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Pam 
05/31/2005 at 09:44 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

Comments:
Just got back from the church sorting things for our big fair this coming Saturday. I cant believe someone donated the movie book Robin Hood Prince of Thieves with the pictures of everyone including I must say a very gorgeous one of AR. How could I resist? I got to buy it early!!! Yippie!!

Not sure if this was the board or over at Suzannes, but Zzzzz mentioned diffferent scented Roses and someone else mentioned how a black rose would be appropraite as the Nottingham Rose. Anyway, I was in a store with Roses, and they actually had a Black Rose there..(of course not the one Nottingham) so I bought it! Ill name it the Nottingham Rose and think of AR when it blooms. Thanks so much Zzzzz for your help. If it wasnt for you and the other poster,  I probably wouldnt have searched like I did!!! Have a good evening-off to bed-take care, Pam


Susan  
05/31/2005 at 09:41 PM

What is your location? CA

Comments:
Martha, could you e-mail me, please?

Dee 
05/31/2005 at 09:15 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

This may be old news, but you were all so darn busy over the weekend I might have missed it in the flood of new posts! Has anyone mentioned yet that Red Tango has some new stuff up on her site? Funny stuff from that "horse circus-thing" (sorry, can't remember the name of it).

 

Claudia -- If it's not too personal, do you mind sharing why you don't like watching Closetland? I've been thinking of buying it. The description of the film makes it sound very violent, but at another site they gushed that AR was never sexier. I'm not sure how it could be both.

 

Cassandra 7 -- I'm a blond too! Well...dishwater/strawberry blond. You didn't say where you're from. Could this be cultural confusion? In America, we often goodnaturedly tease people who are tough enough to take it -- because we enjoy it when they give it right back! Redneck jokes have led to Blueneck jokes ("You know you're a blueneck if you think Heinz ketchup is too spicy"). Blond jokes led to Redhead jokes ("How do you know when your redhead has forgiven you? She stops washing your clothes in the toilet bowl.") and Brunette jokes ("Who makes bras for brunettes? Fisher-Price."). 

 

I hope you stay and keep contributing to our AR site!


Claudia 
05/31/2005 at 08:40 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I hate to have to insert a serious moment here.  But.......... 

 

There has been a lot of discussion about the silly little blonde moment icon today.  Some of which has been deleted.  

 

I spoke my peace on the subject earlier by saying that I do not intend on removing the icon and my intentions if anyone ever abuses the icon (which will never happen).

 

Now I am going to ask that we close the subject.  I truly do hope that everyone understands.   

 

Back to our usually friendly fun!     


kathy 
05/31/2005 at 08:30 PM

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Ah, Bob Geldorf is the verbal twin brother of Kevin Smith~


kathy 
05/31/2005 at 08:18 PM

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Sabine--I should really confess to a few "gray moments"  , however Lady Clairol takes care of that!

 

Elaine, that would be sweet of you-- it would be a kick to see "Sir Paul" again, now that we are both "mature"  no screaming teenies to contend with this time

 

Sue, I have to laugh, I definitely am old enough to remember live-aid.  That was the year my oldest son was born.(and I was not a young first time mom)  I probably was so consumed with being a new mom that I didn't pay attention to who was in it.

 

Ms Clarkson definitely has been taking it on the chin, is it just because they think it is a useless position or that she isn't doing a good job?


Barbara 
05/31/2005 at 08:16 PM

What is your location? New Zealand

Comments:

Sue - Wednesday TikkiRose. Yes, he does have a fringe and it looks about the same time as Troilus and Cressida ones so I will follow your advice and put "Mystery 1980s" in my Alan file.

Ouch indeed re Canadian G-G responses.


Sabine 
05/31/2005 at 07:49 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Elaine - Congrats on the new car!  A Land Rover, I'm so jealous! 

 

Man, I wish I could go the Live8 concert!  I still remember Live Aid, I was glued to the TV!  Luckily my wonderful hubby gave me the DVD set as a Christmas present last year, so now I can watch it whenever I want. 

 

Cassandra - I have to agree with Claudia, sue, Elaine etc., these blonde jokes are made all in good fun.  I'm a blonde and I use the phrase "blonde moment" all the time.  I think you're taking political correctness way too far.  I hope you can see the humor in this and realize that we indeed are a friendly, fun-loving bunch here. 


Elaine 
05/31/2005at 07:11 PM

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Just got to mention that I've just come into no.30 of "Hollywood's top 100 best kept secrets" and it is hilArious. They have worked out that if Jonny Depp and Kate Moss lived up to their claim that they "boffed" in every room of a certain hotel then it would have taken them 2 months and cost 75,000 dollars! I could believe that! Daft!


Elaine 
05/31/2005 at 07:06 PM

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sue, you're the brave one! Cassandra, please relax a bit, take the slack out of your stays... If you're so strung up about blond jokes then I think you really need to question why.  It's noticeable that the blonde moment jokes on this gb have actually been made by blondes! And as sue says, it's hardly something to rate along with racial slurs. I'm sorry that you are upset by it but if you want to exist and get along in the world, you might need a slightly thicker skin. We've all got the "shell". I'm not blonde but I'm fat and speccy. I'm not the brightest bulb in the house either but it doesn't bother me in the least if you want to have a giggle at me, with me, or for me! We'd love you to stick around and see how harmless we are. Let's not forget that this is all about a really top notch actor. It's like TV critics or the "Mary Whitehouses" of this world - there's always an "off" switch!


Claudia 
05/31/2005 at 06:12 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

RE: Comments to Ottawa Citizen article

 

   Ouch! 

 

 


sue 
05/31/2005 at 05:45 PM

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Wow that Lady Governor General sure isn't popular! Read all the comments to Alan's support of her at the bottom of the article (Sound-Off) HERE


Natasxxx 
05/31/2005 at 05:23 PM

What is your location? Het is lente in Twente

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... Cassandra7--> "I will think before I act!"... (Maybe that's the reason why I dye my hair black....!)


sue 
05/31/2005 at 05:15 PM

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I know the one you mean Barbara, a bit of a fringe? Never sure when that one was taken! Wow that was really helpful wasn't it?LOL I'm guessing mid-latish 80's?


Sophie  
05/31/2005 at 05:13 PM

What is your location? Sweden

Comments:

Hello everybody. I´m pretty *bleep* angry right now. Been looking forward to the Live 8 concert in Hyde park since I first heard of it and now they say that you have to live in the UK to get tickets! So unfair! Do you think they will close it entirely to the public or can you stand outside of Hyde park? Oh I so really wanna go...


Barbara 
05/31/2005 at 04:51 PM

What is your location? New Zealand

Comments:

Help wanted for Wednesday's TikkiRose Pic of the Day. I know I will have to wait a while for you to get there. Young Alan in casual clothes, T shirt and jacket, leaning against a pillar, wearing a wedding ring and bit of a beard, B&W. Think it must be from a play?

Off topic. We also have a Governor General because the Queen is Head of State. She is a lovely, dignified but warm person. Wanting to be a republic isn't so strong here as in Australia. May change when King Charles comes along.


Pam 
05/31/2005 at 04:27 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

Comments:
Cassandra, Welcome and relax.

I think you must realize that this is a friendly group and a lot of kidding goes on. Nothing is said to hurt anyones feelings and am quite sure it was never an intention on anyones part..
Enjoy AR and again Welcome to the group.

I am off in a while to go back to the church to sort/tag for this coming Saturdays yard sale. So many itmes to price and so little time! We have everything from Wicker chairs to little kids picnic tables..I am taking next Monday off to just curl up on my couch and watch a good AR tape. Oh-that reminds me-I better check out my library site to see if the Barchester Chronicles came in..
Have fun everyone-be back later this evening-Pam


sue 
05/31/2005 at 04:25 PM

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I'm sorry Cassandra I don't personally think you can liken a few blonde jokes alongside racist slurs. I really think that is taking "political correctness" way too far.


Elaine 
05/31/2005 at 03:27 PM

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Kathy, do you want me to send in a few texts for tickets to Live 8 for you? It'll be my pleasure to contribute to the charity that way.

 

I think I need to watch BC again.He is so brilliant in it. Wish he would do another TV series.


cassandra7 
05/31/2005 at 03:04 PM

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Who gets to decide if something is fun?  The person having the fun or the person who is hurt?

Cassandra7 
05/31/2005 at 03:01 PM

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Thank you for the welcome, Claudia.   I've been reading the g.b with appreciation since the beginning, and I'm sorry to arrive with a request this way.

But a phrase doesn't have to be ill-intentioned or personal to hurt members of whatever group is being negatively described.  So I hope people will think about  discarding "blonde moment" as we have discarded "drunken Indian," "dumb broad," "natural rhythm," and a lot of other phrases that used to be common and now are so unacceptable that I can't list them here. 

People don't use four-letter words on the g.b. out of respect for those who might object.  Maybe this is the same sort of thing.  Thanks for considering it, anyway.


Claudia 
05/31/2005 at 02:56 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Here's his official site, kathy.

 


Claudia 
05/31/2005 at 02:54 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Quote:
Famous for never combing his hair and swearing like a trooper 

 

Yep, Bob Geldof swears like a trooper all right!  He used the "F" word on several occasions in the news conference this morning!  I never knew him from his music but I have followed him a lot since Live Aid 1985.  He has a personality and drive for this cause that is unmatched as far as I'm concerned. 

 

BBC1 will be airing "Geldof in Africa" starting June 20.  Perfect timing for the G8!  I hope it makes it over here or on DVD! 

 

 


sue 
05/31/2005 at 02:42 PM

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Kathy! You must be too young to remember LiveAid back in 1985 then? He was a former punk Irish musician who led The BoomTown Rats. He came up with the "Do They Know It's Christmas" charity single then organised LiveAid. Famous for never combing his hair and swearing like a trooper but he gets things done. He was awarded an Honorary Knighthood (being Irish he couldn't have a real one) but is generally known as St.Bob!


kathy 
05/31/2005 at 02:32 PM

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PPS--one more question and I promise I am finished.  One more indication of my need for the stupid brunette sign--Who is Bob Geldorf??? apart from organizing live 8 --please don't throw tomatoes at me!!!


kathy 
05/31/2005 at 02:22 PM

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PS---Cassandra7--I am not blonde (come from a long line of brunettes) and certainly many times have qualified for the stupid-non-blond sign!!!! and unfortunately will probably do so again!  I think it's all in fun.


kathy 
05/31/2005 at 02:15 PM

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Oh my gosh you guys are busy here--I just got home from the eye Dr. so I can see where I'm going on my trip (and not fall flat on my face by missing a speed bump like I did the last trip to London--so hard to look dignified while being splat on the ground! My camera's never been the same since either!) I have a monsterous headache and am going to lie down for a moment but wanted to check in--first things first!!  

 

I hesitate to show my appalling ignorance of the Canadian system of government, but I thought they were an independent country and not affiliated with the Queen any longer--is their system of gov't more like the British than the American? It is sad she is estranged from her children--The more I am acquainted with AR the more I learn and the more I realize what I don't know yikes! Someone more enlightened than I please clue me in!

 

I guess I will have to take a pass at the live 8 concert--maybe I can watch somewhere--or listen somewhere!! 

 

I was checking out the info on the NY play scene (my other favorite, Michael Ball will be making his debut at the Met. Opera in a Gilbert and Sullivan musical in Sept.) and went looking for a hint of plans for a Rachel Corrie reprise across the pond.  No hints but did find some rabid sites on both sides of the Rachel Corrie issue--really scary to read. I would hate to read some of the mail all concerned have gotten over the course of the play.

 

Elaine, congrats on your new car!  Nice to have reliable transport!  Nothing like a new car smell! I am hanging on to my van until it falls apart as it is paid for and soooo nice not to have car payments. Buying a car these days really is an investment! 

 

Hope AR is enjoying his time in Ottawa--I hear Canada is exquisite by train.  I've only been to British Columbia--also beautiful--but a friend of mine went to Canada for her honeymoon and said it was fabulous.

 

Bye guys--got to get rid of this headache--naptime.

 

 


Claudia 
05/31/2005 at 02:09 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

 I know a couple imbecile non blondes too, Natasxxx!  *grin*

 


Natasxxx 
05/31/2005 at 01:53 PM

What is your location? >>>>

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@ CASSANDRA7--> I'm blond too!

 

But it is just a matter of speaking! Please don't take it personal!  There are a lot of non_blondes who are really really stupid!!!!!!


Claudia 
50/31/2005 at 01:48 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Laura, Obadiah Slope is AR's character in Barchester Chronicles.  Very young, cute and TALENTED was he!

 

 

Welcome to our little piece of AR online, Cassandra7.  Please feel free to join us whenever you can.  I am truly sorry that the little blonde moment emoticon offends you.  That is certainly not the intention of anyone here that has used it.  I am one of those fair haired blondes from a family of blondes as you and I absolutely love a darn good blonde joke.  All I can do is assure you that if the little emoticon is ever used to personally attack someone, the post will be deleted and the poster banned.  

 


Cassandra7 
05/31/2005 at 01:21 PM

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Out of sisterhood, could we let go of the phrase "blonde moment"?  Most people probably don't intend to hurt anyone, but "blonde moment" implies that women born fair-haired are stupid.  It's like all those other phrases we don't use anymore-- "jew him down," "Chinese fire-drill," "Indian giver," and so on.  As a blonde from a family of blonds, I'd really appreciate it.

 


Laura 
05/31/2005 at 01:05 PM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

A question: what is Obadiah? Thank you for the beautiful screencaps. I read everything but I admit that my English is poor and I don't really understand the biggest part so I'm wondering what AR's work is this one.

Thank you in advance,

Laura 


RickiNicki 
05/31/2005 at 11:39 AM

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I've just seen you bought a new car, Elaine! How exciting! Since I've been to London I haven't driven a car. But I tried to drive on Monday and I still can do it, woohoo. I miss driving but I don't want to drive in London though.

RickiNicki 
05/31/2005 at 11:34 AM

What is your location? Germany

Comments:
Oooooh thank you, Sue! I'm going to buy BC when I'm back in the UK! I'm so excited about it!!

Elaine, I don't know if I could go to Live8, but I would love to! I would love to see Elton, who is one of my favourites ever, and Coldplay in one concert!


Claudia 
05/31/2005at 11:26 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Ohhh thank you Sue!!!!  It looks like it is going to take you a long time to watch BC...but we are very happy recipients!

 

They are all so clean and crisp!  I like them all but the second has to be near and dear for me! 

 

I sure wish someone would cast AR and Susan Hampshire in something together!  I still say AR as a love interest for Molly on Monarch of the Glen would have been a show stealer! 

 

 


sue 
05/31/2005 at 11:21 AM

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Here he is:

 

 

 

 

 


sue 
05/31/2005 at 11:01 AM

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A gift -wrapped prezzie from Amazon arrived this morning! Yes! Obadiah is here at last!!

The gift-tag read:

"Harding to find this, so please be Proudie of it and don't let it send you down a slippery Slope, as I spent all my Bunce on it.

Love from A Trollopexxx"

To think I have put up with this for 30 years!!

 

I want to sit down and watch it properly but am tempted to hop in for a couple of screen caps

I better top up my phone card ready to make a few texts!


Elaine 
05/31/2005 at 10:30 AM

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Excuse me while I lie down as I have just shelled out a disgusting amount of dosh on a Land Rover! (I'm so excited!!!!)

 

I was just thinking that it would be really  Coolto try for tickets to Live 8 but then I realise that I will be on my hols so forget that idea Sad  Anyone hoping to go, I wish you luck. Ricky Nicky, are you going to have a go? I remember when Live Aid was on, I was working in a little long-stay hospital in Westcliff on Sea and it was the same day as our fete. I remember pushing my patients around the grounds from one TV to another.

 

I hope that Tom Waitts song was one that AR just picked for the book. I've tried listening to it. It's AWFUL. (I'm afraid I really don't like TW. It would be better if he could actually sing!)

 

Stupid sunshine keeps disappearing. It's allotment time now....






Claudia 
05/31/2005 at 10:03 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I also wanted to mention that America Online is going to be a sponsor for Live8!  I hope they will streamcast the event!!!   I've been an AOL member since 1994 and I have to say that I have never been more proud to be a member than I am right now! 

 

 


Claudia 
05/31/2005 at 09:56 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Uh Ohhhh!  This is going to be a tough one!  Here's the lowdown on getting tickets to Hyde Park. 

 

Starting Monday June 6, BBC radio, other commercial radio stations, and print media will be broadcasting competition questions with multiple answers.  Participants will have to text message your answers.  The number of times you can text is unlimited but each text will cost you Ł1.50 (for the cause) plus your usual network charges.  This will go on for 7 days. At the end of the the 7 days, all correct answers will be entered into a computerized pot and the computer will pick the winners.  Winners will get two tickets to Live8.

 

I think I have that right.  If not, I have the jest of it, I'm sure.  

 

I'm wishing you luck, Sue!

 

I'm loving the live conference.  We've heard from Sir Bob Geldof, Richard Curtis, Bono, Dave Matthews, and of course Elton.  They are amazing speakers on this cause!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Claudia 
05/31/2005 at 08:56 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Thanks for the Live8 info, Sue.  I'm listening to live video through CNN now.  The amazing Internet!!!  It looks like Elton is there too!   Be back in a bit. 

 

 

 


Claudia 
05/31/2005 at 08:23 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

 

Welcome to Radu and Raluca!  I hope you will join us when you can! 

 

I agree with you, Michelle! This "glorious obsession is educational"!  There has been a ton of education for me since this thing set in! 

 

Thanks for the information on Adrienne Clarkson, Kimberly.  The pair look quite regal, don't they? 

 

Natasxxx, be sure to let us know what you think about Closet Land.  That film has always been very hard for me to watch.  I've only watched it three times since I bought it.  The first time is obvious. The second time as a favor to a friend, and then the third time to make the clip for the site.  It is a hard one to watch, for sure.   

 

Congrats, Elaine!  Are you getting a utility vehicle?  My auto will be paid off next month and I am going to try to go without a car payment for a while. The last time I paid off a car, it broke (non repairable) within 3 months.  So I'm crossing my fingers and holding my breath!  LOL

 


Radu 
05/31/2005 at 07:22 AM

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I already have the lyrics! Thanks anyway!Hope I see you around.    


Michelle 
05/31/2005 at 06:58 AM

What is your location? England

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Thanks Kimberley. Yet again this glorious obsession is educational! I know far more about all sorts of things than I would otherwise have done. Amnesty International, the situations in Burma and Ralestine, Make Poverty History to name but a few. What a man! And that doesn't even include what a great actor he is!


sue 
05/31/2005 at 06:49 AM

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Latest Live8 news on BBC
Aurora 
05/31/2005 at 06:43 AM

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Here are the lyrics to Take It With Me. It's from an album called Mule Variations. You can find the album listing and a short clip of the song on amazon. AR mentioned it in the interview in the Love Actually book. All the actors were asked, "Who was your first love, what's your favorite song," etc. You can also find the listing for the LA book on amazon.

Raluca 
05/31/2005 at 06:22 AM

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Correction: he knows what he`s talkin` about. They`r 2 different songs. Alan composed the lyrics for "take me with you" , but I do believe Radu is talknig about his (Alan`s) favourite song. I`ve heard about it to, can`t seem to find it, though.


martha 
05/312005 at 05:59 AM

What is your location? north of here

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Radu - It's "Take Me With You," music by Michael Kamen, lyrics by AR.  You can find it on this site.


Radu 
05/31/2005 at 05:49 AM

What is your location? Bucharest

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How funny are you Raluca! I can only   for all the good things you say!You're still a: 


Radu 
05/31/2005 at 05:43 AM

What is your location? Bucharest

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If anyone has the awsome song (that's what Al said) Tom Waits- "Take it with me" please share!


Raluca 
05/31/2005 at 05:42 AM

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 Radu!!!!! Naughty, naughty!!!!!


Raluca 
05/31/2005 at 05:37 AM

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For Natasxxx:

 

Actually, I`ve been hanging around for some time now but I never actually felt the need to post any message. I was in shock for about 2 days seeing how many people visit this site. I think I`d rather NOT know the number (huge as it is) of his fans world-wide. Ain`t I the possesive type? oh, well, regarding the movie, I`ve seen parts of it and I do believe I`m the proud owner of ....over a hundred screen-captures. All that`s missing it`s the movie itself! kinda hard to get your hands on it!


Radu 
05/31/2005 at 05:33 AM

What is your location? Bucharest

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"One by One we can make poverty history"

 

The Great Big man from Paddington is apreciated not only by girls...we like him, but in another way! I say he's sexy but in my dreams is nothing but Angelina... So he's a great man,great actor, not neccesary to say all this, you Know what i'm talking about!

 

Respect to Natasxxx... nice girl!


Raluca 
05/31/2005 at 05:27 AM

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 This is a section from a Sigourney Weaver interview regarding "Snowcake":

 

"What’s next for you?
Well, I’m doing a wonderful movie, working again with Alan Rickman. We’re doing a movie called “Snowcake,” which is an English script, [an] independent film. Alan plays a guy traveling through the northeast of America and there’s a terrible accident and someone is killed. He comes to my house to tell me about it and, as it turns out, I’m on the spectrum. I have autism and that’s just one of the things about this character. She’s many, many ‘out there’ things, but one of them is she’s OCD and she’s on the spectrum and very up-front about it. He has to spend a number of days with Linda because there’s a wake at her house and, of course, she never lets anyone in her house. She cleans the whole kitchen every time she makes a cup of tea. So she suddenly has 75 people in her house.

It’s a very unusual, beautifully written script. It’s not about autism per se, but I would say it tries to show you that people with this condition are maybe not that comfortable in our world. But they have worlds of their own which we are not part of, which are amazing. It’s a great story about Alan’s time in this town. He plays a character named Alan, and he has a romance, not with me, and a few other things. But it’s a beautiful, beautiful script by a first time screenwriter and it’s an English production. We’re going to start, hopefully, in January six hours north of Toronto or something really cold. And I can’t wait to work with Alan again." you can thank me later!


Natasxxx 
05/31/2005 at 05:25 AM

What is your location? ...Still behind my lovely PC!

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@RALUCA: I will!

 

And if you like I make some screencaps of it!

I see that you're new here ( Am I right????? Otherwhise I have a!!!!!!!!)


Raluca 
05/31/2005 at 05:13 AM

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To Natasxxx: Rubb it in, why don`t you! Fortunate one! Enjoy and don`t forget to tell us all about it!
Raluca 
05/31/2005 at 05:10 AM

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In case you still haven`t seen "The Hitchhicker`s Guide to the galaxy"...Don`t! Hey, I`m only kidding! Altough my first reaction was "what on Earth IS this junk?"! So happy to say I was wrong! And about Marvin...he`s simply the cherry on top. So, the question is...what to do if you ARE a small, balloon-like,depressed robot?!
Natasxxx 
05/31/2005 at 05:03 AM

What is your location? Behind my lovely pc.....

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Just wanna say that I'm hopefully next week the proud owner of a "Closet Land" DVD.....I'm still here....But most of the time as a reader...

 

 

...Wow Uncle X is in town!


Raluca 
05/31/2005 at 04:53 AM

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What happened to "Man. Utd. ruined my life" ????? .... How dissapointing... (true HP fans will know what to make of this! )

 Radu, get outta here before you completely ruin my reputation! 


Radu Weinberg 
05/31/2005 at 04:52 AM

What is your location? In The Closet....Land

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I've heard Al is a world-wide sex symbol!Who agrees with me?Maybe the biggest fan of him...Raluca!If you see a nice girl begging for a picture of him..that's her.This is only the begining of the Raluca Saga! Now really: Not to be lame - La mai multi ani, mai multe filme & mai putini fani! Peace!


Raluca  
05/31/2005 at 04:34 AM

What is your location? Bucharest

Comments:

Who is the Friendly Rooster?


Kimberly 
05/31/2005 at 04:10 AM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Michelle: I'm not Canadian, but I live in Michigan, so I'm pretty close. Our current governor, Jennifer Granholm is Canadian. At any rate, here is some information on Adrienne Clarkson and her husband, writer/philosopher John Ralston Saul. I've also included a photo of the two.

 

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Despite the variety of her work in journalism, news, the arts, and cultural policy, Clarkson is perceived as an elitist. For twelve years, she has been lampooned by Canadian comics such as the Royal Canadian AirFarce and Double Exposure. In one skit, a haughty, modulated voice introduces itself, "I'M Adrienne Clarkson...and YOU'RE not..." Because her most recent programs have been arts oriented and she has been involved in arts activities and posts of distinction, she is seen as having limited commercial appeal. Indeed, like most arts programs, hers do not garner high ratings but are highly regarded by critics.

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On October 7, 1999 she was sworn in as the twenty-sixth Governor General of Canada, after being appointed by Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s head of state, on the advice of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Clarkson is the first non-white Canadian Governor General, the second female, and the first without a military or political background.

The Governor General of Canada (French: Gouverneur général or Gouverneure générale) is the representative of the Canadian monarch. Canada is one of sixteen Commonwealth realms, all of which share a single monarch (currently, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II). The Governor General acts as the Queen's viceregal representative in Canada, exercising her powers in her absence.

As Canada is a constitutional monarchy, the Governor General's role is limited to ceremonial and non-partisan functions. In practice, most political power is exercised by the Parliament of Canada (which is composed of the Queen, the Senate, and the House of Commons), and by the Prime Minister and Cabinet. By constitutional convention, the Governor General exercises his or her powers, with very few exceptions, solely on the advice of the Prime Minister and other ministers. Although the Queen of Canada is also Queen of the United Kingdom, the British Government does not advise the Governor General or otherwise interfere in Canadian affairs. The Queen does not personally intervene in Canadian politics, either; she does hold the power to appoint a Governor General, but does so only on the advice of the Canadian Prime Minister. Any constitutional amendment that affects the office of Governor General requires the unanimous consent of the provincial legislatures, rather than the two-thirds majority necessary for most other amendments.

The present Governor General is Her Excellency The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, who has served since 7 October 1999. The present Vice Regal Consort is His Excellency John Ralston Saul. In Canada, the title "Governor General" is not hyphenated, even though a hyphen is used in other Commonwealth realms.

The Governor General receives an annual salary of $110,126. His or her official residence is Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario. A Governor General's wife is known as the Chatelaine of Rideau Hall; however, no equivalent exists for husbands of Governors General. Since 1872, Governors-General have also resided in the Citadel (La Citadelle) in Quebec City, Quebec for a part of each year (normally several weeks).

 

http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/C/htmlC/clarksonadr/clarksonadr.htm


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Elaine 
05/31/2005 at 03:36 AM

Comments:

Alfan, thanks for the link.

 

The point I am making is that some ticket buyers would not have access to the internet. When I bought my ticket, they did not ask me where I had seen it advertised, nor my email ad. They did ask for a telephone number and an address. Quite probably, if I was not a part of this universe, I would still think it was on and would not be happy to make all sorts of arrangements only to get there and find it cancelled! I know it probably costs them to send out cancellation notices but it could cost them more if people demand their money back or even more. Just seems a funny way to run something.

 

Good grief, another sunny day iin the UK! I'm off to buy a "new" car - wheeeee Jeep 






Michelle 
05/31/2005 at 01:51 AM

What is your location? England

Comments:

Canadian GBers. I'm afraid my knowledge of Canadian politics is non-existent. Is Adrienne Clarkson a controvertial figure? It sounded a bit like Alan felt he had to stand up for her. I know in Australia there is a strong republican movement but I don't know about Canada. Can someone help me out of my ignorance!


Zzzzz 
5/30/05 at 10:17 PM

Comments:

Thank you all for the good wishes for Memorial Day! silly anedote: when I was a Brownie Scout we were preparing for a parade and when the Scout Leader opened the closet and I saw the American Flag I asked if I could carry it and she said yes, everyone will carry it, each girl carries it for one block (there was over ten of us!). She was great to do that because we were all included and the flag was heavy with it's wooden pole and huge flag! one block was enough...it isn't as easy as it looks. Memorial Day was always a beautiful, sunny day and the parade was long, and very much filled with military, soldiers, etc. you had to know what it was all about, especially seeing the men with guns, uniforms, etc.

The kids would decorate their bikes with red-white-and-blue ribbons and everyone had flages all over the place; it was for me a happy celebration and the American Flag was a symbol of happiness for me, more like a party, celebration decoration. Now I see the flag on coffins, makes me cry.


Zzzzz 
5/30/05 at 09:14 PM

Comments:

http://www.tv-now.com/stars/rickman.html 

Above is a TV schedule for AR

It's now considered acceptable to wear white year 'round althought in winter "winter white", a less bright white, is said to be best by many mag's I've read, TV shows etc.

<-- actually that is me before a drink, ha ha!
Me after a drink!  -->    


AFNH 
5/30/05 at 06:03 PM

Comments:
"Never wear white shoes before Memorial Day" reminds me of the UK saying "Ne'er cast a clout 'til May be out". I always though it meant don't ditch your winter clothes before the end of May, but May in this case refers to May (Hawthorn) blossom. Though the May we've just had.....
Every time they show RHPoT on UK terrestrial, they seem to show a different version! Certainly no legsplitter. However, just before the fight scene I had a visitor, and missed the rest of the film. Afterwards I just had to dig the extended DVD out and replay what I'd missed (including AR's extra scenes!).
Busy day, washing, making the bed (in which Severus just had to help/hinder me by diving under the sheets), cleaning out 2 fish tanks, hoovering, washing floors.......I need another day off to recover!

Right now I'm off ease my aching bones and do this
Alfan 
5/30/05 at 05:17 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

Opps, sorry i got carried away. Lets try this again. This time with no l.

www.chelsea.arts.ac.uk/15673.htm


Alfan 
5/30/05 at 05:14 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

I got the information from the web site that the Chelsea show is postponed. Try this link. http://www.chelsea.arts.ac.uk/15673.html


Elaine 
5/30/05 at 04:51 PM

Comments:

Kathy, RHPoT:they left a lot of the scenes out anyway but edited it for UK viewing - (as we are such "genteel" folk here  *snort*!) eg - no "leg splitter" and no view of George thrusting the sword into cousin's chest. But in the scene where the statue arrives, instead of us seeing and hearing from Mortiana's view through the spyhole, we get the actual scene (and George trying to disrobe the girl). Some scenes are all over the place too. I have to say that the last scene where Robin kills George just shows you the difference between the two actors....

Sorry, Kathy, but just about to do some of this Chuggerwith some scrumpy! 






Alba 
5/30/05 at 04:20 PM

Comments:
There was a four-page article in the Sunday magazine of Spain's biggest newspaper 'El País' about MNiRC. No pix of AR, but a few quotes from him. Nothing new for all of you, but good news, I thought, that someone considered it worthy enough to publish here. Maybe someone will think it worthy enough to actually BRING the play here. Why not? Ralph Fiennes is here next month in Julius Caesar in English...a rare, but welcome event.
kathy 
5/30/05 at 03:51 PM

Comments:

Oh, BTW...

Elaine, how is RHPoT different?

 

Claudia..don't worry, I didn't take offense just wanted to be sure I hadn't given any!!


kathy 
5/30/05 at 03:47 PM

Comments:

When I was a kid you never wore white shoes after Labor Day to San Francisco and always went with a pair of gloves.  Sounds like the dark ages doesn't it!  Now anything goes and if you could see some of the parades in San Francisco now, clothing is definitely optional......... before or after Labor Day.   However it is still one of my most favorite cities in the world.

 

Back to what I was doing......................

 Lots of this...........

and some of this......

 

but none of this!.......

 

Elaine, you got me started!


Gissing's GirlUK 
5/30/05 at 02:26 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

No one has contacted me to say the event at Chelsea has been cancelled. Short of keeping an eye on the website, how are we to know when it has been re-scheduled. They should be contacting everyone who has bought tickets. 


Elaine 
5/30/05 at 02:14 PM

Comments:

"Never wear white shoes before memorial day" - like that! I'm originally from Essex and "Essex girls" are supposed to have a liking for white shoes - stilettos preferably (although I never wore either and I don't think I ever danced round my handbag in a disco!)

sue, there was a lot of talk about there being no bank holidays after August at one time. As it's the 200th anniversary of Trafalgar, I'm sure they should give us an extra one. They did for the Jubilee, after all!

BTW The Brit version of RHPoT is really quite different in places!


Claudia 
5/30/05 at 02:05 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Oh I'm sorry, kathy.  I didn't mean to imply you or anyone were selling RH short in the intelligence department.  I was more or less expressing awe at her level of intelligence.

 

 

 

 


kathy 
5/30/05 at 01:29 PM

Comments:

Enjoy the holiday everyone, and those across the pond enjoy RHPoT it is one of my top favorites. 

 

I didn't really mean to sell Rima Horton short, it just startled me to see so much info in plain sight.  Of course she is an intelligent woman in her own right and is perfectly capable of making correct decisions concerning her job and keeping the more ardent fan at bay.... 

 

I found out at 8 am this morning it is a bank holiday in Britain when I tried to make a call to Cambridge and got a recorded message!!!!


Aurora 
5/30/05 at 01:24 PM

Comments:
Memorial Day marks the change in seasons in rules like, "One never wears white shoes before Memorial Day."  Personally,  I never wear white shoes at all. 

Aurora 
5/30/05 at 01:21 PM

Comments:
Elaine, it is a sort of remembrance day. We decorate family graves but give special attention to remembering the military dead.   In Ohio, where I live, small towns have a parade in which  veterans' organizations, the scouts, and the high school  band march through town.  The parade often ends in the town cemetery, where there are speeches.  The holilday was started by women in the South who decorated the graves of Civil War dead.  But.....the holiday is also the official beginning of summer, an occasion for barbecues and picnics. In comparison, we do less on Nov. 11, though we wear poppies. 

sue 
5/30/05 at 01:18 PM

Comments:

After today, Late Spring Bank Holiday, we only have one more Public Holiday (end of Aug) till Christmas!!! How fair is that!!??? 'Bout time they gave us Trafalgar Day in October or Guy Fawkes or something!!


Claudia 
5/30/05 at 01:10 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Very true, Elaine.  I hadn't thought of it in that way. 

 

 


Elaine 
5/30/05 at 12:43 PM

Comments:

I was writing as you were posting, bluebeatbabe!


Elaine 
5/30/05 at 12:43 PM

Comments:

Best Memorial Day wishes to all you peeps over the water.

 Salute 

Is it similar to our Remembrance Day? We don't get a day off for that, though, although today is a "Bank" Holiday.

 

Auntie is showing RHPoT right now! THe only decent thing to be on TV for the Holiday! Wonder if they'll have the version with the "leg splitter" scene?

 

Claudia, I know that Chelsea put the announcement on their site but if you think about it, not everyone will have access. Seems odd that they have not contacted ticket buyers in some way.

 








Bluebeatbabe 
5/30/05 at 12:40 PM

What is your location? sHEFFIELD, UK

Comments:

Hi Everyone,

Realise this is late notice but BBC 1 are showing Robin Hood at 5.45 pm  British Time today. I think Alan is hilarious in this movie and yes, he definitely did steal the movie from Kevin Costner !

Hope you can catch it!if you have n't seen it or just to drool over the devine Alan !

 

Bluebeatbabe


Dee 
5/30/05 at 12:32 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

1996!! wOw!! Sorry - guess I'm showing my age. It seems to me that the Internet exploded onto the global scene just a few years ago! Hmmm...what in the world was I doing nine years ago that I missed it...?


Claudia 
5/30/05 at 12:03 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Actually Dee, Karina started the Alan Rickman site and Guest Book back in 1996.  That guest book has evolved into what you see today at Suzanne's.

 

 

 

 


Claudia 
5/30/05 at 12:00 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

 

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day!

 

Thanks for the Kensington and Chelsea link, Kimberly. The Ottawa Citizen said that RH is an ex-politician so there was a bit of confusion on my part, I'm afraid. 

 

I have to agree with Kimberly and Elaine on the "personal" information on that link.  First, Ms Horton (as with any politician on both sides of the pond) have to be available to their constituents.  So I am sure that RH and her people have take every precaution needed in order for her to have complete access to the people she serves while weeding out the over anxious fans.  Ms Horton is a VERY smart woman.  I mean she used to teach Economics for God's sake!  I tremble at the thought!  LOL 

 

As for the A&C reviews. I have to admit to cringing while reading them and I also admit to wanting to thrash a critic or two.  But since I didn't have a chance to see the play, I can only defend it because of my admiration for Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren. 

 

Writing, as in every walk of life, had good and bad.  Some reviewers seem to take great pride in being as catty as possible. To me, that's a bad writer.  And they are obviously not very confident in their talents as well. 

 

I do think a good critic performs a service for the audience though.  I've went out of my way to see performances which I normally wouldn't have paid much attention to because of a well written review.

 

I loved your emoticon fest, Elaine!  *grin*  BTW, the notice on the postponement of the Chelsea event was posted on their site

 

Annick, thank you for your offer.  I am sure there will be some that will take you up on it.  I have to agree with Elaine though on the RADA donation.  I think that is what he most appreciates. 

 

I was watching Kumar's at No 42 the other day and the guests were Graham Norton (love that guy!) and Davina McCall.  I have to admit to not knowing who Davina McCall is but I think it is only due to my living on the wrong continent.  Anyway, Sanjeev asked Davina what was the worse thing about being famous.  I can't quote her per se' but she said the worst thing for her was the constant influx of gifts that she didn't need.  She didn't say it in a catty or snooty way and in fact she was quite nice about it.  But it did make me think about poor AR sometimes. 

 

I am sooooo sorry you have had bad experiences in meeting AR, Kate Melville.  Perhaps the occasions weren't appropriate times or maybe he was in a bad mood (we are all entitled to having a bad mood from time to time--just ask my kids!).  Maybe the next time you meet him, it will be much more positive. 

 

THANK YOU Stephanie!  It seems like AR will be going straight from shooting Snow Cake to shooting Perfume!  Next year is shaping up to be an AR filled year!!!!  YAY! 

 


Dee 
5/30/05 at 11:56 AM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Kate Melville - I'm curious about that too: are you still a fan? How did you meet him several times and what did he "do" that was so rude?

 

I'm amazed that no one here actually saw A&C on stage! Although...it was quite a long time ago. No one was chatting and sharing "AR passion" on messageboards back in 1998 (At least, I don't think so...were they?).

 

I hope all you folks in the States are having a great Memorial Weekend! We're going picnicing and fishing this evening (NOT my favorite pastime - too many bugs! - but grandpa, dad and boys enjoy it, so...!). Enjoy!

 

I found this photo from PL. It may be familiar to many of you, but it was new to me!



kathy 
5/30/05 at 11:30 AM

Comments:

Elaine, sue--I haven't been contacted and I was actually thinking the same thing.  About 2 weeks ago I received a program and the ticket to the lecture on the 28th--am going to listen to the sculptor also, they were going to hold my AR ticket at the door.

 

Kate melville, why would you continue to meet him if he is rude?


Stephanie  
5/30/05 at 11:25 AM

What is your location? Germany

Comments:

The German website www.netzeitung.de reports in the article http://www.netzeitung.de/entertainment/movie/341182.html the official announcement, that Dustin Hoffman plays the part of Guiseppe Baldini in "The Perfume" along with Alan and Ben Whishaw. The shooting starts on July 12th in and around Barcelona as well as in Southern France, according to them.


sue 
5/30/05 at 11:14 AM

Comments:

Yes, I was thinking they should contact us Elaine. Not everybody would bother to check the web-site again after ordering and getting tickets and some may have not ordered from there in the first place.


Elaine 
5/30/05 at 11:05 AM

Comments:

Just a thought, has anyone here who was going to the Chelsea thing actually been contacted to say it has been postponed, or are they hopng word of mouth will stop people from going on the night??


Elaine 
5/30/05 at 10:34 AM

Comments:

Hi Annick, great idea but I think most of us here think that the best present you can give to AR is to donate to RADA on his behalf. It's a subject close to his heart and you can still leave messages for him on the donation page! Who knows, it may support another "Alan Rickman" to delight a future generation?

 

Kate Melville, so are you still a fan??


Kate Melville 
5/30/05 at 09:58 AM

What is your location? London UK

Comments:
I've met Alan Rickman several times. He was very rude on every occasion.

Annick 
5/30/05 at 09:20 AM

Comments:

"Request:HelloAlan-fans !>

>

Ancaand Niki: We both are Alan-fans. Alan will become 60 years old next February andwe think he deserves a really nice and special present. Alan does a lot ofthings for other people, now it's time to do something for him ! And you canhelp us with that !>

>

Wewant to make a book for Alan. A book with birthdaywishes and sweet letters,specially for him. If you are an Alan-fan and you want to write a letter for hisbook, please, be our guest ! Write a nice letter or a poem or whatever you want andmail it to: Alansbirthday@hotmail.com >

>

Wetake care for it and make sure all your letters will be printed in a beautifullbook. We also make sure Alan receives his book at his 60th birthday in February.>

>

Thanks a lot ! We are sure this birthdaygift will be unforgettable to him."

Aurora 
5/30/05 at 08:36 AM

Comments:
Rickman in the Round has reviews on a number of the plays AR has done.  The Hamlet reviews include kudos and raspberries.  Some liked it, others didn't.  Dig around in the other stuff like Miscellaneous, too.  Thank you to whoever put this page together.  Maybe some of you know who this is.

AFNH 
5/30/05 at 07:30 AM

Comments:
martha - I think it was Thelma Holt who said that AR was the Hamlet of a lifetime, or something like that, but I can't find the article.
Michelle - totally agree that he could have done with an award to boost him, his self-esteem does seem to take quite a few knocks at times, especially with regard to plays. Adore the look of A&C, though, nicely tousled! (Nice pics Elaine!)
Laura - thanks for the Venice Festival pics, hadn't seen those ones before.
martha 
5/30/05 at 06:17 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Wha happened to the paragraphs???


martha 
5/30/05 at 06:15 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:
Kimberly - thanks for that article. Some lovely lines: "...turning the Sheriff into a balletic psychopath, the barking offspring of Frank Zappa and a Dobermann pinscher." "Geraldine McEwan, about to play Gertrude to Rickman's Hamlet, says: "It's not to do with that dreadful word fancying. It's a mesmeric quality; a refined, subtle intelligence in total concentration." "We can't be sure what kind of Hamlet Rickman will be. Whatever he does, he won't be a common Hamlet. He will be an exceptional Hamlet, Mrs McClane." I especially like: "Similar stories suggest that the only limitation Rickman faces is in the imagination of casting directors." I recall that Hamlet got terrible reviews, but I also remember - though I can't find the article - that the director said something that he was "the Hamlet of a lifetime", every directors dream. Or some such. Does anyone have that article handy? (I'm sure it was at Clair's site, but can't find it.)
Elaine 
5/30/05 at 05:38 AM

Comments:

Kimberley (do you work nights?), please don't apologise. As a  councillor, RH has to be seen as being accessible to the people that actually live in her ward so it makes sense to publish phone numbers, contact emails, etc and like you say, she owns the house which makes her eligible for that council, but I, too, have heard that she does not live there. It's like being an MP. What use are they if you cannot contact them? I agree with you and feel that she has had all sorts of systems in place to screen out the "rabid" fans! I doubt the phone numbers are home numbers anyway. If I remeber, there was a conversation much like this on Suzanne's, or imdb or somewhere.

 

And I also have to say that I am more interested in ARs work because it's what drew me to this universe in the first place. Yep, he seems a nice guy but it's highky unlikely that we'll ever be one of those fortunate few who call him friend. That's why I'm a "gregori"

 

And I feel an emoticon-fest might be in order:

 Flower What I am doing this afternoon.

 Tanny What I hope to do some time this week.

 Camouflage What I don't have to do for a couple of weeks.

 Nurse But what I have to do on Thursday

 Kitty 5  Puppy Haven't got either one of these, thank goodness.

 Music  Snappy  Techy But I do have these, and I really need to do more of this Reading 

 

And I think that's about it! (Sorry Emily...)

 

PS: HATE this: England and this: Big Brother 

 

 

 

LOVE this: Cricket but feel sorry for poor little Bangladesh.Hope we don't get the same from Australia!






Kimberly 
5/30/05 at 05:15 AM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Here's an article everyone might enjoy:

 

http://members.iconn.net/~ab234/Plays/Hamlet/HMPrince.html

 

I just want to say I did not mean to upset everyone by linking to Councillor Horton's info.  The information is on a public website and has been for quite some time.  If one "Googles" Rima Horton, this information will come up. I would never "publish" private information about Alan Rickman or his family on an open internet site.  Much of that doesn't interest me anyway.  I am more interested in his professional work, rather than him as a private person.  The "real" Alan Rickman is not as interesting to me as his characters! I'm afraid I'd rather meet Snape or the Sheriff of Nottingham! :lol 

 

The "real" Alan is just a guy who happens to be a successful actor.  He's very nice, generous and family-oriented. I'm sure he'd be fun to have lunch with. HOWEVER, I'd rather see him on the big screen or on stage. I hope this makes a modicum of sense. *LOL* Okay, onward and upward....

 

*Oh, and to me, the fans and websites like Claudia's are the big bonus of being an Alan Rickman Fan.*


Michelle 
5/30/05 at 01:34 AM

What is your location? Evgland

Comments:

I've never read those A&C reviews before. I've avoided them because I knew they were really bad but now I've steeled myself and read them all. They're heart-breaking aren't they? He must have been so scared while waiting for the reviews for PL. We're so used to reviewers saying he's the best thing about the films he's in but he would have felt a complete failure as a stage actor and probably concentrated solely on film. Thank heavens PL was so wonderful. I just wish he'd won an award for it.to boost his self-esteem.


SARF 
5/30/05 at 01:08 AM

What is your location? NZ

Comments:

Ah, thanks for the correction Kimberly! I saw that website not too long after I posted before, but I was reluctant to post it here, as it contained a ph. number and address. But thanks for clearing that up too!


Kimberly 
5/30/05 at 12:30 AM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Don't worry! Rima's not stupid.  Alan's been famous for as long as Rima has been a councillor.  By now, they have would have systems in place to deal with unwanted intrusions into their privacy.


Pam 
5/30/05 at 12:27 AM

Comments:
Thanks Kimberly for clearing that up. Even though it's been on the internet, I hate it when I see people list the address/phone number on other sites. How rude is that? Hopefully, as you say, Rima has a system and can screen out those kind of calls.
I just checked my library web site and I think the Barchester Chornicles should be in for me to see next Tuesday! I can't wait to view them as I have never seen them.
Have a good one everyone-off to bed, Pam


Kimberly 
5/30/05 at 12:21 AM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Kathy: I wouldn't worry about that.  That information has been on the internet for years. I'm sure by now Rima has a system in place for handling curious fan calls.  Most likely a caller will get an answering machine or a receptionist. Rima might own that house, but I have it on good authority that she doesn't live there.


kathy 
5/29/05 at 11:54 PM

Comments:

OMG I hope that is an office phone and address yikes! That could be a dangerous thing.

 

Just had a very enjoyable evening watching S&S--gets better each time!


Kimberly 
5/29/05 at 11:42 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Hi SARF! Good to see you here.

 

Rima Horton is currently the Labour Councillor for St. Charles Ward, London.

 

http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/az/az.asp?OrgId=419

 

She ran for MP (Member of Parliament) for Labour-Kensington in 1992 (?) and lost. That seat is heavily concentrated with Tories, so her loss was no surprise.


SARF 
5/29/05 at 11:23 PM

What is your location? NZ

Comments:

Hey Claudia,

 

According to this website, Rima Horton is no longer a current MP.

 

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-2524,00.html

 

Oh, and Hello! to everyone that has joined up since the last time I was here. It's nice to 'see' you.

 

Special thanks to Stephanie for posting that article - what an excellent way to make a debut into AR fandom!

 

 


Zzzzz 
5/29/05 at 08:27 PM

Comments:

 Good heavens!" we agree about critics being a little over zealous when it come to giving a low-rating review. (Please see my post April 10 2005).

I did make the comment that I read somewhere critics write for each other and performers are better off not reading reviews. And yes, they do use their creativity in writing reviews...they don't just say "it was bad" or put up only one star, they use some pretty colorful images to express the "badness".

I just glanced at one "Antony and Cleopatra" review and such a comment jumped out at me and I decided not to read them, cause I know I too, would roll my eyes like another poster.

No, I am not a performer, I'm a critic.


Barbara 
5/29/05 at 06:06 PM

What is your location? New Zealand

Comments:

Sue - thanks for the Cedric page. I thought the Oliver Pritchett interview was very clever. Somewhere I read that the director's concept of A&C was that Antony was no longer noble but a bit of a boozy has-been, then Alan gets criticised for being inaudible and bumbly. I hope while he is in Canada he will meet up with John Neville, also ex-RADA, fantastic actor, I saw him as Hamlet at the Old Vic with Judi Dench as Ophelia when I was about 9 but he has lived in Canada for years now.


kathy 
5/29/05 at 05:02 PM

Comments:

Dee--I think it was Oct-Dec 1998.  It seems he had a lot on his plate then. Quite a few movies wasn't it?  Had he finished Winter Guest by then? 


Dee 
5/29/05 at 04:14 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

As much as I'd like to think these A&C reviewers are all idiots and morons -- and I'd like to smack them repeatedly with a rolled up program for insulting our Man -- it does seem that the overall opinion of the play wasn't good.

 

So, I'm curious what caused the perceived problem? We know AR's had plenty of experience in Shakespeare roles. We know he's always prepared, and usually has a unique interpretation of how to play the role. We know he's talented. We know he looked goooood and has more sex appeal then any one man should be allowed.

 

I'm not excusing the reviewers -- they seemed to get a certain amount of glee from their own clever insults and didn't offer any constructive comments. I'm just curious.

 

Can it be that none of us saw the play? What year was it?


Marlina 
5/29/05 at 03:10 PM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:
I guess.. the critics will scream CHEMISTRY! if they see the rehearshal Photo..
martha 
5/29/05 at 02:55 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

sue - thanks for the info on Cedric.  I didn't realize he was such a star!


kathy 
5/29/05 at 01:47 PM

Comments:

Yes, I totally agree A&C pics scream chemistry!  LOVE that look!

Thankyou Elaine!! What a treasure trove of great pics you have....excuse me while I wipe the drool off the keyboard!

 

Unfortunately, China will probably own the US one day if we don't get our economic house in order Somehow this hasn't dawned on the powers that be! 


Laura  
5/29/05 at 01:35 PM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

I try, I hope it works.

Of course the owner of the pics is the person who posted them in the original website.

 


Claudia 
5/29/05 at 12:41 PM

What is your location? GA

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I am messed up on my dates!  I just realized that today is the 29th and is the birthday of a special friend of mine.  I don't think she has ever posted here but she can be shy sometimes. 

 

 

I hope you have a fabulous birthday, dear friend Cattis!   

 

 

 

 


Claudia 
5/29/05 at 12:35 PM

What is your location? GA

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Ah cha wa wa, Elaine!  Thanks for those close ups! 

 

Hee hee!  I don't know about yall but I haven't seen an A&C pic yet that didn't scream out CHEMISTRY! 

 

 


Elaine 
5/29/05 at 11:47 AM

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Well put, Sue.  Did I read somewhere that AR never reads reviews? Don't blame him really. Unfortunately it is the power of the press! Your friend found out how powerful they are, sue and it reminds me that even though we may think, oh these entertainment people, they must be rolling in cash, there are fortunes lost as well as made!

 

Martha, I loved that comment from HM, too. That says a lot about how his friends feel about him to make one of them actually write into the newspaper to refute the accusation.

 

As said, as long as the charities involved are doing something about it, it won't harm the movement too much. It's the "fasion" wristbands that will do the damage! But China makes it's money from it's biggest asset - people!

 

Still contributing to the ARDA: I realise I don't have any BIG pics of AR as Anthony. Just quickly wiped a watermark off these:

 

            

 

                         

 

I'm with you, Claudia, I love the "Anthony" look! Morph 

 







 
Aurora  
5/29/05 at 11:45 AM

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Ouch! on Juliet's story.  Obviously, the charities have to clean up their act.  Just goes go show how deeply inequitable trade is embededded in the world economy.  Avoiding it takes a special effort, and not the other way around.

Juliet 
5/29/05 at 11:37 AM

What is your location? UK

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Lucia, would that be the case brought by George Galloway after they accused him of taking oil money from Saddam Hussein? I know that is going to appeal and the US Senate (or was it the UN) have made similar charges against him.

I feel the report is probably broadly true, but the charities do seem to be on the case and working with such companies is probably more beneficial to the workers than just walking away and putting the work elsewhere. Actually, when you think about it, that's exactly what these charities should do, as it helps ease poverty for those workers.


kathy 
5/29/05 at 11:37 AM

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sue--Thanks for the info about Cedric I didn't realize he was a snake! Imagine the costume managers face when she found him!

 

Claudia--Thanks for the pics--I don't know but those costumes look pretty good to me!!

What's in those costumes look pretty good to me, too!

 

Elaine--Unfortunately, with or without coffee I am a night person, who was blessed with 2 children whose favorite time of day was 6am so, never having gotten the hang of going to bed early I spent  many years wandering thru life desperate for a nap!!! (and wearing shirts inside out)

 

....OT alert... can any of you Star wars fans tell me if Darth Vader knew his children survived the death of their mother?

.....now back to our regularly scheduled program.........


Sabine 
5/29/05 at 11:36 AM

What is your location? GA

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sue - thanks for the info on Cedric!  Personally, I'm a huge snake fan and I would have loved to see Cedric on stage!  LOL

 

Thanks for the article, Juliet.  I do hope that the wristband issue won't take away from the MPH issue, even though both issues need to be addressed.  And really, the conditions in the China sweatshops just prove how important it is to call attention to these problems.


Claudia 
5/29/05 at 11:28 AM

What is your location? GA

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Uh-Ohhhhh is right, Juliet! What an awful discovery.  It does look like the MPH organization is taking appropriate steps to disassociate with the offending factories, if they don't make significant improvements.  So hopefully this won't hurt the movement to much.

 

I'm not to much of a snake fan myself, Aurora.  Had I had the chance to see the play when ole Ced was loose, I have to admit I would have to pause for a decision.  LOL 

 

Laura, I forgot to mention that the pic links you posted don't work.  Would you try to re-post them when you get a chance?

 


Lucia 
5/29/05 at 11:23 AM

What is your location? Scotland

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Although the story if its true is bad please remember that the sister paper of the Sunday Telegraph has just been sued for slander.


Juliet 
5/29/05 at 11:10 AM

What is your location? UK

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Uh-ohh, the anti-MPH brigade are going to have a field day with this report from today's Telegraph:

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/05/29/nwrist29.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/05/29/ixhome.html


Aurora  
5/29/05 at 10:49 AM

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Oof!  My "right click, save image as" finger is worn out from those A&C pics.     No chemistry, indeed.  

Thanks for the Cedric info, Sue.  This was a performer of whom I had not been aware.  I would have felt uneasy being anywhere in the theater during that week when Cedric was on the lam, inoffensive as he may have been.  I'm not a fan of snakes.

If I were a performer, I would be devastated by reviews like those A&C ones.  I can understand why a person wouln't read them.  You're right to think about the work put into creating and how easily someone's work can be destroyed by critics.  I recall reading AR said he had approached Anthony with a concept:  portray him as a drunk.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe it was to show A as not heroic. 


sue 
5/29/05 at 10:25 AM

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Sorry I did put paragraphs in there! Honest!!


sue 
5/29/05 at 10:24 AM

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Martha - a lot of Cedric info can be found HERE

 

When you read all those A&C reviews one after the other you can see why he didn't want to go on stage again! It seems so much easier to write a bad review than a good one doesn't it? By that I don't mean saying this was a fabulous play-go see it, but it seems so much easier to write a cutting, witty, sarcastic piece pulling something apart than to write a similarly readable positive review of something doesn't it? I think it is human nature (well certainly in Britain) to enjoy some caustic well written piece than one full of admiration. I am certainly guilty of enjoying bad reviews (until of course it is about someone I admire), but sometimes one has to step back and say to the critic "Yes, you made me laugh but hey this is a whole load of people's livelihoods you are trashing here!"

