Latest News • AMC Secures The Night Manager, Starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston
Webmaster   Jan 10, 2015   Comment

BBC One, The Ink Factory and AMC today announced a co-production partnership for the television adaptation of John le Carré’s novel “The Night Manager.” Hugh Laurie (“House”) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse, Midnight in Paris) will star in the mini-series, which is set to begin filming in spring 2015. Susanne Bier, who won an Academy Award for In a Better World, will direct.

A contemporary interpretation of le Carré’s espionage drama – and the first television adaptation of a le Carré novel in more than 20 years – “The Night Manager” mini-series will bring together love, loss and revenge in a complex story of modern criminality. The eagerly anticipated series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) as he navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), Pine must himself become a criminal.

“‘The Night Manager’ is truly the whole package. It’s a terrific piece of source material, great producers in The Ink Factory, a phenomenal writer in David Farr, an award-winning director in Susanne Bier, and two incredibly talented actors,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s executive vice president of programming, production and digital content. “Beyond that, it represents AMC’s continuing commitment to finding creative ways to work with the international community to bring the best television to our network – an initiative we have ramped up very quickly that has already resulted in multiple high-quality projects for our air. We’re thrilled to be in business with the BBC and the fantastic ‘Night Manager’ team.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, said: “It’s a fantastic coup to bring le Carré back to our screens after more than 20 years. He is quite simply one of the greatest novelists of our time, and I am sure that with AMC, Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie on board, this will be one of the BBC’s most unique, ambitious and unmissable dramas.”

Simon Cornwell of The Ink Factory said: “Working with AMC to deliver ‘The Night Manager’ to U.S. and Canadian audiences is a huge privilege. AMC has established itself as one of the great innovators in television in the 21st century, and alongside the BBC we believe they are the best possible partners to support this incredible project. In Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston we have the core of an extraordinary cast, in Susanne Bier a great director, and in David Farr, an exceptional writer who is bringing a brilliant contemporary take to one of le Carré’s finest novels. We couldn’t be more excited!”

‎Hugh Laurie said: “I loved ‘The Night Manager’ when it was published, and for more than 20 years have yearned to see it realized on screen; I am now thrilled and honored to have the frontest of front row seats. All the moving parts are finely machined – we just have to not mess it up.”

Tom Hiddleston said: “I could not be more excited to join BBC One, The Ink Factory and AMC for ‘The Night Manager.’ Jonathan Pine is a thrilling prospect. Described by John le Carré as a ‘sometime army wolfchild with a special unit’ in the British forces, ‘caterer, chef, itinerant hotelier, perpetual escapee from emotional entanglements, collector of other people’s languages, self-exiled creature of the night and sailor without a destination,’ Jonathan Pine is the most mysterious and complex kind of British hero. It’s an honor and a privilege to work with such truly impeccable collaborators as Hugh Laurie and Susanne Bier in bringing this to the screen. David Farr’s screenplay, adapted from le Carré’s brilliant novel, is absolutely outstanding. I’m beyond thrilled and I can’t wait.”

Susanne Bier said: “John le Carre’s ‘The Night Manager’ is a relentlessly exhilarating thriller with profound emotional depths. Its narrative is carried by two secretive, alluring protagonists, Roper and Pine. David Farr’s elegant script perfectly orchestrates the central cat-and-mouse game between these two irresistibly flawed characters. That Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston will be playing Roper and Pine, respectively, is so thrilling to me. Their shared soulfulness, precision and sharp humor will seduce us all, both through Roper’s charming yet insidious manipulations and Pine’s unsettlingly enigmatic struggle to do the right thing. It is a great honor to be directing ‘The Night Manager’ and to be part of the collaboration between AMC, BBC1, The Ink Factory and Stephen Garrett. I could not be more excited.”

Published in 1993, “The Night Manager” is one of le Carré’s most beloved and critically acclaimed books.  A fusion of spy story and tale of organized crime, the novel was a best-seller in the United States and the UK, translated into over 20 languages and selling over a million copies in North America alone.

“The Night Manager” will be produced by The Ink Factory (“A Most Wanted Man”) for broadcast on BBC One and AMC in 2016. Executive producers are Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell for The Ink Factory, Stephen Garrett, David Farr, and Polly Hill for the BBC. The series was commissioned for BBC One by Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson, and Joel Stillerman, Marci Wiseman and Kristin Jones for AMC. “The Night Manager” is adapted by David Farr (Hanna, “Spooks”) from John le Carré’s original novel. Rob Bullock (“The Suspicions of Mr Whicher,” “Chasing Shadows”) will produce for The Ink Factory.

