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-05 19:09 ID:+paBlYiz

>>391 Nice picture of him! Wonder if that's his sister Emma, who's also listed as a reader. (Compare their noses.)

393 Name: Anon : 2017-12-05 20:36 ID:A3rZwPke

>>392 I don’t think it is. Have a look at the pics of her in that article by her I posted a few weeks ago.

394 Name: Anon : 2017-12-05 20:37 ID:A3rZwPke

>>393 Sorry I thought you meant Sarah. Emma is quite a lot younger than that lady.

396 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-05 23:58 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>393, >>394, >>395 Thanks for the corrections. I forgot that Emma is his younger sister. Interesting to see her CV at the agency; I'd had the impression she'd dropped out of acting a while ago.

397 Name: Anon : 2017-12-06 07:20 ID:A3rZwPke

>>396 I had that impression as well. There was an article recently-ish which describes Emma as a midwife. It came from one of those round table press junket interviews so it could have been someone making a mistake - as people have pointed out you get 10 slightly different versions of the same quote. But I thought it was an oddly specific mistake to make, meaning hard to mishear for something else.

398 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-06 12:22 ID:cWtmlYk6

I thought it was in GQ. I can't bear to look or give that article another click but wasn't it when he was gushing about his solidly middle class upbringing. Eyes set to roll.

Surely Taff wouldn't get that wrong. Eyes commencing roll maneuver.

399 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-06 13:27 ID:+paBlYiz

>>397, >>398 It was in GQ - where Taffy was quoting (?) him gushing about various family members being the best whatever-they-are.

400 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-07 20:36 ID:d4gcqrEI

Good to see gossip sites haven't forgotten our sun-hating recluse. Right?

http://dlisted.com/2017/12/06/we-almost-had-a-james-bond-film-starring-hugh-jackman/

401 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-08 00:25 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>400 The commenters are proposing every other actor you can think of for Bond - except Tom....

402 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-12-08 08:20 ID:6LNXsSd5

At the 2017 BFI Luminous Gala:

https://twitter
.com/mydaddyjay/status/938486406242095104

403 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-12-11 02:48 ID:6LNXsSd5

I took a look at our favorite anon site over the weekend. He or she claims he has a second home. The rest was cryptic, back to implying a secret gf. At least that was my take on it.

404 Name: Anon : 2017-12-12 07:42 ID:A3rZwPke

>>403 my take on that was that the “second home of sorts” was referring to visiting the GF out of London. FWIW.

405 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-12 18:38 ID:+paBlYiz

Snippet of Tom recording a Hamlet speech in this vid: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n3dWiOYnXpE

406 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-12 20:05 ID:A7UTnKjb

>>405 I can't watch the video where I am but let me take a stab in the dark: he looks like the most earnest man ever.

Was it for Rada pr? Is he holding a 🐶 while doing it?

407 Name: Anon : 2017-12-12 21:51 ID:A3rZwPke

>>406 I think something happened with the original link. They are both for this Dragon School audio poetry anthology, but the one with Tom is here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eJp1q7BI7tc&feature=youtu.be

Not too much earnestness actually. He seemed pretty comfortable with it. No dog but terrible beard and homeless person hair.

408 Name: Unknown : 2017-12-12 22:03 ID:GgM5jWxd

>>407 I'm glad i'm not the only one who finds that look of his terrible. Every fangirl who saw pix of him at the Thor Ragnarok premiere was saying how good he looked. He looked incredibly old with bed hair and a dad beard.

409 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-12 22:39 ID:5qdWEBEh

Who wants to bet this is the speech he 'gifted' to the newlyweds? Re-gifter! He's like a really crap Oprah: 'You get my Hamlet speech! You get my Hamlet speech! Everyone gets my Hamlet speech!'

I venture that he'll grab a few copies and they'll find their way under a few Christmas trees. Luke knows what he's getting! Olly's probably off the list, along with Tay, his American team and his speech writer.

410 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-12 23:57 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>406, >>407 Sorry about the link - I was trying not to use one that went through Tumblr, and didn't look closely at the result.

Interesting reading of the speech; I'd love to hear more of it. The hair doesn't bother me too much (at that length, mine would do much the same), but he'd look much tidier if he dealt with the patchy cheek fuzz! And the unflattering lighting doesn't help.

411 Name: Sosorry : 2017-12-15 14:55 ID:zSl8T0x0

And now TS's paid flunkie, broadway actor Todrick Hall, has stated that Tom turned TS into a hunchback like Quasimodo! Todrick alleges that TS would slump over and hunch every time he brought up Tom's name. Maybe this is b/c Tom and TS had a fauxmance which Tom managed to miraculouly extricate himself from, months ahead of schedule! Her new faux bf (who is sadly in the closet) is happy to hide in hoodies at airports, and color coordinate clothes with TS during hand holding pap walks as long as he books hollywood acting jobs. Hard to argue that Tom is a famehore when he's in London, performing Shakespeare for 2 roomfuls of people, MIA with his puppy, and not mentioning her name at all.

http://www.eonline.com/news/900323/taylor-swift-s-ex-boyfriend-turned-her-into-quasimodo-bff-todrick-hall-says

412 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-12-15 18:38 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>411 I read that mess, where Hall never positively IDs who the ex is, which leaves it open to interpretation - TH or CH - the speculation of which seems designed to only hurt TH, but for what reason? As a bday present for TS? He has nothing coming up except Early Man.

413 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-15 19:59 ID:EdYX0/An

>>411 Hahahah. I eagerly await the GC denials. 'No, Taylor does not slump her shoulders. Miss Swift's shoulders and posture are second to none.' The public donation to an osteoporosis charity will follow.

Just more proof that Tayto was a Mess-o and Fail-o. Your pop-up relationship didn't manage to avert peoples' attentions from your lies and hypocrisy. Better luck next time, Taylor.

It's not hard to argue that TH is a famewhore. He was one: Tayto. Vestiges linger: pup-stroll. For me, the jury is still out regarding whether lessons have been learned.

OTT: a recent new hire is in the office next to mine. Her laugh is like nails on a blackboard and EVERYTHING is funny.

414 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-15 20:08 ID:EdYX0/An

We should open up bets for when he'll actually announce something or IF he'll announce something. Is Tumblr still using the 'Marvel Excuse,' I.e., he's been too busy with Loki to do another film?

Will he show at the site of his most recent triumph/PR disaster: the GGs? Do previous winners usually present? Attend?

Was Kong nominated for anything?

415 Name: Sosorry : 2017-12-16 00:34 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>413 Yep. I should have said that Tom was not the sole famewhore of the situation. He did not use and abuse the delicate flower that Taylor Swfit pretends to be for the public. HS was a mutual use, and Baby Joe has next.

>>414 I don't see any GG nominations for King Kong. But Tom could win a Teen Choice Award for best Actor in a Sci-Fi film to add to his awards cache. Dear me. We've gone from Olivier award best newcomer, and Golden Globe best actor limited series back to teen awards like MTV and Teen Choice. Hmmm...Must process this.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3731562/awards?ref_=tt_awd

416 Name: Couch Potato : 2017-12-18 17:16 ID:Kb46mubO

Have a good trip.
http://goo.gl/YLysV3

417 Name: Anon : 2017-12-18 19:10 ID:A3rZwPke

Ignore link above. It is spam.

418 Name: Sosorry : 2017-12-18 21:09 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom seems to be losing by almost ten percentage points to Shawn Mendes in the GQ Most Stylish Man of 2017. Voting is still going on, if anyone is interested. Tom made it to the finals before he lost to Prince Federer, last year.

https://www.gq.com/story/most-stylish-man-of-2017-quarterfinals-voting

419 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-18 23:41 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>418 Guess the Tumblr please to vote him up aren't working!

420 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-18 23:42 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>419 "pleas" (sheesh)

421 Name: Whatsinaname : 2017-12-19 01:02 ID:4yc7dJs8

Hard to muster up any concern over stuff like this when he seems to be MIA. His out of sight, out of mind campaign is successful.

422 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-19 01:33 ID:LfjWE7CD

Shows how desperate some Tumblrinas are getting.

Maybe his campaign has been a little too successful, with no new project announcements?

423 Name: Sosorry : 2017-12-19 06:48 ID:RF448rDX

10 second TH video introducing the Early Man trailer.
https://m.weibo.cn/status/4186450280924206

424 Name: Sosorry : 2017-12-20 20:48 ID:zSl8T0x0

Despsite being MIA from the world of pop culture, TH has made it to the finals of GQ's Most Stylish of 2017 versus Harry Styles. Tom is beating Harry by only 1.8%. Harry fauxmanced with Swift long ago, but he co-starred in the golden-globe nominated Dunkirk movie and he has a brand new album out this year, whereas Tom starred in Hamlet (sadly performing it for only a few drawing rooms full of people) and he only has an animated film coming out this winter. So dollars to donuts, GQ must be hoping that Harry will win.

https://www.gq.com/story/most-stylish-man-of-2017-finals-voting

425 Name: Sosorry : 2017-12-21 18:10 ID:zSl8T0x0

Apparently Taffy Akner, the authoress of TH's GQ article about heartbreak and bolognese sauce, is still using Tom for clicks on twitter. She urged voters to vote for Tom over Harry Styles for 2017's Most Stylish Man. Tom just won, btw. Craziness.

Taffy Akner‏Verified account @taffyakner
16h16 hours ago
Taffy Akner Retweeted GQ Magazine
Will my 491 followers that have @twhiddleston's face as their avatar please educate the kind people at GQ as to what is what, no offense to Harry Styles.

427 Name: Unknown : 2017-12-21 21:06 ID:GBWb8MwQ

Taffy really needs to stop. She's sounding like unrequited lovestruck teenager everytime she mentions Tom. It's embarrassing.

428 Name: Anon : 2017-12-21 22:27 ID:yseDFuYy

>>426 “Now he’s one of the most in demand actors.”

I want what they’re smoking.

429 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-22 03:10 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>425, >>427 And it wasn't just one tweet this time. She is starting to sound like she drank the Kool-Aid.

>>428 Are you sure you want something that would make you quite that delusional? "Most in demand by people who want to keep using him to get clicks," maybe!

430 Name: Unknown : 2017-12-22 04:21 ID:GBWb8MwQ

She has a IV drip straight into her vein with nothing but Tom's Kool-Aid. A grown woman, whose married with kids btw, acting like a lovestruck teen.

Tom must think Taffy and him are friends, or that Taffy has a shot with him since she loves that the Daily Fail mistook her for his new girlfriend LOL!

No one in their right mind after that embarrassing GQ interview would consider her a friend. Then again, Tom isn't in his right mind. Hasn't been for a very long while.

431 Name: BB33 : 2017-12-23 02:49 ID:M/YSpk3g

So Tom's been in two of the biggest box office films this year. He won a Golden Globe for a third production and got great reviews in Hamlet. Only in the minds of the very insane and deluded is he not an in-demand actor. You are all butthurt bitches who can't get over him blocking you on Twitter.

432 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-23 06:17 ID:bnRPzX0F

Ignore comment above. It is spam.

433 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-23 06:39 ID:bnRPzX0F

The phrase 'in-demand' in the film industry means people want to work with you. Since you are in-demand, people send you scripts, they ask for meetings and pitch projects to you, they seek you out. Out of that absolute avalanche of material and work - you're in-demand after all - you take your pick of the best and most promising. You secure work. That work is then announced and produced. Besides for some brief Marvel filming and voice work, Tom has announced nothing and produced nothing in 2017 except a three week run of a play for his alma mater and mentor.

Compare the IMDb pages of TH and James Franco. One is in-demand, the other not so much.

434 Name: Anonon : 2017-12-23 13:20 ID:+NWD6jMf

I popped in to say merry Christmas and faecal matter has splattered the board again. Oh the irony of throwing around the words 'insane' and 'deluded'. I don't think you understand that Hamlet wasn't officially reviewed. He may as well have performed it in his mothers loungeroom. I'm not on twitter, never have been. Keep fighting the good fight, I'm sure he will thank you personally.

>>433 I recall the members of this board were alone in predicting the magnitude of the effect on his career. Admittedly I never thought he would fall quite so far, it really has been quite a drought. Its possible he has chosen not to take on new projects, that Tayto broke him and he has selected a lengthy rehabilitation through Branagh, a puppy and an invisibility cloak. As a workaholic with Hollywood stars in his eyes I do not believe for a second he would have refused choice projects in preference to an animation and a school play.

I wonder what the new year will bring. Will we even care?
Lets hope he comes out of hiding with a wife and two year old.
Keep on poncing TH, don't ever change.

Hopefully he is surrounded by friends and family who love him but moreso I hope everyone here is over the silly season, even the unhinged lurkers, you seem like you need lots of love and support. Merry Christmas all xxx

435 Name: Unknown : 2017-12-23 16:24 ID:xAnvcqet

Tom is a one-hit wonder, lets face it. I'd be surprise if we hear about him after his Loki stint is officially over. You have better Brit actors like Tom Hardy securing roles left and right without lowering themselves to be tabloid fodder.

Instead of finding the humor in Hiddleswift, he instead takes himself too seriously and becomes a recluse. You would think for someone whose fans declare he's this great thespian and went to the most prestigious acting schools in England that he could fake and joke about his Hiddleswift stint even if it personally bothered him. But instead he takes himself so seriously that he hides out with this sour expression on his face everytime he's photographs and "woe is me" stunt he's trying to do with the GQ interview and puppy walks.

All of his fans were surprised that he's suddenly so serious and not as cheerful as before. Why is it a surprise? It just makes it more obvious that his so called "personality" from before Hiddleswift was a ruse and when things didn't go his way he became almost cold in a way.

Also his Twitter and his other social media accounts are barely used by him. He only uses them to advertise his projects which I'm sure the studios already have a good handle on what with the millions of dollars that go in advertising. He doesn't interact with anyone but his famous actor friends and other then that he's boring. He only uses his social media account when he messes up and passive aggressively blames others but himself on why things go wrong for him. Is anyone really surprised at this point that he dated Taylor Swift. He is the male version of her but without the money, awards, clout and fame.

436 Name: BB33 : 2017-12-23 16:56 ID:BWYjUFQx

The opposite of hate is indifference. You people care. You care entirely too much what happens in his life and his career. You can't let him go. You spend endless hours here celebrating every vicious comment, every negative item, stewing in your own venom. Thread after thread after thread, comment after comment after comment. You are here constantly. It is you who has no life other than to somehow try and do what exactly? Surely you must see that there is no other thread let alone repeated ones for anyone other than Tom. That is obsession, not indifference. If there was a rehab for this sort of thing, I'd suggest that you all book yourselves in pronto. Instead, might I suggest you get the mental health treatment you so obviously need. Losing some weight (I guarantee you there is not a skinny one amongst you) and a makeover would also do you a world of good. Oh, and leave your house once in a decade would be helpful too. I'd wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year but your stewing venom and bile shows me that you've never been Happy or Merry in your miserable lives.

437 Name: Couch Potato : 2017-12-23 17:00 ID:ca3QaaRW

The irony of people wishing merry xmas while spouting venom about another human being. Have you all asked Santa that he would finally disappear from the planet for good? After all he is such a low life. No surprise the old posters don't come here anymore, they are probably embarrassed at the cesspit this place has become.

438 Name: Anon : 2017-12-23 20:51 ID:KwmLS28+

Well, I suppose it wouldn’t be Christmas without a couple of grinches. They might want to think what it says about them that they have never posted here before, but deigned to stop by for the first time ever on 23 December in order to spout vitriolic hate about a board they claim to despise but have plainly read.

Anyone who has actually read the boards will recall that anonsy left because she was almightily fucked off at TH for participating in a famewhorey fake romance. The real Couch Potato, who set up this board, left because TH wasn’t really doing anything of interest any more. Insofar as they still have views on TH, I doubt they’d be materially different from the ones of which the grinches so disapprove.

The Real Couch Potato set this board up back in 2013. I knew her well. She was an easygoing soul but she hated two things above all: 1) people who pretended to be her; and 2) trolls who showed up to spout abuse at the regulars. So in the spirit of the Real Couch Potato: if you don’t like it here, fuck the fuck off, and never come back.

439 Name: Anonon : 2017-12-23 21:49 ID:+NWD6jMf

Here here Anon.
She sure did hate couch imposters and trolls.

Surely there's a Tumblr set up for farting in the wind 💨

440 Name: Unknown : 2017-12-24 21:57 ID:xAnvcqet

The grinches sound like that ThiddyAstro TH super nanny. She's been currently going on a TS hate rampage on her blog and cherry picking with her astrology how TS is evil and TH is a victim and saint. The grinches sound exactly like her lunatic self

441 Name: Anonon : 2017-12-25 02:04 ID:SrYvP+/V

>>440 That's a bit stabby in the dark.
The Grinch is one person with several personalities, a VPN router and the mental acuity of a 12 year old.

442 Name: Couch Potato : 2017-12-26 18:02 ID:skZDj/eL

My money is on Zhora, Beagle Bitch, Insanely Dumb, or Shaitana

443 Name: N/A : 2017-12-26 21:07 ID:bn5SdFog

They aren't satisfied with Tubmlr and want here to

444 Name: Couch Potato : 2017-12-27 17:34 ID:k/LdAydu

Not all of Tom's nanny's are on Tumblr

445 Name: Anon : 2017-12-27 22:48 ID:sDzf9KLt

Personally, I’m not interested in stirring up any hornet’s nest of speculation as to who the new visitors might be - any debate on that subject is all too easily used against the board by those who visit here and then carry tales elsewhere. I don’t want the attention on this board.

FWIW I don’t think that the queen bees of tumblr visit here - why would they when they have an established circle over there, of which they are the centre?

446 Name: Couch Potato : 2017-12-27 22:58 ID:C14XtoBm

I don't want them coming here either. Let them have Tumblr. Here we can have honest discussion about Tom's vanishing career.

447 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-28 20:36 ID:41IGLxhF

Very telling that TH's knight in shining armour, rather than rationally disputing my argument concerning his status as an actor, instead chose to go with the time-honored personal attack. Why argue with reason and facts when you can call someone fat and anti-social? That doesn't invalidate your argument at all.

'The opposite of hate is indifference.' You can't even get the quote right. That's because it's been filtered to you through TH's verbal, pseudo-philosophical incontinence. Try reading the book it came from. Quotes tend to have more meaning when directly from the author and in context, rather than from an actor trying to score PR points.

If we care too much (having not left our houses in the past decade), what are you? You've come to a board to which you do not contribute to stand like Cocles on the bridge and defend a man you do not know. You have attempted to diminish verbally strangers while trying to prove your opinions. You know what they say about finger pointing.

