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New Insight from David Fincher on 'House of Cards'

"House of Cards," David Fincher's diabolically watchable big-budget foray into Netflix programing, is ground-breaking in its presentation. But the show stands on its own apart from its much-hyped release plan. (CAA reveals the numbers behind the series here.)
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 10, 2013 5:32 PM
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Who Should Direct Bond 24? Take Our Poll

Now that Sam Mendes has dropped out of directing "Bond 24," who should helm the follow-up to the billion-dollar "Skyfall"? The new MI6 table's been set with M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw), and Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and with no more rites of passage or existential crises to deal with, Daniel Craig's 007 is now fully formed and reporting for duty "with pleasure."
  • By Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz
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  • March 7, 2013 4:17 PM
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Rooney Mara Talks with Steven Soderbergh in Interview Magazine -- the "Finch," Loving the Oscar, Nudity and More

Rooney Mara submitted to an email chat with her "Side Effects" director Steven Soderbergh for this month's Interview Magazine. The two smartypants engage in sarcastic banter about David Fincher, the Oscars and, er, the "reverse cowgirl."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 22, 2013 2:22 PM
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Robin Wright Hits a Groove, from 'House of Cards' to Upcoming 'Congress' and 'Most Wanted Man'

After three strong supporting roles in 2011 ("Moneyball," "Rampart," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), Robin Wright returned with headliner power in Netflix's "House of Cards." Much has been said about how the show (reviews: TOH, Indiewire) heralds the new post-TV era (as of February 12 it was the most-streamed title on Netflix). But for many observers, the big reveal of the series (available in its 13-episode entirety on Netflix) is not the always showy Kevin Spacey, or yet another wily Mara sister, but scene-stealer Wright as Washington powerbroker Claire Underwood.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 19, 2013 6:17 AM
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Fincher, Soderbergh, Tatum Talk the Rooney Mara Mystique in Newsweek Profile

Newsweek's profile of actress Rooney Mara looks at the Girl with the Cool-As-Ice Demeanor, and what makes her so alluring to some of Hollywood's biggest directors. After being nominated for an Oscar in 2011 for David Fincher's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 4, 2013 12:50 PM
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Review: Netflix's 'House of Cards' Is Classy, Campy and Diabolically Watchable (TRAILER)

“Nobody’s a boy scout. Not even boy scouts,” drawls Kevin Spacey’s Francis “Frank” Underwood. As the mastermind congressman suggests, all players in Netflix’s “House of Cards” have sharp teeth and like the taste of blood. The new series, which is based on the original BBC production, is executive produced and helmed in part by David Fincher, and has the cool grey-gold look and streamlined efficiency of the director’s work.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 1, 2013 12:46 PM
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Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy Talks 'Star Wars,' George Lucas is 'Her Yoda,' Wanting the Oscar for 'Lincoln' and More

In the first in-depth profile of Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy, the Hollywood Reporter talks with Kennedy about nabbing J.J. Abrams for "Star Wars Episode VII," and George Lucas' involvement with the new film. They also speak with Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and Kennedy's husband, producer Frank Marshall.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 1:29 PM
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Watch: New Trailer for Fincher-Spacey Collaboration 'House of Cards,' Netflix Shows Strong Hand

Netflix is baring its original-content teeth with this new trailer for "House of Cards," (its taut first trailer is also below). The series is directed (in part) and executive produced by David Fincher, and stars Kevin Spacey as a ruthless congressman out for blood in the Washington D.C. shark tank.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 28, 2013 2:58 PM
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David Fincher Talks 'House of Cards' -- Freedom of Working with Netflix, Bringing His Many Takes to Series' Set and More

In the new Winter 2013 issue of the DGA Quarterly, David Fincher discusses his newest project, "House of Cards," a 13-episode political thriller series starring Kevin Spacey to debut February 1 on Netflix. Fincher directed the show's first two episodes, and served as executive producer for the series. Highlights from his interview below, in which he discusses the freedom of working with Netflix, his infamous many takes and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 23, 2013 12:28 PM
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David Fincher Considers Reese Witherspoon's 'Gone Girl' as Next Directing Vehicle

David Fincher, whose last big screen project was "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" remake with Rooney Mara, is eyeing his next endeavor--which may also be an adaptation of another popular book. "Gone Girl," written by Gilian Flynn, has sold over two million copies and is being prepped for a big screen debut by Reese Witherspoon...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 22, 2013 5:20 PM
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