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River review – pairing personal demons with a peculiar police partnership

7 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Creator Abi Morgan brings Nordic noir to this new crime drama with Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård and an interesting twist

Police partnerships – you know, Starsky and Hutch, Cagney and Lacey, etc – are always interesting. Because of the nature of the work, because they can play off each other, interact and be different.

Jackie “Stevie” Stevenson and John River of River (BBC1) are certainly different. She’s young, fun and worldly, likes holidays and singing along to 70s disco classics in the car (love that Tina Charles scene, both of them and his lonely karaoke moment later). He’s a bookish Beatles man and a workaholic, troubled and world-weary.

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- Sam Wollaston

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River recap: season one, episode one – a cop show full of enigma and emotion

7 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker and Adeel Akhtar bring Abi Morgan’s new detective drama to life in a gripping opening episode

• Skarsgård: ‘I’ve turned down every other cop show’

Spoiler alert: this recap contains details about the first episode of River, showing on BBC1 on Tuesday nights.

So when did you realise the important fact about Nicola Walker’s character, Stevie? Ok, it’s been done before in everything from Dead Man’s Shoes to Edge of Darkness to Drop Dead Fred, but making one of this country’s best television actors, essentially, an imaginary friend is an audacious move by Abi Morgan.

Related: BBC drama River was chance to explore mental health issues, says writer

Abi Morgan has my emotions in a blender, her finger hovering over the button

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- Julia Raeside

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Netflix Acquires BBC’s ‘River’ Starring Stellan Skarsgård

9 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Netflix has acquired exclusive international streaming rights to BBC’s River, a six-part thriller crime series from Endemol Shine International and Kudos written and created by Emmy-winning The Hour scribe Abi Morgan. Starring Stellan Skarsgård (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), River will premiere October 13 on BBC One in the UK. All six episodes will be available on Netflix starting November 18 in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Dach, Benelux and the… »

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River episode 1 review

12 hours ago | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Stellan Skarsgård is haunted in Abi Morgan’s engrossing new BBC detective drama, River. Spoilers…

This review contains spoilers.

As a TV detective, you’re no-one in today’s world if you’re not a) haunted by your past, b) suffering from some form of psychological disorder, or c) Scandinavian. Enter Stellan Skarsgård’s John River, pulling an impressive triple whammy in Abi Morgan’s engrossing new BBC crime series.

While his peers are only figuratively haunted by dead partners and unsolved cases, Det. River literally sees dead people. They’re not quite ghosts—he doesn’t believe in ghosts—but rather Six Feet Under-style ‘manifests’ only visible to him. (Trauma-induced hallucinations is probably the technical term, but when was the last time you booked into a Lucky Voice booth with your trauma-induced hallucination and belted out a disco classic?)

River’s manifests are both pals and pests: former partner Det. »

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Stellan Skarsgård says the BBC must survive: "The alternative is horrifying"

22 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Stellan Skarsgård leads the cast of new BBC One drama River - and he has some strong opinions on the BBC's current troubles.

The Swedish star told press including Digital Spy that the BBC cannot allow itself to be quashed by the government.

"I don't think the BBC has the struggles - they've had struggles with the regimes in this country, that's different," he said.

"It's so important for a society that wants to call itself civilised - and doesn't want to deteriorate - to have public broadcasting. The alternative is horrifying - because the alternative is 'the strongest survive'.

"That means the one who sells his news best survives, which means we're gonna have Fox News all over the world. I mean, the stupidification of America... they have one hour every evening where you can see BBC news on PBS, and that is the window of air when I'm in America. »

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Stellan Skarsgård on Murdoch and Cameron: 'Of course they want to kill the BBC'

12 October 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The River actor has defended the BBC in a strongly worded attack on Rupert Murdoch and David Cameron

Stellan Skarsgård has defended the BBC and launched a forthright attack on Rupert Murdoch’s influence on British media.

The actor is starring in River, a dark and complex new police drama from Abi Morgan, which starts on BBC1 on Tuesday.

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- Guardian Staff

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Stellan Skarsgård: 'I did BBC One's River because I was jealous of actresses'

11 October 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Many would argue that men still land the plum leading roles in film and television, but Stellan Skarsgård has revealed that he took on his latest role because he was envious of female co-stars.

Skarsgård told press including Digital Spy that the lead in BBC One's new drama River allows him to do what actresses do - expose their emotions on screen.

"Male roles are always about hiding emotions - it's always what's going on underneath," he said. "While women in their roles always get the opportunity to show everything.

"I've worked with Lars von Trier on many films, and there's always a female character that's like an open wound - everything just pours out of this person. For the first time I saw a male role that had that opportunity."

River stars Skarsgård as John River, a police detective haunted by 'manifests' of the dead. The award-winning actor »

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10 TV shows you must watch this week: The Apprentice, The Walking Dead and Tfi Friday return

11 October 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The next seven days are just bursting with quality television, with almost too many of our telly favourites making a triumphant return.

