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During the first two seasons of "House of Cards," Michael Kelly provided solid work as Doug Stamper, the go-to fixer for now-president Frank Underwood, but in season three, Kelly outdoes himself, turning the role into one of the most consistently exciting characters on television. The Emmys have ignored the actor in the past, giving al their attention to stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, yet any voter who watches any one episode from this season would be crazy not to award Kelly with his first nomination for Best Drama Supporting Actor. -Break- Emmys Mvp: Kristen Schaal is secret weapon in success of 'The Last Man on Earth' But Kelly is currently ranked in eighth place by our Top 24 Users and ninth by All Users. Why so low? Blame it on a lack of name-recognition and heavy competition in the category: Kelly has to compete against last year's nominees »
"House of Cards" is one of the hottest shows on (or off) TV at the moment, but will its momentum last all the way to this summer's Emmy nominations for Best Drama Series? Gold Derby's forum posters are rooting for the Netflix political drama to topple the competition. Scroll down to read their passionate pleas. -Break- Join the 'House of Cards' discussion in our feisty forums! Pieman1994: Jeez... Someone give Michael Kelly a nomination. "Chapter 27" is as great a tape as he'll ever get. Up front, I believe that the third season of "House of Cards" is easily its best. RyanShowers: Who else loves the how the writers are putting Claire/Wright to good use this season? Everyone talked about her character's expansion inSeason 2, but to me Claire felt just as hidden as she was in Season 1, bar Chapter 17. The writers must have started planning this »
While American remakes of European films have always been met with much trepidation, but the latest in the long line, The Secret In Their Eyes, could be the most exciting yet. Based on the 2009 film, the new version is hotly tipped to be in and around awards season come the end of the year.
Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) writes and directs the film, which has begun filming, with an all-star cast that includes Julia Roberts (The Normal Heart), Nicole Kidman (Before I Go To Sleep) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) as his leads and television stars Michael Kelly (House Of Cards) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) heading the supporting cast.
Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips,The Hunger Games), and produced by Academy Award® winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, “Breaking Bad”), Secret In Their Eyes is an intense, powerful, haunting thriller starring Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, »
- Scott J. Davis
Catapulting Tom Hanks back into audience’s hearts with his compulsive and gripping true story thriller Captain Phillips, director Billy Ray looks poised to do the same for Julia Roberts in The Secret In Their Eyes. A remake of Juan Jose Campanella’s Oscar-winning Spanish language feature, the Americanized version boasts a sterling cast that reeks of awards pedigree; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Dean Norris and Michael Kelly all star alongside Roberts.
Ray will adopt a similar strategy to his previously adapted works Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games and State Of Play by returning to the source material for inspiration. As a result, this U.S. version won’t be a direct copy of Campanella’s movie, but instead re-appropriate the subject for North American audiences. That being said, there are similarities – understandably – between the two.
Currently in production, The Secret In Their Eyes is scheduled for release on October 23rd, »
- Gem Seddon
Listen, we're not thrilled that the excellent, Oscar-winning "The Secret In Their Eyes" is getting a remake either, but you couldn't ask for a better team to be bringing it together. "Shattered Glass" writer/director Billy Ray is behind the camera, and he has lined up Nicole Kidman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Julia Roberts in the lead roles, with guys like Michael Kelly ("House Of Cards") and Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad") in support. Filming is underway, but the first look at the movie has arrived in advance of its October 23rd release. Here's the official synopsis: Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips,The Hunger Games), and produced by Academy Award® winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, “Breaking Bad”), Secret In Their Eyes is an intense, powerful, haunting thriller starring Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts. A tight-knit »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If you didn't already know...spoiler alert... House of Cards' Doug Stamper, played by Michael Kelly, is alive but not so well. The last we saw of Frank Underwood's (Kevin Spacey) right-hand man, he was lying wide-eyed in the woods after being hit in the head with a rock by Rachel Posner (Rachel Brosnahan), which left many of us believing that that was it for the loyal lieutenant. Surprise! He made it, but not without a debilitating head injury that required months and months of physical and mental therapy. But like that was going to stop the work-obsessed political veteran... We chatted with Michael Kelly about season three of the Netflix original series and got the juicy scoop on »
House of Cards, Season 3, Episodes 7-13
Premiered on Friday, February 27th on Netflix Instant
