WEIRD TALES: ‘The Spirit Fakers of Hermannstadt’, by Harry Houdini, 1924

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The Spirit Fakers of Hermannstadt

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Harry Houdini: Water Torture Cell, 1916

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Houdini: Water Torture Escape

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Johnny Depp in Talks to Headline ‘The Secret Life of Houdini’

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For Screen Rant reports: Johnny Depp has portrayed a number of famous historical personalities over the years – including, American filmmaker Ed Wood in Tim Burton’s movie of the same name, ‘20s era bank robber John Dillinger in Public Enemies, and journalist/author Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas among others. With these roles under his belt – as well as many popular fictional characters – he has become one of the most successful and well-known character actors in Hollywood.

Now, Depp may tackle another historically famous and beloved character: the legendary magician, escape artist, and stunt performer, Harry Houdini.

THR reported that Depp is in negotiations with Lionsgate/Summit to star in their upcoming film, The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero. The movie will delve into both Houdini’s illusionist career, as well as his legacy of investigating and disproving spiritualists and the occult. (This version of Houdini’s story has been likened to an Indiana Jones-style adventure.)

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Dean Parisot (Red 2) will direct and Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) adapted the script from William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s original book of the same name. Christi Dembrowski, Depp’s producing partner at his production company Infinitum Nihil, is also in talks to produce the Houdini film, along with Frank Marshall (The Bourne Legacy) and Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook). Read the rest of this entry »


Hoosegow Houdini: Prisoner Escapes Los Angeles Jail by Walking Out

Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was being sought after escaping from jail on March 12, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

Christopher Lee Brown, 37. Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

KTLA 5‘s Melissa Pamer reports: A county jail inmate who escaped from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles after a security lapse prompted a search on Thursday, authorities said.

“…Brown, who had been sentenced on Wednesday to four years and eight months in jail for stealing computers from a medical center, was able to impersonate another inmate and escape…”

cr13-6668“As a result of the inmate’s actions, and that it appears that mandated security practices may not have been followed, the inmate was able to escape through the jail Inmate Reception Center release area door,” Parker said in a news release issued about five hours after the escape was first announced on Twitter. “Identified security concerns were immediately remedied.”Christopher Lee Brown, 37, walked out of the release area in the jail about 10 p.m. Wednesday after staff apparently failed to follow security practices, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Mike Parker said.

Brown, who had been sentenced on Wednesday to four years and eight months in jail for stealing computers from a medical center, was able to impersonate another inmate and escape, Parker said.

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The legendary Harry Houdini

An inmate wristband count during the night revealed Brown was “not where he was supposed to be,” and a subsequent search and surveillance video revealed Brown had left through the “release area” at 10 p.m., the news release stated. Read the rest of this entry »