A handsome Swedish actor who crossed over internationally, Joel Kinnaman became a star in his native country with a starring role in the romantic drama "I skuggan av värmen" ("In Your Veins") (20...
Actress Olivia Munn has taken her budding romance with American football star Aaron Rodgers public after the couple attended the New York premiere of her new movie Deliver Us From Evil.
The Newsroom beauty began dating Rodgers in May (14), weeks after her split from Robocop actor Joel Kinnaman, and they decided to make their relationship official by stepping out together at their first big event. The new couple was photographed arriving hand-in-hand, before Munn posed solo for the cameras on the red carpet.
Explaining why she ditched her new man on the red carpet, Munn told Eonline.com, "That seems a little strange to walk (together). The carpet's work, you know? I don't go on the field with him. "The afterparty we'll hang out and stuff, but the red carpet, it's work. It's interesting when you have some people walk the carpet. Some people do that, but for me... this is work."
Munn and Rodgers reportedly hit it off in April (14), when they were paired up to present a prize at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Actress Olivia Munn is reportedly overcoming the pain of her split from fellow Hollywood star Joel Kinnaman by dating sportsman Aaron Rodgers. The Newsroom actress announced last month (Apr14) that she had split from the Robocop star after two years together.
Now she is attempting to forget her heartache by heading out on dates with American football ace Rodgers, according to Usmagazine.com.
Sources tell the publication Munn and Rodgers were seen dining out with friends at a restaurant in Malibu, California on Saturday (10May14), where they enjoyed several stolen kisses when they thought no one was looking.
The reported romance comes after they took to the stage together at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas last month (Apr14) to present an award.
Actors Joel Kinnaman and Olivia Munn have reportedly split after two years of dating. Sources tell Us Weekly magazine the distance between the Robocop star and the actress finally took its toll on their relationship.
An insider tells the magazine, "They ended things a few months ago but both seem fine. A lot had to do with distance. He's back filming in Toronto and she's now in L.A. for good."
The Swedish-American actor stars on murder drama The Killing, while Munn is back at work for the final season of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom.
The couple started dating in early 2012.
"He tells me 'Baby, slow down! I cannot understand you.' And I think to myself, 'Just listen faster!'" The Newsroom actress Olivia Munn struggles with speed-talking to her Swedish boyfriend, actor Joel Kinnaman.
"They were doing these auditions for Thor in the Scandinavian countries because originally they wanted somebody Nordic, so I just put myself on tape for that. I did it at home, really poorly lit, with my friend's cellphone camera, and sent it in. I didn't really think about it." Robocop star Joel Kinnaman on almost landing the role of Thor in the Marvel movies.
Actor Joel Kinnaman almost missed out on the chance to star in the Robocop remake after initially convincing himself he wasn't right for the role. The Killing star admits he wasn't too keen on the idea of stepping into Peter Weller's shoes as the futuristic police officer and at first passed up the offer.
He tells MTV News, "I was actually a little hesitant and I told them (producers), 'I don't think that's a good fit for me.'"
But Kinnaman quickly had a change of heart after learning Brazilian director Jose Padilha would be taking charge of the reboot - and that the Elite Squad filmmaker had been key in the casting decisions.
Kinnaman says, "I considered him one of the most interesting filmmakers in the world... I was amazed that Jose knew who I was."
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Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha found success in his native country with his popular crime films, Elite Squad and its sequel Elite Squad: The Enemy Within. Now, the 46-year-old is about to make his Hollywood directorial debut with his updated version of one of the most iconic films of the 1980s: RoboCop.
The sci-fi remake hits theaters this Friday and stars Joel Kinnaman in the title role. Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and Abbie Cornish round out the cast. Padilha says: "I am a fan of the original RoboCop, and I understand [the] preconceived idea of, “Oh no, they’re going destroy it!” But you know what? We haven’t done that." To read more, the full interview is here at Studio System News!
