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?

Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to Voice DreamWorks Animation’s BOSS BABY; Quvenzhane Wallis Will Lead COUNTING BY 7S

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DreamWorks Animation is putting together the voice cast for one of its upcoming films.  Heat Vision reports that Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey will lead the voice cast for Boss Baby, which is described as a fantastical comedy revolving around a “fast-talking briefcase-carrying baby (Baldwin) and his seven-year-old brother, who is jealous of the new arrival.”  The brother sets out on a mission to win back the sole affection of his parents and ends up stumbling upon a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (Spacey).  The two brothers are then forced to come together in order to stop the dastardly scheme.  Megamind director Tom McGrath is set to helm the pic, which is slated for release on March 18, 2016.

Hit the jump for news concerning an adaptation of Counting by 7s that is being developed as a star vehicle for young Quvenzhane Wallis.

The Films of David Fincher: SE7EN

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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.]

Where as Alien3 has been forgotten thanks to ignominy, the shadow of the first two Alien movies, and its botched production, Se7en has persevered for almost twenty years if for no other reason than what’s in the fucking box.  Se7en is where David Fincher‘s filmography truly begins, and it’s fitting that a director who self-identifies as cynical should lead with a movie that abhors human nature, massacres the good in more ways than one, and even feels slight reverence towards its heinous killer.  There’s a beauty to the cruelty as the movie presents a stylized realism that taps into a rotting, fetid world but does so without establishing a particular locale, drenching the unnamed city in rain, and sinking the shots into darkness and low angles.

Se7en is where David Fincher finally got to come out and play.  Alien 3 was a trap that became a prison and eventually he just had to flee from the depressing hellhole of that production.  He returned to music videos thinking he would never make another movie again, and when Se7en came along, he went all in on a “meditation on evil and how evil gets on you and you can’t get it off.”   Fincher didn’t return with an open palm.  He came back with a clenched fist.

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Trailer Gives a First Look at Stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis

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New Line has released the first trailer for Horrible Bosses 2, directed by Sean Anders (That’s My Boy).  Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis return to start a new business in the sequel.  When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) takes over, “the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son (Chris Pine) and ransom him to regain control of their company.”  I somehow missed the first installment from Seth Gordon back in 2011, but this new trailer makes me want to remedy that ASAP.  It’s also got the best use of “Turn Down for What” since, well, DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s video.

Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey also return in Horrible Bosses 2, scheduled for release on November 26th.  Hit the jump to watch the first Horrible Bosses 2 trailer.

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.

Kevin Spacey Plays Your Digital Villain in the Reveal Trailer for CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE

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Activision will announce the title and details for the next Call of Duty game on Sunday.  We have good reason to believe Kevin Spacey will play the villain.  On Wednesday, Complex posted this Spacey sound byte:

“And you think you can just march into these countries based on some fundamentalist religious principles, drop a few bombs, topple a dictator and start a democracy? Give me a break.”

On Thursday, it was linked to the new Call of Duty game by clever sleuthing and a more direct teaser for the game.  [Update from Matt: The full trailer has now gone online, and it's got a lot more Spacey.  The game also looks like a lot of fun, and I say that as someone who usually doesn't go for the Call of Duty franchise.]  Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hits on November 4th.

Kevin Spacey to Play Winston Churchill, Meryl Streep Set for Jonathan Demme/Diablo Cody Project, and Amy Ryan Joins MONSTER TRUCKS

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We have a few interesting casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Kevin Spacey is adding another politician to his roster, as he is set to take on the role of Winston Churchill in the drama Captain of the Gate.
  • Meryl Streep is attached to star in a new project with Jonathan Demme onboard to direct from a script by Diablo Cody.
  • Amy Ryan has been added to the live-action/CG hybrid film Monster Trucks.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.

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.

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.

New Trailer and Poster for Season 2 of HOUSE OF CARDS Starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright

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2014 has barely begun, and it’s already time to get vicious.  In less than six weeks, House of Cards will make its return to Netflix, and new trailer provides a potent reminder that I probably have to re-watch season one (possibly with the new commentary tracks).  I remember all of the major plot points, but this trailer shows the vast and intricate web that Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) spun in the first season.  As for the tone, the show looks as delightfully nasty as ever.  It’s important to remember that this new season will probably be the show’s last, so expect the backstabbing to be even more brutal.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with a new poster.  All 13 new episode of House of Cards premiere on February 14th.

The Butchery Begins in Intense New Trailer for HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2

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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.

HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2 Debuts on Netflix Friday, February 14th; First Teaser Trailer Released

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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.

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