Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Shortlist: Best of British (2012)

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January 16, 2012: 

Shortlist Magazine revealed their Best of British issue which celebrates rising stars (coincidentally in the same year Tom was also nominated for BAFTA Rising Star). The class of 2012 included Douglas Booth, Laura Haddock, Tom Hiddleston, Fred Macpherson, James Norton, Craig Roberts, Adrien Sauvage, and Michael Socha. I love the tag line they used: The new wave of British talent taking the world by storm. Using cheekbones!!!!!! For the most part their predictions were very accurate. Tom Hiddleston is now Tom Hiddleston. Tom was the oldest person on this list and has frequently commented that he was glad he didn't find major success until later in life. James Norton has starred is several series and his name is always mentioned in the James Bond conversation. Laura Haddock starred in the most recent Transformers film. Douglas Booth was in Noah, Jupiter Ascending, and There Will Be None. Douglas was also the youngest person on the list at just 19! Adrien Sauvage found success outside of film and created his own clothing line House of A. Sauvage. His designs have been worn by Jeff Goldblum, Dave Chapelle, Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Joshua, Lewis Hamilton, and more.

Tom Hiddleston had a short interview in the magazine. It's always interesting to look back at these interviews, especially when Tom has listed his goals, and see if they've actually happened. Did Tom get a new car? Yes! Has he found more of a work/life balance? It seems so. Directing and writing? Not quite yet but Tom has started producing. 

Was there a standout moment for you last year? Well, Thor and Midnight In Paris came out in America within about two days of each other, but I was on the set of The Avengers in Albuquerque and missed all the hype. Then when I eventually went to see Midnight In Paris at this LA cinema that I visit every time I’m there — as a punter, totally incognito — I got recognised by Billy Crystal. It was this crazy, surreal moment — Billy Crystal coming up to me, saying, “Did I just see you in that movie?” I guess that was a turning point when I thought, “Oh, this is going well.”
Is there something you’re most looking forward to in 2012? I’m looking forward to Henry IV [Hiddleston is playing Prince Hal], which I’m doing for the BBC. Jeremy Irons is playing my father, and Julie Walters, Simon Russell Beale and Maxine Peake are all in it. It’s going to be fantastic.
Does it give you a big surge of patriotism, delivering all those speeches? It’s funny — it really does. My father’s Glaswegian and when I was a kid I’d always support Scotland. So I’ve always had an ambivalent relationship to the St George’s Cross. But suddenly, when there’s one on your shield, one on your elbow, and you’re saying words like, “Cry God for Harry, England and St George,” you think, “Yeah, I’m a bit English, actually.”
Do you have a new year’s resolution? It sounds really cheesy to say it, but balance is my new year’s resolution. I tend to go hell for leather with everything — in work, in relationships, with food, drink, exercise and stuff. I just need to get the boat on an even keel, otherwise I’ll fall apart.
What would you most like to achieve in 2012? I’m going to go on holiday. I haven’t had a formal holiday in five years. I’d like to try to surf. Possibly Cornwall? Or, if the wind took me there, Bali. Also, I don’t have a car at the moment. I would like a slightly nicer one than my old one. Basically, when I got my first pay cheque from an HBO BBC thing, way back in 2001, it was just enough to afford a Peugeot 106 1.1. I had it for 10 years, and I drove it around France and Spain, and then when I went to America for Thor I left it with my sister, whose boyfriend lived on Blackhorse Road [in north London]. I don’t think it lasted very long. So I’m in need of four motorised wheels to take me places I’ve never been. And I’ll tell you what else I’m going to do — I keep having these ideas for films that I’d like to make myself, so I’m going to start writing and directing more.
Do you feel part of a movement of interesting, young British actors? If I’m a part of it, I’m flattered. It’s interesting, because I used to look up for inspiration, like every actor does, to people like Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Ken Branagh… Now I look sideways. I worked with Benedict Cumberbatch on War Horse, then he went off to do Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He was so good. I was so proud to call him my friend — it’s one of the most electrifying performances by an actor this year. Tom Hardy — he’s doing things that I think no British actor has ever done. His performance in Warrior was visceral, pure and muscular, and it made me cry. Michael Fassbender has had an annus mirabilis with A Dangerous Method and his studio breakthrough in X-Men: First Class, where, hands down, he and James McAvoy were the best things in it. His work is just astonishing. Anyway, there is this new generation of interesting people — Felicity Jones, Craig Roberts, Andrea Riseborough. I guess when you’re inside something it doesn’t feel like a movement. I’m just putting one foot in front of the other, trying to make the best choices that I can.
Do you think this generation is breaking new ground — doing things that British actors haven’t traditionally done? Yeah, it’s great. About five years ago, very quietly, in a back room in Hackney, the rulebook got torn up. The thing about film is, it captures the truth — but it also captures falsity. If you’re pretending, it’ll look like bullsh*t. Performance on film is all about authenticity. If somebody is absolutely right for the part, it doesn’t matter whether they were found in the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art or in a train station.
Tom Hiddleston was photographed by David Venni for the issue. One thing I miss about 2012 Tom vs 2019 Tom: Stripes! In his early career Tom wore a lot of stripes and plaid and different colors.  