As to indifference, I think we are headed in that direction, sadly. This board did brisk, fun, comic business during TH's heyday and during EO and Tayto. We had fun and filled up threads quickly. We got to 'know' each other as well. Now the only topics to discuss usually involve Tayto, superhero movies and online polls about his clothes (cf. previous argument about his in demand status).

448 Name: Anon. : 2017-12-28 20:50 ID:41IGLxhF

Merry and much belated Christmas, y'all.

Did everyone get what they wanted from Santa? The in-laws gave us the usual: a very much appreciated check toward our mortgage. My parents gave us a wine and food box subscription. I sold my hair to buy hubby a watch chain...just kidding. He got new gloves, I got a pair of earrings. We were awful parents as junior got nothing new. We wrapped some of his toys so he could enjoy the experience of unwrapping things, which proved to be a hit with him. We're thinking we can keep that going for two more years. He liked unwrapping and lying under the tree and looking at the lights.

449 Name: Heynon : 2017-12-30 15:30 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>448 Merry/Happy belated Christmas and Boxing Day, and early Happy New Year, everyone!

Love the O. Henry reference - another reason this board rocks is that we get stuff like that. We had a small Christmas this year, which is fine; mostly books for me, with a few small surprises.

Is Junior at the age yet where he enjoys the boxes more than the toys?

I do have a few small TH gleanings that I'll post when I have time.

450 Name: Anon : 2017-12-30 22:48 ID:WOTS2uSz

>>448>>449

Merry belated Christmas everyone.

I hope you all had a good time. I’m glad Baby Anon. enjoyed his unwrapping. You have the right idea there I think. It all felt very grimly commercial in the UK this year. Maybe I am getting old. We went for the “one gift each” approach. A handbag for me and a home charging point for Dr Anon’s electric car (the cost of which greatly offsets any savings on petrol, I am here to tell you!). We spent 5 days with my widowed father in law. His gift was me cooking every meal and him not having to live on microwave meals for a change.

Now in the countryside, fairly near to Casa Hiddleston Mama as usual. I will keep my eyes peeled, though I believe he usually spends NY in London if twitter is to be believed.

451 Name: Whatsinaname : 2018-01-01 19:46 ID:6LNXsSd5

Happy Christmas, Happy New Year, and best wishes for 2018. I had a quiet Christmas, where my son came over for a couple of days. He got me some much needed throws for these cold days and nights. What I need is to get these drafty windows taken care of. Then I had a date with a new guy to see del Toro's "The Shape of Water." I recommend you all check it out. New Guy and I went out again Wednesday, and then again last night for the New Year's Eve. I guess I can say everything is going swimmingly.

452 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-01 23:40 ID:zSl8T0x0

Belated Happy Christmas, and Happy New Year to all! Just returned from the holidays with my family. And apparently there was a Tom sighting in London by an Italian girl on facebook, yesterday morning. She saw TH on a coffee run while she was eating breakfast, and she commented that he looked cute and available, whatever that means. Now, just hoping for a project announcement.

Marina Magno
Yesterday at 9:48am · London, United Kingdom ·
Happy new year! Well, the year couldn't be better. English breakfast and a chat with Tom Hiddleston... good morning everyone!
Marina Magno Cute and available, like urban legends tell

453 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-02 20:44 ID:zSl8T0x0

Apparently Tom didn't make the UK GQ 50 best dressed men of 2018 list by the magazine, despite being voted the American GQ Most Stylish Man of 2018 by the fans. Interessante.

http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/gallery/the-gq-best-dressed-men-2018

454 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-02 23:23 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>452 Apparently the original word in "cute and" was "disponibile," which can also mean "approachable."

>>453 Interessante, but not surprising. The tumblr blogs were hyping that poll like crazy.

455 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-03 02:15 ID:LfjWE7CD

Bit o' snark from the Guardian when mentioning Early Man? "Our paleolithic power couple prepare to unite the tribe against an evil predator, Lord Nooth, voiced, perhaps inevitably, by Tom Hiddleston." Inevitably because it's a villain role? Inevitably because he's been consigned to comic-book/animated movies?

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jan/02/must-see-movies-2018-preview-black-panther-aardman-jennifer-lawrence

456 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-03 02:20 ID:B/xQlxFm

TWH fan for 6 months and naive to how celebrity-Ness works. After finding multiple blogs/threads I'm now enlightened and now kinda heartbroken, disappointed and disillusioned. He's human, a faulted human male. My head is spinning, what to believe, what's true, what's B.S. Drugs, alcohol, s&m, gay/bi/tri, horndog, liar, exhibitionist, pretender, moody asshole. I'd like to go back to what I first believed, charming, gentleman, kind, articulate, honest, clean, noble...an enigma. I do feel bad for what's happened to his career and hope the best for him.

457 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-03 05:20 ID:GzpEHais

>>451 Three days on the hop? Woohoo. I can only dream of such a romantic social life! We stayed in on NYE like two (three) hermits. 'Too damn cold' was our joint opinion.

>>449 He wasn't really bothered with the unwrapping or the toys but he's in love with the tree. He's still staring at the lights like a zombie on LSD. We're a little afraid of what will happen when we take it down. Mother dearest: Suck it up. It can't be Christmas all the time, kid.

>>450 Usually men who can't cook or run a household remarry quickly. My grandfather did. He had every meal at the local restaurant for three years before finding someone new. Did you at least try to give him some lesson? This is how you boil the egg. This is how you make bolognese!

458 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-03 05:25 ID:GzpEHais

>>453 Any comment from Yours Truly after she crowed about the public vote? Didn't think so. But what do those people at GQ know about style, certain fans will say.

>>455 Say what you will about our status as fans, the Guardian officially hates him so whatever they meant by 'inevitably,' it's bound to be a dig.

>>456 Welcome!! Consider the source, would be my advice in sorting fiction from non. In the great pic 'n mix of human behavior, he's probably many of those and none of the others.

459 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-04 02:49 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>450 If your FIL is willing to try cooking, I can recommend the "How to Cook Everything: The Basics" cookbook by Mark Bittman.

>>456 Welcome! I'm still a relatively new (since Aug. 2016) TH fan and I can relate to what you're experiencing. I also felt really confused/conflicted the more I read about him, but eventually I learned to ignore the way-out-there, extreme opinions and settle somewhere in the middle. And I also hope that his career comes out of the current apparent slump.

460 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-04 03:42 ID:B/xQlxFm

Hi all! Not sure how to drive this thread yet to tag responders. Thank you for the kind responses compared to other thread sites which were either vicious or oblivious. I prob should have called myself Clueless since TH is the only celeb I've ever dogged, so please bear with my questions.
Why is it such a big deal over who's dating who, admitting it, keeping it secret ( and I just heard of relationship contracts) wow.
Bigger celebs have been out n about with multiple partners and the world kept spinning....
Also, maybe T's boring wardrobe is cuz he's color blind and it just simplifies life lol

461 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-04 03:44 ID:B/xQlxFm

How do you make particular posts numbers highlight?

462 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-04 03:46 ID:B/xQlxFm

>>459 oops I guess I figured out posting. Thanks for the advice too on what to believe etc

463 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-04 03:47 ID:B/xQlxFm

>>458 thanks to you too!!

464 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-04 22:44 ID:B/xQlxFm

I wasn't a lurker here. As soon as I read the first page of threads I signed on cuz this is like my kind of Disney ride..up, down, fast slow but it doesn't kill you...does it make you puke!??!!!
I first met TH on CP. If my ex of 30 years ever looked at me like he looked at Edith in the toy room attic...we'd still be married and in bed..sigh. I'm 55 freaking yrs old, so a little embarrassed at crushing. I live in hell...I mean Phoenix. 4 months of 72 degrees then endless months of 120. My second meet was Istl which I liked..grew up on country music, and he did do a good job coming from a whole diff environment. Then I met Hal/Henry..so pretty...but had to use the closed caption to understand wth they were saying. Plus don't hear so good...what?
Then I did the Thors/aven...HR...OLLA...and endless interviews. And my fave TNM. Stop rewind repeat part 4. Waiting for Rag to come out on DVD. I don't like confrontation....like funny...happy to see since starting at 1st TH thread now on 5 that anon. And cp still posting. They make me laugh. Was on tumblr but sick of unicorns farting fairy dust from exploding ovaries but good pics. And I tried LSA...uh..no...just...no.
Not a lot to ad as far as sightings but do have a sliver of humor. My niece and I do have a pact and a plot to kidnap Jensen for her, TH for me....if it pans out I might share. Happy New Year! (I was a vet tech 25 yrs if you have dog/cat/goat/horse???s)

465 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-04 22:48 ID:B/xQlxFm

Ps. Dirty secret.......I coughed out a few bucks for autographed Loki pic and a Liddlehiddle coriolanus tee....no one knows about the pic

466 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-05 01:05 ID:zSl8T0x0

Allegedly Tom pulled out of buying this 4 million pound country pile in Wiltshire, which he had viewed 3 times, and which is owned by comedian Michael McIntyre. Friends say that this was b/c the deal didn't include some of the furniture from the house. Do friends talk to the media? I hope not. Anyway, the DM mentions the TS fauxmance, the heart tank top, etc. They even put the word romance in quotes to question its validity. Ouch. Can't wait to see pics of Tom attending the Early Man premiere coming up.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5237019/Tom-Hiddleston-pulls-buying-Michael-McIntyres-home.html

467 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-05 01:11 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>466 The house in question is pretty lovely. Pool, tennis court, pond, small garden, garden house...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2325480/Michael-McIntyre-splashes-2-5m-country-mansion.html

468 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-05 01:17 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>467 I meant greenhouse.

469 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-05 01:18 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>467 I meant greenhouse.

470 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-05 01:18 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>466 Scooped again - you're good! The DM also loves to run unflattering pics of Tom with their stories, don't they?

If anyone missed it, the UK premiere for EM is this Sun., the 14th, and the 3 principals are confirmed as attending.

471 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-05 01:24 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>460 I think the reasons that it's a big deal about who he dates vary. For some, he's their Internet boyfriend, and they get distressed when he's linked with anyone. For others, it's interesting only for the question of whether the relationship is real, fake for publicity, or some combination. And every reason in between.

472 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-05 01:39 ID:B/xQlxFm

>>471thanks for the info. Poor TH..another kick to the noogies.
No new BFI building and no house. He needs some happy stuff.
Another unmentionable site says he has some jobs in the works but couldn't say what of course til it was a done deal. I hope so.
So someone saw him yesterday? I wonder how he really looked. Beardy T is ok if it's groomed, but bushy hair/beard screams feral wild man that's losing hope (or just lost comb and razor....)

473 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-05 04:58 ID:zSl8T0x0

Brutal slam on TH by the Express! I was looking up information about dreamy Grantchester, Happy Valley, and War and Peace star James Norton, who incidentally is Tom's RADA alumni mentee. Reportedly James can't ever get Tom on the phone (Tom has been quite busy with Hamlet and trying to rejuvenate his career, though.) And the Express states that after watching James Norton in his new show, McMafia, James could be the next Bond, as long as he avoids wearing a "tiny, tight white I Heart TS vest! " Dear me. Tom is MIA, and the UK press just won let that crazy PR summer go.

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/898905/McMafia-BBC-One-drama-first-episode-one-James-Norton-Alex-Godman

474 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-05 06:05 ID:w870LLGI

Hmmm. In the same way I felt/still feel odd about the dog, I now feel unsure about the house. That is a large outlay, even if a mortgage is involved. But I'm thinking more about the upkeep. On that sort of home it would be massive. If he didn't have the inclination to employ/pay for his erstwhile lady maid, how is he going to feel about gardeners, pool people, driveway people, tennis court people, unless he's going to be mowing, cleaning, spreading gravel himself! That's a lot of money for a man who doesn't seem to be working much, and really didn't have any huge paydays with his other films. I'd guess Kong was his biggest pay check to date. What, $5m, $10m, maybe even $20m (that seems unlikely)? Then tax, agent fees, etc.

If I'm planning on working long hours on set, I'm not getting a dog. If I'm not going to be working, I'm not buying a house.

But I was wrong about the dog so I guess I could be wrong about this. My waters must be off. If he wanted it, the idea of settling down could be on his mind. That's a lot of room for a single man. Perfect for a harem though!!

475 Name: Anon : 2018-01-05 08:10 ID:A3rZwPke

Welcome Elvie! Enjoy the board.

>>466 Good spot Sosorry.
>>474 All of this. If it hadn’t been for the earlier story, that he was looking (which was a while ago, in another paper and thus not obviously a setup to make this sound truer) I would not have believed a word. This really isn’t an obvious choice for a single man, especially for one who is not really into interior design. Not is it the house for someone without a reasonably secure disposable income - though TH is someone who doesn’t care for his clothes, so maybe he isn’t focussed on issues like upkeep.

Two thoughts:

1) the only part that rings true is the desire to buy Macintyre’s furniture. I am sure that was only a pretext for the sale falling though, but the desire to buy it sounds like him.
2) this tells us that TH sees himself as part of the uber trendy Cotswolds set (http://luxurycotswoldproperties.co.uk/celebrities-live-cotswolds/) - which may say something about how he sees himself. One of what we called at college the “beautiful people” - moneyed, good looking, a bit druggy, thought they were dead gorgeous and led the herd. Hung around the pool table in the college bar talking to other beautiful people about how beautiful they were. I do recall he was spotted at a hip Cotswolds hotel about this time last year.

476 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-06 06:05 ID:5qdWEBEh

I wonder if he wants someone to think he's one of the beautiful, Cotswolds dwelling people with major bank. Someone of the female persuasion. 'Yes I fauxmanced, yes I wore that shirt...but look at my manshion!'

Maybe he's given up on acting and is now a dog sitter/waker who flips houses.

477 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-06 06:12 ID:5qdWEBEh

Now for another edition of Show or No.

Event: Golden Globes
Date: Sunday
Record: 1 win out of 1 nom
Cringe Rating: 8.5/10 (2017)

Show or No?

Also: Beard or No?

478 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-06 15:57 ID:B/xQlxFm

Betting no show. Beard and hair too big to get out of house. Caveman furs still on live bear and Thor is using Ts club in place of mumu. He's currently being groomed but it will take til Early Man premier to get thru the hair.

479 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-07 20:40 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>477 I’m hoping no show. No real reason for him to be there publicly, and too much risk of him saying something dopey with the focus on anti-harassment.

480 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-07 20:45 ID:6XUhSq3g

>>478>>477 Tom was seen running this morning on Hampstead Heath! So I guess he's a no show for the golden globe awards tonight. I vote that he maintains his goatee. His War Horse Press Interviews looked very nice.

https://www.facebook.com/josephine.tomkins/posts/10215817266164693

481 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-07 21:02 ID:LfjWE7CD

The Telegraph, ostensibly discussing James Norton for Bond, spends a chunk of time dissing TH and how he blew his chance thanks to Tayto: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2018/01/07/next-007-must-just-pretty-face/amp/

Bond may haunt his press coverage as much as TS will....

482 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-08 21:37 ID:zSl8T0x0

Apparently Tom got the Early Man french accent gig b/c Nick Park saw him do the impressions of DeNiro, etc. on the Graham Norton show in 2015. Okay...

https://www.irishnews.com/magazine/entertainment/2018/01/08/news/tom-hiddleston-s-robert-de-niro-impression-inspired-early-man-casting-1226706/

483 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-09 01:16 ID:B/xQlxFm

I just finished all the Hiddleston threads. WOW. Some of you were are so spot on about some of the happenings. Made me shake my head a lot at TH. And I also laughed hard enough a few times to threaten undie change....old bladder easily startled by sudden laughter, coughing, sneezing, startlingly and 15 lb fat ass cats jumping on it.

So I guess he's to make an appearance on the 14th for EM premiere.

484 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-09 06:44 ID:zSl8T0x0

Sad that TH is no longer active on twitter since his phenomenal director in Crimson Peak, Guillermo Del Toro, won a Golden Globe Award for his new film The Shape of Water, last night! I only wish that CP had had a better script, and that it had been as fully realized as TSOW was. Fingers crossed that Tom magically has a new project to announce on the 14th at the Early Man premiere.

>>481 This article mentions that the Night Manager 2 plans have been a struggle. Hmm...I'm glad about that, I think. And since the Sun is now claiming that Tom's RADA mentee, actor James Norton is being touted as the next Bond, I will assume that Norton's PR is driving this Bond BS, much like Tom's PR did last year, and other newspapers use it for clicks. Anyone who wants to be the next Bond please learn to chill out, and shut up!
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/5243255/bbc-james-norton-mcmafia-new-james-bond/

485 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-09 22:55 ID:zSl8T0x0

An article exploring why ALL of the Marvel leading players, including Tom, can't open a movie at the box office in their efforts outside of Marvel. And it trashes all of their movies outside of Marvel! The said that not even Hiddleston could save Kong: Skull Island from King Kong tropes, and that although he never delivers an uninteresting performance of on camera, that what Tom is best at is Loki. I disagree. Most of the movies they criticized had terrible scripts! And a couple of the actors like Chris Evans, Evangeline Lilly and, and Chris Pratt are just not verstile actos who are capable of multi-layered performances.

https://www.cbr.com/bad-post-mcu-movies-of-actors/

486 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-09 23:12 ID:zSl8T0x0

Oh no! 95 year old Stan Lee, former president and CEO of Marvel and co-creator of Iron Man, Spiderman, and X-men, has been accused of groping his nurses, harassing them, and requesting oral sex in the shower. My dear. His pic w Tom is below.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5250513/Marvel-creator-Stan-Lee-95-accused-groping-nurses.html
https://78.media.tumblr.com/105af69ee04f0ee7ac587e2576ec5883/tumblr_mil3zp2EOv1qa5shso1_250.jpg

487 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-10 02:04 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>485 I think that article is all over the place. For example, it gives some examples of non-MCU movies in which Hemsworth did well, then picks one in which he didn't. Another: their argument barely stands up with, say, Jeremy Renner, who generally has an excellent track record away from Marvel.

And while KSI had its many, many problems, Tom could hardly have saved it given his whittled-down role in the end.

It would have been a better, more interesting argument to discuss whether or not the actors' Marvel-movie fans will follow them over to any non-comic book movie, good or bad. Or if there's something about being an MCU actor that causes them to pick bad projects outside Marvel.

488 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-10 02:27 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>487 I agree. And, I think that the industry and the public's obsession w franchises doesn't allow audiences to become but so loyal to an actor's career choices. Leo D and Denzel W are the only sure things at the box office. And even Denzel just faltered. Plus movies have become very expensive.

And apparently the BBC really really seems to be trying to keep up interest in The Night Manager 2, expected maybe in 2019?! And what Cosmoplitan magazine knows about a sequel, is nothing! No plot, no cast guarantees, just a writer who is on staff to write it. Ha ha!

