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Ghost House Pictures and MXN Entertainment will be producing a new film adapation of the children's fantasy-horror book "Nightbooks" by J.A. White
The tale follows Alex, a boy obsessed with scary stories, who is trapped by a witch in her modern, magical New York City apartment. His original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping him safe as he desperately tries to find a way out of this twisted place.
The film will be written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, the screenwriting duo behind the recently released Five Feet Apart and Warner Bros’ The Curse of La Llorona, have signed on to pen the screenplay.
This Q&A with Rob Tapert is from 2007 and posted on AUSXIP Talking Xena Forum:
Once again I want to say a big thank you to Mr. Tapert for anwering not just 20 questions but over 80 !!!! Hope you all have fun reading the answers and be sure to catch Rob's comments at the end.
Dear Fans of the show, what fun it is to have these questions asked and have people still care. To see all of the old handles brings back fond memories. This period of my life from 1994 to 2001 was thus far the most creatively satisfying time anyone could hope to experience. I knew at the time that what was happening was special. I enjoyed it as much as I could and knew that it would one day end. Thus I enjoy looking back upon Xena. I know that there is no going back but, like Star Trek, there is still something left in the franchise and the characters that merits at least continued support and hope that somehow something will arise from the ashes I left behind.
Rob was given his Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit today for services to the film and television industries today.
Rob was among the other high-achieving business people who received official insignia at today's investiture ceremony at Government House in Auckland.
American-born film and television producer Rob Tapert, who has lived in Auckland with his family for 22 years, today received insignia of a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the film and television industries.
Tapert last year got his New Zealand citizenship after 26 years of travelling to and from the country for various entertainment business projects.
"I feel honoured and I feel slightly overwhelmed," he said. "I'm [now] part of a group of people who actually in their own way built a better community."
Tapert has been involved in New Zealand's screen industry since 1993, bringing projects into New Zealand from major production studios. He has produced a number of feature films and television shows including 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys', 'Xena' and 'Spartacus'.
'Hercules' and 'Xena' provided more than seven years of continuous employment to hundreds of people in the industry, including local actors and film crews.
His efforts for engaging New Zealanders as heads of departments on his productions under the production company Pacific Renaissance, and others, were acknowledged today, along with his efforts to keep post-production of projects within the country.
"New Zealand has been a wonderful place [to work]."
Tapert recently got involved with play production, including with musical production Pleasure Dome, and as a result of has become involved with companies doing ticketing and venue management. He now works with software company QED Software on set construction and venue management which has had huge success in New York.
Source: NZ Herald
Make semi-automatic firearms illegal in New Zealand
Following the tragic massacre of 49 innocent people in Christchurch and years of inaction on gun reform, it's time for the government of New Zealand to change the law to protect the safety of everyone in this country.
In Christchurch we lost an innocence we took for granted and parliament needs to act to put in place laws to protect both New Zealand citizens and our international friends who are visiting Aotearoa. We take pride in the fact that New Zealand has a reputation for being a safe, friendly, and beautiful nation that doesn't struggle with violence and corruption in the way that many other nations do. This reputation is part of our Mana, who we are as a people, and we are, for the most part, proud of how we present ourselves and our values to the world. So when a tragedy like the one in Christchurch strikes we feel a sense of loss both through the physical toll it has taken on the victims and their families but also the impact on the trust we have in our own society.
The big issue we face isn't a matter of how this heinous act will affect tourist numbers or our economy, but how we, as the first nation of suffrage, the first to step on the roof of the world, and the first to split the atom, will respond in line with our own values. We claim to be a beacon of safety and personal freedom and now is the time to walk our talk. Lets not become like other developed nations who, when facing similar crises, try to follow their better judgement but are defeated by powerful forces lobbying for more of the same. We are better than that. This law change will never bring back those we lost but it will save others from becoming victims in the future.
The 2019 New Zealand Honours have been announced and Rob has become an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the New Zealand film and television industries.
TAPERT, Mr Robert Gerard (Rob)
For services to the film and television industries
Mr Rob Tapert is a film and television producer from the United States with more than 50 production credits, who has been involved with New Zealand’s screen industry since 1993.
