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Xochitl Gomez Joins Doctor Strange 2 in an Unknown Role

Xochitl Gomez

Deadline is reporting that Xochitl Gomez is joining the cast of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Benedict Cumberbatch returns in the title role with Sam Raimi taking over as director. Marvel Studios has not commented on the casting.

It is expected that Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor will also return to their roles for the sequel. New to the film will be Elizabeth Olsen who will reprise her role as Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff. That character will get the spotlight in the upcoming television series WandaVision which will tie into the Doctor Strange sequel.

Due to Gomez’s ethnicity, age, and the fact that the film has to do with the multiverse, speculation is Gomez will play America Chavez. Speculation is fueled further by Chavez being a member of the Young Avengers, a team that Scarlet Witch’s kids are a part of as well. Those characters are expected to debut on WandaVision. Chavez is an extra-dimensional character who can hop through dimensions, has super strength, and flight as part of her powers.

Xochitl Gomez most recently starred as Dawn Schafer in The Baby-Sitters Club television series. She’s appeared in numerous shorts and on television shows with 19 credits so far.

Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 2 Gets a New Trailer

STARZ has released a new teaser trailer and photo today for the highly anticipated 10-episode second season of Ash vs Evil Dead produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, Ivan Raimi, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner.

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.

As previously announced, Lee Majors, Ted Raimi, and Michelle Hurd join the cast this season as Brock Williams, Ash’s father, Chet Kaminski, Ash’s childhood best friend, and Linda, Ash’s high school love respectively.

TV Review: Ash vs. Evil Dead S1E2 Bait

Ash vs Evil Dead ArtThe debut of Ash vs Evil Dead felt like the return of something you didn’t know you missed, until you saw it returned. The first episode, which debuted last week, quickly dove back into the formula fans of the Evil Dead trilogy have come to love, a mix of horror, comedy, in a style that’s unique and all its own.

The second episode of the series has Ash and his trusty sidekick Pablo set upon their journey, and quickly get attacked and sidetracked.

This episode sums up a lot of the vibe that I know I love about the series, a solid mix of humor, action, and horror. There’s a few scenes of Ash kicking ass that are so over the top, they can’t help be funny, and humor is clearly what’s being gone for.

The show rests on the shoulders of Bruce Campbell, who has slid back into the skin of Ash as if no time has been missed. In just these two episodes he shows off that the smart-ass sexist action hero can still work, and still entertain. The show rises because of the way Campbell delivers his lines and character, in a way that’s hard not to be entertained.

But, Campbell is helped by Ray Santiago who plays Pablo, a pseudo straight-man who thinks Ash is a hero and wants to learn how to kick some but as well. Ash works best when playing off of someone and Santiago has great chemistry with Campbell.

It helps the series has kept the visuals that are so unique and a signature of the original trilogy. The way Deadites move, to camera angles, and tone of how everything looks, it’s a seamless return that’s been enhanced a bit with modern CGI.

The first episode got me excited, and the second has me wanting more right now.

You can sum up the series in one word…. Groovy.

Overall Rating: 9

Starz provided a FREE screener prior to airing

TV Review: Ash vs. Evil Dead S1E1 El Jefe

Ash vs Evil Dead ArtAsh vs Evil Dead is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror films The Evil Dead. The 10-episode half-hour series brings together the original trilogy team of Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell who have banded together to bring Ash Williams to the small screen.

Campbell is back as Asho, still stocking shelves, and having aged a bit. He’s spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and trying to forget the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal.  Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

Much like the film trilogy the series revolves around Ash and Campbell’s ability to pull off a hero who’s both a complete jackass and absolutely fun. Sexist, full of himself, and really out of shape (to which Campbell plays up well showing little personal vanity and having fun), it actually feels like no time has passed since 1992’s Army of Darkness. The quick jokes, the Deadite ass-kicking, no beat is missed, and some new ones are picked up.

