September 5, 2012

Gorgeous Panorama:Hobbit Film #1 + New Thorin Photo + RA Fan-Designed Wallpapers + Guy of Gisborne's Lady Carolyn Has Made Certain the Little Guy Action Figure Has Somewhere to Rest His Head

These and many more fan-designed wallpapers can be found at the fanpop website:  First designed by Tanni..

              Next one by samjhart also at the fanpop website..
To demonstrate the long-held devotion of some fans to RA's Guy of Gisborne and in particular to the Robin Hood series action figure, Little Guy - look at his fan Lady Carolyn's detailed castle handiwork. She explained that her cat enjoys napping on stable roof:D
               Gisborne family shield hangs over the castle's fireplace..
Even fellow chaRActer Thorin departs Middle Earth to visit Little Guy's castle.  Lovely stained glass medieval windows.Nothing but the best will do for Lil Guy..
Oh my..appears Sir Guy can be very grateful - good news for Lady Carolyn:)

Combining couple of my passions: Politics and music - 2012 VP candidate Paul Ryan says his playlist starts with ACDC and ends with Led Zepelin..

What do you think? Should RA brush up on his Wisconsin accent in order to play President Romney's VP - Paul Ryan?

This movie star still makes two each year.  Next, he'll direct upcoming remake "A Star is Born." His comments follow, about immensely differing reactions to his presidential convention appearance:


Carolynd1 said...

Thanks for thinking my castle is good enough to be posted on your blog! It all started because I thought LG needed a bed..then a simple bed wasn't good enough for him. HAHA

Ricrar said...

And a very inviting bed it is. Cold in those castles, you might need to keep Guy company Carolyn:) Strictly to make sure he doesn't suffer frostbite, of course.*cough*

Is that a steak the blonde wench put before the lord of the manor? You'd better keep an eye on that sly female - "the way to a man's heart.." you know.

Lovely blue shade of the canopied bed reminds me of Sarah's sheets in Spooks8.

The fireplace and shield look great. Apparently Thorin doesn't go anywhere without his sword brandished:)

Who's the blonde wench? Does she have a name? Are they a thing, which could be a flashback to RH 1. Hope it works out better for her than the mother of Guy's child.

Well, we won't get into that right now. Most fans ignore that particular incident..minor technicality when it comes to black leather clad medieval knights -- no one is perfect:) although I know you might argue with me on that score.
p.s.*you're as good a castle builder as the Normans, Lady Carolyn:*)

cleopatraascreenplay said...

I love it! The romantic hero par excellence. It's beautifully done.

Wait, Guy had a child?? How did I miss that??

Ricrar said...

Yes, in first Robin Hood series evil henchman Guy of Gisborne had his way with one of the scullery maids at Locksley Manor. When she informed him she'd had his child, the knight in shining armor took the child and placed it in the woods. Where, of course, he/she? was found by Robin Hood, who promptly turned the infant over to Marian.

Child and it's deserted mother were never mentioned again throughout the 3 series. Upon reflection, the women of Robin Hood were easily expendable by the writers - which was undeniably proven in ep 13 of series2.

By S2 Guy had evolved into an authentically lovestruck admirer of Marian. In S1 it was clear his designs on her were mostly to fulfill his ambitions.

cleopatraascreenplay said...

I completely forgot about that! Silly Guy. What was he thinking? Perhaps they had to establish that he was truly evil or something? Leaving babies in the woods!

I never understood his attraction to Marian, although I loved how he harassed her. She was so annoying. She was like the poster child for Machiavelli.

I did appreciate that Armitage made Guy's character more interesting than just some horrible creature who leaves babies in the woods and cuts people's tongues out. :) I loved the twist near the end where it turns out they had been his family's lands to begin with, and he was the one who was supposed to have ruled there from the beginning....

There were other redeeming characters for me, his was just the most interesting -- and appeaing, in a world of lunatics. :) :)

cleopatraascreenplay said...

Plus, he was molten. It's hard to argue with that.

Ricrar said...

Married a male with plenty of testosterone yet he never finds it necessary to wear it on his sleeve. Therefore, the BBC's Gisborne didn't initially have strong appeal for me in that way. In fact, when Lucas North came along his more cerebral attitude found me extoling his virtues to other RA fans.

