Missed Opportunities?

I’m not sure why it is, but I still get a tingle down my spine when I hear about this new movie the Spooks franchise is filming in New Zealand. This shouldn’t be the case when I consider what happened with the series. Whoever ran pr for that notoriously got it wrong. They could not keep things in the bag. Sure we didn’t know about Lisa Faulkner getting fried, and the series rode on the reverberations of that event for a long time. But it was the end of any real surprises as many of their remaining moves were telegraphed and primarily via promotional spots.

So I come to The Greater Good, and I can’t help but wonder if they will get the promotion right. I hope so, and if anyone who has any clout with that show is reading this post (fat chance, but I’m optimistic still), would you please put the fear of God in the guy who is doing the marketing, so the greater good of this movie as a thriller can be preserved?

I feel myself wanting to really launch into a rant about Spooks, but I’ve done that already. As for Richard Armitage, I hate how that show went down for him. The possibilities were so much better than the reality. Maybe I will go on a rant after all but not today.

Other than that, will this franchise sneak someone in from the past? If so, whom will it be? And don’t ever think it can’t be someone dead. They resurrected Tom didn’t they? Plus, there can always be a flashback.

I know I’m like a dog with a bone on this subject, but something in me won’t let it go. Maybe because Richard Armitage can’t seem to let it go.

Thank you to Ali at RichardArmitageNet.com for reminding me of which interview Richard talked about Spooks and to the the ladies at RichardArmitageCentral who are so faithful to create transcripts of RA’s interviews!

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This is one of my favorite scenes from Spooks S9. So much there to work with. Aargh!
Screencap courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.Com

It’s Tuesday, So It Must Be Official

And so it is. The Old Vic has confirmed the rumor of Richard Armitage playing John Proctor in The Crucible as true. Perry has the info.

Yep, my friends, that is how this works. Rumors of any note don’t last long before they are confirmed. If we had actually made it to the end of this week or into next week without a confirmation, the prospect would have become very dismal. Frankly, I was going to give it until Wednesday evening before I started blowing it off. So glad I didn’t have to.

Living the Horror? Matusita House or Bust? Or what rumors can do

Excuse me I should have said Casa Matusita o busto.

house of matusitaIs Richard Armitage going to be in a film about a notorious haunted house in Peru? We’ll see. And yes, this post is in part for the three of you who haven’t heard that rumor, but I’m not really going to talk much about it today (at least that’s the plan right now). Rather I’m going to wax on about navigating Richard Armitage rumors of work.

Before I get started, no, I’m not concerned about his casting in House of Matusita conflicting with Comic-Con. He would be much closer to San Diego, and his schedule will be much more flexible if he’s not doing live theater.

If this is your first time to live through a rumor of a potential movie lead for Richard or rumor of any kind of work, a little something to remember. In over six years of keeping tabs on our guy’s career, I have not seen one rumor of work pan out if it went beyond several days without being confirmed. Yep, you read that right. Everything that fans have gotten wind of him possibly doing, was already a done deal or he was in the middle of doing it, and it was confirmed quickly. Certainly, there were no trial balloons that went on and on and perpetrated by the parties involved. And if I’m wrong in how I’m remembering this, generally, legitimate work has been confirmed quickly. So yeah, if this rumor and the one about The Crucible is not confirmed before the end of this week and certainly by next week, I’m consigning them to the trash heap.

While I’m at it, I’ll tell you about my first experience with RA’s possible casting as a lead in a movie. It has been almost five years ago. I had joined Twitter and not because of Richard Armitage at all. But lo and behold, a couple of week later, I read a tweet about him being cast in a movie and from the director, Mike Ogden. Obviously, it didn’t become a job for Richard, but that announcement did a lot to get me acclimated to Twitter, and for that I’m thankful.

There was something else I became accustomed to from this experience, and an event I consider more significant — an up close and personal introduction to online crowd funding for something other than a charity. Mike made an appeal to fans to fund the movie. At first, I was put off by this and thought it was not well done when Richard Armitage wasn’t confirmed, and maybe the timing wasn’t great. Mostly I thought it was trying to engage people who many didn’t seem to be accustomed to investing in vehicles like this and were being asked to give money without a real prospectus, if you will, being provided.

But I’m no longer offended and haven’t been in a long time. A lot has changed in five years, and lots of people tap online crowd funding these days and for lots of reasons and such things as a prospectus are laughable to bring up, because non-charitable crowd funding projects are designed to appeal to vanity — name on the credits, paraphernalia from the movie that no one else but funders can claim — and not to someone’s potential to get a monetary return on investment. Anyway, it’s pretty much mainstream now as a possible source of cash and not a faux pas as it seemed in 2009.

Something else came out of that experience, but I’ll talk about that tomorrow or maybe Tuesday since that is the day for ‘M’ and I’m jumping ahead today to post about ‘L’. Yeah, I’m still with this A to Z Challenge. Can you believe it? Neither can I.

Know Surprises

Richard Armitage with bedroom eyesNow that we’re reasonably sure Richard Armitage will be starring in The Old Vic’s version of The Crucible, this probably means no RA at Comic-Con in San Diego. Yep, I’m thinking that may be what it means. Unless he got two days off to make a jaunt across the pond. If he does come to the Con, he probably won’t be there on Saturday but rather Thursday, since Saturdays are big days in the theater. Or am I wrong about this?

