Please Join NS10 – A Fan-Based 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Premiere of North & South

Daniela Denby-Ashe (Margaret Hale) and Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

Daniela Denby-Ashe (Margaret Hale) and Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF NORTH & SOUTH WITH US! The weekend of Nov. 14 marks the 10th anniversary of the BBC series North & South, and we are planning a GLOBAL celebration.

Thanks to Tara Jarrett for the terrific “Selfie-While-Watching” idea!

First, The Facebook page for the initiative is here: http://bit.ly/NS10th
Twitter Account: Twitter: NS10 @NandS10th
Email account: ns10thanniversary at gmail.com

Here’s how you can get involved: During the weekend of November 14, watch N&S and take a selfie of you watching (Shy people: if you, like me, are shy about taking a selfie that includes your face, don’t be concerned. My selfie is going to be of my TV with my legs stretched out on the coffee table in front of my sofa!).

Then, post your photo on Twitter, your Facebook page, on the NS10 Facebook site (link above).

On your selfie post include your location to demonstrate the global appeal of North & South. Also, remember to add the ‪#‎NS10‬ (withnospaces) hashtag so we can compile all of these into one place, either on the special N&S page(link below) or on a blog.

We are eager to get the fans of the other stars involved in this celebration as well! We’d love your help in reaching out to everyone who loves this film!  We need your help with research:  We need to get in touch with the FAN groups of these actors from N&S, and need your help in tracking down the groups…

Will you help? We believe we/you can probably gather fan group info via the internet.
Here’s the cast:

Daniela Denby-Ashe – Margaret Hale
Richard Armitage – John Thornton (we have some contact here <smile>)
Tim Pigott-Smith – Richard Hale
Sinéad Cusack- Hannah Thornton
Brendan Coyle – Nicholas Higgins (we’ve made some contact here)
Anna Maxwell Martin – Bessy Higgins
Lesley Manville – Maria Hale
Jo Joyner – Fanny Thornton
Pauline Quirke – Dixon
Brian Protheroe – Mr. Bell
Rupert Evans – Frederick Hale
John Light – Henry Lennox
William Houston -John Boucher

Tracking down as many as possible of these actors’ fan groups is crucial to the event’s success. If you are a member of a fan group, and/or can help us reach out to them, please reply to ns10thanniversary at gmail.com or comment on the FB page: http://bit.ly/NS10th

Cheers to you all and we look forward to seeing photos from N&S fans from all over the world!

Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins) with Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins) with Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

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A Few Pointers on Twitter

Richard Armitage US:

Terrific advice!

Originally posted on RAFrenzy:

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For those who have just joined Twitter or have been on and still don’t know how to navigate it effectively, here are some basics to remember:

  • Tweets are what you and others post on Twitter.
  • Profile page (aka “Me”) is where you find your tweets and retweets. If you want to make a tweet sticky (keep it at the top of your tweets on your profile page), you can “pin” the tweet. This is under “more” on the individual tweet. This is not widely available on mobile. Bummer.
  • Your timeline is the tweets that scroll when you are on your Twitter home page. It’s also known as the home feed. It is populated with tweets and retweets from those you follow as well as the occasional (let’s hope it stays occasional) promoted tweet thrown in by Twitter. Conversely, people who follow you will have your tweets/retweets in their timelines.
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Of Shifting Sands and Undertows…

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You know that singular feeling of standing on the beach as the waves come in, just enough to cover your feet? As the wave goes back out to sea, it creates a sensation of the earth literally shifting beneath your feet. While it can be disconcerting, depending on the pull of the wave, it’s not unpleasant.

Then there’s another kind of wave entirely. The kind of wave looks normal, but when you step into it, it sucks at your feet like death, jerking them out from under you pulling you under with sudden and terrifying power. An undertow is treacherous, unexpected and all too often undetectable… until it has you. As you become more familiar with the shore, the pattern of the waves and the weather, you can sometimes sense an undertow, but that doesn’t mean you can avoid it.

tricky tide Depression is my undertow. Like many Americans – 0ne of 10, 80 percent who are un-diagnosed or untreated, according to Heathline –  I never know when I awaken, what kind of day it will be. It’s never a solid-ground day.

