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Last year’s premiere of Ash Vs Evil Dead on Starz came after years of discussion about the possibility of an Evil Dead 4. The film series, which started as a nearly no-budget indie in 1981, included one sequel that was a slightly bigger budgeted remake called Evil Dead II in 1987, and then the ultimate third chapter called Army of Darkness, which was made with actually Hollywood money, in 1992. For the two decades after that though, it seemed the further adventures of Ash Williams, the series grandiose hero played by Bruce Campbell, were firmly stuck in development hell, but now, director Sam Raimi has shed some light on why, and before you ask it was more a problem with him than anything else. (more…)

‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Announces Writer

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For the past few months, fans of the show Xena: Warrior Princess have been flipping out about the prospect of a reboot for the series. Well, the reboot is happening, whether we like it or not, and today brings us more news about what that might look like. Original creators and producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi are returning to produce through their production company Ghost House Pictures along with NBC International Television Studios. Other than that, not much new information about the show is known, but today’s announcement of its new writer should have fans super pumped! And the new writer is…

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After a more than successful return to the world of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead, fans of the film series have been riding high all week in anticipation of the second episode of the Starz original series, Ash vs. Evil Dead.  The almost perfect pilot definitely set the bar, and audiences expectations, high but the problem with highly successful pilots is that it makes it tough for the series showrunners to continue that type of momentum throughout the series, often leaving viewers dissatisfied by the time the series wraps up.  Luckily, for those same fans that waited years for the return of Bruce Campbell’s Ash Williams, it appears that Sam Raimi has absolutely no intention of slowing down, and the second episode of the new series was just as great as the first.  Spoilers follow. (more…)

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Back in 1981, writer/director Sam Raimi gave audiences one of the most memorable horror films ever made: The Evil Dead.  Filmed on a shoestring budget, The Evil Dead used a bit of silliness as a counterpoint to the gruesome horror being depicted on screen.  Seriously, if the movie wasn’t at least a bit silly, that famous tree scene could have taken things to an even darker place and the film may not have become the cult classic it remains to be over 30 years later.  After an unsuccessful attempt to resurrect the franchise with the 2013 reboot/remake/sequel by the same name, long time fans wondered if they would ever see their favorite Deadite slayer, Ash (Bruce Campbell in a role for which he may have been created by the Gods specifically to play), back on the screen.  After all, the last time audiences saw the hero and his boomstick was back in 1992’s Army of Darkness and while both Campbell and Raimi had been promising a follow up to the film, nothing has ever come of the rumors. Until last night. Starz premiered their highly anticipated Ash vs. The Evil Dead on Halloween night and for Evil Dead fans all over the country, it was a night to cheer.  Was the return worth the wait? You’re goddamn right it was.  Spoilers ahead. (more…)

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Back at the beginning of the century, it was a tight race to see who would direct the big screen debut of the Amazing Spider-Man, and the winner was Sam Raimi, a man who till that point who had mostly been known for his small budget horror films. Raimi acquitted himself well, and made two very enjoyable Spider-Man movies and then tripped over the tangled web of expectations from the audience, the studio and himself for part three. Raimi hasn’t returned to the superhero realm since, but don’t think that he hasn’t thought about. That’s right Marvel, Raimi’s door is open if want to knock, go in and surprise him. (more…)

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Before two Amazing Spider-Man movies got fans’ dander up about sub par, over-stuffed, meandering entries into the Wall-Crawler’s cinema canon, there was Spider-Man 3. Following hot on the heels of Spider-Man 2, which was beloved by fans and critics alike, Spider-Man 3, despite its financial success, was an utter misfire. Pick your poison: too many characters, Nu Goblin, Spider-Strut, emo-Peter Parker, the movie’s rendition of Venom… Oh yeah. While many people appreciated Thomas Haden Church’s rendition of Sandman, no one was high-fiving Topher Grace for the way he played Eddie Brock/Venom. Still, Grace recently defended the film on the basis of you don’t know what it takes to make a movie like Spider-Man. (more…)

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As the convention hall doors prepare to close on another sensory-overload edition of the most media-heavy nerd gathering in the known universe, we here at NBHQ thought it would be wise to take a quick trip down Recent-Memory Lane by recapping some of the craziest, zaniest, and most mind-blowing-y moments of SDCC15.  As with all forms of public opinion, this list is not meant to be all-inclusive or definitive, but simply a gathering of some of the cool stuff that transpired.  Enjoy!

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Starz new series Ash vs Evil Dead has decided to give us all a little sugar today with the first official look at Bruce Campbell in all his Ash with a chainsaw Glory. The ten episode first season is set to air later this fall. Let’s all hope that between Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, and Rob Tapert, that they can capture that Evil Dead madness that made the franchise such a cult classic. (more…)

Shortlist of Future ‘Spider-Man’ Directors Leaked

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It is an experience that is both thrilling and daunting, getting the chance to make a Spider-Man movie. We know that another Spider-Man movie is coming, that part is inevitable, but the question of who will get to make, that’s a truly compelling point of interest. Sam Raimi made three, and despite whatever reservations you hold about that third one, he had one TKO in Spider-Man 2. Marc Webb, meanwhile, did a decent enough job on two Amazing Spider-Man films to at least make some bank for Sony, but it’s agreed all around that they were creative duds. Webb, of course, had a cool spider-centric last name, but as to his background, his previous claim to fame was the indie rom-com (500) Days of Summer. They wouldn’t go to that well again for a Spidey movie, would they? (more…)