HELLO! IT PROB­A­BLY goes without say­ing that

we are ex­cited. Like, in­sanely ex­cited. This has been some­thing of a tu­mul­tuous year for cinema so far (Highs! Lows! Crush­ing dis­ap­point­ments! Sur­prise hits!), but the mo­ment we’ve been wait­ing for is here: the very first, su­per-exclusive look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Every­thing we’ve seen up to now has raised our heart rates sig­nif­i­cantly. Then our own Dan Jolin spent time get­ting un­der the skin of the first stand­alone ori­gins story with di­rec­tor Gareth Ed­wards and Lu­cas­film pres­i­dent Kath­leen Kennedy. It’s shap­ing up to be gritty, ac­tion-packed and kind of dark, and we are thrilled. It’s per­fect to pro­pel us into Episode VIII next year.

Look­ing for­ward as we are to the end of the year, it seems the per­fect time to see what au­tumn and win­ter hold. With Doc­tor Strange, Fan­tas­tic Beasts And Where to Find Them, Amer­i­can Pas­toral, As­sas­sin’s Creed, Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon and A Mon­ster Calls all ly­ing in wait (among oth­ers), it’s fair to say the best is yet to come.

Speak­ing of which, I must point you in the di­rec­tion of p.86 — on which you will find a story by Jim Hosk­ing, di­rec­tor of one of this year’s most out-there films. The Greasy Stran­gler is sur­real, gross, twisted and really, really funny. Since I saw it one morn­ing in June with cof­fee and pas­tries (not a wise move), I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. If you’ve got a strong stom­ach and a crooked brain, give it a watch. And on that last bit, we can ac­tu­ally help.

This month (23-25 Septem­ber, to be pre­cise) sees the in­au­gu­ral Em­pire Live, our film and en­ter­tain­ment event at The O2 Lon­don where we’ll be host­ing screen­ings, script-reads, par­ties, mas­ter­classes, in­ter­views, pan­els and quizzes. We’d love you to join us — tick­ets are avail­able at em­pire­ Do say hi — and in this in­stance, cof­fee and pas­tries would be en­tirely fit­ting. Un­less it’s prior to our pre­view of The Greasy

Stran­gler. Good lord, man! Take them away!

The Em­pire team spent the week­end in a pop-up of­fice at Star Wars Cel­e­bra­tion Europe. Dave Star Wars Rebels’ Chris Filoni chats with Em­pire He­witt in the tem­po­rary of­fice. An­thony Danie aka C-3PO, a leg­end, bei in­ter­viewed James Dy Lup­ton Chris rather...

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