An all female “Ocean’s 8” film casts Richard Armitage in an as yet unknown role, January 18, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post#1031)

The “Ocean’s Eight” film goes fem?  I love the idea of a strong all—or mostly all—woman lead cast for the next Ocean’s numerated caper movie.  At least, I assume it will be a caper movie like its predecessors—stealing something from bad/unethical guys, and just escaping by the skin of their teeth.   With a plot that has lots of twists and turns!  I guess that’s why they need a humongous cast that is so far listed on the film’s IMDB page.  (wallpaper below: waves Mark Sowers, Bing; images Google)

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And though not listed yet in the cast list on IMDB, the exquisitely talented British actor raportrait-201x-richardarmitage-in-blue-suit-to-join-oceans8_jan1717viadeadlinecomRichard Armitage (article quoted below and image right) is slated to join the cast of “Ocean’s Eight” per Deadline dot com (Thanks! to TeresaA for pointing me to that article):

“Details of his [Richard Armitage’s] character are being kept under wraps but he’s in good company in the female-driven caper with stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and James Corden.”

And I noticed that Richard Armitage has worked with three of the actresses above:  Cate Blanchett in The Hobbit (though their roles and Galadriel and Thorin Oakenshield did not intersect), and as the father King Oleron  in Alice Through the Looking Glass to his daughters Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter.

And the Ocean’s films have great characters and locations!  Who can forget Carl Reiner in huge sunglasses as a con man pretending to be a whale—a big money target—in “Ocean’s Eleven”?

So if we could spin our dreams for a possible “Ocean’s Eight” film plot that would involve copious amounts of Richard Armitage screen time, what might that look like?  Here is one of my own character and plot ideas.

 

Grati’s Character and Plot Ideas—The Grifter returns and the Ladies revenge

Richard Armitage could portray David “The Falcon” Falconi—renamed David Falconer for their scheme–a retired small time con man turned semi pro stock car race driver, who just lost his team sponsor (below, Richard Armitage as Ricky Deeming from George Gently, left via RAnet, right via Noemi, Thanks!).  He has mouths to feed—for his racing team members’ families—and for his own family of younger adult siblings’ college tuition, etc.  He had become his 15 years younger brother’s and sister’s guardian when their parents died in a car crash ten years ago—hence his retirement from grifting and career change.

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The need for a promised $5 million dollar pay day for David is why he allows the Ocean’s Gals do a Pygmalion makeover on him—voice, comportment, manners, clothes, etc.–into a suave business man type (either as below top images as Lucas North from Spooks; or below images as Daniel Miller from Berlin Station).

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or

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The Ocean’s Gals want to utilize The Falcon as their shill for a realestate swap bamboozle of a tycoon who lives lavishly, yet doesn’t pay his bills in full before moving on to the next project.  I wonder if they could get Alec Baldwin for the role of the tycoon?  *wink*

The Ocean’s Gals came together for their fleecing scheme when several of their various family construction and custom renovation businesses were stiffed by the tycoon’s luxury apartments project.  And now it’s time for payback.  The Ocean’s Gals hope to clear a cool 50 million dollars each—with the tycoon not realizing that the private island they are trying to swap to him for his luxury apartment complex, is really a landfill that had been destined to become a resort complete with its own landing strip–until it was determined that the ground was too unstable for planes or any kind of long term habitation, since the island was sinking.  But the tycoon has never owned his own island and he fast tracks his trying to buy the island without looking into all of the details.

Armitage’s character will be the bait for the tycoon—the front man who is developing the island that the tycoon wants to buy—a man with his wife who are seemingly interested in buying one of the tycoon’s luxury apartment complex properties as a land swap for the island.  It seems that leased condos—and the residents paying for differing levels of luxury amenities, such as on site spas, restaurants, nightclubs, limousine services and such–are a license to print money.  And the Ocean’s Gals don’t want to give the tycoon any chance to fleece any other people.  So they will fleece him first.

 

So with one of the Ocean’s ladies as David’s pretend wife, who gets to be the wife to Armitage’s husband?  For my money, I would say Cate Blanchett could play Armitage’s grifting partner—as the other ladies swirl around in their various roles for the scheme.  Cate Blanchett is tall and classy–and the tall and commanding Richard Armitage has said that he would like to work with her again, since their roles in The Hobbit did not intersect.  And will they fall in love, or merely fall in unrequited lust—since they each have other love partners that they are involved with before the scheme begins.

