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Nordic noirs tend to end up in dark terrain littered with dead dogs, battered protagonists and humour so black you could tar a road with it. The latest addition to the canon is In Order Of Disappearance, a thriller that’s billed as a rollicking, gory and funny delve into Norway’s dark underbelly that brings to mind a certain Coen brothers film. It has a new trailer you can feast your eyes on below. Welcome to Fargø. brightcove.createExperiences();The ‘hero’ of the piece is Nils (Stellan Skarsgård), a snow-plough driver who discovers that his son has died, supposedly of a drug overdose. But Nils knows that his son isn’t a junkie and suspects foul play. His suspicions are confirmed when he tracks down (and brutally kills) two gang members who confess to involvement in the crime. Soon Nils is swept up in a turf war between two »
Just last year audiences were treated to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which saw Ben Stiller undertake a world-traversing voyage to understand the meaning of life. This time it’s Simon Pegg trying to get in touch with his happy-self in Hector and the Search for Happiness. Based on French psychiatrist François Lelord’s best-selling novel of the same name, and directed by Peter Chelsom, Simon Pegg plays our dissatisfied protagonist Hector; a quirky psychiatrist who realises his methods aren’t helping his patients, and so embarks on a trip around the world in a bid to discover the secret of happiness.
Among the destinations Hector jaunts too are Shanghai, The Himalayas and more. Chelsom does well to capture the energy of the various locales, and if nothing else the aesthetics in Hector are mostly impressive, all the more so when you consider the tight budget. As for the film’s relatable messages, »
- Amon Warmann
(Cbr) Poor Eric Selvig can’t ever seem to catch a break — and by “catch a break,” we mean “put on his pants.” Stellan Skarsgård confirmed in an interview with Total Film that he’ll return in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron for “a small appearance. It’s something really nice.” The Avengers sequel marks Skarsgård’s fourth time portraying Selvig, following both Thor films and the first Avengers. Skarsgård also confirmed that when Selvig returns, he’ll be in the nude — again. “Yeah, I was naked again,” he said. “They called my agent and said, ‘Do you think Stellan will mind being naked?’ My agent laughed his head off. Yeah, I almost insist! Sometimes with a contract you get a nudity clause, which is fantastic. It’s supposed to protect me from having my genitals exploited, which I doubt anybody would make a dime on.” Aside from getting naked again, »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
One of the bisect surprises of Marvel's The Avengers was seeing Stellan Skarsgård reprise the role of Erik Selvig, his character from Thor. We now have word, from Skarsgård himself, that He will be back for Avengers: Age of Ultron; albeit in a smaller capacity.
Here's Skarsgård on his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“What I said to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel, was, 'All those superheroes? Still in those comic books? Can you make money out of that?' The whole table just froze and looked at me as if I was an idiot. But you sign on for at least five films, I think. Or I did. I’m going to do my fourth. I’m going to be in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a small appearance. It’s something really nice. Even if it’s owned by Disney now, it’s really run by four or five people, »
- Philip Sticco
Stellan Skarsgard confirmed in an interview with Total Film that he would be reprising his role as astrophysicist Dr. Erik Selvig in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The character has appeared in both Thor films, and The Avengers. Here's what he said,
"I'm going to be in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a small appearance. It's something really nice."
Skarsgard went on to reveal that he will be naked again in his next appearance in the Marvel cinematic universe,
"Yeah, I was naked again. They called my agent and said, 'Do you think Stellan will mind being naked?' My agent laughed his head off. Yeah, I almost insist!"
When asked what he could say about Age of Ultron, he provides an idea of why his character is coming back.
"First of all, I don't know what I'm allowed to say, but usually they call me in if they need something explained. »
- Joey Paur
After so memorably losing his clothes and his mind in last year’s Thor: The Dark World, Stellan Skarsgard has confirmed that he’ll be reprising his part as scientist Erik Selvig in 2015′s Avengers: Age of Ultron. While it was widely expected that Selvig would at least get a shout-out, this is our first confirmation that he will in fact appear in the (hopefully clothed) flesh in Age of Ultron.