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/entertainment/a14853381/the-night-manager-season-2-release-date-storyline-cast/

489 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-10 02:49 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>488 We'd likely do better in predicting TNM2 by throwing darts randomly at a multi-year calendar!

490 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-10 05:13 ID:mm1nlOp8

>>484 Rather than announce a new project I'm afraid he's going to be wearing a sandwich board reading: Will Act for Money.

It may be that these sites that are saying he's working on confirming new projects have some insider info but I doubt it. More likely wishful thinking on their part or a gamble on the obvious answer. I mean at this point he must have something in the works, right?

491 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-10 05:19 ID:mm1nlOp8

>>481 Remember how it was just we monsterous toxics who were harping on about Tayto? Everyone else had put it behind them and moved on.

492 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-10 16:01 ID:B/xQlxFm

Wasn't he possibly involved in Lockards Silent Night?

493 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-10 16:06 ID:B/xQlxFm

Oops, Luckard..James Luckard.

494 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-10 18:32 ID:+paBlYiz

>>490 Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. (Meaning the sites, not TH.)

>>492 possibly, but that was just a tweet and nothing since.

495 Name: Anon : 2018-01-10 21:18 ID:A3rZwPke

>>494 Have I missed something? are there sites out there saying he is working on confirming new projects?!

496 Name: Anon : 2018-01-10 21:48 ID:A3rZwPke

After the GG no show, I have been wondering what is actually going on with The Drought. There were some there who had not been nominated and were not associated with nominated projects. I find it hard to believe as last year’s winner that he could not score an invite if he wanted one. So what is going on?

Is he just taking a voluntary self-imposed break after several years working back to back? I find this hard to believe. Everything I have seen of TH suggests to me that he is fiercely ambitious and loves the limelight.

Has he become such box office poison that there are no projects? Again, I find this slightly hard to believe. He got good reviews on Hamlet, and behaved himself pretty well on the TR press junkets. So many actors (not necessarily superstars) have been forgiven much more heinous behaviour - drugs, sexual harassment, tantrums etc. I can’t believe he is the only one not getting a pass, even if he was too fat and too tan on the TR set (as indicated by Anonon).

Is he just too picky about what’s on offer? Wants another tentpole and is rejecting reasonable smaller projects?

Has he been advised/ordered by his management to calm it down for a year or 18 months while memories fade, perhaps including making no project announcements even if he has them. Does this mean he has sacked his West Coast publicity team - seems likely as I find it hard to believe that they would espouse the “less is more” approach.

Has he had some kind of nervous breakdown in the early part of 2017, out of which he only really emerged at the time of the Hamlet project? I have to say, I look at the (lack of) personal grooming and the clothes and compare with how he obviously loved looking good during the ISTL junket (and before at events like ComicCon when he wore his own choices) and I do wonder about this. What would you say to a friend who has not cut his hair or shaved in 2 months and wears the same clothes every day.

497 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-11 01:24 ID:B/xQlxFm

Is he maybe involving himself in the rehab of the BFI house since the bid for the new one fell through?
Geez, I just feel bad for the guy.

498 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-11 02:48 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>494 The impression I get from Tumblr is that MMP on LSA is dropping hints to that effect. (I don't follow LSA anymore; the tone got to me.)

>>496 For the GG, I noticed that a lot of the non-nom'd/
unassociated presenters had soon-to-be released projects - for example, Hemsworth was introduced with a reference to the upcoming Horse Soldiers. Tom's role in EM wouldn't merit much of a mention, so maybe no invite (or push from his PR team to get him one).

Re The Drought: I agree it's unlikely that this is a voluntary break. Especially because it's hard for actors to get back into the game (get cast) if they're away from it for too long. (And for that reason I doubt his management is keeping him quiet for this long - even if they wanted him a bit off the radar, there still should be a small steady drip to keep him visible. But there weren't even any interviews for RadHam, except one in an Italian fashion mag.)

I also think it's hard to believe he wouldn't be getting any offers at this point. I'm leaning towards the offers just aren't what he wants/what his team is telling him to hold out for. Just a guess, but I suspect the offers are for indie/non-tentpole ensemble parts, when he wants either another big franchise or a plum indie lead (his Imitation Game). Good luck with that - there's just too much good competition in his age range/type.

Don't know about a nervous breakdown; I don't see Branagh entrusting the RADA fundraising kickoff to someone who was just coming out of one. Depression, on the other hand.... would at least explain the recent IDGAF approach to his appearance. And/or he's doing some deep navel-gazing trying to figure out what he really wants out of his life at this point.

Mildly interesting that after the early spate of puppy sightings reported, there's been nothing on that front recently.

499 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-11 04:07 ID:DAxiZXkP

>>495 I thought Elvie had mentioned these up thread.

The post-Tayto drought is unique. Even his previous drought was because projects fell through, I think (it was before I entered the fandom). Still he was able to secure others. This one seems to stem from a complete lack of non-Marvel projects. I fear that, after several years of being the lead in his recent non-Marvel roles, he may think smaller, ensemble parts are beneath him. (I can't help but wonder if he only took the Early Man role because Redmayne's in it. If ER signed on, then it wasn't beneath TH to do it.) Turning things down is of course his right but it's going to drastically cut down on the roles he'll have on offer.

His 'brand' took a hit in 2016/early 2017. That would have been enough to send a slightly narcissistic and greatly ambitious man into a tailspin. I don't think he's had anything close to an actual breakdown; he was fine (if subdued) during Kong promo and was compos mentis enough to agree to the Rada play and prepare for it.

I don't think the American team and TH have parted ways for one reason: Yours Truly. She appeared when the American team came on the scene. If her services are part of his PR package, okay that's a perk. If he's paying for her services as an individual, all is lost!

500 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-11 04:15 ID:DAxiZXkP

I know I said the dog wasn't a rent-a-dog for a pup stroll but...reaching for anonsy's discarded tinfoil hat....

501 Name: Couch Potato : 2018-01-12 08:47 ID:N/M+DxEM

Have a good trip.
And Earn $1,000 together.
http://goo.gl/YLysV3

502 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-12 15:43 ID:B/xQlxFm

Shall we keep an eye on James Franco's career now? He was only accused of being a perv so that's not as bad as dating a girl and being misunderstood in a speech.

503 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-12 15:44 ID:B/xQlxFm

Gotta mop my floor...sarcasm dripped everywhere

504 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-12 16:12 ID:B/xQlxFm

There's a photo of him from today with Maisie promoting EM. He's alive and looks good. Don't know how to apply pics to post.

505 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-12 16:26 ID:B/xQlxFm

URLfile:///storage/emulated/0/Download/tumblr_p2g98nAj9L1u5j9sco1_540.jpg hope this is it.

506 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-12 16:32 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>504 Pics of TH and MW promoting EM! Tom's beard is long, and his hair is as well. He looks well rested.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd2oORNAuVC/?taken-by=hiddlesfashion

507 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-12 16:34 ID:zSl8T0x0

508 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-12 16:39 ID:B/xQlxFm

>>506 so sorry...thx..xoxo

509 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-12 16:41 ID:B/xQlxFm

Same TH...same shirt...good that some things don't change...uh..literally.

510 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-12 17:12 ID:epn2qk+C

>>502 This is an over-simplification of those two situations that I can't let go without comment, even though you are being sarcastic. If these were accurate summations of Tayto and his GG speech, then our criticism of him wouldn't have been warranted, and we would indeed be the toxics were are often accused of being.

While I most certainly don't speak for all, for most on this board (please correct me if I'm wrong) the problem with both EO and Tayto was the hypocrisy. We'd been told: his private life was just that - private, relationships were sacred, family was the most important part of his life, yet those two relationships (one probably real or the other most certainly not) were used for PR purposes, his family was used for PR purposes. Then he had the temerity to suggest that the public nature of Tayto was due to people with cameraphones. We're all prone to hypocrisy but TH hit it out of the park in these instances.

The GG speech wasn't misunderstood; it was miscalculated. There's a difference. Remember that TH's agents had just recently formed a partnership with Unicef or a charity agency of some sort (I can't remember). That speech was a lite tie-in in which he spoke about himself and the popularity of his tv show more than he spoke about the actual work aid agencies are doing. It wasn't a white savior speech, but it was virtue signalling of the worst sort.

No, he's not assaulted or harassed anyone. No, he's not killed anyone: the arguments that nannies make as excuses for his behavior. But that doesn't mean he hasn't been a lying, attention-seeking shit that's due criticism when earned.

511 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-12 17:15 ID:epn2qk+C

>>505, 506 Thanks for these. He looks good, and no sandwich board asking for work!

>>509 He can't afford new clothes or to wash more than one outfit. He has to buy a house and furniture, and pay for the tennis court to be resurfaced!

Captcha: robe. As in, we're lucky TH didn't show up in his bathrobe.

512 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-12 18:23 ID:+paBlYiz

>>504 Not sure of the original source, but the pix are on twitter here: /bestofmaisie/status/951842353995755520

Still bearded, be-curled, and in his blue sweater. I wonder if that sweater is like Linus’s blanket for him.

513 Name: Anon : 2018-01-12 18:56 ID:A3rZwPke

>>507 >>511 He looks well, but I still hate that beard. He looks like Robert Redford in Jeremiah Johnson (ie like he has lived in a log cabin in the West and not spoken to anyone for about 2 years) (though, wait a minute....).

>>510 Word. It’s the lying we found so hurtful. All joking aside, you don’t get to say ad infinitum how private and authentic you are and also exploit your fake or real relationship for publicity, AND hope to escape criticism.

514 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-12 20:16 ID:B/xQlxFm

>>510 Hi..didn't mean to ruffle feathers as my point was that I think it will be interesting to watch how one is treated vs the other with I think Franco's indiscretions and then going to the GG dressed in black to support against harassment is a hypocrisy too. So basically which hypocrisy will be considered/treated the worst. And for me, I wasn't insulted by the speech which I watched months later, I cringed some but saw where he was going with it too. I also tend to lean towards finding something positive in any situation, give the benefit of the doubt. That's just me with anything :) Sorry, don't want to get on anyone's bad side with my opinion :)

515 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-12 20:29 ID:B/xQlxFm

Just a p.s. new to the fandom so didn't see things as they happened and even tho I've been reading blogs and threads remembering timelines etc are hard for me so I'm probably going to get things bassackwards. Just trying to contribute.

516 Name: Anon : 2018-01-12 21:04 ID:A3rZwPke

>>514 Elvie, you haven’t got on anyone’s bad side. We express robust opinions here and we don’t always agree with one another. Also some are less critical of certain behaviour and some are more so. For example I think on the GG speech I was more of the “clunky but well meant” side (hard to remember now). Others were more critical. It’s a broad church. The only things we don’t tolerate are ad hominem attacks and a refusal to accept that others are entitled to a different opinion.

517 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-12 21:20 ID:iELJMIjS

>>513 'Like' being the key word. TH is a very good looking man. But Robert Redford in JJ...it makes you realize the existence of God. So handsome, so rugged...so American!

>>514 You didn't. This is what we do here. Nothing against you personally, just the over-simplification of the reasons for why TH was and is criticised, and may be struggling to find good projects. Please don't be afraid to express an opinion in the future! Somethings we agree on, others, not so much.

Franco, of course, is a hypocrite. I'd say 70% of the men and women in that GG audience were. That's Hollywood. Many in that room have worked with, ignored the truth about, or outright supported people like Weinstein, Polanski and Allen. Most have probably misused they power in similar ways.

I'd bet the established, box office-friendly talent will be forgiven. Franco is a movie star, and also a director and producer. He's got power and draw, which means he'll be redeemed. TH isn't established and wears one hat, which equates to little power/control. It's not right that this is the case, but Hollywood is a big ball of not right.

518 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-12 22:06 ID:B/xQlxFm

>>513 Thanks Anon and I agree
>>510 I should have just said TH and his shite :)

519 Name: Couch Potato : 2018-01-13 11:07 ID:vZS+CCWJ

Have a good trip.
And Earn $1,000 together.
http://goo.gl/YLysV3

520 Name: Unknown : 2018-01-13 14:37 ID:GgM5jWxd

>>510 Thank you Anon. for putting it in a really concise way.

While i don't think TS is a victim I feel that the majority of sites tend to vilify her a bit too much compared to TH when it came to HS. TH is just as guilty in lying and being an attention whore as TS, but at least we expect TS to do what she does which is whore out her famous BFs'. While I think TH has always been an attention whore starting from his instant popularity in the first Avengers film, he just didn't have an accomplice who was A-list to show off his smugness and daresay even snobbery. It showed a really ugly side to him which turned a lot of people off fans and non-fans alike.

I just don't like the misogyny his fans throw at TS when it comes to HS when TH is just as guilty in playing the public for his own gain and thinking himself as more important then he actually is coughgoldenglobescough I think he should've gotten more criticism about his Golden Globes speech. I'm always suspicious of celebrities doing humanitarian work but he just showed how self-important he thinks he is with that speech of his that any humanitarian effort from that point on is going to be looked at with suspicion.

That GQ interview was a load of bullcrap and I doubt he was in love with TS as he claimed he was. He was trying to play with his old brand again; the romantic, gentleman english man of Tumblr dreams whose heart was broken by a pop star. It is obvious now he is trying to distance himself from that old persona because HS let it be known how attention seeking and insincere he is.

521 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-14 03:14 ID:zSl8T0x0

New pic of Tom and Maisie at the EM promo.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd5Tu17B2bu/

522 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-14 15:03 ID:LfjWE7CD

Pix and vid of Tom at the Early Man premiere today on torilla:

http://tw.weibo.com/torilla/4196225991330183

http://tw.weibo.com/torilla/4196215732765353

http://tw.weibo.com/torilla/4196211302801318

Basically the same look as his T:R one, but with a plain blue suit. Luke is with him.

523 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-14 15:13 ID:LfjWE7CD

The Dragon Book of Verse for which Tom recently recorded is available for purchase (UK only). Two Shakespeare soliloquies (click the blue thumbnail to see the list): https://www.dragonverse.co.uk/product-page/a-selection-from-the-dragon-book-of-verse

524 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-14 15:31 ID:B/xQlxFm

He looks good. A little thin? Not too many wide, toothy, laughing smiles in the pics.

525 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-14 15:46 ID:B/xQlxFm

Ahaa! I got it! One time he referred to his semi bearded self as looking like a Scottish farmer, so he must be doing a film about a Scottish farmer!?!? ;)

526 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-14 20:01 ID:zSl8T0x0

Dear me. The DM has done an article on the EM premiere and Tom, and 3/4 of the article is about the fauxmance w Swift. Since they call her songs catchy, I bet the TS PR team had a had in it. They analyze the Getaway Car song lyric, post the Rhode Island pics, mention the heart vest, it has the LA airport pics of both of them, and the Met dancing pics, etc. Such a bore. Sadly Tom made a terrible choice in co-creating that famewhore summer. TS doesn't have a career w/o referencing fictional drama and petit feuds, since her songs from this album aren't even being streamed on spotify anymore. And no one cares about the last video.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5268295/Tom-Hiddleston-unrecognisable-Early-Man-premiere.html

527 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-14 20:56 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>526 Or maybe the DM is pissed that Tom didn't talk to the reporters, so they constructed a TS article as a rebuke? Apparently he chatted w the children for a long time though, when Eddie Redmayne and Maisie Williams didn't, for some reason. Tom looks a little fuller in the face, IMO. He was manorexically lean for ISTL. Plus, he likes to keep himself so lean from power running, which can make anyone over thirty look haggard in the face. So I think this is better.

528 Name: HandsSolo : 2018-01-15 01:07 ID:IOuqF9bz

Stop clogging up 4-ch with these dumb threads on a second rate character actor. I get your bored but why not go buy yourself a dildo and fuck yourselves to death with it. If you'e lucky, your cats will eat you so your families won't have to pay to bury you.

529 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-15 14:36 ID:7VyO5+Gk

>>525 Maybe he's going to become a Scottish farmer, hence the search for a manor house.

>>526 Well 'Actor has long hair and beard' can't fill up an article. As he's got nothing else to offer them except his supposed real estate dealings, they're going to fall back to familiar ground. The DM had a lot of Tayto's 'photo exclusives' including the mum stroll, and the most obvious example of them calling the paps: the paps on the runway and up the motorway. I wonder if whoever wrote this article knows from those exclusives that it was all as phoney as a $3 bill and put the GQ bit in there as a wink and a dig.

I like longer hair on a man but he's nearly in mullet territory. After mullet comes...manbun or manytail. And we thought Tayto was bad.

530 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-15 16:06 ID:7VyO5+Gk

>>522 The less than enthusiastic smiles may be due to the fact that his dates (that we know of) were Luke and...drumroll...his mummy. Wonder what she thinks of the state of his follicles!

Is the general fandom still blaming Luke for Tayto and calling for his head?

531 Name: Couch Potato : 2018-01-15 16:22 ID:vZS+CCWJ

Have a good trip.
And Earn $1,000,000 together.
http://goo.gl/YLysV3

532 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-15 17:59 ID:zSl8T0x0

EM reviews. The movie seems to be getting very good reviews, as a kidde-era Brexit allegory. They say that Tom's french accent is rather broad. But Tom seems to be referencing the comedic 'Allo 'Allo! BBC series set in WWII era northern France, so its meant to be a farce.

More EM premiere pics. Apparently Mama Hiddleston was his date. TH also seems to have brand new and darker couloured new eye glasses. Maybe purchasing a pair of designer eye glasses for intensive personal reading and taking hottie-professor fan pics is the only splurge he can justify for himself, since there seem to be no new project announcements?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5268087/Eddie-Redmayne-attends-London-premiere-Early-Man.html
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/early-man-review-1074629
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jan/14/early-man-review-aardman-animations

533 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-15 18:27 ID:vsFoFSho

>>526, >>527, >>529 The DM read as if they didn’t even have a reporter at the event, just a photog. They could at least have mentioned that he spent time with the fans, especially the children.

The times he’s smiling in these pix are when he’s with the kids, a couple with ER and Masie, and one where Luke is saying something in his ear. So he’s still capable of smiling; he’s just lost that hyper level of glee he used to have.

534 Name: Anon : 2018-01-15 19:06 ID:A3rZwPke

>>532 No pap stroll with Mama, I see! Back to the previous approach of keeping family out of the limelight. Who could possibly have thought that her starring role in Tayto was was anything but coincidence.....

535 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-15 19:27 ID:7VyO5+Gk

A kiddo-era Brexit allegory? Jesus wept. Is that the Guardian? Has to be the Guardian. Everything is about Brexit to the Guardian.

