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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
He was a man who could do the impossible. He thrilled the entire world as one of the greatest magicians and illusionists of all time. And no, we're not talking about Criss Angel. Harry Houdini continues to fascinate decades after his mysterious death, commonly thought to be caused by appendicitis, though rumors of foul play persist to this day. And none other than Adrien Brody will bring this signature turn of the century saga to life. The full length trailer for the History Channel miniseries "Houdini" has dropped, indicating the series will track Houdini's rise to international stardom. Uli Edel ("The Baader Meinhof Complex") directs a handsome production spanning four hours. It should be great to see Brody stretch into such a rich character. And yes, that's Kristin Connolly of "House Of Cards" fame as Houdini's wife. The series will air on September 1st and 2nd. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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.
- Joey Paur
Tom Schilling is one of Germany’s biggest stars. A former child actor who has seen much success in his adult career, he gave strong turns in Before the Fall – winning an award that garnered him a scholarship to go study at the Strasburg Institute in New York – and 2008’s Oscar-nominated The Baader Meinhof Complex. Quite fluent in English, the actor will soon be seen in North America in the big-screen adaptation of Suite Française, the dramedy Posthumous starring Brit Marling, and the historical drama The Woman in Gold, starring Ryan Reynolds, Tatiana Maslany and Helen Mirren.
Back in his native Germany, however, Schilling received much acclaim for the 2012 film Oh Boy!, winning a German Film Award and a Bambi Award for his portrayal of aimless slacker Niko Fischer. Now, audiences in North America can check out his award-winning performance as well, although the film has a new title: A Coffee in Berlin. »
- Jordan Adler
Just recently we caught the trailer for a new Nicolas Cage thriller called Rage that seems bound for the bargain bin. Now news from Cannes has Cage pegged to start in two very different films. First up, THR has word that the National Treasure star will venture into political drama with The Runner, which will mark the directing and writing debut of Austin Stark, a producer of Sundance indie films like Infinitely Polar Bear and Happythankyoumoreplease. The film is set in the aftermath of the 2010 Bp oil sill and follows Cage as an idealistic but flawed New Orleans congressman who is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal. Sounds like new territory for Cage, which could be refreshing. Secondly, Variety reports Cage will also star in Pay the Ghost, a supernatural thriller set up at Voltage Films with Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex) directing. »
- Ethan Anderton
Nicolas Cage is Hollywood’s King Of The Bizarrely-Titled Movie. There was Drive Angry, The Bad Lieutenant – Port Of Call New Orleans (try ordering that off Amazon after a few lagers) and Bangkok Dangerous. It’s like the names had been translated from Dutch by a Nepalese yak herder and then sent to the printers via predictive text. Now Mr Cage is adding to his catalogue by signing up for Pay The Ghost, just announced at Cannes.
What is the supernatural thriller about? Images abound of Cage in hock to a muscle-bound bailiff who just happens to be deceased! That’s not the lowdown unfortunately. In reality he plays an English professor searching for his missing son during Halloween. While the actor has the eccentricity required to play a convincing screen academic it could end up less a case of book keeping and more a cavalcade of butt kicking, depending »
- Steve Palace
There are two kinds of Nicolas Cage movies. There are the ones where he shows his dramatic and comedic breadth as an actor, in films as diverse as Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation and The Weather Man. Then, there are the rest of his films. Notorious for making schlock as well as the occasional stellar film, Cage has one of the biggest resumes of any actor his age. Now on a hot streak due to his role in David Gordon Green’s drama Joe, Cage has signed on to Pay the Ghost, a film that could fall in either category of his filmography.
Based on a short story by Tim Lebbon, Pay the Ghost is about a professor whose son is abducted during a Halloween parade. A year later, he and his wife begin to feel the son’s presence and decide to search for the boy. As they uncover clues »
- Jordan Adler
• Naomi Watts (The Impossible) is in talks to join Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe in Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees. Van Sant teased her potential casting at Cannes, where he hopes to shop the film. The drama follows an American ex-pat intent on taking his life in Japan’s Suicide Forest (or, the Sea of Trees) until he runs into Watanabe’s character — a fellow lost soul — and they both decide to find a way out of the forest together. Watts would play McConaughey’s wife in segments told in flashback. She currently has three movies in post including Birdman, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Voltage is currently casting the other principal roles in anticipation of selling the film at the Cannes Film Market.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The story centers on a Nyu English professor seeking tenure, whose world is turned upside down when his eight-year-old son mysteriously disappears from a Halloween parade. Nicolas Cage's performance in the critically-acclaimed indie drama Joe is what lead the filmmakers to seek him out for this role.
Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex) is directing from a screenplay by Daniel Kay, based on the short story of the same name by Tim Lebbon. The screenwriter developed the script on spec with Ian Levy of Midnight Kitchen Productions, who is producing alongside Voltage Pictures' Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores. Voltage is currently seeking a female lead for the project, in hopes of getting production started sometime this summer.
Voltage is launching sales at Cannes and currently casting the principal female role with the aim to begin shooting in the late summer.
Cage will play a hard-working Nyu English professor bucking for tenure when his 8-year-old son mysteriously vanishes from a Halloween day parade. The screenplay was written by Dan Kay, based on a short story of the same name written by fantasy novelist Tim Lebbon.
Cage was most recently seen in “Joe, »
- Dave McNary
In the year that we commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, the BBC have looked beyond the devastation of this earlier conflict to World War II, and the war on the Eastern Front with original German drama series Generation War.
In the swirling chaos of the World War, Generation War crafts a tragic and intimate story of the lives of five friends who are impacted by the events of the German invasion of Russia.
For part one of our Generation War special feature, HeyUGuys had the privilege to speak with Volker Bruch who plays Wilhelm Winter, one of the tragic five lead characters. Volker looked back not only to the past of turbulent war, but to the roots of his career. He also shared with us amongst other things his thoughts on Generation War as a ghost story, albeit in a different sense of the word, his frequent »
- Paul Risker
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