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House of Cards to resume production with Robin Wright as lead

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The sixth, and final, season will consist of just eight episodes and focus on Robin Wrights character after Kevin Spacey was fired over sexual misconduct allegations

The final season of House of Cards will resume production in 2018 without actor Kevin Spacey.

The star had been filming episodes for the sixth season of the Netflix drama but CEO Ted Sarandos has now revealed that as well as firing the actor, the final episodes will be refocused to center on co-star Robin Wright.

We are excited to bring closure to fans, Sarandos said during a conference on Monday, revealing that the 2,000 people who work on the show will get to return to work next year. The final season will be shorter, with just eight episodes. Details of the plot have yet to be released.

Its also been rumored that Netflix is seeking to launch a House of Cards spin-off, eager to extend the franchise of their flagship show.

Spacey was fired after allegations of sexual misconduct on the set of the show and off. The streaming giant similarly decided not to move forward with a film starring Spacey as Gore Vidal.

The actor was also replaced by Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scotts drama All the Money in the World, leading to last-minute reshoots before the films release on 22 December.

Netflix is projected to spend between $7-8bn on original content in 2018. Sarandos revealed that the company will aim to increase animated movies and foreign language productions. Weve been careful to not become a one-brand network. he said at the UBS conference. The way to do that is having a lot of variety, and executing in multiple genres at a high level.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/dec/04/house-of-cards-to-resume-production-for-final-season-without-kevin-spacey

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Is Netflix the new king of stand-up comedy?

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(CNN)For fans of stand-up comedy, this decade has been a dream come true.

“That’s because more stand-up is available to watch now than there has been in years. It’s largely due to Netflix, which has poured millions into expanding its library of stand-up specials.
While longtime stalwarts such as HBO and Comedy Central have dialed back their investments in stand-up, Netflix has opened up its checkbook.
Netflix has largely gone unchallenged on the streaming front, but that battle will soon reach a fever pitch. HBO is being pressured to expand its library to compete against Netflix (CNN and HBO are both owned by WarnerMedia), Amazon Studios is growing and investing more into original programming and, arguably the biggest threat of all, Disney’s streaming service is set to launch next year.
Continuing to build up an arsenal of original content to separate themselves from the competition could be the key to winning the war.
Netflix has made a bold choice to double down on stand-up. While the company was founded in 1997, it didn’t start producing original content until 2012. Meanwhile, the legacy video giants that it has challenged in the stand-up space have been producing specials for decades.
It may be a big bet for Netflix, but it’s a proven strategy.
“If you look at the history of relatively new channels, they often go early into stand-up,” says Jason Zinoman, comedy critic for The New York Times. “HBO invested in stand-up early in the ’70s. Stand-up is cheap, and you can get a huge amount of attention for something that only requires a microphone stand and one employee.”
Another reason to focus on stand-up, says Jonas Larsen, executive vice president and co-head of talent and development for Comedy Central, is star power.
“On one hand, to be able to put Jerry Seinfeld or Chris Rock on a billboard and a bus and have the Netflix logo next to it, it drives subscribers so it makes sense,” says Larsen. “It’s almost like marketing dollars that they’re paying for content because it’s marketing their brand. So maybe it makes sense for them to spend that kind of money to get the press.”
More important than adding subscribers is retaining them.
Over the years, Netflix has gathered……………..”

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/13/entertainment/netflix-standup-comedy-central-hbo-chappelle-rock/index.html

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Nappily Ever After – Official Netflix Trailer

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Violet Jones has a seemingly flawless life – a great job, a handsome doctor boyfriend, and a meticulously maintained perfect coiffure. But after an accident at the hair-dresser, each of these things start to unravel, and Violet begins to realize that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one that she really wanted.
Starring Sanaa Lathan, Ricky Whittle, Lyriq Bent with Ernie Hudson and Lynn Whitfield.
Nappily Ever After premieres September 21st only on Netflix.

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Netflix ‘Maniac’ trailer gets weird with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone

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Jonah Hill and Emma Stone played high school sweethearts more than a decade ago in Greg Mottola’s 2007 comedy, Superbad. Now they’re reuniting on screen for the first time since then in a new Netflix limited series from Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga.

In Maniac, Hill and Stone star as Owen Milgrim and Annie Landsberg, respectively. The two choose to participate in some kind of mysterious pharmaceutical trial for a drug that purports to fix any troubles of the mind.

The 10-episode story is based on a Norwegian TV series of the same name, and it comes to Netflix on Sept. 21. This trailer doesn’t reveal much, but it definitely sets a mood.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/29/netflix-maniac-trailer-tca/

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