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Little Guy is feeling a bit superior on Guyday Friday

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Ladywriter has added to her group of ChaRActer action figures. Yes, now she has the smaller version of Little Thorin. She calls him Littler Thorin and he’s adorable. But fiercely adorable, she assures you.

Little Guy is thrilled.  Bet you can guess why . . .

Little Guy: *smirks* Well, now. No more feeling as if I need to put those silly lift thingies in my boots the way the CReAtor had to do for his Hobbity film anymore.” *sniffs* “Ridiculous that they made that first dwarf taller than–ME!

Ladywriter: Little Thorin was only a tiny bit taller than you, dear LG.

Little Guy: *shakes head* He’s supposed to be a dwarf.  Whereas I am–well, you know.

Ladywriter: I know. The Great I Am. In a portable version.

Little Guy *smirks* Damn straight! So, are you going to take me to Comic-Con?

Ladywriter: Are you boys all going to get along together?

Little Guy: Oh, I–suppose . . . *manly sniff* If I absolutely MUST.

Ladywriter: You absolutely do if you have any hopes of traveling to sunny SoCal . . .

Little Guy: *grumbling slightly* Uhmmmm. Very well. I shall be a very good boy.

Ladywriter: *thinking* Well, miracles can happen.

Sometimes, I get lucky.

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Thanks for all the positive vibes, Folks. On a morning that left thousands (millions?) from around the world vying for less than 100,000 badges  disappointed, I was able to get the “Golden Tickets” for Comic-Con 2013. Couldn’t score all four days for both of us, but I am sure Benny can find something else to occupy him Saturday. Considering they were all sold out within an hour-and-a-half and I don’t have the world’s fastest internet connection, I feel pretty chuffed.

Sometimes, I get lucky.

The Klutz, the Spy, the Dwarf & the Tropical Freeze

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Klutz, thy name is fedoralady. I got up to go flip off a light I realized I left burning and managed to trip on my own pajama leg to go sprawling very, very hard onto my knees and one hand. It was onto the vinyl flooring instead of carpet which means no padding. And I have padding EVERYWHERE–except, of course, my knees. *sigh*

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I’ve downed some Advil and now have a freezer pack on one knee and some sort of frozen Bacardi Breeze mixer doolallie on the other one. Hey, any port in a storm.

I am hoping to purchase Comic-Con badges today, having registered a while back. The online melee kicks off at 11 a.m. my time. Keep your fingers crossed for Ladywriter 78 and her husband, Rocketman . . .

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My hand is also starting to throb, so I am going to leave you with some fanart of Lucas, who moves much more gracefully than I ever have, and move the Tropical Freeze doolallie to my hand. If all else fails, I’ll just drink it. 😉

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Richard Armitage is not my guilty pleasure.

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Richard meeting fans at Comic-Con. Courtesy of cambear/RA Net.

Richard meeting fans at Comic-Con. Courtesy of cambear/RA Net.

Oh, yes, he gives me pleasure on a number of levels. The truth is, I don’t feel in the least bit guilty over my adoration, admiration and entire fangurl crush over Richard Crispin Armitage.

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I can relate to Richard. He also came from a middle-class background, without the perks and privileges of the well-heeled upper class. He doesn’t have a college degree from a prestigious university as do some of his acting contemporaries. Doesn’t diminish him at all in my eyes.

He may be no intellectual, but then neither am I.  I have no doubt, however, the man’s plenty smart. He’s a reader who keeps a stack of books by his bed. He also continues to blossom as a writer.

Richard puts a tremendous amount of time and effort into researching and preparing for his roles, reading background material and creating a backstory for his characters through detailed journals. He doesn’t mind going to scriptwriters and directors with his own ideas for the character and/or the production, either. And he throws himself into whatever is demanded of him, from horseback riding to weaponry skills to learning how to use a new head of hair to best advantage with a role (think of his extensions for S3 RH).

Richard practicing combat techniques with fellow dwarves for The Hobbit.

