ASH VS EVIL DEAD: Bruce Campbell talks Season 3 – exclusive interview

Bruce Campbell as Ash in ASH VS EVIL DEAD | © 2018 Starzz

ASH VS EVIL DEAD, now in its third season on Starz Sunday nights, represents a very particular sort of career triumph for its star Bruce Campbell. By now, the origin story has gained folklore status: in 1979, Campbell and his friends, director Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, then young men in Michigan, raised $350,000 to make a low-budget horror film, THE EVIL DEAD, which was released in 1981, starring Campbell as inadvertent demon-summoner Ash Williams. The trio went on to make EVIL DEAD II (1987) and its studio-sponsored follow-up ARMY OF DARKNESS. The friends also came together to make the […]Read On »

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ASH VS. EVIL DEAD: Lee Majors and Michelle Hurd join Deadite fight – Exclusive Interview

ASH VS. EVIL DEAD - Season 2 key art |©2016 Starz

In Season 2 of Starz’s ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, starting Sunday October 2, the antihero played by Bruce Campbell has more company in his fight. In the TV sequel that picks up thirty years after the Eighties film trilogy, Ash has loyal pals Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) to help him, and demonic frenemy Ruby (Lucy Lawless) to keep things ambiguous. The group is now joined by Michelle Hurd’s Linda B. Emery, who used to be Ash’s girlfriend, and Lee Majors as Ash’s dad Brock Williams, who still thinks that Ash murdered his own sister, Brock’s daughter. This […]Read On »

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ASH VS. EVIL DEAD: Lucy Lawless takes on the Necronomicon and talk XENA revival – Interview

Lucy Lawless in ASH VS. EVIL DEAD - Season 1 | ©2015 Starz

Starz’s new series ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, Saturdays at 9 PM, was renewed for a second season before its first had even premiered two weeks ago. Based on the trilogy of EVIL DEAD theatrical films (1981-1993), ASH VS. EVIL DEAD sees Bruce Campbell returning to his big-screen role as Ash, a none-too-bright fellow who manages to revive and then survive an onslaught of Deadites. Deadites, for those new to the mythos, are hard-to-kill homicidal demons who can possess humans and (usually) inanimate objects. ASH VS. EVIL DEAD is executive-produced by Sam Raimi, who directed and co-wrote the first three EVIL […]Read On »

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TV Review: ASH VS. EVIL DEAD – Season 1 – “El Jefe” – Series Premiere

ASH VS. EVIL DEAD Key Art - Season 1 | © 2015 Starz

Stars: Bruce Campbell, Jill Marie Jones, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago Writers: Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi & Tom Spezialy, based on characters created by Sam Raimi Director: Sam Raimi Network: Starz, Saturdays @ 9 PM Airdate: October 31, 2015 Not everything from thirty years ago can stand revival today. Hell, a lot of things can’t – we’re not going to enumerate them here. But you know what can? THE EVIL DEAD. For those who don’t know the history, we’ll repeat it for you. The original, made on a shoestring budget in 1979 and released in 1981, was sort […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS VENGEANCE producer on the latest season

Liam McIntyre in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE | ©2012 Starz

Starz Network’s SPARTACUS series, Friday nights at 10 PM, has gone through almost as many tribulations as its legendary hero. The first season, SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, starred Andy Whitfield as the Thracian warrior sent into slavery and trained as a gladiator, only to turn on his master and free his fellows. Then Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the production company did a prequel season, SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, while waiting for Whitfield to recover. Sadly, Whitfield’s cancer returned. He gave his blessing to the producers to recast the role and passed away in September 2011. Liam […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE talk with Lucy Lawless and creator Steven S. DeKnight

Lucy Lawless in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE | ©2012 Starz

SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE, which premieres tonight on Starz at 10 PM, is actually the second season of the SPARTACUS series, even though it’s the third year of the show. Series creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight understands how this might cause some head-scratching. In 2010’s SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, Andy Whitfield starred as the famous historical figure. The season followed him through his early days of being enslaved, being trained as a gladiator and finally leading a revolt at the Ludus (gladiator training camp) that left its owner Batiatus (John Hannah) definitively dead and Batiatus’ pregnant wife Lucretia, played by […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: John Hannah lords over SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA

John Hannah in SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA | ©2011 Starz

In the last episode of Starz’s SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, Spartacus, played by Andy Whitfield, set the stage for revolt by putting a blade through the throat of gladiator owner Batiatus, played by John Hannah. Hannah, whose credits include the MUMMY films and FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, understandably thought that his SPARTACUS job was over, but then Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hoping Whitfield would be able to return to work after a year, the SPARTACUS producers decided that instead of doing a conventional second season, they would instead to a prequel, SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, showing […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Steven S. DeKnight leads SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA – Part 2

SPARTACUS creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight | ©2011 Starz

In Part Two of our exclusive interview, SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA creator/showrunner Steven S. DeKnight talks about casting, nudity, sword fights, working around the illness of leading man Andy Whitfield and more. The limited series airs Friday nights on Starz. ASSIGNMENT X: When you first conceived of doing SPARTACUS, were any of the characters written with any specific performers in mind? DeKNIGHT: No, we figured out the characters and then the actors came in [to audition]. Often we’d have a preconceived idea of who that character is physically, and an actor would come in with a look that we hadn’t […]Read On »

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