The DVD is released in the UK on December 5, follow the Amazon links above to order and raise commission for charity from Amazon. There are two UK links above, under the pic of the day – the RAnet Amazon store and the Amazon logo which will take you straight to Amazon containing the RAnet code. Thank you!
2. Strike Back series 1 in Russia: the first series will be shown on Sunday 4 December at 12.00pm on СТС channel. The programme information describes series 1 despite showing a picture from series 2. Thanks to GizGunslinger.
3. Thanks again to GizGunslinger for her drawing of Richard as Richard III which is now on the Artwork page.
4. A Moscow publisher “Moskovskiy Komsomolets” (MK) has started producing booklets for popular European classical literature which have been filmed or televised as part of a series called “Great cinema novels”. North and South featured in today’s issue, consisting of a 23 page booklet with the DVD. There is a brief biography of Elizabeth Gaskell, a short interview with the person who translated the book in May 2011 and a description of the BBC TV production. There is very little information about Daniela Denby-Ashe, much of it is concerned with ‘Richard Crispin Armitage’ as he is referred to in the booklet. There are several quotes from his interviews.
With thanks to GizGunslinger for the scans and this translation:
Richard is mentioned on p12 – 15. It is said that the episode where Thornton is saying “Look back at me” is one of the key moments in John and Margaret’s relations and that Richard remembers it with trepidation. Also that this role was very significant for him not only because it was his first main role but also because he liked the book even before he read the script. There is a quote from his interview where he is talking about how he got this role. After that he absorbed much about the age: learning about the cotton industry, reading books about XIX century, about traditions and manners and he visited some museums. In another quote he’s saying that it’s really unusual period drama because the style of shooting and acting are quite modern but at the same time this film is historically accurate.
Scan 2: Performer of the main male role actor Richard Armitage.
Scan 3: Frame from the film: Margaret at the cotton mill.
Scan 5: Actress Daniela Denby-Ashe.
1. Another Hobbit set report today from Eric Vespe of Aintitcool.com: ‘Thorin’s Dilemma’. There are details of an intense scene between Thorin and Gandalf, but no pictures of Richard as Thorin unfortunately – although in one picture of the dwarves on horses, that might be him emerging from behind a rock…(on second thoughts, I think it’s Kili/Aidan Turner).
2. Elijah Wood has said that he believes The Hobbit trailer will be shown before Tintin when it is released in the US. Tintin is already showing at cinemas here in the UK, so the trailer is rumoured to be shown before the second Sherlock Holmes film.
Two new galleries have been added to the Promotional Pics & Photoshoots gallery today: the 2008 Promo gallery and the Recognise magazine gallery.
1. There are three news reports today about Hobbit filming with some descriptions of scenes that were filmed at Beorn’s house, a purpose built set in Paradise, near Glenorchy and Queenstown.
- Tree’s demise Hobbit-sized crisis in the Otago Daily Times
- Sir Peter Jackson luges in Queenstown at scene.co.nz
- Sir Peter’s great southern inspiration in the NZHerald
2. Another Hobbit set report is up on AintItCool.com with spoilers about scenes they have been filming with the dwarfs, Gandalf, Bilbo and Radagast. Apparently we will enjoy the next report which is due very soon.
3. Three of the four videos shown in the iPad only Project magazine have been uploaded to Vimeo by Dan Stoddart who was responsible for the sound on each clip. Each video is listed on the left-hand side of the Vimeo window. Project magazine is an iPad only magazine and these videos were not broadcast anywhere else. The full Project magazine photoshoot is in the gallery, which contains stills from all four videos on page 1 of the gallery.
1. Thanks to DarkJackal for sharing her fantastic drawing of Thorin Oakenshield, which is now on the Artwork page. Click the picture to enlarge.
2. Some new wallpapers added to the site with thanks to Tanni.
There are more wallpapers on her website.
1. There are articles about The Hobbit in two french magazines with plenty of pictures and these are now on The Hobbit career page. Where there are quotes about Richard I have provided a translation. Many thanks to Fred for the Studio Ciné magazine scans and Joane for the L’écran Fantastique scans.
2. As mentioned below on 16th November, Black Friday deals are available on Amazon.co.uk this week. This link to Amazon UK shows all the deals available and contains the RichardArmitageNet code to earn referral fees payable by Amazon.
The french movie magazine Studio Ciné Live has 12 pages dedicated to The Hobbit in the latest issue. Scans of the article will be on this site tomorrow. In the meantime, you can see a small version of the magazine online. The Hobbit article starts with a double page picture of Thorin on page 50. Click the red ‘Feuilleter ce magazine’ button to see the pages. Thanks to Fred.
