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Empire's Mad Max: Fury Road Cover Arrives

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:09:20 GMT

Empire's Mad Max: Fury Road Cover Arrives

Tom Hardy hits the road

This magazine was but a twinkle in the Papa Empire's eye when George Miller first introduced Mel Gibson's 'Mad' Max Rockatansky onto the big screen and injected the term 'road warrior' into the cinematic lexicon. Thirty five years on and we're proud to carry a new Mad Max on the cover - this time played by Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road - as the cult sci-fi hero is reprised for a new generation. Click on the images below for a closer look at Max in subscriber and newsstand form. Go on, he's a handsome devil. Have a click.

The February issue's cover story is a journey through Mad Max lore, with Miller himself acting as your escort across a two-decade-long Mad Max: Fury Road making-of that took in triumphs, disasters and even an invasion of rogue amphibians. The writer/director opens up about everything from Mel Gibson's early involvement to Heath Ledger's possible casting and finally Hardy's take on Rockatansky. For fans of the character - and of singular sci-fi visions that have lasted the years - it's unmissable. {Mad Max: Fury Road} Of course it's not just about Hardy on screen. Charlize Theron steps into a bleached dustbowl as the bionic-armed Furiosa and Nicholas Hoult appears as a pale-skinned, tattoed rebel called Nux. Max and Furiosa will be travelling together across the wasteland and getting into the kind of auto-scraps that made the film's recent trailer such an alloyed joy.

Pick up the new issue of Empire on newsstands from December 31. Mad Max: Fury Road hits UK cinemas on May 15.








New Images From Marvel's Daredevil

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:17:05 GMT

New Images From Marvel's Daredevil

Not one but two! It's almost like it's Christmas...

In preparation for the masked vigilante’s 2015 Netflix debut, Father Christmas has delivered two new images of Daredevil to tide you over until the new year. Coming courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, the images see Charlie Cox’s Man Without Fear in and out of costume: first in his civilian guise as legal eagle Matt Murdoch, then cleaning up the streets as his crime-fighting alter ego.{New Daredevil TV Show Stills}

If you’re wondering why the latter outfit is a little more ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ than Daredevil fans are used to, this is the prototype costume Murdoch dons in his early days (and indeed the Frank Miller Man Without Fear run), before busting out the more iconic burgundy leather devil suit.

In addition to the stills, Marvel’s Jeph Loeb dropped a couple of further hints about the show. “There aren’t going to be people flying through the sky; there are no magic hammers,” he said. “We’ve always approached this as a crime drama first, superhero show second.” Excited yet? Excellent.

Marvel’s Daredevil will debut on Netflix in the new year.


Anthony Mackie Will Make A Wish

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:15:22 GMT

Anthony Mackie Will Make A Wish

He's set for a new comedy

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Anyone who has seen Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, or indeed most of his movies, knows he can bring the funny when called upon, even in the middle of intense scenes. He’s set to keep the laughter coming with a new film called Make A Wish.

Dear White People director Justin Simien will shoot the film for Paramount, working from Zach Frankel’s script. Make A Wish finds Mackie as American football star Butchie Jones who is contacted by the titular foundation that helps dying kids realise their fondest desires.

When he learns that there’s a 14-year-old who idolises him, Butchie is quick to offer to help grant the boy’s request. There’s just one tiny wrinkle – the young man wants to learn how to score. And not at football... Hopefully hilarity will ensure from this point, and we have faith in Mackie.

The actor has worked on a variety of movies since Winter Soldier, including John Hillcoat’s cop thriller Triple Nine, Seth Rogen comedy Xmas and Mike Binder’s Black Or White. He’s busy on David Gordon Green’s political pic Our Brand Is Crisis, which also stars Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton.








Taken 3 Becomes A 12A

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:15:21 GMT

Taken 3 Becomes A 12A

Bryan Mills adds 'killing with kindness' to his skills...

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Liam Neeson does not look happy. Admittedly, Bryan Mills often looks peeved or displeased, but that’s the nature of his life, where anyone from his family can be kidnapped at any time and he has to go and rescue them while taking out the bad guys. But in Taken 3, it appears – for UK audiences, at least – he’ll have to do so with a little less violence. 20th Century Fox has decided to edit the movie to receive a 12A.

