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

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 21, 2014 2:05 PM
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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: season 2 of “True Detective,” or part thereof.

Watch: 70 Minute Master Class With William Friedkin

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 15, 2014 12:26 PM
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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 how the directing situation for the HBO show pans out, it’s the perfect opportunity to sit in on a master class Friedkin conducted at the festival.

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

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 9, 2014 9:03 AM
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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 his involvement with "True Detective" Season 2 might be a little more than the pie-in-the-sky dream casting that we did back in March.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 9, 2014 10:00 AM
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Killer Joe To Live And Die In L.A.
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 small screen format, and now a filmmaking legend is looking to bring his projects (back) to life on cable.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2014 10:22 AM
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"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 franchise, it spoke to the ongoing appeal and longevity of Lucas' creation, which makes it all the sobering to realize that Lucas initially had trouble finding a home for the project. And even his filmmaking friends Francis Ford Coppola and William Friedkin turned him down.

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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2014 1:20 PM
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True Detective
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 months, the internet has been abuzz with theories, arguments and think-pieces: whatever you think of Nic Pizzolatto's show, there's no denying that it provided an awful lot to chew on.

Watch: William Friedkin Spends 15 Minutes Talking About His Favorite Films Of All Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2014 4:08 PM
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Yesterday, William Friedkin fans (and let's face it, fans of good movies in general) got the welcome news that the director's long, legally entangled '70s cult thriller "Sorcerer" was finally coming to home video with a brand spanking new restoration. And to keep that good feeling going, we've got another treat for you.

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

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • December 10, 2013 11:21 AM
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William Friedkin Mae West Bette Midler
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.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 2:26 PM
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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 documentary "Voyage Of Time." But, that being said, he's got two more movies cooking, "Knight Of Cups" and the still untitled Austin music scene set picture. And now, a minor update has arrived, but the short answer? He's still working on it, of course.

Venice Review: Sam Fuller Documentary 'A Fuller Life'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2013 12:57 PM
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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. Generally favoring low-budget and independently-produced pictures, but not averse to working within the studio system (he had a good relationship with Daryl Zanuck), he knocked out a string of genre classics — from "Pickup On South Street" and "Four Guns" to "Shock Corridor" and his epic autobiographical masterpiece "The Big Red One" — that quietly influenced many of your favourite directors.

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