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Yup, this time of year, and this day, is not complete until I've given thanks for you Rickmaniacs and all the joy that AR, and you all (and you, dearest MA) have brought.

Toasting, yet again.


Look at those lovely bubbles!
A bounteous and safe Thanksgiving to you, - Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 02:18:34 PM (EST)

As always, this time of year I think of my "family" here and give thanks for you. Hugs to all you merry band of Rickmaniacs and Happy Thanksgiving!

MA (saluting with turkey drumstick)
- Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 01:43:46 PM (EST)

Somehow, I did not know AR was on crutches from a knee injury on the Die Hard set. (Or did I just forget? Hmmm.) The list of potential John McClanes approached included Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds (LOL), Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Don Johnson (LOL2), Richard Gere and Al Pacino. Pacino? At that point he might have been Hans-worthy. (Though--and let's be clear--no one can out-Hans Hans Anton Nietzsche Dellbrook Gruber.)

This article includes a few storyboards from an unused scene in which McClane barely escapes an out-of-control elevator car that smashes into a break-away balcony stairway. The caption calls it a "deleted scene" but I'm fairly sure it was never shot, since the action scenes were practical in those days--as in for real--not CGI.

From Everything you didn't know about 'Die Hard,' from the alternative McClanes to the most bonkers stunt

"The source material for Die Hard was Roderick Thorps pulpy 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, which was a sequel to his 1966 book The Detective. Twentieth Century Fox adapted the latter title into a Frank Sinatra film, and once Fox acquired the rights to Nothing Lasts Forever, the studio had to first offer the role to the septuagenarian entertainer as a contractual courtesy. As expected, Sinatra passed, and the studio moved forward with plans to rework the film as a summer tentpole fronted by a bankable movie star.

It started with producer Lawrence Gordon, who was tasked with adapting the book. His second-in-command, Lloyd Levin, hired the then fledgling screenwriter Jeb Stuart, who cracked the back of Roderick Thorps novel. It was he who decided to make the main character younger; in the book, hes in his 60s, explains Mottram.

He also came up with the name John McClane [called Joe Leland in the book] and refashioned him as a blue-collar guy struggling with his marriage. This certainly planted the seeds for the McClane character and what would become the bedrock of the franchise. But there was a lot that came from the book, too not least the idea that McClane is the lone figure fighting against the terrorists. Again, that to some degree became a staple element across the franchise. After Stuarts draft, Gordon brought in fellow producer Joel Silver, who immediately hired the inimitable Steve de Souza to rewrite the script and further shape the Die Hard that we all know and love. The book cover of "Nothing Lasts Forever" hints at what would become some key Die Hard plot points."

"Willis wasnt the only wild-card casting

The bigger concern was with Alan Rickman, says Mottram. Rickman was making his feature-film debut in Die Hard, coming aboard after producers initially approached the likes of future Jurassic Park star Sam Neill. The early footage he shot did not go down well and it took some convincing of the studio heads not to fire him.

Rickman needed bad-guy boot camp

While Rickman nailed all the accents and had classical training, he was pretty raw in the action department. The casting director Jackie Burch said she had to teach him how to hold a gun properly when he first came into audition, because hed never really held a weapon before, says Mottram.

Then, when he got to set, he crocked his knee on his first day shooting, for the scene where Hans Gruber is checking the explosives and jumps down from a ledge. He thought he might have torn a ligament, but fortunately, it was something minor and he was able to carry on. That day, he returned to work on crutches and can be seen leaning in a scene where Gruber meets McClane, as he couldnt put any pressure on his leg.

But maybe the best story is from when he shot the moment when Gruber falls from the Nakatomi building to his death. Rickman filmed that for real, falling 25 feet backwards onto an air mattress. The stunt coordinator Charlie Picerni told Rickman hed get a countdown from three before releasing the cable he was hooked to. Instead, he released it on one. That look of surprise on Rickmans face is for real.

- Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 01:01:35 PM (EDT)

Previously unreleased Deathly Hallows photos at screen rant.
- Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 01:03:11 PM (EDT)

Check out number 11 on the Hollywood Reporter's list of Hollywood's 25 Favorite Villains.
USA - Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 10:35:22 AM (EDT)

From TWG letters:
Phyllida Law: "Listen pumpkin, what can I say to you right bow but go & Dance in the Sun, you fucking deserve it. It has been THE MOST wonderful rehearsalling EVER in the whole of my puff. You have been kind (you won�t be told will you) generous & breathtakingly perspicacious & I hope to hang on to your gifts, for such they are my darling"

Emma Thompson. "�so very different from most things I see. Very female, cyclical, circles, absolutely how we see & think. I love it � Also � I am thrilled & excited Beyond Measure to be working with you myself, a long-term ambition and the best news I�ve had all year. Can�t wait to fling on a mob-cap and tart about Devon with you � THANK YOU for saying yes and fulfilling my dream of Colonel Brandon."

Thanks, Barbara TW
July 4 is DH anniversary, Happy Trails, Hans - Tuesday, July 03, 2018 at 04:41:07 PM (EDT)

You can download PDFs of the Rickman archive--both a brochure and the list of inventory Rickman Archive Links .

Pearson's been sharing images on its Twitter account.
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 01:10:16 PM (EDT)

Check out this article on E! News: Alan Rickman's Frustration With Harry Potter Role Revealed in Personal Letters
USA - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 06:56:59 PM (EDT)

"This film is dedicated to the memory of Alan Rickman."

This is the last item in the credits roll for The Limehouse Golem, which I just finished watching.


The film is grand guignol of grand guignol, bloody gory, all tinted black and red, dark in tone and dark as in not a lot of light in the frames. It is not a favorite, and while watching I turned away--too much slashing--and the very very predictable story was surprising in its mediocre revelation. Having the inspector be the last to know wasn't dramatic or an insight into his emotional landscape; it was just dull and left me shrugging my shoulders trying to figure out why this project would have appeared interesting on any level.

****end spoilers, begin opinion****

If this film had been made several years ago (actually way more), maybe it would have been considered outr� or envelope pushing or a new place; these days it's just another period ripper, coming off stale and forgettable. Opinions may differ here.

I thoroughly applaud, though, the film's dedication, and the doubtless real sentiment behind it.
Really, really miss his talent, his presence, his hands on and in the world. Not possible to say how much. - Friday, April 20, 2018 at 07:36:39 PM (EDT)



Neil Pearson Rare Books is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the archive of one of Britain's most brilliant and best-loved actors: the late, very great, Alan Rickman.

Currently being catalogued and prepared for sale, the archive begins with Rickman's days in amateur dramatics and drama school, covers his early professional work in repertory theatre and television, and then goes on to cover his stellar performances for the Royal Court, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the West End and Broadway.

Rickman's film career is equally well documented: all of his working scripts are present, including TRULY, MADLY DEEPLY; ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES; SENSE AND SENSIBILITY; the entire HARRY POTTER series; and, of course, DIE HARD.

Rickman's scripts are profusely annotated and amended by him, evidence of a highly detailed working method learned at the Royal Court, and adhered to through a long, distinguished career on both sides of the Atlantic, on stage and screen, and on both sides of the camera.

As well as Rickman's working texts, the archive contains a wealth of correspondence and documentation, private photographs and public relations material, film and theatre props, and awards. Crowningly, it also contains the appointment books and personal diaries kept by Rickman across his entire career.

A magnificent and complete scholarly resource, the Alan Rickman Archive is being prepared for presentation and sale in the Spring.
I wonder if he ever authorized his personal diaries to be put up for sale. Just wondering, mind you. , Aren't personal diaries, well . . . personal? - Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 12:17:40 PM (EDT)

"If you are the leading player and you have therefore a fingernail of clout, you would [speak up for] a group of actors quite naturally, because you might have direct access to the producers," Love Actually star Bill Nighy explained.

"You would be expected to take a certain amount of responsibility over the others. So if there were any problems, or less-than-satisfactory systems in place, you would be expected to speak up for that person on their behalf."

Nighy concluded: "You instinctively look out to see if everyone is okay because you're in a position if they weren't than you might be able to do something about it. And certain people do it. It's admirable, I find it very moving."

He then went on to recount how his former Love Actually co-star, the late Alan Rickman, was a "great example" of this.

"He [Rickman] would look out for everybody," Nighy recalled fondly. "If you thought the extras weren't being fed properly, or looked after properly or less-than-attractively used then he'd sort it out and he'd say, 'you sort that out and then I'll go back to work'."

- Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 05:23:33 PM (EDT)

Barbara! yes, beautiful and thanks so much for your sharing. Rickman also is responsible for so much good in my life. He got into my head after watching Sense & sensibility and just like you, Barbara, i went to the net to find our "who is that?". Of course , i became obsessed and happily found fellow sufferers all over then globe. All that was fun and exciting but something happened, something metaphysical, psychological... some magic fell upon me as i came more and more in contact with him, his work, his voice, his look.... I became stronger and more confident, i started my art career, my love life improved, my self image improved.... and now he is gone... and yet because most of my dealings with him were (for lack of a better word)rather spiritual... I am trying to hold on to his essence and still hear his voice in my head, guiding me. Am I crazy? Possible but who cares? Alan has left this world a better place for his role in it and i am so grateful.
Constance Pappalardo <conpappa@gmail.comfoo>
Cary, NC United States - Thursday, March 01, 2018 at 11:10:49 AM (EST)

Thank you, Barbara. That was beautiful and heartfelt.
USA - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 11:25:53 AM (EST)

Dear Mr. Rickman,

Today would have been your 72nd birthday. And while I still have Eye in the Sky to see, what I miss most--and shall miss most--are your interviews. Especially those in the past few years, where you relaxed and really let your thoughts out: about the power of stories, and the responsibilities of the storytellers, of what words mean and how their power is both immutable and chameleonic. What you said about stories resonated with this other member of Walter Fisher's "homo narrans."

The first film I ever remember seeing you in--not the first film I actually saw you in, just the one that made me look you up and see who you were--was ClosetLand . It reached inside my brain and gave it a good twist. When I looked you up on the then-nascent internet, I realized I'd seen you in that film, and also that film, and also that film, and that film, and, hey! you were That Guy! And I became a fan.

And then the internet *really* took off, and we began to get interviews and transcripts from clips of shows (and much later, the actual clips), where you'd talk about the story, and the project, and your role, and so fiercely protected your privacy and your family's privacy. And I loved that. And I loved how there were so, so, SO very few "sources close to the star" who would trundle out comments about your personal life for a smattering of cash.

Your friends protected your privacy, too. And that said a lot to me--the friends we HAVE are almost always the friends we ARE. And nothing I've read about you since seems to prove that thesis wrong.

Those were why, soon after my dad died and I needed some guidance, I added you to my "personal north"--my "mind family." You fit in so well with the rest of my "mind family": Walter Fisher, Marcus Aurelius, Lois McMaster Bujold. All of what they were saying, and all they were making the future me(s) into--all those versions of me, those possible future timelines, of who I wanted to (and could!) grow into becoming.

For many years, I'd wanted a Vorkosigan film with you in it (probably as Aral Vorkosigan), because I think you would have been so *delighted* with the sheer humanity in Bujold's work. And how you would have enjoyed being the Butcher of Komarr, and playing against all expectations in the role! But you didn't really like science fiction as a genre.... one of your flaws. :)

Someone asked me, the day you died, why it mattered so much to me. You were "just an actor." Someone famous, who'd I'd only met the once at the stage door after Private Lives, and never again. What popped into mind first was a paraphrase from the 1995 Pride and Prejudice:
"I don't know, can't explain it. I just cannot bear to think that he is not alive in the world and up to something."

After a while, I realized it was about connections, and the very bones of who I am.

I liked your work, so I let it into my heart and my head. That act changed who I am, and changing who I am then changed all the "could-be" versions of me, as well. The work you were going to do, that I was going to see, and the interviews you were going to give in support of that work, that was all going to change my future "could-be"s as well. Your work and your words were woven into the trellis of my future growth--all those possible "me"s.

So when you died, they all died, too. Those hundred thousand possible "me"s--gone. Other possible "me"s are growing to fill in those spaces, of course, but first--they all died.

And that hurts.

One of the less-than-helpful things I was urged to do, the day you died, was to "enjoy the work he did" and "just be grateful that it existed at all." In many ways, it is little recompense to simply think on the things that you'd already done. Emma Thompson wrote she couldn't wait to see what you were going to do with your face next. I couldn't wait to see what percolated out of your brain next.

After my childhood, I got very ... leery ... about who got into my head, and what they left behind--what they left behind for me to hear at 2 in the morning, whenever I couldn't sleep. But--I liked your thoughts, so I put some of them into my head.

On purpose.

And now, every time I jostle one, like a broken bone, it aches. And yet, I cannot bear to be that "me" who had never discovered your work at all.

I don't know what kind of creature I would be without your influence...but I have my suspicions.

Goodbye, Mr. Rickman.
I shall miss you.

Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 08:51:47 AM (EST)

Still? Always.

ETM: Who is the real "winter guest?" Death, which is close to a number of the characters? The grief of the main character Frances (played by Emma Thompson)? Her solitude and that of her mother? The renewal of life? Or of love again?

AR: For [Sharman] MacDonald, I know it's death. For me, it's rather Frances, who spends so much time at the beach looking for something, or someone, across the mist. Someone whom you imagine but can't really see. Certainly, in her case, there are the decisions not to go on grieving, to not go away, to accept her responsibilities there where she is, to take into consideration her relationship with her mother and accept it. For me, the winter guest is a moment, sometimes several, in the life of everyone, where you come face to face with a difficult choice, where you have to grow up quickly.

ETM: But all the same, the theme of death is important...

AR: It's one of the themes that is developed. I hope especially that the film is a hymn to life, and that it's positive and entertaining.

A hymn to life, That's AR. - Monday, January 15, 2018 at 01:05:18 AM (EST)

We really miss you, Mr. Rickman.
USA - Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 11:20:04 AM (EST)

Two years today. We miss you,Alan.

- Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 09:33:04 AM (EST)

Happy Birthday Baby
Dakota Always
- Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 03:47:12 PM (EST)

Ooops! Sorry, everyone! (retracting drumstick) That's one of those Henry VIII sized ones . . .

Hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving and will have a wonderful holiday season.

Giving thanks for all my Rickmaniac family,

MA (Love Actually is all around)
- Monday, November 27, 2017 at 10:22:14 AM (EST)

Although the last post "next door" at FOF was in 2014, I still think of this place, of Suzanne, and GB and FOF friends each Thanksgiving. Sending the best to you all, wherever you may be.

You know who you are!
MA, stop waving that drumstick around , you're going to put an eye out! - Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 04:29:54 PM (EST)

I keep thinking of the ending of Hamilton--"Who lives, who dies, who tells your story." Suzanne gave us a lot of happiness keeping this place running. We'll be telling her story for a long time to come.

Ah, Delaford in springtime . . .

MA (Lovely, R dearest. Simply lovely.)
- Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 06:28:36 PM (EDT)


Living and breathing Delaford seems to restore her in ways she cannot begin to count, but has only grown to appreciate as calendar years fall away. Not just the people of course (but of course, the people!): the very space between things, the interstitial, the invisible glue that holds us, shapes us, unseen. Binds us.

Turn the corner at the far edge of the north side, with a view to the jacquemontii birches, with their exceptionally brilliant white bark. Below them, in unforced groups, white tulips extend their slightly curved necks as if gently stretching after a unexpected nap. �What, had we fallen asleep?� Remembering the honey scent of Samuel Arnott�s snowdrops, the birches sigh over the lost white lamplettes at their feet. There is no explaining the cycle to the tulips; tulips are busy company, but do not listen seriously. �Not sleeping, no. Yet not awake.�

On the West side of the gardens, her bare fingers pinching off bits of leaves, Suzanne is humming a bit of a tune. Unaware of its origin, careless of its lopsided melody (can�t carry a tune, but dearly loves them), she brushes her warm fingers together, the soil not falling but shooting in different directions like a fireworks explosion. Fully erect, soft sun on her face (where was her sun hat this morning?), she stands, listening for time.

For time can also be found in sounds; sounds of the past, present, and future, each distinct yet part of a life, of lives. She can hear wider, deeper now, she finds.

For Suzanne - Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 01:30:08 PM (EDT)

Agree 100% on Eye in the Sky--it's a must. The suspense ("it's the suspense, not the pain") is incredible--a real nail-biter and an AR performance to be treasured.

Speaking of treasures, lovely memories of Private Lives in NY. Thanks, dearest. ;-)

And a good Passover to all of our Jewish Rickmaniacs.

MA <Sometimes loss just hits you, and you just have to hit it back! foo>
- Monday, April 10, 2017 at 03:32:56 PM (EDT)

Department of Rare Accomplishments

Excerpt from the New York Times:

"Pulling off a great Coward performance, with its filigree contradictions, is a rare accomplishment. (Offhand, on Broadway, only Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman in �Private Lives,� and Rosemary Harris in �Hay Fever� come to mind.)"

From a review of Noel Coward's "Present Laughter", currently with Kevin Kline (whose character in The January Man never quite matches the laid-back charisma of AR's Ed, does it? One of AR's least watchable films for me--the ending is atrocious too--but Ed's hands grabbing a corner wall makes me smile.)

If you haven't seen "Eye in the Sky" you have missed a worthwhile performance and film, whatever your views on drones, which will be a bigger part of our collective present and future.

What AR would have made of the current political landscape in the U.K., the U.S. and around the world we might be able to guess. Surely he would have encouraged an active engagement and clear-minded rejection of agendas of division and repression.

Eh, perhaps it's just that these days his absence is harder, and the world feels as if it's hardening, too.

In spring, Suzanne comes to mind. April 13 would be a good day to plant something. She'd like that.

Sometimes loss just hits you, and you just have to let it. - Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 02:08:59 PM (EDT)

#alanrickman was trending this AM in the Eastern US on Twitter. There are lots of fans remembering him on his birthday.
USA - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 05:39:19 PM (EST)

Today would've been Alan's birthday. In honour of the occasion, I suggest reading this article:

*sigh* "The kindest and the best of men."

- Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 10:20:36 AM (EST)

I was out of town this past weekend, away from my computer.

As I sat in a hotel ballroom watching a range of investitures and divestitures on Saturday, I spent a great deal of energy making sure I was celebrating others' accomplishments instead of wallowing in my sadness. (I was VERY grateful there was an event to go to. Staying home and stewing was otherwise indicated, and that wasn't going to be a pretty sight. Or a healthy experience.)

I miss so much, this past year. I miss checking out the news sites to see what he was up to, or going to be up to. I miss his interviews--especially the ones where the journalist would surprise him with a philosophical question he hadn't anticipated, and he had to take the whole question in, and then answer without something he'd previously assembled. Those moments had such interesting thoughts in them, snippets of ideas from a different angle of life than my own, that I liked to chew them over or hoard them up. Or both.

I hope his family, his friends and especially Rima had someone to lean on, last Saturday. Those first "anniversaries" are so hard.

Requiescat in pace, Mr. Rickman. I miss you.
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Monday, January 16, 2017 at 09:10:26 PM (EST)

Right now there's an issue of Life magazine on the newstands: "Farewell to Friends We Lost in 2016." On page 88 there's a brief article summarizing AR's career and a lovely photo of him doing that twinkly smile/not smile he did so well.

MA <No, R dearest, the photo doesn't show his h*nds! ;-Dfoo>
- Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 04:02:19 PM (EST)

- Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11:15:24 PM (EST)

Well, folks, tomorrow will be a year since Alan died. Hardly seems possible. I suspect a lot of us will find ourselves gathering here to share thoughts and memories. And to me, that's a tribute to him--so many of us who would never have known each other without our shared delight in his talents. It's a worthy legacy.

- Friday, January 13, 2017 at 01:56:26 PM (EST)

Hi All, Happy New Year 2017! Thanks Saskia for the heads up on the bio of Alan. Sadly it only plays to British audiences. Any ideas of how an American may watch? Thanks! Love you all for still being here... Constance
Constance Pappalardo <conpappa@gmail.comfoo>
Cary, NC United States - Friday, January 06, 2017 at 06:33:47 PM (EST)

There's a single line about Alan in this article about Carrie Fisher, but I thought it called out some of the reasons why he had such an impact:

"I also think that many of the people who passed away this year led by having priorities beyond fame and overwhelming riches. David Bowie and Prince and George Michael challenged toxic masculinity and also gave lavishly and often anonymously to others. Alan Rickman taught us about work ethic--he made every movie he was in better--and kindness. Carrie Fisher taught us about the importance of owning our mistakes and loving our imperfections. As we take our own places in our own rebellions, we will have to remember to work hard, to practice self-care, to stand up for others, and to love ourselves. The article is here:
We Love You, Carrie Fisher

The blog is called Smart B*tches, Trashy Books and does contain a number of profanities.
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Monday, January 02, 2017 at 12:15:43 PM (EST)

There's going to be a programme about Alan Rickman's life and work on BBC2 on 1 January: Talking Pictures
UK - Monday, December 26, 2016 at 12:23:55 PM (EST)

Read PostSecret today.

I'm not sure if this was nice to read (hey, it's not just ME) or a horrible suckerpunch.

PostSecret postcard
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Sunday, December 25, 2016 at 04:47:14 PM (EST)

One last thing. I read this in the latest novel by my favorite writer. It resonated. Too much, in some ways:

"Aral-stories, Cordelia thought. Slowly, that massive, complex presence was being reduced to Aral-stories. �I hate having to give public speeches about him,� she sighed. �Each neat little squared-up box of words, with all the messy bits cut off because they don�t fit, seems to make him smaller and simpler. Turning the man that was into the icon that they want.�"
- Lois McMaster Bujold, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 07:46:20 AM (EST)

Thanks for posting that link, Saskia.

While parts of it made me weep, parts of it made me snort and smile, parts of it made me do all three at the same time: Of *course* he edited that last "script," shaping everyone's experience of his service. I confess to being unsurprised. How like him. How very like him.

I'd never heard of Tom Waits. Immediately on reading that part of Rickson's article, I hit Youtube:
Tom Waits' "Take it With Me", the song he requested to be played for Rima.

The lyrics are.... *swallows* Gut punchingly beautiful. One last introduction to a new artist, courtesy of my dearest held one.

Thank you, Mr. Rickman, for expanding my world one last time.

Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 07:43:24 AM (EST)

Requiescat In Pace, Magda.
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 07:23:00 AM (EST)

I thought this might be of interest: Alan Rickman remembered by Ian Rickson
UK - Monday, December 12, 2016 at 02:07:14 PM (EST)

I am so sorry to hear this! Thank you for letting us know, Sue.
Englewood, OH USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2016 at 08:00:32 AM (EST)

Sad news about a poster that some of our old timers may remember. Magda of Aberdeen has died. We had so much fun and saw Alan's final performance in Private Lives together and also saw him at Manchester narrating The Ground Beneath My Feet. RIP Magda.
England - Tuesday, December 06, 2016 at 05:47:49 PM (EST)

Friend of mine created a pattern for making a felted dumpster fire ornament with 2016 on it. I may take her up on it.

- Monday, December 05, 2016 at 08:30:49 AM (EST)

I always loved his performance in Dogma when I was younger, but his performances as prof. snape in harry potter were incredible. easily the best actor in the series and he did a lot to encourage the younger actors to success-amazing man!
Best Reviews <erika@ferrariblog.netfoo>
sacramento, CA US - Sunday, December 04, 2016 at 07:46:47 PM (EST)

I loved Alan so much.. there can be only one Snape. May you rest in peace Alan!
John <info@bestelectrichoverboard.comfoo>
New York, NY United States - Saturday, December 03, 2016 at 07:35:43 PM (EST)

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing because this time of year we would have had the dancing turkey for Thanksgiving, too.


This year's been a beast, hasn't it?

MA (but still thankful for my Rickmaniac family here!)
- Thursday, December 01, 2016 at 05:45:04 PM (EST)

Missing the bats that used to fly around here on Halloween. Thinking of Suzanne, today, in the robes of an Empress.
- Monday, October 31, 2016 at 02:30:02 PM (EDT)

Oh, Sandy. I'm so sorry--I lost my mom in 2013 and it's a hard, hard thing to go through. Much love to you.



MA (make those Big Ol' Squeezy Hugs, of course)
- Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 09:51:10 AM (EDT)

I just received word that our very own Sandy (who writes the Alexander Dane storyline over in FoF) lost her mom suddenly over the weekend.

Much love to our Sandy and her family during this time.
Barbara the Wallpaper-er <RickmaniacHugsfoo>
- Friday, September 23, 2016 at 10:17:18 AM (EDT)

That's hilarious! Wonder if there will be one for Galaxy Quest also?
Englewood, OH USA - Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 07:55:02 AM (EDT)

Would you believe . . . there is now a Die Hard coloring book? Thanks to the recent vogue for adult coloring books and activities, we now have Die Hard: The Authorized Coloring and Activity Book. Here's a blurb:

Experience Die Hard in a fresh and creative way with this authorized tie-in coloring and activity book featuring favorite scenes and quotes from the beloved classic movie.

Die Hard diehards can savor their favorite scenes and quotes in this official Die Hard coloring and activity book. Here are some of the movie's best moments, recreated in detailed black-and-white line drawings, including:

Hans Gruber and his posse crash the Christmas party at Nakatomi and take the tower hostage;
John McClane's limo ride with Argyle;
The tension-filled crawl through the building vents;
John's morbid message delivery to Hans (written on the corpse of one of Hans' men);
The famous bloody footprints;
And of course, John leaping off the Nakatomi tower.

With so many memorable scenes to color in, as well as entertaining activities and the most quoted lines from the movie, fans will be shouting "yippee-ki-yay!"

Somehow, I can't imagine Hans being too thrilled with this . . . X-D

MA <"Now I haf a crayon. Ho . . . ho . . .ho."foo>
- Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 09:57:41 AM (EDT)

Barbara, I have not really been following the bench project so I cannot enlighten you. What I have been following is the Latymer Upper School fundraiser that is being created in his name. I am sure this is a cause he would be pleased with.

To donate, go to to the Latymer Bursaries Appeal page and be sure to scroll down and make a tick in the box next to "I/we wish for this donation to be assigned to the bursary in Alan Rickman's name."

There is also something afoot at RADA, something about dedicating a wing in their soon to be renovated digs to Alan's memory, but I have not had luck getting more information on that.
Englewood, OH 45322 - Monday, September 05, 2016 at 10:02:52 AM (EDT)

The bench is approved, apparently.

Any further word on it?
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Friday, August 26, 2016 at 11:52:42 PM (EDT)

Thanks for that, Skque, but it seems a bit off topic.
Englewood, OH USA - Monday, August 08, 2016 at 07:39:44 AM (EDT)

Just learned that in Austria, Saint Barbara protects the miners.
Skque <noreply@example.comfoo>
United States - Sunday, August 07, 2016 at 09:53:26 PM (EDT)

Thank You Ali-Pat I appreciate your labors
Lynda Waterman <lyndawaterman@gmail.comfoo>
Durham, North Carolina United States - Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 11:33:05 PM (EDT)

Lynda, and all who missed the opportunity to see Alan on stage, perhaps this newly-released video will help. It is a documentary about Alan's trip to Tblisi where he conducted a masterclass on Hamlet. Splendid does not begin to describe it, or him.

Alan, a film by Geoerge Agladze
Englewood, OH USA - Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10:14:14 AM (EDT)

I am still in tears and it hurts. So far this year I have lost a wonderful woman who was my boss who helped me feel I could do anything she needed done. Alan Rickman and all he meant. My sister. All exceptional human beings. I put off going to see Alan on broadway. Telling myself there will be other opportunities. What a fool I was. I will miss Alan when I see other actor's performances and think Alan would have made me really believe in that character. For those who mourn I am sorry for our loss.
Lynda Waterman <lyndawaterman@gmail.comfoo>
Durham, NC United States - Friday, July 15, 2016 at 10:52:40 PM (EDT)

In addition to our long-standing fundraiser for RADA, here is another fan-initiated fund to support another important place in Alan's life, Latymer Upper School.

The text at the bottom of the landing page indicates Our next annual bursaries appeal launches in September 2016 and as part of that initiative we hope to raise enough to name one of the awards after Latymerian Alan Rickman (Class of 1964). As many will know, Alan's own early life illustrates the transformational power of a Latymer education. From a modest family background, at eleven years old he won a place at Latymer Upper School on a full bursary. As with our bursary recipients today, this opened a door to a myriad of opportunities. The rest, as they say, is history. Alan went on to worldwide acclaim as an actor and director but he never forgot his old school returning to Latymer on many occasions to work with our students studying drama and to lend his support for our bursary programme. You can give to the bursary in Alan's name right now by clicking on "Donate by Credit Card" and ticking the relevant box."

Use this link to get to that page: Bursaries Appeal 2015-16.

�and this link to go directly to the donation page: Latymer Prep School Bursary Fund.
Englewood, OH USA - Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 09:20:34 AM (EDT)

The world is a changed place, at a changed pace.

So much crowded into an instant:
insta-gram, instant messages, twitter feeds.
Shorter, faster, quicker to fade.

This is an Ode to the Long
A story that takes a long time to tell, to hear
A friendship that grows and lasts, and circles back
Then multiplies.

The Long has a decided advantage over the short--
It hangs in there. It rides the roller coaster.
It holds on, and has a good memory.

In June 2007, Flights of Fancy �next door� was celebrating a 10-year anniversary. It�s nine years since then. A total of 19 years.

2016 has brought us a terrible, unexpected loss. Alan Rickman had found the place he belonged, and was arguably at the height of his powers as an actor, director, and champion of the projects and people he believed in and supported.

Finding the place you belong, a place where you feel at home, and where work is the kind you love�this is also the place Suzanne found. Suzanne made this place, and we could, and did, feel we belonged to a wider world. Their paths were linked, and they were the better for it.

It�s a Long road.

But that�s fine, that�s what a proper road should be.

They will both always be with us, on our Long road. Or at least on mine.

A salute from that time back in June 2007:

That the power of words can fill us with delight
With fear, with joy and laughter
With a will to do right, to do better
And a will to forgive
With each turn of phrase, we offer ourselves,
and in each story, find ourselves
So let us salute, on this day of days,
The power of words to fill us with love
The power of words to fill us with hope
The power of words to join us in friendship
Bridges that are never too great to cross.

Cheers to our dear hostess, our writers and readers over the years.

And now, I shall, with some difficulty, endeavor to locate the Rose Garden . . .

Thank you Suzanne, and Mr. Rickman, for everything.
Finding a kind of serenity in the Delaford Rose Garden. Again. - Wednesday, June 08, 2016 at 07:10:22 PM (EDT)

I just saw that the Bench in Kensington Gardens is going to be built. Joanna Parker, bless her, started this good idea, and the funds are all in place- 12. 05.16 In about 8 weeks time, Joanna will post pictures and news about it on the Alan Rickman Funding page on Facebook. Have you heard RADA is planning to build a room onto a theatre, and dedicate it to him and his memory. RADA asks us to ring them, if we want to, and make a donation towards the new project. Still feelings swinging between grief, missing his being here, melancholy joy over all he accomplished, and slow happiness over all that people share that they do, because of him. He was- IS wonderful.
- Monday, May 23, 2016 at 04:44:07 PM (EDT)

Kenneth Branagh remembers Alan Rickman

"The thing I most remember about Alan is that he is the first professional actor that I came across as a student.

He visited RADA. We had both been to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts � him slightly before me, and he came back to see a play called �Commitment� which he had been in on the London Fringe. He was the star of it and he came with his director to see us students do it which maybe a year or so later. It was the second time the play had been done. And he was incredibly encouraging. He came around after. We had never witnessed that � a professional actor comes around to see you afterwards. We were beside ourselves. He was so nice, simple and normal.The thing that impressed me about him was his absolute devotion to that institution. The sort of giving something back. He knew how important it is for him, not just the training, but that shift in your life when you give yourself to that which you think you are vocationally suited to and it fulfills your hopes, dreams and desires and expectations, and for us it did.

Alan put that back in rather across all the time subsequently, quietly but really, undoubtedly, and steadfastly, did a lot of work, lot of unsung work, because he believed in it, and he believed in supporting students. Not to garner their adulation or anything. He believed in it. And he is a shining example of giving something back.

When it came to doing the Harry Potter film he was also somebody who was very nice to me when I came on stage. It was the first time I think, my first day was doing a dueling scene with wands. He was very welcoming and accommodating and fun.

We did not work together much. We did about few turns together. And he was always generous. He was one of those people who would always write thank you cards.

It�s a great sadness, but if he had done nothing else what he did for students who followed in his footsteps was really significant".

From a recent Wallander interview , - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 02:55:49 PM (EDT)

Someone has started a Just Giving page to erect a bench in Kensington Gardens in London to honour Alan Rickman. It says his family have been consulted.
AR fan
UK - Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 04:27:54 PM (EDT)

What a loss! It is April and I am still grieving over him as if he were a member of my own family. If he only knew the imprint he has made on millions of people, that is a legacy and God-given talent to his acting skills and abilities. To be so blessed to have someone like him in your life on a personal level, I don't think my heart could take it, but I believe I could sure try and do my best! :)
Linda- USA
- Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 01:22:15 PM (EDT)

I didn't know that, Renie. Cool!

My sibling, retired from Missile Control in the US Army, told me that the patron saint for that division is St. Barbara. The which made me feel better, to be sure. Serendipity (to reference Dogma).!

Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Friday, April 08, 2016 at 07:47:46 PM (EDT)

Just learned that in Austria, Saint Barbara protects the miners.

"Miners, not minors."

See how the world is connected?, - Friday, April 08, 2016 at 03:59:00 PM (EDT)

There was going to be a Galaxy Quest 2, Sam Rockwell said.

damn, Damn, DAMN, DAMN! (to quote Professor Henry Higgins).
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Thursday, April 07, 2016 at 01:26:54 AM (EDT)

"And Branagh knows his success as Wallander, like his success with Shakepeare's characters, owes everything to the writer.

As the late Alan Rickman said `It's the parts that do it' and I've been fortunate enough to ride on the coat-tails of great writers, particularly William Shakespeare, and with Mankell I'm the lucky recipient of being the person who plays Kurt Wallander."

Barbara TW thanks for the thoughtful link. In the related links I found a blog which claims;

"I did realize that the robe that Buttercup wears in the scene where she confronts Humperdink after her nightmare, and the robe that Katherine wears during her English lesson with her lady in waiting, are actually THE SAME."

Not sure about the accuracy, but I'd never heard that before.

Nathalie, thanks for sharing your story. After feeling so downhearted for weeks, I was able to meditate on holiday, and with that quiet time, feel some acceptance.

- Friday, April 01, 2016 at 01:49:40 PM (EDT)

Nathalie, that is a very sweet story. Thank you for telling it. Special memories of meetings with Alan are precious and make us smile a bit as we continue to miss him.
Englewood, OH USA - Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10:28:47 AM (EDT)

Hi everyone, I haven't been here for such a long time however this special guestbook is dearest to me. I'm so sad to here that Suzanne is gone. I wanted to share my mourning with you all as I know you all do. I think I never told you how I met Alan for the first time. I don't even remember if the HP movies was already in the making. I had a job interview for a position in London at the time and as I was still a student in Paris I took a night bus from Paris with a friend to come to the interview. At the time, I've only seen one movie with Alan and it was S&S. Only with this movie I just knew that Alan was exactly the man he portrays in it and felt deeply connected to him. Well, we arrived in London at Victoria Station very early in the morning so I dress up for my interview and enjoy a English breakfast with my friend. We went directly to Baker Street as my interview was over there and waited patiently for the meeting. When the time arrived I went on for it and it lasted more than 2 hours I believe. My poor friend was so tired she fell asleep in the waiting room of the office. However, I made it and we went directly to the National Theatre on the Bank. Alan had a Q&A over there which I knew thanks to Suzanne's Guestbook and so I wanted to seize the opportunity to meet him. Unfortunately, the Q&A was over when we arrived. It was in the openfloor on the second floor of the NT. People were starting to leave so we watch the flyers and posters about the subject. And to my greatest surprise...Who was there, standing alone by himself and watching the posters as well? No other than the man himself! I think my heart was racing madly at the time. I think Alan must have notice it because he tried to make it easier for me to talk to him by coming right to place where I was and looking at the same poster. I was so shy, I couldn't pronounce a word and so I just smile to him and said hi or something like this. He smile back wait a moment. I told him I was coming from Paris and had a job interview this morning so I missed his speech. I can't remember what he said but then I went away because I was afraid to disturbe him. He went one and I watch him leaving the floor and out. So that was my very first time meeting him... I wish I could had over come my shyness and speak more.
Paris, - Friday, March 18, 2016 at 06:32:21 PM (EDT)

Dearest Renie

Over on Frock Flicks, it is (as of today) Man-Candy Monday.

The day's selection is Kenneth Branagh.

To quote Professor Quirrel: "I thought you might like to know."
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Monday, March 14, 2016 at 10:15:02 PM (EDT)

great place
Dillon <sqamepr@gmail.comfoo>
Mayaguez, PR USA - Wednesday, March 09, 2016 at 12:24:04 AM (EST)

What a great site. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Jose el Lewis <b1356057@trbvn.comfoo>
Frederiksberg, - Saturday, March 05, 2016 at 03:52:50 PM (EST)

Thank you for assuring us that the RADA page still works, Renie!

I spent the day touring the yard and spotting all the new flower shoots that are pushing up through the bare earth. Throughout the dark and cold of death in the winter, life abides.
Englewood, OH USA - Monday, February 22, 2016 at 07:53:55 AM (EST)

From E! Online: 13 Movies to Stream and Binge-Watch in Honor of Alan Rickman's Birthday
USA - Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 07:41:55 PM (EST)

Thinking of AR.

Every day, but especially today.

Hope you are all coping okay.

Ali-Pat, yes the Justgiving Szuanne/AR site works, it will turn over the donations to RADA on a regular basis. I set up the site, but have had no need to tinker since its inception. Anyone donor wondering how it works can read up at the Justgiving FAQ, beyond which I have no additional insight. I don't know how or when the "posted numbers" are updated, or if they're simply cumulative. I have no direct contact with RADA, BTW. Thanks for asking, and for your work in things AR.
There is an "easter egg" on the photo on the front page of the DT. , Best to you all. - Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 06:29:13 PM (EST)

The best way to honor Alan Rickman is to try to practice his most shining qualities: Be thoughtful and generous with others, support good causes that speak to your heart, and of course, attend the theater. He is greatly missed.
Penny S.
- Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 01:49:10 PM (EST)

I have my tickets for "Solomon's Blade," a 1st-run play at one of my local theatre companies. (I'm marking Mr. Rickman's birthday by supporting my local theatre. Then I'll probably come home and drink Oregon wine. It seems the best way to honor him.)
What will you do, to mark Alan's 70th?

Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 09:27:33 AM (EST)

I am reaching out again to whoever administers the RADA fund in honor of Suzanne. People are very interested in donating in memory of Alan but there is no way to tell the fund is still active. Please make yourself known and let us know that the info on the page is up to date. THANK YOU!
Ali-Pat <ali-pat@earthlink.netfoo>
Englewood, OH USA - Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 07:29:36 AM (EST)

This was posted over at Claudia's site. One of Alan's last public appearances (Nov 2014)--scroll down for the film.

Farewell to our Wonderful Patron, Alan Rickman
Englewood, OH USA - Saturday, February 06, 2016 at 10:16:53 AM (EST)

Today was Alan's funeral (Ruby Wax posted on Twitter). RIP
- Wednesday, February 03, 2016 at 02:22:35 PM (EST)

Yesterday, I decided that on February 21st, I am going to a play at a local theatre company.

I have not yet decided which play (my options include "The River Bride," "Solomon's Blade" and "In One Take").

I rather thought that supporting live theatre would be a great way to honor Mr. Rickman on what would have been his 70th birthday. He loved theatre and acting and his fellow actors. So I thought, "Why not support my local community of players?"

I might make this a yearly habit.
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Wednesday, February 03, 2016 at 01:00:08 PM (EST)

Someone on Twitter mentioned that Alan Rickman's funeral took place on 27 January. I'm surprised it hasn't made the news (though it's good they give his family privacy). So sad to know he's gone :-(
Londoner <sassygroundling@gmail.comfoo>
London, - Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 04:26:48 PM (EST)

I just wanted to mention that I discovered a new young (40s) actor with almost as lovely a voice as Alan: Nathan Page who co-stars in the Australian mystery series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries set in the 1920. Life does go on and for every talent we lose, a new one emerges. At any rate I found binge watching these three seasons to be therapeutic. Ann
Ann Williams
- Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 08:03:05 AM (EST)

This was the first board I dared to post on, and I'm so glad that it's still here--thanks to everyone involved! I'm still dumbfounded by the loss of AR. I was lucky enough to meet him ever so briefly at the Bowness Alan Rickman Day and at a couple of stage doors, where I found him to be very considerate of his fans, which was nice. But I had no way of knowing the depth of his kindness, loyalty and generosity as described in the recent outpouring of stories from his friends and loved ones. To me, it confirms what I felt about him as a fan. Through his work, he introduced me to new ideas, led me to further study, brought me together with some very cool people, and propelled me to embark on countless adventures. I cherish it all to this day. Thank you Alan Rickman. I miss you terribly.
- Monday, January 25, 2016 at 03:09:22 PM (EST)

Jo Walton (the author) wrote this about David Hartwell (the Tor editor), but it reminded me so of Mr. Rickman:

Like nitrogen, supporting every breath
Always been there, it seems you always will
So vital, so involved, that is until
A moment brings inevitable death.

I know death finds us all, but you? But why?
You, in the midst of life, one moment there
Then dying flesh, and then an empty chair,
I can't believe it doesn't shake the sky.

Your life is over, not complete, feels wrong
To say "he was" and never "he will be"
When you were there like axioms so long.

What's left is all you did and made, and we
So shaken at the gap where you belong
Counting your loss against eternity.

Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 10:56:13 AM (EST)

So sad I cannot begin to explain. Thank you to the webmistresses who set up this page. It is comforting to know that others understand how I feel.
Spain - Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 03:07:23 AM (EST)

I found this last night and I don't remember ever seeing anyone discuss it on the board. DUST
USA - Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 08:15:42 PM (EST)

My condolences to you all. For myself, I will miss him greatly.
martha c.
Chicago, IL - Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 06:46:35 PM (EST)

Just saw this letter on from mywitch to everstuff: Please don't beat yourself up for grieving over someone you didn't know. I was feeling a bit insane about my own reaction, but I've read some articles recently that explain that the way the human mind works, it forms the same kind of connections whether we love someone we know and are close to, or whether we love someone because of their art. All artists put the very best of themselves into their art, and we respond with the very best of ourselves. Of course you will grieve. It is normal and natural and good to do so. ... I've found some comfort in imagining that since AR is no longer bound by the physicality of being here on earth, he does know us and he knows we love him, and he is glad of it. Our love matters. Love always matters." ... Best regards.
sus <seaymielche@yahoo.comfoo>
- Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 01:57:48 PM (EST)

What though the sea with waves continual
Do eat the earth, it is no more at all
Nor is the earth the less, nor loseth aught;
For whatsoever from one place doth fall
Is with the tide unto another brought;
For there is nothing lost but may be found, if sought . . .

Sorry to disagree with Spenser, but we have indeed lost someone who cannot be replaced. But I'd like to say that what I've found here has meant some of the happiest times of my life, interacting with a witty and tenderhearted and exceptionally civil fanbase for a man of great talent. It's been rare in my experience for any celebrity to bring his fans together like this.

I had the privilege of seeing him on Broadway in Private Lives--one of those much-anticipated adventures that ends up being more wonderful, not less, than you had imagined. I'm glad I got to meet and speak with AR then, if only for those few moments at the stage door.

Rest in peace, Alan. And thanks.

MA <Hugs to all the other fans here . . .foo>
- Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 01:43:11 PM (EST)

So very saddened by the passing of such a talented man. I was late to discover him, and spent many months tracking down his old movies, music videos, TV shows and interviews about two years ago. It was quite an adventure to discover him. I couldn't believe that he started such a rich and sucessful film career so late in life, and that I was so late to notice. I even started a fan letter to him, but regrettably never sent it. For me it was the voice, coupled with really superb acting. And from his interviews, he seemed kind and had a great sense of humor. He is very likeable. It is hard not to be a fan! I very much enjoyed Truly,Madly,Deeply, Snow Cake, and Sense & Sensibility. That is role type I enjoy him in the most. Sweeny Todd was over the top and was fun too. He had many fun movies and interesting characters, for sure. My greatest regret is not seeing him in Les Liaisons Dangereuses! So, I spent last weekend watching my favorite Alan Rickman movies. I got so into the movies, I forgot he had passed away until the movie credits, when the tears started flowing and wouldn't stop. Alan Rickman, RIP and know that you are solely missed.
Dina <Dinavogt@yahoo.comfoo>
Belle Mead, NJ USA - Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 01:50:01 AM (EST)

I had the strangest thing happen today when I went to the cinema to see ROOM today. I walked in while the trailers were playing and I could hear Helen Mirren's voice. I got to my seat and started to take off my coast when I heard Rickman's voice. It was the trailer for EYE IN THE SKY. I looked up and there he was. He might have passed but he will never be gone.
USA - Monday, January 18, 2016 at 07:40:38 PM (EST)

I was lucky to know Alan Rickman for the past four years. I have found him a wonderful man to know. Rest in Peace Alan. There will always be a special place in my heart for you. Love you Alan. Kathryn Rohl
Kathryn Rohl <kathyrohl@gmail.comfoo>
Prince George, BC Canada - Monday, January 18, 2016 at 04:48:17 PM (EST)

Hope you all get this . My last comment didn't post to the Guestbook..
Madonna from Australia
Warwick, Qld Australia - Monday, January 18, 2016 at 12:10:42 AM (EST)

I realize that it has been many years since I posted to this Guestbook, but today I feel drawn to these pages again. Please keep this Guestbook going. I am still stunned at this sad news.. He made us laugh He made us smile and cry. The world is a poorer place today. Alan Rickman was a real, strong and supportive presence to all who knew and loved him. Including all of us here. A true Gentleman. I really feel for his Wife Rima and all his family at this sad time... God Bless and thinking of you all. RIP Alan Rickman.
Madonna from Australia
Warwick, Qld Australia - Monday, January 18, 2016 at 12:04:19 AM (EST)

Please watch this video to honor Mr. Rickman.

