Posted: March 05, 2018
By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
After a scandal and a delay, the final season of “House of Cards” will soon be hitting our televisions.
The first teaser trailer from Netflix was released during the Oscars broadcast Sunday night, Entertainment Weekly reported.
We're just getting started. pic.twitter.com/h2XafRynew— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) March 5, 2018
The advertisement ends with Robin Wright behind the desk in the Oval Office left vacant by Kevin Spacey.
Spacey was fired from the series after he was accused of sexual misconduct by actor Anthony Rapp and others, E News reported. Production on the series had been suspended as creators reworked the show without Spacey’s Frank Underwood.
Netflix had said it would not produce the show if Spacey continued as part of the cast.
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of “House of Cards” that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show,” Netflix said in a statement last year. It also canceled the planned film “Gore,” in which Spacey starred and also produced, E News reported.
Filming resumed in January.
A premiere date hasn’t been released, but it is expected to air this fall, Entertainment Weekly reported.
This year, Wright is joined in the sixth and final season by Michael Kelly, Diane Lane, Greg Kinnear and Constance Zimmer.
Kevin Spacey issued a controversial apology late Sunday to actor Anthony Rapp, who accused Spacey of sexual misconduct toward him in 1986, when Rapp, now 46, was 14.
"I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I'm beyond horrified to hear his story," Spacey tweeted in response to Rapp's allegation to BuzzFeed that Spacey invited the then-teenager to a party at his apartment, “picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed and climbed on top of him.”
"I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago," Spacey, now 58, said in the statement. "But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years."
Spacey continued: "This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior."
Spacey’s statement combining the apology with coming out was widely condemned on social media.
"Coming out is a beautiful part of being gay," journalist and author Mark Harris tweeted. "Attaching it to this vileness is so wrong."
Dan Savage, Rose McGowan and other celebrities also slammed Spacey's statement.
Rapp tweeted the following in response to the BuzzFeed article:
"I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me. Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time."
Actor Anthony Rapp has accused fellow actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct toward him in 1986, when Rapp was 14 years old and Spacey was 26.
The allegations, published in BuzzFeed late Sunday, detail the encounter at a party inside Spacey’s Manhattan apartment.
Rapp told BuzzFeed Spacey “picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed and climbed on top of him.”
Spacey, now 58, issued a controversial apology late Sunday, tweeting he didn’t remember the encounter, but owed him “the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”
Spacey, whose “sexual orientation has been a matter of public fascination and speculation for decades,” BuzzFeed reported, also used the statement to come out as a gay man and was slammed by many for doing so.
1. He was born in Illinois
Rapp was born on Oct. 26, 1971, to Mary Lee and Douglas Rapp, and has an older brother, Adam.
He grew up in Joliet, Illinois, and was raised by his mother, a nurse, after his parents’ divorce.
In 1997, Rapp’s mother died of cancer at age 55.
2. He started his career at the age of six
Rapp’s first Broadway performance was in 1981 (age 9) for the musical, “The Little Prince and the Aviator,” based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's novel, “The Little Prince.”
3. He’s best known for his role in the popular Broadway musical, “Rent.”
Rapp played the character Mark Cohen in the off-Broadway and original Broadway casts of Jonathan Larson’s musical, “Rent.”
The film adaptation of “Rent” was released in 2005.
According to IMDb, his character of Mark Cohen is the revised version of the character Marcello in the opera “La Bohème.”
4. He’s a huge fan of R.E.M. and has his own rock band
For his “Rent” audition, Rapp even sang the ever-popular REM song, “Losing My Religion.”
Rapp also heads a rock band named AlbinoKid, which, he told the New York Daily News in 2008, has covered original tunes along with “Rent” songs and covers from R.E.M. and Radiohead.
“I personally don't gravitate to more traditional musical theater,” Rapp said. “I love theater that is a little more adventurous. I always say getting involved with 'Rent' was the fulfillment of two big fantasies: I got to star in a show on Broadway, but I also got to be in a rock band in a way. And when ['Rent'] was over, I really missed the rock band part. So, I made one of my own.”
5. He plays Lt. Stamets on “Star Trek: Discovery”
Lt. Stamets, an anastromycologist (fungus expert) is the first openly gay character in the franchise’s 51-year history.
6. He identifies as queer
Though Rapp was referred to as “one of the first openly gay men on Broadway” in 2012 by periodical Metro Weekly, Rapp told Oasis Magazine in 1997 that he’s never labeled himself except to say that he’s queer.
“The thing that’s been most important to me to be out about is that I have been in loving relationships with men ... I haven’t said ‘I am gay.’ Because the truth is that I’ve also been in love with women, although the truth is I do think I’m primarily homosexual,” he said.