Yeah, I think the group in London will try to accommodate a trip to Cali — at least mid-week so he can promote Into the Storm. Unless his last minute appearance at Cinema-Con in Las Vegas was a trade-off for not appearing in San Diego.

Then again, I could be so out in left field, because last time I checked, Peter Jackson is no pushover, and he’s not going to have a skeleton crew at Comic-Con and certainly not doing his thing on Thursday. It will be Saturday for PJ and company, and not to mention that Richard Armitage seems to be the point man for pushing The Hobbit. But maybe that was also a trade-off, so that Richard is getting it out of the way and will be free all summer. I kind of doubt that.

Or maybe it’s either/or. He gets to be there on Thursday or Saturday but not both. Or maybe both PJ and Todd have their promotions running on Saturday. I’m so confused.

My gut: if he made an agreement with Peter Jackson to be there for The Hobbit, he will be. How can I say that? Hmm, Peter Jackson, the West End, Peter Jackson, the West End. Uh yeah, it’s Peter Jackson. Whether fair or not, that’s probably reality.

Whatever happens, it’s probably not a good idea for fans to buy tickets to The Crucible from July 23-28.* Can you imagine how pissed off you would be if you did and he was an ocean away? Yeah, consider this post a public service.

Other than that, the photo above is an interesting pick for The Mail. Is he a deer caught in the glare of the paparazzi or are those the bedroom eyes that get John Proctor and the rest of Salem in trouble? ;-)

And a thank you to Baz Bamigboye for the latest ripple effect. Now if he could just put his ear to the ground and answer my musing…

edit: it just occurred to me I may have made an error in this piece because The Old Vic is not technically in the West End. It’s not even in the area known as Theatreland. I’m doing this entirely from memory, so if anyone knows, educate me please. I don’t have time to look it up! :)

* those blackout dates are subject to change based on the confirmed news we hear; however, it’s good to keep in mind that the Into the Storm premiere will be coming up not long after Comic-con. The world premiere will be less than two weeks after Comic-Con ends.

Just So You Know

Any fun that happens today will probably pass me by. I’m off to a political meeting where somehow I got elected as a state delegate. I wish someone would slap me for this.

No, seriously, an old friend of mine is running for state office, and so I’m doing my part to help get him elected. I even had to register with a party again. As soon as this is done, I’ll change that back to independent. Phew.

In the meantime, I have to drive four hours to this thing, and on the way, I have to prepare a two minute nomination speech. Do you know how long two minutes can be?! And my friend told me to get ready for a long day of speeches. Sheesh. Yeah, feel some sympathy for me. Too bad I don’t have some Jameson’s. :D

I’m so glad I’m anonymous ’cause I really wouldn’t want to hurt my friend’s feelings about my hatred of political meetings. Then again, he understands it himself. He is not really a political guy, and that’s one reason I hope he makes it.

And I think that may be J for the April Challenge thingy. Not sure yet, but if I don’t come up with something better, yeah, this will have to do.

Catch all of you later.

Is This Thing On?

I was just reading a very interesting interview of Richard Armitage. A few items of note:

– He bought an electric cello when he was in New Zealand.

Some have never seen an electric cello, so I bring it for your edification:

– He still likes Love in an Elevator.

One of these days he’s going to say that often enough that the fans will start demanding some tights and scarves and who knows what else.. Yes, I’m picturing him in a Steven Tyler get up. Just needs a yellow vest or whatever the hell that is ’cause I know he already has the orange pants. Count on it if he gets drunk enough.

– Took notes from Arnold Schwarzengger about standing firm against negativity:

His speech was really interesting, he was very honest about the industry and his lingering message to everyone in the room was just “Don’t ever take no for an answer.” Because he said he was told no throughout most of his career and everything he wanted to do he was told no and he said don’t listen to the nay-sayers.

Yeah, that’s what I was saying! You go, Richard! ;-)

The speech, which is definitely worth a listen:

– Last but not least.

Richard has a fear of Eamonn Holmes. Well, yeah, hell, I’m afraid of him after “devotation.” That’s what really woke Richard up. He was sitting there, and thought, “Huh? Did I miss something? Are they talking about the Empire Awards? Are people changing their minds?!”

Devotation: You go vote. Then you go home and wish you could go back because you changed your mind…..

– Chris

Article is here

And that was J for the April Challenge thingy.

edit: Maybe I’m drunk too ’cause I meant that was I. That was I, people. Yeah, this is Friday, and I’m a day late, so that was I.

Rethinking David Hewson

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At first glance I was convinced most of David Hewson’s books were not my thing. My reading fare does not usually include murder and mayhem. I have read some Richard North Patterson, Scott Turow, maybe some Patricia Cornwell and a few others I can’t remember when I’m in the mood. But I’m not in the mood often. It’s not clear to me why since I love puzzles. Maybe when I have a great stretch of time and absolutely nothing to do, I’ll examine it.

Despite my prejudice, I subscribed to Hewson’s blog, and something surprising popped into my in-box. As I read, I started to grin and then I laughed out loud. A real LOL. Imagine that, and provoked by a serious journalist and crime novelist. Here’s the part where you start thinking of all the crime novelists you know who are funny. Goodie. Feel free to share. Until Hewson, I didn’t know of any.

And now I’ve bought A Season for the Dead and have just started reading. Even if I find no caped crusader, why do I get the feeling Hewson will be into me for several more dollars before this is over…

And that my friends is how a book or two is sold.

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