In a thread during yesterday’s semi-annual “You Tell ME Which RA You Want to See” game on the Richard Armitage US Facebook page, a member mentioned that RA was just too good to be true. Naturally, like most of us, I agreed. And I started thinking…
If RA US had a (PG-13, please) theme song to describe our members’ feelings for RA, what would be YOUR choice?
My initial reaction – thanks to the “…too good to be true”comment – was the original Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” (Look for their story this summer in the film “Jersey Boys.”)
One of the reasons I leaned toward this song is that – should RA and I ever dance to it – it has both slow-dance and free-style moments. That’s kind of perfect, right? Improbable, of course, but perfect.
So our members took to the challenge with a joyous, creative enthusiasm, with selections as diverse as the members themselves. Check it out! Whether you’re a fanvid producer looking for inspiration, or a member of the global RArmy, you’re bound to find one listed that resonates with you! If not, add yours! (Just remember, we’re a PG-13 page…. with a sense of humor.)
Fun Day Sunday: “Operation Into the Storm” Opening Weekend Viewing Planning Commences, May 18, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #568)
Richard Armitage US: We are NOT alone! Let’s make this OPERATION INTO THE STORM opening weekend regional/global events happen. Check out Grati’s blog for the ideas she has and the events she’s already working with!
I have already offered to look into organizing a Saturday, August 9th, 2014 RA Fan viewing of Into the Storm (poster on fake movie ticket, left) in Chicago, Illinois (US) by scouting out theatre locations and such. MarieAstra8 (of the Obsessive Behavior blog) hopes to plan an NYC (US)…
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An Online Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Premiere of North & South… Interested? Read More Below…
SPEAKING ONLY ON BEHALF OF MEMBERS OF THE RICHARD ARMITAGE US FACEBOOK PAGE (carefully trying not to step on any toes, but truly hoping to lure others who might want to come out and and play…)
On the aforementioned Richard Armitage US Facebook page, our members (aka people who have “LIKE”d the page) have been playing around with ways to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the premiere of North & South this November.
Like most RA well-wisher groups, RA US has a diversity of members. Ours, for example, represent over 43 countries and 47 languages – including Pirate English, which will come in handy if ever RA should star in a remake of Pirates of Penzance or Captain Blood.
SO, N&S premiered on November 14, 2004. Here in the States, November 14, 2014 is a Friday. I’m not good at any kind of math – especially global time/day conversion – so I talked with an Aussie member and she says it is also a Friday on her side of the world. (Our folks liked the idea of this event/celebration/par-tay happening on a weekend.)
Suddenly, RA US peeps are kinda getting jazzed about doing this online “North & South 10th Anniversary Worldwide Celebration” (aka Par-tay) with other RA well-wishers from other groups and individuals, and so are extending the invitation to everyone in the RA Universe to come out and play.
We’ve kept The <Proposed> Plan simple:
- Everyone (who can and wants to pparticipate) watches N&S wherever you live in the world on November 14, 2014 – the 10th anniversary of its premiere. THEN…
- On Saturday, November 15, we gather electronically — all go to one place on the web — and talk about the film, RA, the impact it’s had and continues to have on us, RA, DANIELA, BRENDAN(!), RA, Sinéad, Tim, Anna, Jo, Pauline … Well, basically, all things North & South!
BUT, here’s the question for everyone who thinks this might be fun:
Where should that one place BE????
The more the merrier, but what web venue would be most convenient to the most people?
Feel free to comment here!
Right now, we’re thinkin’ it might be fun to do it on Twitter. We wonder if we could crash Twitter on November 15 with the #RANS hashtag…? Wouldn’t that be a HOOT!?!?!?!
Cheers, ever’body! Hope you’ll join us!
And 1,000 thanks to RA US Special Correspondent Chrissy Lampard, for reminding us that THIS is the YEAR!
Thanks, Guylty! (But I’m not digging the blue tint to the photo, tho I understand its purpose.)
Sarah Dunn has released a stunner. That needs an emergency *ooof*, no doubt.
I guess I knew something like that was going to come up this week, or why else did I not get round to writing an *ooof* yesterday?
We are familiar with this set-up already. The neutral background, the shallow depth of field, the harsh light from the left. Armitage is sitting at an angle to the camera, his head leaning slightly forward, looking down towards the front (our bottom left). The light illuminates more of his face than in the previously known image. The light is unchanged, but the tilt and slight turn of the head to the subject’s right makes all the difference – more light reaches Richard’s left side of the face. We also get more definition of the facial contours, and the sculptural proportions of…
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Fun Day Sunday: Grati Encourages Opening Weekend Viewing of Richard Armitage’s New Film, Into the Storm, in Chicago and Elsewhere, May 11, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #563)
Well, this matches our group’s idea of a trial-run ArmiCon regional/global gatherings to prepare for The Hobbit: Thorin, aka Battle of the Five Armies in December… We’ll work on setting this up with our members ASAP.
