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Technical Advisors on ‘The Menu,’ ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and More Talking Adding Special Skills to Actors’ Resumes

Pros who consulted on ‘The Northman’ and ‘Thirteen Lives’ also explain how they brought authenticity to portrayals of sword fighting and cave diving.

‘The Northman’ Director Robert Eggers on the Influences Behind His Viking Epic

For writer-director Robert Eggers, Focus Features’ The Northman really began when the filmmaker and his wife took a vacation to Iceland. “It was the first time I became interested in old Norse culture,” recalls Eggers. It was on that same trip that Eggers met singer-songwriter Björk (who has a small role in The Northman as […]

Costume Design Hacks: Making Selena Gomez Read Taller and Alexander Skarsgard Look Smaller Onscreen

Reportedly, Sebastian Stan clocks in at 6 feet tall, comparable with 6-foot-2 Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, whom the actor plays in Pam & Tommy. Co-star Lily James hits 5-foot-7 in flats, which corresponds with Pamela Anderson. But, via extensive research, Pam & Tommy costume designer Kameron Lennox determined that Anderson’s documented height may be […]

Box Office: ‘Bad Guys’ Stays No. 1 as ‘Memory’ Fails Liam Neeson

Think of it as the lull before the storm. Family products led a quiet weekend at the box office as most moviegoers await the release of Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 6. Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys fell a scant 33 percent to stay at No. 1 in […]

How Underselling ‘The Northman’s’ Fantasy Proved to Be Its Biggest Box Office Battle

Blood, fire and fate. These three elements swirl about the films of Robert Eggers, as he borrows from the old in order to create something that feels novel, surprising in its authenticity and driven by a perspective that could only stem from modern times, but a voice that feels distinctly outside of it. Eggers’ latest […]

‘The Bad Guys,’ ‘Sonic 2’ Bury ‘Fantastic Beasts’ at Weekend Box Office

In more good news for the family box office, DreamWorks Animation and Universal’s The Bad Guys easily won the weekend with an estimated $24 million, more than enough to topple Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, according to Comscore. Bad Guys, an action-comedy about a wickedly smart group of crooked animals, has already earned $63 […]

Events of the Week: ‘Euphoria,’ ‘The Offer’ and More

As Hollywood events return to full force in New York and Los Angeles amid the coronavirus pandemic, here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings, including red carpets for Euphoria, The Offer, The Northman, Under the Banner of Heaven, Barry and Russian Doll. The Northman Los Angeles premiere Robert Eggers debuted his […]

Why This 12-Year-Old Actor Kept Role as Young Bruce Wayne in ‘The Batman’ a Secret From Classmates

Following the March release of Matt Reeves’ The Batman, some of Oscar Novak’s friends cornered him at school with a pressing question: Was that you on the big-screen? The 12-year-old admitted that, yes, it was him starring as a young Bruce Wayne in the Warner Bros. film, a confirmation that also revealed an occupation he’d […]

‘The Northman’ Filmmaker Robert Eggers on Nailing Nude Battle Scene, Managing Epic Production

Standing front and center beneath the big screen inside Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre, Robert Eggers had an important message to share about The Northman. “I want to say that this is not a film by Robert Eggers,” said the filmmaker on Monday night ahead of the premiere as he was joined by actors Alexander Skarsgard, […]

How Trainer Magnus Lygdback Got Alexander Skarsgard in Shape for ‘The Northman’ With 1-Hour Workouts

Magnus Lygbäck doesn’t mess around. The Swedish trainer and nutritionist — credited with perfecting superhero-like physiques for star clients like Gal Gadot on Wonder Woman, Alicia Vikander on Tomb Raider and James McAvoy on Glass — has a laser-like focus in the gym with training plans that require maximum effort and minimal time. Few know that […]

‘The Northman’ Game Tie-In Set to Release Ahead of Movie Premiere

Focus Features on Friday revealed a partnership with gaming firm Loaded to release a custom, playable role-playing game in Fortnite inspired by Robert Eggers’ action-adventure film The Northman, and intended to drive engagement around the film’s upcoming premiere. From Friday, members of the public can access Vengeance: Inspired by The Northman — which includes over twenty […]

Alexander Skarsgard’s Ax-Throwing Skills Are a Work in Progress

Vikings and axes go hand in hand, so it might seem a safe bet that the star of Robert Eggers’ upcoming revenge thriller The Northman, Alexander Skarsgård (seen brandishing one on the poster and in various bloody axe-based rampages throughout the film), might be skilled with the weapon in real life. Not so fast. Focus […]