the knick canceled

The doctor is out, and The Knick is no more.

The Steven Soderbergh-helmed period medical drama has officially been canceled by Cinemax after two critically acclaimed seasons. The news comes more than a year after the Season 2 finale, which seemed pretty — erm — final for one particular main character.

Spoilers ahead, of course, as we linger on this show’s demise.

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valerian and the city of a thousand planets alien photo

There are over 2,000 different alien species in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Two years before filming, director Luc Besson was gathering drawings and designs for all the film’s aliens and space crafts. He even wrote to schools to see if any young artists were interested in contributing to the movie. They received over 2,000 applicants, and 15 were selected. Besson wanted to use different sources to create this wild-looking universe, which uses both CG and practical effects to bring all the aliens to life, including Ambassador Dan Makta, who’s shown in a new photo from the sci-fi adventure.

Below, check out a new Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets alien photo.

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valerian and the city of a thousand planets photos

Based on Pierre Christin‘s French comic book series illustrated by Jean-Claude MézièresValerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has been a longtime passion project for writer-director Luc Besson (Léon: The Professional). Tomorrow, we’ll see the first trailer for Besson’s space adventure, but before we get to see some of Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) in action, we have some new photos that tease the film’s environments and alien designs.

Below, check out the new Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets photos.

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Clive Owen in BMW Films' The Escape short film (The Hire) directed by Neill Blomkamp

It seems like everything’s getting a sequel nowadays, and apparently that even includes popular marketing campaigns from the early 2000s. Last month we showed you the first sneak peek at The Escape, the latest installment in BMW’s short film series The Hire. The original project consisted of eight episodes released between 2001 and 2002 and directed by all manner of high-profile filmmakers like Ang Lee, Guy Ritchie, Wong Kar-wai, and Alejandro González Iñárritu, each one starring Clive Owen as the mysterious hero known only as The Driver.

Owen is back behind the wheel of the new short as well, this one directed by Neill Blomkamp and surrounded by top-notch co-stars like Dakota FanningJon Bernthal, and Vera Farmiga. Today we’ve got the brand-new The Escape short film to share with you, and you can watch it below.  Read More »

Clive Owen in BMW Films' The Escape (The Hire) directed by Neill Blomkamp

Before The Knick or Children of Men or Inside Man or even The Bourne Identity, Clive Owen was best known to U.S. audiences as The Driver, the nameless and unflappably cool hero of BMW’s short film series The Hire. The projects yielded eight installments in total, released from 2001 to 2002, and attracted a variety of high-profile filmmakers from Ang Lee to Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Now, fifteen years later, the Driver is getting ready to get back on the road. Owen has teamed up with director Neill Blomkamp for another BMW short film, The Escape. This one co-stars Dakota Fanning, Vera Farmiga, and Jon Bernthal, and looks positively jam-packed with big, shiny action. Check out a teaser — and revisit some of our favorite episodes from the past — below the jump.  Read More »

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Based on a graphic novel series by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézieres, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is director Luc Besson‘s biggest film in years, if not his biggest to date. Following the success of Lucy, Besson got this passion project of his going, which stars Dane DeHaan, Cara DelevingneEthan Hawke, Clive OwenJohn Goodman, and Rihanna.

Below, check out some Valerian photos taken by Luc Besson.

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Besson

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets isn’t quite a return to sci-fi for Luc Besson, as his last feature film, Lucy, was also in the genre. But Lucy didn’t share much in common with The Fifth Element, Besson’s 1997 hit. Valerian, his new movie and his biggest picture to date, seems to be more in the same mold as The Fifth Element. The sci-fi project stars Dane DeHaanCara Delevigne, Clive OwenJohn Goodman, and more, and it’s shooting right now. Get a look at some behind-the-scenes photos after the jump.

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Clive Owen Anon

Calling Anon writer-director Andrew Niccol‘s next project might be a bit presumptuous. Like a lot of directors, he’s had casts assemble for past projects that never came to fruition. Remember that high-concept film he had going with Orlando BloomVincent Cassel, and Olga Kurylenko in the works? All directors have projects stall, of course, but it’s especially noticeable in the case of Niccol; it took six years for him to follow up Lord of War.

It sounds like Anon might be next for the Gattaca director, though. Clive Owen (The Knick) will star in the film, while his female co-star will be announced in the coming weeks.

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the confirmation trailer

For those of us that remember the days when Clive Owen was on the cusp of serious action hero stardom (remember when he was supposed to be the next James Bond?), seeing the gruff actor in a seemingly warmhearted movie like The Confirmation is a little peculiar. Then again, the past few years have seen Owen going out of his way to showcase various unseen facets of his acting range. I’m glad he never took off as a major movie star because we may not have gotten his fascinating and unsettling Dr. John Thackery, as seen on The Knick. Now, he’s trying out the role of the lovable deadbeat dad who tends to pop up in indie comedies so they can teach young boys valuable life lessons.

There aren’t too many surprises to be found in the new The Confirmation trailer, but the directorial debut of Bob Nelson looks sweet and nice and stacked with actors we do not mind watching in the slightest.

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