Then John Porter's line-drawn-in-the-sand sense of justice made North's memory fade in comparison. Suppose the point I'm making is that, for me, a molten qualifier can determine a character's appeal.

cleopatraascreenplay said...

How very interesting your position on civil unions, then. I suppose it makes sense. Most of the people I know for whom it is a personal life issue want the social recognition of marriage. And from what I see, so many heterosexual marriages end in divorce (my own included), it hardly seems warranted to deny the social sanctity of marriage to anyone who can manage it. On the other hand, the state’s involvement in marriage is hardly a good thing, in my view, so perhaps it should not be such an ardent goal for people who are currently free of the state’s involvement in their personal lives. (I think the state creates incentives that encourage divorce, whether intentional or not.) The dilemmas!.... (Spoken like a true academic, I know, but that is an actual real subject position for me, by contrast to Cleopatra, who had a far more interesting life! On the subject of autobiographies, as you mentioned in one of your posts, I would be very interested in an Armitage autobiography…. I would so wish for him – and anyone – a happy rather than an interesting life!)

Either way, I love the castle and the new video. It is beautiful work. It is so lovely to provide people with an ability to live in fairy tales every once in a while.

Ricrar said...

I can't help but wonder why the gay community allows it's leaders to push so stridently for legal marriage, which results in the general public having a more negative impression of them.

If they would accept the compromise of civil unions, no doubt the community's standing and public's overall positive attitude toward it would substantially increase. The harder the leaders push for legal marriage, rather than being reasonable on the issue, the more negatively they and their followers are perceived.

Wonder if legal marriage is important to everyone in the gay community or only to those who look on a wedding as somehow improving their social status? In other words, it's usually the female in a heterosexual partnership who pushes for an official ceremony. Most heterosexual men would be more than happy to simply live together--in fact, IMO that's actually their preference. haha

cleopatraascreenplay said...

In my opinion, it is the state’s involvement in marriage in the last 150 years or so that has created weird incentives that contribute to destroying relationships. Basically, the state has turned marriage into an issue of two things. We want the “legitimacy” of a state sanctioned marriage to protect: (1) financial assets (our rights to one another’s); and (2) rights to deal with one another’s medical issues. I believe those are the two main issues for the gay community as well. Making marriage all about money has some clear ramifications for how people think of one another and get along in a relationship. In my experience, neither state sanctioned marriages nor informal ceremonies work, because it’s all about protecting financial assets – which turns the whole “love” question upside down. I have strangely become a feminist fan of traditional patriarchy (Feminist Fans of Traditional Patriarchy anyone?). Not the modern all-male-domination version of it, but the traditional version in which family centered on a patriarch and matriarch as the center of a whole clan system, which contributed to keeping people together rather than thrusting them apart from one another. This comes from some research I’ve done on gender issues and courts in the Middle East; apropos for here as well. Anyway, the Cleopatra screen play does not answer these questions, but it does provide a view of a family that made it work very beautifully and managed to make marriage about love rather than any of the above. On that subject, I would vote for an addition to your pole on what people would vote for as RA’s next role: Julius (my version of Julius, of course). (Do we get to vote twice?)

Carolynd1 said...

Yes, that's a steak Guy is eating..a little raw looking. I'm not sure who the lady is..dressed too nice for a serving wench. Thinking I should dye her hair dark and call her me LOL

Thanks again!

cleopatraascreenplay said...

@Ricar -- Just out of curiosity, what do you mean by a "molten qualifier?" @Carolynd -- I thought that was meant to be his woman? Perhaps someone like Meg? (Those are my favorite scenes in the whole series!)

Ricrar said...

Good idea Carolyn. Dye the wench's hair your color. We want to hear every detail, if it triggers *miniature* Guy dReAms:)

Cleo, hope you don't mind my calling you that;) We were referring to Guy when I said "molten qualifier." I meant even though he strutted the halls of Nottingham castle, sniffing & snorting while wearing glove-fitting black leather, the fact he was so domineering was at first a turn off for me. The John Thornton character is much more my cuppa when it comes to mens' personalities. Thornton is definitely masculine, but tempered with some consideration for those around him.

