Who was the best baddie ever...not counting the Borgias;) Guy is in the lead with 194(57%) of 341 total votes:
For anyone who's interested in reading the GMM Martin series Song of Ice and Fire - Game of Thrones Vol 1 - a writer at the Enterntainment Weekly website has formed a SoIandF book club. The HBO series will start in two weeks. http://shelf-life.ew.com/2011/04/04/game-of-thrones-book-club-2/
Watch closely in the first few seconds to catch actor Peter Mooney playing Arthur‘s brother Kay. He gives the most compelling performance, as well as being the hottest thing in the the new series Camelot. He can be identified in following promo as the TDH delivering the line to his brother “going to battle - leading the land…it‘s what every man dreams of.”
Can't decide which is more adorable - the baby's infectious laughter or it's father's enjoyment of it..(thx to Laurette on Twitter)...
Discovered this week that the Borgias were Spanish - I'd assumed they were an Italian family.
Thought it might be interesting to post websites for a couple of my favorite chefs. The first is an American of Italian extraction. She travels to a different region of her ancestral home for each show, then explains it’s unique cuisine and demonstrates a couple dishes for her viewers. Following pasta recipe is from the Calabria region of Italy. It’s unusual in that hard-boiled egg slices act as a layer beneath the breadcrumb topping. Lydia explained that the casserole is meatless, therefore eggs were used as a protein substitute.
Next is a clever idea from Paula Deen (her expertise is southern dishes, y‘all : ) It’s a simple but tasty way to make those salad greens very tempting…
Caesar Salad with Parmesan Crisps (see salad directions at link below)
Directions for Parmesan Crisps:
Heat a dry nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and sprinkle the shredded parmesan, by the tablespoon, into the skillet. Cook slowly and carefully until lacy and slightly set; about 1 minute. Flip and cook until crisp, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Crumble cheese or break into pieces and sprinkle over top of salad immediately before serving.
Ratings UPDATE: Camelot is Ratings Champ for series premieres--1.1 Million viewers followed by additional 500,000 added for second airing. It's considered an even more impressive number, because almost half the material was already provided a couple weeks prior to the 2ep opening:
Here's one reviewer's take on upcoming series Camelot and The Borgias. He admits he's not the target audience for what he more or less called medieval soap operas. hahaha
Well, as RA has said - in order to make authentic history palatable for a large diverse audience, you must make it seem less like an academic lesson. (personal note: I still don't understand why there aren't more of us who read history textbooks as though they were novels. IMO, life truly is often more interesting than fiction. Just look around your neighborhood...oooh, the stories each residence provides;)
Judging from the following review, apparently the creators of these upcoming dramas have followed RA's direction and added additional zest to the classic recipes...
by Alan Sepinwall..[R: after 2 eps of Camelot, my comments]
"The Tudors" is dead, but its history-as-soap-opera style lives on with two new series debuting this weekend: Starz's "Camelot" (Friday at 10 p.m.) and Showtime's "The Borgias" (Sunday at 9 p.m.). "Camelot" borrows "The Tudors" creator, Michael Hirst, while "The Borgias" airs on "The Tudors" old channel, and both are very much in the same spirit, where history or mythology are largely excuses for whispered palace intrigue [R: whispered intrigue such as Morgan vying with Arthur for control of Camelot...barely hanging by a thread to the essential plot*snicker*], love triangles and as much nudity and simulated sex as pay cable will allow [R: After observing DH's reaction during those scenes, he did perk up (hehe..another unintended pun..honest;) and seemed very enthusiastic about the simulations:] while still leaving time for a story. [e.g. the last frames of ep 2 - Morgan walks out into the dark woods..approaches a hilltop..clad in the same revealing dress she wore in an earlier, similar scene. She drops her tunic, revealing all( not talking plot here;) - a wolf becomes instantly visible. DH blurted out "Whew! no wonder the devil finally appeared!" Until I heard his remark, it never dawned on me that she was summoning the devil. Won't know until ep 3 if that is indeed what the black wolf represents.]
There's definitely an audience for that approach, but lord did I find both of these shows tiresome.
"Camelot" is probably the better of the two, though it also has the handicap that there have been so many King Arthur-themed projects lately (including the BBC's "Merlin," which currently airs here on Syfy) that virtually none of it can possibly be new, or surprising.
Still, Jamie Campbell Bower (Caius from the "Twilight" films) isn't bad as the young king, whom we meet as he's having the crown thrust upon him by Merlin (Joseph Fiennes). [R: Jamie is fine as Arthur but my eyes keep drifting to what could've been a more compelling performance and better looking version (those two make for a powerful combination) to his brother played by Peter Mooney] Hirst and co-creator Chris Chibnall ("Torchwood") have conceived of Arthur at this stage as a wide-eyed kid learning as he goes, and Bower sells both that and those brief moments where Arthur is able to dig deeper and inspire his new army of knights.
