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William Friedkin earned a Best Director Oscar for his riveting 1971 film The French Connection and earned another nomination for changing the face of horror with The Exorcist. Now, with his latest controversial film Killer Joe out on Blu-ray, the legendary director revisits some of his greatest films for ETonline and reveals the secrets behind them; discusses his thoughts on Hollywood's remake fever; and gets candid about what frightens the man who helmed one of the scariest films ever made.
Related: The Uncomfortable Sexuality of 'Killer Joe'
On the Possibility of an 'Exorcist' Sequel/Prequel, and the Real-Life Case that Inspired the Film:
"[I've been asked often], and I won't. … I've said everything that could be said about demonic possession and exorcism. I have not even seen any of the sequels, not even [William Peter] Blatty's [Exorcist III]. I would not do a prequel or a sequel, absolutely not, under no circumstances and for no amount of money. But if I could »
This week: Milla Jovovich goes to the heart of the Umbrella Corporation to stop the global zombie epidemic in "Resident Evil: Retribution," the fifth movie in the popular sci-fi action series that sees the return of original "Resident Evil" badass Michelle Rodriguez.
Also new this week is the Southern-fried pitch-black comedy "Killer Joe" starring Matthew McConaughey, the bike-messenger thriller "Premium Rush" with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the romantic drama "The Words" with Bradley Cooper and the financial thriller "Arbitrage" with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon.
Box Office: $42 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 31% Rotten
Storyline: In this fifth installment of the enduring zombie apocalypse series based on the video game, Alice (Milla Jovovich) escapes from her cell inside Umbrella's prime research facility and finds that old friends have become new enemies. Director Paul W.S. Anderson's "Retribution" brings back Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe, Sienna Guillory and more from previous installments. »
- Robert DeSalvo
A new red band trailer for the critically acclaimed crime drama thriller ‘Killer Joe,’ featuring commentary by Gina Gershon, who plays Sharla Smith in the film, has been released by Lionsgate. The actress discusses her co-stars in the movie, including Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Emile Hirsch and Thomas Haden Church, who she said makes her laugh all the time. Gershon also spoke about what a great director William Friedkin, who rose to fame helming ‘The Exorcist,’ was on ‘Killer Joe,’ and how the film is unlike anything else she’s ever seen. ‘Killer Joe’ is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and Pay-Per-View. The Unrated Director’s Cut of the film is [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Directed by Christopher Nolan
The Dark Knight Rises feels as if it was made up of two equal halves, with the most critical moment of the film breaking the movie in half, almost literally. While the second half may have been a let down, the first half is incredibly ambitious to say the least. The opening sequence, a gravity-defying skyjacking, is a tour de force – wildly choreographed, vivid, visceral, and chock full of suspense. That aerial extraction alone is worth the price of admission. Production-wise, effects-wise, Nolan’s movie (with sequences shot with Imax cameras) is staggering. There was an opportunity here for Nolan to stretch the boundaries of what is possible in the genre, alas, the final act becomes a little too conventional – complete with a doomsday device and a ticking-clock countdown. But for every quibble, »
"The Weekend Rent" offers quick-hit suggestions of what to watch at home to get psyched for new releases in theaters, on Fridays. William Friedkin is no stranger to courting controversy… and he's more than Ok with that. The 77-year-old Oscar-winning director of The French Connection and The Exorcist returns with the Southern-fried black comedy/thriller Killer Joe, which is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD. Matthew McConaughy stars as the titular police detective who moonlights as a hit man and accepts the job of killing a desperate drug dealer's mother so that the dealer, Chris (Emile Hirsch), can collect her insurance policy. Chris doesn't expect Joe to hold his younger sister, Dottie (Juno Temple), as a retainer in this Nc-17 adaptation of the...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Matthew McConaughey has been nominated by the Film Independent Spirit Awards as Best Male Lead for his dark turn as Killer Joe, out on DVD today, and the film's director, Oscar winner William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist), reveals to ETonline the trick for capturing such incredible, genuine performances -- and some extremely uncomfortable, off-kilter sexual moments -- from his actors.
