Month: July 2014

Register for August 9th Chicago Into the Storm RA Fans Viewing Event and Vote for Other Activities, July 27, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #13)

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We–Grati, Sara, & Obscura, etc.–are in the final planning stages for our RA Fans Meet up in Chicago, Illinois (above) to see the film Into the Storm starring the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 (with RA Fans purposely viewing the film its opening weekends around the world to promote a bigger box office dollar ranking as part of our OpeRAtion Into the  Storm 2014 RA Fans grassroots promotion).


1.  So now we are at the point where we really need you to tell us if you will be joining us. So we ask that each person joining us, to please go to this web site’s contact page (either click here or go to the tab above) and complete and submit the following information by Friday, August 1st:

a) please list your name, you may use your pseudonyms/handle; the page will also ask you for your email address (this makes sure that you are not a bot, and no one but Grati sees this, and if I/Grati send out an email to attendees about our event as we get closer to the event, you will be bccd so no one else has your email address); If you are attending the Chicago event with an SO, friend, sibling, etc., you can indicate that in the comment section of the contact form if you wish, but they should register in their own contact form;

b) in the comment section of the contact form, please indicate what city you will be traveling from. Because I/Grati will personally reimburse that person for the movie ticket and popcorn/drink (up to $20 in cold hard cash, Ha!) of the one person joining us from farthest away–other OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014 planners/organizers are not eligible to receive this gift; However, you should buy your ticket ahead of time (online if possible). If two or more people join us from cities that are equally far away, the $20 will be split amongst them. Obviously, you must be present to win this. Ha!

c) also in the comment section of the contact form, please indicate if you have any special needs to make your participation more enjoyable/comfortable; however, you are responsible for your own accommodation–bring your own wheelchair, etc.–but if we are made aware of your issue ahead of time, we can choose venues that are easier to navigate, or restaurants that offer a gluten free food option on their menu, etc. (for example, my arthritis means that I choose places that have elevator options in addition to stairs); if you have a care giver who assists you, you are responsible for their costs. Also, if you use a service animal, please check with the venues (movie theatre, stores, restaurants) ahead of time to insure that you will not be caught unawares by their having different rules for service animals than you expect.

Nota Bene: If you are planning to attend the New York City August 9th gathering, please email the organizer at


2. A couple of things to keep in mind for your visit to Chicago and joining us for this OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014 (above) RA Fans meet up, to make your experience more enjoyable:

a)       You will not pay this site OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014 anything.  We are a bunch of friends getting together for a fun weekend.  Everyone is responsible for their own costs for travel, food, lodging, etc. and for their own costs for seeing the film, Into the Storm.  So be sure to buy your movie ticket ahead of time–either online at Fandango (see below) or earlier in the day on August 9th;

b)      Chicago is hot in Summer, but buildings are well air conditioned–so wear clothing layers that you can adapt for your comfort;  sensible and comfortable shoes are also a good idea;

c)      this event is for adults aged 18 and up; for your reference, the drinking age in Illinois is 21 (in case the lunch and dinner restaurants we go to serve alcohol);  but if you don’t or can’t drink alcohol, don’t feel sheepish,  I/Grati don’t drink either (for health reasons);




3. And, a final poll to help the Chicago event organizers keep your wishes in mind as we make final plans, and hope to please the majority of attendees.  Your preferred OpeRAtion Into the Storm Chicago itinerary is (note that it is the lunch and afternoons that are different in each option):


For reference, here are some venue links:


Lunch and shopping:

The Walnut Room in Macy’s           Navy Pier (w/free trolley service)


Site Seeing:         

Art Institute of Chicago     Navy Pier              The Water Tower & Shopping         Willis Tower (the old Sears Tower)
Field Museum     Shedd Aquarium                Millenium Park


Movie Theatres with a 5pm Saturday Aug. 9th Into the Storm show time:

AMC River East 21             Fandango ticket sales for AMC River East 21


Showplace Icon Theatre at Roosevelt (Fandango has no ITS Aug. 9th movie listings for Icon Showplace at this time)


And just for fun–and to whet our appetites for seeing the film Into the Storm starring Richard Armitage–Sahraobsessed shares her non-spoiler review after having seen an early preview of the film (with more recently released ITS stills here):



And finally, if you would like to let other RA Fans know that you will be joining us for the OperRAtion Into the Storm 2014 Chicago event–in case that encourages others to attend so they can meet up with us–please indicate that below in a comment to this post.  Thanks and Cheers!



