October 30, 2011

Embedded Reporter Eric Tweets First Story(see below link) + RACentral Focuses on Ricky Deeming Role + RAppy HALLOWEEN - The Challenge of Finding Spooky RA Pix *few & far between* :)


Man of the feet and roving reporter for The Hobbit on location,
Eric Vespe, has posted following pic of the view from his home in NZ

Tweet by: Eric Vespe
Leaving for the next location. Not sure what my internet situation will be for the next week, but life finds a way. :)    29 Oct
UPDATE:  Eric's first report from The Hobbit on location at Hobbiton

   RA Central focuses on the Ricky Deeming role...

Evil drug dealer John Mulligan...

Hope the nice bedtime storyman kept bad dreams at bay for our nightmare prone fav spy

Oh well, apparently time to get up anyway...

                                       Don't all halloweeners want candy as their treat...

New Chris Evans movie..RA introduced me..had never heard of Chris before Capt America.  This one looks hilarious...great rom-com premise...

It's an RA maze...everywhere I turn leads back to a connection of some sort.  Co-star of the above Chris Evans film tries to snag Martin Freeman's character by feigning a British accent *chuckles* which morphs into Liza Doolittle later in the evening - she starts quoting My Fair Lady song lyrics...


The Red Priestess, from GRR Martin's Game of Thrones, would enjoy staying at...

October 27, 2011

EW Review of Controversial Shakespeare Film..Gives it C- + Behind the Scenes Pic from Reporter Embedded With The Hobbit Crew + Peter Jackson Announces THE HOBBIT Will Premiere in Wellington, NZ in Nov 2012 + Do You Agree With These Poetry Choices?

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!
EricVespeEric Vespe
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.
EricVespeEric Vespe
@darkhorizons Ha! Last time this happened was when I interviewed Gerard Butler. Massive rush of new followers
@darkhorizonsGarth Franklin
@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."

October 25, 2011

Tolkien Artwork Newly Discovered + Article Mentions Lucas(& 8 others) as Spat Out + RA and Anne Rice Revisited in Spirit of Halloween - Her Fantasy Vampire

Thank you Sue, for providing the following link. It seems more than 100 pieces of JRR Tolkien artwork were recently discovered..


Tangier Island, Virginia, has a fascinating history. Today the very existence of the island is threatened, as it slowly but surely sinks beneath the surface of the Chesapeake Bay. First founded in 1686 by settlers from Cornwall, England. The island was the staging area for British forces during the War of 1812. Most fascinating of all (at least for me) is the fact the island’s dialect is believed to have been that spoken by the original 17th-18th century American colonists. As a result of the island's distance from the mainland, the dialect has not evolved over time.  Most numerous surnames amongst the current population of 500 are:  Crockett, Pruitt and Parks.

A Wall Street Journal reporter describes her experience on Tangier.


Thanks to following website..entire article available at: http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/articlescans/Stylist-26Oct2011.jpg

This past post is from Dec 1, 2010 but the content - RA as a vampire - seems more appropriate to the Halloween season...

Past Post - Mar 2011..Lord of the Thighs

Middle Earth costume contest seems to blend in well with seasonal theme...

Past Post:  New Year's 2010:

                                                  So far, the majority have chosen Spooks 7 as being the one RA would probably say was the most enjoyable  series to film.  Here he is having some fun at his co-star's expense before both spooks were "spat out" [a Lucas quote from series 9]

Comment caps from link above:
Sue said...

Michael Flatley is doing a round of interviews over here in England promoting his new "Lord of the Dance" 3D movie. Here's the link for the trailer:
It looks absolutely fabulous!
Getting onto the subject of Richard (did we ever leave it?)I remember him mentioning in an interview that his mum took him to tap dancing lessons because he was pigeon-toed as a child. Poor little wretch. At least we know who to thank (blame) for introducing him to dance! I bet he was the only little lad there, poor thing! (Lucky girls!)
March 12, 2011 1:14 PM
RiCrAr said...
Thx for the link Sue.

Didn't Richard say he loves to dance - always the first one on the dancefloor. His fav is argentine tango. That training is evident in his action sequences, when he needs to raise all 6'2" off the floor in one smooth motion...or Porter tumble setting backwards during prison fight.

