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14 addictive things to binge watch in Sweden this fall

Can you feel it? That slight chill in the air means fall’s here whether you like it or not. But don’t worry -- there’s enough to binge watch on Viaplay to take you through to next spring.

14 addictive things to binge watch in Sweden this fall
Marvel's Doctor Strange. Photo: © 2017 MARVEL. www.marvel.com

Before you panic buy SAD lamps and wool jumpers, here’s a cheering thought. Colder weather and shorter days means cosy evenings at home, and that means curling up with something good to watch.

Presenting The Local’s top recommendations for sports fans, movie buffs, and series fanatics to binge-watch this fall. And luckily you can get them all on-demand in Sweden – thanks to our friends at streaming service Viaplay.

Sports

1. NFL from September 7th

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The 98th National Football League season gets underway with the defending Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. Each of the league’s 32 teams play a 16-game schedule with one bye week – and with Viaplay you can catch the game live or up to 48 hours after it’s aired (Viaplay airs approximately 7 games per week).

The season kicked off on Thursday, September 7th, so clear your Monday night schedule for the next 17 weeks to keep up with the bone-crushing hits and spectacular catches.

2. Champions League group stage from September 12th

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The 2017-2018 Champions League group stage kicks off on September 12th, with 32 of Europe’s top teams competing for the 16 places in the knockout phase. Watch some of world’s greatest stars go head to head, and ensure you have mid-week excitement to look forward to on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

All matches are available to stream live and on-demand with Viaplay Sport or Total. And with apps for Smart TV, tablets and smartphones you can catch the games wherever you are (and up to 48 hours afterwards).

3. NHL from October 4th

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The puck drops for the National Hockey League’s historic 100th season on October 4th with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins squaring off at home against the St. Louis Blues.

There’s nothing like watching the top ice hockey league in the world — which features almost 100 Swedes, such as Washington Capitals center Niklas Bäckström or Detroit Red Wings winger Henrik Zetterberg.

And this year, two regular season NHL games will be played here in Stockholm!

The Colorado Avalanche and the Ottawa Senators will face off at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on November 10th and 11th — the first NHL game to be held outside North America in six years.

But don’t worry if you can’t make the games in person. They’ll all be live streamed on Viaplay, or you can catch them for up to 48 hours afterwards. What’s more — when you watch on-demand you can skip all ad breaks, so you can fit the whole game into an hour-long lunch break!

Movies

4. Doctor Strange

Photo: © 2017 MARVEL. www.marvel.com

Benedict Cumberbatch switches from surgeon to sorcerer in Marvel’s mind-bending Doctor Strange. After a career-ending car crash, the eponymous Stephen Strange learns the mystic arts and prepares to overcome a powerful nemesis.

It’s chock-full of impressive CGI with pitch-perfect performances by Cumberbatch and supporting stars Tilda Swinton and Rachel McAdams. Ideal for a night in when you need to escape the real world.

Once you’re done, you can watch Captain America and Iron Man face off in another Marvel movie available on Viaplay – Captain America: Civil War.

5. The Twilight Saga

Got a day or two spare? Get your teeth into some serious Edward and Bella action.

The movie adaptations of Stephenie Meyer’s series of vampire books star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner — and are bloody addictive. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

All five Twilight movies are available to stream on Viaplay. You can get them as part of the Total package that includes sports, or for just 99 kronor a month you can get a bundle that includes series and movies.

6. Star Wars Rogue One

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The first of the standalone Star Wars films, Rogue One sees an unlikely group of rebel heroes team up to steal the plans for the Death Star. But will they succeed? If you’ve seen the other Star Wars movies you might think you know the answer, but better make sure by watching just in case.

7. The Jungle Book

Photo: © 2017 Disney.

Disney’s recent live action revival of its 1967 animation has actually been praised as one of the first remakes to improve on its predecessors. Quite the claim! But not unfounded, it really is very entertaining — for adults and children. We dare you to resist singing along to Christopher Walken’s King Louie singing I Wanna Be Like You.

8. Far From the Madding Crowd

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Based on Thomas Hardy’s timeless novel with a star-studded cast including Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, and Juno Temple, Far From the Madding Crowd is the definitive cosy day classic.

Perfect for fans of period dramas like Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice, Mulligan’s Bathsheba battles the age old dilemma: which of her three dashing suitors should she choose?

9. Carol

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The critics adored Carol, and it’s no wonder Cate Blanchett’s performance earned her an Oscar nomination. The movie has been tastefully adapted from its source material, and there’s intense chemistry between Blanchett and co-star Rooney Mara that really brings the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel to life.

TV series

10. Outlander

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When WWII nurse Claire Randall finds herself plummeted back through time to the mid-1700s, she’s faced with a dilemma: find a way to return to her time (and husband), or stay in the past with a rugged but sensitive highlander. Decisions, decisions…

There are two series available on Viaplay, with the third premiering on September 11th. Better start binge-watching before the new season lands…

11. Hassel

Adapted from Olov Svedelid’s iconic crime novels, Hassel is a realistic thriller series based in Stockholm. When Detective Hassel’s mentor is brutally murdered, he must set up his own investigation to solve the crime.

His obsession with the case takes its toll on his family, while pursuit of the killer takes him away from the street and towards the powerful elite in Stockholm and Brussels…

Hassel is a Viaplay original series, and it premieres on September 8th.

12. The Blacklist

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When elusive criminal Raymond Reddington voluntarily turns himself in and agrees to speak only to new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, the question is: why now, and why her?

It’s an intriguing mystery which unravels over the four seasons currently aired. And once you’ve finished with those, it’ll be time to start the fifth which premieres on Viaplay on September 28th.

