Actor Alexander Skarsgard raised temperatures in the South Pole last month (Dec13) by posing naked on an outdoor toilet, and he has the photo proof of his prank. The hardy True Blood star, who reached the coldest place on Earth as part of the Walking With the Wounded Challenge, which also featured British royal Prince Harry, stripped down in the sub-zero wilderness and posed for a toilet shot as he read a book.
His team guide, Inge Solheim, took the photo and posted it on Instagram.com on Tuesday (07Jan14).
The adventurer captioned the shot, "What are you reading, Alex? The script for season 7 of #truebloodHBO?"
In a TV scene similar to the South Pole toilet moment, Skarsgard lounged fully nude on a chaise lounge in snowy Sweden as part of the season six finale of True Blood.
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Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme is the star of a new viral video that has sky-rocketed to over 9 million views in less than two days. The marketing gurus at Volvo Trucks filmed the actor performing one of his famous splits in way that has never been seen before in a video they call, "The Epic Split."
"I've had my ups and downs," the Muscles from Brussels says as he begins his voiceover with the camera squarely focused on the 53-year-old actor's face. "My fair share of bumpy roads and heavy winds. That's what made me what I am today. Now I stand here before you. What you see is a body crafted to perfection."
The camera pulls back to reveal that Van Damme's feet is firmly planted on the rear-view mirrors of two semi-trucks that are heading in reverse."A pair of legs engineered to defy the laws of physics," continues Van Damme, "and a mindset to master to the most epic of splits." Then, the two trucks slowly begin to separate, forcing the actor to perform one of his signature splits that he's done in his movies such as Bloodsport. Epic indeed!
Whether you believe the video is a fake or that Van Damme actually pushed the two trucks apart with his massively powerful legs, the video has nonetheless been a very successful marketing ploy. Here is a teaser video released just before the debut of "The Epic Split" showing Volvo Trucks technician Jan-Inge Svensson explaining to Van Damme what they have in store for him.
The look of doubt and disbelief on Van Damme's face is certainly understandable, but it looks like it all paid off! What did you think of Volvo and JCVD's "The Epic Split"? Share your thoughts below!
The Exorcist star, 80, is appearing in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of William Inge's 1953 play Picnic, which officially opened in New York on Sunday night (13Jan13).
However, Burstyn has now revealed she has been sick for the last few performances and is resting up between shows so she doesn't have to make any cancellations.
She tells the New York Post, "I'm fighting bronchitis. I go home, and it's antibiotics, syrup, chicken soup, everything you can take, I take. Miraculously, and who can believe it, I don't sniff or sneeze onstage. I'm perfect. The footlights act as a doctor. Minute I'm off, I start coughing. It has something to do with adrenaline, I think. Matinee days I sleep between shows. I don't go out afterward. It's home right after curtain. I'm working 12 hour days."
The three actresses attended a reading of the William Inge play earlier this week (beg06Jun11) and now producers have revealed they are aiming to stage the production at the end of 2012.
The play is significant in New York because it launched the great Paul Newman's Broadway career in 1953.
Williams plays a woman who braves harsh conditions in the Oregon desert in the outlaw western film, which takes place in 1845.
And after wrapping the shoot, Williams was stunned to learn that her own great-great grandmother made a similar journey across the U.S. after emigrating from Norway.
She tells Interview magazine, "I was talking to my grandma on the phone maybe a month ago, and she said, 'Did you ever hear this story about Inge? Inge Jacobin?' I said, 'No, but it's a great name, Inge Jacobin. Tell me about Inge Jacobin.'
"Inge Jacobin would be my great, great grandmother, I think, and she was a stowaway. At 15 years old, she got on a boat from Norway, made it to Ellis Island, and then hopped on a covered wagon, and that's how they got to Montana. I found that out after I made Meek's... Some part of me has done this journey before."
The Brokeback Mountain star is convinced she shares that same rebellious streak after leaving home when she was 15 to follow her acting dreams.
She adds, "It gave me so much comfort (to be independent). Why did I have that urge? I think it was Inge Jacobin’s bones kicking around in me."
Charlize Theron's looking to reunite with her "Devil's Advocate" co-star Keanu Reeves.
Daily Variety reports that the actress is in negotiations to co-star in the Warner Bros. pic "Sweet November." That would mean that her heart's no longer set on producer Jerry Bruckheimer's "Pearl Harbor." That Michael Bay-helmed actioner is to be filmed over a five-month period.
As for "Sweet November," "Circle of Friends" filmmaker Pat O'Connor is set to direct the tale of a businessman (Reeves) who falls in love with a cancer-riddled woman (Theron).
PACINO'S 'OEDIPUS' COMPLEX: "Godfather" Al Pacino is getting back to the family roots as doomed Theban king Oedipus Rex (aka the guy who killed his dad and married his mom).
Pacino will star in the New York stage-bound production for director-actress Estelle Parsons. The A-list ensemble includes Mary Beth Hurt, Dianne Wiest and Edward Hermann. Variety reports that the director plans to open the show at an Off Broadway venue in a couple of months.
HE'S WITH THE "BAND": Former pop star-turned-actor Donnie Wahlberg (brother of rapper-turned-actor Mark Wahlberg) has signed on with a new group in the form of HBO's $120 million, 13-hour miniseries "Band of Brothers."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wahlberg -- late of New Kids on the Block -- will play Cmdr. Lipton in the war tale based on a nonfiction book by Stephen Ambrose. The project follows the adventures of a group of 101st Airborne soldiers from basic training to their capture of Hitler's Eagle Nest at Berchtesgaden, Germany.
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are the miniseries' executive producers.
'KNIGHT'-HOOD: "Terminator 2" tyke Edward Furlong, now 22, takes a step in the action-hero direction as the lead in the indie film "The Knights of the Quest."
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Furlong will star for Italian director Pupi Avati as Simon of Clarendon, an 11th century hero who sets out to inform a French king about a sacred relic.
The $15 million to $18 million project is set to begin shooting March 27 in Scotland, Italy, France and Tunisia. The film's being financed by the Italian government and Antonio Avati (Pupi's brother). The project's still looking for a domestic distributor.
'PICNIC PLANNING': Columbia TriStar Television thinks it's high time for another remake and has placed a new version of the 1955 movie "Picnic" on its telefilm development slate.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the remake will star Josh Brolin, Gretchen Mol, Mary Steenburgen and Bonnie Bedelia. Based on William Inge's play, it's the story of a drifter who stirs up a small town after falling for an old buddy's fiancŽe.
READY FOR 'KISS': Actor Danny Nucci, Leonardo DiCaprio's steerage-class buddy from "Titanic," is close to landing the lead in the CBS pilot "Kiss Me Guido." Variety reports that Nucci will star as Frankie, an Italian-American playboy who ends up with a gay roomie after misreading a classified ad. The series is based on the 1997 Paramount film.
'HAPPINESS' IS A NEW DEAL: Todd Solondz, director of the lightly titled, heavily weighted dramedies "Happiness" and "Welcome to the Dollhouse," has been joyously embraced (no irony here) by New Line Cinema. Daily Variety reports that the studio has acquired the distribution rights to the filmmaker's untitled next project, which will be produced by Gotham-based Ted Hope and Christine Vachon.