I’ve added an original Radio Times article to the Robin Hood Reviews page, which had a picture of Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne on the cover to celebrate the start of the series on Saturday 7 October 2006. Each picture can be enlarged and the cover will increase to quite a large size as this is the only version of this picture of Richard that I have. If you have any old articles or interviews that are not on this site and are willing to share, please email me (Ali) at email@example.com Thank you.
1. Spooks series 9 in Belgium: digital channel 8 will start showing series 9 on Thursday 24 November at 20:45. Thanks to Anne.
2. WhatCulture.com have listed Richard as their #3 choice to play Doctor Who in the forthcoming film, which will be directed by Harry Potter director David Yates. What do you think of the list? We asked if you thought Richard should be Doctor Who in a previous poll and most of you voted ‘no’. Vote in the poll on the left-hand side to see if you agree with the choices made. Thank you.
1. Amazon UK are promoting Black Friday deals, which means that between 21 and 25 November you can save money on your Christmas shopping. This link to Amazon UK contains the RichardArmitageNet code so that purchases you make after clicking that link will earn referral fees, which are paid by Amazon to this site and will be donated to charity. Amazon Associate FAQs are found here.
2. Robin Hood series 1 episode 1 screencap gallery has been recreated for more pictures and better quality. Other episodes from the series will be recreated soon.
Andy Serkis, aka Gollum in The Hobbit and also Second Unit Director, has told IGN.com that a Hobbit trailer will be shown “fairly soon, actually. Around Christmas time, I believe.”
Ian McKellen has updated his Hobbit blog after almost six months. After recounting some memories from his acting career he mentions the following about filming The Hobbit: “Musings during a long wait today, which has been a respite from a lot of fighting in Middle-earth. In The Hobbit, Gandalf is part old duffer but more he’s a soldier. Peter Jackson, who likes to see the old guys fighting it out, reminded me the other day that Gandalf is a commander, a general. Having slain the Great Goblin I was being a bit too indulgent with the dwarves who meanwhile had mislaid Bilbo in the goblin tunnels. I’ve played enough soldiers to see that PJ was right and in the next take I was very stern.”
2. Strike Back Project Dawn in Israel: the second series of Strike Back will be shown on Tuesday 15th November at 10.00pm on the Yes Action channel. Thanks to Naama.
3. An advertisement for the french version of the North and South DVD has appeared in a free newspaper in UGC cinemas. Click the image below to enlarge. Thanks to Joane for the scan.
MI-5/Spooks series 7-10 in New Mexico: KNME-TV (PBS) will begin showing series 7 this Saturday 12th November at 9.00pm on channel 5.1. It will be repeated on Sundays and Mondays and also shown on Tuesdays at 10pm on channel 9.1. Thanks to Karen for this information.
1. The Discovery channel documentary HMS Ark Royal, which Richard narrated and was broadcast in February of this year, is now available on DVD from Amazon UK. Here is a direct link to Amazon including the code for this website to ensure that commission will earned for charity, or you can order via the RichardArmitagetNet Amazon UK store.
2. Thanks to Joane for her latest drawing of Richard, which is now on the Artwork page.
Two new wallpapers using pictures from the Recognise magazine photoshoot are now on the Richard wallpapers page, wiith thanks to Rossella.
There is a new video blog from Peter Jackson on his facebook page. The blog describes the 3D technology they are using and there are lots of quick glimpses of actors and scenes from the film. Screencaps of Richard as Thorin are in the Hobbit gallery.
The french version of the North and South DVD is already #1 in the best seller list on the distributor’s website Koba Films. Click the N&S image at the top for more details and a video extract.
Joane was pleased to discover a half page advert in a free Parisian newspaper ’20 minutes’ today and has provided the scan below (click to enlarge). She tells me that the image quality is the same in all copies of the newspaper.
1. Three new pictures of Richard from the Recognise magazine photoshoot (still no news on this magazine by the way) are on this website in an article about photo post production. Scroll down or click the thumbnail below to view:
There are two more pictures on the website that completed the post production: The Hut in the Forest. Click ‘show thumbnails’ to see two more pictures.
Update: click these pictures below for larger versions, courtesy of Bccmee.
Also on the Hut in the Forest’s facebook page (you do not need to be a member of Facebook to see these pictures). The 2nd and last images are the correct way around here. Also below: