Monthly Archives: November 2012

Momentous Thorin & Co. Moments: A Middle-Earth Timeline

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(Thanks to The Hobbit Tribute Magazine by Topix Media and writer Jan Sterling.)

In the Second Age of Middle-Earth~~

2770: Smaug the dragon descends on Erebor (the Lonely Mountain) and lays waste to the nearby town of Dale. The Dwarven King Thor escapes with Thrain II and Thorin II.

Young Thorin, a displaced prince after the attack by Smaug.

2850: Gandalf finds Thrain and receives the key and map of Erebor.

2941:  March 25~~ Gandalf and Thorin have a chance meeting at the Prancing Pony in Bree.

April 26~~ The Unexpected Party at Bilbo’s.

July 16~~The Company is captured by Goblins dwelling deep within the Misty Mountains.

July 17~~Bilbo is lost inside the Misty Mountain tunnels and stumbles upon the Ring.

July 19~~Bilbo encounters Gollum and narrowly escapes with his life (and the Ring) after besting the creature in a battle of wits.

A group of vicious Wargs traps the Company in the tops of some trees, but the adventurers are all saved by Giant Eagles (and this is likely where the first of the three movie ends).

Thorin high atop the trees in an effort to escape the nasty Wargs.

So, if Thorin is 200 years old at the time the film is set, would that make him in his late 30s when the attack by Smaug took place?

RA: Definitely Svelte: TAE Word for the Day

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Svelte: (adjective): (1) Slender, especially gracefully slender in figure. (2) Suave; blandly urbane.

Looking at recent photos of Mr. Armitage, in prime form and minus all the padding provided by his Thorin gear, one can only describe him as svelte. He’s slender, but not skinny; he know from the reports of those who got hugged by him on the Black Sky set he’s “solid” beneath his clothes. 

And graceful? Ah, the man is absolute poetry in motion. The dancer’s poise is always evident.

Suave, particularly in terms of a man, means charming, confident and elegant. Remind you of anyone?

I can’t say I think of the dear fellow as “bland,” but urbane (“courteous and refined in manner”)? Oh, yes. Every bit of it.

And didn’t he look and act the part of the suave, elegant, courteous gentleman at the Wellington premiere? Ladies and gentlemen, I rest my case. Richard Armitage is definitely one swell and svelte guy.

Richard Armitage: That Old-Fashioned Star Allure

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I am a huge fan of movies in general, but there is a special place in my heart for the films from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.  The studio system was in place with actors and actresses under contract, and they were expected to appear in public looking like, well, STARS–well-dressed, well-coiffed, stylish and sophisticated.

Of course, “regular” people tended to dress more formally back then, anyway–I am old enough that I remember my mother going shopping in a dress, heels and a hat and gloves. You don’t see that much anymore, do you?

Sometimes I think we’ve swung the pendulum too far in the other direction. I used to be appalled when I would attend local high school graduations for the paper when I saw how a few of the people were dressed.

 

It’s one thing if you have to come directly from work in your uniform; it’s another if you show up in a faded T-shirt with mustard stains and baggy shorts.  They looked even worse alongside the attendees who did bother to dress up in their finest for a significant occasion in their loved ones’ lives . . . I am not one to stand on ceremony, but a little decorum never hurt.

But I digress (lack of sleep will do that).

Back to the subject at hand, old movies, and a man who has that old-time movie star charisma, Mr. Armitage. The way he carries himself, the way he interacts with fans and media, is a lesson in civilized behavior laced with humor. This gracious, charming, blindingly handsome gentleman, immaculately turned out,  seems to exist on a higher plane than other mere mortals; he looks every inch the star that one might have once gushed over in the pages of Photoplay Magazine.  Back when stars really were dreamy to behold . . .

Let’s face it, dearest Rich, you are a movie star now. And with the assistance of your new stylist and your own innate allure, you LOOK it, baby.

Richard’s latest message: “Nervous, excited and quite emotional”

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Message from Richard Armitage, 28th November 2012  (courtesy of Annette at www.richardarmitageonline.com

Dear Friends,

         So I am sitting in my hotel room from which I can see a very long red   carpet and The Embassy Theatre. I am nervous, excited and quite   emotional, the day has arrived when we can finally present our work for   everyone to hopefully enjoy.

                  I wanted to say thank you for the continuing support that I receive from   everyone who visits Annette’s brilliant site, and those others which   have popped up over the last few years and months. It means so much to   me to have that support. I truly hope you all enjoy The Hobbit, I tried   to respect the responsibility that taking on this role presented to me,   my fellow cast members are all spectacular in the story and we send out   our work to you in the hope that you can take your friends and family to   see a great event in the cinema.

                  I look forward to saying thank you, at the various premiers over the next few weeks.

                  See you on the Red Carpet.

               Much love                   Richard

I could be wrong, of course. But something tells me the prospect of mega-success and superstardom is not going to change Richard Armitage, not the core of who and what the man essentially is. I see here graciousness, gratitude, humility, humanity and a good heart.  (And a man who tends to double-space when he types–but under the circumstances, I think that’s perfectly understandable.)

