26
Sep

New screencaps from 13 in our gallery. Many, many thanks to liapireas!

Film discussion thread on the forum.

19
Sep

It seems 13 may finally be released!  Myfilm.gr gives a release date in Greece as September 23rd, only 4 days away.  Here’s a trailer in English with Greek subtitles:

and the Greek poster:

Poster for 13

Thanks to liapireas on the forum for the info!  We hope you get to see it.

Discussion on our forum.

20
Jun

August 6, 2009

Alexander was kind enough to answer a few questions for us via e-mail.

FROM ALEXANDER:

Hockey and Football

What’s your favorite hockey team? You’ve mentioned both Luleå and Bajen, so it would be great if you could clear that up. Did you ever play the sport?  If so, what position?

Hammarby (Bajen) will always be #1 for me, in both football and hockey. I shot a couple of movies up in Luleå years ago and got to know some of the players. Of all the teams in the Swedish Hockey League (Hammarby aren’t good enough to play there…) Luleå is my favorite.

Writing and Directing

Your article on meeting Jonas Stark and other writings are real favorites.  We love the self-deprecation, humor, and sincerity. You have a real gift of
expression. Is there any chance of you writing more?

Thanks. I still write and I often use my word program as a cheap psychiatrist.

Fandom

Did your own fan experience with Jonas Stark contribute to how you relate to your fans? We’re very thankful for the generosity and courtesy you’ve shown fans in encounters and interviews.

I’m thrilled that people have responded so to the show and my character. The least I can do is stop and sign an autograph or take a picture if someone wants it.

Personal

If you could only listen to three singers or bands for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Van Morrison, The Clash, Ebba Grön

If you had lived as long as Eric, during what era of history would it have been the most fun to live?

18th century. Eric probably lived in France then…

True Blood

Which episode in season 2 of True Blood was your favorite to film?

9

Potential Future Roles

With which actors would you most like to work?

Daniel Day Lewis.

It is a hope amongst your fans that you and James Ransone will work together again, since your chemistry in Generation Kill was so outstanding, and your joint commentaries on the DVD were hilariously entertaining. Would you like the opportunity to work with him again? (We had jokingly conceptualized a “road trip” film similar to “Long Way Round” with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, only instead of motorcycles, you two trekked across America in a turquoise 1972 Chevy El Camino.)

Or why not a buddy movie like Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid? I love PJ (James nickname) and sure hope we’ll find another project sometime soon.

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Many thanks to Mr. Skarsgård and his manager!

29
May

Alexander Skarsgard Gets Animated
May 12, 2010
Aaron Hillis
IFC.com

05122010_AlexanderSkarsgardMetropia.jpg “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgård has gained American heartthrob status as the show’s thousand-year-old Viking vampire Alex, but even if the role is clearly make-believe, the Nordic charm is all his. Son of famed actor Stellan Skarsgård, the Stockholm-born thespian has a long and storied career in his homeland, from becoming a child actor to being named the sexiest man in Sweden circa 1999. Not to be confused with his upcoming part in Lars von Trier’s highly anticipated sci-fi flick “Melancholia,” Skarsgård the younger’s latest project is director Tarik Saleh’s highly stylized, animated sci-fi flick “Metropia.”

Set in a dystopian world of the not-far-off future where the world’s resources are running out and the metro system connects all of Europe, “Metropia” concerns a newly paranoid Swedish everyman Roger (voiced by Vincent Gallo) as he begins to hear a voice in his head that isn’t his own. In fact, it’s Stefan’s (enter Skarsgård), a company man who begins to have second thoughts about his government gig monitoring citizens and their inner thoughts. While on the set of “True Blood,” now shooting its third season, Skarsgård called me to talk Glögg parties, filthy cartoons, and his real-life stint as an anti-terrorist marine. Read the rest of this entry »

13
May

Moomins hang in there — in 3D
Beloved local characters get a digital makeover
May 12, 2010
By GUNNAR REHLIN
Variety

With an all-star Scandi voice cast and enhanced by stereoscopic 3D digital animation, the Moomin family is ready to continue its conquest of the world via the bigscreen.

