Saturday, October 27, 2012

Salvo Montalbano As You've Never Seen Him Before: International Mystery Series

Starting Monday, October 29 on MHz Networks for entire week

Salvo MontalbanoThen:

Played by Michele Riondino

Salvo Montalbano Now:

Played by the great Luca Zingaretti

The Inspector Montalbano Gang Now

And Then

In the US check your local PBS (Public Television) station or MHz Networks

Preview Clips on MHz Facebook:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thorin and Kili In Your Home! Hobbit Security Service

I think my bedroom is overdue for some redecorating and these "Dwarf Sized" cutouts may be just the special touch I've been looking for.

Uncle Thorin and nephew Kili are obviously ready for action. 

I'm thinking they would also provide extra security for the home. Would a burglar go into your home if they had to face both these intense guys??  I mean dwarves!! 


 A Hobbit Security Service brought to you by Thorin's family

 Image from Heirs of Durin

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Love this Hobbit Action Poster! Orcrist in Action

Love this Hobbit action poster posted by The Movie Blog.

Thorin is front and center with Orcrist, and Kili with bow and arrow.

As we know, Richard Armitage is Thorin and Aidan Turner is Kili. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Too Many Gary's? At Least It's Not John: Richard Armitage in Black Sky

Richard Armitage as Gary Morris in Black Sky

When I heard that Richard Armitage's name in his new movie Black Sky was Gary Morris it kept bothering me that the name was so very familiar. At first I thought maybe it was someone I knew, you know, someone maybe I worked with long ago, or someone in school even longer ago. Then this morning it hit me! 

Most people probably know the song from Bette Midler's recording of it, but I was around when the other Gary Morris recorded it, and that's how I first heard the song.

It is appropriate since Richard Armitage is the "Wind Beneath My Wings" 

As for the real Gary Morris, thank you for a wonderful song. A salute to Gary Morris fans from an Armitage fan.

Looking forward to hearing RA's American accent as the other Gary Morris.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sharpe's Peril On Sharpe Sundays: The Long and Winding Road Home

Sharpe’s Peril
Having finished their mission in India Sharpe and Harper are on their way home to England.  On a stop along the way Sharpe is talked into taking a detour and escorting precious cargo to the fort of Kalimgong. The cargo turns out to be high maintenance bride-to-be  Mademoiselle Bonnet on her way to meet her fiancé, Major Joubert.

On the road they run into a group of traveler’s including members of the East India Company army, the King’s army, and an Indian princess and her group, who are also on the way to the fort.  While Sharpe and Harper are there the group is attacked by followers of the bandit Chitu.  The traveling group commander is seriously wounded and Sharpe is asked to help them by taking command. Despite Harper’s misgivings, Sharpe agrees.

The East India company troops are commanded by the very young Ensign Beauclere who worships his deceased soldier father. He has to deal with the very shady character of Colour-Sergeant Wormwood who has his own personal agenda. Sharpe is protective of the young Ensign, but he knows he has to keep an eye on Wormwood.  Sharpe’s biggest ally seems to be the company engineer Major Tredinnick. 

There’s also a prisoner among the group, a soldier named Barabbas with a family connection Sharpe knows way too well.  Who is he and why is he there?

Let’s not forget Dragomirov and his men! Back at the attack from Chitu it was Dragomirov and his fellow cavalry soldiers that save the day.  But is Dragomirov to be trusted?

What big surprise will Sharpe find at Fort Kalimgong? What is Wormwood up to? Will it be a boy or a girl for Major Tredinnick’s younger wife? Will Barabbas live up to his name? Will Sharpe deliver Miss Bonnet to her fiancé?

Please join new and longtime Sharpe fans for the Global Sharpe Watch this Sunday, October 14, 3:00pm EST/US, 8:00pm UK, 9:00pm Continent on Tweet Chat.  For all the details and "How To's" go to  Sharpe Lives Movie Club Facebook Page:

Or to Distracted Musings of One Reality at the link below:

Peril is the last episode in the Sharpe series and so we bid farewell this Sunday to Sharpe Sundays. It has been a wonderful experience to watch this legendary series together with an interesting, knowledgeable and fun group of new and veteran fans. 

Thank you to all who shared their knowledge of the Sharpe books and the Sharpe series with us.

We even had Paul Trussell, Rifleman Tongue, drop by on one Sharpe Sundays watch. Thank you sir.  

Thank you to my Sharpe Sundays partner Sin/iz4blue/Fanny or Sharpe Lives for coming up with the original idea and for organizing us all so well. 

A special Thank You to our steadfast group of Sharpe Sundays regulars.  A pleasure to share this journey with you every Sunday.

