148 packed pages!
We preview the brightest and best films on release this summer, from the budget-busting remake of War of the Worlds to the comic-book forays of Batman and the Fantastic Four, the ‘Day Glo’ joys of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the explosive arguments of Mr and Mrs Smith. Plus we look forward to the bustling batch of blockbusters lined up for the end of the year and the beginning of 2006, as well as tracking down the biggest hits from the year of our ‘birth’, 1950…
War of the Worlds 2005
Tom Cruise tells us how he and Spielberg came to collaborate again, what it was like to work under the dynamic director on such a huge project, why he’s always been a fan of the darkness and ‘character’ of the original book, but why he’s also glad some humour has been introduced.
‘Caped Crusader’ Christian Bale rejoices at the fear and ferocity which has been returned to the franchise, reveals why he was so psyched to play an internally tortured ‘Dark Knight’, and admits that the mix of characterisation and action was just right to finally convince him to head towards the limelight
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Tim Burton’s new version of the Roald Dahl book is painted in primary colours, but it won’t be as sweet as it’s sugar-coated look suggests. We delve inside the factory doors to see what’s in store for lovers of the marvellous and the macabre
Mr and Mrs Smith
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie embark on a marriage from hell that should really be a match made in heaven. They’re both assassins undercover, but neither of them knows about the secret life of their significant other. We ‘zero in’ on the killer aspects of the script, cast and crew
Michael Chiklis, star of hit TV show The Shield, tells us how he did his Thing on the set of the latest ensemble superhero movie, why his bulky costume inhibited his people-person skills, and why we should expect as much characterization as thrills and spills
John Mills Tribute
We look back on the extensive career of this theatrical knight and 'British Great', with an appreciation of his formidable contribution to the movie world in his many guises
House of Wax
52 years after the original shocker caused a stir, we talk to the cast and crew about carving out a new version that still burns with the same fire, and ask whether Paris Hilton can act
20th Century Fox 70th Anniversary
The list of pioneering and blockbusting films that have emerged from the Fox studios is contains classic movies from start to end, but the road to cinematic success hasn’t always run smooth, as we find out
It’s All Gone Pete Tong
Comedian Paul Kaye has stopped haranguing film stars and has joined their ranks. He tells us about his new film, his fear of Woody Allen and his inability to say no to a challenge
Censorship in British Cinema
UK films are actually constrained by far more censorship than our democratic principles of free speech might suggest. We go behind the cutting room floor and find a set of shocks in store
Kate Beckinsale tells us what it was like to play “the most beautiful woman in the world”, Eva Gardner, and work under movie maestro Martin Scorsese
Director Taylor Hackford reveals just what he was doing during those 15 years of preparation, and why he took the creative approach to representing Ray Charles’s life that he did
Danish director Anders Rønnow Klarlund’s innovative new film Strings stars wooden puppets whose lips can’t move. He tells us why he followed this extraordinary cinematic path
Plus all the latest Hollywood gossip!
Have Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner secretly married?
Jane Fonda insists Jennifer Lopez isn’t a diva
The Bond casting couch cools off for a while, as Dame Judi Dench insists Brosnan will reprise the role
The Bigger Picture
Three double page pictures of some of the hottest films on the movie horizon
We take a look at The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Wes Craven’s mid-air thriller Red Eye and Keira Knightley’s action adventure Domino
We ask cinema-goers in London’s Leicester Square to reveal their thoughts on Kingdom of Heaven
The Film That Changed My Life
Trainspotting director Danny Boyle tells us why Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now has had the greatest influence on his movie tastes and career