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William Friedkin

William Friedkin (born August 29, 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1971 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director.

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John Oliver. Werner Herzog. William Friedkin. & Richard Linklater. Stand out interviews in this weeks *** binge.
William Friedkin's remarkable 1974 interview with Fritz Lang discussing his encounter with Goebbels
The Simpsons lines up spookiest Halloween cameo ever via
More Exorcise For Homer? ♦ The Treehouse of Horror Simpsons Halloween are usually some of the sharpest written...
Actress Linda Blair & Director William Friedkin on set of The Exorcist, 1973.
The Simpsons' latest Halloween special gets the most awesome horror legend to cameo
"Just watch the films of Alfred Hitchcock. That's all you need to know about how to make films. It's wha…
‘Exorcist’ Director William Friedkin will voice a character on this year’s ‘Treehouse of Horror’:…
William Friedkin to Make a Very Spooky Appearance on 'Treehouse of Horror XXVIII': The…
William Friedkin to star in this year's Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror episode
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The Simpsons: William Friedkin will be part of this year's Halloween episode...
are adding another voice to this season's "Treehouse of Horror XXVIII" with William Friedkin's upcoming guest appearance
The French Connection... the 1971 crime thriller movie, directed by William Friedkin, starred Gene Hackman, Fernando Re…
How did I not know Jeanne Moreau and William Friedkin were married?
William Friedkin's turned 40 this summer. Get the legendary director's take on the…
William Friedkin's unflinching adaptation of Robert R. McCammon's "Nightcrawlers" stands with his best work of the decade…
William Friedkin interviews director Scott Cooper on his sadly neglected but powerfully made film 'Black Mass.
Two masters of horror and thriller. William Friedkin and Johnnie To will visit us in Sitges 2017. And also...
William Friedkin & Gene Hackman on the set of THE French Connection (1971).
William Friedkin, Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider behind the scenes on "The French Connection" (1971). ~ Via…
Linda Blair, Jason Miller and Director William Friedkin the set of THE EXORCIST (1973).
William Friedkin would be a great guest. Gary Oldman. Vincent Gallo too. Roger Avary. Jennifer Jason Leigh. Joel Schumacher
Fun fact: William Friedkin wanted to cast Jimmy Breslin as Popeye Doyle in 'The French Connection.'
Make-up tests for 1973 American film dir by William Friedkin
William Friedkin & Max von Sydow on the set of 'The Exorcist' (1973).
William Friedkin directing Ellen Burstyn on the set of The Exorcist.
Met with the legendary William Friedkin, Academy Award winning director, producer & writer of…
Behind the scenes of The French Connection (1971) dir. William Friedkin
I really think that sex always looks kind of funny in a movie.
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ah, and on William Friedkin and Nicole Kidman, thank you:
The first work of the director is to set a mood so that the actor's work can take place...
Fascinating interview with "French Connection"/"Exorcist" Director William Friedkin on Marc Maron's
Famed The Exorcist Director William Friedkin announced his new project - The Escapist, starring
I don't know about the rest of you, but I feel pressed and tense almost every day of my...
Letter from William Peter Blatty for Director William Friedkin on opening day in the US 12/26/1973
Style is something that's extremely important, but it must grow naturally out of who an...
William Friedkin's 1977 SORCERER is your next Listener's Choice pick — it's available for rent.
‘I never thought my films would find a large audience’: William Friedkin interviewed
I have been avoiding Deal of the Century for 30 years. Never realized William Friedkin directed it.
The Exorcist Director William Friedkin has seen a real life exorcism in the flesh thanks to the so he says
Director and Linda Blair on the set of The Exorcist (1973) dir. William Friedkin.
'Exorcist' Director William Friedkin says Vatican invited him to document exorcism
this one is good too. Same director as French Connection, William Friedkin.
super old dude William Friedkin was the director:
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Gene Hackman & Director William Friedkin on the set of "The French Connection" (1971)
Benicio Del Toro & Tommy Lee Jones in William Friedkin's THE HUNTED. See it in 35mm midnight tonight
William Friedkin with Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese. SORCERER screens this weekend!
William Friedkin, Gene Hackman and Fernando Rey are fierce. Subway Getaway (1971) HD via
William Friedkin month at the New Bev! SORCERER, BUG, Killer Joe, and TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA? Take my money.
Annual Easter star fest is Roy Scheider this year; continues with William Friedkin's wonderful Sorcerer.
Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider on the set of 'The French Connection' (1971) William Friedkin
Here’s William Friedkin with Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream. For more:
The Hunted (2003) Directed by William Friedkin and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio de…
1971 the year that French Connection won best picture, best director for William Friedkin and…
I liked a video William Friedkin on Kinji Fukasaku
Alec Baldwin's William Friedkin interview is superb. Sinatra & Dirty Harry to bribing MTA for The French Connection
Check out this cool episode: saw your William Friedkin pic thought you might enjoy
William Friedkin with Ellen Burstyn and Jason Miller on the set of 'The Exorcist' (1973).
William Friedkin and Nicolas Winding Refn talk about Sourcerer. via AlloCine
I was going to guess: that time William Friedkin was a 'Columbo' villain. But that never happened. Officially.
Listening to a William Friedkin interview: He was set to shoot 'Dirty Harry' first... With Frank Sinatra !
Watching 'Manhunter' for the umpteenth time...how Michael Mann isnt listed as the best aside Martin Scorsese & William Fried…
I think he's just mad because people saw STAR WARS instead of William Friedkin's SORCERER.
Devilish analysis of the "Self Control" video by Laura Branigan, directed by William Friedkin of The Exorcist fame:
Have been waiting for this one! The French Connection is on tonight
Here's an interesting, in-depth interview with William Friedkin, director of
who posts for you? Or do you, William Friedkin, post? I've always loved when you post these random images that capture you.
Hello William Friedkin. I'd like to ask you about Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece film ( Rear Window ) Did you watched it?
Tonight's film is William Friedkin's Sorcerer, a first time watch.
