Screen Junkies » Sam Raimi http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:35:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Sam Raimi To Bring Us ‘Evil Dead’ As A Bruce Campbell-Starring TV Series http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/sam-raimi-to-bring-us-evil-dead-as-a-bruce-campbell-starring-tv-series/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/sam-raimi-to-bring-us-evil-dead-as-a-bruce-campbell-starring-tv-series/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:18:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263483 I hope he cuts his hand off in every episode. It could be his thing, like the Fonz saying, "Ehhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!"

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Once you get past the parties, and the reporters, and all the glitz, what Comic-Con really comes down to, what it’s always been about, is repurposing familiar franchises and brands for new audiences and revenue streams.

It’s easy to forget that amid all the madness, but when we lose our way, there’s always someone like Sam Raimi to play the role of Jiminy Cricket on our shoulder, reminding us of what’s really important (studio bottom lines).

In the spirit of commerce, Raimi took to a panel at Comic-Con to announce that he and his brother are working on a script for the pilot of an Evil Dead TV show, and that show will star Bruce Campbell as Ash, a character we haven’t seen since (in any significant fashion) since 1992′s Army of Darkness.

Not much else is known at this time, but it comes just as Campbell is wrapping up a six-season character arc on USA’s s. Good time, because Bruce Campbell’s gotta eat!

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Sam Raimi To Reboot ‘The Grudge’ After His ‘Evil Dead’ Reboot. Rebootrebootreboot. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sam-raimi-to-reboot-the-grudge-after-his-evil-dead-reboot-rebootrebootreboot/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sam-raimi-to-reboot-the-grudge-after-his-evil-dead-reboot-rebootrebootreboot/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:32:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260410 Ugh. Grudges are so last decade.

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You might not remember The Grudge starring Sarah Michelle Gellar because it came amongst a slew of other The _____ horror titles that all set out to see huge returns on low budgets in the late 90′s- early 2000′s. It’s been about eleven years, so why not revisit these unspectacular properties, and get Sam Raimi behind it, too!

In the original, and presumably the reboot, the story centered on a nurse who was affected with a curse that instilled rage in her, and would ultimately prove fatal.

They guy writing the film, Jacob Buhler, is also in the middle of redoing Jacob’s Ladder, so it sounds like this guy has a lot of experience tweaking properties enough that they can be re-released without people getting all up in arms.

I will say that if this is a shot-for-shot remake, and stars an older Sarah Michelle Gellar, that would be pretty funny, and I would pay to see it.

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…And Now A Poltergeist Remake Is Casting People, Namely Rosemarie DeWitt http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/and-now-a-poltergeist-remake-is-casting-people-namely-rosemarie-dewitt/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/and-now-a-poltergeist-remake-is-casting-people-namely-rosemarie-dewitt/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:18:21 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255997 In case you had just sort of assumed that Poltergeist had been remade, sequeled, rebooted, or reimagined several times over the past decade or two, I’m just as surprised as...

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In case you had just sort of assumed that Poltergeist had been remade, sequeled, rebooted, or reimagined several times over the past decade or two, I’m just as surprised as you are to find out that you’re wrong.

Well, you WERE wrong. Poltergeist is getting remade by the most remake-y team around, which includes Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Tobe Hooper directing and Evil Dead‘s Sam Raimi producing.

The first casting news is that Rosemarie DeWitt has been scooped up, presumably to play the mom, but possibly to play an Native American skeleton.

Anyway, congrats on Hollywood not touching this property in 31 years. It must have taken every ounce of restraint. It must have been like a piano off their shoulders to find out that they could finally mess with this thing.

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Why You Need To See The New ‘Evil Dead’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/why-you-need-to-see-the-new-%e2%80%98evil-dead%e2%80%99/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/why-you-need-to-see-the-new-%e2%80%98evil-dead%e2%80%99/#comments Mon, 01 Apr 2013 19:39:03 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254206 This remake manages to keep the spirit of the original, while giving us a new story. And gore. Lots of gore.

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For many fans of the genre, the 1981 film the Evil Dead went far beyond “cult classic,” and emerged as an archetype for the genre, encapsulating the storytelling, humor, and, of course, thrills that so many films aspire to achieve. 32(!) years later, Evil Dead is back in our lives, via a remake from director Fede Alvarez, and produced by no less than Bruce Campbell, who played Ash in the original trilogy. The film hits theaters this Friday, April 5th. 

