Fun Day Sunday: “Operation Into the Storm” Opening Weekend Viewing Planning Commences, May 18, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #568)

Into-the-Storm-US-Movie-Poster-FakeTicketMay1814ITS-WB_wCredits-manipLast Sunday I floated a trial balloon of wouldn’t it be nice for the fans of Richard Armitage to consider supporting his new film Into the Storm (ITS) by viewing it in theatres on its opening weekend for their city/country–rather than waiting until later to see the film since opening weekend box office can make or break a film–and perhaps even informally organize a fan meet up to enjoy the film with fellow RA Fans. This viewing event notion has been warmly received by several of you who commented on my blog last week or reblogged my post. Thanks!

I have already offered to look into organizing a Saturday, August 9th, 2014 RA Fan viewing of Into the Storm (poster on fake movie ticket, left) in Chicago, Illinois (US) by scouting out theatre locations and such. MarieAstra8 (of the Obsessive Behavior blog) hopes to plan an NYC (US) viewing and Marcia over at Richard Armitage US is talking about an Atlanta, Georgia (US) event.  And there might be more of you considering trying to encourage opening weekend viewing of Into the Storm in your areas for your city’s/country.


So!   Next steps! Why? Because organizing even informal activities and grass roots Richard Armitage Fans gatherings need some planning mojo. That’s the conference planner in me talking. Ha!

1) Marie, Marcia, a few others, and I have been tossing around some ideas to help facilitate planning these Into the Storm (right) opening weekend viewing gatherings in a friendly, let’s help each other kind of way–by sharing ideas, resources, etc, amongst the lead organizers and RA Fans. So we hit upon the idea of having a central website hub that would have links to various viewing events (and possible fan meet ups with those events) being planned–to make it handy for us and for other RA Fans to see what RA film viewing events might be happening in their local area.

Added:  To help with initially finding someone near you for planning purposes, we can RAFansAround-the-World-Map_May1814tannis-site_croptomapvisit the RA Fans Around the World map (which could use more RA Fans putting their location on it) link on Tanni’s website (–with the map found at:,-0.571289&spn=7.792148,21.643066
P.S.  To sign in to the map and pin your gravatar in your location, you have to have a Google sign on. So sign up for a Google email account and you are good to go!

2) We also realized that though our initial planning is suggesting RA Fans view his Into the Storm film its opening weekend (whatever dates that might be for RA Fans around the world), we have also talked about a similar opening weekend viewing for Richard Armitage’s film in post production Urban and the Shed Crew when it is released. And who knows, perhaps gatherings related to other future films that might not be big budget like The Hobbit films that we all so enjoy, but smaller films still deserving of some attention due to our interest in Richard Armitage’s artistic projects and his masterful storytelling. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves on future events just yet. Ha!

3) A website needs a descriptive name that conveys what that website is about. So here are some naming ideas with my favorite first:
a) Richard Armitage Films Fan Events — this has a catchy acronym (RAFFE), which kind of sounds like the British name Ralph/Rafe, that is, when it isn’t being pronounced raf-fee; and it turns out that a raffe is an actual item, a topsail on a boat; I know, boats are on water and RA has issues with water. But it’s not like he will ever see our website, nor make the acronym connection to water–I didn’t know that a raffe was an object until I googled it. Ha!
b) Richard Armitage Fans Events — shorter and still with a catchy British sounding acronym (RAFE), because we do so like the whole Brit vibe that Richard Armitage exudes (his voice, gentlemanly manner, etc.); and this name doesn’t solely focus on film viewing events, so it might be considered more general and could be applied to theatrical and other events (I’m liking this one better, I think, Ha!); and other RA Fans events suggestions such as, myself (for a general nearby ArmitageCon RA Fans weekend) and then others such as Richard Armitage US (for a Hobbit 3 ArmiCon film viewing) have pondered attending a fan focused Richard Armitage Convention. As long as someone else plans it, I might go, Ha!
c) Your thoughts on a descriptive RA Fans events website name?

