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The critically-acclaimed series returns for a fifth outing on Netflix.
There's no denying the cultural impact 'House Of Cards' has had throughout its four seasons to-date, as one of Netflix's staple original series and standout exclusives. Now returning for a fifth season, the series shows no signs of slowing down, with a trailer released today (May 1) that offers a look at what could be some of the darkest episodes yet.
Now that Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has claimed power as the President of the United States, he's got his eyes set on an even bigger venture; "One nation, Underwood." The idea of "one nation" is something that's been thrown around in the real political world for some time, but it's not an idea that many give much credence to, partly because it would mean being a part of a dictatorship.
Continue reading: 'House Of Cards' Season 5 Trailer Promises "One Nation, Underwood"
Baby is a young man with a talent for driving and a love of music. As such, he uses his remarkable abilities as a getaway driver for a gang of criminals led by the ruthless Doc. Baby doesn't want to have to do this forever, but agrees to one more heist. Unfortunately, the probability of success is low, and his risk of death extremely high. When he meets a beautiful waitress named Deborah, he decides he wants to give up his life of crime once and for all - but Doc was never going to let him get away that easily. He risks life and limb attempting to leave town with the love of his life - trying his best to protect her because he knows that Doc wants to use her to get to him. He might be the best driver you'll find anywhere, but that doesn't give him much of a head start when an entire gang go after him.
Continue: Baby Driver Trailer
Real life Claire Underwood, or what?
So many female celebrities are speaking out against the gender pay gap in Hollywood, but how many of them are trying to make damn sure they don't become a victim of such sexism? 'House Of Cards' star Robin Wright put her foot down when it came to negotiating her pay to match co-star Kevin Spacey.
Robin Wright fought for her right to equal pay
How did she do it? Well, you might be interested to know that no disputes were involved, no lawsuit and no blackmail... well, almost no blackmail. In an interview with the Rockefeller Foundation, Wright revealed how she responded when she learned that Spacey was earning $500,000 per episode compared to her admittedly not-so-measly $420,000.
Continue reading: Robin Wright Explains How She Beat Gender Pay Gap On 'House Of Cards'
His wife is on the warpath now.
It looks like the forthcoming fourth season of 'House Of Cards' is set to be just as intense and thrilling as the last three seasons. Now that Frank Underwood is President, he should be feeling jubilant - but his merciless soon-to-be-ex wife isn't going to let that happen.
Kevin Spacey returns in 'House Of Cards' season 4
As usual, there's corruption and conspiracies littered with murders, sex scandals, prison and fraud over in Washington, D.C.. The first trailer for the immensely popular political drama 'House of Cards' shows First Lady Claire Underwood clearly bitter about her husband Frank, and not remotely miserable about the end of her marriage having announced her decision to leave him at the end of season 3. In fact, she appears to be doing everything within her power to make Frank's term as President of the United States as difficult as possible. 'We had a future until you started destroying it', he says to her.
The hidden talents of the stars.
It's always awesome to discover the untapped hidden talents of celebrities; talents not necessarily used to a great extent in their everyday work. Some stars - whether they're singers or actors - possess the extremely impressive knack of nailing impressions of their peers, even the ones you least expect.
Welcome to the fold, Chris
In no particular order, we've compiled a list of our favourite impressions from celebrities not necessarily famous for that talent, i.e. they're not comedians or anything, just professional pop and movie stars.
Continue reading: Chris Martin And Nine More Of Our Favourite Celebrity Impressionists
Creator Beau Willimon has announced his departure from the Netflix series, which began in 2013.
‘House of Cards’ has been renewed by Netflix for a fifth season, but the show will be undergoing a major change. Series creator Beau Willimon has announced he will be departing after the fourth series, which begins on the streaming service in March.
In a statement to Entertainment Weekly Willimon thanked his team, including “our two incandescent stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. After five years and four seasons, it’s time for me to move on to new endeavors,” he added.
Continue reading: 'House Of Cards' Renewed For Fifth Season But Showrunner Won't Return
Tom Brand has always been a workaholic and his company is in the fanal stages of one of their biggest projects to date. As with a lot of people who have high flying careers, Tom's family have taken somewhat of a backseat in his life. Particularly his wife Lara and 10 year old daughter Rebecca.
Living in a luxury city apartment, Tom isn't often found with his family but as it's Rebecca's birthday, he knows that he can't miss it. With no gift to give his daughter and knowing that he's spent such little time with her recently, Tom decides to stop off and get her a gift that's sure to make her happy - something she's asked for for years. A cat.
The store where Tom picks up the cat (called Mr. Fuzzypants) is run by an eccentric man called Felix Perkins and as soon as Mr Perkins and the newest member of the Brand family become part of Tom's life, odd things start to happen. Soon Tom's life is turned upside down and he's experiencing family life in a way that he - nor anyone else - has ever experienced before.
Who would've thought that Elvis and Richard Nixon would become allies? When Elvis sporadically showed up at The White House, it was completely unexpected. He was the biggest pop star in the world and there he was, at the gates of The White House unannounced.
Under the advice of one of his top aides, Nixon is a talked into meeting with The King Of Pop. Nixon needed a boost in popularity and for him to be seen as becoming friends with America's most loved star would be a perfect photo op for The President.
Elvis is accepted and taken into the building; him and his security sidekicks are searched and relieved of their firearms. Whilst speaking with Egil Krogh, Elvis is run through a few of the certain White House protocols that one must follow on meeting the president, protocols Elvis is quick to cast aside. The reason behind this meeting was kept entirely secret, but now we'll learn about Elvis' aspirations to take on a new mission unlike anything he's ever done before.
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From 'House Of Cards' to 'Elvis & Nixon'...
It looks like Kevin Spacey has really found his oeuvre. Not only is a playing a presidential candidate in 'House Of Cards' (which, by the way, returns to Netflix with season four in March), but now he's appearing as Richard Nixon in the forthcoming historical comedy 'Elvis & Nixon'.
Kevin Spacey is president again
It's almost like a full circle for Spacey; one of his first ever TV roles was as a US senator in a 1987 episode of 'Crime Story', and then 'House Of Cards' hit Netflix in 2013, earning him a Golden Globe Award as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award.
“They say we get the leaders we deserve. America deserves Frank Underwood.”
The trailer for Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ premiered during Sunday’s Golden Globes' ceremony and it’s fair to say that Frank Underwood is most definitely back and badder than ever. Kevin Spacey’s character is shown sitting at his desk in the Oval office during the clip, where he proclaims ‘America deserves Frank Underwood’.
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in ‘House of Cards’.
“They say we get the leaders we deserve,” Spacey as Underwood begins. "Well, here's what I think America deserves: a leader who's not afraid to look you in the eye and tell you what he believes.”