Richard practicing combat techniques with fellow dwarves for The Hobbit.

He puts his mind, heart and his soul into crafting each character, and it shows. Even when I hate what the scriptwriters are offering us–the downfall of Lucas North, for example–I cannot fault what he manages to bring to the screen. The man really can make a slk purse out of a sow’s ear.

I came to know him as an actor on the small screen–Robin Hood, Spooks and Strikeback, and all the DVDs of his other performances. But Richard also impresses on the big screen, as we have witnessed watching him blow audiences away with a magnetic, intense performance as Thorin, the charismatic, conflicted dwarf king without a throne, determined to reclaim his people’s homeland. A courageous warrior also dedicated to looking out for his two eager but inexperienced young nephews.

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Richard is a detailed and consummate character actor inhabiting a handsome leading man’s face and physique. The fact his starmeter at IMBD shot from 68 up to 4 in a week is surely an indicator audiences are taking notice of his impressive performance on the big screen.

Of course, it’s not just his acting ability, considerable though it is, and his dedication to his craft, that make him so appealing to me. The fact he is blindingly handsome and devastatingly sexy doesn’t hurt one bit. Six feet, two-and-a-half (or three or–whatever) inches of long, lean, dark-haired, blue-eyed grown-up male with a dazzling smile is a welcome thing; but if all that male beauty possessed a huge ego, a self-absorbed, elitist spirit and a selfish, grasping nature, well, this blog wouldn’t exist.

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Richard is described by those who know him as a man of integrity, a decent human being, sublime, self-effacing, quiet, unassuming, stoical, a true gentleman. It’s the good man I see shining through those blue eyes and those grins and smiles that cements my affection, admiration and respect for him. I do believe he’s what it says he is on the tin, as the saying goes.  In a world full of B.S., I believe Richard Armitage is the real deal.   He’s that nice, down-to-earth, hard-working boy next door who just happens to be drop-dead gorgeous and very bright and talented, too.

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And when I say talented, I mean multi-talented. He dances, sings, plays several musical instruments, dabbles in painting, writes—and I am certain there are more abilities I just haven’t discovered yet. He can also build bookcases and lay flooring.  He’s my sexy, Greek god-like DIY geek.

Speaking of geekiness . . . there is a certain goofiness about the man, a gorgeous nerdiness I find irresistible. He makes me smile. Makes me laugh. Makes me feel really good.

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Richard letting out a big belly laugh during rehearsals for Vicar of Dibley.

He’s got a wonderful sense of humor and a deliciously naughty side under that quiet, gentlemanly exterior that I also adore.  “Love on an Elevator,” indeed, Mr. A! As if you didn’t know what sort of thoughts that comment would elicit . . .

Richard Armitage inspires me, encourages me, teaches me, thrills me, moves me; he is the kindred spirit I’ve never met. He is my muse.

No, Richard is not my guilty pleasure. I don’t feel one bit of guilt over being an ardent Armitage aficionado.

And I am always ready for another serving.

Richard and Comic-Con: My Thoughts (Part Two)

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Having studied Richard’s interviews during Hobbit-Con at Comic-Con yesterday, I can only conclude the man has come a long way, baby. The nervous and slightly giggly fellow of earlier interviews has matured beautifully, and not just on the outside.

I won’t say he was completely without nerves—even experienced actors can suffer from a bit of stage fright—but if RA was feeling a lot of anxiety and trepidation over his appearance at the event, he hid it admirably well.

Now, that’s a sight for sore eyes.

He appeared confident without being cocky—that quiet confidence that says, “I am a mature man instead of a spoiled boy in a man’s body.” He was good-humored (“I lost a foot”) without being mean-spirited.
Relaxed, and yet very in tune with what was going on around him.

As I said in one of the earlier comments, Comic-Con Richard was mellow—and yet, sharp.