>>532 She was. If you search on twitter, one of the most popular tweets is a video of a kid who attended the premiere. He interviews TH at the afterparty and momma is alongside yucking it up. I nearly wet myself as she didn't do her hair for the premiere but did do it for Tayto. Hmmmmm.

536 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-15 19:30 ID:7VyO5+Gk

PS Good to see ER got time off from his job as a Paddington Bear clothing line model to attend. 'Styled by yours truly, P. Bear.'

537 Name: Anon : 2018-01-15 21:14 ID:A3rZwPke

>>535 I saw that - I didn’t see him posing with her on the red (green!) carpet for the press though.

538 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-15 21:47 ID:zSl8T0x0

Cute video of Tom, as he does vocal exercising/beat boxes with MW for EM Press.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=44&v=-zsvta0r2Yc

539 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-16 00:25 ID:LfjWE7CD

Celebitchy getting in its two cents about Tom’s look for the premiere (half funny, half snarky, but I do like the term “hiatus beard”): http://www.celebitchy.com/562782/tom_hiddleston_his_scruffy_ginger_beard_are_here_to_make_2018_slightly_better/

540 Name: SorryNotSorry : 2018-01-16 00:46 ID:t3X+JNDw

Smells like ancient dry brittle and unused pussy in here.

541 Name: UnicornTears : 2018-01-16 00:52 ID:jIm5kaSk

Smells like leaking depends to me

542 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-16 01:59 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>539 Celebitchy thinks that Tom looks like Maisie and Eddie's father? Ouch! And they were contemporaries at Eton, and Eddie is about to become a father for a second time? Dear me. I'm glad that Tom isn't as vain as some guys in Hollywood, b/c that kind of comment would drive some pretty boys straight to a dermatologist to get some major chemical peeling and laser resurfacing done to the old puss!

543 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-16 02:05 ID:7VyO5+Gk

>>537 Well some things are sacred. Also she might have refused to be photographed with him until he shaves and gets a haircut.

Here's an ONTD article on the premiere. Following on from the OP's question, it quickly devolved into a summer o' fuckery rehash. Amongst my favs were posts ridiculing the Nashville restaurant photos and one which called Tayto a 'dumpster fire.'

https://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/109172451.html

I think this will be his lot for a good while longer. Even when the new project is announced, Tayto will rear its ugly head in the background. Ah well, this too shall pass, eventually.

544 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-16 02:42 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>542 I think the father remark was as much about their different outfit choices as anything else; compared to his co-stars, he almost looked overdressed. And he’s so much taller than Masie,

545 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-16 03:19 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>543 I loved the quote of “This whole debacle is like someone bringing a small flightless bird to a gun fight”!

Also the early comment re: sending every man in the U.K. a tub of moisturizer....

546 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-16 04:49 ID:zSl8T0x0

The video of Tom's mom at the EM premiere is below, and mummy Diana appears at minute 3:06. And, Tom's premiere style made the GQ's best dressed list of the week at #7.
https://www.gq.com/gallery/best-dressed-men-of-the-week-jan-15-18
https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=5s&v=0E_dE9VONQo

547 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-17 00:51 ID:LfjWE7CD

Short EM interview w/ Tom: twitter;com/TomTheNextLevel/status/952920765606907909/photo/1

Note the line about “not an exhibition of my work but of theirs.” An example of the new Modest Tom?

548 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-17 19:12 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom's 5 minute video interview for Early Man with Theupcoming. It seems as if he is just as committed to promoting this film in an artiulate way, as he is to his other films. His reluctance to talk to reporters probably stems from the fact tht he doesn't have a new project to announce, and he doesn't want to come off as such a a shamless self-promotionist after the GG speech situation and Tayto. FYI, the James Ivory Richard II project is in pre-production as of August 2017. His recent success as the screenwriter of this year's Call Me By Your Name, should give Ivory some heat to get Richard II made.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=306&v=zn-xSo4zajY
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2338888/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1

549 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-17 22:40 ID:jvHfjB/7

>>545 This was my favorite tweet from when KK released the tapes of TS being a lying liar. I missed the early weeks of Tayto because of real life, so Receipt Gate is my Tayto jam. What a surreal night. With everything that had happened, no one thought it would get more ridiculous and then KK made the internet explode!

>>548 I swear that movie has been in pre-production for that past five years.

550 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-18 01:54 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>548, >>549 According to the crazy clever one, RII became listed in IMDB Pro as in pre-production as of this past fall. So maybe it's a inching a little closer to being made someday. Which might contribute to Tom's shaggy look - it's easier to have a beard and get rid of it for a role than the other way round. (The fake beards in KSI and HR did not look natural on him.)

551 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-18 02:21 ID:LfjWE7CD

A behind-the-scenes EM video showing some voiceover work. Tom's bits start at about 2:12, and include when Nick Park was giving him a massage to get the shaky voice for the bath scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKwux8aJ7ck

Not sure Tom would have seen this project as beneath him except for Eddie R being part of it. Tom's talked about how he loved Aardman movies as a kid, and in the BTS shots he looks like he's having so much fun. And remember that Ralph Fiennes voiced the villain in the last Wallace & Gromit movie, so he's in good company.

>>548 I was thinking the same thing about the press avoidance (both in this case and for RadHam). He knows he'll get asked about what's next. And I suspect he's trying hard not to do anything that will make him look as if he's heavily self-promoting anymore. I believe we're not seeing sad or depressed Tom at this point, but Tom 2.0, the grown-up version.

552 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-20 20:12 ID:6XUhSq3g

>>550>>548>>549 My hunch could pay off! James Ivory's Richard II could still come to life! James says that Tom has agreed to play Richard and Damian Lewis will play Bolingbrook, and he's still looking for financing. Yay. The dream has not died! If Call Me By Your Name is Oscar-nominated, and wins a few gongs, this could help turn Ivory into a recent awards contender whose projects are still worthy/marketable to greenlight!

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/james-ivory-adapting-call-me-by-your-name-his-film-legacy-1075848

553 Name: Couch Potato : 2018-01-21 14:34 ID:qIn3AyhR

Earn $1,000,000 together.
http://goo.gl/YLysV3

554 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-22 18:34 ID:vsFoFSho

An upload of Tom’s two recordings for The Dragon Book of Verse: https://t.co/rW3hP1cgsY?amp=1

555 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-24 00:23 ID:6XUhSq3g

We must be desperate for TH gossip. Gossip cop denied that following the Golden Globe Awards, Chris Hemsworth had set Tom up on a date w Angelina Jolie via a messaging app and texting, and that they have been chatting ever since, and are planning a dinner date in LA, soon! Ha ha! Angie's life is a fascinating and passionate whirlpool, but I think Tom needs his life to remain a sea of calm : )
https://www.gossipcop.com/angelina-jolie-tom-hiddleston-chris-hemsworth-dating/

556 Name: Sosorry : 2018-01-29 04:22 ID:zSl8T0x0

Eddie Redmayne on this video at 3:52, thinks that Tom should be a wizard in one of the Fantastic Beasts/Harry Potter prequel films! My dream was that Tom and his lovely beard would be cast as young Dumbledore in his dark wizard-catching years! Darn you Jude Law! I'm still hopeful that we'll get Tom with a wand in hand, at some point.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/fiBbg3HfSWc

557 Name: Heynon : 2018-01-30 01:21 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>556 That, or playing the young Emperor Palatine in a Star Wars prequel!

I wonder why, with all the EM promo, none of it seems to have been with just Eddie and Tom together. (Each of them had sessions with Masie, and there was at least one with all three of them.) Probably just as well because Tom might have regressed a bit from his new adult persona. Tom 1.0 has only peeked out a little from the vids I've seen.

558 Name: Elvie : 2018-01-31 15:40 ID:B/xQlxFm

Kinda hard to tell, but from the "Would you rather" with Maisie
He hath trimmed the face beast!

559 Name: Anon : 2018-01-31 20:57 ID:1RGr8j2G

>>558 Maybe! I thought I could still see some face fungus creeping up the cheeks...! He’s very enamoured of the old beard. Strokes it a lot and has referred to it on a couple of occasions.

560 Name: Anon. : 2018-01-31 22:07 ID:G9cBoebf

>>551 This is kinda my point. It’s okay to do an animated feature (even after TPF!) because ER and people like RF have done it. I know he said he loves Aardman but he also said 'I've always wanted to do a movie about a journey to an uncharted island,’ i.e., he’s given to exaggeration.

>>555 If he thought Swifty chewed him up and spit him out!

>>558 This is from the fall press day (I remember her cute collar dress). That’s not a trimmed beard, it’s a growing beard.

I believe the face-ferret is still in place because…TH and his beard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HT4R8tahJg

561 Name: Sosorry : 2018-02-09 01:23 ID:6XUhSq3g

An article noticing that Tom was absent from the Marvel 10 year anniversary photo, despite portraying one of the most beloved and multidimenional characters! Preach!
http://www.ibtimes.com/marvel-class-photo-missing-some-important-actors-mcu-movies-2651414

562 Name: Heynon : 2018-02-09 18:15 ID:vsFoFSho

The Guardian dragging out the GQ interview again - they’re still on the side of it hurt rather than helped him: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/feb/08/quincy-jones-said-what-star-interviews-that-got-us-all-talking

563 Name: Anon : 2018-02-09 18:27 ID:A3rZwPke

Tom’s 37th birthday. 🎂

Post from Instagram with a pic I haven’t previously seen from ISTL. He looks pretty committed to smoking that cig, I’d say....https://instagram.com/p/Be-rgZVnoyO/

564 Name: Anon : 2018-02-12 02:00 ID:+aop+qG6

>>562: But isn't that what all of you have worked so hard for? To see Tom's career in ruins and for him to be the punchline of jokes everywhere? I thought you'd be celebrating. Or is it just too much work for you to go and find someone else to tear down?

565 Name: Sosorry : 2018-02-12 03:11 ID:zSl8T0x0

Pic of Tom walking puppy, Bobby. The DM rapiers out for Hiddleston and Jude Law. Says they both are dressed as if it is for their midlife crises. Ouch!! Dark.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5379421/Jude-Law-Tom-Hiddlestons-midlife-crisis.html

566 Name: Sosorry : 2018-02-12 03:56 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>565 Meant to also say, that I understand that some well-off preppy guys like to wear their clothes over and over until they are completely worn out, and I admit that I don't like men who dress like vain peacocking city boys, I don't know what Tom's statement to the public/film industry is. He looks pale and very unkempt in his personal grooming. And when you're not working or scheduled to work as an actor, that's not the best message to project to the world. You just look as if you don't care what people think of you. As an actor, your appearance is your business office, in a way.

567 Name: Anon : 2018-02-12 09:54 ID:A3rZwPke

>>565 I feel a bit sorry for Jude Law. One may or may not like the coat, but it was intended as a fashion statement, and with the exception of the boots the items are all clean and pressed.

Is that a hole I see in the front of Tom’s jacket? Also, I don’t think we can now dispute that the jacket is just filthy (I recall a debate last year about whether we saw a footprint or a trick of the light). As for the boots, it may have been a lot muddier than expected when he was out walking the dog. The acid test will be whether he bothers to clean them off.

>>566 In the old days it was said that one got one’s valet to wear one’s shirts until they looked a bit worn, as very new clothes were vulgar. I think this is taking it to extremes. I have seen many Old Etonians (and others!) wearing a favourite jumper with a hole in the elbow. Usually, however, the clothes are clean. Was Tom always this, ahem, dirty when he went casual? I don’t recall that.

568 Name: Elvie : 2018-02-12 15:47 ID:B/xQlxFm

There are more better pics of TH n Bobby on LA S of 65 but for some reason I can't repost from kindle so maybe someone else....he doesn't look as bad as DM has him looking.

569 Name: Elvie : 2018-02-12 15:49 ID:B/xQlxFm

Sigh...more better? I's educmucated...it's on LSA autocorrect!

570 Name: Sosorry : 2018-02-12 18:18 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>568 Many much much better pics of Tom and Bobby on torilla. It looks like the DM falsified the color of Tom's pics to that they could feed their mid-life crisis narrative! The bsterds! Tom's coat is faded, but it's not dirty. And his jeans look pretty crisp, as well. And Bobby has a fashionable new coat : ) I really hope that Tom is growing out his hair for James Ivory's Richard II,and Ivory said 9 hours ago “At the moment I’m very optimistic it will happen.” Yay!Apparently the script is by Argo screenwrtier, Chris Terrio. But CT also wrote the Justice League script. Hmmm...
http://tw.weibo.com/torilla/4206718289832510
http://www.mailtribune.com/news/20180212/james-ivory-could-make-oscar-history
http://www.journalgazette.net/entertainment/movies/20180211/age-not-slowing-writer

571 Name: Anon : 2018-02-12 18:22 ID:A3rZwPke

Torilla has pics as well.

The reappearance of the dog indicates he is his. I had wondered if he belonged to another family member, perhaps, as he had not been seen since the first pics (I think).

Tumblr is afire with he looks mentally ill/no he does not how dare you/he looks like a homeless person/he DNGAF/he is walking the dog these are his special dog walking clothes how dare you/etc

572 Name: Anon : 2018-02-12 18:24 ID:A3rZwPke

>>570 We posted at the same moment!

Have a look at the middle photo in the top line (2/9). Looks like the left sleeve is pretty filthy, though I agree that some of the problem with that coat is that it looks dusty where it has worn shiny where it rubs. Not that that is much better (!!).

573 Name: Heynon : 2018-02-12 18:27 ID:vsFoFSho

>>568 The additional pix are on Torilla: https://wx3.sinaimg.cn/orj360/6e14d388gy1fodzunjga6j20qc13itg9.jpg
(Hope the link works - it’s to the first of the series.)

He’s looking rail -thin as well as pale. And why do they never catch him smiling at the dog?

574 Name: Heynon : 2018-02-12 18:31 ID:vsFoFSho

>>572 I suspect the coat’s condition is a combo of thriftiness, dog walking, and thumbing his nose at the paps. But he’s never been skilled at thinking through the impression he makes.

575 Name: Anon : 2018-02-12 18:50 ID:A3rZwPke

>>573 I imagine he is aware when he is being papped. The first pics of him carrying the dog were blue steel to the max. He so obviously loves dogs that I am sure he is like this in private: http://www.smallstepsproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Tom-Hiddleston-Joost-Vandebrug-1.jpg

(One of my all time favourite pics of him, BTW).

>>574 I’m sure it is a combination of things. Doesn’t Di Caprio wear the same clothes all the time to make the pics less worthwhile (or he went through a phase of so doing)? He seems quite literally to wear the same outfit down to the hat every day now. I wonder whether the paps are there more than we know and that has prompted the nose thumbing.

576 Name: Anon : 2018-02-12 18:55 ID:A3rZwPke

>>575 Sigh. Just looking at that pic and remembering why I ended up in the fandom. Tom with short black hair, a huge smile and - remember those days? - clean, relatively new and flattering clothes that were chosen by him (rather than being bought by Yours Truly at such humongous expense that it’s no wonder he baulks at replacing them).

577 Name: Heynon : 2018-02-12 19:20 ID:KNXwNIL0

>>575, >>571 Despite his having said he "doesn't see" the paps, I've come to agree that he must be aware of them. Or at least he always adopts that face when he's out and about as a protective measure. That's a sweet picture of him with the dog; and in all the others I've seen of him with dogs, he's been interacting with them a lot.

>>575 Daniel Radcliffe also "casually" remarked, when he was turning up in stage door photos from (I think) Equus, that he "noticed" that he'd worn the same clothes for a week.

I wonder if the timing of this pap/pup walk had anything to do with TS having released some kind of behind the scenes vid on Tom's birthday in which she jokes about the 4th of July? The PR sniping continues....

578 Name: Anon : 2018-02-12 20:27 ID:A3rZwPke

>>577 Did she? I didn’t hear about that. She is a real class act if so. Though if he wants to win the propaganda war he will have to dial up the fashone a bit. I am not sure a revenge pap stroll in a coat with holes in it is sending quite the right message!

579 Name: Sosorry : 2018-02-12 20:36 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>572 Sorry, I meant that the clarity of the image quality of the photos is much much better on torilla,then the images on the DM. Sorry! I should have been much clearer. In the words of former Kodak spokesman Andre Agassi, Image (image clarity) is Everything!

580 Name: Sosorry : 2018-02-12 21:01 ID:zSl8T0x0

CB doesn't think the photos are too bad. Maybe dlisted will comment later on.
http://www.celebitchy.com/566171/is_tom_hiddleston_having_a_midlife_crisis_now_that_hes_turned_37_years_old/

581 Name: Heynon : 2018-02-13 01:44 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>578 Allegedly, she did, but I’m basing that on tumblr, not original (re)search :). Funny that tumblr didn’t erupt over that, but did over dog-walking pictures.

582 Name: Anon : 2018-02-13 03:51 ID:oDQH66if

>>578: Isn't that what you want? For TS to savage Tom? For his career to end? For him to what? Suicide? Talk about class acts.

583 Name: LoveFromLSA : 2018-02-13 03:54 ID:vWlwIhao

I wonder how many of you have trolled other sites to make sure they all engage in intense discussions about Tom's rapid fall to keep the memes going.

584 Name: Neversorry : 2018-02-13 03:56 ID:hRlNWIEF

And Crazy Days has a Tom blind today too.

585 Name: Unknown : 2018-02-13 04:50 ID:u0qcW1XU

What is with the sudden uptight super nannies in this thread all of a sudden? There meltdown is insane.

586 Name: Sosorry : 2018-02-13 17:29 ID:zSl8T0x0

Apparently Tom was seen, filming something for the BBC, and watching a 3rd year play performance at RADA?!
K
‏ @kathrynrose17
5h5 hours ago
Tom Hiddleston filming in leatherhead while I’m training at work 👍🏼🙃
3 replies . 8 retweets 21 likes

Grace Lilley
‏ @LilliesForGrace
19h19 hours ago

at a play
sneezed
heard a “bless you”
turned around to say thank you
tom hiddleston blessed me

goodnight everybody

587 Name: Sosorry : 2018-02-13 18:32 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>586 Apparently the RADA sighting was true, but not the filming sighting.And the girl just went private on her twitter, so...Oops.

588 Name: Turnabout : 2018-02-14 01:18 ID:9EaczonN

>>585 You lurk at places where Tom's fans are at so why can't we lurk where his enemies scheme and plot?

589 Name: Heynon : 2018-02-14 18:25 ID:vsFoFSho

>>587, >>585 Suspect we’re going to see both more mistaken sightings and fandom disagreements until there’s a project announcement and it’s known what he’s working on and where. (It’s rather like a smoldering brush fire that flares up every now and then.)

