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  1. 'The Exorcist' Director William Friedkin: Movies Now 'Opium for the Eyes'

    7:13 am 7/14/2014

    The director praises cable dramas aimed at intelligent, adult audiences, saying such small-screen content is "deeper and more complex" than superhero films often playing on the big screen.Read more

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  2. 'Exorcist' Director William Friedkin on Casting Linda Blair

    11:04 am 4/1/2014

    The director, whose other films include "The French Connection," "Sorcerer" and "Killer Joe" -- which helped detonate star Matthew McConaughey's career rebirth as more than a handsome devil -- was taking part in The Hollywood Masters interview series, conducted by THR’s Stephen Galloway. Read more

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  3. 'Exorcist' Director: It Worked Because 'I Made That Film as a Believer' (Video)

    3:44 pm 3/29/2014

    William Friedkin reveals the film's star was an atheist, discusses how his belief in God helped make the movie a hit, and says he risked lives shooting "The French Connection" chase scene.Read more

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  4. Hollywood Turns Out to Celebrate Disney Hall's 10th Anniversary

    7:23 am 10/2/2013

    Sherry Lansing and her husband, film and opera director William Friedkin, Norman Lear, Julie Andrews, Ron Meyer and Albert Brooks were among those attending. Read more

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  5. Matthew McConaughey: Why I Rejected a $15 Million Paycheck

    10:00 am 9/11/2013

    The actor turned down "Magnum, P.I.," choosing small roles like the lead of "Dallas Buyers Club" in his impressive tap dance to stay on the New A-List.Read more

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  6. A Fuller Life: Venice Review

    6:28 am 9/3/2013

    A slew of prominent actors and directors pay tribute to legendary reporter-turned-filmmaker Sam Fuller in his daughter Samantha's documentary, premiering in a sidebar at the Italian festival.Read more

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  7. Venice Fest to Honor 'Exorcist' Director William Friedkin With Special Award

    3:35 am 5/2/2013

    The world's oldest film festival will fete him with a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement and screen a restored version of his thriller "Sorcerer."Read more

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  8. 'Exorcist' Director Reveals the Struggle to Make the Classic Film

    8:00 am 4/26/2013

    With a new memoir and a 40th anniversary Blu-ray on the way, William Friedkin remembers how Warner Bros. refused to hire him, the fight to cast Ellen Burstyn and the shocking confession that got Linda Blair the part.Read more

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  9. Matthew McConaughey Says His 'Killer Joe' Character Is 'Like a Black Panther' (Video)

    4:05 pm 7/26/2012

    The actor tells THR that he enjoyed an incredibly fruitful collaboration with director William Friedkin: "I was like, OK, I'm in great hands here."Read more

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