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Jan 2015
Magazine Scans, Photoshoots, Videos  •  By  •  Comments Off on Vogue UK December 2014 Scans + Video

I have added to the gallery high quality scans and one new photoshoot of Alicia in the December 2014 issue of Vogue UK. Make sure to watch the behind-the-scenes video below.

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Jan 2015
Interviews, Photoshoots  •  By  •  Comments Off on Alicia Vikander for Telegraph Magazine

Alicia graces the cover of the January 3, 2015 issue of Telegraph Magazine. I will try to add scans as soon as possible but for now, you can enjoy this beautiful new photoshoot (here) and her great interview below!

TELEGRAPH – Swedish star Alicia Vikander is set to become one of the biggest names in Hollywood this year. Despite her meteoric rise, though, the 26 year-old is keeping her feet on the ground.

There will be no escaping Alicia Vikander in 2015: there are no fewer than eight films scheduled for release this year in which the 26-year-old Swedish actress has substantial roles. The sudden demand for Vikander hasn’t come entirely out of the blue. Some critics said she outshone Keira Knightley in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina in 2012, playing the naive 18-year-old Kitty; and she was heartbreaking as the 18th-century Queen Caroline Mathilde in Nikolaj Arcel’s historical drama A Royal Affair in the same year.
Neither film was in Vikander’s native Swedish. Anna Karenina was her first English-language film – the eight coming up are all in English – and for A Royal Affair she learnt Danish in two months. ‘I was terrified waking up every day,’ she says. ‘It was tough. If I have two glasses of wine I do dare to speak Danish, but then you are a bit more relaxed. In fact the dialogue coach told me I should go out and drink every night as it would come more naturally.’ Any anxiety she felt was clearly channelled into her performance. The film was nominated for best foreign language film at both the Golden Globes and the Oscars in 2013, and Vikander was shortlisted for the Bafta rising star award.

The first of her extraordinary run of films to be released is Testament of Youth. To prepare for the role Vikander had tea at the House of Lords with the Lib Dem peer Baroness Williams, better known as Shirley Williams. ‘That freaked me out,’ she says, laughing. Vikander portrays Williams’s mother, Vera Brittain, in the film, which is based on Brittain’s First World War memoir of the same name. ‘I was intimidated,’ Vikander says. ‘She had just voted about five minutes before. But it was lovely to get her input. We spoke about her mother and their relationship and me taking on this role.’

Testament of Youth is the story of a girl, rebellious and wise beyond her years, who has ambitions to go to university and to be a writer, but whose life is catastrophically changed by the war and the personal losses she suffers. ‘I fell in love with Vera. [She is] a very strong character,’ Vikander says. ‘It reminds you how much women’s history has changed in 100 years.’
It is directed by James Kent, who cast Vikander after seeing her in A Royal Affair. ‘I thought she was amazing in that,’ he tells me on the phone a few days before I meet her. ‘She may not have been speaking English but there is a luminosity to Alicia that struck me immediately. She has a very cinematic energy, with quite minimal facial expressions, but an awful lot of detail in that face and those eyes that are so expressive.’

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Dec 2014
Movies, The Man from U.N.C.L.E  •  By  •  Comments Off on First ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ Still

COLLIDER – Warner Bros. has unveiled the very first The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie image from director Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the popular 1960s TV series. Steven Soderbergh was initially attached to helm the film for WB before Ritchie came on, after which Tom Cruise came onboard to star alongside Armie Hammer (The Social Network) before leaving to focus on Mission: Impossible 5, with the Man of Steel himself Henry Cavill subsequently filling the vacant role. This finished iteration of the film takes place in the early 60s at the height of the Cold War, as Cavill’s CIA agent Napoleon Solo is forced to team up with Hammer’s KGB agent Illya Kuryakin to stop a mysterious criminal organization. The 1960s aesthetic is on full display in this debut image, and I’m curious to see how Ritchie handles this inherently fun spy set-up. I imagine a debut trailer isn’t far off.
Check out the first The Man from U.N.C.L.E. image after the jump. The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, and Jared Harris, with Ritchie having penned the screenplay alongside his Sherlock Holmes collaborator Lionel Wigram. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. opens in theaters August 14, 2015.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.:
Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s action adventure “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series.
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

Dec 2014
Ex Machina, Movies, Videos  •  By  •  Comments Off on ‘Ex Machina’ Featurette “When Humans Become Gods”

IGN – Ex Machina is the new film from writer and director Alex Garland. It stars Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac – both of whom appear in small upcoming indie film Star Wars: The Force Awakens – and features a breathtaking performance from Alicia Vikander, playing “the most extraordinary thing that’s ever been invented.”

In the video above, we’re introduced to the film’s central philosophical concerns: can humans really create artificial intelligence? If so, does that put us on a level-footing with gods? And at that moment, does a machine become human? It looks like proper, weighty SF. (Hooray!)

If you want to know more, check out the first trailer (below) and here’s the official synopsis:

Ex Machina is an intense psychological thriller in which Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava (Alicia Vikander). Truths, emotions and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava and Nathan intensifies.

Ex Machina is out in the UK first on 23 January, 2015 (with special screenings from 21 January), and will reach the US on April 10, 2015.

Dec 2014
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‘Ex Machina’ is featured in the December 26 issue of Entertainment Weekly. Thanks to Claudia, I’ve been able to add high quality scans to the gallery.

Magazine Scans > 2014 > Entertainment Weekly (December 26)
Dec 2014
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Alicia attended the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England.

Public Appearances > 2014 > Moet British Independent Film Awards
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Dec 2014
Movies, Testament Of Youth, The Seventh Son  •  By  •  Comments Off on Gallery Update: ‘Seventh Son’ & ‘Testament Of Youth’

I have updated the gallery with high quality stills from ‘Seventh Son’ and, thanks to my friend Helen, from ‘Testament Of Youth’ as well.

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Film Productions > Testament Of Youth (2015) > Production Stills
Nov 2014
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‘Testament Of Youth’ is featured in the January 2015 issue of Empire magazine. I have added 3 high quality scans, thanks to Luciana!

Magazine Scans > 2015 > Empire (January)