May 31, 2011

New Heinz Kruger Pix + Finally Friday + Clarissa + Thorin Thurs..Action Figure Speculation + Twitpic of Ros's Coffin + GoT Tweet Recaps + Willy-nilly Wednesday + Lovely, Historic Shooting Locations for The Tudors

Thx to bccmee and  we have 2 new Kruger pics...

Article explaining the background of a radio program 'Clarissa' which was narrated by Richard Armitage - followed by the link to a movie of the C18 Samuel Richardson novel, starring Sean Bean

                    Rather partial to the idea of an action figure that looks like this...

Thorin Oakenshield’s golden Hobbit moment arrives about 65% into the novel. It occurs after barrels filled with the 13 dwarves have had a hazardous ride down the river to Lake-town. The boatmen leave the barrels until morning in order to enjoy their evening meal. Tolkien describes the scene:

“They would have been surprised, if they could have seen what happened down by the shore, after they had gone and the shades of night had fallen. First of all a barrel was cut loose by Bilbo and pushed to the shore and opened. Groans came from inside, and out crept a most unhappy dwarf. Wet straw was in his draggled beard; he was so sore and still, so bruised and buffeted he could hardly stand or stumble through the shallow water to lie groaning on the shore. He had a famished and a savage look like a dog than has been chained and forgotten in a kennel for a week. It was Thorin, but you could only have told it by his golden chain, and by the colour of his now dirty and tattered sky-blue hood with its tarnished silver tassel. It was some time before he would be even polite to the hobbit.

“Well, are you alive or are you dead?” asked Bilbo quite crossly…”Are you still in prison, or are you free? If you want food, and if you want to go on with this silly had better slap your arms and rub your legs and try and help me get the others out while there is a chance!”

Thorin of course saw the sense of this, so after a few more groans he got up and helped the hobbit as well as he could. [He and Bilbo release the others from the barrels] “Well! Here we are!” said Thorin. “And I suppose we ought to thank our stars and Mr. Baggins. I am sure he has a right to expect it, though I wish he could have arranged a more comfortable journey. Still--all very much at your service once more, Mr Baggins. No doubt we shall feel properly grateful when we are fed and recovered. In the meanwhile what next?”

“I suggest Lake-town,” said Bilbo. “What else is there?”….so leaving the others Thorin and Fili and Kili and the hobbit went along the shore to the great bridge. There were guards at the head of it….it is not surprising that the guards were drinking and laughing by a fire in their hut….Their astonishment was enormous when Thorin Oakenshield stepped in through the door.

“Who are you and what do you want?” they shouted leaping to their feet and groping for weapons.

“Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror King under the Mountain!” said the dwarf in a loud voice, and he looked it, in spite of his torn clothes and draggled hood. The gold gleamed on his neck and waist; his eyes were dark and deep. “I have come back. I wish to see the Master of your town!”

Then there was tremendous excitement. Some of the more foolish ran out of the hut as if they expected the Mountain to go golden in the night and all the waters of the lake turn yellow right away. The captain of the guard came forward.

“And who are these?” he asked pointing to Fili and Kili and Bilbo.

“The sons of my father’s daughter,” answered Thorin, “Fili and Kili of the race of Durin, and Mr Baggins who has traveled with us out of the West.”

“If you come in peace lay down your arms!” said the captain.

“We have none,” said Thorin….”We have no need of weapons, who return at last to our own as spoken of old. Nor could we fight against so many. Take us to your master!”

…From one great hall shone many lights and there came the sound of many voices. They passed its doors and stood blinking in the light looking at long tables filled with folk.

“I am Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror King under the Mountain! I return!” cried Thorin in a loud voice from the door, before the captain could say anything.

Sue pointed out that Royal Doulton designed a collection of figurines for LOTR

Katrina Blair, on twitter, offered this page of Norse mythology as evidence Tolkien was very familiar with it...


Creepy, or should I say spooky--following from recent Spooks prop sale..labelled Ros' coffin: 

THE TUDORS -- Are you now or have you watched the 4 series, or any part of,  The Tudors? (it's currently playing on bbcA..Wed evenings)  After becoming curious about the shooting locations, I realized we twice toured the area where most of it was filmed - County Wicklow, Ireland.  In fact, we had lunch one day at Powerscourt Estate in Enniskerry. Fondly remember our Irish tour coach driver squeezing the large vehicle through the centuries old stone archway within what looked like a couple inches to spare on either side.  All the Americans onboard vigorously applauded his expertise.  Pat took a bow and then reminded us to return to his coach by "tree-terty"...:)  Apparently the 'th' sound was not a feature of the Gaelic language. A sweet, knowledgeable man he was, as he steered his vehicle down narrow roadways - the entire time entertaining us with the charming details of local history.

