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Reminders for Chicago August 9th–Richard Armitage’s Fans Gathering & Film Viewing for OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014,  August 8, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #17)

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Hi RA Fans joining us in Chicago on August 9th for our gathering together for a fun day–capping it off with seeing our favorite exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage’s new film, Into the Storm,

 

We are looking forward to seeing you in Chicago, dashing around town, and enjoying Richard Armitage’s new film, Into the Storm!

 

Please print out our  final event itinerary graphic below (click on the image to enlarge it and save it to your phone or computer first). Our itinerary summary will help you find us at any given time on Saturday if you are delayed in joining us–or if we split up for some of us shopping and some of us site seeing in the afternoon.

 

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For links for the venues mentioned in the graphic above, please refer to this earlier post:  “Stormy Sunday:  Chicago Itinerary Checklist …” (on August 3rd).   But note that we are no longer eating lunch at the Walnut room because they are catering a wedding.

 

By 12noon (CST) today/Friday, I will also email additional information to individuals who have completed this website’s Contact Form by 11:00am stating that they will be joining us.  If you already completed the Contact Form once to indicate you are joining us, you don’t have to do it again. But if you don’t receive my email by 1pm, then please comment below, I will try to resend it to you.

 

The last official count for those joining us in Chicago is eight–down one due to Obscura developing an illness that prevents her from traveling far afield.  She is bummed, but Obscura will be with us in spirit.  And I’m sure that we all send her our very best get well wishes.  Hugs!

 

And if you decide at the last minute that you can join us, but you haven’t had a chance  to complete this website’s Contact Form to let us know?  By all means, please join us!   But realize that there will be important information in the email that I send out at 12noon today/Friday. So please try to complete the Contact Form by 11am today/Friday–to give me/Grati time to prep the email.

 

Please pose any additional questions you have in a comment to this post below–and I/Grati will respond to them in a comment–not via email (which is wonky when I’m on the road).  However, I will be on a train heading toward Chicago as of 7:30am Saturday.  So please pose your comment questions on the website as soon as possible Friday to insure that I can respond to you and everyone–since others might have a similar question to yours and it makes it easier on me to respond once.  But while I’m riding the Amtrak train to Chicago on Saturday–and when I have reception–I will also respond to you.

 

Finally, however you are getting to Chicago–car, train, bus, plane, or stepping out your door and walking or bicycling–please have a safe journey to us.

 

The planning of this event was organized by three core individuals–Grati, Sahraobsessed, and Obscura.  But all of you had a say in how our event planning evolved through your participation in surveys and your helpful suggestions and other contributions. Thanks!

 

So one final time–to build your excitement for seeing Richard Armitage in his new film, Into the Storm, its opening weekend–enjoy the video!

 

“Into the Storm – Official Main Trailer [HD]” by Warner Bros. Pictures

 

See you Saturday!  We are going to have a blast!  And remember, what happens in Chicago, stays in Chicago. Ha!

P.S. Don’t forget that Marie Astra is coordinating the August 9th New York City RA Fans gathering to view Into the Storm. So please email her if you wish to attend and/or have questions at marieastra8@gmail.com

 

 

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.

http://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/some-into-the-storm-tweets-from-tonights-screenings/

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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:

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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 http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/weather-network-meteorologists-and-storm-chasers-mark-robinson-and-jaclyn-whittal-return-to-tornado-alley/27507/):
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And saving the best for last, “Into the Storm” Producer Todd Garner appreciates our OpeRAtion “Into the Storm” 2014 grassroots efforts:

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