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“It takes me back to a time I enjoyed for obvious reasons – the 80's were very good to me,” Red Oaks cast member Jennifer Grey said this morning of Steven Soderbergh’s coming-of-age comedy for Amazon. “I felt like it was a movie, as if Caddy Shack and Dirty Dancing had a baby raised by John Cassavetes.” But exec producer Gregory Jacobs insisted the series was more The Graduate meets Caddyshack, talking to reporters this morning at TCA. “One of the things we wanted to… »
While Steven Soderbergh is a familiar name to film fans, with a filmography that includes Out of Sight, Ocean’s Eleven, and The Informant!, his past few projects have seen the filmmaker return to television after nearly a decade away from the small screen. Soderbergh made a full return to television series with Cinemax’s The Knick, directing all ten episodes of the show’s first season, and Cinemax renewed the show for a second season before it officially made its premiere.
Fans of Soderbergh’s direction were excited to learn that his work helming all episodes of the series would continue on the show’s second season, which would also consist of ten episodes. Emily Kinney and Mackenzie Leigh will be joining the show’s cast, with Clive Owen, Juliet Rylance, and Cara Seymour poised to return to the series. The show’s second season will make its debut on October 16th, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
When Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh said he wanted to make a historical medical drama for Cinemax, anticipation ran very high indeed. The Knick arrived to great fanfare and even better critical response, with audiences relishing the lead performance of Clive Owen, coupled with the sumptuous direction of the legendary helmer. Now we have a teaser trailer for the second season, and it seems that Soderbergh looks set to deliver the goods once more.
Set in turn of the century New York City, within the walls of the infamous Knickerbocker Hospital, the show follows Dr. John W. Thackery (Owen) and his staff as they try to provide innovative and boundary-pushing health care, while undertaking the kind of research that would advance medical science beyond the realms of imagination. Thackery is, of course, a drug-addicted surgeon, however, and the lives of him and his team are fraught with drama and tension. »
- Sarah Myles
Better Call Saul
The first photos have one up from the second season of AMC's "Breaking Bad" spin-off series "Better Call Saul". Shooting is underway in New Mexico on the episodes which are expected to premiere early 2016 on AMC. [Source: Deadline]
AMC and Channel 4 have picked up an eight-episode second season of the science fiction drama "Humans". Production will begin next year.
The series, about a couple who purchase a servant/personal assistant android to help their relationship, opened to 1.7 million viewers last month on AMC and has averaged 2 million viewers for its first season. The premiere episode was Channel 4's highest rated original drama in twenty years. [Source: The Live Feed]
The series bowed to a 0.6 ratings and 1.75 million viewers last week, and even a Justin Bieber cameo »
- Garth Franklin
Here’s a gorgeous teaser for The Knick season two, which comes complete with an announcement that Steven Soderbergh‘s excellent series returns to Cinemax on October 16. Clive Owen and most of the rest of the S1 cast returns, but this time at least part of the story goes to San Francisco along with Cornelia Robertson […]
The post ‘The Knick’ Season Two Teaser: San Francisco Gets Sick appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Ready the smelling salts and hide the heroin, Clive Owen, Steven Soderbergh and the whole bloody gang is back for Season 2 of "The Knick" on Cinemax. The first promotional video for the medical/period/race/romance/typhoid drama has arrived ahead of the Oct. 16 premiere date. Check out our interview with composer Cliff Martinez on the future of this "dark" series. »
- Katie Hasty
Steven Soderbergh's turn-of-the-20th-century drama, The Knick, injected more style into the medical show genre than it's ever seen — so much so Matt Zoller Seitz called it "the greatest sustained display of directorial virtuosity in the history of American TV." Season two, needless to say, has a lot to live up to. The following teaser — officially announcing its return on October 16 — is all aesthetics, featuring the show's hallmark, soft-yet-unsettling camera work. But it hints at plot as well. One frame shows a group of men dawdling behind a barbed wire fence with a "Quarantine" sign hanging on it. Look closely, and you'll see it was issued by the San Francisco Department of Health, signaling a locale shift at some point this season for the New York-set drama (in the season one finale, we left Cornelia unhappily marrying a man who informs her they'll be moving to Sf). »
- Gazelle Emami
The summer movie season won't be going out without a bit of style being delivered at the multiplex. After years in development, and a flirtation by Steven Soderbergh, Warner Bros. is finally launching "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." on the big screen, with Guy Ritchie behind the camera. But in a year full of spy movies, will this one have what it takes to stand out? Undoubtedly, the cast is pretty sharp, with Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, Elizabeth Debecki and more getting into the swinging sixties tale of U.S. and Russia secret agents being forced to put aside their differences and team up to find a bigger evil. It is hard to tell how that ancient Cold War humor will play out or how this movie will stack up to "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," a more contemporary secret agent action flick already earning terrific reviews. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
London — Benicio Del Toro, who looks set to play the baddie in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” will be the good guy at the Sarajevo Film Festival next month, when he will receive the Bosnian festival’s Heart of Sarajevo Award for his contribution to the art of cinema.
Del Toro will present Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s drama “A Perfect Day,” in which he has a starring role alongside Tim Robbins and Olga Kurylenko, at the festival’s open-air screening venue, where Del Toro will receive the award in front of a 3,000-strong crowd. The film premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.
