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What's in a Name?

19 December 2008 12:59 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

In My Name Is Bruce, Bruce Campbell plays a cult movie icon who just happens to share his name, face, and résumé. But let's get one thing straight: Campbell, who also directed, didn't make the film as an ego-stroking tribute to his own sheer awesomeness. "This movie is not an ode to myself, as some have asserted," he says, chuckling, "because if it was, what a lousy self-image I must have." The alternate-universe Campbell lives in a ramshackle trailer, drinks cheap whiskey from his dog's bowl, and ekes out a living appearing in low-budget trash like Cave Alien 2. But when a teenage fanboy (Taylor Sharpe) recruits him to save the small town of Gold Lick, Ore., from a vengeful god of war, the actor must step up and prove himself a hero.This off-kilter idea was pitched to Campbell by Dark Horse Entertainment president and producer Mike Richardson (Hellboy, 30 Days »

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My Name is Bruce

4 December 2008 10:49 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

My Name is Bruce Directed by: Bruce Campbell Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Grace Thorsen, Taylor Sharpe Running Time: 1 hr 26 mins Rating: R Plot: When an unexplained supernatural yeti-monster wreaks havoc on a rural Oregon town, the community requires desperate measures to save themselves. When a naïve super-fan believes Bruce Campbell is the only one who can help, he kidnaps his hero to thwart the evil that has invaded his beloved community. Who’s It For?. Bruce Campbell fans, only. If you have no knowledge of the man or his films, steer clear. This film is made along the same lines as the Evil Dead series. If you’re a fan however, get in line. Expectations: It’s easy to be swept up in the relative hype of this film. What’s easy to forget is that none of »

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My Name Is Bruce Movie Review -- Brian says fans of Bruce Campbell will love this

4 December 2008 | | See recent news »

As a heroic figure of genre entertainment, it's impossible to top Bruce Campbell for larger-than-life depictions of masculinity blended with a touch of cowardice. The charismatic star of the "Evil Dead" movies is perhaps the most self-aware of cult celebrities and nothing underlines his crooked sense of worth more than "My Name Is Bruce," a spirited romp of self-deprecation and beheadings that might not hold appeal to the ordinary viewer, but remains absolute catnip to Campbell fans. When Guan Di, the ancient Chinese patron saint of bean curd, is released from his mystical Oregon graveyard prison, the lone survivor of the demon's wrath, Jeff (Taylor Sharpe), is forced to seek out the only man he knows who can defeat otherworldly evil: Bruce Campbell. Campbell, a lowly actor in grade-z schlock, is soon kidnapped by Jeff and brought to »

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Idol Chitchat: Bruce Campbell & Peaches Christ!!!

20 November 2008 10:35 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Hostess Peaches Christ is thrilled to announce that a great, big, B-movie dream of hers is about to come true!  One night only on Wednesday, December 17th, at San Francisco’s Landmark Bridge Theatre, Peaches will present—not just once, but twice at 7:00Pm and 9:40Pm—a Midnight Mass produced stage-show featuring cult film icon and genre superstar Bruce Cambell live and in-person.  Peaches has been dying to honor Bruce Campbell—as she says “forEVER”—and is putting together this San Franciscan evening of Idol Worship, preceding the Bay Area premiere of Bruce Campbell’s directorial debut My Name Is Bruce.  Tickets are $10.50 and can be purchased here.

Synopsis for My Name Is Bruce: When the small mining town of Gold Lick, Oregon needs to rid itself of a vengeful monster, they kidnap actor Bruce Campbell—star of the Evil Dead trilogy, Bubba Ho-tep and countless B-movie »

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"My Name is Bruce" interview with Bruce Campbell!

17 November 2008 5:10 AM, PST | | See recent news »

We have a 1-1 chat with "My Name is Bruce" star and director Bruce Campbell. The actor has a huge amount of fans with releases like "The Evil Dead" series of films which include our personal favorite "Army of Darkness." We laughed ourselves to death with "Bubba Ho-Tep" and now he's in "My Name is Bruce." Campbell talked about directing himself in the film and more. "Well, I've done this since early 90s in New Zealand, I used to direct myself in 'Hercules and Zena' episodes. So I learned that part of it then. Then I did another feature not too long ago called 'Man with the Screaming Brain' and I directed myself in that. So it's not a foreign experience but it's a lot more work. It's a lot more liberating. Here's how I look at it - the lower the budget the more control I want. You know, »

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My Name Is Bruce

30 October 2008 10:06 PM, PDT | | See recent New York Post news »

Veteran B-movie actor Bruce Campbell ("Evil Dead") takes his trademark self-deprecation to new depths in the ultra-campy "My Name Is Bruce," directing as well as playing "himself" as an egotistical, drunken womanizer.

In a script by Mark Verheiden that panders shamelessly to Campbell's fans, an adoring Goth teen (Taylor Sharpe) summons his reluctant idol from the set of "Cave Aliens 2" to battle Guan-Di, a real-life Chinese god of war/bean curd.

The "real-life" Campbell is a nose-picking, clueless coward who says things like, »


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"My Name is Bruce" - Trailer, Poster and Gallery added.

27 October 2008 11:56 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Bruce Campbell is a cult hero. Who can ever dislodge the image of a crazed "S-Mart" salesman who snipped off his arm, replaced it with a twelve guage shotgun and kicked some monster booty in hilarious horror comedies like one of our favorites, "Army of Darkness." Campbell directs and stars in this film in the same genre which Mark Verheiden (new "Battlestar Galactica" series and "Smallville") writers. Bruce Campbell fans will obviously not want to skip this one. Personally, I think "Bubba Ho-tep" is one of the most hilarious comedies I've seen for a long time. Check out images, the poster and the trailer above for the indie! In My Name Is Bruce, Campbell is mistaken for his character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy and forced to fight a real monster - a nine-foot-tall sword-wielding Chinese god of war - in a small town in Oregon. Mortified at first, »

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Review: My Name Is Bruce

27 October 2008 10:01 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

A director/star vehicle in which the director/star plays himself might be viewed as a vanity project—but anyone who knows Bruce Campbell is unlikely to expect that from My Name Is Bruce. Aimed squarely at the loyal fan base that loves the knowingly vainglorious attitude Campbell brings to both his genre roles and his convention appearances, the movie is a slight but frequently amusing self-deconstruction that, with a 90-minute wink, presents the least flattering portrait of the actor possible.

The Bruce onscreen is an alcoholic has-been who lives in a trailer, insults his co-workers on cheesy sci-fi flicks (other than those females he considers attractive enough to mack on) and doesn’t treat his fans any better. Played by anyone but Campbell, he’d probably be insufferable.

Instead, the actor creates a very funny alter ego and, as My Name’s director (working from a script by Mark Verheiden), brings a light, »

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