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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: John Michael McDonagh Talks The Anger And Anarchy Of 'Calvary' And Beyond

    This Friday, a film featuring a motley collection of characters of dubious motivation centred around a costumed hero on a mission, will roll into theaters. That’s, right, we’re talking about John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary” the complex, biting, pitchblack follow-up to the director’s more comedic de...

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    'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn Looks Forward-- and Back

    "Guardians of the Galaxy" is the most irreverent Marvel departure, and, thanks to writer-director James Gunn ("Slither"), we're reminded that sci-fi can be fun again. What's old is new again. But even though it wasn't his intention to give us a nostalgia trip while creating his own colorful galaxy o...

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    Interview: Werner Herzog On 'Herzog: The Collection'

    The new box set “Herzog: the Collection,” released by Shout Factory, collects 16 of Herzog's films, presented on Blu-ray for the first time, from his 1970 debut "Even Dwarves Started Small" to 1999's “My Best Fiend." Herzog has 57 films to his name, of course—and counting—but these early works pulse...

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    Why Documentarian Alex Gibney Made a Movie About the Life of Fela Kuti

    Director Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side," "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room") took on "Finding Fela," an immersive portrait of the life of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti, by combining recently re-found footage with a recounting of the Broadway production "Fela!." Gibney's latest d...

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    'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Director James Gunn Discusses Working With Joss Whedon, Sequels, Marvel "Risks" & More

    This week's "Guardians of the Galaxy" pushes the Marvel Cinematic Universe into strange and surprising places. And the person piloting that particular spaceship is co-writer/director James Gunn, who took a relatively obscure property about a group of intergalactic outlaws and turned it into one of t...

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    Why James Franco Stays So Busy: 'A lot of people are unnecessarily slow. It drives me crazy.'

    With his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's dark novel opening this week, the actor-director explains the connections between all his work behind the camera.

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    Brendan Gleeson On Reuniting With John Michael McDonagh to Play a Good Priest in 'Calvary'

    Brendan Gleeson stars as a priest who is threatened with murder in John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary,' which opens Friday. The actor sat down with Indiewire to chat about the film and working with McDonagh again after their collaboration on "The Guard."

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    How to Promote 'A Most Wanted Man' Without Philip Seymour Hoffman: Anton Corbijn on the Hard Experience

    Director Anton Corbjn ("Control," "The American") sat down with Indiewire to discuss the experience of working with Philip Seymour Hoffman on his latest thriller "A Most Wanted Man," and what's it's been like to do press for the film without his leading man by his side. The film, based on John Le Ca...

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    Guillermo Del Toro Talks the Horror and Romance of 'Crimson Peak' at Comic-Con

    Guillermo del Toro, who's become quite the Comic-Con fixture, hugging fanboys and journos alike, admits that his gothic horror-romance, "Crimson Peak" (Oct. 16, 2015), is the biggest movie he's ever made. "Not only the scope is bigger, but I'm going to use a word that I don't normally touch, and tha...

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