This Tortoise Could Save a Life - Ft. Alan Rickman

USA - Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 10:56:18 PM (EST)

Rest in Peace, Alan. The world is a darker place without you in it. Love always, Val
- Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 10:26:07 PM (EST)

I still feel so numb. I have shed not one tear over Alan's passing but I know it is not because I don't care. It's difficult to understand. I know that he has changed my life in a way I could never understand. For a few short years in the beginning of the millennium he brought romance and passion and mystery into my life. I can't forget how exciting everyday was when I was 1st bit by this love for a man I did not know. I was guilty and excited and interested as if I was on some secret journey, always looking for clues, trying to understand why and how this could have happened to my somewhat tepid heart. Of course the past few years have washed off most of the bright colors of those days but if I really try I can bring back that spirit that wonderful man who made me feel so alive, made me feel like a beautiful woman and worthy of love. The fact that he's no longer physically with us is sad but in many ways I feel like I fell in love with the spirit of Alan, the imaginary Alan if you will.

We all knew this day would come but so soon?

Constance ( spatula dropping )
Constance Pappalardo <conpappa@gmail.comfoo>
Cary, NC United States - Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 08:39:44 PM (EST)

Just a reminder that the link to the site for making donations to RADA in memory of Suzanne is still live. Let's make donations in Alan's memory too.
GailR <gail.rayment@sympatico.cafoo>
- Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 05:34:45 PM (EST)

Dear members, Yes, how true, our webmistress is the only happy soul here on the page. Crying, but it feels more easy to grieve when I can write and have my sadness, hopeless understood by others, even online, far away. Bless you all. so much before time...Not right. How do I open and read all the foregoing years archives.? Has the net page URL changed? there used to be pages and pages, going all back to 2oo6, or was it 2oo3? Reading them makes me feel briefly that Alan lives, and someone is going to see him at a theatre - or speculates over his interpretation, or has been speaking at a stagedoor... **... All, writing here, did it out of their heart, and it gives warmth to dive into it. Please don't hide them all. Please Re-instate them , if they have been hidden away- especially now, in our grief. They are needed, and I can only read as far down as this page. then there is a re- direction to a blank page. A cup of tea or coffee feels pointless, I don't know how his family is shouldering their burden? and Rima.. He must have been a constant, like the sun, knowing only him since their late teens. Unhappy, lucky woman. Please keep this site open. It does help in this black time. Warm regards to you all, S.
Susanna <seaymielche@yahoo.comfoo>
Copenhagen, Denmark - Friday, January 15, 2016 at 07:00:30 PM (EST)

Dear Alan, Thank you for being my heaven on Earth. Yours truly, Maria X
Maria x
Croatia - Friday, January 15, 2016 at 02:30:12 PM (EST)

I think the only person associated with this page who was happy yesterday was Suzanne.
Englewood, OH USA - Friday, January 15, 2016 at 09:32:35 AM (EST)

We have all come home to Suzanne and Claudia's pages. Feeling numb beyond belief, finding it hard to even try to take it in. Rest easy, lovely man, we will miss you so much xxxx
- Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 04:35:32 PM (EST)

No, no , not true. I feel so hurt in my heart -deep shock. He looked so wonderfully alive, happy and vital at all the 'A little Chaos' screenings - all over the world. Glad he had the money, help and power and stamina to make his own film after his own taste. A true artist. I was just looking forward to hear more about his new projects- and the premiere of ' Eye in the Sky' and the Victorian crime play. So very, very sad. Can't write any fitting eulogy yet. It feels so wrong to have to do it. Not yet. I have enjoyed reading this wonderful website for years. Please keep it open, so many intelligent archive discussions. Oh god, his wife - many thoughts.
Susanna <seaymielche@yahoo.comfoo>
Copenhagen, Denmark - Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 04:25:28 PM (EST)

Can't speak yet.

Thinking of you all, - Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 04:18:07 PM (EST)

So very sad to hear the news today. Rest in peace, Alan.
- Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 03:34:39 PM (EST)

May Alan rest in peace. God bless him for sharing his immense talent and for all the tears and laughter he gave us.
Ann Williams <awilliams@usj.edufoo>
CT - Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 01:09:48 PM (EST)

We come home to grieve--
Cassandra7 <raw3lins@gmail.comfoo>
- Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 01:08:31 PM (EST)

Rest well. Thank you for all the things you've given the world; you made us laugh, you made us cry, and you made us think. You brought me to this page, to England, and to many new friends and adventures. It was an honor to meet you, and to share the adventure of new movies with friends who, but for you, I'd have never met.

The world is a little darker today, but your legacy shines bright.
maine, - Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 11:56:14 AM (EST)

Journeys end. Thank you for the rollercoaster ride of the past 20 years through films, theatre and stage door meetings. Thank you for being generous with your time with the *smitten*, and leaving a fantastically varied visual and audio legacy for future generations to understand the term RICKMANIAC.

Claire <sc.i@btinternet.comfoo>
Sussex, UK - Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 10:24:11 AM (EST)

My first thought was: "Is this some kid of sick joke?"

Then it was: "No, no, that's Bowie. They got mixed up."

I guess we should have suspected, once he and Rima actually married. Inheritance laws in the UK are complex and expensive.
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 09:25:37 AM (EST)

My first thought was: "What kind of sick joke is this?"

And it isn't one at all. I should have suspected, when he and Rima got married. Inheritance laws in the UK are complex and expensive.
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 09:02:41 AM (EST)

My first thought was: "What kind of sick joke is this?"

And it isn't one at all. I should have suspected, when he and Rima got married. Inheritance laws in the UK are complex and expensive.
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 09:02:02 AM (EST)

USA - Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 08:56:08 AM (EST)

Just heard the very sad news. Had the pleasure of meeting Alan Rickman. He was charismatic, charming, a great consummate actor, who was always low key but still managed to steal a movie! My thoughts go out to all his family. His legacy is a great wealth of film and theatre work which will never be forgotten.
Dianne Lawrence <diannestott909@hotmail.comfoo>
United Kingdom - Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 08:47:54 AM (EST)

So sad to hear about the passing of this great man and talented actor/director. He inspired me in countless ways. The world won't be quite the same when there are no more Alan Rickman films to look forward to.
Sue Wilson <ladyofthewood@carolina.rr.comfoo>
Charlotte, NC 28210 - Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 08:40:30 AM (EST)

I am boggled and bereft.
- Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 08:17:52 AM (EST)

I have just heard the sad news. While I "do FB" these days I immediately thought of this lovely community. I know many will be in shock. Stay strong. You always have him on DVDs. Vale Alan Rickman.
Janine Wallace <>
Bentleigh, VIC Australia - Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 08:10:52 AM (EST)

Very sad news here in UK. Alan has died of cancer at the age of sixty nine. RIP Alan. Thanks for all the wonderful times we have all shared here.
England - Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 07:59:17 AM (EST)

Alan Rickman has died of cancer - as reported by The Telegraph & Guardian
B <boji29@yahoo.comfoo>
UK - Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 07:54:43 AM (EST)

Hello! This website is very interesting
lina <>
Purwokerto, central java Indonesia - Monday, January 11, 2016 at 08:52:28 PM (EST)

Alan's 70th birthday is coming up soon. Really! It would be nice to give a huge donation to RADA in his honor as we have in the past. Does anyone know if the donation page (link at the top of this guestbook) is going to be updated for 2016?
Englewood, OH USA - Saturday, January 09, 2016 at 10:48:52 AM (EST)

Since no one has posted since October I decided it was my turn. :o)

Happiest of happy new years to everyone in the AR world!
Englewood, OH USA - Monday, December 28, 2015 at 10:18:36 AM (EST)

You are the beste ,my friend Alan...
Jocuri <jocuri_in@yahoo.comfoo>
Vaslui, Vaslui Rom�nia - Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 02:59:47 AM (EDT)

Dear Alan, wish you and Rima many happy anniversaries, With love.
maria x
croatia - Saturday, October 03, 2015 at 03:30:09 PM (EDT)

Alan, you are the best !!!! Aaron
Aaron <aaronthreepwood@gmail.comfoo>
UK - Monday, September 07, 2015 at 08:30:55 AM (EDT)

Alan, keep up the good work! David
David Mirren <david.mirren@gmail.comfoo>
London, UK - Wednesday, September 02, 2015 at 03:09:08 AM (EDT)

From the Hollywood Reporter The 20 Best British Villains.
- Friday, July 03, 2015 at 07:08:03 PM (EDT)

Jonathon Pryce has also married his partner of 43 years. Must be an English thing? Just a personal opinion, but if one keeps it secret and doesn't wish to wear a ring and has been together dog years,why bother getting married?
- Monday, April 27, 2015 at 02:29:16 AM (EDT)

Here is the link: Rickman marries Rima Horton.
- Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 07:11:07 PM (EDT)

Alan Rickman and Rima Horton have gotten married! Many Congratulations! Rickman Marries Rima Horton.
Penny S.
- Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 10:46:58 AM (EDT)

A Little Chaos at Blenheim Palace

Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet was also filmed at Blenheim Palace.
- Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12:28:31 PM (EDT)

Just listened to this delightful interview.

Alan Rickman talks directing A Little Chaos and how women respond to his voice. No idea what the man's talking about, of course.
maine, - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 at 09:31:29 PM (EDT)

AR school acting memorabilia 1958-64

Thanks to Ali-Pat and Anna Z for responding to my earlier post

Just to let you all know that I posted my collection of AR school acting memorabilia (programmes, tickets etc) when I was at school with him, on Ebay today #331519534552.

Chris Tyrrell <cjc.tyrrell@which.netfoo>
Aylesbury, Bucks England - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 at 01:05:00 PM (EDT)

Great article about The Barchester Chronicles with film clips:

Baddies in Books: Obadiah Slope, the calculating curate.
Englewood, OH USA - Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 08:27:52 AM (EDT)

Sorry Stephanie--I do not know the answer to your question. This is the first time I have encountered that particular Role Not Taken .
Englewood, OH USA - Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 08:25:22 AM (EDT)

Does anyone know whom Alan Rickman was to play in Gosford Park? He spoke of it in his Australian interview/s, but not which role it was. I guess the obvious would be the Michael Gambon part but he I love to see him play against type - maybe the Alan Bates, butler role.

BTW, it came up because he said his favourite film is "Nashville" by Robert Altman and was excited to work with him in Gosford Park but declined because he couldn't get a handle on the character.
Stephanie <>
Adelaide, SA Australia - Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 07:31:00 AM (EDT)

Some big news

BAFTA To Host �A Life In Pictures� With Alan Rickman Share 26 March 2015 Alan RickmanBAFTA/Doug McKenzie �BAFTA A Life in Pictures: Alan Rickman�, sponsored by Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, will take place on Wednesday 15 April London, Thursday 26 March: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced that BAFTA-winning actor Alan Rickman will discuss his craft and career at a special �BAFTA A Life in Pictures� event at BAFTA�s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London, on Wednesday 15 April. The event is sponsored by Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management. �BAFTA A Life in Pictures� is a long-running series of onstage interviews in which some of the film world�s leading talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft. The series has hosted such figures as Kenneth Branagh, Cate Blanchett, Jim Broadbent, David Fincher, Tom Hanks, Ethan Hawke, Dustin Hoffman, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Quentin Tarantino, Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone. Alan Rickman began his acting career in theatre, where his credits include a Tony nomination for his performance in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. His feature film debut came in the 1988 alongside Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Since then he has appeared in over forty films, including the entire Harry Potter series, Sweeney Todd and Love Actually. Rickman was awarded a BAFTA in 1992 for his role as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. In the same year, he was also BAFTA-nominated for his lead role in Truly, Madly, Deeply. He received two further BAFTA nominations in 1996 and 1997, for Sense and Sensibility and Michael Collins respectively. Alan Rickman made his directorial debut in 1997 with The Winter Guest, starring Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law. He recently directed and co-wrote his second feature film, A Little Chaos, in which he also stars with Kate Winslet and Stanley Tucci. The film premiered as the Closing Gala at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and opens in the UK on Friday 17 April. Rickman will next be seen in Eye in the Sky, co-starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Colin Firth and Barkhad Abdi, and will reprise his role as the Blue Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. Public tickets for �BAFTA A Life in Pictures: Alan Rickman� will go on sale at 13.00 on Thursday 2 April. To book tickets, go to Recordings of previous events in the series are available on BAFTA Guru, BAFTA�s online learning channel (
New Zealand - Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 10:27:25 PM (EDT)

Terrific interview and article about ALC from ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp)!

Alan Rickman, British actor and director, says new film A Little Chaos draws 'modern parallels' for women
Englewood, OH USA - Friday, March 20, 2015 at 08:20:19 AM (EDT)

Wow. That's quite a collection, Chris! If no one from the various fan boards grabs this I suggest eBay.
Ali-Pat <ali-pat@earthlink.netfoo>
Englewood, OH USA - Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 11:17:48 AM (EDT)

I too went to Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith on a scholarship but a year after Alan did. I have been going through my memorabilia in my loft and come across several documents relating to Alan's performances - programmes - but also an issue of 'The Latymerian' whose frontispiece is his costume as 'Sir Epicure Mammon'. I would like to dispose of these - any suggestions as to the best way?
Chris Tyrrell <cjc.tyrrell@which.netfoo>
Aylesbury, Bucks England - Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 03:21:17 PM (EDT)

Another festival, another award:

Alan Rickman to open Febiofest
Englewood, OH USA - Monday, March 02, 2015 at 09:22:13 AM (EST)

Here is how Alan spent his birthday--sounds like a perfect way for him to celebrate!

Glasgow Film Festival: Alan Rickman's Birthday Chaos
Englewood, OH USA - Monday, February 23, 2015 at 09:25:36 AM (EST)

A Little Chaos will be shown at the Ilkley Film Festival (in Yorkshire), Feb 18-22.

And here's another article about the Sydney Film Festival .
Englewood, OH USA - Saturday, February 07, 2015 at 10:03:30 AM (EST)

It is film festival season and Alan will be making the rounds with A Little Chaos. So far he is scheduled to appear at the Sydney Film Festival and the Sonoma International Film Festival, though details are sketchy on that one.

I am thrilled for Australian fans--you get so few opportunities to see him!
Englewood, OH USA - Friday, February 06, 2015 at 10:05:40 AM (EST)

Dust, the film in which Alan offers a new interpretation of the Tooth Fairy, is up for a National Film Award. Cast your vote here
Englewood, OH USA - Thursday, February 05, 2015 at 06:45:22 AM (EST)

It makes me very sad to pass along this news:

Miss Marple Actress Geraldine McEwen Dies Aged 82.

I loved her performance in Barchester Chronicles, Robin Hood, and any other time she appeared on film.
Englewood, OH USA - Sunday, February 01, 2015 at 09:21:04 AM (EST)

Anna, to quote the text at the top of this page: "Alan Rickman doesn't actually read this Guestbook (at least we don't think he does!), so if you have anything you'd like to say to him personally, might I suggest you write him through his agency".

There is a link in that text to this address: Alan Rickman c/o Independent Talent Group 40 Whitfield Street London W1T 2HR England UK 011-44-171-636-6565

If you write to him and include a SASE, you will probably get a reply from his PA. Good luck!
Englewood, OH USA - Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 07:35:12 AM (EST)

Hi does Alan ever come on here? If so, just wanna say "I love you baby!"
- Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 07:34:24 AM (EST)

R, um, the test was successful.

Best wishes for your NZ jaunt!
Englewood, OH USA - Thursday, January 08, 2015 at 06:47:40 AM (EST)

Test yeah yeah you know the drill
- Tuesday, January 06, 2015 at 04:55:16 PM (EST)

Barbara, NZ in my future!
Excited!, - Tuesday, January 06, 2015 at 04:51:48 PM (EST)

Barbara, NZ in my future. We can email if you like . . .
Excited! , - Tuesday, January 06, 2015 at 04:37:20 PM (EST)

Thank you, Pam! The same to you and to all who celebrate.
Englewood, OH USA - Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 10:58:41 AM (EST)

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!!! Have a fun and safe holiday. All the best for 2015
MA USA - Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 09:21:25 PM (EST)

Mr Rickman has instantly became immortal as the mysterious Professor Snape, making the character an image of himself.
Adam Livon <nabuchodonosor@wp.plfoo>
Rzesz�w, Poland - Tuesday, December 09, 2014 at 03:07:13 PM (EST)

Hey Snapey. U still so cute, love u sooooooooooooo much. All the best baby Rickman, hope to c u soon. XXXXXXXXXX
Lancaster, England - Wednesday, December 03, 2014 at 05:29:35 AM (EST)

Love all of your performances particularly in the Harry Potter series, my fav character! Jackpot Genius
Jackpot Genius <jackpotgenius@gmail.comfoo>
Colchester, UK - Monday, November 17, 2014 at 06:37:09 AM (EST)

Have a good and safe day, all you Rickmaniacs. Anyone dressing up as one of Alan's characters today? ;-D

MA (sporting the steampunk librarian look)
- Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:50:11 AM (EDT)

*****Possible spoilers*****

"Eye in the Sky: Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman. The hot button thriller follows the complicated chain of authority that is firmly yanked when a new wrinkle enters a drone mission. The focus is on a few characters involved, including military intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powell (Mirren), remotely commanding a drone operation to locate terrorists in Nairobi."
- Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:11:06 AM (EDT)

"No, I�m going off to do something about terrorism next! Not as a director at the moment, no, I am going to put my acting shoes back on. This film gets released in the spring, so then I�ll be doing this again."--AR, when asked if he had plans for a period history film next.
Yes we like the acting shoes. - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:30:06 AM (EDT)

Looking good!
Englewood, OH 45322 - Sunday, October 05, 2014 at 09:02:23 AM (EDT)

Photo of Alan Rickman visiting Sting, The Ship production.
Nz - Saturday, October 04, 2014 at 10:10:44 PM (EDT)

I love Alan Rickman and want to meet him someday he is the only actor I have ever wanted to meet.
Katrina Luper <Dracwiths@yahoo. comfoo>
LewisTon, id United States - Monday, September 08, 2014 at 12:42:11 AM (EDT)

I have been so in awe of Alan Rickman from the first time I saw him. Would give almost anything to meet him! I sincerely believe he is the most amazingly talented actor and the most handsome man I've ever known! Endlessly your biggest fan! Tori R. Hix Williamson Tori Hix@ Facebook .com
Tori R. Hix Williamson <torihixwilliamson4@gmail.comfoo>
Grand Saline, Tx United States - Monday, August 18, 2014 at 02:19:27 PM (EDT)

Hi, Haven't posted anything here for many months. Tried just now in vain to post something; this is an experiment, to see if the text takes. pia susanna
pia susanna <susanna.roxman@telia.comfoo>
Edinburgh, UK - Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 08:39:36 AM (EDT)

Hi, Just wanted to drop in, after many months, and see if it's business as usual! And it is! I'm glad. All best, to everybody,
pia susanna <susanna.roxman@telia.comfoo>
Edinburgh, UK - Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 08:27:50 AM (EDT)

Looks like Alan will be back as The Voice of the Caterpillar:

Michael Sheen Returning to Wonderland.

(Yes, I'm stillllll here!)
Englewood, OH USA - Tuesday, August 05, 2014 at 08:42:50 AM (EDT)

Hello Madonna from Qld Janine in Melbourne still is about although I am usually found on FB. cheers Janine
Janine Wallace <>
Bentleigh, victoria Australia - Monday, August 04, 2014 at 06:47:25 AM (EDT)

Hello everyone it must be 12 years or more since I posted here. Good to read Ali - Pat & Claudia from New Zealand. It has been a while but would like to ask what Alan is doing right now? Any chance he will come down under to Australia? Thanks to all. Any other fans out there from Australia?
Madonna from Australia
Qld Australia - Friday, August 01, 2014 at 11:03:00 AM (EDT)

James Shigeta, the actor who played Mr. Takagi in Die Hard, has died.

James Shigeta Dies at 85
Englewood, OH USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 06:48:35 AM (EDT)

I have removed the spam from FOF. At the moment no one will be able to post. I noticed that some of the stories seem to have got corrupted, so i will go back to my files, and hopefully i have a recent back up that I can replace them with.
Claudia <>
New Zealand - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:17:50 PM (EDT)

Changes not happening to Fof, not being saved when i delete things. Going to have to find someone with a computer. I tried changing the password, and even that didnt save.
New Zealand - Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 03:27:22 PM (EDT)

Goodness Gracious!
- Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 09:43:42 AM (EDT)

Fof is under attack by spammers. I have tried blockng ip addresses, but at the moment they are posting faster than i can delete. Sorry for the issues. Hopefully sorted soon.
wellngton, New Zealand - Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 04:11:28 AM (EDT)

Hi Everybody, I hope you're all well. It has been years since I haven t been there but still Alan and this fan page will always have a special place in my life..
Paris, France - Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 06:58:47 AM (EDT)

Alan Rickman's 'A Little Chaos' to Close Toronto Film Festival

- Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:26:04 PM (EDT)

Hello, Hannah! Nice to meet you.

Sorry, but there is no email address to which you can post your fan mail. But if you send a letter to the address provided on this website and enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope, you will very likely get a reply (and probably a photo if you request one).

Keep us informed!
Englewood, OH USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at 09:09:35 AM (EDT)

Hi, I'm a HUGE fan of Alan, I think he's fantastic and love him in everything he's in! My favourites are Truly, Madly, Deeply... Die Hard... Snow cake and his portrayals of Professor Snape in Harry Potter. I was just wondering if there was an e-mail which you can send fan messages to instead of an address to send letters? Thanks, Hannah x
Hannah <hannahsmyth97@icloud.comfoo>
Ireland - Monday, June 30, 2014 at 07:32:41 PM (EDT)

Thanks Alan for bringing such a unique acting talent to our screens and theatres! One of the UK's greatest talents. Keep on rocking!
Bingo Starr <>
London, UK - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 07:04:33 AM (EDT)

There's an interesting poll at Internet Movie Database right now: If you were the hero of a film, which villain would you least like to be up against?

Our man as Hans Gruber is second, exceeded only by Doctor Hannibal Lecter. Makes sense, I suppose. After all, Hans would only kill you, but Doctor Lecter would both kill you and eat you. And if you're lucky, he'd do it in that order. =8-O

Here are the poll results for the curious:

Wouldn't mind being "up against" Hans . . . rowwwwrrrrrrr., - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 09:34:01 AM (EDT)

​From the Hollywood Reporter:

​ ​Italy's Giffoni Fest to Honor Alan Rickman​

​ Europe's largest film fest for young viewers will present the actor with a special award named for Francois Truffault. Prolific film and stage actor Alan Rickman will be honored with a special lifetime achievement prize at next month's Giffoni Film Festival, the event's organizerClaudio Gubitosi announced Thursday.

​ Giffoni, which takes place in the historic and picturesque Italian village of Giffoni Valle Piana, near Naples, is the oldest and largest children�s film festival in Europe. It is also one of the most popular fests in Italy in terms of attendance, with more than 100,000 attendees expected.

​ Rickman, 68, is a classically trained actor who became known for his stage work before making his film debut in 1988 in the Bruce Willis thriller Die Hard. He also played a key role in 2003 comedy Love Actually and had a cameo role as Ronald Reagan in Lee Daniels' award winning​ ​The Butler last year.

​ But to the young moviegoers at Giffoni, Rickman will be best known for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.He will be presented with a special award named for French auteur Francois Truffault.​ ​The 43rd edition of the festival will take place July 18-27, with Rickman's award scheduled to be presented July 23.
- Friday, June 13, 2014 at 03:12:18 PM (EDT)

William <william_99@yahoo.comfoo>
Miami, FL USA - Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 02:47:21 AM (EDT)

Thanks, Ali-Pat. I suppose that counts as "starting" his career, and likely AR was glad to be cast. His looks did not yet match his voice, and so it's just . . . well, a quirky combination, as you say. Until you get used to it. *grin*
Side Note: there is one moment in CBGB when he slides his fingers over the top of guitar case. When he's at the chicken "farm". , - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 12:27:14 PM (EDT)

I looked him up, Renie--he directed the BBC production of Romeo and Juliet in which a skinny Alan appears in tights, sporting mushroom-cap hair and a fathomless voice. Quite a startling combination for the uninitiated.

Thanks for the book info!
Englewood, OH USA - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 09:05:34 AM (EDT)

"From the pen of acclaimed writer, director and producer Alvin Rakoff � credited with starting the careers of actors Sir Sean Connery and Alan Rickman � comes a gripping new thriller about a secret plot to clone not one but seven Albert Einsteins."

Never heard of this guy.
- Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 09:24:58 PM (EDT)

What an amazing talent and smokin hot.
Laurie Wonders <hrhlaurie@yahoo.comfoo>
Falcon, CO US - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 11:57:09 PM (EDT)

Happy 450th to William Shakespeare! He's certainly played his part in the doings around here, especially "next door" at Flights of Fancy. And his work as declaimed by AR's velvet voice . . . mmmmmmm.

Exit, pursued by a bear,

- Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:42:21 AM (EDT)

He said the_EXACT word for word same thing to me about giving him chocolates. Maybe he should get a t shirt to wear so that he doesn't have to keep saying it, although his costars and crew probably don't mind eating those chocolates for him
- Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 05:40:27 AM (EDT)

From the NYT review of "A Promise": *spoiler-ish* The review mentions a lush score from Gabriel Yared who penned the incomparable score of "The English Patient".

"An incalculable asset is the presence of Mr. Rickman, whose character, Karl Hoffmeister is a wealthy, ailing German steel manufacturer. Through minute changes of expression and tone of voice, Mr. Rickman is a master of insinuation and ambiguity. As he stealthily observes his beautiful, much younger wife, Lotte (Ms. Hall) resisting her attraction to his bright, handsome new young assistant, Friedrich (Mr. Madden), you�re never quite sure if he wants to kill Friedrich or adopt him."

Shakespeare's birthday is coming right up---tomorrow Sunday 20 April is the broadcast on BBC Radio of Antony and Cleopatra, with Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston. Wish I could have seen AR's Antony. (And foo on the critics)
- Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12:48:21 PM (EDT)

He does like chocolates but he doesn't like getting them because of always having to watch his boyish figure-I brought him some during Private Lives and he fussed about not getting into his costume and told me not to do it again-he said he passed them around, so I don't think he ate them all himself-I can see him getting 500 or more boxes of chocolates---LOL
Simon Andras Peter <simonandraspeter@gmail.comfoo>
Budapest, Budapest Magyarorsz�g - Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:32:39 AM (EDT)

Love this page.
Monika Fagerholm <Monika.Fagerholm@gmx.sefoo>
Sweden - Friday, April 11, 2014 at 04:06:12 AM (EDT)

Happy St. Patrick's to all you Rickmaniacs! Today might be a good day to break out that copy of Michael Collins and have another look at AR's performance as Dev . . .

Wearing the green!, - Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10:44:01 AM (EDT)

About LIndsay Duncan, NY Times. March 2014:

Job offers started to come from London, notably the invitation to join the Royal Shakespeare Company and play Marquise de Merteuil opposite Alan Rickman�s Vicomte de Valmont in Christopher Hampton�s new �Liaisons Dangereuses� in 1985. Ms. Duncan was initially reluctant to commit to the full-time touring schedule. (It was about that time when she met Hilton McRae, to whom she�s married; they have a grown son.) �But I knew it was extraordinary,� she said. �The play came off the press a classic.�

Ms. Duncan�s icily seductive performance won her an Olivier award and a Tony nomination, but when the play was made into a Hollywood movie, the role went to Glenn Close. Asked if her life might have taken a different turn had that decision been different, Ms. Duncan shrugged.

�I was so lucky to create that role in a wonderful production when everyone was at their best,� she said. �You always remember the delicacy of the work you do on a new play � the delicacy and the rigor and the courage. It�s easier to find that in the theater, although �Le Weekend� is absolutely up there.�
- Monday, March 10, 2014 at 07:23:02 PM (EDT)

Many, many thanks to all who donated to the RADA fund for Alan's birthday. The total is really growing! It is not too late to donate--the fund is open all year.
Englewood, OH USA - Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 10:25:27 AM (EST)

Dear AR, On your birthday - let me send U the Most heartfelt wishes 4 the days 2 come... XX
Maria X
Croatia - Friday, February 21, 2014 at 06:13:27 AM (EST)

Thanks everyone for the RADA contibutions so far, in Suzanne's memory, and for Alan's birthday.
Claudia <Webmistress.alan.rickman@gmail.comfoo>
New Zealand - Monday, February 17, 2014 at 04:41:00 PM (EST)

This is Birthday Week!!!! Alan's birthday is Friday, February 21.

Every year I encourage fans to contribute to the fund supporting RADA that was created several years ago by members of this very Guestbook. The name has changed--it is no longer the Alan Rickman Birthday Fund--but the focus remains the support of RADA students. And contributing to this fund is STILL an excellent way to honor Alan and celebrate his birthday.

So please, click on the link at the top of this page that says Alan Rickman Fan Page in Memory of Suzanne and give as much as you feel you can. As Alan told me, "every bit helps" (or words to that effect--I was pretty dazzled when I spoke to him about it).

Alan (and Suzanne) will thank you for it.
Englewood, OH USA - Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 09:19:15 AM (EST)

Brilliant performance for HP:DH2. I watched all of the performances that he lost his best supporting actor to and I feel he was robbed every time; none compared to his penseive memory scene in their ability to evoke the deepest emotion and sympathy for the character.
Jeremy Pelletier <Freyachobi@hotmail.comfoo>
Phoenix, Arizona United States - Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:37:21 AM (EST)

I received a Facebook notice yesterday that it was Suzanne's birthday. I still cannot believe she is gone.

In her memory, and to honor Alan's birthday later this month, I hope everyone will consider contributing to the Memorial Fund linked at the top of this page. Your contribution will make two February babies smile (Suzanne for the honor, Alan for the RADA support).

You live on in our hearts, Suzanne.
Englewood, OH USA - Friday, February 14, 2014 at 07:05:09 AM (EST)

Does anyone know which Alan-directed play is referenced in this article?

Sanderson Battles On.
Englewood, OH USA - Thursday, February 06, 2014 at 06:53:06 AM (EST)

I'm so sad to read about Suzanne. The fact that I came back here after what feels like ages just to tell about my seeing Lindsay Duncan in "Le Weekend" shows what wonderful home she made for so many of us here even if we never met in person. A place where you felt you could always come back to and be warmly welcome. Thank you so much for everything.
mortianna <mortianna02@yahoo.defoo>
- Wednesday, February 05, 2014 at 12:25:40 PM (EST)

does anyone know if alan is doing any meet and greets or appearances in the UK at any point this year?
chloe <>
Newcastle, England - Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 07:07:29 PM (EST)

Whatever you think best Claudia. It would be an awful shame for this forum to disappear or be spoiled. We owe it to Suzanne to keep it accessible for old time's sake.
England - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 04:38:27 PM (EST)

Hi Alan Rickman fans.
I am looking at moving the guestbook and FOF back to Dreambooks. While this didn't work so well when these pages were being used frequently, and for long posts, it makes more sense to do so now we aren't so busy.
I plan to archive all the current content, and hopefully set up a working search so its easy to find things.
Dreambooks should make it easier for several people to act as administrators and be able to easily block IP addresses of hackers and spammers, and delete individual posts, without affecting the whole of the guestbook.
Please could you let me know if you have any objections to this. I do want to keep everything going and maintained in Suzanne's memory. But ultimately, it is here for you, so let me know.

Claudia <webmistress.alan.rickman@gmail.comfoo>
NZ - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 02:41:05 PM (EST)

Welcome to 2014--Happy New Year to all.
- Monday, January 06, 2014 at 07:46:01 PM (EST)

AR is lending his name (and his face--see tiny photo on right side of page) to the No Glory petition.
Englewood, OH USA - Monday, January 06, 2014 at 07:02:35 AM (EST)

I knew Suzy almost all my life, so sad about her passing...also a huge Alan Rickman/Die Hard fan...seen the movie probably 75 times...this is a really nice way to remember Suzy. I will miss her greatly.
Dan S. <shannondanno@att.netfoo>
Houston, Tx USA - Saturday, January 04, 2014 at 09:19:37 PM (EST)

Happy 2014 to everyone! This year we have two films to look forward to: A Promise and A Little Chaos. Will Alan return to the stage this year? Will he accept a film or tv role that will make us pant with anticipation? Fingers crossed!
Englewood, OH USA - Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 09:01:40 AM (EST)

Dear Alan, Wish you happy holidays and a Xmassy new year!
maria x
- Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 01:06:12 PM (EST)

Merry Christmas, everyone!
Englewood, OH USA - Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 10:16:43 AM (EST)

I like this page very much!
Munzifa <mary-k-93@mail.rufoo>
Khujand, Tajikistan - Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:23:33 PM (EST)

I am saddened to hear of Suzanne's passing. Yet all my prayers are that one more angel is now in the heavens.
- Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:01:27 AM (EST)

Very nice to see you here again, Gilda. Don't be a stranger!

Suzanne's passing was a great shock to us all. I am so glad I knew her as long as I did, which was not long at all, really.
Englewood, OH USA - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 07:01:50 AM (EST)

Hello, all, I have been away many years and had hoped to look up some information on AR as I used to here, knowing this would be the only place for trusted AR information. Sadly, I learned Suzanne had passed earlier this year, and I'm so sad over this. What a sweet woman and gentle soul. Thanks to her dedication to AR and all of us for keeping us together.
Gilda <gildaccfoo>
CT USA - Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 02:15:00 AM (EST)

Dear all. I have recently moved the Alan Rickman website (not the guestbooks) to a new host. This may cause some teething problems and brocken links. It should all stablise within a couple of days.

But, if you notice any broken links, or odd occurences, please can you email me, so I can make sure everything is working as it should. Thanks for your patience.
Claudia <Webmistress.alan.rickman@gmail.comfoo>
NZ - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 02:04:08 PM (EST)

Hi Ali-Pat, Yes, he sure turned down some interesting roles! The other day Quigley down under was on TV-wasnt he great??He makes such a good "bad guy"-LOL off to get chinese food for supper-have a good one.
MA USA - Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 04:36:16 PM (EST)

Hi Pam!

The list of films Alan did not make is just as interesting as the list of films he did make--in some cases even more interesting! I used to keep a list of them but I am no longer able to update the information.
Englewood, OH USA - Thursday, November 07, 2013 at 07:52:14 AM (EST)

Just had to check out the James Bond website to see if AR ever did play a role. I found out that he tested for James Bond in 1993 but didnt get the part. Instead, he was offered the part of Alec Trevelynn James bonds nemesis!!!WOW-he would have been fantastic.
MA USA - Tuesday, November 05, 2013 at 10:24:05 PM (EST)

Ali-Pat, Thanks so much for the great link below! Enjoyed it so much. Here is a good question for all the Ar fans. My husband was watching a James Bond Marathon and he told me Alan Rickman was in one..I didnt know he was in a james bond movie-Not sure but I thought he was watching diamonds are forever.(knowing my husband it was probably someone that looked like Ar-LOL) Any help would be appreciated as I am now very curious-will have to see if he is listed in any of those movies. Have a nice evening and take care, Pam
MA USA - Tuesday, November 05, 2013 at 09:33:47 PM (EST)

Suggestion: Alan Rickman as choreographer George Balanchine in a movie. Missed opportunity?: AR as the school director in "Black Swan".
House Elfie
- Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 09:07:31 PM (EDT)

Thanks for that link, Ali-Pat!

"You have a script, and then you shoot it, and some of it's planned and some of it's improvised. You have to kind of work around the weather and the budget and time and how long you're at a location or not. And then, a mysterious force called film tells you what to cut and what to keep."-- AR

Also a good editor. *koff* Rough House Editorial *koff*
*wink*, - Monday, October 14, 2013 at 08:25:00 PM (EDT)

With respect to Mr. Scott--the film is not a documentary and the facts were manipulated for the sake of entertainment. Is it a perfect film? No. But I enjoyed it.

Something else to enjoy: Alan on NPR's All Things Considered talking about Hilly Kristal and CBGB.
Englewood, OH USA - Monday, October 14, 2013 at 06:54:39 AM (EDT)

The New York Times on Miller's CBGB:

"I will leave it to others to point out the film�s lapses of chronology, taste and historical detail. But on the other hand, I would swear on a stack of Dead Boys T-shirts and a first pressing of Richard Hell and the Voidoids� �Blank Generation� that it could not possibly have been like that: so silly, so trivial, so boring." -- AO Scott

I am not surprised that the critic's review and every comment which follows is purely negative. Director Randall Miller wrote and directed it (with a co-writing credit for his wife) which is often--and is especially in this case--the kiss of death. (Apologies to his wife.) Writer/directors should have someone on board to tell them when there's no "there" there.

Disclaimer - I have not seen it, and will pass on this one. , The trailer was enough to tip the scale. - Friday, October 11, 2013 at 08:59:06 PM (EDT)

- Friday, October 11, 2013 at 07:01:25 AM (EDT)

Alan is a walking love potion himself. You just fall for him at first sight and sound (his voice, awww xxx). When you watch him as Professor Snape you start thinking of black velvet. XXXXX
UK - Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 08:49:44 AM (EDT)

A couple of reviews for The Promise. Not good, not good.

A Promise: Venice Review

Venice Film Festival 2013 Day
Englewood, OH USA - Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 09:40:30 AM (EDT)

I am looking for any and all photos of artwork that Alan has done, can anyone help me please. I would really appreciate it!
Becky Benson <markbenson_1@cobridge.tvfoo>
TX - Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 01:01:24 AM (EDT)

Alan contributed some original art to a fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital--very sweet! You can see his handful of hearts in a vase here.
Englewood, OH USA - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 at 07:03:40 AM (EDT)

Just wanted to say what an incredible assest to your craft you have been throughout your career. Thank you for such a diverse array of emotions while watching you perform. I wish you all the happiness that you have given others. Best to you always. Lisa
Lisa <moksusamsara@gmail.comfoo>
Lake Havasu City , AZ USA - Monday, September 02, 2013 at 08:23:43 PM (EDT)

Anglo Fan Favourites Hiddleston v Rickman Alan is now (surprisingly) trailing. 2% ahead at 02.00am (GMT) this morning and now he is behind by 18% difference ratio 9_10% in real terms. Are the Hiddlestoner's up all night? Odd indeed. Please VOTE for Alan now, little and often. Thanks for your support. Link in post below.
Bluebeatbabe <Dorothy_Langman@hotmail.comfoo>
Sheffield, UK - Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 06:42:27 AM (EDT)

Alan's in the finals of the BBC's 2013 Man of the Year.

He's up against Tom Hiddleston (Loki in The Avengers), and losing handily. Vote daily! ;)
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Friday, August 23, 2013 at 12:16:21 PM (EDT)

Alan is sooooooo cute. I've seen him as Sev Snape for the first time and then I was told to check him out on the web. He actually looks like my ex, lol (he WAS hot but I split with him and don't want him back)! Even now Alan is still hot and you just have to fall for him. Love you Alan XXXXXXXXXXX (By the way, nice website!)
- Friday, August 23, 2013 at 07:51:22 AM (EDT)

Alan is sooo cute xxxx
- Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 08:05:43 AM (EDT)

I saw The Butler this weekend and really enjoyed it, especially Alan's part. Anybody else see it?
Englewood, OH USA - Monday, August 19, 2013 at 06:35:55 AM (EDT)

My 2nd cousin once removed Harold James Body purchased Goldenhurst estate in 1924 and I understand he rented it to Noel Coward for �50 per annum and then sold it to Noel Coward in 1926/7 for �500. I cannot believe this as he had just sold Haffenden Farm St.Marys for �5795 Appx and purchased Hope Farm again in 1924. �500 seems a small amount for the farmhouse over 100 acres and outhouse. Noel coward converted the Barn into another Property. Now the property of Mr Julian Clary.
Ivor Body <i.body@sky.comfoo>
Rustington, West Sussex England - Friday, August 16, 2013 at 06:47:20 AM (EDT)

A nice review of The Butler, which opens tonight in many US cinemas.
Englewood, OH USA - Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 10:39:43 AM (EDT)

Oh, there's a BBC voting contest and Alan's in it: Anglo Fan Favorites Tournament, Men of 2013: Quarterfinals

He's up against Mr. Tennant right now....
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:56:42 AM (EDT)

A Promise will premiere at the Venice Film Festival. I'm really looking forward to this one--hope it makes it to US theaters!
Englewood, OH USA - Friday, August 09, 2013 at 07:08:25 AM (EDT)

How suitable, Renie! I�m so glad -- I�m sure Suzanne would have liked this very much.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Wednesday, August 07, 2013 at 05:06:38 PM (EDT)

As many of you know, in the spring our community lost a woman of great heart. Suzanne Kurtz was a wonderful and giving person. We miss her and are thankful for all she brought to, and inspired in, the Rickman community. Her Alan Rickman Fan Pages were a "starting point" for many adventures, other sites and friendships.

Suzanne is now remembered here in a Memorial Tribute to benefit RADA.
- Monday, August 05, 2013 at 11:40:34 AM (EDT)

This article has a (very) brief shoutout to Rickman. It's about communication and using the example that RADA sets for its students: Think. Breathe. Speak.
Barbara the W
- Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 05:51:05 PM (EDT)

Always supporting all those who expose this massive problem of corruption in our communities. From all your friends at Tom Thumb. Thank you.
David Marsh <>
Scunthorpe,, North Lincolnshire.U United Kingdom - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 07:38:11 AM (EDT)

Just one of the best actors in the world..I greatly appreciate all of your hard work in film and theater .. Jimmy p
Jimmy Pressley <press8084@aol.comfoo>
Knoxville , TN usa - Monday, July 29, 2013 at 10:14:12 PM (EDT)

In Bristol: At the 19th Brief Encounter's Short Film Festival -- Aneil Karia�s Beat, starring Ben Whishaw; and Ben Ockrent�s Dust featuring Alan Rickman and Jody Whittaker.
- Friday, July 26, 2013 at 12:28:29 PM (EDT)

If you are in NYC in October, you might be able to catch the premiere of CBGB.
Englewood, OH USA - Friday, July 26, 2013 at 08:49:48 AM (EDT)

Another Alan alum has died. Dennis Farina, who put in such a memorable appearance arguing with Alan about wine in Bottle Shock, passed away on Monday at the age of 69.
Englewood, OH USA - Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 08:22:45 AM (EDT)

Good luck in your bidding, Georgina! How sad, though, to think that someone is letting a treasure like that go. There has obviously been a lot of time and money invested in its collection and creation....
Englewood, OH USA - Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 07:32:15 AM (EDT)

OMG! Look what just came up on e bay! Time to check out the bank balance I think.

Alan Rickman Autograph and Private Lives memorabilia
GA - Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:50:55 PM (EDT)

Hi, Sue--greetings back at you!

Here is a nice little article about our favorite "late bloomer".

Other Bloomers and Shakers: Alan Rickman.

Englewood, OH USA - Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 07:50:31 AM (EDT)

Hello Rickfans, Happy Thursday.
UK - Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 05:58:33 AM (EDT)

Mark your calendars; CBGC hits the screens in the US on October 11..
Englewood, OH USA - Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:18:59 AM (EDT)

Trouble ahead for The Butler?

The Butler Title Fight
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 at 09:28:59 AM (EDT)

We want to thank all of you for your expression of sympathy on the loss of our beloved Suzanne. We miss her so terribly. She was truly a blessing sent to us to make this world a better place. I hope these pages will stay alive as she put a lot of work into them. Suzanne loved Alan Rickman and she loved all of you, fans, you were apart of her family.
Suzanne's Mom & Dad <ritak423@yahoo.comfoo>
Shiner, TX USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 07:15:25 PM (EDT)

I am heartbroken to hear of the loss of Suzanne. I don't post much and it has been a while since visiting the site. This was the first and best site I found when I fell in love with AR in 2001. She kept everything running well and provided such a good source of information and fun.
Kat <katholtz@sbcglobal.netfoo>
Kent, OH USA - Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 11:42:49 PM (EDT)

Oh I have not visited for a while. Sad to hear about Suzanne. He kindness was always appreciated. cheers Janine
Janine Wallace <>
Bentleigh, Vic Australia - Saturday, June 08, 2013 at 10:28:43 AM (EDT)

Thank you, BTW--all very nice (including the NSFW one).
Englewood, OH USA - Saturday, June 08, 2013 at 09:25:12 AM (EDT)

One of the posters on the lovely Rickman LJ community shared some gifs from "Gambit."