Continue reading: Frank Underwood Is Back In 'House Of Cards' Season Four Trailer
Frank Underwood is coming back to Netflix next year.
Netflix used last night’s Republican debate to announce the return of their own political monster, President Frank Underwood. As the Republican candidates took a break, President Underwood addressed the nation, announcing the return of ‘House of Cards’ for a fourth season.
Kevin Spacey stars as Frank Underwood in ‘House Of Cards’.
Mocking the often cheesy political campaign videos, the advert began with a voiceover proclaiming: ’It’s a new day in America,' as images of a tractor in a corn field, electricity pylons against the sunrise and sun reflecting off city skyscrapers played.
Continue reading: 'House Of Cards' Announces Fourth Season During Republican Debate
'House of Cards' has been renewed for a fourth season by Netflix.
Can't get enough of Frank Underwood? Not sure, even after three seasons, if you love him or you hate him? Not to worry! Netflix has announced it has renewed its award winning series, House of Cards, for a fourth season.
'House of Cards' season 3 leaked briefly on Netflix on Wednesday.
House of Cards season 3 leaked on Netflix for around 30 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, almost two weeks before its scheduled release date. As fans began sharing news of the early arrival on Twitter, the streaming service was on the case and duly yanked the highly anticipated series.
Kevin Spacey [L] and Robin Wright [R] return for season 3 on House of Cards, which leaked early on Netflix
The entire season was listed with episodes and title descriptions and, according to the Guardian, the first episode began with "a shot of an intersection" and the second included a meeting of President Frank Underwood and his advisers.
Continue reading: 'House Of Cards' Season 3 Leaks On Netflix, Two Weeks Early
House of Cards is back for season 3 in February. Can you wait until then?
Frank Underwood will begin his Presidential reign on House of Cards season 3 on February 27, 2014. Netflix announced the premiere date on Monday (December 1, 2014), releasing a 12-second teaser trailer showing Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) boarding Air Force One.
Kevin Spacey [L] makes his first apperance as President Underwood, while his wife Claire, Robin Wright [R], is now the First Lady
"President Underwood and the First Lady will be making an announcement today at 11 A.M. EST. Please stand by..." the House of Cards official Twitter account posted this morning.
Natalie Portman has paid tribute to the late director Mike Nichols in a statement. She joins the likes of Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and Steven Spielberg in expressing her grief via social media or in a media statement.
Natalie Portman at the Childrens' Hospital Gala in Los Angeles in October 2014.
'House of Cards' actress Elizabeth Norment has passed away in New York.
Elizabeth Norment, the American actress who played Nancy Kaufberger, the secretary to Kevin Spacey's character in Netflix political drama 'House of Cards', has died aged 61. Norment's character worked for the scheming politician Frank Underwood -congressman for South Carolina who became President of the United States.
Kevin Spacey [L] who plays Frank Underwood in 'House of Cards' has paid tribute to Elizabeth Norment, who has died aged 61
She died in New York on October 13 at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, her sister confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter.
Continue reading: 'House Of Cards' Actress Elizabeth Norment Passes Away Aged 61
Members of Russian activist group reportedly spotted on set of the hit US drama
Members of the Russian punk group imprisoned for their protest against their government are set to appear in the next season of acclaimed US drama House of Cards.Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, of punk bandPussy Riot, were spotted on the set of the hit politcal show, which stars Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey.
Pussy Riot members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina
According to local reports from the Baltimore City Paper, two sources from production team of the Netflix drama confirmed that the members of the anti-Putinist punk group were spotted on set in the city, with one staffer confirming: “Nadezhda and Maria from Pussy Riot were on set, and are in season 3 of HoC.”
Continue reading: Pussy Riot To Appear In Third Series Of 'House Of Cards'
Watch the explosive reveal trailer - starring Kevin Spacey - below.
As the Call of Duty franchise continues the transition between console generations, the video game industry demands more. Actors are required to lend their faces as well as their voices to the medium more and more nowadays, meaning Kevin Spacey’s turn in the upcoming ‘Advanced Warfare’ entry is nothing to be surprised it.
The actor, most recently lauded for his chilling portrayal of Frank Underwood – the indefatigable, unscrupulous, ruthless politician who stops at nothing, not even the sanctity of human life, to get where he wants to be. Now arm that man with a futuristic army capable of deploying drones and super high-tech weaponry and what have you got? Well it’s “Advanced Warfare”.
The golden boy of TV and the most powerful force in retail are combining - jesus
Anyone excited enough by the fact Amazon have acquired HBO shows to add to their streaming roster has probably already indulged on The Sopranos and The Wire. But they’ll probably convince a few of their friends to invest in the service just on the strength of those two shows.
That’s how powerful the HBO brand is in television, and nowadays, when we say television, we’re not just talking about Sunday nights at 9pm – online streaming is where the medium is going. Amazon’s deal with the cable network is a big one; it adds some of TV’s finest hours.
A date has been set for the Oscars 2015. Here's some films to keep an eye on over the coming year.
It may seem like it’s only just finished, but Oscars buzz is about to start up all over again. A date has just been set for the Oscars 2015 ceremony, which will take place next year on February 22.
Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Is Likely To Be In Contention For Some Heavy Awarding At The Oscars 2015.
A presenter has not yet been confirmed, although Kevin Spacey told Jimmy Kimmel that he’d be more than happy to do the job. Anyone will have a tough act to follow after Ellen Degeneres’ huge success hosting the awards show in March.
Continue reading: Oscars 2015 Date Set, Films To Watch In Advance
The biopic will focus on Churchill's rise to power in 1940.
Kevin Spacey is set to play former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in an upcoming biopic, according to THR. The American House of Cards actor will reportedly take centre stage in a film about Churchill's rise to power in 1940 during World War Two, called Captain of the Gate.
Kevin Spacey Has Reportedly Been Cast In An Upcoming Winston Churchill Biopic.
Ben Kaplan, who has written about US president Ronald Reagan for the History Channel and worked on documentaries about Vietnam and the second world war, is writing the screenplay.
Continue reading: Kevin Spacey Cast As Winston Churchill In WWII Prime Minister Biopic
Spacey will play Clarence Darrow, a larger than life player in 19th Century American law
Kevin Spacey is going above and beyond his responsibilities as Creative Director at the Old Vic Theatre by starring in a one-man play as part of the famous venue’s in-the-round season.
Kevin Spacey is thrilled to be heading back to the stage
The legendary actor said he was “thrilled” to be returning to the stage. The play, which is directed by The Old Vic’s associate director David W Rintels, sees Spacey play the titular character, Clarence Darrow, and will run from May 28 to June 15 in the CQS Space.
After Ellen DeGeneres' hugely successful stint, who will host the Oscars in 2015?
