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Avatar issue with all-new images

25 August 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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After all the excitement of the Avatar trailer on Thursday, here's another treat: the new issue of Empire has Avatar on the cover - and not just once but five times! Yes, every issue has a fold-out cover with three stars and two huge stills from the film.

The issue is jam-packed with exclusive pictures and on-set access from the film inside, giving you your best look yet at what James Cameron has in store for.

Empire Avatar Cover

Click below for a preview image from the feature.


That's only the tip of the iceberg in terms of this month's content, of course, but to get the rest you're going to have to pick up the October issue of Empire, on sale August 27.


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this is such a cool magazine, you guys just get it right every time. More

Posted by BabsyBuck at 22:55 on 26 August 2009 | Report This Post

Photorealism!
As a photographer I am completely blown away by this cover. The level of detail here is unprecedented. You only have to compare 'The Hobbit' Empire cover earlier this year with this one to see how far effects have come. The longer I see this image, the more impressed I am. Particularly love the flash light reflection in Jake's eyes - the simple tricks are the best - nice touch. Absolutely stunning! Great scoop Empire! More

Posted by parachute2s at 21:40 on 26 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: captainrentboy Nice eye catching cover, I like it. I guess this month's mag wont find its place on my bathroom floor, for easy access to whilst on the bog, Total Film will have the soggy privilege this month.do the anti Avatar folk realise that their whinging is actually far more tiresome than the fan's positive chatter?e trailer and previews didn't change the world, but if the footage you saw was enough to tempt you to see the full film then surely it did its job. /quote] So f More

Posted by sanchia at 18:07 on 26 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Nice eye catching cover, I like it. I guess this month's mag wont find its place on my bathroom floor, for easy access to whilst on the bog, Total Film will have the soggy privilege this month.do the anti Avatar folk realise that their whinging is actually far more tiresome than the fan's positive chatter? No, the trailer and previews didn't change the world, but if the footage you saw was enough to tempt you to see the full film then surely it did its job.   More

Posted by captainrentboy at 10:28 on 26 August 2009 | Report This Post

Deathbat, have you not been a reader long? The following month's issue used to come out at the beginning of the month, now (and for some time), it comes out at the end of the previous month. Yeah that makes sense. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 20:51 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

Do we get a pair of 3D glasses with it? More

Posted by SamSolo at 20:48 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

Out of curiousity, why is an October issue coming out in August? More

Posted by deathbat6661 at 20:14 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

Empire, wise up or lose out
Avatar looks good. I'd watch it anyway without all the hype. I don't give a shit about technology, it's Cameron doing sci fi again. But frankly your ass kissing of certain movies just to get access is just pathetic. I know you gotta do what you've gotta do, but try to make it intelligent and realise not all your readers are popcorn-munching sheep. More

Posted by SpiderBat at 18:57 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: So...
L: bronco3114 No conflict of interest with the reviews and spin on Avatar related stories then? Not saying it looks bad, in fact looks pretty good but have found all the hype generated in Empire for this film over the last few months a bit over the top for a film even with Ridley Scott that doesn't have many A-List stars (I appreciate that's not neccesarily what the star of this motion picture is). S I had Ridley Scott on the brain for some reason I know it's Cameron honest! More

Posted by bronco3114 at 15:23 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

So...
No conflict of interest with the reviews and spin on Avatar related stories then? Not saying it looks bad, in fact looks pretty good but have found all the hype generated in Empire for this film over the last few months a bit over the top for a film even with Ridley Scott that doesn't have many A-List stars (I appreciate that's not neccesarily what the star of this motion picture is). More

Posted by bronco3114 at 15:06 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

WOW!
WOW, that's all I can say. So getting it when it comes out in the shops, it's got my name on it and will be mine! More

Posted by joanna likes films at 14:39 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: adambatman82
All good points, sir. And yes, I would hate for 3D to take over cinema - and of course it won't. I think you may be right about "Up" too, and I think the reason people can't quite get around "Avatar" when they see it is because you're mind just isn't USED to seeing live action in 3D. You question it, you're not comfortable. It's because we know that live action is flat, based on light and shadow and focus, whereas a Pixar film lives in the 3D computer realm anyway. Maybe it's something we' More

