EMMY-AWARD WINNING NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES, “HOUSE OF CARDS” RETURNS FOR SECOND SEASON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14
From Media Rights Capital, All 13-Episodes of Second Season Starring
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright
Available to Netflix Members Everywhere at Launch
(Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available.
From director David Fincher (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”), award-winning playwright and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon (“Farragut North,” “The Ides of March”) and Academy Award® winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “Munich,” “The Insider”), this critically-acclaimed drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington D.C.
In the second season, Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, “American Horror Story”), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill, “The Good Wife”) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney, “Southland”) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis’s once private existence. The Underwood’s must overcome these dangers — past and present — to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake.
In addition to Spacey, Wright, Mara, Gill and McRaney, the series also stars Mahershala Ali (“Treme”), Sebastian Arcelus (“Person Of Interest”), Kristen Connolly (“The Cabin in the Woods”), Nathan Darrow (“Rigged”), Sakina Jaffrey (“Definitely Maybe”), Michael Kelly (“The Adjustment Bureau”) and Molly Parker (“Deadwood”).
Additional cast members appearing in the series include: Jayne Atkinson (“The Following”), Gil Birmingham (“The Lone Ranger”), Rachel Brosnahan (“Orange is the New Black”), Reg E. Cathey (“Grimm”), Derek Cecil (“Treme”), Terry Chen (“Bates Motel”), Ben Daniels (“Merlin”), Joanna Going (“Mad Men”), Boris McGiver (“Person Of Interest”), Mozhan Marno (“In Plain Sight”) Sam Page (“Mad Men”), Kate Lyn Sheil (“V/H/S”), Jimmi Simpson (“It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”) and Constance Zimmer (“The Newsroom”).
Carl Franklin (“Homeland”), James Foley (“Glengarry Glen Ross”), John David Coles (“Justified”), Jodie Foster (“Orange is the New Black”) and Robin Wright all direct season-two episodes.
“House of Cards,” the first original series produced by Media Rights Capital for Netflix, received enormous critical acclaim for its first season. The Telegraph (UK) lauded the series as “the most remarkable new television drama of the year,” while the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed the show “a fascinating, first-class political thriller” and Entertainment Weekly described it as “deliciously bingeable.”
In the summer of 2013, for its first season, “House of Cards” made history as the first ever streaming series to earn Primetime Emmy® nominations in major categories, including: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Spacey), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Wright), Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series (Laray Mayfield and Julie Schubert), Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Fincher), Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series (Eigil Bryld), Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (Kirk Baxter), Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Jeff Beal). In all, the show took home three Emmy® wins for casting, directing and cinematography for its first season.
Based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, the second season of “House of Cards” is executive produced by Fincher, Willimon, Joshua Donen, Eric Roth, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Andrew Davies, Michael Dobbs and David Manson. The one-hour drama is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.
Under POPfilms, Intel, and Vice’s The Creators Project, Broken Bells—Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton andJames Mercer of The Shins—and director Jacob Gentry have come together again on sci-fi short inspired by and titled after the rock duo’s forthcoming album, After the Disco, out Jan. 14. The trio first collaborated on the video for Broken Bells’ ”The Ghost Inside”, starring Christina Hendricks. Released in two parts—Part One: The Angel And The Fool and Part Two: Holding On For Life—After the Disco tells the story of star-crossed lovers Oliver (Anton Yelchin) and Helen (Kate Mara) who struggle to connect through space and time.
The production crew spent two days in the canyons of Malibu and a warehouse in downtown LA shooting the short. What resulted is a stunning and brilliantly colored film, one that can only be described as a dream. Complex got the chance to speak to Gentry, Yelchin, and Mara about the genius behind and the production of After the Disco.
On coming up with the concept for the film:
Jacob Gentry: Brian Burton and I went to college together, but our creative relationship began more as friends. He would give me music for some of my films and I would use his music as inspiration. I was more of a fan, and we were just friends who didn’t really work together until that first Broken Bells video. So for this second one, Brian came to me with this short story he had written. We had talked before that about doing some kind of film project together, something that was more of a narrative about the whole record. We took that and some of the concept artfor the new album and developed it into a short film.
As for the space aspect of it, I’m obsessed with science fiction. I work on mostly horror films so working with Broken Bells gave me the opportunity to exercise that muscle. The After the Disco album has that feel already, so I took it even more in that direction. James Mercer was sending me images of Barbarella and Logan’s Run, that sort of late ‘60s/early ‘70s science fiction. The same way we mixed all those visual styles is the same way Broken Bells mixed all the musical styles from every era to make something unique. It has an otherworldly feel.
On bringing in Kate Mara and Anton Yelchin:
Gentry: James, Brian, and I had a dream of what we wanted and Kate and Anton were included in that. We didn’t want it to feel like a cameo video with well-known actors. They were cast as if it were a movie. Anton has finally come into his own as a man at this point, but he still has that childlike innocence, and that’s something Kate has as well. But she has a soulful maturity at the same time. I just put two pictures of them together, looked at it, and was like, “This could be a great couple.” They’re also very grounded, and that was nice to balance out the fantastical elements of the piece. They carry out a believable, sincere relationship inside a stylized universe.
Kate Mara: I said yes before I even listened to the song and before I had seen Jacob’s previous music video because I’m such a fan of Anton’s and I’d always wanted to work with him. And I’d always wanted to do a music video so I jumped at the chance.
When I met Jacob and Broken Bells, they said they were fans of House of Cards, but maybe they thought I just look like a space alien. [Laughs.] But it was cool to collaborate with artists you really respect.