In ’Dredd,’ the future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighbourhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival. ‘Dredd’ is brought to life by the endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland (28 days later, Never Let Me Go) and acclaimed director, Pete Travis (End Game, Vantage Point). Starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Deobia Oparei, Wood Harris, Jason Cope and Domhnall Gleeson, ‘Dredd’ is out now in the UK and is set for release in the US on September 21st.
As a fan of the character and the comics, how was your first meeting for ‘Dredd‘ when you were discussing to play this character you’ve grown up reading?
Karl Urban: When I heard they were making this reboot I was pretty intrigued, I was very interested because of my history of reading the comics, so I took a meeting with Alex Garland, Andrew MacDonald, Allon Reich and Pete Travis and listened to their take. It became pretty apparent to me that they were very, very focused of what their vision was of what they wanted to create. They wanted to deliver a film that was high-octane, realistic, gritty, hardcore and faithful to the source – which immediately intrigued me! I really love the character of Dredd, he is the ultimate lawman, he is Judge, Jury and Executioner operating in a society where the normal process of justice has changed, a society in decay and distress. There’s no more protracted legal system, it has all been condensed into this one man. I’ve always loved a vigilante-type character and Judge Dredd is one of the best.
With the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ debuting online on Thursday at 4 pm PST/7pm EST/12 am GMT (Friday), Google+ has released this 44 second teaser for the trailer showcasing Daniel Day-Lewis’ uncanny resemblance as the 16th American President. The full trailer will be unveiled at Google+ Hangout alongside a live conversation with director Spielberg and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who portrays Robert Todd Lincoln in the film. The ‘Lincoln’ trailer will be the first film trailer to launch during a Google+ Hangout, which allows people to connect face-to-face-to-face via group video chat.
Based on the best-selling book ‘Team of Rivals’ by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and adapted for the screen by Tony Kushner and Goodwin himself, the story focuses on the life of the former President, focusing on the man’s rise to politics and his role in the Civil War. Alongside Daniel Day-Lewis as the Abraham Lincoln, ‘Lincoln’ stars the likes of (takes a deep breath) Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong, David Warshofsky, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, David Oyelowo and Jared Harris (catches breathe). In the US, the film will hit limited theaters on November 9th before expanding wider on November 16th. It lands in UK cinemas from January 25th. Check out the official synopsis for ‘Lincoln’ below the teaser.
The folks over at Lionsgate have announced the start of principal photography on the highly anticipated sequel to the worldwide blockbuster film ‘The Hunger Games.’ Beginning today, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ will shoot primarily in existing locations in and near Atlanta, Georgia. The film will subsequently be shot on location in the beaches and jungles of Hawaii before wrapping in late December, 2012. ’The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ sees Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth reprising their roles of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. The likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Maria Howell, E. Roger Mitchell, Alan Ritchson, Bruno Gunn, Meta Golding and Amanda Plummer join the “Hunger Games” film series for this sequel.
The story for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
In ‘Taken 2,’ Liam Neeson is back with his very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career. Skills that make him a nightmare for “bad guys”. If you let his movie daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. He will not look for you, he will not pursue you. But if you don’t, he will look for you, he will find you, and he will kill you……..and then he will hang up his phone, with a scowl firmly cemented on his face. Now with the release of ‘Taken 2′ fast approaching, Machinima has released this new featurette taking a look at the films stunts. ‘Taken’ scribes Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen penned the sequel, with Besson producing through his EuropaCorp banner. ‘Colombiana’ helmer Olivier Megaton is directing. Look out for ’Taken 2′ in cinemas from October 5th.
Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent with a particular set of skills who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) from Albanian kidnappers. When the father of one of the kidnappers swears revenge and takes Bryan and his wife hostage during their family vacation in Istanbul, Bryan enlists Kim to help them escape, and uses the same advanced level of special forces tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers one by one. Directored by Olivier Megaton from a screenplay by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Sherbedgia, and Luke Grimes.
With production now underway on the third installment in Todd Phillips’ record-breaking comedy franchise, the good folks over at Warner Bors have released the following briefest of brief synopsis for ‘The Hangover Part III’: “This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.” Scheduled for release May 24th, 2013, Phillips is writing the screenplay for ‘The Hangover Part III’ with Craig Mazin, who also collaborated with him on the screenplay for ‘The Hangover Part II.’ ‘The Hangover Part III’ is rumoured to bring the gang to Tijuana.
For the third and (said to be) final adventure, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha are reprising their roles of Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug, collectively known to moviegoers as “the Wolfpack.” Returning to the ensemble are Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor and, as the guys’ long-suffering wives, Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese and Jamie Chung. John Goodman joins the cast as well. In the previous two films, Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug’s attempts to plan a celebration have resulted in disaster for them, but led to a combined billion-dollar success at the worldwide box office. Todd Phillips is again producing the film under his Green Hat Films banner, together with Dan Goldberg. Thomas Tull and Scott Budnick will serve as executive producers.
As “the people’s champ”, it’s only right that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson consistently provides his Twitter followers with a day-to-day update on what he’s up to. Today he’s unveiled this new image from the London set of the sixth ‘Fast & Furious’ movie, adding the following message: “On set. FAST 6. Take 1: Rock throws man into table so hard entire ceiling crashes down. #MyBad.” With the huge success of ‘Fast Five’ both financially and critically, more adrenaline filled action, car racing shenanigans, and manly
pouts scowls were always going to be heading our way. The cast for the film is also set to include Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano, Luke Evans and Joe Taslim.
While plot details are currently under wraps, it has been rumoured that ‘Fast & Furious 6′ involves the crew heading overseas to work on a heist job that Luke Evans’ rival crew has already staked out. Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel return to produce, while director Justin Lin is again helming the film. ‘Fast & Furious 6′ is likely to feature a HUGE cast if all are returning from ‘Fast Five.’ That film starred Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Elsa Pataky, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderon and Don Omar. ‘Fast & Furious 6′ has been scheduled for release May 24th, 2013.