March 29, 2011

Medieval Rockfest Outline + Lucrezia:The Borgias + Sir Ian Describes His Recent Shave & Haircut + One Year Ago in July + MORE Mystery Photos Provided by theonering Website - Are they yanking our chains?;)


LATEST Journal post:  Today’s news.

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'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

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..


Musa said...

If I see one more photo of James Nesbitt and not of RA, I'm going to scream! LOL

Ricrar said...

What a coinkydink Musa - short time ago I noticed the flickr link you provided to the sketch of RA. Wow! Have you seen other sketches by the same person, because my first reaction was that it looked more like one of his Guy photos that had a sketch-like photo effect added. If that was done from scratch by hand, the artist is truly gifted.

Agreed about Nesbitt - everyone is showing signs of frustration w/the lack of any sort of information whatsoever about The Hobbit. Yes, Peter Jackson appeared at a cinema restoration opening but that's not really of interest to those of us waiting for one word about or glimpse of Richard.

Don't you know in your bones that he's probably so immersed in research for Thorin, and actual filming itself that he could not care less about the outside world at this point. :)

We'll need to develop patience for next 18mos, UNLESS RA has already planned some sort of appearance/narration ANYTHING..haha..for this coming June. I understand Aidan is scheduled to shoot his vampire show in June - hopefully it's a break for the entire cast.

Musa said...

I don't know if it's a true sketch or not. She has other sketches on her blog, but still can't tell, they're all a bit different in style. You may be right and it's not a drawing. Just liked the intensity of his eyes in the sketch, but you're right that it's from a photo.

Yes,yes, he's immersed in Thorin and Tolkien and I'm sure the backstory he's created is richer than even Tolkien could imagine :)But would be nice just a glimpse of him now and then!

I just finished listening to The Hobbit and I found Thorin a more sympathetic character than many of the reviews I've read. I so look forward to seeing what Richard does with the character.

What will he be doing when they break for the summer? Aside from hopefully doing some PR for Captain America. Martin Freeman is filming Sherlock. There's a few more episodes of Being Human to go yet Season 3 (BBC America), but it doesn't look good for Aidan's character, Mitchell. Another Hobbit casualty I think :)

(Oh, I like Kirstie Alley on DWTS also)

Ricrar said...

Since you've finished the novel, Musa, you'll understand when I say Richard must be salivating at the thought of one particular scene with Bilbo. You know the saying about actors fav type scenes;)

Had a mild thrill last evening - it was almost bedtime and I yet again made the mistake of surfing channels before turning in for the night. As I hit bbcA, noticed a Tudors ep was decided to watch for a few min in order to be lulled into sleep mode..they broke for commercial, and my eyes popped open when RA in Spooks7 flashed by with other dvds available at that networks online shop.

I tried to find the ad video but cannot. It's the only time Richard has flashed by on bbcA other than when the 3 RH series played. Amazing how one li'l crumb provided an "ahhh" moment during this verrrry lonnnnng RA drought:)

Sue said...

About the photo of someone from the Hobbit possibly being our RA. I don't think it is, hope not anyway, otherwise he's seriously lost his mojo! Does he seem to be checking his flies to you? (Perhaps he's just had a pee). Why do men have to keep doing that, or are they just checking it's still there! Perhaps it might be a cast double?

I notice that Captain America has been nominated for the National Film Awards taking place in May. I know Richard only had a minor role (notice I didn't say a "small part" - something I'm sure couldn't be further from the truth!)but it would have been nice if he could have had leave to join the cast on the red carpet wouldn't it? (Mind you I have a sneaky suspicion that RA is rather glad of an excuse to avoid that particular treat). Just as well otherwise Chris Evans would have been overshadowed by a superior (if older) hunk!(The crinkles are a distinct advantage don't you think?)

Ricrar said...

Oh I don't know about that Sue..Chris Evans looks mighty fine after receiving the magic formula. Of course the real man(well almost man;) had to have the beefed up body - it worked in reverse. They used computer technology to morph the Adonis-bodied Chris into a 90lb weakling. The squirrely li'l fellow appears in first part of CA and is constantly turned down at the Army recruitment office. The recruiter says "Not qualified...I'm saving your life son."

I agree wholeheartedly with you that Richard is probably relieved to stay immersed in the Thorin role while the Capt America promotions are in full swing. It would definitely be a thrill though if part of his contract was to make an appearance or two to speak about the film. *getting down on knees...please God* haha That's a sacrilege to ask for such an insignificant favor, isn't it. Better save those requests for more important things---like asking that Thorin have a reason to take off his shirt now & then. *chuckling* ;)