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I love Steven Soderbergh‘s “retirement,” and we haven’t even seen much of it yet. The Knick, the ten-episode Cinemax show directed by Soderbergh, doesn’t premiere until August 8. When it premieres, we’ll see Clive Owen as a surgeon, or what passed for a surgeon in 1900, when the Knickerbocker Hospital in New York was a barrier of sorts between life and death. Cinemax evidently likes the show enough to order a second season; the show’s renewal was announced today. Season two of The Knick will also be a ten-episode affair, and Soderbergh will once again direct the entire span.

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Knick second season

There’s a lot of news today about television efforts from Steven Soderbergh. First, there was the cast info for his Amazon pilot Red Oaks, which Soderbergh is producing and David Gordon Green will direct. Now we’ve got a set of character posters for Soderbergh’s Cinemax show The Knick, which premieres later this year. The show stars Clive Owen as Dr. John W. Thackery, a forward-thinking surgeon at the New York Knickerbocker Hospital at the turn of the century.

A set of posters for the show supports the set of trailers we’ve seen so far, and gives a spotlight to many members of the supporting cast, and also to what appears to be an impressive attention to detail on the part of the wardrobe and production design departments. Additionally, Soderbergh has been talking about the show, and says that the bracing experience of making the first season has him eager to to a second. Read More »

Knick trailer

We’ve been interested in The Knick for months — it’s Steven Soderbergh, after all, directing all ten episodes of a limited cable series on Cinemax. Even better, it has Clive Owen starring as a pioneering surgeon in New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital at the turn of the century. Oh, and the trailers up until this one have all featured the astounding sounds of saxophonist Colin Stetson. (Whose music is also used heavily in The Rover, FYI.) Now there’s a new trailer for The Knick, and it is the most revealing yet. This one prioritizes dialogue over sound and image, even if most of that dialogue is voice-over from Owen. Watch below. Read More »

The Knick teaser

Cinemax is going slow with the release of footage from Steven Soderbergh‘s TV show The Knick, but that’s OK. The series tells of the early days of modern surgical medicine, focusing on one doctor (played by Clive Owen) at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital. The prior teases were basically still images with ominous music from saxophonist extraordinaire Colin Stetson. This one is still short at 30 seconds, but it at last gives us some dialogue and moving images. They’re still fairly ominous, and weirdly appealing. Check out the latest The Knick teaser below. Read More »

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.

Check out the three below, and link back here for the first. Read More »

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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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