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Production for Thor: Ragnarok is in full swing, and we've been treated to several small bits of behind-the-scenes goodness thanks to Mark Ruffalo's newfound fondness for social media. Now another actor from the production is getting in on the social fun, as Karl Urban has officially arrived to begin filming his work as Skurge, now that he's done promoting Star Trek Beyond.
Urban arrived in Australia, where Thor: Ragnarok is filming, on Sunday. When he did so, he teased fans about a new look he was about to get:
Just landed in Australia for Thor Ragnarok , get a new haircut today »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Ryan Lambie Jul 20, 2016
Appropriately, the opening of Star Trek Beyond sees Kirk (Chris Pine), now a little older and wiser, wearily pondering what the point of his five-year mission really is. "My dad joined Starfleet because he believed in it," he says to his old friend Bones (Karl Urban). "I joined on a dare."
With Star Trek as a whole celebrating its 50th birthday this year, perhaps it's the right time for a film that takes stock of the Federation, the Enterprise, and even the franchise itself. Is the world now too divided and cynical for something as idealistic and utopian as the United Federation of Planets? As fans of the series, I think we know the answer to that question, but it was exciting »
Over the past few months the fan campaign to bring back Dredd has shifted gears from a sequel to the cult 2012 movie to a TV series featuring the return of Karl Urban as the Mega-City One lawman. Urban has previously that “it would be a privilege to make another Dredd“, and he’s reiterated his interest in bringing the character to the small screen during an interview with Comic Book, stating that he’s sure we’ll get more Judge Dredd at some point, whether it’s with him or not.
“What’s clear to me is that there is an audience demand to see more and if we can find a way to have a legitimate and worthy successor to Dredd,” states Urban, who returns to the big screen this week as Bones in Star Trek Beyond. “I’d love to be a part of it. You know, it »
- Gary Collinson
Almost 40 years ago, I was sitting in my office at DC Comics in Rockefeller Plaza creatively shirking my work when the mail room guy wheeled up to my desk and dropped off a package. It was from my friend Richard Burton, then a major comics fanzine editor in England. It contained the first three issues of a brand new weekly comic book titled 2000 Ad, along with a note from Richard noting he would be curious as to my opinion. Hey, free comics for a letter? Fine by me.
I proceeded to read this new anthology comic. Lucky for me, it is perfectly legitimate to read comics on the job when you’re working at a comic book publishing house. The first issue was great fun, »
- Mike Gold
For his next go behind the camera, he's adapting Jeff VanderMeer's acclaimed work "Annihilation" which stars Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Jennifer Jason Leigh as members of the twelfth expedition into a mysteriously cut-off area of the planet called Area X - a surrealist landscape where physics don't apply and in which previous expeditions have gone missing.
With the film having just wrapped, a few beautiful photos from the location shooting have gone online courtesy of cinematographer Rob Hardy on his Instagram account. Hardy's quotes indicates that works such as Tarkovsky's "Stalker" and art like Umberto Boccioni's "States of Mind 2: Those Who Leave" are serving as inspiration for the film's look and feel.
My boo. #annihilationFilm. by director Alex Garland.
- Garth Franklin
London — The U.K. and South Africa have inked a new television co-production agreement, which will aim to strengthen ties between the two countries’ broadcast industries, it was announced Thursday.
Under the new agreement, which builds on an existing treaty, both territories will be encouraged to share knowledge, ideas and drive economic growth through television co-production.
Terms for the agreement were negotiated by the British government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Dcms) and the British Film Institute with the Department for Arts and Culture for the Republic of South Africa.
TV co-pros that will qualify under the terms will be able to access benefits from each territory, such as a higher production-rebate rate in South Africa, which can range from 20% to 25%, while in Britain, qualifying co-pros will be able to access the U.K.’s high-end television tax relief, the animation tax relief or the children’s television tax relief, all »
- Diana Lodderhose
Flickering Myth’s Oli Davis boldly goes where no Star Trek Beyond trailer has gone before…
“Wanna sign my Dredd petition?”
Star Trek Beyond’s most recent trailer debuted pop star Rihanna’s latest single, Sledgehammer. It’s a rather clunky collaboration. Rihanna, an icon of aloof coolness and overt sexiness… and the Star Trek franchise – one of the most mocked pieces of geekdom for the last half century.
And while watching that trailer, with Rihanna space ballading about tears and stuff, I remembered another, much better song with the same name: ex-Genesis musician Peter Gabriel’s 1986 single Sledgehammer. Turns out it fits the teaser perfectly.
Move aside, RiRi.