Last Christmas I was in the kitchen (where else?) at a lunch-time drinks party and got talking theatre to some guy I had never met. Turned out he was some kind of musician/writer who had recently been involved in a West End musical which had closed after one week after the most horrnedous reviews. I remembered the reviews (though not the title at the moment) and said "Yes, I had read them." He then gave me a lot of detail into the work and so forth that had gone into this particular play and said "Yes there were faults but no-one had given it a chance" and I could see how negative reviews could ruin so many people's hopes overnight.

I am just gald that AR went back to do Private Lives and that was a success or else he might never have been seen again!!


Marlina 
5/29/05 at 10:19 AM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

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Wow.. 3 days away and look what i found!

That A&C review is heart breaking (I wonder how breaking AR feels when he read it)

 

The Argentina article.. he did mention "The Ballon of Fire"!  isn't it "The Goblet of Fire"

 

Well, must prepare for another exams.. i've done Physic, Biology and Math.. 3 down but still left many more to go


Stephanie 
5/29/05 at 09:46 AM

What is your location? Germany

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Thanks for the information and pics about A & C, I hadn't known very much about this stage performance. Alan looks great in these pictures indeed.

 

It's aweful, how some (in fact a lot of) journalists are easily able to stay away from truth and serious reporting.


martha 
5/29/05 at 09:31 AM

What is your location? north of here

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CLOSET LAND:

For those interested, amazon.com has 20 used (VHS - region 1) copies for sale, starting at $11.59. Four of them are under $20.


Sabine 
5/29/05 at 09:17 AM

What is your location? GA

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Claudia - thank you for those pics!  I agree, A&C is definitely one of my favorite AR periods, even though I'm not necessarily a "beard girl."  LOL

 

Kimberly - thank you for all your contributions! 

 

Elaine - I have to agree, yours are slightly bigger... 

 


Laura 
5/29/05 at 08:54 AM

What is your location? Italy

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http://xoomer.virgilio.it/_XOOM/maggie76/Stars/Emma+Alan.JPG

 

I'm looking for AR pics from Venice film festival, hoping that being in Italy gives me more chances to other pics

http://xoomer.virgilio.it/_XOOM/maggie76/Stars/Alan.JPG

 

 


martha 
5/29/05 at 08:50 AM

What is your location? north of here

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Lot's of lovely stuff to read with my morning coffee. Thanks everybody. Ya gotta love HM's quote: "I am honoured to have become a member of a very large group of wise people that have a generous, loyal, brave and cool guy called Alan Rickman as a friend." You tell 'em girl!

 

Anyone know anything about the Cedric referrence from the stage door report?

 

Well, the sun is out for the first time in WEEKS! I'm off to


Claudia 
5/29/05 at 08:11 AM

What is your location? GA

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Awwww YES!  The Antony and Cleopatra era. One of my favorite AR periods! Thank you for going to the trouble to dig up and share all the reviews, pics and that wonderful stage door report, Kimberly! Just think....if it hadn't been for the wonderful generousity AND the Internet, that story would have never been preserved! 

 

I don't know of anyone that saw the play in person but sonoma (and a few others, thanks to sonoma's tip about it) saw the video at the National Theatre Archive.  The video is screened on a very small telly and the camera shot is of the entire stage. But there is no mistaking AR when he enters the stage and the sound is pretty good.  Along with the video, you will be able to view (and make black and white copies) of some of the publicity shots from the production too.   

 

I dug out some of my favorite A&C photos! 

 

 

Yeeeeeeeessssssssss!!!!

 

 


Elaine 
5/29/05 at 03:27 AM

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I wondered what you were doing still up, Kathy. And Kimberley is a little night owl too. I get like that after my nights, though. Hope you can get to see the vid, Kathy. I'd love to hear what your thoughts were on it. If you look at most of the pics of HM and AR, there certainly seems to be enough sexual chemistry for the camera! You know, he is well overdue for a major stage role. Up to now he's been on the stage about every 2 years. I don't count MNiRC!


kathy 
5/29/05 at 03:12 AM

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Kimberly--Thanks for the pics and the stage door report.  You are a fountain of information!!!

 

Elaine--my god what a pic with the 2 of them on the floor!! (No sexual chemistry??)

 

This play especially has intrigued me because it had such fabulous potential with 2 such excellent actors.  Maybe I can get into the National Archives and watch the video of the play and decide for myself.

 

 

I can't get to sleep so have been checking out all sorts of things on the web (like the amenities on Virgin Atlantic flights, and the in flight movies for June!!) Been reading the Peter Barnes web pages but it doesn't look like its been updated for quite awhile.  Quite an amazing man.  Another loss. Quite profound, no wonder AR loved him.

 

(I should be in bed not fiddling around on the computer--shouldn't drink coffee at 11pm!)


Elaine 
5/29/05 at 02:45 AM

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I've got slightly bigger ones (!?):

 

                    

 

and this is one of my faves from rehearsals:

                   


Elaine 
5/29/05 at 02:35 AM

What is your location? It's too early to say....

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Kimberley, thanks for all those contributions.

 

I do have to say that Shakespeare is probably not his "bag" but as for the comment that he is not trained to do it, was the writer living in a cave? I've read all sorts of reviews for A & C but not having seen it myself, I wonder how realistic they are. I think critics put too much of themselves into a review when they should be more objective. What I do know is that AR looks damned hot as Anthony!!!!

 

And what a lovely "stage door" story. Sometimes he just seems to be so relaxed and chatty with fans but other times not very forthcoming at all. I guess he gets tired and moody like the rest of us.

 

AFNH, like your paper and appropriate for the "theme"!

 

Dee, I can think of a few comments I'd like to add to that pic.....


Kimberly 
5/29/05 at 02:17 AM

What is your location? MI

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Sorry these are so small. Cast bows from A&C.  I don't remember where I found these. Ebay, maybe?  I don't own the originals, unfortunately.


Kimberly 
5/29/05 at 01:11 AM

What is your location? MI

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Here's a stage door report from Suzanne's GB archives:

 

Conversation at *Antony & Cleopatra* National Theatre Stage Door. Monday 9th.

Claire and Dianne arrived with Gilda and Robyn, Raphaella and Donna were already waiting outside. Neither group of persons had any idea of the identity other set!

AR was already standing by the desk. Wearing black trousers, black shoes, white T-shirt with a black zip up fleecy jacket (sports motif) and a black long coat. Robyn has the eye for detail.

Having -- err -- done *this* before, Claire headed straight into the Reception area, and the rest followed!

A huge pile of wrapped sandwiches and salad boxes were sitting on the counter on trays apparently left over from during the day. The girl on Security was paging people to let them know that food was on offer and that it was being given away. AR had picked up a salad and was getting ready to leave. So Claire asked if we could have some of his time.

He seemed very relaxed, less tired than on previous visits and happy to sign programmes and books.

Claire commented on the speed the current nights play (about 7 to 8 minutes faster than usual) -- AR said it was Monday! -- then passed a copy of the Shakespeare essay book to him for signing, saying that it was a good piece of writing and he should do more. "Hmmm. Maybe later." was the reply.

He carried on signing bits and pieces. Donna mentioned that she had seen *Dark Harbor* in Seattle and about his attendance at the festival. AR replied "Ah, one of the few" to the first part of the question and apologised, he had been busy and it was also a long flight. However, other members of the cast had been there.

He asked Raphaella's name for the programme signing, and there were a few words about the Mimosa that she had sent.

Dianne asked AR if he was going to Cannes next year to promote Dogma. AR said probably yes, although he wasn't quite sure what everyone was going to make of it. The film is very unusual and Catholics may not like it. AR said it was definitely "Not anti-catholic, but anti- organised religion" and "it covers a lot of controversial subjects". Commenting that in fact he wasn't quite sure if the Italians would let it into the country because of the subject matter. Claire said it would probably need special distribution rights! Dianne mentioned that she enjoyed Kevin Smith's writing and AR replied that his style was certainly very different.

Claire asked about the wings he had to wear. AR laughed and said they weighed around 80Ibs, with lots of hoists, pulleys and special effects as they had to open out. Claire asked if they were computer controlled. AR said no, as they wouldn't have looked right. Claire asked who turned on the motor and put her hand behind AR's back to demonstrate! AR grinned and said it was done for him. Dianne then commented that AR had also got to walk on the water. AR smiled broadly and replied that the whole thing had been done using a table under the surface of the water, oh and he wasn't wearing his wings on this occasion.

AR carried on signing things. Dianne asked if he could sign a TWG screenplay for Jane and a Close My Eyes screenplay. AR asked who it was for, Dianne replied just best wishes. Claire commented that she was running an autographing service! Dianne quipped that Claire was sending them all to people as Christmas presents. (Totally Untrue -- Claire's editorial note!)

AR flicked through the Close My Eyes screenplay and said that they all had their clothes on and were even smiling in the central pictures. He paused at the birthday party picture in the middle. Claire asked if he had enjoyed making the film, said he did. Gilda asked where the book originated, Dianne said it had turned up in a theatre bookshop.

Claire gave AR a *Les Liaisons Dangereuses* play to sign and commented that unfortunately she had missed the opportunity to see the play in London. AR said it was a terrific play and a terrific book. (Nobody mentioned the film!)

When asked if he had got the flowers, particularly the flowers for Cedric. AR said he had read the card but not really taken much notice of it, not being particularly concerned by the media rubbish re Cedric, etc. (Sorry Fausta!)

Claire wondered whether he had left any of the flowers in *various stages of dying* (ref. initial conversation 14th October) AR replied yes, and in fact there were some in his dressing room from Emma Thompson. They were rooted orchids, but unfortunately not very happy. There isn't a lot of light in there and he kept forgetting to open the blind. Emma is coming to see the play in 10 days time, so he is going to be in trouble if they haven't survived. We suggested that he may have to go out and purchase some quick replacements, but since it was an arrangement the suggestion was not going to be practical!

We then thanked him for his time and congregated outside the stage door entrance, finally discovering who was who!

As we were chatting AR came out where a car was waiting.
Claire turned and said "Look at all these people you have brought together." AR grinned and said "Well you should all go for a drink. There is *RJS* in Coin Street or *Joe Allen* across the River".
Claire then asked "So what are you going to do!". AR smiled and in a slow humorous voice said "I'm going home!" With that he smiled, got into the car and was driven off.

Sure there will be further points that the others remember, but we had 40 minute chat together and this is based on the notes taken then by Dianne -- the only one of us admitting to be able to do shorthand! And yes I have restrained myself from editing out the more personally embarrassing parts!


Claire
Sussex, UK - Tuesday, November 10, 1998 at 16:38:55 (CST)


kathy 
5/29/05 at 12:46 AM

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Kimberly--

Thanks for the info on the A&C play.  It must have been hard for him to see those reviews.

How could he not be a Shakespearian actor?? He did lots of Shakespeare before his film career took hold, he went to RADA for goodness sake. Hmmm would have loved to have seen it because I am also a big fan of Helen Mirren.  Sounds like things weren't right all the way around because who can be more sensual than AR?  Doesn't the director influence what the presentation of each character is?  I'm glad it didn't stop him from doing plays and that his next effort was a huge success.  Its high time he found another play to do for those of us who haven't had that pleasure yet. 

Did anybody here actually see A&C and what was your opinion?


Alfan 
5/29/05 at 12:36 AM

What is your location? Canada

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"Rickman was seen sprawling with Cleopatra ' on a bed of cushions and mounting her as if she were a mare he would of sooner not have got astride'"

 

Am i the only one who read that sentence twice? Oh, thank the lord for imagination.


Pam 
5/28/05 at 11:09 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

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Kimberly,

Thanks for the information on Antony and cleopatra. I have been trying to catch up with all the latest AR pics/stories before heading off  to bed, as I havent been on here for a couple of days due to the church yard sale coming up this next weekend. We are up there mornings and evenings pricing all the donated items people have sp generously give for the event. I hope we have nice weather next Saturday!
Kathy, I also liked the movie Big Fish. It was ver well done. After the fair is over, perhaps I can view it again at some point.

I put a hold on the Barchester Chornicles that are in the library, so hopefully, they will come in next Tuesday when the library opens after Memorial Day. Ill have to view it between sorting times (HA HA) at the church!!
Anyways, thanks guys for all the AR things. Ill try to catch up some more tomorrow.
Have a good evening. Pam

Kimberly 
5/28/05 at 10:34 PM

What is your location? MI

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More on Antony & Cleopatra from the "Experts":

 

Mandrake: No love lost between Antony and Cleopatra



The Sunday Telegraph; 12/6/1998; Adam Helliker


The Sunday Telegraph

12-06-1998

THEY have shared a stage at the Royal National Theatre for four hours a night over the past eight weeks, but it is unlikely that Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman will be exchanging intimate Christmas cards this year.

There have been whispers that Mirren and Rickman's inability to convey a mood of passionate electricity in Antony and Cleopatra was due to a cool indifference between the pair. Indeed, offstage, they are said to have found it tiresome to exchange more than a few civil words.

Not surprising that one critic described the sexual chemistry between Rickman and Mirren as resembling "a pair of glumly non-mating pandas . . . coaxed to do their duty".

The froideur between these two theatrical greats was evident at the end-of-run party at the Cubana restaurant in Waterloo, where not even the gyrating music and lethal Caribbean cocktails could inspire a flicker of conviviality between them.

At the bash Rickman (who may have just cause to be disgruntled - he was second choice to play Antony, after Alan Bates) looked relieved the whole experience was over, telling me: "I'm going away on a long holiday and don't plan to do any more theatre."
********

Mirren shoots back:

 

Letter to the Editor: Alan's my sort of guy



The Sunday Telegraph; 12/13/1998


The Sunday Telegraph

12-13-1998

What a sad, malicious and completely untrue little piece was to be found in the Mandrake column on Sunday ("No love lost between Antony and Cleopatra", December 6). Thespian dissension and hatred is always more attractive to gossips than "Luvvie Luv", but, sorry to disappoint you Mandrake, how wrong can you be?

Alan
Rickman and I enjoy a mutually supportive, and very convivial relationship on stage and off, as every cast member of Antony and Cleopatra and every staff member of the National will affirm, not to mention the wait-staff at certain late night restaurants.

I am honoured to have become a member of a very large group of wise people that have a generous, loyal, brave and cool guy called Alan Rickman as a friend.

Helen Mirren

National Theatre

London SE1

**************

 

This from Finbar Lynch:

Lynch talks about the discipline required to speak Shakespearean verse with even more passion than he discusses coffee. He's been involved in several outstanding Shakespeare productions, such as Ian Holm's "King Lear" at the National, and a few not-so-good ones, like the National's recent "Antony and Cleopatra," with Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman. Although Lynch's Enobarbus was singled out for praise, the play received a critical bashing, mainly because of Rickman's performance.

Lynch, while acknowledging the difficulty of working in such a fraught production, is diplomatic about assigning blame. But he implies that part of the problem was Rickman's lack of Shakespearean training.

"You have to be willing to learn from those who have done it before," he says. "But that's not always the case in life...."

Lynch seems obsessed with the negative reviews of "Antony and Cleopatra," especially now that he's moving to Broadway with "Not About Nightingales." His concerns aren't assuaged when it's pointed out that the London run of "Nightingales" last spring was a huge success, as was a shorter stint last summer at Houston's Alley Theater.

*********************

 

Theatre Critic Nicholas de Jongh:

 

I go to the theatre in the hope of being delighted, diverted, enlightened and inspired. To watch a really bad production leaves me depressed and let down.

For instance in 1998 there were great expectations when Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren were paired as the doomed lovers in Antony and Cleopatra.

It turned out to be the greatest asp disaster of modern times - with its real life writhing, the snake that kills Cleopatra was quite the most exciting performer around. As I wrote at the time, Mirren and Rickman "rose to erotic ardour with little more enthusiasm than a pair of glumly non-mating pandas at London Zoo, coaxed to do their duty to perpetuate the species".

Rickman was to be seen sprawling with Cleopatra on a bed of cushions and mounting her, "as if she were a mare he would sooner not have got astride".

Well yes, on this occasion, I wanted to express my resentment at the perverse, vacuous reading of the play that had been inflicted upon us. I felt it was an insult for two such talented performers to put on such lazy performances.


 

 

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Antony and Cleopatra

OLIVIER Theatre, Royal National Theatre. Previewed 12 October, Opened 20 October 1998, Closed 3 December 1998

Extracts from the reviews:

"This show sold out almost before it went on sale. You can't get in but frankly, I wouldn't worry. It struck me as a duff evening despite its star content. Its one ace in the hole is Helen Mirren, whose well-preserved glamour perfectly suits this last-gasp middle-aged love up the Nile. She's foxy, cunning, and sexy and, yes, she gets her kit off. Her performance is good, rising to greatness in a magnificent candlelit fifth act - and she's never upstaged by her asp. But much of the performance is rendered meaningless since the chemistry between her and co-star Alan Rickman never cooks. Rickman, a brilliant comic actor, is a hopeless Antony. He's so soporific, waddling and mumbling in the role, you just want to slap him in the chops. Consequently, you never get the grand passion that is meant to rock the known world. The Romans are actually far better represented in Samuel West's excellent, priggish Caesar and Finbar Lynch's skinhead Enobarbus, secretly the play's most tragic figure. The look is classical, the ghastly conceptual box set borrowed from Celebrity Squares. But most perversely the show has been entrusted to Sean Matthias, a man who has never directed a Shakespeare play before. It's a shame since it renders the breathtaking melodic architecture of this great play largely invisible to both heart and soul." Robert Gore-Langton, The Express

"The National Theatre is in the happy position of being critic-proof with this new production. With the exception of a few tickets available only to personal callers each day, the entire run is already sold out. If you want to put bums on seats, hire Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman to play two of the greatest roles in Shakespeare. Some may complain that the theatre's director, Trevor Nunn, is following too cautious a policy, especially as for much of this year the biggest auditorium, the Olivier, has been offering continuous runs rather than a choice of productions. The National, however, has been on a standstill grant for the last six years, amounting to a ?2 million cut in real terms, and despite continuous box office success its reserves are now dangerously low. If anyone can keep Britain's flagship theatre afloat, it is Nunn, perhaps the canniest of all theatrical hitmakers. Nevertheless, I bet he's secretly glad that his star casting paid such handsome dividends before the reviews appeared. This isn't a disastrous Antony and Cleopatra, and it has some fine moments, especially when Helen Mirren is centre stage. Yet the crucial sexual chemistry on which any great production ultimately depends is fatally absent, and Sean Mathias's staging is full of minor irritants and long passages when the dramatic energy seems fatally underpowered. The design, and the appallingly intrusive percussive sound effects which make ancient Egypt sound as though it is suffering from a disastrous crisis in its plumbing system, certainly don't help. David Belugou's costumes are almost comically traditional, complete with togas and scantily clad handmaidens who might have stepped straight out of Carry on Cleo. Meanwhile Tim Hatley's clunking abstract set, featuring a great metallic semi-circle, contrives to be both cumbersome and stubbornly unatmospheric. Only in the final scene in Cleopatra's monument, with the. stage filled with hundreds of candles, does this most sensual of plays achieve anything approaching visual magic. A production can survive a rotten design. What it can't always survive is a performance from Alan Rickman. He was the worst Hamlet in recent memory and now he gives us a thoroughly unengaging and at times downright lazy Antony. Right from the start, he seems far too weary for anything approaching passion. Apparently suffering from the hangover from hell, his Antony delivers his speeches in a languid monotonous drawl that often does fatal damage to both the rhythm and the sense of the verse. He approaches Mirren's Cleopatra with all the enthusiasm of a man contemplating his tax return, and you get the impression that almost every chap in the audience must be far more taken with her than the semi-detached actor actually appearing with her on stage. Only when Antony approaches the heart of loss and despair at the end does the performance acquire anything approaching emotional intensity. In these circumstances, Helen Mirren's performance is heroic. With her spangly dress and braided hair she initially looks more like the faintly raddled queen of a suburban disco than old Nile, but she impressively captures Cleopatra's volatility of mood, and though her variety may be less than infinite, she is funny, touching, sexy, capricious and at moments achingly vulnerable. She's especially fine in the last act, when Cleopatra suddenly transcends the pettiness of her own nature in speeches of ravishing beauty (the continued use of background sound effects here is a disgrace). Mirren rises superbly to the verbal challenge, and as she strips off her simple white costume to don her royal robes and go exquisitely to her death, this often frustrating production finally achieves the rapt magnificence that has eluded it for so long." Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph

"There may indeed be nothing left remarkable beneath the visiting moon. But Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren - dream casting, or what? - will do for now. The greatest of Shakespeare's and political tragedies so often disappoints in the theatre. But rarely have I seen it so flamboyantly staged or so movingly acted as in this new revival in the National's Olivier arena. Mirren has marked her career with this role. She came to notice as a teenage Cleo with the National Youth Theatre. Fifteen years ago she was fast and fiery opposite Michael Gambon in a small-scale RSC version. She also had those old immortal longings with a chip basket on her head. Now, in the glorious and not so suspect prime of her career, she adds the full range of easy authority and animal sensuality. She is both queen and tigress, a voluptuous serpent of old Nile who plays a kingdom for a love affair. She comes out on top in beautiful death, a golden Egyptian mummy with a killer baby adder at her breast. Rickman's Mark Antony is a spineless poet of a warrior, sleepwalking to his doom in a candlelit monument and caught with tragic splendour in a mad rush of indecision and windswept dolour. This wonderful affair is set in relief against a burnished set of a cratered map, picked out on Tim Hatley's design on a vast half moon. Sean Mathias, the director, stages the play with fluent choreography, stylised battles, a constant thrumming undertow of James Wood's tactful music and a real eye for the power of small parts. Those catching the eye include Katia Caballero's beautiful Octavia, whom Antony marries for expediency, Leo Ringer's lithe Eros and Henry Ian Cusick's beautifully-spoken Dolabella. Samuel West is a suitably priggish Octavius, Raad Rawi an almost funny Lepidus. The galley scene is the one failure of the evening. The eight-week run is sold out. You can queue for on-the-day tickets in the morning, or hope for returns in the afternoon. And then Broadway might beckon. Trevor Nunn should be lobbied to keep the show here." Michael Coveney, The Daily Mail

"Well is Helen Mirren too old to play Cleopatra? No - but she is brave to tackle the role of the fiery femme fatale of the Nile at the age of 52. The star best known to TV viewers as tough detective Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect slipped effortlessly into Shakespeare mode in Anthony And Cleopatra at London's National Theatre. Alan Rickman played Anthony and it was expected to be an explosive partnership. But the spark failed to ignite. There was a lack of sexual chemistry between them. Mirren went down the glamour-free route. "Age shall not wither her," according to the Bard. But it was a close ran thing for a barefoot Cleo scrubbed free of all make-up and in unflattering gowns. But she captures the fiery spirit and bovver girl qualities of the quicksilver queen. The only time she resembled a glamour queen was in the death scene. She boldly stepped out of a white smock, was starkers in seconds as she changed into a gold gown before clutching a deadly snake to her bosom. It escaped in rehearsals but thankfully was on cue to bring the three and a half hour play to a close." Tony Purnell, The Mirror

 

 


kathy 
5/28/05 at 10:02 PM

Comments:

Oh be still my heart................

 

The Aid in Benefit of of the Alan Rickman Drought is a huge success in Arkansas!!!

 

I wish I had something luscious to contribute but I am an ardent audience of the contributions!

 

Someone who has been a fan longer than I tell me what was the problem with Antony & Cleopatra?  Did anyone give it a good review?  It seems with such excellence all the way around it should have fairly glittered with praise.  Was the Olivier Theatre the wrong venue or the sound not adequate?  It is astonishing it would get poor reviews.


Zzzzz, 
5/28/05 at 09:53 PM

Comments:

I liked "Big Fish", too and I'm a fan of Steve Buscemi who played the poet, and the bank scene was hilarious!Also, AR said that he would find it hard to play himself in a movie the way SB did in "Trees Lounge".  Wish he would!


Kimberly 
5/28/05 at 09:28 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Great contributions, everyone! Such decadent delights! And, it's all fat-free! We may end up with a "flood in the kitchen" if we're lucky!

 

Herewith a little Antony & Cleopatra to feast your eyes on:

 

 

 

 

 

 

A review by Robert Smallwood:

 

 


Dee 
5/28/05 at 09:15 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

I don't have much time, but I wanted to contribute to the AR Drought Fund (or whatever we're calling this worthy cause)! Hope you all enjoy!

 



AFNH 
5/28/05 at 07:32 PM

Comments:
Hee-hee-hee- Alan Rickman Drought Aid - please give generously!
Great pic with the red wine/blueberry stain and love the visual imagery of an unruly fan slobbering all over him! Hope his busman's holiday does the trick for advertising Snow Cake.
Lots of talk of weapons and brandishing them tonight - oo-er! Have done a sepia toned paper to celebrate his triumph as Hamlet and you can find it here. Certainly has a large flashing blade in this one and it looks like he knows how to use it!
Emily 
5/28/05 at 06:50 PM

Comments:

He has on a beige shirt open between the jacket and the T shirt. It's visible if you enlarge the picture.

 

It's obvious that the press was alerted to his arrival in Ottawa - the reporter and photog didn't just get lucky and happen to be waiting at the train station to interview him and snap his picture!  He is being unusually cooperative. Looks like this trip across Canada is part vacation, part work: an early publicity campaign to spread the word about "Snow Cake".


kathy 
5/28/05 at 06:43 PM

Comments:

Oh Elaine, I'd probably be banned from the internet much less the GB for the comments I was thinking about with that last picture.

 

And...Big Fish was FABULOUS ---good story, great acting, a really feel good movie.

 

I was trying not to notice the purple stain--sort of makes him human--he can slurp like the rest of us! (my husband used to say I needed the bib more than the kids did!)


Alfan 
5/28/05 at 06:39 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

I have to agree that it probably is a wine stain unless he was met with a slobbering unruly fan who gave him a hug. But i dont know if the picture goes with the article, as it states he has "taupe jacket and beige shirt". But in this picture he has no beige  shirt on?


Elaine 
5/28/05 at 06:15 PM

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And one more before I HAVE to go to bed....

 

One should always check the silencer is well screwed on before using one's weapon.....

                    

 

                                                             Good Night 






Elaine 
5/28/05 at 06:05 PM

Comments:

Ok, Kathy. Now you've started something......

 

To carry on with the "trend", here he is holding another weapon....

 

                        

 

...and hope his aim is true!

 

But now these look dangerous.....

                        

....and I could be shot down in flames for all the comments I am thinking that I could use!

 

I am hoping to see the new Star Wars too, Kathy. I do have a soft spot for Ewan MacGregor, too. Did you like "Big Fish"?

 

As for the stain - must be red wine! Have you tried slurping a full glass on a train?

 

 


kathy 
5/28/05 at 05:33 PM

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Elaine-thanks for more S&S I love that movie!  He seems very adept with his equipment (sorry )

 

The mystery man of la mancha doesn't look like AR to me IMHO, he's not tall enough, his face is rather short, and he's a little young unless these were taken a few years ago. Not bad to look at tho-

 

Just got back from taking my son to see the latest Star Wars movie--a reward for working like a dog with me yesterday cleaning the house.  Hmmmmm I'm not the best judge of sci-fi because I'm not really a fan, seemed long on great special affects but skimpy in the development of the story but everyone in the theater seemed to love it--my son included.  Ewan Mac Gregor isn't bad to look at either. 


Emily 
5/28/05 at 04:49 PM

Comments:
Susan:  He tried scrubbing it out, he tried Shouting it out ...




Susan 
5/28/05 at 04:42 PM

What is your location? CO

Comments:
Emily, could that purple stain be some blueberry pie that dribbled?
Sabine 
5/28/05 at 01:50 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

You guys crack me up!  Thanks for the giggles, I really needed that!

 

And thanks for all the pictures! 

 

Welcome, Stephanie and "hi" from a fellow German! 


Emily 
5/28/05 at 01:39 PM

Comments:
GG just pointed out to me that, never mind the lettering on the shirt, he has a faint purple stain on the front just under the collar.
martha 
5/28/05 at 01:35 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Sue -   I was thinking more along the lines of someone recognizing it.  There's sure to be more than one in the world.  But given what some people can do with pics around here, who knows?


Laurie 
5/28/05 at 12:54 PM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

Elaine and Sue, you girls sure crack me up! 

 

 


Emily 
5/28/05 at 12:40 PM

Comments:

Touring Canada east to west by train -- it sounds like he's running for office!  Can we vote for him if he we don't live in Canada?

 

I think that's him in the "La Mancha" clips -- looks like he has either "Private Lives" or "Michael Collins" hair.


Stephanie  
5/28/05 at 12:30 PM

What is your location? Germany

Comments:

Thank you, everbody, for the nice welcome messages !

 

I'll try to post and add some information as often as possible.

 

Great pictures from "Sense and Sensibility", actually it is one of my favourite Alan movies.

 

 


sue 
5/28/05 at 12:21 PM

Comments:

Blimey Martha! What do you think we have? X-ray vision????

OK I'll have a guess! It could be an e and a small L but could also be a scrawled large R!! LOL I am going to plump for the word "Wilderness"!!!Could be clouds or a bay above.

BUT then again it could be I "Heart" Elvis!!


martha 
5/28/05 at 12:12 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

OK, ladies!  What does it say on the T-shirt in the new pic???


Elaine 
5/28/05 at 11:37 AM

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I had to look twice at the La Mancha pics. There is more than a passing resemblance.

 

You know, I've still got to watch Fahrenheit 9/11 but I think I will tonight.

 

Yes, Sue, a soldier must always keep his weapon clean. A good coating of oil helps...

 

But, I also love a man who knows how to bowl a good ball!(Could have said something else but wouldn't want to lower the tone!)


kathy 
5/28/05 at 11:20 AM

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Sue, Martha--love your sense of humor!!! (are you sure you're not nurses in disguise?)

 

Elaine--LOVE that pic from S&S.

He really does have the best smile.

 

Claudia, I'm with you on Michael Moore, especially after I heard him speak on campus before the last election.  He is MUCH more reasonable, and giving than his detractors give him credit for. I'm sure I've said this before but both he and Anne (with the long blond hair--I'm having a brain f**t right now) came to speak in an effort by the campus to provide a balanced view, and all she did in her total of 45 mins was be sarcastic and insulting and really gave very little information or reasoning behind her views, while MM talked and answered questions for 2 1/2 hours and was quite informative without just giving shots at the opposition.

 

I find it interesting that MM and AR know each other.

Just goes to show how wide and diverse his circle of interest/friends is.


sue 
5/28/05 at 10:46 AM

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Claudia, that one fourth row down on the right looks most like him I think. (Well anyway to a blind man on a galloping horse as we say over here!!!)
Claudia 
5/28/05 at 10:25 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Ohhh thank you Sue!   He looks like he's having a good time, doesn't he? 

 

 


sue 
5/28/05 at 10:22 AM

Comments:

Just gacked this off Suzanne's. Came with the article apparently

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Claudia 
5/28/05 at 10:21 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Back to the "Lost in La Mancha" topic that was mentioned a week or so ago.  I finally rented the documentary.  I have watched the waterfall scenes until my almost cross eyed and have not been able to spot anyone with a water bottle.  However, I did spot someone a fantastic AR lookalike!.  See thumbnails below (not necessarily in order):

 

         

 

        

 

        

 

         

 

        

 


Claudia 
5/28/05 at 09:47 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Ohhhh I like the project title "Alan Rickman Drought Aid" too!  Thanks Kim. 

 

The contributions to the AR Drought Aid project are wonderful!  Never get to tired of seeing piccies! 

 

Back to the new article. 

 

It would seem like AR has a lot of god-children! Michelle brought a god-son to my attention a while back and I have been trying to find out more information but since there is a mention of his god-daughter in theatre school in Montreal I thought I would post what I have.

 

It is mentioned on IMDB that Tom Burke is AR's god-son.  Has anyone any other information on this? 

 

Let's hope the god-daughter has a great success after school! 

 

Also, Rima is there with him!  That's wonderful news!  Did anyone notice "former politician"???  Does this mean that she is no longer a councillor? 

 

And yes I did see the comment about his smile, martha!  Sounds like Mrs. Harris has converted over to our side!  *grin*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Claudia 
5/28/05 at 09:28 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

 

to Stephanie!  Please join us as often and you can!

 

And a HUGE SUPER  for that marvelous Canadian article!  Here's the link to the article  Ottawa Citizen

 

 

He sums up his opinions with: "I'm with Michael Moore on most things."

 

OMG, Yall just don't know how thrilled I am to read this comment from the one and only AR!  As a lot of you know, I am a Michael Moore addict and truly believe that he champions for what is right and good for this country.  So to see someone like AR agree with him (on most things)...all I can say is I'm on cloud nine right now!    Stephanie you made my day, Girl!!!!! Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 


Gissing's Girl 
5/28/05 at 09:10 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Just a thought does anyone know if John Ralston Saul, the husband of Adrienne Clarkson, is the author with the same name.


Laurie 
5/28/05 at 08:28 AM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

Thanks for posting that article Stephanie and welcome. Thanks to Elaine and Sue also for those pics. S & S was the movie that made me an AR fan.


Alba 
5/28/05 at 07:54 AM

Comments:
What an excellent debut Stephanie - welcome!!! Loved the article.
martha 
5/28/05 at 06:07 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Elaine - that's my very favorite pic!

 

Sue - I see you're in fine form today, perhaps you could offer the man a hand?

 

Anyone else notice this little quote:

"He didn't smile very much, but when he does it's precious."

 

Awwwww, don't we just agree with that!


sue 
5/28/05 at 06:00 AM

Comments:

How True Elaine, How True....................

 

 

I've always like a man who keeps his weapon polished. (As military woman Elaine you should appreciate that too )


Elaine 
5/28/05 at 04:51 AM

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OK, here's a quick one for the Drought Aid, and because you can never get enough of the Colonel, can you, Sue.

ss19.jpg


Elaine 
5/28/05 at 04:44 AM

Comments:

I seem to have been sleeping for a very long time....

 

Thanks for that article, Stephanie. Hope he's not "working" too hard!

 

"Alan Rickman Drought Aid". I like that....


Peekabooh 
5/28/05 at 04:31 AM

What is your location? the Netherlands

Comments:
WELCOME STEPHANIE!!!!!!!
Thanks for posting this lovely Canadian article.

Have a nice weekend you all.


sue 
5/28/05 at 04:24 AM

Comments:

Thanks for that Stephanie

Well that Governor General sounds like a smart cookie, doesn't she?


Stephanie 
5/28/05 at 04:07 AM

What is your location? Germany

Comments:
After having reading this guest book for quite a time, I decided to post now myself and tell you, how great it is. Alan Rickman has become my favourite actor since I have been watching more and more of his movies. He is a very talented actor, who is able to play every kind of role and an extraordinary person.
 
I've just found an article from a Canadian website, which I would like to add:
 

Canadians 'lucky' to have Clarkson, actor Alan

Rickman declares

 

 

Governor General befriended 'villain' after play in New York

 

Greg McArthur

The Ottawa Citizen


Saturday, May 28, 2005

Canada's Governor General is so charming she can soften the heart of a villain -- even one of Hollywood's most evil tyrants.

Alan Rickman, the British actor best known for his dark, sinister characters in blockbuster movies such as Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the Harry Potter series, rolled into Ottawa by rail yesterday to dine with Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson at Rideau Hall.

It's a friendship that was forged in New York in 2002, when Mr. Rickman was starring in the Broadway play Private Lives and Madame Clarkson was a fan in the crowd. She asked to meet the actor after the performance and they've been pals ever since.

"She's a smart, intelligent, attractive woman," Mr. Rickman said yesterday with his distinct, English inflection, after he stepped off the escalator at the Ottawa train station. "She knows what she's talking about and you guys should be grateful she's in the job. If the rest of the world had an Adrienne Clarkson, they'd be lucky."

He's also friends with Madame Clarkson's husband, John Ralston Saul -- considered one of Canada's most revered minds -- though not so close that he's felt obligated to comb through one of his notoriously dense books: "They take a lot of reading," he said.

Ottawa is one of many Canadian stops for Mr. Rickman, who is touring the country, going from east to west, half of it by train, this spring. And though he's only filmed two movies in Canada, he has enough links that the country feels like a second home, he says.

Two of his best friends, whom he met as a student at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, are Canadian and he just had dinner with them a few nights ago: Richard Greenblatt, one of the creators of the critically acclaimed live musical, 2 Pianos 4 Hands, and Nicky Guadagni, a stage actress who won a Gemini Award for her guest role on the drama Blue Murder. Mr. Rickman's god-daughter is also currently in theatre school in Montreal.

He's already had a candid, extensive glimpse at a Northern Ontario town, one that many Canadians have probably never been to.

For more than two weeks in April, Mr. Rickman was holed up in Wawa, a place with 3,600 people that's 1,008 kilometres northwest -- about a 13-hour drive -- from Ottawa. The town, which is known for its giant, steel Canada Goose statue and its strange name -- "the town's so nice they named it twice, Wawa" -- was hand-picked by a director to be the setting for the drama, Snow Cake.

Mr. Rickman plays an English drifter who befriends an autistic woman, played by Sigourney Weaver. Carrie-Anne Moss also stars.

More than 100 members of the cast and crew slept in the Wawa Motor Inn, a set of 50 hotel rooms and 18 log chalets that usually host snowmobilers. The chalets, which were reserved for the film's stars, sit next to a cliff that overlooks a municipal sewage lagoon -- which looks quite scenic, unlike how it sounds, said the inn's general manager, Donna Harris.

Mr. Rickman became a common sight on the streets of Wawa, whether he was shopping or raving about the general store's butter tarts. He was courteous with the staff and became a regular in the inn's diner, often ordering the club house sandwich with a Diet Coke after a long day of filming. "He has a dry sense of humour," said Ms. Harris. "He didn't smile very much, but when he does it's precious."

Unlike the characters he often portrays in films, Mr. Rickman didn't look at all dastardly yesterday, with his sandy blond hair, taupe jacket and beige shirt, and offered a wide grin to a grey-haired woman at the train station who asked him about Die Hard.

This is the same guy who, while playing the Sheriff of Nottingham, told a henchman that he'd use a spoon to cut out Robin Hood's heart, "because it's dull you twit, it'll hurt more!" He was also selected as the 46th best villain in film history by the American Film Institute for his portrayal of Hans Gruber, the terrorist mastermind in Die Hard who takes over an office building only to be killed by a renegade police officer, played by Bruce Willis.

Despite his long career, he's probably best known by millions of schoolchildren as the scary Professor Severus Snape, the master of potions who always seems to have it out for Harry Potter. Mr. Rickman will reprise the creepy role in November when the fourth instalment of the Harry Potter movies, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is released in theatres.

Mr. Rickman was accompanied to Ottawa yesterday by Canadian producer Niv Fichman, one of the producers behind Snow Cake, but best known for his film, The Red Violin, starring Samuel L. Jackson. Mr. Rickman's longtime girlfriend, Rima Horton, a teacher and former British politician, was also with them, though her boyfriend didn't want to delve into politics. He reportedly used to raise money for British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party, but on this trip he's acting just like his non-partisan host and is reluctant to discuss world affairs. He sums up his opinions with: "I'm with Michael Moore on most things."


Sabine 
5/27/05 at 09:15 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Regarding the trip down memory lane: is anybody willing to share a Private Lives stage door report?  I don't know about you guys, but I loved reading those reports.  Those were the days... LOL

 

Just a suggestion... 


AFNH 
5/27/05 at 09:14 PM

Comments:
Thanks for the interviews and pics about Argentina, nice to see those again. I'll have to see what I've got lying around too.
Uh-oh, martha's imagination has run away with her (and she's not the only one). It gets you like that sometimes!
Kimberly 
5/27/05 at 08:42 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Wow, I've got a lot reading to do here. Thank you all for the information on MPH, Bill Nighy - I just love that man-, etc.

 

Martha: I thought the same thing when I read that statement. ROFL

 

Hey, I've got a few "Snape Fantasies" that need servicing. 

 

I'll have to find something to contribute to the "Remember This...." Alan Rickman Drought Aid. I'm sure I have something I can dust off around here....


Aurora  
5/27/05 at 07:52 PM

Comments:
I'm sorry, but I just accidentally deleted an e-mail with an nz address. I get a lot of spam and have kind of a reflex.

Also, as an apology for being perhaps over serious earlier--thanks, martha for some relief-- I offer a pic of Sinclair. He is lovely. I admire that thing AR does using his body as a tool to draw lines in space. He did talk in the Argentina interviews about being an instrument.


Ricky 
5/27/05 at 05:43 PM

What is your location? Austria

Comments:

Just wanna say hallo and thanks a lot to Claudia and all of you ladies!

RIcky

going to bed - 23.50 in the evening here now.


Claudia 
5/27/05 at 04:38 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

From a Bill Nighy news alert. 

 

The new script: making poverty history

 

This is an article about BN's new film called "The Girl in the Cafe".  I won't go off in my usual....make yourself count rant. 

 

But I did find something quite cute in the article. Its talking about the film's world premiere in Edinburgh last night.

 

As they arrived they were offered a symbolic G8 cocktail. Described as "the most powerful cocktail in the world if used properly" it was made from tequila, rum, vodka and lemonade.

Sounds absolutely yummy but I would not like the hangover that is bound to come with that little cocktail! 

 

 

 


martha 
5/27/05 at 03:47 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

"The other side of taking your profession very seriously is to be at the service of people’s fantasies."

 

*snort*

 

*giggle*

 

*runs off laughing*

 


sue 
5/27/05 at 12:23 PM

Comments:
The Live 8 event has been in the London papers for a bit but still not been absolutely announced as go-ahead although everything points towards it. When it was first mooted I thought well the bill certainly isn't going to be as good as LiveAid. But it certainly sounds OK now. One item I read said that the concert would indeed be free HOWEVER it would be ticket only. (Unlike the free concerts of old in Hyde Park where you (and a 100,000 others!) just turned up. I'll keep my eyes open and apply for as many tix as possible (probably no more than 2 per person I guess)
kathy 
5/27/05 at 11:07 AM

Comments:

Good idea Aurora, I often wonder if the solution is helping the NGO's at the source of the issue than feathering corrupt gov'ts nests. It is hard for local citizens to change their government or to effect any kind of civil change when they are suffering the lack of basic needs as food and medicine. The NGO's who are aligned with MPH are all solid tried and true agencies. Just reigning in the devastation of AIDS will allow parents to raise their own children and decrease the appalling number of orphans in Africa.

 

I read about the Hyde Park event on the ONE site (MPH in the US) so anybody who wants to meet up and go together let me know--I will still be in London then.

 

Even tho the Argentinian news is old to some of you it's new to me being a fairly new AR fan ---so I was delighted to see the pics and read the articles. You are right, he does look great these days, altho I love the pic with his hair in all directions!


Aurora  
5/27/05 at 08:55 AM

What is your location? Ohio

Comments:
Thanks for the comments, Alba and Claudia, and Daydreamer for the headsup on the broadcast.
I relistened to the NPR show just to check some of the figures mentioned. According to those figures, which are also found on a number of websites that base their info on official U.S. govt figures, the U.S., for example, is spending $500 billion (or thousand million, if you prefer) on defense this year, half of the military spending on the planet. That does not include some of the off-the-books costs for our current wars. Some of the war costs are not officially included in the federal budget. Don't ask me why. It's a mystery.
That's $1,667 per American--for simplicity's sake I figured 300 miliion Americans instead of the actual 295 million--for the official defense budget. We are spending $2 billion for aid to Africa, or $6.67 per American. Suppose we upped the aid spending to $25 per American, taking $18 per person out of the defense budget? That would  increase aid by 250%, and I can't believe the nation would be less secure at $1649 per person.
Claudia 
5/27/05 at 08:41 AM

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Comments:

Oops, I forgot to thank RickiNicki for the Live 8 info!  I'm sorry.  I hope BBC-America will carry it too.  *crossing fingers*

 

 

 


Sabine 
5/27/05 at 08:38 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

RickiNicki - thanks for the heads up on Live8!  Sounds like quite a line-up!  I hope that BBC America will show this concert as well.  *keeping fingers crossed*

 

Daydreamer - thanks for the additional articles!


Claudia 
5/27/05 at 08:12 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Phew!  I didn't realize the Argentinian articles and pics would go over so well!  Thanks to Serpenatrix and SWARF for the additional translations AND Daydreamer for bringing them to us. 

 

I know that his visit to Argentina is old news but I think posting old news when we're in the middle of an AR drought can be fun and even informative to people new to the AR world.  So if you have some old AR stuff you want to post, feel free!  

 

Thank you for the NPR link, Aurora.  What an informative interview!  I am fascinated with their thoughts on how they propose to end world hunger and poverty. 

 

I'll be off to Barnes and Noble this evening Alba.  I have to have that book! 

 

     


Alba 
5/27/05 at 07:47 AM

Comments:
Hey, it did it automatically!!!!! I feel slightly less challenged, but still have to photos to offer.
Alba 
5/27/05 at 07:46 AM

Comments:
Great pix and articles everyone - thanks as usual.

Aurora, what you heard on NPR is very much MPH, actually. Jeffrey Sachs (one of the people interviewed) is the director of the UN Millennium Project, which is what this is all about. The radio program is very interesting, as is his book, which is very "readable" considering the dense subject matter. His basic point, which he demonstrates in the book, is that it is possible to end extreme poverty in the world in our lifetime. MPH is a way of bringing together many NGOs and raise the profile of this issue so people like us know about it and can do our little part in making it happen. Here's a non-html link (sorry, I'm totally html challenged).

http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/about/director/

I'll stop being boring now. Even IF I had a picture to post, I wouldn't know how ; - )
Daydreamer 
5/27/05 at 07:12 AM

Comments:
Claudia:
for the articles and the wonderful pictures!

At SWARF messageboard are translated another two articles from that festival into english.

Thanx for the translation into english to Serpenatrix.

First is from http://www.galeon.com/hogwartsspanishpage/album938453.html

"I was surprised by the warmth of Argentinians" he said while a girl asked him an autograph in perfect English. He also said that he tries to avoid sun exposure, but he looks pinkish.

At Salta he looked at ease and cordial, although he avoided the stalking press. However, that didn't prevent him from saying that he will keep playing the Arts and Spells (???) teacher of Howgarts in the fourth Harry Potter film. "I can't say anymore. I'm only allowed to say that it will be called "The Balloon of Fire" (???) and that it will be the most expensive film in history" he added.

He gets more enthusiastic when talking about the festival. "It's a celebration. There are many talents here". He said that, as an actor, he's very grateful to Harry Potter. "I consider myself a privileged person to have had the chance to play Shakespeare and also a children's book. I think that Shakespeare is the most modern writer that has ever existed" he says.

Rickman, who was in the Mar del Plata Cinema Festival, was one of the most solicited celebrities to sign autographs. And he didn't need to be asked twice . "I'm very glad to see the affection of Argentinians. That is something that you don't see very often in other latitudes"

Next is from http://www.intervoz.com.ar/2004/0319/Espectaculos/nota228908_1.htm

Alan Rickman: I don’t like absolute truths.

Rickman is an actor trained at RADA, and he has a long time experience on stage. However, it’s his cinema work that gave him worldwide popularity, even if his name has more prestige than fame. He has stayed out from Hollywood and he has earned recognition thanks to films such as Sense and Sensibility, Michael Collins or Love Actually.

As you might expect with those antecedents, the demand for interviews soared. So, Rickman decided to give an open chat with the press. And the remedy turned out better than expected, because the actor, with an admirable oratory, offered a master class about his profession.

Talking about his opinion on the methods that actors use in order to play their characters, Rickman said: “I prepared myself at RADA. The director was a very notable person, a man of great eminence . But I don’t remember attending a class where all the students were discussing the playing methods of Stanislavsky or Strasberg at all. Obviously, all of us had access to those masters, but the Academy was being run according the director’s principles."

“I was deeply relieved. In past periods, my body had been very sore because of the exigencies it had had to endure, and the use of methods leads to that result. As an actor, one is their own instrument. When a cellist gets tired of playing, he puts his cello into the case. But sometimes, I have to keep going on stage after having been doing something very exhausting during twelve hours.”

“It’s as simple as that: one is their own instrument and that instrument changes everyday. It’s about a curious combination of the physical, emotional and intellectual factors.”

Throughout his career, Rickman has rubbed shoulders with some Hollywood celebrities. Even so, he has kept his distance from that world. About this matter he said: “You can be a very successful actor but your only letter of introduction are your cheekbones. That’s life. The other side of taking your profession very seriously is to be at the service of people’s fantasies. So, in this respect, Stanislavsky has no use at all. I once opened Stanislavsky’s work… and I closed it immediately. Because this is not something I want to learn. It’s as if somebody wanted to tell me an absolute truth, and I don’t like that.”
Aurora 
5/27/05 at 07:03 AM

Comments:
Great pics and articles, Claudia!  Is it me, or does AR look better now than a year ago?  I'd like to learn his secret.

It's not exactly MPH, but I heard this discussion last Fri May 20 on NPR.  It's longish,but the gist is this: take a modest percentage of the money we are currently spending on the military and spend it instead on modest development projects that exploit existing and locally usable technology.  That will improve a lot of people's living conditions and also combat terrorism much more effectively than we are currently doing with guns.  Addressing Poverty. .  

Laurie 
5/27/05 at 06:31 AM

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Comments:

Thank you Claudia for those articles and pictures. I have seen some quotes from those interviews, but never seen the complete ones. Thanks again!


Laura  
5/27/05 at 06:20 AM

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Comments:

I love, love love the photos and articles, thank you!!!!!!

isn't AR in the last Harry Potter?

SIGH!

I like this man but everytime I watch at his hair...it's wilde, eh!?


RickiNicki 
5/27/05 at 05:57 AM

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Comments:

I've just found this on the net:

 

Heads up for "Live 8" concert which takes place in London's Hyde Park on Saturday, July 2, 2005.

The show - called Live 8 and aimed at pressuring leaders of the wealthy G8 nations to Make Poverty History - will include a host of surprises.

The concert which is being staged 20 years after the first Live Aid extravaganza to help victims of famine in Africa will see stars perform in London and Washington in the US. It will be broadcast by the BBC.

Sir Paul McCartney and U2 will open the show with the Beatles classic Sgt Pepper. Performers will include Sir Elton John, Joss Stone, Madonna, U2, Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Oasis, Sting, The Who, Eminem, Annie Lennox, and Franz Ferdinand.

Organisers are in talks with: The Scissor Sisters, The Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd.

Nelson Mandela is expected to appear via video message if he can't be there in person.


RickiNicki 
5/27/05 at 05:45 AM

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Claudia: Thank you so much for the interview and pictures.

  

*rushes off again*


sue 
5/27/05 at 05:31 AM

Comments:

Thanks Claudia, always nice to see some pix


Elaine 
5/27/05 at 04:19 AM

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 Claudia: Bow Down 






kathy 
5/26/05 at 11:19 PM

Comments:

How great you are Claudia---thanks for the article and the pics--loved it.


Sabine 
5/26/05 at 10:23 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Claudia - what a great idea to post all those pics and the articles!  Thank you! 


Stephanie  
5/26/05 at 09:53 PM

What is your location? Texas

Comments:

I love this man and hope to one day have his children.


Dee 
5/26/05 at 09:46 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Gee Claudia! From the time I started typing my last post to the moment I hit "submit", you posted all those wonderful articles and photos! wOw! You're good!


Dee 
5/26/05 at 09:33 PM

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Comments:

Sue -- Beautiful B&W photo of AR! You know...it's amazing how many "artistic" photos there are of him (I'm not talking about standard publicity shots). You don't see many "artsy" photos of other celebrities/actors.

 

Do you suppose those type of photographers seek AR out ("Get me Alan Rickman!"), or do you think AR approachs them ("I love his work - would he take my photo?")

 

And, when his picture is taken, do you suppose he likes the way he looks? We think the man is *thud* gorgeous, but when most people see their own portrait, they agonize over every imperfection.

 

I'm just curious...


Claudia 
5/26/05 at 09:22 PM

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Comments:

And last but certainly not least. Here are some piccies that Lobagris' friend took of him during the film festival in Mar del Plata 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Claudia 
5/26/05 at 09:17 PM

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Comments:

And what is a trip down memory lane without piccies???? 

 

These were the two that were published. One of them is a repeat from Sue's post....but when do we ever get tired of AR piccies? 

 

 

 

 


Claudia 
5/26/05 at 09:15 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Here are a couple other links that the fabulous Fausta kept up with.

 

Alan Rickman: No me gustan las verdades absolutas

 

And here's one that she translated:

 

"Me paso la vida actuando"

Film: Mar del Plata Film Festival: Alan Rickman interview “I spend my life acting”: The actor from Die Hard and Sense and Sensibility came to give a Master Class and received an award.
By Diego Lerer
In tourist mode, Alan Rickman isn’t too enthusiastic for facing the press: he was given an award and gave a Master Class, but they didn’t show any of his films. If they had, what would he choose? Die Hard, his first film, which made him famous for his role as a villain? The outstanding Sense and Sensibility? Or his mysterious professor Snipe (sic) in the Harry Potter saga?
In his calm and slightly sinister tone that we’ve seen so often in his characters, the 58-year old London-born actor, says that he “didn’t know what to expect from Argentina, or from Mar del Plata. After I leave here I’ll get to know well Buenos Aires, and I think the North and South of the country”.
One of Rickman’s nice idiosyncrasies is that he has a very early breakfast in the Sala of the Auditórium, ready to watch movies from 9AM. “I love film festivals”, he says, “I've been to all the major ones and always have a great time. It’s the filmgoer’s ideal place. And I love watching movies. I love to watch movies from countries that I normally wouldn’t see in London”.
The proof is that he had to finish the interview early since he was late for a screening of The Blue Light, a film by Japanese theater and film director Yukio Ninagawa, who directed him on stage.
Rickman, who still lives in his native London (“I’m in many places, depending on filming, but that’s where I keep my underwear”), isn’t here just as an actor, but also as director, of only one film, The Winter Guest, with Emma Thompson.
Would you want to direct again?
Making movies is very difficult. On one hand, you have the issue of finance. On the other hand, if you’re also an actor, you have to leave aside everything for two years of your life. When directing, you’re responsible for beginning to end. I’m not one that, like other directors, has a lot of projects. Right now I have two things in mind. We’ll see . . .
Your last films, Love Actually and Harry Potter, are great international hits, but you could do them in London. Do you like working there?
Yes, I do, but I’ve also spent a long time in New York with a stage play (Private Lives) that did very well.
Nowadays a lot of English films, like Love Actually, have too much of a Hollywood style. Does that bother you?
In Love, Actually everybody made a small film. I never had the total experience until I watch the completed movie. The part I played with Emma was so English that we never noticed anything. I feel that it has to do with Richard Curtis’s personal experience, wrapped in something universal.
That was Curtis’s first film Was it easy to film?
Very smooth. Emma and I have worked together many times, I directed her, so I felt very comfortable, We spent a lot of time exploring the dangerous comfort that can exist between a man and his wife, into which a third person can intrude.
Do you prefer big movies or small movies?
I like both. In big films you can find nooks in which you can place eccentricities, which is what people remember. Something human . . . Does it bother you, that, more than 15 years later, people still remember you from Die Hard, your first film?
Some prefer Sense and Sensibility. Now I’ve come across a lot of Galaxy Quest fans (released on video in Argentina). But no, it doesn’t bother me. It’s a movie they play all the time on TV. I had never made a film before. It was a strong beginning.
They cast you, being an unknown?
They saw me on stage and they liked me. Besides, I came cheap.
”I don’t talk about Harry Potter”
For youngsters, Rickman is Harry Potter’s Professor Snipe (sic), the teacher that’s never as evil as he appears. But he doesn’t want to talk about it.
What can you tell us about the new Harry Potters?
I don’t talk about Harry Potter
Does your contract forbid it?
No, because I don’t want to play with something that has to do with children’s innocence.
But you’re in the third one?
Yes
Have they started on the fourth one?
They have. I haven’t.
Will you be in it?
Eventually . . .

 

 


Claudia 
5/26/05 at 09:06 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I've been taking a trip down memory lane back to March of 2004 when AR visited Argentina.  First, here is an interview that appeared in the newspaper "La Capital".  Here is a translation special thanks to Lobagris!

 

The British Actor, a guest to the Festival

"I do not know the meaning of English"

Mainly ironic, Rickman said that the stiff characteristic that surrounds the English people is nothing more than a stereotype. It explained why it considers that everything that he does entails a political vision. For the British interpreter Alan Rickman, "whenever an actor gets on stage or faces a camera he carries out a political act, because whichever the message, the actor is saying before a captive audience what life is about. Is not the theme but the vision behind the written words."