If it’s a gentle shifting sand day, I can usually accomplish a few tasks – grocery shopping, talking with a friend on the phone, maybe even cooking a meal – but I still have to be careful to pace myself.gentle shifting

If it’s an undertow day – and it is, more often than not – I can know it before I even I swing my legs over the side of the bed and my toes touch the floor. Even as I lie there, prone on my mattress, I can feel the weight of the day, the force of the pull drawing me under. On those days, I do my best to accomplish two things: feed my cats and – eventually – write something on Facebook so my friends who worry about me know I’m still here. In the past, I was able to accomplish the former; not always the latter. The Richard Armitage US Facebook page I manage has changed that. Many days, the only reason I leave my bed is to find out what our members are talking about, or which posts are getting the most/best/worst/ reactions.

Undertow day

I’m not trudging along this beach alone and unaided. In fact, for the last seven years – since my clinical depression was finally diagnosed – I’ve worked with several doctors, therapists and countless medications. While my sessions with my doctors make me feel less like a freak, the meds they’ve prescribed have had a negligible or short-lived impact. I also have friends – thank you, Diane – who listen and empathize and, ultimately, have helped me keep my head above the deadly waves.

It’s a struggle.

Today is a shifting sand day, so I fed the cats and read for a bit. These thoughts about my depression have been swirling around in my head for a while. So, since it’s a day I can write a little, I’m trying to put them down to share. If you suffer from this illness, maybe knowing that someone else has these thoughts and these struggles will help you feel less alone. Or maybe you can show this to someone who loves you, but doesn’t understand the disease.

Today is a day that I might even be able to post bon mots on Facebook, which is where I can pretend to be well. I can log on, keep up with close friends and the interesting people I know, share a couple of interesting news items, make pithy – sometimes even witty or funny – comments, and log off. No emotional energy or capital required. On most shifting sand days, I can be a pretty good pretender…lots of people with depression are skilled actors, and would rather put on a cheerful face than see that dread “You have so much. What’s wrong with you?” expression in others’ eyes.

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On undertow days, I still try to log on. I do this because if I don’t, my phone will be ringing within a day or so from friends who demand a response to ensure that I’m all right. On undertow days, I try to avoid status updates since “Today my depression is overwhelming” isn’t exactly the kind of pretend-positive personality I’m trying to project. Instead, I find something interesting from NPR or on the web from the New York Times or The Hollywood Reporter, or new photos of Richard Armitage to share. My introductory comments don’t require what would be obviously false cheeriness. I can be as dark as I want based on the gravity of the item.

On any day and every day, though, I avoid real people as much as possible. Email and Facebook are my guards. I find that personal interactions require far too much emotional and physical energy, and usually the undertow has me in its paralyzing embrace for days afterward.

This is why my friends and acquaintances learn that I’ll often agree that it would be lovely to get together for lunch or a movie, or a reunion of beloved colleagues, but then I rarely speak of it again, and never show up at the parties. This is a major change for me, considering my former profession, a change made solely as a self-protective measure; I worked  in special events, media and community relations, and was very involved community and neighborhood life. But at one point, I realized that these activities were doing me more harm than good. With the first whisper of disagreement or conflict, I heard the waves rising and could tell that the undertow was already tugging at my legs. Isolation, I’ve found,  protects me from that particular trigger.

So is this it? Is this how I’ll spend the rest of my life? I truly can’t imagine another 20-30 years of this kind of existence. Instead, on shifting-sand days, I continue to hope that the next medication will be the one that gives me daily shifting sands (of course, I’m realistic enough to not to expect solid ground).  We have found one med that helps with my panic attacks, so I’m hopeful that we’ll find one someday that works with the undertow.

