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House of Cards: The UK classic vs Netflix Us revamp

House of Cards will air on UKTV's Drama from Saturday (July 12) - but the star of this four-part serial is not Kevin Spacey's ruthless Us official Frank Underwood, but rather Tory chief whip Francis Urquhart, played with charming malevolence by Ian Richardson.

Adapted by Andrew Davies - writer of Mr Selfridge, Pride and Prejudice and many more - from Michael Dobbs's original novel, the UK iteration of House of Cards was a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Scoring BAFTA and Emmy wins in the early '90s, it went on to inspire the acclaimed Netflix series.

"I feel flattered that Netflix chose to reconstruct it," says Davies. "And I'm delighted that ours has been rediscovered, and that it's going to be shown again on Drama."

Francis vs. Frank

But how does the original House of Cards compare to its modern counterpart? Though in many ways a
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Comic Book Release List – March 12, 2014

The following is a list of all comic books, graphic novels and specialty items that will be available this week and shipped to comic book stores who have placed orders for them.

Andrews McMeel

Pearls Before Swine Pearls Fall Fast Tp, $18.99

Antarctic Press

Gold Digger #208, $3.99

Steampunk Red Riding Hood (One Shot), $3.99

Ape Entertainment

Free Mars Volume 2 Ashes To Ashes Gn, $7.99

Arcana Studio

Howard Lovecraft And The Kingdom Of Madness Gn, $14.95

Spotlight Gn (not verified by Diamond), $14.95

Steampunk Originals Volume 2 Gn, $14.95

Archie Comic Publications

Archie #653 (Dan Parent Regular Cover), $2.99

Archie #653 (Ramon K. Perez Sugar Sugar Variant Cover), $2.99

Fox #5 (Alex Toth Throwback Variant Cover), $2.99

Fox #5 (Dean Haspiel Regular Cover), $2.99

Fox #5 (Dean Haspiel Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), $2.99

Fox #5 (Howard Chaykin Variant Cover), $2.99

Fox #5 (Mike Cavallaro Variant Cover), $2.99

Fox #5 (Mike Norton Variant Cover), $2.99

Sonic Universe #61 (Sega Variant Cover), $2.99

Sonic Universe #61 (Tracy Yardley Regular Cover), $2.99

Aspen Comics

Fathom Kiani Volume 3 #1 (Of 4)(Cover A
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Valiant Release 8-Bit Trailer For New Upcoming Comic Series Unity

Comics publisher Valiant have teamed up with Cinefix for a unique way of launching their new title, Unity, by releasing an 8-bit trailer setting up the series’ plot.

This isn’t the first time Valiant have had an 8-bit cover as earlier this year they used the same style to promote their Harbinger Wars titles, however the 2 and a half minute video (which can be seen below) is their first fully animated variant cover. A code will appear on issues of Unity #1 that, when scanned by your smartphone, will play the video.

The trailer, which takes its visual cue from the Nes classic Super Mario Bros. 3, features the superhero cast of X-o Manowar, Toyo Harada, Eternal Warrior, Ninjak, and Livewire as they prepare for the crossover story Unity. The series concept is summarised as:

To kill a king…he has created an army. The world’s most dangerous man, Toyo Harada,

Valiant Announces ‘Unity’ Ongoing Series Arriving in November

On November 13th, Valiant’s most uncompromising heroes will unite for the very first time – in all-new ongoing series titled “Unity”. The upcoming series will be written by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind Mgmt, Justice League of America) with illustrative duties falling on artist Doug Braithwaite (Justice, Journey Into Mystery) and colorist Brian Reber (Harbinger Wars, Shadowman).

To kill a king…he has created an army. The world’s most dangerous man, Toyo Harada, has been struck by the one thing he never thought possible – fear. Halfway across the globe, a new power threatens to topple modern civilization and, to preempt the cataclysm that is to come, Harada will unite the most lethal, most volatile, most unforgiving team the world has ever known – Unity. Their mission: defeat the warrior king armed with the universe’s most powerful weapon. Kill X-o Manowar!

“Unity is the single biggest thing
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Film4 Backs Ben Wheatley's Cops & Monsters Flick 'Freakshift,' Director Also Planning English Civil War Drama

It's a good day to be Ben Wheatley. The director, who's become one of the most talked-about new directors around thanks to "Down Terrace" and "Kill List," is making his Cannes debut today with his dark, Edgar Wright-exec-produced comedy "Sightseers" -- a press screening is underway as we speak, and we'll have our verdict for you later this evening. And just as that film is released into the wild, Wheatley seems to have landed financing for his most ambitious project yet, and is planning yet another film to follow that.

