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Though Michael Ealy technically has second billing behind Star Trek and Dredd star Karl Urban on Fox’s sci-fi buddy cop action series Almost Human, it is his android character that forges the deepest bond with the audience.
That’s an impressive feat, and in a new interview, Ealy discusses the challenges of playing a robot in a way that isn’t robotic, the character’s aspirations, and the importance of humility; giving us some insight into how he gives Dorian his anima.
Here’s Ealy on those challenges and what appealed to him about Dorian when he initially considered the project (via Collider):
“I did not see a connection with Dorian, when I first ...
- Jason Tabrys
The campaign for a sequel to Pete Travis' fan favorite Dredd seems to have cooled (more on that here), but a comic book version is coming as a special Us-only format one-shot in January, and the cut-off date for orders is This Monday, December 9th!
Written by Arthur Wyatt and drawn by Henry Flint, Dredd: Underbelly marks the first time 2000 Ad has created a comic specifically for the North American market - and now's your chance to get another taste of the world of Dredd!
In the wake of Ma-Ma's death, other criminal gangs in Mega-City One are moving into the power vacuum, trying to fill the gap in the market left by the Slo-Mo drug. When a corpse dump is discovered in a rad-pit, the bodies are all revealed to be mutants. Could the dead be connected with an outfit smuggling illegal refugees into the city from the Cursed Earth? »
- Debi Moore
Despite uninspiring box office numbers, the 2012 Judge Dredd franchise reboot from Pete Travis received solid praise from critics and moviegoers alike – washing away the bitter taste of Danny Cannon’s 1995 adaptation starring Sylvester Stallone. While comparisons to Gareth Evans’ The Raid: Redemption remain an unavoidable talking point for naysayers, even though both films were in production at the same time, Travis and his Dredd star, Karl Urban, ultimately presented an entertaining (and downright brutal) movie experience (read our Dredd 3D review) – one that scored decent returns on retail shelves and continues to spread positive word-of-mouth. The post-release momentum, along with a leading-man that is ...
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- Ben Kendrick
Welcome to Issue 25 of ‘The Marvelous Da7e!’
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
This week: Warner Brothers and Sony look at their massive properties and decide to go big or go home. All praise the balls (ovaries) on these folks!
It’s not a sheer number of people. The Ocean’s 11 films don’t get worse the more A-List stars come on board. It’s about story and it’s about a single story despite all the franchise juggling that’s tempting the studio suits.
There’s nothing wrong with rapid universe expansion as »
Pete Travis’ 2012 film Dredd was one of the better action movies in recent memory – which makes it all the more disappointing that it didn’t do very well at the U.S. box office. Karl Urban donned the visor previously worn by Sylvester Stallone and began doling out justice with extreme prejudice when he and his partner were trapped in a futuristic high-rise filled with criminals. It’s easy to Monday-morning quarterback the reasons that Dredd didn’t hit with audiences – it had to overcome both the reputation of the Stallone film (which wasn’t particularly good) and the fact that the lead character isn’t all that well-known in America. It also had the unfortunate luck of telling a tale of a cop stuck in a huge building full of criminals...
- Mike Bracken
2000 Ad will release its comic book sequel to Dredd in a Us format one-shot.
The Dredd: Underbelly comic is the Rebellion-owned UK anthology's first direct release of its kind.
"Brought to you by Seattle-based writer Arthur Wyatt and fan favourite artist Henry Flint, Dredd: Underbelly picks up a year after the movie with Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson investigating a gruesome mass grave - could this be linked to a new drug that has flooded into the blocks of Mega-City One after the fall of the Ma-Ma clan?" said 2000 Ad.
A poor Us performance has made a movie sequel seem unlikely, although a strong DVD/Blu-ray release and fan petitions could conceivably change that.
Several fan-made Dredd sequels have been released.
The Dredd: Underbelly one-shot will be released in January.
The world is much changed since Batman and Superman were created – so what qualities would define a 21st-century hero?
And so it begins. Those smart folks at Sony have worked out that it doesn't matter so much if every other Hollywood studio owns the rights to more superheroes on the big screen than you do – so long as you have the ingenuity to invent your own masked crimefighters to light up the multiplexes.
