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Raimi and Tapert's 'Noir' At Starz Starts Taking Shape; Cue Fan Outrage In 3...2...1...

I never connected with Noir. I tried to. I watched it back in 2002 and then I tried watching it again in 2009 and it just never really did anything for me. I get, intellectually speaking, the importance of the show and what works, but I felt it to be too detached. If I wanted to watch an anime with women who have special and deep friendships I’d rather watch Bee Train’s other “girls with guns” show, El Cazador de Bruja, or the terribly named but really fantastic R.O.D. The TV.

So you’ll forgive me if I’m having a little difficulty mustering outrage over the significant changes to Noir in its live action adaptation.

If the character breakdowns are to be believed the show has been moved from the present day Europe back to the 1960s. This is presumably to ride the Mad Men style wave and to place these women hip deep in the Cold War. The more I think about this change the more I really, really like it.

Mireille is described as a “Bardot meets Deneuve” type with an “inner psychology” that will be “peel[ed] back like an onion.” The breakdown compares her to James Bond and makes allusions to them both being “sociopathic prick[s].” My memories of the show are distant but that seems about right. Same with Kirika being an amnesiac member of an ancient order of assassins.

So far so good.

Then I get to the new characters and three in particular stand out:

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You guys dont understand, you really don’t understand. My excitement/anticipation for this film and seeing the new extended trailer is orgasmic. Oh my…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comic-Con 2016: Ash vs Evil Dead will reference Army of Darkness in Season 2.

This video above includes the seven and half minute Ash vs Evil Dead spotlight on IGN with Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless and Rob Tapert.  

Ash Williams was prohibited from referencing one of his grooviest adventures on the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead, but Army of Darkness will finally get its due on the Starz series when the show returns for season 2.

During IGN’s San Diego Comic-Con livestream, Ash vs Evil Dead’s executive producer Rob Tapert revealed that the rights issues that once prevented the show from acknowledging the third film in the Evil Dead universe, Army of Darkness, are no longer an obstacle. Not only have those problems apparently been resolved, but also the show fully intends on referencing Ash’s time-hopping journey in the next season.

“We actually can reference [Army of Darkness], and we reference it in this coming season,” Tapert said during IGN’s livestream.

“We just don’t pull upon that universe, but this coming season Ash is able to talk about events that happened in Army of Darkness, although people are not likely to believe him, of course,” he continued.

Showrunner Craig DiGregorio previously explained to IGN last year that legal rights issues prevented the show from mentioning the third film in the franchise. DiGregorio did note at the time Ash was still the Ash from that film, he just couldn’t happen to allude to Ash’s time-traveling adventure to 1300 AD.

Ash Vs Evil Dead will reference Army of Darkness in season 2

Ash Williams was prohibited from referencing one of his grooviest adventures on the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead, but Army of Darkness will finally get its due on the Starz series when the show returns for season 2.

During IGN’s San Diego Comic-Con livestream, Ash vs Evil Dead’s executive producer Rob Tapert revealed that the rights issues that once prevented the show from acknowledging the third film in the Evil Dead universe, Army of Darkness, are no longer an obstacle. Not only have those problems apparently been resolved, but also the show fully intends on referencing Ash’s time-hopping journey in the next season.

“We actually can reference [Army of Darkness], and we reference it in this coming season,” Tapert said during IGN’s livestream.

“We just don’t pull upon that universe, but this coming season Ash is able to talk about events that happened in Army of Darkness, although people are not likely to believe him, of course,” he continued.

Showrunner Craig DiGregorio previously explained to IGN last year that legal rights issues prevented the show from mentioning the third film in the franchise. DiGregorio did note at the time Ash was still the Ash from that film, he just couldn’t happen to allude to Ash’s time-traveling adventure to 1300 AD. [SOURCE]

Ash’s Sister Cheryl Will Appear in Ash vs Evil Dead season 2.

The link above also has another exclusive interview with Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago. You can also lean more about Cheryl in season 2 via this article by Den of Geek.

Ash vs Evil Dead’s second season will see the return of a classic Evil Dead character, the show’s producers and stars revealed to IGN during a set visit to the show.

Executive producer Rob Tapert and Ash Williams himself, Bruce Campbell, confirmed to IGN that Cheryl Williams, Ash’s sister from the original The Evil Dead, will appear in the upcoming season. Ellen Sandweiss, who portrayed Cheryl in the 1981 film, will return to guest star as the character.

“Ash’s sister makes a tiny little guest appearance, causes a little commotion,” Tapert said to IGN.

“For that scene, when she comes back and it’s Cheryl, people will hopefully freak their s***, because it’s gonna look really accurate [to the original film]” Bruce Campbell added.

