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“I’ll swallow your soul, I’ll swallow your soul!” The Deadites are back to take on Ash and a new batch of potential victims in Evil Dead 2, Sam Raimi’s energetic, gore galore follow-up to The Evil Dead. Blending dark comedy with blood-splattered scares and epic one-liners from Bruce Campbell as the chainsaw-wielding, boomstick-blasting Ash, Evil Dead 2 is regarded by many as not only one of the best horror movie sequels of all time, but also one of the strongest entries in the genre, period. After presenting a screening of The Evil Dead last week, we’ve teamed up with ScreenHits once again to give Daily Dead visitors the chance to watch Evil Dead 2 free online for a limited time.
“ScreenHits (www.screenhits.tv) is now available on Samsung Smart TVs, located in the app store as a Free download. Allowing you to catch up on »
- Derek Anderson
@TheMCUExchange have posted some screengrabs of even more leaked "Sony Hack" emails from two years ago in which Marvel President Alan Fine tears apart the divisive The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He makes a lot of really good points, but makes himself look somewhat foolish in a rambling paragraph which indicates that he's under the belief that these movies are/should be prequels to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy! Forgive that though, and there's no denying that his harsh review of the sequel's script is spot on. Why repeat so much of what we've seen before? Why kill of Gwen Stacy so soon? Why does the villain need a convoluted origin story tied into Spider-Man? The depressing thing here is that both Fine and Cohen provided Sony Pictures with notes and they made absolutely no difference whatsoever. This was sent months after The Amazing Spider-Man earned $750 million compared to The Avengers' $1.5 billion, »
Fandom was effectively rocked this November when it was officially announced Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert would return to the world of Evil Dead for a 10-episode series to debut in 2015. Titled Ash vs. Evil Dead, the sequel show will pick up on an older Ash as he’s “forced to face his…
The post Bruce Campbell talks Sequel Series, Ash vs. Evil Dead appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Throughout the month of December, we will be highlighting a film a day that has some tie into the holiday somehow. Some titles will be obvious, others won’t be. Some films will be good and, again, others won’t be. However, we think all titles are worth your time whether to give you chills inside your home or to make you drink more eggnog until you puke laughing.
This Christmas Casey (Hannah Tointon) and her two siblings are being dragged to their Aunt’s house. Which is a bummer because they live in the country, where there’s nothing to do and barely any cell reception. She’s also put out over how much the younger children are doted over. Especially when little Paulie gets sick. Asides from being extra whiny, Paulie starts acting odd. And pretty soon his sister and two cousins get sick too. The more symptoms »
- Jeremy Jones
Anyone, who like myself, is anxiously awaiting Fargo Season 2 was probably pretty happy when we finally got some news on the upcoming season of the FX anthology series last week. It was announced that Kirsten Dunst (the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films) and Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad) would be starring in Fargo Season 2, playing Peggy Blomquist, “a beautician with dreams of the big city” who is “trying to figure out who she is and what she really wants out of life” and Ed, Peggy’s husband, “a butcher’s assistant who is supportive of her quest, even if he doesn’t quite understand it.” However, while the characters that both Dunst and Plemons will be playing in Fargo Season 2 certainly intrigue me, what I find even more interesting is the decision to cast these two in such major roles in the show’s second season and how it goes against the typical… »
- Chris King
Actor J.K. Simmons, who you might know best from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, has joined Tom Hiddleston in Legendary Pictures Kong: Skull Island. Simmons recently starred in a film called Whiplash, in which he gave the greatest performance of his career.
There’s no information on who Simmons will play in the movie, but there's no doubt that he’ll be awesome. The movie is set to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and here’s a brief synopsis:
Kong: Skull Island will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline.
Universal Pictures is going to release the movie on March 10th, 2017.
Source: Deadline »
- Joey Paur
Now this news has brightened up my morning. Whereas Legendary Pictures may not be thrilled that Universal set back their release date for Kong: Skull Island, they can rest easy knowing the acting laurels won’t just be carried by a CGI primate. Character actor J.K. Simmons has been confirmed to star alongside Tom Hiddleston in this no doubt action-packed tale from King Kong’s formative years.