The actor will also hold a master class for the participants of Talents Sarajevo, a networking and training platform »
- Leo Barraclough
Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
The helmer behind Fast Times At Ridgemont High is heading back to the 1980s, but this time she’s switching coasts. Amy Heckerling is set to direct two episodes of Amazon Studios’ original comedy Red Oaks for exec producer Steven Soderbergh. Set in summer 1985 in New Jersey, the coming-of-age series centers on 20-year-old David Myers (Craig Roberts), who takes a job as an assistant tennis pro at the predominantly Jewish Red Oaks country club in New Jersey and tries to… »
Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley announced the 2015 Emmy nominations this morning. Spoiler alert: they were both nominated, along with Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Taraji P. Henson for Empire, Amy Schumer for Inside Amy Schumer, and Anthony Anderson for Black-ish. There are a few double nominees and a ton of first-timers, making this year's race already one of the most exciting in a while - not to mention the fact that Game of Thrones has a whopping 24 nominations. Take a look at the full list below! Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men Orange Is the New Black Outstanding Comedy Series Louie Modern Family Parks and Recreation Silicon Valley Transparent Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Veep Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Kyle Chandler, Bloodline Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, »
Day of the Mother: Stone’s Flighty Revenge Thriller Favors Laughs
There’s a certain degree of entertainment to be gleaned from director Charles Stone III’s latest feature, Lila & Eve, from first time screenwriter Pat Gilfallan, though unfortunately in the form of unintentional comedy. Derided as a camp after its late premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, it’s Stone’s first directorial feature in over a decade (he’s been working in television since the 2004 Bernie Mac headlined Mr 3000, including the widely discussed TLC Lifetime film CrazySexyCool), and most likely won’t garner much favorable attention. Bearing the familiar turns we’ve become accustomed to in the limited subgenre of female driven revenge films, Gilfallan peppers his scenario with bits of illogical instances and eventually neuters the shock value of his big twist well before the third act begins. And even though this robs the film of its sleazy, »
- Nicholas Bell
Out of the 23 people nominated for writing or directing Emmys in the top comedy and drama series races, only three are women: “Transparent’s” Jill Soloway, “Mad Men’s” Semi Chellas and “Homeland’s” Lesli Linka Glatter.
Despite what the Academy described as a 60% increase in the number of women writing and directing nominees from last year, their numbers in the most prominent series categories dropped by two from last year.
Women were represented in the longform field with Dee Rees grabbing writing and directing mentions for HBO’s Bessie Smith biopic “Bessie.” Lisa Cholodenko and Jane Anderson were nommed for directing and writing HBO’s miniseries “Olive Kitteridge.” And Amy Schumer was recognized for variety series directing, along with Ryan McFaul, for the “12 Angry Men” episode of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer.” There are also numerous women among the writing staffs nominated for variety series and specials.
- Cynthia Littleton
In this new Golden Age of TV, where great shows are available in abundance, only no one has time to watch them all — least of all the people who actually work in television, and thus vote for the Emmys — the only way to look at each year's Emmy nominations is to treat them like the theme song from "The Facts of Life." You take the good, you take the bad, you take 'em both, and there you have this year's Emmy nominees list. So there were pleasant surprises, like Tatiana Maslany finally getting into the lead drama actress field, and "Parks and Recreation" making its way back into the comedy series category for its triumphant final season after only being nominated there once before. But there was also the usual rubber stamping of past nominees(*), like "Downton Abbey," "Homeland" and "House of Cards" taking up three of the seven drama »
- Alan Sepinwall
The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 16 and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received the most nominations.
Andy Samberg will host the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20. Fox will broadcast them live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The nominees are below:
Outstanding Drama Series
“Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Comedy Series
Lead Actor, Drama
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Lead Actress, Drama
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Lead Actor, Limited Series Or Movie
- Variety Staff
I received an invite late last week for a screening of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. for this evening. I was a bit shocked considering Seattle never gets screenings of major studio films this early, especially not a month ahead of a film's release date unless talent is coming to town. To that point, talent rarely makes its way to town for major studio films as the New York and Los Angeles junket folks pretty much take care of that for the entire country. So, why so earlyc First instinct is to tell me this thing is better than the trailers make it appear. Maybe this is WB's latest Edge of Tomorrow, a film with awful marketing and a great movie behind it. Old budgetary figures place this one at $75 million, but I vaguely remember something about a $150 million budget being reported some time around the release of Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Brad Brevet
Read More: From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki In a move that would make Steven Soderbergh proud, Japanese animator and Studio Ghibli co-foudner Hayao Miyazaki is bouncing back from hit "alleged" retirement to direct his first-ever computer-animated short film. According to Anime News Network, the filmmaker has spent the last three years on the 10-minute short and has plans to screen it at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan. While famous for his hand-drawn animation style, the short film will mark Miyazaki's first foray into computer-animated filmmaking. The director may have announced his retirement from directing last year, but the announcement of the new short fits in line with what the director shared with reporters while discussing his honorary Oscar. "I intend to work until the day I die. I retired from feature-length films but not from animation," he said. "Pencil drawings don't have to go away, »
- Zack Sharf
The follow-up to Magic Mike lacks numerous elements that helped make the original a global hit: director Steven Soderbergh, Matthew McConaughey, the semblance of a plot and a modicum of wit and intelligence.
None of that seems to bother the Australian females and some blokes who are flocking to Magic Mike Xxl.
The raunchy comedy directed by Gregory Jacobs whipped up about $1 million from last Monday night.s arena premiere in Sydney and Wednesday.s Chicks at the Flicks screenings at Event Cinemas.
The film starring Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Amber Heard and Jada Pinkett Smith raked in $4.1 million from Thursday to Sunday, ranked in third place, so the cume is $5.1 million.
That.s a stronger debut than Magic Mike, which took $3.8 million in its first weekend and finished with $12.5 million in 2012.
The original saga of the Kings of Tampa, also written by Reid Carolin, »
- Don Groves
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