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Meet the faces of the voices.

As you watch xenophobia become more and more a part of mainstream political discourse, you don’t really expect Dredd to be the voice of reason, the man giving the speech in fiction that somebody needs to give in real life.

This story predates our current political turmoils, but then Wagner and Dredd have always been more than a little prophetic, and political careers based on hatred have always been there, alas. I’m sure his fascist tendencies are still there, and I might change my mind in a real election, but his awkward attempt at a party political broadcast would have won my Mega-City vote, I suspect.

From “Judge Dredd: Mega-City Justice” by John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra & Hector Ezquerra, in 2000AD Progs 1687-1693, reprinted in Tour of Duty: Mega-City Justice

Judge Dredd Live Action Series In Development

Entertainment Weekly has broke the news that entertainment studio IM Global in conjunction with game publisher Rebellion have closed on a deal to to develop the property into a live-action television series titled Judge Dredd: Mega City One.

The potential show is set in a future where the East Coast of the U.S. has become a crowded and crime-ridden megalopolis. The plan is to make the series an ensemble drama about a team of Judges — futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner — as they deal with the challenges the future-shocked 22nd century throws at them.

The character of Dredd — who is known for his incorruptibility, harsh attitude towards law-breaking “perps,” and upper face-concealing helmet — was created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra in 1977 and first appeared in the British science fiction anthology comic 2000 AD, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Judge Dredd has twice been adapted for the big screen. Sylvester Stallone played the titular character in 1995’s Judge Dredd, while Karl Urban portrayed the role in 2012’s Dredd. Although the latter was a box office disappointment, the Alex Garland-scripted film has garnered a substantial cult following of fans thanks in large part to its faithful representation of the original material. While the show is still in the early stages of development, and no talent or network affiliation has yet been announced, Wednesday’s news will be music to the ears of many who were left wanting more onscreen Dredd after the release of the 2012 film.

Attached as executive producers of the new show are IM Global Television president Mark Stern, who developed Battlestar Galactica, Helix, and Defiance at Syfy; IM Global Television CEO Stuart Ford; and the owners of Rebellion, Jason and Chris Kingsley, who along with Ford were also executive producers of the 2012 Dredd film.

“This is one of those seminal sci-fi properties that seems to only become and more relevant with age,” said Stern in a statement. “Not only is it a rich world with biting social commentary, but it’s also fun as hell! As a fan of the comics and both films, it’s a dream come true to be able to work with Jason and Chris in adapting this for television.”

“We’re very excited to be beginning the journey to get more of Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One on the television screen,” said Jason and Chris Kingsley said. “Thanks to the legions of fans who have kept up pressure on social media, and a lot of background work and enthusiasm, we aim to make a big budget production that will satisfy both our vast comics audience and the even greater general screen-watching public.”

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Audrey + People:

With Ava Gardner (Via timelessaudrey); Bette Davis (Via onthesetwithaudreyhepburn); Rex Harrison and Joan Crawford (Here); Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti; Billy Wilder, Mel Ferrer, Maurice Chevalier and James Stewart; Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, Mel Ferrer, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner; Barbra Streisand; Loretta Young (Here); Gene Kelly (Here); Gina Lollobrigida.

A Short History of Female Judges in Judge Dredd from 1982 to 1986

Following the early explosion of female judges in the second half of the first five years of Judge Dredd, there came a settling down period where faceless background crowd-filling women in uniforms mostly faded away in favor of developing the ones established over previous years. In other words, quantity gave way to quality, though of course there were a few notable exceptions and a couple of interesting experiments that are well worth dissecting. But first, let’s pick up where we left off…

(Disclaimer: unless otherwise noted, all stories mentioned in this post are written by John Wagner and Alan Grant. Trust me, it’ll save us a lot of time)

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Cookies ‘14-15 roster

GIRLS
Amor Ledesma
Bianca Vallar
Crisila Aban
Dea Sevilla
Gaby Wagner
Kayla Graham
Mari Madrid
Marilyn Remigio
Melissa De Jesus
Natasha Yeh
Nicole Aguas
Selene Haro
Sofia Chacon
Tess Garnica
Tiffany Le
Tracy Seiler
Vivian Lin

BOYS
Anthony Quidachay 
Brian Carranza
Carlo Darang
Chris Ballecer
Chris Martin
Darian Patterson
Devin Pornel
Dustin Yu
Fabian Tucker
Jason Patio
Jayare Robles
Joey Pollock
Keone Madrid
Kevin Banares
Kevin Nguyen
Matt Magallanes
Mikey Mesina
Nic Ballecer 
Paul Gabriola
Paul Ross
Richard Villareal


Choreography:
Tracy Seiler
Dea Sevilla and Kevin Nguyen
Kayla Graham
Mariel Madrid
Chris Martin


Directors:
Keone Madrid
Carlo Darang

Music:
Jess Glynne “Right Here”
Future “Move That Dope”
Danny Brown “Dip”
Ralf Gum “Take me to my Love”
Aluna George “Superstar”

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Savanna Hawk (Buteogallus meridionalis)

…a species of hawk (Accipitridae) which breeds from Panama and Trinidad south to Bolivia, Uruguay and central Argentina. True to their names savanna hawks are typically found in open savanna, but can also be seen on swamp edges. Savanna hawks, like most medium sized hawks, feed mainly on small mammals, lizards, snakes, and interestingly crabs and large insects. Savanna hawks will usually feed in typical hawk fashion by swooping on its prey, but they will also hunt on foot as well. It is common to see savanna hawks gathering around grass fires to prey on fleeing animals. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Accipitriformes-Accipitridae-Buteogallus-B. meridonionalis

Images: Dario Sanches and Wagner Machado Carlos Lemes