MICHAEL DIRECTED ASH VS EVIL DEAD
Starz premiered Ash vs Evil Dead in more than 100 countries on Halloween, including New Zealand (The Zone), Australia (Stan.), Canada (Super Channel), Scandinavia (C More), Latin America/Brazil (Fox Play), and Middle East/North Africa (STARZ Play Arabia). In the UK, Virgin Media will carry the show on demand beginning 1 December 2015.
Season 2 was announced in the week before the show premiered.
Michael directed episode 6 'The Killer of Killers' (airing 5 December) and 7 'Fire in the Hole' (airing 12 December). Watch the preview for episode 6:
"Would the catchphrases, the skittering camera work, and the deliberately primitive special effects still have their enormous charm after all these years ... Fortunately, you can say 'Hail to the King, baby', because Ash – and everyone else involved in this continuation franchise – has still got it. Raimi only directed the 45-minute Ash premiere ... but based on the second installment ... it's clear that others can pull off the giddy blend of horror, comedy, and action just fine". (Alan Sepinwall, HitFix)
"it's clever, engaging, brisk and, crucially, unpretentious. Amid the current glut of serious horror series ... the Ash vs. Evil Dead pilot stands out for its intelligent esprit". (Mike Hail, The New York Times)
"it's goofy, doesn't take itself too seriously, and certainly feels well-calibrated to a very particular appetite that's uniquely suited to pay cable. ... the show does justice to its campy, low-budget roots". (Brian Lowry, Variety)
"After decades of false starts, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have finally reunited for Ash vs. Evil Dead, a weekly series on Starz, which allows them to get as gory and crazy as they want ... there are plenty of 'Well, I haven't seen that on TV before' moments to keep one entertained. ... The supporting cast is good here too, especially Santiago and DeLorenzo. ... Ash vs. Evil Dead lives up to its comedy-horror potential". (Brian Tallerica, RoberEbert.com)
"The gore and the laughs begin almost at once and never let up. ... with Ash vs Evil Dead, [Starz] earns a label it's never had before: hip". (David Weigand, San Francisco Chronicle)
"Beyond the camp of the films, and well into the comedy, this remake is soaked in blood, one-liners, chain saws, and evil dead people. Of course it's good. ... There were a thousand ways to screw up this remake, and only one way to do it right. Dead fans will be pleased to learn that the right one, or mostly right, arrives Halloween night". (Verne Gay, Newsday)
"Ash vs Evil Dead is the rare film-to-TV adaptation that convincingly proves no other continuation of this story could have been better. ... From the music to the direction to sequences that could legitimately cause nightmares, Ash vs Evil Dead is a neverending delight that will likely find zero detractors, and those that do surface should run and hide somewhere deep in the woods". (Nick Venable, CinemaBlend)
"it's freakin' great. ... Ash vs Evil Dead is a crowd pleaser, designed to provide full-throttle goofiness and thrills along with the moments that fans both old and new will love". (IGN)
This 10-episode first season is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell is reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario, and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding reponsibility, 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. Click here for more.
It is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, and showrunner Craig DiGregorio, and stars Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers, Jill Marie Jones, Ray Santiago, and Dana DeLorenzo.
The first episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead was shown at New York Comic-Con on 10 October 2015. A panel followed with the cast and crew – watch the panel below:
JENNIFER TO HOST
AUCKLAND THEATRE AWARDS
Jennifer will be the host of the formal part of the evening at the 2015 Auckland Theatre Awards, to be held at the Wintergarden, The Civic on Monday 7 December 2015.
Click here to book.
|From the press release: "Amidst all the fun we acknowledge the outstanding work of theatre makers citywide. Topping the honours will be the illustrious Excellence Awards. Having been chosen by a panel of 6 industry professionals, these awards will celebrate a range of disciplines, and be for both individuals and groups. The returning 'Lifetime Achievement Award', 'Newcomer Awards', and 'Most Original Production' will also be presented within this section of the evening".
MICHAEL DIRECTING WESTSIDE
In October to December 2015, Michael is directing episodes 3, 4, 7 and 8 of the second season of Westside, the prequel of Outrageous Fortune, starring Antonia Prebble, David De Lautour, Dan Musgrove, and Esther Stephens.
Click here for info.
JENNIFER TO DIRECT THE CHOICE
Jennifer will direct The Choice by Darlene Mohekey and Jess Sayer in the Lido Lounge at The Blue Baths in Rotorua, 22 January–26 February 2016. Click here for the press release; click here to book.
Forget X-Factor, forget New Zealand's Got Talent. This is The Choice – a weirdly wonderful talent show unlike any other. Laugh, cry and cringe till you can't cringe no more, as five fearless actors take on all of the characters you love and those you love to hate. Broadcast live on air (but not really), this immersive new show leaves you, the live studio audience, to select the winner each night.
Featuring choreography by Taiaroa Royal, The Choice will star a cast of Blue Baths favourites including Jay Chasland, Rutene Spooner, Bronwyn Turei, Aaron Ward, Tainui Kuru, and musical director Darlene Mohekey.
WATCH TATAU ONLINE
Michael directed episodes 6 and 7 of 8-episode fantasy/drama series Tatau, produced by Touchpaper TV and South Pacific Pictures for BBC Three (UK) and BBC America (USA).
The series has finished its run in the UK (where it is now available on dvd), and is available on demand in the US through many cable companies and digital platforms (such as Amazon and iTunes). Click here to find out where you can watch it. In New Zealand, it is available on Neon.
Tatau was written by Richard Zajdlic and stars Joe Layton and Theo Barklem-Biggs, with Barry Atsma, Shushila Takao, Cian Elyse White, Tai Berdinner-Blades, Temuera Morrison, Alex Tarrant, Rawiri Jobe, Kirk Torrance and Rangimoana Taylor. It was filmed September-December 2014, in The Cook Islands and New Zealand. See the show's Facebook page.
Tagata Pasifika did a behind-the-scenes story on the filming of Tatau on The Cook Islands, including scenes of Michael directing; watch it below.
JENNIFER AND MICHAEL GUEST STAR IN TERRY TEO
Jennifer plays Barbara Bertinelli in the third episode of Terry Teo, a revival of the classic Kiwi TV show, filmed early November 2014. Michael plays Cornelius Jones in one episode, filmed mid-December. The show will air on TV2.
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