Check out this groovy animated Evil Dead tribute directed by the super talented Daniel M. Kanemoto of Ex Mortis Films:
NECA today revealed their San Diego Comicon 2012 exclusive figure, Hero From The Sky Ash:
We’ve done Ash before in a series of Evil Dead 2 7″ action figures, but Hero from the Sky Ash — aside from being SDCC exclusive — perfectly captures one of the most important moments in Evil Dead 2. A sepia-toned paint job brings out not just nostalgia for the 25th Anniversary of Evil Dead 2, but also the desert Ash found himself (and his car, oddly enough) transported to. Just look at the surprise on that face.
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Directors and Producers especially Sam Raimi should be careful when they say they’ll never to do a sequel to a beloved franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sam Raimi and Renaissance Pictures is suing Award Pictures for objecting to their trademark registration. Award Pictures is alleging that since Sam said he would not do another Evil Dead movie, he abandoned the franchise.
“This statement is a public declaration by the defendant that the defendant abandoned the alleged ‘mark,’ Evil Dead, decades ago,” says Award Pictures in papers to the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Award Pictures goes on to say that even if Evil Dead was a valid mark upon the release of the first film, the sequels can’t be counted as continued use because they were both “works for hire” and “single works.” Additionally, the company points to 20 other motion pictures that have used “Evil Dead” within their title over the years, saying that Renaissance has exhibited “uncontrolled, unregulated, and undefended use of Evil Dead.” Finally, Award says Renaissance’s purported trademark claims constitute a defrauding of others in the entertainment industry.
Earlier this week, Renaissance struck back with a lawsuit against Award Pictures, saying it indeed has used its mark, for example licensing Evil Dead video games, dolls, clothing, memorabilia, comic books, etc.
According to the lawsuit, “As a result of Renaissance’s use of the EVIL DEAD mark and the cult success of the films and related products, the EVIL DEAD mark has acquired enormous value, has become famous among the relevant consuming public and motion picture trade, and is recognized as identifying and distinguishing Renaissance exclusively and uniquely as the source of goods sold and services provided under the EVIL DEAD mark.”
We got word from Tom Sullivan, a Necronomicon edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack is available for pre-order due out in June. Unfortunately it will only be available in Australia. Specs are unknown but we’re guessing will feature the same specs and features from the US release. Check out the groovy box art:
After nearly over a month of no new casting news Elizabeth Blackmore, a new up and coming Australian actress has joined the cast of the Evil Dead remake. Actress Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield, 90210, Melrose Place, Friends with Benefits) is also in talks to join.
THR has learned that Jessica Lucas is in talks and Elizabeth Blackmore is set to head into the woods for director Fede Alvarez. While Blackmore is a relative newcomer – most of her work has been on Australian television – Lucas is best known for playing Riley Richmond on the Melrose Place reboot that ran from 2009 to 2010. The new film, which is being produced by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, is about a group of five friends who travel to a cabin in the woods to help their drugged out friend (Levy). While there, however, they discover the book of the dead an unleash an ancient evil. Should the deal be completed, Lucas will play Levy’s best friend, who also happens to be a nurse, and Blackmore will play Fernandez’s fiance, who is “new to the group.” Production will begin this April in New Zealand.
Another actor is in talks to join the cast of the Evil Dead remake:
“Thumbsucker” star Lou Taylor Pucci is in talks to join the young ensemble of FilmDistrict and Mandate Pictures’ reboot of “The Evil Dead.”
Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”) and Shiloh Fernandez (“Red Riding Hood”) were recently cast in the pic, which is a reinvention of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic about a group of teens at a remote cabin who discover a Book of the Dead that unleashes demons they can’t control. While the new plot is similar to the original, it is a new take that doesn’t include the Ash character played by Bruce Campbell.
Pucci will play Eric, an intense academic whose intellectual curiosity gets him and his friends into trouble.
Deadline reports that the actress Jane Levy is talks to star in the upcoming Evil Dead remake.
EXCLUSIVE: Jane Levy is in talks to play the lead in the remake of Evil Dead that Fede Alvarez will direct shortly. She replaces Lily Collins, who exited the film recently. Levy is the star of the ABC series Suburgatory, and stars in Fun Size, the Josh Schwartz-directed film for Paramount.
Variety reports “Red Riding Hood” star Shiloh Fernandez is venturing back into the woods to star in FilmDistrict and Mandate’s “Evil Dead” reboot, and will also topline “Deep Powder” for Killer Films.
The “Evil Dead” role was highly sought after by young actors.
Helmed and penned by Fede Alvarez, the pic is a reinvention of the 1981 cult classic about a group of teens who holed up in a remote cabin who discover a Book of the Dead that unleashes demons they cannot control.
According to Destructoid, Warner Brothers revealed pre-order bonuses for the upcoming chainsaw-wielding cheerleader zombie killing game Lolipop Chainsaw. One of the bonuses is an Ash skin. Unfortunately skin is exclusive to Gamestop while other skins will be available at other retailers. Be sure to check out Destructoid for more info as well as a trailer featuring Lollipop Ash in action.
Ian Abercrombie, the British actor who played the Wise Man in Army of Darkness passed away today at 77. Ian was best known for is role as Elaine’s nutty boss Mr. Pitt on the show Seinfeld.