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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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    Watch: 70 Minute Master Class With William Friedkin

    As you’ve probably heard by now, we caught up with William Friedkin at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival last week where he revealed he’s had a meeting with “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto about working on season two—we’ll have the full interview for you soon. While we wait to see...

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    'Low Down''s Elle Fanning Wins Best Actress Award at Karlovy Vary Fest

    Georgia's "Corn Island" and Hungary's "Free Fall" walked with the festival's Grand Prix Crystal Globe and Special Jury Prize, respectively.

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    Exclusive: William Friedkin Has Met With 'True Detective' Creator Nic Pizzolatto, Potentially In Mix For Season 2

    Today at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival we got to sit down with the wonderfully forthcoming William Friedkin, recipient of an honorary award here. He was as full of anecdotes and tidbits as ever, and we'll have the full interview for you soon, but one item he shared with us, is that hi...

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    TV Shows Based On William Friedkin's 'Killer Joe' & 'To Live And Die in L.A.' Developing

    To the filmmaker looking to tell adult stories on an appropriately sized canvas without having to cater to a four-quadrant audience or worry about securing a 3D upcharge, television is quickly becoming heaven. 2014 alone will see Cary Fukunaga, Steven Soderbergh and the Coen Brothers embrace the sma...

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    William Friedkin Says He Passed On Producing 'Star Wars,' Warns Fans Not To Buy 'Sorcerer' DVD

    "Star Wars" lore goes that when George Lucas was putting his film together, no one could have guessed just how big it would become. Indeed, the space fantasy turned into a pop culture phenomenon, that even decades on, has rarely been matched. When Disney paid $4 billion just for the rights to the fr...

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    5 Directors We Want To See Tackle 'True Detective' Season 2

    Well, the most-talked about TV drama since "Breaking Bad" is done for the moment, with the eighth episode of "True Detective" airing on HBO Sunday night, providing closure on the Yellow King and the spread of the conspiracy (catch up with our recap of the final part here). For the last couple of mon...

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    Director William Friedkin to Receive Honorary Award at CPH PIX

    At this year's CPH PIX, Denmark's biggest annual feature film festival, the Danish Film Academy will present Oscar-winning director William Friedkin with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the Honorary ROBERT. The director himself will attend the festival from April 2nd-6th, presenting his landmark films...

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