THIS MONTH AT EMPIRE
MANY MOVIES ARE hotly anticipated. It may, in fact, be one of the most over-used phrases in the world of film and entertainment. Often accompanied by its friend, italics, or brother, exclamation mark. But this (spot the itals!), this is what it was first articulated — coughed roughly out of someone’s throat — for. When Star Wars was reborn, it was all about The Force Awakens, the first of the new Episodes. Then there was talk of origin movies — complementary outings that told different, smaller, important stories. And is there any story really more important than that of the hunt for the Death Star plans? We’ll be honest: we have high hopes and even higher expectations for Rogue One, and you can find out what we think, pretty much the moment we think it, at empireonline.com. We couldn’t let this event pass without our usual bombastic celebration, though: so we are bringing you six
(six) covers: one for each member of the Rebel Alliance. Plus, an exclusive, massive poster. The eagle-eyed (and nimble of fan site) among you will recognise it as an image from an international poster, exclusive to Empire and now, to you.
It’s undoubtedly a fitting end to a dramatic year. I mean, it’s certainly not been boring, right? We’ve had women in capes, murderers slathered in grease, beasts squeezed in suitcases, busters covered in slime and men straddled by bears. Turn to p84 to see what thrilled, delighted, confounded and tickled us in 2016 (Bowie, Brexit, Prince and President Trump not included), along with our absolute favourite films. The number one might surprise you, but if you’ve seen it, we know you’ll be with us. After all, beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical movies are the ones that often get us through.
See you next year. We’re ready for you, 2017. We think.