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Empire Australasia December 2018

Share in the glamour and glitz of the movie industry with Empire, a magazine dedicated to delivering the latest interviews, movie reviews and behind-the-scenes stories from one of the most talked about industries in the world. Empire goes behind the scenes to bring you the real stories from the movie business, the stars, the latest releases in cinemas, video & DVD.

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this month at empire

SO THE YEAR is almost done. What’s the deal with that? Wasn’t it 2017, like, just before lunch? Terrifying speeding up of time aside, it’s been quite a stellar year for movies. (Although if you love movies, when is it ever not? Also, promise that’s the last rhetorical question I ask this month. Or is it?) My 2018 highlights were wide and varied: like most Marvel lovers I was completely taken with Avengers: Infinity War, which is definitely the funniest movie ever made about half of humanity being wiped out; there were some stellar Australian movies on offer in the form of Warwick Thornton’s gripping Sweet Country, Simon Baker’s meditative Breath and Outback apocalypse thriller Cargo; under-the-radar gems like New Zealand comedy The Breaker Upperers and truth-blurring heist flick American Animals arrived…

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OVERLORD ALMIGHTY Reading your latest article on the J.J. Abrams-produced film Overlord (Empire #211), of which there has been some speculation of it as a potential entry in the Cloverfield franchise. In late September I had the privilege of viewing an early premiere of the movie at OzComicCon, and while I will not state any details, I can firmly say that it is not a Cloverfield movie. It is, however, a brilliantly crafted and entertaining film, full to the brim with fast-paced horror action that makes for a wild gun-firin’, Nazi-shootin’ good time. The premiere came as a pleasant surprise following the end of a panel with director Julius Avery and lead antagonist Pilou Asbaek and it really made my 16th birthday. I recommend seeing Overlord, preferably in the largest cinema…

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letter of the month

What an amazing moment, to get the mag I have bought every issue since day one, to find my loyal lovely wrinkly old face represented on the cover by the endlessly amazing Jamie Lee Curtis! (Empire, October 2018.) I looked and instead of thinking, “Sigh, I used to be gorgeous too,” I looked and yelled, “Fuck yeah, I look like Jamie Lee Curtis!” Kudos for putting her face on the front cover. ANN STUHT, VIA EMAIL Thanks Ann! We were lucky enough to meet the delightful Jamie Lee during her Australian promotional visit for Halloween, and can happily report that she is just as amazing and funny in real life as you’d hope her to be. Who knows, with the inevitable follow-up to Halloween she may be back on the cover of…

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the frontrunner

AT THIS YEAR’S Venice Film Festival, Roma took home the Golden Lion, the biggest prize; at the London Film Festival, it earned ecstatic reactions. Five years after winning the Best Director Oscars for Gravity, director Alfonso Cuarón is suddenly riding a wave of awards buzz again — this time, for a fastidious recreation of his childhood, set during one year in early ’70s Mexico that goes above and beyond to bring his reminiscences to life. Ninety per cent of the film, he says, is ripped directly from his formative years. “It was about coming to terms with my own life,” he says. ‘So I wanted it to be about creating an approach that felt organic for me.” This meant not only shooting them in the same locations as the actual events…

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a new breed

GIVEN HIS POSITION as a pioneer of performance capture, it’s hardly surprising Andy Serkis’ take on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book involves the same hi-tech techniques used to bring characters like Gollum and Planet Of The Apes’ Caesar to life. But what is surprising is the way he’s doing it. When Empire observes Serkis playing ursine mentor Baloo on a tropical plant-smothered soundstage at Leavesden Studios in March 2015, the Mowgli director is familiarly donned in a grey onesie liberally dotted with motion-capture tech. But curiously, he isn’t the only person playing the bear. Behind him stands another unitarded actor, tethered to Serkis via a four-foot-long pool noodle. As Serkis growls his lines in a cockney accent, this guy (named Ben), sways slightly from side to side, helping provide the full…

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prime time

The Wheel Of Time ? That’s like The Circle Of Life, right? Not quite. It is, rather, an epic series of fantasy books written by Robert Jordan. Sprawling across 15 volumes (including one prequel) the books were published between 1990 and 2013, the final three written by Brandon Sanderson, after Jordan’s death. Another Game Of Thrones wannabe, then? Not really. This one’s ‘high fantasy’, so much heavier on the magic, which, incidentally, is split into two halves: the male (Saidin) and the female (Saidar). Of course, Saidin is tainted by evil and drives all male magicians mad, which is a downer. Mad wizards. Got it. So what’s the story? It’s a classic hero’s journey involving a trio of small town friends called Rand, Perrin and Mat (yes, Mat) who depart on a grand adventure that…

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