Superhero Event at Royal Armouries, Leeds 9th to 11th August 2016

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Venue – Royal Armouries. Leeds

Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th August 2016

Starts: 10:00am Tuesday 9 August 2016
Finishes: 5:00pm Thursday 11 August 2016

Royal Armouries have been running an event like this for quite some time. It is now a regular feature of August, falling within the long school holiday of course. In 2013 it fell on 4th to 6th of May, the opening weekend of Ironman 3 – you can read my write up of that event.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou’ll note Ironman features on the official image from Royal Armouries at the head of this article. They have a full size replica built by Mark Pearson for the Armouries. Mark is pictured on the right here with the suit. On the left is Adi Granov who designed the suits for all three Ironman films, as well as the Chitauri for the first Avengers film.

Adi attended this even in 2014 and was interviewed by artist Peter Doherty about his work with Marvel in comics, film and beyond. Peter is a regular participant at this event.

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Dredd (2012) Sequel Talks Confirmed

DREDDTalks are underway for a sequel to the 2012 Judge Dredd big screen adaptation starring Karl Urban. This was heavily hinted at by Karl Urban recently at Calgary Expo and has been confirmed by Rebellion CEO, Jason Kingsley on his personal Facebook account.

Rebellion are the owners of the IP rights to Judge Dredd and 2000AD, the comic where he first appeared in 1977.

Whether this is for the big or small screen is as yet unknown and Jason Kingsley is keen to point out to fans that these kind of talks do not always lead to a successful result.

Rebellion have run three comic sequels to the film, the first was Underbelly which was serialised in the Judge Dredd Megazine and received a US version one-shot that was reprinted twice due to demand. Whether these will form part of the canon for the screen version isn’t known.

I’m a big Judge Dredd fan, a reader of 2000AD from the start. I now help organise Lawgiver, an unofficial Judge Dredd convention now in its third year – the next is on 28th May 2016 in Bristol. So this news is great to hear. Continue reading

MH – David Bowie – how we remember those that have died (Potential Triggers bereavement

Jareth Sarah.jpgDavid Bowie died on 10th January 2016.

The news broke around 06:30 and was confirmed by his son, Duncan Jones (originally known as Zowie Bowie).

A virtuoso musician of the modern years. David Bowie had a string of hits.

This article isn’t really about David Bowie, more it is about how we remember those that have died. Someone on Twitter asked:

“Is it weird how I remember for being Jareth in as much as his music?”

He didn’t need my reply, but I gave it anyway with a simple ‘Nope’. Because how each life touches ours is individual. Continue reading

Campaign asking Netflix to make a Dredd TV Show gains Creator’s support

dreddNetA week ago, Christmas Day 2015, a petition went live asking Netflix to make a Netflix Original TV Series of Dredd.

The 2012 film Written and Produced by Alex Garland is still as popular with fans as ever.

Now Judge Dredd co-creator John Wagner has shown his support. He shared a link to the Petition on his Facebook Account.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – Opinion Review with SPOILERS

star-wars-force-awakens-official-poster-691x1024I have now seen The Force Awakens twice. So the ‘event’ has subsided slightly. More people have seen the film and importantly I have been able to talk about it with people I have been friends with for over 30 years.

So now my views are more or less what will remain of this film. These opinions are drawn only from what I have seen on screen. I haven’t read any articles that expand any details, for me it is what is on screen that really counts (until later confirmed).

I have marked this review with ‘SPOILERS’. I am aware that I am perhaps more sensitive to what constitutes a Spoiler and regular readers may take my ‘Spoiler Light’ to mean ‘Ain’t nothing to worry you’. I most in that case stress There are Spoilers in this article.

I will deal with things both out of order and context. The risk of Spoilers will increase the further you read. Each time I think the level goes up I will let you know. There will be reasonable breaks so you shouldn’t accidentally see any Spoilers stronger than you want.

If you have not seen the film you really do NOT want to read to the end of this article. There are MAJOR SPOILERS at the end. Continue reading

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – My Experience spoiler light (almost spoiler free)

SW VIII first saw Star Wars in 1977. I can’t remember the exact date but I know where I saw it and who with. I also know the affect it had on my 9 year old mind.

Did Episode VII respect my childhood memories at the same time as entertaining the adult I became?

What about Episodes I to III?

In this article I discuss my experiences rather than review the film. There are very mild spoilers as you can guess some things regarding the film from my comments. I do not however discuss the plot. Far too early for that in my opinion.

 

I tweeted yesterday about how deeply the original film affected me.

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Cursed Edge: Prog 4 – spoiler light – full episode embeded (plus catch-up)

Cursed EdgeCursed Edge – Prog 4
Published on 31 Oct 2015

Sunnymeade Films

Written & Directed by Oliver Hollingdale

Starring:
Karnie Camp
Paul Labelle

This is a fan made unofficial web series nased in the Dredd (2012) setting. There is no connection to Rebellion, the owners of 2000AD & Judge Dredd or to the makers of Dredd (2012).

Oliver Hollingdale has put together this production with the help of an army of supporters in the UK and USA. You can read an interview with Oliver on this blog.

The main characters are Judge Hollister, Kiarnie Camp, and Brit-Cit Judge Labelle, Paul Labelle. Most of the cast and crew are amatuers and are attached to the production purely for the love of the character, Judge Dredd.

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