And Eva Green is quite good [R: we finally agree on something:] (and also frequently nude, this being a show on the same network as "Spartacus") as Arthur's treacherous, magic-wielding half-sister Morgan. Her character has to constantly shift back and forth between insanity and cunning, charm and anger, and Green makes it all work as a whole, demonstrating the charisma and screen presence she showed back in "Casino Royale."
Fiennes, unfortunately but unsurprisingly (if you've seen him in virtually anything he's done since "Shakespeare in Love," including ABC's "FlashForward"), is a blank, choosing the play the mysterious Merlin largely by growling. And the series as a whole seems much more interested in the love triangle involving Arthur, his bravest knight Leontes (Philip Winchester) and the beautiful Guinevere (Tamsin Egerton) than in actually showing the growth of a king. It doesn't help that parts of that story are bizarrely anachronistic, like a scene where Guinevere says of Leontes, "What if he isn't... the one?" (I presume a later episode will feature Merlin telling Leontes, "She's just not that into you.") [R: Don't believe he mentioned what I consider one of the best performances in eps 1&2 of Camelot - James Purefoy as King Lot. Ooooh, he was drop-dead brutal - that is, until Morgan managed to convince him(in her chambers) that he should become more helpful in her quest. After a short while her strong female character must've rubbed him(unintentional pun *giggle*) the wrong way, and he...err,,,can't say what he did without spoiling the plot for you]
Still, the ongoing identity crisis of "Camelot" is a tiny bit more entertaining than the more consistent tedium of "The Borgias," which tells the tale of the infamous 15th century Spanish family, whose patriarch Rodrigo became one of history's most controversial popes. That show has a more impressive pedigree - created by "The Crying Game" director Neil Jordan, and starring Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo - yet it would be hard to imagine a Hirst-penned version being any different, and Irons seems surprisingly bored by the whole project.
Irons briefly lights up on occasion when he's asked to deliver a joke, like his incredulous reaction when his wife (Joanne Whalley) suggests he will have to stick to a vow of poverty once he becomes pope. A black comedy version of this story, about an incredibly selfish and cruel man somehow ascending to the holiest job on the planet, would be a lot of fun, but those moments are few and far between. It's a very straightforward, sincere, dull accounting of all the trouble caused by Rodrigo, son Cesare (Francois Arnaud, frequently nude), daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) and company cause with their newfound power and station.
Of course, I felt exactly the same about "The Tudors," and that show ran four seasons. I'm not the target audience for either of these new series. But when I saw that Jordan and Irons were involved, I allowed myself a scintilla of hope for "The Borgias," only to be rewarded in much the same way the College of Cardinals was when they wound up anointing Rodrigo.
[R: THE BORGIAS Comments: Just finished telling Mr Sepinwall on twitter, that he and I are in complete agreement on the boring The Borgias. What a major disappointment ep 1 proved to be, despite the fact I'm definitely part of the target audience for historical drama. After finding the first two eps of CAMELOT to be excellent entertainment, tonight's new series was a major letdown both in the story itself and sadly the acting of many major players. Not Holliday Grainger however, her performance as Lucrezia Borgia was charming - a refreshing change after listening to others in prominent roles mumble half their lines.
Conversely, Camelot has fine writing, acting (including clear enunciation), costumes, beautiful landscapes - only the gorgeous sets in The Borgias made an equally strong impression. After the first 40min of non-stop poisonings, stabbings and beddings, it was a relief when the ensuing boredom finally came to an end with the close of ep 1.
Camelot followed the show biz adage to leave the audience hungry for more, while The Borgias sadly left this viewer with a slightly queezy feeling and not quite certain if it would be worth trying courses to come. The displayed evil incarnate quickly became tiresome. Granted that is what we expect from a production promising to visit that infamously corrupt family, but it would've been pleasant to also find some surprising creativity and plot twists that kept us yearning for more of the same. Instead we wonder why we bothered to take the subscription to Showtime in the first place. Fortunately, there is something to redeem the extra expense - The Footlocker is one of their current movies, and we're looking forward to seeing that Oscar winning film.] CORRECTION: *laughing uncontrollably*...teehee...the mistake just caught my eye. The movie is The Hurtlocker not the footlocker:)
Past post: http://allthingsrarmitage.blogspot.com/2010/05/twitter-tweet-reports-ra-spooks-filming.html
BEG says she'll be watching Game of Thrones, as will we, on Apr 17. Thought everyone including her would enjoy this shot of Geo Martin's imginative 700ft wall of ice - it protects Westeros from the creepy crawly who knows what beyond it...Booooo!:) Perhaps the Scots...teehee...his fantasy is supposed to be based on the War of Roses and of course the wall was inspired by Hadrian's. The structure below was actually a quarry wall in Northern Irl...enhanced w/special effects...