NYC Event Update!  OpeRAtion “Into the Storm” 2014 in NYC is August 9th!  July 22, 2014 Marie Astra (Post #12)

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The New York City INTO THE STORM RICHARD ARMITAGE FAN EVENT will take place on Saturday, August 9th.

We will be meeting up at the David Rubinstein Atrium, which is at 61 qaIntotheStorm2014RAFansViewing-NYCAug9th_Jul2114GratianaLovelaceW 62 St (entrance on west side of Broadway between 61st and 62nd streets), between 2:00 PM and 3:30. There is a sandwich shop there, so if anyone wants a sandwich/snack/coffee/whatever, we can get it there.

Please buy your ticket to the 4:25 Into the Storm show at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater, which is at 1998 Broadway, corner of W. 68th St., BEFORE you come to the Atrium.

We will be going to 4:25 pm show of Into the Storm. We plan to get to the theater at W. 68th St. & Broadway about 4:00 pm. If you want to meet us, but couldn’t meet earlier, we will be on the corner of W. 68th St. & Broadway at 4:00 PM. After that we will go into the theater.

After the show, we are planning to go have dinner at a diner or pizza place, depending on how many people want to go. It will be great fun to meet up after the show to talk about the movie!

Note: Please remember to buy your movie ticket ahead of meeting us at the David Rubinstein Atrium or at the theater!

Please get in touch with me at if you are going to join us or if you have any questions! Thanks!


P.S.  The updated information Marie shared in her blog post above will also be posted in the NYC event tab in the event menu in the horizontal navigation strip above.  Please note that current information is always at the top of the event tab windows.

P.S.  Related info:  Two weeks ago, Marie had a blog post that shared a link for aIntotheStormStill3--RichardArmitageandSarahCalliesinCulvert_Jun0814ITSFB-sized new Richard Armitage interview where he talks about his role in the film  “Into the Storm”. Here is her blog post URL with that article link (image right of actors Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies is  from Into the Storm on FB):



Stormy Sunday: Richard Armitage’s New Film “Into the Storm” opens in US on August 8th, But Advance Screenings Abound, July 20, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #11)

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Into-theStorm2014--RichardArmitage-etal_WarnerBros_Jul2014IntotheStormmoviecom-sized-crop-flipNow we’re still encouraging you to attend a screening of exquisitely talented British Into-the-Storm-movie-poster-ad_Jul1914_tumblr_n8xkaqixdo1tvbqdro1_1280-sizedactor Richard Armitage’s (left) new film “Into the Storm”(right) opening weekend wherever you live–for the U.S., that is the weekend of August 8-10th, 2014:


And several of us RA’s Fans are planning to gather in Chicago (Aug. 9), New York (date tba), and Atlanta (Aug. 8) to see the film together.  This week,  I bought my train ticket to Chicago for August 9th. Snap!

But if you just can’t wait to see the film, Nathan Kress Fan @NBNathanKress shared a link where you can find out about dates and locations for advance screenings of “Into the Storm” (below):


So if you do attend an advanced screening of Into the Storm, please also consider attending the film its opening weekend. Remember, opening weekend box office and word of mouth buzz from movie goers can make or break a film’s success.

P.S.  The  actor Nathan Kress portrays one of Richard Armitage’s Into the Storm character’s Gary Fuller’s sons.

What’s Up Hollywood says Richard Armitage to Attend Into the Storm August 4th NYC Premiere, July 18, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #10)

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Michaela Servetus (Thanks!) provides a link on her MeandRichard Armitage blog to What’s Up Hollywood (see image below) stating that Richard Armitage is slated to attend the Monday August 4, 2014 NYC premiere of his new film “Into the Storm”.



The exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage (image left) on this side of IntotheStorm-RichardArmitageinRainSep1012toddgarnerlargethe pond again? Outstanding! And he won’t even miss a performance of his play The Crucible at The Old Vic Theatre in London. Snap!



P.S. However, please don’t forget our RA Fans grassroots effort to see the film, Into the Storm, it’s opening weekends around the world. Box office opening weekends can make or break a film–high rates of attendance and word of mouth convince other people to see the film.

I have already bought my train ticket for our Chicago RA Fans gathering to watch Into the Storm together on August 9th in Chicago.  And it was very inexpensive since I purchased my ticket so far in advance. So don’t delay if you have to make travel plans.


And I’ve read some tweets or FB posts from Richard Armitage US that they might get a chance to attend a preview screening of Into the Storm July 31st. But,of course, they’re still encouraging fans to attend the August 8th Atlanta, Georgia RAFans gathering to watching Into the Storm together

Stormy Sunday: “Into the Storm” Early Preview Showings “Garner” Positive Buzz per MeandRichard Tweet Review, July 13, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #09)

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Hundreds of people across the US and around the world were delighted to attend early preview showings of the talented British actor Richard Armitage’s new film being released in August 2014 called Into the Storm. From New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures, Into the Storm is a Warner Bros. Pictures film produced by Todd Garner (yes, the title of this post was a shameless pun), directed by Steven Quale, and written by John Swetnam (synopsis found here, under top left menu link). You might have heard of it. Ha!

If not, look at the top of this blog. We’re a grassroots fan based OpeRAtion twzpaOpeRAtionIntotheStorm2014GravatarJun0814GratianaLovelace_600x428cropInto the Storm 2014 group encouraging Richard Armitage fans to see the film its opening weekend in their area around the world–to help boost box office film rankings and support the success of the film. And we are even planning some low key RA Fan gatherings to watch the film together and then debrief after. Snap! See tabs above for more logistics soon for the Chicago, New York City, and Atlanta gatherings.

And how do we know that we will enjoy a film about tornadoes when some of us are more cravat, corset, and crinoline Jane Austen and other period drama oriented fans? Well take a gander at Michaela Servetus’ (Thanks!) recent blog post gathering a nice cross section of dozens of people’s tweets of their reactions to the film Into the Storm after seeing it during film previews–with audience tweets running 90% positive via a quick perusal by Servetus.  Outstanding! It seems that seeing other people overcome life threatening challenges appeals to many of us. Perhaps it is the Walter Mitty in us–hoping that we will rise to the occasion if we are faced with difficult circumstances.


Audiences love the film! So if you’re like me, then you are now even more impatient to see Richard Armitage’s new film Into the Storm being released on August 8th in the US.

P.S. ***Spoiler Alert*** And according to Saraobsessed who is helping to plan our Chicago Into the Storm gathering viewing on August 9th–she was a lucky lady in one of the Into the Storm preview showings last week–Richard Armitage’s character’s name is now Gary Fuller (formerly Gary Morris). A character name change is not so strange considering the film Into the Storm, itself, has gone through several name changes:   Category Six (too hurricane like), Black Sky (actually, it is more green), and now Into the Storm.

And the new last name for Richard Armitage’s character to Fuller seems an interesting change, considering when I was doing a guessing game on RA’s character’s name over on my regular blog almost two years ago, I looked at how a name sounds, and at the counties in Oklahoma, and other naming schemes, but Fuller was not on my radar. So much for my guessing ability–at least on the last name. Ha!

However, there is a country singer named Gary Morris who made famous the song “The Wind Beneath My Wings” (see video below). And if the Into the Storm filmmakers had kept Richard Armitage’s character’s name Gary Morris, it would have been quite a prosaic character name for a movie about tornadoes (winds times 100) and an everyman father challenged by circumstances to become a hero to his sons and to others.

