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2014: A Great Year and So Many Gifts from RA! Let’s Give Back & Say Thanks Through JustGiving!

RA as Swann in Pinter/PROUST, January, 2014. Photo by Chrissy Lampard.

RA as Swann in Pinter/PROUST, January, 2014.
Photo by Chrissy Lampard.

What a great year 2014 has been for RA (and for us): I think it ALL began with The Anglophile Channel 2013 British Artist of the Year Award! That was followed by Pinter/PROUST in NYC in January; the The Anglophile Channel interviews on its YouTube Channel in February; then Urban and The Shed Crew and its regular updates. In May, we had the audiobook (#1 for the year for Audible, by the way) Hamlet: The Novel that overlapped with The Old Vic’s advance promotion for The Crucible. Once The Crucible opened, we had RA updates every day for three months, as he took the time after each evening performance to meet his followers at the Stage Door. And in the middle of ALL The Crucible’s well-deserved accolades, Into the Storm opened, and RA joined social media. The Crucible wrapped up and RA seemed to be in LA almost immediately for Sleepwalker… and now we have The Hobbit: THORIN (aka #BOFTA)!

RA and all of his followers have been immensely blessed this year; RA has brought us so many gifts of phenomenal performances and delightful appearances. Thank you, RA!

In return, we believe we should give something back.
RA supports a number of charities doing superb,
much-needed good work.
Go to JustGiving for a list of them all,
and give as generously as you can afford.
We know these causes mean much to RA, and he might even prefer
that we spend our money there, rather than a Ferrari.

RA as Swann with Lara Hillier in Pinter/PROUST. January 2014. Screen-grab by Fernanda Matias from Chrissy Lampard video.

RA as Swann with Lara Hillier in Pinter/PROUST. January 2014.
Screen-grab by Fernanda Matias from Chrissy Lampard video.

RA kicked off 2014 in January, with Pinter/PROUST, a reading in NYC,  directed by Pinter directing partner Di Trevis. Look for Chrissy’s videos here: AND our album of her photos here

Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel presents RA with the British Artist of 2013 Award. The interviews were released in February.

Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel presents RA with the British Artist of 2013 Award. The interviews were released in February.

Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel interviews if RA in February were a tremendous hit with fans: RA as you’d never seen him before!
The interviews here: TeaserFirst Interview; Second interview; Third InterviewSilly bits

RA as Chop in Urban and the Shed Crew. Filmed Spring, 2014. Thanks to Urban and the Shed Crew for the photo.

RA as Chop in Urban and the Shed Crew. Filmed Spring, 2014.
Thanks to Urban and the Shed Crew for the photo.

“Urban and the Shed Crew,” based on a true story by Bernard Hale. IMDb’s description:  It’s been described as a tale of heroin and cement, set in Britain’s underclass in the 90s.

Twelve-year old Urban Grimshaw (Fraser Kelly) is Britain’s most runaway child, he’s even been on TVs Crimewatch. His mother is a junkie and his father might as well be dead. He can’t read or write, and he doesn’t go to school. His average day is spent sitting around a bonfire with his mates smoking drugs and stealing cars. When he meets his mother’s new friend Chop (RA), a 37 year old, disillusioned, ex-social worker also living on society’s margins, on one of Leeds roughest estates, the two become firm friends. But even Chop with his own penchant for drink, drugs and hard living is shocked by the state of Urban’s life. After much soul searching he resolves to clean up his own act and save the kid. But as their friendship deepens, Urban introduces him to the Shed Crew the anarchic gang of kids aged between ten and fourteen years who spend their time joy-riding, thieving, and engaging in drugs and sex. It is only then that we see exactly how long the road to civilization really is.

When ex-social worker Bernard Hare turned his startling experiences with a group of young delinquents into a novel it was described as one of the year’s most compelling and best selling books. Urban and the Shed Crew is a stunning piece of ethnography described by The Guardian as moving but never sanctimonious, another City of God, this time for Britain rather than Brazil.

Our album about the production – from photos to interviews with Author Bernard Hale and others – can be found here.

RA performs AJ Harley and David Hewson's Hamlet: A Novel. Released May, 2014.

RA performs AJ Harley and David Hewson’s Hamlet: A Novel.
Released May, 2014.

As Urban and the Shed Crew wrapped, RA released Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, brilliantly written by AJ Hartley and David Hewson. Audible.com describes it as: “…a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge – of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet – son of the old king, nephew of the new – becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception – and murder. Beautifully and compellingly performed by actor Richard Armitage  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

For RA’s rendition, Audible named it its #1 Audiobook of the year! Listen and you’ll understand why!

