Bruce Campbell doesn’t appear in all of Sam Raimi‘s films, but in the years since their work on the Evil Dead movies, the actor’s become a familiar — if small — presence in many of them. So we were a bit disappointed last month to hear that Campbell wouldn’t be making a cameo in Raimi’s next picture, Oz: The Great and Powerful, despite earlier reports that he’d been slated to appear. But now it seems Campbell’s back in after all, and what’s more, that he’s already shot his “pivotal” (not really) part. More details after the jump.

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Sam Raimi doesn’t have Bruce Campbell to kick around anymore. Not in Oz: The Great and Powerful, at least.

Raimi made an early career out of kicking Campbell’s ass on a regular basis through the Evil Dead films, and the actor has cameoed in many of Raimi’s features that followed. He was set for a cameo in Oz: The Great and Powerful, which stars James Franco as the man who becomes the Wizard of Oz, and Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams as three sister witches with whom he becomes entangled when he finds himself in their land of Oz. But that cameo is no longer happening. Read More »

We’ve known since this summer that Fede Alvarez, director of the short Panic Attack, is going to direct a new version of Sam Raimi‘s breakout film The Evil Dead. Other than that basic report, and the fact that Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues and Diablo Cody all worked on the script, we haven’t known much about the movie. Now, thanks to the upcoming American Film Market, we’ve got a synopsis that makes the movie sound like a carbon copy of Raimi’s original. But a few more details that have come to light reveal ways in which the remake will veer off into slightly different territory. Read More »

Bruce Campbell: No Ash in ‘Evil Dead’ Remake

There are two iconic faces of The Evil Dead. One is Sam Raimi, whose comic, kinetic filmmaking was a framework in which grotesque horror could exist side by side with Three Stooges-style slapstick. (And so: ‘splatstick.’) The other iconic face is Bruce Campbell, whose Ash Williams character is the beating heart of The Evil Dead and, to generations of fans, the voice of a certain approach to horror.

The idea of remaking The Evil Dead was wild enough, especially with unproven short film director Fede Alvarez working from a script rewritten by Diablo Cody. Bruce Campbell is said to have a cameo, but who’ll play Ash? As it turns out, no one will, says the actor. Read More »

Briefly: This isn’t exactly a surprise. Sam Raimi‘s most notorious film accomplice, Bruce Campbell, has announced that he has a role in Oz: The Great and Powerful. What’s he playing? We don’t know. All we’ve got is a tweet from the actor announcing, “I. Am. In. Oz. Sam Raimi refuses to tell me what character I will portray. Just know that the role is PIVOTAL.” The emphasis on that final word suggests to me that the role, like his appearances in the Spider-Man films, will be anything but. Regardless, it’s good to know he’s on board.

There are also rumors that Bruce Campbell will cameo towards the end of Fede Alvarez’s remake of The Evil Dead, which is about to go into production.

News on the Evil Dead remake seems to be coming fast and furious today. Last night we heard that Sam Raimi‘s longtime editor was headed to Detroit to work on the film. I scoffed at the report somewhat, thinking that it might have been a mistaken bit of information based on the fact that Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful is also gearing up to shoot in Michigan.

But Bruce Campbell‘s new (as-yet unverified) Twitter account quickly told people to believe in the remake, and now there is word of a director for the film: young Uruguayan filmmaker Federico Alvarez, who made a directing deal with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House pictures when his short film Panic Attack! became an internet sensation in 2009. Read More »

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Is a Fourth ‘Evil Dead’ Close to Shooting?

The safe money would go on “nope, probably not.” An update on a fourth Evil Dead movie and/or info on an Evil Dead remake seems to surface every few months. For years, Sam Raimi has talked about making a fourth film, and in January of this year his long-time producer Robert Tapert said plans to remake the original film were still afoot. Series star Bruce Campbell confirmed that plan in April during an Ask Me Anything session with Reddit.

But now there is a report that a new Evil Dead is brewing in Michigan. Is this the fourth film, the remake, or just misinformation based on the fact that Sam Raimi’s crew is gearing up for a trip to Oz? Read More »

‘Cars 2′ Trailer #4

Just on the off chance that you’d overlooked the fact that a sequel to Cars is being released this summer, Disney and Pixar have released another full-length trailer (after a unleashing a legion of clips and TV spots) for Cars 2. The Disney/Pixar channel on YouTube calls this trailer #4, and who am I to argue? There is some new footage here, and the trailer is cut well, but at this point either you’re on board for Cars 2 or you’re not. If by some chance you’re new to the fact that the film exists, hit the break for the new trailer, or check it out if you can’t wait for the film to open on June 24. Read More »

There’s a great deal of small TV news to round up, so let’s get to it. First off comes the news that Dexter has been given a sixth season renewal. The last time the show was up for renewal was in 2008, when Showtime committed to a fourth and fifth season. E! suggested that a one-season order now is due to cast contract renegotiations that will take place before a seventh season. I never would have expected the show to run quite this long, but the numbers are improving, with this Sunday’s episode grabbing the show’s best ratings ever. So: onward to season six!

After the break, news on the surprise fate of the writing staff of The Walking Dead, the prequel movie for Burn Notice, and more casting for J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz. Read More »