Watching him interact with fans, interviewers and fellow panelists, I could not fail to notice his patience, unflappability and friendliness. The good manners John and Margaret instilled in their little boy all those years ago were fully in evidence. Mr. and Mrs. Armitage, you must be very, very proud of your son.
When he is interviewed, he engages fully with the interviewer, focusing his attentions on him/her and giving a thoughtful, articulate response to each question.

Are you talking with your hands again, Richie?

The man practically screams intelligence in these situations. It’s in his eyes, his words and his demeanor. And frankly, smart is very, very sexy.
I don’t know about you, but a muscle man with nothing between his ears bores me to tears every time.

I have to say I love how he talks with his hands in these interviews. I talk with my hands, too, although mine are nowhere near as elegant and attractive as his, and it makes me smile to see those handsome digits in action once again.

It was a pleasure to see him in all the interview situations, group and one-on-one. He is attentive to what the other panelists are saying, absorbing it all. I think he must have amazing powers of concentration. Perhaps, working on this film, having to perform in one room while the actor he will appear with onscreen is actually in another, for example, has only honed those abilities.

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I think after 18 months of working together, the actors really have formed special bonds with one another. As Martin said, Wellington is sort of its own little world. When you’re thrown together like that, I suppose you’d better learn to get along or it would be one miserable experience.

I think Sir Peter chose his actors wisely; strong performers, yes, but also team players willing to work together on a common goal—to make the “best home movie” possible (and yes, I loved it when PJ walked out filming the audience). One suspects egomaniacs are not welcome on a PJ set.

In fact, there appears to be a whole village of wonderfully talented, dedicated and generous individuals who work with Sir Peter to make his vision come to life onscreen. I know Disneyland is supposed to be the happiest place on earth, but I am beginning to wonder if it isn’t a patch of New Zealand instead.

I have so much respect and admiration for them all. It certainly takes a lot of time, hard work and probably some serious headaches—learning to deal with the stench of hot, sweaty dwarf, for example (oh, Richard, you do make me smile)—but they are seeing this dream come together in this creation of a different world

One of my favorite pics. Martin and Andy mugging for the cameras, and Richard simply looking happy to be there.

He spoke of feeling the pressure because of the huge expectations for TH coming on the heels of the enormous popularity of LOTR trilogy. Richard mentioned envying the original actors who had no idea whether the films would be a huge success when they were making them.

He knows he’s got to bring his “A” game, as we say here in the states; frankly, I have no fears he will do anything less. As the fellows at theOneRingNet said, he already owns the role of Thorin. My gosh, but that 3-D poster is simply magnificent! So is the bloke standing in front of it.

Two beauties. Does it look like Thorin is wearing a little Guyliner?

And it seems as if Richard isn’t done with the “little world” of Wellington. Judging by what he told one interviewer, they are nowhere near to actually having the film wrapped, with important battle scenes yet to be filmed. He mentioned he will be going back into training prior to shooting those scenes. I can only imagine wielding Orcrist is quite a workout, especially underneath all the padding, prosthetics, hair and costume.
Will he return to NZ after filming the “tornado movie” or get to return to London for a while or start another project here in the States before going back to Wellie? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
I think one thing is certain. The Richard Armitage Drought is over for now. And if RA makes it to Comic-Con next year, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets his own standing ovation.  For by then, the world will have discovered the Power of the Alpha Dwarf.

Richard, you made us mighty proud once again.

All photos courtesy of the hard-working Ali at www.richardarmitagenet.com  Thanks!!

Richard and Comic-Con: My thoughts (Part One)

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I was so exhausted last night from all that Richarding that I went to bed far earlier than I do some nights. Now I am up, my eyes a bit more rested, thinking about Comic-Con and RA and my reactions and impressions.

I described myself as being in “hyperfrog” mode in one comment I made on the blog last night. I was hopping between The One Ring net’s live blogging, Twitter, the blog, EW.com and checking out the various photos being posted from the event, even tossing a couple of them up on the blog in the “Sweet Baby Richard” post.

Like everyone else, it seems, I was slightly drunk from that euphoric feeling that came from seeing and hearing my favorite actor once mor

 

 

 

I downloaded and re-watched the EW interview with the cast and watched the Fandango interview in which we learned Thorin’s actual height.