Speaking of projects, there’s now a Nov. 2019 release date for Sir Ken’s next Agatha Christie project - perhaps TH will be part of that acting company? https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-dates-murder-orient-express-sequel-pushes-alita-1084263?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

590 Name: Nonnie : 2018-02-14 22:31 ID:WFE4D+7z

I hope he doesn't work again if it means it will give some of you the opportunity to drag him some more.

591 Name: Anon : 2018-02-15 00:15 ID:A3rZwPke

>>589 I wondered about that. I think it might be just the project to get him off the bench. I do wonder if he has been saying no too much (as previously discussed, nobody seems to think he has had no project offers at all). Sure he would accept something from Sir Ken!

592 Name: Anon : 2018-02-15 00:25 ID:A3rZwPke

As for our tedious little visitor (and yes I do think there is just one of you, as Anonon has previously suspected, due to your strangely repetitive comments): if you don’t like what we do here, then go somewhere else. Or go mad and set up your own thread on 4-ch, maybe. But don’t waste our time with this pious cant about not approving of what we get up to here (since you lurk here and clearly can’t drag yourself away) or the utter bullshit about us wishing him dead. Show me one single post in which anyone has said that.

You can also spare us your tinhatted accusations of plotting (by the way, congratulations for the maddest comment from a lurker that I have seen since I started here in 2015!).

593 Name: Heynon : 2018-02-15 01:43 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>591 Even if he’s not keen on an ensemble role, I’d think KB could help him to see its benefits. If nothing else, it would be a great networking opportunity given the level of the others actors KB is likely to attract to the project.

>>592 Hear, hear.

594 Name: Unknown : 2018-02-15 02:01 ID:VA4Ojjfh

>>592 This troll has also been on the LSA Tom thread as well accusing members of the same things as well. This person is mentally disturbed.

595 Name: Sosorry : 2018-02-15 23:41 ID:zSl8T0x0

Pictures of Tom at the NTS (Nuffield Theatre) Press Night for The Shadow Factory, by Howard Brenton on twitter!

wayneDJC

596 Name: 2Be : 2018-02-16 01:34 ID:FzBqfuie

Why do you think you have the right to have a place where no one will troll you? And LSA? That's literally slumming. They still hold out hope Tom will pull a Prince Harry. I find it funny you think there's just 1 of us who've decided to visit your little psych ward here. Guess its b/c you've been using multiple id's and just think everyone else does too.

597 Name: Sosorry : 2018-02-16 02:35 ID:zSl8T0x0

598 Name: Heynon : 2018-02-16 03:32 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>597 Happy smile - hanging with his peeps at the theatre. Good to see!

599 Name: Anon : 2018-02-16 09:33 ID:A3rZwPke

>>597>>598

I read recently that Harriet Walter and others “joined” him as a patron of the Nuffield Southampton Theatres (https://www.nstheatres.co.uk/about-us/news/harriet-walter-and-craig-david-announced-as-new-patrons-for-nuffield-southampton-theatres). Since he did that q&a in early 2015 I am not aware he has done any event for NST. He was originally named as an “associate actor”. See http://www.whatsonstage.com/southampton-theatre/news/07-2014/nuffield-southampton-50th-anniversary-season-hiddleston_34939.html.

I’ll be glad if this marks the start of a closer association! He looks like he is having a good time.

New coat (I think!). Also, is he having his hair straightened? Compared to Wallander days it looks a lot less curly!

600 Name: Heynon : 2018-02-16 18:44 ID:vsFoFSho

>>599 From those articles, it looks as patron and assoc. actor are both “ambassador” roles. Probably something he can do as much or as little of as he wants and has time for. So a positive of his current situation is that he seems to have the chance to support organizations he cares about.
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The thinking you-know-where is that the coat might be his peacoat from RadHam. The hair - who knows? It’s longer than in his youth, which in my experience makes curly hair straighter. And it might be hat hair from being out and about in his baseball cap. He’s definitely had it straightened for some of his RC appearances, though- possibly yours truly’s influence?

601 Name: Heynon : 2018-02-16 18:52 ID:vsFoFSho

>>599 In this photo, his hair from the other night looks wavier (side not front view): https://www.instagram.com/p/BfOoJPjhG4J/

602 Name: Anon : 2018-02-17 00:28 ID:xoI5h4Zz

Tom looking good here.http://joemonster.org/mg/58675,28

603 Name: Sosorry : 2018-02-18 16:01 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom is still in the industry! And I think that he and his PR guy, Luke, have taken a page from the TS playbook by refocusing on charitable donations, and notifying the press about it, just like his peers do. The British actors have joined forces to fight sexual harassment just in time to promote the BAFTA film awards. Tom, Emma Watson, K Knightley, Emma Thompson Gugu M-W, Jodie Whittaker from Return to Cranford, etc. have made donations to a fund for victims of sexual assault, called the UK Justice and Equality Fund. Tom gave £10,000 and Emma W gave £1 million, and he made the contribution by name, on a GoFundMe page. Hmmm...I guess this is Tom's answer to the the Harvey Weinstein fallout, the Time's Up Movement, and acting in a Woody Allen film. Hmm... Processing. Given Tom's last 1.5years in the business, it was probably best for him to stay quiet on the issue, and let his financal contribution speak for itself. I'm a little wary of the Time's Up. The agents are heavily in involved in this. They agencies need good press themselves, b/c they knowingly led actresses to meet with a violent predator, when they many knew about Harvey's crimes.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/18/actors-activists-bafta-red-carpet-calls-time-sexism
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5405641/Emma-Watson-gives-1MILLION-sexual-harassment-fund.html

604 Name: Sosorry : 2018-02-18 19:27 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom and Eddie R's Early Man has premiered in the US to roughly 3.2 million dollars so far at the box office so far, over President's Day weekend. I guess EM is family oriented counter programing to Marvel's Black Panther, which has swung quite a large ax this weekend.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2018/02/18/black-panther-box-office-record/349062002/
https://www.the-numbers.com/weekend-box-office-chart

605 Name: Anon : 2018-02-19 18:29 ID:A3rZwPke

Short i’vue with TH in Empire. Current project: improving 5k s time but not with Bobby cos he is too young. https://tumblr.tomhiddlestonnews.com/post/171058629121/zhora-salome-empire-magazine-april-2018-x

606 Name: Heynon : 2018-02-20 00:01 ID:LfjWE7CD

Apparently Sir Ken gave Tom a special copy of Hamlet (the one that Derek Jacobi had passed down to him): https://mobile.twitterDOTcom/IamMental_Leaps/status/965709646278295552

607 Name: Anon : 2018-02-23 22:09 ID:A3rZwPke

Seen at a performance of a play in London - participate in a “University Challenge” skit.

608 Name: Sosorry : 2018-03-05 03:43 ID:zSl8T0x0

Yay! James Ivory just won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name! Richard II funding, here we come!

609 Name: Elvie : 2018-03-07 15:54 ID:B/xQlxFm

Alive well and fuzzy at Kensington BAFTA

610 Name: Elvie : 2018-03-07 16:08 ID:B/xQlxFm

file:///storage/emulated/0/Download/tumblr_p57zdbTNUW1u5j9sco1_1280.jpg

611 Name: Elvie : 2018-03-07 16:10 ID:B/xQlxFm

Well that went well

612 Name: Sosorry : 2018-03-07 16:57 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>609 Tom wore his Early Man Premiere styling to the BAFTAKids event at Kensington Palace, March 6, 2018. Still bearded, not smiling. Genuinely great to see him. And I'm glad to see that he's comfortable chatting to journalists again : ) Kids are psyched about Avengers: Infinity Wars and Tom has to protect that fan base.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgBGcWjl7rI/

613 Name: Heynon : 2018-03-07 19:40 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>612, >>610 Thanks for the picture. That beard really needs a trim....

Someone else met him there and tweeted that Tom was very sincere and nice. I'm glad he's getting out to professional events like this.

614 Name: Anon : 2018-03-08 00:37 ID:lrsm8V/3

>>610>>612>>613

He will soon start to rival Jordan Vogt-Roberts in the beard stakes! The beard is well below his chin now.

Was he chatting to journalists?

I was at Letters Live tonight. Half expected he would show because the venue is now in Islington, closer to home, and Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman both read letters. Sadly not!

615 Name: Anon : 2018-03-08 16:58 ID:A3rZwPke

Taylor Swift shows that it is possible to go off the grid with one’s Britishactor boyfriend: http://www.celebitchy.com/569429/grazia_taylor_swift_has_gone_off-grid_in_a_big_way_since_meeting_joe_alwyn/#comment-15867323

616 Name: Anon : 2018-03-08 17:05 ID:A3rZwPke

OT:

To Anon. and others who recommended the John Adams miniseries: I watched it in advance of a vacation in Boston. Loved it (and found it very useful when going round museums to be able to recognise and contextualise Benjamin Franklin etc). Paul Giamatti has cornered the market in grumpy yet principled lawyerly old gits (cf also Billions). Stephen Dillane was unexpectedly foxy as Thomas Jefferson.

617 Name: Sosorry : 2018-03-08 19:53 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>614 I was joking about the press, b/c a little boy with a microphone interviewed Tom : )

618 Name: Anon : 2018-03-08 20:40 ID:A3rZwPke

>>617 Ha ha! Sorry I missed that one....

619 Name: Sosorry : 2018-03-10 16:06 ID:zSl8T0x0

Oh no! New Dailymail click bait article w new pics of Tom walking Bobby, and rehashing the TS fauxmance with rock canoodling and the tank top incident. It's her team's PR for the release of her next music video. He seems to be wearing a new grey scarf, the Hamlet grey suede boots, and black gloves.The article promotes Avengers Infinity Wars, as well.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5485033/Tom-Hiddleston-sports-unshaven-beard-walking-dog-London.html
Tom not shaving is not going to stop TS from crossmarketing w him for financial gain. How much of this is contractual, I wonder? He needs better lawyers and better PR. But Luke Wilson is quite busy with Colin Firth, b/c his wife lied about her extramarital affair with an old friend who she falsely claimed was a stalker! Messy! I guess that real relationships require as much tap dancing PR BS as fauxmances, do. But Luke, solely retweeting a pic of Tom as Loki in IW from EW magazine is not going to cut it.

620 Name: Anon : 2018-03-10 22:41 ID:A3rZwPke

>>619 I don’t think that is a new scarf - Torrilla’s pics show it has a hole in it!

621 Name: SoStupid : 2018-03-11 17:38 ID:f97WG+QV

So Luke wilson is now Tom's publicist? Do tell! You're a fucking idiot.

622 Name: Heynon : 2018-03-11 21:10 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>619, >>620 At least Bobby is looking elegant. Hmmm - if this were contractual, how much of the homeless chic look could be due to TH thinking how he could be the least cooperative and digging out some of the oldest stuff in his closet?

If her PR team had anything to do with the recent pap shots of him, it's another sign of how far she's fallen. Trying to exploit a whatever-that-was almost two years later feels a tad desperate.

623 Name: Anon : 2018-03-11 22:32 ID:A3rZwPke

>>619>>622 I don’t think it is contractual, personally. It just feels to me like DM click bait. She has a single out, so boring everyday pap shots of him have a value for the time being - though surely getting more and more limited as he goes out every day doing the same thing in the same clothes (I am now sure designedly a la Leo di Caprio or whoever it was who always wore the same clothes to reduce the value of the pap shots).

624 Name: Heynon : 2018-03-11 23:18 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>623 I don’t really think it could be contractual - just that it would be a funny passive-aggressive way for Tom to fight back if it were!

625 Name: Sosorry : 2018-03-12 03:03 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>621 Luke Windsor. Silly me! Maybe puppy Bobby is chewing up his clothes? Or maybe it's just Tom bashing the heck out of his clothes, as usual.

626 Name: Unknown : 2018-03-12 04:12 ID:8suh0qni

There's a shoe print on his coat and his scarf has a hole in it. He knows he's going to be photographed yet he chooses to dress like someone who doesn't wash themselves or there clothes. He has to get his act together, this depress person he's become is getting odd and crazy now. I'm surprised he hasn't snapped at someone.

627 Name: xamon : 2018-03-12 10:51 ID:lq1cIQoS

Those are the clothes he uses daily to walk his dod and play with him in the park. If you ever had a dog, you know that you always come home with dirty clothes.
I'm sure that when he gets home he takes a shower and changes to normal clothes.

628 Name: Unknown : 2018-03-12 13:24 ID:8suh0qni

I've had a dog before and my clothes were never dirty even if I played with him in the park or yard. That's a bad excuse, especially since he's a celebrity and he knows he's going to be photographed. Image is everything to celebrities. Is he trying to make people feel sorry for him or what with this sad man image he now has.

629 Name: Sosorry : 2018-03-12 18:29 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>628 If Tom wants to dress comfortably and not bother with personal grooming, and be understated in interviews, maybe he's still trying to prove to the world that he's not a publicity attention whore? And maybe he's also trying to lose some of the interest of his young Teen Beat fan girl base, as he approaches 40? This does seem like quite an over correction, though. I still hope the beard is for Ivory's Richard II.
Apparently Hugh Laurie might play Prince Phillip in the next series of The Crown. And someone just suggested that Tom could play opposite his neighbor, Helena Bonham Carter, as the toy boy lover of Princess Margaret in the The Crown series III. Thankless part in a critically acclaimed netflix series? Meh. Only if the writing is phenomenal.
http://www.celebitchy.com/569713/hugh_laurie_may_replace_matt_smith_on_the_crown_good_choice_or_meh/

630 Name: Unknown : 2018-03-12 20:19 ID:8suh0qni

There is this misconception that Tom's fan base consist of a bunch of teenage girls when in actuality it's more a bunch of twenty somethings and middle age women. It resembles the Twilight fan base. His popularity is teenage-like but the fans are most often adults.

Also how is taking paparazzi photos of walking your puppy looking like a disheveled mess prove he isn't a famewhore? He's getting photographed doing the most mundane things with his newest prop-the dog-which is what reality tv stars paparazzi photos are like. He's just making himself look pitiful and it's not helping him.

He needs to guest star on some popular show or something. Go back to square one and stop being tabloid fodder because he dated a girl his obsessed fan base hates like every girl he dates.

And if he wants to get rid of his insane overly entitled fanbase; get married and pop a kid. That'll shatter their wish fulfillment fantasies about him. Though I'm sure they'll talk bad about his wife and child ala Cumberbatch, but the fantasy will wear off aand they'll target another single actor.

631 Name: Elvie : 2018-03-13 01:00 ID:B/xQlxFm

>>630 pop walk shmock walk....who cares!!?? I enjoy current pictures of him. Don't care how he's dressed either. At least he's comfortable. Don't think he's pathetic. I don't wear heels and make up to clean stalls and when I'm out with any of the animals I wear what's used and comfy in case they slime me. I'd still be a big fan if he was gay or got married with kids or came from mars as long as he was happy. His career will be what it will be, there's been a lot of good actors that never made it big and others that did that shouldn't have. Que Sera Sera

632 Name: Sosorry : 2018-03-13 08:44 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>630 Perception in the GP maninstream news is interesting. After the TS fauxmance split, E! news discussed Tom arriving at LAX from London. And even though Tom was clean shaven, was reasonably well dressed, clean cut, etc. and obviously his PR had called the paps to cover his arrival, E! remarked that no one really seemed to care about him in the tabloids anymore and how calm and relieved Tom seemed just walking around by himself, no assistants or fans in sight, and the hosts concluded that Tom just liked his life to be low key. Not sure Tom can ever prove that he's not a famewhore. But in Tom's head, maybe he thinks that compared to other actors who look 100% styled when they call paps in LA (to the same Au Bon Pain, the Brentwood Farmer's Market, Whole Foods) the identically clad Mountain man puppy pics seem less staged to the casual viewer.

633 Name: Unknown : 2018-03-13 13:31 ID:8suh0qni

>>632 I guess. But from what I've heard from the GP is that people feel sorry for him and that he might be depressed or something. I don't know if he wants that type of reaction because that just plays into some type of victim complex like you-know-who loves to play.

I wish there was a new project announcement that wasn't about Loki or yet another billionth adaptation of a Shakespeare play.

634 Name: Elvie : 2018-03-13 20:10 ID:B/xQlxFm

Also, looking back at TH pics outnabout, the only time I found that he looks grubby is with Bobby. Granted it may always be in the some of the same tried and true clothes and shoes...

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Twitter sighting of TH, seen on the tube yesterday, in London.
Lydia Cooper
‏ @thelydiacooper
21h21 hours ago
@twhiddleston I’m the loon that left it to the last minute to say hi on the train
0 replies 3 retweets 12 likes

637 Name: Sosorry : 2018-03-17 01:07 ID:+qIWHRCV

Elizabeth Debicki has confirmed basically nothing about TNM2. I'm glad that TH has a gig, and yet I am no longer interested in Roper and Pine squaring off again. And Pine seemed kind of ambivalent about Jed at the end of the series, unlike at the end of the end. The book has been adapted and it has no sequel. There is no more night to manage. Think like Elsa in Frozen, and Let It Go. Or make Olivia Coleman the lead maybe, and start over...Hmm...Like a LeCarre novel meets Fargo, and Olivia has a hot affair with her sexy ex-lover in the CIA! I've solved it!
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-03-16/elizabeth-debicki-confirms-work-on-the-night-manager-sequel-im-sworn-to-secrecy/

638 Name: Sosorry : 2018-03-17 01:15 ID:+qIWHRCV

>>637 I meant, Pine goes off w Jed in the novel, but I didn't feel like those crazy kids would make it in the movie. Or maybe they just made it look ambivalent in the movie to leave people in suspense.

639 Name: Elvie : 2018-03-19 15:00 ID:B/xQlxFm

Interesting little blurb on another site. I have not read TNM but I guess at the end there was something about him having grown a Cornish beard. Hinting at gearing up for TNM 2. Thoughts?

640 Name: Heynon : 2018-03-20 21:55 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>633, >>637 But we haven't really had project announcements/gig news. RII is still dependent on getting funding, and TNM2 on developing a good story and script. It's nice to know that Tom is still wanted, but those are still birds in bushes, not in the hand.

>>637 I didn't feel the ending of the TNM series was even ambivalent; I felt it more as it got Roper and Jed out of the way, leaving Pine free for more potential adventures that wouldn't involve either of them.

>>639 That site is stretching. TNM2 doesn't even have a story/script yet, that we've heard. So it's at least a year off and more likely two. Doesn't take that long to grow a beard.

The biggest buzz he seems to be getting at the moment is the question of whether or not Loki is killed off early in A:IW.

