NEWS from THE HOBBIT set:
On Twitter, Eric Vespe (@Eric Vespe) has announced he will be reporting from the set of The Hobbit. Quote: "I am currently in New Zealand on the set of The Hobbit and I will be reporting biweekly from the set. I’m embedded with the crew as they run around the North and South Islands of New Zealand for the next two months on their location shoot and will be bringing you guys reports as we go along." Eric also stated that a video blog from Peter Jackson may be imminent.Thanks to Musa and http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/latestnews.html for the Vespe heads up.
Here are the tweets from the embedded reporter, Vespe:
Stay tuned for a ton of great looks behind the scenes of The Hobbit. This is going to be a wild ride!
I was playing coy before, but it's true. I'm in New Zealand, on the set of The Hobbit. Here's my proof: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/51748
There are a crazy amount of Richard Armitage fans on Twitter. Calm down, ladies. You'll get some Armitage before my time in NZ is through.
@darkhorizons Ha! Last time this happened was when I interviewed Gerard Butler. Massive rush of new followers
@EricVespe If Butler fans are Star Wars, Armitage fans are Firefly - smaller in number but so much more fierce in their adoration.
[R: Fierce?..moi? *teehee*..reminds me of those times dh has told me that one of the things he appreciates most about *us* is my loyalty. As I recall, he said that more than once during a political campaign - whenever he was yet again misquoted in the newspaper. I might've emitted a couple expletives in his defense.*blush*
Switching gears(see below pic) Oh yes..I can see this is going to be a fun ride with Mr Vespe...those are his feet pointing toward Hobbiton]
He just might get competition from someone else's feet...yeah, that's what everyone notices..the feet
Quote from website below: “50 most poignant lines of poetry ever written”..I don’t agree totally with that statement, but have chosen below some I find poignant. Do you agree with them? More to come...
"Life's battles don't always go / To the stronger or faster man. / But sooner or later the man who wins, / Is the man who thinks he can."
If You Think You are Beaten, Walter D. Wintle
"As he paces in cramped circles, over and over, / the movement of his powerful soft strides / is like a ritual dance around a center / in which a mighty will stands paralyzed"
The Panther, Rainer Maria Rilke
Latest issue of EW arrived during the season's first snowstorm. The most interesting item(out of the usual 3:) was the mag's review of the new film 'Anonymous'. It follows..
"According to Anonymous, the plays and sonnets attributed to lower-class Wm Shakespeare were in fact written by Edw de Vere, the upper-class Earl of Oxford. According to Anonymous, Queen Eliz I was a lusty bed-hopper who bore more than one illegitimate child. According to Anonymous, de Vere was one of the Queen's lovers and also one of her...well, never mind, because Anonymous might just as well also declare that Elizabethans lived in yurts and invented the game of Sudoku, for all the pompous foolishness masquerading as intellectual provocation in this thumpingly silly yet self-serious period-piece what-if.
The movie is a self-described passion project, for Roland Emmerich, the German-born director best known for making end-of-the-world disaster pics, including Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. The destruction here is confined to a turgid overload of intrigue concocted in cahoots with screenwriter John Orloff, who fills his characters' mouths with honking declarations of literary ardor along the lines of "My poems are my soul!" Ifans is honorable and earnest in a star-crossed production; Redgrave does some queenly hamming in opulent costumes that might have been designed by Project Runway alumnus Chris March. But scholary debate about the Shakespeare Authorship Question has little to do with this tale told by an idio...syncratic moviemaker up to little more than mischief." EW rating: C-
A tree that looks at God all day, / And lifts her leafy arms to pray; / A tree that may in Summer wear / A nest of robins in her hair; / Upon whose bosom snow has lain; / Who intimately lives with rain."
Trees, Joyce Kilmer
PJ announced from Hobbiton that THE HOBBIT will premiere in Wellington, NZ in Nov, 2012****
"When a woman loves a man, they have gone / to swim naked in the stream / on a glorious July day / with the sound of the waterfall like a chuckle / of water rushing over smooth rocks, / and there is nothing alien in the universe."
When a Woman Loves a Man, David Lehman
"Hope is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul, / And sings the tune without the words, / And never stops at all,"
Hope Is The Thing With Feathers, Emily Dickinson
"He was my North, my South, my East and West. / My working week and my Sunday rest. / My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song. / I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong."
Stop All The Clocks, WH Auden
"We are the Dead. Short days ago / We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, / Loved and were loved, and now we lie / In Flanders Fields."
In Flanders Fields, John McCrae
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference."
The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. / I love thee to the depth and breadth and height / My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight / For the ends of being and ideal grace."
How Do I Love Thee?, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"I can promise all my heart's devotion; / A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow; / A love that's true and ever growing; / A hand to hold in your's through each tomorrow."
These I Can Promise, Mark Twain
Past Post from Sept 2010..reviews and comments immediately following Spooks 9, ep 1...
Controversial movie - thanks to Sue for the heads up.
Review of the movie from the NY Times..boils my blood to give that newspaper any exposure considering the negative effect it's paranoid liberal reporters have had on the cultural fabric of the USA. In this case, the entertainment critic is downright amusing as he skewers the new movie's content while at the same time praising the film's production design and costumes as superb, saying "interiors often look like Holbein paintings".
More quotes from the review:
"As a work of serious history, it is beyond useless."
'Anonymous' is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned)..Swordplay, bodice ripping, bawdy speech and the cold-blooded murder of the truth."