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Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace always seemed like one of those books that people like to claim to have read but may not have actually done so, mainly given its formidable size, clocking in at well over 1,000 pages. If you fall into this category, you’re in luck, as a BBC adaptation of the novel — airing in the United States across the A&E, History and Lifetime networks — condenses the story into its main elements and delivers a strong costume drama the likes of which used to be featured regularly on A&E and History. (Whether or not … Continue reading
Every since they were kids Rick and Marty Lagina have shared an insatiable desire (Rick a little more than Marty) to solve the mystery surrounding Oak Island, a 140-acre island off the coast of Nova Scotia believed to be the resting place of ancient treasures dating back to the Knights Templar (some even believe the Ark of the Covenant is located there). The legends about deadly curses and glorious treasures have fascinated explorers for over 200 years. It’s been a maddening process but they are determined to see it through. We recently talked to the lovable Lagina brothers (Marty is … Continue reading
If you were alone — REALLY alone — in the wilderness, what do you think would do you in first? The wild, predatory animals? The harsh terrain? Or the unfathomable loneliness that can only come from being totally cut-off from all of humanity? (I want to say the loneliness would get me, but I’m pretty sure I’d be mauled by a black bear before I had the chance to pine for human contact. But then again, I’m no survivalist. Thank goodness the contenders on Alone are, or this series would be done after day one.) Tonight at 10pm ET/PT (9pm … Continue reading
The enormity of the talent involved in History’s exhilarating new historical drama, Texas Rising, was more than evident as Bill Paxton, Olivier Martinez, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Roland Joffé walked into a hotel cottage in Pasadena earlier this year to talk to us about the 10-hour event series. It’s truly the TV event of the year with an emotionally riveting story and a cast list that extends beyond the aforementioned, which includes Brendan Fraser, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trevor … Continue reading
Former Army Ranger and decorated Air Force para-rescue specialist Wil Willis, who previously gained fame on TV through the series Special Ops Mission and Triggers on the former Military Channel, will return in a new competition series debuting this summer on History. Called Forged in Fire, the program will feature world-class bladesmiths re-creating many of history’s most iconic edged weapons, from the Japanese katana to the medieval broadsword and ancient throwing blades like the Chakram. More from History: “In each episode, four master bladesmiths will put their skills and reputations on the line, trying to avoid elimination while using traditional and state-of-the-art tools and machinery … Continue reading
History’s upcoming miniseries Texas Rising — premiering on Memorial Day — will also include a soundtrack album featuring new music from legendary performers such as George Strait (who performs the title song “Take Me to Texas”; new tracks from Jose Feliciano; and a new cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” performed by series costar Kris Kristofferson (pictured below as Andrew Jackson with costar Olivier Martinez as Santa Anna). Today, History released a music video for Kristofferson’s rendition of “I Won’t Back Down,” a fitting tune considering that the series details what followed the battle at the Alamo for the fight for … Continue reading
The name Sam Adams may be familiar to most Americans nowadays as the name of a beer, but he was, of course, in real life one of the patriots instrumental in leading the American Revolution. He is one of the main characters followed in Sons of Liberty, the new scripted miniseries on History about the years leading up to that monumental event. The three-night, six-hour Sons of Liberty (named after the moniker the group of young freedom fighters gave themselves) chronicles the years 1765-1775. While the Revolution itself has been covered in many a film and TV series, these earlier … Continue reading
On Sept. 1 and 2, History will debut a two-night scripted miniseries called Houdini, chronicling the life of famed escape artist Harry Houdini (born Ehrich Weiss). Adrien Brody stars in the production, which follows the illusionist as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era. Kristen Connolly costars as Bess, the love of Harry’s life and his right hand when it came to many of his feats. RELATED: INTERVIEW WITH ADRIEN BRODY Adding to the realism of the production, iconic, vintage posters of Houdini have been recreated to feature Adrien Brody’s likeness, … Continue reading
Adrien Brody as Houdini is simply captivating. Brody stars in History’s two-part miniseres — Houdini — airing Monday, Sept. 1 and Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 9pm ET/PT. Ehrich Weiss, the man known to the world as Harry Houdini, was one of America’s first superstars. Oscar winner Brody defies expectations yet again in this telefilm, portraying the famed escape artist and illusionist. The two-part miniseries starts via a self-narration, where Brody voices: “Fear is how I know I’m alive. Unlike other people, I don’t escape life. I escape death.” The film takes us on a fast-paced, thrilling ride throughout Harry’s psyche, … Continue reading
Premiering this Memorial Day, May 26, History’s three-night event series The World Wars is a look at the years 1914-45 — three decades of devastating war that changed the course of the world. History has announced that President Obama will introduce night one of the six-hour series. Other notable figures included in the series to offer insights are Sen. John McCain, Gen. Colin Powell, British Prime Minister John Major, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and more. Narrated by Jeremy Renner, The World Wars looks back at the war years through the eyes of the powerful men of the time — Roosevelt, Hitler, … Continue reading