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'House of Cards' episodes 2 - 4 react: This Woman's Work

As always, this is SPOILER CENTRAL ZONE, so stop reading now if you haven’t watched the first four episodes of season 2. Many turned away from the premiere, which really felt more like a season finale, feeling as struck in the gut as hungry Zoe Barnes. Where could the season go after Frank had so violently declared his bottom?

Well, let’s take a break from Frank for a second. And from the shake-hands-stab-backs war over entitlements. And from that braying elephant of a man Tusk who suddenly is such a ubiquitous presence in the Oval Office. And most especially from Lucas and his flop sweat and tedious tumble down into the Deep Web. It was the women whose story lines ‒ for better or worse ‒ compelled me in this stretch of episodes.  READ FULL STORY

Presenting 'House of Cards Against Humanity,' a Netflix-approved party game

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Like House of Cards, Cards Against Humanity is an edgy, decidedly R-rated entertainment designed to shock, titillate, and enthrall grown-ups, preferably while sipping a fine Scotch and eating an enormous plate of barbecue. Maybe more importantly, both the Emmy-winning Netflix drama and the Kickstarter-backed “party game for horrible people” have names featuring the word “cards.”

So it was only a matter of time before Netflix and the makers of CAH teamed up to bring us an all-new party game: House of Cards Against Humanity, which is basically a dirtier, more spoiler-filled version of Apples to Apples. “To research this pack,” the CAH team writes, “we talked with the head writer of House of Cards and watched almost all of the first season. Like many of you, we can’t wait to see what all of our favorite characters, like Remy Danton and Peter Russo, do in season two!” READ FULL STORY

'Mitt': 10 Things we learned about Mitt Romney from Netflix documentary

Politics aside, Mitt Romney is a pretty remarkable guy. It takes a lot for anyone to run for president of the United States even once, but the former Massachusetts governor tried twice, and now both of those campaigns are the subject of the new Netflix documentary appropriately titled Mitt. 

There are many things we already knew about the Republican nominee and his large Mormon family, but the doc takes the viewer behind the scenes of some of the most critical and personal moments in both of Romney’s runs. From every high and low and “47 percent” comment, we see more behind his signature smile and coiffed hair. The film isn’t really political at all, choosing instead to focus on the pressures of a high-profile man in the most intense time of his life. Here are 10 things we learned from the film:
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Netflix Instant: Five movies to stream before they expire

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It’s out with the old and in with the new on Netflix. Come New Year’s Day, more than 80 titles will expire and no longer be available for instant streaming.

Here are five great movies you should stream one more time before they vanish from Netflix’s instant streaming lineup come Jan. 1:
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Jennifer Lawrence is AP's Entertainer of the Year

The battle for AP Entertainer of the Year came down to the Girl on Fire and the Queen of Twerk.

Jennifer Lawrence edged out Miley Cyrus by one vote in The Associated Press‘ annual survey of its newspaper and broadcast members and subscribers for Entertainer of the Year.

There were 70 ballots submitted by U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to consider who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2013.

Lawrence won 15 votes. Cyrus had 14. Netflix was a close third, earning 13 votes for altering the TV landscape with its on-demand format and hit original series.

But Lawrence — who started the year with an Academy Award for best actress, fueled a box-office franchise as The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, and wrapped 2013 with a critically acclaimed performance in American Hustle that just earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations — charmed fans everywhere with her candid sincerity.
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Netflix Yule Log gets epic trailer, totally serious director's commentary -- EXCLUSIVE

The most heart- and hearth-warming holiday offering on Netflix? That’d be the streaming site’s Fireplace for Your Home, a classic that’s tailor-made for anyone who wants all the joy of a crackling blaze without the fear of possibly condemning Santa to a fiery death. (Or, you know, people who don’t have a fireplace.) There are even two “episodes” available — original flavor “Crackling Fireplace” and “Crackling Yule Log Fireplace,” which is set to seasonal tunes like “Deck the Halls.”

