Army-of-DarknessAgainst many odds, age among them, the classic Evil Dead franchise is returning — but this time, on TV!  Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi are confirmed to bring Ash to the Starz network next year:

The Evil Dead movie franchise has officially crossed over to television with a 10-episode straight-to-series order from Starz for a 2015 premiere.

Titled Ash Vs. Evil Dead, the followup to the classic film franchise reteams the original filmmakers, director Sam Raimi, longtime producing partner Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell who will serve as executive producers.

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.

Six iconic 80s movie soundtrack tunes

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Is it just me, or is the movie soundtrack in decline in pop culture?  It used to be that a movie could really launch a song into the stratosphere and that films would have robust soundtracks, but I am hard-pressed to think of the last major non-Chipmunks movie that sent a song to the Top 40s.  Perhaps the greatest era for the movie-tune partnership was the 80s, and today I’m going to list six memorable tunes and why they still mean a lot to me.

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newsDid the Log Lady forsee this?  Twin Peaks is indeed coming back for a nine-episode third season, according to Variety:

“Twin Peaks,” the ABC series that was a forerunner of today’s offbeat serialized cable dramas, is coming back to life with nine new episodes to air on Showtime in 2016.

Sources say series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are working away on the scripts, with Lynch planning to direct all nine episodes. Showtime declined to comment, but Lynch (pictured) and Frost confirmed the news via Twitter on Monday morning.

The episodes are expected to bow in early 2016, which would coincide with the 25th anniversary of the show’s demise after two seasons on ABC in 1990 and 1991. The new segs will be set in the present day and continue storylines established in the second season. Sources emphasize that the new episodes will not be a remake or a reboot but will reflect the passage of time since viewers last checked in with key characters.

Community season 5 review

c51As in real life, time and change go hand-in-hand with the quirky college show Community.   During season 4, Jeff and Pierce graduated from Greendale, new showrunners came in to take over the series, and the ratings continued to plummet.  The show was in a more precarious situation than it ever had been before, but those sorts of odds never disheartened the dysfunctional study group nor its internet legion of fans.

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Mutant Reviewers salutes Robin Williams

robinLast night was terribly sad for many of us, as we heard the news that Robin Williams had died.  The manic comedian might have struggled with drugs and depression over the years, but he was also a beacon of laughter, inspiration, and charm.  His stand-up work, TV appearances, and especially his movies made him a staple of our film landscape.

Today, Mutant Reviewers salutes Robin Williams and encourages you to explore some of his legacy: