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Empire September 2020

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LET’S BE HONEST - the lockdown experience we’ve all been going through has had several downsides. Being stuck in the same house for months on end has made my perception of time go wonkier than the end of Interstellar. I’m now on speaking terms with several of the birds in my garden. And, to be completely honest, I’ve forgotten how to use socks. That said, there have been some upsides too. Like the sheer amount of time we’ve all had to dive into the endless ocean that is cinema’s past. Wherever you are in the world, chances are this year you’ve discovered movie gems, or gone back to hallowed favourites. Among the many movies that have helped keep me sane (ish) of late: The Red Shoes, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,…

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X HITS THE SPOT Reading your article on The Omen brought back memories for me. When I was a fresh-faced 15-year-old boy, I went to my local three-screen Odeon to watch Hitchcock’s Family Plot. I realised very quickly I was in the wrong screen and was watching The Omen, which of course was an ‘X’ certificate (I was tall for my age!). Loved it. I later boasted to all my friends of my exploits. PHIL SCHRODER, LONDON Thanks for that, er, heartwarming story, Phil. Have a Picturehouse membership on us - hopefully you can find the right screen this time. (Or not, as the case may be.) Picture house 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…

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no./1 ben wheatley’s new nightmare

TAKE EMPIRE’S WORD for it for now, but this exclusive image is Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel Rebecca in microcosm. A spooky mansion - Manderley - in the dead of night, supplying those Gothic vibes. Armie Hammer’s Maxim de Winter, master of the house, detached and aloof. His new wife - the second Mrs de Winter, played by Lily James - reaching out to him, seemingly perpetually, in an attempt to build some sort of bridge. In the shadows, lurking, plotting, scheming, Kristin Scott Thomas’ seeminglyMachiavellian housekeeper, Mrs Danvers. And all around them, in every nook and every cranny, in every ornament and ornate decoration of Manderley, the presence of the first Mrs de Winter, the titular Rebecca, can be felt. “I particularly love that shot,” Wheatley…

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no./ 2 the event that could change dc forever

THE CASTING OF Michael Keaton as Batman in the long-awaited Flash movie has caused shockwaves. It was announced at Comic-Con 2017 that the movie would be based on the hugely influential 2011 Flashpoint comic book, where Barry Allen/the Flash (Ezra Miller) uses his super-speed to travel through time and save his mother’s life, breaking the timeline and fatally changing reality. But what could the film look like — and how might it impact the DCEU? MULTIPLE BATMEN! Keaton will apparently return as Bruce Wayne, building on the continuity of his two Tim Burton films. That’s a change from the Flashpoint comic, where Barry meets a grizzled Thomas Wayne version of Batman, who took up the cape when his son was killed; his wife Martha went mad and became the Joker. Reports suggest…

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no./3 ready the easter eggs!

ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS Nintendo’s lockdown-phenomenon game seems ripe for the Easter-egg treatment: look out for ticker-tape turnip prices, or an entire commercial zone dominated by the malevolent raccoon entrepreneur, Tom Nook. BABY YODA The Mandalorian’s tiny mascot is surely guaranteed a cameo. Perhaps getting ID’d in an Oasis bar, or intently playing the Pokémon trading-card game with Babu Frik. RICK AND MORTY An ideal in-joke reference for one of Ready Player Two’s puzzle-quest challenges would take place inside a fake vat of acid, as seen in Rick And Morty’s Season 4 classic titled, um, ‘The Vat Of Acid Episode’. READY PLAYER TWO BY ERNEST CLINE IS PUBLISHED ON 24 NOVEMBER…

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no. /4 the ten decades of carl reiner [in memoriam]

1920s As a Jewish boy raised in the Bronx, New York, Reiner’s comedy career started early: he pretended to read prayers at synagogue, in what he called “double-talk Hebrew” – essentially, gibberish. “I was then, and still am, a Hebrew illiterate,” he wrote in the 2013 memoir I Remember Me. 1930s As a young actor embarking on the abundant agonies of auditioning, Reiner botched one such effort by boldly delivering the stage directions as if they were dialogue (at least, according to Reiner’s autobiographical-ish 1958 novel, Enter Laughing). 1940s During World War II, Reiner talked his way into the Special Services at a production of Hamlet and toured revues in the South Pacific; as he later recounted on the Conan O’Brien show, troops would throw papayas if they didn’t like the act. 1950s Reiner met fellow Jewish…