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CS Reviews: Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist

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The Scariest Film of All Time? A Vintage Look at the Hysteria Around The Exorcist in 1973

William Friedkin’s 1973 The Exorcist might feel wrapped in the historical glow of “elevated horror” now–serious filmmaking for discerning fans and critics–but that was very much *not* the case back in the year of its birth. Back in the grimy, Watergate years of the early ‘70s, The Exorcist was as much a side-show freakout as anything William Castle produced back in the day. It was an endurance test. The above film from that time proves it, showing the long, around-the-block lines, the so...
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‘Leap of Faith’ Trailer: The ‘Exorcist’ Documentary Heads to Shudder

Alexandre O. Philippe has already explored classic horror films with his documentaries 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene and Memory: The Origins of Alien, and now he’s done it again with Leap of Faith. This latest doc delves into The Exorcist, William Friedkin’s iconic classic about a little girl possessed by a demonic force. There have already been several documentaries devoted to The Exorcist, but Leap of Faith takes a cue from Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s documentary De Palma by sticking w...
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‘The Boys in the Band’ Trailer: Ryan Murphy Brings a Beloved Broadway Play to Netflix

In 1968, playwright Mart Crowley made history when he premiered the Off-Broadway play The Boys in the Band, a drama that revolves around a group of gay men who gather for a birthday party in New York City. Hailed as a groundbreaking portrayal of gay life, the play was adapted into a feature film directed by William Friedkin in 1970, which was also considered a milestone in queer cinema as one of the first major American films to revolve around gay characters. Now, following a Tony-winning Broad...
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‘The Exorcist’ Reboot Reportedly Coming to Theaters in 2021

Pazuzu rides again! Buried at the end of a recent Deadline article comes the news that a reboot of William Friedkin’s 1973 horror classic The Exorcist is being developed for theatrical release in 2021 by the folks at Morgan Creek Productions. Hang on to your holy water as we try to parse through what’s going on here. This sentence was at the bottom of a Deadline article this afternoon, and it has sent a ripple of confusion through the horror community: “Current Morgan Creek projects include S...
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US tycoon Friedkin completes 591-million euro Roma takeover

Rome (AFP) – US billionaire Dan Friedkin on Monday promised to turn Roma into “one of the greatest names in world football” after completing his 591 million euros ($700 million) purchase of the Italian club.... Visit for the rest of the story.
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Roma sold to US businessman Friedkin for 591 million euros

Rome (AFP) – Roma on Thursday announced a change of ownership, with US billionaire Dan Friedkin buying the Serie A club for 591 million euros ($700 million). Friedkin, 54, takes over the Italian side from... Visit for the rest of the story.
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The Fast & Furious Art of the Car Chase

Hot pursuits are a staple of summer blockbusters — remember them? — so we asked the director Justin Lin to break down five of our favorites.
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The Cork-Lined Bedroom & Writing Room of Marcel Proust, the Original Master of Social Distancing

Many of us now find ourselves stuck at home, doing our part to put a stop to the global coronavirus pandemic. Some of us are taking the opportunity to write the ambitious works of literature we've long intended to. Such an effort of creativity in confinement has no more suitable precedent than the life of Marcel Proust, who wrote much of his seven-volume masterpiece In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu) in bed. The Paris Review's Sadie Stein quotes Proust's biographer Diana Fus...
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T’s Most Transporting Travel Stories

Distance and solitude can make us feel more isolated than ever — but these tales of far-off locales provide something of a distraction.
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Now Stream This: ‘The Farewell’, ‘Serpico’, ‘Honey Boy’, ‘Killer Joe’, ‘Horse Girl’, and More

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) Looking for something to stream right now? Good, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got everything here! Well, not everything, that would be impossible. But there are a lot of great titles available to watch right this now – they’re only a streaming service away. These are the best movies streaming right now. The Best Movies Streaming Right ...
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‘Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist’ Asks: Does the Ending of the Horror Classic Make Sense? [Sundance 2020]

