New posters have been released for Django Unchained, Dredd, and Looper. The Django Unchained poster is the same as the previous one except it crams in just a few of the names of the stellar cast (it’s also an international poster, so U.S. readers shouldn’t freak out about the “2013″ at the bottom; we still get the movie this year). As for Dredd, my fellow editor Adam Chitwood made an astute observation regarding its similarity to another poster. Finally, the Looper poster makes a huge reveal about the plot: Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are actually giants fighting for the fate of a city.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. Django Unchained opens December 25th. Dredd opens September 21st. Looper opens the Toronto International Film Festival and then opens nationwide on September 28th.
The Toronto International Film Festival announced lineups for a few more 2012 programs today, and we’ve got a batch of new images from films that will be screening as part of the Midnight Madness series. We’ve seen a couple of these images before, but now they’re all in glorious high-resolution. Briefly:
- Dredd (Directed by Pete Travis) Starring Karl Urban, Lena Headey, and Olivia Thirlby.
- The Lords of Salem (Directed by Rob Zombie) Starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Clint Howard, and Sid Haig.
- Aftershock (Directed by Nicolas Lopez) Starring Eli Roth, Andrea Osvart, Ariel Levy, and Selena Gomez.
- Hellbenders (Directed by J.T. Petty) Starring Clancy Brown, Clifton Collins Jr., Robyn Rikoon, and Andre Royo
Hit the jump to check out images and synopses for these films. The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.
Last week, the Toronto International Film Festival announced the movies playing in its Special Presentations and Galas programs. Today, they’ve provided the line-up for their other programs including Midnight Madness. This is where the more genre-oriented films come out to play, and can break out in a big way. Last year’s TIFF Midnight Madness included the world premiere of The Raid, and the buzz never died down. Judging by the line-up, this year’s Midnight Madness will have the same frenzy. The line-up includes the horror short-film anthology The ABCs of Death, Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh‘s follow up to In Bruges), Rob Zombie‘s The Lords of Salem, Don Coscarelli‘s John Dies at the End, and Pete Travis‘ Dredd.
Hit the jump for the full line-up and brief synopses. The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 -16th.
I’m crossing my fingers I’ll be able to attend Fantastic Fest this year, because it’s one of the most exciting film festivals around. We previously reported that this year’s opening night flick would be the stop-motion animated adaptation of Frankenweenie, and now the full line-up is starting to be announced. Fantastic Fest usually announces its line-up in waves, and wave one has already got some big highlights for genre fans. There’s the hard R-rated Dredd, Quentin Dupieux‘s hilariously bizarre Wrong, and the excellent documentary Room 237, which is about The Shining. Oh, and they’ll also be showing The Shining (a movie that doesn’t need a prequel). Room 237 and The Shining would be a kick-ass double-feature, and I hope those movies will be played together (although I’m not sure which one I would choose to go first; probably Room 237 since it would cause the audience to start combing through the screening of The Shining).
Hit the jump for the first wave of announcements. Fantastic Fest 2012 runs from September 20 – 27th.
At this year’s Comic-Con, I was able to sit down with Olivia Thirlby for an extended video interview. Urban was at the Con to promote his upcoming hard-R adaptation of the comic book series Judge Dredd. For those unfamiliar with the film, Dredd is an adaption of the 2000AD comics character Judge Dredd, and it stars Karl Urban, Thirlby, and Lena Headey. The film follows Dredd and rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson (Thirlby) fighting through a tower that’s crawling with thugs in their attempt to bring down drug overlord Ma-ma (Headey). I actually got to see the film at Comic-Con and it’s great.
During my interview with Thirlby we talked about the R rating, how she got involved in the project, deleted scenes, how Urban never takes off his helmet, the drug slow-mo, what it was like playing a bad ass girl, and a lot more. In addition, we also talked about Bored to Death, Red Knot, Nobody Walks, and more. Hit the jump for what she had to say.
At this year’s Comic-Con, I was able to sit down with Karl Uban for an extended video interview. Urban was at the Con to promote his upcoming hard-R adaptation of the comic book series Judge Dredd. For those unfamiliar with the film, Dredd is an adaption of the 2000AD comics character Judge Dredd, and it stars Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey. The film follows Dredd and rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson (Thirlby) fighting through a tower that’s crawling with thugs in their attempt to bring down drug overlord Ma-ma (Headey). I actually got to see the film at Comic-Con and it’s great.
During my interview with Urban we talked about the positive reviews for the film, the R rating, how he never takes off his helmet and how he got involved in the project, his process for getting ready for a role, his thoughts on how the film turned out and more. In addition, we also talked about the Star Trek sequel including working with the IMAX cameras, what his first few days on set were like, and being able to film on a fully-built Enterprise set, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Fourteen new images from Dredd have gone online. The hard-R adaptation of the comic book series has Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) fighting through a tower crawling with thugs in their attempt to bring down drug overlord Ma-ma (Lena Headey). I thought the film was a passable action-thriller, but some of my trusted peers enjoyed it more than I did. Among these new images, one could be considered a spoiler, but it’s nothing too major. If you’re eager to get a better sense of the film’s visual style and see the lead characters in action, then these images are worth your time.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Dredd opens in 3D on September 21st.
