Films, TV & Muziek

Empire June 2019

NEWS! Empire brings you world-exclusive movie news and first-look pictures of the films you want to watch and care about. REVIEWS! Empire delivers the most independent and authoritative movie reviews in the world - period. ACCESS! Empire's incredible insider-access brings you the interviews with A-list Hollywood stars that no-one else can get. All served with an irreverent sense of humour and unparalleled movie knowledge...

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this month at empire

ARE WE OFFICIALLY in summertime now? We must be. The mornings are light and warm, the birds are in full voice a little earlier and Keanu Reeves is back — dog by his side — to kick seven bells out of a bad guy, or several (hundred) bad guys. Three surefire signs of summer and, more specifically, summer blockbuster season. To mark the change of the seasons, we sat down with Keanu for a long, lovely, wide-ranging chat that took in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, Speed, Point Break and, yes, Bill & Ted. And, while we were at it, went all-out on the action front, breaking down some of this summer’s most bonkers, spectacular set-pieces in the likes of Men In Black: International and Hobbs & Shaw. The…

2 min.
comment of the month

STRIPPED BACK I just finished an art project and thought you’d like to see the results. I started reading Empire in March 2012, the Avengers issue, and have been a subscriber ever since. I kept every issue, (moving four times) but always wanted to do something creative with them. Last month I took the plunge and cut my favourite covers into strips, pieced them together and framed it. We’ve since moved house again and it’s now pride of place on the wall. I love how it charts my Empire journey so far, from the Avengers assembling to ‘the snap’! Thanks for the journey, keep up the good work! EDWARD SOWERBY, VIA EMAIL This is fantastic, Edward — you are truly the Thanos of magazine covers. Now rest and watch the sun rise on…

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the founding father

ONE OF THE greatest joys of Marvel Studios bringing Spider-Man into the MCU was seeing how well Peter Parker played with the superheroic grown-ups. But, much as we loved watching him take down Ant-Man in Civil War, or compare pop-culture notes with Star-Lord in Infinity War, what really captured our hearts were his scenes with newfound mentor (and suit-designer) Tony Stark. The absence of a reliable father figure in Peter’s life, and his difficulty holding on to the ones that appear, is a theme that’s been touched on repeatedly throughout the Spider-Man movies. Neither Norman Osborn nor Otto Octavius worked out in the first two Sam Raimi movies, but Tony filled the role admirably in Tom Holland’s three previous outings as the adolescent webslinger, not least by refusing to turn into…

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back in action

DIRECTOR MICHAEL DOWSE grew up watching, and loving, action comedies. To him, the genre never got better than 48 Hrs., Lethal Weapon or Midnight Run: movies which were “steeped in realism” and which punched hard before delivering their punchlines. “They weren’t initially comedies,” says the Canadian filmmaker behind scrappy ice-hockey comedy Goon, “but then they would put a comedy person in it and it would become an action comedy.” Now, with Stuber, Dowse hopes to bring the genre roaring into the 21st century. It stars Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) as Stu, a Los Angeles Uber driver whose car is commandeered by rogue über-cop Vic (Dave Bautista). Vic’s just found out his partner’s killer (The Raid’s Iko Uwais) is in town, but is recovering from laser eye-surgery and can’t see well…

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small talk

What’s the last great thing you watched? The Night Manager, which I hadn’t seen when it came out. It’s terrific. Really well done. I was approached about a spy-thriller thing, but I couldn’t really wrap my head around it, because it felt like a cross between The End Of The Affair and Tom Clancy and I thought, “How do these go together?” But I watched The Night Manager and I was like, “Oh, this is how you do it.” How about in the cinema? The last movie I watched was Venom, primarily because I heard everybody saying how bad it was. And I really liked it! I don’t understand the critical definitions anymore. Thor: Ragnarok is 99 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes and Venom is, like, 30 per cent. But I think, “They…

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the hall-rounder

YOU WILL SELDOM find an actress who takes on a film because it’s anticlimactic. But for Regina Hall, star of stubbornly endearing workplace comedy Support The Girls, this was the big draw. “It’s set in a place called Double Whammies, so you think it’s gonna be a comedy about boobs and beers,” she says. “But it’s actually a story about working-class women and their battles. They’re just trying to figure out how to get from one day to the next.” The film — which is set in a Hooters-style restaurant off a Texan highway — sees a shift in trajectory for the Girls Trip star and Scary Movie stalwart. Her nuanced performance saw her scoop up Best Actress at last year’s New York Critics Circle awards, a win that both shocked…