We loved Ellen DeGeneres presenting the Oscars on Sunday so much that we really don’t want to even imagine anyone else hosting the awards show ever again. But life isn’t easy and we need to face up to the possibility that someone else may take to the stage at the Dolby Theatre in 2015. Sob.
Kevin Spacey has admitted he would like to host the Academy Awards
But who else could possibly be in the running to host the Oscars in 2015? It took Entertainment Weekly less than a day to start up a poll encouraging votes on who you guys would like to see host next year’s awards ceremony. The celeb choices included Ellen Degeneres for round three, Kevin Spacey, Jimmy Kimmel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emma Watson.
Continue reading: Kevin Spacey? Ellen Again? Who Will Host The Academy Awards 2015?
Social media brings stars closer to the audience and Ellen used it to her advantage.
When Ellen Degeneres took the Academy Awards gig this year, she had some huge expectations to live up to. Mostly expectations that she wouldn’t alienate half the audience thanks to a certain performance by Seth Macfarlane the previous year. So Ellen found an easy solution and bribed all the attendees with pizza. Presumably, it was the ever hungry Jennifer Lawrence who had the best time as the delivery guy (still unclear whether he was an actor or not) walked into the Dolby Theater and started handing out slices to the A-listers. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto and Harison Ford each got a slice, before Ellen left it to producer Harvey Winestein to foot the bill. He must have been a good tipper, though.
"No pressure, only a billion people are watching, whatever you feel is right," she shouted.
Ellen's casual hosting style was a nice change of pace for the stuffy award show.
Continue reading: Ellen Degeneres Hosts One Massive Pizza Party At The Oscars
House of Cards-style demands are being made
The dust is just settling on House of Cards season 2 – released in its entirety on February 14 – but there are concerns about the schedule of season 3, which has been delayed due tax breaks which are being debated in the Maryland legislature.
Raymond Tusk and Frank Underwood slog it out
They should, of course, send Frank Underwood in to sort it out. He could offer something no one else can and get the job done. That, or he could employ some of his other methods; you know, the ones that involve ending people’s lives.
There are a few spoilers ahead - it would be ironic if you weren't forewarned.
We’ve come a long way since spoiling the end of The Sixth Sense was the worst thing someone could do. Nowadays, there are millions of ways to ruin plots, deaths and endings, and as a result we’ve become hypersensitive, syphoning genuine rage towards those who let slip that Lost was all a dream. Whoops.
Do these two come to loggerheads? Well, watch it and find out!
I haven’t seen the Sixth Sense, and I don’t have to – I know everything that happens in that film. During my first watch of The Sopranos, I’d close my eyes while walking through any shop that sold DVDs in case I caught sight of the complete boxset. One day I did, and I knew that every character on that boxset made it to the final series. I cried.
Continue reading: Well Done, Internet, You've Dealt With House Of Cards Spoilers Well
'House of Cards' is gaining momentum, though it should known when to put on the brakes.
It's been less than a week since Frank Underwood returned to our screens in House of Cards season 2 for more political scheming, though already, Netflix's signature series is turning its attention to the future. It's been a roaring success - the show scored nine Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe win for its first season and it's likely more will come its way for season 2.
When Will 'House of Cards' Come To An End?
Spacey has already spoken of the show's potential to run and run, though show creator Beau Willimon insists things will come to an inevitable conclusion.
Continue reading: 'House Of Cards' Looks Towards 'Breaking Bad' For Ending Inspiration
Back with a bang
Political thrillers usually alienate a portion of a show’s potential audience; House of Cards did something quite remarkable in its first season, and spoke to everyone with its simple themes: don’t cross Frank Underwood, lying gets you places, and don’t – for the love of god – cross Frank Underwood.
A tepid start lead to critical acclaim and widespread chatter for the Netflix Original series. With season becoming available for instant gratification – all 13 episodes, chapters 14-26 are available for immediate consumption – all eyes are on Spacey and how House of Cards can trump that brilliant first 13.
Continue reading: House Of Cards Returns: What Do The Critics Think?
We'll take another... 10 seasons
The immensely popular House of Cards kicked off its second season on Netflix today, prompting people to commence binging on the tense political drama. Kevin Spacey, who leads the show with a commanding performance, has predicted a 12 season run. Bit ambitious, don’t you think?
House of Cards - let the scheming and mind games begin!
“12 years, 12 seasons,” said Spacey to Digital Spy when they asked him about the future of the show. It’s more realistic that the 37 seasons he joked about at one point, but another 10 years of House of Cards isn’t really… on the cards, so to speak. Then again, we’d love to be proved wrong.
Continue reading: House Of Cards Won't Go For 37 Seasons, But Maybe 12, Says Kevin Spacey
Everyone is on board the House of Cards train by now.
House of Cards lost at last year’s Emmys (apart from Robin Wright’s well-deserved award), but it’s receiving all kinds of accolades ahead of the Season 2 Netflix premiere. On Thursday Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and the rest of the cast took to the red carpet at a special screening, held by the Director’s Guild of America. Love was in the air – love for the show that is. Looking equally as stunning on the red carpet, co-stars Robin Wright Penn and Kate Mara both made fashionable entrances – Wright in a simple, but elegant black dress and Mara in an uber trendy green mini. Kevin Spacey, looking dapper as ever, was also in attendance.
Robin Wright, attending the premiere in classic style.
While the cast, the production team and a handful of lucky guests got to preview the second season, other fans of the series were getting increasingly restless. As it turns out, one of those fans was President Obama himself. The Commander-in-chief took to Twitter on Thursday, to send the following message: “Tomorrow: @HouseOfCards. No spoilers, please.”
Continue reading: A Matter Of National Importance - Don't Spoil 'House Of Cards' Season 2!
Before you gorge on season 2, perhaps a light supper with the British original is in order.
Despite Beau Willimon's brilliant work on House of Cards, he didn't create it, rather he borrowed the concept from the British version, wrote a watertight script and put Kevin Spacey right in the middle of things. Now, on the eve of the second season's bow on Netflix, the show is the talk of the town.
Kevin Spacey's House of Cards Season 2 Returns on Valentine's Day.
A Valentines release will either see couples arguing or happily settling down to tuck into Frank Underwood's political scheming. The singletons among us will be delighted.
Some folk celebrate Valentine's tomorrow, but we're more keen on the House of Cards premiere.
Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) returns in three tension-filled promos for Season 2 of the hit Netflix series House of Cards. The clips see the scheming congressman deliver some of his best lines in classic style (which is to say, with a lot of style): "For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy” is just one of his memorable nuggets of wisdom.
Welcome back, Congressman Underwood. We've missed you.
