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    Criticwire Classic of the Week: William Friedkin's 'The Exorcist'

    This week's Criticwire Classic is as much about crisis of faith and God's silence as it is about soup-vomiting demons.

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    'True Detective' Season 2 Comes into Focus: Farrell and Vaughn Confirmed, McAdams 'Closing In'

    In an interview with Ireland's Sunday World newspaper this weekend, Colin Farrell confirmed his role in the forthcoming season of HBO's hit drama. And on Tuesday, HBO officially confirmed the casting of Farrell and Vince Vaughn in lead roles. Here's a rundown of what we know, what's merely rumored, ...

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    Daily Reads: The Best Sports Documentaries, Better Female Representation in Movies and More

    Plus: Why "How to Train Your Dragon 3" was delayed, and whether William Friedkin's "Cruising" was good for gays.

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    Daily Reads: 'Snowpiercer' and New Media, William Friedkin Endorses 'The Exorcist' Explanation and More

    Plus: M. Night Shyamalan as the last original blockbuster director, and what African-Americans do and don't watch on Cable TV.

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    Now Streaming: 'Sorcerer' and 'Palo Alto' Hit VOD

    This week's VOD releases bring strong films from a master and a progeny of New Hollywood.

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    William Friedkin Makes a Midler Musical, Defends Digital, Restores 'Sorcerer,' Reveres Old Studios

    The director has been keeping busy not only writing his memoir, The Friedkin Connection, and directing such films as Tracy Lett's adaptation of "Killer Joe," starring Matthew McConaughey, but many operas. He's legendary for his intensity and demands for excellence--but the results speak for themselv...

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    Interview: William Friedkin on ‘Sorcerer,’ The ‘Killer Joe’ TV Show And Life Beyond “Macho Bullsh*t Stories”

    At 78, William Friedkin is experiencing a new lease on life, career-wise. When we spoke with the genial, anecdote-laden, Oscar-winning director at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, he let drop that he's in contention, at least, for what has to be one of the choicest TV gigs on offer: sea...

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    'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls' Author Peter Biskind Looks Back at the New Hollywood

    Excess – fueled by fame, fortune and self-serving, often-destructive behavior -- often goes hand in hand with success, especially in the movie biz. Few film history books proved that as well as “Easy Rider, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘n’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood."

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