Ice Bucket Challenge Redux: Chris Hemsworth, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, James Franco & Grant Gustin

tom-hiddleston-ice-bucket-challengeIt seems celebs can’t get enough of doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Just yesterday we posted the likes of Chris Pratt, Stephen Amell, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello getting drenched for charity, and since then they’ve been joined by plenty more.

As a result you can see Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Vin Diesel, The Flash’s Grant Gustin and a pant-free James Franco have a bucket of ice water chucked over their heads. Diesel in particular has an impressive list of people he’s calling on to take the challenge next.

I’m also a fan of Tom Hiddleston in a wet white t-shirt.

They’re not doing it solely to jump on a bandwagon, as those taking part and also raising funds and awareness for ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the US and motor neurone disease in the UK).

Take a look at the new Ice Bucket celebs below. [Read more...]

Tom Hiddleston Sought For Title Role In Ben-Hur Remake

Tom-HiddlestonFor quite a while now a remake of Ben-Hur has been in the works. Now it’s starting to move towards production with Deadline reporting that Tom Hiddleston is MGM, Paramount Pictures and director Timur Bekmambetov’s top choice to play the lead role.

It doesn’t appear an official offer has been extended to the actor yet, and Hiddleston has other offers on the table, but it seems he’s the one the studios want.

Keith R. Clarke wrote the spec script for the film, which is said to be more faithful to Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel than the multi-Oscar winning 1959 movie, which starred Charlton Heston.

The 1950s version focussed on the section of the story that was about the feud between the Jewish Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and his Roman former friend Messalla (Stephen Boyd). The new film is said to further explore these characters’ formative years, when they grew up together before the Roman Empire conquered Jerusalem.

This film will also include the story of Jesus Christ, whose story is told in parallel to Ben-Hur’s. Although this was touched on in the Charlton Heston film, it’s said to be more central to the remake.

Luke Evans & Elisabeth Moss Join Tim Hiddleston In Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise

Luke-EvansFor the last year A Field In England and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley has been putting together an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High-Rise.

It was supposed to start shooting this month, but while that start date has been pushed to July, it’s now added to its cast, with Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, and comedian Dan Renton Skinner joining the previously announced Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons.

Wheatley commented, “Elizabeth Moss and Luke Evans are great additions to our cast. I’m really excited to be working with both of them. I’m looking forward to see what they will bring to the complex relationship between Richard and Helen Wilder.”

We’ve also got a new synopsis, which gives us a few details on how the movie will take on a novel come thought was unfilmable. Here it is: ‘High-Rise centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Thatcher’s England, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart.

‘Enter Robert Laing (Hiddleston), a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal (Irons). Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Miller).

‘But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the situation. Wilder initiates Laing into the hidden life of the high-rise and Laing is shocked at what he sees.

‘As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Violence that he also finds emerging in himself’

The film starts shooting next month in Belfast for release in 2015.

Tom Hiddleston Will Show Off His Singing Skills In I Saw the Light

Tom-HiddlestonWhile many people would be happy if Tom Hiddleston just popped up in every movie as Loki, he’s going to show off some new skills in I Saw The Light, as he’ll be playing country music legend Hank Williams, according to Deadline.

The biopic will chart Williams’ quick rise to fame, as well as the toll it took on his personal life (just one day I want a music biopic where someone becomes famous and doesn’t have a terrible time because of it). The musician is best known for hit songs such as Your Cheatin’ Heart, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry and Hey Good Lookin, so it’ll give Hiddleston a chance to show off his singing skill. Williams tragically passed away at the age of 29 from heart failure.

Marc Abraham is directing from his own screenplay, which is based on Colin Escott’s biography. The producers have also made a deal for the rights to Hank Williams’ music catalogue for use in the film, which should add a touch of authenticity. Shooting will begin in October.

Tom Hiddleston Goes Into J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise For Sightseers Director Ben Wheatley

tom-hiddlestonTom Hiddleston is out to prove there’s more to him than Loki, as he’s signed on for Ben Wheatley’s planned adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel, High Rise. The director Tweeted the news himself, saying ‘HIGHRISE. shooting June. Starring Tom Hiddleston!’, along with the pic below.

Set in a luxury high-rise building, the book is almost a grown-up Lord Of The Flies, which follows a group of tenants hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on ‘enemy’ floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for technological mayhem. Human society slips into violent reverse as the inhabitants of the ultra-modern high-rise, driven by primal urges, recreate a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.

There’s no news yet on exactly who Hiddleston will play, but speculation is that he will either be TV producer Richard Wilder, antisocial physiologist Dr Robert Laing, or the wealthy Anthony Royal, who designed the building himself and lives in the penthouse.