 

And there could be some especially poignant moments as Richard’s character of David’s younger now med school intern bound sister (to be played by Dakota Fanning?) bumps into her brother in New York City at a hospital charity gala where part of cultivating the tycoon takes place by the Ocean’s Gals and by David.   And David’s sister almost blows his cover—and the whole operation.  It turns out that The Falcon’s sister is there to help fundraise—for the hospital.  The vapid rich, like the tycoon character—not to be confused with the philanthropic rich–like to be seen doing good (whether or not they actually do good, let alone make a donation), and this tycoon target is no different.  But David is desperate for his sister not to get involved in their somewhat illegal fraud.

 

Unfortunately, the tycoon has an eye for the ladies—though his pocket book, rather than his person, is what appeals to some women that he has gone out with in the past.  So the Ocean’s Gals switch gears to help out David–and to help themselves out. And with Sandra Bullock in the cast, wouldn’t it be great to play her against type with her pretending to be a prim and no nonsense upscale matchmaker who insists that the tycoon treat all of the women she introduces him to as ladies?  No sex—nor any hanky panky–before marriage.  These ladies (some of the Ocean’s Gals) get the tycoon’s mind off of David’s sister.  Of course, the Ocean’s gals will slip some knockout drugs into the tycoon’s drinks to insure that the no sex rule is in full force–with the tycoon none the wiser.   Whereas each gal is alternatively scouring his luxury apartment, bugging his cell phone, or hacking into his home computer for more evidence of tycoon’s own skullduggery while the tycoon is unconscious.  The Ocean’s Gals also plan to turn over the evidence they uncover to the FBI and law enforcement, in the hope that more small businesses stiffed by the tycoon might get their proper payments plus interest and aggravation compensation.

 

In the end, the greedy tycoon signs on the dotted line for the property swap—him gleefully planning a luxury resort for his new island.  The Ocean’s Gals get the luxury apartment complex property from the tycoon, as a swap for the tycoon getting the sinking island.  Of course, the tycoon doesn’t discover that he has been bamboozled until the Feds come a calling when the tycoon tries to bribe inspectors to certify that the island is ready for construction and occupancy–so he could build a new luxury resort without him having to wait for all the proper surveying and water quality certifications and such.

The Ocean’s Gals get their $50 million dollars each from the sale of the luxury apartments to a reputable realestate mogul–to pay their family businesses the construction money that the tycoon owed them plus interest and for them all to have a cushion.  And David “The Falcon” Falconi gets a cool $5 million as his slice of the pie–which he shares in part with his racing team and family, then he sets up a corporation with his lawyer younger brother for lucratively sponsoring their and other racing teams with the rest of the money.  So everyone is set for life.

 

Sort of.  As the tycoon has his assets and bank accounts stripped from him and he goes to jail for his own fraud and for bribery charges.  One wonders if that will be the end of this story.  After all, hell hath no fury like a tycoon scornedHmmm.  I sense a sequel coming on.

Disclaimer:  Any resemblance to actual persons living or not, or places that might be obliquely referenced in this film scenario is purely coincidental. *wink*

And P.S. to the Casting Director:  Please try to work in a bit more diversity.  Rihanna and Mindy Kaling are the only diverse lead and second tier cast members that I see in the IMDB cast list so far—so the film could use more multicultural diversity.  And how about more, or any, older over 50 people in the cast, too? Etc.  If you want people to come see your film, they need to be able to see themselves in the film.   I’m just saying.

Another P.S.  And I notice that Anna Wintour (Vogue Editor queen) and Zac Posen (clothing designer) are also listed among the cast.  So I hope that this film isn’t just about fashion.  Women have more interests than what they wear.

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A Martin Luther King Day National Observance, January 16, 2017  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1030)

Today in the United States is a national holiday—Martin Luther King Day—a memorial revdrmartin_luther_king_jr-bwimage_jan1517wikiobservance and remembrance of the life and contributions to our society by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (and right).

Born January 15, 1929—yesterday would have been Dr. King’s 88th birthday—and assassinated April 4, 1968.  He was only 39 years old when he was killed.

Dr. King was a man who was a Baptist minister.  A man who was a husband and father, a family man.  A man who saw injustice and discrimination for Black Americans and strove to eradicate it via the American Civil Rights Movement.  A man who used his mind, his heart, and his commitment to societal change for the betterment for everyone through non-violent protest in the model of Mahatma Mohandas Ghandi.

