AUGUST 2012:

08.28.12

Here's new info on Lars von Trier's controversial and highly anticipated feature, NYMPHOMANIAC. Production calls for a 11-week shoot beginning today in Germany. Film locations will include Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany and for a shorter period in Flanders, Belgium. The lead stars are Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan and Shia LaBeouf.  British actor Jamie Bell and Danish star Connie Nielsen have joined the following cast: Danish actor Nicolas Bro, Jesper Christensen, Jens Albinus, Sweden's Shanti Roney and German actor Severin von Hoensbroech. The producers would not confirm whether Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe would have roles. While LaBeouf confirmed in a recent interview that the sex in the film "will be real", the producers indicated that all sex scenes will be performed "with the help of body doubles and visual effects." They also stated that the film would be prepared in different versions "due to reasons of censorship".  The film is backed by European regional funds including the Filmstifftung NRW, the Danish Film Institute, the Nordic Film & TV Fund, Germany's DFFF and the Belgian tax shelter. TrustNordisk is handling international sales.

Good news for son Gustaf! His "Kon-tiki" film opened on August 24th in Norway to great reviews and the opening weekend sales surpassed any previous Norwegian film. The photo below shows Gustaf at the press conference last Saturday at  the Haugesund Film Festival. For some reason, he did not attend the premiere. The film will be featured next at the Toronto International Film Festival.

08.26.12

Stellan has become a father again for the eighth time! Early on Friday morning, his wife Megan give birth to a baby boy. It was a planned caesarean. Stellan told Nöjesbladet that the birth took place at South Hospital in Stockholm. This was the fourth time one of his children was born by C-section. He said, "Everything went really well. It's an amazing staff at SOS, but since it was a cesarean birth, you still have to remain in the hospital so it will take a few days before Megan and our son will come home." And how does it feel to have another son? He answers, "It's great fun. It is 7-1 now. This perhaps suggests a monotonous sex life and so I accidentally slipped once (laughing)." And have you decided on a name yet? Stellan replies, "Yes, we think so. Kolbjörn. It is an old Viking name. It's a good possibility that we will just call him Col."

FYI, Stellan met his second wife eight years ago in Ireland while he was filming "King Arthur". It was at the Horseshoe Bar at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. An American, she had left the US after 9/11 and decided to live and work in Ireland. They were married in 2009.

During the past month, Stellan was back in Stockholm on vacation awaiting the baby's arrival with Megan and three-year-old son Ossian. Soon he will leave for London to film THOR 2. He says it's only for a few days so he'll go by himself but when he begins filming Lars von Trier's NYMPHOMANIAC, his family will join him.

08.24.12

UK's Daily Mail reports that Stellan and his wife Megan had dinner the other night with Demi Moore at a Stockholm restaurant, the Beirut Café. You may recall that twelve years ago, Demi and Stellan starred in the film, PASSION OF MIND. Though the psychological romantic thriller did not fare well at the box office, grossing just $769,000 in the US, the two stars remained good friends. Demi was in Sweden to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Oriflame cosmetics brand she represents. In the photo it is obvious Megan is in the late stage of pregnancy. Stellan recently described his upcoming 8th child as an "energetic little skeleton" after seeing it on an ultrasound.

08.10.12

I've never seen so many photos by the press while shooting a film! The German media seems quite taken with the cast and crew of THE PHYSICIAN. I love the way Ben Kingsley always looks so stoic!

08.03.12

Chris Hemsworth officially has a nemesis to do battle with in THOR: THE DARK WORLD. British actor Christopher Eccleston has been cast as Malekith the Accursed in the upcoming Marvel sequel. It should be noted that "Casino Royale" star Mads Mikkelsen was originally rumored for the villain role, but was forced to drop out after committing to play another role.

For the uninitiated, Malekith is ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, a superhuman race of magical creatures that was first introduced in Thor #344, published in June 1984. The film is slated for release on November 8, 2013. Besides Stellan, returning cast members include Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson and Rene Russo, with "Chuck" star Zachary Levi slated to step in for Joshua Dallas as Fandral.

It appears that Nicole Kidman will join Stellan in yet another film. In an interview with Positif magazine, the actress revealed she would be working for a "few days" on THE NYMPHOMANIAC. She previously starred in Lars von Trier's minimalistic masterpiece, "Dogville" and so, despite the alleged screaming matches and artistic conflicts between the two during that shoot, she's on board. Filming will begin later this month. Besides Stellan, she joins cast members Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe. At the moment, Nicole's role is undefined. The tantalizing official synopis reads:  A light and poetic story of a woman's erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe. On a cold winter's evening an old bachelor named Seligman (played by Stellan) finds Joe semi-unconscious and beaten up in an alleyway. After bringing her to his flat, he sees to her wounds while trying to understand how things could have gone so wrong for her. He listens intently as she recounts the lushly branched-out and multi-faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents. The movie will arrive in both hardcore and softcore variations, with porn actor doubles being used for the more erotic scenes.

Son Gustaf's latest film, KON-TIKI, will be featured in the "Special Presentation" category at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. The film depicts the story of Thor Heyerdahl's 7000 km-long raft-voyage at sea over 60 years ago. The film is a Norwegian/Danish/British production with Gustaf playing the only Swede in the raft's crew, Bengt Danielsson. It will premiere in Norway on August 24th and in Sweden on November 9th. I've noted that some of Alexander's fan sites are reporting that his film, "What Maisie Knew" will also be featured at TIFF, but the festival's official film list does not presently include it.  Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, the movie is based on a Henry James novella and explores the complexity of marriage and family. It revolves around unwitting 7-year-old Maisie, caught in the middle of a custody battle between her mother Susanna (played by the lovely Julianne Moore) and her art dealer father, Beale (played by Steve Coogan).  Filmed last spring in NYC, no official release date has been set.