This morning I enjoyed watching TORn’s interview with Richard and finally being able to understand what he was saying, thanks to Bccmee’s closed captioning. You go, girl!!

 

 

Several people have commented that he looked a bit tired. Frankly, I would have been surprised if he’d looked completely bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Anyone ever heard of a little thing called jet lag?

I remember sitting in a hotel lobby in England and wondering if earthquakes ever struck London.

And I was a little younger at the time than Richard is now and hadn’t spent a year-and-a-half in an intensely physical role.

Everyone looked a bit weary—well, with the possible exception of the amazing Sir Ian, who seems to be channeling some of Gandalf’s magic. What a terrific example of a senior citizen!

 

Tiredness aside, I thought Richard looked wonderful—a touch of color in his face, I am thinking; the hair, now growing back out a bit, is glossy and healthy-looking and presumably his natural color. There was the black shirt and v-neck tee showing off a lean, muscular frame with just a hint of chest hair peeking out, along with that tantalizing glimpse of a necklace.  A souvenir of his sojourn in NZ?

Yes, the beard was a bit fuzzy but it didn’t bother me, personally. It will be interesting to see if said beard stays or goes for the tornado movie (I will be glad when it gets a working title again).

 

Yes, he’s lost weight since the original Hobbit press conference. Riding, fighting with the rather heavy-looking Orcrist, marching and running around in all that dwarf regalia would tend to burn some serious calories, I reckon.  Heck, he’s grown half an inch, though, so New Zealand must really agree with him!

On the subject of his height, I can help but wonder if he might have fudged slightly about his height earlier in his career. Being too tall can be considered a liability in his profession, especially back in the days when he was in musical theatre.  And he always wanted to be shorter, didn’t he?

 

I found Richard’s comments about the physical appearance of the dwarfs quite interesting–that the dwarfs were made bigger so they could be made smaller—i.e., padded to give them a more sturdy and robust appearance.  That prevented the actors from looking like little kids running around on screen instead of believable (if slightly height-challenged) warriors.

And I have no doubt I will completely believe in the fierce, complex and charismatic warrior dwarf, Thorin Oakenshield.

OK, need to take a break. I’ll be back with more thoughts on Richard’s evolution as an actor and public persona. And with one of my favorite photos from yesterday.

 

To the Batcave, Robin! More fun & games at Comic-Con

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Warner Brothers, the studio behind The Hobbit, Pacific Rim and next year’s Superman reboot, is bringing some “Extra” to Comic-Con this year, it seems. The studio is mounting an outside festival in the area between the SDCC and the Hilton hotel.

Here’s a blurb from the WB website:

“Everyone at Warner Bros. Television approaches Comic-Con as a fan-first experience. It’s in our DNA, with everything we do — from panels to signings to our bags, posters and more — carefully curated with our fans in mind,” said Lisa Gregorian, Chief Marketing Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group. “With the Extra at Comic-Con space, we have created a free and fun outdoor entertainment destination for fans. In addition to having all the Batmobiles on display and game demos, we will be hosting interviews throughout the day on the Extra stage, as well as evening and night events such as screenings and live comedy and musical performances after the convention floor closes for the day. It’s additive to the experience of being at the Con.”

As the poster above indicates, talent has not yet been confirmed, but a certain hobbit and a dwarf or two just might show up on the Extra stage. Stars of WB shows like Fringe, The Big Bang Theory and the Vampire Diaries are expected, and Holy Cow, Batman! all six of the Batmobiles, from the television series to the latest Dark Knight film, will be on display. I can hear the theme music playing in my head now: “NA-NA-na-na, NA-NA-na-na–BATMAN!!” 😉

There is a hands-on LOTR videogame showcase planned for a new game, Guardians of Middle-Earth, with tie-ins to the upcoming Hobbit films.