Video: Matthew McConaughey Talks 'Killer' Role
"It starts with casting. If you haven't cast these roles properly, there's nothing you can do -- then there are no tricks," he says. "Before you get started, you spend a lot of time talking to them, trying to learn as much as you can about the details of their lives, about what pushes their buttons. … [And then] what I go for is to have the actor use sense memory in order to recreate all the emotions that his character is supposed to represent." For example »
Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "Killer Joe" What's It About? A trailer park father-son combo (Thomas Haden Church, Emile Hirsch) need to come up with thousands to pay off drug dealers; their only option is to kill off their wicked step-mother (Gina Gershon) and collect the insurance. To pull off the dirty deed, they hire "Killer" Joe (Matthew McConaughey) a corrupt cop who moonlights as a hitman. See It Because: "Joe" is a showcase of skills you didn't know McConaughey had in him. The movie walks a fine line between brutally grim and darkly funny, and it earns its Nc-17 rating. But "Joe's" redneck noirish flavor is a late career high mark for director William Friedkin ("The Exorcist," "The French Connection"), who has always been able to deliver genuine heart-stopping drama. New on Blu-ray & DVD "Arbitrage" What's It About? Richard Gere plays billionaire hedge-fund manager Robert Miller, who »
- Eric Larnick
By now you've probably noticed that it's Matthew McConaughey's world and we're just living in it. The actor once most famous for that time when he was playing bongos in the nude has staged a ferocious comeback this year, with Oscar buzz for his role in Magic Mike and a handful of other smaller films around that to prove just how much range he's got. One of those smaller films is Killer Joe an deputation of a play by the Pulitzer-winning Tracy Letts, in which McConaughey plays the title character-- a hit man who gets violently entwined in the life of a trailer park-dwelling Texas family. The movie is unrepentantly violent, wild and often very funny, and the credit to that goes partly to McConaughey but mostly to director William Friedkin. The veteran behind The Exorcist and and The French Connection tackle the crazy town of Killer Joe like »
Veteran director William Friedkin's new movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe, is out on home video this Friday, and in discussing the disturbing black comedy, the Oscar winner's thoughts turned to the tragic events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary last week in Newtown, Ct.
"I believe the only thing that explains this kid in Connecticut is demonic possession," Friedkin tells ETonline. "You can go and look for every goddamn reason on Earth – [James] Holmes, the kid in Colorado [that opened fire during the Dark Knight Rises screening], all of these people, Charles Whitman [the 1966 University of Texas tower sniper] – it's the devil, man. Whatever that means to you. There is a force of evil in the world."
Of course, Friedkin is well-known as the man who brought The Exorcist to the big screen in 1973, and he clarifies, "Now, I'm not talking about a figure with pointed ears and a forked tongue and a tail, carrying a pitchfork. There is evil »
20: The Raid: Redemption – The entire film
How does one choose their favourite scene from this high-speed, virtually nonstop adrenaline-packed martial arts pic? Could it be the sequence in which a refrigerator is used to destroy an entire floor of an apartment complex; or perhaps the final showdown between two brothers and the the chief henchmen? Or maybe it could be the sequence in which a machete pierces back n forth through a thin wall – and let us not forget the repeated wall-head-bashing leading to a semi-decapitation. The Raid: Redemption is basically a 101 minute highlight reel for actors Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Joe Taslim.
Perhaps the most unexpected gag found in Whedon’s The Avengers, is a brief moment in after teaming up to fight the villains, Hulk takes no issue in sucker punching Thor, proving that even the big green machine has a sense of humour. »
Few films have had as much of an impact on the horror genre as The Exorcist, and a big reason is the presence of Pazuzu, as portrayed by Eileen Dietz. Now Eileen has a new book coming out called Exorcising My Demons, and we have the early details right here.
The full title of the bio is Exorcising My Demons: An Actress' Journey to The Exorcist and Beyond. It is co-written by Daniel Loubier (Dead Summit) and published by AuthorMike Ink, which is the home of several other horror icons' official biographies such as Kane Hodder and Tom Savini.
Eileen tells us Exorcising My Demons is coming out in hardcover in March and on Kindle and Nook a bit sooner. It's not yet listed on Amazon so be sure to keep your eyes on the official Eileen Dietz website and the Eileen Dietz Facebook page for updates.
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- The Woman In Black
The genius behind some of cinemas most incredible transformations, make-up artist and special-effects maestro Rick Baker is now officially among the Hollywood elite with his own star on the Walk Of Fame – and not before time.
Baker began work in film during the early 1970s with creative supporting tasks on William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, Larry Cohen’s cult horror fave It’S Alive, Star Wars and the notorious Jeff Bridges-led remake of King Kong. However, his jaw-dropping work on An American Werewolf In London cemented his reputation and in-turn winning the first ever Oscar for ‘Best Make-Up Effects’ with John Landis’ 1981 classic, comic-horror.
