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Steven Spielberg To Guest-Edit Empire!
20th birthday issue special guest

05 February 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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This May sees Empire magazine, the world's biggest movie magazine, celebrate its 20th Anniversary in true style. Just as Empire has been the defining movie magazine for two decades, one director has defined great film making for generation after generation of movie fans. We are therefore hugely honoured to announce that Steven Spielberg will guest edit Empire's 20th Anniversary issue, on sale April 23rd.

Spielberg has already taken a hands-on role in commissioning the contents of the issue, working closely with the Empire team on all aspects of this landmark edition. Later this month Empire will be making the journey to Los Angeles to work on the issue with the director, who is currently shooting the forthcoming Tintin movie, The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn.

Empire's Managing Director, Stuart Williams, commented: "2009 may be a difficult year for the world at large but it's promising to be a great one for movie fans. Steven Spielberg is peerless - for decades he has understood what people want and time after time produces great movies. To work with the director of Jaws, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Schindler's List, the Indiana Jones Quartet, E.T., Saving Private Ryan and Munich, to name just a few, is the stuff of dreams. The 20th Anniversary issue of Empire promises to be the best in our illustrious history."

Empire's Editor, Mark Dinning, said: "The first Spielberg movie I saw at the cinema was Raiders Of The Lost Ark. It was the moment that made me fall in love with movies and unquestionably led to me being in the amazing job that I am today. That, 28 years after watching the birth of Indiana Jones, I find myself ­ and the whole Empire team ­ working directly with the man behind that landmark movie is an absolute privilege and one that I could have never dreamed possible."


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Amazing!!
I love Spielbergs films and like has been said before I remember Jaws and Close Encounters from when I grew up and these along with ET and Raiders are some of my favourite of his films!!! People say he has lost it recently but absolutely no way is that true, he has just grown and his films with him (Schindler/Munich!) He not only made me excited about the cinema and what goes into but also inspired me to make my own films!!! A true legend of the cinema, I am looking forward very much to this i More

Posted by Andybee76 at 15:03 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

No better director!
Spielberg's movies were there for me as a kid. It was Jurassic Park that got me into movies, and I watch E.T every year. Saving Private Ryan and the Indiana Jones movies- esspecailly the 'Raiders' films, played a big part in my love affair with cinema. Obviously Spielberg is one of those natural directors, born with good instincts. More

Posted by Andew Gray at 13:26 on 14 April 2009 | Report This Post

Jaws!!!
My top film of all time is Jaws. I know it's dated now I still remember the first time I watched it. It was Quint in particular that memorised me. The demolition of the Orca in the film's climax had me shitting myself. Also, Saving Private Ryan, E.T. and Close Encounters are mint. Underrated films of his are 1941 and Empire of the Sun. For me Spielberg will always be the best director of all. More

Posted by DANGEROSS! at 16:30 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: One of the Greatest Directors
]Bollocks ]sp; Empire write it all and spielberg edits jack shit except his own articles, if this is true i want speilberg to ring me personally on my number which empire can request and to print a letter signed by Mr Speilberg saying see Mr Bosanko i did really edit this magazine More

Posted by bozzy at 21:43 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

All I Can Say Is...
http://www.intriguing.com/mp/_sounds/lb/lucky.wav More

Posted by fang at 17:38 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Ditto Mark Dinning!
L: chaskins_2004 Exactly the same...except i went to watch Jurassic Park! sp; Yep, same for me too. Scared the crap out of me when I first saw it in the cinema, but after that I wanted to know every detail of how the movie had been made, as the dinosaurs just looked so amazing. It inspired me to not only enjoy film but also to enjoy how they are created in the first place. More

Posted by satanbob at 11:37 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

Ditto Mark Dinning!
Exactly the same...except i went to watch Jurassic Park! More

Posted by chaskins_2004 at 10:41 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