641 Name: Sosorry : 2018-03-21 17:05 ID:zSl8T0x0

Pics from Dan Cagney on facebook, supposedly of Tom walking with a woman and his puppy, Bobby, in Hampstead Heath Park. The pics are incredibly blury. The poster seems to take post pics with actors a bit, so it could be true.

https://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Cagney/1033518115

642 Name: Heynon : 2018-03-21 23:54 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>641 And the speculation has started, though very quietly. It feels to me as if, between the dearth of project announcements and the question of Loki’s fate, the fandom is holding its collective breath.

643 Name: Heynon : 2018-03-22 17:29 ID:vsFoFSho

644 Name: NewAnon : 2018-03-22 19:39 ID:i0F27Diw

>>643 Lol the article calls him an A-list celeb. Sure, I guess with the upcoming Infinity Wars.

So puppy and a girlfriend now. Add in all the talk about the country house and seems like Tom could be settling down. Then again, his relationships so far have been more flings and non committal stuff that fizzles out after the 3 month infatuation mark ends so let's see where this one falls, serious or another short term girlfriend.

The pic is so blurry btw. Is this guy still using a flip phone? Seriously, it's like 2000 cell phone quality. How far was he that he had to zoom in so much that it pixelated everything?

645 Name: Anon : 2018-03-22 22:22 ID:A3rZwPke

Nice to see you again NewAnon. It’s been a bit quiet round here recently - Sosorry and Heynon have been keeping things going by adding links.

>>642 I don’t feel like the fandom is very excited about this. It looks vaguely like him and there is a dog in the frame, but as NewAnon says the photo was taken from space using a Box Brownie camera so who the hell knows.

Maybe he has been taking time off from projects in part to give a new relationship a decent chance? It must be extremely difficult to get anything to last beyond the magic 3 month marker if you are off to a set that’s miles away.

Although the blessed Jarthy did last a lot longer than that. Thinking about it, didn’t that relationship get going during another quiet period? I’m trying to remember. Was it 2013, when he did a lot of Thor 2 promo and not much else? No coincidence there, methinks.

646 Name: Heynon : 2018-03-23 00:50 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>645 There's almost been more discussion of dogs in coffee shops than there's been of a potential gf. Of course, the dog was described in detail and the woman is a collection of out-of-focus pixels. And as someone pointed out on tumblr, would he really be letting his grooming go to hell if he were seeing someone?

I felt like there was a period earlier this year when he really dropped out of sight. Since TayTo, there's usually been some sighting - out for a run, in a coffee shop, at a gas station - about once a week, but for several weeks there was nothing. This was not too long after the country house rumors. Was he away setting up his new household? On a vacay with the new gf? In South Sudan shooting more footage for the documentary? Off filming alternate endings for Loki's exit from the MCU? Only time will tell, and time ain't talkin'.

I had to google it, but yes, he and JA were spotted at Wimbledon in the summer of 2013.

647 Name: Unknown : 2018-03-23 11:09 ID:JBZYB9T8

Maybe the woman is JA. He was spotted with her in a cafe before the infamous Met Gala where he met TS.

Whomever it is Tom is at a better time at his life, and considering his age, to settle down since it seems he's not traveling for work nowadays.

Or maybe its just another friend and the country house was just a way to make money and rentng it to rich people.

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A fan on twitter had a nice run in with Tom.
ppawitraa‏ @ppawitraa
Thank you for being so kind and polite🙂❤️even if I was impolite disturbance and asked many silly questions. I'm really sorry for everything I did include scared by running follow you😓 At that moment I just thought that it may be my first&last chance to meet you. @twhiddleston

650 Name: Anon : 2018-03-23 18:04 ID:A3rZwPke

>>649 It is slightly hard to tell, but is this person saying she scared him by running after him?! Because she thought it would be her only chance.....Reminds me of the fan who got into the same Tube carriage and chatted away with him till he got off. No filter. As ever he is unfailingly polite, but god.

651 Name: Unknown : 2018-03-23 18:57 ID:JBZYB9T8

>>650 It is pretty scary come to think of it. A stranger just running up to you and asking questions and even telling you there life story, i get images of his fans saying "He's perfect" and that he "saved their life" shivers

You would think with him laying low and not interacting with fans as much that they would leave him alone really since he's been looking depress and serious, but nope.

I think the problem is he lives in London and a lot of people live there plus tourists and expats. And since everyone has stalked him and know his regular hangouts he won't be left alone really.

So maybe him moving to the countryside would let him not be run after or caught in the tube. If that's what he wants.

652 Name: NewAnon : 2018-03-23 22:30 ID:i0F27Diw

>>645 Thank you, Anon! Life has been a bit crazy since the new year and deprived of my celeb gossip fun :( When google alerts popped up that Evening Standard article calling him an "A-list celeb" and bitching about the pup for no reason, I couldn't resist anymore.

I was never convinced that Jane was an actual relationship/ proper gf. The way Tom did everything to keep their connection hidden, and also his behavior at the CP wrap party, all screamed FWB/ hook up buddy to me. I also don't believe that Tom had planned the Bora Bora trip and took her. It seemed like she planned the trip and took him. He was cold AF with that poor woman. But there's no doubt she has a big soft spot for Tom, hoping he'd finally turn things serious instead of keeping it casual. Going by those pre-TayTo pics at the cafe and her sad face, the two must have been hooking up in the downtime between EO and TS. I wouldn't be surprised if he's seeing Jane again and that's who he was in the park with in that pic. Maybe he'll treat her better this time. Or whoever this new gf, hopefully he won't play those "are we or are we not" games when we know he's fully capable of acting like a bf as we saw on the TayTo tour of "love".

>>651 That's another thing. He looks beat down. I mean really beat down. He doesn't look like he's taking a break and relaxing. His face looks miserable. If he has a gf now, let's hope he cleans up a little and stops looking like shit. It's really not a good look on him. No need to let go of grooming your facial hair. That beard needs some taming. I can't imagine any woman wanting that near her face or her private parts without a good wash and some trimming.

653 Name: Unknown : 2018-03-24 01:57 ID:tJfaraXx

>>652 I think he strings JA along. When he said to a reporter "she's nothing worth talking about" after she said to that other reporter that she was his girlfriend that must've been embarrassing. FWBs don't proclaim you as their boyfriend, she obviously was duped by him.

Tom only has shown off women he considers well known like EO and TS, JA is no use to him since she's an unknown. That's why i feel he'll only marry an actress whose high caliber.

JA is deluding herself thinking she can tie that ambitious man down. His career comes first more then anything, so that's why he was showing off with EO and TS but not with JA because TS and EO are in the business and can help his PR. He will only publicly show off a girlfriend if she's an A-lister. The man is crazy thirsty.

I bet that cafe pic and the hug was him telling her that he's breaking it off with her especially since he got a Met Gala invite. He was hunting for an A-lister and he got one.

I have no doubt he's still stringing her along. And to think his fans believe he would make a great dad/husband/boyfriend. The man is going to be like Clooney, not get married until he's in his 50s and is satisfied where his career is at. Also going by the ages he's been dating with EO and TS being in there twenties, he'll most definitely want a twenty something by that time since he wants children. He'll just have an endless string of women until he gets there.

I think he's a terrible boyfriend, he hasn't had a long term serious relationship in the longest. So odd that no one focused on his dating life when he was with TS when they practically have the same dating habits, thing is Tom keeps it private while TS doesn't. That's why those two are perfect for each other, they're fickle in dating and get bored easily, plus the career ambition.

There were rumors he broke up with SF because he wanted to focus on his career and SF did liked some Twitter posts making fun of Tom's speech at the Golden Globes. Plus there was that Facebook post in which she vehemently denied being married to him and her friends saying "Thank F**K".

654 Name: Sosorry : 2018-03-24 19:10 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>652 No way JA and Tom were still hooking up when they bumped into each other at the cafe. JA is a stylish PR gal, and Jane was wearing no makuep, stringy hair, and overals! Now what you were when when you meet up w your famous cutie-boy hookup who you are trying to lock down in a relationship. Period.
TS's favorite gossip columnist is still taking swipes at Tom! Apparently Emily Blunt and husband John Krasinski, and Blake Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds were promoting their projects together. Emily and Blake attented a Michael Kors show together, and then they they all double-dated to the premiere of a Stanley Tucci movie as a team. And Lainey announces that Tom Hiddleston is too thirsty to become a part of this new clique, and she posted the stupid July 4th party of Tom and TS fake snuggling on the porch w Ryan and Blake! Please. Blake and Taylor are they most thirsty personalities, ever.
>>653 TS doesn't have real public relationships w men. She fake dates a photogenic hearthrob that her tween/tween fans swoon over, and the fans get to watch TS live out their romantic fantisies by following the staged photo ops that her team sets up. And then the PR leads the fans to buy albums that where they can supposedly decode the lyrics.
http://www.laineygossip.com/blake-lively--ryan-reynolds--emily-blunt--john-krasinskis-double-date-at-final-portrait-premiere/49473

655 Name: Sosorry : 2018-03-25 03:02 ID:zSl8T0x0

Apparently TH went to another play and it was mentioned on twitter. This was by an all-female theatre company. Glad to know that he's still passionate about the arts, and that he's enjoying himself in his time off. Yes, Tom had to step back from the GP. But he needs a new publicist ASAP, and a new branding strategy going forwards. Unless Tom is comfortable doing theatre and scooping up supporting roles in films, from now on. Fingers crossed that James Ivory secures funding for the Richard II film.
Ellie @ellie_grace24
Guys, not to alarm you or anything but Tom Hiddleston is in our show @SherbetLTheatre #thetruthaboutbedtime

656 Name: DOA : 2018-03-25 18:02 ID:6mqJvvpl

Why the obsession with Tom Hiddleston? He's all but retired now. His career is dead and even if he wasn't, he's gay, gay, gay.

657 Name: Anon : 2018-03-27 20:35 ID:A3rZwPke

Tom will be at a Comic Con (not San Diego) in June. Poster shows him clean shaven (!!)

658 Name: Elvie : 2018-03-27 23:07 ID:B/xQlxFm

Any guesstimate on price of tickets?

659 Name: Heynon : 2018-03-28 01:45 ID:LfjWE7CD

>>657 Huh. Interesting. Last of his Marvel obligations? Or could this mean he'll be in A4 after all? Wonder if the panel, with Chris H and Chris E, will be on "Life After the MCU." Still, it will be a sighting of Hermit Tom.

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662 Name: Still Gay : 2018-03-31 22:56 ID:JKi+W4cp

He's still gay. He's always been and will always be gay. Fawn all over him if you like but you are wasting your time. You're pathetic, wise than actually. No one will hire him bc he's such a hypocrite. No studio wants to hire someone and be embarrassed by it later the way they were with Spacey. His career is o-vah.

663 Name: StillNotSorry : 2018-03-31 23:07 ID:B09mhzer

Gay is safe for them. Probably never seen a real dick in their lives, and never will.

664 Name: ButTomHas : 2018-04-01 15:36 ID:XsZYhTmV

Tom has seen plenty of dicks-either in his bubble butt ass or his mouth.

665 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-01 22:21 ID:N+5QDef3

>>658 The tickets were $200 for non-VIP autographs with him; $550 (!) for VIP autograph and photo sessions (and maybe the panel discussion). His sold out first.

>>661 The DM conveniently forgetting that the last article they ran on him was the "mid-life crisis" set of dog-walking pap shots....

He's on the cover of some NZ men's magazine this month. The full article is behind a paywall, but those who've read it say it's put together from old information. The cover picture (old, pre-beard) is nice, though. http://m2magazine.co.nz/category/m2-april-2018-full-issue/

666 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-02 01:21 ID:zSl8T0x0

TH was seen eating Easter lunch today!
Richa Verma
‏ @Richaa_V
Casually having Easter lunch and Tom Hiddleston is sat two tables over from us 😍
9:16 AM - 1 Apr 2018

667 Name: Tom'sSideBoifriend : 2018-04-02 02:06 ID:iXre/NC1

Explore Twitter a little more closely and you'll find out that Tom was having Easter lunch with his boyfriend.

668 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-02 17:35 ID:vsFoFSho

Tom will be doing IW PR in Korea w/ some of the other supporting cast: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2018/04/02/0200000000AEN20180402007000315.html

669 Name: Heynonnynonny : 2018-04-03 02:02 ID:Ui5jPLuz

>>668 so he'll be there with the rest of the has-beens then?

670 Name: Couch Potato : 2018-04-03 21:28 ID:0h5GOtyh

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671 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-04 00:02 ID:zSl8T0x0

James Ivory keeps alluding to Richard II, and claims that the investors are looking at the project with, "renewed interest." Is this the truth or Ivory's wishing, hoping, and dreaming?! Fingers and toes crossed. There is also a video of Ivory talking about Richard II on the page below, in Toronto, and people woop woop a bit when Hiddleston is mentioned.
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/mar/27/james-ivory-ismail-merchant-love-secret-call-me-by-your-name-nudity
https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/tom-hiddleston-thread-part-xii.1199714/page-76

672 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-04 00:06 ID:zSl8T0x0

Also, Ken Branagh has just announced a brand new tv project for a novel called A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. Maybe there is a part for Tom?
http://deadline.com/2018/04/kenneth-branagh-to-star-produce-eones-tv-adaptation-of-a-gentleman-in-moscow-1202357404/

673 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-05 01:30 ID:N+5QDef3

>>671, >>672 My concern about Ivory and RII is that unless it gets underway soon, will Ivory still be around to make it? Let's hope the gentleman has great genes! And if KB can't make room for Tom in that TV project (I could see him as an earnest revolutionary), here's hoping for Death on the Nile.

Guillermo del Toro just signed a major deal with Fox Searchlight. He seemed really to have liked working with Tom, so let's hope this creates some opportunities. There are some interesting GdT passion projects here - I'd love to see the Count of Monte Cristo as a western one for Tom: https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/five-lost-guillermo-del-toro-movies-his-fox-searchlight-deal-could-revive/

674 Name: NewAnon : 2018-04-05 03:40 ID:i0F27Diw

It'll be interesting to see if James Ivory gets financing since Shakespeare films don't do well in today's market. Maybe Shakespeare inspired but actual Shakespeare is a tough sell. He could always go to Netflix or Amazon. Netflix is already doing David Michod's The King with Plan B and Timothee Chalamet playing Henry V.

I don't think it's a case of directors not wanting to work with Tom. I think it's more of producers being wary of him. I thought him being subdued during Ragnarok and Early Man promo was him showing he's not the spotlight hogger or famethirsty actor Tayto showed him to be. If he keeps the same subdued persona during IW promo, he might get back in producers' good graces again. Then again it's not like he got a great selection of scripts before Tayto either but TNM success was turning things around for him...until well yeah.

P.S. did you guys see Luke Windsor deleted his Twitter account? A PR agent, one with his own company, deleted his Twitter. That doesn't sound good at all.

675 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-05 04:55 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>674 I wish Luke Windsor no ill will. But fingers crossed that his comapany is merging with some other PR company where Tom can get some crisis PR management. ASAP.

676 Name: NewAnon : 2018-04-06 04:21 ID:i0F27Diw

>>675 Well, I think he's terrible at actual PR. He can do the basic stuff, that most PR interns are capable of, but when it comes to the hard stuff, Luke is not good at all. Tom's bad PR in 2016 could have been fixed very easily since Taylor had been unmasked at that point. A good PR agent worth his salt could have easily steered away from it all by focusing the attention on Tom's charity, his likeable personality, his TNM success. There was a lot to work with.

The Emmys were the perfect opportunity for Luke to sit Tom down and really rehearse with him how to portray a 180 image to the one Taylor and her team were spewing. It wouldn't have needed any attacks on her either. I don't know why Luke dropped the ball so bad when the fix was very easy. I mean being famethirsty is not a good look but it was less than 3 months and celebrities have sprung back from bad PR due to actual CRIMES. Tom could have sprung back from it easily if he had a good PR agent, ESPECIALLY after he won a frickin' Emmy. That was such a gold opportunity that night for Tom to shine, even after it. But Luke cannot PR at all. Sorry, Luke.

677 Name: Couch Potato : 2018-04-06 22:36 ID:J8NgLD0W

<<674 fuck off. He's not "fame hungry" anymore than any other actor.

678 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-07 00:08 ID:zSl8T0x0

Now TNM costars Hugh Laurie and Alistair Petrie want to help write the script for TNM2?! WTF? Petrie says that Le Carre has to sign off on any script for the BBC to continue it. What is happening to the script that the BBC hired a writer to craft? Or do Hugh and Alistair just want attention in order to give the series a PR boost in the papers? Hmmm...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5579551/SEBASTIAN-SHAKESPEARE-Aide-lifts-lid-Prince-Charles-personal-loo-seat-secret.html

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681 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-08 21:12 ID:N+5QDef3

Lots of pictures on torrilla of TH at the London event for IW today.

The beard was trimmed, and maybe also the hair: http://tw.weibo.com/torilla/4226724960678990

EO looks like she'd like to pet the beard: http://tw.weibo.com/torilla/4226726454604499

I haven't explored them all, but he looked reasonably subdued.

682 Name: Anon : 2018-04-08 21:51 ID:A3rZwPke

>>681 I was just about to post but you beat me to it. New clothes! And importantly, new boots which look more durable than the suede ones. I thought he had trimmed the beard. He looks nice.

683 Name: Anon : 2018-04-08 21:59 ID:A3rZwPke

>>681

Just been looking at the Torrilla pics in more detail and I have the following additional thoughts:
1) EO’s leather dress is excellent.
2) The beard on closer inspection requires further trimming - it still looks like pubes on his cheeks. Why he doesn’t shave it neatly I do not know.
3) The suit is apparently Ralph Lauren. Everything RL does is blue and white stripe, I think. I have a bed headboard upholstered in a not dissimilar fabric!

684 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-08 22:32 ID:N+5QDef3

>>683 Agree about the side beard, but I was so pleased that he trimmed most of it and the hair that I let that slide!

I don't generally like brown footwear with blue suits, but those are nice boots.

685 Name: NewAnon : 2018-04-08 22:54 ID:i0F27Diw

Tom looked good. His personality was off. He seems to be going for the aloof demeanor now. Lol he's always one extreme or the other, dancing bear or angry stoic. Though he had a good medium at the Early Man premiere.

Olsen's dress made me cringe. Just the shoulders part though. But her makeup and hair looks great. She definitely takes good care of her skin. Is it just me or did it seem like Elizabeth was acting more like how Tom used to at premieres? Her overall behavior was very early Marvel Tom.

686 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-09 00:04 ID:N+5QDef3

>>685 From skimming Tumblr, it seems that he showed up very late, did maybe a couple of quick interviews on the press line, did nothing with fans, and blew off the rest of the press line like this: https://twitterDOTcom/SteveHargrave/status/983054895984070657one

But there are pix from inside in which he’s smiling (haven’t found a direct link yet).