4) Then in the age of Twitter, there is the need for the inevitable event/entity hashtag, 2014--RichardArmitage-behind-ladder-bySarahDunn_May1814SarahDunnPhotography-viaFB-sized#label; as well as, one’s own twitter handle (and email handle)–with this recent Sarah Dunn portrait (she is so talented!) of Richard Armitage with a ladder that looks very hashtaggy to me *wink*:
a) #RAFansEvents
b) #RArmitageFansEvents (might be too long for Twitter)
c) I’m possibly claiming and @RAFansEvents for my handles, Ha!
d) and/or, specific to the Into the Storm film viewing event, #IntotheStormOpngWknd and #UTSCOpngWknd would be obvious choices for the hashtags

5) And finally, an RAFansEvents web site layout design that allows for multiple pages in a pull down menu so that each events lead organizer could build their own event information page for convenient news updates (each events lead organizer would have website Co-Admin access). WordPress is what I am familiar with–and several blogger friends already use it for its ease of use. So I would build a template website in WordPress–unless someone techier than I wants to help with building this proposed RA Fans Events website–using one of several themes/layouts that have the features we are seeking (pages for each event, multiple admin access, pull down menus, etc), that I narrowed down from the forty or so theme/layout choices (in no particular order below):
a)  Twenty Fourteen         b)   The Coraline
c)   iTheme2                       d)   Bouquet
e) Expound


So, please share your thoughts and ideas in a comment below about Operation Into the Storm. And if you are thinking about planning an Into the Storm viewing in your area–even if you haven’t decided for sure–please note the city/country that you are hoping to view the film in its opening weekend.

P.S. So, are you still with me? Ha! Planning and organizing can tend to make people’s eyes glaze over. So as a thank you for your lasting with this post just tipping over to page two–or maybe, it’s for me, Ha!–here is a little prezzie:


Today, Richard Armitage US on Facebook shared a new pursed lips Richard Armitage pix (via RAC) from the Hamlet: Prince of Denmark, A Novel (by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson) video interview of Richard Armitage about his new audiobook recording. Sighhhhh! Let the screen kissing commence! Ha!   But remember to use clear lip gloss when you zoom in and maximize your window display. Lipstick is so hard to remove on LCD displays. *wink* Ha!


About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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24 Responses to Fun Day Sunday: “Operation Into the Storm” Opening Weekend Viewing Planning Commences, May 18, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #568)

  1. May 18 & 19 & 20, 2014–Thanks for liking this post!

    jazzbaby1, Servetus, LadyButterfly, Ania, saraobsessed, richardtreehouse, Richard Armitage US, and Christine


  2. Peevish2 says:

    Anyone reached out from the Boulder/Longmont CO area yet? Love the idea of these meet-ups among well-wishers. Everything you’ve proposed above is great. (Shorter hashtags are better.) Appreciate your efforts. (I think the hardest thing is finding out who else is from ones town/city. I have no idea if there are RA well-wishes around here or not? If there is a way on the site to “gather” people so they can identify others from their city/town, that would be most helpful. From there, they could create their own hashtags and organize how they like. It’s finding each other we need help with. I’d love to know that there are others like me here!)


    • Hi Peevish2 (Boulder/Longmont, Colorado area),
      Thanks for your nice note! And we’re glad to help. An additional measure is to have a Facebook page mirroring the website–with individual event listings for ITSAug9Chicago, etc., for people to find and then link to. That way people can more easily seek out.

      So as RA Fans from different areas–such as yourself in the Boulder/Longmont, Colorado (US) area–see that link and follow it, they can connect with each other. Shall I tentatively put you down for the Boulder/Longmont, Colorado (US) area event planning? You won’t be committed if you don’t want to be. I’m just trying to get a sense of where clusters of similarly minded RA Fans might be. I have added the link to my post above, of the Google Map of RA Fans Around the World that Tanni has on her website (

      Finally, we will also see if the larger RA Fan resource sites and blogs will share the general website link (once it is created) to help people connect more quickly about getting together for Operation Into the Storm film viewing. But word of mouth and spreading to everyone’s Facebook, Twitter, and in-person RA Fan Friends will help a gReAt deal!

      Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. Servetus says:

    Reblogged this on Me + Richard Armitage and commented:
    More planning for Chicago area premieres / fan meetups. Check it out if you want to join in!


