Fresh off picking up a Best Actress Golden Globe for Robin Wright, Netflix has released a new image from the upcoming second season of the deliciously dark political drama series House of Cards. The photo teases the dangerous partnership between Wright’s character and Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood, and if last week’s trailer debut is any indication, things are only going to get more intense in the show’s second season. All 13 episodes of season two will be made available on Netflix starting February 14th.
Additionally, Netflix has renewed the original drama series Lilyhammer for a third season. For those unaware, the show stars Steven Van Zandt (The Sopranos) as a mob fixer who is relocated to the Netherlands when he enters the witness protection system. Season two debuted on Netflix last month. Hit the jump to take a look at the House of Cards image.
Take one part Bruce Lee, add a dash of Indiana Jones, and sprinkle in the super heroics of the Marvel Universe, and you have yourself, Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist. Originally, the second half of the duo, “Heroes for Hire” along with Luke Cage, Iron Fist takes center stage when it comes to representing the “martial arts” side of the Marvel Universe. As part of the announced Marvel/Netflix deal, Iron Fist closes out the quartet of characters who will be getting their own shows in 2015. Join Collider as we walk you through this martial arts master who is sure to show us a side of the Marvel Universe we have yet to see play out on the small screen. Hit the jump!
In anticipation of the upcoming second season of Netflix’s excellent drama series House of Cards, the streaming service is offering audio commentaries on all of season one’s 13 episodes exclusively for Netflix subscribers. Starting today, you can listen to audio commentary from all six of House of Cards season one’s directors on every episode, which means we have two brand new commentaries from David Fincher to listen to. The additional directors include James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross), Joel Schumacher (Falling Down), Charles McDougall (The Good Wife), Carl Franklin (Homeland), and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos). Netflix subscribers can turn on the commentary by utilizing the subtitle or alternate audio preference on the website.
All 13 episodes of House of Cards season two will be available to stream beginning Friday, February 14th.
Netflix has announced a premiere date for the well-received documentary The Square. Directed by Jehane Noujaim (Control Room), the film chronicles the Tahrir Square protest movement in Egypt from the overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011 to the ousting of Mohammed Morsi in 2013. The pic appears to be a gripping look at the movement from the frontlines, capturing the immediacy and intensity from all angles. The Square picked up the Documentary People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it will now be available for all to see when it premieres on Netflix January 17th at 12:01 am PT.
For a better idea of what to expect, watch the trailer for The Square after the jump.
For the third year in a row I find myself looking through previous Top 5 installments on the last Saturday of the year, trying to whittle the hundreds of stories I’ve covered in the past 52 weeks down to the five that I find most interesting, important, popular, etc. At its most basic, this is just an exercise of further reducing a list that I’ve been trimming and prepping on a weekly basis all year long. That’s likely the most boring/tedious way of looking at it, but true nonetheless.
At its best, I see the “End of the Year Edition” as a Collider time capsule of sorts. A snapshot that is in no way comprehensive enough to properly acknowledge the amount of time, work, thought, travel, money, etc. that goes into making this site what it is. And yet, representative enough of our content as a whole that someone who stumbles upon it can see what we were trying to accomplish: to cover the things that we’re passionate about in the most interesting and sincere way possible and to completely and utterly dominate the Internet by way of Star Wars and superhero movie casting rumors. Keep reading for the five stories/pieces of content that in many ways defined our 2013.
DreamWorks Animation has two feature films in the running for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, but one of them is getting new life as a Netflix original series. Based on the Ryan Reynolds-voiced feature Turbo, a new animated series Turbo F.A.S.T. is debuting on Netflix starting Tuesday, December 24th. Reid Scott (Veep) will step in to voice the title character in a kids’ show that features the racing snail and all his tricked-out friends in brand-new adventures. We have the trailer and poster for the series for you to check out, along with the first clip. Hit the jump to take a look.
In the continued spirit of the holidays, this month’s streaming recommendations will focus on travel (and often the misery of it). From the woes of cancelled flights, to finding out how much your friendship really means when you’re cooped up with people for extended amounts of time, the following films focus a lot on the transformative experience of a trip away, and what it means for life back home. Even if you aren’t traveling this holiday season, most of these movies also provide some lush and atmospheric backgrounds to fuel the fantasy of escaping to a far-off place (without the hassle of actual travel). And as a reminder: if you don’t currently have the streaming service paired with each film, search the one(s) you do have — many of these titles are available on more than one online platform.
Hit the jump for my recommendations, and click here for Streaming Recommendations, Volume 1: Dysfunctional Families.
Fresh off the show’s four Golden Globe nominations, Netflix has released an almost operatic new trailer for the upcoming second season of House of Cards. The new string of episodes finds Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright’s Francis and Claire Underwood continuing their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. This trailer shows off quite a bit of new footage, and while it’s highly encouraging, I’m hoping that Spacey’s character doesn’t go full “horror movie villain” in season two. It could just be the editing that’s giving off a more viscerally sinister vibe from Underwood, and as a big fan of the first season I’m eager to see how showrunner Beau Willimon continues the story of the Underwoods’ rise to power.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The show also stars Kate Mara, Michel Gill, Gerald McRaney, Mahershala Ali, Sbeastian Arcelus, Kristen Connolly, Nathan Darrow, Sakina Jaffrey, Michael Kelly, and Molly Parker. All 13 episodes of House of Cards season two will be available to stream starting February 14, 2014.