I’m personally chuffed at the thought of the Lego Lord of the Rings Street Art display that is planned for July 13-15. You all know how I love art–and it will be in 3-D (sort of like the upcoming Hobbit films)!  I will plan to take lots of photos, of course, to share with you all.

And speaking of fan events, here’s a photo our own Teutcher shared with us of family members at a Star Trek:TNG Comic-Con in Calgary, Canada. You might spy some familiar faces.  Make it so, Number One . . . and soon I will be going where I’ve never gone before. To Comic-Con!!

Donations are still being taken for Comic-Con Trip Fund.  Click on the donate button to the right.. Any amount is truly appreciated. And thanks for your support!

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San Diego Comic Con International (Photo credit: San Diego Shooter)

And here’s another bit of photo editing fun with that gorgeous portrait of Mr. A as Thorin . . . 

 

 

Sir Guy, sombreros and super heroes: On the road to Comic-Con

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“So, do you think we’ll get to go to Mexico while we are at Comic-Con, Ladywriter?” Sir Guy queried. “We will only be a few miles from Tijuana, is that not so?” He had those long legs stretched out once more, boots hooked over the metal crossbar at the foot of the four-poster, hands clasped behind his dark head. A rather dreamy look could be seen in Sir Guy’s kohl-rimmed eyes as he looked up at the ceiling.

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Avenida Revolución has many open bars, pharmacies, and curio shops that attract many tourists. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ladywriter looked up, her quart-sized Ziplock bag, partially filled with travel-sized toiletries, in her hand. She wanted to make sure everything she needed would fit. No last-minute jockeying to make things work.  She’d be in quite a dither as it is.  As excited as a kid anticipating Christmas morning.

“Mmmmmm. That’s unlikely, Sir Guy. We will be at Comic-Con every day, all day, and–I’m not too keen on traveling to another country late at night, not to mention additional unneeded expense. Anyway–I suspect I shall be too exhausted to even entertain such an idea.”

“Ah.” Sir Guy nodded, looking just a little crestfallen. “I suppose then I don’t need to take the sombrero you brought back for me from one of your cruises?”

Sr Guy in his afore-mentioned souvenir sombrero. He does make one mucho sexy hombre, si?

She smiled up at him. “Probably not. Unless, of course, you decide to go to Comic-Con as Pancho Villa or some other desperado. Speaking of which, have you decided upon a costume yet, my dear dark knight?”

Sir Guy heaved a sigh. LW enjoyed the rise and fall of his broad chest beneath the Floppy Black Pirate Shirt. “Oh–I’ve had a few ideas. I thought of our Creator’s history–having appeared in one of those–erhm– Star movies . . .” His brow furrowed slightly.

Star Wars films?” Ladywriter offered.

“Exactly. Although I believe his role was extremely brief . . .” Guy’s mouth curled into one of his trademark smirks. “It would suit the occasion, surely, and give me an opportunity to show off my skills with weaponry.”

He gave a manly disdainful sniff and flicked back a stray lock of hair. “Not that they gave me many opportunities to do so in Robin Hood. Why must baddies be so tiresomely incompetent in family-friendly productions, I ask?”

Guy channeling his inner Jedi as a possible Comic-Con costume. He looks pretty fetching to me.

Ladywriter gave him a sympathetic smile. “I know. It’s especially vexing when one is outdone by a hero who’s as irritating a git as the “Legend” was presented by TPTB.  Just remember-we all knew who the true hero of the piece was . . .”

Sir Guy gave her a gracious nod, almost managing to hide his smug little smirk. “And speaking of heroes–I had considered, perhaps, a superhero’s costume? Would that not be appropriate for such an occasion?”

Sir Guy as the mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent on the brink of transforming into Superman.

And as the Man of Steel himself. Imagine that physique in tights . . . *thud*

“And since my Creator was in one of these Avenger films . . . perhaps I could go as one of them?”

Sir Guy as Ironman.

Guy as Thor with his big ol’ hammer.

