Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Hobbit 30 Day Challenge - Day 2

Favorite Character Design?

My favorite character design is not just one character, but 13 characters. 

The dwarves are my favorite character design because I believe Peter Jackson and the very talented people at WETA and the Make-up and hair and prosthetic artists accomplished what they set out to do, make 13 distinctive characters and looks.  

Thanks to fansshare.com

Please check out the creator of The Hobbit 30 Day Challenge at the link below:

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Hobbit 30 Day Challenge - Day 1

Who is your Favorite Dwarf?

This is a tough one isn't it!? Who is the bravest, handsomest, most majestic dwarf? 

Thorin Oakenshield

Son of Thrain, Son of Thror

is my favorite dwarf


"...in their songs they spoke ever of the Lonely Mountain far away, and the treasure and the bliss of the Great Hall in the light of the Arkenstone...The embers in the heart of Thorin grew hot again, as he brooded on the wrongs of his House and of the vengeance upon the Dragon that was bequeathed to him."  Unfinished Tales
J.R.R. Tolkien

Thought I would have some fun while we are all still in DOS mode and take up Peregrint's The Hobbit 30 Day Challenge.

I know this was created for Tumblr so I hope they will forgive me for taking up the challenge here on my blog. 

Please check out the creator of The Hobbit 30 Day Challenge at the link below:

If you haven't read the book, beware of spoilers as the challenge hopefully continues for the next 29 days

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Feliz Navidad - Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays Everyone for 2013

This is my favorite version of Misty Mountains because you can hear the voices without any technical enhancements---- from The Hobbit: AUJ Extended Edition.  My best wishes to all for this Holiday Season.

Wouldn't be Nochebuena if I didn't include the song my family would listen to every December 24. Brings back memories of happier times.

However you celebrate this season, wishing you all the best of times with your friends and family.

Feliz Navidad

Sunday, December 22, 2013

New Hobbit Behind the Scene Video from Italian Site COMING SOON -Beware of SPOILERS

Thanks to El Anillo Unico - Big Spoilers - looks like part of the behind-the-scenes future DOS Extended Edition:

In English with Italian subtitles - cast interviews.

What is it with Richard Armitage and deep, dark, forests? 

Also great article for those that have seen the film from Smithsonian.com (thanks to the OneRing.net for the link):


Peter Jackson used more from Tolkien's writing in the new Desolation of Smaug film than we might think.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Museums and TV: The Museum of Contemporary Art Experiments with New Series

MOCATV Ambience Man Cast (from ArtDaily.org)

Museums around the world are experimenting with social media to try and reach a new and younger audience. 

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles video extension on YouTube will debut a new comedy series on December 20 starring Fred Armisen and Jack Black. 

Art Daily Newsletter describes the series as "part sketch comedy and part subversive artistic commentary...drawing upon and referencing the art historical. "  The series is the creation of artist Alix Lambert. 

MOCA wants to reach the large comedy audience on YouTube and so far has reached over 5 million views on their channel. 

More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/66920/MOCAtv-to-debut-new-art---comedy-series-Ambiance-Man-created-by-Alix-Lambert#.UrJZ3vRDuSo[/url]
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

My Two Richards

I'm not sure why I'm writing this today. Have second and third thoughts about writing this.  Maybe because I've been reading too many of my fellow bloggers posts about meeting Richard, or about whether or not they should meet Richard, or about whether some of us are too old to fangirl over Richard. All of it very interesting thought provoking reading. All of this reading have caused me to think about meeting Richard Armitage a little over a year ago now and about my own feelings about meeting him. 

Would I do it all over again? In a New York minute!

I also know I shouldn't really talk about it anymore, should keep it as my private thoughts only, though I confess it was my favorite moment of all last year. Well, one of my favorite moments of many years really, and will be in my memory forever (or until age leads me to forget who I am.) Now with the new Hobbit movie opening and all the excitement and the videos and interviews it's brought it more than ever back in my mind and my emotions.

I could comment on my fellow RA fan blogs I suppose, but believe me, nothing stops a discussion cold in it's tracks faster than a comment from me anywhere on the blogosphere. Twitter demands fewer words and is more and more the place I interact with my fellow RA fans.  Not right for everyone, but somehow right for me.

I've so enjoyed reading the stories of all that have met or seen Richard Armitage "in the flesh" from LA, to London, to Berlin to Madrid...did I miss one?  I've always so enjoyed reading about fans meeting Richard, from the early days of Robin Hood and even before, way before Thorin, to these past few weeks. Every meeting is special, every one of them, for all of us, we do share in the pleasure and excitement of every fan. 

So why am I writing this? I don't really know, I just am, and this is my blog, so I can.  Maybe because part of me wants to encourage those who doubt whether they want to meet Armitage the person to do so if they have the opportunity.  But I've also been a fan of someone else for 20 years, and I've never met him. You see, I have no issue with fangirling since I've been doing it for a very long time,  and I'm older than many fans, older than Richard.

So here I come to the part about my two Richards. 