687 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-09 00:34 ID:N+5QDef3

>>686 Tumblr and I seem to have been wrong - he seems to have been at some StarlightUK event for sick kids - see the reply to this tweet — https://mobile.twitterDOTcom/EntNewsShowbiz/status/983059378021588993

688 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-09 00:41 ID:N+5QDef3

>>686 And here’s a link to some of the smiling pics: https://mobile.twitterDOTcom/amestris_star/status/983085309058539521

689 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-09 02:21 ID:zSl8T0x0

There's a video of Tom's speech onstage at the IW viewing event. So Tom has moved from wearing free brown leather Ariat cowboy boots post Thor 1, to free grey suede Aquatalia boots, then to wearing free grey suede Kurt Geiger boots post Hamlet @ RADA, and now to wearing brown leather Alexander Mcqueen boots post IW?! Lucky guy!

690 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-09 04:38 ID:zSl8T0x0

Apparently, Tom met with children before the IW event, the same as he did immediately before the Thor 3 premiere, where he also skipped over the red carpet journalists and he was late to that event, as well. This scheduling and his muted personality seems to be his new strategy for avoiding negative press. Hmm...methinks we need new projects, not avoidance.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BhVLX_rl3de/?taken-by=tomhiddleston_daily
https://www.instagram.com/p/BhVLh_PlE5B/?taken-by=tomhiddleston_daily

691 Name: Anon : 2018-04-09 06:57 ID:A3rZwPke

Him blowing off the press line is very funny. Aloof with the press but laughing with other actors/fans.

I forgive the EO shoulders because the high crossover and her legs look great. Good shoes too.

He has filled out in the face - no longer has the razor cheekbones he had during TNM promo, more like how he was when filming CP. I always thought it took him a long, long time to regain the weight he lost for ISTL. When he did Coriolanus he had a little bit of a tummy - you can see it in the gifs: https://pravdoruboklon.diary.ru/p199247597.htm?from=540. That vanished completely and stayed away at least until he did the W mag shoot. I personally think he looks better with a tad more weight on him.

692 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-10 15:48 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom has a brand new navy polo coat. It has a cool collar. He's seen here on twitter, posing with a fan.
Via Twitter @Mister_Floow

693 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-11 02:31 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>692 Sosorry. Tom is wearing the Hamlet polo coat. Here is a video of TH greeting fans at Incheon International Airport in South Korea.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZijzaVJEdEw

694 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-11 02:41 ID:N+5QDef3

>>693 He looked good and pretty cheerful, considering he was just off a long flight. And with arms that long, who needs selfie sticks!

695 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-12 03:00 ID:zSl8T0x0

Torilla pics of Tom smiling onstage at the South Korea fan event, wearing a tight light grey suit! He looks happy. Has Tom bulked up at the gym, or is he going for that offbeat 1960s Beatles' style of wearing a suit in an incredibly fitted way? Confused. A man has to be quite petite to pull that look off.
http://tw.weibo.com/torilla/4227921655206231

696 Name: Anon : 2018-04-12 07:30 ID:IMaFOoe+

>>695 The fit is off - more than usual for a slim cut suit I feel. No word from yours Truly on her Instagram, so maybe it fits less well because she hasn’t had them tailor it. The look is not miles away from his pre CP Comic Con look - the grey jeans and grey jacket. Maybe he picked it himself!

697 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-13 00:57 ID:N+5QDef3

>>695, >>696 The jacket of that grey suit almost looks a size too small for him - it buttons way above the waistband. And the pants just didn't sit right; in some pix it looks as though the fabric was stiff. Now,the bright navy suit with waistcoat he had in later pictures worked very well, I thought.

He really does look healthy and well rested, in contrast to KSI and TR promo especially, but even to EM. I think it helps that he's letting himself relax and smile.

698 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-13 00:58 ID:N+5QDef3

Also, finally letting a stylist at his hair and beard has improved his appearance greatly!

699 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-13 04:15 ID:zSl8T0x0

Of course celebitchy had to like the Taffy GQ article. At least they think he looks handsome, and they're incredibly happy to seem him up front and visible on this tour, unlike the Thor 3 promotion.
http://www.celebitchy.com/573528/tom_hiddleston_looked_handsome_gingery_beardy_in_seoul_south_korea/

700 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-13 17:49 ID:vsFoFSho

The DM complimenting the four who’re in Korea but taking a swipe at Tom’s beard anyway: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5607961/Benedict-Cumberbatch-Tom-Hiddleston-look-dapper-join-Pom-Klementieff-Avengers.html

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705 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-17 01:28 ID:N+5QDef3

>>704 That's helpful - thanks! Any particularly worth watching?

Switching up the uniform for a shirt, likely one from TNM: https://youtu.be/PZWlGd-9aqk

706 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-18 12:33 ID:zSl8T0x0

Torilla pics of Hiddleston strolling among his fans in Shanghai, promoting IW. Luke is there, too. He's wearing the uniform w the Hamlet boot and his torn Nike run cap. I guess their plan is to show how popular Tom is with his fan base and avoid all spontaneous press interviews. TS is releasing the Getaway Car song about the fauxmance to coordinate w the release of IW.
http://tw.weibo.com/5047305900/4230207000318208
http://tw.weibo.com/1070541110/4230204912698071

707 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-18 22:25 ID:N+5QDef3

>>706 That running cap isn't just torn - the brim looks chewed! Maybe the plan is to keep the focus on what he's wearing so people discuss that rather than anything else? (He wore that misfire of the ill-fitting greige suit again in Shanghai. Oy.)

In the second set (for those who haven't clicked through yet), he's so focused on the fans that he almost gets caught by the revolving door behind him. But his fan focus isn't "extra" the way it used to be most times.

There's what I think is a rather sweet vid of him surprising some Loki cosplayers at the London fan event: https://www.facebook.com/marveluk/videos/1495992563861015/. He's goofy behind the set, but very focused on the cosplayers while on stage with them rather than trying to pull focus to himself. Celebitchy has a reaction (not too snarky in the article - the comments are another matter): http://www.celebitchy.com/574191/tom_hiddleston_ambushed_loki_cosplayers_the_response_was_muted/

708 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-20 23:52 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom talks about Shakespeare for quite a while during an interview for IW in China, starting at minute 6:22. Tom says that he has no plans to go back soon, btw.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8YYkzGttHDE&feature=youtu.be

709 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-20 23:53 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>708 Tom has no plans to go back to the theatre, at this time.

710 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-21 03:54 ID:zSl8T0x0

Article in which Benedict Cumberbatch calls Tom, Hiddlebum, and he talks about visiting Tom's house recently and seeing a Loki lunchbox in his kitchen.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/0/benedict-cumberbatch-privilege-marvel-muscles-martin-freemans/

711 Name: Anon : 2018-04-22 06:43 ID:vQCAZcjG

>>710 Quite a fun interview - I liked the shade he cast at the ghastly Martin Freeman, who is a right miseryguts and moaned.

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713 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-23 13:55 ID:zSl8T0x0

Oh dear. Apparently, none of the IW cast members was such an SOB to an interviewer this weekend at the Marvel press junket, that the studio officially apologized and pulled the "the cards" (the tapes)of the interview, to endure that there wouldn't be a record. B/c Tom is one of the more well known faces in Avengers, celebitchy used his face in the header to the article, although they say in the article that it could not have been Tom, since he is so unfailingly polite to journalists as a matter of practice. The guessing game to name the rude Avenger, is on!

http://www.celebitchy.com/574626/blind_item_which_avengers_actor_was_a_complete_douchebag_to_a_collider_reporter/

714 Name: Unknown : 2018-04-23 19:11 ID:erS62R3L

>>713 It's Anthony Mackie. Tom is too much of a suck up, he wants everyone to love him.

715 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-23 22:31 ID:N+5QDef3

At around 2:25 in this vid, the interviewer asks Tom if he can do an impression of one of his cast-mates. Tom demurs, saying "That's all in the rear-view mirror; I'm not allowed to do that anymore." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2i_SLAQPpU

Which may explain why Luke has been hovering throughout this press tour.

In other news, for those of us in the US, Tom will be on Jimmy Kimmel with some more of the cast tomorrow night (Tues.)

716 Name: Anon : 2018-04-27 21:33 ID:A3rZwPke

717 Name: Anon : 2018-04-27 21:34 ID:A3rZwPke

Also a link to a podcast with Variety. I haven’t listened yet but apparently there is a lot about Hamlet in there. http://variety.com/2018/film/features/tom-hiddleston-avengers-infinity-war-loki-hamlet-1202783878/

718 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-27 22:25 ID:N+5QDef3

>>717 I haven’t listened yet either, but there’s a photo from it of him reading from the dictionary (to test the effect of his voice). She evidently didn’t ask about future projects, though.

719 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-28 14:58 ID:N+5QDef3

>>716 Very good article - but warning that the IW spoilers start early in it. To see it ff one doesn't want to mess with the Telegraph's paywall, it's posted here: http://insanely-smart.tumblr.com/post/173361835033/for-the-love-of-loki-how-tom-hiddleston-saved

Raises some good questions about his career....

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720 Name: Sosorry : 2018-04-29 14:23 ID:zSl8T0x0

Apparently, Maninhat productions is going to film James Ivory's Richard II w Tom, in 3D? Shakespeare meets Avatar? WTF?!

http://www.maninhat.com/index.htm

721 Name: Anon : 2018-04-29 15:36 ID:A3rZwPke

Is this new? Maninhat had this on its website as “news” in 2012(!) and also, see this: http://www.4ye.co.uk/2018/04/will-james-ivorys-3d-richard-ii-finally-take-off/

722 Name: Anon : 2018-04-29 15:39 ID:A3rZwPke

723 Name: Savvy : 2018-04-29 20:04 ID:2+zMemUp

>>720 My antivirus antimalware filter blocked that site. hum...

724 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-29 20:53 ID:N+5QDef3

>>720 I have to agree with Anon and the article in >>721 - it doesn't really sound any closer to being made than it has for years. And Ivory's new desire for 3D probably isn't helping. That would make the production much more expensive, would require movie chains to give up 3D showings of more profitable movies, and might even keep it out of the art houses. I doubt it could bring in enough non-Shakespeare/Hiddelston fans to compensate. He should consider staging it for NTL broadcast instead.

An article about a prominent UK casting director that I found interesting: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/apr/26/game-of-thrones-the-crown-nina-gold-casting-director . It doesn't mention Tom (though I could see him being the 'eminent actor at a dinner..., whose opening line to [her] was: “Why never me?” '). What do you think of her theory that "acting outside your natural class is unbelievably hard, as the actor isn’t in automatic possession of the array of tics and expressions that betray background. And while you can act up a class, you can’t, or at least shouldn’t ever, act down"? It could help explain why Tom has been limited to certain role. She is casting a remake of Shogun,though, and if she's looking for a Richard Chamberlain type, we know someone who's likely available....

725 Name: Heynon : 2018-04-29 23:36 ID:N+5QDef3

No spoilers; this article includes another “what will happen to his career besides Loki?” section: http://www.pajiba.com/celebrities_are_better_than_you/before-and-after-marvel-how-has-being-in-the-mcu-affected-the-careers-of-its-actors.php

726 Name: Sosorry : 2018-05-04 05:30 ID:zSl8T0x0

Does anyone know if there any chance that the WWII serial killer thriller film, "Silent Night" is still a possibility?

Twitter
David Fernandez
‏ @Schiphol76
Reliable sources tell me Tom Hiddleston is to play the leading role in wartime serial killer movie "Silent Night"
http://variety.com/2016/film/news/fox-international-war-ii-thriller-silent-night-1201887919/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6238486/?ref_=nm_knf_t4

727 Name: Heynon : 2018-05-09 00:53 ID:N+5QDef3

>>726 My apologies for the late response (darn life getting in the way). Searches just now only brought up the articles about it from 2016, and the script seems to have been around since 2009 at least. But one of the cos. involved still has it listed on their website as in development: http://whitehorsepics.com/films-in-development/

728 Name: Sossorry : 2018-05-10 02:34 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom spotted on Twitter, walking in the park w his puppy, Bobby, while wearing shorts and mismatched socks for some reason. He heard some fans talking about IW and just jumped into their conversation.

/lgbtsminoru/status/993938630321328128

729 Name: Heynon : 2018-05-11 00:09 ID:N+5QDef3

That S. Sudan documentary may finally be released this fall: https://www.thetalentmanager.co.uk/talent/61843/sanne-van-den-bergh

Though there's no date on the production co's site: http://www.appealfilms.com/productions.html

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731 Name: Anon : 2018-05-23 14:54 ID:A3rZwPke

>>728 Hi all! Sorry I haven’t been around - pleasures of work.

Mismatched socks photos now on Torrilla! Bobby looks very glossy and well. If these were indeed taken last Saturday, it was a very warm day in London (Royal wedding day!!) and I am mystified why Tom would go out with a puffa jacket. He must really feel the cold!

732 Name: Sossorry : 2018-05-23 15:51 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>731 https://m.weibo.cn/status/4242955432472437
Tortilla pics. Is Tom wearing new black Nike sneakers finally? How did he, as a serious distance runner, wear older sneakers for so long? Not great for ankle support. Are those new shades? Tom seems to wear his dress socks or whatever long socks he finds in his collection instead to run, instead of athletic socks. I don't quite get this...Are those new shades? Bobby is so big! Good to see him out, though!

733 Name: Heynon : 2018-05-24 18:07 ID:vsFoFSho

>>731, >>732 We’re back - hooray! Supposedly the mismatched socks are an Eton thing: http://youareadistraction.tumblr.com/post/174191958902. Wonder if Tom thought to wear them after that book was published last month?

734 Name: Whatsinaname : 2018-05-26 09:07 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>733 what book?

735 Name: Heynon : 2018-05-26 14:21 ID:N+5QDef3

>>734 The book that's referenced in the Tumblr post I linked to in >>733 with the line about socks at Eton, "The English Public School- An Irreverent and Personal History."

736 Name: Anon : 2018-05-26 22:23 ID:gl+hNuUv

>>733 A man with very old socks!

737 Name: Whatsinaname : 2018-05-27 06:22 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>735 Ah yes. I saw the photos on tumblr before I came here to see your mention
>>733 If he did make a point to wear them, good on him to pick a walk with the pup instead of while running.

738 Name: Sosorry : 2018-05-27 16:44 ID:zSl8T0x0

Apparently Tom visited a children's hospital in London. What a worthwhile way to spend time, and it's wise of him not to build the visit into a big self-focused PR push for himself, with pics.
amanda☽ D-21
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the hospital i work at
amanda☽ D-21
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744 Name: Sossorry : 2018-06-02 03:12 ID:XprMpWbt

Apparently Charles Cumming, spy fiction author, has been hired to help screenwriter Matthew Orton write TNM 2 teleplay. Not a fan of sequels, generally. I guess the BBC really wants this to happen.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/last-rites-at-the-proms-fans-fear-after-production-change-a3853116.html
Twitter CharlesCumming

745 Name: Anon : 2018-06-02 14:30 ID:A3rZwPke

>>744 If this is the next project for TH they better get writing!

On a sort of related note, I saw that Nina Gold, about whom Heynon posted that long read article, was the casting director for Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Since he and TH are friends, I really did start to wonder if Heynon was right when she joked that “why is it never me?” anecdote being him!! I could just see them sitting down to dinner chez Cumby in Tufnell Park and him buttonholing her.....

746 Name: Heynon : 2018-06-02 15:16 ID:N+5QDef3

>>744, >>745 Not sure if it's good news or bad that they hired a second writer. Otherwise the good (for TH's employment, at any rate) news is that the project is still alive; the bad is that it won't be happening any time soon.

>>745 In reading a sample from the English Public School book I referenced in >>735, the author writes "It has been said of Eton that it encourages aspirations, with every stone imbued with the motto 'Why not me?'" I could see Tom earnestly asking that question of a major casting director. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/English-Public-School-Irreverent-Personal/dp/178606877X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527951956&sr=1-1&keywords=the+english+public+school+martin+stephen#reader_B07C5DH8YL)

747 Name: Couch Potato : 2018-06-09 06:24 ID:iG4rPGsA

twitterdotcom/redfacts/status/1005053565143060480

748 Name: Sossorry : 2018-06-13 17:55 ID:zSl8T0x0

/helensimmons8 Twitter

Tom was seen walking his puppy, Bobby! The poster casually burned TS in her tweet.

749 Name: Heynon : 2018-06-13 23:38 ID:N+5QDef3

>>748 And she burned Tayto, too (about the lack of smiles - from a man known for his ear-to-ear grins).

A compilation of Tom pictures from a BAFTA event today: at hiddlesfashion on b l o g s p o t /2018/06/bafta-summer-party-2018.html. Apparently he's now an ambassador for a new initiative for them; another good step in rebuilding his cred.

750 Name: Anon : 2018-06-14 07:47 ID:A3rZwPke

>>749 Pics of the BAFTA event up on torilla also.

Reminds me how passionately I dislike the beard. I feel it somehow makes him look scruffy even when wearing a suit. Also his hair has now achieved Beaker-like proportions.

751 Name: Heynon : 2018-06-15 01:20 ID:N+5QDef3

>>750 "Beaker-like proportions" - bwahahahaha! That's perfect!

The beard has grown on me, but it's so much better when he's let a stylist trim it. No stylist was involved with BAFTA - one of today's pictures was shot from behind, and his suit jacket is creased and even crumpled at the bottom.

752 Name: Sosorry : 2018-06-16 00:35 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom looks great. He has a beaming smile while shaking hands w his fellow Eton alum, Prince William. I feel as if Tom has channeled his War Horse-era look. Glad to see Tom getting his groove back. If Stella could do it, so can he.

#HQ##Tom Hiddleston# attends a dinner at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the innovative work of The Royal Marsden and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity on June 14, 2018
https://m.weibo.cn/status/4251276386565438

753 Name: Heynon : 2018-06-20 00:24 ID:N+5QDef3

MSN UK posted a recap video of Tom's career for no apparent reason: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/video/other/in-depth-tom-hiddleston/vi-AAyNlw7

The crazy clever one thinks this may be a soft reboot, and for once, I'm inclined to agree. Especially as it closely follows the 2-year anniversary of Snogging on the Rocks, which passed without any fanfare as far as I saw.