RA and newcomer Samantha Colley rehearse Arthur Miller's The Crucible, directed by the great Yael Farber. Photo by Johan Persson.

RA and newcomer Samantha Colley rehearse Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, directed by the great Yael Farber.
Photo by Johan Persson.

RA signed on for an intense, “visceral” three-month gig on stage as John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, directed by Yael Farber in-the-round at the Old Vic. Rehearsal photos began showing up early as part of the promotion. Then things got under way in June with the play’s previews, followed by Opening Night in July.

Richard Armitage in The Crucible. Photo by Jay Brooks.

Richard Armitage in The Crucible.
Photo by Jay Brooks.

The Crucible is powerful and complex – especially this interpretation – and received well-earned 5-star reviews across the board. Learn more about it on The Old Vic website and in our album here, and share your appreciation of RA and the The Crucible production on our Richard Armitage in THE CRUCIBLE Appreciation page.

RA behind-the-scenes in Into the Storm.

During alll the amazing publicity, accolades and sold-out shows of The Crucible, RA’s US film Into the Storm opened! Although it was, as RA called it, a “summer disaster film,” it performed well internationally. More here in our Into the Storm album. (RA US had a crew on the Black Carpet! What an honor!)

On August 22, 2014, Twiiterers awoke to discover RA had joined TWITTER!

On August 22, 2014, Twitterers awoke to discover RA had joined them!

AND, on his birthday – again, in the middle of The Crucible run – the very best thing of the 2014 happened: RA joined Twitter. For all his previous comments about not understanding social media (My Space, RA, really? ), he has taken to it like a pro, and seems to be enjoying himself (we certainly are!)! King of the Hashtags and Selfies! It is a welcome link to, and yet another gift to his fans!

Then, toward the end of the run of The Crucible came the news all those who hadn’t been able make the London trip – and, franly, all who’d seen it – had been hoping for: The Old Vic was allowing Digital Theatre to record the production! It would be released in theatres in the UK and Ireland in December, and then globally – except, due to copyright issues, in North America – in theaters in 2015. However, American and Canadian audiences will be able to download a production they never thought to see. What a lovely gift!

RA as John Proctor in the film version of The Crucible. Thanks to Digital Theatre Creative Director Robert Delamere for the screen-grab!

RA as John Proctor in the film version of The Crucible.
Thanks to Digital Theatre Creative Director Robert Delamere for the screen-grab!

So: 1980s poverty-stricken Leeds; 1300s-1400s Denmark; 17th century Salem, Massachusetts… what was next for RA?

RA is sleep therapist Dr. Scott White in Elliott Lester and Jack Olsen’s contemporary indie thriller.

The contemporary thriller Sleepwalker, with RA as Dr. Scott White. The Anglophile Channel blog describes it this way: “In a script written by Jack Olsen, Sleepwalker, centers around Sarah (Ahna O’Reilly, best known for her role in The Help) who’s trying to reconstruct her life following the apparent suicide of her novelist husband. After returning to university, to finish her dissertation, Sarah experiences frequent bouts of sleepwalking. She is sent to Dr. Scott White’s (Armitage) sleep research lab for treatment.  When Sarah’s life starts to alternate between her waking world and a nightmarish alternate reality, where no one recognizes that she has ever existed, she is plunged into chaos, confusion and terror.  The one constant in her shifting world is Scott, the man she’s been longing for all her life.  But does Sarah’s true love actually exist, or is it a figment of Sarah’s troubled imagination that derives from wishful thinking and longing? (I think I had a dream like this once…)”

Celebrating 10 years of N&S: To support Young Minds, you may go to RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do OR you may go directly to Young Minds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate.

Celebrating 10 years of N&S: To support Young Minds, you may go to RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do OR you may go directly to Young Minds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate.

And in November, RA celebrated the 10th anniversary of the iconic North & South, a role that really put him on (our) map, at least.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

RA in The Hobbit: THORIN, or BOTFA as some call it.

Already making its international box office power obvious, according to Deadline: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies continues to roll out overseas, planet Earth is becoming dominated by Middle-earth. The finale to Peter Jackson’s big-footed trilogy opened in 17 markets Thursday with No. 1s across the board. Grossing a total $13.7M in 28 markets, the cume at Thursday’s close was $26.6M.”

And it doesn’t even hit the STATES until next week!

