@RCArmitage Responds to Nasty P/T EW Person

For those of you not in the following, a tweeter and contributor  for EW entertainment, @DanaSchwartzzz, was rude about Richard Armitage and his role in Ocean’s 8. There was a lot of back and forth among and between fans and Schwartz over the weekend. She referred to him as a no name, and a few other unkind descriptions as she responded to hurt and angry fans, and then began to diss fans and the fandom. She backed off a little.

My preference would have been  for him to ignore it publicly, rather than apologize. He did what he could with the role, the lack of screen time with his opposite, Sandra Bullock and the failure of the writers to better define their past relationship in the plot. He can play anything, anyway, as we know, so I imagine the director wanted a mealy sort of character.

So, I think he’s wrong. I don’t see that Damien Lewis is an A-lister, with some good television credits, but no real film credits. I guess with the success of Homeland and Billions,  he might have been of a household word currently, but check out his credits and see what you think. He’s done a lot of TV.

If there’s a response from her, let me know. She blocked me, although I never directly challenged her.


@RCArmitage – Ear to the Ground?

Hollywood Reporter Wants More Claude Becker – #RichardArmitage

Here Unlike the New York Times critic, who seemed to want no Claude Becker.

Whatever other flaws Ocean’s 8 may have, the way that Bullock gets to connect with her female co-stars amounts to the story’s most charming element. Her chemistry with the other actors is such that when she’s offscreen for a time (often so we can see the other criminals get their parts of the heist in place), it’s not only noticeable but a little disappointing. The only true stumble with Debbie is in her connection with that devious ex (Richard Armitage), a relationship that feels underwritten in part because Armitage and Bullock spend so little time onscreen together. The revenge would be sweeter if it felt like his character truly deserved it, even if we accept Bullock as a woman scorned.

Gender Joy: Ocean’s 8 Bests the Male Franchise at Opening.

In Variety  Ocean’s 8 opening box office ( domestic) exceeds every other opening in the Ocean’s franchise. It beat 2 Ocean’s 11, Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 13. This just illuminates what many of us believe – who needs 11, 12 or 13 hot or famous men when you can do more with just 8 talented females — and Richard Armitage?


“Ocean’s 8” is dominating domestic moviegoing as the heist comedy heads for a solid opening weekend of about $44 million at 4,145 sites, early estimates showed on Friday.

Warner Bros.’ gender-swapped reboot of the “Ocean’s” franchise was performing above forecasts as it grabbed an impressive $4 million from Thursday night previews, part of a Friday total of about $17 million. Recent predictions had placed “Ocean’s 8” between $33 million and $40 million.

Ocean’s 8 – Perry gets Punked – The Only Spoiler is Mine!

The best laid plans – well maybe my plans weren’t laid that well. As I mentioned, I set up a theater party for about a dozen friends to see the opening of Ocean’s 8 here in my small town today.

I ignored the fact that the start time was never listed on the website, although Las Estafadoras ( the Scammers) was listed in both  local theaters as coming attractions. But, because the times and films here are often screwed up, I didn’t pay much attention and I thought I’d confirmed with the manager that the film was opening today. Well – I was wrong. No Ocean’s 8 Lakeside, Mx. today, or this week – or maybe not even in June.

I was so crushed, deflated, disgusted. I was close to tears. First I had to notify everyone the date was off ( while I was watching a tennis favorite, Juan Martin del Potro get his ass kicked in the semi finals of The French Open) and minister to  Mulligan, my cat, who came home with a wound after losing another fight. Then I decided, I wasn’t giving up.  No one wanted to drive to a theater that was showing the film in English, so,  though the theater party is a whole lot smaller, a couple of friends and I ( and a hired driver) are going Sunday to a movie theater an hour away outside Guadalajara. (And I’m going to miss most of the Men’s final of the French Open to boot)

Two more days of staying away from fan reviews. Two more days of chomping at the bit, but I figured, if I could fly to NYC from Mexico for a two day trip to see Pilgrimage, I ought to be able to manage an hour’s trip to a mall.

Stay tuned.


ArtNet News on Ocean’s 8 from an Art Standpoint

here     thanks to @VAncilotti on Twitter.

No Spoilers here, but if you are not that familiar with the raison d’être of the Met Gala, it is always  to launch a new  themed fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute, which is in it’s own wing on the lower level. Sometimes the theme is the fashion of one individual fashion icon, for example, Jacqueline Kennedy. Sometimes it recognizes a designer, and  some exhibits focus on themes, like Hollywood glamour, etc.  This year it was a Catholic theme. This excerpt explains the fictional theme for Ocean’s 8- which also also explains the apparently rpyal sash we saw on Richard Armitage’s character, Claude Becker. ( Initially, some of us, me for one, hypothesized that he was some sort of European royalty – so much for speculation.


The planned robbery may center around a necklace, but the filmmakers paid close attention to every detail about the museum and its famed gala, which celebrates the Costume Institute and its annual spring show. In Ocean’s 8, that’s “The Scepter and the Orb: Five Centuries of Royal Dress.” At the suggestion of Anna Wintour, the film tapped Hamish Bowles, Vogue’s international editor-at-large, who has curated real-life fashion exhibitions, to create a convincing facsimile of one for the movie.

“Rather than getting into the idea of doing period costume, we framed the exhibition around the idea of royal dress, and its enduring influence on fashion designers,” Bowles said in a statement.


The Met, of course, isn’t the only facet of the New York art world on display in the film. Once released from prison, Ocean heads straight to a swanky gallery opening. She’s there to see art dealer Claude Becker (Richard Armitage), her ex-boyfriend, owner of an eponymous space at 547 West 25th Street.

Seasoned gallery-goers will recognize that address as that of Cheim & Read. The scene was shot at the space last winter, during the exhibition “Tal R: Keyhole.” Filming took place after hours, allowing the gallery to remain open as usual during the day.