"I got no empathy from Michael at all... He'd be like, 'You young guys, you got it easy. They had to glue my suit onto my face and my back still hurts... They had to pry it in there and they had a wooden stick in there'. He just went on and on. I was like, 'Michael, this was like 30, 40 years ago. You've gotta let this go'." Robocop star Joel Kinnaman's co-star Michael Keaton, a former movie Batman, had no costume tips for the new action hero.
Robocop star Joel Kinnaman's suit handler on the film set had a "rough job" because he often came face to face with the actor's penis while undressing him. One crewmember was responsible for making sure The Killing star's robot costume was buffed and he helped Kinnaman get out of it at the end of a shoot day - or whenever he needed to relieve himself - and that led to many embarrassing moments.
The actor explains, "There were all these different parts that you had to take off and then the final part was, like, this rubber suit and underneath I was only wearing a unitard.
"He had to get on his knees every day and, like, pull the suit down... and right when he got it off... sometimes my stuff would kinda come out in his face."
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Treading water at the very surface of RoboCop, there is an idea. A dense concept, ready and willing to provide no dearth of dissection for any eager student of philosophy, psychology, political science, physics — hell, any of the Ps. To simplify the idea on hand: What separates man from machine? It's a question that is not just teased by the basic premise of José Padilha's remake of the 1987 sci-fi staple, but asked outright by many of its main characters. And then never really worried about again.
We have principal parties on both sides of the ethical quandary that would place the security of our crime-ridden cities in the hands of automatons. Samuel L. Jackson plays a spitfire Bill O'Reilly who wonders why America hasn't lined its streets with high-efficiency officer droids. Zach Grenier, as a moralistic senator, gobbles his way through an opposition to the Pro-boCop movement. We hear lecture after lecture from pundits, politicians, business moguls (a money-hungry Michael Keaton heads the nefarious OmniCorp...) and scientists (...while his top doc Gary Oldman questions the nature of his assignments while poking at patients' brains and spouting diatribes about "free will"), all working their hardest to lay thematic groundwork. Each character insists that we're watching a movie about the distinction between human and artificial intelligence. That even with an active brain, no robot can understand what it means to have a heart. But when Prof. Oldman tempers his hysterical squawking and Samuel L. Hannity rolls his closing credits, we don't see these ideas taking life.
In earnest, the struggle of rehabilitated police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) — nearly killed in the line of duty and turned thereafter into OmniCorp's prototype RoboCop — doesn't seem to enlist any of the questions that his aggravated peers have been asking. Murphy is transformed not just physically, but mentally — robbed of his decision-making ability and depleted of emotional brain chemicals — effectively losing himself in the process. But the journey we see take hold of Murphy is not one to reclaim his soul, although the movie touts it as such. It's really just one to become a better robot.
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Meanwhile, RoboCop lays down its motives, and hard: Murphy's wife and son (Abbie Cornish and a puckish young John Paul Ruttan) lament the loss of Alex, condemning his dehumanization at the hands of Raymond Sellars' (Keaton) capitalistic experiments, and sobbing out some torrential pathos so you know just how deep this company is digging. Weaselly stooges (Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Jackie Earl Haley) line the OmniCorp roster with comical wickedness. Overseas, killer combat bots take down peaceful villages, unable to work empathetic judgment into their decision to destroy all deemed as "threats." And at the top, figures of power and money like Sellars and Pat Novak (Jackson) speak the loudest and harshest, literally justifying their agenda with a call for all naysayers to "stop whining." Clearly, RoboCop has something to say.
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And when it's devoted to its outrage, RoboCop is terrifically charming. The buzzing political world is just a tiny step closer to ridiculous than our own; the pitch meetings at OmniCorp are fun enough to provoke a ditching of all the material outside of the company walls. And one particular reference to The Wizard of Oz shows that the movie isn't above having fun with its admittedly silly premise. But it loses its magic when it steps away from goofy gimmicks and satirical monologues and heads back into the story. We don't see enough of Murphy grappling with the complicated balance between his conflicting organic and synthetic selves. In fact, we don't see enough "story" in Murphy at all. First, he's a dad and a cop. Then, he's a RoboCop. But can he also be a RoboDad? With all of its ranting and raving about the question, the film doesn't seem to concerned with actually figuring out the answer.
