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William Friedkin Explores His Career in First Trailer for ‘Friedkin Uncut’

Legendary director William Friedkin is getting his own career-spanning documentary with Francesco Zippel’s feature debut Friedkin Uncut. In a similar vein to Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s 2015 film De Palma, which allowed that eclectic director to discuss his filmography in-depth, Friedkin Uncut provides an opportunity for the filmmaker to discuss his early successes and his eventual financial failures.

One of the dominant voices in independent 1970s cinema, with his back to back classics The French Connection and The Exorcist, Friedkin, like most New Hollywood directors, couldn’t sustain his critical and financial success, creating a string of financial failures with Wages of Fear remake Sorcerer and erotic thriller Cruising, two films that have only gained critical stature in the ensuing years. A constant voice in independent film, Friedkin’s output has been steady, if somewhat under the radar with his most recent films, including his last two Tracy Letts collaborations,
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Official Trailer for 'Friedkin Uncut' Documentary About the Filmmaker

"The whole story of Hollywood can be expressed in one sentence." Ambi Dist. has released an official trailer for the filmmaking documentary titled Friedkin Uncut, about William Friedkin. This initially premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, and it's opening in Us theaters this month for curious cinephiles. Venezia explains: "The title of the documentary reflects at one and the same time Friedkin’s candor and eccentricity, elements that have contributed over time to the shaping of his exceptional skills as a storyteller." It's more than just a simple tribute or look at his career, many other talented artists "join Friedkin to reflect on the significance of being artists and on the beauty of bringing yourself into question in the name of an artistic calling experienced in the authentic dimension of a work." The film has appearances by Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Willem Dafoe, Wes Anderson, Matthew McConaughey,
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The Short Lived Maestro of Second Fiddle: John Cazale

Tom Jolliffe looks back at the career of John Cazale

On the 12th of August, John Cazale would have been 84. Who is John Cazale? Well here’s the thing…A late bloomer in Hollywood, Cazale broke into cinema at the same time as a good friend of his: Al Pacino. Pacino, five years Cazale’s junior, was a fresh and young actor. By the time he starred in The Godfather, he was already establishing himself as a promising young actor.

Cazale would get noticed treading the boards in a play called Line. Producer Albert Ruddy subsequently gave Cazale his first big screen role, and his most iconic, as Fredo, one of the Corleone children. When people think back to those iconic moments in the first two films involving Fredo they recollect those exchanges with Michael Corleone (Pacino). How many people can name the actor playing Fredo though? This is one of the great cinematic tragedies.
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Stephen King Reveals His 22 Favorite Movies Of All Time

If any author to have existed within our lifetime can lay claim to having a fair amount of their work adapted to cinema, it’s most definitely Stephen King. Granted, his books are amazing in their own right, but there’s something doubly cool about seeing them brought to life.

Of course, Mr. King is just like the rest of us when you get down to it, as he does enjoy taking in a good movie when he has the free time to spare. And when it comes to a mind such as his, it’s expected that folks be curious to learn which flicks he digs most.

Believe it or not, no less than 22 recommendations have been given by the legendary scribe in recent interviews. So without further ado, here they are:

The Autopsy of Jane Doe – André Øvredal, 2016

The Blair Witch ProjectDaniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, 1999

The ChangelingPeter Medak,
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Film News Roundup: Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Coming to Netflix

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Film News Roundup: Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Coming to Netflix
In today’s film news roundup, “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” is unveiled, “Friedkin Uncut” gets a fall release and Sony Classics buys “The Traitor” at Cannes.

Movie Releases

Netflix has set a Sept. 20 release date for Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns: The Movie,” based on his 11-year-old talk show.

Galifianakis made the announcement during a Netflix awards event with David Letterman on Thursday night. Galifianakis co-wrote the movie with Scott Aukerman, who’s directing the film.

Aukerman was the director of 14 of the 21 episodes of the talk show, which began in 2008 with an interview with Michael Cera. The most recent “Between Two Ferns” aired in 2018 with Jerry Seinfeld, Wayne Knight and Cardi B.

