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The Knick's Eric Johnson has signed with Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. The Canadian native is a series regular on Steven Soderbergh's critically acclaimed Cinemax series, where he plays ambitious aspiring surgeon Dr. Everett Gallinger. Cinemax has renewed the period medical drama for a second season. Read more Clive Owen on Why Steven Soderbergh Isn't Retiring Anytime Soon Johnson also recurs on Canadian cop drama Rookie Blue, which airs in the summer on ABC, as Det. Luke Callaghan, a role he originally played as a series regular. His other frequent television appearances include Criminal Minds, Orphan Black and
- Rebecca Sun
Tuesday episodes seem to have generated something of a theme, which is to say random is the order of the day as Laremy and I steamroll through about 10 minutes of nonsense before getting started and then it's a couple minutes of college football talk before we get into George Lucas saying Hollywood studios lack imagination and we ponder comparisons between the recent news surrounding Ebola with Steven Soderbergh's Contagion. We talk Jason Reitman, Netflix streaming, R vs. PG-13. new DVDs and Blu-rays and plenty more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Steven Soderbergh took on Cinemax’s The Knick just three weeks after announcing his retirement. To be fair, he planned to retire from “cinema,” and later called it a simple sabbatical, but a grueling 10-episode shoot in 73 days didn’t look anything like taking a break. Soderbergh, who said making movies was no longer fun for him, seems to have recaptured that early joy in TV. The Knick is as close to cinema as anything on TV today. The sprawling period show, which marks Cinemax as a major contender in original programming, is scripted, directed and edited as episodic
- Ariston Anderson
The Knick, Season 1, Episode 10: “Crutchfield”
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Airs Fridays at 8Pm Est on Cinemax
The Knick is the rare case of a show that arrived precisely at the perfect time for it. Some shows arrive too far ahead of their time, and are thus canceled prematurely. Some shows arrive on the back of a trend, far too late to really make an impact. But The Knick? It arrived precisely when it should have. The trend of filmmakers making their mark on TV is still in an exciting growth stage, and the medical drama has been in need of someone like Soderbergh to come in and tear up the sutures.
This season finale is uniquely constructed, in that the first half of the episode is quite calm. We’ve become accustomed to finales serving as forest fires, rather than slow burns like this episode is. »
- Dylan Griffin
The Post-1960S, Pre-Digital Age: Real-time One-offs, 1975-1998
British filmmaker John Byrum is responsible for the first (and in some ways only) real-time period film. Inserts (1975), set in the early 1930s, is about a Boy Wonder movie director (called Boy Wonder, played by Richard Dreyfuss fresh from American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)) now washed up before the age of 30, resigned to making porn because of Hollywood’s conversion to sound. Not only is Inserts scrupulously real-time (with the exception of the opening credits sequence, which offers glimpses of the stag film we’re about to see made) and period, but it’s rather long for such a film, just shy of two hours. To tell the entire story would be spoiling the fun, but the Boy Wonder deals with recalcitrant actresses, the problem of his own potency, career problems, death, sex, after-death and after-sex…and in the end, as »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Endings are difficult. For its final first-season episode, “Crutchfield” (written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler; directed, edited and photographed by Steven Soderbergh), Cinemax’s period hospital drama The Knick attempts to tie off a number of lingering narrative threads, and this it does — though in ways that feel, in toto, extremely conventional. This has been a problem that I’ve remarked on through the run of the series: The scripts rarely live up to Soderbergh’s extraordinary craft. His constant inventiveness (finding new ways of seeing in almost every scene) only underscores the many flaws of the storytelling.Consider that the emotional high point of “Crutchfield” comes early when Cornelia Robertson — having paid for a dead-of-night procedure to terminate her and Dr. Algernon Edwards’s unborn child — stumbles into Tom Cleary and Sister Harriet’s underground abortion operation. Cleary is tickled by this turn of events, but it’s »
- Keith Uhlich
Spoilers ahead for the season-one finale of The Knick.As The Knick kicked off this past summer, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) reminded those around him that “We live in a time of endless possibility.” Unfortunately for this brilliantly unhinged surgeon, that potential boundlessness got him sentenced to a hospital bed on this weekend's season finale. Turns out shooting liquid cocaine into your veins before surgery is bad for both you and the health of your patient! Thankfully, Thack will get himself cured with a new drug called, uh … heroin, which was considered safe at the time. “It’s from the Bayer Aspirin Company,” says the prescribing doctor. A fitting way to end the poetically harrowing first season of Steven Soderbergh’s 1900s medical drama — with its antihero hitting rock-bottom. What will Soderbergh and the rest of The Knick team have in store for us in season two? Vulture spoke »
- Alex Suskind
