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History's 'Houdini': What the Critics Are Saying

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

History Channel's magical miniseries Houdini begins tonight, starring Adrien Brody as the death-defying escape artist in a TV event that traces the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. The Lionsgate/A&E Studios four-hour event also stars Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) as Bess, Harry Houdini's stage assistant and wife. Oscar nominee Uli Edel directed the project, adapted by Nicholas Meyer from the 1976 book Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait (written by his father, Bernard C. Meyer). Read what top critics are saying about Houdini: The Hollywood Reporter's TV critic Allison Keene, in her review, calls it

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Before He Played Houdini, Adrien Brody Was 'The Amazing Adrien'

16 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As a kid, Adrien Brody adored Harry Houdini and even performed magic as "The Amazing Adrien" when he was just 11 years old. Now, the actor, 41, is playing the title role in The History Channel's two-night miniseries, Houdini, which premieres Monday night, and the full-circle moment is not lost on him. "I idolized Houdini as a kid, and now I get the privilege of playing him," Brody tells People. "He was a big influence in my life, not only as a magician, but the magic leads to an understanding and an appreciation of acting and then a lifetime of devotion »

- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis, @sheilabot

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Before He Played Houdini, Adrien Brody Was 'The Amazing Adrien'

16 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As a kid, Adrien Brody adored Harry Houdini and even performed magic as "The Amazing Adrien" when he was just 11 years old. Now, the actor, 41, is playing the title role in The History Channel's two-night miniseries, Houdini, which premieres Monday night, and the full-circle moment is not lost on him. "I idolized Houdini as a kid, and now I get the privilege of playing him," Brody tells People. "He was a big influence in my life, not only as a magician, but the magic leads to an understanding and an appreciation of acting and then a lifetime of devotion »

- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis, @sheilabot

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Kristen Connolly Talks Houdini, Researching the Relationship, Uncomfortable Corsets, The Whispers, and More

29 August 2014 7:28 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The two-night scripted mini-series Houdini (airing on History) is more than just the story of the world-renowned superstar who could defy death.  Harry Houdini (Adrien Brody) also engaged in espionage, battled spiritualists, encountered the greatest names of the era, performed some of the greatest feats ever seen, and was a loving husband to Bess (Kristen Connolly), his wife and right hand. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Kristen Connolly (who gives a terrific and emotionally layered performance, alongside powerhouse actor Adrien Brody) talked about how she came to be apart of Houdini, how she approached researching their relationship, finding her performance, how much the hair and make-up contributed, wearing such uncomfortable corsets, if she feels that Harry really valued Bess, and what it was like to work with Adrien Brody.  She also talked about signing on to do the upcoming ABC drama series The Whispers, about an unseen »

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For Adrien Brody, History's Houdini Is a Dream Come True

29 August 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Adrien Brody might have already won an Oscar at 29 for his work in The Pianist, but for the actor, playing the legendary magician Harry Houdini for History's latest miniseries was a real bucket list moment.

"He was a very heroic person to me as a boy," Brody tells TVGuide.com. Much like the magician he idolized, Brody grew up in New York City the child of a Hungarian-Jewish mother and took up magic at an early age, performing at children's birthday parties as The Amazing Adrien. "What he represented to me then was a real bravery and a fearlessness," Brody says. "I think what magic represents is this ability to kind of defy the laws of nature."

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History recreates vintage Houdini posters with Adrien Brody to promote original miniseries

29 August 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

On Sept. 1 and 2, History will debut a two-night scripted miniseries called Houdini, chronicling the life of famed escape artist Harry Houdini (born Ehrich Weiss). Adrien Brody stars in the production, which follows the illusionist as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era. Kristen Connolly costars as Bess, the love of Harry’s life and his right hand when it came to many of his feats. Related: Interview With Adrien Brody Adding to the realism of the production, iconic, vintage posters of Houdini have been recreated to feature Adrien Brody’s likeness, … Continue reading →

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Adrien Brody as Houdini in History’s two-part miniseries is simply spectacular

28 August 2014 2:42 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Adrien Brody as Houdini is simply captivating. Brody stars in History’s two-part miniseres — Houdini — airing Monday, Sept. 1 and Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 9pm Et/Pt. Ehrich Weiss, the man known to the world as Harry Houdini, was one of America’s first superstars. Oscar winner Brody defies expectations yet again in this telefilm, portraying the famed escape artist and illusionist. The two-part miniseries starts via a self-narration, where Brody voices: “Fear is how I know I’m alive. Unlike other people, I don’t escape life. I escape death.” The film takes us on a fast-paced, thrilling ride throughout Harry’s psyche, … Continue reading →

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Interview – Wamg Talks To Houdini Composer John Debney

28 August 2014 1:44 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On September 1 & 2, the two-night scripted miniseries Houdini follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bonafide world-renowned superstar.

Starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as The Great Harry Houdini, Kristen Connolly and Evan Jones, the scripted four-hour event chronicles Houdini’s extraordinary life as he finds fame while defying death with his incredible stunts and illusions.

His ability to escape from handcuffs, strait-jackets and water tanks is legendary – breaking the shackles of his past proved more challenging. History’s Houdini follows the world-renowned master of escape’s transformation from immigrant into the world’s first superstar.  Driven, disciplined and actively chasing the American Dream, Houdini constantly pushed his physical limits to accomplish feats of strength that amazed audiences in an age of spectacle. And though they saw what he wanted them to see, his reality was more elusive than his escapes.

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TV Review: ‘Houdini’

28 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

History channel’s “Houdini” erects a cage from which even the renowned magician can’t escape: Nicholas Meyer’s misbegotten, heavy-handed, narrated-ad-nauseam script (which in terms of prominent early 20th-century figures, owes more of a debt to Freud) and Uli Edel’s equally obtrusive direction. Then again, the project is based on a book titled “Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait,” which explains the impulse to put its subject on the couch, with Adrien Brody as the ultimately overwhelmed lead. Spread over two nights, there are intriguing elements for those fascinated by Houdini, but the movie feels less like a gut punch than a head blow.

Brody represents a casting coup of sorts for the producers and History, but almost from the opening moments, there’s a grating aspect to the film, as if this were the first bio about an overachiever with mommy issues. Perhaps that’s because Houdini, »

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Adrien Brody's next trick: turning into Houdini

27 August 2014 11:33 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Before Adrien Brody was an actor, he did magic tricks. And on Sept. 1, Brody will return to the screen as the greatest magician of them all: Harry Houdini.

Brody learned the magic trade when he was six years old from one of his mother’s coworkers at The Village Voice who “had all these crazy gadgets and weird tricks and gizmos that he would review and discuss,” Brody said. “He would let me take a coin trick or something and show it to me, and I’d go around and practice on all of my mom’s coworkers and develop a pattern. »

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The Nostalgia Files: ‘Last Action Hero’ (1993)

26 August 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Last Action Hero

Written by Zak Penn, Adam Leff, Shane Black, and David Argott

Directed by John McTiernan

USA, 1993

The concept of a film within a film is an idea that provides for truly interesting cinema. Films that are self-referential, satiric, and make fun of their own genre are often hilarious, thought-provoking, and downright fun. 1993’s cult favorite Last Action Hero is an action-fantasy that pokes fun at the action film genre in more ways than one. It stars the incomparable blockbuster movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger who is playing himself. Last Action Hero pretty much has it all and if you are a fan of the Austrian star or just action cinema in general, then this is the perfect film for you.

The film focuses on Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien), a 12-year-old troublemaker obsessed with movies, in particular those of action hero Jack Slater, a fictionalized version of Schwarzenegger. »

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'Houdini': TV Review

25 August 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Befitting a man as wonderfully strange as Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz in Budapest in 1874), History's Houdini miniseries is a curious carousel of the magician's life, guided by a frizzy-haired, exuberant and bulked-up Adrien Brody. Framed by a death-defying feat that has Houdini's life flashing before him, Houdini quickly advertises all that will be revealed over the course of four hours (split into two parts). And reveal it does, taking an unorthodox approach that weaves in surreal and psychological elements, zooming camerawork, frenetic editing, a modern soundtrack and some well-placed animation to illustrate how Houdini's

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- Allison Keene

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Adrien Brody’s Houdini On Blu-ray And DVD October 7

19 August 2014 2:39 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Following History’s broadcast airing of the larger-than-life miniseries event on September 1 and 2, Houdini will be available on Digital HD the following day on September 3rd. Then, unveil even more of the secrets behind the greatest magician of all time in the extended version of Houdini on two-disc Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and two-disc DVD (plus Digital) October 7 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Boasting an all-star cast including Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Pianist, 2002) as The Great Harry Houdini, Kristen Connolly (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Evan Jones (Gangster Squad), the scripted four-hour event chronicles Houdini’s extraordinary life as he finds fame while defying death with his incredible stunts and illusions.

His ability to escape from handcuffs, strait-jackets and water tanks is legendary – breaking the shackles of his past proved more challenging. History’s Houdini follows the world-renowned master of escape’s »

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Footage From Adrien Brody's "Houdini"

18 August 2014 7:59 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage of Oscar winner Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") starring in History's new four-hour scripted dramatic mini-series, "Houdini", airing September 1, 2014:

Brody stars as the 'ace magician',with Kristen Connolly ("House of Cards") as his wife 'Bess', tracing the arc of Houdini's life from poverty to worldwide fame:

"...before 'David Blaine' and 'David Copperfield', there was one man whose name was synonymous with being the master of illusion and escape - 'Harry Houdini' (aka 'Erik Weisz').

