Daniel and the Olympics

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Post by JEC57 » Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:02 pm

When Daniel lands in the stadium, I hope he manages to miss the cowpats. :roll:

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LONDON (AP) — The 2012 London Olympics will open with a glimpse of the British countryside, past and present — from cows and sheep to meadow and mosh pit. Danny Boyle, the artistic director for the games' July 27 opening ceremony, on Tuesday unveiled a model of the set, which will transform the Olympic Stadium in gritty, urban east London into a rural idyll.

COWS AND SHEEP

The Olympic set will include grass and fields, sheep, cows and horses, a cricket match, picnicking families and a hill modeled on Glastonbury Tor, a landmark in southwest England.

Below the hill spectators will fill a mosh pit, evoking the raucous Glastonbury rock festival and other rural music events that are a major summer motif in Britain. At the other end of the stadium is a more genteel standing-room-only area — one wag dubbed it the "posh pit" — that is meant to evoke the annual classical music fixture the Last Night of the Proms.

There are even real clouds that Boyle says can produce real rain — in case the British weather fails to comply.

The meadow is surrounded by a circular parade ground for the 10,500 athletes taking part in the games. Boyle has nicknamed it the M25, after the often-clogged commuter highway that rings London.

BACK TO CHILDHOOD IDEALS

Boyle, the filmmaker behind "Trainspotting" and the Academy Award-winning "Slumdog Millionaire," said the set for the opening ceremony will evoke the "green and pleasant land" of William Blake's poem "Jerusalem," an emblem of Englishness.

He said the opening ceremony would be a "reflection of part of our heritage," but would also depict Britain's present and look to the future. The set is designed to evoke the site where the stadium stands: once countryside, then industrial land, bombed during World War II and now being regenerated as a park.

Boyle unveiled the model to reporters at 3 Mills Studios, near the Olympic Park, where craftspeople are working to create almost 3,000 props and 23,000 costumes for the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies.

Boyle said even though most Britons now live in cities, "it's in our brains as part of ourselves, this ideal. It's like a childhood ideal, in a way."

RING THE BELL

The opening ceremony will begin with the tolling of a 27-ton bell forged at London's 442-year-old Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which made London's Big Ben and Philadelphia's Liberty Bell.

The bell is inscribed with a line from William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest" — one of Boyle's main inspirations for the ceremony — in which Caliban says: "Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises."

"It's a wonderful thing that we'll be able to open our games with a symbol of peace, the ringing of a bell," Boyle said. "You will feel different when you're in there and you hear it ringing."

A FEW PEOPLE WILL BE WATCHING

Some 10,000 volunteers have begun rehearsing for the opening ceremony, which will be held in front of 60,000 spectators inside the stadium and a television audience estimated at 1 billion.

Boyle acknowledged the challenges of staging a large-scale show for live TV — not least capturing the British sense of humor.

"You can't do a show about Britain, really, if you don't try to reflect our sense of humor," he said. "That's hard to do in stadium shows. They are the enemy of humor."

But he said he hoped to create "a sense of inclusiveness" — and keep the running time to three hours. The ceremony starts at 9 p.m., and the International Olympic Committee says it must be over by midnight so athletes can get to bed on time.

CEREMONY SECRETS THAT HAVE ALREADY SPILLED

Boyle hopes to keep many details of the ceremony secret, although some have already trickled out. Former Beatle Paul McCartney has revealed he will be the closing act and Boyle has said there will be a sequence celebrating the country's National Health Service.

A pre-recorded segment has been filmed inside Buckingham Palace, reportedly involving Queen Elizabeth II — who as British head of state will officially open the games — and Daniel Craig's James Bond.

Boyle said the ceremony's creators had an impossible task: To offer a vision of Britain with something for everyone.

"We're bound to fail," he said. "But we're going to try very hard not to."


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Post by cheryl1700 » Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:45 pm

I am so looking forward to this opening ceremony, pity i'm not interested in the actual sports isnt it. :wink:
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Post by JEC57 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:13 pm

cheryl1700 wrote:I am so looking forward to this opening ceremony, pity i'm not interested in the actual sports isnt it. :wink:
Gotta say I think Boyle has missed the mood with this set-up. :?

Hopefully it will turn out better but at the moment, what has been proposed makes me think of this..........not sure how Bond will fit into that. :roll:

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Post by Cookie » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:13 pm

Well, well, well! So life can be fair for a change.

Given the fact that the European Soccer Championsship is still in the group stage, and me being surrounded by three sport maniacs, I'm on my last legs. :gaah: My brandnew Daniel Craig Edition is barely unwrapped and much to my regret I haven't yet managed to watch even one of the included movies properly to the end. :cryblow: No way! :jumpfire: Oh boys, you just wait!

Knowing them, once the final is over and done, there is the new count down for the Olympic Games. :roll: Ha! But this time I'm all in!!

