03:38 PM EDT 11/21/2014
Originally posted 11/20/2014 11:45AM
Academy Award-winning director Mike Nichols died Wednesday at the age of 83.
Originally posted 10/28/2014 05:15PM
Elizabeth Norment, the seasoned TV actress who most recently starred as an unflappable Beltway secretary on Season 2 of House of Cards, has died. She was 61.
Originally posted 08/24/2014 06:00PM
Suspenseful and crackling good, Netflix's House of Cards, which is nominated for outstanding drama series, is a triumph on so many levels.
It's an expertly serialized workplace/relationship drama about Washington, D.C. that has you rooting for two of the most dastardly characters on TV right now – Francis and Claire Underwood, masterfully played by the Emmy-nominated Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
No one in Frank or Claire's world is the least bit likable, either – a true testament to the work of series creator Beau Willimon, who thinks we prefer our politicians cunning, murderous, and not the least bit trustworthy.
Originally posted 08/17/2014 06:30PM
Originally posted 08/14/2014 04:00PM
The very first episode of Inside the Actors Studio aired Aug. 14, 1994.
Hosted by former brothel worker and Arrested Development star James Lipton, the show has gone on to become a cultural institution, both for Lipton's ah, specific, delivery and persona, and for its watchable, occasionally riveting looks into the craft of acting.
Here are five great moments from the show's 20-year-and-counting run.
Originally posted 08/06/2014 12:30PM
Talk about an about-face.
Originally posted 07/31/2014 04:45PM
When Kevin Spacey was preparing to play ruthless House majority whip Frank Underwood on House of Cards, he turned to then-actual House majority whip Kevin McCarthy.
Originally posted 06/05/2014 03:45PM
Attention, theatergoers: Do not annoy Kevin Spacey when he's onstage – or prepare to incur his wrath.
Originally posted 03/04/2014 08:00AM
It's not easy going up against Frank Underwood.
As the newly minted Vice President on Netflix's House of Cards, Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) is the worst kind of political shark – he has to keep moving upward, or else he dies. In the second season, Underwood's main target is his own commander in chief, Garrett Walker, played by Broadway veteran Michel Gill. A mild-mannered pushover, Walker spends the season caught in the middle of a political war between Underwood and his longtime mentor, energy titan Raymond Tusk ...
(Major House of Cards spoilers below!)
… until the two men eventually team up and force him to resign from office, leaving Underwood the most powerful man in the world. It's an ignominious end for any pol, made doubly ironic by the fact that Walker was one of the few House of Cards operatives to show any sign of a conscience.
We spoke to Gill about playing the president, how House of Cards is like Shakespeare, and why viewers might be a little too tough on his character.
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