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Empire October 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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THE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT a tiny new film by Martin Scorsese began 17 months ago. The end result, one of the biggest world exclusives we’ve ever run, is in your hands right now: the first shoot and interviews with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino anywhere, about The Irishman. And when I say the first, I really do mean anywhere, in the world. You can only read this in Empire. Our very own Nick de Semlyen travelled to New York (twice) to speak to the aforementioned men, and the result is the definitive article on The Irishman. Alongside his beautiful words are incredible portraits by world-renowned photographer Brigitte Lacombe and a clutch of never-been-seen stills from the film. It’s a packed big-hitter of a cover story and a…

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LIST CHECKED It’s been as epic as Frodo and Sam’s journey to Mordor, but I’ve watched every film in Empire’s 100 Greatest Movies list from 2017. From the highs (the Rings trilogy, Interstellar, Shawshank) to the lows (Lost In Translation), it’s been perhaps the greatest cinematic feat of my life, and I thank Empire and all those who voted for providing me with such an experience. I look forward to the next one. BILLY WHITE, VIA EMAIL Congrats, Billy, on completing your quest — next up, you might want to fill in any blind spots from our list of 30 essential movies from the past 30 years, as selected for our September 2019 issue. Picture house Empire’s star letter wins a Picturehouse Membership, plus one for a friend! Valid for one year at 23 Picturehouse…

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no./1 little women — as you’ve never seen it before

AFTER THE RUNAWAY success of teen comedy-drama Lady Bird, her 2017 directorial debut, nobody expected Oscar-nominated indie darling Greta Gerwig to do a period drama. Except, that is, Greta Gerwig, who had been thinking about an adaptation of Little Women — the classic coming-of-age novel by Louisa May Alcott about four sisters in 1800s Massachusetts — for years. “I had actually written a draft of the script before I even went into production for Lady Bird,” Gerwig reveals. “I wasn’t sure about it. But it just kept coming up in my consciousness.” Part of the reason Little Women kept gnawing at Gerwig was the character of Jo March, Alcott’s tempestuous alter ego in the novel. “I’ve always looked upon [Jo] as a superhero origin story for girls who want to write,”…

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no./2 where will spider-man be calling home now?

THE NEWS THAT Sony and Marvel might — only might, at the time of going to press — cease to work together on the Spider-Man films, and that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man might accordingly have appeared in his last Avengers film, was a gut punch. With that 2015 Sony power-sharing deal, and more recently as Marvel finally regained the X-Men, Blade and Fantastic Four, we fans felt like — in a world where rainforests burn and fascists rise — at least one thing was pure and good. The MCU Spider-Man has been a gift and a joy to watch, and the urge to take to the streets with pitchforks is strong. Spidey joining the MCU was the return of a prodigal son, Marvel comics’ best-loved child back where he belongs, webslinging alongside…

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no./3 the corrupt cop procedural gets political

NAOMIE HARRIS GETS recognised a fair bit these days — she is Moneypenny, after all. But while filming tough new thriller Black And Blue in New Orleans, she found herself getting noticed for different reasons. “It was interesting just to see how people reacted when I was in police uniform — how afraid they were me,” she recalls. “I became suddenly unapproachable, because of this uniform. The power of it was incredible.” It’s the power of that uniform that Black And Blue explores, reviving and evolving the template established in the ’70s and ’80s by one-honest-cop dramas like Serpico and Prince Of The City. Harris plays Alicia, a rookie police officer who witnesses a murder from her corrupt colleagues; the difference from the ’70s is that it’s all caught on a…

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no./4 how to avoid pearl harbor 2

1 IT’S TRUE TO HISTORY Roland Emmerich has wanted to make a movie about Pearl Harbour and the pivotal 1942 Battle Of Midway for 20 years. When he first pitched it to Sony Pictures, its (Japanese) bosses weren’t keen. Besides, Michael Bay had his own Pearl Harbor thundering into production. And we all know how that turned out. But Emmerich, who’s now finally made Midway as a $95 million indie movie, dismisses comparisons. “They didn’t even use the right planes,” he laughs. “They had Spitfires flying around, which is nearly comical!” In contrast, Emmerich and his team buried themselves in research, even constructing all their ’40s war machines from scratch. “Nothing exists from ’42 anymore,” he says, “so we had to build everything.” 2 THERE’S NO BOLTED-ON ROMANCE One of Pearl Harbor’s most…