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“Star Trek Beyond,” the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious »
- Oli Davis
Sometimes a movie comes along that doesn't do great at the box office, but finds an audience later on and with that, a sequel can get greenlit. Dredd is sort of an extreme example of that, having barely made any money in 2012, but it has become a cult hit and fans as well as the creative team are craving a sequel to the insane action flick. After a very brief bit of hope that surfaced earlier this week, it turns out that Dredd 2 is definitely not in development right now.
Even though, by most metrics, Dredd was a bit of a flop, Karl Urban and some of the other creative team have been championing a sequel to the movie ever since it hit streaming platforms and Blu-ray. Unfortunately, accoding to a new report from Latino Review, Dredd 2 is looking pretty dire right now. After recent rumors that a sequel was gaining some traction, »
At this point in time we’ve mostly made peace with the fact that we’re never getting a sequel to badass 2012 reboot Dredd, but every once in a while we can’t help but get our hopes up. Star Karl Urban,… Continue Reading →
The post Karl Urban Clarifies Recent Dredd 2 Comments; It’s Probably Never Happening appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
A few days ago, the internet was ablaze- well, at least the portion of the internet used by the small, rabid fan base of Dredd- with word that a certain sequel was in development. See, actor Karl Urban was speaking at Denver Comic Con, and he apparently made a few comments pertaining to Dredd 2 being in some stage of development. He said he would definitely come back for it if he felt the project had "depth and substance," according to website Science Fiction.
So reports began to spring up like wildfire, as they tend to do, because the few people that saw Dredd loved it. It didn't do so hot in wide release, but had stellar numbers once it was released for home distribution. Murmurs of a sequel have popped up before, and the latest chatter included the idea that it could come to a streaming service like Netflix- »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Some sequels exist solely in the minds of movie fans who love to keep them alive via rumors on the Internet. Dredd 2 is one of those sequels. The original reboot, which hit theaters in 2012, wasn't exactly a box office hit, taking in just $13 million in the states, and another $22.2 million overseas for a worldwide take of just $35.6 million. Not even coming close to its reported $50 million budget. But the movie was well received by fans and critics alike, and there has been talk about a follow-up ever since. Now, comes some encouraging words from its star, Karl Urban.
While Dredd bombed at the box office, it later found its audience on home video and streaming, becoming a true cult classic in its own right. But Lionsgate, the studio behind the comic book adaption, has never sounded confident in putting up more money for something that arrived as such a monumental failure. »
"We have no control of time. Except, of course, you're a filmmaker." There's an excellent new video essay made by Julian Palmer to check out, this one all about the use of slow motion. The video examines the slow motion work in films ranging from Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957) to many of Scorsese's films including Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976) to recent films like Zack Snyder's Watchmen (2009), Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker (2008), Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive (2011) and Pete Travis' Dredd (2012), which had a crazy cool slo-mo storyline. Of course there's the scene in The Matrix, because it's so iconic. There's plenty to admire and plenty to learn in this video essay on slow motion, so check it out. Here's the video essay from Julian Palmer titled "The Art of Slow Motion" (thanks to Tfs for the tip): In addition, check out this older video »
- Alex Billington
Orgasm high scores. Exploding prop heads. Poorly dubbed kung fu masters. A shit-kicking cop who can’t be killed. All this and more can be found in Shawn Crahan’s absolutely batshit insane Officer Downe, a graphic novel adaptation that oozes B-Movie absurdity through reckless decapitations and renegade heroics. Think Dredd, but with an aggressive stress put on not giving a single flying fuck about anything – like, even less than Judge Dredd’s zero tolerance policy.
Kim Coates plays Officer Terry Downe, a “special” lawman who is resurrected each day to clean the streets of Los Angeles. He’s a one-man wrecking ball with his own designated clean-up crew, including the newly assigned Officer Gamble (Tyler Ross). After witnessing the unimaginable, Gamble struggles to understand how Officer Downe defies the afterlife, which causes some friction in the bullpen with other more accepting officers – but there’s no time to waste. »
- Matt Donato
Karl Urban apparently gave serious consideration to the notion of not reprising his role as Dr. McCoy for Star Trek Beyond. That's understandable, given the fact that J.J. Abrams' decision to vacate the director's chair for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the negative fan and critic reaction to the "big twist" in Star Trek Into Darkness. However, it was new director Justin Lin who convinced Urban to return. Said the Dredd actor, "I was on the fence about doing the movie until I spoke with Justin. I had a conflicting schedule, and I had a decision to make about which film to do, and I was no longer under contract to do a third picture. So I had a decision to make, and it was talking with Justin that enabled me to commit to it. It was fantastic. It was a breath of fresh air, and I really »
Gods And Secrets director Adi Shankar will be replacing Mark Salling in the HBO mini-series, he said in a statement sent to Lrm on Tuesday. This comes in the wake of the Glee star being indicted on charges of child pornography.
