Monthly Archives: April 2013

One last post: This pic is too freakin’ beardalicious.

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And there’s a podcast interview, too, here:http://www.graffitiwithpunctuation.net/2013/05/01/pod-save-our-screen-14-praise-thorin-an-interview-with-richard-armitage/  Warning, there is some profanity from the pod hosts (is that a word? Or something off Star Trek??)

Richie has been a busy, busy boy over the last couple of days.  And looking and sounding so good amidst all his business, too. *thud*

OK, peeps, going to try to get some sleep before the big event in the morning (here) re the Q&A.  Love ya!

It’s my freakin’ RA friends on Aussie TV! AWESOME!

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Meri (blonde) and Bechep (brunette) are seen towards the end of this interview with Richard Armitage done with Channel Nine Mornings in Sydney. They are the lucky ladies from the photos in the reblog I did from Servetus’s blog.  Richard looks and sounds wonderful here–so youthful and rested and HAPPY–and again, what lucky, lucky ladies to get to meet him and get their photos taken with him.

And TONIGHT (or 4 a.m. my time tomorrow) they will be part of the sold-out audience for RA’s Q&A before the screening of TH. My understanding is no live streaming of this event, but it will be recorded to share at a later date. Hoping for some photos of the event and Tweets as the Q&A progresses. I am pretty sure I will be up anyway. 😉  Lots of RA excitement in the last couple of days.

(On a less happy note, I injured my left little toe today on a sprint through the house without my shoes. Blood pooled up beneath the nail and it’s mighty tender.  Due to the awkwardness of  Lefty trying to treat it, I waited until Benny was home to receive any first aid. Still managed to walk out to the mail box and back and down to the little house and back to check on Seabee, but I never forget the darned toe. :-/ So the RA stuff came at a really good time to cheer me up!)

BTW, the ladies describe RA as nice and sweet and gorgeous. Was there any doubt??

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Bold Meri gets to stroke a certain beauteous bloke’s beard. She liked it!

Richard ‘Freakin” Armitage, ladies & gentlemen. A funny radio interview

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Richard did a phone interview with Scott and Nige on a radio station in Canberra this morning. I listened to part of it live, but buffering issues made me miss chunks of it. Thankfully, the ladies at RAC captured the whole thing and here’s the link:

http://richardarmitagecentral.co.uk/racwordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Canberras-Number-1-Hit-Music-Station_0002.mp3

There are some rather hilarious and rather–er, surprising responses to some of their questions in the “10 Questions” portion of the interview.  RA seems once again to be relaxed and enjoying himself, and quite took to his new middle name as given him by the DJ: “Freakin.'”

OK, I liked these DJs a lot more than the ones earlier–they were jovial but didn’t sound as if they were on methamphetamines–and it didn’t hurt at all that they mentioned me and my Tweet on air. Yes, and those of a number of my RA friends, too! In fact, there were so many freakin’ RA fans from all over the freakin’ world, that #RichardArmitage was soon trending on twitter across Australia!  The DJs said they’d never seen such an enthusiastic response to any celebrity they interviewed.

Well, that, ladies and gents, is the power of the awesomely lovely and talented Mr. Armitage.

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 Richard Freakin’ Armitage: Simply Awesome 

Richard Armitage knows his IKEA furniture & other things I learned this morning.

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Truly annoying 2dayFM DJ Dan (he of the Weed Whacker-styled hair), cute little Hobbit-sized DJ Maz, and the handsome hottie I was up at an ungodly hour to hear between them.   Hear the interview below courtesy of link by RANet:

http://www.fox.com.au/shows/the-dan-maz-show/dan-maz-interview-richard-armitage/

The best thing about this radio interview was listening to Richard laugh. My gosh, that does my soul good.  And learning during the IKEA/LOTR character names quiz how knowledgeable RA is about IKEA furniture. Which leads to happy little DIY fantasies . . .  otherwise, had to endure way too much inane happy talk and way too many commercials on the way there and in-between the (all-too-brief) interview’s two parts.

Found myself wishing the DJ would talk less and allow RA to talk MORE. That is why we were tuning in, right? An interview. You ask questions and then you let the other person talk and actually give them the opportunity to complete a sentence or express a thought before jumping back in.

Not meaning to just pick on Aussies here, either. We’ve seen American media types do the same thing all too often, and those from other countries.  Richard, you continue to impress me with your good humor, patience, gentlemanly nature and aplomb in handling these situations on an international scale. Bless you!

‘I want to stretch myself’: RA’s new interview with Alice Tynan

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The following is an excerpt from Alice Tynan’s interview with Richard Armitage for TheVine.

