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RA US & RA: Together At Last! (Kinda)… OR, RA US Crew Captures RA as he Goes “Into the Storm”

Good questions from these well-wishers!

Good questions from these well-wishers!

Okay, no more teases! Here is RA US Special Correspondent – I love the faux pretension of that title – Sara Alize Cross and her magnificent team at the very end of the Into the Storm premiere press line catching a few moments with our beloved RA… LOVE Iturri’s tight shots!
The Richard Armitage US/Sarah Alize Cross team and their roles:
Interviewed by: Sara Alize Cross;
Shot by: S. Iturri Sosa, Rachael Levy, Adam Smith
Sound by: Lana T. Yang

Thank you to Sara and her team for doing a spectacular job. Thanks to Richard Armitage, Matt Walsh, Max Deacon and Arlen Escarpeta for finding us at the very end of the press line. And a very heartfelt thank you to Into the Storm Producer Todd Garner and Warner Brothers Pictures for making this happen!

Don’t forget! Richard Armitage Central was there, and Julie did a great report for them. And so did AbbyMUSTANG! – for Richard Armitage Net! And WHO can forget our favorite RA reporter, our beloved Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel? Go to The Anglophile Channel for all of her reports! But first, you have to check out RA and Marlise!

Here are some stills from that magical night:

Hmm... Killer high heels and still he looks down. Seems our beloved Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel is the woman who can look at RA eye-to-eye.

Hmm… Killer high heels and still he looks down. Seems our beloved Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel is the woman who can look at RA eye-to-eye.

Well-wisher reporters are FUN!

Well-wisher reporters are FUN!

The man himself... simply beautiful!

The man himself… simply beautiful!

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So This Happened: RA US Shot Video on the Into the Storm Red Carpet…

Richard Armitage US Special Correspondent Sara Alize Cross gets this shot of the man himself on the (Black) Carpet of the "Into the Storm" NYC Premiere!

Richard Armitage US Special Correspondent Sara Alize Cross gets this shot of the man himself on the Red – well, Black – Carpet of the “Into the Storm” NYC Premiere!

How did it happen that Richard Armitage US was asked if we wanted to field a reporter on the Into the Storm Red Carpet? We’ve only been around little over a year. All I can say is that 1) Producer Todd Garner is one fun tweeter, and we’ve been exchanging tweets for months, 2) Mr. G. got some RA US Atlanta peeps passes to a preview screening, 3) Warner Brothers arranged the passes, and then their Interactive Marketing rep got in touch to say she liked the FB site and would we like to have reps at the premiere (yes, m’dears & m’darlin’s, I did squeeee a wee bit), and 4) Into the Storm has some heavy competition, and the RArmy might make a difference.

Whatever the reason, Warner Brothers Pictures was gracious and generous in offering Richard Armitage US to be represented on the Red/Black Carpet, and we were honored. Here are the credits for our crew:
Interviewed by: Sara Alize Cross;
Shot by: S. Iturri Sosa, Rachael Levy, Adam Smith
Sound by: Lana T. Yang
We knew Sara’s work from a long-ago post on our page and a link to her reel, so we knew she’d be great.

Plus, we were delighted to stand with our charming, hilarious and lovely fellow RArmy representatives Abby from Richard Armitage Net and Julie from Richard Armitage Central!

But (tongue-in-cheek) RA US Special Correspondent Sara Alize Cross and her team’s video and content was so beautiful, we’re splitting it into two reports. FIRST UP is Matt Walsh, Max Deacon, and Arlen Escarpeta, from the Into the Storm Black Carpet! And we’ve added a BIT of the tease for the RA interview coming tomorrow!

Thank you to Sara and her team for doing a spectacular job. Thanks to Richard Armitage, Matt Walsh, Max Deacon and Arlen Escarpeta for finding us at the very end of the press line. And a very heartfelt thank you to Into the Storm Producer Todd Garner and Warner Brothers Pictures for making this happen!

Let us know what you think!

MR. Matt Walsh, who plays a driven storm-chaser, interviewed by Sara. Photo by Rachael Levy.

MR. Matt Walsh, who plays a driven storm-chaser, interviewed by Sara. Photo by Rachael Levy.

 

Max Deacon, RA's elder son Donnie

Max Deacon, who plays RA’s elder son Donnie. Photo by Rachael Levy.

 

Arlen Escarpeta, who plays a storm-chaser with a heart, interviewed by Sara

Arlen Escarpeta, who plays a storm-chaser with a heart, interviewed by Sara. Photo by Rachael Levy.

And if you’ve read this far, a sweet surprise: a beautiful shot of RA, a bit of a tease for tomorrow’s interview:

Our very own RA, who plays Gary Fuller in "Into the Storm.

Our very own RA, who plays Gary Fuller in “Into the Storm. Photo by Sara Alize Cross.

Stay tuned,  m’darlin’s! More RA video & screen caps tomorrow!

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Going “Into the Storm” in Atlanta with Members of Richard Armitage US

Artwork by Ann Boudreau

Artwork by Ann Boudreau

I should begin by saying that since it was announced that Richard Armitage would star in “Unnamed Tornado Project/Category 6/Black Sky/Into the Storm,” I planned to see it only because RA was in it. I am not really a disaster film fan. But I should’ve trusted RA. Because I’ve never been so wrong in all my life.