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Depression unpredictable, but daily possibility and frequent presence of that dark, insistent undertow is no way to live. So I will pray that each of us finds the meds and counselor that will deliver those gentle eddies, and diminish, perhaps even eliminate, the suffocating darkness.

Last undertow

All photos taken by RA US at Edisto Island, South Carolina.

 

INTO THE STORM: Richard Armitage US Review

Richard Armitage is Vice-Principal, Math Teacher, Football Coach, Dad and Hero in "Into the Storm"

Richard Armitage is Vice-Principal, Math Teacher, Football Coach, Dad and  Crisis-Hero in “Into the Storm”

I will begin with a confession: since it was announced that Richard Armitage would star in what I came to call the “Unnamed Into the Black Tornado Storm Sky Project 4, 5, 6(?),” I planned to see it only because it featured RA as its leading man. You see, I am not really a disaster film fan. But I should’ve trusted RA because I’ve never been so wrong in all my life. Brief explanation: Like most of us who follow RA’s career, I’d been reading about Into the Storm for, roughly, three years. It seemed to start out as a small, found-footage-intertwined-with-human-stories film. Then we started seeing photos like this one. (Tweeted by that [formerly tricky] Into the Storm Producer Todd Garner!)

Hmmm, looking pretty disastery here, Mr. G.

Hmmm, looking pretty disastery here, Mr. G.

Then the bits and pieces of video started coming out, and they were full-on disaster clips. But Mr. G. promised he would supply “the power of the human spirit” that RA mentioned at CinemaCon.* The second trailer delivered. Still it was a monster movie, those tornadoes clearly being both monster and star. And I’m not a monster movie person. But, accompanied by a gleeful group of Richard Armitage US members, I was brave enough to attend a preview screening in Atlanta, thanks to Mr. G (who turns out to be a fun tweeter and fine man), and the generosity of Warner Brothers Pictures. I want to say that any connection – albeit slim – or gratitude for their kindness has no effect on this review. Nor is my assessment affected by my respect and affection for Richard Armitage overall. Believe it or not, the film was so engrossing, and the ensemble of actors and their characters so strong, I actually forgot to focus on Gary Fuller. The film takes just the right amount of time establishing its human characters: a rather brusque man, Gary Fuller, has an awkward and uncomfortable relationship with his two sons. The backstory is that there was a divorce and then the mom died, so the boys have come to live with Dad. But Dad – for a vice-principal of a high school – doesn’t really seem to know how to communicate with teenagers. (I kept reminding  myself that he’s also a football coach and so is used to having his orders – never suggestions – followed.) The sons are beautifully realized by Max Deacon as serious and shy Donnie, and an initially cheeky Nathan Kress, as younger son Trey. Donnie’s secret crush Kaitlyn – a smart, environmentally conscious young woman – portrayed by Alycia Debnam Carey rounds out the dynamic of the family relationships.

"Did you hear that? "Max and Kaitlyn.

“Did you hear that?” Max and Kaitlyn.

Younger Fuller son Trey (Nathan Kress) is a natural videographer.

Younger Fuller son Trey (Nathan Kress) is a natural videographer.

And then we have the Storm-Chasers, Matt Walsh as Pete, who has to get that shot before losing his backers, Sarah Wayne  Callies as Allison, a scientist, and a smart, strong female character; Arlen Escarpeta as Daryl, a dedicated storm chaser with a heart; and Jeremy Sumpter as Jacob, a newbie  storm-chaser-shooter who’s uncertain about his latest career choice.

Pete (Matt Walsh), Trey (Nathan Kress, Gary (RA) and Allison (Sarah Wayne Callies) take stock after the first wave of storms.

Pete (Matt Walsh), Trey (Nathan Kress, Gary (RA) and Allison (Sarah Wayne Callies) take stock after the first wave of storms.

