Words and Pictures trailer

Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche might not be the last people you’d expect to star in a cutesy romcom together, but they certainly aren’t the first. And yet, here they are in the new Words and Pictures trailer, engaging in an adorable verbal war over whether the pen is mightier than the paintbrush.

He plays English teacher Jack Marcus, who seems reasonably well-liked by his students but is battling some demons within. She plays the brittle new art teacher, Dina Delsanto, who initially acts as if she has no time for his nonsense. Teaching prep school wasn’t plan A for either of them — he was once a literary star, she’s a dried-up painter — but once their paths cross they find inspiration in one another. Watch the Words and Pictures trailer after the jump.

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The Knick Teasers

In a new set of three The Knick teasers, we see more flashes of Steven Soderbergh‘s upcoming Cinemax show. All are pretty short, just like the first, but they feature that same Colin Stetson baritone sax honk, and super-ominous shots of star Clive Owen, who plays a turn of the century surgeon in New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital.

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Steven Soderbergh may have retired from making feature films, but he’s not done with telling stories. His next project is The Knick, a limited series premiering on Cinemax this summer. Clive Owen stars as a doctor working out of New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital around the turn of the century, when most of the conveniences and safety practices of modern medicine we not yet even theories. Maybe that’s why this looks more like it could be a companion series for Hannibal than for, say, House or ER. A brief teaser is now out, which we point to below. Read More »

Clive Owen in Blood Ties

For his English-language debut, French filmmaker Guillaume Canet chose to do a remake of a French film that he himself had starred in a few years previous: Rivals (a.k.a. Les liens du sang), based on a novel by Bruno Papet and Michel Papet. Canet’s version, titled Blood Ties, hit Cannes last year and is now headed for release in the U.S.

Scripted by James Gray (Two Lovers), the drama centers on two very different brothers in ’70s New York. Billy Crudup‘s Frank is a bright cop, while Clive Owen‘s Chris is a criminal fresh out of prison. The film boasts an impressive supporting cast including James Caan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, and Marion Cotillard. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Asa Butterfield in Ender's Game

Over the course of his career, Clive Owen has faced off against an amnesiac spy, a Saxon army, all manner of gangsters, and the end of mankind itself. But in one of his next movies, he’ll be brought down by nothing more threatening than a devious teenage boy. To be fair to Owen, though, this particular teenage boy has proved a formidable figure in his own right.

Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield has just joined Owen in King of the Kastle, a comedy from the guys behind the Jonah Hill comedy The Sitter and Paramount’s upcoming Baywatch reboot. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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Discussions of Steven Soderbergh‘s “retirement” hadn’t gone on very long before the writer/producer/director clarified that he was really moving away from feature films, not necessarily from working in moving images. Television projects have been on the table, and he’s talked about a couple. (Info on The Sot-Weed Factor is here, for example.)

Now there’s a new one: a Cinemax series called The Knick, which Soderbergh’s will produce and direct, with Clive Owen starring. The show is “a period series set in New York in 1900,” with a ten-episode commitment from the channel. Soderbergh will direct all ten episodes, which depict working life in a hospital before the development of modern medical practices. Read More »

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Another big Cannes premiere this year was the crime drama Blood Ties, co-written by Two Lovers director James Gray, and the first English-language film directed by Guillaume Canet (Tell No One). The film has quite a cast, and a period ’70s setting in Brooklyn, as it remakes the 2008 French thriller Les liens du sang by Jacques Maillot.

The cast includes Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard reuniting from Rust & Bone, but the prime cast members are Clive Owen and Billy Crudup, with Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, and James Caan. The plot relies on an old conceit: two brothers on opposite sides of the law. But there’s some changing of sides, and the ensemble cast expands the scope of the production by involving far more people than the two brothers.

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There comes a time in every comedic actor’s career when he feels the need to “prove” himself by tackling more serious roles, but the pigeonholing occasionally works in reverse as well. Sometimes, an actor is so associated with heavier parts that the most surprising thing he can do is sign up for something really goofy.

Few would deny Clive Owen‘s dramatic chops, but now the thespian seems ready to really stretch himself in what sounds like a full-on comedy. He’s just signed on for The King of the Castle, written and directed by, of all people, The Sitter scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka. Talk about an unexpected match-up. More details after the jump.

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