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Heeding The Call: 20.9 Million Catch ‘Call Of Duty’ YouTube Trailer To Top Q2 Charts

Heeding The Call: 20.9 Million Catch ‘Call Of Duty’ YouTube Trailer To Top Q2 ChartsWith some Frank Underwood-esque delivery help from a virtualized Kevin Spacey, the “reveal” trailer for the next installment of Activision Blizzard’s behemoth game franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, easily topped YouTube’s charts of the second quarter’s most-watched trailers. COD’s 20.9 million views were nearly 3 million more than the No.2 trailer, for X-Men:Days of Future Past, and two to three times the views of No. 3, the game Mortal Kombat X, and No. 4, Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.

Call of Duty Title CardThough it’s difficult to be definitive, the trailer’s massive audience, accrued between its May 1 debut and the end of the quarter on June 30, suggests Activision will have yet another massive hit when COD: Advanced Warfare arrives on Nov. 4.

That said, betting on a big COD launch isn’t a reach: after all, last fall Call of Duty: Ghosts sold more than $1 billion worth of units in its first DAY.

You can watch the trailer here, especially if you’re interested in seeing Spacey voice one of his most cynical and calculating characters ever (and after House of Cardsthat’s saying something):

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EMMYS: Party Season In Full Force As Final Voting Gets Underway And Nominees Turn Out

By | Tuesday July 29, 2014 @ 11:04am PDT
Pete Hammond

EMMYS: Party Season In Full Force As Final Voting Gets Underway And Nominees Turn OutWith still exactly a month to go before the big (Monday) event, the Emmy party season kicked off in style last night on the 3rd floor outdoor deck of the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills with a bash for performer nominees. Showing up to meet and greet potential voters as well as press and other Academy members were Modern Family’s Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson; Minnie Driver, nominated for the Lifetime movie Return To Zero; Veep’s pair of 2013 winners and nominees again, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale; double nominee for Mom and Masters Of Sex, Allison Janney; Scandal’s bad guy Joe Morton;  House Of Cards‘ Kevin Spacey; and Fargo’s Billy Bob Thornton.  Presiding over it all were actors branch Governors Bob Bergen and Lily Tomlin. Academy chairman Bruce Rosenblum and new president Maury McIntyre also made the scene.

Emmy Party 2014Now this was just the first round. There will be an even bigger bash for performers two nights before the Emmys at the Pacific Design Center. Between now and then there will be another 21 of these peer group parties representing every branch of the Academy from Costume Designers (who actually were the first group to party a few days ago) to Make Up and Hairstylists to Writers (I am on the Board Of Governors repping that branch, which will celebrate its nominees August 21). That’s almost one a night. Putting all this together is the indefatigable Barbara Chase and the Academy staff.

Also happening during this period will be the Creative Arts Emmys and Ball on Saturday, August 16 where 94 categories will be presented (up from 80 last year). Just a measly 26 categories will be presented on the NBC telecast August 25th.Whew. August is usually the dog days for the TV industry, but this year it is where all the heat is — at least as far as Emmys go. Voting, which is done by individual volunteers from each peer group , also got underway this week with the first round of ballots due back August 6 (for Creative Arts)  and the final round the next week. Read More »

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He’s From California And Knows Kevin Spacey, But This Kevin McCarthy Isn’t A Hollywood Guy

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 5:29pm PDT

He’s From California And Knows Kevin Spacey, But This Kevin McCarthy Isn’t A Hollywood GuyKevin McCarthy‘s name might be familiar in Hollywood — his home state is California — and thanks to House of Cardsthe job he just left is known to many more Americans than it once was. But the new No. 2 in the U.S. House of Representatives is definitely not a man of Hollywood. He’s not the strong-jawed actor who appeared in about 100 movies, including Death of A Salesman and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. That Kevin McCarthy died in 2010 at 96. No, this Kevin McCarthy is a Bakersfield Republican, whose conservative Central Valley district is big on oil, agriculture and defense. His 23rd District includes the far northern Los Angeles County suburb of Lancaster with its nearby aerospace facilities.

