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Dredd 101: A brief guide to the world of “Dredd 3D”

Karl Urban in Dredd 3D

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It’s been 35 years since Judge Joseph Dredd made his debut in the comics world, and now Britain’s favorite super-cop is finally getting the movie he deserves in “Dredd 3D,” a bloody, brutal adventure starring Karl Urban as the law-dispensing hero of Mega-City One.

Still, if you’re not overly acquainted with Dredd and his adventures, you’re not alone.

Despite being consistently ranked as one of the world’s most popular comic-book characters (and spawning a regrettable 1995 film that starred Sylvester Stallone as Dredd), the character has never achieved the same level of name-recognition in the U.S. as his spandex-sporting peers. But with early reviews looking very favorable for the new film, there’s a good chance we’ll see a few more people looking to catch up with Mega-City One’s most famous Judge.

While “Dredd 3D” does a nice job of bringing its audience up to speed with its post-apocalyptic setting, we’ve put together a brief primer on what’s worth knowing before you head to the theater.


THE CITY

In the future-world of Judge Dredd’s adventures, a nuclear war in the year 2070 has rendered much of the U.S. (and North America) uninhabitable due to radiation fallout. The surviving population is crowded into closely-packed urban “Mega-Cities,” with Mega-City One containing nearly 800 million people by the year 2100. While other cities are mentioned in the series, the majority of Judge Dredd’s adventures take place in Mega-City One, which covers most of the East Coast and is bordered to the west by a dangerous, radiation-filled landscape called “The Cursed Earth.”


THE LAW

Due to the intense over-crowding and high crime rates of the Mega-Cities, a system of law enforcement was established that allows individual “Judges” to impose sentences on law-breakers on the spot — eliminating the need for a courtroom in most cases. While Judges’ punishments are often harsh, the death penalty is only used in the most extreme cases (usually when murder or assault on Judges is involved). The Judges themselves are held to the highest standard, and must be walking encyclopedias of law capable of delivering swift (and occasionally lethal) judgement.


THE MAN

According to his history in the comics world, Joseph Dredd was cloned from one of the very first Chief Judges of Mega-City One — a background that gives him a personal connection to the law of the city. In one of the more memorable stories from the Judge Dredd archives, Dredd is forced to pursue and arrest his own brother (also a clone and a Judge) when he breaks the law. Dredd is the ultimate Judge, able to dispense instant justice that accounts for every detail of the law, and a deep-seated desire to keep the city safe from attackers both outside its walls and within.

It’s also worth noting that Judge Dredd’s face has never been seen in the 35 years of his adventures, with only the mere hint of his appearance under the helmet in certain stories. Unlike its predecessor, the new film takes that very intentional element to heart — keeping the face of justice just as mysterious as the comic made it.


THE ARSENAL

While every Judge is equipped with an arsenal of weapons, their primary tool is the “Lawgiver,” a pistol that can only be operated by the Judge it’s assigned to protect. The Lawgiver also comes with several different types of ammunition that the Judge can alternate between via voice commands, including armor-piecing rounds and incendiary rounds.

Each Judge is also given a “Lawmaster” motorcycle capable of wielding a wide range of offensive weapons, as well as providing crowd-control assistance and other helpful actions. Like the Lawgiver, the Judge’s Lawmaster responds to voice commands from the Judge assigned to it.

“Dredd 3D” hits theaters September 21, and stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey.

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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