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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.