Earlier this week, the Japanese-owned company behind the Spider-Man films revealed that it is teaming up with Stan Lee, the nonagenarian comic book legend behind dozens of Marvel's best-known characters, to bring a new superhero to cinemas. Sony's Avi Arad, who produced all four Spidey outings, will take on the challenge of helping Lee transform the comic book movie landscape once again.
It all sounds rather exciting, even if Lee's contributions to the superhero pantheon in recent »
- Ben Child
Over for another year, this weekend’s Thought Bubble was the biggest in its short history, and it definitely felt it. While I didn’t attend every panel or get every signature that I wanted to, my days were still jam-packed with awkward fan-worship of idolised writers, wonderful small press discoveries and comfortable reprieves in the plush Bury Theatre in which writers and artists waxed lyrical about their work and industry.
On arriving at New Dock, I and a couple of friends navigated the main hall as best we could, but the first morning of Thought Bubble is always (in my experience) the busiest, and I may have slightly regretted packing my decade-old, ramshackle rucksack to the brim with quite as many comics and trades as it made me something of an obstacle to all beside and behind, especially when we stopped to gawk at a table’s wares.
- Mark Allen
After last week’s two-night premiere event, all eyes are on Almost Human for their next installment, to see if the new series can maintain the high bar it set for itself. Thankfully, 2048 appears to be alive and well on Fox, as this week’s episode, “Are You Receiving?”, reveals that J. H. Wyman’s futuristic tale has no intentions of slowing down. (But will it?)
In this Dredd-esque adventure – written by former Fringe writer Justin Doble – a shape-shifting twist on the familiar game of cops and robbers forces Kennex (Karl Urban) and Dorian (Michael Ealy) to combine their powers with the Lapd “home team” – Maldonado (Lili Taylor) and Stahl (Minka Kelly) – in order to save many hostages ...
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- Anthony Ocasio
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Almost Human, the new show from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman, is a bit late to the party when it comes to the new fall television season, but was absolutely worth the wait. It would be easy for a high concept sci-fi show to fall short of its great premise, but Almost Human is wonderfully crafted and arrives on the scene with a bang, easily becoming one of the year’s best new programs.
The show was created by J.H. Wyman, the executive producer of Fringe, another Abrams sci-fi show that ended last year after five seasons. Whyman brings a lot of the same elements from Fringe that made that show so enjoyable, and elevates this buddy-cop procedural to new heights by laying the groundwork for strong character stories, a beautifully crafted universe to play in, and the promise of an underlying mythology that fans of »
- James Garcia
A lot of you watched the premiere of Almost Human last night. Who wouldn't want to see J.J. Abrams launch another TV series given his track record of Lost and the cult hit Fringe? I eagerly watched and, for the most part, enjoyed the show. I will definitely be tuning in tonight for the second part of the premiere. The following is a list of what I loved and hated in the opening hour of Almost Human.
What I Loved...
Karl Urban and Michael Ealy - You gotta love Karl Urban for being Karl F****** Urban. The opening sequence had my buddy and I screaming "I Am The Law" with every take down, headshot, and explosion. No, he's not the emotionless Dredd we've seen before, but the action hero is still there. The brooding, anger, and never say die attitude though was what I expected, and I was not disappointed. »
- Mick Joest
The biggest problem that Fox’s new sci-fi cop procedural Almost Human will face in the coming weeks is the undue burden of expectation. Creator and showrunner J.H. Wyman previously helmed the late, lamented Fringe, while Almost Human‘s promos have heavily featured its geek triumvirate of executive-producers: Wyman, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. Another unmistakably major draw is Almost Human‘s recognizable cast, led by Star Trek‘s Karl Urban and Sleeper Cell‘s Michael Ealy.
With many talented individuals working in front of and behind the camera, the heat was unmistakably on for Almost Human to arrive on Sunday as a bona fide television event, featuring awards-worthy performances, stellar special effects and a compelling storyline to complement its already high-concept hook. Does it check all of those boxes? No, of course it doesn’t.