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If you couldn’t mind it San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, you can watch the entire Ash vs Evil Dead panel right here. It features producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert and stars Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Ted Raimi, and Lee Majors.

To complete the Comic-Con experience, see below for a tour of the Ash vs Evil Dead convention booth, which recreates the Evil Dead cabin. Season 2 of the hit show returns in October on Starz. You can watch the trailer here.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Will Reference Army of Darkness in Season 2 - IGN

Ash Williams was prohibited from referencing one of his grooviest adventures on the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead, but Army of Darkness will finally get its due on the Starz series when the show returns for season 2.

During IGN’s San Diego Comic-Con livestream, Ash vs Evil Dead’s executive producer Rob Tapert revealed that the rights issues that once prevented the show from acknowledging the third film in the Evil Dead universe, Army of Darkness, are no longer an obstacle. Not only have those problems apparently been resolved, but also the show fully intends on referencing Ash’s time-hopping journey in the next season.

“We actually can reference [Army of Darkness], and we reference it in this coming season,” Tapert said during IGN’s livestream.

“We just don’t pull upon that universe, but this coming season Ash is able to talk about events that happened in Army of Darkness, although people are not likely to believe him, of course,” he continued.

Showrunner Craig DiGregorio previously explained to IGN last year  that legal rights issues prevented the show from mentioning the third film in the franchise. DiGregorio did note at the time Ash was still the  Ash from that film, he just couldn’t happen to allude to Ash’s   time-traveling adventure to 1300 AD.

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The Ash Vs Evil Dead panel from San Diego Comic-Con 2016, with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Ted Raimi, Lee Majors, Lucy Lawless, and Bruce Campbell.

Ash vs Evil Dead: Lucy Lawless and Rob Tapert Interview on Season 2

Lucy Lawless is back as Ruby opposite Bruce Campbell as Ash in season two of Starz’ Ash vs Evil Dead, the horror series based on the Evil Dead film franchise. Ash vs Evil Dead season two will arrive on September 23, 2016 and Starz brought the cast along with executive producer Rob Tapert to the San Diego Comic Con to discuss what fans of the horror comedy can expect when season two premieres. Real-life spouses Lawless and Tapert teamed up for interviews in which they talked about the possibility of more Evil Dead films and Ruby’s backstory.

Does the focus remain on more seasons of the show before a new movie?

Rob Tapert: “Yes, the focus is on more seasons of the show. Sam, bless him, talked about doing Evil Dead as a movie for many, many years and teased the fans forever and a day. Finally when the day came, we went, ‘Well, we think it might be better as a TV show.’ That was other people who thought that and Bruce really welcomed the idea and I welcomed the idea because Bruce said, ‘Look, I did three movies. I’m not certain I knew my last name so at least in a TV show I get to explore the character and who he is and all that more.’ Is there a movie out there that we are thinking about that would continue on that would merge everything? There certainly are those thoughts starting to percolate.”

Would it crossover with Fede Alvarez’s movie, or could you address that in the TV show?

Rob Tapert: “I love Jane Levy so I would love to work with her again.”

How does letting Pandora’s box open affect Ruby’s relationship with Ash?

Lucy Lawless: “Things get away on her. She’s basically forced Pablo to birth these demon spawn and it all goes pear-shaped, so she finagles her way into Ash’s crew and teams up a little bit with Kelly, actually. There’s a bit of firepower going on, girl power. They go on a rampage so she’s kind of brought into the fold which just means you get shot with a lot more mucous. You get vomited on, you get blood, brain matter. That means you’re in the game, you’re in the family. We’ll see how that goes.”

Will we learn more about Ruby?

Lucy Lawless: “Yeah, she becomes a real character this season.”

Where does Ruby fit in your oeuvre of strong female lead characters?

Lucy Lawless: “That’s a good question. She’s in a way a little nastier. Like she chooses to be nasty where Lucretia was a bad person but she really was left with no options. In the world that she lived in, I could justify it whereas Ruby’s just mean as a snake. So you’ll get to see her softening and then you get to see payback for that.”

Do you prefer playing that range, being able to be nasty?

Lucy Lawless: “Not necessarily but if I’m playing a ‘good’ character, I always look for the qualities in them that are not so pleasant just to get tension and make somebody watchable. To play somebody who’s wholly good is a bore. I’d hate that, or wholly bad. Every bad character has to have redemptive qualities and every good character has to have a little grit. Otherwise who gives a damn?”

Were you a little worried when Ruby “died” in episode five or six?

Lucy Lawless: “I can’t remember a character I played that didn’t die. So, no.”

Rob Tapert: “Number Three died a lot of times in Battlestar. You died a lotta times as Xena.”

Lucy Lawless: “Xena, Lucretia.”

What was the biggest surprise for each of you filming the first season?

