House of Cards is moving forward with production on its sixth and final season without star Kevin Spacey, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The news comes more than a month after Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey sexually assaulted him in 1986 when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14.
“We are excited to bring closure to fans,” Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said during a conference on Monday morning. The final season of House of Cards will consist of eight episodes and, instead of Spacey, whose Frank Underwood character will have to be written out of the show, will be led by Robin Wright.
As Netflix also scraps plans for a Gore Vidal biopic starring Spacey as the famed writer, 20th Century Fox is knee-deep in reshoots on Ridley Scott’s much-talked-about All the Money in the World to remove and replace Spacey with Christopher Plummer in the role of J. Paul Getty. The studio debuted a new trailer for the upcoming film, which is expected to open on December 22, last week.
Spacey, who was also removed from CBS’ Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special, is reportedly receiving treatment for sex addiction at a rehab center in Arizona.
Christopher Abbott, George Clooney star in the first trailer for Hulu’s limited series ‘Catch-22’
Hulu has released the first trailer for Catch-22, the upcoming limited series based on Joseph Heller’s classic 1961 novel of the same name, which follows the adventures (and misadventures) of a U.S. air squadron stationed in Italy during World War II.
The series stars Christopher Abbott as Yossarian, a bombardier whose only real mission is to stay alive; Kyle Chandler as Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men have to fly; George Clooney as Scheisskopf, a parade-obsessed Lieutenant-General; and Hugh Laurie as Major de Coverly, whose perhaps a little too mellow and checked-out for somebody in the airforce.
The title, Catch-22, comes from the rather asinine military by-law in Heller’s book, which states that if you fly your missions, you’re crazy and don’t have to fly them—all you have to do is ask and you’ll be relieved of your duties. But if you ask not to fly your missions, you’re sane and are required to carry out the missions as assigned.
Clooney, who directed several episodes of the six-part limited series along with Ellen Kuras, also serves as an executive producer with Grant Heslov, Richard Brown, Steve Golin, Luke Davies, and David Michôd. The latter two names also served as co-writers.
Catch-22 will hit Hulu on May 17.
Phoenix: See Amazon Prime Video’s raunchy new superhero series ‘The Boys’ early and for free
Amazon Prime Video will premiere their new series The Boys on July 26 and they’re giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the show before it officially debuts on the streaming service.
Our readers in Phoenix can click on this link right now to claim their free passes (good for you and three guests) to an advance screening of The Boys happening at Harkins Tempe Marketplace on Tuesday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. Free popcorn and soda will be provided.
Keep in mind that these free passes are distributed on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to claim yours as soon as possible before they run out. Below is the official red band trailer for The Boys as well as some additional details about the series.
Developed by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Eric Kripke
Based on: The comic book The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson
Cast: Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Jessie Usher, Chance Crawford, and Nathan Mitchell
Synopsis: The Boys is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven,” and their formidable Vought backing.
‘When They See Us’ trailer reveals Ava DuVernay’s limited series about the Central Park Five
Netflix has released the full-length trailer for Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us, a four-part limited series which chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape that they did not commit.
Created, directed, and co-written by DuVernay, When They See Us begins in the spring of 1989 and follows the five teens from Harlem—Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise—into adulthood, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.
“On this exact day 30 years ago, a woman was raped in Central Park,” DuVernay wrote in a tweet Friday morning. “Five black + brown boys were framed for her rape. The story you know is the lie that police, prosecutors and Donald Trump told you. When They See Us is the story of the boys from their eyes and their hearts.”
Despite their exoneration by DNA evidence, and a confession from a man separate from the Central Park Five who took credit for the crime, Trump has continued to push a baseless theory that the five men are guilty over the years, most recently during the 2016 presidential election cycle.
The series stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez and Asante Blackk.
Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey from Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Robert De Niro from Tribeca Productions executive produced alongside DuVernay through her Forward Movement banner. Attica Locke, Robin Swicord, and Michael Starrbury also served as writers on the series.
When They See Us will debut in full on Netflix on May 31.