DA Xmas Special, Sybil + Tom/Jessica + Allen Interview Delights

OMG can’t wait for DA Christmas special – here is a sneak preview:

Here is a recap of seasons 1 and 2 and a sneak preview of the special at the end – love it esp. from 28:00 onward:

Some additional Sybil + Tom/Mary + Matthew coverage here – love how Allen is so open about his attraction to Jess at 4:10:

A straight-up Jessica + Allen interview here – ooh la la!!

The British Series with the Big House (Season Two SPOILERS) – Mmmhmm

 

 

DA Season Two: The Smoldering Encounters in the Garage Edit (Part 2 and 3 are the entire edits)

 

The Modern Take

 

AHH – I want this Florence + the Machine take completed

 

Thoughts of Richard Armitage came back to me: the shrill lady from Nottingham, the honorable man from Milton, and the evil guy trying to mess with Lucas/John. And Dan Stevens needs to get familiar with the Richard Armitage period drama kissing technique—oh that kiss was baaaad.

Two-hour Christmas special airing in the UK! And season 3! WOOT. But sad that there will likely be little Sybil + Branson action in the future.

King Richard Armitage Week: (Wrap-Up) Hooray!

To celebrate Richard Armitage’s 40th birthday and to commemorate the anniversary of Richard III’s death, this blog is participating in an extended series of RA blog events for the Richard III for Richard Armitage!/King Richard Armitage project (sign the petitionjoin the Facebook group). Enjoy the fun!

Although there are still more King Richard Armitage posts to come on other blogs, I wanted to do a wrap-up post for the past week. Cheers to all of the blog contributors and readers that participated in the event! You can find links for all of the talented and clever King Richard Armitage Week blog contributors here.

MyrL created an excellent YT video/audio compilation of Armitage’s mentions of the RIII project. It’s lovely to hear (and see!) his enthusiasm for the project and how the project has been progressively moving towards development.

darlingdarling blog KRA Week Notes

Richard III Project Slogan Poll

The winning slogan: “The Last Warrior King.”

Wonderful submissions:

– My kingdom’s worth a lot more than a horse. (Servetus)

– I fought for my people, not for my reputation. (CDoart)

My new idea:

– Better Than The Tudors.

Six Degrees of Richard III Actors + Armitage

Phylly3 and Carolyn impressed me by bringing more Richard III actors to the game: Ciaran Hinds, Kenneth Branagh, John Barrymore, Frederick Warde, and Sir Alec Guinness.

It is so satisfying to see that all of the RIII actors can be linked to Armitage, and often very quickly. He has worked with quite accomplished co-stars. Also, it is intriguing that two other RIII actors have also played Sir Guy in Robin Hood; Armitage has said that RIII is the Shakespearean character that reminds him most of Guy (although one imagines he has the real RIII in mind).

Creative Letters of Support

Inspired by Carolyn’s comment, I added a letter from Padmé Amidala to my planned post. Carolyn submitted a delightful letter from the Vicar of Dibley and I added a letter from Galadriel. This post was the most fun and I loved seeing how RA’s past characters related to the RIII project in their shared interests, struggles, and love for a reluctant (at first!) woman.

Leading Ladies for RIII

This was an added post. If there’s an RA project, I’m most interested in the love story because he does “in love” so beautifully.

An additional thought: Natalie Dormer starred as Anne Boleyn in the The Tudors TV series, so it is unlikely that she would be cast as Lady Anne in a Richard III project. But who knows? The two look stunning onscreen in these passionate Guy + Anne crossover fandom videos created by summersparkle2 that I posted earlier this summer.

Looking Ahead

The King Richard Armitage website will be updated with new content as blog contributions come in and new ideas arise. CDoart has great plans, so do keep checking the site for her updates. BIG cheers and thanks to CDoart for her terrific interviews, tremendous web management, correspondence, organization, and infectious enthusiasm for delivering King Richard Armitage Week. An amazing job!

One day, I hope that RA is able to create (and star in) the RIII project and make it everything he wants it to be. It would be very special indeed.