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Now you’re going from battling flying dragons to twisters in Black Sky, so what can we see you in next?

After Black Sky? Oh I wish I could tell you. Every script that I’ve read has got a book attached, and I think I’ve read five books.

So I just need to steal your Kindle, is what you’re saying?

[Laughs] You just need to steal my Kindle. There are some big scale projects, and then one incredibly charming book that I love so much. But I don’t have anything confirmed, so I’m going to keep my fingers crossed.

That’s interesting, how do you go about selecting roles? Is it different after The Hobbit?

It’s not as easy as people think. My job at the moment is to convince people that I’m not 5 foot 2 and hairy. [Laughs] But I suppose the priority for me at the moment is to try not to repeat myself, and also to really focus on how I want to stretch myself, and what kind of directors I’d like to work with. So that’s been the focus.

So Thorin has opened doors then?

A little bit, yeah, but I’m now swimming in a much bigger pond, you know. I’m going up for roles that are going to big actors, big actors! And I’m in my forties and those big actors have got big CVs. But hopefully I’ll win one of those roles that I love so much.

Read the interview in its entirety here:

http://www.thevine.com.au/entertainment/interviews/richard-armitage-interview?page=1

Oh, he has me intrigued now! I wish I could get my hands on that Kindle. Have to say I am wondering if A Discovery of Witches is one of those novels–as most of you know, there is a group Armitage for Clairmont which has been very vocal about their wanting to see RA cast . . . oh, lots of possibilities.  And what is this” incredibly charming book” this incredibly charming man is so drawn to? I want to know!?

I italicized the one quote above because it is quite close to what I believed to be his thoughts on his career; that desire not to be typecast and end up play the same sort of character over and over again. The desire not to play it too safe with his career, either. To keep challenging himself.

And to keep amazing us.

And I just can’t help this feeling . . . that I have to keep on editing!!

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Richard’s Q&A Down Under is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. which is–if I have calculated correctly–Wednesday at 4 a.m. CST in my part of the world.  I will be following several folks on Twitter including Lady0akenshield aka Bechep of “Such is Life,” who has been counting down the days at her blog, as they share this exciting experience. Having seen how delectable RA looked in the new Sydney photographs, Bechep and her fellow Aussies all seem to be more eager than ever! And really, can we blame them?? Safe traveling and best wishes for a wonderful, wonderful time of it sent to all the ladies (and any gents I may not know of.)

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Holey-moley. I knew I was still awake for some reason.

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More new Armitage pix from Sydney, this time a series of eight by a professional photog, Tracey Nearmy for AAP Newswire. They are all watermarked; still, the Armitage Bearded Beaut in Black Leather is absolutely delectable. The Sydney sunshine seems to agree with him . . . You can look but if you try to snaffle you won’t get far. Just don’t ask me how I got this one.

Below is a link where you can see all the portraits.  Warning: Drool, Thud, Squee and Sigh Alert!

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Mr. Armitage Works His Mojo on Me

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Mojo: (noun) magical power; charm

Apparently of W. African origin, akin to Gullah moco (witchcraft), Fula moco’o (medicine man). Fula is a West African language. Early documented use in English: 1926.

I have often thought I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out Richard Armitage has some sort of magical powers.  The way he can completely captivate one’s attention. The way his eyes can absolutely mesmerize and his smile turn one’s legs positively wobbly.

The way he can make a heart beat faster, a mouth go dry, a strange fluttery sensation flow through one’s body–the healing properties, too, of the sound and sight of him.

For it’s definitely “white magic,” benign, benevolent, beneficent.  When we ache and doubt and grieve and worry, there’s the wonderful manner in which he can somehow make it all better.

Richard Armitage–you and your chaRActers have got the mojo. Long may you all work it, my darling.

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New Pic of RA Showing Beardy Goodness. You’re Welcome.

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Richard Armitage with Alice Tynan in a photo she tweeted a short time ago.

Richard Armitage with Alice Tynan in a photo she tweeted a short time ago.

Oh, those poor AAAs who are attending the encore Hobbit screening and preceding Q&A session with Richard in NSW this week. This is what they will have to look at, the vision above and of course, the awesomeness of Thorin Oakenshield. Don’t you pity them? 😉 Yeah, riiiiiight . . .

