Last night I attended a screening of the first two episodes of House of Cards, followed by a conversation with David Fincher. I had already watched the entire series on Netflix, but it was great to see the show on a huge screen. Unlike other shows I’ve seen in special theater broadcasts, House of Cards felt more like a movie in the large format. Elvis Mitchell hosted the conversation at LACMA as part of Film Independent. While I usually like Mitchell’s Q & A’s, this one was a bit subpar as Mitchell tried to focus on his interpretations of characters and moments in the series, and Fincher wasn’t willing to consider those ideas as his own. But I did learn 11 interesting tidbits about Fincher and the series. Read them now after the jump.

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Dave, Devindra, and DC Pierson discuss the awesomeness of The Americans, praise the polarizing Stoker, try to get you to watch Enlightened, and get confused about Channing Tatum’s involvement with our FilmAid fundraiser. Check out DC Pierson’s new book, Crap Kingdom. Be sure to check out DC’s newest stand-up set.

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The pilot casting blitz isn’t over yet. Also after the jump:

  • Kristen Wiig‘s Arrested Development role revealed
  • Yeah, NBC is probably going to cancel Up All Night
  • HBO decides not to go with James Gandolfini‘s pilot
  • HBO’s cancelled drama Luck finds new life as a blog
  • Survey says House of Cards is a success for Netflix
  • Nerdist’s Celebrity Bowling could head to AMC
  • Judd Apatow‘s Simpsons script is getting a rewrite
  • Watch the full-length trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel

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/Filmcast Ep. 219 – A Good Day to Die Hard

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Dave, Peter, Adam, and Devindra continue their discussion of House of Cards, praise the brilliance of Black Mirror, and discuss why John McClane is an allegory for American foreign policy. Be sure to read up on Making a Trailer First and a Movie Second, and A Die Hard’s Guide to Die Hard. Also, be sure to donate to our FilmAid fundraiser today!

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It’s pilot casting season! And as such, Rupert Grint, JK Simmons, Dylan McDermott, Billy Campbell, Jennifer Beals, and tons more have found new homes on the small screen. Also after the jump:

  • Peter Sarsgaard has joined AMC’s The Killing
  • Dexter Season 8 adds a Walking Dead alum
  • Ridley Scott is bringing The Terror to AMC
  • The About a Boy duo will tackle Neal Stephenson
  • FX is moving ahead with Diane Kruger‘s The Bridge
  • Up All Night will shoot just one multi-cam episode
  • ABC shifts Happy Endings to the Friday death slot
  • House of Cards is Netflix’s most-watched program
  • Comcast buys the other 49% of NBCUniversal
  • The first episode of The CW’s Cult hits the web
  • Jason Blum‘s Paranormal-esque reality show gets a trailer

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/Filmcast Ep. 217 – Warm Bodies

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Dave, Adam, and Devindra discuss how House of Cards upends traditional television models, praise the underappreciated Boardwalk Empire, and get disappointed by Hotel Transylvania.

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At the end of last week I got into a twitter debate with producer Dana Brunetti (The Social Network, 21, Fifty Shades of Grey). Dana, executive producer on the new David Fincher-produced/directed tv series House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey, began tweeting about how he didn’t understand how some people didn’t get Netflix’s decision to release the entire season onto their streaming service all at once.

I understand it, and I get why Netflix thinks this is the way things should be. Netflix has ton of television programing available, and their users binge watch seasons in the matter of days. They have the stats to prove this. Why change whats been working for them? Why not challenge the status quo of releasing an episode a week with an original series?

I’m all about challenging the way things are done… but does it make sense?

So I responded to Dana and our back and fourth debate has now been chronicled by Mentorless and other sites. I thought it might be worth exploring further in a format that allowed me more than 140 characters.

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Netflix has a lot invested in House of Cards, the political drama starring Kevin Spacey. The show which marks the company’s first major foray into original programming. Though they’ve already done some original shows (such as the co-production Lillyhammer), the rental and streaming company spent millions and millions on this remake of a BBC miniseries, outbidding several cable channels and networks. Today, House of Cards finally hits the service with all 13 episodes available for your viewing pleasure.

Netflix has so much invested, in fact, they’ve made the pilot episode available to everyone for free — subscriber or not. The hope is to suck you in with the David Fincher-directed episode, so you’ll subscribe to the service to see the rest of the episodes.

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