Fun Day Sunday: OpeRAtion “Into the Storm” 2014 Opening Weekend Film Viewing Planning Expands, June 15, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #02)
Now that several of us Fans/Admirers of the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage have expressed interest in proactively supporting his new film “Into the Storm” by viewing the film its opening weekends around the world, the next phase of planning various OpeRAtion “Into the Storm” 2014 (left) city/region events begins.
Visit here for a brief synopsis of the film, “Into the Storm”, about how people must confront a natural disaster–in the form of deadly tornadoes–to save themselves and others in a dramatic story about survival and courage. Or as the “Into the Storm” film’s star Richard Armitage stated recently (right) at Cinema Con 2014 in March 2014, “But even more powerful is the human spirit.” Well said. And with the film’s special effects masters creating fearsome images as in the gifs below, “Into the Storm” will surely keep us on the edge of our seats:
Some of the earliest opening weekends for “Into the Storm” are in North America (where I am) the weekend of August 8 – 10th–for the U.S. and Canada. For other countries’ opening weekend dates, visit the Warner Bros. Pictures site here. Other August 8th film release date countries are Estonia, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Taiwan. Though, you will see that Eastern Europe and elsewhere have a slight edge with some release dates as early as August 6th (Belgium, France, Switzerland/French), August 7th (Croatia, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, Malaysia, Phillipines, Russia, Serbia & Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, and Ukraine).
Everywhere else in the world has “Into the Storm” film release dates that occur a little later–it is a trade off of a longer to wait to see the film, balanced with there is more film viewing gathering planning time. So if we were to populate the map at right with colored dots with all the “Into the Storm” film release dates, we would see that Warner Bros. Pictures has a very wide international release for the Steven Quale directed film, “Into the Storm”. But due to time constraints that creating such a graphic would require, I will let you imagine the dots. Ha!
Back to OpeRAtion “Into the Storm” 2014 film viewing gathering planning issues:
So for some of us (August 8th in North America, etc), the “Into the Storm” opening weekend–and RAs Fans viewing it that weekend to support it–is just 7 weeks away! So what is a Richard Armitage Fan to do when faced with an imminent Richard Armitage film viewing opportunity and fan gathering opportunity is fast approaching?
I like WWII British poster series of “Keep Calm and Carry On” (example poster at right) as a mantra. Keep Calm and Carry On embodies the essence of the British stoicism, resolve, and resiliency which Richard Armitage as a British actor brings with him: it is that stiff upper lip, never get ruffled, and “This blessed spot, this earth, this realm, this England” (Shakespeare, Richard II, Act II) famously quoted by Prime Minister Winston Churchill in one of his many oratorical masterpieces of galvanizing rhetoric that bolstered the English peoples during World War II when their human spirit was sorely tested). And in admiring a man (RA) and a people (Brits & others) with these qualities, it doesn’t hurt us to try to emulate him and them–stiff upper lip everyone.
And these RA’s Fans “Into the Storm” film viewing events will more agreeably happen if two or more people in a large city or in a region take a deep breath and step forward to say they are willing to help organize something.
Yet, RA Fans “Into the Storm” film viewing event planning can be as simple as checking out theatres and settling on a theatre and viewing time and day, sharing that information to RA’s Fans via this web site and other social media, and inviting people to indicate whether or not they will be able to attend. Then everyone buys their own tickets ahead of time, they show up at the movie theatre, and they watch the film together. Easy peasy!
Or, if you anticipate some people traveling from further away to join your regional film viewing event–as we do for the Chicago gathering–and they might have an overnight, that opens up additional possibilities for RA’s Fans gathering together to chat and gush about you know who the day before the film viewing.
For example, for the Chicago, Illinois gathering listed below are some tentative suggested details (yet to be finalized per RAs Fans attending’s wishes) that I will also share in the Chicago August 8-9 event tab link in the horizontal bar near the top of this web site’s window:
1) The Chicago planners and attendee respondents have narrowed down their gathering dates (August 8 – 9th, 2014) with suggested approximate times yet to be finalized, but estimated below:
Aug. 8th , 2014 (Friday)
8 to 12noon — travel day and event attendees check-in at hotel
12noon lunch at hotel or other spot–such as the Walnut Room at Macy’s (formerly Marshall Fields) ;
1:30 – 3pm Shopping at Macy’s and nearby; and/or we could taxi to Crate & Barrel’s home store, etc.;
3 – 4:30pm Chicago site seeing (The Art Institute is a few blocks away, taxi to the Sears/Willis Tower, etc.)
4:30 – 7:00pm more site seeing or shopping, or rest, etc.
7 – 9:00pm dinner together, night life, etc. (restaurant yet to be determined, or we might take our chances and make a reservation earlier that day after we chat with everyone over lunch)
[This day is optional for ladies coming from further away, or even not so far away, who want more time to see some of Chicago and have plenty of time chat with other RA Fangirls, and to gush about you know who (Richard Armitage in character as Gary Morris in “Into the Storm”, right).]
Aug. 9th, 2014 (Saturday)
8:00am Breakfast (together or separately, it depends how late the night went, Ha!), then shopping;
9-11:00am other event attendees check-in for film viewing event at hotel (?)
