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With a life and occupation not unlike Harry Houdini's, "The Amazing" Randi set out to shame fakers and sub-par psychics with his performances. But going beyond his bewitching story, the investigative documentary, "An Honest Liar," takes a closer look at the deceptive escapade that became his life-long career. Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom's documentary is coming to 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Watch the trailer to see footage of real tricks, escape artistry, bending spoons, and bits of interviews with Alice Cooper, Richard Dawkins, Bill Nye, Penn & Teller, and Adam Savage weighing in on the hoodwinking wonder. The film world premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18. »
- Taylor Lindsay
Early April will see the start of Taste, a new play that should interest horror fans, as it was directed by Stuart Gordon. For those in the Hollywood area, we have details on when you can see Taste, including details on special showings that include a Stuart Gordon Q&A:
“You’re invited to the most disturbing dinner party of the year. Based on a shocking true story, two men meet online and make a unique arrangement: one will kill, cook, and eat the other. Taste imagines their first and only meeting, told in real time, in a working kitchen.
In 2011, acclaimed horror director Stuart Gordon brought his feature-film cult classic Re–Animator to the stage with the inspired songs of composer Mark Nutter and created a singing, dancing Re-Animator The Musical. The hilarious, blood drenched show ran for six months at the Steve Allen Theater before triumphant runs at »
- Jonathan James
Stuart Gordon has brought us many classic movies throughout his career, and recently his stage productions of Nevermore and Re-Animator: The Musical have lit up the stage wherever they've played. Now we have some new details about his latest stage play, Taste, and more!
From the Press Release
You’re invited to the most disturbing dinner party of the year. Based on a shocking true story, two men meet online and make a unique arrangement: One will kill, cook, and eat the other. Taste imagines their first and only meeting, told in real time, in a working kitchen.
In 2011, acclaimed horror director Stuart Gordon brought his feature-film cult classic Re–Animator to the stage with the inspired songs of composer Mark Nutter and created a singing, dancing Re-Animator: The Musical. The hilarious, blood-drenched show ran for six months at the Steve Allen Theater before triumphant runs at the »
- Uncle Creepy
The documentary strand sees a number of well-known figures exploring the lives of people they are interested in, with Young finding out more about artist Rene Magritte and Sandé travelling to Mexico to find out more about Frida Kahlo.
ITV's controller of factual Jo Clinton-Davis said: "The key to Perspectives films is a distinctive, individual voice, keen to search for and share fresh insights through genuine, in some cases life-long, passion and curiosity for the chosen subject. »
The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California has been a popular tourist attraction for many decades, and its bizarre and spooky history has made it one of America's most famous haunted homes. Photo: John Pozniak According to legend, Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearms tycoon William Winchester, was told by a psychic medium that the family estate was cursed by the ghosts of people killed by Winchester rifles. The only way Sarah could escape the curse, so the story goes, was to move west from Boston to California and build a new house... and keep on building it, non-stop, for the rest of her life. It seems she took this advice very seriously, supervising round-the-clock construction on the property from its groundbreaking in 1884 until her death in 1922. Photo: Undercover American/Viator Along with the paranormal rumors, the house's strange reputation also comes from the seemingly random pattern of construction »
- Gregory Burkart
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 8: Magic Planet - the first entirely magic-themed complex designed for children to experience science, technology, art and literature through magic, is coming up in the state capital, it was announced here Saturday.
Magic Planet has been conceptualised by the Academy of Magical Sciences - Asia's first institution to offer formal training in magic - as a space where children can engage in creative exploration and experience the magical aspects of science, mathematics and literature through a number of fun activities.
- Machan Kumar
Deadline is reporting that Max Landis has signed on to rewrite Scott Frank’s script for Sony’s Houdini. The film would tell the story of legendary illusionist, Harry Houdini, who passed away in 1926. Houdini was world-renowned for his abilities as an escape artist and illusionist, and Hollywood has been trying to mount a substantial film about his life for quite some time.
