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Total Film August 2019

Total Film is the world’s best movie magazine, a monthly digest of what's hot in the empire of movie culture. Each issue offers in-depth features on the biggest movies - both mainstream and arthouse. You'll find the latest movie news, reviews of all the new releases, star interviews, on-set reports and an extensive home entertainment guide that rates all the new releases in dvd, blu-ray, videogames, books and soundtracks. If you love movies, then Total Film Magazine is your unmissable monthly companion.

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in this issue

1 min.
welcome to total film

Beep, beep, readers! And sorry to anyone suffering from coulrophobia… because you’re getting a lot of clown for your buck this issue as we head on set of It Chapter Two and talk malevolence with everyone including Pennywise himself, Bill Skarsgård. That comprehensive access was mirrored on Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood as we tracked Tarantino’s latest from set visit to Cannes via a glam photoshoot. Not just poking about on that set either, this month we delved behind the scenes of The Dark Crystal (gelflings!) plus quizzed Oliver Stone and Benedict Cumberbatch about their extraordinary careers. We also hung out with the ladies of The Kitchen and got the latest updates on Rambo, Knives Out and Doctor Sleep. A pretty packed issue, I think you’ll agree. I just…

1 min.
total film wingman

DEAR WINGMAN Correct me if I’m wrong, but is there a greater movie actor than Robert De Niro? OK, so some of his films in recent years have been very questionable, but his classics will be around for years to come: Goodfellas, Casino, A Bronx Tale, Ronin, Taxi Driver, Cape Fear, The Deer Hunter… the list goes on. Maybe you could run a poll in a future edition to find out who readers think is the greatest of all time? ANDY B, BIRMINGHAM WINGMAN SAYS… Ironically, there’s one film you didn’t mention – Raging Bull (sorry to disappoint, Dirty Grandpa fans), the film that earned Bob his second Oscar and more importantly, pole position on our greatest-performances countdown (TF278). But yes, do tell us your top thesp, readers. Wingman votes for the tot…

5 min.

EMAIL totalfilm@futurenet.com WRITE Total Film, 1-10 Praed Mews, London W2 1QY (postal addresses will be used for the sole purpose of sending out prizes) gamesradar.com/totalfilm twitter.com/totalfilm facebook.com/totalfilm Drop us a line totalfilm@futurenet.com STAR LETTER So, American Pie is 20 years old [see feature, TF287]. Happy birthday American Pie, the film of my teenage years. How I laughed at Jim and his encounter with a warm apple pie! How I lusted after Stifler’s Mom! The film was iconic. I decided to watch it again now that I’m in my thirties… and I hated it! Man, those kids are annoying! The only thing that saves it is Eugene Levy’s wonderful performance as Jim’s over-supportive dad. Definitely a film of its time, I think. OWEN HOLLIFIELD, CAERPHILLY Sorry you feel that Pie has turned to crumble, Owen.…

5 min.
last man standing

He’s back. More than a decade since his last screen outing, Sylvester Stallone’s Vietnam vet is taking up arms once more. Rambo: Last Blood takes its leave, says incoming director Adrian Grunberg, from the final shot of 2008’s Rambo, when Sly’s damaged Green Beret returned to his family ranch in Arizona. “That’s where we find Rambo 10 years later,” adds the filmmaker, returning to the director’s chair after his 2012 feature debut, Mel Gibson thriller How I Spent My Summer Vacation. Needless to say, John Rambo isn’t kicking back in his rocking chair staring into the sunset. As Stallone told an audience in Cannes earlier this year, “He does come home, but in a way he never arrives. He’s there but he’s not and that’s what the whole story starts to build…

2 min.
salma hayek

When it comes to casting chatter, MCU Phase 4 tentpole The Eternals has fast become the gift that keeps giving, with gossip surrounding the involvement of Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani. The latest star thought to be joining The Rider director Chloé Zhao’s MCU entry is Salma Hayek, recently seen bossing it in The Hummingbird Project and soon to do likewise in many other films. “I’ve had to struggle really hard to get good roles,” said Hayek, who once recalled studio heads telling her she could have been huge had she not been born in Mexico. She’s silenced those doubters many times throughout her career, not least in 2002 artist biopic and passion project Frida, which she helped steer to six Oscar nominations despite the conflicts with Harvey Weinstein…

2 min.
art of adaptation

After the enormous success of Brooklyn, which earned six times its production budget at the box office and landed three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Irish director John Crowley has chosen a prestige adaptation of Donna Tartt’s celebrated, Pulitzer-winning novel, The Goldfinch, as his follow-up. “It’s not so much that I was looking for a specific kind of film to direct, and for that to tick all the boxes,” Crowley tells Teasers. “It was just simply that I loved the material so much.” Crowley had enjoyed the novel before the project came his way, captivated by the “heartrending” predicament of the central character, Theo, played in the film’s two timelines by Oakes Fegley (Pete’s Dragon) and Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver). Avoiding spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read Tartt’s 880-page tome, that predicament…