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Netflix announces 'House of Cards' season 3 premiere date

Frank Underwood continued his ascent to power on season two of House of Cards, and now Netflix has announced when viewers can again watch the most powerful man in America exert his unique brand of influence.


Who would win a Presidential race between Frank Underwood and Selina Meyer?


They’re both the leads on political series. They both crave power. They’re both the focus of this week’s EW cover story on The 25 Best Characters on TV. But what would happen if House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) ever met Veep‘s Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)?

“I’m not even sure she’d be alive,” laughs Spacey. “First of all, Frank would probably find a way to manipulate the little guy that carries her purse around. So I’d have a mole in her office. I do have this hilarious notion that at some point on either of our shows we should be walking down a hallway and having a discussion and pass each other, and just stop, and then keep going.” READ FULL STORY

'House of Cards' not allowed to film at U.N. Security Council chamber

If fans see President Frank Underwood at the U.N. next season on House of Cards, it’ll have to be a U.N.-lookalike set. The United Nations has denied the Netflix show’s request to film in the U.N. Security Council chamber for next season, the Associated Press reports. They note that Russia shot down the ask.

“It’s disappointing for you, I guess, because you wanted to see the actors,” France’s U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters Wednesday, per the AP. “It’s reassuring because I think the actors would have seemed so much more elegant than we are, you know.”

A rep for Netflix didn’t immediately respond to EW‘s request for comment.

'Homeland' recruits two actors for season 4, including 'House of Cards' alum

Showtime is sharing a few pieces of intel about Homeland: Two new roles have been cast for the upcoming fourth season. Corey Stoll — who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role on House of Cards and whose credits include The Normal Heart and Midnight in Paris – will guest-star as Sandy Bachman, the CIA chief of station in Pakistan who’s a rising star within the agency. The number of episodes in which Stoll — who also stars in the upcoming FX drama The Strain — will appear is being kept under wraps. READ FULL STORY

'House of Cards': Reg E. Cathey talks his possible return, barbeque, and why D.C. needs Frank Underwood

[Spoilers for all of season 2 of House of Cards]

It’s no surprise Freddy is a fan favorite on House of Cards: He’s one of the only characters whom you can root for with a clear conscience. He’s always been Frank’s favorite barbeque man, but in season 2 viewers got more backstory and learned about the sometimes-dark past of the jovial owner of Freddy’s.

“It was like an old shoe,” Cathey explained to EW about his scenes with Kevin Spacey in the restaurant. “I mean, it was so easy. And I think he would say the same thing. The days when we were there were almost relief days. [laughs] You know? We would do our scene, we would laugh, we had a nice rhythm. And it was usually very fast…The Freddy’s scenes were always happy days at the set.”

EW spoke with actor Reg E. Cathey last week about his beefed up (no pun intended) role on the second season of the D.C. drama, working with director Jodie Foster on his big episode, and whether Freddy could find his way back into Frank’s life in season 3. An edited transcript is below. READ FULL STORY

'House of Cards': Rachel Brosnahan talks about season 2 ending. Is [spoiler] really [spoiler]?

[Spoiler alert for season 2 of House of Cards. If you haven’t finished watching, stop reading!]

Besides the same first name, Rachel Brosnahan may not have a whole lot in common with her House of Cards prostitute-turned-hideaway character. But with the recent success, Brosnahan has found one similarity: A struggle to keep secrets. “I’ve been pretty good,” she explained. “All my friends were texting me SHOCKED after the first episode [of season 2], wondering how on earth I kept that [twist] a secret. I don’t know how I did it [laughs]. I had to tell someone — I told my mom!” READ FULL STORY

'House of Cards': Nathan Darrow on THAT scene and the future of Meechum

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t finished season two of House of Cards, you probably shouldn’t continue reading.

You’ve now had two full weekends to binge-watch the second season of House of Cards, and if you did in fact finish all 13 episodes, you’ve no doubt got one question on your mind: Who is Meechum, and where can I get one for myself?

The Underwoods’ stoic bodyguard is played by Nathan Darrow, a trained stage actor from Kansas City who first worked with Cards star Kevin Spacey in a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Toward the end of the play’s international tour in 2011, Netflix was starting to put together the cast of House of Cards, and Spacey submitted Darrow and other company members for roles in the series. “It was stacked with some very talented actors who were really right for House of Cards, so Kevin put a bunch of us up for it,” recalls Darrow, who actually read for another role prior to being cast as Meechum. “I went in for casting and later for [executive producer David] Fincher, and that’s just how it happened.”

In the show’s first season, Meechum was largely a subdued presence, with the occasional “Yes, sir” uttered as he slowly earned his position as a trusted bodyguard in Frank’s innermost circle. Some would argue that said circle is really just Frank’s wife Claire (Robin Wright) and Meechum anyway, and that theory was ostensibly proven after Meechum’s major moment in the 11th episode of Cards‘ second season. At the onset of filming, Darrow didn’t exactly know where Meechum would go in season 2 (“He’s not in the ground quite yet!”), but he had an idea.

