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Jun 25 14 10:19 AM
by Adrian Diaconescu on June 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm
Alicia VikanderWith piercing eyes, naturally luscious lips,
a winning smile, exotic looks and, most of all, tremendous versatility, Swedish
actress Alicia Vikander was clearly born to be an international movie star. Her
ascent to fame began with 2013 Foreign Language Oscar nominee “A Royal Affair”,
where she stood her ground maturely opposite Mads Mikkelsen, and continued with
“Anna Karenina”, Vikander’s first English language part.
Then one thing led to another, and the prestigious Hollywood
projects started lining up for the young 25-year-old, who’ll co-headline
alongside Ewan McGregor crime drama “Son of a Gun” later this year. But that’s
just the beginning, as Vikander is signed for half a dozen extra high-profile
films due out in theaters over the next couple of years.
There’s “Seventh Son”, Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from
U.N.C.L.E.”, now starring Henry Cavill in the lead, Justin Chadwick’s “Tulip
Fever”, James Kent’s “Testament of Youth”, plus “The Danish Girl” and “The
Light Between Oceans”.
The last two, currently in pre-production, are by far the
most reputable of the bunch, although being a part of both may prove
problematic for Vikander. She would need to shoot them back-to-back, and even
so, it’s unclear if she can squeeze them in her packed schedule.
Directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s
Speech”), “The Danish Girl” already has Eddie Redmayne on board as the male
lead, while “The Light Between Oceans”, from “Blue Valentine” helmer Derek
Cianfrance, will also star Michael Fassbender. Sound like solid award
contenders to me, so if need be, Alicia Vikander is faced with some tough
ohvaI have tons of friends. They're just all online.
Jul 18 14 9:19 AM
July 17, 2014 | Posted By Alfonso Espina In Images
The Daily Mail has unveiled a new photo of Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington from James Kent‘s adaptation of “Testament of Youth.”
Based on the autobiography of the same name that was praised by the Times Literary Supplement as a book that helped “both form and define the mood of its time”, “Testament of Youth” centers on the early life of the English pacifist Vera Brittain. Played by Vikander (as pictured), Vera left the University of Oxford in 1915 to enlist as a nurse in the armed services, serving in London, Malta and France. Harington, as seen embracing Vikander, plays Vera’s fiancé, Roland Leighton.
“Her father did not want her to be educated to the level of her brother Edward,’ Alicia told The Daily Mail about Vera. “But she was determined. Her brother introduced her to all his school friends, and later she watched them go off to fight, and saw an entire generation wiped out.”
Vikander also revealed that she almost passed on playing Vera after Kent and the film’s producers, Rosie Alison and David Heyman, offered her the part — adding that it was her father who ultimately convinced her to accept the role. “He read the script and was so moved by it,’ said Alicia.
In addition to seasoned British actresses Emily Watson and Miranda Richardson, Vikander and Harrington are joined by fellow up and comers Hayley Atwell as Hope; Taron Egerton as Edward, Vera’s brother; Colin Morgan as Victor Richardson, Edward’s classmate, and Alexandra Roach as Winifred; Vera’s friend.
“Testament of Youth” is slated for a release sometime next year, and it is also reportedly in talks for a special gala at the BFI London Film Festival in October. Until then, the full shot of the new image from the film below should be enough to satisfy your anticipation.
Sep 16 14 8:13 PM
A movie we hoped would appear somewhere on the fall festival slate—it seemed like a no brainer for TIFF's Midnight Madness or Austin's Fantastic Fest—"Ex Machina" continues to be one that intrigues us. Not only because it marks the directorial debut of "28 Days Later," "The Beach" and "Sunshine" writer Alex Garland, but also because it rounds up Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson to lead the movie. The first image arrived this spring, and now a tantalizing new look has dropped.
Moviezine has uncovered this latest look, which is an eye-popping peek at Vikander's robot character. And the movie's premise has some real potential for a great sci-fi tale, following a billionaire programmer (Isaac) who picks a young employee (Gleeson) to help him test out an AI-driven, female robot (Vikander) on his estate.
Again, no word yet on when we'll see it, but the movie is already set to open in Sweden on March 20, 2015. Maybe Sundance?
Oct 7 14 12:39 PM
STAR POWER: Actors Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz are in Marlborough for a Dreamworks film project.
