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MOVIE NEWS FOR JULY 24, PART 1: THE AVENGERS, JUDGE DREDD, DARK KNIGHT RISES, SUPERMAN, COWBOYS & ALIENS, MASS EFFECT

Comic Con is winding down in San Diego, and tons of info has been coming out! We have a ton of updates for you, so keep checking back tonight and tomorrow for movie, TV show, and book updates!

Marvel’s The Avengers SDCC 2011 exclusive concept art via Marvel

Marvel released concept art for each of the main Avengers over the weekend. Each character had their own poster, and together they formed the banner below.

You can get a bigger image or individual posters here

Thor DVD and Blu-Ray Details via IGN

The Thor three-disc Ultimate Set includes the film on Blu-ray in high-definition 3D and high-definition 2D, as well as on standard-definition DVD with a digital copy. The two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes a high-definition presentation of the film, plus a standard-definition presentation with a digital copy.

Both sets come fully loaded with over 80 minutes of immersive bonus materials including an exclusive special feature that goes deeper into the Marvel Universe, a sneak peek into Marvel’s The Avengers, an unprecedented look inside the world of director Kenneth Branagh and much more. The discs will be available beginning Sept. 13, 2011.

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New Image of Karl Urban in the Upcoming Sci-Fi Actioner DREDD via The Daily BLAM

Urban is portraying Judge Dredd, the futuristic lawman of post-apocalyptic Mega-City One, in the upcoming comic book adapted film which also stars Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey.

DREDD takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban ) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot – if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Peter Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.

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Carnegie Mellon University Posts The Dark Knight Rises Spoilers via Coming Soon

Carnegie Mellon University informed its faculty and students on its blog yesterday about the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises filming that will take place at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania school. They reveal quite a bit, including specific scenes that will be shot, so consider this a SPOILER warning! Please don’t read on if you don’t want to know what will be filmed there!

Read the Spoilers here

‘Man of Steel’ Countdown: Possible Plot Synopsis and ‘Superman: Birthright’ Connections via Movies.com

The following should be considered RUMOR only.  It’s from a scan of a page in Production Weekly, which is an entertainment industry publication, with information about the plot and production schedule for Superman: The Man of Steel (aka “Autumn Frost”).

The snippet reads:

Clark Kent is a freelance reporter in his early 20’s, traveling all around the world covering various news stories.  However, Kent is forced to fly back into action to attain a fleeing assassin instead of covering an ethnic conflict between the Ghuri and Turaaba clans in West Africa.  Upon his return to form, Kent returns to Smallville to learn more about his origins and become the hero he was born to be.

The description is amazingly close to the first several issues of the 12-part origin story “Superman: Birthright” by Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu from 2003-2004.

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Russell Crowe in Talks for MAN OF STEEL Role as Superman’s Father Jor-El via The Daily Blam

According to Variety, the Robin Hood actor will step in to the role made famous by Marlon Brando as Superman’s (or Kal-El’s) alien birth father.

Directed Zack Snyder (Sucker Punch, 300), produced by Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight) and starring Henry Cavill , Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner and Antje Traue, Man of Steel is scheduled to begin production in the coming months for a targeted theatrical release in December 2012.

To round up principal casting, it is being reported that Snyder and Warner Bros. are looking for another big name to take on the role of Clark Kent ‘s biological mother alongside Crowe.

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Giveaway: Win A Cowboys & Aliens T-Shirt, Wrist Blaster And More via Shock Ya

What’s better than cowboys and aliens in one movie? Getting free swag from this Western Sci-Fi showdown, of course!

We’ve got three items to give away – an official Cowboys & Aliens t-shirt, a vinyl wrist blaster and a deck of playing cards. So, how about it? Want them? They’re an easy win; all you’ve got to do is follow  Shockya on Twitter and retweet the following:

“I want free #CowboysandAliens stuff from @shockya!”

Really; it’s that easy! You have until July 26th to enter this one and then, on July 27th, we’ll randomly select a winner and hand over all three items.

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Mass Effect Movie…Confirmed! via ComicBookMovie.com

Legendary Pictures is responsible for many modern-day masterpieces, like Batman Begins, Watchmen, 300, and The Dark Knight. Weird…Zach Snyder did two of those movies. Since a Mass Effect film would technically be a CBM, would Zach Snyder possibly be in the running for the directors position? That’s just speculation, but is it a possibility?

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