[This story contains MAJOR spoilers from the entire sixth and final season of Netflix's House of Cards.] "There. No more pain." Those were the final words spoken by the surviving character on House of Cards — Claire Hale — before the Robin Wright-starring political saga faded to black for the final time. To hear showrunners Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson tell it, the series finale of Netflix's first original series ended with an "inevitable showdown" between Claire (Wright) and Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) over who killed Francis J. Underwood (formerly played by Kevin Spacey). After firing Spacey over sexual assault allegations and reworking the final season without the disgraced star, the sixth cycle of House of Cards (which bowed in full on Nov. 2) revealed quickly that Frank was dead. The mystery surrounding Frank's death, however, cast an intended shadow over the entire season. It wasn't until the final face-off between the two people closest to the … [Read more...] about ‘House of Cards’ Showrunners Unravel Series Finale Death Mystery
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Claire Underwood assumes ownership of a House of Cards trademark in the final season. The new president Underwood — and the first female POTUS in the world of the Netflix political thriller — is trying her hand at many tasks when she enters the Oval Office in the sixth season (which releases all eight episodes on Friday). And one of those challenges will be refining her relationship with the audience. The last five seasons of House of Cards set up a thorny marriage between viewers and former starring character Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey). Utilizing the staple storytelling device of the Beau Willimon-created drama, Frank constantly broke the fourth wall to speak privately to viewers. His direct-to-camera monologues, quips and rants were an attempt by Frank to gain the trust of a skeptical audience — and make himself feel better about his lying, manipulation and deadly deeds in the process. Claire, meanwhile, ignored the audience, allowing the trope to be … [Read more...] about ‘House of Cards’: Robin Wright on Final Season’s “Vulnerability and Insecurities”
Like many of you, I read Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves all the way back in 2000, shortly after its publication. The release of that novel - a modern-day horror epic featuring a Russian nesting doll-style structure, an eye-shattering array of typographical flourishes and a gleefully subversive undercurrent - generated a tidal wave of buzz that was impossible to ignore, and I was one of countless readers swept up in its mighty wave. For a year or two, House of Leaves was a constant topic conversation. If you were there, you remember. Flash-forward eighteen years, to last week. An old friend of mine popped up in my DMs, asking if I'd seen that Danielewski had written the pilot for a House of Leaves TV series, and that he'd tweeted out a link to the PDF of the script. It had, admittedly, been a few years since I'd given Danielewski's novel any real thought, but the moment I heard this I felt myself being sucked back into its weird, roiling undercurrent. A House of Leaves TV show? … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: We Had a Chat With Mark Z. Danielewski About That HOUSE OF LEAVES Script
KEVIN Spacey, one the world's most recognised actors, has been the recent subject of allegations of sexual assault. The 58-year-old was stripped of an International Emmy Award and his acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards was axed following a deluge of worrying claims. Here's what we know about him. Who is Kevin Spacey? Kevin Spacey Fowler, 58, was born July 26, 1959, and is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, and singer. He began his career on the stage during the 1980s, but shot to fame in The Usual Suspects (1995). Spacey's other starring roles have included Swimming with Sharks (1994), Seven (1995), L.A. Confidential (1997), Pay It Forward (2000), K-PAX (2001), Superman Returns (2006), and Baby Driver (2017). On Broadway Spacey won a Tony Award for his role in Lost In Yonkers. Spacey was also the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London from 2004 until stepping down in mid-2015. Since 2013, he played Frank Underwood in the Netflix political … [Read more...] about When did Kevin Spacey come out as gay, what are the allegations against the House of Cards star and what’s his net worth?
Sunday marks the return of three major Showtime series. Our quick overview of what to expect, and what to like ... or not: Shameless (9 p.m.) WHAT IT'S ABOUT School's out and summer's in, which almost softens the edges of the Gallagher family's lives. Fiona (Emmy Rossum) is working at Patsy's Pies, while Lip (Jeremy Allen White) returns from college. Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) broke an ankle last season, which provides the perfect opportunity to steal an automated wheelchair. Ian (Cameron Monaghan) has emerged, aggressively, from out of the closet. Debbie (Emma Kenney) helps dad with his new biz. Speaking of which, patriarch Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) also has a new liver, wife and life. But how long before the old ways beckon? MY SAY What a long, strange trip it's been for "Shameless" -- five seasons, 60 episodes, and everyone is still alive, or at least I think everyone is (it's hard to keep count). And it gets stranger, or -- depending on your definition of justice -- it gets … [Read more...] about ‘Shameless,’ ‘House of Lies,’ ‘Episodes’: Reviewing Showtime series’ season premieres