Watch David Fincher Discuss His Philosophy, ALIEN 3, Studio Reaction to FIGHT CLUB, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and More in 25-Minute Interview

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A couple of months ago, filmmaker David Fincher was honored at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and took part in an interview onstage.  A portion of that interview has now been officially released online, and it’s full of golden nuggets from one of the most exciting directors working today.  Fincher candidly touches on everything from his personal philosophy about filmmaking to his experience making Alien 3 (and why he wanted to do it in the first place) to the studio’s reaction to seeing a first cut of Fight Club to the miracle of autonomy that he enjoyed when putting together The Social Network.  It’s a fascinating and insightful interview that’s well worth a watch.  Check it out after the jump.

2015 Screen Actors Guild Nominations Announced; BIRDMAN Leads with Four Followed By BOYHOOD, THE IMITATION GAME and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations have been announced and, yet again, Birdman scored the most nods including Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Keaton), Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Edward Norton), Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Emma Stone) and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.  Boyhood, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything all received three nominations.

On the TV front, I’m glad to see Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany snag her very first SAG nomination, but where’s Eva Green in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series category?  Her work on Penny Dreadful needs some recognition.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  The 21st Annual SAG Awards will be simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 25th at 8pm EST.

First HOUSE OF CARDS: SEASON 3 Trailer Released; Season Premiere Set for February 27, 2015

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Netflix has released the a brief House of Cards season 3 trailer, and while it’s less than 15 seconds, it’s more than enough to deliver Frank Underwood’s smarmy, knowing turn to the audience. I almost forgot that House of Cards was almost upon us again.  The hit Netflix series went from a devious first season to outright dark fantasy in season two, and I’m eager to see where the show is heading for what could be the final season.  After seeing Frank’s ascendency in season one and then nabbing the Presidency in season two, it feels like we’re in for the inevitable fall, and seeing how showrunner Beau Willimon plans to bring down this titan should be delightful.

Hit the jump for the House of Cards season 3 trailer.  Netflix has also revealed that the show will return on Friday, February 27, 2015, so clear your schedule for some binge-watching.

The Work of David Fincher: HOUSE OF CARDS and the Director’s Future

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[With the upcoming release of his new film Gone Girl, I’m taking a look back at the work of director David Fincher.  These articles contain spoilers.]

“I want to see everybody as unhappy as me,” Fincher says jokingly in the making of documentary for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  For most of his filmography, Fincher has given us cynicism we can understand but as a way of peeking behind the corner to show us some darkness.  Cynicism perseveres because it’s surrounded by what’s seemingly positive.  With House of Cards, Fincher held our hands and we jumped into a world we already knew was wretched, awful, and rotten: Washington politics.  The challenge wasn’t to make audiences detest politicians; the challenge was making it so damned delectable.

Fincher never stopped making commercials or music videos even when his career as a filmmaker took off.  He moved to television with House of Cards but in the 21st century model created by Netflix, and only as something he helped launch as Beau Willimon worked as showrunner.  So other than all being as unhappy as him, what does the future hold for David Fincher?

Beau Willimon Talks HOUSE OF CARDS, the Different Production Schedule of Season 2, “Hyper-Serialized” Storytelling, the Show’s Directors, and More

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One of my favorite shows is House of Cards.  Led by showrunner Beau Willimon and produced by David Fincher and Dana Brunetti, the show consistently has you on the edge of your seat wondering what innovative twist is coming, and it’s loaded with fantastic performances by the entire cast (especially by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright).  The incredible work from all departments helps explain why House of Cards was the first “web” television series to receive major Emmy nominations.

While Beau Willimon is hard at work on season three of the show, I was recently able to get on the phone with him for an exclusive interview.  He talked about how the show came together, working with Fincher, Eric Roth and Josh Donen, how the storylines changed, working with Netflix, filming in D.C. and being able to shoot on location, the great set of directors they’ve had on the series, his plays, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

2014 Emmy Nominations Announced; TRUE DETECTIVE, FARGO, THE NORMAL HEART, and More Score Multiple Nods

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning, and they were about as surprising/disappointing as I expected.  We’re in the Golden Age of Television™, but no one seems to tell the Emmys.  Yes, True Detective and Fargo got some love, but so did the awful awards-bait The Normal Heart, which picked up four out of six nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.  Then there are the usual suspects: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, etc.  Among tge acting nominations, I would say I’m pleasantly surprised about Andre Braugher getting attention for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and shocked that Kate Mara picked up an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination when really her CGI stunt double deserves all the credit.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of the major Emmy nominations.  The Emmy Awards will air live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

Enter Our Giveaway and Win Signed Copies of HOUSE OF CARDS on DVD, Plus Season Two on Blu-ray

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Though Netflix most recently released the highly anticipated second season of Orange Is the New Black, season two of its other flagship series, House of Cards, debuted earlier this year.  The dark, operatic, and supremely entertaining series follows the sinister political machinations of Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood, and to celebrate the release of season two on Blu-ray, we’ve been provided with a pair of signed copies of House of Cards season one on DVD as well as unsigned copies of the just-released season two Blu-ray.