It’s simply inane to expect a show (particularly one on a commercial broadcast »
- Isaac Feldberg
It’s taken a while for J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman’s Almost Human to make it to air, thanks to Fox’s post-season baseball obligations, but as the pilot arrives with the confidence and competence of a fully-formed product, the sci-fi buddy cop series side-steps a lot of the obvious growing pains that plague high-concept shows like this on their way out of the starting gate.
Starring Karl Urban (Dredd, Star Trek) and Michael Ealy (Think Like a Man), as a cop and his android partner in 2048, the show’s shorthand synopsis sounds like an I, Robot clone – Urban’s Detective John Kennex is as robot-weary and haunted by his past as Will Smith’s Del Spooner ...
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- Jason Tabrys
Karl Urban is a not a human being. Not in the technical sense of the term. Oh, sure, he might look human. He might walk and talk like a human. He might even like to think he’s human. But Karl Urban would be wrong! For Karl Urban is actually an extraordinary machine that has been programmed to think he is Karl Urban. Karl Urban does not know this, though sooner or later, he will, and when he does, Karl Urban will be very sad. Poor Karl Urban!
- Jeff Jensen
Karl Urban is hardly an unknown -- he's been part of two of the bigger movie franchises of the past 15 years ("The Lord of the Rings" and "Star Trek"), and he starred in the cult favorite "Dredd" in 2012.
Here's the thing, though: He's had supporting roles in those franchise movies, and he spent the entirety of "Dredd" wearing the character's signature helmet. He's also never been front and center on a TV series -- until 8 p.m. Et Sunday (Nov. 17), when Fox's well-hyped "Almost Human" premieres.
Can Urban carry the burden of being a series lead? Short answer: Yes. That's what makes the New Zealand native one of Zap2it's Ones to Watch for 2013-14. Read on to get to know Urban a little better.
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Genre: Sci-Fi | Drama | Action
Creator: J.H. Wyman
Air Date/Time: November 17, 2013, 8/7c
Written by: J.H. Wyman
Directed by: Brad Anderson
Synopsis: Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”) and starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek”) and Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”), Almost Human is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop (Urban) is forced to pair with a part-human robot (Ealy) as they fight crime in a futuristic new world.
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- Erin Willard
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There are myriad reasons why some horror films don’t make a connection with moviegoers, and in turn fail to live up to the expectations set by the studios that financed them. Sometimes it’s because a movie simply isn’t any good, but often a film’s lack of box office success can be attributed to circumstances beyond the filmmakers’ control: factors like lack of appropriate promotion, bad marketing, poorly-timed release dates and unduly harsh critical reception can work against an otherwise decent film's success. There are countless well-made movies that get a bad rap for one reason or another, and we think it’s a damn shame that moviegoers often miss out. Because we love an underdog story, we're showing our appreciation for these under-appreciated horror titles by highlighting five of our favorites... Slither I cannot say enough good things about Slither. It cleverly blends comedy with horror, »
- Tyler Doupe
Adi Shankar -- who produced Brad Pitt's Killing Them Softly, the incredibly underrated Dredd and Thomas Jane's kick-ass The Punisher: Dirty Laundry short film among many others -- has hooked ETonline up with the exclusive first look at his latest project: The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver!
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The genre-bending film focuses on Jerry Hickfang (Reynolds), a disturbed factory worker who hears advice from his pets and becomes implicated in the accidental death of his co-worker.
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Promising the visuals will be just as dynamic as the storytelling is director Marjane Satrapi, whose animated masterpiece, Persepolis, was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and dozens of other awards in 2007.
The Voices will open in 2014. You can follow Adi on Twitter here! »
Following on from the teaser we brought you some months ago, here’s the first episode (or Prog) for the Dredd fan-series Cursed Edge, directed by Oliver Hollingdale and starring Kiarnie Camp, Darren Carver, Damien Gerard, Jade Rambaut and Steve Eames, which is based upon the Judge Dredd Universe following stories from the published case-files 2000Ad – taking inspiration from the recent movie starring Karl Urban.
Make sure to like the film’s official Facebook page for more… »
- Phil Wheat
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