ANYONE WHO WANTS TO JOIN IN IS VERY WELCOME… We’re all members of the same tribe, after all. Some have been members longer than others, but we’re all RArmy members!
Film Industry Truism (major premise):Opening weekend ticket sales can make or break a film’s subsequent success. With the reasoning being that the more people who see a film–and the bigger the box office sales–this encourages others to give a film a chance and see the film, thus increasing overall box office sales and a film’s ranking of success based on ticket sales.
RA-ism (minor premise): The exquisitely talented British actor/storyteller Richard Armitage has a new film (ITS movie poster right), Into the Storm (ITS), whose U.S. opening weekend is August 8-10th, 2014. For all countries film release/opening dates for Into the Storm, visit this ITS page.
RA Fani-ism (conclusion): A lot of people viewing Richard Armitage’s new film, Into the Storm, during its opening weekends around the world–in particular August 8-10th in the U.S.–will help promote…
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Yeah, sure, okay, FINE! It’s fair to say, sometimes I second-guess myself… and usually it’s a good thing.
I know I’ve proposed the first-ever ArmiCon as a global, regional gathering of the RArmy to attend “The Hobbit: Thorin,” or, as Sir Peter Jackson insists on calling it, “The Battle of the Five Armies.” But I’ve slept on it, and – with the additional input of others, including Gratiana Lovelace (thank you!), who commented on the previous blog post – I think we’ve come up with a sort of pilot program for our global/regional “Hobbit” events.
I had been thinking about “Into the Storm,” and how it might benefit from a strategic, tactical RArmy assault. A film’s opening weekend Box Office is so critical to the whoever-powers-that-be as a measure of the film’s success. And in talking today to other members of the RArmy, we found others who believe the opening weekend would be the time to make our strike.
What do we mean by a “global/regional event”?
- Depending on when “Into the Storm” is released where you live, regional groups of RA fans will meet in a specific city for a specific showing on specific day during opening weekend to see the film together. Then, depending on the time of the show, you can gather and visit over drinks and/or a meal before or after. Lots of us would like to get to know each other, take selfies and tell tall tales!
- In each country, each city/region would have an organizer who would coordinate details of the location (city, specific theater), showtime, and spreading the word.
Our members are allll over the world: for example, the 2,250+ membership of RA US on Facebook represent 46 countries and 51 languages (including Pirate English <grin>). So we feel it’s important to be inclusive and, even though this is a trial run, we hope it will be global.
We know this is a lot to ask. We hope that the hundreds of RA FB fan pages, Tumblr sites, bloggers, tweeters and millions of RA well-wishers around the world will join in to help us organize this, and make it happen!
If you want to be a part of this, tell us if you’re interested here.
Special thanks to Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel for the “ArmiCon” name!
TROOPS! Some of us have been talking. We have so much fun together in our virtual world, we think it would be a kick to get together in person! But we’re alllll over the world, and that’s a lot of money for travel, especially since there’s no possible way to get the man himself to join us. So we thought we’d do things a little differently, just us RArmy members.
Now if this is an old, tired idea, I hope the
veterans in the Armitage Army will forgive me.
I only joined about four years ago, and the troops
who are interested in trying this are also relatively new recruits.
So welcome to the first ever ArmiCon! (Hat tip to the wit of The Anglophile Channel’s Marlise Boland for the name!) We want to start small. Here’s what we suggest:
- Depending on when “The Hobbit: Thorin” also known as “Battle of the Five Armies” is released where you live, regional groups of RA fans will meet for a specific showing on specific day to see the film together. Then, depending on the time of the show, you can gather and visit over drinks and/or a meal before or after. Lots of us would like to get to know each other (and take selfies and tell tall tales)!
- Each city/region would have an organizer, who would coordinate the specific theater, showtime and spreading the word.
So many of our members are allll over the world, and even for this first gathering, we’d like for this to be a global initiative… and we know that’s a lot to ask.
But imagine it: wouldn’t it be cool if *tons* of RArmy members in Italy, Australia, Bulgaria, France, Spain, Germany, the UK, the US or WHEREVER you are went to to see the final film in “The Hobbit” trilogy on the same night at the same time in different cities all over, gathering to see and discuss the film and get to know each other? Putting faces with Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr names?
This will definitely require volunteers to coordinate each event. I volunteer to create a Facebook Event Page – like this one – for each area, and then turn it over to the regional organizer to work things out with the fans in their city. province, country via the Facebook page (which is *very* interactive). Then after the ArmiCon in your region, your selfies, other photos and stories can be posted on the Event page for posterity!
Can we pull this off? Who knows? But we’ll never know unless we try!
What do you think??? Sound off here or on the “trial balloon” Event page.
Personally, I think Thorin would be touched.