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Comic-Con '12 Review: 'Dredd' A Visually Strong, Engaging But Ultimately Empty Cinematic Experience

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • July 12, 2012 8:27 AM
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Remakes and reboots always seem to demand comparisons to their predecessors, but “Dredd” evokes a slightly different relationship: What Zack Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead” is to George Romero’s original, Pete Travis’ film is to, no, not Danny Cannon’s 1995 film “Judge Dredd,” but Paul Verhoeven’s “Robocop.” In both cases, gifted visual stylists took fertile, socially-conscious subject matter, pared out the cultural commentary, and left behind an engaging, if empty, cinematic experience.

Comic-Con '12 Preview: What To Expect From Nerd Bonnaroo This Year

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 10, 2012 1:17 PM
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If you're expecting to hear news about tiny indie projects and foreign auteurs in the latter half of this week, you may be disappointed. Tomorrow night is the kick-off of San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest such event in the world, and one that, over the years, has become a major part of the marketing calendar for some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. While we still wonder about how effective if it is (see our recent piece), and several studios are skipping this year, including Paramount and Universal, there's still some big-name guests and unveilings taking place between Wednesday and Sunday, and it'll undoubtedly be the major story of the week, movie-wise.

Judgement Is Coming: So Is A New Motion-Poster For 'Dredd,' Which Debuts At Comic-Con This Summer

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 3, 2012 4:19 PM
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Judgement is indeed coming for "Dredd" and that judgement may not be all good. The upcoming dystopian thriller has not been handled well from minute one outside of hiring Alex Garland ("28 Days Later," "Sunshine") to pen the screenplay and even that may not have helped. Some ask why anyone bothered to make a remake of the Sylvester Stallone’s movie "Judge Dredd," and producers countered that they were going back to the source material and making things -- wait for it -- darker, more violent and more humorous like the comic book.

Watch: First Full Trailer For 'Dredd' Reveals It's Basically A Futuristic Version Of 'The Raid'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2012 7:59 AM
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In the future, drugs are still a problem, everything looks like "Blade Runner," and dudes in helmets with consta-growl voices are the only measure of justice. Welcome to the world of "Dredd," the remake of the "The Raid" you didn't know you wanted.

New Photos & Poster From The 'Dredd' Reboot Starring Karl Urban

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2012 12:42 PM
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So...a trailer soon? With the film said to be hitting theaters in three months, there was been dead silence around the somewhat-troubled comic reboot "Dredd." No trailers and only a smattering of images, a few more which have now landed online.

First Look At Lena Headey In 'Dredd' Plus More Images From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2012 5:55 PM
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The last time we heard anything about "Dredd"  it was about the supposed scuttlebutt between director Pete Travis and writer Alex Garland, who were apparently feuding, with the latter said to be angling to nab a director's credit on the movie, while the former was apparently kicked out of the editing bay. A few days later, assurances were profferred that everything is fine, but little had been heard of since, but with the movie gearing up to hit theaters this fall, it looks like the marketing campaign is beginning to roll out.

Olivia Thirlby Delivers A Brutal Headshot In New Pics From 'Dredd'; 'John Carter' Boots Up A Few New Images

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 3:50 PM
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Oh, Olivia Thirlby. So cute in "The Wackness" and "Juno," even when she's sporting a totally awful haircut in "Being Flynn," she still makes us feel...feelings. But she's dropping that cutesy image for "Dredd" and she's going straight up gangsta.

Writer Alex Garland & Director Pete Travis Say Everything Is Fine With 'Dredd'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 2:00 AM
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Just a few days ago, the forthcoming reboot/new vision on "Dredd" became the subject of some ugly advance word. Reports surfaced that director Pete Travis was effectively being locked out of the editing bay, that reshoots were possibly in the works and most surprising of all, that writer Alex Garland ("Sunshine," "28 Days Later") was leading the charge behind the closed doors to get the film put together and was even going to see a co-director credit for his effort. The news was dispiriting for a film that promised fanboys an R-rated gritty take on the hero, but in a statement to 24 Frames released by Garland and Travis, they say everything is fine, without addressing any of the specifics surrounding the post-production of the movie at all:

'Dredd' Director Pete Travis Locked Out Of Editing Room, Writer-Producer Alex Garland Takes Over

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 4:45 AM
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It's never good news to hear when a director gets locked out of the editing bay, particularly when it comes to a big budget tentpole movie. While rumors of Stephen Sommers battling executives over "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra" surfaced and were quickly scuttled, it didn't really matter because the movie made money and has spawned a sequel arriving next summer (though notably, without Sommers this time around). So whether or not this battle will have an effect on the movie creatively or otherwise, it does somewhat poison the well on perceptions of the film for the time being as fanboys will surely voice their concern (even if exact details are hard to come by just yet).

First Look At Olivia Thirlby & Lena Heady In 'Dredd'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2011 5:36 AM
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Update: A couple more scanned pics from /Film.

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