April 28, 2011

Sunday Teatime + Peter Jackson Cast News + New Spooks Vid + Take & Tell + Richard Armitage Character Weddings

JT: "Why do they put those silly little handles on teacups...Huh?..did she really just say what I think she said??"..

                          "There...she said it again!"  (Uh oh...knitted brow forming)

    (Yikes!  Crinkles too)..."time to give this perfect woman a piece of my mind!...know I'll regret it.."

If there‘s a truly deprived woman in this world, it‘s one who might not yet have been introduced to John Thornton of Eliz Gaskell's C19 novel, NORTH AND SOUTH. Here‘s your chance--some generous person has uploaded the entire lovely series to you tube.  Follow the yellow brick road of parts--here‘s part 1.

Certain sign Game of Thrones is a humungous hit - fanvids are sprouting on youtube...

Speaking of forbidden pleasures (latest poll)...here's the sinful dessert that brought it to mind.  It's Prince William's wedding menu request - a chocolate cookie cake (no baking required)...*come to mama*...hmm, believe we've a white cake w/chocolate frosting..."that will do nicely" said sir Guy;)

Whew..OMG! While reading an article describing the recent bride's birthplace of Reading, Berkshire Co, UK (due to curiosity triggered by the fact there's the city of Reading, Berkshire Co, PA within 50mi of here) I stumbled upon the following article describing guests fashion choices for the nuptials.  Someone definitely needs to inform the writer that she's not exactly a knock-out herself. :)  Sorry, if that's blunt, but so is she...vicious would be a more accurate word.

THE HOBBIT: Casting news!
.by Peter Jackson on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 1:12pm.I'm very pleased to be welcoming two new cast members to our team.

Dean O'Gorman will be playing Fili. Dean's a terrific Kiwi actor, who I am thrilled to be working with. He's recently been in an excellent TV series down here called "The Almighty Johnsons", and I should let fans of that show know that our shooting schedule allows Dean to continue with a second series next year. Dean will be joining us next week.

I'm also pleased to announce that Lee Pace will be playing the Elven King Thranduil. Casting these Tolkien stories is very difficult, especially the Elven characters, and Lee has always been our first choice for Thranduil. He's going to be great. We loved his performance in a movie called "The Fall" a few years ago, and have been hoping to work with him since. When we were first discussing who would be right for Thranduil, Lee came into mind almost immediately.

It's been a great week, and I'm looking forward to the next few. It's going to be interesting...

More soon.
Cheers, Peter J

                                        Fav wedding pic...so cute - My fav still pic is 3 yr old girl, member of wedding party, with the grumpiest face ever - standing immediately to the right of the bride as she kissed her groom for the first time as a married couple.

              POLL:  Which of RA's characters' brides was the prettiest?
                          1) Guy of Gisborne's almost-bride Marian?

2) Geraldine, the Vicar of Dibley?

                                                 3) John Standring's Carol?

                       4) Harry Kennedy's dream sequence bride?

You’ve heard of ‘show and tell’ in grade school..well, here’s the adult version - Take and Tell…take the blogthing test and tell us your results…(the results are suspiciously complimentary or perhaps we are all just too good to be true...no doubt the latter;)


You Are Wine
You are very naturally sexy and inviting. You don't have to try too hard.
The longer people spend time with you, the more drawn in they become.

You believe that seduction shouldn't be rushed, you like to savor every moment.
Going too fast kills the excitement. You like to indulge all of your senses.


You Should Stay Put
You've got a good thing going where you live, so why would you ever leave?
You have amazing friends and a great life. You have ties and bonds where you are.

Unless you have an amazing opportunity elsewhere, don't move an inch.
Most people would be lucky to life in a place as great as the one you live in.


You Are 52% Capitalist, 48% Socialist
While you are definitely sympathetic to a free economy, you also worry about the less fortunate.
Wealth and business is fine, as long as those who are in need get helped out too.
You tend to see both the government and corporations as potentially corrupt.


You Are Spontaneous and Easygoing
You know that life doesn't always go the way you plan, and to be honest, you think that's a beautiful thing.
You are good at letting go of control and seeing what just happens. You don't even try to change the future.

You stress less than most people and really cherish your imperfect life. You may have problems, but you don't let them weigh you down.
You find happiness wherever you can, and because of your attitude, you're able to find happiness in many places.

