September 27, 2013

Richard Armitage:Cat Fights Back;) + Is Feline community Divided? + Invitation from Thorin to Watch NEW Desolation of Smaug Trailer + First The Hobbit:Desolation of Smaug Poster + Interview with Richard III from The White Queen, Quote:"the play was a completely bastardized version of who Richard III actually was"

Cat world is obviously divided over the RA issue. Did persuasive Sir Guy manage to charm one over to the dark side?;) 
From the Giz the Gunslinger tumblr--a cat defends his kin.  All RA fans will no doubt have their funny bones tickled..hilarious:
The above mag says RA is 18th sexiest of 50 *movie stars* for 2013. He's really more like tied at #3 with Henry Cavill.  Do not agree with their #2 and #1.  A relly must've made those first two choices;) Here's their RA motivation, with which we  cannot argue--although on second thought, eyes like molten lava would be more accurate--the bits comment is right on target;) *teehee*
"it's all thanks to eyes like ice chips and one of those voices that bypasses the higher parts of the brain and goes straight for the instinctive bits." 
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Richard Armitage should really be here for North & South, but our guess is that it's Robin Hood fans and Hobbit lovers who gave him this spot. That makes him, officially, Middle-earth's sexiest dwarf (indeed, denizen), and it's all thanks to eyes like ice chips and one of those voices that bypasses the higher parts of the brain and goes straight for the instinctive bits.

On the big screen, it's Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to free his homeland from a giant lizard. On the small screen, we'll go with the fan consensus and hand it to Robin Hood's Guy of Gisbourne.

He's actually the tallest of The Hobbit's cast, and seems to rather enjoy playing short. 
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Following are fan created RA as Richard III graphics.  First one is by Richard's fan Mairaid - I have no idea who created the second fan-made design but it's too clever not to post. If anyone knows who we can thank for it, please advise.
A forum game at the Westeros website asks members to create their own House of Westeros (Game of Thrones):
Location:  Iron Islands
Name:      House Guyron
Sigil:         A black leather glove on silver blue background
Patron animal: Black panther
House Words: "We sail into the storm"
Castle:     Built of greyish blue quarry stone with a long marble stairway in front
Politically:House Guyron is loyal to Euron Greyjoy and supports his quest for dragons.
Autograph hunters group makes comment after encounter with RA at LA Bafta tea:

Richard Armitage’s Football team

Quick convo with Richard: “Rich, what footy team do you root for?”
Richard looks at us, gives us a frown and says “Leicester City, unfortunately, although they’re having a go of it this season!” He chuckles and says “Thanks for all your support” before being pulled inside.
Richard is our absolute favorite celeb. Between him and Tom Hiddleston, it’s a toss up of who is the nicest celebrity we’ve ever encountered. He said it’s “bloody hot” in Los Angeles but beats the London rain.