She preceded that with excerpts from a striking b&w photoshoot by Carlos Lumi�re.

Keep going 'til you get to the NotSafeForWork link. There's a fun gif inside--but it's really not safe for work. Or children :D
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Friday, June 07, 2013 at 10:37:14 AM (EDT)

For me??
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 09:15:25 AM (EDT)

For Pia, pardon this OT, but love your ultra-expressive Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin! wish AR would do TV, but then he would'nt be famous for being "un"famous anymore?!
quick lurk and gone
- Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:39:06 AM (EDT)

I am so sorry to learn of Suzanne's passing. This guestbook has been my source of information about Alan Rickman since I became a fan, sometime around 'Truly Madly Deeply.' I found out about Private Lives here, and was very happily able to see him in it in London and in New York. I have really enjoyed the camaraderie in these pages. Thank you Suzanne for taking care of us here.
Chicago, il USA - Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:12:42 AM (EDT)

To a gentle, kind and generous spirit, thank you Suzanne, just for being. Much love always Kx
- Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 05:31:28 AM (EDT)

I am very saddened to hear of Suzanne's passing. I rarely post here, but regularly visit and thoroughly enjoy reading all the posts. This is a special place of mutual trust and respect where we share our interests and express our innermost feelings. Suzanne did a wonderful job. I am deeply grateful to her for this website she ran. If not for her, I would not have had such good times of my life. Rest in peace, Suzanne. You will be missed very much.
Hong Kong, - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 01:32:56 AM (EDT)

How come you have been in so many movies Alan Rickman? I would like to watch some of your less-publicized promotions.
Brigid Park <brigid.park@gmail.comfoo>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 12:33:11 AM (EDT)

I want to introduce myself. Most people would say I am an English duchess but I am mainly a Korean lady. I think Alan Rickman is hot.
Brigid Park <brigid.park@gmail.comfoo>
Sydney , NSW Australia - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 12:31:10 AM (EDT)

Here is the trailer for The Butler. Rickman is only shown for a second or so towards the end of the trailer.
USA - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 at 02:26:06 PM (EDT)

Am I the only one who thinks that the plot of "A Little Chaos" seems less than exciting? But with such a director, and such a female star, I suppose the film might be a high quality offering anyway.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Monday, April 29, 2013 at 09:53:35 AM (EDT)

I am so grieved to hear of Suzanne's death. She was a lovely, generous, kind person, and I will miss her very much.
Susan CA
- Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 03:27:59 PM (EDT)

So sorry to hear about Suzanne. She was always nice and helpful to everybody who posted in the forum. May she rest in peace.
Spain, - Monday, April 22, 2013 at 05:19:30 PM (EDT)

New article about "A Little Chaos" on the Daily Mail:
Spain, - Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 12:55:56 PM (EDT)

Thank goodness Suzanne got to know how much she was appreciated while she was alive! too much sorrow for the heart to hold lately. It's time to count our blessings and what we hold dear in one another. God bless and have mercy on her.
- Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 01:41:23 AM (EDT)

I am so very saddened by the news of Suzanne's passing! For several years she and I were email buddies and we became very good friends, although we never met in person. She took up the job of webmistress here in 1997 or '98, if I remember correctly, taking over from the wonderful Karina, and has done a fabulous job of maintaining this website ever since. I am so glad she was able to meet Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan in person, when they were in New York doing "Private Lives". That was a dream come true for her. Suzanne, you will always hold a special place in my heart and I will never forget all the laughter we shared in our emails. RIP sweet lady. xoxoxo Sincere condolences to her family.
Deborah Aalbers <deerfielddeb@gmail.comfoo>
Havelock, ON Canada - Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 08:17:30 PM (EDT)

RIP Suzanne
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 07:58:54 PM (EDT)

How sad to read of Suzanne's passing. This was one of my first journeys to the world of Alan Rickman and all the wonderful people I have met here. I talked with her via emails a couple of times and saw she was not only a nice person but a very "classy" lady as well. Though I lurked more than posted, Suzanne's site was the best with the nicest women I have met and have always considered friends. You will be missed Suzanne. My condolences to your family. Rest in Peace My heart is heavy Love Pam
MA USA - Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 05:17:18 PM (EDT)

So many loving words for Suzanne! I hope her parents are looking at this page.

I have found the online obituary for Suzanne and there is a link to a Legacy website where you can write further condolences. Services for Suzanne are today, April 17.

Suzanne Kurtz Obituary

p.s. I think the most fitting legacy to Suzanne would be the continued presence of these web pages. Is anyone willing to take on this great task?
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 07:59:26 AM (EDT)

My prayers and thoughts are with you, Suzanne's loving family. The memory of all her kindnesses will remain with so many of us.
UK - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 06:47:17 PM (EDT)

"All clear . . . I hope." were Suzanne�s last words here. They seem now symbolic, at least to me.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 05:44:34 PM (EDT)

Dearest Suzanne, Many thanks for all those years -- where I�m concerned, they began in 2006, when I had fallen deeply and suddenly in love with Alan-as-Professor Snape. It was wonderful to become part of a community where my weirdness was tolerated, even normal. You were always kind and patient, and preserved your enthusiasm for everything linked with Alan. Like many, many others, I will miss you, and pray for your family. "Always."

Will anybody take over as web mistress, I wonder?

RIP! pia susanna
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 05:31:37 PM (EDT)

It's been a while since I was here, but some of the best times of my life--past, present, and future--are forever linked to this site. Thank you for everything, Suzanne, and I wish you peace and joy on your new adventure. To the family and loved ones, I send my sincere condolences. I know how I feel, and cannot begin to imagine your loss.
- Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 04:52:32 PM (EDT)

Has anyone heard from Sandy in Massachusetts? I don't have her email address anymore...
Barbara the W
- Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 03:05:54 PM (EDT)

There is no adequate way to thank Rita and Laddie for their minutes, hours, days and nights of dedicated care, for and of Suzanne. Yet as friends of Suzanne we want to thank them. The word devotion was created for such acts.

Thank you for sharing Suzanne with us.

With a computer and the worldwide web, Suzanne has been a leader and treasured friend to many. As an early internet pioneer, Suzanne did much more than help build and maintain a well-respected and lively center for arts information. Through the Guest Book, she built a community before there were such communities. A real community�a thoughtful, friendly, fun and welcoming place where people could meet up and connect, or just tag along silently.

Some of us were not so silent. When newsy posts began to feel wedged in between our more eager and highly playful posts, Suzanne found an inspired solution. Instead of squashing our creativity, Suzanne created a companion page where such juices could flow freely.

And oh, did they flow. �Flights of Fancy� became a world in which the only limitation was your imagination. Here, Suzanne was able to break through all barriers.

You will say that these are only stories. You would be wrong. Everything that happens inside of those years of pages really happens. We have been on adventures together, and Suzanne was with us every step of the way. She created a hearth and home like no other. She helped us to find each other. In flesh and bone in cities across the globe, and in hearts and minds. She created a family. She helped us to find ourselves.

For this, for her friendship, for the lasting friendships still growing 17 years strong, I am deeply grateful.

Suzanne loved this place, where we came together. Where we ran mad. Love is an act of courage.

- Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 02:35:43 PM (EDT)

What very sad news. Suzanne was a very kind and brave lady. This site was the first place I discovered when I became a Rickman fan over twelve years ago. I would never have met so many great people or continued my interest without Suzanne and her wonderful guestbook. I never met her but exchanged gifts and emails over the years. My condolences to her family and may she rest in peace.
England - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:31:48 AM (EDT)

Dear God, please take special care of our Suzanne. She has a heart of gold and is truly a remarkable woman. We all love you Suzanne and will miss you terribly.
Claudia, GA
- Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 08:57:06 AM (EDT)

Dear Suzanne, you were such an inspiration to us all, and you opened the doorway to so many friendships! I am devastated.
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 07:36:47 AM (EDT)

Many thanks to Suzanne for labor of love over the years. We will miss you.
USA - Monday, April 15, 2013 at 07:32:54 PM (EDT)

Oh, that is so sad! I never had the pleasure of meeting Suzanne in person, but have traded emails with her on a number of occasions. This has always been my favorite fan site largely because of, as MA put it, the civility.

I have met friends here, friends that I traveled to England and Las Vegas with, sharing Alan Rickman and Harry Potter experiences. It was the people here who inspired me to take that first-ever trip to London where I met AR in person.

This has been a warm and welcoming place for me for years, and I know for others as well.

Rest easy, Suzanne. You will be sorely missed.
maine, - Monday, April 15, 2013 at 06:45:02 PM (EDT)

The loss of Suzanne means that something very gracious and gentle has disappeared from our lives. What a "home" she made for all of us at the page over the years; compared with a lot of the other fan sites I've visited, this one has always been exceptional in its civility.

I'll always remember meeting Suzanne in that banner year, 2002, when so many of us descended on New York City to see AR on Broadway in Private Lives. Because of Suzanne's labour of love at this site, I've met so many people I wouldn't have met otherwise and that week in NYC certainly ranks as one of the best times of my life.

Rest in peace, Suzanne. You will be missed.

- Monday, April 15, 2013 at 01:48:22 PM (EDT)

It is with extreme sadness that I post the message I found on my office voice mail this morning from her father. Suzanne, the long-term 'mother' of these pages, died over the weekend. As those of you who have had the good fortune to meet and spend time with this lovely little lady, Suzanne suffered from a congenital disease bound to shorten her life. Her parents, Rita and Laddie, are saints and her passing will leave a very large empty space in all of our hearts, but especially theirs. Join me in offering our most sincere condolences.
Georgiana <gellis@drizzle.comfoo>
Seattle - Monday, April 15, 2013 at 12:03:42 PM (EDT)

Saw that piece of news earlier today in The Guardian, Ali-Pat. Yes, it felt sad -- end-of-epoch-ish. Good to know, though, how supportive he was of Dan when his Harry Potter career began.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 05:38:38 PM (EDT)

A poster for CBGB. OMG, the hair!
maine, - Friday, March 29, 2013 at 10:52:13 PM (EDT)

Sad news, Uncle Vernon has died:

Richard Griffiths, uncle to Withnail and Harry Potter, dies aged 65
Dayton, OH USA - Friday, March 29, 2013 at 08:51:53 AM (EDT)

Snaaaaape! Where did I leave my hanky?! *sniff*

That video is a thing of beauty. I remember right before I went off to see Deathly Hallows II, a friend who had already seen it warned me, "Alan Rickman will destroy you." I told him it wouldn't be the first time Alan had "destroyed" me, but really . . .

I was a mess. A total sobbing mess.

Thanks for pointing us to this.

MA---up to mischief next door, R dearest. Have a peek if you like . . . ;-)
- Monday, March 25, 2013 at 06:13:26 PM (EDT)

Not really "news" but . . . Snape.

The doe petronus (twice) gets me. Always. , - Monday, March 25, 2013 at 01:16:13 PM (EDT)

LOL!! It takes a village! :o)
Dayton, OH USA - Friday, March 15, 2013 at 09:14:54 AM (EDT)

I swear, this is REALLY the link.
- Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 07:17:50 PM (EDT)

Here is the link.
- Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 07:16:35 PM (EDT)

Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 04:21:06 PM (EDT)

Trying again: href=
Fort Wayne, - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 04:19:43 PM (EDT)

Here's the correct link:
Fort Wayne, - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 12:06:29 PM (EDT)

U.K. to Finance Alan Rickman's 'A Little Chaos' Starring Kate Winslet - from the Hollywood Reporter
- Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 07:56:17 AM (EST)

Testing, testing. All clear...
Suz (D.o.C.)
I hope. - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 08:51:01 PM (EST)

Good grief. Must be spring--these things are sprouting up all over. Weeding accomplished.
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 09:59:42 AM (EST)

Spam cleanup, Aisle Three . . .

MA (Spraying Spam-Be-Gone about the Guestbook . . .)
- Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 04:18:20 PM (EST)

Was just wondering if anyone knows what country Alan spent his birthday in this year?
Christine <C18barrett@yahoo.comfoo>
GA USA - Friday, February 22, 2013 at 01:22:33 PM (EST)

MA, you are in good company when you imagine AR as Javert:

'Les Miserables' is returning to Broadway. Let's dream cast it!.
slipping on the ice in Dayton, OH USA - Friday, February 22, 2013 at 09:34:10 AM (EST)

Yes, Happy Birthday Mr. Rickman! Wishing you lots of cake and love and presents---not necessarily in that order. ;-D

MA---good to see those dropped spatulas again!
- Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 03:30:59 PM (EST)

Happy Birthday to our wonderful Alan Rickman! Many "spatula dropping" returns!

Thanks Suzanne and All for still being here!

Missing the Madness,


Constance <conpappa@gmail.comfoo>
Cary, NC United States - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:44:06 AM (EST)

I wish Alan would do another audiobook. Return of the Native was wonderful---what next? How about Les Miserables? UNABRIDGED! Hours and hours of that voice . . . *sigh*

I know, listening to Alan read Javert would probably kill me. But what a way to go! *g*

- Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 08:14:18 AM (EST)

Ali-Pat, Suzanne, thanks so much! I think it is immoral for someone to pose as him and get so many followers. I'll spread the word around. Thank god I thought of asking you first! I will indeed post a message in the birthday page here!
- Monday, February 18, 2013 at 06:13:28 PM (EST)

Amy, Ali-Pat is correct. According to Alan's personal assistant, he has NO twitter account (or any other social network account of ANY kind). So all of the ones you find claiming to be him are fake. So be careful and safe! And leaving him a message on the Birthday fund page is an excellent suggestion.

I saw that, pia susanna. So funny!

Thanks for that, Herr Gruber (*heh*)! I agree, also. :-)

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Monday, February 18, 2013 at 05:50:02 PM (EST)

Amy, so far as we know, Alan does not have a Twitter account so all of the ones you see are fake. You can leave him a message on his Birthday Fund page, however! I know that he is aware of that page because he told me so (link is at the top of the Guestbook). BTW, February 21 approaches! 10 donations so far, let's keep up the good work :o)
Dayton, OH USA - Monday, February 18, 2013 at 09:23:15 AM (EST)

Have you seen the Die Hard version in 30 seconds with bunnies? Very funny. On youtube: 30 Second Bunnies -- Die Hard
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Monday, February 18, 2013 at 09:02:28 AM (EST)

Hi everybody! Does anyone know which of the numerous twitter accounts to Alan's name is the real one, if any? I thought it would be a good idea to twitter him on his birthday (as well as posting our best wishes/money here, as always) but I've seen there are 3 o 4. Any clues?
Spain - Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 09:16:14 PM (EST)

Bruce Willis interviewed on the upcoming release of Die Hard 5, chatting about the original (in so many ways) film:

"It all worked, despite some fundamental confusion from the leading man ("I never knew what 'die hard' meant anyways � was it that I was hard-headed?" says Willis). And he has some regrets about the first film, like Gruber falling to his death from the building at the end.

"We shouldn't have killed him off," says Willis. "He was the best bad guy I have ever seen in my life.""

Ja. Ich bin ganz seiner Meinung.
Herr Gruber, Nakatomi Plaza - Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 08:47:57 PM (EST)

Hi! Greetings from Argentina!
Marcela <marcelarickman@hotmail.comfoo>
Avellaneda, Buenos Aires Argentina - Sunday, February 03, 2013 at 03:54:43 PM (EST)

Dear Alan, You are like a fallen angel. Heaven sent... Yours truly & madly
Maria X
Croatia - Friday, February 01, 2013 at 05:00:09 AM (EST)

Alan as King Louis!! Would that be a cameo -- does anybody know?
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:50:47 AM (EST)

Ooooohhh, wow. It's good to be king. :-)
Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 03:24:41 AM (EST)

Actually, there is a rumor now that Alan might play King Louis in the film :o)
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 08:50:06 AM (EST)

Thanks, Ali-Pat, for the info! I am very happy to hear he is finally getting it made... Though I'd be even happier if he acted in it also. :-)

Alan Rickman's birthday is less than a month away (February 21st) and our annual fundraiser (10th anniversary!) at Just Giving has been updated to take our donations in his honor. RADA and the students are extremely grateful for all the donations that are provided in Alan's name. The money that we donate goes directly to students who might not otherwise be able to continue their RADA studies and training. Last year's donations, which totaled 667� including Gift Aid (which roughly translates to about $1,050.00), helped several students (see the full list on the AR Just Giving page). That's about $75 more than the previous year, so let's try to do that again by beating last year's total. :-) This is a very worthy cause, one that means a lot to Alan, so if you are able to make a donation, I believe it's what he would appreciate most as a birthday present.

As before, donating is really easy, just click on the below Just Giving link (or on the the Birthday Cake link at the top of the GB). It is the same straightforward website that we have used in previous years, which means that people from around the world can donate easily with their credit cards, PayPal, etc.. UK taxpayers can even boost the donations further with Gift Aid, at no extra cost to themselves. And if everyone could please spread the word to other Alan Rickman web-sites, groups, forums, blogs, live journals, twitter, Facebook accounts, etc. by posting this link:, the donations will be boosted even more. They actually make it easy to post to Facebook and Twitter with buttons right on the Just Giving page and after you donate. I've started things off with a donation and have already received a "Thank You" e-mail from Alan Rickman. :-)

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Friday, January 25, 2013 at 01:33:03 AM (EST)

No, he will probably not act in this film (although there is always a chance for a cameo). However, Alan has been trying to get this film made for so long it is a joy to see him getting so close to actually filming. I think that, given his artist's eye, this should be a beautiful film.
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 09:26:23 AM (EST)

Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like Alan's going to be acting in it; directing instead?
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Monday, January 21, 2013 at 02:38:24 AM (EST)

Fascinating, Ali-Pat! I hardly thought that project would materialize.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 07:04:35 AM (EST)

It looks like Alan is one step closer to making A Little Chaos, the Versailles gardener film he has wanted to make for years (are you still here, Julia?).

Kate Winslet Goes on Gardening Leave.
Dayton, OH USA - Friday, January 18, 2013 at 08:55:15 AM (EST)

Hello Alan Rickman I am a big fan and I just want to take the time to get to know you by joining your guestbook. :)
Alexa Naval <navalalexa@gmail.comfoo>
victorville, U.S. california - Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 11:26:38 PM (EST)

Wishing everyone the best for 2013!

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 01:02:21 AM (EST)

To Quick Lurk: H*nds. See also the Alan Rickman Fan Page FAQ under"and finally". Watch . . . and be warned that you may find yourself altered.

MA, how do I remain conscious? It is a secret . . . .

Happy Holidays to all members of the GB, and to Suzanne, webmistress extraordinaire.

May I have occasion to italicise the GB at least once in the coming year. , - Friday, December 21, 2012 at 12:02:15 PM (EST)

quick lurk and gone
- Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:13:40 AM (EST)

"This is a five h*nd alert on my iphone . . ."


R, dearest, how do you even remain conscious when one of those occurs? ;-D

- Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 03:56:05 PM (EST)

I am a huge for of Alan Rickman, Since ever I watched him in scene and sensibility. Until he played Prof Sanip I didnt think he was popular in Egypt, but I was so wrong. He is really making it big in Egypt and his fans appreciate his works far before Prof Sanip.
Mahitab Saad <daisy_dale82@yahoo.comfoo>
Cairo, Egypt - Saturday, December 01, 2012 at 02:36:33 PM (EST)

A sciencetainment talk show "Star Talk" host chats with AR about how birds flock, the fact that how other people interpret the sounds we make (language) are all interpretations of the past, and AR's requirements for good writing in any role he accepts, including science fiction/fantasy.

Embedded in chatter about how knowing your science is important are the short interview clips with AR, featuring the most hand gestures seen in a long time. This is a five h*nd alert on my iphone, and I will enthrall myself later with screen caps on my desktop Mac.

In discussion of the advances in film technology:

"They need great writers and they need great stories. It's very easy to just kind of sling the ingredients together and call it a film, and I think there's a danger in that. . . . I'm here ready willing and able to play anything, anybody in any story as long as its well-written. Well, what does that mean? As long as it uses language, it's got ideas, as long as it has point of view, as long as it's not insulting the audience, as long as it's taking them somewhere. And as I say, that's a mysterious process." --- AR

*sigh*, - Friday, November 30, 2012 at 01:08:32 PM (EST)

ACC - AR appeared on stage sans costume back when he was younger. And let's not forget "Dark Harbor", painful as a lot of it was. ;)
maine, - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:54:39 AM (EST)

Renie: Glad you agree! And what an overwhelming list you have compiled/written -- haven't had the time to read it yet. But I will. One of the things I remember with great satisfaction is the "To be, or not to be" soliloquy -- it�s delivered in such a quiet, understated way. And, for that reason I think, more moving than normal. If I remember rightly, Branagh just stands there in front of a mirror, calmly, but at one point very simply taking out a dagger. But not histrionically or aggressively. Most of the other actors, too, were incredibly well cast.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 04:57:38 PM (EST)

Magnificent, yes. . One of the finest renderings of recorded Shakespeare to date.
- Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:39:39 AM (EST)

Sir Kenneth! Yes, not a day too soon. Have you seen his magnificent "Hamlet" film? He both directed it, and stars in it.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 06:40:57 AM (EST)

Well, this Gambit remake has not gotten good press, whether it's the writing or the directing or just reworking a film already done by Michael Caine et al. The original version is showing on cable stations in the US, so you can DVR and wait, or watch the original first and imagine how the remake will look in a few days. Speaking about the film, AR spoke of growing up with light caper films, and mentioned the film "The Man in the White Suit".

Whatever the limitations of other "classic Ealing (studio) comedies", "The Man in the White Suit" actually raises questions about technology, class and worldview divisions, obsession, capitalism, personal responsibility, and the common welfare. Perhaps choppily and inelegantly handled, the issues are nonetheless present for anyone to pick up on, if desired. Although at times slow and lengthy by modern standards, and none-too-subtle, the film is enjoyable and more wide-ranging than a farce, and the charm of a versatile young Alec Guiness is as amusing as the science lab setup of liquids, smoke and sound effects. Yet the film has some things to say, in its unorthodox way.

On a completely OFT note, congratulations to Sir Kenneth Branagh on being recognized for his professional achievements and charitable work.
- Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 03:34:52 PM (EST)

pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10:33:49 AM (EST)

The moustache is for The Promise which takes place in 1914. He said he decided to do that because most men in that era had facial hair.
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 09:28:18 PM (EST)

anyway, to the literalists out there, it puts to rest the question of whether he has ba---. One couldn't get a glimpse of him going commando when he was younger- it is very brave of him to wait till he's nearly 65 to show the front bits. Not too shabby, although I have always been most attracted to his face.
- Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 09:12:28 PM (EST)

as to the mustache in the Gambit trailer, which end of him were you looking at?
- Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 09:07:42 PM (EST)

As I wrote earlier -- nice to see so much of him!
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 01:03:22 PM (EST)

Hi, Pia, saw the trailer and you're right, he doesn't seem to be wearing a moustache... or much else in one of the scenes!!!!!!
Spain, - Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 09:04:42 PM (EST)

Hi Amy, I�m not at all sure "Gambit" is a film I�d care to see. But what was it the critics didn�t like in Alan�s performance? Also, I�ve seen the trailer a couple of times -- he doesn�t seem to be wearing a moustache here.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 05:16:23 PM (EST)

And here's the link to the article!
Spain, - Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 05:06:19 AM (EST)

Hi, everybody! Just seen an article on the Daily Mail about the Gambit premiere in London. Colin Firth and Alan Rickman together again. A glimpse of Alan in the video clip and a photograph in the article. Comments of posters haven't been nice, comparing him to "Michael Fish" and "George Galloway", who I have googled and frankly, it's not a flattering comparison! It's been suggested he's done sth to his face. Anyway, I didn't even know there was a new film of Alan's! I hope it gets a lot of publicity, if only because Colin and Cameron Diaz are in it. Love Alan, though I prefer him without the moustache! Kisses from Spain!
Spain, - Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 07:39:39 PM (EST)

An LJ friend literally bumped into him at a play in London earlier this week--other than that, haven't a clue! She reports that he was his usual lovely self; she kept her cool and didn't drool all over him.
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 05:17:28 PM (EDT)

What�s Alan doing at the moment? And where?
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 08:18:14 AM (EDT)

Google is my friend, otherwise I'd never have said that Col. Brandon didn't have a first name.
Carole <snapes_witch@yahoo.comfoo>
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 10:42:02 PM (EDT)

Thank you, Susan, for straightening this out. As I mentioned, I wasn�t really sure of anything. I have read both Austen�s "Sense and Sensibility", and Thompson�s script, but not recently.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 10:44:26 AM (EDT)

The piano incident is Thompson's invention--and very odd, considering that the famous gift of a piano from a single man to a single lady is considered compromising and shocking in *Emma.* Nothing like that takes place in the novel, and the Colonel (Wikipedia notwithstanding) has no first name.
Susan CA
- Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 07:00:33 PM (EDT)

Carole: I hate contradicting you, but I seem to remember (haven�t had the time to look it up) that Austen does mention the Colonel�s first name as Christopher. But this probably happens once only. I think this is in a letter where he signs himself "Christopher Brandon", and this may be when he sends a piano as a gift to the Dashwoods. I�m not 100% sure of anything . . .
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 09:24:02 AM (EDT)

Some fanon calls Col. Brandon Christopher but Austen didn't give him a first name.
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Friday, October 19, 2012 at 11:44:44 PM (EDT)

Chris? Who's Chris? What did I miss?

And Tinie, it is Claire's website that is departing, not this one.
Dayton, OH USA - Friday, October 19, 2012 at 09:32:20 AM (EDT)

You have made a terrible mistake Chris. Tomrrow begins the rest of your life. Slowly but surely, day by day, all that you hold dear will be cut from you. love, security and identity will all seem like distant concepts, far from the reality within which you will be trapped, always bleeding but never dying.
- Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 04:19:02 PM (EDT)

too sad to hear that site closes...and where will you set up our little guestbook-like space? big thank you :-)
- Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 04:15:23 AM (EDT)

Hi, Susan--we're almost neighbors! Welcome to AR fandom.
Dayton, OH USA - Friday, October 12, 2012 at 10:00:46 AM (EDT)

I Love Alan in all of his works that I have been able to see to date. I think that he is a very gifted actor and hope that he continues to bless us with new characters!
Susan Bybee <blue-eyes1974@hotmail.comfoo>
Cincinnati, Ohio Hamilton - Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10:53:29 PM (EDT)

These are new to me, Barbara. Thanks for sharing them!
Dayton, OH USA - Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 09:48:38 AM (EDT)

Has anyone else heard Alan's readings of an excerpt of "All That Jazz" by Philip Larkin and an excerpt of "The Long War" by Laurie Lee? There seem to be other readings on there of Alan's on this site, too...
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at 09:03:56 PM (EDT)

Claire! OMG, the website is going away? I think I read every article on that site, back when I first "discovered" AR. Thanks for giving us the chance to grab stuff!
maine, - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at 04:44:00 PM (EDT)

A blast from the past - my old ISP is closing all webpages at the end of October 2012 so if you want to grab any of the old AR stuff ... interviews and articles ..... from the ARKKIVES just click on my name and save away.

UK - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at 02:51:30 PM (EDT)

. . . nice to see so much of him . . . :-)
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at 09:08:08 AM (EDT)

Yes, considering his being stereotyped as a villian, Alan does comedy very well. I hope the best parts of the movie aren't all in the trailer.
Carole <snapes_witch@yahoo.comfoo>
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 12:45:34 AM (EDT)

Nice! I have to say Alan is in great shape for his age. (66 and no muffin top!) I also like Colin Firth but sad that he doesn't age as well as Alan does. Love seeing great actors like Alan in comedies because comedies are really demanding, requiring an exquisite sense of timing. Ah I wish I could be in the UK when it comes out in Nov!
- Friday, September 21, 2012 at 11:44:15 AM (EDT)

New, longer Gambit trailer!
Dayton, OH USA - Friday, September 21, 2012 at 09:30:48 AM (EDT)

...I meant demand FOR his voice
- Monday, September 17, 2012 at 08:11:37 AM (EDT)

Wish Alan would record more poetry... Shouldn't someone at these recording companies be aware of the demand of his voice? Or is Alan the one declining these offers? Sigh. Perhaps I should write to his agent...
- Monday, September 17, 2012 at 08:10:46 AM (EDT)

I'm afraid Alan's politics have put the kibosh on any honours for him. And it could be he's made it plain he doesn't want any!!
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 09:40:05 PM (EDT)

Does anybody know if Alan will be doing theatre in London this summer, in July 2013?
- Friday, September 14, 2012 at 07:37:57 PM (EDT)

Yes, I was joking :) It was also quite early for him and he admitted he wasn't fully awake. As someone whose family originate from Hong Kong but born in the UK, I did wince a bit when I heard him say that but since I've heard him get it correct in the past, I was prepared to let him off! :D And as NYCFurball has shown, it's an easy mistake to make.
- Friday, September 14, 2012 at 05:33:26 AM (EDT)

I don�t believe Alan is getting forgetful (but you were joking, weren�t you?). And I believe he�s made the same mistake before. The problem rather seems to be Western ignorance of the geography of the so-called Far East.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 02:33:29 PM (EDT)

Oh, about that book: it's "Voice and the Actor" by Cicely Berry. You can see clips of her on YouTube. The book has very good discussions about the voice but contains mostly exercises. I have been working with a voice coach so the book is particularly useful. Alan is a great inspiration for me because of his initial voice problems, problems that I share. He shows me that there is hope.
- Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 10:21:52 AM (EDT)

Yes, correct - my apologies. I meant to point out that Ang Lee is from Taiwan. When Alan mentioned Ang Lee being from HK I almost flipped out. Yes, probably his old age... But love him all the same. :))) You know, I am really mad that of the whole New Wave generation of actors from RADA, Alan seems to be the only one who hasn't received an OBE, CBE or some titles or initials. HELLO?!?!? Talking about old age. That has certainly fogged the brain of HRH QE II and her courtiers. Not that Alan would care, BUT... :((((
- Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 10:13:53 AM (EDT)

NYCFurball, are you mistaken? Ang Lee is from Taiwan, not Hong Kong. AR does repeat that story quite often and the New York Times interview was the first time he made that slip IIRC so I'll just blame it on old age lol :p Thanks for the info about the book, I'll try and have a search for it.
- Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 06:03:08 AM (EDT)

Totally scary.

On another note, there is the boat scene of Dark Harbor on youtube, and AR's h*nds in closer up than usual. *THUD*

That's completely the only part I was I watching. Honest. , - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 05:54:21 PM (EDT)

Here's the picture the previous poster mentioned Here's The First Look at Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 03:42:07 PM (EDT)

Alan Rickman's Ronald Reagan really got me fooled! I saw that picture tweeted by Oprah Winfrey and laughed so hard. Alan you are amazing. The adoration aside, I must correct Mr Rickman that the great director Ang Lee is not from Taiwan, but Hong Kong. (You don't call a Brit American or the other way round...) I will forgive that kind of mistakes coming from others but I expect more from the great Mr Rickman. Also, just started reading a book by the great voice coach Cicely Berry and realized that Alan's divine voice was trained by her at the RSC! In fact, when Alan talked about his voice and acting during last year's interview at the New York Times he was essentially quoting her book. So glad that I can gleam some of those techniques learned by dear Alan even if I may never achieve his level of velvety smoothness and commanding resonance. :))
- Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 09:31:42 AM (EDT)

Short and sweet. It has taken me many years to say I think you are an AMAZING actor.
Jacqueline Elsner <Jackie1922@yahoo.comfoo>
Bethpage, NY Nassau - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 11:19:04 PM (EDT)

Thanks, Carole!
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 04:03:48 PM (EDT)

According to IMDB the director of Gambit is Michael Hoffman.
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 03:42:23 AM (EDT)

Is it true that no director of "Gambit" has been mentioned yet?
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Monday, September 10, 2012 at 05:19:37 PM (EDT)

Re: Gambit posters. I think it's hilarious that AR is sharing a pose with a LION but my eyes still go directly to AR. Also love Alan's look, which suggests something like: "Please explain to me exactly why you did that---but know in advance that no excuse will be satisfactory." X-D

- Monday, September 10, 2012 at 01:53:07 PM (EDT)

Gambit posters!!!!!
Dayton, OH USA - Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 10:17:51 AM (EDT)

I�m Alan Rickmans biggest Fan!! I�ve seen all his films and i loved every single one.
Hamburg, Germany - Monday, September 03, 2012 at 08:55:21 AM (EDT)

Ah, found it. Dust I hope I did that linky thing right! I have no idea when or where it will be available to see, so if anyone gets word on that, I hope they'll share it.
Evelyn O. <odonnell.ev@gmail.comfoo>
Alameda, California (CA) United States - Friday, August 31, 2012 at 10:26:24 PM (EDT)

I remember seeing something about a movie (possibly short) Alan was making, where he plays a character kind of like the tooth fairy. I saw a trailer or something with the little girl who was going to play one of the leads, so I know I wasn't just dreaming it. I can't seem to find out about it anywhere, though. I'm not seeing it on imdb. Does anyone here know what this is, and what the status is? Thanks. :)
Evelyn O. <odonnell.ev@gmail.comfoo>
Alameda, California (CA) United States - Friday, August 31, 2012 at 07:51:37 PM (EDT)

Thank you for your comment, Ali-Pat. You may be right (you usually are), but have can you be so sure? Weird in any case, with information about TWO expected/planned Reagan films!
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Friday, August 31, 2012 at 05:37:51 PM (EDT)

pia susanna, If you are talking about this article, it is clear that the Michael Douglas film is NOT The Butler.
- Friday, August 31, 2012 at 10:25:09 AM (EDT)

A drive-by comment....

A friend sent me to this blog (he was infuriated). I'm more amused as I'm a bit more liberal than he is. But this post is all about Quigley Down Under.

On the downside, Marston is compared to the GOP. On the upside--ALAN! Alan as metaphor! Cracked me up. WARNING: US politics, liberal slant, includes profanity
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Friday, August 31, 2012 at 08:40:08 AM (EDT)

Have just seen that Michael Douglas may play Ronald Reagan in a new indie. Would this be the role that Rickman might have accepted, do you think? My source is The Hollywood Reporter (29 August).
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 04:18:38 PM (EDT)

The Haifa District Court has ruled that the Israeli army bears no liability for the death of activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed by a bulldozer during a demonstration.

Whatever one's political stance, her life and death should challenge us to consider when and where we take a stand in our own lives in order to support what we believe. I enjoyed the play MNIRC as it revealed her as a person-in-the-making, as indeed we all are.
- Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 04:33:23 PM (EDT)

MA and Ali-Pat: a perfect reference, I agree! The character must seem so much more vivid -- easier to visualize. But Snape doesn�t (normally) look ill, does he??
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 08:24:56 AM (EDT)

Yeah, Ali-Pat, it was if some new lens had popped into place and given that part of the novel a whole different "look" to me---one moment it's a case of protagonist looks skinny and and gaunt and badly cared for; next moment, after the You're not Alan Rickman! remark, I'm thinking, "oh, geez, the protagonist is SO skinny and gaunt and ill he looks like Professor Snape!" In this novel it was the perfect reference for that moment.

- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 07:39:37 PM (EDT)

Thanks for that snippet from the Lev Grossman book. I love it when references pop up out of left field like that!
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 12:32:15 PM (EDT)

Suz: thanks a lot!!! We�d be lost and lonely without you. :-)
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 08:45:44 AM (EDT)

Had a fun AR-related moment today. I've been listening to the audiobook of Lev Grossman's The Magician King and there's a scene where one of the characters is covertly watching the protagonist, who has been through a rough time. She's taking in his gaunt frame, his jutting cheekbones, his long, unkempt hair, and in a moment of annoyance she thinks, Get your effing hair cut! You're not Alan Rickman!

I laughed about that off and on for the next five minutes . . . now I find myself wondering what would happen if AR had been approached to be the reader for this audiobook!

- Monday, August 13, 2012 at 09:53:06 PM (EDT)

Yes, you�re right. I thought he looked as if he had a heavy cold in that scene, though he�s so elegant in the rest of the film.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Tuesday, August 07, 2012 at 09:28:07 AM (EDT)

Yes, when he's bawling the boys out about the car. He looks terribly pale and haggard, but he's fine the rest of the movie.
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Tuesday, August 07, 2012 at 03:30:04 AM (EDT)

Relax. :-) All fixed.
Suz (D.o.C.)

Webmistress: help!!! Sometimes things don�t "take" at first, and I get nervous and think I�ve done something wrong.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Monday, August 06, 2012 at 08:11:55 AM (EDT)

Carole: is that directly after the flying car episode?
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Monday, August 06, 2012 at 08:10:16 AM (EDT)

Oh thanks, that makes a lot more sense than my interpretation of what I'd read. Poor dear, he did look awfully rough in his first scene with Harry and Ron!
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Sunday, August 05, 2012 at 10:09:34 PM (EDT)

I seem to remember that I�ve read that Rickman in that year (2001, I think) got some time off from "Private Lives" in order to do his duty as Professor Snape. Can�t swear this is true, though. Tough in any case, I�m sure.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Sunday, August 05, 2012 at 08:47:30 AM (EDT)

I vaguely recall reading that he filmed CoS at the same time he was doing Private Lives in London. Sounds impossible to me, but if he did that, no doubt he can do The Butler and the play too!!
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Thursday, August 02, 2012 at 05:11:07 PM (EDT)

He does have a really tight schedule, doesn't he? Perhaps the Reagan scenes are few and quick with little dialog. Still, to go from a major role (CBGB) to that and then to a solo stage performance is quite a load! I don't know how he does it. Wonder if he took all this on so he wouldn't be tempted to return to London until well after the Olympics?
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 at 08:37:20 AM (EDT)

Really? This August? Won't that conflict with the filming of The Butler, which is supposed to start in August in New Orleans? Can I hope he might not be Ronald Reagan after all? Please.
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 07:39:33 PM (EDT)

WHAT?! Next month? *sigh* You actually got my hopes up for a few seconds there. LOL At any rate, thank you very much for the heads up! What kind of play is that, anyway? Sounds kind of... I don't know.

Hello, Waldo. I would suggest Galaxy Quest. I watched it again the other day. So funny!

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 02:20:15 PM (EDT)

...actually, it does appear it will be August 2012. Duh.
Dayton, OH USA - Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 09:09:49 AM (EDT)

Erm, forgot to indicate August 2013. Sorry I if I caused unnecessary tizziness.
- Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 08:28:05 AM (EDT)

Alan's coming back to NYC in August to do a play at The Flea! (Will August be warm enough for you, Suzanne?)
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 08:25:19 PM (EDT)

I'm looking for a good movie to watch where the whole family could watch together. I remember one movie where a dog was sitting on a recycled rubber sign base waiting for it's owner to arrive. My kids really love that movie. I hope I can find similar movies like that one, sadly, I forgot the title. But we really enjoyed it.
Waldo Haggerty <waldo.haggerty@yahoo.comfoo>
Pasadena, LA California - Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 11:39:41 AM (EDT)

Finally got to see Bottle Shock. Rather liked Spurrier "because I'm an *rse"... but, I must say, inexcusably lame use of a female lead. Really. Who keeps putting that cr*p into what could be a really good movie?
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 10:49:30 PM (EDT)

SIR I loved your acting in harry potter and the deathly hallows part made me emotional and sentimental.i was really touched by your acting sir. pooja sehrawat from india....
Pooja Sehrawat <poojasehrawat36@gmail.comfoo>
new delhi, new delhi india - Friday, July 13, 2012 at 02:46:09 AM (EDT)

Oh, I think Bill has aged quite well, especially since he's lost weight. On the other hand, I have no idea who that other fellow is, nor do I find him appealing. To each his/her own, as the saying goes.
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Monday, July 09, 2012 at 03:50:29 AM (EDT)

Yes, Ali-Pat! Thanks! I forgot to put the link! Silly me!
Spain - Thursday, July 05, 2012 at 11:00:40 AM (EDT)

Amy, are you talking about this article?
- Thursday, July 05, 2012 at 08:16:06 AM (EDT)

Hi! Saw this article on the Daily Mail and thought you might like it. Why have they also put Bill Clinton and the other guy as sexy sixty-year-olds, I have no idea! Besos from Spain!
Spain - Thursday, July 05, 2012 at 05:30:27 AM (EDT)

Nice work, Suz! I was quite shocked to see all that spam. Some people are weird.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Friday, June 29, 2012 at 10:01:41 AM (EDT)

WOW, that was a lot of spam! Okay, I did a bit of tweaking... hope that stops them. *fingers crossed*

Suz (D.o.C.)
TX USA - Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 09:41:33 PM (EDT)

- Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 09:22:11 PM (EDT)

Oh, here we go again . . .
edinburgh, uk - Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 09:50:04 AM (EDT)

Anglo Fan Favourites Comprtition
Tom Hiddleston v Alan Rickman
Tom Hiddleston 54.62%
Alan Rickman 45.38%
Voting closes Wednesday, 27th June, 2012, so come on everyone, please vote...Alan should be 'WALKING IT'
Thank you everyone..

Tom Hiddleston vs. Alan Rickman

If the Cumberbatch/Tennant matchup is fierce, we can only imagine the level of intensity in this matchup. In one corner, there's Hiddleston, this year's new sensation, and, in the other, we have Rickman, last year's victor. In the Round of 16, Thor star Hiddleston clobbered Richard Wait Until The Hobbit Comes Out and I'll Show You! Armitage. Meanwhile, Rickman worked over Neil Gaiman. Can the Hiddlestoners out-vote the Rickmaniacs?
Bluebeatbabe <Dorothy_Langman@hotmail.comfoo>
Sheffield, UK - Monday, June 25, 2012 at 09:13:26 AM (EDT)

Vote in the Anglo Fan Favorites: Men of 2012 Quarterfinals

Anglo Fan Favorites.

NJ USA - Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 07:14:35 PM (EDT)

Ali-Pat, that strange swap for quotation marks was not there during or after my post to FOF. No idea how it became corrupted after being uploaded. If you remove the last post entirely, I will repost a clean copy, with correction already made.

Apologies for the unexplained corruption.
Some jailhouse gremlin
no doubt. Thanks, R, - Friday, June 22, 2012 at 03:50:56 PM (EDT)

Fixed, Renie, but I don't have the patience to erase all the weird punctuation code.
- Friday, June 22, 2012 at 08:48:48 AM (EDT)

DOC, would you please correct "Edwards" to "Edward" next door at FOF? Top of the last post. June 21. Thanks ever so much.
As Ever,
R in mink birthday shackles, in honor of MA, - Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 04:03:22 PM (EDT)

I miss you Alan Rickman
Paris, - Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 08:48:26 PM (EDT)

Here is a nice link for information on CBGB, The Movie. Good pictures!
Mary Jackson <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin , TX USA - Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 07:30:59 PM (EDT)

This link gives you a nice photo and story about Alan Rickman visiting the building site of the Park Theatre Cafe and Bar, somewhere in London (I think?)
Mary Jackson
Austin , TX USA - Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 07:23:03 PM (EDT)

I think the comment originally appeared in the The Telegraph , but it has been quoted all over the place.

BTW they are looking for extras if you are in the neighborhood: CBGB...Looking for Extras

. Ali-Pat
Dayton, OH USA - Saturday, June 09, 2012 at 08:59:08 AM (EDT)

Interesting quote, how about a source? Link has nothing about CBGB.
Carole <snapes_witch@yahoo.comfoo>
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Friday, June 08, 2012 at 11:18:25 PM (EDT)

On the CBGB film: "Sadly I never got to go to the club when it was around, but they're reconstructing it as we speak in a studio in Savannah so I'll have my second youth there, the Harry Potter star declares. I'll get what might be called the vibe when I go there in three weeks, I'll be vibing."
Vibing? Not a Words with Friends word, I don't imagine. . . , - Thursday, June 07, 2012 at 12:55:07 PM (EDT)

Wonder if this is where Hans gets his weaponry . . .