Thought I saw a question from you about RA and teachers? That's the character he's playing right now in Michigan. He's a widower with 2 teen sons. A tornado strikes their town and at least one son disappears w/a group of friends. Richard's character accompanies storm chasers - including a female - as they try to locate the group of teens. Should be exciting - the film's producer tweets set photos now and then. Only one so far has been of Richard. It's already posted on this web page - he's wearing a suit. Film title is BLACK SKY. (Learned from GRR Martin that all caps are correct for titles;D Are you reading his Game of Thrones series?)

Which subject do you teach? Let me guess - creative writing?

cleopatraascreenplay said...

Cleo is quite nice, thank you! No one has ever called me that before (in written memory).

As far as male types, it was, indeed, the scenes of Guy and Meg in the jail cell that were my absolute favorite! They took away any lingering doubt I might have had about Guy’s supposed simple-villainhood. At the beginning, I agree, he seemed very angry, more than anything else. But he seemed too DEEP to be just a simple villain. The scenes with Meg were so incredibly sensitive, there was no doubt after that. I have not yet met John Porter; am waiting for that series to arrive. But I have seen MI5, The Impressionists, and his episodes of Vicar of Dibley. Some of the local series I can’t get hold of here in the U.S., but Strike Back is on its way! I love the action thing, so I suspect it will be lots of fun!

I hope he enjoys playing a teacher! You’re so nice to ask – I teach Middle East Politics at a university in Florida. I think RA should treat himself to the “real” American experience and come down for a Gator game! (E.g., American football.) I can give him a tour of the town (I grew up here). I must admit to understanding soccer better than football (which isn’t saying much), but a Gator game is about as quintessentially and uniquely American an experience as you can get.

BTW, I cannot WAIT for the Hobbit. I am one of these people who saw Lord of the Rings at least three times in the theatre. I had to canvass to get people to keep going with me!

I haven’t read Game of Thrones. It looks wonderful! I’ll pick it up; I don’t get to read nearly enough for fun. My last two novels that I really loved were An Equal Music, and Snow.

Sue said...

I don't think Richard would be able to dig very deep and create a mind blowing character out of VP Paul Ryan. I'm sorry but after seeing him on TV recently I rate him as a bit of a plonker. I also hate how American Presidential candidates (and some British Prime Ministers and perspective PM's who seem to have acquired the habit)parade their wives to the masses and encourage them to give speeches saying what wonderful husbands they are. I honestly couldn't give a tinker's cuss what they're like as a hubby as long as they can govern the country properly.

I watched the new series of Dallas last night. Bring it on! Wonderful stuff, lots of plotting and double dealing. Larry Hagman was as great as ever, he hasn't lost that sparkle and cunning streak. I think I'm going to enjoy watching this series. Now if Richard could get a role in that American series I'd be a happy bunny. Maybe he could become Sue Ellen's toy boy lover? My goodness that part would bring the colour back to his cheeks and no mistake!

Patricia J. Sohn said...

What an excellent idea. We need some of his positive energy in the U.S.!

Ricrar said...

Cleo, did you realize you have something in common with another actor? Noticed this tweet:

"Jennifer Pagliaro ‏@jpags Fun Fact: Ben Affleck did Middle Eastern studies. Wrote papers on Iran. Said probably weren't very good. He never graduated #Argo"

I am a political junkie but not well versed on MidEast in particular. Do remember news stories about a professor at a FL uni - couple years back - who had close ties to 9/11 terrorists. Was that a diff school from yours?

RA introduced me to LOTR after his casting as Thorin was announced. Before that, I'd automatically flip past the movies while channel surfing. As usual, the fact he would be involved in Jackson's next movie caused me to pause and observe PJ's visual creativity - more out of curiosity than anything else. Next, I read The Hobbit. Both experiences have broadened the mind but I'm still convinced it's primarily a male world:) I'm assuming Tolkien didn't have female grandchildren, because I can't imagine otherwise why he'd neglect half the human race in The Hobbit.

I'll be fascinated to see hubby and son's reaction on Dec 14. Neither have ventured into the Tolkien universe, but they do appreciate action films. Both are also avid readers and skillful writers. In fact, our son writes middle school history textbooks.