The multi-faceted term “queer” is often used to encompass any identity that isn’t straight or cisgender.
“Historically, queer has been used as an epithet/slur against people whose gender, gender expression and/or sexuality do not conform to dominant expectations,” according to the University of California-Davis’ LGBTQIA resource center. “Some people have reclaimed the word queer and self identify as such. For some, this reclamation is a celebration of not fitting into norms/being ‘abnormal.’”
7. Rapp also had notable acting or performing roles in:
“House of Cards” is ending with its upcoming sixth season.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the end of the series had been in the works during the summer. Deadline reported that Netflix and production company Media Rights Capital were leaning toward ending the show, but cast and crew were made aware of the news with calls Monday morning.
The news comes after an allegation that Kevin Spacey, one of the stars of the Netflix show, made a sexual advance on 46-year-old actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14.
The Netflix drama, which stars Spacey and Robin Wright as ambitious Washington political couple Frank and Claire Underwood, will end in 2018 with 13 episodes.
Spacey, an executive producer on the show, responded to Rapp’s allegations -- which were reported by BuzzFeed News -- with a statement, in which he said he doesn’t remember the encounter and apologized for “what would have been deeply inappropriate, drunken behavior.”
At the end of his statement, Spacey came out as gay, which was heavily criticized by GLAAD and number of actors in the LGBT community who said the statement conflated homosexuality with his alleged actions.
BuzzFeed News said it contacted Spacey’s reps multiple times for comment on the report, but did not hear back from his team.
Beau Willimon, creator of the show, exited last year. In response to the allegations, Willimon said Rapp’s story is “deeply troubling.”
“During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on House of Cards, I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off,” Willimon said. “That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage.”
Deadline reported that Netflix and Media Rights Capital issued a joint statement in response to the allegations against Spacey:“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”
Following “Rent” star Anthony Rapp’s allegations that actor Kevin Spacey made sexual advances toward him when he was just 14 years old, a clip from a 12-year-old episode of Seth MacFarlane’s animated sitcom “Family Guy” is making the rounds on social media.
Rapp’s allegations caused Spacey to apologize for the incident, despite claiming to not remember it. He also used the same statement to officially come out as gay.
Now,a brief gag from a Season 4 episode that initially aired back in 2005 and involves a naked Stewie Griffin running around and yelling that he’s just escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement, is making the rounds on social media.
It wasn’t the first time MacFarlane hinted at a yet-to-be-revealed secret. In the wake of the allegations of harassment and sexual assault against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, a clip from the 2013 Oscar nominations announcement ceremony -- which MacFarlane hosted -- went viral.
The audience awkwardly chuckled when MacFarlane jokingly congratulated the nominees because they “no longer have to pretend to be attracted” to Weinstein.
After his Weinstein gag resurfaced, MacFarlane explained on Twitter that the dig came “from a place of loathing and anger.”
Following an allegation that Kevin Spacey made a sexual advance on actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14 years old, Netflix has suspended production of “House of Cards,” according to CNBC.
Rapp made the allegation in an interview with BuzzFeed News that was published Sunday.
“MRC (Media Rights Capital) and Netflix have decided to suspend production on ‘House of Cards’ season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew,” Netflix and production company Media Rights Capital said in a joint statement Tuesday.
In the wake of the report, Spacey issued a statement in which he said he didn’t remember the incident, which, according to Rapp, happened when Spacey was 26 and he was 14.
“I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate, drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years,” Spacey said in a statement early Monday. Spacey also came out as gay in the statement, which was criticized by many as an attempt to deflect from the allegation.
Netflix and MRC announced Monday that “House of Cards” would end with season six in 2018. Discussions about the end of the series were reportedly in the works since the summer, before Rapp’s allegation.
Kevin Spacey is seeking treatment following allegations of inappropriate sexual advances made by several young male actors with whom he previously worked.
“Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment. No other information is available at this time,” the statement read.
The news comes just days after “RENT” actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making sexual advances toward him when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26 in 1986.
Rapp alleged that Spacey invited him to his apartment and when they were alone, Spacey “picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me.”
Spacey later apologized for the incident in a statement on Twitter.
According to PEOPLE, another actor, Roberto Cavazos, made similar allegations against Spacey and said that this alleged inappropriate behavior was “common” practice while he was the artistic director at The Old Vic Theatre.
