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    Bette Midler to Star in 'Mae West' for HBO Films, William Friedkin Directing

    Hollywood legend Mae West will soon be returning to the screen. According to Deadline, HBO has put into development "Mae West," a film adaptation of the star's autobiography "Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It," with none other than than the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, set to play West.

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    William Friedkin To Direct & Bette Midler To Star In 'Mae West' Biopic For HBO Films

    After hearing Martin Scorsese recently talk about only having a few films left in him at the age of 71, it's heartening to see that 78-year-old William Friedkin is still going strong. The director will follow up his last film, “Killer Joe,” with a biopic on the late, great Mae West.

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    Steven Soderbergh's Favorite James Bond Movie

    Everyone's a critic, and that includes Steven Soderbergh on James Bond, David Cronenberg on Stanley Kubrick and William Friedkin on Terrence Malick.

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    Michael Fassbender Uncertain He'll Make The Cut In Terrence Malick's Austin Movie, William Friedkin Disses 'To The Wonder'

    While fans have been excited about this sudden flurry of activity, 2013 has been a bit of a bumpy year for the always under-the-radar Terrence Malick. His latest "To The Wonder" found him getting the rockiest reviews of his career, while he's in the midst of a lawsuit with producers over his brewing...

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    Venice Review: Sam Fuller Documentary 'A Fuller Life'

    Like most right-minded film fans we're big fans of Sam Fuller (check out our list of essential films from the director). Kicking of his career as a crime reporter and novelist, Fuller soon found his way to Hollywood and after serving in World War Two as an infantryman, became a film director. Genera...

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    8 Established Filmmakers Who Reinvented Themselves With Risky Low-Budget Efforts

    This Friday will see the VOD release of Paul Schrader's much talked about "The Canyons," a film both inspired by and conceived for the post-theatrical era (though it will receive a limited theatrical run starting out in NYC and Toronto). The film, which revolves around a toxic producer (adult star J...

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    Listen: William Friedkin Talks Clashing With Bernard Herrmann, Making 'French Connection' & More On 'The Treatment'

    One of the foremost cinematic raconteurs that continues to create compelling works for discussion, director William Friedkin most recently scored a modest hit and showcase for Matthew McConaughey with “Killer Joe,” and oversaw a restoration of his 1977 suspense drama “Sorcerer.” Friedkin compiled ma...

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    'I Thought I Was Bulletproof': William Friedkin Looks Back on the '70s

    In a recent interview with New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff, iconoclastic filmmaker William Friedkin sat down to reflect on his diverse career, which spans 19 feature films since the mid-60s.

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    William Friedkin To Receive Golden Lion For Lifetime Achievement

    William Friedkin will be honored at this years Venice International Film Festival with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. This is the 70th year for the festival which will take place from August 28th - September 7th.

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    William Friedkin Talks Losing Perspective, Meeting Devil-Worshipers Shooting 'The Exorcist' & More

    There are few cinematic ranconteurs as engaging as William Friedkin. Candid and filled with a career's worth of stories from the perspective of a filmmaker who has seen the industry change from the freewheeling '70s to the belt-tightening, tentpole focus of today, Friedkin's perspective is unique. A...

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