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SDCC 2015 news, pictures and interviews are here.
Yesterday, apart from being Richard's birthday, was also the first day of rehearsals for Love, Love, Love, the Mike Bartlett play showing from 22nd September at the Laura Pels Theatre in New York (see announcement in the news 14 July). The cast and production members met the press for a photocall and articles appeared in Broadway.com, Broadwayworld.com and theatermania.com.
Thanks to Veloce for finding lots of extra large HD versions of the photos: group photo, group full length, group full length 2, Richard and Amy Ryan, Richard and Amy close up. If you click on the pictures it will zoom in further.
1. The birthday message page is now closed but you can see all the messages here. As this is the last birthday page on this site, I've made all the previous pages available so you can have a browse down memory lane if you wish. Click on 'Birthday Messages 2016' in the menu top left and a submenu will appear showing all previous pages. Thanks to all of you for taking time to visit the site and leave a message.
2. Richard has recorded another audiobook for Audible and similar to Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, this audiobook is also a novelisation of a Shakespearean play. Romeo and Juliet: A Novel will be available on 6th December this year. Here is a link for Audible.com.
3. Great news that Brain on Fire will be played at TIFF, the Toronto Film Festival which runs from 8th to 18th September! This announcement on The Playlist features two new pictures of Richard, who plays Chloe Grace Moretz's father Tom, in the film.
1. A reminder that the birthday page will close for new comments at 9pm on Sunday (UK time). This will be the last birthday page on this site. Now that Richard is active on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, I feel that you will be more inclined to want to leave him a message directly via those sites - plus I expect he is more likely to read them there! So a heartfelt thank you to those who have left birthday messages to Richard on this website over the past 8 years, I have really enjoyed reading them. I'm grateful that you chose this site to leave your birthday wishes, but now it's time to move to social media and call it a day. Thank you! Ali xx
2. New Berlin Station promo videos from Epix:
Once again I've created a birthday message page for you to leave messages for Richard. This is the 8th year I have done this and usually people ask if Richard will read the messages - sorry I have no idea about that, I simply pass a link to the page to Richard's agent. Here is the page with a summary of Richard's projects in the past 12 months with a link to the charities Richard has nominated on JustGiving. The page will close for comments at 9pm UK time on Sunday 21st August. Thank you!
1. Richard has posted another selfie on Weibo from the EPIX party in Los Angeles. The other selfie is the same one that was posted on twitter on 30 July. Click the image below to read the post on Weibo. The new selfie is in the Berlin Station Promo gallery.
2. Yesterday I posted links to various photo press agencies in the first bullet point. The Getty link has updated with a new picture of Richard taken by Maarten de Boer in the Portrait Studio at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
3. I have created a new poll to ask whether many RA fans are going to see the play Love, Love, Love (see announcement in the news 14 July). Thanks to @sahraobsessed for the suggestion. To vote, scroll down on the left until you reach the poll. The previous poll result is here.
Further news items, photos and video clips were posted overnight from yesterday's EPIX party and presentation for the forthcoming series Berlin Station. Here is a round-up:
1. The first scene from Berlin Station is now available on YouTube, which means it no longer has the Entertainment Weekly logo in the corner. So, I have recreated the screencaps and they are much better quality too. Click here for the gallery.
There is a Berlin Station career page on this site now, where you will find all the news, links and information for the show so far.
2. Today in Los Angeles Epix will feature in the Television Critic Association's press tour schedule. Richard has already stated that he is in LA to do press for Berlin Station so stay tuned for news and/or photos that may emerge from that event.
3. Following on from our news above, here are the latest tweets, clips and pictures from Los Angeles from the last few hours:
1. Promotion for Berlin Station has begun, with interactive content on www.berlinstation.com, a new trailer and an exclusive first scene published by Entertainment Weekly (click here for trailer and first scene). I have added a gallery of screencaps from the two trailers released so far and the first scene from the series, plus other behind the scenes pictures gathered over the past few months. Click here to view the gallery.
The new trailer is also available on YouTube without the EW logo!
2. A behind the scenes photo of Paul Michael Chan and Richard on the set of Berlin Station has been published on mysteryplayground.net. This photo is also in the Behind the Scenes gallery. Thanks to @verdandi21 on twitter.
1. An official press release from the Roundabout Theatre Company has confirmed that Richard will star in Love, Love, Love, a play by Mike Bartlett and directed by Michael Mayer. It will be shown at the Laura Pels Theatre, part of The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theater building in New York City. Previews begin September 22nd and the last performance will take place on December 18th. Here is a link to buy tickets from the Roundabout Theatre Co.
The news has been reported by several media outlets, here's a few examples:
Richard has tweeted that he is no longer involved in his current project due to lack of time before his next commitment. We can assume the project he is no longer working on is Midlife Crisis, a British film that Toby Stephens has unfortunately also had to leave due to delays in production (Toby Stephen's tweets here and here). We know Richard has been in London recently and a couple of days ago he unfollowed the film's twitter account.