"Gif me my detonatorssssss . . . "
- Sunday, June 03, 2012 at 12:54:52 PM (EDT)

LOL! But Ali-Pat, we have Hans on our side!
- Sunday, June 03, 2012 at 11:50:40 AM (EDT)

I am tempted to delete the spam below but I don't want to tick off anyone so well armed.
- Friday, June 01, 2012 at 09:49:04 AM (EDT)

Alan is a cool cat, met him a couple of times and love his acting and his attitude.
Guns Ammo <gac@gunsammoclassifieds.comfoo>
Plano, Texas United States - Friday, June 01, 2012 at 08:41:17 AM (EDT)

I agree. Can't say I liked the bits I've seen of "Nobel Son" -- thought they were rather silly. Beneath Alan's dignity.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 07:05:56 AM (EDT)

And so loyal! Our Alan must be a 'Puff . . . (Hufflepuff for the non-Harry Potter fans)
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 12:23:08 AM (EDT)

Laura, I agree that Miller/Savin can't write a through-line--or haven't done so yet, anyway. Too bad AR's so impressed with them.
Susan CA
- Monday, May 21, 2012 at 09:16:48 PM (EDT)

I just wish he wasn't working with Miller/Savin again. I thought Nobel Son was one of the worst movies I've ever seen, and Bottle Shock was nothing more than mildly pleasant, mostly due to the performances. Savin, in particular, doesn't seem to know how to put a compelling story together in any kind of order that makes sense, or be able to create any kind of dramatic tension that's organic and doesn't seem faked up.
New York, NY - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 05:05:54 PM (EDT)

According to IMDB the casting of both Neeson and Rickman in The Butler is so far a rumor.
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 03:41:24 AM (EDT)

It's been years since I read deValera's bio, but didn't he grow up in the US? And his father was Spanish so I don't imagine he'd have much of an Irish accent. I just read the new announcement--that sounds sooooooo much better than the Reagan role. I really can't wrap my head around that one!!
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 01:56:21 AM (EDT)

Google is filled with news of Rickman accepting a role as Hilly Kristal, the legendary owner of the NYC nightclub CBGB, ground zero for rock and punk! He is really flexing those acting chops this year! This is going to introduce a whole new audience to the man, right? Is Alan currently well known in punk circles?
Mary Jackson <Maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 12:30:49 PM (EDT)

I remember when Michael Collins came out, and Rickman was criticized for not having a very good Irish accent, but if you went on YouTube and watched the REAL Eamon de Valera speak, you realize Alan nailed him, perfectly! Valera just also had one of those idiosyncratic voices! I don't think his critics really understood that.
Mary Jackson <Maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX 78757 - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 11:12:29 AM (EDT)

I completely agree with you, Gail, on Alan's performance in Seminar. In the end I wasn't too disappointed in the lack of a Tony nod, especially with all the heavy competition this season. Ali-Pat: That's one of my big concerns with him as Reagan too, having an actor with a well known, distinctive voice playing a public figure with his own well known distinctive voice. Well, good or bad, it will be... interesting, at least. Alan won Favorite Actor at the Broadway Audience Choice Awards!
USA - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 10:42:15 PM (EDT)

I have no doubts about the American accent--he can do it. What I am curious about is how he will approximate Reagan's distinctive vocal quality.
Dayton, OH USA - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 08:57:35 AM (EDT)

Oh, Gail! In "Something the Lord Made", "Bob Roberts" and "Judas Kiss" he played Southerners. In "Dark Harbor" a Bostonian, I believe. In "Michael Collins" an Irishman, in "Rasputin", well, he's an actor. While his American accent may not be on a par with Hugh Laurie's - whose is! - I'm sure he's up to the job.
- Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11:24:19 PM (EDT)

Ok, now I'm upset again! Dumb Tony people! I won't bother to watch it this year.
pa usa - Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 01:30:12 PM (EDT)

Doing a bit of catching up here. Oldest subject first - having seen Seminar I certainly enjoyed it as a play, but I wouldn't have said that the role was an enormous stretch for Mr. Rickman. Next, having viewed the video of him declining to sign a blank piece of paper - he was totally in the right, he dealt with a very obnoxious man in a patient and polite way and the whole episode was an object lesson in how to deal with pushy people. Finally - Rickman as Reagan? Hmm. Even in plays and films made in America he has for the most part played Brits, I believe. Nobel Son might be the exception? I would obviously accept the opinion of those of you who are American born, but I would speculate he would be quite a challenge for the dialect coach on the film.
Gail <gail.rayment@sympatico.cafoo>
Cobourg, ON Canada - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 03:03:56 PM (EDT)

A lot about this (but I suppose mostly repetitive stuff) on the net already. Try to Google for "Rickman" + "Ronald Reagan".
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 08:13:09 AM (EDT)

A president I don�t think he admires . . . But "you don�t judge the character", I think Rickman has said.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 08:03:02 AM (EDT)

ALAN RICKMAN HAS BEEN CAST AS RONALD REAGAN! Did you read this, today? It was in the Washington Post. I don't know if it will work for me to put the link here or not, but I will try: I can't wait! (Still waiting for GAMBIT!)
Mary Jackson <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin , TX USA - Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 07:21:10 PM (EDT)

Seminar was in the Tony's list of eligible plays and Alan was in the actors list so this theatre friend has got her facts wrong. Let's just accept that there were better plays showing that had a wider appeal and they allowed for better & more critic-friendly performances. It was probably at a disadvantage opening last season too. In the end, all awards work in the same way and become predictable.
- Monday, May 07, 2012 at 04:54:58 PM (EDT)

Interesting speculation.
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 03:44:44 PM (EDT)

Tony Hates Smash (scroll down to find the paragraph).
Dayton, OH USA - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 03:21:27 PM (EDT)

There really _is_ a rumor about Smash? I just threw that thought out as a guess!! Gives away too much about the theater crowd, huh? It's fascinating to this theater/movie junky! BTW, it's on NBC.
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 11:32:58 AM (EDT)

Well, I was just trying to make some sense of what Kit had reported.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 08:48:06 AM (EDT)

The Golden is smack in the middle of the Broadway theatre district and is one of many on that street. Who knows why there were no Tony noms? There was a lot of stiff competition this year, that is certain. There is also a rumor that Theresa Rebeck pi**ed off the NY theatre community with her HBO series Smash. But...who knows?
Ali-Pat, being lured by Kit
Dayton, OH USA - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 07:44:46 AM (EDT)

Private Lives was at the Richard Rodgers on W. 46th, so I doubt that the location of the Golden on W. 45th had anything to do with the 'oversight'.
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 01:50:10 AM (EDT)

What is it about you that is so delightfully sexy and detestable at the same time? Loved seeing you live on Broadway in "Seminar". When are you coming back to do another show? PS - favorite movies: "Something the Lord Made", "Rasputin", "Bottle Shock", "Robin Hood" and "Nobel Son"
Leslie Andrews <Leslieandrews@att.netfoo>
Norwalk, CT USA - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 09:44:59 PM (EDT)

I�ve never visited New York City, so can�t be sure of the topography. But could it possibly be the case that "Broadway" is sometimes used rather exactly, about the street called "Broadway", sometimes more loosely, about the whole area? It seems that the Golden Theatre isn�t strictly speaking in "Broadway" -- the street -- but rather in West 45th Street. So maybe it�s true that the Golden Theatre isn�t necessarily considered "strictly Broadway". Only vaguely so, perhaps.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 05:57:25 PM (EDT)

That would be "lurking". typing with a poodle on my lap causes many mistakes!
pa usa - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 04:41:32 PM (EDT)

I was upset about the Tony nominations until a theatre friend told me the venue the play was in may not be considered Broadway, so would not be eligible. I'm quiet, but still luring AliPat!
pa usa - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 04:39:56 PM (EDT)

Well, the Tony noms are out and not one mention of 'Seminar' . . . didn't take long for them to close up shop after that disappointment.
Fort Wayne, Indiana United States - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 12:39:57 AM (EDT)

Well, the impression I got from the "tirade" video was that someone was trying to persuade Alan to sign a blank piece of paper. And he isn�t that stupid -- how could he know they wouldn�t add anything (any old text; a contract or whatever)above the autograph, and pass the whole thing off as his?
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 07:56:16 AM (EDT)

i think you realy kool mr. rickman, enjoyed you very much in the harry potter films.
tammy ives <tammy19690@yahoo.comfoo>
willimantic, ct usa - Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 02:41:15 PM (EDT)

When we saw Rickman after PRIVATE LIVES, a man came up carrying a pack of several photos to be signed. Rickman said, "I smell eBay," and the guy bolted. I can still hear him saying it in my head
- Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 07:19:49 PM (EDT)

Ali-Pat, you're so lucky to be able to see him and get the autograph and pictures. Of what i've heard, he's an amazing person with his fans, and in interviews he seems so charming and I cannot believe that , this man would ever raise his voice to anyone, he's too much of a gentleman to do that, and if he did,or does, it had to be for a good reason. Mr. Rickman, you have a lot of fans that are on your side, and that includes me. You are a fabulous actor, and I look forward to your next project. I just wish I could have seen you on stage.
Lynn <pyewacket003@aol.comfoo>
Ottawa, Canada - Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 04:47:43 PM (EDT)

It makes me sad to see him get treated that way. When I met him after "Seminar" in February he actually had started to leave, and then turned and walked back over to talk to me and sign an autograph. He didn't have to do that and it blew my mind that he cared enough to do so. I gave him a letter from my daughter and he was very sweet about it. After that I sent him a gift at the theater and he sent back signed pictures for my daughter and I with our names on them and nice little messages. Not all actors would do things like that for their fans, and it makes me very proud to call him my favorite actor. I *hate* it when creeps try to portray him like he's not nice, because that is completely not the case.

Ali-Pat, I second your thoughts on the dark alley. Such jerks!
Tessa <earthday1984@yahoo.comfoofoo>
Panama, NY USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 01:16:16 PM (EDT)

I hope I never meet one of those guys in a dark alley...

If I have my facts right, this incident occurred after the reception following the reading of Hamish Linklater's play, The Vandal. Reports from attendees indicate that Alan was so busy talking to the people at the reception that he never made it to the buffet line and drank a glass or two of wine. So he leaves the reception, tired and a bit tipsy, and then these two JERKs start badgering him...and you get the picture (or should I say, the video).
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 11:31:12 AM (EDT)

Thanks Ali-Pat for the nice comment. We've just started with Facebook for Pirates Cave, our webshop. I make all the cravats, waistcoats, hat, cloaks and capelets myself. I love to design the costumes. Hope to see all of you there. The signed photographs by Alan are the most viewed and commented in my own Facebook account. Alan still rules!
Sezi <tomstezi@pirates-cave.comfoo>
Holland - Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 11:29:14 AM (EDT)

Well now, I certainly don't think Mr. Rickman went into a tirade. I just saw the video, and I have to say , he was in the right. Mr. Rickman doesn't have to sign anything he dowsn't want to, and if he was a bit annoyed then he had a right to. I know that a lot of people think that when you're in the celebrety light then you're suppose to be on your best behaviour but you know what, they are human , and maybe he just wanted to get home. If he does stop to sign autographs, have pictures taken with fans etc. then that great,but come on people, if they want to get away then let them. How would be like to be hounded ALL the time, having people pushing papers in your face, having flashes in your face, and so on. After awhile you would get a PO'd too, so in future lets just think about what we're all doing. It would be wonderful to get an autograph or picture of our favourite celebrity, lets just show some passion when we go out there to see the stars, and maybe you'll get one .

thankyou for listening to me. I'm a huge fan of Mr. Rickman, and it would be absolutly wonderful to have his autograph or have a picture with him, and who know's maybe it will happen, but I'll do it without hounding him. and if he says no, then i'll respect that. thankyou.
Lynn <pyewacket003@aol.comfoo>
Ottaawa, Canada - Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 11:23:31 AM (EDT)

Ugh. I hate how they tried to make it look like *he* was the one begin a jerk. He doesn't owe *anyone* a signature on *anything* yet he generously gives them on a regular basis. I just hope he never gets upset enough by idiots like this that he stops interacting with fans altogether. It's too bad an *actual* fan couldn't have been right there to tell the "youtube a-hole" to stick his camera and his attitude where the sun doesn't shine and leave Alan alone. It would have been funny to show the ebay creeps that his real fans aren't fooled by such garbage.
Tessa <earthday1984@yahoo.comfoo>
Panama, NY United States - Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 10:23:32 AM (EDT)

At last the tirade video for everyone to see (effin' ebay jerks).
Maria (assisted by Ali-Pat)
- Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 07:58:36 AM (EDT)

Very nice, Stezi--cool page altogether. (The link is embedded in Stezi's name).
Dayton, OH USA - Monday, April 16, 2012 at 08:45:36 AM (EDT)

I made Colonel Brandon inspired cravats at our Pirates Cave Facebook. Please take a look! I still think he is great. Many members of Deviantart agree.
Stezi <tomstezi@pirates-cave.comfoo>
Nijmegen, Holland - Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 12:55:30 PM (EDT)

Oh, I know. It was just so out of character for him, normally he just walks away from jerks like that. What's frustrating for me, too, is that 10 minutes before that? He was in a fantastic mood. Then he walks outside and gets ambushed and has his night ruined.
borkmanfan <borkmanfan@yahoo.comfoo>
USA - Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 07:10:40 PM (EDT)

If AR was irritated with someone, I'm sure he had good reason. I'd just hate to be the one on the other end. ;-)
Great article, Amy, thanks!

Sorry I missed putting up the Easter Bunny this year. I've been feeling a bit under the weather lately. But I hope everyone had a super Happy Easter!

And thanks so much, Ali-Pat, for taking care of the GB. :-)

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 05:28:37 PM (EDT)

borkmanfan, I've seen the video and I wouldn't call that "flipping out" or even angry for that matter. Mr. Rickman simply said "no," the "youtube arseholes" couldn't accept it and proceeded to argue, stupidly. Mr. Rickman rather calmly made himself clear, told them off, and rightly so.

It looks to me he was irritated because they proceeded to argue with and insult him. It's funny how when fools try to make a fool of someone who knows better it just doesn't work out too well for them in the end.

USA - Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 05:01:51 PM (EDT)

Here's a link to an article I've just read on the Daily Mail. Thought you'd enjoy it. Some interesting comments from the readers too. Besos desde Espa�a!

Professor Snape Saved My Life
Spain, - Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:23:23 PM (EDT)

There are two different things being talked about - a month or two ago Alan got irritated because someone was texting during a show - it was the director's personal assistant who was texting about something IN the show or something, is why it was happening, but he didn't know that. The other thing is a post-The Vandal scuffle last week with some ebay hacks. I was at The Vandal and Alan was in a great mood during the supper afterwards. BUT he wasn't eating anything, he was drinking wine for several hours, and when he walked outside to leave these guys were waiting for him. They wanted a bunch of HP stuff signed and he proceeded to drunkenly, angrily tell them off about it. They were SUPER annoying people, and really, he'd just spent the last five months being a super nice guy at the stage door. I don't blame him for flipping out.
borkmanfan <borkmanfan@yahoo.comfoo>
USA - Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11:59:02 AM (EDT)

So, I've seen posts that Alan got angry about some texting going on during his performance. I haven't seen the recording (if there is one) but, right off, I can say that I'm sure most people sympathize. It's equivalent to having someone answer a phone call/text during an important conversation or during a date. Very rude.
Shelly <inthelab.2300@ymail.comfoo>
Chicago, IL USA - Friday, April 13, 2012 at 03:52:39 AM (EDT)

Oh for heaven's sake! So AR got POed by some texting ijit during a performance? Who wouldn't??????
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 02:18:48 AM (EDT)

Okay, all fixed. Had to make some minor adjustments to Maria's posts to make everything work right but did no major damage, I hope.

As for the "tirade" I will reserve comment until I see it. I would like to point out, however, that our Alan is a human being and has off times just like anybody else.
- Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 10:56:37 AM (EDT)

Arrrgh!!! Someone needs to brush up on the directions for posting links! And may I humbly request that if anyone is going to make a formatting error they not do it on a morning I am running late for work? :o0

Will fix soon as I can--forgive my foot-stomping.
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 07:52:29 AM (EDT)

And the rest of us? Couldn't we be permitted to read this?
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Monday, April 09, 2012 at 06:31:04 PM (EDT)

Thanks, Kathryn. Love Nick Park's submission!
Getting ready for Radiohead! Yeeee!, - Monday, April 09, 2012 at 04:34:58 PM (EDT)

Uh oh, it seems that Alan's not so nice with his NYC fans as he launches a profanity-laced tirade at them (warning: to view this you must register as it says it's reserved to ''media professionals'', I think someone might do it):Alan Rickman Tirade.

And also Seminar co-star Jerry O'Conell dished out on Rickman's annoyance with texting during shows and its one incident: Jerry O'Connell Dishes.
Glendale, CA USA - Monday, April 09, 2012 at 04:25:11 PM (EDT)

In the absence of an Easter bunny, how about a drawing from Mr. Rickman?

Alan Rickman has contributed a self-portrait to be auctioned off on Ebay 3 through 13 May for Face Britain in support of The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts.

USA - Monday, April 09, 2012 at 02:33:42 PM (EDT)

Same to you, Ali-Pat, and to everybody here. I miss the bunny, too!
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Monday, April 09, 2012 at 08:20:23 AM (EDT)

Happy Easter! Where's the bunny, Suz?
- Sunday, April 08, 2012 at 08:48:55 AM (EDT)

Heads up, Seminar fans! There is no "official" Seminar merchandise but Strand Bookstore has created a bookbag using the play logo and a quote from the play. You can purchase it from the Strand website. Very cool!
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, April 04, 2012 at 08:02:35 AM (EDT)

From the New Yorker:

ST. MALACHY�S�THE ACTORS� CHAPEL TIPA (Toward International Peace Through the Arts), the work of the activist and literature lover Stan Tannen, presents a tribute to Charles Dickens, in celebration of the two-hundredth anniversary of his birth. Alan Rickman, Fritz Weaver, Frances Sternhagen, and other actors will read from �David Copperfield,� �Bleak House,� and other classic works. (239 W. 49th St. No tickets necessary. March 30 at 2.)

USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 01:28:51 PM (EDT)

Just want to let everyone know, that Snow Cake will be on television on Sat. March 31st. its on our Canadian station so i'm not sure if anyone in the US can see it. I hope you all can.

I'm sure everyone here has seen it but just in case there are a few out there that have not yet watched it, thats when its on. I'm soooo going to see it again. I even own a dvd of it, but I have to watch it again. It's such a moving movie. Love it.
Lynn <pyewacket003@aol.comfoo>
Ottawa, Canada - Monday, March 26, 2012 at 11:56:57 AM (EDT)

FYI: is selling DVDs of "The Song of Lunch," for $13.98, in case you loved it and want to have your own copy. (I was a bit "meh" about it; I mean, I loved his character development, but not the character... and I loved seeing him act with Emma Thompson, too. But I'll just keep my DVR-recorded show around.)
VA USA - Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 01:06:37 AM (EDT)

When will Teh Man be back in London? Does anybody here know?
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 06:43:16 PM (EDT)

This is from the Seminar Facebook page:

Send your well wishes to Alan, Hamish, and Lily! Here's how: Upload your video to YouTube. Then, email us your link to We'll send your videos to Alan, Hamish, and Lily.

What a great idea! They only have 16 performances left, it's kind of sad.

USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 01:13:25 PM (EDT)


Return of the Native audio book read by Alan Rickman (12 cassettes) unabridged version

First of all � it�s a great book and read beautifully, obviously.

Because I am relocating overseas and already got rid of my cassette player there is unfortunately no point in me holding on to this audio book. Some cases are cracked but all the cassettes are still in good working order. I�m not looking to make any money on this I would just rather they went to someone that can appreciate them rather than them ending up on the skip. As long as you are willing to pay for postage (from Belgium) these cassettes can be all yours. First in first served.

If you are interested you can contact me on annelies(underscore)vranken(at)hotmail(dot)com
Belgium - Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 05:49:19 AM (EDT)

Kit, you can see the clip of Alan's appearance on The View here on YouTube .
Dayton, OH USA - Friday, March 16, 2012 at 07:37:41 AM (EDT)

Has anyone posted a clip of the View appearance? I can't watch a whole hour of those annoying women.
pa usa - Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 02:41:07 PM (EDT)

Oh, Rickman and Weaver together, how wonderful! I hope everybody here has seen the lovely film "Snow Cake" where both of them star.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 08:02:12 AM (EDT)

I've posted about this before, but it's worth reminding everyone here: If you haven't read it yet, be sure to read "Don't Tell the Moon" by Lily Teegardin. It's a fun, absorbing novel available through that you can read on your computer or Kindle. Try out the first few pages and you'll want to keep reading especially since it involves characters anyone who reads this guestbook would find very familiar.

Please leave a review on the Amazon page once you have read the entire book all in one go (you won't be able to resist), and tell your friends.

USA - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 04:47:07 PM (EDT)

Yet another reason I wish I lived in New York or at least closer to it:

On Tuesday 3 April, Mr. Rickman and Sigourney Weaver will do a reading of Hamish Linklater's play "The Vandal" to benefit The Flea Theater.

Sounds like an interesting play...

USA - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 02:34:23 PM (EDT)

From the Seminar Facebook page, on Wednesday 21 March there will be a special post show party at Glass House Tavern to benefit the Lark Play Development Center. This party is for the cast AND the audience. Purchase your tickets at

Wow, damn damn damn...

Sorry, anyone who has the chance to go, please enjoy the play and let us know how the party goes!

USA - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 02:21:17 PM (EDT)

I can't remember waiting more excitedly for any movie than I am for Gambit! Probably because of that spoiler! I know what my dreams will be about, tonight! Hugs and Kisses for posting that! Whee!
Mary Jackson <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin , TX USA - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 06:09:38 PM (EDT)

Sure thing, Carole, I keep looking for a trailer but it's probably a bit early for one just yet.

I found this nice little write-up on Seminar at The Woodward/Morfoot Conundrum blog. It's not really spoilery but the writer does mention the play's "underlying theme."

USA - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 02:30:26 PM (EDT)

Thanks, Kathryn, for the info about Gambit. I'm looking forward to seeing it. Interesting tidbit about Alan's character!!!
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Monday, March 12, 2012 at 07:07:27 PM (EDT)

First off, there's a nice Q&A with Theresa Rebeck at

Renie and Carole, I seriously doubt they'd shelve a film starring Colin Firth and Alan Rickman, written by the Coen Brothers. The imdb has a few release dates listed including a date of 14 September 2012 for the UK, for the USA it only says 2012.

Mr. Rickman mentioned the film on the Joan Hamburg radio show on WOR last month (you can find it on iTunes), and there's a SPOILERY mention of it at the end of a review of the original Gambit here, so don't read if you don't want to know anything. The mention of the new Gambit includes interesting but spoilery information about Mr. Rickman's character.


Here's what it says about the new Gambit, there is a very enticing spoiler concerning Mr. Rickman's character in the film:

Later this year, there will be a remake of "Gambit" arriving in theaters, with Michael Hoffman directing from a script written by Joel and Ethan Coen. The logline description is "An art curator enlists the services of a Texas steer roper to con a wealthy collector into buying a phony Monet painting." I've read the Coens script, and it's a very different animal than the original. The scam involved is nothing like what happens in the original film, and in this case, the best case scenario is that this new film, which will star Cameron Diaz, Colin Firth, and Alan Rickman as a wildly wealthy nudist with a fondness for Monet, will lead people back to find the original, which will delight them in a whole different way.

USA - Monday, March 12, 2012 at 04:41:49 PM (EDT)

Well I finally have the dvd Song of Lunch. I ordered it through Coles Books,and they said it would take up to 2 weeks, but I got it in 1 day. WOW! I couldn't believe it. I'm so excited. I rushed home to watch it.

I did see it on PBS but I had crappy reception , so i'm so glad to have now a copy of the film. I so can't wait for an new Alan Rickman movie to come out. I need my fix. :-)

Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather, especially all you Fab Canadians (Ottawan's) take care all.
Lynn <pyewacket003@aol.comfoo>
Ottawa, CANADA - Monday, March 12, 2012 at 09:37:11 AM (EDT)

After doing a bit of Googling, it appears Gambit will be released this Fall.
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Monday, March 12, 2012 at 12:34:19 AM (EDT)

The filming of Gambit was finished long ago. Not sure when it will be released.
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Monday, March 12, 2012 at 12:24:24 AM (EDT)

Anyone who has not seen the Charlie Rose interview, don't let it pass. Thanks, Laura, for the link.

Do we know if the Gambit remake has been permanently shelved? The Coen brothers (screenwriters for that remake) have been shooting their new film in the East Village.
- Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 06:01:50 PM (EDT)

Pammyfay, I was blessed/lucky/fortunate to see the play from just about every angle and spot in the theatre. Front row left and right orchestra near the center aisle, second and third row right orchestra - the third row seats were unobstructed by heads and right in the man's eyeline several times, but he looks that way generically every performance. For me though, one time during a serious moment there was specific eye contact from there. Row J left orchestra and front row of rear mezz were different but one could see the whole stage much better and there was no need to be concerned about focusing too much on Mr. Rickman ;)

The best seats in terms of details are front row anywhere really and the third row seats near the side aisle. The view from the rear mezz was really good as well and everything could be seen just fine although there are certain details that one misses from that far back. It gave me a chance to really see how beautiful the entire Golden Theatre is, and I could hear everyone and everything just fine.

I'm glad you got to see the play and from a good spot!

USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2012 at 12:26:44 AM (EST)

Saw "Seminar" this past weekend--WOW! The entire cast was fantastic--nice to see AR paired with some really talented "young-uns." (Yes, my eyes were frequently glued to AR, but we were so close to the stage that it would've been rude to not look at the other actors! LOL!). Very thought-provoking script. And I'm glad it was presented without an intermission. (And thank you, LORNA, for the FINE advice you gave me as to the "best" sightlines. We sat on the left, if you're facing the stage [officially 'stage right' --right?], 2nd row, nobody in front of me, except the actors, because of the lineup of the seats. It was heaven. Worth every penny. Made me forget there was a house full of other folks watching it, too! KATHRYN -- I have a feeling we had the same, exact view? Or were you on the other side?) I think I enjoyed seeing this a bit more than watching him in "Private Lives" on Bway -- how many years ago was that? 11? I can't wait to see what he'll be up to next!
VA USA - Monday, March 05, 2012 at 11:09:16 PM (EST)

I have to admit I was positively squealing with joy when I found this page. I have been an Alan Rickman fan since I was nine and still happily am despite years of teasings ;) Well worth to me nine years later as the man still sends chills down my spine. I cannot count the times I rewatched Harry Potter or the times my fiance begged me to watch something else ;) I can't wait to see what he will do next!
Rebecca Bartlett <Kabutos_daughter@yahoo.comfoo>
Greenfield, MO U.S.A - Monday, March 05, 2012 at 09:08:22 AM (EST)

Here's the Charlie Rose interview with AR.
New York, NY - Thursday, March 01, 2012 at 10:03:36 AM (EST)

Suzanne, episodes of The View are available online! You should be able to catch it there. Rickman in on during the last ten minutes of the episode.
USA - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 07:51:21 AM (EST)

Well he wasn't on Charlie Rose for the full hour, just the second half-hour. the info on the Charlie Rose website was a bit misleading...

Is that what it's called, Suzanne? I can't wait for it to happen again, perhaps in London later this year :)

There is just something magical about watching him present the words, give them to the audience, and then share the resulting reaction (whatever it may be on the night) and move forward with the story, if that makes sense. It is something completely involving and such an awareness all around. I was just so excited watching him realize he's giving a great performance, there's just something in his mannerisms as they relate to the character's dialogue, something clicks into place, some kind of energy, and the look on his face, he knows when he's got the audience and he doesn't let it go.

I was quite impressed with Hamish Linklater whom I thought was the most consistent with his performance each time I saw the play. I had no idea Lily Rabe is that hilarious, she has excellent comic delivery. Jerry O'Connell has a lot in his future and Hettiene Park is so effortlessly brave up there with what she has to do.

*sigh* Can I go back and see it again?

USA - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 01:53:56 AM (EST)

Thanks for the info, Kathryn! Sounds like you were Rickmanised. lol Looking forward to more of your report after you've recovered. :-)

And, oh man, I missed The View! :-( Did anybody see it? Was he on? Do they sell copies of past shows (because there are no reruns).

Hi Keitha! We don't think Alan reads this page, but I wanted to let you know that he did do a couple of audio books; Return of the Native and Blind Corner. I haven't checked lately, but you might be able to find them at

VERY exciting, Mary! And welcome to the GB.

Very well put, Anastasia.

Great photos, Renie!

And finally, I would like to join Ali-Pat in thanking everyone who made a donation to the RADA Birthday fund! It's now nearly �650! I would like to make one correction, though. It looks like RADA set it up this time to remain open only through July. But we still have five more months to contribute, and we already surpassed last year. :-) Great job!

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
And thanks, everyone, for the birthday wishes! I had a great day. TX USA - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 08:40:25 PM (EST)

An announcement some of us have been hoping for: Mr. Rickman will be the guest for the hour on Charlie Rose tonight, Tuesday 28 February. Check your local PBS station for the time.

USA - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 04:22:17 PM (EST)

Imagining described moment and having his eyes meet mine. Slowly. Dying. Here......
Mary Jackson <Maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 01:14:12 PM (EST)

Martha, Renie - home now but no, not recovered at all. Lots of h*nds and lots of lovely others as well ;)

He is just the most elegant, classy, sweet, patient man. Seeing him perform on stage is something out of this world, especially when you see that he knows he is on a roll in a scene and the level of his performance in the moment hightens, and you're sitting there (front row) totally mesmerized and smiling at him because he's completely mind-blowing, and his eyes glance down to meet yours...

- Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 01:32:57 AM (EST)

You are a beautiful man. I love your movies. Really havent watched Harry Potter, but all of your other movies. Saw your picture on the New York Times web page, and just googled you out of curiousity. I love your voice and would love to hear it in audio books. I dont even know if you have an audio book, lol, maybe I should look. Anyway, just one person out of the 8 billion on earth who noticed you today, and thought you should know. If you had one dream in your life I wonder what it would be? Im not sure if I were to dream what mine would be but Im sure it would start the dream with a have the best days. There are many times I watch Sense and Sensibility just to hear you voice in the background from what ever I am doing.
Keitha Gilbert <skysunandsea@yahoo.comfoo>
Las vegas, nv usa - Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 09:19:43 AM (EST)

Alan Rickman is going to be on "The View" February 28th! (This will be good!)
Mary Jackson <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Friday, February 24, 2012 at 12:29:14 AM (EST)

As of today, the Birthday Fund is at 600 GBP. That is excellent!!!! Thanks to all who contributed. The fund remains open all year so if you still want to contribute you have a pretty big window :o)
Dayton, OH USA - Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 09:07:08 AM (EST)

Just google it man
warcraft 4 <braccaintexasfoo>
- Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 12:51:11 PM (EST)

I dont see him lately, what projects is he doing now ?
john <johnythedudewassick@gmail.comfoo>
rufick, kz USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 12:49:35 PM (EST)

I am beyond excited right now! I sent a SASE to the Golden Theater along with a photo of Alan Rickman, and it just arrived with his autograph this afternoon! On his birthday! (Happy 'Alan Rickman's birthday' to me!)
Mary Jackson <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 06:13:59 PM (EST)

Happy birthday to Mr. Rickman, the man who has been an inspiration to many (especially me). 66 and still looking good! Keep making movies and have a blessed day. -Keena-
- Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 05:31:25 PM (EST)

Hello Mr. Rickman, I just want to wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I know you probably don't read this,but just incase you do come to this site. I wanted to wish you a fabulous time, on your special day. Enjoy.

Lynn :-)
Lynn <pyewacket003@aol.comfoo>
Ottawa, Canada - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 03:04:31 PM (EST)

Oh, I tried to leave a note on the Flights of Fancy page -- it appears to be highjacked. :(
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 09:57:19 AM (EST)

Happy birthday to Mr. Rickman! I managed to squeak in my donation while it was still the 21st in the UK :)
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 09:55:22 AM (EST)

Hello Alan Rickman!

I just want to say Happy Birthday!! I love your roles in the movies Harry Potter, Die Hard, Sense and Sensibility, Dogma and Love Actually! Hope to see the other movies you've been in! I know I'll enjoy them!!

Lots of Love

Caitlin Mittelmeyer <>
Cape Town, South Africa - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 06:11:49 AM (EST)

Wish you a very Happy Birthday, Alan !
Hong Kong, - Monday, February 20, 2012 at 11:53:22 PM (EST)

Girls, when you talk about "hands" I'm not sure what you mean, but it is really funny! (And, it brings up lots of possible images!) I'm sure it's innocent, but my imaginings aren't! (Tee Hee!) I wonder how Alan and Rima are going to spend his birthday! I sure would have loved to see "Seminar" on his birthday! (I would have loved to see "Seminar" on any day!)
Mary Jackson <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Monday, February 20, 2012 at 07:58:46 PM (EST)

Kathryn, looking forward to hearing about your experience. Gail, you too!
Lots of h*nds, no?
R, - Monday, February 20, 2012 at 05:33:14 PM (EST)

Wanted to say i really enjoyed Mr. Rickman's role in Harry Potter as Professor Snape. Did a amazing job. Think it's prolly the best role you have done yet. Hope you have a Happy Birthday.
Sean Hight <shight84@hotmail.comfoo>
Bella Vista, Ar Benton - Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 06:18:45 PM (EST)

I will be going, with a friend, to 'Seminar' - the matinee performance on Sat. March 3rd. Anyone else going to be there?
Gail <gail.rayment@sympatico.cafoo>
Cobourg, ONT Canada - Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 06:13:45 PM (EST)

Kathryn - Have you recovered yet?
- Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11:55:10 AM (EST)

I've enjoyed every acting performance I've seen by Mr Rickman but the role of Severus Snape was particularly touching. I guess it's all tied up in the emotions of the series overall, but I can't help but feel that the story was as much Severus' as it was Harry's. I still cry, even now, to think of Severus' patronus saving Harry by the lake, all for the love of Lily. His portrayal of the agonised lover, adorer, admirer were masterful beyond the scope of the movies/novels and if it wasn't for him they would have fallen into a heap. He added a depth of emotion rarely seen and excruciatingly felt time and again throughout the movies. I wish he would read this page and know the impact he had on someone far away and the hope, dreams and love he filled in my heart. I don't know why a stranger acting in a movie would do this for me, but he portrays Severus' suffering with such dignity that with this I can anchor my dreams and hopes that all is not lost. xx
Anastasia <>
Adelaide, SA Australia - Friday, February 17, 2012 at 06:59:14 AM (EST)

...speaking of birthdays, Alan's is coming up soon! If you have not already done so, please consider donating the Alan Rickman Birthday Fund for RADA. He knows about this annual fund and is very pleased by it. I know--I still remember his sunny smile when I mentioned it to him. The total right now is over 300GBP, really great! But even greater if we can double that, no?
Dayton, OH USA - Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 09:21:07 AM (EST)

Eh Pure Lurve Alan Rickman. He's a pure babr, ken whit eh mean???
Meghan Rickman <meghannesbitt2000@gmail.comfoo>
Dundee, Tayside Scotland - Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 12:19:05 PM (EST)

And me!
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 02:04:01 PM (EST)

Happy belated birthday from me as well, Suzanne!

2 More Days - Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12:58:38 PM (EST)

Happy Belated Birthday to our webmistress, Suzanne! Hope it was a fun day :oD
- Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 07:16:49 AM (EST)

Saving "TRULY MADLY DEEPLY" for Valentine's Day! Because, it is a sweet "Valentine" of a movie!
Mary <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 08:14:14 PM (EST)

An - We don't believe that Alan reads the Guestbook. If you'd like to contact him, click the link at the top of the page for his agent's address.
- Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 10:19:30 AM (EST)

Sorry, but I feel that remark was uncalled for.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 06:49:36 AM (EST)

Aren't we glad Alan doesn't read the Guestbook!
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 02:01:31 AM (EST)

dear Mr Rickman, My name is An, I'm 31 years old, I live in belgium. Excuse me for my very basic english. I'm looking for a way to say something personal to you. hope you can read my message. I think it must sound rediculous to say that I just love you, to you? I don't know!? but it realy is. I like your humor and the way how you think about yourself, I think your a very humble man, that is what I like most on you... between the lines you tell much about yourself,... thank you just for who you are, I can learn much from you. Please if you can I hope could have a message back from you. Is that possible? wish you all the best and thank you. a very big fan An
An angui <talktoanlangui@gmail.comfoo>
Leuven, Brabant Belgium - Friday, February 10, 2012 at 04:49:58 PM (EST)

Someone suggested looking up Closet Land on Wikipedia, and I did! It's all there! Thanks, for that! :)
Mary Jackson <Maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Friday, February 10, 2012 at 09:25:51 AM (EST)

I've watched Closet Land a second time, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to have someone sit next to me and explain everything step by step! (Like they did for "Dark Harbor!") LOL!
Mary Jackson <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 09:55:06 PM (EST)

Oh, I see the other three segments of Revolutionary Witness on the Phoenix Learning Group website, now! You have to do "The Butcher" "The Patriot" and "The Woman.". Wow, at $59 a piece plus shipping for each..yowza! I wish the other three would get uploaded on YouTube like "The Preacher" did!
Mary Jackson <Maryyueyang@ gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 04:44:13 PM (EST)

When someone is up to it, can you explain Closet Land?


I got most of it, except did the interrogator actually abuse her when she was a child, or was it just another psychological trick? And, the bright light she walks into, does that mean she was going to die?


This one is dark. I started to get dizzy, and then realized it was because I had somehow quit breathing while watching it! Especially in the closet! I had to remind myself to breathe! Too strange and too gripping! (He's still supernaturally attractive, especially in those glasses!)
Mary Jackson <Maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 04:33:08 PM (EST)

I have searched for a long time and simply can't find the other three segments of Revolutionary Witness! The closest I could get was copy of Michael Barnes' plays that included it. It would be amazing to have the whole set, and it made me wonder why the Phoenix Learning Group only decided to do "The Preacher.". Since they produce learning materials for the classroom, you'd think they would do them all, but I couldn't find the other three listed with them. What amazes me about "The Preacher" is that it seems to be a twenty minute monologue, and since I also have the script, I could tell that he did not miss even one word! And, it is obvious he's not reading from any prompters. Who could memorize 20 minutes of difficult dialogue like that?
Mary Jackson <Maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, Tx USA - Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 04:19:32 PM (EST)

I guess I need to bite the bullet and order a DVD copy since I no longer have a VCR to play my tape :o( But I keep holding out for a deal where I can get all four segments of Revolutionary Witness at some kind of price cut. I am very curious about the other three segments!
Dayton, OH USA - Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 10:00:01 AM (EST)

My DVD of "The Preacher" arrived last week. That was really fast! And, so much better than watching it on You Tube! Did someone say "Gambit" will be released this summer? I can't wait!
Mary Jackson <Maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, February 07, 2012 at 09:44:33 AM (EST)

It was literally my pleasure (as it will be yours, Kathryn). That last one was indeed from the A&L interview--it's all about the h*nds. He was so very sweet and charming at the stage door, in spite of the weather and his very apparent nasal cold. (Tony Shaloub exited the stage door before any of the cast came out. He walked briskly with a friend, all smiles as he left.) Each of the cast members was generous with time for fans, and AR came out last.

I've calendared the CUNY interview for Feb 18. The NY Times critics have their "shoulda been" lists of Oscar noms, and AR is on two of them for Best Supporting Actor.

Welcome and enjoy Suzanne's "wonder-full site", Mary.
A whole night of h*nds. , - Monday, February 06, 2012 at 06:16:56 PM (EST)

Nice stage door pictures, Renie, and thanks for the spoiler warning.

I like that one of him walking away as well, it's from the Arts & Leisure weekend interview.

11 days to go, - Sunday, February 05, 2012 at 02:12:28 PM (EST)

Awesome, Renie. I especially love the photo of him walking away from us.
Dayton, OH USA - Sunday, February 05, 2012 at 08:57:59 AM (EST)

Thanks, this was total awesomeness! I have no chance of seeing the play, so I pick up every crumb I can get! When the written script is available on Amazon (like Theresa Rebeck's other plays) I'll buy it, and try to imagine him saying the lines! (That's what I did with John Gabriel Borkman and Private Lives.) I sure wish plays could be filmed and sold on dvds. They could sell them after the play closes! I would have really loved to have seen his John Gabriel Borkman!
Mary Jackson <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX 78757 - Sunday, February 05, 2012 at 12:22:25 AM (EST)

Finally. Seminar.
Scroll down to see only photos and avert eyes from spoilers. I did make it brief out of deference to those who have yet to enjoy the play., - Saturday, February 04, 2012 at 09:31:01 PM (EST)

On Saturday, 18 February, Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater and Theresa Rebeck will be featured on CUNY TV's Theater Talk.

The full schedule of airings for this episode are:

Saturday, February 18 - 8:30pm

Sunday, February 19 - 12:30pm

Monday, February 20 - 7:30am, 1:30pm, 7:30pm

Check the link above to see the video whenever they put it online!

That is of course if it's not on Youtube first ;) Cheers,
USA - Thursday, February 02, 2012 at 01:08:31 PM (EST)

I particularly like the line "What are you gonna do? Hit me with that ffffish?" And of course it doesn't hurt that he walks on water in that one ;)

From Wednesday, 1 February, listen to Alan Rickman and Lily Rabe being interviewed by Joan Hamburg for WOR Radio at Sardi's. There's a couple of pictures here and here as well, courtesy of the Sardi's Facebook page.

USA - Thursday, February 02, 2012 at 03:44:14 AM (EST)

Heather, you are so right! I love Dogma, too! And "The Search For John Gissing!" I swear, Alan Rickman seems to do comedy better than most comedic actors who are famously known for it!
Mary Jackson <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, February 01, 2012 at 09:38:15 PM (EST)

I still say my favorite movie of Alan's is Dogma. Quote "I couldn't have sex with you if I wanted to. I'm as anatomically correct as a Ken doll." HAHAHA
Heather Blackwell <AngelGirl37351@gmail.comfoo>
Cleveland, TN United States - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11:35:09 PM (EST)

I just donated to RADA and left a birthday message! Exciting!
Mary Jackson <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 09:22:59 PM (EST)

Thank you for the warm welcome! I have been reading Alan Rickman fan sites for almost a year now - (I'm new Rickmaniac, but have learned that it's a lifetime condition!) - and this site is the absolute best I've found! Thanks to you, I've found a way to order my favorite performance by him: (The Preacher) $89 for 20 minutes of him, but I think it's worth it. I just can't afford any more obsessions! A cheaper thrill is scrolling through Youtube and watching the autograph seekers meeting him at Seminar's stage door, and feeling like I am there with them! I'm enjoying this sites "Flights of Fancy" (I'm not a writer myself, but this makes me wish I were!) and I was happy to discover "Faerie Queen" by Edmund Spenser (Sense and Sensibility) and "My Souls True Face" (Closet Land) You have such wonderful information, here! I can't thank you, enough!
Mary Jackson <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 08:57:14 PM (EST)

Welcome, Mary! Here's to many happy years of fandom!
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 07:40:07 AM (EST)

I've spent my entire evening reading all of the fabulous stuff on this site! I'm a fan!
Mary Jackson <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX USA - Monday, January 30, 2012 at 11:03:59 PM (EST)

I am a big fan of Alan Rickman and I love following your updated discussions! I also love all the Alan Rickman fan pages I have found on Tumblr!
Mary Jackson <maryyueyang@gmail.comfoo>
Austin, TX 78757 - Monday, January 30, 2012 at 08:28:28 PM (EST)

Thanks for reminding us about Just Giving, Suzanne! I've tweeted about it, so hopefully the word will spread :)

USA - Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 02:51:59 AM (EST)

Thank you for sharing that, Ali-Pat. Would've loved to have seen that! :-)

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 10:16:23 PM (EST)

I can verify that this fund is a great birthday gift for Alan. When I spoke with him in November I asked him if he knew about the RADA Birthday Fund and his face lit up like a Christmas tree. He said that yes, he did know about the fund and was grateful. "Every little bit helps", he told me.
- Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 07:30:06 AM (EST)

Wow, this past year went by fast! And it's time to celebrate Alan Rickman's birthday, which is coming up on February 21st, with our annual RADA fundraiser (now in its ninth year).

Last year's donations, which totaled �595 including Gift Aid (which roughly translates to about $926.00), helped several students (see the full list on the AR Just Giving page), and it would be wonderful if we could continue that tradition. This is a very worthy cause, one that is very dear to Alan's heart, so if you are able to make a donation, I believe it's a birthday present he would most appreciate.

As before, donating is really easy, just click on the below Just Giving link (or on the the Birthday Cake link at the top of the GB). It is the same straightforward website that we have used in previous years, which means that people from around the world can donate easily with their credit cards. UK taxpayers can even boost the donations further with Gift Aid, at no extra cost to themselves. And if everyone could please spread the word to other Alan Rickman web-sites, groups, forums, blogs, live journals, twitter, Facebook accounts, etc. by posting this link:, the donations will be boosted even more. They actually make it easy to post to Facebook and Twitter with buttons right on the Just Giving page and after you donate. I have made my donation and have already received a "Thank You" e-mail from Alan Rickman. :-)

Let's make him proud of us! :-)

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Monday, January 23, 2012 at 09:16:23 PM (EST)

Thanks, Kathryn! Hopefully WNYC will record it. But if anyone has tickets, we want reports! :-)

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Monday, January 23, 2012 at 09:13:34 PM (EST)

From the Seminar Facebook page:

"Here's something we know you will love! On Tuesday January 24th following the show, Leonard Lopate of WNYC will chat with the entire cast of Seminar On Broadway! Lily Rabe, Jerry O'Connell, Hettienne Park, Hamish Linklater, and Alan Rickman! Get your tickets for before it sells out. You don't want to miss out on seeing this."

No word yet on whether this will be available to see on video or listen to through WNYC.

*sigh* This couldn't wait until the week I'm there, of course not.

Less than a month away from NYC, - Friday, January 20, 2012 at 03:06:17 PM (EST)

Suz (D.o.C.) - Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:56:12 PM (EST)

Someone seems to have hacked into the Guest Book again.
- Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 02:41:25 PM (EST)

You're always very welcome, Suzanne. :)

Speaking of amazing info, try this bit from Alan Rickman in Talks to Take SEMINAR to the West End

See there, anything is possible!