Sheessh!  won't be able to live with myself after those results...*feeling rather smug*...you can too - Enjoy! and let us know how wonderful you are  ;)

                                                      The redcoats are coming!! (not really :) that phrase was a rallying cry heard round the C18 American colonies and ever since (the latter usually in jest).  It was brought to mind upon reading that Prince William is expected to wear a scarlett red military uniform on his wedding day...

Middleton Family Tree - From coal miners to princess.  Works as a tribute to part of my own family as well.  One branch were English coal miners, arrived in USA in 1862 during the Civil War.  At that time British miners were the most experienced in the world; therefore, they immediately filled the most responsible, best paid positions.  Never really understood my good fortune due to their hard labor, until a family member was house hunting a few yrs ago, and I quickly realized the house my gggrdparents had built - which I grew up in - was much larger than average for the area.


Laura said...

AAK!!! It told me I'm 'coffee' in the aphrodisiac quiz!! I HATE coffee! Although the write-up was pretty accurate. I have an incredible amount of endurance, and I always say "yes" (sometimes too much, if you ask me).

And I'm 68% Capitalist. People should take care of themselves, but Gov't can step in for those who are truly needy.

I watched the wedding today, and my faith in Humanity has been restored. A good wedding will do that for a person. Especially one with that many incredibly gorgeous horses!!

joanna said...

I'm spontaneous socialist who really likes coffe:D

joanna said...

I'm spontaneous socialist who really likes coffe:D

RiCrAr said...

Thx for sharing Laura. I couldn't believe it when blogthings decided I'm only 52% capitalist - because my conviction is that the independent spirit is what originally made America great and we should retain that national philosophy as a country. One response of mine must have convinced the software that I belong with those who are willing to forfeit their personal freedoms to the overbearing nanny-state federal government. That's definitely not me.

p.s. Yes, the handsome horses were something to behold yesterday. I read somewhere that many of the riders were Prince William's actual friends. There were many tweets yesterday, after the balcony kiss, expressing wishes it had been a little longer. teehee Something tells me many viewers looked on the wedding in the same way as the happy ending to a romance novel, and were hoping for a North&South train station moment:) Best of all, this story continues...hopefully for their sake, we'll next join in new baby joys in 9mos.

Welcome Joanna - we definitely have coffee in common...in fact, I'm sipping on a mug at the moment:) Do we share a fondness for a certain TDH actor as well? Let me know if you have an RA photo theme day in mind. We'll get back to our usual Armitage drooling next week.

joanna said...

Hallo RiCrAr!
Well,I'm here-he is my biggest fondness(great euphemism):D:D
IMO,his latest photoshoot is very nice:)
Photo in white T-shirt is......
What i wanted to say is.....
anyway,greetings from Poland-

MsG68 said...

Blue-shirted Spooks 9 pic is delicious Ricrar!
You seem to have the knack of cropping the pic at just the right point! What a lovely torso.... :P

Anonymous said...

And lovely package too.

MsG68 said...

I wasn't going to mention that Anonymous, but yes!

RiCrAr said...

Notes being taken of your likes and dislikes ladies....smoldering eyes for Laura..check; white t-shirt for Joanna..check; blue t-shirt for MSg..hmmmm, see a t-shirt Tuesday on the horizon..check; Sean Bean any day for Musa w/a side order of RA, of course..check' alright then... New week coming up--everyone get your drool mops & buckets in order.

Sue said...

Peter Jackson seems to have wasted no time in replacing Rob K I see, although to be honest I don't think it was really an important role anyway. At least it gives a Kiwi actor employment. Can't help wonder what the reason was for Rob to exit so quickly, health & personal issues apparently. Must be something serious otherwise surely they could have worked around it somehow? Remember when Jonas Armstrong broke a bone in his foot? They had to film scenes without JA in RH and use stunt doubles for distant shots. I certainly hope nothing else goes wrong for the Hobbit!

RiCrAr said...

Hi Sue, did you hear that Rob immediately tweeted congratulations to the NZ actor who replaced him as Kili? Latter is blonde and handsome. Peter Jackson said he was impressed with the new cast member's tv performance.

Don't need to ask you your RA pic preferences, unless you've recently sworn off admiring God's superior design skills applied to a certain male's physique. *wink,wink*

Sue said...


God broke the mould when he created a certain gent's physique!(With a little help from mum and dad of course!) It just cannot be improved on. It will be a sad day when it all drops to the floor (as RA himself seems to believe!)

Just heard about the tornado in Auckland, New Zealand. I hope they weren't filming anywhere near that!