According to the movie Dirty Harry was going to star Frank Sinatra.
'Exorcist’ Director William Friedkin told us why the film is such a classic
Monday was the thirtieth anniversary for William Friedkin's TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA.
TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A in the 1985 film directed by William Friedkin
An Evening with Academy Award Winner William Friedkin: submitted by Ausrufepunkt [link] [comment]
William Friedkin made a Druids baby sacrifice movie AND Miguel Ferrer is in it.
This film has been often compared to Ken Russell's 1971 horror film The Devils, and William Friedkin's The Exorcist
Loved this conversation b/w Alec Baldwin and William Friedkin about making movies and avoiding wrath of movie gods:
Y - William Friedkin talking about The French Connection and The Exorcist is gold
FYI - Alec Baldwin interviewed William Friedkin about French Connection for TCM and it was great:
All this Catholic talk reminds me. William Friedkin was on the latest Alec Baldwin podcsat talking about the making of Exorcist. Great stuff
William Friedkin on the latest episode. Honest and unabashed as always.
This is effin brilliant: Alec Baldwin interviews William Friedkin about ‘The French Connection’ and 'The Exorcist'
The Exorcist Director William Friedkin denounces remake and slams "so-called" sequels
William Friedkin puts 'remake rumors in their place.
'Exorcist' Director William Friedkin puts remake rumors in the... +
William Friedkin puts 'Exorcist' remake rumors in their place
With living legend William Friedkin,Academy Award winner Director of the Cult movie " The Exorcist " and " The...
Speaking with the director of Black Mass, Scott Cooper, legendary filmmaker William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The...
It should say that it makes William Friedkin and Syndey Lumet stand up and applaud.
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The director and writer, William Friedkin and Tracy Letts, also did BUG. Kind of want to see it and kind of don't.
Watching a documentary about William Friedkin what a bell end! Great director but comes across as a right ***
William Friedkin's idea of the world
clive barker and sam raimi and william friedkin are not allowed to die this year GOD *** IT
Via watch a 70 minutes of Masterclass with
The latest psychological movie I watched was William Friedkin's BUG and it was sick
Happy belated Here's a look at some of his essentials.
Today's Fact: Lalo Schifrin wrote the original soundtrack for The Exorcist. William Friedkin hated & replaced it with the Mike Oldfield one.
On his birthday, watch 90-minute talk with the legendary Fritz Lang:
This Day in Horror - 1935 - William Friedkin (director of The Exorcist, Rampage, The Guardian and Bug) born - via
Happy birthday to William Friedkin, director of "The Exorcist"!
Picked this up today. Happy birthday William Friedkin
'Cover: William Friedkin: Shedding Light' the great director is 80 & applauds …
Happy 80th Birthday to master filmmaker, William Friedkin!
Long as we're talking William Friedkin let's make his amazing Killer Joe our movie of the day!
Another William Friedkin film we adore is SORCERER. Have you seen SORCERER? See SORCERER: http:…
Happy birthday Maestro!Can't wait to see The Winter of Frankie Machine.Another masterpiece,probably. …
Random thought: when I missed seeing William Friedkin's SORCERER in 35mm at The Charles in Baltimore someone should have shot me in the head
Ep 2 has Alan Parker on MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, William Friedkin on SORCERER, and Peter Strickland on ERASERHEAD.
William Friedkin on Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream, the 'Sorcerer' Score, and Tool.
Tracy Letts and/or William Friedkin need to cast you again, just sayin'. I can watch 'Bug' over and over again (and I have!).
William Friedkin intros tonight's 7:50 screening of THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS at Film Forum go go go:
I’m lucky enough to have many good friends, colleagues and relatives who share in my obsession of seeing as many movies as possible. I also have the privilege of working for an organization that screens movies on many nights and weekends for free.  In 2014, some days and most nights were focused on watching something brand new or something new to me. One of my goals last year was to really tackle some of the classics that I either never watched entirely or had simply never seen. This includes finally watching classics like The Apartment (dir. Billy Wilder; 1960), Citizen Kane (dir. Orson Welles; 1941), Paths of Glory (dir. Stanley Kubrick; 1957), as well as attending an entertaining screening of Sorcerer (dir. William Friedkin; 1977) at the Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theater with Matt Hilton and a marathon of the first three Alien films with Nicole Alvarado, Jovita Dominguez and Persephone a.k.a. Harper. Donald McKinney was also instrumental in this goal by hosting several Movie Nights focused on watching ...
9 October. 1971. The French Connection was released. dir. by William Friedkin s
A good holiday film for the whole family is William Friedkin's SORCERER.
Inside the forgotten movie masterpiece Sorceror:
I liked a video William Friedkin on Stanley Kubrick
Photo: Rewatched William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in L.A., and the Wang Chung score made it seem a little...
(It's true. Check it out.) William Friedkin directed it, back in the days he had so much (completely uncredited) game to himself.
William Friedkin likened people bemoaning the death of 35mm to people bemoaning the end of my block.
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opens tonight To Live and Die in L.A. screens at 4:30, 7, and 9:30 PM:
“The chase” is the purest form of something that can’t be done in any other medium." --William Friedkin
Everybody loves William Friedkin and a smutty story!
I used to watch all of them. Snyder was SUPER enthusiastic. Way better than William Friedkin on the Exorcist. Boring
.on Making To Live and Die in L.A., which opens our series this Wed:
This William Friedkin Criterion Top 10 is a *** treasure map Many of these are streaming on Hulu Plus
Direction is about communication on all levels. William Friedkin
An older bio that has some interesting stuff in it. Name gives you a sense.
Have now reached the "hubris" portion of William Friedkin's autobiography. (Boy did he have unlucky taste.)
The most underrated movie ever, To Live And Die In LA by .
Currently recreating Summer of 1977 by screening William Friedkin's Sorcerer and wearing polyester pants!
"smack it in the air" rhymes with "casting Linda Blair", which was very controversial when William Friedkin did it in The Exorcist. Irony?