The Apprentice, The Walking Dead, Tfi Friday and The Returned are all back - and that's just the start. Make sure to tune in, or set your DVR, for this little lot.

1. The Apprentice - Wednesday / Thursday, 9pm on BBC One

Lord Sugar's search for his next business partner... begins. A new roster of budding entrepreneurs are looking to impress Shugs, Karren Brady and - replacing Nick Hewer - the formidable Claude Littner. And as ever, there's some prize berks among them.

One candidate even compares himself - without a hint of irony - to Martin Luther King Jr. We predict his dream of business success might not come true.

2. The Walking Dead - Monday, 9pm on Fox UK

One of Us TV's best drama series, and certainly one of its goriest, »

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The Physician DVD review

9 October 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Philipp Stoelz

Starring: Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård, Ben Kingsley, Emma Rigby

Cert: 15

Running Time: 148 mins

With its solid casting, lavish settings and wide-ranging historical backdrop, you might be mistaken for thinking The Physician would hit the mark on all counts. However, while Stoelz’s feature works on some levels, it never quite becomes the sweeping epic it wants to be.

Based on Noah Gordon’s novel of the same name, The Physician already comes with a ready-made audience in Spain and Germany, due to the book’s popularity on the Continent. We follow the journey of newly orphaned Robert Cole (Tom Payne), a wide-eyed lad who finds himself swept away from the dirt and muck of early medieval England into the sultry exoticism of the Orient. It’s certainly lucky for Rob that his mother died in the opening ten minutes, otherwise he would have been stuck forever in »

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‘The Physician’ DVD Review

8 October 2015 2:04 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Tom PayneBen KingsleyStellan SkarsgardOlivier Martinez, Emma Rigby, Elyas M’Barek, Fahri Yardim, Makram Khoury, Michael Marcus, Stanley Townsend | Written by Jan Berger, Philipp Stölzl, Simon Block, Christoph Müller | Directed by Philipp Stölzl

When nine-year-old Rob Cole (Tom Payne) feels the life force slipping from his mother’s hand upon her death he is unaware that his gift of sensing impending death would lead him from 11th Century England to a medical school at Ispahan. At a time when Christians are banned from becoming a student at the school, Cole disguises himself as a Jew to become famed physician Avicenna’s (Ben Kingsley) student.

The Physician uses the history of medicine as the foundations of a story that focuses on the power of superstition and religion to hold back progress. In it we see how the Barber (Stellan Skarsgard) is held back from saving lives as to »

- Paul Metcalf

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'I've turned down every other cop show': Stellan Skarsgård on River

7 October 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The troubled detective is nothing new, but in her first police drama Abi Morgan has mixed procedural with a Plato-quoting Victorian poisoner. We go behind the scenes of her hallucinatory new TV show

Stellan Skarsgård is pacing down a corridor in a dank building in London’s Docklands. The rooms on either side of him are full of random clusters of unloved office chairs, the floor tiles are grim. Menace seems to hang in the air. As the cameras roll, the Swedish actor makes occasional stops, in order to speak to no one at all. Or at least no one who can be seen.

A second take: this time, he is talking to a person walking beside him. Next, he’s waiting for a lift, again conversing with thin air. And then suddenly the lift pings unexpectedly – and out wanders Eddie Marsan, straight into the shot. He stops in his »

- Ben Arnold

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Kenneth Branagh was embarrassed directing a shirtless Chris Hemsworth in Thor

1 October 2015 8:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Thor director Kenneth Branagh got a little embarrassed while filming one particular scene with god of thunder Chris Hemsworth.

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show for tomorrow's episode (Friday, October 2), Branagh recalled the time Hemsworth had to get topless for a shot in the Marvel film.

"I was a bit embarrassed when we came to do the scene in the movie when he takes his shirt off," he said. "I felt uncomfortable talking about how we would do it and how he might feel he shouldn't.

"I even rang my wife to ask her, and she said rather over-enthusiastically, 'Get him to take his shirt off!'

"When I broached it with Chris, he said, 'Of course I'm going to get my bloody shirt off, mate. I've been training for nine months for this thing!'"

Thor - released in 2011 and also starring Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and »

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Deleted Scene: Watch Thor Get Freakishly Possessed

28 September 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

One of the subplots that was trimmed down in Avengers: Age of Ultron involved Thor going off on a quest to learn more about the Infinity Stones and how they may help assist the Avengers in defeating Ultron. In the original 195-minute cut of the film, Thor joins Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) by a pool of water -- but this ain't no ordinary pool of water.  Check it out below. In the final version of the film that hit theaters, Thor has a vision off screen regarding the Infinity Stones that he tells the other Avenegers about. Here is some more context regarding the scene above from an interview with director Joss Whedon (via Slashfilm): "There was a 195-minute cut of this movie. The original scene was that Thor went to speak to the Norn and how it...

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Thor goes shirtless in deleted scene from The Avengers: Age of Ultron

28 September 2015 2:07 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

If you wanted to see some more of Chris Hemsworth as Thor (and less of his clothes), you’re in luck! A new deleted scene from The Avengers: Age of Ultron has hit the internet before the film's October 2nd Blu Ray/DVD release.