To say that the remake is “anticipated” is a gross understatement. Fan sites have been up since 1997, since the Internet was in Pampers, speculating about if, then when, Evil Dead would be remade. Now that we’re at that point, let’s look at why you need to see this film.

It’s a Remake, but Different

While there’s little question that the remake will share the DNA of the old film, and a handful of plot points, it’s a different film altogether. For instance, while the “cabin in the woods” and necronomicon aspects are still present in the 2013 version, the character of Ash has been removed, and the protagonists are several teenagers who find themselves getting the short end of the stick.

But while the story is different, the style is certainly cut from the same cloth, with Diablo Cody co-writing the script to ensure that the film doesn’t lose the sense of humor and playful winking that made the original so endearing. So it’s what you love about the original, nestled in a new, but familiar story. What’s not to like about that?

This Here Trailer

If you’re on the fence about the film, this gory, gory, GORY red-band trailer should push you squarely into one camp or the other. Building on the original’s over-the-top cartoonish gore, this film takes a less playful, but no less gory approach to the explicit material, which makes it stand out as a bloodbath even by horror film standards.

In the trailer, fans will see callbacks (with twists) to the original, including sawing off the arm, the vines, and the exploding geyser of blood from the body. As I said earlier, the touchpoints of the original are there, but this film isn’t simply a reworking of the original.

Further, those thinking that this will be some lightweight, mass-marketed fare that trades on the brand equity of the original will by pleased by this trailer, which lets us know that the new Evil Dead is the real deal, and not only not watered-down, but a bolder, more intense take on the original. The fact that the film originally received an NC-17 rating solidifies this stance, though cuts were made to get the film’s final R rating.

The Reviews Are In, and They’re Good

Since making its debut at 2013 SXSW, Evil Dead has won the hearts and minds of critics, with overwhelmingly positive reviews saying that the film stands alone and doesn’t need to be appreciated or enjoyed in the context of the original, which is about the highest praise a new installment in a franchise could ask for.

With all this in mind, it’s hard to find a reason NOT to want to see Evil Dead. Unless you’re not a fan of the genre. In which case, congratulations on making it this far into the article. Otherwise, go ahead and crank up the expectations, keep an open mind and an empty stomach, and enjoy watching a whole new batch of victims get fed to the book of the dead.

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The 7 Best Horror Re-Imaginings http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-7-best-horror-re-imaginings/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-7-best-horror-re-imaginings/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:59:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253909 'Evil Dead' climbs out of the crawlspace on April 5th.

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Evil Dead is returning to theaters on April 5th, but it’s not the film you remember. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have brought in director Fede Alvarez to re-imagine their classic and create “the most terrifying film you will ever experience.” And he’s doing it the hard way.

The film features very few computer-generated effects, opting to make the audience squirm with practical effects that look alarmingly real. Beyond that, the classic plot has been rejiggered, too. While it still centers on five friends in a remote cabin who unwittingly summon an evil presence, there is more depth to the characters and their motivations. Of course, all hell breaks loose as one of your favorite films doesn’t just simply get a haircut. It gets decapitated and paints the cabin walls in blood.

Evil Dead earns its place amongst the best horror re-imaginings. If you enjoy any of the films listed below, Evil Dead will not disappoint.

The Blob

The 1980′s were a great decade for horror, and this film is one of the best. Directed by Chuck Russell (Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), it’s a cool blend of sci-fi and horror that doesn’t pull any punches. Would you expect anything less with a script by Frank Darabont? He didn’t have much luck with zombies, but the man knows his blob. If you’re a fan of movies where you get to know the characters before they are dissolved by outer space goo, you really can’t miss this.

The Hills Have Eyes

Alexander Aja’s take on Wes Craven’s classic is just plain deranged. Very scary, totally unpredictable, and gritty. It’s one of those movies that makes you want to shower. Why wasn’t Aja put on the Nightmare On Elm Street reimaging? That film needed him.

The Fly

David Cronenberg‘s take on The Fly is probably one of the grossest films ever made. And not just because of Jeff Goldblum‘s butt. After a lab accident fuses his DNA with that of a fly, Goldblum’s scientist character slowly transforms into an arm-breaking, vomiting freak. But still likable. Like Steve O from Jackass.