However Gary Fuller still works as a regular guy hero name.   That’s the thing about real heroes and their names. In real life, it is their deeds of courage and kindness, or of expertise, or of uplifting social reform bettering a society that inspire us–and then their names become synonymous with hope. I think of Lenny Skutnick, of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, and of Jane Addams to name a few familiar individuals in the US. They were not born into greatness, yet their deeds and actions and lives made them great.

And for Richard Armitage’s Into the Storm character of Gary Fuller (image RichardArmitage-asGaryMorris-inIntotheStorm-23Aug2012_Jun1514ranet-sizedright), a man trying to save his sons and the students in his charge from a deadly natural disaster? As shared by the film’s studio, Warner Bros. Pictures, quoted below is how Mr. Armitage described his perspective about why humans are so fascinated with heroic tales in the face of adversity–inspiration:


Richard Armitage will no doubt bring his own wealth of humanity and his own immeasurable personal dignity to the role he portrays of Gary Fuller in Into the Storm.

P.S.  Updates after tweeting this post link:

A real life meteorologist and storm chaser, Jaclyn Whittal of The Weather Network (TWN) and broadcaster likes the film “Into the Storm” (for more about Ms. Whittal, visit

And saving the best for last, “Into the Storm” Producer Todd Garner appreciates our OpeRAtion “Into the Storm” 2014 grassroots efforts:



P.S. And finally, here is that Gary Morris song: “Gary Morris – The Wind Beneath My Wings [stereo LP version]” a video by mroldmusic1

Richard Armitage talks to Total Film Magazine About his Role as a Father in his New Film “Into the Storm”, July 08, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post#08)

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The talented British actor Richard Armitage–now starring in The Crucible at The Old Vic Theatre (image TheCrucible--RichardArmitage-asJohnProctor-unwaxed_July0814MarieChloeTweet-bigright) in London to rave reviews–gave an interview to Total Film Magazine for their August 2014 issue that explains what he found compelling about his role of Gary Morris in his new film “Into the Storm” as quoted by RANet in their July 7th news:

“This is possibly not the kind of movie I would have run towards. The storm aspect of it, I swept aside and looked at the bones of the story: a single father, who is father and mother to two boys, and a family that’s already breaking up, and how that’s [exacerbated] by this single day. That was interesting enough. Also I could be normal height. That was very appealing.”

Love that last bit about this height. Richard Armitage has said in other interviews that since he wore such heavy facial prosthetics with his role of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit trilogy of films, that not only does he not get recognized, but he has to convince casting directors on new projects that it is really him. Personally, I think Mr. Armitage’s finesse in letting his characters shine through is a testament to how submersed he becomes in his roles–such that you only see the character he is portraying.

And RANet ( also kindly shared a scan of the Total Film article (below) that they received from Barbara. Thanks to her as well:



So come August or September–depending upon which part of the world you live in–Richard Armitage’s film “Into the Storm” will be coming to a theatre near you!


P.S. I can’t wait to see “Into the Storm” and I look forward to our planned RA Fan gatherings (see event tab above). I’ll be heading to the Chicago event, but ladies are planning viewing gatherings in NYC and Atlanta, too. So be sure and check back here on Sunday for more news about that.

Stormy Sunday: A New “Into the Storm” Movie Poster, July 06, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #7)

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Whenever I am on the lookout for quick basic foundational info about any topic, I turn to Into-the-Storm--RichardArmitage-asGary-with-his-sons-viaItalian-ITS-FB-1-14May14_Jul0614ranet-sizedWikipedia as an initial starting point. No, they did not ask me to say that. Ha! And Saturday night as I was writing this post, Wiki did not disappointment with Wiki having lots of information about the new film “Into the Storm” . “Into the Storm” is the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage’s (movie still right of Richard Armitage as Gary Morris comforting his sons in the film portrayed by Max Deacon and Nathan Kress) new film that will be released in the US and Canada on August 8, 2014.   You will find other countries release dates here.