Takes me back to school dances, when we never sat down for 3hours straight and the most exciting moment was whenever a guy unacquainted with my group of friends would walk across the hall towards us--ea girl wondered which one of us he was planning to ask to dance. Afterwards we'd gloat w/smugness and get pummelled w/ friends' questions about the fresh meat;)
My most frequent dance partner these days is the Wii. Can get quite a workout with those digital dancers.
DH didn't really dance until he met me, when he says he realized that he didn't stand a chance of sitting certain songs out. Even discovered he actually had some rythmn after being dragged unto the dancefloor for the umpteenth time:) After the first year he was a natural, and still shakes his boody w/me at weddings. 
March 12, 2011 5:02 PM
Laura said...
Heh... something I have in common wiht RA! I was horribly pigeon-toed when I was a child. Still am, although not as bad. But my doctor gave my parents the ultimatum - you have to put her in leg braces. My mom said 'no way', and enrolled me in ballet the next day. I spent the next ten years learning the pas de deux, even advancing to pointe.
And in all of that instruction - ballet, pointe, tap - I never learned to "group dance". Put me out there with Blue Danube playing, I'm graceful as a swan. Put on "Celebration" and I turn into a chimpanzee with six legs. Pathetic!! Complicated steps? I get them immediately. Dance in a group at a wedding? Scares the crap out of me!
Bet I'd rock the Argentinan Tango, though... ;)
March 12, 2011 9:38 PM
RiCrAr said...
Bet you'd rock that tango as well Laura..especially with the right dance partner - perhaps 6'2, eyes of blue;)
We'll have to have a virtual dance party here at the blog on Jul 22..Capt America premiere.
Brings back a funny memory - as a member of one of the RA forums, Richard had recently stated in an interview that he was always the first one on the dance floor. So, believe it was for the first new RH episode, might've been 3rd series, we had a virtual party with the accompanying dancing smilies, etc. Of course, we had to have a certain guest who was riding from Nottinghamshire as soon as he was free. Other RA characters showed up and everyone demonstrated their best moves. One member disappeared with the pizza delivery guy. hahaha
Everyone get their virtual dancing shoes on for July 22. It will be time to party!party!
March 12, 2011 11:12 PM
Musa said...
I'm ready for the dance party July 22 - a good way to celebrate RA on the big screen!
March 13, 2011 12:24 PM
RiCrAr said...
If only we had use of smilies here at blogger, Musa. That silly virtual RH party was really fun. We'll need to use words instead (describe our best moves & RA characters as well) in this forum) e.g."oooh, look at Guy swivelling his hips--all that horseriding no doubt keeps them limber--well lubricated to move it!move it!";)
Oh no, now the Madagascar song "I like to move it, move it" will play non-stop for hrs in my head.
March 13, 2011 1:51 PM
Laura said...
That Virtual Party sounds like SUCH fun!! I've already informed one of my friends that she'll be accompanying me to see Capt. America if they run it at our theatre here in town (I will cry on your shoulders if they don't...) She's always up for a good movie, and like us, appreciates a good lookin' man. Although I think Chris Evans is more her cup of tea... which is fine by me.
March 13, 2011 10:09 PM
Laura said...
I just now got a chance to watch the Riverdance clip. My feet are twitchy and itchy now!!! I want to get up and dance!
March 13, 2011 10:27 PM

New series 'Homeland' has been renewed for second season.  It's exciting - stars Damien Lewis as a former POW..held captive & tortured by al Qaeda for 8yrs.  He returns home..feted as a hero by everyone with a single exception - a female CIA operative who suspects he was turned by his captors.  We're halfway through the first season..first couple eps were slow going as he became acclimated to home by sitting in corners in a fetal position and sleeping on the bedroom floor.  Storyline has picked up considerably - at the end of last ep she decided the only way to gain the insider information she seeks about him is to become personally involved with her suspect..


There are various RA specialty blogs popping up - here's one devoted entirely to his romance with his phone...     http://richardarmitageonthephone.tumblr.com/

October 22, 2011

Controversial Final Ep of Spooks + Telegraph Chooses Best Spook Pic for Final Ep Tribute + More Than 200 Trucks..Wow!..A Small Army Will Deploy in NZ

HOBBIT NEWShttp://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5833720/Hobbit-crews-to-hit-the-road-in-convoys



SPOOKS..final ep:  Above opening pic of Lucas could easily represent the reaction of the most dedicated Spooks fans to the final episode.  Won't give any further details - I've not yet seen the ep but know what has caused the controversy between some of the show's most fervent fans and the writers, producer, etc
UPDATE: some Spooks fans are hoping to convince the production company to provide an alternate ending on the series 10 dvds.  One of them created with a friend a Spooks 8 spoof a couple yrs ago..


