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At a time when the six major studios continue to focus most of their attention on blockbusters, Im Global’s production and financing unit is gearing up to fill the gap for mid-budget films.
Stuart Ford’s 8-year-old banner is now producing and financing five to seven films annually, ranging from micro-budgeted, specialty genre to commercial features. The current slate includes the recently completed “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, and two projects in mid-production: “The Free State of Jones,” directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell, plus “Silence,” from Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.
“When I came on in the fall of 2013, Stuart and I talked »
- Dave McNary
Like any great Presidential campaign, the First Family of Netflix had Emmy voters hanging on their every word at the "House of Cards" Fyc event held Monday night at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles. Following a screening of a season 3 episode, the Underwoods themselves (Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright) were joined on stage by Michael Kelly, Kim Dickens and showrunner Beau Willimon to discuss the show, cliffhangers, deaths and the shocking season finale. Listen to the Q&A podcast below. Do you think "House of Cards" will win the Emmy for Best Drama Series? Hurry -- make your predictions and you could win our $1,000 prize as well as a place of honor on our leaderboard and a leading role in next year's Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year's Emmys). -Break- Related: Kevin Spacey, Beau Willimon dish Emmys and 'House of Cards »
It's time to just call it: Hillary Clinton is going to be the next President of the United States. We have arrived at this conclusion, not by some sort of fancy polling system (child's play), but by unearthing this important fact: Douglas Stamper has agreed to work for Hillary Clinton. Now, if you watch House of Cards, you know that this means. The election is essentially over, because what Doug Stamper wants, Doug Stamper gets. (Even if he has to, you know, blackmail, murder, destroy, strangle…blah blah blah. We all have our hobbies.) And actor Michael Kelly, the man behind Doug Stamper (President Frank Underwood's ruthless sidekick), tells E! News he fully supports Hilary »
Emmy season is officially in full swing, as "House of Cards" veteran Michael Kelly and new cast member Kim Dickens made an all-important campaign stop Monday night with a screening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles. Watch our exclusive red carpet chats below. Netflix put on the lavish event that included a Q&A panel with the cast and a southern-style reception featuring the show's trademark BBQ ribs. Do you think Kelly will win the Emmy for Best Drama Supporting Actor? Hurry -- make your predictions and you could win our $1,000 prize as well as a place of honor on our leaderboard and a leading role in next year's Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year's Emmys). -Break- Related: Kevin Spacey, Beau Willimon chat Emmys and 'House of Cards' Season 3 What does Kelly say he's "never been more scared" of in his entire life? »
Emmy season is officially in full swing, as "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey and showrunner Beau Willimon made an all-important campaign stop Monday night with a screening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles. Watch our exclusive red carpet chats below. Netflix put on the lavish event that included a Q&A panel with the cast and a southern-style reception featuring the show's trademark BBQ ribs. Do you think Spacey, a two-time Oscar champ, will win the Emmy for Best Drama Actor? Hurry -- make your predictions and you could win our $1,000 prize as well as a place of honor on our leaderboard and a leading role in next year's Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year's Emmys). -Break- Related: Michael Kelly, Kim Dickens discuss those evil Underwoods on 'House of Cards' Has Spacey decided on what episode to submit to Emmy judges? »
While at this year’s CinemaCon, I landed an exclusive interview with director Baltasar Kormákur. He was in Las Vegas to accept the award for International Filmmaker of the Year from CinemaCon and also to promote his upcoming Universal movie Everest. If you’re not familiar with the film, it’s based on a true story and it “documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.” Loaded with an all-star cast featuring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, Robin Wright, and Keira Knightley, Everest hits theaters September 18th and is one of my most anticipated films of the year after seeing the first footage. Kormákur and I sat down for an interview shortly after he won his award. He talked about where he’s at in post-production, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Washington — The showbiz presence for White House Correspondents Assn. weekend is less visible this year — in favor of stars who have some connection to D.C.
The reasons for this have varied. The novelty of hobnobbing with members of President Obama’s administration has worn off, and the event has become enough of a crush of people that some have decided to take a pass.
“Talking to the most interesting people in the world, it’s great,” he said, after posing for yet another selfie before heading in to the Garden Brunch, one of the longer-lasting traditions of the weekend.
“I am so grateful,” he said, when asked if he’s getting tired of the selfie requests. “It’s an opportunity to meet and talk to people that you don’t normally get to talk to. »
- Ted Johnson
Plenty of posters are being set up at CinemaCon right now as studios try to woo exhibitors, and Steve is on the floor snapping plenty of photos. The first Everest poster banks on the outstanding cast—Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, and Sam Worthington—along with the tagline, “Human Beings Are Not Meant to Survive at the Cruising Altitude of a 747.” I cannot argue with that statement. Everest opens September 18th. Here’s the official synopsis: Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. »
- Matt Goldberg
Hollywood will be invading Washington for the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner — aka “the Nerd Prom” — on April 25. TheWrap has learned that the following film and TV stars will be attending: “Scandal” actresses Darby Stanchfield and Bellamy Young; “Modern Family” cast members Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet; “Selma” director Ava DuVernay; “black-ish” leads Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross; “House of Cards’” actor Michael Kelly; and “Game of Thrones” actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Among other media personalities invited are actor-playwright Eric Bogosian, “The Nightly Show” host Larry Wilmore and swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen. Also Read: »
- Ira Teinowitz
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
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