Recently, while speaking about his Marvel Cinematic Universe role with Total Film, Skarsgard said:
“I didn’t have much clue about the Marvel universe at that time. What I said to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel, was, ‘All those superheroes? Still in those comic books? Can you make money out of that?’ The whole table just froze and looked at me as if I was an idiot. But you sign on for at least five films, I think. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Principal photography just recently wrapped on one of next year’s (many) heavy hitters, the Marvel sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, but an interesting bit of casting for the film has now surfaced. Stellan Skarsgard, who was last seen running around sans clothes in last year's Thor: The Dark World, says he will be reprising his role as Dr. Erik Selvig in the Avengers sequel, adding another piece of Marvel Cinematic Universe connective tissue to the highly anticipated follow-up. More after the jump. In recounting how he initially became involved with the Marvel universe in Thor during an interview with Total Film magazine (via Cbm), Skarsgard revealed that he has a small appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron: “I didn’t have much clue about the Marvel universe at that time. What I said to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel, was, ‘All those superheroes? Still in those comic books? »
- Adam Chitwood
We didn’t know how big it would be, but when news broke that Stellan Skarsgård was returning for Joss Whedon‘s first Avengers film, we knew it was a big deal. Skarsgård’s character, Dr. Erik Selvig, appeared in the Thor post-credit scene and was a key piece in Loki’s plan to take over Earth. The question now is, if he […]
- Germain Lussier
It's a good thing Stellan Skarsgard is returning as Dr. Erik Selvig for Avengers: Age of Ultron rightc Otherwise I would be wondering, Where is Selvig to help explain the plotc After all, Skarsgard says as much in an interview with Total Film (via Cbm), "I don't know what I'm allowed to say, but usually they call me in if they need something explained. There's a lot of explanations to do when it comes to that universe." It's not exactly the biggest news to hear Skarsgard is returning. Considering Marvel has created a world of superheroes it only makes sense they, and all the peripheral characters, would be referenced in each film otherwise we would be left to wonder why they only show up selectively from one film to the next. I also found this next passage from the Total Film interview rather comical after Skarsgard was asked if he'd »
- Brad Brevet
The ensemble cast put together by Joss Whedon for The Avengers: Age of Ultron really borders on the ridiculous at this point. Not only is the movie bringing back the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders back from the first Avengers, now the gang is going to include James Spader, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Don Cheadle and Paul Bettany as well (Bettany getting an upgrade from voice-over performance to a live-action role). Really, though, that is just a list of the actors that we know about. We can probably expect a few surprise appearances from other established supporting characters as well. For example... Speaking with Total Film (via Cbm), Stellan Skarsgard revealed that he will be making his fourth Marvel movie appearance with a part in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The news »
The Thor actor, who plays Dr Erik Selvig, told Total Film that he will be making a "small appearance" in the sequel.
He said: "I'm going to be in Avengers: Age of Ultron, a small appearance.
"I don't know what I'm allowed to say. But usually they call me in if they need something explained [to the audience].
"There's a lot of explanations to do when it comes to that universe."
Skarsgard also said that he enjoys working with Marvel because they know "what they're doing".
"It's something really nice," he said. "Even if it's owned by Disney now, it's really run by four or five people, and they know exactly what they're doing.
"I like working with them because if I have a problem with the scene, I have Kevin Feige's number. I can call the head of the studio. »
In an interview with Total Film (via ComicBookMovie), Stellan Skarsgård has revealed that he will return as Dr. Erik Selvig in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That marks Skarsgård’s fourth appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the interview, the Swedish actor talked about first playing the character in Thor, and admitted to knowing very little about the Marvel universe before signing on…
“What I said to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel, was, ‘All those superheroes? Still in those comic books? Can you make money out of that?’ The whole table just froze and looked at me as if I was an idiot. But you sign on for at least five films, I think. Or I did. I’m going to do my fourth. I’m going to be in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a small appearance. It’s something really nice. Even if it’s owned by Disney now, »
- James Garcia
In Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the origin story for Thor helped setup the villain and main plot of The Avengers. A key to the pseudo-science involved in making the otherworldly stuff in Thor and The Avengers work was the character of Dr. Erik Selvig played by Stellan Skarsgård, a mentor of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. Selvig returned again in an even wackier, comedic exposition-focused role for Thor: The Dark World for even more questionable science-y plot necessities and we just learned that he’ll be back again for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
From what we know about The Avengers sequel, it’s very Earth-based. The titular villain Ultron is a creation of hero Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and new potential hero Click to continue reading Stellan Skarsgard Returns For ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’
- Rob Keyes
Skarsgard appeared in both "Thor" films and the first "The Avengers". In "Thor: The Dark World," his character appears to have gone slightly mad and is seen in a news broadcast running around Stonehenge naked and raving. During an interview with Total Film magazine, the Swedish actor talked a bit about his contract with Marvel and why he likes working for them:
"You sign on for at least five films, I think. Or I did. I'm going to do my fourth. I'm going to be in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a small appearance. It's something really nice. Even if it's owned by Disney now, it's really run by four or five people, and they know exactly what they're doing. »
- Garth Franklin
Avengers: Age of Ultron is promising quite a line-up of characters, as it has been revealed that even Stellan Skarsgard will be back as Dr. Erik Selvig, and the actor promises that he'll once again be naked.