Best known in this household as Peter Parker’s tobacco-hoovering boss J.Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi Spider-man franchise, Simmons is also the talk of the town following his turn in Whiplash. He’ll need a whip where he’s going, as he will no doubt encounter a variety of dinosaurs and assorted beasties. There’s no news yet on whether Andy Serkis will reprise the title role, though with his duties on Planet Of The Apes he may well experience banana-based »
- Steve Palace
Back in September, Legendary revealed that Tom Hiddleston (demigod Loki in the Thor films and The Avengers) will play the lead role in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, and now another name has been attached to the cast. J.K. Simmons (Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Juno, and most recently Whiplash) is set to co-star in the film that will bring the king of the apes back to the big screen.
Deadline reports that J.K. Simmons is set to co-star alongside Tom Hiddleston in Kong: Skull Island, a Legendary film that Universal Pictures recently re-scheduled to come out in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10th, 2017. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct off a screenplay by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (2014’s Godzilla). We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on Kong: Skull Island as more announcements are made.
- Derek Anderson
Movie fans have known how awesome J.K. Simmons is even before he was cast as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-man trilogy. Roles on HBO's Oz and NBC's Law & Order through films like I Love You Man and Juno, Simmons has been a character actor of high caliber. It is awesome that he is being touted for all sorts of awards for his performance in this year's Whiplash, but at the very least it is getting his name out there for more roles. One role that could be due to the buzz around »
- Alex Maidy
There are many factors that contribute to making an iconic horror film; getting the right actors involved is among the most crucial. This is one of the reasons why the horror genre can be of a much more varied quality than other genres. A role could be written exquisitely on paper, but get the wrong guy or gal saying those lines and a project will start to look more like a Uwe Boll production rather than a horror film that’s going to be fondly remembered for all time.
For instance: Freddy Krueger portrayed by anyone other than Robert Englund in the original Elm Street films would be nearly blasphemous to even think about (just look at the horrendous 2010 remake). Similarly, it’s hard to tell if Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead would still hold up today if any other actor had been portraying the groovy lead character instead of Bruce Campbell. »
- Jesse Gumbarge
With the Sony hack we have discovered that there has been talks between Marvel Studios and Sony in order to get the character of Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Marvel developing Captain America: Civil War, it was discussed whether Spider-Man could cameo in the film, albeit a different version from Andrew Garfield’s portrayal. I personally think that Marvel should stop trying to get Spider-Man back and just get on with the properties they do have.
Even if Marvel did get the rights back to the character tomorrow I doubt we would get a Marvel Studios Spider-Man movie until Phase Four, which would be in 2019 at the earliest. Sure the character would be used in Civil War, but it would be a small role and then the character would likely play a supporting role in Avengers: Infinity War. »
- Thomas Roach
Over the past week we’ve discovered a hell of a lot of information about Sony’s struggles with the Spider-Man franchise as information continues to make its way online via the Guardians of Peace hack into the studio.
If you’re struggling to keep track, first came the news that Marvel Studios had tried to reach a deal for Spider-Man to appear in Captain America: Civil War, along with reports that Sony had considered bringing Sam Raimi back into the fold, and were planning an animated movie from Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) [details here]. This was followed by reports that Andrew Garfield has been effectively fired as Spidey, that The Sinister Six movie would see Spider-Man donning his black suit and Venom as the villain, and that a potential new reboot could be on the cards [details here].
Now, thanks to The Daily Beast, we’ve got some insight into this potential new reboot, »
- Gary Collinson
If the Sony hack has proved one thing, it's that the Amazing Spider-Man franchise is a mess and things are in shambles. Will Sony be able to get things back on the right track? More emails have leaked, and they indicate that Sony is planning a complete reboot for their iconic superhero, and that Andrew Garfield has already been fired.
