Stephen King saw ‘Crimson Peak’, thinks it’s ‘gorgeous & f–king terrifying’


This isn’t much of a story, but I figured “any Hiddles news is good news.” It’s not even really about Tom Hiddleston. Last year, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and Mia Wasikowska began the grueling film schedule for Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro’s haunted house horror-thriller. The film won’t be coming out until later this year, although word is that del Toro has already completed post-production on it. The trailer was even released in front of Fifty Shades of Grey! And now it seems that del Toro is doing some special screenings for some of his horror-loving friends. The master of horror himself, Stephen King, tweeted about the film yesterday:

Was treated to a screening of Guillermo del Toro’s new movie, CRIMSON PEAK, this weekend. Gorgeous and just f–king terrifying.

CRIMSON PEAK electrified me in the same way Sam Rami’s EVIL DEAD electrified me when I saw it for the first time way back in the day.

[From King’s Twitter]

King’s son, Joe Hill, also tweeted about the screening, calling Crimson Peak “Del Toro’s blood-soaked AGE OF INNOCENCE, a gloriously sick waltz through Daphne Du Maurier territory.” Whoa!! So… this is del Toro’s masterpiece, it seems. The Academy famously hates horror/thriller films, but there are some exceptions (Silence of the Lambs, Misery, etc). I wonder if del Toro might want Crimson Peak to be an awards contender? At the very least, del Toro is probably looking for some technical nominations (costume, art design). I wonder if Benedict Cumberbatch has any regrets about giving up this part?

Here’s the trailer again:



Photos courtesy of WENN, Pacific Coast News.

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  1. Insomniac says:

    SO jealous. October needs to get here now.

  2. Hotpockets says:

    I adore Guillermo del Toro. Pans Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone are both excellent movies that are thought provoking.

  3. MtnRunner says:

    You just had to drop Bendy’s name in there, didn’t you?

    Though this is not a genre I normally get in to, I have to say that it does look for gorgeous and terrifying. The costuming and the cinematography look like they will be a feast for the eyes. It would be great for this movie to get some attention during awards season. Looking forward to it.

    And Sir Thomas Sharpe is giving Prince Hal/Coriolanus a run for their money on being the hottest incarnation of Tom. *fans self*

    • 'P'enny says:

      you can say that again –

      but waits patiently for naked Dr Laing

    • MtnRunner says:

      P’enny, since I previously called Naked Hiddles, shall we agree to share? I’m not in the mood for any slutshanking today. My kid’s been sick for days and I’ve been stuck inside missing all the gorgeous spring weather. I’m feeling stabby and need a positive means of working out my aggression.

      • 'P'enny says:

        poor thing, hope he/she gets better soon. Okay, I’ll agree to share so you can ‘work out’ positively.

        i’ll avoid the stabby knives

    • FLORC says:

      I avoided this thread because I knew it was a Hiddles and Cumby thread.
      I adore Steven King. He’s amazing and has the best haunted houses, but he wouldn’t get this many comments on his own.

      Movie should be great though!

  4. InvaderTak says:

    Yay! A whole THREAD! mwahahaha….

    I’m so excited! Before I die, I want to take a tour of GdT’s house. I love it.

    And I have no regrets about BC giving up the part. He wasn’t right for it anyway. He can’t do creepy. Maybe some of y’all that got to see him be Frankenstein can argue with me, but his bad/creepy guy game is lacking. He was awful as Khan and I just can’t get past that.

    Going to see this is my baby bro’s BD present whether he likes it or not.

    • MtnRunner says:

      Ben doesn’t do subtle very well. He over enunciates and overplays parts like this. Besides, I doubt that backing out of CP is the regret he feels most right now.

      • mimif says:

        Burrrn :D

      • InvaderTak says:

        Touche, MtnRunner lol. Was dropping this the first domino of bad decisions that has lead to the rest? I really can’t remember the last time I heard of a BC move that I thought was a good idea. This latest thing, “Flying Horse” sounds lame. Yawn, another biopic. The only reason I’d watch is because of Gary Oldman and Ralph Fiennes, but still; its more likely a netflix than a theater trip.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Invader, he did seem to have a string of bad decision-making that extended well into this year. Flying Horse reminded me of Tom’s Capa film that is now dead in the water. I was really looking forward to seeing that one. Ben just seems to gravitate to biopics, doesn’t he? I think that’s at least 6 if you include Whistleblower.