"[Salling] has been cut from the mini-series, I will personally be paying for the reshoots, and I hope that Mark finds inner peace."
According to CNN, last December, investigator seized a laptop, hard drive, and flash drive from the actor's residence, and on those items were thousands of images and videos "depicting child pornography."
"Adi Shankar's Gods And Secrets explores the darker ramifications of a world with superheroes, both on the people they protect and the heroes themselves. Tragedy has struck the Guardians of Justice, and in its aftermath secrets are revealed, »
- Joseph Medina
Last week, Marvel Studios revealed the full cast list for Thor: Ragnarok, and one of the biggest surprises was the addition of Star Trek actor Karl Urban as Skurge the Executioner. Best known for aligning himself with The Enchantress, the character’s inclusion in the threequel came completely out of nowhere, as did the Dredd star’s decision to join the McU.
It’s pretty obvious that the villain will join Hela in her battle against the God of Thunder in Thor: Ragnarok, and talking in a recent interview to promote the release of Star Trek Beyond (which recently got an a new character poster featuring Urban as Bones), the actor weighed in on his decision to play the henchman:
“I read a fantastic script that was action-packed and full of great characters. When I heard who was involved — and the cast list dropped yesterday — and [saw] the opportunity to work with [director] Taika Waititi, »
- Josh Wilding
When the full cast list for Thor: Ragnarok was revealed the other day, there was a lot of buzz around the fact that Karl Urban (Dredd, Star Trek Beyond, The Lord Of The Rings) had been cast as fan-favourite Asgardian hard-case, Skurge the Executioner. This is a character fans have been hoping to see go up against the God of Thunder since the first Thor movie was announced, and now they'll finally get to see it happen - with a great actor in the role to boot. IGN caught up with Urban and asked him about his decision to sign on to play the villain in the Marvel threequel. "I read a fantastic script that was action-packed and full of great characters. When I heard who was involved -- and the cast list dropped yesterday -- and [saw] the opportunity to work with [director] Taika Waititi, who I think is one of »
Last Friday, it was announced that Karl Urban would be making their way over the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the form of the Marvel baddie Skurge the Executioner. While Urban is no stranger to genre films (he tore up the screen in Dredd, and a trailer just came out for his latest film, Star Trek Beyond), there is something a bit interesting about him making his way over to the superhero film genre.
In a recent interview with IGN, the actor explained how he got involved with Marvel and ended up in the film, and also gave us an oh-so-minor comments on the character he will be playing.
“I read a fantastic script that was action-packed and full of great characters. When I heard who was involved -- and the cast list dropped yesterday -- and [saw] the opportunity to work with [Thor: Ragnarok director] Taika Waititi, who I think is one of the most brilliant directors coming through, »
- Joseph Medina
You can have all the fan buzz and critical acclaim in the world behind your back, and sometimes the box office still crashes and burns when it's your turn to bow. Just ask anyone behind the 2012 cult favorite Dredd, which has won a fanbase rabid enough to have a steady demand for a sequel. Those hopes aren't too high though, as even Urban can tell you, the botched marketing job on the first film pretty much ensured a long, hard road to any sort of a sequel. During talks that Yahoo had reported on between the Star Trek Beyond star and the press, Karl Urban wasn't shy to point out the obvious flaw in Lionsgate's attempt at drumming up interest for Dredd's reboot of the Judge Dredd mythos. More specifically, Urban laid out the failure, as well as the justification for any sort of sequel, »
Though the first two installments of the Thor franchise aren't exactly regarded as the best films that Marvel Studios has released so far, fans love the character. By the looks of things, the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok could easily be the best yet, and it just got better. We already knew that Mark Ruffalo would be joining Chris Hemsworth as the Hulk, but Marvel just announced two brand new additions to the already stacked cast. Jeff Goldblum of Independence Day fame and Karl Urban of Dredd and Star Trek fame have both been added to the cast of the upcoming film in villain roles.
Marvel made the announcement on Friday, saying that Jeff Goldblum will be playing the villain Grandmaster and that Karl Urban will be playing Skurge. In the announcement, the studio also firmed up and reaffirmed some already released casting with Cate Blanchett playing the film's main villain Hela »
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