Dredd is a 2012 science fiction action film directed by Pete Travis and
written and produced by Alex Garland, released first on 11 July at the
San Diego Comic-Con, and worldwide that September. Karl Urban (pictured)
stars as Judge Dredd (based on the 2000 AD comic book character), a law
enforcer given the power of judge, jury and executioner in a vast, post-
apocalyptic metropolis called Mega-City One. Dredd and his apprentice
partner, Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), are instructed to bring order
to a 200-storey high-rise block of flats and deal with its resident drug
lord, Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). Produced by the British studio DNA Films,
Dredd began principal photography, using 3D cameras throughout, in
November 2010. Filming took place on practical sets and in Cape Town and
Johannesburg. Critics were generally positive about the film's visual
effects, casting and action, but found it too violent, and out of touch
with the satire of the comic strip. It earned just over $41 million at
the box office on an estimated budget of $30–45 million, but saw
greater success following its home release, and has since been
recognised as a cult film.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dredd>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Marking the start of Ming China's treasure voyages, Admiral
Zheng He's expeditionary fleet set sail towards foreign regions on the
South China Sea and Indian Ocean.
London Waterloo station, Britain's busiest railway station by
passenger usage, was opened by the London and South Western Railway.
New York City's Triborough Bridge, the "biggest traffic machine
ever built", opened to traffic.
To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel by Harper Lee, featuring themes
of racial injustice and the destruction of innocence in the American
Deep South, was first published.
An explosion at the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base killed 13
people, including the head of the Cyprus Navy.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Having a reddish-brown color.
2. (archaic) Gray or ash-colored.
3. (botany) Having a rough skin that is reddish-brown or greyish; russeted.
4. Rustic, homespun, coarse, plain.
5. The condition of leather when its treatment is complete, but it is not
yet colored (stained) and polished.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The duties of man consist in alternate action and meditation,
mutually aiding and relieving each other; and both, directed with
undeviating aim, to the progressive improvement of himself and his
fellow creatures. Heaven has given him in charge, to promote the
happiness and well-being of himself, his wife, his children, his
kindred, his neighbors, his fellow citizens, his country, and his kind;
and the great problem of legislation is, so to organize the civil
government of a community, that this gradation of duties, may be made to
harmonize in all its parts — that in the operation of human
institutions upon social action, self-love and social may be made the
--John Quincy Adams
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