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Empire Australasia October 2019

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this month at empire

IT’S BEEN ALMOST two years since The Last Jedi blew our collective minds in cinemas and now we’re almost ready to return to that galaxy far, far away. However, things are a bit different this time around with J.J. Abrams tasked with the enormous task of finishing the Skywalker saga and we couldn’t be more excited. Empire has spoken to Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy (president of Lucasfilm) and writer Chris Terrio for the first word on Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – the most anticipated film of 2019. You’re welcome. But that’s not all we’ve got for you in this blockbuster issue. In one of the biggest world exclusives Empire has ever run, we sat down with Hollywood legends Martin Scorcese, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino for their…

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ROOM FOR ‘THE ROOM’ I was a little dissapointed that you guys left The Room out of your ‘30 Films in 30 Years’ feature. I know most people think it’s just an unintentionally funny attempt at drama, but it’s actually a brilliant art flick. It took me a while to realise, but I think it’s one of the great movies of our time. It’s odd, but also very artistic. Tommy Wiseau is baffling but also brilliant in his own right, too. You just need to watch it a few more times. IAN, VIA EMAIL The film does have cult status for a reason. Perhaps we should check it out once more and reassess our views, Ian. Or should we call you Tommy? POSTER PROBLEMS! Hi Empire. I loved the last issue, but you’ve left me…

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no. / 1 little women — as you’ve never seen it before

AFTER THE RUNAWAY success of teen comedy-drama Lady Bird, her 2017 directorial debut, nobody expected Oscar-nominated indie darling Greta Gerwig to do a period drama. Except, that is, Greta Gerwig, who had been thinking about an adaptation of Little Women — the classic coming-of-age novel by Louisa May Alcott about four sisters in 1800s Massachusetts — for years. “I had actually written a draft of the script before I even went into production for Lady Bird,” Gerwig reveals. “I wasn’t sure about it. But it just kept coming up in my consciousness.” Part of the reason Little Women kept gnawing at Gerwig was the character of Jo March, Alcott’s tempestuous alter ego in the novel. “I’ve always looked upon [Jo] as a superhero origin story for girls who want to write,”…

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no./ 2 where will spider-man be calling home now?

THE NEWS THAT Sony and Marvel might — only might, at the time of going to press — cease to work together on the Spider-Man films, and that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man might accordingly have appeared in his last Avengers film, was a gut punch. With that 2015 Sony power-sharing deal, and more recently as Marvel finally regained the X-Men, Blade and Fantastic Four, we fans felt like — in a world where rainforests burn and fascists rise — at least one thing was pure and good. The MCU Spider-Man has been a gift and a joy to watch, and the urge to take to the streets with pitchforks is strong. Spidey joining the MCU was the return of a prodigal son, Marvel comics’ best-loved child back where he belongs, webslinging alongside…

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no./ 3 the corrupt cop procedural gets political

NAOMIE HARRIS GETS recognised a fair bit these days — she is Moneypenny, after all. But while filming tough new thriller Black And Blue in New Orleans, she found herself getting noticed for different reasons. “It was interesting just to see how people reacted when I was in police uniform — how afraid they were of me,” she recalls. “I became suddenly unapproachable, because of this uniform. The power of it was incredible.” It’s the power of that uniform that Black And Blue explores, reviving and evolving the template established in the ’70s and ’80s by one-honest-cop dramas like Serpico and Prince Of The City. Harris plays Alicia, a rookie police officer who witnesses a murder from her corrupt colleagues; the difference from the ’70s is that it’s all caught on…

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no./ 4 how to avoid pearl harbor 2

1 IT’S TRUE TO HISTORY Roland Emmerich has wanted to make a movie about Pearl Harbor and the pivotal 1942 Battle Of Midway for 20 years. When he first pitched it to Sony Pictures, its (Japanese) bosses weren’t keen. Besides, Michael Bay had his own Pearl Harbor thundering into production. And we all know how that turned out. But Emmerich, who’s now finally made Midway as a $95 million indie movie, dismisses comparisons. “They didn’t even use the right planes,” he laughs. “They had Spitfires flying around, which is nearly comical!” In contrast, Emmerich and his team buried themselves in research, even constructing all their ’40s war machines from scratch. “Nothing exists from ’42 anymore,” he says, “so we had to build everything.” 2 THERE’S NO BOLTED-ON ROMANCE One of Pearl Harbor’s most…