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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...

'Exorcist' Director's Memories

AP | DOUGLASS K. DANIEL | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment

"The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir" (Harper), by William Friedkin A self-made, scrappy professional reaches the top only to be brought down by confli...

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

Ricky Camilleri | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay 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 03.18.2013 | Gay 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.

Mike Hogan

PHOTOS: Stars Come Out For NC-17 'Killer Joe' Screening

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Hogan | Posted 07.24.2012 | New York

This is arguably not the best time to be releasing a new film titled “Killer Joe.” Thankfully, this gleefully twisted NC-17 trailer-park thril...

Oscar Winner Thinks Aurora Shooter Deserves 'Gas Chamber'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 07.24.2012 | Entertainment

In the wake of the Aurora, Colo. shooting at movie theater showing "The Dark Knight Rises" that left 12 dead, Hollywood stars and executives have had ...

My First R-rated Movie or... How I Became the James Bond of Covert Forbidden Film Viewing

Alex Simon | Posted 02.29.2012 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

For those of us who grew up in the suburbs in the pre-home video, pre-Internet and pre-cable TV 1970s and early '80s, there were few dangerous pleasures as heady as sneaking into an R-rated movie at the local multiplex.

Live from Toronto Film Festival: Wednesday 9.14.11

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.15.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Given the size of the Toronto Film Festival and the goals I have when I'm here (primarily to see movies that will be released so I can bank reviews fo...

Matthew McConaughey Is The Standout in 79-Year-Old 'Exorcist' Director's 'Tarantinoesque' Comeback

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 11.08.2011 | Home

Today in Venice Fest roundups: "Killer Joe," a Texas-set, New Orleans-shot black comedy starring Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon and t...

Gay Icons and American Dreams in New Documentary: Making the Boys

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Crayton Robey's ambitious new documentary Making the Boys, about The Boys in the Band, chronicles the life, times and resonance of a cultural phenomenon.

HuffPost Review: Making 'The Boys'

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Crayton Robey's documentary Making 'The Boys' chronicles changes in both gay culture and its acceptance by mainstream America, reminding us that 40 years ago, gays and lesbians had fewer civil rights than black people or women.

Making Gay History -- Again

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Making 'The Boys' blends several storylines, including the history of Mart Crowley's ground-breaking 1969 play The Boys in the Band, and the rise of the gay-rights movement in its wake.

Your Weekend To-Do List: Dickens, Antiques, And Pie

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Have yourself a quaint little weekend with a stint at the Charles Dickens festival in Riverside, some shopping at Torrance's antique fair, and a bite ...