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Author Of 'The Exorcist' Dies

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 01.15.2017 | Arts

William Peter Blatty, who wrote The Exorcist and won an Oscar for the screenplay adaptation of the horror story, has died. He was 89. William Friedki...

On 45th Anniversary of "French Connection" release, Det. Sonny Grosso talks about taking Friedkin and his Mother to "impenetrable" Rao's

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 10.23.2016 | New York
Ashley Jude Collie

Sonny Grosso and Judge Eddie Torres -- Monday's at Rao's "Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, yeah On a blanket with my baby is where I'll be..." -...

TCM's Airing of "Streetcar" Makes Retired NYPD Det. Grosso Reflect on Working with Brando on "The Godfather"

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.06.2016 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

"Brando was bigger than life. And when you talked about Brando, you talked about god. He was an icon on a set with Duvall, Pacino, Caan. Every actor w...

BBC Radio 4's Program 'And the Academy Award Goes to...' Honors the French Connection

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 02.23.2017 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

The resultant BBC Radio 4 program And The Academy Award Goes To... featuring The French Connection was recently aired and it brought it all back for former NYPD detective Grosso, who went onto a sterling career as a television and movie producer.

Hillary's Path Back to 9/11

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 01.21.2017 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

The Iowa primary caucuses will be held one week from Tuesday. But a defining moment happened about three months ago in Des Moines when Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley held their second debate.

Filmmaker Edward Burns' 'Public Morals' Portrays Mythical Irish-American Cops like 'The French Connection's' Popeye Doyle

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 08.19.2016 | Entertainment
Ashley Jude Collie

I was recently chatting with filmmaker Edward Burns who was excitedly talking about his new drama series, Public Morals, which premieres on August 25 on TNT. He was grateful that I'd found the series compelling with a host of outstanding elements from cinematography, set design and costuming to music.

From William Friedkin's "The French Connection" to Cédric Jimenez's "The Connection" -- Marseille's Infamous Story Still Fascinates

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.15.2015 | Entertainment
Ashley Jude Collie

It's been over 50 years since NYPD detectives Sonny Grosso and Eddie Egan, along with Federal law enforcement, made the biggest drug bust in U.S. history, nabbing 60 kilos of pure heroin worth $32 million that had arrived from Marseille.

Bill Hickman: Hollywood's Wheelman

Alex Simon | Posted 05.13.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Hollywood, like any place that is more about its lore than the actual sum of its parts, is full of unsung heroes who have given audiences some of their most cherished cinematic moments.

Retired Det. Sonny Grosso Will be Smiling on St. Patrick's Day to the Pipes and Drums

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 05.10.2015 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

On St. Paddy's Day, Sonny Grosso along with the Irish eyes of the late Det. Egan and his namesake Cardinal Edward Egan, who recently passed, will all be smiling down on New York.

On William Friedkin's Cruising, 35 Years On

Nathan Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Smith

The film had a storyline that can only be described as salacious and lurid. The narrative naturally beguiled my 16-year-old closeted self, and added to my own internet cruising for doses of gay culture before regularly deleting the browsing history.

Ellen Burstyn Recalls The Physically Grueling Filming Of 'The Exorcist'

HuffPost Live | Ishita Singh | Posted 09.08.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Ellen Burstyn has starred in many iconic movies during her long career, but one of her most physically demanding roles was Chris McNeil in 'The Exorci...

William Friedkin: Why Sorcerer's Spell Refuses to Die

Alex Simon | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

"There's no real reason I ever should have become a film director. I never studied film, unlike the movie brats of my generation I never went to film school, or even to college. I was never that enamored of film."

The Oscars and the Night That Jack Nicholson Came to Harlem to Eat Macaronis With Detective Sonny Grosso

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

Grosso says Jack's visit sent Rao's influential clientele into a tizzy but what was so heart-warming was that Nicholson himself had presented the Best Picture Oscar to The French Connection's producer Phil D'Antoni back at the 44th Academy Awards.

How This Real Life NYPD Detective Influenced Some of Today's Biggest TV Series

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 03.11.2014 | Entertainment
Ashley Jude Collie

From Nietzschean philosophizing cops (McConaughey) to a female Ranger, cop shows have come a long way from Dragnet's Jack Webb (1951-59) droning his catchphrase, "All we want are the facts, ma'am..."

Moviegoers Reflect On The Terror Of 'The Exorcist'

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.27.2013 | Entertainment

On Thursday, we celebrated 40 terrifying years of "The Exorcist." The iconic horror movie opened on Dec. 26, 1973, frightening legions of moviegoers ...

'The Exorcist' Is Still Terrifying 40 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

"What an excellent day for an exorcism." Forty years ago, the movie that is often still hailed as the scariest of all time hit theaters. "The Exorcist...

Bette Midler's New Gig

Posted 12.10.2013 | TV

Bette Midler is taking on a Hollywood legend as she prepares to to play Mae West in an upcoming HBO biopic. The film will be based on West's autobi...

William Friedkin, The Exorcist Director, Says Film Is About the Mystery of Faith

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Tavis Smiley

2013-10-29-tavisexorcistblog.png Tonight on PBS, I sit down with award-winning director, producer and screenwriter William Friedkin. Can you believe it's been 40 years since the screams in The Exorcist? Friedkin reflects on the making of the film and the genre in Hollywood that followed.

11 Essential New York City Movies

John Farr | Posted 07.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It's a point of pride that no other city has so many good movies set in it as New York. Even a cursory Google search yields literally hundreds of titles shot here.

Steven Spielberg Almost Directed WHAT?

Posted 05.03.2013 | Entertainment

Legendary filmmaker William Friedkin joined HuffPost Live on Thursday to discuss the release of his new memoir, "The Friedkin Connection," and his car...

33 Years Later, 'Cruising' Director Looks Back On Controversial Gay Film With Some Regret

Ricky Camilleri | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Legendary Hollywood film director William Friedkin appeared on HuffPost Live on March 25 to discuss his use of "shocking material" throughout his care...

This One Time... James Franco... Made An Erotic Gay Short Film: Co-Director Travis Mathews Talks 'Interior. Leather Bar.'

Evan Ross Katz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Evan Ross Katz

As bizarre and seemingly out-of-nowhere as it is for Franco to make a film exploring William Friedkin's controversial 1980 film Cruising, his calling on Mathews to assist in such an endeavor seemed somehow symbiotic.

James Franco's NSFW Latest Project

Posted 12.19.2012 | Arts

What has James Franco been up to lately, you ask? The 34-year-old actor is set to publish a poetry book in 2014, but we're more interested in a recent...

'Killer Joe' -- Wicked Fun

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

It is a dark and stormy night. Rain pelts the pitch black trailer park. A leashed pit bull barks as the stranger approaches. He beats on the trailer door. The woman who opens the door is naked... full frontal. It's his step-mother.

Movie Review: Killer Joe

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.24.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In a summer of movies made of bombastic special effects and obvious action, Killer Joe still has the ability to surprise by keeping it down and dirty -- though you'll need a strong stomach to make it to the end.