Posted by Mopictures at 12:38 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hatebox.
L: Mopictures The style of shooting live action in 3D was pioneered especially for the film by Cameron, inventing new cameras (Much like Kubrick did) and technology to give it a look unlike 3D thus far (A relatively old technology). Not saying it works, could still take a few more directors using it to get it fully right (Although it looks pretty good from the footage I saw in 3D at Movie Con) but on a technical level, Avatar has created new technology that works. wouldn't say he ha More

Posted by adambatman82 at 11:30 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

So, we have, in the month of September.....500 Days of Summer, The Soloist, Adventureland, Away We Go and even Surrogates to look forward to. What do we get on the cover? A cartoon monkey thing. Plus, for a movie that is not even out until December. So, last month we had Sherlock Holmes (December release), now we have Avatar (December release). Is it just me or wouldn't it have been nice to have somebody on the cover from a movie that comes out in the coming month? I know Empire has expla More

Posted by McQueen at 11:00 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

So, we have, in the month of September.....500 Days of Summer, The Soloist, Adventureland, Away We Go and even Surrogates to look forward to. What do we get on the cover? A cartoon monkey thing. Plus, for a movie that is not even out until December. So, last month we had Sherlock Holmes (December release), now we have Avatar (December release). Is it just me or wouldn't it have been nice to have somebody on the cover from a movie that comes out in the coming month? I know Empire has expla More

Posted by McQueen at 10:45 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

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issue arrived through the door. picked it up. had a look at contents. put it down again. wat a wasted subscription...i'm tempted to offer the remainder to someone else and just change the address but what if there is another issue as good as the 20th anniversary one? hmm... More

Posted by richCie at 10:43 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hatebox.
The style of shooting live action in 3D was pioneered especially for the film by Cameron, inventing new cameras (Much like Kubrick did) and technology to give it a look unlike 3D thus far (A relatively old technology). Not saying it works, could still take a few more directors using it to get it fully right (Although it looks pretty good from the footage I saw in 3D at Movie Con) but on a technical level, Avatar has created new technology that works. More

Posted by Mopictures at 10:39 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hatebox.
L: Mopictures I see your point there, sir. But I think they have loophole status as TECHNICALLY the film technology has changed the way films can be made already, and it's not like no one will pick up where Cameron left off, so it will change, at the risk of being hyperbolic, the film world. They didn't say the film itself would be any good. And Chris Hewitt gave "Attack of the Clones" 5 stars, so it's not like they just swim with the stream of public opinion - I can respect that (And More

Posted by adambatman82 at 10:34 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

An interesting proposition...
Just had a thought - if a film has technically revolutionized film technology of VFX or simply been a huge achievement can it be forgiven the odd dodgey line of dialogue or cheesy moment? Films like Titanic and Return of the King all have major cringe moments and yet they pushed boundaries in terms of "EPIC filmmaking". What do you think? Would make an interesting discussion? Does bad dialogue lose you a star? More

Posted by Mopictures at 10:32 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hatebox.
I see your point there, sir. But I think they have loophole status as TECHNICALLY the film technology has changed the way films can be made already, and it's not like no one will pick up where Cameron left off, so it will change, at the risk of being hyperbolic, the film world. They didn't say the film itself would be any good. And Chris Hewitt gave "Attack of the Clones" 5 stars, so it's not like they just swim with the stream of public opinion - I can respect that (And "Clones&q More

Posted by Mopictures at 10:25 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

Uh-oh... 'exclusive'? Does this mean the film will get 5 stars no matter what it's like then? More

Posted by hatebox at 10:08 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

Currently have new Empire sat on my desk at work and sneakily peaking at it once in a while. Roll on Lunchtime! More

Posted by nclowe at 10:03 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: How this New Sci Fi Epic...
L: jcallan "How this New Sci Fi Epic will change the world forever" I'm quoting this now in case anyone forgets sp; What was it they said about The Golden Compass? Cause I'm getting Golden Compass vibes from that quote. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 09:55 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

How this New Sci Fi Epic...
"How this New Sci Fi Epic will change the world forever" I'm quoting this now in case anyone forgets More

Posted by jcallan at 09:43 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

Question...
In that picture, it looks like Cameron is holding a prosumer HDV cam. Why? Is this something to do with the stereo camera? Did he block his shots on HDV first and THEN bring in the big camera? That would make economic sense, but now I need to KNOW! Someone help me please, my nerd gland is itchy. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:20 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

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