Aukerman and Galifianakis are producing with Funny or Die’s Caitlin Daley and Mike Farah. The logline involves the comedian and his crew taking a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation.
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‘Triple Frontier’: J.C. Chandor Crafts A Tense Jungle Action Thriller About The Cost Of Greed [Review]

A standard operating procedure mission about men, the military, and the slippery slope of greed, writer/director J.C. Chandor’s “Triple Frontier” may have some of those familiar elements, but it is still a violent and provocative collision of self-interest, dubious morality, and conscience through deeply flawed protagonists who get what they deserve and yet still deserve better. An engrossing story that touches on the plight of discarded veterans and their limited options, lifelong comrades, the darker impulses of human nature, and the misguided notion of the means justifying the end, “Triple Frontier” is not unlike “The Treasure of Sierra Madre,” The Wages of Fear” and its remake “Sorcerer,” with a little “Three Kings” thrown in too.

Continue reading ‘Triple Frontier’: J.C. Chandor Crafts A Tense Jungle Action Thriller About The Cost Of Greed [Review] at The Playlist.
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‘Triple Frontier’ Review: Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck Battle the Elements in Netflix’s Military Heist Drama

‘Triple Frontier’ Review: Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck Battle the Elements in Netflix’s Military Heist Drama
Kathryn Bigelow was originally attached to direct “Triple Frontier,” but it was destined to land with J.C. Chandor. In his decade of output, the filmmaker has assembled a concise filmography loaded with desperate survivalists of all stripes: It began with capitalist investors on the brink of the 2008 financial crisis in “Margin Call,” who struggle to right a sinking ship with the same world-weariness that Robert Redford brings to his own damaged vessel in “All Is Lost,” and continued with the oil salesman surrounded by shady business deals in “A Most Violent Year.”

For “Triple Frontier,” Chandor’s penchant for morally ambiguous survivors has been boiled down to familiar terms: Equal parts “The Treasure of Sierra Madre” and “Sorcerer” with a military makeover, the movie consolidates the themes of his earlier work into a dreary heist drama with more pedestrian results. As rough-hewn veterans make their way across mountainous terrain with millions of dollars in loot,
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"The Wild Bunch" Screenings In L.A. & Pasadena

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By Todd Garbarini

Film historian Douglas Dunning has informed Cinema Retro that Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 and Ahrya Fine Arts will be presenting the 50th anniversary screening of Sam Peckinpah’s influential 1969 film The Wild Bunch and special guests are scheduled to appear at both locations. The film stars William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmund O’Brien, Warren Oates, L.Q. Jones, Jaime Sanchez, Bo Hopkins, Strother Martin, Albert Decker, Emilio Fernandez, and Alfonso Arau and runs 145 minutes.

Please Note:

Screening #1 is on February 26th at the Playhouse 7 at 7:00 pm, and at press time W.K. Stratton, the author of a new book, The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film, will participate in a discussion after the screening. He will also sign copies of his book at the theater.

Screening #2 is at the Ahrya Fine Arts on March 2nd at 7:30 pm.
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Prop Master Barry Bedig Really Brought $2 Million to ‘The Brink’s Job’ Set

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Prop master Barry Bedig was literally born into the biz. Yet despite being the son of storied special effects man Sass Bedig, Barry’s youth was largely unaffected by Tinseltown’s glare. Infrequent studio visits with Dad produced understated memories. “I got to ride [Roy Rogers’ horse] Trigger once,” he deadpans.

Obtaining union status at 25 in 1964 at 20th Century Fox after a stint in the U.S. Navy, Bedig was one of the youngest prop masters in the history of Iatse Local 44, having gained the prerequisite 2,000 hours for membership, then passed the daunting written exam.

He hit the big time in 1972 when he was called for Woody Allen’s “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask.” Bedig’s contributions to the seven-segment film would become his career trademark: detail. He was tasked with creating the Jester’s wand for the “Do Aphrodisiacs Work?” sequence — a
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Look, John Carpenter Just Wants to Make Music, Ok?

Look, John Carpenter Just Wants to Make Music, Ok?
John Carpenter can hardly be bothered with an interview today. The Brett Kavanaugh hearing is on TV, and his dog is barking at whoever’s ringing the doorbell. “I may get distracted,” he warns. “But I’ll come back.” His demeanor is somehow both friendly and curt, regardless of whether the questions are about his filmmaking or composing career. He’s someone who won’t suffer fools gladly, but when the topic of the new Halloween movie comes up, he perks up.

