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Review Of The Year 2014
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Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue

 OUR FAREWELL TO MIDDLE-EARTH ISSUE

GUEST-EDITED BY
PETER JACKSON

UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS TO THE
FINAL MOVIE IN THE HOBBIT TRILOGY
UNSEEN PICTURES FROM
PETER'S PERSONAL COLLECTION
UNTOLD STORIES FROM ACROSS A
SIX-FILM SAGA AND FAR BEYOND
AND SOME VERY SPECIAL EXCLUSIVES
FROM ALL OVER THE MOVIE WORLD

OUT NOW       

THE COVERS

COLLECTORS' COVER 1
THE EAGLES
Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies Cover #1 - Bilbo, Gandalf, Eagles
COLLECTORS' COVER 2
THE DWARVES
Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies Cover #2 - The Dwarves
COLLECTORS' COVER 3
THE ELVES
Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies Cover #3 - The Elves
COLLECTORS' COVER 4
THE MEN
Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies Cover #4 - The Men
COLLECTORS' COVER 5
THE ORCS
Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies Cover #3 - The Orcs
SUBSCRIBERS' COVER
THORIN'S REGAL ARMOUR
Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies Subscribers' Cover: - Thorin

A WORD FROM OUR EDITOR

"Empire likes movies, and for that reason I have always liked Empire. As Editor-In-Chief for this issue, it's certainly been an interesting experience — signing off pages and approving photo shoots for Empire, at the same time as I'm signing off visual effects shots and approving sound mixes for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Coming to the end of such an unexpected, unforgettable journey fills me with a mixture of pride, relief, sadness, fun and satisfaction. Middle-earth is such a fascinating, rich world to explore and one that never leaves you, even if you leave it."
Peter Jackson

The Farewell To Middle-earth issue is on sale November 27.
Photography by Louise Hatton.

INSIDE THE ISSUE


The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
Dwarves. Elves. Men. Orcs. Eagles!? Force by force, Empire embeds itself amid the mother of all fantasy dust-ups for the spectacular Middle-earth finale The Battle Of The Five Armies. There will be Battlepigs.


Peter Jackson – Ask The Editor
We asked the great and good of Hollywood if they had any questions they wanted to put to our esteemed guest-editor Peter Jackson. So we have him fielding queries about daleks (Karen Gillan), frame-rates (Ben Affleck), the Zapruder film (Jason Sudeikis) and "Hoff nuts" (David Hasselhoff).

The Leading Ladies
What's it like playing an elf for Peter Jackson? Empire asks his key trio of fey leading ladies: Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly and Liv Tyler.

Bad Taste Reunion
Thirty-odd years ago, a young Peter Jackson and a group of his mates messed around on a cliff top with a chainsaw, a sheep and some literally home-baked monster masks. The result was Bad Taste: the movie that started it all. Empire reunites its guest-editor with his old muckers and gets them to relive the mad old days.


Richad Taylor And Braindead
With a lawnmower and roughly 6,000 litres of fake blood, Weta Workshop supremo Richard Taylor pulled off what might just be cinema's goriest climax for Peter Jackson's Braindead. So Empire joins him down in Wellington to reveal the secrets of the splatter.

Friends Reunited
Bagginses! Empire brings together Elijah Wood (aka Frodo) and Martin Freeman (Bilbo) to compare notes on what is was like donning hairy feet and anchoring their respective Middle-earth trilogies.

Middle-earth Infographic
Untangling the many journeys through, around, over(hill) and under(hill) Middle-earth across the three Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit films is no easy task... But we somehow pull it off in one brilliantly complicated and fantastically colourful map.


Heavenly Creatures
For both Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey, Heavenly Creatures was a life-changing event, launching both their acting careers. Empire reunites them to reminisce about the movie that showed the world Peter Jackson could do 'serious'...

Andy Serkis And The Imaginarium
First he was Gollum. Then he was King Kong. Then he was Caesar. And now he's formed his own motion-capture facility at Ealing Studios, which is already in demand from such megabucks franchises as Avengers and Star Wars. Andy Serkis invites Empire to The Imaginarium to witness the future of cinema.

The Lord Of The Rings
We reveal the full story of the legendary meeting where some bright-spark studio head suggested that Peter Jackson turn his planned Lord Of The Rings two-parter into a full-on trilogy.


Middle-earth Memories
From the Best Boy to Gandalf The Grey, we ask the people who together brought Tolkien's world alive to reflect on their defining memories of this momentous film-making journey.

The Big Interview: Michael J. Fox
The Back To The Future icon grants us a rare audience to talk through a stellar career, right up to his final ever leading role in a big Hollywood movie: Peter Jackson's The Frighteners.

On Location
Galadriel turns wicked stepmother as we join Cate Blanchett and director Kenneth Branagh on the impressive Pinewood sets of Cinderella. The Jackson theme continues with the all-new Thunderbirds show, brought to us courtesy of Weta Workshop.


The Slate
This month, Empire's news section kicks off with a titanic, world-exclusive interview with James Cameron, on moving down to New Zealand, the future of cinema, and those highly anticipated Avatar sequels. Then Tim Burton shows off his Oscar-tipped Big Eyes — including some never-before-seen concept art.

In Cinemas
What's going on in those big, dark, noisy rooms behind the pick-n-mix counters? Well, this month we have history's strangest superhero movie in the form of Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), submarine thrills in Black Sea, love and advanced physics in The Theory Of Everything and our full verdict on Nolan's magnificent Interstellar.

Re-View
Our indispensible round up of the most exciting new arrivals in your front room this month — assuming you can find the room for such hefty blockbusters as Guardians Of The Galaxy, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Plus! Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection.

EXCLUSIVE NEWS FROM THE ISSUE

Andy Serkis Talks The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Andy Serkis Talks The Avengers: Age Of Ultron

As Empire heads into The Imaginarium...
James Cameron Talks Avatar Sequels
James Cameron Talks Avatar Sequels

'They're gonna to be bitchin''
Empire's Bad Taste Reunion
Empire's Bad Taste Reunion

Peter Jackson and his alien-hunters on their splatter classic

ONLINE EXCLUSIVES

Peter Jackson Prop Art: Hobbit Memorabilia
Peter Jackson Prop Art: Hobbit Memorabilia

An exclusive look inside the director's secret warehouse
Peter Jackson Prop Art: The Older Movies
Peter Jackson Prop Art: The Older Movies

An exclusive look inside the director's secret warehouse
Peter Jackson Prop Art: The Bigiatures
Peter Jackson Prop Art: The Bigiatures

'Peter Jackson Prop Art: The Bigiatures
A Day In The Life Of An Orc
A Day In The Life Of An Orc

Three of Mordor's finest describe life in the Dark Lord's employ
Luke Evans Q&A
Luke Evans Q&A

On Smaug, the big battle and what he'll miss most about Bard

Lee Pace Q&A
Lee Pace Q&A

On Thranduil, the battle and riding an elk
Ian McKellen Q&A
Ian McKellen Q&A

On finally saying goodbye and farewell to Gandalf The Grey
Richard Armitage Q&A
Richard Armitage Q&A

Getting into the troubled mind of Thorin Oakenshield...
Martin Freeman Q&A
Martin Freeman Q&A

On going There… And never going Back Again.
Evangeline Lilly Q&A
Evangeline Lilly Q&A

On the secret on being an elf...

Aidan Turner Q&A
Aidan Turner Q&A

A View To A Kili

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