HOBBIT HAPPENINGS: Apr 1 UPDATE
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It’s now been suggested that the wizard’s wig and beard look too scarily hairy. An aside from me has been noted and so Gandalf in The Hobbit is now going to be bald as Patrick Stewart. So much for the wig. Whether the beard is also to be cut, is not yet revealed.
— Ian McKellen, Wellington, NZ 1 April 2011
Sir Ian quote: “Younger fans of LOTR ask if I grew my hair long specially. No, I didn’t; nor did anyone else in the trilogy, all of us in wigs and/or facial hair.”
Quote from below article: "Everybody's favorite ring-hording cave-dweller, Gollum"
Past Post of the Day from July 2010 - when we first heard rumors that RA would appear in Captain America but did not have a clue in which role. There was much speculation on various boards that he might be Union Jack and wear a spandex costume :) Not exactly accurate. One year later on July 22 we'll see him as the best dressed German spy in history...
TV is about to rock medieval - entertainment reporter James Hibberd(EW) outlines each show for you:
There are three lavish premium cable drama series launching Apr 1, 3, 17 featuring more scheming, sword fights, ale toasting and bodice ripping than has almost certainly ever graced our televisions at one time. Below is EW’s guide comparing Starz’ Camelot, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Showtime’s The Borgias — three new shows about the struggle to claim (and keep) power in an exotic land. Even if you don’t know mutton from Mordor, this will help you tell the shows apart and you’ll learn which you’ll like best. Fair warning: While there are no real spoilers below, there are basic details about each show’s plot and characters that some may not wish to know…
1. Camelot 2. Game of Thrones 3. The Borgias
Premieres: April 1 - April 17 - April 3
Based on: 1. Arthurian legend 2. George R.R. Martin’s novels 3. History(sort of)
Setting: 1. England - really long time ago 2. The mythical realm of Westeros, where seasons last for years 3. Rome, 1492: “The Center of the Christian World”
Story starter: 1. Poisoned king sets off power struggle for throne 2. Poisoned “Hand of the King” results in retired warrior being called back into service 3. The pope dies (he’s not poisoned, but don’t worry, somebody gets poisoned)
Seat of power: 1. Camelot! A castle in ruins on the sea 2. Kings Landing! A sprawling compound on the sea 3. The Vatican! No castle, but lots of rooms that look like they’re in castles
Hero: 1. Young Arthur (newcomer Jamie Campbell Bower), beds ladies in the grass but is destined for greatness 2. How much time do you have? In this sprawling cast, the king’s friend Eddard Stark (Boromir, er, Sean Bean) comes closest 3. Power-hungry Cardinal Borgia (Jeremy Irons, clearly enjoying himself) plots to become pope
Villain: 1. The king’s scheming power-hungry daughter (Eva Green) spent a decade in a nunnery and came back pissed 2. Scheming power-hungry siblings (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey) conspire against the king’s best interests 3. A conclave of scheming power-hungry cardinals want the Spanish Borgia family dead
Scene Stealer: 1. King Lot (a typically lusty James Purefoy), who teams with the king’s daughter 2. Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), a drinking, whoring “imp” who’s always the smartest guy in the room 3. Cardinal Rovere (veteran actor Colm Feore) who sees right through the Borgias' facade
Power Quote: 1. “From now on, everyone will challenge you” 2. “Winter is coming” 3. “What’s Rome without a good plot?”
Spectacle Level: 1. Medium. Gorgeous English countryside, horses
2. High. Shot on location in Northern Ireland and Malta, looks like it cost a fortune 3. Medium. Neat architecture and costumes, plus CGI
Geek Level: 1. Low. As easy to follow as the jousting at Medieval Times
2. High. Should come with a map, glossary and cast of characters 3. Medium. There are some papal terms, but you really should know them anyway
Incest Level: 1. Low. Sibling heirs try to win the crown, not each other
2. High. There are two pairs of siblings who are way too familiar with each other
3. Medium. Siblings enjoy close gazes, cuddling, and bedroom spying
Magic?: 1. Merlin can perform shapeshifting, but he’s not fighting orcs or anything
2. We’ll meet the zombie-like White Walkers, but most characters don’t believe in them 3. No magic (unless you count how Romans in Hollywood always magically sound British)
Violence: 1. Relatively family friendly: A swordfight, a massacre site 2. A gory beheading, dismembered bodies 3. Lots of stabbings and poisonings
Watch if you liked: 1. Excalibur, A Knight’s Tale 2. HBO’s Rome, AMC’s The Walking Dead 3. Showtime’s The Tudors..