William Friedkin, and two Fullers for the price of one: A Fuller Life
Watching William Friedkin's Sorcerer. This movie is in the running for Sweatiest Movie Ever Made.
I was surprised when the Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon couple in William Friedkin's Bug reminded me too much of a couple cousins of mine.
Watching The Exorcist with director's commentary. Learning lots of neat stuff. William Friedkin has a very soothing voice.
I'd love to read the non-fiction book, The French Connection and see William Friedkin's adaptation starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider,.
if your book was to be directed into a movie which would YOU hire, William Friedkin, James Wan or Ridley Scott?
Here's a great, vintage interview with William Friedkin. Thanks to for the heads up.
Cc: ALL NOLLYWOOD “'The audience is never wrong. Never' William Friedkin
'The audience is never wrong. Never' William Friedkin
. But Director William Friedkin put the Exorcist actors thru *** with surprise gun shots, slaps and more.
Flavorwire: William Friedkin on the Controversial Legacies of 'The Boys in the Band' and 'Cruising': via
A new stance on William Friedkin's Cruising. via
With season two of True Detective taking place in L.A. and rumors of William Friedkin directing, what if it takes place in the 80s?
if William Friedkin directed season 2 of True Detective, that would, most likely, be everything
William Friedkin talks about making The Exorcist in a rare & never-aired episode of the Z-Channel series
William Friedkin and Tommy Lee Jones, bet these two were a regular Smothers Brothers of good cheer in the craft service line
Just saw William Friedkin's Sorcerer for the first time. MIND. BLOWN. One of the most intense, thrilling and satisfying film experiences.
We need a judicious cocktail of William Friedkin . market horror-show, with calm, Hitchcockian delivery of political anxiety.
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A good example of a writer who inadvertently sells the movie she's negatively reviewing.
It's about college basketball and corruption in the game. One of William Friedkin's better films.
Director of the Week: William Friedkin. Prepare for series with DVD and streaming links.
My eyebrows rose right offa my forehead when I saw William Friedkin did commentary on NARROW MARGIN with Fleischer
William Friedkin's Killer Joe on the big screen tonight in 35mm at . Y'all best be there, ya hear?.
'To Live and Die in LA' (William Friedkin, US, 1985) last night at was an incredibly insane and enjoyable ride!!
Watching William Friedkin's 'Sorcerer' with Roy Scieder,has probably the greatest most dangerous,exciting scene ever filmed. Astounding.
Great article on William Friedkin's "To Live and Die in L.A." via
How William Friedkin & James Foley brought true crime grime to the electric '80s
The audience is never wrong. Never. WILLIAM FRIEDKIN
“The audience is never wrong. Never. WILLIAM FRIEDKIN” Nah truth is not relative & not evrything about books is subjective
Watch of the day's William Friedkin's To Live and Die in LA, from 1986 (UK release).
hmmm. Ok. I was more excited about William Friedkin.
Well it's certainly not William Friedkin, but I'm curious anyway.
Happy Birthday to William Friedkin!. We chatted with him just before his birthday, last year, as "Sorcerer" was...
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I just read a part in William Friedkin's book where he met the man responsible for Jimmy Hoffa's release and maybe his disappearance.O_O
Robert Osborne is 82, William Friedkin will be 79 next month. They look pretty good!
Watch the Skype Q&A with William Friedkin from the July 14th screening of "SORCERER" at The Warren OldTown Theatre. -
William Friedkin says he's had meetings about directing True Detective - A.V. Club Milwaukee
.William Friedkin & Alan Parker used up most of the movie sweat in the 70s & 80s...
It's time for the great directors of today to make some high profile horror masterpieces like they did in the 60-80s. Like when William Friedkin, Steven Speilberg, Richard Donner, Roman Polanski, Brian DePalma and Stanley Kubrick turned to horror and produced arguably the best horror films ever made. Imagine if guys like Fincher, The Coens, Nolan, ect adapted some amazing horror novels into class act horror films.
William Friedkin telling it like it is in Skype interview at Film Forum after SORCERER... "I like…
Tubular Bells is the debut record album of English musician Mike Oldfield , recorded when he was 19 and released in 1973. It was the first album released by Virgin Records and an early cornerstone of the company's success. Vivian Stanshall provided the voice of the "Master of Ceremonies" who reads off the list of instruments at the end of the first movement. The opening piano solo was used briefly in the soundtrack to the William Friedkin film The Exorcist (released the same year), and the album gained considerable airplay because of the film's success.
This is from the Al Pacino Movie "Cruising". Jack Nitzsche and I did this soundtrack for William Friedkin, the director. We also did the Exorcist with Mr. Friedkin. I will post more from this movie soundtrack in the future. Thanks, Bleu
WED MAY 21st What: Damaged View movie screening "Trash Cinema. Cult Film. Obscure Movies. Outré Images. Insane Storytelling. Unheralded masterpieces. This is DAMAGED Viewing. Hosted by Louis Fowler and Patrick Crain. This month we're proud to present...William Friedkin's SORCERER! Four men drive a cargo of death to escape a life in *** For the fifth DAMAGED Viewing presentation, we’re proud to show the 1977 underappreciated William Friedkin thriller SORCERER starring Roy Scheider! Four low-lifers from different parts of the globe risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across the dangerous South American jungle! It's the most explosive DAMAGED Viewing yet! Like all OKC Film Club events, this is free and open to all." Where: The Paramount OKC 701 W Sheridan, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102 When: starts at 6:30 p.m. Add it to your calendar here:
Working as technical advisor on Paramount Pictures "Rules of Engagement" in 2000. That's me in the red plaid shirt and white hat on the roof with film directed by William Friedkin (white shirt) and starring Tommy Lee Jones (black suit) and Samuel L. Jackson. Laurel was on the set one day and had a close encounter will Tommy Lee Jones on the way to the food craft tent for lunch. We sat with the director and some other crew members. At one point I was a stand-in forTommy Lee Jones as they blocked out the scene with tape on the ground and set up the camera angles for the shots. Tommy Lee stood by watching me while smoking a big cigar. Click on the pictures to see more.
