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• Tony winner Billy Crudup may be taking a step in the Spotlight. The Watchmen star is in talks to join the ensemble drama based on the Catholic Church cover-up of pedophiliac priests in Massachusetts and The Boston Globe investigation that followed. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci will all star in the film from director Tom McCarthy (Win Win) and written by Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). Crudup would play the lead attorney for the victims, Eric MacLeish. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
After making her directing debut with In A World, Lake Bell will take her sophomore turn behind the camera with The Emperor’s Children for Imagine Entertainment. Noah Baumbach adapted the script from Claire Messud’s 2006 book about three friends in their early thirties living in NYC in the months leading up to September 11, 2001. Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing for Imagine. Bell wrote, directed, and starred in In A World, which nabbed her Sundance’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award along with an Indie Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay. She stars in the upcoming The Coup for TWC and in Man Up opposite Simon Pegg.
Neophyte thesp Jack Kilmer will play one of a handful of infamous college research subjects in The Stanford Prison Experiment, now filming in L.A. The film directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez from Tim Talbott’s script chronicles the notorious 1971 experiment conducted at Stanford University, »
- Jen Yamato
It was only yesterday that we brought you the trailer to Billy Crudup’s latest venture, Rudderless, and now it looks like he might be attaching his name to something else. News has surfaced that the Almost Famous actor will star alongside Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin) and Michael Angarano (The Brass Teapot) in Stanford Prison Experiment, based on true events.
With a script penned by Tim Talbott (South Park, Chicago Fire), the story is taken from an experiment conducted at Stanford University in the 1970s. A group of 19 and 20 year-old students are separated into two groups – prisoners and wardens. With a two week trial period, the participants are left to their own devices. However, with free reign to do what they want – and having gone a little power-crazy – the experiment has to be cut short due to ‘sadistic’ abuse.
As I said in yesterday’s article, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Following a pair of breakthrough performances from Ezra Miller in We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being A Wallflower, we haven't seen the actor get nearly as much work as we want him to. But now he's lined up what could be a promising indie project with Billy Crudup and Michael Angarano in the Stanford Prison Experiment. Based on the social study of the same name, the film has been in development for over a decade and The Wrap reports it's coming together with C.O.G. director Kyle Patrick Alvarez at the helm. This certainly seems like timely subject matter considering what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri. For those who don't know the Stanford Prison Experiment was a study conducted at the university back in 1971 where randomly-chosen 19 and 20-year-old students were divided into camps of either prison guards or prisoners and left conduct themselves as they would in a jail. »
- Ethan Anderton
• Mark Wahlberg may star in the Bp oil rig explosion film Deepwater Horizon from All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor. The movie is adapted from The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” and is based on the true story of the men who worked on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded in 2010, causing one of the worst oil spills in history. Wahlberg would play the No. 2 manager on site. Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) has adapted the latest draft based on an original version written by Matthew Sand. [Deadline]
• Warner Bros. has acquired »
- Jake Perlman
After more than a decade in development, a movie about the infamous “Stanford Prison Experiment” is finally moving forward with Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano set to star and “C.O.G.” filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez (“C.O.G.”) directing, TheWrap has learned. Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features are financing the indie project, which Brent Emery and Lizzie Friedman are producing with Greg Little, Lauren Bratman and “The Hurt Locker” star Brian Geraghty. The film is based on the landmark experiment conducted at Stanford University in the summer of 1971, in which randomly-chosen 19 and 20-year-old students were divided into camps of either »
- Jeff Sneider
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: August 8, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
A period drama, this TV show is set in downtown New York City in 1900. It revolves around the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses, and staff who work there. They push the boundaries of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics.
