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Tom Hiddleston Wins the Universe At SDCC

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What up? I subjugate people.

Hello! And welcome to this edition of “Frenchie loses her goddamned mind”! In my defense,  I have state that it is not my fault, okay? I’m strictly at the mercy of one Trickster God, as are we all. Please, allow me to explain.

As you may already know, San Diego ComicCon (aka “Geek Mecca”) is currently in full swing. This means that info of the nerdish variety is rapidly flying through the interwebs with the force of punches most likely to be delivered by Wonder Woman. It’s a lot to take in and it hurts, especially for those of us who can’t be there! *Next year, SDCC. I’m coming for you.*

Naturally, a Marvel panel was scheduled for last night (the busiest)  because, are we not civilized human beings? It was to feature updated info on both Thor 2: The Dark World and Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, as well as any other future projects, i.e. Guardians of the Galaxy, etc. that Marvel chose to grace us with. But, who would be there?! Some panel guests were already known, such as Chris Evans (Captain America), though there was one in particular that may have been the real and true reasons fans were camping out for Hall H from the night before. Tom Hiddleston. I can’t even begin to document my adoration for this man. Honestly. It’s reached so deeply into my viscera that it defies any and all detailing; it exists as a given.

And Tom Hiddleston IS Loki, the god of mischief. He’s done the breathing into of this character to such an extent that no one will ever be able to top it. In fact, trying could get them killed. It’s not just a fangirl thing, either. It’s a fan thing, period. Hall H was, from all reports, packed to the rafters with eager fans of all genders. Every single person game for a great Marvel panel but hoping with Asgardian might that Tom Hiddleston would somehow manage to show up. I can say now, hours after the occurrence, that our bodies were not ready. 

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The screech heard ’round the world but, mostly in California.

via Twitter @empiremagazine

Tom didn’t just pop on in, all casual like. Oh, no! Odin forbid! That would’ve been far too tame for this genius of a man. No. Despite the ridiculous process of donning the Loki costume, he did exactly that and ruled over Hall H. I mean, that is what we’re made for, no?! The screams and cheers that erupted from the audience were positively deafening. And many of us, relying on the power of internet-equipped fans, contributed to that sound in our own respective homes.

Let’s be honest here: I was literally reduced to noises. Words? Those were things I couldn’t form as this magnificent bastard took a spear to my heart AND my ovaries, leaving only a husk behind. For those of you wondering, yes, sobbing in a fetal position is a thing that happened. Now…DOES IT EVEN NEED TO BE STATED THAT WE LOVED IT?! ROLLED AROUND IN IT LIKE THE PROVERBIAL PIGS IN SHIT?! SLATHERED THE EXPERIENCE ON LIKE J-LO DOES WITH LA MER?!  This is what we’re about! Unabashed reveling in this mythical world where all things are possible and where a favorite actor takes time from his busy schedule to give us a mere inkling of how it would be in reality. My vapors, let me show you them to you.

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OH. Okay, then. *whimpers*
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*Whimpers more quietly*

Some of the moments I found most endearing were how Tom kept peeking out of the facade of Loki. Loki commanded and gloried in his power over the mortals/Midgardians of Hall H while Tom occasionally broke character to giggle in disbelief that he was the driving force behind the “being” responsible for this…rabid reaction. Ryan Penagos (@AgentM on Twitter) first mentioned that Tom had arrived before correcting himself and tweeting: “No, I’m sorry. Loki is here. @twhiddleston is just the vessel.

After several overtly sexual innuendos (this man knows us so well), Hiddleston then commanded that everyone say his (Loki’s) name. Then say it louder. Then louder STILL, before we were gifted with Thor 2 footage and the entirety of the Marvel panel. I’m sorry, guys; all your favorites just lost to a skinny beanpole from the UK.

Loki-point

As was evidenced by Chris Evans’ (Captain America) appearance, we love our heros. Tom Hiddleston’s appearance reminded everyone that we love our villians just a little bit more. Have a watch for yourself:

(Official and edited HD version)

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(Raw, pervy, real footage from the thick of it)

 SAY MY NAME!

