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In the midst of insane fight sequences and impossible violence, Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill gave me a moment of pause. In the second part of the movie, The Bride (Uma Thurman) finally confronts Bill (David Carradine), and ultimately dispatches him with a secret technique from their old master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu) known as the five-point-palm exploding heart technique. This closely-held secret move uses pressure points on a man’s chest that will stress the heart to a point that the victim can only travel five steps before his heart explodes and he falls dead. That’s a pretty cool technique, and would be quite handy in a pinch, so it got me thinking: Which martial art will teach it to me? The Answer: A special subset of Aikido known as “bullshit.” The so-called “death touch” move, or “dim mak,” has shown up in many movies prior to either of the Kill Bill volumes. In »
- Kevin Carr
Beau Willimon’s “House of Cards” inexorably changed the television landscape when it premiered on Netflix in 2013 — establishing the streaming service as a major player in the scripted arena and forcing the entertainment industry to reexamine the very definition of a TV series.
Boasting an A-list crop of talent both in front of and behind the camera — including Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and David Fincher — “House of Cards” quickly established itself as a cultural phenomenon, kicking off a binge-watching revolution and winning three Emmys at last year’s ceremony, including a Best Director gong for Fincher.
Variety sat down with Willimon at Austin’s recent Atx Television Festival to discuss the show’s meteoric rise, the Netflix business model and the collaborative process the playwright and screenwriter shares with the show’s cast and crew, which recently commenced production on season three.
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- Laura Prudom
This week, Sony is releasing the second season of Netflix’s hit political drama House of Cards on Blu-Ray and DVD, and We Got This Covered is celebrating the event with a contest! Five lucky readers will win a Blu-Ray copy of House of Cards: The Compete Second Season. And for one extremely lucky reader, we’ll throw in a Blu-Ray copy of House of Cards: The Complete First Season signed by Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Michael Kelly, Michael Gill, Sebastian Arcelus, Constance Zimmer and more. Sound good? That’s what I thought.
House of Cards is one of Netflix’s strongest originals yet, thanks to atmospheric direction and the utterly compelling performances of Spacey and Wright as D.C. power player Frank Underwood and his scheming wife Claire. We’re thrilled to be able to partner with Sony to bring you guys such an awesome giveaway for the series, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Netflix drama "House of Cards" made history at last year's Emmys by becoming the first online only provider to win awards. We will discuss those historic victories with the show's creator Beau Willimon in a live chat this Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Pt/ 2:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. The complete second season of hhis political drama was released on Netflix this year on Valentine's Day. Spoilers Ahead. -Break- Over the course of the 13 episodes, Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) maneuvered his way into the Vice President's office and was sworn in as President in the finale. First Lady Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) helped him scheme his way into that role, proving to be just as devious. Reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) was killed while Chief of Staff Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) was left for dead. Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes ...' »
We haven't heard much lately in the way of progress on the historical drama Reykjavik, but apparently Baltasar Kormakur is now in early talks to direct. The 2 Guns director would replace Mike Newell, who was sitting at the helm when last we checked. The film takes its name from the 1986 Reykjavik Summit between U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, an historic meeting that marks the end of the Cold War. Michael Douglas is set to play Reagan, with Christoph Waltz starring as Gorbachev; Frank Langella also stars as Paul Nitze, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Reagan’s senior adviser. As THR reports, Kormakur is only in the earliest of talks and no deals are in place, but there's now word of why Newell left the project. Kormakur is currently in Iceland in post-production on Everest, the hiking expedition tale starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, »
- Dave Trumbore
With the Cannes Film Festival set to get underway later this month, there's plenty of wheeling and dealing going on, which means there's plenty of casting news. First up, Keira Knightley has signed on as a late addition to the Everest. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain. Filming has been underway for well over a month, and the Daily Mail reports that Knightley has signed on to play "Jan Arnold, widow of climber Rob Hall, who conquered the mountain five times." Knightley "shot most of her scenes at Pinewood and around the Home Counties," so don't expect to see her character scaling the mountain. The outstanding cast also includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, Thomas M. Wright, Sam Worthington, and Robin Wright. Everest opens »
- Matt Goldberg
Keira Knightley is the latest addition to Baltasar Kormakur's Everest, portraying Jan Arnold, wife of climber Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), who conquered the mountain five times. She joins fellow cast members Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington and Robin Wright. The 3D pic hits theaters later this year on September 18, 2015. Daily Mail The cast of Monster Trucks filled out while I wasn't looking, adding Rob Lowe, Barry Pepper, Thomas Lennon, Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan and Lucas Till in the live-action/animated hybrid. No plot details at this point, but it is set for a May 29, 2015 release from Paramount. Deadline Lastly, David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman Begins) was been brought on to write a treatment for a Fantastic Voyage remake for producer James Cameron. The original 1966 sci-fi adventure film centered on a group of scientists, shrunk down to microscopic »