Willard

Although it hardly caused a stir when Glen Morgan updated it in 2003, but Willard deserves your attention. Crispin Glover steps up into one of his few starring roles and absolutely nails it as a lonely man who finds his only friend in a murderous rat. Also, Glover got the chance to make things weird by shooting a video of his cover of Michael Jackson’s “Ben” and include it on the DVD extras.

The Thing

John Carpenter’s The Thing will always be considered the Holy Grail of horror re-imaginings. It completely eclipses the original and builds its own world which it quickly destroys in a blossom of fire and contorted limbs. The special effects were revolutionary and still some of the nastiest you’ll ever see. Today’s technology can’t stand up to it as evidenced by the prequel from 2011. Even thirty years later, it stands on its on two legs. Granted they are growing out of its head.

The Crazies

The Crazies remake is fantastic. With awesome make-up effects and really inventive plot turns, it’s a movie that just keeps giving you more without getting dull or derivative. It’s actually like six movies in one that blend together without feeling scattered. That’s not easy to do when dealing with zombie rednecks.

Dawn of the Dead

Like The Crazies, this is another George Romero update that stands well on its own. The script from James Gunn is terrifying, action-packed, and also effectively funny when needed. It was the world’s first glimpse of what Zack Snyder is capable of. Ironic that a director obsessed with slow-mo would choose to make his zombies run, but I’ve gotta let it go. I’ve gotta let it go.

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New ‘Evil Dead’ Red Band Trailer Is Here To Be Gross http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-evil-dead-red-band-trailer-is-here-to-be-gross/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-evil-dead-red-band-trailer-is-here-to-be-gross/#comments Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:15:01 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=252679 Digest breakfast first.

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Like that one kid in study hall, the newest red band trailer for Fede Alvarez‘s remake of Evil Dead is here to be gross. This new look puts the first red band trailer to shame. Whereas last time we were treated to a girl slicing her tongue in half with a box cutter, we are now treated to her upping the ante by using that tongue on people. In addition, face-ripping, beheadings, beatings, blood pukes, and ol’ reliable tree rape abound in this new look.

All in all, this preview provides a better look at what sets this film apart from the original. The beats appear to be similar but the characters have been updated enough to breathe new life into the premise. But still, gross you guys.

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This much-anticipated Sam Raimi film appears to be everything that we would like a Tim Burton film to be. It’s got great effects that seem relevant to the story. It’s got central characters that aren’t played by Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. It’s got a story, though somewhat familiar, that seems pretty damn crafty and fun.

I don’t want to get too gushy about a trailer, but Oz: The Great and Powerful looks as though it’s oozing originality. And how could it not? It’s got Franco!

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‘The Evil Dead’ Remake Red-Band Trailer Is Here And It’s Friggin’ Gross http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-evil-dead-remake-red-band-trailer-is-here-and-its-friggin-gross/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-evil-dead-remake-red-band-trailer-is-here-and-its-friggin-gross/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:44:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=251648 Right before lunch.

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Yesterday’s tease should have prepared us, but I balked. And now that the trailer for The Evil Dead remake is here, I’m thinking of skipping lunch.

If anything, it makes Cabin in the Woods all the more awesome. This being the dead serious take on the satire, it seems to follow the same beats as the first two acts of Cabin, only to leave us with the same question that film asked: why? Why do we watch this stuff? Especially right before lunch on National Food Day nonetheless. Get those tacos away from me!!

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Either Jane Levy is scared of  the footage or she locked eyes with a fan at Comic-Con. Either way. She’s sleeping with the lights on.

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Comic-Con 2012: ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’ Trailer Lands http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/comic-con-2012-oz-the-great-and-powerful-trailer-lands/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/comic-con-2012-oz-the-great-and-powerful-trailer-lands/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:47:06 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249741 So that's where James Franco's been hiding. The Land of Oz.

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It’s been awhile since we’ve heard much from James Franco and those worried that he would no longer appear in every single movie, can rest assured. He was just busy with Sam Raimi‘s new epic Oz: The Great and Powerful, which the director presented to a Comic-Con audience yesterday afternoon.