More mystery pix at theonering. Either the actors have been provided with hooded coverups for walking about outside the set(Miramar) OR they're having some fun teasing the hungry Hobbit fans. One person does look as though it could be James Nesbitt wearing a skull cap and dwarf ears...:( Hope Thorin doesn't have huge ears as well...hahaha...it's difficult to look hot w/humungous ears...*chuckles* Looks as tho' security is saying Gotcha! in last photo.
First pics are thought to be Martin Freeman wearing his Bilbo costume and a cover-up hoodie....see what you think http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2011/03/30/43080-torn-exclusive-did-master-titi-capture-martin-freeman-as-bilbo/
What's your initial reaction - could the tall, slender man at THE HOBBIT makeup trailer possibly be you know who? - with lighter haircolor, which could easily have been done for Thorin related purposes...
hmmmm, after enlarging the pic must say there's not too much resemblance is there?
This one is identified as Andy Serkis preparing for Gollum role...
This is so clever plus a great idea...
Found a topical treasure trove of wedding traditions and advice. As far as how reliable the advice might be, ancient warning says "marry in May and you'll surely rue the day." :) My older sister was married on May 27 and they've been married over 30yrs--therefore, take following direction w/huge chunk of salt...
CHOOSING THE DAY: Although most weddings now take place on a Saturday it was considered unlucky in the past. Fridays were also considered unlucky particularly Friday the 13th. The famous old rhyme advises a wedding in the first half of the week:Monday for wealth
Tuesday for health
Wednesday the best day of all
Thursday for losses
Friday for crosses
Saturday for no luck at all
Advice on which month to marry in is given by the following rhyme:
Married when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind and true.
When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.
Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden and for Man.
Marry in the month of May, and you'll surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you'll go.
Those who in July do wed, must labour for their daily bread.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see
Marry in September's shrine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.
Marry in May and you'll live to rue the day -- May has been considered an unlucky month to marry in for a number of reasons. In Pagan times the start of summer was when the festival of Beltane was celebrated with outdoor orgies. This was therefore thought to be an unsuitable time to start married life. In Roman times the Feast of the Dead and the festival of the goddess of chastity both occurred in May. The advice was taken more seriously in Victorian times than it is today. In most Churches the end of April was a busy time for weddings as couples wanted to avoid being married in May. Queen Victoria is thought to have forbidden her children from marrying in May.
Marry in Lent, live to repent
Week 2: Kirstie Alley on DWTS. Dance this week was the quickstep - one that looks like great fun to do but not that great to watch. As you know, part of the shows format is to visit the couple in rehearsal during the week - they're expected to provide entertaining interaction (least fav part of the show for me) and Kirstie as a long-time, well experienced actress excels at keeping her audience involved in her story. She mentions her quest to gain high marks for her dancing in order to be motivated to lose more weight. This past week she also expressed a wish for more personal confidence. In other words, the woman knows how to gain everyone's sympathy and turn otherwise passive viewers into her cheerleading squad:) Here's one convinced audience member - Go Go Kirstie! Rah!Rah! ;)
Really enjoy her sense of humor. After her partner reminded the actress she'd expend so much energy doing the Quickstep that she'd lose 20lbs, she replied Yes! "W-i-n-n-i-n-g!" hahaha That was Charlie Sheen's favorite one-word signoff during his recent week of living dangerously..
p.s. Her dress -- bodice style is attractive on her but, IMO, if the skirt was a deeper shade of peach than the top it would've also enhanced her outline. Lighter colors add, while deeper shades subtract. It doesn't need to be black...any deep, darker jewel tone has a complimentary effect..