THE GREATEST MOVIE MAKER OF ALL TIME.......
Has tackled almost every genre and given us pictures so good that we watch and re-watch them again and again. Every industry has superstars that others look to for inspiration, and Mr Spielberg is without doubt the very best of them. Long may he continue. (ALWAYS is in my top ten) More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 10:12 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

hanna
Hanna, apologies for the slightly over aggressive nature of my comment.... I may have been quite drunk at the time of posting! I'm a big fan of my term multiplex mentality and stand by Spielberg not being untouchable, however I am on my to f@#k myself as I type and won't be hitting the forums after the pub for a little while! More

Posted by hamsolo77 at 09:54 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
You lot are in trouble. He's guest Mod for a day too... More

Posted by Felix at 08:29 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: exandakane ... It wasn't a great film, and my reasoning may have people thinking I loved it - because that is far from the truth - but it is a far better film than some like to say it is. In short, arbitary critiques and hyperbole are cheap tactics levelled at an undeserved target. t is a deserved target, I'm afraid, abitrary emotional attachments and defensive hyperbole notwithstanding. *sorry to all those who have done this to death already - once more for the road* The st More

Posted by KeithM at 04:54 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

Hamsolo
Hush now. The point is is that Spielberg is guest editing Empire. Which is cool. Even if the geeks think his films of recent years are not as good as the older ones. I'm assuming this "Dawson" character is your gay uncle or something. Also, fuck yourself! More

Posted by Hanna at 03:04 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: One of the Greatest Directors
L: JoKeRJaMeZ 1: Kubrick 2: Scorcese 3: Spielberg 4: Coppola 5: Boyle 6: Fincher 7: Stone 8: Scott 9: Nolan 10: Tarantino the issue looks great by the way incher, Tarantino, Boyle, Nolan and Stone? More

Posted by exandakane at 02:16 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Mooncalf sidenote, whether that comment was meant in jest or not, I think the Crystal Skull deserved four stars; it was an Indiana Jones move that hit most of the right notes. There's nothing to be gained by shooting down a less accomplished sequel compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark. And if you still aren't convinced, you must admit, Spielberg's direction was one of, if not the, best part of the movie, which was let down by a long period of script gestation. still think taken out More

Posted by exandakane at 02:14 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

Hanna
You are the bellend. Spielberg has made a number of great films but you really need to step outside of the multiplex mentality and realise that just because Spielberg is Dawson's favourite director doesn't put him above criticism! His recent output is not a patch on his earlier works and he should not be considered untouchable. More

Posted by hamsolo77 at 00:35 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

OI!
What happened to my post? I only said I didn't think much about Tintin as a career move and that I loved Indy 4... Have I been censored??? My first Spielberg movie was Jaws, so I've been around a bit and have seen a few. Love the guy but just not a fan of motion capture... More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 22:35 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Fair Play!
I think you have made a lot of your readers jealous! hope everyone involved at Empire has a fab time working with Spielberg. It just shows what a great job you all do to have such an amazing director wanting to contribute to your magazine! Its nice to see all your hard work recognised! More

Posted by dave123 at 22:28 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

ernest
You are a bellend. Probably stop reading the website too then you tit. Spielberg is a legend. Empire is superb. Fantastic news More

Posted by Hanna at 22:22 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

I just remembered why I stopped buying this magazine, because of the constant brown nosing of this guy. All common sense seems to go out the window when reviewing his films. Automatic 5 stars until they come onto dvd or video in the old days and then suddenly somebody sees sense and gives them the 2 star rating they deserve. More

Posted by ernest at 21:10 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

One of the Greatest Directors
1: Kubrick 2: Scorcese 3: Spielberg 4: Coppola 5: Boyle 6: Fincher 7: Stone 8: Scott 9: Nolan 10: Tarantino the issue looks great by the way More

Posted by JoKeRJaMeZ at 20:56 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

One of the Greatest Directors
1: Kubrick 2: Scorcese 3: Spielberg 4: Coppola 5: Boyle 6: Fincher 7: Stone 8: Scott 9: Nolan 10: Tarantino the issue looks great by the way More

Posted by JoKeRJaMeZ at 20:56 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

One of the Greatest Directors
1: Kubrick 2: Scorcese 3: Spielberg 4: Coppola 5: Boyle 6: Fincher 7: Stone 8: Scott 9: Nolan 10: Tarantino the issue looks great by the way More