"The Knick" has wrapped up its first season, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as your colon has to go as well... "What have I done?" -Thack "Crutchfield" did a nice job of bringing the major stories of the season to a boil, mostly while linking them to the series' larger questions about scientific and social progress. "The Knick" is set in a time when modern medicine became, well, modern, and in some ways we can see how the work that Thack and Edwards (and, for that matter, Cornelia) are doing ties neatly with how medicine is practiced today. But this was an age of experimentation, which brought many, many misguided follies for every brilliant success, and we see that in action as so many of the characters' circumstances go from bad to worse. Most obvious of these is Thack being taken to »
- Alan Sepinwall
Grimy, stylish, and hellish, Steven Soderbergh’s turn-of-the-century medical drama “The Knick” is often like a nightmarish horror. If period dramas routinely romanticize the era with tea, doilies, and niceties, “The Knick” is a terrifying reminder that life back in the 1900s—when medicine and science were still relatively in their infancy—was grueling and cheap. And if you got sick, you were as good as dead. Set in New York City in 1900 in a fictionalized version of the Knickerbocker Hospital, mortality rates are high, and antibiotics are all but nonexistent. At the center of it all is Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen), a surgeon and medical pioneer, who’s also a brusque, narcissistic genius and full-on cocaine addict. Written and created Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (mostly known for romantic comedies and sitcoms), Steven “not the retiring type” Soderbergh was supposed to take a long sabbatical after his last feature, »
- Rodrigo Perez
As governments mobilize to help fight off the growing Ebola crisis that has tragically claimed the lives of thousands of West Africans, while spreading across the globe with reports of infected patients in Europe, Canada, and the United States, Hollywood is doing what it does best: trying to make a few bucks off it. Indeed, there's no tragedy or epidemic that can't be turned into something, so Ridley Scott is making sure he's at the forefront of the inevitable run of contagion projects we're about to get that aren't Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion." To be fair, this is a project Scott has been working on for years. It's actually an adaptation of Richard Preston's 1994 non-fiction thriller "The Hot Zone," about the true story of a previous outbreak of the Ebola virus. Scott was originally looking at making a feature out of the material, with Jodie Foster mooted to star »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When they worked together on the thriller Contagion, director Steven Soderbergh gave production designer Howard Cummings a mantra to live by: “The real thing is scarier than anything anyone could make up.” No matter how technical, no matter how dry, for Soderbergh, verisimilitude was the key to hooking an audience. When Cummings joined The Knick, the same rules applied. “Steven was interested in the surgical practices and that they be as realistic as possible,” Cummings says of the element that attracted his collaborator to do ten episodes of cable TV, the last of which airs tonight. To best emulate operations as they would have been performed in 1900 New York City, the production hired both historical advisers and modern surgeons, who instructed Clive Owen and his co-stars in the way of the scalpel. Cummings’s task was to apply that same primary-source-driven approach to the rest of the show. The production »
- Matt Patches
Created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh, the Cinemax drama series The Knick showcases The Knickerbocker Hospital in New York City in 1900, when it was the home to groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and stuff who pushed the boundaries of medicine in a time of high mortality rates and no antibiotics. Equal parts brilliant and arrogant, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) is the newly appointed leader of the surgery staff, but his own ambition for medical discovery is almost overshadowed by his addiction to cocaine and opium. While addressing issues of race, sex and class, the show will undoubtedly make viewers grateful for how far we’ve come. During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor André Holland (who plays gifted, Harvard-trained surgeon Dr. Algernon Edwards) talked about how he got involved with The Knick, what attracted him to this role, the extent of his research, the level »
- Christina Radish
This review contains spoilers
1.1 Method and Madness
It’s not that long since it was all but impossible to read or write about Clive Owen without encountering the words ‘James’ and ‘Bond’. A perennial favourite to pick up the Walther, his claim seemed solid. Conventionally tall, dark and handsome but possessed of a rugged grit he has the quality, shared by Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton, of looking like he knows which knife to use during the fish course and which to use when slitting a man’s throat.
But he has another qualification too, a certain emotional coldness that, while it didn’t give him the keys to the Aston Martin helped him dodge the stifling tract of male romantic lead. It’s an »
Cinemax’s The Knick Working Late a Lot TV Show Review. The Knick: Season 1, Episode 8: Working Late a Lot opened on Steven Soderbergh’s candlelit close-ups of Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) and Nurse Elkins (Eve Hewson) intertwined in another passionate, yet more ferocious embrace. Last week Lucy had the pleasure [...]
