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Total Film October 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome to total film

The flips-flops have been put away and we’ve all got that back to school feeling, so it’s time to embrace the pleasures of winter – especially the cinematic treats coming our way. Giving us chills in the best way this issue are the return of the Terminator franchise with Dark Fate (on-set report on p54), Zombieland’s sequel, Double Tap, Scorsese’s The Irishman, double Will Smith action in Gemini Man, The Shining follow-up Doctor Sleep (behind-the-scenes secrets galore!) and some little film featuring Skywalker. Plus we chatted to Terry Gilliam, got the inside track on Maleficent 2, The King and Little Monsters, plus counted down more of our 100 Films of the Decade. And don’t forget, we now have a podcast, Inside Total Film, which gives a glimpse of how the…

1 min.
call sheet

JORDAN FARLEY NEWS EDITOR Enjoyed visiting the set of Gemini Man for this issue’s feature. Though as it was a night shoot, I’m still not sure if I hallucinated the 4am interview with Will Smith. JACK SHEPHERD ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Meeting J.J. Abrams at D23 (the man behind Lost’s Jack Shepard), he said, “Nice to meet the real Jack Shepherd.” Then I sat in the Millennium Falcon… PAUL BRADSHAW CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Opened a door on the Terminator set to find Arnold Schwarzenegger staring at me, in costume, holding a shotgun. For a split second I thought I was John Connor.…

1 min.
total film wingman

DEAR WINGMAN As I’m hardly likely to attend a movie premiere, how cool would it be if the studios set up virtual reality movie launches? Millions of people could live stream in the comfort of their own homes. There could be an introduction from the director and stars, and then the movie would be shown in virtual IMAX. Added bonus: no popcorn munching in your ear. A bit far-fetched, but I’m sure Netflix could afford to set it up. I’ll take 20 per cent. PETE RENDER, YORK WINGMAN SAYS… …And in exchange for being the first to promote your idea, Wingman will take 10 per cent. Call it 15 and he’ll chuck in some downloadable Twiglets. Slight concern with the ‘millions of people’ thing, though; what if Tom Cruise decides to go on…

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 I’ve just read that the upcoming sequel to Top Gun is a “love letter to aviation”. I’ve also read reviews that describe Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood as a “love letter to Hollywood”. It seems every other movie is “a love letter to” this or that. It has to be one of the most trite and annoying phrases uttered about movies. But it made me think, there must be other phrases the Total Film staff hear repeated ad nauseam by the various actors, directors and producers you interview. Care to share a few? SAM MELENDEZ, PHILADELPHIA The classic is…

5 min.
horn again

Released in 2014, Maleficent ushered in a lucrative era of live-action remakes for Disney. But unlike Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin, which recreate the animated originals almost shot for shot, Maleficent put a new spin on the Sleeping Beauty myth, (re)telling its tale from the perspective of Angelina Jolie’s titular fallen fairy. “I think people were surprised by how moving it was,” says Joachim Rønning, the Pirates 5 director who replaced Robert Stromberg for sequel Mistress Of Evil. “It’s what I gravitated towards, that universal bond between a mother and a daughter.” At the first film’s end, Maleficent emerged as a maternal figure for Elle Fanning’s Princess Aurora following the death of her dastardly dad, King Stefan (Sharlto Copley). The sequel moves things forward half a decade, mirroring the five-year…

2 min.
awkwafina is coming for you.

Rapper. Comedian. Author. Actor. If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that 31-year-old New Yorker Awkwafina can do anything. “I was always the crazy one, the funny one,” she has said of her formative years. “I’d do anything for a laugh.” The result? Breakout roles in 2018’s Ocean’s Eight and Crazy Rich Asians, in which she gleefully stole scenes from her seasoned co-stars. It wasn’t always that way. Born Nora Lum to a South Korean mum (who died when she was four) and Chinese-American dad, Nora created the stage name Awkwafina to combat her insecurities – “Someone who never grew up, who never had to bear the brunt of all the insecurities and overthinking that come with adulthood.” It worked. After her 2012 music video ‘My Vag’ went…