Here are Richard's tweets on this subject:
Update: Richard is no longer working on this project. 1. There is no official confirmation yet, but it is clear from various tweets and twitter pages that Richard is has just started filming in London, working on a film called Midlife Crisis. Fellow cast mates include Toby Stephens, Colin Salmon and John Thomson, so I think we can assume this is going to be very entertaining and probably quite funny. Richard tweeted a selfie on his way to work the other day but it was soon deleted - you can find the selfie if you search the internet with little difficulty. The offical twitter page for the film is here - check out their 'follows'. Incidentally, Richard and Toby last worked together on Robin Hood series 3, released in 2009.
2. Richard's annual statement for the Cybersmile Foundation is here.
1. A donation of £270.59 plus gift aid has been made today to the Anthony Nolan Trust, one of the eight charities Richard has nominated on JustGiving.com, as a result of orders made via Amazon UK and Amazon DE in February and March 2016. Thank you so much for continuing to use the Amazon links on my home page to order your shopping!
2. Two photos showing the cleft lip prosthetic worn by Richard for the role of Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal have been posted on Instagram by Tenille Shockey, prosthetic and makeup effects artist based in Toronto. Click these links to see the very impressive prosthetic work: picture 1, picture 2 and read the notes for details.
Richard narrated the documentary Jutland: WW1's Greatest Sea Battle on Channel 4 (UK) last night. I have recorded a clip and uploaded it here. Apologies that the quality isn't perfect but this is the best I could do. Programme information is on Channel 4's site.
The first trailer for Berlin Station is here on YouTube, released by the Epix channel. This 10 part series will be released this autumn.
Richard's character in Alice Through the Looking Glass is King Oleron, according to his IMDB page. Richard said this was a cameo role at the end of this video interview with Digital Spy, however in this radio interview with Irish radio programme 'Newstalk', recorded just after The Crucible finished its run in September 2014, he said he had a small part in the film (8m 36s).
Here is a picture of Richard in his cameo role in the forthcoming film Alice Through the Looking Glass, released in the UK and US in a few weeks time on 27 May. The picture was taken from a featurette about the costumes in the film. Watch the full video here on Vimeo.
Click to enlarge:
The director of Urban and the Shed Crew, Candida Brady, has released a video interview with Richard about working on the film. You can watch it here on YouTube. Still no news on release of this film I'm afraid. Candida posted this on twitter on Tuesday.
1. A donation of £339.50 plus gift aid has been made today to The Salvation Army, one of the eight charities Richard has nominated on JustGiving.com, as a result of orders made via Amazon UK and Amazon DE in December 2015 and January 2016. Thank you so much for continuing to use the Amazon links on my home page to order your shopping!
2. More reports and photos have been posted of the Berlin Station filming on La Palma on 11 April 2016.
Richard filmed scenes for Berlin Station on the island of La Palma, one of the Canary Islands today. News reports, pictures and video have been posted on twitter as follows:
The first official pictures from Berlin Station have been released, via the German news outlet Berliner Zeitung, two of which show Richard as Daniel Miller. Many press outlets are still referring to his character as Daniel Meyer, as this was the name given on the original PR release, however Richard and the writer have since confirmed on twitter that the character is called Daniel Miller.
Here are the two new photos - click to enlarge. I will create a Berlin Station gallery on this site when more pictures are released.
The article refers to the German actress Victoria Mayer and her role as Ingrid Hollander in the US drama, and so there is no information about Richard or his role, except a small reference to her character's interaction with Mr Miller: 'For me it is more about Ingrid's conflict with the agent, who is played by Richard Armitage, and her confrontation with the American secret service'. Here is a rough English translation of the article.
1. Richard has recorded a new advert for Sky's new fluid viewing service, Sky Q. Watch it below or on the Voiceovers 2015-2016 page.
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2. A donation of EU 365.00 has been sent to berliner-stadtmission.de following this tweet after Richard's visit to the refugee centre in Berlin, and as a result of the positive replies I received on twitter to this idea. I have donated the Amazon US referral fee earnings received for the period September - December 2015. Thank you so much for continuing to use the Amazon links on my home page to order your shopping!
1. New poll on the site - Richard has been involved in the making of five films and one TV series that we haven't seen yet - which one are you most looking forward to watching? Vote on the left-hand side. Previous poll results are here.
1. Berlin Station has received funding from the German Motion Picture Fund, and Richard was photographed with Parliamentary State Secretary Iris Gleicke, as you may have seen from Richard's twitter feed yesterday.
2. Today is the release date for a new audiobook by Audible: Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. It is narrated by Emma Thompson, with a prologue read by Richard Armitage. You can order it from Audible US or Audible UK or use one of the Amazon links on the home page of this site, search for the book including the word Armitage and the audiobook will appear, plus you will earn commission for charity if you order it.
I've noticed that Amazon UK are selling the audiobook for a cheaper price than Audible UK, unless you buy it free with a free trial subscription of course.
1. Articles about Richard's visit to the refugee centre in Berlin last weekend have appeared in two Berlin newspapers this week. Click to enlarge the images.
