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Empire July 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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1 min.
this month at empire

IT’S 25 YEARS since Quentin Tarantino stormed Cannes with Pulp Fiction (which Empire, then only four-and-a-half years old, reviewed as “brilliantly written and unfathomably cool” before slapping it with five stars). Nearly three decades on, he’s back. And while a lot of things do change, have changed, some things don’t. Firstly, Quentin Tarantino is as singular, as sure as ever. And secondly, a new Tarantino movie is still a major landmark moment. So when we found out Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood would be a meditation on the dying embers of Hollywood’s golden age, with Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, no less, we had more than a few questions. Features editor Nick de Semlyen was dispatched to Los Angeles to sit with QT in the edit suite…

2 min.
comment of the month

HOLY MEMORY LANE, BATMAN! I first found Empire in the summer of 1989, buying issue 2 in Heathrow airport. Then a 14-year-old kid, I was hooked. I remember reading about the making of Tim Burton’s Batman, seeing the models and huge sets at Pinewood. I’ve collected every issue (see pic, from the home cinema I built myself ), and now my kids are reading it, too. Congrats on an amazing 30 years! ALEX PERDIOS, VIA EMAIL 364 issues, 30 years, five Batmen, one Mr Freeze. It’s been a wild ride — thanks for joining us, Alex. Enjoy your Picturehouse passes — Joker’s on the horizon… Empire’s star letter wins a Picturehouse Membership, plus one for a friend! Valid for one year at 23 Picturehouse Cinemas across the UK, including the flagship Picturehouse Central in…

2 min.
could she terminate a terminator?

JAMES CAMERON’S FIRST two Terminator films both rested upon the shoulders of a powerful female hero. But even the black-clad paramilitary Sarah Connor of T2 couldn’t hope to go punch-for-punch with a Terminator and come out on top. That all changes in Dark Fate, with the arrival of Mackenzie Davis’ Grace. “She’s been specially enhanced to fight Terminators,” explains director Tim Miller. “In the movie’s first big action sequence she’s just beating the living fuck out of him with a sledgehammer. It’s great!” Last seen changing nappies and downing shots in Tully, Mackenzie Davis’ latest role is a million miles from Jason Reitman’s super nanny. As a battle-worn fighter she’s all muscle and menace: a saviour from the future who’s neither human nor Terminator but somewhere in-between. “Mackenzie is fantastic,” says…

2 min.
so... what the hell does this all mean, then?

Star Wars! Avatar 2! Eight Marvel films! We decode Disney’s galaxy of releases for the next decade NEW AVENGERS ARE ASSEMBLING Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige says he has at least five years of films planned out for Phase Four — and now we have dates. Expect newcomers Shang-Chi and The Eternals, along with the Black Widow spin-off and a smattering of sequels, including for Doctor Strange and Black Panther. James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 looks likely for 2022. Don’t rule out a new Avengers either. … BUT THE OTHER MARVEL UNIVERSE IS WINDING DOWN Disney’s multi-billion-dollar Fox takeover has implications for the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, of course — although both are being “rested” for now before their eventual introduction into the MCU. Channing Tatum’s mutant spin-off Gambit has…

1 min.
small talk

How’s your day been? Are you working at the moment? Oh mate, I am off . I am a person in the world. I am sat on a couch. What am I doing? I’m reading books! I’m going on walks! I’m seeing friends! I’m with my family! I’m in my mid-thirties! You’re living! Well, that sounds like living to me... Do you know what I mean? I’ve been grinding away, like everyone else our age has been, I suppose, addicted to work in certain ways. You know, I’ve been working back-to-back for so long, I just realised, “Oh, I don’t feel the need to do that anymore.” That’s quite a nice feeling. It feels like an idea that’s gaining ground. There was an article online recently about millennials being the “burnout generation”. It’s tricky because…

2 min.
booksmart won on its own terms

BOOKSMART, OLIVIA WILDE’S debut about two high-school geeks on a fun-mission, is a brilliant film. Its release, though, has stirred almost as many emotions as the thing itself. “Anyone out there saving Booksmart for another day, consider making that day TODAY,” tweeted Wilde shortly after opening weekend last month. “We are getting creamed by the big dogs out there and need your support.” Regular and celeb fans duly rallied around. Booksmart made $8.7 million in the US that weekend, which has split box-office analysts. It’s an indie comedy with still fairly new actors and was up against genre titans, including Aladdin, and franchise veterans like John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, Avengers: Endgame and Pokémon: Detective Pikachu still going well. Still, the blame game hit quickly, with fans, haters, pundits and critics…