"It is very exciting to come to Argentina – he went on - and to see the cinemas full of people, with an audience who looks for answers not only on the political situation, but answers about themselves. From this point of view, any film in which I get involved will be a political cinema, but in an wider way ".

This way he defined, in a press conference that took place in the Hotel Hermitage, its acting work, in cinema and theater, that already earned him a wide international recognition.

For that reason the organization of this Festival of Cinema decided to invite him to offer a masterful class (he is one of the more known personalities in the festival).

The public will be able to remember several memorable interpretations of the English actor born in London in 1946, under the name of Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman.

He became the Russian doctor Rasputin, in "Rasputin", one of his finest works. He joined the cast of "Sense and Sensibility" in the 1995 movie directed by Ang Lee, where he worked next to Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant. He shared the screen with Kevin Costner in "Robin Hood: prince of thieves" and in 1988 he co-stared Bruce Willis in "Die Hard".

Lately the children have seen him in the series of Harry Potter movies, where he plays professor Severus Snape in "The Philosopher stone" as well as in "The Chamber of Secrets". His experience extends to the field of the direction: he has made a short for the Discovery Channel about high risky sports, at the same the time that he was behind cameras in the film "The winter guest", acted by Emma Thompson and her mother, the actress Phyllida Law.

Before talking about his last projects he said about the job of directing: "To make a film means a lot for me, it is a responsibility to direct, because if you are going to spend a year or eighteen months filming a history it must be worthwhile, it must be strong and brave".

He acted in a HBO’s film on a medical surgeon, and next to that, a film to be shoot in Spain waits for him, whenever its commitment with the production of Harry Potter with which he is still related, allows it.

About the ductility of its work he observed: "I am a privileged person, I have a profession that allows me to jump from a character to another one like in Harry Potter. And to work for Hollywood is a good opportunity to interpret characters with singularities."

"I have never arrived"

Dressed in black, with his white hair and his pale skin, a skin that he protects from solar rays, the actor was kind, but always distant, with the distinction that could identify a "lord". However, he avoided common places: "I do not know what means English", he said and denied having a stiff or unalterable character, a quality with which some people identifies the British.

"I believe that one is a stereotype. To say English also is to say John Lennon and Wiston Churchill ", exemplified, with a smile that was barely drawn in its face, the same smile he used to end all his ironies, an attitude that he repeated in several occasions.

Talking about the exigencies of the profession, he said: "The problem of being actor is that you never make it, my perception is that I have never arrived, I did not arrive where my imagination had thought that I was going to arrive".

One of my heroes is Fred Astaire, he must have been one of the more perfect actors that have never been seen".

When asked about the kind of roles that are frequently offered to him, the actor recognized that the English continues to be a classy (*żclassycist?*) society, that’s why it is difficult that anyone ask him to personify workers, roles that he had never approached. "They do not offer worker parts to me, but I do not lose hope", he said.

He also confessed that he is interest in defying cinema directors, who summon him driven by preconceived ideas on his acting capacity: "I like when they know who I am and I came to be somebody different from the person they thought. Those are the parts that I like the most because every time, more and more, I am getting interested in the risk factor".

In Mar del Plata, a city that he did not know, either Argentina nor South America, he was dedicated to see films, some of them Japanese, the Briton "Kiss of life" of its compatriot Emily Young and attended the exhibition of "The divided hug", directed by Daniel Burman.

"I did not know the Argentine cinema", he indicated.

Before putting itself to sign autographs for the fans who followed his phrases close by and shared his ironies, the actor expressed: "I would go to any festival of cinema, because it is the suitable moment, the appropriate celebration of something important. The proof for this is to see the cinemas full of people, because to tell stories is a part of a human need and the festivals respond to that need"

Finally he laughed: "I said to Pino Solanas that he can come to England to make a film about Tony Blair".

 

More to come.......


Sabine 
5/26/05 at 07:58 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Thanks for the link to that article, Juliet.  It was very interesting.

 

I think it is great that people are making the effort to increase awareness about the situation in third world countries and I hope that poverty will indeed be history soon.  I do have to mention something though that caught my attention (sorry, but I'm extremely suspicious and a sceptic by nature).  The MPH campaign states that they don't want my money, but then I read something like this: "First, the organisers want outstanding Third World debts cancelled. Next, they want governments of richer countries to raise an extra $50 billion more in aid each year and to commit to spending 0.7 per cent of their gross national income on assisting the world's poorest people."

 

I'm sorry, but increasing aid by that amount of money almost definitely means an increase in taxes, which means that they do want/need my money after all.  And if that's what it takes to make poverty history, that's fine, but I just wish they'd be upfront about it.

 

My two cents. 


Barbara 
5/26/05 at 07:11 PM

What is your location? New Zealand

Comments:

Thanks Juliet for that link. Off topic, I know but I think making Aid projects relevant and feasible is really important. I remember years ago when I worked in Kenya a certain western government organised a fish factory up near Lake Rudolph. But electricity suppy was so erratic and at times non-existent that the refrigeration plant was out of action most of the time and so the project collapsed. Sorry, not really AR related, but I am wearing my white band while I type!


Gissing's Girl 
5/26/05 at 04:48 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Sue, yes that is the very picture.


sue 
5/26/05 at 04:41 PM

Comments:

FOB!!!! Iwish!!!


Claudia 
5/26/05 at 04:39 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Thank you for confirming the picture, Susan, CA!   I do hope they will be able to get an American distributor!! 

 

"The only magazine in the world ... celebrating British films & stars"

 

That statement has me chomping at the bit! 

 

FOA...FOB...you lucky gals you!  *grin*

 

 

 


Susan 
5/26/05 at 03:51 PM

What is your location? CA

Comments:
Yes,  that's the picture, though the copy Mr. Doyle e-mailed me is much bigger.  Sensational, actually.  Anyway, he couldn't have been nicer or faster about it.  Says he is looking for a USA distributor, but meanwhile the magazine will be available in a day or two on Amazon-UK for those of us in the former Colonies.

 Terence Doyle, Editor,
 Britishfilm-magazine,
 69 Charlotte Street,
 London W1T 4PJ
http://www.britishfilm-magazine.com
Tel : +44 (O)2O7 636 7455 Mob : +44 (O)788 431O 146
"The only magazine in the world ... celebrating British films & stars"



Kimberly 
5/26/05 at 03:45 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

We are such a well-connected group!  I know a FOA (friend of Alan's)  and Sue is a FOB.   It did look like he emailed you personally, though.....

 

Thank you for sharing!


Juliet 
5/26/05 at 03:44 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

I DO support MPH, but I also have qualms about lining corrupt politicians pockets with our donations. There was a very balanced article (IMHO) in last Saturday's Telegraph which you can see here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;sessionid=COHUZGLKDCSA1QFIQMGSM5OAVCBQWJVC?xml=/news/2005/05/21/npoor21.xml&secureRefresh=true&_requestid=4548

 

The print copy had the click pick of AR.


kathy 
5/26/05 at 03:36 PM

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sue.......I am honored to know an intimate of Bill's does that make you an FOB (as in Clinton days, friend of Bill???)


sue 
5/26/05 at 03:24 PM

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Claudia the first link in Bill's email (see how easy I say that? Just like he only wrote to me!! ) was THIS and the second was THIS

 

I am sure Bill will write to you shortly!!


Claudia 
5/26/05 at 03:22 PM

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Comments:

OHHHHHHHHHH Kimberly!  What a life saver you have been with all this wonderful AR stuff!  Thank you and I can't wait to get the stuff up on the site!  Thank you!!!!!!!

 

 


sue 
5/26/05 at 03:20 PM

Comments:

There is an interview with Victoria Wood in tonight's Evening Standard. She is discussing being interested in making movies:

 

"Is she thinking of turning her her hit TV sitcom, Dinnerladies, into a film, perhaps? "Dinnerladies - the Movie would have been terrible. Sitcoms have a certain feel. What would the plot be? That they've been made redundant and gone on Richard and Judy? I've got other ideas though...."

 

She would love to worrk with Alan Rickman or Judi Dench. "I don't think Judi Dench has ever had a comic film written around her. She would have made a great Mrs.Overall." "


Claudia  
5/26/05 at 03:18 PM

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Comments:

The majority of britbitsandclips.com is back up and running now.  There may be a glitch or two.  I'll be working on them for the next day or so.  If you have any problems, please email me.

 

 


Kimberly 
5/26/05 at 03:18 PM

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Comments:

Claudia:  The package from Tom arrived yesterday.   I will mail your stuff tomorrow. 

 

(Hints: Japan interview, Conan, The View......) I'll email you later with more details.


Claudia 
5/26/05 at 02:54 PM

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Comments:

Laura, thanks for the offer to help but I don't have those two shows.  They will show up in me grubby little hand one day!  LOL  When they do, I might take you up on your offer. 

 

Well, I suppose the fact that you have talked to Bill Nighy was the deciding factor as to who gets an email from him, Sue!  Lucky you.  Where's mine???  Seriously, what are the urls in the mail? 

 

 


sue 
5/26/05 at 02:43 PM

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Sorry, the links obviously didn't copy!
sue 
5/26/05 at 02:42 PM

Comments:

Well I just got to Hotmail and got all excited!! I had an email from Bill Nighy!! I knew he would come to his senses after I chatted to him two years ago!!

But no it was about MPH (oh well a girl can dream!!)

 

"

Hello,

Two days ago something extraordinary happened - the EU agreed to double the aid it gives to the world's poorest nations. By being part of this campaign you have directly helped to make that happen and you should be proud, very proud. It was one small step on the road to truly making poverty history. And here is the next one...

As names go Alan Johnson isn't all that memorable - in fact it's about as unremarkable as they come. But as Britain's new Secretary of State for Trade & Industry, he can play a massive part in really making poverty history for millions and millions of people around the world.

Recently the Government has started to change its position on trade, even including a pledge in its election manifesto to stop bullying poor counties into running their economies the way rich countries like ours want, instead of the way that benefits them.

But we need more than pledges - we need to see action. The Government must continue to change its policies and influence other countries to change theirs.

To stop 30,000 children dying every day of extreme poverty, we need to allow people the right to earn their way out of grinding poverty. And at the moment, so many people just can't.

No one disagrees with trade justice, no one thinks it's a bad idea - it's just that politicians, like Mr Johnson, don't know how many people care about it - and therefore it's simply not as high a priority as it should be.

So we need to show him that you do care. Please l('http://www.ProcessRequest.com/apps/redir.asp?link%3dXcageigbCH,ZdebbijefaDF%26oid%3dUdegbBE%26i clitemid%3dYcdggeeieDH%26tid%3dWhjeidfDG');" target=_blank>click here right now. Imagine how he's going to feel in 24 hours time when tens of thousands of people have emailed him asking him to make trade justice a reality. It's real people power. And it will take you one minute.

Thank you,

Bill Nighy

P.S. Don't forget it is not too late to get your transport booked to get you to Edinburgh for the Make Poverty History Rally on 2nd July. Go l('http://www.ProcessRequest.com/apps/redir.asp?link%3dXcageigaCG,ZdebbijefaDF%26oid%3dUdegbBE%26i clitemid%3dYcdggeeieDH%26tid%3dWhjeidfDG');" target=_blank>here to find out more.


kathy 
5/26/05 at 01:59 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

I love the horse pic and thanks for the redtango link--knew it was a moment not to be missed!

 

I'll add my 2 cents, AB FAB and Fawlty Towers are 2 of my most favorite Britcoms--French and Saunders are the best, but we have Sat. even. Britcoms and they are my favorite night on TV when I have the time to watch.

 

Claudia, many, many thanks for the "public service" announcement .  It is a crime that the Western or "first" world cannot devote some of it's time, energy, money to the devastation happening in Africa.  When I see the debates going on in our Congress about the "stem cell" issue, I always think, what about debating in favor of the children ALREADY born!!  It is criminal that in this day and age a child should die of hunger or disease that could be cured very simply.  The White House has email so it is easy to let them know your wishes.

 

Elaine, would love to see the church banner!

 

Barbara the H. are you out there?  Is all well??

 

I am getting very, very excited about my trip!  It will be fun even if AR leaves town the minute I arrive!!!

My son made me promise to pre-order Harry Potter for him since it will come out while I am gone!  I myself will be scouring Cambridge for a copy since I will not be able to wait until I get home. Sorry, those of you who are not HP fans!

 

 

 

 


Laura  
5/26/05 at 12:50 PM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

Claudia, is your problem lack of time or you don't have the shows? If it's the time, I can help doing clips. My software dislikes doing avi/divx clips but I can do mpeg/wmv and then you only have to resize them as you prefer for your site or for reason of webspace.

I hope my words make sense, anyway, now and in the future, my offer to make clips is always up

Laura


Sabine 
5/26/05 at 09:11 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

sue - thank you for the redtango link!  I was hoping she would do something with that pic! 


sue 
5/26/05 at 08:45 AM

Comments:

Well we knew redtango wouldn't be able to pass on the "Horse Pic", didn't we???


Claudia 
5/26/05 at 08:37 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Ohhh be sure to let us know if the region 2 BC has any extras, Sue.  I checked out the Amazon UK listing and it doesn't list any extras but ya never know! 

 

Rachael unfortunately, Videograms don't play on all computers.  I have been working on getting copies of The View and the Conan interview for ages.  I've had a lot of people, through the years, ask me to post a .wmv version of them.  They are on the top of my wish list so if ever they fall into my hands, I'll post them to the ARDLH site. 

 

Elaine.  I haven't forgotten my promise about the Argentinian pic and article.  I will definitely look for them this evening. 

 

A picture of the church tower would be absolutely lovely!

 

 

 


sue 
5/26/05 at 08:05 AM

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Gissing's Girl - Is this the B&W pic in British Film??

 

 

I noticed that next week's Radio Times an half-page ad for two new dvds. One is a collection of Oscar Wilde and the other Barchester Chronicles. They are due out on the 30th May. My husband ordered one for my birthday when it was due out in April so hopefully it will arrive next week


Susan 
5/26/05 at 01:59 AM

What is your location? CA

Comments:
Gissing's Girl--That's a full page black and white photograph of AR with his hands shading his face? Oh, my. Do you by any chance have access to a scanner?

Dee 
5/25/05 at 11:14 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Sabine -- I knew that banner was at the top of the page, but it never occured to me that it was a clickable link!    DUH!! So sorry that I didn't notice, Claudia! I'll check it out now!

 

 


Sabine 
5/25/05 at 10:46 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Oh, and I totally forgot that Claudia has had a link on the top of this page for ages... 

 


Sabine 
5/25/05 at 10:43 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Dee - we have "Make Poverty History" here in the U.S. as well, I have seen some ads on TV.  If you'd like to find out more, here's the website: http://www.one.org


Rachael  
5/25/05 at 09:24 PM

What is your location? Virginia

Comments:

Sharen I downloaded that before it won't work on my computer for some reason. Ohya I spelled my name wrong there is not pose to be two A at the end there is only pose to be one A at the end. Still thank for trying to help me Sharen.


Dee 
5/25/05 at 09:19 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Kathy -- I love to take requests for my "famous painting" AR wallpapers, and your idea for using Harrison Fishers illustrations was wonderful. Such lovely Victorian prints! But I'm not finding anything on the web with high enough resolution to use. So sorry! If I stumble across something (or if you know where to find it) I'll give it a try!

 

"Make Poverty History" campaign -- Is that strictly a UK project? I've never seen anything in the US about it. Does anyone know?

 

My 22-year-old son is home for a few weeks and just asked if I had any good DVDs to watch.  So...I opened up my "private AR collection". He turned up his nose with S&S, AABA, Mesmer...but thought Dark Harbor looked interesting. *spoiler* I just know that last kissing scene is going to totally freak him out!! Can't wait for him to finish it and give me his review. HA!!


Elaine 
5/25/05 at 08:20 PM

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Juliet, I haven't listened to "The Archers" for a while since the last time I caught up, it was sounding more and more like Eastenders meets Corrie in the country! I used to listen to it and be cheered up but it's going down that very soapy road now unless things have changed in the last month or so.

I always enjoy RotD and love the bits of Clevedon and the pier! We had a caravan near there a few years ago. ET is wonderful in it. AH plays his "usual" I thought, but top quality nevertheless. I like all those Merchant Ivory films and others of that "ilk".

Claudia, I meant to take a picture on the way to work of the church in Nether Stowey. It's got a huge white banner around the church tower with "Make Poverty History" in huge letters. Must do it in the morning if I remember.

No AR news then. You can tell......


Vicki 
5/25/05 at 07:33 PM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

Emily.....thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 

 

The last time I checked (which was, admittedly, several months ago) it wasn't available.  Oh, happy day!  Thanks for the alert and needless to say, I've already placed my order! 

 

This guest book is the greatest!


Emily 
5/25/05 at 06:45 PM

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Vicki, you sure can get Howard's End on region 1. It came out fairly recently, and it has some extras on it. It's one of the (non-AR) movies that I will watch again and again.

 

http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com/dvd.cfm?itemID=HVD001776


Claudia 
5/25/05 at 06:37 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I just got a Dawn French news alert pertaining to Make Poverty History

 

 

Eight Men can Stop the Dying says Lenny Henry

 

EIGHT MEN CAN STOP THE DYING SAYS LENNY HENRY

May 25 2005

TV COMIC IN BATTLE FOR AFRICA

By Rick Fulton

LENNY Henry has witnessed first hand the devastation poverty has wreaked in Africa.

The comedian knows the horror of deprivation in the hospitals of Malawi is repeated across the shattered continent.

He is tired of seeing people pay the price for their poverty with their lives.

And the Red Nose Day frontman believes eight men can bring an end to the heartache.

Lenny will be joining thousands of protesters gathering in Scotland ahead of the G8 summit at Gleneagles.

The leaders of the world's richest nations will meet in Perthshire from July 6 to 8 and the focus will be on Africa.

Lenny said: 'Every three seconds, a child dies because they happen to be born poor. If we changed three things - trade, aid and debt - that scandal would stop.

'If the eight men sitting round the table at the G8 summit think enough people want them to, they can actually do it. Stop the deaths.'

Lenny has been the face of Red Nose Day since it first hit TV screens in 1988.

But this year, viewers saw his laughter turn to tears on a visit to Africa.

He broke down as he watched a child cosy in to her mother. The mum was so weakened by AIDS, she couldn't even return the cuddle He said: 'When you're on and you're doing a film you don't want to cry.

'People cry all the time. But my job is not to cave in.

'My job is to go, 'Look. This is what's happening. This is what it's like. Please help. Please do something.' 'I think it's important and I think people need to see what's going on.

'When people see what's going on, they think, 'This is an outrage - we must do something'.

'For me to be part of a movement that can put those images on television is mind-blowing and I always wanted to thank the British public because they want to do something to change the world.'

Comedy writer Richard Curtis came up with the idea for Comic Relief in 1985.

The charity has since raised Ł337million - and counting.

This year's Red Nose Day raised Ł49million but the final total is expected to reach Ł64million.

Those sums are tiny compared with the monumental debts hanging over Africa's population of around 800million.

The repayments total more than Ł5.5billion a year.

That works out at about Ł7 from every man, woman and child in a continent where most people get by on less than 60p a day.

And it's hard for Africa to repay its debts when the rich countries demand goods cheap.

Lenny's visit to Scotland with wife Dawn French is about changing politics, not emptying pockets.

They will join U2 singer Bono and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof at the peaceful Make Poverty History protest. Lenny said: 'Dawn and I are going there to be part of it -it's going to be a momentous occasion.

'It would be amazing to get Bono, Geldof and myself together. That would be a night and a half.

'Richard Curtis has done a good job already with Bob and Bono about this Make Poverty History campaign.

'These eight men of the G8 can force fair trade and drop the Third World debt.

'This is the 21st century and these things need to change.

'The important thing about Make Poverty History is that it's not asking for money.

'It's asking people to change the heinous crime that's been prevailing for too many years now.

'It's time for Africa to get off its knees and contribute to the world.

'There's so much potential in Africa but there's so much that needs to be sorted out: good political practice, good voting practice, democracy, fair trade, justice, debt - so many things to be done.

'And eight men could sort it out

 

 

Yes, 8 men can stop the dying and I say if they don't take steps to do so.........they need to be EIGHT MEN OUT!!!!!  I can't be in Scotland for the rally but my heart will be there and I'll be wearing my wristband proud! 

 

Between now and then, yall email, snail mail, and call your government representatives and demand they stop the dying at once. 

 

OK...back to our regularly scheduled program.....  ;-)

 

 

 

 

 


Vicki 
5/25/05 at 06:32 PM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

Oh, I loved RotD, but I found the ending so incredibly sad and depressing.  I remember thinking "what a waste of a life".  He dedicated his life to service, that I understand, and did it willingly and to perfection...but he lost out on the one thing that is most important..to love and to be loved.  I've only seen it once but I remember what wonderful performances both ET and AH gave.  I think enough time has passed that I could stand watching it again - now that I know what to expect from the ending. 

 

You know what really makes me angry?  You can't get Howard's End on DVD in region 1.  Why, why, why??????


sue 
5/25/05 at 04:31 PM

Comments:

"Is this a Remains of the Day?" has gone down in folklore in our house. It's what my husband asks when I start watching something like A Girl with a Pearl Earring or any movie where not a lot happens!!

Having said that he did actually enjoy RotD as he is an Anthony Hopkins fan.


sue 
5/25/05 at 04:27 PM

Comments:

And Juliet, nobody ever watches Coronation Streetin Eastenders or vice versa

However they were singing Bill Nighy's praises in The Archers the other week!!


Juliet 
5/25/05 at 03:39 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

That is sad news, Merchant Ivory made some wonderful classic films in the old British tradition. The BBC website makes it sound like he had been ill for some time.


Claudia 
5/25/05 at 03:33 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Oh sad news.  Ismail Merchant has died at the young age of 68.  Merchant is half of the team of Ivory and Merchant who made such great films as A Room With a View, Howard's End, and The Remains of the Day. The last two films being very very good to Emma Thompson, I might add.  What a loss.   

 


Juliet 
5/25/05 at 03:32 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Feeling VERY superior as I haven't had a TV for 25 years! Funny thing is, when I do watch it (in a hotel or at a friends house or whatever) I've nearly always seen the programme before, that's an awful lot of repeats.

The radio is so much better, the only thing I don't understand is why nobody in Ambridge listens to The Archers! LOL!


sue 
5/25/05 at 03:26 PM

Comments:

Well if they are only planning on selling it in Central London then they are missing out on some customers aren't they?


Claudia 
5/25/05 at 03:15 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Thanks for the information Gissing's Girl!  I never got any word from the email I sent inquiring about a subscription but the address you provided is not the same address I mailed to.  Maybe this is the reason. 

 

GG, it seems you might have found a little bug with this guest book program.  I tried several times to fix the email address you provided to no avail.  So I will report this problem and hopefully, WebSiteToolBox will have it fixed shortly.  Their customer service has been top notch thus far so maybe it won't be to long. 

 

 


Gissing's Girl 
5/25/05 at 03:10 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Although that link doesn't work that is  the right e-mail address. It works because he  e-mailed us from Cannes Film Festival and then when he got home the same night. I now have a copy and it is a full page black and white photograph with his face half shaded by his hands.


Gissing's Girl 
5/25/05 at 03:00 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Sue, the magzine is available at Borders if there is one in London. WH Smith are not going to market it. When we e-mailed the publisher he said it was available at Harrods. They answer all e-mails promptly and are very helpful, to the point of offering to give me a copy if I couldn't obtain one elsewhere.

 

E-mail Address(es): postmaster@terencedoyle.demon.co.uk

 

 

 


sue 
5/25/05 at 01:44 PM

Comments:

Just to change the subject to another little moan - I haven't given up on finding that new British Filmmagazine, I looked last week in the Waterloo WHSmiths with no luck. Today I went into Guildford and into the large and shiny WHSmiths. I asked at the enquiries desk and the girl did try to find out about it but the person she asked said they had never heard of it. It won't last long if nobody can buy it will it?? She did say that sometimes new magazines don't come out till their cover month but it doesn't bode well. Maybe they just want subscriptions but I ain't subscribing to anything till I see it!!


Lucia 
5/25/05 at 01:31 PM

What is your location? drying out in my garrett

Comments:

Although I hate the majority of *reality shows* I am hooked on Strictly Dancing.It has been a joy to watch these young people improve their dancing over the weeks. Arlene Phillips does the *bad guy* judge but she knows her stuff as she is a choreographer and a dancer.


Sabine 
5/25/05 at 01:30 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Hmmm.... I'm really not sure why I like American Idol.  I love music, so that may be one aspect of why I like that particular reality show.  I thought that the people who have won so far all had talent and I enjoyed hearing them sing. 

 

But I do agree that there are way too many reality shows on TV.  And I know that some actors who mainly work on TV are really concerned about this because it gets harder and harder to pitch actual TV shows, no matter how good they might be.  That's just sad.  I wonder where this whole thing is headed and what it will do to our culture... 


Laurie 
5/25/05 at 01:21 PM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

Thanks Claudia for the info. It's an addiction I look forward to! LOL. I'm going to have to get another TV though, as my husband is BIG into reality shows and sports programs. Neither interest me.

When I was in England I watched a show one night that was about the top 10 british comedians and it was hilarious!  

 


Vicki 
5/25/05 at 01:20 PM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

Arrgh!...reality shows....I can think of no worse torture.  I am proud to say that I have never watched even one.  The promos are enough to make me gag. 

 

It seems that the last few years, I sit in the evening with remote in hand and just click away and can never find anything decent to watch.  How can there be so many channels to choose from and not one of them is airing anything worthwhile?  I have taken to watching the Discovery Channel, The History Channel, and BBC America occasionally.  I don't mean to sound like a snob or anything but there just isn't anything new that appeals to me anymore (is that the first sign of old age?). 

 

Thank God for some of the syndicated comedies.  We can still enjoy Everybody Loves Raymond and Frasier and every once in a while I'll catch a Seinfeld episode (although, I think I've already seen most all of them).  The rest just seems to be mindless garbage.  Because of this, my DVD collection is growing beyond my shelf space capacity.  I may just be able to open a store soon.

 

Anyway, we all have our likes and dislikes....one thing we can agree on here.  WE LOVE ALAN!!!

 

BTW, thanks for the link to the Ennis-Brown house.  I knew that it looked familiar.  Now I can see why.  I may just go take a tour!  Have a great day everyone! 


AFNH 
5/25/05 at 12:55 PM

Comments:
Reality TV shows drive me nuts too. I reach for the OFF button or another channel as soon as they come on. Can't understand the popularity. I'd rather watch paint dry or put my head in a blender any day!
At college (late 80's, early '90's) I did my dissertation on the Broadcasting Bill and the Future of British Broadcasting. Even then, all things pointed to cheap, easily produced, bottom denominator stuff, and those programmes which were more expensive to produce becoming a rarity. Sad to see it happen.
Laura  
5/25/05 at 12:54 PM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

thank you for the answer , Claudia, I meant the site, the gurst book/forum works fine, luckely I saved before the link to it or I would have had no chance to find it again

I love the pics, thank you everyone for sharing, with articles, news etc!

Laura


Dee 
5/25/05 at 12:49 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

I just can't get into the hard cord "reality shows" either. Honestly, most of them seem to encourage selfish, crude, indecent and cruel behavior -- as if humanity needs THAT! As Alex says in GQ, "It's like throwing gas on a flame." (There! See  I managed to work a touch of AR into that OT rant!)

 

 


Claudia 
5/25/05 at 12:20 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I agree with Sue on the Argentinian pic and article.  I'm sure I have it tucked away in my archives.  I'll check it out and post it later this evening. 

 

 


Claudia 
5/25/05 at 12:18 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Laurie, check out your PBS station.  My PBS affiliate has "Saturday Night Brit Coms" all evening long.  WARNING though, they are very addictive!  LOL  Once you've seen the PBS shows a couple of times....you'll branch out into buying DVDs and then....a multi regional player so you can buy region 2 Britcoms!  And the madness goes on and on!  LOL 

I love all the Britcoms but my favorites are Vicar of Dibley , As Time Goes By, and Waiting on God.  Oh my goodness the list really can go on and on and on.....

 

 


sue 
5/25/05 at 12:14 PM

Comments:

Elaine, I think that is the biggest version of that Argentina pic. It was on an Argentine (tinian?) news page with an interview in Spanish or Portugese which I recall somebody translated somewhere.

I have no problem with the odd bit of dross on tv. What annoys me is that every channel copies each other and do series after series. I watched Changing Rooms the first time round but they just carrried on and on, same with Ground Force. There is a limit (or with me anyway) to the amount of times you want to watch someone in tears pretending that some ghastly tacky make-over is just what they wanted!

I don't know what good scriptwriters are doing for a living these days.


RickiNicki 
5/25/05 at 11:54 AM

Comments:

Sabine: I found out they're showing "American Idol" on tv.

 

I loathe reality tv shows such as Big Brother. And I don't like talkshows. Well here in the UK it's not as bad as in Germany, but in Germany there are a lot of talkshows and court shows on every channel! It's so annoying. But I love British comedy shows, especially Blackadder.


Laurie 
5/25/05 at 11:52 AM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

I'm like you Kathy, I rarely watch TV at night. My husband is big into the reality shows. I would much rather read a book or watch a movie (HBO or DVD).

I have a question. I have heard several of you (who live in the US) talk about watching British TV shows over here.  Where would I find those and which ones would you recommend I watch? I get basic cable but have never run across any.


Elaine 
5/25/05 at 11:51 AM

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sue, totally agree about reality shows. Funny thing is though, that all sorts of people watch these things and you wonder why? All of you who watch "idol", what is the attraction? These programmes just make me cringe. "Celebrity Love Shack" has to be the most gross! And makeover shows as well - except Trinni and Susannah, and "Queer Eye". I have to admit to that one! I started watching the UK version but am now taking in the US one as well because Carlson is just something else! I guess we all have our "guilty secrets" but I think that generally, the TV companies are really dumbing down the schedules. We don't have half as many really good drama series on these days, nor classic sit-coms either which Auntie beeb used to be well known for. It's TV on the cheap!

 

I love that Argie pic which I had not seen before. Does anyone know where there might be a bigger version?


kathy 
5/25/05 at 11:23 AM

What is your location? home

Comments:

In my own defense  AI is the only reality show I watch I rarely watch TV, mostly CNN and PBS and Booknotes on the weekend, but it is a diversion and at least the people have to have some talent,  I do agree that the whole TV scene is pretty sorry, which is why I enjoy the British comedies, etc.  Altho I think everyone's TV selections are getting pretty miserable.

 

I guess we all have our "guilty secrets".  I also agree on the makeover shows. 


Aurora 
5/25/05 at 10:41 AM

What is your location? proofreading late

Comments:
that's "filling our living rooms"' with Idol, Big Brother and its ilk, and formerly, Weakest Link.

Aurora 
5/25/05 at 10:39 AM

Comments:
I, too, am mystified by the interest people seem to find in reality shows.  My secret is that I've never watched a single episode of one.  A couple of times I've tried to watch up to five minutes but was so bored I couldn't bear any more of it.  Everybody can watch and take pleasure in what they want, but I have once again had my cable service stopped and consequently have no TV at home.  (Rural Ohio, not within broadcast range of anything.) For the small amount of good stuff that's available, I can wait till it comes out on DVD at the local video rental shops and--praise the Lord--the public library.  When I look at what you have to pay for, as Bruce Springsteen says, 57 channels and nothing on, I don't think it's worth the money.  And it's getting worse. I think that the cable company, which has a monopoly, is deliberately making the already overpriced basic cable even worse. They want to drive people  into even pricier digital service.  On the other hand, broadband Internet, that's worth the money.  That brings me the BBC and lots of other radio and some TV.  There are clips at a lot of websites.

You Brits and other Europeans have a lot to answer for for exporting this stuff and filling out living rooms with it!  But then some of you were forced to spend your youth watching American TV, so we have apologies to make, too.  LOL

I'm also seriously considering dropping my landline phone.  The cell phone is a lot more useful, and why am I paying for two phone services?





Claudia 
5/25/05 at 10:09 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Oh Sue!  You go Girl! 

 

Sounds like you and I are on the same page with reality and makeover house/garden shows!  I have the full package of cable services and sometimes think about cutting back but then I think about the obscure "The Directors" Anthony Minghella" that was on Encore a while back that had AR in it. Or then you have something like StLM, Warm Springs, or the upcoming Richard Curtis/Bill Nighy HBO film The Girl In The Café and I begin to re-think my letting go of any of the services.  Its a catch 22! 

 

To be fair though.  I suppose not 100% of them are bad though.  I do like the British "What Not To Wear" with Trinny and Susannah and TBS did a funny little reality show called "The Real Gilligan's Island" that I was able watch without falling asleep.  But there are very very few that I can watch. 

 


sue 
5/25/05 at 09:28 AM

Comments:

Sabine, I think that the British did start the Pop Idol thing for which I am deeply sorry!! If anything is guaranteed to get me off on a it is the whole *reality tv* thing: Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity(oh really?)Get Me Out of Here, Celebrity Love Island etc etc ad nauseum. Night after night we scour the channels (and with satellite, that's a lot of channels!) looking for something to watch and more often than not end up turning off or just watching some old classic comedy or movie. How can people watch this tosh? Barely literate attention-seeking people get there "five minutes of fame", are courted by the tabloids turned into D-list 'slebs and then can't cope when they are dropped when some new idiot comes along.

 

Where the *talent* shows are concerned I think it is very sad that someone can go into an audition, be ritually humiliated by some nasty unknown *expert*, then be voted for on a whim by the public. I know some of these people have some talent but what about all the people who have studied and worked their way up through the *real world*. It must be rather galling to see somebody who normally works in the supermarket and enters on a whim getting awarded some large contract or tv special!

Anway, rant over!! (and I haven't even started on make-over and garden shows!!LOL)


Sabine 
5/25/05 at 08:22 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Claudia - don't worry about the server switch!  Take your time! 

 

Dee - maybe I'm a bigger geek than I thought, because my husband and I watch Queer Eye as well...

 

kathy - don't worry, your secret is safe with me! 

 

RickiNicki - I think the original Idol show comes from the U.K. but I'm not sure if they're still showing it there.  Maybe one of our British friends here knows.

 

To make this a somewhat AR related post: I do believe that the writing on AR's shirt is Russian.  So maybe it's the name of a Russian band then?


Claudia 
5/25/05 at 07:50 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Marlina, AR and SW are just very good long time friends.  I can understand why you would think that they are possibly dating.  But you have to remember that they are doing a film together and are a long way from home.  SW is happily married with a, I believe, teenaged or pre-teen daughter.  Hopefully we will see them together in promo interviews for Snow Cake too! 

 

I'm still working on the server switch.  Please have patience with me (I know yall will cause yall are the best there is!). 

 

 

  

 

 


Marlina 
5/25/05 at 07:20 AM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

Well.. i got a strange feeling that Alan is dating with Sigourney Weaver.. 

Can it be?? or it's just my stupid thought?

They seems go out together a lot..


RickiNicki 
5/25/05 at 04:23 AM

Comments:

I just want to pop in and wish a happy birthday to Pam and Peekabooh! Sorry my delay!

                       

 

The new picture of Alan is really nice! But I didn't recognise Sigourny Weaver, she looks so..... different. Ok, I only know her from Galaxy Quest.

 

Sabine, I used to watch the same tv show in Germany, but now I think it's not worth any more. It's always the same. And here in England I don't know if it's on.

 

And welcome back, Juliet! Glad you're ok!

 

There is also a tv alert for the people in the UK:

 

StLM will be shown:

 

Sky Movies 1 - Thursday 23 June, 12.50AM
Sky Movies 7 - Monday 27 June, 8.30PM


Alfan 
5/25/05 at 12:27 AM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

Someone (go bo) on another site (go bo) said that the (go bo) saying on Alan's (go bo) shirt is  in russian, and the same (go bo) one he (go bo) wore in Argentina last year (go bo). Now as far as (go bo) American Idol goes, ah (go bo) who has time (go bo) watch such silliness  (go bo)  on TV. -----------(GO BO)


kathy 
5/24/05 at 11:42 PM

Comments:

Sabine...shhhhh just between you and me I'm a closet Amer Idol fan also! Don't tell anyone I told you, tho!


Dee 
5/24/05 at 10:55 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Oh, Sabine... American Idol? Say it isn't so!  That's okay...How can I hold it against you when I'm a rabid "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" fan! We all have a geeky little TV pleasures! Anyone else care to admit theirs?

 

T-shirt -- At another message board they are furiously discussing the meaning of the shirt. Right now they have it narrowed down to: a band by that name and a potion master inside joke. Personally, I don't think AR likes the Snape character well enough for that. Does anyone know about the band?


Sabine 
5/24/05 at 09:24 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

The Shirt:  Dee, I remembered that shirt from the Argentina picture as well, I just never realized that it had the formula for sulfuric acid on it!  LOL  The letters look Russian though.

 

Totally O/T: I'm excited about the American Idol finale tomorrow!  Yes, I am a geek! 


kathy 
5/24/05 at 09:17 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

The pool was nice tonight............

 

Aurora, I couldn't even afford 1/2 price tickets at those prices!!

 

That is an exceptionally good picture, of AR, too! 

 

My 78 year old mother called me tonight to tell me about a great movie she went to see..........H2G2!  Couldn't wait to tell me about the depressed robot and slartibartfast.  So even older ladies like AR and Bill Nighey

 

 


Dee 
5/24/05 at 08:32 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Juliet -- Glad you're home! I'm sending good thoughts and prayers for your good health and peace of mind!

 

Thanks for sharing that fabulous photo of AR at the horsey circus! An article I once read said that he took riding lessons for the movie QDU and loved it. He looks so happy in this shot I believe he must really like horses!

 

Sue -- Shame on you! Hysterical manipulation!

 

Claudia -- I agree. I'll bet AR's got Blair's stupid new rules in the back of his mind! Someone reported a sighting of him shopping in Toronto -- maybe he was stocking up on hoodies to take home to friends!

 

The mystery t-shirt -- Another site posted this photo of him wearing the same shirt in Argentina last year. It must be a favorite.

 



Alfan 
5/24/05 at 08:13 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

H2SO4-sulfuric acid-----------what else whould a potions master have on thier shirt.........?


Sabine 
5/24/05 at 08:00 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Phew, you guys were busy today!

 

Welcome back, Juliet!  Glad you're feeling better!

 

sue and bunks: thank you so much for the horse picture!  AR seems to be having a blast! 


Sharen 
5/24/05 at 07:14 PM

What is your location? FL

Comments:

Great horse pic! Thanks to bunks for scanning and Sue for spreading the joy.

 

Probably old news, but I happened upon the Ennis-Brown House site which says it was used in Fallen Angels among other films: http://www.ennisbrownhouse.org/film/film_index.html (see 1993)

 

Rachaal, The View is at Suzanne's: http://alanrickman.hypermart.net/guestbook/ar-guestbk.htm  (scroll down to May 7 at 2:05pm).

 


Rachaal  
5/24/05 at 06:46 PM

What is your location? Virginia

Comments:

Hey can anyone give me download of the show The View with Alan, Emma, and another lady talking about The Winter Guest and a few other movies. I had it on the computer and dad bought a new computer and I would like to have it on this computer but I can't remember were I found it. Please will someone help me.

 

 


Aurora 
5/24/05 at 06:05 PM

Comments:
Kathy, they probably stood in line at TKTS in Times Square to get half-price tickets.  That's what I'd do.   Or maybe they're not like me.

kathy 
5/24/05 at 05:31 PM

Comments:

I just checked the ticket prices for Spamalot and I had to pick myself up off the floor----$165.oo for the worst seats nearly 600.00 for the best.  O.M.G.  I definitely am in the wrong business! (or born to the wrong family!)


kathy 
5/24/05 at 05:20 PM

What is your location? almost out the door..........

Comments:

OMG Spamalot is supposed to be great--there was an interview with Tim Curry on NPR awhile ago --fantastic.  It was in Chicago--didn't know it had switched to NY.  That is one play I really would like to see!  I'll bet it is a short flight to NY from toronto.  Doesn't Sigourney live in NY?  Eric Idle wrote the play!

 

Sue--love your sense of humor ........

 

see y'all or as they say here all y'all, I'm going swimming.


AFNH 
5/24/05 at 04:55 PM

Comments:
So -Sky has woken up at last - 'bout time too! Now if only we can wake Auntie Beeb out of her slumber (when she's not on strike, that is!)
AFNH 
5/24/05 at 04:52 PM

Comments:
He certainly seems to be getting around and enjoying himself over there.

Sue - silly mood is catching. I hear the horse say:'And if I move my hoof in a certain direction, he says "Gottle of Geer" without moving his lips!'

Anyone else had trouble getting on Suzanne's GB tonight?
sue 
5/24/05 at 04:42 PM

Comments:
Oh great news! Thanks Claudia
Claudia 
5/24/05 at 04:40 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Another little blurbby from IMDb thanks to Leanne! 

 

For the UK fans:

"Something The Lord Made" will finally be shown on Sky Movies next month. So, if you haven't bought the DVD on import yet, make sure you check it out on Sky.

Sky Movies 1 - Thursday 23 June, 12.50AM
Sky Movies 7 - Monday 27 June, 8.30PM

 

 



Claudia 
5/24/05 at 04:38 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

 I want to see Spamalot sooooo bad! 


Claudia 
5/24/05 at 04:37 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Well well well......it has been reported over at IMDb that AR and Sigourney Weaver were spotted at the Saturday performance of Spamalot.  Here's the post:

 

I was at the Saturday night performance of Spamalot and Alan Rickman was their with Siguorny (ok so i give up b/c i can't spell) Weaver ... are they married? It was weird b/c i didn't know if they were  

 

By looking at the map, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of distance between Toronto and New York City. What do yall think?

 

 


Claudia 
5/24/05 at 04:04 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Orrrrrr he may just be advertising a good drain opener!  *grin*

 

 


martha 
5/24/05 at 03:54 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Huh - well, I sure feel like a hick.  Around here, people wear 'hoodies' to keep their ears from freezing and falling off.

Anyone know why AR has the chemical symbol for Sulfuric acid on his T?  Could it have to do with this mag from CA(lifornia)?

"h2so4 is a magazine.  This is its website.  h2so4 is an experiment in textual alchemy, currently in its 12th year, and dedicated to provoking thought on politics & philosophy, art & love, without thereby giving up the potential to delight, amuse and entertain. In h2so4 you will find the serious & the silly, arcane & mundane, separately or on the same page, each never making excuses for the other.  In the articles and lists on this site you will find a sampling of what appears in our print version. Let us know what you think."

 


Ali-Pat 
5/24/05 at 03:46 PM

What is your location? (secret)

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/APLhome.html

Comments:

Welcome back, Juliet! 

Here's my wish for your swift recovery.

 

And Sue--you are shameless!  Hilarious, but shameless.


Claudia  
5/24/05 at 03:06 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Ohhhh my, Sue!  I am having the laugh of the day thanks to you!  LOL 

 

I just lurv that new piccie!   

 

Did you guys stop to think that maybe AR's wearing the hoodie in protest???  Could be testing his own anti-social behaviour before coming home.  *grin*

 

I did read about the hoodie thing and Bliar on BBC News.  It's unreal the things politicians will do and say when trying to save their own skin! 

 

Laura, if your talking about britbitsandclips.com, I am in the midst of changing servers so the site may be up and down over the course of the next couple of days.  I'm working hard at getting things ironed out as fast as I can. 

 

If you are talking about this guest book, there should be no problems here at all.  If you are experiencing problems, email me with what is happening and I will get with WebSiteToolBox about it. 

 

Don't worry BlueBeatBabe, I'll fix the hiccups as soon as I can. 

 

Everyone I owe mail too, please be patient with me.  Once I get the sites switched over to the new servers, I will be able to concentrate on getting caught up on mail. 

 

I'm sorry everyone.  It couldn't be helped.   

 

 

 

 

 

 


sue 
5/24/05 at 02:25 PM

Comments:

 I'm in a silly mood this evening!!

 


Laura  
5/24/05 at 02:15 PM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

Hello Juliet!

 

Is it just me or the site is down? I keep refreshing but I get a blank page :-(

Laura


Bluebeatbabe 
5/24/05 at 02:10 PM

What is your location? Sheffield UK

Comments:

It hicced again...

Bluebeatbbabe


Marlina 
5/24/05 at 02:09 PM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

Wow.. it's already 1 o'clock now.. must go to sleep

Thanks for all the information though

 

Okay.. from my country.. GOOD NIGHT oops.. i mean GOOD MORNING


Bluebeatbabe 
5/24/05 at 02:07 PM

What is your location? Sheffield UK

Comments:

Hey Sue,

 

I did nothing - it just appeared , honest,  and I thought it was only one post !  The system seems to have gone haywire...somewhere, but not in Sheffield !

 

Hiccoughs, indeed... hic, hic, hic,

ALAN RICKMAN.. ALAN RICKMAN...ALAN RICKMAN... will that do?

Bluebeatbabe


Marlina 
5/24/05 at 02:05 PM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

I see.. wonder Alan gonna learn some trick there


AFNH 
5/24/05 at 02:03 PM

Comments:
Elaine - they're probably immune. They'll also be sent on holiday as part of their "rehabilitation" and kick the s**t out of some unsuspecting seaside town (usually mine!)
Bluebeatbabe 
5/24/05 at 02:01 PM

What is your location? Sheffield, UK

Comments:

Hi Marlina,

The lady next to Alan is called Megali Delgado and she is part of the troupe who perform this show.

I must say Alan looks great- remarkably relaxed. I like his T-Shirt, he looks very fresh-faced and nowhere near his 59 years !

Mind you , I like the more mature man. There's only one way to describe Alan and that's 'FIT'.

I'm pleased he's getting some R/R time-off, he certainly looks GOOD on it !!!

Best Wishes Juliet- wishing you a speedy recovery.

 

Bluebeatbabe ( previous post had a will of its' own ! Sorry)

 


Elaine 
5/24/05 at 01:57 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

I keep wondering where all these people on ASBOs are going to go? What are they ging to do if they can't kick the s**t out of the potted plants in the shopping mall gardens? I actually think they all go to Butlins and then rampage down the road outside our hospital at 3 am. Why can't they get the Norwalk virus like the rest of the "inmates"?

I love those headlines!

Sue, "The Virginian" was my absolute favourite! What was the guy's name? US TV series were so much better than ours then - except for Dr Who!


sue 
5/24/05 at 01:54 PM

Comments:

Looks like hiccoughs in Sheffield!!


AFNH 
5/24/05 at 01:49 PM

Comments:
Marlina - horse-whisperers are those people who seem to have very good communication with horses and horses seem to understand them, and follow orders/instructions - hope that helps!
sue 
5/24/05 at 01:47 PM

Comments:

It's a method of training horses apparently. You don't whip or shout at them but sort of get them to follow you!LOL

There is a Robert Redford film called The Horse Whisperer where the character retrains a highly damaged horse after a terrible raod accident. Being a Robert Redford film of course he also falls in love with Kristin Scott-Thomas


AFNH 
5/24/05 at 01:45 PM

Comments:
Vicki - basically since Blair got re-elected he's on his high horse about law and order and "respect". Everyone who wears a hoodie top is now a potential thug/psychopath/binge drinker. ASBOs (Anti-Social Behaviour Orders) are being handed out left right and centre to these anti-social sorts.

Shopping centres are now getting in on the act, with Bluewater in Kent banning anyone wearing a hoodie, as security cameras are less able to identify those wearing them. Other shopping centres are looking at doing the same.

One day back from Toronto and the headlines would be Film Star Rickman In ASBO Shocker, alongside a pic of the Man looking stunned coming out of the shop clutching his organic bananas, surrounded by armed police. You have been warned.....
sue 
5/24/05 at 01:44 PM

Comments:
Just don't got go to Bluewater Aurora!!
Marlina 
5/24/05 at 01:43 PM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

I'm sorry to sound stupid.. but what's horse whisperer?


sue 
5/24/05 at 01:40 PM

What is your location? Why can't you talk normally to a horse anyway??

Comments:

Marlina,it says under the pic. She is one of the horse-whisperers!!


Aurora 
5/24/05 at 01:38 PM

Comments:
Hmm. I was planning to pack a hooded sweatshirt. Guess I'll leave it at home. I googled asbo: Anti-Social Behavior Order ? So hoodie=gangsta? Don't you have to add baggy pants to it? And a gold chain or two?   I def stick to central London for the tropical climate.

Marlina 
5/24/05 at 01:38 PM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:
He looks So happy.. does any body know who's the black lady beside him?
sue 
5/24/05 at 01:36 PM

Comments:
Bluewater, one of  our largest shopping centres in Kent has banned people from wearing hoodies. Lots of other shopping centres have followed suit. Mr.Blair is very keen to crack down on teen crime at the moment.
AFNH 
5/24/05 at 01:36 PM

Comments:
And he'd never get anywhere near an organic banana again.....
Vicki 
5/24/05 at 01:32 PM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

O.K., you Brits.  Can you fill us in on the joke?  What did Blair do this time?...and how does it apply to our beloved potions master?


sue 
5/24/05 at 01:27 PM

Comments:

Quote:
he'd be banned from every shopping centre in the UK - he'd be gutted

Yes, picture the scene in an upmarket Notting Hill Patisserie:"I am sorry sir, we can't serve you wearing that, no matter how many buns you want!"


AFNH 
5/24/05 at 01:19 PM

What is your location? Four seasons in one day.....

Comments:
Talking of weather, we had thunder and hailstones last week. What happened to Spring?
AFNH 
5/24/05 at 01:16 PM

Comments:
Great to see you back, Juliet - take it easy!

Sue, never mind the ASBO - he'd be banned from every shopping centre in the UK - he'd be gutted!
sue 
5/24/05 at 12:34 PM

Comments:

Aurora, I think they must be talking Central London! Our top temp today was about 15C. We are 40 miles South of London and quite high up for Southern England. Our temps are generally 3 or 4 degrees lower than London. It's funny I was brought up with Fahrenheit but over here they use only Centigrade now on the forecasts. I never really know exactly what the equivalents are. i just know once they start talking 21C or above that it is getting pleasant


sue 
5/24/05 at 12:26 PM

Comments:

Yeah Friday night was Mr.Ed night when I was a kid!LOL I was brought up on all the American crap you  used to send over!!(we didn't have anything decent of our own) - I Love Lucy, My Three Sons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and not forgetting all those wonderful Westerns -  Champion the Wonder Horse, Rin Tin Tim, The Lone Ranger, GunSmoke, Laramie, The Rifleman, and of course later on my favourite The Virginian. My mother and I used to shout at the screen whenever there was any lurve interest for the Virginian, cos we knew the poor woman would either be dead or bereft by the end of the episode. I don't think the poor guy ever got his oats!

 

Well enough of the trip down memory drain. I hope someone gets word to Alan that he won't be welcome back in the country whilst wearing his hoodie. Mr.Blair will slap an ASBO on him before he can turn round!


Daydreamer 
5/24/05 at 12:20 PM

Comments:
Sabine: "Matlock" and "Murder She Wrote" were my favourite show here too. I was a big fan of all detective series when I was younger (well, and still am)

sue: What a pretty picture! Thanx also to bunks for scanning it. Alan looks like he is really enjoying his free time in Toronto.
Aurora  
5/24/05 at 12:15 PM

Comments:
 Juliet, welcome back!  Glad to hear you're in good spirits. 

Sue and Elaine, scientific comparison according to Yahoo:  
High temperatures here today through Saturday: 57degrees, 65, 67, 68, 63, rain 3 days out of 5.  London:  today through Saturday 64 degrees, 71, 72,  81, 70, rain one day out of 5 (today).  OK, 6-10 day forecast for next week is in 60s, mostly rainy, about the same both places. For those who measure in Celsius, 68F=20C, 65F=18C, 70F=21C mas o menos.  T-shirt?  Short sleeves?  These are words with which I am not familiar.

Awww, looks like AR is an animal lover.  He's petting the nice horsey.

Elaine 
5/24/05 at 11:53 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Sue, you are right, that pic soooooo needs a caption!

 

Juliet, welcome back. I'm sure you will make a full recovery. I have lots of friends who have!

 

Aurora, I second Sue's comment about the weather here. It's a bit nippy at the moment and we keep getting blustery rain. Last night I thought the hospital roof was going to be torn off, the wind was so bad! However, when we do get good weather, there is nowhere nicer!


Vicki 
5/24/05 at 11:51 AM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

Oh, Sue!  Thanks for the great picture!  He looks really happy and relaxed in the picture.  That's a great shot. 

 

Juliet - so happy to hear you are home and recovering.  Rest up and spend lots of time watching AR films. 

 

Pam & Peekabooh - happy belated birthdays to you both.  That TMD find was truly a result of good karma!

 

Daydreamer - your English is perfect.

 

Kimberly - thanks for sharing all the inside scoop from your friend.  Does he/she realize how happy he has made all us ladies?  I would believe that AR doesn't own a computer or want to use the internet...but I would also agree that Rima probably does, just because of her work.  I think someone who is a celebrity and has had some not-so-pleasant experiences with the media (print journalists/television) would not be real anxious to expose themselves to yet another form of intense, microscopic, scrutinization from a new technology.  I'm sure he is curious about it (the internet) being the intelligent person he seems to be, but rather than have it invade his personal sanctuary, he relies on trusted friends and family to be his buffer should he have a need to ever make use of cyberspace.  Not unlike hiring a driver.   Pure speculation, mind you...but it would make sense.

 

Dee - I believe that men do still celebrate women with big cabooses.  It's just the media that doesn't.  Love the new wallpaper!

 

Kathy - A fan get-together sounds fun.  I have had the pleasure of two fan get-togethers for my other obsession...the 80's television show Moonlighting.  Both times we had a blast.  We are currently planning a big, all-night party here in L.A. at a fan's house to celebrate the release of seasons 1 and 2 on DVD the first weekend in June.  We will be screening the DVD, and having lots of laughs.  We even have one fan flying in from Philadelphia.  So, maybe with enough notice, we could make a get-together for AR fans work!  I might be up for it!


kathy 
5/24/05 at 11:49 AM

Comments:

Welcome back Juliet--get well soon we missed you!!


kathy 
5/24/05 at 11:45 AM

What is your location? awake, maybe

Comments:

Sue,

Thanks for the pic with AR and the horse it's great!  Did you guys get Mr. Ed in England also???  Shades of my childhood.


Claudia 
5/24/05 at 11:40 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

YES!  Thank YOU Sue and bunks for the new piccie! 

 

Well it would seem that he likes horses.  Maybe more than he likes cats, I suppose.  LOL

 

 


Peekabooh 
5/24/05 at 11:31 AM

What is your location? the Netherlands

Comments:
Thanks everyone for all the birthday wishes, you girls are the best!

Welcome back Juliet!

Kathy a meet-up is a great idea, I´d love to see you all.

Sue, thanks for "borrowing" that picture. I bet we´ll get overloaded with new icons and wallpapers (hint, hint).


sue 
5/24/05 at 11:07 AM

Comments:

Bunks just put the Toronto star pic up on Suz's.  So Naturally i borrowed it!!

 

 

Is it just me or is this picture just crying out for captions? Mr.Ed anyone?


Laurie 
5/24/05 at 10:14 AM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

Sue, when I was in England the weather reminded me a lot of Vermont weather. I think anyone else from New England could probably say the same. 

 

So AR is going to New York after he's finished in Canada. Do you think he might drive instead of fly and travel down through Vermont for the scenic tour?  Probably not, but a girl can dream can't she?


Claudia 
5/24/05 at 10:13 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

 

 

 

There just aren't enough happy icons to express what I want to say!!!   Welcome back, Juliet!!!!  I am soooo glad to see you back!  Take it easy and don't over do.

 

A meeting in Atlanta sounds like a party I can't miss!  Time to party hardy!!!!

 

Hmmmm, The Coward?  Its a nice idea but why not The Noel or The Noel Coward???

 

Hey everyone!  I am in the process of changing over BritBitsandClips.com to a new server and I am told that the site might be up and down for the next couple of days.  This guest book is safe and is not being moved so if you access it from the url, then your OK.  If you usually access it from Britbitsandclips.com, you need to bookmark the guest book at least for a day or two. 