Fortunately for fans, House of Cards isn’t pulling a Game of Thrones and releasing the promos months in advance. The show’s second season will debut on Netflix this Friday (Valentine’s Day, how appropriate) and will be available for instant downloading and binge viewing in its entirety.
Continue reading: One Day Till V-Day, One Day Till "House Of Cards" Season 2
'House of Cards' season two promises, if the actor's comments are to be trusted, to be filled with even more twists, turns and scheming from anti-hero Frank Underwood. The complete second season will be available on Netflix on 14th February.
Season 2 of Netflix's political drama, House of Cards, will be available from the early hours of Valentine's Day (14th February) and promises to be filled with even more scheming from Frank Underwood, the politician we love to hate.
Kevin Spacey at the season 1 premiere of House of Cards.
The last season ended with Underwood, played by Spacey, committing the ultimate crime against the troubled US Representative Peter Russo (Corey Stoll) and remaining inhumanly calm under pressure. As he continues with his schemes to become even more powerful it seems Underwood will go even further in this season of House of Cards.
As we gear up for season 2 of political thriller, watch three new promos.
It’s not long before you’ll be able to fill your face with House of Cards season 2 on Netflix, as the political thriller’s sophomore attack lands on Valentines Day. To further whet the appetite, three new promos have been released with the running motif: ‘welcome back’. Watch them below.
Gerald McRaney and Kevin Spacey are Ronald Tusk and Frank Underwood in House of Cards
House of Cards was not only an artistic triumph, bagging writing, directing and acting nominations across a host of different award bodies, but it also represented a new way of consuming television. It gave choice to the consumer by being on demand, all at once. And this Friday (Feb 14) it happens all over again with season 2.
House of Cards season two premieres - in full - on Valentines Day.
Remember that moment? The first time Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood broke the fourth wall and spoke to the camera in House of Cards season one? Sort of weird huh? It was one of those, 'woah, I'm not sure if I like that' moments, though it's since become a staple of Netflix's accomplished political drama - which returns for a second season on Valentines' Day (February 14).
Kevin Spacey [L] and Kate Mara [R] in 'House of Cards'
But have you ever wondered who Spacey is talking to, exactly, when he stares down the lens? In a round table with reporters on Tuesday, the Oscar-winning actor revealed that he imagines speaking to his best friend.
It's back on February 14th.
We were pretty excited to see the new House of Cards trailer hit, and not just because we can stream it on glorious 4K. No: there’s a certain ruggedness about season 2, and we can’t wait to see Frank Underwood - played by Kevin Spacey - step up his ruthless decimation of the U.S political hierarchy.
Netflix says the drama – based on a 1990 BBC series set in London – "slithers through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington DC." Before we carry on, though; here’s a brief recap of season 1.
Continue reading: What We Like About The House Of Cards Season 2 Trailer
[Spoilers] Will Frank survive as a crooked Vice President or will it all come tumbling down?
A year after the entire House of Cards season one appeared on Netflix we're getting set to devour season two with the kind of ruthless appetite for more that Frank Underwood would be proud of. The brilliant 13-part first season set the scene for house majority whip Frank Underwood's game-playing ascension to the Vice Presidency just as some of Washington's darkest secrets were beginning to be unearthed by Zoe Barnes and her team.
A veritable slow-burner of a drama, the compelling and addictive House of Cards features the well-placed Kevin Spacey as the relentlessly ambitious Democrat Frank Underwood alongside his icy, scheming wife Claire, played by the terrifyingly talented Robin Wright, who manages a non-profit organisation whilst setting her sights on undoing those who have wronged her or her powerful and manipulative husband.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will help try to win over viewers for the online TV service.
Netflix, the online TV service that brought us Kevin Spacey drama House of Cards, has signed its biggest ever original production deal with the comic book publishers Marvel.
Netflix Will Help Realise A New Marvel Superhero Set Of TV Series.
Marvel, which has been owned by Disney since 2009, will help Netflix bring to live four sets of 13 episode miniseries, each involving one of the Marvel heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage.
Can season 2 even maintain the quality of season 1? We'll find out in early 2014.
Beau Willimon’s broody political thriller House of Cards was a success in its first season, with Kevin Spacey and co helping to bring streamed television to the forefront of the medium’s appeal.
It was no surprise, given the critical response and the record-breaking Emmy performance, that season two would shortly follow, but Netflix’s confidence in the show seems to have skyrocketed with talk of a third season commission already on the… cards.
Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood could be back to fight more political battles after season two of 'House of Cards'.
Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos has hinted that the service's big-budget original drama House of Cards will run past its scheduled two seasons. Former House of Cards executive producer Rick Cleveland said last month that the Emmy-winning political drama would wrap up after its second season, though that no longer appears to be the case.
"Our intent is that the show keep going for sure," said Sarandos at Film Independent's 9th annual confab on Saturday, according to Deadline, "It was a 26-episode commitment. It was not our intent that it just run for two seasons.Talks are in progress right now."
Continue reading: Netflix Is Betting BIG On Kevin Spacey's 'House Of Cards'
Netflix are still going strong, building up their portfolio every day
Having proved that online-only content streaming doesn’t just have to apply to shows gone by, Netflix are seeking more success with original programming, ordering a brand new thriller from the guys behind Damages. Having aired on FX, The 101 and DirecTV, Damages has been a real sleeping giant of TV thrillers, quietly accumulating a dedicated following and positive reviews along the way.
Now, the show’s creators, Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler are on board with Netflix to helm a new thriller.
Keeping up with the times - Bafta.
Bafta has officially announced that it will recognize TV shows that are shown on an online only basis in next year’s awards. Shows like Breaking Bad, which are available in the U.K only on streaming service Netflix, and Kevin Spacey's House of Cards, which is a streaming exclusive, could be in line.
Breaking Bad will surely win the International category at the Baftas next year
The news comes as the AMC meth drama closed the lid on five seasons to critical acclaim. The quality of shows that don’t grace traditional methods of broadcast has proven too high to resist, leading awards ceremonies like The Emmys and Bafta to include them in their shortlists. Arrested Development will be hoping for a nomination, too.
Continue reading: Breaking Bafta - Online Only TV Shows Will Be Considered For Awards
NPH's opening speech definitely held a few surprises, but not from whom you'd expect.
The Emmys came and went and brought with them a plethora of funny, embarrassing and just plain meh moments. Neil Patrick Harris’ opening speech never fails to win a few laughs, as it did again this time, but it was really the golden duo – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – who stole the show. About five minutes into Harris’ speech, Poehler and Fey, clearly inspired by recent events at the VMAs began hollering at the host. But of course, the bit – hilarious in our humble opinion - didn’t come without some proper build-up.
Though the stage was populated by men, it was the ladies who mostly dominated the opening bit.