The White Queen Q&A: Aneurin Barnard Talks Taking On Richard III

First Published: September 27, 2013 12:17 PM EDTCredit: Starz
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- Aneurin Barnard as Richard, Duke of Gloucester in Starz’s ‘The White Queen’CaptionOn Starz’s “The White Queen,” Aneurin Barnard has helped paint a new portrait of Richard III, the king vilified in the famous play by William Shakespeare.
Aneurin has helped make the royal — at times — a little sweet, at others brave, and still others compassionate, a different picture to the calculating eventual monarch from Shakespeare’s work.
“That’s not what I set out to do,” the Welsh actor told Access Hollywood when we asked whether he thought his performance may have changed views of Richard in Britain, where “The White Queen” has already aired. “I set out to show my interpretation of Richard.”
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And while the actor pointed out that he didn’t write the scripts (based on the books by author Philippa Gregory) or edit the Starz drama, he hopes people learned a little more about the 15th century eventual king.
“I hope that maybe [people] are a bit more wise to the difference between the real Richard and then, Mr. Shakespeare’s Richard, because the play is a completely bastardized version of who Richard actually was,” Aneurin said. “And we have to remember that Mr. William was writing for the Tudor household at that time who were not great fans of Richard because they had to overpower him to take the throne.
“The average man and woman may just think that Richard III is the hunchback from that famous play, but actually, he was something quite different, and hopefully, through ‘The White Queen,’ it does tell people that they are two very different interpretations,” he added.
Ahead of Saturday night’s new episode of the drama on Starz, Aneurin hinted at what’s coming up next, his thoughts on the relationship between Richard and his wife, Anne Neville, and whether he really started having crazy dreams after Richard III’s bones were discovered buried in a car parked in Leicester, while he was filming this very television series. I read that when Richard III’s bones were found recently, you apparently flipped out and started dreaming about all of this. Is that true?
Aneurin Barnard: I don’t know how much of that is true. I think this is being manipulated into something that isn’t [actually] factual. No, it was just that I was very intrigued, because I was obviously shooting, so of course I wanted to know straight away as much as I possibly could about this burial, and find out if it was him, if it wasn’t him… what injuries were there. I just kind of did my research on new information that came to hand. The one thing that was great about it was, we hadn’t filmed the battle sequence at the end of the series yet, so what we could do from that is look at the evidence of his skull…. to see injuries he may have had in that battle and then put them [in] with makeup and prosthetics and special effects into the last battle, which is great.
Access: Did it make it harder for you as an actor with history unfolding as you were filming? I know you do a lot of research, but if research is also going on while you’re filming, does it add more work?
Aneurin: Well, when you’re filming a long TV series, it’s quite nice because every episode has a different trajectory. … Sometimes you’re in a different year or decade at times, so when new things come up, you can investigate. It’s quite fun. It keeps you on your toes. I like it because it stops you from just coasting in your role. You can really work hard to make sure that you’re on the top of your game at every moment really. I enjoy that.
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Access: In this week’s episode, Edward is trying to bring the York brothers together and a battle looms with France. What can you hint at?
Aneurin: Coming up now… you see the manipulation of power come into play. Of course, you’ve already had moments of it splitting the family, but what you have here is basically Edward losing his way with his relationship with Elizabeth and forgetting his loyalty to the throne and then you have George, who is a power fiend, who just wants it all and wants to be king and basically captain of the world, which isn’t going to happen, unfortunately. And then, you have youngest brother, Richard, in the middle of it all, really, who just kind of is trying to tell his two brothers, ‘Come on! We need to work together, and the loyalty the three of us can have to one another is enough to overpower anyone who wants to try and command us or try to take our lands. So, if we work together then, one, we can have a happy family, but also, we can do good for the people and take care of the country that we have.’ Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out as clearly as that.
Access: Do you think at this point, Richard might be the smartest?
Aneurin: I thought Richard was the smartest and that changes at a point. I think Richard is the smartest and in the episodes you’ve got to come in America at the moment… you will see that change. That’s not down to his own intelligence. It’s down to people going against him and manipulating him in an untrustworthy way. So then he loses sight of who is faithful, who isn’t and who’s gonna be loyal and who isn’t and, unfortunately, he gets it a bit wrong.
Access: What has it been like being on Twitter while the series has been airing? Have people responded to you, Tweeting to you about your performance to tell you they are thinking differently about Richard or anything like that?
Aneurin: There’s been a lot of wonderful comments and a lot of people taking quite an interest in this point in history and especially in us telling Richard from a more naturalistic point of view. So the positive kind of attention that’s been coming back on Twitter has been wonderful. It’s nice to see that. I’m just happy people invest time to watch it, let alone enjoy the interpretation. So it’s great that not only are they watching but enjoying it and specifically then [putting it out there] that they liked what I did with Richard.
Access: How do you think Richard really feels about Anne?
Aneurin: It’s a very complex relationship, I think, and a lot more complex than what is told through the series, which then came down to a lot of fine tuning by myself and Faye Marsay, the actress who plays Anne, Richard’s wife. I think it was very natural and it was very true and very heartfelt. I think that they did love one another. What I do believe is as the worlds around them were changing, and the politics were going up and down, I think Anne’s persistence in trying to do the bad things, which were against his moral beliefs, kind of dampened the quality of tenderness within their relationship and therefore I think he found himself quite alone in a very vulnerable way, which then created a little bit more space between them. So I think they both just lost their way. At that point, I they probably should have gone for modern marriage counseling. But unfortunately it wasn’t that kind of world at that point.
Access: We could have Dr. Melfi from ‘The Sopranos’ over.
Aneurin: Yeah there you go! I don’t know how that would work out.
“The White Queen” continues Saturday night at 9 PM ET/PT on Starz.
-- Jolie Lash