The beautiful, historic locations where The Tudors was filmed...
Our very own Musa(faboamanto) was again quoted in WiC's recap of tweets for ep7..

May 29, 2011

Guysie Tuesday + Peter Jackson Announces Hobbit Movie Release Dates + Silhouettes and Profiles Monday

                                                     Everyone pucker up....

HOBBIT NEWS: There's been a flurry of activity down in Hobbiton overnight with director Peter Jackson multi-tasking like a multi-tasking machine set to 'multi-task'.

He's answered fan questions, named the Hobbit films and set the release dates. …The film formerly known as The Hobbit: Part 1 is now officially titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

While the film formerly known as The Hobbit: Part 2 is now officially titled The Hobbit: There And Back Again, which is also the sub-title of J.R.R Tolkien's book.

Next up both films have been given release dates, with Journey scheduled for December 13, 2012 and Back Again scheduled for December 14, 2013.
Modern day wonder - a seamstress of C18 fashions…Wow!



Can't this one a silhouette or profile...know you'll agree it's definitely one or the other;)

Voice Artist...aptly put:

Couple interesting quotes from new Sean Bean interview:
First are his thoughts...second the reporter's comments about him...

--He is also currently starring in the latest Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, Game Of Thrones. Set in an almost medieval fantasy world, it allows the actor to strap on armour and get back on his horse. ‘It’s like Lord Of The Rings, but with sex,’ Bean says. ...--He wears his 52 years well — at 5ft 10in he has muscles that still ripple. He speaks slowly and softly, seems to find the floor fascinating and only makes eye contact when he looks up and flashes a big, bashful smile.
[See below for link to article]


May 28, 2011

New Message from RA to "our little community" + Fancy Being Buried in a Spooks Coffin? + Pilsner "passion" + Sweet, Sweet Saturday - New RA Pix from Russian Fans: Merci to @RAnetdotcom

Our absolute favorite garden gnome has sent a message via  to what he refers to as "our little community".
29th May 2011
Dear All,

I wanted to post a message to say a huge thank you for your generosity of donations to the Christchurch fundraiser on 22nd May, I gather there was a considerable contribution from members of our little community, which is gratefully received to help a rather larger and damaged community 'rise up' get back on its feet. I am so grateful and proud to see such support from so far away, you really are hugely reliable when it comes to those in need. Thank you. I hope our little teaser want too much of a tease, it is so difficult to give anything away, of the movie we are making but we had to do something; I have resisted signing anything 'Hobbity', until the film is finished (just a little bit superstitious) but I was very proud to add my name to the book for Christchurch.

I had a belated request from a certain Wizard about some cello playing, now as a music lover, and particularly that instrument, I can see how that might be a real possibility and perhaps a joy to hear...if Yo Yo Ma were asked. However, raising money for charity by simulating the sound of a strangled cat whose claws are clinging onto a chalkboard for dear life, whilst someone in another room tries to tune a radio in, would result in a charity deficit, with demands for refunds and compensation to boot. So I may have to decline for now, until I have had time to practice a bit more.

With regards for requests for social media, blogs tweets etc. I have always worried that I will reveal something about the project I am working on that I am not allowed to, added to the fact that I am just about up to e mailing and little more, I may have to abstain for now.

So were are about to depart for our short hiatus and I will be sorry to say farewell to Wellington and NZ, one of the most exciting places I have been lucky enough to live and work, not just a magnificent landscape but a warm, friendly, generous and really cool community, which has welcomed us with open arms. Seriously this place has to go to the top of the Bucket List.

Much Love

Sky announces SB2 will air in August.  Interesting excerpt is from their website - either there's a typo using US for UK or the plotline for SB2 will definitely be twisted..

>second series features original story lines that run across globe-spanning settings as a former US Special Forces operative Porter joins forces with Section 20<

Game of Thrones enthusiasts can thank Violet for this chart explaining the hierarchy of the 7 kingdoms

This set of photos were taken in order to publish one in the Sunday Times as a promotion for Spooks 9.  This is the first time we're seeing all but one from that shoot.  Can't decide which is my fav, can you?

This was the only one published at that time...

Spooks One-day Prop Sale--Coffins are one of the items :) haha...ghoulish

Kudos are having a one day sale of props from 'Spooks'. All kinds of randomness and ting and ting

Oh my...thirsty for a tall cold one after listening to this...