Another Kevin McCarthy the ActorMcCarthy was elected as House Majority Leader today after Speaker of the House John Boehner called a hurried leadership election to replace Eric Cantor of Virginia, whose primary loss to a Tea Party candidate June 10 stunned Washington insiders. Steve Scalise, a Louisiana third-termer, was elected over two more moderate candidates to succeed McCarthy as Chief Majority Whip.

Despite his increasing power and nearby geographic base, McCarthy is unlikely to be a Hollywood savior in the mode of Henry Waxman, the retiring Congressman whose liberal coastal Los Angeles district has been the fundraising piggy bank for national Democrats for decades (indeed, Barack Obama is returning to the area for yet another fundraiser in July). In fact, the person who takes that job — Democratic state Sen. Ted Lieu and Republican former prosecutor Elan Carr survived the 17-candidate primary to face off in November — will be challenged to make a mark as a rookie Congressman, no matter which party the winner comes from. Read More »

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EMMYS: Beau Willimon Q&A On Sociopaths, Monsters & Politics In ‘House of Cards’

Mike Fleming

BEAU WILLIMONWhen writer-producer Beau Willimon adapted the black-as-pitch British miniseries House of Cards for a ground-breaking deal with Netflix, he introduced U.S. audiences to the anti-hero power couple Francis and Claire Underwood (Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright), both so bent on rising to the top of Washington power circles that their ambitions trump their morals. By the end of season two, they had reached their goal, moving into the White House. Willimon first explored political cynicism and boundless ambition with the play Farragut North, which became the 2011 film Ides of March with George Clooney. Now, heading into a third season of an award-winning blockbuster, Willimon explains how Frank Underwood is actually as optimistic a politician as they come.

Beau Willimon on setDEADLINE: Early on you worked on Chuck Schumer’s campaign, and then with Hillary Clinton, Bill Bradley and Howard Dean. In your adaptations, politicians just seem like such awful people. What the heck did you see that informed such a cynical view of politics?
BEAU WILLIMON: Well, I don’t have a cynical view of politics. I don’t see Francis Underwood as being cynical at all. He doesn’t have an ideology. He’s not driven by idealism, but he is an optimist at heart. He says, “Forward progress, momentum. Do something instead of nothing.” That’s an optimistic point of view. Admittedly, both Ides of March and House of Cards are a dark take on the political process, but the subject isn’t politics, it’s power. So, there are no politicians that I worked for that, in any way, are parallel to Francis Underwood. Now, the more you become acquainted with the political world, you see people who are constantly faced with ethical choices, who wield a great deal of power, and with that power, comes a huge amount of responsibility, and you’re more often than not in that gray area instead of a black-and-white dialectic. I like to amplify the grayness. I like to really dig into those forks in the road, those moments where someone becomes a monster or plays into the darker side of power. But that’s not meant to be reflective of the entire political process.
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DeadlineNow: Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic Legacy (Video)

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 11:18pm PDT

Today kicks off our DeadlineNow video news service, in which Deadline’s journalists offer instant analysis and commentary on the news as it happens. Check back throughout the day for more reports.

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Matthew Warchus To Replace Kevin Spacey As Head Of The Old Vic

Deadline's Chief Theater Columnist Jeremy Gerard on the changing of the guard at one of the UK's top theaters and the legacy Kevin Spacey leaves behind 10 years after his surprising decision to take the job.

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Matthew Warchus Set To Succeed Kevin Spacey As Old Vic Chief In 2015

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 8:24am PDT
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Matthew Warchus To Replace Kevin Spacey As Head Of The Old Vic

Deadline's Chief Theater Columnist Jeremy Gerard on the changing of the guard at one of the UK's top theaters and the legacy Kevin Spacey leaves behind 10 years after his surprising decision to take the job.

