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Review: ‘The Exorcist’ (Phoenix Theatre)

When a young girl is bed-ridden by a strange illness, her desperate mother, Chris (Jenny Seagrove), calls in everyone she can to help. But when the medical profession cannot provide any answers to Regan’s (Clare Louise Connolly) symptoms, Chris is forced to turn to the local priest. Father Damien (Adam Garcia) must do all he can to overcome his shaken beliefs to tackle the demons before him. After all, he may be fighting for more than just one girl’s soul…

The Exorcist is based on the original novel from William Peter Blatty’s, although many will be more familiar with William Friedkin’s Oscar winning film version, which shocked audiences back in 1973. The latest re-imagining of the story has been clever adapted for the stage by John Pielmeir under the direction of Sean Mathias for a limited run at the Phoenix Theatre.

Like most of the audience I
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Waxwork Records’ The Babadook Deluxe Vinyl Score Includes Pop-Up Mister Babadook

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Waxwork Records’ The Babadook Deluxe Vinyl Score Includes Pop-Up Mister Babadook
"If it's ina word or it's in a look, you can't get rid of the Babadook." Since its release in 2014, Jennifer Kent's horror film The Babadook has provided ample amounts of nightmare fuel for horror fans, and now Waxwork Records is giving the film's unsettling score the vinyl release it deserves with a deluxe LP complete with a pop-up storybook and liner notes from composer Jed Kurzel.

Available to purchase beginning Friday, December 8th, The Babadook deluxe vinyl score can be viewed in the gallery below, and to learn more about the release, visit Waxwork Records online.
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‘The Exorcist’ Creator Reacts to Gay Kiss Backlash: ‘F*ck You…I’m Glad It Ruined the Show for You’

‘The Exorcist’ Creator Reacts to Gay Kiss Backlash: ‘F*ck You…I’m Glad It Ruined the Show for You’
Jeremy Slater, the creator and showrunner of Fox’s anthology horror series “The Exorcist,” doesn’t want to hear the backlash over a recent episode that featured a kiss between two male characters. In the November 3 installment “There but for the Grace of God, Go I,” former priest Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) kissed a character played by Christopher Cousins, which led to some backlash from fans online.

Read More:William Friedkin Filmed a Real Exorcism For His New Movie and It ‘Terrified’ Him

“I saw a couple of homophobes on Twitter and my response is, ’Good, fuck you. I’m glad you didn’t like it, I’m glad it ruined the show for you. You shouldn’t have good things in your life,'” Slater said during an interview with Sci-Fi Bulletin. “If a homophobe can’t watch the show anymore because one of the characters is gay, then
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‘The Exorcist’ Creator Reacts to Gay Kiss Backlash: ‘F*ck You…I’m Glad It Ruined the Show for You’

‘The Exorcist’ Creator Reacts to Gay Kiss Backlash: ‘F*ck You…I’m Glad It Ruined the Show for You’
Jeremy Slater, the creator and showrunner of Fox’s anthology horror series “The Exorcist,” doesn’t want to hear the backlash over a recent episode that featured a kiss between two male characters. In the November 3 installment “There but for the Grace of God, Go I,” former priest Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) kissed a character played by Christopher Cousins, which led to some backlash from fans online.

Read More:William Friedkin Filmed a Real Exorcism For His New Movie and It ‘Terrified’ Him

“I saw a couple of homophobes on Twitter and my response is, ’Good, fuck you. I’m glad you didn’t like it, I’m glad it ruined the show for you. You shouldn’t have good things in your life,'” Slater said during an interview with Sci-Fi Bulletin. “If a homophobe can’t watch the show anymore because one of the characters is gay, then
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Win William Friedkins Sorcerer on Blu-ray

Rediscover Sorcerer.. as William Friedkin's hidden gem from 1977 is released back into cinemas and onto Blu-ray for the first time. This tense thriller starring Roy Scheider (Jaws, The French Connection) is a brutal exploration of fate and destiny. It arrived back in theatres earlier this month and is now available of Blu-ray, and we have 3 copies up for grabs!. Contest Ends on Friday, December 1, 2017
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Hot-Button Topics Mostly Avoided as Academy Toasts Honorary Oscar Recipients

Hot-Button Topics Mostly Avoided as Academy Toasts Honorary Oscar Recipients
As awards season launches underneath a shadow for the second year in a row, Oscar contenders aplenty turned out to salute four cinema legends and a bold work of immersive art Saturday night.