The lower certification is in line with the studio’s release of recent films such as A Good Day To Die Hard, and is aimed at boosting the box-office potential. But it also runs the risk of alienating action fans that want Mills to be at his neck-snapping, head-crunching, bullet-firing best. Especially following the release of this 12 Skills Of Christmas promo.

UK classification board the BBFC announced the new rating, adding an explanation for the change. “During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission,” runs the statement. “This film was originally seen for advice in an incomplete form. The BBFC advised the company that the film was likely to receive a 15, but that their requested 12A could be achieved by making reductions in scenes of violence. When the finished version was submitted for formal classification, those changes had been made and the film was classified 12A.”

So while we don’t expect Bryan to start offing villains using a feather duster for full-on tickle death (especially since the plot of the third film finds him framed for his ex-wife’s death and on a crusade to clear his name while protecting his daughter), you may have to wait for DVD to see the movie as director Olivier Megaton and producer Luc Besson intended. Taken 3 will gently arrive on our screens on January 8.


Tak3n Becomes A 12A

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:59:49 GMT

Tak3n Becomes A 12A

Bryan Mills adds 'killing with kindness' to his skills...

Taken-3-12A

Liam Neeson does not look happy. Admittedly, Bryan Mills often looks peeved or displeased, but that’s the nature of his life, where anyone from his family can be kidnapped at any time and he has to go and rescue them while taking out the bad guys. But in Tak3n, it appears – for UK audiences, at least – he’ll have to do so with a little less violence. 20th Century Fox has decided to edit the movie to receive a 12A.

The lower certification is in line with the studio’s release of recent films such as A Good Day To Die Hard, and is aimed at boosting the box-office potential. But it also runs the risk of alienating action fans that want Mills to be at his neck-snapping, head-crunching, bullet-firing best. Especially following the release of this 12 Skills Of Christmas promo.

UK classification board the BBFC announced the new rating, adding an explanation for the change. “During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission,” runs the statement. “This film was originally seen for advice in an incomplete form. The BBFC advised the company that the film was likely to receive a 15, but that their requested 12A could be achieved by making reductions in scenes of violence. When the finished version was submitted for formal classification, those changes had been made and the film was classified 12A.”

So while we don’t expect Bryan to start offing villains using a feather duster for full-on tickle death (especially since the plot of the third film finds him framed for his ex-wife’s death and on a crusade to clear his name while protecting his daughter), you may have to wait for DVD to see the movie as director Olivier Megaton and producer Luc Besson intended. Tak3n will gently arrive on our screens on January 8.








Robert Rodriguez Officially Set For Fire And Ice

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:44:21 GMT

Robert Rodriguez Officially Set For Fire And Ice

Sony has bought the project

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It’s four years since Robert Rodriguez announced he was looking to mount a live-action remake of ‘80s animated adventure Fire And Ice. He’s been busy on other things since then, but has now signed a deal to direct the film for Sony.

Fire And Ice, which will draw from Frank Frazetta’s artwork in a similar – though perhaps not as direct – way to Sin City and Frank Miller, adapts the story from the Ralph Bakshi animation. It’s all launched when evil type Nekron sends glaciers out that destroy most of the surrounding strongholds. Humanity retreats to Fire Keep, ruled by the benevolent King Jarol. But when his daughter is kidnapped, a young warrior must venture out to save her.

“I’m a lifelong Frazetta fan who was inspired by his work, like so many people,” Rodriguez tells Deadline. “It was my dream to work with him, and the first thing I did when I got to Hollywood was call him. I got him to do a From Dusk Till Dawn poster for me, and I got to work with him and know him over the years. When I’d visit him at his museum and see his artwork, I tried to figure what would the ultimate Frazetta movie be. I remembered the movie he did, Fire And Ice, back when I was a kid. I thought, ‘I wish they could have made it look more like the paintings, but I guess they’d have had to paint each frame.’ Now, you could do that. You could make it look like you were in his imagination. He didn’t use models, he didn’t use swipes. He painted purely from his imagination, and the characters and the colours made you feel like you were in a dream, and a fully realised and completely imagined world. It was so visual and arresting.”

While he was developing the project independently with Bold Films, Rodriguez decided it would work better on a bigger scale with studio backing, and Michael De Luca hatched the Sony deal. They’re both hoping this turns into a fantasy franchise for the studio.