If you enjoy LOTR, I'd say you'd also appreciate Geo Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series(Vol 1 is Game of Thrones). Latter's style of writing is very rugged. Detailed, gruesome battle scenes and sprawling adventure in his 7 vol series. It's loosely based on the War of the Roses, altho this time their are 7 vying kingdoms. Geo does make certain to include some sexually intriguing relationships. His main characters are a power-hungry princess and an articulate, humorous royal dwarf.(aha..something else in common w/Tolkien;)

Richard never seemed all that into sports(never mentioned teams during interviews)so I don't know if he'd really enjoy an American football game. Perhaps just one time in order to observe an American cultural phenomenon.

Ricrar said...

Oooh Sue, I don't believe you've fully captured the essence of Paul Ryan. He's another cerebral hunk - definitely my weakness:)

You see, he and Mitt Romney are experts on what it takes to get an economy generating new jobs, which is exactly what the US needs right now.

Pres Obama has tried numerous programs with terrible results. He really would be more comfortable back in the Harvard faculty lounge than in the White House. How could a person who has never taken a course on Economics possibly jumpstart a faltering economy such as ours in the US? In fact, Mitt and Paul's expertise will have a positive effect on the world's economy in general. They believe in those strategies that made the US the world's powerhouse for over a century. When our economy catches a cold, the globe sneezes.*achoo:*)

Ya know, IMO, the wife a man chooses does reflect his character and wisdom. It helps voters decide if he has strong enough moral compass to result in a President being truthful with the American people, rather than using condescending rhetoric for the masses.

We're agreed that Hagman has not lost any of his cunning and sharp line delivery in Dallas. Would you really enjoy watching vintage Sue Ellen in a romance with Richard?;D haha Might kill the poor woman but, as the 80yr old man said when asked about his marriage to a 25yr old beauty "if she dies, she dies":)

My favs in the new Dallas series are JR's son John Ross and Bobby's son Christopher.*wibble,dribble*

cleopatraascreenplay said...

One time would be enough! He should certainly see a Gator game. It is definitely an American cultural experience. I have only seen three games in my life, even having grown up here, but there is something lovely about the community spirit of it. (I used to live right next to the stadium, so I got enough of the games by osmosis.) YOU TELL HIM TO LET ME KNOW AND I CAN SET IT UP!! :) :) It is absolutely impossible to get tickets by now, but I can make some calls!!! There's nothing quite like 90,000 fans descending on a town of 150K.

As to books, I look forward to the Game of Thrones. It's always nice when there's a whole series to go through! The first novel I ever read was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; went through all of that series. My favorite books growing up, after the obligatory Jane Eyre and Little Women, were Anna Karenina, War and Peace, and Dr. Zhivago. I only later found Persuasion, my absolutely favorite Jane Austen novel. I read a lot of classics, a little bit of American classics (Salinger, Hemingway, etc.), and a ton of international intrigue, historical fiction, and the fantasy end of sci/fi. I was a big fan of Mary Renault, John Le Carre, Frederick Forsyth, but also Anne McCaffrey and the Tripods series. And I absolutely loved Green Mansions, although it was a bit risque for a teen. I loved the musical allusions. I lived in the country (or abroad sometimes) with little to do but read, play piano, etc!

Speaking of which, I do have a rock opera that I've written that would also be perfect for RA, Tristan and Isolde (set in Jerusalem):

And my own take on the Guinevere story, also a musical (I like to restore the reputations of these besmurched heroines!):

I would love to see Richard (if I may) on Dallas! Only I think he should be with Cleopatra (or Isolde or Guinevere!) rather than Sue Ellen! His return to the stage?.... :) :) :)

cleopatraascreenplay said...

P.S. Ricrar, I forgot to answer your question about the prof in Florida who lost his tenure and his job after 9/11. Yes, that was Florida. Fortunately, it was not my university. It was very ugly and scary for profs, who depend on tenure to protect their jobs, since what we say does not always please policians (history does not always look pretty on them, after all, and it's our job to tell the story as accurately as we can, current fashions in politics not withstanding).

Since I teach Arab-Israeli Conflict and Middle East Politics and all sorts of other very easy, non-controversial topics, I love to delve into fairy tales and fantasy every once in a while when I'm off campus! The real world is depressing enough! :) :)

I do have a short story that touches on some of these post-9/11 issues, in this case, through an intercultural romance that takes place in both the U.S. and Haifa, Israel. It is entitled, "Haifa: The Story of Rami and Katia." It's at, right at the top. It's very short and sweet. Only a few pages. An easy read!

Cleopatra has a new facebook page!