      • koko says:

        What other regret could BC possibly have?


      • MaximeduCamp says:

        Did you ever see Wreckers? I thought that BC did creepy/menacing subtly in that role.

        I am very excited to see Crimson Peak and very happy to see TH in the role and think the ultimately he’s the better actor for that role, but part of me does wonder what it would have been like with BC. Basically, I’m not a comic fan, so BC’s upcoming role in Dr. Strange does nothing for me. I’m mildly interested in Black Mass (although being from Boston and knowing the story of the Bulghers, I’m concerned, more so with Depp’s ability to be anyone other than weird Burton Depp at this point in his career). LCoZ, was the only BC film on the horizon that I was interested in; now I’ve got nothing but Sherlock special and Hamlet to look forward to. If he’d stayed on CP, I’d still have plenty of TH projects to be excited about (High Rise, ISTL, Night Manager –although Skull Island…not so much).

        My own speculation as to why BC dropped out of CP. He wasn’t comfortable with the incest/kinkiest aspects of the film. I’m just spitballin’ here, but do recall that I read in an interview eons ago that he was offered a role in The Cement Garden, a 1993 film based on an Ian McEwan novel, but turned it down because it dealt with incest. I’m probably not remembering correctly, but believe he mentioned something about “being too prudish at that age.” But that was over 20 years ago and people change, so may well be way off base.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      GDT and his daughters were very happy with Tom instead.

  5. Kiddo says:

    Hiddleston is so pasty.

  6. Cindy says:

    I love stephen king and if he says it’s good, I have no doubts. Is anyone else freaked out/disturbed/scared of that double face medical mystery photo right above the comments section?

  7. Tig says:

    As much as I enjoyed Pan’s L, this movie is giving me The Woman in Black vibes. I know the weird/haunted toys are hardly unique to it, that movie is too recent to avoid the comparison. Hiddles looks like he’s channeling his character from Only Lovers Left Alive. That being said, it is creepily gorgeous.

    • InvaderTak says:

      I got more of a “The Haunting of Hill House” vibe to it. Either way, I think it will be enjoyable.

    • Saks says:

      Guillermo said he wanted to pay tribute to the great hunted houses’ movies. But he also this isn’t exactly a horror film, at Festival de Cine de Guadalajara he said:
      “It’s a ghost story, but it isn’t a scary film. It’s a gothic romance with mystery elements very much in the same vein as the movies I’ve done in the past… I’m not looking to scare people on Halloween, this movie has a different rythm and atmosphere. It’s a weird movie.”

      He also confirmed Pacific Rim 2.

  8. GingerCrunch says:

    HAPPY CLAP!!!! YaY!

  9. meme says:

    Never mind pasty Hiddleston, gimme Charlie Hunnam. Cannot wait for this movie. It’s going to be epic.

  10. Chihiro says:

    Can’t wait for this, I love Mia Wasikowska.

  11. Dita says:

    The trailer just won me over.

  12. lisa2 says:

    This doesn’t look or feel terrifying to me. It gives me those OLD B&W Horror movie feel/vibe. But it just didn’t feel scary. Even that creepy black hand near the end just felt.. OK.. whats next

  13. Brin says:

    This is going to be freakin fantastic!

  14. littlestar says:

    The trailer looks great! HW always puts out it’s horror flicks out in October for Halloween, and most of them fall short. I think this movie looks like it will do the “Halloween movie” genre justice.

  15. Miss Jupitero says:

    I just wat he’d Pans Labyrinth again last night, and it always makes me cry like a baby.

    Fyi: Doug Jones who plays Pan and the creepy guy with the eyeballs on his hands is also in Crimson Peak. As of we need yet another thing to add to the Omg This is Awesome list.

    Stephen King: I am sick with envy. October cannot come fast enough.

  16. 'P'enny says:

    Benedict, according to GDT [takes CB bait] because he had done too many roles like this one before. But, the real truth is Benedict wanted Star Wars. Didn’t get it, his role changed sexes and lovely Gwendoline got it. He took a gamble, it didn’t work, instead he spent 12 months selling his soul to advertising and PR and making a pratt of himself.

    One day, Bendy will hopefully return back to the fun actor of 2010. But, at the moment he is turning into a forehead-botoxed, cocky, over-promoted, over-rated and stiff-upper lipped tit.