Two things became clear during Harris’ showdown with a flock of past Emmy presenters – Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and of course, the omniscient Conan O’Brian. Number one: in 2013 more than ever, broadcast television has some major competition in the media landscape and two: everyone is perfectly aware. While the presenters battled it out on stage, in the audience, Kevin Spacey turned to the camera for his own nefarious monologue.
Will season two make further Emmys history?
If you’ve watched House of Cards, then you’ll know Kevin Spacey’s character – the unflinching Frank Underwood – doesn’t take kindly to anything less than perfection.
Spacey's strong performance wasn't enough to bag an Emmy.
And while the moody political drama, based in Washington and shown exclusively on the streaming service Netflix, made history with its Emmy nominations, a sole award for David Fincher in the directorial discipline wouldn’t have left the scheming politician with much doubt: next year must be a victorious one.
The Newsroom actor won against the odds at last night's Emmy awards.
Jeff Daniels has secured his television legacy with last night's best 'Lead Actor in a Drama Series' Emmy awards victory. The 58 year-old has had an outstanding year in television with political drama The Newsroom but came up against some stiff competition from Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, House of Cards' Kevin Spacey, Homeland's Damian Lewis and Mad Men's Jon Hamm.
Jeff Daniels Festoons His Amazing Career With A Coveted Emmy Win.
Though Daniels may have seemed like a long shot for the prestigious award, his success goes to show that it's not always the more publicised actors who go on to win big at the annual television industry awards.
Neil Patrick Harris has discussed how much he enjoys presenting the Primetime Emmys. This year will be the second time the 'How I met Your Mother' actor has presented the award ceremony.
Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday and seems to be excited to do so! This will be the second time Harris has presented the awards, and the 65th time the award ceremony has been held.
Neil Patrick Harris will be presenting the awards for the second time.
Harris has spoken of his love for television and that he is pleased to be involved in an event which honours it. As reported by USA Today, Harris said "I love TV and the motley crew of people that are part of it. With so many TV offerings of every type, I think that makes for a better viewing experience of television than ever, and I'm happy to be the guy in charge of honouring that."
Continue reading: Why Neil Patrick Harris Loves Presenting The Primetime Emmys
The star of the Netflix series 'House of Cards' has believes that "binge-watching" and streaming will become the norm for TV viewers in the near-future, signalling the end of conventional television
Kevin Spacey delivered the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at this week's Edinburgh Television Festival and during his speech he didn't give the usual garb of how TV bosses have continued to bring quality television to viewers over the last year, but instead sent out a warning to those still preoccupied with the old ways of TV consumption. He claimed that the old ways of watching shows in front of the television were coming to an end and a new era of internet-based programming would soon be the norm, where "binge viewing" and freedom of selection exist over scheduled timetables.
Spacey says 'the times they are a-changing' for TV
The speech, which The Telegraph have reprinted in it's entirety on their website, was full of enthusiasm and vigor for the future of TV, but it is (apparently) a future that will look nothing like the state of television from, say, ten years ago. The future of TV, he claimed, will develop from the current craze of readily available programmes available on streaming sites like Netfilx - the website that aired his much-praised starring vehicle House of Cards. That particular show has become one of the most discussed programmes in recent memory, and for good reason too; not just because it was well written and expertly acted, but because it was presented in a way nearly all programmes will be in the near-future (Spacey claims).
Continue reading: Kevin Spacey Warns That The End Is Neigh For Conventional Television
Kevin Spacey seems to have taken his role as congressman Frank Underwood off the screen.
Kevin Spacey gave the MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival this week, passionately arrguing that the small screen had become its own art form, eclipsing film in terms of character-driven drama.
It's hard to disagree with, following some hugely ambitious shows over the past few years, including Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Homeland and Spacey's very own House of Cards.
"Our challenge now is to keep the flame of this revolutionary programming alive by continuing to seek out new talent, nurture it, encourage it, challenge it, give it home and the kind of autonomy that the past and present . has proved it deserves," he told the audience of TV executives, according to the Guardian.
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The Emmy Nominations have been released with a strong showing amongst the latest trend of 'smart' dramas. Here are our predictions.
This year 'smart' dramas Homeland, Mad Men and Breaking Bad dominate the Primetime Emmy Award nominations yet again and even for fans of the TV shows, it will be hard to predict which of their favourite series will carry off the most gongs. The Hollywood Reporter's Stacey Wilson highlights just how highly contested this year's 'best drama' category is: "If you win this year, it's going to be a real feather," she said to ABC News. The nominees list for each category is decidedly hefty but we've identified the ones that are toughest to call.
Bryan Cranston Voted Best Actor?
Having never won an 'outstanding drama' Emmy before, it looks like Breaking Bad could finally scoop the big gong this year having picked up five Primetime Emmy's before; 3 'best actors' for Bryan Cranston, 2 'best supporting actors' for Aaron Paul. With the first half of its final season currently airing, it looks like this could be the last chance for the show, as popular as ever, to scoop the night's biggest award. Downton Abbey, whilst having previously looked strong, has endured harsh reviews in its third season meaning it will be interesting to see whether this has had any impact on the voters.
The Emmy Award nominations were revealed yesterday (Thursday 11th July). Breaking Bad; House of Cards; Modern Family; Game of Thrones and Mad Men all received multiple nominations. Netflix made history by becoming the first internet network to be nominated for a number of awards.
The Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced yesterday (Thursday 18th July). The nomination ceremony was presented by Kate Mara and Aaron Paul via a live video stream on the Emmy's website.
Kate Mara at the Vanity Fair and Juicy Couture's Celebration of 2013 in L.A.
Netflix has managed to triumph with nominations for their shows: House of Cards; Hemlock Grove and Arrested Development. The company are developing this aspect of their business, which is proving hugely popular and profitable. The future does seem bright for the company which announced it was expanding into its 64th country. It also seems likely their awards over the next few years will increase especially with recent praise of Orange is the New Black.
Continue reading: Primetime Emmy Awards 2013: How Accurate Were Nomination Predictions?
A year of surprise contenders alongside old favorites.
Emmy nominations are in and with that the season for speculation is open. There’s no question about one thing though: for a newcomer, Netflix is taking the awards by storm. Although the major networks are welcoming the two productions by the online TV provider – Arrested Development and House of Cards, there’s no doubt that Netflix’s move on the original programming market should be making traditional media giants just a tiny bit nervous. But what exactly are the Netflix shows nominated for? Well, they got the big ones, for Lead Actor, Actress and Directing in a Drama Series and of course, for Outstanding Drama Series overall. Arrested Development also received a big nod, with Jason Bateman being nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Bateman is getting some recognition this year.
