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]
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 Mara, Michael Gill, Gerald McRaney, Mahershala Ali, Sbeastian Arcelus, Kristen Connolly, Nathan Darrow, Sakina Jaffrey, Michael Kelly, and Molly Parker.
One of my most-anticipated TV series of 2013 isn’t on network television, cable, or premium cable. It’s on Netflix. The streaming service is moving into the original television business, and it might have two hits on its hands with House of Cards and the fourth season of Arrested Development. Four new trailers have been released for the former, and if you couldn’t tell by the first trailer, the show looks downright nasty and loads of fun. The new trailers bring us some crackling lines such as “The most you’ll ever make of yourself is blowing men like me,” and “Twitter twat.” Who can resist dialogue like that?
Click here to see the trailers [via CinemaBlend]. We’ll update this article with embeds as soon as they’re available. The series stars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Kristen Connolly, Sebastian Arcelus, Boris McGiver, Constance Zimmer, Jayne Atkinson, Michel Gill, and Reg E. Cathey. All 13 episodes of House of Cards premiere on February 1st.
Back in March, Kevin Spacey billed David Fincher‘s upcoming Netflix series House of Cards as “not your daddy’s West Wing.” It certainly looks like The West Wing if Aaron Sorkin‘s show was dark, cynical, and filled with duplicitous characters but still entertaining as hell. Watching the Washington, D.C. scheming in this trailer looks absolutely captivating, and Netflix might very well have a hit show not named “Arrested Development“.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The show also stars Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Kristen Connolly, Sebastian Arcelus, Boris McGiver, Constance Zimmer, Jayne Atkinson, Michel Gill, and Reg E. Cathey. All 13 episode of House of Cards premiere on February 1, 2013.
Here’s our TV casting call round-up. Check out the new additions at a glance below:
- William Petersen will star in and exec produce GKTV’s hitman drama, Hurt People.
- The Vampire Diaries actor Matt Davis will lead the new CW mystery pilot, Cult, from Farscape-mastermind Rockne S. O’Bannon.
- Fresh off playing the world’s worst dad in Chronicle, veteran character actor Michael Kelly is joining David Fincher’s Netflix series, House of Cards.
- Freddie Prinze Jr. has been cast in an untitled NBC sitcom pilot by Hilary Winston (Community).
Hit the jump for details on each project.
The “found footage” movie that made its way into two of our “Most Anticipated” lists is beginning to rev up its marketing engine. Chronicle, which debuted its first trailer back in October, recently released two clips entitled “The Discovery” and “The Baseball Test.” The first clip is essentially a teaser about how three teenagers acquire telekinesis and other superpowers, but it does a nice job of setting up the dynamic among them. The second clip features the guys testing out their new found powers and contains hilarious moments of schadenfreude; it also happens to give nice foreshadowing in a subtle, yet unnerving performance by Dane DeHaan (True Blood). Unfortunately, the poor quality of the CG baseball doesn’t bode well for the rest of the film. Hit the jump to check out the clips and a new poster for Chronicle.
We have some quick casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, The Weinstein Company has sent out a press release announcing that Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, and Paul Scheer will return for Piranha 3DD. Their characters survived the first film, and like all good horror flick survivors, I’m sure they’ll offer some kind of cursory explanation of what’s happening, that explanation will be ignored until it’s too late, and then at least two out of the three survivors will be destroyed. My money is on Rhames making it out alive. The trio joins previously announced cast members Katrina Bowden, Gary Busey, Danielle Panabaker, David Koechner, Matt Bush, and Chris Zylka. Piranha 3DD opens in 3D on November 23rd.
In other casting news, Variety reports that Michael Kelly (The Adjustment Bureau) has joined Dane DeHaan Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell, and Ashley Hinshaw in Chronicle. Kelly will play the father of one of three teenagers who get superpowers when they come into contact with a mysterious substance. Josh Trank will make his feature directing debut from a script by Max Landis. Chronicle is set for release on February 3, 2012.
Universal has released a US and a UK poster for their upcoming thriller The Adjustment Bureau. Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, the plot centers on an ambitious politician (played by Matt Damon) who falls in love with a ballet dancer (Emily Blunt) but discovers that mysterious forces and a team of shadowy figures are trying to keep them apart. The film also stars Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michael Kelly, and Terence Stamp.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. While the film was originally slated to open this past September, it is now set to open on March 4, 2011.
Universal has released the first trailer for director George Nolfi’s thriller The Adjustment Bureau. While this might be Nolfi’s first time in the director’s chair, he’s written Oceans Twelve, Timeline, and The Bourne Ultimatum, so he clearly knows his way around a movie set and how to tell a story.
Starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michael Kelly and Terence Stamp, The Adjustment Bureau is based on the Short Story “The Adjustment Team” by Philip K. Dick (Total Recall, Minority Report, Blade Runner). The film is about whether or not we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us.
If you’re a fan of sci-fi, Matt Damon, or Philip K. Dick, you’re going to like the look of this trailer. Hit the jump to take a look:
Universal has released the first images from writer/director George Nolfi’s The Adjustment Bureau. The movie is based on the short story The Adjustment Team by Philip K. Dick and it stars Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michael Kelly and Terence Stamp. Here’s the short synopsis:
Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he’s ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York.
So what do you get when you mix Matt Damon and Philip K. Dick? A lot of excited sci-fi fans…like me! Hit the jump for a more detailed synopsis and two images in high resolution. The Adjustment Bureau gets released July 30, 2010.
As I wrote when I posted the new images from “Mr. Nobody” and “The White Ribbon”, the Toronto Film Festival starts in a few weeks and like every year, the Festival is loaded with plenty of world premieres. While I had planned on attending this year’s festival as a member of the working press, due to my deciding to attend too late, I missed the cut for getting a press badge. However, I’m still going, and hope to be able to report on the films and interview a lot of the people attending.
Anyway, with the festival gearing up to start, I’ve been provided with a lot of new images from the films premiering. So after the jump take a look at images from Jane Campion’s “Bright Star”, “Creation”, “Defendor”, and “Solitary Man”.