Want to follow the Pilgrimage premiere? #richardarmitage

•April 23, 2017 • 3 Comments

Richard Armitage as Raymond de Merville in Pilgrimage.

Normally, I’d be here following with you, but I have plans to see The Crucible in Chicago on Sunday morning. It’s a 3.5 hour drive. So, by the time I see the film, have lunch with a friend, and drive back, the premiere will be on the back end of in full swing if not over. And I might be too tired to blog anyway by that point.

The film is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in NYC on Sunday evening — 6 p.m. in the Midwest, 4 p.m. on the U.S. West Coast. This corresponds to midnight in London or 1 a.m. on Monday in Berlin. Arrivals will probably start somewhat ahead of that and the wise fan will probably be in line at least a half hour ahead, possibly more.

If you want to follow it on Twitter, below are some suggestions. Note that when I follow an event I try to be really flexible about looking for stuff, so I may begin with a feed that turns out to be not that useful, but a lead or a search term will take me elsewhere during the event.

This is my (probably incomplete) list of Twitter accounts for actors and professionals involved with the production and some of their fan groups. I don’t know how many plan to attend; it looks like Jamie Hannigan does, though. Most of them have done some retweeting of publicity for the film. I don’t think anyone’s expecting Richard Armitage, who is thought to be still in Berlin, to attend. Although Michelle Forbes got on a plane from a German airport this week, so who knows.

Here are news feeds for the major actors — these are “latest” feeds for anyone who uses their name in a tweet or tweets at them: Tom Holland, and Stanley Weber, and John Bernthal. Here, as always, is the “latest” feed for Richard Armitage. Some or many of these many not be relevant to the premiere.

Here is the #pilgrimage live feed — this shows all the entries that appear when someone includes the word “Pilgrimage” in a tweet, so some or many will not be relevant to the film.

Here is an incomplete list of fans I think might be attending. And another one.

In case there are photos: here is the Getty official photos feed for Tribeca, sorted by newest photos. Experience suggests that if there are photos, these won’t appear until at least a half hour after they are taken, and possibly longer. Here is that same link for AP. And here, for Wireimage.

So that’s where I would have started looking; in the event, this can be useful or not as the evening develops. For everyone who’s looking for information, I wish you a great deal of luck! I will probably be back on Monday.

Proof that Richard Armitage loves Earth Day, or: he’s so grounded

•April 22, 2017 • 18 Comments

I was reminded this week that Richard Armitage must really love Earth Day. Think about his roles. Very few actors have such an intimate relationship with earth as does our Armitage.

It started early, during his stage career. Although it’s not entirely clear: did Richard Armitage love earth first, or did earth love Richard Armitage?

Richard Armitage as Angus in Macbeth (2001). Source: Richard Armitage Central Gallery.

In any case, at that point, earth smeared itself all over his sweaty cheek.

As his television career took off, earth seems to have moved into the background, at least at first.

Carol (Sarah Smart) and John Standring (Richard Armitage) in episode 1 of Sparkhouse. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

I mean, look at all that earth. But it’s not trying to steal the scene. It’s playing its role, quietly, in the background.

And here, Armitage is lying directly ON the earth. And he’s pretty clearly in ecstasy.

Richard Armitage as Ian Macalwain in Ultimate Force. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

Look at that open mouth. But as close as he is to earth here, he seems detached. No public displays of affection yet.

It wouldn’t be until 2006 that Richard Armitage came out of the closet with regard to his relationship with earth. In a stressful episode of Robin Hood (1.9), Armitage seemed no longer available to hide, or even control, his affections, for the earth around him.

Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood 1.9. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

The open face-plant seemed on the one hand to settle things — how could anyone think this man did not love earth? Still, nagging voices claimed it was a stunt-man, and Richard Armitage was not really all that attracted to earth. And others claimed that again, Armitage had been set upon by earth, against his own will, unable to defend himself, and so he really didn’t love earth all that much.

That claim seemed controverted by the immediately subsequent shot, however.

