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Empire June 2021

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United Kingdom
12 Issues

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this month

AS I WRITE this letter, the sun’s snuck out for what feels like the first time this entire year – and not only does it feel like spring has actually, finally, arrived, but with it (dare we say) hope. The promise of lighter, brighter days to come. A feeling reinforced by our cover star, the master of mischief himself: Tom Hiddleston. Out of all the nice guys, you know what, he might be the very nicest. Warm, sincere, thoughtful and damn good fun, we had a blast with him for this month’s issue. He spent three hours on Zoom with our Chris Hewitt discussing the upcoming Disney+ Loki show and everything that’s led to this moment in his career. A career full of fascinating, bold choices. Fascinating and bold is how…

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talk to us

MILE-HIGH YIKES Reading your article on films on planes reminded me of a flight ten years ago, flying from Johannesburg to Mauritius. The plane had the TVs that come down from the ceiling. They’d chosen to show There’s Something About Mary. Didn’t cut any swearing, but when it got to the masturbation scene they left the audio on but showed a black screen with the caption, “Ask your parents what is going on.” Cue lots of questions from the kids on board! JOHN METCALFE, VIA EMAIL That sounds like the most awkward plane experience since a drunk Kristen Wiig crashed first class in Bridesmaids. Hope a Picturehouse membership belatedly makes up for the cringe. Picture house Empire’s star letter wins a Picturehouse Membership, plus one for a friend! Valid for one year at Picturehouse Cinemas across…

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no./1 the unlikely resurrection of han seoul-oh

THIS MONTH’S FILM MOMENTS THAT MATTER TO BORROW A poster tagline: he was dead... but he got better. If you’re any kind of Fast & Furious fan, you’ll know that car thief and drifter Han Seoul- Oh (Sung Kang) dies at the end of the third film, Tokyo Drift; as seen in a post-credits scene in the sixth film, it’s revealed that Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) killed him, a scene repeated in the seventh film. And now, in the upcoming ninth film, with a twist worthy of the world’s most expensive petrol-guzzling soap opera: Han is back, alive and well. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, this whole Fast & Furious journey,” Kang says now. “How do you get killed off multiple times and keep coming back? Like, come on. This is crazy.” To…

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no./2 secrets of a successful horror marriage

IT’S ALMOST A decade since we were first introduced to one of the strongest pairings in modern horror: Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as real-life married couple and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. 2013’s The Conjuring spawned a multi-billion dollar franchise – and through all manner of demons, haunted dolls and one rather unpleasant nun, the Warrens have remained as stable and loving as ever. With the third film in the main series approaching – The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, based on a real-life court case that used demonic possession as a defence – Wilson and Farmiga share the secrets of their on-screen powerhouse partnership. When you signed up for The Conjuring, did you have any sense you’d still be talking about it a decade later? Vera Farmiga:…

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black in focus

THE SNYDER CUT’S REDEMPTION OF CYBORG MAKES IT WORTHWHILE AGAINST ALL THE odds, the fervent #ReleaseTheSnyderCut fan campaign has made Zack Snyder’s Justice League a reality. Love it or hate it, there’s one thing about the four-hour behemoth that is undeniably true: its best feature is the renewed focus on Victor Stone, aka Cyborg (Ray Fisher). With no solo movie of his own preceding the big team-up with Batman, Wonder Woman, and more of DC’s finest, Cyborg was always going to need an additional amount of attention in Justice League. But in the original 2017 cut, that was sorely lacking. Cyborg barely had a complete emotional arc, and many of his scenes in the promo footage were nowhere to be seen in the full movie. The Snyder Cut goes a different route. Victor…

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no./3 deep-diving into deepfakes

IF YOU’VE BEEN on social media recently, you may have witnessed Tom Cruise taking time out of his busy schedule to play golf, perform magic, mimic a snapping turtle, and - in one instance - fall flat on his face. Or, at least, you thought you did. “I’m still getting comments from people who think those videos are real,” laughs Chris Umé, a Belgian artificial-intelligence artist, and creator of the eerily convincing ‘DeepTomCruise’ TikTok account. “I made them with a [Cruise] impersonator - they’re meant to entertain, but also show how rapidly the technology is evolving.” Until recently, news coverage of ‘deepfakes’ (synthetic face replacements powered by AI) has tended towards either the quirkily trivial (face-swapping apps) or the irredeemably grim (fake news, hoax pornography). However, one area where the tech is…