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Toy Fair 2016: Outlander Collectibles Debut at Dark Horse

Dark Horse Comics’ toys and collectibles imprint, Dark Horse Deluxe, will be offering new items based on characters and stories from the hit Starz show Outlander! The Outlander collectibles from Dark Horse are licensed through Sony Pictures Television in a deal brokered by Knockout Licensing.

Outlander is a popular television drama that tells the story of World War II army nurse Claire Randall. While on her honeymoon, Claire is transported to 1743, where her freedom and life are threatened. To survive, she marries Jamie Fraser, a dashing Scots warrior with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humor. A passionate relationship ensues, and Claire is caught between two vastly different men in two inharmonious lives.

Dark Horse Deluxe is launching its Outlander line with an assortment of products. The centerpieces of this first wave are the stainless steel stein and the beautifully sculpted Crown and Thistle pin.

A coaster set, magnetic bookmarks, magnet four-pack, Crown and Thistle journal, and embroidered patch round out the initial range of products. Dark Horse will continue to offer more Outlander products, including a program of collectible items. Stay tuned . . .

Look for these Outlander collectibles on sale March 2016 at fine retailers everywhere! The second season of Outlander debuts April 9, 2016.

Dark Horse Outlander Collectibles

Ricky Whittle Cast as Shadow Moon on American Gods

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20:  Actor Ricky Whittle poses for a portrait at the photo booth for MSN Wonderwall at ChefDance on January 20, 2013 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Wonderwall)

Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Wonderwall

Starz and FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) have announced that Ricky Whittle has been cast as Shadow Moon in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April.

A native of Oldham, Greater Manchester England, Whittle’s credits include The 100, Austenland, Hollyoaks, Mistresses, NCIS and Holby City. Whittle is the son of former Royal Air Force serviceman Harry Whittle and grew up travelling around the world.  A keen sportsman, Whittle represented England and the United Kingdom at youth level in football and rugby.

American Gods been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

American Gods is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are writers and showrunners. David Slade is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman. Senior Vice President of Original Programming Ken Segna is the Starz executive in charge of American Gods. Starz retains all network pay TV and SVOD rights to the project. FremantleMedia is distributing the series worldwide.

Ricky Whittle is represented by TalentWorks, Creative Artists Management in the UK, and Untitled Entertainment.

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.

Evil Dead Movie Marathon This Friday on Starz to Celebrate Ash vs Evil Dead

Ash vs Evil Dead ArtSetting the stage for the premiere of the highly anticipated STARZ Original series Ash vs Evil Dead, Starz presents a marathon of the cult classic Evil Dead horror franchise on Friday, October 30 beginning at 8:00pm ET/PT hosted by Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell. The marathon will conclude with a sneak peek of the first episode of Ash vs Evil Dead at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT.

The Evil Dead marathon kicks off with the original 1981 cult classic, The Evil Dead at 8:00pm ET/PT on STARZ. This seminal horror movie features five friends who go to a cabin in the woods where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They discover the Necronomicon, the Book of the Dead, which when translated releases a legion of demons and spirits. In order to survive the night, Ash must do battle with the evil dead.

The marathon continues with the 1987 sequel, Evil Dead 2 at 9:30pm ET/PT. Ash, the lone survivor of the original demon attack, returns in the second chapter of the cult franchise. Armed with a chainsaw and a shotgun, he again must fight the evil dead when a group of strangers interrupt his romantic vacation in a lonely cabin in the woods.

The Evil Dead marathon concludes with the 1992 third installment, Army of Darkness at 10:55pm ET/PT and a sneak peek at the first episode of the STARZ Original series Ash vs Evil Dead. In Army of Darkness, our hero, Ash, is transported back in time to 1300 A.D. and once again faces off against the evil unleashed. In order to return to the present and get back home, he must take up his chainsaw and “boomstick” to defeat the Deadites and return the Necronomicon to its final resting place.

NYCC 2015: Kevin Smith Confirmed to Moderate STARZ Ash vs Evil Dead Panel

ash vs evil deadCreating the ultimate fanboy mash-up, STARZ has tapped pop-culture icon – screenwriter, producer, director, actor and comic book writer – Kevin Smith to moderate the network’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” panel at New York Comic-Con featuring cast and crew of the long-awaited Evil Dead reprise. Taking place Saturday, October 10th at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Smith is set to moderate what is sure to be an epically entertaining and mind-blowing panel about the highly anticipated new series which will premiere Saturday, October 31st on STARZ.

Joining Smith will be original Evil Dead filmmaker Sam Raimi (who directed all the films and the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead”) and original Evil Dead and series star Bruce Campbell, as well as showrunner Craig DiGregorio and cast including: Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus,” “Xena”), Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers), Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”).

Saturday, October 10th

Autograph Signing

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Location: Ash’s Trailer at the Inner Roadway

There will be a raffle for 100 attendees to win autograph signing passes.  Attendees can stop by the trailer on Thursday and Friday for their chance to win.

Ash vs Evil Dead New York Comic-Con Panel

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Location: Hammerstein Ballroom (311 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001)

Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Craig DiGregorio, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo will be on the panel.

STARZ Releases ‘Kick-Ash’ New Key Art for Ash vs Evil Dead

Ash vs Evil Dead is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror films The Evil Dead.  The 10-episode half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner.

Campbell reprises 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.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell in the role of 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.

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

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