Friday, January 29, 2016

Looks like Ziegfeld Theater in NYC is Closing

My photo Hobbit AUJ New York and US Premiere Dec 2012

My photo pre-Android Phone days - bad photo of theater inside
AUJ Premiere 

And since I know you can't tell, these were the people up on stage that night:

More about the closing of the historic Ziegfeld Theater at the link below:


I remember after standing outside to retrieve our tickets for the evening we entered the warm lobby, all reds and gold. On the way to look for our seats, with our free popcorn, and soda or water, we looked around the theater to see if we recognized anyone. Our seats were on the left hand side, last orchestra row. People were either wearing their fancy and formal party clothes, like we were, or dressed in jeans and sweaters. Lots of families.  

Suddenly there was a commotion in the theater, and we looked to our right to, to the next aisle over, and saw a group of mostly men rush in and go up on stage.  And then, a tall, slender, man in grey, hurried up the aisle. We knew the minute he appeared it was him. 

We were so excited to see him.

Peter Jackson and the studio execs did most of the talking and the introductions up on stage. PJ thanked us for coming and supporting the American Film Institute. Then everyone on stage came down and spread out to take their seats among the audience (or most did).  The tall man in grey was coming up our section of seats, and we hoped he would take the empty seat in front of us. But he sat about four rows down.  

The film started and I could feel my heart pounding at the though the man in grey was so close. I could also feel my nervousness for him

Then on screen that door opened, and The Voice said:


And I knew at that moment everything would be just fine.

Dear Hobbit Cast, Creatives, and Crew -Thank you for the memories.

For the man in grey:

Monday, January 25, 2016

Favorite Cheetah Brothers Tweeting Again - Richard and Armitage

My favorite Cheetah brothers, Richard and Armitage:

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Listening to Olen Steinhauer

I'm more and more curious about Berlin Station and more and more intrigued. 

I've started listening/reading my third Steinhauer book (thank you Audible). I first listened to All the Old Knives and now have started the Yalta Boulevard Sequence:

Though I must apologize to the author because after finishing the first book, The Bridge of Sighs, I've skipped three books to start on Victory Square.  I just had to know what would happen to the lead character, Emil Brod!

But I will come back to the right order, and the next one I'll read or listen to will be The Confession, the second book in the series.

What is the Yalta Sequence/Series?  It takes place in a fictional Eastern European country behind the Iron Curtain from 1948 to 1989.   There's one book per decade.  We experience this world through the lives of homicide detectives and state security officers. We share both their work life and their private life, and how they intersect. We also see a political system developing from the beginning after World War II to the end in 1989. (I spent part of my childhood in a similar political system behind the "Caribbean iron curtain" so the setting piqued my interest.)

As I listen to the books of course I'm thinking about the series we'll see this fall, Berlin Station. I'm wondering about the character of Daniel Miller.  Reading/listening to the books, I can see why Richard Armitage would be perfect for this television series, and also why he would find this character of great interest. And I don't know anything about his Daniel Miller, other than what little we've been told, so I'm basing this on Steinhauer's other characters. We know Daniel is a new CIA field agent undercover in Berlin in the present day. But as I listen/read these books, I can see all the layers that the spies and policemen in these stories have, and I can wonder about Daniel.

Now, I'm not about to write a detailed study of the work of Olen Steinhauer, but just as an average reader, I can admire how he weaves the dark corners of the soul with the dark corners of the world.  His characters whether "good guys" or "bad guys" are all very multi-layered.  He's also a great observer of bureaucracies and how they perpetuate themselves, how they determine what gets resolved or not, how it affects those who work within them, whether in the West (These Old Knives) or in the East (Yalta Sequence).  

There's also love and romance, but maybe the kind that is more realistic, or believable or cynical. Yet, there are loves that endure even amid heartbreak and frustration. Yes, we can love someone, but not always like them. Will there be a romance for Daniel Miller? 

I find interesting that more than one of the love stories are younger men and older women?  Not something you see too much in a US TV show, so will we? 

There's also humor. Dark humor for sure, but humor. I've laughed out loud a few times in my car listening to the books on my way to work. 

One of my favorite scenes in Bridge of Sighs is young detective Emil Brod's first day of work. We've all been there, horrified by sitting alone in our new desk, not knowing what to do. There are great descriptions of Brod's co-workers as he observes them giving him the silent treatment. So much information about each character in just a few sentences. Yet, first impressions can also be quite wrong, can't they?  

One of my favorite shows ever is Spooks (MI5) and I love lovely Lucas North. But I'm sure now that I'm becoming immersed in Olen Steinhauer's work that the new show will be equally excellent, but unique and original. And just by the description we've had so far Lucas and Daniel are different characters. Lucas was an experienced and excellent field agent, who when we meet him has spent eight years in Russian prison being tortured and interrogated. (No, we're not going to discuss Season 9 at all!). Daniel we are told is a cerebral rookie field agent learning on the job. 

I have high hopes for Berlin Station. Truly I think it will be an interesting new adventure for Armitage fans.  I just know Richard must be enjoying being Daniel Miller and making this character his own, as he always does. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New 2016 Season Trailer for MHz Choice

Many New Shows and Some Old Favorites Returning:

Glad both Young and Young-At-Heart Montalbano will be back
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