And that’s the cast… OH! Except the wild cards: Reevis and Donk, wanna-be YouTube stars. Since the second trailer debuted, to me, Reevis has been the “Dude! M’arm hairs” guy and Donk has been his sidekick. From that trailer, I swore if anything happened to “Dude,” I’d never recover. Played, respectively (if not respectably), by Jon Reep and Kyle Davis, these two guys provide much-needed comic relief. (Hey, I’m Southern, and was not offended in the least, just don’t call them hillbillies or rednecks… these kinds of guys are just about everywhere in the US.)  And if their Flaming Pool of Death gag and its aftermath doesn’t make you laugh out loud, I worry for you.

Donk (Kyle Davis) survives the Flaming Pool of Death he and Reevis (Jon Reep) set up to launch their YouTube stardom!

Donk (Kyle Davis) survives the Flaming Pool of Death he and Reevis (Jon Reep) set up to launch their YouTube stardom!

So that’s the – forgive me – calm before the storm(s). You’ve all seen samples of that video. Helicopters crashing into buildings, planes swept up in funnels, a tornado bearing right down on our people and, of course, the fire funnels. But there is so much more. And all of it is breathtaking. The storms and their destructive power are stunning and relentless and horrifying, and – with the theater sound – is about as real as you can get to a tornado without actually being in one (and I have).

One tornado approaches... there are more.

One tornado approaches… there are more.

And while this nasty fella makes his way toward our heroes… our YouTube stars chuck their beer cans to record it while Storm-Chaser Daryl gets a money shot. nathan-kress-into-storm-stills-16 All this said, honestly,  I have to see this film again, and perhaps several times; in fact, I’ll be at the theater with friends on Opening Day, August 8. There is SO much going on, I found it difficult to focus… even on RA. Plus, it was SO much more than I expected: more believable storms, more heartbreak, more humanity, more beauty, more power, more character development. In fact, the ensemble is amazing. Standouts are Max Deacon, whose American accent is flawless and seems effortless, and his character is both poignant and brave. I expected Nathan Kress to turn in a solid performance, and he did. Matt Walsh’s Pete is simply fascinating to watch… in every scene. Sarah Wayne Callies is a welcome note of sanity and humanity in the chaos. Jon Reep and Kyle Davis are unforgettable. And then there’s RA. As the head of what appears to be a rigidly structured household, he is hardly sympathetic in the beginning. His first scene with Donnie breaks my heart. And he spends much of the film yelling over the wind; he has few quiet moments. (An aside: how I long to see RA in a role that allows him to speak quietly, using that voice and all its nuance.) Yes, there is a character arc, but in his case, I longed for more. And that’s not RA’s fault, but the production’s or the script’s. Still, it’s a solid performance – especially considering his water phobia and having a truck dropped in the street just 10 meters in front of him. He delivers what the director and script called for, but I think much of Gary’s humanity was the result of RA’s suggestions, and Director Steven Quale’s openness to collaboration.

The Fuller Family have gone Into the Storm.

The Fuller Family have gone Into the Storm.

AMENDMENT: I had said after my first screening that I thought that the epilogue with some of the characters updating their status felt tacked on and simplistic. But I’ll say no more about that here. I have thoughts, but don’t want to give anything that might resemble a content spoiler. On SECOND viewing, I want to make it VERY clear that the the ultimate final scenes were very satisfying! You’ll see what I mean when you see the film.

And, I have to say, there is just one detail continues to bug me: what happened to all those dozens of other school buses filled with students and others at the school’s storm shelter?  This is the last school bus we see,  and it’s just the one Gary and his crew were in… It is a puzzlement.

Gary, his abandoned school bus, Donnie,  Kaitlyn, Trey and Allison... where's everyone else?

Gary, his abandoned school bus, Donnie, Kaitlyn, Trey and Allison… where’s everyone else?

That side,  it’s a wild ride with interesting characters, monster storms and a super cast. Terrific for a summer movie. Congrats, everyone.  As RA says:

I'm really proud of the film and I hope people enjoy it... and there's always room for a good disaster movie.