- Brad Brevet
Refresh for latest … 2Nd Update, 5:06 Pm: The Atlantic is bringing a number of D.C. players to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — TV D.C. players, this is. The magazine’s guest list includes several cast members from Netflix’s House Of Cards: Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Michael Gill, Mahershala Ali and Molly Parker, along with the show’s creator-writer Beau Willimon. Cynthia Nixon of Amazon’s Alpha House also is on the list. Update, 1:45 Pm: Reuters and CNN have unveiled their guests for Saturday’s shindig, with the former adding among others Unbroken lead Jack O’Connell, The Newsroom‘s Olivia Munn and Revenge‘s Madeline Stowe, and CNN hosting Diane Lane. Previous, Wednesday Pm: Awards season has receded in Hollywood, but Washington D.C. is getting ready for its biggest party weekend of the year with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It’s »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Earlier today, an avalanche struck on Mount Everest, killing 13 people. The Universal Pictures thriller Everest is also shooting near the site, but Deadline reports that the production suffered no fatalities or injuries due to the natural disater.
Principal photography is still under way on director Baltasar Kormákur's thriller, with the main unit currently shooting at Pinewood Studios in London. The second unit is still filming on Mount Everest itself, as they were preparing to go up and shoot at Base 2. At the time of the avalanche, the crew was at the foot of the summit, some 1,000 feet below, when a wall of ice fell off and crashed into Base 2. Most of the fatalities are said to be climbers and the experienced sherpas who guide them to the top of the mountain. Several of the sherpas who were consulting on Everest rushed to the scene to help. The production will »
Even Michael Kelly doesn't know if he still has a job on "House of Cards" for next season. In a video chat with Gold Derby, he admitted, "I was kind of hoping you would have some insight for me. I don't know anything yet. Beau (Willimon) and that whole staff keep everything really tight to the chest." -Break- Kelly plays Doug Stamper, the chief of staff to Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) on the Netflix drama. His character helped the former Majority Whip move swiftly into the Vice President's office and ultimately sworn in as President of the United States in the season finale. Can 'House of Cards' stop 'Breaking Bad' sweep at Emmys? In the second season finale, Stamper is hit over the head by a prostitute he has been hiding. The audience (and Kelly himself) are left to wonder for many months ahead if Stamper is dead or just knocked out. »
The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed political drama, House of Cards: The Complete Second Season, produced by Media Rights Capital, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The series returns with two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, Best Actor in a Leading Role, 1999; The Usual Suspects, Best Actor in a Supporting Role; 1995) as the newly appointed Vice President of the United States, along with Robin Wright, this year's Golden Globe winner for her role as his wife, Claire Underwood (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama). This series continues to sizzle with intensity as the ruthless Underwoods stop at nothing to climb the political food chain.
All 13 episodes will be available on the four-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets for House of Cards: The Complete Second Season with stunning collectible packaging on both releases, along with five bonus featurettes. »
Does Michael Kelly still have a job on "House of Cards" after last seen left for dead in the season two finale? That's what we'll ask him when he joins our live chat Wednesday, April 16, at 9:00 a.m. Pt/ 12:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Kelly plays Doug Stamper, the evil yet loyal chief of staff to Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) on the Netflix drama. His character helped the former Majority Whip move swiftly into the Vice President's office and ultimately sworn in as President of the United States in the season finale. Subscribe to Gold Derby's YouTube Channel You can participate in our chat by adding your comments or questions in our chat room box that will appear next to the video box on our home page. Or you can participate over at our Google+ page in the Q&A chatroom there. Subscribe to »
It’s hard to imagine politicians with more disparate styles than House of Cards’ Frank Underwood and Veep’s Selina Meyer. But at Monday night’s benefit gala for the nonprofit theater Ars Nova, House of Cards writer Beau Willimon told Vulture that Meyer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s ambitious but constantly befuddled politician, might just need some new employees. “Well, if she had Stamper by her side, then the possibilities would be limitless,” he said, referring to Doug Stamper, Underwood’s ruthlessly loyal chief of staff.As it turned out, Stamper himself — the actor Michael Kelly — was also in attendance at the benefit, and agreed with Willimon’s assessment that his character might help Selina overcome the bumbling incompetence of her underlings on Veep. “Oh, man, [her office] would be run a lot differently, that’s for sure,” he said. Even though a Cards-Veep crossover has about as much chance of happening »
- Noah Hurowitz
We reported back in July that Max Landis had left Chronicle 2. But now it looks like Fox has landed a brand new writer, and the choice of screenwriter might come to a surprise for some!