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Sunday SmorgRgAsbord: Secret Agent Men

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Wanted to bring you more photo edits of our spies for MI6, MI5 and Hydra, but WP is not being kind to me today. And I REALLY need a nap (asleep after 2, awake by 4:30 a.m.) so enjoy what’s here, including the Johnny Rivers’ classic, “Secret Agent Man.” 😉  All the shows are done now, we are pleased with results of DVD sales and also response of those watching themselves larger than life last night on the wall of the theatre, the sound pretty awesome coming through the theatre’s system.  😀

It’ll take me a couple of days to get up to speed, so bear with me. I have some chores to do related to Pecan Ridge Productions, amongst other things. Hope all are well.

A sigh of relief. At last.

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I am smiling because I am happy. Tired and aching, yet happy. We had  good night tonight. Several sales before the show, and another flurry of them afterwards.  Sold three-quarters of the DVDs we took with us tonight and have several more who plan to buy tomorrow night or Saturday. This is good!

The show went well, there was a large crowd on hand to cheer them on, and I know I made one of the featured singers and her mom very happy with a few kind words on facebook. Hey, I calls ’em as I sees ’em. 😉 And knowing that made ME feel good. By the way, she gave another fabulous performance.  Go Christina!

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I saw some folks I hadn’t seen in a long time and got some compliments on the hair (which is now displaying Benny’s handiwork with the new champagne blonde tones).  We had to grab bread and milk at Wal-Mart after the event.  Benny scored us one of their premade Italian sandwiches, which we shared on the way home, with just enough left over for a doggie treat. 😀

Harry, Benny and I all breathed a big sigh of relief after it was over. Our best event yet so far. Two more nights of POTR to go. Looks like we may be shooting a dance recital next month, and we already have a kindergarten graduation lined up and will do a complete high school graduation package–Honors Program, Class Night, Baccalaureate and Graduation. The merry month of May will be a busy one for us.

Relief. Yeah, that’s how I feel. I shouldn’t worry so much, but I am afraid I do. *sigh*

I promise I will make time for some Guy tomorrow. It’s pushing 1 a.m. now here . . . hope all is well with you.

Butterflies and Breaking Legs: Gearing Up for the Big Show

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All stills are from the dress rehearsal of “Putting on the Ritz,” our arts council’s annual musical fundraiser.  Originally conceived as a one-time event to celebrate the 80th birthday of the grande dame of our arts program, the event evolved into a spring showcase of our homegrown talent and a way to raise monies to bring professional performers to our little hometown. I am proud to say our town of less than 8,000 has one of the most active and thriving arts councils in the state.

I am exhausted and in pain and excited and nervous and eager all at the same time. I can only imagine the dozens of folks taking part in the show tonight and the next two nights are feeling somewhat the same way (except I hope the exhaustion and pain isn’t there!).  I know the director has butterflies in her tummy and so do I.

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We were up in the middle of the night–well, I’d never gone to bed and Benny hadn’t had a lot of sleep–watching the finished DVD.

We got nervous when it appeared that might be a problem with the sound, with Benny departing to watch the other copy on the other flat screen, but happily it appeared to be nothing more than a problem with my DVD player/TV connection *phew*

Benny had added an “old timey” look to a portion of the video, which worked beautifully, and the colors of the costumes were dazzling in the other footage. His close-up work shot at Monday night’s dress rehearsal was edited into  last night’s footage and really gives the video something extra the audience won’t get watching in the auditorium.

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I made a DVD sale sign in Photoshop using a red theatrical curtain backdrop I found for free online and we’ll display it on my table tonight, along with Benny’s tablet, loaded with the intro featuring more of my stills incorporated into an “American Idol” type of opening with a cheering crowd and lots of glitz.  And, of course, we will have copies of the souvenir DVDS . . . may they all sell this week and there be a demand for more, more, more.  *crosses fingers and toes*

We’ve put a lot of work into this; the folks appearing on stage, in the band and behind the scenes have worked even harder and longer, however. None are professional performers. We’ve got elementary and high school students, teachers, a city/county librarian, a newspaper editor, two judges, a lawyer,  juvenile probation officer, retail sales manager and more–a true cross-section of the community.

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They have jobs and families, homework and housework, church and social obligations, and they still devoted many nights of rehearsal learning songs and practicing dance steps. Numerous hours were set aside to design and make costumes, to build and paint the stage backdrops and create props.  It’s a labor of love, a labor for the arts. I hope we have full houses all three nights to cheer them all on!

(And OK, I wouldn’t mind selling a few extra DVDs. 😉 Hey, it’s my business now, right?)

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“Let’s raise the roof and have some fun . . .”  My former co-worker and editor, Kevin, who is now the city/county librarian, channeling his inner Lionel Richie for “All Night Long” number. Another former co-worker, now editor at a sister publication, is keyboardist for the show (and also plays the trumpet).  I have lots of talented friends, come to think of it . . . 😉