Alexander Skarsgard (born 25.08.1976)
Alexander Skarsgard is a Swedish actor best known for his role in the vampire series 'True Blood'.
Childhood: Alexander Skarsgard was born in Stockholm, Sweden. His parents are actor Stellan Skarsgard and physician My. He landed his first acting role at aged 7 in 'Åke och hans värld' ('Åke and His World') and became well-known by the age of 13 at which point he quit the film business for 7 years. At 19, he served in the army for 18 months before attending Leeds Metropolitan University in England for less than a year studying English. In 1997, he began a theatre course at Marymount Manhattan College in New York but soon returned to Sweden.
Acting career: Alexander Skarsgard won the role of Meekus in 'Zoolander' starring Ben Stiller in 2001. He landed a Guldbagge nomination in 2003 for his appearance in 'Hundtricket-the Movie' ('The Dog Trick'). After moving to LA in 2004, he won a breakthrough role in the war series 'Generation Kill' opposite James Ransone and Lee Tergesen for which he had to learn an American accent. He appeared in 'True Blood' opposite Anna Paquin in 2008 after sending in an audition tape to the producers. In 2009, he made an appearance in Lady Gaga's 'Paparazzi' music video. In the same year, he also gave his voice to Stefan in the animated movie 'Metropia'. In 2010, he appeared in the British comedy 'Beyond the Pole' starring Rhys Thomas and Stephen Mangan. In 2011, he appeared in Lars von Trier's 'Melancholia' alongside Kirsten Dunst and the 'Straw Dogs' remake with Kate Bosworth and James Marsden. In 2012, he was in sci-fi flick 'Battleship' with Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna.
Other career ventures: Alexander Skarsgard modelled suits for Hickey Freeman in 2010 in an ad campaign that reached The Wall Street Journal Magazine, GQ and Details.
Personal life: Alexander Skarsgard supports Swedish football team Hammarby IF. He received an honorary degree in 2011 from Leeds Metropolitan University. In 2011, he split with Kate Bosworth who he had been in a relationship with for 2 years.
Penelope Cruz is reportedly in talks to star in 'Zoolander 2'.
Penelope Cruz at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in March.
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Yet another teen sci-fi adventure, this movie may be sharply well-made but it struggles to find anything to say to an audience that has explored these themes much more meaningfully in films like The Hunger Games and Divergent. A solid cast makes it watchable, but a swelling flood of sentimentality undermines everything. And there isn't much subtext there to begin with.
Set in the distant future, society has rebuilt itself after "The Ruin" by eliminating all emotions, memories and art. The story centres on 18-year-old Jonas (BrentonThwaites), who is stunned to be selected as the next Receiver of Memories, working with the Giver (Jeff Bridges) to understand everything the elders have deliberately obliterated through both daily drug injections and some sort of magical barrier beyond the surrounding, forbidden mist. But the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) is worried that Jonas is going rogue with his new knowledge, and Jonas' parents (Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes) are also noticing something is amiss. So when Jonas tries to enlist his childhood pals Fiona and Asher (Odeya Rush and Cameron Monaghan) in small acts of rebellion, things come to a head.
Director Phillip Noyce creates a terrific visual look for the film's setting, with slickly designed sets,eye-catching effects and a colour scheme that begins in black and white and slowly adds hues as Jonas discovers more truth. But nothing about this society resonates: the best science-fiction tells us something about our world here and now, but parallels are very hard to spot in this faux utopia. Instead, we are faced with an implausible set-up that tries to convince us that people would mindlessly carry on without emotional or physical connections. And the idea that deleting these from human existence would make for a more peaceful society is just silly. Sure, we'd all like a world without violence and bigotry, but at the expense of personal freedom?
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With Violet done and dusted, it's happy times in Bon Temps.
Another episode of True Blood, another ten or so shockers – as the show circles the drain, the writers are throwing shocker after shocker at us. So who killed whom in this episode? Read on to find out (or get majorly spoiled, if that's your thing.)
Eric is back to his creepy old self. Oh joy.
Well, first of all, let’s talk about Eric for a moment, because who doesn’t love a bit of Eric? He and Pam finally arrived at Sarah Newman’s house after she had been seeing visions of Jason Stackhouse as the Grim Reaper (yes, this plot requires some major dedication). But instead of killing Sarah, a sick, sick Eric fed from her instead, curing his Hep V almost instantly. Yay Eric… maybe. He’s still a Level 100 creep, tbh.
[Spoilers] No one saw this character death coming...
True Blood season seven, episode three premiered with a bang last night, killing off one of the series characters in a twist no one saw coming. Well, not exactly no one: Joe Manganiello's character Alcide met his untimely demise after being shot but the actor has said he had sensed a change in the wind for some time.