USA - Friday, January 13, 2012 at 02:44:38 AM (EST)

WOW!!! Thanks, Kathryn!

And Thanks to everyone for all the amazing info and links!

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 06:54:03 PM (EST)

If anyone had trouble watching the live feed or the video of the Arts & Leisure Weekend interview, the entire fantastic Q&A with Mr. Rickman is now up on Youtube.

Go here and enjoy.

USA - Monday, January 09, 2012 at 01:21:20 AM (EST)

So the Arts & Leisure Q&A with Mr. Rickman will be livestreamed from 10 a.m. Eastern Saturday morning (tomorrow, 7 January).

They will take questions via Twitter and the live audience.

:) Cheers,
USA - Friday, January 06, 2012 at 04:29:23 PM (EST)

This page has a very nice interview with AR and pictures.
pa usa - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 at 04:34:30 PM (EST)

The Arts & Leisure Weekend has a Livestream set up. They do not specify exactly what will be livestreamed. I can't imagine they'd show the hour with Mr. Rickman, though it would be wonderful if that happens!

USA - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 at 02:23:15 PM (EST)

Great news about "Seminar"!
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 at 08:46:12 AM (EST)

Thanks for the "Seminar" seating advice, folks. I booked 2 Sunday tickets for March. (Seats are so close to the stage that if any of the actors sneeze, I know we'll feel it!) Now -- who among the NY fans here have booked tickets to the New York Times' speaking engagement with him for this weekend? It's sold out, so I know some of you must be helping fill the room!
VA - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 at 01:36:48 AM (EST)

Seminar was voted fan favorite Broadway show of 2011 in the weekend poll. I wonder if this is just the beginning for the awards for this one? :)

USA - Monday, January 02, 2012 at 11:58:33 PM (EST)

Just read this article in the Daily Mail about Alan getting an Oscar, and thought I would share it with you. Hope this comes true! Happy New Year to all of you, and if any of you,lucky Newyorkers, sees Alan in Manhattan, please, let us know! Kisses from Spain.
Spain, - Monday, January 02, 2012 at 12:54:13 PM (EST)

Hope everyone has an fantastic 2012, filled with amazing AR moments!

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Sunday, January 01, 2012 at 01:02:09 AM (EST)

Oscar for Alan Rickman.
Mel <fruggies@hotmail.comfoo>
Pueblo, Co USA - Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 07:03:14 PM (EST)

Happy New Yeareveryone. I have already begun 2012! My favourite men - Alan Rickman and Placido Domingo are both in New York for New year festivities. Wish I could be there. I hope we all have an interesting and enjoyable AR year.
NZ - Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 03:02:05 PM (EST)

Wow it's a blizzard in here, good thing I wore my scarf...

There's a new poll over at to determine the favorite Broadway show of 2011, and of course Seminar is in the running.

Go vote!

USA - Friday, December 30, 2011 at 11:37:54 PM (EST)

And it's the best kind of snow - you don't have to shovel it!

- Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 09:18:41 AM (EST)

It's snowing!
- Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 02:46:58 AM (EST)

What better way to have spent Christmas Eve than with people who insisted on discussing Die Hard at dinner? (And carried on from that to discuss Something the Lord Made and Galaxy Quest.) Hope everyone's having as merry a Rickmas as I am :)

Thanks for the spoiler warning Renie, and yes the new yeAR is on the way. Almost time for me to see SeminAR ;)

USA - Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 01:03:06 AM (EST)

A NYTimes piece about Seminar (and boys vs. girls) is full of spoilers, so avoid until you've seen the play.

Merry and Happy to you posters, readers and lurkers here! (Gail, nice to see you all the same.)
In a few days, we can toast to a new yeAR. , - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 08:03:28 PM (EST)

Same to you, Constance, and to everybody here! I�ll try to buy Lily�s book -- I know she�s a good writer.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 12:15:40 PM (EST)

Just wanted to pop in a wish all here a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! It does my heart good to see that the enthusiasm has not waned for our dear AR!
Constance Pappalardo <conpappa@gmail.comfoo>
Cary, North Carolina United States - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 11:29:59 AM (EST)

Just go to and search for Don't Tell the Moon; that should do it!
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 10:56:11 PM (EST)

There's a new novel for Kindle through written by Lily Teegardin called "Don't Tell the Moon." One of the characters, Alex Fleming, will remind you quite a lot of a certain someone that the author and ourselves admire. I've read quite a lot of Lily's writing and I can only say that it's all very absorbing and this novel will be well worth your time.

USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 01:47:33 PM (EST)

Seems to be my month for GB comments. I get the New Yorker passed on to me by a friend, and am just reading the Nov. 28 issue. Rave review for AR in Seminar by John Lahr, and some delicious quotes, such as 'Rickman has given contempt more complex angles than a Cubist painting' and 'There is nothing quite like being in the presence of his cool ironic hauteur, which is at once dangerous and delightful'. Ahem. Quite. Extremely tasty photo with the article - AR surrounded by other cast members. Rush to your local libraries and make a (legal) photocopy. Thanks for the enquiry, R, but the TARTS have dissolved. We left Toronto and I lost touch.
Gail <gail.rayment@sympatico.cafoo>
Cobourg, ON Canada - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 11:05:35 PM (EST)

Want to do the New York thing Alan Rickman style? He tells us how in this NYC Go interview.

USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 02:47:33 PM (EST)

Just saw Seminar. Alan was wonderful, no surprise there. Afterwards he signed playbills for everyone waiting at the stage door, and thanked each person with eye contact and a smile. Such charisma!
Pat <hobbit_golightly@msn.comfoo>
NY USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 02:56:10 PM (EST)

Second, 1:25 ish, look for the guy on bass guitar.
- Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:44:46 AM (EST)

AR look alike winner! Google Mayo Clinic's spoof of Jenny 867-5309, advance video to 1:25. Only appears a few seconds in entire video. What do you think?
- Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:42:16 AM (EST)

Nice to see you, Gail. How are the TARTS?

I imagine they were broadcasting that film because it's the anniversary of that expedition.

At the end of the Galaxy Quest credits, i just noticed "Voice of David Letterman", but can't remember what this was in the film. Another senior moment, or what? Anyone know?

Also, heard for the first time: Just before the crew come scuttling round the corner by the vending machine, Guy is chatting up a cute girl. She says, "But you live with your mother."

Sorry it's taking so long to write a review and post pix, it's the holidays. Which reminds me--Happy Hollidays to all members of the GB!
Villain, shmillain. AR is perfect in this. "Shut-Tup . . . " , New bigger screen=excuse to watch all AR movies. I can now see the h*nds closeup when Quillick is on the ceiling. - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 06:39:12 PM (EST)

I really enjoyed that documentary, Gail, and I'm glad you and other Canadians had the opportunity to watch it. The DVD is available on Amazon and other places for anybody who wants to see it (or see it again). I seem to remember it was dedicated to Natasha Richardson and that it was the last project she completed before her death.
Dayton, OH USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:23:44 AM (EST)

That unmistakeable Rickman voice was doing voice-over on a program on a Canadian TV station this evening. It was a documentary called The Wildest Dream - Conquest of Everest and it compared the climb of Mallory and Irvine in the 1930s (I think) with two current day climbers trying to replicate. Both Mallory and Irvine died, without anyone knowing whether they had actually reached the summit. Anyway, there was a eminent collection of actors doing the voiceovers - Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson.
Gail <gail.rayment@sympatico.cafoo>
Cobourg, ON Canada - Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 11:58:56 PM (EST)

Unfortunately it seems none of the awards are for who truly earned them, who was the best in their category for the year anymore. Or has it always been that way and I'm just in the past couple of years taking notice?

USA - Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 12:39:15 AM (EST)

He will definitely get the Tony nomination for "Seminar", but may not win. Remember, the Tony awards are not at all like the Oscars. Tony voters are, for the most part, producers of Broadway shows. They are members of the Broadway League, and they are famous for voting for their own shows first, their friends' shows second, voting against their enemies shows etc.

The non-musical play that will grab the Tony and likely do the best financially will be a play called Other Desert Cities, and Stacy Keach, who is in that show, will be up against Rickman for the nod. Keach may not win, but he'll definitely be competition. Other actors up will be Frank Langella for Man and Boy and Hugh Dancy for Venus in Fur. I certainly think he has a chance to get it in that field but if he doesn't it will be because of commercial reasons - being in a less than profitable play - rather than whether or not he did a better job than the others did.
- Friday, December 16, 2011 at 01:58:20 PM (EST)

Considering the same people who voted for the SAGs will be voting for the Oscars, I don't think this will be Mr. Rickman's year. At this stage I think the Tony is more realistic.

He should have been nominated, IMHO, but also for Truly Madly Deeply, Sense & Sensibility, Snow Cake...

USA - Friday, December 16, 2011 at 01:33:55 PM (EST)

Obviously it was too much to hope that Alan would get a Golden Globe or SAG nomination. Well, there's still the Oscars and then a Tony for Seminar.
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Friday, December 16, 2011 at 12:39:09 AM (EST)

nice site
Lola <lolaparkerz@yahoo.comfoo>
- Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 09:42:59 PM (EST)

Mr. Rickman attended the premiere of Theresa Rebeck's "Smash" on Monday night at the Museum of Modern Art. has the story and the pictures.

Also courtesy of there is a new Seminar Sweepstakes for the holidays. Four people will win gifts from a character's Christmas wishlist and 2 tickets to see the play. Unfortunately Leonard is not one of the characters with a wishlist. Enter by Saturday 17 December.

USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 02:39:43 PM (EST)

Renie, I can't be so sure that I will ;)

If you're in New York or the general vicinity and can get to The Drama Book Shop, Inc. on Wednesday 14 December, Theresa Rebeck will be there from 5 to 7 p.m. Unspecified cast members will be there as well for a play reading, and Ms. Rebeck will be signing her plays and participate in a Q&A.

Waiting for Renie's stage door photos,, USA - Monday, December 12, 2011 at 11:42:03 PM (EST)

I too sat on the left in the audience from a good vantage point. He wasn't feeling well on the night before Thanksgiving, and his voice didn't carry as fully as it likely does normally. I'd not sit too far away.

Beware if you're bringing anyone of an easily-offended nature, or very young children. (17 and 20 loved it.)

About the HP Oscar drive: (Note this enthusiastic blogger doesn't spell or grammar check, and he calls Daniel Radcliffe a member of the crew instead of cast . . . .)

"While all of this is going, we�re all wondering: what�s going on with Harry Potter? The Academy probably thought that the final-film hype was just starting to die down and that they�d get off the hook with not getting it a nomination, but shortly after the two award shows were announced, it doubled in talk. We�ve seen the billboards, the booklets, and the minisites- but now Warner Bros. has a new stamp to add to its fancy Oscar Posters along with glowing reviews- the National Board of Review stamp of approval. Even if it didn�t win any of their major awards, it received the Award for Special Achievement in Film Making, along with being on their list of top films of the year. A recent study by Entertainment Online examines why this is telling Oscar voters that it�s okay to let Potter win. Warner Bros. is now in full swing- they gave it a reasonable Oscar nod before to appease fans, but considering their only other Oscar films- Happy Feet Two, J. Edgar, Contagion, and as it looks Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close might, flopped, this is their biggest bet, and they�re giving it all they�ve got. They took advantage of the National Board�s stamp of approval and plastered it on to their newest billboard- which features their best bet in the acting category, Alan Rickman, who wowed critics in what is argued as the saga�s definitive performance. There has seriously been a lot of talk around this guy- he might end up getting a nod for his other Oscar film, Coriolanus, which might get the Academy off the hook, but a recent interview by close colleague, Daniel Radcliffe, explains why he should get an Oscar.

�I don�t think there is going to be another performance from an actor in a supporting role that is so powerful, where the actor had the challenge of realising a scene that�s been realised millions of times the world over in the imagination of readers. That scene � those revelations about Snape�s past � represented maybe the most anticipated part [of one] of the most anticipated movies of the past 10 years. I think Alan does amazing, amazing work.�

In my opinion, Radcliffe really nailed all the key points here- and he�s not the only crew member doing Oscar talk on the films. See what Alan Rickman himself has to say on the subject, here. David Heyman (Producer) and David Yates (Director) have weighed in constantly on Alan Rickman and Potter�s Oscar chances. Lately, the web (eOnline in particular) has been asking �What happened to Alan Rickman?� seeing as he was the first true Oscar bet of the year. Oscar analysts say that he�s suffering from backlash, but that may come full circle when the current frontrunners get it in January, when the Oscar voters have to fill out their ballots. Here�s what Patrick Goldstein of the Vancouver Sun had to say when talking to Warner marketing chief Sue Kroll:

When I asked Warners marketing chief Sue Kroll if the studio�s �Hallows� video campaign was too lavish, she was unapologetic. �You can call it lavish, but I think it�s simply a way of getting people, at a time when they are forming opinions, to think about our film,� she said, noting that the film had recently arrived on DVD, so the cost of the billboard ads was shared with the studio�s home video wing. �Because �Hallows� came out in the summer, we wanted to remind people of the merits of the film, which was one of the best-reviewed movies of the year. In an industry town, you sometimes need to do things that have never been done before to get everyone�s attention.�

Personally, I think that Naomi Creason and had the most interesting thing to say on the topic, stating that the marketing for Potter is actually giving the film a negative effect:

[Referring to Ralph Fiennes being promoted more than Alan Rickman] I think it�s certainly an odd choice considering almost every review I�ve read of the last installment has made a point to single out Rickman for his work � not only to talk about how well he�s done throughout the franchise but also to mention that his performance, specifically in the last movie, provided the emotion of the film.

Yes, Kathryb, I survived. With some stage door photos. (Coming.), - Monday, December 12, 2011 at 07:22:42 PM (EST)

Thanks, Lorna! Now -- all you New Yorkers! (Jerseyites, too!): Did you see the ad in the New York Times on Sunday for the NYT "Arts & Leisure Weekend"? AR is on the list! Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $30. Web site is Why oh why did I ever leave Westchester...
VA - Monday, December 12, 2011 at 06:10:45 PM (EST)

@Pammyfay, I saw SEMINAR in November. I would suggest sitting on the left if looking at the stage. Alan stands on the right quite a bit, but looks towards the left, talking to his students. But as I understand, the play looks good from any seat.
Lorna Clarke <lorna35@att.netfoo>
The Woodlands, TX USA - Monday, December 12, 2011 at 09:19:13 AM (EST)

Can somebody who's seen AR in "Seminar" comment on the theater seating? I've taken a look at the seating map but am wondering whether AR tends to be on one side of the stage more than the other, or is he all over the place?
VA - Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 10:01:44 PM (EST)

Sue Kroll is President of Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures, and oversees the strategic creation and implementation of marketing campaigns for the studio�s global releases, directing all aspects of marketing, advertising, media planning, promotion, publicity and research. I'm not sure she's the contact point for Oscar pushes, but contacting her to express support for an oscar campaign for AR over studio choice Fiennes would be a start.

Her address is ""bot without the bot of course.
- Thursday, December 08, 2011 at 11:20:51 AM (EST)

Dear Alan, Damn, you are amazing. Thank you, Melissa
Melissa Wood
Pueblo, CO USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 10:58:02 PM (EST)

I love ALan Rickman I am a 67 year old Epsicopalian Sister
Brigid Courtney <brigid.courtney426@gmail.comfoo>
Boston, MA United States - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 05:07:51 PM (EST)

I agree, R! I suppose most of us do.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 02:05:40 PM (EST)

The first I've heard that Warner execs have chosen Ralph Fiennes (exceptional actor) over Rickman (exceptional and far more deserving in his role as Snape) for Best Supporting Actor push. Mistake,no question, and a huge misreading of public sentiment/support. They are seriously missing the boat.
- Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 12:08:06 PM (EST)

I have enjoyed watching some of the roles you have played. Thankyou for taking up drama. Cheers!
Carmel <justcalm@hotmail.comfoo>
Ipswich, QLD Australia - Monday, December 05, 2011 at 08:00:35 PM (EST)

Sounds like I won't be bothering with the Lopate interview . . . I don't expect much from a Charlie Rose interview if it should happen. Charlie is another interviewer who prefers the sound of his own voice to anything his guest might say. IMO the 2002 interview (Private Lives) was terrible; I especially didn't like the clips they choose to use. I bought the video tape anyway; after all, it was AR!!!
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Saturday, December 03, 2011 at 04:00:56 AM (EST)

Renie, a full hour of him with Charlie Rose is about all we can hope for when it comes to someone having a good conversation with him. Maybe if it's the full Seminar cast, or maybe if Mr. Rickman gets all the nominations.

Speaking of nominations, the Golden Globe noms are announced Thursday, 15 December.

Glad to see you survived the play, Renie ;)

USA - Friday, December 02, 2011 at 11:53:27 PM (EST)

Sorting through my vacation in-box news feeds, this bit is from the LA Times:

"Emma Thompson wrote in an email that during her frequent collaborations with Rickman, "It's very difficult not to giggle, we laugh a lot, often in the wrong places." Their most recent one is the BBC teleplay "The Song of Lunch," which aired recently on PBS, in which Rickman plays an alcoholic poet trying to rekindle a love affair. The actress, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for "Sense and Sensibility" and starred with Rickman in that movie, noted that his performance in that film as Col. Brandon "� was everything I wanted for the role � virile yet sensitive, powerful yet quietly, slightly dangerous and miles more interesting than he is in the book�. There's no one like Alan for a rich, mysterious inner life.""
- Friday, December 02, 2011 at 04:48:03 PM (EST)

Thanks, Kathryn. The link works fine. I'm at 5:50 and I'm wondering why this man, Leonard Lopate, has a radio show. I disagree with nearly every choice of words or opinion he utters. Maybe I'll try again later when I'm less irritated . . .

. . . Ok, made it through. Oh my, not again. Plus the art of the non-question. Who says, "Weren't you, aren't there, didn't you, and wasn't he?" This interviewer is just talking himself and not interviewing or asking. Reading award nominations lists from a piece of paper is not illuminating either. Blah blah blah. "Do you have jet lag?" Really? Has this person never interviewed a stage actor before? *smacking my forehead*
Land sakes . . . , - Friday, December 02, 2011 at 04:32:12 PM (EST)

Oh the link worked but the capitalization typos are pitiful. It's late.
USA - Friday, December 02, 2011 at 12:11:06 AM (EST)

Friday, 2 December at 12 p.m. Eastern time, Mr. rickman is scheduled to be on the leonard Lopate Show along with Lily rabe and Hamish linklater. Listen to it live here.

USA - Friday, December 02, 2011 at 12:09:44 AM (EST)

AR as the Doctor? I don't think he'd do it. I think I remember him saying he didn't like Dr. Who (or much other science fiction). That stuck with me as it's my favorite genre--and I considered it as his most troubling flaw :)
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 03:24:46 PM (EST)

AR was a guest on the show "Talk of the Nation" for NPR this morning 11/29/11. The program may be available online for listening; he's at the end of the hour long show.

He is off from Seminar tonight, and will be attending his friend Martha Clarke's dance masterwork "Garden of Earthly Delights".

The interview did not touch on Seminar nearly enough, and took calls from people who were asked whether playing villains was more fun. So you can imagine his exact attitude and response towards that--"They're just who they are, and this is what they want." Also the familiar warning not to judge your character. "I look down a different telescope. It's not the major area of my work."

He did say working with his friend Rebecca, the Seminar playwright, brings some tension, since, especially with a new play, you are acting on instinct, and one may not be as diplomatic in exploring the work with others. "New plays risk everybody's sensibilities." He's working with four "fan-TAS-tic" young actors. *shivers*

On Die Hard - "Well, it's a film that lasted, that's for sure." He discussed how the fall at the end of DH was real, not CGI. When asked if Snape required a lot of green screen, he said no. "He doesn't go anywhere. He's just in those corridors." He insisted, though that, "Snape gets laughs too."

A caller complimented Galaxy Quest, and AR was quick to comment on what a fun movie that is. (The night I attended the play, Tony Shaloub went backstage after the show to chat with AR. I saw Tony leaving by the stage door.)

A woman caller had done voiceover work, and done the "On-star" voice for cars. Asked if he has ever been asked to do a GPS gig, AR responded "What's that?" Then said, "No. And I will be saying no to that when it comes along."
Play report to follow. Must catch up at home., - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 03:21:14 PM (EST)

AR on npr show 11 am today on kqed fm 88.5. Might be in your US area too.
Just found out, - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 01:58:27 PM (EST)

From Here:

spoilers of a sort-ish********

The actor whose Broadway appearances are rare and the character (Leonard) who has no specific nationality should not have connected, but � ah! � there's a backstory. Under the radar is a longstanding friendship going on between actor and author. "I've known him a while," says Rebeck. "He's a deeply generous human being. I could go on and on about what a great person he is. He has been very kind to me over the years. He reads my plays and talks to me about them or writes me really very cryptic and beautiful emails that are provoking your thoughts about things. We had been in discussion about this play in a very mysterious way. And I did ask him, at one point when he was here, 'Would you just read it to me?' I thought it would truly be a wonderful thing to hear him do it. And I was right." A second reading, for backers, put the play on the fast track to Broadway, with Rickman leading the charge. Director Sam Gold hired a first-class class of wannabe novelists (Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Hettienne Park and Jerry O'Connell) to hear his words of wisdom and derision. It's now playing the Golden Theatre.

Welcome back to Broadway. It has been almost a decade.

Alan Rickman: I guess it has. But I was in New York last winter at BAM, performing there with Lindsay Duncan in John Gabriel Borkman, and I was directing at BAM the spring before that.

That was Strindberg's Creditors. Did you enjoy doing that?

AR: I loved doing that. It was very special, to watch it move from the Donmar to, really, one of the most thrilling theatre spaces in the world � at BAM [at the Harvey Theatre in Brooklyn]. It was a joy for the actors [Owen Teale, Tom Burke and Anna Chancellor]. And it was a pleasure to say to Lindsay Duncan [for Borkman], "Yeah, but wait until we get to BAM." She'd never walked out on a stage like that before.

New Yorkers could get the impression that you and Lindsay are the English Tracy and Hepburn. She co-starred with you both times you were on Broadway � in 1987's Les Liaisons Dangereuses and 2002's Tony Award-winning Private Lives � and the two of you got Tony-nominated both times so you obviously play beautifully together. Do you work with her a lot?

AR: Well, no. With her, it was a ten-year gap before we did Borkman, so I wouldn't call it a lot, but it was great to kinda close that gap. She's busily working away back in England, and I'm over here.

You don't seem to do a lot of contemporary roles.

AR: Well, I've played quite a lot of them on film, but, in terms of being on a big Broadway stage, it has only been twice: One was 18th century, and the other was the 1930s. But it's relaxing to just put on ordinary clothes.

One of those was a drama, the other a comedy. How would you characterize this play?

AR: Seminar is similar in a way. Give me any straight play � it should have a lot of laughs in it. I remember the laughs in Hamlet when I did that. There were plenty in that, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses is, of course, incredibly funny. That house was rocking with laughter, even though, as you say, it was ultimately a drama. We, of course, walk out into this play, not knowing it's funny. It's dead serious to us, but Theresa's writing is terribly witty. Fingers crossed. All I know is the play makes me laugh, but it's tough, too � tough and funny and sexy. Those are three great words.

Have there been people in your life who mentored you that you consider teachers? I'm thinking about Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Sir Ralph Richardson. You were their dressers, weren't you?

AR: I was, yeah, when I was in drama school. Well, I think anyone who's honest � and why wouldn't you be? � would say there are marker posts in your life which are absolutely to do with great teachers. I don't know how great a teacher Leonard is, but he's definitely passionate. I've had some absolutely crucial teachers at several points in my life.

This play is so word-led. Does that make you appreciate your character more, get you deeper into his psyche, because he is a man who loves words?

AR: I love words. I love language. I think one of the great things that theatre can do is celebrate language, and Theresa doesn't write a lazy line. You have to play right the way through a thought all the time, and some of them are very long � so it's not that kind of snap-happy [dialogue]. Although it's very crisp and very funny, you still gotta get hold of the whole thought all the time, and that means being really aware of the power of language.

The last time I saw you was at a Roundabout opening. I'd just come from a screening of "Sweeney Todd," where I'd left you gushing a torrent of blood as Judge Turpin. I told you I didn't know you had that much blood in you, and you said, "It's called acting."

AR: Well, it wasn't called acting � it was called fake blood, being pumped by three guys off screen. It was in tubes. That movie was a privilege to make, but I associate it with the scariest sentence I've ever heard in my life. We were in a room. There was a piano, a pianist, me � and the door opened, and Stephen Sondheim walked in and said, "O.K., let's hear it."

Your first musical?

AR: No, but the first one with such a kind of spotlight put on it, I suppose. I had to get some training. I had to work with a voice teacher. There were some notes in there that were not in my range so, thank God, a voice teacher was there to get me up there.

Did they have someone dub your voice sometimes, for certain notes? In the movie of Gypsy, Rosalind Russell got a lot of help from Lisa Kirk.

AR: No, no, I'm afraid that was all me in "Sweeney Todd."

It must be wonderful to go into a musical role like that and know "I can do that."

AR: Well, I didn't know. This career is an adventure as much as anything else. There's not anything planned about it � or it seems that way to me � so I had no expectation of suddenly being asked by Tim Burton. Whoever knew that Tim Burton was going to direct a film of Sweeney Todd?

You were in all eight of the "Harry Potter" films, and that's an epic arc you have to play as Prof. Severus Snape � from sinister to sensitive. Who'd have thunk it?

AR: Well, it's a great story, and I have a really complicated and interesting character. Of course, by the time I got to play the last scenes, I had spent ten years watching Daniel Radcliffe grow from 12 to 22. I only shot seven weeks a year, so every year I'd come back, and he had grown a bit, his voice had changed, and he was becoming more and more the young man and not a little boy. In many ways, No Acting Required. At the end, when I'm looking him in the eyes, I have that relationship to play out � in fiction and in reality. Snape's a great double agent, although you don't get to see that side of him until late. That's as much as I can say, without spoiling anything for some little kid who reads this article and he's on Book Three. You don't want to spoil anything for anyone when they haven't got to the end yet.

I trust it's not giving anything away if I congratulate you on Snape winning the MTV News' "Harry Potter" World Cup as the greatest character in J.K. Rowling's series.

AR: It was a big cup � it was too big to be able to take home � but it was incredibly gratifying to have the young people's approval like that.

Daniel is also your Oscar campaign manager. Did you know he's talking you up for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for your work in the final installment?

AR: Oh, is he? That's very nice. I gotta pay him.

Have you seen him in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying?

AR: I saw him in the first preview. Yeah, I was there cheering him on. He was brilliant.

I didn't know he could do all that musical comedy stuff.

AR: I think he can do almost anything. He's literally one of those people who, if he puts his mind to it, he'll do it. He put his mind to 'O.K., I have to dance' and became as good a dancer as anybody in the chorus. He was with them, completely. Fantastic!

I'm sure you've had more than three Broadway offers in your career.

AR: Yeah, but often you're not free. Having a commitment � even though it was seven weeks a year to "Harry Potter" � is a difficult thing to slide around, especially if you're doing other projects. I was doing Borkman in Dublin before it came to New York and directing the Creditors in England before it came here, so to commit to a potential six-month run in New York is quite hard. We were able to do it with Private Lives because I had just finished 'Harry Potter.' In fact, I was shooting a 'Harry Potter' while I was on stage in the West End with Private Lives. And then, when that finished, I knew I had six months off to come to New York to do it, but it's not easy to organize, that. Now I have finished with the 'Harry Potter' series, and here I am.

Are you doing mostly movies now or stage work in London these days?

AR: I have something to direct next year, I hope, which is a new film. I directed one before � "The Winter Guest" with Emma Thompson and her mother, Phyllida Law. And I just finished acting in a film called "Gambit," in London, with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. That, I think, comes out next summer. It's a remake [of a Shirley MacLaine-Michael Caine-Herbert Lom thriller of 1966], but the script is by the Coen Brothers so, as you can imagine, "remake" doesn't really describe it. They weren't directing it, so I never saw them on the set. Michael Hoffman directed it. He did the movie that was out recently with Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren, "The Last Station." That was his. He did the movie of Midsummer Night's Dream with Kevin Kline. We had a really good time on it.

Do you like going from one medium to another?

AR: Yeah, it makes me feel really lucky. Again, it's an adventure�

Just back. . . , - Monday, November 28, 2011 at 02:14:09 PM (EST)

I've never pictured AR as the Doctor; how about the Master? As I recall (it's been years since I watched Dr. Who) he's properly villianous.
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 08:10:11 PM (EST)

I've said before that I just can't see Mr. Rickman ever playing Doctor Who other than maybe a skit to spoof The Doctor, but let's see how things shape up considering David Yates is directing. He said it would be a few years until everything is put into place. It's entirely possible, but I don't think there's a great chance. If it were successful it would require Mr. Rickman to commit to more than one film unless there is regeneration involved...

*Doctor Who geek mode off*

USA - Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 01:43:32 PM (EST)

Happy Thanksgiving to all the AR fans here! And here's a little something to chew on with your Thanksgiving turkey---AR as The Doctor in the upcoming Doctor Who movie, perhaps?

There have been several articles lately at sites like Den of Geek and io9, and when they list favoured actors for The Doctor, AR's name comes up again and again, especially since the director under consideration has done some of the Harry Potter films and has already worked with Rickman.

Not that I would dream of such richness as AR in the role of The Doctor actually happening---and yet, I didn't think he'd take the part of Snape, either. When that casting was first announced I thought that was an internet hoax. And yet it was true and his Snape is now indelibly engraved on the collective consciousness of HP fandom.

It also gives me a chuckle to think of the large role The Doctor plays in the Flights of Fancy stories "next door"---how deliciously ironic if AR actually were to play The Doctor. Something to think about. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and stay tuned for further news! 8-D

- Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 10:40:34 AM (EST)

Many thanks for this, Laura!
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 02:53:35 PM (EST)

He made last night's performance and I assume this afternoon's as well. The opening is Sunday, which will leave him only one day off this week, so if he limits his time at the stage door over the next few days, I hope no one takes it at all personally. There is an upper respiratory thing going around the city right now, and it's not pleasant if that's what he's got. Poor fellow.
- Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 05:32:14 PM (EST)

Any news about Teh Man's health??
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 04:21:37 PM (EST)

A great article about Mr. Rickman here And something about Snape
- Friday, November 18, 2011 at 06:55:58 PM (EST)

There's a great non-spoiler article today on Mr. Rickman, Ms. Rebeck, and Seminar in The San Francisco Chronicle.

According to the report yesterday in The New York Post, Mr. Rickman should be back on stage tonight.

USA - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 01:10:14 PM (EST)

Poor Alan!! Has he been working too hard?
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 09:43:02 AM (EST)

Poor Mr. Rickman canceled a performance last night - first one in his entire career - has an upper respiratory infection. He's planning to go on tonight though. What a trooper. Opening night is Sunday so let's all think good thoughts for him.
- Friday, November 18, 2011 at 08:30:59 AM (EST)

Time Out New York has a Broadway's mantastic fall list of 12 of the hottest leading men this fall. AR has made the list. Of course. That contemptuous drawl. Those sleepy eyes. That peculiarly effective way he paces. His. Words. Rickman is the intellectual hottie in this crew, and he�s opening a new chapter as a literary star in Theresa Rebeck�s comedy "Seminar."
- Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 10:16:18 PM (EST)

Hello, mr Rickman you are a fantastic actor, i really like your movies for example "Harry Potter" or "Sense & Sensibility" . You are great :) best regards, Markus
Markus <m.steilmann@gmx.netfoo>
Germany - Monday, November 14, 2011 at 03:09:06 PM (EST)

Saw The Song of Lunch last night and was very impressed. The adaptation was excellent, and when you add both Alan and Emma and you can't possibly go wrong. I was once again amazed by the nuances of facial expression of which AR is capable. Only thing I didn't like, and which threw me off until I realized what it was, is that the picture was meant to be seen in a wide screen format. There were several times when you could hear Alan or Emma, but you were looking at a table of other people because AR was out of the picture on one side, and Emma was out of the picture on the other. Annoying. But I really enjoyed it none the less.
- Monday, November 14, 2011 at 10:39:02 AM (EST)

Don't forget! The Song of Lunch comes on tonight on Masterpiece Contemporary on PBS. Can't wait!

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 12:07:17 PM (EST)

We saw SEMINAR this afternoon. It is great to see Rickman on the Broadway stage again. Sorry to say he didn't come out of the theatre between shows so there are no photos to share.
- Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:59:21 PM (EST)

Drop what you're doing and visit Two Paddocks for Mr. Rickman's ten song playlist. Laugh, listen, sigh...thank Sam Neill.

USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 01:40:56 PM (EST)

Both you and your talent never disappoint. It is a pleasure to watch your consistantly elegant presence on screen. I think you are a delightful actor with a tremendous talent for bringing your characters to life in a way that only your can. Can't wait to see more of your work. Thank you.
Kathryn Bauer <katgirl_2000@htomail.comfoo>
Surrey, BC Canada - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 03:40:53 AM (EST)

Lots of new goodies for today:

This one from Entertainment Weekly has a short paragraph and 3 (gorgeous) photos from the play. Nothing terribly spoilery except the pictures.

I didn't read all of this one from The New York Times, but it does have some great comments on Mr. Rickman from Theresa Rebeck as well as more (gorgeous) photos.

The Wall Street Journal has an article on Hamish Linklater in which he talks about Mr. Rickman helping him with a play he's written.

And finally, Kingswood People reports that along with other celebrities and, ahem, David Cameron, Mr. Rickman has contributed a painting to be sold for 40 pounds at the Bristol Gallery, Harbourside, for the charity Hop, Skip, and Jump South West. But those buying the paintings won't know the actual artist until after they've made their purchase. The sale is tomorrow and Sunday, from 10am-4pm.

USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 02:34:17 PM (EST)

Also, there's an article/review entitled Alan Rickman/Professor Snape Wows Audiences In Seminar over at

I don't know if it's spoilery or not, I only read up to where the writer says he saw the play.

USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 01:19:38 PM (EST) is giving away 2 Seminar tickets per person to 5 lucky winners. Go HERE to enter now through 10 December.

USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 01:01:53 PM (EST)

Snapshot from the birthday party he gave her a couple of years ago. Well, after all these years they might as well be married! ;-)
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 02:02:34 AM (EST)

His fabulous wife Rima.
- Tuesday, November 08, 2011 at 05:05:17 PM (EST)

Is Alan solo?
Anna Sommer <alsbeta@yahoo.defoo>
Berlin, Germany - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 at 01:42:08 PM (EST)

Yes, Renie, the man knows what he's talking about, so who am I to argue with his advice?

Be sure to pack a scarf or two...oh, and don't forget your camera.

USA - Monday, November 07, 2011 at 12:57:15 PM (EST)

LOL--Kathryn, I see you'd already posted AR's comment over at Claudia's. Yes, thanks, I'll enjoy the play and the Thanksgiving holiday, I'm sure. Now to pack for the chilly coast . . . *sweaters flying*.
- Monday, November 07, 2011 at 11:02:50 AM (EST)

That's my mantra for the next 3 1/2 months, that AR quote :)

Quite right, Renie, saving the reviews and reactions for later...enjoy the play when you see it and have fun in New York!

USA - Sunday, November 06, 2011 at 03:03:31 PM (EST)

AR on "Seminar":

"It's the sort of new play where the least anybody knows about it, the better. People should come avoiding knowing anything. Just come. Sit down. Wait for the lights to come on, and hopefully, about 90 minutes later, the lights will go out and you will leave the theatre a different person."

17 days to go . . . saving reviews and such for later. , - Sunday, November 06, 2011 at 12:56:48 PM (EST)

Thank you Pia Susanna, that's a great description too, "deliciously menacing!"

I don't normally find arrogance sexy, but when I get that vibe from Mr. Rickman like in those promo photos as Leonard, it's a different story :)

USA - Friday, November 04, 2011 at 12:18:54 AM (EDT)

Hi, Con! Welcome back! The Blue Door is still there, in London -- if that's the one you mean. At least, it was there a couple of years ago. And Kathryn: someone called the/a promotion pic of AR "deliciously menacing", which seemed apt, and probably close to what you mean.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Thursday, November 03, 2011 at 06:48:10 PM (EDT)

Laura, it's just me, I'm seeing the play in February and want to go in knowing nothing.

One can certainly see from the promotional stuff that Leonard is a mixture of arrogant/sexy, so your comment was just a different way of describing him.

I've just decided to be extra careful even reading character descriptions, don't mind me, others might not be bothered.

USA - Thursday, November 03, 2011 at 01:16:27 PM (EDT)

It has been ages since I have visited you all.

I am happy to see the same enthusiasm for AR's new play as there was for Private Lives... back in the day, 2002? bfb (before facebook)! How things have changed!

I do hope to see more "stage door" shots!

Missing the Blue Door,

Con <3
Constance Pappalardo <conpappa@gmail.comfoo>
cary, North Carolina United States - Thursday, November 03, 2011 at 12:24:04 PM (EDT)

The comment I made was nothing more than anyone would glean from standing outside the theatre and looking at the lobby card and posters. If you're convinced that what I've written constitutes a spoiler then you should simply remove it.
- Thursday, November 03, 2011 at 08:38:04 AM (EDT)

Thanks everyone for clearing things up. I did mean Leonard the character, NOT Mr. Rickman, and I understood the person who used the phrase meant the character as well :)

USA - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 11:43:13 PM (EDT)

Laura: Kathryn did say that it's the character AR plays in "Seminar" that's called "a total sexual predator". Not that AR himself could be so described.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 09:36:13 AM (EDT)

Laura - I don't believe anyone said they were offended. Or maybe I missed it? I do know that Kathryn said she wished to remain "spoiler free."

The Guest Book does have a policy about spoilers up at the top of the page, and while it does state it's for movies, perhaps we should apply it to plays as well?
- Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 08:43:33 AM (EDT)

For the record, my description of a "total sexual predator" was of Leonard, the character Rickman plays in the PLAY, and not of Alan Rickman himself, with whom I am not personally acquainted. This is also the reason I don't post to any of the message boards very often - the speed with which people seem to press the "I'm offended" button without first wondering if they completely and utterly understood what the OP meant in the first place.
- Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 08:10:10 AM (EDT)

You will be missed, Kathryn!
- Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 07:54:13 AM (EDT)

I might go MIA from this guestbook for a few months, I skipped that long post and scrolled down a bit to where I left off last time I checked in here, and have already read that the character he plays "is a total sexual predator."

With the intention of staying as spoiler free as possible, I may only post interesting articles and the like but not read a word written on here...

Gah, "a total sexual predator."

USA - Tuesday, November 01, 2011 at 01:38:52 AM (EDT)

Seminar is a breezy take on the next generation of writers coming out of New York. I went in cringing and came out completely amused with how it was handled. Theresa Rebeck bravely says what nobody dares about New York literary society. The supporting cast is strong, Rickman is playing a great mentor role. After watching an hour of that, pretty much every young writer there wanted to bound up to him.

Some local advice may help if you're coming up considering a few of the comments below. It's really common for out of town visitors to remember the bumping around that the rest of us take for granted. Some of the hired handlers at the theaters are known to be a little rough, and it's likely one of the less experienced handlers went out of bounds and laid a hand on someone if anyone claims they felt something. You can thank your fellow fans for frequently pulling and shoving. It's all cliche but gives insight into why security can cross the line. Its their job to become paranoid and they'll sometimes be callous as a result. We also do have occasional weirdoes who hang in crowds specifically to do things like this.

It should relieve most people to know these guys are too well trained to cop on fans, and you're welcome.

His wife was waiting as we left the theatre. I've seen her in passing enough to recognize a private seemingly normal person. It almost makes you apologetic when you run into the wives and partners. Posts asking for gossip about new girlfriends and love lives only prove the point -- this is why we cannot have nice things, like participatory families of the famous.

Several women look very similar to her in this town, a few of them are unfriendly, possibly because they have also been accosted. They are obviously not her. Just remember curiosity is normal. Accusation is getting a little on the gray area of normal. And as said before, if you were handled inappropriately at a stage door or signing that's practically an initiation right to visiting Broadway, not a reflection of any one experience. You just have to commit that you really want to be there, or go have dinner.

There are several guys who look like Alan Rickman in town. They are not him. They do not appear to be related to him. A few of them can be obnoxious, so don't be surprised if you bound up to someone and get a weird experience. Sometimes not bounding up to them will get you an even stranger experience.

The fact that I even have to know this much about Alan Rickman and an increasing number of other famous people's fans to function in my daily life tells you something about New York in general. It's a very small town. The theatre surrounding the theatre is half the show. A lot of failed actors and addled personalities come into play, so when entering the arena, tread lightly and show a little understanding. Alternatively avoid the back stage scene all together. Leaving and having dinner is a great way to experience shows.

- Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 06:56:54 AM (EDT)

A tough schedule indeed, Laura! But he is that committed to his alma mater. Besides, they probably enticed him with the promise of quality wine and nibbles.

I forgot to include my email address in my last post. If anyone wants to meet up on the 9th or 11th, drop me a line!
Ali-Pat <ali-pat@earthlink.netfoo>
Dayton, OH USA - Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 10:24:08 AM (EDT)

Cool that the ASRADA is doing an event with Alan, but doesn't he have two shows on Wednesday? Matinee and regular show? Are they trying to tire the poor man out with a cocktail party after all that stuff? Wish I could afford to go but spent all my pocket money on the Seminar ticket.
- Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 10:17:29 AM (EDT)

You are most welcome, Suzanne! Glad to hear things are on the mend computer-wise.

If anyone else is going to Seminar on Nov 9 or 11, look me up--I'll be there!
Dayton, OH USA - Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 10:13:55 AM (EDT)

You are invited to join RADA Chairman Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, RADA Director Edward Kemp and ASRADA on Broadway for a special fundraising theater trip, which includes a post-show cocktail party reception in the company of Alan Rickman on November 9th.

Booking Form

Many thanks to Kate for the above info (and sorry for the delay!)!

Wow, thanks Laura for the report! I am so envious of everyone who is going to New York. ;-) I'm looking forward to reading a lot of reports!

And thanks to everyone for all the great info and links, etc. and to Ali-Pat for doing such an excellent job as my Deputy D.o.C.! My computer (and almost everything else in the house) was fried by lightning a couple of months ago and I'm still trying to get things back to normal, but I'm getting there.

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Friday, October 28, 2011 at 09:36:06 PM (EDT)

Saw the first preview of "Seminar" last night. Whoever is doing Alan's hair is doing an amazing job - very foxy and fluffy and cool. The play is kind of weak, but he's the only real entertaining thing in it, and fans will be wowed. He is a total sexual predator, among other things, and it was delightful to see him being so macho.
Laura <leeside@aol.comfoo>
- Friday, October 28, 2011 at 04:45:15 PM (EDT)

I love Alan. He makes me feel like a fairy princess when i listen to him . I really want to meet him. And for all you trolls let's get some things straight. 1.Alan's not gay- how could he be? That was like on movie! 2. Rima is not disrespected. Maybe he does take her on dates. He's a pro-feminist so he doesn't want to abuse her. All those pictures when she's lagging behind- she's shorter so she walks slower, plus she could be carrying her own bags because MAYBE she can handle them on her own. She's not a baby. And finally 3. With all these cop a feel thing about Alan- he clearly said he doesn't want any of you 21st century girls, and can care less about how you fell about it. He's in a committed relationship with Rima and if he was gay or wanted a younger girl, he'd have come out or done it already. That Cop a feel crap, is exactly what it is crap. He was just hugging you, and you only imagined he touched you.
Mariyah Schole <kykyboie@gmail.comfoo>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 09:42:44 AM (EDT)

Hi all! I like, but can't find any info about Alan's new girlfriend even here. Any ideas or links? Many thanks!
- Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 10:17:51 AM (EDT)

Yep, spelled "Shubert" wrong. No "c" in it.
USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 11:51:17 PM (EDT)

Mr. Rickman is scheduled to appear at the Make Believe On Broadway 12th Annual Gala benefiting Only Make Believe, "a non-profit organization that creates and performs interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities."

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on 14 November at the Schubert Theatre.

USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 11:43:31 PM (EDT)

That's great Martha! Can you believe it starts on Thursday? Time flies, so December will be here before you know it.

USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 01:42:48 PM (EDT)

Kathryn - A December matinee. A whole month to anticipate!
- Monday, October 24, 2011 at 10:35:56 AM (EDT)

Martha? Are you alright? Believe me, I know what you mean. So when are you going to be third row center?

That's great news, by the way :)

USA - Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 11:33:11 PM (EDT)

OMG! Third row center!


- Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 01:45:36 PM (EDT)

Oh, so this is what they meant :)

The Seminar Facebook page has announced that the producers are offering 20 free tickets to the 26 October dress rehearsal. Go there to see a new picture advertisement and to enter to be one of the lucky 20.

USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 01:03:40 PM (EDT)

I don't know if this is the excitement in the world of Seminar that they mentioned the other day, but this is from the Seminar Facebook Page today:

Beginning next week, for each week, we will feature a different cast member here on our Facebook page. We'll share trivia, quotes, and videos. Also for several cast members we'll be taking your questions for a live Q & A! Start thinking of some fun questions. We'll let you know the details on those dates and times next week!

