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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Bringing All-Time Worst TV Show Manimal to the Big Screen

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Bringing All-Time Worst TV Show Manimal to the Big ScreenIt only ran on NBC for 8 episodes back in 1983. Its legacy is that of one of the worst television shows of all time, a title spoken about only as a punchline. Now Anchorman creators Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will bring “Manimal” to the big screen. We truly live in strange times.

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Dr Jonathan Chase… wealthy, young, handsome. A man with the brightest of futures. A man with the darkest of pasts.

From Africa’s deepest recesses to the rarefied peaks of Tibet, heir to his father’s legacy and the world’s darkest mysteries. Jonathan Chase, master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man… Manimal!

“Manimal” is one of those TV show ideas that probably sounded good on paper. A dashing, aristocratic British adventurer raised in Africa (played by Simon MacCorkindale, “Falcon Crest”) gains the power to transform into any animal of his choosing (though for whatever reason he only ever seemed to turn into a black panther or a falcon). Now paired with a plucky, sexy policewoman, together they fight crime.

“Manimal” was so notoriously awful TV Guide listed it #15 on their list of the 50 worst TV shows of all time. It was so bad David Letterman used to mercilessly poke fun at it on late night show. It was so terrible that it’s actually developed a small cult following for being so appallingly bad. Seriously, go find an episode on YouTube and see how long you last. “Manimal” really lives up to its terrible legacy. If not for having a title as gimmicky as Sharknado, odds are it wouldn’t have gone on to be mostly memorable as a punchline.

Between this and Land of the Lost, it has become apparent that Will Farrell has a major soft spot for goofy TV shows of the Seventies and Eighties. Deadline broke the news that Sony Pictures Animation has set Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, along with original “Manimal” co-creator Glen A. Larson, to bring the short-lived series back to life as a high concept, fx-filled, big screen action-comedy. “Key & Peele” executive producers Jay Martel and Ian Roberts will write the script.

Whether this movie will ever happen remains to be seen. I seriously have my doubts. Big screen versions of “The Greatest American Hero” and “The Fall Guy” have been languishing in development hell for ages. Either way we’re now one step closer to seeing the feature film resurrections of “Automan,” “Street Hawk,” “Misfits of Science,” and “The 100 Lives of Blackjack Savage.” Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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