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Adrien Brody Does Not Lead a Normal Life

29 August 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“In one way or another, we all want to escape,” Adrien Brody says at the start of “Houdini,” History's new two-part film. “An ordinary life shackles us. We need to get away. Get away from boredom, from pain, from fear.” Brody, who performed magic tricks as a child as “The Amazing Adrien,” says both acting and magic provide escapes from normal life – though not from boredom, pain or fear. Since becoming the youngest Best Actor Oscar winner a decade ago — for Roman Polanski‘s World War II film “The Pianist” — he has searched hard for roles he believes »

- Tim Molloy

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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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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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Houdini Starring Adrien Brody Extended Edition Blu-ray & DVD to be Released October 7th

21 August 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

History's new four-hour scripted miniseries, Houdini, will trace the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. Houdini is scheduled to premiere on Monday, September 1st, 2014. [Press Release] Santa Monica, CA (August 18, 2014) – Following History®’s broadcast airing of the larger-than-life miniseries event on September 1st and 2nd, 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 »

- Pietro Filipponi

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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, »

- Michael Stevens

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Roman Polanski backs out of Locarno Film Festival over backlash

12 August 2014 7:16 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, who was scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award at this week’s Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, informed the festival’s organizers that he would not attend in light of recent protests. “Dear Friends,” the 80-year-old director wrote in a statement released by the festival. “I am sorry to inform you that having considered the extent to which my planned appearance at the Locarno Festival provokes tensions and controversies among those opposed to my visit, even as I respect their opinions, it is with a heavy heart that I must cancel my visit. I am deeply saddened to disappoint you. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Roman Polanski cancels Locarno visit

12 August 2014 4:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Roman Polanski has cancelled his visit to the Locarno Film Festival following opposition from some local politicians and media.

The director of Chinatown and The Pianist, who was due to receive a special award and give a masterclass at the festival, issued the following statement:

”Dear Friends, I am sorry to inform you that having considered the extent to which my planned appearance at the Locarno Festival provokes tensions and controversies among those opposed to my visit, even as I respect their opinions, it is with a heavy heart that I must cancel my visit.

“I am deeply saddened to disappoint you. Roman Polanski

The festival called the move a “setback” and lamented the “unacceptable interference” from those who vocally criticised Polanski’s attendance at the Swiss festival.

The 80 year-old Polish auteur and Oscar winner - who lives between Paris and Swiss town Gstaad - was previously arrested and held under house arrest in Switzerland in 2009 while »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Roman Polanski Cancels Locarno Festival Visit Following Pressure

12 August 2014 4:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Controversial film director, Roman Polanski has cancelled a planned visit to the ongoing Locarno Film Festival, where he was this week due to receive a prize.

Polanski, who won a best director Oscar in 2003 for “The Pianist” was to have received a lifetime achievement honor, given a masterclass and presented his latest film “Venus In Fur.”

Convicted for sex offences in the U.S in 1977, but a fugitive from the U.S. justice system ever since, Polanski admitted that his visit to the festival could stoke “controversies.”

“Dear Friends, I am sorry to inform you that having considered the extent to which my planned appearance at the Locarno Festival provokes tensions and controversies among those opposed to my visit, even as I respect their opinions, it is with a heavy heart that I must cancel my visit. I am deeply saddened to disappoint you,” Polanski wrote in a letter to the festival. »

- Variety Staff

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Full Trailer for History Channel's Houdini with Adrien Brody

11 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The History Channel has released a full trailer for their new four-hour Houdini miniseries. The show will follow the life of the legendary magician from his beginnings in desperate poverty to the worldwide fame that he gained. The series stars Adrien Brody, and it looks like it's going to be pretty damn good. 

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 stars Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) as the ace magician »

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Adrien Brody Tries to Cheat Death in the First Trailer for History Channel's Houdini Miniseries

9 August 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

History's new four-hour scripted miniseries, Houdini, will trace the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. Houdini is scheduled to premiere on Monday, September 1st, 2014. 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 stars Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) as the ace magician and Kristen Connolly ( »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Competition: Win 'Venus in Fur' *closed*

31 July 2014 2:29 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Based on the Tony Award-winning play by David Ives, Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur (2013) is a playful, highly intelligent and multi-layered examination of passion, perversion and the battle of the sexes from the acclaimed French director (Chinatown, The Pianist). To celebrate the home entertainment release of Polanski's latest offering this coming Monday (28 July), we have Three DVD copies of the challenging and witty Venus in Fur to give away to our cultured returning readers, courtesy of the team at independent and world cinema distributors Artificial Eye. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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Locarno to honour Roman Polanski

28 July 2014 4:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director Roman Polanski to hold a public masterclass at Swiss festival.

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, accompanied by his wife and actress Emmanuelle Seigner, is to be a guest of honour at the 67th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 6-16), where he will give a public talk about film.

As well as the masterclass with young filmmakers of the Locarno Summer Academy and public on Aug 15, Polanski will receive a special award from the festival.

He will also introduce a screening of Venus in Fur alongside actress Seigner on Aug 14 on the Piazza Grande.

The director, actor, producer and screenwriter is best known for features includes Repulsion (1965), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Chinatown (1974) and The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Oscar for best director.

Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian said: “Roman Polanski’s films have been a regular feature of my trajectory as a filmgoer - making me laugh, shiver, think, and be emotionally moved.

“It has been »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Roman Polanski To Be Among Locarno Film Festival’s Guests of Honor

28 July 2014 3:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Roman Polanski will be among guests of honor at the upcoming Locarno Film Festival where he will hold a master class and introduce a screening of his “Venus in Fur,” with star Emmanuelle Seigner, who is his wife, also on hand.

Polanski’s playful adaptation of the erotic classic will screen on the Swiss fest’s outdoor Piazza Grande venue on August 14. The next day Polanski will receive a prize and hold a class for  students of the Locarno Summer Academy also open to regular festgoers.

“Venus,” which bowed in 2013 at Cannes, is the latest film by the helmer known for “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Chinatown,” and “The Pianist,” among other classics.

“I am sure that the chance to meet a filmmaker so averse to any form of dogmatism will mark one the most powerful events of our recent editions,” said Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian in a statement.

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- Nick Vivarelli

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Oscar Updates: Acting Pairs and Young Bucks

18 July 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The chart updates continue. I've been thinking a lot about Foxcatcher and Love is Strange and whether or not Sony Pictures Classics will have the guts to campaign all four of those male leads as leads. Essentially they'd be asking for 80% of the category which would be extremely ballsy (no pun intended with four sets of them) but also honest. For these July updates I'm fantasizing that they will.

Eddie Redmayne, David Oyelowo, and Channing Tatum are just three of the fresh crop of leading men who might be competing for Oscar gold for real life roles

But the funny thing is: Best Actor is enormously crowded without any of that acclaimed quartet. Playing a real life character won't even get you very far because most lead actors are doing just that, thereby dulling its time-tested competitive advantage. I count at least 10 possibly major contenders this year in biographical roles: Cumberbatch, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Spike Lee Joint Collection’ Releases Are Solid Starting Point

4 July 2014 9:19 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Who of our modern filmmakers will justify lavish, career-spanning box sets in the next generation (presuming there is such a thing and we’re not 100% digital)? We’ve seen Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock sets in recent years but who will get the same treatment in ten or twenty years?

One man who I’d love to see dissected from first film to last is the essential Spike Lee. He has had an undeniably spotty career with films both considered masterpieces and complete failures. But Spike is always working, always trying something new, always willing to challenge himself and the viewer. Did his “Oldboy” remake work? No. He picks himself up, dusts himself off, and gets back to it. Spike has been everywhere lately, promoting and discussing the 25th anniversary of his masterpiece, “Do the Right Thing,” and so someone figured it was a good time to release »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Roman Polanski to Shoot ‘Dreyfus Affair’ in Poland if Legal Assurances Given

30 June 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Munich — Roman Polanski is planning to shoot a film about the Dreyfus Affair in Poland, but is seeking assurances from the Polish government that he will be safe from extradition to the U.S.

“We have yet to make the final decision. It depends on at least two factors,” said the project’s French producer Robert Benmussa. “The first is a technical condition that is up to the film studios, and already at this stage we know that this condition has been met. The second factor is of a legal nature. We need confirmation in writing that Roman Polanski’s status in Poland is that of complete security.”

Polanski has dual French and Polish nationality, which should make him safe from extradition to the U.S., where he is wanted for a 1977 sex crime conviction. The Polish government has the option of extraditing him, but is unlikely to do so. »

- Leo Barraclough

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First Teaser for History Channel's Houdini Miniseries Event Starring Adrien Brody

30 June 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

History's new four-hour scripted miniseries, Houdini, will trace the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. Houdini is scheduled to premiere on Monday, September 1st, 2014. 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 stars Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) as the ace magician and Kristen Connolly ( »

- Pietro Filipponi

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The Definitive War Movies: 40-31

10 June 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I promise – it wasn’t my plan to have seven of the ten films on this portion of the list focus on World War II. But, if we look back at the biggest international conflicts of all time, World War II is the one that provides the most opportunity. It’s a chance for a number of different countries to look at the same war from different perspectives. In this portion alone, there’s a French film, a German film, a Hungarian film, a couple British/American films, and a few American films – all about varied aspects of World War II.

courtesy of fmvmagazine.com

40. The Killing Fields (1984)

Directed by: Roland Joffé

Conflict: Cambodian Civil War

For all the films made about World War II and larger scale conflicts, the few that depict smaller, more concentrated ones are sometimes more effective. Roland Joffé’s 1984 drama The Killing Fields hones in on Cambodia, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Adrien Brody Wants To Play The Joker In Justice League

20 May 2014 7:44 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody has his sights set on a juicy comic-book role: The Joker. Brody was considered to play the dastardly villain in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, but he was passed over in favour of Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar for the iconic role. When asked about playing The Joker in Justice League at the Cannes Film Festival, Brody revealed that he is certainly interested.

“I would do it if I feel I can contribute something valuable and that the role would be interesting to me,” Brody said. “To me, the villains are way fun! But [studios] don’t offer me those roles. If there is an opportunity to do something like that and play a comic book hero or villain, that’s not something I’m fundamentally opposed to.”

Although Brody’s stunned acceptance speech when he won the Best Actor Oscar for The Pianist in 2003 is a memorable moment, »

- Jordan Adler

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