11:28 pm - 01/19/2013

This is an Ivory Trinity post: Hiddles and Chastain are not dating, Fassy's face is masked for movie

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'Zero Dark Thirty' star Jessica Chastain 'not dating Tom Hiddleston'


Jessica Chastain has denied that she's dating Thor tar Tom Hiddleston.

Earlier this week, the Zero Dark Thirt actress was romantically linked to Tom Hiddleston, after reports that she had visited his family and friends this Christmas.

"Why would they say that?" she told USA Today. "It's not true at all. It's funny, two weeks ago I was dating - I'm not dating

"But there was a rumour on Page 6 that I was dating [co-star] Edgar Ramirez. I love him, but he's just my friend."


Michael Fassbender as you’ve never seen him before - alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson in 'Frank'

hopefully his face is hidden during the entire running time

You'll never guess who the man in the middle is so we won’t even make you try – it’s Michael Fassbender as you’ve never seen him, in character for his new role as the lead in a film called Frank, currently shooting in New Mexico.

That’s Maggie Gyllenhaal on one side of Fass, and fellow Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, son of Brendan, on the other. Frank, directed by Irishman Lenny Abrahamson, is a comedy loosely based on the life of English musician Chris Sievey, who also created a comic persona for himself by the name of Frank Sidebottom – complete with cartoonish face

Fassbender will appear with the funny face throughout the film, according to producer Ed Guiney.

"Michael is Michael after all, even with a fiberglass head on. He keeps the head on for all the scenes in the film. Everyone's just got used to it," Guiney told the Irish Independent from location in New Mexico, where filming started last Friday.

Entertainment.ie says Frank is about “a young wannabe musician called Jon (Gleeson) who finds himself a little out of his depth among a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious titular character, Frank (Fassbender).

The film’s budget is pegged at €5 million, and production will eventually shift to Ireland. (Fassbender was raised in Killarney, Co. Kerry by his Irish mother and German dad). It’s due for release later this year.


Benedict Cumberbatch Is One Of Forbes's 'Stars To Watch In 2013'

Another star we’re keeping an eye on this year is Benedict Cumberbatch. The British actor already has legions of fans from his work o Sherlock, an update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective series. This year he’ll co-star in one of th most anticipated movie of 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness. There’s been a lot of speculation that the character Cumberbatch is playing is Khan, the bad guy from the second tar Trek ovie in 1982. But the star has sai his character’s name is John Harrison.

Fans will also be able to hear (but not see) Cumberbatch in the upcoming sequel t The Hobbit. Cumberbatch voices the dragon Smaug.

more at the source about the other stars to watch

op's note: there are no photos of all three of them together so i had to improvise.
megalixer 20th-Jan-2013 01:28 am (UTC)
I like Tom but IMO I haven't seen any evidence that he's as talented as Fassbender or Cumberbatch tbh. I mean, he's not a bad actor, but the other two have been GREAT in quality things whereas . . . Tom did well with Loki considering the script he had to work with, lol.
ninjacandy 20th-Jan-2013 01:30 am (UTC)
On Tom's portrayal of Loki (who was terribly written and in a terrible movie) my friend rightly observed; "He was emoting so well. I just don't know why or for what."
megalixer 20th-Jan-2013 01:41 am (UTC)
LMAO! Yeah, that's an accurate observation. Tom has done decently well with the roles he's gotten but he's been really good in bad/average movies (Thor, The Avengers) and ~ok in good movies (like, he was fine in Midnight in Paris but not really memorable IMO). Whereas Fassbender got hype from Inglorious Basterds and then Shame, and for Cumberbatch, Sherlock also blew up in a big way.