 

 


sue 
5/24/05 at 10:00 AM

Comments:

JULIETWELCOME "HOME"


Juliet 
5/24/05 at 09:57 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Cooeey!! Did you miss me?LOL. Back from my trip doing missionary work on Ward 3 at HRI, one new recruit - Monika, the anaesthetist (spellcheck?) from Poland.

Thanks for all your good wishes, still a bit sore, so can't actually wear my bra and chicken fillet, so definitely a fully paid up member of the lob-sided chest brigade at the moment. Back to the specialist on Friday to see if I need any more treatment, not slytherin, not slytherin, not chemo...

But you do get through it, so anyone on here suspecting a lump, GET TO THE DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY!!

Glad to read someone else wouldn't let their offspring have a mobile phone until 14, my elder sproglet was threatening to report me to Childline. So we bought him one for Christmas with a camera and all the trimmings, he plays games, takes pix, texts, don't think he has ever, actually, taken/made a phone call with it! My guess is AR is of the opinion that technology is a tool, not a master. Wouldn't argue with that.

 


sue 
5/24/05 at 09:44 AM

Comments:

Don't want to disappoint you Aurora but the weather in Britian (in the SE anyway) has been pretty grotty for ages. We have had one day this year so far that I have gone out with just a t-shirt (yeah, yeah and jeans!) and that was weeks ago. We haven't had a lot of rain until this week when it has been very wet and windy however they forecast a change on Friday and 25C(77F). It gets like that every year you shiver and shiver then it get's hot over 24 hrs and nobody can cope with it! Still we Brits do love to talk about the weather.

 

Anybody who has happy memories of queuing for the Ladies loo at The Albery during Private Lives may like to know that the Albery is going to close and be made-over and re-open next year with a new name - The Coward after Noel. The Strand is also being made-over to become The Novello. Further details here.

 

 


Ali-Pat (third try!) 
5/24/05 at 08:42 AM

What is your location? right where I belong

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/APLhome.html

Comments:

I love the idea of an Atlanta meeting!  Very do-able for me.  I still miss the days of Private Lives on Broadway where people were meeting up on a daily basis.  Let's hope that happens again one day!


Aurora 
5/24/05 at 08:00 AM

What is your location? cold, wet Ohio

Comments:

Belated Happy Happy, Pam and Peekabooh!  Kathy, hard to imagine giving up Santa Cruz for August in AR.  That's loyalty.

Alba, you must have good karma.  I make plans to come to London, and the man leaves town.   But I've found yet another reason to go to London anyway.  The weather's better there.  Honestly, I've started checking the London weather on yahoo, and it's been consistently warmer and less rainy than it is here. 

Somebody should alert the London tourist bureau. Perhaps they haven't thought to promote England's lovely climate.</>


Marlina 
5/24/05 at 07:52 AM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

Thank you AFNH

It went well.. i guess i got 25 or more from total 30 multiple choice

And i'm going to have Biology Exams the day after tomorrow ^^

 

oh, and Happy Birthday to Pam and Peekaboh..

 

And by the way.. 


martha 
5/24/05 at 06:58 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Tina - thanks, I have heard of that.  Unfortunately, neither my sister's nor my ascent computers support that technology.  She's the only one I'd use it with and she usually has free minutes she has to use up anyway.  She does have a cell phone - in fact, I was after her to get one for a long time.  Anyone who has to drive an hour to the store - through empty country - in an old car - with a small child - should have a means of calling for help.  Now the car is newer, the kid is older, but she still lives on the back side of beyond.  If I lived there, I'd have a cell phone, too.


Tina  
5/24/05 at 06:00 AM

What is your location? uk

Comments:

O/T for Martha ....are you aware of the Internet phone i use it, its free as long as its from computer to computer ....all you need is a microphone as do the other people you wish to talk too.

 

i have used it for 6 months. if you are interested email me or anyone else interested, ill give you the link and will help you set it up

 

then you can talk to your friends and family

 

just a thought hugs Tina


martha 
5/24/05 at 05:45 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Dobby was computer generated.  Dan R and a big red ball on a stick to use as a focal point for acting to.  I think he did a darned good job for a kid acting against an object instead of another actor.


Tina  
5/24/05 at 05:41 AM

What is your location? cardiff uk

Comments:

just popped in to say  hi to you all
claudia
Custom Smiley
 
this site is great

hugs Tina


Emily 
5/24/05 at 12:46 AM

Comments:

For JKR's answer, go to her site http://www.jkrowling.com/en   click on the pile of paper clips in the upper right-ish area of her desk. That will assemble into a question mark and bring up the FAQ section. Click on the envelop on the right marked "About the Books". Stuff on her desk will rearrange -- click on the piece of paper just visible under the left hand page of the notebook, and that will come to the foreground and on it is a "Poll" section. Click on that for the answer about Neville. Her answer is too long and interesting to paraphrase here.

 

I thought Dobby was computer generated, but I could be wrong.


kathy 
5/24/05 at 12:02 AM

What is your location? arkansas

Comments:

I know not everyone here is a Harry Potter fan, but if you would indulge me in a couple of quick questions.........

 

Is Dobie in #2 book/movie computer generated or a muppet-type creature?

 

What was the answer to the poll question JK Rowling gave about Neville? (can't find it)

 

Thanks

 


Pam 
5/23/05 at 10:35 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

Comments:
Thanks to everyone that wished me a Happy Birthday today! My husband brought me home some pretty flowers and as I was helping sort/tag for the church yard sale tonight, guess what I found that made it even better?? A vhs of Truly Madly Deeply!!! I couldnt believe it-the one I didnt own--I was able to purchase it early so that was an extra great find for my birthday!

Peekabooh-hope your birthday was a good one too and also t everyone else out there that is celebrating! Happy Birthday-Pam


Sabine 
5/23/05 at 09:55 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

kathy - what a great idea about the get-together!  That would be so much fun!  Maybe we can make it a reality... 

 

Daydreamer - since English is not my native language either, I can relate to it when you say that you sometimes can't "feel" the words.  I think your English is great though!  And I love the international flair of this GB!  BTW, watching TV helped me tremendously when I first moved to the U.S.  My favorite shows back then where "Matlock" and "Murder She Wrote." 


Daydreamer 
5/23/05 at 09:07 PM

Comments:
Dee: This new famous painting wallpaper is really lovely!

Kimberly: I'm happy, that my english is not that bad. (Although I still think it is). Sometimes it's very difficult for me to express myself, cause - maybe this will sound weird - I can't "feel" the words. Cause there are sometimes a lot words and lot of ways to say something - and if I only translate what I want to tell word by word it could sound different as I meant it.
I can see the difference in the level of my english, when I compare it to my german. I learn german only 4 years longer then english, but we have also german TV here and I can say, that it helps a lot - cause you can hear, where which word or phrase is used.
Well, and the fact, that I'm not gifted speaker even in my own language makes it only worser when I'm trying to say something in english.
That's why I'm also thankfull for the smilies.

martha 
5/23/05 at 07:34 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Dee - Beautiful job!  Your "blue" one is my wallpaper at work.  I think I'll change it tomorrow.

 

AFNH - thanks for the lovely work on the pics!

 

Happy Birthday Everybody's who's having one!  (I am so bad about birthdays - I tend to forget my own...)


kathy 
5/23/05 at 07:29 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

Dee--- love your wallpaper--if you ever have time or the desire, Harrison Fisher has some really sweet drawings of couples around the turn of the century.  If you want I can e-mail you a couple.  AR would be adorable in one!!


Elaine 
5/23/05 at 06:52 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Happy Birthday to Pam & Peekabooh! Hope it was a good one.

 

Hey, great idea, Kathy! Make it far enough ahead and I'll start saving right now! I would love to meet up with everyone.

 

I think AR uses a specific car/taxi firm for getting around London, (or at least someone does.) I've seen him get into a silver Mercedes twice now when leaving events and both drivers seemed to know him quite well.  So remember to peer into all of them in London, you never know who you might see! (Wonder if they have any jobs going???)

 

I do use a mobile phone and have had one for donkeys years but mainly because when my son was younger, and I was on my own, I felt safer having some kind of way to contact people if I had a problem, and vice versa. But I often have it on silent because it irritates me when people answer their phone in the middle of a conversation, or worse, in the theatre/ cinema. It is so rude! People can leave a message if they are desparate to talk to me. My son has a phone too but I would not let him have one until he ws 14. I hate seeing little kids with them. Apart from not really knowing what the radio waves do to your brain, as martha said, do they know what they are missing? Jamie is pretty good. He hardly ever has his on, which can be a pain when I'm trying to see if he has arrived safely at friends etc. He talks to his frinds on the Internet! (It's free!) The government have finally brought in the law that is supposed to stop drivers using their phones whilst driving but they still do it. You can always tell because they weave all over the road. Why aren't people more considerate? But I reckon AR has one, but probably just to keep in touch with Rima! I'm pretty sure she would probably have a laptop, too. After all, she was a lecturer. He knows about ebay, too!

 

I think the New York trip has to be a good bet for him setting up MNiRC somewhere. I hope so, for you guys in the US. I bet he does a talk show! How I wish he would do one here!!!


AFNH 
5/23/05 at 06:37 PM

What is your location? Making a mental note to read the GB more often!!!

Comments:
Oh crikey, Dee, just realised, I think I missed your Birthday. Really hope it was a good 'un.
AFNH 
5/23/05 at 06:20 PM

Comments:
Nice one - Dee. Love Tissot's work, and that pic of AR fits in well. You'll have to start the Alan Rickman International Gallery! (Where to base it, though!)
AFNH 
5/23/05 at 06:17 PM

Comments:
Gah - spent the evening doing my least favourite chore - ironing. At least the pile is less Everest now, more like Ben Nevis!

Kimberly - thanks for all those little tidbits - wonderful. Where on Earth did you manage to find a friend like that? ROTFL!

Marlina - Physics exam? Rather you than me! Hope it went well!

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Happy Birthday to Peekabooh and Pam. Hope you've both had good ones.

I've finished another couple of watermarked photos, here's one taken during the time of Mesmer and another from the PoA New York premiere.
Dee 
5/23/05 at 06:11 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Kathy -- I'm up for a gathering in Atlanta! My brother lives there, so it would be a wonderful excuse for a visit!

 

I'm sharing my newest "famous painting" AR wallpaper. This is by James Tissot - "The Gallery of HMS Calcutta".  I love the shape of Tissot's women! I wish men still celebrated a woman with a big caboose!

 



Laurie 
5/23/05 at 05:00 PM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

Kathy, what a great idea! I would love to meet up with all you AR fans. Like I said before, it's great coming to this GB because I don't know anyone else in my area (Vermont's a pretty small place) that knows who AR is, let alone is a fan.

 

Thanks Kimberly for the report. I feel better now knowing that AR is not ill.  

 

Thanks everyone for the pictures/wallpapers and links. I'm still not that good with surfing/finding stuff on the web and I don't know if I'll ever be able to create lovely wallpapers like you girls do.   

 

Here's a toast to all of the birthday girls.

Have a great one!


kathy 
5/23/05 at 04:20 PM

Comments:

I had a thought--I wonder if we planned it like a year in advance if we could plan a get together in Atlanta?  It is a major hub for international flights and for national flights.  And our Claudia and Sabine live there--(or there abouts) I could actually drive there!

 

Just a thought--they have fire water there, we could toast AR in person!!!


kathy 
5/23/05 at 04:13 PM

What is your location? arkansas

Comments:

Kimberley--

I wouldn't visit me in Ark. especially in August.  The first summer we lived here I thought I'd die.  It was 111 degrees and the plastic nurses equipt. I had with me (I was a visiting nurse)  was melting in my car.  For that I left Santa Cruz CA and the ocean breezes!  Kim, you pick a spot I'll meet you half way!!!    Unless AR is in a movie about Bill Clinton I can't ever imagine him coming to Ark. "Black hole of culture"

 

I get home from the UK Aug 2 and I told my family before you pick me up at the airport make sure the airconditioning is going full blast in my house!!!


Alba 
5/23/05 at 04:07 PM

What is your location? Madrid

Comments:
Wow, that was a fun catch-up session. Thanks to everyone -especially Kimberly this time- for all the tidbits. Hee hee...I'll be in New York end of June/beginning of July, Barcelona in August/September and London in September/October. Coincidence or am I becoming a stalker without realizing it????
Kimberly 
5/23/05 at 03:54 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Daydreamer: Your posts are always understandable. So, don't worry about that. And, I wouldn't blame you for being a little disbelieving.  I am, after all, reporting second-hand info.  I've never met Alan Rickman myself. I know as much about him as everyone else in the 'fan world.' 

 

Also, I am very hard to offend.


Kimberly 
5/23/05 at 03:51 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Thank you all for the great comments! I love this GB because I know I'll always find intelligent commentary. You ladies are wonderful and perhaps someday I can meet some of you.  I'd love to visit Martha and her roses in Maine.....take in a show in London with with Michelle, Sue, Elaine, and.... (my aging brain is faltering here).  I think I'll pass on visiting Kathy in Arkansas (*LOL* too many memories of hot, humid vacations in August seeing one dusty road after the other. *LOL*).  But, hey, I'd visit Kathy just about anywhere else! *LOL* I remember as a kid dreading the words "We will be going to Arkansas for a week in August." NOOOOOOO......   I just want to meet everyone:  Claudia, Sabine, Ali-Pat, ........... However, since the chance of this happening is not likely, I am ever thankful to Claudia for this little "gateway to the universe."

 

At any rate, I'm glad you enjoyed my little AR tidbits.  I had qualms about posting any of it, because I know how I am when other people post personal info about AR. I am a huge skeptic when it comes to that kind of stuff. In fact, I practically forced my friend to submit to a lie detector before I would believe any of their information.

 

Like many of you, I still believe AR has to use a cell sometimes, regardless of what 'friend' says.

 

Alfan: If I can find it, I have a photo of Alan walking down a street in London (not from LA) talking on a cell.  It is a 'papparazzi' shot.

 


Alfan 
5/23/05 at 03:41 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

You know i always found that really strange,,,,but understandable. That he doesnt drive in London but will drive in La. Now being from little buchktahootieeville up here in Canada i can tell you my first experience driving in the big city was in Las Vegas, then Pheonix, then i drove in LA. And it was scary all three times but i have done it now and am completly at home in 6-7 lane traffic. In regards to the other story, i too am not saying i dont beleive her, hell i wish i were her a hundred times over. My apologies if i sounded rude but i dont know how the film industry works and i didnt know he had an assigned car. It was just a question i had, thats all. Sorry if i offended anyone, not my intention.


Daydreamer 
5/23/05 at 03:33 PM

Comments:
Oh, I'm sorry, if it sounded like I didn't believe Kimberly. I do! Really. (sorry if from something I wrote came the expression, that I don't - my english is simply not so good, that's also because I try to avoid longer post - to avoid misunderstandings).

Michelle 
5/23/05 at 03:11 PM

What is your location? England

Comments:

Kimberley- I never doubted you or your friend for a moment. I'm glad he is surrounded by such loyalty.


Daydreamer 
5/23/05 at 02:59 PM

Comments:
Alfan:
There was also a messageboard attached to that article (I mean the one fan's trip). But as I see, there it is no more - maybe it expirated or something. But I found this page already a looong time ago and I read through the whole messageboard. The girl explained, that she didn't meant, that the car "belonged" to Alan. It was a car sent to him (though I don't remember anymore if the car was sent from studio or he "ordered" /can not find a better word for it right now/ the car). She also wrote what type of car it was - but I don't remeber it either. (pitty, that the messageboard is no more there... she answerd also few other questions).
And the picture that was taken away also, was the picture that went arround the net (with Alan, Garry Oldman in him PoA costume and the fans) - but it had to be taken away, because it was not allowed, that somebody sees Garry's costume so soon.
Well I'm not telling that I believe her and I'm not telling that I don't - I don't know her, so I can't tell. But I think, it is an interesting story and after I read what Kimberly wrote - that Alan redecorated his flat... (well, I don't know how often Alan redecorates his falt) but this fan's trip could be true.
Carol 
5/23/05 at 02:57 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Alfan, from what I have read (from production call sheets from the HP movies), AR does indeed have a driver assigned by the studio during production, as do each of the principal cast members.  I don't know what this means in terms of the accuracy of the fan report in question, but the part about the driver is apparently accurate.

 


Alfan 
5/23/05 at 02:26 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

I have read that fan report about the fan touring Alan's house and i just had one question then and it still phases me. If Alan took them to the set in his car ( and he admits he doesnt drive in London) then who drove back when he fell asleep? I dont think the guy has a personal driver, he is to humble for that i think. Not saying i dont believe the story but.................if its true, then good for her, she has had an experience that we all wish we had.


Dee 
5/23/05 at 02:10 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Alfan - Thanks goodness...you had me really worried!

 

Daydreamer -- I've never read that story before! wOw! What an incredible experience! And he fell asleep on her shoulder??!!Why don't things like that ever happen to me... So, the man likes Art Deco! Clean, sleek stylish...just like he is!

 

I just love all these little snippets about him. Thanks Kimberly for sharing your friend's reports!

 

Happy birthday Pam and Peekaboo!!


Alfan 
5/23/05 at 12:07 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

No worries guys, no quoting Hugh Grant, KFK or anyone else. Im stricktly an Alaholic.


kathy 
5/23/05 at 11:53 AM

What is your location? arkansas

Comments:

Hey all---

 

Claudia, I would agree with you that AR is probably not as Tech challenged as we think--I imagine the CGI stuff would appeal to the artist in him and allow designing in a different medium.  It allowed him to create the environment in TWG and I think if it is important to him he learns it.  I'll bet that side of computers even appeals to him.

 

I thought it was just here in Ark, that people have grown cell phones out of their ears.  .  I drives me crazy too, to see people who can't go 2 seconds without talking on one.  I too love my email, I also love my computer and have withdrawals if I can't get to it! It is absolutely imperative for school.  Professors won't accept papers that aren't typed.  Fortunately the school library has lots for students to use. 

 

In AR's position it is probably easier for him to go without a computer as he has secretaries, assistants etc, whom I am sure have computers, it is also a way for him to distance himself from all the craziness that must surround him sometimes.  I'll bet Rima has one tho!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAM AND PEEK!!!

 

Did I miss something?  AR is going to NY?  I wonder if there are things in the works for Rachel Corrie?

 

I hope I didn't sound snippy in my last post, I didn't mean too.  I really do appreciate all the little AR tidbits that you share Kim--just didn't want to intrude on his privacy, like we have all said.

 

 


Lucia 
5/23/05 at 11:23 AM

What is your location? OOP N orth

Comments:

Get better soon Sue!!!

 

Happy Birthday to Pam and Peekaboo


Peekabooh 
5/23/05 at 11:17 AM

What is your location? the Netherlands

Comments:
Wow, what a lovely way to celebrate my birthday! Thanks for all the birthday wishes  everyone. Natasxxx, that is a lovely wallpaper, you rock. Claudia, I do hope my AR wishes come true..... (na, I´m not gonna tell ya).

PAM, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! I´m gonna raise a glass of wine and drink to you girl.


Natasxxx 
5/23/05 at 10:59 AM

What is your location? Twente

Comments:

I've made this wallpaper!!!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PEEK & PAM!!!!!!!!!!

 


Natasxxx 
5/23/05 at 10:58 AM

What is your location? Twente

Comments:

Especially 4 the 2 BIRTHDAY_LADIES


Claudia 
5/23/05 at 10:42 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I am still working on the interview I spoke about earlier. But I did find this that was quite interesting. 

 

Cold Comfort

 

Cynthia Wisehart

Jan 1, 1998 12:00 PM

The real-time processing of the Quantel Domino, coupled with the reliably bleak Scottish weather, helped maximize the central effect in The Winter Guest, says visual effects supervisor Steve Rundell, who froze the North Sea for actor Alan Rickman's directorial debut. The plot-mandated effect, which provides the backdrop for much of the film, was created in the Domino on location along the shores of Scotland's Firth of Forth.

"It's a very emotional story, so the director wanted to avoid blue screen," Rundell says, "He wanted the actors to be working in the environment." For some of the 70-plus shots, traditional digital matte techniques were sufficient. "Because the sun was always at 40 degrees, the sea was always backlit," explains Rundell, who runs Hollywood-based effects company D*Rez. "The scene was very monochromatic-the sea was almost always gray so it was very flat. It was relatively simple to pull mattes." To create snow around the actors' feet, practical snow was sampled as it was scuffed on a model set, and the textures were then cloned and multiplied as needed for the shots.

The most elegant method for creating the mythical North of Fife was an almost painterly process available through the Domino: Artists directly froze and manipulated images with Strata Studio Pro and the Domino paint system. "We would have shots of the sea on a given day with the exact light, with the swells exactly as they were. We could then freeze it, take a frame average of the different looks that we liked, touch it up, and put in crevasses and even CGI seagulls," Rundell says. "If the camera angle changed we could extrapolate how the sea would look from the new angle."

With the Domino's high-res, real-time playback, Rickman could participate in the design, plus see the actors' performances composited with the icy background, including the opening shot, a pull up from ground level into a daring panorama of a place that doesn't exist.


martha 
5/23/05 at 09:46 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

I would imagine the Man can, and does, use a mobile when he needs to for work.  On his own time, however, I can see him locking it in a drawer.


Laura  
5/23/05 at 09:46 AM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

Happy birthday!


Sabine 
5/23/05 at 08:48 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Happy Birthday Pam and Peekabooh! 

 

martha - I have to agree with you (partly at least) on the cell phone issue.  Some people just take it too far, there's no need to be on the phone all the time.  The one thing that really ticks me off (and scares me) is when I see people on the phone while they're driving.  I really like having a cell phone though, just in case of an emergency when I'm on the road.

 

As far as e-mail goes: I think it's the best thing since vanilla ice cream, because for me it's a cheap way to stay in touch with my friends and family in Germany.  Talking to them on the phone that much would cost me an arm and a leg!   

 

Sorry, I'll end the O/T stuff now. 


Marlina 
5/23/05 at 08:42 AM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

 i've just been away for 2 days.. (well, to study for my today Physic exams) and i'm back to discover all of that!

 

Kimberly: You and your friend are an ANGEL! Thanks for the information.. i believe it's okay for him not to use any advance technology.. My mum can't use Cellphone either.. She just can use it to call me or other member of the family   

 

And thank you for the picture.. it's wonderful.. i haven't see that picture from the Art thingy either..

 

And the mental image of Alan as Jedi Master??  I'm gonna watch Star Wars SOOO many time until my eyes melt! (imagine! Alan Rickman+Light Saber+The Jedi Clothes+the quote "may the force be with you")

 

And also.. i'm sooo Glad that he's in fine health and Everything seems okay  

 

By the way..


Claudia 
5/23/05 at 08:38 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

BTW, I wonder what he will be doing in New York???  Some more shopping???  Take in a few shows????  Maybe a party or two??  Sounds like we might get some new piccies! *crossing fingers*

 

 

 


Daydreamer 
5/23/05 at 08:30 AM

Comments:
Claudia:
till I typed my message, you already posted that sighting from Gloria's report. My oh my, I'm slow like snail...

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Peekabooh and Pam!
sue 
5/23/05 at 08:23 AM

Comments:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAM AND PEEKABOOH!!

 

Logged on late today as I had a bad night and I can seee you have all been very busy!! Thanks for all the *stuff*

 


Daydreamer 
5/23/05 at 08:23 AM

Comments:
Kimberly: Thank you for all the information. I also enjoy to listen to the little bits about him. This friend of yours and Alan sounds like a very nice person - to share this information and still takes care to not slip too much to invade Alan's privacy. So thanx also to your friend.

btw - I remember to read, that he was spotted with a mobile phone in "the Rachel Corrie report"
...A little while later, we see Alan coming out of the bar. He's talking on his mobile phone...
I'm not telling, that your friend didn't told the true - I really DO believe you I just wrote it to show, that although he is not friend of technology, sometimes also he needs to use it (I think, it could be Rima's phone and he is borrowing it from time to time when he needs to be reachable).

The thing with the redecoration remembered me on one fan's report - has anyone read this?:
http://www.diagonally.org/News/article/sid=60.html
martha 
5/23/05 at 08:04 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:
Just a word about the "technologically challenged."  I am not.  Actually, I'm rather good with that sort of stuff.  However, I don't have a cell (mobile) phone, and only have an answering machine because someone gave me one.  Most of my friends are without cell phones.  Two are basically without computers.  I say basically, because one has a laptop she uses for a part time job (no Internet connection) and the other has one but only because he has to in order to check his job schedule.  He has a cell for the same reason.  When he leaves that job this fall, he's getting rid of both.  When he wants to communicate with a friend, he calls them up.  (I'm the only one of our group who spends any time on the Internet.)  I see so many people yapping on phones everywhere they go.  Frankly, I can't imagine having that much to say.  (No, none of us have kids at home.  I can see having a cell phone if you have kids.  Maybe.)  What I see in some people with cell phones, is a lack of planning.  They go to the store.  Can't remember what they need?  Call.  It just seems to be more of the instant gratification thing we have going.  Perhaps even more than that is the lack of privacy you have with a phone attached to your hip.  There was a phone commercial about a guy who was standing in line, he was bored so he called his friend who was hanging around the house.  "What are you doin'?"  "Nothin'.  What are you doin'?"  "Nothin'."  AAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!  Do these people need constant input?  Don't they ever think?  Dream?  Plan?  Scheme?  Why do they feel it's OK to inflict their boredom on someone else?  Phones are a hideous invasion of privacy.  I can see AR not having a cell/mobile - he'd never get any peace.  He also strikes me as someone who is "in the moment."  Cell phones take you out of that.  I saw a girl, about 10, riding in Hyde park with some adults, and she was on her phone.  Now, how much was she enjoying that early morning ride?  How much of a memory will it have for her?
Sorry - didn't mean to rant.  Have to go to work now -  answering phones and emails

Claudia 
5/23/05 at 07:56 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

 

Happy birthday to Peekabooh and Pam!  I hope all your AR wishes come true!

 

 

Happy Victoria Day to all our friends in the north.  Any special celebrations going on up there?  Since AR is still there, I wonder if he will party hardy???  LOL

 

Oh and Kimberly, please tell "friend" that we appreciate any thing he/she shares with us and positively understand 100+% about the things that can't be shared. 

 

As for being technologically challenged, I tend to think (and this is just my speculation) that maybe he's not as challenged as he would have us think.  There is some interview somewhere that he talks about the making of tWG which includes a bit about computers.  I am going to have to see if I can find that interview for you since I don't trust myself to quote from it. 

 

Also, as for a cell phone.  A friend reminded me of Gloria's report from the first performance of MNiRC.  She reported that at one point he was using a cell phone.  Now whether it was his or someone else's I suppose we will never know.  But he obviously knows how to use one.  Here's the snippet from Gloria's report:

 

We go outside to join the others who are still waiting. A little while later, we see Alan coming out of the bar. He's talking on his mobile phone (I wonder if it's Rima, saying "Still there? What are you doing? Get your a** over here!") He goes back into the bar, but a minute later he comes out to the street.

 

 


 


Elaine 
5/23/05 at 04:54 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

As many have said before....go away for a few days and you come back to shedloads of interesting chat!

 

Kimberley, many thanks for sharing all that info. I am sure we are all just happy to listen to the occasional snippets rather than have your friend grill AR only to have the "source" cut off as it were.She/he is very good to share what she has and I'm sure will be happy to divulge more if we don't pester for it. I'm glad you told her that we all respect AR too much to get hissy about him cancelling those things in June. We knew there would be a very good reason!

 

Dee, Rima does have her own property in the constituency that she served as a council member but it is accepted now that she does not live there, but lives with AR in Paddington.(Many sources have confirmed this now.)

 

I do have to giggle at that pic with the outstretched arms. Looks like he is saying "take me!" GET BACK - I'M a BRIT and KNOW HOW TO QUEUE!

 

Kathy, email you soon


Laura  
5/23/05 at 04:24 AM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:
thank you kimberly!
kathy 
5/23/05 at 03:01 AM

What is your location? awake

Comments:

Hey Dee--I'm sleepless in Arkansas right now.  I can comisurate on not being able to eat our young.  I have one I'd like to send to the moon right now and only allow back when he is responsible.

 

I just finished watching the 1st Harry Potter again, I was sewing and he kept me company!

 

I think I don't want to know all the details about AR other than he is as nice as we think he is and he is healthy and just working. (altho somewhat comforted to know he is tech. challenged--I don't have a cell phone either--gave it up when I couldn't get a quiet moment) It struck me that he was a little security concious.

But, with all the crazy people around, I don't blame him and Rima does have a rather conspicuous job.  I'll bet tho he has a cell phone he takes with him to be able to talk to Rima while he is away.

 


SARF 
5/23/05 at 02:47 AM

What is your location? NZ

Comments:

Hey Everyone!

I've just gone through all the messages after taking a few weeks off (stupid assignments that are now being followed up by stupid exams!). Boy, y'all like to talk, dontcha? But hey, that's why we come here! Anyway...

 

Kimberley - Wow. It was extremely generous of both you and your friend to share all that information with us. Please pass on my thanks to your friend. You've confirmed my suspicion that The Man is technologically challenged. I know it's none of my business, and I completely understand if either you or your friend do not want to answer this question, but I was also wondering if Rima lived with AR. I vaguely remeber reading two disagreeing answers about this on this GB while I was catching up on my reading, and I'd appreciate your friend's answer to this.

 

Alfan - I thought I'd watched Love Actually too many times! Whoa...you go girl!  Then again, I hope nobody asks me how many times I've seen the Harry Potter movies. I'm pretty sure I could beat your quota for LA!

 

Kathy - I remember reading about your impressive scores for your exams. Congratulations!  Was it you that also got a scholarship?

 

I'm really sorry to everyone that had booked a trip to London for next month. I hope everyone still has fun though! When you all meet up, have a drink for me too!

 

Thank you to everyone who has posted all the wonderful pics. I'm having fun looking through all those websites.


Dee 
5/23/05 at 02:09 AM

What is your location? sleepless east of Seattle in Indiana

Comments:

Hmmm... Some of us are up way past bedtime! As my mother used to tell me when I'd argue to stay out past curfew -- "Nothin' good can happen after midnight."

 

Alfan -- I hate to be the one to say it, but yes...you HAVE seen Love Actually too many times! If you start quoting Hugh Grant lines, we'll have to ban you from the AR fangirly club!

 

Kimberly -- Some people have a gift for technical/mechanical things...and some people don't. I have a friend who swears all she has to do is dust her husband's stereo and it chokes on a hairball, shoots sparks and dies.  Perhaps AR is also an inter-personal type too. He really seems to be a "people person" -- many friends, attending lots of social engagements, travel.  Who needs cold, impersonal technology when you're that popular and in demand!

 

As my son likes to tell me, "Gee mom, you need to get a life." (too bad we're not allowed to eat our young) But, as many of you may identify with, it's not easy. After working all day, taking care of family and meeting obligations, there's not enough time/energy to entertain or dash out for the evening. At this stage of my life, technology is a blessing! It helps me stay connected -- talking to people, catching up on news, learning something new, etc -- while in my bathrobe!

 

Okay...I'm on a soapbox and abusing the smilie icons -- two sure signs that I should be in bed! Thanks for sharing, Kimberly! You're a peach!


Kimberly 
5/23/05 at 01:35 AM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Michelle: I only share what the friend allows. They are very cautious about letting out personal information about Alan Rickman because, as they've stated, Alan is a very, very private person and would be horrified to have his personal life aired publicly.

 

The person has said that Alan is a very generous and kind person with his family and friends. But, hey, we knew that already.


Michelle 
5/23/05 at 01:27 AM

What is your location? England

Comments:

Mystery solved. I'm so relieved that he is fit and well and not trying to cram another project in. Kimberly- thank you and your friend so much for all the info. I hope this person doesn't feel like we are pushing too much and making their relationship with Alan difficult. I can completely relate to being technically challenged. I own a cell phone only because family insist and leave it behind/switched off most of the time.


Alfan 
5/23/05 at 12:49 AM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

maybe he once popped on to Cladia Shiffert NAKED NAKED NAKED and couldnt get rid of those nasty little pop ups..........and hense gave up on them

 

 

ok, ive watched Love Actually way to many times. no i havnt. is 14 times in the theatre to many and is over 40 times since then by dvd or vhs to much.....no, i didnt think so either.


Kimberly 
5/23/05 at 12:04 AM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Dee, I'll do the best I can to answer your questions. From what the friend has said Alan is definitely technically challenged. He also worries about security.  However, I think the main reason he won't keep up with technology is that it is one more complication to deal with.  He'd have to answer email, etc. As you can see, he couldn't even handle the computerized phone system, which did allow for email.  It crashed on him! *LOL* He just doesn't have the time to learn how to use technology and deal with all the complications.

 

As for the house, he has lived there for approximately two years. It is the Paddington Station house he mentioned on Jimmy Kimmel. I don't know if Rima lives there or not. I can try and find out.  Other than that, I know very little about his house. I understand it is very nice, though. Very well-decorated with expensive antiques, etc.


Dee 
5/22/05 at 11:42 PM

What is your location? still gasping for air in Indiana

Comments:

Kimberly -- Okay, I've calmed down a bit, but I definately have some questions. I promise to avoid the "fangirl" mentality and not squeal. Much...

 

Your comments that AR doesn't own computer/technology stuff peaked my interest. Not even a cellphone? Please forgive me if this sounds like sterotyping, but I've usually found that people who avoid techology fall into certain categories:

  • they can't afford the technology;
  • they are technically challenged;
  • they have a deep suspicion of technology (afraid of putting themselves "on the grid")
  • they are rugged individualists who choose a "natural" way of life;
  • they are inter-relational people ("people who need people") who view all technology as artifical, impersonal and cold;
  • they refuse/are unable to adapt to a changing world.

I'm curious -- has your friend ever led you to think which category AR falls into?

 

And what's this about a "new" house? Does he still live in London? With Rima? Has he moved up (big mansion/fancy estate) or simplified down (small apartment/tiny flat)?


Kimberly 
5/22/05 at 10:11 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

It is interesting, to say the least, Sabine. And, it was totally a fluke as to how I came to know this person. However, the person can't answer (nor ask Alan without seeming a total twit) the questions we really want to know the answers to. Such as, does Alan prefer boxers or briefs? *LOL*


Sabine 
5/22/05 at 09:44 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Thanks for the AR news, Kimberly!  It is so cool that you have a friend who's right at the source.  And thank you very much for sharing your info with us! 

 

 


Claudia 
5/22/05 at 09:40 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Hey Kimberly!!!! Thank you for all the news from "friend"!  Wow, I wonder what in the world has caused such a long delay in filming?  A whole month and a half worth!  Could it be that Kim Cattrall made it after all? Gosh, I really do/did want to see KC as the love interest!  Gosh darn it! 

 

BTW, "friend" is the same person that sent Kim those wonderful never before seen pics a few month ago. I thought I would bring them out a couple of them and dust them off a bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Alfan 
5/22/05 at 09:36 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

Kimberly, you did see a picture of Alan talking on a phone cell once but i believe it was from the movie set Love Actually when he phones the slutatary to ask her what she wants. But i have no real idea what he owns in real life so i take ones word on that as they know more than me.


Kimberly 
5/22/05 at 09:14 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Alfan, I thought the same thing. I was sure I had seen a photo with Alan talking on mobile. But, 'friend' is adamant that Alan does not own one.


Kimberly 
5/22/05 at 09:02 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

That emoticon was not supposed to be there! It was a colon followed by a P.


Kimberly 
5/22/05 at 09:01 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

I know, Dee. It makes me sick. *LOL*  Said friend has been to Alan's "NEW HOUSE" in London many times.  Alan just gave the friend an iron chair from the RHOT set, which said friend had admired. Since Alan redecorated his new house, he didn't want the chair anymore.  While helping 'friend' put the chair in friend's vehicle, Alan ripped the roof covering of the vehicle. :/  Hey, I'd forgive Alan. *LOL*


Dee 
5/22/05 at 08:53 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Excuse me, Kimberly -- did you say...*cough*...your friend...*gasp*...has actually been...*gulp*...to AR's...*chokeHOUSE!!!???

 

Are you KIDDING!!??

 

I can't breath...I need air...

 


Alfan 
5/22/05 at 08:51 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

i thought i read somwhere that Alan did have a mobile phone but not a computer, hm, i am founded wrong. Anyways, totally off topic here but i watched Barchester Chronicles and i can honestly tell you he is beautifully devious in this one......loved his performance....hated his character. I have never hated one of his characters like i hated Obadiah Slope from the minute i set eyes on him. Brilliant performance though, absolutly brilliant. If you have a chance to see it at a local library,do not miss the chance.


Kimberly 
5/22/05 at 08:27 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

One more thing. The friend says Alan refuses to have a computer. He also pays no attention to his fan sites. He doesn't  have a mobile phone, either!  Alan did invest in a state of the art computerized phone system at one point, but it crashed and he lost all of the addresses/phone numbers that he had put on.  This caused him so much grief, he went back to a simple answering machine. 

 

The friend says when one is at Alan's house, the phone never stops ringing.  If Alan had a mobile, he'd never get any peace.


Pam 
5/22/05 at 08:24 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

Comments:
Hi Dee-Glad you enjoyed Star Wars! I was so emotional with it too!! I hope you had a good birthday. May you have a wonderful year full of AR delights.

I am not certain, but I thought I heard a rumour the Barchester Chornicles were coming to our library-Yippee if thats the case-I will put my name down to be one of the first to view it.

My son is watching the movie on TV right now The Attack of the Clones I believe. I think Ill join him and when he goes to bed,  Ill watch something like Blow Dry!  Cant wait.
 

Kimberly 
5/22/05 at 08:21 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

I know, Dee!  I bet Alan would be fun to shop with.

 

The friend of Alan's did say Alan felt bad for the fans who had planned on attending the June events, but the situation was out of his control. His work comes first! I told the friend to tell Alan that all of the fans respect that.  We might love the man, but we love his work more! he he.


Dee 
5/22/05 at 08:15 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Kimberly -- Well...now we know where he is! With your information, the sighting at the show in Toronto, and the news, it sounds like he's having a ball in Canada!


Dee 
5/22/05 at 07:48 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Barbara the H. -- Duh! I didn't even think of checking here for the transcript to The Preacher. Should have known that this is THE place for the best AR news!

 

Sue -- Thanks for sharing those photos! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the one with AR's arms outstretched against the backdrop! Usually, he poses very carefully during the photo shoots of those functions -- wonder what happened, or was said, to make him fling out his arms and flash such a devil-may-care smile? Damn...can't believe that man is almost 60!

 

Lucy -- Yeah...AR, Jedi Master, big light saber...That dream gave me some happy birthday dreams myself!

 

Did I miss it -- Has anyone been able to scan or link to these Toronto Star or AR shopping photos?


Kimberly 
5/22/05 at 07:44 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Oh My!!! Leave this place for a few days and it takes a few days just to catch up! *LOL* At any rate, I was pleased to find a true cornucopia of delights awaiting my persual. Thank you all!! Alan Rickman fans are the best.

 

Now, on to the reason for my post. My secret friend who is very close to AR (Claudia knows of whom I speak; unfortunately the person doesn't want their identity divulged on the GB) reported that Alan is still in Canada filming Snow Cake.  This is the reason he had to cancel all of his June commitments. The filming is scheduled to finish at the end of June and then he is off to New York.  Then back to England to finish some HP work. Then on to Barcelona for Perfume. Whew!!

 

So, there you have it.  Alan's is in fine health, the friend reports. Sounds like he is using the extra time to shop and see the sights. Good for him.


Alfan 
5/22/05 at 06:51 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

Well Claudia, i dont know about another scarf but i doubt there is a toque in there as after that god awful toque he wore during a war demonstration a couple years ago in London ( the grey one) i actually sent him along with a scarf a Roots toque. It was a cool looking black one with Roots Canada on it,,,,,,,never seen him wear it and probably never will. But they have cool sweats, sweatshirts and t-shirt. Never thought Roots would be his style but more for his nieces and nephews maybe.


Claudia 
5/22/05 at 06:06 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Thanks for the ID on Frances Barber, Sue.  I've never heard of her but there was a time I remember I had never heard of Juliet Stevenson as well and what a fabulous actress I discovered in her so I'll do a little research. 

 

  Gail, Mel, Suzanne, and martha for the AR sightings!  Yet some more shopping pics!  I wonder if he picked up another scarf?  *grin* 

 

Sue and Ali-Pat, I bow to your all powerful memories!  I remember reading Fuasta's sighting a long long time ago but as usual, if I don't write things down, they go away.  Thanks posting about it.  I've now written Lost In La Mancha down to check out! 

 


AFNH 
5/22/05 at 04:54 PM

Comments:
10.20, eh? Will have to go peruse!
AFNH 
5/22/05 at 04:51 PM

Comments:
Thanks for the links, Laura. some lovely pics there. I noticed the one of the bear hug was taken at the Churchill:Hollywood Years premiere. He got quite a few hugs that night, by the look of it, but I remember he did look rather merry!

Got to see HHG2TG at last yesterday and really enjoyed it. Many of Marvin's comments got a good few laughs. Bill Nighy was excellent (as ever). Couldn't quite understand the point of John Malkovich, though (then again, never could!). I thought the Vogons looked too similar to a bunch of Conservative MPs for comfort! And Stephen Fry's voiceover fitted the film well. It does help if you've read the books first, though.
Ali-Pat 
5/22/05 at 04:48 PM

Comments:

At last!  Found the text in the October 2003 Rickmanista Review:

 

"In other news, I rented Lost In La Mancha in July and I'm certain Mr. Rickman makes an uncredited -- 2-second long -- appearance as one of the investors visiting the set of the movie Terry Gilliam was trying to film in Spain, The Man Who Killed Don Quijote, a movie that was doomed. Take a good look at the man in a black shirt with a water bottle, when they all are by the waterfall. He's not heard, but at least he's seen. AR fans love to play Where's Waldo?."


Ali-Pat 
5/22/05 at 04:37 PM

Comments:

Sue--yes, it was Fausta who spotted AR in Lost in La Mancha.  The scene is at the point when TG is gathering all the investors together near one of the sets, which is at a waterfall.  I think they watch Johnny Depp wrestle a fish or something.  Anyway, I have watched that part of the film about a dozen times and I still don't see him!  If it will help anyone else find him, he is supposedly holding a water bottle. 


sue 
5/22/05 at 04:29 PM

Comments:

Lost in La Mancha the documentary about Terry Gilliam's ill-fated movie is on BBC2 tonight at 10.20. I recall someone (poss Fausta)long ago reckons she spotted Alan Rickman in it (by a waterfall??) I don't have the ability to record and study but if anyone does?


Natasxxx 
5/22/05 at 03:46 PM

Comments:

Volgens mij kan ik de volgende keer maar beter geen mening meer geven over een film......

 

 

Bij deze...


sonoma 
5/22/05 at 03:24 PM

Comments:

martha, it's kind of fun to see someone else pick From Sleep and Shadow as their  favorite AR performance--it's mine, too, and oh how I'd love to have a clean copy of that.  A popular pastime for me and my friends is to think of what we'd save if we had to evacuate the earth on the space ark--and if I could save only one AR performance, that would be it.

 

I agree the quality of the commercial tape of The Preacher leaves something to be desired, especially considering the price, but I'm not complaining--for me, the quality of the writing and AR's performance more than make up for it--I'm eternally grateful to whoever dug up that obscure educational source!  But I'm praying Revolutionary Witness in its entirety comes out someday on DVD as a regular commercial release.


Ali-Pat 
5/22/05 at 02:54 PM

Comments:

Okay, let's try that again.  About.com Cavalia photos.


Ali-Pat 
5/22/05 at 02:53 PM

What is your location? at the keyboard...

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/APLhome.html

Comments:

That Cavalia show looks very interesting!  Too bad they don't post their complete schedule on their site.  However I found some great photos on About.com (sorry for all the popups).


martha 
5/22/05 at 02:43 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Mel (Germany) provided the link to this:

Today, I went with Little M, two of her friends, and their Moms to Cavalia (just like Cirque du Soleil but with horses). It was phenomenal! As we took our seats and noticed that right in front of me (literally) was Sigourney "freakin" Weaver and Alan Rickman (Professor Snape and Bad Ass Bad Dude in Die Hard 1). I blinked. Blinked again. How surreal. I'd just finished telling people the other day that since starting at the film company (my new employer) I hadn't seen one famous person, just wasn't my luck, and there are two stars right smack in my grill! They weren't there as a couple. They were seperated by their spouses/loved ones/friends - not sure what either of their status was.

Little M was funny (we had back stage passes to get a tour of the stables) and that's when she realized that Professor Snape of Harry Potter fame was standing there. The look of awe mixed with a twinge of fear was plastered all over her face as she pointed at him and said, "That's S-S-S-Snape!" The guy who had been sitting with Ms. Weaver turned around and smiled at her and said, "He's a really nice guy in person." Little M just stared at him blankly and then began oggling her nemesis/foe once again.


Peekabooh 
5/22/05 at 02:13 PM

What is your location? the Netherlands

Comments:
Thanks Martha, that is good news. Oh how I´d love to see that picture!

Thanks Laura for all the links to those beautiful AR pics.

Welcome back Juliet, hope you feel better soon!

Just booked my MNIRC ticket for Wednesday October 12th! Anyone going?



martha 
5/22/05 at 01:27 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

This just up on Suzanne's:

Today's Toronto Sunday Star has a Rickman mention - he was seen last Saturday at 6.10 p.m. outside Holt Renfrew(about the swankiest store in town) in the pouring rain, laden with shopping bags. He was also seen at the Roots store on Friday. Fancy, our AR a shopoholic!

There is also a photo of him, Sigourney, and a couple of cast members of 'Cavalia', which he apparently saw during the past week. Oh yes, and the handsomest thing in the photo a snow-white stallion called Bandolero peering over AR's shoulder and probably wondering where the promised apple is! I don't know if any of you have seen the show as it toured the US over the past year. It takes place in a sort of circus ring and is an amazing mix of horses, gymnasts, music and dance. One of the cast members featured in the photo is the 'horse-whispering' trainer and his empathy with the horses is incredible. Now that the show has the AR seal of approval catch it if you can.
Gail
Cobourg, Ont Canada - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 01:03:05 PM (EDT)

 

A scan someone?  Anyone??


martha 
5/22/05 at 12:44 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Oh, Sue - thank you for those pics!  The Art Party one looks as though he's inviting a hug.  And wouldn't we all like to glom onto the Man the way FB does? 

Dee - I don't know about the quality of the clip of the Preacher because I've never seen it, but I was careful to say that the "visual" quality wasn't worth the price of the tape.  As Claudia states, the performance is priceless - making the tape a must.  The visual quality isn't bad, just not as good as I would have liked. 

 

What I wouldn't do for a good copy of From Sleep and Shadow!  I have to say, that's my favorite performance, though I admit, the Preacher may be his finest.

 

And I can't even begin to contemplate AR as a Jedi Master with all the accoutrements...


sue 
5/22/05 at 10:59 AM

Comments:

The woman in question is Frances Barber and she is in a couple of other shots with him on one of the other pages. She is a Brit actress. I've never got involved in the "mystery woman" thing but she does look a bit familiar if you google her!


Gissing's Girl 
5/22/05 at 09:47 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

The Preacher is just about the best thing Mr Rickman has ever done. It is said with feeling and he makes you think that you are actually there in the church listening to his oratory.

 

It is available from a firm in America but they won't ship outside the US so if you are living outside the US and want to buy it you need some kind soul to have it sent to their american  address and then have them post it on for you. It is expensive but is well worth the money.He looks and souns amazing in this piece of work.


Claudia 
5/22/05 at 09:16 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Oh and The Preacher video is much better than the video clip on the site.  The tape does seem to be a bit dark and the quality is not worth the price but it is better than the clip on the site. Side note--I do wish to re-do that clip one day.   

 

Now when I say the quality is not worth the price of the video.....AR's performance makes the purchase well worth the price and then some. 

 

So its kind of like being caught between a rock and a hard place.  Personally, the tape has been the best AR purchase I've made to date. 

 

 

 

 


Claudia 
5/22/05 at 09:08 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Ohhhh yes, Laura! Thank you for the new image service links!  I haven't seen those Art Party pics from 2002 either! 

 

The arms stretched pose is to die for!  He looks like he was genuinely enjoying himself. 

 

Does anyone know who the bear hug woman is??? 

 

 


Laura  
5/22/05 at 08:12 AM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

nice pics from gettyimages, I can't access to it, so I love if someone brings the pics here :-D! Thank you!

Are there on Ebay more never-seen pics? There are so many pages that with my problems with internet I can't check them all :'(

Laura


Lucy 
5/22/05 at 07:31 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Dee: I can't get over Jedi!Alan's "big light saber."  The mental images I'm having right now...


sue 
5/22/05 at 07:26 AM

Comments:

Great list of links there Laura

Not see these from 2002 before;

 

 

And you got to admire a gal who gets to grips with the Man!!!

 


Daydreamer 
5/22/05 at 07:20 AM

Comments:
OMG! Thank you so much Laura!
I knew only isifa - the rest I had no idea about.
And there are some pictures, that I haven't seen till now.
Laura  
5/22/05 at 03:56 AM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

Be sure to burn on a cd or save in a floppy! I already lost so much stuff that now I save everything very often

 

 I agree Dee , internet allows to put together people from all the world and it's  cool. This place is amazing, thank you everyone!

A few more links:

http://www.brunopress.nl/

 

http://www.networkphotographers.com/frontpage/index.html

 

http://press.contrastphoto.com/mb/2/doSearch?lan=de&pagename=Main&cou=de&skin=pressdb&mainnavi_home=main&wosid=tRMrK0BmQZUB2RVt0lAmrg

 

http://www.isifa.com/index.php?bool_search_send=true&page=search&search_ID=2715850&lnp=1&ed=on&ilustr=on&rf=on&foto=on&st=on&searchstr=alan+rickman

 

http://test.mediumphoto.com.pl/index.php?o=index/show

http://www.seegerpress-online.de/seegerpress-cgi/topixx

 


Barbara the H 
5/22/05 at 03:26 AM

What is your location? New Zealand

Comments:

Dee. Transcript of "The Preacher" on Claudia's same page. For which may thanks, Sonoma. Also many thanks to the UPPA link. My hard drive is bursting with photos!


Natasxxx 
5/22/05 at 02:33 AM

Comments:

Sorry I mean : WELCOME BACK JULIET!!!!!!!


Natasxxx 
5/22/05 at 02:32 AM

What is your location? Enschede......

Comments:

First WELCOME BACK JULIA!!!!!!!

Finally watched AABA....I can't say that it was a comedy...

Stella: I found her a very insecure and naive young girl (I think it's because what her mother "did to her"....)

 

Meredith Potter: An awfully big a**hole...very arrogant and those fingers, never saw such  yellow fingers...(Sorry about that...)

 

P.L. O'Hara: Little mysterious....but lovely (of course... )

It was a good-to-watch-movie...Loved also Alun Amstrong  as Uncle Vernon....

 

But Alan played O'Hara wonderfully!!!!



Michelle 
5/22/05 at 01:36 AM

What is your location? England

Comments:

Oh, thanks Laura and everyone else, for the links to all these photos. There are a few I'd never seen before and some i'd forgotten about.

I just love the ones from the STLM premieres. He is clearly having a ball, letting his hair down and flirting for Britain! God those women are so lucky.


Dee 
5/21/05 at 11:07 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Martha -- I'm disappointed to hear that the quality of the purchased "The Preacher" isn't much better than the downloaded version. I thought it would be interesting to show it in Sunday School class to generate lively discussion! Thanks for sharing that story. I'm eager to watch the video again and see if I can look beyond the charisma and hear the message. Wonder if there's a transcript of it somewhere...

 

Laura from Italy -- Welcome to Claudia's! You're from the one place on earth that I've always dreamed of visiting! I'm always amazed how the Internet brings people together and makes the world seem like a very small place.

 

BTW: After seeing the new Star Wars movie, I'm convinced that AR would have made a very smooth, very sexy Jedi Master! Just imagine: loose tunic over tight pants....flowing cape...tall, leather boots...big light saber...


kathy 
5/21/05 at 09:02 PM

Comments:

I just took a peak at the "Faces of Mr.Rickman" site

and it is a lovely closeup.  I hate to say it but he must have been an adorable baby.


Lucy 
5/21/05 at 05:56 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Thanks for posting those pictures, Claudia!

 

That third one begs to be Photoshopped.  Just take the blonde, put her in the same plane as Mr. Rickman...and then cut her completely out and put myself in her place. LOL!


kathy 
5/21/05 at 02:15 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

Laura-thanks for the link to the pics---there's some great ones with AR and Alfre Woodard.


Laura  
5/21/05 at 02:13 PM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

Thank you Sabine!

Just checked Wireimage, many pics there too. I'm going to check all the sites I know


Sabine 
5/21/05 at 02:09 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Laura, I know you asked Claudia, but since I'm in the same location, I thought I'd answer your question.  GA stands for Georgia. 


Laurie 
5/21/05 at 02:08 PM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

Thanks to all for the pics, articles, links etc. You all Rock and I also love coming to this GB.

 

Juliet, glad your home and hope you are back on your feet real soon!

I did it Claudia, I actually did an icon! There may be no stopping me now.


Laura 
5/21/05 at 02:00 PM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

http://www.filmmagic.com/

glad you liked the links, here another one too bad the pics are small

Claudia, what does mean GA?

Thank you in advance for the explanation. Good evening everyone and thank you  for the pics, links, article, and comments , this is a beautiful place!

Laura


martha 
5/21/05 at 01:53 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Dee - The (visual) quality of The Preacher is not as high as the price, but, it truly is the Man at his best.  If you decide to order, tell them it's for personal use and that you heard there was a discount.  (Worked for me!)

 

As for not remembering the words, only the passion, I remember my mother telling me about a woman she had met who had heard Hitler speak.  The woman said that she left the hall totally fired up and behind him 100%... until she realized that she had no idea what he had said.  Seems he was a totally charismatic speaker.

Note: Once she looked into the matter a bit more, she was appalled - and ended up leaving the country.


Claudia 
5/21/05 at 01:06 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

There's absolutely no need to apologize Michelle.  You didn't do anything at all wrong. 

 

 


Michelle 
5/21/05 at 12:53 PM

What is your location? England

Comments:

Sorry guys- Wasn't aware there was a history with Zzzz here. I'll butt out.


Alfan 
5/21/05 at 11:45 AM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

Ah, Alan and Greg. I can see why Emma was so tempted. I can also imagine- in Emmas words --"Alan and Greg  'swooning' in after a lovely day of visiting wineries and pubs , we all spat at them". ( from Sense and Sensibility Diaries by Emma )


Marlina 
5/21/05 at 11:27 AM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

Wow! thanks for the new photo.. make me smile

Alan RICKMAN RULES! He's ROCKS!

 

So.. who know what kind of Surgery dis Juliet got? 


Dee 
5/21/05 at 11:23 AM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Finally got a chance to watch the download of The Preacher! I really didn't know what to expect and was completely floored! Had no idea it would be a monologue -- a straight, undiluted dose of AR in a truly powerful performance! 

 

This may sound odd -- but I was so spellbound, so caught up in AR's natural charisma and the passion behind his words, that I'm not really sure what he said. I don't mean that in a squealing, "fangirl" way. It became very clear to me how one man can sway a crowd or fuel a revolution by the sheer power of their personality and the passion of their convictions. I think it will take me a few viewings to look beyond the face of man and actually absorb the meaning of his words -- and decide whether I agree with his politics or was simply swept away by his passion.

 

The film I downloaded was pretty fuzzy, but I noticed that it can be purchased. Does anyone know if the quality is better?

 

Claudia -- A mystery woman, huh? I didn't think it looked like Rima (unless she has changed an awfully lot over the years -- and who hasn't!), but that's how it was identified in the caption. Thanks for clearing that up!

 

Pam -- I hope you wore your Star War t-shirts! We snuck away for the midnight show last night! WOW! It was worth the 25 year wait to see such a fabulous finale! I laughed...I gasped...I cried!

 

 


kathy 
5/21/05 at 11:03 AM

What is your location? arkansas

Comments:

Happy Birthday to ALL the birthday girls many happy returns!