Single malt whisky, Marlborough wine and local brews went down well on Saturday night for the cast and crew of the DreamWorks movie being filmed in Marlborough.
About 80 people arrived at Grovetown Hotel on State Highway 1 near Blenheim to celebrate actress Alicia Vikander's 26th birthday.
Vikander arrived in Marlborough last month to begin filming The Light Between Oceans, a DreamWorks Studios adaptation of a book by M L Stedman. She is starring alongside A-list actor and X-Men star Michael Fassbender and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz.
On Saturday, Vikander danced the night away with Fassbender, director Derek Cianfrance, producer David Heyman and executive producer Rosie Alison and producer Jeffrey Clifford. Australian actor Jack Thompson was also believed to have made an appearance.
Weisz is believed to be arriving for filming in Dunedin at the end of next week.
Grovetown Hotel owner Damian Johnson said it was the first group event the cast and crew had had since filming began in mid-September.
"This is the first time they have had a shindig.
Grovetown Hotel "has become a bit of a local hangout for them. The crew come out here quite a bit because it's out of town and a little bit low key," he said.
"I think they like it out here because we treat them like everyone else. The only thing I had to keep doing was stocking the top-shelf single-malt whisky."
They partied from about 8.30pm to 2.30am, when Johnson dropped them back to their accommodation, he said. "It was a big shindig. There was lots and lots of dancing from 80s music to reggae, to dub - they loved it."
While Johnson admitted he was not a movie kind of guy, he said he did know who most of the stars were. However, when Fassbender came into the pub a week ago, Johnson said he did not recognise him.
"Michael came in last Friday and said: ‘Hi, I'm Michael'. I said: ‘Hey mate, I'm Damian'. He said: ‘You'll probably know who I am from my movies' and I said: ‘Nah mate, sorry, I don't watch a lot of movies'."
Throughout the night, Johnson served Japanese-Kiwi fusion platters, including sushi, steam fried dumplings, spring rolls and Japanese fried chicken. A massive cake weighing about 15 kilograms was brought out at one point and everyone sang Happy Birthday to Vikander, he said.
A 4-year-old New Zealand girl, who plays the young girl in the film, helped set up LED fairy lights with her parents and some of the cast on the Friday.
The stars, producers, director and crew have been spotted wandering Blenheim's streets, enjoying small-town life and the great coffee.
The Express understands filming will wrap up in Marlborough in about 10 days. Filming started in the province at an undisclosed location at the end of September. Scenes are also being filmed in Dunedin and Tasmania.
The movie is about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who live on a remote island off Western Australia after World War I.
They find a boat washed ashore carrying a dead man and a 2-year-old child. The couple decide they will raise the child as their own but the consequences of their choice are devastating.
Oct 7 14 12:53 PM
By Sam Ikin and Lauren Day
October 7, 2014
The historic shops in Stanley will feature in the new Hollywood movie, which will start filming next month.
Film producers who are shooting part of a blockbuster movie in Stanley in Tasmania's north-west are giving locals a chance to be in the film.
The historical drama is the film adaptation of ML Steadman's novel The Light Between Oceans.
It is set in the early 1900s just after the end of WWI and production is expected to begin filming next month.
The story is located on an island off the coast of Western Australia but the film will be shot in Marlbrough and Otago in New Zealand, as well as a week of shooting in Stanley.
Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam said Stanley prided itself on its heritage.
"It's a historic town and it's not hard to look at Stanley back in the 20s and there's not a lot of work that has to be done for Stanley to make it look just as if it's a normal 1920s place," he said.
"The sealed roads will be gravelled and then the gravel will be taken off."
The shoot is another coup for the state's film industry, with production of the eight-part series The Kettering Incident already underway in Tasmania's south-east.
Although its budget is expected to be slightly smaller than Kettering, it still boasts a stellar cast.
Big names include Oscar winner Rachael Weisz (The Constant Gardener), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina).
Circular Head Tourism Association president Clint Walker said the region has only recently seen tourist numbers improve after a prolonged slow period.
"It's been quite difficult for us to achieve growth but hopefully this movie might just be a catalyst where we can break the shackles a little bit and get a bit of a jump in visitation, and hopefully we can keep growing and growing from there," he said.
"If we could get just a fraction of what New Zealand did with The Hobbit, there'd be some pretty happy tourism operators in Stanley I'm sure."
