Thursday, March 08, 2007

Tudors Down

I can barely breathe. Johathan Rhys-Meyers as the later-to-be corpulent monarch Henry VIII. "The Tudors" looks gorgeous, and everyone in it is suitably gorgeous. Does it make me a bad Catholic girl if I find Sam Neal as Cardinal Wolsey oddly sexy?

And "The Tudors" has got to be killer cause it's created and mostly written by Michael Hirst (Elizabeth) and the first 2 epies are directed by Chas
McDougall of "Desp. Housewives" fame.

Pres of Entertainment at Showtime, Robert Greenblatt, describes "The Tudors" as
"a newly imagined Henry the VIII with a seductive, modern sensibility."

From the trailers, I'd have to agree, but add, "the characters are remarkably squeeky clean for 16th Century courtiers, and JR-M even looks, gosh, kinda virile, in a 'he really worked out his forearms and the rest of his body so he could sit a horse in armor' sort of way."

Despite the hybrid contemporary music mixed with "classical" that's not necessarily from the time period (but still, well, gorgeous), "The Tudors" looks like it's gonna make me put down the romance novels for at least ten hours this spring. How bout you?

Oh, oh! My total costume drama crush from a couple years ago, Jeremy Northam, plays Sir Thomas More. As if I didn't love Sir Thomas enough already, now I'm going to find him, the guy who said "I die the king's good servant, and God's first," unbearably attractive, too.

I'm going straight to Hell.


Lis said...

No, Michelle, you're not a bad Catholic girl. Sam Neal just has that look!!! And besides, so many of us good Catholic girls lusted after Richard Chamberlain in the Thorn Birds! JRM looks great for The Tudors - can't wait to see it!

Kati said...

Mmmm, I've been looking forward to this for AGES! JRM is pitch perfect casting, as far as I'm concerned. Plus, did you see all of the eye candy they've surrounded him with? He ran with three or four high ranking male members of court that he whored around with. I'm so excited about this series, that I'm a little worried it'll let me down. April 1st can't come soon enough for me!

Julie in Ohio said...

I do love a good period piece.
However, I have a confession to make: I don't know anything about the Tudors and if it's on Showtime, I'm still not going to know anything about them because I don't get that channel. :(
JRM gets my vote for hottie of the moment, though. Those eyes look right through you.

Michelle- As Lis pointed out, you are in good (bad?) Catholic company if lusting after actors playing priesty roles is sending us downtown... :p

Vivi Anna said...

mmmm, JRM is so young and extremely HAWT. If I was in that picture, I'd be at his feet, hands on his knees, and leaning forward...mmmm

Phoebe Belsley said...

JRM is perfect casting, but not just because he's hawt (young Henry was, absolutely). It's because he looks scary. Dangerous. Like he could screw a girl's brains out and then have her head cut off. Yeah, I can't wait. Especially after the BBC Robin Hood series, which so far is a let-down (imo). Wish they'd make it 'Guy of Guisbourne' instead of 'Robin Hood' cuz I'd rather see more of Richard Armitage...

Kati said...

I just think JRM has the best bedroom eyes (outside of Joe Fiennes).

I seriously can't wait for this show! I loves me some court intrigue, plus it seems like it's going to be slightly trashy, PLUS (!) the odds of seeing JRM's naked heiny is pretty strong, since it's on Showtime!

All things to HIGHLY recommend it, IMHO.

flip said...

I don't get showtime...waaahhhh...I love costume dramas, which are well done. I would really really love to some Georgette Heyer novels get the BBC treatment. Their version of Pride and Prejudice is still my favorite

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Vivi Anna, let me be so kind as to finish your statement... "and utter, 'sire, there is this trick I perform with a maraschino cherrie stemme. Wouldst thou that I help you tie that undone string on your codpiece?'"

Oh, flip, I agree. There must be so many romance lovers around the world who'd dig seeing that plus more. And, perhaps you have a friend with TiVo?

MK, every time I think of JRM I think of his "naked heiny" in that awful movie, "The Governess."

Maybe we should have a "Tudors" discussion once a week after it starts...We could even have an expert on the Tudors before the show. Lemmee think on this...

Caroline! Good to see you, Bella! How's the writing going? Now, Caroline, you're being very naughty. What is it about JRM that brings this out in us? Is it perhaps that he's such a very dirrty boy? Oh, and sorry about your RH disappointment. When's the last time someone made a good one, for gosh sakes?

lis and jules, thanks for the special dispensation! :)

Kati said...

I just had to go look up HVIII on Wiki, so I could refamiliarize myself with the story.

It's pretty darn exciting, I say! Plus, nothing's on TV in April anyway, so this is fantastic!

What's everyone reading? I just finished WARLORD by Elizabeth Vaughan last night. Big. Swoony. Sigh. It was perfection. It ended the trilogy brilliantly!

Now I've started on "And Then He Kissed Her" by Laura Lee Guhrke. It's perfect, light and frothy, and one of my favorite storylines, profligate hero vs. prim secretary. Awesome.

Phoebe Belsley said...

marykate: sigh...Joe Fiennes...sigh...naked

No one's mentioned Henry Cavill in The Tudors (playing Charles Brandon). Mmm.

I luuuv the Robin Hood story; it stinks that they cast some (admittedly very cute) little boy as Robin. I want to see Joseph Feinnes as Robin Hood. And his naked heiny. They went skinny-dipping in Sherwood, surely?

(Michelle: I'm writing! Very, very hard! In between watching clips of JRM online, now that you've put him in my head)

Vivi Anna said...