Hit the jump to find out how you can enter our giveaway and win these House of Cards goodies.

New to Blu-ray: THE LEGO MOVIE, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include an impossibly great movie based on a line of building blocks, the latest delightful film from Wes Anderson, a critically praised dramatic turn from Nicolas Cage, a documentary about male genitalia, and more.  Briefly:

Kevin Spacey Talks NOW, the Challenge of Tackling RICHARD III, the Future of HOUSE OF CARDS, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, and More

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Now available online, on VOD, and in select theaters is director Jeremy Whelehan’s  NOW: in the Wings on a World Stage.  The documentary is a great behind-the-scenes look at what Kevin SpaceySam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company did with Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Richard III.  If you’re not aware, the company performed the show over 200 times and traveled across three continents.  The film encompasses the entire company from rehearsal to spending a year on the road together while trying to absorb the different cultures and countries they visited.  If you want to see what it’s like to travel the world performing Shakespeare with an all-star group, you should absolutely check this out.

Last week in Los Angeles, I landed an exclusive interview with Kevin Spacey.  He talked about the challenge of playing Richard, what it was like being in almost all the scenes, the experience of work shopping with Sam Mendes and finding the character, how his House of Cards character Francis Underwood was based on Richard III, what it was like performing in Greece in front of 14,000 people, how this is his final year as artistic director of The Old Vic and what’s coming up there, how long House of Cards can continue, returning for Horrible Bosses 2, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch the NOW trailer and for the interview.

HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2 Review

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House of Cards ended its first season not with a cliffhanger, but with a halfway marker.  There was still the matter of Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), Lucas Goodwin (Sebastian Arcelus), and Janine Skorsky (Constance Zimmer) trying to discover if Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) killed Peter Russo (Corey Stoll), but for the most part, Frank had all but schemed his way into the vice presidency.  In its second season, House of Cards considerably ups the ante by giving Frank a serious rival, putting him and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) at the center of multiple scandals, and introducing new characters to join other pawns already in the game.  Although the new season holds on to some weaker plotlines for too long and hits some anti-climatic conclusions, it still commands our attention and we’re powerless to turn away from “ruthless pragmatists” who crave power at all costs. [This review contains spoilers since a 13-episode season requires more plot details than a movie review]

Three New Promos for HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2 Starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright

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This Friday, House of Cards returns for it second season, and it looks even meaner and nastier than season one.  Netflix has released three new promos, and they all cut right to the heart of this sinister, cynical, and absolutely riveting series.  They also provide a reminder to get a refresher on season one, which you can watch if you have Netflix.  I watched the season one recap last night, and while it didn’t detail every single plot point (it’s a complex series), it highlighted what I assume will be the major threads heading into season two.

Hit the jump to check out the promos.  All 13 new episodes of House of Cards will premiere on February 14th.

Netflix Renews HOUSE OF CARDS for Season 3

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It’s been rumored and talked about for months now, but Netflix has officially renewed its excellent original series House of Cards for a third season, via THR.  The renewal comes just over a week before the release of season two, which will be made available in its entirety on the streaming service on February 14th.  Beau Willimon serves as showrunner and will presumably continue to do so in season three, and one presumes David Fincher will remain onboard as an executive producer.  That being said, no details beyond the renewal are given about the next batch of episodes.  Having immensely enjoyed the show’s first season, I’m very much looking forward to following the further adventures of Kevin Spacey’s Francis Underwood in another season.

Awards Roundup: HER and CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Take WGA Awards, GRAVITY Wins Cinematography Honors, and FROZEN Lands Annie Trophy

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A trio of award organizations handed out prizes last night: the Writers Guild of America, the American Society of Cinematographers, and the International Animated Film Association’s Annie Awards.  In a bit of an upset at the WGA Awards, Spike Jones took home Best Original Screenplay for Her over American Hustle, and Billy Ray nabbed Best Adapted Screenplay honors for Captain Philips over The Wolf of Wall Street and Before Midnight.  It should be noted, though, that due to eligibility rules, Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominee 12 Years a Slave was ineligible for the WGA trophy.

Hit the jump for more, including the full list of winners from the organizations and some Oscar analysis from yours truly.

New Images from HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2 Featuring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and Kate Mara

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Netflix has released a slew of new images from the upcoming second season of the excellent drama series House of Cards.  Season two finds Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright’s Francis and Claire Underwood continuing their ruthless rise of power as threats mount on all fronts.  These new images don’t reveal too much, but we do get a look at some of the returning and new characters.  If the first season is any indication, we’re in for another dark, twisted, and somewhat humorous ride when all 13 episodes of House of Cards are made available to stream on February 14th.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Kate MaraMichael GillGerald McRaneyMahershala AliSbeastian ArcelusKristen ConnollyNathan DarrowSakina JaffreyMichael Kelly, and Molly Parker.

New Image from HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2; Netflix Renews LILYHAMMER for Season 3

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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.

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