The production company behind the popular Netflix series House of Cards has delayed the start of a third season as it waits to see whether the state of Maryland will come up with incentive payments totaling $15 million.
The show had received $13 million a year in its first two seasons but threatened to leave if Maryland didn’t come up with another $2 million. The governor proposed taking money from non-profit arts organizations, but the legislature did not agree. Does that open a door for the state of Virginia or the District of Columbia?
The latest Tom Hanks film, Captain Phillips, opened last month – taking in $26 million in its first weekend at the box office. Here in Virginia, some people take a special interest in the tale of a U.S. cargo ship from Norfolk captured by pirates off the Somali Coast in 2009 – its captain held hostage.
Captain Phillips is an action-adventure film, showing how four heavily armed Somali Pirates boarded the Maersk Alabama. Most of the crew was locked in a safe room, but the captain was taken hostage – removed from the ship and placed on board a lifeboat”