MK, I'm reading Scent of Shadows by Vicki Peterssen. It rocks. It's urban fantasy featuring a kick ass heroine and she's already split a bad guy's tongue in half with a very bad ass knife, lOL, I love it.

Kati said...

Vivi - Ouch! I just picked up Jennifer Armintrout's newest, POSSESSION. But I've got to reread the first one to remind myself about what happened.

Unknown said...

I've been in love with Sam Neil since I was eight and saw him as the Knight Templar (in IVANHOE) who dies defending the Jewess he's fallen in love with. *sigh*

And I'm out of my mind excited about THE TUDORS. JRM is a freaken HAWATTIE!!! And he plays a bastard sooooooooo well.

amy kennedy said...

Wouldn't wanting to have sex with a man of the cloth be totally in keeping with the time period?

And, ooh, Caroline, you hit it on the head--screw her brains out and then have her heazd cut off--perfect.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

What a bevy of bloodthirsty wenches! One only imagines how you'll be greeting us Monday mornings once "The Tudors" begins in April. :)

Truly, Kalen. Sam as a Knight Templar. How flippin hot are they to begin with? Vow of chastity, vow of schmastity. And, yes, we do love us some bastard hotties here. :)

Read the Ghurke, too, MK. Big fan.

Well, Bellas, I'm off to either a)straighten the sty my home has begun, or 2. ignore it and read something new.

Hey, Mon we've got a great GuestBlog with Amanda Brice, one of the Authors from a new anthology of romance and erotic tales called, "Dreams and Desires." The book raises funds for abused women, and all the authors will be with us throughout the day.

Ciao, Bellas. Buonanotte!

Julie in Ohio said...

I just finished Nalini Singh's "Visions of Heat". That's the next book after "Slave to Sensation." If you haven't picked these books up, you really aught to. They are fabulously HAWT!

Michelle-- I vote for doing #2. After all, the mess isn't going anywhere.

Stacy~ said...

Thanx to a nasty cough, I'm up at the crack of dawn and I should be sleeping cuz I have to be up in about 3 hours. HATE being sick. I'm the biggest whiner.

Weeelll, I'm on the fence about JMR as I've only seen him in Bend It Like Beckham which I loved, but he reminds me too much of my old, really annoying boss for me to crush on him. Though that mouth of his is another story. And I'll admit the idea os JMR all bulked up had me perking my ears - and eyes. I don't get Showtime either though, so the possible pleasure will not be mine.

I loved the Robin Hood from the early 80's, starring Michael Praed. It was originally a movie that turned into a series on HBO or something. It was romantic and mystical and a bit dark. Loved it.

Just finished "Lover Revealed" so yeah MK, I'll probably be emailing you. Julie, you too - but I don't know your addy. I just know I could really get with the idea of having a Brother of my own. I'm not picky - I like 'em all ;)

Kati said...

Hey Jules - Isn't today your birthday?!?!

If so, Happy Birthday. I know you and I are right around each other. I'm the 17th.


Kati said...

OH, and Stace - Definitely email me re:LR. I've been absolutely dying to talk about it. I emailed Michelle all my thoughts, but I've reread it since then, and have some NEW thoughts.

Julie in Ohio said...

MK-- You're right, our birthdays are around each other but mine is the 19th. :o)

Stacy-- I keep changing my fav. Z will always have a special place in my heart but V is now on my radar and Butch and John and... :p

Playground Monitor said...

Oh well... we're getting ready to cancel Showtime because we never watch it. I check the schedule and there's never anything I'm interested in.

... like I need another TV show to get hooked on.


amy kennedy said...

Vivi--I read Scent of Shadows--Loved it, she is one of my faves now--plus you gotta love that she was a dancer in Vegas.

Happy Birthday MK and Jules--well, soon.

Today, I am buying LR and Vivi's. Yay!

Manda Collins said...

Dang, I stop by to see what's up with the Bellas and you hit me with JRM AND Jeremy Northam! Michelle, you are a bad influencd. And wahhh! I don't get Showtime! Arrgh! Hope they release this one on DVD shortly after it's run.

MK, Michelle, I loved the new LLG. I think it's her best yet. Better even than Guilty Pleasures, which will always have a place in my heart.

Caroline, I LOVE Richard Armitage and had no idea he was in the BBC Robin Hood. Guess I need to check it out...

I'm starting LR this weekend, Amy:) Can't wait.

Julie in Ohio said...

Hey, Manda!!

Bellas-- I tip my hat to you. I don't know how you wait to rip into a book as anticipated as LR but you should be commended for the restraint. :o)

Kati said...

It's Manda! Hi Manda! We miss you!

I'm also surprised you waited for LR. I didn't even wait until the release date. Bad MK! Bad!

I heard that the WARDen is blogging today somewhere, but I can't remember where. But it was announced on her boards, so I'll bet the Cellies are out in full force. ;o)

Manda, I'll be really interested to see what you think about this book too. I've reread it now, and it did change my opinion some from the first read-through.

Michelle - Any luck getting a date from the J.R.?

Vivi Anna said...

JR is blogging over at The Good, The Bad and the Unread.

ev said...

I have been trying to post for 3 days now. I hope this one goes through.

Doubt I will be watching the Tudors. Just too much on my tv plate right now.

The jury is still out on Robin Hood and so far i am enjoying The Dresden Files. Gotta re-read those.

Anonymous said...

Ohhh, The Tudors looks and sounds sensational! I so hope it makes it down to NZ at some stage. Is it a BBC production?


PS I like Sam Neil too!