11 – 1:00pm RA’s Fans have lunch nearby or at the theatre–such as MacGuffins restaurant bar ( with an age minimum of 21 years and up that is located at the AMC River East Theater site, as suggested by saraobsessed (Thanks!); and we could always split/share meals to save money since restaurant portions are usually quite large.
1:15 – 2:45pm (approx) View “Into the Storm” at the AMC River East Theatre — This is a very nice multi-storied theatre, multistoried with escalators or elevators to take you to your individual theatre. Judiang and I saw “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” at AMC River East in 3D HFR in December 2012. And the MacGuffin’s restaurant looked fun and nice, though we ended up eating dinner elsewhere. Thanks again to saraobsessed for correcting my memory about the theatre name.
2:45 – 4pm Back to MacGuffins restaurant bar?–or some other location–for debriefing about the film, our initial thoughts, farewells, etc.
5 pm and after? People depart for home on planes, trains, and automobiles
2) Additional considerations for planning a smooth trip for OpeRAtion “Into the Storm” 2014 (right) (that I will also share in the general event tab link above):
a) Give yourself at least 30 minutes to get from point A to point B (train station to hotel, etc.) in Chicago;
Chicago is a big town and even taking taxis can be convoluted because of traffic jams, one way streets, and
b) Make sure that you have sufficient funds with you for your use in two methods–credit cards and cash are most often accepted,
but you will want to check on that ahead of time so that you are not caught unawares;
c) Site seeing venues like the Art Institute have specific rules about the size of bags/purses that you may carry with you to the
galleries– if your bag is too big (and their maximum size is quite small), you can check your bag/purse at the door; but you
might not like leaving it behind at the bag check. So think small with regard bags/purses; So shopping after site seeing might
be a better plan;
d) Chicago (right) in August is hot, but most buildings are air conditioned. So you might want to layer
your daytime site seeing and shopping and film viewing clothing so you can add or take off as
needed. Also, wear sensible shoes for comfort in walking. Finally, some places we go might have
an unstated, but understood minimum dress code–so flip flops are probably out. Your
feet with thank you. Ha! And though we are not going to choose a super fancy dinner venue
requiring cocktail dresses and breaking our bank accounts, nicely groomed attire usually works.
For example, I have a favorite 17 year old dressy dress in a classic style that is made of some
indestructible rayon type fabric (requires dry cleaning, of course, Ha!) and the dress looks as fresh as the day I bought it.
e) If you are staying overnight at a hotel on Friday night, you will likely have your suitcase/travel bag with you at the theatre on
Saturday–because hotel checkout times are usually around 12noon. Though we will see if the hotel we use (yet to be
determined for cost and to see if we can get a group rate) can store luggage for folks who won’t be leaving town until after
5:00pm on Saturday. So you might want to pack light, just in case.
f) Health challenges–if you have a food or mobility restriction or other challenge, you are probably used to working around it, as I am; but if we are aware of several of us with issues, then maybe we can combine forces for sharing taxis, etc. (unwiches for gluten free people, etc; bring your walkers or electric chairs for mobility challenged ladies); I’m due for knee replacement surgery sometime soon, so my trick knees and bad hip makes me slower, I am not able to stand for long periods, nor walk very far. I just have to rest for a few moments every so often. Though I’m trying to increase my stamina with playing golf this Summer, it is hard to predict how my bones will feel 7 weeks from now. Ha! And that might be the same for you. So I feel your pain. And if we have a fast walking group and a slow walking group as we move between and within venues, that is fine. If you normally have a registered care giver or a service animal to help you meet your day to day needs, you will want to bring them with you–you are responsible for their costs–and you will want to check ahead of time with hotels and venues about their policies (with regard to the service animals). If you have another health issue that I haven’t thought of, please let us know how we can try to help you have a lovely time. We may not be able to surmount every obstacle, but planning ahead and checking with venues ahead of time about people’s issues is key to adapting to situations as best we can.
g) 21 or older likely suggested for attendees?–since the convenient lunch or dinner venues we choose might have a 21 years age minimum because of alcohol being served (saraobsessed indicated that MacGuffin’s bar restaurant has such a rule), children would not be able to join us. And we have no capacity for setting up childcare arrangements.
h) Door prizes?
i) Once I have an estimated count from the various North American venues for OpeRAtion “Into the Storm” 2014 RAs Fans opening weekend film viewing events about expected attendance numbers, I will ask Warner Bros. Pictures and/or New Line Cinema if they have any “Into the Storm” promotional items for give aways. Then if we are able to get anything, that will be distributed amongst the groups.
ii) Also, I have offered to refund the cost of an “Into the Storm” movie ticket, popcorn and drink (up to a $20 value) to the RAFan who attends the Chicago event form furthest away–though other city/region even planners might also attend other city’s events, they are not eligible for this prize. Similarly, if we are able to obtain limited numbers of “Into the Storm” promotional items–such that we do not have enough for everyone and they are randomly drawn door prizes, than I as a planner am ineligible to receive that;
iii) And/or, we can collect $1-2 dollars from RA’s Fans attendees when they arrive to fund another long distance RA Fan traveler’s
movie theatre costs reimbursement.
And did I mention? HAVE FUN!