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Made feature debut in "Den osynlige/The Invisible"
Cast alongside Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in "Safe House"
Cast as narcotics detective Stephen Holder opposite Mireille Enos on "The Killing" (AMC)
Landed breakthrough starring role in the romantic drama "I skuggan av värmen/In Your Veins"
Screen-tested for the lead role in Kenneth Branagh’s "Thor"; part went to Chris Hemsworth
Television acting debut, the Swedish series "Storstad"
Co-starred with Greta Gerwig in the comedy "Lola Versus"
Landed minor role in David Fincher's adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Moved to Los Angeles, CA
A handsome Swedish actor who crossed over internationally, Joel Kinnaman became a star in his native country with a starring role in the romantic drama "I skuggan av värmen" ("In Your Veins") (2009) and for his role in the "Johan Falk" (2009) miniseries, for which he earned a Best Supporting Actor Guldbagge Award nomination, the Swedish equivalent of the Oscar. He starred as a man trying to maintain a double life in the thriller "Snabba Cash" ("Easy Money") (2010), which marked the first part of a trilogy and became the highest grossing Swedish film of all time. Subsequently, he was tapped to screen-test for the lead roles in "Thor" (2011) and "Mad Max 4: Fury Road." In the meantime, he nabbed the juicy role of an inexperienced cop partnered to lead homicide detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) on "The Killing" (AMC, 2011- ), the American adaptation of the hit Danish murder mystery. Critics and fans raved about the atmospheric series - particularly the quality of acting on the series - all of which helped Kinnaman book major film roles in such projects as the alien invasion thriller "The Darkest Hour" (2011) and the highly anticipated American adaptation of the global phenomenon "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011). Poised to become an internationally successful superstar, Joel Kinnaman also possessed the raw talent and acting chops to deliver world-class performances in any genre of project.<p>Born Nov. 25, 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden, Charles Joel Nordström was the son of an American father and a Swedish mother. He had five sisters, including Swedish actress Melinda Kinnaman, who was most famous in America as the female lead in "My Life as a Dog" (1987). A graduate of the prestigious Swedish Academic School of Drama - whose alumni include Stellan Skarsgård, Peter Stormare and Lena Olin - Kinnaman cut his professional teeth on a variety of projects such as "Hannah med H" (2003) and "Tjenare Kungen" ("God Save the King") (2005). He broke through as a star in the romantic drama "I skuggan av värmen" ("In Your Veins") (2009) and that same year followed up as Frank Wagner in the "Johan Falk" series of films, earning a nomination for a Best Supporting Actor Guldbagge Award, the Swedish equivalent of the Oscar.<p>He became a superstar in his native country and a rising international commodity with his Best Actor Guldbagge Award-nominated turn in the smash double-life thriller "Snabba Cash" ("Easy Money") (2010). Directed by Daniel Espinosa, the critically acclaimed film was the first installment of a trilogy based on the international bestseller written by Jens Lapidus and became the highest grossing Swedish film ever made. Tapped to make the crossover himself to the U.S. market, Kinnaman made headlines around the world when he screen-tested for the lead roles in Kenneth Branagh's "Thor" (2011) and George Miller's long-gestating "Mad Max 4: Fury Road."<p>After the actor moved to Los Angeles, he landed the juicy role of Stephen Holder, a dogged, rough-edged former narcotics detective promoted to partner lead homicide detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) on "The Killing" (AMC, 2011- ). The stylishly dark American adaptation of the successful Danish murder mystery wowed critics and audiences, with Kinnaman's turn as an inexperienced but resourceful cop proving a true standout. 2011 was set to be a breakthrough year for the actor on both television and in film; he played the villain in the Russia-set alien invasion thriller "The Darkest Hour" (2011) alongside Emile Hirsch and essayed a supporting role in the American adaptation of the international phenomenon "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011).