Guy as Captain America–the superhero who chased down one of the Creator’s ChaRActers, Heinz Kruger. A lot of All-American superheroes are being played by Brits of late–Henry Cavill, Andrew Garfield and Christian Bale–so why not Sir Guy??

“Well, Sir Guy, I think you could pull off any of the costumes.” LW privately thought quite a few of the Comic-Con attendees would enjoy it if Sir Guy literally did pull off such a costume during the event.  Talk about a stellar moment . . .

“However, I think your Milanese designer threads or your lovely leather togs would work very, very well for the occasion, too . . .”

LW suspected that Sir Guy, much as his Creator the lovely Richard Armitage, would knock the socks off of plenty of folks at Comic-Con.  What an adventure it would be . . .

LW finds this outfit pretty super, actually. One suspects Guy does, too.

Looks pretty super to me.

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Comic-Con: A hot dwarf, hit shows and everything in geekdom

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Former America’s Next Top Model Adrianne Curry as Leelo from The Fifth Element poses with a friendly neighborhood storm trooper. The Fifth Element is a sci-fi movie that Mr. and Mrs. Ladywriter really enjoy.

So, I have been looking over the schedule for Comic-Con (with Sunday’s due to be announced tomorrow). Naturally,  I was paying close attention to just when a certain studio’s time block was set for Saturday. And here’s what I found on the official Comic-Con International website:

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2:30-5:00 Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary  Pictures Preview Their Upcoming Lineups—

Legendary Pictures: Pacific RimFrom acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes — a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) — who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse. Pacific Rim also stars Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and Charlie Day.
Warner Bros. Pictures: Man Of Steel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey-From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Jackson returns to Middle-earth in an adventure that begins 60 years before the events depicted in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The first of two films adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows titular Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who-along with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)-is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. The film’s ensemble cast includes Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

What I love here is the fact that after Martin as titular hero and Sir Ian as Gandalf, there he is, Richard Armitage as Thorin,  leading that band of dwarves.  In the newspaper biz, we’d say he got topfold billing. Yeah, I am grinning to myself.  Our man has hit the big time, I do believe.

It’s not mentioned here, but for those who don’t know, TH panelists for Comic-Con are slated to be Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage *squee*, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis (Gollum and, as we know from the videoblogs, a second unit director on TH) and co-screenwriter Phillipa Boyens.  No 13 dwarfs, thank goodness. Not that I don’t love James and Aidan and all the rest, but Richard IS Top Dwarf, after all. He should be there representin’ for all the rest.

Now, Comic-Con  seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. And they do not empty out the halls and rooms after each presentation/panel.  And while there is a space reserved for media, I am not sure if that includes ALL media or just the big publications and networks. And how many of them will be camping out and claming spots they choose not to relinquish?

So it is very possible I will have to make a concerted effort to get into Hall H in the morning and hang out there until 2:30 p.m.  Yeah, it holds 6,500 people–only about a thousand less people than the population of our little hometown–but we are looking at an event that is expected to draw 165,000 people. And in case you haven’t noticed, this whole Hobbit thing is a great big deal with a lot of fans of Tolkien eager to learn more.

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But my gosh, there is so much to see and do at Comic-Con beyond our beloved Richard. There are panels for attendees to give practical advice on screenwriting for television and film and writing and illustrating graphic novels and comics, panels that focus on popular television shows of the past and those which preview upcoming productions. Hugely popular productions such as True Blood, Dexter (my favorite serial killer with a code!) and Game of Thrones will be represented.  You can try out the Zombie Obstacle Course, attend a virtual drive-in theatre and discover “the naked truth about Tarzan and Jane.”

And what would such an event be without the likes of my all-time favorite ham actor, Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner and the king of low-budget sci-fi/horror movies, Roger Corman, the man who kick-started the careers of such stars as Jack Nicholson? There are seminars on staging combat, making resin casts and silicone molds, the popularity of steampunk, “trailer parks” for upcoming films and so on, and so on . . . not to mention all those colorful, creative, and sometimes scanty costumes many attendees wear. I am certain I will be completely worn out by the time I fly home Monday, but I doubt I will be bored. Even standing in line could be entertaining. I do enjoy people watching.