New American Sniper Trailer Online

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:44:20 GMT

New American Sniper Trailer Online

Bradley Cooper shoots to kill

Though it was initially thought that American Sniper might generate some fresh awards chatter around Bradley Cooper, who threw himself into the central role, so far the film, about US Navy SEAL shooter Chris Kyle has largely picked up only a couple of gongs – and those either for the film or director Clint Eastwood. Still, the reviews from the US have been mostly positive. The latest trailer is online. 

Jason Hall adapted Navy SEAL Kyle’s book, subtitled The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In US Military History. That recorded Kyle’s career as a Texas-born shooter who notched the highest number of recorded kills for an American.

But his dedication to his sights and his SEAL mates has an impact on his relationship with his wife (Sienna Miller), especially when he returns home to the States suffering what is eventually diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder. And, as the story explores, it impacted some of his fellow vets even more profoundly...

American Sniper will be out here on January 16.


Bill Murray Will Sing As Baloo For Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:44:20 GMT

Bill Murray Will Sing As Baloo For The Jungle Book

He knows the Bare Necessities

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As Disney continues to raid its animated archives for film properties it can turn into live-action spectacles with updated effects, Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book is one of its prime productions. With the movie shooting, Favreau has revealed that Bill Murray, playing loveable ursine sidekick Baloo, will sing as part of the plot.

That might raise some eyebrows, since Favreau has said before that this isn’t looking to directly replicate the beloved 1967 cartoon version. But some elements are so iconic they’re worth trying again, even if comparisons will be inevitable. “Although it’s not a musical, we wanted to work in the more memorable moments from the ‘67 film,” says Favreau, enthusiastically responding when asked if that included Baloo’s famous song 'The Bare Necessities'. “How do you not do that?”

Murray is just one of a host of names lending their tonsil talents as the CG animals surrounding Mowgli, played physically on screen by  ten-year-old. Neel Sethi. Among the other voices are Ben Kingsley (panther Bagheera), Lupita Nyong’o (wolf mother Rackcha), Idris Elba (lethal tiger Shere Khan) and Scarlett Johansson (charming, deadly snake Kaa), Christopher Walken as monkey King Louie, and Giancarlo Esposito is Akela, leader of the wolf pack that initially cares for Mowgli.

Favreau has been releasing pictures of the voice cast at work (and relaxing between takes) on his Instagram feed, while the film’s logo and a piece of concept art have also arrived online recently. The Jungle Book will be out here on October 26 next year.








True Story Trailer Arrives

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:44:20 GMT

True Story Trailer Arrives

James Franco has a tale to tell

It’s a wonder that James Franco has time to appear in other people’s movies, what with his constant barrage of side projects in film and on paper. But here he is in a based-on-truth story, which sees him acting opposite pal Jonah Hill in a tale that will see neither of them using their comedy chops. With the film headed to the Sundance Film Festival, the first trailer for True Story has arrived.

Adapted by Dave Kajganich from Michael Finkel’s memoir, the plot finds Hill playing Finkel, a New York Times writer who, in 2002, was fired by the paper after his bosses announced he had falsified part of an investigative report. With his girlfriend (Felicity Jones) upset and no work prospects, Finkel suddenly discovered a possible path to redemption.

But this is no ordinary tale of someone working their way back into everyone’s good graces: it turns out that FBI murder suspect Christian Longo (Franco) had taken the journalist’s name and, after he was captured, refused to speak to anyone else but Finkel. As he dug into the mystery, Finkel realised he could save his career by talking to Longo.

Rupert Goold directing this one, with Ethan Suplee, Gretchen Mol and Robert John Burke also among the cast. True Story has yet to secure a general release here or in the US, but that is likely to change once it screens at Sundance.


First Look At Jessica Chastain In Crimson Peak

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:29:10 GMT

First Look At Jessica Chastain In Crimson Peak

She's dressed to impress

Those who attended this year’s San Diego Comic-Con got a look at some elements from Guillermo del Toro’s new gothic horror Crimson Peak, mostly props and chunks of the set. Now we have a proper glimpse at one of the main characters, with a shot of Jessica Chastain in costume provided by The Film Stage. {Jessica Chastain Crimson Peak}

Crimson Peak finds Mia Wasikowska as author Edith Cushing, who is freshly wed to the charming, heroic Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). She moves to live with him in the titular massive, crumbling family pile in Cumbria. But soon after she arrives, she discovers that her husband is not who he appears to be, and the house itself has some very dark secrets. That she didn’t realise this when she learned it was called “Crimson Peak” is, frankly, her own lookout.

