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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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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It seems like good news, if only because it means more big-screen appearances for Keaton. The former Batman and Beetlejuice actor fits right into a star-studded cast that also includes Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jennifer Ehle, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel, Michael K. Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and lead Joel Kinnaman. More details after the jump.

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HBO Films’ Hemingway & Gellhorn is already a realistic contender for next year’s Emmys and it hasn’t even aired yet. The made-for-television movie is directed by Philip Kaufman, the guy who wrote/directed The Right Stuff, The Wanderers and The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and served as a writer on Raiders of the Lost Ark. Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman play iconic American writers Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, who shared an ardent but destructive love affair in the 1930s and 1940s after covering the Spanish Civil War alongside each other. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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The next Emmy Awards ceremony won’t take place until this fall, but if you’re looking to start sizing up the potential nominees early, HBO Films’ Hemingway & Gellhorn is probably one you’ll want to keep an eye on. Even setting aside from the fact that the network has a history of raking in those awards, the film has everything you could possibly ask for in a prestigious made-for-TV project, from top-level movie stars and a respected movie director to a sweeping historical plotline.

Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman play iconic American writers Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, who shared an ardent but destructive love affair in the 1930s and 1940s after covering the Spanish Civil War alongside each other. Watch the first teaser after the jump.

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