Although the Underwood couple, in all their conniving glory, are one of the main appeals of House of Cards, season three presents a slow but forceful tear between Frank and Claire that drives the plot into new territory. With Frank resorting to old, but now ineffectual, methods of coercion by putting his foot down until he gets his way, he finds himself weakened under Claire’s unwavering high heel. Restless and tired of her husband’s ways and her seemingly permanent position at his side, she ends the season with the exciting and unexpected decision to leave him. In spite of the fact that Frank and Claire seem to be an unbreakable duo hellbent on complete power, there are several moments throughout the latter half of season three that seem to suggest that Claire wants to surpass her husband’s position, »
- Richelle Charkot
Violent trauma limits TV characters physically, but it’s great for actors; it gives them new challenges and lets them shine apart from their castmates, or against them. Michael Kelly must love playing Doug Stamper on House of Cards, the former chief of staff to the show’s recently ascended president, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey). Last season, Doug got bashed in the head with a rock while chasing Rachel Posner (Rachel Brosnahan), the prostitute who helped Frank derail and destroy Peter Russo in season one. Though the final image of Doug made it seem as though he was dead, season three found him emerging from a coma and dealing with a brain injury that hurt his mobility. This plunges Doug into depression, leading him to self-medicate with prostitutes and bourbon (which he squirts into his mouth with a syringe — a great example of an alcoholic pretending that drinking a little »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Join the fiery discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. -Break- 'House of Cards' third season' - Click here to discuss Spoilers Ahead RyanShowers: Who else loves the how the writers are putting Claire/Wright to good use this season? Everyone talked about her character's expansion in season 2, but to me Claire felt just as hidden as she was in season 1, bar Chapter 17. The writers must have started planning this season after Robin Wright won the Golden Globe. Claire is actually relevant to the plot in season 3, and Wright has equal screentime to Kevin Spacey. I love it! KylieistBoi: Just watched the first 4 episodes, it is going really well so far. My favorite one is the Russian centered episode, with Pussy Riot. »
As it turns out, there was a simplicity to the third season of “House of Cards” that only became fully apparent once it ended. Having spent two seasons in pursuit of power, the central couple – now the President and First Lady – found a whole new set of complications and challenges in retaining it. Yet that was actually less fundamental to the story than the evolution of two key relationships, leading in opposite directions. All told, the net result proved more satisfying than season two, despite various missteps along the way.
“House of Cards” gets enough things right that it’s perhaps more glaring when the series gets them wrong – something that again happened periodically in season three (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched all 13 episodes), especially in regard to the politics.
Among the plot lines and sequences that went well beyond dramatic license, it’s simply impossible to »
- Brian Lowry
Hardcore House of Cards fans who spent the weekend bingeing on all 13 episodes are already hungry for the next chapter in Netflix's drama. Season 3 saw Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) as president, but the Oval Office seemed to sap the power he had wielded so ruthlessly for two seasons. Both parties hated him. Congress sought to block the crown jewel of his tenure, America Works, a program that broke the first rule of politics: leave Social Security alone. Claire (Robin Wright), clawed her way into an ambassadorship only to fumble her plan for peace in the Middle East. Russian president Victor Petrov (Lars Mikkelsen, »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
I’ll admit it: I was a little worried. The first two episode of House of Cards season 3 were fine, but something had been missing. That extra sparkle that made the first two seasons such a revelation had been absent. Maybe it was a conscious decision by the writers, or maybe it was just an ill-judged over-reliance on Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly). Either way, episode 3 returns to sparkling form.
Warning! Spoilers Ahead – You have been warned!
Episode 3 revolves around the narrative of a diplomatic visit from the Russian President, Viktor Petrov (Lars Mikkelsen). Proving that the show can be ever-relevant, the writers have their fictional Presidents meet under some pretty non-fictional circumstances. Petrov’s arrival at the White House is amidst the sounds of a mass protest, condemning Russia’s anti-gay laws. Sound familiar?
They even incorporate the events surrounding punk group Pussy Riot, »
- Jackson Ball
Spoiler Alert: Do Not read unless you’ve finished season three of “House of Cards.”
Season two of Netflix’s “House of Cards” ended with Doug Stamper left for dead after being hit in the head repeatedly with a rock. Now, Michael Kelly, who plays President Frank Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey) longtime right-hand man, is relieved he can finally admit he survived the brutal attack. “After a year of lying, I can finally get to tell the truth,” he tells Variety.
That said, he’s been so busy working he still hasn’t had a chance to watch this season yet. “I can’t wait to see it!”
Did you always know you were going to survive?