I’ve left out other RA projects: his narration of a terrific documentary, not to mention his promotion of the DOS DVD and then the DOS EE DVD, his marathon Hobbit: THORIN promotional tour , and a much-longed for reunion interview with Marlise & The Anglophile Channel; here’s the tease …

Marlise (The Anglophile Channel) and RA REUNITE in a special interview to be aired later... something MORE to anticipate! Thanks, The Anglophile Channel, for the screen-grab!

Marlise (The Anglophile Channel) and RA REUNITE in a special interview to be aired later… something MORE to anticipate!
Thanks, The Anglophile Channel, for the screen-grab!

 And I’ve surely missed some other things as well. TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS!

So BLESS YOU, our incredibly hard-working RA! Congratulations on an astonishing year! We can’t wait to see what’s to come!

And remember: See all he’s done for us this year! SO much Access!

Again, one last call-to-action:
Please, everyone, let’s all determine to give something back.
RA supports a number of charities doing incredible work with few resources.
Go to JustGiving for a list of them – Shelter, YoungMinds,
The Salvation Army, Childline, Anthony Nolan
and Barbado’s – and give as generously as you can afford. 

And we wish RA and all or his colleagues a lovely, restful, renewing holiday season! Then on to 2015!

Rest well, have a lovely holiday season and vacation, and return to us SOON!

Rest well, have a lovely holiday season and vacation, and return to us SOON!

You may also follow Richard Armitage US
on FacebookTwitter and Tumblr.

Operation #RAXmas Is Friday, November 28 … Shhh, It’s a Surprise for RA!

RAXmas Gets Under Way at 9 PM UK Time on Friday, November 28! Support RA's Charities though Just Giving...

RAXmas Gets Under Way at 9 PM UK Time on Friday, November 28! Support RA’s Charities though Just Giving…

This message is from a few members of the Facebook page ‘Richard’s Rascals – The Armitage Effect,’ who have have come up with an idea for a special surprise Christmas present for Richard Armitage. We agree that it’s a super idea, and hope they  make it an annual tradition.

Here’s the scoop from Mel Brown and Linden Tree, who you can reach here:

Richard has said in interviews that he’d rather his well-wishers give to charity rather than buy him gifts. So, for those fans who would like to participate, we’d love them to join us from Friday November 28th (9pm UK time) and send a flurry of donations to Richard’s chosen charities through Just Giving. We would then love for people to post a message on Twitter (for those who have an account).

As well as supporting some wonderful organisations, it will also be a way to spread goodwill around the internet, and show our respect and admiration of Richard en masse in a way that we think will be very meaningful.

As fans we love to celebrate him, and what better way than by giving him what he wants – to help those less fortunate.

Here is an outline of our suggestion:

1. From 9pm UK time on Friday 28th (not before), head to JustGiving and select one (or more!) of Richard’s chosen charities.


2. Make a donation and leave a message that includes #RAXmas, your location and your Twitter handle (if you have one). You can choose to donate anonymously and still leave a message. Please choose the option to hide the amount of your donation, as we want to avoid any sense of competition or anxiety over donation amounts.

3. We would then love for people to post a message on Twitter (for those who have an account). Write a message with #RAXmas, #JustGiving and your location, plus any message and/or image you wish. You may choose to include the charity’s number. Feel free to use our Christmas tree image.

Eg: For #RAXmas I’ve just donated to #charityname via #JustGiving. London.

4. Feel free to favourite and retweet others’ messages if you can, to have the best chance of him seeing them.

5. Everyone is of course absolutely welcome to make multiple donations and send additional messages. The more activity #RAXmas gets, the more potential interest we generate.

** Note for non-UK residents. If for some reason you are unable to donate through Just Giving, we encourage you to try the individual charities’ websites. If this still does not work, we ask that you consider selecting a charity in your home country that supports the same cause as one of Richard’s, and still write a Twitter message using #RAXmas to let us know who you’ve given to. We are confident that this gesture will still be very much appreciated by him. <NOTE FROM RA US: I’m in the US and have given through Just Giving a number of times and have never had a problem.>

Thank you all for reading, and we really hope you’ll be able to take part in #RAXmas. For any further information please contact me or Linden Tree directly via the @RAXmas FB group (although it’s classified as “closed,” it’s inclusive!).

The RA Rascals.

Remember, 9pm UK time, Fri 28th, and keep it a Twitter secret til then.

RAXmas

#NS10: Support YoungMinds, RA Tweets in His Selfie

To support Young Minds, you may go to RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do OR you may go directly to Young Minds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate.

