An Online Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Premiere of North & South… Interested? Read More Below…
SPEAKING ONLY ON BEHALF OF MEMBERS OF THE RICHARD ARMITAGE US FACEBOOK PAGE (carefully trying not to step on any toes, but truly hoping to lure others who might want to come out and and play…)
On the aforementioned Richard Armitage US Facebook page, our members (aka people who have “LIKE”d the page) have been playing around with ways to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the premiere of North & South this November.
Like most RA well-wisher groups, RA US has a diversity of members. Ours, for example, represent over 43 countries and 47 languages – including Pirate English, which will come in handy if ever RA should star in a remake of Pirates of Penzance or Captain Blood.
SO, N&S premiered on November 14, 2004. Here in the States, November 14, 2014 is a Friday. I’m not good at any kind of math – especially global time/day conversion – so I talked with an Aussie member and she says it is also a Friday on her side of the world. (Our folks liked the idea of this event/celebration/par-tay happening on a weekend.)
Suddenly, RA US peeps are kinda getting jazzed about doing this online “North & South 10th Anniversary Worldwide Celebration” (aka Par-tay) with other RA well-wishers from other groups and individuals, and so are extending the invitation to everyone in the RA Universe to come out and play.
We’ve kept The <Proposed> Plan simple:
- Everyone (who can and wants to pparticipate) watches N&S wherever you live in the world on November 14, 2014 – the 10th anniversary of its premiere. THEN…
- On Saturday, November 15, we gather electronically — all go to one place on the web — and talk about the film, RA, the impact it’s had and continues to have on us, RA, DANIELA, BRENDAN(!), RA, Sinéad, Tim, Anna, Jo, Pauline … Well, basically, all things North & South!
BUT, here’s the question for everyone who thinks this might be fun:
Where should that one place BE????
The more the merrier, but what web venue would be most convenient to the most people?
Feel free to comment here!
Right now, we’re thinkin’ it might be fun to do it on Twitter. We wonder if we could crash Twitter on November 15 with the #RANS hashtag…? Wouldn’t that be a HOOT!?!?!?!
Cheers, ever’body! Hope you’ll join us!
And 1,000 thanks to RA US Special Correspondent Chrissy Lampard, for reminding us that THIS is the YEAR!
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.
Special thanks to Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel for the “ArmiCon” name!
TROOPS! Some of us have been talking. We have so much fun together in our virtual world, we think it would be a kick to get together in person! But we’re alllll over the world, and that’s a lot of money for travel, especially since there’s no possible way to get the man himself to join us. So we thought we’d do things a little differently, just us RArmy members.
Now if this is an old, tired idea, I hope the
veterans in the Armitage Army will forgive me.
I only joined about four years ago, and the troops
who are interested in trying this are also relatively new recruits.
So welcome to the first ever ArmiCon! (Hat tip to the wit of The Anglophile Channel’s Marlise Boland for the name!) We want to start small. Here’s what we suggest:
- Depending on when “The Hobbit: Thorin” also known as “Battle of the Five Armies” is released where you live, regional groups of RA fans will meet for a specific showing on specific day 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 (and take selfies and tell tall tales)!
- Each city/region would have an organizer, who would coordinate the specific theater, showtime and spreading the word.
So many of our members are allll over the world, and even for this first gathering, we’d like for this to be a global initiative… and we know that’s a lot to ask.
But imagine it: wouldn’t it be cool if *tons* of RArmy members in Italy, Australia, Bulgaria, France, Spain, Germany, the UK, the US or WHEREVER you are went to to see the final film in “The Hobbit” trilogy on the same night at the same time in different cities all over, gathering to see and discuss the film and get to know each other? Putting faces with Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr names?
This will definitely require volunteers to coordinate each event. I volunteer to create a Facebook Event Page – like this one – for each area, and then turn it over to the regional organizer to work things out with the fans in their city. province, country via the Facebook page (which is *very* interactive). Then after the ArmiCon in your region, your selfies, other photos and stories can be posted on the Event page for posterity!
Can we pull this off? Who knows? But we’ll never know unless we try!
What do you think??? Sound off here or on the “trial balloon” Event page.
Personally, I think Thorin would be touched.
Dear RA US readers,
Our journey of waiting for The Hobbit Trilogy to be released has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with many special joys, but also hidden shenanigans by its creators, as they’ve revealed their secrets all too slowly as we’ve followed along. “There and Back Again” felt like a name. It was a fine name. Never had any problem with the name. But having seen two of the three movies, it suddenly felt misguided.
When I was reading our Facebook page earlier today, I came across a quiet little thread in which an RA US member named Elizabeth commented on Sir Peter’s new title for the third film. I decided to keep an open mind until I thought about it a little more. I have now reached that point, and after much thought, flipping through countless RA photos, and watching my favorite bits of AUJ and DoS again, I agree with Elizabeth: PJ should just give in and give the film the one title that feels completely appropriate… and obvious.
**And so here, on RA US, at least: “The Hobbit: Thorin” it is.**
THANKS to RA US member Klaudia Dimitrievic Galas, we may present these two previously unseen photos from the Into the Storm set, while the crew was filming in her friend’s neighborhood. ~ Used with permission of the owner. We love these, Klaudia!
Troops, let’s talk seriously for a moment.
I feel the need to comment on our responsibilities as members of the RArmy, and the gift of virtual access that we have been given by the “Urban and the Shed Crew” producers.