The first episode is all about catching us up with Ash, and setting up the Deadite return. What’s immediately noticeable is that Team Raimi has kept the exact same aesthetic that makes a visually cohesive trilogy of films (Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness). The movement of the Deadites, the make-up, it’s all very old school. But Raimi updates things a bit too giving us a lot of CGI throughout as well. This is Evil Dead with a bit more of a budget. And where many fall apart when given more money, Raimi has kept the same sensibility and look to it all. It’ actually an amazing blending of the old and new together.

Ash is joined by some new folks including Ray Santiago who plays his new sidekick Pablo, Dana DeLorenzo who plays Kelly, and Jill Marie Jones as a disgraced cop Amanda. Jone’s Amanda is off on her own figuring out what’s going on, and that feels part of the more updated part of the show. But, Santiago and DeLorenzo not only hold there own with Campbell but at times steal the show, especially DeLorenzo who plays the female interest for Ash. She not only shows some ass-kicking ability, but her take-no-shit attitude plays well opposite Campbell’s smart-ass/quick to comment Ash.

Ash clearly has some rust to brush off and the first episode is all about that getting us to the final moments which will have Evil Dead fans cheering with iconic moments, sayings, and Ash in old form.

The fist episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead is an introduction for new viewers, but also fan service in many ways smartly building up to its final climactic moments  that had me grinning ear to ear.

You can sum up the first episode in one word…. Groovy.

Overall Rating: 9

Ash vs Evil Dead premieres Saturday, October 31st at 9:00pm ET/PT exclusively on STARZ with a 10-episode season.

Starz provided a FREE screener prior to airing

Ash Vs. Evil Dead Gets a Second Season Ahead of its Debut

Ash vs Evil Dead ArtAhead of its Halloween premiere, STARZ Original series Ash vs Evil Dead has earned an early renewal for a second season from Starz. Strong fan, affiliate and distributor demand for the highly-anticipated premiere of Ash vs Evil Dead has generated the early pickup of the series which is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead.

Executive producers and The Evil Dead original filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell will return for the second season with executive producer and showrunner Craig DiGregorio. Campbell will continue in his role as Ash Williams, the aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter. Lucy Lawless is also returning as Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks.

Starz recently announced global licensing deals with broadcasters and digital platforms in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide allowing Ash vs Evil Dead to premiere simultaneously with its network premiere in the U.S. on October 31. Broadcasters and digital providers offering Ash vs Evil Dead on October 31 include Amedia (Russia/CIS), C More (Scandinavia), Fox Action on Fox+ Premium service/Fox Latin America Channels (Latin America/Brazil), Sky TV (New Zealand), Stan (Australia), Starz Play Arabia (Middle East/North Africa) and Super Channel (Canada).

Starz will retain all domestic and international multiplatform rights including television, home entertainment and digital.

The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series features Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams;  Lucy Lawless as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks; Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick; Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past; and Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

Around the Tubes

Hope everyone isn’t hurting too much from their New Year celebration. Here’s some news and reviews you might have missed while you were out celebrating.

Around the Tubes

Robot 6 – Kansas City police help 6-year-old boy shine as Batman – A great story to end the year.

Kotaku – British Police Arrest Alleged PSN Attacker – Good.

iO9 – Sam Raimi: The Problems With Spider-Man 3 Were “My Mistake” – Duh?


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman #37

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #39

Comic Vine – S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Comic Vine – Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Prime Directive #1

Comic Vine – X-O Manowar #31

Starz Announces Bruce Campbell in Ash Vs. Evil Dead

ash101708Starz has announced they have greenlight the network’s next original series, the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The project reteams the original filmmakers, director Sam Raimi, with longtime producing partner Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell.

The Starz Original series officially titled Ash Vs. Evil Dead will be 10 half-hour episodes.  Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

Raimi will direct the first episode. Ash Vs. Evil Dead was written by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi and Tom Spezialy. Sam Raimi will also serve as executive producer, along with Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell.  Ivan Raimi will Co-Executive Produce and Aaron Lam will serve as producer.

