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No./1 The anime universe that out-Matrixes The Matrix • How director Mamoru Hosoda and concept artist Eric Wong built ‘U’, the VR world for dazzling new animation BELLE
No./2 Behind the curtain on Marvel’s Broadway debut • The creators of Hawkeye’s show-within-a-show, Rogers: The Musical, tell us how it came to be
No./3 Why Nicolas Cage was destined for Dracula • The actor will sink his teeth into the role of a lifetime in Renfield — but it was always going to lead to this
No./4 BERGMAN ISLAND: THEME PARK? • Bergman Island is a serious new drama – and not, disappointingly, about an Ingmar Bergman theme park. But what if it was?
No./5 Inside the quest for the next Westeros • There’s a gold rush right now in fantasy TV adaptations. But who will fill the void left by Game Of Thrones?
No./6 The Astaire-ing contest heats up • Jamie Bell and Tom Holland are both set to play Hollywood icon Fred Astaire in competing biopics – but who will be the best?
No./7 The Nordic romcom that stops time • The Worst Person In The World director Joachim Trier on crafting a fantasy sequence that makes Oslo stand still
No./8 Get under the mask of Spider-Man 2099 • After that dazzling first trailer, meet Miguel O’Hara: the futuristic webslinger who will appear in the Spider-Verse sequel
No./9 Serving up the family dinner from hell • Beanie Feldstein on hosting the world’s most passive-aggressive get-together in THE HUMANS
No./10 The true story behind DiCaprio’s darkest challenge yet • Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play infamous Jonestown cult leader Jim Jones – an expert reveals what to expect
No./11 “Why not be a monster in an over-the-top crazy movie, and sing in another?” • [THE Q&A] PETER DINKLAGE makes his musical debut in Cyrano – but with The Toxic Avenger on the horizon, he’s not staying in one place
No./12 ATLANTIS, RESURFACED • Colin Trevorrow on his plans to reboot an ancient myth for a new generation
BLACK IN FOCUS • AMON WARMANN chews over the main moment in Black film and TV this month
CLASSIC PICK OF THE MONTH
No./13 Say hello to the new Reacher • How JACK REACHER star Alan Ritchson is tackling the iconic attributes of the literary man mountain
No./14 Magic Mike is the hero we need right now • Empire contributing editor Beth Webb on why the now-confirmed third film in the stripper series could save us all
No./15 Why I donned the iconic spectacles • JOE COLE on taking on Michael Caine’s legacy in the new adaptation of The Ipcress File
No./16 NEXT IN THE SERIES • You fell in love with that incredible new TV show. And then it ended! Don’t despair – Boyd Hilton recommends the sibling shows to watch next
No./17 FREAKY DOLLS • Meet the toys that you will definitely want to throw out of your pram
No./18 Revealing the secrets of Charlie Chaplin • Four surprises, as brought to light by new documentary THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN
Agathe Rousselle • THE FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER-TURNED-ACTOR MAKES HER FILM DEBUT IN THE GORY CULT HIT TITANE
No./19 From corsets to carnage • Romola Garai is best known as a period-drama actor – so why is her first film as director, Amulet, a demon-infested...