Kevin Spacey’s baggage isn’t going to kill “House of Cards” just yet.
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Actor Kevin Spacey is confronting a growing dogpile of sexual assault and harassment allegations, with some of the newest ones coming from the Maryland-based set of the show that recently catapulted Spacey back into stardom.
Kevin Spacey’s past is haunting Frank Underwood’s future, spurring Netflix to indefinitely suspend production for season six of the political thriller series “House of Cards” here in Maryland.
Actor Kevin Spacey’s manager, not Spacey himself, was the buyer of a high-priced Inner Harbor pier home that sold earlier this year.
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Actor Kevin Spacey has been identified as the mystery buyer of the $5.65 million Pier Home at Harborview that sold earlier this year, according to local real estate agents and others familiar with the transaction.
A neglected corner of Routes 136 and 22 in Churchville was dressed up to serve as a House of Cards set on Monday.
When House of Cards producers sent a letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch demanding an unspecified increase in tax incentives to keep the Netflix series filming in Maryland, it caused a minor tumult. The state Senate generally favored appeasement (even if it meant sacrificing state arts funding), while the House of Delegates preferred to punish the producers for the threatening letter and even to threaten them back with a very creative invocation of eminent domain.
The Wire creator David Simon voiced his support for the incentive increase. Our own Rachel Monroe suggested writing off House of Cards altogether and throwing all the money at the much less primadonna-y Veep. In the end, the House and Senate couldn’t agree on the bizarre eminent domain amendment, and the incentive shrank from a maximum of $18.5 million to a maximum of $15 million. And we were left wondering if it would satisfy the ransom.
Uh oh. It looks like Maryland’s 2014 legislative session ended without an agreement between the House and Senate on a tax credit to keep the House of Cards production in Maryland. When push came to shove, negotiations between the two chambers stalled out on the issue of invoking eminent domain to seize the property of film and television productions that leave the state. The House refuse to remove the Frank Underwood-worthy language, while the Senate refused to accept it.
The General Assembly acquiesced to Media Rights Capital’s demand for millions more in tax credits to keep the production company shooting Netflix series House of Cards in Maryland (without that crazy amendment). And to help fund them, state lawmakers have agreed to divert up to $2.5 million from the Special Fund for the Preservation of Cultural Arts, intended for Maryland arts organizations.
The General Assembly justified the rerouting of funds by citing the economic impact of the House of Cards production, judged at $250 million and 6,000 jobs over the past two seasons. Del. Frank S. Turner points out that the money is still funding the arts.