button_box.gif (205 bytes)The premiere of "Behind Blue Skies" (Himlen är oskyldigt blå) was held in Stockholm on October 11th and the film's star, Bill Skarsgård, had the company of several family members - his father, stepmother and two siblings. In a recent interview, Bill discussed his tall family. It seems that those genes actually come from Stellan's mother who is 5'11". Stellan himself is 6'4", Bill is 6'3" and brother Sam is 6'6"!


button_box.gif (205 bytes)Here comes another Skarsgård! Last Friday Stellan's 20-year-old son, Bill, took the spotlight at the Toronto International Film Festival when his latest film premiered. Directed by Hannes Holm, "Behind Blue Skies" is a a '70s-era coming-of-age tale about a Swedish teenager whose escape to a resort job yields first love, new responsibilities and his involvement in the biggest drug scandal in the nation’s history. And if that doesn't grab your attention, his previous film, "Simple Simon" has become Sweden's official entry for the 2011 Academy Awards. How exciting! Here's a couple pics of Bill at the TIFF photo call plus a sexy photo of Alexander on the cover of Rolling Stone. And did you catch him at the Emmy Awards?


button_box.gif (205 bytes)Production has not yet officially started on the American remake of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO but co-star Rooney Mara is already in Sweden preparing for the role of Lisbeth Salander. A representative from Sony told Access Hollywood that the actress is presently being trained to ride a motorcycle. To fit the image, she appears to be in costume with a black wig but has no makeup, tattoos or piercings.

According to Malte Forssell, Sony's project manager in Sweden, filming in Uppsala will begin shortly. For four or five days between September 27th and October 8th, an American film crew will take over Queen Street (Drottninggatan). Forssell would not disclose which scenes would be filmed except to say the location would serve as the book's fictitious Hede City in the 1960s. The above photo shows preliminary work has already begun with facades, street signs and street lighting being reconstructed to fit the decade.


On Monday, August 30th, Stellan donned his tuxedo for a special ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall. The occasion was the awarding of the annual Polar Music Prize by the King of Sweden. This year both Icelandic singer Bjork and Italian composer Ennio Morricone were honored. The televised event was attended by various members of the royal family, along with many celebrities and artists. Bjork's father, Gudmundur Gunnarsson, read a tribute to his daughter while Stellan paid tribute to the great composer who has scored over 450 films, among them such legends as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "The Untouchables". Stellan was accompanied by his wife Megan, who was looking very svelte and glamorous.