Accompanied by a gleeful group of Richard Armitage US members, I was able to attend a preview screening in Atlanta, thanks to Into the Storm Producer Todd Warner (who’s a fun tweeter) and the generosity of Warner Brothers Pictures. I must be a Method film-fan, because – despite the stormy, rainy conditions of the evening – I insisted I was fine without my umbrella. Hence, I am the drenched shooter, not a member, of this photo…

Some of the Richard Armitage US Atlanta Screening Squad

Some of the Richard Armitage US Atlanta Screening Squad

We were included in a pre-screening event, which included the  IntoTheStorm Oculus VR, introduced the week before at ComicCon. It’s a 4-D individual experience, experienced by Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel. Sadly, there was a massive line, as there was for the opportunity to Tweet for Treats, so we had an hors d’oeuvre or two, one – or more of us – snagged a free libation, and then RA US (aka Mother Hen) hustled everyone back to the theater to ensure we had good seats. (Atlanta screenings are famously well-attended.)

RA US Atlanta RArmy Squad members, I encourage you to add your own thoughts about the experience in the comments!!!

So we got our seats, all right. Terrific seats. And then – after two trailers (no BOTFA, though ) – the movie began. Reviews are embargoed until FRIDAY! So that’s all I can say about the film now. Except we saw THIS scene:

RA and Sarah Wayne Callies meet in unusual circumstances...

RA and Sarah Wayne Callies meet in unusual circumstances…

And we saw THIS scene:

The Fuller Family After Going Into the Storm

The Fuller Family After Going Into the Storm

AND THIS SCENE…

Richard Armitage US Special Correspondent gets this shot of the man himself on the (Black) Carpet of the "Into the Storm" NYC Premiere!

Richard Armitage US Special Correspondent Sara Alize Cross gets this shot of the man himself on the Red – well, Black, actually – Carpet of the “Into the Storm” NYC Premiere!

OOPSIE! No, we did NOT see that last scene at the Atlanta screening. THAT shot was at the Into the Storm NYC premiere.

But more about that tomorrow!

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Do we expect too much of him?

RA at the DoS Madrid Premiere

RA at the DoS Madrid Premiere

Oh, remember? He was weary from the Desolation of Smaug  tour by the time he got to Madrid. After reading so many accounts of his weary (but willing) greeting of fans each night after The Crucible, I have to ask:

Do we expect too much of him sometimes? After an emotionally and physically grueling four-hour performance, should we expect him to come out every night to meet and greet us? Is his performance not enough? Has he set a precedent he can’t rescind?

I’m not judging, just asking.

This issue worries me. The play runs through mid-September, and they haven’t even gotten into matinee days yet, when he’ll have to achieve this level of performance twice.

I know that this kind of selfless commitment to us is one of the reasons we love him so.

But I wish we could ask him: RA, some nights, would you just like to walk out of the stage door and keep walking?

And, as a follow-up: If you would, how can we help you do that?

<ducking now>

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What would YOU have done if you’d seen this in a Wellington Park??

Thorin leads the way...

Thorin leads the way…

 

Watching the fabulous HobbitCon videos on You Tube, I ran across this hilarious one with my beloved Graham McTavish and Ken Stott:   http://youtu.be/-OIzhAN5qsc?t=1m40.

And, forgive me, but I’ve been thinking about it A LOT.

I find myself  wondering what  I would’ve done if I’d see RA dressed like this leading the Dwarves through that park in Wellington…

How would you have reacted?

Thorin strategizes...

Thorin works out the strategy…

 

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RA US Members Suggest a Theme Song and Create a WILD & WONDERFUL List!

Inspiration for an RA US FB Theme Song Photo: Leslie Hassler

Inspiration for an RA US FB Theme Song
Photo: Leslie Hassler

In a thread during yesterday’s semi-annual “You Tell ME Which RA You Want to See” game on the Richard Armitage US  Facebook page, a member mentioned that RA was just too good to be true. Naturally, like most of us, I agreed. And I started thinking…

If RA US had a (PG-13, please) theme song to describe our members’ feelings for RA, what would be YOUR choice?

My initial reaction – thanks to the “…too good to be true”comment – was the original Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” (Look for their story this summer in the film “Jersey Boys.”)

One of the reasons I leaned toward this song is that – should RA and I ever dance to it – it has both slow-dance and free-style moments.  That’s kind of perfect, right? Improbable, of course, but perfect.

But – on the other end of the spectrum – who can resist those members who suggested “Sexy Back,” especially if you”re at all familiar with HeathDances’ Sexy Back 1, 2 and 3?

So our members took to the challenge with a joyous, creative enthusiasm, with selections as diverse as the members themselves. Check it out!  Whether you’re a fanvid producer looking for inspiration, or a member of the global RArmy, you’re bound to find one listed that resonates with you! If not, add yours! (Just remember, we’re a PG-13 page…. with a sense of humor.)

Sexy Back, Anyone?

Sexy Back, anyone?

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An Online Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Premiere of North & South… Interested? Read More Below…

 

Mr. Thorton is intrigued...

Mr. Thorton is intrigued…

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:

  1. 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…  
  2. 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!

Crashing Twitter would be a HOOT! Think we could do it?

Crashing Twitter would be a HOOT! Think we could do it?

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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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Anyone Interested in a Globally Regional ArmiCon This December?

Looks like Thorin thinks the idea of a gathering of RArmy troops all across the globe is a cool idea. (Special thanks to Armitage Army @ Richard Armitage Central for the screen-cap.)

Looks like Thorin thinks the idea of a gathering of RArmy troops all across the globe is a cool idea.
(Special thanks to Armitage Army @ Richard Armitage Central for the screen-cap.)

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.

"RArmy troops gathering across the world? Amazing!" (Special thanks to Armitage Army @ Richard Armitage Central for the screen-cap.)

“RArmy troops gathering across the world? Amazing!”
(Special thanks to Armitage Army @ Richard Armitage Central for the screen-cap.)

 

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Inside RA US Information (with all due respect to Sir Peter Jackson)…

The clear choice (with apologies to Sir Peter Jackson)

The clear choice (with apologies to Sir Peter Jackson)

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.**

Heh.

Heh.

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