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WIN 1 of 5 double passes to DREDD in 3D *Competition Closed*

Competition Closed: Thank you to everyone who entered, the winners will be contacted shortly and their prizes will be sent out to them. If you didn’t win keep an eye on the site or our Twitter (@SpaceMeatAU) for future competitions.

Judge Dredd is without a doubt a classic comic book bad-arse. He judges criminals, never shows his face and has an insane gun.

That got me thinking, where he might rank in the all-time list of comic book bad-arsery. So, for your chance to WIN simply tell us: “Who you think the most ‘bad-arse’ comic book character is and why?”

Do that in the comments below or on Twitter directed at @SpaceMeatAU and you could find yourself winning one of five double passes to DREDD in 3D.

Dredd, a futuristic cop combines the power of judge, jury and executioner in Mega City One, a massive city that stretches down the entire East coast of America. The endlessly inventive minds of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring DREDD (played by Karl Urban) to life in a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner’s and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip. In Cinemas October 25.

Entry Conditions & Competition details:
1. Comment on this post or directed at @SpaceMeatAU on Twitter, including who you think the most ‘bad-arse’ comic book character is and why.
2. Twitter entrants must be following @SpaceMeatAU.
3. Blog comment entries must use a valid email address, Twitter account, or have contact notifications activated on their Disqus account.
4. Open to Australian residents only.
5. Winners are selected based on the creativity and originality of their answers.
6. Closes at 12PM on 09/11/2012 and winners are contacted directly within 48 hours.

Fund This: Beckoning the Butcher

Local Melbournian film-makers Damien E. Lipp and Dale Alexander are working on their début feature, the documentary style horror film, ‘Beckoning the Butcher’.

The film is currently in the funding stage, up now on the crowd funding site Indie Go Go with 10 days to go and is a great opportunity for film and horror fans to support the local scene.

Check out the teaser below and help these young film-makers reach their goal!

 

Chris Shaw was an up and coming internet sensation. In his videos he performed rituals he found on the web, testing their legitimacy in summoning spirits. His last video never got to be broadcast – until now.

Chris films everything as he, his girlfriend Tara and their friends Brent, Lorraine and Nicole travel to Brent’s holiday house nestled in the vast, isolated plains of rural Victoria. Once they arrive they prepare and perform the latest ritual Beckoning the Butcher, a mysterious invocation Chris found online, designed to entice a paranormal entity into this world.

All who took part in the ritual that night went missing without a trace. The only clue for investigators was the found footage contained on Chris’s camera. Unfortunately for all involved, the footage itself seemed to pose more questions than to provide answers.

Using interviews from family members, detectives and psychics, along with Chris’s footage, this film aims to piece together the events of that fateful night and determine how the players vanished.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is an alternate history action movie which imagines one of the most beloved presidents of the United States of America as a part time slayer of the blood sucking undead. The screenplay (and the original book on which the film is based) is brought to us by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. So it seems his penchant for taking well known tales and putting his own twist of them continues unabated.

The background story is totally Batman; a young Abe Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) witnesses his mother killed by a vampire and as an adult vows revenge. Then it’s pretty much Batman Begins for a while as Abe is inducted into the ways of vampire hunting by Henry Sturges (Dominic Cooper), an experience vampire hunter. Read more [+]

WIN 1 of 3 blu-rays of THE RAID *Competition Closed*

Competition Closed: Thank you to everyone who entered, the winners will be contacted shortly and their prizes will be sent out to them. If you didn’t win keep an eye on the site or our Twitter (@SpaceMeatAU) for future competitions.

 

20 ELITE COPS. 1 RUTHLESS CRIME LORD. 30 FLOORS OF MAYHEM.

THE RAID KICKS ITS WAY ONTO DVD, BLU-RAY & DIGITAL AUGUST 15.

Deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums, there is an unremarkable rundown apartment block that has captured the attention of the police. The building’s innocuous exterior hides a multi-level safe house and a thriving community made up of the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters. Up until now, the building has been considered untouchable by even the bravest of law enforcement…

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Aaron Sorkin’s Parking Space

I have a photo of Aaron Sorkin‘s Parking Space. Look at my face; I take my role as a ‘fan girl’ seriously.