Continue reading: TV Review: The Knick: Season 1, Episode 8: Working Late a Lot [Cinemax] »
- Eden Tirl
In case you hadn't noticed, Ebola has kind of become a hot topic in our news media. The 24-hour news stations are broadcasting around-the-clock coverage of the dangerous disease, and fear is on high around the country as a result. But while most people are afraid of a larger outbreak and their organs turning to mush and dripping out their orifices, it turns out that's not what scares the screenwriter behind the 2011 Steven Soderbergh-directed outbreak thriller Contagion. Instead, he's made much more nervous by the atmosphere that the fear creates, and the politics that use it as a tool. Recently peaking with The Wrap, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns noted that science and research is currently doing its job containing the Ebola virus, and with enough support and resources delivered to the right people there should really be no larger worry about its spread. But while the Cdc seems to »
Cliff Martinez is a synthesizer. For the composer of the minimalist score on The Knick, which ends its first season Friday night, instruments requiring wires and keystrokes are both a tool and a philosophy. Just as a synth can translate and distort a musical concept into an unrecognizable sound, so does Martinez to 100 years of film music. Directors come to him with “temp scores,” sourced cues from other movies that reflect the musical ideas they're chasing, and he synthesizes them through his own set of plug-ins. “A lot of my interesting scores,” says Martinez of his process, “are the result of me trying to imitate someone else and failing to do so in an interesting way.” The Knick marks Martinez's 35th score and 11th collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh. When they teamed up for 1989's Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Soderbergh was a first-time director and Martinez the former drummer »
- Matt Patches
Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns did extensive research into the spread of infectious diseases when he was writing the 2011 Steven Soderbergh film “Contagion,” and what he sees now with Ebola scares him. But it's not the virus itself that frightens Burns – it's the reaction to it. “We have the science to contain this,” Burns told TheWrap this week. “There are people in the world today who have stared down Ebola successfully in very difficult places – and I am optimistic that if we support those people and give them the resources they need, this can be contained. “What scares me more »
- Steve Pond
Margaret here to break it to you that British comedy icon John Cleese is done with the movies. So he claimed, anyway, at a promotional appearance for his new memoir, So Anyway..., at the Cheltenham Literary Festival.
In answer to a fan who asked about upcoming film projects, he flippantly announced that at age 74 he is too near death to work on new movies. "I have only got five or six years left, and then I will be gone." Noting the upside that this exempts him from worry about Isis or Ebola, he quips: "Most of the best people are dead - I will be in excellent company having a wonderful time." Perhaps he's not serious about quitting film; many of his showbiz peers have cried retirement only to be back at work almost immediately. (Remember when Steven Soderbergh claimed to be retiring and then it turned out he has no idea what that means? »
- Margaret de Larios
Channing Tatum opened up about struggling with academics and growing up with Adhd and dyslexia in a recent interview.
Tatum, who stars in the new animated film Book of Life and the upcoming drama Foxcatcher, covers October’s T, The New York Times Style Magazine.
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“I’ve always negotiated the world very physically, from football to tussling at the playground to taking my clothes off,” Tatum told T.
Channing Tatum On Adhd, School
In the interview, Tatum revealed he struggled with Adhd and dyslexia as a kid, which helped push him into athletics and caused him to feel isolated at school.
“I have never considered myself a very smart person for a lot of reasons. Not having early success on that one path messes with you. You get lumped in classes with kids with autism and Down Syndrome, and you look around and say, Okay, so »
When Marco Mueller took over as Rome Film Festival director prior to the event’s 2012 edition, he brought with him more than three decades of experience amassed at Venice, Locarno and Rotterdam. But nothing prepared him for the ensuing Roman roller-coaster ride, full of twists and turns dictated by Italian politics and the economy, an experience he compares with being on a mission out of “The Expendables” franchise.
“Being so closely connected to the various centers of power in Italy, I had to learn how to comply even with requests that were not clearly formulated,” Mueller says.
After two years of changing formulas, political battles and budget cuts, this year’s festival, which runs Oct. 16-25, reflects Mueller’s invention of the “new metropolitan fest” concept, a plan that comes in response to the culture ministry’s dictum to go the full route of being a “festa” (Italian for “party »
- Nick Vivarelli
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