He Made the Main Page!

Several years ago I used to really enjoy going to IMDb.com and checking out “Born Today.” I didn’t do it everyday, but it was still fun to see what celebs had birthdays when. When I became a Richard Armitage fan I started checking on his birthday to see if he’d make the main/home page. Last year I was hopeful, after all he had been in Captain America and had The Hobbit coming out. No such luck, I had to click on “see all birthdays” and he was of course there, but just one name among the many listed.

But today:

Born Today IMDB

 

It’s a silly little thing, but it just one more thing to add the list of changes a year can make!

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The 42nd Annual Armitage Day!

Okay, so I don’t actually know how long it’s been referred to as Armitage Day.  But it is Richard Armitage’s birthday and he is 42! 😉 Which means it’s time for celebration, cake, booze and thanks to my reemerging creativity (thanks thyroid meds) a little graphic I cooked up:

42nd Birthday Book

Wherever you are today, I hope you get to celebrate with friends and loved ones, Mr. A! Happy Birthday!!! (Not that I think you will actually see this blog post.)

P.S.–I know there’s a typo in the book. Let’s call it an homage to my favorite actor and his own occasional typing mistakes! 😉

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RA as Batman?

My Tweetdeck is full of links to articles which include Richard Armitage in various lists of those best suited to play the next Batman. I’m actually kind of excited about the prospect of a Superman/Batman movie. And the logo that’s been revealed is pretty freaking awesome:

Image Courtesy of Newsarama

That said, I have some serious reservations about Richard Armitage in this role. I saw where someone mentioned that Batman did great things for Christian Bale’s career and I’m in full agreement there. But the Batman franchise had no where to go but up when Christian Bale took on the role. The previous live action incarnation of the character was played by George Clooney in the much maligned Batman and Robin–a film which audiences gave only a 25% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. When fans are that harsh, you know a film is awful.

Richard Armitage or anyone taking on the role now, is stepping into a completely different situation. Now we’ve had three Batman films staring Christian Bale and directed by the amazing Christopher Nolan. Not only did fans love the films, but critics did as well. They’ve set a precedent for what we expect when we go to see a new Batman flick. And to be honest, although I like Zack Snyder’s films (300, Watchmen) I don’t know that I trust him to bring it like Nolan did when it comes to Batman.

So here’s my vote for what it’s worth (which I know isn’t much):

The Dark Knight

I hope Richard Armitage steers clear of this role. There are plenty of interesting characters out there to play and I strongly suspect that his portrayal of the character would always be compared to Bale’s. Of course, if he does end up playing the Caped Crusader I will be in the audience. But here’s hoping he goes another direction.

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Vlog 11 + Thorin Plays Air Guitar!

We’ve all been waiting for the new vlog, so hurray! There was a lot to love about this one. The dwarf exercise routine was hilarious. But my favorite part was the little snippet of Richard Armitage in costume playing air guitar on Orcrist. Naturally I had to make a GIF so I could watch this bit on repeat. 😉

Air-Guitar

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Long Time, No Blog

It’s been almost a month since my last post here and to be honest with you, I haven’t missed it. In the past when I’ve gone through lulls it was simply a matter of not having anything to say and refusing to post just for the sake of posting. This time seems to be different though. Those other times I still had a desire to blog here, this time not so much.

I’m hoping this is still part of the ebb and flow thing. Y’all know I still love me some Richard Armitage! In the meantime, I updated a wallpaper I made previously to incorporate one of the newest (to us) Robert Ascroft photos.

RobertAscroft-26-35-Wallpaper

 

In an attempt to get writing, working on graphics and stuff again I’ve started a more general purpose blog where I can post anything. On the off chance anyone is interested, here is the link.

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Extended Backgrounds

Yesterday I spent the day outside power washing the driveway. So today me and my tomato hued skin are taking a break and hiding from the sun, which gives me a chance to play around a bit. A couple of the new-to-us Ascroft pics that have come out in the last several days are just lovely and possibly some of my all-time favorites.

Because I like them so much I want to be able to use them as wallpapers on my laptop. But I’m weird I guess, and pretty much refuse to center the image with just a random solid color behind it, or crop the image so that it fills the screen but cuts off a lot of the original picture. Because of that, I’ve been playing around with trying to figure out how to extend the backgrounds. I thought I would share these in case anyone else would like to use them.

I had trouble with the first one, so the background is stretched out rather funny, but in the end I like how it turned out:

RobertAscroft-26-Wallpaper

The next one seriously might be my new absolute favorite RA photo ever. Jeans, t-shirt, Converse sneakers and a big, almost goofy smile. Yup, it’s a keeper (and my current wallpaper):

RobertAscroft-29-wallpaper

Gotta say thanks to RANet for finding and sharing the HQ version of all of these pics. They make playing with the photos in Photoshop so much more enjoyable.

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Duh!

I’m sure everyone has seen the Popcorn Taxi interview with Richard Armitage by now. If you haven’t yet, you can see it here.

There was a lot about this interview that I really enjoyed. RA and the interviewer seemed to have a good rapport, he was given time to flesh out his answers and of course there was all of that speaking with his hands (which I love). But there was one moment that really stood out to me. We already knew about the question where Richard was asked who would win in a cage fight–Thorin or Dwalin. But his reaction in the video was just priceless. It was like he was saying, “Duh! Isn’t the answer obvious?”

His reaction here reminds me so much of how my friends and I are together that it just adds another thing to the list of reasons I like  the guy. I went ahead and made a gif of his reaction, because I was watching these few seconds on repeat anyway.

Who'd-Win-The-Cage-Fight

Oh, and this post definitely gets the beardy goodness tag, because look at that gorgeous facial hair! 😉

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Update: The Hunt for Red Plaid

I’ve been busy getting ready to head out of town for the holiday weekend, but I wanted to do an update for those of you not on Twitter. It sounds like two more of the dwarves will be getting on board with their red plaid shirts soon!

 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Ebb and Flow

Ebb and flow seems to be a good description of my life as a fangirl. There are times when I’m exuberant. Times I not only want, but seem to need the shared experience with other fans–the reassurance that although the journey is different for each of us, we’re all in the same boat. Not to mention the joint enthusiasm when new photos, interviews and such are released.  Then there are times that I’m more withdrawn. I still look with pleasure and watch with rapture but the desire to share the experience is low or even non-existent. I simply have nothing to say or contribute to the conversation and all of my enjoyment is this internalized thing and there just aren’t any words.

In case you can’t tell by the lack of posts here of late, I’m feeling rather withdrawn. But I did make a new wallpaper today with the most recent Robert Ascroft photo and I thought I would share:

RobertAscroft-22

Hopefully I’ll be back to my more lively, engaged self soon. But it the meantime, I hope y’all enjoy the wallpaper.

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Paging Dr. Track!!!

Because Judiang is in need of a house call. That is the only explanation for what I witnessed tonight on Skype. Prepare yourself for the clear evidence that Judiang is in need of some special attention from the good doctor:

Judiang-Said-What

 

Do not try to adjust your screen.

You are not seeing things!

 

Judiang likes the baby beard!!!! But only on Richard. Although can you blame her? Look at this face:

AAP 1 Edit

Okay, so maybe she’s not sick. Her taste is just improving! 😉 Love ya, Judiang.

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