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.
Even though reaction to the film was mixed at Cannes, I still can’t wait to see Ari Folman‘s The Congress. The movie is a fascinating blend of live action and animation that adapts Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, “The Futurological Congress”, and follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (Kodi-Smit McPhee). The work she finds has her scanned into an animated world where the company will own her image, but she’ll be forever young. The film now has an official website that’s brimming with the gorgeous animation and stills plus a music video and behind-the-scenes clips.
Hit the jump to check out the images and videos. The movie also stars Jon Hamm, Paul Gimatti, Danny Huston, and Harvey Keitel. Drafthouse Films will release The Congress in 2014.
The 65th Emmy Awards Nominations have been announced, and Netflix’s House of Cards has made history. The original series marks the first TV show released exclusively online to land top honors, as the David Fincher-produced series nabbed 9 nominations including Best Drama Series, Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Actress (Robin Wright), and Best Director for Fincher—actor Cory Stoll’s excellent work, though, was not recognized. American Horror Story once again nabbed the most nominations with 17, though the only major nods were for Best Miniseries and Lead Actress in a Miniseries for Jessica Lange. Game of Thrones followed with 16 nods overall.
House of Cards appears to have knocked Boardwalk Empire out of the Best Drama Series category, as the latter failed to secure a nod. FX’s The Americans was surprisingly absent as well, and other surprises include New Girl being completely shut out, Mad Men failing to land any writing or directing nominations, Vera Farmiga getting a Best Actress nomination for Bates Motel, and Elizabeth Moss being double nominated for Mad Men and Top of the Lake. Hit the jump for the list of major nominations.
Exclusive Media has released a new trailer and poster for director Anne Fontaine’s (Coco Before Chanel) drama Adore (previously titled Two Mothers). The film stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as two lifelong friends who unexpectedly fall in love with each other’s sons, and must deal with the ramifications of their actions as their respective relationships progress over an extended period of time. I caught the pic at Sundance (read my full review here) and it elicited a number of uncomfortable laughs from the audience. Despite the fact that the film actually provides a few fascinating insights into relationships and love, it’s impossible to get over the fact that the plot is basically “Motherlover” expanded into a feature film. Watts and Wright give strong performances, especially the latter, but this is indeed a peculiar pic.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also stars Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, and Ben Mendelsohn. Adore opens in theaters and will be available on iTunes on September 6th.
The Congress, the highly-anticipated follow up to Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir, premiered last month at the Cannes Film Festival, and now Drafthouse Films alongside Films We Like plans to bring it stateside. The movie is a fascinating blend of live action and animation that adapts Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, “The Futurological Congress”, and follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (Kodi-Smit McPhee). Wright plays herself, and then is scanned into an animated world where the studio now owns her, but she will be forever young. Judging by the trailer, the movie looks like an absolute trip, and one I’m excited to take. Sadly, we’ll have to wait until 2014 for the movie’s theatrical/VOD release.
Hit the jump for the press release and a new image from The Congress. The film also stars Jon Hamm, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti.
The last time we heard anything about The Congress, Ari Folman‘s follow-up to his remarkable 2008 film, Waltz with Bashir, was back in 2011. The movie is a blend of live action and animation that adapts Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, “The Futurological Congress”, and follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (Kodi-Smit McPhee). We hoped to see the film in 2012, but now it will finally debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The trailer has debuted online, and the movie looks beautiful and enchantingly strange. Wright plays herself, and then is scanned into an animated world where the studio now owns her, but she will be forever young. Even though there’s a bit of sci-fi in here, it’s not too far removed from reality where motion-capture has become a regular part of filmmaking.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti. The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 26th.
The first international trailer for director Anne Fontaine’s (Coco Before Chanel) drama Two Mothers has, fittingly, found its way online on Valentine’s Day. The film stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as two lifelong friends who unexpectedly fall in love with each other’s sons (yes, it’s basically a feature film adaptation of “Motherlover”). I caught the film at Sundance at it’s a peculiar movie. The story chronicles these two relationships over a number of years and shows the ups and downs that feel universal to any relationship, but it’s hard to forget that you’re watching two middle-aged women cuddle up to boys that they have known since they were babies. It’s not a bad movie, but it did elicit quite a bit of unintentional laughter at its Sundance premiere. You can read my full review right here.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, and Ben Mendelsohn and will hit theaters later this year.
This weekend, Netflix premiered House of Cards. All of House of Cards. It was a bold strategy that signaled that not only was Netflix now in the television business (even though it isn’t their first original series), but that they had quality programming on the level of HBO. House of Cards is a show with the same level of plotting, character development, twists, and turns that we’ve come to expect from the celebrated premium channel. In some ways, House of Cards is even better than some of HBO’s recent offerings. Beau Willimon‘s adaptation of the BBC series is radical not only in its distribution, but also in how it spits in the face of those who claim that they need characters to “root for”.
Relationships are complicated. Every person knows this; it is a universal truth. Love can be both the best experience and the worst experience, but it’s incredibly difficult to live your life on this earth unscathed by the scars of loving another person. Of course, a relationship is made a bit more complicated when you fall in love with your best friend’s son, and director Anne Fontaine takes this complication one step further by chronicling the extended love affair of two best friends who fall in love with each other’s sons. Hit the jump for my full review of Two Mothers.
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.
Today, Sundance announced their stellar Premieres line-up and we have the first images from a few of the movies playing in the category:
- Top of the Lake – Directed by Jane Champion and Garth Davis, written by Campion and Gerard Lee, starring Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan, and David Wenham.
- Two Mothers – Directed by Anne Fontaine, written by Christopher Hampton, starring Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, and James Frechevile.
- Very Good Girls – Written and directed by Naomi Foner starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, and Ellen Barkin.
Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.
Netflix, the ever-evolving DVD and streaming service, has really raised the bar on web series and online original content recently, both with the news of its resurrection of the beloved Arrested Development and its upcoming David Fincher adaptation of Michael Dobbs‘ House of Cards series.
In anticipation of House of Cards‘ release, Netflix has created character profiles that say something about each, while also revealing their true nature. Hit the jump for the pics and the trailer. The show 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 episode of House of Cards premiere on February 1, 2013.
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 today’s casting news in brief with details to follow:
Hit the jump for more details on each project.
The first image from director David Fincher’s upcoming Netflix series House of Cards is now online. The show is based on the British miniseries of the same name and stars Kevin Spacey as a “wily, murderous politician worming his way to the White House” in Washington D.C. Fincher is directing the pilot, and Netflix has committed to producing and airing two seasons of 13 episodes each that will stream through the subscription service. Fincher seems a perfect fit to tackle the dirty game of politics, and the series reteams him the director with Spacey and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Robin Wright. A specific airdate has yet to be announced, but the series is set to be unveiled sometime in 2013.
Hit the jump to check out the first image of Spacey and Wright in what the former calls, “[not] your daddy’s West Wing.”