Since then, he has won a further six Academy Awards from work on family favourite Harry & The Hendersons, Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, Eddie Murphy comedy The Nutty Professor, blockbuster Men In Black, Dr Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas and most recently, The Wolfman. »
- Craig Hunter
In 1980, William Friedkin ("The Exorcist," "The French Connection") directed Al Pacino in the controversial "Cruising," about a serial killer targeting members of the gay S&M community. According to the Sundance synopsis, a rumored 40 minutes of S&M footage was cut from the film. Franco and co-director Travis Mathews re-imagine what was in the lost footage in "Interior." This gallery is Nsfw. »
- Dave Lewis
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.99
Matthew McConaughey (The Lincoln Lawyer), Emile Hirsch (Savages), Juno Temple (Dirty Girl), Thomas Haden Church (Easy A) and Gina Gershon (Breathless) star in the 2011 crime-drama thriller Killer Joe.
Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris (Hirsch), a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother (Gershon) to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris’ mother, they decide to hire contract killer Joe Cooper (McConaughey), who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris’ sister Dottie (Temple). However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. Wouldja believe that not everything goes as planned!?
Based upon the play by Tracy Letts »
By Michael Juvinall, MoreHorror.com
Probably the number one name in make-up effects in Hollywood for over 40 years is being honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rick Baker has won 7 academy awards with 12 nominations, more than anyone else in the business. Read on for more details.
From The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Website:
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor makeup artist Rick Baker with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 30, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Guinness World Records Museum. “We are proud to honor those who have successfully helped make Hollywood what it is today with their talent and magical creations that fans have enjoyed since the beginning of the motion picture industry. Rick Baker is a revered artist who we are proud to say started his extraordinary career in California, home of the movies, »
It has been announced that The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor Rick Baker with a well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this month:
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor makeup artist Rick Baker with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 30, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Guinness World Records Museum. “We are proud to honor those who have successfully helped make Hollywood what it is today with their talent and magical creations that fans have enjoyed since the beginning of the motion picture industry. Rick Baker is a revered artist who we are proud to say started his extraordinary career in California, home of the movies,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
During the ceremony, Mr. Baker will also be entered into The Guinness World Records™ Book twice – once for the most Oscar®wins, »
- Jonathan James
Well, this was a long time coming. Finally, after many movies and many decades, special effects giant Rick Baker is getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Read on for the details, and offer your congratulations in our comments section!
From The Hollywood Walk of Fame Website
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor makeup artist Rick Baker with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 30, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Guinness World Records Museum. “We are proud to honor those who have successfully helped make Hollywood what it is today with their talent and magical creations that fans have enjoyed since the beginning of the motion picture industry. Rick Baker is a revered artist who we are proud to say started his extraordinary career in California, home of the movies,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. »
- Uncle Creepy
"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939): Despite the title, a Los Angeles soundstage was the main setting -- but you wouldn't know it from watching -- of the Frank Capra-directed classic about a novice politician (James Stewart) who learns how some of the big boys play.
"The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951): Earthlings, if you want to ensure that the Lincoln Memorial remains intact, do not mess with alien visitor Klaatu (Michael Rennie) and his towering, death-ray-firing robot Gort.
"All the President's Men" (1976): Shots of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman) racing through the nation's capital at all hours lend authenticity to the Oscar-winning docudrama of how the reporters broke the Watergate scandal.
"Broadcast News" (1987): A D.C. television newsroom is »
As is now tradition here on Thn (well we started it last week) each Monday sees us celebrate/commiserate the newest home entertainment releases, and we’ve got some beauties for you this week:
Welcomed warmly on cinema its release, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World holds even more charm on the small screen, we loved it ’Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World is bloody brilliant: warm, full of love, and with the ability to make a grown man cry’
As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.
- Sam Carey
Many film websites published “decade’s best horror films” lists in late 2009/early 2010. While these lists collectively provided a rough snapshot of the genre’s ups and downs during that time, with more time to reflect, it becomes increasingly clear what an important period the 2000’s were for the horror genre on a global scale.
Not only did this decade easily and obviously eclipse the comparatively arid 1990’s in both volume of production and overall quality, the 2000’s can also be looked at as a crucial one for horror cinema despite the justified outrage about the American film industry’s widespread strip-mining of classics and foreign films for remakes/re-boots and its saturation of the market with teen-friendly PG-13 rated horror films.
While by no means as groundbreaking as the 1970’s or as sentimentally regarded as the 1980’s, the 2000’s will be recalled as the decade that, despite well-founded criticisms »
- Terek Puckett
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