Mr Quilliam said the north-west, like many other parts of the state, had been in economic downturn recently.
"We have had our share of knocks with various things over a number of years," he said.
The movie will also feature the famous Stanley Nut rock formation that gives the town its unique skyline.
"To have this set straight under that and to beam it out to the world I think it's only going to be good for tourism and the economy in our area for years to come," Mr Quilliam said.
This Saturday casting agents will be looking for about 150 locals to take part in the movie themselves.
Producers have asked locals to bring "just yourself and your best smile for some photos" for interviews on October 11 at the local Town Hall.
The casting call promises a rate of about $23 per hour for between one and three days work.
Local resident Graeme Wells said the town had already improved as a result of the interest from Hollywood.
"There's been a lot of work going on behind the scenes," he said.
"They've had contractors rebuilding the end of what we call 'the little wharf' and that will be a major spot for some of the filming.
"[The historic building] Highfield House is getting a bit of a touch up too, getting ready for it."
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Oct 9 14 12:48 PM
Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander go off to War09 October 2014 | Written by Helen O'Hara | Source: Exclusive
The first volume of author Vera Brittain's memoirs, Testament Of Youth, focuses on her experiences in World War I and has become something of a classic of the wartime literary genre. Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington star in the film adaptation for James Kent, and we have the first poster here.
Now if that isn't a classic pose that signals romantical problems in wartime, we don't know what is. There's the train station, the rushing crowd and the impossibly handsome young lovers - Vera herself (Vikander) and fiance Roland (Harington) about to be torn apart as he heads to the Front and she takes up her wartme work as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse working in England, France and Malta.
Also starring are Taron Egerton as Brittain's brother Edward, who introduces the lovers; Dominic West and Emily Watson as her parents, and support from the likes of Hayley Atwell, Anna Chancellor, Colin Morgan and Miranda Richardson. Director James Kent has done oodles of work on TV, notably on miniseries The White Queen, and makes his feature debut here. Testament Of Youth opens on January 16, 2015, but will be screening at the BFI London Film Festival this week.
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Belated on the Son of A Gun Trailer with Brenton Thwaites
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I was already in love with the script and had read the book and so did all I could to be a part of it. When I met Rosie Alison and James Kent and the other creative people involved that’s the point when I knew how much I wanted to play this part. I need to meet the people that want to create the project and feel the whole aura and energy around it. Rosie and James were so passionate and wonderful that I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
What was your reaction when you first read the script?
What kind of emotional reaction did you have?
Alicia Vikander: As a young woman, I was struck to see a journey of a similarly young woman who lived just 100 years ago and who endured this emotional, devastating but extraordinary journey, to mature and become an adult. I did cry, a lot; even more when I read the book because that was a longer read. It was the complex part that all actors are looking to play. I was deeply touched and amazed how the book and script were in part so personal and emotional, but also educational about the horror of the First World War. Especially about how women weren’t really permitted nor expected to do very much or have the right to an education. Vera had a chaperone to simply get on a train and she had to fight both her family, and by default, the whole of society just to be able to go to University and educate herself. It’s quite extraordinary to know how far we’ve come in only a few years, really. And how fortunate I am as a young woman now, to have the choices I have.
What does Vera Brittain represent to you, and what was it about her in particular that you really embraced…?
Alicia Vikander: ‘Testament Of Youth’ is her story, but it’s more than that. It is also her gift to the people that she lost in the First World War. She explains that the book is a way for her to keep their memory alive. She is a very feisty young woman. It was a pleasure to embrace the energy that I believe she had. Sometimes she stepped on a few toes because she doesn’t think, but she has a force within her that just goes for it. I am really impressed by her. A young woman who grew up in Buxton in a high-middle class English family and how she decided that if no one was going to help her get the education she wanted, she was going to go and get it herself. She was so determined.
Vera has a line ‘Our generation will never be new again, Roland, or truly young’.
Did you and James, the director, discuss the effects that the war had on people of Vera and Roland’s generation?Alicia Vikander: James and I spent so many hours talking in preparation for this film. Part of it was about a whole generation that was lost, and also how that influenced her later when she decided to go back to Oxford after the war. She was suddenly sharing her classes with much younger women and men who hadn’t experienced or fought in the war. She must’ve felt extremely lonely because suddenly there weren’t many people that she could share her experiences with. She had a lot of people questioning why she couldn’t let go and why she couldn’t stop talking about the war and talking about the loss. She became the great pacifist that we all know of, but it must’ve been quite hard to be that young and have other teenagers question you like that when you’ve lost everyone. We did talk a lot about that.
