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Dredd 101: A brief guide to the world of “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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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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