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Posted by · Renata on Sep 9, 2012

Here is the first review of What Masie Knew from The Hollywood Reporter.

Siegel and McGehee make a strong move back to conventional storytelling after experimenting with “Uncertainty”

TORONTO — A broken-family melodrama with a minimum of histrionics, Scott McGehee’s and David Siegel’s What Maisie Knew begins from scenes that will be familiar to most viewers who’ve witnessed a custody battle. Things get pretty orchestrated from that familiar scenario onward, but never to the point of unbelievability; the sad tidiness of the film’s resolution (and the way it departs from the Henry James book it’s based on) makes it all the more appealing at the box office, where it should have the broadest appeal of any of the duo’s films to date.

Maisie is a six year-old New Yorker (Onata Aprile) in a position to know a great deal. She knows her rock-star mother (Julienne Moore) is too busy arguing with Dad (Steve Coogan) to pay for the pizza delivery she ordered; she knows Dad tries extra hard to be cute when her nanny Margo (Joanna Vanderham) is in the room. She knows Mom and Dad aren’t going to live together anymore, and there’s a lot of arguing over how much time she’ll spend with him. Most importantly, she knows how to keep some of these things at bay — as the adult relationships around her grow more disturbed, she coasts along as best she can, wisely choosing ignorance when Mom asks if Daddy (now in his own apartment, with the nanny there to help when Maisie’s with him) is ever so happy to see Margo he gives her a kiss.
He is, of course, and when he marries his former employee, Maisie’s mother Susanna feels she must compete in the court’s eyes — making her own home just as family-like by marrying a younger man (Alexander Skarsgård’s Lincoln) she hardly knows. The closest thing to an innocent in all this aside from Maisie, Lincoln — a lanky Southerner whose body sometimes seems to fold inward on itself in deference to those around him — can’t help but befriend the girl, a development that (to a perhaps implausible degree) disturbs Susanna. “You don’t get a bonus for making her fall in love with you,” Susanna snaps at one point, making us wonder whether that’s a literal comment, and she has actually paid the bartender to be a prop husband.
What’s more emotionally abusive to a child whose parents have split — failing to show up for days when it’s time for her to stay at your place (both sides are guilty here), or spending your time with her on loud, “he can’t get away with this” phone calls to a lawyer? Steve Coogan’s Beale is an up-front narcissist; Susanna needs her daughter’s welfare as an excuse to make everything about her own desires.
Moore has the most complicated part to play here, as a woman who really believes she loves her daughter more than anything but is blind to what such a devotion might mean in practice. Over and over, she relies on Lincoln to pick Maisie up from school, watch her when a gig beckons, improvise when necessary. It’s inevitable that he will come to identify with Margot, who fills the same role for Beale.
And another thing Maisie knows is to trust the people who actually take care of her — never voicing an allegiance that would exclude anyone she cares for, but eagerly accepting love that’s offered in the form of actions as well as words. In this modern take on a century-old story, that distinction remains the most valuable one of all.

Posted by · Renata on Sep 9, 2012

Here are two video interviews of Alex on the red carpet at the premiere of What Masie Knew. In the first one, he says that he was devastated because he wasn’t sure he was going to make it to the festival (because he’s currently shooting Hidden in Vancouver. In the second video, he talks about the movie and his caracther, as well as Onata Aprile (who plays Masie).


Posted by · Gerline on Aug 31, 2012

Hello ASkars.
The part of article for GQ Style Australia was released including some pictures of session by Steven Pan. Check out:

“This was supposed to be my day off.”

That’s Alexander Skarsgård speaking. And while we respect his need to unplug, it’s hard to sympathise with the guy given that he’s staring at himself in the mirror as a gorgeous woman massages his bronzed arms with moisturiser. Things could be worse.