The original Evil Dead film followed Ash and his friends who travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release demons intent on possessing the living. The film became an international success and is critically lauded to this day as one of the best horror movies of all time. It also spawned a media franchise, including two sequels, as well as video games and comic books and a recent reboot that grossed $97 million worldwide.

The series will air on STARZ in 2015.

Darkman Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Arrives February 18

image002Crime has a new enemy, and justice has a brand new face.  Fans of visionary director Sam Raimi know well the story of Dr. Peyton Westlake and his tragic transformation into the action hero known as Darkman.  Based on Raimi’s short story “The Darkman,” the popular crime-fighting master of disguises comes to life in the 1990 film adaptation Darkman, starring three-time Golden Globe nominee Liam Neeson and Oscar winner Frances McDormand. Directed by Sam Raimi, this explosive, action-packed thriller also stars Colin Friels, Larry Drake, Dan Hicks and Nicholas Worth and features soundtrack by award-wining composer Danny Elfman. On February 18, 2014, Scream Factory will release Darkman Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, featuring all-new interviews with Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Larry Drake, Danny Hicks, make-up effects artist Tony Gardner, production designer Randy Ser, art director Philip Dagort and much more! This definitive collector’s edition also contains a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible cover wrap with original theatrical key art. A must-have for loyal fans, movie collectors and pop culture and comic book enthusiasts to complete their entertainment library, Darkman Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Blu-ray, Blu-ray is priced to own at $29.93 SRP.

Avid fans and collectors please take note: those who order  Darkman Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from ScreamfactoryDVD.com will receive the exclusive 18”x24” poster featuring the newly commissioned artwork!  These are only available while supplies last.

In the darkest hour, there’s a light that shines on every human being, but one….

Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand star in this explosive, action-packed thriller from director Sam Raimi. Dr. Peyton Westlake is on the verge of realizing a major breakthrough in synthetic skin when his laboratory is destroyed by gangsters. Having been burned beyond recognition and forever altered by an experimental medical procedure, Westlake becomes known as Darkman, assuming alternate identities in his quest for revenge and a new life with a former love.

Special Features:

  • Interviews with Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand
  • MY NAME IS DURANT – interview with Larry Drake
  • THE FACE OF REVENGE – interview with Makeup Designer Tony Gardner
  • HENCHMAN TALES – Interviews with actors Danny Hicks and Dan Bell
  • DARK DESIGN – interview with Production Designer Randy Ser and Art Director Philip Dagort
  • Audio Commentary with director of photography Bill Pope
  • Vintage “Making of” and interview Featurettes featuring interviews with Sam Raimi, Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand and more…
  • Vintage full-length interviews, not used in the featurettes, with Sam Raimi, Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Galleries – Posters & production stills, Behind the Scenes, Make-up Effects and Storyboards

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/ DTS Master Audio 5.1/1990/Color/96 minutes/Subtitles: English/Special Features are Not Rated.

Sam Raimi to direct Radical’s Earp

Official Press Release


July 21st, 2010, Los Angeles, CA Radical Publishing is proud to announce that director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Evil Dead) has signed on to produce and direct the film adaptation of EARP: SAINTS FOR SINNERS, based on Radical Publishing’s miniseries created by Matt Cirulnick and David Manpearl and written by Matt Cirulnick and M. Zachary Sherman. EARP: SAINTS FOR SINNERS will be produced by Mandeville Films partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman for DreamWorks with Matt Cirulnick attached to write the screenplay. Radical’s President and Publisher, Barry Levine, and Raimi’s partner at Star Road Entertainment, Josh Donen, will also produce with Radical Studios’ Executive Vice President Jesse Berger, Cirulnick and Manpearl signed on as Executive Producers.

