Another great review of Candida Brady’s 2018 film “Urban and the Shed Crew” starring Richard Armitage, May 26, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post # 1165)

Film Inquiry has another great review of Candida Brady’s 2018 film “Urban and the Shed Crew” starring Richard Armitage:


To rent or stream the film, visit: 

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CelebRAtion SatuRdAy!  The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle,  May 19, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1164)

I’m all aflutter with the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (image below):

Not since my own wedding 28.5 years ago have I had such palpitations about a wedding–the guests, the venue, and the weather–as I do for the wedding of British Prince Harry (not that Harry, below;  sighhh!) and American Meghan Markle.

Part of my restlessness for them stems from the notion that there are always wedding snafus to contend with:

  1. Wedding invitations that have to be reprinted because the printers forgot to print the name of the church on them. Or in the case of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with different people invited to different parts of the wedding, the right invitations and directions inserts to the wedding invitations envelopes.  Wouldn’t want to mix those up and have, say, a certain scandalous family member turn up at the wrong venue—where Grandpa might take them to task.  Or in our case, my husband’s late endearingly curmudgeonly father refusing to have his picture taken in the group wedding photos after the wedding.  He had done the individual shots with my hubby, his son, before hand.  And by the time the wedding service was finally over, he was tired, and hungry.

    2.  Worrying about whom to invite—not wanting to leave out important people of your parents’ friends, even if you don’t know them.  One lady invited to my wedding called up my Dad and grilled him as to why she was invited.  We eventually figured out who she was—an acquaintance of my mother’s who had gotten lumped into the not wanting to offend someone category of mercy invites.  She’s actually a very nice and funny lady whom I have gotten to know over the years.  And I would definitely invite her again—were my hubby and I to do a vows renewal.  Nope!  That’s not happening.  One wedding was enough.  Ha!

    3.  Wondering if the wedding guests who do show up will behave themselves.  One tip is to not serve alcohol at the reception.  God love my college friends and such.  Their weddings and receptions were wonderful, but very booze laden—with the attendant antics, especially when one groom used other than his fingers (*cough*) to tug the garter off of his brides’ leg—to then toss it at the single men.    I think that he started the wedding night right then and there.   My wedding reception was held at the church with fruit punch as the only beverage refreshment to the appetizers and cake.  Ha!

    4.  Hiring a reliable wedding reception caterer only to find out one week before the wedding that they are due to go out of business the day after the wedding; and then having to remind them of their contract.  This is everyone’s nightmare—or was at least, mine.  Yet despite my worries, the caterers did a great job.  Except, they did forget to put the little bridal couple figures on the top of our wedding cake.  But the 300 bbq meatballs appetizers left over from the 600 meatballs ordered with the other appetizers—since my cousins could not travel 1 hour to our town for my wedding due to dense fog that day making travel hazardous, and thus were not there to consume at least 150 of the meatballs–were tasty to munch on for months.

    5. The wedding gown has to be perfect—something between a fluffy meringue (the late Princess Diana’s wedding gown, below A), an embroidered extravaganza with star symbols abounding (Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding gown, below B), and an elegantly simple ivory sheath with illusion sleeves being the only skin showing and nothing cleavage baring (that channels the late Princess Margaret’s wedding gown, below C);

A) Princess Diana’s wedding gown:

B) Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding gown (I love the bodice embroidery, though not the skirting embroidery):

C) Princess Margaret’s wedding gown (breathtaking!):

Whatever Meghan Markle wears for her wedding gown, she is sure to be a beautiful bride.  As we ponder her processional to her groom awaiting her in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor castle, let’s enjoy a bit of Jeremiah Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary—what Prince Harry’s late mother Princess Diana walked up the aisle to at Westminster Abbey:


And the smouldering British actor Richard Armitage (from 2016 below, thanks to DurinLass)  couldn’t look sexier on this celebration SatuRdAy, but also pensive–and maybe a little tired from his then Berlin Station promo blitz.  Yet, he almost seems to be daring me to look away …  from watching the Royal Wedding.

So I’m pondering right now if I can get to sleep for 2.5 hrs and then wake up at 4am Chicago time to watch the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan?  Or should I sleep in and wait for the summary videos later?


