Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Netflix’s awesomely playful campaign for Season 4 of Arrested Development continues with a banana-flavored Easter egg. Also after the jump:
- The CW moves Cult from Fridays to never
- Starz sets a premiere date for Magic City
- Being Human gets renewed by Syfy
- Jamie Foxx will direct horror for Syfy
- … and see what else the network has planned
- Adrien Brody is History’s Harry Houdini
- Ryan Murphy‘s new drama heads to HBO
- Jason Bateman says “Manage your expectations”
- See The Simpsons‘ homage to Breaking Bad
- … and Family Guy‘s nod to King of the Hill
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Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
Aaron Sorkin‘s new career as a librettist has been cancelled, or at least postponed. The in-demand writer has backed out of Houdini, the Broadway musical production that has Hugh Jackman attached to star as the world-famous magician. (Cue the escape artist jokes.) Jackman, composer Steven Schwartz (Wicked), director Jack O’Brien (Hairspray), and producers Scott Sanders and David Rockwell remain on board. Keep reading after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
For a while there, it seemed all but certain that The Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross would return for the sequel, Catching Fire. But that, of course, didn’t pan out, and with Francis Lawrence now firmly positioned in the director’s chair for that film, Ross is weighing a few different options for his next move.
Among other things, he’s just entered talks for Summit’s Houdini, an adaptation of William Kalush and Larry Sloman‘s biography The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America’s First Superhero. Ironically enough, this project could pit him against his Hunger Games successor Lawrence, who’s attached to Columbia’s unrelated Houdini project. More after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
That Hugh Jackman loves musicals and the theater isn’t a secret, so it’s not surprising that he’s set to make his return to Broadway in the 2013-2014 season. What makes this particular appearance extra special, however, is that he’ll be hitting the stage as the lead of Houdini, the librettist debut of Aaron Sorkin. (This is a completely separate project from the other Houdini, a film by director Francis Lawrence.) Three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien is slated to direct, with Stephen Schwartz writing the music. More details after the jump.
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Briefly: Since it seems like everything in Hollywood comes in packs of three or more these days, Sony has revived plans to make a Harry Houdini film. Francis Lawrence (Water For Elephants, I Am Legend) is now in talks to direct the film that once had Paul Verhoeven set to direct. Read More »
One of the most interesting pop culture stories from the early days of the 20th century is the friendship between Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Spiritualism was all the rage at the time — think seances, levitations, speaking to the dead, and so forth, driven in part by people hoping to reconnect with loved ones killed in WWI. Houdini was an outspoken anti-Spiritualist who worked for Scientific American exposing fake mediums. Doyle, meanwhile, was a serious Spiritualist, driven in part by grief at the death of his wife. (Perhaps ironically, Houdini’s stance against Spiritualism came in part from curiosity about the practice after the death of his mother.)
And yet the two became real friends, at least for a time. There is a good amount of literature on their friendship and, frankly, I’m surprised no one has ever made a film or TV show exploiting their shared history. Now DreamWorks might, as the studio has picked up Voices From the Dead, a script by J. Michael Straczynski that uses the mens’ friendship as the basis for a supernatural thriller. Read More »
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