Rob Tapert: “I can say from a creative point of view, the show was harder than I ever thought it would be and I think we were all surprised that it was hard. Hard adapting these small movies into television shows that want to cram as much as you can in a half hour. So it was a real clash of what works in horror, which was telling a small story in a very elongated fashion, as opposed to a very big story in a compacted fashion. That’s been a creative challenge.”

Lucy Lawless: “Particularly this season has been so massive and so high octane, the cuts are really fast. We’re shooting maybe more footage than we ever did on even Spartacus, but it’s crunched down into just a half hour to get that pace. If this show was an hour long, it would be drudgery.”

How much fun was it working with Bruce Campbell again?

Lucy Lawless: “Oh, wonderful. He’s kind of like my rotten handsome cousin. He was kind of my mentor in terms of how to behave as a star starting out. Rob paired me up with him. I was really bewildered. ‘Why is Mr. Tapert making me go out with his buddy from college?’ It was to teach me not to be a pain in the ass.”

Rob Tapert: “He taught her well.”

Does having that family atmosphere bring something special to a project like this?

Rob Tapert: “It brings something special and it also sets a base rule about how you can act. Meaning we’re all in this together. We all want the best product. It takes away any room for bad behavior.”

Lucy Lawless: “This is a theme in Rob’s shows.”

Rob Tapert: “No bad behavior. Shows are hard enough. In that regard, it’s been great. It was great having Sam [Raimi] when he did the first episode, the three of us back together. This season we’ve got Ted Raimi and suddenly, without trying to give away spoilers, Bruce and Ted and myself found ourselves back in 1986 in the exact same scene, at the exact same moment going, ‘Oh my God, what has happened to our life?‘”

And adding Lee Majors?

Rob Tapert: “Lee was great.”

Lucy Lawless: “Lee Majors, man! The most famous guy in the world at that time, the most famous couple, him and Farrah. Are you too young to know all this? I’m old enough. Lee, his character really explains Ash and he makes Ash look like a gentleman, like a triumph of nature over nurture because Brock is a pig. He’s a chauvinist. He’s got a bit of a fetish. You can quiz him about that. I’m not sure how much he’ll tell you. And they’re highly competitive for the ladies, which the father wins.”

Was creating that character a chance to explore how Ash could have turned out?

Rob Tapert: “You know what, it was really a way of grounding Ash and trying to pull him back into the real world and giving him an antagonist to rub up against. Because that’s what really works about the series, Ash finding himself in a situation, finding himself blocked. What is he going to do? Dad is something, as we all know, parents are something that a lot of baggage goes into that relationship so that was really just a great antagonist in a different way. You learn hey, nobody believed him and they all blamed him for getting his sister killed and a bunch of other kids killed. Why he never went to jail, we never answer.”

Is there a theme to season two?

Rob Tapert: “Going home.”

Is there a balance of scope you try and maintain, making it more intimate and horrific as opposed to bigger and bombastic?

Rob Tapert: “Yes. It’s a very hard road to walk and we get scripts that are way too big and we have to figure out how do we get the small intimate stuff, Ash alone against the evil, that’s the franchise, versus a lot of character stuff, a lot of Ruby. So how do we get all of these elements and balance them right for the ultimate audience entertainment and enjoyment. It’s the balancing act we’re constantly looking at and measuring, going, ‘Throw this out, add this in.'”

Lucy Lawless: “This season’s much bigger. It’s really much bigger. When you see the trailer, you’ll get a sense of the kind of — and we were surprised, weren’t we, just how massive it is.”

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Don’t Breathe Virtual Reality Video Puts You Inside the Movie

If the Evil Dead remake was any indication, Fede Alvarez is sure as hell going to be a force to be reckoned with here in the horror genre. Next month, his latest film Don’t Breathe (review) heads to theaters, and on tap today is an immersive, 360-degree video that quite literally places you into the nightmare.

Even without a VR headset, this is pretty damn cool, so check it out below!

The film will hit theaters on August 26th via Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Alvarez directed and wrote the screenplay with Rodo Sayagues. The cast includes Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, and Stephen Lang.

Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert produce for Ghost House Pictures. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman executive produce.

The film was shot last summer in Budapest and Detroit. Look for a set visit report soon!

Synopsis:
A trio of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.

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Listen Up Screwheads, ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD August 23 - forcesofgeek.com

“Ash vs Evil Dead,” the 10-episode half-hour STARZ Original series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead.  The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), Rob Tapert (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), and Bruce Campbell (“Burn Notice,” Oz the Great and Powerful, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness), the original filmmakers, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner.

With a suggested retail price of $49.99 for Blu-ray and $39.98 for DVD, “Ash vs Evil Dead” includes exclusive audio commentaries by Bruce Campbell and more!