Gasp!  I blaspheme!  I will awaken promptly and eat lemon cake and drink hot tea from my own Royal Doulton Princeton  wedding china tea cup while I livestream the Royal Wedding and its surrounding hoopla.  I can sleep later, I hope.

Joining in on watching the wedding is part of the fun.  For the late Princess Diana’s wedding many years ago, our college friends group hosted an American Tea Party Royal Wedding Watch at a friend’s home.  That Tea Party phrase has unfortunate connotations these days, that it didn’t have back then.

For our Lady Diana Wedding Tea Party, everyone had to come up with an outlandish guest name, wear a hat, and bring gracious party foods to share:

  1. One Black friend came as Lady Diana Ross. I think I was something like Princess Chantal Radishwill.
  2. And Lady Diana Ross rocked his small pink pill hat fascinator with a short veil. My hat was a feathered turban of my mother’s that would have also worked well for a conehead wedding, too. In Mom’s defense, I never saw her actually wear that hat—which was probably from the 1940’s.
  3. For the food, our hostess supplied kiwi margaritas—and much other alcohol—along with icing laden desserts shared by others.   I’m the guest who made forty tiny triangle chicken salad and cucumber finger sandwiches from small specialty cocktail breads with the crusts cut off and served on a silver platter!


So it’s another Saturday with a wedding—albeit a Royal Wedding.  I will definitely be up at 4am Saturday, May 19th, 2018 and eagerly watching the Royal Wedding live feed.  Below is the Yahoo link for that live stream feed:


But most of all on their wedding day, I wish for Prince Harry and his bride Meghan Markle every happiness that they wish for themselves.   Weddings are a joyful new beginning for two people—creating a new family for the future.  Many blessings to them and to you!


Hugs & Cheers for a glorious day!


P.S.  And here’s a reminder of Prince Williams and Kate’s wedding processional at Westminster Abbey:

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Keep Calm, Twofer Tuesday!  Richard Armitage as Stair Master King,  May 15, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1163)

Ever wonder how ladies make it up–or down–long stairways, and not trip or tumble down the stairs in those massive ball gowns or trains, such as Jennifer Lawrence tripping at the 2013 Oscars (image below)?


Their escort is Richard Armitage, of course!  The Stair Master King!  Love what Mat Khal has done with this “Ocean’s 8” Met Gala image below!  Keep Calm and watch your steps!  Ha!:

And Richard does look very handsome and elegant in formal wear:

1) such as in this image below from the 2013 Esquire Magazine article and photoshoot (note stairs).  THUD!:

2) and Richard Armitage as Claude Becker in 2018 “Ocean’s 8” facing view below (Thanks to Fabo!):

Also, the “twofer” that I referenced above in my blog post title is that the talented British actor Richard Armitage and Anne Hathaway (above in “Ocean’s 8” stairway image) had also costarred as Father and Daughter in “Alice Through the Looking Glass”.

And Richard Armitage’s two other “Ocean’s 8” costars whom he has worked with before are:
1) Helena Bonham Carter (his other “Alice Through the Looking Glass” Daughter);  and,

2) Cate Blanchett (as the Elven Galadriel to Richard Armitage’s Dwarven Thorin Oakenshield  in “The Hobbit” films trilogy).

Richard Armitage also appears below as King Under the Mountain Thorin Oakenshield at the steps at Laketown, is from “The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug” (2013).

It looks like a stairway to Dwarven Heaven, if you ask me.  Sighhh!

Wishing you a lovely day! Cheers! Grati ;->

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Wolverine Wednesday!  Richard Armitage interview snippet about his role of Logan-Wolverine and images, May 09, 2018  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1162)

Love this video interview snippet (below) with the oh so talented British actor Richard Armitage talking about his role of Logan for “Wolverine:  The Long Night” podcast!


“Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Long Night” Podcast – Richard Armitage as Logan” – YouTube via Marvel Entertainment

“Richard Armitage explains his approach to playing Wolverine for Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Long Night” Podcast””


And the Richard Armitage Wolverine interview video screen cap (below) shared by Chrissyinwm (Thanks!) was charming with its relaxed pose. Oh those long legs!  Sighhh!  THUD!

And then Richard’s image was also delightfully enhanced in this lovely wallpaper below by Cyn Dainty  (Thanks!)!

