To many of us, this time of year can sometimes be rough. You get stressed, there are all these pressures: family gatherings, gifting, celebrations, parties… so many demands. The next thing you know, you’re grumpy! (Even good old RA US!) I’ve been frank about my struggle with depression, and this time of year could be, well, difficult. But I know that I have my own community, a community that embraces not only me, but also you – and others – as well: the Richard Armitage community!
Like the man himself, I believe our community epitomizes the spirit of this season, which is all about love, inclusion, hope, promises kept and kindness. When I look at the Richard Armitage fandom, I know I’m truly blessed to have you guys in my life. AND we are all blessed to have each other. (And RA, too, o’course. After all, we are a community because of his professional artistry and personal integrity and spirit!)
SHARE OUR VALUES OF LOVE,
INCLUSION AND KINDNESS!
RA supports a number of charities doing superb,
much-needed good work.
Go to JustGiving for a list of them all,
and please give as generously as you can afford.
Open your heart: love, live and enjoy!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE!
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 Abby – MUSTANG! – 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:
Well-wisher reporters are FUN!
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…
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:
And we saw THIS scene:
AND THIS SCENE…
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!
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.
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 happy day… again! Part Three of The Anglophile Channel interview with Richard Armitage (aka RA) debuted today, and the RA Universe released a collective sigh of contentment. What on earth did The Anglophile Channel’s Marlise Boland ask this time? And how did RA respond? See for yourself.
Thanks to Paul and Marlise Boland for their hard work on this and to YouTube’s gremlins for finally giving up! (They realized this was for the RArmy and surrendered.)
Tens of thousands have watched the teaser, Part One and Part Two. Face it, World, Richard Armitage has a massive, loyal fan-base always eager for RA appearances!
How spoiled we are becoming, thanks to The Anglophile Channel. And they continue their indulgence Sunday, March 9, with Part Three of their interview with RA. Here’s their announcement:
YAY! For all you international troops trying to convert the time, Pacific Time is Los Angeles. We’ll strive to post it here at noon Eastern (Atlanta) time.
The world Time Zone Converter might help you figure out your times compared to ours!
Over 16,000 people have watched the teaser in less than a week, and nearly 13,000 people have watched Part One in just three days! It’s amazing!
These videos are really helping us spread the RA word. Join us! Share these links with your friends! Recruit! Recruit, troops! Be a part of making the RArmy the biggest fan – “well-wisher” – base in the world! You know RA deserves it!