  4. Julie Malick says:

    I’m up for helping to organize something in the Portland OR area but I’m the only one in the state of OR right now on the map :( Hello out there…anybody else in OR or southern WA state?


    • Hi Julie,
      Thanks for your nice note! That’s great that you live in the North West (Portland,Oregon, US)–and that you are willing to help organize an ITS viewing gathering in your area! I will add you to my list of people to contact as I build the RichardArmitageFansEvents website hub in the coming two weeks. I will need feedback from each cities oganizers before it goes live. So I appreciate your input.

      And please realize that the Google map of RA’s Fans only contains a small fraction of the true number of RA Fans out there–which has probably grown to millions now with him being in The Hobbit films portraying Thorin Oakenshield. After the initial push in getting people to use the map, I suspect that it hasn’t seen much activity. But people updating their locations will be a big help to planning RA Fan events and such.

      Cheers! Grati ;->


      • Julie Malick says:

        OK, Grati, please do keep me posted. I’ve already emailed my local theater just to see if they plan to play it here in my town but I haven’t heard back yet. I’m happy to hear there are many more of us :). My daughter and I are already planning to see the movie anyway but to go with friends is always a bonus :).

        Thanks for being the ringleader on this. I’m sure we will have fun! And we should definitely make sure his agent gets word of what’s afoot as soon as we are organized enough, so she can pass the word along to our CIC. I’m sure he’ll be pleased and who knows–maybe a lucky group will have an unexpected visitor if their gathering is close to where he is in August (ok, and that thought just made me sigh and go )…:)



        • Hi Julie,
          Thanks for your nice note. That’s great that you have checked with your local theatre. If they’re like mine, they don’t have their late Summer movie listings on their web site yet. So last week I emailed Warner Bros seeking a link (if they have it, like they did for They Hobbit) for theatres showing “Into the Storm”. I haven’t heard back yet. So I will keep asking them and others.

          I also asked in my email about seeking “into the Storm” promotional items for our RA Fans viewing events attendees–lanyards, keychains, etc.

          I will contact Warner Bros., Newline Cinema, etc. again, once I have our umbrella website up with a few city pages made–and they can see that we an “organized” group of RA Fans, rather than just one person seeking free stuff. Ha!

          Cheers! Grati ;->


          • Julie Malick says:

            Fab! Will wait to hear more developments as you get them.


          • Julie Malick says:

            Here’s what the Coming Attractions Theatres rep told me in response to my query: “It appears it will be a wide release, which would mean we would play it, but it’s ultimately up to Warner Bros. as to what towns may play it when.” Thought that might be handy to know :)



          • Thanks Julie!
            I hope you’re right! With Warner Bros. giving “Into the Storm” big advertising play at Cinema Con and Wonder Con, it looks like the studio is backing it big time. So that is a good omen.
            Cheers! Grati;->


  5. May 18, 2014–Ooh! And Perry at Armitage Agonistes blog shared picture tweeted by madiannie of a large “Into the Storm” movie poster posted outside Warner Bros.Studios:


  6. jane says:

    hi ,I am computer illiterate and cant place my mark on the map !!!!!!!!!!!!!.Id love to meet up with other likeminded fans .I am an hour out from London ,in Berkshire .Also I want to do the twitter thing but ….don’t know how ..!!!!!!!!Got a lot of learning to do ! Who d have thought Richard would be responsible for me joining the 21st century !


    • Giggles Jane!
      Well, you have arrived! Ha! And frankly, I only joined Twitter so that I could chat with the ladies in the Armitage Watch group (of watching RA’s movies. And then Twitter came in handy for “The Sunne in Splendour” book reading group. Since then, I have really embraced Twitter. Ha!

      With London being one of Richard Armitage’s “home base”–the other is NYC as of last year–surely there are plenty of London area Richard Armitage Fans out there who might offer to encourage an ITS RA Fan viewing and meetup up. We’ll keep our fingers crossed. One feature of the website will be to help RA Fans find those who might be planning a viewing event near them. That is my hope, anyway.

