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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
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.
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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[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
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 »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
- Ashley Lee
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
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 →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
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
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
A Good Marriage Trailer. Peter Askin‘s A Good Marriage (2014) movie trailer stars Kristen Connolly, Joan Allen, Stephen Lang, Anthony Lapaglia, and Will Rogers. A Good Marriage‘s plot synopsis: based on a story by Stephen King, “When her husband (Anthony Lapaglia) of more than twenty years is away [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
A Good Marriage is based on Stephen King‘s novella from the Full Dark, No Stars collection, and it’s the first King screenplay to hit the big screen in a long time. The film stars Joan Allen, Anthony Lapaglia, Kristen Connolly, and Stephen Lang in a story about a woman who discovers that her perfect, loving husband is […]
- Russ Fischer
Another story from the master of horror, Stephen King, has been adapted into a feature film. A Good Marriage is based on a novella that was part of King's Full Dark, No Stars short story collection. The script for the film was also written by King.
The story follows a happily-married, middle-aged couple who seem to have spent a perfect life together. Then one day the wife (Joan Allen) finds evidence indicating that her husband (Anthony Lapaglia) is a serial killer whose crimes have gone unpunished.
I've read the story and it's really good. There's a lot of heavy suspense in it, and it looks like that suspense has carried over into the movie.
- Joey Paur
There have been umpteen adaptations of Stephen King’s works, but very few arrived with a screenplay penned by the Top Dog of Terror himself. One that does is A Good Marriage, the tale of a terrible family secret.
Earlier this week, King revealed to EW why he chose to adapt his novella for the big screen. Now, there’s a trailer for the film, which debuts in cinemas and on VOD on Oct. 3.
- Clark Collis
As the Master of Horror, Stephen King has seen countless adaptations of his works. And with long anticipated versions of The Dark Tower, It and The Stand in the works, it’s easy to forget that some of King’s lesser known stories are also getting the big screen treatment.
This fall will see the release of A Good Marriage, based on a short story from the author’s 2010 novella collection Full Dark, No Stars – and honestly, if King’s name wasn’t attached, the familiar nature of the story would have kept this one off our radar altogether. Now, the first trailer for the thriller has hit, showing off the strong cast while unfortunately spoiling the plot’s main twist.
- Isaac Feldberg
There are plenty of familiar Stephen King adaptations in the works (including a prequel and sequel to The Shining), but A Good Marriage somehow flew under all of our radars. It’s based on one of the author’s many short stories, and King actually adapted the story himself (as he did for Pet Semetary and Cell) for this movie.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, King had this to say about adapting his story:
“I’ve seen enough movies adapted from my work to know that the things that work the best are the things that aren’t too long and aren’t too short. Some of the stories, when they get expanded, they go in the wrong direction, and with the novels, if they’re really expansive, a lot of times it’s like sitting around a suitcase and trying to get everything in. A Good Marriage is about 100 pages long, »
- Josh Wilding
Today we have the trailer for "A Good Marriage" thriller, which is based on a Stephen King short story and stars Joan Allen, Anthony Lapaglia, Stephen Lang, Kristen Connolly, and Theo Stockman. Check it out below. Plot: When her husband (Lapaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (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 new movie is directed by Peter Askin and is set to be released on VOD and in select theaters on October 3rd. Trailer: »
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