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Houdini DVD Review

12 October 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Starring: Adrien Brody, Kristen Connolly, Evan Jones

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: Follow 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.

TV became pure escapism recently when Adrien Brody, star of The Pianist, moved to the small screen for a two-part drama to play Harry Houdini. Over two nights, viewers were shown how Houdini’s career began, how he met his wife, what happened when he was asked to lead a double life by becoming a spy and how he continued to up the ante in his performances in an attempt to keep the audiences hooked.

It’s fascinating to see the techniques behind his productions and the many very smart people he brought on board to help construct the escaping tricks that would make him such a phenomenal star. »

- Amanda Keats

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Evan Jones and Writer Nicholas Meyer Talk Houdini, Taking Poetic License with History, Star Trek, Meyer’s Thoughts on Abrams’ Trek Films, and More

9 October 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD is Houdini, the History Channel mini-series about the epic life of legendary illusionist Harry Houdini, starring Adrien Brody as the man behind the magic, Kristen Connolly as his faithful wife Bess, and Evan Jones as the architect who helped build Houdini’s tricks, Jim Collins. I recently joined a small group of reporters at The Magic Castle in Hollywood where we got to experience the Houdini Séance and sit down for a lengthy chat with Evan Jones and writer Nicholas Meyer, who adapted his father's Houdini biography - Houdini: A Mind in Chains — A Psychoanalytic Portrait – for the mini-series.  They talked about taking creative liberties with history in order to tell the best story, the personal challenge Meyer faced in adapting his father's book, filming in Hungary, and more.  And since Nicholas Meyer was in the room the conversation naturally steered toward Star Trek. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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‘Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini’ #1 presents two legends and a murder

4 October 2014 2:17 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #1

Writers: Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery

Artist: Carlos Furuzono

Colorist: Aikau Oliva

Publisher: Dynamite

Fact and fiction collide when the world’s greatest magician meets the world’s greatest detective in Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini issue #1. What makes this five issue series particularly interesting is that Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle knew each other in real life. While Houdini actively campaigned against spiritualists, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle put his faith in those who claimed to possess other worldly powers. Anyways, enough history.

In this issue, Houdini and Holmes meet for the first time in Scotland Yard, where Houdini is performing for the local authorities, and where Holmes is being held for drug abuse-again. Holmes, with his usual deductive flare, exposes the mystery behind Houdini’s great escape. After trading a few snappy remarks, Houdini prepares to leave in order to get ready »

- Elizabeth Rico

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Master Illusionist Harry Houdini Animates Kids’ Series

22 September 2014 8:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Master illusionist  and escape artist Harry Houdini will get a youthful treatment in “Houdini,” a French animated series set to be pitched at Cartoon Forum, the Toulouse-based co-production mini-mart.

Toon series – comprising 26 half-hours–  is produced by Jean-Baptiste Wery and 
Emmanuèle Pétry-Sirvin at France’s Dandelooo, which is competing for a Cartoon Tribute.

Set in 1887, the series follows the adventures of Houdini, a gifted 11-year-old illusionist driven by an urge to analyse the many mysteries of New York, which tend to get him embroiled in dubious situations.

Cédric Babouche, the co-author of the novels that served as source material for the series, is directing.

Although the series is not based on a major franchise, it still holds a large potential due to the near-cult status of Harry Houdini, explained Petry-Sirvinn who will be pitching the show at Cartoon Forum.

“Houdini was one of the first illusionist to become internationally acclaimed while alive, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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2014 Baltimore Comic Con Dynamite Pulp Panel

7 September 2014 11:31 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The last panel I attended was the Dynamite pulps one on the last day of the con. It was an informal discussion about the history of pulp stories and comics, and how they’ve evolved and changed over the years while also being responsible for the superhero genre. The panel was full of pulp comics creators and fans, like Michael Uslan (Justice Inc), Matt Wagner (The Shadow Year One), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), and Mark Waid (Green Hornet) and opened with the friendliest sentiments as Michael Uslan, who produced all the Batman films and taught the first college course on comics, saying, “I’m a comic book geek” before launching into a list of his geek credentials, like attending the first comic convention in New York City, hanging around comics companies, and even meeting the creator of The Shadow, Walter Gibson.

The panel began with Uslan asking the other panelists (except Mark Waid, »

- Logan Dalton

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History Channel's Houdini on Digital HD now, on Blu-ray October 7

3 September 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The History Channel miniseries Houdini is now available on Digital HD, with an extended version coming to Blu-ray and DVD!

