Ash vs. Evil Dead – Evil Has Not Left the Building, Baby!

Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Three – Ash (Bruce Campbell), Brandy (Arielle Carver O’Neill), Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), Pablo (Ray Santiago) – Photo courtesy of Starz.

Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz, Sundays) returns with a helping of blood, gore, guts and lunacy as only Ashy Slashy can deliver.

Previously on Ash vs. Evil Dead: Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) had thwarted demon queen Ruby (Lucy Lawless) and cut off the connection between our world and the world of demons, forever.

They thought…

Ash vs. Evil Dead opens its third season premiere, Family, with an ad for Ash Williams’ Hardware Store – a kitschy, crazy piece of work that has Ash slicing prices – literally – before pulling back to show Ash watching the ad just before his store opens.

Elsewhere in town, on a low-rent Antiques Roadshow called Treasures from the Loft, a woman presents the show’s host/assessor a book she found in the mud near her homes. Three guesses which book – and if you’re a fan of the show, that should be two guesses too many.

In the local high school, two girls – Rachel (Ellie Gall) and Brandy (Arielle Carver-O’Neill) – are cleaning obscene drawing of a locker while bemoaning living in such a dismal, boring, out of the way place. When the school’s mascot appears – but there’s something a little bit different about him, this time.

While things are turning ugly at the high school, Ruby pays a visit to the set of Treasures from the Lost – and Ash is confronted by a woman calling herself Candace Barr (Katrina Hobbs) and claiming that her daughter and Ash’s(!) is in trouble.

Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Three – Ash (Bruce Campbell) – Photo courtesy of Starz.

Don’t worry, Kelly will be along before the premiere’s epic conclusion – with a friend…

Written by Mark Verheiden and directed at the show’s bat outta hell pace by Mark Beesley, Family rocks through a quick, bloody effective recap before launching into – a few moments of relative calm as it seems like the team’s victory over evil might be taking.
A slow build racks up tension until Ruby’s arrival and things fall apart spectacularly.

By the time we reach the title card, carnage has been achieved.
A combination of genuine wit (Ash talking up hardware products to a stunned young girl who is seeing the carnage ramping up on the TV behind him); slapstick (Ash battling evil in the high school) and the unexpected (what could possibly make Ruby gag?), Family is a rollicking half hour of everything that makes Ash vs. Evil Dead the off-the-wall delight that it is.

Campbell continues to give nuance to the blockheaded Ash (there are moments when he clearly fights off moments of potential sensitivity!) as he resolutely battles on in true heroic form even though he has no idea what’s going on.

Santiago keeps the episode grounded – even after all the weirdness he’s seen, Ray keeps getting freaked out like a normal person would. He may be even more courageous than Ash – he’s knows (and is terrified by) what’s happening and carries on regardless.

Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Three – Ash (Bruce Campbell), Candy Barr (Katrina Hobbs) – Photo courtesy of Starz.

Carver-O’Neill brings a combination of boredom and freaked out almost victim to Brandy Barr-Williams. She brings a new element to the show – genuine youth (Ash is well into middle age; Ray and Kelly are late twenties/early thirties). This high school girl (four months from graduating and hauling ass out of town) will have a huge impact on Ash, Ray and Kelly.

Plus, later scenes introduce a new guy (Lindsay Farris) who has a different link to the ongoing story.
Because there’s so much going on, Family isn’t quite as propulsive as the average Ash vs. Evil Dead episode (whatever that means), but it introduces its new situations and characters smoothly into the flow of the show.

If you’re a fan, you’ll love this. If not, this isn’t the best jumping on moment.

What it is, is sheer bloody, disgusting fun.

Final Grade: B+

Never Tell a Psychopath Trailer: BBC America’s Killing Eve!

A deskbound MI-5 agent and a psychopathic killer: one limited by her job description and pay grade; the other not bound by those limits – or any others.

Each obsessing on the other in a story that ‘topples the typical spy-action thriller as these two women go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.’

Killing Eve premieres on BBC America on April 8th (8/7C).

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Disney Channel Greenlights Amphibia and The Owl House!

Disney Channel has ordered two original animated series – Amphibia, from Annie Award-winning director Matt Braly (Disney’s Gravity Falls), and The Owl House, from Dana Terrace, one of Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch.

The Network has also renewed Star vs. The Forces of Evil for a fourth season.

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Performers Announced for 90th Oscars®!

Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Oscar winner Common will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Oscars ceremony, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, “The Oscars” will air live on Sunday, March 4, on The ABC Television Network.

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What to Watch This Weekend: Black Panther

Special Black Panther Edition! GeekScholars Movie News is off this week, but the hosts couldn’t resist getting together to have a spoiler-free discussion of the massively successful (deservedly so) Black Panther film.

What to Watch This Weekend is a weekly podcast from GeekScholars Movie News. Each Friday, the GeekScholars present a spoiler-free review of a film that has just become available in the past week to watch by renting, streaming, or purchasing.

Game Night – Too Many Games, Not Enough Fun!

Game Night – (L-R) Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), Kevin (Lamorne Morris), Ryan (Billy Magnusson), Sarah (Sharon Horgan), Max Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) – Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema/Copyright: 2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC.

A movie called Game Night ought to be a laugh riot, right?

Then why does it end up being such a farce of a farce?

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Award Winner Kristen Chenoweth Stars In Trial & Error Season Two!

Kristin Chenoweth – she of powerful performances in shows ranging from Pushing Daisies to American gods – has signed on to play Lavinia Peck-Foster in season two of NBC’s Trial & Error.

Lavinia Peck-Foster is first lady of East Peck and a larger-than-life grand dame — at least in her own mind. She’s also accused of killing her husband and trying to dispose of him in a suitcase.

The premiere for the second season of “Trial & Error” will be announced at a later date.

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Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert Finds Its Judas in Hamilton Alum!

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT — Pictured: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” logo — (Photo by: NBC)

NBC has announced that Brandon Victor Dixon – Tony Award-winning producer, Hamilton alum and Power co-star – will essay the role of Judas Iscariot in the network’s live Easter event, Jesus Crist Superstar Live In Concert!

Dixon joins a cast with Tony nominees  Ben Daniels and Norm Lewis, Broadway Veteran Jason Tam, “M. Butterfly” Star Jin Ha and Swedish Rocker Erik Gronwall – who round out a cast headed by John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper.

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, will air Easter Sunday, April 1 from the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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VIZ Media Plans March Debut for The Young Master’s Revenge!

When Leo was a young boy, he had his pride torn to shreds by Tenma, a girl from a wealthy background who was always getting him into trouble. Now, years after his father’s successful clothing business has made him the heir to a fortune, he searches out Tenma to enact a dastardly plan – he’ll get his revenge by making her fall in love with him!

What could possibly go wrong?

The Young Master’s Revenge will be available in print or digital on March 3rd.

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Conversation Starting 13 Reasons Why Comes To Home Video!

13 REASONS WHY – Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) and Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) – Photo courtesy of Netix/Paramount Home Media Distribution.

13 Reasons Why, the Netflix Original that took a deep dive into teen suicide – its causes and effects – is coming to DVD on April 3rd.

The DVD set includes the first season of 13 Reasons Why plus the Beyond the Reasons special, as well as six new featurettes.

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