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Dredd

by Ryan Rigley

"Dredd 3D" may have opened sixth at the box office last weekend, but it was first in our hearts. The latest "Judge Dredd" adaptation is truly one of the best action films of this past year, despite its lackluster number of ticket sales. Don't believe us? Go see it for yourself! Seriously, go see it or else they can't make a sequel.

Taking place in the dystopian society of Mega-City One, "Dredd 3D" sees Judge Dredd and his partner, Judge Anderson, waging war on a deadly gang of drug dealers. The drug in question? A reality-altering inhalant called "Slo-Mo," which does exactly what you'd think it does. As an officer of the law, Dredd has the combined powers of police, judge, jury, and executioner.

In short, he is the law — as well as our Hero of the Week!

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The hype for "Dredd" continues to get bigger and bigger.

A new image from the upcoming adaptation has been released by IM Global. Dredd looks like he's running for his life, but that is likely because of the massive explosion occurring behind him. The official "Dredd" Facebook page has also posted a lengthier synopsis than we've seen before, though it doesn't give away much in the sense of spoilers.

Read the full plot synopsis after the jump!

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Tough! Gritty! Serious! These new stills from the Judge Dredd relaunch, "Dredd," are all about that.

It's already a sharper, more emphatic movie Dredd than we're used to -- one with his helmet on, unlike the previous Sly Stallone iteration. Instead, all we see of star Karl Urban is his five o'clock shadow and his impenetrable frown, just the way it's supposed to be. He is the law, truly.

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While there are plenty of people out there who are more than happy to repeatedly watch Stallone's 1995 "Judge Dredd" film adaptation, I don't count myself among them. Sure, it's good for a campy laugh, but the movie veers too far from its 2000 AD namesake for me to really enjoy it. Now that Hollywood is taking a second crack at the franchise with "Dredd," there's some hope we'll see a better representation of the series.

MTV News caught up with Olivia Thirlby, who portrays Cassandra Anderson in the film, during the Sundance Film Festival. Apparently, she spent some time digging into the comic books before tackling the role.

"The script was really, really good," said Thirlby. "But I was playing a character that existed in the comics, and actually had her own spin-off, 'Judge Anderson'...I looked at the comics a lot. She was drawn by a bunch of different people, as well as written by a bunch of different people. So, there's lots of different Andersons."

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Dredd

We won't hold it against you if you're a fan of the original "Judge Dredd" movie, released all the way back in 1995. It's become kind of an unintentional camp classic over the years, with Sly Stallone's ruthless emoting and guttural "I AM THE LAW" barks, but it's also a solid sci-fi action movie, albeit one that deviates quite a bit from the famed comic books.

For "2000 A.D." loyalists, there's a new adaptation coming out this year, called simply "Dredd," that will see "Star Trek"'s Karl Urban as the titular Dredd and "The Wackness"'s Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Dredd's creator John Wagner spoke about his high hopes for the film.

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DreddWe’ve seen Karl Urban scowl from under Judge Dredd’s formidable helmet, but when it comes to updates on "Dredd"—the film reboot of publisher 2000 AD’s popular, ultraviolent future cop, time’s favor lies squarely on the other side of the pond. British audiences will naturally be the first to see new footage, new set pieces, and whatever news pops up to behold.

That’s why, when we get the opportunity to spy on some snaps from the set of “Dredd” we won't pass up the chance.

Bleeding Cool revealed, via a member of its forums, 10 shots from the Cape Town, South Africa set, including armored trucks, threatening government surveillance signs and the most heavily fortified snack stand outside of Manhattan. Read More...

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Judge Dredd ComicWithin the entertainment industry, attitudes are notably positive regarding “Dredd,” the forget-the-first-one-ever-existed live-action reboot of British publisher 2000AD’s most widely-recognized character, Judge Dredd.

It’s not a huge surprise, given the casting of hype-worthy stars Karl Urban (“Star Trek”) and Olivia Thirlby (“The Wackness”). Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the movie market’s current climate is one of source-embracing reverence to fan-cherished comic franchises.

The manifestation of one such vote of confidence was reported today by Variety: the fact that “Dredd” has been picked up as part of a three-picture distribution deal by Lionsgate Entertainment. Read More...

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Karl UrbanWith a new title and a talented lineup of actors, writers and filmmakers involved, director Pete Travis' forthcoming "Dredd" is shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated comic book adaptations of the next few years.

Empire Online discussed "Dredd" with Karl Urban, who stars in the film as the titular helmeted judge, jury and executioner. During the interview, Urban acknowledged that playing a mostly masked character comes with its fair share of challenges — but there are many ways to compensate for Dredd's partially obscured appearance.

"You're taught as an actor that if you take away the eyes you have to think about what you're left with," he said. "There's the voice; there's body language. How a character does what he does speaks volumes. So those are the tools I will have to employ." Read More...

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Judge DreddThe new "Judge Dredd" movie could be getting renamed "Dredd," according to a website for one of the studios producing the film.

According to film and television studio IM Global (one of the producing partners for the project), the official title of the movie will be "Dredd" (not "Judge Dredd") — a change that could indicate studios' desire to distance the upcoming movie even further from the 1995 Sylvester Stallone film based on the character. The website also offered a few more details about the movie's plot that should give fans hope that the next incarnation will adhere a bit more closely to the character's "2000 AD" comic book roots.

"Dredd" star Karl Urban previously insisted that the new film is "in no way related" to the critically panned 1995 "Judge Dredd" movie, and promised it will get back to the character's violent, gritty roots. Read More...

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Olivia ThirlbyActress Olivia Thirlby has been cast in the upcoming 3D-inclusiveJudge Dredd” movie.

Thirlby’s most recognizable role may be that of pregnant teen Juno’s best friend in the 2007 flick of the same name. According to Variety, she’ll be starring alongside Karl Urban (“Star Trek”) as Cassandra Anderson, a telepathic new recruit who partners with the Judge and a character in the original comic published as part of UK compilation “2000 AD”.

The character’s inclusion is just one of many indications that the reboot—based on a screenplay from Alex Garland (“28 Days Later”) and visuals by “The Losers” artist Jock—will embrace its original comic book source material. Read More...

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