Will there be another Sharpe episode to give closure to the series? There have been rumors since Peril aired in 2008 that there is one in the works. Some have speculated that it will be somewhat based on Sharpe's Devil(Devil is the last (chronological) novel of Cornwell's Sharpe series.)  Some have speculated that Sharpe will go on an adventure to find his daughter Antonia who he hasn't seen since she was a baby.  All fans hope there will be one more episode and that Sharpe and Harper will march again. 

Thank you all who dropped by and read the Sharpe Sundays posts. Hope it will encourage all to watch the Sharpe series and read the novels by Bernard Cornwell. 

Thank you to Sean Bean Online and The Mighty Bean and many others for all the screencaps and pics used for the Sharpe Sundays posts. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Gisborne Revisited (Richard Armitage) and Hobbit Interview Plea

Ran again into this Richard Armitage interview at the start of filming Series 3 of Robin Hood and he also talks about Spooks. The interview was posted by RAFrenzy.

It is one of my favorite Armitage interviews and has everything I love about this man. Everything. (Even a tiny bit of Armitage Humor.) Makes me so look forward to the start of Hobbit interviews in the next few weeks and months. I hope they ask him interesting questions.

Hear me Charlie Rose, James Lipton, and all talk show hosts in North America, this is the man to interview about being Thorin in The Hobbit

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Do You Believe in Horoscopes?

I am perfectly serious about this.  Just a few minutes ago I was looking at my horoscope online and I Googled "Libra Horoscopes" and today's date and the one that came out on the top I clicked on it, and this is what it said. I kid you not:

"If ever you were to have a proclivity for intensity and drama, it would be this year. You easily could be mistaken for a drama queen or king. Communication, especially with those close to you, forces your mind’s eye to see beyond its current vista. Good luck comes through openness and detachment. Travel and/or education also will play a significant role in your life this year. If single, a friendship could be vital to a special relationship. If attached, do more as a couple. Work on your friendship, too. A party is always better with a Leo!"

OK, forget most of the Horoscope. The most important sentence of this particular one is the last one. There is one special Leo out there in the world.

A Clue:

My Special Leo, I'm ready to party, how about you?
Your Libra Woman 

To read more about Leo and Libra:

Mark Hadlow Interview - More Hobbit Filming Next Summer

In an Australian radio interview Mark Hadlow, who plays Nori in The Hobbit, reveals they'll be doing more filming for Hobbit films 2 and 3 during May, June, and July. 

To listen to the entire interview go to the link below:

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sharpe's Challenge On Sharpe Sundays: Return to India

Sharpe's Challenge

Two years after Waterloo now French farmer Richard Sharpe is summoned by Wellington to London and asked to go on a mission to India.  You see Sharpe was in India at the start of his military career serving as a soldier under a younger Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington). 

Wellington wants him to find an agent missing in India who was sent on a mission to find about a brewing rebellion.  Sharpe says no at first, he likes being a farmer, until on leaving he finds Ramona Harper waiting for him. Seems the missing agent is his friend Patrick Harper.

On his arrival in India Sharpe runs into the lovely daughter of General Burroughs and later learns she’s been kidnapped and held for ransom by the rebellious Rajah.  If there is a damsel in distress who are you going to call? Richard Sharpe of course!

Sharpe also runs into an old enemy, the evil but handsome William Dodd.  Sharpe was the only surviving witness to Dodd’s treachery years before and he fears being recognized while on his mission to rescue Celia Burroughs.

Will Sharpe find Harper? Will he rescue the damsel in distress?  Will Dodd remember Sharpe? Will Richard regret returning to India? 
For the answer to all these questions please join new and longtime Sharpe fans for the Global Sharpe Watch this Sunday, October 7, 3:00pm EST/US, 8:00pm UK, 9:00pm Continent on Tweet Chat.  For all the details and "How To's" go to  Sharpe Lives Movie Club Facebook Page:

Or to Distracted Musings of One Reality at the link below:

You may recognize the actor playing Major Dodd:

Toby Stephens comes from an illustrious acting family. He is the son of two great British acting legends, Dame Maggie Smith and the late Sir Robert Stephens. Toby Stephens has an illustrious acting career himself on stage and screen. Both he and Sean Bean have played James Bond villains. Happy 50th Anniversary James Bond! 

You may also recognize Padma Lakshmi taking a break from cooking shows to play devious and deadly Mahduvanti,

If you're interested in what went on behind-the-scenes on the two most recent Sharpe episodes, Challenge and Peril, go to the link below for an article by Sean Bean's personal assistant in India:


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