After decades of disavowing sequels to the slasher
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Bertrand Mandico's Inspirations for "The Wild Boys"

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Bertrand Mandico's The Wild Boys (2017), which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing September 14 – October 14, 2018 as a Special Discovery.French director Bertrand Mandico shared with us the films he thought about before, during, and after making his feature debut, The Wild Boys:ISLANDSThe Saga of AnatahanMatango: Attack of the Mushroom People: The island and its fauna and flora, the mushroom-men, the sinking. A sublime film.Lord Jim: The tempest sequence in the opening and the cowardice of Lord Jim—an amazing film.A High Wind in Jamaica: For the confusion of the captain played by Antony Quinn, the phlegm of James Coburn and the beauty of his young crew.The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (Lewis John Carlino, 1976): For the erotic figure of the Captain (Kris Kristofferson) and its clique of violent boys.Remorques: A romantic and captivating film with sequences
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‘Friedkin Uncut’ Review: The Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Exorcises His Demons in Intimate Documentary — Venice

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‘Friedkin Uncut’ Review: The Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Exorcises His Demons in Intimate Documentary — Venice
When William Friedkin says that Hitler and Jesus are the two most interesting characters in history, one is inclined to listen. The Oscar-winning director of “The Exorcist,” “Sorcerer,” and “The French Connection” is fascinated by the extremes they represent: One brought people down to hell with him, the other helped them ascend to heaven. Friedkin proves so talkative in Francesco Zippel’s documentary about him, riffing on matters both cinematic and spiritual, that it’s almost surprising he didn’t pursue a career that allows him to do it more — you can almost imagine him in front of a congregation of his own.

He isn’t the only one with a lot to say. “Friedkin Uncut” also includes testimonials from collaborators and admirers such as Ellen Burstyn, Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, and Francis Ford Coppola; docs of this type never lack for talking heads, but there’s a sense that
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TaTaTu Acquires ‘Friedkin Uncut’ Doc For North America, UK – Venice

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TaTaTu Acquires ‘Friedkin Uncut’ Doc For North America, UK – Venice
Friedkin Uncut, the documentary by Francesco Zippel about the Exorcist and French Connection director William Friedkin, has been acquired by social entertainment platform TaTaTu ahead of the film’s world premiere in Venice.

TaTaTu, whose founder Andrea Iervolino is a producer on the movie, has taken North American and UK rights. The film is among the first blockchain/cryptocurrency backed titles to screen at a major film festival. It’s running in the Venice Classics Documentary section.

Written and directed by Zippel, Friedkin Uncut aims to offer an introspective insight into the titular filmmaker’s life and artistic journey. A Venice favorite, he started his career at the age of 16 as a mail room boy at Wgn-tv and ultimately became one of the most important American filmmakers of the 70s and beyond. Among his credits are The French Connection, The Exorcist, Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die In L.A.
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‘Friedkin Uncut’ Documentary: TaTaTu Buys North America, U.K. Rights

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‘Friedkin Uncut’ Documentary: TaTaTu Buys North America, U.K. Rights
Social entertainment platform TaTaTu has acquired rights for North America and the U.K. to the documentary “Friedkin Uncut” ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival this week.

Written and directed by Francesco Zippel, “Friedkin Uncut” aims to offer insight into the life and artistic journey of William Friedkin, director of “The French Connection,” “The Exorcist,” “Sorcerer,” “Cruising,” “To Live and Die in L.A.,” and “Killer Joe.”

Friedkin started his career at the age of 16 as a mail room boy at Wgn-tv. He won the Academy Award for best director for 1971’s “The French Connection,” which also won best picture. He received a best director nod two years later for “The Exorcist,” one of its 10 Oscar nominations.

The film includes appearances by Ellen Burstyn, Wes Anderson, Dario Argento, Damien Chazelle, Francis Ford Coppola, Willem Dafoe, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Shannon, Quentin Tarantino, and Edgar Wright.

“Frieddkin Uncut” is
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New Avengers 4 Theory Teases A Very Powerful New Cosmic Character

Avengers 4 looks set to feature an even bigger cast than Infinity War, which was already bursting at the seams. We know Captain Marvel, Hawkeye, Ant-Man and the Wasp will all join the ensemble, but will the movie introduce any new additions to the McU? Quite possibly, and an intriguing fan theory suggests that one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel universe may appear in the grand finale to the first 10 years of the franchise.