Chastain plays Lady Lucille Sharpe, Sir Thomas’s sister, a woman who no doubt carries her fair share of dangerous mysteries swirling about her. She certainly doesn’t dress like someone who is all about a warm welcome.

With Charlie Hunnam, Burn Gorman, Doug Jones, Leslie Hope and Jim Beaver aboard, Crimson Peak will haunt our cinemas on October 16 next year.








The Martian Script Goes Interstellar

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:41:11 GMT

The Martian Script Goes Interstellar

Exclusive look at Ridley Scott’s space-bound artwork

Taking his commitment to realistic sci-fi very seriously indeed, Ridley Scott sent a page from The Martian into space for real this month, hitching a ride for it on the maiden voyage of NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The first page of Drew Goddard's original draft, the sheet bears Scott’s drawing of Matt Damon’s stranded astronaut declaring that he’ll “science the shit out of this planet,” – a line from the book upon which the film is based.

Taking off on December 5, the Orion embarked on a four-and-a-half hour orbital flight that took it 5600 miles above the Earth’s surface with Scott’s page in tow. “NASA really rolled out the red carpet for us,” explains executive producer Aditya Sood. “In the capsule they had some personal objects that were important to people involved in the Orion project and one of the things was Ridley’s drawing on the cover page of The Martian script. This is a movie about people who are really passionate about science and space-travel, so that was a really great moment for us."{The Martian Script Goes Interstellar}

Based on Andy Weir’s self-published 2012 novel, The Martian sees Damon’s Watney as part of a science team conducting experiments on the red planet. When a storm forces the team to evacuate, Watney is injured and presumed dead, then left behind to fend for himself. With little hope of rescue and limited resources, he does what any self-respecting Breaking Bad fan would do and uses the power of science to keep himself alive on the planet’s barren surface. Currently shooting, the film is scheduled for a November 2015 release and co-stars Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Chiwetel Ejiofor.


Podcast #142: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Tim Burton

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:47:52 GMT

Podcast #142: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Tim Burton

Featuring The Interview(s)

The final regular podcast of 2014 ends on a high note, with some stellar interview talent in the form of Tim Burton (Big Eyes) and three members of the Dumb And Dumber To team: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and one of them there Farrelly Brothers everyone's talking about.

Then there's a lengthy discussion of the biggest news of the week, namely Sony's decision to pull The Interview from cinemas, plus possibly the longest reviews section the Empire Podcast has ever seen. Christmas, eh? 

P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally.








Jim Carrey May Go Into Deep Cover

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:36:10 GMT

Jim Carrey May Go Into Deep Cover

He's considering a new comedy pitch

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The reviews may have been, to put it kindly, mixed for Dumb And Dumber To, but production company Red Granite – which helped get the film released in the first place, is clearly looking to work with one of its stars again. Jim Carrey is considering starring in a comedy film called Deep Cover.

There are no details about the potential script – which is still at the pitch stage – but the company has picked up the idea from writer Johnny Rosenthal and is currently dangling it in Carrey’s face hoping that he’ll bite and jump aboard as its star.

That title makes us think it will be something to do with espionage, and will give Carrey more chances to show off his comic chops.

Rosenthal has a few projects in development including an action comedy called Iron Jack and The Three Tenors (unsurprisingly, an opera comedy) and has worked on Bad Santa 2 for Dimension Films. As for Carrey, he’s not committed to anything at the moment, but is loosely attached to crime caper Ricky Stanicky.








Neil Gaiman Wants Tom Hiddleston For Sandman

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:36:10 GMT

Neil Gaiman Wants Tom Hiddleston For Sandman

Cheekbones: Check. English accent: check.

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After years of wallowing in believed-unfilmable development hell, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman appears to be creeping closer to actually hitting screens in the hands of David S. Goyer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and The Fades’ Jack Thorne. But just who should play the iconic central figure, Morpheus? According to Gaiman, Tom Hiddleston could be a good shout.