To support YoungMinds, you may go to RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do. OR you may go directly to YoungMinds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate.

Today’s North & South 10th Anniversary Celebration launched with a BIG BANG as RA tweeted twice about the anniversary. In the first (see below) he displayed his usual RA humor. But in the second (above) he used the opportunity to reach out to his audience and request our support for one of his chosen charities, YoungMinds:

To support Young Minds, you may go to RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do OR you may go directly to Young Minds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate.

To support YoungMinds, you may go to RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do OR you may go directly to YoungMinds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate.

What exactly is the organization RA is asking you to support? “YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.” A perfectly wonderful charity that certainly deserves our support. If the links in the photo captions don’t work, here they are again:

To donate to YoungMinds, you may go to:

  1.  RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do
  2. Or you may go directly to Young Minds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate

#NS10 Continues…

Of course, the #NS10 celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the premiere of North & South on the BBC continues through December 7 (the series aired Nov. 14-Dec.5.

Let’s see if we can create TREND on Twitter and FB,
by adding #NS10 on ALL your posts about the anniversary.

Here are the basics for joining in this celebration:

1. Watch N&S, beginning this weekend…
2. Take a photo: a selfie, or your TV screen, the DVD cover, even pick a photo of your favorite character (in costume!): be creative (but PG-13!)… Like this:

Via Chrissy: Chrissy Lampard‎  Ozzy wonders what Thornton's got that he hasn't ... #NS10 from chilly CT

Via Chrissy Lampard‎:
Ozzy wonders what Thornton’s got that he hasn’t … #NS10 from chilly CT

"Happy 10th North and South! #NS10  Who's my fave character? Guess!  Ok it's Higgins." Amy in Nashville TN.

“Happy 10th North and South! #NS10 – then an icon of of top hats and a straw hat – Who’s my fave character? Guess! – smiling, if smug, icon – Ok it’s Higgins.”
Amy in Nashville TN.

3. Tell us where you live, the characters you love AND be sure to add #NS10 (so we can track all responses and compile them)…
4. POST IT EVERYWHERE YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA, and on the event’s FB (http://bit.ly/NS10th) and Twitter (NS10 @NandS10th) pages!

Since the series ran from November 14 through December 5, we’ll be keeping the pages open for photos through December 7 (and perhaps longer)

Discussions are already under way on the FB page (http://bit.ly/NS10th) and on the Twitter page (NS10 @NandS10th), so join in now!

Finally – saving the most fun for last – here is RA’s first tweet, with that RA sense of humor.

And then there's the RA sense of humor, which never fails!

And then there’s the RA sense of humor, which never fails!

I LOVE him in those hats! Every time I watch the show, I think: “THAT man can WEAR a hat!” Examples:

THIS man can WEAR a HAT! (Exhibit 1)

THIS man can WEAR a HAT! (Exhibit 1)

THIS man can WEAR a HAT! (Exhibit 2)

THIS man can WEAR a HAT! (Exhibit 2)

Concluding evidence: THIS man can WEAR a HAT! (Exhibit 3). CASE CLOSED!

Concluding evidence: THIS man can WEAR a HAT! (Exhibit 3).
CASE CLOSED!

And, again, there’s Ozzy:

Via Chrissy: Chrissy Lampard‎  Ozzy wonders what Thornton's got that he hasn't ... #NS10 from chilly CT

Then there’s Chrissy Lampard‎’s Ozzy, 
who wonders what Thornton’s got that he hasn’t … #NS10 from chilly CT

 

#NS10: Join this interactive, fan-based celebration of North & South’s 10th Anniversary, Beginning This Weekend!

Relive your favorite moments of North & South on its 10th Anniversary.  (Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Thornton.)

Relive your favorite moments of North & South on its 10th Anniversary.
(Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Thornton.)

CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF NORTH & SOUTH WITH ALL THE FANS OF THE SERIES!
The weekend of Nov. 14 marks the 10th anniversary of the BBC series North & South, and we are planning a fan-based, online, global celebration.

The celebration is designed to include fans of the entire cast: Richard Armitage,  Daniela Denby-Ashe, Brendan Coyle, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack, Lesley Manville, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jo Joyner, Pauline Quirke, Brian Protheroe, Rupert Evans, John Light, William Houston, and all others involved (even that slimy eel Slickson)!