As Steve is taking part in the Masters of the Web panel this year at Comic-Con which is being hosted by Dredd star Karl Urban, we’ve been provided with an exclusive red-band clip to share with our readers. I saw the film last night and let me first warn you: this film is absolutely brutal. Director Pete Travis‘ Dredd is 100% a hard R with incredibly graphic violence throughout the film’s entire runtime (as taste of what’s to come is on display in this clip). This movie couldn’t possibly be more different from Sylvester Stallone’s iteration of the character, and I think fans of the comics and/or Judge Dredd character will really be happy with this pic. That said, be prepared for a lot of violence. You can read Matt’s review here.
Though most of you wren’t lucky enough to catch the film at Comic-Con, fans have the chance to win a trip to London to screen the film there. More details can be found at JudgementIsComing.com. Hit the jump to check out the clip. The film also stars Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey. Dredd opens in 3D on September 21st.
Grit, for lack of a better word, is good. This at least seems to be the prevailing wisdom when it comes to action movies. But is gritty good enough? Pete Travis‘ Dredd seems to think so. The director has designed a down-and-dirty future where nothing shines, everything is grimy, and life is cheap. Into this world he throws a memorable albeit simple protagonist whose very voice emanates ugly violence and wholesale slaughter. Dredd swings between a single-minded drive to use your adrenal gland like a chew toy and a one-dimensional ploy to play into a shallow bloodlust. What it lacks in claustrophobia, a compelling plot, dangerous stakes, and a compelling antagonist, it makes up for with loud noises, blown-apart bodies, and a killer performance from Karl Urban.
Lionsgate has sent over a motion poster for Pete Travis‘ upcoming Judge Dredd adaptation, Dredd. The film will hew much closer to the original comics than the awful 1995 Sylvester Stallone film, and the first trailer wasn’t too bad (although the plot has the misfortune of resembling The Raid even though Dredd wrapped shooting well before The Raid even hit theaters). This motion poster is pretty fun especially if you’ve ever wanted the protagonist to shoot you.
Hit the jump to check out the motion poster (be sure to adjust your speakers since it autoplays and there’s sound), and click here for details on how to win tickets to see the flick at Comic-Con. The film stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey. Dredd opens in 3D on September 21st. The 2012 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 12 – 15th.
If you’re going to Comic-Con next week and looking forward to director Pete Travis‘ Dredd 3D, which stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey, I’ve got some great news: Lionsgate has partnered up with the sites on the Masters of the Web panel (which we’re a part of) for a free screening Wednesday night at 10pm! In addition, Urban will introduce the screening, and he’s also going to moderate the Masters of the Web panel the following day.
For info on the Masters of the Web panel and how to get free tickets to the screening, hit the jump.
The first trailer for Pete Travis‘ Dredd has gone online. I know filming was already well underway (if not wrapped) by the time The Raid came out, but thems the breaks. The trailer does a good job of setting up the conflict, and while there’s the inevitable speed-ramping, at least there’s a plot point to explain it (the drug called Slo-Mo, which is what I think Zack Snyder takes every morning). I’m not sure if this trailer is enough to get naysayers past the 1995 Sylvester Stallone flop, I’m still excited to see Karl Urban as the eponymous judge/jury/executioner.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey. Dredd opens in 3D on September 21st.
The first trailer for Dredd is set to arrive tomorrow, but a 10-second tease has gone online. What can we learn from ten seconds? Pretty much nothing other than this action movie will have lots of action, and that Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) was negotiating, but negotiations are over. I’m eager to see the longer trailer, but I was already eager before seeing an ad for an ad.
Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer tease. The film also stars Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey. Dredd opens in 3D on September 21st.
New images have been released for the action flick Dredd and Andrew Dominik‘s crime drama Killing Them Softly. For those unfamiliar with the films, Dredd is an attempt to faithfully adapt the 2000AD comics character Judge Dredd, and stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey. As for Killing Them Softly, the movie stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer who’s tasked with investigating the robbery of a high-stakes card game. The film also stars stars James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy, Bella Heathcote, and Sam Shepard.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Both films open September 21st.
We’ve got a few poster debuts to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Dredd – The first poster for director Pete Travis’ reboot of the comics character. Karl Urban stars as the titular law-keeper and is joined by Olivia Thirlby and Lena Heady (Game of Thrones). The film opens in 3D on September 21st.
- End of Watch – The debut poster for the gritty cop drama from writer-director David Ayer (Training Day), starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. The film opens on September 28th.
- Finding Nemo 3D – Continuing with Disney’s theatrical 3D re-release of older films, the first poster has arrived for the 3D iteration of Pixar’s Finding Nemo. The film hits theaters (again) on September 14th.
- Katy Perry: Part of Me– The title really speaks for itself, but for those confused as to who Katy Perry is, this new poster announces the concert documentary about the pop singer. The film opens in 3D on July 5th.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.