 

Right now, it looks like I may be hanging out with Quentin Tarantino and the cast of his upcoming film Django UnchainedTheir panel is scheduled for 11:3o in Hall H, where The Hobbit presentation will take place that afternoon. Hey, I like Tarantino, and I am thanking my lucky stars it isn’t Twilight (sorry, all you Twi-hards).

 

It is going to be an experience, that’s for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts on Comic-Con & our little community

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Two weeks from today–good Lord willing and the Creek don’t rise–I will be at Comic-Con. Thursday through Sunday, July 12-15, I will be in sunny San Diego, battling the crowds, seeing people dressed in outlandish and amazing costumes, listening to various celebs and industry people speak, recording panels and interviews, writing articles and, hopefully, gleaning information you all will find interesting, informative and just plain fun.  After all, if it weren’t for you all, I wouldn’t be going.

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First, I have to thank Frenz for providing the link to Comic Book Resource’s article about needing reporters for the event. And once I was accepted by CBR and earned my free four-day pass and the promise of a stipend and all the convention junk food I could eat, it was Frenz who created my donate button through PayPal for my Comic-Con Trip Fund. She and fellow bloggers were kind enough to promote it and readers and fellow bloggers were generous enough to donate to it.  Dawn not only offered practical advice as a Comic-Con veteran, she also provided financial support and offered her lovely jewelry as an additional fundraising tool.

You all are good folks.

When Benny and I were at the salon yesterday, we were discussing the trip while Renee cut his hair. He was telling her how people from all the world had supported me and made the trip possible  (He’s extremely impressed by the RA community by the way). Renee is fully aware of my recent troubles–the unexpected jolt in more ways than one of unemployment and the subsequent car accident–and she is truly happy for me to have this opportunity.

“God has a way of looking after us,” she said with a gentle smile.

Which made me think–is it God, or karma or sheer dumb luck or something else that is leading this to happen?  Were all the stars perfectly aligned?  I don’t know. But I think a lot of credit, obviously, has to go to Richard Armitage. It’s because of Richard that I started this blog and got to know so many of you.  It’s our love and admiration for Richard that has led most, though certainly not all, of us to our intense interest in what happens at Comic-Con, particularly on Saturday in Hall H.

Of course, we are all hoping and praying that Richard will be at Comic-Con; that I will have the opportunity to, at the very least, meet him and better yet, to interview him (and find out what he smells like for all you curious ladies out there).

And I would dearly love to  be able to briefly tell him how I ended up at Comic-Con in the first place.

No matter what happens regarding RA, I think Comic-Con International will be a very eye-opening experience.  And I will share as much of it as I can with you all.

English: San Diego Comic Con 2010 Joker Cosplay English: San Diego Comic Con 2010 Joker Cosplay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Description: Entrance to the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, historic heart of San Diego, from the Gaslamp Quarter trolley station. Date Created: Thursday, July 24, 2008, 10:46 AM Location: Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, California Event: Comic-Con International: San Diego, Day 1. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I wouldn’t mind trying it out to test the theory—touching his beard, that is.  Or those delicious forearms (so strong looking!) to stroke those downy hairs . . . *sigh*

WP is being a pill, the humidity is 91 percent and the A/C is going to run through the night tonight. I don’t feel like sticking to my pillow. Hair is up in a ponytail to help keep me cooler.

Watched The Help. Cried. Personal reasons as well as the storyline. Very strong performances. More on my emotional connection later, maybe tomorrow.

 Comic-Con is coming and I’ll be headed to San Diego July 11 to cover the excitement . . .

I wonder if touching his beard brings good luck?

More news from the Geekapalooza to come

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Two of my favorite shows will be representin’ at Comic-Con this year. Just found out re www.ew.com that my newest addiction Game of Thrones will hold its panel on Friday, July 13 in no less that “halliest of halls,” Hall H–the same king-sized room where Warner Brothers and The Hobbit  and the good Lord willing, a tall drink of water named Richard Armitagewill be on Saturday.
Since GOT is all about the struggles of various claimants in this mythical world created by G.R.R. Martin to win the legendary Iron Throne, it seems appropriate to be in the room worthy of a monarch.

