Random News: Tom Hiddleston and Some Fun Shakespeare and Marvel Finds

Hello Lovely Readers,

As you may have realized I have a bit of a soft spot for Tom Hiddleston, especially when it comes to him in Shakespeare plays. If you have not seen him in the Hollow Crown tetraology, I highly recommend it (especially Henry V)! I was very excited about six months ago when I found out he would be the lead in Coriolanus, however even back then all the tickets were completely sold out. Yet not is all lost, the National Theatre is doing an event where on 30 January (tomorrow) many participating cinemas will be broadcasting live a performance of Coriolanus, and to my knowledge this also extends outside the UK as well. Unfortunately, due to prior commitments, I will not be able to see this at the cinema. Luckily, one of the cinemas near me will be re-playing the show at later dates, and I will catch it then and report back. But hopefully some of you can see the event. There is information here. Also below is a nice video of behind the scenes a the theatre, just to try and entice you!

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, there are now rumors of Kenneth Branagh trying to direct a Hiddleston in a Shakespeare movie, and best of all it is Much Ado About Nothing. This is one of my favorite plays, and they are talking about having Hiddleston as Benedick, which I think is a perfect fit. You can read the article I found here. I am really hoping this rumor comes to pass. The only tricky part is who would be cast as Beatrice, as they will need to have a certain chemistry that if it is missing could spoil the whole play.

The last news is sort of combined, but apparently there is a lot of fun stuff on the new Thor: Dark World dvds, and these extra bits have hit the internet. The first shows Hiddleston embracing the chance to wear the Captain America costume, and it is not to be missed! You can see the clip and gifs here.

The second find from the dvd is Hiddleston’s original audition for the part of Thor. For those who may have been unaware, Hiddleston bulked up a bit and tried for the lead, before Kenneth Branagh (yes the same one from the previous news) cast him as Loki, and Hiddleston had to slim down for the part. While the whole video doesn’t seem to be posted yet, the gif sets make it worth it, so see it here. Plus it is fun to see Hiddleston with long blond hair (his actual hair unless I am mistaken).

Hope you guys enjoyed this as much as I did. I think I am going to have to re-watch The Hollow Crown tonight!

Until next time,

Random News: Sexy Shakespeare Friday

Hello Lovely Readers,

There has been some really neat Shakespeare photos and videos released or complied this week. Being a fan of Shakespeare’s works, I decided you guys should see these, and get as excited as me! First I have to start with some photos of Tom Hiddleston training with a sword for Coriolanus. I was super sad that the show was already sold out several months ago when I tried to get tickets. However, many of the local cinemas will be broadcasting a show, so I will probably watch it that way. However, of all the news this week, this was probably the most interesting for me, as I used to be part of a Stage Combat group (Ring of Steel from Ann Arbor, Michigan) that trained with weapons for performances! You can view the full photo set here, and see my favorite below.

Another one of my favorite leading men in Shakespearan roles, there were lots of pictures of David Tennant this week as he prepares to star in Richard II. Frances and I were lucky enough to get tickets to a show later this month in Stratford-Upon-Avon! I am super excited to see behind the scenes. While most over at the RSC website you can view video diaries of the cast and crew, interviews with David, photos of other shows David has acted in, and the trailer for the show. While this is the stuff I am most excited about, most news this week was on Tennant’s hair. It seems for the role he has added mid-back length extensions to his hair. This is in preparation for this play, so I am really curious to see this hair in person. From the back though, his new hair looks scarily like my hair did in high school! You can see more of the hair here.

Rounding out the leading men in Shakespeare trio, was a neat piece on Ben Whishaw over on Buzzfeed. You can click here to find out 20 ways he will melt your heart. I will admit I know very little about him outside his acting, but his acting is terrific. I loved him as Ariel with Helen Mirren’s Prospera in The Tempest. He was also my first introduction to Richard II, in the Hollow Crown adaptation of the play. Honestly, I could not have told you it was the same actor! I highly recommend the four movies of The Hollow Crown, as not only is Whishaw amazing in it, but Tom Hiddleston plays Henry V and Jeremy Irons plays Henry IV (and there are so many other great actors).  Whishaw is probably best known by people as the new Q from James Bond. Below are some pictures of how differently he portrayed the two parts I talked about! The first is him as Ariel when it is scaring some people. Ariel is disguised as a Harpy (rather than its normal fairy-like self), and is rather convincing in tricking the people into thinking they are mad!

This second photo is Whishaw as Richard in all his finery.

Lastly, the RSC has released a wonderful interview with the two leads from their recent adaptation of As You Like It. I saw and really enjoyed the play. It was a really incredibly put together play. It was neat to see the two leads, who I have seen in many plays now, as themselves and not in characters! Unfortunately, I think the run of the play has ended, but it should be coming to DVD sometime (I think).

Until next time,

Random News: Happy Birthday to the Bard

Hello Sweeties,

Today is the day we celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday (our best guess based  on his baptism date). On this day 449 years ago he was brought into this world to share his gift of words with us, and on this day 397 years ago we lost one of the greatest wordsmiths that has ever lived.

I know that for many people his work is the bane of their school days; a jumble of words that made no sense. But I hope even you can appreciate the impact he has had on the English language. So many of the words and phrases we now count as common place, owe their birth to this man. His plays are still being performed, on stages across this world, in an array of various languages. There are themes in his plays and poetry that still echo in our own modern world.

I have loved Shakespeare for many long years, and hope to do so for many, many more. As I have loved his words so much, I thought I would share some of his most famous words with you, and hope that those of you who love the bard remember to appreciate his life, and those that are not as fond of him can at least recognize the beauty of these words that transcend the centuries.

The most famous sonnet, number 18, read by David Tennant.

Sonnet 130, a love poem that refuses to use false comparisions. Read by Tom Hiddleston.

And lastly Benedict Cumberbatch reading the Seven Ages of Men monologue from As You Like It.

“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”