    • Crocuta says:

      I’ve heard that Benedict & Star Wars theory before. Your Gwendoline twist is a nice touch. :D

      I don’t know when CP was being shot, what was Ben’s schedule at that time?

      • 'P'enny says:

        CP was filmed Feb – April 2014 and it was a long shoot, but SW was due to shoot originally then, but SW filming was put back to the summer 2014 anyway, but by then though it was too late. He wasn’t get the role and left out in the poor cold and left to do a tour of the Far East and beg for a role in a movie somewhere, lucky for him he got a part in J Depp’s new one. Which I am sure will be great success, like Depps last five. :-p

        Bendy isn’t in my good books at the moment, I find it hard to give him an inch.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        February – May 2014. He was hanging with Anna Wintour and attending car races

      • MtnRunner says:

        Don’t forget Kinvara… he was hanging out with her too until Sophie entered the scene in May.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @’p'enny, still laughing at your comments about Depp’s new one. The Bulger story is compelling but Depp can’t do a Boston accent well and BC, whose attempts at American accents have been laughable, is playing someone with a Napoleonic complex, so he is miscast from the start.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Yeah, Depp’s been on a role since the last PotC. But hey, he got married, so all is well with his world. Just like Ben.

      • Josa says:

        I like to add that BC’s Black Mass part was originally for Guy Pearce. Guy dropped out at the last min when he decided to do another film instead. This is to remind his fans that BC took role other actor drops too.

      • Calia says:

        Ah, the CB fangirl circle of life. Who will get the boots next? Stay tuned…

    • Lilacflowers says:

      ‘P’enny, do tell us how you really feel about BC? You seem to be holding back

      Also, was the memorial service for Attenborough lovely? Did you help Tom prepare the reading? How many times has he made you watch the kids do Henry V today? Be sure he gets plenty of nourishment before you send him back tomorrow morning

      • 'P'enny says:

        OMy he did a reading, wow, how wonderful. Daily Mail haven’t got a pic? but I saw some tiny mention on BBC website. I wondered how he got that gig?

        oh I know, his son Michael is friends with Tom. I think they worked together on something.

        aww bless. Oh yes, the pic of him doing the reading was obviously taken by Hawkeye – miles away.

        I’ve listened to a tiny bit of the Henry V narration, but his voice does things to me. I have to take it in small doses because his voice is getting sexier as he gets older. He’s maturing into a very gorgeous voice over actor, which will be timeless.

        sorry about the Bendy rant. He’s doing my head in – #facepalm

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Westminster Abbey is posting pictures of the service on its Twitter feed. Did he work with his son? I suspected they wanted someone with a RADA connection from the time of Attenborough’s tenure.?

        Yes, he has a wonderful voice. May he become the go-to guy for voiceovers.

        Did you forget he was on loan to you today? Is my man wandering around London unattended? You’ve got to take better care of him on your days, ‘P’enny. Medical attention was required the last time

      • 'P'enny says:

        I was wrong, i went do a bit of research it was his grandson who had a small part in Hollow Crown. But, probably like you say RADA is probably the big connection.

        Yes, sorry i did forget he was mine oops. but, he had bigger plans today. never mind, can i extend the offer for tomorrow?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        He says he is starving right now so you can take him for a late supper. With pudding. He’s rambling on in a text message about seeing all his acting idols at the service so you’ll have to listen to that. He’s leery of the ball gag at the moment. Let him have a good workout in the morning and give him a big breakfast. You can keep him until late afternoon, then put him on the evening flight to me.

      • 'P'enny says:

        @lilacflowers, Well last night, he was rambling about all his idols at the service. But, he was quite put out how Kenneth Branagh kept asking him to photocopy stuff and make tea for everyone. So he didn’t get chance to talk to Jane Seymour. I told him never mind, next year you get to hang out with your other father-from-another-grandmother Kevin Feige and he doesn’t make you do the coffee he can afford to order in from Starbucks and get’s Chris Hemsworth to earns his bucks by doing the photocopying instead. So he was happy then, dreaming about wearing leather again and drinking coffee.