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 11.18.08 AMMatthew Warchus, currently represented on Broadway with the hit musical Matilda, will take over the reins from Spacey in the fall of 2015. Spacey has run the estimable joint for a decade. Warchus made his Broadway directing debut in 1998 with Art and in 2009 helmed the acclaimed production of Yasmina Reza’s God Of Carnage starring the late James Gandolfini with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden. Warchus also staged the Broadway stinker Ghost: The Musical. Warchus has just made a return to features after 15 years with Pride which is closing the Directors’ Fortnight section of Cannes tomorrow. After the Pride screening, Warchus told my colleague Nancy Tartaglione that he will quickly get back to work on developing the Groundhog Day musical.

Oscar winner Spacey (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty), whose Richard III ran at theScreen Shot 2014-05-22 at 11.19.58 AM Brooklyn Academy of Music, has been finding new stardom on the small screen as the draw for the Netflix series House Of Cards. In 2008 Warchus staged David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow with Spacey and Jeff Goldblum. Spacey is about to open a limited-run one-man show at the Old Vic as famed Scopes Monkey Trial defense lawyer Clarence Darrow, running May 28-June 15.


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Kevin Spacey Sings ‘Talk Dirty’ To ‘Tonight Show’: Video

By | Saturday May 3, 2014 @ 7:57am PDT

Kevin Spacey, the Hollywood Celeb most expected at tonight’s White House Correspondents Dinner who says he won’t show, would rather sing Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty with Jimmy Fallon‘s barbershop quartet, Ragtime Gals — which he did last night:

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Deadline Awards Watch 72 – The Tony Loves Oscar Podcast

Deadline Awards Watch ep 72In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom assess the complicated relationship between Broadway and Hollywood after the Tony Awards snubbed several big film stars hoofing it on the hardwood. We also catch up on the latest additions to the Cannes Film Festival lineup, including classic films from Hitchcock and Capra and classic stars such as Deneuve and Loren. David and Pete also review the weekend’s notable movie debuts, led by The Amazing Spider-Man 2, already a hit overseas and headed to a box office win in the United States too, as well as the historical drama Belle, featuring a terrific performance from the memorably named Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Pete also talks about Kevin Spacey‘s latest adventure in modern film distribution, as he takes to the web to sell Now: In The Wings On A World Stage, a documentary about his performing Shakespeare on theaters on several continents.

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Two-Time Oscar Winner Kevin Spacey Jumps Bravely Into Self-Distribution With Today’s Unique Release Of His Latest Film

Pete Hammond

Kevin Spacey  continues to do things his own way.  After all, this is an actor who shortly after winning his second Oscar ran off Tribeca Talks: After The Movie: "NOW: In the Wings On A World Stage" - 2014 Tribeca Film Festivalto England to become Artistic Director of the Old Vic  rather than cashing in the way many other actors have. This is also the actor who launched an acclaimed TV series,  House Of Cards on Netflix as a binge-watching experiment and wound up at the Emmys in only his first season. And today Spacey is taking his career into his own hands again with the unusual distribution plan for his latest film, Now: In The Wings On A World Stage . a documentary which recounts the ten-month world tour in which he played Richard III. Although this terrific docu is going to play theatrically (where it can also presumably qualify for Oscar consideration), it will also be available for a download purchase at  (and which is essentially the same thing). This is a brave new world for film distribution, but so far very few big names have done it.  Louis CK sells his comedy specials this way at his own website, and even Tomorrow Night, an early film he directed and starred in that had never gotten a formal release.  Spacey told me he actually called  Louis CK for advice on this platform and learned it can be a very profitable deal (Louis CK has reportedly grossed up to $50,000 a day with some), and a better way to get more specialized projects seen in greater numbers than might otherwise be the case. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Kevin Spacey Reprising Clarence Darrow Role At Old Vic; Discovery Networks International Taps CEO/CFO; More