Landis, the son of director John Landis (Twilight Zone: The Movie), wrote the sleeper hit Chronicle, and has been in-demand ever since. He’s written a new adaptation of Frankenstein that’s set to star James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, as well as American Ultra which will come out in 2015, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
I'm surprised that Hollywood still has yet to make a movie based on the life of the legendary magician Harry Houdini. The History Channel is shooting a miniseries with Adrien Brody, and there are a couple other film projects that have been in the works over the years, such as Summit Entertainment's adaptation of the book The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero. None of the films that have been announced seem to be moving forward, though.
Now, according to to Deadline, Sony Pictures has hired Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis to write a draft of a script that will focus on the life of the legend. Apparently the story will have an Hp Lovecraft influence. Other than that, there's not much information. But for those of you who are familiar with the life of Houdini, you know there's a lot of material to work from, »
- Joey Paur
Amazingly, the life story of Harry Houdini has never been brought to the big screen (at least not since George Marshall’s take way back in 1953), but Sony have enlisted Max Landis to work on a new draft of their biopic, Houdini.
Landis is of course best known for writing Chronicle, the Josh Trank helmed found footage movie which delivered a refreshing take on the superhero genre. His next movie is Frankenstein, the Paul McGuigan-directed movie that stars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. Deadline reveals that his take on Houdini will apparently have an “Hp Lovecraft influence,” although any other details are scarce at this point.
The original draft was scripted by Scott Frank (The Wolverine), while Francis Lawrence was attached to direct before signing up to direct The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the two-part The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. There’s currently no word on who might direct it now. »
- Josh Wilding
The Chronicle writer has been hired to work on a new draft of the film, which is said to now have an Hp Lovecraft horror influence, reports Deadline.
Landis exited Chronicle 2 last year after disagreeing with 20th Century Fox about its direction.
The life of escapologist and magical legend Harry Houdini, has been slated for a cinematic adaptation for quite some time now. The feature was originally scripted by Scott Frank and set to be directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire). Now, Chronicle writer, Max Landis, will rework the script and a director is yet to be announced. Word also suggests that Landis’ approach will be influenced by the works/include mentions of the work of H.P. Lovecraft, who collaborated with Houdini later in the illusionist’s life.
Landis next upcoming project will be his scripted version of Frankenstein which stars Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy. Like Houdini that film is also produced by Sony, so it looks as though Landis has struck up a valuable friendship. Like with so many films, this isn’t the only Houdini biopic in the pipeline, with Summit also producing a version of Houdini’s life, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
There have been a number of movies based on the intriguing life of illusionist, magician and escapologist Harry Houdini, who has been portrayed on screen by a long list of actors including Tony Curtis and Guy Pearce. Around 100 years ago Houdini was at the height of his popularity, and now he’s making a comeback (of sorts) in Sony Pictures’ upcoming movie Houdini.
To clear up any confusions, this Houdini has nothing to do with the History Channel miniseries being planned, with Adrien Brody set to star in the lead role. It is also a separate endeavor from Summit Entertainment’s Houdini, scripted by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) with Dean Parisot (Red 2) ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
The project initially had Francis Lawrence attached to direct from a script written by Scott Frank back in 2011, but the project fell apart when the director left to make The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Our report from May 2011 revealed that this biopic would be a more conventional telling of magician Harry Houdini's story, centering on his attempts to discredit a beautiful spiritualist, although he begin to believe in her. This new take on the story will have an H.P. Lovecraft influence.
