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Propping up a 'House of Cards' [Commentary]
Life imitated art recently in Maryland as the producers of "House of Cards" played political hardball with state officials. MRC Productions filmed the first two seasons of the hit series in Maryland, and, evoking Frank Underwood — the ruthless politician played by Kevin Spacey — MRC officials said "we will have to break down our stage, sets and offices and set up in another state" if Maryland doesn't provide another $15 million in production incentives. That's on top of $26 million for the first two seasons, the Washington Post reports. Maryland legislators have a choice: Pay up or risk losing their most buzz-worthy film project and the estimated $250 million it's delivered to the local economy.
By Kevin Klowden and Arthur Greenwald
April 3, 2014