Empire Edition Preview: Greatest Actors, Nicolas Cage, Pisces, Women Who Talk

While there are myriad elements that make great movies work, they are made even stronger by the stars that light up the screen – captivating displays of pure acting talent. But what really makes a person Great the actor? And which big screen artists are the best ever? it’s a question empire We gave you, our readers, a few weeks ago–and now we’re revealing the results in our 50 Greatest Actor count–an epic celebration of the most legendary performers to ever step in front of the lens. Included on that list, and taking over the cover, is none other than Nicolas Cage – who welcomed us to his Las Vegas home for a career-spanning cover interview and dazzling photo shoot.

Find the issue on newsstands as of Thursday, December 22nd — and order a copy online here. But for now, take a peek at the sweet treats waiting inside the issue below…

The greatest actors

We asked, you voted — and now the results are in. empire presents a celebration of the 50 Greatest Actors of Your Choice, complete with individual illustrations, classes from the stars themselves, tributes to creative collaborators, deep dives into their killer scenes and more.

Nicolas Cage

When one of cinema’s most iconic and unique performers invites you to his Las Vegas home for the day, you don’t say no. To celebrate his inclusion in our list of greatest actors, empire He spends a steamy morning with Nicolas Cage and his many pets, talking about the actors who inspire him, his approach to his craft, the boundaries he’s still willing to push and much more – complete with an exclusive photo session by Samuel McGuire.

Tilda Swinton

There’s range, and then there’s Tilda Swinton — the totally unseen actress continues to amaze and dazzle, with her on-screen physical transformations and ability to pull off her always complex characters. empire Swinton asks where this warlike skill came from, about her working relationship with Derek Jarman, and what acting means to her — and she delivers.

Greeting manager

Who better to tell what makes these great actors great than the people who directed them in some of their iconic roles? Tim Burton talks about Jack Nicholson’s “anarchic” Joker. Ridley Scott tells us about going gut instinct and introducing Joaquin Phoenix wrestler (And in his last historical epic, Napoleon); Baz Luhrmann honors his magic red mill Leading Nicole Kidman and Ang Lee paid tribute to his beating heart brokeback mountain, Heath Ledger.


Darren Aronofsky’s latest tale of humanity pushed to the limit has done something long overdue – bring Brendan Fraser back into the Hollywood fold, providing the perfect showcase for his endless compassion and enduring charm. empire He delves into this poignant study of someone stuck abroad, talking to Aronofsky and Fraser, writers Samuel D. Hunter, Sadie Sink, and more.

The woman speaks

As Sarah Polley’s new drama brings together a group of women to share their stories of sexual violence and learn about their future, empire The director reunites with her crew — Claire Foy, Jesse Buckley, and Rooney Mara — to talk about the movie, their on-set conversations, and real-life echoes.


The racially motivated murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till is a story that has haunted for generations–bringing his mother’s relentless quest for justice to the screen has been a difficult and emotional journey for director Chinone Chuko. empire He talks to Chukwu and co-star Danielle Deadwyler about how they deal with the tragic story.

Take 20

In this month’s news section, we’re taking an exclusive look at The last of us with presenters Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann; Meet Rian Johnson’s newest detective, played by Natasha Lyonne, in the new mystery series poker face; Talk about a mess cocaine beer with Director Elizabeth Banks; Explain why you should be excited about a new animated adventure Puss in Shoes: Last Wish; Get a gory new glimpse of Lee Cronin’s horror sequel evil dead rise; And many, many more.


In this month’s Home Entertainment section, we’re reflecting on the final season of Better Call Saul With Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Peter Gould, and Vince Gilligan; He went role by role with Frank Grillo; Dig into songs Lusty with director Sean Anders; ranking of the Muppet films; Celebrate the memory of Jane Campion the piano; and much more.

on the screen

This month reviewed James Cameron’s Big Blue sequel Avatar: Water RoadConductor Cate Blanchett’s character study LibraryAnd the Taste Follow up to popular horror director Mark Jenkin Aeneas menExplosion of Blood-stained Santa Claus by David Harbor violent nightSam Mendes’ love letter to cinema light empirethe third and final series of His dark materialsStarring Kumail Nanjiani Welcome to Chippendales And many, many more.

Empire - February 2023

The Empire’s Greatest Actors Edition goes on sale starting Thursday, December 22nd — you can find it on newsstands after, or pre-order a copy online here.

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