The Wizard of Oz prequel takes a look at the humble beginnings of the Wizard before he found his way to Oz and leveled up. We’re also given glimpses of Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz as hot witches. No sexy Munchkins yet though. Gotta save something for opening day crowds.

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In Honor Of Ash Wednesday: 24 Ash Williams ‘Evil Dead’ GIFs http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/in-honor-of-ash-wednesday-24-evil-dead-animated-gifs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/in-honor-of-ash-wednesday-24-evil-dead-animated-gifs/#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:11:54 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=245888 Hail to the King, baby.

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It’s Ash Wednesday. That means you’re going to see a lot of people walking around with soot smeared on their foreheads. But wouldn’t you rather see a man with demon blood smeared on his face? Check out the animated GIFs of our favorite Ash Williams moments from Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. Hail to the King, baby.

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Lily Collins To Battle Demons In Rebooted ‘Evil Dead’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lily-collins-to-battle-demons-in-rebooted-evil-dead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lily-collins-to-battle-demons-in-rebooted-evil-dead/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2012 14:00:08 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241527 She'd look hot with a chainsaw hand.

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The lead has been cast in the remake of Sam Raimi‘s The Evil Dead and it’s the last person you’d expect. Mirror, Mirror and Abduction star Lily Collins is in talks for the role of Mia, who is essentially the new Ash. Mia is a troubled young woman who is brought to the doomed cabin by her brother and his friends for an intervention. Imagine going through that embarrassment but also have a forest of demonic rape trees try to get all handsy with you. Or branchy. Or whatever.

The project is being produced by Raimi with Panic Attack’s Fede Alvarez directing from the screenplay by he and Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody came in to do punch up work on the script. These demons are going to have the best one-liners. (Bloody Disgusting)

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Bruce Campbell knows how unfair his fans can be. In an interview with TV Guide, Campbell spoke about the upcoming Evil Dead remake and the decision to not include the Ash character. He essentially points out that there’s just no pleasing people. Fans are upset now at the exclusion of Ash, but he notes that if the character were used, whichever actor got the role would be unfairly compared to Campbell. And that type of criticism could take down the entire remake.

He’s right. I’m sure he and Sam Raimi are both aware that they are in a lose-lose situation. The Evil Dead films are classics. To try to do anything with them will only upset the unwashed masses. Did they learn nothing from The Thing prequel? (TV Guide)

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Morbid Minutes: Blind Date http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/morbid-minutes-blind-date/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/morbid-minutes-blind-date/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:55:20 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=225736 A short horror vignette from director Ted Raimi.

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So, you like Sam Raimi? Well, we’ve got his vastly more talented brother, Ted Raimi. He directed the Break Original, Blind Date, a short horror vignette which is part of the Morbid Minutes series. Take a look, and if you like it, be sure to check out some of our other original content.

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As everyone interested in the entertainment industry knows, the best source of Bruce Campbell-related news is Bruce Campbell himself. So it’s somewhat exciting to hear from him (via Twitter) that he’s set to appear in Sam Raimi‘s upcoming The Wizard of Oz reboot,” Oz: The Great and Powerful. Here is the tweet, in its beautiful entirety:

“I. Am. In. Oz. Sam Raimi refuses to tell me what character I will portray. Just know that the role is PIVOTAL.”

Bruce Campbell Sasses Living Dead at Zombie Con

Well, we know he’s not The Wizard, since that’s being played by James Franco. Will this be a one-scene cameo like Spider-Man, or something more substantive? In order to find out as quickly as possible, I’ve already followed Bruce on Twitter. Now, all that’s left to do is to sit intently and wait for the next relevant tweet from Bruce Campbell to come through.

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UPDATED: ‘Evil Dead 4′ Could Actually Be Happening http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/evil-dead-4-could-actually-be-happening/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/evil-dead-4-could-actually-be-happening/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2011 22:03:04 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219833 What sorcery brought this project to fruition?

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UPDATE: Mandate has confirmed that this is really a thing that’s happening. However, the project will be a remake instead of a sequel as originally reported. Diablo Cody is currently doing a rewrite on a script by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues.

It’s been a pretty tumultuous day for not believing Evil Dead 4 would actually happen. First, Dread Central received word that Sam Raimi‘s editor Bob Murawski is in Detroit to start work on a new Evil Dead movie. Which is news that isn’t exactly a confirmation. Then Bruce Campbell took to Twitter to say:

“Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell.”