Same as above. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

Here we can see, though, that Armitage looks really happy to be so intimate with earth. Not only is it caressing his cheek, as in previous years, he has it dabbed artistically into his eyebrow and it’s perching affectionately on the shoulder of his jacket. He’s literally cuddling up to earth.

Armitage’s role as Guy of Gisborne seems to have inaugurated a more openly displayed relationship with earth, one that reflects true mutual respect and understanding and indeed, love.

In Spooks, for instance, Richard Armitage appears to have decided to do a prone interpretive dance involving earth, with earth surrounding him and taking his breath away.

Richard Armitage as Lucas North in Spooks 8.8. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

Look how much Armitage is enjoying his encounter with flying, dancing earth above. So much so that he decided to wear its token on his face again.

Same as above. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

Yup, that’s one huge, sloppy kiss from earth right there on his forehead — left visible for all the world to see.

Since that time, Richard Armitage and earth have seemed almost inseparable. For instance, at times he’s allowed earth to lie on his face in a way that incorporates it subtly into his stubble and makes eyes pop.

Richard Armitage as John Porter and Andrew Lincoln as Collinson in Strike Back 1.6. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

He was willing, nay eager, to take earth into battle with him. He mixes it into beard and blood like a talisman.

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

In 2014, he smeared it — or rather, got a makeup artist to smear it — all over his upper body.

Richard Armitage as John Proctor in The Crucible, photo taken but not used for the play publicity by Jay Brooks.

Yes, Proctor was an EARTHY character, indeed. They made posters of him with his skin covered with earth. Talk about earth allegiance!

Since then Armitage has been a little more laid-back about his earth affections, but the most recent publicity photo suggests that earth is never far from his thoughts face.

Richard Armitage as Raymond de Merville in Pilgrimage.

Somehow, the ongoing presence of earth in Richard Armitage’s roles suggests that earth seems to GROUND him as an actor.

OK, enough. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Earth Day. We only have one planet!

[for more Earth Day antics, please check out my favorite Richard Armitage Earth Day post of all time.]

Is there a Berlin Station DVD available?

•April 22, 2017 • 3 Comments

This via @aka_linda60 on Twitter. Here’s a link. I’m wondering how legal this is — region free DVDs? I also can’t figure out from the site in what country the company is doing business, and thus I know nothing about the company. But there’s the info, anyway.

I hadn’t seen this picture, either #richardarmitage

•April 22, 2017 • 2 Comments


Another Richard Armitage photo from the best scene in Brain on Fire

•April 22, 2017 • 21 Comments

Thanks to @mooseturds. Link.

Richard Armitage (Tom Cahalan), Chloe Grace Moretz (Susannah Cahalan), and Jenn McLean-Angus (Giselle) in Brain on Fire.


The cup of tea that launched a message board crash #richardarmitage

•April 21, 2017 • 6 Comments

And well more than a thousand crushes.

Margaret gives Mr. Thornton a cup of tea in episode 1 of North & South. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

Thinking about National Tea Day (yeah, another one of those made up holidays social media loves) reminded me first and foremost of the wonderful “tea scene” in episode 1 of North & South. This episode was aired for the first time on November 19, 2004, and the BBC message board crashed within hours, due to viewer excitement about Richard Armitage. I suspect of a lot of it must have come down to this scene. Back when I used to post a lot of interviews with fellow fans, one of my questions was always, “what is your favorite scene?” and after a while I had to specify “other than the tea scene in North & South.”

Richard Armitage confessed in the course of the Hobbit interviews that he himself was a coffee drinker. And I don’t think it was the tea that sold people on the scene, either — for me, it was the look(s) on his face, just as he’s about to get the tea.

Richard Armitage as Mr. Thornton in episode 1 of North & South. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

Armitage is a master of status games and interactions. What’s so compelling about this moment is the differentiated status and the competing axes power between him and Margaret — class, gender, hostess / guest, attracted / pursued — and the way that he lets us see him process all that potential jostling conflict just briefly, but then returns to an inward moment that he also lets us see. Masterful.

Places I’d like to kiss Richard Armitage: National Tea Day edition

•April 21, 2017 • 6 Comments

Richard Armitage as Mr. Thornton in episode 1 of North & South. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

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