According to Screen Daily, Film4, which was partially behind both "Kill List" and "Sightseers," has decided to reteam with Wheatley on "Freakshift," a cops vs. monsters movie which the filmmaker will direct next year. The company is currently looking for co-financing on the project, which will see the director working on his biggest canvas to date. Screen Daily don't
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Monocyte and Digging into the Beast: A CD Review

*full disclosure: an online copy of this CD was provided by Menton3 or their associates.

If the comic book "Monocyte" ever received an animated theatrical treatment, and the producers are stuck as to who should create the soundtrack, not many musicians will be up to the challenge. DJ Shadow and Portishead’s style is appropriate, and that's where this music gets its inspiration from, but others may not live up to conjuring forth the same surrealistic imagery created by artist Menton3.

Appropriately enough, he also has a band, Saltillo; the music they create invokes feelings of trooping down the carnal remains of the beast whilst guarded by an angelic maestro.

The album is simply called "Monocyte." The project is described as trip-hop electronic meets violin and cello. Easy listeners may think more of it as symphonic meets industrial electronica. The acoustics certainly conjures forth imagery of strolling through techno-organic matter.
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Constructive Concepts: A conversation with art director Paul Inglis

Trevor Hogg chats with art director Paul Inglis...

“My parents appreciated the arts,” says British Art Director Paul Inglis who as a child was taken to the theatre and gallery exhibitions by his statistician father. “They were happy for me to take the route I did through art college. I did a master’s degree at the Royal College of Art in London in a very specific course that was called Design for Film and Television.” The young student was following in the footsteps of renown alumni Stuart Craig (Harry Potter franchise), Gavin Bocquet (Star Wars prequels), and brothers Tony Scott (Crimson Tide) and Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down). Inglis bonded with classmate Billy O’Brien. “The joy of being somewhere like the Royal College of Art is that Billy was also there as a student. We immediately clicked and from then we’ve been very happy to work together a lot.
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Scott's Mother Slams Bond Rumors

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Scottish actor Dougray Scott's mother has slammed reports her son is to play the next James Bond. The To Kill A King hunk, 38, was rumored to have beaten King Arthur star Clive Owen and Hulk actor Eric Bana to replace Pierce Brosnan in the 23rd Bond movie, after discussions with producer Barbara Broccoli. But Scott's mother, Elma Scott, says, "My other son David contacted him about the latest reports and he said it's not true. He has other commitments, so there is certainly nothing to say at the moment." Scott has just announced plans to do a film titled The Cone Gatherer, scheduled for release next year, in which he plays an objector to the Second World War who is sent to work on a country estate in Scotland.

Dougray Scott To Play Bond?

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British actor Dougray Scott has reportedly beaten off competition from actors, Eric Bana, Ioan Gruffud and Clive Owen to replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. The To Kill A King hunk, 38, clinched the role after discussions with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and will be the seventh actor to appear as the sexy British agent. He will make his first appearance in the 23rd Bond movie after Eon Productions decided they wanted to return to a more brooding Bond in the mould of fellow Scot Sean Connery, reports British newspaper the Sunday Mirror. A movie insider says, "Producers have been eager to take Bond back to the broody and sexy figure that Sean was so brilliant at. Obviously it's not possible for Sean to return at his age, so they have been looking for a younger actor with similar characteristics. Since then Barbara and Dougray have been in talks - and she believes he will be the perfect new 007 for the 21st Century." Brosnan announced two months ago that he would not be starring as Bond again, saying, "That's it. I've said all I've got to say on the world of James Bond."

Pathe to distribute 11 FilmFour titles

Pathe to distribute 11 FilmFour titles
Pathe Entertainment, the French-owned and London-based movie sales, distribution, production and financing company, sealed a deal Monday with FilmFour, the stand-alone film arm of U.K. broadcaster Channel Four, for distribution and sales duties on 11 titles. The wide-ranging agreement includes Gus Van Sant's Gerry and It's All About Love, directed by Thomas Vinterberg. The other nine titles under the agreement are Bodysong, Emperor's New Clothes, Miranda, Motorcycle Diaries, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, Principles of Lust, Touching the Void, Cypher and To Kill a King. Under the deal, Pathe will distribute theatrically the 11 titles and will deduct an undisclosed fee from revenue generated. Free and pay TV rights to the titles are retained by Channel Four, while video and DVD sell-through rights remain with VCL in the United Kingdom.

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