Wiki even had a new theatrical release movie poster for “Into the Into-the-Storm-theatrical-release-poster_Jul0614IntotheStormMovieTumblr--sizedStorm” that I hadn’t seen yet. But since the Wiki poster image was small and grainy, I checked back at the main website for “Into the Storm” and retrieved their original version of the new movie poster (right, resized).
So let’s see what this new film poster seems to want to tell us about the film (this is only my interpretation, of course):

1)      Though a trifecta of three menacing tornadoes are the largest elements in the poster, they are in the background while being menacingly destructive. The tornado to the left represents a firenado, a real and chilling phenomenon. The tornado on the right seems to be posing for its picture perfect closeup up–with every cloudy swirl in place. However, it is the middle and largest seeming tornado that is wreaking a path of destruction straight toward the leads of the film. And with the Fujita Scale of tornado destruction being based on how much a tornado eats–as defined by one character in the 1996 tornado movie called Twister–I can’t help thinking that bulge in the middle tornado (just below the ST of the word storm) looks like a mouth–or at least like a snake that has eaten something larger than its own circumference. Ha! So the tornados are an important character in the film–as its antagonists. But they are not the sole focus of the film.

2)      Then tellingly, the human element is in the immediate foreground of the movie poster. There are the film’s two leads Richard Armitage portraying Asst. Principal and father Gary Morris who has his back to us, while he desperately tries to hold on to and save meteorologist storm chaser Alison Stone portrayed by Sarah Wayne Callies to prevent her from getting sucked into the tornado. This depiction of characters Gary and Allison is from a scene in the film–and it is a dramatic moment, the outcome of which we won’t know until we see the film. In disaster films such as “Into the Storm” it is important to have the human drama serve as a touchstone for our feelings and reactions to tornados.

3)      The other element of the new “into the Storm” movie poster above that strikes me is its Into-the-Storm_MockMoviePosterMar2514GratianaLovelace_800x1210Rev2overall blue coloring. Though I’m a big fan of the color blue–mostly navy blue in my china and on my dining room walls (ha!)–the violent thunder and tornado like storms that I have experienced are not a pretty blue. I live in a tornadic area and a greenish red tone to the sky is what we tend to see more often than not when storms are threatening. And a reddish brown haze was the color palette I used when I made my own mock movie poster (right) before the real movie posters came out.

But would the “Into the Storm” official poster look as fetching with a duller color scheme? At Into-the-Storm-theatrical-release-poster_Jul0614IntotheStormMovieTumblr--sized-clrchangeright is an example of what the “Into the Storm” poster looks like with the color tone changed by me (decrease blue, increase red). Hmmm. The natural or more TwistermovieposterJul0714wikiEarthen (pun intended) palette reflected in this poster–while perhaps more accurate, isn’t as appealing. To me, this faked poster color scheme seems muted–thus also muting the intensity of the action and the drama that the filmmakers hope to portray. However, just such an ominous color scheme was used by the film Twister (left) to success.

Ultimately, the primary colors–of red, blue, and yellow–are named primary as such because, in part, from them the other colors can be derived. And it is also because human vision of color interpretation is what is termed trichromatic. We see these colors of red, blue, and yellow, first. So an overall bluish tone used in the official “Into the Storm” movie poster–with splashes of yellow and red flames, to round out the use of primary colors –makes sense.

With 33 days until the August 8th release of “Into the Storm” in the US and Canada, we are assured of seeing more marketing images and more trailer and tv spot videos being released by Warner Bros. Pictures. What will you notice in these marketing efforts? And will they make a difference in your interest in going into the theatres to see “Into the Storm”?

I hope you will see the film, “Into the Storm”, if you are interested in it. And if you are a Richard Armitage fan and you would like to see the film with fellow fans its opening weekend–when box office attendance figures are so important for the public reception to and perception of a film–we hope you will be able to join us in one of the cities where planning is underway (Chicago, New York, and Atlanta, to start). Or at least, view the film in your hometown at your leisure that opening weekend.