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As Expected - Resident Evil: Retribution Wins the Box OfficeResident Evil: Retribution opened #1 at the box office this weekend and was even bigger internationally. I hope you’re happy. You know who you are. In psychological terms, you’d be referred to as “enablers”.

Resident Evil: Retribution opened to $21 million this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. That’s actually a disappointing number given the inflated 3D ticket prices and how the previous Resident Evil: Afterlife (also in 3D) opened to over $26 million. In fact, this is the lowest opening for any Resident Evil since the original. Nonetheless, that was more than enough to stave off the 3D rerelease of Finding Nemo for the top slot.

The Paul WS Anderson/Mila Jovovich three-dimensional brain cell assault also received a “C+” Cinemascore rating indicating even the target audience for these films may be growing weary. That won’t make much difference globally where the franchise’s success continues to grow with each film. The worldwide box office for Retribution could be enough for the Resident Evil film franchise to cross the $1 billion mark.

We can pretty much expect to see Resident Evil movies between now and the rest of time. Paul WS Anderson continues laughing all the way to the bank and Mila Jovovich’s bedroom. I hope you’re all happy.

The Possession continues to hang in there at the #3 slot with another $5.8 million weekend. That brings it to about $44 million domestically.

Also of note this weekend is the continuing downfall of Nic Cage; his latest thriller, Stolen, opened on all of 141 theaters and made a paltry $204,000. Compare that to The Master, the latest from the good Paul Anderson; it only opened in 5 theaters and still made an astounding $730,000 for the weekend. Not a fair comparison, but maybe this should serve as a good notice to Cage that maybe it’s time to stop playing action hero and get back to the quirky indie roles that earned him an Oscar.

Next weekend sees Jennifer Laurence terrorized in House on the End of the Street and Dredd 3D finally blasts its way to the screen.

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



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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Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 3 – Get Your First Look at the Bride of the Chin!



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.

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan, has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs. Evil Dead!

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Make a Date With The Devil and Father Amorth



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.

In the early 1970s when I directed The Exorcist, I had not witnessed an exorcism; but I wondered how close I had come to portraying reality,” Friedkin tells the site. “I had been curious to meet Father Amorth for many years; and when he granted permission to meet and film him in Rome last May, it was the opportunity to complete the circle and see how close that film came to reality.



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