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THE JOURNEY OF this month’s cover story began several months ago, with a sneak peek of a trailer, not yet released out into the world, on a studio lot in Los Angeles. As ‘This Old Heart Of Mine’ began to play and Jeff Bridges, dressed as a priest, turned his head to the camera, my pulse quickened with excitement and intrigue. This seemed to be, instantly, something very, very special. An instinct confirmed by a conversation with director Drew Goddard, who’d managed to set Hollywood buzzing with the script last year before pulling together one of the most impressive ensemble casts in recent memory. This isn’t a franchise, a tentpole, a returning character, a recurring universe. What it is, is an original film, from a singular filmmaker with a passionate, impassioned cast. Empire is absolutely the home for the big bombastic blockbusters, but it’s also, always, been the home of the films that we want to take a bet on. There aren’t sure bets or surefire hits, but are films, that right through to the pores of our bones, we believe in. That we believe you will love. Because, ultimately, that is what my job is, what Empire’s job is. And this month, I think it’s a job bloody well done.
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