King Richard Armitage Week: Leading Ladies and That Proposal Scene

To celebrate Richard Armitage’s 40th birthday and to commemorate the anniversary of Richard III’s death, this blog is participating in an extended series of RA blog events for the Richard III for Richard Armitage!/King Richard Armitage project (sign the petitionjoin the Facebook group). Enjoy the fun!

We have extended KRA Week since we still have more posts coming from blog contributors. It’s a super-sized week! 

Servetus has another terrific post, this one focuses on the Richard III + Lady Anne relationship. I was also curious about the romantic possibilities for their courtship and proposal scenes in the RIII project, which would be a welcome shift from the sinister seduction of the Shakespearean version and would certainly not involve spitting.

Here is a quick summary of the historical romance: Anne Neville was the daughter of Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick, who used Anne as a pawn to secure his own political power. At a young age, she was betrothed to RIII, but her father switched alliances and arranged for her to marry Edward of Westminster when she was 14. Then both her father and husband abruptly died and she had no allies since her brother-in-law (Richard’s brother) wanted to claim her part of the inheritance. RIII is said to have rescued her from this drama and the pair quickly married.

In Shakespeare’s play, Act 1 Scene 2 is the proposal scene. RIII woos Anne at the king’s funeral, telling her how he killed her husband and the king (her father-in-law) so that he could marry her. She becomes enthralled by his passion for her and implicit offer of protection and submits to becoming his wife.

Laurence Olivier + Claire Bloom

Laurence Olivier works his seductive charm in the worst haircut in the history of cinema, sending Bloom into a swoon. It almost seems romantic.

Kenneth Branagh + Stella Gonet, audio recording

Branagh goes for the crying and tender murmuring tactics. Gonet does the best job of showing Lady Anne’s rage.

Ian McKellen + Kristin Scott Thomas

McKellen does a commanding job of convincing Lady Anne and his energetic asides to the camera work well. Scott Thomas’ Lady Anne is beaten down and withdrawn in her consent. The least romantic proposal. The ring in the his mouth does not help.

Al Pacino + Winona Ryder (starts at 7:44), goes to Pt 4

Ryder seems a little lost here. Pacino hams it up. Yikes at the age difference. Very predatory. DON’T DO IT GIRL.

I mulled over possible actresses to play Anne (Servetus’ post also has an Anne actress poll), but was not coming up with many age-appropriate choices. One actress I did think about was the lovely and talented Claire Foy (b. 1984) from Little Dorrit since she was able to portray strength and vulnerability so movingly in that production. I also would like to see her do some quality work so that she doesn’t have to settle for being a witch in a Nicholas Cage movie.

Or perhaps Australian actress Abbie Cornish (b. 1982) who played one of Queen Elizabeth’s ladies-in-waiting in Elizabeth: The Golden Age and starred as Fanny Brawne in Bright Star (the video below contains the ending scenes of BS).

King Richard Armitage Week: Creative Letter of Support from Galadriel

To celebrate Richard Armitage’s 40th birthday and to commemorate the anniversary of Richard III’s death, this blog is participating in a weeklong series of RA blog events for the Richard III for Richard Armitage!/King Richard Armitage project (sign the petitionjoin the Facebook group). Enjoy the fun!

Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit

From Galadriel, The Lady of Lórien, Middle-Earth

On behalf of the elves of Middle-Earth, I am writing to state our support for King Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thráin, to lead the Richard III project.

With my gift of telepathy, I have seen into Thorin’s mind and found him to be a wise leader who rules with the best intentions for his kingdom. Although he has a weakness for gems, he is a loyal and brave warrior who would excel as commander of the English army, which is slightly easier to manage than a group of hungry dwarves. The Orcrist should serve him well in the War of the Roses.

I have foreseen the success of this project and its warm reception from Thorin’s army and the Richard III community. The choice is before you: to rise above Shakespeare and finance this project or to let it fall into darkness, thereby continuing to allow the words of a playwright to rule over the memory of a heroic English monarch.

I was once a Tudor queen, so I know firsthand of the political propaganda and sheer insanity that took place in the name of Tudor glory, besmirching Richard III’s legacy. As the mightiest elf of Middle-Earth, I now see the folly of man and want to illuminate the true story of Richard III for all to see.

Namárië.

Thorin from The Hobbit (courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com)