A brilliant surgeon, Doctor John Thackery (Clive Owen) is pioneering new methods in the field, despite nursing his secret and severe addiction to cocaine. He leads a team of physicians that include his protégé Doctor Everett Gallinger »
A month ahead of its series premiere, Cinemax has seen fit to renew its period medical drama The Knick, from “retired” filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, for a second season of 10 episodes. Excitingly, Soderbergh, who executive-produced and directed all 10 episodes of the first season, will be returning to helm the entire second season as well. News of the pick-up comes just days after Soderbergh revealed that he was planning a second season, so Cinemax likely jumped at the chance to keep him around.
Set in downtown New York at the turn of the twentieth century, The Knick focuses on the doctors, nurses and staff of Knickerbocker Hospital as they push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics.
- Isaac Feldberg
The second season will also consist of 10 episodes. Soderbergh confirmed he will direct the entire season, as he did with season 1. Set in downtown New York in 1900, “The Knick” centers on the Knickerbocker Hospital and its groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics.
“I’m going to do all 10 — you’re seeing a trend now of … a sense that there’s a positive aspect to having a visual language that’s very specific and very unified throughout the show,” Soderbergh noted. “It’s not only creatively satisfying, but also, practically speaking, better … in terms of economics … we schedule it like a film.”
Rumors of Soderbergh’s retirement were apparently greatly exaggerated, »
- Laura Prudom
Cinemax has released 11 new posters for Stephen Soderbergh's amazing-looking series The Knick. Ten of them are character posters, and they are meant to remind us that things aren't how they used to be.
The 10-episode series is set in downtown New York in 1900, and the story centers "on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics."
The series is sure to be absolutely fascinating. It stars André Holland, Eve Hewson, Juliet Rylance, Jeremy Bobb, Michael Angarano, Chris Sullivan, Cara Seymour, Eric Johnson, David Fierro, Maya Kazan, Leon Addison Brown, and Matt Frewer. The Knick premieres Friday, August 8th at 10pm/9c.
Via: Collider »
- Joey Paur
“Game of Thrones” may be over for the season, but the summer will have no shortage of bloody scripted TV. The Steven Soderbergh-directed Cinemax drama “The Knick,” for which the trailer dropped Tuesday, is one such show that will contribute to the trend.
Clive Owen stars as Dr. John W. Thackery in the show that follows the doctors, nurses and staff of the Knickerbocker Hospital in downtown New York in 1900 as they push the boundaries of medicine. However, what was then modern medicine is a lot different than what we know today — the morality rates are higher, and there seems to be a lot more blood.
“With every blow I mend, every extra year I give to a patient, I know that at the very least, something has been won,” Owen’s voiceover says in the trailer.
With a similar dark tone to Showtime’s new “Penny Dreadful,” the »
- Alex Stedman
Cinemax has teased us with several brief looks at Steven Soderbergh's upcoming television series "The Knick", but today they have delivered the first full trailer for the upcoming 1900-set medical drama. Starring Clive Owen in the lead role, the ten-episode first season centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. Soderbergh directed all ten episodes and the ensemble cast includes Andre Holland, Eve Hewson, Juliet Rylance, Jeremy Bobb, Michael Angarano, Chris Sullivan, Cara Seymour, Eric Johnson, David Fierro, Maya Kazan, Leon Addison Brown and Matt Frewer. The first episode arrives on August 8, check out the trailer below. Don't be surprised, but this one looks rather dark and disturbing. sb id="948437" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
If the words "Clive Owen directed by Steven Soderbergh" weren't enough to get you excited about the upcoming Cinemax series "The Knick," here's the first trailer, which features Owen praising "modern" medicine (the show is set 114 years in the past) while chaos swirls around him. Moving at a steady but intense pace, the trailer doesn't feature much of the cast (which includes André Holland, Eve Hewson, Juliet Rylance, Michael Angarano, Maya Kazan and Matt Frewer) but does promise horse-drawn carriages and old-timey surgery. Even from this first glimpse, "The Knick" looks like nothing currently on the airwaves, which is always a good thing -- but hopefully, you're not too squeamish. Watch the trailer below -- the series premieres August 8th at 10pm.