It has been revealed that Jack Stanley, who has no credits to his name, is set to take over writing duties following Landis’ departure. Despite Stanley having no credits to his name, he has been catching the attention of Hollywood big wigs as his script Sweetheart made it onto 2013′s Blacklist.
When Chronicle was originally released back in 2012, newcomer Josh Trank took on directing duties and it helped launch his career. Trank is now set to direct the Fantastic Four reboot (Lets hope it does the same thing for Stanley!)
- Lucy Cave
Exclusive: Fox is getting moving on Chronicle 2, the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit movie directed by Josh Trank. The studio has hired Jack Stanley to write the script. Who? Stanley doesn’t have any produced credits, but this goes to show how a good script written on spec can change everything for a writer. He wrote Sweetheart, the story of a female assassin whose attempt to get out of the biz is thrown awry by her high school reunion. It hit the Black List and Michael Costigan is producing with Stanley’s manager Jewerl Ross. They are packaging it, but the script made the rounds and put the 25-year old on the map. He showed he wasn’t a one shot wonder writing a second one, a werewolf thriller called Silver that is also making the rounds. The original Chronicle was written by Max Landis and starred Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
It was reported last summer that Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis had departed the 20th Century Fox sequel. Today, Deadline reports that the studio has brought in screenwriting newcomer Jack Stanley to tackle the followup to the 2012 hit. The original film, which starred Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael Kelly, told the story of three high school students who make an incredible discovery, leading to them developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities, and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over. Landis had previously mentioned that director Josh Trank was never attached to the sequel and likely won't return, due to his commitment »
Everest, the tale of an expedition up the world’s highest mountain going horribly wrong, has added two more cast members. Avatar’s Sam Worthington and The Princess Bride herself, Robin Wright, will both take on roles in the film that is currently shooting in Nepal on the base of Everest. Other shooting locales include the Italian Dolomites, Cinecitta Studios in Rome and our very own Pinewood Studios. The film will follow a group on an expedition when they are suddenly hit by a snowstorm. Worthington will play Guy Cotton, while Wright takes on the role of Josh Brolin’s character Beck Weathers’ wife, Peach Weathers.
The cast is pretty solid, and with 2 Guns and 101 Reykjavik director Baltasar Kormakur behind the camera, we can assume it’s going to be a tense and thrilling affair.
Everest is released is set for a February 2015 release around Europe and a Us release »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Director Baltasar Kormakur has already rounded up a great cast for his survival drama Everest, and now two more strong actors are joining the production. According to THR, Robin Wright and Sam Worthington have signed on to co-star on the film, which is already in production. Per THR, "Wright will play the wife of Brolin's character, a doctor who fought the elements over an arduous night," while Worthington has been cast as a "Guy Cotter, a scaling expert from New Zealand." Wright will be seen later this year in The Congress and A Most Wanted Man, and Worthington is going to be in theaters this Friday in the action flick Sabotage. The film also stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, and Thomas M. Wright. Everest opens September 18, 2015. Hit the jump for the official synopsis. Here's the official synopsis for Everest: »
- Matt Goldberg
Universal recently moved Baltasar Kormakur's Everest from an early 2015 release to September 18, 2015 and only days later the cast has grown by two, those being Sam Worthington and Robin Wright. The pair join a large ensemble that includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Naoko Mori and Michael Kelly. Based on a true story, the film follows two different expeditions as they attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Worthington will play Guy Cotter, a climbing partner of Rob Hall (Clarke), who was guiding an Adventure Consultants team on neighboring Pumori, from where on the night of May 10 he was in radio contact with Hall, who was still high up on Everest. Wright will play Peach Weathers, wife to Buck Weathers (Brolin). Frontline covered the events depicted in »
- Brad Brevet
This drama based on a true story follows a 1996 expedition to the top of Mount Everest, where three separate groups were hit by a sudden storm, which claimed the lives of eight climbers. Part of this story was already told in Jon Krakauer's book Into the Wild, which was adapted into the 2007 feature starring Emile Hirsch. Sam Worthington is playing Guy Cotter, while Robin Wright is playing Peach, the wife of Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin).
Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) is directing from a script by William Nicholson (Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God). Production is currently under way in Nepal on the base of Mount Everest, »
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