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Most people know Sylvester Stallone from his legendary Rambo and Rocky roles, but it's easy to forget that between 1980 and 1995 he starred in some of the most beloved (and completely bananas) action and sci-fi movies of that era. Nighthawks, Cobra, Lock Up, Cliffhanger, Demolition Man, Judge Dredd, Assassins, and Daylight -- sure, nobody's saying these films belong anywhere near the AFI's top 100, but this stretch of work was Stallone at the top of his game. I strongly recommend Nighthawks (co-starring Billy Dee Williams), it's seriously one of the great unsung action films of the early 80s.
Of course, we all know about Kurt Russell's epic run of action and sci-fi during this same period (starting with Escape from New York and ending with Stargate). It's arguable who's the better actor, but you have to give Stallone the edge for cultural impact during the 80s and early 90s.
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- David Kozlowski
I could watch Riz Ahmed in almost anything, but there are limits, tested here by this deeply mediocre British mystery thriller. Adapted by Patrick Neate from his 2005 novel, City of Tiny Lights is helmed by Pete Travis, who in 2012 nearly rescued Judge Dredd from comic book movie hell. But while Travis transposes some of Dredd’s style, he cannot bring its boldness, humour or efficiency.
Ahmed plays Tommy Akhtar, a “snoop” who is so underground that even his job description is unclear. Basically, he’s a private detective. One day he’s visited by a working woman named Melody (Cush Jumbo). Her flatmate is missing. Tommy investigates and finds the body of a Pakistani businessman. It’s a discovery that will bring him into close contact with two blasts from his »
- Rupert Harvey
The Xenomorph has faced off against a surreal line-up of science fiction celebrities. Most famous is his repeated clashes with the Predator, but over the course of 30 years of spinoffs, the drooling insectoid has also done battle with Superman, the Terminator, the crew of the Starship Enterprise, Batman and Judge Dredd. Now, according to this new Alien: Covenant poster, it might be up against its most deadly opponent yet: Michael Fassbender.
Or, to be more specific, Fassbender’s identical androids, Walter and David. We don’t know much about Walter yet, but David was last seen reduced to a talking severed head at the end of Prometheus. It remains to be seen precisely what threat a talking head might pose to the universe’s most perfect killing machine, but unless he plans to roll across the floor and gnaw at its ankles, it’s probably not going to be a physical one. »
- David James
Author: Matt Rodgers
Growing up in the UK’s equivalent of The Shire meant that access to the escapism of video rentals was something as distant as The Misty Mountains. The arrival of a man who looked like Stanley Uris from Stephen King’s It, driving a van that was filled to the rafters with VHS, and which glowed like the Pulp Fiction briefcase when opened, introduced me to a roll-call of the 80s Action Heroes. Monosyllabic men, who quipped their way through bullets and bodies. The first plastic case to cross my sweaty palms featured a muscular fellow, holding a gun, against a colourful heatmap backdrop. It was Predator, and that was a long time ago.
About where things began to change for the real expendables is hard to pinpoint. Why did these one-time box-office giants; Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Van-Damme, and to a lesser degree Lundgren, suddenly find their powers diminishing? »
- Matt Rodgers
Two movies, quite unlike in dignity,
In fair box office grosses, where we lay our scene,
From ancient Judge Dredd, which bombed two years past ’93,
To Alex Garland’s ass-kicking version, which made no money.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A group of star-cross’d movie fans stake their sequel-clamoring hope;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their efforts bury their dream—in a word, nope.
The fearful passage of their death-mark’d campaign,
And the obvious evidence of their movies’ lack of profit,
Which, but for more people giving a shit, nought could remove,
Is now the six minutes’ traffic of this video by YouTuber Rossatron, as he saw fit;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, his toil shall strive to mend.
For never was a story of more woe
than this of Karl Urban ...
- Alex McLevy
Let’s kick things off with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as there have been a number of news items released this week surrounding the film’s possible other endings. It was well documented last year that the film went through several re-writes and changes which included the ending, but could we have seen? Warning, there are spoilers in store. Screenwriter Gary Whitta revealed in on interview that the original ending would have seen the Death Star arriving at Scarif to destroy the facility, but Jyn and Cassian would have escaped the beach beforehand, transmitting the plans off-world. “A rebel ship came down and got them off the surface,” he said. “The transfer of the plans happened later. »
- Luke Owen
Judge Dredd gets the Deviations treatment from Idw Publishing this week, and we’ve got a preview of the issue for you here..