In the clip, Thor takes on a “new kind of dangerous” by using his body as a vessel to learn some important information about how to stop Ultron. He’s assisted by fan favourite Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), who seems pretty unsure about the whole thing. 

Thor enters the Norn Cave, which was only shown in quick flashes in Age of Ultron. Apparently, the cave's magical waters can tell the future, and the only way to stop Ultron is human sacrifice. This scene also helps to further explain the mind stone, which if you remember left some viewers mildly confused.

Watch the deleted scene from The Avengers: Age of Ultron now! »

- Adriana Floridia

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Thor possessed by Demon of Infinity Stone Exposition in 'Age of Ultron' deleted scene

28 September 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Blu-Ray release of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is unsurprisingly packed with extra features. Some of those are deleted scenes that help fill in the gaps of things like Thor’s under-explained subplot. From Ultron hits the fan, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) peaces out to go on an adventure with his old friend Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) to a mysterious cave for…reasons? This extended sequence goes a long way to explaining just what the God of Thunder was doing in this cave and where it’s located. Labeled “Norn Cave Deleted Scene” indicates this is probably somewhere in Scandinavia. That shuts down my theory that the cave was in Wakanda, but that’s cool. [Via Slashfilm] »

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Chris Hemsworth Is Shirtless and Wet in Deleted Norn Cave Scene From The Avengers: Age of Ultron—Watch the Clip!

28 September 2015 5:50 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Bow down to the crown prince of Asgard. Over the weekend, Marvel Studios released a two-minute deleted scene from The Avengers: Age of Ultron, out now on 3D Digital and Digital HD and on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Sd and VOD Oct. 2. The clip shows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) trying to find a way to defeat their new adversary, Ultron (James Spader). After taking swig of liquid courage, removing his shirt and jumping into the water, Thor becomes possessed and offers backstory on the Infinity Stones. Four months ago, director Joss Whedon explained why the scene was trimmed. "There was a 195-minute cut of this movie. The original scene was that Thor went to »

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Thor Strips Off For "Ultron" Cut Scene

27 September 2015 10:53 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

One of the most obvious excisions from the recent "Avengers: Age of Ultron" sequel was that of Thor's subplot involving a visit to a cave in the United Kingdom.

In the final film the sequence, which ties in with the overall infinity stone arc, is almost near incoherent. Now though, a longer version of that scene has emerged via a deleted scene from the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Blu-ray.

Though unofficially leaked onto Youtube the other week, Marvel has now posted the approved version in which Thor and Dr. Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) are in the Norn Cave, seeking answers about how to defeat Ultron.

Director Joss Whedon previously indicated that notes from the studio led to the cave footage getting completely cut from the film, and then the editors became adamant at least some of the scenes were needed.

Cutting out a scene that both provides a lot of »

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Thor explores the future in this deleted scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron

27 September 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new deleted scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron has been revealed, which sees Thor explore the future.

Chris Hemsworth's superhero becomes possessed by the Norns in the clip, and Dr Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) learns more about the Mind Stone - which would eventually give life to Vision.

Watch the Avengers: Age of Ultron gag reel - it's hilariously funny

The Norns also prophesise that a human sacrifice must be made to defeat Ultron.

The scene features on the Avengers: Age of Ultron DVD and Blu-ray, which was released earlier this month.

The DVD's release caused controversy after Black Widow was carefully removed from the cover.

Elsewhere, director Joss Whedon shed light on a Marvel Easter egg in the DVD commentary, revealing a reference to his Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff Angel. »

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Deleted Scene Clarifies Confusing Plot Point (Video)

26 September 2015 5:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Marvel released a deleted scene from “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on Saturday, in which a possessed Thor (Chris Hemsworth) sheds light on the plot device used by the heroes to defeat the film’s eponymous villain. The scene finds the God of Thunder, accompanied by Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), in a mysterious cave in search of answers to the visions he experienced while spellbound by Scarlet Witch. Thor enters the cave’s waters and cedes control of his body to the Norns of Norse legend. “The thing I fear contains the thing I need,” he says before taking a swig of liquid courage. »

- Jordan Burchette

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Watch Thor Become Mightily Possessed In This Avengers: Age Of Ultron Deleted Scene

26 September 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Avengers: Age of Ultron had so much content that we have only begun to get a glimpse of what made it to the cutting room floor. With an original runtime of 195 minutes, there are plenty of deleted scenes to open up and dissect. Check out one of the more interesting one.s involving Thor (Chris Hemsworth) below:   The deleted scene expands upon one of the theatrical cuts most confusing scenes. Thor . accompanied by Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) . arrives in the mysterious cave that grants him an odd vision. The Norse god explains that he will dip into the pool and allow The Norns . who bear similarity to The Fates from Greek mythology . to possess him. Prior to entering the pool, Thor humorously takes a swig from the flask he had at the earlier party scene, and declares that he is in fact afraid. Once possessed, Selvig asks questions about »

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