Richard’s agents, United Agents have put up an annoucement about Naxos’ Venetia being nominated for Best Audiobook Adaptation in the Audie Awards, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). The winners will be announced on May 24, 2011 at a Gala in New York City. You can listen to excerpts from Venetia at our Career Audiobooks & Performances page and download them from our Media Audiobook & Radioplays page.
Tv.uk.msn.com has posted an article, Spooks: 10 Reasons Why it’s Popular, which includes a video interview with Richard Armitage in his trailer. The article says this about Lucas North: “Like Ros, this handsome member of the MI5 family is both an enigma and strangely reassuring. Played by Richard Armitage, and familiar to Robin Hood fans as Guy of Gisbourne, the producers knew what they were doing when they hired this actor. He’d previously attracted so much female admiration on a BBC message board, they had to close the site.” (Thanks Sandrac)
The Richard bits of the interview have been added to the RAC Youtube Channel and the transcript has been added to our library. The interview can also be downloaded from our media – tv page. Screencaps can be found in the Spooks Interviews & Extras Gallery.
RA Character Poetry Card Challenge 140 results for Struggle now in the Gallery.
Richard is narrating the HMS Ark Royal Series on Discovery UK. It airs on Tuesdays at 10pm. Episode 1 already aired on Tuesday, February 22, but is being repeated – check tvguide for the schedule of repeats. Episode 2 will air on Tuesday, March 1 at 10pm. Watch and listen to a clip on Youtube. (Thanks to Lady Gisborne).
An article by Latoya Newman, “Delhi on your Doorstep”, that talks about filming Strike Back 2 in Durban has been published in Tonight. There are pictures of the filming but none include Richard.
Universal Playback have announced the launch of an all new interactive experience giving you the chance to become a Spook. Created for release of Spooks: Series 9 on DVD, this original mission will feature never before seen footage from the Spooks cast. (www.entertainment-focus.com) (Thanks to Sandrac)
Icon Challenge 139 results for Mulan now in the Gallery.
We’ve added an Early Career album to the RAC Gallery and moved Boon, Cleopatra and This Year’s Love into it. We have also added to it the RSC Macbeth in which Richard played Angus for both the theatrical production and the later dvd. You can see a timeline of these productions in our Career Timeline.
We have added The Hobbit to our Transcription Library starting with a transcription of Richard’s section of the press conference on February 11.
Tom Ayres, in “Armitage: ‘The Hobbit is a dream role'”, for Digital Spy has reported from the press conference that, for Richard, “It’s been in my childhood very prominently, so to come to it as a middle-aged man and have another look at it is a brilliant opportunity”.
Darkroom Challenge 37 – SKY – results now in the RAC Gallery.
Icon & Signature Challenge 138 results for Pillars Of The Earth now in the Gallery.
Josh Rottenberg in “‘The Hobbit’: The cast speaks!” for EW.com, reporting on the The Hobbit press conference, quotes Richard answering a question about playing Thorin: “My first experience on stage was in a production of The Hobbit at the Alex Theater in Birmingham. I played an Elf and Gollum was a papier-mache puppet with a man offstage on a microphone. … “
RAC Library (this is a 2-page article so just remember you can scroll within the library using the thumbnails)
TheOneRing.net has announced a creative writing competition with the prize of a collectible Gandalf statue. You can find all the details here. Oh, you just have to write a little blurb containing the word, ‘Thorin’.
There was a media conference for The Hobbit this morning in Wellington, NZ. Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and the other actors were present. Director Peter Jackson was unable to attend as he was under “health ‘house arrest.'” (The Dominion Post)
During the minute by minute coverage, it was reported at 10.38am: Richard Armitage says he played an elf in a stage production of The Hobbit when he was a child and gandalf was a paper mâché puppet. Says the 3D aspect is like working on Avatar. (Thanks Sandrac)
Tehanu of TheOneRing.net recapped the press conference. He says, Richard Armitage (Thorin) spoke surprisingly little, but when he did he had a notably deep voice, exactly right for Thorin, and real gravitas. He walked into the conference with a kind of testosterone charged lope. I don’t think he’ll have any trouble holding the audience’s attention. Tehanu also reports – Speaking of ensemble, the dwarves confirmed they’d be doing their own singing. “It’s all staying very close to the book – yes, there WILL be singing.”
3news.co.uk has posted the video of the entire press conference on their website.