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The Man, The Myth, The Chin: An Interview With Bruce Campbell

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With the Blu-ray and DVD release of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” Season 2 less than 2 weeks away, we here at Dread Central were graced with the pleasure of speaking with the man who made it cool to shop at S-Mart. Bruce Campbell, the B-Movie god, gave us the lowdown on what to expect from the next season of the hit Starz show, as well as where his travels will be taking him next – so grab a seat and a cold one, cause this one’s going to be groovy!

DC: Looking back, before the show even started, did you think it was something that was going to get off the ground, and if so, did you have any reservations about firing up the character that you haven’t played in so long?

BC: We didn’t have reservations until someone said yes – we shopped the show to about a half a dozen networks, and had some good meetings and some people seemed legitimately interested, then it boiled down to about two different parties, and then Starz won out, because they said they wouldn’t hit us with content restrictions. That was just massive for us – a game changer, so we felt pretty good about the pitches because they were well received, and people seemed interested in doing it, but it was only after Starz was like “sure, let’s go – right away, we’ll take ten of em (episodes),” and that’s when you spit the coffee out, and you think “whoa, we’ve actually got to pull this off now!” Shooting with Sam (Raimi) again was great, but then as soon as Sam was gone, we’ve got to shoot the show – have to get back to that TV pace and do this, and that’s when you realize what a chump you were to say yes to this deal. The last time I played Ash was 25 years ago, and I was wondering if I could still do this crap.

DC: That would lead me into my next question: between the course of the last film (Army Of Darkness) and the TV show, was there ever a pitch made to take the character in a completely different direction that you didn’t think was such a good idea?

BC: Well, there was a 4 minute conversation a while ago about having Ash vs. Jason vs. Freddy, but that went nowhere, because Ash wasn’t allowed to kill them, because otherwise why would he have been in it?

DC: So we have Season 2 all wrapped up, with a couple of loose ends – if you could tell us, which I’m sure you won’t…what can everyone expect to see out of Season 3?

BC: Jaw-dropping – the end of the season will be fairly mind-blowing, and we made sure of that. It’s a hell of a season – Ash not only has to save the world, but he’s back in his small town, and things start great (made a deal with Ruby at the end of Season 2) – so he’s saved his town, and now he’s going to cash in on it – he’s the hero. Things won’t all be well, because the mythology’s going to kick in now, which will give us all an idea of why Ash was chosen – this average idiot…this fool was written of in an ancient book. So Season 3 is where it all will come to a head – the ultimate mettle of the average man will be tested by these demonic forces, and if man fails, then evil will rule the earth – those are the stakes…OH!, and he may be a father.

DC: Over the course of your career, you’ve acted, directed, produced, written, and are also an accomplished author – if I was the guy to come forward and say “you can only do one for the remainder of your career, what would it be”?

BC: I’d be a writer – book writer. I have another one coming out August 15th (The Further Confessions Of A B-Movie Actor), because it’s a very pleasant world, and it’s not expensive to write a book. To make a movie can cost you anywhere from 200 thousand to 200 million, and it’s a very expensive vocation. I’ll say this to any writer out there who’s ever aspired to be a writer: you have absolutely no excuse because it doesn’t cost you anything to be a writer – maybe the cost of Microsoft Word, or if you write longhand, a couple of legal pads and some pencils. I mean come on, anyone that’s ever wanted to be a writer can be one, and now with all this self-publishing crap, just do it!

DC: Lastly, what’s up next for Mr. Bruce Campbell?

BC: A 35-city tour to promote the book, and I’ll be coming to your town, so bring out little Billy cause it’s time to shake hands and kiss babies…or is it kiss hands and shake babies? Gonna go out for a while, press some flesh and see what’s going on in the big, bad world.

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Rest in Peace: Bill Gold, Iconic Movie Poster Designer, Passes Away at 97

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Sad news as it’s been confirmed that iconic graphic designer Bill Gold, who was responsible for creating thousands of film posters, has passed away in his Old Greenwich, Connecticut home at 97 years old.

Gold’s career stretched back decades to the early 40’s, where he designed posters for films like Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Big Sleep, and the classic Bogart/Bergman film Casablanca. Over the next several decades, Gold would work with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Ridley Scott, Stanley Kubrick, Desmond Davis, Oliver Stone, and many, many more. Some of his most famous works were done for many of Clint Eastwood’s westerns, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, John Boorman’s Deliverance, Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, and a multitude of posters for the James Bond franchise.

Per THR, Gold is survived by, “…his wife, Susan, son Bob, daughter in-law Joanne, daughter Marcy, grandson Spencer, granddaughter Dylann and her fiancé Justin, great nephew Jaaron and “man’s best friend” Willoughby.”

We send our deepest condolences to his family in this sad time. However, we also send our gratitude for a man whose work fascinated and intrigued countless audiences over more than 70 years. I remember walking through a movie theater’s halls and delighting in looking at movie posters, imagining what their stories could hold. I can only believe that other children over the years looked at Gold’s work and wondered the same thing about those films.

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Will Billie Lourd Return in AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 8?

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For those of you who might not know, Billie Lourd is the daughter of Carrie Fisher. She was one of the stars of Ryan Murphy’s horror-comedy series Scream Queens and has since followed Murphy over to the world of American Horror Story.

Lourd starred in the recent AHS: Cult and it looks like Deadline is confirming that she will return for the upcoming 8th season, which is rumored to be called AHS: Radioactive. Lourd will star alongside Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates, and Joan Collins, who will play Evan Peters’ grandmother.

Are you excited about this casting? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

American Horror Story is an anthology horror-drama series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning franchise is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

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Live-Action F.E.A.R. Adaptation Coming To Machinima

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Screenwriter Greg Russo has signed a deal with Machinima to pen an adaptation of the F.E.A.R. video game franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The article did not specify whether the adaptation would be in the form of a film or a series.

Russo, who is a lifelong gamer, will work with Machinima on creating and developing the F.E.A.R. adaptation, although we don’t know much else at this point. Machinima are a subsidiary of Warner Bros., and it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the F.E.A.R. franchise has also been owned by WB since 2009. In other words, Warner Bros. were bound to give us a live action adaptation of F.E.A.R. at one point, so we’re not too surprised by this development.

Russo, who is also writing the scripts for the Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil reboots, was quoted as saying the following:

“As a lifelong gamer, it’s an absolute honor to partner with Machinima, the preeminent provider of digital content to gamers worldwide. F.E.A.R. holds a special place in my heart. I’m excited to bring my personal passion to this and future projects and can’t wait to see where our partnership goes from here.”

An acronym for First Encounter Assault Recon, the F.E.A.R. games focus on an elite task force who fight to stop Alma Wade, a young girl with incredible psychic powers, from tearing apart the fabric of reality. Legendary film director John Carpenter served as story consultant on the third game, which we awarded a highly positive review back in the day. We’ll bring you more on Machinima’s adaptation when it becomes availalbe.

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