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Box office preview: 'Evil Dead' will try to put 'G.I. Joe' in the grave


It’s been a tough year at the 2013 box office so far. Altogether, the film industry has racked up $2.267 billion worth of ticket sales, a whopping 12.5 percent decrease from the $2.55 billion that movies had earned at the same point in 2012.

It seems unlikely that the hordes of dead bodies and dead dinosaurs hitting theaters this weekend will resurrect the struggling box office — that won’t happen until May, when Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, and The Hangover Part III debut — but The Evil Dead and Jurassic Park 3D should be able to achieve hearty numbers nonetheless.

Here’s how the box office may shake out:

1. Evil Dead – $24 million
The brand new horror film, from Sony, FilmDistrict, and Ghost House, should top the box office this weekend. Evil Dead is a remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic, and it’s been earning positive buzz and geek-cred for months after screening at festivals like SXSW. The combination of built-in anticipation, nostalgia, and  reliable gore-loving audience members may drive the film, which carries a small $17 million budget, to a $24 million weekend. It could reach higher, though its R-rating limits appeal considerably. READ FULL STORY

WonderCon 2013: Highlights from 'Mortal Instruments', 'This is the End,' and 'Evil Dead'

Sony Pictures rolled out a preview of some of their most anticipated spring and summer films Saturday at WonderCon: the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, the Sam Raimi produced Evil Dead update, and the apocalyptic buddy comedy This is the End. Moderated by EW’s own Dalton Ross, the clips were bloody, the panels lively, and the audience invested.

Check out some of the highlights from each of the films below. Just a quick warning, though: There are a few spoilers for Evil Dead and This is the End.


'Evil Dead' director reveals sequel plans


The Evil Dead reboot doesn’t hit theaters until April 5, but director Fede Alvarez says a sequel is already in the works.

During a Q&A session after the film’s Austin premiere, Alvarez told the audience “we’ve already started writing Evil Dead 2.” 

The film screened to a wildly enthusiastic crowd that Paramount Theatre on the opening night of the South by Southwest festival. Sony is boldly marketing the film as “The Most Terrifying Movie You Will Ever Experience.” That might be a bit of stretch, but it’s definitely got a shot at being one of the goriest and bloodiest. Alvarez says the production went through two trucks full of 50,000 gallons of fake blood to accomplish the film’s splatter-rific climax and multiple dismemberment scenes.

Once again, a group of young people (this time played by Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci and Elizabeth Blackmore) stay in a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash a demonic force that possess its victims. The tone is much closer to the original straight-faced 1981 Evil Dead rather than its two horror-comic sequels. Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert are producers on the project.

“Somebody said, ‘Don’t you miss the charm of the first one?'” said Campbell, who starred in the original Evil Dead trilogy. “The charm of having no money. The charm of Rob and I making $35 a week in expenses which we never collected because we didn’t have the money. We went to buy gum one day at 7-11. Nobody had any money to buy gum.”

For fans who wait until the very end of the film’s credits, Campbell makes a quickie surprise appearance. “Everybody wants a cameo,” mock-griped the actor. “There’s your f–king cameo!”

'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,' 'Evil Dead' to premiere at SXSW Film Festival

Austin, Texas is about to get magical. The South by Southwest Film Festival and Conference announced Tuesday that The Incredible Burt Wonderstone — starring Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi as famed Las Vegas magicians and Jim Carrey as the “stunt” magician who challenges their supremacy — will have its world premiere on Friday, March 8 as the festival’s opening night film. Veteran TV director Don Scardino (30 Rock2 Broke Girls) is helming the film, from a screenplay by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Horrible Bosses). The comedy costars Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, and James Gandolfini, and opens wide in theaters the following weekend, on March 15.

The SXSW Film Festival, which runs from March 8 – 16, also announced a handful of world premieres (and one U.S. premiere) to its 2013 slate. They include:  READ FULL STORY

'Evil Dead' red band trailer: A deep dive


Like a woodland-trapped demon waiting for someone to read the appropriate, evil-corporealizing incantation, the Evil Dead movie franchise has been quiet since 1992’s Army of Darkness. But that will change on April 12 when the remake of director Sam Raimi’s original 1981 shocker The Evil Dead hits cinemas. Produced by the architects of the previous three films in the franchise — Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce “Ash” Campbell — this new iteration is cowritten by Diablo Cody and stars Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Shiloh Fernandez, and Lou Taylor Pucci. Replacing Raimi in the director’s chair is newcomer Fede Alvarez, whose alien invasion short film Panic Attack! has garnered an impressive 7m views on the ol’ YouTube.


