Watch Alexander Get His Degree from Leeds University

From Leeds University Website:

Summer Graduation gets social this year at Leeds Met, with our ceremonies broadcast live via Facebook.

Fans of our official Leeds Metropolitan page will be able to visit our Graduation tab to watch regular broadcasts of our graduation ceremonies, including the bestowal of an honorary doctorate on True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård.

We will also be a running a photography competition throughout Graduation 2011, with a top prize of a Leeds Met hoodie signed by Alexander himself.

You can also view daily images from our graduation ceremonies, via our university’s Flickr page. We will also be uploading photographs to Facebook throughout the week – don’t forget to tag yourself.

Graduands, their families and friends are also invited to join in the graduation conversation on Twitter, using the hashtag #leedsmetgrads.

For further information about graduation ceremonies, including booking tickets, gowns, and parking, please visit our graduation site.

Magnolia Scoops up Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia” in Berlin Pre-Buy

by Brian Brooks

Lars von Trier chatting with indieWIRE via Skype. Photo by indieWIRE

Magnolia Pictures has pre-bought North American rights to Lars Von Trier’s latest, “Melancholia.” The film was acquired at the Berlinale through a seven-figure deal with Trust Nordisk. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgard, Stellan Skarsgard and Udo Kier, the film will be completed later this spring.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP Tom Quinn and VP of Acquisitions Dori Begley with Peter Aalbaek Jensen, and Susan Wendt of Trust Nordisk.

In the film, Dunst and Gainsbourg play sisters whose lives are drifting apart as the universe spectacularly unravels in what Von Trier describes as “a beautiful movie about the end of the world.”

“As the 2012 apocalypse is upon us, it is time to prepare for a cinematic last supper: Lars Von Trier’s awe-inspiring ‘Melancholia,’” said Tom Quinn, SVP of Magnolia in a statement. “It is with great excitement that we embark on this journey with our newly adopted Danish family, the legendary Peter Aalbaek Jensen and the incredible Trust Nordisk team.  It’s a dream come true for all of us at Magnolia, and as we head into our company’s second decade, I hope this is just the first collaboration of many with the one-and-only Lars Von Trier.”

source: indiewire

Von Trier reveals end of new film

Danish film director lets the earth go under before the plot begins.

Denmark's reclusive film director Lars von Trier has revealed some of the plot of his new film 'Melancholia' due out next year. Archive. - Foto: Lærke Posselt

Film Director Lars von Trier has now revealed a bit of the plot of his new film “Melancholia” that is due to open in cinemas in 2011.

So far von Trier has been so tight-lipped that it was a genuine scandal this summer when the reclusive director invited the world press to the shooting in the Swedish town of Trollhättan and told them only that the film is about two sisters and a planet heading for earth.

The latter event happens at the very beginning of the film, according to Lars von Trier in a new book entitled “Geniet” (The Genius ) and authored by Politiken Journalist Nils Thorsen.

“In ‘Melancholia’ I start with the end. Because what is interesting is not what happens but how it happens! So we begin by seeing the world being crushed, then we can tell the story afterwards,” he says.

“In this way you don’t have to sit and form theories about what will happen, but can delve down into some other levels and become interested in the pictures and the universe – that’s what I imagine.”

Beautiful acceptance
The film is about two sisters. One of them is melancholic, the other quite normal. The two sisters are played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

The two sisters react completely differently when the end of the earth approaches. The melancholy sister is calm as a rock because, in her darkened mind, she has always felt that things go as expected – to hell!

“And there are beautiful pictures as she is just standing there looking at the planet that comes closer and closer and accepts it. The other woman, on the other hand, becomes increasingly panicky,” von Trier says.

“It could be beautiful if ‘Melancholia’ could become this big submission. That is why it’s so awesome that the planet devours the earth. It’s like no more lying on the hilltop and looking at the larks,” he says, adding “I think the larks will go too.”

Bomb shelter against anxiety
According to von Trier, the first part of “Melancholia” is about the melancholic sister’s wedding. After the wedding she pushes everything away – husband and boss – and increasingly slows her pace.

Von Trier does not want to disclose more details from the plot of the film, but it appears from the book that he includes some of his own childhood, when he feared becoming the victim of everything from nuclear war to appendicitis.

In “Melancholia”, for instance, the melancholic sister hears her six-year old nephew cry because he has been told that there is nowhere to hide from the foreign planet. When she discovers her nephew’s fear, she positions herself in between the disaster and the boy and tells him about a special cave where he can be safe.

According to the book, this construction is similar to von Trier’s childhood, when he tried to calm his anxiety by establishing a bomb shelter under the table or having magical systems on the window sill.

OCD
And yes, Lars von Trier suffers from anxiety. He isn’t just pretending. He has been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and in the book he is asked whether he would stop making films if that would remove his anxiety.

“I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment,” he says.

Edited by UP/Julian Isherwood

source: Politiken.DK

Melancholia has is Danish premier on May 11, 2011. So we will have Alex on the big screen before the next season of True Blood!!

ATTENTION all EUROPEAN Fans…….

According to SkarsgardNews.com a True Blood press tour of Europe (UK, Poland, Germany, Sweden, and ??) is scheduled to start one week from today!! The exact schedule and venues are not known as of yet and the only cast member that is confirmed to attend the tour is our one and only….. Alexander Skarsgard

Last year… Professor Skarsgard showed up…..

Other cast member’s who were there….

   

I can’t wait to see what fashionable ensemble he’ll give us, especially with that Hawaiian tan!! Can You?

Who else do you think will accompany him on this European tour??  Let us know..