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Beau Willimon Talks House Of Cards, the Different Production Schedule of Season 2, “Hyper-Serialized” Storytelling, the Show’s Directors, and More

11 August 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of my favorite shows is House of Cards.  Led by showrunner Beau Willimon and produced by David Fincher and Dana Brunetti, the show consistently has you on the edge of your seat wondering what innovative twist is coming, and it's loaded with fantastic performances by the entire cast (especially by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright).  The incredible work from all departments helps explain why House of Cards was the first "web" television series to receive major Emmy nominations. While Beau Willimon is hard at work on season three of the show, I was recently able to get on the phone with him for an exclusive interview.  He talked about how the show came together, working with Fincher, Eric Roth and Josh Donen, how the storylines changed, working with Netflix, filming in D.C. and being able to shoot on location, the great set of directors they've had on the series, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Here's Everything You Never Knew About 'Forrest Gump'

4 July 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

You've probably seen "Forrest Gump" so many times in the 20 years since its release (on July 6, 1994) that you can recite the dialogue by heart, starting with the line about life being like a box of chocolates.

You probably know that the film won six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (for Robert Zemeckis), Best Actor (for Tom Hanks), and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Eric Roth). You may even know about the digital trickery that was used to insert Hanks's low-iq Everyman into historical footage of real-life events from the Baby Boom years, or to erase Gary Sinise's legs for his role as double-amputee Lt. Dan.

Still, there's a lot you may not know, including what Forrest really said (in Winston Groom's novel that inspired the film) about life being like a box of chocolates, or what Hanks's Gump actually said at that protest rally, or which famous actors »

- Gary Susman

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‘House of Cards’: Beau Willimon on Netflix’s Rule-Breaking Creativity

20 June 2014 2:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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.

When you were first writing and pitching “House of Cards, »

- Laura Prudom

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Angelina Jolie Retiring From Acting After Upcoming Cleopatra Movie?! Actress Calls Role "Complicated"

2 June 2014 2:19 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Could Angelina Jolie's role as Cleopatra be her last?! In a new interview, the Oscar winner opened up about the long-rumored Cleopatra movie that she's been attached to for years. "For Cleopatra, we've been working on it," the 38-year-old Maleficent star explained to BBC radio of where the film project stands. "There's been lots of different ideas of directors and a lot of different discussions. The script has been written by Eric Roth, who is a dear friend and a brilliant writer." As for the coveted lead role of the famed Egyptian pharaoh, Jolie added, "She's complicated, it's complicated to get this one right. She's complicated. But I think we're getting »

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Jolie Eyes Up ‘Cleopatra’

1 June 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Starring in one of this week’s big releases, Maleficent, Angelina Jolie has been talking about her next potential role, Cleopatra. Whilst doing publicity for the latest Disney film the actress revealed to Edith Bowman on her BBC Radio Five Live show that she is very interested in taking the role of one of histories most famous women, and gave an update on how the project is coming along.

“We’ve been working on it. There’s been lots of different ideas of directors and lots of different discussions. The script has been written by Eric Roth, who is a dear friend and a brilliant writer.”

Ang Lee is one of the many directors to have had his name attached at some point, and whilst one has yet to be confirmed, it appears that Jolie is more then up for the challenge. She admitted that Cleopatra is a very complicated character, »

- Kat Smith

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Angelina Jolie confirms Cleopatra talks: 'There have been lots of ideas'

30 May 2014 9:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Angelina Jolie has confirmed plans to star as Cleopatra in a new biopic.

The actress revealed that many different directors have been suggested for the project, with previous frontrunner Ang Lee seemingly busy on a different project.

Speaking to Edith Bowman on BBC Radio 5 live, Jolie said of the project: "We've been working on it. There's been lots of different ideas of directors and lots of different discussions.

"The script has been written by Eric Roth, who is a dear friend and a brilliant writer."

However, the Maleficent star said that Cleopatra is a "complicated" character to portray, adding that she will have to prepare herself for the role.

"She's complicated, it's complicated to get this one right. I think we're getting there. It's getting close. I imagine the preparation for it is going to be big."

Jolie even suggested that playing Cleopatra would be such a career-defining moment that »

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Cannes: Michel Hazanavicius to Direct ‘Will’ Starring Zach Galifianakis (Exclusive)

15 May 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michel Hazanavicius, the Oscar-winning helmer of “The Artist” who has “The Search” competing at Cannes, will next direct “Will,” Paramount’s comedy produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Zach Galifianakis is attached to topline the project, which was first unveiled nearly two years ago.

