Magazine article Variety

Still Conquering Showbiz Worlds

Magazine article Variety

Still Conquering Showbiz Worlds

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The Penn & Teller empire comprises feature films, books, television and legit theater

They're on track to break Las Vegas records for longevity, they've been staples on TV for decades and they're Broadway vets, but Penn & Teller are still pushing out into new ventures and new shows.

Among their upcoming projects: A movie exploring the work of the Dutch painter Vermeer, through their own lens, of course. "It's about Vermeer, and it's about an American scientist and inventor who has done some amazing research and experimentation," says Teller. They're keeping mum on the details but they're well into editing, hope to lock picture soon and launch the pic the festival circuit.

They have a Showtime pilot in the works, too, called Smoke and Mirrors. Teller says, "It is similar in philosophical position to Penn and Teller's Bullshit, in that it is skeptical; it's a little more personal, and is a little less theatrical-looking. It's a little more like spending an evening with Penn and Teller in their living room. …

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