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    Costume Designer Anthony Powell Talks to BFI, from Polanski to Friedkin's Controversial 'Sorcerer'

    Three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Anthony Powell, who gave us the sumptuous sartorial designs in Roman Polanski's "Tess," Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones films "Temple of Doom" and "Last Crusade" and William Friedkin's "Sorcerer," sat down recently with the BFI to discuss his career. Highli...

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    William Friedkin's Restored 'Sorcerer' Getting A Re-Release, Aiming For The Venice Film Festival

    As William Friedkin spent most of last year on the promo circuit for his deliciously raw "Killer Joe," one frequent question he fielded was about the fate of his 1997 flick "Sorcerer." The film has been in mired in some complex legal stuff, but as Friedkin himself told us last year: " I sued Univers...

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    Berlin Interview: Nicolas Cage Explains Why 'Wicker Man' Is Misunderstood, His Career Choices & More

    With “The Croods,” an animated family film from DreamWorks (our review here), premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival, lead voice actor Nicolas Cage was in town over the weekend, and we got to speak with him in a small group of journalists. About the experience of working on the film it...

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    Nicolas Cage Says 'I Am Wrath' With William Friedkin Is Not Happening, Reveals Dream Project With Roger Corman

    While his decision making process still remains somewhat inscrutable, the undeniably talented Nicolas Cage always defies expectation. Undoubtedly, we're excited for his pairing with David Gordon Green on the thriller "Joe," which the director told us at Sundance was "a slow-burn, ...

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    William Friedkin Says 'Sorcerer' Finally Getting Digital Transfer, But Won't Be On Criterion

    2012 proved by turns an odd and triumphant year for director William Friedkin, who fashioned Matthew McConaughey's performance in the shockingly good “Killer Joe,” but also was forced into dealing with his troubled past, namely the 1977 suspense drama “Sorcerer.” Legal di...

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    Films Misunderstood: Hollywood’s Best Retroactively Redeemed Failures

    People love, in general, to talk about failure, especially as it applies to the movies: stories of bombs or flops or unmitigated disasters of any kind are the industry equivalent of celebrity gossip, and they usually run about as deep.

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    Werner Herzog Has Now Worked With the Killers. What Filmmaker-Musician Collaborations Are Next?

    Werner Herzog recently teamed up with The Killers for an online concert. After watching a sample of their collaboration, what other director/musician pairings should come next?

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    William Friedkin To Direct Nicolas Cage In Thriller 'I Am Wrath'

    Update 10/01: Deadline confirms this is really, and truly, happening

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    James Franco Has Sort-Of-Remade William Friedkin's 'Cruising' For An Art Project

    Is it just us who find it increasingly hard to get enthused about James Franco's new projects? We appreciate his broad-mindedness; the way he can go from blockbusters like "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" to cheap action movies like the Jason Statham vehicle "Homefront" to indies like "About Cherry...

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    The Essentials: The 5 Best William Friedkin Films

    The decent opening weekend for the NC-17 "Killer Joe" should be celebrated for a number of reasons, but perhaps most notably, it marks something of a comeback for director William Friedkin. The helmer was, for a brief period in the 1970s, the most powerful filmmaker in Hollywood, but a series of cri...

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