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."
Lizzy Caplan, Steve Buscemi
Halfway through the pilot episode of the Showtime series Masters of Sex, which is based on the story of real-life sex researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, Masters leaves his wife, Libby, in the care of another doctor as she undergoes infertility treatments so he can slip into a neighboring examination room and watch a prostitute masturbate... It's an amazingly rich six minutes of television that manages not only to set up most of the first season's major plotlines and underlying emotional tensions, but also to explain the story's historical import. In a strictly factual sense, it's also mostly made up.
Clive Standen, Alexander Ludwig and Travis Fimmel
Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Rollo (Clive Standen) might be reunited, but we wish it was under happier circumstances. The Vikings brothers have united against an even bigger enemy than each other: Jarl Borg (Thorbjorn Harr), their former ally who's taken over Kattegat as revenge. But will Ragnar and Rollo be able to work together again after all that's happened?
Get ready for more Vikings.
History has renewed the drama series for a third season, which will air in 2015, the cable channel announced Tuesday.
[WARNING: The following contains major spoilers from Thursday's episode of Vikings. Read at your own risk.]
Vikings is no stranger to violence, but what happened to Athelstan this week was almost too painful to watch.
The former monk-turned-Viking warrior was captured by the Anglo-Saxons and, in a cruel twist of fate, strung up and crucified wearing a crown of thorns. George Blagden spoke to TVGuide.com about filming the excruciating ordeal, what's next for Athelstan and more.
On Thursday's Vikings (10/9c, History), Alexander Ludwig makes his debut as the new, more mature Bjorn. And though Ragnar's son has seemingly tripled in size, it's nice to see he's still rocking the same Skrillex undercut! But while Bjorn doesn't have the imposing beard or tattoos of many of his fellow Vikings, Ludwig promises he's grown to be an even better fighter than his father. Though, that's not to say he hasn't inherited some of his mother's better qualities, as well...
Vikings will jump ahead four years on Thursday's episode following the events of the season premiere, which saw the Lothbrok family torn apart. Unfortunately for poor, disgraced Rollo, his situation hasn't improved much since surrendering in battle and returning home an outcast.
"He's a broken man. He hates himself. He wants to leave and it's Siggy [Jessalyn Gilsig] who comes to his salvation," Clive Standen tells TVGuide.com.
Grab your armor and a bowl of popcorn — History Channel has announced the return date for Vikings!
The hit series' second season will premiere on...
Louis Gossett Jr. and LeVar Burton
History Channel has acquired the rights to the famous TV miniseries Roots, Deadline.com reports.
The 12-hour miniseries, based on...