 

Thanks for all the pics, love them!! AR has the best smile.  and thanks for the info about his time in Wawa just another indication of his wonderful character.

 

Julia--glad you are home and hope you are feeling better.  Get well soon.

 

Am off in a little bit to help my friend finish sewing the table runners for her daughter's wedding. 

 

Bon weekend everyone.

 

 


sue 
5/21/05 at 10:42 AM

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://www.livejournal.com/users/fantasteeek/

Comments:
Great links, Laura. Has anyone ever noticed the date of the S&S Royal Premiere? 21.02.96=his 50th! Looks pretty good at 50
Claudia 
5/21/05 at 10:02 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Thank you for jogging my memory, Emily.  It was you or Kimberly that ID'ed the woman to start with.  Hmm, not only is Belinda Lang an actress and FOA (???) but she's a lucky gal too!  *grin*

 

Thanks for the picture service links, Laura!  I've had UPPA for a long time but I didn't know of Daily Celeb which is now in my favorites!  There are a couple of poses that I don't remember having seen before.  Likes these.....

 


I think I would have remembered those shoes!  LOL

 

I wonder what he is thinking??? *grin*

 

And if that blonde only knew how this picture
looks, she'd want for nothing ever more!

 

Also MANY thanks to martha! 

 

First for the IMDb posting.  I haven't been the studious lurker over there in recent weeks so I missed that!  I popped over and did a search on the poster's (balugawhale) other comments on the subject and found a couple of other honorable mentions of AR. Thank you belugawhale! 

 

Thread Callum Keith Rennie:

Callum plays the transport driver who hits Rickman and results in the death of Sigourney Weaver's daughter, Vivienn. I watched him act while they were shooting a scene involving a confrontation between himself and Rickman. They used my house as Sigourney Weaver's house (she plays Linda Freeman in the movie). I took several pictures of Callum and had them developed prior to them wrapping up here in Wawa. He autographed one of them for me. Nice guy! Tried to get a picture of the fellow who plays the rookie cop, but ran out of time - had to get back to work.

 

Thread Weaver and moss in the same movie:

FYI - they are not playing mother and daughter in this movie. Carrie Anne Moss is Sigourney's backyard neighbour - she is footloose and fancy free and Alan Rickman develops a friendship/relationship with her.

 

And finally thanks for your response to Zzzzz.  I am in agreement 100+%.  I have tried not to be ugly to this person and especially not publicly but since she refuses to give opportunity to take things privately, I have no other alternative.  

 

Zzzz, please refrain from posting here.  We have a wonderful group and I will not allow you to spoil our fun.  This is fair warning.  Your posts are and will continue to be deleted as long as you post such as you did last night and the night before.  If you decide you want to be a part of our friendly group and not insult our members, your comments will be welcome but until then, please refrain. 

 

 


Sabine 
5/21/05 at 10:00 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Cool links!  Thanks, Laura! 


Vayda 
5/21/05 at 09:21 AM

Comments:

 

Laura, thanks for sharing the links.   

 

I like this picture the best!   

 


Wishing everyone a great weekend!   

 

 


Laura  
5/21/05 at 08:30 AM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

http://www.uppa.co.uk/

 

always me with another link to photos. Sadly only the first two pages are with Alan Rickman photos, then ...I don't know who is the guy who appears making the search for his name :-\


Laura  
5/21/05 at 08:19 AM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

Thank you for the wonderful photos! I don't know if you know these pics, anyway just make a search for Alan Rickman and you can see some photos

Laura

 

http://www.dailyceleb.com/home/


Marlina 
5/21/05 at 07:44 AM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

ALAN RICKMAN ROCKS!

just wanna say this..

well, can't tame my excitement this day..

 

 let's have some SODA! (since i'm still forbidden from any type of drinks that contain more than 5% of Alcohol)

 

 


Lucy 
5/21/05 at 07:10 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Hello, all!

 

Love the picture from Trafalger Square.  It means that Snape was right: "If your head was there, it meant your body was there too."

 

Nice piccies, everyone!


martha 
5/21/05 at 06:14 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

This from the IMDb message board for Snow Cake:

"We own the house that Sigourney Weaver's character Linda Freeman lives in. Our family was fortunate enough to meet all the actors. We didn't get to meet Sigourney until we were in their Studio in Toronto May 9th. She is incredible! We had lunch with Alan Rickman (he spent the whole hour talking with us!). He then commented that we should be passengers in the bus scene that was to shoot later in the afternoon - and guess what - they put us in! All six of us - my hubby, moi and our 4 children! Alan said that chances are we will appear in that scene as it is one that won't be cut. It just doesn't get any better. Family picture with Alan, one with Carrie Anne and one with Sigourney, and autographs to go with it! What an experience for all!"  (Thanks Lurker at Suzanne's for pointing it out."

 

Zzzzz -  Stop It!  No one is causing trouble here.  Don't you start!


Marlina 
5/21/05 at 05:42 AM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

Well, Juliet! Well come back

 

Alan.. Where are you? What are you doing right now?

 

And AFHN.. That Panda Stuff.. make me laugh, Thank you


Laura  
5/21/05 at 03:41 AM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

Welcome home Juliet!


Michelle 
5/21/05 at 01:42 AM

What is your location? England

Comments:

Zzzzz- This is going to sound unhelpful but sometimes you just have to rise above things and move on. If people on that forum are trying to upset you then don't give them the satisfaction. There are plenty of places where you are welcome.


Barbara 
5/20/05 at 11:32 PM

What is your location? New Zealand

Comments:

Alfan - the Canadian High Commission must be in Trafalgar Square? So is the NZ High Commission, maybe a different angle and I could see our flag behind Alan!


Zzzzz 
5/20/05 at 10:35 PM

Comments:

I just was on the Alan Rickman Addict's Survivors Kit GB and there are fake posts with my name forged and guess who can't post there now? someone has managed to get away with having me banned from a place I've posted to for months.

Is this fair??? talk about unfairness or people on ebay selling others' work, why should I be treated like this?

Claudia, I thought you could help with this>

Pam, what do you think about it?

Bluebeatbabe, you were there please note all posts after Mar 6 2005 are fake.


Pam 
5/20/05 at 10:19 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

Comments:
Claudia, Thanks for the picture of AR with Rima and the "mystery" woman. I have always thought they made a cute couple! AR is so tall and she is so petite!
Peekabooh-Happy early birthday to you-Ill think of you on Monday as we celebrate our birthdays.-
Dee-I went to see Star Wars with my son after school today-it was so awesome. I wont give anything away, lets just say make sure to use the bathroom first so you dont have to get up during the show and miss any of the action! They started right in with the action scenes and I couldnt believe it was time to leave the movies 2 1/2 hours later! Make sure you bring along some tssues. I never get emotional in movies but this one I did as we see the transformation from that cute little biy Anakin to the person that became Darth Vader. I can only remember feeling like this when I watched Bridges of Madison County (completely different movies etc. but almost the same feeling-dont know why-) Anyway-enjoy  and have a fun birthday-off to browse for a while and to bed. What a busy day-Pam


Emily 
5/20/05 at 08:50 PM

Comments:

Claudia: Belinda Lang, actress and FOA


Alfan 
5/20/05 at 08:46 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

Me again,  

 

I just noticed that in that picture with Alan and Colin, there is a huge Canadian flag,,,,,,,sorry im patriotic.


Claudia 
5/20/05 at 08:43 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I'm soooo glad you're home, Juliet!  Get to feeling better soon!

 

Dee, the woman in the bottom picture is Rima Horton. The woman in the top picture is one of two or three women that AR fans have come to call "Mystery Woman" but I believe that someone has identified that particular woman but my slack memory is failing me.

 

 

 


Alfan 
5/20/05 at 08:43 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

im not sure who the woman in the first picture is, but the second picture is 100%  Rima Horton,,,,,,for sure.


Dee 
5/20/05 at 08:34 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Well...since AR appears to be in hiding, this does seem like a good time to pull out the old pictures. Here's something I've been curious about for awhile. Both of these pictures were identified as AR with Rima, but IS it? She looks so much taller in the first. I've always been curious about the woman behind the man.

 


 



Barbara 
5/20/05 at 06:20 PM

What is your location? New Zealand

Comments:

Saturday's TikkiRose pic is a big close-up. That will cheer you all up, I am sure.


AFNH 
5/20/05 at 06:16 PM

Comments:
Glad you're back home, Juliet!!!!

martha - yep, looked like black leather to me
I saw a better pic of that red panda in one of the newspapers that looked more natural. Can't help thinking of AR every time I see a photo of one now!
Sabine 
5/20/05 at 06:12 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Good news!  Welcome home, Juliet!  Hope you're feeling better!

 

Thanks for the pics, Kaat and Emily!  I hadn't seen them before.


martha 
5/20/05 at 05:42 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Juliet is home from the hospital!

 

Welcome Home, Juliet!!

 


martha 
5/20/05 at 05:14 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Kaat - In that pic you posted, is he wearing... *g*... black leather??


Alanfan 
5/20/05 at 05:13 PM

What is your location? At my computer

Comments:
I only posted one message and my computer crashed not long after. I have just found out that Alan will not be attending The John Donne Event. Talk about being pig sick, I was devastated, still re-group did someone say. I am still going as I will be in London anyway for the W/E meeting other AR friends so who ever will be there I hope to see you some how. As Sue said how will we recognize each other, the ones with hankies to their eyes I suppose.

Daydreamer 
5/20/05 at 04:17 PM

Comments:
Kaat, Emily:
for the great pictures!
I never seen them before.
Claudia 
5/20/05 at 02:50 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Well heck!  PhotoBucket is having a problem stemming from a new router they installed so the pics that were posted by Em and Kaat are unavailable at the moment.  PhotoBucket promises to have things fixed as soon as possible. 

 

 


Claudia 
5/20/05 at 01:57 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

"follically challenged"   

 

Well, put him in a pair of tight leather pants and have him dance in front of the mirror to some fantastic good ole rock and roll and  I promise your eye will not be on that spot!  *grin*

 

 


Claudia 
5/20/05 at 01:55 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Now we're on a roll! Thanks for the Emmy pic, "Emmy"!  Gee whiz, does AR get swamped by beautiful women or what???  If those three had the slightest inkling of how lucky they were at that moment...they would have never let him get away!  LOL

 

BTW, there's nothing wrong with a little thinning spot when you have all those curly lock surrounding it!  *grin*

 

Thanks for that article, Tropical.  Very interesting.  I was a bit miffed by this statement though. 

 

"You almost look at this year's competition films and don't have to worry about buying anything," says Warner Independent Pictures president Mark Gill, who, having viewed about 90 films at the festival and market, might not buy any. "They may be good, but none of them are remotely accessible to an American audience."

 

This is why I have to subscribe to NetFlix and buy multi-region DVD players and films from other countries just so I can see stuff that some big-wig thinks I must not be interested in.  

 

 

 

 

 

 


sue 
5/20/05 at 01:47 PM

Comments:

Oh thanks for that!! Nice to know the rest of him attended! Is that Colin? Getting a bit follically challenged isn't he?


Emily 
5/20/05 at 01:43 PM

Comments:

Thank you Kaat and Claudia for that picture from MPH. Never saw that one before!  I spy Colin's little bald spot ...

 

OK, here's another never-seen-before one. Unfortunately this can't be made as big as that nice MPH one, but Claudia asked for new pics, so here goes. Not a new pic, but newly found from the Emmy nominees dinner in Sept. 04. That's Bonnie Hunt far left, Cloris Leachman and Marlee Matlin on the right.

 

Alan lovin' the ladies.

 


Kaat 
5/20/05 at 01:38 PM

Comments:

Thanks Claudia, for fixing the link.  Yes I'm still around, but I haven't got the time to chat with you ladies - thesis and stuff, you know...  


Claudia 
5/20/05 at 01:33 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I fixed it, Kaat.  Its not you...its ImageShack.  They started out really good but unfortunately, IMO, they've went a bit downhill.

 

Oh I forgot to mention CF in that piccie too.  Look at all that curly hair! 

 

 

 

 


Claudia 
5/20/05 at 01:31 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

 Kaat!  Its been a while!  I'm glad you're still with us. 

 

 

  I haven't seen that picture before!  Thanks for make the day a bit better.

 

 


Kaat 
5/20/05 at 01:28 PM

Comments:

Oops, thumbnail isn't working.  What happened, it worked fine in the preview...

I'll try again later when my photobucket acts normal again, I'm obviously not smart enough to us ImageShack.:/ 

 

 

 


Kaat (a.k.a fieldcommander) 
5/20/05 at 01:15 PM

What is your location? Belgium

Comments:

Okay, since there are so little new pictures these days and only bad news, I thought I'd show you this one (sorry if you have seen it already, but it was new to me).  I think it's fairly recent, probably the Make Poverty History event a couple of months ago.  Seems that after all it wasn't only his head attending ...

 

 


Tropical 
5/20/05 at 12:37 PM

Comments:

Claudia and all others wondering about how movies get to the screen.  It's a doggy-dog world out there.  If you have the patience, read this article that came out about Cannes.  It's a snap shot of how it works; or rather, does not work.

http://movies.yahoo.com/mv/cannes/news/vac/20050520/111660825000.html

 

I hope the link works. 


Peekabooh 
5/20/05 at 12:19 PM

What is your location? the Netherlands

Comments:
Now he canceled the Chelsea Q&A too. I´m sorry for those who had tickets, especially for you Kathy but I´m sure you will have a wonderful time in London.

Pam, we share the same birthday-date. Mine is also next Monday the 23th!

It´s getting awfully quiet these days, no news (except bad news), no piccies, no AR sightings (except for the fact that someone spotted him in Japan LOL). However I´m glad to see so many of you are posting here and we´re able to discuss all the Alan-related stuff. So a huge to everyone. I´m so happy to be part of this lovely GB, you always cheer me up, no matter what the latest news is!

martha 
5/20/05 at 11:55 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Oh, wow!  Two things canceled/delayed!  What a shame for those holding tickets.  Of course, the JD event will be wonderful anyway, and the "meet up" will be a lot of fun regardless.  I wonder if they just stuck "in the US" after "film commitments" because they made the assumption, and the commitment is actually in Spain for Perfum?  (Or, can he possibly be coming to the States???)

 

Now, the weird thing about the talk is that I have already put in for the week around Oct 5 off...

 

AFNH - Great pic! (though it does look like a bad manip, doesn't it?)


Ricky 
5/20/05 at 11:50 AM

What is your location? Austria

Comments:

Just a few days away because beeing without I-Net and that much to read!

 

I feel so sorry for you ladies, which have bought tickets and now AR has cancelled (

 

This voice-poll - that Liz Hurley in it? And also some other persons I never would have expected to belong to the 100 best voices ever! (well some I don't know). The poll is over, isn`t it? What a shame - I would have longt to make my vote for AR *sigh*

And I think, Morgan Freeman p.e. would have also a very good voice, a person being worth to be in that poll too.

 

Wish all of you a very nice evening and weekend.


RIcky

 


sue 
5/20/05 at 10:51 AM

Comments:

My tickets for Chelsea College arrived this morning *hollow laughter* so they must have postponed after they were sent out on Wednesday or Thursday.

 

To more O/T stuff: I went to the Old Vic last night to see The Philadelphia Story with with Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Ehle ( Elizabeth Bennet in P&P).  It was a fabulous evening. Luckily Jennifer Ehle decided not to *do* a Katherine Hepburn and so made the part of Tracy Lord her own.

The supporting cast were great including Brit veteran Julia MacKenzie as Tracy's mother and Nicholas Le Provost made a wonderful lecherous Uncle Willy. The only disappointment for me was DW Moffett as Mike Connor the journalist played by Jimmy Stewart in the movie. Jimmy Stewart he was not and I had to struggle sometimes to catch what he was saying. There is a fine line between the wonderful fast wise-cracking talk of the old movies and a tendency to gabble.

 Kevin Spacey came on at the end of the first act as CK Dexter Haven and as my friend with me said immediately the whole thing went up a gear.

Alan Rickman will always be Numero Uno for me but Mr.Spacey has definitely won the coveted First Reserve strip. He shares with Alan that ability to hold the audience's attention at all time no matter where the rest of the action is on stage. By that I don't mean they are scene stealing but that they are constantly reacting to whatever everybody else is saying and doing.

It's not so much a sex appeal thing as just having enormous charisma. There was absolutely no doubt that the audience was there for Spacey and were quite prepared to carried along and eat out of his hand. A great evening out


Claudia 
5/20/05 at 10:49 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Its new day and its Friday!!!  Chins up Ladies. 

 

I'm in the same knowledge boat about film distribution as Sue.  But if I understand right, a lot of films are made with no distributor on board.  I think this is what happened to Gissing. 

 

A lot of graduations are going on in my area this today and through the weekend.  I'm glad for each one of them...but grateful that I'm not involved in any of them!  All the rules and such could make a nun swear! 

 

 

 

 

 

 


kathy 
5/20/05 at 10:35 AM

Comments:

Sounds a little crazy making to me!


sue 
5/20/05 at 10:31 AM

Comments:

Yeah I think so Kathy though I don't know much about the ins and outs of film distribution. If you have watched Truly Madly Alan Rickman the documentary on the making of Mesmer you can see them trying to flog it to the Japanese at Cannes. In that case, of course, they already had a film to show them. The movie business seems to be one of the most dodgy in the world! LOL


kathy 
5/20/05 at 10:17 AM

What is your location? home

Comments:

sue, tell me something.  Does that article in Variety mean that after a movie is made it is shopped around to companies to get it distributed?  The distribution is not part of the deal when the movie is first put together?


sue 
5/20/05 at 10:08 AM

Comments:

From Variety:

 

"It's been a Cannes of firsts for Fortissimo Films.

The Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based sales company has sold movies to several distribs it has never done business with before.

That reflects the fact that the company is in the midst of diversifying from its traditional core bizbiz of Asian fare to embrace a wider range of English-lingo product.

"This has been our best market ever in terms of aggregate sales volume," said co-topper Michael J. Werner.

Fortissimo has struck its first deal with Svensk in Scandinavia for the Alan Rickman pic "Snow Cake" and the Robin WilliamsRobin Williams vehicle "The Night Listener."

"Night Listener" also went to Videa in Italy, Monolith in Poland and Icon in the U.K. -- all distribs buying from Fortissimo for the first time.

Filmax in Spain was another new buyer, picking up Tsui Hark's upcoming Venice opener "Seven Swords."

X-Verlieh bought U.S. docudocu "Mad Hot Ballroom" for Germany. Deals are also being closed for the Paramount ClassicsParamount Classics pic in Scandi, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore.

Roadshow in Greece took a big package including "Snow Cake" and Berlinale winner "U-Carmen."

"


Sharen 
5/20/05 at 10:06 AM

What is your location? FL

Comments:

AFNH--thanks! Just when we needed a smile.

 

Did you send that Japan link to RedTango?

The original Japanese story has a larger photo. It looks like a bad manip to me, but I guess stranger things have proven true.


Laurie 
5/20/05 at 08:55 AM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

I feel sorry for all of you who have tickets to events Alan was supposed to attend. I know I felt bad when I didn't get to see him at MNiRC but the play was so good it was well worth seeing. Also, getting to meet another AR fan (Elaine) was great! I hope all of you that have tickets still get together and have a good time. Yes, I'm really disappointed that I didn't see him but I'm more disappointed that I didn't get the chance to meet up with Martha and the other AR fans that were in London when I was there.

 


Daydreamer 
5/20/05 at 05:57 AM

Comments:
I just read through the post and there are really some sad news over here - Alan canceling first the Johne Donne celebration and now the Andrew Marr talk also.
Nevertheless, I hope you all who are going to Donne celebration will meet and have a lot of fun.
AFNH 
5/20/05 at 04:42 AM

Comments:
I feel so sorry for everyone who has booked for both events in the summer, especially those travelling from overseas. Let's hope we can all meet up at some event in the not-too-distant future where he can attend. I've still got a feeling he's cancelled due to something we don't know about (polishing my crystal balls here!).
AFNH 
5/20/05 at 04:35 AM

Comments:
No wonder we can't find him, looks like he's in Japan, rehearsing for a film role perhaps - LOL???!!!!
sonoma 
5/20/05 at 01:55 AM

What is your location? way out west

Comments:

Kathy, I'm sure you'll have a great time in London--believe me, I'm envious and wish I was going!  AR is such a busy guy, I guess it's hard to know just where he'll be, but the good thing is that because he's so active you're bound to catch up with him one day.  I think AR fans are quite lucky in that respect.  I'm just looking forward to seeing all these things he's working on! 

 

I wonder what he's up to in the US?  Just hope we get to see the results soon!


Pam 
5/19/05 at 11:43 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

Comments:
Hi again, just checked in before heading off to bed. Please see Suzannes GB. She just posted some information over there about AR having to postpone the Andrew Marr interview due to committments in the US! As Suzanne said, you wonder what committments these are! Good night all-pleasant AR dreams-Pam

Pam 
5/19/05 at 10:41 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

Comments:
Kathy, Thats too bad about the cancellation on Alans part. Have a fun trip anyway and who knows when you least expect it and are walking down a street totally oblivious, he may round the corner and give you a smile!!! Wouldnt that be great???
Dee-Happy early Birthday-mine is next Monday the 23rd!! I am going to see Star Wars tomorrow night with my son after school lets out. They have a special 4PM showing so it should be fun. My husband said he had to work a little late and for us to go and he would see it when we went again in a few more weeks!!
Off to finish laundry and get to bed. Have fun-Pam


kathy 
5/19/05 at 10:17 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

OK--- I've blown my nose and finished sniffing---

it will be a fun trip anyway and just awhile ago my school advisor, who is one of my professors called to say I had won a $1,200 scholarship for next year so all is not lost.  It was just a bad day today.

 

Thinking about it I wonder if AR is making plans to bring Rachel Corrie to the US and is talking to the powers that be about it??  Anyway, wish him luck and health is whatever his endeavor.

 

 


Alfan 
5/19/05 at 10:07 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

The only thing i can think of is some pre Perfume sort of work. I think if he was doing another film we would know about it and there is no time before he is done Snowcake and starting Perfume (supposedly in July this was to start) i highly doubt it. Unless he snuck a cameo of somesort in a movie we dont know about. And i am astonished how many people think Alan should of made at least the top ten movie voices ( well duh!!! ). Im laughing at the comments people made, funny.


Dee 
5/19/05 at 10:04 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Kathy -- I'm so sorry things seem bad right now! But I KNOW you're going to have a great trip -- so, plan something special for your birthday celebration and keep your fingers crossed that something exciting will happen!

 

Pam -- We've got our tickets are Star Wars too! Saturday's my birthday, so we're going to celebrate with the Sith! Can't wait! You know...AR should have been in a Star Wars movie. He would've made a great Jedi!

 

OT -- We just got home from our quick trip to St. Louis for my husband's job interview. OMG! It's been a long time since this farm girl has been to the big city! The area by the airport is a nightmare! The interview went well, but I'm really praying that he finds something else closer to home. A big thanks to those who emailed info and kind words. The people here are the best!


Claudia 
5/19/05 at 09:37 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

kathy, your time to meet him will come.  Don't give up...something will come along that will be so easy for you to get to, you'll think you're dreaming. 

 

 


Claudia 
5/19/05 at 09:36 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

"Filming commitments in the USA" got your attention too, Em? After the initial shock of the cancellation, that was the next thing to get me curious.

And the "World of AR" keeps on spinning!  


kathy 
5/19/05 at 08:10 PM

Comments:

sorry--hit the wrong button.........

 

anyway couldn't add a trip to London after a trip to CA.  I guess I am just never destined to see him in person.  Will just have to watch his films more often!

 

Can we still get together even if AR won't play with us?


kathy 
5/19/05 at 08:08 PM

Comments:

If it is Oct 5 I for sure won't be able to go as my niece is getting married in San

Francisco on the 1st of October and I am doing her flowers.  I KNOW I can't afford a trip to California and then turn around and go to London.


Sabine 
5/19/05 at 08:08 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

kathy, sue, and everybody else who has tickets for the Chelsea event: I am so sorry!  I know how disappointed you all must be!  I am disappointed for you guys!


kathy 
5/19/05 at 08:04 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

This has been a horrible, horrible day all the way around --and now I hear the Chelsea talk is cancelled --and I had to move heaven and earth to change my reservations--I really, really think I am going to cry--everything has piled up on me today and this is such bad news--it was going to be on my birthday, too.

I was so, so looking forward to it.

 

After spending so much to get to England this summer I know I won't be able to get back in October. 

 

I think I'm going to have to lay on my bed and sniff awhile.


sue 
5/19/05 at 07:00 PM

Comments:

Oh Bugger!! I just come in from a great night out with Mr.Spacey (more of that tomorrow!) to find this

I only booked yesterday and nothing was said! Oh well something to look forward to in October. Curiouser and curiouser as they say!


Emily 
5/19/05 at 06:53 PM

Comments:

"Filming committments in the USA"?????????????????????

 

What is he up to? This is weird -- is he working on something that just came up fitted in between SC and Perfume?


Claudia 
5/19/05 at 06:47 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

OK, now I'm going to let off with a great big SH*T! 

 

Now, the Chelsea talk has been postponed until October

 

This has been a really bad week.  I am soooo very sorry everyone that was going. 

 

 


Sabine 
5/19/05 at 03:42 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

martha - yes, every time I look at that pic, I have to fan myself... 

 

Laura - your English is just fine!  Misunderstandings happen all the time! 


Claudia 
5/19/05 at 02:34 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I'm having a great time reading everyone's comments on that Best Movie Voice Poll.  I'll comment as soon as I get a chance. 

 

Ohh don't feel bad Laura.  I had to look at the news alert twice before it sunk in with me that it was the event he just cancelled. 

 

 


martha 
5/19/05 at 02:21 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Sabine - Isn't that pic worthy?  Oh, to be her!


Emily 
5/19/05 at 01:56 PM

Comments:

Don't worry about it Laura, it's fine!


Laura  
5/19/05 at 01:40 PM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:
ooops, sorry, I didn't understand it was the same you were writing about....shame on me....sorry! excuse me, I don't speak so well english
Emily 
5/19/05 at 01:24 PM

Comments:

Laura, he is no longer taking part in that event.


Laura  
5/19/05 at 01:11 PM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

my alert on yahoo about AR sent me today to this page :

 

http://www.theherald.co.uk/goingout/39446.html

 


Sabine 
5/19/05 at 12:19 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I'm sure most of you know about TikkiRose's site (I hope I spelled her name right).  If you don't, go check out today's picture... 

 

 

http://www.skinnygirlproductions.com/MrRickman/picofday2.html


kathy 
5/19/05 at 11:34 AM

What is your location? Actually,finally out of bed...............

Comments:

I finally clicked into the 100 greatest voices poll---Oh puhleeeeeeze, Clint Eastwood as #1?  pardon me while I gag.  At least they could have chosen James Earl Jones as #1 if they couldn't remember AR. Obviously these people have no taste

(My husband and I had a love/hate relationship with CE--he loved him I hated him!! 

 

I have so much to do before I go on my trip--feel a little overwhelmed today. (I need to remind myself...Don't Panic!)  I have to finish a continuing education course today to renew my RN license which will expire while I am in England. So that is the first priority right now.

 

Have a good day, all.

 

 


Marlina 
5/19/05 at 09:45 AM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

What a shame! No Alan Rickman in the list!

Are they Nuts?

I see there's still no idea why he cancel the JD..

Well does anybody know what kind of Surgery Juliet got?


sue 
5/19/05 at 07:10 AM

Comments:

Ebay never ceases to amaze, does it? My Name is Rachel Corrie is on offer at Ł24.99 (+P&P) HERE.

Meanwhile you can buy it at Amazon for Ł8.99!!


Laurie 
5/19/05 at 06:57 AM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

Thanks Sue for the link, I added my comment. I can't believe that they didn't have Alan on the list at all!


sue 
5/19/05 at 04:31 AM

Comments:

A few more Pro-Rickman comments mounting up on the 100 Best Movie Voices Poll


kathy 
5/19/05 at 01:46 AM

What is your location? If I tell you I have to kill you

Comments:

I noticed on the Globe website that Cries From the Heart--the human rights watch event is on for the 13th of June--wonder if he will participate in that this year?  No info about who is scheduled to appear.


Michelle 
5/19/05 at 01:23 AM

What is your location? England

Comments:

Esther has posted over at Suzannes that Melanie Parker has informed her that Snow Cake should wrap this week and Alan should be back in London next week.

I know this takes us no nearer to discovering why he has cancelled St. Pauls but at least we know where he is now and that the current lack of news is just gecause he is working. I suspect London sightings will start to crop up soon. Be patient, girls!


Pam 
5/18/05 at 11:10 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

Comments:
Hi Dee-I just searched through Google and see nothing has been updated as to Alans cancellation of the event. It really sounds good though and hope everyone that goes will enjoy it. If I find out anything, I'll let you know.
In one hour from now, the new Star Wars opens-Revenge of the SitH--wish I could be at the midnight showing, but when you have kids on a school night, thats out of the questions. We are planning on going either tomorrow night or Friday-we even have our special Star Wars shirts to wear--
Anyway, will keep searching for any information on Alans cancellation and let you know if I find anything...off to bed soon-have to help tomorrow with the adult Senior program at the library. It is all about Weddings from the 1800's up to the present time and performed and sung by this one spectacular woman, Judy Bernstein. She is terrific-and we all love to listen to her tell her stories and sometimes even entertain everyone with a song or two! Will be back when I can-have fun-Pam.


Dee 
5/18/05 at 08:09 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

AFNH -- Lovely photo! He has "panda hair," but that gorgeous smile and twinkle in his eye is overwhelming!

 

Can't believe that our vast, global network of fans still hasn't discovered why AR cancelled his reading. When was the last sighting? Hmm...that didn't sound very nice. Like I was conducting an impersonal search for the Loch Nes Monster. Or I'm a stalker. Sorry! Don't mean it that way. It just seems so odd not to hear anything.


kathy 
5/18/05 at 07:02 PM

What is your location? arkansas

Comments:

Is there someway we can send Juliet a card from all of us?


sue 
5/18/05 at 05:50 PM

Comments:

No Alan!! And no Morgan Freeman???

I have commented and suggest everybody else does LOL


Susan 
5/18/05 at 05:30 PM

What is your location? CO

Comments:
Emily, I saw that list and couldn't believe it. He didn't even make the top 10? Film critic must wear earplugs at the movies.
sue 
5/18/05 at 05:07 PM

Comments:

I don't think Juliet will be out before Friday at the earliest. I forgot Dr.Blalock! I sent her Dr Mesmer!!LOL

I am afraid after the disappointment of yesterday's news I rang the Art College today and booked two tix!! 

Still going to look forward to St.Pauls though. Some wonderful actresses and Mark Rylance! Did anybody see him as Leonardo DaVinci in the BBC series on DaVinci? A man made for doublet and hose LOL


AFNH 
5/18/05 at 04:41 PM

Comments:
Been trying to tidy my hard drive up a bit and I found a few pics I downloaded last year from the time of HP & POA (can you believe it's a whole year! Most of them have great watermarks across them, which will take a bit of manipulation, but I've got started on them.
Here's the first one which I particularly like!
Emily 
5/18/05 at 04:06 PM

Comments:

Elaine, thanks for the alert about the RADA book. More info here at this link. Probably won't be available in the US!

http://www.rada.org/books/offstage.html 


AFNH 
5/18/05 at 03:54 PM

Comments:
Elaine - you've reserved a copy "just in case" - I wonder why - tee hee!

Emily - makes a mockery of that list doesn't it? Brill pics BTW, nice to see them a bit bigger.

Claudia, martha - no word from Juliet yet, I think she still might be in hospital. Pity we couldn't send AR in Dr. Blalock disguise to cheer her up with his smooth bedside manner.....
Elaine 
5/18/05 at 03:37 PM

Comments:

Emily, thanks for those pics (and the dumb list - have they ever been to the movies?)

 

Claudia, I have a real problem with words right now. Why did I say March? Apparently, if you pre-order a copy, you can collect it in August and it will be signed by the photographer, Cambridge Jones (and I've been on his site but no previews yet.)

 

Okay, just bulled my boots, now off to starch the creases in my trousers.......


Emily 
5/18/05 at 03:27 PM

Comments:

While I'm here, not new pics but old ones I've never seen enlarged. Top is from the Cries From the Heart reading in 2003, bottom is from the Human Rights Watch dinner 2003 or 04. Phyllida Law, Christopher Hampton and Anna Massey in the group too.

 

 

 

 


Emily 
5/18/05 at 03:12 PM

Comments:

Joke of the Day:  Film Critic.com, whatever that is, just released their list of the "100 Greatest Voices in Movie History".  With one glaring omission.

 

http://tinyurl.com/dvea4


martha 
5/18/05 at 03:02 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Bummer about AR not being there for the JD thing.  But as Elaine said, get together and party anyway!  There is lots of fun to be had and friends to be made.

 

Anyone heard from Juliet?

 


Claudia 
5/18/05 at 01:51 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

YAY, Elaine!  Any idea when the RADA book will be released? 

 

I've been quite impressed that the group responsible for the John Donne Celebration thought enough of the ticket holders to notify them of the cancellation.  

 

I do hope our little group will still get together and celebrate AR over drinks or dinner.  I would still be very interested in reading everyone's thoughts about the event and any pictures would be lovely too. 

 

 


Elaine 
5/18/05 at 11:59 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

I'm disappointed that AR won't be at the John Dunne thingy but I'm sure that we can all meet up and have a fun time, like we did after MNiRC and AR did not make it to that either so proves you can have a good time without seeing the man! I find it amusing that the people running it felt that they had to let us all know in advance that he was not going to be there. Have they woken up? I am sure that it is pressure of work. If he was ill, he would not cancel until nearer the time. I suspect that "Snowcake" filming has run on or there is a lot of post production stuff to do. I don't feel that there is anything sinister in it. Actors are people who can't always be certain of their future dates.

 

Anyway, RADA have sent me details of a new book coming out in March of new portraits of RADA graduates. I've reserved a copy.....just in case!


Sabine 
5/18/05 at 11:25 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Hi Tami, great to see you here! 

 

 Hope you get the e-bay stuff taken care of quickly! 


Ali-Pat 
5/18/05 at 11:17 AM

What is your location? adrift, as usual

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/APLhome.html

Comments:

Tami--great to hear from you!

 

A belated congrats on your wedding, BTW.


Claudia 
5/18/05 at 10:30 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

 

Hello Tami and I'm glad to have you aboard.  I hope you will join us each chance you have.  We are pretty great group.  Lots of sharing, joking, and fun happen here.   

 

Tami wrote:

Quote:
None of my AR stuff is for sale.... EVER.
 

 

  

 

I hope eBay will listen to you and put a stop to that auction really fast!

 

 


Tami  
5/18/05 at 10:04 AM

What is your location? Indiana

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://www.nd.edu/~tchapman/alanrickman.html

Comments:
Hey everyone.  Apparently,  I'm the last one to know that someone is selling a photo of me and Alan on Ebay!  Thanks to Kim for alerting me.  I have to confess that I never imagined anyone would want to sell a photo with me in it *lol*  In any case, the autograph for sale is not real, only scanned, which I think the seller acknowledges.  But I wrote Ebay and told them that it's my property and not for sale.  You can see it on my "Meeting Alan" page, which is part of my website.  I also mailed the seller and demand that they remove it or suffer the consequences.  None of my AR stuff is for sale.... EVER.  I have many priceless AR keepsakes and nobody is going to cheapen my memories!

Laura  
5/18/05 at 06:53 AM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

Cannes??

I am skipping everything about Cannes because boring but if anyone knows something....there's Coming Soon television that devotes the whole days to Cannes and movies and stuff.....I don't watch it but if there's something worth .... I will record or give a look!

Let me know, please

Laura


Alba 
5/18/05 at 04:21 AM

Comments:
He may be in Cannes. Keep an eye out for film festival pics.
Marlina 
5/18/05 at 01:42 AM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

wheew.. I take a nap (well, when close your eyes for 7 hours can be called a nap)

i see, then it still a mystery why he cancel..

just keep praying that he's okay..

okay, i know it's perhaps already 1:30 in the morning at all of you country..

but would love to say


Dee  
5/18/05 at 12:32 AM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Hmmm...not sure why my email address came out weird in the text. I guess you just click the email box by my name?

 

Kathy -- If we move, you're on! By then, I'd need some relaxation!


kathy 
5/18/05 at 12:05 AM

What is your location? arkansas

Comments:

Dee--Don't know much about St. Louis but it's only 6 hours from me--we could meet in Memphis (3 hrs for ea.) and paint the town red!!!


Dee 
5/17/05 at 11:38 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Grumble, groan...It's downloaded and just waiting for me, but I still haven't had a chance to watch The Preacher yet! I'm going nuts! After all your recommendations, can't wait to see it.

 

OT -- Are any of us from (or know anything about) the city of St. Louis? My husband received a job offer from there and he's thinking about taking it. I'm not so sure...the thought of moving is upsetting! I really like to hear if anyone knows about the city. So we don't bore everyone, feel free to drop me a line. perryy@onlyinternet.net" target=_blank>pperryy@onlyinternet.net 


Claudia 
5/17/05 at 08:00 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Has anyone heard from Juliet and how she's doing since her surgery??? 

 

 


Claudia 
5/17/05 at 06:36 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Geez, when I was doing my eBay sweep today, I only opened a handful of the pictures.  I suppose that's why I missed that one of Tami.  What nerve that seller has!  I'm glad you were able to contact Tami, Kimberly.  It will be interesting to see how fast that picture comes down!  LOL

 

I have to agree with Emily on the tee-shirt front.  I was only admiring the item and if I ever had an inclination to wear a tee-shirt like that, I would certainly make it myself.  But it is a cute idea!  *grin*

 

Can't wait to read your comments on StLM, Natasxxx!

 

 


Alfan 
5/17/05 at 06:01 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

Although im sure Tami would be upset, i know know why ( ok,i knew before to) why Alan usually only signs one copy of things and usually only gives one autograph.  For someone who doesnt own a computer he sure knows about e-bay.


Natasxxx 
5/17/05 at 05:54 PM

What is your location? ...Twente....

Comments:

I've read the news...I'm so sorry 4 the people who had tickets...

 

Maybe next time... (yes, I know ..I'm a little optimistic...)

 

 

(... I've received my "STLM"DVD....Just wanna say this....)

 

 

 

 


Kimberly 
5/17/05 at 05:50 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

AFNH: Thank you for the link to Tami's email address. I contacted her and she just emailed me back.  She was shocked to see that photo on Ebay and is in the process of contacting Ebay. 

 

 


bluebeatbabe 
5/17/05 at 05:36 PM

What is your location? Sheffield. UK

Comments:

Hi Everyone,

Re;Kimberley's entry re. EBAY item and Tami's  photo.

I've bought off this seller previously, a fine art print of Alan. She has huge positive feedback from buyers, but this is a bit of a liberty if she has copied, without Tami's permission, especially so, as Tami is part of the photo !

Tami can contact EBAY with a complaint if she has no prior knowledge as I think this might infringe their own rules !

 

Bluebeatbabe


kathy 
5/17/05 at 05:03 PM

What is your location? arkansas

Comments:

I am so sorry that AR won't be at the John Donne event, I KNOW how disappointing that is.  I too was concerned, but after thinking about it, I think that  since it is a benefit for the Tsunami victims, it was rather last minute, (not that it isn't needed or going to be wonderful)  so he may have said yes, but......  also knowing that others would be there the event could go on anyway, not like things that solely depend on his appearance.  He may have had something with HP come up or like others have said a myriad of other irons he has in the fire.  Maybe something wonderful will be coming up that will delight us!  I am keeping my fingers crossed for Chelsea!

 

Can't think of a better guilty pleasure! 


AFNH 
5/17/05 at 04:49 PM

Comments:
Kimberly - there is an email contact on Tami's site - go to http://www.nd.edu/~tchapman/alanrickman.html and scroll down the page. Bit of a cheek, that!
Kimberly 
5/17/05 at 04:38 PM

What is your location? MI

Comments:

Since we are on the subject of Ebay....

 

I just noticed this auction:

 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=35037&item=6397341333&rd=1

 

This person, located in the UK, is selling a photo of Tami (who has the Alan Rickman Voice website) and Alan Rickman at the Stage Door of the Richard Rodgers theatre in NYC, after a performance of Private Lives.  I bet Tami would be livid if she knew about this! Anyone know how to contact her?


Emily 
5/17/05 at 04:35 PM

Comments:
Can I put in a word of caution about that "AR Guilty Pleasure" T shirt?  If you go to EBay and search items for Colin Firth, Hugh Laurie, or just about any British hearthtrob you can think of, you will see that same T shirt, as well as the ones that say "Alan Rickman - Just what the doctor ordered," "This is my brain on Alan Rickman" etc etc. It's not an AR exclusive item. There aren't any photos on them. You could make the same shirt yourself with a stencil kit and an iron!
Laurie 
5/17/05 at 04:24 PM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

It is too bad that the man won't be at St. Paul's and I know how disappointed you all (that have tickets) must be, but I know you will all have a great time. It does have me wondering also if everything is all right with him. He has had such a busy schedule that he must be exhausted.

 

AFNH, all those things you have said are true and they have put me a bit at ease, thank you.

 

Claudia, that T-shirt would be so cute to have, do you know did it have Alan's picture on it?


Aurora 
5/17/05 at 04:18 PM

Comments:
What the pfft pfft, like one of my cats waking up in the middle of a strange dream. Oh, well, easy come, etc. Schedule conflicts rather than illness is what comes to mind to me. Additional filming on SC, Rachel Corrie arrangements, those are all possibilities. Another project we don't even know about? There's a tantalizing possibility. (Better be good.) While I'm sure AR is committed to charity work, I doubt his commitment to this particular concert would be so great that only illness that would keep him away. I'm happy to hear the other wonderful (women!) readers, not to mention the music. I was kind of wondering how big the people onstage will look from the view up in the dome. lol



I'm taking the big flapping wings over the Pond but even without Old Whatsisname I think there might still be a thing or 2 to do on a vacation in London. Now, I don't want to hurt any of you Londoners' feelings, but you were a cheaper date than a week in Paris. lol
AFNH 
5/17/05 at 04:00 PM

Comments:
Marlina - a few things come to mind (some wild guesses too!). Maybe a reshoot on a current project or an extra bit of filming for some project we don't yet know about, which will take him out of the country on that date.
He's involved in the Make Poverty History campaign, and that is behind the rumoured new Live Aid concert at the beginning of July, so possibly some extra ads to film to coincide with the G8 summit in Scotland, where world leaders will be put up in 5 star luxury to discuss whether or not to end poverty in developing nations (cynical, moi? - give 'em bread and water and let them feel lucky they're given that!).
Rachel Corrie has been such a success that there could be plans to take it much further afield and he might be needed for that. He's had such a hectic year, it could be anything.

Claudia - can't think of a better or more worthwhile guilty pleasure!
Marlina 
5/17/05 at 03:27 PM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

it's 2 thirty in the morning here.. and i haven't heard what happen to him.. i can't stop thinking.. please, some optimistic mind.. i'm dying..


Peekabooh 
5/17/05 at 03:12 PM

What is your location? the Netherlands

Comments:
Hi girls,

That really is bad news. Marlina I share your concerns, my first thought was that he is ill or something. I do hope it´s nothing serious and the cancelling has to do with his busy filming scedule.

Does anyone has any information about the Q&A in Chelsea? I hope he will attend that one.

Somehow I can´t get that stone out of my stomach ....... I´m feeling a little strange. Can someone please tell me he is ok??? Please?


Claudia 
5/17/05 at 02:52 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I thought I would pop over to eBay and see what's going on in the name of AR and I found a couple of things. 

 

First, this t-shirt has to be the cutest thing. 

 

 

 

Next, BEWARE!!!!!!  This possible scam of a charity auction!

 

And as we know, not all the charity auctions are a scam.  I feel pretty good about this one and wish that it gets a huge return. How about it, Claudiocat??? 

 

Auction on behalf of Demelza House Children's Hospice in Kent

 


AFNH 
5/17/05 at 02:39 PM

Comments:
Oh no!!! It must be really important for him to cancel like that, let's hope it is just something to do with filming schedules. With a bit of luck you'll all have a great time anyway, and I'm sure Juliet, Harriet and Imogen will do a great job. After that go out and drown your sorrows en masse - London won't know what's hit it!

Ali-Pat, I'm disappointed too, in the lack of coverage given to his portrayal of Marvin, I thought there would be more.

Dee - don't keep us in suspense too long to give us your verdict!
Sabine 
5/17/05 at 02:24 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Oh man, that is so disappointing that AR won't be at the John Donne event!  I feel for those who have tickets and where looking forward to seeing AR.  But as many people here have said already, I think it will still be a great event and a wonderful opportunity to meet some fellow AR fans! 

 

Y'all can still go and kick something if it helps... 


Marlina 
5/17/05 at 02:21 PM

What is your location? Indonesia in the city called Medan on North Sumatera but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

Well.. you ladies can still meet up and talking about the man.. it will be a very nice conversation accompany with bottles of wine and "why you love the man" thingy..

it's really mysterious.. something must be happening..

like all of you had said.. he doesn't usually do this..  i shall run mad! what make him cancel?

is he ill? sick? too tired?? what?? what make him cancel..

oh.. i start to wet my eyes..

 

i hope nothing happen


Ali-Pat 
5/17/05 at 02:11 PM

What is your location? I have been forbidden to divulge...

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/APLhome.html

Comments:

I am really sorry for everyone who was looking forward to the John Donne program!  There was a lot of excitement about this event.  Hope it is only a schedule conflict and nothing more.

Some more bad news, although not of the same magnitude.  I got my "making of" HGTG book last week and am sorry to report there is not one smidgen of AR in it.  There are a few nice pages about the robot and the actor inside the suit, but nothing about the actor who played the voice.  Still, it is a fun book and a great souvenir of the film.


Dee 
5/17/05 at 01:55 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

 I feel so disappointed for those who were traveling to hear AR read. You must be devastated! I agree with Vicki -- have a good cry, then try to regroup. Perhaps you can meet at that little bakery near his home and drown your sorrows in pastry?  And, who knows...maybe he IS in town and you'll have an AR sighting on your own.

 

Has anyone heard yet why he's cancelling? For some reason, I'm a bit worried.

 

I downloaded The Preacher -- now I'm anxiously waiting for a quiet time here at the library to listen to it uninterrupted!


Claudia 
5/17/05 at 01:40 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Man o man!  I go away for an hour and look what I come back to!  Drats!  I am so sorry for those that won't get to see AR but the celebration still seems like a good time to be had.  You'll get to see Juliet Stevenson, Imogen Stubbs, and Harriet Walter.  They are fantastic actresses!  Carolyn Sampson has a beautiful voice and she is supposed to sing. 

 

Thanks for the news alert, Sue.

 

Ohhh I hope he doesn't cancel out on the Andrew Marr talk--that will definitely be time for worry, don't you think?

 

 


Vicki 
5/17/05 at 01:13 PM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

Well, that is disappointing, but those who have made arrangements shouldn't let it spoil your entire trip.  I still think it will be a great opportunity for all of you from the GB to meet up and get to know each other.  My sympathies to the ticket holders who were looking forward to seeing AR....the poetry reading will still be enjoyable.  Is there something else you could do that's AR-related while you are together?  A tour?  The Rachel Corrie play?  How about just getting wildly drunk and talking about your favorite AR film? 

 

I'm not trying to minimize how disappointing this is....go outside and kick something, yell a little bit, take it out on the husband (that's what they're there for, isn't it?)   Then, take a deep breath, and start a new plan.  You can still make a great night of it.....I'm so sorry, guys.....we still love you!


Alfan 
5/17/05 at 01:06 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

So sorry for those of you who bought tickets to see Alan. Thank god i didnt, then again just to fly across the pond to see England would be a thrill. I have to agee , that Alan never usually backs out of these things so it must be important. I thought the wrap up of Snow Cake takes place this weekend ( around the 19th i read somwhere) so he is definitly going to be back in London by then. Maybe he is exhausted, GOF, RC, SC and now Perfume. Maybe the guy needs some quality time alone or with Rima. At any rate, sorry guys.


sue 
5/17/05 at 12:26 PM

Comments:
Yes Emily, hopefully it is just a clash of work and not anything more serious. He usually honours all these commitments so must be something important.
Emily 
5/17/05 at 12:14 PM

Comments:

OMG!  Sue, GG, all others, you have my sympathies!

 

Look on the bright side -- it's St. Paul's, it's Donne, and the three other readers (Harriet Walter! Juliet!) will be wonderful. 

 

However ... why did he have to cancel?  The other shoe has to be dropping soon. And it must be a pretty big shoe.


sue 
5/17/05 at 11:52 AM

Comments:

Sh*t!  I've got it too!!

Oh I am so sorry for all the peole making a special journey


sue 
5/17/05 at 11:49 AM

Comments:

Sorry pressed twice, just going to check my mail!


sue 
5/17/05 at 11:48 AM

Comments:

JUST TAKEN THIS OFF SUZANNE'S PAGE!!!!

 

"Ref: John Donne Celebration, St Paul's Cathedral I hate to spoll people's day, but I just received the following message:- John Donne Celebration - Saint Paul's Cathedral Dear Ticketmaster Customer, Our records show you have purchased tickets for the John Donne Celebration at Saint Paul Cathedral on the 9th June 2005. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Alan Rickman can no longer take part in this event. Your tickets remain valid and all other details are unaffected. If you require any further assistance please contact us via the helpdesk at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk Please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Kind Regards Customer Service Department"

 


Vicki 
5/17/05 at 11:37 AM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

I hope all you ladies going to St. Paul's can get together.  We are expecting a full report, pictures included!!

 

Dee - speaking as a fellow download junkie who still operates with a clunky dial-up, you will not be sorry you had to wait for The Preacher.  I think it took two attempts and several hours, but was well worth the wait.  Alan's performance blew my socks off (you see....he is romantic...no socks!) and left me in awe of his talents.  It's one of my most favorite performances,that, and Spirit of Man: From Sleep and Shadow (also Peter Barnes) are some of the best, rare gems that Claudia has on this site.  Run, don't walk, to the nearest computer and save this one...you'll love it!   BTW...congratulations to you and your son!!!  You must be really proud!

 

Anyone know where AR is these days?  Still in Canada or comfortably back home again?

 

 


Bluebeatbabe 
5/17/05 at 10:59 AM

What is your location? Sheffield. UK

Comments:

Claudia,

 

Many apologies for mistaking you for Claudiocat. I sort of assumed, wrongly, that it must be you as I know this buyer purchases loads of Alan items. I thought it was part of a larger collection  and probably for a website.  Claudiocat (he or she-probably a 'she') MUST REALLY LIKE Alan as they seem to bid astronomical amounts for memorabilia !

 

Anyway, offer still stands, Claudia,if you can't get a copy, on release.

Best Wishes,

 

Bluebeatbabe


Aurora 
5/17/05 at 10:37 AM

Comments:

Gee, go away for a day and there's a "staggering amount" of reading to catch up on.  That's a great description of Snow Cake that (Emily?) posted.  It makes the film sound lovely. 

 

Ali-Pat, why didn't I just start at your page to find info on Jacques Roux?  Duh.

 

Wearing a silly smile?  Sounds pretty likely.  


Marlina 
5/17/05 at 10:18 AM

What is your location? Indonesia but i really still wanna be in Toronto!!!!

Comments:
Well we have to admit.. he's the man after all
Claudia 
5/17/05 at 08:14 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Congrats to your son, Dee.  What an accomplishment!

 

Thanks for the update on the Free Tibet site, Emily.  Someone over at Suzanne's mentioned that his piece went for Ł2100 but at the time the site was behind with the highest bid being only Ł300. 

 

I think its quite cute to see how surprised people are when they realize just how popular AR really is.  I often think about how surprised I was to become hooked!  When I saw RHPoT and TMD, I never in a million years thought I would be sitting here years later still talking about him!   Go figure!  LOL

 

 

 

 

 


Marlina 
5/17/05 at 07:35 AM

What is your location? Indonesia but i still wanna be in Toronto!

Comments:

well, thank you..

i hope for another finger cross because i'm going to have another week of exams next week


AFNH 
5/17/05 at 07:23 AM

Comments:
Michelle - it always makes me grin when I see the surprise some people have at AR's popularity - but then we know better! Great figure from that auction, thanks for that, Emily.

Dee - believe me - the download time for The Preacher is worth every second for a whole 20-odd minutes of the Man at his very best. BTW, send your son our congratulations

Marlina - fingers crossed for your exams
Marlina 
5/17/05 at 05:46 AM

What is your location? Indonesia but i wanna be in Toronto!!!

Comments:

Hello! i finish my exams after all..

it's nice to be back!  and..  i need to read so many,many,many page to know what happen when i was away..

 

for Juliet: i hope you pass your surgery allright

 

for All: I MISS YOU!!


martha 
5/17/05 at 05:33 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

*sigh*  I should not try to make links at this hour of the morning.

 

http://www.rickmanistareview.com/preacher.html

 

I'll just do it this way and hope it works.


martha 
5/17/05 at 05:31 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Dee - "The Preacher is part of a series of monologues by Peter Barnes called "Revolutionary Witness," It is the last sermon of Mad Jacques Rioux, an active participant in the French Revolution. It is delivered in a ruined church in the Parish of St. Nicholas at summer's end. He will the following day commit suicide to avoid the reformist revolution."

 

It is about 25 minutes in length.  The full review can be found (if this works right) http://www.rickmanistareview.com/preacher.html">here.


Michelle 
5/17/05 at 03:12 AM

What is your location? Trying to wake up

Comments:

Emily- How often does that happen! I rhink its great that his popularity continues to be a surprise to most people. We can keep him to ourselves. 


Emily 
5/17/05 at 12:00 AM

Comments:

A while back we were wondering how much AR's artwork sold for in the Free Tibet benefit auction. The organization now has a recap of the night. Apparently, the organizers were surprised that Alan's piece went for so much money (as they say, a "staggering" 2100 pounds). Are we surprised? NO! 

http://www.freetibet.org/events/artauction.html


Laurie 
5/16/05 at 08:59 PM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

Hope you feel better real soon Juliet!


Dee 
5/16/05 at 08:57 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Gee...miss a day on this site and you have to scroll back two pages to catch up! Lots of interesting comments this weekend!

Thanks for directing me to Claudia's TV page for The Preacher -- but it will take days for a file that huge to download on my laptop. I'll wait and try it at work (with a high speed hookup!). Meanwhile, can someone tell me what it is? A 30 minute TV show? A 2 hour movie? What?

 

My son made it through his college graduation yesterday! *proud mom* There were so many graduates, the ceremony lasted over 3 HOURS! My bum was numb!

 

Sigh...I miss our regular Wawa AR updates. Talk about withdrawl symptoms! Do we know if AR is still in Toronto?


martha 
5/16/05 at 08:25 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

"How she found us by that description I'll never know!"  

 

Uhh, because there were only three beautiful women.  And me.


martha 
5/16/05 at 08:23 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

"Does anyone going to St Paul's want to meet up and how are we to recognize each other?"

"Well that's bloody easy isn't it? We will be the women with the silly smiles on our faces!!"

 

LOL!  When we were meeting up outside the Royal Court Theater, and Sue was talking on the phone to Juliet, who was having train trouble,  she described us as, "The four beautiful women sitting on the wall."   How Juliet found us by that description, I'll never know.  Probably the silly smiles on our faces.

 

Hurry back, Juliet!


Sabine 
5/16/05 at 06:58 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I'm adding my well-wishes for Juliet to the list.  Get well soon, Juliet!


AFNH 
5/16/05 at 04:57 PM

Comments:
Claudia - you're right - we are in the middle of another AR drought at the moment, but hopefully the wait will be worth it. Hope your lurgies are well and truly conquered!

Glad there has been more talk on one of AR's finest moments, as Jacques Roux in The Preacher. It's one of those pieces that makes you hold your breath in case you miss anything. Totally sublime - both in the acting and the writing.

This British Film magazine might be one to watch, let's hope they do a good feature on the Man in the not too distant future. Heck, why not a whole issue!

Succumbed to madness at the weekend and bought a miniature Marvin from Woollies (there's really no hope...)