Richard #1: I was more than lucky last year to meet Mr. Armitage and even luckier to engage in a group conversation with him.  I like the person, the human being, Richard Armitage very much. My experience of him that night was that he's an unassuming, natural, reserved, funny, sweet, gentle, intelligent, interesting, and interested, man. He's thankfully not someone who "turns on the star quality" when you meet him, he's naturally charming and engaging. He's also a gentleman, and was much so with the three of us there. Our conversation was not long enough for me to even say I know this man, but what little I know, I like very much. Yes, he's a man, a human being, working on his career, being his own person, and living his life, same as the rest of us. This Richard is in a special place in my heart and I care for his well being and success.

Richard #2:  The Richard Armitage I deal with most on a daily basis when I'm on the Internet, or visiting fansites, or just daydreaming, or fantasizing, about him, is my "fantasy Richard".  This "Richard" is made up of bits and pieces of Lucas North, John Thorton, Thorin Oakenshield, Guy of Gisborne, and photoshoot Armitage. Yes, also a bit of the real "in the flesh" RA as well. My "fantasy Richard" responds to what I want and need him to be at any given time. He's my very private and personal "Richard." Whenever I need consolation, or a bit of good cheer, or a shoulder to cry on, or anything else, he's there.  I demand much of him I think, and often have fun making videos or posting about him on my blog and elsewhere. This "Richard" also has a place in my heart, and I'm glad he's in my life.  He helped me at a difficult time, and continues to do so.

It was a an emotional moment when the fantasy met the reality just a little over a year ago. But I'm grateful for that moment, and the chance to see him last month at the TH fan event as well. I'm grateful that I shared both moments and had lots of fun with lovely RA friends.

Yes, I miss his messages to his fans, and wonder if we'll ever get another one.  I understand why we might not, but will still miss them. (I've only been active in the fandom to experience them "live" since 2009 by the way!)*****

These past two weeks have once again been a treat, and I'm still catching up with all the photos, interviews, videos, and already looking forward to Hobbit film #3.

I know many of us say this, but it's true for me as well. A great bonus of being a fan of Richard Armitage is all my fellow fans, and several I'm also very happy to call friends. They bring joy to my life every day, and for that I'm very grateful to Richard Crispin Armitage.

Tomorrow I go and see The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and finally I'll see for myself what all the talk, and videos, and reviews are all about!

 ***** Anyone who wanders why I love this man so much, read this Christmas message from Richard, Dec 19, 2013:

 Thank you Annette and Richard Armitage Online for everything you've done for RA fans all these years. You have been an invaluable source for me, and so many other Armitage fans. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Video from Accion Cine - The Hobbit Madrid Premiere - Richard Armitage and Luke Evans Interviews and few minutes of Red Carpet

Richard Armitage and Luke Evans signing autographs starts at 17:00 and Richard is interviewed twice starting at 22:00 or thereabouts.  Luke is also interviewed just before. 

Most of the video is fans talking about their favorite characters, the films, how long they've been standing in line, book vs movie, and etc. 

Don't forget today is the last premiere event (as far as we know). Richard Armitage and Luke Evans will possibly be presenters at a music award show.

Details about the event:

Live Streaming starting at 16:30 - That's 10:30am EST US for the "Blue Carpet" 

and follow on Twitter


Este año la alfombra azul empezará un poco antes, a partir de las 16:30 y hasta las 18:30.

La gala dará comienzo a las 19:00  
Podrás seguir la gala en directo y además, comentarlo en Twitter con el hashtag #premios40principales


 Se retransmitirán en directo:

A través de los40.com: en web, tablet y smartphone.
En 40 TV.
En la radio en tu dial de Los 40 Principales.
Y a través de las redes sociales de Los 40 Principales te iremos contando minuto a minuto todo lo que ocurre durante el evento.
Y recuerda, si aún no tienes la app oficial de los Premios 40 Principales ya puedes bajártela!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Heirs of Durin - How do I Love Thee! Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman Interviews

Fun and Informative Interview with the best brother team in Middle-earth

I'm adding the above interview from Warner Bros France with Richard Armitage to my list of favorites from the DOS Premiere Press onslaught. 

Uncle Thorin, I'm falling in love more and more, and I haven't seen the movie yet.

I really want all of them to go back to New Zealand for more pick-ups next year, they all seem to have had such fun, and bonded as friends, and they all want to see each other again, and work together again, I hope they do.  

(and I think Aidan is wearing the Durin family T-Shirt!)

Thanks to Middle Earth News, Richard Armitage Central, 
Warner Bros France, Collider 

Madrid Premiere: Richard Armitage and Luke Evans - Watch Live

Madrid Premiere - 8:30pm in Spain/2:30pm EST in the US

Live Streaming at www.warnerbros.es

Also, I would check out WB Spain YouTube channel just in case:

and tomorrow, December 12, Richard and Luke will be at the
Los Premios en 40

We can watch live streaming and the "blue carpet" at 17:30 or 11:30am EST US:

Thursday, December 5, 2013

All I Want For Christmas

Dear Richard,

Come and see me this Christmas! This could be yours!  

All my love,


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"The embers in the heart of Thorin grew hot again"

 Richard Armitage DOS Premiere
December 2, 2013,  Los Angeles, CA

screencap from RichardArmitageCentral.com

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