Fans of shows generally underappreciated by awards committees, such as Parks & Rec, for example, also have a reason to celebrate. Amy Poehler was nominated for Lead in a comedy, as was Tina Fey for the now cancelled 30 Rock. Behind the Candelabra is ahead of the pack, while HBO’s Game of Thrones and FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum follow close behind. Mad Men is also bowing out on a high note, with several nominations, before it returns in the fall for one final season.
Continue reading: What Do The Emmy Nominations Tell Us About The 2013 TV Landscape?
Netflix are changing the face of TV.
How do you stop piracy? Do you offer up exclusive content, only available on physical purchases? Do you appeal to the box-set culture, or do you try and exert limitations that make it impossible? All these have been tried, but none of these have worked, and there’s one simple reason: you can’t stop piracy.
Spacey stars in the online-only House of Cards
But what you can do is make it pointless. With low-costing, subscription-free on-demand streaming services becoming ever-popular – Netflix being the golden child of a generation – watching content when it suits you is no longer illegal, and no longer does it cost loads of money.
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The possibility of Netflix shows nabbing a couple of Emmys of big-budget network productions doesn't seem too worrying for execs.
Beware the media revolution – specifically, Netflix shows at the Emmys. Four years after Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris) predicted the death of traditional media, online shows – that is, programming specifically produced for online distribution – might, for the first time, upstage traditional broadcasts. The contenders are the obvious ones – Arrested Development and House of Cards. The shows are leading contenders for the Best Actor and Best Program nominations – categories, which have up until now been the exclusive domain of broadcast and cable networks.
Are online shows the way of the future?
Regardless of whether the two shows have any chance of winning - which, given their critical and audience reception, seems likely – the mere fact that the two are being considered shows a shift in the paradigm, so to speak. However, it might be that Netflix specifically, and not online content in general, is moving into the mainstream.
Continue reading: Netflix At The Emmys? Networks Welcome The Change
The star accidentally harms one of his colleagues.
Oh Kenneth Branagh, you get so deep into your roles, you’ve forgotten what’s real and what’s acting! The 52-year-old actor managed to injure one of the cast of Macbeth in a choreographed fight scene, by hitting him with a real sword. Notice we said hitting and not stabbing, lawyers.
Kenneth Branagh filming in Manhattan
“There is enormous concentration,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on the perilous nature of the battle scenes. “It is impossible to say that it is without danger. Metal clashes, sparks literally fly.” In a statement, the Manchester International Festival (MIF) said: "An actor was hurt during one of the fight scenes in a performance of Macbeth on Wednesday night. MIF has qualified medics on site during each performance and the actor was assessed and told he was fine to continue on with the evening's performance. The actor was taken to hospital afterwards as a precaution."
Continue reading: Kenneth Branagh Takes It Too Far, Injuring Fellow Macbeth Cast Member
We can't wait to binge on this new Netflix show.
We’re mighty impressed by Netflix’s growing repertoire of shows; not only are they putting on some brilliant stuff to catch up on (Breaking Bad fans who grabbed the one month free trial just to watch the show put your hand up) but they’re also bringing some exceptional new shows to the fore.
Taylor Schilling at the premiere for Orange is The New Black
First there was House of Cards – the brilliant drama starring Kevin Spacey, which centred around an ousted political figure exerting his revenge on those who wronged him. It was reviewed well and watched by many, hence the arrival of Orange is The New Black – the darkly comic prison drama that follows the trials and tribulations of new inmate Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling) who, in the trailer anyway, seems superb.
Frank Ocean had added a Webby to his trophy cabinet.
Frank Ocean was among the winners at the 17th Annual Webby Awards, highlighting achievements on the internet. This year's awards were selected by judges in the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, including Huffington Post boss Arianna Huffington and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
Ocean won for his bold 'Thank You's' letter on his Tumblr, which announced his past relationship with a man. He wrote, "4 summer ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping." Ocean was roundly applauded for his decision to come out, and has since gone onto enjoy huge success with his album Channel Orange.
Elsewhere, Jerry Seinfeld won for his web-series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, which featured guests including Ricky Gervais and Larry David. Actor Kevin Spacey received an award for his role in setting up Netflix's $100 million series House of Cards.
Continue reading: Frank Ocean, Jerry Seinfeld Win At 17th Annual Webby Awards
User numbers are up, revenue is up - whatever Netflix execs are doing, it seems to be working.
Netflix stock rose yesterday by a record 24 per cent, which means the company is finally making money again, instead of losing it. Netflix execs attribute the development to the company’s 2 million new subscribers in the last quarter, as well as their recent strategy of focusing on original programming. It looks like the company is finally getting back on its feet after a stock plunge two years ago. Back then, Netflix pushed away customers with the decision to separate its streaming service from its DVD rental service and to raise prices overall. It finally seems like the new strategy is taking effect, as the company announced that it finally topped $1 billion in revenue.
Market ananysts are also giving the service their seal of approval. “Unlike last year, Netflix stock appears to be set for clear sailing now,” Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Vasily Karasyov said in a research note, quoted by The Boston Herald. “What we think is interesting is how the company’s original programming strategy is converging with that of a domestic premium network. … Netflix is racing to ramp up original hours of versatile programming in an effort to build a brand identity with different segments of the market.”
And really, if the company’s first original production, House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey, is anything to go by, that can only spell good things for Netflix users.
Netflix is dominating the streaming TV market, will focusing on original content increase its stranglehold?
Is Netflix the television of the future? It would seem that the online streaming site is well on the way to becoming the new dominant force of the TV medium, with the news that its shares have risen by 25%, while the service has also gained some 3 million new subscribers in 2013 so far – so says the Telegraph. Stunningly, its users in US now number 29.2 million, more than any of the traditional networks, with HBO now sitting in second with its 28.7 million subscribers.
What’s telling too is that the company don’t want to just sit back on deals struck with others so that they can bulk buy their shows off them. As the Telegraph points out, deals with MTV and Nickelodeon are about to expire and it doesn’t look like they’ll be getting renewed. Why? Because Netflix thinks it can compete on its own merits, something proven by the good reaction to the Kevin Spacey-starring House Of Cards, which premiered in February as a Netflix original. Hemlock Grove came out last week too, with the service also buying up the return of Arrested Development exclusively as well as having a slew of kids shows in the pipeline too.
However, original content is all well and good but as soon Netflix get into that game then they set themselves up for the same falls as their competition. By buying in other shows from elsewhere, they are paying for programs already tried and trusted, but a move to original content means a move to pilots, seasons that could suffer bad ratings and critical panning and is a risk. The flipside is they’ll be cheaper to make than buying the rights of others, but it’s far from a dead cert that Netflix are about to run away with it. What they have done well is set up a strong foundation thanks to the use of other programs, giving themselves a strong profile as they look to turn into a network approaching something self-sufficient. Exciting times lie ahead.
