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Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 2:22AM EST
House of Cards erected Frank Underwood's headstone in actual cemetery
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Francis J. Underwood's cemetery plot can now be visited at Oakland Cemetery in the fictional character's hometown of Gaffney, South Carolina. The cemetery is even encouraging fans to pay their respects, at least through Saturday. Netflix also purchased an obituary in the local paper, The Gaffney Ledger, for Kevin Spacey's character ahead of the final season.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Robin Wright deserved better: House of Cards' final season can't quit Frank Underwood
Wright has been the Netflix drama's "not-so-secret weapon" since the show launched in 2013 and the spotlight suits her with Kevin Spacey now gone, says Daniel D'Addario. The problem, though, is that House of Cards has always preferred situation to character. So even with Frank Underwood dead, the writers have trouble allowing Claire Underwood to break through in Season 6. "Even as Frank Underwood is gone — dead, with no small amount of ambiguity around how and where he died — he hangs over the story, with old plotlines (some reaching back across seasons and testing fans’ memory) and new ones referring endlessly to the late president," says D'Addario. "Obviously, Frank’s death is a big deal in this universe. But it feels at times like the series, scrambling to come up with a plot for a final season without its first-billed lead, never quite escapes his gravitational pull. The show, one that’s wildly changed narrative course many times even without pragmatic real-world reasons at stake, seems surprisingly confused about how to reboot. House of Cards didn’t need to scorn its own history in order to create a satisfying conclusion, but fans have a right to expect it to be fleeter-footed in giving them a tale worth caring about post-Frank, which would have called for meaningfully moving past him."
- Good riddance to House of Cards: "Things have changed, to say the very least" since its premiere in 2013, says Hank Stuever. "Now the painfully protracted, often overwritten, covertly Shakespearean melodrama comes to an end, at last, with the release of Season 6 on Friday, while the rest of us keep shuffling toward the end of the world. Besides noting House of Cards’s role in the streaming-TV revolution, there’s not much left to say about it, besides good riddance to its perpetual notion that Washington only works when Washington is cruel...Even as a hate-watch it had stopped delivering."
- House of Cards has morphed into a Ryan Murphy fantasy sequence, giving juicy parts to middle-aged actresses
- Robin Wright elevates Season 6, which is flawed with pacing and continuity problems: "Everything just feels a little… off"
- Wright is characteristically hypnotizing -- she is chilly and direct where Spacey was so campy and cartoonish
- Its eight episodes comprise a centerless, ham-handed kludge of a season with a Dexter-like ending
- Season 6 is a redirection worthy of the Underwoods themselves: " Blurring the line between fact and fiction miraculously works in House of Cards’ favor where it would once have sunk the season"
- Diane Lane thanked Wright on the first day of filming: "Because there was no way I was getting on that show without her vetting me"
- House of Cards' costume designer Kemal Harris discusses her vision for dressing a female president -- and why President Claire Underwood doesn't wear an American flag pin
- House of Cards cast members explain why it was important to return after Kevin Spacey's firing
- Executive producers discuss the "significant recalibration" following Spacey's firing
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 3:01PM EDT
How House of Cards killed off Frank Underwood
Source: The New York Times
The sixth and final season didn't immediately reveal how exactly Kevin Spacey's character died.
Posted Thursday 10/18/18 at 5:51PM EDT
Robin Wright: House of Cards' "beautifully macabre" ending will "shock the sh*t out of you"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Wright described the ending to the Netflix series as "moving and generous and so macabre and so dark" last night during a Hollywood Reporter panel with co-star Michael Kelly. "The show is about the battle for position of power, all the way around. So, who wins?" she added. "And I will say that it’s so beautifully macabre. It’s really beautiful." Kelly added, "What she’s saying is it’s very House of Cards." To which Wright replied, "It’s so House of Cards. It’s going to shock the sh*t out of you, basically." Meanwhile, co-showrunner Melissa James Gibson said House of Cards won't play coy with Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood. "It would have been a big mistake to in any way pretend that the character didn’t exist or to erase the character somehow," she said of killing off his character. "Our way forward — the way we figured out the way forward — was basically to dig into the DNA of the show and honor the seeds of it and figure out what made sense as the next step."
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 11:03AM EDT
House of Cards teaser reveals Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood is dead
Netflix decided to reveal the fate of Spacey's President Underwood in a teaser released this morning showing Robin Wright's Claire Underwood delivering a cold, composed speech. “I’ll tell you this though, Francis,” Claire says. “When they bury me, it won’t be in my backyard. And when they pay their respects, they’ll have to wait in line.” Wright delivers the final six words looking directly at the camera, which then pans to reveal Frank Underwood's grave.