I am also beginning to cry.

After being so frustrated over not being able to properly see the red carpet event, this was like a wonderful and unexpected gift. It also validates why such things are so important to me. Because Richard IS special and he IS worth the extra effort.  No one else could or would make me care so much, to so yearn to see his shining moments as they happen.

Richard Armitage, I wish you peace, love, joy and happiness this holiday season. You deserve it. Thank you for all the good things you have brought into my life and into the lives of so many others.

And you were absolutely dazzling on that red carpet in every way. You did us proud, my dear boy, you did us proud.

Red carpet photo collage courtesy of Msbeeton and RANet

Anna & Alice serve up a dish: Red carpet Richard!

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These are thanks to our own Hungarian honey, Judit and Anna Patton and to Alice Tynan at Twitter, who was one of the “uncouth Aussies” as Richard teasingly dubbed them, present at that very long red carpet in Wellington.

Now that’s up close and personal. Oh, love how the smiles are reflected in those beautiful blue peepers.

Every girl’s crazy ’bout sharp-dressed man . . . who is also intelligent, articulate, talented, funny, kind and thoroughly delicious.

Thank you, Alice and Anna and thank you, Judit!! Love it.

Richard, I’d heard you looked sharp tonight. Finally, I got to see for myself.*squee*

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Livestreaming is horribly frustrating for me.  The constant need to buffer, all the starts and stops in the middle of a conversation, the loading symbol right smack over the person’s face–highly annoying, especially on a night that you have eagerly anticipated for close to two years. If you’ve got a decent high-speed internet connection, it can be great. If you don’t, uhmmmm, not so much. I believe some of you share in my frustration.

Then when your computer, which has become increasingly troublesome, decides to really “act a fool,” it’s enough to make you want to bang your head against a wall if it didn’t throb so much already.

Thanks to my husband, I did have a new computer bought cheap from his boss, who’d won this HP laptop months ago and never even fired it up.

Now it’s mine. Nothing’s loaded on it yet, but at least I did have web browsers to use.

So I tried to watch the livestream of the red carpet in Wellington. But it kept needing to “load” . . . and “load” and “load” and I was stuck with Neil Finn and his band for an eternity. No offense to Neil, but I wanted Richard Armitage.

And I bloody well missed him.  I saw some of the other dwarves, Cate, Hugo, Elijah . . . but no Richard. *sob*

I was almost ready to just call it a day when I heard a certain voice. THAT voice. I opened that screen again and saw him. Richard.

Looking just as sharp as a commenter on Twitter had said. I only saw him from the shoulders up, but I really liked him in that grey suit. (Was the tie red? Hard to tell in the glare.) Loved the little wave in his shining hair. His crinkles showing in the bright sun. That sweet smile.  And was that stubble I spied? Sexy, handsome, charming man.  Finally. Richard.

Oh, you’ve come a long, long way, baby.  I hope tonight is all you dreamed of it being.

Guess who? I know who. A sharp-dressed man on his way to being a movie star!

Sorry, no pics up yet that I can share from tonight. I am sure videos and screen shots will surface soon . . .

Agitated & Frustrated in Lower Alabama

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OK, so today has gone to hell in a handbasket for me. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, too little sleep, a more or less non-functioning computer. This is the third time I’ve tried to post this. Maybe third time is the charm.

If you don’t see or hear from me for a bit, I am hoping to be able to watch the red carpet event via Benny’s desktop which is hooked to one of the flat screens. My only real option. I will try to catch up with everyone tomorrow, assuming this piece of junk decides to cooperate.

Hope you all have a wonderful night. Mr. A certainly looks handsome again today.

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In case you were wondering where rto watch the big event online, here’s the skinny, thanks to Frenz. 😀

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Yes! You can watch The Hobbit Premiere live and get your fix of Richard Armitage even if you’re not in New Zealand and don’t have a cable connection. Doesn’t matter. There are places around the web which will offer live, free streaming of the event. The Red Carpet will begin at 4:30pm Wellington Time with streaming coverage beginning at 3:50pm. If you’re not sure when that is your time, you can check out this clock.

Most of these are facilitated by Warner Brothers streaming through NowLive, so yeah, the NowLive link is direct. But I think most of you know which one I’m going to access. 😀

TheOneRingnet

Middle-Earth Network

The Hero Complex

Now Live

3NewsNZ

Cinemaxx (Germany; not sure it’s free but it should be)

I’m currently looking for other sites and will add as I find them and correct links as needed. Additionally, if you find some…

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It’s raining, it’s pouring–RA & Hobbity goodness!

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It’s actually raining and pouring the regular wet stuff here right now. No wonder Bad and Even Worse Knee hurt all night. That may have impeded sleep, but it didn’t stop me from soaking up all the pre-premiere Hobbit hoopla. I have never been so ridiculously excited over the premiere of any movie, including one that was shot right in my hometown and county.