Saturday - Gonna meet up with an old friend in town for the TCM Fest, see Jerry Lewis do the hands in cement thing, take him on my 8 mile hike route, spend good time and have great conversation. Tonight it's William Friedkin's "Sorcerer" on the giant screen at Grauman's Chinese. Tomorrow, writing and a screening with Dear, Andrew. I'm exhausted and ekated already. Later Mofos. -n.s.
William Friedkin at reveals for first time: Stacy Keach original actor cast as Father Karras in Exorcist!
Updated Post of the Day: I've tried showing THE EXORCIST to multiple people, only to have them tell me it is boring. I do believe that contemporary audiences are more accustomed to shock rather than suspense, which is the only way I can rationalize saying that THE EXORCIST is boring. It is complex and it requires that slow pace in order to grip you with terror. The demon is not possessing a girl because she has sinned, but it is using her for a different motive. The screenplay unravels with such ease, and the noises that you will hear will truly haunt you. So as a happy Birthday Max von Sydow, here are the updated posters for William Friedkin's THE EXORCIST:
As a film director you're working with a 5 ton pencil - William Friedkin
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Gonna talk to director and sleaze master William Friedkin in an hour or so. Yippi!
Remember "The French Connection"? It is shown at CPH PIX in Copenhagen, where Director William Friedkin is present.
Yes! It's a classic. Gene Hackman and Director William Friedkin on top form.
William Friedkin on THE PEOPLE VS. PAUL CRUMP: "I had never made a movie before. I thought maybe I could help him."
William Friedkin: worked because 'I made that film as a believer'... via
William Friedkin Dead Wrong on 'Faith' and 'Exorcist' Sequels: William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of...
Learn why William Friedkin, thinks his directorial masterpiece The Exorcist, was such a huge success.
William Friedkin says Faith played a big role in the Exorcist
According to William Friedkin, Gene Hackman had a hard time saying Popeye Doyle's racist language in The French Connection without cringing.
The Exorcist Director William Friedkin and author William Peter Blatty revisit locations from the film in Georgetown. A 40th Anniversary Blu Ray edition of the film will be released Oct. 8. Video by H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY
Wow, I just entered the Time Tunnel. Discovered a cache of my old Fantasy Film Festival interviews for the Z Channel, dating back to 1979. They were taken from Betamax recordings when they aired, so they don't look and sound so great, but there are some great guests at a great time in genre film history. Some of these were reproduced on the MASTERS OF HORROR DVDs, but this is a whole bunch I haven't seen in decades. Found the interviews with, among others, Spielberg, Shatner, a roundtable PIRANHA discussion with Joe Dante, Barbara Steele and Paul Bartel, William Friedkin, Roger Corman, and William Peter Blatty. Maybe I'll digitize them and put up a YouTube channel, if I don't find the whole thing too embarrassing...
William Friedkin's Sorcerer (77) is coming to Blu Ray in March, which is reason for a minor celebration -- though the film failed mightily when released back in the seventies, it has been a cult classic since and holds a special place for many critics -- it was the beginning of the end for the director, the Academy Award winner for The French Connection (71) and Best Director nominee for The Exorcist (73) -- so great was his ego that he told the director (Clouzot) of the classic French masterpiece, The Wages of Fear (53) his next film would be a remake of that master's film -- though actors who read the screenplay for the work deemed it among the best they had ever read, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson and Gene Hackman were among the major stars to turn down the film -- eventually Roy Scheider was cast in the lead along with three other foreign actors to give the film the flavour the director wanted and off they went to South America to film the story of four criminals on the run who agree to transport truc ...
ACIDEMIC Journal of Film and Media The Exorcist in Iraq the question remains, "Why a tree?" and in the case of the Exorcist, "Why Iraq?" Of course there is no way that William Peter Blatty and William Friedkin could have known that Washington DC and Iraq would be, as we approach the historic end of the Mayan calendar in 2012, the site of the USA's modern crucifixion.
In the last week or so, I've interviewed Alan Parker, Rachel Portman, David Arnold, Anne Dudley, William Friedkin, Peter Strickland ...
Have you seen a film that made you physically uncomfortable? Made you squirm in your set? Not because it was frightening but because the subject matter was risky and the sexuality was so real on the screen, real, perverse or otherwise? Let's hear about them. The first one that really hit me like that was Cruising (80), William Friedkin's study of the S and M *** world in which Al Pacino portrayed a straight cop seeking out a serial killer, and slowly slips over the edge. It was crucified when it was released, said to be the work of a homophobe (it wasn't) and sadly did not do very well, despite a strong following on video. One of Pacino's most daring roles, and if you can stick it out and stay with the film, a bizarre and powerful cop drama and character study. Next would be Pretty Baby (1978) in which a very young Brooke Shields (ten I think) portrayed a child prostitute auctioned off to the highest bidder in a bizarre New Orleans ritual. This one was actually banned in Ontario in 1978 by that Nazi Mary ...
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In this video clip, Director William Friedkin discusses the film THE GODFATHER, PART II, in his opinion, one of the greatest sequels ever made, because it ex...
Looking for something fun to do tomorrow night? Why not check out Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, Staring Steven Berkoff and Tim Roth directed by William Friedkin at Geffen Playhouse
The audience is never wrong. Never. WILLIAM FRIEDKIN.
"A psychosexually intriguing blend of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and William Friedkin's Cruising ..." is whats happening
Finally got round to watching William Friedkin's ''Killer Joe'' don't think I'll be able to face a KFC leg too soon! http:/…
The Exorcist makes its scary radio debut A new version of The Exorcist, a film often considered one of the most frightening ever made, is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this month. The audio drama will go out late in the evening on two consecutive nights and, according to producer and director Gaynor Macfarlane, will be just as scary as the film that caused widespread controversy in America and Britain when it was first released in 1973. The adaptation will be based, like Director William Friedkin's film, on the book of the same name by William Peter Blatty and will deal with the possession of a young girl, Regan, by a demon. In a key scene in the film the victim's head appears to swivel on her neck as family and clerics attempt to rid her of satanic influences. MacFarlane said this weekend that her radio version will not suffer from not being able to show such horrific moments: "In the book there is some doubt about whether Regan's head turns around or not. Our version may not have these filmic tricks, b ...
