In the final season of Netflix’s House of Cards, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) will have many challenges ahead as the first female president in the world of the political thriller. And one of them is the ghost of her late husband, Frank Underwood. The character, formerly played by Kevin Spacey, was written out of the show after the actor/ executive producer was fired following sexual assault allegations. Production on the forthcoming sixth and final season of the Netflix drama was shut down so the story could be reworked to send Frank six feet under. Ahead of its Nov. 2 return, Netflix has already confirmed that Frank is indeed dead (following the events of the book on which the series is based). The political drama will not waste any time in revealing Frank’s fate. “We didn’t want to be coy about it and we didn’t want to run away from it,” co-showrunner Melissa James Gibson explained Wednesday during The Hollywood Reporter‘s TV Talks series at New York’s 92nd Street Y, where she was joined by executive producer Frank Pugliese and stars Robin Wright and Michael Kelly for a discussion after a screening of the season six premiere. Read more about what the team had to say here.
In Netflix’s upcoming holiday family film The Christmas Chronicles, Kurt Russell’s Kris Kringle isn’t the typical Santa Claus. The pic, produced by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), stars Judah Lewis (The Babysitter) and Darby Camp (Big Little Lies) as siblings Teddy and Kate Pierce. Their plan to catch Santa on camera goes awry when he crashes his sleigh in Chicago, leading them to team up with St. Nick and his elves to save Christmas. Russell’s fit, tough-guy Santa is nothing like previous portrayals of Kris Kringle, however. “You don’t look like Santa Claus,” Teddy tells him as the two stare at a traditional artist rendering of Father Christmas on a billboard across the street.“Well, billboards add 80 pounds,” Santa quips back. The film, which was helmed by The Angry Birds Movie director Clay Kaytis, is a co-production between Columbus’ 1492 Pictures, Madhouse Entertainment and Wonder Worldwide. The Christmas Chronicles will be streaming on Netflix, November 22 .
A new House of Cards teaser is clear about the fate of Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood. In the preview clip of the sixth and final season, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) visits her husband’s grave and says coldly, “I’ll tell you this though, Francis. When they bury me, it won’t be in my backyard. And when they pay their respects, they’ll have to wait in line.” The camera then cuts to a shot of Frank’s tombstone which sits next to his father’s grave in South Carolina. Claire ended Season 5 as President, and will have a chance to cement her legacy in the sixth and final season of the political drama series. In a recent interview with Net-A-Porter, Wright said the series came “very, very close” to cancellation after Spacey was fired following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. It was great to be working with the post production team for yet another season and can’t wait to check out the new season! House of Cards Season 6 premieres November 2 on Netflix. Check out the teaser below!
Netflix has slotted November 2, just four days ahead of the midterm elections, for the premiere of the sixth and final season of House of Cards. The internet TV network also released key art which is clearly an homage to Season 1 (see below), featuring Robin Wright seated as the U.S. President, as Kevin Spacey was in the first season. The rebooted eight-episode final go-round of Netflix’s flagship drama will be led by Wright as the U.S. President following the exit of Spacey who was let go over sexual misconduct violations. She’ll be joined by major new cast additions Diane Lane, Greg Kinnear and Cody Fern. They join fellow returning HoC cast members Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Patricia Clarkson, Constance Zimmer, Derek Cecil, Campbell Scott and Boris McGiver.The abbreviated sixth season will “bring closure of the show for fans” and bring back to work some 2,000 people in the Baltimore area whose livelihoods depend on the show, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in December. Production on Season 6 was suspended after the first allegations against Spacey surfaced in late October. We are so grateful to have worked with HOC post production for multiple seasons and are so happy for the show’s success!
Key art Season 6 below on left, and Season 1 on right.
Netflix has renewed Justin Simien’s Dear White People for a third season, the streamer announced Thursday. The series, which deals with issues of race, class and sexuality in a college campus setting (the fictional Winchester University), will return for 10 more episodes on the streamer next year. The renewal announcement came in the form of a social asset from the show’s narrator Giancarlo Esposito, who was also revealed to be an important member of the Order of X, the university’s secret society, in the second season finale. Playing with the idea of how information gets passed around online, a topic dealt with heavily in the show’s second season take on fake news and the alt-right, the renewal announcement was designed like a video message. We are so lucky to be working with the post production team again! Check out the message below!