I am privileged to be the admin of a FB page that has the most wonderful, generous, remarkable people as members that I have ever encountered. While we may tease each other (and RA), usually the person we laugh at the most is ourselves. And there is a lot of laughter and fun on our page. No discourtesy, much less viciousness. Everyone seems to enjoy everyone else’s comments, point of view and, of course, RA. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes we all indulge in a little of Alice Roosevelt Longworth’s “If you can’t say something nice, come sit next to me” attitude. But even then, the comments are based on humor, not spite. All in all, I can’t imagine any of the RA US members being unkind or disrespectful to each other, much less a stranger.
Yet some of the RArmy are being unkind to a stranger – in the form of the “Urban and the Shed Crew” project – that is just making our acquaintance. We’re see far too many RArmy members being disrespectful to an entire production. I find this amazing and, frankly, appalling.
The people behind RA’s latest project are generously reaching out to us – fans of RA, fans of the book, fans of Bernie Hare and all the kids in the crew, fans of the other actors (yes, there are others in this film with followings) – every day. I use the word “generously” advisedly. I’m sure we remember the lack of similar communication from another recent RA film project. But with “Urban and the Shed Crew,” we see regular tweets, and – so far – daily updates of the the Facebook page, usually with a photo.
All of these posts, tweets, photos – all of the information we’re seeing about this project – are gifts, not rights. We didn’t earn this. We aren’t owed this. The people behind “Urban” could just as easily think of us as more trouble than we’re worth as a potential audience worth cultivating. Because in the end, no matter how they treat us, we’ll go see their film.
So before we make another insolent comment or insulting post, please, let’s think twice. Not to be prosaic, but please be nice. We’re representing RA as much as we are ourselves. And, to put it on a more pragmatic level, now the “Urban and the Shed Crew” producers are still choosing to include us in their project. Let’s not make them think twice.
Now, what is essentially an incident from Internet ancient history – i.e. yesterday:
Yesterday the RA Universe exploded with a snapshot from the “Urban” set of <correction> Fraser Kelly (Urban) and two older boys mugging for the camera; it was a cute photo. In the background – way, way back in the background – who could we spot? Waldo! That is to say: RA. Within minutes of being posted, it was all over Facebook and Tumblr. I’m not trying to sound or be sanctimonious – because I succumbed in the end – but I had a bad feeling about it. First, it featured a child; it is a movie about children, but still, child actors have specific rights. Second, it appeared to be someone’s personal Instagram page. In the end, I was also greedy for new content. Although I did ask the owner for permission to use it, I didn’t wait for the owner’s okay. I was impatient. After a couple of hours, I took the word of the original poster that it was public and then posted it.
Big mistake. What’s worse is that I knew it.
A fan site and blog have to have some boundaries and ethical standards. I have a journalism background and I try to run my sites using certain specific editorial integrity guidelines. But this time, I ignored not only my training, but also my instincts.
So, what are the lessons?
- We cannot just purloin photos for our pages/blogs without the owners’ permission, particularly if the appear to be or are on an individual’s personal FB, Twitter or Instagram account (as has been the case before with RA content, and was in this the latest case). And,
- Once the owner asks for the content to be removed, it must be removed immediately! No prevarications, no rationalizations. It has to come down. Further, if you are the fan site contacted, it is your responsibility to let others know of this request and urge them to comply.
RA is not the only private individual in the RA Universe. And if it’s one thing we can and should respect it’s privacy. In light of all RA gives us through his public appearances, or how generous a production may or may not be, he and his colleagues deserve our respect for their privacy!
What happened? The owner contacted me – I had left that information when I requested permission – told me that I did not have her permission, and asked that I take down. I did, and spread the word. The top admins immediately removed it. With others, there were some discussions about its public vs. private nature. In the end, I hope the RA Universe proves itself, and the photo disappears from every public site.
As for me? I won’t make that mistake again. Any photos or content that have any appearance of personal or private nature will require the owners’ explicit permission to post. That will mean that here, our FB page, Tumblr and Twitter accounts will not have content you may see elsewhere. I am not about to go through this kind of “photos used without the family/owner’s permission” situation again (especially when, in my heart and mind, I know better).
Personally, I hope this – and the previous situation – would be a lesson to all of us.
The Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com) page has been updated. RA has been added as Chop, and two more cast members have been named:
Thanks to RA US Special Correspondent Chrissy Lampard for the IMDB tip!
Well, troops, here ’tis, at last! The Out-Takes Reel from The Anglophile Channel is here! Can’t wait to see it? Silly, just click on the LINK! Let The Anglophile Channel (and us) know what you think!
(That’s NOON Los Angles time, BTW.)
You’ll be able to see them on The Anglophile Channel YouTube page, and once we get the direct link, we’ll post it here at good old RA US’s blog!
Oh, yes, RA US members! The wait is finally over. I’ve been begging forever for someone to do an RA fanvid set to Bonnie Raitt’s “A Real Man,” and finally it’s complete!
With wit, humor, and a damn find match of images that completely suit the lyrics (no captions required), RA US member and pal Amy Leonard finally took on the task, and did a superlative job!
I couldn’t be prouder to present its premiere! Check out Amy’s work for yourself… if you’re like me, it will blow you away!
THANK YOU, AMY, I ADORE IT! You completely exceeded ALL of our expectations!
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