Sending warm fuzzy thoughts to Juliet Get Well Soon
Laurie 
5/16/05 at 04:38 PM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

I sooo wish I could be there at St Pauls and meet up with you ladies! I can't wait to hear your reports! It's going to take me a while to pay off my last trip but as soon as I have, I'm starting a saving account to go again. England is such a beautiful country and I hope to see more of it when I travel there again. I also hope to meet more of you AR fans out there!

 

"We will be the women with the silly smiles on our faces!!"

LOL Sue, it is so good to come to this site and talk with other women that AR has that effect on! I get that silly grin on my face when I'm watching an AR movie and my husband walks in the room. He just looks at me like I'm nuts but I can't help it. 


Barbara 
5/16/05 at 04:28 PM

What is your location? New

Comments:

Thanks Martha re picture of AR and JS on TikkiRose site. It did look more like Close my Eyes time with the light coloured jacket. My recent Oxfam NZ newsletter had a lovely picture of AR from the Make Poverty History UK campaign in an article about what NZ is doing. Must be a secret Alan fan in their publicity department.


sue 
5/16/05 at 04:09 PM

Comments:

"Does anyone going to St Paul's want to meet up and how are we to recognise each other?"

Well that's bloody easy isn't it? We will be the women with the silly smiles on our faces!!


Peekabooh 
5/16/05 at 03:38 PM

What is your location? the Netherlands

Comments:
Gissing´s Girl, I´d love to meet up. Does everyone has a cellphone? Could we meet just before it all starts? Does anyone know a place near St. Pauls´ where we could meet?

Gissing's Girl 
5/16/05 at 03:03 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

I went into my local WH Smiths today to enquire about the new magazine, BRITISH FILM and was met with blank stares. (They're not very bright in there ). I've since found out that it is due out at the beginning of June.

 

Does anyone going to St Paul's want to meet up and how are we to recognise each other?


Elaine (yet again) 
5/16/05 at 02:54 PM

Comments:

Sue, I don't really have to say anything, do I?...... But I really love "regimentals" and the Mesmer window banner.


Emily 
5/16/05 at 02:52 PM

Comments:

I noticed that about SNow Cake ... There's no way it can be "completed"!  Filming just ended in Toronto on May 13. No, it's not coming out this year. Actually, the distributors have it down for 2006 on their site -- Sue linked to it the other day I think.

Generally, one year from end of filming to release. Although there could be a rough cut shown at one of the film festivals later this year or, more likely, early next year. Sundance in February?

 


Elaine 
5/16/05 at 02:47 PM

Comments:

Thanks Emily. He did that cute little "Painting with Light" clip for TCM, didn't he? The Brit film site also has Snowcake as completed. Not even post production? Do you think we might see this before the end of the year?


Elaine 
5/16/05 at 02:41 PM

Comments:

The site also has some good write ups of his UK films including a really good synopsis for Snow Cake: http://www.britfilms.com/britishfilms/catalogue/browse/?id=415F9AD20c41d25107ThYlB1FBAB

 

I can't wait for that film....... Waiting 






Emily 
5/16/05 at 02:41 PM

Comments:

AR is on the panel of judges for the Short Film competition. More info on the Turner Classic Movies site http://www.tcmonline.co.uk/


Elaine 
5/16/05 at 02:37 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

I was looking for anything about that new magazine and came across this: http://www.britfilms.com/newsandevents/tcmclassicshortscompetition/

 

Apart from a very interesting site, does this mean AR is one of the judges? He's only mentioned in the title.


Claudia 
5/16/05 at 01:17 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Ohhh thanks for the update, Sue! 

 

My favorite.......

 

 

You just know it has to be Antony, don't you??? LOL

 

 

Juliet!!!!!! We are going to soooo miss you! Please get well soon!    Can someone slip a lappy into Juliet for us? 

 

 

 


Claudia 
5/16/05 at 01:12 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Ahhh, thank you Kimberly!  I couldn't figure out what I was missing in Bluebeatbabe's message!  But I see how easy it would be to think "Claudiocat" would be me!  I've had to do a double take from time to time when I see that name too!  LOL 

 

Thanks for the offer though Bluebeatbabe!  That was awfully sweet of you. 

 

 


sue 
5/16/05 at 01:11 PM

Comments:

New banners and icons on my LiveJournal today.

 

Sending love and get well soon to Juliet who has gone into hospital for major surgery today.


Kimberly 
5/16/05 at 12:51 PM

What is your location? Michigan

Comments:

Hmmm...... BlueBeatBabe that's not our Claudia bidding on the British Film Magazine on Ebay.  I know that bidder (Claudiocat) and she lives in the UK.


Bluebeatbabe 
5/16/05 at 10:32 AM

What is your location? Sheffield.UK

Comments:
Hi Everyone on this wonderful... wonderous site !
You can purchase the black/white photo of Alan from the National Portrait Gallery.
The one by Trevor Leighton
10X6 DIGITAL COLOUR PRINT FOR Ł5.50
10x8 - Ł8.50
or10x8 premium black/white,( hand - finished -whatever that is )! the mind boggles !!!
plus post/ packing which is about Ł4.00 but p/p is the same for any number of photos.
I'll try to look out the magazine in my local shops- it's Ł3.95.

Claudia, that is pretty expensive on EBAY. If someone outbids you, and I can get hold of a copy here, I'll happily post it to you at cost.

Best Wishes.

Bluebeatbabe
Claudia 
5/16/05 at 09:20 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Not a shameless plug whatsoever, Ali-Pat!  Your site is one of the most informative on the net!  You put in a lot of hard work into you site and any novice, like myself, appreciates it immensely!

 

 

 


Sabine 
5/16/05 at 09:19 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Ali-Pat wrote: I just stood there watching with my mouth agape.

 

Yep, that's exactly what I was doing, except I did make it back to the couch before the tape started!  LOL


Ali-Pat 
5/16/05 at 09:10 AM

What is your location? at my computer, silly

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/APLhome.html

Comments:

Ahhhh, Worldcat.  I believe fully 80% of the material on my website can be found there.  Worldcat and me--we go wayyy back.  Even if you yourself do not have access to it, your local librarian probably does--it is the deep well from which most inter-library loans are drawn. In yet another shameless plug for public libraries, I urge you to visit yours and find out what they can offer you through inter-library loan (or other sharing services).

 

And in another shameless plug,  I offer the Jacques Roux page from my website:  http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/RWP.html.  It is very difficult to find anything in depth on Roux that is not written in French.  I have read that when Peter Barnes was writing the Revolutionary Witness series he spent a lot of time in the Bibliotheque Nationale.

 

And yes--The Preacher is an astounding piece of acting.  The first time I saw it, I didn't even make it back to the couch after I plugged the tape into the VCR--I just stood there watching with my mouth agape.  Then I rewound it and watched it again.


Claudia 
5/16/05 at 08:20 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

    Oops, I thought all those were DVDs, Elaine!  Me baaaaad!  I'll check it out when I get back home. 

 

Thanks for keeping us in mind, Sue!  I hope it won't be wrapped...I just hate it when they do that!  How do they expect to sell magazines if the consumer can't get an idea of what's in it? 

 

 


Laura  
5/16/05 at 08:06 AM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

thank you , Claudia!

I visit your site and forum daily but I have problems with internet connection, so I can't join a lot the talks but I trust to be of yours as soon as possible!

Laura


sue 
5/16/05 at 07:14 AM

Comments:

Enquired of 12 year old at Customer Services in Smiths if I could see their list of magazines stocked. "We don't have one" (They always did with all the dates of issue on!) I said there was a new film magazine coming called British Film. She was most definite that they had had no notification of it. So looks like will have to wait till I can get to Guildford or maybe look at Waterloo Station on Thurdsay evening when I go up to see Mr. Spacey.

 

What's the betting it will be cling-wrapped so won't be able to check it out?? Don't want to buy for an old photo!LOL


martha 
5/16/05 at 05:57 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Barbara - that pic of AR and JS is definitely not from NFT last year.  It's a bit older than that.

 

My name is martha and I love Robert Preston.  (and Johnny Depp)


sue 
5/16/05 at 05:30 AM

Comments:

Just off to town so will enquire in W HSmiths about that new mag and get a copy if possible.


Elaine 
5/16/05 at 05:04 AM

What is your location? Just on my way to Exeter in a minute

Comments:

I downloaded the soundtrack from ITunes (see your cd, Claudia) and they do have the "Marvin mixes" on the site but they are just a re-hash of the Stephen Fry track so I would not go mad to go out and get them. There are not any sound bites of AR and it's my guess that they did them before AR came on board.They have a play list for Marvin and some of the other characters too but these are just tracks from other artists with "appropriate" titles.

But, the soundtrack is worth getting if you can run to it.

 

See you whenever - busy week!

 

 


Lucy 
5/16/05 at 03:43 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Here's a site with more info about Jacques Roux.

 

 

 

 


Emily 
5/15/05 at 10:59 PM

Comments:

OK, I searched on the name of the photographer who took the photo of AR in this British Film magazine (according to the Ebay listing). Here is his site -- he's Trevor Leighton.  Click on Editorials and then it's the 9th photo in the slideshow. I don't know if this portrait is the one in the magazine. I've seen it before, I don't know if all of you have.

 

The same photo is part of the collection at the National Portrait Gallery, but it's not on display, it says on the NPG site.

 

Again, not sure if this is the photo in the magazine or if it's a new one.


Sabine 
5/15/05 at 10:23 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Thanks for the info on Jacques Roux, Kathy!  That was really interesting.

 

When I first saw The Preacher, I was absolutely mesmerized.  I think it is AR's most brilliant performance to date.  Oh yeah, and I thought that Georges, the dog was really cute too. 


Claudia 
5/15/05 at 09:54 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I was looking at the BritFilms magazine site and they say they are the first consumer magazine dedicated exclusively to the British Film Industry. Hopefully that means they should have lots of coverage from Snow Cake!  As much as I lurv the British arts, this is definitely a magazine to keep an eye on.  I have an email in now to see if they will accept international subscriptions.  Will let you know. 

 

Thanks for the synopsis on Roux, kathy.  What a performance he gave in The Preacher!  Phew! 

 

 

 

 


kathy  
5/15/05 at 08:57 PM

What is your location? arkansas

Comments:

  Checked for Jacques Roux in WorldCat and only came up with books in French and the video of AR's The Preacher.  Checked another search site thru our library at school and came up with this-- If anyone wants the French citations email me.


                  Roux, Jacques
                  died Jan. 20, 1794, near Paris, France

 

            French priest who became the leader of the democratic extremists
            known as the EnragĂ©s (literally “madmen”) during the French
            Revolution.
            At the outbreak of the Revolution in 1789, Roux was a vicar of a
            parish in Paris. Soon he began preaching the ideals of popular
            democracy to crowds of Parisian sansculottes (wage earners and
            shopkeepers). In 1791 he was elected to the Paris Commune. France's
            economy deteriorated rapidly after the country went to war with
            Austria in April 1792, and in May Roux demanded that hoarders be put
            to death. He led food riots in Paris in February 1793 and was a
            leader of the sansculotte crowds that forced the National Convention
            to expel its moderate Girondin deputies on June 2.
            Nevertheless, the Jacobins, who then took charge of the Revolution,
            were reluctant to institute the stringent economic controls demanded
            by Roux. On June 24 Roux violently denounced the Convention for its
            failure to curb hoarders and war profiteers. He was blamed for the
            soap riots that broke out in Paris the following day, and on July 28
            the Jacobin leader Robespierre attacked him as a foreign agent and
            counterrevolutionary. Shortly thereafter Roux was expelled from the
            Commune and the Cordeliers Club (Society of the Friends of the
            Rights of Man and of the Citizen). To win over his adherents, the
            Convention took action against monopolists and hoarders and
            requisitioned food supplies for the populace of Paris (July–August
            1793). The EnragĂ©s program was taken over by left-wing Jacobins
            under Jacques HĂ©bert, and on September 5 Roux was arrested. Six
            months later he committed suicide in BicĂŞtre prison.

 

                  Source: Britannica Biography Collection
                  Item: bgh64236


kathy 
5/15/05 at 08:05 PM

What is your location? arkansas

Comments:

I meant to ask if anyone caught the Tracy Ullman special on HBO last night?  It was very good.


Emily 
5/15/05 at 07:37 PM

Comments:

Did a little more digging ... the magazine is brand new, called British Film. The inaugural issue has Keira Knightley on the cover and the 30 Best British Actors feature. I don;t know anything about the AR picture inside. Has anyone actually seen this magazine in the UK?  And is it a new AR picture or interview or whatever?

I found the info on the Britfilms site, but there is no contact for ordering single issues or even if you can order one issue (or have it shipped to the States). 

 


Claudia 
5/15/05 at 07:33 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Ohhh good find, Emily!   Please let it be a new picture!!!!

 

 


Claudia 
5/15/05 at 07:31 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

It  was  Ray , Sue!  You know...the rough and tough part of me???  LOL

 

Ohhh thanks for the offer of WorldCat, kathy!  What a great resource.  If you find anything of interest, feel free to post it here if you like. 

 

Welcome back, Laura Italy!  Please visit with us as often as you can!

 

Thanks for updating us from your RADA Friends, Elaine.  It is a warm feeling to know that we are the only fans that donate to RADA.  Although I do know that the fan club of Ken Branagh have been donating to charities of his choosing for years.  I wonder if he has ever chosen RADA or if AR's are the first?  Regardless of whether we are the only ones or not, I have to agree with you Elaine on the gift of giving in honor or AR's birthday or any other event one might feel in a giving mood.  I just really think that donations to his known favorite charities (instead of ones picked out of no where!) are the ones he appreciates the most. 

 

Kathy in Chicago.  I'm sorry to not have gotten back with you on your question about Marvin Mixes.  I had a look at the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy sound track at Amazon and there is no listing for that particular piece. The closest to a Marvin piece is one done by Stephen Fry called Reasons to Be Miserable (His Name Is Marvin).  Elaine, didn't you download something Hitchhiker related from iTunes a while back?  I haven't had a chance to get over to iTunes in the longest time--I have a backlog of music to get as soon as I get a chance!

 

Jordie, The Search for John Gissing has not be released yet.  The closest to a glimmer of hope we have had in recent months has been the success of Mike Binder's The Upside of Anger.  Emily mentioned that just maybe....if we cross all fingers and toes...that maybe a success of this film might cause distributors to look back as some of his old work for release.  But this really is hoping against all hope. 

 

  


Emily 
5/15/05 at 07:25 PM

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Saw this listing on EBay. Does anyone know what this magazine is actually called? I don't think it's really called "Head2Head". Is it Empire, or Film?  Has anyone seen the "Black and White is Beautiful" picture of Alan in it?  Says it's new, June 2005.  
Laurie 
5/15/05 at 07:03 PM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

Thanks Elaine for the update. This is the first year I've donated to RADA (I haven't been an AR fan for too long, I don't know what took me so long to notice him!) and it's great to think that our donations will go to a future actor/actress. I'll definitely do the same next year for AR's birthday!


Barbara 
5/15/05 at 06:55 PM

What is your location? New Zealand

Comments:

Yes, it is the TikkiRose site I was meaning. I will wait patiently until someone else gets to Monday! I went to see "Being Julia' the other weekend and enjoyed it very much. Nice to see Juliet Stevenson and the theatre atmosphere.


kathy  
5/15/05 at 06:22 PM

What is your location? arkansas

Comments:

My you guys have been busy while I've been occupied elsewhere. Watched my friends 2 kids for the weekend so she and hubby could have a weekend alone--I know why--they are 2 and 10 mos. I'm beat.

 

I have access to WorldCat thru our school library so if you want something looked up just let me know.  It is a fabulous resource. (I am intimately acquainted with it)

 

Talk about tear jerker what a fabulous eulogy of Peter Barnes.  It must have hard to lose him--It wasn't that long ago either.  No wonder he was grouchy at the Lion King picture for ?Vogue? mag.

 

I know this must sound like an amateur psychologist  so excuse me.....but I wonder if his deep attachment to friends is partly because he and Rima don't have kids to have that deep attachment to and losing his dad early is a difficult thing that is processed over and over through a child's life, or that he is just an incredibly deep person or all of the above.

 

And........... I have to say "my name is kathy and I have to confess I do adore Cary Grant." 

 

 


sue 
5/15/05 at 06:05 PM

Comments:

But was it Ray or Ben for you Claudia??

I haven't seen it myself!!


Claudia 
5/15/05 at 05:58 PM

What is your location? In the land of needing new AR stuff!

Comments:

I have a long while before Tikkirose's "Faces of Mr. Rickman" changes.  I do love to pop over there every day or so.  I can't wait to see it the new one!

 

So we are confessing to other films now, eh?  Well *swallows hard*, I watched Sexy Beast with Ray Winstone yesterday....and I liked it!   (OMG, I can't believe I'm admitting that here in public!)  ROTFL

 

 


sue 
5/15/05 at 05:55 PM

Comments:
Pic of the day where, Barbara?
Barbara 
5/15/05 at 05:47 PM

What is your location? New Zealand

Comments:

pic of the day (Monday) is of Alan and Juliet Stevenson. Is it when they were at NFT last May? Thanks if you can tell me.


sue 
5/15/05 at 04:49 PM

What is your location? GuiltCity

Comments:

Hell, I have to stand up like a member of AA and say "I am a Rickmaniac, but I love Message in a Bottle"

 Go on vilify me.............

Also last night I have to admit that I watched  Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas in Random Hearts yet again!!!

I think it is time we all came to confessional.............


Claudia 
5/15/05 at 04:25 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Well, I've been mostly surfing channels as I get an overabundance of laundry finished.  I watched Message in a Bottle and low and behold there was Robbie Coltraine!  Now I have watched this film on several different occasions but today is the first time I realized the columnist that Robin Wright Penn's character works for is RC! 

 

Its just to darn AR quiet these days!  I'm getting so impatient!  LOL Oh well, I suppose there has to be some out of the public eye time in order to get some work done.  I guess we can't have it all our way, can we?

 

 


Aurora  
5/15/05 at 03:19 PM

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Holy %@$*  !  The Preacher is fabulous.  This is for sonoma, who used to ask for info on the historical figure, Jacques Roux.  Perhaps you've already satisfied your thirst, but if not, get a connection with a library that subscribes to WorldCat.  This is most likely an academic library, though a public library might have a subscription. If you aren't student or faculty with borrowing rights, join as a Friend or bribe someone.  WorldCat lists a number of books and articles on JR, in German and in French.  Gee, just by chance, Kent State U, (my alma mater, and I just re-upped with the alumni assn, quelle coĂŻncidence et comme c'est curieux, giving me borrowing rights) has a copy of the AR film.

Peekabooh, a get together sounds great! I doubt St. Paul's has a bar, so that makes logistics a bit more difficult. 

Seriously, the musicians and the venue itself sound wonderful. I already want a CD from the choir that will be singing. StP does tours every day 11, 11:30, 13:30 and 14:00.


Elaine 
5/15/05 at 02:58 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Ooh, you just reminded me, Laurie. I got my Rada Friends mag a few days ago. "The Alan Rickman Fan Club" is listed in the column of donations for Graduate Sponsorship, but no actual name with it. It always makes me proud of us fans because no other Rada Graduate (i.e. actor) ever has donations listed from their "Fan Club". Just shows you that giving to something like that is quite the ideal birthday present for the man who has everything - or who could buy everything!

 

No pics in the mag except a photo of the medal board, showing his name as winner of the Bancroft Gold Medal in 1974 (along with several other familiar names in other years).

 


Laurie 
5/15/05 at 02:05 PM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

I was just wondering, has anyone heard who received the money from the RADA donations? I wasn't sure if I missed it when I was away.


Lucy 
5/15/05 at 11:53 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

What a wonderful eulogy!  The Preacher is one of my favorites too.  I think I'll go watch it again.


Peekabooh 
5/15/05 at 10:59 AM

What is your location? the Netherlands

Comments:
I just downloaded The Preacher clip. Wow, what an outstanding performance of our AR ..... I was very impressed. Of course we all know his capabilities when it comes to acting but this really is a Masterpiece! Thanks everyone for pointing me in this direction. And I do have to agree, Alan looks ....so.... oh well, you better take a look for yourself.

I am too very thrilled to see that so many of us are going to St Paul´s. It would be so nice to meet you all. Could we arrange a meeting or something like that?


Laura  
5/15/05 at 07:49 AM

What is your location? Italy

Comments:

thank you everyone for pics, articles, news, videos, wallpaper etc. In Italy AR is not well know at all so this place is really a treasure, thank you!!! I didn't watch the biggest part of his work because not available, so I'm glad to find here so much interesting stuff. I hope one day to be able to help with some stuff

Laura


Pam 
5/14/05 at 11:16 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

Comments:
Hi all,
I finally watched Something The Lord Made! I see what you were all talking about. It was an emotionally charged superb production. It is so wonderful to have brilliant people such as Dr. Blalock and Dr. Thomas to go that extra mile in their research to try to save others lives. I also loved how Dr. Blalock stood up for Dr. Thomas a lot during those prejudiced times. As I said over at Suzannes GB, thank goodness, our country is going forward from those days to a future with equal opportunity for all.
Dee-I also have never heard of the preacher and plan to check it out now too-thanks Martha, for helping us find out more about it.
Next weekend I hope to view the Barchester Chronicles. Alan just gets better with each performance doesnt he? He did an outstanding job in STLM as well as Mos Def. Kudos to them both and the rest of the cast for enlightening so many people on their work etc. Have a good one-off to bed after checking out "The Preacher"--..Pam 


martha 
5/14/05 at 09:32 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:
Dee - Congrats on getting the son through college! The Preacher can be found right here on Claudia’s TV page, along with info on how to buy it. (If you tell them it’s for private use, you might get a discount.) It truly is wonderful – and one of his best looks – IMO.
Jordie  
5/14/05 at 08:38 PM

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I was wondering if anybody knew where I could find 'The Search for John Gissing' on VHS or DVD? If i remember right they havent released it yet, but I was just wondering.


Dee 
5/14/05 at 07:20 PM

What is your location? Indiana - pouting after an argument with the husband

Comments:

Sorry to sound so dumb...but what is "The Preacher" that all of you are talkinig about? An AR film? Play? TV show?  Can someone describe it? Is there any way to see it now?

 

My oldest son graduates from Purdue Un. tomorrow (*proud mom*). I need to get into the kitchen to cook up some of his favorite snacks for the party! Frankly, I really hate to cook so I'm not looking forward to spending that much time huddled over a hot stove...but!


Kathy  
5/14/05 at 05:46 PM

What is your location? Usa/ chicago

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://www.flashbuilder.net/users/kathy2004

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Hello! I was wondering in what shops I can buy Marvin Mixes. I was trying best buy, hip , target, also Ebay but I haven't found it. The only place I've seen it it's iTunes. They said that cd was released on april 29. So I don't know what's wrong.   PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


sue 
5/14/05 at 05:29 PM

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Just finished a pleasant evening's viewing of the great Billy Wilder film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes starring the delectable, late Robert Stephens (Maggie Smith's ex). Thirty minutes in my husband commented that "Old Rickman would make a good Holmes". Well he isn't the first to say that, is he?

I swear blind that we saw TPLoSH at the cinema together but hubby has a senior moment and denies all knowledge. Mind you we did go to the flix twice a week in our courting days!!


Barbara 
5/14/05 at 05:05 PM

What is your location? New Zealand

Comments:

Glad to see you are feeling better Claudia. Thanks for the Peter Barnes eulogy. I agree about "The Preacher", it really is a superb piece of acting.


Sabine 
5/14/05 at 04:44 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Thank you Claudia and anonymous fan for the Peter Barnes eulogy! 

 

Sue - The Preacher is my favorite AR performance as well. 


martha 
5/14/05 at 04:12 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Lucy, Dee, Pam - I, too, remember seeing the first Star Wars.  Saw it cold - no idea what it was about.  My sister said, go see this movie, you'll like it.  So off I went having no idea what it was about.  I was totally stunned and an instant, fervent fan.  I can't wait for the next one!

 

Thank you anon and Claudia for the Peter Barnes Eulogy.


sue 
5/14/05 at 02:12 PM

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Thanks Anon and Claudia for that. Peter Barnes  was an amazing writer, I only realised fairly recently that he wrote The Ruling Class one of my and my husband's favourite films from our courting days.

A beautifully written eulogy and how wonderful to read the lines from The Preacher, which is my very favourite Rickman performance.


Emily 
5/14/05 at 01:18 PM

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Thank you, thank you Claudia and Anonymous. He is a very talented writer. He always hits the right notes of warmth, humor and insight. And he finishes this eulogy off with a good chunk of "The Preacher"!  Oh, this is a heart-tugger!  Thank you!
Claudia 
5/14/05 at 12:58 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Yes indeed Emily! Ask and you shall receive!  Lookie at what was in my mailbox from a very generous anonymous fan! Thank you for your generousity, dear!

 

This is a download link from my freebie server so once the traffic has hit the limit it will be unavailable until tomorrow.  As soon as I get an update for the site, I'll add it there.  The file is, as always, a zip file.  Inside the zip file is a .pdf.  You will need Acrobat Reader (which is free) to view the document. 

 

AR's Eulogy to Peter Barnes

 

And what a beautiful piece it is!  Is there a talent that AR does not possess???? 

 

 


Elaine 
5/14/05 at 12:55 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

I could really go for a nice cold beer right now  Beer Drinker but I'm too lazy to get down the shop. Couch Potato 

 

Lots of HP things beginning to come along now. I see JKR is doing a reading at Edinburgh Castle at midnight when Bk 6 is released. Wish I was a kid again! And she has squashed the rumour that Luna is Snape's daughter (where did that come from?) and says that he does not have a daughter.

 

My son is desperate to see Revenge of the Sith and I've really enjoyed the last two, so I guess I'll have to go with him - and I still have not seen H2G2. Where does the time go?






Emily 
5/14/05 at 12:25 PM

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Thanks to everyone who offered the Michael Kamen eulogy -- I  have that one, and it's beautiful. If anyone wants to read it, it's online here.

 

Thank you Aurora and Claudia, I know we'll work something out so we can all read AR's Peter Barnes oration.  Ask and ye shall receive should be the ARDLHGB motto!


Claudia 
5/14/05 at 12:07 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

 

Hi Gina and welcome to our little group.  I hope you will join us every chance you get. 

 

Well, add me to that list of people that thought Em was talking about the Michael Kamen eulogy too!  Funny how or minds play tricks on us sometimes!  I've mailed Aurora with the offer to scan the article for her so between her and "hanging fire" with Elaine (*grin*) we may get to read the Peter Barne's eulogy soon. 

 

In reference to "concessions".  Well, the word immediately brings to my mind Braves baseball and the good cold beer awaiting a thirsty Braves fan....namely....me!

 

So a touch of HP is coming to Atlanta and just prior to the release of the new film too.  How convenient!  It will be interesting to see how many HP fans you get to meet this year, Sabine.

 

I am thrilled at the size of our group that will be at St. Paul's!  With so many reports and (hopefully) piccies...its going to almost be like we less fortunate were there!  I can't wait! 

 

    

 

 


Pam 
5/14/05 at 10:38 AM

What is your location? Massachusetts

Comments:
Claudia, Welcome back-glad you are feeling better!
Dee-I am also a Star Wars Fan and was there for the first one too back in the 70's ( I was in my 20's). I can remember the little kids sitting up in the balcony sneeking in their "tape recorders" to try to tape some of the dialogue! (LOL) Imagine them telling their kids about that now?
Anyway, if you havent, I recommend you read the book, either paperback or hardcover, The Revenge of the Sith! What a fantastic book as it describes the fall of Anakin and how he becomes Darth Vader. Everything ties in from this one book. I certainly hope they keep it almost like the book for the movie version. Ill be there on opening night. My husband, son and I all have our special Star War shirts we wear for these special movies!
I stopped in the video store yesterday and found Something the Lord made!!! Cant wait to see it tonight..I know how you all raved about it..Have a good one all-at least its not raining here yet!!! Pam


Aurora  
5/14/05 at 10:18 AM

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Oops!  Here's e-mail.

Aurora 
5/14/05 at 10:17 AM

Comments:
Good thing I learned about that concessions rate.  It will save me a lot of money.  lol  Well, not quite yet.   "Round here, concessions are the food and drink stands.  lol again.

I've got AR's funeral oration article from New Theatre Quarterly, but I don't have a scanner.  It's a big long, too, I'd say 1500 words.  PB would be a good solution, as the article would fill up most of this page. Somebody with a scanner, please e-mail me and I'll send it along.  It's a pdf file.  BTW, there are two other tributes to Barnes in the same file that readers might enjoy.


Lucy 
5/14/05 at 10:00 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Dee, I'm another one who saw Star Wars in 1977.  I was just a little kid then, and it affected me for life.  I left the theatre in love with science fiction and orchestral music.


sue 
5/14/05 at 09:46 AM

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://www.livejournal.com/community/gbhunks/

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We are all so eager aren't we? I immediately thought "Oh I know where that is" but then realised I was thinking of M.Kamen!.

 

It's a sad fact that when you get in your fifties you start hearing about friends and acquaintances of the same age and just a bit older that start dropping off. My mother who is 85 says it's Christmas time when your  card list has got shorter that is the worst/

 

Glad to see so many are going to St.Pauls, mind you won't be long before I can get the concession rate too!! LOL I am really looking forward to it because St.Pauls is such an amazing place, will be fabulous to hear all those great voices there. I shouldn't think many of them will have performed in a more awe-inspiring place.


Sabine 
5/14/05 at 09:34 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

 and welcome, Gina!  It's great to have so many new people here! 


ali-pat 
5/14/05 at 09:33 AM

What is your location? at work--dont' you feel sorry for me?

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/APLhome.html

Comments:

Elaine--I have the same word blindness!  I was all ready to send my copy of the eulogy until I remembered it was for Michael Kaman and not Peter Barnes.  I will keep looking, also.  We certainly lost quite a few great people in a short time, didn't we?  I am still deeply sad about MK and PB.


Sabine 
5/14/05 at 09:32 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Dee - I'm just as excited as you are about StarWars III!  And I can still remember how I felt when I saw the first one in the movie theaters. 

 

BTW, here's some info for all HP fans who are also interested in SciFi/Fantasy conventions: James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins) will be at DragonCon in Atlanta this year (Labor Day Weekend).


martha 
5/14/05 at 09:28 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Gina - HI!  Amazing place, isn't it?

 

Aurora - I'm so stoked for you - you're going to have a great time and meet some fantastic people.  (And I'm actually not referring to AR!)


Elaine 
5/14/05 at 07:48 AM

Comments:
I have word blindness. I could have sworn that "Peter Barnes" said "Michael Kamen" this morning. Hang fire though, I might be able to help....
Elaine  
5/14/05 at 07:46 AM

Comments:

Emily, I've got that Michael Kamen speech. Send me your email and I'll wing it on over to you.


Alanfan  
5/14/05 at 02:45 AM

What is your location? at my computer

Comments:
About St Paul's concert, concessions is for pensioner's etc. I'm hoping to be there as well.

Emily 
5/14/05 at 01:38 AM

Comments:
OK librarians. Here is one for you. Been looking high and low for the eulogy AR gave at Peter Barnes' memorial service. This was a very private affair. I finally found that it was published in New Theatre Quarterly Vol 20, issue 4 (November 2004). But it can't be accessed online for free. Here's the citation. Anyone have access to it and can scan it or copy it out for us here? That would be most appreciated. 
Gina 
5/14/05 at 12:07 AM

What is your location? Toronto, Canada

Comments:

I am just beyond surprised at finding this site.  I happened to be on IMDB and someone made a comment in passing about what a great site this was with all the media stuff of The Man, but I had no idea.  The extent of some of this stuff is just beyond what a Alan Rickman fan could hope for.  Thanks so much for all of these great sounds and clips!! 


Dee 
5/14/05 at 12:00 AM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Elaine -- Hysterical socks/sex photo! You're a hoot!

 

Sharon -- Thanks for sharing that link to the  TMD photos. Beautiful quality shots!

 

Claudia -- Yeah! You're back! Hope you're feeling better every day!

 

Talking about movies...is anyone else excited about Star Wars III? I can't wait! If you aren't a sci fi freak, this will sound stupid -- but I can still remember how I felt the first time I saw Star Wars in 1977! It was a monumental occassion!


kathy 
5/13/05 at 11:43 PM

What is your location? arkansas

Comments:

Elaine. your picture cracks me up!  Its perfect.

 

Aurora, I had to ask the same thing--concessions are lower prices for seniors, students, disabled, etc.

 

I saw a great movie tonight--The Interpreter with Nicole Kidman.  Another 6 degrees of AR--- Anthony Mingella produced it.  Sydney Pollock directed it. It was really good.  Also looks like there will be some good movies out this summer.

 

Claudia-welcome back hope you're feeling better.

We missed you.

 

Loved the Wawa montage--he looks very distinguished with his grey heair.


Lucy 
5/13/05 at 11:35 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

OK, I had to do this: I guess for AR sox appeal does not equal sex appeal.

That's a wonderfully funny wallpaper, Daydreamer!


Aurora 
5/13/05 at 07:20 PM

What is your location? momentarily with my socks on

Comments:

To answer Elaine's DkH question, yes Hart Sharp are in the opening credits.  They were producers?  I trudged all the way upstairs to get the DVD, thereby burning at least 3 calories and toning 2 leg muscles.  I hope HS aren't a bad omen.  Interesting trivia:  the DkH director later wrote the screenplay to Remember the Titans, an American football film  with Denzel Washington.  I'm not sure if he directed anything else after DkH. Maybe he learned his lesson. 

And scrollling back to an earlier message from Elaine, it's official.  I have a ticket to the St. Paul's concert.  Yay!  But think I can also enjoy the experience without an autograph.  And am also not very religious. 

I have a question, too.  Since I'm taking a week in London around the St. Paul's date, I'm  reading up on possible activities. What does it mean when play/readings dates give a price for the performance and another for concessions?  That you must reserve in advance  to get a drink?

 


Elaine 
5/13/05 at 07:14 PM

Comments:

And lastly, before I go to bed, love that wallpaper Daydreamer. A little Wawa story!


Elaine 
5/13/05 at 07:12 PM

Comments:

Sharen - thanks for the link. Not seen those before.


Sabine 
5/13/05 at 06:30 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Elaine, you crack me up!  Thanks for the laugh! 


Emily 
5/13/05 at 06:12 PM

Comments:

Thank you, Sharen. I don't have any research tips. I'm usually looking for something else entirely and I get lucky.

 

Hey Claudia!  Back among the living!  You've been missed ...


sue 
5/13/05 at 05:27 PM

Comments:

Nice pix Sharen


Sharen 
5/13/05 at 05:04 PM

What is your location? FL

Comments:

Emily, your finding skills are a librarian's dream! Would you share some favorite search sites/strategies?

 

Continued healthy wishes to Claudia. And speaking of TMD, I followed an ancient link to this site http://www.networkphotographers.com/frontpage/index.html, and if you type in Rickman you get 6 photos that might be new to some people here.

P.S. Nice pun, Sue.


Claudia 
5/13/05 at 05:03 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Oh Elaine!  Perfect images for that quote! 

 

 


Elaine 
5/13/05 at 04:56 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

CLAUDIA!   Hello

 

Here's a little welcome back gift (because I love this quote!!)

 






Daydreamer 
5/13/05 at 03:08 PM

Comments:

Glad you like my wallpaper!
I don't have an lj, so Glassmeow from http://hallospacegirl.proboards27.com/index.cgi posted it there for me.
I made also a few animation - you can find them all over on SWARF messageboard.

Claudia:
I'm glad you're back!

Dee:
Thanks for the new painting manipulation. It's lovely!

Emily:
great find!
romantic = making love without socks ... that's interesting...
And that picture is nice too.

Natasxxx 
5/13/05 at 02:56 PM

What is your location? Back 2home....feeling vey pooped...

Comments:

FIRST:--> WELCOME "BACK" CLAUDIA, i'M GLAD THAT YOU'RE FEELIN' BETTER!!!!!

 

@PEEK: No, it's US_import, so only with English subtitles!!!

 

and CLAUDIA: I will give my "opinion"about this movie!!!

 

I'm so exited....It will be delivered next week!!!!

 

 


Vicki 
5/13/05 at 02:00 PM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

Daydreamer - "Special Cake-Searching Dog?"....B-A-A-A-H-H-A-A-A-A-H-A-A-A-A!      I Love it!!!

 

WELCOME BACK, CLAUDIA.....WE MISSED YOU TREMENDOUSLY!!


Claudia 
5/13/05 at 01:49 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I knew I was leaving out some comments earlier! 

 

Natasxxx, congrats on getting StLM.  Be sure to share your thoughts with us.  I think today could be a TMD and StLM kind of day! 

 

Dee, I forgot to mention your Chagall manip.  They really do look good. 

 

 


Claudia 
5/13/05 at 01:46 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Daydreamer, what a cute little wallpaper!  That had to have taken a lot of time to make.  Thanks for passing on the link, Sue!

 

 

 

 


Lucy 
5/13/05 at 12:26 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Welcome Back, Claudia!

 

 

 


sue 
5/13/05 at 12:15 PM

What is your location? never previewing!

Comments:

Buggered up the link! I meant to say Find it HERE


Sue 
5/13/05 at 12:13 PM

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://www.livejournal.com/community/gbhunks/

Comments:

Wecome Back Claudia Glad you are feeling better.

Elaine, I don't know about Dark Harbor.

Somebody put a wonderful  Wawallpaper made by Daydreamer on LJ. Find it  HERE


Aurora 
5/13/05 at 11:53 AM

Comments:
Claudia, welcome back!      It's good to hear you're feeling better.

Emily, Sue, that LA interview and the news from Cannes are real finds.

Dee, great manips.  Seems like everyone should plant some rhubarb. 


Ali-Pat 
5/13/05 at 11:23 AM

What is your location? one step closer to oblivion

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/APLhome.html

Comments:

Claudia, I am so THRILLED to see you back! 

Now just don't overdo it and relapse--rest yourself, girl!


Sabine 
5/13/05 at 09:43 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Claudia, you're back!  Yay! 

 

Glad to see you're feeling better!  We missed ya, girl!


Claudia 
5/13/05 at 09:30 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Hi everyone!  I'm baaaaaaack!  Still have a few sniffles but at least I'm feeling like sitting at the computer a bit.  A huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the well wishes. 

 

A belated huge

to Claire in Chicago and Linn and Sophie from Sweden!  I hope you will join in with us as often as you can.

 

Emily, thank you so much for the transcript from the LA press conference in Paris and special thanks to Deb for translating it!  Some new AR stuff was just what the doctor ordered! 

 

I can't wait to get a chance at that King's Head documentary, Jen! Thank you for posting a reminder about it. Unless I write it down, I tend to forget about early announcements (maybe I need to work up some AR memory bank system???  lol).  I hope it will be made available soon. 

 

RedTango, I'll pop over and look at some of your new pieces as soon as I get caught a bit.  I know it will be hilarious. 

 

Kimberly, thanks so much for the Times article on John Donne.  It gives a very interesting background on him.  I can't wait to start getting in some reports and piccies from the 9th!  We need some new AR!!!  LOL  A letter to you shortly my dear!

 

kathy, the backstage tour of the NT sounds like a lot of fun!  I hope someone will take you up on the offer to join you!  The only way to add more fun to a tour like that would be to do it with a fellow AR fan, right?  Also, have you looked into a tour of RADA yet? 

 

Elaine, sounds like your holiday got off to an excellent start!  But you still have a lot more time to squeeze in some more!  What else is a holiday for? 

 

Michelle!  I'm so glad you will get to make the fall run of MNiRC!  I hope you will share your thoughts with us.  And...any AR sightings as well!  *grin*

 

  

 

 


Aurora 
5/13/05 at 09:03 AM

What is your location? OH

Comments:
Good morning, all. There's a familiar face appearing at the Science Museum in London May 28-Nov. 27:  They're opening a   H2G2 exhibit and they've got Marvin as the mascot on their webpage. Could we hope for the voice, too?   Exhibit tickets are ÂŁ8 adult.

There's also this:   "screenings of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2D (PG) at the Science Museum between 28 May - 5 June, to complement the exhibition. To book tickets call 0870 870 4771. Discounted combination tickets for the film and exhibition apply, please call for details. Please note this film is not in IMAX format or 3D and will not occupy the full screen."


Elaine 
5/13/05 at 07:09 AM

Comments:

Sue, wasn't "Hart Sharp" the lot that did "Dark Harbor"?


Elaine 
5/13/05 at 07:07 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Kathy, Flo has a lot to answer for and Mary Seacole should have got more recognition than she did as she was far more effective in the Crimea than Ms N but at least the speaker (some high faluting nurse manager who earns far more than me - or any nurse on the shop floor come to that!) did pay her some lip service. The service was in Westminster Abbey and we had the bells ringing afterwards, just for us, so it was quite something. I've already put it into my diary for next year! Wanna come? And hope your throat is feeling better!

 

I keep flicking back to that "King's Head" site in case there's more news but they seem to be stuck on it at the moment.

 

Sabine, nice to see you again. It's rotten when real life gets in the way, isn't it?


sue 
5/13/05 at 04:07 AM

Comments:

A small quote lifted from Variety re Fortissimo Films:

 

"Fortissimo Films is continuing its push into English-language movies with three new Australian projects to go with an expanding slate of American, British and South African pics.

The sales company, based in Hong Kong and Amsterdam, is best known as a specialist in Asian fare, such as the Cannes competition entry "Shanghai Dreams."

But over the past couple of years Fortissimo has made a concerted effort to diversify into English-speaking pics. Its Cannes slate includes the Robin WilliamsRobin Williams-starrer "The Night Listener" from Hart Shap, the Anglo-Canadian romance "Snow Cake" starring Alan Rickman and Sigourney WeaverSigourney Weaver, the Australian Un Certain Regard entry "Jewboy," and the Sundance docudocu "Mad Hot Ballroom."

 

So looks like thay are flogging it at Cannes this week (even if it is not yet in the Cannes)


Peekabooh 
5/13/05 at 03:23 AM

What is your location? the Netherlands

Comments:
Hi girls, here´s a quick one:

Dee, great manip! Actually my birthday is in May, so thanks very much!

Emily, great find (makes me wanna check out his socks in every picture).

Jen, thanks for posting that link, I haven´t seen that site before.

Natasxxx, did you order one with Dutch subtitles?

CLAUDIA, GET WELL SOON, WE ALL MISS YOU!!!


Gissing's Girl 
5/13/05 at 02:45 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Claudia,

 

I hope you are feeling much better and will be back with us soon. Take care of yourself.


Natasxxx 
5/13/05 at 01:57 AM

What is your location? ....Twenthe....

Comments:

Woohoo...Here is one happy person! About a few days I've finally my DVD "Something the Lorde Made"....I can't hardly wait!!!!

 

 

 


Dee 
5/12/05 at 11:01 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Jen -- Vetriano? Hmmm... I've got The Billy Boys hanging right here in our bedroom! Love his stuff. Very sexy! You're right, that does remind me of AR!

 

I'd love to make a page for my "famous paintings", but don't have the slightest idea how to do it. I'm not very techno-savvy. If anyone can tell me how in an easy-to-understand way (To quote GQ: "Explain as you would to a child.") I'd love to hear!

 

Kathy - Hope you get feeling better AND get your voice back soon! It's always frustrating when you open your mouth and all you can manage is an indignant "squeak"!

 

Time for bed! I'm going to sleep with visions of AR in his socks! Oh course, he's not wearing anything else...  


Emily 
5/12/05 at 10:11 PM

Comments:

Jen, I posted the "King's Head" info here a while back, but it's good to have a reminder ... They're taking their time finishing it.

 

There is another photo of AR from the film on the www.visioncreator.com website, which I will re-post now.

 


Jen 
5/12/05 at 09:36 PM

Comments:

HA!  They must have updated their page!  The names are there now!  WOoooo!  So he IS in it!


Jen 
5/12/05 at 09:32 PM

What is your location? Cow Land

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://p204.ezboard.com/bthealanrickmanforum

Comments:

Woohoo!  I finally have something news-y to post! ROFL!  Although I'm not sure if I'm perhaps jumping the gun on this one--though when it comes to AR, can you really blame me?

 

My friend Sarah is a HUGE British theatre obsessee, and she just e-mailed me about this:  The King’s Head: A Maverick in London (scroll down to the pic of AR). 

 

She assumed I would have info. I did not, but I am QUITE intruiged!  She has sent them an e-mail to inquire more about the film and to ask whether or not AR is a confirmed participant.

This documentary sounds like something he'd be happy to participate in (same with the lovely and talented Rupert Graves), but the odd thing is that neither of them are listed in the names of people who are/have participated in the documentary so far. But both HAVE performed there . . . So the question of the moment is, then, are their pics on this page purely for the purpose of illustrating the talent the King's Head has showcased, or are the producer's saying that they HAVE spoken to these guys.  Hmmm, it's a mystery . . . Will post when/if I hear anything, though!


 

Emily, thank you SO much for that interview transcript!  And thanks to Deb for the translation!  I loved the socks comment! Priceless!

 

Dee, I love your ARt Wallpapers!! So unique!  Have you ever thought about starting a page for them?  I always think of AR when I see a Jack Vetriano print . . . Not dropping any hints or anything . . . LOL 

 

"Everything looks better with a little AR in it!"

 

Amen, sistah!

 

And big huge healing HUGS to Claudia!  Hope you get well soon!! 


Dee 
5/12/05 at 09:15 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Emily -- Thanks for sharing that interview. I wish the interviewer would have questioned him a bit more (Heck, I didn't even remember there was anyone else in the movie! ), but that last comment is priceless! Wonder what made him think about sex and socks...?

 

Glad you liked the Chagall! My husband once asked if I felt bad "perverting" such famous works of art. I just laughed! Everything looks better with a little AR in it!

 

Gee...I miss Claudia! Hope her illness isn't something serious! Feel better soon, Claudia!


Pam 
5/12/05 at 08:32 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

Comments:
Claudia, please get well soon-we miss you over here--Pam

Lucy 
5/12/05 at 08:18 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Emily, THANK YOU for posting that interview!  Alan mentions making love...THUD!  I know it's just a joke, but still...

 

And him keeping his socks on those gorgeous feet would definitely be a crime!


Sabine 
5/12/05 at 07:52 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Hey guys!  Sorry I haven't been around much, but real life has been interfering.  I have been checking in though and I just wanted to thank everybody for all their posts, pictures, etc.  It's really nice to know I can come here when I need a "pick-me-up!"

 

Claudia, I hope you'll feel better soon!!!! 


Vicki 
5/12/05 at 07:31 PM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

Kimberly, sorry for the delay in getting back to you....I've been out most of the day.  You can find Alan's "Pic of the Day" here

 

Hope my link works....

 

Loved the comment about the socks.   


kathy 
5/12/05 at 06:38 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

you would think by now i'd know how to do this-----

 

What I was trying to say was,

 Dee I love the "the birthday" perfectly done.  Mine's in June so I will just pretend!

 

Emily--you're old eagle eyes--great article and love the photo.  That must have been an hysterical group to work with. 

 

Elaine--thought of you while you were tipping your cap to Flo--I'll bet it was great!  We never did traditional things like that--we also don't have lovely places like St. Pauls to have them in either. However, I've never met a group who could party better than nurses!! (I don't know if that's good or bad!)

 

Much to my children's delight I have laryngitis, and this stubborn sore throat that won't go away. I guess I'll have to pour some of my fire water for medicinal purposes.

 

Claudia--GET BETTER SOON WE MISS YOU  remember alcohol kills germs! 


Elaine 
5/12/05 at 06:14 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Emily, thank you for coming up with that. What a CLASSIC comment! PLEASE, Mr Rickman - do more chat shows!

 

Just been up to London for Florrie's Memorial Service. Far too many nurses! At least the Army was paying - and for our nice meal in Covent Garden. (I knew I joined for something!)

 

Dee, very clever manip.

 

Claudia, I know you're keeping an eye on us. Have a large fire water and cuddle a hottie bottle!


sue 
5/12/05 at 05:57 PM

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Great find Emily and how true about the socks!!
Emily 
5/12/05 at 04:45 PM

Comments:

This is for Claudia. I found this recently and I hope it will cheer her up. It's a transcript from a French site of a Love Actually press conference in Paris. Here's the picture from it - never saw this one before.

 

 

And this is the translation courtesy of Deb, Montreal. AR only answers a couple of questions, but his second answer is a winner. :

 

In Love Actually, you play the Prime Minister of Great Britain: What are, in your opinion, the advantages and inconveniences of this job?
HG: If I was Prime Minister, I couldn't stand such responsibility. As well, I would have to be interested in others and I'm much too self-absorbed for that. I imagine also that I would abuse the power that had been given to me: Caligula is the perfect figure of power, in my opinion.

How does this film differ from other comedies?
Richard Curtis: This comedy is totally different from others! There are 9 true love stories(isn't that innovative?!).
AR: This one is funny...
Martine McCutcheon:Contrary to films which are 100% romantic, this one has real depth, real sadness.
RC:In my next film you will have a very small role if this keeps up...
HG: The film isn't at all different. Richard & I have made 5 similar films. What is interesting is the very British aspect of the movie: the idea that there can be English love stories makes one smile. It isn't like you French, who are so romantic by nature. The priorities for we English are: dogs, beer, playing golf and making money.

One often has the impression that European cinema has a complex when it comes to American cinema.
RC: I don't have the feeling that European cinema has looked at American cinema as a big brother. The best movies speak about what we know, it's simple. In Europe, among the people I find interesting, is the Swedish director Lukas Modysson, for example.

Explain for us the opening and final scenes.
RC:I've had to wait for hours in the Arrivals area of an airport> I've observed people and I've been very moved. That's all.

Hugh Grant, are you aware that because you're always playing the role of a man to be married, you're known as The Lord of the Ring?
HG: Yes, perhaps I've played a few too many romantic films. Nevertheless, I need to find the humour in a scenario, if not, I'm not a very interesting actor.

Have George Bush and Tony Blair seen the film?
HGf course and on that occasion the Queen organized a little party:TV and pizza for everyone.
RC:Tony Blair saw Notting Hill. He said to me that he liked the film but he was a little disappointed that the characters didn't have real jobs. I obeyed him!

What is you definition of English romanticism?
AR: Don't keep your socks on while making love.
Bill Nighy: I'm far from being an expert on the matter (it's been such a long time...!). They always say the English have something "special", I imagine that refers to a certain embarassment in speaking about love and sexuality: they don't talk about it and one even wonders how they manage to have children.


Is love, for you, a source of happiness or of problems?
HG: Problems. I'm no expert either, to tell the truth. I think that when you love someone, it should be unconditionally, a little like the love between Blair and Bush.

Bill Nighy, what made you decide to play in this movie?
BN: First of all, I like the idea of playing an old guy making a comeback (notice my pointy rocker shoes). Next they had me swearing all over the place. Then I had to do a "live" performance so I was surrounded by pretty girls dressed as Mother Christmas (rather scantily clad, it's true). At my age, you can't refuse such an offer.


Vayda 
5/12/05 at 12:51 PM

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Dee, you did a wonderful job on that painting!

 

  

 

Claudia, wishing you a speedy recovery!

 

  

 

I'm soooo looking forward to the weekend. I think Alexander shares my feelings!

 

   

 





sue 
5/12/05 at 12:25 PM

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Dee I had to go look at the original picture to check out what it was all about. I have never seen it before!Weird!


sue 
5/12/05 at 12:24 PM

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GET WELL SOON CLAUDIA!

 

 


Kimberly 
5/12/05 at 11:54 AM

What is your location? Michigan

Comments:

Vicki: Can you post the link to the website that has the "Alan Rickman Pic of the Day"?  Thanks!


Vicki 
5/12/05 at 11:13 AM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

Dee, as usual, you're amazing!  That looks great...now I wish I had a May birthday! 

 

Every morning, when I boot up my computer, one of the first things I do is check out the AR pic of the day.  I love today's (from LLD with Lindsey Duncan) he looks incredibly handsome!

 

Lots of new people arriving on this GB....poor Claudia is sick, otherwise she'd be splashing out a great big WELCOME! to you all.  Get well soon, Claudia!  And, WELCOME to all the new people!  This is a wonderful place to chat about and learn new things about Alan and what he's doing.

 

My, we have a lot of librarians and "friends" of libraries....what would we do without you?  Thanks for all your hard work.


Dee 
5/12/05 at 10:47 AM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

I've finished a new "famous painting" wallpaper for all you art fans. I dedicate it to all ARs fan who were born in May! This is Chagall's "The Birthday".

 



Ali-Pat 
5/12/05 at 09:38 AM

What is your location? between laundry and dishes

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/APLhome.html

Comments:

I have added a Hitchhiker page to my website.  Have a look:  http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/HGTG.html

 

There is also a good chance for a Rachel Corrie page before the month is out (but don't ask me why it is taking so long to create a Love, Actually page).

 

My final take on HGTG is that you really need to be familiar with the books to enjoy it!  I read the books years ago and loved them, but I think I need to read them again and then see the movie again.  Despite moments of high hilarity (the knitted people come to mind), I found myself scratching my head a lot.  But perhaps my expectations were just too high, and my memory of the books too stale.  I'm willing to give it another shot, however! 

 

 


Alfan 
5/11/05 at 07:17 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

Did i say that was Filch (sorry, cat poop for brains), it looks more like MgGonnagal beside Snape and Dumbledore. But yes, definitly it looks like it but he doesnt seem to be in his best robes, does he.


Alfan 
5/11/05 at 07:15 PM

What is your location? canada

Comments:

Sharon,,,,,Claudia was the first, hers is on the way. And i would say yes that is our potions master standing. Igor Karakoff is beside him along with Filch and Dumbledore. Good eye.


Sharen 
5/11/05 at 06:30 PM

What is your location? FL (also an MLS but sadly never in an AR-related library)

Comments:

Cute manip, Dee! (Batgirl too.)

Alfan--very kind offer; maybe you should save a copy for Claudia in case she didn't get one before her flu.

 

This photo from GOF has a black-robed figure to the right of center whose face is hidden by the camera. http://www.veritaserum.com/galleries/displayimage.php?album=197&pos=111 Does anyone think it could be our Potions Master?


Juliet 
5/11/05 at 03:24 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:
HP&GoF will be playing in Imax theatres from 18th November, don't know if that will be in the US initially or worldwide.
Dee 
5/11/05 at 12:17 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

What kind of books does AR read? Hmmm...I think I can answer that question.

 



kathy 
5/11/05 at 10:59 AM

What is your location? home

Comments:

Just wanted to say 3 cheers for all the librarians here, and Friends of libraries, libraries are my most favorite places on earth.  Believe me there are many people out here who truly appreciate the great job you all do!  I'll bet AR is a big reader, too! I'd love to know what books are on his night table!


Alfan 
5/11/05 at 09:59 AM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

FYI----i have three extra copies of the Mclean's magazine that has the Snowcake article in it and if anyone who would like one but cannot because it isnt avaliable where they live would like one i am willing to send them a copy. ( absolutly no charge)


Gissing's Girl 
5/11/05 at 02:47 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

i've been in Libraries for the last 30 years, imagine the amount of books you can read in that time. And how things have changed over those 30 years.

 

I got tickets for the John Donne  Celebration at St Paul's in the transept yesterday so there are still some left if anyone is still thinking about it.


Michelle 
5/11/05 at 01:14 AM

What is your location? England

Comments:

I'm not a librarian but I'm not at all surprised so many of us are. AR is such an intelligent, thought-provoking man he obviously appeals to bright, well-read people. Well, apart from me of course!


Deb 
5/10/05 at 11:23 PM

What is your location? Montreal

Comments:

Just a note for fellow Canadians.  Winter Guest at 11:30 tonight (Tuesday May 10) on CBC's Best of Britain.  Gotta run.  That's in two minutes, for me.


Dee 
5/10/05 at 09:35 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Pam -- So, you're a "Friend" -- one of the unsong heros of the library! Good for you! Most libraries couldn't accomplish half as much without "Friends" like you. I'm the community relations manager at our library. I do all of the marketing, plus adult programming. I love it! After years in the newspaper business, it's been wonderful to leave behind the stress and do something very positive in our community.