USA - Friday, October 14, 2011 at 01:10:57 PM (EDT)

Felicitari pentru ceea ce faceti :) Congratulations for this :)
Jocuri Masini <jocurimasiniin@yahoo.comfoo>
Bucuresti, Bu Romania - Friday, October 14, 2011 at 07:04:37 AM (EDT)

From the Seminar Facebook page today:

VERY exciting day in the world of Seminar. Can't wait to share the fun with all of you in the near future...!

USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 01:07:14 PM (EDT)

I found it, mostly, delightful. An original mix of poetry and drama, and Rickman and Thompson were perfect in their parts. Also, I liked the London atmosphere, and the literary associations surrounding the Bloomsbury area. If I remember rightly, both T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf are mentioned, and two people looking rather similar to them are shown, briefly.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 09:23:13 AM (EDT)

I'm looking forward to watching it again (it's on youtube) and glad that there'll be a DVD too. I've not been able to tape ever since I got one of those bl**dy digital converter boxes on my antique magnavox.
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Friday, October 07, 2011 at 02:53:27 AM (EDT)

You are right, Pia Susanna. Just couldn't check the exact name when I was on the page to add to the Guestbook. Nice to know that we will be getting it here, plus the DVD.
Gail <gail.rayment@sympatico.cafoo>
Cobourg, Canada - Thursday, October 06, 2011 at 10:23:08 PM (EDT)

Gail: isn't this "The Song of Lunch", first shown about a year ago on British TV? It was a Poetry Day thing.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Thursday, October 06, 2011 at 05:25:10 PM (EDT)

Marry me Alan? That's all I have to say <3
Courbevoie, France - Thursday, October 06, 2011 at 05:07:39 PM (EDT)

An email promo from the BBC Canada Shop says a DVD is in the works for what is almost an Alan Rickman one man show. It will be on Masterpiece Theater in November, run for 50 minutes, and be available on DVD in the new year. I think it will be called Poet at Lunch but I can't check without losing this page. Here is the reference well - I was almost right!
Gail <gail,rayment@sympatico.cafoo>
Cobourg, Canada - Thursday, October 06, 2011 at 03:52:32 PM (EDT)

Ali-Pat, I guess that's a nice way of putting it. Thanks for your help :)

USA - Tuesday, October 04, 2011 at 01:26:02 PM (EDT)

LOL! You certainly keep the DoC on their toes, Kathryn!

Thanks for all the links.
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, October 04, 2011 at 07:33:53 AM (EDT)

Darn it, just ignore that first post, as here's what I meant to say:

It has its own website, Facebook Page, Twitter, and now we can visit the Seminar YouTube Channel.

Is it safe to say that so far this is the most interactive (and I'm not even sure if that's the right word) play that Mr. Rickman has ever been involved in?

USA - Monday, October 03, 2011 at 11:20:53 PM (EDT) has another video where we can Meet Alan Rickman and the Cast of Seminar to get us even more excited about the play.

If you haven't bought your Seminar tickets yet, it's a good time to do so now through 27 October. There's an amazing discount offer from Broadway Box with tickets ranging from just $64 (Rear Mezz) to $84 (Orchestra/Front Mezz).

USA - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 03:20:39 PM (EDT)

Thanks Keyser!

Some may need to be sitting down when opening the following link, and not just for the hands: Photos of Mr. Rickman walking in New York.

USA - Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 01:05:31 AM (EDT)

Here are some more photos from Playbill.
USA - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 07:21:08 PM (EDT)

Pictures from today's Seminar cast photocall.

According to the Seminar Facebook page, there's lots more goodies on the way soon. "FROM THE REHEARSAL ROOM: we just had the most fantastic meet and greet today with the press. Photos, videos, and more forthcoming.... stay tuned..."

I like this "from the rehearsal room." Yes, daily updates from rehearsal would be nice.

USA - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 01:48:54 PM (EDT)

I think you will recover from those second row seats, Holly and Kathryn. But I'm here to tell you, the front row is..fatal.
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 07:40:04 AM (EDT)

You're welcome, and yulie the html skill, the tiny bit of it, is all due to dearest Suzanne...and the occasional help from the DoC ;)

Ah Renie, screenshots of The Man from that video have had me useless all day. Remember you keeling over about the hands? This is me keeling over at the thought of being just 2 rows away from that *thud*

USA - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 11:27:31 PM (EDT)

Better link here.
I hope., - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 05:58:06 PM (EDT)

Thanks, Kathryn, for the Seminar video link.

I'll be staying after class for some, ummm, pointers. Anyone else?
- Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 05:48:21 PM (EDT)

Kathryn, thanks for the video. LOVE IT SO MUCH! Can't wait to watch it. Anyways, you have developed an awesome HTML skill yourself (turning two posts into a link).
- Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 05:29:17 PM (EDT)

My cousin and I are now the proud owners of second row seats for "Seminar" in December...hope to see some of you guys there at the show!!
Holly <gypsyinthepalace@aol.comfoo>
VA - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 03:32:53 PM (EDT)

Here's a fantastic exclusive video of a photo shoot for Seminar, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Mr. Rickman attended the Artios Awards last night in New York and presented an award. has the story.

USA - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 01:16:38 PM (EDT)

That uniform would be a red coat if it was 'General' Brandon!!
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 01:30:01 AM (EDT)

Looking forward to seeing you in *Seminar* on Broadway in November!!!!
Samantha <samantha_nichols_70@yahoo.comfoo>
Woodbrdge, VA USA - Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 07:02:32 PM (EDT)

Thanks for that Barbara, and yes I thought of it as a portrait of Colonel Brandon, although for some reason I also thought of Judge Turpin.

A reminder that PBS will air The Song of Lunch on 16 November, Britscene has a trailer and teaser clip.

USA - Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 01:57:17 PM (EDT)

Celebrities get the "General" treatment A lovely image of Alan "painted" into an old military portrait. I like to imagine that's Colonel Brandon, late in life. :)
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 10:33:59 AM (EDT)

Not only is he a really handsome man with a very beautiful voice, he is the best actor I know. he can do comedy and serious roles. I hope to see him in more movies to come for the next 20 years. Way to go mr. Rickman.Keep that smiling face always My Mom is also from England, I love you. Sincerly, Mary Heckel
Mary Heckel <maryboo1955@yahoo.comfoo>
Prairieville, La U.S.A. - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 11:07:39 AM (EDT)

Mr. Rickman attended the opening gala of opera "Atys" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music of Sunday, 18 September. The Wall Street Journal has this report:



A Lengthy F�te For BAM's 150th

On Sunday afternoon in Fort Greene, opera fans attended the opening of Jean-Baptiste Lully's "Atys," directed by Jean-Marie Villegier and conducted by Maestro William Christie at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. After the four-hour rendition of the French trag�die lyrique, the audience was still ready for a f�te.

"I do always have problems sitting for that long," said art patron Beth Rudi DeWoody, at the gala following the show. "But this went quick, because it was so beautiful. And the wigs were sumptuous."

Party guests also toasted BAM's 150th anniversary. "What would I do for my 150th birthday? Oh my gosh, let's see," said Ms. DeWoody, a board member at BAM and at the Whitney Museum of American Art. "Well, I think I'd have to perform on the Broadway stage. Not, like, 'Cats.' Oh, I'd perform, 'I'm Still Here!''

Actor Alan Rickman, meanwhile, wasn't feeling too far from his role in the "Harry Potter" films as Severus Snape. "I like long shows," he drawled. "I come from England, where we're used to forced enjoyment. Pain and pleasure going together�yes, I think that's very British. It's part of our schooling." As for the opera? "It's an amazing piece of work."

Joseph V. Melillo, BAM's executive producer, was pleased with the party, but he was still thinking about the show. "People familiar with French opera are aware that it runs long," he said, as the dinner finished up quickly, so a few of the fatigued guests could stand again. "There was not one cellphone interruption."

�Mike Vilensky


USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 01:14:32 PM (EDT)

The Ham & High has a report on the Alexandra Wylie Memorial Gala that took place on Sunday, 11 September, with Mr. Rickman and Juliet Stevenson.

USA - Monday, September 19, 2011 at 01:48:35 PM (EDT)

Mr. Rickman has provided voice overs for This Is Where We Got To When You Came In, an interactive tour of the Bush Theatre going on now through 30 September, before its close and move to a new location.

There are reviews from The Guardian and The Arts Desk

USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 04:25:16 PM (EDT)

Have a look at the revamped Seminar website.

USA - Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 12:09:44 AM (EDT)

I didn't know you were a writing teacher, Cassandra7. I can't really argue with that then :)

I agree with you about the films geared toward boys 17-24 (and "boys" even older than that). The endless rip-offs of Die Hard is just one example of Hollywood milking something for all it's worth. I'm just glad Mr. Rickman chose not to ride coattails.

USA - Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 12:05:05 AM (EDT)

PS Actually, not many movies are made these days that call for a romantic leading man. Movies are largely aimed at boys ages 17-24, which is where the boys (ages about 28-38) who make them see that the ticket sales are (a self-fulfilling prophecy). A quick check of the IMDb shows almost no romantic leading roles for the most desirable of English actors: for example, Daniel Craig, Clive Owen (Sir Walter Raleigh?), James Purefoy (played a mildly romantic lead on television in 2003), Charles Dance (played a romantic lead on television in *1984*). Jeremy Irons, the most romantic of them all and almost exactly AR's age, played a romantic leading man or two in 1981. Such a pity. It's been a long time since The English Patient.
- Friday, September 16, 2011 at 08:56:08 PM (EDT)

AR is in a position to pick his projects, if not from Hollywood blockbusters (he did two of them early on, made his name, and got labeled as a "villain" apparently forever), from stacks of indie projects such has he has mostly been in between HP films during the last decade. Unfortunately for us, he's never been much interested in romantic leads. Jamie, Mesmer, Col. Brandon, O'Hara, Alex--that's about it, and none of them (except the Col.) is a standard romantic leading man. He himself chooses (from among what is offered) the off-beat roles and the sometimes deeply flawed scripts (Judas Kiss, Dark Harbor, John Gissing, Bottle Shock, Nobel Son, etc. A good script is hard to find, indie or Hollywood. I'd say he's been in about ten in the thirty years he's been in films.) As for the author of the article, I wish she would distinguish between Hollywood stars, Hollywood character actors, and English actors (all of whom are character actors). I also wish she would support her passion with some sort of evidence or examples. As I said, I agree with her point. But, as a life-long writing teacher, I find her essay to be a series of positive adjectives with nothing to substantiate them. Having seen all of AR's filmed work, I can provide the support, but it's not on the page, and I can't consider that good writing. Passionate, yes--but empty. And, as I also said, the pictures powerfully undercut what she's saying.
- Friday, September 16, 2011 at 05:22:17 PM (EDT)

Cassandra 7 and Evelyn O, I agree with both of you about the pictures in that article. But I think she is just a passionate fan who has an opinion and presented that in writing quite well.

She's just calling for Hollywood to appreciate Mr. Rickman more, as she thinks they do not, by offering him more roles worthy of his abilities that will result in him being a mega-star as he is, not as a Hollywood formula star, I think.

But as I said before, they missed the boat long ago, that ship sailed (add another cliche here). But he's gliding along quite nicely still.

USA - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 04:04:11 PM (EDT)

I agree with Cassandra7's comment, "...but I don't understand why she illustrates an article about his present attractiveness with four out of five pictures that are 15 or 20 years old." This is something that always kind of irks me. There are plenty of wonderful photographs available, with Alan looking realistically 65, and being absolutely lovely. The use of the younger photos for this article really says something about our youth-obsessed culture, doesn't it?
Evelyn O
Alameda, California United States - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 03:47:48 PM (EDT)

Thanks for the news, Keyser!

USA - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12:42:53 PM (EDT)

Reposted from Arts Beat Blog Jerry O�Connell Coming to Broadway in Theresa Rebeck Comedy By PATRICK HEALY The television and film actor Jerry O�Connell (�Sliders,� �Jerry Maguire�) will make his Broadway debut this fall as a self-satisfied young writer in Theresa Rebeck�s new comedy, �Seminar,� which stars Alan Rickman as a no-holds-barred writing teacher. The producers also announced on Friday that Hettienne Park would play another budding author, one who brings a charged-up libido to class; Ms. Park played a supporting role in Tony Kushner�s recent play at the Public Theater, �The Intelligent Homosexual�s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures.� Mr. Rickman, along with Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater, had already been cast in the production, which Sam Gold (�Circle Mirror Transformation�) will direct. Preview performances are scheduled to begin Oct. 27 at the Golden Theater, with an opening night of Nov. 20.
USA - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12:13:54 PM (EDT)

Re "Alan Rickman: A Hollywood Legend In Our Midst"--I agree with her overall point, of course, but I don't understand why she illustrates an article about his present attractiveness with four out of five pictures that are 15 or 20 years old.
- Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 04:48:01 PM (EDT)

Kelly, Alan Rickman Fan For Life is a common condition! I really, truly began to appreciate his great professionalism after I had seen him on the stage many times. I realized that some things I thought to be spontaneous were actually carefully worked out. Even on multiple viewings they still seemed fresh. That is the mark of a professional--to make every performance seem fresh.
Dayton, OH USA - Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 09:16:15 AM (EDT)

Mr. Rickman has changed my view toward movies. Before I see his works, movies are just that.. movies. They're just a sort of entertainment. But once I start to see Mr. Rickman's works, my attitude toward movies changed. I understand now that there is more to movies than just the entertainment factor- it's about the character, their feelings, why they do what they did, etc. (it's hard to write exactly how I feel). Mr. Rickman is such a great actor. But those awards have always eluded him. But I guess recognition and awards don't matter, since the man himself doesn't really "go after those awards". I believe that Mr. Rickman knows how much his fans appreciate and admire him and I think that's the most important thing. I adore him both as an actor and as a person. It's really hard to find someone these days who possesses the skills and qualities that he does. I'm an Alan Rickman fan for life.
TX USA - Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 01:17:43 AM (EDT)

I had not seen that picture before Ali-Pat, and it's a beauty.

The article is a well-thought argument and hits many points that we all know about Mr. Rickman. The only thing is, he's never been "Hollywood" per se and I think that's by choice. He could have been if he had wanted to ride the coattails of certain successes, but he goes the other way every time, primarily in the direction of the theatre.

Renie, I was going to see the play no matter where the seats were, but I suppose it's meant to be this way :)

USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 11:54:03 PM (EDT)

Second row ticket - nice, Kathryn.

And you were worried., - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 07:16:34 PM (EDT)

Ah yes, the Titanic shot...
- Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 04:23:53 PM (EDT)

Just found this opinion blog article on Mr. Rickman, Alan Rickman: A Hollywood Legend In Our Midst.

I haven't read the full article yet but wanted to go on and share, at least for the the first picture there. Gorgeous.

USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 03:34:54 PM (EDT)

Whew, I was getting worried Renie, that knocked you out for quite some time.

Well, I do now have a ticket booked for a performance in February, second row might I add, thanks to the Audience Rewards scheme. But I promise I don't have your AmEx card Renie, thankfully you and your cohorts did not succeed in buying up all the good seats ;P

Oh, and be sure to prepare yourself for those hands when you see the play...

Also, a teaser straight from the Seminar Facebook Page today: "Stay tuned for a big cast announcement! Coming soon!"

USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 03:26:44 PM (EDT)

*sits up*

Thanks. It's good to have friends.

There's a line in Mesmer - "safe in my h*nds". At 2:30. The patients' antics are OTT, but Mesmer's murmurrrrrinnngs . . .
R (Rickmaniac since 1988, posting GB member since February 1997)
Hmmm anyone seen my Amex? I had it just before I fainted . . . , - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 02:59:00 PM (EDT)

First it was Wembley to Soweto, now it's Face Britain, an art project for kids aged 4-16.

Self-portraits from the kids will be shown along with pictures from "celebrities" including Mr. Rickman on BBC Big Screens at London 2012 Live Sites during the Olympics.

On The New York Post website there's a bit at the end of this article where Theresa Rebeck talks about casting Mr. Rickman as Leonard.

So, just write a really good play, ask Mr. Rickman to read it to you, and you're all win either way ;)

USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 02:08:41 PM (EDT)

I just erased the post with the Huge Gigantic SPOILER in it. Please be careful about posting major plot points--not everyone has seen all the films.
Ali-Pat, DoC
- Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 01:58:42 PM (EDT)

For those of you who were not so elite as Renie to have an AmEx card to buy up all the tickets with (joking, only joking), from now until Friday the 16th, if you go to Audience Rewards you can book Seminar tickets early.

It is FREE to sign up, and then off you go.

So hurry and buy up all that are left ;P

USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 01:08:21 AM (EDT)

Here's an article on Seminar director Sam Gold from The New York Daily News.

USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 11:42:31 PM (EDT)

yulie, I only just saw it for the first time recently as well. It's just one of those things, there's a right time to see TMD to really relate to it and appreciate it.Juliet Stevenson is phenomenal and Mr. Rickman is, as you said, a genius of an artist. God rest Anthony Minghella's soul.

Ali-Pat, it's always been the movement for me, set aside the voice and line delivery, set aside the expressive hands. Just watch him entirely, he's so expressive with his whole body, his face, it's amazing.

USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 01:43:01 PM (EDT)

A friend sent this to me and I couldn't resist sharing. My apologies if anyone else has seen this before: The Alan Rickman GPS
Barbara the Wallpaper-er
- Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 08:47:50 AM (EDT)

Yulie, genius is correct. His wordless acting is my favorite of his many skills. For a tour-de-force, take a look at An Awfully Big Adventure.

Renie, how's your nitro-glycerin supply holding out?
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 07:25:53 AM (EDT)

I just watched Truly Madly Deeply for the first time (don't judge me). How in the world did Mr. Rickman convey so much emotion on the last scene that lasted for like, what, a minute? I'm talking about the scene where Jamie looked at Nina leaving with Mark. I'm still overwhelmed by that scene. It was just absolutely brilliant. And I can't get enough saying that Mr. Rickman is definitely a genius.
- Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 01:14:10 AM (EDT)

I couldn't agree with you more, Keena :)

Renie? Didn't Ali-Pat give you the smelling salts yet?

USA - Monday, September 12, 2011 at 11:31:02 PM (EDT)

Uh-oh I don't want anything bad to happen to those hands either. But what I meant was that he cares for others and that makes me adore him more both as an actor and as a person :)
- Monday, September 12, 2011 at 08:33:28 PM (EDT)


Renie, are you with us? Renie, say something...his hands are fine Renie, no scissor accident, it's all a dream, wake up...


USA - Monday, September 12, 2011 at 12:51:58 PM (EDT)

*keels over*
- Monday, September 12, 2011 at 12:08:30 AM (EDT)

keena, that's Mr. Rickman, thinking of others and showing that he knows his safety rules ;) But if something awful happened to those hands...

USA - Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 11:45:13 PM (EDT)

The end of this video is priceless. Alan Rickman receiving award
- Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 03:30:23 PM (EDT)

Kathryn, thanks for the video! I love how he gave the scissors back by holding the knife part (and he did this intentionally). My dad taught me to do that also when returning scissors because if something happened, the other person would not be hurt, you know, since your hand is actually the one that's holding the knife part. (FYI. Note how she gave him the scissors).
- Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 03:21:00 PM (EDT)

LOL, Renie, I had never seen that "funny" video before, and it's a giggle-fest...until the boxers/remote scene from Dark Harbor popped up. That floors me every time ;)

More YouTube fun for today as a video from last night's Alexandra Wylie Memorial Gala has been found by Puddingdale over at Claudia's guestbook. It's a bit difficult to hear what he's saying, but it's Mr. Rickman and he looks great and of course the crowd was receptive.

USA - Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 01:30:41 PM (EDT)

Oh Renie--that "funniest" video is priceless! A great way to start my Saturday--or any day!
Dayton, OH USA - Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 08:06:19 AM (EDT)

Best of Alan Rickman (3)
- Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 01:33:25 AM (EDT)

A little Friday fun.

This not-new-at-all youtube is called My Favorite Harry Potter actors dancing. It actually does have two of mine. Too bad there aren't any Voldemort dancing shots. (Talented videographers/editors, take note.)

But honestly, this one is fun for any day.
Happy to discuss whenever., - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 05:00:22 PM (EDT)

We'll even "discuss."
- Friday, September 09, 2011 at 01:30:23 PM (EDT)

A lot of people seem to be planning to see Seminar in November, and I wish I could join everyone then, but it's looking like February for me. If anyone would like to plan to go in Feb., meet up, etc, e-mail me and we'll dicuss.

Kathryn <soccer2live@yahoo.comfoo>
USA - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 01:29:10 PM (EDT)

It probably should be, Pia Susanna...

USA - Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 11:37:53 PM (EDT)

LOL, I was just joking with you, yulie ;) Being completely ignorant with most computer stuff (aside from learning the art of posting links, sometimes successfully), I have absolutely no room to comment seriously on the matter. Watch, I'll probably ruin this post...

Thanks for the link to Part 2 of the the Anglophenia Tribute Article!

USA - Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 11:35:47 PM (EDT)

Best of Alan Rickman (2) hope this post will cause no 'trouble' :)
- Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 11:03:56 PM (EDT)

Kathryn & Ali-Pat, I do realize that I turned someone else's post into a link. It was totally a fluke (considering my zero programming knowledge). Oh wait!! Thinking back, I did get a private Dark Arts lesson with Professor Snape.. Hmmmm maybe that's why :) :) :) *No, really. It was unintended.*
- Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 06:43:20 PM (EDT)

But shouldn't that be "Anglophilia"??
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 05:19:55 PM (EDT)

Ali-Pat, I think yulie possesses some kind of unique HTML expertise, she managed to turn an entire post, someone else's at that, into a link. Now that's talent. It looks fine now though :)

Pia Susanna, Anglophenia comes from the word "anglophile,". It's just describing the sort of mania or love of British culture.

USA - Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 01:10:29 PM (EDT)

Er, what does "Anglophenia" mean anyway?
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 10:12:19 AM (EDT)

Well, yulie, I don't know what you did either but it has eluded my attempts at repair. Thanks for the link anyway!
Dayton, OH USA - Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 10:08:58 AM (EDT)

Vote again for Mr. Rickman! Scream Award Best Supporting Actor And yes Kathryn. the 'V' word is definitely taboo around here. BBC should know about it now. :)
- Wednesday, September 07, 2011 at 11:40:07 PM (EDT)

Thanks, yulie!

And well done to those who wrote, I read most of the comments posted on their site pre-tribute article. The Rickmaniacs really gave the Anglophenia writers plenty to think about the next time they attempt to refer to him only with the "v" word.

USA - Wednesday, September 07, 2011 at 11:35:10 PM (EDT)

hmmm something went wrong with my last post, anyway here's the link: Best of Alan Rickman
- Wednesday, September 07, 2011 at 08:26:19 PM (EDT)

The first one of the tribute posts to Mr. Rickman:
- Wednesday, September 07, 2011 at 08:24:20 PM (EDT)

When I hear Alan Rickman is in a film I KNOW I am in for a treat! He can portray a bad guy better than anyone I know. He was so wonderful in Robinhood that when I found out he was in the Harry Potter movies I just knew they would be wonderful.He has such a wonderful presence on screen that I would pay just about any amount to see him in theater! I will look up everything he has been in and do my best to find a way to watch all of it! Every award he has earned was so well deserved and then some!
Vicki Brown <
Salem, Va USA - Wednesday, September 07, 2011 at 10:27:58 AM (EDT)

I'm sooo excited about Seminar!!! And today, in class, my professor told us that he once worked for a man named Bill Clay. My thoughts went straight directly to Die Hard and I can't keep Hans Gruber out of my mind even until now (lecture was over like an hour ago).
- Tuesday, September 06, 2011 at 04:51:27 PM (EDT)

Meh, you darn American Express cardholder, you ;P

That Telecharge link says "temporarily unavailable." Great, my worst fear here, all the AmEx people are buying up all the tickets. It's going to sell out today...*hyperventilating*

I'm just going to take deep breaths and think positively.

USA - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 at 03:36:34 PM (EDT) Hmm. Not sure if this link is registering.
- Tuesday, September 06, 2011 at 03:04:25 PM (EDT)

Kathryn, thanks to your post my family is going to see Seminar! The credit card total is not for the faint of heart. Colonel Brandon, your assistance please . . . I feel overcome . . .

Here is the .
- Tuesday, September 06, 2011 at 03:03:09 PM (EDT)

If you're planning on seeing Seminar and are an American Express cardholder, you can purchase tickets now in an exclusive presale. has those details as well as more detailed information on purchasing tickets for the play.

Seminar's website has a direct link to the ticket sales.

If you're a Broadway Audience Rewards member you can begin purchasing tickets on Monday, September 12 from

Sales for the general public begin Saturday, September 17, through The box office for the Golden Theatre opens on (Thursday, I think)October 6. Ticket prices range from $51.50 to $126.50. I'm not sure if that includes extra fees, though.

USA - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 at 12:56:11 PM (EDT)

alans my fav actor i first seen him in die hard and iv been in love with him since
amber <keithurbanrocks70@yahoo.comfoo>
elmira heights, ny united states - Monday, September 05, 2011 at 10:25:48 PM (EDT)

"Canopy"?? (For "marquee".)
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Monday, September 05, 2011 at 05:14:52 PM (EDT)

Oh come on Theo, there's always a way, save your pennies and maybe you can get to NY sometime before the play's run ends. It's going to be on until at least April I think, and at that there isn't a set closing date yet.

Anyway, there's sure to be plenty of AR sightings and stories for many months soon.

USA - Monday, September 05, 2011 at 01:23:38 PM (EDT)

Yall should write here about Seminar and how Mr. Rickman is in that play (I know he'll be awesome) after you watch it. I want to go so bad, but I'm just a college kid in the southern area - there's just no way I can afford going to NYC :( :( :( But I'll be happy just reading your (future) posts about the play :) Thanks!
- Monday, September 05, 2011 at 01:25:35 AM (EDT)

Barbara, "marquise" had me thinking French as well, specifically along the lines of LLD.

Billboard works just as well, or sign maybe?

USA - Sunday, September 04, 2011 at 11:15:46 PM (EDT)

Mmm, now you have me in a spot, Kathryn! I think I would say "the billboard advertising the play is now up outside the theatre" - which is pretty cumbersome isn't it? I like Martha's "marquise" but then I would expect a member of the Frenchg aristocracy to be hanging up there (shades of the French revolution.) Anyway, the play's the thing and I hope all you theatre-goers have a wonderful time and look forward to reading about your visits.
- Sunday, September 04, 2011 at 04:34:47 PM (EDT)

For those interested, here is a bit more about Seminar's home, the John Golden Theater, including a couple of interior pictures.

USA - Sunday, September 04, 2011 at 01:31:16 PM (EDT)

Barbara, what would you call what we call a marquee?

USA - Sunday, September 04, 2011 at 01:21:39 PM (EDT)

marquee: 1. A large tent, often with open sides, used chiefly for outdoor entertainment. 2. A rooflike structure, often bearing a signboard, projecting over an entrance, as to a theater or hotel. Also called marquise.
maine, - Sunday, September 04, 2011 at 09:58:13 AM (EDT)

Slightly OT: for me marquee is a big tent used for outdoor occasions so was very interested to discover what it means to Americans.
- Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 05:05:39 PM (EDT)

In honor of being named the favorite Harry Potter character, The Geeksugar website has a nice article called 4 Reasons to Love Severus Snape.

USA - Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 01:25:25 PM (EDT)

The great-looking marquee for Seminar is up at the John Golden Theater. The Seminar Facebook Page has pictures.

Sooooo excited!!!

USA - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 11:43:43 PM (EDT)

I'm glad he won too, but the Anglophenia people are still calling him "the villain." Have they only seen the maybe 3 films in which he plays an actual formulaic villain opposite a hero?

USA - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 11:36:15 PM (EDT)

Yes, a great photo with great atmosphere. So glad he won!
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 05:42:24 PM (EDT)

We knew it already but here's the official announcement: Alan Rickman Crowned Winner of Anglo Fan Favorites Tournament

Love the picture choice there ;)

And this bit is of particular interest: "So tell us, Rickmaniacs, why do you love Alan so? Over the next week, we�ll be paying tribute to Mr. Rickman with a series of posts celebrating his career, and your comments could be featured. What�s your favorite Rickman role or quote?"

Let's enlighten those who think he just plays "bad boys" or villians, shall we?

USA - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 02:07:09 PM (EDT)

Have a look at the caricature of Mr. Rickman drawn by Ken Fallin for Playbill as part of their upcoming Broadway Season Preview.

USA - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 01:22:08 PM (EDT)

He'll always be my Colonel Brandon~
- Friday, September 02, 2011 at 01:32:12 AM (EDT)

Apologies to the great Gary Oldman for leaving him off the list. And thanks, Kathryn, for the kind words
- Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 09:11:46 PM (EDT)

The distinction between "nobility" and "aristocracy" does seem to be obscure. However, I don't think the text accompanying the poll in BBCAmerica is a reliable source: proclaiming Firth the Actor for Our Age while Caine, O'Toole, Irons, McKellen, Hurt, Fiennes (either one), Laurie, and Rickman are still working is silly. Without a title, Brandon has no particular claim on nobility; he seems to be a member of the upper middle class. Darcy (whose family is titled and whose estates are palatial) is of the upper class. But both of them live on the income from their estates and thus are members of the landed gentry.
- Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 01:40:54 PM (EDT)

Well, I think I did get the idea that Brandon is "noble" (in the class sense) from BBCAmerica. I'm not quite sure what the difference would be between aristocratic and noble anyway. I don't suppose many people care, these days.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 09:08:49 AM (EDT)

Cassandra7, you explained it much better than I could think to do, all I could think was "what are they on about?" Thanks!

Severus Snape has won yet another poll. This time it was conducted by publisher Bloomsbury. The Guardian has the story.

USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 11:19:42 PM (EDT)

Both Col. Brandon and Mr. Darcy are gentlemen of the landed gentry. Darcy might be considered an aristocrat because his family is titled. Neither one is a nobleman, however noble his character. I think BBCAmerica is throwing language around casually, based on little knowledge of the career of either actor or of the nomenclature of the English class system.
- Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 05:22:19 PM (EDT)

Well now, that's much better.

Here's an article from The Argus about a great project in which disadvantaged kids from South Africa received training in photography and used their skills to photograph Mr. Rickman, among others. Their work, called Wembley to Soweto, will go on display at the Alan Phillips Gallery in Brighton from September 3 to October 2 before serving as a backdrop for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

I love stories like this :)

USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 01:20:51 PM (EDT)

Kathryn: I agree about those rather silly comments. Brandon is noble, in both senses, and it's tedious that people still pigeon-hole AR as somebody playing villains, or at least menacing people. But nice to find him already way ahead of CF.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 09:04:12 AM (EDT)

Wow! Talk about the poor selection of pix for Alan, how about the strange one of David?
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 04:40:25 PM (EDT)

Oh, I see, Martha. But if they're saying Mr. Darcy falls into that category, then what exactly is Colonel Brandon? *sigh*

USA - Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 01:51:10 PM (EDT)

Kathryn - They don't say Colin "is" a nobler breed of Britishman, but that he "represents" a nobler breed. I believe they were referring to the fact that Colin plays Kings, but AR plays Princes. ;)
maine, - Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 10:43:30 AM (EDT)

That it will, Pia Susanna. The Final match-up of the Anglo Fan Favorites Men of 2011 tournament is set, Rickman vs. Firth. Voting starts now and ends Thursday, September 1, at 11 a.m. Eastern. We're allowed one vote per day this time as well.

They've got it right, the Rickmaniacs are not to be played with ;)

Although one thing bothers me: they describe Firth as a "nobler breed of Britishman." Huh? Well I suppose I like the modesty and humility of Mr. Rickman over the "nobler breed." No offense to Mr. Firth, of course.

There's also a contest for third place, the narrowly defeated David Tennant vs. the thoroughly crushed Benedict Cumberbatch.

USA - Friday, August 26, 2011 at 03:38:41 PM (EDT)

There's an article in the Hornsey, Crouch End & Muswell Hill Journal on the Alexandra Wylie Memorial Gala and Mr. Rickman's participation in the event.

USA - Friday, August 26, 2011 at 12:55:29 PM (EDT)

So it will be Rickman against Firth, it seems.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Friday, August 26, 2011 at 10:27:21 AM (EDT)

In addition to the Seminar website, the Seminar Facebook page is up and running. According to a posting on the Facebook page, tickets will go on sale September 17.

There's also a Twitter account for Seminar, @seminaronbway. As a result, I've finally joined Twitter.

USA - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 02:52:33 PM (EDT)

Voting results almost back to what they were on Sunday . . . Looks as if AR would win, for now . . . Yes, horse race commentary, that's what it is!
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 08:29:23 AM (EDT)

They've gotten around to updating the "Seminar" website. I suppose they have been a bit busy with casting and all...

USA - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 11:20:21 PM (EDT)

Not enough, though, Pia Susanna. Mr. Rickman is still way ahead.

But Colin Firth has suddenly taken the lead over David Tennant.

I feel like I'm doing horse racing commentary.

USA - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 01:00:49 PM (EDT)

BC has gained some votes since Sunday.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 05:35:59 PM (EDT)

All fixed, Kathryn. It is my pleasure to serve. :o)

The DoC will be minus one member for the next few days as I head out for a long anticipated vacation. So watch those flying fingers, will you?
in transit from Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 07:50:42 AM (EDT)

An update on the news that Mr. Rickman will open the Alexandra Wylie Memorial Skating Gala: He has confirmed his involvement to the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation and tickets are now available for those interested in going to support a great cause.

USA - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 11:57:47 PM (EDT)

Tonight it suddenly worked! So, I've voted twice by now.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 05:12:42 PM (EDT)

Ah well, at least you voted once Pia Susanna, and every vote counts.

Mr. Rickman is still in the lead, and in the other semi, it's Tennant with 66.11% and Firth with 33.89% at present.

USA - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 01:57:32 PM (EDT)

Have tried again, but only got the same response. Glad, though, to find AR having received 63.68% by now, and BC only 36.32%.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 09:41:12 AM (EDT)

That's odd, Pia Susanna, as I voted once yesterday and again today. Try it again and maybe try the same time each day if you can and see what happens.

USA - Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 11:25:40 PM (EDT)

Today I tried to vote a second time: this time I received the answer "Thank you, but we have already counted your vote." More than 24 hours had passed since my first (and successful) attempt.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 04:21:11 PM (EDT)

Oh, and a correction on the poll closing time on Thursday, August 25 - it's 11 A.M. Eastern time, in the morning not at night. Sorry about that :)

USA - Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 02:44:44 PM (EDT)

Carole, I thought so per the smiley, but also wasn't sure if everyone knew about the problem they discovered with extreme multiple voting. I think it was more that they suspected "bot" voting was enhancing the number of votes for one or both men rather than just people voting several times.

USA - Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 02:37:39 PM (EDT)

Oh I suppose I was being sarcastic, note the winking smiley . . . On the other hand Snape fans were accused of cheating on the recent MTV poll because we voted multiple times -- a feature available to everyone. Not our fault those other fans weren't clever/cunning enough to figure that out and follow through. I'm not sure what I think of a website that changes it's rules in the middle of their poll.
carole <lizzy1933@yahoo.comfoo>
- Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 11:35:03 AM (EDT)

Carole, unless you're being sarcastic, let me clarify: I was aiming that at the Armitage fans, although I do admit that I voted more than once initially ;) The Anglophenia website had to revamp their process to ensure fair voting, and as expected the real favorite prevailed.

I know it's all fluff, but I guess the competitor in me really enjoys this :)

USA - Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11:35:13 PM (EDT)

Don't understand the comment. Since when haven't AR fans voted fairly? ;-)
carole <lizzy1933@yahoo.comfoo>
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Friday, August 19, 2011 at 05:05:27 PM (EDT)

yen, you and I must have been posting that news at the same time, so sorry and thanks!

USA - Friday, August 19, 2011 at 04:10:08 PM (EDT)

The Rickmaniacs were just too much for the Armitage Army in the Anglo Fan Favorites Men of 2011 poll. Mr. Rickman is up against Benedict Cumberbatch in the Semifinals.

We're allowed one vote per day, now until Thursday August 25 at 11 p.m.

Go vote, this time fairly :)

USA - Friday, August 19, 2011 at 04:08:19 PM (EDT)

Please vote again for Rickman!! And @Ashley, yes he's still with Rima Horton and they don't have kids
- Friday, August 19, 2011 at 04:04:54 PM (EDT)

Must read of the day: Ruby Wax's Diary from Edinburgh in the London Evening Standard. Here's a sweet excerpt:

"The last time I caught up with Alan Rickman was at the Harry Potter premiere, which was pretty sensational. He's godfather to my two daughters and they ran straight up to him and Helena Bonham Carter and said, 'Guess who's here? The cast of Made in Chelsea!' There was nothing he could say back to that. Wherever you are in showbiz you'll always get kicked in the teeth."

USA - Friday, August 19, 2011 at 01:21:51 PM (EDT)

Hello,Im Ashley.L I was wondering if he's still with that Rima Horton if they have kids?
Ashley Ludwig <laststandfirstclass@hotmail.cafoo>
Brantford, Ont Canada - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 07:16:35 PM (EDT)

Hi yall! Just a thought: I think Rickman is cutest when he was in his 50's, with blond hair. Does anyone think the same?
TX USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 01:16:02 PM (EDT)

trangd, words fail me whenever I watch that video. And I refuse to accept that he's 65. It's just not possible.

USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 12:34:49 PM (EDT)

Ali-Pat, Right. Oh and also, I love him in pink - only real men wear pink and still look gentlemanly :) :)
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 10:22:47 AM (EDT)

Trangd, the video was made in 2000 so he was a bit younger than 65! But I agree--it's a great bit of film and he is a fabulous dancer.
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 08:04:36 AM (EDT)

Isn't this awesome? Texas-In Demand I don't really like the song, but the dancing is awesome. And so is Rickman. His 'smile' when the woman pushed him.. that's sooooo uuummmm :) :) And how can he stay sexy at 65?
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 02:16:53 AM (EDT)

So, what can be cuter than a teddy bear signed by Alan Rickman? Well, if we had a picture of him with the bear perhaps that would be. But still, he's signed one that's up for auction for Project Teddy Bear which supports the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

USA - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 11:31:54 PM (EDT)

Your portrayal of Steven Spurrier in "Bottle Shock" was superb. You must have had fun with that role. You are very much under rated as an actor. When you play the "heavy" you make people hate you as well as Charles Laughton was able to do it. I mean that as a compliment!
David Schmidt <daveacp@gmail.comfoo>
Cleveland, OH USofA - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 07:04:42 PM (EDT)

Even more news for Monday, this time concerning "Hit Somebody" courtesy of Hour Community.

During a Q&A session in Montreal, Kevin Smith said his hockey film will be split into two parts. So he's stretching out that "last film" as much as possible, and if Mr. Rickman is definitely the narrator, it's really all for the best :)

USA - Monday, August 15, 2011 at 11:58:25 PM (EDT)

What better way to start the week than with great "Seminar" news? The New York Times,, and all have the latest casting, theater, and start date information.

Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater (both were in "The Merchant of Venice" on Broadway recently) will play Kate and Martin, respectively. I'm excited about seeing Lily Rabe square off against Mr. Rickman after the rave response (and Tony nomination) she received for playing Portia in "Merchant." Only 2 more roles left to cast.

Also, the play will have previews starting October 27 and opening night will be November 20 at the Golden Theater.

USA - Monday, August 15, 2011 at 02:20:10 PM (EDT)

Have voted! Rickman forever!
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 02:11:52 PM (EDT)

BBC America's Anglophenia website has yet another fun contest in which Alan Rickman is in the running to be named a fan favorite. It's the Anglo Fan Favorite Men of 2011 Poll, and currently Mr. Rickman is up against Richard Armitage in the quarterfinals. It's a close one at present as it's Rickman 51% to Armitage's 48%. Go vote!

USA - Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 01:05:52 PM (EDT)

I thought Fiennes was terrific in Schindler, but, of the five men nominated, I would have voted for Leonardo DiCaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, an even more difficult role. Pia Susanna, if the rules for the Oscars are going to be rewritten to include a series of roles, how about also changing the de facto rules to include comedies, fantasies, films for children, subtle roles, mature women, and letting very young actors in leading roles be nominated for Best Actor/Actress instead of pushing them off into Supporting categories (Timothy Hutton in Ordinary People, for example)? There are also strong preferences for American actors, actors playing real people, characters who are dying or disabled, and for actors who make it look hard, rather than easy.) Actually, there is an unwritten "series of roles/career excellence" category, in which both Paul Newman (The Color of Money) and Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman) won Oscars because they'd been so good so long and so often nominated. Then there is the theory that it's the role, not the actor, that wins: The King's Speech being a strong example. FIrth was fine, but the role was a dead cert.
- Friday, August 12, 2011 at 10:51:19 PM (EDT)

And the same post twice as well!! Am rather too sleepy tonight to post anything, it seems. Now I really need Suzanne's patient and skilful help.
pia susanna
- Friday, August 12, 2011 at 05:05:51 PM (EDT)

"Personally" twice! So sorry.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Friday, August 12, 2011 at 05:04:06 PM (EDT)

"Personally" twice! So sorry.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Friday, August 12, 2011 at 05:03:45 PM (EDT)

R: Hope you have also read the novel! -- And about a possible Oscar for AR: Personally, I still think one for his Snape work in ALL the films would be more than suitable. They go together, are parts of a long saga (even if I personally happen to dislike HP7).
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Friday, August 12, 2011 at 05:02:17 PM (EDT)

OFT: Ralph Fiennes - no Oscar. (Many people mistakenly believe Fiennes won for Schindler's List, because they correctly believe he so deserved it. "I forgive you." Brrrr. Is there anything that Fiennes failed to bring to that terrifying role?

Alas, we don't always get things right, do we? Felt better when The English Patient was recognized by the Academy, and Anthony Minghella in particular for Best Director. The film and the screenplay (yes, to read) are among my most favorite.
I liked Tommy Lee Jones fine in the Fugitive, but COME ON., - Friday, August 12, 2011 at 04:32:36 PM (EDT)

To say AR did wonderful work in HP8 is one thing. To say he's in the top five supporting actors of the year is another (especially since we're not the people who get to pick). And most of the serious movies haven't been released yet so it's hard to evaluate the performances. The competition for the five nominations for Best Supporting Actor this year includes Albert Brooks, Jim Broadbent, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Plummer, Viggo Mortensen, Kenneth Branagh, Geoffrey Rush, Ben Kingsley, Brad Pitt, Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, David Thewliss, Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, and a number of other fine actors. And the Academy voters don't respect what they consider to be children's movies unless they're animated. I'm not saying AR wasn't good as Snape. I'm saying that you have to measure his chances against all the other supporting actors this year. And remember Peter O'Toole--eight Best Actor nominations and no wins for the actor of his generation. Richard Harris--no Oscar. Michael Gambon--no Oscar. Cary Grant--no Oscar. Richard Burton--no Oscar. John Hurt--no Oscar. Ian McKellen--no Oscar. It is not about merit.
- Friday, August 12, 2011 at 02:01:51 PM (EDT)

I've said that for years, Roy, but the Academy keeps ignoring me! I agree, and so do a lot of my acting friends, that he deserves a nomination, but I'm afraid the film people will most likely go with Ralph Feinnes (who was also spectacular) or, even more likely, they'll just ignore the acting and nominate the score or make up or costumes as usual.
pa usa - Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 04:39:24 PM (EDT)

I missed the episode. tsk.
Hope <hopeisemo@gmail.comfoo>
- Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 01:04:35 PM (EDT)

Mr. Rickman will open the Alexandra Wylie Memorial Skating Gala on September 10, 2011, at the Alexandra Palace Ice Rink in London. This event is to raise funds for the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation in memory of the young lady (whom the foundation is named for)who lost her life to cancer last November.

USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 01:03:41 PM (EDT)

Any time, Renie. Thanks for posting the video links. It seems there's a small lull in new Alan Rickman news but there's still plenty to keep us occupied.

That Die Hard intro video is priceless, gave me a much needed cheering up the other day :)

USA - Monday, August 08, 2011 at 11:25:25 PM (EDT)

Thanks for the warning, Kathryn. AR's DH introductory comments (partial) are up at youtube. Also there I stumbled upon a very old behind the scenes of HP, in which Daniel R is truly adorable explaining his champion dancing technique. Good on him to be in a Broadway musical. There is also the HP8 interview with AR in which he describes Snape as "very focused". I'll say. Check out his h*nds at around 5:00 into it.

Eager for "Seminar" to open in NYC. , - Monday, August 08, 2011 at 04:41:35 PM (EDT)

Right you are, Barbara--sorry I didn't catch that before. Spoiler warning added.
- Thursday, August 04, 2011 at 05:04:02 PM (EDT)

ooh, spoiler - please I haven't seen the film yet.
- Thursday, August 04, 2011 at 04:48:10 PM (EDT)

Very nice comments, Roy, and I agree about Mr. Rickman's performance in DH2. Suddenly we see so much emotion from Snape and Mr. Rickman has us feeling Snape's pain so much that we feel the heartache along with him.