While the author – who is also a producer on the film – seriously considered Benedict “ubiquitous” Cumberbatch, the actor is a little busy conquering every genre role under the sun, including Marvel’s Doctor Strange. "It's a funny thing with Morpheus, says Gaiman. “Again, it's that thing where you look around and think, 'Yes, this person would be a fantastic person', and then time passes. There was a time Johnny Depp would've been a great Morpheus, but now he's too old and it's fine. I think the first time I saw Benedict was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, 'Wow, that's incredibly Morpheus'. And fans probably thought the same because they immediately started doing fan-art, meshing the two of them up."

Still, there is someone who could handle the mantle while also melting the Internet should he even get near the project: "Then again, Tom Hiddleston is still out there! And the truth is, as far as I'm concerned, anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones can probably pull it off."

Casting, for now at least, seems a little way off. But Gaiman seems happy to simply be more involved this time around. "My position on it has always been, for over 25 years now, I would rather see no Sandman movie than a bad Sandman movie. A couple of times, people say, 'It's a crime there's never been a Sandman movie', and a couple of times, to be honest, I have thrown my body in front of a bus on a couple of bad ones over the years. I'm just happy that no bad Sandman movie has ever been made. But I'm really hoping that a good one will be. They're a good team. And with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in charge, his instincts are good and he loves the material. He wants it to be true to the material."

According to Gaiman, he’s set to see a new draft of the script in the next week or so, which means we still have a wait to see if this latest attempt to bring Dream, Death and the rest to screens actually works out.


Chris Pratt Features In A New Jurassic World Image

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:36:09 GMT

Chris Pratt Features In A New Jurassic World Image

Happy Holidays from him and his raptor

It’s nearly Christmas, and seasonal cards have naturally been flinging between friends, family and giant corporations (heck, Empire has a nifty example this year). But if you’re in the midst of making a film, you can call on some fun imagery. That’s just what Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow has done for a new tweet. 

Yes, that’s Chris Pratt seemingly hanging with a raptor (whose name is not given, but we’d like to think is called Fiona) and if you’ve seen the first trailer for the film, you’ll know that in addition to Pratt’s Owen somehow being able to make a leather waistcoat work, he’s also a dino behavioural specialist who studies and works with raptors.

“Don’t try this at home,” warns Trevorrow’s tweet. It's sound advice, since, like those who work with big cats or other predators, Owen knows that raptors are not your friends, no matter how closely you work with them.

And Jurassic World will naturally provide another cautionary tale for those who think that to make money they can tamper with nature, as its set in a functioning Jurassic Park that looks to drum up business with a brand new dinosaur. Which, of course, means that there’s running and screaming...

With Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan among the cast, Jurassic World will be out on June 12. 








Sony Cancels Release Of The Interview

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:36:08 GMT

Sony Cancels Release Of The Interview

Seth Rogen film on hold after hack attack and warnings

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Sony Pictures in the States has, for now at least, chosen to scrap the release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's The Interview, originally planned for Christmas Day there. Still suffering the effects of the hacking attack on its servers that left private information spread across the internet and beyond, and terrorism-referencing threats surrounding the release of the North Korea-spoofing comedy, The Interview now faces an uncertain future.

The comedy, which sees James Franco and Rogen as a loud-mouthed talk show host and his producer securing an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, only to find themselves approached by the CIA to try and assassinate the man, has been at the centre of problems for the studio. Certain scenes had been edited to make a key death scene less violent even before the hacking attack on the studio – which US federal authorities are still tracking, but is rumoured to come from North Korea itself – and there had been worries about its possible political impact.

Now, in the wake of major American cinema chains withdrawing from releasing the film amid terrorist threats by the hackers against The Interview's premieres and regular screenings, the studio has decided to halt the release.

“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release," the studio said in a statement. "We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers. Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

It’s a startling move for a studio, and one that shows the wide-ranging implications of cybercrime and politics in the current era. Some have called for the studio to put the film out via video on demand services, but the company has said it has no plans to release it in any form just yet.

The Interview and its studio are not the only ones feeling the effects: 20th Century Fox and New Regency have decided to stop work on an untitled film that Gore Verbinski was developing for Steve Carell to star in with a North Korean thriller. Verbinski hit the web to talk about the decision yesterday. "Yesterday, I was told by New Regency and Fox that Fox will no longer be distributing the film. Prior to that, the film was green lit and fully funded by New Regency with Fox distributing. I have been told in no uncertain words that based on the situation at Sony, Fox has now decided to not distribute the film. Without a distributor, New Regency was forced to shut the film down. I find it ironic that fear is eliminating the possibility to tell stories that depict our ability to overcome fear."