It’s SO easy to be a part of the‪#‎NS10‬ online event:

1. Watch N&S, beginning this weekend…
2. Take a photo: a selfie, or your TV screen, the DVD cover, even pick a photo of your favorite character (in costume!): be creative (but PG-13!)…
3. Tell us where you live, the characters you love AND be sure to add #NS10 (so we can track all responses and compile them)…
4. POST IT EVERYWHERE YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA, and on the event’s FB (http://bit.ly/NS10th) and Twitter (NS10 @NandS10th) pages!

Since the series ran from November 14 through December 5, we’ll be keeping the pages open for photos through December 7 (and perhaps longer)

Discussions are already under way on the FB page (http://bit.ly/NS10th) and on the Twitter page (NS10 @NandS10th), so join in now!

Here are some of our favorite characters and moments…

Becoming friends: Thornton and Higgins share a very good stew.

Becoming friends: Thornton and Higgins share a very good stew.

That'll be no charge, ma'am.

That’ll be no charge, ma’am.

The amazing Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins: such a lovely portrayal of a strong spirit!

The amazing Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins: such a lovely portrayal of a strong spirit!

Sorry, but if I were Mrs. Hale (Lesley Manville), I'd be distraught, too.  DEAD PIGS right outside her windows?  (Also pictured: Pauline Quirke as Dixon, Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret,  and Tim Pigott-Smith as Mr. Hale.)

Sorry, but if I were Mrs. Hale (Lesley Manville), I’d be distraught, too.
DEAD PIGS right outside her windows?
(Also pictured: Pauline Quirke as Dixon, Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret,
and Tim Pigott-Smith as Mr. Hale.)

What would we do with a basket?

What would we do with a basket?

Mother and son understand each other utterly... until Miss Hale arrives.

Mother and son understand each other utterly… until Miss Hale arrives.

The Thorntons prepare for a party.  (Richard Armitage as John, Sinéad Cusack as Hannah, and Jo Joyner as Fanny.)

The Thorntons prepare for a party.
(Richard Armitage as John, Sinéad Cusack as Hannah, and Jo Joyner as Fanny.)

Don't cross Higgins!

Don’t cross Higgins!

Boucher's last moments.

Boucher’s last moments.

Little Tommy Boucher (Spencer Wild), such an endearing character!

Little Tommy Boucher (Spencer Wild), such an endearing character!

The look before The Kiss.

The look before The Kiss.

 

Beginning This Friday, Nov. 14: #NS10 – Series Fans Will Celebrate The 10th Anniversary of North & South’s Premiere!

Don't be left out in the cold!  Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of North & South, Beginning Friday, November 14!

Don’t be left out in the cold!
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of North & South, Beginning Friday, November 14!

CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF NORTH & SOUTH WITH ALL THE FANS OF THE SERIES!
The weekend of Nov. 14 marks the 10th anniversary of the BBC series North & South, and we are planning a fan-based, online GLOBAL celebration.

The celebration is designed to include fans of the entire cast: Richard Armitage,  Daniela Denby-Ashe, Brendan Coyle, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack, Lesley Manville, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jo Joyner, Pauline Quirke, Brian Protheroe, Rupert Evans, John Light, William Houston, and all others involved (even that slimy eel Slickson)!

We’re keeping it flexible and simple:

  1. Beginning the weekend of Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16, watch N&S. (Because the series originally ran through December 5, we’ll continue the celebration through the weekend of  Dec. 5, 2014.)
  2. While you watch, take a selfie. (And shy people: if you, like me, aren’t comfortable with a selfie that includes your face, you can still celebrate with us. My selfie, for example, will probably going to be of  my legs stretched out on the coffee table in front of the TV!). Have fun, be creative… but keep it clean!
  3. Post your photo on Twitter, your Facebook page, Tumblr, on the NS10 Facebook site (link below)… everywhere using the ‪#‎NS10‬ (withnospaces) hashtag*!
  4. Important note: When you post your selfie with the #NS10 hashtag, include your location to demonstrate the global appeal of North & South, and the actor(s) you follow to demonstrate the series’ lasting impact. 

*The #NS10 hashtag will help us compile all of these into one place, either on the special N&S FB page (link below) or on a blog.

SO:

  1. Watch N&S between Nov. 14 and Dec. 7.
  2. Take a selfie.
  3. Post your selfie with the #NS10 hashtag EVERYWHERE you use social media!
  4. On your post, include where you live and which characters/actors you like.

And that’s it!

So get ready to make a good, strong pot of stew; sit back; and enjoy the series that has entranced so many for 10 years with Margaret and Mr. Thornton, Higgins and Bessy, Fanny and Hannah, Mr and Mrs. Hale and Dixon… the entire marvelous cast!

Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins) with Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins) with Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

 

Questions, concerns, ideas????
CONTACTS:
The Facebook page: http://bit.ly/NS10th
Twitter: NS10 @NandS10th
Email: ns10thanniversary at gmail.com

And to round things out, let’s take a look at some of the actors/characters that brought this series to life (billing per IMDb):

Daniela Denby-Ashe  as Margaret Hale

Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Hale

 

Richard Armitage as  John Thornton

Richard Armitage as  John Thornton

Tim Pigott-Smith as  Richard Hale

Tim Pigott-Smith as Richard Hale

Sinéad Cusack as  Hannah Thornton

Sinéad Cusack as  Hannah Thornton

Brendan Coyle as Nicholas Higgins

Brendan Coyle as Nicholas Higgins

 

Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins

Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins

Lesley Manville as Maria Hale

Lesley Manville as Maria Hale

Jo Joyner as Fanny Thornton

Jo Joyner as Fanny Thornton

Pauline Quirke as Dixon

Pauline Quirke as Dixon

Brian Protheroe as Mr. Bell

Brian Protheroe as Mr. Bell

Rupert Evans as Frederick Hale

Rupert Evans as Frederick Hale

John Light as Henry Lennox

John Light as Henry Lennox

William Houston as John Boucher

William Houston as John Boucher

Mr. Thornton and Margaret...

Mr. Thornton and Margaret…

 #NS10!

Beginning Friday, Nov. 14: #NS10 – Series Fans Will Celebrate The 10th Anniversary of North & South’s Premiere!

Don't be left out in the cold!  Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of North & South, Beginning Friday, November 14!

Don’t be left out in the cold!
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of North & South, Beginning Friday, November 14!

CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF NORTH & SOUTH WITH ALL THE FANS OF THE SERIES!
The weekend of Nov. 14 marks the 10th anniversary of the BBC series North & South, and we are planning a fan-based, online GLOBAL celebration.

The celebration is designed to include fans of the entire cast: Richard Armitage,  Daniela Denby-Ashe, Brendan Coyle, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack, Lesley Manville, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jo Joyner, Pauline Quirke, Brian Protheroe, Rupert Evans, John Light, William Houston, and all others involved (even that slimy eel Slickson)!

We’re keeping it flexible and simple:

  1. Beginning the weekend of Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16, watch N&S. (Because the series originally ran through December 5, we’ll continue the celebration through the weekend of  Dec. 5, 2014.)
  2. While you watch, take a selfie: you and your favorite scene or character, maybe? Be creative and have fun (but keep it clean, please)! (Thanks to Tara Jarrett for the terrific “Selfie-While-Watching” idea!) And shy people: if you, like me, aren’t comfortable with a selfie that includes your face, you can still celebrate with us. My selfie, for example, will probably going to be of  my legs stretched out on the coffee table in front of the TV!).
  3. Post your photo on Twitter, your Facebook page, Tumblr, on the NS10 Facebook site (link below)… everywhere using the ‪#‎NS10‬ (withnospaces) hashtag*!
  4. Important note: When you post your selfie with the #NS10 hashtag, include your location to demonstrate the global appeal of North & South, and the actor(s) you follow to demonstrate the series’ lasting impact. 

*The #NS10 hashtag will help us compile all of these into one place, either on the special N&S FB page (link below) or on a blog.

And that’s it!

So get ready to make a good, strong pot of stew; sit back; and enjoy the series that has entranced so many for 10 years with Margaret and Mr. Thornton, Higgins and Bessy, Fanny and Hannah, Mr and Mrs. Hale and Dixon… the entire marvelous cast!

Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins) with Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins) with Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

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And to round things out, let’s take a look at some of the actors/characters that brought this series to life (billing per IMDb):

Daniela Denby-Ashe  as Margaret Hale

Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Hale

Richard Armitage as  John Thornton

Richard Armitage as  John Thornton

Tim Pigott-Smith as  Richard Hale

Tim Pigott-Smith as Richard Hale

Sinéad Cusack as  Hannah Thornton

Sinéad Cusack as  Hannah Thornton

Brendan Coyle as Nicholas Higgins

Brendan Coyle as Nicholas Higgins

Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins

Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins

Lesley Manville as Maria Hale

Lesley Manville as Maria Hale

Jo Joyner as Fanny Thornton

Jo Joyner as Fanny Thornton

Pauline Quirke as Dixon

Pauline Quirke as Dixon

Brian Protheroe as Mr. Bell

Brian Protheroe as Mr. Bell

Rupert Evans as Frederick Hale

Rupert Evans as Frederick Hale

John Light as Henry Lennox

John Light as Henry Lennox

William Houston as John Boucher

William Houston as John Boucher

Mr. Thornton and Margaret...