"The new series will follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage...

"...battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era...

"...from Us presidents to 'Sir Arthur Conan Doyle', author of 'Sherlock Holmes' and believer in 'supernatural spirits', as well as the 'mad mystic' 'Grigori Rasputin'.

"Since my childhood, when I dreamed of being a great magician, »

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First trailer for Houdini starring Adrien Brody

12 August 2014 1:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The History Channel has released the first trailer for its upcoming two-part miniseries Houdini, which stars Oscar-winner Adrien Brody (The Piano) as the legendary illusionist and escapologist Harry Houdini alongside Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) as his wife Bess. Take a look at the trailer after the official synopsis…

Before David Blaine and David Copperfield, there was one man whose name was synonymous with being the master of illusion and escape – Harry Houdini. ‘Houdini’ follows the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin. The drama will chronicle the life of a man who can defy death through his stunts, his visions and his mastery of illusion.

Houdini is set to air on September 1st and September 2nd on The History Channel.

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New trailer for Houdini arrives

11 August 2014 11:31 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

See Adrien Brody as the legendary escape artist in the new Houdini trailer…

This writer has more reason that most to be sceptical about the History Channel’s upcoming Houdini mini-series, having witnessed first-hand their bizarre (and naff) retelling of Bonnie and Clyde’s iconic story.

However, it must be said that their series based on entertainment legend Harry Houdini looks really rather good. Adrien Brody’s performance in particular appears very promising indeed. Here’s the clip…

Houdini arrives, on Us tellies at least, this September. More news as we hear it.

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See Adrien Brody As ‘Houdini’ In The New Mini-Series Trailer

11 August 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Oscar winning actor will star as the famous magician in a new mini-series for the History Channel.   Houdini will feature the magician’s poverty-ridden upbringing and his worldwide success as a master magician and escapologist.

Harry Houdini was world renowned for his death defying escapes such as being buried alive, escaping from a sealed milk can and the infamous ‘Water Torture’ illusion.  He also spent much of his life trying to debunk psychics and mediums.  On his death bed in 1926 he told his wife Bess that if there was life after death he would try to communicate with her.  After his death his wife Bess spent the rest of her life performing yearly seances to see if her late husband would contact her, he never did.

Adrien Brody will star alongside House of Cards actress Kristen Connolly as Bess and Evan Jones will star as Houdini’s assistant Jim Collins. »

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Adrien Brody Is Houdini In New Trailer For The History Channel Miniseries

11 August 2014 11:08 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The story of master magician Harry Houdini is such a remarkable and dramatic one that I’m surprised there are not more films and TV shows about him. Tony Curtis famously played the magician in the highly fictionalized 1953 film of his life, and now Adrien Brody is following that act by putting on the strait-jacket and climbing into the water-tank for Houdini, a new two-part miniseries from the History Channel.

Houdini purports to follow the life of the brilliant magician, elucidating both his personal experiences and his very public persona. This was a man who set out to disprove spiritualists, perform ever more remarkable feats of human endurance and skill, and interacted with the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Rasputin.

In the first trailer for Houdini, Adrien Brody certainly looks the part: his wild hair and lanky but muscular physicality seem well in tune with Houdini’s; he »

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Watch: Adrien Brody Is The World's Greatest Escape Artist In Trailer For 'Houdini' Miniseries

11 August 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

He was a man who could do the impossible. He thrilled the entire world as one of the greatest magicians and illusionists of all time. And no, we're not talking about Criss Angel. Harry Houdini continues to fascinate decades after his mysterious death, commonly thought to be caused by appendicitis, though rumors of foul play persist to this day. And none other than Adrien Brody will bring this signature turn of the century saga to life. The full length trailer for the History Channel miniseries "Houdini" has dropped, indicating the series will track Houdini's rise to international stardom. Uli Edel ("The Baader Meinhof Complex") directs a handsome production spanning four hours. It should be great to see Brody stretch into such a rich character. And yes, that's Kristin Connolly of "House Of Cards" fame as Houdini's wife. The series will air on September 1st and 2nd. Watch below. »

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Watch Adrien Brody Attempt 'Houdini' Magic Tricks in History's Miniseries Trailer

11 August 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"Everyone wants to escape something." A trailer for History Channel's magical miniseries Houdini has surfaced, and it has Adrien Brody trying to escape absolutely everything — including death. The Lionsgate/A&E Studios four-hour event also stars Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) as Bess, Harry Houdini's stage assistant and wife. Oscar nominee Uli Edel directed the project, which traces the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. Houdini airs Sept. 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. on History. Watch the trick-filled trailer above:   Email: Ashley.Lee@THR.com Twitter: @cashleelee

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