This is kind of what Skarsgård’s life is like these days — mostly work, a little bit of play. In the last month (in no particular order) he’s been named the face of Encounter, Calvin Klein’s latest cologne that’s available here October 28, wrapped production on the fifth season of True Blood, taken a 13-hour flight to Sweden to visit family — for the weekend — and prepped for his next project, Hidden, a thriller set almost entirely in an underground bunker. If Hollywood’s welcomed him with open arms and thick pay-cheques it’s for good reason. Skarsgård, 36, is that rare thing: a walking Ken doll with the chops to impress art-house directors like Lars von Trier, but also the Alpha Male presence needed to float action flicks like Battleship (for the record, more watchable than you’ve heard).

Excitement levels are so high that at a recent appearance at Comic-Con, the annual confab for sci-fi geeks held in southern California, presidential-grade security measures were needed to protect Skarsgård and the rest of his undead cast. “There was a motorcade from the hotel in through the garage and up into the building,” he says. Some 5000 fans waited inside. What did it sound like when he stepped out on that stage?

“Deafening,” says Skarsgård, smiling.

And to think there was a time when he didn’t want this life.

In a roundabout way, Alexander Skarsgård was born into the business. The son of Stellan Skarsgård, the noted Swedish actor (great in everything from Mamma Mia! to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), he was Hollywood by way of south Stockholm. “Most of my dad’s friends were actors, directors, artists, musicians,” he says, and he was raised in a bohemian paradise of late nights, exceptional food and adult conversation. “It was artistic and lovely,” he adds. At age 13, one of those friends cast him in a home-grown TV production, The Dog That Smiles, which made Skarsgård an overnight star. The experience of being recognised on the streets was curious, if also deeply unsettling, and sent him running in the opposite direction. It would be seven years before he stepped in front of a camera again, choosing instead to shave his head and enlist in the Swedish navy.

Source: GQ Australia



GALLERY LINKS:

  • Magazine Scans > 2012 > GQ Style Australia, Septeber’s issue
  • Photoshoots > 2012 > Steven Pan for GQ Style Australia
  • Posted by · Gerline on Aug 31, 2012

    Hello ASkars!
    Now the gallery has HQ pictures of “Hidden” set in Vancouver on August 28 and 29. Enjoy!



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  • Movies > Hidden > On Set > (2012) Vancouver – August, 28
  • Movies > Hidden > On Set > (2012) Vancouver – August, 29
  • Posted by · Renata on Aug 28, 2012

    HBO Brazil has posted on youtube a new video with an interview Alex did during this year’s Comic-Con. Enjoy.

    Posted by · Renata on Aug 26, 2012

    The season finale of True Blood has aired and season 5 is now over. If you haven’t seen it yet, I do not advise you to see the video below where Alan Ball and director Michael Lehman talk about it.

    Ep. 60: Inside the Episode

    Posted by · Gerline on Aug 25, 2012

    On August 25, 1976 born Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård, son of the respected Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård. Inheriting the gift of his father, Alex charm us since was child in his works for TV and cinema.
    Today our favorite vampire vinking complete another year of life, and we from ASkarsDaily wish him a wonderful birthday, health and happiness to our dear and beloved Alexander Skarsgård!
    All ASkars loves you!

    Posted by · Gerline on Aug 25, 2012

    Hello Askars!
    I’ve posted some missed photoshoots on gallery. EW Comic Con portrais, EW shoot by Alexei Hay (huge thanks to our partner Simply Moyer for the pics) and pics by Steven Klein. Enjoy!



    GALLERY LINKS:

  • Photoshoots > 2012 > Michael Muller for EW at 2012 Comic Con
  • Photoshoots > 2012 > Alexei Hay for Entertainment Weekly
  • Advertisements and Modeling > Calvin Klein > Promotional Photoshoot by Steven Klein
  • Posted by · Renata on Aug 23, 2012

    HBO has released an extended sneak peek at Sunday’s season finale of True Blood. In this scene, we get to see Eric, Nora and Tara coming to Sookie’s house, where she is with Jason. Check it out:

    Posted by · Renata on Aug 21, 2012

    Calvin Klein has released both a commercial and a short film for their fragrance Encounter. The videos feature Alex and supermodel Lara Stone. Enjoy.