“I’m really proud of the film and I hope people enjoy it… and there’s always room for a good disaster movie.” ~ RA to RA US Special Correspondent Sara Alize Cross

Finally, one last shot of the entire cast at the premiere… Didn’t I tell you that Jon and Kyle are unforgettable?

L-R) Jon Reep, Todd Garner, Max Deacon, Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta, Sarah Wayne Callies, Nathan Kress, RA (behind Nathan), Alycia Debnam Carey, Steven Quale, Kyle Davis and Jeremy Sumpter.

L-R) Jon Reep, Todd Garner, Max Deacon, Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta, Sarah Wayne Callies, Nathan Kress, RA (behind Nathan), Alycia Debnam Carey, Steven Quale, Kyle Davis and Jeremy Sumpter.

Please let me know your thoughts about the film… and I may have a whole ‘nother reaction after seeing it a second (and third and fourth, infinity) time. 

Our Black Carpet interviews with dome of the cast – RA, Matt, Max and Arlen – Are all here in one sweet clip! The Richard Armitage US/Sarah Alize Cross team and their roles: Interviewed by: Sara Alize Cross; Shot by: S. Iturri Sosa, Rachael Levy, Adam Smith Sound by: Lana T. Yang

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 * “The power of nature is both terrifying and awe-inspiring, but what is more inspiring than that is the power of the human spirit.” ` Richard Armitage, CinemaCon, March 2014.

 

RA US & RA: Together At Last! (Kinda)… OR, RA US Crew Captures RA as he Goes “Into the Storm”

Good questions from these well-wishers!

Good questions from these well-wishers!

Okay, no more teases! Here is RA US Special Correspondent – I love the faux pretension of that title – Sara Alize Cross and her magnificent team at the very end of the Into the Storm premiere press line catching a few moments with our beloved RA… LOVE Iturri’s tight shots!
The Richard Armitage US/Sarah Alize Cross team and their roles:
Interviewed by: Sara Alize Cross;
Shot by: S. Iturri Sosa, Rachael Levy, Adam Smith
Sound by: Lana T. Yang

Thank you to Sara and her team for doing a spectacular job. Thanks to Richard Armitage, Matt Walsh, Max Deacon and Arlen Escarpeta for finding us at the very end of the press line. And a very heartfelt thank you to Into the Storm Producer Todd Garner and Warner Brothers Pictures for making this happen!

Don’t forget! Richard Armitage Central was there, and Julie did a great report for them. And so did AbbyMUSTANG! – for Richard Armitage Net! And WHO can forget our favorite RA reporter, our beloved Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel? Go to The Anglophile Channel for all of her reports! But first, you have to check out RA and Marlise!

Here are some stills from that magical night:

Hmm... Killer high heels and still he looks down. Seems our beloved Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel is the woman who can look at RA eye-to-eye.

Hmm… Killer high heels and still he looks down. Seems our beloved Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel is the woman who can look at RA eye-to-eye.

Well-wisher reporters are FUN!

Well-wisher reporters are FUN!

The man himself... simply beautiful!

The man himself… simply beautiful!

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So This Happened: RA US Shot Video on the Into the Storm Red Carpet…

Richard Armitage US Special Correspondent Sara Alize Cross gets this shot of the man himself on the (Black) Carpet of the "Into the Storm" NYC Premiere!

Richard Armitage US Special Correspondent Sara Alize Cross gets this shot of the man himself on the Red – well, Black – Carpet of the “Into the Storm” NYC Premiere!

How did it happen that Richard Armitage US was asked if we wanted to field a reporter on the Into the Storm Red Carpet? We’ve only been around little over a year. All I can say is that 1) Producer Todd Garner is one fun tweeter, and we’ve been exchanging tweets for months, 2) Mr. G. got some RA US Atlanta peeps passes to a preview screening, 3) Warner Brothers arranged the passes, and then their Interactive Marketing rep got in touch to say she liked the FB site and would we like to have reps at the premiere (yes, m’dears & m’darlin’s, I did squeeee a wee bit), and 4) Into the Storm has some heavy competition, and the RArmy might make a difference.

