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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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Stephen King’s A Good Marriage | Review

3 October 2014 6:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Golden Years: Askin Adapts Stephen King’s Domestic Dilemma

For those hoping for resurgence in the quality of Stephen King stock, the unique promise of A Good Marriage is not the ticket. Sporting King’s first adapted screenplay of his own work since 1989’s Pet Sematary, his customary flourishes are stamped all over it, including the predilection for the perspective of the underdog and plenty of trawling around in the private headspace of the favored character, which inevitably leads to moments of exaggerated artificiality. True, King has (or had) a unique flair for creating intriguing and sometimes empowered female protagonists, but the suburban housewife anchoring the lukewarm scenario here isn’t nearly as well-honed as the film necessitates.

Married for twenty five years, Darcy (Joan Allen) and Bob (Anthony Lapaglia) seem to have found the secret to success. Celebrating with friends and associates, including their daughter, Petra (Kristen Connolly »

- Nicholas Bell

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'A Good Marriage' (2014) Movie Review

2 October 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

There was a moment during A Good Marriage, adapted by Stephen King from his own novella and directed by Peter Askin (Company Man), where I thought to myself, you know, I'm kind of digging this. In the aforementioned scene, gas station lights and a restaurant sign in the background provide a cool ambience as an unidentified woman walks out to her car, the screen fading in from black to reveal a noirish gray color palette. A dull, eerie piano score kicks in as the woman gets into her car and drives away, unknowingly tailed by another vehicle from which the action is captured. Unfortunately this is the opening shot of the film, and it is followed shortly by a cliched opening monologue, a generic party sequence, an uncomfortable sex scene, and some seriously hokey dialogue. I'm not sure either King or Askin had terribly lofty ambitions for the film anyway, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Joan Allen gives motherly advice in clip from Stephen King's 'A Good Marriage'

30 September 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Stephen King may be one of our most prolific writers, but he tends to let others get the ol' finger blisters when it comes to adapting his tales for the big screen. One exception? The forthcoming, Peter Askin-directed A Good Marriage, for which Uncle Stevie did decide to pen the screenplay version of his novella. “I knew Peter Askin and I liked him,” King recently told EW, explaining the origin of the project. “About a thousand years ago, John Mellencamp and I got involved with this musical called Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. We didn’t know anything about musicals, »

- Clark Collis

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Photos from Stephen King’s A Good Marriage

29 September 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Based on Stephen King’s short story in Full Dark, No Stars and from a screenplay by King, himself, ‘A Good Marriage’ will be released to theaters and on VOD on October 3rd. Here’s a look at six photos and the recently released trailer for the upcoming film:

“When her husband (Anthony Lapaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) looks for batteries in the garage. Instead she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

The film, directed by Peter Askin and starring Joan Allen, Anthony Lapaglia Kristen Connolly, and Stephen Lang, is written by Stephen King and based off his short story “A Good Marriage” from the collection “Full Dark, No Stars”; this is the first time he has adapted one of his »

- Jonathan James

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Stephen King Talks Stephen King’S A Good Marriage On CBS This Morning

24 September 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

What scares Stephen King? “Losing control. Also spiders, bats and things that get stuck in your hair.”

The author sat down with the hosts of CBS This Morning to discuss his upcoming movie, Stephen King’S A Good Marriage, his novels and his thoughts on Halloween.

In Theaters and OnDemand on October 3rd, you wont want to miss this edge-of-your seat thriller. It’s creepy, it’s suspenseful, and most importantly, it’s the return of actress Joan Allen on the big screen.

When her husband (Anthony Lapaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) looks for batteries in the garage. Instead she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

The film, directed by Peter Askin and starring Joan Allen, Anthony Lapaglia Kristen Connolly, and Stephen Lang, »

- Michelle McCue

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Stephen King’S A Good Marriage Coming To Theaters & VOD October 3

15 September 2014 7:16 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Here’s a look at the trailer for Stephen King’S A Good Marriage.

When her husband (Anthony Lapaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) looks for batteries in the garage. Instead she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

The film, directed by Peter Askin and starring Joan Allen, Anthony Lapaglia Kristen Connolly, and Stephen Lang, is written by Stephen King and based off his short story “A Good Marriage” from the collection “Full Dark, No Stars”.

A bit of trivia on the movie - this is the first feature film screenplay Stephen King has adapted from one of his works in 25 years (last one: “Pet Sematary” in 1989), and only the 4th one overall (the other two feature films: “Cat’s Eye” in »

- Michelle McCue

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Strictly Come Dancing, Houdini

7 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing: The Launch Show: BBC One, 8pm

Before the competition starts good and proper in a few weeks' time, this special episode provides us with a first look at the celebrity contestants in their sequins - and reveals who will be partnered with which professional dancer. This will be the first series of the show without Bruce Forsyth, but left in the capable hands of Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, we suspect it'll be a cracker.

Houdini: Channel 4, 9pm

Oscar winner Adrien Brody takes on the title role in this dramatic imagining of the master illusionist's extraordinary life. The first of two parts, this episode follows the escape artist's humble upbringings and subsequent rise to fame - with focus on the strain his stardom puts on the love of his life Bess (Kristen Connolly).

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: ITV, 9.05pm

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'The Whispers'

5 September 2014 10:48 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "The Whispers" (ABC - Midseason) The Pitch: "Scary Kids Are Scary." Quick Response: A couple people who watched this one early indicated that "The Whispers" was really scary. It's not. At all. It fulfills the mandate that preternaturally mature and solemn children are creepy. No question about that. Particular credit to Abby Ryder Fortson, who expertly plays the creepiest of several creepy kids in the pilot. But this is too much of a slow-burn to actually be scary in the slightest. It's a bit like BBC America's "Intruders" in that respect. But really, it's a lot like a lot of things you've seen before and it's like so many of those things that nothing feels fresh enough to be shocking. There's a lot of "Invasion" and "V" in the DNA here. And because it comes courtesy of Amblin TV, it's impossible not to think of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind »

- Daniel Fienberg

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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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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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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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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 →

The post History recreates vintage Houdini posters with Adrien Brody to promote original miniseries appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Jeff Pfeiffer

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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.

Houdini is based »

- Michelle McCue

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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, »

- Brian Lowry

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