Of course it’s scary as hell. They’re working in Detroit. But that still isn’t exactly a confirmation. Then Bloody Disgusting dug up an ancient book that revealed Fede Alvarez (Panic Attack! short) has been hired to direct. So maybe this thing is actually happening. But there are still so many unanswered questions. Who will be cast? Is Bruce Campbell playing the lead? Most importantly, should we give Bruce Campbell a pass for using the term “dawg?”

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Abigail Spencer To Provide Lovely Assistance In ‘Oz, The Great And Powerful’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/abigail-spencer-to-provide-lovely-assistance-in-oz-the-great-and-powerful/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/abigail-spencer-to-provide-lovely-assistance-in-oz-the-great-and-powerful/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 21:00:05 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219126 James Franco is going to pull a rabbit out of her.

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The headline probably tipped you off, but I wanted to make sure you’re informed that Abigail Spencer has signed on to Sam Raimi‘s Oz, the Great and Powerful. She’ll join James Franco‘s Oz and the trio of witches played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams in the prequel to the classic Wizard Of Oz.

The actress, best known as Mad Men‘s hot, hippy schoolteacher, will play a young woman described as  “a willing subject of Oz’s magic tricks which the erstwhile magician is performing in Kansas.” I was always lead to believe that women weren’t impressed by magic tricks. Or at least not the ones that I used to do. I can’t go into details because a true magician never reveals his secrets. Also, because of all that stuff the judge ordered. (THR)

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Sam Raimi To Bring Hot Girls With Guns To TV http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/sam-raimi-to-bring-hot-girls-with-guns-to-tv/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/sam-raimi-to-bring-hot-girls-with-guns-to-tv/#comments Sat, 18 Jun 2011 22:46:50 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216794 Could a show about girls with guns be successful?

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Always on the lookout for novel new concepts, Sam Raimi has been brought on to executive produce another weekly action series for Starz (the first one being the surprise hit “Spartacus: Blood and Sand“), this one based on the anime seriesNoir.” Here’s a not-particularly-noirish plot synopsis:

“[T]wo female assassins … team up to fight against a secret society. After discovering they’re mysteriously linked, the two, under the Noir moniker, have to work together until they get answers about why and how they are connected — or until one of them kills the other.”

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As luck would have it, I actually saw an episode or two of “Noir” when I was a teenager. I remember it being very visually stylish and violent, which makes it perfect for Sam Raimi, so it’s too bad this is just an executive producer job for him. Maybe he’ll direct an episode or two as well? (Deadline)

 

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‘Pirates 5′ Director Whirlpool Includes Sam Raimi And Shawn Levy? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pirates-5-director-whirlpool-includes-sam-raimi-and-shawn-levy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pirates-5-director-whirlpool-includes-sam-raimi-and-shawn-levy/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 23:23:39 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214344 Which director will Disney set sail with? Hey, that pun kinda works with the visual themes of the movie. Great.

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Whether you liked Pirates of the Caribbean 4 or wished you owned a boat with a plank, so you could shove the film reels off of said plank, On Stranger Tides is a box office winner. Disney has collected over $639 million doubloons worldwide so far, which means there will be more of them. The only problem is that Johnny Depp and Pirates 4 director Rob Marshall are not yet signed on for a fifth installment. They’ve also set sail to make another project together, Thin Man, which is perhaps their way of abandoning ship.

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If Depp pulls out, that’ll obviously create a major whirlpool for producers to fight out of. However, the studio is already throwing around new names for director: Sam Raimi, Chris Weitz, Alfonso Cuaron, Shawn Levy and their fantasy pick… Tim Burton. Apparently, they wanted Burton for #4, so it seems unlikely they’d get him now. Of those, I’d say Levy makes the most sense, given that his filmography contains many huge budget, family friendly CG-based movies. I guess we’ll see how it all shakes down.

Screenwriter Terry Rossio already turned a draft of Pirates 5 to Disney. (CinemaBlend)

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Zach Braff To Bring His Many Qualities To ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zach-braff-to-bring-his-many-qualities-to-oz-the-great-and-powerful/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zach-braff-to-bring-his-many-qualities-to-oz-the-great-and-powerful/#comments Fri, 27 May 2011 02:34:24 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213830 Braffin' it up big time!

