Empire Issue Preview: The Godfather 50th Anniversary, Peaky Blinders, Ruth Negga, Denzel Washington

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by Ben Travis |
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Here’s an issue you can’t refuse: to mark 50 years of The Godfather, this month’s issue of Empire is a major celebration of the all-time-classic mobster tale, packed with brand new exclusives that get to the heart of the ultimate crime movie, five decades on.

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You’ll find it in stores from Thursday 20 January (and copies can be ordered online here) – but before it hits the shelves, here’s a sneak peek inside its pages.

The Godfather 50th Anniversary

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Empire celebrates a milestone in movie history – five decades of the film that brought Don Vito Corleone and his son Michael to the screen. Inside you’ll find…

Francis Ford Coppola interview

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The legendary filmmaker opens up on what The Godfather means to him 50 years later in a major, extensive new conversation – looking back on its troubled making, his time spent working with Marlon Brando and the rest of the cast, why it was such a family affair, and how it cemented his legacy in Hollywood forever.

Brand new cast interviews

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The stars of the some of the most famous scenes in the film tell Empire the stories of how they were made – from Talia Shire on the wedding, to Robert Duvall on the horse’s head sequence, and James Caan on the bullet-riddled tollbooth massacre.

The legacy of John Cazale

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Empire looks back at the screen power of the man who brought the iconic Fredo to life, and who tragically passed away at the age of 42.

Rare behind-the-scenes images

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Take a look at the creation of Don Vito Corleone himself, with rarely-seen images of Marlon Brando’s mind-blowing transformation.

Peaky Blinders

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Giddy up – the Peaky gang is back for a final series on TV. But there’s plenty more to come, as Empire learns in a lively joint interview with creator Steven Knight and star Cillian Murphy.

Ruth Negga

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From stage, to sci-fi sagas, to serious Oscar contenders, Ruth Negga is one of the brightest stars in years – and as Passing gathers steam in awards season, she looks back on her career so far in a sprawling new Empire interview.

The Worst Person In The World

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The acclaimed Norwegian comedy-drama has already staked a claim as one of 2022’s must-see movies. Empire speaks to director Joachim Trier and star Renate Reinsve to get the full story on a film that tackles life, the universe, and everything.

Gods Among Us: Denzel Washington

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King Kong ain’t got shit on him. The latest Hollywood icon to get the Gods Among Us treatment is the mighty Denzel – looking at his astonishing performances in Malcolm X, Philadelphia, Training Day, Crimson Tide, and his directorial work in Fences, right up to Joel Coen’s The Tragedy Of Macbeth.

Re View

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In this month’s home entertainment section, we get the full story on the making of Last Night In Soho’s astonishing Café de Paris, speaking to Edgar Wright, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith, and the crew. Plus, we talk to Dolph Lundgren about his most iconic roles, get the full uncut story of Censor with Prano Bailey-Bond, go beat-by-beat through Malignant with James Wan, rank the movies of Tom Cruise, and much more.

Take 20

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In this month’s news section, we break down the major surprises of Spider-Man: No Way Home, talk with very good boy Channing Tatum about his directorial debut Dog, look at this year’s Oscar frontrunners, celebrate the legacy of Peter Bogdanovich, break down The Northman’s epic trailer, and plenty more.

On Screen

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Reviewed in this month’s issue is Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, dazzling anime Belle, potent drama Mass, long-awaited sequel The Souvenir: Part II, Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, Pedro Almodovar’s Parallel Mothers, animated documentary Flee, and tons more.

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