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Empire 25th Anniversary

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We've been celebrating our 25th anniversary all year, but this is the official milestone issue. To celebrate, we handed over the reins to Hollywood's finest directors and asked them to do with us what they will. Here are the brilliant, baffling and bizarre results...

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EDGAR WRIGHT PICKS HIS GREATEST CINEMA EXPERIENCES
Continuing the Lists Of Our Lifetime series, Edgar Wright chooses his 25 greatest cinema moments of the last 25 years, from seeing GoodFellas for the first time to sneaking into his own movie.

STEVEN SPIELBERG: JAWS IN NINE OBJECTS
Our former editor talks us through his 1975 masterpiece in nine key objects that shaped the story and made his shark tale one of the sharpest blockbusters ever made. And as a bonus, Michael Bay tells the story of how a shark almost ate him…


SOFIA COPPOLA: LOST IN TRANSLATION
Sofia Coppola dug into her own photo album for us and came out with some never-before-seen private pictures from the set of her Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson-starring success.

JOSS WHEDON'S AVENGERS EMAILS
He's the creative genius behind Buffy, Firefly and The Avengers, but as Joss Whedon goes into production on Avengers: Age Of Ultron, he shares some crazy candid behind-the-scenes emails about the film's genesis.


DAVID FINCHER ON SEVEN
Nearly 20 years on, the director talks us through the production of a film that "offended everyone", as well as giving us exclusive and unparalleled access to his archives. Brace yourselves for bad language and UPS-delivered shocks.

JUDD APATOW'S ALBUM
As well as Gareth Edwards giving us a Godzilla playlist and John Woo talking us through his favourite musical cues, Judd Apatow opened his personal picture archive to share a glimpse behind the scenes of his comedy family.


GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S CONCEPT ART
The creepiest, and possibly the most beautiful, place in the universe must be inside Guillermo del Toro's head. Short of performing some sort of cranial surgery, we've excavated the contents as best we could by persuading the director to give us unseen concept art for his films.

MARK ROMANEK INTERVIEWS FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
Who better to get a director to open up and reveal his secrets than a fellow filmmaker? With that in mind, we asked Mark Romanek to interview Francis Ford Coppola by email, to learn what films inspire him and much more.


MICHEAL MANN: HEAT'S DINER SCRIPT
Everyone knows the diner scene in Heat – possibly backwards. What you won't have seen before, however, are Michael Mann's personally annotated script pages of the scene, setting out everything he wanted to achieve in the film's key encounter

DOUG LIMAN EXPLAINS SWINGERS
In his own words, the director of Swingers explains the toughest challenge he faced in shooting the movie's ending. Turns out, not everyone knows what a baby looks like…


NICOLAS WINDING REFN ON PUSHER
Before there was the full-length film that launched his career, Winding Refn made a short film, starring himself, of the same name. Here, he tells us how it came about and provides a shot-by-shot storyboard from the only existing copy: his VHS.

IVAN AND JASON REITMAN: FAMILY PHOTOS
When Ivan Reitman was making films and his son Jason was just a wee nipper, he'd visit his father's sets. Now, Ivan drops by Jason's sets to continue the family tradition. Here, we gather some of those personal photos.


JOHN McTIERNAN: WORLD EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
He made some of the greatest action films of all time, but in recent years John McTiernan found himself first mired in legal scandal and then sent to prison. In his first interview since his release, we talked to the director about his films, his fight and his plans for the future.

THE JAMESON EMPIRE AWARDS 2014
Cruise! Schwarzenegger! Jackman! Pegg! Thompson! Cox! And the other Cox! This year's Empire Awards were the biggest and best ever, and we have the very best photos from a night to remember.


ON LOCATION
From the android-plagued set of Avengers: Age Of Ultron to the make-up chair on Frankenstein to, er, medieval Scotland for Macbeth, from Paddington to Everest, we've visited film sets that run the gamut this month for your pleasure.

SLATE
Duncan Jones talks World Of Warcraft, Carrey and Daniels prove Dumb And Dumber To, Colin Trevorrow reveals his plans for Jurassic World, Kevin Feige talks us through Marvel's Phase 2 and beyond, with more on Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Crimson Peak and an understandably oblique chat with one J.J. Abrams.


IN CINEMAS
Hayao Miyazaki's final film, The Wind Rises, fills our sails this month, Michael Fassbender dons a big papier mâché head in Frank and Viggo Mortensen shows The Two Faces Of January. It's a packed month, and we have all the films that matter here.

RE-VIEW
It's Oscar-palooza on DVD, with The Wolf Of Wall Street and 12 Years A Slave appearing on disc this month – alongside the overlooked likes of All Is Lost, Inside Llewyn Davis and, er, Anchorman 2. We also look ahead to Penny Dreadful and 24: Live Another Day on the small screen, along with all our regular review goodness.

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