William Friedkin to Discuss 'Cruising' Tonight, John Barrowman Returns to TV
Posted 5/9/2013 12:30:00 PM

When it hit theatres in 1980, director William Friedkin's film Cruising was controversial to say the least. Worst of all, it may have set back efforts for equal rights and better acceptance of gay people, an ironic twist to his groundbreaking film Boys in the Band, made only a decade before.

Based on the Gerard Walker novel, Cruising presented Al Pacino as an undercover detective trying to catch a serial killer who uses S&M methods on his gay victims. Tonight, some 33 years later, the iconic director will discuss the project and his long career when he signs books and participates in a Q&A at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre. The evening will feature screenings of Cruising and his lesser-known film Sorcerer.

Over the next few days, Friedkin will also appear at screenings of The French Connection with To Live and Die in L.A. on Friday night, plus The Exorcist on Saturday. The Monday, May 13, Aero screenings of The Birthday Party and The Boys in the Band will not feature a Friedkin appearance but are well worth seeing.  
Former American Idol runner up Clay Aiken and Sugar Ray lead man Mark McGrath guest star on tonight's episode of The Office on NBC.

Former Captain Jack Harness, John Barrowman, has been kept busy since the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood ended. Currently a cast member of the CW's Arrow, he'll make a guest appearance on tonight's episode of Scandal. It would appear that Barrowman can't stray too far from his Doctor Who heritage. He recently completed the British family film All Stars, about a group of kids who put together a fundraising variety dance show to save their community youth center. Joining him are recent Doctor Who guest star Ashley Walters, former cast member of The Sarah Jane Adventures Amelia Clarkson and Ugly Betty vet Ashley Jensen.

X-Files alumna Gillian Anderson debuts in a recurring role as Dr. Lechter's therapist on tonight's Hannibal. Continuing the series' culinary theme of episode titles, this one is called "Sorbet" and features the return of Veep costar Ana Chlumsky from last week's episode. British audiences will get to see Anderson in another series when the BBC 2 unveils the psychological thriller The Fall on May 19. It's being described as a mini-series of five episodes, but by UK TV standards that's practically an entire season. Anderson plays a won't-let-go detective hunting a serial killer in Belfast and stars opposite Once Upon a Time's Jamie Dornan, Missing's Laura Donnelly and The Tudors' Frank McCusker. U.S. fans can catch it on Netflix starting May 28. 
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