Another lady on the Warner Bros. Tour leaned over to me and said “Don’t you just love The West Wing?!”. I tried to hide my shame but couldn’t, I shouted to the skies above “I HAVE NEVER SEEN THE WEST WING!!”.

An audible gasp was heard across the entire WB backlot and a well-dressed mob suddenly appeared screaming “Blasphemy!” over and over. They surround the tour cart, rocking it from side to side until it tipped over. Men swore, women and children cried.*

*Some dramatisation may have occurred for the sake of good storytelling.

Yes, it’s true. I was a Sorkin Fan Girl who had never seen The West Wing. This award winning political TV drama may have been all anyone was talking about at one point in pop culture history, but the series first aired in 1999, I was 19 years old at the time. I couldn’t give two hoots about American politics, fictional or otherwise. I cared about boys.

I jumped into the Sorkin Camp after seeing the sadly cancelled show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. I was all in after the first episode. A TV show about making a TV show. You had me at hello.

Aaron Sorkin’s writing was at a pace I hadn’t seen since Dawson’s Creek (Yeah I said it), and the pop culture references were obscured in a Life is like a box of chocolates kind of fun way. All of this, of course, is what Sorkin has become famous for. That and his way of writing and rambling about topics we as the viewers might not even understand but making us damn well enjoy it anyway.

I was officially in love with the guy. By the time I saw The Social Network, I wanted to marry him. If you haven’t seen Sorkin’s writing in The Social Network, then you haven’t seen Shakespeare the way it’s meant to be done. It also features a nice little cameo by the man himself.

The fellow Sorkin fan girl who I saw the movie with and I both ‘squeed’ (it’s a word!) [Editor’s note: technically it’s an onomatopoeia] with delight when he came on screen. The rest of the cinema patrons stayed quite. Some angry ushers with torches and a well-dressed mob took care of them.

Now there was no excuse for my delay in seeing The West Wing, and the only defence I can come up with is that I’m not solely a fan of Sorkin’s. Not for nothing, I’m a fan-of-all-trades as it were. It’s hard work liking everything and takes more time that some would expect.

So, here we are now, a few days after the US release of Aaron Sorkin’s fourth TV series, The Newsroom. I’m sitting in my lounge, surrounded by West Wing DVD’s, feverishly marathon-ing my way through all seven seasons. I’m completely in love with the entire cast (particularly Bradley Whitford) and I think I’m actually learning something!

It is of course everything I expected, hoped, and more, from a Sorkin series. I’m only at season three and I already want to post my ovaries to the god among men that is Aaron Sorkin.

Resident Evil 6: Even Evilier Resedition!

OK, it’s not actually called that but a Collector’s Edition of the upcoming 6th (if you don’t count the other 17) game in the Resident Evil franchise has just been announced!

The Resident Evil Collector’s Edition will include the standard retail game housed in a Zombie Steel Book. In addition to this, fans will also be treated to:

  • Exclusive RE6 hardback artbook showing concept art from the game
  • Avatar DLC code for 360 owners OR an exclusive Dynamic Theme for PS3 owners
  • Ivy University, Tall Oaks hooded sweatshirt (one size)
  • The RE6 forces emblems – High quality enamelled zinc alloy emblems of the three main protagonists (Leon, Chris & Jake) squad insignias, mounted and set in a limited numbered frame authenticated with signatures from Senior producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi , Producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi and RE6 Director Eiichiro Sasaki
  • All of the above amazing goodies are bundled together in the ‘Needle Bomb’ collectors box (as seen in the RE6 announce trailer) with lenticular images

Will I pick it up? The game definitely, as I was a huge fan of RE5. In fact it’s one of my favourite games on the Xbox 360, mostly due to it’s incredibly intense couch co-op.

Will I pick up the Collector’s Edition? Maybe, the art book, emblems and hoodie are cool but everything else is just filler. So ultimately like most things it will come down to price… which has yet to be announced.

A limited number of the Resident Evil 6: Collector’s Editions will be available for pre-order in Australia through EB Games and JB Hi-Fi.