Making a movie based on the 1975 book has long been a dream project for producer Jeremy Thomas (who was also Ballard’s friend), and now it seems he’s finally going to make it happen. [Read more...]

Take A Look At Tom Hiddleston As Captain America & Auditioning To Play Thor (With His Shirt Off)

It seems to be the day of Tom Hiddleston playing every Marvel character except for Loki. Footage of him having fun on the Thor: The Dark World set dressed as Captain America has shown up online, as has a look at his audition to play Thor himself, before he was cast as his nefarious brother.

If you’ve seen The Dark World, you’ll know there’s a brief appearance from Chris Evans as the Cap, but he actually never set foot on set. Instead there was Hiddleston in a Captain America costume, looking far skinnier than Evans but still surprisingly hot. That footage has now been revealed via Empire, which you can watch above.

You may not be aware that a few years ago Tom also did a screen test to play Thor, packing on 20 pounds of muscle so he could do a shirtless audition. The footage of his test will be available as part of Thor: The Dark World home entertainment release, and while the video isn’t available online, you can take a look at a couple of GIFs from it below (via ScreenCrush).

He would have been a very different kind of Norse god than Chris Hemsworth, but he certainly brings plenty of intensity and he’s certainly have been a cute Thor. And now it’s difficult to imagine him playing anyone but Loki, a role he’s managed to turn from evil villain to one of the most popular characters in the Marvel universe. That said, he certainly looks good with his shirt off while holding his hammer. [Read more...]

Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy Trailer – Tom Hiddleston joins the Disney Fairies flick

Disney has had a surprising amount of success with its Tinker Bell movies, and for the latest one it’s even recruited Tom Hiddleston to play the man who will eventually become Captain Hook.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina steals Pixie Hollow’s all-important Blue Pixie Dust, and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to return it to its rightful place. However, in the midst of their pursuit of Zarina, Tink’s world is turned upside down. She and her friends find that their respective talents have been switched and they have to race against time to retrieve the Blue Pixie Dust and return home to save Pixie Hollow. “Tinker Bell and The Pirate Fairy” is an all-new movie full of comedy, heart and epic thrills for the whole family.

‘Directed by Peggy Holmes, (“Secret of the Wings”) “Tinker Bell and The Pirate Fairy” will set sail in UK cinemas on 14 February 2014.’ [Read more...]

Thor: The Dark World Gets A Bit Gayer In One Chinese Cinema

If you’ve seen the Russian poster for Thor: The Dark World, you might not have thought any promo for the movie could get any gayer, however one Chinese cinema has managed to top it. While most theatres get their posters from the distributor, this cinema decided to make their own, but made a bit of a faux pas while doing it.

Rather than using official art, they managed to get hold of a piece of fan-made homoerotic Photoshop work, which makes Thor and his younger brother Loki look far closer than they perhaps ought to be (but at least they’re not related by blood).

Even if it is homemade, Loki looks thrilled about it, as if all his evil acts have just been a reaction to not being in Thor’s arms. It’s not know quite how the Shanghai cinema made the mistake, but it was brought to light when an image of it appeared on Reddit.

You can compare the Chinese version above with the official version below. Personally I’m preferring the top one. [Read more...]

Only Lovers Left Alive Trailer – Tom Hiddleston & Tilda Swinton turn vampire

Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are trying out being undead in Only Lovers Left Alive, which attracted rather mixed notices on its Toronto Film Festival debut. However the trailer suggests it could be rather intriguing.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE takes place against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier and follows an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, who reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister.’

It should be out next year. [Read more...]

Benedict Cumberbatch, Henry Cavill Or Tom Hiddleston May Go Up Everest

benedict-cumberbatchThe Fifth Estate may have bombed badly at the US box office last weekend, but Benedict Cumberbart is still very much in demand. That includes by Doug Liman, who wants him for his upcoming film, Everest, according the Deadline.

There are plenty of other hot names in contention, including Joel Kinnaman, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Matthew Goode, and Jim Sturgess – although it’s not known which of those will actually end up in the film as the legendary George Mallory and his Australian rival George Finch . Tom Hardy was previously attached, but was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

The story is an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s non-fiction book Paths of Glory, which is all about explorer George Mallory’s attempt to get into the record books as the first man to reach the top of Mount Everest. The movie is all about Mallory’s obsession with the mountain, as well as his rivalry with fellow climber George Finch.

Mallory and his climbing partner Sandy Irvine failed in two attempts to scale the mountain in 1921 and 1922. They were spotted near the summit on their third attempt in 1924 but nobody knows if they actually made it to the top, as they died on the mountain. Their remains were discovered in 1999 by Mark Anker.

There’s also another movie called Everest in the works, which has Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke circling. That one is due to shoot this autumn and is about an infamous incident in 1996, when tragedy struck two separate groups who tried to reach the summit of Mount Everest.