In an exclusive interview with Variety, Hazanavicius said he recently met with the project’s writer Demetri Martin (“Late Night With Conan O’Brien”) to read the latest version of the script. “I think the script looks great.” Hazanavicius said he and “The Hangover” star were looking forward to working together on the movie. “He’s extremely funny, and can convey great sincerity and humanity even when he’s delivering big gags,” said Hazanavicius, who added that Paul Rudd is in talks to star as Will. Galifianakis will play Will’s rebellious guardian angel.

“‘Will’ has been in the starting blocks for a while because I (started the) ‘The Search. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Tom Hardy to Star in Kathryn Bigelow's ‘True American’ From Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures

14 May 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Kathryn Bigelow and Tom Hardy are teaming up on an adaptation of Anand Giridharadas’ non-fiction book “The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas,” which was just acquired in a competitive situation by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. CAA packaged the project with Hardy firmly attached — a prospect that had studios and top production companies salivating. Also read: I Am Sick of All the Kathryn Bigelow-Bashing for ‘Zero Dark ThirtyWarner Bros. made an offer on behalf of Eric Roth and Scott Stuber brought it to Fox for Scott Cooper, while John Lesher also expressed. »

- Jeff Sneider

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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Forrest Gump'

21 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Before he was Tam Honks, he was Fahrst… Fahrst Gump. The Greenbow-born-and-bred witness to history may not have been the sharpest tool in the shed, but he was all heart — and (once those braces fell away) legs. Based on Winston Groom’s fantastical novel, Robert Zemeckis’s decades-spanning movie touched on nearly ever major cultural milestone in the second half of the 20th century: Vietnam and the March on Washington, Watergate and “S— happens” shirts, Elvis and world-class ping pong, and on and on. Yet, it was solid as a rock while feeling light as a feather. It was also »

- Lanford Beard

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'House of Cards' Season 2 Debuts on Blu-ray and DVD June 17th

14 April 2014 10:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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. »

- MovieWeb

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Movies We Hate: Forrest Gump

4 April 2014 8:16 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

I wish that I could love Forrest Gump. I promise, I do. For those reading this from under the comfy confines of a rock, Forrest Gump is the endearing odyssey of the lovable and mentally handicapped titular character played by Tom Hanks. After overcoming a crippling physical handicap as a child, he falls in love with Jenny Curran, (Robin Wright) a woman with prototypical daddy issues, who chooses to oppose “the man” in every way possible. Although his penultimate goal is to marry this wonderful woman, Forrest somehow finds the time to serve in Vietnam, own a shrimp boat, create many memorable and iconic images, and meet various historical figures.

Now, as an avid reader of film essays and cinematic critique, I’m sure you’re befuddled. How can anyone hate Forrest Gump? The answer is simple: the film is the embodiment of the things I like least in life. »

- Steve Goldberg

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John David Coles Joins ‘House Of Cards’ As Executive Producer

2 April 2014 12:17 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

After directing three episodes of the second season of House Of Cards, director-producer John David Coles (The West Wing) is joining the Netflix drama series full time for Season 3 as executive producer/director. Coles previously was co-executive producer/director on CBS’ Elementary and executive producer/director on NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He most recently helmed episodes of A&E’s Bates Motel and Starz’s upcoming drama series Power. On Mrc-produced House Of Cards, Coles — repped by UTA and Rain Management Group — will serve as an Ep alongside star Kevin Spacey, director David Fincher and writer Beau Willimon as well as Josh Donen, Eric Roth, Dana Brunetti, Lord Michael Dobbs and Andrew Davies. Related: Maryland House Fights Back Over ‘House Of Cards’ Tax Break Threat »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Brad Pitt Rocks Out With Kings of Leon & Other Star Sightings

26 March 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Even Brad Pitt needs a guys night every once and awhile. The world's most famous father of six was spotted Friday at a party for Kings of Leon at Warwick in L.A. "Brad was really friendly and having a really good time," a fellow partygoer tells E! News. "He spent most of the night talking with lead singer Caleb Followill." Mr. Pitt also hung out with his screenwriter pal Eric Roth and On The Road star Garret Hedlund. Also seen out and about… Selena Gomez hitting Sunday Jazz Night at The Living Room at the W Hollywood hotel with Kendall Jenner and her sister Kylie. Also there were Joe Jonas and his girlfriend Blanda Eggenschwiler and his brother Nick Jonas with »

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Al Pacino Retrospective - The Insider

23 March 2014 3:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Simon Columb continues our Al Pacino Retrospective with The Insider....

