MAY/JUNE 2013 NEWS

06.13.13

Cinemax has just announced that Stellan will have a key role in their upcoming television drama series, QUARRY. Loosely drawn from a series of books by Max Allen Collins, the project centers on a Marine marksman, played by Logan Marshall-Green, who returns home from Vietnam in 1973 only to find himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. The disillusioned vet is quickly recruited into a network of contract killers and immersed in corruption spanning the length of the Mississippi River. Stellan plays The Broker, a shadowy figure who lures the ex-Marine into his criminal ranks. Co-stars include Noah Taylor, Skipp Sudduth and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The pilot has been written by Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller with John Hillcoat set to direct. Filming will begin July 22 in Mississippi in the Horn Lake area.

I came across this photo of Stellan when he was promoting "A Simple Minded Murderer" back in the early 80's. Below the photo is a quote about his fear in front of the camera. Today he continues to admit to tension and anxiety when taking on a new role, despite having done over 80 films. The film earned him not only an award at the Berlin Film Festival, but also opened the international film industry eyes that here was a Swede who was worth keeping an eye on.

05.28.13:

UK distributor Metrodome has acquired all rights to Hans Petter Moland's action-comedy, KRAFTIDIOTEN (The Prize Idiot). The film was sold during the Marché du Film in Cannes, where presales were launched for the first time. The deal was negotiated between Metrodrome's Head of Acqusitions Giles Edwards and TrustNordisk's Head of Sales Susan Wendt. Edwards told the press, "Hans Petter Moland's follow-up to 'A Somewhat Gentle Man' is a stunning, surprising and effortlessly rewarding addition to the thriving Scandinavian crime genre." The film has additionally been sold to Continental Film (Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia & Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia), Film Europe (Czech, Slovakia) and Atnine (South Korea) and even before presales started distributor Neue Visionen snatched all rights for Germany and Austria. Here is the first movie still:

05.19.13:

From Cannes comes news that Koch Media is bolstering its UK schedule with the comedy HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS with a 2014 saturation release. Currently shooting in London, Canada, South Africa and Shanghai until late June, the films stars Simon Pegg, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Jean Reno and Stellan. It's the story of an eccentric London psychiatrist, who embarks on a global quest to find out whether happiness really exists.

Nothing says Christmas quite like a four-hour long hardcore sex drama, right? Zentropa Entertainments seems to think so, announcing that Lars von Trier's NYMPHOMANIAC will open in Copenhagen, Denmark, at year's end. The premiere will consist of a red carpet gala in early December and a domestic theatrical release on Christmas Day. Magnolia will be unveiling the film in the US, but a release date has not yet been revealed.

Above is a glamorous yet depraved new shot of the ensemble cast. That's von Trier in the back with duck tape over his mouth. Charlotte Gainsbourg is in the lower right corner in a green dress, being waited on by a casually dressed Christian Slater. To their left is Stellan in a robe, and Willem Dafoe getting wiped down mid-coffee spill. To his left, Uma Thurman stands in a blue dress with Von Trier and Jamie Bell looking on. Then on the floor beneath a suggestively arranged fruit plate is Shia LaBeouf.

Here's another Christmas release. Philipp Stoelzl's THE PHYSICIAN, the English-language adaptation of Noah Gordon's historical bestseller about a medieval healer who travels from England to Persia to learn the secrets of medicine, has attracted a slew of buyers across Europe. The UFA Cinema production has presold to Luxor in Russia, Bonton for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Blitz for Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italia Film for the Middle East. Universal is releasing the film in German theaters on Christmas day as a major holiday event.

05.08.13

Several members of the Skarsgård family attended the premiere of Gustaf's film, "Vi" on May 6th. The family photos show Gustaf, Bill, Valter, Eija, Sam, his guest, and Stellan's second wife, Megan Everett. Typically, Stellan loves to clown around so he hams it up for the camera with his actor sons Gustaf and Bill. Gustaf doesn't exactly play a romantic lead in the film unless you're into sadomasochism. Check out the photo gallery here.