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 10:00pm PDT

Kevin Spacey To Play Title Role In Old Vic’s ‘Clarence Darrow’
Kevin-Spacey as DarrowKevin Spacey is taking a break from playing Frank Underwood and is returning to the role of Clarence Darrow. The actor will portray the pioneering lawyer for the second time on stage in the upcoming Old Vic production of Darrow. Spacey previously played the legendary attorney in the Old Vic’s staging of Inherit The Wind and on TV in the PBS film Darrow, which was helmed by his House Of Cards collaborator John David Coles. From May 28-June 15, Thea Sharrock is directing him in Clarence Darrow, David W. Rintel’s one-man show that relives some of the civil rights hero’s pivotal experiences including the Scopes “Monkey” Trial and the “Thrill Killers” trial. Sharrock’s credits include Equus with Daniel Radcliffe, Henry V with Tom Hiddleston for Sam Mendes/Neal Street and the BBC and the latest Call The Midwife Christmas special. Spacey is celebrating his 10th anniversary this year as the artistic director of the Old Vic. Also as part of the upcoming summer/fall season in the round, Ian Rickson is directing Kristin Scott Thomas in a new take on Sophocles’ Electra written by Dancing At Lughnasa scribe Brian Friel. That runs September 20-December 20.

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Kevin Spacey Continues His Disruptive Platform-Shifting Experiments By Self-Releasing ‘Now: In The Wings On A World Stage’: Q&A

Mike Fleming

When most leading men get preoccupied with messing with models, KevinSpaceyit usually means extracurricular activity. When it’s Kevin Spacey, it means taking bold risks to create disruptive opportunities to alter arcane platforms that have ranged from his own acting career to pioneering the first breakout multi-platform success in the J.C. Chandor-directed Margin Call and the first breakout Netflix series hit House Of Cards. Now, he has made an intriguing documentary, Now: In The Wings On A World Stage, and will test new waters by self-distributing the film.

Here’s the first trailer that was just unveiled for the docu, which he is releasing in limited theatres and simultaneously via download here on

Spacey, in the midst of a strong run in Hollywood and two Oscars, started this journey of self discovery back in 2003 when he left Hollywood to revive the Old Vic in London. That has limited his screen time, but Trigger Street, the company he runs with Dana Brunetti, has kept him enough in the mix with Best Picture nominee Captain Phillips, The Social Network, 21 and other films. Spacey has kept up the Old Vic’s storied traditions, starring in and producing plays year after year. Now, after quietly funding and producing and starring in Now, a documentary about the conception and the experience of performing Richard III across the world, Spacey is self-releasing a film he feels captures the exhilaration of live performances that reunited Spacey with Sam Mendes since both won Oscars in Mendes’ screen debut American Beauty. His Now passion project and its trailer debut offers a a great chance to catch up with an actor who, after winning Oscars and asserting himself as a bankable leading man, up and left town for a venture many felt was folly. But this film’s most compelling selling point also underscores that Spacey knew what he was doing. If the millions and millions of rabid House Of Cards binge viewers want to see where his Vice President Francis Underwood character came from, it turns out they can find it right in this movie.

House of Cards 2DEADLINE: I caught bronchitis this week and the only plus was tearing through the first season and one half of House Of Cards. Just a remarkable, game-changing way to absorb great drama.
SPACEY: I can’t say that I’m much of a binge watcher myself. People stop me on the street and tell me they are treating House Of Cards like a good novel, where they decide when to put it down on the bedside table, and when to pick it up again. What I love about that mind-set is that it puts the audience in complete control. Read More »

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Hot TV Trailer: ‘House Of Cards’ Season 2

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 11:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

houseofcardsLooking to capitalize on the slew of award nominations House Of Cards has received during the past 10 days from the PGA, WGA and SAG, culminating with four Golden Globe noms today, Netflix is releasing the first trailer featuring footage from the upcoming second season, along with a brief recap of Season 1. Needless to say, Frank Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey) road to the Vice President’s office is not going to be as smooth as he’d hoped. House Of Cards scored Golden Globe nominations for Best Drama Series; Best Actor in a Drama Series (Kevin Spacey); Best Actress in a Drama Series (Robin Wright); and Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie (Corey Stoll). The entire Season 2 will be released February 14.