Alexandre O. Philippe loves to make movies about movies. His documentary work includes 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene, which focused on Psycho, and the creation of its infamous shower scene, and Memory: The Origins of Alien, which thoughtfully explored what made, and still makes, Alien so special. Philippe keeps the trend going with Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist. As the title suggests, the doc has director William Friedkin sitting down to discuss one of his most iconic films,...
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New on Blu-ray: ‘Joker’, ‘The Lighthouse’, ‘Brick’, ‘Body Parts’

It’s time again to take a look at the latest in physical media. This week finds Joaquin Phoenix dancing up a storm, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe farting, Rian Johnson’s first attempt at a mystery, and some cursed body parts. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week Joker What else is there to say about Joker at this point? The Todd Phillips-directed take on the Clown Prince of Crime generated plenty of controversies before anyone had even laid eyes on it. T...
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Roma in talks with US businessman Friedkin to buy club

Milan (AFP) – Serie A club Roma on Monday confirmed negotiations with US billionaire Dan Friedkin to buy the Italian club. “The Friedkin Group are in negotiations related to a potential transaction involving NEEP Roma... Visit for the rest of the story.
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U.S. Billionaire Nears Purchase of AS Roma Soccer Club

(Bloomberg) -- U.S. billionaire Dan Friedkin is in talks to purchase of Italian soccer club AS Roma SpA from its main shareholder James Pallotta.No agreement has been reached and any possible transaction is subject to legal due diligence, the team said in a statement on Monday.A deal could be finalized by Dec. 31 and the value of the team has been set at 780 million euros ($872 million), newspaper Il Messaggero reported on Sunday, without citing anyone. Last month AS Roma SPV LLC, which controls...
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US businessman Friedkin set to buy AS Roma – reports

Milan (AFP) – US billionaire Dan Friedkin is poised to buy a majority stake in Italian club Roma in a deal worth up to 780 million euros ($872 million), according to several reports in Italy... Visit for the rest of the story.
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‘Leap of Faith’ Review: A Documentary That Proves There Are Still New Things to Learn About ‘The Exorcist’ [Sitges 2019]

It’s been 46 years since its release, and The Exorcist is as fascinating as when it first came out in theaters. You’d think it’s not a film that would still invite analysis after so many years, but ask anyone about what they think the film is ultimately about or what that final scene means, and you’re bound to start a lengthy conversation. Alexandre O. Philippe recognizes this. The Swiss filmmaker, who previously tackled fandom and Star Wars in The People vs. George Lucas , ingeniously ...
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‘Cruising’ Vinyl Soundtrack Being Released for the Very First Time via Waxwork Records

The full, never-before-released soundtrack to William Friedkin‘s controversial 1980 thriller Cruising is now available on vinyl from Waxwork Records. Featuring the original 1980 soundtrack release expanded to include all the music in the film (and some tracks that didn’t even make the final cut), this is a release that soundtrack fiends are going to want to snap up. More on the Cruising vinyl soundtrack below. In 1980, William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist, The French Connection and mo...
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Director Alexandre O. Philippe Talks His New Exorcist Documentary

Director Alexandre O. Philippe talks his new Exorcist documentary Director Alexandre O. Philippe has a knack for breaking down unique aspects of talked-about films. He made 78/52, which was an extensive look at the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. At Sundance, he was premiering his latest, Memory: The Origins of Alien. When introducing his look at Alien, the director revealed he’s already shot one about the 1973 classic The Exorcist. Bloody Disgusting was on the scene, and here’s...
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Archaeologists uncover oldest weapons ever found in North America, and they might rewrite history

For many years the consensus among archaeologists was that humans began settling in North America around 13,000 years ago. This timeline was based on artifacts found that dated back between 12,700 and 13,000 years, including weapons. Now, a new discovery in Texas could throw that theory right out the door. Researchers from Texas A&M, Baylor University, and the University of Texas have uncovered what they believe to be spear points that were used by human hunters as far back as 15,500 years ago. ...
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‘The Boys in the Band’ and a Generational Divide

