NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2005 NEWS:
has wrapped on GOYA'S GHOSTS with
the last scenes in Boadilla el Monte near Madrid.
These photos capture some of those scenes with Javier Bardem in the role
of the monk, Brother Lorenzo. Stellan has most likely returned to wintry
Sweden to reunite with his family for the holiday season. I have no
information on 2006 film projects at this time, but I'm sure it won't be
long before we hear word about his next role.
AND GRENDEL will have its US premiere at the 17th Annual Palm
Springs Int'l Film Festival, held January 5-16, 2006. The film
previously made its world premiere at the Toronto Int'l Film Festival in
September. The festival's description says, "Director Sturla Gunnarsson
brings enormous visual panache and psychological depth - as well as
touches of unexpected humor - to this tale of retribution and revenge."
you didn't catch the teaser trailer for DEAD MAN'S CHEST on
Entertainment Tonight, you can now view a good quality version of it at
Yahoo! movies. Stellan is looking a bit green under the gills
but, after all, remember he has spent a considerable amount of time on
the ocean floor. The sequel looks like a hoot again and Johnny Depp had
me laughing just in this short teaser as he deliciously plays Captain
Jack Sparrow with wonderful pirate panache. And I have no doubt that
Stellan's performance will be awesome as well. IGN FilmForce reports
that "the trailer hints at a more deliberately Depp-centered film" and
"looks like filmmakers have upped the action considerably for the second
GreenCine Daily: "Filmz.de points to a short report in Die
Welt that Lars Von Trier is giving up on DIMENSION, a
project he started in 1991 for which he'd been shooting three minutes a
year. The premiere was slated for 2024. The aging of the actors, which
included Udo Kier, Jean-Marc Barr, Stellan Skarsgård,
Katrin Cartlidge and Eddie Constantine (the latter two, of course, have
since passed), was to have been incorporated thematically in the film.
You have to figure, depending on whether or not he shot anything this
year, that he's got either 39 or 42 minutes. Die Welt reports
that the fate of this footage has not yet been determined."
photos below show the haunted Davy Jones ship from the upcoming
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
Apparently, the trailer link in the 11/27 update may be a
"pirated" crude version. You can view a better quality version tomorrow
night when the trailer premieres on Entertainment Tonight. In the
film Captain Jack Sparrow must figure out how to pay back a blood deabt
to Davy Jones, ruler of the ocean depths and captain of the ghostly
Flying Dutchman. If he's unable to pay, he'll be cursed to eternal
damnation. As you might expect, Captain Jack's problems complicate the
wedding plans of the blissful Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, who
quickly find themselves thrust back into Jack's misadventures. Johnny
Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom are back for the sequel joined
by Stellan, Naomie Harris and Bill Nighy. The film docks in theatres on
July 7, 2006.
added another interview to the
Press Section, thanks to a translation by Robin Solsjö Höglund. It was originally published in the October 4, 1982 issue of Sweden's Vecko Revyn magazine.
At 31 years old, Stellan answered a list of short questions in the same
impish manner we've come to love! I've also added larger images on the
2000 Telluride Film Festival page
and on the 2000 Toronto In't Film Festival
page, plus on the 2002 Toronto In'tl
Film Festival page, I've not only added larger images, but also
several more photos. And here's a new one from Cannes 2003 - I call it
"Classic Stellan" with a cigarette in one hand and a drink in the other
and looking quite dapper in his tuxedo.
for GOYA'S GHOSTS continues in Spain. This past week production
shifted to Salamanca where scenes were shot with leads Natalie Portman,
Javier Bardem and Stellan. Among the locations were the San Esteban
convent and the Palace of the Infant Don Luis. Director Milos Forman
describes the province of Salamanca as one of the most beautiful in the
world. The photos below were published in Spanish newspapers. They
include shots of Bardem, Portman and Forman but none of Stellan.
Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television is hosting a screening of
BEOWULF AND GRENDEL as well as a discussion with its director Sturla
Gunnarsson on November 29th at the Vancouver International Film Centre.
The film will have its Canadian theatrical release in March 2006. At
this time there is still no US distributor.