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A new season of Brit drama "A Young Doctor's Notebook," once pegged as a four-part miniseries for the UK's Sky 1, now offers Daniel Radcliffe an extended stay in the television realm -- and life beyond Harry Potter. More than 18 months after the airing of what is now its first season, he and Jon Hamm -- no stranger to television, needless to say -- are both returning to the role of Vladimir Bomgard, a Russian doctor who, as we see in both 1917 and the early ‘30s, is struggling with opium addiction. (Btw, so is Clive Owen's 1900 surgeon in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming "The Knick" on Cinemax.) Flashbacks divide the two roles, but Radcliffe and Hamm interact onscreen, from consoling each other to dancing with their older (or younger) self. Opium is one hell of a drug. Radcliffe offered some kind words about his collaboration with Hamm in a new story at USA Today, »
- Nick Newman
Above: a new digital anthology on Hong Kong Cinema is available online from Film Comment. The Summer issue of the magazine is out now too. Also relevant: Tony Leung is set to star in Wong Kar-Wai's next film. "Gas food lodging: The best job in the world has its downside": in an unusual blog entry, David Bordwell expounds on "the indignities of film festivals." It's still months away from release, but we're dying of anticipation for Michael Mann's Cyber. The La Times has a brief report from Bejiing, featuring some words from the director himself.
Above: speaking of films we can't wait to see, here's the new trailer for David Fincher's Gone Girl. One from last week that slipped through its Noteworthy is Laura Legge's magnificent ode to subtitles for 3:am Magazine, "long Pause, romantic music, silence".
Our pal Girish Shambu has another batch of essential »
- Adam Cook
Today we have for you a longer Tuesday episode than we have had recently as Laremy and I just couldn't stop talking as we kicked the show off immediately by discussing Guardians of the Galaxy before digging into the horrible July 4 weekend. We then discussed the idea I wrote about last week concerning the possible abolishment of the PG-13 rating (read about that here) and then we discuss Steven Soderbergh's recent comments as to the biggest reason he quit the movies. We answer a voice mail, your questions, play some games and much more in an action-packed episode that also includes a code for ten listeners to get the $2 off the first month of the premium RopeofSilicon podcast... that code being BNL2DOLLAR. It's only available for the first ten listeners, so get on it. Plus, thanks to those of you that voted, the next audio commentary will be »
- Brad Brevet
Red Oaks seems like it could definitely be my type of jam. A comedy set in 1985 at a country club in New Jersey? This has enough shades of Caddyshack to pique my interest. Of course it doesn't hurt that the show will be produced by Steven Soderbergh or that the pilot will be directed by David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down). Red Oaks is gearing up to shoot as a pilot for Amazon (who are still implementing their voting policy when it comes to determining what gets picked up to series). And now the cast has been announced. Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts (Submarine) as David Myers, a college student who’s an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985. Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Richard Kind (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), Oliver Cooper (Californication), Gage Golightly (MTV’s Teen Wolf) and »
- Evan Dickson
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
If you’re a human being, you probably don’t watch Community. The show’s audience is engaged, empowered, and one-sixth the size of the audience accidentally watching whatever’s on after The Big Bang Theory. And I know why you don’t watch. Even by the standards of low- rated cause-célèbre wonder shows, Community is hard to like. The lead characters are pricks, lunatics, deluded mock-intellectuals, and self-important gasbags. The most likable »
- Darren Franich
Richard Lester’s directing career has had a rather tortured epilogue. His last completed film was the dreadful, unloved Return of The Musketeers (1989), during the making of which his long-time friend and troupe-member Roy Kinnear died after a freak accident. To add insult to injury, the Comic-Con crowd has been burning Lester in effigy ever since Richard Donner’s cut of Superman II was released in 2006. Donner had been fired as director of the 1980 sequel half way through filming and Lester was hired to finish the job. Since the release of the Donner cut, expressing a preference for the original, jokier version is rather like suggesting that Cesar Romero was a better Joker than Heath Ledger.