Game of Thrones2 interviewhttp://www.boomtron.com/2011/10/cersei-talks-games-of-thrones-season-2/

Downton Abbey John Bates roleplayer is quite a romantic chap - evidence one of his tweets today:

ValetJohnBatesJohn Bates
@HousemaidAnna *Laughs*Come and find me later. Though I don't think I am going need to giver orders for a kiss am I? #easytowindup #loveyou



Following is Nancy Grace and her dancing with the stars partner Tristan MacManus. Nancy is definitely not accustomed to being told to keep quiet and listen by anyone - she’s a former hard-nosed prosecutor who has had her own night-time talk show for many years. I expressed amazement that the viewing audience votes every week to keep Nancy on the show, when I was told by a reliable source that females in the home-viewing audience are actually calling in order to keep Tristan on the show - *there’s method to their madness.* Believe the following example makes it obvious why they’re enjoying Tristan’s dance technique..


October 20, 2011

John Portah's Name Mentioned Frequently in Final SB Ep + RAC today Alerts to Watch for PJ Update + Fabulous Friday + New Series 'Revenge'

Past Post excitement when SKY finally engaged their Strike Back 1 website..Great RA comments:

Recent tweet from RAC:  RA_Central
WETA's newsletter's whispering about maybe Hobbitish updates soon from Peter Jackson.

Past Post - in fact one of the first for this blog, from Nov 22, 2009
..Topic: Spooks 8, ep 2  http://allthingsrarmitage.blogspot.com/2009/11/episode-trivia-lucas-sarahs.html

One from a yr later..Nov, 2010: http://allthingsrarmitage.blogspot.com/2010/11/hobbit-directors-christmas-list-30-red.html


NEW SERIES: Following is a link to background on the new series 'Revenge' which apparently is a hit.  Musa found the following Wiki page for the series.  It reveals that the story is based on 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.  Believe I've read somewhere that it's written by the same people who wrote the successful series 'Lost'. [Update: scratch that last thought--the 'Lost' writers wrote another upcoming new series called 'Once Upon a Time']    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revenge_(TV_series)

Rupert Penry Jones (the actor RA replaced in Spooks7) is mentioned in the latest issue of EW.  In fact his photo is included as well, in the feature called 'What to Watch' - Rupert's Whitechapel series is listed in the shows for Oct 26 (directly opposite a Revenge episode) 10-11pm on BBC America.
Blurb reads "This gripping BBC drama is a Sherlock Holmes mystery for the Homicide generation.  As the murder rate in London's Whitechapel neighborhood rises, two detectives track a serial killer who seems to be modelling himself after Jack the Ripper.  Prepare for gullet slicing, blood spurting, cop-versus-cop conflict, and more blood spurting.  We can't get enough." by Melissa Maelz
EW gives 'Whitechapel' an A- rating.

Sweet Tweets about RA: 

Kristina: Also today I discovered that I've never seen the Richard Armitage North & South which made my whole week.

are you on some kind of wonderful period drama marathon? n&s is one of my faves too. she is, indeed, a total bleedin' idiot.
North & South was v. good, though suspension of disbelief suffered early on. When Richard Armitage asks you to marry him YOU SAY YES.
Nadia @
Kristina *swoon* http://www.gifsoup.com/webroot/animatedgifs3/1128967_o.gif richard armitage is made for period shows! ..
[Ricrar:  I followed the link expecting to find bccmee’s gifs to no avail. The first 4 or 5 rows are of RA..remainder are Richards of the not nearly as interesting type.

Fun quiz - hope no one takes offense.*winks* Hey guys I was very patient*cough* when every CIA operative was painted as an evil nasty jerk in at least 3 Spooks series;) [and they’re usually such sweeties] *snort* The quiz: Which member of the royal family are you?

It’s your turn to snort - the following is my result..*chuckling myself*...only thing she and I have in common is the fact one of my gggrandfathers was born in Middleton, Co Cork, Irl.  I'm still trying to discover why that particular name for that town.[it might simply be common usage for the *middle town*]  Although the really unbelievable coincidence is that the area, where some of my paternal ancestors migrated from in Nottinghamshire, England, was once owned by one of the last Catholic king's (Charles II?) peers named Lord Middleton.

Middleton, Co Cork is where the original hdqtrs for the Jameson Whiskey distillery is located.  The historic vintage building is today a museum - which we've toured.  At the time I'd yet to discover that it was the birthplace of my maternal gggf - could've knocked me over with a feather when a long-lost cousin - another one of his descendants - included that fact, found in a family bible, in her family tree.
                                                 Which member of the British Royal Family are you?