Mr Tapert has brought projects into New Zealand from major production studios including Universal Studios, Screen Gems, TriStar, and Sony. His production credits within New Zealand include the feature films ‘Boogeyman’, ’30 Days of Night’, and the remake of ‘Evil Dead’ and seasons of the television shows ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’, ‘Hercules: The Legendary Journeys’, ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’, ‘Legend of the Seeker’, and ‘Spartacus’. The shows ‘Hercules’ and ‘Xena’ provided more than seven years of continuous employment to hundreds of people in the industry and opportunities for New Zealand actors and crew to hone their expertise.
Due to the scale and duration of his productions, those starting out in the industry have had opportunities to gain valuable experience in technical areas of filmmaking. He has made a point of engaging New Zealanders as Heads of Departments on his productions, creating opportunities to contribute to critical production decisions and gain experience to advance within the industry. Mr Tapert has also kept post-production of his projects within New Zealand, further contributing to the advancement of the post-production sector of the industry.
The full honours list can be found here
Press Release: SANTA MONICA, CA (May 23, 2018) – Legendary horror icon Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead Franchise) stars in the “truly insane, awe-inspiring, and gruesome” (Merrill Barr, Forbes) final season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3, arriving on Digital May 25 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD August 21 from Lionsgate. Experience the final season of the hilarious, critically acclaimed, most-watched comedy series on Starz® that follows-up the classic horror film The Evil Dead.
Alongside Campbell, “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 also stars Lucy Lawless (TV’s “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Spartacus: War of the Damned”), Ray Santiago (Meet the Fockers), Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas), and newcomer Arielle Carver-O’Neill (TV’s “Worst Year of My Life, Again!” and “Suburbs”).
“Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 features Ash, who – having gone from urban legend to hometown hero –discovers that he has a daughter. And, when Kelly witnesses a massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns to warn Ash and Pablo.
Special Features and Technical Specs:
- Audio Commentary with Executive Producer Rob Tapert on every episode
- Audio: English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround
- Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles for the show
The suggested retail price of $39.97 and $34.98, respectively.
BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary with Executive Producer Rob Tapert on every episode
Year of Production: 2018
Title Copyright: Ash vs Evil Dead © 2018 Starz Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Rating: TV-MA (for Adult Content, Adult Language, Graphic Violence)
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Action
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: approx. 300 Minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.
Ash Vs Evil Dead has been canceled by Starz and will not progress further than three seasons. The last episode will go to air on April 29, 2018.
Starz programming president Carmi Zlotnik issued a statement on Thursday thanking the cast, crew and producers.
“Ash vs. Evil Dead has taken audiences on a wild ride for three seasons thanks to the fantastic performances and creative efforts of Sam [Raimi], Bruce [Campbell], Rob [Tapert], and the entire cast and crew,” Carmi Zlotnik, Starz’s president of programming, said in a statement. “We are proud to send the show out with a bang … and a splat.”
"Ash vs. Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime," Bruce Campbell said. "Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime. It was an honor to reunite with Evil Dead partners Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi to give our tireless fans another taste of the outrageous horror/comedy they demanded. I will always be grateful to Starz for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers."
Pleasuredome the Musical's Debut Season Extended
Audiences have spoken and thanks to their overwhelming demand and support a further and final extension of the stellar season of Pleasuredome the Musical has been granted with the show now running up until December 23rd 2017.
Due to leasing agreements in the existing site, this date CANNOT be extended further and audiences are encouraged to book quickly as these new dates WILL sell out.
In addition to the five extra weeks, Pleasuredome The Musical will now run two shows on Friday and Saturday nights. An earlier performance at 7pm will take place before a special late-night show at 10pm with the venue licensed with live music and DJ's on the street till 2am. Christmas Party bookings are also now also on sale with special group prices and bespoke packages available.
The show has also seen a development reboot with fresh cast members and new musical numbers. The 1984 New York streetscape will also see a full Christmas makeover with the venue turning into a magical New York winter wonderland. Additional themed nights are also set to be announced in the coming weeks.