Fire and Blood (Game of Thrones)

Fire and Blood (Game of Thrones) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Pedicab in the form of the Iron Thron...

English: Pedicab in the form of the Iron Throne from the HBO fantasy TV series “Game of Thrones”, San Diego Comic-Con 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Admittedly, it took me a while to get into GOT in its first season. Those in the know say it does take several episodes for the uninitiated to really get into this story with its huge cast of characters and many plot threads.  I became thoroughly immersed in the show in its second season, captivated by the characters and caught up in the plot.  Every 55 minute episode just seems to fly by. Being in Hall H, a room that holds 6,500 people, is typically a slot reserved only for films or giant TV shows such as Lost, so this is quite a coup for HBO.

True Blood will  also be at Comic-Con, albeit in a smaller room, Ballroom 20, that holds “only” 4,000 people. I expect a full house at each of these panels.

English: The True Blood panel at San Diego Com...

English: The True Blood panel at San Diego Comic-con with Rutina Wesley, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin on Saturday July 25, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Among the other television shows slated to make an appearance at Comic-Con are Bones, The Walking Dead,  Fringe, Glee, Grimm, Futurama, The Sons of Anarchy,  Vampire Diaries, Spartacus, The Big Bang Theory, and Supernatural.

So far, no official word on The Hobbit presentation or the stars expected to represent the film at Comic-Con. They are keeping us in suspense, damn it.

Here’s more of that future Comic-Con panelist Richard Armitage. *sigh*

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.

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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!

27 days and counting . . .

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Yeah, I’m awake again. But at least I got a bit of Sloth Fiction written (see other new post). Nadia, I am thinking of you, darling.

If I could sleep, I think I might dream of trolleys and super heroes and palm trees and airports and looking into a pair of fine eyes, as Mr. Darcy might put it. Since I can’t at present, I’ll share some image of Mr. A himself with y’all.

27 days and counting until Comic-Con!

Need help. Crunch time has arrived. Any donation appreciated.

Love, fedoralady.

 
 

 
 
 

Decisions, decisions. My brain is tired.

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In Zombie Mode at the moment. I spent the morning and early part of the afternoon visiting travel sites online and trying to find the best deal for a hotel and flight for Comic-Con in San Diego. No sleep last night and everything started jumbling together at a certain point, if you know what I mean. Passed out somewhere around 2 p.m. and woke up four hours later.  That was half-hour ago and I still don’t feel “all awake yet” so bear with me, Gentle Reader.  I am trying to sort out things in my muzzy head.

While my husband thinks I’m cute when I’m drowsy, I know I’m not nearly as adorable as Sleepy-Eyed Lucas.

I have several flight options–some better than others–and I am not too worrited about that.  The sticking point is there doesn’t appear to be a room to be had for July 11-July 16 at a hotel that is on the Comic-Con Shuttle route and within my budget. Benny found a deal with Hotels.com for a place about 10 miles away from the San Diego Convention Center that would save close to $500 off normal hotel rates.

Now I need to know how much a twice-daily cab ride from this Best Western Plus Otay Valley Hotel to SDCC and to and from the airport will cost.  Will it eat up what I’d save? Will my replacement PayPal debit card arrive in time for me to get this deal?  Should Benny go ahead and transfer the funds that have been donated thus far to our bank account, which would take three or four business days? Will that be too late to buy a ticket and make a deposit on the hotel?

Decisions,, decisions.  I know I can get in. But  will I ever really get there?  I feel as if the prize is just beyond my reach. Are my nerves getting to me? Would I benefit from a some restful, restorative sleep? As the folks in South Dakota used to say, “You betcha.”

I feel just a bit like this guy. I wonder if he also really needed a good night’s sleep?