Watch Four New Trailers for Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’

Set to premiere next week, Netflix’s new television series, House of Cards is amping up the anticipation with four new trailers now streaming. The political drama focuses on Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, a ruthless and cunning congressman who takes us through Washington, D.C.’s dark underbelly filled with sex, greed, and corruption. Starring Robin Wright as Underwood’s wife and Kate Mara as a young reporter, the political drama looks sufficiently David Fincher-esque right off the bat—which makes sense as he acts as a producer and director of the pilot and second episode. We saw Wright in his take on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last year, which happened to also star Mara’s youngster sister, Rooney. But the brooding atmosphere and slick dark aesthetic feel right at home for Fincher and perfectly akin to the world he’s portraying. Penned by Beau Willimon of Farrgut North and the film it inspiredThe Ides of March, the show’s proceeding episodes will be directed by James Foley, Carl Franklin, and Joel Schumacher. 

Check out the four trailers here and some character still from the show below.

 

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Evan Rachel Wood Isn’t Doing Bisexuals Any Favors

The ingenue decided to come out as bisexual “to return the favor.”

There aren’t many publicly gay male actors in Hollywood, but there sure are a lot of bisexual women! Particularly young women in their twenties, who are very open about their sexuality to the press. Evan Rachel Wood is not the first actress to express her attraction to both men and women, and it’s interesting to read about her coming out story. There doesn’t seem to be one!

“I’ve been that way since I can remember,” she tells the Daily Mail. “I remember growing up and loving when I knew there was a girl like me who I looked up to. I figured I should return the favor.” Can you imagine all of the poor young bisexual girls who now have a new hero?

Look, it’s not like bisexuality isn’t a thing. But for an actress to “come out” as bisexual, especially when the idea of a young, hot woman being attracted to other young, hot women is a mainstream fantasy, one can’t help but feel a little dubious. Especially since the actress in question has only publicly dated men and is currently reported to be attached to a male actor (in Wood’s case, the actor is Jamie Bell). And making a statement a film premeire (she’s in the new George Clooney flick The Ides of March, did you know?!) seems a bit disingenuous.

Who knows? Evan Rachel Wood might be as bisexual as they come, but we doubt that anyone is picking her as a role model for sexual awareness. She was engaged to Marilyn Manson, after all.

October Movie Reviews: ‘The Ides of March,’ ‘Take Shelter,’ & ‘Martha Mary May Marlene’

The Ides of March If there’s one clear message in George Clooney’s The Ides of March, it’s this: You can lie, you can cheat, hell, you can be a terrible person—just don’t sleep with the intern. Adapted from Beau Willimon’s Broadway play Farragut North, the political thriller tells the story of Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), the ambitious right-hand man of Governor Michael Morris (Clooney), as he tries to get Morris into the White House. Molly Stearns (Evan Rachel Wood), an intern wise beyond her years, manages to be the hairline crack in the glass that eventually shatters, ruining Morris’ shot at victory.

It’s a tale of hubris set in a world where integrity and loyalty should be everything but mean nothing against the forces of money and power. Reminiscent of such ’70s thrillers as The Parallax View, the film paints a dark portrait of contemporary politics with help from its outstanding supporting cast, which includes Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Gamatti, and Marisa Tomei. Scene after scene, the revelations fall like so many punches to the gut. With a directorial resume that includes critical successes like Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night, and Good Luck, Clooney might just have a career to fall back on in case the sexiest man alive thing doesn’t work out. —Hillary Weston

Martha Mary May Marlene Martha Marcy May Marlene will be remembered for its lead actor Elizabeth Olsen’s staggering breakout performance. As a refugee from a religious cult who tries to cleanse herself of the mental toxins injected by the group’s charismatic leader (a reliably unnerving John Hawkes), she doesn’t blanket the film, the way, say, Charlize Theron’s Oscar-winning turn in Monster did. Instead, we get quiet scenes that simmer with anticipation as an uneasy danger flickers just outside the frame. When tensions do flare, they erupt. The story cycles between Martha’s current life at her sister’s (Sarah Paulson) idyllic home in lakefront Connecticut, where she halfheartedly tries to readjust to normal society, and flashbacks to her time spent in the Manson-like cult, all the while instilling in the audience the unsettling sense that these worlds are about to violently collide. Whether or not they do is inconsequential to director Sean Durkin, who isn’t concerned with satisfying audience expectations—only upending them. —Ben Barna

Margin Call First off, it should be noted that viewers not currently in the employ of Goldman Sachs will understand neither the film’s titular trading term, nor the central tension in J.C. Chandor’s directorial debut to which it refers. It’s a testament to the stellar performances by the financial thriller’s male leads—Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Simon Baker, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, and, surprisingly, Penn Badgley—that we’re, well, invested at all. The film takes place over the course of 24 disastrous hours at a prominent investment bank in ruin. Careers are alternately destroyed and born while the firm struggles to sell its shares to the highest bidder—and, later, any bidder. As a slighted business executive, Demi Moore reminds us why she once cornered the market on fear-inducing, ball-busting women on the verge. Whereas Ben Affleck’s The Company Men, an equally harrowing Credit Crunch drama, focused on the fallout of those who’d been laid off, this one takes an uncompromising look at the lengths we’re willing to go to stay out of the red. Business as usual, this is not. —Nick Haramis

Take Shelter The right cast makes all the difference in Jeff Nichols’ sophomore film, Take Shelter. The story follows Curtis LaForche (Oscar nominee Michael Shannon), a family man with a loving wife (Jessica Chastain) and child who starts experiencing a series of apocalyptic visions that plague his waking life. The film unfolds at a novel’s pace, slapping us to attention in the opening sequence before slowly building toward its inevitable climax. Neither pure drama nor thriller, Take Shelter is a psychological study of a man descending into madness, tormented by his own irrational fears. Through a mix of subtlety and sheer power, Shannon’s brilliant performance keeps audiences rapt with questions of what’s real, what’s fantasy, and what fear can do to the mind. —HW

Blackthorn In Blackthorn, Spanish screenwriter and director Mateo Gil takes us on the journey of an unlikely friendship in 1927 Bolivia. After being presumed dead by his pursuers back in 1908, Butch Cassidy (yes, that Butch Cassidy) adopts the alias of James Blackthorn (played by Sam Shepard). Weary of life on the run, he prepares to head back to the States to see his family after a near 30-year absence. An encounter with another criminal on the lam, Eduardo Apodaca (Eduardo Noriega), a ruffian who has absconded with loot from a mine, leads him on one final adventure. All the best western tropes are here: horse chases, gunfights, buxom women, and men who smell of sweat and a saloon. The good guys are a little bit bad, the bad guys are a little bit good, and fate is in the hands of whoever’s quickest to draw. —Lorenna Gomez-Sanchez