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Sean Penn's 'The First' never achieves liftoff

The romance surrounding space travel gets a workout and then some in "The First," a Hulu series that -- despite the combination of Sean Penn and "House of Cards" producer Beau Willimon -- never comes close to achieving liftoff. Sluggishly paced and too familiar in its character beats, it's the sort of prestige project that surely looked good on paper but fizzles once exposed to air.

'House of Cards' house goes up for auction

Fans of the Netflix series "House of Cards" know that before moving into the White House, Frank and Claire Underwood lived in a red-brick Victorian on a leafy D.C. block, not far from the heart of American political power.Now you…