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Zach Braff has a certain sad-eyed amiability that many folks find quite pleasant. Now it seems like one of those folks is director Sam Raimi, whose project Oz: The Great and Powerful is picking up steam. Here’s a description of the role, which will now come prepackaged with that special Zach Braff feeling:

“Braff will play the role of Frank, the loyal but under-appreciated assistant to Oz (James Franco), a charismatic circus magician who is treated as a powerful wizard after his balloon blows off course into Oz and the townsfolk want him to eradicate a Wicked Witch and bring peace.”

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Boom. Not only do you now know the character Braff is playing, but you also know what the movie is about, and that James Franco is in it. Boom.  More infobombs: Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz are all in it too. Can you handle all this information? (Deadline)

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Sam Raimi Will Take His Sweet Ass Time With ‘Oz, The Great And Powerful’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sam-raimi-will-take-his-sweet-ass-time-with-oz-the-great-and-powerful/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sam-raimi-will-take-his-sweet-ass-time-with-oz-the-great-and-powerful/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 18:20:23 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213600 March 2013?! You know how many PhD's James Franco can earn in that time?

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Disney has announced the release date for Oz, The Great And Powerful and it looks like we may all be killed by Mayans before that thing is in the can. Cameras are set to role this July followed by a mere 22 month wait until the James Franco flick hits theaters on March 8th, 2013. So you’ve got plenty of time to camp out for tickets. And James Franco has plenty of time to earn several degrees.

It looks like Oz already has some competition though. Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium also opens that day. Both have tentpole film potential, so it seems odd to open them during a dead winter month. March is usually reserved for previously shelved projects and things that have Tyler Perry in them. Is this the studio’s way of telling us to expect Tyler Perry cameos? (Deadline)

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Sam Raimi Wants A ‘Frankenstein’ Movie As Well, Thank You http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sam-raimi-wants-a-frankenstein-movie-as-well-thank-you/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sam-raimi-wants-a-frankenstein-movie-as-well-thank-you/#comments Mon, 23 May 2011 22:23:13 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213285 If Slash gets a 'Frankenstein' movie, then everyone gets a 'Frankenstein' movie.

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Is it just me or are we burning through movie genre faster than normal? Just five minutes ago it was vampires, but we’ve already burned through zombies, werewolves and dystopias. It now seems that everyone wants to tap into the public-domain saga that is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures will produce an adaptation of The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein. As is the fashion these days, the book, which will be adapted by David Auburn, will focus on the early days of the mad scientist. In a meta twist, Mary Shelley is portrayed in the book and film as well.

The film will join the crowded landscape which features takes on the classic by Guillermo del Toro (This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein), the simply named Frankenstein project, and, of course, it couldn’t technically be a “crowded landscape” unless Guns ‘n Roses guitarist Slash decided to run with an adaptation as well, this one of the graphic novel Wake the Dead.

Of course, some of these won’t make it to production. For the record, I’m surprised that someone like Guillermo del Toro doesn’t just bow out gracefully rather than get outclassed by Slash’s deft cinematic prowess. (Deadline)

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Michelle Williams Is A Good Witch http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michelle-williams-is-a-good-witch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michelle-williams-is-a-good-witch/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 21:43:32 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212540 'Oz, The Great and Powerful' has found its good witch.

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Oz, The Great And Powerful from director Sam Raimi has found its good witch in Michelle Williams. She’s joining actual wizard James Franco, who plays the titular Great and Powerful.

How you feel about this news is probably determined by how you feel about Michelle Williams. She’s unarguably a great actress, but she hasn’t really done a lot of this kind of blockbuster movie acting before. She does look the part, though, being blonde, pretty, and having the ability to teleport and force dwarfs to sing in unison. Seriously, I’ve seen her do this at parties. (Variety)

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Rachel Weisz Casts Hotness Spell To Join Sam Raimi’s ‘Oz’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rachel-weisz-casts-hotness-spell-to-land-witch-role-in-sam-raimis-oz/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rachel-weisz-casts-hotness-spell-to-land-witch-role-in-sam-raimis-oz/#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 00:28:30 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210307 Weisz is in talks to play a witchy woman in Disney's 'Oz, the Great and the Powerful'.