I do wonder sometimes whether the fanboys realise what an important, highly influential and iconoclastic director they’re dismissing when they’re kicking sand into Lester’s face. Martin Scorsese would certainly correct them (sternly, »
- Cai Ross
The world has yet to see season one of The Knick – the new HBO drama that begins on August 8. But, while most other television productions would be anxiously waiting to see how early episodes are received, the noises coming from The Knick camp are confident and unfazed. That’s because Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh is at the helm, and when he is satisfied, it’s all good.
Speaking to Esquire about all manner of things, Soderbergh declared himself “really happy” with The Knick. The 10 episode show, starring Clive Owen, centres on the Knickerbocker Hospital in the early 1900s, as medicine was being revolutionized by scientific approaches. It is dark, gritty and more than a little gory, and gives Soderbergh the perfect format to do what he loves most – tell stories:
“You get to go narrow and deep. I had a great time on it. I was terrified going in »
- Sarah Myles
Over the weekend, Olympic medalist and professional Mma fighter Ronda Rousey successfully defended her title as Ufc Women's Bantamweight Champion. It's great news for her and even better news for The Expendables 3, which is getting some an extra bit of publicity via the win. Rousey costars in the upcoming sequel alongside Sylvester Stallone and many other action stars, and she'll be in Fast & Furious 7, which isn't surprising given how much that franchise likes to employ former and current athletes in its roster of players. The last Fast & Furious movie, for instance cast fellow female Mma fighter Gina Carano, who had already proven her acting talents in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, as well as bodybuilder-turned-actor Kim Kold and of course...
- Christopher Campbell
Few filmmakers have left behind a body of work quite like Steven Soderbergh. The skilled storyteller and Oscar winner bowed out last year after his last theatrically-released film, Side Effects, instead opting to dabble in television, artwork, and occasional side endeavors. Prolific to the very end, Soderbergh hasn't been linked to any directorial projects in almost two years right now . normal for other filmmakers, but not for him. We really aren't going to get any more Steven Soderbergh-directed movies for a long time, and for a very basic reason. In an excellent, probing interview with Esquire, Steven Soderbergh elaborates on why he backed away from movies. Promoting the new television series The Knick starring Clive Owen, Soderbergh simply, and tragically, credits the fact that filmmaking was no longer any "fun." "The bottom line when people talk about all the reasons, you know the biggest reason? It stopped being fun. »
Want answers to the central mystery of the 'Sudden Departure' in HBO's "The Leftovers"? You probably aren't going to get them - or at least not in the way you may want. Vulture just ran a lengthy interview with author Tom Perrotta in which the following quote was dropped:
"To hear [Producer Damon] Lindelof tell it, a big reveal seems unlikely. 'If that's why you're watching the show, don't watch the show.'" In fact there was "defining creative tension" between himself and Lindelof as the question of whether supernatural events can happen on the show.
Steven Soderbergh says he had such fun doing his upcoming medical drama "The Knick," which premieres in early August, that he's keen on getting going on a second season and is just waiting for the official go ahead from Cinemax:
"We'll find out within the next couple of weeks. I know they're happy. »
- Garth Franklin
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 […]
- Russ Fischer
The running line about Steven Soderbergh in the last few years has been that he’s the most prolific retired filmmaker today, supposedly having given up film for good and turned his mind toward other mediums and projects. And in the short time since February 2013 when his official “last film” Side Effects was released, he’s been busy at work with the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra, the Cinemax show The Knick and a Broadway production called The Library.
But Soderbergh Monday clarified his “retirement” in an interview with Esquire.
“The bottom line when people talk about all the reasons, you know the biggest reason? It stopped being fun. It just stopped being fun. It really wasn’t. That’s a big deal to me,” Soderbergh said. “ The ratio of bullshit to the fun part of doing the work was really starting to get out of whack.”
Soderbergh added that »
- Brian Welk
The '80s are coming back, sorta, with the help of Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh and "Dirty Dancing" actress Jennifer Grey. The iconic '80s star is joining Paul Reiser, Craig Roberts, Richard Kind and Oliver Cooper in "Red Oaks," a new Amazon pilot that will be programmed as part of the nascent streaming service's third pilot season. Helming the first episode will be filmmaker David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express," "Eastbound & Down"), who's set to direct from a script by Gregory Jacobs ("The Knick") and Joe Gangemi ("Eliza Graves"). “Greg Jacobs told me this idea on the set of 'Behind the Candelabra' and I told him it was great and that he should start working on it immediately,” said executive-producer Soderbergh in a statement. “Then, while we were on the set of 'The Knick' he gave me the script he wrote with Joe Gangemi and I said, »
- Chris Eggertsen
It was hard to swallow the fact that the man who gave us “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “Traffic” and the “Ocean’s” franchise was leaving the movie biz when Steven Soderbergh started winding down his movie career around this time last year. We’ve learned more about his motives since then and have been treated to a newfound focus on TV.