Finally having all the legal issues settled, Sorcerer, William Friedkin's long buried 1977 remake of  Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic suspense piece Wages of Fear, will be available to those outside of the European festival circuit (where it played via a restored print...
Why "The Birthday Party" postponement is an unnecessary loss for Geffen Playhouse:
What is going on with cancellation of "The Birthday Party"
I liked a video William Friedkin's Favorite Films of all Time
Critic's Notebook: William Friedkin blows out the candles on 'The Birthday Party' via
It would be foolish for an outsider to speculate on the conflict that took place between actor Steven Berkoff and Director William Friedkin during rehearsals for the Geffen Playhouse’s now postponed production of “The Birthday Party.” But there’s no denying that the botched h...
How did anyone think a collaboration between Steven Berkoff and William Friedkin wouldn't implode?
Where was AD Randy Arney during the turmoil over 'The Birthday Party,' asks
"Pinter was fascinated by the territorial skirmishes of supposedly civilized men" on Friedkin-Berkoff
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Scene with Al Pacino and Paul Sorvino from William Friedkin's notorious 1981 thriller, "Cruising".
"At the beginning, he was charming & nice" Steven Berkoff on his clash over Pinter role w/Director William Friedkin
Really sad that "The Birthday Party" at the Geffen Playhouse has been postponed. Was to be directed by William Friedkin & star Tim Roth. :(
It's Ok. A bit stagey, but incredibly violent. I mentioned it once on here when it came out and William Friedkin followed me.
This fake TV ad for a kids' playset based on William Friedkin's sadomasochistic thriller CRUISING is perfection:
Update on THE PLEISTOCENE REDEMPTION (TPR): Agent Bill Pettit reports that Paramount rejected the screenplay (by Tom Wolke; somewhat different from the novel), and did not consider the TV/Film Treatment by Dan Gallagher. However, Novelist and Producer William Peter Blatty (Wm Morris Agency) invited submission in December 2013, and continues to evaluate TPR and the TV/Film Treatment & screenplay for possible acquisition. (This post is on 1/31/2013.) We hope that his friend & associate William Friedkin also will evaluate TPR. Please keep your prayers up for this project! Best to y'all.
Life is lived forward, but can only be understood backward. -William Friedkin
MOVIE TAGLINE OF THE DAY: "The first casualty of war is innocence." Click LIKE if you know where it's from. Please DON'T NAME THE MOVIE! Now go ahead and make up your own tagline to this movie (whatever it is) WITHOUT NAMING IT and post it on the comments. YESTERDAY’S TAGLINE: The French Connection (1971, D: William Friedkin)
Cruising, with Al Pacino, caused controversy for depicting rough S&M homosexuality and murder. But Director William Friedkin actually filmed a lot of materia...
On this day.Gene Hackman, one of Hollywood’s most prolific and acclaimed actors for four decades, is born in 1930, in San Bernardino, California. At the age of 16, Hackman left home to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps for a three-year stint. He then studied journalism and television production at the University of Illinois on the G.I. Bill before leaving to enroll in acting classes at the Pasadena Playhouse. Hackman landed parts in off-Broadway plays and summer stock, and had an uncredited role as a policeman in the 1961 film Mad Dog Coll. In 1964, he made his Broadway debut in Any Wednesday; he landed his first substantive film role that same year in Lilith, starring Warren Beatty. Hackman again played opposite Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde (1967), this time in the supporting role of Buck Barrow, brother of the infamous Clyde Barrow. He earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the role, and would garner another nod three years later, for I Never Sang for My Father. In 1971, Hackman delivere ...
The counterfeiting scene was filmed in an abandoned warehouse in the desert outside Bakersfield, California. We shot it in loving detail. One of the special effects men took home some of the bills, all twenties, printed on one side only. His teenage son grabbed a handful off his father's bedroom dresser and with a friend bought some candy at a local supermarket. Within minutes, Secret Service agents were on the scene. They arrested the boys and asked where they got the money. The boy confessed: "From my dad." The boy's father was interrogated and said the bills were made for a movie, and the guy in charge of them was the property master, Barry Bedig. At 4:00 a.m. Barry was awakened by a pounding on the door of his apartment in Ventura: "U.S. Secret Service." He was grilled for three hours. They wanted precise details of how and why this money was printed and how it got into circulation. Barry gave them my name and called to warn me that I'd be hearing from them. I called Gerry Petievich and asked him what ...
The great South African golfer Gary Player once mused, "The harder I practice, the luckier I get". While no amount of practice seems to improve my golf game much, I've found that his observation also applies to business and entrepreneurship. In descriptions of startups that have survived and thrived, luck is one of the most misunderstood factors. Many people seem to think that whether or not a startup succeeds is something over which an entrepreneur has little control - like being struck by lightning. But anyone who wants to make the effort can and will improve their luck. This may sound impossible, but it is about the same principle as improving the odds of lightning striking. During a thunderstorm, you can stand in a field holding a metal rod in the air - a golf club would work well. If someone tells you that he was lucky because he was in the right place at the right time, it's likely that he decided where the right place was and made sure to be there. Those businesses that are generally considered luc ...
William Friedkin's 1980 film "Cruising" sure has been getting a lot of attention lately
William Friedkin sits down to have a wide-reaching interview about Hollywood, his crazy career, and even his politics and spirituality. The Oscar-winner open...