Jimmy Miller (Bad Teacher, The Other Guys) is producing, although no production schedule was given. Summit Entertainment is also working on their own biopic entitled The Secret Life of Houdini, which director Dean Parisot is circling. Noah Baumbach wrote the screenplay adaptation, based on the book of the same name »
Just as 2014 is the Year of Hercules . not above all other things, mind you . there.s a really good chance that 2015 will be the Year of Houdini. Apparently Hollywood is just flipping through the "H" volume of an encyclopedia for ideas. Sony Pictures will be pushing the Harry Houdini biopic concept into much stranger directions, and they.ve hired Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis to pen the script for the untitled film. The son of American Werewolf in London director John Landis, Max.s take on the story of the legendary escape artist will be heavily influenced by the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft, according to Deadline. While I.m generally interested in anything inspired by the gothic author, I.m not sure that the life of Houdini is the best place to inject it. I will not stand for Houdini going into the Chinese Water Torture trick and stumbling »
The latest attempt at an adaptation of Harry Houdini's life and legend will be penned by Max Landis (Chronicle) for Sony Pictures. Originally scripted by Scott Frank nearly three years ago, Houdini previously had Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) in line to direct. There's no mention of a new director for the picture, but Landis' involvement adds some momentum to it. On an interesting note, it sounds as if Landis will color his Houdini interpretation with a bit of an H.P. Lovecraft influence. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Landis will draft up a new take on Houdini for Sony, one with a Lovecraftian influence. While there are no plot details available at this time, there's a little bit of history to lean on as Lovecraft did some ghostwriting for Houdini in the latter years of the illusionist's life. The 1924 short story "Under the Pyramids »
- Dave Trumbore
Have you been waiting for a proper movie about legendary illusionist Harry Houdini? There's been TV movies, B movies, and there was supposed to be a mini-series with Adrien Brody that focused on Houdini. The point is that there's never been a major motion picture that has successfully brought him to life. Sony has hired Max Landis to work on a new draft of their Houdini flick. Here's something of interest to note-- sources say that the script is influenced by Hp Lovecraft. I can actually »
- Niki Stephens
Exclusive: The life story of illusionist Harry Houdini has long fascinated Hollywood, but nobody has been able to do anything about it. Sony Pictures has Max Landis working his magic on a new draft of Houdini, the film being produced by Jimmy Miller. I’m told that is telling the story with an Hp Lovecraft influence. Landis scripted Chronicle, and his subsequent work includes Frankenstein, the Paul McGuigan-directed Fox pic that stars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe; and American Ultra, the Nima Nourizadeh-directed film that stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Landis is repped by Wme and Circle Of Confusion. This gives new momentum to the pic that was originally scripted by Scott Frank, with Francis Lawrence attached until he went off to do the Hunger Games pics. Summit is also working on a Houdini project, which Dean Parisot has been circling to direct, based on the Noah Oppenheim »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Like the man himself, films about real-life magician and escapologist Harry Houdini has proved hard to lock down for years. Directors and writers have taken a crack for various studios, and more than one project is bubbling away. Sony is hoping that Chronicle writer Max Landis is the man to make it happen for the home of Spider-Man.Possibly encouraged by the surprise success of Now You See Me last year, the studio has Landis working up a new draft of its project, one that will feature Houdini’s story with an added dash of what's described as Lovecraftian influence. So, what, the magician will be keeping demons from our gate? Landis taking over a film that has been scratching at Sony’s door since the 1990s, with Paul Verhoeven among the first to give it a try. More recently, Scott Frank wrote a script that briefly attracted Hunger Games man Francis Lawrence. »
One of two Harry Houdini projects in the works, Columbia Pictures' upcoming take is set for a rewrite by Chronicle scribe Max Landis, Deadline reports. First announced in 2011 , this version was initially drafted by Minority Report 's Scott Frank and is now said to feature an H.P. Lovecraft influence. Houdini, the iconic stage magician and escape artist, is also set to be the focus of a Summit Entertainment biopic based on the book "The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero." Columbia's take appears to be a more fictional approach and is said to follow the magician as he tries to expose a spiritualist as a fraud. Landis, the son of director John Landis, is also responsible for the script to the upcoming Paul McGuigan take on »
Update - The Houdini movie may have disappeared for some time, but now it's back, thanks to the magic of Max Landis. The Chronicle writer will revive the project by writing a new script for Sony. Francis Lawrence was committed to direct until he got The Hunger Games movies. While Landis does direct, it appears at this stage, he's just writing.
March 24, 2011 - Harry Houdini is the master of illusion -- he may have disappeared 85 years ago, but he keeps reappearing in movies as a character or reference point. Now, Francis Lawrence, the director of I Am Legend and the upcoming Water for Elephants, is in talks to direct a biopic about legendary magician Harry Houdini with Sony Pictures. Jimmy Miller (The Other Guys) will produce. Variety says the film would be a "large scale period production" that would focus on Houdini's "showmanship. »
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