Posted by JoKeRJaMeZ at 20:55 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Very drole. He must have provided the star rating for Indy 4. L: Tallulah BeeBee I thought he edited Empire every month... More

Posted by tt904 at 20:06 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Forgive Empire for turning into swooning school girls
Got to forgive Empire for turning into faint little school girls - Spielberg is unquestionably a legend, for the stupid and the forgetfull I'm gonna make a list: Jaws, Raiders, Close Encounters, ET, Jurassic Park and Schindlers List. Count his recent output as the very good years: Munich and Minority Report in particular and look forward to the seasoned classics to come rather like Scorsese at the moment (who in case we haven't forgotten fell a little out of favour until the triumvirate of Gangs More

Posted by tt904 at 20:03 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Happy Birthday to the greatest magizine in the world!
Empire is my bible, Spielberg is my god...This is just heaven More

Posted by therockincheeseman at 19:47 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Great News!
People on this website are far too negative. This is great news and I can't wait for next month's issue. Hopefully it means that we'll be getting a Tintin exclusive but i'm thinking pictures are too much to hope for. I read a Observer Sport's magazine this weekend (don't ask, I hardly know myself) which was guest edited by Rio Ferdinand. This basically meant he interviewed the Prime Minister and wrote every second article. I'm not sure if that stretches to every magazine but seeing Spielberg More

Posted by Roll at 19:45 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Well done EMPIRE....
....and happy (almost) 20th Birthday. finally, you guys are doing something worth yelling about! Mr. Spielberg was, is and always will be THE GREATEST FILM DIRECTOR EVER. Full stop. to all the haters by the way, War of the Worlds and Indy IV were awesome - you people need to get over all the 'Dark Knight' and '300' hoo-hah. More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 19:40 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

This article is verging on embarressing... Is this the same SpieIberg that in recent times has brought us The Terminal, Indy IV and War of the Worlds? Also lest we forget the edting of E.T. to change guns for radios! He has made some outstanding films, of that there can be no doubt but for a movie publication of Empire's prestige to so obviously 'brown nose' is saddening. More

Posted by hamsolo77 at 18:39 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
sidenote, whether that comment was meant in jest or not, I think the Crystal Skull deserved four stars; it was an Indiana Jones move that hit most of the right notes. There's nothing to be gained by shooting down a less accomplished sequel compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark. And if you still aren't convinced, you must admit, Spielberg's direction was one of, if not the, best part of the movie, which was let down by a long period of script gestation. still think taken out of context - in o More

Posted by Mooncalf at 18:37 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

I'll get the magazine but...
How much work is there to do on Tintin? Sorry but I love the man (my first Spielberg movie at the pictures was Jaws - aged 7) thought Indy 4 was great fun and well worthy of being included in the series but have no interest in this motion capture nonsense. Unless it proves to look incredible and unmissable in the trailer I doubt I'll be spending any money on it at my local multiplex. And considering that he shaped my childhood with his movies, that's quite a big deal. So, come on Steveo, imp More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 18:04 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

I thought he edited Empire every month... More

Posted by Tallulah BeeBee at 17:54 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Spielberg edition
Let's hope the issue can be as great as the man himself More

Posted by Blue Ryan at 17:29 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Cool!
When someone guest-edits a magazine it's normally a case of them selecting/approving/comissioning various features, and maybe overseeing the layout/overall style of the issue.  And, I imagine, giving a big interview.   It's a pretty big deal, IMO, and I'm chuffed Empire has secured it.  Spielberg's always been a big fan of the magazine (probably because the mag's always been a big fan of his) so it's a match made in heaven, really.  Terrific news all round, whatever the More

Posted by britesparc at 17:15 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Cool!
This does sound pretty cool but what all will he do?   Have a say in the content?   Write a letter at the start of mag saying how great we/empire are and if it wasnt for us/empire he would be nobody?   I'd like it if they got him to review that months big film. And answer the letters! More

Posted by MartinBlank76 at 16:31 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Cool!
*cough* brownnose.  More

Posted by KeithM at 16:08 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Cool!
I'm very excited! Raiders is an absolute favourite of mine as well. oh...woops....I just wet myself a little bit with the excitement of having Spielberg guest edit the best magazine ever! More