Of course, it didn’t star Richard Armitage as the world’s sexiest dwarf, either, more’s the pity.

Here are some photos that Sir Ian McKellen tweeted earlier of the preparations in Wellington as they literally rolled out the red carpet for Sir Peter and Company.

There are interviews which I tried to link to here, but only end up with big black holes. ?? Go to YouTube and type in “Hobbit Cast Interviews” and you should pull them up if you haven’t seen them already. Richard looks great, is in mellifluous voice and is his typical gentlemanly and articulate self. And those smiles and the laughter!

“In breathtaking style”: More from the Hobbit Tribute Mag

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More quotes from The Hobbit Tribute: The OneRing net’s Collector’s Edition. And one of my favorite variations on a certain handsome young dwarf (to be seen in flashbacks in the trilogy–

“As a young dwarf, Thorin Oakenshield saw the dragon Smaug invade his home in the Lonely Mountain and slaughter most of his kinsman. Ever since, the exiled dwarf king has furiously pursued his revenge against the terrible wyrm.

“Veteran British actor Richard Armitage relishes the opportunity to play such a conflicted, emotionally complex character, and if anyone can accurately portray Thorin’s flaws on screen while still remaining sympathetic, it’s the talented Shakespearean actor and self-professed Tolkien fan.

A screenshot courtesy of RANet of Martin and Richard doing a short interview with News 3 New Zealand. Yes, RA is talking with those fab hands once again.

“In addition to his enthusiasm for tackling Thorin’s psychological state, Armitage’s work on the BBC’s Robin Hood makes him well-suited to the physical challenges of playing the fearsome dwarven warrior, and it’s clear from the advanced footage of the film that his bellowing baritone will also be put to use singing a dwarven dirge or two. Thorin earned the name “Oakenshield” by defending himself with a tree in a battle, and while Armitage won’t be lifting any logs, expect to see him slaying orcs, wargs and giant spiders in breathtaking style.”

Personally, I expect no less. I’ve seen Jas’s GIFs of him twirling like a lethal top, the most graceful dwarf warrior around, I will wager.  And in a few hours, folks will get to see it all on screen in Wellington . . . wow.

What a day–and it’s not even the premiere!

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I sleep in today after being up until 4 a.m. with various aches and pains. And then I spent the rest of the day trying to catch up with all the Hobbit hoopla whilst keeping my laptop working, which is no mean feat these days–either task, actually.  Didn’t get around to responding to comments until the past hour or so. As always, thank you ladies for keeping the conversations going!

What I also got accomplished was donating to Richard’s Just Giving Fund as part of a fan effort to “bomb” the site with donations just in time for The Hobbit premiere. If you haven’t given yet, consider it, even if it’s only a few dollars/pounds/euros/what have you. Little becomes much when many give it.  Here’s the link below. There are several organizations, including the Salvation Army, Childline, Barnardo’s, and Shelter.

http://www.justgiving.com/user/18578864

Now, on to Mr. A. and the excitement of that “flying billboard” arriving in Wellington with some of the cast onboard, waiting to be greeted by the rest.

Not a sight one sees every day. My, that stern-looking bearded fellow with the lion’s mane is quite handsome, isn’t he?

Richard–wait–do you realize you are in front of the pack for a change?? Just where you belong and looking delicious! I suppose they told you to stand there . . . 😉

Yummmm. A more close-up view. He does tend to stand head and shoulders above many of his cast members, doesn’t he?

Group photo of cast members with Sir PJ and Phillipa. Richard on the front–yet again–and looking happy–yet again–and gorgeous—as always.

I loved Richard’s look for today, skinny jeans and all (don’t his legs look impossibly long? And great footwear as usual). The vest and jacket combination with the plaid shirt and jeans all worked well together for him.  Yes, he looked a bit more dressed up than many of the other cast members, but nothing wrong with being well turned-out when all those camera are going off. There was nothing flashy that screamed “look at me! I am a superstar” about the outfit. A nice blend of the casual and conservative in which he seemed very comfortable and relaxed.

And here’s a link to a video of the plane’s arrival, with a lovely welcoming  hug shared by Richard with Aidan Turner at the .49 mark. Thanks to Mezz for sharing it.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/8003418/Actors-arrive-aboard-Hobbit-plane

One suspects these comrades are glad to see each other again and to share in all the excitement of this huge premiere event.

Now what will Richard be wearing tomorrow night (or should I say “who,” assuming it’s designer threads)? Stubble or clean-shaven? (I tend to think he will be clean-shaven).  And what shoes will he be wearing? Is he nervous? Does he have butterflies in his beautifully toned stomach? Is he eager for it to be over? Wondering how audiences will react?  Oh, how excited I am for him.

Richard, I just know you are going to amaze us all. I hope all the fangurlz who got to make the trip have a terrific time. 😀

And I couldn’t resist sharing another version of this pic . . .