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While the impending battle between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War has been grabbing headlines lately, Marvel Studios is always thinking ten steps ahead of the audience. One film that will prove to be a fundamental entry to Marvel.s Phase 3 films will be Thor.s third solo outing: Thor: Ragnarok. While Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are both expected to return as Thor and Loki, respectively, another familiar face could also potentially pop up. Actor Stellan Skarsgard recently spoke to Digital Spy regarding whether or not Marvel would bring back his character Dr. Erik Selvig for Thor: Ragnarok: They have an option on me. I don't know what decisions they'll make, but they have an option on me for the next Thor movie. So Marvel might bring him back . but then again they might not. With a two years until the film »
Even when the God of Thunder was fighting alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor Odinson has always received aid from Stellan Skarsgård’s scientist Erik Selvig in some capacity. And given the Swedish actor has appeared in all of the Thor and Avengers movies so far, Digital Spy recently asked Skarsgård whether or not he’ll reprise the supporting role in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. “They have an option on me,” said Stellan Skarsgård of his multi-picture deal with Marvel Studios. “I don't know what decisions they'll make, but they have an option on me for the next Thor movie.” When asked what it’s like being a part of an ever-growing cinematic universe, the actor recalled a scene he shot for Thor: The Dark World. “When you're standing naked at Stonehenge, you don't think of the enormousness of the universe you're in,” he said. “You think of »
River is series that is difficult to boil down into a simple description, on one level it is a detective, crime and mystery story that looks to feed the audience’s enduring appetite for this variety of drama. And yet beneath its surface River will be seen by some to feature a supernatural edge that could to the more observant eye be put in the context of less the supernatural and instead a deeper and more penetrating psychological dimension that fuels the angst and instability that seems to be a pre-requisite for the contemporary onscreen detective. And stepping into the shoes of this angst-ridden and haunted detective is veteran Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, who through his presence merges or rather bridges the British crime heritage with the Nordic crime heritage.
As an audience the mystery is the momentary spark of interest in »
- Amie Cranswick
One of the most intriguing offerings from the BBC this autumn has been the atmospheric, alluring and puzzle-stuffed series River. This crime drama has quickly proved it is anything but rote procedure. Consistently drawing in warm reviews week by week – The Telegraph called River “superlatively creepy” – the show has become must-see viewing for
- Allie Gemmill
The actor on being the eldest of five and a father of eight – and the Swedish art of compromise
My parents were rather unconventional and did not accept rules unless they thought they were defendable. They were atheists when Sweden was a very Christian country. The ethical code of my upbringing was be good to people and try not to hurt them. You don’t need a god to tell you that.
My father used to stress that he valued us all as individuals, but that no one in the world was worth more or less than anyone else. This was a good principle to establish in a large family. I was the eldest of five children and although I never saw myself as any kind of leader, as the eldest, like it or not, you have some power inherent in that position.
Related: Stellan Skarsgård: Nobody should think »
- Interview by Lizzie Enfield
The creative process is often spoken of in the context of a never-ending voyage of discovery, alongside which filmmaking is contextualised as a vast collaboration. For Adeel Akhtar who plays John Rivers (Stellan Skarsgård’s) straight laced partner in the BBC One mini-series River, both the learning and collaborative processes are not only embraced, but were acknowledged by the actor when he joined Flickering Myth in conversation to discuss the series. As Akhtar explained: “I think that’s the thing that has impacted me the most – just being with these amazing actors and knowing how to conduct yourself when you are telling a particular story or when you have such a gruelling schedule as we had.”
A series that is difficult to boil down into a simple description, on one level it is a detective, crime and mystery story that looks to »
- Amie Cranswick
All six episodes of “River” are now streaming on Netflix.
Upon first glance, BBC One and Netflix’s River feels a bit like a Mad Libs version of a prestige drama. Part character study and part crime story (with a dash of the supernatural), the series makes use of tropes and character archetypes that are well-tread territory in the hour-long landscape. A Difficult Genius hell-bent on avenging the death of a loved one? Check. A sardonic, eager-to-please (and diverse to boot) sidekick? Check. Add in a wise, compassionate boss able to see past our genius’ eccentricities, and you’ve got all the makings of a successful police procedural – as well as most cable heavyweights.
Despite River’s willingness to exploit the wheel rather than reinvent it, the series does manage to distinguish itself as more than just a carbon copy of shows we’ve already seen.
For starters, River is »
- Samantha White
Writer: Abi Morgan
Running Time: 349 min
You’d be forgiven for presuming Stellan Skarsgård had starred in his fair share of cop shows. With Scandinavian crime dramas all the rage in recent years and the Swedish star possessing an air of gravitas seemingly perfect for a Detective role, it’s an unquestionably fair assumption. Yet despite a career spanning more than five decades and notable roles in the likes of Good Will Hunting, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Avengers Assemble to name just a few, the Swedish star has managed to avoid that particular genre until now. That being said, River certainly isn’t your standard British crime drama.
- Mike McCarthy
Series finale for John River; Xand van Tulleken inspects the people’s poo; everything you ever wanted to know about the power industry. Plus: Amal Fashanu on footballers, sex and relationships
Still doggedly investigating the murder of his former partner Stevie (Nicola Walker) while facing down visitations from beyond the grave, detective John River (Stellan Skarsgård) discovers more, perhaps, than he was prepared to find out about his one-time colleague in this last episode. Even if we’ve always had mixed feelings about Bridie and Michael, the series finale proves to contain some unpleasant surprises. Can River hope to find some sort of peace? And what of series two, if he can? John Robinson
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- John Robinson, Hannah J Davies, Julia Raeside, Jonathan Wright, Jack Seale, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Paul Howlett
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
"Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation"
Are you ready to go "Rogue"? Tom Cruise's spy thriller, fifth in the M:i series, earned raves from just about everyone, and it's available on Digital HD on November 17. That's about a month before the Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand release -- with tons of special features -- on December 15.