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“Jay Leno is Going Out On Top, And We Think That’s The Right Thing To Do” And Other Great Lines from HRTS Lunch

Once upon a time, the entire TV industry took the afternoon off to attend the Hollywood Radio and TV Society season-kickoff lunch and watch their bosses admit which competitor’s show they most wished they had on their schedule and answer other similarly adorable questions. It was a simpler time. These days, the mood onstage is much darker. One exec makes some all-flesh-is-as-grass observation about the state of the industry; another agrees there is a resemblance. And then, there’s the traffic. In case you missed it, here are the quotes to note from today’s lunch:

*Good time to be a comedy producer: “There are 168 dramas in production. Anybody who knows how to run a [drama] show is employed. There isn’t anybody left in development. … It’s fully cooked.” — FX Networks CEO John Landgraf

*Netflix: “I didn’t know there was an option for not reporting ratings.” — HBO programming president Michael Lombardo

*Why NBC is dumping Jay Leno: “Jay is going out on top, and we think that’s the right thing to do.” — NBC Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert

*Anti-hero dramas are so over: “A show can’t just rest on an anti-hero premise anymore. … A pitch that’s ‘this guy is the most fucked-up guy’ is not good enough.” — Lombardo

*Kevin Spacey should shove a sock in it: “[House Of Cards] had a star and a director and scripts for the first two episodes, and they had a show that they were basing it on. … I understand why artists don’t want to audition with a plot…[but, unless you're "House of Cards," minus a pilot] good shows could be prevented from being great shows — Lombardo Read More »

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Deadline Global Showbiz Watch With Nancy Tartaglione, Episode 4

By | Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 2:43pm PDT

Listen to (and share) Episode 4 of Deadline’s audio podcast Global Showbiz Watch, With Nancy Tartaglione. Deadline’s international editor talks with host David Bloom about Gravity, the Alfonso Cuaron film that opened the Venice Film Festival today, along with other notable films she will cover during the festival; Kevin Spacey’s call for courage among TV execs at his MacTaggart Lecture in Edinburg and a broader look at Scotland’s entertainment business; and an intriguing study on the impacts of piracy on different kinds of movies.

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

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Jimmy Iovine Out Of ‘America Idol’, Randy Jackson Poised To Replace Him As Mentor
By Nellie Andreeva - EXCLUSIVE: The sweeping changes on Fox’s American Idol continue.

Disney’s Next Teen Star? Disney XD Greenlights Two Pilots Starring Jacob Bernard
By Nellie Andreeva - EXCLUSIVEDisney has big plans for Jacob Bertrand. The boy-oriented Disney XD has cast the 13-year-old actor as the lead in two pilots it has picked up as vehicles for him, Kirby Buckets and Neckpee Island.

UPDATE: Al Jazeera Sues AT&T Over Contract Dispute As New Network Launches
By Lisa De Moraes – 2ND UPDATE, 6:45 PM: Al Jazeera America has released a statement about its lawsuit (read here) against AT&T: “Al Jazeera America made a decision to seek judicial intervention in its dispute with AT&T,” the network said.

Fox Nabs Comedy From ‘30 Rock’s Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey & Robert Carlock And Universal TV With Series Commitment
By Nellie Andreeva - In a very competitive situation with multiple networks bidding, a multi-camera comedy from 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbard, creator/co-showrunner Tina Fey and co-showrunner Robert Carlock  has landed at Fox with a series commitment.

