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“Evil Dead” now opens a week earlier on April 5

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Evil will be rising a week sooner than originally planned. Producer Bruce Campbell announced over Twitter that “Evil Dead” will now be coming out one week before its initial release date, April 12.

“The world cannot wait. The Evil Dead remake launches one week earlier! 4/5/13. You demanded it – you got it!” he tweeted.

“Evil Dead” was originally slated to be released opposite “Oblivion” and “Scary Movie 5,” but it now will be facing off against “Jurassic Park 3D” and Shane Carruth’s follow-up to “Primer,” “Upstream Color.” As much as we’re excited for both of those projects, neither of them really pose any sort of threat to “Evil Dead,” especially considering the buzz that has been built around it.

IFC recently caught up with Alvarez and producer Bruce Campbell to talk about the new movie. Campbell described the “Evil Dead” remake as putting on “a nice, comfortable leather shoe,” because it’s going to be both familiar and new for fans of the original.

“It’s a different story, but the same mythology,” Alvarez said. “The way it is for me, it’s very mythological, and it’s about women driving men insane. Usually in horror, it’s the other way around — it’s a girl running from some dude with an axe chasing her. ‘Evil Dead’ is one of the few where it’s completely the other way around, where the guys are freaking out and the girl is driving them crazy, because it’s the girl that turns first. I like the idea of women torturing men, psychologically, physically. That’s what we craved, and that’s one of the main ideas you’ll see in the movie.”

The official synopsis for “Evil Dead” reads, “In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.”

Do you think that “Evil Dead’s” earlier release date is a good thing? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Universal Pictures

Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

“Evil Dead” gets NC-17 rating – Now being cut for R

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“Evil Dead” is about to go under the knife. The film got its first rating back from the MPAA, and organization is making it go more green band trailer and less insanely gory Red-band trailer.

It turns out the MPAA gave “Evil Dead” an NC-17 rating, which isn’t too surprising considering all of the craziness that was included in the first red-band trailer. Director Fede Alvarez revealed the news himself on Twitter, and said that they’re now working on bringing the film down a rating in time for its April 12 release date.

“Was proud of scoring a NC17 when submitted!” he tweeted. “But we had to cut stuff out to get an R and get the film into theaters.”

Before you get too concerned, keep in mind that this likely means that a director’s cut NC-17 Blu-ray release is in “Evil Dead’s” future. Alvarez has lovingly crafted his take on “Evil Dead,” and it seems highly doubtful that he’ll never show his initial cut the light of day.

IFC recently caught up with Alvarez and producer Bruce Campbell to talk about the new movie. Campbell described the “Evil Dead” remake as putting on “a nice, comfortable leather shoe,” because it’s going to be both familiar and new for fans of the original.

“It’s a different story, but the same mythology,” Alvarez said. “The way it is for me, it’s very mythological, and it’s about women driving men insane. Usually in horror, it’s the other way around — it’s a girl running from some dude with an axe chasing her. ‘Evil Dead’ is one of the few where it’s completely the other way around, where the guys are freaking out and the girl is driving them crazy, because it’s the girl that turns first. I like the idea of women torturing men, psychologically, physically. That’s what we craved, and that’s one of the main ideas you’ll see in the movie.”

What do you think of the fact “Evil Dead’s” initial cut was rated NC-17? Is that a good or bad sign? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Evil Dead” green band trailer: Less gory, just as scary

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Does “Evil Dead” need its gore to still be the most terrifying film you’ve ever seen? No, according to the new green band trailer for the film.

There might not be any tongue cutting or bloody makeout scenes, but the scares in the new “Evil Dead” trailer are still just as terrifying. Prepare for lots of blood, explosions and horrifying demon faces, as well as Jane Levy turning into the most badass horror leading lady around. Just don’t forget that all the NSFW stuff is there too, because there won’t be a “green band” version of the movie hitting theaters.

IFC recently caught up with director Fede Alvarez and producer Bruce Campbell to talk about the new movie. Campbell described the “Evil Dead” remake as putting on “a nice, comfortable leather shoe,” because it’s going to be both familiar and new for fans of the original.

“It’s a different story, but the same mythology,” Alvarez said. “The way it is for me, it’s very mythological, and it’s about women driving men insane. Usually in horror, it’s the other way around — it’s a girl running from some dude with an axe chasing her. ‘Evil Dead’ is one of the few where it’s completely the other way around, where the guys are freaking out and the girl is driving them crazy, because it’s the girl that turns first. I like the idea of women torturing men, psychologically, physically. That’s what we craved, and that’s one of the main ideas you’ll see in the movie.”

“Evil Dead” hits theaters on April 12.

What did you think of the green band trailer? Tell us in the comments section or on Facebook and Twitter.

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