What the devil is a movie worth

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Feature: Celebrating heroes and villains

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute has announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger will host an AFI TV special honoring the greatest heroes and villains in American movies. "AFI''s 100 Years ... 100 Heroes & Villains" is set to air June 3 on CBS.
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LOS ANGELES, March 13 (UPI) -- There's an article of faith among Republican pundits that everyone in Hollywood is a pacifist feminist wimp. Yet, you sure wouldn't guess that from going to the
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2002 with 124 to follow.
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Cathy's World: Hollywood Real Estate

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- What do Hollywood stars want in their homes today? They want gleaming, brushed-steel Viking ranges and sub-zero refrigerators and down-on-the-farm dining tables that cost $3,000.

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Few industries enjoy an inside joke more than Jollywood where the cognoscenti smirk at references that baffle "civilians."
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International
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William Friedkin
LAP97081211-12 AUGUST 1997-LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA: William Friedkin, who directed the new version of the classic motion picture "12 Angry Men" arrives August 11 the Los Angeles premiere of the film with his wife, Paramount Pictures President Sherry Lansing. UPI jr/Jim Ruymen

William Friedkin (born August 29, 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1971 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. His most recent film, Bug (2006) won the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

After seeing the movie Citizen Kane as a boy, Friedkin became fascinated with movies. He began working for WGN-TV immediately after high school. He eventually started his directorial career doing live television shows and documentaries, including The People vs. Paul Crump which won several awards and contributed to the commutation of Crump's death sentence. As mentioned in Friedkin's voice-over commentary on the DVD re-release of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, Friedkin also directed one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965, called "Off Season".

Hitchcock admonished Friedkin for not wearing a tie while directing. In 1965 Friedkin moved to Hollywood and two years later released his first feature film, Good Times starring Sonny and Cher. Several other "art" films followed (including the gay-themed movie The Boys in the Band), although Friedkin did not necessarily want to be known as an art house director. He wanted to be known for action, serious drama, and for stories about an America turned upside down by crime, hypocrisy, the occult, and amorality, which he mounted up into his films.

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