appears that the the Norwegian black comedy,
IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE, is
getting all kinds of releases and new posters but no word about a US
release! The film bowed in Berlin back in February, and has spent recent
months on the international film festival circuit, coming off the back
of an award-winning appearance at the recent Fantasia Film Festival,
where it won Gold in the Best International Film category. The Hans
Petter Moland-directed film features Stellan as an introverted and
hard-working snow plow driver names Nils. When he's told his son has
died of a heroin overdose, he knows it's not true and soon uncovers
evidence that his sonw as a victim in a turf war between the local crime
boss and his Serbian rivals. Armed with heavy machinery and a good dose
of beginner's luck, Nils embarks upon a quest for revenge that soon
escalates into a full-blown underworld gang war. What fun!
In the UK the film will have a
theatrical release on September 12th. In France the release is set for
September 24th and they've changed the name to "Reproidis" which means
"Cooled". That's the second poster below. Don't like it at all. The next
two posters are from Italy and Poland where the film was released back
media sources indicate that Stellan will be attending the Venice Film
Festival, which starts today and runs through September 6th. The
first volume of NYMPHOMANIAC also
debuted at the Berlin Film Festival and now the second volume is headed
to Venice with a new photo and silly poster. Venice is actually
screening the director's cut for both volumes in their Out of
Competition category. On Monday Volume I will be screened at 2 pm with
Volume II at 7 pm. That's a combined running time of 5 1/2 hours. And
what's this all about? In a nutshell, it's the wild and poetic story of
a woman's journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the
self-diagnosed nymphomaniac played by Charlotte Gainsbourg.
I could barely get through Volume I so I salute anyone who could bear 5
1/2 hours. Whew!
has confirmed that he will show up in
Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON for "a small appearance." The
Avengers sequel marks his fourth time portraying Eric Selvig,
following both Thor films and the first Avengers. The film will be released on May
1, 2015. He also
confirmed that when Selvig returns, he’ll be in the nude again!
"Yeah, I was naked again," he said. "They called my agent and said, 'Do
you think Stellan will mind being naked?' My agent laughed his head off.
Yeah, I almost insist! Sometimes with a contract you get a nudity
clause, which is fantastic. It’s supposed to protect me from having my
genitals exploited, which I doubt anybody would make a dime on."
Aside from getting naked again, what is Stellan doing in the Avengers
sequel? He offered one cryptic tease: "I don’t know what I’m allowed to
say. But usually they call me in if they need something explained.
There’s a lot of explanations to do when it comes to that universe."
He also said that he enjoys working with Marvel because they know what
they're doing. "Even if it's owned by Disney now, it's really run by
four or five people and they know exactly what they're doing. I like
working with them because if I have a problem with the scene, I have
Kevin Feige's number. I can call the head of the studio. You can't do
that when you work on a normal Disney film or with Warner Bros or
With the death of actor
Williams this week, several of his peers who worked with him over the
years have shared their thoughts. Robin won his only Oscar for his
supporting role in "Good Will Hunting"
(1997) and, as we all know, our Swede was his co-star. Stellan told the
"People take their own lives for many different reasons, and it's not
unusual among comedians that comedy is a way of keeping the darkness
at bay. That may have been the case
Working on the film, Stellan
described the atmosphere as feeling like a small intimate group where
they all became very close. He added, "Robin Williams was
complicated. If you were alone with him, he was calm and serious and we
could talk about everything. But as soon as more people entered the
room, it was like he felt compelled to be funny. And then he was like a
different person. It was like he had three brains which were constantly
revving. No take with him was like any other, and it was immensely
While filming 17 years ago,
Stellan had these comments, which mirror his sentiments of today - "Working
with Robin is very different.
He varies scenes and comes up with new lines. His quality is in
surprising himself and his fellow actors, and I found that very enjoyable. On one take,
suddenly he is Jack Nicholson. Every take is new. He really explores the material and
follows his impulses without discretion. He has two or three brains instead of one.
Sometimes, he says, 'I have a stupid idea,' and he has to have an extra take to get it out
of his system. He's a different kind of animal. And that very funny and warm vibe you get
from him up on the screen is the same vibe you get walking down the street with him. He is
from another galaxy."
Branagh's CINDERELLA will reportedly
offer some refreshing script writing talent and some really fascinating
cinematography. Eric Eisenberg of Cinema Blend, who was among those who
watched the special screening of some of the film's footage during
CinemaCon, said, "While we were told before the footage that some of the
special effects had yet to be completed and that the movie is still very
much a work in process, I was definitely impressed by what I saw. There
is an interesting mix of tones at work, as heavy drama is lightened by
some funny dialogue and rapport, and the film looks gorgeously shot. Of
course, this is the footage that Disney wanted us to see in order to get
us excited for the film, but my interest is definitely piqued."
The film will premiere next year. It stars Lily James
in the title role, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchette, Hayley Atwell,
Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi and Stellan as the Grand Duke.
And what does Stellan have to say
about the film? He says, "It went well, I think. I hope it turns out
well. He's (Branagh) made a Disney Cinderella like the old way. It's a
story that's been around for more than 2500 years in different versions.
It's a story about a good person. She's the very idea of good, as Emily
Watson was the very idea of love in Breaking the Waves. I have a soft
spot for those fairytales."
He also recently commented on his
acting in the film - "I like to have the lid on and have a lot of stuff
happening underneath. I don't usually act a lot within the lines. Most
of my acting is between the lines. Now, you will see in both
Cinderella and Our Kind of Traitor, it's pretty exuberant
acting from me. And whether it works or not, that's about half the
August 8th, volumes I & II of
NYMPHOMANIAC will be available for Netflix members with either
DVD or streaming plans. Both volumes can also be purchased on Blu-ray at
Amazon for only $17.99.
AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS has been chosen by the Toronto
International Film Festival (TIFF) and will make its North American
premiere on September 7th. The film will be released in the UK next
month with a September 19th date slated for the US. Film critic Cameron
Bailey writes, "Audiences have come to know and love Simon Pegg for his
quirky sensibility and wry humour, but in his effortless yet complex
performance as Hector, he shows us so much more. Punctuated by playful
cameos from Stellan Skarsgård, Jean
Reno, Akin Omotoso, and Christopher Plummer, and buffered with
enchanting animation sequences, director Peter Chelsom's latest feature
achieves the perfect balance of whimsy and drama."
Criterion Collection has announced the release date of their Blu-ray
edition of INSOMNIA. The Norwegian
thriller will be available on July 22. The highlight is a 20-minute
conversation between director Eric Skjoldbjærg and Stellan filmed
this year with the pair reminiscing about the production and the impetus
behind the film's creation. Skjoldbjærg cites Francis Ford Coppola,
Jean-Pierre Melville, and Nicolas Roeg as filmmakers he had in mind
while shooting, while Stellan reveals that he had substantial doubts
about both the script and Skjoldbjærg's capabilities as a director when
agreeing to do the film, though he remarks that he believes Insomnia
holds up well. I have to admit that the new artwork is very boring!
more of Stellan films will become available on DVD next month. Halle Berry's
FRANKIE & ALICE and
THE RAILWAY MAN starring Colin Firth and
Nicole Kidman are among the DVD releases for the week of August 12th.
Nathan Rabin of The Dissolve
cleverly points out, "In theme and structure, Frankie & Alice
bears a strange resemblance to Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac,
which also involves a troubled, brazenly sexual woman unburdening
herself to a scholarly old man played by Stellan Skarsgård. On one
level, Skarsgård’s characters in these films are contemplating the
enigma and complications of very specific women, but on another,
he’s wrestling with the mystery of womanhood as a whole."