They have second season single-camera comedies that often lean more on heart than humor (including both tackling the emotional topic of abortion), coincidentally they happen to live in the same small pocket of Los Angeles, they share the same streaming home (Netflix) and they happen to be huge fans of each others’ work. When GLOW creators and executive producers Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch and Dear White People’s creator and executive producer Justin Simien sat down at Variety, they had a lot of praise for each other and one key request — “No spoilers.”Although Simien’s sophomore offering launched in May, he had yet to see Flahive and Mensch’s, as “GLOW” isn’t due to return until the end of June. It is their first season, which dropped last June and scored some key SAG noms and a Golden Globe nom for leading lady Alison Brie, that is Emmy-eligible this year. The producers discuss how real life politics have influenced their seasons, why the look of their shows is just as important as the tone, and what they learned from their first successful seasons that they took to heart for their second. We are so lucky here at EPS-Cineworks to be working with both of these awesome shows! Read more here!
We’re getting a look at Season 2 of Netflix’s GLOW. The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling tackle some tough issues in the second go-round, including racism, sexism and a #MeToo moment, along with the threat of cancellation for their show-within-a-show. “I say we do whatever the hell we want to do,” says Sam (Marc Maron), when the show is threatened with the ax. “Set the weirdos free and see what happens.” Meanwhile, Ruth (Alison Brie) and Debbie (Betty Gilpin) confront linger issues at the heart of their friendship and Sam is still Sam, but now he has a teenage daughter living with him and twenty episodes to churn out. The 1980s-set dramedy returns June 29 on Netflix. Check out the trailer below!
During this year’s Variety “Actors on Actors,” presented by Shutterstock, the two actresses sat down to discuss how they’ve seen the entertainment industry change recently, partly due to the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, and where there is still room for improvement. Brie, who stars on Netflix’s female wrestling hit Glow, said the culture on her show is something she’s never experienced before, with female showrunners, directors, and other women behind the scenes. “The first thing that they told everyone is ‘We want you to be able to do your own wrestling. It’s very important to the show, we want you guys to be able to do your own moves, but we don’t want you to change your bodies. We want all different body types represented on this show, we cast you, we like you for who you are,’” Brie explained. “It really was a different way of thinking about my body as a woman in this industry, coming from years of thinking ‘I have to be really skinny to get a part, I have to be really sexually appealing for men to want to cast me,’ and this felt much more geared toward strength, and it really changed the way I was working out and I was training.”
Check out the full interview below!
Netflix has unlocked a premiere date for the sixth season of Orange Is the New Black, the women’s-prison dramedy starring Taylor Schilling. The new episodes — taglined “Bye bye, Litchfield — it’s a whole new world!” Season 5 took place in real time over the course of three riot-filled days at Litchfield and ended with a number of the inmates awaiting their fate as officers in full battle gear confront them. Netflix signed series creator Jenji Kohan to an exclusive multi-year deal in November. She also created the streamer’s 1980s-set female pro wrestling series GLOW, which we have the pleasure of working on with the post production team as well. Last year’s Season 5 got off to an inauspicious start as a hacker stole new episodes ahead of their launch and demanded a ransom from Netflix. Calling himself “The Dark Lord,” the hack claimed to have uploaded as many as 10 episodes to the Internet. OITNB will go live on the streamer on Friday, July 27. Check out the teaser trailer below!
Irwin Allen’s original 1960s sci-fi series Lost in Space gave the world its first space family as well as pop culture phrases like, “Danger, Will Robinson.” The property remained dormant until the 1990s when a film franchise was attempted, but never achieved liftoff. Now the Robinsons are back 20 years later and exploring the strange new territory of digital streaming. Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot opens in the middle of an outer space disaster, which causes the Robinson family’s spacecraft to crash-land on an unknown planet similar to Earth. The pilot, aptly named “Impact,” was written by the show’s producers, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. In the episode, viewers learn that the Robinson family is one of many that passed difficult training in order to take part in a vital space colonization mission. The massive global effort is in response to an unknown object’s impact with the Earth, which has made the planet inhospitable. Showrunner Zack Estrin (Prison Break, The Whispers, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) was looking forward to a nice vacation when he received the Lost in Space script. “I had done so many shows in a row, but this script was too good not to develop. I have two kids, ages 14 and 11, and they haven’t been able to watch anything I’ve done. When I pitched them this show, they basically signed the contract for me.” We had the honor of working with the post production team here at EPS and we wish big success on the series! Lost in Space is streaming now on Netflix. Read more about behind the scenes here.