Posted by Indiana Tash at 16:05 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Spielberg or Senor Spielbergo? More

Posted by Woger at 15:07 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Indy...
Indiana Jones is still only a trilogy as far as I'm concerned. I've always appreciated Mr Spielberg's contributions in the past. His personal letters have always seemed very authentic and appreciative. Looking forward to it! More

Posted by QuietLife at 15:07 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
As long as it doesn't compromise Empire's journalistic integrity (no sorry, have to stop there, can't keep a straight face)... This does explain a lot, tbh. More

Posted by KeithM at 15:06 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Is it the 20th anniversary already!? It doesn't seem like that long since the 15th anniversary issue. Oh how time flies... And this is certainly a damn fine way of celebrating such a landmark, by the way. More

Posted by muchobenny at 14:50 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Stephen Spielberg Editing Empire
Wooooow! More

Posted by AquaDragon2K at 14:38 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Indy...
Indiana Jones is still only a trilogy as far as I'm concerned. I've always appreciated Mr Spielberg's contributions in the past. His personal letters have always seemed very authentic and appreciative. Looking forward to it! More

Posted by QuietLife at 14:33 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Won't change my conviction to no longer buy the magazine (two months and counting). Got bored of blockbusters being promoted months in advance, when I wouldn't mind reading about the stories behind some of the smaller movies released that month. Empire's obsession with blockbuster hyping has delved new depths with a Hobbit cover before the film has even begun shooting (hence the use of an old pic of Gollum who is a more sinister creature in the Hobbit instead of the happy, smiling fellow present More

Posted by Old_Pyrate at 14:19 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Nice one guys. Please do make sure - it's worth the wait!! More

Posted by Technical Data at 14:18 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

That must actually have alot of the people in the Empire office going nuts, and while this article may seem a little self-indulgent, I honestly don't blame you lot for wanting to make a big thing of it. He must be a really nice guy to meet, if he isn't doing things from over the other side of the Atlantic. On a sidenote, whether that comment was meant in jest or not, I think the Crystal Skull deserved four stars; it was an Indiana Jones move that hit most of the right notes. There's nothing More

Posted by exandakane at 14:18 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Spielberg plays editor! This all sounds very cool! At least it's not George Lucas editing coz then we'd have yet another 200-page Star Wars tribute! My major dilemma is: I'm waiting for a cool freebie before I re-subscribe to Empire. Now, do I subscribe before the 20th Birthday extravaganza in the hopes that subscribers will get some amazing exclusive or do I wait for the 20th Birthday issue because the subscription offer inside is bound to be bitchin'! More

Posted by darkershadeofme at 14:14 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

That is pretty impressive. Ill be very interested to see the content in this issue. Will Steven also be reviewing/writing features/ answering the letters page? More

Posted by sleepwalker at 14:02 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Faustian deal
L: Mooncalf So now all becomes clear this is the payoff in the deal that secured 'Crystal Skull' an absurdly high 4 star review - giving S.S. the freedom to self promote Tin Tin in the mag for a month.sp; Wait...WHAT? Spielberg's "pays" for the 4-star review by promoting his next movie? Does not compute...   @topic: I don't seem to know what an editor on a magazine does exactly. What will be Spielberg's job? (Re)arrange the pictures and text on every page? More

Posted by grucl at 14:00 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Faustian deal
So now all becomes clear this is the payoff in the deal that secured 'Crystal Skull' an absurdly high 4 star review, in return Empire gets a big scoop by having S.S. guest edit the 20th Anniversary edition (- and just by lucky chance giving S.S. the freedom to self promote Tin Tin in the mag for a month! Hmmm.) I knew there had to be some reason. (edited to clarify the apparent lack of logic 'grucl' rightly commented on) More

Posted by Mooncalf at 13:54 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

High-fives all round.....
Oooh, thats a bit of a coup. I know can only pray that one of the Empire staff has the editiorial chops to ask 'so Steven, be honest, George's McGuffins, they really are shite eh?' More

Posted by bobsbitchtits at 13:43 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post


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