        Anyway, he’s packed his I-pod and carrying his copy of the Night Manager and he’s heading back to you. As you may have noticed he’s looking chunkier under the chin! He ate loads of Bakewell Tart and I had the extra spotted dick and custard :-)

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @’p'enny, he is safely home. Mark picked him up an hour ago. He has given Colin the night off and says he is preparing some veal dish from TNM for our supper. He’s in a happy mood, albeit a bit jet-lagged. Good job taking care of him

      • DahliaDee says:

        @’P'enny, much as I love Hiddles, he’s got a long way to go before achieving James Spader sexy voice levels. He is the only reason I watch “The Blacklist” and I usually skip madly through all the boring bits (aka, all the bits without him).

  17. Abby_J says:

    Tommy needs to not do horror movies. I just can’t watch them, and it will be so sad when everyone else is seeing him in all of his scary glory, and I am just sitting here in the corner sobbing because I am missing it.

    Lilacflowers, I hope Colin will have a nice drink for me to drown my sorrows.

    • 'P'enny says:

      Isadora is designing some cushions with cute hiddles in flower crowns for us all to hide behind when the film gets scary.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Colin is mixing up something lovely for you, AbbyJ and JLM will hold your hand

      • Abby_J says:

        Excellent. maybe with the cushions that ‘P’enny mentioned, I could give it a go. We will just need Tom to sit with us and warn me when to hide.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        And when to come out of hiding.

  18. Ava says:

    Emma Stone also gave up her part….wonder is she regrets. The truth is many movies have players that switch roles. I’m pretty sure Charlie didn’t regret giving up 50 shades….

    • InvaderTak says:

      I didn’t know that. I’m kinda glad for that one too. I don’t think she could pull this off. She’s too cutesy.

    • pixie-stix says:

      I thought I read she didn’t have enough gravitas for the role and it was given to Mia. Could be wrong. If that’s the case though, she might have worked hard for Birdman (and got there).

  19. lila fowler says:

    This won’t be an awards contender.

  20. Lilacflowers says:

    Of course, GDT is angling for awards for this. His buddies Cuaron and Inarritu have scored the last two Best Director Oscars and it is his turn. I would like to hear their views of Crimson Peak. The three of them always consult during filming and during the editing process. They probably had a great dinner party watching this

    • 'P'enny says:

      I am sure there is a tweet somewhere where GDT spent 12 hours or something on the phone with Cuaron about having to edit 11 mins of film from C/Peak.

  21. Lilacflowers says:

    Are Tom’s cheekbones considered part of the visual effects of this film? Do they become weaponized? They look like they could cut diamonds in the trailer.

  22. MtnRunner says:

    In theater news… The Crucible is now available on Digital Theatre. Armitage was nominated for an Olivier for his role as John Proctor.

    And…WillShake’s Henry V is available to us on Digital Theatre Plus via their free trial subscription.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Too adorable for words. Children should do all the Shakespeare plays.

      Tom did a reading today at Richard Attenborough’s Memorial service

    • TotallyBiased says:

      On that Will Shakes Henry V thing–very well-spent 15 minutes!
      Besides Tom’s gorgeous and perfectly placed narration, the young actors playing Will and the Dauphin are startlingly talented.

  23. TotallyBiased says:
    Westminster Abbey tweeted a picture of Tom reading from the bible at Sir Richard Attenborough’s service today, but it’s also in this BBC article.

    • 'P'enny says:

      Torilla has the picture!!!!!!!

      And, he’s looking fat. [ter]

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Well, his face is. Arms, chest, and torso look fine. His hair is too short on the sides, but I suspect that is for TNM, which should begin filming soon.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Tom reading from the Bible is amusing to me. I suppose if he read from the King James Version, it just sounds like Shakespeare to him.

        But it’s JESUS talking.

      • InvaderTak says:

        Fat? You call that fat? I thought he looked good! Well rested and fed anyway. Hank Williams must have really drained him. He was looking way tired there for a bit. Nice suit too.

      • Darya says:

        He does like he’s back to his normal state. I think Coriolanus Tom was the exception rather than the rule.

        @mtn – I scoured the interwebs looking for video of Tom doing the reading, to no avail. I did find a nice clip of Sir David and Ben Kingsley so the full program probably exists somewhere. Maybe the Abbey will post it at some point – they didn’t seem shy about publicizing the event.

        @Invader – I love that suit! The fashion press has dogged him in the past for looking too much like a banker, but I personally think he was made to wear a nicely tailored three piece suit, which wouldn’t look so good if he was too bulked up.