754 Name: Anon : 2018-06-20 22:16 ID:A3rZwPke

I think there is a real possibility it is exactly that, especially combined with the appearances of the last month or so - hospital visit in the UK, BAFTA for kids etc. I am not saying he was a bad or thoughtless guy, but he never did that kind of thing much in recent years, partly I am sure through lack of time. I am slightly setting aside the hospital visit while filming Ragnarok - first, everyone does that visit on the Gold Coast apparently, second TS did it so he kind of had to, and third, the PR nightmare that was Tayto was developing by then.

(Early on, he did it more. For example I think he did some drama day for kids with Cumby when he was wearing an orange puffa jacket.)

I read a very interesting article about a fixer in the Times yesterday - “Are you a Hollywood titan whose reputation is in tatters? Better call Sitrick”. Sadly behind the paywall but all about someone who exists purely to make bad publicity better. I did think about TH a bit when I read it!!

755 Name: Anon : 2018-06-24 12:04 ID:9S49CZGd

Mr Boundaries:

“I said that the Brazilian fans love him and wish someday he will go to the Brazilian Con. And then I asked what they wanted me to ask: “They wish you could come back to social media. Maybe post pictures of your dog…” And he said, looking into my eyes, “You see my dog is part of my personal life and I don’t post personal stuff anymore. Because social media has this thing where you say something and people twist.”

https://tumblr.tomhiddlestonnews.com/post/175198272771/i-asked-tom-hiddleston-to-sign-this-picture-that

756 Name: Heynon : 2018-06-24 14:28 ID:N+5QDef3

>755 He has learned. This also might explained why (according to tumbler) about 600 tweets recently were deleted from his account.

757 Name: Sossorry : 2018-06-24 18:25 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom was seen relaxinat an oyster bar in Seattle, after posing w fans at Ace Comic Con.
Twitter
/filthycutexo/status/1010773755436548096

758 Name: Sosorry : 2018-07-01 16:51 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom was spotted awarding the Lifetime Achievement Arts Award at the South Bank Sky Awards to B Cumberbatch. There is a pic.

Twitter
sarah_donaldson/with_replies
Sarah Donaldson
‏ @sarah_donaldson
It’s gone the full luvvie at south bank sky arts awards as @twhiddleston presents lifetime achievement award to Benedict Cumberbatch. ‘He can do anything. He has done almost everything’ Gawd bless them both. (And so timely b/c BC’s recent Patrick Melrose was his best yet) #sbsaa
8:34 AM - 1 Jul 2018

759 Name: Heynon : 2018-07-01 22:17 ID:N+5QDef3

>>758 Another picture and slightly longer quote on Twitter at /SkyArts/status/1013465410153435136

While it’s always nice to see him, I hope he’ll have more on his plate soon than handing out awards to other industry members.

760 Name: Sosorry : 2018-07-01 23:02 ID:zSl8T0x0

New Dailymail article from one of the four TNM 2 writers, British spy author, Charles Cumming. It's happening. Not sure how I feel about this. Link below.

"Le Carré didn’t write a sequel to The Night Manager which, in the past, would have been a problem. ‘Le Carré has never allowed one of his stories to have a [film or TV] sequel that is not based on a novel,’ says Cumming. ‘So our job is to write a season that’s going to be even better than the first one, but also stay faithful to the tone of the world that was created by le Carré and to the characters.’We know Tom Hollander’s Corky, killed by Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), won’t be coming back. Hugh Laurie’s Roper was last seen in the company of some very disappointed arms buyers, but you’d have backed him to talk his way out of it. Olivia Coleman’s Angela Burr will have finished breast-feeding by now, and Pine and Elizabeth Debicki’s Jed have a romance to finish.‘All I am permitted to say is that le Carré has given his blessing to the project,’ Cumming says. ‘The four of us in the writers’ room are sworn to silence. Some characters that the audience know and love will be returning, other will not. The locations will be sumptuous, the plot as thrilling and as thematically complex as a le Carré story should be. We are all aware that the bar has been set very high in terms of audience expectations. The challenge facing us is to meet those expectations, hopefully even to surpass them.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-5895985/amp/Charles-Cumming-world-run-Moscow-Rules.html

761 Name: Anon : 2018-07-02 12:45 ID:pA8uN3y5

>>759 yes indeedy. Awful Cumberbatch hat BTW. He's indoors for god's sake.

>>760 I share your doubts. "The locations will be sumptuous"...which kind of concerns me. Having watched TNM for a second time I thought it was a triumph of style over substance - loads of money spent on it but with some really duff plotting and dialogue in places (not throughout). I am assuming that TH will be one of the loved characters that does come back. I can't imagine they'd proceed without him as in fairness he was one of the main reasons the series was a success.

Will the much loved bare backside (pretty much a character in itself) also be returning?!!!

762 Name: heynon : 2018-07-03 01:31 ID:N+5QDef3

>>761 I mentally referred to all the scenes in Roper's compound on Majorca as "Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous!" For the next go round, it would make no sense to do TNM2 without the Night Manager himself.

Personally, if this ever happens, I rather hope they do without the Hiddlesbum. Although he talks good game about only getting naked when it serves The Work, it seemed gratuitous to me in TNM. Were Pine's shirt and jacket so short that they wouldn't cover his backside in real life?

Also, I came across this recently that calls out that scene as appearing to have been "poorly handled," given the current climate in the industry: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/good-sex-scenes-when-actors-play-it-safe-1.3525725

763 Name: Anon : 2018-07-03 09:59 ID:A3rZwPke

>>762 That is a really interesting article.

When TNM first came out I recall us discussing how uncomfortable the sex scene looked, and Anon. (where did she go? We miss her!) saying that he looked unsure about where he was “allowed” to put his hands. On the bare boobie, or not?

He is a repeat offender of the “tongue in mouth” shot, which the lady featured in the article seems to think is an absolute no-no. He also as we know doesn’t wear the pouch. I had wondered before whether, in his sex scenes, we are basically looking at how he kisses and what his moves are in real life. The lack of choreography may support that.

I wonder how many sex scenes are carefully planned in advance. Showgirls was a long time ago so it’s clearly not a new thing.

FWIW I thought that the naked scenes in TNM were completely gratuitous. He got his kit off (shirt minimum) in every single episode and my husband and I were laughing after a few weeks waiting for it to happen. What was the point, for example, of the naked al fresco shower scene? Do SAS men use this to toughen up?

764 Name: Couch Potato : 2018-07-08 13:50 ID:hIawoG6u

So Tom was seen yesterday in London, marching in a certain parade there. With his boyfriend in tow. He's sticking that big foot of his in the closet door and stepping O-U-T!

765 Name: Anon : 2018-07-11 07:29 ID:A3rZwPke

Of mild interest:

“@twhiddleston just told us at work that football is coming home. Loki has spoken. #ItsComingHome“

From Twitter: com/harrygeddess/status/1016765925671034881

766 Name: Anon : 2018-07-11 22:56 ID:A3rZwPke

767 Name: Heynon : 2018-07-12 17:29 ID:vsFoFSho

>>766 So the vacuum purchase is to clean up the mess afterwards? (Condolences for England’s loss, BTW....)

768 Name: Anon : 2018-07-12 17:38 ID:9MWBRasV

>>767 Some Henry vacuum cleaners can be used to vac up water, so I guess useful for drying tears! I am not a footy fan....!

769 Name: Sosorry : 2018-07-15 13:25 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom is at Wimbledon for the Men's Final today! Tom still has the beard and glasses. His suit pants look a little short, and he looks a bit crumpled from the car ride, but I'm so happy to see him out enjoying his favorite hobbies. Tom, Eddie Redmayne, and his wife Hannah are all sitting in the royal box, it seems. The first link is of Tom in a close-up pic in the box. Yay!

https://kaleidoscope-vol2.tumblr.com/
http://maryxglz.tumblr.com/
http://maryxglz.tumblr.com/

770 Name: Sosorry : 2018-07-15 14:04 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>769 Tom is sitting next to Bjorn Borg?! Respect.

771 Name: Heynon : 2018-07-15 21:01 ID:N+5QDef3

>>769 He looks good - trimmed the beard. Can't be sure, but from the weave, the suit might be linen.

>>770 Tom must have been fanboying inside!

772 Name: Sosorry : 2018-07-16 15:26 ID:zSl8T0x0

An Nytimes article that details the etiquette/procedures and privileges associated with the Royal Box at Wimbledon.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/16/sports/tennis/wimbledon-royal-box.html

773 Name: Anon : 2018-07-17 20:30 ID:LSMEWR2B

>>772 interesting article - I didn’t know any of this. Lucky Tom.

774 Name: Sosorry : 2018-07-18 03:49 ID:zSl8T0x0

Pictures of Tom in London, taken earlier today. He was spotted crossing a bridge after leaving The National Theatre. He's holding a black binder. I hope that it contains a new play that he's considering!
https://m.weibo.cn/detail/4262952456278887

775 Name: Sosorry : 2018-07-19 20:53 ID:zSl8T0x0

Andreea
@Blackeyed88
Another sighting of Tom in London. A woman says that Tom chatted with her girlfriend for 10 minutes, at work.

I can't even brag about seeing Tom Hiddleston anymore cause today my girlfriend had a WHOLE CONVERSATION being charming af to him. Surprised she didn't get an invite for tea round his house lol.
He came into my gf's work and they had a pleasant conversation for like 10 or so mins. Meanwhile when I saw him at my work I didn't get a chance to talk to him lol so now I'm just jelly 😂
Let's just say we both work in London, nothing really fancy but open to public. He's just such a down to earth guy that it can happen to strike a conversation out of the blue haha.

776 Name: Heynon : 2018-07-20 17:22 ID:vsFoFSho

I>>774 Apparently the BFI, and also maybe the Old Vic, are in that direction too, so there are several possibilities. The binder is a good sign!

777 Name: Heynon : 2018-07-20 17:25 ID:vsFoFSho

Well, the Seattle con couldn’t have been too rough on Tom, because he’s doing another one for Ace. Mid-October in Chicago: http://www.aceuniverse.com/

778 Name: Anon : 2018-07-22 06:46 ID:nTMgK4/6

>>776 Yes they are! So is an IMAX cinema so Tom could just have been out to watch a film - though as you say the papers are a good sign....

>>777 I read that the going rate is £500k for one of these cons (!!!!). If you aren’t otherwise earning that is amazingly good money, which must be attractive. For 3 days’ work I would put up with it, even with the proximity to the crazies.

779 Name: Anon : 2018-07-22 20:36 ID:nTMgK4/6

Amazingly there is a new project - http://thefancarpet.com/movie_news/rebel-park-productions-present-the-first-comedy-short-in-leading-lady-parts-series-to-premiere-on-bbc-four-on-july-30/

However this is a supporting role (it’s all about women’s voices) so it is unclear how much screen time he will get.

780 Name: Heynon : 2018-07-23 00:56 ID:N+5QDef3

>>779 News at last! Even if the short is only 8 minutes, it’s for a good purpose - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bdcr9l

781 Name: Sosorry : 2018-07-23 13:11 ID:zSl8T0x0

So apparently Celebitchy is claiming that the problematic Johnny Depp, alleged abuser of his ex-wife model/actress Amanda Heard, "pulled a Hiddleston" by dressing up in character for Comic Con-Con, by appearing as Grindelwald for the Harry Potter Wizarding World franchise. And they're review of the Depp attempt is "Blah, nope." Depp pulled a Hiddleston: he showed up to Comic Con as Grindelwald, and spoke to the audience in character:

https://www.celebitchy.com/585549/johnny_depp_came_to_comic-con_in_his_crimes_of_grindelwald_character/

782 Name: Sosorry : 2018-07-23 13:41 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>779>>780 Apparently the director/writer of "Leading Lady Parts" is playwright Jessica Swale. Her most plummy leading roles are written for women, and I thought that her last play "Nell Gwynn" was only okay, but this is a great networking opportunity for Tom, that is for a great cause. Jessica's Twitter comment and the funny Teaser youtube trailer are linked below:]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOarHGJpfJs
Jessica Swale
‏ @jswale
15h15 hours ago
I made a short film about lady parts. I mean- parts for ladies. About how lady parts shouldn’t be about lady parts. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. #timesup Here’s the teaser...

783 Name: Sosorry : 2018-07-23 16:52 ID:zSl8T0x0

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is bringing back a character from Kong: Skull Island. Is it Tom Hiddleston's James Conrad, now played by Charles Dance?
https://screenrant.com/godzilla-2-charles-dance-tom-hiddleston-kong-skull-island/

784 Name: Heynon : 2018-07-24 00:14 ID:N+5QDef3

>>781 CB wasn't the only outlet to give it that label, but from what I saw, the pretty universal response was that Tom did it way, way better. (Not even counting Depp's real-life creepiness factor.)

>>783 So glad this didn't go the route of Tom doing the role with prosthetics!

785 Name: Anon : 2018-07-24 19:24 ID:Eo4VJqL0

>>784 That is a terrifying thought, especially after the Beard of Doom in the reshot bar scene....!

786 Name: Sosorry : 2018-07-27 00:14 ID:zSl8T0x0

Apparently, TNM 2 has yet to be officially recommissioned?! Are the writers just brain storming for a paycheck at this point? Wow. I thought that Tom was depending on this gig to begin the next chapter of his career. Still not a sequel fan. Very wary.

"Although the show has yet to be officially recommissioned, and there’s plenty of rumors as to what shape it will take and which stars will return, I hear that the foursome are in full swing, working on plots for the “slowly developing” drama."

https://deadline.com/2018/07/the-night-manager-black-mirrors-francesca-gardiner-the-rooks-namsi-khan-join-writers-room-1202421617/

787 Name: Sosorry : 2018-07-27 09:13 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom just performed Move It on Over w Rodney Crowell in London at Nell's Jazz and Blues Club on Thursday. Bless his heart! He looks and sounds a little rusty and nervous. Glad that he's still keeping up his friendships. Gosh, I wish that ISTL had had a different script and director.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omXbLSsEbG4

788 Name: heynon : 2018-07-28 13:54 ID:N+5QDef3

>>786 Let's hope he's not depending on this to happen any time soon. At this rate, it will be "The Night Manager - 10 Years After."

>>787 They should have given him some spoons to play, or something to do with his hands; he's not used to singing without a guitar. But once he was a few verses in and his voice had warmed up, he relaxed. Wish the video quality were better so we could see his expressions. Agree about ISTL!

789 Name: Whatsinaname : 2018-07-28 19:33 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>787 How ironic that his greatest acting role is trapped in a film that I cringed over.

790 Name: Heynon : 2018-07-29 22:56 ID:N+5QDef3

Rehash article in a humanitarian mag about Tom’s UNICEF work. Soft launch for the rumored release of his doc this fall? http://www.borgenmagazine.com/hiddlestons-unicef-humanitarian-work/

791 Name: Sosorry : 2018-07-31 16:15 ID:zSl8T0x0

Tom's scene in the short film, Lady Parts, is posted here on twitter. The film posters of Tom behind Gemma Chan's head, as she is chatting on her mobile, are soo funny!

Twitter
/HiddlesPage?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1024044197471559680&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fs9e.github.io%2Fiframe%2Ftwitter.min.html%231024044197471559680

792 Name: Anon : 2018-08-05 07:42 ID:jepm0pA4

>>791 Apologies for the source, but I found this very funny: http://insanely-smart.tumblr.com/post/176630838753/gemma-artertons-times-up-inspired-short-leading

Remember the famous “Tom auditions for Thor (the part)” story? He claimed to have gained something ridiculous like ten pounds of muscle in 6 weeks and then wore a blonde wig to audition for the part - and was shirtless. As we recall, he desperately wanted that part and had been lobbying KB for it (running into his dressing room wielding a water cooler bottle as a hammer). It was always previously told by him as an anecdote about his determination/amazingly improved physique (I recounted a secondhand story about him attending a BBQ and showing everyone his (not substantially increased) muscles).

It has now, without irony, been recast as Tom’s encounter with #metoo - the oppressive industry requires him to get his kit off in an audition!!!! I have never seen a male actor more enthusiastic about his own gratuitous nudity!

793 Name: Whatsinaname : 2018-08-05 09:08 ID:6LNXsSd5

>>792 Funny, I was about to post this 1 min 'interview' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHYg9_6YuiE

I was happy to see that LadyParts is on youtube for free.

794 Name: Heynon : 2018-08-06 22:19 ID:N+5QDef3

>>792 That was an odd moment in that story, wasn't it? Who knows why Tom felt the need to tell that to his castmates, or why one of them felt the need to repeat it (and add "And it’s not just women, by the way. Men get it worse to some extent.").

In the context of not wanting to be (physically) typecast, it might make sense. Given his history of getting naked in almost every film, though, not so much!

>>793 I didn't notice - was the other male actor interviewed as well? At least this hasn't blown back on Tom in any way that I've seen.

795 Name: Anon : 2018-08-07 12:24 ID:jepm0pA4

>>794 IIRC he got nekked in CP for teh wimminz, to make female nudity better/more acceptable by evening up the numbers - or something. There has never been any real understanding that garatuitous nudity is demeaning for either sex. Is this his epiphany?!

796 Name: Sosorry : 2018-08-07 14:01 ID:zSl8T0x0

>>795 Nudity in American films is only questionable for me when the writing isn't brilliant, the sex scenes and the nudity in general aren't both propelled by character development in a realistic way and not solely b/c of director's personal fantasies or by the male fanboys' personal fantasies just to sell tickets, when the actors are not treated w respect/courtesy and are not well prepared w intimacy training before for they arrive onset to film the scenes in question, and when the actors are pressured/coerced beyond the bounds of what they've contractually committed to. America either needs to be like Sweden, where male and female actors seem to be filmed nude all the time equally and audiences of all ages are not ethically judgemental about or shocked by any nudity, or we need to go back to a time like the 1940s when the actors kept their clothes on but sparred w witty dialogue.

797 Name: Sosorry : 2018-08-07 14:15 ID:zSl8T0x0

Pointless Bustle article about private Tom as become, and sicusses his love life: the real and fictitious including those falsely created by Hollywood gossip mags but clearly nurtured by his publicists; and of course his PR fake relationships.)
https://www.bustle.com/p/who-is-tom-hiddleston-dating-the-thor-
actor-keeps-his-relationships-surprisingly-low-key-10006922

But who is Hiddleston dating now? Well, he hasn't been pictured with anyone, he's pretty much a ghost on social media, and he hasn't given any interviews on his love life in a very long time. So my guess is he's either single, or he's enjoying a very low-key relationship that he doesn't want to share with the world just yet. And that is obviously completely his choice. As a true Hiddleston fan, whatever he's up to at the moment, I just hope he's happy and living his best life.

798 Name: Sosorry : 2018-08-07 14:17 ID:zSl8T0x0

799 Name: Heynon : 2018-08-07 22:23 ID:N+5QDef3

>>797 Someone at Bustle was really short of copy today...!

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