A Closer Look: Score One For CBS Today In Battle With Time Warner Cable
By Lisa De Moraes - CBS scored a decisive PR win in today’s round of its nearly three-week-and-counting battle with Time Warner Cable when it announced it had reached a swift and amicable retransmission deal with Verizon FiOS that covers New York, Los Angeles and Dallas — markets in which CBS is now … Read More »

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Kevin Spacey Cautions TV Biz On Laziness, Stumps For Multi-Platform Movie Releases

Following Kevin Spacey’s MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival on Thursday evening (check out a clip below), the House Of Cards star sat down for a Q&A this morning. Spacey said he viewed his speech the previous evening as “a good opportunity to look at where the industry is now… and an opportunity to talk about some of the warning signs that Hollywood and the industry aren’t hearing.” He expanded on some of those Thursday talking points, notably the problems with pilots and the industry’s responsibility to support new talent.

This morning he said, “People are too lazy” to seek talent in unconventional places. “I’ll hear people are doing a show in a pub or a basement and it’s incredible and they can’t get anyone to come see it. No agent or manager or exec will go. You have to get off your ass and go look,” he said. He then warned, “If executives and people in the talent business don’t participate… they’re going to miss it.” More people, he suggested, will self-produce and distribute via the likes of YouTube “and the networks are going to miss it.”

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Kevin Spacey Laments Lack Of Ballsy TV Execs In Wide-Ranging MacTaggart Lecture

Kevin Spacey officially opened the Guardian Edinburgh Television Festival in the Scottish capital this evening, becoming the first Hollywood star, rather than exec or broadcaster, ever to deliver the prestigious James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture. The lecture is designed to focus on the topics that are currently top of mind for the British TV biz. The House Of Cards star and exec producer riffed that the Netflix show was “one of the primary — if not the only reason — I was asked to speak today.” In an hourlong speech, he touched on the show’s innovations, the problems with pilots, the importance of storytelling and the industry’s responsibility to support new talent.

One of his more rousing comments was about making programming. “We know what works and the only thing we don’t know is why it’s so difficult to find executives with the fortitude, the wisdom and the balls to do it,” he offered. Speaking of the House Of Cards experience, he said, “Of course we went to all the major networks… and every single one was very interested in the idea… but every one of them wanted us to do a pilot first… Netflix was the only network that said, ‘We believe in you. We’ve run our data and it tells us that our audience would watch this series. We don’t need you to do a pilot. How many episodes do you want to do?’” Read More »

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EMMYS Q&A: Kevin Spacey, Damian Lewis, Kerry Washington, Michelle Dockery

By | Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 9:36am PDT

AwardsLine Editor Christy Grosz, Managing Editor Anthony D’Alessandro and contributors Paul Brownfield and Thomas J. McLean assist with Deadline’s TV coverage.

Four of the lead acting drama series hopefuls Kevin Spacey (House Of Cards), Damian Lewis (Homeland), Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) share thoughts on their characters, shows and nominations.

KEVIN SPACEY (House Of Cards, Netflix)

AwardsLine: What is it about your character, U.S. Representative Francis Underwood, that translates to audiences? He can be so evil.
Spacey: It’s incredibly fun to play someone who doesn’t have any allegiances. He doesn’t care if he’s ideological or conservative. Francis sees opportunity and wants to get shit done. He wants progress and isn’t bound by labels. People view him as diabolical, but he’s very effective. To have our government in stalemate and in gridlock—it’s conceivable that this world is exciting for the audience.

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‘House Of Cards’ Producer Trigger Street Partners With Giant Pirates On First-Look TV Deal

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 7:59am PDT

Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti’s Trigger Street Productions has pacted with Giant Pirates Entertainment on a first-look deal in which House Of Cards producer Trigger Street will contribute unscripted TV projects and Giant Pirates will focus on scripted TV. The first project in the works from the tie-up is an unscripted series featuring the sibling founders of the popular fashion brand Forrest & Bob; the two companies are pitching to broadcasters this summer. “This partnership with Giant Pirates will enable us to expand into the unscripted television space, which is something that Kevin and I have wanted to do for some time,” Brunetti said in announcing the deal. “With this partnership, we are aligning ourselves with an exciting new company started by industry veterans with great track records.” Giant Pirates was formed last year by former Magical Elves exec Ross Jacobson and executive producer Troy Searer (The Biggest Loser).

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