Here's a behind-the-scenes clip from the special features -- available on iTunes Extras and Blu-ray Combo Pack -- with Tom Cruise explaining how he completed the underwater sequence from the film. He learned how to hold his breath for up to 6.5 minutes, which is crazy impressive.
Paul Rudd, always a charmer, has his Marvel superhero origin story out on Digital this week, »
- Gina Carbone
The deals were closed Friday at the American Film Market.
“The Commuter,” which will be shot in New York in the spring, centers on a businessman caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. The movie is being produced by The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman with StudioCanal.
“Our Kind of Traitor,” which was filmed last year by Susanna White, is based on the John le Carre novel of the same name. The story centers on a couple who are on vacation in Morocco and run afoul of a Russian oligarch, »
- Dave McNary
From a policeman haunted by the death of his colleague in River to a world struggling to cope with the disappearance of 140 million people in The Leftovers, our screens are haunted by distinctly morbid drama
Sometimes, sitting on the sofa on a dark autumn evening, it’s hard to escape the feeling that the most popular theme on television right now is bereavement and loss. From Abi Morgan’s BBC1 crime series River, which tells the story of a policeman (Stellan Skarsgård) almost prostrated by the death of his colleague, to America’s hottest new show, Mr Robot, which began on Amazon Prime last month, this year’s most buzzed-about series are all about grief. Indeed, if you wanted to, you could watch a different examination of loss every day of the week, with only Wednesday apparently free from the introspective gloom.
On Sky Atlantic The Leftovers, which was initially »
- Sarah Hughes
BBC2 craft contest is beaten by ITV’s Lewis as well as BBC1’s River
The BBC’s Great Pottery Throw Down launched with 1.9 million viewers on Tuesday night, but was beaten by detective shows on BBC1 and ITV as well as Channel 4’s 24 hours in A&E.
It was up against tough competition in the 9pm time slot including the final season of Lewis on ITV, which drew 4 million viewers and BBC1’s dark crime drama River, starring Stellan Skarsgard, which picked up 2.7 million.
Related: The Great Pottery Throw Down: can it be the new Bake Off?
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- Jasper Jackson
We can't wait for Netflix's November 20th debut of "Marvel's Jessica Jones" starring Krysten Ritter as a superhero who becomes a private detective. The noirish series, which received a great reception at New York Comic Con, costars Carrie-Anne Moss and former Dr. Who David Tennant.
Other Netflix originals premiering in November: "River," starring Stellan Skarsgård as a detective haunted by visions of his murdered colleague; the Aziz Ansari comedy series "Master of None;" and "W/Bob and David," which re-teams Bob Odenkirk and David Cross.
As for movies, you might have missed Keira Knightley in "Anna Karenina" (2012), which first paired "Ex Machina's" Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson. Also new, Nicolas Cage's "The Runner" and documentaries "Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad and Me," "Call Me Lucky" and "Do I Sound Gay?"
Here's the entire list of what's new on Netflix in November.
Available November 1
"Beethoven's Christmas Adventure" (2011)
- Sharon Knolle
River (BBC1) | iPlayer
Brett: A Life With No Arms (BBC1) | iPlayer
Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster (BBC4) | iPlayer
Unforgotten (ITV) | ITV Player
Some faces are unchanging. Winston Churchill and, for that matter, George Osborne must have been respectively born/untimely ripped from jackal womb looking pretty much exactly like that. I’m sure Stellan Skarsgård won’t take it the wrong way when I say that his face betrays and celebrates every one of his 64 years.
Related: Q&A: Abi Morgan
There have since been many public tributes in the name of tolerance, but this was perhaps the finest
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- Euan Ferguson
Crime procedurals get an incredibly fresh and welcome injection of pathos with the Stellan Skarsgård puzzler River. Intricately constructed plots and dynamic characters are the core strengths of what promises to be a major success for the BBC this September. While Skarsgård is the emotional and narrative epicentre of the show, he is surrounded by
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- Allie Gemmill
UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb
River spooked an overnight average audience of 3.88 million (18.7%) at 9pm, beating ITV's latest episode of Lewis which attracted 3.55m (17.1%) in the same timeslot (275,000/1.9% on +1).
Earlier on ITV, celebrity sport competition Eternal Glory limped on with 1.78m (8.9%) at 8pm. On BBC Two, Harvest 2015 brought in 2.29m (11.4%) at 8pm, followed by The Naked Choir with 1.61m (7.8%) at 9pm.
On Channel 4, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners appealed to 1.33m (6.6%) at 8pm (293k/1.4%), while Educating Cardiff continued with 1.12m (5.4%) at 9pm (154k/1.0%). Born in the Wrong Body fascinated 824k (5.8%) at 10pm (120k/1.7%).
Channel 5's Yorkshire Vet interested 1.13m (5.6%) at 8pm, and CSI: Cyber thrilled 662k (4.4%) at 10pm.
On Sky 1, The Flash burst back into action with 518k (2.6%) at 8pm, followed by the new series of Karl Pilkington's »
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
• 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
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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