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Armani Fashion Show (2012)

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January 15, 2012: 

Tom Hiddleston attended the Emporio Armani Fall 2012 Menswear Fashion show in Milan. This was Tom's first time attending a fashion show for any designer and as a self-proclaimed Italophine it probably was an easy trip to make. Unlike Gucci, there was never any official endorsement deal or campaign with Armani. Tom Hiddleston was simply refer to as a "friend of the house". And that friendship lasted nearly four years with Armani dressing him almost exclusively from 2010-2013. 

Tom was seated in the Front Row next to sporting legends Andrea Masi (Italian Rugby Union) Christof Innerhofer (Italian World Cup Alpine Skier), Alexander Kerzhakov (Russian Footballer) and Italian Rapper Marracash.

Tom Hiddleston backstage with Giorgio Armani and his niece Roberta Armani. Surprisingly, Tom didn't wear any of the looks from this show but he definitely got some snug fitting blue sweater inspiration! If my memory is correct this is the only time Tom was ever pictured with Mr. Armani. 

Some more backstage photos. Every time I see Tom at events like this I always wonder why he never did any professional modeling. 


You can watch the full runway show here. Tom is sitting about a third of the way in on the front row and is easy to see throughout the presentation. 


Tom Hiddleston was appropriately dressed in full Emporio Armani - because it would be awkward to show up in another designer. (Although he did go to a Michael Kors event wearing McQueen. Oops!)  As much as Tom loves to rewear clothes this was sadly a look that was never repeated. I would have especially loved to see this Lambskin Biker Jacket again. 


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Additional pictures came from the Armani News Blog which no longer exists.

Friday, January 11, 2019

ACE Comic Con: Arizona (2019)

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January 12-13, 2019: 

ACE Comic Con hosted their first convention of 2019 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The show's lineup features Tom Hiddleston, X-Men stars (Michael Fassbender, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp), Marvel television stars (David Tennant, Krysten Ritter, Charlie Cox), Taron Eggerton, WWE Stars (Alexa Bliss, Lillian Garcia, Becky Lynch) and more. 

They say the third time's the charm so this one should be Tom's best one yet, and if not best, it will definitely be the easiest. He is only appearing two days versus the three days he did in Seattle, Chicago, and Tokyo. Also, overall Tom has less events and more than 1/4th of his tickets were still available. Hopefully that means things will be less rushed and Tom won't have to stay after hours. (He had to stay three hours after close to finish doing autographs at Wizard World Philadelphia)

Sadly, Tom doesn't have any duo or group photo-ops scheduled this time around. I know fans would've paid any sum of money to pose with Hiddles and Fassy, or with Charlie who was just cast in Betrayal. Fingers crossed for some backstage pictures of the guys together!  

Day One: 

So yeah I totally jynxed everything by saying that this would be an easy weekend for Tom. It was crowded! And busy! And hot! Tom was there signing until 7:30pm today. I probably heard more complaints today than from any other Con event Tom has been a part of. 

I'd like to address some of those complaints first. Obviously these events are very expensive and for many people it may the first (and only time) you ever meet Tom or another celebrity. But I need you to lower your expectations. It even says on the ACE website that it's "not a meet and greet, but it is a rapidly moving process". You paid for a photo. Did you get a photo? Great. You paid for an autograph. Did you get an autograph? Great. So to write hateful messages about Tom or be rude to the staff at ACE because you didn't get to tell your whole life story is tasteless. Do Cons completely oversell Tom? You betcha. But the idea is to be able to fit in as many people as possible - which also means that Tom also gets to meet as many people as possible. 

There are plenty of legitimate complaints to be made about ACE Arizona. A) The sound during the panels was terrible - even the actors on stage had to keep asking for things to be repeated. And there was music blaring throughout the arena so loud you could hardly have a conversation. B) The show was laid out on three different floors. In order to get in and out of the photo or autograph areas you had to walk up and down the arena. And there was only one specific place to exit or enter which meant you had to walk all the way around. I walked almost SIX MILES today! .... but the staff at ACE are the best. If you have a question - ask them! If you want to do a specific pose - ask them! If you have any type of question or concern - ask them! 

Now that we got all that out of the way - let's talk about the fun stuff. IMO Tom was just as generous and lovely as he always is - tired, but lovely. He has this incredible ability to remember EVERYONE no matter how briefly you may have met or has long it's been, and EVERYTHING you've ever said. (Meanwhile I don't even remember what I had for breakfast). TheTeeStudio custom made this shirt for me. It's a play on the Ariana Grande song Thank U, Next but instead of ex-boyfriends I used Tom's characters. For those who don't know: Sharpe is from Crimson Peak, Adam is from Only Lovers Left Alive, and Freddie is from The Deep Blue Sea. Most people I met loved my shirt and thought it was really funny... most people except Tom because he had NEVER heard the song. *face palm* I forget that his playlist is full of disco music and folksy rock bands. He does know how to do the Floss tho! đź‘€

Speaking of Crimson Peak - I finally got my Art of Darkness book signed! It is the most beautiful book ever made... The inscription says "Love makes monsters of us all".