In dramatic final season style, werewolf Alcide Herveaux was coldly shot in the chest before being shot again in the face by the gun-wielding humans of Bon Temps.
"I called it! I called it last year," the actor told Buzzfeed. "As soon as I read the Season 6 finale and saw that Sookie [Anna Paquin] got with Alcide, I turned to my then-girlfriend right away and said, 'They're going to kill me - and if they don't, they're crazy.'"
Congratulations "True Blood" fans, this is the one you were waiting for.
At this point in True Blood history, the show has done pretty much every TV cliché, and the plot has gone out the window some time ago. Last night, however, True Blood dared venture where it has scarcely ventured before – the same-sex hookup. Well, sort of. Spoilers ahead – big ones.
Ana Paquin is pretty great, but the writers need more to keep viewers interested.
When the episode started with a shot of Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) fans knew something was off. After all, the last time we saw Eric, he was being incinerated by the Arctic sunrise (longtime fans are great at suspending disbelief.)
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Author Lois Lowry talks about her dystopian sci-fi book 'The Giver' in a featurette ahead of the release of the film adaptation starring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites. The film follows a young boy living in a world without war, crime suffering or diversity, who is chosen to receive information about the real disasters of the previous world in a program designed to keep the society stable.
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Russell Crowe and Emma Watson are on the road promoting Noah, while Anne Hathaway hits Miami for Rio 2 and Michael Fassbender shoots Macbeth in rural England. Elizabeth Banks takes the Walk of Shame in a new trailer, and we see the future in The Giver, The Signal and Jupiter Ascending...
As Darren Aronofsky's ambitious retelling of the biblical tale of Noah opens in America this weekend, Russell Crowe continues his world tour, premiering the film in cities on every continent. This Saturday alone he'll attend three premieres: in Dublin, Edinburgh and Cardiff. Meanwhile, Emma Watson was photographed this week greeting fans as in New York she attended David Letterman's chat show to talk about the movie. The film hits UK and Irish cinemas next week. Watch a smartly dressed Emma Watson greeting over-eager fans outside 'Letterman' studios.
The voice cast of Rio 2 enjoyed a sunny premiere in Miami Beach this week, attended by Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx and George Lopez. A series of clips of the event shows the stars talking about the film and enjoying a youth choir singing hits with a Latin-infused beat. Watch Anne Hathaway celebrate 'Rio 2' release at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach premiere. Or take a look at the cast of 'Rio 2' enjoying the upbeat Choir at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach premiere.
Jonas is a young man who lives in a community where everybody is the same. Pain and suffering has been abolished by authorities simply by forcing everyone to conform and prohibiting any form of variance. Jonas is about to become an exception to the rule when he is selected as the next Receiver of Memories. His new role requires training from a man called The Giver (the former Receiver) who will subsequently imbue Jonas with knowledge of the world before this compliant society. With that he will understand the pain of death and conflict, but will also begin to understand the importance of love and distinction and it is this that forces him to break away from his community - wishing to live a life with more depth and meaning. However, it soon becomes clear that he's not getting out that easily.
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Chris Hemsworth seems like the obvious choice to play Thor, but these other actors were also considered for the role.
After owning the role in two hit movies, it’s hard to imagine any one other than gorgeous blond man-mountain, Chris Hemsworth, playing Marvel Comics superhero, Thor. You can’t even hear the word “Thor” without Chris coming into mind (we definitely don’t just sit here chanting “Thor” for this exact reason. Ahum).
Thor has been played by Chris Hemsworth in both movies
But if you thought that he was the first choice to play the role, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Chris’ potential apparently didn’t shine through immediately for the producers, and although he auditioned early he was put to one side while other actors auditioned. Imagine if one of these actors had won the role instead of Chris. It’ll be hard to think about, but sometimes life is tough.
The Aussie actress will appear as Jane in the latest big screen take on the story of Tarzan
Margot Robbie's stock continues to rise higher and higher and as she looks set to become the latest in-demand Hollywood leading lady, her next big role has all but been confirmed. According to The Warp, the Wolf of Wall Street star is in the final stage of negotiations to star in David Yates' big screen version of Tarzan.
Robbie definately has the looks to be a leading lady
With filming set to begin this summer, Robbie looks set to join a cast that already includes Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Alexander Skarsgard as the loincloth-wearing tree swinger. The big-budget Warner Brothers production has been in the works for some time now, with Robbie's impending appointment to the film hopefully being the final piece of the puzzle needed to get filming of the latest take on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel series underway.
Continue reading: Margot Robbie In Final Talks To Star In 'Tarzan'