Mr. Thornton and Margaret…

 

INTO THE STORM: Richard Armitage US Review

Richard Armitage is Vice-Principal, Math Teacher, Football Coach, Dad and Hero in "Into the Storm"

Richard Armitage is Vice-Principal, Math Teacher, Football Coach, Dad and  Crisis-Hero in “Into the Storm”

I will begin with a confession: since it was announced that Richard Armitage would star in what I came to call the “Unnamed Into the Black Tornado Storm Sky Project 4, 5, 6(?),” I planned to see it only because it featured RA as its leading man. You see, 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. Brief explanation: Like most of us who follow RA’s career, I’d been reading about Into the Storm for, roughly, three years. It seemed to start out as a small, found-footage-intertwined-with-human-stories film. Then we started seeing photos like this one. (Tweeted by that [formerly tricky] Into the Storm Producer Todd Garner!)

Hmmm, looking pretty disastery here, Mr. G.

Hmmm, looking pretty disastery here, Mr. G.

Then the bits and pieces of video started coming out, and they were full-on disaster clips. But Mr. G. promised he would supply “the power of the human spirit” that RA mentioned at CinemaCon.* The second trailer delivered. Still it was a monster movie, those tornadoes clearly being both monster and star. And I’m not a monster movie person. But, accompanied by a gleeful group of Richard Armitage US members, I was brave enough to attend a preview screening in Atlanta, thanks to Mr. G (who turns out to be a fun tweeter and fine man), and the generosity of Warner Brothers Pictures. I want to say that any connection – albeit slim – or gratitude for their kindness has no effect on this review. Nor is my assessment affected by my respect and affection for Richard Armitage overall. Believe it or not, the film was so engrossing, and the ensemble of actors and their characters so strong, I actually forgot to focus on Gary Fuller. The film takes just the right amount of time establishing its human characters: a rather brusque man, Gary Fuller, has an awkward and uncomfortable relationship with his two sons. The backstory is that there was a divorce and then the mom died, so the boys have come to live with Dad. But Dad – for a vice-principal of a high school – doesn’t really seem to know how to communicate with teenagers. (I kept reminding  myself that he’s also a football coach and so is used to having his orders – never suggestions – followed.) The sons are beautifully realized by Max Deacon as serious and shy Donnie, and an initially cheeky Nathan Kress, as younger son Trey. Donnie’s secret crush Kaitlyn – a smart, environmentally conscious young woman – portrayed by Alycia Debnam Carey rounds out the dynamic of the family relationships.

"Did you hear that? "Max and Kaitlyn.

“Did you hear that?” Max and Kaitlyn.

Younger Fuller son Trey (Nathan Kress) is a natural videographer.

Younger Fuller son Trey (Nathan Kress) is a natural videographer.

And then we have the Storm-Chasers, Matt Walsh as Pete, who has to get that shot before losing his backers, Sarah Wayne  Callies as Allison, a scientist, and a smart, strong female character; Arlen Escarpeta as Daryl, a dedicated storm chaser with a heart; and Jeremy Sumpter as Jacob, a newbie  storm-chaser-shooter who’s uncertain about his latest career choice.

Pete (Matt Walsh), Trey (Nathan Kress, Gary (RA) and Allison (Sarah Wayne Callies) take stock after the first wave of storms.

Pete (Matt Walsh), Trey (Nathan Kress, Gary (RA) and Allison (Sarah Wayne Callies) take stock after the first wave of storms.

And that’s the cast… OH! Except the wild cards: Reevis and Donk, wanna-be YouTube stars. Since the second trailer debuted, to me, Reevis has been the “Dude! M’arm hairs” guy and Donk has been his sidekick. From that trailer, I swore if anything happened to “Dude,” I’d never recover. Played, respectively (if not respectably), by Jon Reep and Kyle Davis, these two guys provide much-needed comic relief. (Hey, I’m Southern, and was not offended in the least, just don’t call them hillbillies or rednecks… these kinds of guys are just about everywhere in the US.)  And if their Flaming Pool of Death gag and its aftermath doesn’t make you laugh out loud, I worry for you.

Donk (Kyle Davis) survives the Flaming Pool of Death he and Reevis (Jon Reep) set up to launch their YouTube stardom!