But the current headline-making ills plaguing the industry failed to creep into an evening dedicated to celebration. Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) were just some of the names on hand to raise a glass to filmmakers Charles Burnett and Agnes Varda, cinematographer Owen Roizman and actor Donald Sutherland at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ ninth annual Governors Awards ceremony.

Also honored was filmmaker Alejandro G. Inarritu, for his virtual reality installation “Carne y Arena.” The Oscar-winning director of “Birdman” and “The Revenant” received a rare special commendation from the Academy for his efforts.

Luminaries such as Lawrence Kasdan, Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Chastain, Angelina Jolie and [link
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Waxwork Records Compels You to Listen to The Exorcist Score Like Never Before with New Remastered Deluxe Vinyl

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As creepy as the visuals are in William Friedkin's The Exorcist, it's the sounds that are perhaps the most haunting, and Waxwork Records is paying tribute to the music of Mike Oldfield and Jack Nitzsche with their deluxe vinyl score that includes remastered tracks from the original master tapes (including the iconic "Tubular Bells") and new artwork by Phantom City Creative artist Justin Erickson:

From Waxwork Records: "Waxwork Records is honored to present the deluxe soundtrack vinyl re-issue of The Exorcist. Directed by the legendary and prolific William Friedkin (The French Connection, Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die in La) and starring Linda Blair, The Exorcist remains one of the most important, and scariest films in cinematic history.

Waxwork Records collaborated with director William Friedkin to present an essential soundtrack experience of the various musical compositions from The Exorcist. The new, deluxe soundtrack LP features the complete soundtrack to the 1973 classic film,
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Sorcerer review – a cinematic concerto of pessimism worthy of Herzog

William Friedkin’s 1977 thriller, in which four desperate men drive nitroglycerin through an inhospitable jungle, is a tense study in psychological breakdown

Here is a 40-years-on rerelease of William Friedkin’s treasured personal project: his 1977 movie Sorcerer. It’s a study of an existential ordeal, and a reworking of Clouzot’s classic film The Wages of Fear, though avowedly drawing directly on the 1950 source novel by Georges Arnaud. (It’s a story that incidentally still seems to fascinate film-makers: Ben Wheatley is reportedly pondering a remake of his own.)

Sorcerer is a distinctive, gritty and gloomy movie – a determined slow-burner, resisting the traditional structure of narrative and central character. It involves four guys in four desperate situations, each introduced in leisurely vignettes: New Jersey mobster Scanlon (Roy Scheider), crooked Parisian businessman Manzon (Bruno Cremer), Mexican hitman Nilo (Francisco Rabal) and Middle Eastern terrorist Kassem (played by the Moroccan actor Amidou). For individual reasons,
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The Twilight Zone: reboot in the works with Jordan Peele

John Saavedra Nov 3, 2017

Jordan Peele and Marco Ramirez are developing a new Twilight Zone reboot...

Get Out director Jordan Peele is preparing to re-enter The Twilight Zone with a reboot series aimed at the CBS All Access streaming service.

According to THR, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves announced during an earnings call that the network was in the process of developing a new version of the popular 1960s sci-fi/horror anthology series created by Rod Serling. The Twilight Zone reboot would be the latest show to join CBS' slate of streaming-only programming that also includes Star Trek: Discovery, which was recently renewed for a second season. 

Peele's Monkeypaw Productions is behind the show. Marco Ramirez, who recently helmed Marvel's The Defenders, will pen the script and serve as showrunner for the reboot. 

The original series ran from 1959 to 1964 and told spooky stories about dystopia, alien invaders, adventures in space,
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‘Better Things’: Pamela Adlon Ran Her Set Like a Mother and Created One of TV’s Best Seasons to Date

‘Better Things’: Pamela Adlon Ran Her Set Like a Mother and Created One of TV’s Best Seasons to Date
Pamela Adlon strides out to greet her guests, arms spread wide in a warm, welcoming gesture that runs contrary to her inner exhaustion.

