Daily Archives: June 19, 2012

It’s Hobbit-Eve: will our “powerful star” appear?

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The following is a quote from an article at TheOneRing.net, which is gearing up to kick off Comic-Con with a panel on all things Hobbit in the first hour of the first day of the event, no less:

“Staffers have been calling the current period of less-than-six-months before “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Hobbit-eve and this annual popular-culture convention may serve as something of a kickoff to the mainstream or casual fans that the big event is on its way this December 14th.

Saturday, July 14, Warner Bros. has a three-hour block of time reserved in the 6,500 seat Hall H, where everybody fully expects an official Hobbit presentation. Since Hobbit principal filming wraps around the first week of July, and Billy Connolly says the wrap party is scheduled for July 7, rumors are swirling that some principal figures from the cast may attend that presentation including Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman. Part of the job of being in the movie is promoting it and word on the street is that WB will start its massive campaign at Comic-Con with powerful stars. “

I added the italics, the bolding and the red ink to emphasize those last couple of lines. Richard Armitage, a “principal figure” yippee! (as indeed he is. There may be better-known actors reprising roles from LOTR, but Martin, Sir Ian and Richard are the stars of the show, I reckon).

No formal announcement has been made yet of the content of WB’s three-hour block on Saturday, but undoubtedly, as expected, there will plenty about The Hobbit.  I fear if there was not the geekapalooza could turn into a blood bath. Hell hath no fury like fanboyz  and gurlz denied their hobbity fix.  I can only hope RAFrenzy’s gut feeling is true and Richard will indeed be there as the world’s tallest and sexiest dwarf.

The above quote also emphasizes something else we’ve been discussing–that part of an actor’s job is to promote the project. Whether they like and enjoy that aspect of their profession or not, they are expected to share the anecdotes and press the flesh on morning news shows and evening chat shows, to attend various events tied into the production, and generally make nice with various members of the media. Sir Ian is no longer a young man, and I would expect such appearances to be more limited in nature for our good Gandalf the Grey.

The Hobbit (2012 film)

The Hobbit (2012 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Martin as THE Hobbit and Richard as THE King Under the Mountain would be perfect ambassadors for this film.

I’m hoping our Richard won’t find the process too excruciating. If he were undergoing this, say, ten years ago, I’d be more worried.  Just as he has grown ever more attractive, Richard seems to have likewise grown more confident, poised and comfortable in his own beautiful skin as the years have passed as an individual and as an actor. I am hoping all his experiences–good, bad and indifferent–will help him go from strength to strength in every area of his professional life.

The Company of Dwarves from left to right: Nor...

The Company of Dwarves from left to right: Nori, Fili, Dori, Bofur, Gloin, Dwalin, Thorin, Balin, Oin, Bombur, Bifur, Ori and Kili. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It could be getting the big break when you’ve got 40 years to talk about is exactly the right time for it to happen. And Comic-Con could be the right place for Richard to wow the thousands who will fill the hall that morning, and millions more who will experience this amazing actor via the internet.  We all know how very charming, erudite, witty, gentlemanly and purely gorgeous he can be.  Gandalf may be the wizard, but if the man who plays Thorin wants to cast his spell over the entire hall with that It Factor, he can do it. That’s the power of the Armitage Effect.

S0—will I be seeing him wow the crowd on July 14?

Comic-Con International is coming July 12-15 in San Diego and I will be there! SQUEE!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported my Comic-Con Trip Fund. I have the biggest hurdles cleared–the plane ticket and the hotel–my way out there and back, free breakfast daily and a place to crash each night. 

 

 I’m still raising funds to be able to cover transportation to and from the convention center and hotel (just over 10 miles apart) and any of those unexpected expenses (i.e. the free food disagrees with my system and I have to buy some nosh along the way).  Any and all donations are much appreciated!

The flight is booked: closing in on Comic-Con

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Let’s hope I get the aisle seats I requested. People with fibromyalgia need room to stretch a bit while they ponder the geekapalooza (love that term. Saw it on another blog) known as Comic-Con International. And I’ve requested wheelchair assistance. Hey, I’ve got energy to conserve. The geekapalooza covers a lot of ground.

San Diego Comic-Con International

San Diego Comic-Con International (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ll be winging my way to San Diego  July 11 via Delta Airlines, arriving shortly after 3 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.  Yes, the ticket is now purchased.  The seats were fast disappearing on any desirable flights (i.e., those that didn’t leave very late, meaning I’d arrive in SD the next morning, and/or required me to make multiple connections and spend long hours in the airport. Fifteen hours to get from Montgomery to SD and vice-versa by air is tooo much).

English: A Delta Airlines Airbus A330-323E lan...

English: A Delta Airlines Airbus A330-323E landing on runway 18C at Schiphol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know, I love that husband of mine. Benny saved me (or should I say, our little community) another $90 beyond previous discounts by discovering I could pre-pay for my room in San Diego rather than just reserving it.  That freed up enough cash to cover the ticket cost.  And so the deed is done, the die is cast, the ticket booked and the room paid for in full–thanks to those of you who have generously contributed to the cause.

Will he be in disguise at Comic-Con? Or will the It Factor simply penetrate any attempt to go incognito?

This trip will involve a lot of firsts for me: my first trip to San Diego, although not my first to California; my first Comic-Con, my first reporting gig since being laid off from the paper and, I dearly hope, my first time seeing and hearing Richard Armitage in person. At times, it is all a bit overwhelming, frankly.  But in a good way, unlike some of the ways I have felt overwhelmed in recent months.

I wonder how Richard felt when he learned he’d been cast as Thorin in The Hobbit.  Excited, ecstatic, nervous–overwhelmed?

Maybe I will get to find that out. Along with how he smells. 😉

For those interested, here is  a link to an online article KG and I were discussing offline.

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2012/06/18/57508-theonering-net-at-comic-con-full-details/#more-57508