“The fact that it became a story at all is because of Matt Damon,” Soderbergh told the mag. “He remembered verbatim a drunk conversation we had in Chicago and repeated it to USA Today. I’d talked about it before and nobody gave a shit. It wasn’t until Matt said that I had a plan to get out. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Steven Soderbergh‘s new home is the small screen. The director may not be interested in making theatrical movies at this point, but his transition from film to TV started with Behind the Candelabra, made for HBO, and continues soon with the Cinemax show The Knick. Now Soderbergh is working as a producer on a show […]
- Russ Fischer
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What's It About? Cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's vision for a "Dune" movie was beyond remarkable; it was truly epic. Pink Floyd, H. R. Giger, and Mick Jagger were just a few of the names attached to the film - until it imploded. This is a documentary about a sci-fi film that was ahead of its time and the visionary behind it.
Why We're In: Tons of interviews, behind-the-scenes details, storyboards, and more make this a must-see for art house, midnight movie, and film history fiends.
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What's It About? Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson star in this cool crime drama about a thief who's out for revenge on the dude who double-crossed him. Mel Gibson's "Payback" was based on the same novel, "The Hunter" by Donald E. Westlake, but that shouldn't deter you. »
- Jenni Miller
A very familiar face is about to join the Florrick/Agos family.
Taye Diggs (Private Practice, currently Murder in the First) will recur on the upcoming sixth season of The Good Wife. Diggs will play Dean Levine-Wilkins, an equity partner at Lockhart/Gardner who decides to join this person (spoiler alert!) at Alicia and Cary’s new firm.
E! Online was the first to report the news.
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The field for Amazon Video's third pilot competition has been set. The final entrant announced by the burgeoning web video platform is Red Oaks, a comedy produced by Hollywood heavyweight Steven Soderbergh and directed by Pineapple Express helmsman David Gordon Green. Red Oaks will star Craig Roberts as a tennis-playing country club employee who is at a crossroads in his life. The series boasts an impressive supporting cast, with both Paul Reiser and Richard Kind set to appear. Writer Greg Jacobs is a frequent Soderbergh collaborator who most recently teamed up with the director for Behind the Candelabra. "Greg Jacobs told me this idea on the set of Behind the Candelabra and I told him it was great and that he should start working on it immediately," said Soderbergh in a press release. "Then, while we were on the set of The Knick he gave me the script he wrote »
- Sam Gutelle
Steven Soderbergh is back, but it's not with another indie drama, studio blockbuster or any number of his other efforts that fall right in between the two. The small screen is the filmmaker's new home, and in August he strides confidently back behind the camera with "The Knick" (check out the first batch of posters here). It's a chance to see the filmmaker stretch his storytelling muscles, and it's an opportunity he loved taking on. "You get to go narrow and deep. I had a great time on it. I was terrified going in. Because they basically said yes to a pilot script. We wanted a series commitment with the understanding... This is end of May, June, a year ago. We wanted a commitment and we had to start shooting in September," he told Esquire. "The good news was they said yes. The bad news was now we got to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It would appear that Kevin Smith and Steven Soderbergh are locked into a duel to the death to see which of them can direct the most stuff after announcing a retirement from directing. Not, of course, that we're complaining about this.With Smith's horror film Tusk awaiting release from A24 and his holiday horror anthology Anti-Clause already announced and pre-sold for distribution in major territories around the globe Smith has spilled word to Screen International that he'll also be shooting a spin off to Tusk titled Yoga Hosers before the end of the year. Says the writer-director: "There are two characters in a convenience store in Tusk that you see for five minutes, very much Ronsencrantz and Guildenstern. I've built a whole movie around them and...
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