This article appeared in the Berliner Kurier, dated 10th March:
English translation - thanks to Servetus.
And here is the article in BILD-Zeitung Berlin, dated 8th March.
English translation - thanks to Servetus.
Many thanks to the German RA Board for sending these articles to me.
2. Emmy spotlight: Cower before Richard Armitage ('Hannibal'), the great Red Dragon: this article makes a compelling case that Richard Armitage should be included in the Emmy nominations for his role as Francis Dolarhyde in NBC's Hannibal, and who are we to argue? Click the link to read the article, which includes the following:
"...like his co-stars, Armitage gives a performance all his own. It's a carefully balanced turn: Dolarhyde has a split personality, one half an insecure wallflower and the other half a monster out of nightmares. But Armitage makes us believe that both personas could exist in one man -- more than that, that each persona fuels the other."
3. Hariclea attended the Crucible screening at the Barbican Cinema in London on Wednesday 9th March, which also included a Q&A with cast members Zara White (Mercy Lewis), Anna Madley (Elizabeth Proctor) and Marama Corlett (Betty Parris), as well as Digital Theatre's Robert Delamere, who directed the performance. Click here to read her blog of the evening, an account which I feel is well worth a read for insights into the production and a trip down memory lane for those of us who were lucky enough to attend the mesmerising performance of all involved in this intense version of Arthur Miller's classic. It was also interesting to hear that Robert Delamere met the playwright many years ago. Thank you for sharing Hariclea!
On Saturday 5th March, Richard visited the Berliner Stadtmission to spend some time with refugee families. He wrote about the experience and posted the pages on twitter yesterday evening. Here is the original tweet and below are the 3 pages as thumbnails - click to enlarge.
1. In a podcast from the New York Times, Richard talks about recording the David Copperfield audiobook for Audible, as well as recording his first audiobooks for the BBC Robin Hood series and reading some of Georgette Heyers' work. Click here for the link (or here for a direct link to the podcast). Richard appears at 35mins 25seconds.
2. Thanks to Summer for the information that Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel is availabe for $5.95 from Audible.com until 6 March! Click here for details (note - this link will redirect if you are outside the US).
Congratulations to Richard for his 2016 Saturn Awards nomination for Best Supporting TV Actor! Watch the nominations here on YouTube (Richard's nomination is at 3:45). Last year, Richard won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film for his role as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Here is his acceptance speech.
2. A donation of £223.38 plus gift aid has been made today to Young Minds UK, one of the eight charities Richard has nominated on JustGiving.com, as a result of orders made via Amazon UK and Amazon DE in November 2015. Thank you so much for continuing to use the Amazon links on my home page to order your shopping!
Richard attended the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg reception at Berlin's Ritz-Carlton hotel last night, to celebrate European talent in the film industry as part of the Berlinale film festival. More information about the event is here on Variety's site. Five photos of Richard with his Berlin Station co-star Richard Jenkins have been found on the event's facebook page photo 1 and photo 2 and also three photos from Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten, a regional news site: photo 1, photo 2 and photo 3. These photos are now in the gallery.
Update: thanks to Veloce for finding larger versions of the last 3 photos from the pnn.de site: click to open gallery.
Richard is currently filming Berlin Station in Berlin, playing the lead character Daniel Miller. Filming started in November 2015 and is expected to continue until March/April 2016.
2. Beginning the news catch-up (you've seen this on FB and twitter, but now I have time to update my site, so here goes...), Michelle Forbes, co-star of Berlin Station tweeted this rather endearing photo on 28 January and this picture on 29 January of Richard and other co-stars.
3. Articles and audio interview clips with Richard about his reading of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, which was released from Audible on 9th February. If you order the audiobook from Audible via Amazon, using my Amazon links on the home page, you will earn commission that I will pay to one of Richard's nominated charities.
"I think David Copperfield is Dickens’ broadest, most humorous and moving epic novel. His treatment in this work of birth, life, love and death had a huge impact on me the first time I read it. It gave me immense pleasure to attempt to bring these vivid characters to life...I'm very proud to have been asked to read this beloved book. I hope you enjoy listening."
4. Richard's 2015 performance of Classic Love Poems, published by Audible Studios, was one of the bestselling audiobooks of the year and is a finalist for a 2016 Audie Award in the “Best Male Narrator” category. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 11 May at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Good luck Richard!
1. The Critics Choice Movie and TV Awards take place in Santa Monica, California this evening at 5pm (PT)/8pm (ET). Richard is nominated in the Best Guest Actor/Actress category for his role as Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal. Richard confirmed today that he is unable to attend.
2. Richard has been nominated as Best TV Supporting Actor in Hannibal by the US film magazine Fangoria. The magazine is asking for the public to vote for film and TV categories in the horror genre. If you'd like to vote, click the link and email your choices before 13th March.
Richard Armitage has been voted 'People's Choice' for villain of the year with his portrayal of Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal by readers of IGN! The entertainment site voted David Tennant as their winner, but Richard got the people's vote. Click here for more information.