How did you go about researching the role of Vera?
Vikander: My research started with the book. I also read parts of ‘Chronicle Of Youth.’ But it was the letters between Vera and Roland, her brother and Victor that were the key for me. The book was something that Vera created from her memories ten years after they happened but the letters are the insight into what actually happened between those young people right then. To read the last letter that Roland sent to Vera when he was going to come home on leave to get married were the actual last words she ever heard from him. I kept that letter with me in my pocket when filming because it was such fast access for me to get emotionally attached to whatever trauma that she went through.I also met Shirley Williams and some of her family when they came on set, which was a real honour for me. They visited us in Oxford while we were shooting. Shirley is such an extraordinary woman. It was like a little glimpse through a window of how Vera might have been. It was also quite terrifying to hear her say, “So, you’re going to play my mother”. Just by getting to know Shirley a little certainly gave me a sense of the woman her mother was.
Oct 16 14 1:01 PM
Although it’s based on British pacifist author Vera Brittain’s World War One memoirs and stars “Game Of Thrones”’ Kit Harington and rising Swedish star Alicia Vikander, “Testament Of Youth” flew in under the radar at this year’s BFI London Film Festival.
By Matt Mueller |
Thompson on Hollywood
October 15, 2014
There was little fanfare, in large part because the filmmakers only had the final print ready a week before the festival. But the fact that BFI LFF head Clare Stewart had selected the film for one of her coveted headline gala slots – the ‘Centrepiece Gala’, no less – seemed promising.
And so it proved, with “Testament Of Youth” turning out to be the festival’s genuine surprise, an intimate epic that’s old-fashioned in telling but searing in impact thanks to the potency of heartbreaking events – war laying waste to an entire generation – and the power of Vikander, who brings the intelligent, perceptive Vera to bright, vivid life.
This is a British film that does many things exquisitely well, and benefits from a shining array of memorable supporting characters and performances. But from opening to closing credits, it’s Vikander’s face that rivets as our dignified guide on this painful emotional journey, as the free-spirited Vera discovers, initially, joy and elation (winning a place at Oxford; falling in love with her younger brother’s dashing friend) before pitiless wartime realities and grief close in as she volunteers to nurse on the front lines and loses the young men she cherishes. (Did we say Vikander was Swedish? She navigates through with barely a hint of Scandinavian inflection.)
Brittain’s story is filled with both hope and despair. “Testament Of Youth” opens on an idyllic portrait of pre-WW1, middle-class English life, as Vera flies in the face of her conservative parents (Dominic West, Emily Watson) to pursue her literary ambitions, encouraged by her intoxicating romance with Harington’s Roland. Alongside Harington, looking nothing like the tousle-haired heartthrob from “Game Of Thrones” and “Pompeii” but charismatic nonetheless, are Taron Egerton and Colin Morgan as Vera’s beloved brother Edward and another friend, Victor, who also harbours feelings for her. All three actors register strongly as the film’s honourable young heroes, volunteering to represent their country in Europe’s blood-soaked trenches.
There is also sterling support from West, Watson, Miranda Richardson as a stern Oxford don who initially dismisses Vera as a “debutante” and Hayley Atwell as a no-nonsense frontline nurse who dispenses cheery, stiff-upper-lip advice amidst the misery and amputations (although Atwell’s role feels like it may have been curtailed in the edit). A huge stack of credit goes to director James Kent, working from an astute script by Juliette Towhidi, for making an impressive transition from British television drama with this handsomely shot debut.
With the right strategy (and distributor belief) behind it, “Testament Of Youth” certainly has potential to vie for awards – BAFTAs in particular – although an absence of award-friendly names may hurt its chances in that regard. But it will be a welcome outcome if it does happen, if for no other reason than it would place this moving period drama, in which both romance and tragedy are keenly expressed and felt throughout, in front of more eyes.
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Michael Fassbender shows off his shirtless body as he spends the day surfing the waves on Sunday (November 30) in the Bondi Beach area of Sydney, Australia.
The 37-year-old actor seemed like a total pro as he caught a ton of waves that afternoon! Michael was seen with a larger group and was spotted spending time with his The Light Between Oceans co-star Alicia Vikander.
