Like political offices on House of Cards, TV hosting gigs aren’t assigned through democracy. So it’s almost no surprise that when Jimmy Fallon did a parody of the popular Netflix drama on The Tonight Show Tuesday, his hosting chair was quickly nabbed by a former Tonight star.
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In the first five minutes of The Leftovers, Justin Theroux’s character jogs along the road when he spots a dog in the middle of the street and stops running to kneel down and pet the friendly pup. Aw, we say, what a sweet moment. Then, within seconds, boom: Someone shoots the dog dead. Thanks, HBO.
TV shows love killing dogs: There’s that Leftovers dog-murder that turns into a dog mass murder at the pilot’s end, there’s Frank Underwood strangling a hurt dog to its death in the House of Cards pilot, there’s Family Guy‘s Brian. To showrunners, dogs are just objects that prove a point about a character or a situation. To dog-lovers, these deaths are enough to start a full-fledged sobfest.
“People don’t want freedom. They want boundaries, rules, protection — from invaders and from themselves. People need a leader who can give them both the support and the constraints to keep chaos at bay. You give them that and they’ll follow. And that’s where I come in.”
As far as presidential addresses, it’s not exactly Lincolnesque or Jeffersonian — but then that’s not exactly what Kevin Spacey is going for in the first trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. In fact, he might not even be a president; he sounds more like a corporate schemer from the military-industrial complex, like Giovanni Ribisi’s character in Avatar – swathed in Frank Underwood relish.
It’s somewhat perfect to have Spacey starring in the new Call of Duty, since his House of Cards character is such a fan of first-person shooters. The new game’s slogan, “power changes everything,” also playfully blends the two brands and characters. I’m in. Lock and load.
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The last time we saw Kevin Spacey, he was sizing up the Oval Office on House of Cards after his President Frank Underwood had been sworn in to the nation’s highest office. After backstabbing his way to the presidency, it will be interesting to see what kind of leader he is when the bulls-eye is on his back. Will he be like Nixon? LBJ? Clinton? Or Lincoln?
I’m ruminating because of a mysterious audio snippet that recently popped up on Complex.com. In it, Spacey — not necessarily Underwood — talks skeptically to someone who thinks “you can just march into these countries based on some fundamentalist religious principles, drop a few bombs, topple a dictator and start a democracy?” READ FULL STORY
Breathing Time, a new play by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, opens with an extremely hungover guy named Jack entering his nondescript office, plopping himself down at his desk, and swearing. A lot. So much that during a recent performance, a shocked woman in the front row halted the action onstage in order to demand a refund.
If she had stuck around, she’d have gotten to know both Jack (Craig Wesley Divino) and his officemate Mike (Lee Dolson) as the pair bantered about everything from Machiavelli to Medieval Times. Their sprawling conversation takes up much of Breathing Time‘s first act…until something happens that turns this ordinary day into anything but. READ FULL STORY
How helpful would it be to have a character break the fourth wall and actually explain what’s happening in the complicated Game of Thrones storylines?
The folks at Quiznos’ Toasty.TV, who created the video below, hired the perfect man for the job: none other than everybody’s favorite anti-hero Frank Underwood (well, a really good actor who impersonates him) from House of Cards.
In the mock clip, faux-Underwood pops in on the Seven Kingdoms to give some exposition and wreak even more havoc. Highlights include: Underwood having “his dragon” (a.k.a. his chief of staff Doug Stamper) blow fire in Khaleesi’s face and throwing Jon Snow off an icy mountain, Jaime Lannister getting his other hand chopped off, and of course, some short jokes at Tyrion’s expense.
But the best part is watching King Joffrey eat a poisoned turkey leg while Underwood gloats about the sub sandwich he brought.
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Onscreen, House of Cards‘ Rachel Brosnahan may be a drama magnet that finds herself in the center of one heck of a D.C. scandal. But in real life, Brosnahan is a comedy fan who’s more likely to be found quoting She’s the Man. “It’s the best movie,” Brosnahan excitedly explained to EW. (A woman after our own heart!)
Fans of lines like “I’m brilliant! Shh!” aren’t the only ones who will want to check out her Pop Culture Personality Test. Elsewhere, Brosnahan also discusses her fear of scary movies and love of singing The Spice Girls….and yes, she belts out a few of the iconic lyrics.
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They’re scenes all too familiar to any TV viewer: A woman is shoved down, she screams or sobs, her eyes grow wide and then blank as she wills herself anywhere else in the world. Lately the small screen has felt particularly thick with such moments of sexual horror, as writers have been churning out story lines in which our saints, our heroines, and our hard and cruel women too, are raped or forced to relive their nightmare of it. Try to imagine a singular abuse endured by an equivalent number of male characters. And yet it seems whenever a female character needs a juicy arc or humanizing touch, writers fall back on the easy, awful crime of rape. READ FULL STORY
Get on Frank Underwood’s bad side, and he might just brutally murder you. If you’re lucky, though, he’ll simply respond with a catty aside to a camera you can’t see — which, in its own way, is just as harmful. Maybe. (Wait, no, it isn’t at all.)
Anyhow: If you’re yearning to see a version of House of Cards that excises all the boring political intrigue and visits to superhackers and long shots of people staring, smolderingly, as they plot their revenge, you’ve come to the right place. Our latest supercut is nothing but Cards at its best — that is, Frank breaking the fourth wall and making like a bitchy southern belle who’s just emerged from a particularly taxing Junior League meeting. He’s sort of like the Dowager Countess of Washington, D.C., except the Dowager Countess stages fewer suicides. READ FULL STORY
One of the more enervating moments of this stretch of episodes happened in episode 6 when poor Lucas practically whimpered to his former ally Skorsky from behind plate-glass in a federal prison. “He’s going to get away with it, isn’t he?” Lucas asked of their evil, palm-rubbing vice president. Skorksy, defeated, nodded sadly. “Yes, he is.” Spoiler Alert?
There was a nice hard-charging energy in the first half of the premiere when it seemed like Zoe, Lucas, and Skorksy — especially Skorsky, who I always loved because she seemed like the rare grown-up in the room — could actually take a bite out of Frank’s heel. Of course Zoe was then shoved out of the equation, Skorsky fled to Ithaca, and Lucas turned to pallid mush. This whole Lucas diving deep into the web and aligning himself with that sinewy cartoon figure Gavin and his chirping guinea pig has been a non-starter for me. And that goes double for that smash-nosed federal agent in his JCPenney rubber-soled shoes. (Sit, Gavin. Good boy. Ruff!) READ FULL STORY
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