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"House of Cards," David Fincher's diabolically watchable big-budget foray into Netflix programing, is groundbreaking in its presentation. But the show stands on its own apart from its much-hyped release plan. (CAA reveals the numbers behind the series here.) Fincher made a rare appearance at Lacma to talk about the show, which has also helped to re-launch the career of star Robin Wright, who plays Kevin Spacey's vulnerable ice queen of a Lady MacBeth wife.  Some savory tidbits from Fincher via Slashfilm: Fincher would not have made "House of Cards" without Kevin Spacey in the central role as the Machiavellian congressman, which is not surprising. Something that did raise eyebrows: Corey Stoll's troubled addict congressman Peter Russo was initially a minor plot-thread; his standout performance inspired Fincher and co. to expand the role. Fincher gives some strong writing advice about writing each character as their own protagonist:  "The thing I. »

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