Following History’s broadcast airing of the larger-than-life miniseries event on September 1st and 2nd, Houdini is now available on Digital HD. 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 »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Victor Medina)

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History's ‘Houdini’ Debut Is Most-Watched Cable Miniseries Premiere of 2014

2 September 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

History's “Houdini” miniseries conjured plenty of viewers with its premiere on Sunday. The miniseries, which stars Adrien Brody as the famous magician Harry Houdini, drew 3.7 million total viewers with its premiere airing Monday, making it the most-watched cable miniseries premiere so far this year. Also read: Adrien Brody Does Not Lead a Normal Life Among those viewers, 1.2 million of them were in the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers. In addition to Brody, the miniseries — which concludes Tuesday night — also stars “House of Cards” actress Kristen Connolly as Bess Houdini and Evan Jones (“A Million Ways to Die in »

- Tim Kenneally

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History’s ‘Houdini’ Unlocks 3.7 Million Viewers on First Night

2 September 2014 1:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

History’s two-part original movie “Houdini,” featuring Adrien Brody as The Great Harry Houdini, drew 3.7 million viewers for its first installment on Monday night, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates.

While a solid number, it lags a handful of original cable movies this year, including Lifetime’s “Flowers in the Attic” (6.1 million) and Disney Channel’s “How to Build a Better Boy” (4.6 million). And of course, it’s no comparison to History’s record-setting “Hatfields & McCoys” miniseries, which opened to 13.9 million viewers on Memorial Day night 2012.

Last December, the first night of two-part movie “Bonnie & Clyde” drew 3.74 million on History — though its total for the night was a big 9.8 million when you included tune-in for its simulcast on A&E and Lifetime.

According to History, “Houdini” is cable’s most-watched opening night of a multi-part movie in 2014.

Houdini,” which wraps tonight, also averaged 1.2 million adults 18-49 and 1.5 million adults 25-54.

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- Rick Kissell

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TV Ratings: History's 'Houdini' Miniseries Opens to 3.7 Million

2 September 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

History's Harry Houdini miniseries started off on a decent note. Houdini, starring Adrien Brody as the illusionist, opened its two-night premiere on Labor Day with 3.7 million viewers at 9 p.m., making it cable's top miniseries debut of the year. That showing is a far cry from Emmy-winning Hatfields & McCoys, which opened to a monster 13.9 million viewers in 2012, or Bonnie & Clyde, the 2013 two-night miniseries that started off with 9.8 million. Houdini, which chronicles the magician's rise to prominence and is based on the 1976 book Houdini: A Mind

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- Philiana Ng

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Channel 4 to air Adrien Brody's Houdini miniseries in UK

2 September 2014 6:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 4 has acquired the UK broadcast rights for Houdini.

The four-hour miniseries will air on the channel later this month, after the broadcaster secured a deal with Lionsgate Television.

Houdini follows the life of Eastern European immigrant Ehrich Weiss as he progresses from performing at circus sideshows to packing out concert halls as the daring Harry Houdini, eventually finding worldwide fame as an illusionist.

The series will see Houdini engage in espionage, battle against spiritualists and encounter names such as Arthur Conan Doyle and Rasputin.

Adrien Brody of The Pianist fame stars as Houdini, while Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) will appear as Bess, Houdini's wife and right-hand woman. Evan Jones (A Million Ways to Die in the West) also stars as Jim Collins, Houdini's assistant and confidant.

Guy Avshalom, COO of Lionsgate UK, and Peter Iacono, Managing Director of International TV, said: "Houdini is the kind »

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'Houdini' is pure biopic cheese... and occasionally a campy delight

1 September 2014 8:05 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

There are at least a dozen great movies to be made out of the life of Harry Houdini, the magician/escapist/pre-cinematic showman/enemy of spiritualism. Unfortunately, History’s new Houdini tries to be all those movies and a few more. The result is a grab-bag of biopic clichés, awkwardly strung together by star Adrien Brody’s narration. Brody sounds like he’s auditioning for any of the parts in Sin City 3, and he overcooks every half-baked line into pure cheesecake: “The one thing I can’t seem to escape from… is me.” Or: “Some things can hit you in »

- Darren Franich

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History’s Houdini Releases Classic Posters With Adrien Brody

1 September 2014 5:31 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Starting tonight, History is bringing you the story of Houdini’s life. Starring Adrien Brody, the 2-night special covers a wide variety of the components that made up the multi-faceted man, and it’s something you don’t want to miss.

In the spirit of the History Channel and, you know, history, they’ve released some very cool posters which put Adrien Brody into some of the classic promotional posters used to promote Houdini himself. You probably recognize at least one of these, and the changes are wonderfully subtle.

Give them a look, and be sure to tune in.

 

 

Houdini, a new two-night scripted miniseries airing on September 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on History®, is the story of a man who can defy death, but who really was the man behind the escapes? The event miniseries follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bonafide world-renowned superstar. »

- Marc Eastman

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

1 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | 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

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- Ashley Lee

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

31 August 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | 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'

31 August 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | 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 »

- Christina Radish

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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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- Sadie Gennis

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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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- Jeff Pfeiffer

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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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- Barb Oates

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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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- Michelle McCue

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