 

Source: Coming Soon

Webmaster   Jan 7, 2015   Comment

ACTOR Tom Hiddleston is to appear on the stage of Southampton’s Nuffield theatre for the first time, speaking about his work on stage and screen, and answering questions from the audience.

Tom Hiddleston’s recent stage appearances include Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse), Ivanov (Donmar Warehouse at the Wyndham’s Theatre), Othello (Donmar Warehouse) and Cymbeline (Cheek By Jowl/Barbican).

On screen Tom has appeared as Loki in the Thor movies and The Avengers, as well as appearing in Only Lovers Left Alive, War Horse, Midnight in Paris and The Deep Blue Sea.

His work on television includes Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V in The Hollow Crown for the BBC, Wallander, Cranford and Miss Austen Regrets.

Tom will appear in the theatre on Sunday, February 22 at 7pm.

Tickets are £25 and are available to Friends and Members only. They are available exclusively to Nuffield Friends and Members from the box office in person or by phoning 02380 671 771.

Tickets go on sale at 10am today, Tuesday, January 6.

More information about joining the membership schemes can be found on the members section of Nuffield’s website. Memberships can be purchased online anytime or can be purchased with tickets.

Tickets to this event will be provisionally capped at two tickets per Friend and four tickets per Member.

 

Source: Basingstokegazette.co.uk

Webmaster   Dec 20, 2014   Comment

Thanks to Torrilla, we have our first look at Tom in Crimson Peak from the February issue of Total Film.

Webmaster   Dec 20, 2014   Comment


Candids > 2014 > Arriving at L.A.X – 12.18.14

Source: Torrilla

Webmaster   Dec 15, 2014   Comment

King Kong is moving to 2017.

Universal is pushing Legendary’s film, originally titled Skull Island, from a release date of Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, to Friday, March 10, 2017. Now titled Kong: Skull Island, the film will be released in 3D and Imax 3D.

Tom Hiddleston is starring in the film, which will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Written by John Gatins and Max Borenstein, Kong: Skull Island is an origin tale, exploring the king of the apes’ home as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.

Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce and Alex Garcia will executive produce.

The release-date switch takes the action movie out of competition with Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Fox’s Trolls, which are both slated for Nov. 4. The only other film scheduled for the new March 2017 date is Fox’s untitled Bollywood Musical.

Universal also dated Legendary’s upcoming untitled Great Wall project for Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, with the Chinese market opening in early December 2016.

Zhang Yimou will make his English-language directorial debut with the film, which follows an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The project, planned as the largest film ever shot entirely in China, will begin production in spring 2015.

The Thanksgiving weekend is occupied by only one other wide release at this time: Disney’s Moana, about a Polynesian princess.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Webmaster   Dec 4, 2014   Comment

Looks like Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are getting an even mightier sequel, as the UK’s Daily Mail is reporting that Joss Whedon & Co. will be re-assembling the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast in January for two weeks of reshoots at England’s Pinewood Studios.

According to the tabloid, the additional shooting is being mounted in order to add “a bit more kick-ass on an extravagant scale.” Translation: more action, beefed-up set pieces or perhaps just an extra punch or two here and there for spice. They specify that Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Scarlett Johansson and –most interestingly- Tom Hiddleston have all been asked to make themselves available.

If you recall, Idris Elba spilled the beans in November that he would be returning as watchful Heimdall alongside Hiddleston’s Loki in Age of Ultron, and now that the cat (or is that the raven?) is out of the bag it seems Whedon has resigned himself to give the fans what the want, i.e. all Loki all the time.

While more Hiddleston is always good news, fans shouldn’t take the reshoots as a sign that the film is at all in trouble, although there have been rumblings that Marvel’s new golden boys Joe and Anthony Russo might take over the franchise (Avengers: Infinity War) from Whedon after their tour of duty on Captain America: Civil War. This would no doubt sadden fans who want to see Whedon pay off what he started with villain Thanos in the first Avengers, including The Mad Titan’s Shakespearean courtship of Mistress Death.

In the May 2015 release, when Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Source: Coming Soon

Webmaster   Dec 4, 2014   Comment


PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2014 > 60TH LONDON EVENING STANDARD THEATRE AWARDS


PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2014 > AFTER PARTY: 60TH LONDON EVENING STANDARD THEATRE AWARDS

Gillian Anderson and Tom Hiddleston have taken the top acting honours at this year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Anderson won for her role as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire – a part she had coveted for 30 years.

Hiddleston said he was “so proud” to win for his title role in Coriolanus.