When we shot it, it was written as, “Stamper is lying there, but he is breathing.” It was written as that, we filmed it as that. And then I was in the way »
- Debra Birnbaum
Over the weekend, Netflix dropped season three of their hit show House of Cards, allowing viewers (including yours truly) to binge watch another 13 episodes of the political drama. Since its debut, the show, which came from the mind of scribe Beau Willimon and stars the duo of Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, has been a huge hit, basically creating the term “binge watching” and capturing more than its fair share of attention. House of Cards is responsible for really launching Netflix in the realm of original scripted programming. For my money, it’s also their best show, bar none. Even in general, there’s very little else like it on the small screen right now. For those of you unaware what the show is about, House of Cards follows democratic congressman Frank Underwood (Spacey) as he exacts revenge, along with the help of his equally strong willed wife Claire (Wright »
- Joey Magidson
For better or for worse, the Underwoods are back! Yes, nearly a full year since the release of the last season, new episodes of House of Cards have finally found their way back on to Netflix. Whatever this season has in store for us, one thing is for sure: things at in the White House will never run smoothly.
Warning! Spoilers Ahead – You have been warned!
We return to Frank Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey) story pretty much in the same place that we left it at the end of season 2: the Oval Office. After all the manipulation and underhanded deeds we’ve seen him commit in the past, Frank’s finally got the presidential power he’s always craved.
But what sort of president will he be?
Somehow, I don’t think the answer is ‘compassionate’.
In the opening scene of this episode, »
- Jackson Ball
Spoiler Alert: Do Not read unless you’ve watched season three of “House of Cards.”
Netflix released season three of “House of Cards” Friday morning, and executive producer Beau Willimon talked to Variety about keeping secrets — as well as the rocky course of the Underwood presidency and marriage.
With the release came the big reveal that Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), who had been left for dead at the end of last season, was in fact alive.
So, Doug Stamper is alive. Was that always your intention?
We always knew we were going to keep Stamper in the fold. We did want it to be a question at the end of season two whether or not he was going to come back, but we didn’t know exactly how. One of the things that we tried which we’d never done on “House of Cards” was entering the story through someone »
- Debra Birnbaum
Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has the power he's always wanted. So what's next? That's the key question of House of Cards season three, says creator Beau Willimon, whose Netflix drama picks up Friday with Frank assuming the presidency without a single vote being cast for him. Frank inherits a White House rocked by scandal after he orchestrates President Walker's (Michel Gill) exit from the Oval Office. To further complicate things, Rachel, the former call girl who can connect Frank to Russu's (Cory Stoll) death, is missing in action after attacking Frank's right-hand man Doug (Michael Kelly) and leaving him for
- Aaron Couch
Double trouble here! Tribeca premiered the documentary Now: In the Wings on a World Stage, which follows the cast of Richard III as they debut their performance worldwide. After the film’s premiere, the cast of the play and film joined Charlie Rose onstage for an exclusive Q&A about the making of the film as well as the challenges they faced as part of the play.
Richard III stared Kevin Spacey as the namesake as well as multiple actors who were in attendance at the film’s premiere. Some include Maureen Anderman, who played the Duchess of York, Nathan Darrow, who played Lord Grey/Henry, the Earl of Richmond, Gavin Stenhouse, who performed as the Marquess of Dorset, and Simon Lee Phillips, who was Sir James Tyrrel/the Duke of Norfolk. King Edward IV/the Bishop of Ely also made an appearance, as Andrew Long appeared at Tribeca, as »
- Catherina Gioino
Wow. I mean, just wow. We’ve already been as hooked on House of Cards as a test lab mouse is on Pepsi sugar. As if they just can’t toy with us enough, they show the final season of the award winning show right after Kevin Spacey’s Golden Globe win for the character we’ve come to love… and fear.
In an ill twist of fate, audiences would have to wait two whole weeks (Ok that’s a lie, it’s thirteen days, but no one noticed right?) for the season to be released; February 27th compared to last year’s ironic release on Valentine’s Day. As we have just learned how to cope with the denial of this being the series’ final season, we have enough from the commercial to sustain us these long four weeks.
Well that’s a flat out lie. We know nothing. »
- Catherina Gioino
Amongst this years Screen Actors Guild Award winners are Eddie Redmayne, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Birdman, which took home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Orange Is the New Black, whose star Uzo Uduba claimed the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Redmayne, dedicated his award to sufferers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), the illness which Hawking himself suffers from. He also went on to congratulate fellow actors such as Bradley Cooper, David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall.
It has been a big weekend for Birdman, which not only won best ensemble »
- Alfie Nobes
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