Wishing you a gReAt day!  Hugs! Grati ;->

P.S.  And here’s another look/listen to the “Wolverine:  The Long Night” podcast trailer:


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Thornton Thursday—RAC May 2018 John Thornton calendar for us to enjoy!   May 03, 2018  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1161)

Thanks to RAC for sharing this lovely and stirring May 2018 calendar featuring the talented British actor Richard Armitage as John Thornton in his 2004 North & South mini series.


Have a gReAt day!  Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->


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Thespian Thursday:   Hariclea’s blog links for her UATSC and Richard Armitage Experiences at NIFF!  April 26, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1160)

I really enjoyed reading Hariclea’s (of the Opera is Magic blog) extensive accounts of her Newcastle International Film Festival (NIFF) experiences in attending the events and film screening of “Urban and the Shed Crew”.

So listed below are links to Hariclea’s two blog posts about it:

1) attending the wide ranging Richard Armitage interview by his Berlin Station costar Caroline Goodall: ;

2) and her experiencing the NIFF screening of “Urban and the Shed Crew”, along with it’s Q & A with star Richard Armitage, Director Candida Brady, and costar Fraser Kelly–and the mingling before and after:

P.S.  And the film “Urban at the Shed Crew” won two of the juried NIFF Awards—for the film and also for Richard Armitage as Best Actor–out of the hundreds of films shown that weekend!  Outstanding!

I am so looking forward to seeing “Urban and the Shed Crew”!

Hope you have a gReAt day!  Hugs & Cheers!  Grati ;->

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Sharing Joy–Richard Armitage Portraits by Sarah Dunn, April 22, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1159)

I love this portrait above of the talented British actor Richard Armitage laughing in 2014 (?) by the talented portrait photographer Sarah Dunn—as much for his shining eyes and laughter, as for this being a different angle from the other portraits of him that I have seen from similar photos.


In the image above, Richard Armitage sits in profile, engaged with someone or something—which could be the photographer using a cable shutter release device—to allow her and not the camera to be in his eyeline.    The warmth in his gaze suggests to me that his smile and laughter is for someone well known to him, not a mere acquaintance.  That the warmth of his gaze is reserved for the portrait photographer Sarah Dunn here, is just a guess on my part.


And the different angle of the camera lens suggests to me a different perspective being revealed about this man.  This is not a posed shot, or at least, this particular shot seems to show Richard Armitage fully engaged in something or someone other than performing/seducing for the camera.  Perhaps we glimpse a bit of the real man—a happy and contented man.


And his active laughing also adds a hint of coiled energy to Richard Armitage in this portrait—as if him sitting down only temporarily contains his joy.  But that joy breaks out in his radiant laughing smile.  There is no guile here, just a realness that is beguiling—to me, anyway.


Below are some other images in this Sarah Dunn portrait series of Richard Armitage:

Each portrait image of Richard Armitage by Sarah Dunn conveys something different to me—whether he is cutely sucking on his ice cream or yogurt spoon, looking pensive on cue with a hint of a smile threatening to break out, or him scowling handsomely imperiously in the middle of the street.  And I daresay, these portraits convey something different to you.


For me, Richard Armitage’s non direct and less posed gazes seem to be the more telling about the man.  But what they say particularly, I couldn’t say.  It’s just a general feeling of peace that I get, knowing that this good and talented man Richard Armitage exists in the world.


The last image below shows Ms. Dunn (as a mise en scene in the window) in this final portrait image of Richard Armitage:


Time and again, Sarah Dunn has uniquely captured nuanced glimpses of the man inside the movie/stage/tv star who is Richard Armitage.  And when he laughs and smiles, his joy is infectious—and he shares his joy with us, often via the lens of Sarah Dunn.


So if we could share back to him and to her the joy we have felt from their collaborative portraiture, it would no doubt come with our grateful thanks to them.   And now, as so many others also need, Ms. Dunn and her family are in need of much joy after her suffering devastating injuries  earlier this month.


And through our gifts of joy by sending healing thoughts, prayers, etc., to Sarah Dunn—and to others whom we know personally who are struggling through illness or other difficult circumstances—we let them know that we are thinking about them, especially with our cards and notes which are so welcomed by the receiver.


Hugs & Love!


Nota Bene:  My Richard Armitage by Sarah Dunn portraits sharing thanks go to Theoni Griva, Katie C, Mujer Tropical, Simonne, and Woodstock & Snoopy.

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