Adrien Brody Channels His Inner Criss Angel In History Channel's 'Houdini' Trailer

Houdini was the original Mindfreak, only with fewer wallet chains. The History Channel, not be outshined by its peers, offering up programs on bird murderers, fat children in pageants, and people forced to pawn things, has decided to compete using the high(er) road. Biopics with somewhat big stars attached. In this case, angular man Adrien Brody will be playing the iconic showman. This time up, we're getting treated to the life of Harry Houdini, the only magician in history who didn't rely on glitter and lasers to get his point across. Fortunately, Harry Houdini's work was pretty theatrical, so this could translate better to television than a guy who keeps asking "Is this your card?" and tries to convince you that he just made you float. Houdini will be a two-part series airing on September 1 and 2 this fall. (Deadline)

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Leonardo DiCaprio Channels Batman In 'J. Edgar' Trailer

Looks good. Can't wait until Taylor Lautner stars in a Dick Cheney biopic. I'd never known that J. Edgar Hoover and Batman were so similar until I watched this trailer for J. Edgar. Both committed themselves to ridding society of gangsters and evil-doers. Both took the fight in both hands when the downtrodden weren't strong enough to rise. And both enjoyed to play dress up. Leonardo DiCaprio and a balding cap star as the FBI director in a story that spans several decades. The 987th film from celebrated director Clint Eastwood, J. Edgar will hit theaters just in time for awards season by opening wide on November 11th. Though it's likely to face some strong competition from Darren Lynn Bousman's 11-11-11.


Steve Carell Channels Lorne Michaels In Newest 'Foxcatcher' Trailer

It's all I can see. The fourth trailer for Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher focuses on the emotional abuse heaped on Channing Tatum's Mark Schultz by Steve Carrell's John DuPont, as well as how Mark Ruffallo's character drives a wedge into DuPont's plans. Carrell seems chilling in this film. Like Lorne Michaels if he were allowed to hunt the Saturday Night Live cast for sport. Speaking of which, has anyone heard from Joe Piscopo lately?


Melissa McCarthy Reveals That She Was Channeling Guy Fieri In 'Bridesmaids'

It all makes so much sense. It all makes so much sense. Melissa McCarthy is enjoying some success thanks to her show-stealing turn as the oddball Megan in Bridesmaids. The character kept people laughing with tales of her connection to dolphins who saved her after a cruise ship messed up her shit and her off-kilter personal style. She told Conan last night that personal style was inspired by someone we all know. "Really, when I first read it, the first person that I thought of was Guy Fieri from the Food Network. I wanted to do the shirt, the Kangol. Every scene I would have my glasses on the back of my head. I tried for a long time to convince them to let me wear short, white, spiky hair, and they were like, 'You can't actually be Guy Fieri.' Cut it off at some point!" Now that she's pointed out the influence, it's spot-on. I'd say we should get these two in a room together, but if they were to touch it could rip the fabric of space and time. And I personally refuse to travel back to a time before Panera Bread. (via Splitsider)