Working together on Heat (only four years prior to The Insider) meant that Al Pacino and Michael Mann clearly had chemistry worth exploring. Replacing the action-sequences with political intrigue and tense paranoia meant this could hardly be billed as a follow-up. The Insider tackles the big business of tobacco and the ongoing contradiction of American capitalism – whereby the almighty dollar trumps justice. Except in this case, investigative journalism alongside the justice system mounted a campaign that resulted in a $368 billion settlement between the four largest tobacco companies in America. Suffice to say, Brown and Williamson – the ‘villainous’ company at the centre of The Insider – merged with Reynolds American in 2004 and is still the second-largest tobacco company in the states.

Written by Eric Roth and Michael Mann, The Insider dramatizes the events leading to the aforementioned campaign. Whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe »

- Gary Collinson

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10 Things We Learned From Kevin Spacey About Frank Underwood, Netflix and 'House of Cards' Season Two

6 February 2014 10:25 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kevin Spacey isn't just the star of "House of Cards," playing silky master manipulator Francis "Frank" Underwood, who with the help of his equally formidable wife Claire (Robin Wright) has been ruthlessly climbing the political rungs of Washington, D.C. He's also the digital series' executive producer, alongside the likes of David Fincher and Eric Roth, and as such has become a spokesperson for the changing media landscape, having delivered a widely watched Edinburgh International Television Festival keynote address on the topics of the rise of the quality drama, binge-watching, the inefficiencies of pilot season and the blurring of lines between TV and film. With season two of "House of Cards" set to premiere next week on February 14th and a third season just confirmed, Spacey stopped in New York for a press day to talk about what's next for Frank and about how the Netflix process has shaped the series. »

- Ziyad Saadi and Alison Willmore

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10 Things We Learned From Kevin Spacey About Frank Underwood, Netflix and 'House of Cards' Season Two

6 February 2014 10:25 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Kevin Spacey isn't just the star of "House of Cards," playing silky master manipulator Francis "Frank" Underwood, who with the help of his equally formidable wife Claire (Robin Wright) has been ruthlessly climbing the political rungs of Washington, D.C. He's also the digital series' executive producer, alongside the likes of David Fincher and Eric Roth, and as such has become a spokesperson for the changing media landscape, having delivered a widely watched Edinburgh International Television Festival keynote address on the topics of the rise of the quality drama, binge-watching, the inefficiencies of pilot season and the blurring of lines between TV and film. With season two of "House of Cards" set to premiere next week on February 14th and a third season just confirmed, Spacey stopped in New York for a press day to talk about what's next for Frank and about how the Netflix process has shaped the series. »

- Ziyad Saadi and Alison Willmore

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New Images from House Of Cards Season Two Featuring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michel Gill & Kate Mara

23 January 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available on February 14th, 2014. From director David Fincher (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”), award-winning playwright and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon (“Farragut North,” “The Ides of March”) and Academy Award® winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “Munich,” “The Insider”), this critically-acclaimed drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington D.C. In the second season, Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Gravity and 12 Years a Slave tie for PGA Award

20 January 2014 1:17 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

For the first time ever, The Producers Guild of America announced a tie for its top prize, with both Gravity and 12 Years a Slave sharing the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the PGA Awards, which were presented at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last night. The result blows open the race for the Best Picture Oscar, which previously had 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle as front-runners.

Check out a full list of winners here (highlighted in red)...

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter

Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, »

- Gary Collinson

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It's a Tie! "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" Top Producers Guild Awards

20 January 2014 12:09 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" both won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures at the 2014 Producers Guild of America awards. It's an unprecedented tie that just makes the Academy Awards much more unpredictable!

"We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks" took home the documentary trophy while "Frozen" won the animated category.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) of the 2014 Producers Guild Awards (PGA):

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures (Tie):

*Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

*12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin »

- Manny

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Gravity and 12 Years a Slave Tie for Top Honors at 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards

20 January 2014 7:53 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The 25th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards were handed out last night, with Gravity and 12 Years a Slave tying for the guild's top honor, the The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for 'Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures'. Some guilds do not allow for ties to happen, and this is the first time in the PGA's history that it has happened for their biggest award.

Take a look at the rest of the big winners below, which were announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

- Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures) - Producers: Alfonso Cuar&#243n, David Heyman

- 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures) - Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede GardnerAmerican Hustle (Columbia Pictures) - Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard SuckleBlue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) - Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen »

- MovieWeb

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