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Empire Australasia

Empire Australasia

October 2020

Share in the glamour and glitz of the movie industry with Empire, a magazine dedicated to delivering the latest interviews, movie reviews and behind-the-scenes stories from one of the most talked about industries in the world. Empire goes behind the scenes to bring you the real stories from the movie business, the stars, the latest releases in cinemas, video & DVD.

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this month at empire

APOLOGIES IF A little bit of the sci-fi fanboy in me emerges in this editorial. Why? Because Dune has arrived! Or, to be more specific, Dune will be out in Australian cinemas on December 26. I’m counting down the days, as I’m sure many of you are. Having devoured Frank Herbert’s award-winning novel as a teen — and had my appetite whetted by David Lynch’s ambitious 1984 film version — I’ve been waiting for this sweeping sci-fi epic to get the big-screen adaptation it really deserves. Thirty-five years later and I’m more than quietly confident that director Denis Villeneuve and his talented cast and crew have done it. Dune promises to be huge and in anticipation of its release Empire has gone all-out for this issue with not one but…

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THE NUMBERS GAME Once you remove the TV show, the short film and the multiple references to the same movies, I counted only 226 individual flicks in last month’s ‘Ultimate Movie Playlist’ not 235 as advertised on the cover. I loved the feature, but what gives, Empire? MICHAEL, BRUNSWICK, VIC There were 235 entries in the feature, but you’re technically correct. We bet your favourite movie is Trainspotting, eh? GOT MILK? Enough is enough, Empire. Asking stars “How much is a carton of milk?” every issue is offensive on so many levels. In the lactose-cancelled 21st century, may I suggest, “How much is a container of water-based soy squeezings?” Or “What would you barter for a gourd of pressed almond seepage?” This dairy-based white prejudice must end! IAN, VIA EMAIL After reading your letter, we’ll just stick…

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letter of the month

VALE CHADWICK BOSEMAN The recent passing of Chadwick Boseman came as a terrible shock to me – I loved him in the MCU movies as the Black Panther, but there was so much more to him than superheroes. I first saw Chadwick in 2013’s 42, and his performance as baseball trailblazer Jackie Robinson was burned into my memory. I also enjoyed his portrayal of American soul music icon James Brown in 2014’s Get On Up. And he was fantastic in this year’s Da 5 Bloods. Chadwick was great in every role he took on and his death is a huge loss to Hollywood. ANN, PERTH, WA A comprehensive tribute to the very talented actor appears in our next issue, Ann.…

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no./1 a modern horror classic gets an epic upgrade

FEW HORROR MOVIES have captured the terror of rail travel better than Train To Busan. Korean director Yeon Sangho’s high-concept zombies-on-a-train movie trapped a bunch of unsuspecting passengers in confined quarters with a rapidly spreading infection, as society collapsed out of the window. (Edgar Wright, a director not unfamiliar with the undead, declared it the “best zombie movie I’ve seen in forever. A total crowd-pleaser”.) But what does that world look like four years down the tracks, after Train reached its terminus? Prepare for Peninsula, Yeon’s follow-up that swaps cramped carriages for a wide-open, post-apocalyptic cityscape, where the running dead are still at large, militant factions rule the streets and one band of returning survivors — led by Gang Dongwon’s Jungseok — is chasing a big abandoned bounty. Just as the…

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no./ 2 nia dacosta is going higher, further, faster

NIA DACOSTA WAS 16 years old when she first saw Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. As the film started, she wanted to be a writer. But by the time it ended, her life — and path — had changed. “It was just so crazy, and had so much to say. It was super-audacious,” she remembers. “When I watched it, I thought, ‘Oh, you can do anything.’” Which could be the understatement of the century. Now, at just 30 years old, DaCosta is one of the most exciting and in-demand filmmaking voices in the business. With Candyman coming out on October 15, and the keys to a billion-dollar superhero franchise reportedly next up, it is a fairly stratospheric rise. That journey began in her native New York, studying film…

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no./ 3 netflix’s biggest film ever, unpacked

$200M BUDGET Rumoured to be more expensive than every other Netflix Original film, The Gray Man allegedly tops the likes of Triple Frontier and The Irishman, the only ones to come close. 10M NEW SUBSCRIBERS News of The Gray Man comes after the streaming giant boasted ten million additional users joining the platform during the coronavirus pandemic. $5.999 BILLION BOX OFFICE TAKINGS Over four films, the Russo brothers racked up just under $6 billion revenue from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame all set the bar for another high-earning franchise. 8 POTENTIAL SEQUELS The Gray Man could be ushering in an epic new saga of action films to root for, with the 2009 novel by Mark Greaney spawning eight more books — at the time…