Source: THQ Australia & New Zealand

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 30th June – 1st July 2012


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Saturday 30th June – 9am to 6pm
Sunday 1st July – 9am to 6pm

 Avoid the queues!

Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster or for purchase an the door. 

Full event details and guest bios can be found at www.ozcomiccon.com.

Melbourne is lucky enough to get a plethora of pop and geek culture events each year but if you’re anything like me, it’s never enough!

Now just a week away is one of the most exciting events to hit Australia: Oz Comic-Con.

Oz Comic-Con is an expo featuring content from all genres of pop-culture, featuring film and television stars, comic book and anime artists, gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions, and even creative workshops and master classes. But of course the main draw will be the stars themselves, so I’ve put together a must see, greet and photograph list of stars that are attending Oz Comic-Con. Read more [+]

Review: Mass Effect 3

Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Available on: Windows, PS3, Xbox 360
Reviewed on: Xbox 360

When it comes to expectations on a video game few compare to the anticipation of Mass Effect 3. The Mass Effect series is now revered among gamers with a place in history and a large dedicated fan base. Now with Mass Effect 3 comes the final conclusion– does it live up to the hype?


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WIN 1 of 10 Double Passes to SAFE *Competition Closed*

Competition Closed: Thank you to everyone who entered, the winners will be contacted shortly and their prizes will be sent out to them. If you didn’t win keep an eye on the site or our Twitter (@SpaceMeatAU) for future competitions.

Kick-arse action flicks are hard to come by these days and even rarer is the true tough-as-nails action star. Luckily we live in a world where Jason Statham still enjoys kicking people in the head.

Thanks to the fine folks at Icon Films Australia, we have TEN double passes to the newest upcoming action extravaganza starring Jason Statham, SAFE.

SAFE – only at the movies May 10

Jason Statham plays Luke Wright, an ex-special forces operative who saves a young Chinese girl. The girl, Mei, is a mathematical genius who has memorised the combination to a safe that contains thirty million dollars. Once word of this gets out, everyone in the criminal underworld – including mobsters, corrupt New York Cops and even Mei’s own family – try to capture her. It’s up to Luke, her only protector, to keep her alive and keep her safe. From the producer of KILL BILL and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.

To enter simply follow @SpaceMeatAU on Twitter and tweet the following:

Follow @SpaceMeatAU & RT for a chance to #WIN 1 of 10 double passes to “SAFE” http://bit.ly/win-safe

Don’t have Twitter or want an extra chance to win? Comment below and let me know who your favourite action star is!

Entry Conditions & Competition details:
1. Entry tweets must contain “@SpaceMeatAU” and “http://bit.ly/win-safe”.
2. Comment on this post, including the name of your favourite action star, for an additional entry into the draw.
3. Twitter entrants must be following @SpaceMeatAU
4. Blog comment entries must use a valid email address, Twitter account, or have notifications activated on their Disqus account.
5. A total of two entries per person will be included in the draw: One for Tweeting and/or one for commenting.
6. Open to Australian residents only.
7. Winners are picked at random.
8. Closes at 10PM on 08/05/2012

Exclusive: Kevin Smith reveals cartoon details in Melbourne

At the Jay & Silent Bob Get Old performance in Melbourne, Australia, Kevin Smith shed some new light on the animated project his long-term ‘heterosexual life-partner’ actor Jason Mewes has been working on for the past six months in collaboration with Steve Stark the creator of the popular YouTube series SModimation, which takes audio clips from the shows on Smith’s podcast network & animates them wonderfully.

The project is a movie called Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, that will be a blend of animation and live action footage featuring Smith & Mewes, adapted by Mewes from a script Smith had written years earlier. The project will mark the first time the pair have donned the costumes of their iconic characters since the closing chapter of Smith’s ‘New Jersey Chronicles’ film saga, 2006’s Clerks 2.

No word has been put forth yet as to a release window or distribution platform for the project, but if there’s one thing we know about Kevin Smith it’s that he’ll be shouting from the rooftops about it the second both are a lock. I for one cannot wait!