“Earlier I asked, ‘Is it the day kind of midnight yet?’ because I couldn’t remember the word for ‘noon,'” Adlon said, a small smile on her face and a slight crack in her voice.

Adlon is tired, and understandably so. It’s day number 20 of a 39-day shoot, just past the midway point of production on “Better Things” Season 2. Being that it’s May in the Valley, spring ended weeks ago, and the 88-degree heat is boring down on everyone — including the small group of reporters invited to set, as well as the director, producer, showrunner, and star, who’s been here since at least 8:45 a.m.

“I’m in heaven right now,” Adlon said. “I could do this every day.”

Even with the heat,
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How Diane Kruger Went to a Dark Place to Find the Brightest Point in Her Career

How Diane Kruger Went to a Dark Place to Find the Brightest Point in Her Career
Diane Kruger is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. Her leading role in Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade” won her best actress at the Cannes Film Festival.

There is a scene in “In the Fade” when Diane Kruger, playing a woman whose husband and son are killed in a suicide bombing, completely melts down. She doesn’t remember it. “It was such an out-of-body experience,” said Kruger, who won best actress at Cannes for role in the German-language production. “There are scenes in the movie where I feel like I’m not acting; I’m reacting to what’s happening in front of me. I was desperately searching for the truth.”

Kruger spent six months preparing for the role, meeting with nearly 30 relatives of murder victims to get inside the headspace, and the trauma stayed with her months after shooting was completed.
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William Friedkin developing Killer Joe TV series

According to IndieWire, director William Friedkin is in development on a TV series based upon his 2011 black comedy crime film Killer Joe.

The site reports that Friedkin revealed at the Lumiere Festival in France that he is teaming with producer Bobby Maresco (Million Dollar Baby) for a new take on the story, which will shift the story from Texan trailer parks to upper class Houston.

“It’s set among the millionaires and billionaires, who have their wives or business competitors killed,” said Friedkin. “Joe is a hired killer who frames bad guys for the murders who can’t get arrested for something else, or he makes them look like suicides…He becomes a kind of avenging angel in the series because he doesn’t just kill anybody for hire. He has to feel that guy in some way deserves to go.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard
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The Exorcist Director Thinks The Sequel Is Stupid And Ridiculous

Horror sequels are tricky, there’s no denying that. More often than not, they fail to recapture the magic of the original and in the worst case scenario, they’re nothing more than a shameless cash grab. There are exceptions to the rule, of course, but unfortunately, Exorcist II: The Heretic was not one of them.

Then again, following in the footsteps of The Exorcist – arguably one of the genre’s finest achievements – was always going to be a tough task. But to say that the sequel dropped the ball would be a massive understatement. With horrible plotting, weak acting and lame scares, it was certainly a bit of a train wreck and it turns out that the original film’s director, William Friedkin, feels the same way.

Speaking to Indiewire in a recent interview, he was asked for his thoughts on the several sequels to The Exorcist and surprisingly,
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16 essential Halloween horror soundtracks

Sean Wilson presents a selection of spooky film scores that make for the ideal 31st October playlist…

The scariest night of the year, Halloween, is upon us once again and, in addition to all the cosplay and trick or treating, a playlist of horror hits is also essential to the big night. Horror allows film composers off the leash like few other genres do, often unleashing an onslaught of symphonic and choral mayhem guaranteed to pull a chill down the spine. This then is a curated selection of fabulously frightening horror music that you need to complete your Halloween.

Psycho (1960) – Bernard Herrmann

Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal horror practically birthed the modern-day slasher movie, throwing audiences for a loop with its terrifying dispatch of Janet Leigh in the shower. The director would later credit “33%” of Psycho‘s impact to regular collaborator Bernard Herrmann’s chilling score, one as starkly monochrome and
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Jigsaw Star Tobin Bell Reveals His 5 Favorite Horror Films

The Walking Dead, Stranger Things and even Brooklyn Nine-Nine are all getting into the Halloween spirit, but if you’re searching far and wide for a spooky movie marathon, Tobin Bell has now chimed in with his recommendations. Yes, the Tobin Bell, perhaps better known to you as Jigsaw, the twisted old serial killer who’s got a thing for playing games.

