ArmiCon Trial Run: “Into the Storm,” Anyone?


Think RA would like to see our support on the Opening Weekend of "Into the Storm"? Photo courtesy of  Klaudia Dimitrievic Galas

Think RA would like to see our support
on the opening weekend of “Into the Storm”?
Photo courtesy of Klaudia Dimitrievic Galas


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.

"What do you think? Can they pull this off? Sure, we can RA! Photo courtesy of Klaudia Dimitrievic Galas!

“What do you think? Can they pull this off?
Sure, we can RA!
Photo courtesy of Klaudia Dimitrievic Galas!


Special thanks to Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel for the “ArmiCon” name! 

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About Richard Armitage US

Richard Armitage US is a respectful blog with a sense of humor (and a point of view) for fans of British-born actor Richard Crispin Armitage. Armitage is star of – among other productions – North & South, The Vicar of Dibley two-part series finale, Robin Hood, Spooks (MI-5 in the US), Chris Ryan’s Strike Back (Strike Back: Origins in the States),and his chilling portrayal of Francis Dolarhyde in Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal. Most recently, he has been seen in the popularly and critically acclaimed series Berlin Station, the third season of which is currently being shot in Budapest and Berlin, and will air in the States on EPIX later this year, with a slight delay in other international territories. His film appearances include starring roles in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, as Thorin Oakenshield; Into the Storm, as tornado-beleaguered Gary Fuller; and other films, including Urban and the Shed Crew (awaiting release), Sleepwalker (available on iTunes and Amazon Video in the States); Pilgrimage (available on DVD in the US and the UK); and Brain on Fire, based on Susannah Cahalan’s best-selling memoir now streaming on Netflix; and Urban and the Shed Crew, coming soon on DVD. He was nominated for the 2015 Best Actor Olivier Award for his portrayal of John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s classic play The Crucible, directed by Yael Farber at The Old Vic/London in-the-round. In 2016, he starred in Mike Bartlett's Love, Love, Love, directed by Michael Mayer, at New York's Roundabout Theatre. His current film project is Julie Delpy’s My Zoe, in which he co-stars with Ms. Delpy, who also directs, and Daniel Brühl. It has been shooting in Berlin and Moscow. His voice-performances of audiobooks are numerous, and range from Georgette Heyer to Charles Dickens, and characters ranging from Hamlet to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde... to name just a few. See for more. Although this page is US-based, we welcome RA’s fans from across the globe to join us here, and on Facebook and Twitter.

6 responses to “ArmiCon Trial Run: “Into the Storm,” Anyone?”

  1. Servetus says :

    Reblogged this on Me + Richard Armitage and commented:
    Again, do let the organizers know if you are interested!

  2. Julie Malick says :

    I’m in!

  3. Sue B says :

    What about Canada – Calgary specifically? I could see the movie with some fellow fans and have a bite to eat/glass of wine before/after to discuss all things RA.

    • Richard Armitage US says :

      Since there are sooooooooooooooo many of us all over the world – in RA US alone 43 countries – we’re encouraging people to create local meet-ups. Still, trying to determine the best communication medium for everyone is tricky. Any ideas, Sue? Would a FB Event page work for your area, or is there some better way to communicate with RA fans in and around Calgary? Twitter, like an RA Calgary or RA Alberta account on Twitter, maybe? ALL IDEAS ON THIS ARE ENCOURAGED AND WELCOMED!!!

  4. Richard Armitage US says :

    We’re working with Grati… and anyone else in the RA Universe who wants to see this happen so we can make an assault on the ItS OPening Weekened Box Office! Hoping all of us pulling together will make RA walk away victorious!

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