“I knew the relationship between high-level security and client was going to be explored, but I wasn’t sure in what way, and it’s an interesting one,” he says. “Here’s the fellow that’s ready to take a bullet for you and that actually, on a day-to-day basis, is probably as in tune with your mood as anyone. But that could be as far as it goes.” READ FULL STORY

'House of Cards': Kate Mara talks The Thing That Happened to Zoe

The second season of House of Cards begins with a shocking development for ambitious journalist Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) — or, at least, one that’s shocking for anyone who isn’t familiar with the original British version of House of Cards. (If you haven’t watched yet, you might want to stop reading… now.) READ FULL STORY

'House of Cards': New cast member Molly Parker previews season 2

Is anyone in Washington strong enough to bring Francis Underwood down? We won’t find out for sure until Friday, when new episodes of House of Cards debut on Netflix — but one new character might just be the woman for the job.

The Emmy-winning drama’s second season introduces another political player with serious potential: Jacqueline Sharp, a young congresswoman poised to rise in the ranks after Frank ascends to the White House. She’s played by Deadwood alum Molly Parker — a savvy operator well-versed in both prestige TV and keeping a show’s surprises under wraps. (Parker is so convincing that it’s almost hard to believe she’s actually Canadian.) Before Cards‘s premiere, we chatted with Parker about playing her latest role… and tried to get her to talk about some of season 2’s most shocking moments. (Spoiler alert: It didn’t work.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I devoured the first four episodes of season 2 on a screener yesterday.
MOLLY PARKER: How is it?

Well, I really like your character, and I’m also afraid for her life.
Yes. [laughs]

I’m so nervous watching the show. I guess you know what happens—
I do! But I’m not going to tell you. [laughs]


Robin Wright wins Best Actress in a TV Drama at the Golden Globes

Robin Wright won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama for her work in House of Cards. She beat out fellow nominees Julianna Margulies, Tatiana Maslany, Taylor Schilling, and Kerry Washington.

Once on stage, Wright referenced Merritt Wever’s memorable Emmy acceptance speech and her desire to do the same before thanking David Fincher for convincing her to do the show, as well as Netflix. After flashing a little bit of what appeared to be tape (to hold her dress in place), Wright wrapped up with, “Thank you everybody; I really appreciate this. Thanks.”

In addition to her Golden Globe win, Wright just picked up some more hardware: an engagement ring from fiancé Ben Foster. Backstage at the Globes, when Wright was congratulated on all her news, she said, “I’m shocked right now. Don’t know what’s going on exactly. It’s so new. We’re still talking about where, when, how. And I couldn’t be happier.”

Check out the full list of winners here.

–Additional reporting by Katie Atkinson

New 'House of Cards' trailer: 'Hunt or be hunted' -- VIDEO

“There is but one rule: Hunt or be hunted.”

That’s what the new trailer for season 2 of Netflix’s House of Cards declares. In the nearly two-and-a-half minute tease, viewers get a bit more information than with the last infuriatingly vague trailer. Fans can see Kevin Spacey’s Frank threaten, plot and scheme, as well as grapple with the big question: Now that he has accepted a nomination for Vice President, will he be able to stay ahead of the extra scrutiny and hold onto his growing power?

Also starring Robin Wright and Kate Mara (and cameos by all your favorite news people!), House of Cards’ full second season will be available on Netflix Feb. 14. Watch the new trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Enigmatic new 'House of Cards' teaser means... something: VIDEO

Update: And now Netflix has added scene-by-scene audio commentary for every episode of season three, from directors David Fincher, James Foley, Joel Schumacher, Charles McDougall, Carl Franklin, and Allen Coulter. You can activate them the same way you’d turn on subtitles. Neat!

Was this new promo for season 2 of House of Cards created by whoever cuts together those infuriating “Next week on Mad Men” montages? Probably not — but you’ll certainly see a resemblance after watching the following clip. At least the Mad Men promos actually include some semblance of dialogue.


Netflix CEO asks Obama if he'd like to cameo on 'House of Cards' -- VIDEO

Spoiler alert: Our Commander in Chief didn’t say yes. But he also didn’t say no, meaning that anyone yearning to see Barack Obama play, like, BBQ pitmaster Freddy‘s smooth-voiced cousin from Chicago can still hold onto a tiny bit of hope.

Netflix head honcho Reed Hastings’ offer came Tuesday, right before a meeting between Obama and several tech industry CEOs, including Apple’s Tim Cook and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer as well as Hastings. (According to Time, they were talking about NSA surveillance.) He made the quip right after Obama wondered aloud whether Hastings had brought any advance screeners of House of Cards along with him.

After the group had a hearty laugh and Hastings invited Obama to cameo on the show, the president revealed that he actually wouldn’t mind if real-life Washington were a little more like the cutthroat capital depicted on creator Beau Willimon’s show: “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient,” the president said. “It’s true. It’s like Kevin Spacey, man, this guy’s getting a lot of stuff done.”

Thanks to CBS News, we’ve got video of the whole thing. Feast your eyes, Underwoodites:



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