      To put a pin where you are on the Google map of RA Fans, you have to have a Google account so you can sign in to the map. Your signing up for a Google email account will do the trick.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->


  7. May 18, 2014–To recap the comments above–and the cities mentioned for planning so far–we have RAFans willing to help with “Into the Storm” opening weekend RA Fan viewing and meet up events in Chicago, NYC, Atlanta, Boulder, & Portland.

    RA fans are requesting Into the Storm Opening Weekend RA Fan viewing and meet up events for LA & London/Berkshire, etc. If RA Fans in any other cities are interested in being the point person for planning a get together in your area, please reply to this comment thread?

    Just remember that for non US countries, your Into The Storm Opening weekend is likely to be different. So your event will occur on a different weekend than the US–when the film is available in your area.

    P.S. This is exciting to think about RA Fans heading to the theatres to support his new film, Into the Storm! I have goosebumps! Cheers! ;->


    • May 18, 2014–P.S. from Grati:
      I’m still hoping to keep this project manageable (for me) by delegating to the different organizers the upkeep on their own subpages event information within the umbrella event site that I will create.

      Of course, the initial startup and the preparation for the umbrella site will be the big time and “sanity” eater for me. Ha! So anyone who wants to help with website logos and graphics (using images that are in the public domain, not images where the owner’s watermark has been removed, even if you weren’t the one who removed the watermark), please let me know if you are willing to help. Thanks!


  8. Reblogged this on Richard Armitage US and commented:
    Richard Armitage US: We are NOT alone! Let’s make this OPERATION INTO THE STORM opening weekend regional/global events happen. Check out Grati’s blog for the ideas she has and the events she’s already working with!


  9. Neither my peeps nor I can add our event locations to the map. We all have Google Mail accounts and are signed in. Any ideas?


    • Hi RAUS,
      I’ll have to check it out at lunchtime today when I have more time.
      Cheers! Grati;->


      • Okay. When you follow the link to the Google Map of RA Fans–and it looks like some people have been able to update:

        1) you should see a left sidebar list of fans; when you click on their name, the map moves to their spot

        2) If you don’t see that sidebar list of names–and all you see is the map (which is very slow loading)–you’re missing the navigation tools (they’re “hidden” from your view temporarily).

        3) So look for the faint left/right arrow in the top left of the map window, click on it and you should see the sidebar. From there, you should be able to add your location.

        Let me know how it turns out.


  10. May 19, 2014–Update:
    Hi All!
    After I get our umbrella RAFansEvents website built over the next two weeks–and the folks offering to plan ITS viewings/fan gatherings in their city have given me some feedback and built their page info–I will contact Warner Bros. and the ITS film folks again about our requests for viewing times by city by theatre.

    I will also request ITS promotional items to pass out to attendees at each city (small things like lanyards, keychains, etc.) again. Once they see that we are an organized group of RA Fans–rather than “one” person seeking free stuff, Ha!–that should help. Also, I feel that WB, and Newline, etc. having one person–in this case, me–contact them, is better than if the individual cities do it. Though “if” they will give us any free stuff–for all attendees, or as door prizes–I will ask that they send the items directly to each city’s RAFansEvents organier to distribute at their city’s ITS viewing event.

    As an added enticement for our Chicago Region RA Fans ITS viewing/gathering event, I also plan to personally buy the movie ticket, popcorn, and drink for whomever from the surrounding states travels the farthest to join us. I am limiting the prize to the contiguous (or “nearby”) states to Illinois–Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, etc. (–so I’m not seeming to “poach” attendees who might otherwise attend one of the other city’s RA Fans ITS viewing/gathering events.

    I plan to devote my Fun Day Sunday posts to our planning–with updates and such. So be sure to check them. Then, once we get the umbrella RAFansEvents website up and running, “Operation Into the Storm” news and updates will shift to over there. And hopefully, our event planners and other friends with a web presence will provide a link to it.

    Gotta primp for heading into the office, now. Have a gReAt day! Cheers! Grati ;->

    P.S. For the individual ITS RA Fans city event organizers you needn’t be a techie. WordPress allows you to copy and paste text very easily, and I can help you with picture/graphic uploads. And I will provide template city pages as a starting point and to help us provide consistent info across the city pages.


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