Empire Issue Preview: A Celebration Of Cinema, James Cameron, Sofia Coppola, Barry Jenkins, Clueless

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by Ben Travis |
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It’s now been months since cinema venues across the world were forced to close their doors – but the art of cinema isn’t going anywhere. This month’s issue of Empire is a celebration of cinema – its past, its future, its pioneers, its rule-breakers, game-changers, and more. We have tributes to – and brand new interviews with – some of the medium’s leading lights, covering action epics and comedy greats, documentaries and human dramas. It’s on sale from Thursday 14 May, available in shops, to order online, or digitally via the Empire Magazine app on iOS and Android. Here’s a sneak peek inside.

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A Celebration Of Cinema

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Our celebration of cinema is stuffed with brand new interviews, tributes and more – take a look at some of the highlights.

James Cameron

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Empire speaks to the legendary director behind some of the biggest action spectacles of all time, talking through four of his most jaw-dropping sequences – from the Aliens power-loader, to Titanic’s finale.

Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst

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The duo who gave us The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette and The Beguiled talk their 22-year creative partnership, and breaking the rules in Hollywood.

Barry Jenkins

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The man behind Moonlight and Beale Street talks his cinematic inspirations, his love of film, and his upcoming adaptation of The Underground Railroad.

Steve Martin and Martin Short

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The comedy legends behind Three Amigos, Father Of The Bride and more talk their enduring partnership and their comedy legacy in a riotous joint interview.

Black Panther

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Marvel’s unapologetically Black blockbuster changed the game, bringing Afrofuturism to the mainstream, making grand political statements, and inspiring a whole new generation of viewers. Empire pays tribute to the film that changed everything.

Judd Apatow

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The director who redefined comedy cinema in the mid-‘00s talks Empire through the films that changed his life.

Andy Serkis

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As a pioneer in visual effects, performance capture, and now a director in his own right, Andy Serkis writes exclusively for Empire about the future of cinema – and where technology takes us next.

25 Years Of Clueless

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Amy Heckerling’s teen classic is 25 years old? Ugh, as if! Empire talks to the director and her star Alicia Silverstone about the making of one of the all-time-great high school comedies.

The Comfort Zone

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Empire’s new feelgood section returns with more delights, including Freida Pinto talking about Slumdog Millionaire’s joyous dance finale, director John Carney on the songs of Sing Street, a salute to My Neighbour Totoro’s cuddle forest spirit, Stephen Merchant on the final wrestling match in Fighting With My Family, and much more.


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In this month’s home entertainment section, we talk 1917 with director Sam Mendes and co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, talk body-swapping galore with Jumanji: The Next Level director Jake Kasdan, rank the movies of 1999, revisit Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, and more.


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Reviewed this month are Netflix’s Extraction, Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Mark Cousins’ 14-hour documentary Women Make Film, Spike Jonze’s Beastie Boys Story, and more.

Spoiler Special

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This month we go full-spoiler on the first season of The Mandalorian and the return of Captain Jean-Luc in Star Trek: Picard, talking through all the twists, turns and major revelations.

Take 20

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The 20 film moments that matter this issue include a first look at Denis Villeneuve’s hugely-anticipated Dune, a Q&A with the legendary Werner Herzog, on board Netflix’s new Snowpiercer series, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new plane hijack thriller, Richard Kelly on his grand Southland Tales plans, inside David F. Sandberg’s lockdown horror short, and much more.

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