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Academy Award winner and recurring fantasy of mine Rachel Weisz is in talks to play a witchy woman in Disney’s Oz, the Great and the Powerful. She already has the prerequisite black hair, so just add a crooked nose, a pointy hat – shazam, shazoom – wicked witch.

Sam Raimi is directing the studio’s Wizard of Oz prequel, because if there’s one story that needs constant re-imagining, it’s the story of the story that led us to The Wizard of Oz. The omnipresent James Franco stars as Oz, a “snake oil salesman” and hot air ballon crash victim who ends up in the well-known land of real-life witches. Meanwhile, evil witch Evanora (Weisz) tries to get her sister Theadora (Mila Kunis) to join the dark side of the witch force. In movies, people always try to get the heroes to join “the dark side,” but I only got asked once in high school and I was too much of a pussy to say “yes.” Damn it. Opportunity missed. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Sam Raimi Willing To Fight Disney Over Hilary Swank http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sam-raimi-willing-to-fight-disney-over-hilary-swank/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sam-raimi-willing-to-fight-disney-over-hilary-swank/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:29:16 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208763 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' director is Team Swank. Disney is Team Michelle Williams.

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Sam Raimi really wants Hilary Swank to play an old witch. Thank you?

The Oz: The Great and Powerful director is championing Swank to play the elder witch but Disney has noticed that most of her films tank hard, and they aren’t so up on the idea. Their solution: Michelle Williams. Which seems kind of left field.

Raimi famously fought for Tobey Maguire over Wes Bentley back when he was making Spider-Man. And look how that paid off. Maguire still does a movie from time to time and Wes Bentley recently captivated audiences with his performance in Jonah Hex.

Nobody’s sure how far Raimi is going to let the battle go, but I don’t see him backing down that easily. Besides if he stalls long enough, Michelle Williams is likely to be snatched up by some indie that needs an actress really good at scenes that require crying in the shower. (Vulture)

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Bruce Campbell Loves ‘The Evil Dead’ Remake Script, Milk http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bruce-campbell-loves-the-evil-dead-remake-script-milk/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bruce-campbell-loves-the-evil-dead-remake-script-milk/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:22:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206841 The good news is, it doesn't sound terrible. The bad news is, 'Burn Notice' comes first.

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Although The Evil Dead 2 was in ways a remake of the original, that hasn’t stopped Sam Raimi from wanting to remake it again. That’s why whenever fans gain access to Bruce Campbell, they inevitably ask him, “What up with that?”

Now Campbell has had a chance to respond.

“NEWSFLASH: We are remaking Evil Dead. The script is awesome. I will be one of the producers and possibly play the milk man.”

Oh, so that means it’s a done deal and we can all expect to see it go into production really soon?

“In all honesty, we would all love to make another Evil Dead movie. When that will happen? Who can say – we’re all working on other jobs right now. We’re not trying to dodge anybody’s questions, there just isn’t that much to talk about. The remake’s gonna kick ass—you have my word.”

DAMMIT! Now I’ll have to turn to Japanese cinema in order to get my fill of scenes featuring tree rape. (Reddit)

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Will Two Potheads Pass Blake Lively Around In ‘The Savages’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-two-potheads-pass-blake-lively-around-in-the-savages/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-two-potheads-pass-blake-lively-around-in-the-savages/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2011 02:29:59 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206578 What young girl doesn't dream of getting passed around like a doobie between two stoners? Blake Lively certainly must. She's the current front runner to play the female lead in Oliver Stone's new drama, 'The Savages'.

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What young girl doesn’t dream of getting passed around like a doobie between two stoners? Actress Blake Lively must be intrigued by the prospect, because she’s the current front-runner to play the female lead, Ophelia, in Oliver Stone‘s new drama, The Savages.

The film is about two potheads in Laguna Beach who might ultimately be played by Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch. A badass Mexican drug cartel kidnaps Ophelia, forcing the two top dealers to work for them. My understanding is that nobody cries, “mellow out man,” and Neil Patrick Harris remains uninvolved.

