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Special Issue #57 • ships from Apr 14 2005
News-stand Price UK £5.99 / US $9.99

148 pages

We catch up with the leading light of the British acting world, Orlando Bloom, and examine his irrepressible rise to prominence, including his starring role in Ridley Scott’s fantastic Kingdom of Heaven

We take a look at the wealth of other British stars making waves in Hollywood, from Keira Knightley taking on alcoholism and nudity in The Jacket to Clive Owen rising to the challenges of the innovative Sin City. We also chart the influence of British talent on the last four decades of film-making and look at the best ensemble films ever made with UK skills

Orlando Bloom
• The self-effacing star talks us through his rise to prominence, revealing just how he landed so many plumb roles and why he still opted for low-budget offerings like The Calcium Kid and Haven

Orlando and ScottKingdom of Heaven
• Director Ridley Scott's take on Orlando’s success, and explains the thorough casting of this epic, highlighting the challenges of tackling a contentious topic like The Crusades


Keira KnightleyKeira Knightley
• The fresh-faced young star tells us how she came to be playing a hollow-cheeked alcoholic in her mysterious new film The Jacket, plus just how challenging this change in direction proved to be

Clive Owen
• Having finally been discovered by Hollywood the classy character-actor tells us why he was intimidated at first, then blown away, by the stylistic glory of the graphic novel conversion Sin City

Brit Pack
• We look at seven other big British stars causing a stir in Hollywood, including the debonair Daniel Craig, poised Paul Bettany, playful Simon Pegg, rising Romola Garai and precocious Freddie Highmore

The Brit PackBrit Pack Generations
• We champion the influential British directors and actors that took the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s by storm, and look at how they helped set the tone, and push the boundaries, in each decade

Top 10 Brit Pack Movies
• From Lock, Stock to The Ladykillers, from Peter’s Friends to Life is Sweet, we chart the Top 10 UK ensemble movies and assess why the local talent worked so well together on each occasion

And that’s not all…

We take a look at some of the big upcoming films and talk to promising new film-makers and enduring screen experts alike…

Ewan McGregorThe Island
• Director Michael Bay lets us peer around his new film, and explains how he added 'oomph' to the roles of Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson as sex-segregated clones

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
• The enthusiastic crew, including director Garth Jennings, tell us why they think they’ve managed to stay true to the vision of Douglas Adams, and improve on it too, with their interpretation of his script.

• Ice Cube gives us the low-down on his new starring role in the high-octane gun-fest xXx2, and explains why he hopes to add serious drama to his resume and won’t be starring in any xXx sequels.

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
• The British crew of this classic ’60s caper reveal their joy at making it the success it became and describe the creation of everything from the memorable music to the anachronistic design and the silly stunts.


The Film Review Directory
• Two months’ worth of film reviews all in one place!

Trailer Park
• Our take on six of the latest Trailers, from the colourful but claustrophobic A Scanner Darkly to the explosive action comedy Kung Fu Hustle to the animated antics of DreamWorks’ Madagascar, with The Weather Man, Kingdom of Heaven and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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