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Caryn James

'The Knick': Steven Soderbergh Recasts 'House' with Clive Owen

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  • August 8, 2014 8:56 AM
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"The Knick" is "House, M.D." set in 1900, a medical drama about a brilliant, junkie doctor, an American played by a charismatic British actor. Clive Owen's character, John Thackeray, might have been an ancestor of Hugh Laurie's House. Steve Soderbergh's direction elevates the series, but it is a conventional hospital drama in period clothes.

Gillian Anderson's Tense, Don't-Miss Netflix Series, 'The Fall' (Review)

  • By Caryn James
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  • June 7, 2013 9:00 AM
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Early in her enthralling new series The Fall, Gillian Anderson -- as a detective named Stella Gibson -- indulges in what she calls a "sweet night," a concept she has borrowed from an African tribe. A woman asks a man to her bed for the night, knowing she'll kick him out for good in the morning. Of course it's a lot harder to escape a sweet night without repercussions if you're a London detective in Belfast searching for the serial killer of young professional women.

Clive Owen On 'Shadow Dancer' And An Older Film He Wants You to See (Video)

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  • May 31, 2013 8:50 AM
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What is the best, little-known Clive Owen film? It's not Closer or Croupier; those highly praised films showed us that no one does compassionate, conflicted intensity better than Owen -- a quality that made him a natural for Shadow Dancer as an MI-5 agent who becomes disillusioned with his job.

James Marsh and Andrea Riseborough Talk About the Personal, the Political and 'Shadow Dancer'

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  • May 31, 2013 8:49 AM
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James Marsh may be best known as the director of the Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire, about Philippe Petit's tightrope walk between the Twin Towers, and Andrea Riseborough as the star who actually burnished her reputation by playing Wallis Simpson in Madonna's otherwise critically reviled W.E. But they've made something altogether different and wonderful together: the taut, off-your-guard psychological and political thriller Shadow Dancer.

Femme Fatale Meets Literary Lion: Nicole Kidman And Clive Owen in "Hemingway and Gellhorn"

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  • May 28, 2012 9:00 AM
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Three of Ernest Hemingway’s four wives were maternal or authority figures. There was Hadley, the starter wife, gentle but nearly eight years older than the young Hemingway. Then the boyish-figured Pauline came along, took charge and led him away -- willingly, but still. Wife number four, white-haired Mary, was the ultimate maternal caregiver for the older, lionized writer. But wife number three was a whole other story, as we see in Philip Kaufman’s sometimes dazzling, sometimes cliched HBO film Hemingway and Gellhorn. War correspondent and femme fatale, Martha Gellhorn was the only Hemingway wife who could match his daring and ambition, who could challenge his fame, who viewed him level-eyed as an equal. The relationship was destined to flame out as soon as her independence and growing reputation threatened his control.

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