    • TotallyBiased says:
      There’s even a link to a pdf of the order of service (which includes all of the readings) at the bottom of the article. Plus the Abbey’s FB page has many many pictures from the service.

      • Allegra says:


        About the WillShake’s( Henry V) thing with Tom, we only get the sound or there a video too?
        I’m asking because a fan just found the video:

      • TotallyBiased says:

        @Allegra –there’s a proper, legal link (and MUCH better quality video) I left on the previous Tom thread. Simply register for the free trial subscription (works anywhere in the world.) As a bonus, you get snippets of Richard Armitage’s Crucible and David Tennant/Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) doing Shakespeare. A LOT of snippets. The trial lasts a fortnight–you can watch a LOT in 14 days! The WillShakes Henry V is up until April 23rd.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Allegra — my bad, I wasn’t able to post the actual link there. Trying it again
        But if it doesn’t work, try googling bringing the bard bang up to date!

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Go to the Digital Theatre Plus website and register for a free two week trial. Don’t mess with pirated stuff.

      • Allegra says:


        I tried it before but it didn’t work or maybe i was at the wrong place cause it asked me how many students i have.
        I’ll try again later.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Allegra, that’s the right place. Answer the questions as if you are home schooling an imaginary number of children. The purpose of the sight is educational so it asks those questions (supposedly for pricing for the full package) but you’re just doing the two week free trial. Answer the questions to establish the trial account.

    • Allegra says:

      And here is a nice video withTom talking about R. Attenborough:

  24. koko says:

    A rave review from the master of horror, makes me even more anxious to see CP. Can October come any quicker.

  25. Lilacflowers says:

    I will be seeing this on the Friday it opens, as I said above, I’m in line now. I will need it since I will be dragged to see the NT Live broadcast of Hamlet Pushes 40 the night before. My friend keeps telling me that BC will be the definitive Hamlet. I just smile and mutter about how, as a child, I saw Rylance in the part. That was definitive.

    • MtnRunner says:

      You got tix for CP already??

      Hamlet Pushes 40. Henceforth I shall refer to it thusly.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        No, we have tickets for the NT Live broadcast of Hamlet Pushes 40 the night before. My cousin just told me she may have her wedding that weekend. I am about to disown one of my favorite relatives

      • MtnRunner says:

        I’ll be waiting for the reviews first. Not terribly worried about it selling out here. You’re seeing it in an IMAX? I’m lucky to see it on a normal cinema screen here. Of Mice and Men was on campus in one of the big lecture halls. Not great, but they did serve us ice cream at intermission.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I hope to see Crimson Peak in IMAX because, well, naked Tom in IMAX but we won’t get tickets to that until months from now. NT Live broadcast of Hamlet Pushing 40 will not be in IMAX. I would prefer to wait for the reviews on that because, well, Hamlet pushing 40, but I promised this friend we would indulge one another’s movie quests and she’s a hard core Cumberbitch and she’s afraid it will sell out, as Coriolanus did twice before we got into the third showing. And the fourth.

      • 'P'enny says:

        If High Rise ends up on IMAX at some point, we will need bullet proof glasses to protect from the sharp bits sticking out.

  26. browniecakes says:

    Too scary for me. I love TH, but if King says ‘terrifying’, I’m out. I will watch through my fingers at home with all the lights on, in due time.

  27. Shannon says:

    Anyone else think the house featured looks like the one from “Casper” from 1995? And a little like the house from “The Haunting”?

    • tigerlily says:

      I think it was filmed at a “castle” near Toronto, Ont. And today is Friday….no Hiddles post yet? WTF?

  28. Kelly says:

    Can’t wait to see it!!

  29. mike says:

    Chastain can get a supporting actress nom with this if the film itself gets received well by the critics. The Academy loves to nominate villainous characters for the supporting actor categories and they adore Chastain.

    I think she has a chance.

  30. Allegra says:

    This is kind old but there is a new interview and Tom´s acceptance speech at WOSAwards:

  31. Shelley says:

    Aggghhhh, that awful blonde wig that looks like dryer lint combed out! I’m so distracted by bad wigs (which it seems most movie wigs are) – it’s all I can focus on. *Why* can’t at least these high-budget movies either find quality wig makers or better yet, add extensions to the actresses’ own hair? Extensions are often awful too (think Lohan), but would spare us this lump-of-fuzz-plopped-onto-someone’s head look.