Four gay men who recently attended the Broadway revival of this 50-year-old play — three seeing it for the first time — debate its significance and relevance.
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Tarantino Takes Hollywood Back to the ’60s with ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Set Video

Quentin Tarantino is bringing Hollywood back to the ’60s with his new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The movie is set in LA during the summer of 1969, and several set photos have already surfaced showing the transformation of several locations. Now, a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood set video offers us our best look at the set so far. Watch it below. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Set Video This set video is like a trip back in time! With a cellphone! A YouTube user uploaded this glim...
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Wake Up Screaming: Seven Social Horror Films to Prep You for ‘The First Purge’

The Purge movies are the unruly branch on the otherwise upright “social horror” filmic family tree. Exploitation movies to their very core, with each installment the futuristic franchise (that’s built on the idea that, for one night in America, all crime is legal) has widened in scope, beginning with a home invasion on the titular devil’s evening (The Purge), then taking us to the city streets amidst government sanctioned chaos (Anarchy), and finally letting us see the corrupt political mechani...
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9 Reads Almost as Satisfying as Taking a Vacation

We’ve rounded up some of T’s most transportive stories for those who need a break from their surroundings, or from the news cycle.
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There’s No Such Thing as an “Elevated Horror Movie” (And Yes, ‘Hereditary’ is a Horror Movie)

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: Hereditary has people talking about “elevated horror” again and there is no such thing…there are just horror movies.) There’s an interview going around with Hereditary writer/director Ari Aster that’s sparked another round of hand-wringing regarding whether a new horror feature qualifies as a “horror movie” at all; a discussion so tired we might as well feed i...
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PopPolitics: William Friedkin on His Return to DC for ‘The Devil and Father Amorth’ (Listen)

WASHINGTON — William Friedkin returned to Washington last week to talk about his latest project — “The Devil and Father Amorth,” a documentary project that explores real-life exorcisms. In it, Friedkin witnesses and films an exorcism in Italy in 2016, of a young Italian woman named Christina who believed that she was possessed. The experience […]
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‘The Devil and Father Amorth’ Review: ‘Exorcist’ Director William Friedkin Smirks at the Devil

It’s been nearly 45 years since director William Friedkin first terrified audiences with The Exorcist , and now the filmmaker is ready to return to the taboo religious practice with the documentary The Devil and Father Amorth . The concept is too irresistible to pass up: here’s the director of The Exorcist making a documentary about a real exorcism. It practically markets itself. Friedkin, for his part, heavily leans in to the idea, devoting the first 10 to 15 minutes of The Devi...
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Op-Ed Columnist: We Need an Exorcist!

William Friedkin revisits his old haunts for his new documentary about exorcism.
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Friedkin Films an Exorcism in Trailer for 'The Devil and Father Amorth'

"I had no idea what to expect." The Orchard has unveiled the official trailer for William Friedkin's latest film, a documentary (of sorts) about a real life exorcism, titled The Devil and Father Amorth. Friedkin goes to film Father Gabriele Amortha as he performs his ninth exorcism on an Italian woman. This actually premiered at the Venice Film Festival last fall, perhaps just because it's Friedkin and not because it's really that good. The film is only 68 minutes long, and got dismal review...
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‘The Devil and Father Amorth’ Trailer: The Director of ‘The Exorcist’ Witnesses a Real Exorcism

When William Friedkin released his iconic horror film The Exorcist in 1973, he had never seen an exorcism. But decades later, that would change. Now, Friedkin has made a documentary diving into the exploits of a real-life exorcist: The Devil and Father Amorth. Friedkin developed a fascination with the rite after directing The Exorcist, itself based on an actual 1949 exorcism of a young boy in Cottage City, Maryland. Itching to see an exorcism for himself — whether to prove his film’s authent...
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