So I was inspired by another film to revisit The French Connection, which I consider to be one of the best cop films ever made, one of Director William Friedkin's best efforts, and one of Gene Hackman's best performances (which he won his first Oscar for). It's still great, no problem there, but then I did something the next night - I watched The French Connection II, which I had never seen before (Yes, April Sokol, there are some movies I have not seen). To my surprise, it was quite good. While not an underrated classic or anything like that, it is a solid follow up that is made better by Hackman continuing to be fantastic as Det. "Popeye" Doyle. There's an extended sequence in this film where the bad guys force drugs on Doyle, only for him to have to go through a lengthy cold turkey process of giving up his need for them later on, and Hackman is just crushing it with intensity. Friedkin may have stepped down from the sequel, but replacing him with director John Frankenheimer was certainly one of the be ...
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At the Chicago Critics Film Festival on April 14th, 2013, after a screening of "Sorcerer," Director William Friedkin did a long Q&A in which he discussed (am...
I didn't think William Friedkin ( The Exorcist) was still alive. Apparently he's still brilliant. I'm trying to catch up with my movie viewing and just watched Killer Joe. Matthew McConaughey is beginning to do psychos as well as Jack N. Great movie, absolutely no hero. Everybody's scum.
"the only purpose of cinema is to make you laugh, make you cry, make you horny, or make you scared... all forms of arousal"- William Friedkin (Dir. The Exorcist)
On the first day, we were waiting for Pacino outside the Criminal Courts Building downtown. We were going to film in the office of the chief of detectives, where Pacino is given his undercover assignment. Shooting was to start at 8:00 a.m. Ten a.m.: still no Al. We panicked and called his apartment. We called his agent. We called every number we could think of, including the teamster assigned to drive him. There were no cell phones then, and we couldn't reach anybody. We worried that something happened to him, or that he'd quit without telling us. Had the *** protests freaked him out, or was it his hair? At about ten thirty, two and a half hours late, his car and driver pulled up, and Al stepped out, accompanied by his makeup man. He was all smiles, and as though nothing was wrong, he gave me a hug and a high five. I was furious, but he was disarming, so I choked back my anger and introduced him to the crew. "What are we doin' today, Billy?" He had no idea what was scheduled on the first day! Or most days ...
William Friedkin talks about shooting the gripping car chase scene from THE French Connection. CONNECT WITH AFI: ...
Academy Award winning Director William Friedkin gives us his favorite films of all time and more in this 2012 interview for FADE IN MAGAZINE.
A list of director's through the years, I want to see what everyone's opinion is, who you like and who you don't. Martin Scorsese Ridley Scott Tony Scott David Fincher William Friedkin Steven Spielberg Rob Zombie Zack Snyder Brian De Palma Woody Allen Peter Bogdanovich Christopher Nolan Michael Mann Alfred Hitchcock Stanley Kubrick Wes Craven John Carpenter Richard Donner Quentin Tarantino Walter Hill Oliver Stone.
In this clip from our upcoming interview premiering in July on Movie Geeks United, master Director William Friedkin discusses the legacy of his 1977 film Sor...
William Friedkin, Director: The Exorcist. Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Event...
Cinema was an art...now it's rather merely entertainment for ignorants.as William Friedkin put it:"Cinema is nowadays a sleeping giant.". Full HD-Full 3D-Full RETARD Cinema! Happy 1984 Mothertruckers!
Directed by William Friedkin. With Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou. A group of outcasts from different backgrounds and nationalities are forced by misfortune to work in an oil-drilling operation in South America. When fire breaks out of control, four of the outcasts are given the...
In 1981, pop culture changed forever. Only, no one would realize this for a few decades. Thief, Michael Mann’s first theatrical feature, wasn’t a hit upon its release. (He wouldn’t have a real box-office success until 1992’s Last of the Mohicans.) It was only after he became the executive producer and chief stylistic visionary of Miami Vice — contrary to popular belief, he didn’t create the show — a series that wound up defining eighties fashion and aesthetics as much as anything else in movies or TV, that Mann became famous. Thief, which has just come out on Blu-ray and DVD from the Criterion Collection, can be seen as a serious-minded dry run for the flamboyant style of Miami Vice. In fact, it was also a lot more: In its style, themes, and sensibility, Mann’s 1981 crime thriller is the forerunner of dozens of crime thrillers to come. Its painterly visuals, its tensely dreamlike mood, and its fascination with procedure — these influences have filtered slowly but surely into the culture ...
William Friedkin directed a campy musical comedy starring Sonny *AND* Cher??!! And I didn't know about this because.
Re-Producing "August: Osage County" in my head. Directed by William Friedkin starring Jessica Lange as Violet and Laura Linney as Barbara. Chris Cooper and Margo Martindale can stay.
From Cinema Retro Good news for fans of William Friedkin's underrated 1977 classic Sorcerer: after years of false starts, the remastered film will now be available on Blu-ray through Warner Home Video. Check out the press release we've just received from them: Burbank, Calif., January 6, 2014 – William Friedkin’s Sorcerer, the cult suspense thriller that has been largely overlooked since its 1977 release, has now been acquired and fully restored by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and will make its Blu-ray™ debut on April 22, 2014. The release, also available on DVD, will be packaged as a 40-page Blu-ray book filled with beautiful images from the film and excerpts from the book, “The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir.” Sorcerer is derived from the same Georges Arnaud novel that inspired Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1953 French classic, The Wages of Fear. The film, made following the successes of Friedkin’s The French Connection and The Exorcist, tells the story of four men who, for various reasons, cann ...
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Linda Blair tests one of many early make-up designs by *** Smith. A similar look was originally approved and shot, but upon review of the dailies Director William Friedkin decided to scrap the...
William Friedkin and Linda Blair on set for The Exorcist.
well where's michael j fox when you need him lets go back to 1971 In 1971, the year of your birth, the top selling movie was Fiddler on the Roof. Do you know who won the Oscars that year? The Academy Award for the best movie went to The French Connection. The Oscar for best foreign movie that year went to The Garden of the Finzi Continis. The top actor was Gene Hackman for his role as Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in The French Connection. The top actress was Jane Fonda for her role as Bree Daniels in Klute. The best director? William Friedkin for The French Connection. In the year 1971, the time when you arrived on this planet, books were still popularly read on paper, not on digital devices. Trees were felled to get the word out. The number one US bestseller of the time was Wheels by Arthur Hailey. Oh, that's many years ago. Have you read that book? Have you heard of it? Look at the cover! In 1971... A ban on radio and television cigarette advertisements goes into effect in the United States. BBC Open University ...