Pixels Banners Strike The Planet

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:20:36 GMT

Pixels Banners Strike The Planet

Attack of the blocks

You have to feel for the big, iconic cities of the world. If they’re not being lashed by crummy weather, they’re being targeted by alien invaders and other cinematic catastrophes. With Pixels, giant versions of video-game enemies are attacking locales such as London, Paris and San Francisco. {Pixels Posters}

Yes, the likes of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower and the Houses of Parliament are once more being assaulted, this time by Pac-Man, Centipede and Space Invaders. It’s all in service of Adam Sandler’s new action-comedy, which finds extra-terrestrials misreading video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war. They decide to attack us using versions of ships and other icons from games and mankind has to fight back. To help out, the US president (Kevin James) recruits his childhood friend and former video-game champ (Sandler) to lead a group of old-school arcade players.

Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Michelle Monaghan and Brian Cox are all aboard the film, with Chris Columbus behind the camera, working from Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling’s script. Pixels will be out here on August 14.








The Hobbit The Battle Of The Five Armies Podcast Spoiler Special #2

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:02:58 GMT

The Hobbit The Battle Of The Five Armies Podcast Spoiler Special #2

Featuring Thorin himself, Richard Armitage

Like The Hobbit itself, Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies spoiler special podcast has been divided into multiple parts.

The first spoiler special, featuring a 30 minute interview with co-writer and co-producer Philippa Boyens, is already up over here, while this one is a little different: close to an hour with the podcast team waffling on about the film itself in spoilerific detail, capped off with a little bit of Thorin Oakenshield chat from Richard Armitage. If you've watched the film, you know what to do (hint: it's click play).

P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally.








First Clip From Absolutely Anything

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:44:02 GMT

First Clip From Absolutely Anything

Simon Pegg has the power

If you’d been wondering what it would look like if Simon Pegg talked to a dog – no, not Colin from Spaced – and the dog talked back... Now is your chance. The first clip from Terry Jones’ new comedy Absolutely Anything has arrived online.

With Jones behind the camera, working from the script he wrote with Gavin Scott, Absolutely Anything finds Pegg as Neil, a secondary school teacher who is the very definition of the everyman.

But when a group of aliens voiced by Jones alongside old Python pals John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin decide that it would be a lark to hand him amazing powers, Neil’s life begins to change – not always for the better. And, as you see from the clip, he ends up having his loyal pooch Dennis start talking. Dennis is voiced in the film by the late great Robin Williams, who completed his work in the recording booth before he died earlier this year.

Neil will ultimately face a choice that comes down to between man’s best friend and the woman (Catherine, played by Kate Beckinsale) our man loves. Absolutely Anything is due to hit our cinemas on February 13.








Exclusive Teaser Trailer For It Follows

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:44:02 GMT

Exclusive Teaser Trailer For It Follows

David Robert Mitchell's much-hyped horror gets a first promo

By Christmas, most of the finest cuts from the summer’s Cannes line-up will have landed on our screens. Not this year. David Robert Mitchell’s acclaimed It Follows doesn’t reach us until February, arriving with a tonne of critical acclaim from those lucky enough to have seen it on the Croisette. UK distribution house Icon was among them, and had little hesitation bringing the film to our shores. Empire is delighted to share a first teaser from the film right here but be warned, there’s something lurking in the woods...

The plot sees The Guest’s scream queen Maika Monroe back in peril as Jay, a 19 year-old who suspects – no, knows – that something malevolent is following her. She and her friends team up to get to the bottom of the threat, only to find themselves mired deeper and deeper in something far beyond their control.

That air of early John Carpenter is augmented by a trunkful of subtext and clichés playfully subverted in an old-fashioned horror with plenty of new ideas. Without giving too much away, Mitchell, whose debut feature The Myth of the American Sleepover offered a gentler look at growing up, has unleashed a monster that will make chastity look like a really strong option.

It Follows
hits UK cinema screens on February 27. Horrorheads, fans of American indie cinema, and, well, anyone with eyeballs and a steady heart should be counting off the days.