Most recently, Michael has been in the news as he is rumored to be taking over the role of Steve Jobs in the new Apple biopic that recently was acquired by Universal.
Dec 4 14 4:19 PM
Alicia has EIGHT movies coming out in 2014 and 2015. That, with 'casually' dating Fassbender will likely make her a common face to see on the girl gossip circuit.
My first memory of her was some Celebitchy column from several years ago where she was at a Hollywood party and talking to Alex. Celebitchy had no idea who 'the most beautiful girl in the room' was, but she was talking to Alex and that was good enough to set up several years of inaccurate rumors going about them dating (see Alicia's response about this in the Café interview on prior pages).
Despite the rave reviews Alicia has received for her acting roles, Celebitchy has since proceeded to ignore her for several years, until she is announced as dating Fassbender.
It always irritates me that an actress with a deep resume who receives constant rave critical reviews for her performances, and who works herself silly in her profession, isn't deemed worthy of any recognition until she is a 'girlfriend of the moment'. So here's a quick thumbnail of her relationships to the other Swedes/Dane who we follow. I presume there are more connections, but this is what I can remember:
2008--Alicia and Joel Kinnaman were in a Swedish soap, Second Avenue, together. Joel was in only a couple episodes, but Alicia was a regular. There are a number of pictures floating around of Alicia, Gustaf and Joel hanging out together, "before they were famous".
2009--Alicia and Anna Åström (who starred in 'Vi' with Gustaf) were in the Swedish movie, Pure.
2011--Alicia and Bill Skarsgård starred in the Swedish movie, Crown Jewels.
2012--Alicia was a supporting cast member and Bill had a one second scene in Anna Karenina.
2012--Alicia and Mads Mikkelsen starred in 'A Royal Affair'.
Her present and upcoming movies. It's great that she's noted in all articles as young and beautiful (and with nice skin), but she deserves better recognition for her professional accomplishments:
The Danish Girl (pre-production) Gerda Wegener 2015
The Light Between Oceans (filming) Isabel Sherbourne 2015
Tulip Fever (post-production) Sophia
Untitled John Wells Project (post-production) 2015
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (completed) Gaby Teller 2015
Ex Machina (completed) Ava 2014
Seventh Son (completed) Alice 2014
Son of a Gun 2014
Testament of Youth Vera Brittain
Dec 4 14 5:44 PM
Alicia has EIGHT movies coming out in 2014 and 2015. That, with 'casually' dating Fassbender will likely make her a common face to see on the girl gossip circuit.My first memory of her was some Celebitchy column from several years ago where she was at a Hollywood party and talking to Alex. Celebitchy had no idea who 'the most beautiful girl in the room' was, but she was talking to Alex and that was good enough to set up several years of inaccurate rumors going about them dating (see Alicia's response about this in the Café interview on prior pages). Despite the rave reviews Alicia has received for her acting roles, Celebitchy has since proceeded to ignore her for several years, until she is announced as dating Fassbender. It always irritates me that an actress with a deep resume who receives constant rave critical reviews for her performances, and who works herself silly in her profession, isn't deemed worthy of any recognition until she is a 'girlfriend of the moment'. So here's a quick thumbnail of her relationships to the other Swedes/Dane who we follow. I presume there are more connections, but this is what I can remember:2008--Alicia and Joel Kinnaman were in a Swedish soap, Second Avenue, together. Joel was in only a couple episodes, but Alicia was a regular. There are a number of pictures floating around of Alicia, Gustaf and Joel hanging out together, "before they were famous".2009--Alicia and Anna Åström (who starred in 'Vi' with Gustaf) were in the Swedish movie, Pure.2011--Alicia and Bill Skarsgård starred in the Swedish movie, Crown Jewels.2012--Alicia was a supporting cast member and Bill had a one second scene in Anna Karenina.2012--Alicia and Mads Mikkelsen starred in 'A Royal Affair'.
Dec 4 14 6:05 PM
Thanks for the fix Em.
My point remains that an actress, however strong her resume, is only as notable to these sites as the man she is with. She has been otherwise ignored by both sites in the interim several years, when she's getting rave reviews.
But this also speaks well for Alicia, that she's too busy working to be noticed by the celebrity scene.
Dec 4 14 6:22 PM
And a picture. There are several more at this site.
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