A quick recap for anyone who has missed the ongoing saga behind this superhero series, things began when it was confirmed that Marvel was negotiating to use Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. It was then revealed that Sony wanted to bring Sam Raimi back into the fold. Talk of an all-new Spider-Man series was put on the table, with Marvel offering to foot a majority of the bill while Sony held onto the creative rights. Captain America: Civil War directors The Russo Brothers have offered to produce this new trilogy. »
The widespread "Sony Hack" has proven to be more than devastating for the studio and its employees as secret after secret has been made available to the general public. While much has been revealed over the past week and much more is expected to be revealed in the coming winter, it has been news of their sole Marvel property, Spider-Man, that has brought some of the most noteworthy stories. Just to recap, so far we've learned: Marvel's plans to recruit Spidey for Captain America: Civil War Sony wants Sam Raimi back for Spider-Man Sony/Marvel deal for Spider-Man could still happen Venom and/or Carnage may be the villain in a Spider-Man/Sinister Six team-up The Russo Brothers offered to produce Sony's Spider-Man films Captain America may have a role in a Sinister Six film Andrew Garfield may be out as Spider-Man Are you ready for some more? The Daily »
Earlier in the week it was reported via leaked emails from Sony that the studio received an approach from Marvel about adding Spider-Man to the cast of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, as well as sounding out the possibility of bringing Sam Raimi back into the fold, an animated movie from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo offering to take over as producers on the series going forward. Well, more and more details are now emerging, this time concerning The Sinister Six, Venom, and how Spidey would have fit into Marvel’s plans, had negotiations between the two parties been successful:
– Amazing Spider-Man producer Matt Tolmach would like to have Venom (or Carnage) as the main antagonist in The Sinister Six, as he doesn’t feel the symbiote can hold his own movie (so bye-bye Venom: Carnage, by the »
- Gary Collinson
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo did such a great job with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," that the helmers will return for "Captain America: Civil War" and have been rumored to take over for Joss Whedon on the two "Avengers: Infinity War" films. According to the hacked Sony Pictures emails, the Russo brothers have had numerous conversations with Sony Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal about using Spider-Man in "Captain America: Civil War." And since that deal didn't work out, the brothers have been in talks to produce Sony's upcoming "Spider-Man" films. In older emails, Pascal begged Sam Raimi, the director of the first three "Spider-Man" films, to help with bring the franchise to what it once was. But in another email, Pascal tells a colleague that she doesn't need Raimi's help because he went "Joel Schumacher on the third ['Spider-Man' movie]." For those who don't know, Schumacher is the man behind "Batman and Robin. »
“I have seen the dark shadows moving in the woods and I have no doubt that whatever I have resurrected through this book is sure to come calling… for me.” Featuring demonic possession, a creepy cellar, and the legendary Bruce Campbell, The Evil Dead still sets a high standard for horror movies and we’ve teamed up with ScreenHits to give Daily Dead visitors the chance to watch it free online for a limited time.
“Love horror movies? The demons from this classic are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat tonight! For more great horror classics go to ScreenHits:
ScreenHits (www.screenhits.tv) is now available on Samsung Smart TVs, located in the app store as a Free download. Allowing you to catch up on your favorite horror films right from your living room. »
- Derek Anderson
There.s an ongoing angle to the Sony/Marvel/Spider-Man story that refuses to die, so we.re throwing it out there for you guys to discuss. Apparently, as revealed by the numerous Sony emails shared by the vicious hackers, the studio has turned to former Spider-Man director Sam Raimi for some form of guidance to help put the franchise back in order. Sam Raimi's name was included in a report first published by the Wall Street Journal regarding Marvel's efforts to get Spidey into the MCU in time for Captain America: Civil War. That deal fell through, but WSJ - at the time - mentioned that Sam Raimi had been contacted as yet another avenue the studio might go down in hopes of restoring the Spider-Man franchise to glory. Oddly enough, shortly after, the story was revised, and Raimi's name was pulled, but other outlets (like IGN) caught Raimi »
We previously reported that Sony might be licensing Spider-Man back to Marvel with a 60/40 split and Sony controlling distribution. Spider-Man is so lucrative that such a deal could work for all parties involved. Sony has made it clear that it's not confident that Sony Pictures can make good Spider-Man movies.
It's well known that the worst parts of Sam Raimi's and Marc Webb's respective Spider-Man movies were additions forced by Sony. We also know that Sony's Spider-Man films are in a creative tailspin, with a possible Aunt May solo film being the coup de grâce.
We reported today that Sony Pictures is trying to lure Joe and Anthony Russo to produce Spider-Man after directing Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2. Given Sony Pictures' track record of forcing bad notes on directors, I don't know why they would want to leave Marvel.
Latino-Review reports that if Marvel gets control »
- Free Reyes
Earlier this week, a rumor surfaced that a proposed deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios to share the Spider-Man movie rights is still on the table, after it was believed to be dead. If this co-production deal is finalized, Marvel and Sony will split production costs 60/40, with Sony still retaining distribution rights but allowing Marvel to use the character in their films, such as Captain America: Civil War. Today we have new details from Latino Review, who claim that if this moves forward, Marvel has no plans to bring back The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.
Marvel wants to retain full creative control over any new Spider-Man movie, and the rumors of an Aunt May spin-off and a all-female Spider-Man spin-off were plans that Marvel already knew about and reportedly "severely disliked." Marvel reportedly doesn't want any part of the original »
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