Winners of the 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards:

Best actor: Tom Hiddleston (Coriolanus, Donmar Warehouse)
Best actress: Gillian Anderson (A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic)
Best play: The James Plays (Rona Munro, Edinburgh Festival Theatre & National Theatre’s Olivier)
Best musical: The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic & Garrick)
Best director: Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies, RSC Swan & Aldwych)
Emerging talent award: Laura Jane Matthewson (Dogfight, Southwark Playhouse)
Best design: Es Devlin (American Psycho, Almeida)
Most promising playwright: Beth Steel (Wonderland, Hampstead)
Lebedev award: Tom Stoppard (The greatest living playwright)
Editor’s award: Kate Bush for Before the Dawn (A new high in music performance)
Beyond Theatre: Here Lies Love (For pushing the boundaries of the musical)
Revival of the year: Skylight

Webmaster   Nov 7, 2014   Comment

KTBS 3 News posted a video of some video coverage from ‘I Saw The Light.’ They briefly interviewed Tom on the set which you can watch here.

Webmaster   Oct 30, 2014   Comment

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AMC is closing in on a deal for the U.S. rights to the BBC’s Hugh Laurie-Tom Hiddleston miniseries “The Night Manager,” based on the 1993 John le Carre novel.

AMC would join the Beeb as a co-producer along with the Ink Factory. The project is eyed as a six-episode mini although AMC’s run could expand to eight episodes with commercial time included.

The novel revolves around a former British soldier who is drawn into a sting operation involving black market weapons after he goes to work for a luxury hotel. Writer David Farr is adapting the novel for TV.

Word of AMC nabbing “Night Manager” comes on the heels of the AMC Networks parent company closing a deal to buy half of the BBC America channel. One of the drivers of that deal was the desire for both sides to partner on high-end scripted productions such as “Night Manager.”

The project also marks Laurie’s return to the small screen since ending his eight-season run on the Fox drama “House” in 2012.

AMC declined to comment.

 

Source: Variety

Webmaster   Oct 29, 2014   Comment

Equality, that’s what feminism means to us. And to these inspiring, influential and right thinking people. Thanks for joining the club, all.

Our December issue is dedicated to empowering and empowered women. And men. Emma Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Diane Von Furstenburg and many more brilliant, enlightened and altruistic people came together to make it for you. You can get it here. Hope you are as proud of it as we are.

 

Source: ElleUK

Webmaster   Oct 29, 2014   Comment

Thor 3 is announced. The third installment is titled, Thor: Ragnarok and is set for a summer 2017 release.

The Norse End of Days will come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” on July 28, 2017!

Chris Hemsworth will don the Mighty Avenger’s cape once more for the hero’s third solo adventure, and with a title as foreboding as “Ragnarok” you know he’ll have to rise to his toughest challenge yet this time around!

“This is a very important movie for us in Phase 3,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige. “We plan on taking Thor to another level. It picks up where we leave Thor in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and impacts everything that comes after.”

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Thor: Ragnarok” and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it develops!

Source: Marvel

Webmaster   Oct 8, 2014   Comment

Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie are to appear together in new TV series The Night Manager.

Hiddleston, 33, and Laurie, 55, will lead the cast for the new TV adaptation of the novel by John Le Carre, according to The Hollywood reporter.

The new BBC show follows the story of Jonathan Pine, a British soldier who later becomes an auditor for a luxurious hotel.

Pine soon comes into contact with Sophie, a French-Arab woman linked to Richard Onslow Roper, who made his considerable fortune from weapons deals.

But when Sophie is killed, Pine goes undercover with intelligence operatives to avenge her death.

The new show marks the TV return of both Hiddleston – who is best known for appearing in the Thor movies – and Laurie.

Hiddleston’s last regular television role was in BBC Two’s The Hollow Crown in 2012, while Laurie left House in the same year.

Source: Mirror.Co.Uk

Webmaster   Oct 3, 2014   Comment

Webmaster   Oct 3, 2014   Comment

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Congrats to Tom who topped Glamour’s list for Best Dressed Man!

We can reveal that this year’s winner is Tom Hiddleston! He was in very good company, with Twilight star Robert Pattinson coming second, and David Beckham taking the third position.

Tom Hiddleston, who had his breakthrough role in 2011 when he portrayed Loki in Thor, is probably best known for his roles in War Horse and The Avengers.

The 33-year-old actor recently got on board with Emma Watson’s #HeForShe campaign, so he has a heart of gold as well as a gold star for his style choices.

Source: Glamour UK

Webmaster   Sep 23, 2014   Comment

Tom has announced on twitter that he has joined the Greenpeace campaign in support of change to the Artic.