Continue reading: As Netflix Shares Increase, Is It's Model The Future For TV?
House of Cards is the most watched show on Netflix at the moment, and with all the critical backing and plaudits being rewarded to the show then it is easy to see why the original author of the book, Michael Dobbs, is happy with how things are going.
Dobbs was speaking on BBC's Daily Politics yesterday (Feb 12) when he gushed about the success of the Americanisation of his book, commending star Kevin Spacey as a fitting successor to Iain Richardson, who played the nefarious Francis Urquhart (now known as Underwood in the Netflix version) in the original BBC series from 1990. Dobbs went on to comment on how Netflix had "poured so much money into" the 13-episode series, which exceeds the original series by nine episodes. He said that the new show has embodied the "true to the spirit" of the book with its spendthrift attitude and lavish values, as it demonstrates what the show is really about - capital - before adding that he would describe the update as "The West Wing for werewolves... it will keep people awake at night".
With Arrested Development series 4 coming along soon, you could forgive people for constantly hailing Netflix's approach to delivering their series as the 'future of television'. Given House of Cards' success, who can be blamed for thinking this? The future may already be here.
We've all had that moment; looking at photos of our favourite celebs and then jumping out of our seats screaming, 'He's HOW old?!' Well, we've been doing a lot of that here at ContactMusic. Some stars seem to have crept up the age ladder pretty sneakily, the odd wrinkle and grey hair barely registering on our radar, while others don't seem to have aged at all! English football player David Beckham was in his twenties when he rose to global popularity and, looking at his recent H&M underwear advert, it seems that his iconic hairstyles and tattoos are our only way of working out the old from the newer pictures of him. However, he is only 37 and has plenty of time to catch up yet. It's the over-50s that have really had our mouths agape in recent times as we've been scouring the net for the most youthful looking middle to old aged stars.
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It looks as though Amazon will be taking a page from Netflix' book and go into making their own original television shows following the success of Netflix' venture into original programming.
This could very well be the start of the future of television (not to jump to conclusions or anything) following the success of the new Netflix series House of Cards, the Kevin Spacey-staring and David Fincher-directed political drama, which has already garnered heaps of critical praise. With the long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development on the way too, Netflix are genuinely bringing new ideas to the table in regards to the future of programming and it looks like Amazon are ready to swoop on in there before it's too late.
The online marketplace juggernaut will initially be concentrating on children's shows through their production branch, Amazon Studios. They have already announced that five kids shows are in the production stages, with pilots for each of the shows set to run on run on their streaming services Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video in the near future. This comes after the company also announced that it was planning on bringing six new comedy shows to it's expanding arsenal of products, with the show's pilots also being made available for free on their streaming services once completed. The new shows will be made available on Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video in America and Canada, and on Lovefilm in the UK and Germany.
Continue reading: Amazon Set To Begin Commissioning Original Shows
Already described as the 'most remarkable new television drama of the year', Netflixs' ambitious project House of Cards is already making waves after airing it's premiere episode earlier this week through it's online service.
The new show, based on the 1990s BBC classic of the same name, see's star Kevin Spacey take on the role of political whip, Frank Underwood - and Spacey isn't the only household name to be attached to this huge new project. Oscar-winning film director David Fincher (who also serves as executive producer) gives the show his own unique take, whilst writer Beau Willimon (The Ides of March) has transplanted this classically British political drama into something that seems as though it was made specifically for Capitol Hill.
What with Jake Schreier's upcoming movie 'Robot & Frank' scheduled for release in the UK on March 8th 2013 and talks of 'Star Wars: Episode VII' being in the making, we've put together a list of what we think are the best robots that we've ever seen on screen. This is with the exception of cyborgs, human-looking robots, cybernetic organisms and bots from TV programs because, let's face it, we'd be here forever.
Robot ('Robot & Frank')
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Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall is to return to the stage for the Old Vic's forthcoming production of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird Of Young. The Liverpool-born actress will play a failing Hollywood star who quits the movie business when her anticipated comeback is a flop, reports the Press Association.
A noted theatre actress, Cattrall appeared as Cleopatra in the Chichester revival of Janet Suzman's production of Antony and Cleopatra last summer. She's spent increasingly more time in the UK since the last Sex and the City movie and told The Independent in June, "After Sex and the City ended I was exhausted and needed time out. My marriage was coming to an end and my job was finished and my father had just been diagnosed with dementia. I thought I just needed to stop...I needed to go home. For me that was England and Canada, and England was where I started working again and I'm so glad I did, I feel replenished and strong. Sometimes you really do need to go home again." The Old Vic's spring schedule is awash with high profile names as artistic director Kevin Spacey steps up his programme at the historic venue. It includes a version of Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy as well as Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing with stage legends James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave. "The Old Vic has always been first and foremost an actors' theatre, a home for great talent and memorable performances," said Spacey, "I am delighted to welcome Lindsay Posner back to our theatre with The Winslow Boy and I know that audiences will be thrilled at the prospect of Kim Cattrall taking on Sweet Bird Of Youth directed by Marianne Elliott, whom we are so excited to welcome for the first time."
Currently showing at the Old Vic is the Trevor Nunn directed Kiss Me Kate, with Alex Bourne, David Burt and Adam Garcia.
Continue reading: Kim Cattrall Returns Home To Play Hollywood Star At The Old Vic
Robert Axle is a wealthy infomercial master. However, when one of his latest inventions has a design fault that chops users' fingers off, his empire shatters. After spending eight years in federal prison, he is released, and begins to attempt to rebuild his fortune.
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Nick Hendricks (a management candidate), Kurt Buckman (an accountant) and Dale Arbus (a dental assistant) are three best friends who love their jobs. However, for the three of them, there is just one thing coming between them and their happiness - their evil bosses.
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Bob (McGregor) is a Michigan journalist desperate to prove himself, so he heads to Kuwait, hoping to find a story in Iraq. He meets the enigmatic Lyn Cassady (Clooney), whose story is so surreal that he can't help but follow him into the hot zone. Lyn is a member of the New Earth Army, a secret platoon formed in the 1980s by a hippie (Bridges) to create soldiers with Jedi mind powers. But their work went wrong when a jealous teammate (Spacey) dragged them into the dark side.
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When Ben Campbell (Sturgess) learns that Harvard Medical School will cost $300,000 for tuition, room, and board, he sees no possible way of paying the bill. While studying one night, he is approached by Jason Fisher (Jacob Pitts) who invites him into the secret world of Professor Micky Rosa's (Spacey) card-counting club. With an elaborate system of formulas, buzzwords, and signals, Rosa and his students have been hitting Las Vegas on weekends and winning big. They now want Ben to join their clandestine cabal. At first, he says no. But thanks to the seductive sway of juicy Jill Taylor (Bosworth), Ben acquiesces. Soon, he is leading the group toward untold riches -- and the investigative glare of casino security agent Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne).
