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Empire August 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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HELLO! YOU MAY have noticed that we look a little different. You see, every year, we head into a small room and take a close look at the magazine you hold in your hands. We ask ourselves: is there anything at all we could be doing a bit better? For you: the people who mean the most. The answer is in the pages that follow: a new look, a new front section (Take 20) and some new regular features (including a spoiler section). We love it and really hope that you do too. And don’t worry, we’ve still got all the bits of Empire that we know you love as well. It’s a fitting issue to share our new-but-true-to-who-we-are look with you. For the cover story, we went to Hollywood to…

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comment if the month

A NEW GOLDEN AGE? As I opened and perused my Once Upon A Time In Hollywood issue of Empire this month, I couldn’t help but notice that this has been a belting few weeks for cinema. Then I started to look at the scores, only to find two football pitches’ (roughly equal to six London buses) worth of four-star reviews — an admirable 62 stars across the reviewed movies. I wonder, is that some sort of record? RICHARD STAINFORTH, VIA EMAIL After 30 years of issues, it would take too long to check. But the film industry keeps growing more diverse, and is buoyed by exciting new voices. And that means we all win. Use these Picturehouse passes to take in those exciting new flicks. Empire’s star letter wins a Picturehouse Membership, plus one…

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no./1 an ode to action movies

THE MOST EXCITING films this summer are all glorious odes to pure, unadulterated action. Nothing encapsulates this more than the return of Rambo, still drawing blood after nearly 40 years, or the arrival of Hobbs & Shaw, a giddily ludicrous Fast & Furious spin-off . In fact, the genre has been reinvigorated by Mad Max: Fury Road, The Raid, John Wick, the aforementioned Fast & Furious movies and more. Plus, with two more Mission: Impossible sequels and John Wick: Chapter 4 on the horizon, the renaissance isn’t slowing. Yet these films continue to be underestimated and misunderstood, so let’s be clear: the action film is an art form unto itself. Action is sensory, immersive and something of a spectacle. It can be therapeutic and cathartic; the resurgence of the Mission: Impossible franchise,…

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no./2 return to the overlook hotel

REDRUM Danny Torrance is back, and now a fortysomething called Dan (Ewan McGregor). After getting sober, his psychic powers return, manifesting in chalkboard messages on his wall. These culminate in the familiar “Redrum” — drawn in lipstick by Danny on a door in The Shining — although it reads “Murder” here, with Danny first seeing it reflected in his mirror. A signal that he’s now receiving the messages, not sending them. THE TRICYCLE “When I was a kid, I bumped into these things,” Dan says. And that’s when we see director Mike Flanagan’s first painstaking recreation of The Shining: young Danny, the tricycle, that labyrinthine carpet. This flashback is our first proof that, as well as being an adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, this is very much a sequel to…

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no./3 taika waititi is hitler?

YES, TAIKA’S PLAYING THE FÜHRER. SORT OF The film, Taika Waititi’s first directing effort since 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, sees him play a ten-year-old boy’s manifestation of the Führer: an “idiotic” imaginary friend combining Hitler with his missing dad. But this Hitler is not a cuddly comfort. Waititi told Deadline he “didn’t do any research” because the Nazi is “a fucking c**t”, and he would essentially play himself with “a bad haircut and a shitty little moustache. And a mediocre German accent.” IT’S (LOOSELY) BASED ON A HIT BOOK Christine Leunens’ dark, haunting Caging Skies was published in 2008. Its anti-hero is Johannes, a devoted Hitler Youth member who finds his mother is hiding a Jewish girl, Elsa, in their house in World War II Vienna — the boy becoming increasingly drawn to the…

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no./4 how to prepare for a tarantino film

MARGOT ROBBIE WATCHED SHARON TATE’S EYE OF THE DEVIL “Her first film. She was so good in it. When I spoke to [Sharon’s sister] Debra Tate, she said, ‘That’s my favourite performance of Sharon’s.’ I think so too. [Odile de Caray] was a good character for her. I love watching her in Valley Of The Dolls — but I think those characters are more what people projected onto Sharon, as opposed to what she was really capable of.” LEONARDO DICAPRIO WENT ON A RALPH MEEKER MARATHON “To [Quentin], that’s one of his favourite actors of all time. For me it was an exploration in the underground, and a celebration of a lot of television and B films that I’ve never been exposed to. And a celebration of those people’s work on an equal level and on a…