He organized communities, he encouraged the Montgomery Bus Boycott started by Rosa Parks when she would not give up her seat on the bust to a white man, he marched on Washington, he prayed, he spoke with U.S. and worlds leaders, he sat in jail and wrote a letter (more about the letter here; and see video below)—and much much more.  He had a dream (see video below) and shared it with the world.  He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 in recognition of his efforts and contributions. And he was not yet half done.
“Letter from Birmingham Jail” a video by Newseum

 

“Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream Speech”, a video by Ilya Gokadze

 

There were many who were leaders in the fight to abolish slavery in the U.S. over the centuries, and then leaders in the next generations in the 19th and 20th centuries and beyond– galvanized to seek full citizenship, full participation in society, full respect, and full voting rights for all, including U.S. Representative John Lewis.

So today and every year, we honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  And we continue his cause for justice through new initiatives—such as the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM).

Our community recently organized a chapter of BLM to address the concerns of Black residents in our local community.  I attended one BLM community forum a few weeks ago with over 400 other people of all ages, races, genders, and creeds at a local Black church where our local BLM chapter shared its purpose and goals, what some immediate concerns were for Black residents who felt they had been targeted by police and they shared their harrowing stories of harassment (DWB, etc).  This event was further distinguished by our local Chief of Police—who is a Black man—who was invited to respond to each of the five areas of concern that the forum moderator put before him.  With the Chief of Police relaying in response what his office was doing, what his office was prepared to do in the future, and what it was not prepared to do in the future.  It was an important dialogue that is just the beginning of improving civic and resident relations in our community.

I am not a Black woman—and I have not experienced discrimination due to the color of my skin or my national origin.  But I can still lend my support for improving racial equality as an “Ally”.  My contributions are small in comparison to Dr. King’s—my marching around our county courthouse with other community members years ago (when my knees let me walk distances), my attending and participating in multi-cultural fairs over several decades (including annually creating over ten years of multi-cultural history exhibits about the contributions and achievements of Black Americans), mentoring women students of color over the years at our local university, giving my time to our local Boys & Girls Club over the years, and donating to the United Negro College Fund annually for about the last fifteen to twenty years, etc.

Why do I do it?  I do it because it is the right thing to do—for myself, for my many friends who are Black, and for my family members who are Black.   I want everyone to live and to be nurtured, to be safe, and to be respected in a society that values them and their contributions—for them to experience the promise of our constitution and of when our Declaration of Independence vows “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” to its citizens.

So on this Martin Luther King Day observance, I honor him and his vision of a better and more inclusive world.

 

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Thigh Day, Friday the 13th—Richard Armitage Style, January 13, 2017  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1029)

Everyone has their good days and their bad days.  But today, Friday the 13th is shrouded (pun intended) in mystery and superstition.  Today, you don’t want to have a black cat cross your path, walk under a ladder, break a mirror, etc.

I can’t claim any black cat’s walking in front of me—except years ago my late Aunt’s adorable black kitten whom she rescued,.  Nor am I so short to be able to walk under ladders—almost, but not quite.  However I did unintentionally break a fancy hand mirror once—a lovely large 8 inch in diameter round brass hand mirror, with a beveled mirror edge, that my grandmother had given me.   That thing was heavy!  So it seemed solidly travel worthy.   That’s right.  You guessed it!  I had packed the hand mirror in a suitcase, only to discover it shattered upon my arrival at my aunt’s home in another town.  Broken mirrors are supposed to give you 7 years of back luck.  I can’t quite remember the timing of the shattered mirror. But my high school and early college years were probably my penance.  Ha!

Though I am not particularly superstitious—spit three times, turn around, and spit three more times—I wholeheartedly will avail myself of antidotes to bad luck, such as good luck charmsdibley-2006-harry-collage-ofrichardarmitage_aug2816viaarmangels_grati-crop-sized

Especially if the good luck charm is in the form of the exquisitely
talented British actor Richard Armitage.  Well, the man [right as Harry Kennedy in The Vicar of Dibley, 2006; via Armitage Archangels, Thanks!] certainly has charm—and he’s better than rubbing a rabbit’s foot in my pocket.  *wink*

In fact, I think I still have a rabbit’s foot on a key chain somewhere in a drawer—I saw it thumper-disney_jan1217wikionly a few months ago.  But my adult self finds it a tad ghoulish to have a dead animals foot—dyed pink, no less.  Thumper [right] needs his foot. And obviously, the rabbit’s foot wasn’t that lucky for the rabbit in question.

