ASH VS. EVIL DEAD Season 2 Featurette – “We’re Serving It Up Raw and Bloody”

"We gave peace a chance, now it's time for war."

I can’t wait for Ash Vs. Evil Dead season two to start! The first season was gloriously bloody, gory, and hilarious. While we wait for season two to start, Starz has released a new featurette that offers us more insight into the story as the cast and crew talk about what we can expect from the new season. It reveals what Ash and his friends have been up to since season one ended and teases what’s waiting for them when they get to Ash’s hometown of Elk Grove. The featurette also offers up new info on Ash’s dad, Brock (played by Lee Majors), and Ash’s childhood best friend Chet (played by Ted Raimi). Of course, it also comes along with some new footage! 

The second season roars back into action with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his hometown of Elk Grove. There, he confronts Ruby. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless as Ruby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against The Evil Dead.

Ash Vs. Evil Dead premieres on October 10th, and that date can't get here soon enough. 

JUSTICE LEAGUE Gets a Ridiculously Bizarre and Amusingly Looney Fan Trailer

I honestly don't know what to say about this Justice League fan trailer. It's seriously the wackiest, strangest, funniest, and most ridiculous thing you'll probably watch today. It's called "Justice League Weird," and it was created by Aldo Jones, the same dude who previously brought us the "Weird Trailer" for Batman v Superman. This latest creation of his is even more hilariously bizarre than his last one. Jones seriously gives us the freak show of movie trailers, and I love it! This is just one of those videos that you have to experience to be able to really appreciate it, so enjoy!

The Vampire Story LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Is Now Being Adapted into a TV Series

Let the Right One In started out as a vampire novel written by John Ajvide Lindqvist. This was a very different, unique, brilliant take on vampire lore, and the story has already been adapted twice as films. The first one was a wonderful Swedish film that came out in 2008, and the other was an Americanized take on the story called Let Me In, which was released in 2010. 

About a year ago it was reported that A&E was developing the story into a TV series, but there hasn't been much news on the project since it was announced. Today we learned that TNT is in the process of developing a pilot for a potential series. 

The original story is set in Sweden, and the U.S. film was set in New Mexico. This latest version will take place in Vermont, and this is the synopsis from the press release:

Let the Right One In is an eerie drama about a young boy, long tormented by his classmates, who finds solace in a friendship with a charismatic female vampire who appears to be near his age. The vampire settles into the boy’s small Vermont town with her mysterious caretaker, just as a series of bizarre murders begins attracting the attention of law enforcement.

The series is being developed by Criminal Minds and Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis, who also wrote the script and serves as executive producer. Joining him as producers are Marty Adelstein (Aquarius, Teen Wolf) and Becky Clements (Aquarius), Simon Oakes (Let Me In) of Hammer Films as well as Carl Molinder, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie, and Alex Brunner (Dark Places). When talking about the series, EVP of original programming for TNT Sarah Aubrey had this to say:

Let the Right One In combines elements of horror, revenge thriller and adolescent romance into an unforgettable and truly unsettling tale. This novel is a watershed of rich storytelling, making it an abundant source from which Jeff, Marty, Becky and Simon will bring to life in this all-new adaptation.”

I love this vampire story, and I hope it actually turns out to be a solid series. 

Newest POWER RANGERS Fan Redesign by Carlos Dattoli Features White Ranger

We've already featured Carlos Dattoli's redesigns of the core five Power Rangers (ICYMI, check them out here). Today, we have his take on the White Ranger. There is a fan theory that Zordon was the original White Ranger, but so far canon has Thomas "Tommy" Oliver as the first. I'd be happy with a retcon in the upcoming Power Rangers movie that put Bryan Cranston as Zordon in the white suit during a flashback. In either case, Dattoli's fan design feels like a great update to an already iconic design.

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Choker Inspired by Sally

It's always cool when you see something that works for everyday life and cosplay. This Nightmare Before Christmas rubber choker from Hot Topic allows you to wear Sally's stitches without being too over the top.

Hot Topic is running a 30% deal site wide that's set to expire around midnight tonight. So you can pick up this choker for only $4.55. Might also be a good idea to grab some cheap T-shirts, too.

Dan Harmon May Have Leaked a DOCTOR STRANGE Spoiler

Take this with a grain of salt, but there's a chance writer Dan Harmon may have leaked a spoiler for Marvel Studios' upcoming film Doctor Strange. If you don't want to know what that spoiler could be, it's best to turn back now.

As you know, word broke last week that Harmon was brought on to write some scenes for "additional photography" for the movie, presumably to add some more humor to the screenplay (that assumption takes Harmon's past writing work into account). This could be anything from a post-credits sequence to a script-wide punch-up that could provide the basis for Marvel Studios' built-in reshoots process, but now there's word that Harmon may have leaked a big reveal about the true villain of the new movie.

Ready? Deep breath: CinemaBlend pointed to a Reddit thread which revealed a screengrab from Harmon's computer from his Harmontown presentation at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and in his recent files on Final Draft, there is a document called "Strange Confronts Dormammu." That character is one of Doctor Strange's biggest adversaries in the comics, and though he was rumored to be one of the villains early on, we haven't seen or heard anything concrete about his appearance in the movie. (Mads Mikkelsen is playing a character named Kaecilius, who is a disciple of Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo in the comics.)

Could this actually be a scene in the film? It's possible, but it's also possible that A) the scene ends up on the cutting room floor, or B) it's an elaborate misdirect by Harmon to give fans something to talk about. I find the latter choice slightly unlikely (especially since this was before we even knew he was working on Doctor Strange at all), but in any case, we may end up seeing the flame-headed Lord of the Dark Dimension on the big screen this November after all.

Dogs and Cats Live Together Again in 100% Soft’s MASS HYSTERIA 2

We’ve featured art by Truck Torrence, aka 100% Soft, a few times in the past, and you are probably familiar with his work on the Star Wars and Marvel emojis you may have seen or used on Twitter. On Friday he opened Mass Hysteria 2 at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, which is a sequel to his last solo show there. Once again, the show focuses on pop culture crowds, all rendered in Torrence’s signature kawaii style. The pieces feature Lord of the Rings, Willy Wonka, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World among others, plus there is a massive Mad Max: Fury Road piece that kind of has to be seen. 

I’ve included a few of my favorites below, but you can check out every piece in the collection here, and if you are interested in purchasing a print, or an acrylic laser cut character, or a set of character pins, you can head over to the Gallery 1988 website and start shopping. If you want to see the show in person, it will be at Gallery 1988 through September 17.

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RIP Gene Wilder, Dead at Age 83

I come bearing sad news: The Associated Press reports that actor Gene Wilder has died at the age of 83. His nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said Wilder passed away due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Here's the full statement:

“We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.
He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”

Wilder appeared in only 37 film and television projects from 1961-2015, but he'll have a lasting impact in cinematic history. Aside from his iconic role in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (a truly memorable part in which he showed astonishing range, from mischievous fun to tremendous sadness), the two-time Oscar nominee was best known for his collaborations with Mel Brooks, starring in Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and The Producers. Those first two are among the greatest comedies ever made, so even if Wilder had appeared in those and those alone, his place in film history would be assured. If we have younger readers who haven't seen those movies, I can't recommend them highly enough.

Last year, there were rumors that Steven Spielberg was trying to coax Wilder out of retirement to star in either The BFG or Ready Player One, but sadly that didn't end up happening.

Rest in peace, Mr. Wilder. You will be sorely missed.