40 YEARS AGO TODAY, the ultimate in counter programming, a movie was released to holiday film audiences that turned Christmas smiles into gapes of shock and terror- I'm talking about the one, the ONLY-the greatest horror film of ALL time- William Friedkin's The Exorcist. And yes, Virginia, your momma's still sucking 'em down there in *** HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAZUSU! - There is no question. The film that has affected me more then any other is THE EXORCIST. Nearly four decades later, I will not watch it alone. I own it, yet it’s filed away in my closet, out of eye’s view. With all the endless parodies and rip-offs that have followed in its wake, it may be hard for some to fathom my trepidation towards what is, after all, only a movie. But for those not present upon the film’s initial release Christmas of ‘73 (the ultimate in counter programming), there is little I could say to truly convey the cultural, sociological and religious/spiritual impact which this joint brainchild of author William Peter Blatt . ...
Jack Hill's Sorceress is NOT a sequel to William Friedkin's Sorcerer? Roy Scheider does NOT have to transport a truckload of nitro while wearing a skirt and heels? Gyp.
Regarding the casting for "Sorcerer",.. after a disagreement with Steve McQueen, Director William Friedkin approached Robert Mitchum who, despite appreciating the script, sternly declined, asking Friedkin "why would I want to go to Ecuador for two or three months to fall out of a truck? I can do that outside my house." Roy Scheider ended up with the part,..and this is still a favorite film of mine. Can't wait to see the restored, widescreen BluRay in April.
Here's who's on with Laura Ingraham today! Noon to 3 on Today's Talk! Tucker Carlson - Editor in chief for the Daily Caller Eli Lake - Senior National Security Correspondent Att. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli - GOP candidate for VA governor William Friedkin - Academy-Award winning Director
Shocktober Movie "Bug"-(2006) DVD A tense, paranoid drama/ thriller starring Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon and Harry Connick Jr. This was directed by William Friedkin and adapted from a stage production. Agnes (Judd) is a lonely waitress living in a dumpy motel. Her ex has just been released from prison and she is still haunted by the disappearance of her son. A co-worker introduces her to Peter (Shannon). Peter is an odd, awkward Iraq war veteran who has a dark side. The two start a budding romance but things soon spiral out of control when Peter thinks bugs have infested the motel room. Mental illness, paranoia, drug use, abuse and conspiracy theories are all themes addressed in this movie. It is very well acted, directed and written. It will make you think and disturb you. I recommend it.
Michael Smith shared this list from New City. There are a lot of vital people on the list, but the rankings are bizarrely random. How is Redbox a "gem" in any sense but cold dollars and crappy movie selections? And putting anyone from that company above all the great artists and programmers on the list seems obscene. And Richard Roeper...seriously? In a town overflowing with fine critics, how does he make the list? Not sure how Mayor Emanuel making it easier for "Transformers" to be filmed here gets him ranked so highly either. Well, there are others to nitpick about, but I am happy to see the invaluable programmers at the Northwest Chicago Film Society, Film Center at the Art Institute, Music Box, Block Cinema and others recognized, along with Olive Films (for still catering to DVD lovers properly), and fine filmmakers like Melika Bass and William Friedkin (anyone who thinks he's past his prime needs to see "Bug" and "Killler Joe" immediately).
So, William Friedkin made the Exorcist, then a butt load of years later made 'Killer Joe' (Review) - Matthew McConaughey, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon and special mention to Juno Temple for just generally always being a sexy minx. They all nailed it in this moving picture. The fact that the craziness of the story is propelled by an unsubstantial Six Thousand dollar debt is what kept me going. Bonus dragons to Juno Temple for getting her baps out more than once. KFC probably mobilised their lawyers after this was released. you'll see what I mean in the third act. Three Dragons, out of Five.
I’m pals with Pam Grier & William Friedkin. Ive had great chats with Carl Weathers & Bobby Ball.
Fritz Lang interviewed by William Friedkin - must watch:
This week, we discuss William Friedkin's film "Sorcerer" with special guest co-host Zach Galligan! Check it out...
Emma Dante, Gianni Amelio films to premier at Venice film fest. William Friedkin to be awarded lifetime Golden Lion.
This week we sit down with actor ZACH GALLIGAN to talk about William Friedkin's 1977 film "Sorcerer". Listen:
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- Clooney And Bullock To Open Venice Film Festival - Hollywood stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are to open this year's Venice Film Festival with their new Sci-fi movie 'Gravity'. The A-listers star as astronauts attempting to return to Earth after their shuttle gets damaged. The 3D movie, directed by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, will kick off the prestigious event on the 28th of August. This year's jury will be led by 'Last Tango in Paris' director Bernardo Bertolucci, while American filmmaker William Friedkin, best known for 'The Exorcist' will pick up a Lifetime Achievement Award. Joining Clooney and Bullock on this year's red carpet are, among others, Scarlett Johansson, who stars as an alien in 'Under the Skin' and Michael Fassbender, who appears in Steve McQueen's new movie 'Twelve Years A Slave'.
One upcoming movie that i really want to see is August: Osage County because i am a huge fan of the two Tracy Letts films i have seen (Bug and Killer Joe). BUG (directed by William Friedkin) and the lead performance of survivor Ashley Judd (she has spoken about it to the media) have always been of great importance to me. My friend Harry Connick Jr. also delivers an excellent performance in the film as does the entire cast including Brian (Before the Devil Knows Youre Dead) O'Byrne and Michael (The Broken Tower) Shannon. My father's favorite movie is Pretty Woman. His favorite movie should be Tim Blake Nelson's Eye of God (one of my favorite movies btw). I like to call my father "my pimp" as a term of affection although i do not feel affection for him. My dad's friend Chris Livengood (Video Nasties) thought Bug was laugh out loud funny. And he can't stand Karen O either but i digress. I'm typing this at the library where Livengood's wife works sometimes as an "art teacher". I bought her a copy of John Wate ...