'Evil Dead' remake: Check out the new Necronomicon! -- PHOTOS

When you got past the various zombies and cellar ghouls and handsy trees, there was always one main antagonist in theoriginal Evil Dead trilogy: The Necronomicon Ex Mortis, better known as the Book of the Dead. Sewn out of human skin, containing a whole galaxy of demonic incantations, the Necronomicon tortured original series protagonist Ash across the ages. The Facebook page for the new Evil Dead remake has posted a couple images of the new Necronomicon. So go get your lunch, then come back and take a look! READ FULL STORY

'The Evil Dead' red band trailer: Break out the chainsaw! (NSFW)

Last week at New York Comic-Con, attendees got to see a blood-spattered trailer for next year’s Evil Dead remake. That trailer has finally arrived online, in all its cheek-slashin’, flesh-burnin’, hand-choppin’, gore-explodin’ glory. (Also: A tree gets a little handsy with Suburgatory star Jane Levy.) Fans of the Evil Dead series will note plenty of references to the original trilogy, but director Fede Alvarez looks to be eschewing Sam Raimi’s horror-slapstick style in favor of pure unrelenting terror images. Watch the video below, but beware: You should probably not watch what happens at 1:19 if you have any intention of eating lunch in the next few days. READ FULL STORY

'The Evil Dead' remake at New York Comic-Con: A gory new trailer, and the wisdom of Bruce Campbell


The Project: The Evil Dead, the remake of the low-budget Saim Raimi gorefest which kickstarted one of the great cult-film horror franchises.

The Panel: Star Jane Levy, director Fede Alvarez, and Bruce Campbell, star of the original Evil Dead trilogy and de facto mascot of all things Comic-Con. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s resident playboy Dalton Ross.

Footage Screened: An extended and extremely gory trailer for the remake debuted in front of a crowd. The beats of the film are familiar: A group of young people go into a remote cabin. But the trailer quickly descends into extremely visceral violence. Some of it looks familiar, including the saw-assisted removal of a demonic hand and a frisky tree. Some of it is all new: The trailer ended with one of the female characters cutting into her own mouth with what appeared to be a box cutter. Aesthetic-wise, it looks like they’re going for something in the neighborhood of “an orgy of bloodshed.” READ FULL STORY

'The Evil Dead' remake: Exclusive Image!


Attendees at this weekend’s New York Comic-Con got a first look at the upcoming remake of Evil Dead, in a panel discussion which included director Fede Alvarez, star Jane Levy, and original Dead star/geek demi-god Bruce Campbell. The film is scheduled to hit theaters next year, but us gorehounds here at are excited to share with you the above image from the movie, showing star Levy in full Deadite regalia. For more info on the upcoming remake, scope out the new Twitter and Facebook pages which just launched for the movie. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some souls to swallow.

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Sam Raimi wins judgement to block unauthorized sequel to ‘The Evil Dead’
Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell gear up for ‘Evil Dead’ remake

Sam Raimi wins judgement to block unauthorized sequel to 'The Evil Dead'


An unauthorized sequel to Sam Raimi’s blood soaked, gore-filled The Evil Dead trilogy has been buried in a court-nailed coffin.

A California federal court judge has awarded Raimi’s Renaissance Pictures — which he formed in 1979 with actor-producer Robert Tapert and co-producer Bruce Campbell to make 1981 horror classic The Evil Dead, starring Campbell — a default judgment prohibiting another company, Awards Pictures, from making an Evil Dead sequel.

Renaissance Pictures sued Awards Pictures in May, claiming Awards Pictures’ in-production film Evil Dead 4: Consequences conflicted with Renaissance’s own plans to create a sequel. Award Pictures, plus the company’s president Glenn MacCrae, did not file a court response.

According to last week’s court four-page order, filed by U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer, Awards Pictures is “permanently enjoined” from using the names Evil Dead, Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon, Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon, Part 2 or Evil Dead: Consequences “as or as part of the title of a motion picture, television program, video game, play, book or any other form of entertainment provided or to be provided through any media.”

Awards Pictures had alleged that Raimi’s comment in a 2000 book saying he would never do an Evil Dead sequel was a sign the title’s trademark was up for grabs, also after being used for multiple other movies.

Several calls to Raimi’s office were not immediately returned.

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Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell gear up for ‘Evil Dead’ remake

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