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RIP Edward WoodwardBritish actor Edward Woodward, best know among genre fans for his portrayal of Sergeant Howie in Robin Hardy’s classic The Wicker Man, has passed away at age 79 in Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, Cornwall, England.

Per BBC News, the star, who was born June 1, 1930, in Croydon, Surrey, England, had been suffering from various illnesses, including pneumonia. His agent, Janet Glass, said he had been ill for several months and passed away surrounded by members of his family.

His Wicker Man co-star, Sir Christopher Lee, described Woodward as “a very good friend and a splendid actor“.

Ms. Glass adds, “I knew him a very long time, and he was a superb human being. That integrity shone through in the roles he played. I can’t ever remember, in all the productions he undertook, anyone having a bad word to say about him, and he never had anything bad to say about anyone else either. His passing will leave a huge gap in many lives.

Robin Hardy, who directed The Wicker Man, said of Woodward, “He was one of the greatest actors of his generation, without any question, with a broad career on American television as well as British film. He was the absolute star of The Wicker Man. He was an extremely nice human being.

Actor Simon Pegg, who was a big fan of Woodward and cast him in his 2007 film Hot Fuzz, said on Twitter, “So sorry to hear we have lost the great Edward Woodward. Feel lucky to have worked with him.” He later released a statement, saying that Hot Fuzz rehearsals “were often gleefully tossed aside just to hear him (Woodward) recount stories from his life and career. Edgar Wright and myself sought him out because we were fans of his work; by the time the cameras stopped rolling, we were devoted fans of the man. My love and sympathy goes out to Michelle and his family.

Woodward, who was nominated for five Emmys and won a Golden Globe in 1987 for his role in the TV series “The Equalizer”, is survived by his second wife, the actress Michele Dotrice, and four children, three of whom he had during his first marriage.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Edward Woodward’s family and friends. Although he is gone, his incomparable legacy will live on forever.

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Zac Efron Looks Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile as Ted Bundy

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We told you a while back that Zac Efron would be assuming the role of charismatic serial killer Ted Bundy in Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger’s new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (that title is a wondrous mouthful); and today Efron himself took to Twitter to share the first image of himself as Bundy. Check it out!

Michael Werwie wrote the script for the project, which is told through the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, who went years denying the accusations against Bundy but ultimately turned him in to the police. Only nearing his execution, when Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders, did Kloepfer, and the rest of the world, learn the true scope of his numerous and grizzly murders.

Principal photography began back in October 2017.

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Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead” is nothing short of a friggin’ gift for fans; and if you aren’t watching it, you need to fix that like yesterday. Teally… you don’t have much of an excuse. It’s on DVD. Blu-ray. Digital. Netflix. You name it!

Season 3 is just around the corner, and the good folks over at Arrow in the Head got themselves the first look at Ash and his bride-to-be, Candy, played by Katrina Hobbs.

Look for Season 3 to premiere on February 25th at 9PM ET/PT.

“Ash vs. Evil Dead” is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick; Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell co-star alongside newcomers Arielle Carver-O’Neill and Lindsay Ferris. Lee Majors returns as Brock Williams to warn Ash from beyond the grave.

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Well, that headline’s not entirely accurate… you wouldn’t want to be a third wheel now, would you? What we’re talking about here is William Friedkin’s new documentary The Devil and Father Amorth. In it Friedkin witnesses first-hand the work of the Vatican’s in-house exorcist; and if that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will!

Deadline is reporting today that we can expect to see the flick sometime this spring in theaters via The Orchard.

Known as the “Dean of Exorcists,” Father Amorth (who turned 92 not so long ago) has performed thousands of exorcism rituals to rid evil from the human body.

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