Dr. Erik Selvig is a character created for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an old colleague of Jane Foster's father who first debuted in 2011's Thor. He went onto play an important role in 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, but made the biggest impression when he was asked to run naked in Thor: The Dark World. It sounds like the actor will once again be stripping down to nothing, this time for director Joss Whedon.
"Yeah, I was naked again. They called my agent and said, 'Do you think Stellan will mind being naked?' My agent laughed his head off. Yeah, I almost insist! Sometimes with a contract you get a nudity clause, which is fantastic. »
Happiness means steering clear of “Hector and the Search for Happiness.” A supremely irritating marriage of picture-postcard exoticism and motivational uplift, this misguided comedy-drama tells the story of a British therapist who upends his comfortable lifestyle and travels the world looking for the secret to inner joy — like an “Eat Pray Love” remake for men with too much time, money and existential ennui on their hands. Trite, flat-footed, culturally insensitive, and sagging under the weight of more than 25 credited producers, Peter Chelsom’s film will need every ounce of charm and cachet it can wring from star Simon Pegg to achieve box office traction. Following an Aug. 15 U.K. release (in a version that runs six minutes longer, with negligible differences) and a North American launch at Toronto, it begins a Stateside platform release Sept. 19 through Relativity Media.
Attempting to reproduce the simple, childlike prose style of Francois Lelord’s popular source novel, »
- Justin Chang
Directed by Peter Chelsom
A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.
It’s really hard to dislike Simon Pegg (unless you’re our own Rohan Morbey) and it’s even harder to dislike him when he is doing a movie that is trying its hardest to be positive. In a world with such a bleak outlook on life, we should be praising a movie like Hector and the Search for Happiness for at least trying to give us some levity. Make us take note of the things we have and why we should be pleased to have them. But sadly this is not the case. Because Simon Pegg is pretty unlikeable in this sanctimonious, forgettable and rather bland movie.
Pegg plays the titular Hector, »
- Luke Owen
Michael J. Fox offered kinds words of support for Robin Williams Thursday afternoon, just hours after the late comedian's widow revealed he had been battling Parkinson's disease. “Stunned to learn Robin had ,” said Fox on Twitter. “Pretty sure his support for our predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace.” Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1991, didn't reveal his condition to the public until 1998. Since then he's become the de facto face of the disease, helping to raise both public awareness and funds for scientific research. Also read: The Big Prank Robin Williams Played on Stellan Skarsgard on. »
- Travis Reilly
The Marvel Movies Wiki has released an entry on the Infinity Stones that describes the ones used in the moves. It states that the Tesseract is the Space Stone, the Orb used in Guardians of the Galaxy is the Power Stone, and the Aether is still unknown, but I disagree, and I will tell you why. This is purely my opinion and whatever I say has no pull in the Marvel universe, but I feel like the wiki entry and what Marvel reps have told us about the stones doesn't make much sense. In my opinion the Stones that we have seen so far are Wisdom, Power, and Space. I am basing my opinion on the Stones’ properties mentioned on the comic wikipedia page.
In Avengers the Tesseract should be the Mind Gem, because the Tesseract was giving knowledge to those it was used on. When it was used on Hawkeye, »
- Parker Abegg
Anglophile alert! One of my favorite unsung movies is Peter Chelsom's "Funny Bones," a portrait of comic performers at the British seaside resort Blackpool. It's a very specific, happy/sad movie with terrific performances from Oliver Platt, Jerry Lewis and especially Lee Evans, who channels Buster Keaton. It didn't make much of a splash back in 1995, but it's one of Chelsom's own favorites, and he makes a welcome return to that kind of witty British moviemaking with "Hector and the Search for Happiness," starring two of my other faves, Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike. Based on a bestselling memoir by a real-life French psychiatrist, the anglicized movie follows stick-in-the-mud shrink Hector (Pegg) on a quest around the world for happiness. He leaves behind his fiance (Pike) to connect with strangers, from a wealthy businessman (Stellan Skarsgard) who shows him around Shanghai and a monk in Tibet to a dangerous »
- Anne Thompson
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