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Wish RA a Happy Birthday & Change Lives at the Same Time!

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, on Sunday, August 22, Richard Crispin Armitage made his world debut.

Last year, on his birthday – Friday, August 22 – Richard Crispin Armitage (aka @RCArmitage) made his Twitter debut, and the photo above was his first tweet.

What a whirlwind of a year it’s been!  And now it’s birthday time again!

RA’s birthday is coming up this Saturday, August 22.

Unlike last year when he was in The Crucible at the Old Vic, this year we won’t know where he’ll be on his birthday. So for this time around – like many times before – some will probably send special gifts or greetings to the offices of his representatives; some will also send birthday greetings on Twitter; and some – including many from both categories above – will also choose to wish RA a happy birthday by supporting one of his chosen charities. RA has made it clear that he appreciates his “well-wishers”/followers/admirers/fans/Army supporting his causes.

RA supports a number of organizations doing remarkable, much-needed good work. For his list, go to JustGiving, and – because it hadn’t been added to RA’s JustGiving page at this writing – you can also give directly to his latest cause, CyberSmile, through its JustGiving page (All individual groups’ JustGiving links are also below.)

Give as generously as you can afford. We know these causes mean much to RA, and – who knows? – he might even prefer that we spend our money there, rather than on snazzy fluorescent socks or tubs chocolate ice cream.

Classic Sassy Sox Tour shot. And you know, RA says the only thing he

Classic Sassy Sox Tour shot. And remember, RA admitted that the only thing he “stole” from the Hobbit set was socks! #CriminalMastermind

RA and ice cream: a true love affair! Photo by Sarah Dunn.

RA and ice cream: a true, life-long love affair!  Photo by Sarah Dunn.

Though he does look good with – and in – a sports car….

Image courtesy of Richard Armitage Net.

…we can’t afford to give him a sports car. But we can afford a little help for his friends…

Please, everyone, let’s do what we can to celebrate RA’s birthday in a way that will
make a difference to thousands of people who need a hand.
The organizations RA supports do incredible work with few resources.
Go to JustGiving for his listShelter, YoungMinds,
Childline, Anthony NolanBarbado’s,
CyberSmile and The Salvation Army – and give as generously as you can afford. 

If you already know which cause you want to support, here are direct links to all:

Oh, and Happy Birthday, RA!
We hope you spend it with those you love most and make you laugh loudest,
and that your celebration lasts alllll yeeeeear loooooong!

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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!

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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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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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PART TWO OF THE ANGLOPHILE CHANNEL RA INTERVIEW TO PREMIERE WEDNESDAY, MARCH *5*, NOON (Pacific time, 3 PM Eastern)

RA clearly enjoys his time with The Anglophile Channel... ~ Thanks to Armitage Army @ Richard Armitage Central for the screen cap (my edit).

RA clearly enjoys his time with The Anglophile Channel…
~ Thanks to Armitage Army @ Richard Armitage Central for the screen cap (my edit).

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: Part Two of The Anglophile Channel RA interview will make its debut Wednesday, March 5 – at Noon Pacific time (3 PM Eastern… All times US).

Part One of the interview has already gotten over 11,500 hits since Sunday. Spread the word, and let’s surpass that with all subsequent parts!

RA on The Anglophile Channel: It Just Keeps Getting Better!

Soooo charming! Well done, Anglophile Channel!

Soooo charming! Well done, Anglophile Channel!

Wow. Just wow.

The Anglophile Channel premiered Part One of its RA interview tonight at Midnight and what a joy it is to watch.

Now, I will sleep… perchance, perhope – I know, I know…not a word, but I. Don’t. Care. –  to dream of our relaxed, adorable, handsome, articulate, silly, self-effacing man. 

Sweet dreams are made of this... a man called Richard Armitage.

Sweet dreams are made of this… a little girl dreaming of a man called Richard Armitage.

Who am I kidding? I’ll be awake for the next 12 hours, watching this over and over and over and oooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvaaaaaaaaaaaah!

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