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Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in House of Cards

Netflix has decided to pull the plug on its popular show House of Cards, in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct against its lead actor Kevin Spacey. The show that stars two-time Oscar winner Spacey as US president Frank Underwood, a man ready to do all it takes to keep his political career going, will not be renewed for a seventh season after the sixth season premieres sometime in 2018.

On Tuesday, a joint statement issued by Netflix and House of Cards producer Media Rights Capital said: “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.” 

The show’s cancellation is a fallout of the revelation by 46-year-old actor-singer Anthony Rapp that Spacey had made a “sexual advance” towards him in the mid-’80s when Rapp was 14 and Spacey 26. The news sent shock waves across Hollywood, which is still reeling under allegations of sexual harassment against producer Harvey Weinstein.

Spacey issued a statement on Twitter on Monday, saying he “didn’t remember” the Rapp incident and put it down to “what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour”. It was followed by an apology of sorts, admitting he was gay, which triggered a backlash on social media for trying to distract from the real issue of what could have been child molestation. News of the show’s cancellation was welcomed by social media, with one user even tweeting, “Netflix announced House of Cards will end after season 6, so at least a fictional President can be destroyed by sexual assault allegations.” Spacey’s President Underwood and his wife Claire (played by Robin Wright) are said to be loosely based on Bill and Hillary Clinton.

While Spacey has maintained a stoic silence since his Twitter statement, the repercussions are being felt everywhere. The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has decided not to honour him with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award, that was due to be handed over to him in New York this month.

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Confluence at St. Xavier’s, with t2

St. Xavier’s College receives the Best Contingent award.

The 12th edition of the annual economics summit — Confluence, organised by the department of economics at St. Xavier’s College, in association with t2 — drew several colleges from across the country at St. Xavier’s College recently. The theme? Globalisation and the Indian economy.

The event started with the launch of Eco Echoes, the departmental magazine, followed by events such as quiz, HAM and paper presentation. The flagship events of the summit were State of Affairs and Crisis. St. Xavier’s received the Best Contingent award for the entire summit before handing it over to runner-up Scottish Church College.

BATTLE OF BOTS: The students of The Bhawanipur Education Society College were taught how to make robots and given a mechanical kit (picture above) to make their own bots at the Robotics Workshop on the college’s Elgin Road campus recently. The 40 participants were divided into teams of five. The workshop concluded with a soccer match between the bots where each team member controlled the bot for one minute. The team that scored the highest number of goals won the match.

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