LOS ANGELES – Their creations have become towering achievements in genre entertainment, and on June 26, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films will recognize the continually influential work of Richard Matheson, William Friedkin, Vince Gilligan and Jonathan Frakes at the 39th Annua...
The video of Laura Branigan's hit "Self Control" was directed by Academy Award winner William Friedkin ("The Exorcist").
And what also grinds my gears is that ppl call The Exorcist a horror film! Not even William Friedkin himself calls it a horror!
William Friedkin has done a couple of fantastic movie adaptations of modern American plays I'd really reccomend watching.
Had NO idea my book reviews were online. Here's one for the new William Friedkin memoir, The Friedkin Connection:
The Exorcist Movie Clip - watch all clips Buy Movie: click to subscribe In a final attempt to oust t...
The great are back at the on Tuesday night with William Friedkin's Sorcerer
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what, lots if catering trucks and William Friedkin shouting "action"
Those who've done a little ghostwriting have a maxim: May as well leave out the stuff you'd only lie about anyway.
Photo: theexorcist: William Friedkin directs Ellen Burstyn through a scene on the streets of Georgetown,...
found a link to the Friedkin interview from last Sunday - worth a read - love the guy!
TO LIVE & DIE IN L.A. (1985, by the great William Friedkin) one of the great thrillers, & it still holds up Mark Ayres
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Just heard that we've lost James Gandolfini, a fine actor who will be remembered primarily for his amazing creation, Tony Soprano. This character, and other mobster types he played in movies like "True Romance," cemented the impression in many minds that this was the limit of his abilities. Those of us who were privileged to catch his fine, nuanced performances in films like "The Mexican," the Coen Bros.' "Man Who Wasn't There," Sean Penn's remake of "All The King's Men," and especially Gandolfini's moving turn as Juror in the 1997 Showtime remake of "Twelve Angry Men," saw him as an actor of great intelligence and sensitivity, with a surprisingly broad range for one with so specific and somewhat limiting a physicality.
I have to say, I loved the moustache piccies. You reminded me of a bit part actor in William Friedkin's 'Cruising'
Not just tubular bells: and in William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973) soundtrack
A little glimpse of the mass hysteria that The Exorcist caused during its original 1973 release, including footage of the audience reactions and the incredib...
Behind the scenes of the Sorcerer a film by William Friedkin /shot by Jon L Weiss / Scott D Weiss Jeffrey Scott Gould
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Director William Friedkin discusses a shot with actress Ellen Burstyn during filming of The Exorcist on the streets of Georgetown.
Wow. My dogsitter friend's girlfriend painted my pitbull's nails the most beautiful shade of turquoise! All twenty of them! My dog has NEVER let me hold her paws still enough to do this, so I have no idea how the lady managed it. I wish I knew how to send pics I am so pleased with how nice they look. Now I have to find a baby blue shade to match her eyes. Silly, I know. But I am very pleased. Lol. White pitbull, with spooky, dark-lined, baby blue eyes and exotic turquoise nails --imagine that! Whewww.
William Friedkin's 12 Angry Men, made for television, has Gandolfini in it & it's not available on DVD in U.S. Urgh. Frustrating.
two nights ago I read an incredible gandolfini anecdote in william friedkin's memoir -- reminded me how great he is. RIP to a true don.
Director William Friedkin will be honored at this year's Saturn Awards -- here's a great look back at the history...
At the movies to see the digitally remastered version of William Friedkin's which returns to cinemas for its 40th anniversary!
2013-4 Geffen Playhouse subscription--5 plays--purchased. Wine Down Sundays and slightly further back in orchestra but preview weeks so it was 265 rather than 330 for the 5 plays SUCH an amazing season... Bening, William Friedkin and so much more! So happy, second Geffen subscription. It's cheaper (5 plays for 200 for a good seat if you're alone and they can just stick you somewhere rather than finding 5 seats) when you buy a mid-season. So, for SB Symphony good seat alone, 3 for 95. Thanks to Theresa who worked with me to get good seat preview week and save 65 on the subscription. All performances are during my times in CA.
read Director William Friedkin's new book and you'll see why Pacino is the wrong choice.
William Friedkin's film version of the Exorcist was released 40 years ago today. You can download William Peter...
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Michael Shannon on the story and on working with the director.
Amazing, amazing interview with the great May he live to be 1,000 years old!!.
Hey Freddy Fans this just in from our buds at flick Nation check them out if you haven't for the latest in movie talk they review and interview the biggest and smallest in the buiz always great commentary and awesome at getting the elusive . Check'em out!! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2013 BAY AREA-BASED FLICK NATION RADIO PROGRAM LEAPS TO MATRIX MEDIA'S WEB TALK RADIO "I love this show! These guys are telling it like it is!" Oscar-winner William Friedkin San Francisco, California (6/19/13) - Award-winning Bay Area film critic Dennis Willis is taking his show to a bigger stage. His weekly Flick Nation Radio program joins Matrix Media's Web Talk Radio on July 8, 2013. "We've been searching high and low for the right media partner and have been impressed at how Web Talk Radio has been able to bridge the gap between traditional broadcast radio and internet radio," Willis said. Joining him will be longtime collaborators Steve Wagner (KKSF Radio, Filmtrip) and Steven Kirk (Soundwaves, Filmtrip) who will prov ...
Tomorrow: Burt Bacharach and William Friedkin on their new autobiographies, Robert Picardo on China Beach
Excellent William Friedkin interview: 'You don't need to know about my sexual liaisons'
Seriously, that William Friedkin interview I just RT'd from Has a more amazing croissant bit than another recent effort.
“a houseboy appears in a Union Jack T-shirt and silver shorts to take orders for coffee and croissants.” [NOT KANYE]
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