Kinnaman tapped for big role
Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman, who can currently be seen on in television series “The Killing,” has nabbed a lead in “Lola Versus,” a romantic comedy also starring Debra Winger and Bill Pullman. The film is directed by Daryl Wein, with production beginning this month in New York. Kinnaman plays an artist who breaks off his wedding to Lola, breaking her heart. Lola is played by Greta Gerwig. Kinnaman got his breakthrough in “Snabba cash” (“Easy Money”). Kinnaman’s role in “Lola Versus” isn’t his first American feature, it follows last month’s casting in “Safe House,” an upcoming thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. The movie reteams Kinnaman with his “Snabba cash” director Daniel Espinosa.

Stieg Larsson hits 60 million
Swedish author Stieg Larsson (1954-2004), has now sold 60 million copies of his Millenium books all over the world, according to his publishing company Norstedts. This year alone, 10 million copies were sold, and a quarter of all books sold have been sold in the U.S. (17.3 million books). In the U.S., 20 percent of the sales are eBooks.

Political ABBA
ABBA and politics are two words you wouldn't think to put in the same sentence. Think ABBA and most of us think of glitter and glam, and with all due respect, rather happy-go-lucky lyrics. But Björn Ulvaeus now reveals that the group consciously wrote political text. The song “The Visitors," for instance, is about the cold war and the oppression in the then Soviet Union, a message most listeners didn’t get. “I’m convinced most people had no idea what it was about,” Ulvaeus says in a press release. Björn Ulvaeus talks more about ABBA’s political lyrics in the radio program “Pop och politik” (Pop and politics), which aired Saturday June 25.