 

Ali-Pat -- Ahhh...you're a "real" librarian! And are you saying that you're an IU grad? I'm a Ball U art major! It's nice to finally find other "book women" who have the good taste to adore AR. I'm going to check out your website right now!


Sophie 
5/10/05 at 12:38 PM

What is your location? Sweden

Comments:

Hello Linn! Another swede!


Linn  
5/10/05 at 10:32 AM

What is your location? Karlstad, Sweden

Comments:

Hello Claudia GA! I think your website is awsome!

I am a great AR fan... I have him as a screensaver and as my wallpaper on my computer at home. Right now I am at the city library. I have no internet at home. And I hate that. You´re the best.

 

//Linn from Sweden


Carol 
5/10/05 at 09:39 AM

What is your location? Michigan

Comments:

RedTango, I am sorry, but I can NOT look at your pages for more than 30 seconds at a time.  Reason:  I laugh too hard, which brings tears to my eyes---and makes my keyboard soggy.  I'm afraid I'll short-circuit my computer.

 

Claudia, I hope you're starting to feel better!  Rest easy! 

 

 


Ali-Pat 
5/10/05 at 08:28 AM

Comments:

Oh!  I reread the posts and now realize that Claudia is sick also.

  May a great wellness descend on your house, dear Claudia (and all others who are suffering from whatever bug is circulating).


Ali-Pat 
5/10/05 at 08:14 AM

What is your location? in the library, of course

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/APLhome.html

Comments:

Dee--you can count me among the librarians in the group (MLS IU, 88), and I can think of at least two others.  My profession should be of no surprise to anyone who has seen my website.

 

Claudia--hope the grands are better soon!  I know they are receiving the best of care.


Elaine 
5/10/05 at 02:47 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Just been onto "The Leaky Cauldron". They have made caps from the GOF trailer and compared them with passages of writing in the book. They've got that teensy snippet of Snape that I found but it is really interesting to see how the movie makers have got things. I know there will be avid fans in the cinema almost with the book in their hands ticking off what was in it and what was not and should have been, but you have to take the film as a whole - a piece of entertainment - and it loooks very authentic so far. I will be happy if they include the bit where Snape reveals the dark mark on his arm to Fudge, otherwise, I'll enjoy whatever we get of the Potions Master!

 

Kathy, I'd love the NT tour but I'll be working so I can get days off prior to my NEXT holiday! Hope you have a great time. Maybe you can book to see their vid of "A & C"!

 

Michelle, glad you are going for tickets for MNiRC. You may get a better chance of seeing the director than we all did!


Natasxxx 
5/10/05 at 02:09 AM

Comments:

Get well soon, Claudia!!!!!

 

 


RedTango 
5/10/05 at 12:58 AM

What is your location? Burbank, Ca

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://alanrickmangallery.com

Comments:
Attention all Snape Lovers:

FANTASTIC HUGE NEW SNAPE CAPTURES....for all those in a slump cuz there ain't no Snape in the Goblet O' Fire trailer..get on down to the gallery and feast your needy orbs on my all new, revised collection of caps from Chamber of Secrets...I really dug deep to being you the best. So go.

alanrickmangallery.com

Over and out.






Michelle 
5/10/05 at 12:29 AM

What is your location? England

Comments:

I noticed that tickets are now on sale at the Royal Courts website for the October run of MNIRC. I couldn't get tickets first time round. I'm so excited. I'll be able to make this.


Lucy 
5/09/05 at 11:25 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Claudia,

Get Well Soon!


My family has just gotten over flu season, so we know how bad it is.  Now we're into allergy season, and Twin #1 is suffering, poor guy.

 

I'm hoping Our Man shows up more in the movie than the preview suggests.  Oh, well, we've got Snow Cake to look forward to!

 


Pam 
5/09/05 at 10:55 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

Comments:
Hi Dee,
I am one of those "volunteers" Friends of the library actually that is in charge of our book sales twice a year. I go in almost every week to sort the donated books for book sales, put them in categories and store them in our book room for prepeation for the upcoming  sale. We then schedule all our people, set up, sell the books, find an organization that takes the leftovers-whew-its a lot of work but fun. I also help out with the adult program once a month too (mostly the older folks come-our seniors) but the programs are really for all as they sometimes have people portraying Amelia Earhart, Sophie Tucker, and some performers that play in bands etc. along with special Celtic music. I have been doing this since my son was around 2 or so and used to run the annual pumpkin festival also for the younger kids. I had to give up that position as I just ran out of time! All in all, its a lot of fun.What do you do in the library? I also used to help in the library at the elementary schools while my son was younger, reading to the kids, putting the books away on the shelves, stamping them in and out (most are computerized now though)..I may get tired at times, but its worth it..even with the internet, there is nothing like the Library! Pam


Dee 
5/09/05 at 09:54 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Pam -- You've mentioned your library a few times...I don't mean to pry, but do you work in a library too? I'd be thrilled to not be the "Lone Librarian" on this site who loves AR!

 



Pam 
5/09/05 at 07:48 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

Comments:
Claudia, Hope you get better soon. Sounds like you have a very nasty bug! I was in bed all day a week ago last Saturday with almost the same thing you are describing. I am finally feeling better, but the cough was pretty bad. I somehow made it through our book sale at the library and we did really well getting almost 2300.00 for our libraries programs for both children and adults..Now I can rest until the next one in November!!! (LOl) Keep all the good pictures coming everyone-I also hope Snape has more than a few scenes in GOF..Pam

Dee 
5/09/05 at 07:41 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Claudia -- Well, we all know you didn't catch that virus from any of US! Hope you get feeling better soon. There's nothing worse than getting a cold or flu after warm weather finally arrives!

 

I see that Red Tango is up to her funny business again! Absolutely hysterical! Love her wicked sense of humor!


kathy 
5/09/05 at 06:30 PM

Comments:

PS  please excuse my spelling--us hicks from the Ozarks don't know what spell check is for--


kathy  
5/09/05 at 06:29 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

Claudia, GET BETTER SOON--WE MISS YOU

 

I booked myself a place on the National Theatre backstage tour 27th of June at 10:15 am Can I entice anybody to join me and go have lunch afterwards???  We might be able to get into some mischieve in that end of town!! Email me if you want to---


melissa 
5/09/05 at 06:28 PM

Comments:

hmmm...i wonder what happened now....

what do you suppose has him all worked up?

 

RED TANGO : YOU ROCK!


Elaine 
5/09/05 at 05:50 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Claudia - Hope you're not suffering from this  Messy Sneeze  or this  Sickly but that you take your  Medicine and treat you and your grand son to  Candy Bar to keep your spirits up!

 

Get well soon!

 








Claudia 
5/09/05 at 05:37 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Hi Ladies, I'm just checking in to see what I've missed.  I'll respond to all the wonderful posts and my email as soon as I can. 

 

I have a major case of the flu along with my oldest grandson.  I'll be back as soon as I can. 

 

*sniff* Get out the Lysol and spray your 'puters, yall.  This is awful stuff! 

 

 


martha 
5/09/05 at 04:35 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Elaine - Good for you!  Enjoy yourself!


Elaine 
5/09/05 at 04:05 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

The ticket is now in your hand, Kathy!! I'm not really going away but doing a lot of TA. Going to the Florence Nightingale Memorial Service on Wednesday (another excuse to go to London, paid for by the Army!) Very "nursey". Then Ten Tors, then a week at the Devon County Show where I've been told I'm to be presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles and Camilla, no less!) because of Op Telic service. So a full two weeks really - and earning extra pay to finance my St Pauls and Chelsea trips! (Method in my madness!)

 

 


kathy 
5/09/05 at 03:23 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

Elaine, Have a great holiday, are you going somewhere or just relaxing at home?  Enjoy, where ever it is!

 

Just got back from the airport after re-ticketing my ticket so I can leave earlier.  The things I will do for AR  ---Don't ask me why (I think it has to do with frequent fliers and 2 different airlines) but they wouldn't do it over the phone with a credit card.  I have to say Delta was none too gracious either!

 

Oh well, I am all but on my way. 

 

Those of you going to John Donne will enjoy that.  St. Paul's is such a beautiful place and so many wonderful participants, not just AR but Juliet S. and Julie W. will be wonderful.  What a treat to perform in such an auspicious place.  Hope the weather is good, too.

 

English actors must be like a club where they bump into each other all over the place. 

 

Again, Elaine have a great holiday, I'll be thinking of you!


Natasxxx 
5/09/05 at 02:30 PM

What is your location? Enschede

Comments:

Enjoy your holiday, Elaine!!!

 

 


Elaine 
5/09/05 at 12:17 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

I'm on holiday - WHEEE! SpazTwo weeks away from the NHS! (That's got to be good!)

 

Kimberley, thanks for posting that article. I'm pleased to see Mark Rylance is one of the speakers as well. He is (or was...) heavily involved with productions at The Globe and I saw him there in Richard II. He was  Outstanding! I'm sure it wil be an excellent evening but I hope in such illustrious surroundings that we fans respect the "ambience" of the occasion and forget autograph hunting, etc. At least not in the cathedral. Doesn't seem right somehow. (And I'm not christian either!)  






Claire  
5/09/05 at 10:17 AM

What is your location? Chicago

Comments:

I really enjoyed the site...I've looked for sites with more info on Alan Rickman before, but always left wanting more.

 

It was great!  Thanks


Ricky 
5/09/05 at 06:45 AM

What is your location? Austria

Comments:

Really, sue, these pictures and comments from RedZora made my day. Have an awful meeting at 13h, in 10 minutes and this stuff had powerd me up - just like "Red bull", that gives people wings, when they drink it *lol*

Tanks for posting it and thank you for Zora for her lovely work.

Ricky


Susan 
5/09/05 at 05:06 AM

What is your location? CA

Comments:
Kimberly, thanks so much for the Donne article.  How I wish I could be there!

sue 
5/09/05 at 04:41 AM

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://www.livejournal.com/community/gbhunks/

Comments:

Thanks for that Kimberly. I can't wait for June

And now from the sublime to the ridiculous! As many were disappointed about the lack of Snape in the new HP trailer Redtango has given us a new Snape expose.

Part 1

Paer 2

 

Started my Monday with a good laugh anyway!


sonoma 
5/09/05 at 03:07 AM

Comments:

Thanks so so much for the link and photo Sue!

 

And I hope all the Moms out there had a great day, and everyone else had a great day making their Moms happy.


Kimberly 
5/09/05 at 02:14 AM

What is your location? Michigan

Comments:

From the Times-U.K. May 9, 2005:

John Donne, 17th-century poet of pop

JOHN DONNE was the Cole Porter of his day, a writer of subtle popular songs rather than just the author of cerebral poetry, according to new research.

The discovery of four musical scores by various composers of the day reveal that Donne intended some of his words to be sung rather than read.

Jonathan Holmes, a Donne scholar who is working on a play about the poet for The Globe theatre in London, found the material among piles of unidentified manuscripts in the British Library in London and the Bodleian in Oxford. He said: “This now alters how we think of Donne. His reputation is as a poet of metaphysical, intricate poetry that you have to spend hours to get to know — but, when performed, the music is an immediate aid to understanding it.”

The first performance in 400 years of text and music together will take place on June 9 at St Paul’s Cathedral, where Donne was Dean from 1621 until his death in 1631, frequently preaching before Charles I. The performers are Emma Kirkby and Carolyn Sampson, who are early music specialists, accompanied by The Sixteen with Harry Christophers and the lutenist Matthew Wadsworth. The recital will be interspersed with performances of Donne’s sermons, letters and poetry read by the actors Mark Rylance, Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson and Harriet Walter.

Donne (1573-1631) is the foremost English poet of the metaphysical school, noted both for his secular poetry, written largely before his ordination in 1615, and his religious verse and sermons, which rank among the best of the 17th century. His most famous poems are his love lyrics in various moods.

Dr Holmes said of the scores: “The material was never lost. It was just in a place where people weren’t looking for it.” He unearthed it by sifting through collections of music scores from the period. He recognised Donne’s lyrics immediately, either in a line beneath the stave of music or at the foot of the sheet, in a stanza. They included the love poems The Bait and The Message.

Although a couple of Donne’s poems were known to have been set to music, the extent to which his work inspired composers had not been realised. Dr Holmes has identified at least seven contemporary composers who set Donne’s words to music: “No other playwright, poet or prose writer had received such attention from musicians and composers.”

Another love poem, Break of Day, was set and printed simultaneously by three composers — John Dowland, Orlando Gibbons and William Corkine. “That would only have been possible if the songs themselves were popular enough to sell well,” Dr Holmes said.

BREAK OF DAY

’Tis true, ’tis day; what though it be?
O, wilt thou therefore rise from me?
Why should we rise because ‘tis light?
Did we lie down because ‘twas night?
Love, which in spite of darkness brought us hither,
Should in despite of light keep us together.

Light hath no tongue, but is all eye;
If it could speak as well as spy,
This were the worst that it could say,
That being well I fain would stay,
And that I loved my heart and honour so
That I would not from him, that had them, go.

Must business thee from hence remove?
O! that’s the worst disease of love,
The poor, the foul, the false, love can
Admit, but not the busied man.
He which hath business, and makes love, doth do
Such wrong, as when a married man doth woo.


Peekabooh 
5/08/05 at 06:00 PM

What is your location? the Netherlands

Comments:
Thanks Sue for sharing that pic and article with us. And yes Elaine, the snow does look realistic.

This evening I called for my sons at the airfield. They went for a holiday in Spain and when they got home, I was surprised by presents they bought for me. I was moved to tears about the fact that they came home healthy and they thought about Mother´s Day as well!!! So I´m having the best Mother´s Day and I hope you all have it too!


Elaine 
5/08/05 at 05:32 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Realistic looking snow, isn't it?


Dee 
5/08/05 at 04:53 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Vayda - Thanks for sharing that photo! I've never seen it before! Lovely! What a wonderful twinkle in his eyes!


sue. 
5/08/05 at 04:24 PM

Comments:

Sonoma - The article is HERE and here is a bigger version of the picture gacked of Suz's GB!!


sonoma 
5/08/05 at 03:17 PM

What is your location? out west

Comments:

Well, I tried Barnes and Noble, Borders, and an international magazine shop I know and none carry Macleans!  Last night I looked into getting it from the publisher but it looked like they want $12 for postage to the US, which seems a bit excessive to me.  Is it a long article?  Will someone be able to post a transcript or is it online somewhere?


Michelle 
5/08/05 at 02:38 PM

What is your location? England

Comments:

Elaine- With you all the way on Blair needing to step down. I voted in spite of him, not because of him. He has a lot to answer for. Last post on the subject I promise.


Elaine 
5/08/05 at 01:41 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

 Mother's Day FlowersTo all of you in North America!

 

Kathy, hope your throat is feeling better. (Must be the shock of  Martini  hitting it after so long!)






martha 
5/08/05 at 12:32 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

AFNH - wonder why she said no...

 

Elaine - you are indeed eagle-eyed; thanks!

 

Vicki - you might want to capitalize on that golf issue.  Bunks' husband goes on a yearly golf trip with the "guys" and one year she jokingly told him that 3 of his trips would equal 1 trip to England for her.  He said, "OK," and you know what?  He came through!  Thus, our 2 weeks in the UK.


kathy 
5/08/05 at 12:27 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY EVERYONE

 

Hope everyone has a nice day.  It is overcast here and my sore throat is worse, hope I don't have strep!

 

Thanks for the GOF trailer info--it is so small tho--couldn't see much. Elaine you must have eagle eyes to have seen AR! good one.   Am very much looking forward to that movie! Am also looking forward to the 6th book!  I am hoping I'll be able to pick one up while I'll be in Cambridge--heaven forbid I shouldn't be able to read it the moment the ink is dry!! I know they're kids stories, so just assume I'm in my 2nd childhood.

 

Have a good day everyone, I'm going to take some tylenol and go back to bed!


sue 
5/08/05 at 10:50 AM

Comments:

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

To all our MerryCan mothers!

 

Daydreamer - Love Ed's eyebrow! Well, love Ed full stop!

Vayda - Lovely pic

AFNH - That Colin Farrell is certainly a tryer isn't he?? ( I liked him in Ballykissangel but I think fame has gone to his head (or maybe somwhere else)


Daydreamer 
5/08/05 at 10:45 AM

Comments:
oops! first wanted to insert doodle smile, then normal smilie. And somehow it ended as oodle.

Elaine:
OMG! You have eagle eyes!
H:
Daydreamer 
5/08/05 at 10:34 AM

Comments:
sue:
Really beautiful icon!
And that picture with Alan and Sigourney is nice too - now we know, that the cardigan is part of his costume. oodle:

Vayda:
wow! Pretty close view of Alan!

Claudia:
Thank you for the link to GOF trailer!

And Happy Mother's day!
(little animation for you. Click on the image to view it - haven't posted it directly on messageboard to not slow down the loading of the page.)

Elaine 
5/08/05 at 10:27 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Michelle and Ricky, we'll agree to disagree. I don't think bliar is a very sincere or nice person and should not be in the job. He thinks only of himself. Having been forced to stand and wait for him on one occasion, he acts only for the media and adulation and has no real interest in people at all. I would be happier with a labour government if there was a new leader - Gordon Brown eg - and hope that bliar does what he's been promising, and goes asap! I do agree that a smaller majority means a more democratic government though. It's a pity that neither of the opposing parties had a leader who was charismatic anough to command a strong vote. Maybe next time. (One last point, here in the West, the Tories had a massive majority over Lib Dems and Labour. Why should we be subject to labour's  anti-rural policies when he does not have the support?)That said - 'nuff said. Zip It 

 

Just caught the GOF trailer. Effects look good (and I love the "Durmstrang" look!) I really like Michael Gambon's Dumbledore. I thought DR loked rough! Here is a tiny pic of the fleeting glimpse of our favourite potions master:gofsnape.jpg

 

As usual, the UK "official" site is way behind the US which really irritates me! It's made here for flip's sake!






AFNH 
5/08/05 at 09:57 AM

Comments:
A Happy Mother's Day to everyone in the US.!

Just been over to Apple to look at the GoF trailer - loved the Horntail dragon and the Merpeople. martha's right, they do look so much older, but it's still in keeping with the books. I don't think Mike Newell will let us down.
Thanks for the good wishes Vicki, it's shifting slowly. BTW, I think that's a good trade off between AR and your hubby's golf - hee-hee!
Laurie - so glad you enjoyed your time over here, hope you make it back some day!
Here's a story I read this week to lift even the most jaded spirits: Noted British actress Dame Eileen Atkins was 3 weeks away from her 70th birthday and miles away from home on location, staying in a hotel room. There was a knock on the door, and there stood a famous 28 year old actor, determined to seduce her. She spent 2 and a half hours saying no. Her 70th birthday came and went in a state of bliss. Turned out later the actor in question was Colin Farrell. There's hope for us all yet!!!.....
Claudia 
5/08/05 at 09:29 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Oh and thanks for the MacLean's pic, Sue!  I didn't get to go by my Barnes and Noble yesterday as planned.  I think I will give them a call later today.  I still find it highly unlikely they will have it though. 

 


Claudia 
5/08/05 at 09:27 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

 

Happy Mother's Day Everyone!!!

 

Its a shame that there was no AR in last night's sneak preview.  Thanks for the report, martha.  I recorded it but you've saved me the time of going through the tape! 

 

Apple has the GoF trailer up for viewing. 

 

Love that pic, Vayda! Thanks

 

 kathy for sneaking across the border for some fire water!  You definitely deserve it! 

 

Everyone have a brilliant day!

 

 


Vayda  
5/08/05 at 08:41 AM

Comments:
 
 
Happy Mother's Day to all you Wonderful Mums out there!
 
 
   
 
 

Ricky 
5/08/05 at 05:46 AM

What is your location? Austria

Comments:

@martha: "the special presentation of Chamber of Secrets" was on the telly, was it? Lucky you that you have been able to see it. Jason Isaacs looks that great in this film - in his normal outfit he is not half as interesting for me *g*

And there were scenes from GoF? Well I should start holding thumbs up that they don't cut out to much from the view Snape-scenes.

 

@Michelle: Politics - well, Blair would also to me have been the only choice. I'm following politics in other countries as good as possible. He would have just been the only choice but there is nothing better. As here in Austria I always vote for the Socialdemocratic Party (our "Labour Party") - they got even worse then they were, but they are still the only acceptable party to me. (the "Green Party" is still to much flowing in the sky with their thinking about what is possible and what not)

 

@Vicki: Lucky us, having tolerate husbands *smile*. I hide my obsession as much as possible, but one can't to so always. I can look very much at AR-Movies because of his and mine different working hours, he often has to work at night, starting at 18.00h - and that gives me time over time vor my little own dowings *g*

 

Lovely Mother's Day to all of you.

 

Ricky

 

 


Vicki 
5/08/05 at 03:56 AM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

Sat through all those commercials during Chamber of Secrets for only a few glimpses of scenes from GoF.  Ah, well....what we did get to see looked quite good.  Still, I was hoping to catch a glimpse of Snape.  I have a feeling, there will be very few scenes with Snape in this film.    I just hope they keep the scene in the end when Snape rolls up his sleeve and reveals the Dark Mark.  But since Steve Kloves did the screenplay, Lord knows what's been slashed or completely changed.  We'll just have to wait and see.  At least the new book comes out in July.  I'm getting very excited about that!

 

Kathy - girl, you deserve a little devil-water!  You've worked hard and it's paid off.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

 

AFNH - get well soon!

 

Laurie - welcome back.  Thanks for "taking us on your journey" with your post.  I love to hear about people's trips.

 

Julie - I'd vote for Jamie!!

 

Ricky - Your hubby sounds just like mine!  He's getting quite good at shaking his head and rolling his eyes whenever he sees Alan.    But at least he tolerates it.  He was moved to comment when he saw Dee's wallpaper on my computer though.  At first, he just saw the painting and said, "Wow!  You got your painting on the screen (he knows it's one of my favorites).  Then he looked a little closer and saw the two heads manip-ed into the picture and said, "What is the attraction with that guy?"  I didn't answer, I decided not to push my luck.  As long as he continues to tolerate my watching numerous AR films, I'm in good shape.  Besides, if he wants to continue to play golf all the time, he better!

 

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO YOU ALL!!


Michelle 
5/08/05 at 02:21 AM

What is your location? England

Comments:

I realise the UK elections must hold very little interest for non-UK  GBers but thats not going to stop me! Sorry guys. I'll keep it brief.

As a left of centre person I'm glad the Labour party are still in power. Sorry, Elaine- I live in Aldershot(a military town) and have nothing but respect for you and your views. Blair had to be made to understand. however, rhat his complete disregard for others opinions made it feel like we were living in a dictatorship. Like the rest of you I think a much smaller majority is healthy and good for demcracy. Hope we're all still friends.


martha 
5/08/05 at 12:12 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:
Just watched the special presentation of Chamber of Secrets. Lot’s of extra footage and new scenes, including one with the luscious Lucius. But no Snape! GoF looks as though it will be great; the kids look as though they’ve aged 5 years. Well, RG does – when he first came on, I thought he was one of the twins! DR and EW look terrific in formal dress, but again, NO SNAPE!  Wah! 
kathy 
5/07/05 at 09:11 PM

Comments:

A question for those of you who know about film making. After a movie has been finished do the producers,etc. have to shop it around to get it distributed or is the distribution already negotiated before hand?  Would seem sometimes making movies is a bit of a crap shoot.

 

Have been "over the border" and am now in possession of the devil water that they won't sell here.


Kimberly 
5/07/05 at 08:45 PM

What is your location? Michigan

Comments:

Great job, Sue!!  Thank you Alfan for all of the info you have been providing from the Great White North!! Much appreciated!

 

I'm getting excited to see this film.


Alfan 
5/07/05 at 08:11 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

Its the May 9th 2005 Mcleans edition. And yes, that is the picture.


sue 
5/07/05 at 06:45 PM

What is your location? Pre-bed googling(Can't touch you for it!)

Comments:

Am I to take it that this is the Macleans pic??

 

Found it HERE


Kimberly 
5/07/05 at 06:31 PM

What is your location? Michigan

Comments:

Alfan: What is the issue date on the Maclean's magazine with the Snow Cake article? Thanks


AFNH 
5/07/05 at 05:50 PM

What is your location? Darn cold has moved from my head to my chest...

Comments:
"Unruly BLT's"? Sounds like something out of Harry Potter, where they would wrestle you to the ground before you could take a bite! Many thanks for that article, loved all the food references - 5 pies a day for the crew? Ladies, we'd better check his bags when he goes through customs - LOL!
The interviewer did seem on the ball though, especially the quote where he acts from a "deep reserve of intelligence", just what we've known all along! From the pics, I think he suits glasses, I wouldn't be surprised if he now wears them in real life.
As to the Election, it seems to have levelled the playing field a bit, which is probably what was needed. Here in the old Labour heartlands, the opposition is now the Lib Dems, the Tories are now an endangered species. Even some very safe seats have had their majorities cut, which can only be a good thing, there is too much complacency at times. Like Elaine, I too hope that Gordon Brown is the next Labour leader, I get the feeling it would be a steadier hand in charge.
Alfan 
5/07/05 at 05:36 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:
Ok, i know i dont really know any of you but i am willing to send a Mcleans magazine over seas if anyone is interested,,,,im dead serious.I will go buy a couple today.
Lucy 
5/07/05 at 04:11 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Daydreamer: Beautiful piccie!  You are so VERY talented at removing watermarks!


martha 
5/07/05 at 02:57 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Kathy - WAY TO GO!!


Peekabooh 
5/07/05 at 02:40 PM

What is your location? same as George Bush at this moment ....

Comments:
Daydreamer and Sue, thanks so much for your lovely icons.
Laurie I have been waiting for your report of your trip to the UK. I´m glad that you´ve had such a wonderful time. Welcome back!
Have a nice Mother´s Day!


Julie 
5/07/05 at 02:38 PM

What is your location? Michigan (west of Toronto)

Comments:

 

 

I think I've found the answer to all of our political problems!!

 


Ricky 
5/07/05 at 01:19 PM

What is your location? Austria

Comments:

@Claudia, Kimberly, Daydreamer: *blush* Well, I wasn't fishing for compliments, but thank you for your warm commentaries.

Daydreamer - I think your English is better than mine (problem again with spellling - "than" or "then" *g*), because you can most of the time express yourself much better then I can.

 

Wish you all a lovely evening.

Mine will be - have just tried the new printing-patron, using an AR-photo *g* Well, now it is hanging in my closet - opposite an old poster of the "Kelly Family", an Irish band. Hubby was just shaking his head and rolling his eyes about little groupies of nearly 46 *lol*

 

Ricky

 


kathy 
5/07/05 at 01:13 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

Hi all--pix and icons are great--good job all! and thanks.  Loved all the PCH talk made me homesick.  Santa Cruz had the best coffee, best book store, best bagels and best views!!! That's a town AR would like! Good Blt's with avocado!

 

The boys are mowing the lawn and I am sipping hot tea because I have a sore throat today.  Probaby the result of all the school stress the last few weeks.  I think I did well, all the work I did on my papers paid off  2- 100% and 1-94% and my African paper on an art form in Nigeria was picked to present at the Art Symposium next spring. So I was jazzed to hear that. 

 

Loved the Mclean article, AR is such a gentleman.  So charming.  Sharing fries with AR mmmmmmmm

 

Loved H2G2 so much just might go see it again this weekend. 

 

Well, onwards and upwards--going to the pool to see if I can't make a last ditch effort to lose a pound or two before I go to "you know where" and pull together the stray ends of my travel plans.

 

Bon weekend everyone.


Dee 
5/07/05 at 12:44 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Sue -- Love the clever icon! I think he looks delovely in despecs! 


Elaine 
5/07/05 at 12:32 PM

Comments:

Hi Laurie  How Are You

 

Glad you've caught up enough to post here again!

 

Claudia, I just went on to the McLean's site to see if they sent mags overseas. They don't but those living in Canada and the US can order single issues over the phone.

 

I would rather Gordon Brown be PM than bliar. He's more of a "human" face than TB and I think he could be quite different too.

 

Kathy, I've been watching Kevin Spacey in "Beyond the Sea" today. I have to say that his performance was outstanding. Good film! I've also got "De-lovely" to watch so it's musicals all the way! Wonder if AR would ever do one? I don't think we hear enough of him singing.






martha 
5/07/05 at 12:22 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Ah, Sue!  What can I say?


sue 
5/07/05 at 10:28 AM

Comments:

And here it is:


sue 
5/07/05 at 10:10 AM

Comments:

Thanks for the picture clean-up Daydreamer, I am totally without patience when it comes to doing something like that!! Lovely icon too. I shall have a go at one later


Claudia 
5/07/05 at 09:58 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Daydreamer, I like the caption for the new icon.  It goes really well with the expression on that gorgeous face!  *tee hee*

 

 


Claudia 
5/07/05 at 09:35 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

 Welcome back Laurie!  I'm so glad you had a good time.  Thanks for sharing your experience with us.   

 

The Leaky Cauldron is reporting that TV Guide Online   has some behind the scenes footage of GoF.  There is a nice little scene where Harry dances with that cute Asian girl. 

 

I checked for the trailer at Apple but its not there yet.  I wonder what they meant by early this weekend???? 

 

 


Laurie 
5/07/05 at 08:46 AM

What is your location? Vermont

Comments:

Well, it's been about a week since I've been back from the UK and I finally have a few minutes to catch up. I'm so far behind I just haven't been able to read all the post I missed! What I have read is wonderful, thanks again everyone for all the pictures and information you post, It's great to be back.

 

MNiRC was an excellent play! I hope it does come to the states because I would see it again if I had the chance. Megan Dodds is a great young actress. It takes loads of talent and energy to stand in front of an audience for 1 1/2 hours and perform and she defintely has that.  I sat there and alternately laughed and cried.

 

The morning I got to London I had flown all night with little sleep, got stuck on the tarmac at the airport because our gate was occupied, got to the hotel and my room wasn't ready yet and I was exhausted.  I'd missed my chance to meet up with Martha  and Company and I was really bumming and beginning to think I'd made a big mistake. Then the people at the hotel gave me a message from Elaine. She came to the hotel, we went for coffee and a walk in the park and it was wonderful! Thanks again Elaine! We got to meet up again in Glastonbury and had a good time.

 

I walked so much in London that I had blisters on the bottoms of my feet by the time I took the train to Castle Cary. I never realized just how big London is! There were so many things I wanted to see and do that I didn't get the chance, but I will definitely return. Glastonbury was beautiful and I will defintely return there also.

 

Well, have to go for now and help my husband finish raking the yard. Have a Happy Mothers Day everyone!

 

Laurie


Daydreamer 
5/07/05 at 08:46 AM

Comments:
Ricky:
Don't say anything bad about your english. English is not my native language, but I think yours is very good (contrary to mine, which is horrible).

Claudia:
Yes, when I saw that picture for the first time, I thought the same - good one for an icon
So, I made one:

Kimberly 
5/07/05 at 07:58 AM

What is your location? Michigan

Comments:

Thank you all for the wonderful information! Wow, this is one busy place...

 

I second Claudia, Ricky, you do quite well considering English isn't even your native language. 

 

Belatedly:  Welcome Back, Martha!  Thank you for the report from your Grand Tour of the U.K.  I am sooooo very jealous... I wanna go to the U.K.!  Ah, well, I will have make do with reports from Sue, Elaine, Michelle, AFNH, and all of the other lucky U.K.ers who inhabit this GB.

 

So, we have "The Blair Witch Hunt Part III"?  Not for long from the reports here in the USA.  Who will stand for Labour a year from now? Gordon Brown? What's he like?


Claudia 
5/07/05 at 07:48 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Of course we had to have the banner here! Thanks Sue.  And Daydreamer....nice clean up there.  That will be a nice icon!

 

Alfan, thanks for the descript on the picture in McLean's.  While I'm out today, I'll stop by my Barnes and Noble to see if they have a copy but I'm not going to get my hopes up. Do you have access to a scanner? 

 

Tropical, you did a really great job of tying in PCH, BLT, and Hitchhikers!      Hmmm, I've never tried avocado on a BLT before but it does sound delish!  *adding to shopping list*  LOL

 

 

Ricky dear, please don't call yourself names.  Your posts are wonderful and I am the queen of mis-spelling so don't worry about it. 

 

 


Ricky 
5/07/05 at 07:39 AM

What is your location? rainy Austria

Comments:

Thanks to all for the lovely pictures, wallpapers and informations. I'm always enjoying it very much.

 

Poor AR - they "nail him down" (well, translated from German into English - but I'm sure, you don't have this kind of saying) on his Professor-Snape-Part, though he had so many more lovely parts in films.

 

@

Aurora - well I so often change "f" and "v" - mixing up English and German and when I myself realize this afterwards, when having sent the posting away, I often call myself names ;o(

 

Ricky


Natasxxx 
5/07/05 at 03:04 AM

What is your location? ....Guess it!....

Comments:

DAYDREAMER: You're the best!!!! TNX!!!!

 

 


Alfan 
5/07/05 at 12:49 AM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

I just finished buying and reading the new Mclean's magazine with the SnowCake aritcle in it and there is couple of pictures of Sigourny ( in character obviously ) rolling around in the snow and one of her building a snow thingie and Alan ( in character obviously) standing in front of her with his arms crossed (looking suspiciously  like Snape) and he is wearing both the glasses and the pheasant cardigan. So there you have it, obviously its wardrobe for the movie. Although im not sure about the glasses, i think he really wears them. The article, to me paints a very positive portrayal of Alan and paints a poor portrayal of Sigourny. ( hard to tell if she was in character or just fussy). If any of you get a chance, go buy one because its worth reading.


Tropical 
5/06/05 at 11:00 PM

What is your location? Five minutes drive (downhill) from PCH

Comments:

Let's see if I can tie together HHG2G, PCH and BLT.

This afternoon, I went to see HHG2G at a theater that is five minutes drive downhill to PCH (Highway 1), so you can see the Pacific from the edge of the parking lot; and there's a little shop there that serves a real mean BLT.  No avocado... but with lots of lettuce and a toothpick with frills. Pink frills.


Lucy 
5/06/05 at 10:01 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

I am watching the commentary for "Love Actually" right now.  I love the part where Richard Curtis talks about AR coming to his house.  Curtis said something like, "I'm sorry, I don't do your voice.  I don't put my back into it."  And Alan answered, "Don't worry, neither do I."

 

I love US 1! I've never been down CA 1, but I know that I have to someday. 

 

Kathy and Elaine, I'm keeping your sons in mind. 

 

Sue, I love the picture!  It's such a good one.


martha 
5/06/05 at 08:11 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:
Daydreamer - that's lovely - THANK you!
Daydreamer 
5/06/05 at 07:16 PM

Comments:
The real life kept me too busy, so I had not much time left, but it feels great to come back and read through all the post.
Thanks to all for posting all reports, pictures, wallpaper...
I really envy the reporter on Snow Cake set! Sharing fries with Alan and looking into his amber-green eyes...
I really love this new picture (though it is small) so I removed the letters from Alans face on that little picture:


Elaine 
5/06/05 at 05:58 PM

Comments:

Thanks for the link, Vicky. You don't know how much those beautiful pictures of California are brightening up my night here at work! Having lots of dreams of future holidays! We have several "scenic" routes over here but none stretch for as long.

 

Love that banner pic. Yes, shame about the text..... Not sure about CAM.......

 

BLTs are nice but you can't beat a nice cheese and onion sarnie with lots of salad cream!


Aurora 
5/06/05 at 05:43 PM

What is your location? OH

Comments:
I have driven that highway in CA, too.   It's beautiful.  I've never been to LA, but in northern CA, you see the coastline and  a bit north of SF in Muir Woods you can see and touch the Redwoods.  Several thousands of years old,  older than most of the civilizations we know.  Not as old as Stonehenge, which I have visited and also love, but you can wrap your arms around them. 

The banner from Macleans is lovely.  thanks, sue!  I'm especially happy to see he's wearing the famous sweater.  Um, jumper, cardigan?    I recently met with a fellow AR fan who expects that SC will be shown at the Toronto festival in Sept. I expressed my skepticism, but one never knows.  As for blueberries, they're quite a thing  in Ontario and Quebec in general.  Around these parts, it's strawberry-rhubarb, but I can imagine that "Oop North" it's blueberries. 


martha 
5/06/05 at 05:04 PM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Vicki - there are few things more confusing (to outsiders) than a road with multiple names/numbers.  There is a piece of road south of Boston where it's possible to be going north, east, and south at the same time.  Thanks for the link.


martha 
5/06/05 at 04:54 PM

What is your location? The Northern end of US 1

Comments:

Sue - Thank you, thank you!  How can that man just keep getting better looking?  And if it’s wild blueberries he likes, well, Maine’s known for them! (I knew black bears and grizzlies like blueberries, but I never knew Pandas did...)


kathy 
5/06/05 at 04:16 PM

What is your location? state of exhaustion, but relief!!!

Comments:

So many of my favorite things...AR, blueberries, BLTs, the unruly kind with avocado (ask for those in California!), Hi 1 , stories, wallpapers, etc.  My kind of place. 

 

I have


sue 
5/06/05 at 03:45 PM

Comments:

Well we had to have it here didn't we??


Claudia 
5/06/05 at 02:53 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Thanks Emily! 

 

It looks like it would be a lovely pic if it weren't for all that text!

 

What a cutie!


Aurora 
5/06/05 at 02:38 PM

What is your location? OH

Comments:
Ricky, waht spellng?   Sometimes it's just hard to make the fingers hit the rightr keys.

Emily 
5/06/05 at 02:26 PM

Comments:

The intrepid Deb points out that there are pics with the Maclean's article. You need to click on the "culture" tab at the top and it takes you to this index page with the first "Snow Cake" stills on the banner! One each of Sig, Carrie and AR.


Vicki 
5/06/05 at 02:02 PM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

Well, that link didn't work....let me try it again:  P.C.H.


Vicki 
5/06/05 at 01:58 PM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

martha - I stand corrected.  You are absolutely right.  The coastal route commonly known as Pacific Coast Highway is CA - 1 or route 1.  The interstate highway is U.S. 101.  Since the two highways merge and separate at several points (U.S. 101 sometimes hugging the coast, sometimes meandering inland a bit) the coastal parts of 101 are sometimes referred to as P.C.H. by locals as well.  Hence my mixing the distinction of a CA route and a U.S. interstate route.  A good description of P.C.H. can be found here

 

All this talk of peanut butter, blueberry pies, and unruly BLT's is making me hungry!   

 

Thanks, everyone for your words of support.  I guess I'll just have to pray a lot and charge forward, Miss Clairol in one hand, bacon in the other!


Ricky 
5/06/05 at 01:03 PM

Comments:

 

I should have read it through before sending it away. What awful spelling and wrong letters *blush*

Ricky

 


Ricky 
5/06/05 at 01:01 PM

What is your location? Austria

Comments:

@Vayda  - Take "Close my eyes" - it is a wonderful film and he acts and look gorgious!

Judas Kiss - well. It is not one of my favourites, I have to suggest.

If you have the chance to get Rasputin, buy it - he is looking that ugly in this film BTW, but so I always look more at his performance that at his lovely face ;o)

 

Some days ago I first saw Quigley and I recordet it. What a pity, just in German - and he has got an awful voice, much too high too. I wonder why he has always other voices not every time the same one - and a lovely one I would hope vor!

 

And I got (from Ebay) Closet land - what a creepy film, but great.

And today arrived Truly madly deeply - and the first thing I had to do was watching it ;o) Well, I have to suggest, when he cryed and wiped his eyes I had to do so as well. Jamie, I have to suggest, would go on my nerves too - as he did on Ninas. But she seems now to get happy again with this Mark.

A really nice film.

 

But my favourites are still Close my eyes and Dark Harbour.

 

Wished to be in Wawa, eating sandwiches and blueberry pies too ;o(

 

All of you an nice Friday evening and a lovely, sunny weekend.

(it's raining here)

 

Ricky

 

 

 

 


martha 
5/06/05 at 12:22 PM

What is your location? US 1

Comments:

What was it Marvin said, "The restaurant you're looking for is at the other end of the universe?"  Or was it galaxy?  At any rate.  I believe the stretch of road in question, which is absolutely beautiful (and best suited for motorcycles, being narrow and twisty) may be CA route 1, from San Luis Obispo to Monterey.  At that point, US 101 is inland a bit.  CA 1 continues to hug the coast to San Fransisco and north to Rockport.  A beautiful, beautiful drive.  It's been some 25 years since I drove it, and is probably a bit more built up, but they can't take away the natural beauty.  If possible, go in the spring.  That'd be February or March.  The hills of Southern California, which are usually yellowish-brown, turn emerald green.  Whole hillsides will be covered with wild flowers, yellow, blue, and orange, as though some giant's hand had splashed paint around.  Further north, where it's a bit wetter, the land will be covered in mist in the mornings, the earth black, and acre on acre of feathery artichoke plants covered in a gauze of diamond drops of water.  A bit inland are the fields of flowers!  Growers of cut flowers, growers of seed.  Mile after mile of color!

 

Ah, sorry.  Got a bit carried away.  Definitely worth a visit, though. *Going off to mow the lawn now - first time for the year - where I have acre upon acre of color in the form of dandelions!*


Alfan 
5/06/05 at 12:19 PM

What is your location? Canada

Comments:

Vayda--- you should listen to the commentary. You learn there are alote more than just the sugar and the honking........its a brilliant commentary and in it you realize what more of a brilliant actor Alan is than what we already knew........


Dee 
5/06/05 at 12:00 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

LOVED the interview! What a nice little peek into AR's life. And can't you just imagine AR wrestling with an "unruly BLT"? His intelligent, amber-green eyes watching you over the toasted bread...he takes a deep, hungry bite...licks the mayo from his lips...THUD!

 

Damn this low fat diet! There's never any bacon in the house when I need it!!

 

OT -- Vicki and Elaine -- you both have my prayers! My son graduates from college next week and starts his new job at...ta da!...a department store? Huh? Oh yeah! He told us he's not  "into" making money. He doesn't want to be "tied down". Wants to kick back and enjoy life. Well...a...gee...couldn't you have done that BEFORE we paid for a 4-year education???!!! *take deep breath*

 

I'm going to the store now to buy bacon and Miss Clairol!


sue 
5/06/05 at 11:56 AM

Comments:

As I am avoiding Hoovering I googled BLT sandwiches!! Well I can see yours need tethering. Ours our much more restrained:


Claudia 
5/06/05 at 11:46 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

The American BLT is a dangerous food choice indeed.  Most restaurants and cafes protect the patrons that risk ordering them by cutting them in half diagonally and then sticking one of these silly fringy toothpicks in each half. 

 

 

And still, when the picks are pulled out.....the sandwich falls apart!  LOL  On patriotic holidays, one might get toothpicks with an American flag instead of the fringe. 

 

Speaking of the California ocean front freeway (I have no idea what number it is for I was to busy enjoying the scenery).  Sweetie and I toured wine country and drove along the ocean on that freeway on his Hawg once.  OMG, what a high that was! 

 

I love Monterey, Carmel, Sausalito, etc......  That whole area is just simply gorgeous.

 

I don't know a whole lot about the government parties in the UK but I do know that Bliar is a follower and not a leader so hopefully he will keep his word and step down after a year as he has promised. 

 

 


Elaine 
5/06/05 at 11:45 AM

Comments:

Red Tango - I love that kooky music on your site. Goes so well with all those pics of FOOD! Pie Cake Cake 3  Donut 3 Peanuts Donut 2 Cupcake Donut Honey(I'd better stoooop!) 






Elaine 
5/06/05 at 11:32 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Kathy, you are making me dribble at the thought of riding that highway. It's got to be a "must see". Can anyone tell me- We have this programme called "Dead Famous" where they "investigate" stories of hauntings by famous people, and they went to some place that Frank Sinatra used to own. It was absolutely beautiful and as I can't remember where it was, I think it must have been on this highway somewhere. And as already said, we do have peanut butter - but it is SO fattening, I tend not to buy it! (Unless it's in RPC,s , as Claudia knows! Yummy)

 

Sue, your post had me in stitches!  Roll  I've got visions of giant BLTs attacking those who are about to eat them. Should the world be warned?

 

I'm very disappointed in the election results but I expected it, I suppose. I'm afraid bliar is a total wa***r and the man makes me want to scream every time I see his simpering fizzog on the TV. The opposition was too split though (afraid I'm true blue!) but our only consolation is that Labour's majority was drastically cut and the counts were so close in their seats, I really think that if proportional representation were brought in (as it should be!) then the result would have been very different. Still, at least Private Eye will still keep on with "St Albion's" which is so funny!

 

Wallpapers, Sue -  Outstanding  Those backgrounds are something else!

 

Well it was my son's last proper day at school today and he came home almost in tears! He and his friends seem so much more closer than I was with my mates at school. He's got so much to look forward to though. Not like old codgers like me!

 

Vayda, glad you got those dvds. As Claudia says, keep looking for Rasputin. You never know where it may pop up. (Try ebay, too!) I found mine in a rack in the Naafi supermarket at Shaibah log base, Iraq! Could not believe it! If you can't find it and you are desparate, I have a VCD version of it if you want it. It's got chinese sub titles which I've not been able to remove but a decription programme may do it. Mail me if you would like it.






martha 
5/06/05 at 11:21 AM

What is your location? On US 1

Comments:

This will all end in tears, I just know it.

At least it will if you follow those directions!  US 1 is on the EAST Coast.  It goes from Key West, FL to Calais, ME.  (which, BTW, rhymes with "palace" not "ballet.")  US 101 goes up the West Coast.

 


sue 
5/06/05 at 11:08 AM

Comments:

Claudia - you have to pin down BLTs with toothpicks??  They are obviously a lot more dangerous in the States than they are here.

Thanks for the article. Sounds like AR was the most charming of the "stars", still we knew that.

Don't know what I feel about the election, whilst I loathe Blair hell would have had to freeze over before I vote Conservative so that just left the gingerknob and nobody really ever thought the Liberals would get elected. At least Blair has had a bit of a scare so maybe he might re-think some of his more "off-the-wall" plans but then again maybe not from the man who still thinks the WMDs are out there (Did they ever look down the back of the sofa? That's where I find most of the things I am looking for)

Before this post degenerates into a sea of emoties and silliness (you mean it hasn't?) I bring two new papers:

 

 

Both background textures by blimey_icons


Claudia 
5/06/05 at 09:38 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Thanks for the information on the GoF trailer and Satellite airings, Elaine. 

 

Here's the link to the Apple site so everyone can keep an eye out for the trailer. HPANA reports that it will hit early this weekend. 

 

Here's the satellite schedule and co-ordinates for anyone that has a satellite that will pick up the trailer.  I've often contemplated a satellite dish but I agree with Elaine the on the "techie" side of it.  When I sit down to watch television, I just want to push a button and voila!  Learning a new remote is even aggrivating for me!  LOL 

 

Vayda! Congrats on your purchases.  Can't wait to read your reviews of the films.  Don't give up on Raspy though.  A marketseller is bound to offer it cheaper sooner or later. 

 

Ali-Pat, I giggled at that "unruly BTL" comment too.  Don't all BLT's fall apart after removing those fancy schmancy toothpicks?  LOL

 

Elaine, I know how you're feeling about your election results.  I'm still grieving ours. 

 

 


Aurora 
5/06/05 at 09:26 AM

Comments:
I finally saw H2G2 last night!  I loved it.  And Claudia, I really enjoyed the dolphin sequence in its context in the film.  I only wish I had a leaping dolphin emoticon to insert here.  I especially enjoyed the  SPOILER....
presentation of the Guide book in little Pink Panther-style cartoons.  At least that's what they looked like to me, done in the style of the cartoons we used to see before the movie.  Maybe younger people saw them on TV on Saturday morning.  So thank you to the person who advised staying through the closing credits!

Regarding the GOF trailer, the http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org is promising to post it as soon as possible.  And they've got a pretty big network of contributors.


Ali-Pat 
5/06/05 at 08:50 AM

What is your location? work again... but it's FRIDAY!

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/APLhome.html

Comments:

Oh Claudia--that MacLean's article made my day!

 

But what's this about an "unruly BLT"? 


RickiNicki 
5/06/05 at 06:17 AM

Comments:

Thank you for the article, Claudia!

 

Elaine and Vicky, I keep my fingers crossed that your children will manage it.

 

And Vicky, I know, usually I don't do that, but my dad likes the dvd more than me.


RedTango 
5/06/05 at 04:27 AM

What is your location? Burbank Ca

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://alanrickmangallery.com

Comments:
   The latest food reports have not slipped by me...visit the food section of the website for a NEW updated report on blueberry pies, tarts and fries!!!!

alanrickmangallery.com

Thanx, and have a good one.


Vayda 
5/06/05 at 03:51 AM

Comments:

 

Thank you, Ladies!

 

I did my shopping at Amazon.uk and got myself three AR movies! "The Winter Guest", "Judas Kiss" and "Close My Eyes". No luck with "Rasputin", it was going for Ł20 at the marketplace.

 

I watched "ABBA" and "Dark Harbor" recently. I liked both movies, I especially enjoyed "Dark Harbor" despite reading that it is not one of AR's better movies. The Director's Commentary made the movie interesting for me, too.

 

***Dark Harbor Spoilers***

 

 

 

 

It was fun looking out for the little clues that David and Young Man are "connected". For example: (1) In the car, David slows down and sounds the horn so that Young Man can stage his fall. (2) In the morning when Young Man poured coffee for David and Alexis, he knows David takes his coffee with subsitute sugar without asking.

 

 


michelle 
5/06/05 at 01:37 AM

What is your location? england

Comments:

Kathy- Open that bottle of wine, girl! Peanut butter has been here for as long as I can remember and thats a  long, long time! I feel a burst of the Twefth of Never coming on. Thats my husband crying at my singing.

I love that interview. He seems so relaxed on this shoot doesn't he?


kathy 
5/05/05 at 10:40 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

Vicki and Elaine, you both have my very deepest sympathies, I went through the same thing 2 years ago with my oldest son, my bright, talented son who decided he would do nothing his senior year.  Not only did he add to my gray, some of it even fell out.  I wanted to wring his neck!  But 2 years later he is in college and wants to be a screen writer--wrote a one act play this semester that got an A so there is hope yet!  Just hang on to the Lady Clairol and that large bottle of wine!  In 25 years you can laugh ( and silently say  when their kids do the same thing!!). It aged me years!  I wonder if AR knows what he is missing by not having teenagers!!

 

BTW, dear friends from the UK, there is a very nasty rumor going around Conway, Arkansas that you do not have peanut butter in the UK.  Surely that can't be true--I have a glass of wine riding on this........

 

last exam tomorrow and I will be free to concentrate on a last ditch effort to lose a few pounds and get ready for my trip to.......hmmmm... where was it I was going again????

 

Thanks for the article on Wawa, never ceases to amaze me what a charming man he is, his mama did a good job teaching him manners! (I love BLTs too with avocado). I also think he gets a kick out of the kids.

 

Yes, Elaine Hi #1 is the Pacific Coast Hiway--exquisite--we used to live right on it in Santa Cruz just north of Monterey.  If anyone ever gets that way stop at the Monterey Bay Aquarium right on the ocean, spectacular views.

I am making a quick trip home in October for my niece's wedding in San Francisco at Golden Gate Park, with the reception at the Cliff House.  Can't wait.

 

Back to the books...............

 

 

 


Elaine 
5/05/05 at 09:01 PM

Comments:

I knew I meant to post something else....

The "teaser trailer" from GoF is due out this w/e and Apple will be hosting it. Warner Bros have also issued some kind of frequency where it will air on satellite but too techie for me! I've just spent some time perusing the stills from the "behind the scenes" thing recently aired. No Snape as yet. I'm hoping we will get out forst look in the trailer - but I'm not holding my breath.

 

Looks really bad in the election. Labour seem to be doing better than even I thought they would. Who voted for them? (I reckon it's a postal vote scandal!!)


Vicki 
5/05/05 at 08:56 PM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

Elaine - is that you and I guzzling down some liquid fortification at the end of your post?  LOL!!  Well, I'm happy to know I'm not the only one going to be on pins and needles for the next five or six weeks.  Thanks for the Beer & Sympathy!  This is why mothers get gray.

 

Gissing's Girl - you are exactly right!  It is Pacific Coast Highway (also known as Highway 1 or U.S. 1).  The scenery can be breathtakingly beautiful and you were traveling at the best time of year to see the spring wildflowers. 

 

Vayda - I have also had very, very good luck using Amazon Marketsellers.  I have no complaints whatsoever.

 

Claudia - my husband is a western fan and Tom Selleck has done several westerns which he loves to watch.  So, seeing him in QDU seemed very natural.  I'd say he makes one mighty fine cowboy, thank you very much!

 

Great article on Snowcake!  Sounds like AR was feasting on pastries again!  It also sounds like he was the fans' favorite - being that he was so accessible.  Very generous of him.  If Carrie-Anne Moss is the love interest....who is the hitchhiker??

 

RickiNicki - were you an AR fan when you gave your QDU DVD to your Dad?  I can sympathize with your difficulty with accents...I had trouble with AABA...and english is my native tongue!  Subtitles help tremendously. 

 

Well, off to color my hair.  (I have to cover up what my daughter is causing to sprout on the top of my head). 

 

 


Elaine 
5/05/05 at 08:54 PM

What is your location? 5 minute break!

Comments:

Great article! Two things:- dark comedy? with daughters getting killed? And oh so many things for "Red Tango" to jump on! And it sounds as though AR has really been enjoying himself. Certainly seems to be relaxed. THanks for bringing it over from Suzanne's, Claudia, and thanks to Suzanne for posting it!


Claudia 
5/05/05 at 08:02 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Suzanne posted the online version of MacLean magazine.  Sorry no pics but the article is very interesting!

 

Waaaaaaahhhh......Moss is the love interest, not the hitchhiker!

 

When stars fall on Wawa

Ripley, Trinity and Professor Snape invade a northern Ontario town

BRIAN D. JOHNSON

Sigourney Weaver is in Wawa, northern Ontario, shooting a movie called Snow Cake. She plays an autistic woman who has a thing for snow. She likes to roll in it, eat it and make snow men out of it. There's just one problem: Wawa had an early spring. "I've lived here 37 years and can't remember an April this nice," says Micheline Hatfield, taking time out from her drilling and blasting operation to join a crowd on a residential street waiting to get a glimpse of Weaver. "I came back from a week in Vegas, and the snowbank on my front yard had dropped six feet." Now it's melted to nothing. But unlike the rest of Wawa, this street of '50s bungalows where Weaver's character lives actually has snow: piles of it have been trucked in, dumped on lawns and arranged in slushy mounds over beds of white Dacron.

There's a woman on the sidewalk hoping "Sigourney" will autograph all four of her Alien DVDs. One for each of the kids. She comes to the set each day. And she's invited a bunch of the crew to her house for a venison supper. Myself, I spend three days waiting for Weaver to make good on a promised interview, while trying to keep out of her "eye-line." She's a method actress trying to stay in character -- which means avoiding people. Everyone on the crew treats her with kid gloves. And by the time we meet, I'm beginning to wonder if celebrity -- with its hypersensitivity and childlike sense of entitlement -- isn't so far removed from autism. Everything has to be just so.

This is the story of what happens when a small town is turned into a set, and when three stars -- an American, a Canadian and a Brit -- become local attractions. They're all famous for a major fantasy franchise. Weaver is the alien-wrangling Ripley; Carrie-Anne Moss is Trinity, The Matrix dominatrix ; Alan Rickman is Harry Potter's reptilian Professor Snape. And in Wawa, a town of 3,700 north of Lake Superior -- known for its giant goose and for stranding hitchhikers on the Trans-Canada Highway -- they're the biggest news since the gold rush of 1897.

But Snow Cake is not a Hollywood movie. Directed by British filmmaker Marc Evans, it's a $6.5-million indie project based on a script from a novice screenwriter, England's Angela Pell, who has an autistic son. Although she'd never been to Canada, Pell dreamt up a dark comedy, imagining Rickman as a sardonic Englishman on a road trip in the Canadian north. He is cajoled into giving a ride to a local girl, who's killed when a truck slams into his car. He then gets stuck with the girl's autistic mother (Weaver), and seduced by her free-spirited neighbour (Moss). When the British producers came looking for a location, Toronto producer Niv Fichman of Rhombus Media (The Red Violin) suggested Wawa. With most of the crew and some cast from Canada, Snow Cake became a majority Canadian co-production. And Wawa is proudly playing itself.

