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Ash vs. Evil Dead

With the hotly anticipated television continuation of the Evil Dead film series “Ash vs. Evil Dead” in pre-production, we caught up exclusively this week with series executive producer and star Bruce Campbell, and fans can rejoice because the boomstick is back in a BIG way.

“We have a wonderful room of talented writers,” Campbell told us of the show, whose first episode will be directed by series originator Sam Raimi from a script he wrote with Ivan Raimi, Craig DiGregorio, and Tom Spezialy. Sam Raimi will also serve as series executive producer along with Rob Tapert and Campbell with DiGregorio to serve as executive producer/showrunner.

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With ten episodes ordered, Campbell told us that principal photography is slated for this April in New Zealand with a planned series debut on Starz and promised of his portrayal of the horror icon he helped to create (spoilers follow), “I’m bringing everything to the table. It’s a feisty version of Ash, who’s grizzled and just wants to be left alone.”

Having had a chance to read an early version of the pilot episode last year, I can concur. In it we are introduced to a nomadic Ash, a figure who’s not only haunted by traumatic memories but also terrorized by the unwelcome continuance of Deadite attacks, which have followed him to the myriad Midwestern trailer parks he’s been forced to call home. In an effort to eke out an existence and in keeping with his previous choice of career, the character spends his days working at Ted’s Superclub as a stock room trainee and, in true Ash fashion, his evenings chasing skirt in roadside bars.

It’s a pitch perfect blend of comedy and horror, and it’s Ash through and through, which is a good thing, given the vocal fan disappointment over Fede Alvarez’s 2013 Evil Dead reboot, which chose to not feature the character. We asked Campbell if he felt the passionate fan response assisted in the return of his chainsaw arm-wearing, smart-ass antihero.

“People would just not let it go,” offered Campbell (who originated the role in 1981’s The Evil Dead and reprised it in 1987 in Evil Dead II and once again in 1992 in Army of Darkness) of Alvarez’s retool, which he produced. “They may have liked the film, but they wanted Ash [to be in it].”

Joining Campbell for “Ash vs. Evil Dead” are previously announced actors Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo, the former portraying Ash’s idealistic immigrant sidekick “Pablo Simon Bolivar” and the latter “Kelly Maxwell,” a moody wild child trying to outrun her past.

“I was there during the casting process, and they’re very talented,” said Campbell. “Aside from the ensemble [aspect], they each needed to be able to hold their own because they’ll have their own series of missions. It’s an epic tale. How could you not [plan for that]? I’m a strong proponent of the ‘big picture’ plan, and we are planning for five seasons.”

As for what we can expect, Campbell offered, “We are competitive with ‘The Walking Dead,’ like, ‘We’ll show those fuckers!’ [Our] Deadites are very clever. They not stupid shufflers. They can mimic people; they can drive cars. They’re a fun threat. They [‘The Walking Dead’] are right up there [though] with being responsible for the current resurgence [of horror].”

Reflecting on returning to the property with cohort Raimi thirty-four years following its initial release, the actor (who recently wrapped shooting the trivia series “Last Man Standing,” which he hosts for CONtv, and who also is re-releasing his self-authored books If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor and Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way in digital format) stated, “It’s the last laugh. We’ve come full circle. The first Evil Dead film allowed for the most artistic freedom on anything I’ve worked on. Starz is giving us the same opportunity with this series.”

As for his standing within the genre world (he’s beloved by film fans and convention-goers alike, a circuit he’s been historically quite active within),“A lot of actors do one [convention] and then never go back,” he stated. “I think they don’t like being stared at. For me, the conventions are my bread and butter. They put my kids through school. I thank the fans. I just learned early on that you should never stay in the hotel [where the convention is being held], or you’ll end up in the elevator with Darth Vader,” Campbell laughed.

Resuming sincerity, he finished, “It’s great, but we’re all just schmoes at the end of the day. If you forget that, you are doomed.”

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Will Steven Spielberg Reboot E.T.?

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Henry Thomas has been doing pretty well in the horror genre these last few years, with stand out roles in Mike Flanagan’s Ouija: Origin of Evil and Gerald’s Game. But no matter what the man ever does, he will always be Elliot from Steven Spielberg’s E.T. to us.

And speaking of E.T., Thomas was recently asked by Closer Weekly if there was any chance of the classic film getting the reboot/revamp treatment.

I don’t think Steven Spielberg wants to touch it,” Thomas said. “And I know he won’t let anyone else. You don’t want to cheapen the original. As soon as we’re all dead, I’m sure they’ll revamp it.”

Thank the fucking Lord. So rest easy, folks. It looks like our beloved E.T. is safe and sound – at least for the next few decades. The original film was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, and Dee Wallace.

Would you be excited for a sequel/reboot of E.T.? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Synopsis:

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

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Harrelson’s Carnage Only Has a Small Role in VENOM Starring Tom Hardy

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Two months back we let you guys know that there was a rumor floating around that Woody Harrelson was going to be playing Carnage in Marvel’s upcoming R-rated adaptation of Venom starring Tom Hardy.

Carnage creator David Michelinie responded to the casting choice over on Facebook saying, “Harrelson’s a good actor and has a decent range. He’s played nutso characters in the past, but I guess we’ll have to wait until October to see just how far he can ramp it up. Fingers crossed.”

And today we have word that whether or not Harrelson is playing Carnage or not, his role will be fairly small – at least this time around.

I’m in a little fraction of this movie,” Harrelson told Collider. “But I’ll be in the next one, you know? So I haven’t read that script, but anyway, just rolled the dice.”

This makes me think that Harrelson’s Carnage will be an ending teaser. What do you think? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott. It infects theaters on October 5th.

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The Real Reason Shane Black Directed THE PREDATOR

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Later this summer we will be hit by Shane Black and Fred Dekker’s reboot The Predator starring Tom Jane. And one of the cooler bits of trivia that I’m sure you know – but it will still impress your friends – is that Black played a significant role in the original film by John McTiernan.

He played Hawkins. And that was always, we felt, reason enough for Black to sign on to direct the classic alien action film’s newest installment. But it turns out, Black has other reasons as well.

I just thought that it was a great, iconic alien,” Black told Cinema Blend. “And, what separated it from other alien invasion movies wasn’t just a space plot, it was an actual space creature with a mythos and a sense of honor, in some respect. A mission. And, a sense of humor, oddly. The idea of the game it plays. It’s rare that the Predator shows humor, but there are moments where you see it almost look at someone like, ‘Really?’

Are you excited for The Predator to arrive? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The Predator is directed by Shane Black from a script written by Black and Fred Dekker and stars Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, and Edward James Olmos. The film hits theaters nationwide September 14, 2018.

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From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

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