  32. seesittellsit says:

    Wishing away time in one’s life is a mug’s game but damn – I don’t know how I’m going to wait for this. Another one of the many mistakes Bendy made in the last 18 months: pulling out of CP. I think with his next four films Hiddles is going to overtake Bendy – finally.

  33. Kay says:

    I was wondering why the post comment counts have nosedived on TH’s posts here, now I see why…JFC it’s like a 15 year old’s Tumblr in here.

  34. Allegra says:

    News From @hughlaurie:
    We begin our ascent of John Le Carre’s The Night Manager at first light.

    • Allegra says:

      from @JessicaClackum
      First day of filming for #TheNightManager! @BBCOne @AMC_TV

    • MtnRunner says:

      Thanks for keeping us posted with updates and pictures, Allegra!

      *wrapping up a box of chocolates for Super Sleuth”

    • Darya says:

      Thanks Allegra!

      I’m finding the lack of production details for The Night Manager very frustrating. I know, I know, it’s only just started but I expected to see some sort of announcement about where they were going to be filming by now. Laurie tweeted a photo of the Matterhorn, but I’m not convinced they are actually in Switzerland. Maybe I’m spoiled from I Saw the Light – there were details aplenty about where, when and who was doing what. Maybe the UK is different.

      And here’s a puzzler for you – the casting person listed on IMDB does extras/background casting and is based in Atlanta Georgia. Maybe a SE US location is going to sub for the Bahamas at some point?

  35. Allegra says:

    Hi, Darya:

    Yes, it is very frustrating this lack of news. It is so different from last year during the Crimson Peak shooting.
    By the way , here a new pic:
    #Hughlaurie TOP OF THE WORLD, MA! #TheNightManager via Liudmila Pavlenko-Instagram

    • Darya says:

      Hooray! I am very excited to know they actually went to Switzerland. I had hoped for some gorgeous locations, but part of me was afraid they were going to try and do this “on the cheap” and stick to the UK. You’ve no idea how glad I am that is not the case.

      • Allegra says:

        I think the deal that BBC did with AMC brought more money, so now they can afford to go to more interesting locations.
        By the way , check this twitter and instagran account when you can, ok?

        Follow @BBCOne’s Instagram for behind-the-scenes pics as filming commences on TheNightManager and many other progs:

        Also for those who live in US or Canada, unfortunately not my case, they can follow this twitter and maybe get the chance to meet some actors.

      • Darya says:

        Allegra, I’m enjoying the BBCOne Instagram. The Poldark bts shots are awesome. I haven’t seen the show, but their pictures make me want to. Mission accomplished Rajiv!

        OLV is fun, they listed a shooting date for I Saw the Light last week in LA. I wonder if they were doing pick-ups. The location they listed is a gorgeous vintage building/theatre that looks about right for ISTL.

        p.s. Don’t search the #bbc tag on Instagram unless you are in the privacy of your own home. A guy (I think it’s just one, but I didn’t linger to do an in-depth analysis) is posting photos that are definitely #NSFW or public transit. I had a wicked thought that perhaps Jeremy Clarkson decided to kill some time during his involuntary vacation by posting close-ups of his junk and tagging them as BBC.

    • Allegra says:

      The last time that i checked we were behind the Star Trek fans.

      • Darya says:

        As it should be. Trekkies created the notion of a fandom. They are the originals and still the masters.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Darya–actually (and I say this as an original, watched the first series when it was first run on tv, Trekker) the Trek fandom is amazing and impressive, it is most likely the first *organized* case of a specific, named fandom getting a show continued for another season. But they are not the *first fandom*. Conventions existed before ST:TOS, and so did fandoms. It would also surprise me if all that many original Trekkers/Trekkies are even voting in this, but rather mostly reboot fans and those who are still teared up over the loss of Spock. (Nor can one blame them.)

      • Darya says:

        @Totally – I stand corrected. I loved the original (although it was in syndication when I first discovered it). It was practically required weekend viewing in our house when I was growing up. I’ve lost track of how often I’ve seen each episode.
        I’m not a huge fan of the new films, but there were a few moments that captured some of that original magic.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        @Darya–I will grant this: I cannot think of any other fandom that has been able to enjoy its object of affection so near-continuously, between the various series and the movies. The first Star Trek reboot did indeed have some moments of magic for me; suspect this was in part because Nimoy, in part because they were giving us a part of the timeline not filled in before. But words cannot truly express my rabid dislike for ST:ID, and with that I am unlikely to give any further films even a once over.