“I myself had a couple of unpleasant encounters with Spacey that were on the edge of being considered assault,” Cavazos reportedly wrote in Spanish on Facebook. “In fact, if I was a woman, I probably wouldn’t have doubted in identifying them as such, but I guess the lack of a direct or aggressive action led me to justify the incident as ‘one of those things.’ ”
He continued, “I can’t recall how many people told me the same story: Spacey would ask them to meet to ‘talk about their career.’ When they got to the theater, he had a beautifully lit picnic ready on stage with champagne. Each story varies in how far the picnic went, but the pattern was the same. It was more common to find Spacey at the bar of his theater, cornering whoever caught his attention.”
A spokesperson for the theater said that there were “no complaints made against him” during his 12-year run.
USA Today reports that another accuser, filmmaker Tony Montana, said a drunken Spacey approached him in a Los Angeles bar in 2003 and allegedly groped his genitals saying, “This designates ownership.”
“He grabbed my whole package, he grabbed me hard; no one had ever done that to me,” Montana alleged.
Production on Spacey’s Netflix series has since been suspended.
Just after several other male actors stepped forward with allegations of sexual harassment by Kevin Spacey when they were young, eight “House of Cards” employees have accused him of sexual harassment and assault on set.
A former production assistant on the show recounted to CNN a time when he had picked up Spacey from an offsite location and was driving him back to set. When they had almost returned, Spacey allegedly put his hand down the production assistant’s pants without his permission, the production assistant said. Once on set, he also helped the actor take his belongings to his trailer, where he said Spacey cornered him and touched him again. When the production assistant said, “I don’t think I’m comfortable with this,” he said Spacey became “visibly flustered” and left work for the rest of the day.
A different crew member who worked on “House of Cards” for six seasons additionally alleged that Spacey would repeatedly harass him and would “put his hands on [him] in weird ways.”
“He would come in and massage my shoulders from behind, or put his hands around me, or touch my stomach sometimes in weird ways that in normal, everyday conversation would not be appropriate,” he said, according to CNN.
Neither the production assistant nor the crew member reported Spacey’s behavior to the police or to managers on the show out of fear for their jobs, they said.
“I was in a state of shock. He was a man in a very powerful position on the show, and I was someone very low on the totem pole and on the food chain there,” the production assistant said, according to CNN. “I have no doubt that this type of predatory behavior was routine for him and that my experience was one of many and that Kevin had few, if any, qualms about exploiting his status and position. It was a toxic environment for young men who had to interact with him at all in the crew, cast, background actors.”
“That’s the worst part about this whole thing,” the crew member said, adding that he didn’t feel comfortable asking Spacey to stop. “I would love to be able to speak out about this kind of stuff and not fear.”
A former camera assistant claims to have witnessed Spacey’s alleged conduct and said that “everybody saw” his inappropriate touching, adding, “All the crew members commented on his behavior. What gets me is we have to sign sexual harassment paperwork before the start of the show, and apparently (Kevin Spacey) doesn’t have to do anything and he gets away scot-free with this behavior.”
Netflix, which suspended production amid the allegations, responded to the new accusations in a statement:Netflix was just made aware of one incident, five years ago, that we were informed was resolved swiftly. On Tuesday, in collaboration with MRC, we suspended production, knowing that Kevin Spacey wasn’t scheduled to work until Wednesday. Netflix is not aware of any other incidents involving Kevin Spacey on-set. We continue to collaborate with MRC and other production partners to maintain a safe and respectful working environment. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the production, and have nothing further to share at this time.
“House of Cards” production company Media Rights Company also issued a response:We are deeply troubled to learn about these new allegations that are being made to the press concerning Kevin Spacey’s interaction with members of the crew of ‘House of Cards.’ As the producer of the show, creating and maintaining a safe working environment for our cast and crew has always been our top priority. We have consistently reinforced the importance of employees reporting any incident without fear of retaliation and we have investigated and taken appropriate actions following any complaints. For example, during our first year of production in 2012, someone on the crew shared a complaint about a specific remark and gesture made by Kevin Spacey. Immediate action was taken following our review of the situation and we are confident the issue was resolved promptly to the satisfaction of all involved. Mr. Spacey willingly participated in a training process and since that time MRC has not been made aware of any other complaints involving Mr. Spacey.
Netflix has issued a statement saying it is cutting ties with Kevin Spacey following multiple accusations of sexual harassment against him.
BuzzFeed News reported that the streaming giant said it will not be involved with “House of Cards” if Spacey remains involved. Spacey is a lead in the show and an executive producer.
The company also said it will not be releasing “Gore,” a movie starring Spacey.
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show. We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film ‘Gore,’ which was in post-production, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey.”