SWEET CHRISTMAS! Collider continues to look into the characters which make up Marvel’s upcoming Netflix television deal with Luke Cage. A superhero who dubs himself a “Hero for Hire,” Luke mostly sticks with problems localized in his own neighborhood when he is first starting the hero game. Of the four characters getting their own series through Netflix (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke), Cage is the most down to earth. Hit the jump for an in-depth look into who Luke Cage is and why he makes for a great protagonist for his upcoming show on Netflix.
Marvel has confirmed some exciting news relating to its upcoming string of Netflix shows. We learned last month that Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard was in talks to spearhead Marvel’s Daredevil series, and now the studio has confirmed that Goddard will indeed be running the show. The Cloverfield scribe will write and direct the first episode and will act as showrunner and executive producer on the show’s entire 13-episode run. Daredevil is one of four one-season Netflix series that Marvel is producing, which also includes Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. All of the one-season shows will lead up to a The Defenders miniseries.
Daredevil will be first out of the gate, with Marvel confirming that it will premiere on Netflix in 2015. With a guy as passionate and talented as Goddard at the helm, Daredevil looks to be in very good hands.
Netflix has come to the rescue with some solid plans for your upcoming Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend. What better way to celebrate your relationship than to sit on the couch for three days straight, binge-watching season two of House of Cards? The streaming service announced today that all 13 episodes of the engrossing political drama series’ second season will be made available on Friday, February 14th, so make reservations with your couch accordingly. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright return for season two, as Francis and Claire Underwood “continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts.”
Though David Fincher didn’t direct any season two episodes, he is still involved as an executive producer and fellow producer Dana Brunetti recently told us that the busy filmmaker still had a hand in many aspects of the second season. Wright, Jodie Foster, Carl Franklin, James Foley, and John David Coles all directed episodes from the upcoming season. Watch a silent teaser trailer and read the full press release—which includes a lengthy synopsis—after the jump.
Last night I rewatched Man of Steel for the first time since catching it in theaters back in June. Previously, I wrote that the film had me emotionally invested in Supes in a way that only Grant Morrison‘s All-Star Superman had done before. While I’ve since been blown away by Alan Moore‘s For the Man Who Has Everything tale, my second Man of Steel viewing from yesterday corroborates my previous statement. I see the pic as being good, borderline great thanks in large part to the outstanding performances of Michael Shannon and Kevin Costner. The tragedy of Zod’s story was somewhat lost on me during my first screening (perhaps it was dulled by the impressive array of action set pieces). This time around, though, I felt the full brunt of it and I couldn’t help but sympathize with him for knowing no other purpose than to defend the people of Krypton at any cost. Also, the scene where he introduces himself to the citizens of Earth? Downright frightening. Regarding Pa Kent: although I loved every facet of Costner’s performance the first time I watched the film, I was surprised at how much his scenes still resonated with me on the repeat viewing. Kudos to Zack Snyder and Co. for limiting his screen time and, in doing so, making every single second with him in the frame mean that much more.
My Blu-ray pick of the week aside, this week’s Top 5 features Frozen interviews with Kristen Bell and more, an It’s a Wonderful Life trailer cut in the style of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, Homefront interviews with James Franco and more, the first installment in Allison’s new monthly list of recommended streaming, and Oldboy interviews with Spike Lee, Josh Brolin, and more. As tradition dictates, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.
Black Friday is almost here, and like most people who love a good deal, you’ve mapped out your plan of attack (make sure this attack doesn’t involve trampling). You know what you want, where to get it, and Thanksgiving dinner be damned, you’re going to camp out in front of a store or in front of your computer. While we admire your enthusiasm, we have some suggestions for items you might want to add to your wish list. And they don’t necessarily have to be for you; they could also be for someone you know.
Adam, Dave, and I have nine items we’d like to recommend: three small items (“Stocking Stuffers”), three moderately priced items (“Under the Tree”), and three expensive items (“Extra Nice”). More importantly, we each have a charity to recommend since we truly believe it’s better to give than to receive (unless you’re receiving a trip to outer space; nothing beats a trip to outer space). Hit the jump to check out our 2013 Gift Guide.
Given that there are so many great movies, miniseries and TV shows streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and more, it seemed like a good idea to dive deep into the catalogue and start a monthly curated recommendation list of what to check out. Each service is so different, and offers such a varied selection overall (Netflix is the juggernaut, but Hulu is a treasure trove of British series and Criterion films, while Amazon offers more current series and newer releases), I’ll be attempting to tie the recs together under a theme. This month, kicking off the holiday season, the focus is on unusual or dysfunctional families. Hit the jump for the list.
Last week, Collider walked you through the most popular of the quartet of characters that Marvel Studios will be bringing to the small screen, in their 2015 television deal with Netflix, with Daredevil. This week, we thought we’d take the opportunity to introduce you to the lesser known Jessica Jones. Jones originally was created by the team of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos in the series, “Alias”, and no, we aren’t referring to the Jennifer Garner show. Alias was one of Marvel’s first forays into an adult line of books entitled “Marvel Max” that had an anything goes style to it. So what makes Jessica Jones specifically a great character for a television series of her own, when not too many people have heard of her? Hit the jump to find out.