September 22, 2013

Richard Armitage:Tumblr Blog Wants Your Questions for RA (see link) + NEWS:Into the Storm Release date is Aug 8, 2014(see article below) + Lovely White Queen Fanvid + Pez Thorin & Orc Side by Side + New Photos from Yesterday's BAFTA Tea Party in LA

Leave your questions for RA at following blog.  There will be a press conference with Hobbit cast members early Sat morning in London:
Tweet from Todd Garner:
Todd Garner ‏@Todd_Garner 16h“@THR: Found-footage tornado pic 'Into the Storm' to hit theaters August 2014
OPENING DAY is AUG 8, 2014 -- The Warner Bros. film -- Into the Storm -- Starring Richard Armitage -- is directed by Steven Quale.
Tornado pic Into the Storm will rip through theaters on Aug. 8, 2014.
Directed by Steven Quale (Final Destination 5), the found-footage film stars Richard ArmitageSarah WayneCalliesMatt WalshNathan KressArlen EscarpetaJon Reep and Jeremy Sumpter.
The Warner Bros. film -- previously titled Black Sky -- follows a group of storm chasers trying to document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes that ravage a small town. While some residents seek shelter, the storm chasers prove just how far they are willing to go to capture a once-in-a-lifetime shot.
Are Pez Thorin and the Orc bffs?
ahhh...who doesn't enjoy what seems to be a happy ending for Richard and Anne in The White Queen?...But, the lovely proposal and acceptance have just occurred in ep 6, and judging from other relationships so far, we'd be wise not to expect their fairytale romance to continue without at least a few down moments. Afterall, no one's life is a thornless *rose* garden;)....have no shame.
New Series REIGN premieres in Oct.  Here are some of the beautiful/handsome costumes:

Scottish newspaper mentions RA is "tipped" for the Poldark role.  Now if we knew that word means rumored or something more definite, we'd have a better conception of their comment.
There is also much excitement about a remake of romantic 18th-century melodrama Poldark (Richard Armitage is tipped to play the lead), as well as a shameless compendium of crowd-pleasing Victoriana in Dickensian, a remix of the 19th-century author's work in which his most famous characters from different novels cross paths. That's without even mentioning Julian Fellowes's The Gilded Age, an epic NBC network production about wealthy New York socialites set in 1880s Manhattan.
Happily this Fall, when it raineth it poureth fine quality new tv series, e.g. Sleepy Hollow:

Yes, it's true - hopeless romantic here, but it's such a lovely place to be..and I'm obviously not the only one..

September 17, 2013

Richard Armitage:Tea Anyone? (see new photo) + Comment by cast member + Better Quality Pic from Director Todd Garner + Director of Black Sky/Into the Storm? Tweets pic of RA..sort of(see below)

Just discovered the following gem.  It's extremely appropriate for the US Marines to focus on The Hobbit, a British cultural icon.  Relevant websites explaining the history of founding of the US Marine Corps will follow as well..
Excerpt from above website:
The United States Marine Corps can trace its heritage the British Royal Marines. Although the current ranks of the Royal Marines number quite small compared to today's US Marines (7,000 vs. 175,000), both Corps of Marines have stood side by side in conflicts around the globe and maintain their close ties...
During the war of 1812 with England, the British burned nearly every public building in Washington, D.C. (including the White House and the Capital). The Marine Barracks were spared the burning out of respect. (haha..never heard last fact until today)

One of the actors playing opposite RA in Black Sky/Into the Storm made this comment:
Nathan Kress speaking about working with Richard Armitage.
"…his voice, is what was most challenging to me.  …He’s yelling the entire time in the movie, telling people to go from place to place, which was very kind of scary for me, because I was being ordered around by a dwarf king.”
Better quality this time plus director Garner's last tweet today was "see you opening day"..

Behind the scenes photo of RA from his upcoming tornado film(you'll need to use the magnifier:)

September 10, 2013

Richard Armitage:Sleepy Hollow Trailer + Black Sky/Into the Storm Director tweets

  1. Thank you Giz the Gunslinger for stunning RA-Zorro above..
    Guy of Gisborne visits Sleepy Hollow to celebrate the new tv series with Ichabod Crane..
    John Portah will soon appear on screens in living rooms across the USA:
    But first Guy of Gisborne will grace them...
    Psyched to see the gang again.
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