And I wonder if some future generation going through my tchotchke trinkets drawer—when I no longer have need of it–finds my rabbit’s foot lucky charm within, will they think that I was into taxidermy?  Or even will they know what the rabbit’s foot is?  *shudders*

Yet when Richard Armitage diplays his muscles for a role [purrrrr!; below as John Porter in 2010’s Strike Back, epi6HD-pix04], he looks so fine that he must be a good luck charm.  And I am prone to sighhhhhhing.  Or in today’s case, thighhhhhhing in admiration and RegArd.

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So below are a few images or gifs that I found to share with for you to consider adopting/adapting for your own Richard Armitage thighhhhhhing good luck charms.

1) When ill for a few days, one RA fan named Cyn (Thanks!) shared this gif on January 11th, and within one day, she was feeling better.  I would, too.  Thighhhh!

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2) And though I haven’t heard of any wet lucky charms—unless you count holy water—the Spooks tv show scene with wet jeans on the character of Lucas North (portrayed by Richard Armitage, right), makes a convincing argument for a wet lucky charm variety.

3) Richard Armitage handsomely  encased in a tux with straining trousers (via JuliaK, Thanks!; below, from Esquire UK, 2013 photospread):

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4) and 5) And since it is Friday—as in Guy Day Friday–maybe we can slip in a little Richard Armitage with Medieval leather chaps on Sir Guy of Gisborne thighhhhhing: (below left, shared by Fabo, Thanks!) and then as Sir Guy wearing neck to toe leather (below right, shared by Isabelle, Thanks!):

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So with gorgeous Richard Armitage images such as those above, I could break a few mirrors, cross paths with a few black cats, crawl under a few ladders, and still count myself lucky.  Sighhhhhh!  Or, thighhhhh!

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President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address to the Nation inspires hope and resolve,  January 11, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace  (Post # 1028)

Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama’s (right) Farewell Address was perfect!  He gently 330px-president_barack_obama_jan1017whitehousehighlighted the goals his administration set and met, and he reminded everyone that the standards of action in this democracy should be kept in order to honor the constitution.

His speech inspires hope for the future—for us to continue to work for what matters in our society– and resolve to fight against divisiveness and embrace forging connections with people different than ourselves..  He spoke from his heart.

 

Thanks to the Whitehouse for making this Farewell Address video available:

 

NYTimes has full text transcript of the President’s address and video:

 

Snippet of Pres. Obama’s address:  “I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.”

President Barack Obama Says Goodbye in a Forceful and Tearful Farewell Speech

Excerpt text on FB:  https://www.facebook.com/potus/posts/587190308137480

 

And if anyone doubts about their ability to uphold and defend the constitution, he reminded us that “Yes we can”.

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And below is a cap I made of the closing title of the live Farewell Address:

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Thank you, Mr. President!  You will be missed!

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First Lady Michelle Obama says Farewell video,January 08, 2017  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1027)

Michelle Obama, poised, graceful, intelligent, compassionate, civic minded, a role model, dignified, and the First Lady of our nation, says farewell as her husband prepares to step down as President. We will miss her greatly!

 

I had seen this poignant BBC News video of First Lady Michelle Obama saying farewell Friday, on Twitter.  And I am still awed by the power this lady has to move us– not just to tears, but to action.

Hugs & Love!

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Grati’s “Top Five Personal Wacky Wishes for 2017”,  January 06, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1026)

I used to watch Late Night with David Letterman without fail for many years—until about fifteen years ago.  He had a quirky, edgy Midwestern side to him.  His humor and observations kind of felt like Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, but without GK’s calmness, etc.  But I did like Letterman’s Top Ten series.  However, I’m cutting that list in half for brevity’s sake here.

 

So below are my/Grati’s count up for my Top Five Personal Wacky Wishes for 2017  (*facetious alert*):

#5)  Get a passport—just in case I ever get over abhorring airplane travel so I can:  take a nice vacation, see a Richard Armitage play/event in person, or emigrate to Canada or back to the Motherland of England.  However, Canada is winning at the moment—because I could take the train to get there, I have been to Canada, and it even has a nice national anthem.  Though the song “Oh Canada” is a bit high pitched (more info) for my alto singing voice.

 

#4)  Looking into getting a transdermal patch (on my skin) that will induce endorphins being released as a positive reward for getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night. I would call it my beauty sleep–but I’ll be satisfied with restful sleep.  This patch will have to be used in concert with a shutdown timer on my computer and other web access devices (cell, tablet, etc.)—making my computer non-operational after 10pm at night.    Not only will I wake up more refreshed–by going to bed earlier each night–but I will start my day with verve, without having to go to the gym.

