Posted above is our first look at Lucy Lawless in the new Starz series “Ash Vs. Evil Dead.” The show is produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, reprising his role as boomstick bad boy Ashley J. Williams.
“Ash Vs. Evil Dead” picks up 30-years after Ash’s last battle with the Deadites and finds the reluctant hero forced out of hiding to stop a new uprising. Lawless plays Ruby, a mysterious woman out to nix the source of the evil, who she happens to think is Ash.
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” will feature 10 half-hour episodes and premieres this Halloween. Raimi co-wrote and directed the pilot episode.
Lawless is coming off the Starz original series “Spartacus” and can be seen on season two of WGN’s “Salem.” She is, of course, best known as “Xena: Warrior Princess.”
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is returning to Halloween Horror Nights, the annual haunt at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort. Named “Wolves Not Far,” the new maze is based on the show’s newly introduced band of sadistic and homicidal survivors, The Wolves.
The maze at Universal Studios Hollywood will be the longest maze constructed in the event’s history. Last year’s Terminus maze was absolutely enthralling so this is exciting news.
The skinny on the maze:
Guests will begin their journey at the Terminus safe-haven compound, where an unspeakable hunger has consumed the demented souls of those dwelling within.
As the chaos ensues, guests will encounter even greater atrocities as they stumble upon dismembered ‘W’ walkers, witness the horror of victims besieged by the living dead, and step onto the loading dock of the Del Arno Food warehouse to face hordes of ‘W’ walkers.
XLrator Media has released a trailer forAmnesiac, a psychological thriller from Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer). The film stars Kate Bosworth as a woman who may or may not be the wife of a man waking up with amnesia after an accident.
Wes Bentley (Hunger Games) plays the husband who despite his memory loss begins to suspect things aren’t right when his wife goes bonkers and takes him prisoner in his own home. In selected theaters and VOD on Aug. 14.
Anchor Bay has released a trailer for the long gestating movie adaptation of of author Micheal Hornberg’s 2001 novel Downers Grove. Directed by Derick Martini (Hick) and written for the screen by novelist Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho), the slasher was first announced in 2010 with Hayden Panettiere attached.
Bella Heathcote now toplines the film as Chrissie Swanson, an angst-filled high school student convinced she’ll be one of the victims of a curse that makes schoolmates die bizarre deaths every year before graduation.
Heathcote’s creds include Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, Andrew Niccol’s In Time, and serial killer drama Acolytes. She’ll soon be seen in the big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an outrageous re-imagining of the Jane Austin novel Pride and Prejudice.
In limited theaters Aug. 21 and on home video Sept. 1.
NBC is looking to reboot 90’s fantasy series “Xena: Warrior Princess.” Original producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are involved in the project, slated for release in 2016. Lucy Lawless, who played Xena for the show’s six seasons, will most likely play a role in front of the camera and behind the scenes, says THR.
Described as a “modern reboot” with a protagonist who is parts Xena and parts Katniss of Hunger Games fame, the project is in the early stages and seeking a writer.
Lawless has teased a potential reboot for years. The show debuted in 1995 and has only grown in popularity since it ended its run in 2001. Lawless has also stayed on top of her game with a number of high profile roles, including that of ill-fated Lucretia on the Starz original series “Spartacus,”
If you need Further reason to attend Halloween Horror Nights, the annual haunt at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort have announced mazes based on the Insidious franchise from Blumhouse and Focus Features.
Event goers will be transported into some of the most sinister scenes from all three films in the Insidious franchise. Guests will investigate unexplained phenomena in the Lambert family’s eerie Victorian home and find themselves at the ghastly séance that unleashes chaos and horror.
They’ll journey into “The Further” – a supernatural realm that houses tormented spirits – and face deadly ghosts and demons like the Woman in Black and Red-Faced Demon, who will stop at nothing to infiltrate the world of the living.
Former Disney star Bella Thorne continues to embrace horror with her new role in Big Sky, a new survival thriller from Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are). Thorne plays a teenage girl afraid of open spaces who must fight for her life when gunmen attack the van taking her to a mental health facility.
Thorne most recently starred in MTV’s adaptation of Wes Craven’s Scream and wrapped Voltage Pictures Home Invasion. She will also be seen in Dimension Films Amityville: The Awakening, a reboot of the chilling 1979 classic horror film about a family tormented by the demonic forces occupying their home.
Warner Bros. has released an IMAX trailer for Zach Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer’s Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, a followup to the duo’s 2013 blockbuster Man of Steel that pits the son of Jor-El against suspicious humans and the Batman.
Henry Cavill reprises his role as Superman and Ben Affleck plays the Dark Knight. Co-stars include Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
This trailer is much more bombastic and exciting than the first and gives us a short but enticing peek at Gadot’s Wonder Woman.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation stunner Elodie Yung is set to star in season two of Marvel’s “Daredevil” original series for Netflix. The French stunner will play sexy assassin and Daredevil love interest Elektra Natchios. Shooting has already begun on the series which is slated to return in January 2016.
Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb said:
After a worldwide search, we found in Elodie the perfect actress to embody both Elektra’s impressive and deadly physicality, as well as her psychological complexity.
Paired with Charlie as Matt Murdock, the two will bring one of the most beloved and tumultuous comic book relationships to life with all the accompanying sparks and spectacular action sequences the show is known for.
“Daredevil” is also known for its stunning female cast that includes Deborah Ann Woll as Matt Murdock’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Karen Page and Rosario Dawson as night shift nurse and Daredevil ally Claire Temple. Yung clearly keeps that tradition alive.
Yung is best known for playing sexy ninja Jinx in Paramount Pictures’ G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Lisbeth Salander’s lesbian lover, Miriam Wu, in David Fincher’s American adaptation of Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s bestselling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The studio is called Epic Pictures and it is releasing what could be the most epic of All Hallow’s Eve movies, Tales of Halloween. Directed by 11 horror maestros, the anthology presents interconnected stories set in a neighborhood terrorized by ghouls, imps, aliens, axe murderers and other evils on Halloween.
How sick is that?
AND… the directors are truly exciting and include Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Paul Solet (Grace), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), and iconic horror author John Skipp.