For two weeks in April, crowds gather to watch the cameras roll. Folks from across the street, and from half an hour out of town. Mothers with strollers. Children playing hooky. And a journalist who's come to interview the stars and see what happens when a movie crew consumes a town. Which is how I end up sharing fries with Rickman in the dining room of the Wawa Motor Inn beside "the largest fireplace in the North." With his downturned mouth and amber-green eyes full of intrigue, this is an actor who seems to work from a deep reserve of intelligence. He was the droll ghost in Truly Madly Deeply and the caustic sheriff who acted rings around Kevin Costner's Robin Hood, and now he's the director of a controversial play that has London's West End abuzz -- My Name is Rachel Corrie, about the American activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer.

It's incongruous to find him in Wawa. But as Rickman points out, there's something unreal about shooting in any real location. "A film comes in and colonizes it," he says, between bites of an unruly BLT. "You start thinking, 'Oh, could we just move that pile of trees?' And sometimes you can. It's like you own it. We're filming on a real street and it already feels like a set. You have to keep reminding yourself that the people coming out of their houses are not extras. They're real people. We've invaded their life pretending to be real people, and the real people stare at us pretending to be them."

Of Snow Cake's stars, Rickman has been the most accessible. Between takes outside JDD's Diner in Hawk Junction, a hamlet of 300 people near Wawa, he goes in to sign autographs and sample the pies. He was so knocked out by the rhubarb and wild blueberry, he started ordering five pies a day for the crew, urging the baker to set up a franchise. He also raves about "this incredible thing called a butter tart that's so good I don't even want to know what's in it." Rickman is even sanguine about the lack of snow: "The director expected a Fargo landscape. But the film is about a thaw. With a bit of slush around, it makes for an edgier landscape."

As the actor heads off to work, I spend the afternoon in my motel room, waiting for permission to visit the set. Weaver has decided she doesn't want a journalist watching her act. But half the town is on the sidewalk, doing just that, so I see nothing wrong with joining the crowd. But one of the producers tells me I'm too "distinctive looking," and if Sigourney spots me, she could get spooked and cancel my interview. Crew members propose various ruses. They could park me in a van with tinted windows. Or put me through "honeyland" -- hair, makeup and wardrobe -- to disguise me as a local. Instead, they decide to hustle me onto the set right away, before Sigourney arrives.

It's a warm day. Onlookers in shirt sleeves soak up the sun, watching nothing happen. I'm ushered into a bungalow, where a camera shoots out the back window as Carrie-Anne Moss walks across the snowy yard. In the background, kids play basketball. I ask if they're extras. No, they're "real." After a couple of takes, I'm suddenly whisked out the door, like a hostage. Sigourney is in the bungalow. Whew! She hasn't seen me.

Later I visit Moss in her trailer. She's in costume -- a white parka, a black slip dress over blue jeans, and deerskin boots with pompoms. She's a bit rattled, having just been besieged by some kids who wanted her autograph without knowing who she was. At least one mistook her for Sigourney. "I got a little irritated," she admits. "It's not such a big deal. It just feels rude. I'm in the middle of a conversation and a mother with her children comes up to me, not even teaching them how to behave. Would she treat another adult that way?" The Vancouver-born actress, who lives in Los Angeles, is away from her 18-month-old son for the first time. While she misses him, she's enjoying her log chalet at the Wawa Motor Inn. "I've just been staying in my room," she says. "Watching TV, sleeping and reading. I have fires."

Weaver, meanwhile, has been housed in a chalet next to the one where Wawa's mayor, Rod Morrison, a former CEO of Via Rail, lives with Donna Harris, the motel manager. Like the mayor in State and Main, the David Mamet farce about a small-town film shoot, Morrison has tried to invite the stars for dinner, without success. But he did land a role as an extra in a restaurant scene. The word on the street in Wawa is that Weaver is standoffish, yet the mayor wants to give her the benefit of the doubt. "If she's cold," he says, "it's because her character requires such concentration."

Weaver has been studying autism for her role since July. So who could blame her for not wanting to socialize or do press in her first two days of shooting? But I do get summoned to her trailer for a quick hello. After some small talk about the sewage plant beside our motel, I propose that she do the interview in character. She laughs. Her character, she says, would just tell me to "piss off."

That night Weaver finishes shooting at 4 a.m. I've given up on the interview. But a few hours later, as I'm about to leave for the airport, I get a call saying she's changed her mind, and now wants to talk to me over breakfast. It's her day off. She shows up in sloppy blue jeans and a soft-checked shirt, unbuttoned to show some cleavage and a glimpse of gold bra. Wearing no makeup, she looks in fine shape for 55, and has a girlish smile that makes the years melt away. She orders one scrambled egg -- "Is it a real egg?" -- with multi-grain toast, then cancels the toast.

The way she orders makes me wonder if she's acting slightly autistic, or just being fussy. Weaver, who has spent a lot of time with autistic adults, explains that they have no mental filter, no membrane shielding them from outside stimulus. "Without underestimating the pain of autism," she says, "they have extraordinary access into a world that we no longer open the door to -- this world of play, of being in the moment and just seeing the way light glimmers off a photograph." When I suggest it sounds like being on a permanent acid trip, she says, "I haven't done acid. I tried some grass once and hallucinated the Virgin Mary. I get drunk on a glass of wine. I'm very, very sensitive."

Many with autism are so sensitive that they avoid eye contact and feel the need to calibrate any input with a lot of precise rituals. "Our world throws so much at them, they want to retreat to a world where they can be in charge," says Weaver. "And I can relate to that. I find change very difficult. Every time I start a film...here I am in Wawa! It's very unreal to be in this place doing this."

The crew was instructed "to act as if there is someone with autism on the set -- you have to be quiet, you have to give her space." Weaver laughs. "That is an actor's dream. I do feel like the film is a little nest. In my chalet, I can bounce around and be autistic as much as I want. I'm not as comfortable taking it out on the street. Once you get in that frame, people coming up to you is very jarring. I find people coming up to me jarring anyway." As for all the children who want her autograph, Weaver has asked for their names to be put on a list. "I'm happy to do it at the end. It sounds very Spoiled Movie Star. You want to say, 'Thank you, yes I'm glad I was in Ghostbusters. Who you gonna call, love Sigourney.' But it's hard for me to play the character and shift into that."

Weaver stresses that she's just playing a character, and not trying to represent autism. Yet whether he likes it or not, she may become autism's new poster child, inheriting the role from the star of Rain Man. "Dustin Hoffman has been representing autism for a long, long time," she acknowledges, "and I'm sure he never meant to do that." Meanwhile, she's enjoying the "great gift" of learning to live in the moment. "I've always been so impatient," says Weaver, as she methodically folds a paper napkin holder. "Now I see it would be much more satisfying if, instead of thinking what I'm going to do in an hour, I just think about folding this...perfectly."

So how will she spend her day off? "I haven't made any plans. As my character says, 'I don't know what I'll feel like in half an hour. I only know how I feel now.' "


sue 
5/05/05 at 06:45 PM

Comments:

Boots!! Guh!!


Dee 
5/05/05 at 06:40 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:

Here's something for all you RHPOT fans! He looks so regal in this shot...THUD!!

 



Elaine 
5/05/05 at 06:37 PM

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GG, I've seen the road featured in several movies - and Jeremy Clarkson drove down it in some fabulous car whose name escapes me at the moment! It always seems like a fantasy highway!

Peekabooh, Italy is next on my list. I have an aunt and uncle who go there every year. Some friends just went to Venice too and that is somewhere I would really love to visit. Very romantic! (Hasn't AR been there to some award thingey or film festival? Wonder if Rima went with him? )

And I'm not hopeful for the election result we would like - but you never know...


melissa 
5/05/05 at 06:31 PM

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MAJOR OOPS!!!! 

Martha: I thought you were the one that went to Wawa....i failed to read the part about it being a post by Lisa from somewhere else.  SORRY!

 

still....YEA for Lisa!

 

 


sue 
5/05/05 at 05:42 PM

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Is that the road in the Burton/Taylor movie The Sandpiper. I know it's crap but I love that movie because of the scenery! One day I shall visit (probably in my dotage!)


GG 
5/05/05 at 05:37 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Sorry, Elaine, I spelled your name wrong.


Gissing's Girl 
5/05/05 at 05:35 PM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Eaine, it is the Pacific Coast Highway, I think it's US1, and it's a wonderful drive.When you get to the 17 mile drive the scenery is spectacular and the opulence of the houses is frightening. There is serious money lurking round there.

 

The wild flowers are beautiful too and when we went to Sausalito and Stimson Beach (of Danielle Steel fame) we had to keep stopping every few yards so that I could photograph the flowers on the side of the road. I found a western red columbine! which was very exciting.

 

 

On a different note, fingers crossed for the election results for tomorrow.


Natasxxx 
5/05/05 at 03:56 PM

What is your location? ...............

Comments:
EEeeeehhh, Kevin Whooo?????
Peekabooh 
5/05/05 at 03:14 PM

What is your location? the Netherlands

Comments:
"This guy is upstaging the Star"
Dee, this is exactly why Kevin Costner deleted a lot of AR-scenes in this movie. But ha ha, despite a minimum of AR, he stole the show anyway. But it is a sad thing, I agree.

Oh, how I would love to go to SF one day. I´ve only been to Florida (Miami, Tampa and Orlando) twice and Atlanta once, but I love to be in America. And to see the Golden Gate Bridge ...... *well maybe one day....*.

Well I´ve been to Rome, Italy, last week. Now that´s a city that stole my heart completely. All the history, churches, culture, the temperature of course and the relaxed way of life, wow, I mean I could get used to that!

Thanks for the news, links and pics everyone. It took a couple of hours to get through this guestbook after a few days.


Susan 
5/05/05 at 02:39 PM

What is your location? CO

Comments:
Gissing's Girl, sounds like you had a wondeful time on vacation, and how wonderful that you got to meet up with some old friends! And lucky you on getting to see and hear Alan soon. Can't wait to hear your report on that one. Good to see you back.
Dee 
5/05/05 at 02:34 PM

What is your location? Indiana

Comments:
I picked up an old copy of RHPOT "Official Movie Book" yesterday. Grumble...they left a lot of AR out of the book too. But, one comment he made caught my eye. He said that he took several riding lessons for his role in QDU and got pretty good on horseback. Then, he was very disappointed that they cut all his riding scenes out of the movie. What?! Why do film makers keep cutting him out!!?? You don't suppose it was another case of, "Hmmm...this guy is upstaging the star again," do you? BTW: San Francisco -- My husband and I lived on Treasure Island for three years when he was in the Navy (That's the rock the Bay Bridge leaps on as it jumps from Oakland to SF). We loved showing off our "view" to visitors -- if you went to the 2nd floor bathroom and leaned about 3 feet out the window, you could see the Golden Gate Bridge! Great city...and fabulous food! Bet AR loves it!
Peekabooh 
5/05/05 at 12:03 PM

What is your location? back in the Netherlands again

Comments:
How on earth does this journalist dare to compare Peter Hook to our AR? On second thoughts, Alan would look Superb in that outfit.....!!!! *in any outfit by the way*

Claudia 
5/05/05 at 11:30 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

IMO, Emily....not even close! 

 

 


Emily 
5/05/05 at 11:14 AM

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Came across this while reading a story about the band New Order today - this refers to the bass player, Peter Hook:

 

Looking like a bedraggled Alan Rickman, Hook prowled the spotlight all night, plucking out the alarmingly simple bass melodies that make New Order, like so many of the British bands from that early '80s era, sound as good in concert and on the dance floor as it does in the car or on an iPod. Sometimes he's providing the groove, sometimes he's taking the melody, often he's doing both.

 

Is this a bedraggled Alan Rickman?

 

 


RickiNicki 
5/05/05 at 08:52 AM

What is your location? somewhere over the rainbow

Comments:

Sorry, I've just watched Wizard of Oz. Lovely movie! And they are right "there's no place like home!". There are only 3 weeks left and I'll be going for short trip home. I miss my Black Forest. LOL

 

I watched Quigley down under a long time ago. I don't like this movie, maybe it's because I don't like western movies. So I gave the DVD to my dad, he's the western movie expert.

 

I bought TWG here in London last year. But I couldn't understand the Scottish accent so I sold it again. Silly me. Now since I know some Scottish people I can understand the accent a bit better.

 

There is also a German DVD of Rasputin. But they don't have Alan's voice on it. It's only in German.

 

Talking of German, has anyone of you seen The Edukators? And this film is one of the most intelligent and original movies I've ever seen! You have to see this one! I saw this movie last week in London, and the cinema was crowded! Ok, there is no AR in it, but Daniel Bruehl! He's is one of the most talented German actors of his age! He's also in a movie called Ladies in Lavender with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

 


Claudia 
5/05/05 at 08:06 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Vayda, Rasputin and the Winter Guest only came out on region 2 DVD.  I bought both from Amazon UK several years back.  I can also vouch for Amazon Market Sellers.  I have used them many many many times over the years and have only had a single problem with one of them and Amazon was very quick (like within a week) to make things right after I complained.

 

I never have really understood why Rasputin only came out on region 2 DVD since it was an HBO production. But its useless to try to figure out the video production industry decisions! LOL

 

kathy, Vicki, and Elaine.  I will definitely be sending some study cheer your way.  Yall hang in there....only a couple more weeks and it will all be over and done with. 

 

I saw Quigley Down Under last weekend.  After Magnum PI (which I lurvvvvved!), it is so hard for me to see Tom Selleck as a cowboy.  But AR does make it worth the time spent watching it--as he does in most everything he does! 

 

 


Claudia 
5/05/05 at 07:54 AM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

HAPPY

 

 

 

AND

 

 

 

HAPPY

UK Election Day!

May the best party win!!!!!

 


Elaine 
5/05/05 at 07:20 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Vayda, Amazon.co.uk have both Rasputin and TWG at rock bottom prices from their "marketplace sellers" (I've just checked). Most MP sellers will post overseas/Europe and Amazon definitely do. Go buy!

 

I'm adding SF onto my "North American" itinery which is turning out to be a "Grand Tour". I would love to see the Golden Gate and I always wanted to drive down that highway that goes along the Californian coast (sorry, don't know which number) in either a cabriolet or on a Harley!

 

Vicki, I am just about to go through that kind of "hell" as my son's GCSE's (end of school exams) are iminent. He has 2 weeks of study and then  a month of exams. He has to get goodgrades to get into his chosen school too so it will be fraught. I totally sympathise with you! Ale House 






martha 
5/05/05 at 06:22 AM

What is your location? north of here

Comments:

Vayda - I haven't heard of either one on DVD.  Maybe someone else knows...

Vicki - I caught QDU, too!   And even though I have it on both DVD and VHS, and even though I needed to get to bed, I still watched the entire thing!  lol - I just can't turn that man off.  (On the TV, at any rate.  I wish...)

 

Melissa - I'm sorry, I haven't a CLUE what you're talking about.  If it has to do with kids, I wasn't there!  Do you maybe mean Lisa, who went to Wawa and saw AR?  I posted a posting she made elsewhere.

 


Vayda 
5/05/05 at 04:27 AM

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Hello everyone

 

Please help....I need to know where (online) I can buy "The Winter Guest" and "Rasputin" DVDs. The code/region doesn't matters, my DVD player can play all. Oh, only one thing....international shipping

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Vayda

 


Gissing's Girl 
5/05/05 at 03:27 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

I'm just back from San Francisco after a fortnight there and had a wonderful time. It is one of my all time favourite cities and the Golden Gate Bridge is my favourite landmark. We drove over it and stopped to do the touristy thing by taking lots of photographs . We reunited wit a wonderful friend while in the city and spent a lovely afternoon walking in Golden Gate Park finishing it off with a meal in the evening. I can't wait to go back.

 

We also flew up to Colorado Springs to see some more friends and had an equally enjoyable time and are planning to go back next summer.

 

Now I have the Chelsea Art School interview to look forward to.


Vicki 
5/05/05 at 03:22 AM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

Kathy - I hope to be visiting SF more often.  My daughter has been accepted at SFSU for the fall....the problem is--we need her to graduate HS first!!  She has a major case of "senior-itis" and her grades have slipped drastically.  That's where my husband and I were tonight.  At a counseling session with her teachers to see if we can somehow salvage what's left of her senior year.  I tell ya....this kid is going to be the death of me.  If she doesn't make good enough grades, SFSU will rescind their acceptance.    If she actually makes it, it will be a miracle.     Think good thoughts and send them my way for the next five weeks--please!

 

The only bright spot of the evening is this GB, of course, and I had another AR find while channel surfing when I returned home.  I caught the last 1/3 of Quigly Down Under on the movieplex channel.  It temporarily transported me away from that mess known as real life. 


melissa 
5/04/05 at 11:36 PM

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MARTHA! I can't believe you actually did it! Good for you!  Kids don't need school----school is for sissies.  Professor Snape is the way to go. hahahahaha!HAHAHAHAHA!   wow!  One of the group actually went ahead and DID IT!

 

And what a payoff!  CONGRATS! 

 

YEEAAAAA!

 


melissa 
5/04/05 at 11:25 PM

What is your location? sleepy land

Comments:

oh BOY has it been a LONG TIME or WHAT!!!!???  This place has really been spruced up!  Congrats Claudia, you GB is greater than ever!  I can barely keep current.....what did y'all think of the Marvin voice-over?  The movie has not reached panama yet, so i still just get to drool in anticipation. 


 I had not seen a younger pic of AR in a long time and seeing those S&S pics  made me all tingly all over again! heeheehee   talk about drop dead gorgeous.   *sigh*


great pix guys.........!  I wish he would stop dying his hair though....he looks alot better with it natural....whatever colour that is anymore.


Kathy:  the best of luck on your exams!!!!!!!


Claudia 
5/04/05 at 09:37 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

Oh Sue, you have been a busy girl! Now I have to get busy and decide which one I want to use first.  LOL

 

San Fran and Hawaii have to be my favorite US spots.  Sweetie and I have spent a lot of time in the Bay area and we love it there.  I hope you have a wonderful time, GG!

 

 


kathy 
5/04/05 at 07:25 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

GissingsGirl and Vicki-San Francisco Bay Area is my home (arkansas is temporary )  SF is my favorite city--London being next and WashDC next.  There is nothing like the view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the ocean from Lincoln Park behind the Palace of the Legion of Honor! When I go home for Christmas I will have to take some pix and share.

 

Wonder if AR has ever made it up to SF sounds like his kind of city.


kathy 
5/04/05 at 06:06 PM

What is your location? home

Comments:

good work sue, love that face, especially when he smiles!!!


Vicki 
5/04/05 at 06:02 PM

What is your location? Los Angeles

Comments:

Thank you Sue, Claudia, Ali-Pat for enlightening me on the Stella Maris coincidence.  I can see by Sue's link that it still is a common name...especially in Hispanic cultures.  I also now vaguely remember attending a wedding in Palos Verdes, CA at a church on a cliff that overlooks the Pacific called Mary, Star of the Sea....of course, Stella Maris!  I now can say, in all honesty, that visiting this GB is for educational purposes as well as entertainment! 

 

I would have loved to have seen the scene where Brandon goes to London and discovers Beth on the DVD as an extra.  Why are they so stingy with these things?

 

Gissing's Girl - I was just in SF two weekends ago....isn't it a great city?!


AFNH 
5/04/05 at 05:42 PM

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Brandicons - like it, Sue!
Phew, back in from work, a late night (hence 2 sneaked-in posts earlier!).
Claudia, regarding the wristbands, around here teenagers especially are nuts about them and seem to buy out the stocks of most charities as soon as they get them in. Our local British Heart Foundation can hardly keep up with demand, and I've occasionally seen "Wristbands now in stock" posters in various windows.
Kathy - I'd love to hear also how much AR "keeps his hand in" regarding his graphic design past. I think it's a kind of training that stays with you for life and influences you even if you don't stay in that line of work.
sue 
5/04/05 at 04:21 PM

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://www.livejournal.com/users/fantasteeek/

Comments:

Just dropping by to pimp new icons and papers on my LiveJournal


kathy 
5/04/05 at 03:37 PM

What is your location? Home from school

Comments:

They have a pink arm band out here for breast cancer.

 

Ali-pat, like your observations on Stella Maris we went to a church in Santa Cruz, CA (on the coast) called Star of the Sea (BVM). It was quite a pretty little church, but then Santa Cruz is a pretty little town.

 

I am hoping that the Andrew Marr interview w/ AR will be about his art days and how they relate to his acting career.  I also hope they ask if he still is doing any art. (Think what those would cost!)  When I saw TWG the color, composition and music were arrange so beautifully that I knew someone with an artists eye and sense of color and space had planned them.  It really was a work of art apart from the film being lovely.  Think of how beautiful the scene was where the bus (with the ladies going to their recreational funeral) goes thru the yellow fields of flowers as contrast with the stark white of the other scenes.  Anyway, being so immersed in art these days I am interested in hearing about his experience with art school and how it has added to his life as an actor.

 

and.........3 down, 2 to go


Claudia 
5/04/05 at 02:30 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

"meister" fever *SNORT*

 

I've gotten tons of those lottery emails but this is the first time I received one from the UK.  I saw the Ł sign and I immediately perked up to see what it was about.  LOL 

 

AFNH, the wristbands like the MPH bands are being used for a lot of charities here in the US.  As far as I know, Lance Armstrong (a multi award winning cyclist that overcame cancer) started the wristband fever for cancer awareness.  There was a time almost everyone you met was wearing a yellow Armstrong wristband.  I think the organizations use different colors to distinguish between organizations. 

 

 


AFNH 
5/04/05 at 01:30 PM

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Surprisingly good, Elaine. PR has a great voice anyway, and they chose a mix of Free/Bad Co songs to sprinkle in there. Even on the Queen songs he had enough power to cope with them. I also noticed that Brian May and Roger Taylor's voices were also a lot stronger this time.
Claudia 
5/04/05 at 01:25 PM

What is your location? GA

Comments:

This was just posted by Leslie at Suzanne's. Anyone have access to this magazine???  *grin*

 

This week's issue of MacLean's magazine (a Canadian news magazine) has a short article on "Snow Cake" and a couple of pictures of AR.
Leslie
Newmarket , ON Canada - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 11:49:53 AM (EDT)

 

 

 


Elaine 
5/04/05 at 12:55 PM

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AFNH, what was Paul Rodgers like with the band? I saw them on the morning news talking about it. He said he wasn't going to copy FM - who could? - but I wondered how he sounded?


AFNH 
5/04/05 at 11:36 AM

Comments:
Got to agree Claudia, that Hugh Laurie took that scene, but the pair of them, their faces, they look as though they are being handed a bomb which is about to go off!
From the reviews, can't wait to see HHG, sadly The Odeon didn't have any tickets left for the previews the other week - darn!
A bit OT, had a mega trip down memory lane last night, went to Newcastle Arena to see Queen and Paul Rodgers, brought a smile to this old rocker's face. Unfortunately at the moment I've got a sore throat and a coad-id-da-doze, so any kind of community singing comes out as a bit of cross between an elephant seal and a yodel which, during Bohemian Rhapsody, isn't really on. Interesting to see the age range there, from kids up to 60's. Might get my hearing back sometime next week. They were selling wristbands similar to MPH, this time for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, which helps to tackle AIDs awareness worldwide.
Elaine 
5/04/05 at 11:02 AM

What is your location? UK

Comments:

Relieved that we haven't got different versions of S & S, Claudia! (Thought you'd had an attack of "meister" fever there Wink. Glad the virus wasn't too virulent!)  Their faces are great though, eh? (And glad you didn't get taken in by that lottery scam. I've had similar from "the lottery" and "ebay". They look so authentic, but click on anything apart from the "close" icon and you get whizzed off to some strange site or they leech your personal info out of you.)

 

Interesting observations about the name Stella Maris. I am always amazed at what we learn from others on this gb!

 








Ali-Pat 
5/04/05 at 09:57 AM

What is your location? Ohio, where the sun is finally shining

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://home.earthlink.net/~sa.pe/APLhome.html

Comments:

Vicki, I wish I had dollar for every time the Stella Maris coincidence has been discovered!  I could make quite a happy trip to my local second hand video store!

 

It is a coincidence, but not as much as you might think.  "Stella Maris" was a common name in the Middle Ages for the Blessed Virgin Mary (or the BVM as Catholic hipsters like to say).  In fact, when I was studying early music I became quite attached to a plainsong (chant) by that name, which I am sure was just one of many.  Anyway, the term has been around for a long time, it just so happens that the name ended up in two AR projects.  The really interesting thing about both occurrences (to me, anyway) is how well or badly motherhood sits on the characters and how they compare to the proverbial Ideal Mother (the original Stella Maris or BVM). 

 

Not selling anything, just making observations.

 


Vera 
5/04/05 at 09:29 AM

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Do those of you who have a ticket for the Chelsea talk have any information on what the interview will actually be about? The college's website doesn't give a hint at all.


sue 
5/04/05 at 09:26 AM

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If you search for Stella Maris on IMDB you get quite a few things:

Stella Maris

3 actresses and 2 film versions of the book by William John Locke (spookily my son's name)who also wrote Ladies in Lavender plus an Argentinian film by the same name.

 


martha 
5/04/05 at 09:18 AM

What is your location? north of here

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Sue - I don't remember that coming up at the NFT, but then "...my memory is completely addled my age and alcohol."


sue 
5/04/05 at 09:09 AM

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And just how much do you have to send before you can claim this win??


Claudia 
5/04/05 at 09:06 AM

What is your location? GA

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Oh and I forgot to mention that I received an email this morning informing me that I have won Ł135,256 from the UK National Lottery through their online Sweepstakes!  I wanted to ask one of my fine Brit pals would be a dear and pop over to Liverpool and make the claim for me? 

 

 


sue 
5/04/05 at 09:05 AM

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I might be completely talking out of my backside as my memory is completely addled my age and alcohol but I seem to recall the Stella Maris subject being brought up somewhere. I have an idea it was mentioned at the NFT Q&A and they had never made the connection but as I say perhaps that better be confirmed by somebody ese who went there.


Claudia 
5/04/05 at 08:55 AM

What is your location? GA

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Vicki, TMD was filmed before AABA but the book AABA was first published in the early 1970s, I believe.  The Stella Maris co-inkdinky does make you wonder though.  Thanks for reminding me that I need to make some TMD time soon! 

 

Gissing's Girl! I'm so glad you were able to get tickets to the Andrew Marr talk with AR.  I really do think, as Elaine, that this will be a chance of a lifetime to hear AR talk about his earlier carreer which we have had very little information.  We will be looking forward to yours and everyone else's review (and piccies) of the event.  We less fortunate souls sure do appreciate yall allowing us to live through your AR experiences!   

 

Well ladies, you have forced me to watch S&S again and I find that I need to study it a bit better before opening my big mouth!  Hugh Laurie does not hand the baby over to AR as I thought.  But still, their expressions are hilarious.  After re-watching the scene, I do have to admit that even though AR's expressions are adorable, Laurie is actually the star of that scene. 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 


sue 
5/04/05 at 07:11 AM

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I didn't recall the baby being handed to Brandon either. I was very disappointed when I bouth the Speciall edition S&S thet the Brandon in London scene wasn't shown either.

 

Last night Row and I went to see HHG2G. First off I am not a Sci-Fi fan apart from the eally rearly Star Treks(Tribbles etc!) and Galaxy Quest (I've seen one Star Wars and that was enough!).

I never watched the tv series but think a little of the radio series may have soaked into the pysche many years ago. I would think if you went straight off the street to see it without knowing anything at all you would be pretty confused.  Having said that, however, I did find it great fun. Very silly but great fun. I think Martin Freeman is ideal to play the ordinary Everyman Arthur Dent and I had no grouses (unlike a lot of HHG anoraks on IMDb) about Mos Def being Ford Prefect. (Yes I actually watched the film in Guildford, and yes there are black people in Guildford!LOL)

THe best bits for me were Bill Nighys character Slartibartfast and I loved his coat. Sam Rockwell did seem to be channeling George Bush rather a lot and of course Marvin was cuteness personnified. I didn't have the problem that some have mentioned of his voice not coming out of him but I do think it would have been much better with more dialogue and not just one-liners.

All in all I'd give it 3* out of 5. Row who is a big HHG fan said she enjoyed it more than she though she would but did agree with me that things like the towels were pretty impenetrable if you hadn't read the books


Elaine 
5/04/05 at 03:44 AM

What is your location? UK

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Is this another example of reg 1 and 2 dvds being different? I did not think Brandon held the baby either but when Claudia said, I went back to check, and no, on my Reg 2 S & S DVD, he does not get to hold the baby, just leer at it rather uncomfortably! What else are we missing, I think to myself? I was always annoyed that they did not include the scene where Brandon goes to London to find Beth in poverty, because ET said they filmed it. They could have added it to the 2 miserable deleted scenes, surely! Just think what gems of AR's performances over the years are still on the cutting room floor, so to speak!


Gissing's Girl 
5/04/05 at 02:49 AM

What is your location? UK

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Having been away in San Francisco when the news hit about the Andrew Marr interview at the Chelsea Art School I was a bit worried about getting tickets for this event. I needn't have worried, I phoned yesterday and they still have tickets for sale. So if anyone wants any they're still out there.


Vicki 
5/04/05 at 01:48 AM

What is your location? Los Angeles

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Good evening, ladies!  I was just channel surfing after dinner this evening and lo and behold, came across Truly, Madly, Deeply playing on Showtime.  What a pleasant surprise!  I missed the beginning but came in right when Jamie was ".....blaming the government!"  What a wonderful way to end the evening!

 

I happened to notice something....as the credits rolled, something caught my eye.  The actress who played the pregnant woman from Chile was named Stella Maris!!  Now, this just can't be a coincidence, can it?  (Cue the spooky music )  Wasn't TMD filmed before AABA? 

 

The ending, of course, had me in tears

 

My husband came in as it was ending, looked at me, saw AR on the screen, looked at me again...and then just left the room, shaking his head.  What's an obsessed woman to do? 


Claudia 
5/03/05 at 08:24 PM

What is your location? GA

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Oh and kathy thank you so much for taking time out of what I know is a very busy time for you to think about MPH.  What you did is about all any of us can do.  The whole campaign is geared towards awareness so we will get off our "bohonkuses" and bug the heck out of our world leaders about taking some action.

 

Thanks again. And everyone.....mail your leaders and tell them to get off their butts and do something!

 

 


Claudia 
5/03/05 at 08:16 PM

What is your location? GA

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Ohhh goodie, Natasxxx!!  Thanks for the piccie!  For keeper's sake, I'm posting the piccie here too.

 

 

Slope has sent Suzanne the video from eTalk  (where he is walking the dog) and she has posted it. Its a .mpg so hopefully everyone will be able to play it.  If not, let me know and I can convert it. 

 

Thanks Slope and Suzanne!

 

Julie, Hugh Laurie does hand the baby over to AR and the looks on their faces are adorable!  lol

 

 


Sabine 
5/03/05 at 07:44 PM

What is your location? GA

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Don't have much time, so this will just be a brief post.

 

Kathy: good luck on your exams!  I know you'll do excellent!

 

I'm not quite sure if this needs a spoiler warning, but I'll post one anyway: 

 

H2G2 SPOILER

 

 

Did anyone else think that the sighing doors on the spaceship sounded like AR or is it just me? 


Julie 
5/03/05 at 06:44 PM

What is your location? Michigan

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Thanks for the picture, Sue!

 

I rewatched that scene from Sense & Sensibility today.  She doesn't actually hand the baby over to AR.   Well, it WOULD have been funny, I'm sure!!  

 

I can try to pass along my wallpaper, once I make it.  I'm helpless with stuff like this.  (I've never actually posted a picture on here because I'm not sure how. Maybe my 12-yr-old will assist me!)

 

 


kathy 
5/03/05 at 05:05 PM

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 c***!  Claudia can you fix the email link, I am hopeless.

 

President George W. Bush: resident@whitehouse.gov" target=_blank>president@whitehouse.gov


kathy 
5/03/05 at 05:03 PM

What is your location? arkansas

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Dear Friends, I got the same google alert as Claudia and had to stop a moment to think of what small thing I can do to influence Pres. Bush to address the plight of the thousands of children who die every day from strarvation in Africa at the G-8 summit.  Obviously I can't go to Scotland except in spirit, so I sent Bush an e-mail in the strongest possible language urging him to address the poverty that is rampant in that continent. I let him know that I am a person who votes and watches carefully what my representatives (and the parties that support them) do in my name.  It isn't much but perhaps if he receives thousands of emails like that he might have an idea of the importance it has to (not just) the American people, as citizens of the world.  He has made clear his belief in the right to life of the unborn, how about extending that right to those children already here? 

 

Even if you are not American it wouldn't hurt to email him too, along with your own leaders.

 

President George W. Bush: resident@whitehouse.gov" target=_blank target=_blank>president@whitehouse.gov

Sorry, I'll get off my soap box now.

 

I'm putting my head right back in the books....bye

 

 


Natasxxx 
5/03/05 at 05:00 PM

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WiccanBabe post an new WAWA piture of Alan with some kids!!!

 

http://p204.ezboard.com/fthealanrickmanforumfrm26.showMessageRange?topicID=42.topic&start=121&stop=122

 

(I hope that the link works...)


Claudia 
5/03/05 at 04:04 PM

What is your location? GA

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Nighy and Geldof t protest outside G8

 

I can't make it to Scotland but I'll be there in spirit, for sure!

 

Make Poverty History!!!!

 

 


Claudia 
5/03/05 at 10:16 AM

What is your location? GA

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That's a good one, Sue!  What about when HL is handing the baby over to AR, do you have that one? 

 

Julie, I hope you will share your wallpaper. 

 

 


sue 
5/03/05 at 09:59 AM

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kathy 
5/03/05 at 09:56 AM

What is your location? home

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Love all the Toronto news, imagine AR just happening to be at the same restaurant you are at! That would be the time I would spill something right down the front of my shirt--which I am very prone to do anyway. 

 

Elaine, how do you download the plays for listening later? I would love to put a few on cd for later listening.  (after listening to some of the stories lately I sure hope we Americans are not as stoopid as we sound).

 

Thanks for the encouragement everyone.  I have 3 more finals, one down, and I was excused from my history final because I had 100% in the class. (not to toot my own horn or anything) The next 3 are my art classes and they will be the hardest, going to study group tonight to bone up on Women, African and South American Art. 

 

I am so dense, I didn't realize realize Sam Rockwell was in GQ  I thought his mannerisms were very like Dubya--lovely fake smile and less then genius mentality         .Juliet and Elaine.  I might have to force myself to see GQ and H2G2 again, what a chore .

 

Right now I am making coffee and  and clearing my desk off so I can do some serious studying.  I have to stop with the emoticons, they are too much fun.

 

Bye y'all as they say in these here parts.

 


Claudia 
5/03/05 at 09:47 AM

What is your location? GA

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Thanks for the updated Snow Cake listing on IMDb, Kim.  I am a bit disappointed the Cattrall isn't listed too.  I think she and AR would have had some hot on screen chemistry!  Well, maybe the next project.  As for Jennifer Tilley....big sigh of relief!!!!

 

I thought the person playing Zaphod Beeblebrox looked familar too.  I think its the long hair that kept me for recognizing him from GQ. 

 

  Speaking of Sam Rockwell, wasn't he a bit on the rude side at the premiere? Not speaking or signing autographs...just being a regular a**hole?  Sorry SR, but that's what you do at premieres, bud!  If you don't want to conform....don't attend.   

 

I absolutely love that scene in S&S, Julie and I did some screen caps a long time ago.  If someone hasn't obliged your request before I can get to my home 'puter, I'll post them.  The look on AR's and Hugh Laurie's faces are priceless!  LOL

 

Suzanne did a videogram of a HHG2tG Behind the Scenes that aired on Starz last week.  No AR, per se, but Marvin does talk.  Thanks Suzanne!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Julie 
5/03/05 at 09:16 AM

What is your location? Michigan

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Hi everybody.  Now that my daughter and my favorite tv show is "House" (or "House MD,) we've gotten a new appreciation for that scene in Sense & Sensibility where the woman hands the baby over to Hugh Laurie and AR. Remember, they both look like they're being handed a space alien or something.  I've searched for the picture of this scene to no avail.  Can anyone help me out?  I thought it would make a hilarious wallpaper for my computer.  Thanks!   ~Julie

 


Elaine 
5/03/05 at 08:21 AM

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Oh well, if the Telgraph have actually noiced it, it looks good for release in cinemas - maybe! Haven't seen a thing in any of the movie mags.

I'm a bit miffed that KC does not look like she'll be in it now. I kinda like her. She'd have been good as the "lurve" interest!

It took me a a while to twig on who Zaphod was. I thought it was him the first time I saw him but then I wasn't sure when I saw more of the character in the trailers. It took another viewing of GQ to confirm it though - my, that was hard  I Think Not 






Juliet 
5/03/05 at 06:52 AM

What is your location? Back at work with the assignments (groan)

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Went to see H2G2 on Sunday, the present squeeze and I loved it, it was just like meeting up with an old friend, one looking better than you remembered, just like Casablanca with its talk-along script, great casting, Martin Freeman IS Arthur Dent, in the same way David Thewliss IS Remus Lupin. The sproglets hated it; I think it must be a generational thing.

 

From the its a small world department, there was something sooo familiar about Zaphod, it was the mannerisms, the on-purpose false smile, the hand gesture in the shape of a gun, so I put my thinking cap on (LOL), ah, yes; very reminiscent of Guy the crewman in Galaxy Quest, so I looked it up, crikey, its the same actor!

 

And finally from theDo try to keep up department, from yesterdays Telegraph:

·  Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman have finally started shooting the new film from Michael Winterbottom's and Andrew Eaton's Revolution Films, Snow Cake.

Directed by the young Welsh director Marc Evans (who made the acclaimed horror movie My Little Eye), the film is about a friendship between an autistic woman (Weaver) and a man who is traumatised after a car accident (Rickman). Shooting is taking place in Ontario, Canada.

Er, yes, I think we already knew this!!

 


Kimberly 
5/03/05 at 05:47 AM

What is your location? MI

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Just checked the Internet Movie Database site and I notice Kim Cattrall and Jennifer Tilly are no longer listed in the Snow Cake cast list. The current list:

 

James Allodi
Selina Cadell
Jayne Eastwood
David Fox
Johnny Goltz .... Rookie Cop
Emily Hampshire
Carrie-Anne Moss .... Maggie
Callum Keith Rennie
Alan Rickman .... Al
Julie Stewart
Sigourney Weaver .... Linda


Elaine 
5/03/05 at 04:20 AM

What is your location? UK

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Morning, all.  I hope AR is enjoying Toronto. Sounds like he is!  I've been watching Ray Mears new series and this week he was canoeing through the North West of Canada. I WANT TO GO THERE! It looks absolutely beautiful and completely untouched by nasty humans. Yep, I have to put Canada on to my itinery - better add another week on to my North American tour!

Lucy, I've got the "Thanks for all the fish" song. I have to tweak it a bit because it was downloaded from ITunes and it might be difficult to open but then I'll send it along.

Kathy, one down, how many to go? I really need to catch up on the radio plays. I love to listen to them when I'm camping so want to download some for my ipod mini.

Rain, sunshine, rain, sunshine. Usual Brit weather!


Claudia 
5/03/05 at 03:56 AM

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Lisa from ARExp has shared an AR Toronto sighting! 

 

Hello all.

It's been along time since I have been to this website, but I thought I would come back and take a look around.  I also wanted to let everyone know (in case you didn't know)that Alan is currently in Toronto shooting his new film "Snow Cake".  My room mate had the pleasure of cooking for him tonight at her restaurant after a day of shooting.  What a surprise it was for me when she called to tell me that he was sitting in her restaurant at that moment.  I had no idea that he was shooting a new movie, let alone in my own city.  I of course did not believe her, but she let me listen on the phone and sure enough I could hear his voice.  Also thank goodness for camera phones.  That's all for now.  Hope everyone is doing fine, I just wanted to share my Alan news of the day with some people who would appreciate it.

Cheers!
Lisa

 

And yes I have asked if she would be sharing the camera phone pics.  Stay tuned! 

 

I've been meaning to kathy on with her finals!  Man o man do I remember those days! You go girl!

 

 

 



Lucy 
5/02/05 at 11:44 PM

What is your location? GA

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I saw HHG2tG today!  Claudia, you will LOVE the beginning sequence-and the end.  Who was it that had the MP3 of the song?  I want it.  My boys loved the song too.

 

They really did keep the spirit of Adams alive.  Even though the movie goes a little too fast, they did manage to get across one of Adam's major messages about respecting other species.

 

Bill Nighy is fantastic.  John Malkovich is at his creepy best.  Marvin is adorable.  Sam Rockwell played the definitive Zaaphod Beeblebrox.  The Vogons are perfect.

 

Some of the Guide scenes are indeed cut out or shortened, but the ones that are left are well done.  They've been updated for 21st century technology, and, while still simple, they look great.

 

The movie is better for someone who knows the books, the TV and the Radio shows.  There are in-jokes aplenty, and the pace of the movie is quite fast. 

 

All in all, it was a delightful movie experience.


bussi 
5/02/05 at 07:18 PM

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  A lot of people have said that the movie is better if you've read the books, HGttG.


kathy 
5/02/05 at 06:21 PM

What is your location? West of the Mississippi River :-)

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Thanks for the heads up Elaine about H2G2.  I love radio programs.  Have been listening to one on BBC 7 a reading of Bill Bryson's book The Lost Continent he is a very funny writer. He's American but lives in the UK. (Look under Bestsellers) 

 

I don't know where our spring weather went but it is raining cats and dogs now, or I should say les chats et les chiens!  Had my French final today--it was easy-yeah!

 

P.S. how do I get emoticons into my e-mail?


Elaine 
5/02/05 at 03:40 PM

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I don't know Claudia. You should see what "Arthur Dent" looks like now!


Natasxxx 
5/02/05 at 03:05 PM

What is your location? .........Land of confusion.....

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Claudia 
5/02/05 at 02:24 PM

What is your location? GA

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Well then, I suppose since its not the old series that your not feeling so old now, Elaine? 

 

Thanks for the reminder.  I had forgotten all about it.  I'll be recording it if anyone does miss it. 

 

 

 

Welcome Bluebeatbabe!  Hope you will join us often. 

 

Hmmmm, I want a wounded knee too!  Torn hose and all! Thanks for the update, Red Tango. 

 

 


RedTango 
5/02/05 at 02:12 PM

What is your location? Burbank, Ca

What is the URL of your HomePage? (include "http://") http://alanrickmangallery.com

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Greetings all.

  Just an update to let you know that "Close My Eyes" has now been added to the DVD cap section! Loads of great still captures and hee-larious quips ensue.

Can you dig it? I think most certainly you can.

So go take a peek..cuz there's alot more nonsense to discover too!

www.alanrickmangallery.com 


Elaine 
5/02/05 at 01:50 PM

What is your location? UK

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Correction! It is not a repeat of the old series, it is a new series! Check the link to find out more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/index.shtml

(There's an awful lot of the old cast still in it though!)


Elaine 
5/02/05 at 01:46 PM

What is your location? UK

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If anyone is interested, Radio 4 are repeating the original H2G2 series on Tuesday at 6.30pm. I know you lot over the water can tune in, too! It was done before the TV series, before the books, even, so is worth listening to. I remember listening many moons ago! Makes me feel Old Lady 






Dee 
5/02/05 at 12:48 PM

What is your location? Indiana - home with a tummyache

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Boy...when you miss a day on this site, it takes an hour to catch up on all the interesting posts! We're a talkative bunch, aren't we!

 

Vicki - So glad you liked the wallpaper! Enjoy!

 

re: Johnny Depp -- He has done some rather odd movies (Did anyone else see "One Upon a Time in Mexico" when he stuck his finger up that dead guy's --? Take my word for it - very disturbing!!!), but, wow! What a great actor! And VERY easy on the eyes! But, if I'm stuck on a deserted island, I'd still rather have AR. He might not be as handy in an outdoor situation as Johnny and roughing it might make him whine a bit like mARvin...but the conversation would be fascinating, making love on a moonlite beach would be very sweet, and teh pudge would help him survive longer.  

 

My hubby, 13-yr-old son and I saw Hitchhiker yesterday! I enjoyed it, but then I've been a fan of the first three books for a long time (didn't like the last two!).  They hadn't read the books, and because so many things were "inside jokes" they said they couldn't even follow the plot. I had to explain a lot during the drive home. But, they enjoyed the silliness of it and the special effects (the nasty little boogers blew chunks during the short and tragic whale scene).

 

I do agree with Emily -- IMHO they should have done more with AR's voice. mARvin was built to have emotions (which explains how a robot could be depressed...duh!), so variations of his depressed tone would have added a lot to his personality. *SPOILER* Although people at the theater chuckled at his comments, he was too bland to care about -- so no one really cared when he was shot at the end. I wish he had been more of the lovable little sourpuss from the books.

 

It might of helped a little if AR's voice sounded like it was coming out of the robot. They didn't even try to have the voice audio follow mARvin's movements or change direction/distance. AR's voice was just plugged in.

 

All in all...as a long time fan of the books, I'm a bit disappointed. But it was a fun afternoon at the movies with my fellas. That made it extra special for me!

 


Bluebeatbabe 
5/02/05 at 10:12 AM

What is your location? Sheffield, UK

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Just watched T4  Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy Review this morning and the presenter said, whilst walking alongsideMARVIN.

 

'You have got a lovely head and nice buns'!!!

 

I think that just about sums up Alan Rickman, 'Lovely head'- a pity we don't see it in AHHGTTG,   AND  'a beautiful derriere'.

Do we think Alan is being typecast ?!!!

Ah, well, it brought a warm glow to my cheeks.

 


Claudia 
5/02/05 at 09:31 AM

What is your location? GA

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Good morning everyone! 

 

While getting ready for work this morning I was listening to CNN and they announced that HHG2tG was number one at the box office this past weekend.  Wonder if it can do it two weekends in a row? 

 

Elaine, I have the song in video format from what I call...."the dolphin opera segment" that Aurora pointed out to us last month but I would love the MP3 version of it just to take along on CD or my future iPod (Sweetie willing, that is!  LOL). 

 

 


Elaine 
5/02/05 at 07:14 AM

What is your location? Dull-bank-holiday-weather-land

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Just got this from a review via Google:

"The supporting cast is nothing to write home about, except for Alan Rickman (Harry Potter1,2 &3, Die Hard), whose voice work is terrifically understated, as Marvin, the sidekick robot who needs a serious ego boost."

 

I've read all sorts of different reviews for H2G2 and opinions seem to be pretty much split but all (except 1) give praise to AR's voiceover. If it helps, Emily, Paramount 2 were showing the whole series of the TV version of H2G2 last night and the Marvin on that was very, very "bland". I think that's what DA meant him to sound like. But hey, not everything that AR does appeals to us all. We'd be a pretty boring lot if it did! Going back to the TV series, I'd forgotten how funny it was. It was a shame that Paramount aired it so late (went on overnight) and that I didn't have any room on my Sky+ to record it all. But it looks a bit primitive (like the old Dr Who!) compared to the Hollywood version! I think it's on dvd somewhere....

 

"Thanks for all the Fish..." I have that on cd and MP3 if anyone wants to be driven mad!

 

Pam, hope you feel better. I am much better today, but just can't face the Cross trainer, even though I know I HAVE to make an effort! As for the allotment......

 

Kathy, thinking of you for your exams.  Do lots of this: Studying  and you should get this: Smiley University !

 

It'll soon be awful in our house as my son starts revising for his GCSE's in June. I think I'll leave him well alone!








Natasxxx 
5/02/05 at 07:00 AM

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@ Kathy: I keep my fingers crossed!!!!


Ricky 
5/02/05 at 06:46 AM

What is your location? Austria

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Am I on the wright side - at AT? ;o)

 

Well, I first saw (or realized?!?) BN on Blow try too - he was great, played such a wonderful AL ;o). And in LA he was that fun! I really had a good love with him.

 

And about JD (I'm no fan)- I loved his performance in this Caribic-Film! Just great. And I'm looking forward to seeing BN in Nr.2.

 

Wish all of you a nice day and nice week. Mine started bad - but can only get better with Thursday being a Bank Holiday here.

 

RIcky


Vicki 
5/02/05 at 03:52 AM

What is your location? Los Angeles

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Dee!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you

 

Your wallpaper turned out fantastic!  It is now the official wallpaper of my computer....I'm going to see if anyone notices the "changes" that you've made.  You lucky girl....ah, to dance with AR....even if it's only a photo manip....hey, a girl can dream, can't she? 

 

Thanks for brightening my day! 


Snapefan 
5/02/05 at 01:46 AM

What is your location? USA

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 THHGttG Is #1 in the Box Office!! It beat out XXX!!!!!!! So I guess its not that bad,eh? I can't wait to see it!


Emily 
5/01/05 at 11:04 PM

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Kathy, you are entitled to your opinion about HGTTG, as I am entitled to mine. Which remains, underwhelmed and disappointed.  I don't think it deserves more than 2 stars. 


kathy 
5/01/05 at 11:04 PM

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forgot to say--would everyone think good thought for me this week as I have finals--


Pam 
5/01/05 at 10:35 PM

What is your location? Massachusetts

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Thanks for the well wishes guys and the great reviews on HHGTTG. I can hardly wait to see it. Of all weekends to get sick!!! Next week I have a huge book sale at the library, but then will have a chance to go. I bet AR delivered his lines perfectly and cant wait to hear him as Marvin. I read the first book finally of the series so maybe this will help with a tiny bit of insight into the film. In my family we are huge Star War fans also and are awaiting the release of Episode 111-Revenge of the Sith where it explains how Darth Vader came to join the Dark side of the force. (Read the book first if you can-it was fantastic) Anyway, keep all the AR things coming. I probably wont get a chance next week to write anything, but will try to read through some of the GB. Have a good one everyone and have a nice week. Pam
kathy 
5/01/05 at 10:20 PM

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I have to agree to disagree Em, I thought it more understated than other sci-fi movies; to my liking tho because I am not a sci-fi fan, but well done in the limited venue that a movie can allow.  The screen play was actually written by Douglas Adams and the additions and subtractions actually were his.  (if you've time, listen to NPR's interview with the producers to give the full story)  I do think that if you have read the books it gives you a bit more insight into the story, and may feel some disappointment that so much can't be crammed into less than 2 hours of a movie  Yes, I agree AR was underused, Bill Nighy was good but also underused Sam Rockwell was great IMHO. Since AR was supposed to be a robot his more monotonous intonation, to me, was more like a robot was supposed to be.  I do agree with you on the robot suit, could have used a little more something, and WD need to have more depressed gestures. Maybe because I was not expecting much from Mos Def I was pleasantly surprised by his performance.  The people who eventually ended up doing this movie I think, in a large part were doing so as a tribute to Douglas Adams and trying to remain true to the screen play he had written before he died. I didn't think the special effects were over the top, in fact they could have really gone wild with them and didn't. And Helen Mirren's appearance was a pleasant surprise. All in all I have to agree with the reviewer here in town who gave it a 3 1/2 out of 4.

 

and I managed to write this whole thing without 1 emoticon.


Emily 
5/01/05 at 08:26 PM

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Yet again, I dissent. I thought HGTTG was just OK. Nothing special. Not as funny as it should have and could have been. And all the changes from the book were unnecessary and stupid. AR had the perfect voice, and his lines should have gotten huge f-ing laughs, as Artie from "Larry Sanders" used to say, but they didn't. Maybe because a lot of his perfectly written lines from the book were gone, replaced with howlers (NOT) like "Freeze? I;m a robot not a refrigerator."  I thought Marvin also became very monotonous, due to the boring robot suit and the unvaried reading AR gave his lines. Yes, yes, Marvin, we get it -- you're depressed. This is not AR's fault, it's the fault of the director, whose job it is to say, "Vary this one, Alan."

 

As far as I could tell, this movie had no director. (Mos Def could also have benefited from someone showing him how to deliver a comic punchline - again, the director's job.) Instead of a director, HGTTG has two twits playing with their computer effects. BN good, Martin Freeman delightful as always, Rockwell great Elvis/Dubya/Clinton impersonation. But overall, I was disappointed and underwhelmed. Could have waited for DVD and not missed a thing, but went because DS is a HGTTG fan.

 

 


Claudia 
5/01/05 at 07:18 PM

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martha wrote:

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I'm begining to think that any movie with Bill Nighy is worth the price of admission.

 

BINGO, martha!  I've been crazy about BN since Blow Dry.  Ali-Pat turned me on to an older film he was in that was pretty cute called Still Crazy and then there's always I Capture the Castle. Brilliant work on BN's part, IMO. 

 

 


martha 
5/01/05 at 07:08 PM

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When will I learn to use spell check before I hit 'post?' Or, better yet, learn to pay attention to what I’m typing...
martha 
5/01/05 at 06:59 PM

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I too, just got back from Hitchhiker's.  Mind you, I've never read the books, never heard much of anything about it.  But I liked it.  Bizarre, but funny.  I wasn't having as much fun as the man sitting down the row from me who was laughing nonstop, but I deffinately enjoyed it.  Loved Marvin, of course, and I'm begining to think that any movie with Bill Nighy is worth the price of admission.

 

Elaine, Pam - hope you're better soon!

 

"So long and thanks for all the fish...."  (Whoever said that song would stick with you was right!)


kathy 
5/01/05 at 06:23 PM

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Just got home from seeing H2G2.  It was fabulous, very true to the book and the book's humor.  Go---- you'll enjoy it very much.  I wondered about Mos Def in the part of Ford but he does a good job as does Sam Rockwell.

 

Yes, the beginning is just for you Claudia--you'll love it!  and yes, absolutely stay for the credits.


AFNH 
5/01/05 at 04:16 PM

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Hope you're feeling better, Elaine. Been under the weather myself today, but all my own fault (too much wine last night) but coming around again now. BTW - loved the chocolate icon!
I think the record for most icons used in one post now goes to Sue - LOL!
Dee - lovely reworking of Renoir's BaMdlG. I think I'd be grinning that wide too, if I found myself in a dancefloor clinch like that.
Ohh never mind Martha, next time, head north of Newcastle and explore some of Northumberland's castles. We've also got more sheep here than people, so if it's wide open spaces you want ....- LOL! Sounds like you had a great time and visited some lovely places.
Lucy 
5/01/05 at 04:13 PM

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Emily, I'm happy to hear you're feeling better.  I hope you and Pam get better soon!

 

And Happy Beltain!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sniv 
5/01/05 at 03:18 PM

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He also mentions that Julie Walters is like a second mum and that Richard Harris was one of the 'complete assholes' he has met...


Sniv 
5/01/05 at 03:17 PM

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Who's your favourite character from the films?

I do like Alan Rickman's Snape. He's lovely, he just so charming. He'd be a good Bond if he wasn't 58! Yeah, Snape probably, from the films is my favourite. 

 

From Chris Rankin Online


Pam 
5/01/05 at 02:50 PM

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Claudia, Thanks for re-posting the information on the special GOF next weekend, Saturday 8 PM on ABC. I posted this last night but glad you mentioned it again so everyone would get a chance to see some scenes from gof. I hope they give AR some good air time! I am feeling a little better today and came in here to read things to make me feel better. Hope everyone else that is either sick, or feeling blue is getting better too. Have a good one everyone. Try to catch up with you all when I can. Pam
Elaine 
5/01/05 at 02:45 PM

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Sue, you're risking a pounding from Emily with all those emticons! I love 'em!

Am enjoying the frequent ads for UKTV's showing of GQ tomorrow. A little AR "shot" does wonders for the soul!


Claudia 
5/01/05 at 02:12 PM

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Get to feeling better, Elaine.  And I hope we were a help in cheering you up some. 

 

Here is a little article with some kinds words about AR from Warwick Davis. 

 

On Movies: To portray a paranoid android, actor gets inside the character

 

 

Also, as a reminder, ABC will be airing CoS next Saturday with almost 10 minutes of behind the scenes footage from GoF.  Stay tuned for clips. 

 

 


Kimberly 
5/01/05 at 02:09 PM

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Oh! I think the AR Download Haven GB is in the