 

#3)  Taking our younger five year old girl doggie (our Heidi sweetheart at 4 months old in Heidi_introductiontoMaxAug2612grati2012, right) to Humane Society of the U.S. encouraged positive reinforcement obedience training (with praise and treats, etc.).  She dawdles in our fenced in backyard, when I’m trying to get her back inside for bed time—or any other time, for that matter.  Of course, I realize that the obedience training will actually be of me as well as our doggie.  Heidi likes bacon treats.  However fruit candies are my treat of choice.  *wink* So whether you’re 5 years or 50+ years in my case—let’s hope they can teach these older dogs new tricks!  Ha!

 

#2)  Waxing more—in lieu of plucking those little hairs above my lips.  Though I will wax gently so my face is not like Steve Carrell’s chest in  The 40 year old Virgin movie’s painful chest hair thatch ripping—which he follows up with a string of profanities that are not ladylike at all.  Ha!  And I have realized that while my legs don’t hardly get hairy at all anymore, and don’t require shaving more than once a month, if that–that my body hairs seems to have shifted elsewhere—to my face.  So I wonder if there is an unwanted hair gene that needs to express itself one way or another?  For my money, the hair could stay on my legs.

 

And my #1 Personal Wacky Wish for 2017 is (though I was really tempted to say “going to bed without my scants”):

#1)  Finding and wearing strategically placed air bag clothing accessories—near/aroundarms, torso, head, knees, tush, and hips–that automatically inflate when their proximity to the ground gets within 6 inches.  You see, I’m hoping to cushion my next fall and reduce injuries.   I might end up looking like a marsh mellow (below, Michelein woman in corset by Gae San at Deviantart).  But hey, the personal air bag style could catch on.  Ha!

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Though in all seriousness for 2017, I wish everyone good health, love, safety, humor, laughter, fun, security, kindness, empathy, friendship, support for your own hopes and dreams and wacky wishes, and every happiness that you wish for yourselves.

And of course, with world news telling us daily of war time tragedies, and people being displaced from their homes and lives around the world, I pray for world peace at home and abroad!

And I put action to my prayers through charitable donations to UNHCR and to other organizations, as well as, participating in my hometown’s community building events and initiatives.    One organization that I particularly give my time, talent, and treasure to is our local YWCA—whose mission is  “Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women”.

And thank you so much for visiting and commenting and supporting my little blog here! Love & Hugs!  Grati

 

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New Year, New Something About Love Blog Header, January 03, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1025)

When the new year rolls around each January, I like to change my blog header.  And this year is no different.  I’m just surprised that I managed to get the new header up in the first week of the new year.  Ha!>

For the past couple of years, I have been enamored of an interior space clip art that I manipped (see below) and then changed out the  Richard Armitage character pictures each year:

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The leafy green verdant mural with the palest of blue sky was very soothing–and reminiscent of a mural wallpaper that my mother had on our dining room in the house I grew up in.

But I felt that it was time for a change.  And the recent Jane Hotel Richard Armitage photo shoot for Broadway.com with the Fresh Faces: Richard Armitage video–portraits photographed by Emilio Madrid-Kuser–really wowed me!   So I really wanted to include one of those Richard Armitage portraits in my blog header.   Sighhhh!

Teeny tiny little problem.  The Richard Armitage portrait that I like best (below), is a vertical image, and this blog header is very horizontal.  Thanks to RA Bulgaria for creating the original portrait screencap and to Fernanda M for sharing it!

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So although, I liked its background, there was nothing for it but for me to mask Richard’s portrait out of its background and put it into a new horizontally oriented background.

Now with having just Richard’s portrait, but no background, that presented another dilemma.  How do I seamlessly insert him into a background that is horizontal, brighter, has room for my blog titling, etc.?

So I used another image of the Jane Hotel (by Ian Ference) that I found online at Urban Daddy:

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But it wasn’t wide enough either.  And that sparkly ball in the middle of the ceiling seemed too 1980’s disco to me–when the rest of  the lovely period decor harkened back to the 1930’s for me. So I cropped the image top down to the top of the fireplace, then cropped the image up from the bottom to the fireplace base.  Then when I sized the width up to the 940 pixels, et voila!  I had my horizontal image.

But the details on the zoomed in fireplace–plus the shadows surrounding it–didn’t show well.  So I covered over the fireplace with a similar mustard color to the walls (with some sampling) and I added my blog titling.  Ta da!

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I might yet play around with my blog header this year, but here it is for now.  I hope that you enjoy it.

Cheers!   Grati  ;->

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