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    Sony Lands TV Rights To David Fincher & Kevin Spacey's 'House Of Cards'; Will Air After Netflix Run

    It's remarkable how quickly things change in the media world. Back this spring, Netflix were throwing their weight around, making television studios scared by acquiring the rights to "House Of Cards," the forthcoming series from producers David Fincher and Kevin Spacey (with the latter also starring alongside Robin Wright). The DVD rental and streaming company outbid folks like AMC and HBO for the show, making for the first piece of original content to premiere on the service. Well, in the months that have intervened, Netflix has squandered their position, with an illadvised price hike and a decision to split their streaming and DVD portion of the business in two (which has since been canceled), leading to plummeting stock prices and an exodus of customers. To quote Rick Perry: "Oops." Well, if you're one of the 800,000 customers who have bounced from Netflix and still want to see "House Of Cards," not to worry.

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    Morning Pour: "Hunger Games" Trailer, Why Harry Potter Should Have Died, Michael J. Fox Covers Marty McFly

    Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your ten topics for Monday, November 14, 2011: 

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Don Cheadle Get Frisky In New Full Trailer For "House Of Lies"

    Don Cheadle's new dark comedy TV series for the Showtime network, titled House Of Lies (based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn) stars 

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    Watch: Trailer For Roger Corman Doc 'Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel'

    Corman's World

    Though he's most recently responsible for producing SyFy originals like "Dinoshark" and "Dinocroc vs. Supergator," Roger Corman has a legacy that would make most producers in Hollywood jealous. Not only has he produced more than 300 features (almost all of them profitable) but he's launched the careers of dozens of filmmakers and actors including Peter Bogdanovich, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, John Sayles, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Bruce Dern and William Shatner among many others. He's been making movies for over half a century and looks to have no signs of slowing down with 6 projects currently in active development. (Just try scrolling down his IMDB page without getting exhausted.) He received an honorary Oscar earlier this year but outside of film buffs and horror fans (who will probably remember his Vincent Price-led Edgar Allen Poe adaptations), he's not likely to be mentioned in the same breath with some of his contemporaries.

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    The Queen Hussy Chronicles w/ Pete Chatmon: Issue VI

    It's been a couple of weeks since the last chronicle. Things have been nicely hectic around Double7 as we were finishing a campaign featuring the Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet (awesome car!) and editing Queen Hussy Episode 2, "But, We're Neighbors".

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    Occupy Wall Street: The Movie; Will There Be a Definitive Film of the Movement?

    So far, Occupy Wall Street has inspired a dozen prominent filmmakers, from Haskell Wexler to Jonathan Demme to Jem Cohen, to document the rising protest movement. And a handful of Hollywood and indie films, produced after the rebellion's rise, from "Margin Call" to "Tower Heist," have capitalized on the coincidental timeliness of their stories. But is there a definitive #OWS movie out there? And what would it look like?

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    Russell Brand To Lead 'The President Stole My Girlfriend'

    This isn't scientific or anything, and evidence still needs to gathered to turn this theory into a fact, but as Russell Brand's hair has become far less wild and as he's settled into a domestic life with his improbable wife Katy Perry, the man has gotten distinctly less funny. The witty, energetic comedian fell hard into the man-child stereotype with "Arthur," a movie that bizarrely took him away from the exact style of comedy that made him noteworthy. And now, it looks like yet again, Brand is ready to go Hollywood even if it means making him a completely anonymous comic actor.

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    L.A. Rebellion: Creating A New Black Cinema - Shorts Program Reviews (Works By Julie Dash, Gay Abel-Bey, Larry Clark)

    The shorts program this weekend offered a chance to see early work by major names in the L.A. Rebellion and works by some lesser known filmmakers.

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    'Robot Chicken' Helmer Chris McKay To Co-Direct 'Lego' With Phil Lord & Chris Miller; 2014 Release Pegged

    The various movies in development based on childhood toys and board games, probably the most serious symptom of the creative bankruptcy facing most studios, have, thankfully, yet to come to pass for the most part. McG's "Ouija" had the plug pulled on it, Ridley Scott's "Monopoly" remains stranded in development hell, and films based on the likes of "View-Master" and "Candyland," while threatened, have never made it into production.

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    Ricky Gervais Talks About Globes, Johnny Depp, His New HBO Series

    Ricky Gevais was interviewed at the 92nd St Y in New York last night by my old New York Times friend and media reporter Bill Carter, and in 90 minutes  - which seemed like a blip of time – their sharp conversation covered everything from whether Gevais will be back as host of the Golden Globes, the difference between British and American comedy, and his new HBO series, “Life’s Too Short” (on now in the UK, coming to HBO in February).  Gervais sipped a glass of beer during the chat, and close-up, his uniform black pants looked like tuxedo pants worn with a black T-shirt (more stylish than you thought, isn’t he?)

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