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Judge Dredd

by Ryan Rigley

With "Dredd 3D" set to hit theaters this Friday, audiences all across the country are asking but one thing: who the hell is Judge Dredd? Created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, at the request of Pat Mills, Judge Dredd is perhaps one of the UK's greatest and best-known comic book characters, having been featured in Britain's premier sci-fi anthology 2000 AD for over three decades now.

Taking place in the dystopian ruins of a 22nd century America, Dredd acts as the most feared and powerful member of an elite corps of Judges tasked with enforcing the law in Mega-City One. In other words, he is the law. Click past the jump for more on Judge Dredd!

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Judgment is coming to Mega City One, as you can see in a brand new Mondo poster for "Dredd," created by comic book artist Jock. It's just the latest collaboration between the Austin-based team and Jock, who previously rendered posters based on "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Battleship" for the boutique poster line.

See the full poster below!

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Don't know a lot about Judge Dredd? No problem! The kind folks at Lionsgate have got you covered thanks to a handy new comic book prequel to "Dredd" that they have released.

Called "The Secret History of Ma-Ma," the comic was created alongside 2000 AD, written by Matt Smith and drawn by Henry Flint, Chris Blythe and Simon Bowland. It introduces the history of Ma-Ma Madrigal (played in "Dredd" by Lena Headey) and explains how she became the criminal mastermind she is in the present day of the film. It turns out Ma-Ma was just an average prostitute when she stumbled across the drug Slo-Mo, and the rest is history.

You can check out the full 16-page comic here.

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Mega-City One might not be a place that we'd want to live, but it still has people worth saving.

That's the lesson that Olivia Thirlby's character Judge Anderson imparts to Karl Urban's Judge Dredd a new clip from the upcoming movie "Dredd 3D," courtesy of Digital Spy. The scene sets up the dynamic between the jaded Dredd and the rookie Anderson. It seems as though she might be the one to push Dredd to take the threat of Lena Headey's Ma-Ma Madrigal seriously and to do everything he can to protect the population that is being corrupted by the drug Slo-Mo. As Dredd put it in previous trailers, "Ma-Ma's not the law. I'm the law."

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Judge Dredd is hardcore. And if you don't already believe that, just watch our exclusive "Dredd 3D" featurette and see for yourself.

Karl Urban's gritty new take on the classic 2000 AD comic book character is on full display in our inside look at the new action flick, which promises to be unlike any other comics-based movie released this year in at least one crucial way.

"Dredd's a real guy," insists director Pete Travis. "He's not a superhero. You cut him, and he bleeds."

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How do you plead? When it comes to the new TV spot for "Dredd," we're guilty as charged for enjoying the teaser a bit too much.

The 60-second trailer has combined everything that we're most excited about for the upcoming movie: its gritty realism, a butt-kicking cast and a sense of seriousness that had been missing from previous adaptations of the 2000 AD comic. Leading man Karl Urban is all action hero in this trailer, while "Juno" star Olivia Thirlby steps up to the plate as his rookie sidekick and Lena Headey is a requisitely crazy villain Ma-Ma Madrigal.

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Before judgment can come, we first need to learn why Mega City One needs it.

There's only one month to go until "Dredd" hit theaters, and Lionsgate has released a series of viral websites to help introduce fans to the world of the film. First Showing noticed a little website called the Dredd Report, a spin on the Drudge Reports that plays around with the most popular news stories going on today. Take the headline "Judge Dogg Renames Himself Judge Lion," for instance. "Dredd" will certainly be Snoop's favorite movie of the year.

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There's only one thing fighting for order through the chaos of this world: the judges. And you'll get to see them in heroic action when "Dredd" hits theaters next month.

The first TV spot for Lionsgate's adaptation of the 2000AD comic book icon has hit the web, showing Karl Urban in all his gruff-and-grunting glory. Using a lot of the footage already seen in the "Dredd" trailer as well as some new scenes depicting the high-artillery action fans can expect, the new TV spot presents a great new look at what director Peter Travis and writer Alex Garland have in mind in reintroducing Judge Dredd to the masses.

Watch the spot after the jump!

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Few people are as good at playing bad as Lena Headey. The "Game of Thrones" star plans to make the wicked Cersei Lannister look like a fairy godmother with her turn as Ma-Ma Madrigal in "Dredd," the upcoming adaptation of the 2000AD comic book hitting theaters in September.

A brand new clip from "Dredd" (debuted by the gang at Den of Geek) offers a brief glimpse at the pain Ma-Ma plans to bring down on the Judges, a scene that's reminiscent of the recently released "The Raid: Redemption." See it past the break.

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Next month, we'll see if Karl Urban executes justice better than Sylvester Stallone. "Dredd" is only a few short weeks away from release, and ahead of that, the team behind the movie has released a brand new banner featuring Olivia Thirlby as Cassandra Anderson, the new Judge training under the legendary Dredd.

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