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For those who live in cities with an active film industry, spotting idle celebrities wearing wigs and looking bored while smoking cigarettes is just another Thursday. But sometimes, even locals can be caught off guard.
When a Hollywood back lot won't suffice, you have to go straight to the source for old-timey looking buildings. New Yorkers got a bit of a surprise when a block of lower Manhattan was transformed into 1900s Americana — complete with dirt and hay covered streets, and all signs of modernity removed. And to think, they were JUST getting used to those shared Citibike racks, now they have to deal with horse buggies and street urchins.
Turns out this transformation is thanks to Steven Soderbergh, who's filming his new Cinemax series, The Knick, starring Clive Owen — so much for Soderbergh's retirement. Set in downtown New York, the new drama is about "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." Also, Owen is set to play a doctor hooked on liquid cocaine. Let's hope he doesn't go method for this one. The series is set for release in sometime next year. So if you're in the city, head over to Orchard Street between Delancey and Grand in the Lower East Side to catch a glimpse of the filming or just for some vicarious time travel on your lunch break. If you wear a bonnet, perhaps you could pass for one of the 300 extras on set.
Bono's actress daughter Eve Hewson is heading to the small screen after landing a role in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming TV series The Knick. The This Must Be The Place star, 22, has been cast alongside Clive Owen in the 10-part show, which is based in 1900s New York and will centre around groundbreaking surgeons and staff at Knickerbocker Hospital during a period of high mortality rates and a lack of antibiotics.
Kristen Stewart's ex-boyfriend Michael Angarano has also joined the line-up, which includes Andre Holland and Sinister's Juliet Rylance, according to Deadline.com.
Production on the programme, which will air on America's Cinemax cable network, is due to begin in late September (13).
Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has put his retirement plans on ice to direct a new original TV series for U.S. cable network Cinemax. Period medical drama The Knick will be set in New York's Knickerbocker Hospital 113 years ago and the 10-episode series will star Clive Owen. Soderbergh, who recently won acclaim for his work on Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, announced he was planning to turn his back on Hollywood and become an artist last year (12).
Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is putting his retirement plans on hold to step back behind the camera for a new TV series with Clive Owen. The Oscar winner, 50, was previously expected to hang up his director's hat after the premiere of his Liberace movie, Behind The Candelabra, which aired on U.S. TV last month (May13), but he has now signed up to make new show The Knick.
The programme, based in 1900s New York, will centre around groundbreaking surgeons and staff at Knickerbocker Hospital during a period of high mortality rates and a lack of antibiotics.
Bosses at America's Cinemax cable network have already ordered 10 episodes of The Knick, although a premiere date has yet to be set.
Remember that couple you were friends with through high school — the ones who'd break up every month and swear, with alcohol-infused fury, that they'd never get back together? That's pretty much what's going on with Steven Soderbergh and his toxic love, directing. No matter how many times the filmmaker promises he's out of the game, he finds himself back behind the camera. After the Cannes premiere of Soderbergh's so-called last hurrah, Behind the Candelabra, he has reportedly announced (via Deadline) that he will be directing a television show for Cinemax: a 10-episode drama titled The Knick, set to star Clive Owen.
Soderbergh's next venture (which, for all we know, could be the start of a long lasting television career) will take place at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital circa the beginning of the 20th century. Although Candelabra, Soderbergh's Liberace biopic, is an HBO film, this will be his first real foray with small screen directing — an exciting prospect considering the auteur's versatile originality.
So yes, he's kind of a liar, but in the best way possible.
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