  36. TotallyBiased says:

    Speaking of Night Manager, evidently they are in the lovely Alpine meadows of Zermatt.
    Mr. H has tweeted about his “walk to work”, and the Sound of Music references (and manips) are flying fast and furious. I must admit the image of him singing Edelweiss to woodland creatures who have brought him berries and nuts for nourishment is HIGHLY amusing!

    • Allegra says:


      I bet Tom is having a lot of fun there!
      If my eyes are not deceiving me, I can see that Tom in this pic:

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Methinks you have perfectly sharp eyes! :)

      • Darya says:

        I’m going to add my own two cents and say they were filming at Gornergrat, just above the train station. I’m giving the production bonus points for ambition. Zermatt can’t be the easiest place in Switzerland to get to or film in.

    • Allegra says:

      Hugh Laurie will shoot his next TV series for the BBC in Mallorca.

      So next stop Mallorca, maybe?

      • Darya says:

        Nice! Mallorca could be a good stand-in for Alexandria and Cairo, and some of the sailing/yacht moments. Or they could be taking liberties with the locations and switching it up entirely. Zermatt wasn’t in the book, but it still works for the story.

    • pixie-stix says:

      “I must admit the image of him singing Edelweiss to woodland creatures who have brought him berries and nuts for nourishment is HIGHLY amusing!”…
      @Allegra…he’s wearing Lederhosen too, yes? I remember a candid of him in what looked like Lederhosen…adorable.

    • tigerlily says:

      I’m on holiday and have been reading The Night Manager. I think Tom will be fantastic in this, so looking forward to it.

      • pixie-stix says:

        @tigerlily: I’m enjoying the read as well; I agree, he’s a good fit for Pine. Hoping for production pics soon, I need my Tom fix!

  37. MtnRunner says:

    Switching gears…

    As you know, Tom has an audiobook of High Rise coming out on Thursday. It’s available via Audible and is free with a 30 day trial membership.

    In the meantime, there’s a 10 min excerpt from the beginning of the audiobook that’s available on soundcloud:

    • TotallyBiased says:

      They’ve got it posted on The Guardian website as well, with a rather convenient ‘download MP3′ button. Yay!
      Also–Film Record says I Saw the Light is “expected to premiere later this year.”

      • MtnRunner says:

        TB, I had read December somewhere, but wouldn’t complain if they backed it up a month. So we’ll have HR in Sept, CP in Oct and ISTL Dec. That’s a lovely buncha Hiddles for the feasting in one quarter.

      • Darya says:

        @MtnRunner – don’t forget ComicCon with Guillermo leading up to CP. He’ll never top Loki in Hall H (for Hiddleston) and shouldn’t try, but it should be fun to see never the less.

        Cannes in June (fingers crossed High Rise is there), SDCC in July, I’m penciling in filming for Skull Island for August rather than May despite some reports (but could be wrong), then the promo work for Crimson Peak starts in earnest for October release. I’d say he’d be in danger of over-exposure, but Crimson Peak is probably the only headline-grabber in the US. Sad to say it, but I don’t think High Rise will make much noise here – more in the OLLA category. ISTL will be an interesting one to watch, both for Tom’s performance and how it’s treated by the industry. That one makes me a little nervous actually, not sure why.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Oh, yes………………………..

      • Darya says:

        oops, I was reading the Tom-pocalypse calendar incorrectly, Cannes is in late May. Oh, and I forgot the AoU in early May. Tom probably won’t do press, but I’m still eagerly waiting Loki’s next chapter, even if it’s just a brief appearance. The director(s) for the next two Avengers movies were just announced – same guys that directed Winter Soldier and are directing Cpt America: Civil War. That makes me very happy.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Darya, agree on your assessment that CP will be a bigger movie than HR, likely his biggest this year. I’m most interested in ISTL and feel like it could be that little movie that could (get critical acclaim), but may or may not get a lot of exposure. So much rides with the script and the director, which I have no knowledge of his past work.

        That’s good news about the Russos. Winter Soldier was my favorite Marvel movie of the past few years.