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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2013 11:04 AM
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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, dark, heavy movie." And last fall, when he signed up for the awesomely titled "I Am Wrath" with William Friedkin slated to direct, it was another project that showed that the actor was perhaps returning to the kind of material of his early career highlights.

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

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 12, 2013 10:01 AM
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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 difficulties and lawsuits surrounding the film have plagued the past 12 months for the filmmaker, but now it appears Friedkin may finally gain some peace with his underseen gem.

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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 2:35 PM
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Update 10/01: Deadline confirms this is really, and truly, happening

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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 22, 2012 10:25 AM
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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" to his own experimental directorial efforts like "Sal." But it's partly the sheer volume of the announcements -- with something new coming every few days, seemingly -- and partly how obscure some of them sound, that's given us something close to Franco fatigue.

The Essentials: The 5 Best William Friedkin Films

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 30, 2012 12:00 PM
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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 critical and commercial flops after "The Exorcist" saw his stock drop quickly, and while there were a few quiet gems, the quality of his work tended to be closer to sub-"Basic Instinct" erotic thriller "Jade" (which Friedkin has said is one of his favorite of his films, curiously), or tree-rape horror "The Guardian," than to his breakout films.

Exclusive: William Friedkin Talks Making 'Killer Joe,' The Problem With Exorcism Movies, 'Sorcerer' & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2012 11:59 AM
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Deep fried, dangerous, obscene, hilarious and hugely entertaining, while not for the faint of heart, William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" proves the director hasn't lost the energetic spirit that put him on the map in the 1970s with films like "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist." And indeed, it might be his most controversial film since that latter pic. The film's violence and nudity might have made some folks at the MPAA squirm, but it was undoubtedly a climatic sequence involving fried chicken that pushed them over the edge.

Exclusive: Emile Hirsch Tries To Stop The Hit In Clip From William Friedkin's 'Killer Joe' Starring Matthew McConaughey

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2012 2:05 PM
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As wickedly funny as it is gleefully depraved, William Friedkin's B-movie sizzler "Killer Joe" is really unlike anything you'll see this year. Hilarious and jaw dropping in equal measure, the movie is a fiercely entertaining good time, and while that NC-17 rating by the MPAA is a bit harsh, it speaks volumes about the film's tone and content that certainly pushes the envelope.

Watch: 2 Clips From ‘Killer Joe’ Showcase Twisted Tone, Better Look At Thomas Haden Church and Juno Temple’s Characters

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 28, 2012 12:18 PM
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In a film as filled to the brim with deliciously nasty characters and dialogue as “Killer Joe,” it’s been frustrating to see it marketed down through snatches of seemingly generic action beats and lines in the trailer. Luckily though, two new clips have appeared to give a better sense of the film’s tone overall, as well as give a nice look at the scene-chewing from its excellent cast.

BAMCinematek Celebrates Tangerine Dream: We Pick Their 5 Best Soundtrack Scores

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 5, 2012 6:28 PM
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As the New York Times so aptly observed this weekend, eerie '80s synths score are synonymous with the German experimental electronic music group Tangerine Dream. And yet, the group and their sinister and moody, but anonymous modulations, we're never celebrated as loudly in that era (or since) compared to the works of other '80s synth-heavy composers like Harold Faltermeyer ("Top Gun," "Fletch," "Beverley Hills Cop"), John Carpenter ("Escape from New York," "The Thing") and Vangelis ("Chariots of Fire," "Blade Runner").

William Friedkin Discusses Frustrating Lawsuit Over His Undersung '70s Film 'Sorcerer'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 11, 2012 7:19 PM
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When discussing the scrappy and hirsute "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" generation of 1970s filmmakers, the narrative arc of William Friedkin is a fun one to tell, and is often the stuff of legend. While he doesn't rank up there among some of the peers of that era like Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, he was the first of them to deliver what many call the first true blockbuster before "Jaws" and "Star Wars" with 1973's "The Exorcist." Arriving just two years after his critical hit "The French Connection" (which earned him an Academy Award for Best Director; 4 wins and 8 nominations total), "The Exorcist" became one of the highest-earning movies of all time during its era, grossing over $441 million worldwide (which is still a great figure by today's standards).

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