They think they make me watch sports once again, but in fact I make them watch Daniel!!!!!! :tongue: Chaka! :dance2: Life's so wonderful.

I just hope everything will work out well. I'll keep my fingers crossed. :thumbup:
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Post by Germangirl » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:22 pm

Cookie wrote:Well, well, well! So life can be fair for a change.

Given the fact that the European Soccer Championsship is still in the group stage, and me being surrounded by three sport maniacs, I'm on my last legs. :gaah: My brandnew Daniel Craig Edition is barely unwrapped and much to my regret I haven't yet managed to watch even one of the included movies properly to the end. :cryblow: No way! :jumpfire: Oh boys, you just wait!

Knowing them, once the final is over and done, there is the new count down for the Olympic Games. :roll: Ha! But this time I'm all in!!

They think they make me watch sports once again, but in fact I make them watch Daniel!!!!!! :tongue: Chaka! :dance2: Life's so wonderful.

I just hope everything will work out well. I'll keep my fingers crossed. :thumbup:
So - no real chance yet to fall in love with our Andy. But you will - sure thing :twisted:

I bet Daniels stunt will probably be one of the most talked and written about, IF indeed it is a stunt, he performs

I don't even know, for how much longer the soccer goes...but I feel for you :(
The top notch acting in the Weisz/Craig/Spall 'Betrayal' is emotionally true, often v funny and its beautifully staged with filmic qualities..

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Post by Hannah » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:08 pm

Germangirl wrote: I don't even know, for how much longer the soccer goes...but I feel for you :(
It's almost over - the final is on the 1st of July...you'll all have enough time to regenerate before the Olympics start :wink:
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Post by Germangirl » Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:33 pm

Hannah wrote:
Germangirl wrote: I don't even know, for how much longer the soccer goes...but I feel for you :(
It's almost over - the final is on the 1st of July...you'll all have enough time to regenerate before the Olympics start :wink:
Not me, poor Cookie. I havn't watched one single bit :oops: :oops:
The top notch acting in the Weisz/Craig/Spall 'Betrayal' is emotionally true, often v funny and its beautifully staged with filmic qualities..

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Post by bubita » Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:41 pm

I wonder how this may be coneccted to Daniel´s appearence in the opening of the olimpics.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... mpics.html

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Post by Germangirl » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:29 pm

All of this looks like some really really interesting stuff. I hope, the Brits will have a fantastic event.
The top notch acting in the Weisz/Craig/Spall 'Betrayal' is emotionally true, often v funny and its beautifully staged with filmic qualities..

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Post by Germangirl » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:07 am

Now this would be kult:

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Abseiling the flame from a heli to the Tower of London?! Perfect 50 Yrs of James Bond tie-in, no? Paging Daniel Craig #Olympic #Skyfall
The top notch acting in the Weisz/Craig/Spall 'Betrayal' is emotionally true, often v funny and its beautifully staged with filmic qualities..

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Post by cheryl1700 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:20 am

There is something like that going to happen, as the marines or army was abseiling on tower bridge a while back, and he lost he is cap. That was the photo. Sounds really good.
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Post by Germangirl » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:11 am

What you mean with he lost cap?
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Post by cheryl1700 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:43 pm

The guys beret came off while abseiling, and they had a picture of it with him; and the beret only falling to earth.
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Post by Sylvia's girl » Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:19 pm

The London 2012 Opening Ceremony Plans Leak to The Royalist

It’s all top secret, hush-hush under wraps, so if you don’t want to ruin the big surprise, then perhaps it would be better to stop reading now rather than write in the comments box later what a miserable curmudgeon I am, ruining people’s fun etc etc. Just an idea, but hey, whatever turns you on.

So sources say that as the lights go down for the big opening ceremony a week on Friday, a short film will begin, which will be shown on giant screens at the Olympic stadium and on TV at the same time. It features everybody’s favourite special agent, James Bond aka Daniel Craig, arriving with a crunch of gravel at Buckingham Palace. He makes his way inside, and the next clip is THE QUEEN HERSELF tapping Mr Craig on the shoulders and uttering the immortal words, “Arise Sir James”.

This is the first time the Queen has ever enaged in a fictional scenario on camera.

Sir James is then given a special mission, to open the London 2012 games. He heads outside and jumps into a waiting chopper, emblazoned with a Union Jack. This then speeds up the Thames, flying underneath Tower Bridge (the footage was filmed in sunny June).


Back at the stadium, the air is filled with the sound of whirling helicopter blades, as the very same chopper now magically appears above the stadium in real time, assuming it is not shot down by the surface to air missiles located on a nearby London tower block. A hatch opens. A rope drops.

AND DANIEL CRAIG ABSEILS INTO THE STADIUM!!

It’s going to be mega, folks, it all kicks off a week on Friday and you heard it here first.


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2 ... alist.html

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Post by caramel » Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:35 pm

^ OMG! I am grinning even while reading this! Can.not.wait!! :hyper: :jump: :jumpfire:
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