Media Rights Capital, or MRC, the production company behind “House of Cards,” issued a statement soon after Netflix. The statement confirmed Spacey had been suspended from the series.“While we continue the ongoing investigation into the serious allegations concerning Kevin Spacey’s behavior on the set of ‘House of Cards,’ he has been suspended, effective immediately. MRC, in partnership with Netflix, will continue to evaluate a creative path forward for the program during the hiatus.”
The statement comes after Anthony Rapp, a 46-year-old actor, told BuzzFeed News Spacey made a sexual advance on him when he was 14 years old and Spacey was 26.
Spacey issued a statement after the story was published, saying in part, “I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.” He also came out as gay in the statement, which was criticized by many as an attempt to distract from Rapp’s allegation against him.
Shortly after Rapp’s interview was published, Netflix and MRC announced production on the sixth and final season of the show would halt until further notice. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sixth season was in talks to be the final in the series since the summer.
Two episodes of season six have reportedly already been shot.
Since then, eight people who have worked on “House of Cards” have made claims that Spacey sexually harassed them. Three others -- a journalist, a 16-year-old boy interested in acting and a military adviser who worked on set on one of Spacey’s movies have come forward in a Friday BuzzFeed News report to allege sexual abuse.
An earlier report from THR said Spacey will likely be written out of the final season. Spacey plays Frank Underwood, an ambitious politician in Washington.
“They shut it down to figure out how to write him out,” an unnamed source told THR. Netflix declined to comment on the report.
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday night that Spacey’s long time publicist, Staci Wolfe, and talent agency CAA have split with the actor. Before cutting ties with Spacey, Wolfe issued the following statement on Spacey’s behalf on Wednesday: “Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment. No other information is available at this time.”
Kevin Spacey continues to have career fallout after multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
Deadline reported Thursday that the actor’s scenes have been cut from the J. Paul Getty biopic “All the Money in the World.” The film’s director, Ridley Scott, along with Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas have removed Spacey’s scenes from the already finished movie.
Christopher Plummer will replace Spacey in the role of Getty. The movie, about the 1973 kidnapping of Getty’s 16-year-old grandson John Paul Getty III, is still set for a Dec. 22 release.
Plummer will reshoot all scenes in which Spacey appeared. The decision is supported by Sony Pictures and the cast and crew of the film. Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, who also have roles in the movie, will be reshooting scenes with Plummer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, how the reshoots will happen -- whether with assistance from visual effects or not -- is not clear.
Spacey getting cut comes after actor Anthony Rapp accused the actor of making a sexual advance on him when he was 14 years old and Spacey was 26. Eight employees on Netflix’s “House of Cards” -- in which Spacey was a lead actor and executive producer -- accused Spacey of predatory conduct. Spacey has since been suspended from the show. Netflix has also scrapped plans to release a Gore Vidal biopic starring and produced by Spacey.
In one of the latest accusations against the actor, former TV anchor Heather Unruh said Spacey sexually assaulted her 18-year-old son last year.
The recast is going to have impact beyond the film, however. Marketing materials, such as film posters and other memorabilia, will need to be redone as well.
The final season of Netflix's show “House of Cards” is set for a 2018 release without Kevin Spacey.
Indie Wire reported that the six season will end with focus solely on Robin Wright's character, Claire Underwood, according to Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
“We were really excited we could get to an agreement,” Sarandos said Monday at UBS’s Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, according to Variety.
Sarandos added that the season will provide closure for fans.
Spacey was removed from the show and production in October, when allegations emerged that he made a sexual advance on actor Anthony Rapp in 1986, when Rapp was 14.
Shortly after, in November, eight “House of Cards” employees accused Spacey of “predatory” conduct on set.
The final season, which will have eight episodes, was planned before the bombshell allegations against Spacey. Past seasons have had 13 episodes.
Production on “House of Cards” remains suspended through the end of the year.
A London theater is reportedly looking into numerous allegations of "inappropriate behavior" against actor Kevin Spacey.
According to The Associated Press, the Old Vic theater said Thursday that the 20 alleged incidents took place from 1995 to 2013. Spacey, 58, was artistic director there from 2004 to 2015.
The theater, which said the allegations followed an investigation into Spacey's behavior that began last month, said it "truly apologizes for not creating an environment or culture where people felt able to speak freely," the BBC reported.
The news is the latest in a string of allegations of sexual misconduct against the actor, starting with a claim by "Rent" star Anthony Rapp that Spacey made a sexual advance toward him when Rapp was just 14. Spacey issued a controversial apology on Twitter, claiming he did not remember the incident if it had occurred. He publicly came out as gay in the same statement, sparking criticism that he was trying to tie being gay to predatory behavior.
Spacey was dropped from "House of Cards," his talent agency and publicist soon after the allegations surfaced, the AP reported.
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