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Empire Australasia

January 2021
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this month at empire

2020 MAY HAVE been a turbulent year for movies, but the small-screen industry kept chugging along nicely and, in fact, helped fill the void for locked-down viewers. If we weren’t watching top-notch television series on our favourite TV channel or streaming service, we were catching up with a ton of movies that went straight to digital, including big-budget epics like Mulan and Greyhound. We may primarily be a FILM magazine, but we couldn’t ignore the small-screen juggernaut last year. With so many movie releases being delayed (and delayed again), there were months when, if it hadn’t been for the movies and TV shows streaming on Disney+, Netflix, Stan et al, we would have struggled to fill our ‘On Screen’ section. So, with that in mind, it seems appropriate that this…

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THE DIVERSITY SQUAD The Suicide Squad (Empire, December) looks very male and very white. It will be interesting to give it the once-over with the Bechdel-Wallace test and view the film through the lens of diversity. ANN, NUGENT, TAS From what we could see, the Squad looks pretty diverse. We’re certainly not gonna argue the case with a guy sporting a shark’s head. MOVIES ROCK! Movies do more for us than people give them credit. For example, Peter Cullen – the voice of Optimus Prime in Transformers – was my childhood hero. I’m lucky enough to have had vodkas with Peter at a function. Now, I’ve been on chemo and watching films still gives me a certain strength and desire to keep going. To all you lovely people behind movies and Empire magazine, thank you MAT,…

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letter of the month

VALE DARTH VADER I was saddened to learn of the passing of David Prowse last November. Growing up in England in the 1970s and 80s, I have fond memories of the big fella dressed up as the superhero Green Cross Man, who was used in a children’s road safety campaign. Of course, as a Star Wars fan, I loved the imposing physical qualities David gave to Darth Vader. And when I turned 18, I finally checked out his bizarre cameo in Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. He was a versatile, talented actor. MICHAEL, GOLD COAST, QLD We agree that David’s strongman build helped Darth Vader come across as very intimidating, even before you added James Earl Jones’ deep voice to the mix.…

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no./1 disney’s biggest bombshells, digested

WE WERE EXCITED! Disney were not shy about revealing new footage at their Investor’s Day presentation on December 10; it’s not every day you get four shiny new Marvel trailers in one go. The first Loki trailer gave us lots of tantalising glimpses of what Tom Hiddleston’s God Of Mischief will be up to in a show Kevin Feige called a “crime thriller”. Most intriguingly of all, the end of the teaser sees Loki returning to Asgard via Bifrost: who — or what — will await him upon his return? WandaVision’s second trailer looked appropriately wild, too; in contrast, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier promises to be a much more grounded show, focusing on Steve Rogers’ BFFs, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). Cap’s bequeathed shield was…

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no./ 2 “dave was the opposite of everything darth vader was”

THE FIRST TIME I met Dave was when he came on set in the full Darth Vader outfit. I’d seen Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art, but to see it fully realised was stunning. A big part of that was just Dave’s size. He was a towering figure with this magnificent presence. Although we didn’t know it at the time, we were seeing the creation of one of the most iconic, enduring and feared villains of all time. That’s a tribute to him and to George Lucas’s storyline, because he’s only in that original film for less than ten minutes. Even though I wasn’t working that day, I remember being on set when they filmed Darth Vader’s opening scene. I asked George: “How come there’s no exposition when he first comes in? Why…

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no./ 3 how toby kebbell found his ideal role

TOBY KEBBELL HAS gone from junkie to monkey during his 20-year career: after hurtling onto radars in Shane Meadows’ Dead Man’s Shoes , and later as a drug addict in Guy Ritchie’s RockNRolla , he later moved into motion capture as Koba in War For The Planet Of The Apes and King Kong in Kong: Skull Island . No role feels more fitting of Kebbell’s talents, however, than Sean, the conflicted co-lead of M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological horror series, Servant . It was a role the Yorkshire-born actor fought tooth and nail for. “I auditioned for the part for over three months while doing other jobs,” Kebbell says. “I was shooting Bloodshot in South Africa. And then I was shooting Daniel , the Danish film. It was about four or five…