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Poverty seen behind Venezuela's rising youth crime

CARACAS, Venezuela, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says imports of U.S. comics and television cartoons are to blame for a continuing upsurge in youth crime, but analysts say evidence suggests otherwise.

Oz movie was filmed in director's hometown

PONTIAC, Mich., March 3 (UPI) -- Sam Raimi, the director of "Oz the Great and Powerful," to be released Friday, said he asked Disney to film the movie in his Michigan hometown.

Raimi sues insurance agent, claims fraud

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi has filed a lawsuit accusing his insurance agent of overcharging him more than $72,000, Los Angeles court documents show.

'Possession' takes hold of No. 1 spot

LOS ANGELES, D.C., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- "The Possession" haunted the No. 1 spot at the U.S. box office this weekend, raking in $17.725 million in gross receipts.

Report: DiCaprio plans animal-poach film

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Tobey Maguire are working to produce an animal-trafficking film like the U.S. crime drama "Traffic," a trade daily reported.
Starz wrapping up 'Spartacus' saga

Starz wrapping up 'Spartacus' saga

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 4 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network Starz says "War of the Damned," the upcoming third season of "Spartacus," will be the last.
'The Evil Dead' remake starts shooting

'The Evil Dead' remake starts shooting

LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- Principal photography has begun on the remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film "The Evil Dead" in Auckland, New Zealand, the movie's producers said Friday.

Raimi producing 'Poltergeist' remake

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (UPI) -- "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi has signed on as producer of an upcoming remake of the 1982 film "Poltergeist," The Hollywood Reporter said.

Starz inks deal with 'Spartacus' creator

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network Starz said Friday it has signed "Spartacus" co-creator and show-runner Steven S. DeKnight to an exclusive two-year overall deal.
New cast planned for next 'Spider-Man'

New cast planned for next 'Spider-Man'

CULVER CITY, Calif., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios said their next "Spider-Man" flick will feature a new cast and be released in the summer of 2012.
Vanderbilt to script 'Spider-Man' flicks

Vanderbilt to script 'Spider-Man' flicks

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. screenwriter James Vanderbilt has signed on to write the fifth and sixth installments in the "Spider-Man" film franchise, Variety.com reported Monday.
Raimi to direct 'Warcraft' movie

Raimi to direct 'Warcraft' movie

LOS ANGELES, July 22 (UPI) -- Hollywood director Sam Raimi has agreed to head up a live-action, big-screen adaptation of the video game franchise "World of Warcraft."
Raimi among big winners at Key Art Awards

Raimi among big winners at Key Art Awards

LOS ANGELES, June 13 (UPI) -- U.S. director Sam Raimi, known for helming the "Spider-Man" film franchise, said he was honored to receive the 2009 Visionary Award at the Key Art Awards.
'Rabbit Hole' scribe pens 'Spidey' sequel

'Rabbit Hole' scribe pens 'Spidey' sequel

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his heartbreaking stage drama "Rabbit Hole," is writing the next "Spider-Man" screenplay.

Two more 'Spider-Man' movies likely

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesman says negotiations are nearly complete with Hollywood star Tobey Maguire for two more "Spider-Man" movies.
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The director of "Drag Me to Hell", Sam Raimi, attends the premiere of the film in Los Angeles on May 12, 2009. (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)
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Samuel Marshall "Sam" Raimi (October 23, 1959) is an American film director, producer, actor and writer. He is best known for directing cult horror films like the Evil Dead series, Darkman and Drag Me to Hell, as well as the blockbuster Spider-Man films and the producer of the successful TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess and Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Raimi, the fourth of five children, was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, and grew up in Birmingham, Michigan. Raimi was raised in Conservative Judaism; his ancestors immigrated from Russia and Hungary. Raimi attended Groves High School, and Michigan State University and majored in English, leaving after three semesters to film The Evil Dead.

Raimi became fascinated with making films when his father brought a movie camera home one day and he began to make Super 8 movies with childhood friend Bruce Campbell. In college, he teamed up with his brother's roommate Robert Tapert and Campbell to shoot Within the Woods (1978), a 32-minute horror film which raised $375,000, as well as the short comedic film It's Murder!. Through family, friends, and a network of investors Raimi was able to finance production of the highly successful horror film The Evil Dead (1981) which became a cult hit and effectively launched Raimi's career. He began work on his second film Crimewave (1985), intended as a live-action comic book—the film was not successful, due in part to unwanted studio intervention. Raimi returned to the horror genre with the seminal Evil Dead II (which toned down the savageness of the original in favour of slapstick, showcasing his love of the Three Stooges). With his brother Ivan Raimi (and crediting himself as Celia Abrams), Sam Raimi also wrote Easy Wheels (1989), a parody of the Outlaw biker film genre. A long-time comic book buff, he then attempted to adapt "The Shadow" into a movie, but was unable to secure the rights, so he created his own super-hero, Darkman (1990). The film was his first major studio picture, and was only moderately successful, but he was still able to secure funding for Army of Darkness, which turned away almost totally from horror in favor of fantasy and comedy elements.

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