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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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Past Oscar Nominees Could Dominate Costume Design Category

2 October 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The 87th Academy Awards could see a collection of familiar names in the costume design category, from Oscar winner and 10-time nominee Colleen Atwood to one-time nominee Michael Wilkinson. When It comes down to securing nominations for costumes, it doesn’t matter how well the film has fared in other Oscar categories. Films such as Jane Eyre (2011), Mirror Mirror (2012) and The Invisible Woman (2013) were only nominated for costume design.

Atwood could receive nominations for Disney’s Into the Woods and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes during the upcoming awards cycle. Of her 10 nominations to date, she’s won three: best picture winner Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010). Atwood has designed the costumes for nine of Burton’s films: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl to star in Colonia

29 September 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Thriller marks Emma Watson’s first lead role since Harry Potter.

Pincipal photography is about to begin on thriller Colonia, from German director Florian Gallenberger (John Rabe). 

The film stars Emma Watson in her first lead role since the Harry Potter franchise and Daniel Brühl, the German star of Rush and The Face of an Angel.

The film will shoot in Luxembourg, Munich, Berlin and South America, until the end of the year.

Colonia tells the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple, who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973.

Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad

The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel.

Gallenberger is directing »

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

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Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl to begin Colonia shoot

29 September 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Thriller marks Emma Watson’s first lead role since Harry Potter.

Pincipal photography is about to begin on thriller Colonia, from German director Florian Gallenberger (John Rabe). 

The film stars Emma Watson in her first lead role since the Harry Potter franchise and Daniel Brühl, the German star of Rush and The Face of an Angel.

The film will shoot in Luxembourg, Munich, Berlin and South America, until the end of the year.

Colonia tells the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple, who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973.

Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad

The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel.

Gallenberger is directing »

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

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Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl To Star In Period Thriller ‘Colonia’

29 September 2014 4:42 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

German helmer Florian Gallenberger won an Oscar for his 2000 short film Quiero Ser (I Want To Be…) and followed that up with such features as Honolulu and City Of War: The Story Of John Rabe. Both those films starred Daniel Bruhl with whom the director is reteaming on Colonia. Principal photography is about to begin on the thriller that has Emma Watson opposite Bruhl in a tale inspired by true events. They play a young couple who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel (Bruhl) is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena (Watson) tracks him to a sealed-off area in the south of the country called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by a lay preacher, but is in fact a place from which no one has ever escaped. In order to find her beloved, Lena decides to join the cult. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Studiocanal Pacts With China’s Leading Svod Platforms YoukuTudou And BesTV

8 September 2014 2:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Aiming to supply China’s booming market with upscale European fare, Studiocanal has signed multi-year deals with two leading Chinese Svod platforms, YoukuTudou and BesTV New Media.

The deal YoukuTudou covers Svod right to over 50 Studiocanal films, including “About a Boy,” Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist” and David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr..” Meanwhile, the pact with BesTV New Media – which reaches 20 million subscribers — covers several dozen titles from Studiocanal’s library. The agreements also entail Svod rights to diverse French-language movies, notably “Cloclo” (pictured above), the biopic of famed singer Claude Francois, and “8 Women,” Francois Ozon’s mystery/musical comedy with Catherine Deneuve.

Studiocanal’s rich and diversified library boasts more than 5,000 films, many of which are European and French classics.

Per Matthieu Zeller, Evp of international marketing, distribution and business development, these deals “will give Chinese audiences access to a film offering that is different from but complementary with »

- Elsa Keslassy

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170 Days until Oscars: Brody & Dreyfuss

5 September 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

170 is the amount of days by which Adrien Brody (The Pianist) narrowly defeated Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl) to become the Youngest Best Actor winner ever. Do you think both of them deserved their wins?

Adrien Brody (29) and Richard Dreyfus (30) are the 2 youngest Lead Actor winners

1977 Best Actor 2002 Best Actor Woody Allen, Annie Hall Adrien Brody, The Pianist Richard Burton, Equus Nicolas Cage, Adaptation Richard Dreyfus, The Goodbye Girl Michael Caine, The Quiet American Marcelo Mastroianni, A Special Day Daniel Day Lewis, Gangs of New York John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt

 

The most hilarious thing about this statistic is that Adrien Brody is both the youngest Best Actor winner at 29 And the only twentysomething winner. Meanwhile "29" is actually the most common age to win Best Actress. These eight women all accomplished it and none of them were anywhere close to making a "youngest" list. 

Ginger Rogers, »

- NATHANIEL R

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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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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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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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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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- Sadie Gennis

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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. »

- Jacob Shamsian

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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 »

- Melissa Thompson

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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 »

- Joey Paur

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