USA - Thursday, August 04, 2011 at 12:44:50 PM (EDT)

Kathryn, :oD
- Thursday, August 04, 2011 at 11:44:20 AM (EDT)

This comment is regarding Rickman's performance on HP and the Deathly Hallows 2.


Alan Rickman has been great throughout all 8 movies. Ever since the first movie, I knew that he is definitely one of the best actor in the HP series. And ever since the 7th book came out and we knew that Snape is in fact on Harry's side, I had always wondered how Rickman would convey the depth of the emotions and love and hurt that was potrayed in the book. And the result is he definitely exceeded my expectations by far and above. The scene where he said "but it's her son" was just heart-wrenching. When he hugged Lily was just amazing. Rickman delivered all the emotions, the pain, the hurt, the love, all of it; and we can actually feel it. I think it's the best accomplishment an actor can have - when the audience felt the emotions of the character he/she played. And for that, Rickman definitely deserves an Oscar.
Roy Roberto <dragon_voice_92@yahoo.comfoo>
Austin, TX United States - Thursday, August 04, 2011 at 02:36:49 AM (EDT)

It's still not right, Ali-Pat, LOL, it should read "...especially for anyone who would like to audition..."

I considered italicizing the entire guestbook just to round things out, but that might get me in trouble. So maybe we'll just leave this day behind us, shall we?

Mary, don't get me started on Dark Harbor. A kind, generous AR fan (is there any other type?) dropped an edited version into my DVD player and I can't seem to finish watching it. I'm stuck on a couple of scenes in particular...

USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2011 at 11:49:02 PM (EDT)

Hi all, I come here and to read/post whenever my AR love flares up, which it has again since seeing Deathly Hallows 2. Oh my goodness. So now I'm going back and watching some AR films I haven't seen yet. I just want to share that I watched Snow Cake last night for the first time, and I was blown away. Wonderful movie and performances all around, but Alan was magnificent. Can't remember last time I've cared about a character, well, apart from dear Professor Snape. :) I've been told to shut up already about AR at work, so I came here to share with people who will 'get it'. Next up: Dark Harbor.
USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2011 at 04:29:07 PM (EDT)

Help when you need it, Kathryn ;o)
Ali-Pat, DoC
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2011 at 03:51:37 PM (EDT)

Exciting news today on the Seminar front, especially for anyone who would like to audition for a part in the play. According to, there will be open auditions for the 4 young writer characters and for Leonard's understudy. Understudy to Mr. Rickman, no pressure at all.

Also, there seem to be dates set for the play's run, from November 2011 to April 2012, but no news on tickets or a theater just yet. Anyone fancy the holidays in New York?

USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2011 at 12:50:51 PM (EDT)

DH, DkH, HP7, HP8.
- Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 04:10:03 AM (EDT)

When you refer to a film as DH, do you mean Deathly Hallows, Die Hard or Dark Harbor? LOL!!
- Monday, August 01, 2011 at 05:42:42 PM (EDT)

Another picture of Mr. Rickman introducing Die Hard in London on Saturday. Brace yourself, Renie.

USA - Monday, August 01, 2011 at 03:00:57 PM (EDT)

And a picture of Mr. Rickman speaking before the Die Hard screening, courtesy of an audience member via Twitter.

USA - Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 03:28:48 PM (EDT)

That should read "Mr. Rickman was there to introduce the film..."

USA - Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 02:41:03 PM (EDT)

There was a Die Hard screening at Somerset House last night (July 30) as part of the Film4 Summer Screen event in London. Reports on Twitter state that Mr. Rickman introduce the film, I suppose much like he did earlier this year at BAM. Although there's no mention of a post-screening Q&A with this one.

USA - Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 02:39:00 PM (EDT)

Barbara: Quite a few, from what I've heard and seen.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 09:04:29 AM (EDT)

Since seems to want your blood type in order to let you read an article, I'll spare you all the ordeal. Here's the latest on "Gambit" in full.

Film News Posted: Fri., Jul. 29, 2011, 4:00am PT

'Gambit' locks foreign sales Remake rounds up deals in Europe, Canada, Oz By DAVE MCNARY

Crime Scene Pictures has sold all major foreign territories on "Gambit," a remake of the 1966 Brit comedy that toplined Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine.

Glen Basner's FilmNation began sales at Berlin in February, selling the Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth starrer to Alliance Films for Canada, Spain and Blighty. Other buyers include Metropolitan Film Export in France, Telemunchen in Germany, Medusa Films in Italy, West in Russia, Revolutionary Releasing in Eastern Europe, Paradiso in Benelux and Roadshow Films in Australia/New Zealand.

Principal photography was completed this week. Alan Rickman, Tom Courtenay, Stanley Tucci and Cloris Leachman also star, and Michael Hoffman directs from a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Producers are Mike Lobell alongside Crime Scene Pictures partners Adam Ripp and Rob Paris, who are also financing. Rizal Risjad and Philip Elway are exec producers.

CBS Films is distributing in the United States.

Contact Dave McNary at

USA - Friday, July 29, 2011 at 02:01:44 PM (EDT)

In addition to what Ali-Pat has (there's lots of overlap), Claudia's Download Haven has Blind Corner, Magic of My Youth, a number of the radio plays, an audio tape of Tango at the End of Winter, and Goran Simic's war poems (don't miss these--they're incredible), among many other things, at
- Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 07:21:06 PM (EDT)

Hi Sue from Arizona.I'm a contemporary of AR, I think there are a few of us around!
NZ - Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 06:24:22 PM (EDT)

The only other full audiobook Alan has done is called Blind Corner but it has been long out of print so good luck finding it! He has been involved in some other audio projects through the years, including some BBC Radio dramas and some cameo appearances on other people's recordings. You can find a rather out of date list in the Recordings section of my site. But again--copies are not easy to come by! Some of these are on Claudia's site and some can be found on sites like EBay if you are persistent.
Dayton, OH USA - Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 09:14:01 AM (EDT)

I went looking to see what the exact title of the other audiobook is, and it's Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folk Tales. Mr. Rickman narrates one of the stories, I'm not sure which one, but I'm sure the whole audiobook is a good one.

While I was looking for info, I found that Claudia's site, bless, has a ton of audio files. I haven't checked to see if they all work but I sure will do as soon as I have the time. As soon as I make the time, I should say.

USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 11:46:30 PM (EDT)

I have return of the native what is the other audio book Please Please Lynda
Lynda <lyndawaterman@gmail.comfoo>
Durham, NC USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 06:08:34 PM (EDT)

thank you kathryn! ;) i just watched sweeney todd because of alan, too! its a great movie i think!
Johanna <die.schonwieder@web.defoo>
Ebersbach, - Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 04:40:26 AM (EDT)

Johanna, he has done at least a couple of audiobooks that I know of, one that I have is "The Return of the Native," by Thomas Hardy. I haven't listened to all of it yet, but from the start of Disc 1, it's well worth your money.

And now your name has made me want to watch Sweeney Todd.

USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 12:52:28 AM (EDT)

i am here, just to say thank you! (please forgive - my english is really bad...) you are the best actor i�ve ever seen!! i love how you act, in all your films! and especially i love your voice (could you make a audiobook? i�d buy it, just to hear you talk;)) greetings from saxony god bless you and your family :)
Johanna <die.schonwieder@web.defoo>
Ebersbach, Germany - Monday, July 25, 2011 at 04:54:29 PM (EDT)

I've never written a fan letter before and I'm older than Mr. Rickman. I've seen more than half of his films and have loved all his work that I've seen. I wanted to THANK YOU, Mr. Rickman, for the especially moving and outstanding work playing Severus Snape. Severus is the most complicated and important character in The Harry Potter saga. I can't even imagine anyone else who could actually BE Severus. I've read books 5, 6, & 7 three times just to be sure I truly understand the complicated, loyal and guilt ridden soul. It's been a great and fun 10 years. As Harry, Ron and Hermione woud say: Brilliant, absolutely brilliant My very best wishes, Sue From Phoenix, AZ
Sue <arizsara@yahoo.comfoo>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 02:45:10 PM (EDT)

Off topic, but please spare a thought and a prayer for the Norwegian victims, their friends and families.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 10:03:52 AM (EDT)

Kathryn you are correct 500 boxes may be to much. Your suggestion is perfect it fills the goblet and lets him know we appreciate him. On to another topic Alan deserves an Oscar for many performances I cannot see him going about advertising for one just the thought of anyone having to do that sounds humiliating to me. He may have to live without an Oscar but he will always have us his devoted fans. Lynda
Lynda <lyndawaterman@gmail.comfoo>
Durham, NC USA - Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 06:36:02 AM (EDT)

Everyone must visit Ruth's Blog. Scroll down a bit and you'll see why. I love that film.

USA - Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:59:53 PM (EDT)

A quick update on the auction for Snape's wand that Mr. Rickman signed and donated to help the schools in Christchurch: the auction ended July 16th and the wand went for AU $1,601.00.

Lynda, I don't know about 500 boxes of chocolate, then his fitness worries and those of the cast and crew would make sense! Maybe just a few chocolates along with a card or something from the ladies on the guestbook as a thanks and welcome back to Broadway? Wasn't something similar done for Private Lives?

USA - Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:13:24 PM (EDT)

500 boxes of chocolates. That would be fun. If sent during his next broadway performance it would be somewhat inexpensive. When a gift can be shared it makes it that much more loving. Every part of America has it's own perfect chocolate favorite so let's share America with Alan. By then the theater address will be known.
Lynda <lyndawaterman@gmail.comfoo>
Durham, NC USA - Friday, July 22, 2011 at 06:13:59 PM (EDT)

Kathrine You are so right I hope I got your name correct I have a very poor memory lately. I am so glad when new people find Alan and want to see his earlier films. I did not recognize him until Harry Potter 1. When I saw him I realized I had loved him in Dogma and Galaxy Quest and my journey with Alan began. I fell in love with his humor I did not know him as a bad guy until later. Lynda
Lynda <lyndawaterman@gmail.comfoo>
Durham, NC USA - Friday, July 22, 2011 at 06:06:59 PM (EDT)

Snape's been caught smiling again. Here's a great candid photo of Dame Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman on the Potter set.

USA - Friday, July 22, 2011 at 02:10:14 PM (EDT)

Pia Susanna, if weren't plastered all over the internet, nobody would even know his birthdate. Before I found out, I thought he was about 50.

Here's an article from the Kenilworth Weekly News that says there was 5 days of secret filming for "Gambit" at the Compton Verney Art Gallery. No spoilers in this, just the mention that Mr. Rickman was there.

USA - Friday, July 22, 2011 at 12:50:31 PM (EDT)

Recently in Trafalgar Square he talked (some of you probably saw and heard this) about eating too much in the evening and not getting into his (Snape) costume the next day. He seemed to treat this rather as a joke, but probably it wasn't only a joke. Nevertheless, he might appreciate chocolates. He could always offer most of them to guests or journalists. Yes, he looks fabulous, especially for a man in his 60s.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Friday, July 22, 2011 at 09:21:38 AM (EDT)

We can send dark chocolate with specific instructions to only enjoy in moderation. If he can't control himself...


USA - Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 11:14:51 PM (EDT)

He does like chocolates but he doesn't like getting them because of always having to watch his boyish figure-I brought him some during Private Lives and he fussed about not getting into his costume and told me not to do it again-he said he passed them around, so I don't think he ate them all himself-I can see him getting 500 or more boxes of chocolates---LOL
- Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 09:53:25 PM (EDT)

If you have not seen Deathly Hallows Part 2 DO NOT read this article, I repeat, SPOILERS in the following link.

But if you have seen the film and feel some specific sequences weren't long enough, according to David Yates there is hope: MTV Movies Blog.

USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 12:10:01 AM (EDT)

Lynda I adore his performance in Snow Cake, he and Sigourney Weaver were great together, it's just a lovely film and lovely performances from both of them. Alex just has this sincere quality about him as that everyone seems to notice except for him. I've watched it several times and it's wonderful.

It's one of many that he's been overlooked for (Sense and Sensibility, anyone?), so it's not really too terribly important that he receives a load of awards or nominations. Every time someone "discovers" what a great actor he is, his work finds a new audience and the films are seen, so that's what stands the test of time more than awards.

He's reached a whole different group of people playing Snape, people who might never have watched many of his films otherwise.

USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 11:27:20 PM (EDT)

We would have a better chance getting the chocolates to Alan quickly if sent them to the theater he is performed it. Well done bringing that. Is anyone from NYC or anyone with contacts their able to get us this info. Sending him stuff overseas is a hassle and very expensive. Let's not worry about what he likes as much as an exceptional variety as his fans are. Also I know his performance in HP8 is award worthy but nobody talks about Snow Cake which imho is a performance many people missed out on. Lynda
Lynda <lyndawaterman@gmail.comfoo>
Durham, NC USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 09:56:36 PM (EDT)

Cassandra7, the last thing I want to see is Mr. Rickman "campaigning" for an Oscar. He's not the only one whose work on DH2 deserves that sort of recognition, though, so we'll see what happens early next year.

USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 03:28:23 PM (EDT)

I forgot to add that, to win, the nominee has to be willing to campaign and be seen to "want it" (which is one of the reasons Julie Christie didn't win for Away From Her). AR does lots of publicity for his films, but--self-promotion? A little hard to imagine.
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 02:05:14 PM (EDT)

Oscar nominations depend on many things, but particularly on how much money the production company is willing to put into the campaign (it costs millions, literally) and what the competition is. English actors are always at a disadvantage against Americans, and Best Supporting Actor is the most competitive of the categories (there can be as many as six or eight significant supporting actors in a movie which will have one male lead, probably one female lead, and maybe at most two supporting actresses). Here's a look at some of the expected competition: My prediction would be Mortensen except that the Academy doesn't like the director of his film. (None of this means I don't want AR to win; I do. I just think the chances are very slim, given the prejudices of the Academy.) Reviews (good) and precursor awards (too early) and box office (so good it may cause the film not to be taken seriously by the critics) also matter. It is said that the award goes to the role more than the performance. The roles Oscar voters like tend to be very emotional (yes), based on a real person (no), dramatic rather than comic (yes), and not in a film seen as for children or as science fiction/fantasy (no--for example, one acting nomination in all three Lord of the Rings movies). With men, they like a significant body of work (yes). (With Best Actress, they like thirty-ish and very beautiful--not relevant). I'd say AR was even better in Die Hard, Sense and Sensibility, Galaxy Quest, Michael Collins, An Awfully Big Adventure, Sweeney Todd, Mesmer, TMD, and probably others I've forgotten. (I'm omitting Rasputin because you can't get an Oscar for a movie first shown on television, though AR did get an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a SAG award for it). However, it's very nice to hear AR's name being mentioned in connection with an Oscar nomination, even if it would mean more if it were by critics (who have a little power in this) instead of fans.
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 01:58:25 PM (EDT)

Here's a pleasant surprise, courtesy of Izzy from Claudia's guestbook, Mr. Rickman has narrated an animated short called The Boy in the Bubble which was screened and awarded at the Galway Film Fleadh.

A short trailer is on Youtube as well as Cheers,
USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 01:47:58 PM (EDT)

I don't like the idea of giving him an honorary Oscar for all the films, it's meant to be for a specific performance in one film for that year. He does deserve a nomination for his work in DH2.

I really hope he doesn't start getting the "lifetime achievement" stuff right now, he's far too young and has far too much yet to do :)

We'd want to send him chocolates that he'd like, wouldn't we, so how will we find out which type to send? Although to some any chocolate is likeable...

USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 01:38:02 PM (EDT)

An honorary Oscar has been awarded on occasion to a major figure like Peter O'Toole (eight nominations, no wins) who has failed to win for a specific role.
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 01:11:03 PM (EDT)

Also, wouldn't it be suitable if Rickman got an Oscar for his Snape work in ALL the HP films? Would that be possible? I think (but am not sure) I've read somewhere about someone who got an Oscar for several films.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 08:43:34 AM (EDT)

I think I've read that he likes chocolates, so that wouldn't be a bad idea. And thanks for the link, Kathryn!
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 08:39:11 AM (EDT)

It is, Ali-Pat, I've seen 3 so far: "The Mysterious Ticking Noise," "Bothering Snape" and "Snape's Diary." They're hilarious, it's amazing what Ms. Rowling's writing has inspired.

Lynda, there's no video that I know of, nor have there been any paper reports that I've seen. I only saw it mentioned on Stephen Fry's Twitter.

Perhaps we could send him chocolates while he's doing "Seminar."

USA - Monday, July 18, 2011 at 11:19:22 PM (EDT)

1. How about we all send him chocolates to fill the "goblet" as a show of appreciation. 2. Does anyone knows if there is a video and where to find it. of Alan's eulogy for Anna Massey's funeral. Lynda
Lynda <lyndawaterman@gmail.comfoo>
Durham, NC USA - Monday, July 18, 2011 at 04:48:47 PM (EDT)

Aren't these the same folks who brought us "Bothering Snape?" That was hilarious! Bother bother bother bother bother bother bother bother...
Dayton, OH USA - Monday, July 18, 2011 at 04:08:29 PM (EDT)

Need something to lift your spirits a bit post-DH2? Well look no further than Potter Puppet Pals. I'd heard of it before but hadn't watched any of these until now. They're fantastic, a good laugh, and now famously have Mr. Rickman's approval.

USA - Monday, July 18, 2011 at 03:10:07 PM (EDT)

Pia Susanna, here's what the Wiktionary has to say about the etymology of "mojo."

USA - Monday, July 18, 2011 at 01:42:37 PM (EDT)

I just want to congratulate Alan on the very touching and tour-de-force end of a long run as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series. What a magnificent performance in this last movie! I hope he wins an Oscar for it.
Jenny Berkley <
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, July 18, 2011 at 10:05:12 AM (EDT)

Thanks, Kathryn! Is it a Japanese word -- do you know?
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Monday, July 18, 2011 at 09:24:57 AM (EDT)

Summer <cosmochica010@yahoo.comfoo>
xenia, oh united states - Monday, July 18, 2011 at 08:11:14 AM (EDT)

"Goblet of Chocolates," that's a perfect use for that trophy, he can just fill it with chocolates, LOL!

"Mojo" means his inspiration, what makes him believable as Snape. Mr. Yates said Mr. Rickman likes feeling the energy from the ground, so I suppose one can say his energy in this case, sort of what made him feel the spirit of Snape.

Of course, mojo can also mean libido, but I don't think that's what Mr. Yates meant...

USA - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 11:25:09 PM (EDT)

Er, and what is a mojo?? Does everybody have one?
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 04:06:33 PM (EDT)

Thanks for everything many of you have posted here recently! I agree that Rickman and Smith are fantastic actors, probably among the best in the world. Liked seeing the Trafalgar Square videos on youtube; Rickman looked great in black (and a little white), and his hair looked fierce --was it slightly blonder than usual? Did you see him receiving the "best character" prize? I thought it was funny the way he talked about practical details -- how to take it along on the plane home? Could there be -- or were there -- chocolates in the cup? (Severus Snape and the Goblet of Chocolates.)
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 04:04:51 PM (EDT)

That was a great bit of insight into his method, and we never want him to lose his mojo. I also loved it that Yates said he's a "gentle, sweet funny man."

USA - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 01:03:43 PM (EDT)

That was great, Kathryn! I loved the detail about him needing to keep his feet firmly planted so he doesn't lose his "mojo".
Dayton, OH USA - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 10:47:07 AM (EDT)

From The L.A. Times, a video of David Yates discussing Mr. Rickman's performance as Snape.

USA - Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11:39:06 PM (EDT)

Renie, there were 2 particular hand scenes at which I had to giggle a little thinking "just for Renie." Now I'll end up laughing at every hand scene from now on.

USA - Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11:33:23 PM (EDT)

For example, Amy65's post was just right!

I bet even Alexander Dane would think Snape was a scene-stealer . . .
- Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 07:58:41 PM (EDT)

Thanks for stopping by the GB to comment about the film and Snape - a reminder though, to not give away any part of the film to respect those who have not yet had a chance to see the film. If you must, then please Include a *****spoiler alert ***** then the part you have to mention, then an ******end spoiler******* so that readers can divert their attention if they wish. Thanks!

Five h*nds, for sure. And yes, there are h*nds to appreciate. MMMMMMmmm.
And a Radiohead lyric, to my surprise. , - Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 07:47:10 PM (EDT)

Once again, I left a Harry Potter movie muttering to whoever would listen, "Alan Rickman deserves an academy award for that performance. Brilliant. Alan is absolutely Brilliant.
Kerby Criss <kerby@kcmt.orgfoo>
Poulsbo, WA United States - Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 05:35:55 PM (EDT)

Dear Alan. Great fan! You certainly do posesses a on screen presence. And you are of Welsh decent. best regards Ashley Morris
Ashley Morris <amorrisu2@gmail.comfoo>
cardiff, Wales. UK. - Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 01:59:36 PM (EDT)

I just wanted to thank Mr. Rickman for doing such a wonderful, outstanding job of the Severus Snape role. It justly deserved the 'best character' vote for the series.
Marilyn <mccgrammy@yahoo.comfoo>
Roanoke, TX USA - Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 10:43:25 AM (EDT)

Watched Deathly Hallows Part 2 yesterday, second show of the day in New Delhi. Just to say how marvelous, how unforgettable, Mr. Rickman's portrayal of Snape has been. It is the perhaps the only regret I have at the end of this series. Keeps me fangirling still. :-) Also, since the Guestbook may be the best place to locate this, anyone have a youtube link or suchlike to The Song of Lunch?
Shloka <just.sphinx@gmail.comfoo>
India - Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 04:15:17 AM (EDT)

I just saw the new movie "Deathly Hallows Part 2. Alan gave such a stellar performance. I always knew that Snape had a soft side and a deeper history with Harry. I was sad to see Snape's demise, but after seeing how everything turned out, it wasn't quite so bad. Loved the movie!!!
Patricia Myers <willstermyers@aol.comfoo>
south bend, in USA - Friday, July 15, 2011 at 09:35:22 PM (EDT)

Praise to Alan Rickman.Saw the final Harry Potter today and Rickman shone. The depth of his performance regarding his character's feelings towards the character of Lily Potter were breath taking. The whole cinema were in tears and I felt like I should at least try and let Mr Rickman know how touched I was, and by the sounds surrounding me in the cinema, so were many other people! He deserves an Oscar. Regards, Hannah Montgomery. Age 16.
Hannah Montgomery <thethreemontys@aol.comfoo>
Old Coulsdon, Surrey United Kingdom - Friday, July 15, 2011 at 07:17:29 PM (EDT)

From our morning paper's review of Deathly Hallows II (no spoilers):

"And Alan Rickman, while still . . . giving . . . the . . . world's . . . slowest . . . line readings, ends up nearly owning the film . . ."

Well, duh, people. Where have you been all these years?!

MA (Will see it on Sunday!)
- Friday, July 15, 2011 at 04:34:38 PM (EDT)

Mr. Rickman gave a eulogy at actress Anna Massey's funeral today. From Stephen Fry's Twitter, "Just returned from Anna Massey's funeral. Exemplary eulogy from Alan Rickman. Splendid wake in Notting Hill Anna will be greatly missed."

USA - Friday, July 15, 2011 at 02:46:37 PM (EDT)

Mr. Rickman gave a eulogy at actress Anna Massey's funeral today. From Stephen Fry's Twitter, "Just returned from Anna Massey's funeral. Exemplary eulogy from Alan Rickman. Splendid wake in Notting Hill Anna will be greatly missed."

USA - Friday, July 15, 2011 at 02:46:10 PM (EDT)

If anyone wants to join me over on the "Harry Potter Forum" here to discuss DH2, I'll be posting and checking messages there as well so nothing is spoiled on the guestbook.

Saw the double feature last night, must see DH2 again in 2D and when I'm not so tired, but all in all it was great fun and there were lots of cheers at the appropriate moments where I was...and absolute stunned silence followed by sniffles as well...

USA - Friday, July 15, 2011 at 01:27:27 PM (EDT)

Hey everyone,

I just saw the Deathly Hallows Part II in 3D.

*** spoiler ***

A tear rolled down his face. His devotion to her was rather touching. I wish I could dab his cheeks…

The dead lying in the Great Hall…, those familiar figures made me tingle…

*** end spoiler ***

Good movie. Luckily, I don't have problem in 3D^^
Hong Kong, - Friday, July 15, 2011 at 01:54:15 AM (EDT)

Here's a sweet interview with Matthew Lewis from where he mentions that Mr. Rickman is his idol.

I do wonder if "Seminar" might turn out to be a bit of a commentary on the nature of idol worship in today's society...hmmm...

USA - Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:13:35 AM (EDT)

Who doesn't wish Renie, but it's not his fault about the shoulders, clearly he hired a better tailor for the DH2 premiere jacket...that one is a superb fit :)

Mark your calendars and set your Tivos or DVRs, according to "The Song of Lunch" will air on PBS on November 13, 2011.

USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 11:59:37 PM (EDT)

Upon my life and heart! You are so right! I even saw those photos.

I especially don't like the fit - see how the corner shoulder rumples? He'd best see me about this in the future.

2 more days. About reading beforehand--A refresher is a lot of fun. Then again, seeing the final chapter will be fun . . . no matter what.
Don't I wish., - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 04:44:10 PM (EDT)

It's a behind the scenes photo from the "Portraits in Dramatic Time" shoot, Renie...have a look here, there are more on set photos as well.

I agree about the eyes, and that's why I'm glad he doesn't seem to wear the shades constantly.

USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 04:23:04 PM (EDT)

Thanks for the arrival snap, Kathryn.

The "LOL Celebrity" shot - Well, my guess is that it's only AR's face (from attending Wimbledon 2011), photoshopped over some random advertisement. But I could be wrong, wouldn't be the first time. Just don't think AR would choose or wear that one. (Nix on the color, fabric, bulkiness and ill fit.) Not the man who played Hans Gruber or John Gissing. AR is a clothes horse, or at least he has been for most of his sartorial life . . . except perhaps for that fish scarf. (Yes, I know there are supporters of that scarf out there. Methinks he wears it for sentimental value which trumps sartorial value even in my book.)

Shame to cover up those eyes. (I've left out a paragraph of adjectives right there.) But I do like him in sunglasses.
Or just in sunglasses., - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 02:38:19 PM (EDT)

Just for you Renie, another excellent N.Y. DH2 premiere arrival picture.

I like the grey suit, but the black with white shirt (open top button) wins.

USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 12:14:04 AM (EDT)

There's another great picture of Mr. Rickman at the New York DH2 premiere as well as a great short Q&A at the Rolling Stone website.

USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 11:43:37 PM (EDT)

Renie, you must be joking, he looks gorgeous in that suit! Maybe it was just the angry attitude in "the tea video," but that suit really, well, suits him.

USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 11:25:48 PM (EDT)

"It's a vote for ambiguity and things where you don't quite know how they're going to turn out . . . things like courage and determination and loyalty and love, actually."

Love, actually.

Be honest, AR, it's also about your brilliant channeling of the character.

*kicks foot in the dust*

He also said, in the interview, it was a vote for "the process", i.e., 15 graduates (Fiennes, Branagh, etc...) of RADA where he trained were also in the films, making them great, because "you don't just show up with your fingers crossed."

Keyser, nice to hear from you. (I like the face, but would lose that suit.)

LOL Kathryn, your mention of 3 h*nds reminds me of Fausta's Rickmanista Review. I'm sure the last chapter of the Harry Potter adventure will score 5 h*nds.
He looks so unaccustomed to holding sporty-style trophies. , - Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 09:45:09 PM (EDT)

Mr. Rickman with Snape's MTV Harry Potter World Cup trophy.

I wonder where he'll keep it...

USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 01:29:57 PM (EDT)

Now that's more like it, Mr. Rickman at the New York Deathly Hallows part 2 premiere, courtesy of The Leaky Cauldron.

There's more, of course, including this one, but you may as well just have a look at them all here.

USA - Monday, July 11, 2011 at 11:44:28 PM (EDT)

funny celebrity pictures - Sexier than Pitt, Bieber and Clooney combined.
see more Lol Celebs

USA - Monday, July 11, 2011 at 10:57:30 AM (EDT)

In case you haven't seen it yet, Youtube has 2 great videos from the Ustream live coverage of the Deathly Hallows Part 2 London premiere. Video 1 is Mr. Rickman's red carpet arrival, and Video 2 is his interview.

USA - Saturday, July 09, 2011 at 02:00:50 PM (EDT) Down to the two final pairs in the Harry Potter World Cup (Best Character in the series). Sirius managed to slide past Draco last night, but now can't pull past Ron, of all people. Severus has had a big lead over Hermione all day, but in the last couple of hours her voters are closing the gap so fast that she will pass him in about five hours. And some of us were so hoping for a Sirius/Severus final match-up. (Vote 45 times for a single character; then take a five-minute break, and vote 45 times for someone in the other pair. Otherwise, the site will put you on hold for 2 or 3 hours for over-voting.)
- Friday, July 08, 2011 at 11:16:38 PM (EDT)

Hey guys, I'm total Alan Rickman fan and I really loved him in Harry Potter movies where he portrayed Severus Snape.. If there are another fans that appreciate this amazing character, here, in this poll, is a chance to support him. Snape's army unite and vote for Snape! I think he deserves it.. Thank you :))
Slovakia - Friday, July 08, 2011 at 05:25:44 PM (EDT)

LOL, Renie, that hand thing in #15 may have been after he blew a kiss to the singing crowd? I thought about reading The Prince's Tale one more time before seeing the movie but would it be better to just see it fresh?

Also, Renie, I bought tickets in advance for the Deathly Hallows double feature on Thursday/Friday, I wanted to just see it in 2D, but the only option was to see both films in 3D. I instantly thought of you because that means 3D hands. Fair warning.

Okay, there's more on "Portraits in Dramatic Time" including a picture in a great article from New York Magazine. David Michalek says he and Mr. Rickman collaborated on Alan's huge tea-throwing hissy-fit. I stole that description from Ali-Pat, I hope she doesn't mind, it's just spot-on.

There are Deathly Hallows 2 premiere after party pictures at The Leaky Cauldron, there are more than this one but I just love that grin.

USA - Friday, July 08, 2011 at 01:03:01 PM (EDT)

Kathryn. That is.

Read the book again, so will share this . . .

Ummmm book spoilers? ***************************

"But this is touching, Severus," said Dumbledore seriously. "Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?"

"For him?" shouted Snape, "Expecto Patronum!"

From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

"After all this time?"

"Always," said Snape.

end book spoilers**************************

There was a photo from the London premiere showing a banner which said "Harry taught me how to read and I came all the way from Brazil to thank him". Liked that, too.
Less than 7 days to go., - Friday, July 08, 2011 at 12:11:55 PM (EDT)

#15. He does that on purpose.
Thanks, Katherine, - Friday, July 08, 2011 at 12:03:13 PM (EDT)

A better view of Mr. Rickman on the red carpet in Trafalgar Square, Yahoo! has photos here(#15) and here(#10).

USA - Friday, July 08, 2011 at 12:33:18 AM (EDT)

Want to know what Alan Rickman looks like on the giant screen at Lincoln Center but can't go to New York? Well, here's an idea of what it looks like, a picture courtesy of Twitter.

USA - Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 11:49:39 PM (EDT)

Mr. Rickman has donated a Snape wand to the Stars4Kids charity in order to raise funds for Avonside Girl's High School and Shirley Primary School in Christchurch, New Zealand. The schools were damaged by the Christchurch earthquake in February.

In the article from TVNZ Mr. Rickman says it's about "joining the rest of the world in sending thoughts and all good wishes to the people of Christchurch."

The man is just pure class.

USA - Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 11:33:10 PM (EDT)

Alan Rickman did attend the London Deathly Hallows part 2 premiere looking a bit buttoned-up but very nice in a dark suit, there are a few pictures here (scroll through and you'll see them) and probably more to follow along with news reports.

There have been live Twitter reports of the event, and one of my favorite mentions was that fans were "serenading" Mr. Rickman with Snape songs. How did he respond? He blew them a kiss, of course.

USA - Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 03:06:13 PM (EDT) Polling sponsored by MTV for best character in Harry Potter, down to four pairs. The last two were expected to be Snape vs. Sirius, but Snape's lead over Harry is being eroded. And Sirius is neck and neck with Draco, of all people. (Remus just barely losing to Hermione. Ron beating Hargrid.) You can vote 45 times for one character; then take five minutes to vote for someone else or they will block you for hours. This round ends at midnight, EST.
- Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 01:35:36 PM (EDT)

Barbara, would the difference be so great?? :-)
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 08:02:57 AM (EDT)

A website called Flicks and Bits has a spoiler free interview with Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter.

The floodgates seem to have opened on the Snape talk, but it seems to be pretty much the same from Mr. Rickman each time. No complaints here, though.

USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 11:23:16 PM (EDT)

Mr. Rickman attended the Independent Voices 5x15: Hacked Off with Free Speech at the Royal Institution of Great Britain on Tuesday night.

See pictures of him and Miranda Richardson, who also attended, and Ruby Wax who spoke,here.

USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2011 at 11:33:37 PM (EDT)

Or is the brother an expert at stringing raquets and travels the world with the top aces?
NZ - Tuesday, July 05, 2011 at 06:07:51 PM (EDT)

One of his brothers is a tennis coach.
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Monday, July 04, 2011 at 04:52:12 PM (EDT)

The BBC website has a picture as well, the 6th one over, and he's smiling a bit more in this one.

USA - Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 01:43:31 PM (EDT)

Mr. Rickman took in the tennis today, seated in a box to watch the Nadal v. Djokovic final at Wimbledon. The Daily Mail has a picture of him there, scroll down a bit to see him.

USA - Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 01:10:36 PM (EDT) reports that Warner Brothers has released Deathly Hallows 2 production notes and quotes from the cast, including lots of comments from Mr. Rickman.

There is a spoiler-protected section in which the film's plot is outlined and some of the Rickman comments are in this section of the article, but of course nothing he says spoils anything, so here are his quotes for those of you who don't want to read the spoiler section:

"It's about engaging the imagination because those are 'muscles' that also need to be developed as a child grows up," says Alan Rickman, who has played the enigmatic Professor Severus Snape in all of the movies. "In order for that to happen properly, there have to be some big themes to think about. What's right and what's wrong? Who do I trust and who don't I? What does it mean to be brave...and what does loyalty mean? It's all in there."

"Some of it is just handing yourself over to the material," says Rickman. "Jo laid out such a sure road map. We see what Snape's hair is like and what he wears: he's got only one set of clothes, clearly," he laughs. "We know he lives a solitary existence. We're told he never really raises his voice. It's about an explosive energy...but a contained one."

"You always knew he had an agenda," notes Rickman. "It was a question of what that agenda would turn out to be... The risks grew as he stepped into muddier and muddier waters. Eventually, it became about redemption and loyalty and, in Snape's case�without giving anything away�a certain kind of courage of conviction."

"Part of one's job is to say goodbye," Alan Rickman says. "There comes that time when it is right and proper to let it go; otherwise you can't move on. And so the best thing one can say is that it all ended the right way."

Director David Yates comments on Mr. Rickman: "The way Alan not only uses words but the space between words is completely delicious. I've never worked with an actor who's delivered lines as slowly as Alan," the director quips, "but he makes you hang on every word, every pause, every breath because you can't wait to hear what's coming next."

USA - Saturday, July 02, 2011 at 02:32:35 PM (EDT)

Yes, it's the tea video, it's one of 40 that will be shown in the series.

That video is going to get amazing reaction from the crowd, Alan Rickman on a huge screen on the side of a building...

USA - Saturday, July 02, 2011 at 01:56:16 PM (EDT)

Was that the tea-drinking stuff??
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Saturday, July 02, 2011 at 08:24:24 AM (EDT)

Here's a great article from The Wall Street Journal to remind us of David Michalek's fabulous "Potraits in Dramatic Time" series that begins outside the David H. Koch Theater next week (8:45 p.m.-11:45 p.m.) and runs through July 31 as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

It was quite nice of Mr. Michalek to allow us to see Mr. Rickman's "angry businessman" early online.

USA - Friday, July 01, 2011 at 11:20:15 PM (EDT)

Pia Susanna, I don't know if that's the whole interview, it looks like it, but someone from translated it. The only Italian I know is Italian football, so I'm not sure if it's even translated exactly correctly.

More from on Potter, Daniel Radcliffe says "I also think Alan Rickman gives what is quite possibly the film performance of his career. He is stunning in the film, really."

Only 2 more weeks to go.

USA - Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 01:29:02 PM (EDT)

Thanks, Kathryn! And thank you also for the link. Interesting with AR's thorough preparations for playing Snape -- dark contacts and all. But has the whole interview been translated? Perhaps I've missed something.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 09:36:18 AM (EDT)

Pia Susanna, no need to apologize for having a difference of opinion! It's good to discuss and that's all a part of it :)

Speaking of Snape, it's rare but Mr. Rickman does do it from time to time. Speak of Snape, I mean. Courtesy of, here is a translation of an article published Monday on the Italian la Repubblica website where he talks a bit about playing Snape.

USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 11:26:23 PM (EDT)

Kathryn: Yes, it's funny, but I still think it's out of character. Sorry about that.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 05:29:47 PM (EDT)

The play has its own website,, where you can sign up to receive the latest news on the play.

That information comes courtesy of this article.

USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 01:33:17 PM (EDT)

The play is called "Seminar," by Theresa Rebeck.

Sorry, too excited and forgot those details!

USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 01:17:09 PM (EDT)

Great news today! It's back to Broadway (YAY!) for Mr. Rickman this fall, no set date or casting details just yet.

The New York Times has the full story!

Pia Susanna, the film Snape would do that I think, it works in the context of the film. It makes for a funny moment.

USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 01:14:16 PM (EDT)

Well, I'm not sure I agree. I don't think Snape ever hits anybody in the books. Of course he's short-tempered, but I can't help suspecting that he would regard hitting people as resorting to Muggle-methods. Not that the scene where he loses his temper with Harry and Ron isn't funny, in the film. But I feel (may AR forgive me) that "Snape wouldn't do that".
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 07:48:21 AM (EDT)

If you're in New Zealand (Hi Barbara!) or plan to be soon, you could win a chance to see Deathly Hallows Part 2 early. Scoop Independent News has the details.

Carole, I have no idea if that's what it was about, but I totally think Snape would do exactly what he did in the film especially if he was extra irritated, and he certainly was in that scene, lol.

USA - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 01:12:40 PM (EDT)

"with the director telling Mr. Rickman to hit them harder with the book, LOL." I wonder if this is what one of the boys (not Dan or Rupe)meant when he said AR refused to something the director asked because 'Snape wouldn't do that'!
carole <lizzy1933@yahoo.comfoo>
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 12:07:10 AM (EDT)

Let's not forget about the Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square London premiere of Deathly Hallows Part 2, taking place on Thursday, July 7.

That's in just 2 weeks.

I suppose Mr. Rickman will be there as well as the New York premiere, although I haven't seen anything specifically naming him as set to be there.

USA - Friday, June 24, 2011 at 02:57:58 PM (EDT)

Oh that part of Goblet of Fire is hilarious! I saw a little Q&A with Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson conducted by Richard Curtis where they said they had to do those scenes repeatedly, with the director telling Mr. Rickman to hit them harder with the book, LOL.

USA - Friday, June 24, 2011 at 01:12:15 PM (EDT)

I agree, Kathryn, wholeheartedly!

Here's a fun link, especially for Renie (see photo #6): Terrible Teachers on Screen.
Dayton, OH USA - Friday, June 24, 2011 at 09:48:55 AM (EDT)

The kindness and generosity of Alan Rickman's fans is truly astonishing.

Just wanted that on record.

USA - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 03:14:52 PM (EDT)

If you're in New York City on Monday, July 11, you might want to swing by Avery Fisher Hall for a bit. The Leaky Cauldron reports that Alan Rickman is scheduled to attend the U.S. "Deathly Hallows Part 2" premiere.

It's only 3 weeks away now.

USA - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 12:59:45 PM (EDT)

Found it. Here's where Radha Bharadwaj explains the Closet Land DVD situation.

USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 02:44:18 PM (EDT)

Interesting article. I guess since she mentions the three actors she'd liked to have been the Interrogator AR didn't meet with her approval . . .
carole <lizzy1933@yahoo.comfoo>
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 12:15:04 AM (EDT)

Hmmm. So maybe it shouldn't benefit Amnesty International. Here's what the writer/director thought of their attachment to promotion of the film:

Closet Land

It's another one I haven't seen.

USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 11:41:58 PM (EDT)

Which brings me back to the question of why not re-issue the original films on DVD so the right people profit from it? I know it's not that simple, the other day I found a blog - it wasn't updated but from early 2010 - written by the Closet Land writer/director explaining that she doesn't even own the rights to the film.

I should have saved the link because I can't find the blog now, so if anyone finds it please post here, it's an interesting read.

Releasing that film, in maybe a 20 year anniversary edition with director commentary, could educate many and benefit Amnesty International. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard produced the film, so I wonder if it's down to them?

USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 11:27:05 PM (EDT)

I understand completely. I've been replacing my VHS versions of AR's movies with DVDs and thought I'd bought the long version of DH at a reasonable price -- it wasn't! Later I did find the 89 min. -- even though it was pretty expensive. DH is actually out of print so we're at the mercy of the sellers.
carole <lizzy1933@yahoo.comfoo>
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 04:13:39 PM (EDT)

You're not giving away what happens in the film, which is what I'm trying to avoid finding out. I just want to see the film, the whole film, and with this one and a few others it's a bit tricky to find the right thing.

USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 01:37:58 PM (EDT)

Hopefully not giving too much away but the longer version of Dark Harbor has a choice scene of AR that one might not want to miss . . . .
carole <lizzy1933@yahoo.comfoo>
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 01:40:52 AM (EDT)

I had a closer look at Claudia's site while trying to watch some of the clips (I simply need a new computer), and I was reminded about Kevin Smith's "Hit Somebody." According to Mr. Rickman's IMDB page, he's going to narrate and play Lord Stanley.

I haven't seen anything else connecting him to the film, but the IMDB page for "Hit Somebody" lists him as well.

Kevin Smith seems to be really ready to get this one to the public, as he's said he might publish the script before making the film. Well, we know he's not afraid to take risks.

USA - Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 03:04:27 PM (EDT)

Martha, "if I had been an AR fan at the time" I think is said by many people, like me, who for some reason after seeing him in great films giving unforgettable performances for years and years - suddenly something clicks and one feels the need to find out more.

Please don't anyone spoil Dark Harbor now, I can't be the only one who has yet to see it.

USA - Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 01:24:30 PM (EDT)

Kathryn - Never knew there were two versions out there! My says it's approx. 1 hour 19 minutes. I have no idea what I'm missing - lol! No, the movie is not a favorite. I re-watch it occasionally for the scenery - it was filmed not far from where I live, so it has a 'home' feel to it, (How I wish I'd been an AR fan at the time - the wasted opportunities!) and to watch for more 'bloopers.' It's loaded with them. There are lots of hints to the ending, some of them so blatant they were w.t.f.'s at first. After a few of them, I figured out what was going on. Wonder what I am missing. Anyone out there know?

Claudia's 'Alan Rickman Download Haven' has the url britbitsandclips. Don't know if there's another; hers is all AR, and it's a great resource.
maine, - Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 10:01:23 AM (EDT)

Okay, so, the Brit Bits and Clips website that I'd seen before was something different. I hadn't seen Claudia's site before, and if my computer would cooperate I'd waste a lot of time on these!

USA - Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 01:42:32 PM (EDT)

Martha, by 2/3 of the movie I mean that some are selling a 79 minute version rather than the full 89 minute one. I haven't seen the film yet, but I take it you didn't like it?

I've seen the Brit Bits and Clips site before for a hilarious "A Bit of Fry and Laurie skit." It's a great site for some very funny British comedy, I'll take a look at what Rickman videos are there.

USA - Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 01:28:11 PM (EDT)

Kathryn - I'm not sure what you mean by getting only 2/3 of the movie. I never heard of a version that contained deleted scenes, and frankly, while I love AR, the movie is long enough!

Also, unless you are buying the movie from an individual AR fan, the seller is not likely to have viewed the movie, and so will be going on whatever the jacket says. Which, as I mentioned, seems in some cases to be incorrect.

You might try poking around Claudia's site; she has all kinds of interesting bits and pieces, and may have deleted scenes if they are available.
maine, - Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 08:51:39 AM (EDT)

Stopping by this page is an absolute pleasure. To hear that voice...
Karras Bommer <hiddenestate@gmail.comfoo>
New Orleans, LA United States - Friday, June 17, 2011 at 03:18:19 PM (EDT)

Martha, thanks for your story, I didn't consider that on this one even the packaging could be incorrect. There are a lot of people selling both new and used Dark Harbor DVDs, region 1 and region 2, and everyone has a different product description.

It's a tedious task to ask for more specifics from sellers, but I don't want a bootleg, do I, and I don't want only 2/3 of the film either.

Of course if I'm going to buy the DVD I'd like to know I'm getting the full length film. Why not see the film the way it was intended to be seen?

USA - Friday, June 17, 2011 at 01:40:31 PM (EDT)

Kathryn - Years ago I bought a copy of DH that was supposed to have extras. It didn't. When I emailed the company - don't remember where I got it - they said that was the only version they had, and it 'said' it had the commentary on the package. They offered a refund if I sent it back, but I decided to keep it as I didn't think I'd have better luck elsewhere, given the labeling problem.