In a world where the American economy has all but collapsed to the levels of the Great Depression, infamous bandits roam the country and the law is as corrupt as the criminals its sworn to stop. Yet one lawman remains a steadfast moral compass for the people: WYATT EARP. Earp has collared more most-wanted men than anyone in history – but after a violent assignment claims the life of his brother, Wyatt sets out to forge a simple life in the only boomtown left: Las Vegas. With gorgeous women and free-flowing money on endless tap, Sin City attracts more people than a modern gold rush. Though Earp no longer wears a U.S. Marshall’s badge, his past is about to catch up to him. With nearly everything to lose, Earp will have to beat the odds stacked against him in order to bring old-fashioned justice to Sin City.

“This is amazing news going into San Diego Comic-Con,” states Levine. “Both Cirulnick and Manpearl have created an exciting setting of Las Vegas in the near future to reinvent the Wyatt Earp legend that will excite fans around the world.”

EARP: SAINTS FOR SINNERS #0 is currently available to purchase for the premiere price of $1.00. A deluxe-sized issue #1 will go on sale in late 2010. Keep checking www.radicalpublishing.com for updates.

Cirulnick will unveil artwork and story details at Radical’s creators panel at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 22nd at 2:00 P.M. in room 32AB.

Radical Publishing will also be having a special EARP signing at San Diego Comic-Con booth #3725 on Thursday, July 22nd starting at 5:00 P.M.

Fans are encouraged to visit the Radical Publishing website www.radicalpublishing.com to check out special webisodes and for more information.

About Radical Publishing

Radical Publishing is founded by Barry Levine (producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula, Shrapnel, Abattoir, Oblivion, The Last Days of American Crime, Legends, Damaged, Earp: Saints for Sinners and executive producer for the in-development Rex Mundi movie for Warner Bros., written by Jim Uhls and starring Johnny Depp) and entrepreneur Jesse Berger (executive producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula, Shrapnel, Abattoir, Oblivion, The Last Days of American Crime, Legends, Damaged and Earp: Saints for Sinners).

For their quality and excellence in 2008, Radical Publishing was granted the Gem Award for “Best New Publisher of the Year” from Diamond Comic Distributors. Radical brings the best writing, storytelling, and fully painted cover and interior art to the global comic book market, from prominent international talents such as Yoshitaka Amano, Keith Arem, Rain Beredo, Marc Bernardin, John Bolton, Darren Lynn Bousman, Ron L. Brinkerhoff, Bing Cansino, Matt Cirulnick, Tomm Coker, Clayton Crain, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Flint Dille, Marko Djurdjevic, Ian Edginton, Warren Ellis, James Farr, Adam Freeman, E. Max Frye, Antoine Fuqua, Justin Gray, Paul Gulacy, David Hine,  Taka Ichise, Joseph Kosinski, Clint Langley, Adam Lawson, David Lapham, Richard Lee, Rob Levin, David Liss, Alex Maleev, Leonardo Manco, David Manpearl, Stephan Martinière, Francesco “Matt” Mattina, Peter Milligan, Steve Moore, Arvid Nelson, Wayne Nichols, Steve Niles, Jimmy Palmiotti, Nick Percival, Troy Peteri, Vincent Proce, Steve Pugh, Patrick Reilly, Rick Remender, Terry Rossio, Luis Royo, Nick Sagan, Kirsi Salonen, Sam Sarkar, Stjepan Sejic, M. Zachary Sherman, Bill Sienkiewicz, Wesley Snipes, Jim Steranko, Arthur Suydam, Patrick Tatopoulos, J.P. Targete, Greg Tocchini, Andree Wallin, Rich Wilkes, Dave Wilkins, Concept Art House, Haberlin Studios, Meduzarts Digital Environment Studio, Weta Workshop, Zombie Studios, and many more.

Currently, Radical Publishing has production deals with Spyglass Entertainment and Peter Berg’s Film 44 for Hercules, with Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil for Caliber, New Regency and Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Productions for Freedom Formula, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment for Legends as well as Dreamworks, Sam Raimi’s Star Road Entertainment and Mandeville Films for Earp: Saints for Sinners.