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Watch The Trailer For Dredd: Superfiend Web Series

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Yesterday we showed off a first look at the upcoming unofficial Dredd sequel Dredd: Superfiend, and the general consensus is that it wasn’t exactly what we expected when we first heard about this project. Not that it won’t be cool, but we just didn’t necessarily anticipate seeing a cartoon. And hot on the heels of that reveal, we now have your first look at these images will look like when they actually start moving around your computer screen.

The brainchild of Dredd producer Adi Shankar, this is not necessarily meant as a follow up, per say, but as something for the fans to have fun with and enjoy while we wait, most likely in vain, for Dredd 2. Despite star Karl Urban’s unending optimism, it’s doubtful we’re ever going to get a proper sequel. Even though Pete Travis’ film has legions of fans that discovered the grim, gritty comic book adaptation on home video, it was a complete and utter failure when it briefly stopped in theaters in September 2012.

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Comic(s) Relief: 2000AD Hits 1900 Issues, Celebrates With Freebies

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2000ADWhen the name of your magazine is 2000AD and the number of issues is only 1,000 behind your title, that’s an achievement bloody well worth recognizing. Yes, the loooooooooong-running British anthology series is releasing its 1,900th issue tomorrow, a feat that’s pretty unbelievable given how often comics series start over with a new #1 just to fish for extra sales. The publication also just so happens to fall on “Dredd Day,” so if you’re a fan of the movie but have never actually checked out the comic where he originated, this is the perfect excuse. 2000AD #1,900 will feature a new Judge Dredd story from creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, as well as kicking off two new serialized stories: a fantasy tale called Kingdom and a Victorian supernatural romp called Stickleback.

2000AD editor Matt Smith told THR’s Heat Vision blog that this issue was the perfect place for uninitiated readers to jump aboard:

It’s got three bumper episodes of stories from Dan Abnett, Ian Edginton, and John Wagner — all of which are unlike anything else you can pick up today. It’s the perfect issue to discover this powerhouse of comics talent, with its heady cocktail of sci-fi and fantasy action with a mean streak of black humor and dry wit.

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Cross The Streams With Wil Wheaton, The Purge, And Animated Star Trek

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Is it summer yet? It feels like it should be summer now, based just on the sweat content of my clothes. Does this have anything to do with sci-fi? Nope. I’m just hot. Enjoy the streaming choices this week. Johnny Five would want it that way.

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With the upcoming sequel The Purge: Anarchy right around the corner and waiting to beat you over the head with a pipe or something, what better time to watch James DeMonaco’s original, The Purge? Well, there’s never really a good time to watch this flick, as it wastes a good concept with brick-stupid characters and sub-zero plotting. But it falls into that “so bad it’s ridiculous” category, and watching it is vaguely rewarding. Like the last round of Russian Roulette.

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Dredd Fanmade Spinoff Isn’t The Sequel We’re Waiting For, But Don’t Hold That Against It

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The following video is NSFW for F-bombs and some awesomely bloody gunplay.

There doesn’t have to be an all-knowing God of Cinema in order for a sequel to last year’s fan-loved flop Dredd; there just has to be a few brave and intelligent producers who believe in the material. The “Make a Dredd Sequel” campaign has amassed tens of thousands of followers who anxiously await those producers to come out of the dark. But some fans aren’t content just sitting around waiting. Director Oliver Hollingdale recently unveiled the first episode (or “prog”) in his web series Cursed Edge, an extension of the comic-to-film universe, rather than a straight up sequel. You won’t find Dredd judging anyone here, but you will find one of the most solid examples of fanmade fiction out there.

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Guillermo Del Toro Celebrates A Birthday, Probably With Giant Robots: Today In Science And Science Fiction

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Guillermo del ToroThe movie landscape is depressingly free of originality these days. While there still plenty of amazing, well-written scripts out there, Hollywood will almost always stick with a known quantity when it comes to greenlighting movies. This is how you wind up rebooting Spider-Man twice within a 10-year period. This is why they remade Total Recall and RoboCop and every other damn movie you’ve ever heard of. With all that being true, it’s refreshing when a truly creative talent with a unique vision manages to succeed in spite of all the obstacles Hollywood puts up. Guillermo del Toro is at the top of that list for me.

Over the past 30 years or so, del Toro has made some of the most unique, unforgettable movies of all time. 1993’s Cronos put him on the radar for many, and marked the beginning a long history of collaboration between del Toro and actor Ron Perlman. From there he went on to several more traditional Hollywood flicks, Mimic and Blade II. While they’re easily his least interesting movies, they still bear the stamp of his fevered, brilliant mind. Since then he’s served up two Hellboy movies and this summer’s insanely fun Pacific Rim. Honestly, I can’t imagine anybody getting those last three movies made, at least not anywhere near as well as del Toro managed. He turns 59 today, and we wish him a giant freakin’ birthday!

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National Intelligence Council Believes Cyborgs And MegaCities Will Be A Reality In 2030

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megacityThe world of Judge Dredd will soon be a reality. Scientists and futurists of the U.S. intelligence community say cyborgs, biosynthetic organs, and mega-cities will be considered normal in the year 2030.

According to Wired, every four to five years, the National Intelligence Council gathers together to talk about where science, technology, and civilization will be within the next two decades. The subjects of the findings centered on climate change, the Internet (cloud computing and storage), the elderly, and modern warfare technology like drones. The council believes people in 2030 will start to be more cybernetic and synthetic than they are today, if you can still call them people. As it’s found in Global Trends 2030…

As replacement limb technology advances, people may choose to enhance their physical selves as they do with cosmetic surgery today. Future retinal eye implants could enable night vision, and neuro-enhancements could provide superior memory recall or speed of thought,” the Council writes. “Brain-machine interfaces could provide ‘superhuman’ abilities, enhancing strength and speed, as well as providing functions not previously available.

The combination of technology, the Internet, and organic matter like people is a scary thought but if this will be the reality of 2030 then it’s going to be interesting to see what exactly defines a human and how reliant will we be on this biosynthetic technology to live. The council also believes that this will definitely play into how wars are made and fought in the future.