May 29, 2019

May 13, 2019

All Things RArmitage: Game of Thrones Writer Expounds on the Series & Future Books(see link) +Tonight--Very Last Ep Game of Thrones + Chicago Fans Opportunity to View new film 'The Lodge'

EXCERPT: George Martin's 'Not a Blog'...
And I’m writing.   Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is.   THE WINDS OF WINTER is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done.  I won’t say when, I’ve tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A DREAM OF SPRING.
How will it all end? I hear people asking.   The same ending as the show?  Different?
Well… yes.  And no.  And yes.   And no.   And yes.   And no.   And yes.
I am working in a very different medium than David and Dan, never forget.   They had six hours for this final season.   I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them.   And of course the butterfly effect will be at work as well; those of you who follow this Not A Blog will know that I’ve been talking about that since season one.   There are characters who never made it onto the screen at all, and others who died in the show but still live in the books… so if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other characters both great and small that viewers of the show never had the chance to meet.   And yes, there will be unicorns… of a sort…
Book or show, which will be the “real” ending?   It’s a silly question.   How many children did Scarlett O’Hara have?
How about this?  I’ll write it.   You read it.  Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet.

RA's film will screen in Chicago at for

May 1, 2019

All Things RArmitage: Currently Filming New Series "The Stranger" - See Mascot Below

Tweeted today from Luna Theatre, Swansea, Sunday May 5, 2019...
we are excited to be performing The Crucible at the end of the month after being inspired and influence by your performance as John Proctor
The Stranger production's mascot.  Tweet read "meet the official mascot of #TheStranger, Michael Puglas."

Plane trip during 'The Stranger' production....hmmm?...Photo taken by the writer...

April 8, 2019

All Things RArmitage: Adam Price Takes Selfie?(see below) + Bolton School, Manchester UK(see below) + He's Currently Filming 'The Stranger' + Sunday Apr 14 Two Premieres (see below)

Adam Price posted a selfie on RA's Instagram acct :D..Don't block the blues! Lol...hubby is a  photographer who is obsessed with black and white photos. My strongest argument so far is "life is in color"
Tweet from RA to Ian McKellen and photo from the latter's school at Manchester where 'The Stranger' filmed...
Your Alma Mater and our filming location. You have been in my thoughts.
On Sunday, April 14 at 9pm both the final season of Game of Thrones and the latest adaptation of Les Miserables will premiere. Will be interesting to see which one steals the largest audience for that evening. HBO will play ep 1 of GoT almost continuously, while Masterpiece Theatre will only replay ep1 Les Mis once during the following week.

March 17, 2019

All Things RArmitage: Nostalgic Discovery(see tweet below) + Trailer New Film 'Tolkien' (see below)

More from House Guysie...

Posted here by me at 'All Things RArmitage' on Nov 27, 2012..
Immediately after viewing Captain America with my two fav men in the world, I made a date with both of them to return on Dec 14 to see The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey.  Neither of them had shown previous interest in LOTR and were amused at my suggestion.

Yesterday, one of Mr Ricrar’s monthly magazines arrived and he seemed surprised to find on the cover the headline “The Knights of Middle Earth” In fact, he admitted to me that he really didn’t realize what a phenomenon the new Tolkien film represented until seeing that cover.

Here are a few extracts from the article written by Stratford Caldecott, director of Second Spring Oxford:
--Based on JRR Tolkien’s classic novels, the films depart from the original storyline in significant details, but go to great lengths to respect the author’s vision of Middle-earth -- a world of great natural beauty and intense moral drama,set in the distant past.
--Many will argue that translating such a story from book into film, no matter how impressive the result, is a mistake.  A movie presents the audience with the filmmakers’ visualization, not the author’s or the reader’s.  Conversely, reading or listening to a story engages the imagination at a deeper level than watching it on screen.  Yet if a film had to be made, we should be grateful that efforts have been made to remain faithful to the spirit and texture of Tolkien’s stories.
--..Born in 1892, the author was a devout Catholic who grew up under the influence of John Henry Newman’s Oratory in Birmingham, England.  …busy life as an Oxford professor and popular writer… His eldest son became a Catholic priest.  The stories that Tolkien wrote were more than entertainment; they were written to express a profound Christian wisdom.
--that wisdom can pop out at readers in unexpected ways, but most often it simply sinks in at a deep level without distracting our attention from the story.
--…We see both in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings a learning process that Tolkien called “the ennoblement of the humble,” which he believed was an important theme of his writing as a whole.  In both novels, the hobbit heroes are lifted from the narrow, comfortable world of the Shire into a much vaster landscape to play key roles in battles that decide the fate of Middle-earth.  **This was a process that Tolkien observed among the soldiers he fought beside in the Battle of the Somme, in World War I.
--…Tolkien wove the idea of “nobility of soul” very deeply into his mythology…
--The “chivalry” that reveals this nobility is shown in behavior towards others, such as kindness and mercy..
--The knights of Middle-earth defend the weak from their oppressors and remain faithful to friends…
--…they learn to submit to discipline and overcome their fear to achieve great deeds without hope of reward--just because it is the right thing to do.  This is Tolkien’s challenge to us: to become, in our own way, the Knights of Middle-Earth.
Stuffed in a bag, with a crumpled Episode 1 of North and South; all my notes scribbled over the pages. The road is long but we’ve been on it together for some time now. Xxx
RAworld seems to have it's Guy on at the