September 11, 2019

It was revealed today during the Apple event that their streaming service, Apple TV+, will launch on November 1st for $4.99 per month. Starting today, when you buy a new Apple device, you get a free one-year subscription of Apple TV+. Along with the launch, several of their original series will be available, including For All Mankind! Here’s the official synopsis they released:

A new series from Ronald D. Moore, imagines what would have happened if the global space race never ended and the space program remained the cultural centerpiece of America’s hopes and dreams.

MEN’S JOURNAL – In person, Kinnaman actually has plenty to say—at least when not demolishing crawfish. He’s an engaging and funny storyteller, though it helps, obviously, that he’s got a good story to tell. There are many paths to stardom, but not many as picaresque as Kinnaman’s.

We begin before his birth, at a wedding in Laos while the Vietnam War slogs on nearby. Steve Kinnaman, Joel’s father, is an American GI stationed in Bangkok. He has snuck away on a three-day pass to witness the marriage of a friend to a woman who is half-Laotian, half-Vietnamese. It is his first contact with the people his government has been fighting, and the love-filled ceremony confirms some of the niggling doubts he has already been starting to feel about the war. When he returns to base, to the news that his unit is about to be deployed, he decides to go in a different direction. Steve burns his passport, hitchhikes north, and lives on the run in Laos for five years, centered at the Blind Eye, a Vientiane bar that plays host to a Casablanca-like cast of hippies, journalists, drug dealers, CIA agents, and other assorted expats.

It would all make an incredible movie, and in fact Kinnaman and his father, now 74, have been discussing making one. “I’ve been toying with the idea of playing my father,” Kinnaman says. “But I’m getting a little too old, so I might just direct. It’s really a young man’s story.” The tale is still emotionally fraught in the family, too. Steve neglected to tell his family back home where he had gone until two years after eventually fleeing to Sweden, which offered asylum to deserters from the war. The wound lingers still—which is another motivation for maybe making a film, Kinnaman says.

“I see it as a sort of reconciliation project, too,” he says. “Even though I don’t live there”—he moved to Los Angeles 10 years ago—“everything I do is to create a base of both economic security for my family and also arenas where they can all come together.”

Each of Kinnaman’s arms is covered with elaborate set-piece tattoos. On the left is a chiaroscuro of women’s faces, flowers, and vines. It is, he explains, a cover-up of an older piece of ink. “I walked into a parlor in the 1990s and literally thought this exact sentence: ‘Obviously I’m getting a tribal tattoo because they are definitely never going out of style,’” he says, wryly.

A similar spirit of jovial self-mockery is evident on his other biceps, where the last line from The Tempest, written in Swedish, has been crossed out and replaced. “It was supposed to say sleep but it said dream,” he shrugs. Beneath the corrected quote is a stylized tableau of Sodermalm, the Stockholm neighborhood where Steve Kinnaman ended up after decamping to Sweden and where the younger Kinnaman was raised. Now one of the city’s most gentrified districts, it was, in those days, a working class neighborhood and bohemian stronghold. Family life there was complicated and colorful. Kinnaman sat in the middle of five sisters from various mothers, often moving around from house to house. “My family’s a mess,” he says. “But it’s a beautiful mess.”

He describes it as a happy childhood, but nevertheless, from an early age, he was attracted to more dangerous company. By 10, he was hanging out with a rough group of friends, robbing people, stealing cars, dealing low-level drugs, and engaging in the ritualized group violence of soccer hooliganism, in which bands of supporters of opposing teams would meet in hand-to hand combat on the streets. “It was an incredible, powerful group dynamic,” he says. “Being in a group and just rushing toward another group.”

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June 04, 2019

Apple has released the first official trailer for their original series, For All Mankind, debuting this fall on Apple TV+! You can also find some screencaps in our gallery.

Joel has graced the cover of this month’s issue of L’Uomo Vogue magazine. Check out the beautiful outtakes in our gallery!

On his political views: “I used to have a much clearer idea of where I stood on the political spectrum, but now I’m much more fluid. I’ve become much more of a centrist in many ways. I grew up in Sweden in a very strong state where there’s much more opportunity for people who come from the lower classes to do a class migration, and of course I see the structure of a Swedish society with higher taxes, free education, free healthcare and those things of course play into that but at the same time I look at the entrepreneurial spirit of the US and see real value in that too. In any society where you can look in someone’s mouth and see if they’re rich or poor, the society has failed them.”

On his go-to designers: “For red carpet, I like Dior, Ferragamo, Valentino, Brioni. For more casualwear I like ACNE, APC and Common Projects. I’m involved with a Swedish watch brand called Carl Edmond that I love. Watches are something I’ll splurge on as they feel timeless and are a solid investment piece.”

On his earliest memory of engaging in fashion: “Probably sneakers. I’ve always loved a great pair of sneakers and as boys running around on the playground and comparing your stuff. That was always a big topic of conversation.”

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April 12, 2019

This is not a drill, Hanna has been renewed for a second season!

DEADLINE – “We knew we had something unique with Hanna, and with the added momentum from its special post-Super Bowl preview, Amazon Prime Video customers worldwide agreed,” said Albert Cheng, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. “Since it debuted only ten days ago, Hanna has had a tremendous response, and we’re thrilled with not only how it has performed for us on the service, but with the action-packed world David Farr has created for the series and the stellar cast, led by Esmé Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos, and Joel Kinnaman. We’re excited to give fans a chance to see Hanna continue her journey on Amazon.”

Season Two will be written by Farr, who also serves as Executive Producer. Tom Coan will serve as Executive Producer for NBCUniversal International Studios. Executive Producers for Working Title Television are Andrew Woodhead, Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan. Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will also serve as Executive Producers alongside Scott Nemes. Laura Hastings-Smith is Series Producer (The Little Drummer Girl, Hunger).

“I am very much looking forward to taking Hanna on the next stage of her journey,” said Farr. “It’s been a wonderful experience so far, and I feel hugely supported by NBCU, Working Title and Amazon. The next season will take us into a whole new imaginative world. I can’t wait to explore fresh terrain for this lonely young woman who wants only to belong, but who has to fight every day just to survive.”

Jeff Wachtel, President, NBCUniversal International Studios added, “It’s a wonderful example of what we look to do as a Studio – a brilliant idea brought to life by a world class creative team.”

April 06, 2019

After several speculations on whether we will see Joel again as Rick Flagg, Discussing Film has confirmed that he will be back for The Suicide Squad!

In 2019, we have ‘The Suicide Squad’ going into production in September in Atlanta with James Gunn set to write and direct and Peter Safran set to produce. Fans wondered who from the original film would return, and as of writing, it has been revealed that Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney will reprise his role as Captain Boomerang, Viola Davis will reprise her role as Amanda Waller and although Will Smith will not return, Idris Elba will instead take over the role of Deadshot.

However, fans have wondered about whether Joel Kinnaman will reprise their respective role as Rick Flagg, and now we can confirm that Joel Kinnaman will reprise his role as Rick Flagg in James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’.

James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ seems to be continuing the story of Task Force X whilst building the universe with Collider reporting that Ratcatcher, Peacemaker, King Shark and Polka Dot Man will feature in the new team roster as well as Revenge of the Fans reporting that an alien woman will also appear in the film (maybe Rampage?).