We are bringing Aucklanders the romance of Xmas in New York. No one does it better. We're transforming the PLEASUREDOME street into a winter wonderland. It's going to be a Holly jolly, and very funky Xmas. And you're all invited! Lucy Lawless
Pleasuredome The Musical runs in a purpose built entertainment space in West Auckland and stars an A-list cast, including Lucy Lawless (Xena, Chicago), Moses McKay (Sole Mio), Ashleigh Taylor (Wicked) and Vince Harder (The Lion King), plus 20 of New Zealand's best dancers and drag queens. The show is produced by Rob Tapert and Charlie McDermott and directed by Micheal Hurst. Performances run Tuesday - Sunday and tickets for all dates are on sale now from Ticketek.
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Tickets are available for shows up to 23 December 2017
“Best show of 2017” - Newshub
"It was my 20s handed back to me on an 80's orange platter"- NZ Herald
"You’ll have a ball" - Theatreview
Over 15,000 kiwis have already immersed themselves in the time warping, booty-moving, sensory assaulting entertainment experience that is Pleasuredome the Musical, and due to overwhelming demand, today it’s been announced that the show will extend its epic run by two full weeks.
With many performances (including all current Friday and Saturday night shows) already sold out, news of the season extension will be music to the ears of those yet to experience the night out everyone has been raving about. Those who have attended Pleasuredome to date will attest to this being the most immersive extravaganza NZ has ever seen.
Entering through the subway car, audiences have been wowed as they strut onto a fully realized 1984 Manhattan Street, complete with New York food vendors serving hot dogs and donuts as well as bars, a barber shop, newsagent and movie theatre - all just 10 minutes from Auckland’s CBD. Friday and Saturday Nights have seen Pleasuredome quickly become one of the hottest places to be with the streetscape hosting incredible NY street parties, pride parades and drag performances which take place post show.
Pleasuredome The Musical runs in a purpose built entertainment space in West Auckland and stars an A-list cast, including Lucy Lawless (Xena, Chicago), Moses McKay (Sole Mio), Ashleigh Taylor (Wicked) and Vince Harder (The Lion King), plus 20 of New Zealand’s best dancers and drag queens. The show is produced by Rob Tapert and Charlie McDermott and directed by Micheal Hurst.
Performances run Wednesday – Sunday and tickets for all dates are on sale now from Ticketek.
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Tickets are available for shows up to 19 November
Starz has announced the premiere date for Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 3. Check out the press release from Starz below
STARZ SERVES UP ANOTHER ASH-KICKING DOSE OF “ASH VS EVIL DEAD,” SEASON THREE TO PREMIERE FEBRUARY 25
Beverly Hills, Calif. —
Grab your chainsaws and watch out for Deadites because the grooviest show on TV returns in all its Ash-kicking splendor with more grisly battles, ghoulish banter and more blood-drenched fun than ever. The highly anticipated 10-episode third season of STARZ Original horror-comedy series “Ash vs Evil Dead” will premiere on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9PM ET/PT.
The wickedly gore-filled series stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, the chainsaw-wielding anti-hero tasked with saving the world from evil; Lucy Lawless as Ruby, the unpredictable foe and occasional ally who has strong ties to the origin of the “Necronomicon;” Ray Santiago plays Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick and eternal optimist; and Dana DeLorenzo returns as Kelly Maxwell, orphaned in Season One and ready to kick some evil ass. The upcoming season also finds Ash discovering his long lost daughter, Brandy Barr, played by newcomer Arielle Carver-O’Neill (“House Husbands,” “Suburbs,” “Conspiracy 365”).
The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!
The Evil Dead original filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell serve as executive producers on Season Three along with Ivan Raimi and Rick Jacobson. Mark Verheiden serves as Showrunner with Producer Moira Grant. New and long-time Evil Dead fans can catch up on Seasons One and Two of the STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” on the STARZ app.
And visit the official Ash Facebook Page and follow @AshvsEvilDead on Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation with #AshvsEvilDead and #STARZ.
The gore-filled series stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, the chainsaw-wielding anti-hero tasked with saving the world from evil; Lucy Lawless as Ruby, his unpredictable foe and occasional ally who has strong ties to the origin of the Necronomicon; Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick and eternal optimist; and Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, orphaned in Season 1 and ready to kick some evil ass.
The upcoming season also finds Ash discovering his long-lost daughter, Brandy Barr (newcomer Arielle Carver-O’Neill).