13. Will & Grace

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Lawyer Will and his best friend, interior designer Grace, live together in a New York City apartment. He’s gay, she’s straight, and there’s a supporting cast of outrageous characters — it’s no wonder it became a cult show when it was released in the late-nineties.

Will & Grace finished an eight-year run in the mid-noughties but has recently been revived. It returns to Viaplay in late September.

14. Empire

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Golden Globe winner Empire is a musical drama series centred on fictional hip hop music company, Empire Entertainment. Problems unfold as the company’s founder, played by Terrence Howard, must choose one of his three sons to take over the business. Meanwhile, his scheming ex-wife seeks to reclaim what she believes is hers…

Season four premieres on Viaplay on September 28th, and you can catch up on the first three seasons on-demand.

There are three Viaplay options available (with no binding contract):

  • Viaplay movies and series – 99 SEK a month (try a month for free!)

  • Viaplay Sport and series – 399 SEK a month

  • Viaplay Total (sport, series, and movies) – 449 SEK a month

Last but not least, don’t forget the huge offering of kids’ shows and movies – you can even watch them offline, which is a real lifesaver on those long car journeys!

This article was produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by Viaplay.

FILM

7 things you (maybe) didn’t know about Dolph Lundgren

Dolph Lundgren is back on the big screen in the recently-released ‘Creed II’.

7 things you (maybe) didn’t know about Dolph Lundgren
Dolph Lundgren at the world premiere of "Creed II" in New York earlier this month. Photo: Andy Kropa/TT
With Lundgren reprising his most famous character, the Russian boxer Ivan Drago, we thought we’d take a closer look at his life and career. Here are seven things you might not know about the Swedish actor. 
 
 
1. He’s still alive and well. 
 
If you thought Lundgren had fallen off the face of the earth before you spotted him in the 'Creed II' trailer, rest assured that he is doing well and has continued his acting career. The 61-year-old looks like he could still step into the boxing ring and he's still steadily appearing in films. It's safe to say, however, that most of his recent roles have failed to garner much notice, except for maybe the three (soon to be four) times he’s appeared in 'The Expendables' movies alongside a bunch of other ageing action heroes. 
 
But Lundgren seems poised for another turn in the limelight. In addition to returning to the Rocky franchise, he also has a high-profile role in the upcoming 'Aquaman' film that will be released just before Christmas.
 

 
2. Swedish? I thought he was Russian. 
 
Understandable. Lundgren’s performance as the Apollo Creed-killing Drago was so iconic that a whole generation of film fans would be forgiven for believing he grew up behind the Iron Curtain. But no, he’s Swedish alright. Lundgren was born in Stockholm and remained there until he moved to his grandparents' home in the town of Nyland in Västernorrland County at the age of 13. He returned to the capital to attend KTH Royal Institute of Technology, where he obtained a degree in chemical engineering. 
 
3. Wow, he sounds smart. I thought he was just a meathead. 
 
You better believe he’s smart. After finishing at the Royal Institute, he went on to get his master’s in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney before landing a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT. Alas, that was derailed when he was spotted by 80s pop cultural icon Grace Jones, who was so impressed with his hulking frame and rugged good looks that she took him on as a bodyguard and lover (more on that later). 
 
But even early on, his physical prowess matched his mental abilities. In his early 20s, he won the European full-contact karate championships, so it’s not like he was a total bookworm. 
 
4. What was that about Grace Jones? 
 
Right, so Lundgren and Jones had a bit of a whirlwind romance that resulted in him moving to New York City in order to be with her. When she played a leading role in the 1985 James Bond film 'A View to Kill', she convinced him to try out for a bit role as a Soviet henchman. He got the part, which in turn opened the door for 'Rocky IV' and others. 
 
But spare a thought for poor old Dolph. He told the Irish Times this week that those late 80s years were awfully rough. He said it was downright “exhausting” to have group sex with all of the women Jones would bring back from the nightclub. Poor guy. 
 
5. If that sounds wild, wait until you hear this. 
 
After Lundgren’s romance with Jones petered out, he hooked up with model and actress Paula Barbieri, who’s best known for being OJ Simpson’s girlfriend at around the time of the Nicole Brown Simpson murder. 
 
In 1994, Lundgren married fellow Swede Anette Qviberg and together they have two daughters. In 2009, their home in Marbella, Spain was burglarized by three masked men. The burglars tied Qviberg and threatened her with a knife before spotting a photo of Lundgren and fleeing in terror. Sadly, Lundgren told Parade that the incident “traumatized” his wife and eldest daughter and just two years later the couple divorced.  
 
6. He hasn’t exactly been a critical darling
 
'Rocky IV' led Lundgren to a late-80s heyday that included star roles in 'Red Scorpion' (playing a Soviet soldier, naturally), 'Masters of the Universe', (portraying none other than He-Man himself) and the title role in The Punisher, a performance which was savaged as “some of the worst acting ever to disgrace the screen” by filmcritic.com founder Christopher Null. Null also called Lundgren “one of cinema’s worst duds ever”, so it’s safe to assume he’s not much of a fan. Watching the trailer, it's hard to disagree: 
 
 
With late career titles including such gems as 'Sharknado 5: Global Swarming' and ‘4Got10’ (get it?), Lundgren remains better known for his imposing 1.96m frame than his acting chops. 
 
7. But perhaps that’s about to change
 
Lundgren’s most famous role gave him a laughable total of nine lines of dialogue, the most famous of which is the meme-worthy “I must break you.” But in 'Creed II', Lundgren promises that his performance is more well-rounded. 
 
“This time it’s a character study,” he told The Irish Times. “I didn’t want to do the Drago thing again. I didn’t want to play another one-dimensional Russian villain.”
 
Early reviews of Creed II have been quite positive, so it sounds like the big Swede succeeded. If he didn’t, who would have the courage to tell him to his face? 
 
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