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Empire March 2020

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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AS I WRITE THIS, WE’RE JUST ten days into a new year and a new decade. Can I still say happy new year? Oh, sod it: happy new year! As is customary as time, events and movies past begin to recede in the rearview mirror, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the 21st century so far. Much is made of the chaos and even ugliness we’ve seen, but we’ve also had plentiful moments of beauty, lyricism and hope. And this applies to cinema as much as the so-called real world. It has been a seismic two decades, the ground shifting beneath our feet pretty much constantly. From the people who create our movies, to the ways they’re made, to how we watch them, nothing is as it was.…

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During Empire’s chat with Sam Mendes about 1917, the Oscar-winning director devised a genius competition for you, the Empire reader. Says Sam Mendes: “I am announcing a little competition to guess the actual number of stitches/edits in 1917, from beginning to end — as long as you promise to do this the second or third time you watch the movie, not the first. The person who guesses correctly can join me for a day on set watching me shoot my next movie, in about a decade when I am ready to make another one!” The closing date is 14 February so time is the enemy.Send your answer to empire@bauermedia.co.uk with the subject ‘1917 Competition’. Full T&Cs can be found at https://www.empireonline.com/movies/ features/1917comp/…

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talk to us

LICENCE TO READ I’m writing this on a Saturday, in that hazy period between Christmas and New Year, after scouting the shops yesterday on Her Majesty’s secret mission looking for the James Bond Exclusive, February edition of Empire. Now having it, I’m lying down in bed (with a vodka martini — I wish) with the radio station playing a ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’ segment featuring themes from some of the greatest movies. I truly do feel like a spy — mission accomplished! Thanks M, and thanks Empire! KAMAL FARRAH , SOUTHAMPTON That’s actually the sting in No Time To Die. TWITTER THE @EMPIREMAGAZINE ARTICLE ON TANGO & CASH AND THE INCREDIBLY MESSED UP PRODUCTION IS ONE OF THE BEST PIECES OF FILM WRITING I’VE READ SINCE GOLDMAN. EVERY PARAGRAPH HAS SOME NEW LEVEL OF…

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comment of the month

STUB LIFE I am writing to you as I don’t know where else to turn. I’m in the process of cataloguing my cinema tickets chronologically. However, I have hit a couple of snags. Tickets from a local independent cinema have the date but no year and another fleapit only issues stubs with no details at all. Am I the only reader suffering in this way? NATHAN SHIPLEY How to correctly organise ticket stubs is, of course, the most underreported dilemma of the modern age. To help with this most first world of hardships, have a Picturehouse membership and all the (dated) stubs that come with it. 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 Picturehouse…

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no./1 the redemption of jar jar

“HEESA BACK!” After years in the Star Wars wilderness, Ahmed Best — the artist formerly known as Jar Jar Binks — has returned to the galactic fold. The actor, who provided the voice and motion capture of the much-maligned Gungan in the prequel trilogy, was announced as the presenter of Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge, a Crystal Maze-esque game show for kids that is coming soon to Disney +. The show marks the latest stage in a rehabilitation that saw Best go from Bigger-Villain-Than-Palpatine to beloved prodigal son via a terrifying brush with attempted suicide. After a “wonderful experience” shooting Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, Best’s troubles started when the trailer dropped on 13 November 1998. The then 25-year-old actor received all colours of hate for Jar Jar…

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no./2 notes on a controversy

TREVORROW EXITS (5 SEPTEMBER 2017) Episode IX’s original director leaves the film. “Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways,” says the press release. A week later, The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams is announced as his replacemnent. PALPATINE RETURNS (12 APRIL 2019) At the biannual Star Wars Celebration, the surprise return of Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine is revealed. TREVORROW EARNS A CREDIT (22 NOVEMBER 2019 ) Trevorrow still gets a “story by” credit, but tells Empire that including Palpatine in the film is “honestly something I never considered”. REVIEWS HIT (18 DECEMBER 2019) The reviews embargo lifts two days before the release. The film’s score on Rotten Tomatoes ultimately settles on 53 per cent, one of the few Star Wars films to earn a ‘Rotten’ rating. THE EDITOR SPEAKS (23 DECEMBER 2019) Speaking on The Rough…