LISTEN to THORIN: If, like me, have already watched The Hobbit trailer about a dozen times and would prefer to cut straight to the chase, or more to the point, to RA singing the Misty Mountains Cold - clever and kind onemorelurker has provided the way:
Wonderful to already see Thorin, aka RA, integrated with all the other LOTR icons..scroll:
A huge Thank you to @Julischka80 for capturing RA's name on Twitter's worldwide trends list - sometime after The Hobbit trailer was released. See latest poll asking if you were fortunate to notice it at the time, or were you, like me, distracted by re-watching the fantastic trailer for about the fifth time:) We get to see it after the fact due to her quick fingers..
RECENT POLL RESULTS: When asked during an interview which tv shows he watched,RA mentioned an American series then said "I wanna be in it!" 51% of you chose the correct show - 'DAMAGES'.
62% of you naughty females*winks* admitted that you enjoy RA's naughty characters most.
Perfect time to mention this fan effort to help RA achieve his dream of a remake of Richard III. The details:
EXCERPT(See below link)
"To revise this king’s negative and ill-deserved image in popular culture and pay tribute to his legacy, the famous British actor Richard Armitage has expressed interest in developing a major film/television project that is envisioned as a prequel to The Tudors, a television series that aired on Showtime and BBC. This project is a deeply personal one for Richard, who was born on the day that Richard III died (August 22) and named after the king by his father."In his own words:
As an actor, it’s a project I would love to achieve. I believe it is a great story, a socio-political thriller, a love story and a dynastic tragedy. My challenge is to convince commercial producers to see beyond ‘history lesson’, but I strongly suspect that this will be a long way off, probably outside of my ability to play the role, but I wouldn’t rule out playing another role, I may even be producing by the time someone wakes up and realizes the potential for this project.
King Richard III (Source: Wikimedia.org)
The literary character of Richard III in William Shakespeare’s play has long overshadowed the historical life and reign of King Richard III of England. He was a loving husband and father, a fierce soldier and fighter, a just governor of his people. As an effective and influential government leader for change, Richard’s economic, legal, and social contributions to society continue to have an impact on England to this day.
the creation of the Court of Requests for the legal representation of the poor (in 1483)
the introduction of bail to protect suspects (in 1484)
the ban on restrictions for printing and book sale
the translation of the written Laws and Statutes from French into English
Judging from the size of his name in my newly generated 'tweet cloud', seems I may be coming repetitive on one particular topic:) *teehee*
Some people enjoy seeing a new movie over their Christmas holiday - here are a couple reviews. First one is for WAR HORSE. The writer mentioned being in tears more than once while watching the film, which led me to wonder who 'she' might be. When I saw Rex Reed's byline it explained everything.
He also reviewed THE IRON LADY in which he gushed over Meryl Streep and excoriated Maggie Thatcher. In truth Ms Streep's films, and style of acting, put me to sleep - at least they did when I gave them the chance. And, I'm shouting from the blog tops that I've found historical figure, Mrs Thatcher, to be an admirable woman. She does not deserve the beating she receives from the liberal side of the political spectrum. Those who refuse to ever make difficult, courageous decisions, but instead manipulate their liberal voting bases with condescending class warfare - shrink in comparison with a person
of strong character such as Ms Thatcher .
Next film reviewed by Reed is SHAME...OMG! Can’t believe the reviewer had the b…err.. boldness to use the following review title - but, then again it is Rex Reed (whispering..whom I’d thought was no longer with us because he’s been no where to be seen for quite awhile) Mr Reed is *flamingly* unique, which is evident when reading his reviews.The Review:
"Michael Fassbender and His Big Swinging Flick Know No Boundaries in Shame
So why does such a fascinating portrait fall so flaccid in the end?
By Rex Reed 11/30 11:07am
Too much sex is bad for you. That’s the only message discernible to the naked eye in an interesting but hollow film about sex addiction called Shame, and believe me when I tell you the eye is not the only thing in it that is naked". Entire review:
Review from ibtimes.com..EXCERPT: “it's nice to see the dwarves have some serious moments, especially during the "Misty Mountains" song and in the brief glimpses of them in battle action.
And while some of the dwarves had rather unusual hair and costumes in the posters, it seems to work on screen, with the actors looking both slightly menacing and slightly comic by turns. Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) is especially convincing. He has the arrogant majesty of a deposed king and the underlying steeliness of the dwarves Tolkien fans know.
"I cannot guarantee your safety," Thorin murmurs to Gandalf, before adding, "nor will I be responsible for his [Bilbo's] fate." That pretty much sets the tone for this trailer, which despite some (in our opinion slightly uneven) moments of dwarfish humor has a very dark, spooky and deliciously Middle Earth tone.”
Thanks for the heads up to:
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/latestnews.html also for the gorgeous screencaps:
Empire Magazine gushes over "Armitage's increasingly impressive Thorin" and "Armitage's impressive basso" - followed by "he growls" and "spine-tingling stuff"...
The UK Guardian says Richard Armitage brings a certain regality to Thorin:
Sincere thanks to bccmee for the great quality screencaps above:
Trailer review in LA Times: http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2011/12/20/hobbit-trailer-brings-back-the-magic-and-not-just-for-fans/
Suddenly really interested in a particular cooking program - it features Hugh Jackman. Who knew he lives in Westchester, New York state - certainly not me..what a surprise! Apparently his neighbors have a cooking show on Create TV and Hugh sometimes joins them.