Fassbender and Cumberbatch are building their mainstream careers off of critical success, Tom hasn't had that massively critical successful role yet.
ninjacandy 20th-Jan-2013 01:58 am (UTC)
You are totally right! Fassy's acclaim has been quite incredible and undisputed. Cumberbatch scored Trek because of his role in Sherlock. Even Elba (who is more talented than anyone in the IT) is doing better and that guy has to contend with his (lbr here) prejudice. Hiddles? Nyeh, nothing. Personally, I can't see Tom ever scoring anything bigger than Thor.
megalixer 20th-Jan-2013 02:15 am (UTC)
He definitely won't get anything bigger in the sense that I think it is harder to be attached to a bigger project than having a lead in a superhero summer tentpole blockbuster - the question is, can he get the industry to see 'Tom Hiddleston' and not just 'villain from the Avengers?' The Star Trek advertising is focusing on Cumberbatch in a big way and no one's even entirely sure who he's playing, you would not see that in any project that Tom is attached to. He needs that one big star turn, so the big question is if he could pull one off.

Idris is so talented, and I feel like he's thisclose from getting a big lead that will break him in a big way. I know he was on the shortlist for the lead in Django Unchained, which means that the right people are looking at him and taking notice. But you're right in that unfortunately prejudice means that there are less roles for him than for the Ivory Trinity :/
ninjacandy 20th-Jan-2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
You are once again right; gonna anoint you as the ONTD oracle.

I feel what Tom is missing is the critical acclaim that generates interest in a male star. Cumberbatch's career was launched by Sherlock, Fassy's by Shame and Elba's had The Wire, Luther and American Gangster. In turn, all of these actors have been rewarded with summer tentpole blockbusters which put them (and their critical appeal) at the forefront - Elba has Pacific Rim, Fassy had Prometheus and Cumberbatch has 'Trek.

Tom hasn't had that. I honestly think that The Deep Blue Sea was his (agent's) attempt to get him that critical acclaim.

In regards to Elba, I'm happy that he's finally getting recognition. Yes, it's a long time coming but GQ had him listed as one of the best dressed in the U.K., he has Thor and Pacific Rim. :)
jello404 20th-Jan-2013 02:11 am (UTC)
I couldn't gree more. He'l really gives it his all but he really isn't on Benedict's level. Damn near no one in the industry is. Michael isn't either but he's better than Tom. Which is werid because like I said,he really gives everything he has but it just doesn't translate well. He spayed in deep blue sea and the hollow crown but there was something missing: idk what it was. HOWEVER he legit made me swoon in Henry when he had to seduce Katerine.Good lord that man made me melt. I think he needs a British rom com.hes harming and has great comedic timing.
megalixer 20th-Jan-2013 02:25 am (UTC)
I think he's trying to go for the conflicted/angsty roles to prove that he has ~depth when that's not what he would shine the most in - it's too far removed from his irl persona and mannerisms that he's not fully convincing. Fassbender and Cumberbatch are convincing in those because lbr, Fassbender's irl personality is not so far off, and Cumberbatch's face/voice help him out a lot.

I know that the point of ~acting~ is to play different types of characters, but lbr unless you're in the tip-top 1% of talent like a DDL or a Streep, you're going to be limited by your looks and your persona. I mean, even for a lot of the Hollywood elite - Clooney, RDJ, and plenty more essentially play exaggerated versions of themselves in most of their roles. IA that Tom could shine in a clever romcom - if I were his agent, I'd have him looking at the sorts of roles that Hugh Grant or Colin Firth took in the 90s.
jello404 20th-Jan-2013 06:42 am (UTC)
Wow I couldn't agree more with you even if I tried/ it's unfortunate but 90% of actors really do play "types". It's very rare you get chracter actors who make it mainstream. Tom played the villain expertly,he really did hit it out of the park. But it really didn't do anything for me. I honestly still don't see what his fans see in Loki. I mean its sexy,villains usually are right? But I saw Thor,my lady boner didn't get erect for that role. I didn't even notice him really. But I did notice HIM when he was being charming and comedic in Henry. Like you said,he needs to do Hugh Grant Colin Firth rom come from the 90's. it would make him a house hold name if Americans could get over his face. I love his face but like fassy and cumberbatch.his face is an acquired taste. Lol
ninjacandy 20th-Jan-2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
Tom would do well in a period piece. He is in desperate need of weak Oscar competition and Knightley's P&P role.
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