Whatever the reason, Warner Brothers Pictures was gracious and generous in offering Richard Armitage US to be represented on the Red/Black Carpet, and we were honored. Here are the credits for our crew:
Interviewed by: Sara Alize Cross;
Shot by: S. Iturri Sosa, Rachael Levy, Adam Smith
Sound by: Lana T. Yang
We knew Sara’s work from a long-ago post on our page and a link to her reel, so we knew she’d be great.

Plus, we were delighted to stand with our charming, hilarious and lovely fellow RArmy representatives Abby from Richard Armitage Net and Julie from Richard Armitage Central!

But (tongue-in-cheek) RA US Special Correspondent Sara Alize Cross and her team’s video and content was so beautiful, we’re splitting it into two reports. FIRST UP is Matt Walsh, Max Deacon, and Arlen Escarpeta, from the Into the Storm Black Carpet! And we’ve added a BIT of the tease for the RA interview coming tomorrow!

Thank you to Sara and her team for doing a spectacular job. Thanks to Richard Armitage, Matt Walsh, Max Deacon and Arlen Escarpeta for finding us at the very end of the press line. And a very heartfelt thank you to Into the Storm Producer Todd Garner and Warner Brothers Pictures for making this happen!

Let us know what you think!

MR. Matt Walsh, who plays a driven storm-chaser, interviewed by Sara. Photo by Rachael Levy.

MR. Matt Walsh, who plays a driven storm-chaser, interviewed by Sara. Photo by Rachael Levy.

 

Max Deacon, RA's elder son Donnie

Max Deacon, who plays RA’s elder son Donnie. Photo by Rachael Levy.

 

Arlen Escarpeta, who plays a storm-chaser with a heart, interviewed by Sara

Arlen Escarpeta, who plays a storm-chaser with a heart, interviewed by Sara. Photo by Rachael Levy.

And if you’ve read this far, a sweet surprise: a beautiful shot of RA, a bit of a tease for tomorrow’s interview:

Our very own RA, who plays Gary Fuller in "Into the Storm.

Our very own RA, who plays Gary Fuller in “Into the Storm. Photo by Sara Alize Cross.

Stay tuned,  m’darlin’s! More RA video & screen caps tomorrow!

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Going “Into the Storm” in Atlanta with Members of Richard Armitage US

Artwork by Ann Boudreau

Artwork by Ann Boudreau

I should begin by saying that since it was announced that Richard Armitage would star in “Unnamed Tornado Project/Category 6/Black Sky/Into the Storm,” I planned to see it only because RA was in it. I am not really a disaster film fan. But I should’ve trusted RA. Because I’ve never been so wrong in all my life.

Accompanied by a gleeful group of Richard Armitage US members, I was able to attend a preview screening in Atlanta, thanks to Into the Storm Producer Todd Warner (who’s a fun tweeter) and the generosity of Warner Brothers Pictures. I must be a Method film-fan, because – despite the stormy, rainy conditions of the evening – I insisted I was fine without my umbrella. Hence, I am the drenched shooter, not a member, of this photo…

Some of the Richard Armitage US Atlanta Screening Squad

Some of the Richard Armitage US Atlanta Screening Squad

We were included in a pre-screening event, which included the  IntoTheStorm Oculus VR, introduced the week before at ComicCon. It’s a 4-D individual experience, experienced by Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel. Sadly, there was a massive line, as there was for the opportunity to Tweet for Treats, so we had an hors d’oeuvre or two, one – or more of us – snagged a free libation, and then RA US (aka Mother Hen) hustled everyone back to the theater to ensure we had good seats. (Atlanta screenings are famously well-attended.)