As has been revealed before, Avengers 4 will feature a key scene in which Doctor Strange will face off against a fully CGI character, much like the Sorcerer’s showdown with Dormammu in his own movie. This had led fans to suggest that the Living Tribunal could turn up in the film, the all-powerful entity who maintains balance across the universe.

This theory builds on the concept that all those that Thanos wiped out with
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'The Florida Project' director Sean Baker hoping to make two films back-to-back

'The Florida Project' director Sean Baker hoping to make two films back-to-back
Director aims to start shooting new projects next year.

The Florida Project director Sean Baker has revealed more details on his upcoming projects.

Talking to Screen at the Locarno film festival, where he is serving on the competition jury, Baker said he has two films in development.

“There’s two films that we’re thinking of doing,” he said. “We may do them back-to-back because I’m very bad at jumping into editing. I always need distance. With every film I’ve had producers and financiers who don’t mind me taking six months off before editing. This time we
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From ‘A Star is Born’ to ‘The Fly’: IndieWire’s 15 Best Movie Remakes of All Time

From ‘A Star is Born’ to ‘The Fly’: IndieWire’s 15 Best Movie Remakes of All Time
Two of the most highly anticipated films this fall — Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” and Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut “A Star Is Born,” — are remakes of beloved classics, but while there are many remakes, few are great. What determines the difference? IndieWire looked through film history for the keys to successfully retelling and reinventing a film.

Each of the 15 directors featured here, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock to Yasujirō Ozu, found extremely different ways to make the material their own. Some used old stories to reveal something new about the present day; some flipped a premise on its head to create something new; and others used their old films to explore how they had evolved as artists.

15. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1978)

Sci-fi and horror films are often our best vehicles to getting at the ills underneath a society. Don Siegel’s slick, and at times humorous original, captured the insidious
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DVD Review: William Friedkin's "The Devil And Father Amorth"

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By Lee Pfeiffer

In 1973, director William Friedkin adapted William Peter Blatty's bestselling novel "The Exorcist" for the screen. The film shocked the industry by becoming an international phenomenon and the movie's impact continues to resonate with audiences of all ages even today. In 2016 Friedkin decided to return to the subject of demonic possession by personally filming the rite of exorcism performed by a priest, Father Amorth, the Chief Exorcist of the Diocese of Rome. The result is his new documentary "The Devil and Father Amorth", which has enjoyed some limited art house screenings while simultaneously being released on DVD. Before we go any further, it is appropriate when covering a film of this type for the reviewer to state his/her personal beliefs or lack thereof in terms of the subject matter. After all, Friedkin does the same in his film, stating that he is predisposed to believe in the possibility of demonic possession.
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Cannes 2018. Correspondences #7: Two Gentle Competitors and War's Dirty Work

The Notebook is covering Cannes with an on-going correspondence between critics Lawrence Garcia and Daniel Kasman.Dear Lawrence,I also shared your experience of being welcomed by the calm of Jafar Panahi’s new picture after the all-out assault of Gaspar Noé’s nightmarish party film. 3 Faces, as you imply, uses a scintillating premise—the investigation of a possible suicide by an aspiring young actress, carried out personally by the filmmaker and star actress Behnaz Jafari who are morally blackmailed into being responsible—to make down-to-earth observations about the interaction between these famed city artists and the provincial village in which they search. Leaving cosmopolitan Tehran behind, the two find themselves facing the prejudices of the countryside against art-making: the young actress being heckled by her family and community for her aspirations, and, pointedly, a retired star from “before the Revolution” lives in seclusion on the outskirts. Most villagers (at
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Load’

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Load’
Far away, behind the darkened Kosovan hills, bombs fall, sending up columns of sparks into the dusky sky. The rumble and crackle sounds out a moment later, and it’s indicative of Serbian director Ognjen Glavonić’s ruthlessly rigorous approach to his austere debut fiction feature: The fireworks are never in the foreground. Instead, we follow a small truck wending its way down the hillside. Inside a motley collection of surly men, including Vlada avoid each other’s eyes, bicker about money and take brief naps, despite the jolting, against windows that reflect burning buildings and leafless trees. This is Kosovo in 1999, when the Nato bombing campaign has been going on so long that it’s become part of everyday life, as unremarkable as an extended spell of bad weather.

When they finally disembark, the men are each assigned a sealed truck to drive to Belgrade. Vlada’s vehicle is dirty white,
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