Donk (Kyle Davis) survives the Flaming Pool of Death he and Reevis (Jon Reep) set up to launch their YouTube stardom!

So that’s the – forgive me – calm before the storm(s). You’ve all seen samples of that video. Helicopters crashing into buildings, planes swept up in funnels, a tornado bearing right down on our people and, of course, the fire funnels. But there is so much more. And all of it is breathtaking. The storms and their destructive power are stunning and relentless and horrifying, and – with the theater sound – is about as real as you can get to a tornado without actually being in one (and I have).

One tornado approaches... there are more.

One tornado approaches… there are more.

And while this nasty fella makes his way toward our heroes… our YouTube stars chuck their beer cans to record it while Storm-Chaser Daryl gets a money shot. nathan-kress-into-storm-stills-16 All this said, honestly,  I have to see this film again, and perhaps several times; in fact, I’ll be at the theater with friends on Opening Day, August 8. There is SO much going on, I found it difficult to focus… even on RA. Plus, it was SO much more than I expected: more believable storms, more heartbreak, more humanity, more beauty, more power, more character development. In fact, the ensemble is amazing. Standouts are Max Deacon, whose American accent is flawless and seems effortless, and his character is both poignant and brave. I expected Nathan Kress to turn in a solid performance, and he did. Matt Walsh’s Pete is simply fascinating to watch… in every scene. Sarah Wayne Callies is a welcome note of sanity and humanity in the chaos. Jon Reep and Kyle Davis are unforgettable. And then there’s RA. As the head of what appears to be a rigidly structured household, he is hardly sympathetic in the beginning. His first scene with Donnie breaks my heart. And he spends much of the film yelling over the wind; he has few quiet moments. (An aside: how I long to see RA in a role that allows him to speak quietly, using that voice and all its nuance.) Yes, there is a character arc, but in his case, I longed for more. And that’s not RA’s fault, but the production’s or the script’s. Still, it’s a solid performance – especially considering his water phobia and having a truck dropped in the street just 10 meters in front of him. He delivers what the director and script called for, but I think much of Gary’s humanity was the result of RA’s suggestions, and Director Steven Quale’s openness to collaboration.

The Fuller Family have gone Into the Storm.

The Fuller Family have gone Into the Storm.

AMENDMENT: I had said after my first screening that I thought that the epilogue with some of the characters updating their status felt tacked on and simplistic. But I’ll say no more about that here. I have thoughts, but don’t want to give anything that might resemble a content spoiler. On SECOND viewing, I want to make it VERY clear that the the ultimate final scenes were very satisfying! You’ll see what I mean when you see the film.

And, I have to say, there is just one detail continues to bug me: what happened to all those dozens of other school buses filled with students and others at the school’s storm shelter?  This is the last school bus we see,  and it’s just the one Gary and his crew were in… It is a puzzlement.

Gary, his abandoned school bus, Donnie,  Kaitlyn, Trey and Allison... where's everyone else?

Gary, his abandoned school bus, Donnie, Kaitlyn, Trey and Allison… where’s everyone else?

That side,  it’s a wild ride with interesting characters, monster storms and a super cast. Terrific for a summer movie. Congrats, everyone.  As RA says:

I'm really proud of the film and I hope people enjoy it... and there's always room for a good disaster movie.

“I’m really proud of the film and I hope people enjoy it… and there’s always room for a good disaster movie.” ~ RA to RA US Special Correspondent Sara Alize Cross

Finally, one last shot of the entire cast at the premiere… Didn’t I tell you that Jon and Kyle are unforgettable?

L-R) Jon Reep, Todd Garner, Max Deacon, Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta, Sarah Wayne Callies, Nathan Kress, RA (behind Nathan), Alycia Debnam Carey, Steven Quale, Kyle Davis and Jeremy Sumpter.

L-R) Jon Reep, Todd Garner, Max Deacon, Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta, Sarah Wayne Callies, Nathan Kress, RA (behind Nathan), Alycia Debnam Carey, Steven Quale, Kyle Davis and Jeremy Sumpter.

Please let me know your thoughts about the film… and I may have a whole ‘nother reaction after seeing it a second (and third and fourth, infinity) time. 

Our Black Carpet interviews with dome of the cast – RA, Matt, Max and Arlen – Are all here in one sweet clip! 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

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 * “The power of nature is both terrifying and awe-inspiring, but what is more inspiring than that is the power of the human spirit.” ` Richard Armitage, CinemaCon, March 2014.

 

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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