I admired the scenery - both AR and location - and had fun listing all the things wrong with the movie. And there are a LOT. (By 'wrong' I mean continuity issues, fungal/plant errors, time-line impossibilities, etc.) It's also fun to gather all the 'hints' throughout the movie. I guess I'm not qualified to say it's not worth looking for the extras, as I haven't seen them, but I can't say I really missed them.
maine, - Friday, June 17, 2011 at 12:09:28 PM (EDT)

Barbara, that's the plan, trying to be careful and sure that I get the right one. I've seen that as well, what's pictured is not what's actually on offer.

USA - Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 01:18:41 PM (EDT)

I ordered Dark Harbour from Amazon - USA a few years ago and it was outsourced to a company in Champlain(?) to send it. It was meant to have a director's commentary but did not have which was disappointing and dishonest. Too much trouble and expense to return it though for me down here . So be careful!
NZ - Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 04:57:15 PM (EDT)

The time has come for me to be on the hunt for Dark Harbor. Considering the options available - some expensive, some not, some region 1 and some not - I'm in need of advice from those with more experience in the matter.

Which version of the Dark Harbor DVD do I want? Which is the best for an Alan Rickman admirer?

USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 03:07:58 PM (EDT)

It seems complaining a bit on this guestbook, for me at least, results in a bit of good luck.

Gas prices have dropped, a lot, leaving me with a few spare dollars.

Add to that Blockbuster Video liquidation sales, 7 Alan Rickman movies at $6 per DVD, 2 of which I'd never seen before (Nobel Son and Bottle Shock) and a different 2 that are Special Edition versions of the films (Robin Hood and Dogma), and now I'm a very happy and ever increasingly obsessed Rickman admirer.

I must also mention that Suzanne is just the best, but everyone knows that already.

So, now to complain about a lack of footage of those stage performances...

USA - Monday, June 13, 2011 at 03:20:58 PM (EDT)

The linked article explains that Amanda had downs syndrome and a group she belonged to were Mark's students.
Carole <lizzy1933@yahoo.comfoo>
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 05:18:35 PM (EDT)

Ali-Pat, I don't know, that may be it. I don't own a copy of the film and it seems if I really want one it won't be reasonably priced, on DVD anyway.

USA - Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 01:36:48 PM (EDT)

Thanks for sharing that news, Kathryn. I don't see Mandy's name in the IMDB credits for TMD--was she in Mark's class, perhaps? I am trying to remember what she looked like and no one in my image searches looks familiar.
Dayton, OH USA - Friday, June 10, 2011 at 08:13:28 AM (EDT)

Unfortunate news today, as one of Mr. Rickman's "Truly Madly Deeply" colleagues has passed away. Here's the tribute to Amanda Hoskins.

USA - Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 02:05:20 PM (EDT)

It's always nice to read a bit of good news when one's had a rather disappointing few days, so I'm happy to find that Variety reports "The Song of Lunch" will air on PBS sometime in the Fall.

USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 01:02:48 PM (EDT)

I just read your note for Empire Magazine and I will miss Severus Snape and all the characters from the Harry Potter series. I have also enjoyed all the other characters you've played over the years and hope to continue seeing your fine work in new projects. Best wishes.
Cheri Zanetti <czanetti0624@gmail.comfoo>
Westland, MI USA - Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 07:41:20 PM (EDT)

I tried Firefox, which was highly recommended, and was able to post here but a lot of my other stuff wasn't compatible with it. Anyway, it's good to be able to comment now instead of just lurking!! IE is much better than 7 or 8.
Carole <lizzy1933@yahoo.comfoo>
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:17:50 PM (EDT)

Hi Carole, I ditched IE for something faster that actually allows me to post here without a special link sent by Suzanne. Now if I could just get a computer that isn't 14 years old...darn gas prices!

USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 01:35:52 PM (EDT)

LOL, Carole! I could fix your typo but it's much more fun to leave your posts the way they are (will fix if you prefer, though). Welcome back!
Dayton, OH USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 09:55:16 AM (EDT)

I was so excited about being able to post here again I did a bad job of spell checking . . . franchise!! YAY for IE9!!
carole <lizzy1933@yahoo.comfoo>
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 04:31:17 AM (EDT)

Well, 'prompted' in the sense that he was asked to contribute to Empire's special edition. Earlier he said he was grateful to 'The Francise' as it enabled him to make the indy movies he prefers. I think it's special that he continues to keep Snape's secrets for those future fans who've yet to see the movies or read the books.
carole <lizzy1933@yahoo.comfoo>
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 04:27:05 AM (EDT)

Oh, that's a nice and graceful farewell! It must feel odd to have been involved, on and off, for so many years. I don't think I've ever seen/heard AR discussing the "mega franchise" before, unprompted. Or perhaps he was "prompted"?? I wonder what he's feeling at the moment about HP. Relief that it's over at last? Pride to have done so well? Perhaps it was irksome that Snape always wears black. Though AR tends to wear it quite often anyway, I believe.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 09:09:12 AM (EDT)

Courtesy of whomever it was that first posted this link on Twitter, here is Alan Rickman's farewell to "Potter" letter in Empire Magazine.

Again, aaawww.

USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 01:14:36 PM (EDT)

It's a great film, Pia Susanna, in terms of addressing a lot of ongoing issues of prejudice in sport for both women and "foreign" people. It's a fun film, but it can be an education for anyone who struggles to accept women and/or "foreign" people playing football or any sport.

Juliet Stevenson's character is basically every mother who identifies their daughter playing football as anything but feminine. Jonathan Rhys Myers is great in it, too, as well as the whole cast really. A well-written and directed film, I highly recommend it.

USA - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 02:54:01 PM (EDT)

I agree, she's perfect in that part. And it's a lovely film. Interesting that the fathers are more supportive than the mothers where the daughters'ambitions are concerned.�This is perhaps realistic.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 01:36:20 PM (EDT)

There's a nice piece on Juliet Stevenson on the website for The Independent.

I must admit I love her in "Bend it Like Beckham."

USA - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 01:32:58 PM (EDT)

The Entertainment Weekly Summer Movie Guide mentions their Deathly Hallows Part 2 set visit, along with this:

"The day's work involves Radcliffe and Rickman exchanging a couple of snarls and threatening quips, and the stunt doubles for Rickman and Smith engaging in a wand duel that resembles an Olympic fencing match. Filming lasts late into the evening. When his part is complete, an emotional Rickman quietly acknowledges the ovation from cast and crew and quickly exits without comment.

During a break, Radcliffe takes a seat in Albus Dumbledore's chair at the head table and shakes his head in disbelief. 'Alan Rickman's last day. Bizarre,' he says. 'For years, we felt: 'It's never going to end!' Now it's all starting to sink in.' "

Aaawww. Cheers,
USA - Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 01:34:23 PM (EDT)

It was a very to-the-point description, wasn't it? "Alan Rickman reacted." LOL...

USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 01:56:25 PM (EDT)

Thanks for that, Kathryn--very funny!
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 07:41:01 AM (EDT)

Pia Susanna, you're welcome.

There's a hilarious picture of Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman, taken by set photographer David Strick, from the "Galaxy Quest" set on the Telegraph website. It's the fourth picture, so scroll through and be sure to read the caption.

USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 01:20:03 PM (EDT)

Kathryn, thanks for the compliment!
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Monday, May 16, 2011 at 04:55:45 PM (EDT)

Two bits of "Gambit" news today. First, casting news from Variety, and then a set photo from featuring Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth.

USA - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 12:57:50 PM (EDT)

I was just watching this the other day, and here's an Movie Blog article on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in remembrance of Douglas Adams.

USA - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 01:57:15 PM (EDT)

Sad news: John Walker of the Walker Brothers ("Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore") has died.
Canada - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 08:47:10 AM (EDT)

Suzanne, well, I was just clarifying :) It was hard to watch them all leaving the church and not think of S&S.

USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 01:44:59 PM (EDT)

There's a fascinating (and spoiler free) story over at about the 14-year struggle to remake "Gambit."

USA - Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 12:51:53 PM (EDT)

To misquote Hans, I think we figured that out already. :-) And I totally agree!

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 12:48:03 PM (EDT)

I mean Alan Rickman in uniform as Colonel Brandon, of course.

USA - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 02:54:17 PM (EDT)

Pia Susanna, with Labour at least there seems a bit more hope. And well stated about the themes of love and racism in the Potter books.

Okay, so, you know you have a slight problem when you're watching highlights of that wedding (there was a televised one yesterday, you know), and you start thinking "Alan Rickman looked much more dashing in his uniform, and where are the coins? He's not throwing coins..."

USA - Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 01:24:23 PM (EDT)

Kathryn: By and large, Labour doesn't seem to represent the "ordinary" citizens of the UK any longer. No wonder many feel frustrated. And it's pathetic to hear highly-salaried politicians, with lots of privileges, telling their voters they have to make great sacrifices (again). Of course money isn't everything, but many people I know find the attitude callous, even cruel. As for HP, I agree that love as a powerful force is clearly a major theme. It seems to me, though, that racism and the need to fight it are the most important ones. But there may be an overlap if love is linked with the realization that we're all brothers and sisters, which contradicts racism.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Friday, April 29, 2011 at 09:37:31 AM (EDT)

Just a test. I erased some gibberish from the GB and I hope I didn't break it like I did last time :o(
- Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 08:05:39 AM (EDT)

He's hiding in the basket. :-)

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
Thanks!, TX USA - Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 01:23:16 PM (EDT)

LOL, there's a giant white rabbit on the page today. Where's the blue caterpillar? :)

It's my pleasure to contribute, Suzanne. Thanks for the compliment, and please feel better soon!

USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 02:35:01 PM (EDT)

I'll allow it. Really, it's fine, it's fine. And I also enjoyed watching it. :-) Sorry I haven't been around. I've been a bit under the weather lately.

Thank You, Kathryn, for all the fantastic links, info & articles, etc. you've been posting! You always make my day. :-) And thanks to Ali-Pat and Renie, too!

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 06:56:11 PM (EDT)

Let's hope nobody actually does buy the illegal video. They got an hour's worth of the play, did they?

It seems the consensus is to leave it, so I'll let it go. I just don't like the circumstances :)

On a brighter note, some "Gambit" cast members were in Chiswick on Monday.

USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 01:47:17 PM (EDT)

I agree with Mel and Sara (and myself). Keeping the clip here would do no harm. And it wouldn't encourage any sort of criminal activities. What do you think, Suzanne?
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 08:24:50 AM (EDT)

I was one of those people contacted by the seller who is not from the US and doesn't know English very well going by their email (I posted a few video clips I made of Alan on youtube so they probably found me that way). But I can tell you this; it's not even the whole play, just 1 hour. Why would anyone want 1 hour of a 2 1/2 hour play (or however long it was)? OK don't answer that! Maybe there are some fans out there that feel they must have EVERYTHING Alan is in but I don't think it's our (or youtube's) responsibility to enforce a moral high ground by denying fans access to a short video clip that's free. Most people know what's wrong and what's right. And i'd like to think I am one of those, so no, I didn't buy the video but I'm still glad I got to see the clip.
- Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 12:53:35 AM (EDT)

Exactly. If they would only film it to show on PBS or BBC or BBC America later on or even make a DVD of it, not only would that discourage bootleggers but also produce some much needed revenue for the theatre. They did it for David Tennant's version of Hamlet, why not this play?

But I seriously doubt posting or watching a video clip is going to encourage others to attempt to make a profit from illegal videos as you say, so I wouldn't worry so much. I took another look at that YouTube page and saw no advertisements that they were offering a video for sell. So most people will never know and will just be happy to see the clip. And had we not been told, we probably would have never known. Ignorance is bliss I suppose?
US - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 06:42:37 PM (EDT)

Sara, that's just it, I was happy to see the small clip from the play as well, but now gutted to know the story behind its existence.

I don't want to promote viewing the video because it might encourage others to attempt to make profit from illegal videos like these in future. We're such a digital society, I know it's commonplace for bootlegs like this, but I didn't think about people trying to sell a video from a play. It's content that they don't even own to begin with.

I hope no one actually bought the video...

If the theaters would film just one performance, show it on PBS or BBC...


USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 03:16:45 PM (EDT)

I agree with Ali-Pat. Though I wouldn't pay for a bootleg video, I don't see the harm in watching a little clip. Personally speaking, there is no need to apologize since you didn't know before posting and I'm actually thankful you did post. It made my day too. Heck, it made my week. :)
US - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 12:11:55 AM (EDT)

Pia Susanna, for me it's knowing now that the person who made the video was trying to make a profit from it, I don't feel right promoting viewings of the video.

I suppose it would be Suzanne's decision whether to keep the link here or not?

USA - Monday, April 18, 2011 at 12:42:11 PM (EDT)

Does it matter if it's shown here, in the Guestbook? It isn't as if anybody would make a profit from it.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Monday, April 18, 2011 at 07:55:30 AM (EDT)

Ali-Pat, I had no idea what the person who made the video was up to, if I had known I wouldn't have posted the link! Now I want it removed from YouTube!

Is it just this small bit of footage they're trying to sell? It looks to be from a phone, much like some of the "Private Lives" videos that I've seen.

Anybody know how to get it removed from YouTube?

I apologize, everyone, the video should be removed from here as well.

USA - Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 01:23:24 PM (EDT)

It's Dublin, Kathryn. And the filmmaker has been contacting AR fans and trying to sell it. Most of us view distributing illegal AR films for profit quite dimly, but viewing them for free on YouTube is not so bad.
Dayton, OH USA - Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 08:43:39 AM (EDT)

This video just made my day: John Gabriel Borkman

It doesn't say if this was in Dublin or in Brooklyn, but I'm not complaining.

USA - Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 11:38:18 AM (EDT)

Ali-Pat, I guess it depends upon perspective :)

He's not bad in "The Tudors."

USA - Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 11:04:21 AM (EDT)

LOL!!! Kathryn, I had the opposite reaction. When I saw a photo of JRM in Entertainment Weekly recently I said, "That's the kid from Michael Collins!".
Dayton, OH USA - Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 09:51:41 AM (EDT)

The first time I saw "Michael Collins" there was a moment toward the end where I pointed and shouted, "It's Jonathan Rhys Meyers! He must be 12!" And I know I'm not the only one who had that reaction.

In an interview called Sullivan on Cinema, Meyers says the following:

"Yeah it was nerve-wracking shooting with Liam Neeson and being directed by Neil Jordan but Alan Rickman helped my immensely. I was lucky to work with an actor of such quality and with such a great temperament. He really helped me along."

Pia Susanna, Labour will have a lot of mess to clean up once this storm is over, won't they?

Racism in the Potter books definitely is a major theme and a driving force for the situations created by ignorance resulting from a need for absolute power and control of one group (or multiple groups)over another. It's a universal and timeless problem. For me, though, it's overshadowed by the theme of love being the most powerful force of all. It's like the racists ones are just really annoying because they just haven't got a clue. They can't see past a desperation to validate some ideal specifics as being the most important. People are people, it's their character and choices that define them.

Okay, literary discussion ensues...

USA - Friday, April 15, 2011 at 02:21:49 PM (EDT)

Kathryn: I agree that AR & LD will have been most interested in the arts. But probably not exclusively. Cameron doesn't seem to understand the citizens at all. Almost 100% of the British nurses voted against a proposed "reform" the other day. Shock!(How dare they!!)

I think there are many themes and motifs in the HP books.In my opinion, racism and the struggle againt it are, together, the most important one. But hardly anybody seems to agree.

Kit: Glad you, too, like SC, and for the same reasons. One of the scenes I found particularly interesting is that where Alex sits weeping (only hours after the accident where Vivienne died) over his tea. Linda thinks there must be something the matter with the tea! I believe she even sniffs it anxiously. The autist I knew was just the same, couldn't see the links between people's behaviour and their inner lives -- feelings, thoughts, and so forth. Such things always had to be explained. Say A had said to B at a party "And you only get fatter and fatter!", and B left in tears almost at once, then this autist, having witnessed it all, would ask me "Why did B leave so soon? Why was she weeping?"
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Friday, April 15, 2011 at 07:40:33 AM (EDT)

Sometimes doing good means one must first take a bit of a risk, make a sacrifice.

For our first example, David Heyman (producer of the Potter films) says Alan Rickman is a thief. Sort of. Over at Vancouver's Metro News Heyman says "Alan Rickman stole more props than anybody �(but) he does give them to charity."

So then they become more than mere Harry Potter props, now they're props specially selected by Alan Rickman to raise money for charity. Much better, and justifies the petty larceny.

Our second example is a must-read article on written by Hugh Grant. All I can say is well done Hugh Grant.

USA - Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 01:58:23 PM (EDT)

AliPat, I agree AR seemed to have fun in NH, but no one else did. He must have enjoyed just mouthing off all the time! Still hate the movie. I liked Snow Cake for all the reasons you list Pia Susanna. I too know autisic people and thought showing her as someone who could take care of herself (except on garbage day) was very real and moving.
pa usa - Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 01:55:08 PM (EDT)

Kit: I found Snow Cake wonderful and moving, an unusual sort of film, and AR was perfect as the sad and crusty man who slowly revives as the year moves from winter to spring. Also, it was nice that the autist wasn't seen as a victim, but rather as one of his helpers. The film meant much to me personally as well, as it made me understand that somebody who had been very close to me had in fact been autistic. As for "Nobel Son", I never felt like seeing it, myself.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 08:54:43 AM (EDT)

Kevin Smith has a new film project, "Hit Somebody," about hockey. It seems he wants Alan Rickman to narrate the story and have a cameo, but from what Smith says in this article at Slash Film, he hasn't spoken to Mr. Rickman about it yet.

I'm interested to see what becomes of this...

Ali-Pat, it's only about three months and a week to go, don't read the spoilers, be surprised.

USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 12:59:45 PM (EDT)

Kit, Nobel Son is not one of my favorites but you have to admit Alan appeared to be having fun in it. Other than that, I credit my fondness for Mini Coopers for keeping me interested in the rest of the film.

Now, must wait patiently for the final HP film! (and resist the temptation to peek at the spoilers)
Dayton, OH USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 10:46:39 AM (EDT)

According to those at a test screening in Chicago for "Deathly Hallows Part 2" on Saturday, Alan Rickman "steals the show," along with Dame Maggie Smith.

So the much anticipated great Rickman performance in this last installment seems to be there.

For those interested in reading a MAJOR SPOILER filled account of the screening, go to The Leaky Cauldron, and I'm not kidding about the SPOILERS.

USA - Sunday, April 03, 2011 at 02:03:16 PM (EDT)

Finally saw Snow Cake and Noble Son thanks to Netflix. I liked Snow Cake very much and hope I never have to see Noble Son again! I was very ready for that one to be over. I hated every character and most of the actors, the plot was too complicated yet predictable, and most of the acting was awful. This is not really a Rickman film, he just happens to be in it and they didn't use him enough. His role was an awful person and he played it well, but not often enough. No wonder it never played anywhere.
pa usa - Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 01:17:03 PM (EDT)

Two news items for today, the first a photo gallery in which you'll find a few pictures of Mr. Rickman at the Tricycle Theatre 30th Birthday Party from Wednesday.

Second, there's a short article in the Idaho Statesman where Colin Firth reassures that the "Gambit" remake is a good move.

USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 01:50:42 PM (EDT)

Pia Susanna, yes the cuts are for just about everything but it was presumed Rickman and Duncan were there in support of the arts. Things have gotten so out of hand in the UK in just a short period of time, this Cameron guy is just simply a dud. Let's hope for their sake that the voting process goes smoother next time.

Racism is one theme of many in the Potter books, I think, but I agree Voldemort must be a Tory, lol.

Anytime, Ali-Pat. Cheers,
USA - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 01:09:31 PM (EDT)

Thanks for the articles, Kathryn.
- Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 08:59:59 AM (EDT)

And of course Voldemort is a Tory! And a racist! Harry Potter is about racism, IMHO.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 06:05:38 PM (EDT)

Kathryn: So glad they both took part, and protested against cuts in the arts, and more generally (the demo was about huge cuts in many contexts). The largest demo in London since 2003, so I'm told. Many people are feeling rather desperate by now, in the UK.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 06:00:49 PM (EDT)

And an even better bit of news for today, Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan protesting the atrocity of cuts to arts funding.

Reports on Twitter say that Mr. Rickman liked it that kids were shouting "Voldemort is a Tory" at him in Trafalgar Square.

USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 02:22:03 PM (EDT)

I read a little mention back during New York Fashion Week that Mr. Rickman was in the front row for one of the shows. I didn't think anything of it, we all know the man's got style and it's not surprising that he'd attend a fashion show.

Here's the great story about why he attended the particular show: Son Jung Wan

Also, when Ruby Wax is asked who her mentor is in an interview with Financial Times she says:

"Alan Rickman. He said I should write, and I said I couldn�t because I was dyslexic. He said just put anything on the paper. He said it was like someone being sick in his lap, but he went through it meticulously, found the shape of a play and I took it to Broadway. He showed me how to do comedy, and nobody is funnier than he is."

USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 01:44:09 PM (EDT)

Wonderful web page =) You are awesome. Greetings,
J.S. <a404@live.comfoo>
- Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 09:13:25 AM (EDT)

Thanks for the "Gambit" news, Keyser.

Here's an article from Empire Online on the cast.

It's a Coen Brothers script. Happy days.

USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 01:31:40 PM (EDT)

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Alan Rickman Joining Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz in 'Gambit'

USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 07:44:26 AM (EDT)

This is from Anthony Lane of the New Yorker, a favorite and well-read film critic and wry observer.

And the Oscar Will Go To . . .

In the light of the recent Oscar ceremony, and following the leak of an internal Academy memo, we are now in a position to reveal the winners of Best Picture for the coming years


A tremendous coup for Twentieth Century Fox, which, amid rancor, took this much heralded project away from the director James Cameron and reassigned it to Tom Hooper, an Oscar winner for �The King�s Speech,� in 2011. Hooper reportedly cut the climactic undersea battle between the hostile Space Marines, with their quantum harpoons, and the harmonious yet wrathful team of Water-Na�vis, replacing it with a gentle lakeside chat in which a sobbing Cha�ales (Daniel Radcliffe), the newly crowned leader of the tribe, explains to Queen Ka-Mila (Helena Bonham Carter) that he never really wanted to be blue. As a bonus, Alan Rickman was named Best Supporting Actor for his interpretation of Puph, the Tragic Dragon."
Got to love that AR wins an Oscar, even if it's Best Supporting Actor. ;-), - Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 05:44:48 PM (EDT)

Some of these are different from the video, still pictures from Portraits in Dramatic Time (Renie or Ali-Pat already mentioned something about these Flickr photos):

Rickman in Shades

I think I've gone well beyond enough for today, I'm having difficulty with the simplist HTML...
USA - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 02:57:37 PM (EDT)

Renie, I've read a bit of your story now, it's very creative and, um, interesting.

I'm having trouble picturing Hans Gruber at Delaford, but I suppose it is Flights of Fancy indeed :)

USA - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 02:43:41 PM (EDT)

Martha, or that it was Vodka rather than water?

Ali-Pat, you've outdone anything I've contributed with that one video. Well done, ma'am.

Renie, I've not read any fan fiction thus far, but since it seems relevant at the moment I think this story from 1999 will be my first. I hope it's a good one...

Now, here's a question: did Mr. Rickman come up with that scene himself or did the director?

USA - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 01:17:20 PM (EDT)

Kathryn - Of course he was angry - the tea water was cold!
maine, - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 10:09:19 AM (EDT)

Yes, Ali-Pat, I'm out again. (But Kathryn, I'm alright judging by the smile on my face.)

I've revived myself long enough to actually find the FOF storyline involving the you-know-what from next door. Today is March 16, and the post sequence begins--this is eerie--March 17 back in 1999.

For a bit of fun, I will repost that section next door at FOF. If you've seen the youtube clip Ali-Pat posted below, you will have a good visual for reading what was written all those years ago.

- Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 06:07:41 PM (EDT)

Hello, Renie? Oh....Renie? (gently slaps her face to wake her) Yes, this is the film that will be shown on a huge screen at Lincoln Center this summer.

Oh, dang--she's out again.

For the rest of you who are still conscious, you can read more about the Lincoln Center event here.
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 04:14:30 PM (EDT)

Wow, this brings angry to a different level.

So is this the one that's going to be shown on a massive screen this summer? Oh my...

He's stunning in this. At first I was thinking "Oh how I love tea..." (among other things) then I got a bit frightened the moment his eyes cut up looking directly forward. Makes one feel the need to apologize for invading his tea time privacy.

Between seeing this and seeing "Taken" recently I've learned these things: Do not question Liam Neeson, do not mess with Liam Neeson, and whatever you do never ever disturb Alan Rickman while he's having tea.

Are you alright Renie?

USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 03:09:07 PM (EDT)

Can I be the cup? Pick me to be the cup! Or the lemon? Please?

All this and sp-lay-ed fin-gers . . . *choking sounds*


I'd call it "Seven Minutes in Heaven", but I dutifully recognize that I need professional help.

A ***** five-h*nd Cardiac Event.

Ali-Pat, This was projected in Times Square? Or it will be part of some portrait project still in the works? I mean, he didn't make it JUST for . . . people like me (see Additional Information #12 at the bottom of Suzanne's Alan Rickman FAQ).

*****spoiler for the clip*****

The way he looks at the camera--when he focuses all his attention on you . . . you are in his sights . . . he has you . . .

Funnily enough, there was an episode next door at FOF in which Hans Gruber did exactly that to a desk. I would look for it in the FOF archives, but I already feel the need to play the clip again.

*****end spoiler******

MANY thanks for that AR experience, Ali-Pat.

PS If you scroll through the other flicker photos for Lincoln Center they are stunning.
It's so very difficult to explain--dopamine and seratonin simultaneously flooding the axons and dendrites in my synapses . . . hmmm, that somehow doesn't capture it, does it? , - Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 02:07:18 PM (EDT)

Everyone, (especially Renie), make sure you are sitting down before you watch this:

Portraits in Dramatic Time.
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 09:10:40 AM (EDT)

It's my pleasure to contribute, Ali-Pat. Besides, I've learned a bit of HTML (with Suzanne's help of course) just as a result of finding Alan Rickman interesting.


USA - Monday, March 14, 2011 at 03:03:42 PM (EDT)

Thanks for all the cool stuff you have been posting, Kathryn!
Dayton, OH USA - Monday, March 14, 2011 at 07:30:59 AM (EDT)

From a article on this summer's Lincoln Center Festival:

Festival programming will also include the world premiere of David Michalek's large-scale visual art installment "Portraits in Dramatic Time" (July 5-31), featuring "hyper-slow-motion video performance-portraits" of artists from around the world. The work will be projected onto an 85 ft. wide by 45 ft. screen installed on the facade of the David H. Koch Theater. Among the artists represented are Patti LuPone, Marin Ireland, Roger Rees,Alan Rickman, Lili Taylor, James Thierree, Neal Huff, Chris Chalk and more.

Read the full article at

USA - Friday, March 11, 2011 at 01:13:54 PM (EST)

A nice article on "My Name is Rachel Corrie," published today:

Rachel's Story

USA - Monday, March 07, 2011 at 02:00:03 PM (EST)

More on Mr. Rickman's tireless support of the theatre anywhere and everywhere:

Tricycle Theatre

Sir Ian and (Sir) Alan

USA - Saturday, March 05, 2011 at 03:11:53 PM (EST)

I don't know how I missed this before, but here is a short mention, including pictures, of Mr. Rickman's BAFTA night:

An Evening with Alan Rickman

USA - Saturday, March 05, 2011 at 01:58:43 PM (EST)

And please DOC, this is the first photo link: AR smiling.
Back to the cuffs for me, DOC . . ., - Monday, February 28, 2011 at 01:44:21 PM (EST)

Congratulations to Colin Firth on his Best Actor Oscar. Enjoyed his acceptance speech. "I have a feeling my career's just peaked." Seemed genuinely moved.

To be on topic, here is a photo of AR smiling back in the days of Love Actually, and a candid photo of (an annoyed) AR and Rima and Colin Firth. They are relaxing with Greta Scacchi (Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna in Rasputin, for which she won an Emmy Award) and her daughter. A personal favourite with Scacchi is "The Player" starring a younger-back-then Tim Robbins.
Kathryn, Radiohead's new release will grow on you if you let it. , - Monday, February 28, 2011 at 01:41:02 PM (EST)

Wow! The RADA Birthday donations translate to **almost** a thousand US dollars. Not quite, though.
Evelyn O <odonnell.ev@gmail.comfoo>
Alameda, CA US - Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 08:10:00 PM (EST)

Happy Birthday, Alan! Best wishes to you!
Hong Kong, - Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:16:11 AM (EST)

I just want to wish you Mr. Rickman a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Enjoy this day with family and friends.

All the best to you.
Ottawa, Canada - Monday, February 21, 2011 at 08:45:37 PM (EST)

Happy birthday, guapo. We love you more than words can wield the matter.
- Monday, February 21, 2011 at 05:44:20 PM (EST)

Happy Birthday, Alan, and many, many happy returns! And I hope you're having a great party tonight. Safely back in London, I suppose.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Monday, February 21, 2011 at 05:16:32 PM (EST)

It appears that Alan Rickman is "trending" on Twitter on his birthday. I wonder what he thinks of that? :)

Happy birthday to an inspiring, kind, gorgeous human being!

USA - Monday, February 21, 2011 at 12:38:45 PM (EST)

Happy Birthday, Alan. You are loved!!
- Monday, February 21, 2011 at 11:30:32 AM (EST)

Happy Birthday, Alan!
Canada - Monday, February 21, 2011 at 11:28:38 AM (EST)

Tomorrow is Alan's birthday, so if you've been thinking about making a donation to RADA, but haven't done it yet, now would be a good time (the link is at the top of this guestbook). :-) Let's make this a really great birthday present for him and the students!

Kathryn and Renie, thank you for the fantastic links and info!

And Thanks, Ali-Pat, for your review! And I had a wonderful BD, thanks. :-)

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 08:52:52 PM (EST)


I heard "Lotus Flower" on the radio yesterday and instantly thought of Yorke solo and Kid A. It's a beautiful blend of Yorke's voice and the music. Very nice indeed and I want to hear the rest of the album now.

Kathryn <soccer2live@yahoo.comfoo>
USA - Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 01:51:17 PM (EST)

Okay, Renie, and thanks for your answer! I thought the "snort" expressed some contempt for philosophy. It was one of my own university subjects, too. But Shaw could always have taught, couldn't she, if she hadn't become an actress & director? Taught at some school, or pursued some academic career.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 11:24:33 AM (EST)

Another tidbit from last week's post Die Hard screening Q&A:


Kathryn <soccer2live@yahoo.comfoo>
USA - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 01:22:11 PM (EST)

Because, as I mentioned, her father was requiring her to get a degree before allowing her to pursue her acting seriously. (If you listen to the interview, the interviewer raises the usual "something to fall back on".) So what does she choose to fulfill her father's demand--a very practical degree in philosophy. That's hardly what her dad had in mind. She and the interviewer have a laugh, as did I. She's a very feisty woman, isn't she. Knows her own mind. And I'm sure she was a fireball as a young woman on her course to her craft.

BTW I earned a double major undergraduate degree with a minor in philosophy---just so you're clear my sentiments and alliances lie with Ms Shaw. But enough about me!
New Radiohead album arrives Saturday. February joy!, - Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 12:16:53 PM (EST)

Why "snort", Renie??
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 08:12:58 AM (EST)

The Wildest Dream will be Netflix Available 3/15/2011.
- Monday, February 14, 2011 at 02:51:36 PM (EST)

Happy Belated Birthday, Suzanne!!!

I hope you had a beautiful day.
- Monday, February 14, 2011 at 10:04:36 AM (EST)

More from Alan Rickman Night at BAM, some great pictures and another lovely story of just how gracious Mr. Rickman is with his fans:

Rickman Night at BAM

Squeak Machine's Blog

Kathryn <soccer2live@yahoo.comfoo>
USA - Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 01:49:33 PM (EST)

Hi Suzanne and fellow Alan Rickman admirers!

It seems Mr. Rickman was in good form on Tuesday night at the BAM Die Hard screening:

Now, here's hoping the BAFTA do will be televised in future, I haven't seen any reports from that yet.

Kathryn <soccer2live@yahoo.comfoo>
USA - Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 02:50:08 PM (EST)

Streaming interview with Fiona Shaw, whose mother studied physics and her father became a surgeon. He required her to get a degree if she wanted to be an actress. So she studied philosophy *snort* before she went to RADA. You may not know that she played the young pawn in LLD in 1985 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Liasons Dangereuses. Due to other acting gigs, Shaw didn't transfer to the West End or to Broadway when the show became a huge hit. This newsy article on Lindsay Duncan has a JGB photo.
An early Happy Birthday to Suzanne, whose birthday is February 13! , - Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 12:39:49 PM (EST)

I just wish to thank everybody who has seen AR recently in Dublin and/or in NY, for these reports, reviews, photos. The choice of play seems almost shockingly apt for the kind of society we live in. It seems the NY production was a bit more mature than the one in Dublin? That candelabrum entrance in NY must have been magnificent! I certainly hope his illness isn't serious; due to over-work perhaps?
pia susanna
edinburgh, uk - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at 08:01:59 AM (EST)

No, Evelyn O, he did not enter that way in Dublin. He was concealed behind that giant flying set piece I keep going on about and was revealed only when it was whooshed away. First time I saw it I nearly said the same thing the maid did upon seeing Borkman in a later scene. :o)

Anybody here lucky enough to attend the Die Hard event at BAM?
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at 07:46:16 AM (EST)

Wish I were in NYC tonight for DH.

. . . sort of fill in the blanks questions, actually . . .
Another orphan of a bankrupt culture
Valentine's Day pix are up at the DT. Enjoy., - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 07:11:18 PM (EST)

Ali-Pat, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the NY show. And yes, wasn't that entrance spectacular? Did he not do that in the Dublin version?
Evelyn O <odonnell.ev@gmail.comfoo>
Alameda, CA - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 03:44:37 PM (EST)

Hard to believe I was in New York only a week ago preparing to see John Gabriel Borkman at BAM! Needless to say it was very cold but spending time sightseeing with friends made me feel cozy enough.

The set is very different from the Dublin set. The amazing flying piece is gone and there is little but snow and furniture on the stage. The blizzard in Brooklyn had to be seen to be believed�that was very well done. Fiona�s character lost all her amusing fidgety stage business and as a result her part was more character and less caricature. Alan�s entrance was stunning�slowly walking onto the stage with a lighted candelabrum.

Went to the stage door after both performances I attended but only to experience vicarious joy through the friends who were having their up close and personal encounters. One friend handed him the copy of the play she had him sign in Dublin and he said, �I�ve already signed that one.� When she pointed out that he signed it in Dublin and she wanted his New York signature, he made some amused noises and signed his name with a circled �NY� under it. The second night he apologized for not staying to sign autographs on account of illness. A very rare thing for him!

I wanted to ask him when he was going to do a play in New York (or London!) in a more temperate season but never got the opportunity. Fingers crossed.
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 02:50:29 PM (EST)

Dear Mr. Rickman,

I have long admired you as an actor. Your tours de force in the first Die Hard movie and in Prince of Thieves were absolutely the most delicious villains I have had the pleasure of seeing on screen.

The subtle yet formidable comedic chops evidenced in the Prince of Theives role emerged full-blown in the over-the-top Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus, so hillarious because it is so true. You just had to have loved the line, �Give him a big hand, he�s British!�

Then I heard of your involvement in the Rachel Corrie play which, in my mind, elevated you to the highest pinacle in the panoply of celebraty involvement in social causes. I have met Rachel�s parents, have spoken with them, and included Rachel in the trope of the Kyrie in a jazz peace mass I composed (

You, sir, are a true mensch, and I am grateful for this opportunity to express my admiration and respect.

Daniel ben Avr�m

Daniel Zwickel ben Avram <Daniel@PeaceHost.netfoo>
Bay Point, CA USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 07:35:17 PM (EST)

Hey everyone,

It's February already, 20 days to Alan's birthday! And I think you know what that means. Yep, it's time to celebrate Alan's birthday with our annual RADA fundraiser!

The Just Giving page has been updated to take our donations in his honor. The money that we donate goes directly to students who might not otherwise be able to continue their RADA studies and training, and RADA & the students are extremely grateful for all the donations that are provided in Alan's name.

Last year's donations, which totaled more than �700 pounds, including Gift Aid, helped several students, and it would be wonderful if we could continue that tradition. This is a very worthy cause, one that is very dear to Alan's heart, so if you are able to make a donation, I believe it's a birthday present he would most appreciate.

As before, donating is really easy, just click on the below Just Giving link (or on the the Birthday Page link at the top of the GB). It is the same straightforward website that we have used in previous years, which means that people from around the world can donate easily with their credit cards. UK taxpayers can even boost the donations further with Gift Aid, at no extra cost to themselves. And if everyone could please spread the word to other Alan Rickman web-sites, groups, forums, blogs, live journals, twitter, Facebook accounts, etc. by posting this link:, the donations will be boosted even more. They actually make it easy to post to Facebook and Twitter with buttons right on the Just Giving page and after you donate. I tested the page and got the ball rolling with a donation and have already received a "Thank You" e-mail from Alan Rickman. :-)

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 07:26:52 PM (EST)

Yes Evelyn, I would use the London address and address it to Melanie Parker. By the way, I enjoyed reading your blog!

Wow, Renie, thanks for all the great info! Hope to hear some reports from those conversations/Q&A's (did anyone go to the one on the 16th?).

Thanks for the link, Claire! Quite a few photos there I haven't seen before.

Great photo, Marjorie! I'm hoping the same thing. :-)

Here's another article/interview (thanks, Kathryn!) Which you can also listen to:
At BAM, A Raft Of Classics, Shipped In From Overseas (NPR, Jan 24, 2011)

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:31:28 AM (EST)

Hey guys, I'm wondering if anyone knows-- if I wanted to contact his assistant without bugging AR himself, would I use that London Oxford House address (or whatever it's called), and just put something like, "Alan Rickman's assistant, Melanie Parker"? I don't want to be a doofus and get it wrong. TIA :)
Evelyn O <odonnell.ev@gmail.comfoo>
Alameda, CA - Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 11:51:45 PM (EST)

After party photos from BAM

UK - Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 04:00:43 AM (EST)

So let's get this Rickman in NY schedule straight: February 6 is closing night for JGB.

Feb 7 is the BAM Monday - A glass of wine and networking followed by an in-depth conversation with Alan Rickman and our moderator for the evening - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Film Critic, Entertainment Weekly.Cost: $25

Tuesday, Feb 8 is the DH screening and Q&A. Cost: Free to members, but sold out.

Monday Feb 21, AR's birthday. What a great month for him.
Wow, a triple post. So nice that he's so busy. , - Friday, January 21, 2011 at 12:34:23 PM (EST)

Lucky BAM members moved quickly - BAM Die Hard screening/Post-Screening Q&A with Actor Alan Rickman on Feb 8 sold out yesterday as fast as a Radiohead concert. Hans on a big screen, then Hans in the flesh . . . Reports, please!
Reminds me to remove winter holiday "Ode to Joy" from DT. , - Friday, January 21, 2011 at 11:52:28 AM (EST)

Evelyn, so glad you had the amazing feeling. Live theater is exciting---there is nothing which equals that feeling, actually. A new (to me) photo. From the Epoch Times.
- Friday, January 21, 2011 at 03:05:42 AM (EST)

Renie, I saw that entrance a few days ago. I still feel all tingly just thinking about it. I'll never forget it. My eyes actually filled up with tears. Ha ha!

I blogged about it, on a ridiculously long blog I created just for that purpose (in my sig), and let some friends and family know about it. You know--to share a bit of that amazing feeling. So far none of them have really appreciated it, though. What can I say? Some people just don't understand. It was amazing to *me*, though.
Evelyn O <odonnell.ev@gmail.comfoo>
Alameda, CA - Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 05:03:37 PM (EST)

KeyserFan, like Ali-Pat said, it's down a side street. It's right beyond a set of fire-escape stairs. If you go to Google Maps and enter 651 Fulton St, Brooklyn, on street view, you can take a virtual walk around the corner and take a look. The door itself has "stage door" stenciled above it. Of course, in real life, you'll know it because there will be a group of women standing there with their programs in hand. :)
Evelyn O <odonnell.ev@gmail.comfoo>
Alameda, CA - Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 04:53:04 PM (EST)

A new (to me) stage photo with this reviewfrom Brooklyn.

****Slight JGB spoiler****

"Rickman had a sensational entrance, he walked on very slowly in the dark carrying a lighted candlelabra and then stood without saying anything for what seemed like minutes."

So it was a prime h*nd moment, then?, - Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 01:06:03 PM (EST)

Thank you. My recollection is that we couldn't locate it when we saw Ralph Fiennes several years ago.

Ali-Pat said:
the stage door is halfway down a side street--as you exit the theatre onto Fulton, turn left and left again. I think the side street is called Ashland Pl.

USA - Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 11:35:15 AM (EST)

KeyserFan, the stage door is halfway down a side street--as you exit the theatre onto Fulton, turn left and left again. I think the side street is called Ashland Pl.
- Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 09:28:17 AM (EST)

Where is the stage door at the Harvey Theatre? Thanks.
KeyserFan <keyserfan@gmail.comfoo>
USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 07:23:16 PM (EST)

Thanks for waiting at the stage door Marjorie (it must have been cold)! If some of his other pipeline projects see the light, you may well be able to enjoy more of his theater work.
- Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 02:40:25 PM (EST)

Hey, that's me!!! It was wonderful seeing JGB and meeting Alan. He is so amazingly talented and nice to his fans. I really hope to get the opportunity to see him on stage again soon!
RI - Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 10:28:08 AM (EST)

Two stage door photos from a theatergoer. (Click for larger images). Silly blog name.
- Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 03:41:41 PM (EST)

I think hes awsome!!!
Zoey Elmer
Utah U.S.A - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 01:01:02 PM (EST)

Many thanks, Suzanne, for all these articles and pics! Have enjoyed them all. The one in The Washington Examiner was, I think, the best, perhaps in two senses (best written & most favourable). Interesting too -- or perhaps only what one should have expected -- that everybody finds parallels in our contemporary world.
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Monday, January 17, 2011 at 04:02:12 PM (EST)

Here's a few JGB reviews (including photos):

John Gabriel Borkman (Theater Mania, 1-13-2011)

A �Borkman� for a long, cold winter (, 1-13-2011)

Stage Dive: Fiona Shaw and Alan Rickman Rip into Ibsen ( VULTURE, 1-14-2011)

Greed ruins banker in 'John Gabriel Borkman' (Washington Examiner, 1-14-2011)

A Bad Banker and a Blizzard at BAM (Carroll Gardens Patch, 1-15-2011)

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 07:31:54 PM (EST)

Alan is my favorite actor and he will always be number one!!! hope to see him in many more movies!!!!
zoey Elmer
utah USA - Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 07:56:18 PM (EST)

Thanks so much for sharing, Nathalie! Enjoy your time in New York!

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Monday, January 10, 2011 at 10:45:47 AM (EST)

I went to see the play yesterday, I took the N train to Pacific Av, I got lost lost a bit so I missed the the fisrt 20mn. I went in after the first change of scenery to realize I had the very first row orchestra, There was fake snow all over the stage wich was wonderful. The play was very good. Fiona Shaw was sublime and Alan was...well just silkilly, substantially amazing. His presence on stage was impressive. Moreover, it was wonderful to see Alan and Linsay Duncan back on stage again(I'll never forget Private Lives). The actors's performance was very good, they had a well deserved standing ovation at the end. The Harvey theatre look a lot like my favorite theatre in Paris (Les bouffes du Nord) which belong to Peter Brook. I guess this one must have been design by him too.
Paris (in New York for few months for work...), France - Sunday, January 09, 2011 at 10:39:17 PM (EST)

Anybody at opening-night? :-) Here's a great interview/article:
Alan Rickman is a Corrupt Banker (in John Gabriel Borkman) (The Village Voice, Jan 5, 2011)

Amy65, that IS fantastic (thanks for sharing!) and I know exactly how you feel! I remember when I first received a dedicated autographed photo from him... oh so many years ago. :-) And I will cherish it always, as I'm sure you will.

Wonderful JGB report, Julia, thanks. And it's great to see you again!

Thanks, Evelyn, for the gorgeous JGB photo, rose for the DH clip, Amy for the info, and Renie for all the photos!

Nice, RickmanFan, thanks!

Welcome, Jeanne! Glad you're enjoying the website. And yes, AR's personal assistant sent a message conveying his gratitude for the donations. Can't believe it's about time for another round. And thanks for your advanced pledge! :-) Have lots of fun at JGB and the artists talk. Looking forward to your report!

Hi Stezi! Long time no see. Great to hear from you! Your daughter has great taste. Just like her mother. :-)

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
Trying to catch up..., TX USA - Saturday, January 08, 2011 at 10:34:50 PM (EST)

Ottawa, Canada - Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 11:39:35 AM (EST)

Thanks, Suzanne! Same to you and your family!
pia susanna
edinburgh, - Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 08:26:30 AM (EST)

May all your AR wishes come true!

Suzanne <webmistress@alan-rickman.comfoo>
TX USA - Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 01:13:54 AM (EST)

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