son Bill has been cast in the gothic horror series "Hemlock Grove,"
the latest foray into original programming from Netflix. Eli Roth is the
director and executive producer for the series, which will be available
to Netflix subscribers in early 2013. There will be 13 one-hour episodes
with the storyline based on Brian McGreevy's novel about the murder of a
young girl in a Pennsylvania steel town. The book will be published on
March 27th. The Netflix folks call it a blend of J.D. Salinger and Mary
Shelley, but I'll believe that when I see it.
as a gripping
tale of murder, mystery and monsters, "Hemlock Grove" starts with the
discovery of a mangled and murdered body of a young girl. Some suspect
an escapee from the White Tower, a biotech facility owned by the former
steel magnates. Others believe the killer could be Peter, a 17-year-old
Gypsy kid from the wrong side of the tracks, who tells his classmates
he’s a werewolf. Or it could be Roman (Skarsgård),
the arrogant Godfrey scion, whose sister Shelley is disturbingly
deformed and whose mother, Olivia (Famke Janssen), is the otherworldly
beautiful and controlling grand dame of Hemlock Grove. As the crime goes
unsolved and outlandish rumors mount, Peter and Roman decide to find the
killer themselves, confronting unspeakable truths about themselves and
Hemlock Grove as the mystery unfolds. Some of the book's reviews refer
to Roman as a closet vampire so it appears that Bill might be following
in his big brother's footsteps. By the way, did you know FX's "American
Horror Story" will premiere its second season this fall? You gotta watch
it for at least Jessica Lange's performance!
Blood" star joined "Battleship" co-star Brooklyn Decker and
director Peter Berg for a panel discussion yesterday at WonderCon
2012 held in Anaheim, CA. Universal Pictures released some new
footage from the film and the trio picked up their microphones and
answered a ton of questions. Promoting the upcoming blockbuster, based
on Hasbro's classic naval combat game, Alexander commented on the
physicality required for the action scenes. He shared a funny story
about a scene where he's supposed to react to being hit by an incoming
soundwave, which resulted in his taking a blast to the face from a
25-foot-long air cannon! According to Berg, Kevin Costner contacted the
director to warn him about the perils of shooting on the open ocean and
his advice turned out to be extremely helpful. Berg went on to explain
that much of this film was inspired by the Stephen Hawkings documentary
about Goldilocks planets and the attempts that our planet is making to
contact them, which would explain the alien invasion theme of
"Battleship". Ultimately Berg described his creation as "a fun,
kick-ass, intense, emotional-at-times, summer popcorn madness movie".
It sounds like something I'd rather skip..... like "Waterworld" though I
did love Dennis Hopper...
Director Marius Holst and Stellan attended the premiere of
KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND at the Kulturbrauerei
in Berlin, Germany. The critically acclaimed film originally opened in
Norway on December 17, 2010, and gradually opened in several other
countries over the next 15 months. It will open in German theaters
on March 29th and finally in Japan on April 28th.
Check out the photo
ever wondered what language Stellan uses in these Norwegian films?
Well, he delivers his lines in Swedish. He says, "The Norwegians
understand Swedish so well, it's no problem to them. They accept me
as a sort of honorary Norwegian - there's not that much difference."
happens that this indie film is quite near and dear to our Swede.
In an interview back in January, Stellan explained, "I like the film, I like to talk
about it. Norway is a small country, about half the size of Sweden,
but it has a very good film climate because they have municipal
cinemas, so even in the smallest towns you have a cinema that shows
art house films from all over the world. Norwegian kids grow up well
educated in film. They have a lot of good directors there." Stellan
said a major reason he wanted to do the film was that director
Marius Holst cast nonactors from troubled backgrounds as the
inmates, working with them for more than a year. Stellan assisted
Holst and his crew in shepherding the boys through the difficult
shoot in rural, snowy Estonia. One of the cast members, Trond
Nilssen, said it was the first thing he had ever completed. Stellan
said, "It was such a thrill to work with them because their
lives were difficult, and you could see it in their eyes, that kind
of combined hardness amd vulnerability in their eyes. Benjamin
Helstad is now in the Theater Academy in Norway and Nilssen has done
something like three more films since then - so his life has
changed. He was a petty criminal before. Now he's got a life."
gave further insight into his role as the school's headmaster - "By the standards of his day, my character was extremely soft
and liberal – his ambition was to run a good place for the boy. But
the society of that time was not what it is today, and the
authorities’ views on punishment and how children should be treated
is very different from today. The kids had a horrible time there.
The governor is actually a coward – he’s in charge of the island but
can’t admit what is happening around him."
are a few more photos of Stellan taken in Dublin last month:
being the mother or wife of one of Sweden's most famous celebrities
can make them a person of interest as well. Back in December,
Swedish radio host, Katarina Hahr, interviewed My, Stellan's ex-wife,
to discuss her struggle with alcoholism, but back in 2010, Ms. Hahr
also interviewed Stellan's 82-year-old mother, Gudrun.
I love her attitude - "I’ve done my share, and I can do what I want
the rest of my life." Good for her! I'll be 69 this year and I'm
to feel the same way. You can read Gudrun's
interview from Sveriges Radio with a translation from an
extinct Alexander Skarsgård fan
site. Yup, another one bites the dust... FYI, Stellan Online is
nearly 8 years old!
son Alexander will be starring in a summer blockbuster targeted for the
young male crowd. It's called "Battleship", produced and directed
by Peter Berg. It's an epic action-adventure that unfolds across
the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival
against a superior force. Yes, I did say young male
crowd. Based on Hasbro's classic naval combat game,
Taylor Kitsch as naval officer Lt. Alex Hopper
with Alexander as his older
brother, Commanding Officer
I saved the best part for last - Liam
Neeson stars as their superior, Admiral Shane.
Love that man - seen over 25 of his films. Favorite role? Schindler, of
course. So disappointed he didn't take home the Oscar.... Anyway,
"Battleship" opens in US theaters on May 13th. Internationally, the
opening date for most countries is in April.
eldest son Gustaf has his own Scandinavian blockbuster this summer. He
stars in "Kon-Tiki", which will open the 40th Norwegian
International Film Festival on August 18th. Directed by the team of
Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning,
the film is a dramatization of actual events in 1947, when Thor
Heyerdahl embarked on an adventurous and fatal expedition across the
Pacific to prove his scientific theory that the Polynesian people
originally came from Peru in South America. Gustaf plays the role of the
onboard photographer, the Swedish ethnographer Bengt Danielsson. Other
cast members include Pål Sverre Hagen, Agnes Kittelsen, Odd-Magnus
Williamson, Tobias Santelmann, Anders Baasmo Christiansen and Jakob
Oftebro. The film will have a theatrical release in Norway on August
February 25th, two of the handsome Skarsgård
brothers attended the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa
Monica. Gustaf is also slated this year for the upcoming indie film,
"Autumn Blood", which stars Peter Stommare. FYI, the
"Fargo" actor happens to be Gustaf's Godfather.