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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
Director: Guillaume Canet
Running Time: 127 Minutes
Based on the 2008 French film Rivals, director Guillaume Canet recreates the familial drama in 1970s Brooklyn. With a knockout cast and New York setting Blood Ties was a promising venture, but had much to prove to admirers of the original.
Rivals prevailed in depicting a gritty crime drama that could easily be mistaken for a rediscovered 70s movie. Canet, who starred in the original, provides an unsuccessful remake. There was an expectation for more, especially with a winning cast. Unfortunately Blood Ties is a bland revision that opts for familiar formulaic clichés.
The film details the lives of two brothers, Chris (Clive Owen) and Frank (Billy Crudup). Fifty-year-old Chris has just been released from prison and younger brother Frank, a cop, reluctantly waits for him outside the gates. Frank, hopes that his brother has changed, »
- Ciham Messouki
Cinemax’s The Knick The Golden Lotus TV Show Review. The Knick: Season 1, Episode 9: The Golden Lotus found our good Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) breaking into a Greenwich Village pharmacy, desperately scrounging for cocaine and shooting up just before being caught by the cops. This, the wretched downward spiral [...]
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- Eden Tirl
The Knick has wrapped up one hell of an impressive debut season on the Cinemax network. Surgeons hooked on cocaine, race riots, the horrors of practicing medicine in the early 1900's and much more was packed into an intense 10 episodes led by an Emmy worthy performance by Clive Owen. Clive Owen stars as Dr. John Thackery, a brilliant surgeon who is constantly revolutionizing the way doctors operated in the early 1900's. The mustachioed Owen is a madman here and as the season winds down his performance really begins to shine. I'd be stunned if he wasn't at least considered for either a Golden Globe or Emmy. Thackery is a genius but he heavily relies on injecting himself with cocaine in order to function on a daily basis. There's an amazing flashback scene where Thackery and his mentor, »
- Keven Skinner
Blood Ties, 2014.
Directed by Guillaume Canet.
Two brothers – one a cop, the other a con – discover that not everything is black and white when it comes to family loyalty.
Coming from the same place as Goodfellas and Carlito’s Way, Blood Ties is a crime drama set against the backdrop of 1970s New York and centres around the relationship between brothers Chris and Frank Pierzynski. Chris (Clive Owen) has served nine years for murder when he is released on the condition that he can get a job and go straight. His younger brother Frank (Billy Crudup) is a detective in the NYPD and sets him up with a job and a place to live but old habits die hard and Chris returns to his old ways to make ends meet. »
- Gary Collinson
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
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
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
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 »
The Great Fire's launch topped Thursday's ratings outside soaps, overnight data reveals.
The new ITV period drama attracted an average 4.44 million (21.4%) at 9pm, with an added 377,000 (2.5%) tuning in on +1.
Earlier, Paul O'Grady's For the Love of Dogs appealed to 4.38m (21.2%) at 8.30pm (240k/1.2% on +1).
On BBC One, Watchdog interested 3.17m (15.4%) at 8pm, followed by Crimewatch with 3.21m (15.4%) at 9pm. Question Time brought in 2.13m (21.1%) at 10.35pm.
Peaky Blinders' latest episode thrilled 1.59m (7.6%) at 9pm, up over 100k from last week.
On Channel 4, the series finale of Location, Location, Location was seen by 1.25m (6.1%) at 8pm (274k/1.3%), followed by Educating the East End with 1.18m (5.7%) at 9pm (151k/1.0%) and Scrotal Recall with 413k (2.4%) at 10pm.
Channel 5's Benefits Britain intrigued 749k (3.6%) at 8pm, »
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 [...]
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- Eden Tirl
Other anticipated selections include Hyde Park International’s 99 Homes directed by Ramin Bahrani starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon and WestEnd Films’ Michael Winterbottom drama The Face Of An Angel with Daniel Bruhl, Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne.
Vmi Worldwide presents the drama Any Day from Rustam Branaman with Sean Bean, Kate Walsh and Eva Longoria and buyers will also get the chance to see Arclight’s action adventure The Last Knight starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman and directed by Kazuaki Kiriya.
More than 415 films will screen at the market, including 331 market premieres and 91 world premieres.
Afm is set »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
AFM runs Nov. 5-12 in Santa Monica with over 415 films screening. “Suite Francaise,” directed by Saul Dibb and based on the Irene Nemirovsky novel, also stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson, Lambert Wilson and Margot Robbie.
TF1 International is selling international rights. The Weinstein Co. has U.S. rights.
Other notable world premieres include “How to Make Love Like an Englishman” with Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba (The Solution); Helen Hunt’s “Ride” (6 Sales); “The Last Knights” with Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman (Arclight); and “Any Day,” starring Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, and Eva Longoria (Vmi).
- Dave McNary
After Tommy's life-threatening beating, he sets his sights on taking control of the southern racecourses and gaining the favour of aristocrat May Carleton. However, danger lurks in the form of Major Campbell (Sam Neill) and Darby Sabini (Noah Taylor).
The Great Fire: ITV, 9pm
This brand new drama consists of four episodes charting the destructive repercussions of the famous Great Fire of London in 1666, and the role of baker Thomas Farriner (Andrew Buchan) in the incident.
Also starring Game of Thrones cast members Rose Leslie and Charles Dance, tonight's episode introduces Farriner and focuses on the outbreak of the Great Fire, setting up the heart-breaking stories that follow.
Suburgatory: E4, 9pm
Suburgatory draws to a close tonight, »
The historical medical drama, which stars Clive Owen as a maverick surgeon, is well-done big-budget television, but does not utilise the directors more subversive cinematic tricks
There is a neatness in news of the planned third series of David Lynchs Twin Peaks coinciding with the arrival in the UK (9pm, Thursday, Sky Atlantic) of Steven Soderberghs TV project The Knick. The weird police procedural made by Lynch and Mark Frost (ABC, 1990-91) remains the gold standard for movie talent dabbling in television and as was the case with Sam Mendes Penny Dreadful, David Mamets The Unit and David Finchers House of Cards Soderbergh is at some level working in its shadow, if not in his own mind then in many of those of the audience.
This is not Soderberghs first attempt at television he made the Washington DC satire K Street in 2003 and his Liberace biopic Behind the Candelebra was »
- Mark Lawson
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
1. This is a great idea. Everyone knew that Marvel would figure out some way to keep making movies where Robert Downey Jr. wears some kind of cool metal suit. But Iron Man 4 was always a skeptical proposition. "Fun, Shambling Mess" is basically the best you can hope for when it comes to fourquels. (See: The fish-out-of-time-water shenanigans in Star Trek IV; Stallone solving the Cold War with his fists in Rocky IV; Harry and Ron having a really wacky wizard prom in Goblet of Fire.) Marvel could've positioned a fourth Iron Man movie as a complete in-franchise reboot by »
- Darren Franich
If there needs to be any more proof that television has become an auteurist paradise, one need to look no further than Cinemax’s “The Knick.” It marks some of the most electrifying work director Steven Soderbergh, who has helmed all ten episodes, has done in years. It’s bold storytelling, executed with technical virtuosity and creative flair, and it’s simply some of the best work in any medium you’ll see all year. But the show lives or dies on the shoulders of star Clive Owen, and not only is he up to the challenge, he delivers the best performance of his career. The actor plays Dr. John W. Thackery, the groundbreaking, genius, cocaine-addled surgeon of the titular hospital. He’s a casual racist, and a bit of a narcissist, but completely devoted to his work and staff, and advancing the knowledge of medical science. Owen has created »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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