- Liz Shannon Miller
If the words "Clive Owen directed by Steven Soderbergh" weren't enough to get you excited about the upcoming Cinemax series "The Knick," here's the first trailer, which features Owen praising "modern" medicine (the show is set 114 years in the past) while chaos swirls around him. Moving at a steady but intense pace, the trailer doesn't feature much of the cast (which includes André Holland, Eve Hewson, Juliet Rylance, Michael Angarano, Maya Kazan and Matt Frewer) but does promise horse-drawn carriages and old-timey surgery. Even from this first glimpse, "The Knick" looks like nothing currently on the airwaves, which is always a good thing -- but hopefully, you're not too squeamish. Watch the trailer below -- the series premieres August 8th at 10pm. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Directed by Dito Montiel (Fighting) and starring Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Fast & Furious 6) Empire State is based on the true story of one of the largest cash heists in U.S. history. This nerve-shredding action thriller will be available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download from March 17th we’ve got three copies of the Blu-ray to give away absolutely free!
After failing to get into the police academy, Chris Potamitis (Hemsworth) settles for a security guard job with the Empire State Armored Truck Company. Chris makes the mistake of mentioning the company’s lax security to his best friend, Eddie (Michael Angarano, Haywire) and is soon unwittingly drawn into an elaborate scheme to rob the abundant amounts of cash being stored there. As the stakes continue to rise, Chris and Eddie must outwit the veteran NYPD Detective that is hot on their trail, »
Director: Dito Montiel.
Running Time: 90 minutes.
Chris (Hemsworth), starts work as a security guard. After realising that his new place of employment is really slack in the security department he seizes the chance to make things better for his friends and family.
Although based on a true story of an inside heist, the plot is very muddled, with loose ends and undeveloped plot points scattered everywhere.
The biggest let down of the film would have to be Hemsworth himself. Cast in the lead, it’s clear that he’s not ready to shoulder a film yet. His character is supposedly meant to be an Italian-American »
- Kat Smith
This week it finally happened, Lovefilm is no more, it has now been completely consumed by its Amazon overlords and is now known as Amazon Prime and something that operates totally through your Amazon account should you have one.
At first this was a baffling experience, there was rumours of a lot more new content being added and when you logged into the Ios app for Lovefilm/Amazon post switchover, suddenly you were faced with A Lot of new content, things like Aliens, Congo, Cujo, Invaders from Mars and lots of HBO shows including Eastbound and Down, Enlightened and the Sopranos as well as Community in the ‘Recently Added’ section.
Of course this was too good to be true and you could add these to your watchlist but then not actually watch them. So when things calmed down and you logged back in, these titles it turned out were part »
- Chris Holt
Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore heads up a stellarcast in The English Teacher, which releases on DVD 3rd March from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment. To celebrate the release we have 3 DVDs to give away!
Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) teams up with his Stuck in Love co-star Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) in the feature-film directorial debut from Golden Globe Nominee Craig Zisk, whose impressive TV work includes Weeds, Scrubs and the Emmy Award winning The Big C. Also starring Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) and Michael Angarano (Almost Famous), the film is narrated by Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter).
Bored and predictable, Linda Sinclair (Moore) has her life turned upside down when her ex-student Jason (Angarano) returns to his hometown. After accosting him by mistake Linda finds herself promising to read a screenplay by the now budding writer.
Feeling for the first time in a long time revitalised and passionate, »
Director: Craig Zisk
Running Time: 87 Minutes
The world of cinema has always had a certain need to deify teachers and present their actions as what forms the foundations of their students’ lives. As a teacher myself you would probably expect me to be okay with such a portrayal, but in actual fact it kind of undermines the importance of the job in real life terms. One thing that The English Teacher has going for it, is that it takes a rather bitter look at the need to inspire, which is a refreshing change if nothing else.
Linda Sinclair (Moore) is a 45 year old spinster who may have resigned herself to a life living in her books, but she also keeps an eye out for potential love interests. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
A really good, »
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