Movies, TV & Music

Empire Summer 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...

United Kingdom
Read More
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
this month at empire

I WRITE THIS nine days after seeing Avengers: Endgame for the first time. Tomorrow, I’m off for my third viewing. And from everything I’ve heard from you lot, the last week-and-a-half of your lives hasn’t been much different. Love it or hate it (and we love it, right?), what a joyous, beautiful event it has been! What a coming together of film fans: girls, boys, nanas, grandads, mums, dads, everyone. And what a reminder that there is no greater feeling in this world than sitting in the pictures, holding your breath in anticipation. By the end, my fellow film fans were clapping, crying, whooping, actual air-punching (shout out to that guy). And also, when stumbling out, faces hurting with emotion: debating, questioning, asking WHAT JUST HAPPENED very loudly. So, this…

3 min.
comment of the month

JOURNEY TO THE ENDGAME It’s four days until Endgame in our house, and as we count down the seconds, I can’t help but think we are witnessing movie history that will never be repeated in our lifetime so successfully. To thread multiple stories through 22 films of only slightly varying quality (for my money Iron Man 2 ranks pretty high) is a modern-day miracle of the arts. I’ve loved every second of this journey that I’ve shared with my family, and come Thursday night I’ll walk into our local Odeon knowing we’ll gasp, laugh, cry and, most importantly, come out of the screen bouncing off the ground. Thank you, Marvel! STU IN EASTHAM, VIA EMAIL ON 21 APRIL Just like Thanos rips universes apart, Marvel movies bring people together. Take these Picturehouse passes…

2 min.
get the tarantino look

YOUR AVERAGE MOVIE set is replete with the latest tech, or the most state-of-the-art catering table. On a Quentin Tarantino set, things are a little different. “We had a VHS recorder,” laughs Arianne Phillips, the costume designer of QT’s ninth film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. “We went old-school to watch these great movies we couldn’t find on DVD or online. Quentin much preferred that.” The latest epic from Tarantino is flashing back to a momentous period in Tinseltown history. Namely 1969, when the traditional studio system buckled as a wave of dark, experimental movies hit big, changing the industry forever. The notion of celluloid-junkie Tarantino directing his first-ever film about films (and TV) is tantalising — and promises to be as textured as you’d hope. “The level of detail…

3 min.
is the emperor really still alive?

AFTER WHAT FELT like an eternity of silence, director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy finally unveiled Episode IX last month, revealing title and trailer at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, and Empire was on hand to witness it. As you might expect with Abrams, every answer prompted a dozen more questions. Here are the most pressing… 1 IS THE EMPEROR REALLY STILL ALIVE? “No-one’s ever really gone,” intones Luke, before a final, familiar cackle heralds the end of the trailer. After all these years, could Darth Sidious (right) be back to finish what he started? “It’s amazing that he got to walk out here today and no one knew,” Abrams told Empire after the panel. “The reaction that people had to him only made me grateful that all [those] who could…

1 min.
introducing jannah

A new member of the line-up in The Rise Of Skywalker is British actor Naomi Ackie. Officially introduced as part of the Star Wars family at Celebration, Ackie best known for her performances in a 2015 episode of Doctor Who, and opposite Florence Pugh as ill-fated housemaid Anna in William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth (pictured below). She’ll also be appearing in the upcoming Game Of Thrones prequel. Ackie joins the saga as Jannah, a space rogue who she will only say “crosses paths” with the core characters at some point in the film. However, with her penchant for natty capes and yellow attire that closely matches that of a certain smooth-talking scoundrel, speculation is rife that Jannah’s family name might rhyme with Falrissian. “Listen, Lando is a very charming man,” she…

3 min.
“he raised an entire generation”

RICK, IT’S THE ’90s. Can’t afford to be afraid of our own people anymore, man. I was 19 years old when I watched John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood. Laurence Fishburne played one of the most iconic characters in black cinema, Furious Styles. A father in South Central Los Angeles who was all too familiar with the destructive effect of crime on young boys’ lives, Styles instilled values of compassion and respect in his son in order to raise a responsible young man. For those (like me) who had grown up without a father for most of their childhood, John Singleton raised an entire generation. John Singleton was only four years older than me, but had already become the first African-American filmmaker (and the youngest person ever) to be nominated for…