This is what happens when a production spaces the reveal of a baker’s dozen major characters over the span of a week: the head honcho doesn’t even get his own post. We’ve seen five photos showing ten of the dwarf company that treks from the Shire to the Misty Mountain in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and now here’s the first look at Richard Armitage as the dwarf leader, Thorin Oakenshield. (The others: Dori, Nori & Ori; Oin & Gloin; Fili & Kili, Bofur, Bombur & Bifur; Balin & Dwalin.)

Along with that, we’ve got the first official image of another authoritative figure: Judge Dredd, played by Karl Urban in the appropriately-titled Dredd. Read More »

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The new Judge Dredd film, simply called Dredd, is shooting now in South Africa with Pete Travis (Vantage Point) directing Karl Urban in the title role and Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson. And now, if reports are true, they’ll be facing down a woman who made her mark as a queen in 300. Read More »

Here’s our first look at the brand new Mr. I Am The Law. Thanks to comic book artist Jock for tweeting this photo of Karl Urban (Red, Lord of the Rings) starring as Judge Dredd in Dredd, the latest incarnation of the famous British-born comic book lawman. The film, which will be distributed by Lionsgate, has only been shooting for a short while, so it’s pretty insane to get such an early look at the costume. Directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point) from a script by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine), Dredd also stars Olivia Thirlby (Juno, The Wackness). Read more, and see a bigger version of the photo, after the jump. Read More »

In advance of the American Film Market, LionsGate has picked up US distribution rights to three films: Dredd (based on the Judge Dredd comics), Safe and Protection. All three films are from financing/sales company IM Global. Info on all three films is after the break. Read More »

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There’s a new Judge Dredd film getting underway, and it’s possible that this one will be a lot better, or at least far more faithful to the source comic series, than the ’90s film starring Sylvester Stallone as the helmeted, law-giving Dredd.

Karl Urban plays Dredd this time out, and now Olivia Thirlby has signed on as Cassandra Anderson, aka Judge Anderson. Read More »

Karl Urban May Be the New Judge Dredd

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So the word — the very advance word, mind you — is that this new movie version of Judge Dredd might not suck. Pete Travis (Vantage Point) is directing from a script by Alex Garland (Sunshine) and that’s enough of a pedigree, combined with the basic Judge Dredd backstory, to get me interested.

Now there’s word that Dredd could be played by Karl Urban, who isn’t a huge marquee name, but got audience attention in Star Trek and will be in Red and Priest. Would he make a good Dredd? Very possibly, yes. Read More »

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We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a new Judge Dredd movie for some time. Now the project has taken a big step closer to being real: in a deal made just prior to Cannes, where the film will be shopped around for distribution, Andrew Macdonald‘s company DNA Film has made a deal to finance Judge Dredd as a 3D feature with a budget around $50m. And there’s a director: Vantage Point‘s Pete Travis.

But here’s the catch, and the part that could, somehow, be reason to hope this version won’t suck: this is not a studio financing deal. The money comes from Indian outfit Reliance Big Entertainment. Without a studio calling some of the bone-headed shots that made the Sylvester Stallone version miss the mark, could this be…good? Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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