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Empire Australasia April 2020

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this month at empire

I WAS GOING to kick off with an enthusiastic introduction about how amazing it was to see No Time To Die in the cinema this month. But, sadly, the coronavirus crisis has put a stop to that, and the 25th instalment of the 58-year-old series – Daniel Craig’s final appearance as James Bond – has been delayed until November. That doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the greatness of 007, however, with our terrific 25-page special on all things Bondian: past, present and future (well, about eight months in the future as we go to press). No Time To Die isn’t the only flick to suffer from the world’s attempts to slow the pandemic. The New Mutants (pg84), which has been “cursed” with one delay after another for years, was also supposed…

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MAD ABOUT MAX One of the most terrifying films I’ve ever seen was 1973’s The Exorcist, but what elevated the film from B-grade horror schlock was the superb acting of Max Von Sydow as Father Merrin. I was surprised to learn of the Swedish thespian’s recent passing at age 90, mainly ’cos I thought he was an old man even back in ’73. MOLLY, BURWOOD, NSW While his best-known movie is probably William Friedkin’s tale of possession and pea soup, we also loved him in many other films, including Woody Allen’s Hannah And Her Sisters (1986) and Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1957). Anyone for chess? FEELING DIZZY Regarding March’s Ranking on Alfred Hitchcock, I put Rear Window at No.1... because Vertigo doesn’t have Grace Kelly (sigh!!!). I’d also include Frenzy (1972) – Condon and…

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letter of the month

NOT. HAPPY. FAN I’ve been very disappointed in several recent high-profile films. Men In Black 4 was lazy and went nowhere, while no one cared about Charlie’s Angels [above]. Terminator: Dark Fate was DOA and Star Wars IX stunk up the place. I can’t believe the hack job that was put on the screen. The ideas from the previous two entries were missing – leaving me, the average cinemagoer, feeling hollow and empty. That same horrid feeling came over me after I saw Birds Of Prey …don’t get me started on that latest embarrassment from DC. BORIS, PERTH, WA You’re a hard man to please, Boris.…

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spine quote honour role

SPINE QUOTE #227 COVER 1 “That’s Ian.” “This is Max. We call him Mad Max.” “We saw you on the escalator...” THE CONNECTION From Weird Science (1985), referring to Mad Max: Fury Road on the cover. SPINE QUOTE #227 COVER 2 “Alex, you gotta try some of this! I feel good. I feel like a king again.” THE CONNECTION From Madagascar (2005), referring to The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King on the cover. SPINE QUOTE #227 COVER 3 “The idea had been growing in my brain for some time. True force. All the king’s men cannot put it back together again.” THE CONNECTION From Taxi Driver (1976), referring to Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the cover. THE WINNER Congratulations, Sarah Merchant. You’ve scored an Empire cap! Send answers to empire@bauer-media .com.au…

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no./1 two mavericks reunite

IT’S BEEN 34 years since Tom Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (plus director Tony Scott, and producer Don Simpson) first felt the need…the need for speed, and made Top Gun , the movie that propelled Cruise’s already-rising star into the stratosphere. Where he’s remained since. Thirty-four years, during which time they felt the need again…the need for speed again by essentially remaking Top Gun as the car-based Days Of Thunder in 1990. And then, after that, while they both continued to feel the need…the need for speed, they also felt the need…the need to work with other people. Now and again, their orbits would cross and, now and again, the notion of getting back together one more time for another high-altitude adventure would come up. But every time that happened, Cruise…

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no./2 how florence pugh won instagram

THE ICE-CREAM “I got given an ice-cream maker for my birthday,” Pugh tells Empire. Her one million Instagram followers have witnessed the entire process. “I ended up being quite good at it. I made peanut butter, banana and rum, raspberry, orange and lemon ice-cream. And they’re massive! You get so many scoops.” THE CACTUS Pugh’s cactus, which she named Barry, is a regular guest. “Last week, I noticed that there was one whole half that was, like, black and rotting,” she recalls. She made a video, asking her followers for advice. “Everybody was telling me that I need to chop the rot out. The red bit kills the plant.” THE MARMALADE “We have a Seville orange tree in the garden,” Pugh explains. “I promised my gran that I’d make her marmalade.” The process is therapeutic…