In a world where Judge Dredd turned into a werewolf… and stayed that way! The legendary creator of Dogwelder, John McCrea, takes a sideways look at one of the more celebrated Dredd stories, “Cry of the Werewolf” by John Wagner & Alan Grant and the late, great Steve Dillon. Brace yourself for… “Howl of the Wolf!”
Judge Dredd: Deviations is out on March 22nd, priced $4.99. »
- Amie Cranswick
Directed by John Moore.
A wealthy tycoon finds his life has been taken over by an It consultant. He, his family and his home are under attack from all the technology that they take for granted.
It’s surprising that “from one of the writers of Terminator 2: Judgement Day” wasn’t plastered all over the marketing for Pierce Brosnan’s latest low-rent thriller romp, because William Wisher Jr.’s involvement is just about the only remotely promising thing this film has going for it. Then you remember T2 was 25 years ago and Wisher has since written Sylvester Stallone’s Judge Dredd and two Exorcist prequels nobody asked for. I.T., arriving amid little enthusiasm or reason to exist, is like-minded company.
Aviation mogul Mike Regan (Brosnan) is on the eve of taking his company public and »
- Shaun Munro
After working closely with Roland Emmerich, producing Independence Day, Stargate, Godzilla, and more, producer Dean Devlin is in fitting territory with his directorial debut. Geostorm imagines a world where the climate is controlled by satellites, but things soon take a turn for the worse when technology goes awry, causing disaster across the globe.
The film, which will have begun shooting three years ago when it finally arrives this fall, reportedly recently had about $15 million worth of re-shoots under the direction of Judge Dredd helmer Danny Cannon and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Does it spell bad weather? Judging from the trailer, it looks to be VFX-heavy spectacle-driven adventure, but let’s just hope it’s not as brainless as Emmerich’s last film.
After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, »
- Leonard Pearce
Warning: ThreeA Toys' sixth scale figure of Judge Dredd may kick just as much butt as the judge, jury, and executioner from Mega-City One himself.
From Sideshow Collectibles: “2000Ad and ThreeA are celebrating Forty Years of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic the best way they know how – with the unstoppable Apocalypse War Judge Dredd in one-sixth scale!
The visual appearance of the Apocalypse War Edition harkens back to one of the most pivotal moments for Judge Dredd and the future of Mega-City One. It is inspired by the epic storyline by John Wagner, Alan Grant, and Carlos Ezquerra.
Apocalypse War Judge Dredd features a Vintage Blue Judge Uniform, Red Copper Armor, Rad Cloak for the irradiated aftermath, and comes equipped with an arsenal of weapons designed to dish out justice to all creeps, perps, and the invading enemies from East Meg One who dare stand in his way!
Expected to »
- Tamika Jones
The indie comics publisher Idw is known not only for distributing series like Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's 30 Days of Night in additon to one of the best comic book series of all time with Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez' Locke & Key, but also a laundry list of books based on licensed properties like Doctor Who, Star Trek, G.I. Joe, Judge Dredd, and (the far better and... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Following their reveal of the six variant covers for the book, Titan Comics have unveiled all-new interior artwork from the first issue of Penny Dreadful, a brand-new ongoing series, entitled “The Awaking”, set six months after the shocking events of Season Three of the Showtime original series – from artists including Stephen Mooney (Half Past Danger), Rob Davis (The Motherless Oven), Shane Pierce (Judge Dredd, Vikings), and Louie De Martinis (Penny Dreadful prequel mini-series).
Written by Penny Dreadful TV series co-executive producer Chris King, with interior art from Jesús Hervás (Sons of Anarchy), this new comic sees Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) unable to move on. As he searches desperately for meaning in a world without Vanessa, ancient words echo across the centuries, and he is called on once again to take up arms against the creatures crawling out of the night!
Penny Dreadful #1: The Awaking hits comic stores and digital »
- Phil Wheat
For all fans of the Rogue Trooper, the most feared blue-skinned soldier of Nu-Earth, there’s good news on the way as coming to the PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch is Rogue Trooper Redux. Prepare yourselves, for not only guns, destruction and war but for the return of Bagman, Gunnar and Helm, bio-chips inserted in your weaponry and armour containing the personalities of your fallen comrades. Rogue Trooper Redux is going to be brilliant!
Rogue Trooper Redux comes from Rebellion, the same studio that brought you Sniper Elite 4 and is also the proud owners of the greatest comic book in the Universe, 2000Ad, which has just celebrated its 40th Anniversary of publication. This remaster of the 2006 Rogue Trooper is widely acclaimed for bringing the cult sci-fi strip to life in an authentic, tactical, cover-based third-person shooter – which you see in such games as Gears of War – that debuted »
Judge Dredd Annual #1 hits comic book stores this Wednesday, and you can take a look at a preview of the issue right here…
It has been 10 years since the events of Mega-City Zero, and Judge Dredd continues his mission to restore order to a lawless land. But what has been happening on Luna-1 and in Mega-City Two, and how might that affect Dredd’s sworn duty? The mystery of The Blessed Earth begins to unfold here!