I also commissioned a piece from Butternut Gouache (more on her later in the post). It was announced on Thursday that Tom and Charlie Cox would be starring together in the Pinter play, Betrayal. We recreated the play with Loki as Robert, Daredevil as Jerry, and we transformed Zawe into a Gamora-esque superhero. Charlie is the sweetest person and acted like he had all the time in the world to talk. He hasn't read the play text yet and rehearsals won't start until February. That may seem like a short turnaround time but Betrayal is really just a series of conversations doesn't require too much prep. 

We did get to see them together briefly when Tom crashed the Daredevil panel to re-reveal that they would be starring in Betrayal together. Below is Charlie's full panel and Tom comes out at 29:50. Charlie teased that they haven't played squash for years. In the play Robert (Tom's character) finds out about the affair between his wife and Jerry (Charlie's character). They stay friends but stop playing squash together. 

I was waiting for a photo-op during the panel but I snapped some pictures from the jumbotron. 

The photo-op in question was with this dude - Michael Fassbender. I have been to many events in my life and I have never fan girled so hard than I did at this moment. This was his first Con so I didn't know what to expect but Michael was so unbelievably charming. More charming than Hiddleston? I would say yes but maybe that's just because I've met Tom so many times now. I joked that he was wearing a Christmas sweater because he was our present! Fun fact: My very tumblr page back in 2010 was dedicated to Michael Fassbender!

I also went to the X-Men panel with Michael, Alexandra Shipp, and Tye Sheridan. You can spy me in the corner of the video Alexandra posted on her instagram. The sound inside the arena was awful so tbh I couldn't make out most of what was being said. There was a very powerful moment when Alexandra and the moderator AngĂ©lique RochĂ© were talking about how she shaved her head her role in X-Men and how liberating it was to not be defined by her hair. 

Black Girl Magic. 

It's not included on the programming schedule but AngĂ©lique will also be moderating Tom's Loki panel tomorrow. 

....and we finally found out what Tom Hiddleston has been doing with all the Sharpies he steals

Day Two: 

So, if you came to ACE on Saturday - sorry! Sunday felt like an entirely different show. The staff really listened to some of the negative feedback and today went much smoother. 

And Tom was much more animated today too! He must've had a great night's sleep or it could've been the fact that he ate half the bag of chocolates cookies biscuits I gave him! (How that man stays this thin eating nothing but sweets all day defies logic) Tom was in the photo booth dancing and having a great time. We don't deserve him! For those asking I have no idea what the music was. It was some type of urban contemporary/R&B (so much better than the techno pop they were playing in the stadium) but I couldn't ask what the song was after I spent all day Saturday teasing Tom for not knowing Ariana Grande.. 

I had Tom sign my copy of The Night Manager Press Book (an unsigned copy is available as one of the raffle prizes in our Unicef UK fundraiser). He had never seen this book either! I think Tom needs to hire a new assistant whose sole responsibility is to keep him updated on the world and all his merch. I tried my best to get an update on The Night Manager 2 but he is a professional at artfully answering a question without actually answering a question. I'm pretty sure Tom signed this MY marker that he kept yesterday 🤣

I also met Charlie Cox again today and he just the most amazing person. So polite and patient and interested in what everyone has to say. I came in a Tom Hiddleston fan and left a Charlie Cox stan. Real life Betrayal! They will be the best pair-up. This happened completely unintentionally. I didn't even choose the poses because I never do poses... but somehow the universe worked this out perfectly. 

The Loki panel moderated by AngĂ©lique RochĂ© was really fun. Both AngĂ©lique and the audience asked really good questions about Loki, Betrayal, and Shakespeare. I'll do a few breakdown of Tom's answers tomorrow. At 24:00 you can hear my question! You can't see it in the video but when the photo was announced there was a guy who hurdled over five rows of chairs to get to the front. I admire his dedication. You can view a gallery of 300+ panel pictures I took on my Facebook page. 

And finally - the all important Group Shot! 


Tom Hiddleston wore his go-to Con outfit with a navy John Smedley sweater, J Brand jeans, and Kurt Geiger London Chelsea boots. It's interesting that he went back to the KG after wearing his Aquatalia ACE boots to Tokyo. I had the perfect joke about him wearing ACE to ACE prepared! We came close to seeing Tom in a very different look. He said he had considered wearing his red John Smedley sweater instead but didn't want the pictures to look different... He knows exactly what he's doing! It would have been hilarious since so many people at the Con came dressed as Tom in the blue sweater and even brought him bears or other toys dressed like him. Oops! 

But this also means that this sweater still exists in Tom's wardrobe somewhere just waited to be loved again. 


As I mentioned above Butternut Gouache created a special Betrayal inspired print for me.  She has the most amazing collection of Loki/Marvel/Star Wars/Anything You Can Imagine drawings available from her websites. Plus she's the bestest and the creator of Force Against Cyber Bullying. BG was kind enough to provide this copy of her Loki book to be included as a prize in our Unicef UK fundraiser and raffle for Tom Hiddleston's birthday. She is also burdened with glorious purpose!