Stone’s first-first choice for Ophelia was Jennifer Lawrence, who chose to play Katniss in The Hunger Games instead, which is thrilling news if you’re anxiously awaiting the next Twilight-y series. However, Stone might not get his second choice either, because Lively is also in talks to star as Glinda the Good Witch in Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful. Will he have to “settle” for plain ol’ Olivia Wilde or Teresa Palmer?

Man, all this casting talk is making me tense. *Takes Bong Hit* (Variety)

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James Franco To Try And Be A Wizard Because His Afternoon Brain Surgery Canceled http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-franco-to-try-and-be-a-wizard-because-his-afternoon-brain-surgery-cancelled/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-franco-to-try-and-be-a-wizard-because-his-afternoon-brain-surgery-cancelled/#comments Fri, 25 Feb 2011 18:21:06 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=29862 James Franco is going to try acting in a movie for a change.

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James Franco, in his attempt to make every form of human activity bear his likeness, is definitely up for Sam Raimi‘s Wizard of Oz prequel The Great and Powerful, also starring Mila Kunis. He’d previously been attached to the project, but now the deal is done, probably because the studio behind the movie, Disney, has worked out the budget issues it had and are able to get the film made for a paltry 200 million dollars. Perhaps as a money-saving measure Disney could have Franco play all the parts, in addition to writing the script and designing all the sets and costumes. And also being an actual wizard.

This will be Franco’s return to the world of Hollywood blockbusters after appearing in Raimi’s three Spider-Man films, and the Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes later this year. After that I suspect he will be in a prequel to The Bible called The Holy, in which he will play all of the parts and then ascend into Heaven, unblemished by mortal sin. (via Deadline)

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Mila Kunis Cast As Wicked Witch For Some Reason http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mila-kunis-cast-as-wicked-witch-for-some-reason/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mila-kunis-cast-as-wicked-witch-for-some-reason/#comments Thu, 17 Feb 2011 22:35:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=27914 Mila Kunis had better start practice terrorizing farm girls and their little dogs. In a bit of bizarro casting against type, the attractive actress will play the Wicked Witch of the West in Sam Raimi's Wizard of Oz prequel Oz, The Great And Powerful.

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Mila Kunis had better start practice terrorizing farm girls and their little dogs. In a bit of bizarro casting against type, the attractive actress will play the Wicked Witch of the West in Sam Raimi‘s Wizard of Oz prequel Oz, The Great And Powerful.

This will also serve as a mini-Date Night reunion as James Franco has been attached to the lead role (which is a mandatory of film-making nowadays). Casting is still underway for Glinda, the Good Witch of the East and Kunis’s older sis Evanorah (the one that Dorothy parks a house on). I’m excited to see who will fill those parts, and even more excited for their eventual spread in Maxim. Nobody told me these witches were gonna be hot! (Vulture)

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Raimi Producer Discusses Possible Half-Assed ‘Evil Dead’ Reboot http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/raimi-producer-discusses-possible-half-assed-evil-dead-reboot/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/raimi-producer-discusses-possible-half-assed-evil-dead-reboot/#comments Mon, 24 Jan 2011 22:17:54 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21883 A longtime producer of Sam Raimi films has stirred the pot among Evil Dead fanboys by saying that Raimi is considering overseeing a remake of the original by a young director.

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Robert Tapert, a longtime producer of Sam Raimi films, has once again stirred the pot among Evil Dead fanboys by saying that Raimi is considering a remake of the original by a young director. Which begs the question: Why? All the charm of the original was in the kitsch and camp that a young Raimi and Bruce Campbell brought to the film, so where does one go with that?

/Film reports that Tapert offered this in the way of an update:

[An Evil Dead reboot is] possible; we’re looking at a script this month… What’s interesting about ‘Evil Dead’ is very few people saw it in the format we made it for, which is for the theater. … I think Sam wants to embrace the ultimate experience in grueling terror and see it remade for a proper theatrical experience.

At least for our sanity’s sake, he didn’t once use the word “gritty” when referring to the reboot. Despite the fact that Raimi wouldn’t be directing, he originally had expressed that he’d like to work on a new script for a non-reboot, but now it sounds like his preference is to oversee the process in more a nebulous capacity. I’m never one to be cynical of a Sam Raimi project, but it sounds like the powers that be in the Evil Dead series have been listening more to the noise made by the internet and less to common sense. Seeing as how this is all conjecture, let’s all overreact to it. RIGHT NOW.

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