Created by Finnish author Tove Jansson in 1945, the Moomins are trolls who look like hippos. Through seven novels, a string of comic books and various TV series, the Moomins have become well known worldwide. They even have their own amusement park near Finland’s coastal city of Abo.

Cannes will host the world preem of feature “Moomins and the Comet Chase,” helmed by Maria Lindberg and produced by Tom Carpelan for Filmkompaniet.

The voice cast is headed by Swedes Stellan and Alexander Skarsgard, Peter Stormare and Max von Sydow. Icelandic rock star Bjork wrote and performs the title song. Carpelan hopes to bring as many as possible of the participating celebs to Cannes for the premiere party.

Carpelan says the film has nothing in common with the Japanese TV series of the 1990s.

“Our film is based on the animated Polish TV series of the 70′s that Tove Jansson herself was involved with,” he adds. “We have all the rights to this material, and we remade it all and remastered it in 3D. We decided on 3D several years ago and had no idea there would be a 3D boom. I could hug James Cameron.”

The old TV series had no dialogue, just a narrator. New dialogue was written for the feature, and Carpelan opted for high-profile Scandi voices for the English version. Stellan Skarsgard voices Moominpapa while his son Alexander plays Moomintroll, Stormare voices Snufkin and von Sydow is the narrator.

With the Moomins already familiar to kids around the world — the books have been translated into over 40 languages — there’s no shortage of merchandising tie-ins. However, “the owners are very keen on keeping their integrity,” Carpelan says. “We were given a free hand, but knew that with this came a lot of responsibility.”

The film will be sold in Cannes by NonStop. Scandinavia is already in the bag with Nordisk handling distribution in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

27
Apr

November 13, 2009
Erik Helmerson
Göteborgs-Posten

Translated from Swedish:

Before the third season the popularity of the vampire series “True Blood” has gone through the roof. And Alexander Skarsgård has become a Hollywood name that counts. “The team has become my surrogate family,” he tells TT Spektra. Read the rest of this entry »

27
Apr

April 25, 2010
Carla Hay
Examiner.com

Excerpt of Alex’s answers:

What attracted you to “Metropia”? What did you think of the “Metropia” script when you got it?

Skarsgård: It was just the two of us [Tarik Saleh and I], basically. It wasn’t animated yet, so I had nothing to watch. It was pretty good, in a way, because it gave us a lot of creative freedom to do whatever you wanted. It’s not about lip synch or hitting certain beats. You could just play around with it and be very creative. If we wanted to change something or just add something, we could do that …

It was quite surreal. I saw the movie in Austin in October [2009], something like that, over a year after we recorded it. It’s really weird, because you sit down and you watch it and suddenly, there’s a face and interaction with other characters. I record my stuff, I went away to Africa, where I was working on something else at the time, and you come back, and [the movie] comes to life. It’s pretty amazing. I’m still blown away by it. Read the rest of this entry »

27
Apr

Monday, 26th April 2010

Lindsay Soll

mtv.com

When he’s not busy playing the scheming-yet-smoldering vampire Eric Northman on “True Blood,” Swedish heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard is sinking his teeth into other projects that are not quite as mystical as his HBO series, but are just as perplexing. Take for example, “Metropia” — the statuesque actor (believe me — he is tall!) lent his voice to this grim animated tale, and when we caught up with him this past weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, we were eager to find out what drew him to the part. Read the rest of this entry »

15
Apr

Lars von Trier Taps Dunst for ‘Melancholia’

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mike Fleming

Deadline.com

The end of the Spider-Man franchise has created new opportunities for Kirsten Dunst. She’s just been set by Lars von Trier to play the lead role in Melancholia that Penelope Cruz was negotiating before she jumped to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Melancholia is a sci-fi disaster film that will shoot July through September in Southern Sweden, with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, Alexander Skarsgaard [sic], Stellan Skarsgaard [sic] and Udo Kier also attached to roles. Dunst is currently starring with Jim Sturgess in Upside Down. Bastard, the short film she directed and co-wrote, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Fest and was just accepted into Cannes.