RA US Atlanta RArmy Squad members, I encourage you to add your own thoughts about the experience in the comments!!!

So we got our seats, all right. Terrific seats. And then – after two trailers (no BOTFA, though ) – the movie began. Reviews are embargoed until FRIDAY! So that’s all I can say about the film now. Except we saw THIS scene:

RA and Sarah Wayne Callies meet in unusual circumstances...

RA and Sarah Wayne Callies meet in unusual circumstances…

And we saw THIS scene:

The Fuller Family After Going Into the Storm

The Fuller Family After Going Into the Storm

AND THIS SCENE…

Richard Armitage US Special Correspondent gets this shot of the man himself on the (Black) Carpet of the "Into the Storm" NYC Premiere!

Richard Armitage US Special Correspondent Sara Alize Cross gets this shot of the man himself on the Red – well, Black, actually – Carpet of the “Into the Storm” NYC Premiere!

OOPSIE! No, we did NOT see that last scene at the Atlanta screening. THAT shot was at the Into the Storm NYC premiere.

But more about that tomorrow!

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Do we expect too much of him?

RA at the DoS Madrid Premiere

RA at the DoS Madrid Premiere

Oh, remember? He was weary from the Desolation of Smaug  tour by the time he got to Madrid. After reading so many accounts of his weary (but willing) greeting of fans each night after The Crucible, I have to ask:

Do we expect too much of him sometimes? After an emotionally and physically grueling four-hour performance, should we expect him to come out every night to meet and greet us? Is his performance not enough? Has he set a precedent he can’t rescind?

I’m not judging, just asking.

This issue worries me. The play runs through mid-September, and they haven’t even gotten into matinee days yet, when he’ll have to achieve this level of performance twice.

I know that this kind of selfless commitment to us is one of the reasons we love him so.

But I wish we could ask him: RA, some nights, would you just like to walk out of the stage door and keep walking?

And, as a follow-up: If you would, how can we help you do that?

<ducking now>

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Can’t Wait to Hear More of RA’s US Accent!

Happy Dance!  Photo courtesy of Klaudia Dimitrievic Galas.

Happy Dance!
Photo courtesy of Klaudia Dimitrievic Galas.


I love RA’s UK accent(s), but I have to admit, I’m really looking forward to hearing more of his American accent in #IntotheStorm‘s new trailer (premiering somewhere on the web June 26 at 10 AM US Pacific Time).

He seemed to be droppin’ his gs in the trailer for THE TRAILER. (Well, Gary Morris is from Oklahoma.) As long as he doesn’t mix his American accents (like She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in Spooks), I think he’ll be fine.

ANYHOODLE, I expect eight years – since this interview (bless his heart) –  will have made a difference:

“I’d practiced my American accent really hard so I could get the part just right. When I finished reading, the casting people said, ‘Wow! That was great… Now would you mind doing it again with an American accent?’”*

Good luck, darlin’ RA!!!

*Source: http://bit.ly/USaccent


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A Fan Describes Some Changes in The Crucible, and OMG, John Proctor Washing by Firelight

Richard Armitage US:

GReAt report!

Originally posted on Stories - Photos - Encounters - Reviews - Thoughts by Fans for Fans:

A wonderful account of a Roumanian fan’s adventure, almost behind the stage, and meeting Yael Farber, with a stage door photo as well. Thanks to Fernanda Matas who is maintaining (and sticking) the Richard Armitage Appreciation Association Crucible Facebook Page – and she said it’s Ok to cut and paste here for those of you who don’t have access to Facebook.

Here it is:

Hello everyone, tonight was my night. Third time lucky they say, right? You won’t believe it, but I was at the Hobbit premiere in Madrid, then at Premios 40 Principales and didn’t get to properly meet Richard. I even befriended almost all the PR people during the second event in Madrid, but the British stars used a different exit… but oh, how fate turned things around, finally! It was long decided that I…

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