Radio Soulwax (RSWX) Presents ‘DAVE’ – Homage To David Bowie

 

As I crept around Facebook today, I came across this incredible post by the folks who handle the Official David Bowie Facebook Page.  It seems the High Holy Bowie Facebook Diocese [I made that up] fully approve and LOVE the Radio Soulwax film “DAVE“.

Via FactMag.com

The film element is by Wim Reygaert, and its protagonist is Dave – a character with more than a passing resemblance to David Bowie, and played by the Belgian model Hannelore Knuts.

According to a press release, it’s “a fever dream about his life and career. Reality gets mixed up with stories and elements from his music and lyrics in a way that is only possible in films. In the dream, Dave is a private eye who can travel through time. His mission is to track down and exterminate all other versions of himself. If he fails, the world as he knows it will cease to exist.”

RSWX presents Dave from Radio Soulwax on Vimeo.

“Our homage to the man whose ability to change whilst remaining himself has been a massive influence on us. There are many legends in the music industry but for us, there is no greater than the mighty Dave. We’ve included all things Bowie, whether that is original songs, covers, backing vocals, production work or reworks we made, to attempt to give you the full scope of the man’s genius.

For the visual side to this mix our friend Wim Reygaert (who also made the amazing film for Into The Vortex) came up with the most ambitious film for RSWX, taking us on a fever dream time travel through the man’s career starring the amazing Hannelore Knuts as Dave. We’ve got to extend a special thank you to the cast and crew and everyone involved for putting so much time and energy and heart and soul into this amazing film, it is a pure labour of love for the phenomenon that is Bowie.

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The team here at DB FB HQ were in attendance last night and we absolutely loved this hugely sexy production. The music alone was extremely well done with some breathtaking moments during the segues between songs…The overlap between “Heroes” into Absolute Beginners springs to mind.

Bowie was played by the gorgeous Hannelore Knuts, who probably made half the audience as confused about their sexuality as David Bowie did the other half!

The film itself was very cleverly conceived with time travel as its basic construct and beautifully shot with lots of knowing nods to Bowie related things that the casual fan might not have got. The Beep Beep lady from Fashion dispensing the time travel anti sickness pills anyone?
The screening concluded with a Q&A with the Soulwax boys and director Wim Reygaert, hosted by George Lamb.

Though it’s obvious who the characters populating DAVE are meant to be, we took the opportunity to ask Wim who the ever-changing girl with Bowie through much of the film represented. He explained that she was the embodiment of all of the women throughout Bowie’s life and career and was a metaphor for desire.

We spoke with Soulwax afterwards, lovely chaps and clearly massive Bowie fans. They told us they have enough material for another hour of music but had obvious time constraints when making the film. They were heartbroken about the stuff they had to leave out.”

You can watch DAVE by downloading the excellent RADIO SOULWAX app for iPhone / iPad / android or watch online here http://bit.ly/SoulWaxDAVE

Tell us what you think of this delightfully strange piece of work!

Preview Adele’s James Bond ‘Skyfall’ Theme, Plus New Movie Stills

Utter. Perfection. Adele’s “Skyfall” Theme

 

Grammy winning singer Adele was given the golden opportunity to sing the theme for the latest Bond movie, and she did not disappoint.

**SORRY YOU GUYS–THE WEBSITE PULLED THE SNEAK PREVIEW**

She wrote the song, titled “Skyfall” with “Rolling In The Deep” collaborator/producer Paul Epworth. The two worked with a 77-piece orchestra at London’s Abbey Road Studio, and here’s what Adele had to say about the recording process on the official 007 Facebook page:

“I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. There’s a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song. But I fell in love with the script and Paul had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no brainer to do it in the end. It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I’ve never done which made it exciting. When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I’ll be back combing my hair when I’m 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day I’m sure!”

I think the song sounds great, and reminds me a lot of the old Bond themes. The full song will be released at 0:07 BST on Friday October 5th (7:07 EST on Thursday October 4th) which will mark the 50th Anniversary of the franchise.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Tom Ford. Got that?

In the meantime, check out some new stills featuring Daniel Craig, and

Daniel Craig as James Bond OUT of Tom Ford

…a crazy looking Javier Bardem.

Eeeek, Javier.

Skyfall opens October 26th in the UK and November 9th in America.