While speaking with Rotten Tomatoes to promote his latest film, which just so happens to be the Saw franchise’s newest installment, Jigsaw (our review here), the actor touched on his favorite horror movies, choosing such classics as Psycho and The Exorcist as some of the ones he really digs.

Here’s his full rundown on why he loves these flicks:

Diabolique (Les Diaboliques)

An old French film with Simone Signoret, and I think Paul Meurisse is in it. It’s the film that terrified me as child,
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William Friedkin Reflects on ‘Exorcist’ Sequels, Says He Liked ‘It’

William Friedkin Reflects on ‘Exorcist’ Sequels, Says He Liked ‘It’
With The Exorcist, William Friedkin directed one of the most iconic horror films of all time, the tale of a young girl possessed by a demon with a potty mouth. Despite Friedkin’s success with The Exorcist, the filmmaker had nothing to do with the multiple sequels that followed. While some of the sequels (Exorcist II: The Heretic) are downright dreadful, Exorcist […]

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William Friedkin Weighs In On ‘The Exorcist’ Sequels And ‘It’

According to a survey by Fandango, the most popular Halloween costume this year for dudes is Pennywise from “It.” That’s hardly a surprise given that Stephen King‘s killer clown is now back in the spotlight thanks to runaway hit film, which has become the top-grossing horror movie all time, surpassing the classic “The Exorcist.” However, director William Friedkin has just a little quibble with that statistic.

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The Dead Zone: Why Halloween Is One of the Worst Box-Office Weekends

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Halloween is no trick or treat for theaters, which get rocks instead of candy every time. Last year, the Halloween weekend was the second-lowest grossing of 2016. In 2015, when October 31 fell on Saturday, it was the single worst. There’s a chance this year won’t reach the same depths; in the competition for the Most Awful Weekend of 2017, there’s those weekends right before Labor Day — and the traditionally wretched second weekend of December is still to come. Still, it will be weak with “Jigsaw” (the latest in the “Saw” franchise), “Suburbicon,” George Clooney’s poorly reviewed satire, and “Thank You for Your Service,” with Miles Teller as an Iraq War veteran.

Holiday weekends are a big deal for studios, but they can be tricky. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the easiest ones to deal with, and serve as the best time of year to reach older audiences and families. Independence Day
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Waxwork Records to Release William Friedkin’s Cruising and It Miniseries OSTs on Vinyl!

In the brand new episode of Blumhouse’s Shock Waves podcast, Waxwork Records’ Kevin Bergeron and composer Douglas Pipes stopped by the horror show to discuss some future plans. While chatting, two titles were let loose that are going to be… Continue Reading →

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‘The Exorcist’ Director William Friedkin Has Never Seen the Sequels or Series, But He Loved ‘It’ — Q&A

‘The Exorcist’ Director William Friedkin Has Never Seen the Sequels or Series, But He Loved ‘It’ — Q&A
On the 28th edition of the annual Halloween-themed “Treehouse of Horror” episode of “The Simpsons,” baby Maggie is possessed by a demon, and the voices of those tasked with exorcising it sound familiar to diehard horror fans: One of them is Ben Daniels, star of the Fox show “The Exorcist,” and the other is William Friedkin, who directed the 1973 movie.

Friedkin’s legacy extends far beyond that movie; two years earlier, he swept the Oscars with “The French Connection,” and later delivered “Sorcerer” and “To Live and Die in L.A.” The past decade found Friedkin continuing to produce edgy work, including two Tracy Letts plays (“Bug” and “Killer Joe”), numerous operas, and now a documentary, “The Devil and Father Amorth,” which premiered this fall at the Venice International Film Festival and explores the real-life context that inspired “The Exorcist.”

While visiting Lyon to deliver a masterclass at the Lumiere Festival,
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