Winter of Frankie Machine

It’s a thrill to see William Friedkin developing new projects. He’s got his hands in a TV show based on his own film To Live and Die in L.A., and now he’s moving forward with a film based on Don Winslow‘s novel The Winter of Frankie Machine, about a retired mob killer with a new life as a low-key seaside entrepreneur who is drawn back into mob violence.

This one has been percolating for a few years, with a number of different directors attached. With new heat on Winslow thanks to his recent novel The Cartel, it’s no wonder this one is moving forward again.  Read More »


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To Live and Die in LA TV series

William Friedkin‘s film To Live and Die in L.A., released in 1985, is a compelling and vividly stylish ’80s thriller featuring William Peterson, Willem Dafoe, and John Pankow in the story of two Secret Service agents on the trail of a counterfeiting operation. The film was a return to form of sorts for Friedkin, and now the story might offer him that opportunity again.

Friedkin is directing a To Live and Die in L.A. TV series for WGN America. Read More »

Audiences React to The Exorcist

Pretty much every genre of film is different today than it was decades ago. But the two genres that seem to suffer the most from feeling dated are horror and comedy. There are plenty of things that aren’t as scary or as funny as they were to audiences during what was then the present day. The same thing will happen with films released today as time goes on.

But thanks to the magic of video and the internet, we can take a peek through time and see what scared audiences over 40 years ago. It was the year 1973, and The Exorcist was one of the most controversial horror movies ever made. People were scared out of their minds when this movie hit theaters, passing out during screenings, leaving early because they were unable to endure the horror. And if you want to know what this phenomenon was like, a cool video has surfaced showing how people were affected by this movie. Watch audiences react to The Exorcist after the jump! Read More »

True Detective

True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is currently writing season 2, and is beginning to let the powers that be in on his vision for the next season. As we know, that vision won’t fit in with the season one story which starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. Also unlike the first season, it probably won’t be directed by Cary Fukunaga, though we don’t know that for sure.

So while most of the discussion currently centers on which actors could appear in the new season, there’s an interesting development about who might be behind the camera. In a new interview, director William Friedkin confirmed he has met with Pizzolatto to discuss the series and is considering working on it. Does that mean he’ll be directing True Detective season 2? Read the quotes below and figure it out for yourself. Read More »

Killer Joe McConaughey

It seems so long ago, but 2011 was the beginning of the McConaissance, when Matthew McConaughey‘s rep was re-invigorated with the release and/or festival debuts of The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, and Killer Joe. The last one, from director William Friedkin, may end up having the longest legs, as it is one of two Friedkin films being used as the inspiration for a new TV series. If it took a path similar to, say, Fargo, we’d watch a Killer Joe TV series in a hot minute. Read More »

Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars

There’s a galaxy of Star Wars news out there, so let’s dive into today’s Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • The Star Wars film canon is limited to the films.
  • Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch jokes about Star Wars Episode VII return.
  • Behind the Scenes stage hosts for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim revealed.
  • A secret, high level Star Wars meeting might be taking place this week.
  • Watch a full panel about writing for the Star Wars expanded universe.
  • Four new kids books will bridge the gap to Episode VII.
  • Are the Star Wars films coming to 3D Blu-ray?
  • William Friedken talks about Star Wars legacy and turning down the film.
  • Actor Anthony Ingruber hints he’s in Episode VII.
  • Super 7 will release limited edition Star Wars screen printed posters.

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Mae West was one of the original legends of Hollywood, but even so at this point the announcement of a biopic about the actress, with Bette Midler in the lead role, might not arouse huge attention at the outset. There are biopics for seemingly everyone, so one more is just a drop in the bucket.

But reveal that William Friedkin will direct Mae West — that’s a big deal. Friedkin practically defined the 1970s as a radical new decade in film with the one-two punch of The Exorcist and The French Connection, and has enjoyed a vibrant current stage in his long career through the films Bug and Killer Joe. So, Friedkin directing Midler in a film about the infamous Mae West? Let’s see it! Read More »

Just days after he boarded the David Gordon Green drama Joe, the very busy Nicolas Cage has signed on for yet another new project. And unlike Green’s gritty literary drama, this one puts Cage back in the thriller genre where he’s apparently most comfortable.

Emmett/Furla Films, which was also behind Cage’s recently wrapped The Frozen Ground, is re-teaming with the actor for I Am Wrath, a crime thriller scripted by Paul Sloan. If there’s anything about the project that gives us hope it’ll rise above recent Cage duds like Seeking Justice and Trespass, though, it’s the involvement of William Friedkin. The 77-year-old filmmaker is reportedly eyeing I Am Wrath as his follow-up to this year’s Killer Joe. More after the jump.

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Matthew McConaughey is one of those actors that isn’t afraid to try new things. He can go from iconic role (Dazed and Confused), to blockbuster leading man (A Time To Kill), anchor a romantic comedy (Failure to Launch), or give a stunning, award-worthy supporting performance (Magic Mike). And that’s not even the half of it. (Think Sahara, Tropic Thunder, We Are Marshall, The Lincoln Lawyer, etc. Actually, don’t think about Sahara.) You never quite know what he’ll end up doing next. In the case of William Friedkin‘s controversial thriller Killer Joe, the actor might end up sitting across from Juno Temple talking about mutilated genitalia.

That’s what you’re about to see in /Film’s exclusive clip from the shocking, NC-17 rated film version of the play by Tracy Letts. Killer Joe is about a young man played by Emile Hirsch who convinces his father (Thomas Hayden Church) to have a local policeman (the title character played by McConaughey) kill the mother of the family. The price? Cash, of course, and the virginity of the young sister, played by Temple. Yeah. It’s a screwed-up kind of movie, but that’s what makes it so insanely watchable. See for yourself on after the jump. Read More »