Somehow still not sold? Then I suggest feasting your eyes on these newly-released DVD-style Fireplace, extras, starting with an appropriately weighty trailer — which comes complete with a Don LaFontaine-style voiceover and breathless praise from luminaries like… some guy named Bert. (His contribution: “Fireplace for your Home is about a fireplace in your home.”)

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This Week's Cover: Our Top 10 movies, TV shows, albums, singles, and books of 2013

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It’s time for Entertainment Weekly‘s annual top 10 lists of the best movies, TV shows, albums, singles, and books. You know, all the things that ruled, shocked, and rocked this year.

Inside this week’s issue find our top 10 lists of…

The Best Movies: Critics Owen Gleiberman and Chris Nashawaty agree: Gravity’s got pull and 12 Years a Slave is brutally brilliant. Find out who fell equally hard for period pieces, high-tech epics, and some surprising thrillers, and who was won over by wrenching romances and harrowing journeys (but still loves himself a little horror).

The Best TV Shows: Critics Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz both felt the Netflix effect this year, though they have divergent takes on the final season of Breaking Bad: One critic says a certain franchise’s epic insanity reigned supreme, while the other declares Walter White took down all comers.
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Your Thanksgiving streaming guide: Picks for any holiday weekend situation

Sure, the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving holiday is that big, glorious meal — a sacred tradition that shouldn’t, nay, mustn’t be sullied by glowing rectangles bearing texts or emails or live television programming. But what about after the tryptophan sets in, leaving you and your family tired, sluggish, and yearning for entertainment — long before the Steelers/Ravens game begins at 8:30 p.m. ET? For that matter, which of the Internet’s zillions of entertainment options should you turn to throughout the rest of the weekend?

Well, that’s where your friends at EW come in. Whether you’ll be juggling restless kids, grumpy siblings, weird uncles, or frazzled parents — let alone some unholy combination of all four — give thanks to PopWatch: We’ve got you covered with 10 streaming suggestions, each tailored to a specific holiday situation. Such as…
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'Arrested Development' cast does 'Inside the Actors Studio': 10 things we learned

Okay, a moment of Bluth: Last night’s Inside the Actors Studio, which featured much of Arrested Development‘s cast and the show’s creator, wasn’t exactly essential viewing.

For starters, several key players were missing — including David Cross, Michael Cera, and Tony Hale. (A Bluth reunion with no Buster?! Sacrilege!) And secondly, even though the group was pared down, there were still so many talented people onstage that an hour was hardly long enough to give any of them a worthy spotlight — no matter how quickly the show’s editors cut from answer to answer. I almost wish the Studio had instead welcomed only a few of AD‘s stars, especially if the entire cast wasn’t going to be around anyway; at least that way, we could have gone a little bit deeper.

Still, the episode was an entertaining hour of television — and it had a fair share of illuminating moments. Here are the top few, plus a couple extra tidbits gleaned from the additional video clips posted on Bravo’s website:

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Netflix to launch original movies -- but will they be successful?

After the success of its original series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, Netflix has now decided its next move. In the company’s Q3 Earnings Interview, CEO Reed Hastings, CFO David Wells, and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos confirmed that the company will add original movies to its résumé, doubling its spending on original projects in 2014.

Netflix is already looking at several documentaries, but according to Sarandos, documentaries aren’t the only thing they’re interested in: “On the movie side, I’d keep my mind wide open to what those films would be and what they would look like,” Sarandos said. “And really the driver of it is, like we were able to break convention on television by offering all episodes at once, something that consumers have really loved, we’d like to do more of that in the movie space, in that today we’re held to the traditional pay television model, meaning the movies are not coming to Netflix until they hit pay television, almost a year after they are in theaters. Even though that window is moving, I don’t know that it’s moving aggressively enough for people who really do have experience more in a demand or more on-demand lifestyle around their content. So I think that the more we could be aggressive with windowing by taking more control over the content earlier in the process, that would be good for our members.”

But after launching two successful television series, is now the time for Netflix to be expanding into more original content? Will the formula that made House of Cards successful apply to films? We’re not sure.
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