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Book-ended by a infuriatingly obvious graduation speech, the film kicks off with Mini (Nikki Reed) explaining how she needs to be a hooker, because modern, rich life is too damn easy. Her trick this evening just happens to be Martin (Alec Baldwin), her stepfather, who somehow doesn't notice the voice of his stepdaughter and agrees to turn off the lights for the entirety of the night. When confronted, Martin is apprehensive, but Mini sees opportunity in this equation. She quickly makes Martin a sex slave and devises a plan to get Diane (Carrie-Anne Moss), her mom sent to the looney bin, allowing for her and Martin to not have to hide their affair. Well, things go bad: Diane dies from an overdose, their neighbor (Jeff Goldblum) gets suspicious, and Detective Garson (Luke Wilson, for some reason) starts snooping around. Soon, Martin and Mini start questioning each other's motives.
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It's not really Spacey's fault, it's just the script. Spacey is Quoyle, a newly single father, after his slutty whore of a wife (Cate Blanchett) is killed while selling their daughter on the black market to earn spending cash for her latest biker boyfriend. Quoyle spends his time grieving and in denial and soon decides to follow a long lost aunt to the homeland of his family in Newfoundland. There, he stumbles into a job as the shipping news reporter for the local newspaper.
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It's safe to say that your enjoyment of the film is bound by this same rule. Dyed-in-the-wool film critics like myself have been down this road once or twice before, and the enormous leap of faith it takes to convince oneself that, deep down, even "bad" people are good makes me want to reach for my DVD of A Clockwork Orange.
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So the genre we're talking about in the case of K-PAX: A crazy man thinks he's an alien (a psychic, a king, etc.). The obvious question: Which is he: crazy, or an alien, or both? (A crazy alien, now that would be a fun twist on the whole genre wouldn't it?)
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Now it's the fourth Grisham movie to be made, continuing in grand fashion that franchise of increasingly average film versions of his increasingly average writing.
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Maybe I've seen too many Gyllenhaal movies, but Leland's slightly hunched posture and quizzical facial expression, indicative of a familiar detached dreaminess, recalls indie prince Jake constantly, right down to the casting of go-to indie girlfriend Jena Malone as Becky (who acted alongside Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko). To be fair, I wasn't thinking of Gyllenhaal for every second Gosling was on screen. Sometimes I was musing over his unfortunate resemblance to Screech from TV's Saved by the Bell.
Continue reading: The United States Of Leland Review
Every time I see a new Kevin Spacey movie, I expect the world from him, and every time he delivers the galaxy.
Arguably the greatest actor currently working in motion pictures, he is capable of putting across leagues of depth with the subtlest, most insignificant glance. He can play menacing or meek, ardent or indifferent, nervous or non-nonchalant with equal dexterity.
Look at "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," "The Negotiator," "L.A. Confidential," "The Usual Suspects" or any of his recent roles and just try to imagine another actor in the part. It simply can't be done. Spacey doesn't act, he embodies his characters viscerally from the inside out.
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This Bobby Darin biopic reportedly spent about 20 years going through various drafts by many different screenwriters -- including James Toback and Paul Schrader -- before Kevin Spacey grabbed it and made it all his own.
Borrowing more than just a little from Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz," the co-writer, director and star sets his film in a kind of flashback/dream structure in which Darin (Spacey) talks with himself as a little kid. This non-reality also allows for the 45 year-old actor to play Darin, who died at age 37, throughout his career.
Spacey's Darin thinks very highly of himself; when he snatches up teen heartthrob Sandra Dee (Kate Bosworth) as his wife, it feels more like trophy gathering than romance. Yet Spacey's own gigantic hubris fits the part perfectly, and when Darin grouses about not winning the Oscar for "Captain Newman, M.D.," you can feel Spacey going through the same thing. When Spacey sings in Darin's voice, it's an act of supreme ego; he's as sure of his Darin impersonation as he is of his own greatness, and it works.
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The cameo-driven, "Mission: Impossible 2"-spoofing, movie-within-a-movie, pre-title sequence of "Austin Powers in Goldmember" is the funniest five minutes to date in this spy comedy franchise. Then Mike Myers shows up and ruins everything.
Still trapped in a skit-comedy frame of mind all these years after leaving "Saturday Night Live," his short attention span has made the "Austin Powers" movies little more than a string of brief, loosely-related set pieces which are often 98 percent setup and 2 percent punch line.
Myers goes miles out of his way to make a reference to the 1983 song "Mr. Roboto" by the band Styx, for example. Then he spends nebulously unfunny gaps between such gags to make fleeting mentions of the plot, which in this case concerns Dr. Evil -- Myers cueball goofball homage to James Bond's maniacal bald nemesis Blofeld -- teaming up with an scabby Dutch roller-disco owner named Goldmember whom Evil has transported from the 1970s.
Continue reading: Austin Powers In Goldmember Review
Practically trumpeting its utter dependence on Hollywood convention, the death row drama-with-a-twist entitled "The Life of David Gale" acts as its own executioner, injecting the very first scene with a lethal cliché from which the film never recovers.
In the opening moments, a rental car driven by a big-city journalist (Kate Winslet) breaks down on a lonely Texas highway as she's desperately rushing to an execution with evidence that could exonerate the man scheduled to die.
So trite and inane is this plot device that 11 years ago it was a major punchline in Robert Altman's cynical, Hollywood-skewering farce "The Player." But to director Alan Parker ("Angela's Ashes") and writer Charles Randolph this is a very serious moment in what they erroneously hope will be a very important film about the capital punishment debate.
Continue reading: The Life Of David Gale Review
Kevin Spacey's brother, Randal Fowler, airs out the skeletons in the family closet in his new book, discussing Spacey's sexuality and their abusive, Nazi father.
'Se7en' star Kevin Spacey, has unwittingly had his dark and disturbing past revealed. by his brother. Randal Fowler, the older brother of Spacey, has suggested that as a child he was sexually abused by their American Nazi father. Fowler currently works as a Rod Stewart lookalike, hired for events and parties, although he is currently working on a book entitled 'I'm Spacey's Brother Whether He Likes It Or Not', in which he discloses a collection secrets from the family's history.
Fowler discussed his father, Geoff, who died at the age of 68 in 1992. Geoff was supposedly a failed writer and far-right-wing who chose to model his looks on his 'idol', Adolf Hitler. He allegedly beat Kevin and their sister Julie, although Fowler reveals that he was sexually molested in addition to the physical abuse.
Continue reading: Kevin Spacey's Brother Discussed Their Nazi Father
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