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 2:43PM EDT
Robin Wright recalls fighting to save House of Cards, says Kevin Spacey deserves a second chance
Wright says the Netflix drama was "very, very close" to being canceled after Spacey's sexual misconduct scandal came to light. "The air was thick, you know," she tells Net-a-Porter. "Harvey Weinstein… People were (saying), ‘We have to shut everything down or otherwise it will look like we are glorifying and honoring this thing that’s dirty.’” But Wright was concerned that 2,500 people would lose work from the cancelation, so she met with Netflix executives. “Our show’s not dirty,” she said she told them. “I believed we should finish. I believed we should honor our commitment. To the people that loved the show, also. Why quit?” Asked about whether Spacey should be allowed to return to show business, Wright said of her former co-star: “I believe every human being has the ability to reform. Has the ability to reform. In that sense, second chances, or whatever you are going to call it – absolutely, I believe in that. It’s called growth.”
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Late Night's Amber Ruffin remakes House of Cards and The Cosby Show to omit their disgraced stars
Watch her take on Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood and Cosby's Cliff Huxtable, as well as Woody Allen's character in Annie Hall.
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Today fails to ask Robin Wright about "toxic" Kevin Spacey allegations on House of Cards set
Source: The Baltimore Sun
In her first interview promoting the final season of House of Cards, Wright told Savannah Guthrie that the cast and crew were “all surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened” by the sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey. “Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut, and in between setups where we would giggle,” Wright said. “I didn’t really — I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.” But as David Zurawik points out, Guthrie failed to ask Wright about a CNN report, sourced to eight current and former House or Cards staffers, that the set of the Netflix drama was "toxic" with Spacey’s abusive and predatory sexual behavior. "One of journalism’s primary jobs is providing clarity by trying to resolve such contradictions — not serve up the kind of questions that allow someone who was in a position of authority and responsibility on that set to avoid taking the contradiction on," says Zurawik. "Wright was a director, executive producer and co-star. She was not as powerful as Spacey, but she had enough power to say something if any part of what CNN alleged about that set was true." ALSO: The interview exposed several absurdities about the show’s decision to keep going.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
Danny Masterson's rape accusers slam Netflix for releasing his remaining episodes of The Ranch
Source: The Daily Beast
The final batch of Masterson's episodes were released early today on the streaming service, angering his rape accusers who point to Netflix quickly cut ties to Kevin Spacey, Louis CK and Ed Westwick in wake of their sexual misconduct scandals. “We get it, Netflix,” accuser Chrissie Carnell Bixler wrote in a statement. “You don’t believe us. You rub salt in our wounds. Is Danny Masterson still co-executive producer of The Ranch? You knew you had to fire him, but you do a bunch of reshoots so you can finish our rapist’s storyline up and give him a respectable send off. And there he is on TV in the new season. Kevin Spacey? Fired on the spot. Production halted. Ed Westwick? Louis C.K.? Are there active investigations into these accused men?" ALSO: Here is how The Ranch wrote out Masterson's character.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Survey suggests viewers are unaffected by the #MeToo movement
Source: The A.V. Club
Morning Consult polled 2,202 American adults to see if sexual misconduct allegations hurt any of the high-profile Hollywood men, and the study found that only Louis CK and Kevin Spacey were viewed less favorably.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
Family Guy puts famous sexual abusers in one room, including Matt Lauer, Bill Cosby, and Kevin Spacey
Source: ET Canada
Last night's episode featured a "Sexual Abuser Meeting."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Family Guy boasts in Emmy mailer: "We predicted Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein..."
"Open DVD to see who’s next,” states the mailer, which comes with a mirror.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
Michael Kelly says the post-Kevin Spacey House of Cards "all worked out, and Robin is so frigging talented"
Kelly says he's learned a great deal working closely with Robin Wright in the final season. To have all those years to have learned from Kevin, and now all this time to learn from Robin, it’s just like as an actor, you can’t ask for anything more than that, to learn under those two people. (It’s been) the greatest acting classes for the last six years," he says. As for Spacey, whom he hasn't spoken to since his ouster from the Netflix series, Kelly says: "There’s obviously a million emotions that I went through, that I processed during this whole thing. I don’t want to talk too much about it because it was heartbreaking in so many ways." He adds that he's "still processing" what happened. "You go from talking to someone often to not at all, and in any profession, in anything, circumstances removed, what happened removed, it’s strange … and I’m still processing," he says. "I haven’t formulated any opinion, and I haven’t talked publicly about it. This is the first thing I’ve ever said. I think I’m still going through a lot, processing the whole thing. It’s tough."
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Kate Mara: I've been wanting Robin Wright to take over House of Cards "from Day 1"
Source: The New York Times
The House of Cards alum tells The New York Times the Kevin Spacey scandal "to this day is very shocking and devastating all around." When asked if Wright can carry the show without him, Mara said: "Oh my God, I will tell you that from Day 1, I’ve been waiting for Robin to take over! There’s nobody like her."
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
Jay Leno mocks sexual harassers Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Charlie Rose in surprise Tonight Show return
“How about Charlie Rose, walking around naked in front of interns," said Leno, filling in briefly for Jimmy Fallon. "When did newsmen start behaving like this? I don’t remember Walter Cronkite prancing around in front of Margaret Thatcher like, ‘Take a look at this, Margaret.'”