Judge Dredd Annual #1 is out on March 1st, priced $7.99. »
- Amie Cranswick
Funko's Pop! vinyl figures have given collectors new ways to view iconic characters, and some of those unique looks will now come to life on the paneled page, as Idw Publishing and Funko announced at Toy Fair that they are teaming up for one-shot comics this May, including The X-Files, Ghostbusters, Judge Dredd, and more.
Press Release: San Diego, CA (February 17, 2017) – Get your Funko on this May! The insanely popular Pop! vinyl figures have successfully reshaped the collectibles landscape and are now primed to take comics by storm in a special month-long event from Idw Publishing. Funko and Idw are combining forces to bring fans Funko-ized versions of some of the most recognizable and beloved characters in all of pop culture.
Funko Universe Month will feature some of the most sought after Pop! vinyl figures coming to life in five off–the-wall one-shots courtesy of Idw’s creative stable: Ghostbusters, »
- Derek Anderson
Two of horror fans’ best friends are Idw and Funko, and now the powerhouse pair are joining together to build the Funko Comic Book Universe, which is launching with horror properties Ghostbusters, The X-Files, and Judge Dredd along with eternal… Continue Reading →
The post Idw Launches Funko Comic Book Universe with Ghostbusters, The X-Files, Judge Dredd, and More! appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
Idw has announced that it is bringing Funko’s insanely popular Pop! Vinyl figures to the world of comic books with a special Funko Universe Month which will feature five off-the-wall one-shots featuring Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The X-Files, Strawberry Shortcake and Judge Dredd.
“Funko’s popularity is off the charts, and Idw is excited to bring these characters to life in comic book fashion,” said Greg Goldstein, President and COO, Idw Publishing. “We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Funko with this unique event.”
“Funko collectibles began in comic book shops. We’re thrilled to get back to our roots in this one-of-a-kind collaboration!” added Ben Butcher, Vice President of Creative, Funko.
Funko Universe Month will also extend beyond the core titles above to include special variant covers for Back to the Future #20, Orphan Black: Deviations #3, Dirk Gently: The Salmon of Doubt #8, Star Trek: »
- Gary Collinson
By now, you’ve no doubt seen Funko Pop! Vinyls at retailers – most likely Hot Topic, where they dominate a good chunk of floor or wall space – and possibly own one yourself, or at least know somebody who can’t get enough of the cutesy interpretations of pop culture characters.
This May, thanks to publisher Idw, Funko are set to take the leap into comics as part of “Funko Universe Month.” At first, I was wondering if they’d have to create original characters before getting the full details that came with the announcement, but luckily, they’re taking full advantage of some of the many popular franchises Idw has license to.
As for which properties will get the treatment, readers can look forward to five one-shots that will give some of their favorite characters the small body, big head makeover: Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The X-Files, Strawberry Shortcake and Judge Dredd. »
- Eric Joseph
Simon Brew Feb 14, 2017
Dredd 2 looks no closer after all, with no sign of Karl Urban heading back to Mega City One...
There were slight murmurings of a fresh Dredd film last week, when the executive producer of the movie, Adi Shankar, gave an interview to Collider. In it, he said that “if anyone is still wondering, there’s no update on a Dredd sequel, but I’m gonna make it happen at some point. It may not be live-action, but it’s going to happen at some point. There will be more Judge Dredd at some point”.
Confident words, right? But sadly, they’re words that have been very politely taken down by Jason Kingsley. Kingsley is the man who co-owns Judge Dredd (being the joint chief of Rebellion, that owns 2000Ad), and he also served as »
Dredd 2 as an animated feature? It’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility, according to Adi Shankar.
Collider caught up with the prolific producer to discuss Netflix’s planned Castlevania series, and it was here that Shankar addressed the status of the long-rumored sequel. Unsurprisingly, it’s still very much a dormant property, and given Dredd 2 has spent almost five years languishing on the brink of development, news that Karl Urban’s judge, jury, and executioner is still stranded on the sidelines is more predictable than anything else. Even still, there’s one exciting morsel to be mined from Adi Shankar’s latest status report, and it involves a different approach to the live-action cult actioner that lit up theaters back in 2012.
If anyone is still wondering, there’s no update on a Dredd sequel, but I’m gonna make it happen at some point. It may not be live-action, »
- Michael Briers
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